KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: Tthe restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength. Read More
A Craigslist con has been cooked. Pascal Christian Chaubard, 48, of San Bruno, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in state prison for stealing money from 33 people who thought they’d bought cheap airline tickets on Craiglist, authorities said.Between 2007 and 2009, the French national posted advertisements hawking cheap airline tickets on the website, saying he knew airline workers and could get cheaper flights than what the airlines provided. Read More
HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN -- Jason Armas, a U.S. Marine Corps captain, scrolled through the photographs of four bearded Afghan men believed to be responsible for the assassination of Marine 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming.
A few days earlier, on the eve of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, Taliban insurgents shot the 24 year-old Marietta, Ga., man through the neck, killing him instantly. Fleming's comrades from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment were intent on capturing the Taliban who had killed the young platoon leader. Read More
The much-anticipated documentary "Waiting for 'Superman,' " which opens in Washington-area theaters Friday, highlights the District's poorly performing public schools and its reformist Chancellor Michelle Rhee while making an urgent case for improving the nation's failing education system.
"Waiting for 'Superman' " shadows five urban students, including Southeast D.C.'s Anthony Black, seeking to escape into charter schools through a lottery system. Read More
The suicide of a Brentsville District High School football player who friends say recently suffered a concussion follows high-profile suicides of collegiate and professional football players that have raised questions about links between brain trauma and mental health.
Austin Trenum hanged himself Sunday afternoon, Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince William County police spokeswoman, said Tuesday. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died about 2 a.m. Monday, she said. Read More
President Obama said his daughters would not receive the same quality education in D.C. public schools as they get at their elite private school.
"The D.C. public school systems are struggling," Obama said on NBC's "Today" show before noting that "they have made some important strides over the last several years to move in the direction of reform. There are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system." Read More
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Matt Garst earned the nickname "The Unbreakable Marine" during the campaign to pacify the area around the town of Marja.
Garst, a corporal with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was leading a squad to establish a checkpoint in late June when he moved into an abandoned compound where his squad could set up an observation post.
That's when the world erupted in a shattering explosion.
"I knew I'd hit an [improvised explosive device]," Garst said. Read More
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musée d’Orsay are proud to present the second installment of what has become one of the premier cultural events of the decade. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is the second of two consecutive exhibitions from the Orsay’s incomparable collection that are traveling to the de Young Museum in 2010. Read More
A star local athlete who played football at DeMatha, led the Naval Academy to the 2004 lacrosse title game then became a member of the elite Navy SEALs, was among the nine U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash while on a mission in southern Afghanistan.
Brendan Looney, 29, a 1999 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville and 2004 Annapolis grad, was among those who died Tuesday in what the Pentagon believes to be an accidental crash in Zabul province. Read More
Weeks away from an election that offers the GOP the real prospects of regaining the majority in Congress, House Republicans have written an agenda calling for tax cuts, a reduction in government spending and a repeal of the new health care law, among other initiatives they say would help jump-start the economy.
Republicans have named their agenda "A Pledge To America," a title reminiscent of the "Contract With America" drafted by the GOP before it won control of Congress in 1994. Read More