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  • Pentagon lifting ban on women in combat

    Pentagon lifting ban on women in combat
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members. Panetta and Gen....
  • Women in combat — 'It's going to level the playing field'

    Women in combat — 'It's going to level the playing field'
    When Maryland National Guard Capt. Cara Kupcho first enlisted in the military 18 years ago, she wanted to drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a 30-ton, armor-busting tank. "I like things that go boom," she explained Thursday. "I like tanks." But as a...
  • Chuck Hagel survives

    Chuck Hagel survives
    After all the thunder and lightning signifying nothing but more Republican obstructionism, former Sen. Chuck Hagel has taken over at the Pentagon, vowing a realistic approach to America's military role in the world. Not surprisingly, he indicated he...
  • Martin Guitar makes custom guitar for blind veteran

    Martin Guitar makes custom guitar for blind veteran
    Lt. Brad Snyder holds the acoustic guitar in his arms for the first time, strumming a few random chords, then moving into a sampling of Neil Young. The sounds take him back to the nights when he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and sat around a...
  • Optimists celebrate, appreciate achievements of local youngsters

    Claire Fitzgerald and Peter Smith, eighth-graders at St. Joseph School in Cockeysville recently received the Timonium Optimist Club's award during Youth Appreciation Week. Youth Appreciation Week is an annual Optimist International program. The...
  • Don't rush out of Afghanistan

    Don't rush out of Afghanistan
    With Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his top advisers visiting Washington this week, huge questions about the future of the NATO mission there consume Afghan and American minds. How fast can we draw down our current total of 68,000 U.S. troops (and...
  • Women warriors

    Women warriors
    Thousands of military jobs have opened up to women in recent years, but not those in the front-line combat units. That may soon change, however, as a result of a lawsuit brought late last year by four women veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,...
  • Blinded Naval officer gets custom Martin guitar

    Navy Lt. Brad Snyder holds the acoustic guitar in his arms for the first time, strums a few chords, then moves into a sampling of Neil Young. The sounds take the Naval Academy graduate back to the nights when he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and...
  • Baltimore-based Veteran Artist Program seeks to propel veterans into mainstream arts community

    Baltimore-based Veteran Artist Program seeks to propel veterans into mainstream arts community
    When bad luck struck, John Mann was all but certain that he'd have to abandon his dreams. In 2005, Mann was a 28-year-old film school graduate who was just starting to make inroads in the difficult East Coast television industry. He hoped to one day...
  • Obama needs Hagel in the Pentagon

    Obama needs Hagel in the Pentagon
    Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president. As I was grousing about this, my...
  • The shameful treatment of foreign children in U.S. custody

    The State Department revealed this month that the United States has detained more than 200 children at its military prison in Afghanistan. I represent one of them, a boy who left his parents' home in Karachi, Pakistan in July 2008, when he was 14, on a...
  • Republicans' infrastructure hypocrisy

    Republicans' infrastructure hypocrisy
    If you want to see where rank hypocrisy sits in full flower, you have only to observe Republicans at their desks in the House and Senate. There, they have been openly ridiculing President Barack Obama's proposed $50 billion stimulus bill for desperately...