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  • Air Force Neurosurgeon Saves Afghan Child’s Life

    11/27/2007 3:31:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 39+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2007 – An Air Force neurosurgeon assigned to Craig Joint Theater Hospital here saved the life of an 8-month-old Afghan girl earlier this month. Air Force neurosurgeon Lt. Col. (Dr.) Randall McCafferty performs surgery on an 8-month-old Afghan girl suffering from an arachnoid cyst, or “water on the brain,” at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Without the help of McCafferty’s expertise, the young girl, who is now in good condition, was not expected to survive. Defense Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The child, from Parwan...
  • House seeks worker checks on legal status

    11/19/2007 9:58:44 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 29 replies · 153+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 20, 2007 | Herman Wang
    WASHINGTON -- About 100 House members will attempt to do what the Senate could not do this year: pass an immigration reform bill. The Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act, recently introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., would require employers to verify that their workers are here legally through an electronic database, authorize money to add 8,000 border patrol agents over five years and increase aerial surveillance of the Southwest border. "This is, I feel, a common-sense approach," Rep. Shuler said. "We've seen how the Senate has failed on two occasions to put together an immigration policy." The bill,...
  • Dolphins save surfer from becoming shark’s bait

    11/08/2007 1:54:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies · 1,141+ views ^ | Nov. 8, 2007 | Mike Celizic
    Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark — a monster great white that came out of nowhere — had hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone. That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.
  • Soldiers Save Iraqis, Discover Insurgent Safe Houses

    06/27/2007 5:08:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 478+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 27, 2007 – Soldiers of Multinational Division - Baghdad saved two Iraqi civilians while discovering two insurgent safe houses, one of which contained two car bombs, in the West Rashid district of the Iraqi capital Monday. Upon entering a building Monday evening, soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, rescued a man who was handcuffed to a pipe in a bathroom. Two suspects were detained. The troops had received information from residents that an extremist group was using the house as a base from which to launch a campaign of intimidation in northwest Rashid. Troops from...
  • New law could save internet radio

    04/30/2007 12:02:28 PM PDT · by bedolido · 13 replies · 872+ views ^ | 04-30-2007 | staff writer
    A law has been proposed in the US Congress that would overturn a recent ruling on internet radio royalty payments. The bill could save internet radio, according to activists. Earlier this month the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which reports to the Library of Congress, increased the charges which internet radio stations will have to pay in order to broadcast music. Stations claim that the charges in many cases represent more than their total revenues, and that they make it impossible to build a business out of online radio.
  • Well-drilling Team Helps Save Girl?s Arm, Life

    03/22/2007 6:47:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 364+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt. Jerord E. Wilson
    RIBTA, Djibouti, March 22, 2007 ? A recent Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa site survey to find water in northern Djibouti turned into a lifesaving medical assist for a young Ribta child. Members of the North Carolina-based 1132nd Engineer Detachment (Well Drillers) were conducting a mission with hydrogeologists from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to identify potential water well sites when they were asked by a local leader for medical assistance. A Ribta girl suffered third-degree burns to her left arm that had become infected, necessitating lifesaving medical attention. The local leader requested the team help the young child....
  • Soldiers save Iraqi baby's life

    03/04/2007 12:52:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie
    U.S. Army Spc. Carrielynn Spillis holds Sajad, a sick Iraqi baby boy, while Maj. Casey Geaney, the battalion surgeon for 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, prepares a feeding tube at the Patrol Base Yusufiyah aid station in Yusufiyah, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie. YUSUFIYAH -- Soldiers recently received something they least expected - a baby. Soldiers from the 210th Brigade Support Battalion “Providers” and the 4th Battalion 31st Infantry Regiment “Polar Bears,” both units of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), took care of a sick Iraqi baby boy at the Patrol Base Yusufiyah...
  • Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally

    03/01/2007 5:07:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 298+ views
    Servicemembers donate blood used in life-saving surgery at the base hospital By Combined Joint Task Force - 76 Combined Press Information Center BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 1, 2007 — As the life of an Afghan National Army soldier hung in the balance Feb. 25, U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines serving at Forward Operating Base Asadabad responded to his injury with an outpouring of blood. A total of 11 American servicemembers, including military policemen, embedded trainers, Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team members and artillerymen from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, each donated a pint of blood used in life-saving surgery at...
  • Servicemembers Unite to Save Iraqi Girl's Life (Get the Tissues)

