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July 3, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels used more than a quarter of their international bonus pool of $2 million to sign Venezuelan pitcher Ricardo Sanchez, a 16-year-old left-hander who was ranked No. 27 on Baseball America's list of top international prospects, for a reported $580,000. Sanchez is only 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, but his fastball ranges between 87-90 mph, and he has shown a good feel for his curve and changeup. Though he has had control problems, scouts like his delivery and believe, as he grows, he'll gain more velocity and command.
April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
August 22, 2004
I was pleased to read Andrew Reding's article on Venezuela ("U.S. Should Form a Marshall Plan for Latin America," Commentary, Aug. 19), which gives a fairer treatment of Venezuela's political situation. Much of the U.S. media ignore the reality and history of Venezuela while painting President Hugo Chavez as a power-hungry leftist nut intent on waging class warfare, destroying the Venezuelan oil economy and cozying up to Fidel Castro. Just take a look at Michael Ramirez's cartoon next to Reding's article, which shows Chavez standing next to Castro.
April 10, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The first face-to-face meeting between Venezuela's government and the political opposition since violent protests erupted in February are scheduled to start late Thursday, with the proceedings mediated by three Latin American foreign ministers and broadcast nationwide. Though participants for either side have not been named, President Nicolas Maduro is expected to attend for the government and face three members of the Democratic Unity coalition of opposition parties: Ramon Guillermo Avelado, Henri Falcon and Omar Barboza.
May 21, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the classical music world today, no two words inspire more evangelical fervor than "El Sistema," unless perhaps they're "Gustavo Dudamel." El Sistema, a.k.a. the System, is, of course, the ballyhooed 35-year-old Venezuelan national music training and youth orchestra program that has taught hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan children to play and appreciate classical music. That includes its star protégé, Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 29-year-old music director. It's a tough act to follow.
May 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos denied a Venezuelan claim that Colombian troops had crossed into the neighboring country. But Venezuelan Information Minister Andres Izarra told Venezuelan state television that officials had photographs showing the incursion by 60 Colombian soldiers in Apure state.
June 17, 1989
Italy's Maurizio Stecca retained his World Boxing Organization featherweight crown, stopping Venezuelan challenger Angel Levi Mayor in the ninth round at Milan.
October 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Venezuela said at least 10 members of a Colombian amateur soccer team had been found dead after being kidnapped there. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the bullet-riddled bodies were found in various parts of the western state of Tachira, on the border with Colombia. One man survived, while another was still missing, Venezuelan authorities said. The players, said to be tradesmen, were in Venezuela for a game and were kidnapped Oct. 11. Abductions are rife on both sides of the frontier, where Colombian guerrilla groups, paramilitaries and criminal gangs all operate.
February 17, 2008
Exxon is to be congratulated for standing up for its property rights against Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. ("Exxon scores win against Venezuelan oil company," Feb. 8.) Exxon's legal victory in U.S., British and Dutch courts, which froze $12 billion in assets of Venezuela's state-run oil company, should serve as a warning to any government around the world that might consider nationalizing the property and looting the wealth of multinational companies. David Holcberg Ayn Rand Institute Irvine
September 11, 1994
While the Northridge baseball team is to be congratulated on a job well done, it was a disgrace for the Los Angeles Times to put a small picture of the winning Venezuelan team on the front cover next to a larger picture of the losing team. DARREN HAYLOCK Palmdale
March 19, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - One month after the arrest of a key opposition leader, Venezuelan government officials have moved to prosecute another: national assembly member Maria Corina Machado. The Venezuelan National Assembly has ordered Atty. Gen. Luisa Ortega Diaz to begin proceedings to strip Machado, a harsh critic of President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello, of her legislative immunity and place her under criminal investigation related to recent antigovernment protests that have left at least 30 dead.
March 12, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government and opposition marchers were headed for a showdown Wednesday while several Caracas borough mayors defied a supreme court order that they clear barricades in parts of the capital where demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro have now entered a second month. Opponents to Maduro have organized a march in downtown Caracas in observance of the Flag Day national holiday, even as the government has vowed to stop marchers because they have no permit.
March 5, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that  he is breaking diplomatic relations with Panama, a decision he announced amid commemorations of the first anniversary of predecessor Hugo Chavez's death and continuing protests against Maduro's administration. Maduro said he was taking action because Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli criticized police actions against Venezuelan protesters and because the Central American leader has urged that the Organization of American States debate Maduro's alleged repression of the demonstrators.
February 25, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Tuesday expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of three U.S. officials a week ago. Two first secretaries and a second secretary from the embassy were given 48 hours to depart, the State Department said. The three expelled American diplomats were accused of fomenting civil unrest that has rocked the government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. officials said the expulsions were not justified. The government of Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has often claimed that the United States is to blame for threats to the country.
February 22, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A demonstration in support of anti-government protests in Venezuela is scheduled Saturday afternoon at the federal building in Westwood, one of more than 100 taking place across the U.S. and the world, organizers said. The protest is being organized by Jovenes Independientes (Independent Youth), a group of Venezuelans living in the U.S., that sprung up since the protests aganist the government of that country's president, Nicolas Maduro, began about 10 days ago. Demonstrators gathered outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles Friday night to protest the failure of Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a Venezuelan, to speak out against Maduro.
February 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Venezuela's state-supported music education marvel, El Sistema, offering free instruction to nearly 600,000 young people in all corners of the country, is not without controversy. With an increasingly restive Venezuelan public protesting human rights violations and economic dysfunction, El Sistema, an agency in the executive branch of the government, cannot escape its association with the administration of President Nicolàs Maduro. But those who argue that El Sistema has always been a program above politics and an example of positive social action that is catching on around the world had powerful evidence with the exceptional Los Angeles debut Wednesday night of the Bahia Orchestra Project.
August 23, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An ancient tar pit exposed when Venezuelan oil workers laid a pipeline has yielded a rich trove of fossils, including a type of saber-toothed cat that paleontologists had never before been found in South America. The fossils are 1.8 million years old and include the skulls and jawbones of six scimitar-toothed cats -- a variety of saber-toothed cat with shorter, narrower canine teeth than other species. Researchers led by Venezuelan paleontologist Ascanio Rincon announced the discovery this month, saying that in addition to proving the cat once lived there, the find also should offer a rare window into the environment shortly after North and South America became connected.
January 10, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On the day a Venezuelan actress and her ex-husband, both slain by gunmen, were laid to rest, the head of the country's Roman Catholic bishops said the church is ready to join the government in a campaign to persuade those with firearms to give them up. Bishop Diego Padron of Caracas was responding to an appeal by Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who since the Monday night slayings of Monica Spear, an actress and...
January 9, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Authorities Thursday identified seven suspects arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of former beauty queen Monica Spear and her ex-husband and said some of the victims' personal belongings were recovered.  The suspects include two minors aged 17 and 15 and a 39-year-old woman who belong to a gang in Puerto Cabello called the El Cambur Savages, according to Police Commissioner Jose Gregoria Sierralta, who heads...
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