January 14, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexican troops and federal police poured into the state of Michoacan on Tuesday in an attempt to restore order after clashes with the rural "self-defense" groups that at times have been their allies against the Knights Templar drug cartel. The standoff with the vigilantes amounts to a policy and public relations nightmare for a federal government that has long accorded mythic status to the Mexican campesino who takes up arms to combat injustice. The Michoacan vigilantes have embraced the image, though there is widespread suspicion that at least some of the locals are secretly backed by rivals in the deadly drug game.
January 2, 2014 |
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.
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November 24, 2013 |
The ladies of the Filipino ministry of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church discuss Typhoon Haiyan over a table strewn with grilled fish, ribs, sliced pork belly, chicken wings, chili and a massive platter of mixed rice and flour noodles called pancit . "The typhoon hit here," says Pinky Santos, pointing to the map in gold thread on her blue polo shirt. "My family is here," she adds, moving her finger north. For many Filipinos, it's been a somber month of sharing links to donation websites on social media and organizing aid trips to affected areas.
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November 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Stephen R. Glass, a former journalist whose fabrications for major magazines sparked a national furor, bent his head at times and reddened as he listened to members of the California Supreme Court suggest he was morally unfit to practice law. When he was in his 20s, Glass fabricated 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines, concocting people, quotations and events in blistering stories that won him rave reviews...
November 5, 2013 |
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.
October 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.