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  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • Ebola-Stricken Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Expected to Be Moved to Maryland:

    10/16/2014 9:02:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-16-2014 | Gabe Gutierrez
    Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola in Dallas, is expected to be moved to a National Institutes of Health isolation unit in Bethesda, Maryland, a federal official with direct knowledge of the plans told NBC News on Thursday. The transfer could happen later Thursday, but the official cautioned that plans were evolving. Pham, 26, was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia, flew to Dallas and later died. The other nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas, Amber Vinson, was flown on Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in...
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • American Doctor Exposed to Ebola in US for Observation

    09/29/2014 11:07:34 AM PDT · by LucyT · 16 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 28, 2014 7:28 PM | Staff
    An American doctor exposed to Ebola while in Sierra Leone has been flown to the United States. The doctor was flown to a regional airport in the eastern state of Maryland Sunday and walked off the plane wearing a white protective suit. The infectious disease chief at the NIH near Washington would not discuss details about the patient, but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.
  • Former Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) to lead UFO sighting inquiry

    04/12/2013 4:24:49 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | April 11, 2013
    WASHINGTON,- A group hoping to prove existence of extraterrestrials plans hearings in Washington led by former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, it announced. The gathering, called "The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure" and hosted by the Paradigm Research Group, based in Bethesda, Md., will offer more than 30 hours of congressional-style hearings, April 29 to May 3, at the National Press Club in Washington, The Detroit News reported Thursday. Cheeks Kilpatrick, a member of Congress from 1997 to 2010 and mother of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, will join five other former members of Congress to interview witnesses who claim a...
  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • Crane topples in Bethesda family’s yard

    07/09/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    The week had been difficult enough for the Weinberger family after a rare derecho storm knocked out power to their Bethesda home for four nights and an enormous oak tree had been toppled by the wind into their roof. And that was before a heavy duty crane tipped over in their yard. “We had a lovely driveway, a beautiful lawn you could host Wimbledon on,” said Lauren Weinberger with a laugh, as she chatted by phone on Sunday.
  • $4 Mil To House 12 Homeless People

    09/10/2011 11:02:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch Blog ^ | September 7, 2011 | Judicial Watch
    In an example of how government at every level wastes tax dollars, one U.S. county is spending around $4 million in combined federal and local funds to house a dozen homeless people in an affluent community.That translates into more than $330,000 per person, which means that Uncle Sam might as well buy them each their own, fully furnished house. After all, the median single-family home in the U.S. costs around $172,000 so the government could also throw in a few years worth of utility bills and even groceries.Instead officials in Bethesda Maryland will spend the money to operate a three-story...
  • Impromptu Rally for Sarah Palin in Bethesda, April 30 before the Dinner event

    04/25/2011 2:37:27 PM PDT · by W04Man · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Howard County Republican Network ^ | 04/25/2011 | O. P. Ditch
    Sarah Palin in Bethesda MD April 30th Join us for "Heroes Among Us" featuring keynote speaker Gov. Sarah Palin and special guest Lila Rose. Governor Palin will speak about the heroism of motherhood and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life.... (See Link for more) NEW ADDITION TO THIS EVENT: A FREE RALLY TO WELCOME SARAH!! NOTE: There will be a FREE outdoor Rally to welcome Sarah Palin to Maryland. Show up outside the hotel at 5:00 PM with a Sign and a Smile!! WELCOME SARAH PALIN TO MARYLAND! ADDED ExTRA!! - Win prizes (Run Sarah...
  • Lululemon Bethesda Slaying Arrest To Be Announced (co-worker)

    03/18/2011 3:40:13 PM PDT · by khnyny · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2011
    The 27-year-old co-worker of the woman killed at a Bethesda yoga store, who originally was portrayed as a victim in the violent outburst, has been charged in the killing, three sources familiar with the case said late Friday. Montgomery County police have called a 7 p.m. news conference to announce an arrest in the case. Three sources said police have arrested the co-worker of the victim. Police originally said she was attacked and raped in the store along with the slain woman. But as detectives continued to speak with her this week, her story didn't line up with forensic evidence...
  • Homicide Investigation Inside Bethesda Fitness Store(Lululemon)

