June 7, 1992
Your feature article "Mickey Goes to France," in the May 3 issue, prompted us to write you with a suggestion. Dump the mother and keep the kid. Alexandra made us laugh, and Marjorie reminded us how terribly sophisticated, "seen-that, been-there" writers discourage travel. Yeah, Alexandra. BARBARA POLLARD Santa Barbara
July 19, 2011 |
A highway and a mile-wide valley divide the glittering retail towers and leafy suburbs of Sandton from the exuberant chaos and squalid poverty of Alexandra township in South Africa. But on Mandela Day, the birthday of the nation's best-loved liberation hero, the gulf seems less impossible. Nelson Mandela celebrated his 93rd birthday Monday with family at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, while adoring compatriots rolled up their sleeves and did some good. It's a day when people in South Africa try a little kindness — 67 minutes' worth — in honor of the 67 years that Mandela worked for equality in the African nation, from 1942 until his retirement from public life in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1988 |
Ilya Levin awoke shortly after dawn Thursday, too excited to sleep. He and his wife, Yelena, two Soviet refuseniks, were savoring their first hours in America--in Los Angeles--a new world of sights, sounds and smells. He could sleep some other time. Only a few hours earlier, Levin, 42, and his wife, 41, had arrived here on a plane from New York, completing a 13-year struggle to leave their homeland. "It was a feeling of excitement," Levin said through an interpreter.
March 11, 2009 |
The most enduring and romantic legend of the Russian Revolution -- that two children of Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, survived the slaughter that killed the rest of their family -- may finally be put to rest with the positive identification of bone fragments from a lonely Russian grave.
July 15, 2011 |
The actions of a Southern California woman who allegedly cut off her husband's penis has horrified men throughout the country, perhaps even the world. FOR THE RECORD: A previous version of this post mistakenly referred to Osiris when Isis was intended. The sentence as corrected: "Isis was able to collect and reassemble 13 of the pieces, but could not find the penis, which had been eaten by a fish. " In the midst of divorce proceedings triggered, perhaps, by "inappropriate relationships" on his part, Catherine Kieu Becker drugged her husband's meal to render him unconscious, tied him to a bed and cut off his penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife, police say. She then put the severed organ in the garbage disposal and turned it on before calling 911. Surprisingly, penis destruction is not that uncommon an event, and surgeons have developed a variety of techniques to deal with it. Most news stories about the incident cite the case of Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off the penis of her husband, John, and threw it out of a moving car. That penis was ultimately found and reattached, leading John Bobbitt to a brief career in porn movies.
October 23, 1987
Nathan Meade, one of Australia's premier divers, was killed when he apparently misjudged a dive during practice and smashed into the concrete diving platform Thursday at Brisbane, Australia. Meade, 21, was pronounced dead at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Doctors said he suffered massive brain damage. The Australian high-dive champion was a top contender for a spot on his nation's 1988 Olympic team.