Morning Reading, April 20; Gray skies are gonna clear up?
Published: April 21, 2010
The volcanic ash snarling air traffic continues to be the major news story throughout Europe, including on U.S. bases. Kent Harris and our Europe bureau have an update today on some of the travelers stranded across the continent still trying to make their way back home.
Meanwhile, Kevin Baron has the latest on how the Defense Department is redirecting flights to get wounded troops the quickest possible medical attention. The latest estimates put the losses for the airline industries because of cancelled and delayed flights at $1.7 billion.
Jeff Schogol just filed a piece on a Pentagon contractor arrested last month during a random bag search for bringing a gun into the defense headquarters. The incident comes just a few weeks after the attack by a disturbed gunman unsuccessfully tried to fight his way into the building, leading to a firefight with security officers.
Over in Pacific, David Allen tracked changes to the Marine base access order which had blocked military retirees from signing guests in to U.S. facilities in Japan. It's an issue he helped bring to light earlier this month, and now retirees will be able to invite up to six visitors a day.
[PHOTO: Associate Press]
Pentagon police arrest contractor with a gun (Stars and Stripes)
Vacationers make their way back to base (Stars and Stripes)
Troops wounded in Afghanistan evacuated to Iraq (Stars and Stripes)
Marines revise order on retiree guest access (Stars and Stripes)
Airlines lose $1.7 billion from cancelled flights (Associated Press)
Gates calls for overhaul of export licensing controls (Washington Post)
NATO acknowledges errors in death of four civilians (Los Angeles Times)
Pentagon taking lead in cutting back on fossil fuels (McClatchy Newspapers)