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August 23, 1989
It is most regrettable that Mickey Leland lost his life while on a hunger relief mercy mission in Ethiopia. To honor his memory, Congress should pass the Global Poverty Reduction Act this year. This act would effect subtle but profound changes in our nation's approach to international poverty by mandating a different focus on our foreign aid goals. Under the proposed new guidelines, aid would be primarily used to reduce child mortality, increase female literacy and reduce the percentage of any given country's population living in such dire poverty that even basic survival items aren't available.
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August 11, 1991 | Associated Press
The widow of U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the plane that crashed in Africa two years ago, killing Leland and 15 other people. Alison Leland filed the product liability suit last week along with Patricia Johnson, whose husband also died in the crash. Leland, a Democrat, was on his way to visit a refugee camp when the plane struck a mountain in Ethiopia. The lawsuit blames the crash on faulty equipment and an unqualified crew.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1989 | JESSE JACKSON, The Rev. Jesse Jackson was a 1988 Democratic candidate for President. and
Mickey Leland always flew into the storm. I remember being in Houston with Mickey in October, 1986, where he had invited me to come to work with him on a crusade for moral and educational excellence in the Houston schools. We were meeting late, when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. It was a woman in Mississippi who told us that an old and distinguished African American college, Mississippi Valley State College, was about to be turned into a state prison.
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August 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
Bad weather and improper flight preparation contributed to the plane crash that killed Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) and 15 others last year in Ethiopia, a report issued Friday said. The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said the pilots erred by "pushing too far and flying into an area of bad weather at a very low altitude."
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August 14, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
U.S. military helicopters on Sunday located the wreckage of a plane that crashed last Monday with Texas congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others aboard. Witnesses who visited the site said there were no survivors. U.S. rescue and recovery teams said that the plane hit a mountain about 4,300 feet above sea level, having missed clearing the peak by about 300 feet.
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January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The identical twins of the late U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, killed in a plane crash in Africa, will be named Cameron George and Austin Mickey Leland, their mother said. Alison Leland, who gave birth to the twin boys 10 weeks prematurely Sunday in Atlanta, said Thursday the children will be named after their father. "George is Mickey's real name, Mickey is actually a nickname," she said. "What I was thinking is that my oldest son Jarrett has the gift of having memories of the father.
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August 25, 1989 | From United Press International
Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.), one of nine Americans who died in a plane crash Aug. 7 while en route to an Ethiopian refugee camp, was buried Thursday under an oak tree in the neighborhood where he was raised. Leland's family and close friends held a graveside service. The public was kept out of the northeast Houston cemetery, and Leland, in accordance with his wishes, was buried in a plain pine coffin.
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September 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
City Council members are receiving calls from residents upset by a proposal to rename Houston Intercontinental Airport after Rep. Mickey Leland, who died in a plane crash last month in Ethiopia. But Councilman Rodney Ellis, a Leland friend, said that he would press the idea, which he hopes the council will consider next week, even though most of the 50 calls his office received opposed the name change.
NEWS
August 17, 1989
A U.S. Air Force plane carrying forensic experts, medical equipment and nine coffins arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to retrieve the bodies of Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) and eight other Americans killed in an Aug. 7 plane crash. An American official said it would probably take several days to identify the remains, which were recovered Tuesday from the crash site in rough terrain in western Ethiopia.
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August 11, 1991 | Associated Press
The widow of U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the plane that crashed in Africa two years ago, killing Leland and 15 other people. Alison Leland filed the product liability suit last week along with Patricia Johnson, whose husband also died in the crash. Leland, a Democrat, was on his way to visit a refugee camp when the plane struck a mountain in Ethiopia. The lawsuit blames the crash on faulty equipment and an unqualified crew.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The identical twins of the late U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, killed in a plane crash in Africa, will be named Cameron George and Austin Mickey Leland, their mother said. Alison Leland, who gave birth to the twin boys 10 weeks prematurely Sunday in Atlanta, said Thursday the children will be named after their father. "George is Mickey's real name, Mickey is actually a nickname," she said. "What I was thinking is that my oldest son Jarrett has the gift of having memories of the father.
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January 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The widow of Texas Rep. Mickey Leland, who was expecting at the time of his death in a plane crash in Ethiopia last summer, gave birth to twin boys at an Atlanta hospital, a spokesman said. Alison Leland, 31, was in town for festivities surrounding today's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. She and the twins are doing well, the spokesman said. But the infants, several weeks premature, are in a special care nursery.
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December 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
Four months after Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) was killed in a plane crash in Africa, voters Saturday were choosing his successor in a runoff election between two former Leland allies. State Sen. Craig Washington and City Councilman Anthony Hall topped a field of 11 candidates Nov. 7 to qualify for Saturday's nonpartisan runoff for Leland's 18th Congressional District seat. A poll last week showed the race nearly deadlocked, with Hall ahead 41% to 38%, with 21% undecided.
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September 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
City Council members are receiving calls from residents upset by a proposal to rename Houston Intercontinental Airport after Rep. Mickey Leland, who died in a plane crash last month in Ethiopia. But Councilman Rodney Ellis, a Leland friend, said that he would press the idea, which he hopes the council will consider next week, even though most of the 50 calls his office received opposed the name change.
NEWS
August 25, 1989 | From United Press International
Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.), one of nine Americans who died in a plane crash Aug. 7 while en route to an Ethiopian refugee camp, was buried Thursday under an oak tree in the neighborhood where he was raised. Leland's family and close friends held a graveside service. The public was kept out of the northeast Houston cemetery, and Leland, in accordance with his wishes, was buried in a plain pine coffin.
NEWS
January 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The widow of Texas Rep. Mickey Leland, who was expecting at the time of his death in a plane crash in Ethiopia last summer, gave birth to twin boys at an Atlanta hospital, a spokesman said. Alison Leland, 31, was in town for festivities surrounding today's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. She and the twins are doing well, the spokesman said. But the infants, several weeks premature, are in a special care nursery.
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August 24, 1989 | From United Press International
Hailed as "nine fallen heroes of peace," the bodies of Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) and eight other Americans killed in an Ethiopian plane crash were returned to U.S. soil Wednesday. The nine coffins bearing the bodies of members of a U.S. congressional delegation on a hunger mission to Ethiopia were lifted from a military plane at Andrews Air Force Base by a joint military honor guard. A crowd of over 300, including members of Congress, family members and aides, watched the solemn ceremony.
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