He's rich and well-connected. But Michael Skakel's case deserves close examination
Robert F. Kennedy
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Friday 21 August 2009
He's only months into a 19-year murder sentence, but Phil Spector appears to have abandoned any efforts to make friends with the hardened criminals with whom he may very well have to spend the rest of his natural life.
Tuesday 11 August 2009
President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who carried on the family's public service tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the rights of the mentally disabled, died this morning, her family said in a statement. She was 88.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
When you are just one person sitting on a warming planet – when you see economies collapsing, wars raging, and reasons for fear on every corner – how should you react? What can you do? The current cluster of crises has stirred mood-responses that you can hear in every bar and coffee shop. It's worth looking at them, because beyond their siren messages, there is a road to real change that is being neglected.
Tuesday 04 November 2008
Tuesday 23 September 2008
Tuesday 26 August 2008
Just days before Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination before an open-air crowd on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech, the authorities in Denver are investigating a possible assassination plot against the man bidding to be the first black president in the White House.
Friday 27 June 2008
Tommy Scullion, an Irish grocery driver, devoted his long life to writing to famous people, hoping that a combination of flattery and beautiful calligraphy would spark them to reply. In this way he built up one of the world's finest collections of autographs.
Friday 23 May 2008
A small but poignant anniversary dribbled by unnoticed a fortnight ago. It was on 6 May 2007 that the world of letters greeted the official publication of Courage by Gordon Brown (Invertebrate Press, £0.49 from all good bargain basement bins; signed copies available at £0.07).
Friday 16 May 2008
It's 40 years next month since Bobby Kennedy was murdered at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by a young Palestinian-American gunman, Sirhan Sirhan – or was he? O'Sullivan's film, which started life as a report for Newsnight, sets out to show that things weren't that simple.
Thursday 08 May 2008
At 2am on 11 July 1958, Mildred Loving and her husband were woken up by the local Virginia sheriff and two deputies who, acting on a tip-off, had broken into their bedroom, shining flashlights into their faces. "Who is this woman you're sleeping with?" the sheriff brusquely asked. That Mildred was Richard Loving's wife made no difference. The couple were arrested. For she was black and he was white, at a time when two dozen states across America banned such unions under anti-miscegenation laws, in Virginia's case dating back to the 17th century.
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