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By Britney Barnes | September 17, 2009
Military veterans, Huntington Beach firefighters and 900 middle school students took the time to remember what happened eight years ago Friday. For 12-year-old Lexie Martinez and many of the tweens, the full significance and devastation of 9/11 couldn?t be comprehended at the time of the attack. Marina View Middle School came together to remember the history of Sept. 11 and pay tribute to those who died and those who are still willing to give up everything for their country. ?
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January 13, 2000
Angelique Flores FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- Drivers along Brookhurst Street might have noticed the bright red banners honoring the community's veterans. The 26 banners, which cost the city $2,400, feature an eagle's head with a stars and stripes background and the words "Fountain Valley Honors Our Veterans." City workers began hanging the banners Friday along Brookhurst between Warner and Edinger avenues in front of the city's Recreation Center. The last installment came Tuesday, saving the last four banners for Slater Avenue in front of City Hall.
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April 16, 2009
Ryan Carr says President Obama is making veterans pay for their insurance (“Taxes are the root of our economic problems,” Mailbag, April 2). This is not true. It’s an idea he was considering to save the government $500 million per year. However, after meeting with veterans groups, he heeded their concerns that it might become more difficult for some of their members to obtain care. “The president has instructed that its consideration be dropped,” said Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, March 19. Glen M. Gardner Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Obama told veterans he would listen to their concerns.
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By JERRY PERSON | November 9, 2006
I don't often get really angry while listening to the news, but the remarks of that imbecile U.S. senator inferring that my dad or anyone who had or is serving in the military has the mentality of something less than a garden slug riles me to the bone. Imagine an American senator saying something like that, even if he was joking, and then saying that we misinterpreted his so-called joke while he was in Pasadena on a campaign appearance. Times sure have changed since World War I ended, for if someone had made a remark like that back then, the angry veterans of Southern California would have headed over to the La Brea Pits for some good old American "Goop," stopping first to pick up some feather pillows.
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May 28, 2009
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher lashed out at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Friday after it accused him of turning his back on veterans. By voting against the stimulus bill and budget, Rohrabacher has put loyalty to his party over what?s good for veterans because the spending packages included benefits for veterans, according to the committee. Rohrabacher indignantly denied the accusation and fired back that the Democrats were playing dirty tricks linking the budget votes to his support for the troops.
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By Tracey Laity | June 9, 2006
MONTROSE — The Memorial Day service in front of the Vietnam War Memorial will go ahead as planned on Monday, but with some significant last-minute changes to the traditional program, organizers said.   Art Napiwocki, state budget chairman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will not be officiating at the ceremony as he has done for the past 12 years. Instead he will be attending a service in La Cañada Flintridge.   Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, including himself, may still attend the Montrose service, Napiwocki said.
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By Michael Alexander | April 23, 2008
A siren wailed as the police car rolled down the pavement to respond to a purse snatching. It wasn’t an actual crime — recruits at Golden West College’s police academy were working on their responses to real-world calls for help. Out on the “grinder,” the strip of pavement where they work on everything from physical fitness to the proper use of force, the 32 recruits split up into teams of cops and civilians to practice handling whatever their instructors threw at them.
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May 17, 2001
Tariq Malik Larry Richey has rocks on the brain and veterans in his heart. For the last three years, the Huntington Beach man has volunteered at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital's vocational rehabilitation program, teaching and training war veterans in lapidary, the art of cutting or polishing gems and stones and turning them into jewelry. "These are the ones who made it," Richey said of the veterans. "I just wanted to find a way to contribute and help them."
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November 23, 2000
This is my last mayor's column because I complete my mayoral term Dec. 5. As many of you know, when I was installed as mayor on Dec. 7, 1999, Pearl Harbor Day, I dedicated my term to American veterans. Throughout the year, our community saluted its veterans in many ways. The banners along Slater Avenue at the Civic Center and on Brookhurst Street at Mile Square Park declare that Fountain Valley honors its veterans. In addition, every month at the Mayor's Breakfast, a veteran from each of the military branches was the featured speaker.
