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The song was empty without words, and the band members knew it as they played inside the Santa Ana union hall on Saturday. There was no "pardon me, boy," or "dinner in the diner," but "Chattanooga Choo Choo," somehow still felt right. It was Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke's signature arrangement--a song for which he earned the first gold record in history when it sold 1.2 million copies.
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - For the second time in five years, President Obama came to this sprawling Army post to console a community all too familiar with death, to offer a nation's condolences and to remind soldiers and their families of the healing power of love. The president stood on a platform under bright sun and blue skies, reciting the names of the three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage last week. Before him stood their portraits, boots, rifles and helmets, what are known as "battlefield crosses.
Hundreds of Japanese American veterans of the Korean War gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday for the unveiling of a memorial wall honoring their fallen comrades, who died more than four decades ago in what has become known as this country's "forgotten war." "If heroism is measured by the sacrifice of life, then our true heroes are the ones who have their names etched on the memorial wall we're dedicating today," said Bob Wada, president of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans.
April 5, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
I have such a strong memory of nibbling on charred octopus tentacles between sips of ouzo on a terrace overlooking the sea in Santorini. Much as I've tried, I haven't turned up that particular way of eating octopus in SoCal. The good news, though, is that lately the tasty cephalopod is showing up on more local menus - not only at Mediterranean restaurants but also at places with Mexican and Peruvian dishes. It's about time. Picca Peruvian Cantina At this exuberant Peruvian cantina, one of the standbys on the menu is chef-owner Ricardo Zarate's anticucho de pulpo - a small dish of boiled octopus marinated in lots of Peruvian chiles accented with oregano and cumin, then grilled over charcoal on the robata . It's served with baked and fried Kennebec potatoes and drizzled with a fiery rocoto rustico , a sauce of jalapeño and Peruvian black mint.
September 13, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
At the base of a rocky hill within earshot of passing trains, they came to remember the fashion student, the music store owner, the police officer -- the 25 people in all who died a year ago Saturday in the devastating Chatsworth train crash. Ray Villalobos and 20 others huddled in pink shirts imprinted with bright pink lips to honor his 18-year-old fashion-student sister, Maria Elena Villalobos. Kim Brower, now a 46-year-old widow, wore a smile and remained upbeat in memory of her husband of 23 years, music store owner Dean Brower, 51. And Sha Moran, the mother of Spree DeSha, a 35-year-old Los Angeles police officer who died in the crash, sobbed quietly on her husband's shoulder.
July 8, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein
It had all the makings of an epic disaster: short notice, family tensions, multiple freeway closures, a potential crowd in the hundreds of thousands, divas galore, even a circus that was waiting in the wings.
May 20, 1987 | From Reuters
A memorial service for the 37 sailors killed in the Iraqi attack on the Stark will be held Friday, the State Department said Tuesday. The service will be at the base chapel of the ship's home port, Mayport Naval Base in Mayport, Fla., at 10 a.m.
January 6, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The heavy wooden gate to the British Cemetery is kept locked. To get inside, the curious must bang their fists and shout their intentions over the sounds of boys yelling in the streets, the call to prayer from the local mosque and the roar of foreign military planes overhead. Hidden behind its tall wall are memorials to Englishmen, Europeans and even a few Americans -- all of whom came to this war-torn land in the service of their country and lost their lives. Afghanistan has long been called the "graveyard of empires," and nowhere is that somber designation more real than at this smallish cemetery, with its gravestones marking the fallen, some from forgotten battles that occurred more than a century past, others from deadly incidents that made headlines just weeks ago. Also known as the White Cemetery, the graveyard was originally a burial site for soldiers killed in Britain's ill-fated colonial adventures in Afghanistan: the Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th century.
September 12, 2011
"You are America's young Jedi. " "I hope you are rocking and rolling with Elvis!" "Thank you for the pennies; [we] love finding them. " "We miss your laughter, your smile and your meatloaf. " "I hope you are on beautiful golf course with Dad up in Heaven. Send me a rainbow so I know you are OK. " Relatives of Sept. 11 victims, addressing their lost loved ones ----- "These past 10 years tell a story of resilience. Our people still work in skyscrapers.
