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May 15, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen years after being immortalized as "King of the Gypsies" in a movie and best-selling book, Steve Tene says it is time for him to help Gypsies forsake their old ways for a piece of the American Dream. No more fathers selling teen-age daughters as wives, no more keeping Gypsy children out of school, no more of the cloistered existence that has fostered the Gypsy reputation for thievery and distrust. "Tradition has to be broken," declared Tene, who extolled the virtues of Americanization from his Laguna Beach home with an ocean view.
February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
May 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope John Paul II beatified a Gypsy for the first time in church history, taking a step to promote tolerance and understanding of the nomadic group. Several thousand Gypsies from all over Europe joined the crowd in St. Peter's Square to attend a Mass in honor of Ceferino Jimenez Malla and four other people beatified by the pope. Beatification is the last formal step before possible sainthood.
December 5, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
In “God's Gypsy,” now at the Lillian Theatre, playwright and performer Coco Blignaut dramatizes the life of St. Teresa of Ávila, the 16th-century Spanish nun known for her ecstatic visions (the most famous starred a handsome angel who pierced her heart with a flaming sword). Targeted by the Spanish Inquisition and accused of blasphemy, hysteria and demonic possession, she nonetheless persevered in reforming the Carmelite order and establishing monasteries around the world.  This world premiere begins with appropriately bliss-inducing original music by violinist/vocalist/composer Lili Haydn (who performed live on opening night)
September 10, 1988
Twenty Polish Gypsies accused of burglarizing the homes of elderly people throughout Southern California last winter have been ordered to stand trial on burglary, conspiracy and receiving stolen property charges. After a 17-week preliminary hearing, Pasadena Municipal Judge Judson W. Morris Jr. ordered that the defendants be arraigned in Pasadena Superior Court on Sept. 23.
October 30, 1987
A Gypsy leader has denounced a Sherman Oaks fortuneteller who swindled four customers out of more than $40,000 and predicted that the fortuneteller would be blackballed by Gypsies nationwide. John Merino, leader of the Los Angeles-area Gypsy Council, testified in Van Nuys Superior Court that the clan has raised about $10,000 to repay the victims and he hopes to collect $20,000 more from fellow Gypsies.
July 29, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has become a cause celebre for a group fighting prejudice against Gypsies, a Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered the resentencing of a convicted burglar who was described in a probation report as operating with "other weak-minded scheming Gypsies." Walter Larson, who is serving a 3-year federal sentence for bribery, was ordered by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Richard F. Charvat to return to court Oct. 5 for resentencing on the burglary charge.
January 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
Six elderly men, five of them from San Francisco, were apparently killed with the heart medication digitalis after being wooed for their money by younger women belonging to a San Francisco-based Gypsy family, authorities say. The five San Francisco victims died between 1983 and last year.
December 14, 1988
Jewelry, silverware and other valuables stolen from homes by what authorities say was a band of Polish Gypsies who preyed on elderly people will be returned to the owners today, Los Angeles police announced Tuesday. The property was released by Pasadena Superior Court Judge Gilbert Alston now that 16 of the 20 suspects arrested last March have pleaded guilty to burglary and conspiracy charges. The items will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the property division at Parker Center, 150 N.
March 25, 1988
At least $500,000 in stolen property was recovered when nine members of a Gypsy band were arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport as they tried to board a Chicago-bound jet, Los Angeles police said. Large amounts of jewelry and silverware had been taken, mostly from the homes of elderly residents, Lt. Doug Collisson said. The band had been in Los Angeles several months after traveling across the United States and Canada, Collisson said.
November 21, 2013 | Matt Cooper
The new play "God's Gypsy" celebrates the life and times of Teresa of Avila, love is in the air in "Parfumerie," and "The Secret Garden" blooms in Anaheim. Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Sketch-comedy musical for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. $8-$12. (562) 944-9801. Parfumerie Adaptation of the retail-set, holiday-themed romantic comedy that was the basis for the films “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You've Got Mail.” The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.
July 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
One Long Island, N.Y., school district suggests its students read "The Great Gypsy" this summer, along with classics by George Ornell and Emily Bonte.  Except that book is “The Great Gatsby," and those authors, of course, are George Orwell and Emily Bronte -- a few examples of more than 30 spelling errors found on a summer reading list  from the Hempstead Union Free School District. The list also misspells the names of David McCullough, Louis Sachar and Frederick Douglass.
April 19, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Growing up poor and motherless in the slums of Jerusalem's Old City, Amoun Sleem dropped out of school at age 7 after her teacher repeatedly singled her out as a Gypsy, inspecting her hair for lice in front of the class and calling her "Nawar," a derogatory Arabic term that means "dirty. " On the streets, she learned English by selling postcards to tourists, but soon realized that a life of begging was not for her. At 9, she reentered school and stayed until she got a degree in business administration from Ibrahimi College in Jerusalem.
July 21, 2012 | By Rachel Miller, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Best known for his roles in the "Karate Kid," "My Cousin Vinny" and "The Outsiders," Ralph Macchio has decided to take a break from being in front of the camera and instead get behind it as executive producer of NatGeo's new reality series "American Gypsies. " Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m., "American Gypsies" centers on the Johns family and sheds some light on the modern Gypsy way of life in New York City. Macchio talks about his new show, the Romani lifestyle and his role behind the camera.
July 16, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"American Gypsies" is a new reality series from National Geographic Channel, and perhaps the clearest indication yet that the magazine and the TV network that shares its name are operating on different principles and standards of veracity. Produced by Ralph "Karate Kid" Macchio, it takes whatever might be enlightening or moving about the subject and crams it into the standardized strictures of what has become the lowest form of television, however much you want to intellectualize your love of "The Real Housewives of Whatever.
January 6, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As a certain British super-sleuth might observe, there was nothing elementary about the path that Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer took to bring Gypsy folk music into his soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " Whether the score earns him an Oscar nomination or not, as the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie did two years ago, Zimmer hopes it will draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most maltreated and marginalized ethnic groups - the Roma people of Eastern Europe, more commonly (and pejoratively)
November 9, 1988
A burglar whose prison term was re-evaluated because of a probation report that said he operated with "other weak-minded scheming Gypsies" has been resentenced to state prison for the same five-year, four-month term. Walter Larson, 37, of Montebello, was resentenced to the same amount of prison time that he previously received for stealing $130 during burglaries at four Long Beach homes in 1984.
September 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Gypsy woman was shot and killed by men in Kosovo Liberation Army uniforms in the southern Kosovo town of Suva Reka, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said. Ethnic Albanians accuse Gypsies of siding with Serbs in Kosovo, the Yugoslav province where Serbian forces carried out an "ethnic cleansing" campaign that sparked NATO's 11-week air war. The shooting of the 65-year-old woman occurred late Wednesday, NATO officials said in Pristina, the provincial capital.
December 4, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Kazuo Okawa's luckless career as a "nuclear gypsy" began one night at a poker game. The year was 1992, and jobs were scarce in this farming town in the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. An unemployed Okawa gambled and drank a lot. He was dealing cards when a stranger made him an offer: manage a crew of unskilled workers at the nearby plant. "Just gather a team of young guys and show up at the front gate; I'll tell you what to do," instructed the man, who Okawa later learned was a recruiter for a local job subcontracting firm.
November 4, 2011
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