December 7, 1990
Five weeks ago in these columns, we made the observation that Saddam Hussein had become "hostage to his hostages." That state of affairs has now been confirmed. The Iraqi dictator's announcement that he would release by Christmas the thousands of hostages still in his clutches is hardly the humanitarian gesture he claims. Instead, it shows he has realized at last that the mass seizure of hostages is not a deterrent to a vigorous response from the civilized world community. Quite the reverse.
June 3, 2013
This is typically the busiest month for moving in the year. If you're one of those people who will be on the move soon, make sure you check out the company that will be transporting your belongings. According to Consumer Reports, regulators in Massachusetts and New Jersey sued movers for giving customers low estimates and then hiking the price once goods were on the truck. One mover, according to the magazine, threatened to sell the belongings unless customers paid up. Federal law restricts how much movers can revise initial estimates, but that's only in cases where people are moving across state lines.
December 5, 1991
With the release of journalist Terry Anderson, a grim era comes to an end. Anderson had been held since March 16, 1985, the longest of any American hostage. Because of the tireless efforts of his sister, Peggy Say, he had also become the best known.But even as Americans rejoice, two Germans remain in captivity in the Mideast. More ominous, despite tentative moves toward peace in the region, any lasting settlement of long-standing disputes and grudges still appears a long way off. But the Mideast does not operate in a vacuum, and changes in the rest of the world -- primarily the end of the Cold War -- have vastly changed the playing field.
October 23, 1991
A photo caption in The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified the woman standing next to freed hostage Jesse Turner, because of an error by the Associated Press. She is Nancy Waddell, wife of the commander of the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.+ The Sun regrets the errors.
December 4, 1991
Americans will rejoice when the last American hostage in Lebanon, Terry Anderson, joins Allan Steen and Joseph Cicippio in freedom. That will close the book on this chapter of Americans held hostage by pro-Iranian factions in Syrian-controlled Lebanon. It will not end lawlessness, however, or wrap up the hostage crisis as an impediment to peace in the Middle East.Two German hostages remain, held as barter for Germany releasing terrorists who committed crimes in Germany. At least one Israeli is held and five more are held or dead.
October 9, 2007
A man suspected of holding a woman hostage in North Point State Park on Sunday afternoon has been charged with multiple offenses, including assault, Baltimore County police said yesterday. About 5:30 p.m., the woman told police that she had escaped from the man and that he had fired shots as she fled into the woods. Police blocked off North Point Road and other roads leading into the park and searched for the man. Scores of motorists in the area were forced to wait until the search was over.