Feature in New York Times on World War II re-enactors in Normandy this week. It is hard to re-enact war in the U.S. after the Civil War. Re-enacting the training camps that sent men and women to war isn't quite the same thing.
President Obama has spoken today at the American cemetery above Omaha beach on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Video above is from the day's ceremonies.
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CHESTER NEZ: Last of original Navajo code talkers.
But I found most affecting in today's New York Times the coincidental obituary of Chester Nez, 93, the last of the 29 original Navajo code talkers who adapted their native language into an unbreakable code that guided American military in some of its toughest battles.
To the end of his life, Chester Nez recalled the first message he sent over the radio while serving at Guadalcanal: “Enemy machine gun nest on your right. Destroy.”
Receiving the message, American forces eliminated the threat.
Nez's heroism didn't translate into an easy life after the war. He suffered post-traumatic stress. He was not allowed to vote until 1948. He once was required to carry an Indian ID card.
It's a fascinating story with the history of how the code came to be and was used.
Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer, said he filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today against the Little Rock School District for its failure to provide personnel records of Teresa Gordon, a media specialist at Jefferson Elementary.
Ann Clemmer tells the Democrat-Gazette she's given "background information" in the federal probe into Mike Maggio and illicit campaign contributions. This naturally raises questions for others who benefitted from money raised by a state senator implicated in the scandal, including Supreme Court Associate Justice Rhonda Wood.
Blue Hog Report has mined another interesting report out of public record. He's found a copy of the doctoral dissertation of Dexter Suggs, interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District, and compared it with another writer's work and found verbatim similarities.
Whitewater alert: Larry Nichols endorses Hillary Clinton for president. Mother Jones mines some comedy gold in looking for overlooked opposition research in Arkansas on the 2016 presidential candidate.
According to multiple sources familiar with the family, Mauricio and Cathy Torres, the Bella Vista couple arrested earlier this month for the rape and murder of their 6-year-old child, had at least five other children removed from their custody by a Jonesboro court in 2004 or 2005.
I believe I'll check KATV tonight. The Education Department continued its silence today on what Education Commissioner Johnny Key intends to do, if anything about Dexter Suggs, kept on as interim school superintendent of the Little Rock District after the state booted the school board and took over the district.