August 8, 1985 |
On a cliff behind Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, a circle of crumbling concrete lies surrounded by ice plants and weeds. Standing there, 300 feet above Point Vicente, one can look from Santa Monica Bay all the way around to the Port of Los Angeles, and it becomes clear: This would be a great spot for some big guns. Indeed it was. The concrete circle and a similar clearing nearby were the foundations for two six-inch-diameter guns capable of hitting targets 15 miles away.
October 2, 1998 |
Within days of Germany's World War II defeat, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his aides to draft contingency plans for an Anglo-American invasion of the Soviet Union, a British newspaper reported. Citing documents recently discovered in Britain's public archives, the Daily Telegraph said the plan, code-named "Operation Unthinkable," eventually was rejected by Churchill and replaced with a strategy to guard against invasion by Josef Stalin's Red Army.
October 15, 2009 |
The government said at least 85,000 Iraqi civilians, military and police were killed from 2004 to 2008 in sectarian violence. What remains unanswered is how many died in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and in the months of chaos immediately following it. A report released by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008. The figures do not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And they do not include the first months of the war after the March 2003 invasion.
October 1, 1989
My family watched in amazement at "Totally Hidden Videos" on Sept. 10. The parade of cruel humor was nothing sort of irresponsible. Segments that involved assault and robbery, and a man in a wheelchair falling into a pool were not funny, but desperate. For the producers to solicit home videos that encourage pranks like ringing door bells is juvenile and should alert viewers and the Fox network to question the show's validity. And speaking of the producers, they should change their company name from Invasion of Privacy Inc. to Invasion of Integrity.
November 11, 1990
With interest in ETs and UFOs soaring, it is time to bring back "The Invaders," the well-executed series from 1967 that focused on a young architect's quest to thwart an alien takeover of terra firma. Roy Thinnes, the star of that series, could take up where he left off, combatting the invasion. Franklin R. Ruehl, Glendale