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February 28, 2014 |
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.
October 18, 2013 |
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
A jury began deliberating Monday in the case of a Guatemalan commando turned Moreno Valley martial arts instructor accused of lying about his military service on immigration forms in order to become a U.S. citizen. Federal prosecutors have argued in a Riverside courtroom over the last week that Jorge Sosa neglected to include his time in the Guatemalan special forces unit known as the Kaibiles and, in particular, his role in the 1982 massacre in the village of Dos Eres, where more than 200 people were slaughtered. If the jury convicts him, Sosa could face 15 years in prison and have his citizenship revoked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
As American parents have grappled with financial peril and other woes over the last decade, grandparents have stepped in to help. Grandparents were the main caregivers for more than 3 million children in 2011 - a 20% increase from the turn of the millennium, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. The numbers surged during the economic downturn and have leveled off in its aftermath, Pew said in a report based on an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Sixty percent of those children still have at least one parent at home, but grandparents are responsible for most of their needs.
August 5, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- At a brief, final pretrial hearing for accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a military judge questioned jurors Monday about their exposure to media coverage of the case and any potential scheduling conflicts before the start of the trial. Testimony at the court-martial is scheduled to begin Tuesday after years of delays . More than a dozen relatives of shooting victims filed into court for the hearing, filling...
May 27, 2013 |
Bob Hope led the pack of popular performers who entertained the troops during World War II. John Wayne and other actors fought the war in feature films, and other Hollywood favorites tirelessly toured the country on war bond drives. In fact, beloved actress Carole Lombard died in early 1942 in a plane crash returning from a war bond drive. But there were numerous established stars, directors, producers and workers in other branches of the film industry who put their careers on hold to serve the country during WWII.