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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 JULIE ROTHMAN and JULIE ROTHMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 8, 2006
Hollee Paterson of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for Welsh rarebit, preferably made without beer. Jenny McKenzie from Windsor, Colo., sent in a recipe for this classic dish taken from what she calls her "cooking bible": Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, published in 1950. She says she grew up with this cookbook in her mother's kitchen and was very pleased to inherit her grandmother's copy. The introduction to this recipe says that long ago in Wales the peasants were not permitted to hunt on the estates of noblemen, so they created this savory and satisfying dish, which substituted melted cheese for rabbit, the prize of the hunt.
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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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By Los Angeles Times | July 27, 1993
MANILA, Philippines -- Pepsi's advertisements, splashed for weeks all over Philippine newspapers, radio and TV, were hardly subtle: "Today, you could be a millionaire!"From her tin-roofed shack in one of Manila's more squalid slums, Victoria Angelo couldn't resist. The unemployed mother of five and her husband, Juanito, who pedals people in a three-wheeled cab for about $4 a day, began drinking Pepsi with every meal and snack. Each morning, the family prayed for a specially marked bottle cap.And then, a miracle!
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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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June 28, 2011
Our country's problems are complicated, but Newt Gingrich's Tiffany faux pas isn't. It's simple. It has to do with a leader having a sense of empathy, balance and propriety. The Gingriches and their million-dollar interest-free account at Tiffany's (they spent at least $750,000 on jewelry according to Slate) remind one of pre-revolutionary French nobility living frivolous, decadent lifestyles while their country faced financial crises and the peasants starved. It was amazing to hear Gingrich retort that he and his wife live "very frugal" lives.
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January 5, 1992
Russia's plunge into price reform begins a shock treatment without anesthesia. The unanswered question is: Will the patient walk again? But President Boris N. Yeltsin showed commendable decisiveness by not just talking about price reform and vacillating as Mikhail S. Gorbachev did for years.If handling finances was so easy, everyone would be a millionaire. Yet many individuals, and even countries, barely survive from paycheck to paycheck. Few universal panaceas exist to complicated monetary problems.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Staff Writer | April 2, 1993
All parties were winners in Ralph Lauren's revisionist interpretation of the Russian Revolution.Cossacks, grand duchesses, tweedy intellectuals, peasants anGypsies did a grand march in his fall collection.Most of the recurring trends of the season were evident in his presentation, but the master American designer had shaped them into beautiful clothes, instead of costumes. He cut the military look into a Cossack general's greatcoat. He dressed his dandies as sensitive intellectuals in pure white shirts and small velvet vests.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 2, 1996
XINJI, China -- Most towns in China announce themselves with a simple sign, or with an old-style archway over the road. But visitors to Xinji, a city of 130,000 people, are greeted with something more in keeping with its booming ambitions: a small version of the Eiffel Tower.And why not? Just 15 years ago, Xinji (pronounced SHIN-gee) was a country town of 35,000, notable only for having the region's biggest farmers' market. Now, it is an emblem of the unprecedented migration of hundreds of millions of peasants from the countryside to the city, urbanization that is changing China and will affect the rest of the world.
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