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Finding Romance And Marriage With Matchmakers

Feb. 12
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Matchmaking has reentered popular culture. Can someone else know your heart better than you do yourself?

Navy SEAL Team 6 Hosts Saturday Night Live (Not Really)

Dec. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Trusted news source "The Onion" reported today that when Navy SEAL Team 6 hosted Saturday Night Live, it prompted some of the highest ratings in the show's history.

'Gangnam Style' Singer Psy Apologizes For Anti-Military Song

Dec. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The South Korean rapper Psy, he of "Gangnam Style" fame, has apologized for a far-less popular song he sang back in 2004. Called "Dear America," the song supported the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Camp Pendleton Marine Asks Bryce Harper To Be Her Date

Oct. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Baseball phenom Bryce Harper - he of "That's a clown question, bro" fame - has another pending question on his plate. A Camp Pendleton Marine named Stephanie Butler has asked Harper to be her date to her Marine Corps Ball.

Weekend Preview: Luchadores, A Metal Swap Meet, And Games People Play

Aug. 23
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Luchadores, A Metal Swap Meet, And Games People Play

Tiki Culture Celebrated At San Diego Annual Festival

Aug. 17
Kinsee Morlan
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If you see a spike in Hawaiian shirts and pineapple-garnished drinks in San Diego this weekend, it's because of Tiki Oasis. The annual festival is the biggest tikiphile gathering in the world and represents the continuing resurgence of a growing subculture.

New YouTube Series Focuses On Military Sexual Assault (Video)

Aug. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new YouTube series called "Lauren" is a fictionalized account of a female soldier who has been sexually assaulted by three fellow soldiers, only to find reporting the crime prompts abuse of a different kind by her superior. The first episode of the series airs today.

Military Lovers Of 'My Little Pony' Make Headlines

July 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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They're men. They're in the U.S. military. And they love "My Little Pony." They are Military Bronies, and darn proud of who they are and what they love.

Comic-Con Delivers $180 Million Economic Punch To San Diego

July 13
By Erik Anderson
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Comic-Con is in full swing at the San Diego Convention Center and the event is delivering a $180 million economic punch to the region. There's a lot of currency changing hands this week.

Comic-Con Attendance Expected To Top 126,000 This Year

July 12
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The wildly popular pop culture extravaganza known as Comic-Con International kicked off in downtown San Diego today, luring celebrities to town to promote their projects to diehard fans, many of whom showed up in outlandish costumes.

Veterans Ask Marine Corps To Stop Funding UFC (Video)

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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A veterans' group is delivering 5,000 petitions to MCRD San Diego and other Marine Corps recruiting stations around the country, calling on the Corps to stop sponsoring the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). They say the UFC is sexist, racist, and homophobic.

Weekend Preview: Comic-Con

July 12
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Comic-Con weekend is chock-full of fun festivities for anyone and everyone.

The Military Takes On 'Call Me Maybe' (Video)

July 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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You might think this is crazy (or not) but U.S. troops have jumped on the "Call Me Maybe" bandwagon - videotaping a lip dub version of the incredibly popular (and annoying?) hit song by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Soldier Who Lied About War Injuries Cut From 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Apparently Timothy Poe doesn't "got" talent, at least not enough for the judges on "America's Got Talent." The one-time Minnesota National Guardsman who gained infamy for lying about his war wounds was voted off the show last night.

Fried Twinkies And Racing Pigs - The County Fair Is Open!

June 8
By Angelina Canilao, Neiko Will
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Twinkies are frying and pigs are racing, the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar is officially open. The gates opened today for the fair's 24-day run.