American Heroes Press Top Stories September 14, 2010

Modern Science Reveals Secrets of 2,500-year-old Mummy

A powerful image of the face of a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has been created by special agents/forensic artists from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as unveiled today at the Museum. In an unusual collaboration, ATF agents worked with a Kansas City cardiologist and a Nelson-Atkins curator to scientifically analyze the physical characteristics of the mummy, named Ka-i-nefer.

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Wounded Troops Challenge Obstacle Course

They run road races and compete in triathlons. They climb mountains, kayak through rapids and ski on snow and water.  They are America’s wounded warriors — veterans who continue to inspire by their resilience and will to overcome any obstacle placed before them.

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POW/MIA Corridor Opens

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy will host the opening of the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Corridor on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. EDT at the Pentagon, third floor, A ring, between the 6th and 7th corridors.

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Religious Discrimination Against the City of Walnut, California

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the city of Walnut, Calif., alleging that the city violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), when, in 2008, it denied a conditional use permit to the Chung Tai Zen Center so that it could build and operate a Buddhist house of worship at property it then owned in the city.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Additional Charges Against Two U.S. Citizens Alleged to Have Provided Material Support to al Qaeda

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that additional terrorism charges were filed against U.S. citizens WESAM EL-HANAFI and SABIRHAN HASANOFF in a Superseding Indictment for allegedly providing material support, including money and computer assistance, to al Qaeda. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge KIMBA M. WOOD, and the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on the Superseding Indictment on September 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.

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“Round Island Row” in honor of DC3 Bruckenthal

In 2004, Damage Controlman 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal became the first Coast Guardsman killed in action since the Vietnam War while serving in Iraq. Nate Bruckenthal was an inspiration both to his shipmates and the Long Island, N.Y. community that he called home. Nate’s influence on one group of Long Islanders was so strong that they set out earlier this summer to honor the fallen Coastie with a row around Long Island in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Library of Congress Provides Online Content For Scholastic’s Re-Launch of Dear America Series

The Library of Congress is providing historical content from its vast and unparalleled collections to enhance a new interactive website for Scholastic’s Dear America historical fiction book series.

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Soldier Selected for Medal of Honor to Address Media Live from Italy

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, will address the media live via satellite from Vicenza, Italy, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 15, in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973).  On Sept. 10 the White House announced Giunta will receive the Medal of Honor and further details on the presentation ceremony will be released at a later date.

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Today in the Department of Defense

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Russian Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov to the Pentagon at 10 a.m. EDT.  The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance.

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Terrorism, safety and situational awareness

When the first aircraft struck the World Trade Center what were your thoughts?  Was terrorism your first thought?  Or, was your first thought more like How could that happen?  The first crash caught most people trying to figure out what human or mechanical error could have caused the crash.  However, a little over 15 minutes later and the instant Flight 175 came into view we knew we were under attack.  As the jet slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center our view changed and the response of police and fire personnel to the WTC and the other incidents changed.

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