CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2006 |
The U.S. Coast Guard is known for sending off its captains in style, but Friday's ceremony on a lawn at the Los Angeles waterfront had some special flourishes. The staff chose to wear their full dress blues, with white gloves and swords strapped to their sides. A cadre of helicopters flew overhead. And as the ceremony ended, a city fireboat sent streams of water shooting toward the sky. The captain of the port, Peter V.
April 13, 2006 |
A cadet at the Coast Guard Academy will face a court-martial on rape and other charges, the first such trial in the institution's history, the school said Wednesday. Webster M. Smith, 22, faces nine charges including rape, sodomy, extortion and assault. He had faced misconduct accusations from seven female cadets, ranging from rape to improper touching. Rear Adm. James C. Van Sice, the academy superintendent, dismissed five charges Wednesday, including indecent assault and one sodomy charge.
March 3, 2006 |
Coast Guard officers who rescued 15 Cubans on an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys were taking the group to shore when senior officials told them to stop and await a decision on whether the migrants could stay, according to a report in the Miami Herald. The Coast Guard kept the 15 Cubans on a boat for five days, then sent them home after concluding the abandoned Keys bridge -- which no longer connects to land -- did not count as dry U.S.
March 1, 2006 |
Senate Democrats opened a new line of attack Tuesday against the controversial Dubai ports deal, challenging the head of the United Arab Emirates company to explain the nation's support of a boycott against Israel. But President Bush showed no signs of backing down, voicing renewed support for the deal even as a new poll showed 7 in 10 Americans opposed it. Bush also hit an all-time low approval rating, with 1 in 3 Americans saying he's doing a good job.
February 28, 2006 |
The U.S. Coast Guard warned that numerous intelligence gaps prevented it from gauging the potential security threat of Dubai Ports World's proposed takeover of some U.S. port operations a month before the deal was approved, according to a document released Monday by a Senate committee. According to the December document, the Coast Guard's initial review of the United Arab Emirates company's plan to buy Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2006 |
An 82-year-old woman and her son died Saturday afternoon when their boat capsized in waves off the Humboldt County coast and the Coast Guard helicopter attempting to rescue them crashed into the surf near the community of Samoa. The Coast Guard responded to a 911 call at 1:30 p.m. reporting that a boat, the White Horse II, had gotten too close to the breaking surf and capsized, tossing four people into the water near Samoa Beach, officials said. Two passengers swam to shore.
January 20, 2006 |
President Bush chose Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who is overseeing federal recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, to be commandant of the Coast Guard. Allen currently serves as chief of staff of the Coast Guard. The nomination was announced as Bush met with leaders of charities and foundations involved in the hurricane recovery effort.
October 16, 2005 |
A tour-boat accident on New York's Lake George that killed 20 people earlier this month raised questions about the safety of smaller passenger vessels, such as tour boats, ferries and fishing charters. How shipshape are such vessels? The short answer is that, in the U.S. at least, you're quite safe -- statistically speaking. But there are worrisome gaps in regulations. Passengers can take steps to protect their own safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2005 |
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex sits close to earthquake faults and oil refineries and has been identified as a potential terrorist target. So it is no surprise that the complex would be of special concern to emergency planners. But like many institutions in Southern California, the ports and nearby residential areas are overseen by a bevy of agencies.
September 10, 2005 |
The Coast Guard vice admiral selected Friday to lead the government's response to the havoc created by Hurricane Katrina is known as a decisive manager who makes the most of limited resources. Serving in New England in the early 1990s, then-Capt. Thad W. Allen was nicknamed "the Schwarzkopf of Connecticut" by members of his staff who saw similarities between the way he handled an oil spill in sensitive Long Island Sound and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led U.S.