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The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In almost every sense, Emilio Vicente is an American success story. He grew up a shy kid in the North Carolina mill town of Siler City. His parents, who moved there when he was 6, had little formal education and worked long, punishing shifts at a chicken processing plant to support their seven children. Vicente's strong grades and college boards earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's most prestigious public universities.
May 27, 1999
Re "A Life's Passion," May 22: Thank you for your full-length interview and report on Vicente Fernandez. He is a treasure and the major voice in mariachi music. His courageous efforts to keep cool despite his personal tragedies set standards for all of us. He will forever be "El Rey." May God bless him. EDYN LOPEZ Santa Ana In reading Jesse Katz's brilliantly written piece on Fernandez I was enlightened to the fact that Fernandez has great character to match his magnificent voice.
September 2, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico - Former President Vicente Fox grew up on a farm here in rural Guanajuato, one of Mexico's most conservative states. He is the kind of guy who wears big belt buckles, collects hand-tooled saddles and worships the free market. Ask him about his experience with the drug culture and the big man with the cowboy-movie mustache exhibits a kind of straight-laced pique: Never smoked pot, he says. Hardly knew anyone who did. But Fox has always fancied himself a policy maverick.
July 5, 2000
Re "Mexico's Ruling Party Loses Presidency in Historic Election," July 3: Mexico is free at last! I wish that my father, a native of Mexico, had lived to see the PRI booted from power. He would have been so proud of his fellow countrymen. This Fourth of July, as I recall and honor the sacrifices of our American forefathers, I will also toast Vicente Fox and wish him and our neighbors in Mexico success in their quest to establish true freedom fully for the first time. ART PEDROZA JR. Santa Ana Time will tell if this former Coca-Cola executive is the "real thing."
May 20, 1990 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer and the gardening editor of Redbook magazine. As "Mr. Mother Earth," he has written several plant-care books.
To most gardeners, topiary is the art of shaping plants into figures of animals or geometric forms by trimming and pruning them, or by making wire frames and planting them. During the Renaissance, the art of trimming and pruning flourished in the gardens of France and Italy, and today we're all familiar with the wire-frame topiary creations at Disneyland and Disney World. But you needn't own a villa or a theme park to have a green menagerie. And you don't even have to have a back yard.
August 20, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Beggars can't be choosers -- which is probably the best way to sum up the Dodgers' decision to sign former All-Star right-hander Vicente Padilla . Padilla was released by the Texas Rangers on Monday and then cleared waivers before the Dodgers offered him a minor league contract and a chance to return to the National League. Texas is responsible for the remainder of Padilla's $12-million salary as well as the $1.75-million option on his buyout for next season, leaving the Dodgers to pay only a prorated portion of the major league minimum, which comes to about $100,000.
August 3, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila
Lush and silky, this gorgeous, thoroughly modern Rioja could hold its own against the best reds of Bordeaux or Tuscany. One of the stars of the vintage, the beautifully crafted 2001 San Vicente Rioja is both sophisticated and earthy, tasting of ripe berries, chocolate and wild herbs. * Quick swirl Region: Rioja, Spain Price: About $42 Style: Lush, modern Food it goes with: Duck, leg or rack of lamb, steaks Where you find it: Available at fine wine shops and retailers.
August 25, 2002
Re "Fox Plugs Bill for Energy Reform," Aug. 21: It's ludicrous to think that Vicente Fox's "free-market agenda" helped him get elected as president of Mexico: That is the agenda of his core constituency only. Fox won the Mexican presidency because the Mexican people wanted to get rid of the old regime and realized that he was the candidate with the best chances of doing it. When it comes to advancing his political, moral, religious or economic agendas, he has to put up a fight. So far, he has failed to win many matches, and many Mexicans who voted for him are probably glad.
February 24, 1991
We were so far from life That the wind made us sigh THE MOON TICKS LIKE A CLOCK In vain have we fled Winter fell on our path And the past full of dry leaves Misses the forest trail So much we smoked beneath the trees That the almonds smell of tobacco Midnight Over the distant life Someone is weeping And the moon forgot to strike the hour From "The Poet Is a Little God" (Xenos Books, P.O. Box 52152, Riverside, Calif. 92517-3152).
