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November 23, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Lucille Roybal-Allard has taken up an unlikely cause for a congresswoman from Los Angeles' landlocked Eastside: catfish. She is among the leaders of an effort to reel in a new federal catfish inspection program that she says threatens to cost jobs in her district and ignite a trade war with Vietnam, an important trading partner with California. Seafood is currently inspected by the Food and Drug Administration, but Congress agreed to subject catfish to a more rigorous inspection regimen, conducted by the Department of Agriculture.
November 15, 2013
Here's a good round-trip fare from LAX to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Air China, but you'll have to act fast: The $825 fare must be purchased by Nov. 22. It is for travel between Feb. 10 and April 13 and is subject to availability. Info: Air China , (800) 882-8122 Source: Airfarewatchdog
November 10, 2013 | By Steve Oney
His was the last face I saw, the final voice I heard before I stepped backward off the 100-foot cliff. Even now, nearly two decades later, I can envision his weathered features and wispy white hair, and I can recall much of what he said. My fear, he told me, was not only natural but essential both to my survival and to that of the species. Human beings were not meant to jump from high places. He then hastened to add that I should have no doubts about doing exactly that. My ropes and braking bar were in order, as was my climbing harness.
November 2, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In 1969 Col. Robert Rheault landed a long-coveted assignment in Vietnam: commanding the Green Berets, the daring U.S. Special Forces group championed by President Kennedy and glorified by John Wayne . He had held the job for only three weeks, however, when a scandal broke - one that Time magazine would later call "second only to the My Lai killings. " Rheault (pronounced Roe) and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent.
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.
October 4, 2013 | By David Lamb, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Vo Nguyen Giap, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102. Giap died Friday at a military hospital in Hanoi, the Associated Press reported, citing a government official. Though Ho Chi Minh was the symbol of Vietnam's fight for independence and reunification, it was Giap who carved out the victories. From Dien Bien Phu to Khe Sanh to the Tet offensive, his name became synonymous with the battles that defined a chapter of world history and emboldened liberation movements from Africa to Latin America.
September 8, 2013 | By Jason La
During a trip to the village of Tam Coc, about 50 miles south of Hanoi, Times reader Réhahn Croquevielle photographed Chu Van Thuc. Croquevielle had seen a photo of the 82-year-old man online and asked villagers where he lived. When they met, Chu invited Croquevielle in for tea. It's a dream for photographers to encounter a face like his, Croquevielle said. At Tam Coc, Croquevielle also met Chu's brother, Chu Van Tim (slide two), a greeter at a pagoda in the village. Croquevielle, once a resident of Caen, France, moved to Hoi An in central Vietnam two years ago. He now runs a guesthouse and an ice cream bar there.
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
June 28, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Curtis Tarr, the director of the U.S. Selective Service System who altered the lottery for the draft during the Vietnam War to make the process more random, died June 21 of pneumonia at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was 88. His death was confirmed by a daughter, Pam Tarr of Valley Village. About three months after the first draft was held on Dec. 1, 1969, President Nixon appointed Tarr to oversee the Selective Service System. At the time, government sources said they believed Tarr, then 45, had been chosen for his experience dealing with young people as president of Lawrence University in Wisconsin and because of his own relative youth.
June 23, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
"On the night of June 23, 1967, the meaning of 'police brutality' took on an electrifying reality for thousands of respectable middle-class residents of Los Angeles who participated in a peaceful anti-Vietnam demonstration that was to have taken them the few blocks from Cheviot Hills Park past the Century Plaza Hotel, where President Johnson was addressing a $1,000-a-couple Democratic fundraiser. Most never made it. " - From an account of the march written a few days later by my father, Richard Abcarian, a San Fernando Valley State College professor who'd brought his family to Century City that night.
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