Month: April 2011

Japanese Officials Thank Crew of USS Reagan

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Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa thanked sailors and Marines aboard the USS Ronald Reagan on Monday for their help after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Navy reported. The Coronado-based aircraft carrier and several ships from its Carrier Strike Group, including the cruiser USS Chancellorsville and destroyer USS Preble, were headed for routine deployment in the Western Pacific and Arabian Sea, when they were rerouted to waters off the coast of Japan to aid in recovery efforts. Other U.S. ships and military units have also lent their services during Operation Tomodachi, which means “friendship” in Japanese. “To all U.S. military members, on behalf of the people of Japan, I sincerely express my deep appreciation for the tremendous support provided by the U

Southwest Airlines Grounds Part of its Fleet, Causing Delays

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Southwest Airlines has cancelled or delayed about 40 percent of the outgoing flights from San Diego International Airport Saturday after grounding 79 of its fleet of Boeing 737s for safety inspections. The affected planes are the same version of a Southwest jet that made an emergency landing in Yuma, Ariz., Friday after a three-foot section of the fuselage peeled away as the plane cruised from Sacramento to Phoenix. The plane landed safely and no serious injuries were reported, although passengers reported fearing for their lives after hearing a loud noise similar to gunshot, followed by a rapid descent and oxygen masks being deployed. At midmorning, two flights from San Diego to Phoenix or San Jose were cancelled Saturday, another eight were reported delayed and 15 were l...

Coronado Mom Raises Awareness About Autism

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April 2 marks the fourth annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, and one Coronado mom has made it her mission to bring attention to the disorder that has affected her family and so many others. Kelly Zeigler has two daughters with Autism Spectrum Disorder—Caragh, age 5, and Camille, age 4. But the path to that diagnosis was difficult. “Because most people look at autism as a boy's disorder, many girls are overlooked,” Zeigler said. “I had doctors tell me my girls are ‘shy’ or ‘just quiet little angels.’” A 2006 study found that the prevalence of ASD was four to five times higher for boys than for girls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “As a result, girls are diagnosed later and later,” Zeigler said, adding that studies have shown the

Updated: 11 Injured in Jet Fire on USS Stennis; 2 Remain Hospitalized

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Eleven people—eight sailors, a Marine and two civilians—were injured Wednesday afternoon after an F/A-18C Hornet caught fire on the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis. The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation, Navy officials said. “What we do know is that the jet experienced a catastrophic engine failure, which resulted in a fire,” said Lt. Aaron Kakiel, a spokesman for the Naval Air Forces at Naval Air Station North Island. The incident occurred at about 2:50 p.m., as the jet was preparing to take off. The aircraft was in the catapults, about 10 seconds from launch, officials reported. Capt. Ronald Reis, commanding officer of the Stennis, told reporters it was the right-side engine that caught fire and exploded. Reis said the explosion s