August 25, 2008 |
On the night of Feb. 20, 1939, three Soviet secret policemen knocked on a door at the Hotel Moskva in the Russian capital, asked to see the (fake) passport of its occupant, gave him a few minutes to gather some belongings and whisked him away to the notorious Lubyanka prison. Charged with espionage, he was questioned for almost a year before being sentenced to eight years in Norilsk, a mining center hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle and one of the bleakest islands in the Gulag Archipelago.
May 24, 2008 |
When Cody Alexander Morris returned from the war last fall, he carried home a burden -- a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder -- and a new way of playing with guns. The gun game was called "Do You Trust Me?" Morris, 19, learned it from his Kentucky National Guard buddies in Iraq. He taught the game to his roommates: best friend and fellow guardsman Casey Lee Hall, 18, and a 16-year-old cousin, Cory Adams.
July 31, 2003
Investors can be so frighteningly on the money in predicting things like elections that, in theory, setting up a commodity-style market in which participants helped generals anticipate terrorist attacks, coups and turmoil might have harnessed the force of greed for the U.S. good. But a Bush administration plan to do so, one that officials pledged Tuesday to "terminate," was unbelievably stupid.
July 5, 2003 |
When two old girlfriends meet again by chance on the streets of postwar London, it marks a new beginning in their relationship and perhaps the beginning of the end for their husbands in "Dead Gorgeous," the summer season premiere of PBS' "Mystery!" franchise (9 p.m. Sunday on KCET).
February 9, 2003 |
It is widely reported that when the war on Iraq is launched, the United States will bomb into smithereens every one of Saddam Hussein's beautiful, extravagant palaces, with the aim of killing Iraq's leader no matter where he may be hiding. These are the supposedly humane tactics of a civilized nation anxious to conduct a short war that will bring about a swift "regime change." But what if the military planners have misjudged the opposition?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1998
Pakistan's foolish action in setting off nuclear explosions Thursday to match India's tests two weeks ago makes the world, not just South Asia, a more dangerous place. The collapse of the Soviet Union nearly a decade ago reduced the chances of nuclear war. But now India and Pakistan have increased the threat and provided a dangerous example for other countries, such as Iran and North Korea, thought to be aiming for nuclear capability.