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November 21, 1990 | JON NALICK
Most people would be upset if their mail took three years to be delivered, but the children at Sunset Lane School were ecstatic. In 1987, teacher Angelita Woodworth and a dozen third-graders studying Christopher Columbus stuffed a green wine bottle with handwritten letters, plugged it with a cork and gave it to woman going on a cruise to Mexico to toss into the Pacific Ocean. Three years passed, and the students assumed it was lost forever.
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October 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A typhoon churning across the western Pacific moved away from the Northern Mariana Islands today as residents began cleaning up after gusting winds and minor flooding. With Typhoon Melor clearing the U.S. commonwealth's three main islands, the National Weather Service canceled the last remaining typhoon warning for the island of Agrihan. Similar warnings for Saipan and Tinian ended earlier today. About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell on Saipan in a 24-hour period, including 2 inches of precipitation over six hours, said weather service senior forecaster Paul Stanko in Guam.
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October 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A typhoon churning across the western Pacific moved away from the Northern Mariana Islands today as residents began cleaning up after gusting winds and minor flooding. With Typhoon Melor clearing the U.S. commonwealth's three main islands, the National Weather Service canceled the last remaining typhoon warning for the island of Agrihan. Similar warnings for Saipan and Tinian ended earlier today. About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell on Saipan in a 24-hour period, including 2 inches of precipitation over six hours, said weather service senior forecaster Paul Stanko in Guam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2008 | Jack Leonard
A Japanese businessman charged in the 1981 slaying of his wife in downtown Los Angeles has dropped his attempts to halt his extradition from the U.S. territory of Saipan, one of his attorneys said Monday. Kazuyoshi Miura, 61, could be escorted by police to Los Angeles as soon as this week, said attorney Bruce Berline. An LAPD spokeswoman said Monday that a detective has been sent to Saipan. Berline said Miura decided to drop his opposition to extradition after a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that prosecutors could charge him with conspiracy even though a Japanese high court acquitted him of murder in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2008 | Jack Leonard
A Japanese businessman charged in the 1981 slaying of his wife in downtown Los Angeles has dropped his attempts to halt his extradition from the U.S. territory of Saipan, one of his attorneys said Monday. Kazuyoshi Miura, 61, could be escorted by police to Los Angeles as soon as this week, said attorney Bruce Berline. An LAPD spokeswoman said Monday that a detective has been sent to Saipan. Berline said Miura decided to drop his opposition to extradition after a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that prosecutors could charge him with conspiracy even though a Japanese high court acquitted him of murder in 1998.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2000 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that 23 garment workers in Saipan who anonymously sued several clothing manufacturers can continue to use pseudonyms because of potential retaliation. Saipan is a U.S. territory with a thriving garment industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | From the Washington Post
Wallace M. Greene Jr., a retired four-star general who was commandant of the Marine Corps during the buildup of U.S. forces for the war in Southeast Asia, died Saturday in Alexandria, Va. He was 95, and the cause of death was multiple myeloma. During a 37-year career, Greene gained a reputation as a brilliant staff officer, long-range planner and troubleshooter. He served as commandant from 1964 through 1967.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2003 | From Reuters
Levi Strauss & Co. has opted out of a $20-million settlement approved this week to compensate garment workers on the Pacific island of Saipan, the San Francisco-based company said. A judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands approved a settlement after alleged rights violations involving several U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. The lawsuit alleged violations of wage and hour laws and other workers' rights at garment factories in Saipan.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2000 | Reuters
Eight more major clothing retailers have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges sweatshop labor conditions in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific, a spokesman for the plaintiffs said. The companies--Calvin Klein Inc., Jones Apparel Group, Liz Claiborne Inc., May Department Stores Co., Oshkosh B Gosh Inc., Sears, Roebuck & Co., Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. and Warnaco Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1997 | EDWARD M. YOON
