Posted On: 7:09 p.m. | November 24, 2011
Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, marks 10 years since Marines from Camp Pendleton first landed in the Afghanistan desert, the first conventional U.S. troops into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Nearly every facet of the base has changed over the last decade as Marines deployed to Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003 and back to Afghanistan in 2008. New construction has transformed the... View Post»
Posted On: 5:55 p.m. | November 24, 2011
Over the years — largely by word-of-mouth — WWOOFing, which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, has grown into a loose global network that hooks up those willing to work with farmers eager to take them for a few weeks, or even a few months. It’s a modern version of hitchhiking — with an organic twist. View Post»
Posted On: 10:27 p.m. | November 21, 2011
The rivalry between USC and UCLA has been ramping up in anticipation of their annual football game Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.
USC students wrapped Tommy Trojan in duct tape to protect the statue from vandalism. A landmark of the USC campus in Los Angeles, the statue is being guarded around the clock by members of the Trojan Knights Spirit and Service Organization.
On UCLA's... View Post»
Posted On: 1:00 a.m. | November 21, 2011
In March of 2011, prison hospice worker John Paul Madrona began a deathwatch with “the kid,” a 24-year-old thief named Freddy Garcia, who had colon cancer. Garcia, serving nine years for his second felony, had been a gangster. Menacing tattoos covered his shaved head. But he also was fragile, fearful and wanted his mother to hold him. View Post»
Posted On: 1:00 a.m. | November 19, 2011
In 2010, 372 inmates died of their illnesses in California state prisons, most from cancer, and 31 received a compassionate release. Inmate Freddy Garcia, 26, serving a 9 year sentence for armed robbery, had petitioned the state for a compassionate release and he’d been turned down twice. That was no surprise. Prison officials, judges and politicians are leery of sending sick convicts home... View Post»
Posted On: 6:30 p.m. | November 18, 2011
Fidel Bernabe, a talented trumpeter in Mexico, is among the brass band musicians who are part of Southern California's 'tuba revolution.' They're showing their chops on an instrument whose 'thunk thunk' attracts dance-minded partygoers. View Post»
Posted On: 4:57 a.m. | November 18, 2011
Miriam Hernandez is 16 years old, and a native-born Georgian. She has a learner’s permit and would like to take the driving class that would allow her to get a license — that elusive prize so many of her foreign-born friends will never have. View Post»
Posted On: 8:38 a.m. | November 17, 2011
In Davis, faculty members and students protest and listen to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi after the campus police used pepper spay on a group of protesters at the university Friday.
In New York, police and Occupy Wall Street protesters scuffled in Lower Manhattan as marchers tried to take their demonstration to the door of the New York Stock Exchange, leading to confrontations... View Post»
Posted On: 2:46 p.m. | November 14, 2011
To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton to erected a 13-foot cross observing Veterans Day. View Post»
Posted On: 9:18 p.m. | November 11, 2011
At precisely 11:11 a.m. _ the time when World War I officially ended, giving rise to Armistice Day, the forerunner to Veterans Day a small group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton to erect a 13 foot cross as the nation observed Veteran’s Day. View Post»
Posted On: 9:32 a.m. | November 10, 2011
By David Kelly, Special to The Times
Reporting from Cleveland— Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question.
"So why do women stay?" he asked his class of would-be counselors.
Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew.
Except maybe the silent woman in back — the... View Post»
Posted On: 4:42 p.m. | November 9, 2011
Once badly malnourished, beaten and locked up in a garage, Ahmed Ibn Muhammed Mahdi Shabazz is now a strapping 6-foot-5, 215-pound young man who recently graduated high school in Avon, Ohio. He suffered serious depression after his ordeal at the hands of Mansa Musa Muhummed but after undergoing years of counseling he says, “I forced myself to forget it. It now seems like a video game that I... View Post»
Posted On: 11:10 p.m. | November 8, 2011
Laura Cowan survived life in one of the most notoriously abusive households in recent California history. Now a speaker, counselor and forceful advocate for abused women, Cowan has come a long way since her abuser was sentenced to seven life terms in prison.
Read David Kelly's story: Emerging from a notorious hell of abuse to counsel others View Post»
Posted On: 10:10 p.m. | November 4, 2011
Late last year, as more and more Marines were killed in Afghanistan in the fight for the longtime Taliban stronghold of Sangin, then-Defense Secy. Robert Gates offered to allow the Marines to withdraw. "Absolutely not," Commandant Gen. James Amos told Gates. Instead, the Marines ordered more reinforcements and equipment to Sangin and vowed not to quit until the Taliban is vanquished. In April,... View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 p.m. | November 4, 2011
A drug cartel attack in Mexico cost Adali Gutierrez, 20, of El Monte his parents and left him with a disfigured face and the responsibility of being patriarch to his four younger siblings. View Post»
Posted On: 10:24 p.m. | November 3, 2011
The Marine Corps, while still reveling in its reputation for having the toughest recruit training of any military service, has realized that boot camp injuries cost time and money and can be demoralizing to injured recruits and their buddies. View Post»