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The Navy Yard Victims

In official ceremonies and public memorials, the nation paid tribute this week to the twelve people killed at the Washington Navy Yards on Monday. Here’s a look at those who lost their lives. Pictured, flags fly at half staff in Washington, D.C.
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Today in History: April 24
Apr. 24, 2014
APRIL 24, 1980: The U.S. launches Operation Eagle Claw, a daring attempt to rescue the 53 hostages held at the American embassy in Tehran. After three helicopters develop mechanical problems the mission is aborted. During departure a crash destroys two aircraft, killing eight servicemen; five other aircraft are abandoned. The debacle leads to sweeping changes in special forces operations.
1982: Actress and political activist Jane Fonda debuts Workout, the first in a series of bestselling exercise videos that boosted the trend in aerobic fitness workouts and related fashion, with a particular emphasis on women. Clad in spandex and leg warmers, Fonda ruled the business, selling millions of tapes and fitness books over the next decade.
1934: Shirley MacLaine is born (or possibly reborn) in Richmond, Va. The older sister of Warren Beatty, MacLaine drew praise for her very first screen role in 1955’s The Trouble With Harry, and would go on receive five Oscar nominations in her career, finally winning for 1983’s Terms of Endearment. She wrote more than dozen books chronicling her life and deeply held New Age beliefs.
APRIL 23, 1985: Coca-Cola introduces “New Coke,” a reformulation of its iconic soda that is quickly panned by some drinkers and mocked by rival Pepsi, who declared Coke had officially lost the “Cola Wars.” The company reintroduced the original formula less than three months later as “Coca-Cola Classic” — but it too had changed due to the industry’s shift from sugar to high-fructose corn syrup.
1954: Milwaukee Braves slugger Hank Aaron hits his first home run in a Major League Baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Twenty years later, on April 8, 1974, he eclipsed the home-run record of Babe Ruth by driving his 715th homer over the wall, a record that would stand for more than three decades.
1928: Actress Shirley Temple is born in Santa Monica, Calif. Temple was one of Hollywood’s earliest mega-stars, signing her first contract at age four and becoming a top box-office draw during the 1930s with such films as Curly Top, Heidi, and The Littlest Rebel. In later years she served as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and chief of protocol for the State Department.
1778: Scottish-born sailor John Paul Jones leads 30 crewmen from USS Ranger in a surprise attack on two forts at Whitehaven, England, the only colonial raid on English shores during the American Revolution. Jones’s reputation would later be sealed when, during a pitched battle against HMS Serapis, he utters the famous words: “I have not yet begun to fight!”
1564: English playwright William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon. While the exact date of his birth is unknown, tradition observes it on the same day he would die 52 years later in 1616. The first reference to his work in the theatre would appear in 1592 in the form of derogatory comments from a fellow dramatist. Subsequent reviews of his work would take a more positive tone.
APRIL 22, 2004: Army Ranger Pat Tillman — who gave up up a promising professional football career to serve in the military — is killed in action in Afghanistan. Tillman’s unit had been ambushed by enemy forces, and in the ensuing firefight he was struck by friendly fire. The circumstances of Tillman’s death were initially misreported, leading to an investigation of the unit’s command structure.
1970: The first Earth Day environmental teach-in is held in an attempt to raise awareness of environmental issues. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day initially sought to impact American environmental legislation, and saw the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency later that year. In 1990 earth Day became an international event.
1889: The Oklahoma Land Rush opens at noon as 50,000 people race to stake a claim within two million acres of of unassigned land offered under the terms of the 1862 Homestead Act. By the end of the first day, Oklahoma City had a population of some 10,000 people. Those few who snuck in before the official start became known as “Sooners,” a term later adopted as the state motto.
1864: The U.S. Congress passes legislation directing the phrase “In God We Trust” be added to select U.S. coins. Though its use on various denominations was not initially consistent, popular sentiment soon compelled the Treasury to expand its use. In 1956 “In God We Trust” was officially made the nation’s motto, and it first appeared on paper currency the following year.
