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NATIONAL
October 18, 2003 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
A senior Pentagon official under fire for his comments about Islam said Friday that he never intended to denigrate the Muslim faith, and that he is not a "zealot or an extremist." In his first comments on the controversy, Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, deputy assistant secretary for intelligence, said that his earlier statements had been misconstrued. He said he did not believe that the Bush administration's "war on terrorism" was a conflict between Christianity and Islam.
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HEALTH
July 21, 2003
Regarding "Pot-Smoking May Have Little Lasting Effect on the Brain, Research Suggests" (July 14): Thank you for having the courage to report the UC San Diego study and its conclusion regarding long-term pot usage that is not politically correct. Reportage such as yours is badly needed to counter the misinformation of drug war zealots whose campaign is responsible for a pervasive paranoia that puts a chill on the public debate on pot use. Dale O'Neal Laguna Beach
NATIONAL
June 3, 2003 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Following a brief court appearance here Monday, accused serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph was flown to Birmingham, Ala., where prosecutors have decided to try him in a fatal abortion clinic attack in 1998 that they said represents the government's best chance for a speedy conviction. Rudolph, shackled at the ankles, wore an orange jumpsuit and blue flak jacket as he appeared in court for the first time since his capture after a five-year manhunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Albert F. Canwell, a one-term Washington state legislator and anti-communist zealot who helped set the national stage for McCarthyism, has died at age 95. Canwell died April 1 in his native Spokane of unspecified causes. In 1948, Canwell conducted the first nationally publicized hearings into anti-communist activity, well ahead of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whom he claimed to have befriended and tutored. "I was helpful to [McCarthy] in selecting targets.
OPINION
February 17, 2002 | NIKKI R. KEDDIE
President Bush's inclusion of Iran in an "axis of evil" is a bizarre and seemingly inexplicable expansion of his war on terrorism. It involves a disturbing--and major--policy shift: Iran is now a potential military target primarily because U.S. officials say it is developing weapons of mass destruction. Bush's hostile rhetoric, furthermore, has strengthened the hands of Iran's religious hard-liners at the expense of its reformers, who now have no alternative but to unite behind the conservative clerics' virulent anti-Americanism.
NEWS
January 3, 2002 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young men who sat cross-legged on the rug, squeezed into a semicircle around the seminary's principal, are the mullahs of tomorrow. Most are poor and from the countryside and not yet old enough to have full, bushy beards. On the admission applications they clutched in their hands, they had agreed not to smoke, get "English-style" haircuts, question decisions of the seminary or join political movements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1999
Re "No Escaping the Memories," April 11. Siranosh Papazian Tanossian's recollection of the Armenian genocide commences with the Turkish government sending soldiers to people's houses to collect their guns. Registration, confiscation, then execution seems to be a worldwide trademark of all gun-control zealots. It is ironic how at a time when the same thing is happening to the Albanians, this Democratic-controlled state is pushing the most draconian gun control laws ever. So if the government comes knocking at your door for your guns, family, property or whatever, just remember what political party distrusts you the most.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Tuesday, not long after President Clinton visited Masada, the mountain, the Shubert Theatre hosted a concert performance of the new "Masada: The Musical." The show's creators hope to stage a full production atop the real Masada in Israel during the millennium celebration. They're also aiming for Broadway and beyond. But they've got some rewrites to do first.
MAGAZINE
December 13, 1998
At a recent Santa Barbara wine auction, a benefit for the Music Academy of the West, the honorees included Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat winery and the other winemakers who share the same facility ("The Wine Zealot," by Doug Adrianson, Nov. 1). I was reminded that one of Clendenen's most important attributes wasn't mentioned in Adrianson's fine article. Clendenen has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities over the years and continues his high level of participation with generous donations of time, money, wine and auction lots.
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