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Groups at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, have raised more than $16,500 for hurricane relief victims since Sept. 19.

The groups raised the money by soliciting donations at work centers and at collection points around the base such as the commissary and base exchange, said base spokeswoman Iris Reiff.

They also held a softball tournament to raise money for airmen at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., which received considerable damage from Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. in late August.

Base youth programs raised the most money, handing over two checks worth $6,500 to the base commander on Friday.

Crash involving sailor kills man near SigonellaAn Italian was killed Sunday in a car collision with a U.S. sailor on a road near Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, according to the base spokesman. A passenger in the Italian’s car was injured, and the U.S. sailor suffered a broken wrist, Lt. Jon Groveman said Monday.

The collision happened about 10:30 p.m. Sunday on SS-192, a two-lane road that leads from the city of Catania to the U.S. Navy installations of NAS 1 and NAS 2. It was unclear Monday to which base the sailor was heading, Groveman said.

U.S. military officials were the first to arrive on the scene and immediately called for Italian rescue workers and investigators, Groveman said.

The Italian driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the passenger was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The sailor, returning from Catania, was treated at the U.S. base hospital, Groveman said.

The crash is under investigation by U.S. military and local police, he said.

Baumholder soldier dies in motorcycle accidentA 37-year-old Baumholder, Germany-based soldier died Saturday evening in a motorcycle accident.

The 1st Armored Division soldier died at the scene after he lost control and rode his motorcycle head-on into an oncoming car, according to German police and media reports.

The accident happened about 25 miles southwest of Baumholder in Saint Wendel, on German highway B-41. The soldier was passing a car in a wide curve when he struck the oncoming car, according to German police, who did not identify the man.

The soldier was then thrown into the car he was passing, and three people in the two cars involved were slightly injured, according to police.

Division officials did not have additional information on the accident.

College information night at KaiserslauternStudents who want to learn what some of the top American colleges and universities have to offer can get a one-stop education at the annual college information night in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Thursday.

Representatives from 75 colleges and universities will attend the event at Kaiserslautern American High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. They will provide information about the colleges and about some scholarship programs.

The event is open to all high school-age students and their parents, but active-duty servicemembers considering college careers are also encouraged to attend.

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