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October 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. Special Operations Command to produce a radically new protective suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle - one with bionic limbs, head-to-toe armor, a built-in power supply and live data feeds projected on a see-through display inside the helmet.
October 30, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Two scruffy men with beards lean over assorted piles of military-style trousers, jackets and vests, all in different camouflage patterns. The pair examine a thick winter jacket, stroking the material as a salesman offers a discount for bulk orders. "We might take 40 pieces," one of the men murmurs in Arabic, as the two turn their attention to other wares. Near the Old Station district of this southern Turkish city lies the Aleppo Market, an animated jumble of pomegranate juice stalls, kebab stands and shops offering goods such as furniture and spices.
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
October 28, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Lowepro's well-designed camera bags have evolved into multi-tasking adventure bags that carry much more than just a camera and its accessories. The new Nova Sport 35L AW holds a mother lode of gear. The weather-resistant shoulder bag measures about 16-by-11-by-12 inches, but weighs less than 3 pounds. Inside, modular, adjustable foam-padded compartments organize up to two full-size cameras with attached zoom lenses, two to four additional lenses, flash units, a tablet or laptop (up to 13-inch diameter)
October 20, 2013
Bike to the top Rent your bike at either South Maui Bicycles, 1993 S. Kihei Road, No. 5, Kihei, (808) 874-0068, or Crater Cycles, 358 Papa Place, Suite F1, Kahului, (808) 893-2020. And be sure to rent a convertible so you can easily transport it. Train a lot! Biking up Haleakala is not a ride you can just do, unless you're a triathlete or experienced cyclist. Try Dawson Saddle (near Azusa), which will get you up to 7,900 feet, and Mt. Baldy, a steep 4,600-foot climb. Bring more food and water than you think you'll need, plus cold-weather and rain gear.
October 20, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It seems pretty simple: If a student has male genitalia, the kid uses the boys' bathroom. If there are female organs, then it's the girls' room. Right? But what if the student wears a skirt, makeup and lipstick, and has a penis? Which restroom then? California voters may be asked to answer that question next year in the November election. And it's not really so simple after all. What if a kid with a penis is standing at the boys' urinal wearing a dress and a pretty hair bow?
October 20, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Tennis isn't much of a big deal at South L.A.'s struggling Jefferson High. The two dozen kids who play on the boys' and girls' teams practice on a pair of beaten courts at a gang-riddled, graffiti-tagged park. It wasn't long ago that both squads - stacked with teens still learning basic tennis rules - shared six beaten rackets and sometimes played in jeans. "Shoes?" said David Herrera, who coaches the girls' team. "A lot of my players didn't even know there was such a thing as shoes made just for tennis.
October 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - As the Dodgers took batting practice Friday, a Dodgers fan tried to get the attention of Adrian Gonzalez. The fan was wearing a Mickey Mouse hat on his head. "Adam Wainwright sent me shopping," the fan said. Wainwright is the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who accused Gonzalez of "Mickey Mouse" antics in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. After Gonzalez hit a home run in Game 5, he waggled his fingers atop his helmet as if he were wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
October 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Residents of a Bay Area apartment building rushed to escape a six-alarm fire Thursday morning, some using rock climbing gear to lower themselves to safety. Four people suffered moderate and minor injuries in the fire, which was reported about 5:15 a.m. at the 75-unit Redwood City apartment building, according to KTVU. No major injuries or deaths were reported. Roommates Matt Fisher and Adam Carpenter went for their rock climbing gear when the blaze began and were able to escape injury, NBC Bay Area reported.
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