January 8, 2014 |
DURHAM, N.C. - - Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson was serving overseas with U.S. special forces when he received a letter from his civilian employer, the U.S. Postal Service. In the 2000 notice, the agency informed him that he was being fired from his job as a postal clerk in Florida for taking too much time off to serve with the National Guard. "I thought it was a joke," Erickson said this week from Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he serves with the Army's Special Operations Command. But when he called the Postal Service, he was told that he had been terminated for taking "excessive military leave.
December 18, 2006
Re "Pork chopped," editorial, Dec. 13 The effort by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) to restrict the proliferation of "earmarks" is a welcomed relief from fiscal irresponsibility. Now, how about the reinstatement of the regulation of the Clinton years that prevented members of Congress from adding costs to the budget unless it was shown where the supporting funds were to come from, i.e., either by increased taxes or program reductions. President Bush allowed the rule to sunset; otherwise he would have had to reduce expenditures or raise taxes to go to war in Iraq.
November 13, 1992 |
Steve Howe's lifetime suspension was cut short Thursday by arbitrator George Nicolau, and the free-agent pitcher was reinstated. Howe, a left-hander, was suspended by then-commissioner Fay Vincent on June 8 after the pitcher's seventh incident related to drugs or alcohol. Howe, 34, was with the New York Yankees at the time of his eighth suspension, which followed a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont., to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy a gram of cocaine.
November 15, 1985 |
President Ferdinand E. Marcos said today that Gen. Fabian Ver will be reinstated as armed forces chief if he is acquitted in the assassination of Benigno S. Aquino Jr., and that the military will also be revamped. Marcos said Ver, on trial with 24 other soldiers and a civilian in the 1983 slaying of Aquino, will be reinstated as head of the armed forces automatically if he is acquitted. "For how long, we will decide when we get there," Marcos said.
December 2, 1985 |
President Ferdinand E. Marcos reinstated Gen. Fabian C. Ver as armed forces chief over U.S. objections today just hours after Ver was acquitted in the 1983 murder of opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Ver appeared in Marcos' study shortly after the verdict was handed down by a special three-judge court, saluted Marcos and formally requested reinstatement, the government said.
June 30, 1985 |
Saying he had "repented," school board member Ernest Shaw took other members by surprise last week when he cast the crucial third vote needed to rehire former Supt. Rex Fortune, whom he had voted to fire six weeks ago. At a negotiating meeting two days before the Monday vote, Shaw had said he did not favor rehiring the superintendent unless he met a lengthy list of conditions that included forgoing a two-year contract extension approved by a previous board.