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April 8, 1990 | JIM LINDGREN
Converted pitcher Rafael Valdez earned himself at least a few weeks of major league living as Padres Manager Jack McKeon made his final roster moves Saturday night after their 3-2 exhibition victory over Seattle in front of 6,441 in San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.
Playwright and director Luis Valdez was reeling on two fronts Thursday: It was the day after he learned that New Line Cinema had pulled out of a deal to co-finance his film "Frida and Diego," and the day of a demonstration by some Latino actors who feel he betrayed them by casting a non-Latina as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. But Valdez vowed the movie will be made, and has begun negotiations with other potential film distributors.
July 26, 1989 | LORI GRANGE, Times Staff Writer
State legislators criticized the Coast Guard and several state agencies Tuesday for an uncoordinated response to discharges by the Exxon Valdez off the San Diego coast and called for reforms of oil-spill prevention and response measures. During a hearing in San Diego of the Assembly Select Committee on Oil-Spill Prevention and Response Preparedness, Assembly members heard testimony from several agencies involved in bringing the Valdez to San Diego, and criticized most for their performance.
July 1, 2000 | VINCE KOWALICK
Professional boxing in the region has taken a beating in recent months. Fight cards featuring up-and-coming fighters in four-round bouts have been few and far between since the last bout was staged at Reseda Country Club in December 1998. Robert Valdez and Ron Williams are attempting to change that. Far from the first promoters to play the local game, Valdez, of Oxnard, and Williams, of Valencia, aren't exactly going toe-to-toe, nor are they stablemates.
July 30, 1989
After weeks of idling in waters off the coast, the battered and reviled Exxon Valdez began its slow journey into San Diego Harbor, where it will undergo extensive repairs to its hull--and possibly a name change. The tanker ran aground on March 24 in Alaska's Prince William Sound, causing the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. The tanker was inspected off San Clemente Island by California officials, who gave the go-ahead for the tow operation to begin after no oily discharges were spotted.
August 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
The ship that caused the nation's worst oil spill is ready for sea trials after a $30-million repair job to its mangled hull, the repair company said Tuesday. The Exxon Mediterranean, formerly the Exxon Valdez, has been undergoing dock trials at a pier at National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego after being floated out of a dry dock last month.
October 30, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
After the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in 1989, experts predicted it would take years to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history and restore the pristine waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound. It has turned out that cleaning up the massive litigation in its wake has taken even longer. To the surprise and dismay of some weary plaintiffs' lawyers, the Supreme Court announced Monday that it would reconsider whether Exxon Mobil Corp. can be forced to pay a record $2.
A two-year investigation into a methamphetamine ring in North County ended with the arrests of 11 suspects who were arraigned Thursday in federal court on charges of narcotics and weapons violations, authorities said. Two people were also arraigned on charges that they laundered money from the operation. "It was a very comprehensive investigation," Assistant U.S. Atty. Laura Birkmeyer said. "We looked into the investment of proceeds into real estate. . . . In excess of 70 weapons were seized."
February 16, 1986
To accuse playwright Luis Valdez of "selling out" in "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges" is ludicrous (Calendar Letters, Feb. 9), and I for one am appalled at hearing upward-mobile, pseudo-intellectual (am I being redundant) Latinas parrot this line. Most critics and letter-writers are missing the point of Valdez's last play. His main thrust was to castigate the media for the "crumbs" they throw at ethnic-minorities in demeaning roles--anything else was incidental. Valdez's ability to castigate the media, second-class citizenship and our immoral foreign policy, and still entertain and make us laugh, is brilliant.
March 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of pioneer ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, previewed his new film on the Alaska oil spill Wednesday night and called for industry to advance beyond the "Stone Age of cleanup technology." The 40-minute film, titled "Outrage at Valdez" and narrated by the younger Cousteau, is scheduled to be broadcast March 25, the day after the first anniversary of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
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