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March 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Catholic and Protestant leaders of Northern Ireland's coalition government pledged to crush Irish Republican Army dissidents after the third killing in two days claimed by IRA splinter groups. Police said they arrested a 37-year-old and a 17-year-old on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of a policeman who was shot through the back of the head as he sat in his patrol car. A group calling itself Continuity IRA said it killed the officer. Another splinter group said it gunned down two British soldiers.
October 17, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
British electro-rock pioneer Gary Numan got an unexpected welcome when he moved from England to Los Angeles last year. Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor, who calls Numan a crucial early influence, wrote a personal testimonial for his immigration application, and soon welcomed Numan into NIN's larger musical circle. "I had been here only a week and he got in touch and invited us over and introduced me to all of his friends, all kinds of really cool people, and gave me a social life immediately," Numan says of Reznor's welcome upon his family's arrival.
May 23, 1986
The State Department released a statement calling on Syria to expel all terrorists--including Abu Nidal's Revolutionary Council of Fatah--from its territory. The statement, said to have approved at the highest levels of the department, said, "As long as Syria permits terrorists to move freely within Syria and those parts of Lebanon it controls, our serious concern remains." Abu Nidal's group, a splinter faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has an office in Damascus, Syria.
May 20, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Car bombs around Iraq killed at least 65 people Monday amid the worst wave of violence in the country since U.S. troops withdrew a year and a half ago. The attacks, which occurred along busy commercial streets in Shiite and Sunni areas, followed a string of bombings and other attacks last week that killed more than 200 people. The ongoing violence has stoked the impression among Iraqis that the country is sliding back into chaos reminiscent of the civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives between 2005 and 2008.
November 15, 2004
Re "Relax, Democrats -- It Won't Be That Horrible," Commentary, Nov. 11: I would like to believe Margaret Carlson's reassurances that the radical right will somehow implode and splinter under the realities that will accompany governing the country. Unfortunately, there are many examples throughout history of the ship going down with the captain. Some unpleasant possibilities are that this administration becomes increasingly radical until it finally crashes and burns, like the Nazis, or that it leads our democracy into a slow deterioration until it resembles an oligarchy/plutocracy or something like the Saudi Arabian style of government.
March 30, 1986 | JUDITH MORGAN, Morgan, of La Jolla, is a nationally known magazine and newspaper writer
From a travel bag of odds and inns: Never put on lipstick while driving on a cobblestone street. The result is the same as putting on lipstick at the dentist's office while you're still numb with Novocain. Both can tickle your nose. When I am grumpy there is no better place to wake up than in Copenhagen. The Danish word for continental breakfast is morgenmad . Bathrooms can seem far between in travels.
July 13, 2002
Having a man like Ted Williams frozen for his DNA floats right up there with the scum that flows into our beaches after a rainy season. What John Williams doesn't understand is how genetics works. All he has to do is look in the mirror for proof that good DNA cannot be duplicated. Helen Aragon San Fernando Thank you to Ross Newhan, Pete Thomas and Mike DiGiovanna for their wonderful articles on the great Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter would have truly tipped his cap to all three of you. Eddie Deezen West Hollywood Those photos you've been running of the young Ted Williams and his splendidly splintered swing make me think of Shawn Green of the Dodgers.
Ted Williams didn't realize that opening up to the public could be so much fun. It has provided a lesson in the value of friendship and allowed some of the people closest to him to demonstrate how much they care about the 75-year-old Hall of Famer, who cherishes his privacy as much as anyone. When the doors to the Ted Williams Retrospective Museum and Library later this month in this tiny community in north-central Florida, the last man to bat .
August 16, 2003
Just when I was convinced that the two most shocking sports stories of the season would be Sosa's corking incident and Kobe's arrest, it's reported in Wednesday's Times that Ted Williams' head has been "separated" from his body, drilled with holes, shaved clean and placed in a steel can. I don't know what all of this means, but Al Davis will probably sue somebody over it. David Macaray Rowland Heights
August 10, 1989
Baker makes a convincing case for continuing to follow the "frustrating but promising path of coalition politics." But consider the status quo: increasing numbers of homeless, decreasing services for the mentally ill, civil rights being eroded faster than rain forests, family planning funds cut while inanities such as Star Wars waste billions, and federal and state legislatures so cowed by the National Rifle Assn.
February 14, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Former Bell Councilman George Cole testified Wednesday that he was a devoted city leader who gave up his salary during his last year in office, which splintered his relationship with then-City Manager Robert Rizzo. Cole, the third defendant to testify in a corruption case in which city leaders are accused of looting the treasury with their huge salaries, said that in the summer of 2007 he noticed a park had closed and called Rizzo to ask what had happened. Cole said Rizzo told him he needed to reduce park employee hours.
