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Podesta apologizes for likening GOP to Jonestown

Podesta apologizes for likening GOP to Jonestown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- John Podesta, who President Obama hired as a special adviser, apologized for likening the Republican Party to a cult that assassinated a U.S. congressman.

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CNN: Jim Jones had long planned killings

ATLANTA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Cult leader Jim Jones had been stockpiling deadly cyanide poison for years before he led his followers into a 1978 mass murder-suicide in Guyana, CNN says.

Calif. congresswoman sworn in, booed

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- A new congresswoman from California began her career Thursday by demanding the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, drawing boos from some colleagues.

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Jim Jones' son in Jonestown TV documentary

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The son of the Rev. Jim Jones gave an interview for a two-hour U.S. television documentary on the 1978 Jonestown tragedy.

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Today is Friday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2005 with 43 to follow.
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Two arrested in Mass. church vigil

SOUTH NATICK, Mass., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Two parishioners attempting a vigil at Sacred Heart Parish in South Natick, Mass., were arrested Saturday for trespassing.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2004 with 43 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The largest mass suicide in modern history took place on this date in 1978. More than 900 people died from drinking poisoned drink mix at a religious community called Jonestown, founded by the Rev. Jim Jones in the South American nation of Guyana. Jones h
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Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr. (May 5, 1925 – November 18, 1978) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1973 until he was murdered in Guyana by members of the Peoples Temple shortly before the Jonestown Massacre in 1978. After the Watts Riots of 1965, then-Assemblyman Ryan took a job as a substitute school teacher to investigate and document conditions in the area. In 1970, he investigated the conditions of Californian prisons by being held, under a pseudonym, as an inmate in Folsom Prison, while presiding as chairman on the Assembly committee that oversaw prison reform. During his time in Congress, Ryan traveled to Newfoundland to investigate the killing of seals.

Ryan was also famous for vocal criticism of the lack of Congressional oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and authored the Hughes-Ryan Amendment, passed in 1974. He was also an early critic of L. Ron Hubbard and his Scientology movement and of the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. On November 3, 1977, Ryan read into the United States Congressional Record a testimony by John Gordon Clark about the health hazards connected with destructive cults. Ryan is the only U.S. congressman ever to be killed in the line of duty. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983.

Leo Ryan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Throughout his early life, his family moved frequently through Illinois, Florida, New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1943. He then received V-12 officer training at Bates College and served with the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a submariner.

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