- - Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Medal of Honor winner to end Army career

DES MOINES | Medal of Honor recipient and Iowa native Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta will end his Army career to pursue his education, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Giunta has opted not to re-enlist and will leave the Army in mid-June, said Army spokesman George Wright. He and his wife, Jenny, plan to move to Fort Collins, Colo., where he will attend school.

Mr. Wright said he didn’t know what school Staff Sgt. Giunta will attend, but Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University.

Staff Sgt. Giunta is the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor.


Judge dismisses atheist’s lawsuit over cross grant

ST. LOUIS | A federal judge in Illinois has tossed out a Chicago-area atheist’s quest to force the return of a state grant given to restoration efforts of a southern Illinois cross landmark.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey, central Illinois’ chief federal jurist, threw out Rob Sherman’s lawsuit Tuesday.

Judge McCuskey accepted the recommendation of U.S. Magistrate David Bernthal, who late last week refused to reconsider his rejection of Mr. Sherman’s lawsuit over the $20,000 grant to the 11-story tall Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

Magistrate Bernthal ruled that the state’s economic-development agency has discretion in how it doles out its money.


Group’s video targets Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK | A California-based pro-life group that has been waging a campaign against abortion provider Planned Parenthood released a videotape Tuesday that the group says shows an employee at a New York City clinic giving advice to a man posing as a pimp and seeking health services for underage sex workers.

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