May 27, 2013 |
My son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan, was killed in Helmand province in August 2009. In the days and weeks that followed, my wife, Carla, and I spent a lot of time with the 100 or so Marines who served with him. We asked them what they needed most, and the answer was unexpected. Infantry members spend all their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they wash their socks in irrigation canals and air-dry them. But the sand and grit make them unusable again within a couple of days.
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May 25, 2013 |
Beachgoers may want to pack blankets and hoodies along with sunscreen this Memorial Day weekend. Forecasters are predicting sunny but cool weather Sunday and Monday. After morning clouds, temperatures in Santa Monica, Malibu and other county beaches will rise only into the high 60s both days, according to the National Weather Service. “We've got a low-pressure area over us, and that's going to hang around through Tuesday,” said Stuart Seto of the service's Oxnard office. Conditions are to warm up later in the week with above average temperatures predicted for Friday and Saturday.
May 25, 2012 |
Now it snows? After a disappointing winter for snow sports, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe are bracing for wintry storms during the Memorial Day weekend. In Mammoth, the forecast for Friday is for an 80% chance of snow, with accumulations of a couple of inches overnight. Saturday's forecast calls for a 40% chance of snow, with skies drying out Sunday and Monday. Highs by Monday were expected to reach into the 60s. The ski area still has a base of 10-36 inches. Lifts still operating include Broadway, Facelift, Thunderbound and Chair 23. The Upper and Lower Panorama gondola will reopen for scenic rides and skiers this weekend.
May 23, 2013 |
For those spending Memorial Day weekend in the Bay Area , the USS Hornet Museum will hold a special Memorial Day ceremony Monday to recognize veterans. The ceremony will take place aboard the aircraft carrier and will begin at 1 p.m. The Hornet is a historic aircraft carrier that participated in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Apollo 11 recovery. It is now moored at Alameda Point in the San Francisco Bay. This year marks the 13thyear the museum is holding this ceremony and it will include a special invocation by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr.
May 27, 2012 |
Ain't no sunshine till Beryl's gone: Tropical Storm Beryl is set to drench parts of Florida and Georgia for Memorial Day as the storm makes landfall this afternoon and tonight. National Weather Service forecasters predicted Sunday that winds could reach up to 65 mph. “Gusts to hurricane force are possible over portions of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia tonight,” the weather service said Sunday. The weather service also expects three to six inches of rain to accumulate from northern Florida to southeastern North Carolina.
March 22, 2013 |
Skiers and boarders, don't put away your gear just yet. Mammoth Mountain ski resort announced this week that it plans to stay open through Memorial Day . "With storms predicted in the coming weeks, it's entirely possible that Mammoth will stay open much later [than Memorial Day]," according to a statement from the ski resort on Thursday. So far March has brought 27 inches of snowfall to the mountain. The resort reports a current base depth of 83 inches at the main lodge and 183 inches at the 11,053-foot summit.
May 23, 2012
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer -- and of the summer vacation season. So what are you doing on your summer vacation? We're betting you'll be snapping a few photos. For the second year, The Times Travel section will run a "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" photo issue -- Sept. 23 this year -- featuring reader photos selected from among the dozens and dozens that are submitted. Our photo editors sort through them and will choose about six to eight to run in the print edition and more to run online.
May 8, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Memorial Day — Memorial Day has become an opportunity for criminals to target veterans as well as active-duty military personnel and their families, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent bulletin. Older veterans are often targeted by scams this time of year, the BBB said. "The unique lifestyle of our service members makes them prime targets for scammers," said Brenda Linnington, director of the BBB's military division.