February 29, 2008
Re "Tourist trap," Opinion, Feb. 19 Eric Lucas' perspective on the United States' welcome to the world is outdated. The Department of State issued 6.4 million nonimmigrant visas in fiscal year 2007, 10.4% more than the year before. We issued more than 651,000 student and exchange visitor visas -- an all-time high. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has enhanced America's welcome by improving the transparency and efficiency of the visa process while maintaining its security. U.S. Embassy websites worldwide provide information in English and the local language.
October 1, 1992
Cardinal Jacques Martin, 84, a close aide to Pope John Paul II who organized many of the Pope's trips and traveled with him. Born in Amiens, France, Martin worked in the Vatican's Department of State from 1934 to 1969. That year, he was appointed head of the papal household, the department in charge of the Pope's daily affairs. In that job he organized the trips of John Paul, who traveled frequently in those years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A software engineer and his real estate agent wife who terrorized their tenants in a twisted attempt to force them to move are back after fleeing to Italy, and each has accepted a four-year prison sentence and two strikes rather than face trial, Dist. Atty. George Gascon announced Wednesday. Nicknamed the "landlords from hell," Kip and Nicole Macy employed tactics "so outlandish and brazen" in attempting to clear their building of renters that "it sounds like the plot of a horror movie," Gascon said.
November 8, 2004 |
Because my father, a U.S. Army officer, was stationed in France in 1965, I was born in Paris. Bebe Sa'adah was wrapped in a pastel blanket and taken home from the hospital without a first name. My parents soon settled on one, and the prenom Marjorie was entered on my French birth certificate, a delicate carbon- paper page affixed with a stamp that indicated the payment of a one-franc tax.
February 22, 1987 |
Bob Hope, former President Gerald Ford, Esther Williams, Lee Iacocca and pianist Van Cliburn are some of the famous personalities highlighting Michigan's 150th birthday this year. More than 2,000 special events and attractions will draw millions of visitors to help celebrate. The theme of the sesquicentennial birthday party is that the economy of the state that put much of the world on four wheels is tilting toward national and international tourism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 |
Citing "significant and troubling evidence" that inmates are not receiving adequate mental health care, a federal judge Thursday expanded court oversight to include the Department of State Hospitals. Judge Lawrence Karlton said prisoners' lawyers said severe staffing shortages, wait lists and even "denial of basic necessities including clean underwear" may be harming mentally ill prisoners. His order requires a court-appointed monitor to report back in 75 on those conditions. The judge said he is holding off on issuing further orders until he receives that report.
June 30, 1999 |
James Hormel was sworn in as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador after a two-year delay caused by fierce opposition among conservative lawmakers and some Christian groups. Hormel took the oath of office to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a Department of State ceremony attended by many supporters, including his former wife, Alice, his five children and his partner, Timothy Wu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2004 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will visit California troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after completing his trip to Israel this weekend, his office said. The office has revealed few details about the visit, which will extend Schwarzenegger's first foreign trip since he took office in November.
November 2, 2004 |
A suspicious package that appeared to vibrate forced the temporary closure of Florida's election headquarters Monday, but it turned out to be a harmless bundle of documents shaken by air flowing from the ventilation system. A security guard found the package in the Division of Elections building about 6:30 a.m., and employees were kept out while the building was searched. They were allowed back into the building just before noon.
September 19, 1985 |
Sixty percent of the federal officials getting free transportation between home and office in the first half of 1985 were not entitled to the benefit, congressional investigators said today. The General Accounting Office reported that of the 128 officials provided with government vehicles for commuting, some of them with chauffeurs, 79 had no legal basis for the transportation.