April 12, 2001 |
Dennis Tito's countdown has begun. Russian space officials, defying complaints from NASA, on Wednesday formally approved the 60-year-old Los Angeles millionaire to serve as the third member of Moscow's next mission to the International Space Station. They set the launch date for April 28. Tito will fork over about $20 million for the flight, making him the world's first American "space tourist." But he considers himself a space pioneer in his own right.
March 30, 1993 |
While the boom in graduate business education cools in the United States, American universities are finding eager new students of capitalism in places like Blagoveschensk, a bustling Russian river port on the Chinese border. There, for the last six months, Portland State University has been offering an executive master's degree in business administration program to 23 students who hope to export the region's timber, gold and soybeans.
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January 23, 1993 |
At an Orthodox seminary in St. Petersburg, Russia, an American church visitor observed several U.S. evangelists trying to imprint their particular brand of Christianity on students training for the Russian church's ministry. "A variety of Western evangelists would corner students in the dormitory hallways or other places, trying to proselytize them," said the Rev. Elaine Stanovsky, head of the Greater Church Council of Seattle. "I was appalled," she added. "It broke my heart."
October 19, 1993 |
Last fall, in a Moscow hotel over a glass of Armenian cognac, Glendale consultant Jody Darling agreed to help a former Soviet military complex privatize. In exchange he got 5% ownership. From the outside, the factory doesn't look like much. Located in the ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl, about 150 miles north of Moscow, is a huge grim-looking factory called Mashpribor.
April 17, 1994 |
The rangy former soccer star-turned-housekeeper waltzes blithely into the bathroom, towel in hand, and stops dead in his tracks. His boss--a leggy advertising executive, normally high-powered but considerably less so reclined stark naked in her bath--lets out a scream that would have undone the starchiest of her boarding school matrons. He retreats, she scrambles for cover, glaring. The laugh track explodes. If there's an odd sense of deja vu to this scene, it's for good reason.
March 29, 1995 |
Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny considered skating off into the sunset of professional ice shows last year, after they finished sixth among pairs at the Lillehammer Olympics. But Kovarikova and Novotny, who left their native Czech Republic to train in Lake Arrowhead the last three seasons, thought they had more medal-caliber performances left in them. "We wanted to prove we are at the top level," Kovarikova said.