South Korea bar district offers a safe haven for gay servicemembersIt’s a Saturday night, and cheers erupt from the all-male crowd as a slender South Korean man wearing a sparkling silver dress and matching headpiece walks through the door of a standing room-only bar. • Story

Troops with malaria could face punishment for disobeying ordersServicemembers who contracted malaria in Haiti could be punished for failing to follow the prevention protocol, according to the Joint Task Force overseeing earthquake relief operations here. • Story

Nip and tuck ... sometimes on the military's buckThe military is adamant: It does not pay for unnecessary plastic surgery. But an audit of patient records released by the Pentagon in February shows that’s not always the case. • Story

Who will help Iraq’s widows?In Iraq, a large population of widows is nothing new. The toll of Iraq’s most recent war only adds to a tally started decades ago during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, the 1991 Gulf War and Saddam Hussein’s brutal crackdowns against Kurdish and Shiite rebellions. • Story

More stories:• 'Abandoned Spouses Hotline' program may become a model • Landstuhl student U.S. spelling bee-bound • Owls an obstacle to McCully Barracks renovation • Misconduct rarely found in servicemember deaths

Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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