CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2012 |
His last letter home to his father is written in tight script on paper that has yellowed. It's dated Feb. 20, 1944. "Just a line Dad to say goodbye and don't worry too much," wrote Marine 1st Lt. Laverne A. Lallathin, 22. "I'm going over to end this thing as soon as possible. Buy as many bonds as you can and pray that I will be all-right. " A month later, Lallathin vanished along with six crew members of the B-25 bomber he was piloting from Espiritu Santo, the largest island in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.
March 29, 2010 |
A biting wind whipped down a dark street, where a man crouched in the shadow of a building. He pulled on black gloves and glanced up and down the avenue. Satisfied that no one was watching, he pulled a mask the size of a beach ball out of a bag, pulled it onto his head and wriggled it into place: snout in front, eye holes over his own, rounded ears pointed skyward. Death Bear was ready for his mission. A man in the second-floor unit of a nearby apartment building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was desperate to get rid of something that was too torturous to keep but impossible to discard.
February 23, 2010 |
It was a crime that ordinarily would attract no attention at all in a city of 400,000: the smashing of a window, the theft of a bag from a rental car parked outside a buffet restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colo. But the bag belonged to a young widow, and it contained the belongings of her husband, an airman who died last month in Afghanistan -- including a laptop bearing photos of him with his infant daughter, born weeks before his death; a watch his parents gave him for Christmas; and most significant to his mother, the dog tags he was wearing when he was killed.
January 25, 2009 |
Lost: Dog tags. Name: Pat Tillman. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of two dog tags that once adorned the neck of a former NFL star who was killed while fighting for his country in Afghanistan, please come forward. His former team, the Arizona Cardinals, play Sunday in the Super Bowl His former Cardinals roommate, Zack Walz, is desperate to wear them again. Walz was given the tags by Tillman as a gift shortly before his death.
July 27, 2008 |
Hundreds of mourners trekked up a flag-lined street for the funeral of Army Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez, 25, whose body was found 14 months after he and two fellow soldiers were captured during an ambush in Iraq. His father, Ramon "Andy" Jimenez, wore his son's dog tags around his neck, and his mother, Maria Duran, placed a cross on his casket in St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lawrence, where Alex Jimenez had received his first communion. The soldier's casket was escorted by fellow members of the 10th Mountain Division.
February 13, 2006 |
It's a dog's life ... don't we wish. U.S. ski racer Daron Rahlves has brought his dog, Chevy, to the Olympics. What's so special about that? According to U.S. ski team spokesman Marc Habermann, Chevy has been issued an Olympic credential complete with the dog's picture. Habermann says the Siberian husky is required to go through security but has privileges reporters don't have. "That dog can go places you can't," Habermann told reporters before Sunday's downhill race. -- Chris Dufresne