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April 3, 2013
Greg Willard Longtime NBA referee worked more than 1,600 games Greg Willard, 54, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,600 games before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , died Monday at his home in Huntington Beach, according to NBA spokesman Tim Frank. Willard was diagnosed with the illness during last season's playoffs and worked only one more game, a Lakers exhibition at the Honda Center in October. Moments of silence to honor him were planned at all NBA games Tuesday and Wednesday.
March 11, 2013 |
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - On his way home from Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had planned to stop Monday at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S.-run hospital in Germany where thousands of American soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated over the last decade. But the visit was canceled when Hagel's staff learned no Americans were being treated for combat wounds there now, a military official said. Only three U.S. military personnel have been killed in combat since January, and about 60 have been wounded.
March 9, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Two deadly suicide bombings minutes apart Saturday morning marred Chuck Hagel's maiden visit to Afghanistan as Defense secretary and served as a jarring reminder of the problems still facing the U.S. as it seeks to disengage from the 11-year-old war. A bicyclist detonated explosives strapped to his body about 30 yards from a main entrance of the Defense Ministry in Kabul about 8:45 a.m., mowing down Afghans who were waiting in...
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska, as the 24th secretary of Defense after a brutal confirmation process that saw members of his own party question his capacity to lead the Pentagon. Just hours after a vote to end the first-ever filibuster of a defense nominee, Hagel was approved 58 to 41, by far the narrowest margin for a successful appointment going back to the Carter administration. Hagel could get to work at the Pentagon as early as Wednesday.
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel, who won two Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War, survived the turbulent battle over his nomination to lead the Pentagon, where he will confront two new challenges: potentially dramatic budget cuts and tensions with congressional critics. The Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to confirm Hagel as the nation's 24th secretary of Defense, making the former Republican senator from Nebraska the first Vietnam veteran in the post. The 58-41 vote marked the lowest level of support for any successful Cabinet nominee since 2007, when Michael B. Mukasey won 53 votes as George W. Bush's third attorney general.
February 17, 2013 |
Chuck Person stands out in a crowd, but the former NBA forward turned Lakers assistant coach isn't instantly recognizable, even to some ardent basketball fans. That has its advantages. The 6-foot-8 Person, nicknamed "The Rifleman," finished fourth in the three-point shooting contest at the 1995 NBA All-Star game. And he still has a deadly shot from the perimeter. He proved that recently at a street fair in Redondo Beach, where, anonymously, he made some jaws drop at a long-range-shooting game.