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September 26, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A light plane that developed engine trouble after taking off from Whiteman Airport on Thursday night crashed into two houses and burst into flames, killing two passengers and setting the houses afire. The pilot escaped the wreckage but was hospitalized in critical condition with cuts and burns. It was at least the sixth crash in the neighborhood since May of last year involving planes coming to and from Whiteman Airport. The prior crashes caused at least one death.
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September 24, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI
Low-income seniors who need legal help with Social Security, consumer fraud and other issues may apply for appointments to meet with a legal representative Thursday at a senior center. All low-income Los Angeles residents who are at least 60 are eligible for free legal services. Priority will be given to people in the greatest economic need so applicants will be asked to provide information on income and resources.
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September 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Small businesses in Pacoima and 34 other communities nationwide can benefit from a new federal loan program designed to aid communities suffering from high unemployment, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) announced Tuesday. The program, which provides as much as $750,000 in Small Business Administration loans to eligible businesses, was created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 but only went into effect in August, Berman aides said.
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August 27, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Maria Jimenez sat patiently Tuesday morning aboard the mobile health-care unit at the San Fernando Gardens housing project. Waiting to see the doctor about a kidney ailment, Jimenez said she came to the unit because doesn't have health insurance and can't afford an office visit. "Hopefully, the doctor here will give me medication for the pain or a referral to another doctor," Jimenez said in Spanish.
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August 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A Valley community group will resume sports activities at Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial Park today after being forced out two years ago by persistent gang activity. KYDS, or Keep Youth Doing Something, previously ran free basketball and softball leagues at Humphrey, but called it quits in 1995 after gang members sprayed the park with bullets and killed a rival while teens in the program played softball nearby. "Bullets were flying. The kids were afraid," said KYDS executive director Sandy Kievman.
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August 1, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since Los Angeles was snubbed in the competition for federal empowerment zones three years ago, city officials have lobbied ferociously to win a second chance at the package of tax breaks and business incentives meant to improve business conditions in poor neighborhoods. But if the U.S.
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July 16, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The North East Valley Business Assistance Center will hold an open house today to introduce area merchants to its new, larger facilities. Opened in 1993 and expanded after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the center provides free technical and financial assistance to merchants who need help arranging loans or developing business strategies. The business center is one of several operated by the nonprofit Valley Economic Development Center, a consortium of Valley business groups.
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July 2, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
He was known then as "Schoolboy," a brash, hard-punching Latino boxer from Pacoima determined to draw fame and money from his fists. Two decades later, he can barely remember his address, much less his nickname. For former boxing world champion Bobby Chacon, life has been a downward spiral since his rise to stardom in the early 1970s. In those days, Chacon's boyish, clean-cut look and enormous talent quickly turned him into a crowd favorite at Los Angeles boxing venues.
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June 24, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Visibly irritated members of the City Council's Arts, Health and Humanities Committee rejected a proposal Monday from the Department of Recreation and Parks to shorten the hours of 37 park facilities, including Hubert Humphrey Memorial Park in Pacoima. Seeking to curb loitering and what they call a rise in gang violence, park officials had sought to change the hours from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to sunrise to sunset.
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June 21, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
"Listen up and pay attention, Ladies First is on a mission." A mission to Louisville, Ky., that is. As the opening line in one of their dance routines suggests, the young women and men of the Pacoima Community Youth Culture Center's "Ladies First & II Hype" drill team are going places. For the second year in a row, the award-winning troupe will travel out of state this summer to compete in a tournament featuring some of the nation's best drill teams.
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