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January 30, 2011 | By Firoozeh Dumas
When my family moved to the United States from Iran in 1972, the first Americans I met were the Bradys and the Partridges. After hours of devoted television viewing, I learned that American brothers can be just as annoying as Iranian ones, and that Mrs. Brady worried about her children just like my mom. I learned that Americans, like Iranians, eat dinner together, although no one on TV ever dined on kabob, not even on "Gilligan's Island," with its ample...
October 17, 2010 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County Iranian American businessman was released from prison Saturday after 30 months behind bars, family members have confirmed. Reza Taghavi, 71, left Tehran's notorious Evin Prison and reportedly plans to return to California within a week. The Tustin resident was never formally charged or tried but was accused of passing $200 to a monarchist group called Tondar, which Iran says has been behind terrorist attacks. Taghavi said he gave the money unknowingly. Taghavi's relatives in Tustin and the San Fernando Valley declined to comment Saturday, saying they didn't want to say anything until he was safely out of Iran.
August 22, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Shahbal Shabpareh and his band Black Cats — a premier Iranian American pop group — have performed American hits with a Persian twist at upper-crust Iranian celebrations almost weekly for years. They've seen lots of lavish weddings, but one stands out as the most over-the-top. As guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres outside the banquet hall, the bride was placed in a glass coffin. The groom fitted on a white half-mask. Then, the carefully planned Phantom of the Opera theme devolved into chaos.
January 12, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The host of a popular Persian-language radio talk show was accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of defrauding investors out of more than $20 million in a long-running investment scheme that targeted the Iranian American community. In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, the SEC accused John Farahi; his wife, Gissou Rastegar Farahi; and their company, NewPoint Financial Services, of losing millions of dollars in volatile investments they had promoted as safe.
January 5, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
With street protests raging in Iran, political activism is on the rise among Los Angeles' already vocal Iranian American community. Flag-waving demonstrators clad in the opposition movement's signature green have been a common sight outside the Federal Building in Westwood, and Iranian-language media is abuzz with debate. But when it comes to the three young American hikers being held in Iran on espionage charges the community has been decidedly silent. No large demonstrations, little conversation, virtually no push for action.
December 29, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Before comedian Peter the Persian took the stage and joked about his immigrant father's mispronunciation of English obscenities, Nadia Babayi stepped to the front of the room and struck a more serious tone. She told the group, gathered at the Brick Building in Culver City for a cancer fundraiser, that about 300,000 Iranians were counted in the last U.S. census. She said the numbers were grossly underreported. "All of us know we are more than that. We are in the millions," Babayi said.
December 14, 2009 | By Robert Faturechi
When 25-year-old Daniel Levian was killed in a 2008 drunk driving accident, news of the sudden loss jolted the city's tight-knit Iranian American community. Word spread at popular Westside eateries and synagogues, and through Persian-language radio. But a local nonprofit, started by family and friends after Levian's death, is taking a novel approach to turning the tragedy into something positive during the holiday season. The Lev Foundation, launched in August 2008, is distributing free $10 taxi vouchers online through the month of December -- a time when holiday festivities can lead to increased drunk driving.
October 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A court has sentenced Iranian American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, who was detained after Iran's disputed June election, to more than 12 years in jail, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly urged Tehran to immediately release the scholar, saying the United States was "deeply concerned" about the long jail term. The verdict comes as the U.S. is seeking to engage Iran in direct talks to resolve a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
July 21, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
Patriotic Persian music blasted from the car that led thousands of demonstrators down Westwood Boulevard one recent afternoon, past Persian restaurants and bookstores. A plane hired by a local Persian TV station streaked overhead, flying a banner proclaiming: "We support freedom in Iran."
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