March 21, 1995
Berkeley, California. -- The White House insistence on branding Iran as a ''rogue'' state undid Conoco's oil-drilling deal with Tehran. But it also threatens to undo a century of Anglo-American control over Mideast oil -- a control that has allowed American consumers in particular to enjoy low prices at the gasoline pump for that same long stretch of time.Two forces in particular are now challenging that control. One, well documented in the U.S. press, is the Islamic revolution. The second, much less known, is the emergence of France and Russia as contenders vying for their own access to Mideast oil. Both forces stand to benefit from the Middle Eastern power vacuum created by Washington's policy of branding certain oil-rich Middle Eastern nations as rogues largely because of their opposition to the U.S.-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
July 1, 1992
Baltimore City's liquor trade is on the threshold of a major change. Under an emergency bill recently signed into law by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, all liquor stores masquerading as taverns will have to adjust their legal status by next March.This crackdown will affect 150 to 200 of the 625 establishments with 7-day tavern licenses, mostly in inner-city neighborhoods.As the middle class has moved to the suburbs and fear of crime has diminished night-time trade, many once-thriving corner taverns have abolished their bars and seating areas altogether but continue operating as package-goods stores from behind bullet-proof partitions.
September 7, 1998
THE MISSILE that North Korea shot over Japan advertised that starving country's steady improvement in weapons. Lunatic as the regime of Kim Jong Il often appears, its dependence on food aid from the democracies and nuclear reactors as a bribe to avoid developing weapons-grade fuel do not guarantee good behavior.The country that is perpetually threatening to disintegrate just demonstrated its new capability to inflict severe damage to targets more than 1,000 miles away, that is, in Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
October 12, 1999
SUNDAY, when the highway through Israel opens to link Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinians will gain tangible results long promised by the peace process.There's another in store, too: An Israeli Cabinet committee authorized Prime Minister Ehud Barak to dismantle any of 42 rogue Israeli settlements planted without legal authority in the West Bank. This is a token of what must come.On the other side, the Palestinian Authority has timidly begun to crack down on the illegal weapons trade in the West Bank.
February 12, 2002
Working to clean up the damage to its finances and its image left behind by an alleged "rogue trader" who cost it $750 million, Allfirst Financial Inc. has enlisted a former Clinton banking official with the more staid reputation as a "rogue regulator." Eugene A. Ludwig was once the top banking regulator in the nation. From 1993 to 1998, he implemented broad reforms and rewrote the country's community banking regulations. And showing a quality that no doubt led to his latest endeavor, Ludwig did so while remaining in the banking industry's good favor.
April 8, 2004
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The billboard worker owed money he didn't have, so he found a way to erase his debt: He let his creditor cover six billboards with a biblical passage condemning homosexuality. That deal backfired spectacularly, at least for the employee. Billboards are meant to be seen, after all. When sign company executives saw them a few weeks ago, they promptly fired the worker and papered over the unauthorized messages. But many people couldn't get over the sight of a half-dozen billboards in Buncombe County coated with the Old Testament words of Leviticus 20:13: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be put upon them."