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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 15, 2003
KAI COUNTY, China - Seven weeks before her death, 15-year-old Deng Xiaofang sat on a small stool by her hospital bed and carefully wrote down what had happened to her, the story that family members say police had warned her not to tell and newspapers would later be ordered not to report. Deng was a dropout from a middle school in a mountain village. Her grammar was flawed, her vocabulary limited and heavy with local slang. But in neat handwriting in blue ink on nine lined pages of letter-size paper, the adopted daughter of farmers scrawled an account of her rape and the police's efforts to cover it up. Her new employers at a restaurant had put her in the hands of a stranger, she wrote, who sexually assaulted her, tried to pay her $6 and then left.
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By Ron Smith | March 31, 2011
It was said upon the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in April of 1949 that NATO's purpose was three-fold: to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down. In the 1960s, French President Charles de Gaulle removed his forces from NATO joint command, feeling slighted by the U.S. and Great Britain. He built his own Force de Frappe — a three-pronged strike force designed to rain nuclear destruction on the Soviets in a quick response to any attack on La Belle France.
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By Ron Grossman and Ron Grossman,Chicago Tribune | February 1, 1994
Siberia was Russia's Wild West -- or, to be more geographically correct, its Wild East.In "The Conquest of a Continent," historian W. Bruce Lincoln details Siberia's role in Russian history, one remarkably similar to that of the frontier in the development of the United States.The American West and Russia's Far East both were just across a mountain barrier from their country's original area of settlement. Both hinterlands were immense, sparsely populated regions that tempted the adventurous and restless.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | June 19, 1999
A lovely home decorated with Old Master paintings is something most people can only dream about. For Henry H. Weldon and his wife June, however, it is a gift to enjoy and cherish, the culmination of a lifetime of collecting and living with beautiful things.The Weldons bought their first painting more than 50 years ago, when they were newlyweds and "looking for something to put on our walls," recalled Henry Weldon in an interview this week.The Weldons were setting up their first home in New York City when, for $16, they picked up an old painting encrusted with grime at an auction in Greenwich Village.
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By FRANK SMYTH | April 24, 1994
Rwanda's Tutsi kings ruled over Hutu peasant farmers for three centuries. But in 1959, the Hutu finally overthrew the Tutsi monarchy. From then until President Juvenal Habyarimana's death two weeks ago, Hutu have ruled the country. But today, Tutsi guerrillas of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) are fighting their way toward power.If the RPF defeats the predominantly Hutu Rwandan army, the question is whether it would share power with Hutu, who make up about 85 percent of the population. RPF leaders say they will.
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By Kevin Cullen and Kevin Cullen,BOSTON GLOBE | August 30, 1997
BOSTON -- It was called Black '47, though few Americans know the phrase.Black '47 refers to 1847, the worst year of the Irish famine, a potato blight that between 1845 and 1850 killed more than 1 million people and forced another 1.5 million to emigrate, most of them to North America. Many historians cite August as the worst month of Black '47, when the most people died or left Ireland.Besides setting in motion a sustained wave of immigration that has made the Irish one of the world's great nomadic peoples, the famine shaped the social, ethnic, religious and political fabric of several cities along the East Coast.
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By DAVID SIMON David Simon is a reporter at The Sun and author of "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." | January 12, 1992
Now is the winter of our discontent. Right now.Now is the winter of women claimed by stray bullets as they walk to corner stores, the winter of another year in which Baltimore records more than 300 slayings, the barren season for a police department that justifies paralysis by spending thousands of dollars to study its problems, as if the problems weren't obvious to any sergeant with five years on the street.So have we set the stage for the last act of this fine morality play, this drama that bears the unlikely title of "Linwood Rudolph Williams."
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April 15, 1998
Editor's note: Three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden. But once their soup of water and stones is done, the town enjoys a feast.When the peasants heard that three soldiers were coming down the road, they talked among themselves."Here come three soldiers. Soldiers are always hungry. But we have little enough for ourselves." And they hurried to hide their food.They pushed sacks of barley under the hay in the lofts. They lowered buckets of milk down the wells.
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April 15, 1998
After reading the story "Stone Soup," discuss how the soldiers were able to make soup from stones. Then have the child name some of the food that the peasants in the town were able to find:saltcabbagepotatoesciderpepperbeefbarleyroastcarrotsbreadmilkwaterThen ask the child these questions:Which are meats? (roast, beef)Which are vegetables? (potatoes, carrots, cabbage)Which one is a grain? (barley)Which are liquids? (milk, cider)You can extend this activity by making a vegetable or vegetablbeef soup with your child.
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April 8, 1997
Sen. Heberto Castillo,68, for decades a leftist opposition leader, died Saturday of complications from a heart attack in Mexico City.Mr. Castillo, who was once jailed for his activism, was best known as an opponent of Mexico's entrenched ruling party.Colleagues said his death may complicate efforts to reach a settlement to a smoldering rebellion by Indian peasants in the southern state of Chiapas.They said Mr. Castillo was the moral leader to mediators.August Heckscher,83, a former parks commissioner who helped bring the New York City Marathon andBarbra Streisand to Central Park, died Saturday in New York.
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