September 11, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden drew on tragedy in his own life as he shared in the grief of families of victims of Flight 93 on Tuesday, offering his hope on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that each passing year brings them additional comfort. Biden lost his wife and infant daughter in a car accident, which also seriously injured his two young sons, just weeks after he was first elected to the Senate 40 years ago. He said at a Tuesday gathering in Shanksville, Pa., that he understood that "no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns," and how it can feel "like you're being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.
July 2, 2011 |
Sometimes the remains of American war dead arrive at the military morgue intact, sealed inside a "human remains pouch" — a body bag. Sometimes they arrive as "dissociated remains" — a leg, an arm or other body parts ripped loose by the force of a roadside bomb or suicide bomber or air crash. And sometimes there are commingled remains of several victims of a blast or crash, including service members, civilian bystanders and, in some cases, a suicide bomber. Air Force Lt. Col. Laura Regan literally lays hands on remains of the dead.
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September 4, 1989
The Times is to be commended for publishing two very touching articles concerning AIDS and its impact on two families who never thought they'd be impacted by this hideous disease. However, both stories carried a thinly veiled tone that these were somehow "innocent" families who had not been involved in high-risk activities, so their infection is that much worse. Statements such as these indirectly convey the message that some people are "less innocent" than others. A virus does not discriminate.
August 19, 1990 |
"Girls, it has to be done tonight," the balding computer whiz whispered as he roused the two teen-agers--one his daughter, the other his sister-in-law and secret lover--from a restless sleep. Startled, the girls awoke to the cool, past-midnight quiet of their bedroom and set to work, putting months of helter-skelter, clandestine planning into murderous motion.
January 17, 1997 |
To the extent that the world knew Ennis Cosby, it was as a shining star of his father's hilarious imaginary life. He was the sly adolescent whose first words upon turning 16 were, allegedly: "Wanna Porsche." He was the kid who shaved his head for no reason and attacked his sisters with wet towels. He was Theo Huxtable, the TV son on "The Cosby Show," whose relationship with his father redefined, with long-overdue dignity, the entertainment industry's portrayal of African American families.
April 4, 1989 |
From her majestic hilltop mansion overlooking Lake Victoria, Meena Madhvani has seen enough of the ups and downs of Ugandan life to justify her speaking with a certain tartness. In her time, she has entertained such luminaries as Indira Gandhi. Idi Amin proposed to her and, it is said, infuriated at being rebuffed, expelled tens of thousands of Uganda's Indian citizens. Rebels advancing on Kampala, the capital, camped in her fields of sugar cane.
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November 19, 2010 |
Recalling the last time he saw his family, he most remembers the tears shed as he left for what he thought would be a chance to earn more than 25 times his Thai income by picking apples in Washington. This week, he and his family shed more tears?but this time with joy as they reunited in Los Angeles for the first time in six years after his predawn escape in what authorities call the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history. "This is the most wonderful moment of my life," the Thai worker said as he hugged his wife and two daughters at the Los Angeles International Airport reunion.