CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1998 |
In the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally," Billy Crystal proclaims, "Men and women can never be friends, the sex thing always gets in the way." Nowhere is this more on display than in efforts to integrate men and women into the military.
October 21, 2001 |
At military bases across the country, troops mobilized for America's new war are saying goodbye to spouses and sweethearts with lingering embraces and teary kisses. Unless they're gay. Homosexuals reporting for possible combat are bound by the "don't ask, don't tell" mandate to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. "There are moments that bring this policy into sharper focus.
July 24, 2008 |
The U.S. military is being harmed by prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly, a congressional panel was told Wednesday, the first time lawmakers have examined the "don't ask, don't tell" policy since the law was passed in 1993.
December 20, 2010 |
A vote in the Senate on Saturday cleared the way to abolish the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But questions remain about how the change will be implemented, and it will be months before gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. What happens next? President Obama is expected to sign the measure this week. The president, secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff must then sign a letter certifying that the necessary policy and regulation changes have been prepared and that implementation of the changes won't hurt the military's readiness, effectiveness, recruiting, retention or unit cohesion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2011 |
A federal appeals court late Friday temporarily suspended its ban on enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, reversing course for the second time this month on how and when the Pentagon must stop discharging gay soldiers and sailors. The Justice Department had argued in a motion filed Thursday with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that congressional action last year setting out a path toward eventual repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" should be allowed to run its course without intervention from the courts.
February 15, 2002 |
When I was a military police platoon leader, I wanted to buy spare tires for all seven of my platoon's Humvees. Spare tires made them more effective in combat exercises because troops could change a tire after running over a rock or barbed wire rather than wait for a maintenance vehicle to come forward with a new tire. But a Humvee tire cost $623, and there was no money in my unit's budget for spares.
March 31, 1995 |
A federal judge Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Ruling in the case of six homosexual service members, U.S. District Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of Brooklyn held that the controversial policy violated their rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.
March 3, 1985 |
Navy Secretary John F. Lehman Jr., a flamboyant man who likes to pilot naval helicopters to his out-of-town speaking engagements, is said to agree with Gen. George Patton that "if you don't drink well, you don't fight well." Gen. John A. Wickham Jr., Army chief of staff, is known as a strait-laced soldier who believes that alcohol erodes the fighting spirit. Their contrasting beliefs have erupted into a high-level version of an Army-Navy barroom brawl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998 |
Loopholes in city inspection procedures and basic communication errors among firefighters contributed to the death of a Los Angeles City fire captain who was killed inside a burning South-Central factory in March, according to city officials and a report released Wednesday. The Fire Department's investigation paints a riveting, tragic picture of the 22 minutes that passed between the entry of firefighters into the flaming Pet Center factory, and the moment when a rescue team discovered Capt.