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October 8, 2004 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
On paper, these neighbors seem so alike. David Gongora and Leo Rijn are sons of immigrants who came to the United States in the 1940s. Both grew up in Southern California and watched their fathers toil their way to successful livelihoods. Gongora has three children; Rijn (pronounced Rhine) has two. At the Rijn home live two rescued dogs -- Angus and Moon, an ornery rat terrier and placid chow-esque mutt. At the Gongora home live three rescued cats.
September 21, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 1-year-old girl was in critical condition Monday after her father accidentally ran her over while backing out of the driveway, police said. MacKenzie Hovis was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, where she was being treated for collapsed lungs and other injuries, police said. Robert Hovis, 39, was slowly backing up his 1989 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the 700 block of Fairway Drive about 11:30 a.m. Sunday when he heard a thump and a neighbor screaming for him to stop.
August 6, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
At the end of the day in Fitzgerald, when shop owners hang up "closed" signs and the fierce heat fades a little, chickens come out of the shadows. They hop across Main Street, tail feathers arching delicately behind them. They scratch and scratch on lawns, with one ropy foot cocked in the air. Roosters, their wattles electric red, chase hens around azaleas. It's been 30 years since wild chickens began roaming the streets here, the unintended result of an experiment by the U.S.
April 29, 2004 | Chris Erskine
WE LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH Cheerios in our dress shoes and the teeth-clenched expressions of suburbanites escaping the kids for a few precious hours. Someone's turning 40. Which is an odd expression, "turning 40." Frankly, you're either 40 or you're not. "What time will you be home?" asks the older daughter, home for the weekend. "Ten-ish," I say. " 'Ish' is not a time," she says. "Then midnight," I say. "Midnight-ish," says my wife. This is met with howls of protest.
April 27, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
Peace and tranquillity broke out at the Scyphers home in Camarillo about four years ago after the last father versus son basketball game took place. It didn't require intervention from Henry Kissinger to produce a truce. Brett Scyphers entered his freshman year at Camarillo High, and his father, Mike, decided the competition between the two should be redirected.
April 6, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
A Hollywood man was booked on suspicion of murder Monday after he allegedly shot and killed an unarmed man trying to steal his 1995 Honda from his driveway. Yoon Ho Song, 26, allegedly fired a single gunshot that killed the unidentified 25-year-old man, said Det. Mike Thrasher of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. "You can only use deadly force to protect life, not property," Thrasher said.
January 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
William Randolph Hearst III, grandson of publishing empire founder William Randolph Hearst, is suing the city over a plan to improve the Mountain Home Inn on Panoramic Highway. Hearst and his wife, Margaret, live on a five-acre tract next door and fear the project would be intrusive. "The Mountain Home Inn driveway is already on Hearst property," said John Sanger, Hearst's lawyer.
November 13, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Authorities on Wednesday identified a homicide victim found this week at an exclusive housing development near Orange as the 17-year-old co-captain of El Modena High School's wrestling team. The bloodied body of Diego Armando Gonzalez-Sanchez of Orange was reported about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the driveway of an abandoned house in Orange Park Acres. "All I can say is that it was a very savage, brutal homicide," Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said Wednesday.
August 1, 2003
A bicyclist died Thursday in Anaheim after he swerved into traffic to avoid one car and was hit by a pickup, police said. Juan de Jesus, 58, of Stanton, was riding his bicycle north on the sidewalk in the 700 block of Beach Boulevard about 1 p.m., police said, when a car pulled out of a driveway in front of him. Trying to avoid a collision, Jesus swerved into the street, where he was hit by 2001 red Dodge Ram pickup traveling in the opposite direction, said Sgt.
February 5, 2003 | Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune
If you have thick skin and deep pockets, you'll find the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban more pleasant than many of the other sport utility vehicles on the market. It offers a smooth, sedan-like ride and rather agile handling for a vehicle so big -- except when you have to pull into that tight spot in the parking lot.
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