July 26, 1992
Mead's claim that President Jefferson would have blessed "the Siberian Purchase" is only half-right. Of course, he bought the Louisiana Territory on the cheap, yet remained skeptical that the Trans-Mississippi West could or should permanently be governed from Washington. Given current discontents with inside-the-Beltway government, Jefferson may still be proved right. Perhaps the solution is for California to secede and join with Alaska and Hawaii in buying Siberia. By "squaring the Pacific Rim," we could create the greatest trans-oceanic republic since . . . Atlantis.
April 28, 1991
In the article, "Soviet Republic Strives to Break Economic Ranks With Moscow" (April 23), you included a map of Azerbaijan and the countries that border it. While all the other countries and republics in the region are clearly named--whether or not they share a border with Azerbaijan, Armenia was represented as an unlabeled, blank stretch of land. I find this discrepancy extremely offensive, especially on the eve of April 24, the day of commemoration for the victims of the Armenian genocide.
April 30, 1997 |
He is not even a native Texan, this headstrong militiaman waging war over his beloved Lone Star State. No, Richard L. McLaren, the self-styled "ambassador" of the so-called Republic of Texas, is actually from St. Louis. He wrote a book report in the third grade about the Alamo. A confused sense of history and a keen sense of mythology later brought him here to meet his fate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2002 |
A 26-year-old actor who was best known for playing the role of Romeo on "The Steve Harvey Show" was shot to death Saturday morning as he sat in a parked car in South Los Angeles. Merlin Santana, who lived in North Hollywood, was in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a friend in the 3800 block of Victoria Avenue, investigators said. Police offered few details and said they did not know the motive.
October 20, 2011 |
In the modern pantheon of the world's dictators, Moammar Kadafi stood apart. Far apart. Erratic and mercurial, he fancied himself a political philosopher, practiced an unorthodox and deadly diplomacy, and cut a sometimes cartoonish figure in flowing robes and dark sunglasses, surrounded by heavily armed female bodyguards. He ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years, bestowing on himself an array of titles, including "king of culture," "king of kings of Africa" and, simply, "leader of the revolution.
August 20, 2012 |
If you're planning a trip to China and don't have an up-to-date visa in hand, you may encounter some additional red tape. On Aug. 1, the Chinese government started requiring that travelers seeking tourist visas, officially known as L visas, submit a letter of invitation and photocopies of the traveler's round-trip ticket and hotel reservations. To obtain a business, or F Visa, applicants must now have an invitation letter or “confirmation letter of invitation” issued by an authorized Chinese agency.
December 27, 2004 |
A top-notch baseball scout must be Columbus, Nostradamus and Carnegie rolled into one, the job requiring equal parts discovery, prophesy and salesmanship. Throw in Michelangelo too, says Don Pries, an instructor for the Major League Scouting Bureau development program. "A scout must paint a picture that enables his superiors to compare one prospect to another, often sight unseen, and determine which player to draft and pay huge sums of money," Pries said.
April 29, 2013 |
Britain's famous Pinewood Studios has Georgia on its mind. Pinewood Shepperton announced plans to open a film studio on 288 acres south of Atlanta in Fayette County. The project, the first in the U.S. for Pinewood, will include at least five sound stages for producing "world class" films, television, music and video games, the company said in a statement. Located outside of London, Pinewood dates from the 1930s and has been used in many James Bond movies, as well the upcoming Angelina Jolie film "Maleficent.
June 16, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The surprising election of Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, as Iran's president has prompted a wave of speculation about a crucial question: Will Iran's new leadership be more willing to compromise on its nuclear program? No one knows for sure, but some Iranians express hope that Rowhani has both the credentials and the personal relationships necessary to make headway on the issue, which has wreaked havoc with Iran's international relations and led to sanctions that have all but crippled the nation's economy.