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March 11, 1988
A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for suffocating her newborn son with a plastic bag and abandoning him in a trash bin. Juana Hernandez Lopez of Fullerton, who killed her son Oct. 9 shortly after his birth, could be committed to the California Youth Authority for up to nine years. Her attorney, Deputy Public Defender Laureen J. Gray, said Thursday that Lopez was a victim of unfortunate circumstances and was not "a hard-core offender."
January 27, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California in the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents. Said Jaziri, the former imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden in a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego on Jan. 11. Jaziri had allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a "safe place anywhere in the U.S. " The arrest marks the unexpected resurfacing of the 43-year-old cleric, whose protracted legal battle to avoid deportation drew headlines in Canada.
November 20, 2004
In reading the Nov. 15 letter, "In Search of Ways to Improve Our Schools," I was enraged. Being a son of an immigrant and currently attending Bravo Medical Magnet High School, it angers me to know that people think of me as a nuisance and problem to our schools. My father came to the U.S. as a Mexican immigrant, searching for a better future. He worked as a bracero in the fields of Texas. He especially worked for our education, which he hoped would allow us to have a better life.
June 15, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- As President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on Friday, a jubilant tableau played out in front in the White House gates as a few hundred young people -- several of them who said they were facing the prospect of deportation -- celebrated his decision to give immunity to young illegal immigrants. Cheers and chants of “S i, se puede !” (“Yes, we can!) blared across Pennsylvania Avenue. "I thank God," Jorge Steven Acuña, a 19-year-old from Germantown, Md., told the crowd.
June 6, 1996
Re "The Culture Clash in South-Central L.A.," Commentary, May 29: As a Mexican immigrant from a large family, I can only imagine what Terry Anderson would think if my noisy clan moved into his formerly all-black neighborhood in South-Central Los Angeles. Having spent most of my life in poor to lower-middle-class Latino-dominant neighborhoods, I have never panicked when African Americans moved near, as they did when I lived near downtown or as they are doing now in my current neighborhood in Highland Park.
August 13, 1987 | JANE HULSE, Times Staff Writer
A 32-year-old Mexican immigrant said Wednesday that a Sherman Oaks fortuneteller convinced him he would die of cancer within three days if he didn't give her $27,000 to rid him of an evil curse. Juan Gonzalez testified in Van Nuys Municipal Court that he gave the money to Laura Johns, 28, professionally known as Sheena, expecting to get it back once the spell was lifted. However, she refused to return it, he said.
March 26, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
In Echo Park on Tuesday morning, Sean Stentz was among those expressing support for gay marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on California's Proposition 8. Marriage is a fundamental individual right that should be available to everyone, Stentz said. “The rights and benefits that come with marriage are nice, but I mean, I don't know anybody that says, 'Oh, it sucks that we can't get married because I have this great severance package,'” said Stentz, 34, a record store owner.
October 30, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
A Salvadoran flag wrapped around his neck to block out the sun, Geremias Romero hunches low to the ground alongside the other laborers, following the tractor along rows of cantaloupes. He reaches into the leafy green rows of fruit, touches a melon to gauge its ripeness, and then tosses it into a cart, where another laborer boxes it. Walk, pick, toss. The pattern goes on all morning. Harvesting cantaloupes for $8.25 an hour isn't the job that Romero, 28, dreamed of as a child.
May 6, 2000 | AGUSTIN GURZA
She is already seated at a table Wednesday afternoon when I enter a small front office at Latino Health Access. With her are two volunteers from the Santa Ana nonprofit that has just completed a study of middle-aged Latinas as they approach retirement. Her name is Beatriz Murphy, a Mexican immigrant from Sonora whose surname hints at Irish roots buried along with her father when she was 3. She's now 55, the mother of three grown children she raised mostly on her own.
November 16, 1987 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
There is no mistaking what Francisco Galvez sells. Painted across the front of his catering truck, in big red letters, is the word TACOS , and that says it all . Every weekend evening, Friday through Monday, Galvez and his wife Elvia serve up steaming soft tacos to the mostly Latino patrons of a neighborhood nightclub on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. On a good night, Galvez's Tacos don Paco rings up $300 in sales.
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