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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 7, 1990
"The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story" is both gripping and troubling television.The docudrama, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, reconstructs the events that led to the explosion aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, two years ago. The bombing resulted in 270 deaths -- 259 people on the plane and 11 on the ground.As drama, the film is a powerful one. It is occasionally a bit rag-tag in the way it encapsulates months and years of events in a sentence or two of narration.
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August 25, 2009
Should Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the terminally ill man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and killing 270 people in 1988, have been released from prison to die in Libya? Yes 6% No 92% Not sure 2% (1,094 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Should U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a prosecutor to investigate alleged abusive treatment of detainees by the CIA? Vote at baltimoresun.com/vote
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By Los Angeles Times | May 17, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Two Libyans accused of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988 have met in Tripoli with a leading Washington criminal defense attorney, a sign that Libya is taking steps that could bring them to trial in the United States.Any break in the deadlock over Libya's surrendering the two defendants, along with four other Libyans sought in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over the Sahara, could lead to the lifting of sanctions the U.N. Security Council imposed against Libya.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | August 19, 2007
A plaque on a firetruck at the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. bears the name of an Army lieutenant killed nearly 20 years ago in a terrorist bombing in Scotland. The engine carries a new thermal-imaging camera, purchased with a $10,000 donation from George H. Williams. He gave the camera in memory of his only son, 1st Lt. George W. Williams, who died in 1988 aboard Pan Am Flight 103. Terrorist-planted bombs detonated on the plane over Lockerbie, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 others on the ground.
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March 19, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The United States today urged Americans to leave Libya ahead of the expected imposition of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council against Libya. The sanctions are to be imposed until Libya cooperates in the prosecutions of two of its agents accused of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died, including seven Marylanders.
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By Carole S. Downing | December 18, 1990
FRIDAY will mark the second anniversary of the blowing up of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, a tragedy that took the lives of 270 innocent people.I want to know what has been done to prevent other people from being murdered by terrorists in like fashion.I am not a family member of a victim. I am, however, the mother of a son who lost one of his best friends at the hands of these murderers. Lt. George Williams (Jordy) was among those not given a chance at life. My son continues to mourn Jordy's death.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 21, 1993
Less than 48 hours after he got the news, Joe Horgan was flying toward a little farming village in Scotland.Christmas lights twinkled back home in North Wales, Pa.Ahead, the sun was rising on the still-smoldering wreck of a U.S. jumbo jet and 270 twisted bodies.Somewhere among them was his brother-in-law, Mike Doyle of Voorhees, Pa.On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan American Flight 103 had been en route to New York from Frankfurt, Germany, when a bomb exploded in its baggage compartment.Seconds later, and 31,000 feet below, the people of Lockerbie, Scotland, saw a V-shaped fireball tumbling out of the sky, then a "rain of fire" as wings and bodies and engines fell onto the houses and fields, killing 11 villagers in addition to the 259 people on board.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2001
The Libyan intelligence agent found guilty in the 1988 bombing of PanAm Flight 103 has little chance of successfully appealing that verdict, Scottish officials told the victims' families yesterday. In a private, daylong briefing at Baltimore's Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, East Coast family members met with Lord Advocate Colin Boyd and three of the prosecutors who won the guilty verdict against Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi in January. A second defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was found not guilty in the trial in the Netherlands.
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By Deborah Bach and Deborah Bach,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 1, 2000
George Harvey Williams is a hard man. His unflinching resolve is rooted in a Highlandtown childhood, was strengthened during the Depression years, and crystallized when he became a scout sniper for the Marine Corps during the Korean War. That determination has carried Williams through the past 11 1/2 years as he awaited justice for the death of his 24-year-old son in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. It will be with him today as he flies to the Netherlands for the trial of two men charged in the attack that claimed 270 lives.
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August 25, 2009
Should Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the terminally ill man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and killing 270 people in 1988, have been released from prison to die in Libya? Yes 6% No 92% Not sure 2% (1,094 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Should U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a prosecutor to investigate alleged abusive treatment of detainees by the CIA? Vote at baltimoresun.com/vote
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By Tom Hundley and Tom Hundley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 29, 2007
LONDON -- Nearly 19 years after a bomb blew up Pan Am Flight 103 in the skies above Lockerbie, Scotland, and six years after a former Libyan intelligence agent was convicted of planning the attack, a judicial review has resurrected lingering doubts about the case. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent panel that oversees matters brought before Scottish courts, recommended yesterday that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the case, be granted permission to file a fresh appeal.