    01/05/2007 6:07:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 516+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lance Cpl. Geoffrey P. Ingersoll
    Servicemembers Unite to Save Iraqi Girl's Life Many doubted she would live to play again. By Lance Cpl. Geoffrey P. Ingersoll 1st Marine Logistics Group CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007 -- "She is our future... that's why we support the Iraqi Police, so they can provide a secure future for (Iraqi children)," said Lt. Col. Bob McCarthy, Police Transition Team Leader, in response to an Iraqi tribal leader's gratitude toward U.S. forces for their efforts to save an Iraqi youth named Riyam Shihan. "She is our future... that's why we support the Iraqi Police, so they can provide...
  • Sailors save young girl's life

    12/01/2006 5:33:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 869+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Geoffrey P. Ingersoll
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 1, 2006) -- The nine-(and-a-half)-year-old Iraqi girl would have died without their help. Riyam Shihan's cousin was trying to close a heavy, metal door, at a home in Habbaniyah when it became unhinged and fell on Riyam, crushing her skull. The bone was fractured and she was bleeding profusely. With each passing minute, rapidly building pressure within her brain was causing more damage. When she arrived at TQ Surgical, her condition deteriorated quickly. Fearing the worst, doctors and corpsmen "launched into action," said Lt. Cmdr. Pamela C. Harvey, 39 from Muscatine, Iowa and a doctor with...
  • America Supports You: Groups Work to Save Troops Homes

    10/30/2006 4:06:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 326+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2006 -- One hundred military families are sleeping easier this year thanks to USA Cares and the Homeownership Preservation Fund. “Across the nation, many military families are facing financial difficulty and a loss of income due to extended military service,” Hugh Dukes, executive director of USA Cares, said. “We’re helping relieve the stress our troops are facing, allowing them to focus on their jobs, by alleviating financial strains … that might force a foreclosure.” USA Cares, based in Radcliff, Ky., is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and the...
  • Blogger credited in discovering identity (of former House page)

    10/05/2006 8:07:17 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 38 replies · 1,829+ views
    William Kerr knew he was on to the biggest story of his life. But he didn’t know it was in his own back yard. Kerr, of Moore, is the author of the blog Passionate America, which is being credited with discovering the identity of the former House page who may have exchanged inappropriate instant messages with former Rep. Mark Foley, and that the former page now works for Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Ernest Istook. Kerr said he received e-mails and phone calls from national media outlets Wednesday, including the tabloid television program Inside Edition and Internet pundit Matt Drudge. “I started...
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe gives $50,000 to help save historic building

    09/25/2006 5:58:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 915+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — For years members of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers have been working to save the World War II Mountain View Colored Officers Club on this southeastern Army Post. Saturday night the group received its first major donation from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe when the tribal chairwoman announced a $50,000 gift. In February Association President Tom Stoney Sr., made a pitch to the tribe and Wednesday he was called back to answer more questions from the tribal council’s 11 members. Stoney had no idea the tribe would make a decision so fast. Tribal Chairwoman Herminia Frias made...
  • Defeating Depression Part I [Charismatic Devotional Thread]

    08/22/2006 7:56:23 PM PDT · by JockoManning · 255 replies · 3,052+ views
    Kad-Esh Shabbat Letter 16th of June MAP Ministries ^ | 16 June 2006 | Rabbi Baruch, Bishop Dominiquae Bierman
    16th of June DEFEATING DEPRESSION PART 1 “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” Proverbs 12:25 Depression- from Webster’s New Unabridged Dictionary Low spirits, gloominess, dejection, sadness, a decrease in force, or activity, or amount, a decrease in functional activity. An emotional condition either normal or pathological characterized by discouragement, a feeling of inadequacy, the act of humbling abasement as a depression of pride. Abasement, reduction, sinking, fall, humiliation, dejection, melancholy. Major Depression Facts Major depression is the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world.(1) It is growing in all age groups,...
  • British soldier helps save life of fellow soldier

