By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | April 14, 1993
Three Maryland women have been charged with attempting to smuggle 13.2 pounds of heroin into the United States via the Mexican border by concealing the drugs in hand-carried briefcases, U.S. Customs agents said.Agents said Denise Anderson and Cloria Kelly, both 24 and of Laurel, were arrested Saturday at the Customs station at Otay Mesa, Calif. The heroin was found in false tops and bottoms of two leather briefcases, agents said.Agents estimated the street value of the heroin to be anywhere from $4.5 million to $9.5 million, depending on purity.
By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | February 21, 2008
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will lose its flights to Africa in May, when North American Airlines cuts service to Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana. It is the latest blow to BWI's efforts to bolster its international service, after Icelandair's pullout last month. It also means the large West African immigrant population in the Baltimore-Washington region will now have to travel further for flights to their home countries. Rising fuel costs, coupled with competition from routes Delta Air Lines recently launched from New York to West Africa, have forced North American Airlines to shut down all commercial service, company spokesman Steve Forsyth said.
By Matt Vensel and Matt Vensel,Sun reporter | August 9, 2007
Moving from England to Nigeria and back again would be a bit of culture shock for most, but for singer, songwriter and producer Adesiji "Siji" Awoyinka, the meshing of two vastly different cultures was the impetus of his musical career. Moving around "gave me a broad perspective, a broad palette from which to draw from," Siji said. The soft-spoken musician, who plays the Naija Fest on Saturday, was born in London to Nigerian parents, but was raised for most of his childhood in Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria and also a hot spot of the African music scene.
By MIKE ROYKO | August 3, 1994
It is obvious that you do not mess around with his royal highness, Prince Jaiyesimi, a member of the Ijede ruling family in Lagos, Nigeria.That's what Gerry Gross, a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver who is not of royal birth, will soon be finding out.Gross is one of the alleged villains in a $120 million federal lawsuit that Prince Jaiyesimi brought against the city of Chicago, the CTA and the Police Department because they hurt his royal feelings real...
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 26, 1999
IKORODU, Nigeria -- For the fourth and final time, Kehind Adewole will wait in the tropical sun tomorrow to vote an end to military rule, joining millions of his countrymen in an act they hope will save this most populous African nation.The transition from army dictatorship to civilian democracy here has been a carefully paced process, and Adewole has participated in each step.First, the civil servant and father of three went to the polling station on the veranda of an ornate but dowdy green house at Ogunsanya and Alison streets to elect a local council for this down-at-its-heels township Dec. 5.On Jan. 9, he was back to elect a provincial governor.
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2004
The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie thinks of Baltimore as "an old woman who's resigned and not very happy, who used to be very beautiful and is aware she no longer is very beautiful and is not very happy about it." Adichie lived here on University Parkway for about a year while she worked on getting her master's degree in creative writing from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. She'll be back in the area tonight, reading from her much-acclaimed debut novel Purple Hibiscus at Barnes & Noble, at the Avenue at White Marsh.
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 9, 2000
SANTIAGO, Chile - In October 1973, when Augusto Pinochet was beginning to make his mark on Chile, death rode a Puma helicopter. The aircraft carried a six-member army squad led by a general who was a special emissary of Pinochet. The squad roamed the north killing political prisoners, at least 72 in all. Even some officers were horrified. Gen. Joaquin Lagos, then a regional commander in the city of Antofagasta, recalled: "A general of the republic had been my guest for a few hours and ... ordered the murder of 14 prisoners, prisoners who had in their majority surrendered voluntarily, trusting in me. What a barbarity, massacring 14 defenseless prisoners behind my back."
By Davan Maharaj and Davan Maharaj,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 28, 2004
LAGOS, Nigeria - Tossed off a flatbed truck, a 100-pound bale of used underwear, worn socks, DKNY suits and Michael Jordan jerseys lands with a thud amid a jostling swarm of shoppers. Okech Anorue slits the plastic wrap on the refrigerator-size bundle he bought for $95 and dives in. There's bound to be a gem in there - such as the faded leather bomber jacket once worn by an American high-schooler named Tiffany. That piece now hangs on the premium rack in his 5-foot-by-5-foot stall with a $25 price tag. "These clothes make people's dreams come true," says Anorue, chairman of the vendors association at Yaba Market.
By Elise Armacost | March 2, 1997
I DROVE A Nigerian journalist interning with The Sun's editorial department through the valleys of Baltimore County, across to Reisterstown and north toward the booming exurb of Hampstead. We ate lunch at Friendly Farm restaurant in Upperco, then meandered through the farmland straddling Mount Carmel Road and down Interstate 83.My companion remarked upon the beauty of the landscape, brown and sere though it was, and upon the homes we passed. I expected wonderment at the gracious old mansions of the valleys, but he seemed just as impressed by suburban colonials and Cape Cods.
DAKAR, Senegal - An attack by a Christian militia against a mainly Muslim town in central Nigeria has left several hundred people dead, according to news reports from the area. The incident, which took place Sunday in the village of Yelwa, is the latest eruption in a long-standing dispute between herders, who are Muslims from the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group, and farmers, who are ethnic Tarok Christians. Reuters and Agence France-Presse quoted two Muslim community leaders as saying that 630 bodies have been buried since the attack.
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