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February 4, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A March 7 fund-raiser will benefit Precious Life Shelter, which serves pregnant women and newborns. Precious Life is accepting reservations for the fifth annual Affair of the Heart event, including a silent auction, dinner, dancing and live music. Proceeds will help Precious Life provide women with housing, food, clothing and other immediate necessities. The shelter serves only women who are drug-free and requires them to get jobs or go to school while they live at the Reagan Street center.
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February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The fathers of two USC graduate students who were shot to death in April 2012 stood before a judge Wednesday and asked for the most severe penalty for their children's killer, whom they described as a "ruthless murderer" and "cold-blooded criminal. " "In China, where I come from, it is only a matter of course that a killer pays a life for a life," XiYong Wu said. But Bryan Barnes, 21, escaped the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in exchange for two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
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December 6, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A homeless and single mother at 24, Shelly Foster has never had her own place. She has lived with family and a now-former boyfriend. In June, she fled Las Vegas to Orange County, with two boxes of belongings and a baby on the way. Soon she will have more room than she could ever imagine at this stage in life.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2010
Two movies honored at this year's Israeli Film Academy Ophir Awards ? one of them Israel's Oscars entry for consideration as best foreign language film ? will close the Israel Film Festival that opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. "The Human Resources Manager," a drama that was named best picture in Israel and is competing for one of the five finalist spots at the Academy Awards, and "Precious Life," which won the Israeli Film Academy's award for best documentary, will screen Nov. 7 at different theaters.
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November 22, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maria Gonzalez paid $1,700 to a coyote for a phony green card so she could move to the United States with her boyfriend last year from Jalisco, Mexico. The boyfriend left her in May, pregnant and homeless. But when Gonzalez, 37, had her baby girl, Melody, three weeks ago, she was surrounded by friends. She is living at the Precious Life emergency shelter for pregnant women in Los Alamitos--a temporary fix for a long-term dilemma.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2010
Two movies honored at this year's Israeli Film Academy Ophir Awards ? one of them Israel's Oscars entry for consideration as best foreign language film ? will close the Israel Film Festival that opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. "The Human Resources Manager," a drama that was named best picture in Israel and is competing for one of the five finalist spots at the Academy Awards, and "Precious Life," which won the Israeli Film Academy's award for best documentary, will screen Nov. 7 at different theaters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1999 | Ana Cholo-Tipton, (714) 966-5890
Precious Life Shelter, which caters to homeless pregnant women, has been granted a conditional use permit by the Planning Commission to open a thrift store at 3622 Florista St. The store is adjacent to the agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The fathers of two USC graduate students who were shot to death in April 2012 stood before a judge Wednesday and asked for the most severe penalty for their children's killer, whom they described as a "ruthless murderer" and "cold-blooded criminal. " "In China, where I come from, it is only a matter of course that a killer pays a life for a life," XiYong Wu said. But Bryan Barnes, 21, escaped the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in exchange for two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Charles Michael Smith, 44, was ordered Wednesday to serve 16 years to life in prison for stabbing 40-year-old Pamela Scott-Ostrem to death in December. He was convicted in June of second-degree murder. Scott-Ostrem's 84-year-old mother, Helen Scott, spoke at the sentencing. Smith told Scott he feels "heartbreaking grief" for killing her daughter during a drunken argument. "I have taken a precious life," he said.
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July 9, 1997 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
"Come on, everybody, don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty," City Council member Marilynn Poe called out Tuesday as she braced part of a wooden frame. In a community gathering reminiscent of old-fashioned barn raisings, about 40 volunteers, benefactors and city dignitaries helped raise the walls of what will be home to five young women and their children. The two-story building is an annex to Precious Life Shelter, an emergency and transitional refuge for mothers and pregnant women.
FOOD
October 4, 2006
I greatly enjoyed "Sure, Blame the Jalapenos" [by Leslie Brenner, Sept. 13]. I too have had that clipping in my book for many, many years. It is a wonderfully rich-tasting dish that I have never grown tired of. I believe it is that combination of cumin and vegetables and peppers with the chicken that does the trick. JOYCE NEWMAN Pasadena ONE must learn devious methods in order to accommodate those with lists of non-edibles. My dad had just such an attitude about Mexican food.
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November 22, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maria Gonzalez paid $1,700 to a coyote for a phony green card so she could move to the United States with her boyfriend last year from Jalisco, Mexico. The boyfriend left her in May, pregnant and homeless. But when Gonzalez, 37, had her baby girl, Melody, three weeks ago, she was surrounded by friends. She is living at the Precious Life emergency shelter for pregnant women in Los Alamitos--a temporary fix for a long-term dilemma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Charles Michael Smith, 44, was ordered Wednesday to serve 16 years to life in prison for stabbing 40-year-old Pamela Scott-Ostrem to death in December. He was convicted in June of second-degree murder. Scott-Ostrem's 84-year-old mother, Helen Scott, spoke at the sentencing. Smith told Scott he feels "heartbreaking grief" for killing her daughter during a drunken argument. "I have taken a precious life," he said.
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July 6, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every day, 84-year-old Helena Scott is haunted by images of her slain daughter and gripped with a mixture of anger and grief reflected in her tear-swollen eyes. "My only child is dead," the Camarillo widow said Wednesday, unleashing her emotions on her daughter's convicted murderer. "No words truly express my pain and loss."
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December 13, 1999 | Ana Cholo-Tipton, (714) 966-5890
Precious Life Shelter, which caters to homeless pregnant women, has been granted a conditional use permit by the Planning Commission to open a thrift store at 3622 Florista St. The store is adjacent to the agency.
SPORTS
November 6, 1999
I grew up my whole life in Los Angeles, but Walter Payton is my favorite football player. He did not have any particular physical advantage, but he had the greatest heart and will of any player I saw in my lifetime. I will remember Sweetness blocking a linebacker, outrunning defenders, passing for touchdowns, and catching passes, but I'll remember him best for taking defenders head on and never stopping his legs from moving. Those closer to him will remember a man with a good heart, good values and the best work habits of those around him. Let us remember Walter Payton for his superhuman feats on the field, including the all-time record for rushing yards and single-game rushing record, but also for reminding us how precious life really is. MIGUEL PAREDES Los Angeles
SPORTS
November 6, 1999
I grew up my whole life in Los Angeles, but Walter Payton is my favorite football player. He did not have any particular physical advantage, but he had the greatest heart and will of any player I saw in my lifetime. I will remember Sweetness blocking a linebacker, outrunning defenders, passing for touchdowns, and catching passes, but I'll remember him best for taking defenders head on and never stopping his legs from moving. Those closer to him will remember a man with a good heart, good values and the best work habits of those around him. Let us remember Walter Payton for his superhuman feats on the field, including the all-time record for rushing yards and single-game rushing record, but also for reminding us how precious life really is. MIGUEL PAREDES Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1999
The North Valley Jewish Community Center is much more than a building that stands at Rinaldi Street and Havenhurst Avenue in Granada Hills. The center, although titled Jewish, is a blend of families and individuals of all colors and religious denominations, providing opportunities to learn and be enriched through a multitude of classes and social programs for young children through senior citizens. It reflects and celebrates the diversity that is part of the San Fernando Valley. It is a home to all of the families and individuals who have participated in the diverse programs the center offers.
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