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December 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Christmas in Florida proved cruel this year for thousands of migrant farm workers who came from places as far away as Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. The record Christmas weekend freeze killed up to 90% of the winter vegetable crops in South Florida just as the migrants arrived. The cold also damaged the citrus of Central Florida, but much of that can be turned to juice.
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NEWS
February 7, 1993 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She had come bearing good news on a rainy night, and Mary Ellen Beaver expected a warm welcome. But when she entered the barracks of 30 sugar-cane workers just back from the fields, it was more like stepping into a lion's den. "Lady, you tryin' to cheat us!" roared a Jamaican man, crumpling the newsletter that Beaver had given him. "Where's the $51 million we gonna get? How much of it you got?" "Goodby!"
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NEWS
February 7, 1993 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She had come bearing good news on a rainy night, and Mary Ellen Beaver expected a warm welcome. But when she entered the barracks of 30 sugar-cane workers just back from the fields, it was more like stepping into a lion's den. "Lady, you tryin' to cheat us!" roared a Jamaican man, crumpling the newsletter that Beaver had given him. "Where's the $51 million we gonna get? How much of it you got?" "Goodby!"
NEWS
February 18, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The AFL-CIO urged Congress to pass legislation granting temporary asylum to all Haitian "boat people." It said Haiti's military-backed government has killed, beaten or jailed several labor activists. The labor group's executive council, meeting in Miami, denounced the Bush Administration's policy of forced repatriation for most of the thousands of Haitian refugees.
NEWS
November 17, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 75 farm workers fell ill in a cauliflower field treated with a deadly pesticide and 11 were hospitalized overnight with vomiting, dizziness and breathing problems. The laborers had been exposed Wednesday to Phosdrin, a pesticide that attacks insects' central nervous systems. One woman in intensive care at a Tampa, Fla., hospital showed no improvement, "while the others have," a spokeswoman said. She said the woman's condition was considered life-threatening.
NEWS
February 18, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The AFL-CIO urged Congress to pass legislation granting temporary asylum to all Haitian "boat people." It said Haiti's military-backed government has killed, beaten or jailed several labor activists. The labor group's executive council, meeting in Miami, denounced the Bush Administration's policy of forced repatriation for most of the thousands of Haitian refugees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
It took Berdrigo Beltran 11 days to travel from Florida to Irvine, on a roundabout journey by bus and on foot, to deliver a straightforward message to Taco Bell executives: End the exploitation of him and other tomato pickers. The bus trip he and nearly 100 fellow farm workers took from Immokalee, Fla., was to protest Irvine-based Taco Bell's business ties with his employer and other tomato growers, whom labor activists accuse of exploiting workers.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Banks and stores in Atlanta refused to cash the final paychecks of Eastern Airlines employees after the carrier's shutdown, which also briefly stranded some military personnel trying to report for duty in the Mideast. "I have a wife, two kids, a baby on the way and no money," said Bill Snider, an Eastern mechanic who found that a check-cashing store would not take his $491.14 payroll check. "This is just ridiculous." Bank South Corp.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Digital Domain Productions Inc., a leading visual effects house partly owned by director Michael Bay, is bulking up ? but not in California. The parent company of the Venice-based studio said Thursday that it was acquiring Westlake Village-based In-Three Inc. and that it planned to move most of the 3-D conversion company's 70 employees to Florida. Founded in 1999, In-Three has been a pioneer in the field of converting movies into 3-D, a business that has taken off since the success of James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar.
NEWS
June 5, 1996 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hardly anybody listened when a Republican emissary urged delegates at the national convention of the Service Employees International Union to vote for Sen. Bob Dole in the fall. The audience kept chattering and gossiping, pausing occasionally to hiss. When a Democrat solicited support for Bill Clinton, she was interrupted by jeers and cries of "What about NAFTA?" Then Robert Wages took his turn, calling for the creation of a Labor Party in the United States.
NEWS
December 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Christmas in Florida proved cruel this year for thousands of migrant farm workers who came from places as far away as Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. The record Christmas weekend freeze killed up to 90% of the winter vegetable crops in South Florida just as the migrants arrived. The cold also damaged the citrus of Central Florida, but much of that can be turned to juice.
NEWS
November 17, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 75 farm workers fell ill in a cauliflower field treated with a deadly pesticide and 11 were hospitalized overnight with vomiting, dizziness and breathing problems. The laborers had been exposed Wednesday to Phosdrin, a pesticide that attacks insects' central nervous systems. One woman in intensive care at a Tampa, Fla., hospital showed no improvement, "while the others have," a spokeswoman said. She said the woman's condition was considered life-threatening.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2004 | Chris Gaither and David Colker, Times Staff Writers
Nearly 2.5 million people were ordered to seek shelter inland in the state's largest evacuation ever as Hurricane Frances, a monstrous storm with sustained winds of 125 mph, set a course to ravage Florida over Labor Day weekend. If the storm continues along its projected path, Frances will make landfall Saturday along the populous southeast coast, perhaps between West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, then head through the state north to the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
The generation-long political retreat of Democrats across the South is disintegrating into a rout. President Bush dominated the South so completely in last month's presidential election that he carried nearly 85% of all the counties across the region -- and more than 90% of counties where whites are a majority of the population, according to a Times analysis of election results and census data.
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