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January 30, 1989
When The Times reported the President's telephone hookup with those gathered for the 16th annual March for Life ("Bush Calls for Reversal of '73 Abortion Ruling," Part I, Jan. 24), the real bombshell of the story was accorded a scant line's attention, buried in the 11th paragraph of a story which was buried on Page 19: " 'America needs a human life amendment,' the President said." A human life amendment?! This is news! To my knowledge, not once in his campaign for the presidency did Bush call for such an amendment.
April 14, 1991
Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water, along comes another article about Christopher Columbus. Anyone determined to date his American landfall needs to consider the fact that our modern Cesarean calendar was not operative in the Spain of Columbus' time, much less on the Santa Maria. Writer Garry Abrams' timetable (Oct. 11, 1492) could be as much as 16 days off. Also: Columbus was reportedly buried in his home town of Genoa, Italy, by his brother, underneath what is now a traffic circle.
May 12, 1985
In explaining why he went to Bitburg, Reagan has portrayed the soldiers buried there as victims of Nazism, separating them from the government that used them as instruments of war and terror. But would Reagan be as quick to forgive the soldiers of communism? Can anyone imagine Reagan visiting a North Vietnamese military cemetery, or bowing his head in memory of the Russians who have died in Afghanistan? Of course not, as he would not wish to separate the soldiers from the cause for which they fought.
May 3, 1998
Chawton House is technically not Jane Austen's "ancestral home" ("Sandy Lerner, in Your Face," by Renee Tawa, March 1). Austen and her siblings were born at Steventon Rectory, where her father was a poor but gentlemanly rector. Chawton House was part of the Knight family estate. Thomas and Catherine Knight, distant cousins of Austen's father, George, were childless, adopted Austen's brother Edward and made him their heir. Edward acquired the cottage in Chawton village for his widowed mother, Cassandra, and his two spinster sisters, Cassandra and Jane.
November 6, 2008 | Tony Perry
The remains of a Marine from Los Angeles killed during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, the Department of Defense announced. Lance Cpl. Luis F. Palacios will be buried Friday in Bellflower, the department said. Palacios was among 12 killed when their CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter was shot down on June 6, 1968, near Khe Sanh. Eight bodies were recovered. But Palacios and three other Marines remained unaccounted for. In 2007, military identification specialists, working with the government of Vietnam, excavated a spot where villagers said the crash had occurred.
March 3, 1994
I'm sorry to see that professor Jenijoy La Belle of Caltech, in the midst of a fine discussion of the past popularity and present obscurity of Gray's "Elegy," has somehow decided to distort its meaning (Commentary, Feb. 16). The poem is not about the lack of importance of class distinctions "in the greater scheme of things." Gray doesn't find the rich and the poor united in death because he sets the poem in a "country churchyard," where only the poor are buried, while the rich are buried inside, under the church floor.
April 3, 1999
While driving home Saturday night, I heard on the radio that the Clippers had stunned the Utah Jazz. "This is great," I said to myself. "I can't wait to read about it in the paper tomorrow." Imagine my surprise to find the story buried on D4, mentioned only at the bottom of the front page. The Clippers are our team, and they deserve better support, if only for the heart they show going up against teams with far more talent. The media can help by giving credit where credit is due. There has certainly been enough criticism after big losses.
April 17, 1989
Relatives of three victims of confessed killer Robert A. Berdella gathered at a Raytown, Mo., church to memorialize one of the victims, a Canoga Park man. The service Saturday at Spring Valley Baptist Church was held four years to the day that Robert A. Sheldon was asphyxiated at Berdella's home. Sheldon was the second of six young men that Berdella confessed last year to torturing and killing in his house between July 6, 1984, and Aug. 5, 1987. Sheldon's skull and some teeth were found in Berdella's house.
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