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March 2, 1993
Los Angeles Times coverage of last year's riots and a series on the Soviet nuclear legacy have won George Polk awards for excellence in journalism. The awards are among the most highly regarded journalistic prizes. Coverage of the riots won in the category of local reporting. "Most of the city staff fanned out across South-Central Los Angeles bravely detailing the violence stirred by the Rodney King verdict," a statement announcing the prize noted.
September 14, 1992
The environmental and human health legacy of the runaway Soviet nuclear weapons and energy program described in your series undoubtedly ranks "among the 20th Century's greatest crimes." But readers should not be misled by writer John-Thor Dahlburg's only U.S. comparison: a factor of 3 million difference between the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The similarities between the U.S. nuclear weapons industry and the Soviet one are as striking as the differences.
December 11, 1995
Children die by the millions every year from measles, pneumonia and other easily curable diseases that can rage unchecked in Third World countries. Tragically, before they reach the age of 5, many of these boys and girls are doomed for want of a few cents worth of medicine or the boiling of unclean water. In Pakistan, 15 cents will buy a packet of nutrients that can prevent a child from dying of diarrhea.
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin said Monday that some U.S. prisoners captured during the Vietnam War were moved to labor camps in the Soviet Union, and he speculated that some may still be alive. "Our archives have shown that it is true--some of them were transferred to the territory of the former U.S.S.R. and were kept in labor camps," Yeltsin told NBC News in an interview aboard his presidential jet en route from Moscow to Washington.
September 12, 2002
Florida, Florida, Florida. Glitches in Tuesday's primary forced Gov. Jeb Bush to declare a state of emergency and keep polls open an extra two hours. Suddenly, long-repressed images of hanging chads popped into our heads, along with all the reasons it's imperative for Congress to pass the election reforms it has mired in partisan bickering since that last fiasco. The disputed 2000 presidential election revealed how antiquated the American voting booth had become. Congress vowed to modernize it.
September 1, 2004 | Peter Wallsten and John Glionna, Times Staff Writers
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez won the Republican nomination Tuesday for Florida's open Senate seat, giving President Bush a boost in a key battleground state. The Cuban-born Martinez, the White House's handpicked choice to compete for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, had trailed for much of the campaign, sparking concern among GOP strategists that a loss in the primary would embarrass Bush in the midst of the party's national convention.
September 7, 1992
The answer to the question "Who won the Cold War?" may not be "Everybody," as some have claimed, but "Nobody." The Cold War was, preeminently, a nuclear war. It began when the U.S. A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ignited a Soviet attempt to catch up and pull ahead. It continued, to be sure, as a competition in other arenas, but the nuclear competition always remained the main event.
Gov. Bill Clinton on Monday night laughed off statements by Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) suggesting that Clinton, while on a student trip to Moscow 22 years ago, may have come in contact with intelligence officers of the former Soviet Union. Dornan had said on the House floor that Clinton, who visited Moscow for several days during his winter vacation in December of 1969 and January of 1970, would probably have been in contact with Soviet tourist officials reporting to the KGB.
August 25, 1993
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union, like the Soviet Union itself, is defunct, but the Communist Party of the Russian Federation has now emerged from the ashes with an unrealistic if ominous promise to "work for Russia's return to the road of socialist development." According to its leaders the successor party is thriving, with a claimed membership of 600,000. Independent observers think this number is probably greatly inflated.
September 4, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Squalls heralding the arrival of Hurricane Frances crept across the swampland Friday afternoon, but five of the six massive engines at the W. Turner Wallis pumping station remained silent. South Florida Water Management District officials had used 9-foot-wide pumps powered by those 1,600-horsepower engines to suck a network of canals flowing from Lake Okeechobee as dry as possible, to make room for the coming downpour. There was nothing to do but wait.
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