    03/13/2011 6:29:28 AM PDT · by inflorida · 35 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | March 12, 2011 | TIM PERSINKO and NANCY NORMAN
    Police are investigating a homicide inside the Lululemon store in Bethesda.Saturday morning, an employee opening the fitness clothing retailer discovered two of her co-workers inside the store. One woman, Jayna Murray, was declared dead at the scene, and the other victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both had been beaten. Police determined the two victims closed the store at nine o'clock Friday night, leaving a shortly after. One of the employees realized that she had left something in the store, but she did not have the keys to re-enter. She called her coworker, who had a set...
  • VANITY- Darkhorse Marines at Bethesda - Doing the Lord's Work

    12/10/2010 6:02:08 PM PST · by SERKIT · 7 replies
    Self ^ | 12/10/2010 | SELF
    Please offer up prayers of support to our wounded warriors. A Marine from the 3/5 (Darkhorse) - a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (first push across the border in 2003) - was severely injured while re-deployed in Afghanistan. He received excellent treatment and is at Bethesda Naval Hospital now. A group of 3/5 Marine veterans are taking turns traveling out to to support him and his family. While they are there, they are assisting other families, have canceled their own hotel rooms, and are drawing "Fire Watch" overnight to talk to, console, and "be there" for what they call a...
  • Police: Md. shooting suspect surrenders in Pa.

    09/08/2010 7:53:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    WTOP ^ | September 7, 2010 | Associated Press
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Police say a Maryland man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at his ex-girlfriend in a suburban Washington, D.C., apartment complex garage has surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania. Montgomery County, Md., police say the man fired at least one shot Tuesday morning at the woman as she left for work. The woman was not hit and fled to a nearby apartment in Bethesda.
  • Students at all-boys Landon School planned sex parties, sources say

    06/10/2010 8:50:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 293+ views
    wapo ^ | 6/10/10 | Michael Birnbaum and Valerie Strauss
    Last summer, several students at the all-boys Landon School in Bethesda hatched what sources later described as a twisted idea for a fantasy league: They would draft girls onto teams and then tally points based not on sports scores but on sexual conquests the boys would make at a series of parties. The boys were caught before the first party took place, according to several sources. Asked about the incident, a school official said Wednesday that three rising freshmen received in-school suspensions at the beginning of the school year.
  • "Hamas" Helen Thomas Is Speaker For Bethesda, MD's Walt Whitman High School 2010 Graduation

    06/06/2010 11:43:10 AM PDT · by stratman1969 · 12 replies · 349+ views
    Marooned in Marin webblog ^ | June 6, 2010 | Marooned in Marin
    Helen Thomas, who was caught on video saying the Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine (Israel)" is going to be the speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD on June 14, 2010. Thomas also was a speaker at a 2006 fundraiser for the pro-Hamas, pro-Islamofascist terrorist "peace" group Code Pinko. According to WTOP radio, where I first heard of this speech this afternoon, the principal was "aware" of the controversy but knows of no plan to cancel her speech.
  • Helen Thomas agrees to bow out as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High (DIS-INVITED !!)

    06/07/2010 7:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 46+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/07/2010 | Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren
    <p>Veteran journalist Helen Thomas agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, after she was captured on videotape saying that Jews should leave Israel and go "home" to countries like Germany and Poland.</p>
  • Obama to have checkup, visit troops (closed to press, will he release results?)

