May 22, 2005
The young soldier died like so many others, ambushed while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq. Medics rushed him to a field hospital but couldn't get his heart beating again. What set Army Spc. Travis Babbitt's last moments in Iraq apart was that he confronted them in front of a journalist's camera. An Associated Press photograph of the mortally wounded Babbitt remains a rarity - one of a handful of pictures of dead or dying American service members to be printed in this country since the start of the Iraq war more than two years ago. A review of six prominent U.S. newspapers and the nation's two most popular newsmagazines during a recent six-month period found almost no pictures from the war zone of Americans killed in action.
April 3, 2005
On March 30, 2005, ALVINA THERESA FINEO (nee Kliethermes), of Cockeysville, MD; beloved wife of the late Joseph Nicholas Fineo; devoted father of Joseph E. Fineo and his wife Liz, of Virginia Beach, VA and Karen A. Posterino and her husband Peter, of Cockeysville, MD; loving grandmother of Kristie Babbitt, Katherine Posterino, Kenneth Fineo and the late Richard Posterino; dear sister of Leona Adamski, of Jefferson City, MO and the late Rose Knaebel, Sophia...
February 22, 2005
For the soldiers of Dog Company, life in Iraq is long stretches of stomach-churning anxiety, suddenly interrupted by explosions and mad bursts of confusion, injury and death. There is a shared look of raw pain that never seems to leave the faces of these young GIs as they move through a hellish landscape of bombed-out buildings, dust and caravans of Humvees heading up and down roads that seem impossible to secure. That's the story and the dominant image of A Company of Soldiers, a searing Frontline documentary airing on PBS tonight that takes viewers inside the lives of a nine-member group of soldiers from Dog Company of the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment.
April 25, 2004
Harry Babbitt, 90, who sang in his warm, high-baritone voice with the Kay Kyser big band on such hits as "The White Cliffs of Dover," died April 9 at a nursing home in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Dubbed "Handsome Harry" by Mr. Kyser, he sang on several hits, including "Three Little Fishies," "On A Slow Boat to China," "(Lights Out) 'Til Reveille," "He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings," "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" and "The Umbrella Man." His high voice was later used on a solo recording of "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."
August 12, 2003
On August 8, 2003, JOSEPH NICHOLAS FINEO, beloved husband of Alvino T. Fineo (nee Kliethermes); devoted father of Joseph E. Fineo and his wife Liz Fineo, Karen A. Postorino and her husband Peter Postorino; dear brother of Jimmy, Frank and Tony Fineo, and the late Mike, Carlo and Grace Fineo, and Frances Young; grandfather of Kristie Babbitt and her husband Dan Babbitt, Katherine Postorino, Kenneth Fineo and the late Richard Postorino. Joseph was a U.S. Naval Veteran of WWII and a retired New York City Transit Authority Supervisor.
May 19, 2000
SANTA FE, N.M. - With a scathing indictment of the federal response to fires that have now burned nearly 80 square miles of northern New Mexico and more than 400 homes, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said yesterday that the government was wholly to blame and would do whatever possible to compensate victims. "The calculations that went into this were seriously flawed," Babbitt said at a news conference in which federal officials described how a planned burn for a small section in Bandelier National Monument quickly raged out of control, overtaking wide areas beyond, including the city of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear facility.