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June 18, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Moscow-bound East German airliner carrying 113 people overshot the runway in an aborted takeoff at Schoenefeld airport here Saturday and crashed and burned, killing 17 people, the official news agency ADN reported. The Soviet-built Ilyushin-62 apparently failed to reach an adequate speed to get off the ground, East German television said. ADN said the pilot aborted the takeoff because of "technical reasons" but did not provide details. The plane, which belonged to East Germany's state airline Interflug, was carrying 103 passengers and a crew of 10. Rescue workers praised the passengers for remaining calm and said the lack of panic helped 50 people escape without injury.
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May 8, 2011 | By Mark Ehrman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Berlin's got another wall. Last month, after years of hostility between the interests of capital and the communal, a concrete barrier suddenly appeared. Unlike the one that once ringed half the city, this one spans no more than 25 feet and is easily circumvented. And this time, it's the capitalists who built it. "It's the real estate war against mankind," declares Martin Reiter, spokesman for Kunsthaus Tacheles, a freewheeling art studio, performance space and gallery complex in the heart of the former East Berlin borough of Mitte.
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TRAVEL
July 19, 1987 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
My wife and I have just returned from rowing quietly in a small boat along the River Spree in East Berlin, on the other side of the ominous wall that divides a city celebrating its 750th birthday. Berlin was born on and around the island of Coelln in the River Spree, which flows through both East and West Berlin, at times forming part of the border that has been walled and patrolled by the communist government of East Germany for more than a quarter of a century.
WORLD
November 8, 2009 | By Henry Chu
Valentin Geissler has no memory of the wall. He was just 10 months old when it fell, and most of its traces have by now disappeared. But it still hovers over the city like a ghostly presence. "Sometimes I can see in the city where the wall was. . . . I don't remember specifically when I was told [about it]. I guess I kind of grew up with this knowledge." But the wall didn't play a big role in his childhood, not the way it had loomed over the lives of his parents. The restrictions, privations and other hardships of life in the former East Berlin are an alien concept.
NEWS
February 21, 1985 | Associated Press
An East Berlin court on Wednesday convicted a West German mayor of organizing a "subversive action" and sentenced him to six years in prison, the news agency ADN reported. Ernst-Hubert Michaelis, mayor of the Hessian town of Arolson, was arrested Dec. 14 at the Marienborn checkpoint on the edge of West Berlin, apparently in connection with an East German family's unsuccessful attempt to escape to the West.
NEWS
December 12, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A Soviet jetliner carrying 82 people crashed while approaching East Berlin today, East Germany's state-run news agency reported. It said 17 survivors were pulled from the wreckage and the number of dead was not known. The official news agency ADN said 73 passengers and nine crew members were aboard the Aeroflot TU-134 plane on the flight from the Soviet city of Minsk. "The number of those dead is not yet known. Up to now, the rescue crews have carried out 17 passengers alive," ADN said.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
East Germany's wall of Stalinist prudery fell today as the first editions of the Western men's magazines Playboy and Penthouse went on sale in an East Berlin hotel. The glossy girlie magazines stood out among a new selection of West German newspapers and weeklies the exclusive Grand Hotel has started importing from West Berlin.
NEWS
August 8, 1989 | From Times wire services
West Germany shut its East Berlin diplomatic mission today to stem a flood of people seeking exit visas to the West and to limit damage to its fragile relations with East Germany. A surge in the number of East Germans taking refuge Monday forced Bonn to close the mission, equivalent to an embassy, for only the second time since the two German states established diplomatic ties in 1974. It will remain closed until further notice.
NEWS
November 28, 1989 | From Reuters
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy today made the first visit by a high-ranking U.S. politician to East Berlin since sweeping reforms over the last two months in East Germany. In West Berlin earlier, Kennedy echoed his slain brother, President John F. Kennedy, proclaiming: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner). Kennedy was greeted at the wall by former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who hosted President Kennedy during his 1963 visit.
