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AUSTIN — A widening sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base had led to the dismissal of the top commander who oversees basic training for every new American airman, officials said Friday.
Col. Glenn Palmer was commander of basic training at the 737th training group at the Texas base, where more than a dozen military instructors in the past year have been investigated or charged with sexually assaulting recruits. Officials familiar with the decision said Col. Palmer has been relieved from those duties, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public.
The officials said there was no indication Col. Palmer was facing any criminal charges.
Investigators say more than three dozen female trainees have been victimized by male instructors at Lackland, where approximately 35,000 airmen graduate each year. About 1 in 5 recruits is female, while most instructors are male.
Graham stable, in hospital with lung infection
ASHEVILLE — A spokesman for Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital for an infection in his lungs.
A joint statement Sunday from Graham’s spokesman and Mission Hospital says Mr. Graham was admitted overnight for evaluation and treatment of an infection thought to be bronchitis. The hospital is in Asheville, near his home in Montreat.
Pulmonologist David Pucci says Mr. Graham is resting comfortably and his condition is stable. He is receiving antibiotics.
Graham spokesman Larry Ross says the evangelist was able to watch a television feed of his grandson, Will Graham, preaching Sunday morning.
Mr. Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia in November. His staff says the evangelist’s health has been good since his release, though he remains at home because of age-related conditions. He is working on a manuscript for an upcoming book.
Fatal Times Square clash draws crowd
NEW YORK — Lincoln Rocha had just taken some photographs of his wife while they visited crowded Times Square on a hot summer day when he saw a man nearby start to back away from police officers who were talking to him.
When they reached out to try to grab the man, Mr. Rocha said, “He just went for his knife.” The officers went for their guns, and Mr. Rocha went for his camera.
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