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October 18, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By David Colker, Los Angeles Times
The fee that Josephine Serrano Collier paid in 1946 for the application to become a policewoman in the Los Angeles Police Department was just $1, but it cost her much more than that. Not only was her family against it, her fiance broke off their engagement. And she was bucking a feeling of mistrust in the Latino community toward the police. But Collier, who had lost her Rosie-the-Riveter job at Lockheed at the end of World War II, needed work and felt she could be a liaison between the community and the LAPD.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | DANA PARSONS
Some stories simply must be handed down through the generations. This is one of them. It's the story of an Orange County horse named Serrano, born along the banks of the Santa Ana River in the mid-1930s and bought early on by a local farmer and horseman named Clint Brush. Mr. Brush, it seems, had a way with horses. "Writer Astounded by Horse's Mental Agility."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
SPORTS
September 10, 1994 | RON STAPP
Littlerock 14, Serrano 14--Michael Carmona, Serrano's tailback, fumbled on a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line with 33 seconds to play to enable Littlerock to hang on for the tie at Antelope Valley High. Serrano rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the score on a six-yard pass from Russell Anderson to Hobie Jarrard with 1:51 left in the first half.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001
Two bicyclists were shot in a robbery attempt Monday night, leaving one dead and the other in critical condition, authorities said. Juan Manuel Ruiz Aquino, 23, and his brother, Aurelio Jimenez, 27, both of Santa Ana, were riding home about 10 p.m. after shopping at a grocery store when they were approached by a man at 4th and Townsend streets, police said. Witnesses said the man, who police believe may be a gang member, tried to rob the brothers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have declared "Frank Sinatra Day," but they did it their way. Lawmakers didn't get around to voting until Tuesday on a resolution supporting May 13, 2008 -- which was last week -- as the day honoring the late singer and actor. "May 13 came up on us a little sooner than expected," said the resolution's sponsor, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.).
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | LIANNE HART and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, a man crashed his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons here Wednesday afternoon and began firing rapidly and indiscriminately with a semiautomatic pistol, killing 22 people. The gunman later was found dead of a gunshot wound in a restaurant restroom, police said. The massacre resulted in injuries to 20 others, many of them listed in "very critical condition."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1989 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
From the moment the crisis enveloping the National Endowment for the Arts broke in April, the brouhaha has revolved around the work of two men who never met--photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, who died this year of AIDS at age 43, and Andres Serrano, 38. Without fanfare last weekend, Serrano and his wife set out to change that--at least symbolically.
SPORTS
December 12, 2004 | Peter Yoon; Eric Sondheimer; Dan Arritt, From Times Staff Reports
Of course it came down to defense. With Phelan Serrano, it almost always does. The Diamondbacks' defense came up with several crucial plays down the stretch, ultimately stopping Palm Springs on fourth down at the Serrano 23-yard line with 19 seconds left to play, and won, 25-18, in the Southern Section Division VIII title game Saturday night at Serrano. It is the first section title for top-seeded Serrano and the town of Phelan couldn't have been happier.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Alissa Walker
Los Angeles artist Ana Serrano creates vibrant neighborhoods filled with color and complexity, yet she produces them out of the most humble materials: corrugated cardboard, construction paper, glue and paint. These worlds will be on view starting this week in "A Daydreamer's Street," an exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park. Inspired by real-life blocks around L.A., Serrano's cityscapes celebrate the vernacular structures that instantly feel familiar to most Angelenos: the hand-painted signage, the concrete block, the barbed wire fences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
The former mayor of Santa Fe Springs who shook down a medical marijuana dispensary for $11,500 in bribes - leading to a widespread corruption probe in nearby Cudahy - was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison. "This was pure greed," U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said as he sentenced Joseph Serrano Sr. Serrano continued to take cash bribes even after FBI agents twice interviewed him. A day after talking to the agents, he met with the dispensary owner outside a Sizzler in La Mirada, where he accepted a $1,700 bribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
A federal corruption investigation spread to a second city Thursday when a Santa Fe Springs councilman agreed to plead guilty to receiving bribes from the owner of a medical marijuana store. Joseph Serrano Sr. will admit to one federal count of felony bribery in connection with allegations that he repeatedly shook down a dispensary operator who was working as an FBI informant. According the plea agreement released Thursday, Serrano took a total of $11,500 in payments in 2010 and 2011 in exchange for promises that Serrano would work to stave off attempts by the city to shut down dispensaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2011 | By Irfan Khan and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Authorities on Saturday identified two men killed in a workplace shooting at a Southern California Edison office in Irwindale, as well as the gunman, who investigators said was a co-worker. Robert Scott Lindsay, 53, of Chino Hills and Henry Serrano, 56, of Walnut were killed Friday when Andre Turner, 48, of Norco opened fire in the office with a semiautomatic handgun, then took his own life. Two others, Angela Alvarez, 46, of Glendale, an Edison employee, and Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello, a contract worker, were wounded and in critical condition.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011
Bartending VIP Pablo Moix (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone) has popped up as the man behind a new list of drinks at downtown L.A.'s Takami Sushi restaurant and its Elevate lounge. He's consulting just in time for the restaurant's fourth anniversary, and to help it celebrate he's dreamed up a spicy little number called the Serrano Kiss. In it, the heat of a sliced chile mingles with dry gin rather than the traditional tequila and is mellowed with basil leaves, lime and simple syrup. It's an offbeat combination that will leave your lips singing.
SPORTS
June 24, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Cal State Fullerton has turned to another former Titans assistant to lead its baseball program. The university announced Friday that it had hired Rick Vanderhook as coach. He replaces Dave Serrano , who left for Tennessee. Vanderhook, 50, received a three-year contract. Other terms were not disclosed. He has been UCLA's hitting and outfield coach the last three seasons, but he is a former Fullerton player and longtime assistant. "It is an honor to be back as the head baseball coach at Cal State Fullerton," Vanderhook said in a statement released by the school.
SPORTS
September 27, 1996
Dave Serrano was named Thursday as an assistant baseball coach at Cal State Fullerton, filling the vacancy created when George Horton was promoted to head coach. Serrano, 32, who pitched for the Titans in 1986, was pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee for the last two seasons. The Volunteers reached the College World Series in 1995 for the first time since 1951. Serrano will have the same duties at Fullerton. He was an assistant at Cerritos College for three years under Horton.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1988 | LAURIE OCHOA
When the clock strikes the hour in the town square of Cordoba, Spain, it is not a bell or chime that announces the time, it is the strum of the guitar of Juan Serrano. Serrano, who performs tonight at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, is among Spain's most famous and respected flamenco guitarists. The son of a Spanish celebrity couple--guitarist Antonio Serrano and singer Nina de la Serra--Juan Serrano, who was born in Cordoba, started playing the guitar at age 9.
SPORTS
June 15, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Dave Serrano, who guided Cal State Fullerton's baseball team to the College World Series in 2009, has been hired as the coach at Tennessee, the school announced Wednesday. Serrano, who reportedly will be paid about $500,000 per season, is one of 11 coaches to lead two programs to the College World Series. UC Irvine, with Serrano as coach, reached Omaha in 2007. "Dave is a proven winner and is a perfect fit," Joan Cronan, Tennessee's interim vice chancellor for athletics, said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
She could have quit the business 20 years ago when her husband passed away, closed down the storefront when her children offered to care for her. Or Esperanza Serrano could have quietly slipped into retirement when she turned 62. But at 66 years old, she loved running her check-cashing business. From behind her glass window along the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lynwood, she greeted a loyal clientele that she built over three decades. Buenos dias, Doña Esperanza!
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