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Sheila Marie Ornedo, heavy with child, is due to give birth in February. The Los Angeles nurse is alone this Christmas, preparing for her baby girl's arrival without Ruben, her husband, by her side. Ruben is the one who should be massaging her aching back, as he used to; picking her up from work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and taking her out to dinner, as he used to. He should be helping to fix up the nursery, as he was going to.
April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
"I was a good mother. . . ." We want to believe her, especially when this claim is poignantly declared by Marina Gonzalez Palmier. There is nothing obsessive, or calculating, or cruel in the way this actress expresses love for a son. Even the son wants to believe she was a good mother. His ambivalence and confusion is obvious at Theatre/Theater during "Madre," particularly because playwright Rene Solivan portrays the tormented Ruben with subtle ambiguity.
January 8, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Ruben Salazar, the former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist who became an engaged supporter of the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles, died under mysterious circumstances in 1970. Now a new documentary set to air on PBS in April will reassess his life and the facts surrounding his death. "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle," directed and produced by Phillip Rodriguez, will use information from newly released files, as well as interviews with Salazar's friends, family members and former co-workers at The Times to provide a compelling new biography.
January 17, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
There are slivers of wit embedded in the broad shtick of "Let My People Go!," a home-for-the-holidays romantic comedy for which home is a noisy Parisian clan, the holiday is Passover and the prodigal son is a gay 30ish mailman whose usual state of mind is the tizzies. The road to the inevitable slapsticky Seder is paved with more sweetness than bite, a good deal of frantic foolishness and progressively thinner laughs, all wrapped in a message of acceptance and inclusiveness. Scripted by first-time director Mikael Buch and art-house auteur Christophe Honoré, the farce is by turns fresh and fusty.
May 18, 2010 | Norman Ollestad
How does it feel? Everybody wants to know. How does it feel? When I saw the photograph of the 9-year-old Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, who was the sole survivor of a horrific airplane crash in Libya last week that killed his mother, father and brother and 100 others, it felt familiar. He looked a lot like I did after surviving an airplane crash as a boy — the same black-and-blue eyes, belying our calm, matter-of-fact expressions. I was 11 when a Cessna carrying my father, his girlfriend, the pilot and me crashed into an 8,600-foot peak during a blizzard.
December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
July 4, 1999
Re "Despite Aid, Boy Still Far Behind Peers," June 30: Let me see if I understand the situation with Ruben Rocha and his struggle to learn how to read: Ruben, along with his mother, father and six brothers, lives in a converted garage in Boyle Heights. His parents have not helped or cooperated with the efforts of various tutors to try and help Ruben to read. Also, Ruben has other siblings who are struggling in school. Finally, Ruben's father, Ernesto, has just recently found work as a gardener.
November 23, 1999
Re "FBI Files Shed Little Light on Ruben Salazar's Death," Nov. 18: The event that occurred at the Silver Dollar cafe on the fateful day in 1970 can only be described as tragic and dubious. Tragic because an outspoken, courageous leader and true humanitarian was lost and dubious because of the questionable circumstances surrounding his death. It is no secret that Ruben Salazar was being unfairly targeted by the police for his fierce commentary and biting criticism. Salazar was but one victim of the politics of the time.
June 18, 1996
For the past five months I have been trying to have rectified a situation with the LAUSD and my 5-year-old child. I have gone through all the proper channels, and met with the most amazing frustration as person after person all the way up refused listen or care about the welfare and education of a child. As a last resort I wrote Deputy Supt. Ruben Zacharias and within a day of receipt of my letter he had taken care of the problem. The buck stopped with him. Zacharias is truly a man who cares about the children's needs and the parent's concerns.
December 27, 2013 | By Meg James and Dawn Chmielewski
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Nancy Tellem | Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media The veteran CBS television executive had her work cut out when she joined Microsoft Corp. in 2012 to launch a Santa Monica studio to create original content. Long fascinated with changes in consumer behavior, Tellem is now playing an important role in determining what appeals to younger consumers accustomed to getting their entertainment on multiple screens.
December 18, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard is back at "The Biggest Loser" Ranch. Possibly for good. Just one more lucky break for the "American Idol" winner and the most famous contestant the show has ever seen? Maybe Studdard should have bought a Mega Millions ticket. To be sure, such a move is not unprecedented. Remember Ali Vincent, for example? She was eliminated early on in Season 5 but returned to win it all and become one of the most popular ambassadors for the show. Asked to respond to the skepticism, the show released the following statement: "If you've watched 'The Biggest Loser' in previous seasons, you know that this twist of bringing back eliminated contestants to try and win a spot back in the competition is a common one seen in many seasons of the show.
October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Montebello has seen some tough times lately. The southeastern Los Angeles County town has weathered recall elections and an FBI investigation and was driven to the brink of bankruptcy in a fiscal crisis. Its reputation took another hit early Thursday when the mayor's husband was taken away in handcuffs by sheriff's detectives who said they had spotted him selling methamphetamine near a middle school. Ruben Guerrero, 44, was booked on suspicion of methamphetamine and narcotics sales near a school.
September 4, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard says "American Idol" gave him a career. Now, he wants "The Biggest Loser" to give him a life. Studdard -- nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" partly for his girth and his cuddly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor -- said he is returning to reality TV to face the demons that caused him to balloon to 462 pounds. Studdard, 35, said there is nothing funny about his condition, which includes high blood pressure and a diagnosis that he is borderline diabetic. "I've been a big guy my whole life.
August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ruben Cardenas, a standout junior outfielder at Alemany, has committed to Nevada. He was one of the best hitters in the Mission League as a sophomore.  
July 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Ruben Moreno Garcia, who served three combat tours in Iraq, now lives with his family in this Imperial Valley community and works as a mechanic in Yuma, Ariz. Kathryn Williams, a clinical psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has an office in La Jolla, more than 100 miles away. Williams and Moreno Garcia meet once a week for an hour or so to discuss his progress in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, the condition common to U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 1, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of "The Biggest Loser," becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC's weight-loss reality show. The balladeer nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" was crowned the winner of "American Idol" Season 2 in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken in one of the tightest votes in that show's history. Studdard used the win as a platform to launch a singing-and-performing career, and also earned a Grammy nomination. One thing he hasn't been able to tackle?
May 8, 2013 | Patt Morrison
When President Obama told students in Mexico that without the support of U.S. Latinos he would not be president, he wasn't talking about the GOP's Ruben Barrales. But Barrales gets the message. He is the son of immigrants, and San Mateo County's first Latino supervisor. Mexico gave him its Ohtli medal, for his work on behalf of Mexican Americans. Once a Democrat, he went to work in the George W. Bush White House and ran San Diego's regional chamber of commerce. His principal task now, as head of GROW Elect , is cultivating Latino Republican elected officials in California, not exactly fertile soil for the GOP of late.
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