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September 13, 1994
After three years of cutting back Sweden's legendary social welfare program, Prime Minister Carl Bildt leads his center-right coalition into national elections Sunday nursing only slim hopes of winning a new mandate to continue the job. As campaigning entered its final days, polls showed the four government parties still trailing the opposition Social Democrats, although there were signs the gap was narrowing slightly.
February 22, 2014 | Chris Kuc
Sweden wasn't about to allow the loss of several top players to keep it from its quest for the gold medal. The top-seeded Swedes got one step closer when they defeated Finland, 2-1, in the semifinals of the men's hockey tournament Friday. Sweden will face Canada in the gold-medal game on Sunday. After losing Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen before the Olympics started and captain Henrik Zetterberg during the Games because of injuries, Sweden hasn't missed a beat. "Even though we lost some players, we had some other players step in and do a really good job," said defenseman Erik Karlsson, who scored the game-winner in the second period.
November 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Sweden has protested China's handling of several Swedes who were among 35 foreigners, including six Americans, expelled for demonstrating against the government's crushing of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. The Swedish Embassy complained that the detained Swedes were not permitted to meet quickly enough with Swedish diplomats to satisfy international regulations, said Rigmor Petterson, a consular official in Beijing.
February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Short-track speedskater Emily Scott was knocked down in the women's 1,500-meter final Saturday as U.S. skaters again fell short of the podium. Scott, 24, took an early lead, but about halfway through the race Korea's Kim Alang wiped out and sent the Springfield, Mo., native into the pads at Iceberg Skating Palace. Scott finished in fifth. "I saw her out of the corner of my eye going down so there was nothing I could do at that point," Scott said. Scott had advanced to the final after Korea's Cho Ha-Ri was penalized in the semifinal.
When you're one of 288,496 Johanssons in a country as small as Sweden, it's awfully hard to feel special. You get your neighbors' mail. You get lots of wrong numbers. Co-workers often can't remember if you're the tall, blond Sven Johansson who works in marketing or the one with similar attributes in accounting. And there's the annoyance of having no right to invoke a common name for your personal business or Web site because some other Johansson holds the trademark.
The U.S. hockey team's problems Friday were obvious to Swedish center Mats Sundin. "They were trying to find their game," he said. They'd better locate it soon. The final-round schedule affords the U.S. little time to scour the lost-and-found department for the stamina and verve it lacked in a tournament-opening 4-2 loss to the defending Olympic champions before a crowd of 9,985 at Big Hat.
April 23, 1986 | United Press International
Norway's leading tennis player, Morten Ronneberg, arrested last week on drug charges, said in newspaper interviews that cocaine use is widespread on the international tennis circuit. He told Norwegian reporters that cocaine use is prevalent among the top players, with the exception of the Swedes. Ronneberg said players even used cocaine during matches. "Players put cocaine on their sweat bands or in their towels to make it available during play," he said.
November 3, 1996
I have to correct certain statements by Mr. Christer Dahlsten (Letters, Oct. 27). He states, incorrectly, that the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland consists of 7% of the population. The correct number is 5.9%. He adds that this minority stands for 70% of the GNP of the country. This is also untrue. The correct number is the above-mentioned 5.9%. He speaks about "the Swedes of Finland." No such entity exists or has ever existed. You can only talk about a Swedish-speaking minority.
May 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Sweden today ordered five Czechoslovaks, including four diplomats, out of the country for alleged spying activities. A Foreign Ministry statement gave no indication of the activities of the Czechs, but the Stockholm newspaper Expressen said they had been involved in military spying and industrial espionage directed against military and high-technology targets. The ministry said there had been no damage to national security.
October 19, 1986
A suspected member of the Abu Nidal terrorist group arrested in London three weeks ago is being questioned by Swedish police in connection with the Feb. 28 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, the London Sunday Telegraph reported. The paper said that the man, a Swedish national, is one of six people arrested three weeks ago by British anti-terrorist detectives and that he was expelled to Sweden.
September 1, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
STOCKHOLM - At the center of the debate about whether the Syrian government has used chemical weapons on its people stands an unlikely figure: Dr. Ake Sellstrom, a Swedish neurobiologist little known outside the world of disarmament experts. Sellstrom, 64, has been propelled from his tranquil academic life into a high-profile and politically delicate role as leader of the United Nations team that has been investigating what could be the world's worst chemical attack in decades. The U.N. contingent left Syria on Saturday after collecting soil, tissue and other samples from various sites of the Aug. 21 attack in which the Syrian government has been accused of firing rockets laden with toxic chemicals.
