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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Timmi De Rosa
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.
Timmi De Rosa says the 13-year-old chimp, C.J., didn't get loose by bending steel bars without help.
Ms. De Rosa says the 180-pound animal got out Saturday but was captured quickly and was never a threat to neighbors.