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Records Shows Misuse Of Government Aircraft By Virginia National Guard

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A Pentagon investigation says the former leader of the Virginia National Guard and his assistant misused government aircraft.

The investigation shows the pair flew on Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of $5,000 per hour when they could have driven.

The findings of the Defense Department's inspector general were released to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper this month, two years after it filed an open records request.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Newman Jr. served as adjutant general from 2006 to 2010. Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Huxtable was assistant adjutant general from 2009 to 2010. Both have retired from the military.

Huxtable declined to comment to the newspaper. Newman told the newspaper in an emailed statement that he followed procedures set by his predecessor.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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