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October 1, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Rocking an infant nephew in her arms, Mary Poloai stood outside the main entrance of the imposing Samoan Congregational Christian Church in Carson on Wednesday staring up at the sky and fighting back tears. "I'm so sad that I can't think straight," said Poloai, 58, one of more than 100 people who gathered at a special prayer service for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday. "They still haven't found my mother's sisters," she said.
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March 27, 2011 | By Valerie Gladstone, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A man emerges on the shadowy stage, bare-chested and tattooed, as powerful as a force of nature. As light glimmers across his body, he stares into space, the sound of gongs clanging in the distance. Suddenly, he comes alive, eyes widening in fear, and he lunges forward as if ready to go to battle. In one unearthly scene like this after another, Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio transports audiences with "Tempest: Without a Body" to a place outside time where human beings morph into lizards and birds into rocks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1986 | Andy Rose \f7
A Samoan Center that recently opened offers several social and cultural services for Samoans who are county residents. The center, paid for by donations from members of the United Samoan Organization, began operating in February and remains open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, said president Manuseni Tufele. Included in its services are tutoring, with an emphasis on beginning English classes; supervised study sessions, and employment and housing assistance referrals.
WORLD
October 1, 2009 | David Pierson
The death toll in Samoa and American Samoa rose to 99 early today, according to news reports, after a powerful tsunami triggered by a deep ocean earthquake devastated coastal towns. Dozens of people were still missing. Seventeen hours after the magnitude 8.0 temblor struck, another massive ocean earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island early today killed at least 75 people and trapping thousands under rubble. A tsunami warning was issued in the region but was later lifted.
SPORTS
November 10, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How do you describe David Tua, the Samoan heavyweight? In presenting a tribute to his countryman last month before the House of Representatives, Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, U.S. congressman from American Samoa, pushed aside concerns about stereotyping and read the following poem on Samoans by comedian Frank Delima: "I'm nine feet tall and six feet wide. I got a neck made of elephant hide. I scrape the [shells] off the soles of my feet. I drive my Volkswagen from the back seat." Not quite true.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1985 | From Reuters
Two years ago, the tiny, isolated South Pacific nation of Western Samoa was almost bankrupt. Oil companies had threatened to turn off fuel supplies for which they were not being paid. The New Zealand government had formally warned its companies against extending credit. And inflation was running at 22%. Today, Western Samoa is being feted as the International Monetary Fund's model small island economy.
SPORTS
September 8, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story of Capistrano Valley football player Malaefou MacKenzie will only grow bigger as he gets better. * He grew up in Western Samoa playing rugby on the school grounds, where the physical contact of that sport made football seem like child's play. His father moved the family to the United States in 1988 so his children could receive an American education, then returned to Samoa to run the family business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2000
Three people were hurt during a Samoan festival in Victoria Park, authorities said. The injuries happened about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after an argument over a rugby match deteriorated into a fight involving 20 people at the park on 192nd Street east of Main Street, said Lt. Michael O'Shea of the Los Angeles County police. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and county police responded to the incident, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles district attorney's office on Monday dismissed rioting and assault charges against the four remaining defendants in a case that drew outcries of police brutality and civil rights violations after sheriff's deputies stormed a bridal shower at the Cerritos home of a Samoan-American family. Misdemeanor rioting charges were dismissed in Bellflower Municipal Court against Emily, Sharon and Olanda Dole, daughters of Arthur Dole, at whose home the incident occurred in February, 1989.
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November 28, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Right before two brothers were killed by a Compton police officer, one of them asked the officer to "handcuff him and take him to the station so he could talk to him," a third brother testified Wednesday. Ieti Tualaulelei, who testified that he watched the Feb. 12 incident from the kitchen window of the family home, said Officer Alfred Skiles Jr. did not handcuff Pouvi Tualaulelei.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Rocking an infant nephew in her arms, Mary Poloai stood outside the main entrance of the imposing Samoan Congregational Christian Church in Carson on Wednesday staring up at the sky and fighting back tears. "I'm so sad that I can't think straight," said Poloai, 58, one of more than 100 people who gathered at a special prayer service for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday. "They still haven't found my mother's sisters," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 | Louis Sahagun and Robert J. Lopez
A sense of urgency spread across Southern California's tight-knit Samoan community in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 34 people and destroyed homes in American Samoa. A number of Samoans, many of whom live in the South Bay and Long Beach areas, rushed home to call relatives after hearing news of the devastation. Others gathered in somber meetings at area churches to begin organizing donation and relief efforts. "Tonight, we are all in prayer mode," said Ed Lalau, 40, a Carson resident and member of the United Samoan Congregational Church in Carson.
NATIONAL
September 30, 2009 | Times Wire Services
A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing dozens of people and leaving several workers missing at a devastated national park. Cars and people were swept out to sea as survivors fled to high ground, where they remained huddled hours later. Signs of devastation were everywhere, with a giant boat washed ashore at the edge of a highway and cars and homes swallowed by floodwaters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Hugh R. Manes, a veteran civil rights lawyer who for 40 years fought for victims of police misconduct, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with emphysema, according to his law partner, Carol Watson. He was 84. Manes began representing victims of police misconduct in the 1960s, nearly three decades before the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney G. King by Los Angeles police officers threw a harsh spotlight on the issue of police brutality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2008 | Louis Sahagun and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writers
A day after a security guard shot and killed a gunman during a Wednesday night melee at the 22nd annual Samoan Flag Day Festival, Samoan Chief Tua'au Pele Faletogo was fielding anxious telephone calls from people with two pressing questions: Is the event at Carson's Victoria Regional Park still open? Is it safe? "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shut us down for today," he told one of the callers Thursday, as deputies turned prospective celebrants away at the entrance gates.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2007 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
"Samoan Wedding" is a rowdy, bawdy New Zealand comedy that perceptively depicts the universal with the particular in an amusing, affectionate way. The setting -- the particular -- is Auckland's substantial Samoan community; the universal is any urban community in which a group of guys in their 30s are not doing a good job of growing up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1995
A judge refused Tuesday to order a new trial in a brutality lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department in which a Samoan American family was awarded $15.9 million. Attorney Paul Paquette, representing the county, sought the new trial because six plaintiffs allegedly claimed they lied about events surrounding a Cerritos bridal shower raided by deputies in 1989.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voluntary manslaughter charges were filed Wednesday against a veteran Compton police officer who last February fatally shot two unarmed Samoan-American brothers, striking them 19 times. Some shots were fired after the two men had slumped to the ground, authorities said. The charges against Officer Alfred Skiles, 44, are the first in nearly a decade brought by the Los Angeles County district attorney against an on-duty law enforcement officer who killed a person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2005 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
For years government studies painted a glowing picture of Asians/Pacific Islanders as highly educated, high wage earners. It sounded wonderful -- but for Pacific Islanders in the United States it wasn't true. "Right now I think we're in our fourth generation here, and we're worse off than when we first came," said June Pouesi of the Office of Samoan Affairs in Carson, a nonprofit social services organization. "You find our people in high-crime, depressed areas throughout the county.
SPORTS
August 11, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
When Shaka Sola missed his flight and arrived late at the world championships at Helsinki, Finland, he was saddened to learn that he had also missed the shotput competition. The Samoan was offered a chance at javelin instead and finished last with a throw that was entertaining to everyone but him. "You will not see me with a javelin again unless you come to Samoa and I catch you a fish," Sola told Reuters. His best toss of 41.
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