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First they burned the kitchen shelves, then the kitchen table. They burned the wardrobe, and it kept them warm for 22 days. Finally Alexandra Dyen and her son, Vladimir, had nothing left but the family library. "I burned the German classics, and after that it was Shakespeare," Vladimir remembered. "I also burned Pushkin. I don't remember whose edition it was, I think the Marks edition in blue and gold.
April 11, 2014 | Sandy Banks
At this point, it may not matter much to the public what actually went on in that Santa Monica High classroom where a teacher was recorded wrestling a student to the floor. The 58-second cellphone clip recorded by a student went viral this week, turning the teacher and the student into symbols of what's wrong with public schools: Defiant students. Overwhelmed teachers. Feckless administrators. Knee-jerk policies with no room for common sense. "We're in the middle of a cultural change, and this case reflects that shift," said Shawn McMullen Chen, a high school teacher for 25 years.
August 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
Bosnian Serbs said Saturday that they are lifting their siege of the devastated city of Gorazde under agreements made at international peace talks. Fighting continued in the besieged capital of Sarajevo, however, and three U.N. peacekeepers were reported wounded. Outgunned Bosnian government forces have been waging a weeklong offensive to loosen the Serbian noose around the city before the peace agreements are carried out. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said in a statement to Press Assn.
February 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
After a strong Olympic showing, Russia isn't securing Oscar gold with "Stalingrad," which was submitted for the foreign-language film Academy Award but didn't make the final list of nominees. But there's plenty of competitively epic epicness on display nonetheless. If you're making the first Russian film to be released in 3-D and Imax, after all, why not scorch the screen with the blood, fire, ash and emotion swirling around the decisive Eastern Front battle of World War II? Director Fedor Bondarchuk's fervidly realized, effects-laden set pieces include a torturous Volga river crossing, a blazing fuel depot, a plane crash and grueling firefights between German and Russian forces camped out in decimated buildings.
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
August 7, 1986
An economic siege in Southern Africa has begun. The Commonwealth, minus its nominal leader, Great Britain, has endorsed limited economic sanctions against the South African government, and the European Community will likely follow. The South African government has vowed in retaliation to strangle at least two of its dependent neighbors.
September 5, 1998
It was with great interest and, I must say, outrage that I read Judith I. Brennan's article concerning the upcoming 20th Century Fox film "The Siege" ("Islamic Council Protests Timing of 'The Siege,' " Aug. 25). Since the U.S. missile attacks against the cowardly and craven thugs who planned the African bombings of our embassies, the American media have fallen over themselves to provide forums for "spokesmen" of Islam to denounce and condemn our actions to protect ourselves from attacks.
May 31, 1993 | JAMES BATES
Is someone trying to exploit Steven Seagal's name without authorization? Promotional materials making the rounds among some television and video companies as recently as last week tout a "transactional television special" with the action star, called "Living a Good Healthy Life." Topics listed are eating habits, vitamins, daily exercise, family eating habits and "the art of self-actualization." All this is news to Seagal's representatives, who said no such authorization exists.
November 15, 1999
As usual, the end-of-year rush of appropriations bills in Congress is being used to push through all sorts of unrelated measures. One, tacked onto the defense appropriations bill that President Clinton signed into law last month, is worse than most--it is both vindictive and widely harmful. The rider, by Sen.
May 4, 1986
Abba Eban in the opening paragraph of his otherwise unexceptionable review of my book "The Siege" provides a definition of siege which he ascribes to "the dictionary." I wonder whether he would tell your readers which dictionary? It is not the definition provided either by Webster or by the Oxford English Dictionary, and it doesn't represent standard English usage. What it describes--absolutely accurately--is the condition which all besiegers aim to bring about. In my title I use siege in its generally accepted meaning: an effort to cut off the besieged party and bring about its surrender.
January 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Baseball was drained of its charm and innocence long ago, when it went from being a kids' game to the multibillion-dollar enterprise we know as Baseball Inc. Now the sad spectacle involving Alex Rodriguez and his former drug dealer, Tony Bosch, is robbing the sport of what remains of its heart and soul. Actually "sport" may no longer be the right word, since it implies there is a winner and a loser. Clearly there are no winners in a process that involves liars, drug cheats, death threats, clandestine payments, blood drawn in the bathroom stall of a South Florida nightclub and more shady characters than an episode of "The Sopranos.
November 28, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN -- The Iranian capital has long been known for its smog, but pollution in recent days has taken an eye-watering turn for the worse, hampering visibility and causing authorities to shutter schools and curtail the number of cars allowed in the city center. Children and the elderly have been told to stay indoors if possible, and the smog has forced even healthy residents to cut back on strolls and jogs. On Wednesday, only cars with license plates ending in even numbers were permitted on downtown streets.
November 1, 2013 | By Michael McGough
On April 15, 1974, William Shockley, the Nobel laureate who believed that blacks were less intelligent than whites, was supposed to debate William Rusher, the publisher of the National Review, at Yale University on the topic: “Resolved: That society has a moral obligation to diagnose and treat tragic racial IQ inferiority.” The debate never occurred. As a faculty commission impaneled to study free expression at Yale later reported: “For the first time in memory a speaker tried to speak at a scheduled appearance at Yale and was prevented from doing so by organized disruption....
October 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
For many months, people in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya have arisen with uncertainty: the unknown of whether, or how much, they would eat. "You wake up in the morning and your only concern is to find something to eat," Qusai Zakarya, 27, a member of the town's opposition council, said by Skype. "Perhaps today we won't find food, or perhaps we will find a handful of vegetables and can make some salad. " Weighing hunger against the risk of shelling or sniper fire by Syrian government forces, some venture to the town's outer fields and orchards to forage for vegetables and herbs.
September 27, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- When four large explosions reverberated through Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall during a terrorist siege Monday, sending a pall of black smoke into the air, the official Kenyan response -- that the militants had set fire to mattresses -- strained credulity. Later, the same official, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku, blamed the gunmen for the collapse of a section of the mall, which is believed to have buried some hostages and possibly some militants as well.
September 27, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - Amid reports that there were unheeded warnings of a terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, turf wars between police and army units and friendly fire fatalities, a Kenyan parliamentary committee has summoned security chiefs to explain what went wrong. The security officials are expected to appear at a committee hearing next week, according to news reports Friday. "The time for responsibility and accountability has come," the committee chairman, Ndung'u Gethenji, told reporters.
October 22, 2011
Since June 2008, The Times has been reporting on the drug-related violence on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The series is labeled "Mexico Under Siege" and has included more than 300 articles to date. The Oct. 9 installment prompted reader John Fries of Long Beach to write: "Now yet another article under the headline or title 'Mexico Under Siege.' As a frequent traveler to Mexico, most recently three weeks driving in Yucatan, I object to the insinuation contained in this title.
September 26, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As Kenyans grieved Thursday for the scores killed in an assault on a Nairobi shopping mall, reports of two more attacks in the north of the country underscored continuing security problems. Kenyan authorities blamed the latest attacks on the Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group that claimed responsibility for the Westgate mall siege. Two police officers were killed when their camp was attacked early Thursday in the town of Mandera, near the Somali border, Kenyan police and Interior Ministry officials said.
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