SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California airport has cancelled all flights after a power outage left all its terminals in the dark.
John Wayne Airport in Orange County diverted all...
Review: Jon Land’s fans are in for another wild ride
"Strong as Steel" (Forge), by Jon Land
Jon Land's insubordinate, trigger-happy Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back again in another action-packed thriller in "Strong as Steel."
The Latest: Fallen California officer loved nabbing DUIs
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial for a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer killed in a suspected DUI (all times local):
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A museum in downtown Indianapolis devoted to Western art is leading a two-month celebration of the classic Western novel "True Grit."
California airport worker dies when jet bridge tire explodes
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A worker at Southern California's John Wayne Airport was killed when a large tire from a jet bridge used to connect terminals to aircraft doors exploded during...
High winds force emergency landing in Reno, 5 minor injuries
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Five passengers suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a Delta Air Lines flight headed from Southern California to Seattle encountered severe turbulence in a winter storm and was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno.
Three of the passengers were transported to a local hospital, where their conditions were not immediately known, Reno-Tahoe International Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said.
The Latest: 3 hospitalized after emergency landing in Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on five passengers injured on a Delta Air Lines flight that made an emergency landing in Reno after encountering heavy turbulence in a winter storm (all times local):
Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight that made an emergency landing in Reno say the plane encountered "crazy turbulence" before it touched down safely and three people were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Greatest Western film? ‘Wild Bunch’ book argues its case
"The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" (Bloomsbury), by W.K. Stratton.
In 1969 the Western movie enjoyed its best year in a decade before drifting off onto a side trail of American culture.
Indicted political operative popped up in unlikely places
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina accused this week of fraud, has turned up in the unlikeliest of places — from landing a top spot on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign to representing a man involved in one of the most salacious trials of the 1990s.
Ex-police officer convicted of theft accused of shoplifting
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer convicted of theft and burglary is now accused of stealing from a Millbrook Walmart.
Bobbitt lawyer to defend Radford student in stabbing
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia college student accused of stabbing her classmate has hired the attorney who defended Lorena Bobbitt at trial after she cut off her husband's penis.
Small plane makes emergency landing on California beach
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A small-engine plane made an emergency landing on a Southern California beach, but no one aboard or on the ground was hurt.
The Orange County Fire Authority says the Cessna airplane touched down on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point Saturday afternoon.
The pilot told authorities he took off from John Wayne and was on a leisurely flight when the plane lost power.
Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself
WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America's 41st president.
Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne."
That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral.
Mom: Airline agent mocked 5-year-old girl’s ‘Abcde’ name
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman says a Southwest Airlines agent in Southern California mocked her 5-year-old daughter's 'Abcde' name when they were preparing to board a flight home to Texas.
KABC-TV reported late Wednesday that Traci Redford accused a gate agent at Orange County's John Wayne Airport of laughing at her daughter's name and posting a photo of her boarding pass on social media.
Coens stake their claim to the Western in ‘Buster Scruggs’
NEW YORK (AP) — No location is more central to the iconography of the Western than Monument Valley. Its majestic sandstone buttes, a revolving backdrop for John Ford, have been the setting for countless stagecoach chases and John Wayne passages.
‘Cajun John Wayne,’ other incumbents look safe Nov. 6
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former sheriff's deputy Clay Higgins galloped into Congress two years ago in part on the strength of viral anti-crime videos in which he displayed the cowboy swagger that earned him his "Cajun John Wayne" nickname.
Back then, his outsider image helped separate him from a pack of fellow conservative Republicans running for an open seat in southwest Louisiana. Now, he's an incumbent with an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Ex-Alabama police officer gets 10 years for fraud, theft
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former police officer in Alabama who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and burglary has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
- The Daily JournalFive interesting facts about John WayneJune 11, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchMan's life full of serving his country and his communityMarch 3, 2019
- Cleveland.comJohn Wayne, Elvis and ‘The Deer Hunter:’ Green Beret’s Vietnam service was nothing like the moviesJanuary 20, 2019
- Winona Daily NewsChristine M. Flowers: The hypocrisy of #MeToo and female solidarityAugust 28, 2018
- The Spokesman-ReviewThe John Wayne Pioneer Trail rides into the sunsetMay 18, 2018
Five Dead In California Parking Lot Plane Crash
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Five people on board a small airplane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sunday in a Southern California parking lot, authorities said.
