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The court-martial for Staff Sgt. Aaron Ellis got under way Tuesday at RAF Lakenheath, England.

Ellis, with the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Lakenheath, faces one charge of rape for engaging in sex with a senior airman who was "substantially incapacitated" in October 2007, according to court documents. Pre-trial motions, closed to the public, were expected to wrap up Tuesday with opening statements expected Wednesday.

It is Stars and Stripes policy not to disclose the names of victims or alleged victims of sexual assault.

Spores spur mold tests at Colo. barracksFORT CARSON, Colo. — Five barracks under construction at Fort Carson are being tested for mold after spores were discovered in at least one of them.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Dee McNutt said all the buildings in the $135 million project will be tested and any required remediation will be completed before ownership is transferred to the Army.

The contractor for the barracks, Hensel Phelps Construction of Greeley, said the mold problem has been remedied. The company’s president, Jeff Wenaas, said the mold grew after some of the modules got wet during transport. The barracks are part of $2.25 billion in construction projects.


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