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October 24, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN
When I started reporting about 10 years ago, one of my first assignments was a story about a group of Torrance residents who were circulating a petition to ban soccer at a nearby public park. "Why soccer?" my editor asked. "Why not baseball or volleyball?" I found the answer in short time.
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NEWS
May 24, 2005 | Hugo Martin
"FORWARD!" screams rafting guide Keith Stephens, his voice hoarse from barking orders over the roar of the white water. Stephens' crew, including four boisterous Russian tourists, responds to the urgent command by furiously paddling headlong into a Class IV rapid called Joe's Diner. Though the classification is easily explained -- Class IV means it's potentially hazardous for novices -- no one can account for the name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN
The way the Rev. Robert Pipes remembers it, God told him long ago that the vehicle for reaching more lost souls was sitting right in his church parking lot in Watts. Pipes saw his 26-foot Open Road motor home and understood God's message: If the people won't come to church, take the church to them.
NEWS
March 29, 2005 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
CHRIS LONG steered his SUV past the tall pepper trees and horse corrals at Day Creek Ranch. He had come to investigate the report of a big cat -- possibly a lion or tiger -- roaming in the semirural outskirts of Simi Valley, and he was dubious. A patrol lieutenant and tracker with the state Department of Fish and Game, Long had seen many animals before and was most accustomed to cougar sightings, but anything larger seemed highly unlikely.
NEWS
July 22, 2000 | JOE MATHEWS and MANUEL GAMIZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Moving from bedroom to bedroom, an attacker slashed and stabbed five members of a much-admired Pico Rivera family early Friday, killing the father, two sons and a daughter and wounding the mother as they slept, authorities said. The floors of the Flores family's neatly kept yellow house in the 9600 block of Marjorie Street were streaked with blood when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrived.
NEWS
March 29, 2005 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
CHRIS LONG steered his SUV past the tall pepper trees and horse corrals at Day Creek Ranch. He had come to investigate the report of a big cat -- possibly a lion or tiger -- roaming in the semirural outskirts of Simi Valley, and he was dubious. A patrol lieutenant and tracker with the state Department of Fish and Game, Long had seen many animals before and was most accustomed to cougar sightings, but anything larger seemed highly unlikely.
NEWS
May 24, 2005 | Hugo Martin
"FORWARD!" screams rafting guide Keith Stephens, his voice hoarse from barking orders over the roar of the white water. Stephens' crew, including four boisterous Russian tourists, responds to the urgent command by furiously paddling headlong into a Class IV rapid called Joe's Diner. Though the classification is easily explained -- Class IV means it's potentially hazardous for novices -- no one can account for the name.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
HEALTH
December 29, 2008 | Hugo Martin
The hike is long and dusty, across two miles of shrub-strewn desert, south of Apple Valley. But Lisa Fernandez, a Web designer and hot springs enthusiast, has often made the trek from the trail head to the pools of steaming water. She believes the payoff is worth it: a day of soaking in undeveloped, natural hot springs in the shade of pine and willow trees at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
"Slim-line" seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In the survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN
The way the Rev. Robert Pipes remembers it, God told him long ago that the vehicle for reaching more lost souls was sitting right in his church parking lot in Watts. Pipes saw his 26-foot Open Road motor home and understood God's message: If the people won't come to church, take the church to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN
When I started reporting about 10 years ago, one of my first assignments was a story about a group of Torrance residents who were circulating a petition to ban soccer at a nearby public park. "Why soccer?" my editor asked. "Why not baseball or volleyball?" I found the answer in short time.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Workers at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park took photos of visitors entering the parks Tuesday as part of a new effort to crack down on abuse of multi-day tickets. The process of photographing guests--including children--delayed visitors getting into the park by about 45 minutes, according to park-goers. "They delayed literally thousands of people in line to do this process," said Bob Shoberg, a San Jose resident who visited Disneyland with his wife, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993
Hugo Martin did an excellent job in writing about the Burbank Airport. The Burbank Airport ought to be on the National Register of Historic Places. R. C. (CHAPPY) CZAPIEWSKI Founder and President Burbank Aviation Museum
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