APRIL 21, 1918: Baron Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the notorious German flying ace the “Red Baron,” is finally killed after downing 80 Allied aircraft. Remembered for his iconic red Fokker triplane, Richthofen, the commander of the German Fighter Wing I, was just 25 when he was killed.
753, B.C.: The ancient city of Rome is founded — at least according to a date set by scholar Marcus Terentius Varro. According to myth, Romulus and Remus established the city on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants, but only after a quarrel in which Remus is killed, an augury for the city’s bloody history.
1836: Commander Sam Houston leads the Texian militia to a decisive victory over the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, avenging the loss of the Alamo and forcing Mexico to recognize Texas independence. Houston would be elected president of the new Lone Star Republic, which joined the United States as Texas in 1845.
APRIL 18, 1942: Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle leads 16 B-25 bombers in a daring aerial raid on the Japanese mainland, dropping bombs on the capital of the Japanese empire. Coming four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid inflicts little damage but is a symbolic blow against the Japanese empire.
1956: Hollywood actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco’s Prince Rainier in a storybook ceremony. The two first met when Kelly was in the French Riviera filming Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, prompting Rainier to begin a long courtship to woo the woman who would become Princess Grace.
1906: A powerful earthquake strikes San Francisco, topping or damaging many structures and crippling the city’s water mains, leaving it defenseless against a raging fire that would consume more than 28,000 buildings, killing 700 people and leaving a quarter of a million homeless.
APRIL 17, 1970: The Apollo 13 mission returns safely to Earth after a harrowing four-day journey around the moon following a catastrophic onboard malfunction. Astronauts (from left) Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and commander Jim Lovell were forced to shut down the command module and take shelter in the tiny lunar module to preserve air and power on the way home.
1964:The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the World’s Fair. The two-seat sports car, named after a WWII airplane, far exceeds sales estimates as drivers flock to its affordable, powerful, and stylish design, making it an enduring favorite. Steve McQueen’s epic car chase driving a Mustang 390 GT in the 1968 film “Bullitt” cements the car’s cool credentials.
1961: A group of Cuban refugees trained and funded by the CIA stages a clandestine mission to topple the Communist government of Fidel Castro (pictured), who had seized power two years earlier. But the “Bay of Pigs” invasion collapses under unexpected resistance and becomes a high-profile debacle for the new Kennedy administration and a rallying cry for Castro.
APRIL 16, 1943: Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman ingests a new synthetic drug during clinical trials and quickly experiences disturbing hallucinations. Hoffman’s drug — lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD — would linger in obscurity until the 1960s when it was embraced as a recreational mind-enhancement by the counterculture movement.
1917: After a decade in exile, Bolshevik Party revolutionary Vladimir Illich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, returns to the Russian capital of Petrograd to take the reins of the Russian Revolution. Lenin became the virtual dictator of the world’s first Marxist state, and after defeating czarist forces in a bloody civil war, established the U.S.S.R. in 1922.
1889: Charles Spencer Chaplin is born in London. Hitting the stage at age five, Chaplin dances on the streets and performs in an orphanage’s dance troupe, and at age 17 begins to develop his trademark bowler-hat wearing “Tramp” character. Chaplin became a silent-movie icon and one of early Hollywood’s most successful and respected artists in front of and behind the camera.
APRIL 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson steps onto Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player to complete in Major League Baseball. Robinson would face discrimination from fans and fellow players throughout his pro career, but was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 in his first year of eligibility.
1920: Two men are murdered in an armed robbery that would lead to the arrest of anarchists Nicola Sacco (right) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, whose high-profile trial becomes a landmark in the use of the new science of forensic analysis in court. The prosecution successfully establishes that the gun Sacco possessed was the one used in the murders, and the two men are found guilty.
1452: The archetypal Renaissance Man, Leonoardo da Vinci, is born. Best known for such works of art as Last Supper and Mona Lisa, da Vinci indulged in a breathtaking range of pursuits combing both art and science, from painting and sculpture to engineering.
APRIL 14, 1865: Just five days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War, Confederate sympathizer and actor John Wilkes Booth shoots and mortally wounds President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln dies the next day, the first American president to be assassinated. After a two-week manhunt, Wilkes is cornered and killed in Virginia.
