August 20, 2010 |
Jonathan Franzen begins his fourth novel, "Freedom," with an extended set piece introducing Walter and Patty Berglund, urban homesteaders who, back in the 1980s, moved to the crumbling core of St. Paul, Minn., and became "the young pioneers of Ramsey Hill. " It's an interesting choice since, as Franzen makes clear from the book's first sentence, the Berglunds have abandoned the Twin Cities for Washington, D.C., and "mean nothing to St. Paul now. " Still, their memory, or their influence, lingers like an afterimage: the perfect couple that somehow wasn't, whose love was shattered by some ineradicable taint.
January 24, 2003 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. topped the list of the biggest U.S. military contractors in fiscal 2002, followed by Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed, long the industry leader, rolled up $17 billion in prime contract awards in the year ended Sept. 30, up from $14.7 billion the year before.
February 10, 2004 |
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ruled out exchanging prisoners with his country's largest rebel group, which holds dozens of hostages. Those held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are "good citizens" who cannot be exchanged for jailed guerrillas, Uribe said during a visit to the European Union office in Brussels. "The Colombian government cannot enter into negotiations that strengthen terrorism," Uribe said at a news conference. The hostages include three U.S.
June 17, 2006 |
The lobbying firm enmeshed in a federal investigation of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is breaking up because of publicity surrounding the probe, the company said. The firm, Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White, has been a major player in Washington, particularly in winning narrow appropriations, known as "earmarks," for military contractors, municipalities and others.
October 21, 2003 |
Colombian troops have killed a guerrilla commander accused of kidnapping three U.S. military contractors and carrying out a string of assassinations and bombings, the army said. Edgar Gustavo Navarro of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was among 11 rebels killed during a gunfight Sunday, said Gen. Hector Martinez. Martinez said Navarro was behind the capture of Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell after their single-engine plane crash-landed Feb. 13.
October 8, 1986
The House passed and sent to President Reagan legislation providing substantial rewards for whistle blowers who prevail in fraud suits against military contractors. The bill would provide for rewards of up to 30% of the money recovered. It was sponsored initially by Sen. Charles E.