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October 26, 2005 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Sister Janet Harris swore she would never do it again. Three decades ago, her dogged gumshoe work helped win a retrial and an acquittal for a young gangbanger convicted of attempted murder during a supermarket heist. Harris' efforts took almost two years and left her emotionally drained. But when Harris learned the details of the case of Mario Rocha, a 16-year-old Highland Park youth convicted of murder and attempted murder, she couldn't help but launch into amateur detective mode once again.
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October 26, 2005 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Sister Janet Harris swore she would never do it again. Three decades ago, her dogged gumshoe work helped win a retrial and an acquittal for a young gangbanger convicted of attempted murder during a supermarket heist. Harris' efforts took almost two years and left her emotionally drained. But when Harris learned the details of the case of Mario Rocha, a 16-year-old Highland Park youth convicted of murder and attempted murder, she couldn't help but launch into amateur detective mode once again.
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October 29, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Leonard is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Tuesday that they would not retry the case of a 29-year-old man who has long insisted he was wrongfully convicted of a 1996 murder in Highland Park. The decision marks the end of a 12-year legal odyssey for Mario Rocha and his supporters, who include a Catholic nun and a team of high-powered attorneys from a downtown law firm who worked on the case for free. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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August 4, 1996 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sister Janet Harris doesn't hear the shouts from across the grounds at Central Juvenile Hall. She continues walking--her thoughts adrift like a balloon on land wind, carried to waters deep with unfinished paperwork and squalls of dire sequela. She is rarely still. Shortly after 5 a.m., after a cup of coffee thinned by milk, she often walks a mile. That is when she prays.
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August 4, 1996 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sister Janet Harris doesn't hear the shouts from across the grounds at Central Juvenile Hall. She continues walking--her thoughts adrift like a balloon on land wind, carried to waters deep with unfinished paperwork and squalls of dire sequela. She is rarely still. Shortly after 5 a.m., after a cup of coffee thinned by milk, she often walks a mile. That is when she prays.
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August 18, 1996
Sister Janet Harris' saintly work in consoling and comforting the innocent damned is all very admirable, but aren't her efforts much too late and off target? ("Sister of Mercy," Aug. 4) We should be focusing on the parents who cause the tragedies by having children before they are prepared to do a proper job of showing their offspring how to be happy, productive citizens. It is criminally irresponsible to underwrite inadequate youngsters who reproduce themselves indiscriminately simply because nature makes it possible.
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June 15, 1993
Luther Petty Jr. of Ventura, who owned restaurants in Ventura, Ojai and Oxnard before founding an oil recovery company, died Friday while in Mexico. He was 69. Petty was born in Webbers Falls, Okla., on Aug. 30, 1923, and moved to Ventura County in 1940. After serving a stint in the U. S. Army, he returned to Ventura, and opened a series of restaurants. During his years as a restaurateur, Petty operated the Light House and Chili Bowl in Ventura, The Wheel in Ojai and the Alternate Inn in Oxnard.
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April 28, 1995
Helping hands IRVINE Athena Award Given to 'Career Volunteer' Who: Janet Harris Tonkovich Contribution: Tonkovich, an Irvine resident, recently received the Athena Award for outstanding volunteer service. At a recent Newport Harbor Panhellenic luncheon, she was characterized as a "career volunteer" who was instrumental in efforts to incorporate Irvine, which became a city in 1971. She is a former school PTA president and served on the Irvine Unified School District Middle School Task Force.
SPORTS
March 22, 1985 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
Having played just three games in the last month, you'd figure the University of Georgia women's basketball team would be at least slightly rusty heading into its NCAA West Regional semifinal game against UCLA Thursday night. Guess again. The Bulldogs destroyed the Bruins in the first half and then ran through the motions in the second on the way to a 78-42 victory in Pauley Pavilion.
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May 16, 1986 | LINK MATHEWSON
About 1,400 members and guests of the Junior League of Newport Harbor got an early glimpse of the new Nordstrom store at South Coast Plaza Wednesday when an "Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show" raised $35,000 for the League's community service programs. The new Costa Mesa store officially opens at 10 a.m. today, but those who attended the tea had three hours to browse freely and shop while sampling a selection of teas, scones and other light fare.
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March 17, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Katrina McClain and Janet Harris each scored 24 points as Georgia's women's team defeated Tennessee Tech, 91-74, Saturday at Athens, Ga., in the first round of the NCAA West Regional basketball tournament. Georgia will face UCLA Thursday at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins beat Washington, 78-62, Friday. McClain scored 20 of her points before intermission as the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 50-33 halftime lead.
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May 19, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
Gourmet food, fine wine and great music--the key ingredients for a successful party--were all present in abundance at the South Coast Cancer League's "A Taste for Life." A sell-out crowd of 600 party-goers danced under a cluster of gold paper stars, sampled from among 140 wine selections and tasted gourmet offerings from 21 Orange County restaurants Sunday at the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center in Costa Mesa.
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