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July 30, 1998
In his July 24 column, "Listen to the Children," Al Martinez reports that he listens to children on the issue of gun control. That would explain the childish opinions. I sincerely hope that Al won't mind if the rest of us hold adult opinions about such weighty matters. Personally, I doubt that the "Barney" set has done much research into the issue of gun control. STEVE BELL Woodland Hills
April 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Back when Jeremy Martinez committed to USC as a freshman catcher at Santa Ana Mater Dei, few expected him to end up in college. He was a top draft pick in waiting. For whatever reason, Martinez didn't go as high as expected by his senior year. He was a 37th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs and ended up going to USC after all. And the Trojans now have a standout for three years. As a freshman this season, Martinez is the eighth-leading hitter in the Pac-12, with a .347 batting average.
May 7, 1988
The recent letter from Richard Tyler, former public relations boss for the Magic Mountain organization, succinctly strengthens the principle of this great country's protective balances: "You say and think your beliefs and I'll say mine as long as we are not impinging on your's or my constitutionally granted liberties." I believe Martinez' observations were based on a certain aura of potential mischief when he noticed a somewhat extra cautionary effort shown by security personnel at the "Mountain's" entrance when "gang-like" groups appeared.
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
November 21, 2006
Re "Conservatives wary of Bush pick for RNC," Nov. 15 President Bush's support for a moderate Latino to lead the Republican Party is far from a "Harriet Myers moment." Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) is a pragmatic choice based on long-term demographics -- Latinos are a growing segment of the American electorate. Social conservatives are not. MAEVE WOLFENDEN Sherman Oaks
November 13, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
It's when a city councilman is about to be sentenced for improprieties in office that he finds out who his true friends are. For former San Diego City Councilman Uvaldo Martinez--his resignation took effect at midnight--the roster includes a council colleague, a Municipal Court judge, a land-use lawyer, a developer, a priest, a retired house painter and one of the female dining partners who figured in his downfall.
December 20, 1985 | PENNY PAGANO and JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writers
San Diego City Councilman Uvaldo Martinez has made a standing offer to resign his District 8 seat if he and his business partners are granted the license to operate radio station KIFM, according to papers filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The offer is contained in documents filed last year by San Diego Broadcasting, a partnership including Martinez that is one of 21 groups competing for the license in a bruising battle expected to last several years.
November 7, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge overrode the recommendation of county finance officials when he allowed San Diego City Councilman Uvaldo Martinez to retain his court-appointed lawyer after the council granted itself a $5,000-a-year raise, according to court records released Thursday. Judge Richard D. Huffman said the county's advice was based on a miscalculation of Martinez's finances. The officials who made the recommendation acknowledged that judges ignore their advice more often than not.
November 14, 1986 | MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Matthew G. Martinez was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his car rammed two other vehicles in an early morning accident, Montebello police said Thursday. The Monterey Park Democrat denies that he was drunk and claims that the accident occurred when he fell asleep at the wheel, a spokeswoman in his Washington office said.
August 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Veterans Administration says it plans to close its 259-bed medical center here because of "seismic deficiencies." The 28-year-old hospital, built with what a VA spokesman calls "1958 design technology," is in an area between two active earthquake faults and is close to a third. Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski said in Washington that the VA will seek $217 million for construction of a 243-bed hospital and $12 million for a 120-bed nursing home unit on the campus of UC Davis.
April 9, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It was only the 10th game of the season for the Dodgers but mark it down as the early leader for their strangest. And, maybe, the most disappointing. A steal of home, a suicide squeeze by a pitcher, three errors by the Dodgers, a dramatic three-run bottom-of-the-ninth rally to tie it -- all for their closer to immediately give up the game in the 10th inning. More than four hours after it began, the Dodgers suffered a tough 7-6 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 42,687 when Victor Martinez opened the 10th with a solo home run off closer Kenley Jansen.
April 9, 2014 | By Diana Marcum, Scott Gold and Marisa Gerber
RICHGROVE, Calif. - In March 2013, a man with brooding, mahogany eyes and a walrus mustache traveled from his home in California to visit relatives in Alabama. The trip did not end well. When a business acquaintance insulted Jose Manuel Martinez's daughter, Martinez put two bullets in the man's head, officials said. It was a matter "of family honor," Errek Jett, an Alabama prosecutor, said Wednesday. But it was not, it turned out, the first time he had killed - far from it, authorities believe.
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The latest winners of the annual Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts, which funnel $75,000 prizes to experimental artists in recognition of past achievements and future promise, include longtime L.A. visual art provocateur Daniel Joseph Martinez and four others based in Chicago or New York who didn't start making their marks until the 21st century. Martinez, who earned his master of fine art degree from California Institute of the Arts, which administers the Alpert Awards, has been exhibiting his work since the late 1970s and was included in both the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. He grabbed attention in the 1993 Whitney group show by creating a simple white lapel button distributed to museum visitors that said, “I can't imagine ever wanting to be white.” CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Martinez recently had an L.A. gallery show whose paintings and photographs were inspired by what he'd seen and heard over several years of riding Metro buses through the city.
March 31, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
It was all going so well until the brother-in-law got involved. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was picking up right where he left off the other day, looking sharp, poised and on his game, even if all of his teammates weren't quite along for the ride Monday at Staples Center. Then Minnesota forward Matt Moulson, who is Quick's brother-in-law and a former teammate, got opportunistic and sparked a third-period rally by the Wild as Minnesota beat the Kings, 3-2, scoring twice in a span of 1 minute 2 seconds.
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
They play for rival schools now, Ty Moore at UCLA and Jeremy Martinez at USC. But they're brothers forever after being teammates at Santa Ana Mater Dei, and each came through with hits in the 10th inning on Sunday to deliver victory for their respective teams. Moore. a sophomore, had a two-run single in the 10th inning to give UCLA an 8-7 win over Washington State. Martinez, a freshman, had an RBI double in the 10th to break a 3-3 tie and help USC defeat Stanford, 6-3.  
March 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Sergio Martinez is the World Boxing Council middleweight champion, and with the exception of some sanctioning-body shenanigans, has owned the belt since 2010. The 39-year-old Argentinian is 51-2-2 and has beaten the likes of Kelly Pavlik at his peak, Paul Williams when he was called boxing's most feared fighter and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He deserves respect. But that's not what Miguel Cotto is giving him in anticipation of their June 7 HBO pay-per-view fight at Madison Square Garden.
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The head was discovered first, wrapped in a plastic 99 Cents Only Store bag along one of the hiking trails below the Hollywood sign. The right hand and feet were found a day later, this time in a Rite Aid bag buried in a 6-inch grave. The left hand was uncovered hours later. Now, more than two years after the grisly discovery in Griffith Park, Los Angeles police have announced an arrest in the slaying of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin: Medellin's boyfriend, who had long been a person of interest in the case.
March 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
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