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February 23, 1986 | JACK REDDEN, United Press International
The girl discreetly slipped a white blouse from the bag and showed it to a prospective buyer in the crowd. The English label meant a high price, but it also meant high quality. However, the clandestine sale at the Moskva Univermag department store never took place. A plainclothes policeman stepped from the milling crowd of shoppers, grabbed the merchandise and escorted both buyer and seller away. In the Soviet Union, selling is the business of the state, not individuals.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Douglas Johnston knew he had a problem when he pushed down the accelerator of his 1976 Mercedes convertible one day about a month ago. "It's like half the cylinders weren't working," said Johnston, a Hermosa Beach resident. "The Fourth of July weekend was shot, because I was afraid to take it anywhere." At about the same time, Greg Wilson found that his high-performance 1989 Ford Taurus was losing power during his daily commute from his home in Huntington Beach to his job in Manhattan Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1995 | ISAAC GUZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ignorance is rarely blissful when it's time to fix the family car. In an automotive world where on-board computers, intercooled turbochargers and anti-lock brakes are the norm, the average car owner can easily fall victim to crooked mechanics. Enter Feliciano Sanchez, an 11-year veteran of the war on shady garages.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
State regulators said they would propose measures today that would help motorists fully recover their repair costs when their vehicles are damaged in accidents. Consumer groups have long complained that insurance companies won't pay labor costs that exceed limits set by the insurers themselves. The proposed regulation would set a new formula for determining the limits, which would be based on surveys of auto collision repair shops in the same geographic area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a lonely beat that Zefferino Lopez pounds, a singular life that other cops might regard as . . . well . . . funny. But if you repair appliances or electronic gizmos, you're not laughing when Lopez walks through the door of your shop. You give him the grudging respect you would a Columbo or a Kojak. Because Lopez is a police officer of sorts.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A head-on collision between Volvo Cars of North America and a local garage that repairs the Swedish-built luxury cars has been averted after hundreds of the repair shop's customers launched a letter-writing campaign. Dr. Volvo Independent Service, the Fountain Valley garage that has battled Volvo for nearly five years to keep its identity, has agreed to modify its name and relegate the auto brand to small print. The new name will be The Dr.: Volvo Specialist.
NEWS
February 26, 1993 | GERI COOK
The tales of corruption and greed that abound these days make it clear that we need more and more watchdog services to protect us from either incompetence or just plain fraud. Most of us have a couple of horror stories about auto repair rip-offs. I've certainly been had a couple of times. The last incident prompted me to investigate areas where I could get some kind of protection, since, like most women (and a lot of men), I know absolutely nothing about cars.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
I was slowing down for a red light the other day on Pacific Coast Highway when I heard this weird screeching noise, only slightly less irritating than the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. My first inclination was to turn up the radio to blot out the offending sound. Instead, I turned the volume down and looked around to see if I could figure out which nearby car might be the source. But the noise had stopped--until I pressed the brake again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Julio Nolasco no longer notices the sweet aroma of old leather and fresh shoe polish that fills the air at his tiny shoe-repair shop in downtown Ventura. After a lifetime as a cobbler, he has become immune to such things. * His fingertips are tough from the pricks of the thick sewing machine needles used to stitch together tattered and torn boots worn way past their prime. Yet his hands are soft, soothed for years by rich leather cream and wax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1988 | JAY GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Amid the auto repair shops and weathered storefronts that line Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood, there stands a small green and white house containing every place in the world. "Through This Door Pass the Smartest People on Earth--Map Users," reads a sign at the entrance of the Pacific Coast Map Service.
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