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2010-10-28 08:00:00

SYOSSET, N.Y., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Richard D. Klapp, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been included in the Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Edition for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law enforcement. ABOUT RICHARD D. KLAPP Mr. Klapp has had nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement with the San Francisco Police Department, retiring as a Commander. After founding the SFPD Hostage Negotiation Team, he successfully commanded 71 negotiated hostage...

2008-07-05 12:00:09

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. Today, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French- Colombian politician on the tarmac of an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while...

2008-07-05 09:00:03

The Associated Press PARIS Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. On Friday, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French Colombian politician at an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while campaigning for Colombia's...

2008-07-04 09:00:14

By VIVIAN SEQUERA By Vivian Sequera The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia A meal was rice and beans. Bed was the ground under a patched plastic tarp. They bathed in rivers, and when they weren't chained by the neck to trees, they were forced on long marches to new hideouts under the jungle canopy. Hostages freed in a daring helicopter rescue said Thursday their grueling existence as captives of Colombian rebels worsened in recent months as government troops closed in and supplies...

2008-07-03 09:00:09

By FRANK BAJAK By Frank Bajak The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a helicopter rescue during which not a single shot was fired. Betancourt, who was seized on the campaign trail six years ago, appeared thin but healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. She said she still...

2006-05-03 03:57:52

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iraq's ambassador to Germany said on Wednesday he believed Berlin paid a hefty ransom to secure the release of two German engineers who were held hostage in Iraq for over three months. "Regarding the payment of ransom, I don't know, but I assume it was a large amount of money," Iraq's ambassador to Germany Alaa Al-Hashimy told ARD public television. The two men were due to arrive at Berlin's Tegel airport later on Wednesday but officials were tightlipped about the...

2006-03-30 11:52:59

By Luis Andres Henao BOSTON (Reuters) - The family of kidnapped American reporter Jill Carroll said it was elated by her release on Thursday after nearly three months of captivity in Iraq and expressed solidarity with the families of other hostages. "Our hearts are full. We are elated by Jill's safe release," family members said in a statement read by editor Richard Bergenheim of The Christian Science Monitor, her employer. "Our thoughts are with the families of others still being...

2006-03-30 09:04:50

BOSTON (Reuters) - The family of kidnapped American reporter Jill Carroll said it was elated by her release on Thursday after nearly three months captivity in Iraq and expressed solidarity with the families of other hostages. "Our hearts are full. We are elated by Jill's safe release," family members said in a statement read by editor Richard Bergenheim of The Christian Science Monitor, her employer. "Our thoughts are with the families of others still being held hostage in Iraq and...

2006-03-30 06:43:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Journalist Jill Carroll, who has been held hostage in Iraq since January 7, has been released, her employer, The Christian Science Monitor, said on Thursday. The newspaper's spokeswoman Ellen Tuttle said the release has been confirmed by Carroll's father. Carroll, 28, was working as a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor when she was abducted by gunmen in Baghdad on January 7. Her driver escaped, but her interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, was killed.

2006-03-19 16:20:30

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Inside Man" is the dull title of a crackerjack crime thriller that also is the most commercial movie Spike Lee has directed. Everything clicks. It has a solid, substantial marquee cast in Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; a cagey, even at times (for a thriller) thoughtful screenplay by Russell Gewirtz; and a production beautifully calibrated for its story and stars. This is the mother lode all action/suspense...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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