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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1998 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In South-Central Los Angeles, they called him B.T., short for Big Time, a reference to the amounts of crack cocaine he sold and the shiny gray Cadillac he drove. Kent Lewis, 38, still uses that handle, but now only to describe how his life has changed. Big Time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a contraption called a water-based parts washer that helped Albert Orellana realize his years-long goal. He already recycled oil. He sent off air filters to be mashed up into new products. He even reused paper towels. But the acquisition of the parts washer, this $1,600 machine that cleans the day-to-day grease on pistons and rods without toxic gasoline solvents--that was the clincher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just wait until beleaguered Los Angeles gardeners get wind of Gody Sanchez's solution to the leaf blower controversy. It's a pollution-free, whisper-quiet leaf blower built from common car parts that may have enough power up its nozzle to sweep the blower ban debate right out of City Hall. Sanchez, a Van Nuys auto mechanic, surprised gardeners in the fifth day of a hunger strike outside the mayor's office when he showed up late Wednesday and strapped on his homemade leaf blower.
WORLD
May 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - Abdul Shakour was working the night shift at Bagram air base repairing American vehicles when he was called to an emergency meeting. The news was bad: Shakour and 22 other Afghan mechanics were being laid off. After seven years at Bagram, Shakour was unceremoniously shown the door last month. He was told to return the next day to turn in his security badge and collect his final paycheck. "There aren't as many vehicles to fix and not as many soldiers around, so they don't need us anymore," Shakour said outside the base, speaking with a thick accent the English he had learned from American civilians and troops.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Like countless hitting coaches before him, Mark McGwire thinks Andre Ethier can hit left-handed pitching. "You know what, I'm telling you right now, it's not as bad as you guys think it is," McGwire said. It has been said before. But McGwire is offering the left-handed-hitting Ethier a new method to remedy his Achilles' heel. McGwire wants Ethier to focus on his mental approach rather than his swing mechanics. "Obviously, the mechanics are there so it's just the mental side and focusing on that," Ethier said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2003 | Kurt Streeter and Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writers
Metropolitan Transportation Authority mechanics went on strike early today, stranding many of the approximately 400,000 passengers served daily by the bus and rail system in Los Angeles County. Mechanics union leader Neil Silver set up a picket line at midnight Monday at an MTA bus maintenance facility in the San Fernando Valley. He told mechanics to get ready for a protracted strike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
An insurance fraud sting targeting auto body repair shops in Orange County ended with the arrest of 53 mechanics Wednesday and Thursday, including Richard Evans, who once appeared on the Speed Channel reality show "Chop Cut Rebuild." Evans owns Huntington Beach Bodyworks. The Orange County district attorney's office conducted 152 covert investigations from January to May in Operation Straight Body, which targeted repair shops that had received consumer complaints over the last three years, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Talks resumed in the transit strike Saturday--one day after union leaders representing idled bus mechanics walked out of negotiations in protest of what they said was the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision to send a "misleading" letter directly to workers. Saturday's negotiations began in midafternoon after a meeting, arranged by state mediator Tom McCarthy, to clear the air. Talks continued throughout the day but no resolution had been reached by late Saturday night.
WORLD
September 14, 2007 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Hadi Rubaie sat in the living room of his air-conditioned home, with its sofas covered in delicate linen doilies, colorful rugs hanging on the wall and the sound of roosters crowing out back. He was talking about President Bush preparing Americans on Thursday for another year of war. Rubaie has strong opinions. But what you notice first are his hands: the thick, knotted mitts of a car mechanic.
NEWS
August 9, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Just short of turning 58, Charles L. Walker is old enough to have painful memories of segregated bathrooms and whites-only water fountains he encountered as a youth in his native West Virginia. But the View Park resident said the racism he encountered during the last few years as a mechanic for American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport is "the worst thing that ever happened to me."
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