NEWS
July 11, 1990 | From Reuters
An Arab man suspected in the 1986 West Berlin disco bombing that killed an American soldier and sparked a U.S. air strike on Libya is in custody in East Berlin, West German security sources said Tuesday. They said the man was being held under a false name and on unrelated charges. There was no immediate confirmation from officials in East Berlin. A U.S. soldier and a Turkish woman died in the April, 1986, attack on the La Belle discotheque in West Berlin.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
There's a Starbucks near where the orgies used to be, and although the aura of Bohemia is distinct, things aren't as unhinged as they were 17 years ago when punkers, pornographers, anarchists, squatters and artists of all persuasions landed amid the rust and drizzle of this liberated city. It seems an era from a scrapbook, a time of cheap rents when everyone with a brush and a bit of brio claimed a garret. Some were talented; many were not.
TRAVEL
July 24, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
For Westerners, the center of Berlin suddenly shifted east when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The geographic heart of the metropolis still lies in the bohemian neighborhood of Kreuzberg, with its big, loft-like apartments and sometimes raucous night life. But reunification of East and West has meant that the city's spiritual core has returned to Museumsinsel -- Museum Island -- a spot of land in the Spree River that is home to an array of seminal art museums stuffed with astounding collections.
WORLD
December 12, 2004 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
The tea comes, the waitress smiles and Jason Forrest, an unquiet and happily offbeat American, tells you (oh yes, he tells you) how his life leapt off the tracks and found rebirth in this winter dark city he calls "hipster ground zero." His artistic spirit "rudely" treated in New York, Forrest said, he sought sanctuary in Berlin. He rented an apartment, bought a bed and two tables, found a bohemian cafe (how hard could it be?
TRAVEL
October 17, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
I just returned from a long weekend in Germany's once divided capital, and I have been converted. My sister, Martha, who came with me, had been telling me that Berlin was the most interesting city in Europe. But I live in Paris so I didn't believe her. The flight from Paris to Schonefeld Airport, a budget airline hub on the east side of Berlin, takes 90 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2004 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
It's one of those wonderful German words that seem to define the undefinable -- two words stuck together to denote a malady, a kind of person or, in this case, a whole state of being. Lebensluge means, in effect, "the lie of your life." It's the lie that makes life livable, and Germans, with their rich philosophical tradition, believe that everyone has one. Americans might be more familiar with the term "denial." Such lies sustain the lives of the characters in "Good Bye, Lenin!"
NEWS
November 14, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A German court convicted a former Libyan diplomat and three accomplices on murder charges Tuesday more than 15 years after they bombed a crowded West Berlin discotheque, killing two U.S. soldiers and a Turkish woman. Berlin state Judge Peter Marhofer also ruled that Libya was involved in the 1986 bombing of the La Belle disco but that prosecutors had failed to prove that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi personally ordered the attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1990 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
KLOS-FM's peripatetic rock reporter Gayle Murphy has really gone to the wall for rock 'n' roll. In 1986 and 1988, she visited the Great Wall of China, reporting back on the burgeoning pop music scene. Now she's returned with her own souvenir of the Berlin Wall. Much of what she learned from local experts will surprise Americans who've always viewed East Berlin as a primitive, isolated pop gulag.
NEWS
October 16, 1986 | Associated Press
Two East Berlin men escaped to the West by climbing over the Berlin Wall with a ladder, West Berlin authorities said Wednesday. The escape took place in September but was reported for the first time Wednesay in the newspaper Bild. West Berlin Interior Ministry spokesman Hans Birkenbeul confirmed the escape and told reporters that it apparently was not noticed by Communist border guards.
NEWS
November 9, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years after their artful diplomacy toppled the Berlin Wall, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, George Bush and Helmut Kohl gathered among the ghostly traces of the hated Cold War symbol Monday to take their bows and reflect on the hopes and fears of Nov. 9, 1989, when the world as they knew it changed overnight.
TRAVEL
March 28, 1999 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
We're surrounded. We stand on an observation deck above the Potsdamer Platz, once among the liveliest intersections in Europe, then one of the deadliest, now a hard-hat zone. Builders' cranes rise on all sides, like skeletal dinosaurs. Dozens of pink and blue pipes suck ground water from the damp earth and snake through the area like extension cords of the gods.
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