    08/10/2006 4:12:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Guardsman Damion Pointin, from Abingdon, whose quick thinking helped to save the life of a wounded friend. Courtesy photo. The quick thinking of a brave soldier serving in Iraq helped to save the life of a wounded friend. Guardsman Damion Pointin, from Abingdon, England and his pals braved continuing mortar fire to rush wounded colleague Lance Cpl. Karl Dobson to the medical centre within their camp. Dobson, or “Dobbo” to his mates, was seriously injured during a mortar attack at Camp Abu Naji, in Maysaan province, when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel that passed through his...
  • New combat medic training designed to save lives

    08/08/2006 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 387+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Spc. Michael O’Neal
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (Army News Service, Aug. 8, 2006) – The new Combat Medic Advanced Skills Training is ensuring medics understand the difference between garrison and combat trauma care. Medics at Camp Bondsteel recently participated in the new course, taught via video teleconference by the Army’s Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The weeklong course tested student medics through a simulated combat scenario that involved treating Soldiers wounded by IEDs and small arms fire. Qualified instructors measured medics’ skills during a culminating field exercise, and medics were also given a written test to...
  • Surgeons Fought For Hours To Save Castro's Life

    08/05/2006 6:13:40 PM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 3,851+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-6-2006 | Phil Hart
    Surgeons fought for hours to save Castro's life By Phil Hart in Havana (Filed: 06/08/2006) Doctors at the exclusive Cimeq hospital in western Havana are accustomed to handling the delicate health problems of Cuba's communist elite. It was here last weekend, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt, that they battled for several hours to save the life of the regime's most important patient, Fidel Castro. Unable to stem intestinal bleeding with drugs, the country's top surgeons performed an emergency operation on the veteran leader. To all but a handful of trusted doctors and his closest lieutenants, President Castro's medical condition has...
  • Squirrel hunters, UNITE, WE NEED YOU

    07/28/2006 8:59:10 PM PDT · by girlangler · 45 replies · 806+ views
    email ^ | 7/28/2006 | Jim Martinsen
    <p>Dear Etta: I need your help to let the Jacksboro area squirrel hunters know Mepps still buys squirrel tails. Every year it gets tougher to get the tails we need to dress our spinners, but we know from experience a little ink or air time is always a big help. Details are below. Any assistance you can offer, Etta would be sincerely appreciated. Should you need additional information please contact me.</p>
  • One family hopes their tragic loss can help save others (Tissues Needed)

    07/12/2006 6:19:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 862+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Amy Sufak
    7/12/2006 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- With a knock on his door late one evening, 1st Lt. Kevin Lombardo's entire life changed. "One of my sergeants stood outside my trailer door clutching a note. My heart skipped a beat. He said I needed to call home now, something was wrong," the lieutenant said. "When I heard the sound of my wife Billie's voice, I knew it was serious." While deployed to Iraq, Lieutenant Lombardo, an operations officer for the 21st Security Forces Squadron, learned his 3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, were being rushed to the...
  • Soldiers save women from burning building

    07/06/2006 4:06:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 458+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Amanda Merfeld
    UIJONGBU, South Korea (Army News Service, July 6, 2006) – Two Camp Red Cloud Soldiers saved an elderly woman and her handicapped daughter when a sandwich shop caught fire just outside the camp's front gate July 1. Pvt. Reid Erickson and Pvt. Russell McCanless Jr. of Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, Special Troops Battalion, were first on the scene when New York Sub sandwich shop caught fire. “We walked out of 7 Club to see whether or not I could do handstand pushups, and when I was doing them I noticed something behind us,” Erickson said. Standing and turning around,...
  • Soldiers Help Save Life of Wounded Student

    07/01/2006 1:27:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 478+ views
    Defend America ^ | Pfc. Paul Ondik
    The student's father, a tribal leader in Fedaliyah, contacted U.S. soldiers in a last-ditch effort to save the life of his daughter who was wounded in a terrorist attack. By U.S. Army Pfc. Paul Ondik 4th Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, June 30, 2006 — U.S. soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, currently working with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division, Multinational Division–Baghdad, were able to provide desperately needed medical attention to an Iraqi citizen who was close to death June 17 at...
  • Teams combine efforts to save lives

