June 18, 2010 |
Ronnie Lee Gardner, the convicted double-murderer executed by a firing squad in Utah in the predawn hours Friday, died in a manner that even the state that killed him no longer wants to use. Utah essentially banned firing squads in 2004. "We had come to a point in Utah where execution by firing squad was overshadowing the victim and the crime," said Ron Gordon, who was the director of the state's Sentencing Commission, which recommended the ban. Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University who has studied execution techniques, said: "The anti-death-penalty people think it's barbaric, and the pro-death-penalty people think it detracts from capital punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1992
Re "Janitor Talks to Reporter, Is Fired (July 8)": As an employee of one of the few remaining stores at Anaheim Plaza Mall, I am aghast at the treatment of Aureliano Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez was always busy at work whenever I saw him and always pleasant. The so-called "discipline" in his work file is ridiculous. Since when are employees to be fired for speaking briefly to a spouse, arriving on time for their normal schedule and telling the truth? According to a recent Times story about mall management, the mall is empty most of the time and is scheduled for demolition in the first quarter of 1993.
May 24, 2008 |
Demonstrators trashed shops and smashed windows at the headquarters of the country's soccer association to protest the firing of the national team's coach. Police said they arrested as many as 35 people. Two officers were slightly hurt. The association said it fired Meho Kodro last week because he refused to let the team play a friendly match against Iran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1989
An overflow crowd of more than 300 Pomona residents heatedly debated Monday night the City Council's firing of City Administrator A.J. Wilson. However, the council did not rescind last week's controversial 3-2 vote to oust Wilson. Residents disagreed sharply on the firing, reflecting the schism on the council. A new majority coalition, created when Councilman Tomas Ursua took office April 24, voted to fire Wilson, citing a need for change in the city's leadership. During the past week, citizens and city employees have opposed the actions and demanded the recall of three council members who voted to oust Wilson.
April 16, 2007
Re "A talk powerhouse is shut down," April 13 Don Imus has been fired, so now what? I sincerely hope the social uproar does not end with Imus' firing. I hope we do not simply condemn Imus and be done with it because Imus represents an ideology. His voice has reached millions of people, all of whom choose to tune in and hear Imus spew hate. I can't help but feel that this whole ordeal has been about silencing someone we don't want to hear, when it should be about confronting why there are so many people who do. Racism and sexism do not start and stop with Imus.
June 4, 1989 |
BEIJING -- Chinese troops of the People's Liberation Army opened fire with automatic weapons early today on huge crowds of civilians in Beijing, killing at least 100 of them and perhaps many more, according to medical and diplomatic reports, in a successful effort to recapture Tian An Men Square from pro-democracy demonstrators. At least 400 people were reported wounded. For China, it was a fundamental turning point. The Communist Party leadership headed by the aging Deng Xiaoping made the decision that no matter how high the costs to its image at home or abroad, it had to overwhelm with a force the students and other demonstrators who had challenged the power and legitimacy of the regime.