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January 17, 2010
AirTran is offering a round-trip airfare from LAX to San Juan, Puerto, Rico, for $362, which includes all taxes. It requires a three-day advance purchase and is subject to availability. The deal, which runs through Aug. 25, is good for travel on Mondays-Thursdays. For details: (800) 247-8726, www.airtran.com. Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
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April 8, 2014
Re "Shooter said to be furious," April 5 The article states that investigators may never have a motive for Ft. Hood shooter Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Really? A soldier who was being treated for depression and anxiety was granted less than two days to go home to Puerto Rico for his mother's funeral five months ago; more recently, he was denied another temporary leave to return home to deal with family matters related to his mother's death. This man was sent into harm's way to protect our country, and we can't give him compassionate leaves of duty during such a tragic time in his life?
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NEWS
February 17, 2013
You can feel as though you're taking a trip to a foreign land without leaving the U.S. with a $367 round-trip fare from LAX to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on United and a $370 fare on the same route on American. Availability is limited, and you must buy your ticket by Tuesday for travel April 3 (United) or April 4 (American) through May 18 (United) or May 15 (American). Info: United , (800) 864-8331; American , (800) 433-7300. Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan and Paresh Dave
Wilfredo Ramirez Lopez didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when he last saw Ivan Lopez, which was at the funeral for Lopez's mother, Carmen, last year. Aside from normal grief, Ramirez Lopez said, the 34-year-old soldier seemed normal. Lopez was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso at the time, as was Ramirez Lopez's son. He told Lopez to contact his son if he needed someone to talk to. Ramirez Lopez, 69, awoke Thursday to the news that Ivan Lopez had gone on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, killing three people and himself and leaving 16 people injured.
SPORTS
March 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Ramon Hernandez and his Venezuela teammates are headed to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic. Hernandez was awarded a home run Monday night after a bungled replay review and Venezuela defeated Puerto Rico, 2-0, in front of 25,599 in Miami to secure a spot in the final four at Dodger Stadium. Cuba and Mexico played an elimination game in Pool 1 late Monday night in San Diego.
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER
Firefighters from across America beat a steady path to Ponce, Puerto Rico's No. 2 city, which was named after Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who sought the Fountain of Youth. It was Ponce de Leon who gave the 110- by 35-mile island its name when he exclaimed Qu e puerto rico! (What a rich port!) on landing here Aug. 12, 1508. Ponce de Leon didn't discover Puerto Rico. Columbus did 15 years earlier on his second voyage to the New World. He called it San Juan Bautista.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Jay Cochrane, a Canadian tightrope walker who set world records as he crossed high above gorges and traversed from skyscraper to skyscraper the world over, died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a remembrance posted on his website . He was 69 and had pancreatic cancer, according to an Internet tribute called "The Prince of the Air. " In the tribute, aerialist Nik Wallenda called Cochrane "a man of amazing visions. " "It was a dream of mine that I expressed to my wife only yesterday that we might work together on my next walk," he said.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Urban Youth Academy will face Puerto Rico in the championship game of the Palomino World Series for 19U on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Adrian Martinez, a St. John Bosco grad, helped the Urban Youth Academy win its semifinal game over Mexico, 14-4. He threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up one unearned run and three hits. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Entertainment Partners, the Burbank payroll and production services company, is expanding into Puerto Rico. The company said it was opening a new affiliate office in San Juan to be called EP Puerto Rico. In addition to payroll services, the new office will also provide production incentive services, including film financing and tax credit placement. The office will expand services previously provided by Pay1Bill Film Services, which has been working with the film industry in Puerto Rico since 2001.
AUTOS
April 5, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Look around you the next time you're on the road. Chances are, you'll see someone still holding a smart phone to their ear, someone else with the phone on the steering wheel as they text, another peering down at something in their lap rather than looking at the road in front of them. A new survey released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that there is an army-sized group of 660,000 drivers out on the roads at any given moment of the day, texting, tweeting or otherwise partially preoccupied by something other than driving.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
José Enrique, chef-owner of José Enrique in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was just named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs (along with Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food in New York, Justin Cogley of Aubergine in Carmel and our own Michael Voltaggio of ink in WeHo, among others). When's the last time you've seen a chef in Puerto Rico on such a list? I'm pretty sure the answer is never. And in my opinion, the award is richly deserved. After spending a few days in Puerto Rico in January, the touted new resort restaurants paled beside the vivid flavors, funk and sheer fun of José Enrique in the ragged neighborhood near the city's covered market on la Placita de Santurce.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico prepared to play the World Baseball Classic championship game in front of huge chunks of empty seats at AT&T Park, the chief executive of the San Francisco Giants pronounced the event a success. "We'd do it again, sure," Giants CEO Larry Baer said Tuesday. Baer estimated a crowd of 30,000 to 32,000 for the title game. The semifinal games drew 27,527 and 33,683 to AT&T Park, which has a capacity of 41,815. The crowds probably would have been larger if the United States had not been knocked out of the tournament last week.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Dominican Republic danced through the night, the Dodgers held their breath. They must wait to see if their shortstop can play on opening day. Hanley Ramirez injured his right thumb in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, in which the Dominican beat Puerto Rico, 3-0. Ramirez is expected to undergo an MRI exam Wednesday in Arizona, according to Dominican Republic General Manager Moises Alou....
SPORTS
March 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan. None of this really bothers Bud Selig. If it bothers you, the commissioner said, you are missing the point. "Focusing on the United States team, frankly, is almost irrelevant," Selig said Monday. A tournament that started with 28 countries is down to two. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico - neighbors in the Caribbean - will play for the WBC championship Tuesday.
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