    06/12/2006 6:09:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Candy Knight
    6/12/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- In an effort to build better relationships and save lives, the 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s Fire Department and Manas International Airport Emergency Response team joined forces and trained June 6 to 7. “We have a memorandum of agreement that allows either party to request assistance from the other during emergency responses, so it is critical that we can operate effectively as a team,” said Senior Master Sgt. Shepherd Pinney, base fire chief. He is deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the exercises, members from each department familiarized themselves...
  • Sailors Save Iraqi Contract Worker

    05/31/2006 4:34:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Cassandra Thompson
    KHAWR AL AMAYA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq (NNS) -- The quick response of two USS Port Royal (CG 73) crew members saved the life of an Iraqi contract worker overcome by smoke inhalation while fighting a fire on Khawr Al Amaya oil terminal (KAAOT) May 26. As part of the Commander, Task Group (CTG) 158.1 emergency response team, Chief Hospital Corpsman Doreen Lehner and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heather Watts were the only medical personnel on the scene when an Iraqi Southern Oil Company worker collapsed due to smoke inhalation. Injuries from smoke inhalation and the toxic by-products of combustion in...
  • Aerial Spraying to Save Iraq's Wheat, Date Crops Concludes

    05/29/2006 11:52:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 267+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq, May 29, 2006 – Operation Barnstormer, part of the Iraqi Agriculture Ministry's program to protect key staple crops from insect damage, wrapped up yesterday with a final day of aerial spraying in the northern Iraqi province of Dahuk, Task Force Band of Brothers officials reported. Flying low to the ground, an airplane sprays pesticide on wheat crops in the northern Iraqi province of Dahuk. The spraying was part of the Ministry of Agriculture's Operation Barnstormer. U.S. Army photo   The operation began May 16 and covered most of the major agricultural areas in the Iraqi provinces of Karbala,...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives

    04/20/2006 4:12:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Jason Thompson
    Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives Iraqi Army soldiers donated 350 pints of blood to the Baghdad Blood Bank for distribution to numerous medical centers in Iraq. By U.S. Army Spc. Jason Thompson 4th Infantry Division CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, April 20, 2006 -- Approximately 75 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, took some time from their dangerous mission of patrolling the streets of Baghdad to offer more service to their nation: donating blood during an Iraqi army blood drive April 5 at Forward Operating Base Justice. "Terrorists are injuring innocent Iraqi people every day. When...
  • DoD Works to Save Lives on Battlefield, Improve Talent Pool

    03/29/2006 4:41:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2006 – The Defense Department is working on ways to use technology to save lives on the battlefield, and has created a full scholarship program to increase its talent pool of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, a top official said here recently. During DoD's Women's History Month observance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here earlier this month, Sue C. Payton, DoD's deputy undersecretary for advanced systems and concepts, spoke of technologies provided by "the best and brightest female scientists and engineers in DoD and the world." She noted that "dozens of exceptional women scientists...
  • Karzai 'Gives Pledge' To Save Christian Convert From Execution

    03/24/2006 6:38:35 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 813+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-25-2006 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Karzai 'gives pledge' to save Christian convert from execution By Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad (Filed: 25/03/2006) President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is reported to have given assurances that an Afghan convert to Christianity will not face the death sentence for apostasy. Mr Karzai is under growing pressure from his western allies to resolve the case of Abdul Rahman. Abdul Rahman converted to Christianity Mr Rahman was arrested last week for converting to Christianity from Islam 16 years ago and could face the death penalty if he refuses to become a Muslim again. The case prompted expressions of concern from President...
  • Combat engineers unearth 500-plus weapons caches, save lives in Iraq

    03/24/2006 4:26:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 431+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (March 24, 2006) -- Iraq’s roadways are a bit safer, thanks to a platoon of Marine combat engineers here. Marine combat engineers from Company C, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, have discovered more than 500 weapons caches in the area, the most discovered by a single unit in the massive western-part of Al Anbar Province. The unearthed caches, found over the past six months during the unit’s deployment to Iraq, contained a variety of explosives and ordinance, ranging from bullets, to anti-tank mines and artillery and tank rounds. The explosives are used by enemy forces to make roadside...
  • Activists move to save Delta smelt