1912: The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg just before midnight on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The collision rips across multiple watertight compartments, causing a cascading flood that dooms the ship. Less then three hours later, Titanic sinks, taking more than 1,500 souls with it. The disaster prompts reforms in safety regulations and iceberg tracking.
1986: President Ronald Reagan orders airstrikes against Libya in retaliation for Mohammar Qaddafi’s support of terrorist attacks against American citizens. More than 100 Air Force and Navy aircraft strike targets in Tripoli and Benghazi in a five-hour assault. Reagan addresses the nation, saying: “Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we will do it again.
1939: John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath is published by Viking Press. The bleak tale of the Joad family as they flee the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma for a better life in California, the book is considered the quintessential fictional look at the Great Depression and the travails of migrant laborers. It wins the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.
1935: Loretta Webb (later Lynn) is born in Butcher’s Hollow, Ky. A coal miner’s daughter raised in poverty, Loretta was married at age 14 to Mooney Lynn, who recognized her talent for singing and pushed her to perform. Lynn’s first hit single “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” was released in 1960, and by mid-decade she was one of the most successful female performers in the country-music industry.
WonderCon Costumes
Apr. 24, 2014
Like it’s larger sibling Comic-Con, the annual WonderCon convention brings together fans of comic books, science fiction, and fantasy for a fanboy/fangirl festival highlighted by the many colorful costumes worn by attendees. Here’s a look at this year’s fashion highlights.
“Cosplay” as it’s called has become increasingly popular at conventions like WonderCon, where enthusiasts will gladly strike a pose for the roving army of cel-phone cameras.
FEMME FATALES: Who says science fiction and fantasy are male-dominated genres? These attendees definitely know what boys like, and they seem to have made peace with the feminine mystique — and in some cases subdued it entirely.
Game of Thrones costumes were popular this year.
Just one of those days...
A magnetic personality
The guy at left is desperately trying to avert his eyes from the wonderful views.
Well, WonderCon was held in Anaheim this year. Maybe she got lost on the way to Disneyland.
COUPLES THERAPY: We’re not sure if these dynamic duos are husband-and-wife, boyfriend-girlfriend, roommates, “just friends,” kindred spirits — or maybe they just happened to be standing near each other at that particular moment. Whichever it is, we’re just glad to see young people getting dressed up, going out, and working together.
Why so serious?
To infinity, and beyond! Or at least to that Taco Bell over there...
They're really dreading the right home in those outfits.
GROUP DYNAMICS: There’s strength in numbers, whether it’s battling the forces of evil or standing defiantly — and somewhat provocatively — against an army of cel-phone camera wielding fellow travelers. Do your worst.
Remember: Don't cross the streams.
Hogwarts in the house!
The videogame version of SEAL Team Six
The guy in the plaid shirt isn't in costume, he's just not feeling well.
Space, the final frontier of hair-loss therapy.
BOYS TOWN: For the guys it's all about big guns, big armor, and (usually simulated) big muscles. And let’s make sure those spandex pants aren’t TOO tight, fellas.
We did say BIG guns...
... big, big guns...
... and big bows!
Does the 2nd Amendment cover articulated steel claws?
Cobra, please call your office.
The shield protects him from pretty girls.
The good doctor is in the house.
Who's up for a rainbow push-up?
Well, it looked good on paper.
He wants to rock 'n roll all night and party every day.
Do they have something to hide?
Back again!
Who loves dressing up like a mohawked warthog and going out in public? THIS GUY!
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Apr. 24, 2014
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Cinematic Shakespeare
Apr. 23, 2014
In the 450 years since his death, the plays of William Shakespeare have been performed and adapted countless times and in countless different ways, even flourishing in the modern medium of film. To celebrate the Bard’s birthday on April 23, 1564, here’s a look at some of the more unusual examples of cinematic Shakespeare.
Because his themes were so universal, elements of Shakespeare’s stories can crop up everywhere tales are told. Anyone who’s seen a performance of Hamlet, for example, will recognize the themes of missing fathers, murderous uncles, and scheming matriarchs seen in the violent outlaw biker series Sons of Anarchy.
