January 7, 2009 |
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.
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.
July 18, 1990 |
When the NAACP's conference ended here last week, civil rights leaders left behind a portrait of black men in crisis. Too many young black men, said the civil rights group, are underemployed, alternately feared and reviled, and living at risk. Now come the men of Sigma Pi Phi, a once-secret black fraternity that celebrates the professional and material success of black men.
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.