    02/28/2010 8:37:20 AM PST · by milwguy · 27 replies · 483+ views
    politico ^ | 2/28/2010 | p
    President Obama will be at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Sunday morning for “a routine physical,” according to the White House’s weekend guidance and press schedule. After, he’ll spend a bit more than an hour visiting with wounded troops who are being treated there. The check-up and the visit are both closed to the press.
  • Doctors to Obama: Come back at 50 (He's a healthy Hussein alert)

    02/28/2010 9:23:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies · 1,344+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 28, 2010 | Mark Silva
    Asked about his morning checkup, the president signals a thumbs-up. President Barack Obama got a physical examination this morning at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He arrived there by helicopter at about 6:40 am EST. The physical was performed by Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a Navy captain and head of the White House medical unit, according to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Some preliminary testing had taken place earlier, and the physical lasted about an hour and a half. Kuhlman had this recommendation for Obama, according to Gibbs: Come back for another physical in August 2011 -- when...
  • Deadly Complications of Rep. Murtha’s Surgery. (Killed By By Government Doctor's Malpractice!)

    02/24/2010 11:16:55 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 68 replies · 1,756+ views
    Fox Blog ^ | Dr, Manny Alverez
    A day after Rep. John Murtha passed away following gallbladder surgery at a leading Navy hospital, it has emerged that the Congressman’s large intestine was damaged during the procedure and the complications led him to be re-hospitalized n a civilian hopital before he died, according to another Pennsylvania Congressman and longtime friend. Gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is considered “routine” surgery but the truth is, no matter how common the procedure, we should never consider surgery “routine.” Dying from gallbladder surgery — although not common — can happen. If at some point during the surgery, an inadvertent perforation is created in...
  • Rep. John Murtha dies after surgery complications (Malpractice)

    02/08/2010 6:18:34 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 116 replies · 3,935+ views
    CNN ^ | 2-8-10
    CNN) -- Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office. He was 77. The Democratic congressman recently underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to remove his gallbladder. The procedure was "routine minimally invasive surgery," but doctors "hit his intestines," a source close to the late congressman told CNN.
  • Suspected Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: Social awkwardness kept with him into adulthood

    11/06/2009 4:49:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 91 replies · 4,112+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | November 06, 2009 | Matt Chittum and Jorge Valencia
    The suspect, a Virginia Tech graduate and one-time Vinton resident, was shot but survived at Fort Hood, Texas. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of shooting 12 people to death and wounding 31 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, was the son of Roanoke merchants and restaurateurs, lived in Vinton and graduated from Virginia Tech. Hasan was born in Arlington to Palestinian immigrants from near Jerusalem who later settled in Vinton. Neighbors on Vinton's Ramada Road remembered him as a "studious" boy who went by "Michael." While his brother Eyad -- "Eddie" -- would play football with...
  • Rage of the Rights Talkers

    10/10/2009 3:35:12 PM PDT · by Saije · 36 replies · 1,916+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2009 | George Will
    Consider nature...as Tennyson saw it, "red in tooth and claw." To glimpse a state of nature as Hobbes imagined it, where human life is "nasty, brutish and short," visit the Whole Foods store on River Road in Bethesda...you will see proof of this social equation: Four Priuses + three parking spaces = angry anarchy. Anger is one of the seven deadly sins. Therefore advanced thinkers are agreed that conservatives are especially susceptible to it. As everyone knows, all liberals are advanced thinkers and all advanced thinkers are liberals. And yet... Recently Paul Schwartzman, a war correspondent for The Post, ventured...
  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    06/30/2009 6:36:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 643+ views
    Army.mil ^ | Holly Meyer
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 29, 2009) -- Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The Army’s wounded are welcomed back to the country by a team of three Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington: the Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team. Col. James Conaway, Master Sgt. Jon Taylor and Master Sgt. Juan Reyna act as advocates and liaisons for wounded Soldiers transitioning back to the United States. “We help to coordinate, communicate and just take care of all the...
  • President Obama Visits Wounded Troops (guess how he "visited" our fallen soldiers)

    06/22/2009 7:50:23 PM PDT · by max americana · 93 replies · 5,265+ views
    Blackfive ^ | June 22, 2009 | blackfive
    David Borden Jr. was wounded in Iraq on January 19, 2008. A suicide bomber rushed him and detonated, and Borden was hit by over 200 pieces of shrapnel. He lost right leg (below the knee) and his left arm was severely damaged. He was in a coma for over a month. He's inspired more than a few people while recovering. The NY Giants football team reports that he's the grandson of a NY Giant. According to the email below from his father, David Borden (Sr.), David Jr. had an uninspiring visit from the President of the United States: Since Dave...
  • Local Company Discovers Threat To Obama's Security (Info About President’s Helicopter Found In Iran)

