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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
President Barack Obama will return to Annapolis to give the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy this year, the first time he has spoken to a graduating class of midshipmen since 2009, the White House said Monday. The address comes at a time of continued transition for the military, as the administration draws down troop levels in Afghanistan in advance of the 2014 exit and the Pentagon is squeezed by government-wide budget reductions. "It will be an honor and privilege to welcome the 44th president of the United States and Commander-in-Chief back to Annapolis," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a statement.  The graduating class, he said, "will look to the president for his leadership and wisdom as they get ready for their first assignments.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Friday in a court-martial for a Naval Academy midshipman charged with sexually assaulting a classmate. Midshipman Joshua Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault and making false official statements. The jury - called a "panel" in the military justice system - will be comprised of Navy and Marine Corps officers who are stationed in the Washington, D.C. region. The judge in the case, Marine Col. Daniel Daugherty, ordered that the pool of potential panel members be drawn from outside of the academy, as would normally be the case, because of the intense focus on the case and the issue of sexual assault in the military.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Naval Academy midshipmen who sought the removal of the academy's superintendent in a sexual assault case involving her classmates. U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander granted the Navy's motion to dismiss the case last week. The female midshipman who brought the lawsuit did not object. The midshipman had argued that the superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael Miller, was biased and shouldn't be allowed to decide whether to prosecute three midshipmen, all former football players, who were accused of sexual assault at an off-campus party in April 2012.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
A 19-year-old Naval Academy midshipman was cited for underage drinking at downtown Annapolis bar during an enforcement sweep last week, police said Tuesday. Sara James Markwith, a Washington state resident attending the military college, left her seat at the Acme Bar & Grill when police and other city inspectors entered the bar in the 100 block of Main St., police said. Maj. Scott Baker said officers "had to coax her out of the bathroom. " She gave police an incorrect birthdate, and she became argumentative with officers, but later told police she slipped in through a back door when someone else was returning inside.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Naval Academy midshipmen will get sexual assault prevention lessons as part of classroom education beginning this fall, the academy's new commandant said Wednesday. Previously, efforts to educate midshipmen about sexual assault and sexual harassment have come in seminars and activities with their companies - overall, about 30 hours of instruction over four years. But Navy Capt. Bill Byrne, the academy's new commandant - roughly equivalent to the dean of students at a civilian college - said the academy wants to start hitting the anti-assault messages from "Day One" when midshipmen arrive in Annapolis.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON — The alleged victim in the Naval Academy sexual assault case testified Tuesday that she drank heavily before and during an April 2012 party and didn't remember having sex with any fellow midshipmen. The woman, now a senior at the academy, testified on the opening day of the court-martial of Midshipman Joshua Tate, who is accused of aggravated sexual assault and making false statements to investigators. The case is being heard by a military judge at the Washington Navy Yard.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
A former midshipman who says she was raped twice while at the Naval Academy has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force officials to improve their response to sexual assaults at the service academies. In a complaint filed Friday, the woman, now 22, says she was raped on separate occasions by two different midshipmen. After she reported the assaults to an academy counselor, she says, the academy forced her to drop out. The woman and a co-plaintiff, a former U.S. Military Academy cadet who says she was raped by a fellow student there, say officials at the two academies tolerate sexual assault and discourage victims of attacks from reporting them.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
Capt. Bill Byrne, a former quarterback at the Naval Academy, will return to Annapolis this spring as commandant of midshipmen, officials said Thursday. "I'm thrilled to become a part of the team that gets the next generation of leaders ready to enter the fleet," Byrne, who graduated in 1987, said in a statement. "The ensigns and second lieutenants coming out of the Naval Academy seem to get better every year. " The 4,400-member brigade of midshipmen currently includes Byrne's daughter Brigid, due to graduate this year, and his son Michael, a plebe.
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By Daniel de Vise, The Washington Post | February 7, 2012
A year after the U.S. Naval Academy expelled seven midshipmen for using synthetic marijuana on the zero-tolerance Annapolis campus, the "spice" investigation is over, and college officials say the drug problem is past. Sixteen midshipmen were expelled from the academy for use or possession of synthetic marijuana between December 2010 and August 2011, when the formal investigation ended. Only one midshipman has been investigated for spice since, said Cmdr. William Marks, academy spokesman.
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