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November 2, 1987 | Associated Press
American peace activist Paul Alan Fisher said today that Contra rebels who abducted him and then released him almost two weeks later gave him a letter for President Daniel Ortega calling for peace talks. Fisher, 41, of Mill Valley, Calif., appeared before reporters looking tired. He said he was suffering from an infection and low-grade fever "but otherwise I don't feel bad. I am not planning to go home."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1989 | ANTHONY PERRY
Steve Kelley, the conservative political cartoonist for the San Diego Union, has never been accused of timidity. He shows no mercy when liberal folly, as he defines it, comes within his cross hairs. "Political cartoonists, by nature, are bomb-chuckers," Kelley says. Occasionally, however, someone picks up an explosive device of his own and flings it back at the 30-year-old Dartmouth graduate.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning has had dozens of signature moments in his football career that the outside world didn't witness. Since childhood, Manning has jotted handwritten thank-you notes, and for years he has maintained a tradition of sending them to various NFL players retiring from the game. "I don't know who qualifies for a letter, necessarily," Manning said. "It's probably just somebody I played against for a long time. I don't have to know you real well. The other guys on my list now, I've got [Baltimore center]
BUSINESS
December 31, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
A letter detailing allegations of sexual harassment against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Mark V. Hurd is renewing interest in the year-old scandal but is not expected to hurt his position at Oracle Corp. The content of the June 2010 letter, which eventually led to Hurd's ouster from HP, was disclosed Thursday after a federal judge in Delaware ruled that releasing the letter would not violate Hurd's privacy rights. Prepared by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, the letter chronicles Hurd's alleged efforts to woo Jodie Fisher, an event hostess and actress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
A woman whose brother sent her a letter in 1944 will finally receive it ? with a little help from officials at California's Camp Roberts and one of the post's most famous enlisted men, the late comedian Red Skelton. Last month, the errant letter mysteriously arrived in the daily mail at Camp Roberts. It was postmarked in Montgomery, Ala., and addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher at the base's Red Cross hospital, which had been torn down decades ago. Gary McMaster, the curator of the base museum, alerted the Montgomery Advertiser, the city's biggest newspaper.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Following sharp criticism from many corners of the art world, the board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art has changed course and decided to fill the chief curator position left open by Paul Schimmel's forced resignation in June. A letter sent Monday from members of the board's executive committee - Maria Bell, Laurent Degryse, Cliff Einstein, David Johnson, Lillian Lovelace, Nancy Marks, Steven Mnuchin, Dallas Price-Van Breda and Jeffrey Soros - to fellow trustees informs them of the plan.
SPORTS
September 24, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
A civic leader rallied support for Frank McCourt this week, writing an op-ed letter decrying the "piling on" against a Dodgers owner active in community affairs. "Frank has made mistakes and errors," the letter read, "but he has also delivered big-time when it comes to community benefits and seems to have much more to offer in the future. " McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, were in mediation Friday in an effort to settle their divorce amid a highly publicized trial. Steve Soboroff, a businessman and former mayoral candidate, said he wrote the letter and solicited others to sign it. He said his efforts were not at the request of McCourt, and that city leaders should not condemn an owner who has used the Dodgers to reach out to the community.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A copy of the letter written by the Texas commander at the battle of the Alamo pleading for backup and pledging "victory or death" was auctioned in San Antonio for $299,200. The letter from William Barret Travis, one of four known copies, was sold along with a later letter that announced the defenders had lost the March 1836 battle, said Lauren Gioia, a spokeswoman for Sotheby's. The second letter was auctioned for $78,000. Both were from a private collection.
WORLD
December 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police said they intercepted a letter bomb sent to the director of the international police agency Europol in the Netherlands and a possible explosive sent to the head of the European Central Bank in Germany. The discoveries came a day after a package bomb burst into flames in the Bologna, Italy, home of European Commission President Romano Prodi, who was not injured. Officials said it seemed likely that the letter bomb and Prodi blast were related. The letter sent to Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet was postmarked from Bologna, but officials would not say whether they believed it was connected.
NEWS
February 4, 1993 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White House officials confirmed Wednesday that then-Gov. Bill Clinton gave a letter of introduction late last year to an American businessman who went to Vietnam and met with foreign ministry officials, but said the letter was not intended as an overture to Hanoi and the man was not authorized to act on Clinton's behalf. The businessman, Clyde Pettit, spent several weeks in Vietnam in December and January.
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