USDA: Bird Flu Outbreak in Europe

USDA News Release Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus is a highly infectious disease affecting wild and domestic birds. The disease can be devastating for domestic poultry. Unlike most other bird diseases, this virus has also infected mammals, including cats, pigs, and is potentially infectious for humans. However, the virus remains…

Soldiers weigh in on Army uniform changes

By Lora Strum   WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 15, 2015) — Soldiers should check their emails in the coming weeks for the chance to provide input on possible revisions to aspects of the Army uniform and wear policy.   Senior Army leaders, including Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel…

Brazil in the middle of Germany

For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress, and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very different: the color and…

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

Put down the video games: How one school is turning kids back to nature

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Let’s face it. Kids today don’t get out much. According to research published in the journal Nature, 88 percent of kids spend time online every day and 69 percent play video games or watch television every day.   What’s more, kids ages 10-16 spend only 12.6 minutes…