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MISAWA, Japan — The city of Hachinohe will celebrate the coming of spring with the annual Enburi Festival on Feb. 17-20.

The event includes dancing by children and adults in colorful regalia. The tradition of enburi, which comes from the name of a farming tool, dates back more than 800 years. Today it’s held as a call for spring in northern Japan.

Four different festival sites each will offer unique events. One highlight is an Enburi fire dancing show, held in front of city hall Feb. 17-19 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Some events charge an admission fee; others are free.

For more information, call Misawa ITT at DSN 226-3555. The agency also has free festival maps.

Deployed GI reimbursed for sold-off goodsSPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A soldier whose stored possessions were sold while he served in Iraq has received their full value of $8,000 and an apology from the storage company.

Army Reserve Spc. Patrick Rogalin, 20, came home in October from a year in Iraq to find that his furniture, clothes, books and everything else had been auctioned. Public Storage Inc. said he had fallen behind in storage payments.

The company first offered $2,000 for the loss, then $4,000 as the news spread. Last month, Rogalin received a full apology and the entire amount of damages he had claimed.

Judge will not dismiss Abu Ghraib caseWASHINGTON — A military judge refused Thursday to dismiss the case against the only U.S. officer charged with crimes in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

Lawyers for Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan argued that the government exceeded a 120-day limit between charging him April 28 and arraigning him Jan. 30.

Jordan, a 50-year-old reservist from Fredericksburg, directed the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib in the fall of 2003. He is accused of failing to exert his authority as prisoners were stripped naked, photographed in humiliating poses and intimidated by military dogs.

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