January 30, 2004 |
Amid extraordinary security concerns, an Iraqi Olympic Committee was formally put together and its officers elected Thursday, a key measure in having an Iraqi team take part in the Summer Olympics in August. A number of other steps remain before Iraq takes part in the Aug. 13 opening ceremony in Athens. For one, the International Olympic Committee -- which last May suspended the Iraqi committee, led by Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein -- must now formally recognize the new Iraqi committee.
June 4, 2003 |
A former Fox News technician who took a dozen paintings from an Iraqi palace and brought them into the United States pleaded guilty to smuggling Tuesday. Benjamin James Johnson, 27, of Alexandria could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison for the single count, but his attorney, Christopher Amolsch, said prosecutors have indicated they will not seek jail time. The paintings were taken from the palace of Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein's sons.
February 6, 2004 |
In a move that highlights the intent of senior U.S., international and Olympic officials to have an Iraqi team take part in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday that it would play host at its Colorado headquarters to an Iraqi wrestling delegation training for the Games. Four Iraqi wrestlers and two coaches will arrive soon at the USOC's Colorado Springs base for an "extended training program," the USOC said.
May 5, 2004 |
The gym isn't luxurious. It has three competition mats, a training table jammed between chairs piled high with bags and coats, and a hint of the universal gym smell of sweat, liniment and adhesive from bandages wound tightly around knees, ankles and wrists. A few posters adorn the walls and signs admonish visitors not to wear street shoes on the mats. The U.S. Olympic Training Center's wrestling practice facility is probably smaller, darker and less remarkable than most high school gyms.
April 2, 2005
The Vietnam War came before garage bands, karaoke, hand-held digital video and laptops. Before spoken-word art begat rap. Before embedded moviemakers. Vietnam was seem mostly through news footage: battle images, briefings, somber voice-overs and nervous troops trying to speak into the camera. Its best- remembered documentaries were about the war at home: Kent State, the 1967 Harlem protest, Berkeley flower power.
May 8, 2002 |
U.S. authorities are probing allegations that cigarette makers R.J. Reynolds and Japan Tobacco Inc. have violated trade sanctions against Iraq by channeling billions of dollars worth of cigarettes into the country through intermediaries, sources have told The Times. The allegations of illegal shipments to Iraq first surfaced publicly in a civil lawsuit by the European Union, which accused Reynolds, Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris Cos.
August 10, 2004 |
The Iraqi Olympic team, in a moment that for years seemed improbable if not impossible, arrived here Monday, the more than two dozen athletes looking in wonder at plastic cards that said each had been duly accredited and invited to take part in the 2004 Summer Games. It was, they kept saying, like living a dream. "I am very honored," said Mehdi Kerim, 23, of Baghdad, a midfielder on the soccer team. "I am very honored to be in Athens, among the other athletes.
April 23, 2003 |
It's Wednesday in the second full week of NBA and NHL postseason play, and Detroit is still 0-for-the-2003 playoffs. The Pistons, seeded No. 1 in the NBA East, dropped Game 1 of their series to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, four days after the Ducks completed their four-game sweep of the defending-champion Red Wings in hockey. "The Pistons emerged like lions," wrote columnist Mitch Albom in the Detroit Free Press, "then shot as if they had paws."
January 24, 1993 |
Iraqi antiaircraft guns fired on three U.S. Navy warplanes operating in Iraq's southern "no-fly zone" Saturday, the Pentagon said. It was the third incident in three days and the first firing on U.S. aircraft since President Clinton's inauguration. One of the planes responded by dropping a single laser-guided bomb on the Iraqi battery, officials said. The U.S. aircraft, an A-6 Intruder and two F/A-18 fighter planes, returned unharmed to the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, Pentagon officials said.