May 18, 2001 |
Under an upside-down American flag, actor Woody Harrelson arrived in Santa Barbara on Wednesday to a hero's welcome, completing the final leg of his 1,500-mile bike trip down the Pacific Coast. As he rolled into the college town, students surrounded Harrelson's rainbow-painted "mother ship," an old Chicago transit bus fueled by hemp, reeking of patchouli and outfitted with bunk beds.
November 1, 2000 |
A Paris court refused to reopen the investigation into the 1997 car crash that killed Britain's Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and their driver, judicial sources said. Lawyers for Fayed's father, Mohammed Fayed, said they would appeal to France's highest court, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Paris court had been asked to reconsider a lower court's decision to dismiss charges against news photographers who were following the car.
November 26, 1994 |
Prosecutors cleared the owner of Harrods department store of trying to blackmail Prime Minister John Major in a scandal that forced two of his ministers to resign last month. Major suggested that Mohamed al Fayed wanted a government report that criticized him withdrawn in exchange for suppressing news that he paid the ministers to ask questions in Parliament.
May 1, 2004 |
The archive of the British satirical magazine Punch has been sold to the British Library, its former owner said Friday. Mohamed al Fayed, owner of the Harrods department store, did not disclose the price he received for the archive, which contains more than 1,000 original cartoons, a collection of diaries, letters, oil paintings, statues and artifacts from the offices of the magazine. Punch, first published in 1841, folded in 1992 after steady falls in circulation.
July 18, 1990 |
The Egyptian owners of Harrods said today they will ask a European court to clear them of allegations in a British government report that they lied during a bitter takeover of the exclusive London department store. A statement from Harrods' parent company, House of Fraser, said Mohamed Al Fayed, Salah Fayed and Ali Fayed will take their case to the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, to seek a new ruling on the case.
April 4, 2011 |
Here's something Blake Griffin might not know: The dunk shot, once banned from college and high school basketball, was reinstated 35 years ago this week. … Fans applauded the move as long overdue, but John Wooden lamented, "I think it would have been better to leave it out. " … Banished in March 1967, two days after sophomore Lew Alcindor led UCLA to the NCAA championship, dunks were not reinstituted until after the Bruins had won seven more. … "I hated to see them put the dunk out at the time," Wooden told the New York Times in 1976.