Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsStrongman
IN THE NEWS

Strongman

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The strongman of the NFL scouting combine? It's Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times, the most repetitions of any player. "I think I'm explosive, very explosive," Poe said. "That's probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I'm big I do nothing but power... I try to use my quickness to my advantage. " This draft class is deep in interior defensive linemen, and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Poe as the third-best defensive tackle in the group.
ARTICLES BY DATE
WORLD
January 7, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - He returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile last March amid a media circus, death threats and boasts of reclaiming the presidency he once seized in a bloodless coup. But Gen. Pervez Musharraf's days in Pakistan appear to be numbered now that the former strongman has spent nearly a week in a military hospital complaining of health problems while avoiding a court appearance on treason charges. The special court hearing the case on Tuesday began reviewing a medical report saying the 70-year-old Musharraf was suffering from blocked arteries, a spinal cord problem and hypertension.
Advertisement
NEWS
August 1, 1992 | Reuters
Panamanians on Friday marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Gen. Omar Torrijos, the nationalist strongman who negotiated for the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Panama by the year 2000. A small group of supporters gathered at a former U.S. military fort to lay a wreath at a monument dedicated to Torrijos, who was killed in a 1981 plane crash in Panama. The pro-U.S. government of President Guillermo Endara, sworn in on the eve of the 1989 U.S.
WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A cult of personality around Egypt's defense minister and de facto leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, has gone from fad to farcical with a social media campaign promoting women's pajamas bearing the strongman's image in beribboned uniform and sunglasses. Since the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist government in July, Sisi has been lauded by some as a savior for restoring secular rule in Egypt after a year of Muslim Brotherhood domination. Sisi's popularity with a country desperate for a hero has been celebrated with signature chocolates, cookies, dates and flattering posters.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2009
Writer-director Noah Buschel's ambitious, stylish neo-noir "The Missing Person" starts so self-consciously that it verges on parody but impressively gathers steam, gaining depth and breadth as it evokes 9/11 post-traumatic stress. It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin. Shannon's John Rosow, a martini-loving, hardscrabble Chicago private eye, is awakened in the middle of the night with an offer he can't afford not to take.
OPINION
February 5, 2011 | Tim Rutten
From the American perspective, the transition now underway in Egypt confirms John Kenneth Galbraith's famous appraisal of politics as a choice between "the disastrous and the unpalatable. " What the Obama administration must dread is not the prospect of Cairo repeating the disaster that was Tehran in 1979 but St. Petersburg in 1917, when one revolution ? its leadership democratic but hopelessly divided ? was followed within months by a second, its leaders murderously disciplined and malevolently focused.
NEWS
November 24, 1986
Hundreds of Soviet and Afghan government commandos overran a large guerrilla base at Maro in eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents fled into the surrounding mountains, guerrilla sources said. They reported about 70 guerrilla casualties in more than a week of combat. In Kabul, meanwhile, diplomatic sources said that a large bomb exploded in what may have been an assassination attempt against the new Afghan strongman, Najib.
NEWS
September 28, 1988
Panamanian authorities rounded up 26 people for allegedly conspiring to mount a U.S.-financed coup against military strongman Manuel A. Noriega. Lt. Col. Guillermo Wong, chief of intelligence for the Panama Defense Forces, said the coup was being organized from Panama and the United States and was funded through the U.S. embassies in Mexico City and Panama City. Wong said 26 Panamanians have been detained since last Thursday on charges of involvement in the alleged coup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1988
Let's add one more piece of evidence to the impressive list enumerated in your article. We've wondered why, aside from poor judgment, Bush would choose the sophomoric Dan Quayle as his running mate. Bush is implicated in Iran-Contra, in the scheme to abort the Constitution, in a cozy relationship with Panama strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega. Now the October Surprise. A clever Bush might, with reason, believe that the best insurance against an impeachment proceeding would be Quayle sitting as vice president.
