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Members of Scout Troop 672 in Severn, Md., have created a catapult they hope will throw a pumpkin farther than last year’s contraption at the Punkin Chunkin competition. Helping are is RJ Joyce, 16, of Odenton, Md., under the supervision of his father, Assistant Scoutmaster Rob Joyce. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.