CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1988 |
Nine-year-old Bradley Correa has prepared his speech in the event he meets Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev: "Hi, my name is Brad. I want peace between nations and I don't want you to have war and I want you to destroy all your weapons so they can never fight anymore." The meeting may not be a child's fantasy.
November 25, 1987 |
American television networks protested Tuesday that their camera crews covering a demonstration by Jewish refuseniks were roughed up by what one TV correspondent termed "government-sanctioned goons." A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman, Gennady I. Gerasimov, said he will look into the matter and try to find out who is responsible for damaging cameras and other TV equipment.
November 5, 1987 |
A U.S. Army private who defected to the Soviet Union seven months ago returned to the West on Wednesday and said he will surrender to American authorities. Wade E. Roberts, 22, said he does not want to return to the Soviet Union but does not know if he will be going to the United States. Roberts, who flew to Frankfurt from Moscow aboard an Aeroflot jetliner with his pregnant girlfriend, Petra Neumann, told Cable News Network in an interview that he does not expect to be charged with desertion.
October 18, 1987 |
Living on charity and temporarily a man without a country, Wade E. Roberts is a troubled and angry young man. The 22-year-old Californian made international headlines by fleeing his U.S. Army unit in West Germany last March and defecting to the Soviet Union. Now he's in the news again because he wants to go home. But Roberts understands that he faces charges of desertion at a military court-martial and probably a prison sentence if he returns to the United States. He's not ready for that.
August 9, 1987 |
In a light-hearted mood but with a serious purpose, about 150 Americans took part Saturday in a Moscow marathon and 10-kilometer peace run. They ran, walked and even juggled through the streets of Moscow with thousands of Soviet and European entrants. The American contingent was part of a group known as World Runners whose goal is a world at peace without hunger. They seek individual contributions to promote their objective. U.S.
July 18, 1987 |
More Americans are traveling to the Soviet Union this year, partly because the policies of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev have sparked new interest in what's happening here, travel officials and the visitors themselves say. Overall, Soviet authorities and those connected with the travel industry here expect a record number of foreign tourists in 1987, placing severe strains on the limited hotel capacity in Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev, the three largest cities.
June 29, 1987 |
A 12-year-old girl who caught Mikhail S. Gorbachev's attention with a song she composed called "We Can Walk in Peace" left Sunday on a good-will trip to the Soviet Union and a possible meeting with the Soviet leader. Sherry Lynn Biedrzycki of suburban St. Francis and her parents, Thomas and Judith, are to visit the Soviet Union for two weeks on a trip sponsored by the Soviet government. "I'm very excited," Sherry said at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee before departing.
May 7, 1987 |
The official Tass news agency Wednesday accused four U.S. diplomats of offering to help students in Soviet Central Asia engage in a struggle against ethnic Russians. U.S. Embassy spokesman Jaroslav Verner denied the accusations and said an official protest will be made with the Soviet Foreign Ministry.
April 19, 1987 |
Eight American prep school students returned Saturday from Siberia, bringing back a better perspective of Soviet life as they resume studies at their elite Phillips Academy in Andover. They were met at the airport by eight Soviet students who have been at Andover since April 12 and were eager for news the Americans brought back about their classmates at the Novosibirsk Physics Mathematics School. Alyson Horvath, 17, of Akron, Ohio, said she made some "very good friends. I miss them already."