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July 27, 2012 | By Weston Phippen, Los Angeles Times
Many young boys want to be policemen, firefighters, maybe even astronauts when they grow up. But Salvador Brown-Garcia loves to build things with Lego toys. Sometimes he stacks them up into buildings, then he knocks them down like he's playing a real-life version of Angry Birds. When Salvador grows up, he wants to be an engineer. Salvador was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, and, although he's 14 years old, "mentally he's close to 8 or 10," said his mother, Christina Stainbrook.
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Sylmar couple has pleaded not guilty to accusations that they paid to have a 9-year-old girl smuggled to the U.S. from Central America and forced her to work at their restaurant. Dora Alicia Valle, 50, and her live-in boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, were charged with one count each of human trafficking and slavery. The girl, now 11, was brought to the Los Angeles area from El Salvador in 2012, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.  The pair allegedly forced the girl to work four days a week at Costa Del Sol, a Pacoima restaurant that Valle owned.
May 24, 2010 | Paloma Esquivel
The day Arizona's governor signed the strictest immigration law in the country — tasking police with checking the immigration status of those they stop and suspect to be in the country illegally — Maria thought it might be the last straw for her family. For six years Maria, a U.S. citizen, and her husband, Salvador, who is in the country illegally, have tried to make sure he isn't caught up in a raid or sweep or traffic enforcement operation. To avoid his deportation, the couple takes precautions that, when synthesized, go something like this: Avoid driving at night.
March 23, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans are counting the days until the return of Fox's "The Mindy Project" on April 1. What's next after the turbulence-induced airplane make-out session between fellow OB-GYN Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and the lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri? And, of course, they'll clamor to see what series star Mindy Kaling is wearing. That's because Kaling's character, with her everywoman figure, is TV's unlikely new style star in her signature jumble of contrasting prints and almost-clashing colors.
June 15, 1988
If Mel Melcon is to be congratulated for capturing the lone surfer, in his Salvador Dali-like photograph (Metro, May 24), then the editors are to be congratulated for running the splendid and serene piece of photo journalism. In the world of sensational, and rightfully so, photos on nearly every page, in a society running from Eastern to Western cultures with every kind of swift, action-packed, Wall Street pacing, Indy 500 roaring, bomb-dropping, parade-routing hoopla that anyone can imagine, Melcon's photo of Mike Kramer, alone, contemplative of the Pacific Ocean, severe and yet serene, gave me pause for appreciation.
April 13, 2007 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
In his slyly amusing "Unconscious," writer-director Joaquin Oristrell imagines what the impact of the teachings of Sigmund Freud might be like on a young psychiatrist and his beautiful, pregnant wife in 1913 Barcelona. "Unconscious" is a ribald sex farce of considerable imagination and inspired wackiness and a meticulous period piece of the Art Nouveau era.
January 13, 2013
The best way to make such a trip is to fly into São Paulo and out of Salvador. From LAX, American, LATAM, United, Copa, Delta and TAM offer connecting service (stop, change of planes) to São Paulo. From Salvador, connecting service to LAX is offered on TAM, LATAM and American. The total airfare for both one-way trips begins about $1,120, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens will need a visa to visit Brazil. For information: (866) 487-3279, TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)
December 29, 1991
A brief look at the corpus of Stone's work would indicate that he has never done anything other than pander to the "politically correct." From the prevarications of "Midnight Express" and "Salvador," to the amoral "Wall Street," the pontificating "Platoon" and the groovy "The Doors," Stone has strived for a '60s relevance that now seems so incredibly cliched and sophomoric. In "JFK" he is simply exploiting again, this time the stale cottage industry in assassination-plot paranoia and mythology, which has not produced a single concrete indictment in more than a quarter-century.
April 15, 1990 | Associated Press
A 5-month-old boy in the northeastern city of Salvador in nameless because a judge refused to register him as "Rambo," the newspaper O Globo reported Friday. The boy's father, Miraldo de Moura Eugenio, is a fan of the U.S. movie character and promised to name his first son Rambo, the paper said.
August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website ( - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)
March 13, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadoran electoral authorities on Thursday declared leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a bitterly contested presidential election, but the political right refused to accept the loss. Tension continued to run high in the small Central American country four days after a runoff vote favored Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla commander, by the tiniest of margins, according to a final count by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The tribunal said Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)
March 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - El Salvador's presidential runoff was so close Sunday night that election officials declined to name a winner until a final count Monday. Adding to the confusion of the evening, left- and right-wing parties each declared victory, while conservative candidate Norman Quijano, who was trailing by just a few thousand votes, alleged in a blistering speech that the count was fraudulent. With nearly 3 million votes tallied - more than 99% of the total - Quijano, of the right-wing Arena party, was trailing Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was a leftist guerrilla during the country's civil war, by 4,403 votes, according to the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
February 6, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - A former Salvadoran general accused of overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of civilians during a 12-year civil war appealed a U.S. deportation order Thursday on the grounds that his nation's anti-communist campaign was backed and funded by the American government. An attorney for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was El Salvador's defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980s, repeatedly cited the U.S. support for his country's right-wing government during its war against leftist guerrillas.
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A runoff presidential election appeared likely in El Salvador after leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the top vote-getter, narrowly missed winning outright, according to preliminary election results Monday. With more than 99% of the votes counted, Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla leader, received nearly 49% support in Sunday's election. Sanchez Ceren appeared headed for a March 9 runoff against the second-place candidate, Norman Quijano, who received about 39% of the vote.
February 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A former left-wing guerrilla leader held a wide lead in El Salvador's presidential race Sunday night, but it was unclear whether Salvador Sanchez Ceren could avoid a runoff. With 57% of the ballots tallied, Sanchez Ceren, the vice president of El Salvador, had a bit more than 49% of the vote. If he draws more than 50%, he will avoid a runoff provisionally scheduled for March 9. Norman Quijano, a former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, came in second, with 38% of the vote.
January 1, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen brothers. First published in 1933, the three dozen stories in "Tales of Clay" evoke the harsh lives and slangy rural idiom of El Salvador's indigenous peasants. Their author, Salvador Efraín Salazar Arrué, a.k.a. Salarrué (pronounced sal-ru-ay)
September 28, 1986 | JUAN de ONIS, Times Staff Writer and RIO DE JANEIRO
The seaside city of Salvador, once the colonial capital of Brazil, is so rich in ancient churches and tradition that it is classified by the United Nations as "a heritage of humanity." But poverty and urban decay are eroding the quality of life and pastel beauty of the 17th Century city. "When I visit the people in the shantytowns, they talk to me about the children who have died of dysentery for lack of clean water," Mario Kertesz, 42, the mayor of Salvador, said not long ago in an interview.
January 3, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
November 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen in El Salvador early Thursday burst into the offices of a human rights agency that focuses on children missing from the country's civil war, torching documents and taking away computers, activists said. The attack was a major blow against a group that had reunited numerous children with families from which they were wrenched in the 1980s. It follows by less than six weeks the abrupt closure of another human rights organization, one connected to the Roman Catholic Church, which had documented massacres and other egregious abuses over several decades.
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