CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1991
Ade James' quotes, "We're still Africans," and "I'd rather be in Nigeria than here," pinpoint the exact problem with so many of the new immigrants. For the majority of old immigrants there was no other place they'd rather be. Their dream was being able to call the U.S. "home." Learning the language and becoming a citizen were their first priorities. Once they were citizens they didn't identify themselves as Irish-Americans or Italian-Americans, etc. Just simply (and proudly) as Americans.
July 8, 1986
Canada refused to admit Gerry Adams of Northern Ireland, president of the legal political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, because of his criminal record, a Canadian immigration official said. Adams, who is also a member of the British Parliament from the province, was denied permission to board a Toronto-bound flight in Amsterdam.
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.
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.
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.
July 19, 2013 |
In April 2004, Rajat Gupta gave a talk at Columbia University. One student asked the former global managing director of McKinsey & Co. for his views on money and wealth creation. "Yeah, I am driven by money.... However much you say that you will not fall into the trap of it, you do fall into the trap of it," he said. Those words would prove prescient. Eight years after he uttered them, Gupta was convicted by a New York court of insider trading, of leaking privileged information gleaned from his position on the board of Goldman Sachs to Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the hedge fund Galleon.
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?
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.