August 26, 1990 |
Reports filtering out of Baghdad tell of panic buying, rationing and house-to-house sweeps by militiamen hunting food hoarders as Iraq begins to feel the bite of the U.N. trade embargo. On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council approved military action to enforce the embargo imposed Aug. 6 to punish Saddam Hussein for invading and annexing Kuwait. It could be weeks before Iraqis really have to tighten their belts.
February 8, 1991 |
If you have any doubt that people are deeply troubled over the economy and the war, consider this: The public has suddenly begun stashing cash--literally hoarding hard currency. Currency in circulation had leveled off at about $245 billion in the fall. Then, in late December, the total began surging. By Jan. 28, the latest figures available, cash held had jumped to $254.3 billion, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis data show.
August 14, 1997 |
North Korea's military and government elite may have siphoned off some of the foreign food aid intended for its starving citizens, a U.S. congressional delegation said in South Korea on Wednesday. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Torrance) and six other members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence visited Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, over the weekend and met North Korean officials.
December 8, 1990 |
Vladimir I. Sorokoletov is a self-styled detective who tracks not missing persons but missing chicken legs and cans of sprats, and he claims to have solved the mystery of why there is so little food on the shelves of Soviet stores. He has seen what is in their basements.
November 23, 1997 |
In America today, people can become millionaires from selling little more than empty space. But the phenomenal rise of the self-storage industry is more than a tale of fantastic profits and a booming investment trend. It speaks to changing living patterns since the 1970s, and the ambivalent relationship some people have with their stuff--the growing mountain of possessions they've accumulated even as personal attachments come and go.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 |
The elegant gray-haired woman in the fake leopard-skin coat sat in a jail cell in the Van Nuys courthouse Wednesday, held without bail and facing possibly seven years in state prison. Her alleged crime? Owning Bugsy, Vampira and their kittens. The woman who calls herself Cybelle St. James and says she holds a degree in psychology from Cambridge University in England has been playing cat and mouse with Animal Control officers for 13 years, officials said. Using about a dozen aliases, St.
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December 30, 1999 |
Along with the always-festive bubbly, it's shotgun shells, freeze-dried noodles and portable toilets that are the big sellers as the millennial New Year's Eve creeps closer. The crush of parties, from twosomes at home to the wild beach bonfires, also is expected to max out Orange County's pizza delivery capabilities and gobble up supermarket bagged-ice reserves.
May 29, 1990 |
When Vera Korolkova, a retired Moscow factory worker, set out on her daily scavenger hunt to neighborhood food stores, she took a worn cloth sack for her purchases, as usual. But she also took the internal passport proving she is a Muscovite.
July 25, 1991 |
Jewelry stores are doing a bustling business in Saddam City, the sprawling, poor section where 1.5 million Baghdad residents live. But the jewelers are not making many sales. "We buy more now," says a jeweler in one of half a dozen small stores in the raucous marketplace, as another woman customer enters carrying a purse containing earrings and a gold bracelet set with pearls. He weighs the items and quotes a price based on their gold content.