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Southland sunshine

World War II veteran John Necich, 85, feeds a pigeon on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday afternoon, as he has done for the last 15 years. On the beach below, a temporary memorial to Iraq war dead called Arlington West is set up Sundays. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Adults At Play
William Kriner, 66, builds a sandcastle Sunday in Santa Monica. The downtown L.A. resident said he wanted to take advantage of the good weather. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Sand Sculpture
Kati Anguelov and her son Christo, 3, view a 7-foot-high, 15-foot-wide sand sculpture in Long Beach depicting sea life. Commissioned by the Surfrider Foundation, it is intended to decompose over a few days of exposure to wind and sun. As it shrinks, it will reveal a sign buried within that reads, “Pollution and beach development are destroying life this quickly.” (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
Sylvia General, 57, walks along the surf Sunday as granddaughter Allison Flores, 6, runs toward the water. General was visiting from the Philippines and staying with relatives in Glendale. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)