    02/28/2009 6:19:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,940+ views
    wpxi.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2009
    PITTSBURGH -- Target 11 has learned a Cranberry company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered what it said is a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter. Tiversa employees found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran. Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, said, ”We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One,which is the president's helicopter." The company was able to trace the file back to its original source. "What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, MD had a file sharing program on one of...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush... (Photos and news) 07-03-08

    07/03/2008 6:28:17 PM PDT · by snugs · 52 replies · 1,245+ views
    Today the President attended the groundbreaking ceremony at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The nearly one billion dollar project will expand the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, and lead to the closure of the current Walter Reed Army Medical Center just five miles away in Washington. In the afternoon he went for a bike ride at Bethesda. Pray for President Bush -- Day 2850
  • Wounded Marines Praise Medical Care, Relate Iraq Experiences

    04/03/2008 5:03:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 137+ views
    BETHESDA, Md., April 3, 2008 – Two Marines who were injured in Iraq praised the medical care they’ve received at the National Naval Medical Center here during interviews yesterday in conjunction with a grand re-opening ceremony for their newly renovated outpatient quarters. Wounded Iraq combat veterans Marine Cpl. Daniel B. Nicholson, left, and Marine Lance Cpl. Michael S. Stilson attend a reopening ceremony for newly renovated Mercy Hall, an outpatient quarters for injured troops on the National Naval Medical Center campus in Bethesda, Md., April 2, 2008. Both Marines praised the quality of medical care provided at Bethesda. Defense...
  • Marine continues on with one leg (Still serving: Bring Tissues)

    03/10/2008 5:21:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Katie Mathison, USMC
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 10, 2008) -- He faded in and out of consciousness. He knew his legs were injured, but he did not know to what extent. Capt. Ray Baronie, the executive officer for the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Wounded Warrior Regiment, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, has few clear memories of his hospital stays overseas. One of the things he remembers is watching the doctors cut off his boots, as they talked about amputation. Baronie, at the time, a liason officer between the Iraqi Security Forces and the Marines of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was on...
  • Injured Marine’s return to hospital provides hope, inspiration

    01/22/2008 4:50:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 363+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. Bryan Carfrey, USMC
    WASHINGTON – Sgt. Klay South with help from this mother Janet launched Veterans of Valor on October 4, 2007. South was wounded November 2004 and spent a long recovery process to reconstruct his face and jaw after being shot in the face with an AK-47. Veterans of Valor visited Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center January 17 to give backpacks and words of encouragement to wounded service members. BETHESDA, Md. – Cpl. Jimmy Kinsey receives his backpack from Sgt. Klay South, founder of Veterans of Valor. Veterans of Valor visited Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 12-19-07

    12/19/2007 5:55:55 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 94 replies · 329+ views
    The day got off to an interesting start when a fire broke out at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located across the street from the White House. Press Secretary Dana Perino: Today, at 9:15 a.m., the D.C. Fire Department received a call about smoke in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building -- that's also known as the EEOB. Firefighters arrived and found that the second floor through the fifth floor of the EEOB was fairly filled with smoke.... They were able to identify, isolate and … put out the fire within 30 minutes. The Vice President's Ceremonial Office received smoke and...
  • HUNTER RECOMMENDS WAR VETERANS REPLACE STATE DEPT PERSONNEL

    11/03/2007 3:57:21 PM PDT · by chaos_5 · 7 replies · 140+ views
    email | November 1, 2007 | Gary Becks
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2007 CONTACT: Gary Becks (619) 334-1655 San Diego, CA – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today recommended to President Bush a proposal to replace State Department personnel who refuse to be deployed to Baghdad with wounded veterans from military hospitals at Walter Reed and Bethesda . Hunter, who is currently running for President, went to the White House earlier today and met with President Bush to outline and detail his "Wounded Warrior" project. "My recommendation to the President was simply that we need people in these positions whose top priorities will be to get the job...
  • America Supports You: Operation Pinecone Shifts Gears for Holidays

