March 20, 2013 |
As U.S. and allied forces advanced toward Baghdad 10 years ago, a military public affairs sergeant snapped a photograph of a Marine saluting the flag at sunset at a desert airfield in southern Iraq. Taken on April 3, 2003, it was one of many images released by the Marine Corps during the invasion that launched the Iraq war. IN THE FRAMEWORK BLOG: The story behind a photo The Marine in the photograph was Master Sgt. James E. Valrie of Loxley, Ala. The photographer was his wife, Marine Sgt. Tisha L. Carter-Valrie of Forgan, Okla.
March 17, 2013 |
Giorgos Katidis, a soccer player from Greece, has been banned for life from the Greek national team after his goal celebration Saturday appeared to be a Nazi salute. Katidis, who had scored the go-ahead goal in AEK Athens' 2-1 victory over Veria, said he did not know that throwing his arm forward in a raised position was a Nazi gesture. The governing body of Greek soccer reacted swiftly Sunday in the aftermath, calling the salute "a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.
February 21, 2013 |
"The Americans" have been given clearance by FX to return for another season. The cable network has renewed the freshman drama about KGB agents posing as a suburban couple living in the Washington, D.C., area with a 13-episode order. The announcement came after the airing of the drama's fourth episode. The premiere of the series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, scored FX's most-watched debut ever for a series, with 5.1 million viewers. ALSO Mel B. of the Spice Girls joins "America's Got Talent" "A Different World's' Lou Myers dies Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen guest on "Arrested Development"
January 17, 2013 |
"Dear Abby," aka Pauline Phillips, the celebrated advice columnist who died this week at age 94, already had been an American institution for decades when folk singer-songwriter John Prine immortalized her in his 1973 number titled - what else? - “Dear Abby.” The acclaimed Chicago musician and former mailman tapped the everyday sort of gripes that populated her columns, which were syndicated in newspapers across the country including, for many years, the Los Angeles Times. Dear Abby, Dear Abby, My feet are too long My hair's falling out and my rights are all wrong My friends they all tell me that I've no friends at all Won't you write me a letter, Won't you give me a call Signed Bewildered PHOTOS: Pauline Phillips | 1918 - 2013 Prine, naturally, supplied the response as well as the inquiry, answering: Bewildered Bewildered, You have no complaint You are what you are and you ain't what you ain't So listen up Buster and listen up good Stop wishing for bad luck and knockin' on wood Then came three more mock letters - each receiving precisely the same response, Prine's eye-winking acknowledgement of the essence of what Abby was really telling her millions of readers week after week.
January 9, 2013 |
When tensions grew high during the last stage of collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the players union and the two sides couldn't sit in the same room, federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh kept the talks alive. Beckenbaugh, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, shuttled back and forth between the offices of the league and the union, helping broker the tentative deal they reached early Sunday morning. Some grateful fans suggested Beckenbaugh be named the league's MVP this season … and one Ducks season ticket holder from Silver Lake took it a step further.
December 19, 2012 |
At the Wednesday public memorial service that celebrated her tragically short life, Jenni Rivera was hailed as "the eternal diva," "la gran señora," "mariposa de barrio" (butterfly of the barrio) and other terms of deep affection and respect. But there was another title that Rivera had aspired to and earned: the Latin American Oprah Winfrey. Like Winfrey before her, the Long Beach native, who died with six other people in a Dec. 9 plane crash in northern Mexico, was more than simply a multitalented, multi-tasking woman of a certain age, ethnicity and oversize personality.