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Freak Lightning Strike at LA Beach Kills 1, Injures 12

Storm came from nowhere, witnesses say

(Newser) - A rare band of summer thunderstorms left one person dead and a dozen injured from lightning strikes at Venice Beach in Los Angeles yesterday. Witnesses tell the Los Angeles Times that the storm seemed to come from nowhere and lasted 15 minutes, causing panic as fishermen and beachgoers rushed to... More »

LA Car Rampage Suspect: It Was an Accident

Nathan Campbell, 38, faces possible life in prison

(Newser) - A lawyer for a Colorado man charged today with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car through a weekend throng on the Venice Beach boardwalk said it was an accident that has left his client devastated. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anybody," said... More »

Car Rampage Suspect Had Just Moved to LA

Nathan Campbell had arrest record in Florida, Colorado

(Newser) - The drifter accused of deliberately driving into a crowd at a Los Angeles beach over the weekend had only been in town for a few weeks, investigators say. Nathan Campbell, 38, has a history of drug and alcohol abuse and has been arrested in Florida and Colorado for crimes including... More »

LA Car Rampage Victim Was on Honeymoon

Witnesses say driver wanted to 'massacre a lot of people'

(Newser) - The woman allegedly killed by a deranged driver who plowed into pedestrians on LA's Venice Beach boardwalk was on her honeymoon and had only been married for three days. Alice Gruppioni, a 32-year-old from Bologna, Italy, was walking along the boardwalk with her husband when she was struck and... More »

LA Cops Arrest Suspect in Beach Crash

No motive yet, as lone victim identified

(Newser) - Los Angeles police have charged a suspect with murder, alleging that he was the driver who plowed his car through a crowded boardwalk on Venice Beach, killing one and injuring at least 11. Nathan Campbell, 38, is currently being held on $1 million bail, reports the LA Times, though police... More »

Car Charges Crowded LA Beach, Kills 1

Police have suspect in custody in Venice Beach rampage

(Newser) - A rapidly accelerating car driven by a young man screeched across a sidewalk and straight into a crowd enjoying one of Southern California's most popular boardwalks, killing one person, injuring 11, and leaving the promenade in chaos as he sped out of sight. The victim died at a hospital... More »

Sea Lion Bites Couple Off of Venice Beach

Lifeguards call it a first

(Newser) - A sea lion bit a pair of swimmers in Venice Beach last night, in what lifeguards say may be the first case of such an event occurring in the area. KTLA reports that a woman was bit on the leg around 6:30pm; her husband came to her aid, only... More »

California Cracking Down on Bohemians

Vehicle-dwellers no longer welcome in Venice

(Newser) - Venice, a California community known for its offbeat and bohemian nature, has long been a popular home for vehicle-dwellers, some of whom sell artwork on the boardwalk by day and sleep in RVs or campers by night. But they might soon be forced out, as the city enacts new regulations... More »

Women Rally to Go Topless

Over the top protest against 'gender discrimination'

(Newser) - The protesters wanted to get something off their chest—namely, their tops—and most passers-by were thrilled they did. A Los Angeles beach yesterday became the latest site of the growing "Go Topless" movement by women who are demanding the same rights as men to go bare chested. Some... More »

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