Harry attends Warrior Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
Britain’s Prince Harry chatted and joked with wounded service members from the United Kingdom on Saturday at the Warrior Games, the U.S. military’s Paralympic-style competition in Colorado.
The prince, a veteran combat helicopter pilot, mingled with the 35-member British team and then sat on a gymnasium floor in a circle of 12 sitting volleyball team members, batting the ball around amid whoops and laughter.
The veterans said Harry’s combat experience made him easy to talk to.
“He knows what it’s like out there,” said British Army Capt. Dave Henson, a member of the volleyball team. “He’s been on the ground and in the air.”
Henson, 28, lost both legs when an improvised bomb exploded in Afghanistan two years ago. He said Harry took a personal interest in the athletes’ recovery and the quality of their health care.
Royal Marine Matthew Hancox, 25, said the prince recognized some wounded veterans he had met before and asked them how they were recovering.
“He’s very down-to-Earth,” said Hancox, who was shot in the chest in Afghanistan in 2011.
The prince also attended a volleyball match and the opening ceremonies at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs later Saturday.
The visit to Colorado got underway Friday night when Harry charmed dozens of dignitaries, British expatriates, students and military officers at a cocktail party welcoming him to Colorado. He also joined the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to U.S. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, who was celebrating turning 18 at a golf club south of Denver.
A captain in Britain’s Army Air Corps, Harry has deployed to Afghanistan twice, and he wore a brown camouflage uniform and tan combat boots when he met with the British team.
His first deployment, as a forward air controller in 2007-08, was cut short after 10 weeks when details of his whereabouts were disclosed in the media.
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The Los Angeles Times reports a neighborhood group says the grimacing, sharp-toothed, red-eyed goblins painted along a retaining wall are scaring children.
Los Angeles city code officials cited the “Run It!” singer $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage and ordered him to remove it within 30 days.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, says neighbors are harassing Brown, whose tumultuous relationship with singer Rihanna and foul-mouthed Twitter presence have given him a bad-boy reputation.
Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with “F.A.M.E.” and was arrested shortly after the 2009 awards ceremony for assaulting Rihanna.