March 5, 2010
A just judge Re "The judge and the addict," Feb. 28 and March 1 Judge Spencer Letts' common-sense approach to justice -- and his devotion to Michael Banyard's rehabilitation after prison -- is worthy of Olympic gold. How refreshing to find a judge who combines wisdom with empathy, instead of being just another "robot judge" rubber-stamping mandated and often discriminatory sentences where the penalties don't fit the crime. Letts' style is a striking example of how smart justice can replace the trite and simplistic "tough on crime" approach -- which serves primarily to keep jails overcrowded, justice be damned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1998
Your Dec. 30 editorial asserts that the United States is losing business in Chile because of Congress' failure to extend fast-track negotiating authority. In fact, U.S. exports to Chile are growing at a healthy pace, as is our trade surplus. In the first eight months of 1997, U.S. exports to Chile grew by 7%, and our trade surplus grew 14%. You claim that American firms lost out to Northern Telecom, a Canadian company, in a Chilean telecommunications deal because of the Canada-Chile trade agreement.
December 10, 1986 |
The military government of Chile has extended its state of emergency for another 90 days, beginning today. The emergency legislation has been renewed every three months since the military seized power in a coup in 1973. It empowers the government to restrict freedom of the press and assembly, curb political and trade union activities and ban people from entering or leaving the country.
July 7, 2007 |
Scientists said Tuesday that a lake in southern Chile that mysteriously disappeared last month had developed a crack that allowed the water to drain away. A buildup of water opened a crack in an ice wall along one side of the lake. Water flowed through the crack into a nearby fjord and from there into the sea, leaving behind a dry lakebed littered with icebergs. The lake is in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and is fed by meltwater from glaciers.
January 19, 2010
The election of conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera as president of Chile is a democratic milestone for that country, just as the election of leftist President Mauricio Funes was for El Salvador last year. Like Funes, Pinera is more moderate than the parties that supported him and, therefore, was able to move the country beyond its violent past and deep divisions. He will take office after two decades of rule by a center-left coalition, in yet another sign that Chile has emerged from the shadow of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
March 17, 2010 |
Chile's rainy day has come. The South American nation prudently set aside billions of dollars in excess profit from state-owned mining in the event of economic crises. Now newly inaugurated President Sebastian Pinera has served notice he plans to dip into the piggy bank to finance reconstruction after last month's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. Pinera, who was inaugurated Thursday, told members of the nation's Congress this week that he would funnel some of the money into a new reconstruction fund to help repair the estimated $30 billion in damage caused by the Feb. 27 quake.
August 22, 2005 |
He spent more than $30 million and wrangled with the Chilean government and public for eight years, but a former American clothing magnate-turned-conservationist has realized his dream of transforming his vast lands in southern Chile into a nature sanctuary.
June 23, 1998 |
SITE: Nantes TIME: 7 a.m. TV: ESPN, Channel 34. RADIO: KWKW (1330, Spanish). * ABOUT CHILE: Still contending for a place in the next round, after draws with Italy and Austria that probably should have been victories. * ABOUT CAMEROON: A young team, Cameroon still can advance to the next round with a victory. Cameroon lost to Italy, 3-0, but was unlucky not to get three points out of the Austria game instead of one.
March 11, 1990 |
The widow of an American whose arrest and slaying in a 1973 military coup inspired the movie "Missing" returned to Chile on Saturday to witness the end of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 16-year rule. Joyce Horman, invited by the elected government that takes power today, told reporters at Santiago's airport she does not expect the political change to produce any new information about her husband's death.
December 2, 2002 |
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva makes his first trip abroad as Brazil's president-elect this week, traveling to Argentina and Chile to strengthen regional ties before a U.S. visit a week later. A little more than a month after his election victory, the trip will be a test of whether the former union leader can re-create his surprising success at home on the international front.