Bad day for Gen X
‘These people were on our lunchboxes,’
said fan Gary Giovannetti
Object of Acclaim, Curiosity, The ‘King of Pop’ Dies in L.A.
MICHAEL JACKSON 1958-2009
By Hank Stuever and Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson, 50, died yesterday in Los Angeles as sensationally as he lived, as famous as a human being can get. He was a child Motown phenomenon who grew into a moonwalking megastar, the self-anointed King of Pop who sold 750 million records over his career and enjoyed worldwide adoration.
But with that came the world’s relentless curiosity, and Mr. Jackson was eventually regarded as one of show business’s legendary oddities, hopping from one public relations crisis to another.
In the end there were two sides to the record: The tabloid caricature and the provocative, genre-changing musical genius that his fans will always treasure. There were those whose devotion knew no bounds, who visited the gates of his private ranch north of Santa Barbara, Calif., arriving at Neverland on pilgrimages from Europe and Asia, and who were among the first to flock to UCLA Medical Center as news of his death spread yesterday afternoon. Those were the same kind of fans who camped out at the Santa Barbara Superior Courthouse, to show their support during his 2005 trial. They released doves and wept when he was acquitted.
Miscalculations abound in Iran
By Shahir Shahidsaless
Twenty-eight years ago, on June 20, 1981, after almost two years of friction between the Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) – a militant revolutionary group – and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – the Iranian leader of the 1979 revolution – the dispute escalated into armed conflict. The ayatollah attacked the MKO leaders and followers as non-believers and “monafeq” (hypocrites hidden inside Islamic society). He encouraged people to confront the movement. The MKO was driven underground, but the fierce campaign, which cost the lives of hundreds of the MKO’s followers, crushed and rooted the organization out of the country.
Now, history is repeating its terrible self. However, misleadingly, while the two events look similar on the surface, there are fundamental differences.
Threatened by supporters of the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as part of the ruling elite, delivered an unambiguous message during last Friday’s prayer sermon.
Senate panel OKs funds for jailing illegal immigrants
Compensation for state and local governments may be continued, despite Obama’s call to end such payments. California could receive less money than last year.
By Richard Simon
10:41 PM PDT, June 25, 2009
Reporting from Washington — Congress appeared poised Thursday to continue compensating state and local governments for incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, ignoring President Obama’s call to eliminate such payments.
That would spare strapped California from another hit on its budget.The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide $228 million nationwide next year, acting a week after the House voted to allocate $400 million, the same as this year.
Once the full Senate acts, negotiators from both chambers will meet to reconcile their differences.
California, which receives about 40% of the money, still could end up with less than it received this year.
“That’s better than nothing,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
The funds are included in the annual bill funding the Justice and Commerce departments and science programs.