February 15, 2014 |
YANJI, China - She was a North Korean success story. For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in various businesses at the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice. She traded foreign currency. She opened a massage parlor in China. She traveled between the two countries with relative ease and was making sufficient money to live comfortably, so much so that she rebuffed invitations to join her sister, who had defected to South Korea. But the woman, who didn't want her name used out of fear for her safety, has changed her thinking about the future since the December execution of Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Jang, 67, was long viewed as a champion of free enterprise within the nominally communist state, and his purge has rattled many North Koreans.
February 14, 2014
Re "Execution moratorium declared," Feb. 12 Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's move to place a moratorium on his state's death penalty deserves the close attention of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who should follow suit by enacting a similar moratorium while he is in office. Such a declaration would not only send a clear message that the death penalty is an outdated, inhumane and unworkable method of punishment, it could also immediately save millions of tax dollars, including those going to our beleaguered prison system, where the cost of housing death row inmates is dramatically higher than that of housing other inmates.
February 12, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Nine members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed execution-style at a house on the outskirts of this troubled provincial capital, in the latest violence to mar the Pakistani government's effort to open peace talks with outlawed Islamist militants. Police said most of the victims were members of the same family, which had belonged to a local committee that helped law enforcement agencies track and thwart the movements of militant groups in the area. The militias were established in 2008 after a surge in militant activity in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, with authorities providing guns and ammunition to volunteers who conducted patrols in their areas.
February 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry A. Waxman, after a 30-minute meeting with Tribune Co. Chief Executive Peter Liguori, said he still was concerned about the company's plans to spin off the Los Angeles Times and seven other newspapers into a separate unit. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) had requested the face-to-face discussion after a meeting last month between his staff and Tribune executives failed to ease his worries that the newspapers would be hobbled financially after the spinoff. "I expressed to him my concern that they not leave the L.A. Times and the other newspapers with inadequate funding," Waxman said in an interview Thursday.
February 5, 2014 |
The Internet's most dominant online video site is about to get a new boss. Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki appears will become the next head of YouTube, according to reports published by online sites The Information and Re/code. The executive would succeed Salar Kamangar, who has run the unit since YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010. A YouTube spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment. UPDATE: Confirming the appointment, Google chief executive Larry Page said in a statement, "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing. Like Salar, Susan has a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love.
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February 5, 2014
Louise Brough Clapp Top-ranked tennis player of the 1940s, '50s Louise Brough Clapp, 90, a former top-ranked tennis player who learned the game on Beverly Hills' Roxbury Park courts and went on to win 35 major tournament titles in the 1940s and '50s, died Monday at her home in Vista after a brief illness. The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced her death. Born Althea Louise Brough on March 11, 1923, in Oklahoma City, she moved to Beverly Hills as a child. By her early teens she was competing in junior tennis tournaments and became national champion in the 18-and-under category in 1940 and '41. A dominant serve-and-volley player, she had a remarkable run at Wimbledon, winning the women's singles title in 1948, '49, '50 and '55. She also competed in women's doubles and mixed doubles and appeared in 21 of the 30 finals played at the All England Club from 1946 through 1955 in the three categories.