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January 13, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One touch can be deadly. It is highly explosive and thought to be of Soviet military origin. According to police, it is radioactive, and scientists fear it could be remnants from a nuclear missile. The mysterious substance known as "red mercury" has surfaced on black markets in at least two Eastern European countries, perplexing experts who have never heard of mercury that is radioactive or red.
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July 29, 1996 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was late Friday night when Ben Sherwood arrived at LAX, and learned a bomb had exploded at the Olympics, which he'd just left. It was not the tragedy he had imagined and written about in "Red Mercury"--a novel about nuclear terrorism at the '96 Olympics in Atlanta--but it was bad enough. "Fiction and reality instantly collided in my brain," he says. "I was thrust into a very troubling place." Sherwood did not have much time to think about it, though.
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BOOKS
July 28, 1996 | MICHAEL HARRIS
RED MERCURY by Max Barclay (Dove Books: $22.95, 398 pp.) The Olympic Games in Atlanta this summer are only a sideshow, Max Barclay tells us in this thriller about a mad nuclear scientist's plot to surpass the havoc Black September terrorists wrought at the Munich Games in 1972. While the athletes run and jump, the real Olympics will take place behind the scenes.
BOOKS
July 28, 1996 | MICHAEL HARRIS
RED MERCURY by Max Barclay (Dove Books: $22.95, 398 pp.) The Olympic Games in Atlanta this summer are only a sideshow, Max Barclay tells us in this thriller about a mad nuclear scientist's plot to surpass the havoc Black September terrorists wrought at the Munich Games in 1972. While the athletes run and jump, the real Olympics will take place behind the scenes.
NEWS
July 29, 1996 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was late Friday night when Ben Sherwood arrived at LAX, and learned a bomb had exploded at the Olympics, which he'd just left. It was not the tragedy he had imagined and written about in "Red Mercury"--a novel about nuclear terrorism at the '96 Olympics in Atlanta--but it was bad enough. "Fiction and reality instantly collided in my brain," he says. "I was thrust into a very troubling place." Sherwood did not have much time to think about it, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1986 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
"NO FREE LUNCH." Green on Red. Mercury. This is better than a free lunch: seven first-rate tunes, including an inspired reading of the Willie Nelson nugget "Funny How Time Slips Away." There's a down-home simplicity to numbers like "Ballad of Guy Fawkes" and "Honest Man" that recalls an earlier rock era yet sounds completely right in 1986--this stuff is timeless , rather than dated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
A dry cleaners was destroyed early Thursday morning by an arsonist who drove a stolen car into the store and set it ablaze, police and fire officials said. The La Palma Cleaners, in a mini-mall on La Palma Boulevard, was gutted in the 2:30 a.m. fire, Orange County Fire Department spokeswoman Maria Sabol said. "The dry cleaners was totally destroyed," Sabol said. The fire was touched off when the driver of a stolen, 1989 red Mercury Lynx station wagon rammed it into the dry cleaners, Sabol said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1987 | DON WALLER
* * "THE KILLER INSIDE ME." Green on Red. Mercury. Any album that takes its title from such an authentic example of Americana noir as Jim Thompson's classic first-person novel of schizophrenia and murder is almost doomed to fall on its aspirations. To Green on Red's credit, the title track manages to capture all the terror and the pathos of Thompson's tale without resorting to a simple plot summary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A minivan apparently stolen in a carjacking that left a man dead at a Panorama City carwash over the weekend was recovered Tuesday morning, police said. Juan Pablo Mendez, 63, of Van Nuys, died Sunday after he was found beaten and unconscious near the 14500 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Lt. Joe Eddy said. Mendez's red 1995 Mercury Villager was found near the carwash. "We're in the process of examining the van for evidence," Eddy said. No arrests have been made, he said.
OPINION
March 26, 1995 | Thomas Powers, Thomas Powers, a contributing editor to Opinion, is the author of "The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA." His most recent book is "Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb" (Knopf)
The near-thing at the Kasumigaseki station in the Tokyo subway system last week, like the near-thing at the World Trade Center in New York City two years ago, has got terrorism experts worried as never before. In both cases, technically sophisticated "weapons" came terrifyingly close to killing hundreds or even thousands of innocent victims. And in both cases, the attacks seem to have been motivated by an irrational yearning for "apocalypse"--death and destruction for its own sake.
NEWS
January 13, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One touch can be deadly. It is highly explosive and thought to be of Soviet military origin. According to police, it is radioactive, and scientists fear it could be remnants from a nuclear missile. The mysterious substance known as "red mercury" has surfaced on black markets in at least two Eastern European countries, perplexing experts who have never heard of mercury that is radioactive or red.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She appeared to Realtors as an ardent house-hunter, a woman on the prowl for a bargain in a time of skyrocketing home prices. But as Laurie Ogle visited open houses across South County, sheriff's deputies allege, her bargain-hunting focused more on swiping valuables inside the homes than on finding a great real estate deal. For the second time in less than a year, deputies arrested the 41-year-old on suspicion of pilfering jewelry and prescription drugs from homes she toured.
NEWS
August 5, 2004 | Pete Metzger, Times Staff Writer
Eight American soldiers trudge through an urban valley of dilapidated structures, uncertain of what awaits them around the next corner. They've been assigned to help lead an invasion of this Middle Eastern country in an effort to topple its dictator and his regime. The enlisted are from wildly diverse backgrounds; some are more reluctant than others to be in this conflict.
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