March 13, 2005 |
To justify a rookie's killing of a dog to the assistant police chief, Det. Vic Mackey points to a gun he placed near the animal's paw and explains, "The dog was reaching. It was kill or be killed." Vic's new captain, whom none of the officers has met, appears unannounced and, without missing a beat, chimes in, "Oh, come on, Ray, the dog had a piece, and he was going to use it." The captain leaves the scene, and patrol officer Danny Sofer asks what everyone is thinking: "Who was that?"
February 15, 2005 |
A fire raged through a crowded mosque Monday, killing at least 59 people, after the flames of a kerosene heater caught a woman's veil and spread to cloth on the ceilings and walls, Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Panicked people raced for the exits and smashed windows to escape, leaving burned shoes and women's black chadors scattered in the yard. More than 250 people were injured.
March 16, 2003 |
From early morning until late at night, excavators rumble along the dry floor of Patriarch's Ponds, laying the foundations for a monument to the Russian writer who injected the aura of the surrounding park into the imaginations of generations of readers. Muscovites have long complained of the inconveniences of Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov's ambitious construction program -- sleepless nights illuminated by floodlights, sidewalks that disappear into swamps of gravel and mud.
July 30, 2000 |
Before the black curtain of night rises for a new day on the prairie, the newspaper columnist lights a kerosene lamp, takes out pen and pad and begins writing about her life: The trips she takes by horse-drawn buggy. The water she pumps from her well. The clothes she sews, the corn she cans.
December 9, 1999 |
The combination of earthquakes, hurricanes and Y2K fears about power outages has revived a onetime household staple. Aladdin lamps, first introduced in rural American homes before the advent of electricity, are making a comeback. Furthermore, they earn their keep. While many people buy them for emergency use, the company is promoting them for everyday use. Bill Courter, president of the Aladdin Mantle Co.
March 21, 1999 |
The moaning, the stench of scorched flesh, and occasionally the silence of death. The scenes in hospital burn units became all too familiar for Dr. Wijaya Godakumbura. The cause was often the same-- homemade kerosene lamps fashioned from discarded medicine or water bottles. A cloth wick is wedged into a cap that easily pops off if the bottle topples, spilling a fiery stream of fuel. Godakumbura set out to find a safer way for impoverished Sri Lankans to light their homes.