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April 9, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Shouldn't we just nuke North Korea now and get it over with? Or, to put it another way, was Douglas MacArthur right, after all? Well, no and no. (Although undoubtedly some will want to argue the MacArthur thing late into the night.) Yes, the Hermit Kingdom is being even crabbier than usual these days. On Tuesday, for example, Pyongyang warned foreigners in South Korea to prepare evacuation plans in case of war. North Korea is also believed preparing to conduct a missile test soon, perhaps as early as Wednesday.
March 19, 2013 | By Shan Li
The U.S. government is paying billions to war veterans and their families, including monthly payments to the children of Civil War veterans. More than $40 billion annually is being paid out to soldiers and survivors of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War in 1898, both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. Two children of Civil War veterans -- one in Tennessee and the other in North Carolina -- are each receiving $876 a year.
January 23, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
From rubble and wreckage, Ki Suh Park often saw possibility. It was so as he stood amid the destruction of the Korean War, when he resolved to study architecture and help rebuild his homeland. And it was so as he drove down Western Avenue after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, when he vowed to help rebuild a community after the violence that wracked his adopted home. Park, an architect who rose to become a leader in the city's Korean American community, died Jan. 16 at Stanford University Medical Center after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
November 13, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
Retired Army Col. James L. Stone Sr., who received the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire in Korea, died Friday at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 89. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death but did not reveal the cause. There are 80 living recipients of the medal, the nation's highest award for wartime valor. Col. Stone was a 28-year-old first lieutenant when his 48-man platoon was attacked by Chinese troops on a hilltop near Sokkogae, Korea, on the night of Nov. 21, 1951.
September 7, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
During an illustrious military career, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Clifford Ryan was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was killed at the age of 27 in 1950 in a battle with Chinese forces in Unsan, North Korea. And there his body lay unrecovered for decades. On Thursday morning, the flag-draped casket bearing his remains — identified in early 2011 through DNA testing — finally made it to Southern California. He is to be buried Saturday at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.
August 22, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The Kingdom Day Parade always started with Larry E. Grant cruising down a boulevard in South Los Angeles with a procession of colorful floats, marching bands and dance troupes trailing behind. Grant traveled the three-mile route on the back of a convertible, waving at the throng of spectators who lined the streets to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader. Then Grant would hop out of the car and climb into the bleachers to watch the rest of the parade.
May 14, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The battleship Iowa, a storied vessel that languished for years in the U.S. Navy's mothball fleet, is about to start its final journey, from San Francisco to its permanent home as a museum in the Port of Los Angeles. Next Sunday, four tugboats will guide the Iowa, among the biggest U.S. battleships ever built, under the Golden Gate Bridge and out of the San Francisco Bay. One of them, the 7,200-horsepower Warrior, will chug down the coast with the massive ship in tow, taking three or four days to reach Southern California.
May 6, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Home A Novel Toni Morrison Alfred A. Knopf: 148 pp., $24 I've long admired Toni Morrison as a moral visionary, but her fiction, not so much. Of her nine novels, three - "Song of Solomon" (1977), "Beloved" (1987) and 2008's "A Mercy" - are masterpieces, yet the others, particularly the post-Nobel books "Paradise" (1997) and "Love" (2003) can be so stylized as to veer dangerously close to self-parody. Anyone who's read her in any depth may understand what I'm referring to: those stentorian rhythms, the biblical cadences, the characters who function more as archetypes than flesh-and-blood.
January 20, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Jang Hun's take-that-hill war film "The Front Line" arrives with the designation of being South Korea's Oscar submission for foreign-language film. But Jang's sentimental bruiser already has won his country's version of the Oscar, taking four Grand Bell awards, including best picture in October. It was a huge commercial success too, proving that Korean awards voters aren't exactly snobs when it comes to art. One of those awards came for cinematography, which, for American audiences, may be the most striking thing about this overly long war film, which teeters in tone from absurd to sentimental.
October 13, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
In an address to members of Congress Thursday, South Korea's president thanked lawmakers for passing  a long-awaited trade agreement with his country, what he called the opening of a “new chapter” in the already strong relations between the two nations. President Lee Myung-bak spoke to a joint meeting of Congress a day after the House and Senate ratified the South Korea trade pact and two others that had languished amid the partisan rancor that has come to define Washington.
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