May 21, 2012 |
While promoting the movie"Battleship"in Tokyo last month,U.S. ArmyCol. Greg Gadson found himself face-to-face with a stunned reporter. "He thought I was computer-generated," said Gadson, a burly former West Point football player who walks with the aid of futuristic-looking titanium prosthetics. "He thought my legs were movie magic. " There was no CGI needed for Gadson's performance as a wounded combat veteran in "Battleship" - both of his legs were amputated above the knee after he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1988
As the director of the Office of Social Concerns of the Mission San Luis Rey Parish in North County, I deal on a daily basis with aliens from many countries, both legal and illegal. I had expected an unbiased article from The Times. However, I feel that the (recent) series has shown only some negative aspects of one small segment of the Hispanic presence in North County. The uninformed public must not be left with only the information printed in this series. There must be a follow-up showing the positive aspects of the same segment of our society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1987
It is amazing how much mis- and non-information abounds. Even so astute a writer as Doris Meissner (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 2) feels free to say, "Legalization is unique in our history." That statement is quite inaccurate. Since at least 1929, it has been the policy of the United States to permit legalization of aliens who illegally entered our country. In that year Congress passed a statute (45 U.S. Statutes at Large (Stats) 1512-13) allowing legalization of the undocumented aliens who entered before June 3, 1921.
September 10, 2012 |
Not content with messing up Earth, apparently we've taken to messing up other planets. The Times' Louis Sagahun reported Monday that the Mars rover Curiosity's “drill bits may be contaminated with Earth microbes. If they are, and if those bits touch water, the organisms could survive.” Seems that Curiosity was initially sterilized, then some folks got cold feet about the rover's ability to drill once it hit the surface of the Red Planet, so they opened the box of drill bits and put one bit into Curiosity's drill. NASA being NASA, there are rules for handling this sort of thing, including that the “planetary protection officer,” one Catharine Conley, was supposed to be consulted. But NASA being NASA, she wasn't.
October 20, 2011
EVENTS Giving new meaning to the phrase "creature comforts," the all-inclusive Aliens to Zombies Convention celebrates extraterrestrials, the undead and otherterrifying critters. Participants include special-effects artist Todd Masters, "The Walking Dead" actor Michael Rooker, "Dark Skies" producer Bryce Zabel, and monster makers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Sat. $50-$75. (323) 665-8080. http://www.alienstozombies.com
July 13, 2013 |
Baron Davis, Los Angeles native and former NBA star, talked Friday about an alien abduction that took place two weeks ago when he was driving home from Las Vegas. Sure, it could have been a hallucination brought on by heat exhaustion, if you know anything about driving through the Barstow area between Vegas and L.A. Not so oddly, he ended up at In-N-Out Burger during the encounter. It likely was a tall tale, since the interview took place on the podcast "The Champs" with comedians Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher during a segment they call "Tell Us About That.