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November 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Michelle Manchir and Bonnie Miller Rubin
WASHINGTON, Ill. - The tornado that leveled Beth and Dennis Doolans' home scattered their belongings like trash, a fate shared by many residents in the twisters' path. Sometime later and some 80 miles away, a photograph fluttered into a yard. It was one of the Doolans' favorites, taken on their 40th anniversary. A friend spotted it on a Facebook page for lost possessions and contacted the Doolans' daughter Monday. "There were tears of joy when I told them," said their daughter, Lisa Hoffman.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
For the new fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor," which details a Navy SEAL mission gone horribly awry in  the mountains of Afghanistan, leading man Mark Wahlberg had one very important resource to draw from: Marcus Luttrell, the soldier whose memoir of the same name inspired the film, and who was present for much of the cast's training and rehearsal. Luttrell's presence also impressed on Wahlberg that he had big shoes to fill.  At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Wahlberg and fellow cast member Emile Hirsch, who plays the fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz, discussed what it was like portraying real people, men they quickly came to see as heroes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The day hasn't been exhilarating just for Batkid, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor whose wish to become a superhero came true Friday in San Francisco, thanks to the generosity of a city known more for its adult indulgences than for its sentimentality for tots. It's also been exhilarating for those of us who were able to follow the adventures of Miles, a little boy from the teensy Northern California town of Tulelake, as he traveled the city in a Batmobile, with a grown-up Batman at his side, performing daring deeds of bravery, arranged by playacting adults for a child who has been battling cancer since he was 20 months old. The magical transformation of San Francisco into “Gotham City” was arranged by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, whose good deeds for ailing children are usually far less interactive or splashy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In his first comments since his impassioned remarks about Hollywood entitlement Tuesday, “Lone Survivor” star Mark Wahlberg offered a peek into his mind -- and shed some light on what caused him to react so strongly to a question that equated acting and military work. “I don't know, it just weighed so heavily -- what Marcus went through, what those guys went through, what their loved ones went through,” he said, referring to Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL he plays in the new Pete Berg movie.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Drenched by rain and increasingly desperate, typhoon-stricken Filipinos rushed fences and pleaded with guards Tuesday at the battered airport serving as a tenuous lifeline to an international aid effort confronted at every turn by transport and logistics bottlenecks. The United Nations launched an appeal for $301 million to help victims. The chief of its humanitarian operations, Valerie Amos, arrived in Manila, the capital, to coordinate the relief effort and quickly acknowledged the difficulties it faced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
After a Sunday sermon tailored for the occasion, members of the congregation at Filipino Christian Church in Westlake gave each other hugs and whispered the question they weren't sure they wanted the answer to: "Have you heard from your family yet?" Then congregant Ely Obillo made a plea for her homeland. "Don't forget to send some emails," she said, encouraging everyone to contact their friends to help collect donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. "Do some begging. Begging is OK right now. " The church held a rummage sale Saturday and an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss other fundraising options.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By John Horn
Writer-director Pete Berg considered putting his "Lone Survivor" cast - led by Mark Wahlberg - through the hard-core Navy SEAL training, not only to get his actors in the best fighting shape possible for a film set in the war in Afghanistan but also to shoot their efforts for the movie's opening scenes. But the filmmaker ultimately decided that the real person who needed to embed was himself, so Berg deployed in early 2010 with a SEAL platoon in Iraq near Syria's border. Berg's experience proved influential in shaping his adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's memoir, "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. " While Luttrell persuasively recounts the schooling of the U.S. military's elite soldiers and recounts in vivid detail his small band's harrowing and disastrous firefight against the Taliban in 2005, Berg's monthlong sequestration showed him how the Navy commandos behave when they're away from action.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Not Yet Begun to Fight" follows war veterans on the mend from different physical and psychological traumas as they take up fly fishing. Retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, a Vietnam vet, co-founded the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a Bozeman, Mont., retreat that provides a six-day recreational program that supplements the rehabilitation regimens for wounded service personnel. Along for the ride are Marine Capt. Blake Smith, who survived a helicopter collision that left him paraplegic; retired Navy SEAL Elliott Miller, who was shot and lost his ability to speak; Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Hupp, wrestling with post-traumatic stress disorder; Marine Cpl. Erik Goodge, who lost his right eye in a blast; and Army Sgt. Erin Schaefer, also paraplegic.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The key moment in Peter Berg's upcoming, fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor" occurs when four U.S. Navy SEALs, hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan while on a mission to kill a Taliban leader, encounter three goat herders. The SEALs quickly boil down their options to three choices: 1) Tie up the shepherds, one of whom is a boy, and leave them in the mountains to freeze 2) kill the shepherds immediately or 3) let them go, abort the mission and hike up to the summit to be extracted before Taliban forces find them.
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