The pilot of the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from John Wayne Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a small plane in Southern California (all times local):
Authorities say five people on board a small plane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the Cessna crashed in a Southern California parking lot.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the twin-engine plane declared an emergency Sunday before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Orange County's John Wayne Airport.
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a burglar broke into a home wearing body armor and pointed a pistol at someone in the house.
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a news release the suspect broke into the home Wednesday morning. Koon said he forced his way into a bedroom and pointed a gun at a man inside.
The sheriff's office says 27-year-old John Wayne McFatter faces charges including assault, burglary and wearing body armor during burglary.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Alaska Airlines pilot who flew a passenger plane while drunk has been sentenced in California to a year and a day in federal prison.
David Hans Arntson of Newport Beach was also fined $10,000 on Wednesday.
In 2014, Arntson flew an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Portland, Oregon, and then took a second plane from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Southern California.
Today in History for June 11th
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A pilot is being praised for setting down a small plane on a Southern California street while avoiding power lines and traffic.
Police tell City News Service that the pilot reported engine problems on Friday afternoon while heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.
She landed the Cessna 172 about five miles from the airport in a Huntington Beach residential neighborhood.
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Kentutcky State Police honor fallen troopers
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police have honored several troopers who died decades ago in the line of duty.
State police said in a news release Wednesday that personnel in Wayne County placed a wreath at the grave of Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson at Elk Springs Cemetery. Hutchinson was killed in 1975 while arresting a drunken driver in McCreary County.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Once considered conservative holy ground, Orange County is starting to look like a last stand for California Republicans.
Chased out of much of California by Democrats who hold every statewide office and a 39-14 advantage in U.S. House seats, the party is trying to hold its ground in a place whose nickname, the Orange Curtain, recalls its famous Republican bona fides and where white, suburban homeowners once delivered winning margins for its candidates year after year.
OLYMPIA – Well, pilgrim, it looks like the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is gonna be a-ridin’ off into the sunset.
The Duke’s name is set to be rounded up and cut out of the name of that little piece of God’s Green Earth that stretches from the Columbia River to the Idaho border, sorta like an old steer gettin’ cut from the herd on a long cattle drive and fed to the wranglers.
An icon of special operations and a man who at one time was the Army’s most battle-tested officer has died, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Healy, 91, died Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, according to officials. The general served in the military for 35 years, spending much of his career at Fort Bragg.
Two popular cross-state trails may be renamed. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is considering consolidating and changing the names of the Iron Horse State Park Trail and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
The department is asking for public comment. The two trails are technically one trail, according to a department news release. The eastern portion, from the Columbia River to the Idaho border, is known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
State considers changing name of John Wayne Trail
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state is considering changing the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which runs east of the Columbia River to nearly the Idaho border.
The state Parks and Recreation Commission says the name of the trail is confusing and is not consistent with other trails, which tend to be named for geologic features, significant history or geographic locations.
State considers changing name of John Wayne Trail
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is considering changing the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which runs east of the Columbia River to nearly the Idaho border.
The Parks and Recreation Commission says the name of the trail is confusing and is not consistent with other trails, which tend to be named for geologic features, significant history or geographic locations.
Pedophiles are incredibly skilled and well-practiced at deception. Their abuse of children often occurs in plain sight, according to neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of the 2010 book “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions.”
When I was a young boy in the late 1950s, the old Tarentum High School had a gun club. Seniors walked up the street with their rifles and handguns. No one acted like John Wayne or Rambo. The guns were placed in a locker until school ended. Students would then walk to the Tarentum Sportsmen's Club, where they learned the proper use of firearms. I don't recall any incidents.
Erin go bragh all week at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille in downtown Spokane
Irish Week runs through Saturday at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille in downtown Spokane.
Wednesday, get $2 off Butte pasties and enjoy a free Irish dance lesson at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at 6 p.m., there’s a limerick contest followed by a screening of the 1952 film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne. There’s $2 off all Irish whiskey during the movie. Friday, there’s a dollar off fish and chips, $2.50 green beer and, from 8 p.m. to midnight, live Irish music from Broken Whistle.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The film, "Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs," produced and directed by Midland, South Dakota native Justin Koehler about the rodeo legend born northwest of Fort Pierre, will be named the Best Documentary Film by the National Cowboy Museum at its Western Heritage Awards night on April 14 in Oklahoma City.
Flores was first Hispanic promoted to general officer rank in National Guard of Texas
Belisario J. Flores became the first Hispanic brigadier general in the Texas Air National Guard before retiring with more than 40 years of military service in 1986.
