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July 22, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The White House has apologized to a former USDA employee it now says was fired before the situation involving controversial videotaped comments was fully reviewed. "A disservice was done, for which we apologize," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday afternoon, saying he spoke for the entire administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to reach the former employee, Shirley Sherrod, to speak further about the matter, Gibbs added. Vilsack said in a statement released overnight that he would reconsider the department's decision to demand Sherrod's resignation.
October 28, 2009 | Scott Glover
Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has apologized for having maintained an e-mail "gag list" in which he distributed crude jokes and other humorous material, according to an opinion made public Tuesday. Kozinski was admonished earlier this year in a separate case for being "judicially imprudent" and "exhibiting poor judgment" by placing sexually explicit photos and videos on an Internet server that could be accessed by the public. The opinion released Tuesday by the Judicial Council of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said the investigation into the gag list was concluded after Kozinski said he had stopped e-mailing the jokes and "apologized for any embarrassment to the federal judiciary."
October 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson issued an apology Tuesday and was told to stay away from the team while the NFL and the Chiefs complete their investigation into his use of a gay slur. As Johnson was releasing his apology, a national gay rights advocacy organization called on the league and the team to take disciplinary action against the two-time Pro Bowl player. The episode began Sunday night, when Johnson questioned Coach Todd Haley's football credentials on his Twitter account.
March 18, 2010 | By Henry Chu
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland apologized Wednesday for failing to tell police 35 years ago about an abusive priest who went on to molest more children before being convicted and imprisoned. Amid calls for his resignation, Cardinal Sean Brady expressed regret for his part in a 1975 case in which the church asked two boys to sign oaths of secrecy after they reported being sexually abused. The offending priest, Brendan Smyth, was transferred from parish to parish, where he victimized more children.
April 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Syrian helicopters fired rockets at two Soviet naval vessels in the Mediterranean, and Syria apologized for the raid that injured at least seven sailors, the Foreign Ministry said today. The attack on the Soviet tugboat and a divers' boat occurred Tuesday morning near the Syrian port of Tartus, spokesman Gennady I. Gerasimov said. According to an initial probe, the attack was a result of "erroneous actions of one of the Syrian helicopters," he said. He did not say what type of helicopters were involved or further describe the Soviet vessels.
September 15, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Serena Williams issued a second statement today and finally issued an apology for her actions Saturday night in the U.S. Open semifinals. "I want to amend my press statement of yesterday," Williams wrote, "and want to make it clear as possible -- I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity and I admit when I'm wrong. "I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.
April 14, 1989
A 57-year-old man apologized today for lunging at Princess Diana as she shook hands with well-wishers at a center for the mentally handicapped. Edward Adcock of Bedlington said he meant no harm Thursday when he jumped over a low railing and jostled the princess. "I may appear calm on the surface, but inside me there is turmoil," Adcock said in newspaper interviews published today. Adcock touched Diana's arm before he was intercepted by her bodyguards. He is free on bail.
January 11, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Prince Harry issued a public apology after a newspaper reported that he had used offensive terms to refer to people of Pakistani and Arab descent. Harry, an army lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, reportedly made the remarks in 2006.
April 25, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Whether prompted by the Canucks' media relations department or speaking spontaneously, Vancouver defenseman Shane O'Brien sort of apologized for grandstanding after he fought the Kings' Wayne Simmonds on Friday near the end of the 7-2 playoff rout that put the Canucks in position to end the Kings' season Sunday at Staples Center. O'Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown.
February 12, 2009 | Tony Perry
The San Diego school board has sent a letter of apology to folk singer Pete Seeger for the actions of school officials in 1960 who tried to cancel his concert at a local campus because he refused to sign a pledge against communism. After the ACLU went to court to defend Seeger, the concert at Hoover High School went on as scheduled. A current school trustee said she decided the board should send a letter to the 89-year-old Seeger after seeing him perform as part of the inaugural festivities for President Obama.
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