Ah, Times Square. Now that was a place-for great theater, cabaret, hotels or just a stroll with a sweetheart below the neon lights. It was also the site of some the nation`s largest and most emotional gatherings, from ringing in the New Year to proclaiming victory over the Nazis. Read more »
By Russell W. Baker, Special to The Christian Science Monitor / June 12, 1989
By Russell W. Baker, Special to The Christian Science Monitor / November 13, 1989
IN a vote overshadowed by the election of New York City’s first black mayor, New Yorkers Tuesday approved a radical restructuring of their government. The move was an effort to comply with a mandate from the United States Supreme Court. By a 55-to-45 percent margin, voters agreed to transfer functions away from a century-old governmental body unique to New York, splitting its powers between the mayor and an expanded City Council.
By Russell Baker, Special to The Christian Science Monitor / December 29, 1989
FOR most of a week, even after dictator Nicolae Ceausescu tried to flee his own country, Romania has been held hostage by a desperate band of assassins. The key figures in the violent resistance to the people’s revolution have been members of the Securitate, the secret police who terrorized a nation for decades. Hard-line Securitate members were given a deadline of 5 p.m. yesterday to surrender their weapons or face emergency courts and immediate execution, Romania’s new leaders warned.
The Christian Science Monitor – Friday, January 5, 1990
As Romanians settle into their first free new year, there are still grim reminders of the price paid for emancipation.
A park adjoining the famed Belu cemetery has been converted into a graveyard, and hundreds of men with picks and shovels are hard at work on ground blanketed with ice. Wrapped in dark peasant garments, they go about their work with the matter-of-factness shown by many Romanians during these difficult times. Read more »