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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
One of the family owners of the El Ranchito restaurant chain, once indicted in Hawaii for drug smuggling but never tried, was shot and killed just after midnight Thursday as he drove through his neighborhood west of Upper Newport Bay. Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said "several shots" were fired at Joe Luis Avila, 40, of Costa Mesa, through the window of his black 1985 Porsche Carrera convertible.
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NEWS
May 24, 2001 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
SPORTS
February 25, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
From the time they were old enough to chew bubble gum, Matt Fisher, Matt Cassel and Conor Jackson have been called baseball wonders. Every step of the way, from T-ball through senior league, they've stood out as all-stars. In youth drafts, they were certain No. 1 picks. If only they had agent Dennis Gilbert to negotiate their pizza deals. Time has flown by. They're now sophomores in high school, Fisher and Cassel at Chatsworth, Jackson at El Camino Real.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1990 | DAVID COLKER
Some advice for beginning art collectors from people who work in the field: Real art collectors never ask, "But will it go with the sofa?" Real art galleries do not advertise sure-thing investments. Real art dealers do not kiss your hand. "If they kiss your hand or call you monsieur when you walk in, turn around and get out fast," Joni Gordon said with a laugh. Gordon is the owner of Newspace, a contemporary art gallery on Melrose Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1987
The deaths of two U.S. citizens in El Salvador's civil war is a sad reminder that the conflict is still unresolved more than seven years after it began. Worse, the conditions under which one of the U.S. advisers died suggest that the war could go on much longer than many analysts had thought. One of the dead is an unidentified employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, killed when a helicopter crashed on a reconnaissance flight. The other was Army Staff Sgt.
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