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A 20-year-old picture of movie legend John Wayne is stirring up already divisive feelings in the Los Angeles County Fire Department after a Carson battalion chief ordered a portrait of Wayne off the wall of the Victoria Street station. So many firefighters were incensed by the order that the union has filed a grievance, even though the picture was quickly reinstated by county Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.
April 22, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
A man who went into full cardiac arrest died aboard a flight Tuesday morning from Dallas to John Wayne in Orange County, authorities said. Crew members attempted to revive the passenger but he was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. when the American Airlines jet landed. The county's coroner's office identified the passenger as John Selner, 78, of Fort Worth, Texas. Airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge wrote in an email that crew members aboard the inbound American Airlines flight told officials at John Wayne that a passenger was in the midst of a medical emergency about 11:20 a.m. When the plane landed, the passenger was rushed to a secure place in one of the airport's three terminals until coroner's officials arrived, Wedge wrote.
November 5, 1987 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
They met on a movie set on the edge of a Peruvian jungle in 1952. She was Pilar Pallete, an exotically beautiful young Peruvian movie actress with one movie to her credit and a failed eight-month marriage to an American airline executive behind her. He was John Wayne, the ruggedly handsome, middle-aged American movie star who had come to Peru to scout movie locations while seeking a respite from a bitter divorce battle with his second wife.
April 12, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Rachel Zoe, stylist, fashion designer and author of "Living in Style: Inspiration And Advice for Everyday Glamour," (written with Monica Corcoran Harel) kicked things off at the Festival of Books on Saturday morning. She was interviewed by photographer, TV personality and friend Amanda de Cadenet before a capacity crowd of 150.  Clad in a black jumpsuit and 6-inch Brian Atwood heels with a 1-1/2-inch platform (the audience asked), Zoe and de Cadenet chatted for 45 minutes.
October 13, 1996
I could not believe it when I heard that an L.A. County firefighter complained about a photo of John Wayne (Oct. 5). One individual called the "Duke" a right-wing white Republican and felt the photo was unfit to hang inside the Carson fire station. As a member of the Los Angeles County community, shame on you. Wayne is an American hero. He was a hero to millions of people around the world because he represented the best America had to offer. When Wayne was close to death in 1979, President Jimmy Carter, a liberal Democrat, urged Congress to strike a special gold medal to honor his devotion and patriotism to America.
October 15, 2000
Orange County has been so preoccupied with the proposed El Toro airport that it has no real strategy for dealing with the forthcoming expiration of flight and passenger restrictions at John Wayne Airport in 2005. Newport Beach has been aware for years that the clock was ticking, but the stake for all in the county in dealing with the future of John Wayne was apparent recently. A consultant working with county airport planners said that the nighttime ban on jet flights at John Wayne could end.
November 26, 2000
Ever since commercial jets began flying out of John Wayne Airport on Sept. 1, 1967, the county airfield's future has been up in the air. Residents and public officials have wrestled with the role the airfield should fill in serving Orange County's passenger and air freight needs, whether John Wayne alone can adequately fill those needs, and the county's responsibility in the regional airport mix.
August 2, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though seeing stars in their fully developed glory is always special, seeing them before the world fully recognized their gifts is also something very much worth doing. In Bruce Lee's case, that task has been made easy by the folks at Shout Factory who have come up with an impressive package fittingly called “Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection.” This handsome box set includes such early martial arts classics as “The Big Boss” and “Fist of Fury” as well as a pair of Bruce Lee documentaries and lots of bonus material.
October 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
The John Wayne Birthplace Society is hoping to expand a complex that includes the tiny Victorian house in Winterset, Iowa, where the Oscar-winning actor ("True Grit") was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907. His family lived in the four-room house until he was 3. They then moved 12 miles north to Earlham for three years, then on to California, where the legend of John Wayne was born.
April 7, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are many reasons to take a moment to mourn Mickey Rooney's passing over the weekend at the grand old age of 93. For me, it truly feels like the end of an era, a door closing on a golden age, when movies were the great escape. A major star in a time when the famous didn't seem so much like “us,” he did. His smile turned his face into a landscape where laughter roamed free. You got the sense that he would actually want us to say 'Hi,' if he were spotted on the street. It was a kind of easy-going sensibility that would mark his screen career, though by most accounts not his far more complicated real life.
November 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Those pressed to defend John Wayne's legacy in Newport Beach are quick to point to the evidence that his name still stands strong in the seaside town: He's buried here, his old boat still bobs in the water, and the county airport is named in his memory. But Wayne's burial place remained unmarked for nearly 20 years. His boat has been sold off. And the airport has been a source of annoyance to his old neighbors for decades. Now another, smaller piece of Wayne's legacy is being erased in the city where he once lived and partied.
October 28, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Another piece of John Wayne's legacy is being erased in the seaside town where he once lived and partied. Duke's Place, a Balboa Bay Club lounge known for its strong drinks and pub-style fare, is shedding the actor's name . When the tavern opened, long after Wayne's death, it was seen as an ode to the actor, its walls decorated with his image, its martinis strong, as he would have preferred. Wayne was a regular at the members-only club in Newport Beach and lived nearby in a mansion that overlooked the harbor, where he anchored his 130-foot boat, a former mine sweeper he christened the Wild Goose.
October 25, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Stuntman and director Hal Needham spoke with a down-home twang but was as Hollywood as air kisses and car chases - and had the scars to prove it. In a career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plummeted from towers. He was rattled in blasts, was blistered in fires and broke 56 bones - including his back, twice. But he maintained a sunny outlook, even after plunging into the unknown territory of film directing.
September 22, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
AULT, Colo. - Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!" It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones with all the political power, who think milk comes from a carton and meat arrives magically shrink-wrapped inside the butcher case. "They don't even know who we are up here," she said, her anger like the smoke curling from Wayne's six-shooter.
August 28, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Authorities said Wednesday that they have identified the man found with an explosive and artillery fuses in his luggage when he boarded a plane at John Wayne Airport. Gregory Salyer, 23, from Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday after Transportation Security Administration agents found suspicious devices in his luggage and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesman. Salyer had three military artillery fuses and a sting ball grenade - a less-than-lethal explosive that shoots out rubber projectiles - in his checked bag when he boarded a 3:18 p.m. flight to Denver,  sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told the Daily Pilot.
August 6, 2013
Re "Newport Beach wants a new flight path to ease noise," Aug. 4 "Adding an S-curve to the already complex takeoff pattern could add a challenge" is an understatement in the event of the loss of an engine during takeoff. There is no doubt that the new takeoff procedure from Orange County's John Wayne Airport sought by Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry to "do anything to reduce the [noise] impact" on his community may well result in a different type of impact should an aircraft have a major problem.
August 3, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The Boeing 737 screams out of John Wayne Airport, lifting into the thin, misty clouds over Newport Beach. With its distinctive Southwest Airlines stripes, the jet soars toward the gunmetal gray waters of Upper Newport Bay and then drifts over the multimillion-dollar homes in Dover Shores, where residents are just beginning their Monday. "He didn't turn," notes aviation consultant Ken Shapero, peering skyward. Departing from one of America's most restricted airports - over a city where residents have used their money and political might to fight for peace and quiet - is no simple task.
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