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August 26, 2002
In his Aug. 21 commentary, "U.S.-Saudi Rift Rewards Terrorists," Hassan Yassin asserts that Osama bin Laden chose Saudis for 9/11 to create a Saudi-U.S. rift--and ignores the obvious, that he chose them for the same reason that NBA coaches select blacks for their basketball teams. They were his best source. He claims the friendship of many Saudis but discards the fact that their Arabic publications are full of anti-U.S. vitriol. And he is oblivious to what 9/11 families are claiming: that Saudi Arabia is a principal source and conduit of funding for terrorism.
February 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A British bishop whose denial of the Holocaust embroiled the pope in controversy left Argentina, several days after the government ordered him out. Pope Benedict XVI sought last month to help heal a rift with ultra-traditionalists by lifting a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Richard Williamson and three other bishops. The pope has since insisted that Williamson recant his statements before he can be recognized as a Roman Catholic bishop.
May 13, 2007 | Kim Christensen and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
IT was the perfect cast for an uplifting reality TV show: five orphaned siblings and the loving family friends who took them in. The story line certainly appealed to the producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." After learning that Phil and Loki Leomiti had opened their doors to the Higgins clan -- their former neighbors and fellow church members -- the show's executives proposed transforming the couple's modest Santa Fe Springs house into a nine-bedroom showpiece.
October 23, 2002 | Mark Arax and John Johnson, Times Staff Writers
BAKERSFIELD -- In the days before his murder gripped this oil and farm town, Stephen M. Tauzer walked in fear for his life. But Tauzer, the No. 2 man in the Kern County district attorney's office, didn't request police protection or even share his concerns with colleagues. Instead, the 58-year-old prosecutor told a friend that he had received a phone call warning him that Chris Hillis, a former Bakersfield cop and district attorney investigator, was going to kill him.
April 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
Maxie Baughan, the former all-pro football player who last season led Cornell to its first Ivy League football title since the Ed Marinaro years, has stepped down as head coach amid reports that he was romantically involved with his top assistant's wife. Citing "personal tensions" in Cornell's football program, Baughan, 50, resigned Tuesday from the post he has held since 1983. His resignation comes six months after the Big Red tied Penn for the Ivy League championship. In a statement released by the university late Tuesday night, Baughan said the unspecified tensions and distractions "have engulfed the program" and were taking a toll on him and others associated with the team.
October 31, 2004
David SHAW'S columns are thoughtful and intelligent, but I think he really showed a failure to grasp the basis of the polarization in the U.S. ("A Polarized Society Leads to Polarized Journalism," Oct. 24). It's not about a single issue (Iraq) or a list of issues as such, like abortion, civil rights, etc. The reason most Democrats believe this is the most important election of our lifetime is that we think that the Republican leadership has firmly grasped all three branches of government, has ended the separation of powers, and is well on the way to eliminating the democratic (small "d")
December 19, 1991 | KRISTIAN HOFFMAN
For my bohemian parents, Christmas raised disturbing philosophical conflicts. Should the family that subscribes to Psychology Today, Avant Garde and Mother Jones really celebrate Christmas at all? First there was the stress of realizing that Yuletide expectations are usually born to be dashed.
December 31, 2010 | Wire reports
The Carolina Panthers announced the dismissal of Coach John Fox on Friday, signaling the end of a nine-year run in which he led the franchise to its only Super Bowl. Owner Jerry Richardson said the contracts of Fox and the rest of his staff wouldn't be renewed after Sunday's game at Atlanta. Fox said he expected the firing. "It's not new," he said. "It's something I've been preparing for actually for a couple of years. " Fox was first denied a contract extension after the 2008 season.
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