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September 30, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Leon M. Hansen, a World War II Army sergeant credited with capturing four German spies who planned to assassinate Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Battle of the Bulge, died Tuesday. He was 80 and died at a Grand Rapids veterans hospital of unreported causes. Hansen, according to a Life magazine article in 1945, intercepted four English-speaking German soldiers dressed in American military uniforms and riding in an American Jeep. They later said they were planning to destroy U.S.
November 5, 2000
Re "Leon Kaplan; Spokesman for Senior Citizens' Rights, Issues," obituaries, Oct. 26. I mourn the death of Leon Kaplan. I always looked forward to his op-ed columns in The Times and clipped a few for reference. In one of them, Kaplan pointed out that the Social Security fund is not in peril and never has been. To ensure solvency down the road, though, he advocated removing the cap that exempts workers who earn $60,000 or $70,000 and more from paying into the Social Security fund beyond this limit.
February 6, 1997
Junior forward Fabian Leon, who averages 11.6 points and 10 rebounds for the Valencia High boys' basketball team, has been declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. Leon had 20 points and 20 rebounds Tuesday in an 80-66 victory over Saugus. Other players who were declared academically ineligible Wednesday were Kerry Yates, a forward who averages 14.
January 7, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
When it comes to selecting the country's head spook, our presidents have a pretty hit-and-miss history. That's why President-elect Barack Obama should ignore the sudden hysteria over his choice for director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Despite what some congressional critics are saying, there's every reason to believe former California congressman Leon Panetta will do as well or better than most of his predecessors. The ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Sen.
May 10, 2000
Once again, Sierra Leone is on the brink of being overrun by the brutal forces of guerrilla leader Foday Sankoh. Hundreds of U.N. troops sent into the country to enforce a bad peace agreement are being "detained" by Sankoh's forces. The United States and Britain are loath to be sucked into yet another quagmire in Africa, and the badly equipped, poorly trained U.N. forces are not likely to do the job.
December 25, 1994 | Reuters
Sierra Leone said Friday it would release at least 200 suspected rebels, some held without trial for three years, but added the amnesty was unrelated to peace talks it opened with rebel leaders earlier this month.
May 13, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS
Sierra Leone, which won its independence from Britain in 1961, has experienced a long decline marked by coups, contested elections and poverty. In 1985, army commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Momoh came to power, and the country slid into a social hell of interminable fuel lines, food shortages and corruption that diverted profits from 90% of its diamond production. The civil war, from which the current shaky peace deal stems, began in the early 1990s.
August 9, 1999 | Times Wire Services
A rebel faction holding Western and other hostages here freed groups of them Sunday, the fifth day of their captivity, sources close to U.N. negotiators said. At least half the 34 who remained captive earlier Sunday had reportedly been released by day's end. U.N. officials listed those released as seven U.N. military observers, six local drivers, two members of the West African ECOMOG peacekeeping force, two journalists, a Ghanaian aid worker and a Sierra Leone government official.
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