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By GREGORY KANE | March 24, 2004
DONA de Sanctis and I sat down in a quiet restaurant in northeast Washington and had a Catholic-on-Catholic discussion that started with a reference to that movie. Well, it was almost Catholic-on-Catholic. De Sanctis said her family converted to the Episcopal faith when she was a teen-ager. I'm a Catholic who has promised to find his way to Mass before the next time Halley's comet appears. But both of us know what the Stations of the Cross are, and their relevance to Mel Gibson's disputed but profitable The Passion of the Christ.
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By LYNN WILLIAMS THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon. The Free Press. 400 pages. $24.95. and LYNN WILLIAMS THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon. The Free Press. 400 pages. $24.95.,LOS ANGELES TIMES THE VESPERS TAPES. Albert DiBartolomeo. Walker and Co. 241 pages. $22.95 | February 16, 1992
DEATH OF A WARRIOR QUEEN. S. T. Haymon.St. Martin's.224 pages. $17.95.In a field near the Norfolk coast of England, where the semi-legendary Queen Boadicea made her final stand against Roman might, a team of archaeologists is piecing together the history of her last days. Dreaming of golden hoards, they turn up little but potsherds and other ancient flotsam.On a nearby beach, though, Inspector Benjamin Jurnet unearths something considerably more interesting. Annie Chance, whose mummified arm beckons him from a crumbled dune, is no warrior queen along Boadicean lines -- and she has not been dead nearly as long.
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By RANDI HENDERSON WOMEN ON TOP: HOW REAL LIFE HAS CHANGED WOMEN'S SEXUAL FANTASIES. Nancy Friday. Simon & Schuster. 460 pages. $22. and RANDI HENDERSON WOMEN ON TOP: HOW REAL LIFE HAS CHANGED WOMEN'S SEXUAL FANTASIES. Nancy Friday. Simon & Schuster. 460 pages. $22.,LOS ANGELES TIMES CONDITION BLACK. Gerald Seymour. Morrow. 336 pages. $20 | January 5, 1992
BLINDSIGHT.Robin Cook.Putnam.429 pages. $21.95.With a dozen successful novels behind him, Robin Cook would be a fool to give up the formula that has stood him in such good stead. Take a beautiful doctor, plop her into a treacherous situation, stir in a generous helping of medicalese for authenticity, and season with a light romance.All the ingredients are in "Blindsight," the doctor-turned-novelist's latest effort. Laurie Montgomery is a New York City forensic pathologist who suspects something fishy when a succession of prosperous yuppie types ends up on slabs in the medical examiner's office after cocaine overdoses.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 16, 1993
ROME -- Investigators probing the rubble of a bombing in th heart of Rome found more potential culprits than solid clues yesterday.In a city shaken by the attack, those seen as might-be bombers include international terrorists, the Mafia (perhaps trying to kill a TV talk-show host who was near the blast) and "dark forces" seeking to destabilize Italy at a delicate political moment.By police count, the bombing Friday night in the swank Parioli residential area injured two dozen people, destroyed 50 cars and damaged two schools, some shops and about 100 apartments in six buildings.
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March 4, 1992
NEW YORK -- John Gotti made sure the job got done right when Mafia boss "Big Paul" Castellano was assassinated, driving slowly past the bullet-riddled body to make sure he was dead, Gotti's former right-hand man testified.Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano described the 1985 hit during his second day on the stand Tuesday at Gotti's murder-racketeering trial.Prosecutors allege Gotti orchestrated the slaying of Castellano and his bodyguard, Thomas Bilotti, outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan to seize control of the Gambino family, the nation's most powerful crime organization.
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By Art Buchwald | April 29, 1991
THE QUESTION I am asked more than any other is, why don't we just blow away Saddam Hussein and be done with it? I must admit that I think about it every waking moment, and watching Hussein go up in smoke is one of my fondest dreams.Long ago and far away, when the Bay of Pigs missed being our finest hour, the CIA contracted with the Mafia to have Castro killed. The Mafia tried everything, including poisoning Castro's cigars, but they didn't succeed.Today, there are many in the United States who feel that just because the brotherhood failed once doesn't mean we shouldn't give them a second chance.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | June 12, 1994
ASTRAKHAN, Russia -- They're tough-looking customers, and very primitive. They weigh a ton, hardly looking as if they need the Kalashnikov-toting bodyguards that surround them now.Yet, about 600 of Russia's crack special forces have been deployed here to watch over these bruisers, who nonchalantly carry one of the world's daintiest delicacies.This is the time of year when the hulking Russian sturgeon swims up the Volga River from the Caspian Sea to lay the eggs that yield some of the world's finest caviar.
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December 16, 1991
Even the Teamsters -- especially the Teamsters! -- have finally been overwhelmed and embraced by the worldwide democracy movement. The union's first clean, free election in its 88 years of entrenched corruption has resulted in a marvelous victory for a reform slate of candidates. Risking violent retribution, they dared to defy the mobsters and embezzlers who held control for so long.Our congratulations to Ron Carey, the Long Island truck driver who is now president-elect of the largest, richest, most tainted union in the country.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Christopher Gaul, former managing editor of the Catholic Review and reporter for The Sun and The Evening Sun and area television stations, died of lung cancer Thursday at his home in Essex. He was 72. He joined the Catholic Review as a writer in 1995 and worked there until he retired in 2005. George P. Matysek Jr., the Review's assistant managing editor, remembered Mr. Gaul as a mentor to the junior writers at the paper, taking time to carefully edit their work. "He really showed us what went into a good story," Mr. Matysek said, "He was very nurturing in how he dealt with younger writers.
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By Marshall Goldman | December 27, 1991
Cambridge, Mass.--- SLIGHTLY more than a decade ago, we were doing all we could to bring the Soviet Union to its knees. But now the Soviet Union has disappeared as an entity and we find ourselves caught up in a debate, not about applying embargoes, but whether we should send financial help. to that one-time " evil empire."Certainly the former Soviet Union is in dire need of some form of help.The gross national product, as best we can tell, is down 20 percent to 25 percent, prices are up about 1,000 percent, the harvest is down 30 percent and an even larger percentage of shelves in state stores are empty.
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