February 18, 1996
The State Department is closing two embassies and 11 consulates as part of budget cuts approved by Congress in July. One of them, the U.S. consulate in Bordeaux in southwest France, was the oldest U.S. diplomatic office in the world. All will be closed by Sept. 30, end of the fiscal year. In some areas, the State Department is replacing the consulates with a one-person consular agency staffed by an American citizen who can help out in emergencies, a spokesman said.
April 7, 2002 |
Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop who traveled here to step down in person over allegations that he protected a pedophile priest, the Vatican announced Saturday. Bishop Brendan Comiskey, who announced his resignation Monday, became the third Roman Catholic bishop to step down recently amid a series of sex-abuse cases rocking the church. Comiskey, 66, has apologized for not doing enough to halt the abuses perpetrated by the Rev.
October 14, 1993 |
Norway and Sweden became the 12th and 13th teams to qualify for the 1994 World Cup on Wednesday. Norway will be making only its second appearance in the World Cup after a 3-0 victory at Poland, and Scandinavian neighbor Sweden defeated Finland, 3-2, to advance to the World Cup for the second consecutive time.
August 4, 1991
Unlike the U.S. men's team, which broke a backboard, the U.S. women didn't break anything more than the spirits of the Canadian team with an 87-70 victory that began their hope for a third consecutive Pan Am gold medal. It was the 42nd consecutive international victory for the U.S. women. Cuba had no trouble with Argentina winning, 93-47. In men's action, Puerto Rico joined the United States as a first day winner beating Canada, 95-77.
November 17, 1988 |
It has taken some doing, but there may be a resolution coming on the 99-seat theater front--and what a war front it has been. Representatives of Actors' Equity Assn. and theater operators met Wednesday to review a new set of Equity proposals that, for the first time, would alter the union's controversial 99-seat theater plan.
April 21, 1985 |
Rarities are a prevalent part of Wojtek Fibak's life. As a youth, Fibak became the first recognized professional athlete from his native country of Poland. Twelve years later, Fibak is a self-proclaimed rarity because of his staying power on the professional tennis tour. He recalls the early 1970s, when he defeated such tennis legends as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe. And now, he is still on the tour, defeating such future stars as Aaron Krickstein and Stefen Edberg.