CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
August 17, 1992
Grant Leone of Oceanside and Virginia Cartwright of Encinitas captured grand championships at the World Bodysurfing Championships at Oceanside Pier Sunday, winning their age-group heats then beating all other champions in one super heat at the end of the day. Leone also won the men's 35-44 division, while Cartwright won the women's 30-over division. SAILING Dennis Conner won the $40,000-British Yachting Grand Prix despite finishing last in the final race at Inverkip, Scotland.
April 3, 1987 |
At high noon Thursday, the 13 devotees of the Sagrado Corazon Senor religious cult fell to their knees in the detention area of a military camp here and prayed for strength to resume their holy war against communism. For 15 minutes, they mumbled sacred incantations, fingered amulets that they believe make their bodies bulletproof and invoked the power of their master, a bearded Filipino religious zealot who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus.