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From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Sept. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

Aug. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

Aug. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that may have been the most memorable.

Comic-Con 2014: A Crossplay Haven

Aug. 1
By Nathan John
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San Diego's Comic-Con weakens the knees of nerds, geeks, TV addicts and comic enthusiasts around the globe. But the event also makes waves as a premier venue for costume play — or "cosplay." Some players even venture beyond their own gender to thrill attendees. And I found them.

Outdoor Fun at Comic-Con 2014

July 24
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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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.

Comic-Con Begins!

July 23
Midday Edition
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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.

Comic-Con Attendees Spend Millions On Hotels And Dining

July 21
By Dwane Brown
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The pop culture convention Comic-Con is expected to generate millions in revenue for downtown hotels and businesses this weekend.

Active-Duty Soldier Amazes Judges On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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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.

Art School Aims To Bring Love Of Comics To San Diego Year-Round

June 16
By Brooke Binkowski
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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.

Vietnam Veterans Not Fonda UCLA's Choice For Graduation Speaker

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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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.

Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comments

May 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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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.

New Barrio Logan Radio Station Ready To Start Broadcasting

May 13
By Brooke Binkowski
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Radio Pulso del Barrio, a bilingual community radio station, will be the only one of its kind in San Diego.

Conan O'Brien Hosting Week Of Shows From San Diego During Comic-Con

April 7
By City News Service
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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.

Steampunk Carousel Outing Cut Short By Security Guards

Feb. 19
Kim Keeline, Guest Blogger
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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.

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