CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2011 |
When Sean Walsh was 8 or 9 years old, his mother recalled, he'd knock on a friend's door in his San Jose neighborhood, and if the boy wasn't home, he'd ask for his sister. If she wasn't there, he would settle for whoever was home. "So what are you doing?" he would ask the other kids' mom and invite himself in, said his mother, Cheryl Walsh. "That was Sean," she said. "I can't tell you how many of the neighbors felt like he was a part of their families. " Many from the old neighborhood now mourn Walsh, as do others who knew him from Prospect High School in Saratoga, the Santa Clara Police Department's Explorer program and the California Army National Guard's 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade in Pittsburg, northeast of Berkeley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2011 |
Matthew Dunn, 34, flashed his best Popeye the Sailor grin as he boarded the van from Venice Beach to the Westside winter shelter. Julie "Julez" Arispe, 42, roused from a beer-induced slumber on the grass near Windward Avenue, clambered aboard with her guitar and bags of belongings and launched into an upbeat rendition of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz. " With darkness bringing a damp chill to Ocean Front Walk one recent evening, both appeared relieved at the prospect of a hot meal and a cot inside the West Los Angeles National Guard Armory, about 7 miles inland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2011 |
Reporting from Greenfield, Calif. -- The story of the California Army National Guard's 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment is mostly in the record books now: 17 soldiers killed, more than 100 wounded, 11 Army Commendations for Valor, more than 80 Purple Hearts. Lt. Col. Patrick Frey knows there is still one chapter to be written — his own. It's been seven years since he took command of the 1-184 and led more than 700 soldiers into combat in Baghdad. A schoolteacher back home, Frey became the face of a grand military experiment — to move the National Guard's "weekend warriors" from the reserve to the combat front.
September 8, 2011 |
Authorities were still trying to determine Wednesday why a man opened fire with an assault rifle at an IHOP in Carson City, Nev., killing three uniformed National Guard members and a civilian woman before killing himself. They attempted to quell early theories that the lone gunman, Eduardo Sencion, 32, of Carson City, entered the restaurant Tuesday morning specifically to gun down the unarmed National Guard members. The attack appears to be a random barrage of violence, said Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong.
August 30, 2011 |
The 1,200 National Guard troops deployed along the Southwest border could be going home on Sept. 30 unless the Department of Defense agrees to cover the cost. The military pays $10 million a month to keep the troops on the border to assist the Border Patrol in spotting illegal crossings and smugglers. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that her department offered to cover the tab, but Congress said no. “It comes down to whether [the Department of Defense]
July 12, 2011 |
Two top officials in Cyprus resigned Monday after a massive explosion of munitions seized from an Iranian shipment to Syria killed at least 12 people in the Mediterranean island nation. The early-morning explosion in the southern city of Zygi, which was felt for miles around, destroyed a power plant, leveled houses and shattered windows, doors and even the railing of a highway, said witnesses and journalists reached by telephone. Sixty-two people were injured. The blast at the Evangelos Florakis military base, apparently set off by a wildfire, quickly led to the resignation of the European Union nation's defense minister, Costas Papacostas, and the commander of the Greek Cypriot National Guard, Petros Tsaliklides.
June 17, 2011 |
The Obama administration has extended the deployment of National Guard troops along the southwest border for an additional three months, said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler Friday. The 1,200 National Guardsmen sent to assist the Border Patrol in August 2010 were scheduled to stand down at the end of June, but have been ordered to remain in place until Sept. 30. The move is intended keep pressure on illegal border crossings while DHS rolls out more personnel, fences and sensors.
June 17, 2011 |
The Obama administration has extended the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops along the Southwest border for an additional three months. The troops sent to assist the Border Patrol last August were scheduled to withdraw at the end of June, but have been ordered to remain in place until Sept. 30, according to Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department. The extension is intended to help prevent illegal border crossings and stop shipments of cash moving south from drug sales while the Homeland Security Department adds more patrols, fences and sensors in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
June 2, 2011 |
— At least two tornadoes swept through western and central Massachusetts on Wednesday, slamming debris into buildings, toppling trees and killing four people, the governor said. The storms did extensive damage in Springfield, the state's third-largest city with 150,000 people. About 40 people were injured, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. One person died in Springfield, two in West Springfield and another in Brimfield, authorities said. Tornadoes were reported in several other communities, including Monson and Sturbridge.
May 2, 2011 |
Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican who captured a traditionally Democratic seat in Massachusetts and who faces a tough reelection next year, has asked to do his National Guard training this year in Afghanistan. Brown captured the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in a closely watched race that featured a battle over healthcare overhaul. He is up for reelection in 2012. “As a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each year,” Brown said in a prepared statement.