CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2010 |
Reporting from Turlock, Calif. Joe Fagundes, a 66-year-old Central Valley dairy cow broker, likes to joke around. For four decades he has carried a photo of a most unfortunate-looking woman in his wallet, gleefully showing it to strangers as his "beautiful wife" or "lovely daughter." He makes city kids whip around by shouting "Hey, look at that blue cow!" And Fagundes was just joshing when he invented International Fava Bean Day. The latter is a joke gone right. His yarn grew faster than Jack's famous beanstalk (which food scholars believe was most likely inspired by fava beans)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2010 |
Joe R. Nevarez, a copy boy turned reporter for the Los Angeles Times who broke barriers as one of the newspaper's first Mexican American staff writers, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Monterey Park home, according to his daughter Margaret Nevarez. He was 97. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Assn., Nevarez joined The Times as a copy boy in 1930 and began earning bylines in the early 1950s as a reporter in the business section. He specialized in coverage of the oil industry and corporate earnings over the next 26 years, until his retirement in 1977.
November 26, 2006
"I was privileged to visit the nine unique islands of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is like returning to a primeval paradise where man and nature come together as one. The lakes, the flowers, the mountains, the vineyards, the climates created a distinct environment. I traveled with Al and Ginny Dutra, a couple in their 70s whose tour company specializes in Portugal and the Azores." Tours are about $3,000 per person plus airfare (prices for 2007 still being set).
July 9, 2004 |
It's gotten to the point of being a cliche: Whenever an author engages in some form of storytelling magic that involves levitating priests or a rain of flower petals, critics dub him a literary offspring of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The South American maestro is cited so often, in fact, that he's fathered more children than Methuselah.
March 18, 2003
Re "Azores Summit Ends in Ultimatum to U.N.," March 17: Webster's defines "diplomacy" as "the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations." But the Bush administration seems to have its own definition of the word. President Bush's "final diplomatic effort" has nothing to do with negotiating a peaceful solution to the standoff with Iraq and everything to do with seeking political cover for his rush to war. While claiming he didn't need United Nations approval anyway, Bush said he would call for an immediate vote on a new resolution, daring Security Council members to "show their cards."
March 17, 2003 |
President Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain said Sunday that they would give the United Nations until the end of today to authorize the use of military force against Iraq or they would go to war without U.N. approval. "Tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world," Bush said at the end of a hastily arranged hourlong summit at this blustery U.S. air base in Portugal's Azores islands.