CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2012 |
Retired Army Col. James L. Stone Sr., who received the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire in Korea, died Friday at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 89. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death but did not reveal the cause. There are 80 living recipients of the medal, the nation's highest award for wartime valor. Col. Stone was a 28-year-old first lieutenant when his 48-man platoon was attacked by Chinese troops on a hilltop near Sokkogae, Korea, on the night of Nov. 21, 1951.
August 12, 2011 |
An imprisoned husband and father, released after three years, finds an emotionally shifting new world upon his return home in the urban family drama "Gun Hill Road. " Set in a struggling yet tightly knit Puerto Rican community in the Bronx, writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's debut feature stars Esai Morales as Enrique, a hardened parolee who averts his eyes when making love to wife Angela (Judy Reyes), who had an affair while he was gone, but can only stare in confused, wounded anger at his transsexually inclined teenage son Michael (Harmony Santana)
July 5, 2011 |
Marisela Morales arrived as Mexico's first female attorney general with high marks for bravery. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Morales as one of this year's "International Women of Courage," lauding her as a fearless leader in the fight to bring to justice Mexico's most dangerous criminals. But it will take more than courage if Morales is to succeed as attorney general, one of the most important figures in the government's war against violent drug-trafficking groups, which has killed nearly 40,000 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 |
A group of Los Angeles police officers received the department's highest honor for bravery in the line of duty Thursday. The Medal of Valor is awarded each year to a handful of the LAPD's nearly 10,000 officers who have showed "bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service. " As in past years, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, which raises private funds for the department, hosted a gala luncheon in Hollywood to celebrate the honorees. In a blending of reality and TV fantasy, the ceremony was hosted by Regina King, an actress who plays an LAPD detective in the drama series "Southland.
April 7, 2011 |
The past few days it has sounded as if fans choosing to go to Dodger Stadium deserved medals for bravery. It has a ridiculous sound to it, doesn't it? But a medal will be given Saturday to a baseball fan, Daniel Foster choosing to receive the Silver Star in a ceremony before the game with Toronto at Angel Stadium. Foster, a 22-year-old Army specialist, served 14 months in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan, and while some might conclude he still doesn't have enough training to take on Dodger Stadium, he explains, "I'm an Angels fan. "And here's hoping the Angels kick their butts," he says, and probably not a good idea to argue.
March 17, 2011 |
In Japan they call them the "Faceless 50. " They are the workers at the ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant who stayed to fight the fires and keep the reactors from melting down. Watching news reports of the 50 risking everything for the common good, the Japanese see a quiet selflessness, and see themselves. "We all support them and want them to be successful," said Shinichi, 34, a banker who gave only his first name as he waited in line to buy gas for company vehicles in Tagajo, about 70 miles north of the battle to save the reactors.