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September 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Lorenzo quickly weakened to a tropical depression after hitting Mexico's central Gulf Coast, but three people died in a landslide in Puebla state. Before dissipating, the storm battered a coastline populated with small fishing villages and beach hotels, knocking over electrical poles, blowing off roofs, flooding homes and forcing about 5,000 people into shelters.
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
July 2, 2008 | Joel Rubin and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
On a cool spring night five years ago, 16-year-old Martha Puebla sat on the curb outside her Sun Valley home, talking to a friend, when a man walked up from behind. "Who are you?" the man demanded of Puebla. "I'm Martha," she responded. "You know me." With that, the man pulled a 9-millimeter handgun from his sweat shirt pocket and started shooting. The fatal shot -- fired from so close that it left soot and burn marks on Puebla's cheek -- struck just below her left eye.
June 5, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A Fillmore High School senior was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted rape in the January death of a 19-year-old college student who had given him a ride home from a New Year's Eve party. The charges against Samuel Puebla include a special allegation that the slaying occurred during the attempted rape of San Jose State sophomore Valerie Zavala. The allegation would typically make a murder defendant eligible for the death penalty. But Senior Deputy Dist. Atty.
October 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Irma Lopez, a Mazatec Indian, waited to receive attention at a medical clinic in Oaxaca, but her labor pains became overwhelming. Spurned by the nurses, she retreated outdoors - and abruptly gave birth to a baby boy on the hospital lawn. A few days later, it was revealed that two other pregnant indigenous women had also been turned away from Oaxaca hospitals, one of whom also delivered on the lawn, and that a fourth woman had been forced to have her baby on the reception floor at a hospital in Puebla.
May 14, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's giant Popocatepetl volcano may generate lava flows, explosions of "growing intensity" and ash that could reach miles away, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said Monday. Officials were preparing evacuation routes and shelters for thousands of people who live in the shadow of Popocatepetl, located 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Officials have created a 7.5-mile restricted zone around the cone of the volcano. Popo, as the volcano is known, has displayed a "notable increase in activity levels" in the last few days, including tremors and explosive eruptions, according to a statement from the federal government.
June 16, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Not too long ago, Rena Puebla and Ellie Genuardi had a hard time getting distributors to carry their unique cake toppers -- porcelain-like figurines that interchange to make gay, straight and interracial couples. When they pitched the figurines to home shopping networks, executives shot them down. Ditto mainstream stores. No one told them expressly why they wouldn't carry the decorations, but to the business partners who designed the diverse dolls, the message was clear.
January 30, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
The sexual history of Valerie Zavala, a popular 19-year-old Fillmore woman who was killed early last year, cannot be introduced as evidence in the upcoming murder and attempted rape trial of her alleged attacker, a judge ruled Thursday. However, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rebecca S. Riley said the attorney for 18-year-old defendant Samuel Puebla could make the request again if prosecutors raised information about Zavala's character at trial.
July 22, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Fillmore man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the New Year's Eve killing of a 19-year-old college student. Samuel Puebla, 18, remained in Ventura County Jail without bail. He also pleaded not guilty to a special-circumstance charge that the slaying of Valerie Zavala, a San Jose State sophomore, occurred during a rape attempt, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox. Although Puebla was 17 years old at the time of the killing, he will be tried as an adult, Fox said.
August 19, 2000 | Reuters
Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, walked out in a wage dispute, halting production at the world's only factory producing the popular New Beetle. Salary talks with unions representing 12,600 workers collapsed after 10 days of negotiations. Although the two sides resumed talks later in the day, the walkout continued, a spokesman for the German car maker said.
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