The Crimes That Prompted Bland's Life Sentence Warren James Bland was convicted in federal court of being a repeat felon in possession of a gun. He was sentenced Thursday to life without possibility of parole under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. and This controversial law allows such a sentence for a felon with at
least three convictions for violent or serious offenses. Bland had 13 prior felony convictions. The following, excerpted from the prosecutor's presentencing report, details Bland's criminal history. and This unusual commentary, which contains graphic language, is designed
to give Times readers a look at the background of this unusual sentence
The Best Press Money Couldn't Buy CHRIS GOODRICH, Goodrich is a contributing editor of Publishers Weekly and author of "Anarchy and Elegance: Confessions of a Journalist at Yale Law School," to be published by Little, Brown in February.
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CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays KIM MURPHY, Murphy, Times Cairo bureau chief, has reported on the Persian Gulf crisis from \f7 Saudi Arabia since August. Previously she covered the federal courts in Los Angeles.\f7 \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays ALVIN SHUSTER, Shuster, the Foreign Editor of The Times, lived overseas from 1967 until \f7 1977 as the bureau chief for the New York Times in London, Saigon and Rome. \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays CHARLES P. WALLACE, Wallace is The Times' bureau chief in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, \f7 he was a Times correspondent in Beruit; Amman, Jordan, and Nicosia, Cyprus, and was posted in \f7 Moscow and Nairobi for United Press International. \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays LINDA MATHEWS, Mathews reported from Hong Kong from 1976 to 1979 and then opened The \f7 Times' Beijing bureau. She is now Editor of The Los Angeles Times Magazine. and \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays CAROL J. WILLIAMS, Williams is chief of The Times' Budapest bureau. She previously worked \f7 for the Associated Press for 10 years, with foreign postings in Moscow, Bonn and Berlin. and \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays WILLIAM TUOHY, Tuohy covered the war in Vietnam from 1965 through 1968, and won the \f7 Pulitzer Prize for his work there in 1968. After serving as Times Saigon bureau chief, he \f7 moved to Beirut, then Rome, London and Bonn. He is currently Times European Security \f7 Correspondent, based in London. \f7
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays DAN FISHER, Fisher was a Times foreign correspondent for 12 years, serving as chief of the \f7 paper's Moscow, Warsaw, Jerusalem and London bureaus. He is now World Report Editor.
CHRISTMAS: I Won't Be Home for the Holidays JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Dahlburg is a Times correspondent in Moscow, where he worked for the \f7 Associated Press from 1986 until this year. Previously, he worked in the\f7 AP's Paris bureau and \f7 also covered events in Norway, Iceland, Britain and Turkey.
PLATFORM : Truly Special Season COL. DAVID P. RILEY, COL. DAVID P. RILEY is the Salvation Army divisional commander for Southern California. Commenting on the special need for a charitable attitude during the holiday season, he told The Times:
Why Silent Films Roared With the Reality of Their Times Kevin Brownlow, Kevin Brownlow, a documentary filmmaker and historian, has also written "Hollywood: The Pioneers" and "Napoleon." Films shape people's perceptions of reality. Now, through research by film historian Kevin Brownlow for "Behind the Mask of Innocence," movie buffs learn that the loss of films also distorts the memory of an entire era. An excerpt:
Nelson Mandela : Still Optimistic That Peace Will Be Found in South Africa Anthony Hazlitt Heard, Anthony Hazlitt Heard, former editor of the Cape Times newspaper, is the author of "The Cape of Storms" (University of Arkansas Press). He spoke with Nelson Mandela at the Vineyard Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, when the ANC leader was in Cape Town to receive honorary doctorates from two universities