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September 23, 2007 | From Time Wire Reports
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who spent a tumultuous year as the U.S. commander in Iraq, said that partisanship was preventing agreement on a strategy to help the United States take on the threat of Islamic extremism. Sanchez drew a standing ovation with his speech in Corpus Christi at a veterans summit sponsored by Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D-Texas), and afterward was mobbed for autographs. About 200 veterans and their families attended the event.
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October 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Faced with mounting criticism from U.S. border states fearing damaged trade and tourist relations, the Mexican government announced Thursday that it will postpone and revise a program to collect refundable deposits from drivers of U.S.-registered cars crossing the border. "The measure is going ahead in a few weeks time, but we are changing some of the logistics to make it easier for people to comply with the measure," said Treasury Department spokesman Marco Provencio.
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March 28, 2007 | Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writer
The head of the National Guard warned Tuesday that units nationwide have less than half the equipment they need to deal with natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other threats at home. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum told members of the House armed services subcommittee on readiness that guardsmen being deployed to Iraq and other foreign hot spots are adequately equipped but that Army National Guard units stateside have, on average, just 40% of their required equipment on hand.
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November 11, 1999 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven days after a Marine sergeant was jailed in Baja California, Mexico, for weapons violations after inadvertently driving across the border while on duty, a group of U.S. congressmen demanded his immediate release Wednesday. Sgt. Brian Johnston, 23, assigned to a transportation battalion at Camp Pendleton, had been sent by his superiors to the San Ysidro border crossing to pick up two Marines and mistakenly got into a traffic lane that took him into Mexico, said Navy spokesman Lt.
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July 28, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With enlistments slumping and overseas deployments edging upward, key members of Congress' military committees are thinking the unthinkable: revival of the draft. While no one expects such a move any time soon, some lawmakers and defense analysts say that the services could be forced to turn to selective conscription if the military cannot fill its ranks by increasing pay and easing the strains of military life.
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December 13, 1992 | WILLIAM M. WELCH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Congress returns, two black congressmen will fight to lead the Congressional Black Caucus, the first contest for chairman in more than a decade and a sign of unprecedented influence for minority lawmakers. The new Congress will have the largest number of black and Latino members ever, just as Democrats regain the White House. Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), who has worked his way up the caucus leadership ladder, is being challenged by Rep. Craig Washington (D-Tex.), a second-term maverick.
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December 5, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, returning to the explosive issue of special aid to minorities, Wednesday unveiled a new policy that restricts the freedom of colleges and universities to use their own money for minority-only scholarships but places few limits on grants funded by private donations.
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September 14, 1999 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the fall television season prepares to premiere with mostly white characters on mostly white shows, minority leaders are looking to Congress to help integrate the entertainment industry both in front of the camera and behind it.
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June 14, 1997 | SARA FRITZ and JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the past, while many members of Congress were invited to take expenses-paid trips to Taiwan, few of them got invitations to mainland China. But according to congressional financial disclosure reports made public Friday, at least a dozen members of Congress made all-expenses-paid trips to Beijing and other destinations inside China last year--providing yet another indication that the Chinese government has stepped up efforts to win influence in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
ART Met to Honor Versace: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art said Friday that it is planning an exhibition celebrating the work of slain fashion designer Gianni Versace. The exhibition will be on view Dec. 11-March 22 and will also be the centerpiece of the museum's annual celebrity-studded Costume Institute gala being held Dec. 8.
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