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February 27, 2007 | Hector Tobar and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
For more than a week, Guatemalans and Salvadorans have been in the grip of a murky and gruesome mystery story born of Central America's criminal underworld. It began on the night of Feb. 19, with an SUV burning on a rural road outside Guatemala City. The charred bodies of three Salvadoran legislators and their driver were found at the scene. Among them was Eduardo Jose D'Aubuisson, the son of one of El Salvador's most notorious right-wing leaders.
December 2, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
This country's rumor mill has been working overtime since Valentin Elizalde, a 27-year-old banda singer-songwriter, was gunned down near the border a week ago. Elizalde, known as "the Golden Rooster," died with his manager and driver in a shower of automatic weapon fire shortly after he finished performing at a small fair in Reynosa, across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas. His body wasn't even in the ground before the innuendo started flying across newspapers, televisions and websites.
August 8, 2006 | Jim Rossi, Special to The Times
NOBODY knows New York better than a pickpocket; for convincing evidence, just look at George Appo's scars. Bullet holes pockmarked his stomach from the gun of a detective on Wall Street; a missing eye ensued from a con job gone wrong; and knife scars branded his throat and neck, courtesy of an old boss. Sixteen smaller scars marred his body. In "A Pickpocket's Tale," Timothy J.
April 8, 2006 | Usha Lee McFarling, Times Staff Writer
The deaths of three ski patrol members at Mammoth Mountain on Thursday highlight the many hazards facing those who live, work and play atop one of the nation's largest active volcanic systems. Earthquake swarms, toxic gases that are deadly when concentrated, the unlikely event of a cataclysmic eruption -- such risks are permanent features of life in the exquisitely scenic area.
March 30, 2006 | David L. Ulin, Times Staff Writer
SPORTS are tribal. We line up with our team, our school, our city; paint our faces Trojan colors, dye our hair Dodger blue. We immerse ourselves in the history, in the rivalries: Magic against Larry, John Roseboro against Juan Marichal, Al Davis against the world. This is how we place ourselves, how we reckon with our lives. It is what Don DeLillo, in his novel "Underworld" -- which opens with Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world"-- calls our "secret history," something "that joins [us]
January 23, 2006 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
"Underworld: Evolution," the second installment of Sony/Screen Gems' vampires-versus-werewolves saga, led the weekend box office with about $27.6 million, according to studio estimates. With Kate Beckinsale returning as the vampire warrior Selene, "Evolution" took in nearly $6 million more than the original "Underworld" did on its opening weekend in September 2004. The R-rated sequel attracted an audience that skewed male and under 25, Sony reported.
October 16, 2005 | Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Writer
Behind a high wall and a row of trees on a quiet street corner, the headquarters of Japan's largest crime syndicate could almost pass for just another upscale mansion. Except for all the surveillance cameras. And the barbed wire. And the sharply dressed men in sunglasses and crew cuts. Especially lately. In its biggest shake-up in 16 years, Japan's largest crime gang named a new boss in August at its headquarters in this western port city.
July 19, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
In "Constantine," Keanu Reeves plays a cynical (sound familiar?), chain-smoking antihero who roams dark and gritty Los Angeles (isn't it always?), hunting and eliminating demons who threaten to undo the balance of good and evil and unleash Satan from his realm into this unsuspecting world.
January 8, 2004 | Susan King
Underworld Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman Columbia TriStar, $29 This horror flick has far more style than substance. TV commercial director Len Wiseman makes his theatrical debut with this tale revolving around werewolves and vampires. Though he has put a lot of care into the look of the film and handles the action scenes like a veteran, he skimps on the script and performances. No matter how glossy and slick "Underworld" is, Wiseman can't hide the fact that it's just dramatically silly.
September 22, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The vampires and werewolves of "Underworld" fought to the top of the box office with the thriller grossing an estimated $22 million over the weekend. Pop singer Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr.'s feel-good musical-dramedy, "The Fighting Temptations," was a distant second with $13.2 million.
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