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August 29, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan today had a small cancerous tumor removed from just beneath her left nostril, a family spokesman said. The basal-cell carcinoma was discovered during a routine dermatological examination at the Mayo Clinic and was removed by a plastic surgeon at St. Marys Hospital, said Mark Weinberg, spokesman for Nancy Reagan and former President Ronald Reagan.
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NEWS
June 8, 1988 | From Reuters
Surgeons Tuesday removed a cancerous tumor from the stomach of Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte but could not operate on his diseased liver, and his personal doctor said the Salvadoran president might die in months. The liver tumor "will keep growing and that will be the cause of his death," Dr. Benjamin Interiano said. "It is impossible to predict how long (Duarte will live), but I would put it at a matter of months," he said.
NEWS
April 22, 1988 | Associated Press
Patrick Joseph Kennedy, the younger son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), had surgery to remove a non-malignant growth pressing on his spinal cord and was in satisfactory condition today, a spokesman said. Kennedy, 20, a sophomore at Providence College, was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday after complaining of headaches and back pains. The growth was removed Thursday.
NEWS
September 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
In the first ruling of its kind in Kenya, a court has fined 20 parents for forcing their daughters to undergo genital excisions, a newspaper in Nairobi, the capital, reported. The parents pleaded guilty to assault charges. The parents were each fined about $25--Kenya's average monthly wage--or, if they failed to pay, two months in jail, the newspaper said. Female genital excision, legal in Kenya, is common practice in some of the nation's many tribes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
An attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a statewide taxpayers' group, said the group will look into the legality of Fresno's proposed excise taxes. Attorney Jonathan Coupal said the proposal to impose a $10 monthly excise tax on each household in the San Joaquin Valley city may be illegal. He said it could be an attempt by the City Council to get around obtaining taxpayers' approval for the tax increase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1996
A Glendale man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Monday and ordered to forfeit $700,000 for his role in a multimillion-dollar fuel excise tax scam. Akop "Apy" Hakopian, 38, was convicted in August of 56 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and tax evasion. Hakopian's confederate, Youssef Kamel Keroles of San Pedro, also was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison and fined $45,000. He must make $1.1 million in restitution to the state, and pay $864,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pair of Orange County men who ran a string of independent truck stops, including one of the busiest in the state, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of evading payment of more than $8.5 million in state and federal excise taxes on diesel fuel. The men, Ammar Tabbaa, 38, of Orange and Khaled Tabbah, 38, of San Clemente, are scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on June 9 for tax evasion and conspiracy.
NEWS
March 3, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attempting to speed a national decline in smoking and raise funds to combat smoking-linked disease, the California Medical Assn. on Tuesday called for legislation to establish a $3 excise tax on each pack of cigarettes. Dr. Richard F. Corlin, outgoing president of the association, said revenue from the $3 tax would reflect the estimated cost of caring for medical problems caused by cigarette smoke. The Clinton Administration already is considering a $2-per-pack tax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1993 | From Associated Press
A wedding without a kiss? The director of a children's theater ordered a kiss excised from a wedding scene after a businessman complained because the actor is black and the actress is white. The actor went ahead and kissed his "bride" on the cheek anyway, and the theater director reversed her decision after a flood of complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three defendants have pleaded guilty in federal court to tax fraud, mail fraud and other charges stemming from a diesel fuel excise tax evasion scam that involved 23 arrests and stretched from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, federal prosecutors said. Manouk Isahak Nalchian of Glendale, Youssef Kamel Keroles of San Pedro and Andranik Dzhrdzhyan of Los Angeles entered guilty pleas Wednesday to various charges before Judge James M. Ideman in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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