- - Sunday, September 16, 2012

SAN ANTONIO — The Air Force chose a woman Saturday to lead its basic training unit at a Texas base where dozens of female recruits have alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by male instructors within the past year.

Col. Deborah Liddick is taking command of the 737th Training Group, bringing a distinctly new face of authority to Lackland Air Force Base here. Six male instructors have been charged with crimes ranging from rape to adultery, and there are others still under investigation.

The Air Force announced Col. Liddick’s appointment in a statement that didn’t mention the sex scandal or highlight choosing a woman to lead a unit in which the number of women identified by military investigators as potential victims is approaching 40.

About 1 in 5 recruits at Lackland are women; most instructors are men.

“I look forward to and have the utmost confidence in having Col. Liddick take the reins of basic military training,” Col. Mark Camerer, commander of the 37th Training Wing at Lackland, said in the statement.

Lackland is where every new American airman reports for basic training. It graduates about 35,000 each year.


Baby is born in parking parking lot of racetrack

LOUDON — A New Hampshire woman and her baby are doing fine after a birth in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway parking lot.

Shawna Arnold began going into labor Friday and she and her boyfriend began driving to a hospital. But when she realized she was about to give birth on the way, so they stopped at the racetrack parking lot in Loudon.

Ms. Arnold told WMUR-TV that she and the father delivered the baby, named Katie, in their car. An emergency medical technician at the track then assisted them. The couple and the baby were taken to a hospital.

Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens has awarded the baby two tickets to NASCAR races for the rest of her life.


On Bourbon Street, party but don’t preach at night

NEW ORLEANS — A ban on preachers along Bourbon Street after dark is creating a First Amendment fight.

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