Because there are no city-sized theme parks in Southern Connecticut, you must find your thrills there in real life. I had just come from helping to herd a crew of second-graders through the Visitor Center at the PEZ factory in the town of Orange — a fragrant, colorful diversion for the nation’s devoted army of “Pez Heads” and for civilians like us, who just like popping dispenser heads and downing twelve-packs of chewy PEZ bricks. I was now rolling in an
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government stumbled into a shutdown at midnight Thursday as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. The shutdown — technically a lapse in agency appropriations — was the second government closure in less than a month, another product of election-year partisan disputes and persistent internal
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Corp. says it has been awarded an Army contract worth $476 million to build the next generation of medium tactical vehicles. A statement from the company says there’s no cap on the number of vehicles the Army may purchase. Oshkosh says it will build 16 models along with trailers capable of handling up to 10 tons. The vehicles will be used to support combat missions, in relief efforts and logistics and supply operations.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration bulldozed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade on the president’s request, ignoring bipartisan criticism that such a public demonstration of power is characteristic of authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China. The White House dragged out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to brief reporters on Trump’s ordering the Pentagon last month to start planning an armed forces parade through the nation’s capital.
WASHINGTON — Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP Tea Party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its chances just a day before the latest government shutdown deadline. The measure was a win for Republican allies of the Pentagon and for Democrats seeking more for infrastructure projects and combating
WASHINGTON — The number of sexual assaults reported at the U.S. Military Academy roughly doubled during the last school year, according to data reviewed by The Associated Press, in the latest example of the armed forces’ persistent struggle to root out such misconduct. It’s the fourth year in a row that sexual-assault reports increased at the school in West Point, N.Y. There were 50 cases in the school year that ended last summer, compared with 26 made during the 2015-2016
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday. The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening. She said Trump wants the Pentagon to
WASHINGTON — Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month’s government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can’t have his way on immigration. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump declared Tuesday, repeating the sentiment for emphasis. Trump’s comments were strikingly
LOS ANGELES— Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey,” died Saturday. He was 94. Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, said Greg Walker, his eldest son and a collaborator. His father’s advanced age was the cause of death, he said. Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic
MILWAUKEE — The Pentagon says it has identified a missing World War II serviceman from Wisconsin and he’s being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that Army Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell will be buried Feb. 2 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says the 23-year-old from Elkhorn died Nov. 19, 1942, at the Cabanatuan Prison Camp Hospital after an illness. He was buried