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October 11, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
After more than four decades in business, Arte de Mexico owner Jerry Stoffers has announced that he will close his 250,000-square-foot North Hollywood showroom complex early next year. Everything in the showroom will be liquidated at reduced prices: Hand-carved antique doors from India that were $2,000 to $6,000 will start at $595, and hand-carved wooden columns and sculpted marble colums from India that had been $1,500 to $3,000 will begin at $499. Accent chairs will start at $299 and ottomans at $99. Carved stone statues from Malaysia will start at $299, amethyst geodes from Brazil will start at $599, hand-carved antique doors from Mexico (an inexpensive coffee table top, perhaps?
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.
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.
November 3, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Bermudez is a Times staff writer.
Juan Carlos Rivera knew that if he wanted to get a dishwashing job at the MacArthur Park hamburger stand, he would have to pretend to be Mexican. But the thought of lying made the Salvadoran anxious. He paced outside the restaurant, worried that his melodic Spanish accent, his use of the Central American vos, instead of the Mexican tu, would give him away. Resolving to say as little as possible, Rivera remembers steeling himself and stepping inside -- into the world of Mexicanization.
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.
October 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico declared a state of emergency in four states amid flooding that has killed at least 49 people and forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 others. Mudslides and flooding in Puebla state killed at least 26 people, officials said. Four flood-related deaths were reported in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, and at least 17 people have died in neighboring Veracruz state.
June 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rattled south-central Mexico has risen to 18, but many officials expressed relief as it became clear that the damage from the magnitude-6.7 temblor was not as widespread as feared. Officials said 13 people died in the state of Puebla and one each in Oaxaca, Veracruz and Morelos. In the capital, two people died after the quake of heart attacks apparently triggered by fear.
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