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November 2, 2007 | Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writer
A Criminal Court verdict Thursday that London's Metropolitan Police endangered public safety in the 2005 shooting death of a Brazilian immigrant mistaken for a terrorist has set off a wave of calls for the force's chief to resign. The jury's guilty verdict was aimed generally at the Metropolitan Police and did not single out officers. It also failed to satisfy critics of the police or the family of the victim, Jean Charles de Menezes, who said they awaited a full accounting of the incident.
November 1, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
By night, Gezim Cokaj is a bouncer at a West End nightclub. By day, he is a seeker of "the Knowledge." Each morning, he rises late, has his tea and climbs onto his motor scooter. For the next six, seven, eight hours, he rides: from Knatchbull Road to Surrey Quays Station; New Cross Station to the National Maritime Museum; Peckham High Street to Chalk Hill Road. What gets you there faster? Warwick Way off Vauxhall Bridge Road? Or left on Grosvenor?
October 29, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
LONDON -- The NFL came to London and got rain. Darn the luck. Referees toweled off footballs before each play. Linemen removed chunks of gunk from facemasks. The fans saw Giants quarterback Eli Manning pass for just 59 yards but demonstrate a wide-ranging array of handoffs. In the poster play of the first regular-season NFL game outside North America, Miami quarterback Cleo Lemon dropped back to pass 32 seconds before halftime, Michael Strahan turned up front and center, Lemon cocked his arm . .
October 28, 2007 | Janet Stobart, Reuters Associated Press
1 Britain Beginning Nov. 14, Euro- star trains will depart for Paris and Brussels from the glamorous new international terminal at St. Pancras in north-central London. And they will run even faster. As planners began to prepare the city's infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games, the present Eurostar terminal at Waterloo was deemed too far from connections to central London and main lines to the rest of the country. The Victorian St.
October 28, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
LONDON -- Four months after the Hamburg Sea Devils nudged the Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28, to win the NFL Europa title, whereupon the NFL folded NFL Europa to render the Sea Devils eternal champions, the NFL returns to Europa with a fresh tack. This strategy, the commissioner feels, is a better strategy, Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said, referring to the Dolphins-New York Giants game today at Wembley Stadium, the first NFL regular-season game outside North America.
October 22, 2007 | Richard Vines, Bloomberg News
Two weeks before the opening of his first fish-and-chip shop, noted London chef Tom Aikens is looking relaxed. Once better known for his hot temper than his brilliant cooking, Aikens embraces colleagues and jokes with his receptionist as he arrives at Tom's Kitchen, the casual eatery he started last year near his fine-dining restaurant in Chelsea. Tom's Place, scheduled to open Oct. 29, will serve fish from sustainable stocks on tables manufactured from recycled plastic.
October 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Super-spicy chile sauce sparked road closures and evacuations in central London after passersby complained that a chemical emanating from a Thai restaurant was burning their throats, police said. Reports of a strong smell wafting from a restaurant in the heart of London's bustling Soho district prompted the London Fire Brigade to send a chemical response team, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
October 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
London police mistakenly shot dead a Brazilian man and put other lives at risk during an anti-terrorism operation in July 2005 because of flawed planning and chaos at headquarters, a prosecutor argued as the force was put on trial. The department is accused of serious breaches of health and safety laws that prosecutors say led to the death of 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes on a subway. The force admits the slaying was an error but denies misconduct.
October 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A giant statue of the ancient Egyptian god of the dead floated down the Thames River on Monday, turning heads as it crossed under London's Tower Bridge. The 25-foot fiberglass representation of the jackal-headed god was taken down the river on the back of a cargo ship to Trafalgar Square, where it will stand for three days before moving to various locations around the capital.
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