The Army announced Friday that it will reduce the typical soldier's deployment time in Afghanistan from one year to nine months, a move that could help soldiers better deal with stress and help reduce family problems at home.
TAMPA -- The obvious thing the Bruins took away from Thursday night's game was the win. But no less important is the knowledge that victory could be achieved in the system they've laid out for themselves all season. It was the kind of game that the Bruins have learned to live by this season, a hard-fought victory on the road marked by a strong forecheck and responsibility in the neutral zone.
Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli -- the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army -- says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.
The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, who has been at the forefront of the effort to reduce soldier suicides, said Wednesday that he is most concerned about the Army not having enough doctors, nurses and other caregivers.
The life of a goaltender in the NHL, where you're only as good as your last game, is inherently unfair -- call it the curse of the hot hand. Nobody knows this better than Tim Thomas, the Bruins' netminder who won the Vezina Trophy two seasons ago, but rode the bench last spring as 23-year-old rookie Tuukka Rask led Boston to within a game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The NHL this week released a video (below) to illustrate the parameters of a new rule regarding illegal hits to the head. It also tacked on a series of calls that will be made for other hits, illegal checks and contact near the end boards.
The change of address cards have been filed -- well, most of them, anyway. New name plates have been glued on the office doors and on the backs of sweaters. And with most of the significant movement of the offseason in the books (other than some free agent in New Jersey, anyway), it's time to assess which teams have done the most to ensure a short-term, or long-term, improvement to their fortunes.
In one short week, the NHL's focus moves from the positive side of projected futures to in-the-moment business realities of paydays for proven players. Whereas the draft is an exercise in hope, free agency is all about immediate help, and as is the case more often these days, those divergent themes run together for several teams, especially the two that picked at the top of the draft: the Oilers and Bruins.
After just four years on the job, it's a bit early to compare Boston GM Peter Chiarelli to Sam Pollock, the legendary architect of nine Stanley Cup-winning teams in Montreal. But there just might have been a bit of Pollockian inspiration behind Chiarelli's decision to ship winger Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
The rate at the Marriott Copley in Boston on Wednesday and Thursday night was $100. When asked what it would be for Friday, the first night of Patriots Day Weekend, which includes the Boston Marathon, a helpful desk clerk said $399 -- with a straight face.
It looks like the Bruins are going to be without the services of Patrice Bergeron for a while. Word is that Peter Chiarelli is under the gun and has to make the playoffs this season. If that's the case, he'll have to make a move soon to replace Bergeron's scoring, don't you think? -- Don, Providence, RI
It's draft week -- a time when fresh-faced kids usually dominate the hockey landscape; a time for the hope and optimism of youth. Instead, this year's draft primer begins with well-worn names like Mike Keenan, Dave Lewis and John Muckler. Throw in the naming of Scott Howson as the new GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets and it is plain to see that the imminence of the draft and the July 1 opening of the free-agent signing period is of prominence right now around the league.
A leading U.S. military commander has determined that "some senior Marine officers were negligent in failing to investigate more aggressively" the Haditha killing allegations in Iraq, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Don't leave wounded enemies to die. Don't desecrate the dead. Don't cause unnecessary suffering. Don't steal things while searching private homes. And don't photograph detainees, especially when they're hooded.