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December 9, 1991 | From Reuters
Many Romanians shunned polling stations Sunday, turning their backs on a national vote called to endorse a new constitution that formally turns the country into a multi-party presidential republic. It was the second time Romanians had voted freely since four decades of one-party Communist rule ended almost two years ago with the overthrow of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
September 22, 1992
On the road to capitalism and democracy, the 23 million people of Romania are proving to be Eastern Europe's laggards. Nearly three years into the transition away from decades of communism, political instability is still delaying progress on reform. Elections scheduled Sunday for president and Parliament hold out little hope of quickening the pace. On the contrary, many fear an outcome so fractured that it could take months for the rival parties to agree on a ruling coalition.
March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - The last time she checked, Katya Tasheva had the normal number of limbs and eyes. So she feels a nasty shock of non-recognition, she says, when German news reports warn of a coming invasion of people like her - Bulgarians - as if they were aliens from space. "It's all of a sudden like we're these three-eyed, five-legged people who are all going to steal stuff," said Tasheva, 27, a singer who has lived in Berlin for nine years. "Normally when I listen to these comments, I just laugh and switch the channel or turn the page….
September 19, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
As a result of Hungary's liberal policies toward the East Bloc's political and economic refugees, an increasing number of Romanians are risking jail--and occasionally the bullets of border guards--in order to escape into Hungary.
June 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 100 Romanian Gypsies who suffered racist attacks and intimidation in Belfast are being flown back home at taxpayer expense, the Northern Ireland government said. Northern Ireland Housing Minister Margaret Ritchie said 25 of the 117 Romanians targeted by stone-throwing extremists have already been flown back to Romania, and that most of the rest were expected to leave soon. All were having their temporary housing and flights paid by the government's Housing Executive. She said only 14 planned to stay in Belfast, the provincial capital, where Eastern European immigrants housed in the poorest Protestant districts frequently suffer abuse.
June 17, 2001
Alexandru Salca, 78, a vocal opponent of communism who served 15 years in Romanian prisons for opposing the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary, died of a heart attack on April 27 in Brasov, Romania. The eldest of nine children born to a peasant family, Salca was active in the youth wing of a trade union group opposed to communism. He was imprisoned from 1948-55 after the Soviets imposed a pro-Moscow government in Romania.
August 4, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Stefan Leca left Romania with his fiancee, Lavinia Tatar, in August, 1992, to walk around the world. He had $3 in his pocket and wore the first of 50 pairs of shoes. Leca said he was concerned about the money but planned to rely on the thousands of friends he has around the world. Those friends, amateur radio operators, have sustained the couple. They include the Amateur Radio Club of Buena Park.
March 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
One of three Romanian journalists abducted Monday night near their Baghdad hotel later sent a text message to her newsroom saying, "Help, this is not a joke, we've been kidnapped." The abductees were identified Tuesday as reporter Marie Jeanne Ion, 32, and cameraman Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, 30, with Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, and Romania Libera newspaper reporter Ovidiu Ohanesian, 37.
In the early summer of 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock visited her native Romania. What she found was a country struggling to find itself after a revolution that abolished Communist rule. The nation's reviled dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been executed a few months before, and Romania's new leader, Ion Iliescu, faced a crisis as hundreds of students fought with thousands of miners in Bucharest over the direction the new government was taking.
October 8, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A Romanian law that calls for the killing of any stray dog captured and unclaimed for more than two weeks has stirred vehement protests throughout Europe and the United States. Animal rights advocates have denounced the legislation upheld by the Romanian Constitutional Court late last month as "inhumane and ineffective" and unlikely to rid the capital, Bucharest, of its tens of thousands of abandoned and desperate canines. The political campaign waged by Bucharest city officials to get legal authority to euthanize the strays was spurred by the Sept.
August 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - A woman described as a princess in the Romanian royal family was arrested in Oregon as part of a sweep of a cockfighting ring that allegedly held "derbies" staged by her  and her husband at their ranch, federal prosecutors said. Irina Walker, 60, and her husband, John Wesley Walker, 67, were among 18 people indicted and arrested Thursday in Oregon and Washington on charges connected to cockfighting as well as operating an illegal gambling operation, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.  The Swiss-born Irina Walker is the middle daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania, the fifth in line to the throne, the Oregonian newspaper reported . The royal family still owns four castles in the former Soviet-bloc country.
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors said they had foiled an international cyber-crime ring that targeted bank accounts in the U.S. and around the globe. The criminal charges, disclosed Wednesday, highlight the vulnerabilities of online consumer banking, which has become more popular in the digital age. It also comes just months after most every major U.S. bank suffered a relentless round of online attacks by Middle Eastern hackers. In the case unveiled Wednesday, three men - a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian - allegedly created and spread a virus they called "Gozi" that infected more than 1 million computers around the globe, including at least 40,000 in the United States.
July 24, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Children who grow up in institutions instead of with families have major deficits in brain development, a study of Romanian orphans has shown. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the importance of an enriched environment during infancy and childhood and may help explain the increased rates of depression and anxiety disorders known to exist among institutionalized children....
June 3, 2012 | By Thomas McGonigle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Hunger Angel A Novel Herta Müller, translated from the German by Philip Boehm Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt: 292 pp., $26 Fortunately, the Nobel Prize committee for literature has gotten it right when it's recognized the courageous, sensual complexities of certain writers: William Faulkner, Samuel Beckett, Claude Simon and in 2009 Herta Müller, a Romanian of German origin whose novels about the experience of growing up...
October 30, 2011
ROBERT PRITZKER One of three brothers who built family business empire Robert Pritzker, 85, a billionaire industrialist and one of three brothers who built the Pritzker family's business empire, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday in Chicago, said his executive assistant, Becky Spooner. The Pritzker clan is among the nation's wealthiest, worth more than $19 billion combined, according to Forbes magazine. It is in the process of dividing its empire among 11 adult cousins, the result of a family rift.
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of operating a lucrative car theft ring that shipped automobiles stolen from Orange County beach cities to Europe for sale, authorities said Saturday. The four suspects, all Romanian nationals, were arrested during a sweep by 60 undercover investigators Friday in Riverside County and charged with 19 felonies, said Lt. Rick Criner, commander of the California Highway Patrol's Orange County auto theft task force.
March 2, 1986
In her article on Romanian health spas (Feb. 9) Patricia Matthews refers to "Hungarians wearing quaint, old-fashioned dress and carrying bundles of sticks or goods upon their backs." She may consider this quaint, but in fact it reflects the cultural and economic repression to which Hungarians are subjected in Romania. As she mentions, all Romanians lack many basic goods we take for granted, but she may not know that Hungarians are a repressed minority, 10 times worse off than those living in Hungary.
June 23, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Serena Williams won her second-round match Thursday at Wimbledon against Simona Halep, and while the defending champ couldn't get a feel for the match, she had a feeling about where she played -- Court 2. As the defending champion, a four-time Wimbledon champion and a 13-time major tournament winner, Williams expressed frustration Thursday with the tournament schedulers. Serena's sister Venus, who has won here five times, played on Court 2 in her opening match Monday.
February 22, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sofia Cosma, a concert pianist who defied long odds to rebuild her career after seven years in Soviet prison camps and later established herself as a performer and teacher in Southern California, died of natural causes Feb. 12 at a nursing home in Oxnard, said her daughter, Ilona Scott. Cosma was 96. Cosma's musical aspirations were dashed in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Cosma, who was Jewish, was attempting to rejoin her family in Latvia when she was arrested and incarcerated in a Siberian prison.
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