    10/22/2007 4:51:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Toni Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2007 – For volunteers with South Riding, Va.-based Operation Pinecone, Halloween is over and the Christmas rush has begun. “We have 25 camps, four hospitals (and) two humanitarian aid contacts,” said Mary Hacker, who founded the group two years ago after deciding to super-size a care package originally planned for one family friend deployed to Iraq. “A neighbor came by, saw what I was doing, and said she had wanted to do something to help the troops but that she didn’t have a contact over there,” Hacker explained. Word spread through Hacker’s rural Virginia neighborhood and,...
  • America Supports You: Groups Team Up to Entertain Military Kids

    10/15/2007 4:30:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2007 – Children of servicemembers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here have a new recreation option thanks to the team effort of three nonprofit groups and a defense contractor. The Yellow Ribbon Fund dedicated a playground at Walter Reed’s Mologne House yesterday. The facility was constructed primarily for children staying at the residential facility for recovering servicemembers and their families. “This playground fills a longstanding need for children staying at our facility who, until now, had very limited recreational opportunities,” said Peter Anderson, Mologne House’s general manager. “We are extremely grateful to the Yellow...
  • Prayer Request - Gravely Injured Marine Sergeant [Update at Post 439]

    08/06/2007 1:57:21 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 473 replies · 7,577+ views
    August 6, 2007 | Albion Wilde
    The family of U.S. Marine Sgt. Samuel Nichols is urgently requesting prayer support as they surround Sam, age 23, at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He is in a coma after having suffered a brain injury due to an IED on a mined road in Iraq. The explosion killed three of his men. Sgt. Nichols was so gravely injured that when he arrived at Bethesda last week, doctors initially held out little hope; but his family began praying immediately and are seeing improvements and hopeful signs this week. Sgt Nichols' family are believing Christians who are in prayer constantly over him, believing...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5-25-07

    05/25/2007 4:39:07 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 126 replies · 2,841+ views
    President Bush visited soldiers, sailors, Marines and their families today at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There he awarded purple hearts to the patients, then spoke briefly to the press outside. (Transcript) The president and first lady will spend Memorial Day weekend at Camp David. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Barry Zito Leads Major-Leaguers in Stirkeouts for Troops

    09/21/2006 10:06:07 PM PDT · by S.S. Monkeyface · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Strikeouts for Troops ^ | ????? | Barry Zito
    Thank you America for Supporting Strikeouts for Troops! In April 2005, I asked several of my fellow players from around Major League baseball to take a bold step and help me launch Strikeouts For Troops™ -- a unique program to help our wounded men and woman of the military with some “comforts of home” as they go through their rehabilitation process. The players responded by pledging money for the 1,438 strikeouts they threw, 740 hits they had (including 86 home runs) and 362 runs they drove in. We also saw great contributions from you, the fans, not only with your...
  • Stevie Nicks Gives iPods To Wounded Soldiers

    08/26/2006 5:57:16 PM PDT · by Huntress · 265 replies · 17,151+ views
    Starpulse Blog ^ | 6/23/06 | Unattributed
    Singer Steve Nicks is doing her part to support U.S. troops by donating hundreds of iPods to soldiers wounded in Iraq. The former Fleetwood Mac star regularly visits soldiers at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She explains, "I refuse to be pulled into the politics of war. But once these soldiers sign up, go to war and come back to a hospital, I will do whatever it takes to make them better." Nicks has provided iPods loaded with her music, along with fellow artists Aerosmith and Elvis Presley. She has also sent baby clothes to war widows,...
  • America Supports You: Restaurant Owners Give Night Out to Recovering Troops

    08/20/2006 1:31:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies · 1,851+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Linda D. Kozaryn
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2006 – Over the past two and a half years, about 500 severely wounded servicemembers and their families have enjoyed 5,000 free dinners out on the town thanks to Hal Koster and Marty O’Brien. “Some of them have come to multiple dinners because some of them are here for years,” Koster said Aug. 18, as he looked over the 60 or so guests dining on the rooftop of The Exchange restaurant here. About 20 servicemembers, many in wheelchairs and prosthetics, family members and other guests dined overlooking a panoramic view of the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington...
  • Boys arrested for aiming toy gun at woman (Montgomery County Nanny State Alert!)

