October 26, 2013 |
It became known as the Wah Mee massacre: 14 people were bound, robbed and systematically shot in the head. Seattle police arrived and found the victims lying face down in pools of blood. One survived the Feb. 19, 1983, rampage, but 13 died. What happened at the Wah Mee Club -- the name means "beautiful place" in Chinese -- remains the deadliest mass shooting in Washington state history. And this week, the Washington Department of Corrections decided to release from prison a man convicted in connection with the Wah Mee killings.
October 23, 2013 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The firehouse is still there, just as it was on the day of the shooting, except for the 26 bronze stars adorning its roof: one for each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The school is still there too, a short walk up the road, but not for long. This week, gates guarding one of the nation's most notorious crime scenes quietly swung open to heavy machinery and construction trucks as work began to demolish the campus where 20 first-graders and six school employees died Dec. 14. Rarely has a major tear-down been conducted in such a hushed manner, but rarely has a project been steeped in such tragedy and debated in the midst of a town in mourning, in full view of those hit hardest.
October 18, 2013 |
The Saturday Night Massacre was a scorched-earth moment in the Watergate affair. On Oct. 20, 1973, the two highest-ranking members of the Justice Department, Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson and his deputy, William D. Ruckelshaus, quit rather than follow President Nixon's order to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox and the courts were pressing the president to release White House tape recordings that might shed light on whether he had a role in covering up a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington's Watergate office complex.
October 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - An alleged drug cartel leader suspected of masterminding the June slayings of nine Guatemalan federal policemen was arrested Friday in the southern Mexico border state of Chiapas, officials said. The suspect, Eduardo Francisco Villatoro Cano, became one of the most wanted men in Guatemala after more than a dozen armed men believed to be allied with his drug-running organization stormed a police substation June 13 in Salcaja, a municipality near Quetzaltenango, the country's second-largest city.
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October 1, 2013 |
A federal jury convicted a Moreno Valley man Tuesday of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his military role in the 1982 massacre of a village during the Guatemalan civil war. Jurors found Jorge Sosa, 55, guilty of making false statements and obtaining citizenship unlawfully, according to his attorney, Shashi Kewalramani. Sosa, a martial arts instructor holding American and Canadian citizenship, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and having his U.S. citizenship revoked when he is sentenced Dec. 19. "I'm very disappointed," Kewalramani said of the verdict.
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September 26, 2013 |
Decades after that December day in the Guatemalan village, the former soldier could remember the women's screams. Their cries for help, he said, rang out from the church as the soldiers raped them. He recalled the bloodshed and the victims flung into a well, some still alive as they plunged. "At Dos Eres, the people were humble people," the soldier, Cesar Franco Ibanez, said of the 1982 massacre of more than 200 villagers. "They had no weapons. " In a Riverside courtroom this week, Jorge Sosa, a Moreno Valley martial arts instructor, is on trial, accused of lying on his application for U.S. citizenship.