April 27, 1986
In 1956, winging my way home after six weeks in the Middle East, the man sitting next to me said he was with the U.S. Department of State. Only eight years after the birth of modern Israel, our conversation turned to the Middle East, and the gentleman made the flat statement, "The third World War will start in the Middle East." Could my seatmate of 30 years ago have been prophetic? Will Ronald Reagan, our so popular President, be listed in our history books as "The man who started World War III?
October 11, 2012 |
Mexico predicts record tourist visits this year. But it's not because of a surge in U.S. visitors. Don't get Mexico wrong. U.S. tourists still represent the lion's share of foreign visitors, and Mexico welcomes them and their green dollar bills. But Mexico is reaching out to visitors from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Peru and Colombia after fears of drug violence and the recession reduced U.S. visitor numbers. The effort seems to be paying off. Based on rising tourism numbers in the first half of the year, Mexican tourism officials predict the country will host 24.7 million foreign visitors in 2012, surpassing last year's record of 23.4 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1985 |
They had to wait awhile, but Santa Barbara County prosecutors may finally have their chance to jail a powerful Saudi Arabian oil official's son who jumped bail three years ago rather than serve a 45-day reckless driving sentence. It is a case, Deputy Dist. Atty. Darryl Perlin said Friday, that has brought him at least one call from a senior U.S.
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Re "Tourist trap," Opinion, Feb. 19 Eric Lucas' perspective on the United States' welcome to the world is outdated.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
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.