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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
A Granada Hills office manager who ran six family planning clinics across Southern California was sentenced to three years and four months in prison Friday for performing abortions on women, some of whom were not given pain medication during the procedures. Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, 49, who has no medical license, sobbed uncontrollably as she told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta that she felt deep remorse for what she had done and begged the court's forgiveness.
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NATIONAL
January 26, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A 14-year-old aspiring police officer donned a uniform, walked into a Chicago police station and managed to get an assignment, patrolling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected, police said. The teen did not have a gun, never issued any tickets and didn't drive the squad car, Deputy Supt. Daniel Dugan said. Assistant Supt. James Jackson said the ruse was discovered when officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform. The teen is charged with impersonating an officer.
SPORTS
October 11, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
PHILADELPHIA -- Like casualties of a brilliantly soured romance, the Dodgers trudged into the horizon Friday night surrounded by baleful foghorn tones and old fireworks smoke. We don't even know them anymore. Who is this team that, one week after boldly sweeping the Chicago Cubs, is timidly collecting at the same dustpan after losing the first two games of the National League Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies? The final score here in Friday's Game 2 Phillies' victory was 8-5, but it wasn't that close, because the Dodgers just weren't that good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
A man who robbed a Buena Park theater this week took the time and care to convince his victims that he was a police detective and that he was there to help solve a crime, authorities said Tuesday. He wore a gun on his hip and a badge on his shirt and had a business card identifying him as a Buena Park police officer. He made phone calls to supposed supervisors in front of the victims. Then he turned the gun on the unsuspecting manager and fled with the cash. The incident was reported about 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Krikorian Theatres in the Buena Park Mall, said Buena Park Police Sgt. Bill Kohanek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2008 | Tony Perry
Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, a onetime operator of six abortion clinics in Southern California, was charged Friday with 10 felony counts of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft. "This defendant preyed on women in the Hispanic community," San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said. Dumanis said nine women in the Chula Vista area have said Bugarin performed surgery on them. One delivered a premature baby who lived for only three hours, officials said. Bugarin, 48, faces similar charges in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
WHEN David Vanegas was going to Rice University, school officials say, he gravitated to large lecture classes where he wouldn't stand out. At mealtimes, he never seemed to have his ID card handy and relied on friends to let him into the dining hall. In the evenings, he persuaded students to let him stay overnight in their dorm rooms. But his schoolmates began to notice odd things about him, like he never seemed to have any homework.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
Azia Kim, the Fullerton 18-year-old who posed as a Stanford University freshman for eight months, joined the Army ROTC program at nearby Santa Clara University, where she received training and military equipment, university and Army officials said Tuesday. Army spokesman Robert Rosenburgh called Kim a "stealth cadet" who used her phony Stanford identity to participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program for two academic quarters before dropping out in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock and Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writers
Azia Kim arrived at Stanford University last fall from Fullerton and took up residence on campus at Kimball Hall. She ate in the dining hall and seemed to do her homework, often working late into the night on school papers. She told people she was a human biology major and talked about her upcoming exams. There was only one problem: She had not been admitted as a student.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Stanford University officials said Thursday they were investigating claims that a young Orange County woman passed herself off as a student, talked her way into several dormitories and lived on campus for eight months. The university would not disclose the woman's name or the circumstances surrounding her alleged ruse, but the school's student newspaper identified her as Azia Kim, 18, a graduate of Troy High School in Fullerton.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
California's Napa Valley is making a name for itself in Europe with officials there declaring that wine bottles can't say "Napa" on the label if the grapes come from someplace else. The European Union's decision to grant Napa Valley what is known as "geographic indicator" status, reached this year and scheduled to be formally announced in San Francisco today, was hailed by vintners as a breakthrough.
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