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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1989
I agree with Lois Drake, who wrote in a letter (Jan. 8), "I cannot understand why we continue to pretend that a working knowledge of Spanish isn't necessary for life in Los Angeles." Spanish is the second most popular language, along with English, in the Western world. Only the two main dialects of India and China number more speakers than our two languages. There are at least 20 countries where Spanish is spoken in the entire world, most of them south of our border. Americans taking foreign language courses in our schools place it at the top of their list by far. Also, there are at least 20 million U.S. residents who are Latinos and this group keeps growing, with about a third of them living in California.
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April 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Tim Curry, who is known for his restoration of older homes, has sold a house in Los Feliz for $3.2 million. The 1928 Spanish-style home was renovated during his ownership while maintaining its period details. The 3,365 square feet of living space includes a study/office, a den, a breakfast room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There's a guesthouse, a basement and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Towering palms stand beside the swimming pool on the nearly one-third-acre lot. Curry, 68, has done voice work since 2012 for the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series  as well as “Randy Cunningham: 9thGrade Ninja.” He is known for his starring role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001
I was horrified to hear that President Bush delivered a part of his weekly radio broadcast in Spanish and will continue to do so (May 6). As a teacher of English as a second language, what message does this send to our citizens who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Armenian, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Native American languages and the more than 100 other languages spoken in this country? We need to maintain one unifying language, and that language, by quirk of history, is English. I thought e pluribus unum meant one out of many, not many out of one. Planaria Price Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Authorities in Yucaipa have arrested a high school Spanish teacher on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old student, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. An administrator at Yucaipa High School told deputies Wednesday about a possible inappropriate relationship between the male student and Sheila Heacock, 44. The next day, detectives contacted the teen, who told them the alleged sexual abuse had occurred between January and March of this year. Heacock, an 18-year veteran of the school district, was arrested and booked on one felony count each of oral copulation with a minor, penetration by a foreign object with a minor, contact with a minor to commit an offense, and unlawful sexual intercourse.
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NEWS
May 23, 1991
As someone who only studied Spanish for two years in high school, I really look forward to Nuestro Tiempo. And yes, my Spanish has improved. EVELYN HAVER Los Angeles
NEWS
June 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
Workers at the state-run Spanish television began a 24-hour strike for better pay Thursday, canceling programming for only the second time since broadcasting began in 1956.
NEWS
April 29, 1989 | From Reuters
A Spanish air force F-5 jet fighter plane exploded in midair near this western Spanish city Friday after one of its two engines caught fire, the Defense Ministry said. The pilot bailed out and was not hurt, it said.
TRAVEL
December 24, 1989
In the fifth paragraph of "Two-Week Stays in Oaxaca" (Mature Traveler, Nov. 26), Bill Hughes refers to "Spanish cooking." If my guess is correct, he means "Mexican cooking." As we all know, there is a vast difference between the two. As a matter of fact, there are a few good Spanish restaurants in Mexico. DONALD J. HARRISON Idyllwild
NEWS
December 8, 1985 | United Press International
Suspected Basque guerrillas gunned down an off-duty Civil Guard early Friday as he was sitting in his car near a regional police station, authorities said.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- Two Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria more than six months ago have been freed, their newspaper said. Javier Espinoza, a staff writer at Spain's El Mundo daily newspaper, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a photographer, were handed over to authorities in Turkey on Sunday after having been abducted last September. The pair had been captured by the extremist splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as they were leaving Syria after a two-week reporting trip, according to the El Mundo website.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Batsheva Sobelman
TOLEDO, Spain - The Jews who flock to the two medieval synagogues in this walled city are tourists, not worshipers. No one of their faith has practiced it in the temples' exquisitely decorated precincts since 1492. That was the year King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, besides dispatching Christopher Columbus to look for a passage to India, decreed that the Jews of Spain had to either convert to Christianity or quit the country. Many fled - and were robbed, beaten or raped on the way out. Those who stayed faced possible torture and a gruesome death in the Spanish Inquisition.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public. She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal")
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
TravelAlaska.com, the official website of a state that attracts 6% of its international visitors from Mexico, has introduced a Spanish-language version of its website. Spanish-speaking travelers can now plan a trip to Alaska by visiting Travel Alaska . The Spanish-language website complements the English, German , Japanese , Korean and Chinese language sites already offered by Alaska, said Jesse Carlstrom, a development specialist with Alaska's Tourism Department.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running CW series "Supernatural," has recorded a very down-to-earth house sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. A rough-hewn wooden door serves as the house's portal, so to speak. The 3,818 square feet of space inside includes a massive arch-topped window, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - When historians write about 21st century Los Angeles, they'll probably observe that Eric Garcetti was the second Spanish-speaking L.A. mayor in a row to make an official visit to the Mexican capital. They may also note how trips such as his trade mission this week reflected the increasingly intimate cultural and economic ties between Los Angeles and its sister megalopolis to the south. But some of the subtleties of the experience may be lost to posterity if it is not also noted that Garcetti, like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks a version of the language that, for lack of a more scientific term, might be called Funky American Business Spanish.
TRAVEL
November 29, 1987
This year I met some of your readers in Spain who enrolled in Prof. Palacios' program. My wife and I were among them. The core of the program is the University of Salamanca, founded in the 11th Century, the third oldest in Europe. Queen Isabella appointed a commission of professors from Salamanca to assess the plan of Columbus to sail west to reach India. Classes in beginning and advanced Spanish are in the curriculum as well as a course, in Spanish, on the culture of Spain. On weekends there are visits to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia and other historic sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1988
Chavez's applaudable opinion that Latinos living in the U.S. should be able to speak English is not enough to condemn Dukakis' use of Spanish on the campaign trail. It is a shallow, short-sighted individual who thinks the only benefit a Spanish-speaking representative of the people can claim is his/her ability to muster votes. Speaking Spanish, Dukakis shows he has windows open to the outside world; windows that America has kept closed for too long. At last, we will have a President who, in addition to leading a sound domestic policy, can truly understand that the world is made up of a variety of people--both inside and outside our borders--with a multitude of different value systems and methods of personal expression.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Spanish-language media - particularly in Mexico - are abuzz following a Tribune Washington Bureau report on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's use of deadly force while patrolling the nation's border with Mexico. The article was based on an independent review of U.S. Border Patrol shootings. The report - conducted by a group of law enforcement experts - criticized agents for “lack of diligence” in theirs investigations, suggesting agents intentionally provoked confrontations by sometimes stepping in the path of cars apparently to justify shootings.
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