A pair of area residents are half a world away on a South Pacific island, lending a hand as disaster-relief volunteers of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross. Frank Glorioso of Agoura Hills, Patricia Gise of Granada Hills and 188 other Red Cross disaster-relief volunteers have helped residents of Saipan get back on their feet after Super Typhoon Keith hit the island Nov. 3, said Mike Powers, spokesman for the organization's Los Angeles chapter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2006 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Guy Gabaldon, who received the Navy's highest honor for capturing more than 1,000 Japanese civilians and soldiers on the island of Saipan during World War II, died Thursday at his home in Old Town, Fla. He was 80. The cause was a heart attack, documentary filmmaker Steve Rubin said. Gabaldon's wartime experience was the basis for the 1960 Hollywood movie "Hell to Eternity," a memoir, and most recently, Rubin's documentary, "East L.A. Marine: The Untold True Story of Guy Gabaldon."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
"The Pied Piper of Saipan" almost didn't get into World War II. Guy Louis "Gabby" Gabaldon was just 5 feet 3 and had a perforated eardrum; the Navy rejected him. But when the Marines learned he could speak Japanese -- gritty slang picked up on the streets of Boyle Heights -- that was a different story. That's how Gabaldon came to capture more than 1,100 Japanese single-handedly, leading soldier and civilian alike to safety.
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May 6, 2005 | Walter F. Roche Jr. and Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writers
Two former top aides of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's brokered a political deal here five years ago that helped land island government contracts worth $1.6 million for a Washington lobbyist now the target of a federal corruption probe. Using promises of U.S. tax dollars as bartering chips, Edwin A.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2003 | From Reuters
Levi Strauss & Co. has opted out of a $20-million settlement approved this week to compensate garment workers on the Pacific island of Saipan, the San Francisco-based company said. A judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands approved a settlement after alleged rights violations involving several U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. The lawsuit alleged violations of wage and hour laws and other workers' rights at garment factories in Saipan.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2002 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven major U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc. and J.C. Penney Co., agreed to a groundbreaking legal settlement Thursday that attorneys and human rights activists say will change global corporate behavior and protect the rights of Third World workers. The settlement, which does not include admissions of wrongdoing, essentially ends a lawsuit filed four years ago that alleged a pattern of indentured servitude and other abuses at garment factories on the island of Saipan, part of the U.S.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2002 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Target Corp., suffered a major setback this week when a federal judge ruled that thousands of garment workers on the Pacific island of Saipan could sue the companies and their contracted factories as a class. The retailers also failed to block an $8.7-million settlement by 19 other firms, including Tommy Hilfiger Corp. and Liz Claiborne Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
"The Pied Piper of Saipan" almost didn't get into World War II. Guy Louis "Gabby" Gabaldon was just 5 feet 3 and had a perforated eardrum; the Navy rejected him. But when the Marines learned he could speak Japanese -- gritty slang picked up on the streets of Boyle Heights -- that was a different story. That's how Gabaldon came to capture more than 1,100 Japanese single-handedly, leading soldier and civilian alike to safety.
NEWS
December 18, 1988 | MARGARET SHAPIRO, The Washington Post
As the tour bus wound its way up the steep dirt road, Kiyoshi Ono, 72, gazed out the window at the lovely sea below, where decades ago Japanese men, women and children willingly jumped to their deaths rather than surrender to U.S. troops. Ono fought for Japan's imperial army in Manchuria, another outpost of his country's ill-fated World War II empire.
NEWS
October 18, 2001 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. District Court in Saipan signed an order this week opening the door to more potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging widespread sweatshop abuses in the island's garment trade. "This is huge," said Michael Rubin, a San Francisco-based attorney representing 972 Saipan factory workers from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh and other low-wage nations. "It's unbelievable. This adds up to 20,000 additional plaintiffs." Defense attorneys immediately downplayed the decision.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2000 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that 23 garment workers in Saipan who anonymously sued several clothing manufacturers can continue to use pseudonyms because of potential retaliation. Saipan is a U.S. territory with a thriving garment industry.
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