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February 26, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
The commandant of the Marine Corps said Thursday that gays should not be allowed to serve openly in the military, becoming the most senior commander to break from President Obama's goal of lifting the ban. Gen. James T. Conway, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" should be left alone. "I think the current policy works," he said. "My best military advice to this committee, to the secretary, to the president, would be to keep the law such as it is."
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February 25, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Top Navy and Marine Corps officers said Wednesday that they opposed a moratorium on discharges of openly gay military personnel. "I would encourage you to either change the law or not," said Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. "But half measures will only be confusing in the end." Some Democrats in Congress are pushing for a moratorium on discharges of gays and lesbians while the military studies the effects of a wholesale change in the law. Conway and Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, said they supported the effort to study the effects of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces.
OPINION
January 30, 2010
Okinawa. Site of the largest U.S. amphibious assault in the Pacific and the final major battle of World War II. Last territory to be handed back to Japanese control -- in 1972. And now, the first point of friction between the Obama administration and the 4-month-old government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. As host to nearly three-quarters of the U.S. troops stationed in Japan, Okinawa residents have long felt that they shoulder more than their fair share. So it's not surprising that the future of a U.S. Marine base has become a contentious issue.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
The first memory Emile Haddad has of what would become the site of the Orange County Great Park and the location of his biggest development project dates from 1986, not long after he and his family fled their home in Lebanon. Then it was still the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, and as he tried to make a phone call from the roadside the quiet was shattered by the sound of an F/A-18 fighter jet screaming overhead. Haddad, 51, had grown up amid the nearly constant bloodshed of a sectarian Beirut, and his first instinct was to hit the ground.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Nicholas Delbanco, Delbanco is the Robert Frost distinguished university professor of English language and literature at the University of Michigan. His recent works include the novel "The Count of Concord" and the essay collection "Anywhere Out of the World."
The Suicide Run Five Tales of the Marine Corps William Styron Random House: 198 pp., $24 The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention it seems wiser not to pay; those who profit from the legacy of the prose of Ernest Hemingway have been ill-advised, I think, to produce so many volumes of what he left unfinished or rejected while alive. The bank account enlarges, but the reputation shrinks.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2009 | Reuters
Two men charged in North Carolina last month with plotting terrorist attacks overseas also planned to strike a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., authorities said Thursday. The two were among seven suspects arrested in July on accusations that they conspired to provide material support to terrorists and conspired to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas. A new indictment unveiled Thursday charged Daniel Patrick Boyd, the group's alleged ringleader, and Hysen Sherifi "with conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel" in connection with the planned assault on the Marine Corps base, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
When Marine Lance Cpl. Ray A. Spencer II and his future wife were first getting to know each other, they found a mutual interest in history. Spencer's favorite eras were Greek and Roman. He liked stories of ancient battles. "Nerdy stuff," remembered his widow, Athena Spencer. At Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Calif., he enrolled in the Junior ROTC program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2009 | Tony Perry
Army deserter and antiwar activist Robin Long said Friday that the most difficult part of his 12 months behind bars was being away from his young son. Long, 25, released Thursday from the brig at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, said he missed celebrating Christmas and other special occasions with his 3-year-old son, Ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong
When the slide show flashed a photo of a line of Marines in camouflage fatigues, the solemn chapel in Covina erupted in laughter. There stood 5-foot-4 Esau Ivan De La Peña-Hernandez, sandwiched between recruits a good foot taller than he, facing forward with his signature pluck and bravado. De La Pena was a little guy, but he had a big heart to go with his big name, friends and family members said at his memorial service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Reminders of his death fill the house: yellow ribbons, wilting flowers, sympathy cards and an American flag, neatly creased into 13 triangular folds. Still, Obdulia Moncada waits for her son to call. For him to show up at the front door any minute with his dimpled smile. She expects this most every Monday afternoon, the day and time that Army officials appeared on her doorstep to tell her that her third oldest, 29-year-old Raul Moncada, was dead.
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