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MOVIES: 2014 must-see list 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan star in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (MARVEL) And now we have gotten to the movie I m most excited for in 2014. Want to see my other picks on my 2014 must-see list? Click here.

1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Released Friday, April 4 (also in 3-D) Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp and Anthony Mackie. Plot: Still trying to deal with being stuck in the present, Captain America must face a former friend turned foe.

Why I m excited to see it: Have I mentioned how much I love comics? And The Avengers?

2 Captain America has been a favorite of mine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I loved how in the first Captain America movie, you learn to love Steve Rogers before he became the super hero.

That helped relate to the real person and not the guy with the shield. This movie is all about the old phrase of not being able to run away from your past. Cap is decades away from what was his normal life, but old ghosts find a way of still haunting you.

It s no spoiler to discuss that The Winter Soldier is Bucky Barnes, Cap s friend from childhood and the guy who supposedly died in the first movie. Well, he didn t. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson star in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (MARVEL) The plot is based on the wonderful comic series by Ed Brubaker.

Seriously, look it up. Here, I ll even provide a link.

3 I also love how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now splitting. Where Thor: The Dark World appeared to be hinting toward Avengers 3, this film is going to continue building blocks toward Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The cast of this movie is great. You get returning greats like Evans and Johansson, then add awesome actors like Redford and Mackie. Come on, Robert Redford in a comic book movie!

That s worth the price of admission alone. Anthony Mackie stars in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (MARVEL) And we finally get The Falcon on the big screen! Are you excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

References ^ Want to see my other picks on my 2014 must-see list? Click here. (blog.pe.com) ^ Have I mentioned how much I love comics? And The Avengers? (blog.pe.com) ^ Seriously, look it up.

Here, I ll even provide a link. (4colorfantasies.comicretailer.com)

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Suicide Believed Involved In Deaths Of Two Soldiers With …

Article from the Canadian Press: OTTAWA The apparent suicides of two soldiers in Western Canada have spawned at least one police investigation and more questions about the military s practice of discharging troops deemed medically unfit for service. Both soldiers, who died in separate incidents, had ties to Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. Neither has been identified.

One of the soldiers, a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry, was found dead Tuesday at home just outside of the base. A defence official says RCMP are investigating and it appears that the soldier killed himself. In the other case, a soldier who was transferred over the summer from CFB Shilo to a reserve unit in Lethbridge, Alta., was found in distress last Friday at a local corrections centre, and died in hospital on Monday.

That member belonged to the 20th Independent Field Battery; Alberta s Justice Department referred questions to the military. Lori Truscott, a Canadian Forces public affairs officer in Shilo, said the military is reviewing the circumstances of both deaths, but did not indicate whether military police were involved or which defence agency was leading the probe. Officials at National Defence confirmed that neither soldier was assigned to the military s joint personnel support units, which are supposed to prepare the wounded to either return to their front-line units or be discharged from the military.

The soldier in Shilo, who was in his early 30s, was on track to be released from the military, said a close friend of the victim. Cpl. Glen Kirkland, who has fought a high-profile battle with National Defence on behalf of soldiers being medically discharged against their will, says he spoke with his friend within the last two weeks.

I don t know what to say. It s crushing, absolutely crushing, Kirkland told The Canadian Press in an interview Wednesday. The soldier, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, asked about the post-release procedure to access benefits through Veterans Affairs Canada and was upset about not being able to collect a pension, Kirkland said.

Aside from being in the infantry, Kirkland s friend had only worked on a farm with horses and didn t feel qualified to do anything else. He said: What am I going to do? How am I going to feed my family?

Kirkland said about their last conversation. I kept telling him, We ll have to figure something out. Aside from dealing with medical concerns, one of the most serious stresses for those leaving the military is fear of the unknown that comes with potential job retraining and the financial uncertainty that accompanies it.

I can t speak on behalf of these guys because I don t know what was going through their heads, but when their potential earnings and everything is limited, the financial stress on these people is just outrageous, said Kirkland. Since testifying before a House of Commons committee last spring, Kirkland has been sought out by a number of troubled soldiers, some of whom have talked about suicide because they were about to be discharged. Kirkland, who was wounded in a 2008 Taliban bombing that killed three comrades, told the committee he was being forced out of the army before he qualified for a military pension.

His plea to stay was answered by former defence minister Peter MacKay with a pledge he could remain until September 2015, but the offer was exclusive to him and he decided to leave rather than be singled out. He was in the spotlight again a few weeks ago when similar cases emerged. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson insisted that no one is being summarily let go and that each soldier is prepared for their transition to civilian life.

The military is doing its best and really does care, but it is handcuffed by politics and a bureaucratic policy that discards injured soldiers, Kirkland said.

All these politicians saying they stand behind the troops, and nothing gets done, he said.

They are absolute cowards.

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1st Place at Granada Hills Highlander Competition!

Congratulations to our Royal Regiment Band and Dance Team for winning 1 st place in their division at the Granada Hills Highlander Competition! As a result of the student s dedication, talent and hard work, the group scored higher than 22 other bands as well as placing 2 nd in percussion and 2 nd in auxiliary. Congrats to all on a job well done!

Up and Coming! On Wednesday evening November 13th , the Marching Band and indoor Drumline will perform at 5:30pm in the Magnolia school parking lot, for our first ever North Hollywood High food truck night ! The performance is free the food will be delicious!

This Friday November 15 th at 7:00pm in the school auditorium, we are having our first ever Chamber Music Concert . This event features small ensembles including duos, trios, and quartets; all performing various classical and modern pieces. The evening is especially important to our students as gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents, in an intimate concert setting.

Finally on November 25 th we will be having our 3rd annual Jazz Night at Vitellos! This is an evening dinner performance in the beautiful upstairs hall of the Studio City Italian Restaurant, Vitellos. For your dinning entertainment the Jazz Band along with various student combos will perform, while you enjoy delicious Italian dining.

Please join us for what is sure to be a lovely evening!

There will be a $10 cover charge which supports our music department, and children under 13 are free.

Please mark your calendars and bring friends and family to this entertaining and tasty event!

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1st Place at Granada Hills Highlander Competition!

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