July 10, 2010 |
The Pentagon entered the home stretch to replace its fleet of 1950s-era Air Force refueling tankers with three bids turned in by Friday's deadline. The bids for the $35-billion program to build the planes used to refuel U.S. fighter jets and bombers in mid-flight included expected ones from Boeing Co. and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co., or EADS, two of the world's largest aerospace giants. But they also included a last-minute surprise entry from a dark-horse team: small, cash-strapped U.S. Aerospace Inc. of Santa Fe Springs and former Soviet Union plane manufacturer Antonov of Ukraine.
January 24, 2010 |
Of the charges leveled against the Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, the most frequent is exploitation. He's a congenital misanthrope, his detractors claim, who goes to unseemly lengths to prove the depths of human misery and cruelty. His champions, on the other hand, see bravery and even compassion in the unblinking rigor of his movies. Either way, it's hard to dismiss a filmmaker who's so committed to confronting us with people, places and actions we would rather not see. Like most of his other films, Seidl's latest, "Import / Export" -- which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, got a blip of a release in the U.S. last year and arrives on DVD from Tartan Palisades this week -- means to provoke discomfort.
September 27, 2009 |
The tree was just too tall for Cris Arreola to chop down. Vitali Klitschko is still the WBC champion. That was expected to be the outcome of this heavyweight battle at Staples Center on Saturday night. What wasn't expected was the manner in which Arreola, the battling bruiser from Riverside, stirred the emotions of those in attendance, despite spending a full 10 rounds being taken to school by the older, more experienced Ukrainian boxer. When Arreola's trainer, Henry Ramirez, decided his friend and fighter had had enough and kept Arreola on his stool, rather than sending him out for the 11th round, Arreola sobbed and the crowd seemed to feel his pain.
August 22, 2009 |
Forget your preconceived notions, your visions of Mike Tyson-like characters, and meet Vitali Klitschko, World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing champion. He lives with his wife and three children in Bel Air, speaks four languages, quotes French philosophers, has a doctorate in sports sciences and speaks passionately about the need to improve the lives of people in his childhood home of Kiev, Ukraine. Klitschko has a foundation that has raised millions of dollars toward that goal and will be his main focus when his boxing days have ended.
June 24, 2009
Sea Launch Co., a Long Beach-based rocket venture that is 40% owned by aerospace giant Boeing Co., has filed for Bankruptcy Court protection, citing recurring losses from operations. The unusual company, which includes Russian, Norwegian and Ukrainian partners, said lower demand for lifting commercial satellites into space and a recent inability to secure financing to pay a $52-million arbitration ruling against it led to the Chapter 11 filing.
February 6, 2009 |
Somali pirates released a Ukrainian freighter carrying heavy arms Thursday and sped away with a $3.2-million ransom as U.S. Navy ships watched, ending a four-month standoff that focused world attention on piracy off Somalia's lawless coast. The Navy said it couldn't seize the bandits for fear of endangering 147 seamen held hostage on other hijacked ships.
November 19, 2007 |
A methane blast tore through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine early Sunday, killing at least 63 workers in the worst mining accident in seven years in this former Soviet republic, emergency officials said. More than 360 miners were rescued but 37 others remained trapped inside the mine, one of Ukraine's largest and deepest, with a raging fire hampering efforts to save them, officials said.
September 12, 2007 |
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko charged Tuesday that Russia has frustrated efforts to investigate a plot to kill him by dioxin poisoning during a presidential campaign in which Moscow backed his opponent. In published remarks, Yushchenko did not explicitly accuse Russian authorities of involvement in the 2004 assassination attempt.
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May 23, 2007 |
A Ukrainian man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme that left five Los Angeles business people dead. Petro Krylov, 34, avoided the death penalty by arguing that he participated in the kidnappings because the ringleaders were Russian mobsters and had threatened to kill him and relatives if he did not. In an unusual twist, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero last month had asked Assistant U.S. Attys.
May 5, 2007 |
In an effort to resolve a political crisis, Ukraine's president and prime minister agreed Friday to hold early parliamentary elections this summer or fall. The deal, which sets the stage for a fresh match between the political camps that faced off during the nation's Orange Revolution, is a victory for President Viktor Yushchenko, who had pressed for an early vote.