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August 13, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
- Meb Keflezighi had a premonition before Sunday's Olympic marathon. "I told my wife, 'I have a feeling I'm going to finish fourth,' " he said. As Olympic premonitions go, that's not a good one because the prize for fourth place is the same as the one for last. But it was an accurate one, with the former UCLA All-American passing five runners over the final 12 kilometers to finish in 2 hours 11 minutes 6 seconds, more than three minutes behind the winner, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda.
June 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
He roams the night in menacing military police garb in search of homosexuals. No, he's not cruising the bars of West Hollywood, the Castro or Chelsea. He's the head of Uganda'sspecial task force for the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Funny, isn't it, the way the words "probe" and "penetrative" always seem to be on his lips? He insists his nation won't "bend over" for homosexuality and believes that the enforcement of the "penal code" is way too "soft. " Satire plays only a small part in Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine's solo show "A Missionary Position," which is receiving its world premiere at REDCAT in an artfully staged production that runs through this weekend.
June 22, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The new documentary from Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot, "Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story," pays tribute to one ofIsrael'snational heroes. The biography of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's older brother bears a broad resemblance to that of Joseph Kennedy Jr.: firstborn, handsome and charismatic, a military hero and presumed political leader who died young. Yonatan Netanyahu was killed at Entebbe Airport, in Uganda, after leading the successful hostage-rescue mission there in July 1976.
January 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Ayeet Timothy Odeke, basketball coach at Nkumba University in Kampala, gets the look - the same one Bill Walton might have given John Wooden years ago - when he instructs his players on the proper way to put on their socks and lace up their shoes at the start of each season. "If you didn't get the words, the face would talk to you," Odeke explained. "Are you mad? Are you crazy?" It was 10 years ago, at a basketball clinic in Uganda, when Odeke was exposed to certain Wooden life lessons for the first time: Don't mistake activity with achievement.
November 1, 2011 | By Lawrence Weschler
A bit over an hour into the five-hour drive across the ferrous red plateau, heading toward Uganda's capital, Kampala, suddenly, there's the Nile, a boiling, roiling cataract at this time of year, rain-swollen and rabid below the bridge that vaults over it. Naturally, I take out my iPhone and begin snapping pics. On the other side of the bridge, three soldiers standing in the road, rifles slung over their shoulders, direct my driver, Godfrey, to pull over. "You were photographing the bridge," one of them says.
October 19, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Making a quick trip to California after Tuesday night's debate in Nevada, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sought to broaden the conversation to national security - chiding President Obama for “leading from behind” and accusing him of overstretching the nation's military resources. Lamenting the fact that Republican candidates have spent very little time debating foreign policy, Bachmann told a group of "tea party" activists in Pasadena on Wednesday that the president was wrong to send armed advisors to Uganda and several surrounding countries to target the militia known as the Lord's Resistance Army, which has killed thousands of people over the last two decades.
October 18, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
Weirdest Friday news dump ever. Very late in the day on Oct. 14, the Obama administration released a lot of politically problematic information, including the news that the deficit for 2011 hit $1.3 trillion (the second biggest ever, after 2009) and that it's abandoning the CLASS Act, one of the more expensive and unwieldy appendages of "Obamacare. " One other thing: The White House announced we're putting boots on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa. President Obama notified Congress that he's sending about 100 combat-equipped troops to advise African forces on how best to kill or capture (but hopefully kill)
October 15, 2011 | By Brian Bennett and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
President Obama is sending about 100 special forces troops to central Africa to help target the leadership of the Lord's Resistance Army, a notorious militia that has been raping and pillaging in the remote jungles of northern Uganda and neighboring countries for more than two decades. The first team of armed advisors arrived in Uganda on Wednesday. Over the next month, the remaining U.S. troops, most of them Army Green Berets, will be sent to Uganda and surrounding countries, including South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo.
October 6, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Nile River is the star of this six-day tour, but not the section most tourists visit. The Nile Spectacle trip from Premier Safaris starts at Lake Victoria and Jinja,Uganda, the source of the river, with stays at high-end safari lodges along the way. Participants enjoy a day of rafting before heading to Murchison Falls National Park for four days to further explore the river and its wildlife. Stops include Murchison Falls and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary as well as safaris to watch elephant, buffalo, giraffes, birds and other animals in their native habitat.  When: Trip dates are open, based on travelers' requests.
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