    03/09/2006 9:55:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 379+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/9/06 | Douglas Fischer
    A tiny fish native to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta deserves stronger protection under the Endangered Species Act, based on mounting evidence that preservation efforts have done nothing to stanch its rapid decline, environmentalists said Wednesday. The number of Delta smelt swimming today in the waters feeding San Francisco Bay has declined 2.6 percent from levels in 1993, when the federal government originally declared the species "threatened." "The population has completely collapsed since 2002," said Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of three groups petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an emergency listing of the...
  • Brooklyn, N.Y., native uses motivation to lead Marines, save lives

    03/08/2006 7:01:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Matthew K. Hacker
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 8, 2006) -- “At first it was rough, because they didn’t look at me as a Marine,” said Cpl. Christine DeCaprio, an administrative clerk, of fitting in with an all male military police squad in Iraq. “But, once I got up on the [.50 caliber heavy machinegun] they changed their minds.” This event set the tone for DeCaprio’s next ten months in the desert with Company B, 2nd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. Being the only woman in a platoon full of men proved difficult in the early stages of the...
  • Iraqi Forces Limit Damage, Save Lives in Recent Violence, General Says

    03/02/2006 4:33:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2006 – Decisions made by a capable Iraqi government and executed by capable Iraqi security forces have limited damage and saved lives during recent violence, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman in Baghdad said today. "The Iraqi government, at the point of crisis, decided to impose certain emergency measures," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters during a news conference. "They relied on the Iraqi security forces to implement those measures." To date, beginning with the Feb. 22 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, there have been 33 attacks on mosques across Iraq, Lynch said. The attacks...
  • Unborn children gain favor

    02/27/2006 9:05:36 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies · 888+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 2/28/06 | Caryl Swift
    Since 1973, when abortions were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court, 46 million babies have been aborted. But the tide is turning as pro-life laws are being enacted across this nation to save the lives of unborn children. We're pleased that our state legislators are considering passage of key pro-life bills. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (HB 243) recognizes that when a criminal attacks a pregnant woman and injures or kills her unborn child, he has claimed two human victims. This bill is similar to the Laci and Conner Peterson law that President Bush signed into federal law. The...
  • Camp Lester doctor helps save Guamenian woman’s life

    02/24/2006 3:14:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Pfc. Eric D. Arndt
    CAMP FOSTER,OKINAWA,Japan (Feb. 24, 2006) -- Doctors from U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa aren’t used to making house calls or traveling thousands of miles to operate on a patient. But when the urgent need for a neurosurgeon in Guam arose, Lt. Cmdr. Dennis J. Rivet answered the call without hesitance. On the evening of Jan. 23, a woman was admitted to USNH Guam for a sudden loss of consciousness preceded by headaches. Tests concluded she needed an operation quickly or she would die. The procedure required a neurosurgeon, but Guam had none on the island. Rivet, one of two Medical Corps...
  • Legislative analyst: California needs to save more for the future

    02/22/2006 9:00:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 188+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can expect a tax windfall for the next budget year that is $2.3 billion more than Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger forecast in his budget projection last month, the nonpartisan legislative analyst's office said Wednesday. But rather than celebrate by increasing spending, the governor should instead direct the unanticipated money toward closing the state's multibillion dollar structural deficit, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill said. The Republican governor's budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 provides a 7 percent boost in spending over the current fiscal year without raising taxes, thanks mostly to additional tax revenue. Most...
  • Air Force women help save convoy

    02/17/2006 3:26:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 951+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Kevin Nichols
    2/17/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The lives of four women and their convoy team changed forever Dec. 5. They were ambushed that night. Insurgents from a village outside of Balad Air Base, Iraq, fired on the convoy, injuring two as they drove back to the base. Airman First Class Nicole O’Hara, a convoy gunner deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va., said it was “just a normal convoy” when the day started. Coming back to the base was when things got hairy. Airman O’Hara was manning her 50-caliber weapon. “I saw all these tracers and I saw tracers coming...
  • Team journeys across Pacific to save 7-year-old girl

