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January 4, 2012 | By Frederick W. Kagan
Iran's threat to close a vital international waterway if stricter sanctions are imposed on Iranian oil exports is more than just bellicose and provocative. It is also a test of U.S. will and commitment in the Persian Gulf at a time when our role in the region is changing. The world has grown used to chest-thumping by Tehran, and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the exercises conducted by Iranian armed forces last week to demonstrate their ability to close the Strait of Hormuz.
April 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, after announcing last year his decision to quit touring. "Wow," the 61-year-old musician said as he was greeted by a standing ovation in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "You know, I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.
August 17, 1991
The Cromelin comment that stops me is his referral to Strait as "wooden" and the implication that he dare not deviate from his routine or he'd be lost. What is Cromelin looking for, a singer who forgets words, switches verses around, starts a song and not finishes or wanders around the stage? Those of us who like a clean performance enjoy Strait's belief in a traditional, straightforward presentation of country music. DIANA SMITH Brea
March 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Even before the disappearance of its Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines faced financial turbulence and stiff competition from low-cost carriers in Asia. Still, airline experts say Malaysia's flagship carrier could survive the economic blow of the disaster by responding with new management and a safety campaign, among other changes. "The airline needs to show it is committed to safety, security and reliability," said Henry H. Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst for advisory firm Hudson Crossing.
June 1, 1988
A small fishing boat hit a mine and exploded in the Gulf of Oman, killing one of its Indian crew members and injuring two others, the official Emirates News Agency reported. It quoted an Interior Ministry statement as saying the incident occurred about 20 miles south of the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. The waters are just north of a major anchorage that is used by tankers and other commercial vessels going to and from the Persian Gulf, including U.S.
January 8, 2012
One man's legacy Re "Paying homage to a Holocaust survivor's firm grip on life," Column, Jan. 4 I've read Kurt Streeter's column on Warsaw ghetto uprising survivor Leon Weinstein several times; with each read, its impact becomes more profound. Having married the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I've come to learn from a firsthand perspective that Weinstein's story mirrors that of so many others I've heard. As tragic as these memories are, they are nevertheless exceeded by the unimaginable courage of those who survived and went on to build new lives.
July 22, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The first convoy of U.S. Navy-escorted Kuwaiti oil tankers made it safely through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf, beyond the range of Iranian Silkworm missiles in the most hazardous part of its initial journey, the Pentagon said today. The convoy is expected to arrive at the Kuwaiti oil terminal of Al Ahmadi on Friday morning, Pentagon spokesman Robert Sims said. "There is a still a risk involved in the rest of the mission and the relief will come Friday," Sims said.
July 11, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Navy is rushing tiny underwater drones to the Persian Gulf to help find and destroy sea mines as part of an American military buildup aimed at stopping Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a crisis, U.S. officials said. Only 88 pounds and 4 feet long, the unmanned, remotely guided submersibles carry a TV camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge for what amounts to a kamikaze mission: When it detects a mine, the undersea craft obliterates itself as well as the mine.
March 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
About 40 whales grounded on a beach in the Strait of Magellan in the third similar incident in a week.
March 9, 1986 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
Down through the centuries, the Strait of Messina has been an unbridgeable barrier of literally Homeric proportions, but now it seems that the celebrated strait may be spanned by the end of this century. One of the experts involved in the planning says that bridging the strait would be an engineering endeavor that would make tunneling under the English Channel seem as easy as digging a hole.
February 9, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
George Strait presents himself in his music as a man of his word, a paragon of constancy in a world besieged by change. Yet from the moment he appeared onstage Saturday night at Staples Center, the veteran country star seemed to be looking for a way out of a commitment he'd made. The show was the local stop on Strait's Cowboy Rides Away tour, billed as the final trek in a hugely successful career that's stretched across four decades and produced 60 No. 1 singles on a variety of charts.
January 10, 2014 | By Margo Pfeiff
GULF ISLANDS, Canada - "I'm not ashamed to say it," Colin Griffinson says, as he scans the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, "I have wooden boat disease!" And as he spins the very big wheel of his 1943 Pacific Yellowfin, one of a string of wooden boats the Dublin, Ireland-born captain and master carpenter has bought and restored over the years, he looks like a kid playing with his favorite toy. And so do we, eight passengers cruising British Columbia's Gulf Islands aboard this floating toy box stacked with mountain bikes, mopeds, kayaks, golf clubs, fishing rods, shotguns for skeet shooting and a water slide, with a hot tub on deck and a speed boat with wakeboards and water skis.
November 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Country music has never been short on sentimentality, the emotion that carried veteran singer George Strait to his 18 th entertainer of the year honor at the 47 th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Strait, who recently announced his retirement from touring and is currently out on his ";The Cowboy Rides Away"; farewell tour, topped fellow nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. “Oh, my gosh - never in a million years,” the 61-year-old Texan said after putting his hand to his chest.
May 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"Modern Vampires of the City," the adventurous new album by New York's Vampire Weekend, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, reflecting sales of 134,000 copies, more than the band has sold before in a single week. Recorded partly in L.A. with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, the disc is Vampire Weekend's second chart-topper following "Contra," which bowed with 124,000 copies sold in 2010. It's also, as Billboard noted , the first indie-label release to hit the top spot this year.
May 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Last fall, George Strait revealed that he plans to retire from the road following his so-called Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which concludes its 2013 leg with a sold-out gig June 1 at San Antonio's 72,000-capacity Alamodome. (The Texas native is to resume the trek next year for one final string of concerts.) "I just don't want to go to the point where I show up and nobody else does," he told CBS News at the time of his announcement. "It's been great. I've been doing it for 30-some-odd years and I've loved it. Sometimes I've not liked it as much.
November 18, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Just another ho-hum NFL Sunday. Houston beat Jacksonville. Atlanta beat Arizona. Dallas beat Cleveland. What else would you expect from three home teams favored by a combined 33 points? Now, please excuse those winning teams as they strap on oxygen masks and practice some deep-breathing exercises. They all came a little closer to losing than anyone anticipated. The Texans and Cowboys squeaked by in overtime. The Falcons overcame five Matt Ryan interceptions, and played from behind for 31/2 quarters before edging the woeful Cardinals, 23-19.
September 27, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Country kingpin George Strait is riding off into the sunset, at least as far as major touring is concerned. The lanky Texan who's been cranking out hits since the early '80s announced this week that his 2013-14 tour would be his last, although he was quick to note that he'd probably do individual concerts from time to time and that he would continue recording. His final circuit on the road, which he's dubbed the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, begins Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas. At a Nashville news conference last week, Strait unveiled only the first 21 dates of the tour, which takes him through a June 1 show in San Antonio.
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