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April 11, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died Satuday in a plane crash in Russia, was a fervent Catholic who battled communism during the Cold War and matured into a staunchly conservative politician. Kaczynski and his identical twin, Jaroslaw, rose to the top of Polish politics in 2005 when their Law and Justice Party swept to power. With Lech as president and his brother as prime minister, the snowy-haired siblings with boyish faces led their country to the right. Despite Poland's membership in the European Union, Lech Kaczynski was adamant that Warsaw not become entangled in continental politics and bureaucracy.
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July 24, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Anders Behring Breivik, the chief suspect in Friday's twin terrorist attacks in Norway, copied passages from infamous American Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's manifesto and used them in his own writings, according to a Norwegian website that publishes political commentary, analysis and essays. Hans Rustad, editor of the website Document.no, writes that Breivik's 1,500-page political manifesto, titled "A European Declaration of Independence" and posted on the website (link in Norwegian)
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WORLD
April 19, 2010 | By Katarzyna Mala and Megan K. Stack
Polish President Lech Kaczynski was laid to rest in a centuries-old crypt Sunday alongside the remains of some of the most revered figures in this nation's often tragic history. The funeral Mass and procession to the nation's most sacred cathedral put a somber end to a week of mourning in Poland. Kaczynski and his wife were killed last weekend when the presidential plane clipped a tree and crashed while landing at a fog-shrouded provincial Russian airport. Many top Polish military officials, lawmakers and leading figures from the nation's recent history also died in the crash.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Could the Unabomber and Chicago's Tylenol poisoner be one and the same? FBI agents investigating the Tylenol killings, unsolved for nearly 30 years, want Theodore Kaczynski's DNA, but they aren't saying whether there's any reason to believe he might be a match. The FBI confirmed Thursday that it wanted a new DNA sample from Kaczynski, an Illinois native who last week filed a handwritten motion seeking to halt a government auction of his belongings on the grounds they could help prove his innocence in the Tylenol case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
Within hours of the state funeral for Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife in Krakow, members of Los Angeles' Polish community gathered for a memorial Mass to honor Polish dignitaries killed in the April 10 plane crash in Russia. Polish scouts -- girls in gray uniforms with green scarves knotted at the neck and boys in khaki shirts with yellow ties -- silently lined the walkways leading to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown. Inside, more than 400 Angelenos of Polish descent, including members of Polish parishes in West Adams and Yorba Linda, filled pews near the altar, many holding red-and-white Polish flags.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1996
Re "Kaczynski's Kin Argue Against Death Penalty," Sept. 11: Are Ted Kaczynski's kin prepared to pay for the prosecution and incarceration expenses? Surely if they feel so strongly about making him a lifetime burden, they must be willing to personally take care of the expenses. I do not wish my tax dollars wasted keeping a terrorist alive in prison. TERRY KREMIN Culver City
WORLD
April 11, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Saturday gutted a nation's leadership and silenced some of the most potent human symbols of its tragic and tumultuous history. It was, in a sense, a nation colliding with its past: The aircraft ran aground on a patch of earth that has symbolized the Soviet-era repressions that shaped much of the 20th century, near the remote Russian forest glade called Katyn where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed and dumped in unmarked graves by Soviet secret police in 1940.
WORLD
April 12, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The body of their president was finishing a long journey home Sunday, and by the tens of thousands, Poles poured into the streets of a paralyzed capital to watch it pass. It seemed as if nobody could bear to sit at home, as if they had to take some physical part in a national tragedy that happened in a place that was braided into the Polish psyche -- and yet lay distant, on the far side of a geographic border and an ideological boundary. The remains of President Lech Kaczynski were recovered from the site of the plane crash in Russia that killed 96 people Saturday, including many top Polish officials and leading figures from the nation's recent history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1998
Re "Kaczynski Admits Guilt and Will Get Life Term," Jan. 23: Ted Kaczynski did not murder three people and maim 29 others. The Unabomber was untreated schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a neurobiological disorder of the brain, physical in nature. With medical treatment (medication) people with paranoid schizophrenia are no more dangerous than the general public. Kaczynski suffers a common symptom of schizophrenia known as anosognosia, a symptom experienced in other brain disorders such as strokes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1998
I am appalled that the Justice Department has refused to accept the life-in-prison proposal by Theodore Kaczynski (Dec. 30). The man appears to be brilliant and creative but a very mentally disturbed individual. Life is prison is fair, prudent and protective of society. Why should we spend millions to try to get him a death penalty that would then be followed by years and millions more in appeals? Let's use the money for the good of the community rather than the aggrandizement and self-congratulations of the attorney general, prosecutors and investigators.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster sent a torrent of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico, there was at least one person — sitting at the moment in a federal penitentiary in Colorado — briskly penning, "I told you so. " Failures of technology don't get much bigger than this, and Theodore Kaczynski, whose murderous, 17-year revolution against technology as the Unabomber got him sentenced to life in prison, couldn't...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
Within hours of the state funeral for Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife in Krakow, members of Los Angeles' Polish community gathered for a memorial Mass to honor Polish dignitaries killed in the April 10 plane crash in Russia. Polish scouts -- girls in gray uniforms with green scarves knotted at the neck and boys in khaki shirts with yellow ties -- silently lined the walkways leading to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown. Inside, more than 400 Angelenos of Polish descent, including members of Polish parishes in West Adams and Yorba Linda, filled pews near the altar, many holding red-and-white Polish flags.
