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Putin says he could put tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus by summer

UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2023

President Vladimir Putin of Russia said he would be able to position nuclear weapons in Belarus by the summer, a claim that analysts said was likely bluster but which underscored the Kremlin’s determination to use its vast nuclear arsenal to pressure the West to back down from its support of Ukraine.
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Base to be renamed for Native American war hero

UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2023

It was a name synonymous with failure. More than 80 years ago, an Army base in Blackstone, Virginia, was named for George E. Pickett, the defeated Confederate general who led the disastrous “Pickett’s charge” at the Battle of Gettysburg. Now the base is the first of nine named for a Confederate set to be redesignated by the end of this year. On Friday, Fort Pickett will become Fort Barfoot, in honor of Col. Van Barfoot, a World War II hero and a Medal of Honor recipient.
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‘It’s an American story’: A retired Spokane educator tells the story of the ‘Triple Nickles,’ Black history and World War II heroism in the Pacific Northwest

Robert L. "Bob" Bartlett's research has resulted in a short-form documentary film, called "Jumping into the Fire," that won an award at the 2022 Spokane International Film Festival, a collaboration with director Chase Ogden. In partnership with other researchers on "smokejumping," the practice of fighting wildfires using trained parachutists in remote areas of the West, Bartlett has been able to piece together a flight log and map of all of the jumps - totaling more than 30 - made between July 18, 1945, and Oct. 30, 1945. 

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