    08/02/2006 9:42:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies · 1,386+ views
    The Gazette (Mont. Co.) ^ | Aug. 1, 2006 | Olivia Doherty
    Two Potomac teens were arrested for flashing a toy gun at a woman last week... (snip) At about 9:55 p.m. on Thursday, a 29-year-old Rockville woman reported that two boys had aimed a gun at her while driving near the intersection of Westlake Drive and Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda... (snip) The brothers were arrested and charged as juveniles with first-degree assault and released to the custody of their father, police said. Under state law, first-degree assault is a felony that can carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Using a toy weapon in a crime carries the same...
  • A Day in the Life of (a very healthy) President Bush - (photos) - 8.1.06

    08/01/2006 3:54:50 PM PDT · by ohioWfan · 321 replies · 3,712+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com; Reuters | 8.1.06 | ohioWfan
    This morning President Bush traveled to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for his annual physical. He was declared in good health, but has gained a bit of weight (four pounds) which he attributed to 'too many birthday cakes.' Doctors put him in the superior category of fitness for men his age.Some of the fun details.........(excerpted from Reuters......)The nearly 6-foot Bush weighed in at 196 pounds, up from around 191.6 pounds last year.A fitness enthusiast, Bush rides his mountain bike several times a week and also does elliptical training, free-weights, stretching and low-impact workouts on a treadmill.Mountain biking...
  • Hilton Evicts Wounded Heroes ( Sgt Shaft Alert )

    06/14/2006 6:08:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies · 1,757+ views
    Sgt Shaft column at Military.com ^ | April 21, 2006 | Sgt. Shaft
    Corporate Hillton Apparatchiks have given credence to the old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished” by their not renewing Fran O’Brien’s renewable lease. Since October of 2003 Hal Koster, a two-tour Vietnam veteran and Jim Mayer, a combat injured Vietnam veteran and long time advocate for veterans and a small group of volunteers have been hosting a dinner each and every Friday night for the severely injured patients of Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Ward 57 and severely injured sailors and Marines at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and their families. This was begun as part of a promise to insure...
  • Fred Phelps FReeped at Bethesda Naval Hospital

    05/01/2006 6:47:02 AM PDT · by PleaDeal · 126 replies · 8,899+ views
    5/1/2006 | PleaDeal
    Thanks to alert FReepers who heeded the call to action, Phelps' Phreakshow did not go unopposed this Saturday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.FReepers in attendance: Kristinn, Cindy_True_Supporter, Trooprally [Mr. and Mrs.] who brought James and Nancy, Albion Wilde, DollyCali with FReepups Josie and Toby, Wheelbarrow, BufordP, Sauropod, Helllinahandkart, Bill from MD*, Bert, Mindi (PW), IraqiKurd and friend Samir, Exit148, ProtestMania, BStein80, Laruen (PW), BillF, Hoodlum91, RockInRight, and PleaDeal.I counted 19 members of Rolling Thunder headed by our good friend Smitty, but I think there were a few more.The plan was to be there before the devil...
  • Fred Phelps Alert! D.C. Chapter to Defend Honor of Sailors and Marines at Beth. Naval Hosp. 4/29/06

    04/26/2006 7:18:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,635+ views
    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 | Kristinn
    The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic invites all FReepers and lurkers in good standing to join us this Saturday outside Bethesda Naval Hospital as we defend the honor of our sailors and Marines from the despicable Fred Phelps and his traveling freak show laughable called the Westboro Baptist Church.A report about the last time we encountered the Phelps Freak Show can be found here (graphic heavy).The Montgomery County police will be there to make sure everyone's rights are protected. The Phelps crew will do their schtick from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We'll be there early to set up and...
  • Saving America’s Steakhouse (Fran O'Brien's hosts Walter Reed patients )

