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February 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
After Army Sgt. Jose Rodriguez finished his first tour in Afghanistan, the model soldier decided to deploy again to better provide for his wife and son. A family man with a penchant for humor, the 22-year-old put on hold his plans to become a firefighter so his family could be better off once his military service was over, relatives said. Rodriguez died June 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds from enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
After Army Sgt. Jose Rodriguez finished his first tour in Afghanistan, the model soldier decided to deploy again to better provide for his wife and son. A family man with a penchant for humor, the 22-year-old put on hold his plans to become a firefighter so his family could be better off once his military service was over, relatives said. Rodriguez died June 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds from enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991 | DAVID REYES
In the beginning, Ruben Rodriguez's castle didn't have a moat or a drawbridge. In fact, the self-described king of the burrito didn't even have a drive-through. But the tiny taco stand that King Ruben built did have a sign. And, in giant letters, Rodriguez let it be known that his Green Burrito restaurant would be serving up platters of Mexican-style food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY and LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Without prosecutors ever recovering the victim's body or the murder weapon, a Ventura County jury Wednesday convicted a 39-year-old San Joaquin Valley man of a murder that occurred more than 13 years ago.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
GB Foods Corp. Chairman Ruben Rodriguez and Robert V. Gibson, executive vice president, have resigned to pursue other interests, the company said Tuesday. GB Foods is the parent company of the Green Burrito Mexican-style restaurant chain. Rodriguez, who was also the chief executive officer, founded the first Green Burrito restaurant in 1980 and intends to operate several of the Green Burritos he still owns. Gibson is rejoining his Irvine law firm of Gibson & Haglund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cadaver-sniffing dogs could not find him, but authorities said they will continue to search for the remains of a farm laborer they believe was slain and buried in a shallow grave on a ranch near Fillmore. Mario Torres disappeared March 28, 1984. Police believe he was killed, and even though no body has been recovered, prosecutors charged 39-year-old Ruben Rodriguez with the murder. Rodriguez, who runs a restaurant in Lindsey, Calif., pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY and LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Without prosecutors ever recovering the victim's body or the murder weapon, a Ventura County jury Wednesday convicted a 39-year-old San Joaquin Valley man of a murder that occurred more than 13 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2000
A 22-year-old Harbor-area man was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder Friday in connection with a drive-by shooting here. Officers said James Ruben Rodriguez was being held without bail in the May 27 attack at 25th Street and Patton Avenue that left Travon) Green, 19, dead and Jabari Meader, 18, in critical condition. Meader has since recovered. Rodriguez was taken into custody at noon Friday in an alley behind a San Pedro hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1989
A suspected gang member has been arrested by Los Angeles police for allegedly gunning down a West Los Angeles man in Pacific Palisades early July 29. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-gang unit, Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, arrested Ruben Rodriguez, 24, shortly after 5 a.m. at a relative's apartment in Mar Vista Gardens, Detective Bill Humphry said.
BUSINESS
January 10, 1991 | Chris Woodyard; Times staff writer
It's 'Flan-Tastic': The Green Burrito chain of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants has started serving a dessert that might be new to many non-Latinos. As its first dessert item, the fast-growing Santa Ana-based chain has chosen flan, a egg custard topped with a caramel sauce, found in Spain and South America. GB Foods Corp., parent company of the Green Burrito, said it has been seeking a dessert to round out its menu of Mexican specialties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cadaver-sniffing dogs could not find him, but authorities said they will continue to search for the remains of a farm laborer they believe was slain and buried in a shallow grave on a ranch near Fillmore. Mario Torres disappeared March 28, 1984. Police believe he was killed, and even though no body has been recovered, prosecutors charged 39-year-old Ruben Rodriguez with the murder. Rodriguez, who runs a restaurant in Lindsey, Calif., pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
GB Foods Corp. Chairman Ruben Rodriguez and Robert V. Gibson, executive vice president, have resigned to pursue other interests, the company said Tuesday. GB Foods is the parent company of the Green Burrito Mexican-style restaurant chain. Rodriguez, who was also the chief executive officer, founded the first Green Burrito restaurant in 1980 and intends to operate several of the Green Burritos he still owns. Gibson is rejoining his Irvine law firm of Gibson & Haglund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991 | DAVID REYES
In the beginning, Ruben Rodriguez's castle didn't have a moat or a drawbridge. In fact, the self-described king of the burrito didn't even have a drive-through. But the tiny taco stand that King Ruben built did have a sign. And, in giant letters, Rodriguez let it be known that his Green Burrito restaurant would be serving up platters of Mexican-style food.
SPORTS
March 2, 1994
Chicago White Sox right-hander Jose DeLeon will be sidelined three to six weeks because of a knee injury suffered during fielding drills. DeLeon spent most of last season with Philadelphia, going 3-0 with a 3.26 earned-run average. To bolster their staff, the White Sox signed right-hander Scott Sanderson to a minor league contract. He split time last last season between the Angels and San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1988
Police rolling to a report of an armed confrontation at a Santa Ana apartment Friday discovered and confiscated 3 kilograms of cocaine and $1 million in counterfeit bills, authorities said. Three people were arrested and held in County Jail on suspicion of possession of the drug. Police identified them as Ana Cruz, 38; Ruben Rodriguez, 34, and Nelson Preves, all of Santa Ana.
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