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April 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad has canceled the rest of its 2013 performances, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco, Navy officials announced Tuesday. The move was caused by the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, officials said. "This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them," the Navy said in an official statement.
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April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The former  commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team may have not only allowed sexually inappropriate conduct in the workplace but also encouraged it, the Navy said Wednesday. The Navy last week announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A former commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team was relieved of duty amid allegations of "lewd speech, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit humor" and pornography, the Navy said Wednesday. Last week the Navy announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A former commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team was relieved of duty amid allegations of "lewd speech, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit humor" and pornography, the Navy said Wednesday. Last week the Navy announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from El Centro, Calif. -- Minutes to show time and Ray Wainscott listens to cockpit chatter from a scanner dangling from his neck. He stands next to an irrigation ditch and trains his camera's long lens on the gleaming blue fighter jets on the tarmac. "When they come over, they'll be so close the shock literally goes right through your chest," said Wainscott, 66, a retiree from the Seattle area who has spent six winters here in the low desert of Imperial County. "I came here for the weather.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- One of the Navy's top officers has been relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct while he was commander of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team, the Navy announced Friday. Capt. Gregory McWherter was relieved of his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado. The action was taken by Vice Adm. William French, commander of Navy Installations Command. McWherter was commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels from November 2008 to November 2010, and then from May 2011 to November 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The former  commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team may have not only allowed sexually inappropriate conduct in the workplace but also encouraged it, the Navy said Wednesday. The Navy last week announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday. The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after spending much of 2013 training at the Navy facility in El Centro, Calif.  The Blue Angels were forced to cancel most of their 2013 season, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco,  after  the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration took effect.
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February 12, 1987 | Associated Press
The pilot of a Navy F-18 Hornet ejected safely today before the jet he was using as part of the Blue Angels precision flying team crashed during a training flight about eight miles north of El Centro. The pilot was taken to the dispensary at Naval Air Station El Centro for examination. His identity was not immediately available.
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April 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators looked through wreckage to determine what had caused a Navy Blue Angels jet to crash into a residential neighborhood, and the military identified the fallen pilot as Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, 32, of Pittsfield, Mass., who was performing in one of his first air shows with the precision flying team. Davis was in his second year with the Blue Angels. He had previously served as a narrator for their air shows and handled celebrity flights, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- One of the Navy's top officers has been relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct while he was commander of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team, the Navy announced Friday. Capt. Gregory McWherter was relieved of his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado. The action was taken by Vice Adm. William French, commander of Navy Installations Command. McWherter was commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels from November 2008 to November 2010, and then from May 2011 to November 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday. The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after spending much of 2013 training at the Navy facility in El Centro, Calif.  The Blue Angels were forced to cancel most of their 2013 season, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco,  after  the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration took effect.
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January 15, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and W.J. Hennigan
A pilot was rescued after his U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, Navy officials confirmed. The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet went down 45 miles from Oceana, Va., home to a base that hosts the Navy's East Coast attack-fighter fleet, Navy officials said. The pilot ejected and was rescued, officials said. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., told the Associated Press that the crash happened at 2:35 p.m. and that the pilot was first rescued by a fisherman.
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April 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The furloughed air traffic controllers are back at work, and now the nation's airlines can blame only bad weather for delays in getting you to your destination. The furloughs that began about a week ago - delaying hundreds of planes across the country - ended this weekend after Congress passed legislation allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to use infrastructure improvement funds to pay for workers' salaries. The number of delays ranged from about 4,800 on the first day of the furloughs, April 21, to slightly more than 7,000 the following Monday, a heavy travel day, according to FlightStats, a website that monitors airline flight delays and cancellations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Due to the automatic cuts mandated by the sequestration budget deal, the Navy has cancelled plans to send ships to community events in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Seattle. For the same reason, the Navy will not reposition any ships from San Diego bases to be part of San Diego Fleet Week. "We are prioritizing funding for operations, training and maintenance," said a spokesman for the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet. "As a result of that, we have canceled ship visits to Portland Rose Festival, Seattle SeaFair, and Los Angeles Navy Days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The air show at Naval Base Ventura County, which had been expected to draw upward of 200,000 people with the Blue Angels headlining, is being canceled because of the automatic budget cuts called sequestration. "The community here in Ventura County is very supportive and we appreciate their understanding while we navigate the fiscal constraints we've faced this year," Capt. Larry Vasquez, the base commander, said Wednesday in announcing the cancellation. The announcement came a day after the Blue Angels announced that the famed squadron was canceling all of its remaining shows this year, including the Ventura County show, the three-day air show at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, and San Francisco Fleet Week.
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October 8, 1993 | Washington Post
One of the highest-profile cases in the Navy Tailhook scandal collapsed Thursday when the service exonerated the commander of the Blue Angels precision flying team of charges that he witnessed a sex act at the 1991 Tailhook convention of naval aviators. A Navy inquiry has found that Cmdr. Robert E. Stumpf, 41, was not present in a Las Vegas hotel room rented by members of his squadron when a stripper performed a sex act on an officer, the Navy announced.
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May 30, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cmdr. Donnie Cochran said he has nothing to be ashamed of after resigning as leader of the Blue Angels flying team. "I can hold my head high with pride. I haven't crashed any airplanes, none of my pilots has crashed an airplane, none of my pilots have been hurt," Cochran said. Cochran, who has been commanding officer of the elite six-plane team since November 1994, cut short a performance last fall because he had incorrectly lined up a maneuver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad has canceled the rest of its 2013 performances, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco, Navy officials announced Tuesday. The move was caused by the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, officials said. "This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them," the Navy said in an official statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A UCLA freshman water polo player has been suspended from the university after he was arrested on suspicion of raping a female student. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a red shirt freshman, was arrested Wednesday. By Monday, he was out of jail on $200,000 bail. He is due in court to face charges April 25. University officials did not release many details about the alleged incident. In a statement they said Kaplanyan, 18, an undeclared freshman from Glendale, "has been suspended from the university, subject to an appeal.
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