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June 7, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
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January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
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HEALTH
January 4, 2010
A boot camp that fits you Finding a boot camp is relatively easy, but finding one that's fun and meets your fitness goals may take some work. An Internet search for boot camps in your area will probably yield at least a few programs and give details about the class, instructors and prices, which typically range from $20 to $25 per session (prices usually go down if a series is purchased). Many gyms offer boot camp programs as well, but some might charge a fee in addition to regular membership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The surprise visit to Alberto Ruiz's house was swift. Dress quickly, he was told. You're going to boot camp. His parents, worried about his drug use and habit of skipping school, had followed a friend's advice and called Kelvin McFarland. Ruiz's behavior had earned him a spot in McFarland's Family First Growth Camp in Pasadena, a place with a reputation for breaking gang-bangers and drug addicts and turning them into law-abiding teens. A former Marine who likes to be called "Sgt.
OPINION
August 1, 2012
Re "Targeted lesson," July 29 The Marine Corps' efforts to afford educators "a more nuanced view of the military" are commendable. Anyone who has an important role in forming the future leaders of our nation has a duty to present balanced perspectives on the vocational options best suiting their charges. The finest take-away from a stint at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for educators would be a deeper appreciation that it is the civilian arm of our government that actually wields the military lever of national power.
OPINION
November 2, 1997
Re "Boot Camp Softens Its Image," Oct. 26: If the Army's training goal now is to honor "the dignity and respect of the individual," rather than teach how to kill, the country may be in big trouble. In a shooting war, that empathy may transfer toward the enemy and our soldiers may not be able to pull the trigger or push the missile button. DONALD HIRT Paso Robles Suggestions for basic training: Training videos from "Seinfeld" episodes, clothing from the Gap, all command personnel regardless of rank to be called "guys."
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Boot camp on the Cote d'Azur? Yes, but it's more frill than drill at La Reserve Ramatuelle on the French Riviera. The resort, near St. Tropez, offers five days of early-morning yoga, fast-paced morning walks in the hills, spa treatments (balneotherapy, body wrap, jet shower and more) and, of course, meals. Healthful fare is prepared by a chef who uses local ingredients and flavors.  Dates: Sept. 18-23 and Oct. 10-15. Price: $7,885 for September, $7,161 for October, based on the current exchange rate.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tough love doesn't come cheap. If your resolutions for the new year include going to a high-end boot camp with a little TLC, here are five that might fit the bill. Lonely Planet, Shape magazine and other publications chose these as among the best in the West last year. Cal-a-Vie in Vista, Calif.: The San Diego-area wellness resort kicks serious butt, according to Lonely Planet's "best luxury boot camp" list. Morning hikes, a choice of 125 classes (including CrossFit and TRX) are all part of the fitness regime.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Amy Reiter
On Thursday, "The X Factor" brought us back to Boot Camp in Miami, where the 60 remaining contestants vied to be among the 24 acts to make it through to the next round, to be held at the judges' homes. To prove their worth, the singers would have to tackle "Task 2": They'd be divided into pairs, and each duo would be required to agree on a song and then take the stage together to sing it. These performances wouldn't really be duets, since the performers would take turns singing, with no overlap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
When the recruit staggered out of the Thunderdome pugil-stick arena, he had the early signs of concussion: glassy eyes, confusion, unsteadiness on his feet. His face had been gashed by a smashing blow from his opponent — another would-be Marine desperate to please drill instructors with a display of unrelenting aggression. Not that long ago, the drill instructors might have ordered the woozy recruit back into line for another session. But times have changed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tough love doesn't come cheap. If your resolutions for the new year include going to a high-end boot camp with a little TLC, here are five that might fit the bill. Lonely Planet, Shape magazine and other publications chose these as among the best in the West last year. Cal-a-Vie in Vista, Calif.: The San Diego-area wellness resort kicks serious butt, according to Lonely Planet's "best luxury boot camp" list. Morning hikes, a choice of 125 classes (including CrossFit and TRX) are all part of the