February 17, 1991
How wonderful to learn that following the war we will rebuild Iraq. Soon we will have Iraqi TVs, Iraqi VCRs and Iraqi cars, which we will buy like crazy. We will be able to sing, "Iraq, we love what you do for us." Iraq will put restrictions on American-made goods but we will not retaliate as that would be protectionism. We will help them write a constitution that will prohibit them from having a military and thus we can defend them with our troops. Aug. 2 will be barely remembered, but we will have a national day of mourning to remember and punish ourselves for bombing Baghdad.
April 24, 2004 |
Hoang Hiep Binh is a fiddler in a music band who never goes on stage to perform and doesn't even play at home to relax because most people within earshot would not want to listen to his tunes. Binh plays a two-stringed fiddle in a band that serves the dead.
April 5, 2005 |
They murmured the quietest of prayers as they made their way up the aisle of the great basilica, the only other sound the soft shuffle of countless feet on polished marble floors. In an extraordinary spectacle of devotion, tens of thousands of Roman Catholic faithful filed past the crimson-cushioned bier of Pope John Paul II late Monday, after waiting for hours in a hot sunshine that faded into the cool shadows of evening and finally the chill of night.
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August 6, 2009 |
Juan Antonio and Belinda Sandoval loved taking trips with their young daughters. With both off work for the day, the pair, their two girls and a niece packed into a sport utility vehicle Tuesday and headed from their home in San Pedro to Legoland in Carlsbad. About halfway to their destination, as they headed south on Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo, the vehicle veered across the freeway, rolled down an embankment and caught fire.
September 7, 2007 |
On Thursday morning, it was expected that classical music luminaries would be mourning the death of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who had died only hours earlier at age 71 at his home in Modena, Italy, after battling pancreatic cancer. One of those luminaries was Plácido Domingo, managing director of Los Angeles Opera -- and, along with Pavarotti and José Carreras, one of the popular Three Tenors. Domingo, who heard the news while in rehearsal for Saturday's opening of L.A.
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November 3, 2009 |
Mourning students at Long Beach's Wilson High School gathered Monday by the pavement where classmate Melody Ross was shot after the homecoming football game. Leaving handwritten notes to Melody and her family, the teenagers lit candles and shed tears as they remembered the bubbly 16-year-old. "Why her?" asked sophomore Micah Mathis, 15, who took French with Melody, an honors student. "That's what I want to know." The mood at the coastal campus was somber as students, teachers and administrators struggled to comprehend what occurred Friday, when someone fired into a crowd of students leaving the game, striking three people, including Melody, who was fatally wounded.
April 4, 2005 |
Since the remarkable day in 1978 when Karol Wojtyla was elected head of the Church of Rome, the people of Poland have felt especially blessed, basking in the honor of having produced the first non-Italian pope in 4 1/2 centuries. Sunday, their first day without John Paul II reigning on the throne of St. Peter, his numbed compatriots mourned his absence and their own sense of loss, looking ahead to what felt to many like an inevitably diminished role for their nation.
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June 8, 2004 |
Fred and Luella May were at the head of the somber procession, the first of thousands of everyday folks to wend their way around the flag-shrouded casket of Ronald Reagan on Monday as the 40th president lay in repose at the Simi Valley library that bears his name.
September 12, 2007 |
Sitting in a chair just after 7:30 a.m., beneath the amber glow of a hallway light, Carol Ashley leans over and ties the laces on an old pair of sneakers. She slips her good shoes into her purse. She knows it will be muddy in the pit. Outside, the sky is gray and rain slaps her windows. Six years ago on a Tuesday morning nothing like this one, Ashley's 25-year-old daughter, Janice, stood in this hallway wearing a taupe dress suit, a silver watch and her great-grandmother's pearl earrings.