    02/08/2006 4:34:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Master Sgt. Kimberly Spencer
    2/8/2006 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Meaghan Ababa is now resting comfortably at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles thanks to the medical personnel of the 59th Medical Wing. Her doctors say it is “a miracle” considering the arduous journey the 7-year-old Hawaiian girl just completed. The journey began at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu Feb. 3. Doctors there had placed Meaghan, whose heart was failing, on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, machine. The machine was doing all the work for Meaghan’s heart and lungs. The problem: Doctors at Kapiolani were...
  • Rollover simulator aims to save lives in Kuwait

    01/26/2006 5:01:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 615+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Coalition Forces Land Component Command Public Affairs
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Army News Service, Jan. 26, 2006) – A new training device is being developed by Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait to reduce or eliminate injury or death suffered by troops involved in Humvee rollovers in theater. The device evolved from a comment by then-commander of U.S. Forces Command, Gen. Larry Ellis, following the deaths of three Soldiers Dec. 8, 2003, when their Stryker overturned into a canal, said Chief Warrant Officer Rik Cox, FORSCOM safety officer. HEAT based on `Dunker’ “The aviators train on the Dilbert Dunker, why can’t we do something like that for...
  • The War on Christmas (Book Review)

    12/14/2005 5:31:40 PM PST · by WatchYourself · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Capitol Hill Journal ^ | Dec. 14 2005 | Dustin Hawkins
    As summer ended I found myself wandering the length of the mall shopping for back-to-school bargains for my nieces and nephews. I hopped into a clothing store and asked the clerk where the deals were, at which point she quickly pointed to the other end of store and told me to check by the Christmas section. The Christmas section? But it's September, I thought to myself. Christmas stuff already? I love to hear Jingle Bells playing over the loudspeakers at giant retailers just as much as the next guy, but not for four months. My wish is that Christmas would...
  • Son fills personal void about US role in Iraq after Marines save his mom from insurgents

    11/18/2005 3:35:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 681+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Pvt. Charlie Chavez
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2005) -- After a worried college student found his mother was in harm's way during a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, he contemplates the situation he chose to ignore and focuses his thoughts on joining the Marine Corps. Pvt. Phillip M. Oesterblad, Platoon 2130, Company E, grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and never had any thoughts of joining the military while in high school. After attending college in Alaska and Arizona, he realized that he did not know enough about America's role in the situation in Iraq. "While I was in...
  • Every second counts as Greyhawks save lives

    10/31/2005 4:19:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 232+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 31, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL TAQADDUM, Iraq (Oct. 31, 2005) -- The golden hour is the amount of time they have to save life, limb or sight. Every second faster they move could mean the difference between life and death. With this mentality, the Greyhawks of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 constantly strive to improve the speed with which they respond to urgent casualty evacuations at Al Taqaddum, Iraq, near the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. After three deployments in as many years, the Greyhawks are becoming experts at moving fast to get their CH-46 Sea Knights in the air and save lives, said...
  • Bretons Speak Up To Save Their Dying Language

    09/30/2005 6:10:46 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 876+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-1-2005 | Colin Randall
    Bretons speak up to save their dying language By Colin Randall in Brest (Filed: 01/10/2005) They have their own schools, bilingual road signs, vibrant festivals and dubbed Perry Mason repeats on television. But even the most passionate champions of the Breton language admit that its survival is in question. A pupil in Relecq Kerhuon reads Tintin in Breton Native speakers are ageing, their numbers falling by 15,000 a year. And among those remaining, there is anger that the French government does more for Brittany's large influx of British settlers than for those campaigning to save Breton from extinction. Along the...
  • U.S. Troops Train Iraqi Soldiers to Save Lives

    09/20/2005 10:45:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Acosta
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALIWODA, BALAD, Iraq, Sept. 20, 2005 — Medical support for soldiers with boots on the ground is a critical part in waging war. As Iraqi troops take over the role of conducting combat operations and raids, they must also step up to the role of providing their soldiers with the proper medical support, whether the routine sick-call patient or a wounded soldier with traumatic injuries. "The soldiers attend a three-day course learning the basics of first aid. They get instruction in bandaging, splinting, checking for pulse and breathing, how and when to give (intravenous injections), how to...
  • Technology for war helps save lives in New Orleans