The Lion King (1994): Disney transplanted many elements from Hamlet into the animal kingdom, from the murderous uncle (Scar) and vengeful son (Simba) to Timon and Pumbaa, who were inspired by the minor characters Rosencrantz and Gildenstern. (So don’t feel guilty about playing that video AGAIN: think of it as a head start on your kids’ English SATs!)
Throne of Blood (1957): One need look no further than Japanese director Akira Kurosawa to see the universality of Shakespeare’s tales. Here he transplants Macbeth to feudal Japan, where Toshiro Mifune’s General Washizu copes with evil portents, scheming nobles, and bloody power struggles.
The Bad Sleep Well (1960): Kurosawa used elements of Hamlet in this notable crime drama about a post-war corporate executive (Mifune) who exposes the men behind his father’s death.
Ran (1985): Kurosawa returned to Shakespeare later in his career, combining the tale of King Lear with the historic Japanese figure Mori Motonari in this feudal Japanese epic.
Titus (1999): Even adaptations that are fairly faithful to Shakespeare’s plots and dialogue can flourish in wildly new environments. Director Julie Taymor’s version of the Roman general of Titus Andronicus (played by Anthony Hopkins) unfolds out in an anachronistic fantasy setting.
Richard III (1995): The tale of Richard, Duke of Gloucester from the play of the same name is here set in a fictionalized version of 1930s Britain with star Ian McKellan moving through a world that draws aesthetic inspiration from the Third Reich.
Coriolanus (2011): Director and star Ralph Fiennes makes the play’s Roman general the head of a very modern army, battling food riots and a rival general (played by Gerard Butler) amid combat scenes that could easily be confused with news footage from Serbia or Crimea.
West Side Story (1961): Teen audiences love a good love story. This film adaptation of the Broadway musical is one of the best-loved updates of Romeo & Juliet, with rival teen gangs the Sharks and the Jets of Manhattan standing in — when they’re not dancing — for the Montagues and Capulets of Verona.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999): This romantic comedy modernizes The Taming of the Shrew with Heath Ledger playing the part of Patrick (Petruchio in the play), wooing the heart of the stubborn Katarina (Julia Stiles).
O (2001): Stiles returns to the theatre, indirectly, in this modernization of Othello, playing Desi (for Desdemona) to Mekhi Phifer’s Odin (Othello), the high school’s only black student, as they maneuver through a turbulent basketball season.
She’s the Man (2006): The Shakespearean source material of Twelfth Night doesn’t last all the way through this teen comedy, but the plot device of a young woman (Amanda Bynes) dressing as a man remains at the core.
Strange Brew (1983): The familial power struggles of Hamlet are also just beneath the surface —alright, WAY beneath the surface — of this outing by the beer-swilling SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, who stumble onto mysterious machinations at the Elsinore brewery (which has the same name as the play’s castle).
Scotland, PA. (2001): Macbeth set in a fast food joint named … McBeth’s? Three stoners in place of Shakespeare’s three fortune-telling witches? Christopher Walken as Macduff? Stranger things have happened (see next slide).
Forbidden Planet (1956): The winner for the most out-of-this-world version of Shakespeare must go to this sci-fi outing starring Walter Pidgeon as the mysterious Dr. Morbius — a 23rd-century version of Prospero from The Tempest — stranded on an island, er planet, who wields advanced alien technology instead of magic.
Military Photography Awards
Apr. 22, 2014
The Military Photographer of the Year competition honors the impressive work of service members in all branches who document the daily work and training of the U.S. armed forces. All entries are judged at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md. Here’s a look at this year’s top honors.
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Technical Sergeant Russ Scalf. Pictured, Army Sergeant Michael Bodiford, First Platoon, First Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade, climbs Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock, Ark.
A U.S. Army paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division repeats instructions before performing a static line jump from a C-130H near Alexandria International Airport, La.
Staff Sergeant Steven Smith, 19th Operations Support Squadron, steps to his aircraft at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J for a flight, beneath the light of a full moon at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
A Penn State University swimmer competes in the back stroke during a tri-meet at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Air Force Captain Candice Adams Ismirle waits to receive a radiation treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md.