The son of Mexican immigrants who moved from Eagle Pass to San Antonio in 1931, Flores grew up watching John Wayne movies, and he admired the larger-than-life characters he portrayed.
“He was very patriotic,” stepdaughter Anna Maples said.
The sheriff is an outsized figure in the American imagination. He is Wyatt Earp, shooting it out with outlaws at the O.K. Corral. He is John Wayne, a lonely instrument of frontier justice. He is Rick Grimes, the resourceful survivor of a zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead.”
Now, along comes Scott Israel to remind us, despite the legend, how a sheriff can be a hack politician whose primary concern is protecting his own political reputation and little fief.
Dear Mr. President, teachers are not Wild West gunfighters: Beyond Belief (opinion video)
Dear Mr. President, teachers are not Wild West gunfighters: Beyond Belief (opinion video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — I find myself thinking a lot about John Wayne's movie "The Shootist" lately, since our president, Donald Trump, started pushing the idea of arming teachers as a way to eliminate mass school shootings.
His thought is that 10 to 20 percent of teachers are "adept" with firearms. So they should carry guns on the job and be ready to shoot it out with any mass murderer who comes into their school.
Passengers describe fear during California plane evacuation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small fire that broke out on a Southwest Airlines plane at a Southern California airport led to a confusing and sometimes chaotic evacuation, with some fearful travelers pushing each other to reach the exit, passengers said Tuesday.
Lauren Barnett was sitting toward the back of the Boeing 737 as it headed to the runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana when she heard a noise that sounded like a car backfiring. That's when the power went out.
Fire on Southwest airliner forces 139 passengers to evacuate
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A fire on a Southwest Airlines plane forced passengers to evacuate before takeoff at a Southern California airport.
Officials from John Wayne Airport say the crew of the Boeing 737 decided that the 139 passengers should evacuate Monday night using the aircraft's emergency slides just after the plane had pushed back from the gate
John Wayne Walters, 84, of Roberts, passed away Sunday (Feb. 4, 2018) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
He was born June 9, 1933, in Thawville, the son of Bloomer and Altha Apple Walters. John married JoAnn VanDerryt on Nov. 2, 1952, in Roberts.
Surviving are his wife, JoAnn Walters, of Roberts; two daughters, Dixie Theesfield, of Roberts, and Christine (Ken) Hanford, of Roberts; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot will plead to flying while drunk
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Alaska Airlines pilot will plead guilty in California to a charge of flying a passenger plane while drunk.
Federal prosecutors say David Hans Arntson of Newport Beach agreed Tuesday to enter the plea at a later hearing. He'll be sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
In 2014, Arntson flew an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego International Airport to Portland, Oregon, and then a second plane from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Southern California.
• DEATH NOTICES
Charles Kietzmann, 79, of Danforth, and formerly of Onarga, passed away Sunday (Feb. 4, 2018) at his home in Danforth. Funeral arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
John Wayne Walters, 84, of Roberts, passed away Sunday (Feb. 4, 2018) at St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington. Funeral arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
• COMING SERVICES
Tuesday, Feb. 6
Marva Shoffner, 11 a.m. New Jackson Tabernacle COGIC Church, Kankakee
Official: No distress call sent by helicopter before crash
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A helicopter that crashed in Southern California, killing three people on board, didn't send a distress call before plummeting into a home in a gated community, a federal investigator said Wednesday.
The Robinson R44 helicopter was headed to Catalina Island when it went down in Newport Beach soon after taking off from nearby John Wayne Airport, said Joshua Cawthra, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Latest: 3 dead as helicopter hits California home
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter that crashed into a Southern California home (all times local):
Authorities say three people are dead after a small helicopter crashed into a home near a Southern California airport.
Two other people were injured when the Robinson R44 smashed into the side of the home in Newport Beach at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Plane makes emergency landing on Southern California freeway
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that made a nighttime emergency landing on a Southern California freeway said as soon as the engine died he knew he'd never make it to a nearby airport.
"I saw an opening on the highway and I went for it right away," Israel Slod said after safely guiding the single-engine Beech G33 onto State Route 55 in Costa Mesa on Sunday night.
John Wayne might not recognize the westerns hitting screens large and small of late.
The modern western isn't just white hats and black hats. The violence is meaner ("Bone Tomahawk") and the women more progressive ("Godless"), and the stories share sensibilities beyond 19th-century mores ("Hostiles").
The question for hard-core genre fans is clear: Is this an improvement over the westerns of yesteryear or a sorry sign of the times?