NEWS
December 15, 1992
Sunday's presidential election in Serbia is seen as a referendum on the bloody war that has already killed tens of thousands in the former Yugoslavia. If incumbent nationalist strongman Slobodan Milosevic is reelected, it is likely to increase pressure for foreign military intervention in the conflict. His principal rival, federal Prime Minister Milan Panic, is committed to restoring peace.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Carol J. Williams
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a barrel-chested former paratrooper who tapped his nation's oil wealth to deliver social welfare programs for the impoverished masses, died Tuesday at a Caracas military hospital where he was moved last month after a 10-week stay in Cuba for cancer treatment , Vice President Nicolas Maduro told national television. Maduro said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. Chavez, 58, had been elected to a fourth term as head of state in October but signaled before his departure for Cuba on Dec. 9 that his prolonged battle with pelvic cancer might preclude him from attending the constitutionally mandated Jan. 10 inauguration.
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Barbara Demick and Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL - Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the strongman who ruled South Korea for much of the 1960s and 1970s, was elected Wednesday as the country's first female president after a divisive, hotly contested election. Park, a member of the conservative New Frontier ruling party, has been a legislator since 1998. But her claim to fame before now came from her father, Park Chung-hee, who seized power in 1961 in a military coup and led the country until his assassination in 1979. Park, whose mother was killed in 1974, served as de facto first lady at state functions for the last five years of her father's presidency.
WORLD
November 23, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- That big, hulking statue of the Caucasian strongman has got to go. Such was the recommendation Friday of a special committee appointed to resolve one of the odder controversies to beset this capital. At issue: the city government's decision to allow Azerbaijan to erect a monument to its late president, Heydar Aliyev, on the iconic Reforma Boulevard, prime real estate in the sprawling megalopolis. The bronze and marble statue generated protests and a running debate in the media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a rebel leader in the Cuban revolution who went from fighting alongside Fidel Castro to spending 22 brutal years in prison after trying to overthrow him, has died. He was 77. Gutierrez Menoyo died Friday of a heart attack at a Havana hospital, said his wife, Flor Ester Torres Sanabria. After vacationing in Cuba in 2003, he decided to stay to promote democracy. Until his health began to fail in 2010, he had frequently spoken out against the communist government, but in measured tones that kept him out of jail.
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The strongman of the NFL scouting combine? It's Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times, the most repetitions of any player. "I think I'm explosive, very explosive," Poe said. "That's probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I'm big I do nothing but power... I try to use my quickness to my advantage. " This draft class is deep in interior defensive linemen, and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Poe as the third-best defensive tackle in the group.
OPINION
January 24, 2012
Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected an Arab League plan that would have eased him out of power and laid the groundwork for elections, calling it "flagrant interference" in Syria's internal affairs. That's not surprising, but it's too bad. The proposal was a sensible one that could have stopped the bloodshed. The problem is that Assad lacks sufficient incentive — at this point anyway — to comply with it. The Arab League had already imposed sanctions on Syria, suspended the country's membership and dispatched a team of monitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1988
Conrad's cartoon, unfortunately, is all too true. For several years lawyers, legislators, public defenders, ex-members of the CIA and FBI are among the many who have tried to convey the truth of Bush's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, illegal sales of arms and drugs and covert dealings with Panama strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega and his government, but the public in general has failed to listen. Although Conrad's cartoon will no doubt draw ire from those who refuse to face the truth or learn the facts, he has made a statement with his cartoonist's pen which is more powerful than all the written and spoken words of many others.
WORLD
December 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In 1967, Kim Young-soon was a dancer in Pyongyang, North Korea, when her best friend visited with crazy news. "I'm going to live in the 5th House," announced Sung Hye Rim, then a noted North Korean actress, Kim recalled. She was referring to the residence of Kim Jong Il, the crown prince of the Hermit Kingdom, leader in waiting behind his powerful father, Kim Il Sung. To Kim Young-soon, the sudden romance seemed like some perverse fairy tale with little chance of a happy ending. Worse, the actress was already married.
OPINION
December 21, 2011 | Nicholas Eberstadt
The career of Kim Jong Il, North Korea's "Dear Leader," was marked by a series of historical firsts — most of them dubious at best. He was, to begin, the first ruler of a Marxist-Leninist state to inherit absolute power through hereditary succession from his father, "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung, founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK. He was also the first ruler of an urbanized, literate society to preside over a mass famine in peacetime: The Great North Korean Famine of the 1990s, which erupted shortly after his father's death, is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of his subjects, and perhaps more.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|