- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 16, 2013

California got its man, ex-LAPD cop turned killer Chris Dorner, to end the largeat manhunt in state history, while weary passengers aboard the crippled Carnival Triumph finally made it back to port.

In Washington, the White House revealed that President Obama made no phone calls on the night of the Benghazi terror attack, while Sen. Marco Rubio stole the spotlight on State of the Union night by reaching for and sipping a bottle of Poland Spring water during his nationally televised rebuttal.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to have murdered four people, including two cops, the daughter of a retired police captain and her fiancee.

He is suspected in the shootings of three other police officers.

Following a massive, violent manhunt that involved hostage-taking, a high speed car chase and an entire region set on edge, he reportedly was killed Wednesday during a shootout with police at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif.

Nevertheless, Mr. Dorner has a Facebook fan page — dozens of them, actually — and as of Thursday, two of those pages had collected more than 20,000 “likes.”

  • pentagon-uproar-over-panetta-medal-drone-operators/”>Pentagon uproar over Panetta’s hero medals for drone operators, cyber sleuths

Some warriors inside the Pentagon are reacting with amusement and anger over outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s decision to create a prestigious heroism medal for cyber and drone combatants who sit inside stations outside a war zone.

Mr. Panetta is exiting the building as a man generally admired by the Pentagon population, including hundreds of those tested in battle, for his hawkish views on killing Islamic terrorists and his devotion to the troops.

But he is now also the brunt of jokes for his announcement Wednesday that he had created the Distinguished Warfare Medal and placed it high on the medal prestige list.

“I suppose now they will award Purple Hearts for carpal tunnel syndrome,” said a retired Green Beret who does contract work for the Pentagon.

Domestic-violence opponents say the apparent murder of a South African model by her world-famous athlete boyfriend shows that dating violence can happen to anyone, anywhere.

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