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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1994
Playing ball Navy style--three Tailhooks and you take a walk. GEORGE H. LYMBURN San Francisco
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Paula Coughlin was grocery shopping in Jacksonville, Fla., when I caught up with her on the phone this week. If anyone has an interesting perspective on the U.S. military's absurd inability to deal with sexual assault, it's Coughlin. She is the former Navy lieutenant who blew the lid off the tawdry goings on at the 1991 gathering of Naval aviators known as the Tailhook Assn. Symposium. In a third-floor corridor of the Las Vegas Hilton, she was sexually attacked by fellow flyers. When the Navy failed to act on her complaint, she went public.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994
The Navy has resolved the Tailhook sex scandal in a manner that allows the perpetrators to go unpunished, while at least one of the victims suffers the loss of a career in addition to a physical assault. Let us hope that talented and qualified women will not be discouraged from joining our military forces by the actions of the officers in charge of the investigation. DOROTHY CHAPMAN San Clemente
NEWS
July 8, 1999 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prodded by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Navy is considering whether to renew formal ties with the Tailhook Assn.--links the Navy severed amid a scandal over sexual harassment and drunken debauchery by aviators at the group's 1991 convention in Las Vegas. Officials of the San Diego-based group, whose goal is to promote carrier aviation, said they are encouraged by discussions with admirals assigned to prepare a report for the chief of naval operations, Adm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A San Diego woman and three others who say they were sexually assaulted at a naval aviators convention have filed multimillion-dollar damage claims against the Navy, their lawyers said Tuesday. In the first legal action stemming from the Tailhook scandal, the women also filed separate lawsuits against Hilton Hotels and the San Diego-based Tailhook Assn., accusing them of negligence for allowing the attacks to take place.
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October 3, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton Administration appeared to be searching for a way to avoid removing Adm. Frank B. Kelso as chief of naval operations following a recommendation that he be fired for "lack of leadership" in the wake of the Tailhook scandal. Defense Secretary Les Aspin met briefly with Kelso Saturday afternoon following the public disclosure of new Navy Secretary John H. Dalton's recommendation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992
Allegation: The Navy may be conducting a witch hunt by overreacting to charges of sexual harassment in its ranks. Not so. To hear Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham (R-San Diego) tell it, mere overreaction may be the reason the Navy relieved from duty five officers at Miramar Naval Air Station who allowed pilots under their charge to perform two lewd skits at the base officers' club in June.
NEWS
July 29, 1992 | H.G. REZA and SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Department of Defense investigators have been given several rolls of film that contain graphic pictures of an intoxicated 17-year-old girl being manhandled and undressed by dozens of rowdy aviators in a hotel corridor at the 1991 Tailhook convention.
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December 19, 1993 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Pentagon released its report earlier this year detailing sexual assaults during the 1991 Tailhook convention, the document landed with such a resounding whack that it appeared few would be spared prison terms or dishonorable discharges for their roles.
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November 1, 1992 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The final chapter of the Tailhook sexual assault scandal has yet to be written, but already the episode and the continuing search for those responsible have claimed a heavy toll on the Navy and Marine Corps.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
ABC tonight airs a moderately good movie recounting the scandalous Tailhook incident that found chopper pilot Paula Coughlin going public with charges of being sexually mauled by many of her male naval colleagues at a 1991 convention in Las Vegas. Tailhook was a wake-up call. Early derision of Hillary Rodham Clinton's prominent policy role in her husband's White House also suggests that, in their struggle for full equality, U.S. women are still pushing a heavy boulder up a steep hill.
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May 21, 1995 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail O'Grady used to wear baggy clothes so people would take her seriously as an actress. "I used to have a manager who used to say you got to wear tight clothes if you want the job," she recalls. "I don't want those kinds of parts." So she stuck to her beliefs and now feels "like I am getting what I want, which is to play intelligent women. I feel like I'm on a roll playing strong women."
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May 19, 1995 | ACHY OBEJAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I was sitting on the train reading "Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook" when my attention was drawn to a pair of young men who were guffawing at the book's title and mimicking, with outstretched hands, the groping that sparked the Tailhook scandal. Predictably enough, I frowned and turned away disgusted. Equally predictable was their laughter; as they exited the train a few stops later, one of them yelled out, "Long live the gantlet!"
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May 11, 1995 | VINCE KOWALICK, Los Angeles Times
The 1991 sexual assault of a female Navy officer by drunken naval aviators in a Las Vegas hotel hallway raised the collective eyebrows of a nation. It did not, however, shock Martha (Marty) Humphreys. The revelations of "Tailhook," the scandal that shook the Navy to its core, were nothing Humphreys had not been privy to during her nearly 30 years of marriage to a Navy flyer.
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September 9, 1994 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paula Coughlin, the Navy lieutenant who first disclosed the sexual harassment that occurred at the 1991 Tailhook convention, reached an out-of-court settlement Thursday in her lawsuit against the association that sponsored the annual affair. Her suit against the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, however, was still scheduled to come to trial Monday. If it does, it will be the first public airing of exactly what happened that night.
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April 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended Thursday that Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, the Navy's top officer, be allowed to retire as a full admiral despite damage done to his record by the Tailhook scandal. In a 20-2 vote, the committee recommended to the full Senate that Kelso retire at four-star rank, as recommended by President Clinton. If the Senate accepts the recommendation, Kelso would retire with an annual pension of $84,340.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1993 | JAMES J. WHITE, James J. White, a former Air Force fighter pilot, is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
Hyperbole, confusion and even hypocrisy have characterized much of the public discussion of the so-called Tailhook scandal. Some have found the aviators' behavior in Las Vegas to be a monstrous evil, akin to rape or mayhem. Others have confused the issues raised by the Tailhook event with the unrelated issues concerning where and whether gays and women should serve in the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994
In response to "Vexed by Tailhook Issue, Kelso to Quit Navy Early," Feb. 16: Based upon the President Clinton's senior staff's handling of Chief of Naval Operations Frank B. Kelso II and the Tailhook scandal, the taxpayers should brace themselves for a new round of $600 and $1,200 coffeepots. To allow Kelso and the rest to skate is a disgrace! JIM LYNCH Encinitas Bad news/good news: It's deplorable that at least 90 women were indecently assaulted at the Tailhook convention in 1991; but thank God a thorough investigation has shown that there weren't any assailants.
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