October 18, 2012 |
Seven months after my release from captivity in Iran, I am standing in a prison cell again. Like the cells I've gone back to in my dreams, this one was built for solitary confinement, and as I look around, I feel myself struggling to breathe, as if I can't get enough air. It's something that happens to me from time to time, especially in tight spaces. And this cell, at a little more than 11 by 7 feet, is smaller than any I ever inhabited. I'm in the Security Housing Unit, or SHU, at Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California.
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September 6, 2011 |
Vann Nath, whose talent as an artist helped him survive Cambodia's most notorious prison during the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror in the 1970s and whose later paintings bore witness to the prison's many horrors, has died. He was 66. Vann Nath, who suffered chronic kidney disease that required regular dialysis treatment in recent years and who was hospitalized with a hemorrhaging ulcer in 2010, died Monday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, after falling into a coma in late August, his daughter, Vann Chan Semin, told the Associated Press on Monday.
January 16, 2005
Re "U.S. Ends Hunt for Hussein's Weapons," Jan. 13: Let me see if I understand this correctly. President Bush never found the nuclear, chemical or biological weapons he insisted Iraq possessed or was developing, yet he stubbornly maintains the invasion was "absolutely" the right thing to do because the world is better off with Saddam Hussein in a prison cell. Well, forgive me for observing the obvious, but we'd all be a lot safer if Osama bin Laden were in that prison cell instead.
January 18, 1987 |
At an age when most girls are busy with school, homework and dates, Paula Cooper has a different routine. She sits locked in her prison cell 23 hours a day, waiting to die. Cooper is a teen-ager and a murderer. In May, 1985, when she was just 15, she stabbed an elderly Bible teacher 33 times with a butcher knife. The victim, according to testimony, recited the Lord's Prayer as she lay dying. Last summer, Cooper became the youngest female sentenced to death in the United States since 1892.
June 23, 1986 |
It may be time to retire the convenient comparisons to Joni and Laurie and Suzanne and Kate, because Jane Siberry's Beverly Theatre show on Friday was the work of a distinctive, and distinctly non-derivative, performer. Less novel but more assertive than she was at last year's Roxy show, the theatrical Canadian gave full rein to her quirks--oddly choreographed singer/dancers, muttered monologues, surreal lyric twists--but made those quirks more captivating than cloying.
March 22, 1986 |
Michele Sindona, a former Vatican financial adviser and convicted swindler, was declared clinically dead Friday as investigators tried to determine whether he was murdered or committed suicide with poison. Doctors at Voghera hospital, where the 65-year-old financier was taken Thursday after collapsing in his prison cell, said electroencephalogram monitors registered no brain activity during the night, meaning Sindona was clinically dead.
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July 21, 1992
In response to "Watts Residents Go Public on Privatization," July 14: Privatization of public housing developments: Cui bono ? HUD requires that the housing authorities are run with the input of their residents. No resident council, no federal subsidies! Consequently, the poverty pimps in the housing authorities prop up a few "resident-leaders" to front as resident councils, keep the money coming and make political hay for (HUD Secretary) Jack Kemp and his ilk. These "elected resident leaders" do not understand the consequences of their own somnambulistic posturing any better than the poor people they supposedly represent.
January 7, 1991 |
A convicted kidnaper who has broken out of prisons and jails nine times was caught Sunday after he escaped from the federal penitentiary in Lompoc and led more than 400 officers on a 31-hour chase through thick fog and dense woods. Russell Hamilton was tracked through 15 miles of mountains and underbrush and found about 10 a.m. Sunday in an empty farmhouse northeast of the prison. "He has a doctor's degree on escapes," said prison warden Richard Rison.