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October 30, 2013 |
The captured fighter pilot had already been through so much at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He had been beaten up and starved, thrown for months into a dark cell crawling with rats, held immobile with his legs pinned in stocks, and strapped with ropes so tightly that his right arm was torn from its socket. When he passed out from pain, the ropes were briefly loosened until the ordeal could start yet again. Now, with his jailers ordering him to do a propaganda broadcast, J. Robinson Risner, in the solitude of his cell, tried to destroy his voice.
July 18, 2013
While it's one memory lane some may rather not stroll down, the divisive near-term-and-a-half of America's disgraced 37th president is recounted with economy, focus and, at times, pitch-dark humor in the documentary "Our Nixon. " Director Penny Lane, with an able assist from editor Francisco Bello, offers an absorbing snapshot of Richard M. Nixon's fraught, occasionally triumphant time in the Oval Office, culled largely from more than 500 reels of long-forgotten Super-8 home movie footage shot by Nixon aides - and eventual Watergate break-in conspirators - John Ehrlichman, H.R Haldeman and Dwight Chapin.
July 16, 2013 |
He was notorious for an assassination method known as “ the cookout ” - stuffing his victim into a barrel, dousing him with gasoline and roasting him alive. Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the Zeta drug cartel commander arrested Monday by the Mexican navy, also burnished his reputation for cruelty with massacres of migrants, 72 in one incident three years ago in Tamaulipas state and 192 more a year later. In his 2011 book “ The Takedown ,” about atrocities committed by drug lords and organized crime captains, author Jeffrey Robinson quotes witnesses as recalling how Treviño enjoyed driving around his Nuevo Laredo turf and deploying his hit men with orders to "kill this one and kill that one. " He once had his driver veer from the roadway to run over a dog, Robinson wrote.
March 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - All his life, Frank Citro Jr. has taken care of business. He grew up in Jersey City, N.J., working as a tough guy known as Frankie. With his wrecking-ball body, he provided muscle for the collections industry. In the 1980s, he did two years in prison for his part in a racketeering scam. For the last 23 years, Frankie has stayed out of trouble, yet he remains a member of Nevada's infamous Black Book, a list of people banned by state gaming officials from entering any of the state's casinos.
February 27, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The reversal of fortune could not have been more striking. And for many Mexicans, the images, broadcast live on national television Wednesday, could not have been more unexpected. Here, once again, was Elba Esther Gordillo, the powerful boss of Mexico's massive, sclerotic teachers union. But instead of the image Mexicans were used to - Gordillo standing in front of adoring followers, defiantly speechifying, dressed to the nines - her famous face was now barely visible through the bars of a Mexico City jail.
February 19, 2013 |
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny offered an emotional apology Tuesday for government involvement in a harsh system of laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns, where women and girls labored long hours behind locked doors, unpaid and often bewildered about why they were there. “As a society, for many years we failed you,” Kenny said in a televised official apology Tuesday before the Irish Parliament. “This is a national shame.” Kenny stopped, his voice breaking, and then concluded, “Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end.” The apology came two weeks after a report found that the Irish government had been involved in the infamous Magdalen laundries , helping to send girls and women into the workhouses, paying them through government programs and contracts, and bringing runaways back in the hands of police.