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December 15, 1989 | MIKE CLARY, Clary, a Miami free - lance writer, contributes frequently to The Times
Once she was a perfect 10. Small and lithe, at 14 Nadia Comaneci had the dark-eyed look of a pixie and a way of flipping her hand at the end of a floor routine that charmed the judges at the Montreal Olympics and fans the world over. That year, 1976, the diminutive Romanian became the first gymnast ever to receive a perfect score in Olympic competition. She won three gold medals and millions of American hearts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1998 | LINDSEY M. ARENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours after four Romanian nationals jumped overboard from a ship at Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, one was hospitalized with hypothermia, another returned to the ship and the Coast Guard suspended its search for the two remaining men. The four men were wearing flotation devices when they jumped into the cold waters at 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The two missing men had disappeared by the time authorities arrived.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC and RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On his first day of freedom after being granted political asylum, Romanian stowaway Pavel Varro took a walk on the beach, kicked up some sand and celebrated his new life in the United States. "There are no words to express how I feel," the 29-year-old electrician turned political refugee said Tuesday night, relaxing at the home of his immigration attorney in Marina del Rey. The U. S.
NEWS
March 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Busloads of asylum seekers left a crowded refugee camp in eastern Germany as authorities sought to defuse a potentially explosive situation at the scene of last year's racist riots. Officials said that about 700 refugees, most of them Romanians, were being taken from an overflowing refugee center in a suburb of Rostock to hostels in other German states. Neighbors had expressed dismay at the concentration of refugees.
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January 14, 1990 | TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 28 years spent in political prisons or under the scrutiny of Romanian secret police, Nicolae Popa arrived in Southern California expecting to find a place where he could speak openly about his hatred for communism. But two days after he settled in Pico Rivera, a fellow Romanian taught Popa his first lesson about freedom in America: "If you want to have a good life here, keep away from other Romanians," the 58-year-old electrical contractor said he was told.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A growing proportion of East European refugees coming to the United States will be from countries other than Poland and Hungary under a new policy based on the danger of persecution, Bush Administration officials said. Officials told a House subcommittee that the governments of Poland and Hungary are growing more liberal--so that the danger of persecution there is receding--but that is not true in Czechoslovakia and Romania.
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March 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Busloads of asylum seekers left a crowded refugee camp in eastern Germany as authorities sought to defuse a potentially explosive situation at the scene of last year's racist riots. Officials said that about 700 refugees, most of them Romanians, were being taken from an overflowing refugee center in a suburb of Rostock to hostels in other German states. Neighbors had expressed dismay at the concentration of refugees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1990 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last year the Istudors, a Romanian family of four, spent a Christmas fraught with uncertainty and fear. Valeriu Istudor, a 36-year-old mechanic and truck driver, was alone in Austria, having escaped in June from his native country to Yugoslavia--where he languished in a Belgrade prison for 45 days--before arriving near Vienna.
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September 18, 1992 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Germany announced plans Thursday to repatriate thousands of illegal aliens from Romania in the first major step toward controlling a flood of asylum-seekers. A statement released by the Interior Ministry in Bonn said the Romanian government has agreed "after months of negotiations" to begin taking back Gypsies and Romanians who do not qualify for asylum under German law. The accord will be signed in Bucharest next week.
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March 18, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
In a sharp rebuff to a state appeal panel, the California Supreme Court on Thursday refused to allow a Romanian refugee to withdraw her consent to the adoption of a child she bore after fleeing her native land and winning asylum in America. The justices unanimously overturned an unusual legal action taken by the state Court of Appeal here that would have enabled the woman to belatedly block the adoption on grounds she had been improperly advised of her rights and alternatives to adoption.
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September 18, 1992 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Germany announced plans Thursday to repatriate thousands of illegal aliens from Romania in the first major step toward controlling a flood of asylum-seekers. A statement released by the Interior Ministry in Bonn said the Romanian government has agreed "after months of negotiations" to begin taking back Gypsies and Romanians who do not qualify for asylum under German law. The accord will be signed in Bucharest next week.
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August 25, 1992 | Reuters
Hundreds of German right-wingers cheered on by a crowd clashed with police and attacked a refugee hostel Monday in the third straight night of anti-foreigner violence in the eastern city of Rostock. The neo-Nazi attackers threw stones and fire bombs at the hostel for foreign asylum-seekers hours after all 200 refugees there, most of them Romanian Gypsies, had been evacuated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC and RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On his first day of freedom after being granted political asylum, Romanian stowaway Pavel Varro took a walk on the beach, kicked up some sand and celebrated his new life in the United States. "There are no words to express how I feel," the 29-year-old electrician turned political refugee said Tuesday night, relaxing at the home of his immigration attorney in Marina del Rey. The U. S.
SPORTS
April 19, 1992 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
It was the non-stop smiles that threw us. After all, 16-year-old boys don't grin like a Cheshire cat without reason. But there they were--Rancho Alamitos volleyball players Peter Pantis, Gheorghe Talos and Teofil Tifrea--smiling like kids in a toothpaste commercial. Had they just previewed a Madonna video? Or did someone forget to tell them that, at 16, you're generally deep into that Depeche Mode phase. You know, dress in black. Go for gloom. Teen-age angst is upon you.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1990 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last year the Istudors, a Romanian family of four, spent a Christmas fraught with uncertainty and fear. Valeriu Istudor, a 36-year-old mechanic and truck driver, was alone in Austria, having escaped in June from his native country to Yugoslavia--where he languished in a Belgrade prison for 45 days--before arriving near Vienna.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Garden Grove family entered the second day of a hunger strike Tuesday outside the offices of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service here in a move to pressure officials to grant visas to relatives who escaped from Romania and are now living in Austria. Ana and Pavel Sandru, Ana's mother and a cousin slept in their car Monday night.
SPORTS
April 19, 1992 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
It was the non-stop smiles that threw us. After all, 16-year-old boys don't grin like a Cheshire cat without reason. But there they were--Rancho Alamitos volleyball players Peter Pantis, Gheorghe Talos and Teofil Tifrea--smiling like kids in a toothpaste commercial. Had they just previewed a Madonna video? Or did someone forget to tell them that, at 16, you're generally deep into that Depeche Mode phase. You know, dress in black. Go for gloom. Teen-age angst is upon you.
NEWS
August 25, 1992 | Reuters
Hundreds of German right-wingers cheered on by a crowd clashed with police and attacked a refugee hostel Monday in the third straight night of anti-foreigner violence in the eastern city of Rostock. The neo-Nazi attackers threw stones and fire bombs at the hostel for foreign asylum-seekers hours after all 200 refugees there, most of them Romanian Gypsies, had been evacuated.
NEWS
March 30, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a crowded storefront office pungent with the scents of cheap tobacco and unwashed clothes, Istvan and Agnes Magda shuffle dejectedly through a worn sheaf of index cards hawking the hardest of work for the lowest of wages. The ethnic Hungarian couple has fled Romania less than six weeks before their first child is due, leaving behind their families, good jobs, a two-room house and the Transylvanian homeland that was the only life they have ever known.
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January 14, 1990 | TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 28 years spent in political prisons or under the scrutiny of Romanian secret police, Nicolae Popa arrived in Southern California expecting to find a place where he could speak openly about his hatred for communism. But two days after he settled in Pico Rivera, a fellow Romanian taught Popa his first lesson about freedom in America: "If you want to have a good life here, keep away from other Romanians," the 58-year-old electrical contractor said he was told.
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