After decorated WWII service, Cal Worthington became southern California auto-dealing icon and an often parodied personality

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then one used-car salesman’s colorful legacy will endure in numerous parodies in movies, television programs, music and even a video game. Calvin Coolidge “Cal” Worthington, whose commercials for his Worthington Ford dealership in Long Beach were West Coast television staples, died on…

Equus: Latin for horse, success for LB Playhouse

Daniel Adams Culture Writer With its current production of Equus, Long Beach Playhouse (LBPH) is providing a whole new level of entertainment that thrills (and even chills) the audience. As a psychological thriller, Equus contains dramatic, thought-provoking issues regarding humanity, religion, and the question of whether a person’s devotion to his beliefs should be tamed…

Governor signs measure to close rape loophole
AB 65 protects all rape victims regardless of marital status

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 65, by Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian (R- San Luis Obispo) and Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), clarifying that an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating somebody else can be prosecuted for felony rape. “Every victim deserves justice, regardless of their relationship status,” said Lowenthal, chair of the…

Around Town

AUTHOR TALK What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:30am More Info David Joseph will discuss his book Exodus from the River Town, a story of growing up isolated and alone because of racial tension and prejudices. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit lbpl.org .

Letter to the Editor: Good news first

I am thrilled to announce that on Friday, Sept. 6, a baby girl was safely surrendered at a local hospital. She was the 108th newborn to be safely surrendered in Los Angeles County. Though this was a joyous moment, the week began with some very somber news. Last Thursday, a newborn baby boy was found…