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July 16, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps the most dramatic image from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles did not involve a gold medalist -- or a medalist of any type. It featured an athlete in distress, Gabriele Andersen-Scheiss, whose tortured push to the finish line in the inaugural Olympic women's marathon drew anguished gasps from a crowd of more than 70,000 in the Coliseum but transformed the Swiss runner into an international symbol of courage and determination. Anyone who has seen it probably has never forgotten it.
May 27, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Manzanar, Calif., May 1942. It's a warm morning at the dusty, inhospitable World War II internment camp on the bleak edge of the Owens Valley. Latino teenager Ralph Lazo arrives by bus to join his Japanese American friends from Belmont High School. Lazo, a 16-year-old Mexican-Irish American, was motivated by loyalty and outrage at the internment of his friends. He became the only known non-spouse, non-Japanese who voluntarily relocated to Manzanar.
April 14, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
When he graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, Christopher Adlesperger's family was there to show support. And after he was killed in combat in Iraq, the family gathered at the hometown airport in Albuquerque to await the arrival of his body. On Friday, his extended family assembled again, this time at Camp Pendleton, where they accepted a Navy Cross awarded to him posthumously.
April 4, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Like many of its characters, "Black Book" is engaged in acts of deception. It appears to be an old-fashioned World War II movie, but that turns out to be a ruse. As epic as its two-hours-and-25-minute running time indicates, "Black Book" is as subversive as it is traditional, both enamored of conventional notions of heroism and frankly contemptuous of them.
March 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lucie Aubrac, a hero of the French Resistance who helped free her husband from the Gestapo and whose dramatic life story became a successful French film, has died. She was 94. Aubrac, whose maiden name was Lucie Bernard, died Wednesday in a hospital in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, where she spent the last two months, said her daughter, Catherine Vallade. French President Jacques Chirac called Aubrac an "emblematic figure," saying "a light of the Resistance has gone out."
March 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Poland's Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring Irena Sendler, who saved nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by organizing a ring of 20 people to smuggle them out of the Warsaw Ghetto in baskets and ambulances. The resolution also honors the Council for Assisting Jews, of which her ring of mostly Roman Catholic members was a part.
March 12, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
In the battle at Thermopylae in 480 BC, the plucky and outnumbered Spartans put up a valiant fight against the massive army of Persian invaders. But at the box office over the weekend, there was no contest for "300," the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel about the celebrated Greek battle. The movie broke records with ticket sales of $70 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Sunday's estimate from studio Warner Bros.
March 8, 2007
Re "A military wife's battle is lost here at home," Column One, March 3 We would like to believe that the lives of our soldiers fighting for us overseas are ones of heroism and grandeur. However, this article challenged that ideal by explaining that the lives of the military are far from it. A lot of those overseas are young, and many have young families waiting at home for them. However, what are the conditions in which they are waiting? It is unfortunate to read that a 25-year-old mother, the wife of one of our heroes, has struggled with depression and methamphetamine use. One has to ask, would this have happened had the husband stayed at home?
December 14, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old was credited with saving the lives of his mother and sister Wednesday when he grabbed an extendable staircase and led them from the second-story balcony as a fast-moving fire engulfed their Santa Ana home. Armani Rodriguez, sleeping in his ground-floor bedroom, was awakened by the smoke alarm about 2:30 a.m. He heard his mother screaming from the balcony. The indoor stairway was already ablaze, said Ben Gonzalez, spokesman for the Santa Ana Fire Department.
December 3, 2006 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
THE teacher had been warned. Mohammed Aref was on duty near the front gate of his school. The children were at recess, playing volleyball without a net. The throaty rumble of a motorcycle broke through their playful shrieks and laughter. The lone rider, a man wearing a traditional shalwar kameez with his face obscured by the long tail of his turban, called Aref over to talk. Then he pulled an AK-47 from under his baggy shirt and fired six bullets into the teacher.
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