A competitor launches off a ramp during a mountain bike race at the Fat Tire Bicycle Festival in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Cowboys prepare to ride during the National Championship Bull Riders “Some Gave All” Memorial Day Championship near Bee Branch, Ark.
Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing flew to Alexandria International Airport, La., as part of Joint Operational Access Exercise 13-0X.
The Little Rock Air Force Base fire department is an award-winning unit that leads the way in Air Force accolades.
NEWS CATEGORY — 1st Place: “In Armed Forces Arms” by MC3 Daniel Young. Sergeant First Class Faamasino Galoia, Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, carries a Filippino girl off a MC-130 Combat Talon II during Operation Damayan relief efforts.
2nd Place: “Finally Home” by Senior Airman George R. Coslin. Members of the Joint Base Charleston Honor Guard prepare to move the casket containing the body of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Fifth Class Curtis Reagan at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.
3rd Place: “Operation Enduring Freedom” by Senior Airman Nicholas Byers. 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron crewmen train alongside simulated patients during a CSAR exercise on board an MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, over the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti.
Honorable Mention: “Full Honors for Former Chairman by Staff Sergeant Sean K. Harp. Family and guests render honors during the funeral for Ninth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Air Force Gen. David C. Jones at Arlington National Cemetery.
Honorable Mention: “Airmen Aid Tornado Victims” by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder. Air Force Captain Ryan Gers searches through the rubble of a leveled home in Moore, Okla.
COMBAT DOCUMENTATION (OPERATIONAL) CATEGORY1st Place: “All Alone” by Sergeant Kowshon Ye. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Skylar Barrowman, Fox Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team Seven, provides security during a clearing operation in Nowzad, Afghanistan.
2nd Place: “Restless” by Technical Sergeant Joshua L. DeMotts. An Afghan soldier who'd just lost both legs to an IED is restrained by Sergeant James Bell during a medevac flight.
3rd Place: “Hold Your Breath” by Corporal Alejandro Pena. Marines assigned to Georgian Liaison Team Nine and Georgian Army soldiers with the 33rd Light Infantry Battalion make their way to the extraction point during Operation Northern Lion II in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Honorable Mention: “Operation Nightmare” by Sergeant Kowshon Ye. Soldiers with Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Marines Fox Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team Seven, provide security during an aerial insertion in Nowzad, Afghanistan.
Honorable Mention: “Fire in the Hole” by Staff Sergeant Ezekiel R. Kitandwe. An Afghan National Army soldier with Mobile Strike Force Kandak fires a RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher during a live-fire exercise at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan.
FEATURES CATEGORY1st Place: “First Class Flight Home” by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Snyder. Army Captain Jade Verge, Army Test and Evaluation Command, gets some rest on a return trip from Afghanistan on a U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules.
2nd Place: “French Fries Are Easier to Swallow than Defeat” by Staff Sergeant Sean K. Harp. A cadet from the U.S. Military Academy eats french fries while he and his peers watch 2013 Army Navy Game game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
3rd Place: “This Bed Is Just Right” by Technical Sergeant Joshua L. DeMotts. Specialist Derek Smith, Second Cavalry Regiment, pulls security from the roof of the Panjwai District headquarters in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Honorable Mention: “In the Aftermath of Moore” by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg. A boy lies in the aftermath of a tornado in Moore, Okla.
Honorable Mention: “Corral Cram” by Technical Sergeant Russ Scalf. Cowboys prepare to ride during the National Championship Bull Riders “Some Gave All” Memorial Day Championship near Bee Branch, Ark.
HARDWARE CATEGORY1st Place: “Solo Re-Join” by Staff Sergeant Larry E. Reid. Thunderbirds opposing solo pilot Captain Jason Curtis rejoins with the Diamond formation during a practice sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
2nd Place: “Untitled” by Senior Airman Dennis L. Sloan. A C-17 Globemaster III is towed into position on the flight line at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.
