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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Pedro Escovedo, a plumber and amateur musician who became the patriarch of a musical family that includes two former members of the band Santana and a pop soloist, Sheila E, died Thursday, according to his son, Mario. He was 96. Escovedo had been in declining health for the last year and lived at the Brighton Place nursing home in La Mesa, a San Diego suburb. He died of natural causes, according to his son.
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WORLD
August 4, 2003 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
In this land where beauty is an obligation and a time-consuming chore, it's difficult to be ugly. "Italians are overwhelmed by narcissism," complains an exasperated Telesforo Iacobelli, who organized the Ugly Club -- Club dei Brutti -- to give, as he puts it, a voice to the unattractive. They are a distinct minority.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
In one of fashion's weirder pairings, punk rockers and skateboarders have for years stocked their closets with Dickies apparel, a brand of work clothes with deep blue-collar roots. Now, with rock groups such as Limp Bizkit and Alien Ant Farm wearing Dickies, the brand's appeal has broadened to ensnare a growing number of male consumers for whom "anti-fashion" is a fashion statement. Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A house fire displaced a family of five and caused $150,000 in damage Saturday afternoon, authorities said. Firefighters who had just completed a medical aid call nearby about 3:15 p.m. saw smoke and followed it to a house in the 24000 block of Twig Street, said Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. The blaze started when plumbers used a torch in a bathroom, Miller said. It was quickly extinguished with no injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
San Joaquin County prosecutors sued a plumbing company that charged an 83-year-old woman $10,500 after she called to have a clogged toilet fixed. Dist. Atty. John Phillips filed the $2-million civil suit Monday. It contends that Drain Patrol committed grand theft and elder abuse and violated other business code sections. Drain Patrol's attorney, David Rishwain, said the suit was based on interviews with former employees and complaints against the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A plumber was in jail Friday on suspicion of committing a string of South Bay burglaries. Bill Stinson Bounsall allegedly tried to put jewelry and a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana down a toilet when confronted by detectives Wednesday afternoon at his Redondo Beach apartment in the 2000 block of Artesia Boulevard, said Hermosa Beach Police Sgt. Paul Wolcott.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2002 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Don't get David Kulovic wrong. It's not that he's unhappy in his work, but the kind of attractive, available women he'd like to meet aren't interested in, well, plumbers. But movie directors, that's a different story. Or so David thinks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jasmine, a 10 1/2-week-old bull terrier, fell down an 8-inch drainage pipe in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday evening, she sparked a 19-hour rescue effort that brought together a community. By Sunday morning, 70 neighbors, plumbers, firefighters, policemen--even the mayor--were gathered on the baseball diamond of Vista Verde Park, trying to lure the white-as-snow puppy from a network of pipes that drain into the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Flames and smoke damaged four units of a two-story condominium complex in Laguna Niguel on Thursday after a wall caught fire during a repair, fire officials said. A plumber was connecting copper tubing inside a wall at 31522 W. Nine Drive when flames from his torch apparently started the blaze, officials said. "Four units were damaged because they share a common wall," said an Orange County Fire Authority spokesman, who estimated the damage at about $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The caverns go on for miles--dim, forbidding passageways, dungeon-like rooms crammed with equipment: mazes of wires, grotesque water pumps and compressors, steam pipes and pneumatic tubes. There is no good reason to descend into these concrete catacombs beneath Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center without having some job to do, although now and then an intruder shows up anyway.
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