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March 17, 2002
The Crisis: Four hundred U.S. soldiers returned to their base after commanders declared that the "major battle" against al-Qaida fighters in mountains south of Kabul was over. The bodies of at least 11 firefighters and numerous civilians were recovered when work crews began digging at the base of the first of the World Trade Center towers to collapse. A federal court in New Jersey indicted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, an Islamic militant and British passport holder. Saeed is accused of luring Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to his death.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2001
An oddly graceful flying boat called the China Clipper rose out of a cove off Middle River in late October 1935 and flew straight into aviation history. Not quite a month later, the Pan American China Clipper, by the Glenn L. Martin company, flew from San Francisco on the first transoceanic flight by a commercial airliner. The Clipper hopped island to island across the Pacific Ocean to Manila in about five days. "Ron Davis, the curator for air transport at the Air and Space Museum, said that was the greatest event in transport history," says George Price, a Pan Am pilot for 31 years.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2001
The Libyan intelligence agent found guilty in the 1988 bombing of PanAm Flight 103 has little chance of successfully appealing that verdict, Scottish officials told the victims' families yesterday. In a private, daylong briefing at Baltimore's Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, East Coast family members met with Lord Advocate Colin Boyd and three of the prosecutors who won the guilty verdict against Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi in January. A second defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was found not guilty in the trial in the Netherlands.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 21, 2000
WASHINGTON - Facing a Friday deadline, the State Department is poised to renew U.S.-Libyan travel restrictions for only several months instead of the full year allowed under law, angering relatives of those killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and amounting to what some see as a new step in warming U.S. relations with Libyan Col. Muammar el Kadafi. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright is strongly considering a measure that would extend the travel restrictions on Americans in Libya for another three or six months, according to congressional aides and families of bombing victims who have been briefed by the department.
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By Deborah Bach and Deborah Bach,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 1, 2000
George Harvey Williams is a hard man. His unflinching resolve is rooted in a Highlandtown childhood, was strengthened during the Depression years, and crystallized when he became a scout sniper for the Marine Corps during the Korean War. That determination has carried Williams through the past 11 1/2 years as he awaited justice for the death of his 24-year-old son in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. It will be with him today as he flies to the Netherlands for the trial of two men charged in the attack that claimed 270 lives.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
ARLINGTON, Va. -- George H. Williams of Joppa movedthrough the crowd to the front row where the president was inching along, shaking hands, looking into one face of grief after another. Mr. Williams waited, then told his story again, this time to the president of the United States."My son was in the Army," began Mr. Williams, shaking Mr. Clinton's hand. The president clenched his jaw, nodded his head and listened to Mr. Williams, whose son, an Army first lieutenant, was one of 270 people killed when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland five years ago yesterday.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | August 19, 2007
A plaque on a firetruck at the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. bears the name of an Army lieutenant killed nearly 20 years ago in a terrorist bombing in Scotland. The engine carries a new thermal-imaging camera, purchased with a $10,000 donation from George H. Williams. He gave the camera in memory of his only son, 1st Lt. George W. Williams, who died in 1988 aboard Pan Am Flight 103. Terrorist-planted bombs detonated on the plane over Lockerbie, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 others on the ground.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
Whenever George Williams feels like quitting, he pulls out an autopsy photo of his son who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.It is a painful reminder that his decadelong mission to unravel the mystery of the terrorist attack is not over."
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 15, 1999
WASHINGTON -- George Williams has seen signs of cooperation before from Libyan leader Muammar el Kadafi, only to be disappointed. This time he's not buying it.Williams and his wife Judy, who live in Joppa, lost their 24-year-old son, Geordie, in the explosion and crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.As president of an organization representing the majority of families of the 189 American victims, Williams closely follows the diplomatic efforts to bring two Libyan intelligence agents to trial in the attack.
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