September 9, 2010 |
Marines stormed a ship held by pirates in the Gulf of Aden before dawn Thursday in the first U.S. action of its kind, freeing the crew and detaining a heavily armed gang of Somalis, the Navy announced. The pirates had threatened to open fire on the Americans, but after the Marines boarded the German-owned freighter, most of them dropped their AK-47 assault rifles. The others hid in spaces throughout the ship. "They had been showing a bravado," Marine Capt. Alexander Martin said.
April 18, 2013 |
The Somali pirates in the documentary "Stolen Seas" brandish bazookas instead of swords and have roughly the same sense of chivalry as the husbands on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey. " "There's no such thing as a romantic Somali pirate," says one of the movie's many talking heads. You probably suspected as much. Still, Thymaya Payne's ambitious doc contains plenty of surprising and interesting details about the Somali pirate trade, which, according to the film, costs the shipping industry $7 billion to $12 billion annually.
July 18, 2009 |
Garrett Jones' homer in the 14th inning Friday night, his second of the game and fifth in four games, gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the Pirates' four-game losing streak. The Pirates hadn't scored since Jones' two-out homer in the first off Tim Lincecum until the 28-year-old rookie drove Bob Howry's second pitch of the 14th over the right-field stands. Jones has seven homers in 12 games since being recalled from the minors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1996
Re $18.7-million baseball stadium proposal. We the citizens of Ventura better wake up before the circus leaves town with all of our money. All those civic-minded types who want to come together as a city with family-oriented activities should get together with private enterprise and see their field of dreams come true. They will be great profiteers and not pirates of our city resources. MICHAEL A. MAYNEZ Ventura
January 5, 1997 |
The last time I cruised "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland was several years ago and in the company of a friend and his two children, then about 6 and 3. Amid the ongoing aural and visual onslaught, my friend and I didn't notice at first that his 6-year-old was fighting back tears. Midway through the ride, though, he gave up the ghost and broke down more visibly, finding the whole thing way too Stygian for his fun-in-the-sun tastes. His 3-year-old sister, meanwhile, was having a blast.
December 22, 2012 |
That's right, our man Jerry Sands, the slugging prospect who could never quite take with the Dodgers, is on the move again. He is clearly still intriguing to many. Sands, part of the group sent by the Dodgers to the Red Sox in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez in August, has reportedly been dealt from Boston to Pittsburgh as part of a six-player deal for right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan. Lost amid the big names in the deal, the trading of Sands received scant attention.
April 10, 2012 |
Nothing like Dodger Stadium to make Clayton Kershaw feel better. Kershaw, who threw three scoreless innings in the season opener before succumbing to the flu, was back on the mound as scheduled Tuesday in the Dodgers' home opener against the Pirates. Can't vouch for how he was feeling, but he was looking pretty good. Kershaw threw six more scoreless innings before finally surrendering his first run of the season in the top of the seventh inning. The game was still tied 1-1 after 6½ innings.
May 23, 2011 |
Americans appear to be growing tired of riding the high seas with Capt. Jack Sparrow, but "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" found box office treasure anyway. The fourth entry in the Johnny Depp-starring "Pirates" series raked in $256.3 million on its first weekend in more than 100 foreign countries, according to an estimate from Walt Disney Studios. That's the biggest international debut of all time for a film. It more than made up for a softer-than-expected $90.1-million launch in the U.S. and Canada.
March 1, 2011 |
Three children are among seven Danes who have been kidnapped by pirates in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials said Monday. The youths, ages 12 to 16, were taken captive along with their parents and two other adults on board a sailing vessel that put out a distress call Thursday, the Danish Foreign Ministry said. Media reports said the ship was on its way to Somalia, but the purpose of the voyage was unclear. It's believed to be the first time that children have been victims in the spate of hostage-taking bedeviling the waters off eastern Africa.
April 19, 2009
Re "The price of piracy," editorial, April 14 If Somali pirates want to play Russian roulette with commercial cargo carriers, why not play their game? Why not place Navy SEALs or mercenaries on random ships? The pirates would not know which ships were armed. They would take a chance whenever they attacked any ship. With sniper rifles on board, pirates would not be able to approach without risk of deadly fire. This would be more cost-effective than supplying warships to patrol open waters.