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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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WORLD
April 5, 2008 | Deborah Bonello and Reed Johnson, Special to The Times
The latest advertising campaign in Mexico from Swedish vodka maker Absolut seemed to push all the right buttons south of the U.S. border, but it ruffled a few feathers in El Norte. As word of the campaign spread across the border, primarily via the Internet, some in the United States began giving the campaign a much more hostile reception.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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