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January 6, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Few presidents have faced such a radical shift in circumstances so soon after taking office as George W. Bush. Elected while the nation was still luxuriating in peace and prosperity, Bush has been forced to grapple with recession and a devastating foreign attack on the American mainland. As a candidate, Bush focused on domestic issues--cutting taxes, reforming education, bolstering religious charities.
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January 6, 2002 | KIM MURPHY and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It didn't matter what it was, his buddies said, Nate Chapman wanted to be there. Lending a hand. Doing the hard stuff. "There's a couple times where he'd be halfway dressed, running down the hallway, trying to catch up. You know, he never wanted to be left behind, he always wanted to be right there, willing to help and give a hand," Sgt. 1st Class William Pence said Saturday, fighting back tears as he recalled his Army comrade of 14 years, Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, the first U.S.
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January 3, 2002 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The abrupt shutdown of Internet Web sites run by the U.S. Department of the Interior four weeks ago has left Americans in the dark about activities on millions of acres of federal lands, national parks and monuments.
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January 2, 2002 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a high-tech strategy against terrorists, the government will soon begin comparing foreign travelers with digitized photographs and will consider plans to encode their travel documents with personal data that can be read electronically. Starting this month, the State Department will relay digital images of foreign travelers to U.S. ports of entry.
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January 2, 2002 | JOHN HENDREN and ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the hunt for Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar continued Tuesday, American defense officials confirmed that U.S. Marines were helping with "information gathering" at a former Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. The Marines have been "actively doing a search . . . in the Helmand province west of Kandahar," while Special Forces have been working with anti-Taliban soldiers in the region, said Army Col. Rick Thomas at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla.
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December 25, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as a midnight Mass filled the hangar bay of this enormous aircraft carrier Monday with hymns praising God and prayers calling for peace for all mankind, the deadly business of war was never far away. A space had been cleared for the ecumenical service attended by hundreds of sailors and Marines, including Rear Adm. Jim Zortman, commander of the Stennis battle group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley to the vegetable fields of Ventura, farmers say they are feeling the pinch from a post-Sept. 11 slowdown in the travel, hospitality and leisure industries. Reduced commercial demand has triggered oversupply and lower revenues for a variety of growers, especially those who sell to airlines, amusement parks, restaurants and hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Marie Ornedo, heavy with child, is due to give birth in February. The Los Angeles nurse is alone this Christmas, preparing for her baby girl's arrival without Ruben, her husband, by her side. Ruben is the one who should be massaging her aching back, as he used to; picking her up from work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and taking her out to dinner, as he used to. He should be helping to fix up the nursery, as he was going to.
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December 22, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a night visiting young troops standing guard in the freezing winter air of Central Asia, Marine Commandant Gen. James Jones was asked what impact the Afghanistan campaign will have on the Corps. He didn't hesitate. The Marines' success here, he said, may finally silence critics who say that the Corps is a fine amphibious assault force but that its combat effectiveness declines drastically when it gets more than a few hundred miles from the beach.
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December 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
The Bush administration said Friday it did not deliberately omit details in its translation of a videotaped conversation between Osama bin Laden and several allies. New translations of the tape that was released last week reveal that Bin Laden speaks the names of several Sept. 11 terrorists. "There was every attempt to give you the best translation we could in a relatively limited amount of time," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said at a news briefing.
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