Max and Kim Voelz served together in Iraq in the same Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit β that's the Army's elite bomb squad.
The couple met on Valentine's Day in 1997 at EOD school. They married on June 12, 1999.
"We deployed in 2003. We were in the same unit. She ripped bombs apart by hand in Iraq just like I did," Max says. "There was no being scared, no doubt, no 'I might die' β we never talked about that."
One night in 2003, Max called in the location of an explosive and sent his wife to disarm it.
With a 73-23 vote, the Senate voted to approve a four-year extension of three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act.
The AP reports:
It extends two provisions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, one allowing roving wiretaps, the other allowing searches of business records in the pursuit of terror threats. A third provision gives the government power to watch non-American "lone wolf" suspects with no certain ties to terrorist groups.
This Memorial Day, we remember our fallen soldiers. Many have died in combat, but increasingly, for off-duty members of the National Guard and Army Reserves, soldiers are dying by their own hands. Nationally, the number of those who've committed suicide has nearly doubled from 80 in 2009 to 145 last year.
On the track team of Philadelphia's Thomas Edison High School, Jadira Angulo was fast. But not as fast as Ivan Lopez, her teammate.
The Tree of Life is Terrence Malick's big one β part creation epic, part Oedipal family drama, an answer to Kubrick's 2001 and maybe Paradise Lost. Malick's films all touch on Eden, the natural world into which humans are born, and the Fall, marked by male aggression as well as the soulless aspects of civilization.
In the opening sequence of Puzzle, director Natalia Smirnoff quietly introduces both her intimate style and her protagonist's plight. Reduced to bustling hands and a worried face by a series of a close-ups, a woman single-handedly makes and serves a birthday dinner. It's only when Maria (Maria Onetto) brings out the cake that we realize she's been slaving on her own birthday.
Can't an Alaskan woman announce an East Coast bus tour that will take her to New Hampshire; buy a house in the lower 48, and be the subject of a new, authorized documentary without triggering all kinds of speculation that she'll soon be running for president?
Not if she's Sarah Palin.
News of all these events is generating coverage of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee this week and causing some to ask whether she's gearing up for a presidential run. Or not.
Any new recording from the spectacular saxophonist James Carter is pretty much guaranteed to produce fireworks. But his new album, Caribbean Rhapsody, is his grandest work yet: It's a collaboration with the Puerto Rican classical composer Roberto Sierra. About 10 years ago, Sierra started writing Carter a concerto for saxophones and orchestra; more recently, he's topped it off with the title track, a piece for saxophones, jazz violin and string quartet.
President Obama is in France for the G8 summit in Deauville. The annual summit of the world's major industrial nations will include discussions about shoring up democracy in the Arab world, and dealing with the financial crisis in Europe. (source)
Not that there was much doubt left, but Tuesday's uphill victory by Democrat Kathy Hochul in a special election in a New York congressional district long dominated by the GOP has made it pretty clear that the budget blueprint approved by House Republicans last month, which would effectively privatize Medicare, isn't so popular with lots of actual voters.
"Get me off of there!" 75-year-old Sally Adams told The Associated Press earlier today when a reporter informed her that her name is the first on the list of 232 people who haven't been accounted for since a massive tornado blew through Joplin, Mo., on Sunday.
You don't get to be chairman of a major congressional committee like the House Budget Committee if you're the type to shrink from a challenge and Rep. Paul Ryan certainly doesn't appear to be that.
His current challenge, of course, is a daunting one, to convince fellow Republicans that his plan to privatize Medicare won't be as toxic to their 2012 electoral hopes as Democrats gleefully insist it will be, especially if they have anything to say about it.
Before and after photos of Joplin, Mo., have been floating around the Internet since the tornado swept through on Sunday β and one of the more striking comparisons is attributed to Aaron Fuhrman. We reached out to him and he shared several more photos, as well as his story.
The man most-wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive on the run for 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in the north of the country. There, he's said to have assumed another identity. Now, Mladic will be sent to The Hague in the Netherlands to wait for a trial.
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld an Arizona law that would allow the state to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. NPR's Nina Totenberg tells Robert Siegel about the opinion.
Michele Norris talks with entrepreneur Peter Thiel about his foundation's latest endeavor: a fellowship that encourages young people with big ideas to drop out of college and pursue their dreams. The "Twenty Under Twenty" fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to each of the recipients. Their projects range from technological advances to new educational ideas. Thiel suggests that higher education is over valued. And he argues that sometimes the university setting is actually an obstacle to innovation. Thiel is a co-founder of Pay Pal and an early investor in Facebook.
Writer Gary Shteyngart recently won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. The 11-year-old award was named for British author P.G. Wodehouse and has been awarded to Brits β until this year when it was given to a self-proclaimed Russian-Jewish nebbish from New York. Shteyngart won for his third work of fiction, Super Sad True Love Story, and he will be given a pig named after the novel as a part of the prize. Shteyngart told Robert Siegel, "This is what I've been writing for all my life.
The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals, thanks to their 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout the series, the Thunder were young and athletic β the Mavs, old and ultimately successful.
Brazil's public education system handles 50 million students but, according to many, not very well. Private initiatives funded by thousands of Brazilian businesses have created a parallel education system.
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This summer, we'll be launching a series on women and childbirth. We'll bring you stories from China, Egypt, France and, of course, from all over the United States. And we'll be reporting on everything from the latest science to cultural trends, to the many challenges that pregnant women face around the world.
It's been a tough week for Congressman Paul Ryan. He wrote the House Republican's budget, including the plan that would eventually privatize Medicare. Ryan's plan played a big part in a special election in upstate New York this week, an election that flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat. Then yesterday, a majority of the Senate, including five Republicans, voted to kill the Ryan budget.