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Helen McDermott visits the grave marker of her husband, U.S. Army Sergeant Tom McDermott, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Paducah, Ky. McDermott said her husband, a Vietnam War era veteran, passed away in September of 2014. (John Paul Henry/The Paducah Sun via AP)

U.S. Navy chaplain faces Memorial Day special obligation

- The Washington Times

Memorial Day will not be a day off for Navy Lt. Loren Crone, but it will also not be just another Monday at the office. As millions of Americans prepare for a day filled with beer and barbecues, Lt. Crone, a chaplain at Marine Base Quantico, will be delivering an invocation at a memorial service at Quantico National Cemetery, which will take place at 11:00 in the morning.

In this May 8, 2015 photo Scott Hogg fishes on Elk Lake, Ore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks the lake with about 50,000 trout fingerlings each year. (Mark Morical/The Bulletin via AP)

Feds warn swimmers to not swallow lake water

- The Washington Times

Uncle Sam routinely issues summer warnings about boating safety, wearing sunscreen and not diving into unknown waters. Now the government is adding a recommendation that swimmers not urinate or defecate or drink the water in chlorinated pools and freshwater lakes.

This 1966 file photo is the last official portrait taken of the entire King family, made in the study of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III. (AP Photo)

Reconstructing the black family

For a selected few in the know, the elections of President Obama and the passage of his signature health care act mark not the pinnacle (as is widely assumed) but rather the twilight end of a golden era of racial progress and progressive social policy in America. If the civil rights-era legislation and government programs could be characterized as the second Reconstruction, then Mr. Obama’s presidency marks its wane. An essential question that blacks must ask at this point: How will they adapt to post-progressive America?

Saturday night with Rolling Thunder: lots of Harleys, good will, dedication (Photo by Jennifer Harper/The Washington Times)

Perfect Harleys as far as the eye can see - plus dedication and prayers for Rolling Thunder

- The Washington Times

Perfect, spotless Harley Davidsons were lined up by the hundreds around several northern Virginia hotels on Saturday night - chrome polished to mirror finish, American flags in abundance, good will in the air. In 10 hours the nearby Pentagon parking lot would fill up - the only area large enough to use as a staging area for Rolling Thunder’s 28th annual “Ride for Freedom,” the inimitable event that draws attention to veterans and military issues, plus POWs and those missing in action. The organization took some time together before hand however - to focus on a little business, say some prayers, recognize a few of their own and share a meal.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott decries what he views as the Obama administration's Mafia-like tactics to force him to expand Medicare without the funding. (Naples Daily News/Associated Press)

Obama orders Scott to expand Medicaid but without funds to do so

- The Washington Times

Florida lawmakers say they’re closer to averting a government shutdown this summer after the Obama administration moved to defuse a health-funding standoff with Republican Gov. Rick Scott that has featured a lawsuit, comparisons to a TV mob family and personal pleas to Congress.

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FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects. They say that backlog compromises safety and service.(AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

What we know right now about the deadly Amtrak derailment

- Associated Press

Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit.

A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama bans discrimination by drones

- The Washington Times

The Obama Justice Department issued new guidelines Friday for how the government should operate drones, including declaring a ban on flying them "to engage in discrimination," ticking off race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and "gender identity" as out of bounds for drone targeting.