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By Candice Baker | April 2, 2014
Sale frenzy: The Assistance League of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach VFW Post 5868 will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Assistance League's Chapter House garage behind its Thrift Shop at 526 Glenneyre St. Items on sale will include a glass table, coffee tables, tools, patio furniture, garden decor, beach chairs, shelving units, area rugs, luggage, golf clubs and art work. All proceeds benefit the VFW. Information: vfw5868.org . Southern style: Memphis Café, 2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, has begun to offer breakfast seven days per week from 8 to 11:30 a.m.; the restaurant is a weekend favorite for Southern-inspired brunch options.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 26, 2014
A member of the Little Rock Nine fielded questions on the ongoing battle to end racism last week at a gathering of Huntington Beach middle and high school students born well after school segregation became illegal. "When did segregation officially end?" one student asked. "The truth of the matter is we're still working on it," civil rights pioneer Terrence Roberts replied. Hundreds of students from throughout the city filled the bleachers in Huntington Beach High School's gym on March 20 to listen to Roberts talk about the civil rights movement and hear his reminders to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
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By Chris Epting | December 4, 2013
Johnny Kresimir excuses himself during our conversation to recharge his cell phone for the third time that day. He's never had to worry about that too much before but, given the national news attention, it now rings all day and night. As many of you have heard, the sign on top of Johnny's Saloon on Beach Boulevard that reads, "Thank a veteran for your freedom," is being threatened after city code enforcement informed Kresimir that the sign is illegal. Not because of its message, but because of where it sits - on the roof.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 4, 2013
Huntington Beach tattoo artist Hector "HEK" Valdez was busy at work Tuesday - a tattoo machine in one hand and a patron's arm in the other. The design of choice was a scaled-down version of the now nationally recognized sign atop Johnny's Saloon, off Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue. Valdez partnered with the bar's owner, Johnny Kresimir, to offer 50 free tattoos to those willing to permanently support the "Thank a veteran for your freedom" sign. They are campaigning for the city to allow the sign to stay on the tavern's roof, even though it technically violates city codes.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 12, 2013
Andy Scott had the honor of playing "Amazing Grace" in front of more than 100 people in Pier Plaza on Monday morning. But the Huntington Beach resident, donned in a traditional Scottish piper's uniform, ran into some technical difficulties during the 13th annual Veterans Day ceremony. "This reed fell out and went down into the bag, so when I started to play I couldn't get any air," said Scott, who has played at the event for the past 11 years. "It was just a little malfunction.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 12, 2013
Music is a medium that carries an artist's emotion and soul to listeners. It's a way to express one's self with rhythm and instruments. You need three key elements to effectively convey your message through music: the band, the lyrics and the vocals. In Michael and the Lonesome Playboys' latest record, "Bottle Cap Sky," I only found two of the three; it lacked good vocals. It's not that frontman Michael Ubaldini, of Fountain Valley, can't sing. But his vocal abilities seem a little flat and soulless in these 15 tracks.
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By Andrew Shortall | December 18, 2012
Matt Muggia, a U.S. Marine veteran, remembers the disappointment he felt when he was deployed overseas, opened up a care package and thought he spotted a package of Oreos. But they weren't really Oreos. They were a knock-off brand. "I was totally grateful when I got a package, but nothing made me more mad than getting a knock-off Oreo," said Muggia, president of Golden West College's Service Veteran Organization. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Muggia made sure only the best made its way into the 30 to 40 holiday care packages that were prepared and shipped to Army and Marine units in Afghanistan by Golden West's SVO. The group made sure the packages were mailed to outlying areas that rarely receive items throughout the year.
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September 5, 2012
Councilman Joe Shaw has appointed a longtime Huntington Beach resident to the Planning Commission to serve in place of Blair Farley, who recently resigned his post. Shaw appointed Robert Franklin after interviewing a few candidates for the job. "He believes in clean water, clean air, open space," Shaw said. "Those are the kind of things that are important to me and important to him. " Franklin spent his 30-year career as a planner for Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, and began as an intern in Costa Mesa, according to the resume he provided to Shaw and the city.
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By Mona Shadia | August 22, 2012
A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison Wednesday for the murder of a World War II veteran on Veterans Day almost a decade ago, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. John Kirk McKinney, 30, and Curtis James Hill, 29, of Huntington Beach, have been found guilty of murdering 77-year-old Cecil Warren while trying to rob his van on Nov. 11, 2003. McKinney was convicted May 21. Warren was in a coma for three and a half years before dying from the injuries he sustained during the beating, according to prosecutors.
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By Mona Shadia | May 23, 2012
A Huntington Beach man was found guilty Monday of beating and causing the death of a World War II veteran during a robbery on Veterans Day in 2003. A jury found John Kirk McKinney, 30, guilty of the second-degree murder of Cecil Warren, 77, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. McKinney's co-defendant, Curtis James Hill, 29, also of Huntington Beach, was found guilty Nov. 1 of special-circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery, and he was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
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