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Beards are a violation of Army regulations, and soldiers who disobey orders to get rid of facial hair can be shaved against their will. Col. Gross repeatedly has said Maj. Hasan’s beard, which he started growing in jail this summer, is a disruption to the court proceedings.
Maj. Hasan told the judge last week that he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, not as a show of disrespect. Col. Gross ruled Thursday that the defense didn’t prove Maj. Hasan is growing a beard for sincere religious reasons.
Col. Gross had found Maj. Hasan in contempt of court at six previous pretrial hearings because he was not clean-shaven, then sent him to a nearby trailer to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit television. But the judge allowed Maj. Hasan to remain in the courtroom for Thursday’s hearing.
Maj. Hasan, 41, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack on the Texas Army post.
Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea
CINCINNATI — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be buried at sea.
A family spokesman said Thursday no other details on the timing or the location of the burial were available. Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space program.
A public memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 13. The 10 a.m. service will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the websites of the cathedral and space agency. It will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. But reservations still must be made through NASA.
A private service was held in Ohio for Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 at age 82.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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