November 2, 2003
Kamato Hongo, 116, a Japanese woman believed to have been the world's oldest person, died of pneumonia Friday. Born in 1887, Ms. Hongo was recognized as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of Records after an American woman -- Maude Farris-Luse -- died in March at age 115. Ms. Hongo was known throughout Japan for her habit of sleeping for two days and then staying awake for two days. Raised on a small, rural island on Japan's southern fringe, Ms. Hongo grew up tending cows and farming potatoes.
NORFOLK, Va. -- Eight years ago, he spurned the Republican Party and voted against Robert H. Bork for the Supreme Court. Two years ago, he rejected the party nominee for lieutenant governor, Michael P. Farris, who lost. And in last year's Senate race, he supported an independent, rather than the Republican nominee, Oliver L. North. Mr. North lost, too.To be sure, Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia is no longer the favorite son of many state Republicans. But this year, as he gears up to run for a fourth term in 1996, antipathy toward him has reached new heights, threatening to fracture the state party and deliver the seat to a Democrat for the first time in 30 years.
March 31, 1992
William E. Wright Jr., an Army officer captured by the Germans in World War II and a civilian military intelligence specialist for the Army, died Saturday of cancer at his home on Stonewall Road in Catonsville.Services for Mr. Wright, 70, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow in a chapel at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1966.He had enlisted in 1940. After completing Officers Candidate School, he was an infantry officer in Italy and Southern France before being captured by the Germans in 1944.
By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Washington Bureau | October 23, 1993
RICHMOND, Va. -- The issue is change and the name of the game is albatross-hanging as the campaign to elect a new governor of Virginia on Nov. 2 comes down to the wire.With Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder stepping aside under a state law that bars two consecutive terms, both Mary Sue Terry, the Democratic state attorney general, and George F. Allen, a former Republican congressman, are telling voters they represent the change that polls say the voters want.After 12 years of Democratic control of the governor's mansion, Mr. Allen, son of the late Washington Redskins football coach, has the much easier sales job. But Ms. Terry is warning that his election would deliver the state into the hands of "extremists" of the religious right.
By Nathan M. Pitts | May 1, 2003
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray and Maroon 5 will perform at the MCI Center May 16. Mix Fest, featuring Uncle Cracker, O.A.R., Macy Gray, Sixpence None the Richer, Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachel Farris, Ike and guest host Lisa Marie Presley, will be held at Pier Six Concert Pavilion June 7. 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous play Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va., July 6. David Sanborn performs at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Oct. 5. Also, Arlo Guthrie is there Nov. 18-19.
By Peter Stone | March 26, 2000
ON THURSDAY a score of leaders from evangelical and family values groups are scheduled to gather in Dallas for a day of intense talks and planning for this year's elections. The expected guests include such prominent veterans of the evangelical movement -- the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who has just started a campaign called People of Faith 2000; Mike Farris, who runs the Madison Project; Donald Hodel, a former top official of the Christian Coalition; James Kennedy, a prominent Florida evangelical; Tim LaHaye, who heads Family Life Seminars; and the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, the leader of the Traditional Values Coalition.
By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 7, 1994
BEIRUT -- The big bulldozer of Boutros Farris pawed the ground. It caught, and with a snort of diesel smoke and clank of moving steel, ripped out the columns yesterday from under the old U.S. Embassy here.The left third of the six-story building collapsed in a shroud of dust. A heap of rubble replaced the bombed-out building that has for 11 years stood as a grim symbol of the cost of U.S. involvement in the tangled Middle East.A suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in 1983 killed 63 people and crushed American delusions that it could solve the problems in this region by sending in the Marines.
By CAL THOMAS | November 5, 1993
Washington. -- Had David Dinkins won in New York, the message would have been that President Clinton's visit (along with Hillary Rodham Clinton's and Tipper Gore's visits) demonstrated the growing political power of this administration.Had Jim Florio won in New Jersey, it would have meant that higher taxes don't bother voters. And had Mary Sue Terry become the first woman governor of Virginia, pundits would have said the year of the liberal woman had been extended.Instead, the clear message of Tuesday's ''off-year'' elections was that Mr. Clinton is the one having the off year.
By Thomas Easton and Thomas Easton,New York Bureau | July 7, 1992
NEW YORK -- Underscoring the dramatic change in attitudes only a few years can make, any significant increase in consumer installment credit would come as a major surprise to financial markets.Although a slight rise is forecast by a few economists, most predict that figures for May, which are to be announced today, will show a decline of about $500 million to $1 billion."It runs so much counter to what is thought of as American habit, to have anyone pay down debt," said Susan Hering, an economist at Salomon Brothers.
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