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July 11, 1985
Veteran character actor Rafael Campos, who got his start in the role of a juvenile delinquent in "Blackboard Jungle," has died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, a spokeswoman for the Woodland Hills facility confirmed Wednesday. He was 49. Campos, who died Tuesday, had been at the hospital since last December, when stomach cancer was diagnosed.
March 4, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
If you are heading to the desert for some tennis viewing over the next 12 days, get ready for more of the same. In the case of the prestigious BNP Paribas Open, that's not a bad thing. There will be some radical differences in the physical plant, where there has been an estimated $70 million in improvements, including a new enclosed Stadium 2, plus palm trees and walkways and shady areas galore. This event, designated by the pro tours as the next notch below the four majors and bringing near-mandatory participation, has generally taken the approach of sparing no expense to get better.
March 26, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The biggest grand slam of Rod Laver's life had nothing to do with major tennis tournaments. He met Mary Shelby Peterson at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club. Then, in 1966, at a church in San Rafael, he changed that to Mary Shelby Laver. Game, set, match. They left the marriage ceremony by walking under an arch of tennis rackets formed by, among others, tennis greats Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Mal Anderson and Barry MacKay. When Mary died Nov. 12 at their home in Carlsbad, they had had 46 years of marriage and Laver had a hole in his heart the size of a tennis ball.
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The secretary of defense announced Friday that he would not reconsider the Medal of Honor nomination of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq. Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed with his two predecessors that the nomination of Sgt. Rafael Peralta does not meet the "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required for the nation's highest award for combat bravery. Peralta, an immigrant from Mexico who enlisted the day he received his green card, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing houses in Fallouja of barricaded insurgents.
September 24, 1999
Re "Ex-Officer Calls Corruption a Chronic 'Cancer,' " Sept. 21: So Rafael Perez can't sleep at night because he is a corrupt cop? Rot in hell, Rafael. I did 27-plus years with the LAPD and I sleep like a baby at night. Oh, I forgot. I didn't steal eight pounds of cocaine. I didn't shoot anyone in 27 years, let alone a handcuffed suspect. You made your bed, now take it like a man. CRAIG BUSHEY Sherman Oaks It's a blot on the justice system that a poltroon like Perez only gets a five-year sentence for his crimes.
April 28, 1993
College: Golden West Sport: Swimming Class: Freshman Guijarro travels great distances in the pool for Golden West each meet. He normally swims in the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyles. But that distance is nothing compared to the trip he made to get to Golden West. Guijarro came to Huntington Beach from Caracas, Venezuela. He had heard about the program through a club coach there.
June 28, 1987 | DICK TURPIN, Times Real Estate Editor
The 24th annual "Best in the West" home-building and design competition was dominated once again by Southern California builders and architects who snared 19 grand awards, including two coveted "Home of the Year" prizes.
April 3, 1986 | BILL CHRISTINE
The surprise of the 1984 Kentucky Derby was Bedouin. Not because of what the 3-year-old colt did in the race--he finished 15th in a 20-horse field--but because he was running at Churchill Downs at all. Sending Bedouin to the Derby was a last-minute decision by Dick Mandella, who trained the colt for the late Max Gluck's Elmendorf Farm.
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
August 14, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic What: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting Where: Hollywood Bowl When: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Tickets: $1 to $130 Information: (323) 850-2000 or
January 4, 2014 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
January 2, 2014 | By J.C. Gabel
Rafael Bernal, born in 1915 in Mexico City, doesn't come to mind when one thinks of great detective novelists of the 1960s. There is little about him on the Internet in English, and none of his other novels, plays, story collections or histories have been translated. Although he wrote dozens of books, his 1969 novel, "The Mongolian Conspiracy," is considered his masterwork, but it was difficult to procure even an old dog-eared copy - until this past fall, when it was reissued by the folks at New Directions.
December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Papa" Haydn is often called, rightfully and wrongly, the father of the symphony. The Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrated the rightful part Thursday night with clear, crisp, clever and ever-delightful performances of Haydn's first and 100th efforts at the genre he didn't invent but unquestionably made feasible. The actual origins of the symphony are hard to pin down. A new recording by the Academy of Ancient Music in London titled "Birth of the Symphony" finds the roots of the modern symphony in the Death March from Handel's oratorio "Saul" - written in 1738, two decades before Haydn's First - and moseys through forgotten scores by Franz Xaver Richter and Johann Stamitz before arriving at Haydn.
November 9, 2013 | Wire reports
Roger Federer fought back to reach the semifinals in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. On the back of a poor season, the 17-time Grand Slam winner overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, to reach the semifinals for the 11th time. The Swiss earned a chance to prove that - despite his aging legs, aching back and recent lack of consistency - he can still beat rival Rafael Nadal, his semifinal opponent. "I just have to have the right mind-set to give it one last go, maybe play with a little less pressure than I have in previous matches with him," Federer said.
November 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Rafael Nadal kept his Spanish compatriot, David Ferrer , out of the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday by holding off Tomas Berdych , 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, to finish the round-robin portion of the competition at London undefeated and top Group A. Nadal won despite having clinched his own place in the semifinals Thursday. Stanislas Wawrinka beat Ferrer, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1, but needed Nadal to win to advance. Defending champion Novak Djokovic , who topped Group B, is already in the semifinals.
November 7, 2013 | Wire reports
After nearly a year of global travel and dozens of matches, most of Novak Djokovic's rivals are complaining about their mental and physical fatigue. Not the Serb. He thrives in the rigors of a tough autumn finish. Unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal , Djokovic joined Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals at London, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After extending his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine, Djokovic said he was playing the best tennis of his season.
July 7, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
Lightweight Rafael Ruelas of Arleta will try to avenge his only loss and Frank Liles of Sherman Oaks and Tim Littles of Detroit will match unbeaten records in a super-middleweight bout tonight at the Hollywood Palladium. Ruelas, 31-1 with 25 knockouts, lost to Mauro Gutierrez of Tijuana last July when he was knocked down during the second round and then counted out when he misunderstood the referee's count while waiting on one knee. Gutierrez is 47-16-5. Liles, ranked No.
November 5, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who was convicted in the murder of a U.S. anti-narcotics agent in 1985, but vanished in August after a Mexican court freed him from prison on a technicality. Caro Quintero, 61, once one of Mexico's most powerful drug kingpins, was last seen walking out of a medium security prison in the state of Jalisco around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9 after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence.
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