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April 24, 1989 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
Urging a "global approach" to combatting terrorism in the skies, Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner today begins a series of high-level meetings with aviation officials and security experts across Europe. Skinner, who has scheduled talks in five European capitals, beginning today in Rome, will confer with his counterparts on a broad range of issues--some of them potentially fractious. Concerned about the escalation of terrorism underscored by the December bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, Skinner and the European officials will focus on ways to share security information, on development of more uniform procedures to counter threats and on how they can best use technology to detect explosives.
August 1, 1996
President Clinton can and must immediately do much more to improve our national security than simply ordering changes such as stricter baggage inspections (July 26). Why do airlines in several other countries use an advanced X-ray scanner capable of detecting plastic as well as metal explosives, while only three U.S. airports have such a device? They are ex- pensive--up to $1 million each. It might take as much as $2 billion to equip airlines at the 75 busiest U.S. airports. But that's less than 1% of our tax money going to the military each year.
July 20, 2008 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Craig Johnson comes as advertised. Standing outside the Autry National Center on a boiling summer afternoon, the Wyoming-based crime novelist is decked out in a long-sleeve shirt made of heavy cotton, scuffed brown boots and a 10-gallon hat that provides shade, but not nearly enough. Spotting his interlocutor, Johnson sticks out his hand and delivers a booming "How ya doin'?!"
A drug developed at Scripps Research Institute has shown near-total effectiveness against a rare form of leukemia without the debilitating side effects that usually accompany cancer therapy, San Diego researchers say. Reporting in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the Scripps scientists were careful to point out that the cancer they studied, hairy-cell leukemia, is diagnosed in only 500 to 600 people a year in the United States.
The way detectives see it, Dr. Kenneth C. Stahl was a man who became snared in a deadly double-double cross. For months, they said, he had meticulously planned the murder of his wife. He left no detail to chance, from the romantic dinner to the impromptu ride later that night along a remote stretch of Ortega Highway, where two hired killers were supposed to meet the couple and carry out the hit. But something went wrong.
February 1, 1989
A Sun Valley man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and grand theft Tuesday night after he tried to run over detectives who were gathering information for a search warrant, authorities said. Two Glendale detectives went to the home of Stephen Urquidez in the 7700 block of Shadycove Avenue about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to "scan out the area" for information to obtain a search warrant, Police Sgt. Mike Rock said. He said Urquidez, 26, is suspected of stealing an automobile in Glendale.
January 10, 1985 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A detective testified Wednesday in the trial of accused mass murderer Kevin Cooper that Joshua Ryen, the young survivor of the 1983 Chino Hills massacre, told him three Mexican males committed the killings. But the investigator said he did not take 9-year-old Joshua's comments seriously because he had become convinced days earlier that Cooper, a black prison escapee, was responsible for the killings.
January 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
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