- July 24
Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.
- July 24
The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals. Ieti, an active-duty soldier, recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
- July 23
- Midday Edition
Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.
- July 21
The pop culture convention Comic-Con is expected to generate millions in revenue for downtown hotels and businesses this weekend.
- June 20
Active-duty soldier Pfc. Paul Ieti, 21, recently completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. While in the war-ravaged country, he used music to soothe his soul and entertain his fellow soldiers. His incredible singing voice landed him an audition on "America's Got Talent," and his performance on the show this week earned him a standing ovation and a spot in the final competition.
- June 16
San Diego is famous for Comic-Con, the annual celebration of comic book and geek culture. The rest of the year, San Diego's vibrant comic book scene goes virtually underground, but that could change.
- June 5
A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television. The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes.
- May 29
Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.
- May 13
Radio Pulso del Barrio, a bilingual community radio station, will be the only one of its kind in San Diego.
- April 7
Conan O'Brien will bring his late-night television program to downtown San Diego next year for a full week of shows during Comic-Con International.
- Feb. 19
I have to say I was a bit surprised to see fellow Shakespeare buff Kim Keeline in a news report about an incident involving a run in with mall security guards. As she said, "When I chose my long floral skirt and the matching puff sleeved Victorian top, and put the green feather in my hair, I didn't realize I would be seen as a threatening figure." Here's her story.
- Feb. 3
A town warmly welcoming home Army Lt. Chuck Nadd from Afghanistan with a ticker tape parade was the third most popular ad during Super Bowl 2014, according to USA TODAY's Ad Meter.
- Jan. 27
The country that contributed Ingrid Bergman, Stieg Larsson, and IKEA to the world's cultural landscape has made yet another offering for us to enjoy. This time, a group of Swedish Marines stationed in Afghanistan performed what some are calling a sexy version of the song "Greased Lightnin'" from the musical "Grease."
- Dec. 13
Guess what day it is? Not just Friday the 13th, but also the day before the Army-Navy game. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert took part in a hilarious spirit video that parodies the infamous GEICO Hump Day Camel Commercial.
- Dec. 5
“The Punk Singer” (opening Dec. 6 at the Digital Gym Cinema) is a documentary focusing on Kathleen Hanna, the dynamic lead singer of Bikini Kill. She was a feminist and activist who mysteriously stopped singing in 2005.
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