CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2009 |
It was still dark when Dominga Cornejo parked herself outside her swap meet stand along South Spring Street, her ruffled pink apron tied around her waist and her giant bin of Mexican candy within arm's reach. At any moment, the 77-year-old expected a torrent of rain to drench her, a series of gun blasts to boom and a locomotive engine to come barreling down the street, possibly in her direction. "I'm ready for it," she said in Spanish. "I hope everyone sees my little store."