July 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, who was hospitalized Monday in Madrid with a pulmonary embolism, will be replaced by tenor Vicente Ombuena in the Teatro Real's upcoming production of "Il Postino" by Daniel Catan. Domingo is recovering and has been ordered to rest for three to four weeks, according to his spokeswoman. The renowned tenor, who is also the general director of Los Angeles Opera, had planned to reprise his role as Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in "Il Postino" in Madrid, a role he first performed in 2010 in L.A. But Tuesday the Teatro Real said that Domingo had withdrawn from all five scheduled performances of the opera, which are set to begin July 17. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times "The Teatro Real wishes to state that it deeply regrets the illness of the great tenor and extends to him its best wishes for an early recovery," the company said in a statement.
June 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, was one of the earliest and most prominent voices in favor of legalizing marijuana here. Now he says he would also become a grower. Fox, who is known for provocative statements, argues that legalizing and regulating marijuana production would deprive violent drug traffickers of their profits. And then legitimate growers would naturally take over production, he says. “I am a farmer,” Fox told reporters this week at his Fox Center in central Mexico's Guanajuato state.
May 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man suspected of selling fake concert tickets on Facebook for Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday night. The 24-year-old man is accused of altering PDF files of Ticketmaster tickets and selling them to a number of victims on Facebook and Craigslist, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspect, Ricardo Gonzalez, allegedly provided investigators with a "full confession and the names of additional victims," department officials said in a statement.
April 29, 2013 | By Vicente Fox
Throughout 2001, President George W. Bush and I spent time negotiating an important bilateral agreement on immigration policies and programs. We optimistically pieced together an innovative framework, and were close to reaching our goals, when the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 derailed our plans. Now, in 2013, and in remarkably similar circumstances, President Obama and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders are again working courageously on immigration issues. I join the millions of voices echoing around the world in expressing my outrage and sorrow about the events in Boston this month.
March 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like old generals, elderly Mexican pop idols never die, they just fade away. Unless they're Vicente Fernandez, in which case they just seem to go on and on forever. Fernandez is currently staging what he has called his farewell tour (Gira del Adios), after being treated for cancer in recent years. After concluding his present tour, Fernandez has vowed to limit himself to the recording studio and stay off the road. Well, don't necessarily believe it. The great ranchera troubadour made his first-ever appearance over the weekend at Staples Center, and according to Sergio Burstein , a reviewer for our sister Spanish-language newspaper Hoy, "Chente," a.k.a.
February 18, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
If anything was learned at Santa Anita this weekend, it's that the $15,000 stud fee for Eclipse Award winner Midnight Lute needs to be raised. There were three horses from the first crop of foals by Midnight Lute that won Saturday and Sunday, all trained by Bob Baffert, who was the trainer when Midnight Lute won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2007 and 2008. Shakin It Up, under jockey David Flores, was the biggest winner of the weekend, taking Sunday's Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes by one length over Treasury Bill in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds.
February 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There are richer and more important races ahead for Treasury Bill, a 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid who will be making his stakes debut Sunday in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita. Trainer Ron Ellis has high aspirations for a horse that likes to race from far back and come charging down the stretch. That's why Ellis was surprised that Treasury Bill won a 61/2-furlong maiden sprint in his second race on Jan. 27. It's in two-turn races that Treasury Bill figures to be at his best, so Ellis isn't going to put a lot of pressure into winning Sunday's seven-furlong stakes that has just six entrants, including three horses trained by Bob Baffert - Belvin, War Academy and Shakin It Up. This time of year is about getting Treasury Bill more racing experience in preparation for the big 3-year-old races in March and April on the road to the ultimate goal of an appearance in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. "I've liked him all along," Ellis said.
December 6, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
A playful paean to a movie genre and a prolific career, Ernest Borgnine's valedictory feature is a spaghetti western with a heavy helping of cheese. "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" won't be more than a footnote to his life's work, but it is evidence that even at 94, and even in flat surroundings, the late actor possessed undeniable screen magnetism. As with Will Ferrell's "Casa de Mi Padre" this year, the wonderfully spoofy opening-credits sequence promises more genre subversion than the film delivers.
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