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January 16, 1985 | United Press International
President Zia ul-Haq on Tuesday dedicated Pakistan's biggest industrial project, a $1.62-billion steel mill built with Soviet assistance. The Soviet Union contributed an estimated $377 million to the project and has kept scores of advisers in the country to oversee work.
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March 7, 2014 | Tatiana R. Zaharchenko and Patrick Breslin, Tatiana R. Zaharchenko, a former a law professor in Ukraine, is a lawyer on environmental matters and government reform, working mainly in Eastern Europe. Patrick Breslin, a writer and photographer, has written extensively on grass-roots development in Latin America
Like the reigns of many corrupt leaders, that of Viktor Yanukovich ended in farce. But there's nothing farcical about Ukraine's situation. Russian troops have taken over its Crimean region, and President Vladimir Putin this week said that Russia "reserves the right to use all means at our disposal to protect" Russian-speakers in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the country Yanukovich left behind is broke and close to default after he, his family and his cronies looted it during the three years he was president.
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NEWS
May 6, 1993 | Associated Press
The giant Krupp company announced Wednesday that it will close a money-losing steel mill in eastern Germany, a move likely to heighten tensions during a spreading metalworkers strike in the former Communist region. More than 30,000 workers have joined the strike to demand that employers bring their pay in line with western German levels. IG Metall, the country's largest union, said it ordered thousands more people to join picket lines today. Talks stalled late Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This post has been corrected. See the note below. Over the past 24 hours or so, some of my friends have been all atwitter on Facebook (is that a mixed metaphor?) about an essay by Elizabeth Gilbert posted Tuesday on the new publishing industry website Bookish . Bookish is a joint venture of Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster (three of the so-called Big Six publishers): part editorial and part e-commerce, not unlike Goodreads , although without the social media component.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1988 | From States News Service
Two California businesses, Kaiser Steel and Lusk Co., have agreed to form a partnership to develop an industrial park on the site of Kaiser's former steel mill in San Bernardino County. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the two companies will spend an estimated $85 million to clean up and redevelop 868-acres near Fontana before the mill is completed.
NEWS
May 5, 1988 | Associated Press
Plainclothes police surprised sleeping workers with percussion grenades today in a pre-dawn raid at the Nowa Huta steel mill and arrested the leaders of a 10-day-old strike, official and church sources said. An opposition leader said police beat and injured 41 people at the huge plant in Krakow. The government said some work resumed there after the crackdown.
NEWS
March 28, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A high-pressure tank exploded at a Portage steel mill, killing three workers and hurling metal siding and other debris a quarter-mile away. Nine workers were injured, one seriously. The cause of the blast at the Beta Steel Corp. plant wasn't clear. Workers said a supervisor had been warned Monday that the tank had been leaking. Kevin Myers, one of the three killed, had complained about the tank in a written report to a supervisor Monday, said a worker who asked not to be identified.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1985 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
LTV Corp., a Dallas-based conglomerate and the nation's second-largest steelmaker, said Monday that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Japan's Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. to make galvanized steel for the auto industry at a new plant in Cleveland. LTV said that the $125-million project, which will begin operations in the spring of 1986, will be jointly managed by American and Japanese executives, with LTV retaining 60% ownership in the venture.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Steel and oil giant USX Corp. has stirred up this area by planning to sell a shutdown steel mill to the government of Iraq, which wants to dismantle it and ship it home to build pipes for irrigation and oil production. The company first announced that it was negotiating the sale in late July and opposition has been growing. USX has not said how much money it is asking for the plant, but there have been reports that Iraq has offered $100 million. Rep. Jack Fields (R-Tex.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1985 | PETER PERL, The Washington Post
Like a public official touring a disaster scene, AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland visited the Monongahela Valley last week, observing the wreckage of the steel industry and endorsing one community's unique effort to reverse the decline by taking over a giant steel mill. Kirkland was accompanied by Lynn Williams, president of the United Steelworkers of America. Their tour was intended to dramatize the union's struggle to save what is left of the industry here, where U.S. Steel Corp.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Matea Gold
In an inflammatory new television spot , the pro-Obama “super PAC” Priorities USA Action attempts to link the closing of a Bain Capital-owned steel mill to the death of a wife of one of the former steelworkers, who lost his health insurance when he was laid off. In the spot, former GST Steel employee Joe Soptic recounts how his family lost healthcare after the Kansas City mill closed, and suggests his wife was afraid to seek medical care...
NEWS
January 15, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
A day after saying he wouldn't back down on criticizing Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, Newt Gingrich visited a town allegedly affected by Bain, and did not mention Romney or Bain at all, instead talking about the importance of bringing manufacturing back to South Carolina. In a town hall meeting at Land's End Restaurant in Georgetown, a town which Gingrich's "super PAC," Winning Our Future, used to criticize Bain for taking over a steel plant that then went bankrupt, Gingrich called on conservative voters to rally around him. "Only by gathering up all the conservatives to support Newt Gingrich will we ensure that we will have a conservative to be the Republican nominee," he said.
WORLD
December 11, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Adil Gilani's inquiries have helped expose bidding irregularities at power plants that robbed government coffers of $2 billion, a real estate scam that cost taxpayers $16 million and a $257-million scandal that brought down the chairman of Pakistan's largest steel mill. Now, a growing number of officials appear intent on discrediting the gruff, white-haired Pakistani, who has run Transparency International's office in Karachi since 2000. The revenue minister for Sindh province has called Gilani "an enemy of the country.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2010 | By David Pierson
An Australian mining executive was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday by a Shanghai court on charges of bribery and stealing commercial secrets. Stern Hu, the lead negotiator for Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, was found guilty along with three Chinese colleagues who faced the same charges. The case has sparked heated exchanges between Australian and Chinese officials since the four men were detained in July. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Monday the prison term handed down was "very tough" and that there were "serious unanswered questions" because the commercial-secrets portion of the trial was conducted in secret.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2009 | Bob Drogin
This is the town that helped build America. In its heyday, 30,000 workers here tended roaring furnaces and huge foundries, making the steel used in hundreds of World War II warships, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building and other landmarks. But Bethlehem Steel withered and died in the 1990s under the onslaught of foreign competition, leaving the mill to rust along the Lehigh River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
George "Wydell" Jones, 71, who wrote the doo-wop hit "Rama Lama Ding Dong" and performed it as a member of the Edsels, died of cancer Sept. 27 at his home in Youngstown, Ohio, his son, Steffon Jones, told the Associated Press. The song -- originally released as "Lama Rama Ding Dong" -- peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961. The Youngstown-based Edsels also included Harry Green, Larry Green, Jimmy Reynolds and Marshall Sewell. During their heyday, which lasted about as long as that of the Ford model for which they were named, the Edsels performed at the Apollo Theater in New York and appeared on "American Bandstand."
BUSINESS
March 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Inland Steel Industries and Nippon Steel Corp. of Japan announced Monday that they will build a $400-million cold-rolled steel mill in the Midwest. The location of the plant was not revealed, but a news conference was scheduled for today in South Bend, Ind., to announce the site, Inland officials said. A memorandum of understanding was signed Monday by Nippon President Yutaka Takeda and Inland Chairman Frank W. Luerssen.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Russian steelmaker run by one of the world's richest men announced Friday that it would buy a Maryland steel mill from a company run by a rival billionaire for hundreds of millions of dollars less than once sought. Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal, run by Alexei Modashov, said it had agreed to buy the Sparrows Point plant from ArcelorMittal, run by billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, for $810 million. ArcelorMittal was formed when the Dutch firm Mittal Steel acquired Arcelor of Luxembourg.
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