    09/20/2005 9:59:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 232+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo
    JACKSON, Miss. (AFPN) -- Night-time flying through the darkened, flooded streets of New Orleans presented unique challenges to rescuers from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crews constantly had to look out for power lines, buildings and other rescue aircraft in the area, not always easily recognizable in the night sky. To allow them to work throughout the night while other rescue teams could not Air Force Reserve Command Airmen used a variety of technology, such as night-vision devices, forward-looking infrared radar and electronically linked mission overlay. “A lot of our...
  • Military Working Dogs Save Many Lives

    09/16/2005 6:12:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 452+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 16, 2005 | Navy 1st Class Terry Dillon
    From locating improvised explosive devices to identifying weapons caches, these trained dogs assist troops with Operation Enduring Freedom ROTA, Spain, Sept. 16, 2005 — Military Working Dogs (MWD) and their handlers from Naval Station Rota are actively participating in the war on terrorism by providing support to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as bases in the United States and overseas. "As a kennel master, I am proud to know that we train some of the best dog teams in the world that are responsible for saving so many lives." Chief Master at Arms Ricky Neitzel “People don’t realize...
  • Scientists try to save rare and randy warbler

    08/19/2005 7:27:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 395+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/05 | Reuters - London
    LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's rarest songbird is facing extinction, despite being the most promiscuous and energetic lover in the avian world, and concerned scientists are looking urgently for ways to save it. The male aquatic warbler is described as "continuously ready to mate" and able to indulge in record-breaking mating sessions, which in turn gives the females ample opportunity to sample and select the best mates. However, numbers have slumped to less than 20,000 in the past century -- a decline of 95 percent -- and its range has shrunk from continent-wide to isolated strongholds in eastern Europe as humans...
  • Brazil leader works to save presidency (Silva sings da blues)

    07/30/2005 1:29:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 486+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/30/05 | Harold Olmos - AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - His voice hoarse, his arms waving, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told a cheering crowd that Brazil's "elites" would not break him, that he had learned from his poor, illiterate parents not to lie or to steal. "With a lot of sacrifice, I earned the right to hold my head up high," he told an applauding oil workers union. Silva, a former union boss elected in a landslide with pledges to make Brazil a "decent country," is back on the campaign trail. But this time it's to save his presidency from corruption charges,...
  • Fla. officials missed chance to save girl (Jessica Lunsford)

    06/23/2005 4:00:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,262+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/05 | Mike Schneider - AP
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A sex offender accused of kidnapping and murdering a 9-year-old girl said she was alive inside his home when authorities came to investigate her disappearance earlier this year, according to court documents released Thursday. John Couey, 46, said he fed Jessica Lunsford for two or three days in a closet in a Homosassa mobile home where he was staying before burying her alive in February. During that time, authorities visited the home but never searched it, Couey said. "They didn't search," Couey said in a March interview with detectives that was included in the documents. "They...
  • Can the rich, famous save Social Security?

    06/04/2005 6:57:11 AM PDT · by rushfreedom · 54 replies · 979+ views
    USA Today | 05/31/2005 | Dennis Cauchon
    <p>Go read the article. I can not post an excerpt from USA TOday.</p>
  • Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: UN study (2010 maybe too late)

    05/21/2005 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/05 | AFP
    Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: study Sat May 21, 2:59 AM ET MONTREAL (AFP) - An unprecedented effort is required between now and 2010 to stop further deterioration of the planet's fragile biodiversity, according to a UN report that compiled the work of 1,300 researchers. In fact, 2010 may be too late, say the authors of the report, pleading with governments, NGOs, international organizations and companies to immediately put in place longterm conservation plans. According to the report published this week in Montreal, "The world in 2100 could have substantial remaining biodiversity or it could be relatively homogenized...

    03/26/2005 7:59:22 AM PST · by Xenurus · 5 replies · 605+ views
    March 25, 2005 | Xenurus
    Defense of adulterer Michael Schiavo's thirteenth public attempt to murder his invalid wife (with the aid and abetment of the Florida courts) only manifests that America’s conscience is in a Persistent Vegetative State. Depriving a cat of food and water for a week would see Schiavo in an orange jumpsuit by nightfall---with the torches and pitchforks of PAWS, PETA and Greenpeace at his jugular. Merely human, Terri has no such rescuer; tortured to death in Florida as the 300 million of us sit and watch. Not one man can be found in America. Had she, like Charles Manson, been imprisoned...