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Severe Eye Injuries Don't Stop Missouri Ballplayer

Larry Whitaker started playing baseball when he was 5 years old. He was a gifted young player, able to elevate his game enough to make travel teams by the time he was 11. But everything the young man dreamed of nearly fell to pieces on the Fourth of July 2005 when a bottle rocket misfired and hit Whitaker in his left eye. His cornea was scratched, and his iris was shattered. His right eye was also damaged. Suddenly, he was legally blind. Doctors said he would never play baseball again.

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TBI: Minds over motion

VA-connected research proves that thoughts alone can control computers.

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Our courts: terrorism's new weapon

Members of al-Qaeda, the Taliban and various other rogue cells committed to our destruction are now granted legal privileges previously enjoyed only by U.S. citizens.

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Extreme Rehabilitation

Second Lt. Doug Pringle was stunned when a group of disabled World War II veterans walked into his room at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco in November 1968 and invited him to go ski-ing. With one leg severed and the other leg shattered by a North Vietnamese grenade just five months earlier, Pringle quickly refused. He reconsidered after his buddies came back from their first outing with stories of hanging out in bars with beautiful women.

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Out of Harm's Way

To land in Landstuhl is to know you're alive, and the voices you hear come from people dedicated to keeping you that way.

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Washington's forgotten memorial

A deteriorating D.C. memorial is the Mall's only nod to World War I.

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Cops Under Fire

Among other challenges, America's police officers face a disturbing rise in aggression toward law enforcement.

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The Navigation of Change

As the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen has borne the burden of change, most pro-foundly by steering his massive fleet and force out of the Department of Transportation and into new and unwieldy seas in the global war on terrorism under the Department of Homeland Security. As both Atlantic-area and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic commander, Allen earned praise by directing the Coast Guard's East Coast response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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What we learned from The Surge

One year ago, U.S. Central Command characterized the situation in Iraq as "near chaos." The Army Times decried Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's strategy as a failure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to "change the course" in Iraq by ending the war. Withdrawing the troops was a common refrain. Then came The Surge.

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AFRICOM

In the post-colonial era, Africa has seen more than its share of chaos and violence. U.S forces offer a stabilizing influence.

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