March 20, 2011 |
The Triangle fire, a garment factory blaze that killed 146 people 100 years ago this week, was the worst workplace disaster in New York City until the fall of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Yet despite the fire's place in history, many Americans know nothing about it. Those who died in the March 25, 1911, fire were mostly young Jewish and Italian women and girls, new immigrants who risked their safety in horrendous sweatshop conditions making women's garments. Foremen frequently locked workers into their workrooms to make certain they didn't take breaks or pilfer cloth; this ensured that for many trapped inside, there was virtually no escape when the blaze began.
January 7, 2013 |
What is it Lance Armstrong wants from us? News reports are saying that the fallen hero of cycling and of cancer patients may be about to confess to doping over the course of his extraordinary cycling career. I hope he's heard the adage about keeping your mouth shut and being thought a fool instead of opening it and removing all doubt. PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years A confession would remove all doubt, but it couldn't be a wink-and-nod confession just to get back into the cycling game, the charity game, the headlines.
July 1, 2013 |
The deaths of 19 firefighters battling a wildland blaze in central Arizona on Sunday will go down as one of the worst firefighter losses in modern U.S. history, and officials were already honoring their deaths. President Obama, traveling in Africa, issued the following statement a few hours after the firefighters' deaths near Yarnell, Ariz.: "Yesterday, 19 firefighters were killed in the line of duty while fighting a wildfire outside Yarnell, Ariz. They were heroes -- highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet.
December 18, 2012 |
2012 was a year marked by national tragedy -- the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. , the damage from Hurricane Sandy -- as well as instances of heroism and transcendence. The presidential election dominated headlines throughout 2012, with a number of candidates jockeying for position in the Republican primaries. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top, though he eventually lost to President Obama in the general election. The nation debated the " 47% ," " legitimate rape ," who built it, and still, even with the election over, consensus remains rare in Washington, D.C. The killing of black teen Trayvon Martin by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman riveted the nation, as did the Colorado movie-theater shootings and images in court of gunman James E. Holmes, his hair dyed orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
I read with disgust your article regarding the lawsuit filed against Officer Loran Dale Turner and private citizen Jim Campbell by the young woman they risked their lives to assist after an auto accident. These two men are heroes in every sense of the word, and to sue them is obviously an act motivated by plain old ambulance-chasing greed. I hope that callous, ungrateful behavior toward these two courageous men will not encourage other would-be Good Samaritans faced with similar situations to "let 'em burn."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2001
Re "Firefighters, NYPD Clash; 12 Arrested," Nov. 3: The images and actions of the New York firemen in the melee at ground zero were very sad and shocking to see, but I am not surprised after watching in disbelief as they booed and heckled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Richard Gere at the recent fund-raising event in Madison Square Garden. These men have courage and put their lives at risk, so by definition they are heroes, but in these two events they do not display the qualities of a hero--to be courageous, noble and valiant.