fitness regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - When the battle was over, Marines who fought in Vietnam labeled Hill 881 South “a deadly killing zone” in the long siege of Khe Sanh . Twenty-seven Marines were killed and 50 wounded - in all, 75% of the force that had been sent that day in April 1967 to wrest the hill from the dug-in enemy. (Khe Sanh was the scene of protracted sieges in 1967 and 1968.) Marine losses would have been even greater except for the courage of two Marine privates who were scared of dying but more scared of letting down their buddies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A large eucalyptus tree at the Marine boot camp in San Diego crashed to the ground Thursday morning, injuring about 15 people. Most of the injuries were minor but two people were taken to hospitals with moderate injuries, the Marine Corps said. The injured were family members who had come to the base to watch graduation. The tree fell as family members were gathering near the main parade deck to watch recruits run by, an exercise known as a "motivational run. " ALSO: NTSB to investigate delayed evacuation of Asiana flight Asiana flight 911 tapes: Commuters, hikers reported crash Days after Asiana crash, FAA to require more training for co-pilots tony.perry@latimes.com
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Portland is taking its street-foodiness to another level: It's hosting a convention for “mobile vending professionals,” said to be a U.S. first of its kind. The Roam Mobile Food Conference is scheduled for Sept. 13-15. Sadly, the organizers won't be settling regional divides over when to say “food cart” and when to say “food truck,” nor will thousands of bagel Bentleys, burger buses, croissant coupes, sherbet Chevelles and haggis wagons be converging from all over the planet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - A recruit who made a perilous dash across the runway at San Diego's Lindbergh Field in an apparent attempt to flee Marine boot camp is no longer in the Marine Corps, authorities said Thursday. Benjamin Yi, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been separated from recruit training and the Marine Corps, officials said. Last week, Yi was detained by airport police after being spotted dashing across the runway from the adjacent boot camp. Yi's pants were torn off when he climbed two fences, including one topped with razor wire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
On a blustery winter morning this week in Santa Monica, the scene in Palisades Park was a modern-day California postcard: Mothers were power-walking strollers past sweatbands, yoga mats, hand weights and resistance cords. One boot camp group was bouncing through plyometrics and another was stretched out on their bellies like Superman. A band of stair walkers marched up and down the steps connecting the park to the beach below. The park, as it is most days, was a giant outdoor gym, and one with stunning ocean views.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1997
"Boot Camp Kicks Its Harsh Image" (Oct. 26) focused almost exclusively on two services. While acknowledging that the Marine Corps has "toughened its boot camp," the frequent use of the military moniker reinforced by quotations from military brass and the Pentagon may cause your readers to miss that point. We have made changes to how we train Marines--changes designed for the express purpose of making it more challenging to become a Marine. They are anything but "slight." It begins with recruiting.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
When Sue Naegle first went to the United Talent Agency in the early 1990s, she interviewed for an assistant's job with Gavin Polone, then a UTA partner. "If you make one mistake, I'll fire you," Polone told her. "Does that scare you? Are you going to act like a little girl? Are you going to cry when I yell at you? Are you going to complain to your mom?"
NATIONAL
January 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Arnold des Contes D'Hoffmann, who joined the Department of Defense in 2008, has never been to Afghanistan or Iraq. But numerous of his progeny have deployed to the war zones and are credited with saving American lives. Arnold has a unique job description in the American military: He's a stud. With 149 offspring - and six more expected soon - the Belgian Malinois is one of the more productive males in the breeding program at the military working dog program at Lackland Air Force Base, a sprawling military installation in San Antonio.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Amy Reiter
On Thursday, "The X Factor" brought us back to Boot Camp in Miami, where the 60 remaining contestants vied to be among the 24 acts to make it through to the next round, to be held at the judges' homes. To prove their worth, the singers would have to tackle "Task 2": They'd be divided into pairs, and each duo would be required to agree on a song and then take the stage together to sing it. These performances wouldn't really be duets, since the performers would take turns singing, with no overlap.
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