| Apr 17, 2011
Violet Cowden never lost her love of flying, a passion born when she was a young girl envying the hawks soaring above her family's South Dakota farm in the 1920s.
When she was a young first-grade teacher learning to fly out of an airfield in Spearfish,...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 5:45 PM
Violet "Vi" Cowden, a Huntington Beach resident who served with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and recently became the subject of an award-winning documentary, died Sunday at 94.
Cowden died at 8:34 p.m. at Hoag Hospital in...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 8:21 PM
To cut the permanent staff of lifeguards in Newport Beach as a guise for saving money is the stupidest thing I have ever heard ("Off-season lifeguards may be reduced," April 19). Between Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, Chief Mike Morgan and City Manager...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Monday afternoon, I sat in a living room a block from the Huntington Beach shore, surrounded by the effects of the life of Vi Cowden. I may be one of the last people to see them all under one roof.
Kim Ruiz, Cowden's only child, invited me to visit...
| Sep 7, 2010
Jefferson Thomas, one of nine students who in 1957 integrated a Little Rock, Ark., high school, a turning point for the civil rights movement, has died. He was 67.
Thomas, who lived much of his adult life in Los Angeles, died Sunday of pancreatic...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 12:14 AM
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The body of former first lady Betty Ford is being flown to Michigan Wednesday, where she will be buried with her husband, former President Gerald Ford, following additional funeral services.
The former first lady's remains were...
| Jul 8, 2011
Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Ford died Friday evening with...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 4:15 PM
Masao Masuda keeps a notebook in his dining room drawer containing a photo of the last time he saw his brother Kazuo.
The picture, which Masao took in 1941, shows Kazuo and their brother Takashi, along with several sisters and a niece, at the Santa Fe...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 11:20 AM
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, said Medicare and Medicaid have to be reformed.
"If you are 55 years or older, Medicare is not going to change for you," he said. "That's the plan we put forward to people who are retired today who are on...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:11 AM
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Long before he discovered Friedrich Hayek and other free-market economists, Ron Paul got a lesson in sound money from his oldest brother, Bill.
It was the height of World War II, and the Paul boys were laying aside quarters...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 1:30 AM
A famous South Dakotan recently landed in her final resting place.
Violet Cowden of Huntington Beach, Calif., died at 94 on April 10. She graduated Bowdle High School in 1933.
When the United States entered World War II, it created a shortage of...