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January 17, 2010
'The Good Soldier Schweik' What: Long Beach Opera When and where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Center Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Also 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica Price: $45 to $95 Contact: (562) 432-5934 or www.longbeachopera.org
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WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - Five NATO troops died Saturday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan in the deadliest incident so far this year for the international forces, officials said. The U.S.-led NATO coalition said it was investigating the incident and did not offer additional details. A secretary for Kandahar's police chief said that the helicopter was British and that five British soldiers were killed. There were no enemy activities in the area and the crash was believed to have been caused by mechanical problems, said the secretary, Esmatullah, who goes by one name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A soldier from Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Spec. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez was killed Friday in Haft Asiab when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, N.M. ALSO: Mayor Filner to step down Friday; special election in the works War Dead: California's Military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan   Motorcyclist dies after rear-ending car on Pomona Freeway, CHP says Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags - tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the tense power play raging between the rebellious 67-year-old cattleman and the federal government. Then there are the guns. Scores of grim citizen militiamen in combat fatigues - semiautomatic weapons slung over their shoulders, ammunition magazines at their belts - patrol from a base they call Camp Tripwire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2000
Re "Army Officers Absolved in Gay Soldier's Slaying," July 19: So the Army inspector general finds a soldier's being "relentlessly taunted for months" and then beaten to death to be "troublesome," but "no unusual amount of homophobia." Enough said. STEPHEN EBERHART Reseda
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1988
I must agree with your editorial in every regard. Whether you believe in the policies of Soldier of Fortune magazine, or whether you believe that readers of such magazines should be isolated on a desert isle somewhere is not the issue. What is the issue is whether publishers and persons, organizations or corporations who advertise in any type of magazine or newspaper are granted their basic rights or freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The publishers, lawyers and editors of every magazine and paper in the land should be standing up to be counted in this matter.
WORLD
May 26, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS--French anti-terrorist investigators are hunting for a man who stabbed a soldier in the throat at a busy Paris shopping and transport center. Detectives are also examining whether there is a link between the attack and the killing of a British soldier who was hacked to death in London on Wednesday. The 23-year-old French soldier, Pfc. Cedric Cordier, was patrolling the busy underground corridors beneath the La Defense arch in the French capital's business district with two other soldiers when an attacker approached him from behind shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday, authorities said.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Stacey Leasca
An Army private who wrote on Instagram that she was “hiding” in her car to avoid an end-of-day flag salute is the latest soldier to face possible punishment over what the military has called distasteful social media posts. Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of Ft. Carson in Colorado posted a selfie, with a caption that read: “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF,” the last string of letters referring to “I don't give a …” Ft. Carson officials said Wednesday that they are aware of the photo and investigating after the image began circulating on Tuesday and was first reported by the Army Times . Last week, a National Guard funeral honors team member in Wisconsin was suspended after Instagram posts of her making light of military funerals started spreading.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013
Times staff writer Christopher Goffard and photographer Rick Loomis followed the Woods family for a year and a half, documenting the challenges of an Iraq war veteran as he adjusts to returning home to his new wife. The story, " A soldier's wife ," offers an unflinching look at the toll of war on one Orange County couple. It is the story of  Tom Woods, an Army sergeant and former race car driver from San Jose, and his wife, Candace Desmond-Woods. PHOTOS: When a living casualty returns from war Goffard and Loomis will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the story and their experience reporting it. Questions can be submitted live during the discussion, tweeted to @LANow or by commenting on this blog post.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A U.S. soldier faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges he unlawfully killed two unarmed teenagers in an Iraqi battle zone. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with several counts, including premeditated murder, and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of the killings. The preliminary hearing, known in military parlance as an Article 32 proceeding, is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The Army has been reluctant to comment on the case, which was pushed into the limelight in 2012 by an investigative report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which soldiers who served with Barbera said they were troubled that no legal action had been taken after the shootings.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ten years after Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire, it's still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can't shake the fact that he might be at fault. "It would be disingenuous for me to say there is no way my rounds didn't kill him, because my rounds very well could have,” Steven Elliott said in an interview with ESPN that aired Sunday. Elliott, discussing the incident in the media for the first time, said he has been able to cope with the April 22, 2004, tragedy because of therapy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office.   The 3-D computer-animated family comedy "Rio 2" and last weekend's No. 1 movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. A $40-million debut for "Rio 2," the latest release from 20th Century Fox's animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Moments after news broke of the Ft. Hood shooting about 4 p.m. last Wednesday, Suzy Sanders began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post since fall. His first chilling reply landed at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from Indiana with a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile, is among four survivors expected to be honored by President Obama at a Wednesday memorial here.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
"Captain America: Winter Soldier, " the latest exercise in character kitchen-sinkdom that is the Marvel Studios universe, did a few things in theaters this week‎end. It was, most prominently, a major box office hit, destroying the April record by more than $10 million and, at $96.2 million, falling just short of the magic $100-million mark. The Chris Evans film was also a critical success, garnering largely plaudits, if occasionally some reservations, on its way to an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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