WORLD
April 19, 2010 | By Katarzyna Mala and Megan K. Stack
Polish President Lech Kaczynski was laid to rest in a centuries-old crypt Sunday alongside the remains of some of the most revered figures in this nation's often tragic history. The funeral Mass and procession to the nation's most sacred cathedral put a somber end to a week of mourning in Poland. Kaczynski and his wife were killed last weekend when the presidential plane clipped a tree and crashed while landing at a fog-shrouded provincial Russian airport. Many top Polish military officials, lawmakers and leading figures from the nation's recent history also died in the crash.
WORLD
April 17, 2010 | By Mark Silva
President Obama, who was to fly to Poland on Sunday night to attend the funeral of former Polish President Lech Kaczynski, on Saturday canceled that planned journey because of the plume of volcanic ash from Iceland that has closed airports throughout Europe. "I spoke with acting President [Bronislaw] Komorowski, and told him that I regret that I will not be able to make it to Poland due to the volcanic ash that is disrupting air travel over Europe," Obama said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon by the White House.
OPINION
April 13, 2010 | By Adam Chmielewski and Denis Dutton
Everyone in Poland is mourning the catastrophic plane crash in a forest near Smolensk that killed the nation's president, his wife and 94 other senior members of the Polish political elite. The officials were on their way to a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the execution of as many as 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals by the Soviet secret police But beyond their grief, the Polish people are asking an unavoidable question: What caused the crash? The plane itself, as has been noted, was far from modern.
WORLD
April 12, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The body of their president was finishing a long journey home Sunday, and by the tens of thousands, Poles poured into the streets of a paralyzed capital to watch it pass. It seemed as if nobody could bear to sit at home, as if they had to take some physical part in a national tragedy that happened in a place that was braided into the Polish psyche -- and yet lay distant, on the far side of a geographic border and an ideological boundary. The remains of President Lech Kaczynski were recovered from the site of the plane crash in Russia that killed 96 people Saturday, including many top Polish officials and leading figures from the nation's recent history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1998
To sentence Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski to a life term of solitary confinement (May 6) fails to recognize that he had put himself into solitary confinement in his cabin, far from civilization. For this character to escape the death penalty for his devious, evil efforts to kill particular individuals just proves how unjust the death penalty procedure is in this country--and I support the death penalty. TIM DOMENICO Marina del Rey A hero is someone who saves lives. A superhero is someone who turns his own brother in to do so. Lives were spared because of David Kaczynski's actions.
WORLD
April 11, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died Satuday in a plane crash in Russia, was a fervent Catholic who battled communism during the Cold War and matured into a staunchly conservative politician. Kaczynski and his identical twin, Jaroslaw, rose to the top of Polish politics in 2005 when their Law and Justice Party swept to power. With Lech as president and his brother as prime minister, the snowy-haired siblings with boyish faces led their country to the right. Despite Poland's membership in the European Union, Lech Kaczynski was adamant that Warsaw not become entangled in continental politics and bureaucracy.
WORLD
April 11, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Saturday gutted a nation's leadership and silenced some of the most potent human symbols of its tragic and tumultuous history. It was, in a sense, a nation colliding with its past: The aircraft ran aground on a patch of earth that has symbolized the Soviet-era repressions that shaped much of the 20th century, near the remote Russian forest glade called Katyn where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed and dumped in unmarked graves by Soviet secret police in 1940.
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