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Photos for April 1, 2010

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Paul (Don Cheadle) risks his own life to house Tutsi refugees at the hotel he manages.

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Paul (Don Cheadle in center) discusses their situation with U.N. peacekeeper Colonel Oliver (Nick Nolte on right).

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Paul Rusesabagina and Don Cheadle on the set of United Artists' drama "Hotel Rwanda."

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Sharon McClain

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Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) saves more than 1,200 Tutsi refugees from genocide by hiding them at his posh hotel in Rwanda's capital city.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks on as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a press conference at San Francisco International Airport February 16, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

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One of the best kept secrets of the chaparral is its remarkable wildflowers. Pictured here is a Humboldt's Lily (Lilium humboldtii) found at the base of Viejas Mountain, San Diego County. A walk through the chaparral between January and May offers a nearby, peaceful alternative to visiting other, more distant wildflower display locations.

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At times it was “controlled chaos” on the USS Midway’s flight deck as some sailors escorted refugees below while others cleared the flight deck to make room for inbound choppers. More than 3,000 refugees landed on the Midway in little more than 24 hours.

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Kumquats that were grown at Morning Song Farm in Rainbow, an unincorporated town in northern San Diego County.

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South Vietnamese pilot Bung Ly may have been in shock after landing his tiny observation plane aboard the USS Midway. His wife sat in the backseat of his aircraft, holding an infant, and four other children were crammed inside the luggage compartment.

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South Vietnamese pilot Bung Ly made a miraculous landing on the USS Midway’s short “angle deck” without the benefit of a tailhook. It was the only known landing of an aircraft on the Midway without a tailhook.

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USS Midway crews had trained Air Force helicopter pilots for several days prior to the start of Operation Frequent Wind. Here, one of the first Air Force helos departs for Saigon.

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Many Vietnamese experienced terror and panic during their flight to freedom. They were leaving their homes, businesses, and relatives behind, fleeing toward an uncertain future in America.

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Once they landed on the USS Midway, refugees had to get off the four-acre flight deck quickly. At times, more than a dozen helicopters filled with refugees hovered over the aircraft carrier, waiting for permission to land.

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Many South Vietnamese refugees arrived on the USS Midway with a single suitcase and sometimes not even that, desperate for a new start in America.

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Many of the refugees rescued during Operation Frequent Wind were very young. In some cases, parents were forced to stay behind after placing their children in evacuation helicopters that were already filled beyond capacity.

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The relief could be seen on both the pilots’ and refugees faces when they safely landed on the USS Midway. Some had departed Saigon without knowing whether they would find an aircraft carrier willing to let them land before they ran out of fuel.

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Once the USS Midway completed its humanitarian rescue in Operation Frequent Wind, it picked up a number of aircraft and helicopters that had flown out of South Vietnam just before it fell to the communists. Most of these aircraft were headed for an American base in Guam.

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The billboard in LA promoting the midnight screenings of "The Room"

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"The Room"

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Tommy Wiseau in "The Room"

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Pictured (L-R): Leonard Patton, Oliver Shirley, Marci Anne Wuebben, Nick Spear, Season Duffy and Jim Mooney in "Pump Boys and Dinettes."

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Stranded residents stand on the far side of Narrows Road March 31, 2010 as construction crews work to divert flood water in Freetown, Massachusetts.

Published on April 1, 2010