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November 13, 2009 | Victoria Kim
State officials said Thursday they have found no evidence of mass grave disturbances at a Mission Hills Jewish cemetery, which was accused in a class-action lawsuit of breaking open interment vaults and losing or discarding human remains to make space for new burials. The lawsuit was filed in September against Eden Memorial Park. "We have not seen any evidence of the kind of massive desecration that [is] being alleged," said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees cemeteries.
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November 13, 2009 | Victoria Kim
State officials said Thursday they have found no evidence of mass grave disturbances at a Mission Hills Jewish cemetery, which was accused in a class-action lawsuit of breaking open interment vaults and losing or discarding human remains to make space for new burials. The lawsuit was filed in September against Eden Memorial Park. "We have not seen any evidence of the kind of massive desecration that [is] being alleged," said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees cemeteries.
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September 15, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim
Operators of a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills allegedly broke open concrete interment vaults and discarded or lost human remains as they made room for additional decedents, attorneys asserted Monday. A class-action lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against Eden Memorial Park and its parent company, Service Corporation International, alleges that the cemetery attempted to improperly squeeze plots together for profit, breaking existing vaults and moving or discarding remains in the process.
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September 15, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim
Operators of a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills allegedly broke open concrete interment vaults and discarded or lost human remains as they made room for additional decedents, attorneys asserted Monday. A class-action lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against Eden Memorial Park and its parent company, Service Corporation International, alleges that the cemetery attempted to improperly squeeze plots together for profit, breaking existing vaults and moving or discarding remains in the process.
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September 4, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Lew Roth, who served 22 years on the Simi Valley School Board before losing his reelection race in November, has died of kidney cancer. He was 58. Roth died at 9:20 p.m. Sunday at Encino Hospital after more than a year of battling the disease, said his wife, Rollie Roth. In addition to his wife, Roth is survived by his daughter, Miriam, 30, and two sons, Paul, 33, and Barry, 24.
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November 7, 1992
Gary Abrahams, a co-founder of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Filmex) and a prominent figure in the local cinema scene, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospice. He was 48 and died of the complications of AIDS. Abrahams also was a founder of American Cinematheque, like Filmex an organization devoted to the international motion picture community in which films are selected from often exotic locations around the world for screening locally.
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February 20, 1992
Herman Kretzer, a Universal Studios attorney for 45 years, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 83. A longtime North Hollywood resident, Kretzer died Monday of a heart attack, said his wife, Eleanor Kretzer. Born in Los Angeles, he graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles and was the school's first student body president. He completed his undergraduate work at UCLA, graduated from USC Law School and became a social worker.
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January 23, 1992
H. Jay Ulis, a former vaudeville performer and past honorary mayor of Van Nuys, has died at a hospital in Yountville, Calif. He was 98. A former Van Nuys resident, Ulis died Jan. 15 of complications of his age, said his niece, Joan Dreyfuss. Born in Russia, Ulis came to the United States when he was a child. He quit high school to travel the country performing vaudeville with his brother, Al. After serving in the U. S.
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November 26, 1991
Ann Parry, a San Fernando Valley real estate broker for 31 years, has died at a North Hollywood hospital. She was 75. A Northridge resident, Mrs. Parry died Friday of cancer, said her son, Darryl Parry of Chatsworth. Born in Greensburg, Pa., she came to California in 1947 and settled in the San Fernando Valley. She began working as a real estate agent in 1949 and in 1955 opened Ann Parry Real Estate Inc. in Tarzana. She retired in 1980, when the office was moved to Burbank. Mrs.
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January 5, 1999
World War II veteran James Raff of Ventura died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 76. Raff was born in Zmigrod Nowy, Poland, to Yetta Meisner and Wolf Raff, and grew up in New York City. He served in the Army during World War II and was an active member of the Jewish War Veterans Post 101 in Ventura. He took an active role in the annual collection and distribution of clothing to homeless veterans.
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December 20, 1990
Daniel P. Kagel, a retired executive for MCA Inc., has died in a Van Nuys convalescent home. He was 73. Kagel, a longtime resident of Encino, died Wednesday of cancer, said David Kagel, a son. Daniel Kagel was born Jan. 18, 1917, in Petaluma, Calif. He began working for MCA in 1939 and was the company's director of administration of advertising, publicity and promotion when he retired in 1986.
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July 17, 1992
Dr. Jerome K. Schaffer, who practiced general medicine in Encino for 40 years, has died at his Van Nuys home. He was 68. Schaffer died Tuesday of heart and kidney failure, said his wife, Freda Schaffer. Born in Chicago, Schaffer served in the U. S. Army in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
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