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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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March 15, 2007 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
YOU won't hear George Treadwell harmonizing on any of the classic hits by the Drifters, not "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk" or the song that declares "the neon lights are bright on Broadway." But whenever Tina Treadwell listens to those old tunes, she hears a sound that her father pieced together some 50 years ago, music she considers her birthright.
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December 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of stealing the identity of an Army judge advocate general officer to illegally practice law in Southern California. Rigoberto Vazquez, 39, appeared on behalf of clients in a number of L.A.-area courts, prosecutors said Wednesday. Vazquez assumed the identity of Maj. Robert Vasquez, who is licensed to practice law in California but never has, Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Wenke said. Vazquez was charged Dec.
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December 15, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
The assemblyman at the center of a controversy over the issuance of official-looking badges to campaign supporters on Thursday called the fellow lawmaker asked to investigate the practice "the most racist legislator I have encountered in over 40 years." Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) made the comment about Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) in response to a question from a television reporter.
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