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May 22, 2011 |
Sue Espinoza was planted before the television, awaiting news of her father's now infamous prediction: cataclysmic earthquakes auguring the end of humanity. God's wrath was supposed to begin in New Zealand and then race across the globe, leaving millions of bodies wherever the clock struck 6 p.m. But the hours ticked by, and New Zealand survived. Time zone by time zone, the apocalypse failed to materialize. On Saturday morning, Espinoza, 60, received a phone call from her father, Harold Camping, the 89-year-old Oakland preacher who has spent some $100 million — and countless hours on his radio and TV show — announcing May 21 as Judgment Day. "He just said, 'I'm a little bewildered that it didn't happen, but it's still May 21 [in the United States]
May 8, 2010 |
From Salt Lake City -- It's Mother's Day, and I'm not happy with my own. She's dead. Has been for 36 years. Maybe if she'd known I'd have to spend time in Salt Lake City one day and really need her, she'd still be alive — the Lakers here in the most miserable place on Earth, and I can't use the excuse I need to be home with her for Mother's Day. I told my wife I'd stay home if she insisted, even winking, and she said, "I'm...
July 27, 2009 |
Chinese state media confirmed Monday that a steel factory executive was beaten to death after thousands of workers gathered to protest the takeover of their company. Chen Guojun, an executive at Jianlong Steel Holding Co., died Friday after an angry mob in the northeastern rust belt city of Tonghua beat him and then blocked ambulances from reaching him, according to the China Daily.
May 9, 2009 |
An angry mob dragged two robbery suspects from a police station in the southern coastal city of Valencia and burned them to death, authorities said. A police statement said the crowd of about 800 people also set fire to the station. Eighteen officers were injured. Pedro Cruz, a resident, told Teleamazonas TV that it "was the only solution we had because everybody was getting robbed. We couldn't even walk the streets." Prosecutor Cesar Manzo promised an investigation and called the incident "a barbarity that cannot continue in civilized society."
January 7, 2008
Re "'First time I ever killed,' Kenyan says," Jan. 4 I taught for four years at an elementary school outside Nairobi in the late 1990s. Our students came from all tribal backgrounds, as did our staff. If ethnic tensions flared, we forced individuals to confront their prejudices and put them behind them. Unfortunately, with adults, long-held rivalries persist. One can argue that the Kikuyus simply were in the right place at the right time during colonization by the British, their lush farmland encircling what would become Nairobi, and so were educated and employed as civil servants.
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September 12, 2006
Sept. 12, 1906: It was time for a trim, so F. A. Powers, a miner from Yuma, stopped by a 5th Street barbershop sporting "whiskers like an Arizona chaparral." A barber named Lewis snipped off the whiskers, gave Powers a haircut, creamed his face and colored his hair, The Times reported. When Lewis charged the miner $6.25 for his work, word quickly spread and angry Angelenos swarmed his shop, yelling "Robber!" and "Thief!" and demanding that he be lynched.