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May 3, 2002 | From Times wire reports
NEW MEXICO A man who started a wildfire in the Sacramento Mountains that has burned more than 9,500 acres and destroyed at least 20 structures committed suicide because he couldn't live with what happened, a sheriff said. The man wrote a suicide note and then shot himself in the head Wednesday night in a home in La Luz, the Otero County sheriff's office said. Sheriff John Lee identified the man as William Myers.
March 24, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman charged with smuggling Mexican women into the United States and forcing them to work as prostitutes at motels near Disneyland has jumped bail, officials said Tuesday. Maria De La Luz Menjivar, 43, of Wilmington failed to appear in court for a hearing last week, prompting a judge to issue an arrest warrant, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. Menjivar was arrested Feb. 4 after three women reported the alleged sex-slave ring to police.
September 2, 2010
Well-known for her pop art paintings of beguiling young women in fanciful backdrops, Japanese pop artist Yumiko Kayukawa will be signing her work at the opening of her new show, "49 Days. " Kayukawa's show runs through Sept. 23 in conjunction with surrealist painter and Otis professor Nathan Ota's new exhibition "An Unforeseen Homecoming. " La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Artist reception, 8-11 p.m. Fri. Free. .
July 18, 2007 | Amy Scattergood
HOW to choose among the seemingly endless array of tortillas available in Los Angeles? The Times tasting panel met last week to give it a try. Joining me on the panel were food editor Leslie Brenner, assistant food editor Betty Hallock, staff writer Charles Perry, test kitchen director Donna Deane and recipe tester Noelle Carter. We tasted handmade corn tortillas purchased from area markets, tortillerias and taquerias, including Los 5 Puntos on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, El Parian on West Pico Boulevard, Olvera Street's La Luz del Dia and Tonny's in Pasadena.
June 6, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Mercedes Navarrete, head of a Panorama City-based pyramid scheme that bilked nearly 16,000 people out of millions of dollars, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for being married to two men at the same time. Navarrete, 55, who was found guilty of bigamy by a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in April for her role in La Luz de Oro Corp.
October 13, 2001
Luis Antonio Garcia Navarro, 60, the conductor credited with reviving Madrid's opera house after its 1997 reopening and bringing it international fame, died of cancer late Wednesday in Madrid's Clinica de La Luz, according to a statement released Thursday by the opera, the Teatro Real. Born in Valencia, Spain, in 1941, Garcia Navarro studied music in his native city before moving on to academies in Madrid and Austria.
May 20, 1990 | JUDITH SIMS
"HE WAS A GUY who had the ability of any commercial or fine artist, but he didn't pursue a career; he pursued the art," says artist Peter Shire about his father, Henry Shire, who died in 1985. Henry Shire was blacklisted in the '50s for his beliefs, which were espoused in his left-wing political cartoons. Later, Henry Shire made detailed woodcuts for books as well as striking sketches of downtown L.A. and the freeways that as a carpenter he helped construct.
November 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Palmdale woman pleaded no contest Friday to conspiracy and other felony charges for her role in a pyramid scheme that bilked hundreds of working-class Latinos out of more than $2.5 million, prosecutors said. Alejandra Nunez, 40, was sentenced to 40 months in state prison for her participation in La Luz de Oro, a Panorama City telecommunications company. Members paid $75 to join the company and were required to attend meetings and purchase long-distance telephone cards.
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