August 12, 1985
About 10,000 Roman Catholics marched in Belfast in a parade that British authorities had declared illegal but made no move to stop. The marchers included 116 visiting Irish-Americans from NORAID, the U.S. fund-raising group accused of providing aid to the Irish Republican Army. The march marked the anniversary of the British policy, introduced in 1971 and abandoned in 1975, of interning terrorist suspects without trial.
September 25, 1994 |
Gerry Adams, leader of the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, began a nine-city U.S. tour in Boston, the most Irish of American cities. The Sinn Fein leader appealed to British Prime Minister John Major to work for peace in the wake of the cease-fire declared by the IRA in its guerrilla war against British rule of Northern Ireland. Adams will tour the United States for two weeks, primarily seeking to raise support among Irish Americans.
April 1, 1990 |
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the 1960's firebrand defender of Catholic rights in Northern Ireland, is visiting several American cities in coming weeks. Her return to the United States after several years marks the rekindling of interest in Northern Ireland politics among Irish-Americans. The eloquent Devlin is likely to strike a responsive note--in a way no other Irish activist can--among the faithful, who number in the tens of millions of Americans.
August 27, 1995 |
This month, Ireland commemorates two anniversaries, the 150th anniversary of the potato famine and the first year of peace in Northern Ireland in 25 years. It is a time of both solemn commemoration and cautious celebration. In 1840, a new and deadly fungus was discovered in a potato field in Fermanagh. For the next seven years, the potato blight ravaged the Irish countryside, destroying the main food staple of the Irish lower classes.
January 8, 1995
They wanted to play in the mud. But they had to settle for a run in the rain. While Wednesday's powerful winter storm was causing havoc across the region, several dozen members of the Santa Monica High School soccer team were running 40-yard sprints in a torrential downpour. But don't blame this punishing exercise on some sadistic coach. The kids liked it. "It was a battle to keep them off the field," said Santa Monica Assistant Principal Stephen Mahoney. "Have you ever played soccer?
June 26, 2003 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Sweeney was a brown-haired, easygoing teenager who loved working beside his father on construction jobs. His best friend was Eddie Batzig, a bespectacled 16-year-old. The girl he wanted to bring home to meet his mother was pale, slender Justina Morley, 15. On the evening of May 30, Justina lured Jason to the Trails, a wooded area of the working-class Fishtown section of Philadelphia along the Delaware River. She promised him sex.
February 23, 1992 |
The last time John Treacy ran through the streets of Los Angeles, he was chased by most of the fastest marathoners in the world. Treacy, of Ireland, was the surprise silver medalist in the marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, behind the even more surprising Carlos Lopes of Portugal, who won the gold at age 37. Treacy's second-place finish shocked most observers because it came in his first marathon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
Re "Wellness Community Targets Latino Patients," Oct. 26. Nice story about the Wellness Center. And kudos to the Wellness Center for waking up to the 20th century on including Spanish-speaking access. However, the headline shouldn't have had the word "Latino." Instead it should have been "Spanish speakers." People forget--or never bother to think about it--that not all Latinos are Spanish speakers, including myself. But the fat of the matter is this: It seems to me the words "Spanish speaker" and "Latino" are interchangeable in The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2002 |
Bridie Letzer, 78, who as a teenager was imprisoned in her native Belfast for possessing a political leaflet and later became a crusader for civil rights there and in the U.S., died June 25 in Northridge of undisclosed causes. In 1939, the 15-year-old watched her brother sent to prison by the British in their native Northern Ireland. Soon afterward, someone handed her a leaflet denouncing such internments and demanding the release of those jailed for no crime.
February 3, 1991
No one should take seriously the reasons advanced by our government in a feeble attempt to justify the FBI's indiscriminate interviews of Arab-Americans. For years, there have been unfounded rumors of imminent acts of Arab-sponsored terrorism in the United States and the FBI has never interviewed Jewish-Americans under the guise of providing protection. Moreover, after the assassination of Alex Odeh (a prominent Arab-American who advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state)