Links from the Times for Aug. 3: Pilot's remains identified, Ray Sansom saga continues
Sands hid fate of Gulf War pilot lost since '91
Navy pilot Michael "Scott" Speicher was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the Gulf War in 1991 and it was there he apparently was buried by Bedouins, the sand hiding him from the world's mightiest military all these years.
Jan. 2009: Missing Navy pilot's family seeks answers
2004 Special Report: The lost American | Photos | Timeline
2003: Team to hunt for long-missing pilot
2002: Missing pilot's status changed
2001: Clinton says Pilot downed in Gulf War may be alive
1997: Navy pilot's fate remains in question
1991: Desert Storm pilots fly home to Florida
Ray Sansom also wrangled support for a leadership institute
Winning the support of state Rep. Ray Sansom to use more than $8 million in taxpayer money on a "leadership institute" at his hometown college took only 22 minutes.
State House's history shows a reluctance to punish one of their own
More stories on his rise and fall