August 10, 2013 | By K.C. Johnson
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Beep, beep, beep. That's just the sound from moving day at the PGA Championship, where several of the second-round leaders shifted to reverse and backed up on a sun-splashed Saturday at Oak Hill Country Club. Wind appeared for the first time. It swirled just enough to sweep away the plethora of birdie chances that had defined the first two rounds. Only two of the final six golfers broke par 70. One of them, Jim Furyk, will take a one-shot lead over second-round leader Jason Dufner into Sunday's final round.
November 1, 2012 | By Omar Shamout
Perhaps 32-year-old Galaxy winger Christian Wilhelmsson hasn't seen it all in soccer. But he has come close. The journeyman Swede has played professionally in nine countries during his 15-year career. That includes stints in England, Spain and Italy - arguably the three best leagues in the world. He joined the Galaxy in September from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal after wrapping up his third season for the Riyadh-based team. Wilhelmsson, preparing for the Galaxy's MLS knockout playoff game against Vancouver on Thursday, said he was pleasantly surprised by the quality of play he encountered in the Middle East.
June 14, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Swedish researchers have, for the first time, implanted a tissue-engineered vein made from her own stem cells into a 10-year-old girl. The implant of the portal vein had to be repeated after a year, but the team reported that the new vein dramatically improved the young girl's quality of life, allowing her to grow taller, gain weight and begin exercising. The portal vein drains blood from the intestines and spleen to the liver, and blockages, which are usually genetic in origin, can cause serious medical complications such as enlarging the spleen and stunting growth.
April 7, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Peter Hanson heard the full force of the roars. And because they were coming from directly behind him, he knew exactly whom they were for: Phil Mickelson. "That was one of those special kind of Masters moments that I've been watching so many times on TV," Hanson said of Saturday's eagle at No.13 that thrust Mickelson into a share of the lead. Then the Swedish pro went out and created his own noise. Hanson birdied No.14, then added three more down the stretch on the way to a seven-under-par 65 that propelled to him a one-stroke advantage over Mickelson with one round to play for a green jacket.
July 13, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Europe's interest in the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany ran into a brick wall Wednesday night. For the Europeans, it's all over. First, the U.S. knocked out France, 3-1, in one semifinal in Moenchengladbach. Next, Japan did the same thing by the same score to previously unbeaten and untied Sweden in Frankfurt. So it will be the U.S. versus Japan in Sunday's final — a two-time champion against a first-time finalist. But this appears to be nothing like the Japanese team that the U.S. defeated twice, each time by a 2-0 margin, in friendly matches in Columbus, Ohio, and Cary, N.C., in May. For one thing, Japan Coach Nori Sasaki seems to have stumbled onto a trove of winning tactics.
December 22, 1985
With multimillionaires moving their families to other countries, Swedes are reconsidering the structure of inheritance taxes that can run as high as 70%. An announcement by the 34-year-old billionaire industrialist Fredrik Lundberg that he was moving to Switzerland set off debate in the country about the tax on inheritances. "It's my and my family's wish to secure the control of the company within the family in case I die," Lundberg was quoted as saying in a newspaper interview.
January 18, 1987 | JUDITH MORGAN, Morgan, of La Jolla, is a nationally known magazine and newspaper writer
It had been a long day's drive in a wide-windowed bus, a dazzling day of city sights and country roads. At dusk we pulled up to a modern hotel in a small town in Sweden. I was handed the key to Room 638. Followed by my luggage-on-a-leash, I rode the elevator to the sixth floor, turned right and opened a door. Straight ahead was a round garret window that glowed with the blush of sundown. On a table near the window were two pink rosebuds in a slim white vase. The walls were pale blue.
July 7, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
She strums happily on a guitar and belts out Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Simon & Garfunkel hits. Pia Sundhage, the coach of the U.S. women's soccer team, is 51, so she is entitled to reach back in time, musically speaking. She ranks as one of the greatest women's soccer players of all time and was voted sixth on a FIFA list of the 20th century's top female stars. She won a European championship as a player, an Olympic gold medal as the U.S. coach, and she is famous enough to have been featured on a Swedish postage stamp.
April 10, 2011 | Steve Harvey, Only in L.A
When Otto "Swede" Meyerhofer joined the Venice police force in 1919, he guessed that few prisoners would attempt to jump from his vehicle. That's because he piloted an 8-cylinder biplane. He was the first member of Venice's Aero Police — and one of the first sky cops in the nation. "He will chase speeders, look into reports of smuggling, go over the bay in search of violators of our fishing regulations and help rescue drowning persons," said A.E. Coles, the mayor of Venice, which was then a city.
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