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October 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gustavo De La Vina, a former U.S. Border Patrol chief who worked to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, has died. He was 70. De La Vina died Monday in the Balkan nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he worked as a private advisor, said Steve Cribby, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The El Paso Times reported that De La Vina died of natural causes. De La Vina joined the Border Patrol in 1970 at the Eagle Pass, Texas, port of entry. He taught Spanish at the agency's training academy in Georgia and rose through the ranks to become deputy El Paso sector chief, San Diego sector chief and the Western regional director.
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FOOD
September 9, 2010
  1999 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia 'Viña Gravonia' Crianza Viña Gravonia is a superb white from traditionalist Rioja producer R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia that is released only after long aging at the 133-year-old winery's cellars in Haro, Spain. The latest release is not the 2007 or 2005, but the 1999 vintage. At less than $30, this buttery, nuanced 11-year-old wine is an amazing value. It is light canary yellow in color, and aromatic and dry, with a complex weave of caramel, citrus peel and almond tastes and an alluring finish.
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NEWS
August 28, 1997 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on Wednesday named a new nationwide Border Patrol chief and said he would be based not in Washington but in Orange County. The appointment comes amid a continuing law enforcement buildup along the almost 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border that has seen the ranks of agents expand rapidly as the force has been reinforced with a broad arsenal of high-technology aids, from aircraft to motion detectors and night-vision equipment. Gustavo De La Vina, a 27-year border veteran who worked his way up from line agent, was named as assistant INS commissioner, Border Patrol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gustavo De La Vina, a former U.S. Border Patrol chief who worked to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, has died. He was 70. De La Vina died Monday in the Balkan nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he worked as a private advisor, said Steve Cribby, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The El Paso Times reported that De La Vina died of natural causes. De La Vina joined the Border Patrol in 1970 at the Eagle Pass, Texas, port of entry. He taught Spanish at the agency's training academy in Georgia and rose through the ranks to become deputy El Paso sector chief, San Diego sector chief and the Western regional director.
SPORTS
April 29, 1999 | Associated Press
Milwaukee second baseman Fernando Vina will appeal a two-game suspension for putting a finger in umpire Mike Winters' face while arguing balls and strikes. The incident developed last Friday when Vina disputed a called third strike in a game in Pittsburgh. "He [Winters] told me, 'I suppose you're going to say it's my fault,' " Vina said Wednesday. "He didn't have to say that," Vina said. "That charged me up, I was just going to walk away."
SPORTS
October 13, 2002 | Steve Springer
St. Louis Cardinal second baseman Fernando Vina didn't know what to say about the first inning of Game 3 Saturday. With two out and two on, Benito Santiago hit a routine ground ball to Cardinal shortstop Edgar Renteria. Vina thought Renteria was going to first, but Renteria, having already begun his motion, threw to Vina anyway, even though the second baseman was a good seven feet from the bag. Vina whipped the ball to first, but it was too late to get Santiago.
SPORTS
May 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
The St. Louis Cardinals put second baseman Fernando Vina on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a hamstring injury that will sideline him for six to 12 weeks. Vina, St. Louis' leadoff hitter, has struggled much of the year, but a six-game hitting streak had boosted his average to .262 with a .316 on-base percentage. Vina was injured while running to first base in the Cardinals' 8-7 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. An MRI exam Monday revealed the damage.
NEWS
March 19, 1992
Amid stormy debate Tuesday, the Town Council reversed a conditional endorsement of the La Vina housing proposal and agreed by voice vote to oppose the development unless it is severely cut back.
SPORTS
May 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
Fernando Vina hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-4 victory over Florida on Monday night before 8,628, the smallest Marlins crowd at Pro Player Stadium. Archie Corbin (0-1) walked Rich Becker leading off the inning and Vina hit a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall for his first home run. Milwaukee improved to 10-0 all-time against Florida. The Marlins have lost six in a row games and nine of 10.
NEWS
August 27, 1992
In a surprise move, the developers of the proposed La Vina housing project have appealed to the County Board of Supervisors because the County Regional Planning Commission reduced the project's density. Meanwhile, on Monday, the Altadena Town Council failed in an attempt to file an appeal, but three other citizen groups have appealed--seeking to reduce the project even more. The Planning Commission approved the project Aug.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella and Josh Meyer
Weeks after arriving in Pakistan on a flight from New York, Bryant Neal Vinas plunged into holy war: He volunteered to train for a suicide attack and fought in the wilds of Afghanistan. By the time he was captured in November, 14 months later, the Muslim convert from Long Island had journeyed into the innermost circles of Al Qaeda, according to a statement he gave investigators. Vinas befriended fellow trainees who wanted to bomb stadiums in Europe. He learned to assemble explosives vests.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella And Josh Meyer
An American Muslim convert from Long Island, N.Y., who was captured while fighting for Al Qaeda in Pakistan is now cooperating with authorities, opening a rare window into the world of Western militants in the network's hide-outs, U.S. and European anti-terrorism officials said. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is one of the few Americans known to have made the trek to Al Qaeda's secret Pakistani compounds, the officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2009 | Elina Shatkin
Despite the years of sacrifice and grueling practice, ballet dancer Vina almost turned down a plum role in her first 2004 Chinese New Year show. Since emigrating from China nearly eight years before, she'd given up dancing because of a nerve injury that radiated pain from her lower back through her left leg, making it difficult for her to stand for longer than 10 minutes at a time.
FOOD
December 10, 2008
La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected of the traditional wineries in Rioja, Spain. Just think, the current vintage of its Vina Alberdi Seleccion Especial is the 2001 (with the 2002 on the way). Looking at the winery's technical sheet regarding the vintage, I was curious to see mentioned "four manual racking processes by candlelight." That's traditional.
FOOD
September 17, 2008 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Better break out two bottles of this superb Rioja, not just one, because this beauty tends to disappear fast. Luscious and full-bodied, the 2005 Artadi Vinas de Gain starts out strong and just keeps going. It has everything you'd want in a Tempranillo -- balance, finesse, fire and an indefinable earthy character. Bring on your best ribs, your grilled porterhouse or calf's liver. This wine can stand up to red meat. It's great with any or all parts of the pig too. -- Quick swirl Region: Rioja.
FOOD
March 12, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila
From one of the youngest viticultural regions in Spain, Calatayud (150 miles northeast of Madrid), comes this lush Garnacha. Produced by the local state-of-the-art cooperative San Alejandro, the 2005 Las Rocas Vinas Viejas (old vines) Garnacha is a custom bottling by respected wine importer Eric Solomon. Vinas viejas, in this case, means really old -- 100-year-old-plus Garnacha vines grown at high altitude.
FOOD
November 9, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila
This marvelous, lush blanco from Rueda, the sole white wine appellation in Castile-Leon, doesn't fit the typical profile for a Spanish white. Palest gold, the 2003 Naiades from Vina Sila is made from ungrafted Verdejo vines that somehow managed to survive the onslaught of phylloxera. That means old vines, 80 to 100 years old, and old vines mean small yields in this part of Spain. The result is a Rueda with great definition and nuance.
FOOD
November 9, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila
This marvelous, lush blanco from Rueda, the sole white wine appellation in Castile-Leon, doesn't fit the typical profile for a Spanish white. Palest gold, the 2003 Naiades from Vina Sila is made from ungrafted Verdejo vines that somehow managed to survive the onslaught of phylloxera. That means old vines, 80 to 100 years old, and old vines mean small yields in this part of Spain. The result is a Rueda with great definition and nuance.
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