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November 27, 1993 | SCOTT SANDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, 42-year-old Gary Diamond might seem slightly out of place on the streets of Westwood in his blue and red Domino's uniform. Delivering pizza, as portrayed in the TV ads, is strictly a young man's game. "I guess I don't exactly fit the image, but most of the drivers around here don't," said Diamond, who signed on as a driver about six years ago after the Compton warehouse that employed him closed.
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July 4, 1993 | RICHARD CORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Val Stiefel delivers pizzas, he not only gets there fast, he looks fast getting there. Stiefel, 19, cruises on his rounds in a 1986 fire-red Porsche 944. "I've gotten my share of comments," said the Laguna Hills teen, who got the hot wheels from his mother two years ago when she bought a new car. "They say things like, 'You only see things like this down here' " in Orange County.
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May 28, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Courier Bret Nelson, hurrying to his next delivery, was leaving the San Diego Freeway in Sherman Oaks when he spotted a homeless man at the side of the road, holding a cardboard sign asking for food. Nelson, with American Flyer Messenger Service, pulled over, stopped, rolled down the window and handed the man a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "One meal means a lot to somebody," said Ron Bell as he bit into his unexpected feast amid bustling traffic and the thick odor of exhaust fumes.
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December 25, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That jolly fellow in the red suit was nowhere to be seen along Graves Avenue in Encino on Christmas Eve. Instead, a sweating woman in a brown uniform was rushing from house to house, laden with gifts and dispensing good cheer. Linda Armstead was on the run, determined to deliver the last 150 holiday packages in her truck before Christmas. If not the busiest of the year, the day before Christmas is the most important for United Parcel Service drivers.
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October 7, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Two Canoga Park men were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in connection with a string of robberies of supermarkets and pizza delivery drivers in the west San Fernando Valley. Police said D.J. Cekic, 19, and Dietrich O'Neal, 20, were part of a gang that held up seven markets and three pizza deliverers between April 18 and June 1. The cases of three juveniles charged in the spree have been referred to juvenile court, police said.
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August 8, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A piece of Southern California history has reappeared on the streets of the Santa Clarita Valley--a bright yellow Helms Bakery truck, its once-familiar whistle summoning those with a sweet tooth or sweet memories. At one time, Helms trucks delivered as many as 150 sweet-smelling fresh-baked items to 350,000 homes from Fresno to San Diego. Women waited at their front doors for their daily deliveries.
NEWS
July 25, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A truck driver for a package delivery company was charged with stealing semiautomatic handguns from his shipments and selling them to drug dealers and gun runners in New York City. Bernard Fuller, 42, of Alexandria, Va., is accused of stealing about 850 weapons over a four-year period and selling them for $250 each, U.S. Atty. Richard Cullen said. Cullen said one of the guns ended up in Washington, D.C., and was used in the Feb. 6 wounding of two police officers.
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July 22, 1992 | KEN ELLINGWOOD
Police investigating the fatal stabbing and strangulation of Beverly Hills real estate agent Elaine Siegel said Tuesday that their main suspect is a sandwich deliveryman they believe had been to the house the victim was showing in Coldwater Canyon. The suspect was identified as Anthony Pacheo, 34, of Inglewood, who police said had been convicted of second-degree murder in Oxnard. The suspect served about four years in prison and completed his parole, Los Angeles Police Lt. Ron Hall said.
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July 6, 1992 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Marc Schwartz will never forget the humiliation he felt the first time he bought condoms. He was 15. In a New York drugstore, a grandfatherly pharmacist towered in front of him as Schwartz, feigning nonchalance, put the prophylactics on the counter between them. The pharmacist gave Schwartz a sinister stare, then maliciously asked for a price check over the loudspeaker. Almost 15 years later, Schwartz, now 29 and a Beverly Hills resident, is still unnerved by the memory.
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May 12, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
A federal judge on Monday found a union representing newspaper delivery drivers for the New York Times in contempt of court and ordered it to pay unspecified compensatory damages. U.S. District Judge Pierre N. Leval said the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union of New York and Vicinity will also be required to pay the New York Times $100,000 for every hour during which further disruptions occur.
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