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At Mimosa Nursery, where the wide, hot sky of East L.A. is etched with power lines and the silhouettes of pink Spanish-style apartments, owner Gilbert Guyenne has painted scenes from his Southeast Asian home. Papaya, mango, guava and jackfruit trees stand in orderly rows; birds whistle from bamboo cages; and water lilies--the kind Guyenne once peeled and ate as a soldier in the Mekong River Delta--float placidly in ponds.
June 12, 1989
One of every four U.S. households was the target of a violent crime or theft in 1988, the same proportion as the previous three years, the Justice Department said. This proportion remained at the lowest level since the Bureau of Justice Statistics began calculating the household rate in 1975. That year, almost one in three households was the target of a violent crime. Households in the Northeast were the least vulnerable to crime, with 19% hit, while those in the West suffered the most with 30.3%.
June 11, 1994
Mary Gates, 64, a director of major banking and communications corporations whose contacts greatly helped her son Bill's Microsoft Corp. Mrs. Gates was a director of several companies, including First Interstate Bancorp, US West Inc. and KIRO-TV, a Seattle television station. She had been a regent at the University of Washington since 1975. That year, she became the first woman director of First Interstate Bank and the first woman to serve as president of King County's United Way.
July 9, 1995
E. Claiborne Robins, 84, who earned millions of dollars in the pharmaceutical industry and gave millions to higher education. Robins, who joined family-owned A.H. Robins Co. in 1933, built it into a publicly held company with revenue of more than $241 million in 1975, the year he retired as chief executive officer. He stayed on as chairman as the company went through a crippling legal battle over the Dalkon Shield.
April 26, 1994
Being known as the "second generation" has a rather depressing sound, as if you were incapable of doing much but imitating your forebears. But the second-generation Abstract Expressionists, as they are known, are a worthy group in their own right. Although these painters didn't make the initial breakthroughs, their personal discoveries enriched the vocabulary of abstraction. And while the first generation was overwhelmingly male, the second wave included several women.
October 10, 1986 | MANDY BEHBEHANI
Mary Ann Rosenfeld was positioned in the Westside Pavilion Nordstrom, wearing a black Donna Karan outfit and grappling with a price tag that refused to stay in place on a purse. It's not only price tags that are giving the 40-year-old Los Angeles handbag designer trouble these days. In her industry, she laments, times are tough. "If we see even a 10% increase this year, it'll be great," said Rosenfeld, who was in the store to promote her newest bags for dress and sport.
January 22, 1991
Sanford F. Rothenberg, former president of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn., past chief of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and vice president of Southern California Physicians Insurance Exchange, which he helped found in the 1970s at the height of the malpractice insurance crisis, is dead. Rothenberg, a graduate of USC and UC Berkeley School of Medicine, was 71 when he died of cancer Friday at his Century City home.
February 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Ho Chi Minh Trail, the snaking jungle thoroughfare that funneled Communist troops and supplies during the Vietnam War, is to become a two-lane national highway. The Vietnamese government announced at a news conference Friday its plans for a roughly 1,000-mile road from the northern province of Ha Tay to the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, along the old route of supply lines for the Viet Cong, the former South Vietnam's Communist guerrillas.
July 16, 1998 | Associated Press
Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the South Vietnamese general whose summary execution of a bound prisoner was depicted in a photograph that stunned the world three decades ago, has died. He was 67. Loan died Tuesday night at his home in Burke, a suburb of Washington, after a battle with cancer, said his daughter, Nguyen Anh. The photo of Loan firing a pistol point-blank at the grimacing prisoner's head on Feb. 1, 1968, became a haunting image of the Vietnam War.
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