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February 20, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Mixed martial arts heavyweight Cain Velasquez was asked whether he truly understood the caliber of the opponent he faces Saturday. His opponent: former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The undefeated Velasquez (7-0), one victory shy of a title shot, is headlining the main event in the UFC's first Australian card. "I just deal with what's at hand," Velasquez said. "You can't lose track of what you need to do right now." Velasquez, 27, is six years younger and has fought 31 fewer pro bouts than his foe, but when it comes to the depth of resolve the two-time NCAA All-American wrestler from Arizona State has, his peers usually take a back seat.
December 16, 2009 | By Anna Gorman
Inside a giant warehouse in Irwindale, crews are finishing the construction of a dozen Rose Parade floats, including a large dog, a carousel and a court jester. Vicente Avila, 47, a sculptor for Fiesta Parade Floats, has worked on all of them. But he has taken special pride in one of this year's creations -- a float depicting the memories of his upbringing in Mexico. The float, which features an Aztec calendar and pyramid, marks the first time in more than 40 years that the Mexican government has participated in the parade.
September 26, 2009 | Ching-Ching Ni
Nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens street gang, including a suspected hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, have been arrested on drug trafficking and weapons charges, federal officials said Friday. The suspects -- six U.S. citizens and three illegal Mexican immigrants -- were arrested Thursday as agents served search warrants in Bell Gardens and Los Angeles, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Their arrests culminated a nine-month investigation by the agency of the Barrio Evil 13 street gang.
June 1, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Standing outside his hookah station at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Glendale, Alfonso "Abou Salim" Ramirez grabbed a red apple and, using a sharp knife, sliced off the top. He flipped the apple over and made four quick incisions, creating a small square. "This is my secret," Ramirez said, jabbing a finger into the square to pop out the core. He then stuffed red, apple-flavored tobacco into the hole and covered it with a piece of tin foil.
March 11, 2009 | Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a contributing editor to Opinion and the author of "Orange County: A Personal History."
This fall marks the 20th anniversary of my parents deciding to wade into the American dream. In 1989, they decided to stop living as renters in a bad Anaheim neighborhood, scrape together their tomato-canner and truck-driver salaries, and buy a three-bedroom, two-bath, one-pool house in a slightly better Anaheim neighborhood.
April 27, 2008 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press
A simple wrong turn led to the destruction of Elvia Salgado Martinez' family. It was about 2 a.m. when she and her husband, Santiago Tapia, left the motel on Route 9 in Keeseville, nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, to look for a hospital. The 24-year-old Mexican immigrant was 5 1/2 months pregnant and the pains had been getting worse for a day. She started to bleed. But rather than heading north for the hospital in Plattsburgh, Tapia got on the interstate headed south, toward Albany.
November 13, 2007 | Yxta Maya Murray, Special to The Times
GREGORY Rodriguez's brilliant book on Mexican and Mexican American identity, "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America," threatens my secret dream that I am a direct descendant of some feather-clad Aztec warrior princess who ruled over a Mexica queendom circa 1500.
July 29, 2007 | Andy Isaacson, Special to The Times
The well-coiffed Portuguese matador, muttering provocations in his native tongue, sizes up his weighty opponent's slavering mouth and sloping horns. In his hand he flashes his weapon: a bandarilha tipped not with razor-sharp darts but with nonlethal Velcro. The bull makes no distinction. Spectators' voices drop to murmurs. Overhead lights sparkle off the matador's gold sequins, and the smell of linguiƧa (sausage) perfumes the dusty air.
January 31, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
An immigration judge granted a Mexican immigrant asylum, citing his sexual orientation and the severe persecution of gays in Mexico, the immigrant's lawyer said Tuesday. Jorge Soto Vega, 38, said he had suffered harassment and violence from family members and authorities in Mexico because he is gay.
November 30, 2006 | Robert A. Pastor, ROBERT A. PASTOR is a professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University and the author of "Toward a North American Community."
THE ELECTION of a Democratic majority in Congress and the inauguration of Felipe Calderon as president of Mexico offer our two countries an opportunity to reinvigorate a deteriorating relationship and, at the same time, build confidence in the idea of a true North American community. To do so, the new leaders must change the agenda from illegal immigration to North American development and resolve to narrow the income gap between Mexico and its two northern neighbors.
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