    04/18/2006 7:12:49 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 33 replies · 1,346+ views
    National Review ^ | April 18, 2006, 7:31 | Shoshana Bryen
    Calling on Hilton to be the kinda corp it claims to be. Few Americans would argue that American soldiers should not receive the thanks of our nation for their service, and fewer still would argue that, if returning to our country less than whole and in need of help, soldiers should not receive the support of America's corporate giants. Hilton Hotel Corporation, then, has something to answer for. Every Friday is Veterans' Day at Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse in Washington, D.C., where owners, Hal Koster and Marty O'Brien, bring soldiers — primarily amputees — recovering from their wounds at Walter...
  • Fran O'Brien's Loses Lease

    04/15/2006 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 1,015+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2006 | Petula Dvorak
    The steaks are great, of course. But it isn't the T-bones, the porterhouses or the rib-eyes that will be sorely, even painfully, missed when Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse loses its lease and closes its doors this month. The downtown D.C. restaurant, which has hosted a decade's worth of power lunches, political dinners and salacious hookups, is more poignantly known for its Friday night steak dinners for severely wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "It looks like they're kicking us out," sighed Marty O'Brien, son of the late Redskins offensive lineman Fran O'Brien, before closing the restaurant yesterday...
  • Steakhouse [Forced] To Close, Ending Tradition For Wounded War Vets

    04/14/2006 5:37:45 AM PDT · by Coop · 379 replies · 11,829+ views
    D.C. Channel 9 WUSA ^ | 4/14/06 | Doug Buchanan
    <p>A two-year tradition for wounded war vets is about to go by the wayside. A downtown DC steak house that’s catered to injured troops every Friday night is about to close.</p> <p>Fran O’Brien’s landlord [Hilton] is forcing out the steakhouse of the same name.</p>
  • Cartoonist Helps Troops, Fisher House (Now we know we're winning!)

    01/31/2006 1:59:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 37 replies · 1,291+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – Award-winning satirist Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame visited the Pentagon today to meet with troops wounded in the war on terror and present them autographed copies of his book featuring the healing process of a comic character he said they inspired. Army Spc. Joey Kashnaw, a 4th Infantry Division soldier who lost his leg after being wounded in Taji, Iraq, in September 2003, meets with Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau at the Pentagon. Photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time," tells the story...
  • America Supports You: Virginia Group Supports Wounded Troops, Families

    01/23/2006 4:41:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 211+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – Wounded servicemembers have an extra helping hand thanks to Operation First Response, a group specializing in providing them supplies and funds during their recuperation. Peggy Baker of Culpepper, Va., founder and president of the all-volunteer nonprofit, answered questions from interested troops Jan. 19 at the Washington Capitals' "Salute to the Military Night" at the MCI Center here. While thousands of servicemembers and their families enjoyed free tickets to the hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Baker took the opportunity to offer assistance. "We're kind of an extension. Where somebody will fall through the loops,...
  • Special Train Shows Appreciation for Wounded Troops

    01/03/2006 12:53:20 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 11 replies · 608+ views
    via Email (Snopes Checked - Not an Urban Legend.) | 01/03/06 | vanity
    The following article appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on December 22, 2005 Here's a Yule Story That Ought to be a Movie By Ronnie Polaneczky AND NOW, in time for the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard. It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops. "We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in...
  • Military Salute Online Auction to benefit Operation First Response

    12/28/2005 12:48:58 PM PST · by sailordoc · 1 replies · 559+ views
    Online Auction of the 50,000th copy of Military Salute to benefit Operation First Response The Minnesota Platoon, a group of five disabled Vietnam-era Veterans that distributes “Military Salute” at no charge to active-duty Military units, Veterans groups, family support groups, public safety organizations, church groups, school districts, and students working on patriotic projects, is now conducting an online auction of the 50,000th copy of the video to benefit Operation First Response. Operation First Response ... http://www.operationfirstresponse.org ... sends backpacks to Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the...