September 13, 2009 | Scott Gold
Dodger Stadium has been home, over the years, to iconic moments that have transcended sports -- in 1987, when Pope John Paul II held Mass under a 52-foot steel cross erected in the bleachers; in 1966, when the Beatles held the stadium's first concert amid deafening screams; in 1976, when outfielder Rick Monday raced across the grass to snatch an American flag away from protesters trying to light it on fire. On Saturday, an unlikely chapter was added when the stadium was handed over to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for a memorial to two firefighters killed in a wildfire high in the Angeles National Forest.
March 30, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
Hobie Alter, who died Saturday at the age of 80, was known as the Henry Ford of surfing. In 1958, he developed the mass-produced foam surfboard with a partner. He later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran. The impact of his innovation was big; it allowed people who couldn't lift heavy wood boards to surf, and it opened sailing up to those who could never afford yacht club dues.  OBITUARY: Hobie Alter shaped Southern California surf culture Alter once said he never wanted to work east of Pacific Coast Highway, and he got his wish.
March 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dustin Brown doesn't recall much about the only nine-game winning streak in the Kings' history, a run that began on Jan. 21, 2010, and extended through Feb. 6 of that year. The Kings can match that club record Thursday night with a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center. “The one game I remember in that streak was in Jersey. We were down I think 2-0, and Zeus scored a goal late in the second and then we scored a goal with a minute left and Dewy scored with like 10 seconds left,” Brown said, referring to teammates Michal Handzus and Drew Doughty.
March 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What would Memorial Day be without the opening of something new on the theme park scene? Las Vegas' cool pool parties start this month, but families with children will have to wait until May for new Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson and the debut of the Tornado water ride at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas. Cowabunga Bay in suburban Vegas will open May 24 with seven water slides inside a park that has a '60s vibe , according to the website. A sampling of the slides: Zuma ZooMa puts visitors into a capsule and "blasts" them through a high-speed loop.
March 8, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia. Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget.
March 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
February 28, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Jill Ellman was only 8, but she remembers military officials heading up the driveway and knocking on her family's door with the news that her father's Air Force bomber had crashed off the coast of Newfoundland. The news had barely sunk in when the telephone rang with an update: Her father was safe. Her mother broke out a bottle of champagne. "Everyone was celebrating," Ellman recalled. But a few hours later the phone rang again, and the celebrating stopped. Only one crew member had been pulled from the ocean, and it wasn't her dad. Searchers discovered an empty life raft, but never found her father.
August 20, 1995 | Associated Press
Three weeks after Susan Smith was sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons, two granite markers were erected Saturday in the boys' memory. The monuments sit about 60 feet from John D. Long Lake, where 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael were drowned. "If you have a family, you just have to be touched by it," said Gregory Lee of Leesburg, Va., a father of three who visited Saturday.
May 25, 1992 | Jerry Hicks and Donnette Dunbar and Janice Jones
MAIN HEROES: The county has numerous war memorials but the oldest, and perhaps the most serene, is the Spanish-American War tribute, above, overlooking the lake at Irvine Regional Park. Sitting behind a Civil War howitzer, the stone memorial was dedicated in 1926 to the 113 men of Company L, volunteer infantry out of Santa Ana. Also included is a plaque made of metal from the U.S.
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
VIERA, Fla. - If the notion of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer appeals, Florida's spring training scene may be just the ticket. It's a chance to see whom the Dodgers might play in the regular season or - dare I say it? - in a playoff series. That and not having to moisturize every 10 minutes pretty much make Florida's Grapefruit League my preferred spring training destination. Not that I'm an expert on spring training or Florida or especially the playoffs, the latter having been an impossibility if you grew up, as I did, as a Washington Senators fan in the '60s.
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - I go to sleep each night watched over by a portrait of Roberto Clemente. I wake up each morning and see a baseball signed by Sandy Koufax. In between, I can glimpse Los Angeles, Washington and Cleveland baseball caps hanging from the mirror in the guest room. I don't live in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It just sometimes feels as though I do. The home-field artifacts that make up part of our oddball décor - which I allow and he adores - are bush league when viewed through the prism of the real hall.
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