February 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Ramzi Yousef, inmate No. 03911 at a federal "supermax" penitentiary, is serving life with no parole plus 240 years in a 7-by-11-foot cell with no bars and one small high window, far from other inmates, prison staff and the world beyond the fortress deep in the Colorado Rockies. He has been there for 15 years, in nearly 24-hour solitary confinement at the prison they call the "Fortress in the Rockies. " Even his meals provide little relief, with the food trays shoved by unseen guards through a sally port between two steel doors.
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February 10, 2013
Jim Sweeney Coach transformed Fresno State football Jim Sweeney, 83, who called Fresno State "a sleeping giant" when he arrived as its football coach in 1976 and then awakened the university - and the region - with 19 years of charismatic and winning leadership, died Friday at a care facility in Fresno. The school announced his death but gave no other details. "He was a man of vision, toughness and character who led the Bulldogs to new heights and went on to become a national icon," Fresno State Athletic Director Thomas Boeh said in a statement.
December 14, 2012 |
The incisive and absorbing "16 Acres" recaps 11 years of scrapped plans and anguished debates over ground zero, the site of Manhattan's fallen World Trade Center. The documentary tells a quintessential New York story of movers and shakers, but it's also a fascinating portrait of municipal and private interests trying to make headway in the charged atmosphere of devastating personal loss and wounded national pride. Through new interviews and archival footage, director-editor Richard Hankin (whose editing credits include "Capturing the Friedmans")
August 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - After nearly 20 years of negotiations, Russia has finally joined the ranks of the World Trade Organization, marking what analysts see as one of the last post-Cold War moves to bring Russia into the international economic community. Russia's formal entry into the WTO on Wednesday also made it the biggest economy to become a member of the Geneva-based trade body since China joined in late 2001. China's entry paved the way for a rapid acceleration of exports of manufactured goods to the U.S., contributing to a sharp increase in America's trade deficit.
July 8, 2012 |
IQALUIT, Canada - Doomsday predictions of the polar bear's demise tend to draw an Inuit guffaw here in Nunavut, the remote Arctic territory where polar bears in some places outnumber people. People will tell you about the polar bear that strode brazenly past the dump a month ago or the bear that attacked a dog team in the town of Arviat in November. Heart-rending pictures of polar bears clinging to tiny islands of ice elicit nothing but derision. The move to protect polar bears is appreciated for one thing, however, and that's a hefty hike in the price for a dead one. Across Canada, prices for polar bear pelts have soared over the last few years, with two at a June 20 auction in Ontario fetching a record $16,500 each.
January 3, 2012 |
"Everyone has their 9/11 story," says Stephen Daldry. "My personal one is not particularly traumatic. " Perhaps not, but it is the beginning of a 10-year period that loops around to the opening of the Daldry-directed "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" in January. Back on Sept. 11, 2001, Daldry and producer Scott Rudin were in a London cutting room together, finishing up "The Hours. " As Daldry recalls, Rudin got a call just after the first plane hit the twin towers. "We went downstairs to the common room and switched to the live footage," Daldry says now. "Whatever work we were doing on 'The Hours' got put on hold.
September 5, 2011 |
Thousands of first responders, workers, volunteers and local residents involved in the rescue and cleanup of the World Trade Center site, along with workers at the Staten Island landfill where wreckage was taken, are left a decade later with a range of physical and psychological ailments. Respiratory illnesses were among the earliest and most prominent health effects — including the most common one, known as the "World Trade Center cough. " Today, doctors understand World Trade Center cough to be more than just a cough.
August 25, 2011 |
For years after he lost his younger brother Mike in the World Trade Center attacks, Brian Lyons would find himself in a strange position. He'd be standing in the backyard of his brother's home and would hear Mike's widow, Elaine, calling from inside. " 'Mike, is that you?' she would say. 'Are you here?' Because I sound like him and I have the same gestures as him," Lyons explained. "For a while I'd try to talk lower or change my voice. But she'd still think it was him. " Lyons is sitting in a diner just blocks from ground zero, where nearly 10 years ago, his brother, a firefighter from an elite unit in the South Bronx, ran into a burning tower and never came out. The aftermath was a nightmare for Lyons, his wife and their young daughters.
August 17, 2011 |
The passengers from New Jersey spill out of the train station and across the blistering sidewalks of Lower Manhattan, oblivious to one another as they steamroll toward their destinations. One rider stands out from the pack: a broad-shouldered man wearing jeans, T-shirt and a baseball cap, a tattered gym bag slung over one shoulder. He takes in the scene outside the station, at the edge of the former World Trade Center, and homes in on a young couple. "Do you know the past? That's the question I ask!"
May 6, 2011 |
In a poignant visit to the site that has come to symbolize both the trauma and triumphs arising from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Obama placed a wreath at the fallen World Trade Center on Thursday and said the killing of Osama bin Laden upheld America's vow to "never forget" victims' suffering. As a gusty wind blew flower petals onto the ground, Obama set the wreath of red, white and blue flowers on a simple wooden stand and then stood silently for a minute, head bowed, eyes closed, hands clasped in front of him. A cluster of invited guests, most of them relatives of those killed on Sept.