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February 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
If your dad advises you not to go into the family business, it's perhaps understandable when the family business happens to be fighting fires or window-washing skyscrapers. But it might seem odd that Raul and Mexia Hernández's dad urged his sons not to become musicians. Music, after all, has been very good not only to their father, Hernán Hernández, but also to his brothers and cousins who make up the superstar Mexican norteño band Los Tigres del Norte. "One thing my dad always mentioned to us was the sacrifices you have to make, being away from your family, and kind of missing those things, the graduations, the soccer games," Mexia recalled recently.
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Raul Ibanez's three-run triple in the eighth inning was the decisive blow, but it would not have been possible if not for Erick Aybar's clutch two-out, run-scoring hit to right field that pulled the Angels even, 1-1, and Chris Iannetta's walk that loaded the bases for Ibanez. AT THE PLATE: Aybar, who entered with a .175 average, also singled sharply to right field in the second and doubled to right in the fourth, the three-hit game lifting his average to .209.
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March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON  - On a night that was supposed to be a showcase for the transcendent talents of two of baseball's brightest young stars - Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, and Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, 21 - two old guys ruled. First baseman Albert Pujols, the 34-year-old slugger with the heavy legs, made a nifty defensive play to cut down a run in the fourth inning and got frisky on the bases in the eighth, sparking a four-run rally with, of all things, a stolen base, his first since July 7. And Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter who has looked every bit his age this season with the exception of a few clutch hits, delivered a two-out, pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth to lift the Angels to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in Nationals Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, Times Staff Writer
Five cities in predominantly minority sections of Los Angeles County have been ranked among the poorest communities in the nation by a Chicago-based urbanologist whose survey has come under fire by local demographers and city officials. The 23-page report on the 60 wealthiest and 15 poorest U.S. suburbs, prepared by Roosevelt University professor Pierre deVise, shows per capita yearly income for Cudahy, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, Compton and South El Monte ranging from $5,170 to $7,100.
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February 18, 1998 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first, the murder seemed to have all the markings of an attempted carjacking. When Los Angeles police officers reached the scene on the dark Boyle Heights street July 26, they found affluent software designer Bruce Cleland lying in a pool of blood across the street from his new black 4Runner. His distraught wife, Rebecca, said she had been knocked unconscious when she got out of the vehicle to check the tailgate and awoke to the gruesome sight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000
Re "Glendale Students Mourn Slain Classmate," May 9: I can't help but wonder how many of the students who left classes to "grieve at a sidewalk memorial for Raul Aguirre" on Monday were also a part of the "large crowd of students" who stood by and watched as that poor boy was beaten and stabbed to death on Friday? In trying to stop the violence, Raul was the one student who showed any sense or courage during that fight. No amount of technology or campus "security" will ever make a difference in tragedies like this one if onlookers are unwilling to take responsibility for their own actions or inaction.
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May 24, 2001 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1988 | Leah Ollman
The 16 artists who have been brought together in the show "Presente!" at the Acevedo Gallery (4010 Goldfinch) are linked by their common Latino heritage, but little else. The themes they embrace range from the physical to the social and political landscapes, and their approaches vary from the saccharine and blandly decorative to the poignant and penetrating. There are highs and lows in this spotty survey, but the highs are worth searching out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1999
In regard to "The Salinas Ending Has Not Been Written," by Denise Dresser (Commentary, Jan. 25), it is my opinion that her statement that Raul Salinas de Gortari "was tried as a political case" and that "he will remain imprisoned simply because Zedillo wants it so" is a biased affirmation. A unique quality that characterizes President Ernesto Zedillo is that he respects the autonomy of the other two branches of government. It is unfortunate that her analysis of this issue gets lost in her erroneous conclusions with respect to the president's involvement.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The hallmark of a Mike Scioscia team has always been small ball. Steal, hit and run, take the extra base. The long ball? That was fine for batting practice but it wasn't something the Angels looked for after the national anthem. Times and tactics have apparently changed though, because after slugging five home runs Sunday in a 14-2 victory over the New York Mets, the Angels lead the majors with 20 home runs. And they haven't even had a sacrifice bunt yet. BOX SCORE: Angels 14, Mets 2 "It's not just coincidence.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: The Angels were one out from defeat, and three runs down, when Raul Ibanez stepped to the plate in the ninth inning. Ibanez delivered a three-run home run - his second home run of the season, and the 2,000th hit of his career - to force the game into extra innings. But Mets catcher Anthony Recker had the game-winning hit, a 13th-inning home run off the last man in the Angels' bullpen, Matt Shoemaker. AT THE PLATE: Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta each hit his first home run of the season.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Sports is a star-driven business. In this town, baseball is about Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, about Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig. But no team wins on star power alone. The supporting cast is critical. For the everyman in baseball, for the men that round out a lineup and a pitching staff, the celebrations and milestones are rare. On Saturday, the Angels were treated to one of those special moments. BOX SCORE: Mets 7, Angels 6 (13 inns.) Raul Ibanez reached 2,000 career hits.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
When former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi watches Yasiel Puig, he is reminded of a player he knew well: Himself. But, Mondesi added, “He's bigger than me. He's like 6-4, huh?” Now the mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, the 43-year-old Mondesi was back at Dodger Stadium on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was also collecting used clothes for his hometown. As Puig is today, Mondesi was a five-tool talent. The National League rookie of the year in 1994, Mondesi hit .273 with 271 home runs and 860 runs batted in over a 13-year career.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | Meg James
Spanish-language television personality Raul Gonzalez has joined Telemundo, where he plans to develop and host a weekly prime-time variety show that is scheduled to launch this fall. Until late last month, Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, was a fixture at rival Univision Communications. He spent the last 12 years as a co-host of the No. 1 network's popular morning program "Despierta America. " Gonzalez, 42, left the Univision network in February, saying he wanted to relax after more than a dozen years rising at 3:40 a.m. to prepare for Univision's fast-paced live morning show.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Raul Ibanez is 41. He has not started a major league game at first base since he was 32. The Angels will start him at first base in Monday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants. If Ibanez can handle the position, that would give Manager Mike Scioscia the option to use Albert Pujols as a designated hitter on occasion without affecting the everyday lineup. "That's the goal, to have options on the offensive side to be strong every day," Scioscia said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1992
Raul M. Garcia, who worked as a musician all of his life and made dozens of records, has died at his Mission Hills home of complications of diabetes. He was 52. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Garcia came to the United States when he was a child and began playing music in junior high school. He played a variety of instruments, including saxophone, piano, bass and vibraphone.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ask Raul Ibanez why he's still able to play major league baseball effectively at an age when so many peers are retired or into coaching, and the Angels' new designated hitter responds with a question: Why not? "I have a 22-year database of pitchers, 22 years of professional experience swinging the bat," Ibanez, 41, said. "I've trained with world-class strength guys, used some of the world's best sports psychologists and physical therapists, and I still have the will and the determination.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
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