February 4, 1988 |
Nearly 10,000 auto workers returned to their jobs at the Volkswagen of Mexico plant this week after accepting a 15% wage hike. The salary increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1, union and management officials announced. Workers had demanded a 15% hike retroactive to Dec. 16, but accepted management's offer of 5 1/2 days' salary as compensation. Volkswagen officials originally offered a 10% salary increase retroactive to Jan. 1, which the plant's 9,700 workers rejected.
September 29, 2007 |
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.
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July 2, 2008 |
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.
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July 22, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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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July 18, 2008 |
Los Angeles Police Department officials have reassigned a homicide detective and will train others to be more careful in protecting witnesses in light of the slaying of a teenage girl after officers disclosed her name as part of a ruse during an interrogation. The detective, Martin Pinner, was removed from working homicide cases by supervisors earlier this month after The Times reported the 2003 slaying of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
January 22, 2006 |
Mexican authorities captured five alleged kidnappers -- including three men believed to be federal law enforcement agents and a fourth identified as a Mexico City police officer -- and seized several weapons in the central state of Puebla. The capture took place after police received complaints from the families of four people who apparently eluded the abductors, the Federal Preventive Police agency said in a news release.