3rd Place: “Bird Bath” by Staff Sergeant Andrew J. Lee. A WC-130 Hercules with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is hosed down at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
Honorable Mention: “Heavy Drop” by Senior Airman Daniel G. Hughes. A piece of cargo descends after being dropped by a C-17 Globemaster during a Joint Operational Access Exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Honorable Mention: “Bird Inbound” by Sergeant Christopher R. Rye. Marines prepare to attach a M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer to a CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter at Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif.
Honorable Mention: “Untitled” by Senior Airman Dennis L. Sloan. West Virginia Air National Guard aircrew perform post flight checks inside the cockpit of a C-5 Galaxy at Joint Base Charleston Air Base, S.C.
PICTORIAL CATEGORY1st Place: “Untitled” by Senior Airman Dennis L. Sloan. Technical Sergeant Andrew Gravett, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, walks along the top of a C-17 Globemaster III during a routine maintenance check at Joint Base Charleston Air Base, S.C.
2nd Place: “Eruption:” by MC2 Anthony D. Curtis. Mt. Etna erupts behind the town of Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy, where many U.S. Service Members and their families stationed at Naval Air Station Sigonella live.
3rd Place: “Anchors Aweigh” by MC3 Mark El-Rayes. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry at anchor.
Honorable Mention: “Lost Soles” by Staff Sergeant Austin Knox. Boots left by U.S servicemembers to signify the end of their tour hang at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
Honorable Mention: “Salute to the Colors” by Senior Airman James A. Richardson. A reenactor dressed as a World War II Marine hoists the flag during reveille at World War II Heritage Days in Peachtree City, Ga.
PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY CATEGORY1st Place: “Cope North 2013” by Senior Airman Matthew J. Bruch. An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 18th Aggressor Squadron flies through bad weather while conducting an air-to-air combat mission in support of Cope North 13 near Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.
2nd Place: “Tarin Kowt Security” by Corporal Harold A. Flynn — First Lieutenant Ali Choudry, Charlie Company, First Squadron, Eighth Cavalry regiment, provides security during a leadership engagement in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.
3rd Place: “THE WORD!!!” by Senior Airman Matthew J. Bruch — Charles Cousins, also known as Longshot the Gospel Poet, practices reciting his poetry in his apartment in Washington D.C..
Boston Marathon
Apr. 21, 2014
Some 36,000 runners took part in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday as thousands more cheered them on along streets across the city. The annual race took on an added emotional resonance for all involved with memories of last year’s bombings. Her's a look.
The slogan “Boston Strong” again proved the mettle of Bostonians on the street and in the crowd.
Runners got plenty of high-fives and encouragement from the thousands of spectators who lined the marathon route.
Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line with power to spare, becoming the first American to win the men’s race since 1983.
Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo holds her trophy after winning the women’s division.
The elite female runner division heads out.
The elite men sprint away from the starting line.
A pack of elite runners speeds through a section of the marathon course.
Josphat Boit (left) and Meb Keflezighi separate from the pack.
A runner shows his spirit.
More high-fives from the crowd.
A group of runners approach the finish line.
Memories of last year's events seemed never far from anyone's mind. Pictured, a sign recalls the date of last year's marathon.
Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (center) cheers the racers.
Husband and wife bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, who each lost a leg, roll across the finiish line.
Spectators watch the race at the site of one of last year's explosions.
A memorial for bombing victim Martin Richard stands near the starting line.
The Island of California
Apr. 21, 2014
California’s climate, remoteness, and left-wing politics can make it seem to many like a separate country. And for hundreds of years, cartographers held a similar view, with many depicting the region as an island off the West Coast of America as far back as the 1500s. Pictured, a Dutch map from 1666.
These maps are part of a collection of nearly 800 assembled by Glen McLaughlin and housed at Stanford University. Pictured, a 1626 map by English mathematician Henry Biggs. Biggs’s maps were influential in spreading the idea of a California island.
Another Biggs map, 1625
c. 1657
Italy, 1691
This 1705 map names the state “California & Carolinas”
France, late 1600s
England, 1646
England, 1741
France, 1730
Various views of southern California, 1770
Italy, 1548
Polar view detail, 1660
Illustrations from an English encyclopedia, 1807
Celestial map, 1660
China, 1674
Japan, 1796
Japan, 1865
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