Why is Fort Hood the Army’s most crime-ridden post?
In addition to an increase in homicides at Fort Hood, Texas, the number of violent crimes committed by soldiers at the post this year — and since 2015 — is alarming. The two issues raise questions: Why this base? Why now?
Wastelanders propels Fallout 76 with addition of NPCs, more activities
With the advent of COVID-19, the postapocalyptic world of Fallout 76 seems much less alien. As I don a hazmat suit to wander the depopulated landscape of West Virginia to search for essential supplies and deal with unexpected creatures, I get a feeling of deja vu. Only a day before, I was wearing a face mask while scouring the depopulated shopping centers of Northern Virginia for toilet paper and removing a snake from our front steps. The only differences: Fallout features more gunplay — and more available toilet paper.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has the resources to please even hard-core gamers
If Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the hottest games around, Nintendo can probably thank COVID-19. The game was released just as restrictions were starting in my area. When I went to pick up a copy, all that was left was downloadable code — not my preference for a game on Nintendo’s Switch, since the console has relatively little memory for game storage. I soon discovered that Switches were even more difficult to find than physical copies of Animal Crossing.
Book review: A Vietnam veteran’s call for peace, love and understanding
Fifty years ago this week, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. CCR lasted only two more years, but the song resonates to this day. It also provided an apt title to the latest book by Doug Bradley, a Vietnam veteran who has written extensively about his experiences during and after the war.
At least they got the fries right: A pointed look at Old Station Restaurant in Kaiserslautern
Old Station has nice American Western decor, friendly service and really good iced tea. It’s actually quite pleasant — but then the food arrives.
German Pub and Alehouse near Aviano transports taste buds across the Dolomites
If you’re looking to dine on something other than the traditional Italian fare you can easily find near Aviano, head to the quaint little town of Sacile, about nine miles southwest of the base.
French town of Bitche is a must see for military enthusiasts
The town of Bitche’s main claim to fame is its 800-year-old Citadel, a massive hilltop fortress that dominates the town once regarded as one of Europe’s most powerful military strongholds.
Historic 16th-century architecture surrounds Pilsner Urquell brewery
You may know Pilsen in the Czech Republic as the birthplace of light, golden pils beer and the home of the Pilsner Urquell brewery, but there are other things to do in this town than just drink a good brew.
Have a drink at Pilsner Urquell, home of the original light beer, in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is known for its capital, Prague; King Wenceslas in the Christmas carol; tennis player Martina Navratilova; rising up against communist rule in 1968; and, to some, including me, Pilsner Urquell lager.
War book ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ to become graphic novel
The classic book “Slaughterhouse-Five” and its tales of war, loss, aliens and time travel will be transformed into a graphic novel available this fall.