August 17, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Popular anti-corruption activist and Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev was lying low Thursday after an eventful week as all sides tried to assess whether widespread public anger over graft will be channeled into a new political party, resurface in another mass demonstration or dissipate, allowing the flow of dirty money to continue uninterrupted. Ramdev has picked up the mantle, and perhaps the tactics, from 75-year-old crusader Anna Hazare, who staged three hunger strikes last year hoping to force Parliament to pass a law creating a national anti-corruption ombudsman post with broad investigative power.
March 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — While gliding to a surprisingly easy victory over Kadima party Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, Israel's newly elected opposition leader, Shaul Mofaz, faces an uphill battle in keeping the once-dominant centrist political party from splintering. The Iranian-born Mofaz, 64, comfortably defeated Livni in Tuesday's primary, garnering nearly 62% of the vote in the party election. Speaking Wednesday, he wasted no time in setting his sights on Israel's next national election, which is not scheduled until the end of 2013 but which many believe may be called as early as this fall.
March 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Awake,"whose first hour has been available online since mid-February, finally makes its television premiere Thursday on NBC. I have been waiting for this moment since last summer, since the pilot first went out to the press. Notwithstanding a certain stylistic chilliness and my sense of it having been pitched on the back of"Inception," it promised to be one of the year's best and most interesting new series. Having seen four episodes now, I'd say the promise has been largely kept. Jason Isaacs, a soulfully aging actor whom hundreds of millions know as Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" movies but whom I tend to think of as the star of Showtime's excellent and insufficiently celebrated "Brotherhood," plays Michael Britten, a police detective who has survived a car crash that has and has not killed his wife, Hannah (Laura Allen)
January 24, 2012 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
Veteran guitar repairman Bob Wirtz faced a wall of pricey custom-built electric guitars, and he had the ear of Gibson Guitar Corp.'s resident expert on the instruments. But what Wirtz wanted to talk about was international law. Like many who attended the National Assn. of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim last weekend, Wirtz was tapping into a discordant tone among the makers, purveyors and purchasers of guitars that often are made from exotic woods protected by the federal Lacey Act. A raid on Gibson's Nashville factory last summer, the second at company workshops in as many years, vaulted the once obscure law into the national spotlight when Chief Executive Henry E. Juszkiewicz accused the federal government of "bullying" and "persecution.
November 25, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
The call to prayer quiets in the minaret as Mohammad Abbas, a street protester turned candidate for parliament, steps out of a decrepit elevator and hurries to his office. He's still learning the art of politics but he can spin a sound bite better than most of his elders. Ask away: Facebook activists? "They sit in air-conditioned rooms but don't touch real Egyptians. " Young Islamists? "Not yet strong enough to influence change. " The Muslim Brotherhood? His eyes narrow, the banter hushes.
May 26, 2009 | Duke Helfand
The nation's mainline Protestant denominations have quarreled for years over the role of gay men and lesbians in church life, but those debates promise to grow even more intense and acrimonious this summer. The conflicts, which come as California and other states wage legal fights over same-sex marriage, could well influence whether some of the religious denominations remain intact or splinter into smaller factions.
May 5, 2010 | By Pete Metzger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Splinter Cell keeps up thrills It's easy to run out of superlatives when describing the latest chapter of the Sam Fisher saga, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction . After all, it is intoxicating. Thrilling. Remarkable. Stunning. Immersive. Mesmerizing. Flawless. The Splinter Cell series has always set the bar for the stealth espionage action genre, and this installment doesn't disappoint. Laden with political intrigue involving secret government squads and double crosses, the plot of Conviction is packed with more action and surprises than "24."
October 3, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
After 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan, Western forces and their Afghan allies are finding no simple answer to a seemingly straightforward question: Who, exactly, is the enemy? The pattern of recent insurgent attacks on prominent targets, even as Afghan forces gradually assume more responsibility for security, highlights long-standing confusion over the nature and motives of an often unseen foe. To frontline soldiers — about 90,000 Americans, plus their Western and Afghan allies — the battle with the Taliban and other insurgents is a grimly visceral affair that plays out daily, one roadside bombing, nighttime raid or dangerous foot patrol at a time.
July 5, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The variety of summer activities — now playing in camps, clinics and tourneys — is a further reminder that the days of three major sports are over. There is, seemingly, a sport for every kid and temperament. For the cerebral, there is cross-country. For the anti-cerebral, there is football. For the old-schoolers, there is baseball. For the new-schoolers, there is lacrosse. For the jumpy, there is volleyball. For the ironic, surfing. Ironically, I have never surfed myself, yet I find myself down here in Huntington Beach, mecca of the sport, actually mecca of every sport.
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