CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1999 |
It's when standing between the wickets that Ruben Campos, a 15-year-old from Compton, finds a bit of inner peace. You've got to be patient up there, he says, and keep a steely focus. "Life is a heck of a lot like cricket," Ruben said of his newfound favorite pastime. Cricket? Few Americans have played it, and almost nobody has even heard of it in Compton, Ruben said. "Waiting to bat in cricket is like being on the street when a drive-by happens," he said.
February 9, 1997 |
Busy as she is with the nurturing of more than a hundred Compton teenagers, the barking at their intruders, the worrying about slow computers and dwindling funds and neighboring storefronts that are barred and trashed, Shirley Allen never heard the news. When a visitor told her Friday the Super Bowl may be returning to Los Angeles, she grabbed the front of her blouse, expanded her eyes like somebody in an old movie.