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Twelve years ago, Roger Hill paid $50 for his first corn liquor recipe. Now he manages a still that produces 6.5 million gallons of white lightning every year. "We work 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Hill, plant manager of the Manildra Energy Corp. distillery in Hamburg. "We sell all we make; the demand is there." And now, perhaps, the demand is greater than ever.
December 26, 1990 | JOHN LENCZOWSKI, John Lenczowski, director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council from 1983-87, is associated with the Council for Inter-American Security and the International Freedom Foundation.
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze resigned supposedly because he fears the emergence of dictatorship. Could it be possible that this event will jar official Washington out of its extraordinary confidence about the future of Soviet reforms? For months, it hardly has been possible to discuss East-West relations without having to pay obeisance to half-truths that have fostered this confidence: "The Soviets have changed. Marxism-Leninism is dead.
June 21, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
At an age when her contemporaries are giving up their doll collections for fantasies about pop rock stars, Leila Josefowicz nonchalantly discusses the merits of various violin concertos. The 11-year-old virtuosa makes her San Diego Symphony debut tonight performing Eduoard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" in the kickoff of the symphony's SummerPops season. Two months ago, she performed Henryk Wienawski's Second Violin Concerto with the Pacific Symphony in Orange County. "I've played the Wieniawski a lot," explained Josefowicz in a phone interview earlier this month.
January 2, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
For an illustration of Zaire's method of government, consider the day President Mobutu Sese Seko managed simultaneously to raise and lower the price of gasoline. At the start of the day, Zaire's prices were among the lowest in the world, although the country imports about three-quarters of its automobile fuel. For years, international banking authorities had insisted that Zaire slash its heavy gasoline subsidy to halt the drain of resources from its economy.
October 17, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
It was a typical Thursday night in one of the strangest, most deeply troubled cities in Asia. Half the city was under curfew, as it often is these days, yet thousands of people flooded into the sprawling, seaside amusement park called Funland for a few hours of healthy recreation. Fundamentalist Muslim women clad in black from head to foot squealed with glee as they were whipped around on a ride known as the "Red Baron."
July 19, 1988 | ROBERT SHOGAN, Times Political Writer
In years gone by, Democrats came to their national conventions burning to fight for the soul of their party. But after enduring eight years of Republican rule, most members of the 1988 breed of Democrats are ready to trade their political souls for a better chance at the White House. Witness the Dukakis-Jackson accord concluded Monday, hours before the convention's opening session; last week's choice by Michael S. Dukakis of conservative Texas Sen.
January 1, 1988 | MAX JACOBSON
Like a fallen dowager or a dry-docked cruise ship, Chez Cary retains a veneer of greatness. When the restaurant first opened its doors more than 20 years ago, it was hailed almost immediately as Orange County's preeminent place to dine. Today, in an era when casual dining and ultramodern food trends seem to draw all the attention, there is a tendency to pass over this type of place-- hauteur , bluff and contrived elegance no longer being in fashion. That is a great mistake.
November 15, 1987 | ED BLANCHE, Associated Press
At first glance, a visitor to Baghdad would hardly know that Iraq has been at war with the Arabs' ancient enemy, the Persians of Iran, for 6 1/2 years. At night, the sprawling city of 4 million, its skyline crenelated by towers and modern hotels built in the oil boom years, is ablaze with lights, the grandiose statues and monuments to Iraq's past glories illuminated by searchlights.
July 20, 1986 | MICHAEL GOLDSMITH, Associated Press
The demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas teems today with deer, pheasants, spectacular Manchurian cranes and wild azaleas--thriving unhindered on nature's bounty in a no-man's-land. But on each side of the DMZ, established at the end of the Korean War in 1953, men at arms stand in a tense face-off. To the south are Americans and South Koreans. To the north are the North Korean Communists.
January 21, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
There is a scene in "My Wicked, Wicked Ways . . . The Legend of Error Flynn" showing torrid French actress Lili Damita (Barbara Hershey) being chauffeured in her swanky auto. "Stop zee car!" she shouts. "Stop zee car!" And you are thinking: Stop zee movie! No chance. Airing at 8 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" is a flat, cliched, silly three-hour celebration of the high-living film swashbuckler who died in 1959 at age 50.
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