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Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS ousts four for roles in Bush Guard story

Producer says she’s being made scapegoat for network

The Associated Press
Updated: 8:42 p.m. ET Jan. 10, 2005

CBS issued a damning independent review Monday of mistakes related to last fall’s “60 Minutes Wednesday” report on President Bush’s National Guard service and fired three news executives and a producer for their “myopic zeal” in rushing it on the air.


Roadside Bomb Kills Two U.S. Soldiers

Monday, January 10, 2005
Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A roadside bomb destroyed a second heavily armored Bradley Fighting Vehicle in less than a week Monday, killing two U.S. soldiers, wounding four others and indicating that insurgents have increased the power of the explosives they are using against American troops.

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Britain sends extra troops to Iraq

Monday, January 10, 2005 Posted: 10:16 AM EST (1516 GMT)

A British soldier on patrol in Basra.

LONDON, England (AP) -- Britain will send another 400 troops to Iraq ahead of elections there, Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said Monday.


A Hero Heals - Joey's Update, 1/10/05

Joey is smiling big in the pic below which was taken on Friday when he received one of his new hands. He has great control I am told by the therapist; however, he is limited to the time of useage because the devise fits tightly and may cause a skin breakdown (sore) which would slow the progress of usage. Thus he has to rest his arm and check it frequently for signs of bruising or sores. The pic blow shows his excitement and the other soldier, Dean, is a Special Force soldier who was injured 2 days before returning home while he was unpacking his backpact and one of the devices exploded in his hand.

This weekend was filled with fun for Joey and Jayme. Friday night,they were shuttled, along with other soldiers, to a restaurant in Washington called Fran O'Briens to eat a free steak dinner. The pic shows them all dressed and leaving to catch the shuttle. Saturday, we drove in my car to Rockville to Circuit City where they bought a printer for the computer and cell phones and a digital video camera to take movies of Joey's therapy progress.

Sunday we were taken to lunch in Georgetown by two wonderful families from Quantico, Va. who have been visiting us often and bringing Joey lots of goodies. We had two other wounded soldiers to come along with us and the Italian food was great.

Before leaving for lunch, we were in the lobby of the Mologne House and a lady named Peggy Baker with Operation First Response was introduced to Joey. She said that she had a nurse friend in Germany named Carolyn who asked her to locate Joey and let her know how he is doing. Peggy had to take a photograph of Joey to send to Carolyn. Then she said the most touching statements; "Carolyn said Joey had touched her heart in a special way." Joey replied, "Oh, she was the nurse who gave me ice chips and got in trouble." Peggy also said there was a chaplain who slept on a cot by Joey's beside for 3 days and nights and didn't leave him while he was in Germany. I asked her for their names and a way of contact to tell them how much I appreciate what they did for my son. God bless people like them.

Tomorrow, Monday, Jayme starts her internship at Bethesday and must leave at 5:30 a.m. I will walk from the Mologne House to the hospital at 8 a.m. to get Joey ready for therapy by 10 a.m. Keep praying for his therapy as it is very painful. God bless you too.

Gail, Joey, and Jayme

In Today's News - Monday, January 10, 2005 Associated Press
Abbas elected Palestinian president
Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority president by a landslide, partial results showed Monday, giving the pragmatist a mandate to resume peace talks with Israel — but also leaving him with the tough task of reining in powerful armed groups.

U.S. relief copter crashes in Banda Aceh
A U.S. helicopter on a relief mission crashed in a rice paddy 500 yards from the Banda Aceh airport Monday, injuring all 10 servicemen aboard. Workers struggled to recover 50,000 bodies the government said were scattered throughout the region.

Video shows tsunami roar through Indonesia
A videotape shot as a tsunami swept through Indonesia's Aceh province aired for the first time Sunday and showed a roiling torrent of dark brown water engulfing a busy street, picking up cars and minivans and sending people scrambling up the sides of buildings.

Baghdad deputy police chief assassinated
The deputy police chief of Baghdad and his son, also a police officer, were shot dead Monday, and a suicide car bomb detonated inside a police station courtyard, killing at least four policemen, the latest violence ahead of the country's landmark election.

At least 8 deaths blamed on Calif. storms
Areas of the Sierra Nevada, famous for paralyzing amounts of snowfall, have been hit with a dumping like they haven't seen in generations, with steep drifts stranding an Amtrak train, knocking out the Reno airport and shutting down major highways across the mountains.

Oil-for-Food audits uncover mismanagement
Over 50 internal U.N. audits of the Iraq oil-for-food program flesh out a picture of widespread mismanagement of the program, adding a new dimension to a scandal that has shaken the United Nations.

Cheney's focus may change in 2nd term
Like the man behind the curtain working the levers in the "Wizard of Oz," Dick Cheney has been called the real power in President Bush's administration, perhaps the strongest vice president in U.S. history.

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Jordanian police banned relatives of US servicemen killed in Iraq and members of anti-war groups from holding a candlelit vigil outside UN headquarters, an AFP correspondent reported.

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U.S., owner dispute house bombing deaths
The United States military said it dropped a 500-pound bomb on the wrong house outside the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, killing five people. The man who owned the house said the bomb killed 14 people, and an Associated Press photographer said seven of them were children.

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