Mideast briefs: Sesame show focuses on children of wounded
WASHINGTON — The Sesame Workshop next month will air a new special for military families, this one focused on the adjustments facing children whose parents are seriously injured in combat.
The program is the latest in a series of pre- and post-deployment specials starring Sesame Street star Elmo, as he and his friends experience the challenges that a parent’s military service can bring.
The latest one, "Coming Home," co-stars actress Queen Latifah and singer John Mayer. It also features interviews with troops who lost limbs and suffered other serious injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The troops’ children are interviewed as well.
Military families received a early preview of the new special at a Pentagon viewing Wednesday morning.
The special will air April 1 stateside on PBS stations. Armed Forces Network officials said they will air the program next month on AFN stations worldwide, but no date has been set.
AF nurse charged with murder in patient deathsSAN ANTONIO — An Air Force nurse has been charged with murder for allegedly giving lethal amounts of medication to three terminally ill patients in his care over one month last summer, military officials said Tuesday.
Capt. Michael Fontana, 35, was formally charged Monday by the Air Force with deliberately giving three Wilford Hall Medical Center patients lethal amounts of medication, and with conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly changing a medical record for one of the patients.
The Air Force began investigating after another staff member at the San Antonio hospital discovered irregularities in Fontana’s administration of medications that may have resulted in the death of a terminally ill patient, Air Force spokesman David Smith said.