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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers surprises children of fallen servicemembers

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact professional athletes can have on young lives.

Take Aaron Rodgers, starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. The former National Football league most valuable player is one of hundreds of NFL players who partner with a variety of charities, making appearances, raising funds and helping spread awareness for various causes.

Local man misplaces car after losing himself in K-Town’s nightlife

“As he was not able to find his car on Tuesday afternoon, a young man contacted the police seeking assistance. According to the 27-year-old member of the military, he has been in Germany for three months and is not yet very familiar with Kaiserslautern.

“Shortly before the New Year (whether on New Year’s Eve or before, he couldn’t say), he parked his BMW on a side street downtown. He then apparently immersed himself in Kaiserslautern’s nightlife. When the 27-year-old wanted to return to his car the next day, he couldn’t find it. He could not remember either the name of the street or other particulars in the area where he parked his car. The only thing he knew was that there was a fast food restaurant nearby with a golden ‘M.’

“A police car searched the area around Marktstrasse – but the car could not be found. The 27-year-old could not recognize any street or building. So the police drove him home. Witnesses who see the black BMW 528i with an American KL license plate are asked to call the Westpfalz police at: 0631-369-0.”

On the upside, nobody will ever ask him to watch their kids again.

The mouse that roared above the 38th parallel

A photo released by KCNA news agency on March 12, 2013, shows North Korea leader Kim Jong Un visiting the Wolnae-do Defence Detachment on the western front line.

Remember that mousy loner in school who did weird stuff just to get attention, had a hulking big brother who kept him from getting beat up, grew into a lunch-money extortionist who flashed knives and was the chief suspect in a lot of neighborhood crime?

While he may have gotten bad grades, he was smarter than most people thought, particularly when it came to devious plots. He developed a long rap sheet that kept him familiar with the police, but no one knew how to punish him without making him even more recalcitrant and dangerous.

Push for wreaths on Arlington graves needs help

Wreaths are distributed during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, December 14, 2013.

As a convoy of trucks bearing wreaths continues to move south from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Saturday's Wreaths Across America event, organizers have announced a challenge campaign aimed at erasing a last-minute funding shortfall.

On Thursday, Morrill Worcester, the group's founder, accepted a challenge by Ann LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to match every $15 sponsorship of a wreath with one of his own through Friday. In order to be able to place a wreath at every one of Arlington's graves, about 20,000 more sponsorships were still needed as of Thursday morning.

Fund a beer for a Navy SEAL

Thanks to a new fundraising campaign, now you too can buy a beer for the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

The “Beer Money for Bin Laden Shooter” GoFundMe campaign was launched Nov. 10 by Iraq war veteran Phil Rolen, according to The Billings Gazette and campaign webpage.

Scream for camouflage ice cream on Veterans Day

Baskin-Robbins' Flavor of the Month is "First Class Camouflage".

Not to be one left out of the Veterans Day special deals and free meals many food chains are offering around the country today, Baskin-Robbins has rolled out a camo-inspired ice cream flavor this month.

"First Class Camouflage" is the "Flavor of the Month" for November and also comes with a matching Camouflage Waffle Cone to be sold in honor of U.S. Troops, military families and veterans, according to the company's press release.

Government-issued credit cards authorized for moves

Servicemembers changing duty stations arrive at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on the Patriot Express in this photo from October 2007.

Soldiers and Army civilians have been given the green light to pay moving expenses with government-issued credit cards.

The July 25 policy change — which brings the Army into line with the Air Force, a Navy pilot program and changes that the Marine Corps is preparing to implement — makes moving easier for personnel traveling to new duty stations since they don’t have to rack up charges on personal credit cards or apply for advance travel pay, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Report: Sailor's Internet addiction tied to Google Glass

A Google Glass test model rests on a dummy airman at the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in this undated photo.

A 31-year-old sailor has become what researchers say may be the first official case of Internet addiction disorder involving Google Glass, The Guardian reports.

The unidentified male sailor, who the paper said used Google Glass to inventory vehicles, sought treatment with the Navy's Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program in September 2013 for alcoholism. Part of the treatment program requires patients to give up their electronic devices, the paper reported.

At virtual town hall, Navy brass talks deployments, sexual assaults

Deployments and preventing sexual assaults top the list of what’s on sailors’ minds as the U.S. Navy turns 239 years old next week.

For an hour on Tuesday, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens took questions from sailors around the world by phone, Skype and social media. Even a sailor aboard the International Space Station weighed in.

 
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