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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
The course is Human Space Flight. The subject for today: analogues - the scenarios found in the world or contrived in the laboratory that NASA uses to simulate work and life aboard a space ship. Naval Academy professor Ken Reightler leads the class of 13 midshipmen through a discussion that traverses Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition of the Antarctic, deep-sea exploration and the experiments at Biosphere 2 - and how lessons from each will help astronauts prepare for the first manned mission to Mars.
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December 7, 1993
We call games like Navy's 16-14 loss to Army last Saturday "heartbreakers." After an exhilarating fourth-quarter comeback, the game comes down to a fresh-faced plebe and the climactic field goal he has always dreamed of kicking. Eighteen yards from victory and . . . he misses.The coach's face crumples. The kicker must be consoled. A devastating loss. A heartbreaker.But we use the word too carelessly. Today, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis only wishes it were grieving over a football loss.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The superintendent of the Naval Academy told a military judge Friday that his decision to prosecute a midshipman in a high-profile sexual assault case was not influenced by politicians, public pressure or his military supervisors. Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller spent more than three hours on the stand in a military court at the Washington Navy Yard defending his decision to pursue charges against Midshipman Joshua Tate. He rebutted the contention that the national spotlight on sexual assault in the military — including a pledge from President Barack Obama to root out sexual predators in the service — affected the way he has handled the case.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
He saw his first Blue Angels show in Detroit at age 6, and Thomas Frosch says the experience inspired him to want to become a pilot. He saw four more performances while attending the Naval Academy, including one the "Blues" put on before his graduation in 1992. Now commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels, Frosch, a Navy commander, was looking forward to returning to Annapolis this week, where he would have led his team through its traditional jaw-dropping show as part of the Academy's graduation week.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
An attorney for the Naval Academy midshipman who accused three classmates of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus party is asking a federal judge to bar the academy superintendent from deciding whether the case goes to a court-martial. Under the military's justice system, the Naval Academy's superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, has the final say whether charges will go forward against the three midshipmen. The lawsuit, filed Thursday by Baltimore-based attorney Susan Burke, says the superintendent has a conflict of interest because he doesn't want anything to happen that would harm his or the academy's reputation.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
A military judge has ordered CNN and CBS to turn over unaired footage of interviews with a Naval Academy midshipman who was the alleged victim of sexual assault at an off-campus party in 2012. Marine Corps Col. Daniel J. Daugherty ordered the TV networks on Wednesday to provide a portion of footage that he deemed was not duplicative of other interviews and testimony from the female midshipman. The footage is sought by attorneys for Midshipman Joshua Tate of Nashville, who is facing a March court-martial on charges of aggravated sexual assault and making a false statement.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The operators of the former Naval Academy dairy farm in Gambrills, who sparked debate earlier this year when they announced plans to cut back organic farming practices there, will get to stay on the property another five years, Anne Arundel County officials said Tuesday. Edwin and Marian Fry, who have operated Maryland Sunrise Farm for years, were selected after County Executive Laura Neuman sought proposals to run the farm, which is owned by the Navy and leased to the county government.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
The criminal case against a Naval Academy midshipman accused of sexually assaulting a classmate is expected to move forward to a March 14 court-martial after a military judge denied two motions this week related to the case. Midshipman Joshua Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault and making a false statement, in a high-profile case that stems from a 2012 off-campus party. The judge, Marine Col. Daniel Daugherty, denied two motions this week from Tate's lawyers, one seeking to bar some of Tate's statements from being used in court and another seeking to dismiss the case on the grounds that he has been selectively prosecuted.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2011
The number of sexual assaults reported at the Naval Academy doubled during the 2010-2011 academic year, as did the percentage of female midshipmen reporting unwanted sexual contact, according to a report released Tuesday by the Defense Department. The number of assaults reported at the Naval Academy rose from 11 to 22, according to the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. That's more than twice the number of assaults that were reported at the U.S. Military Academy, which had 10, but fewer than the 33 reported at the Air Force Academy during 2010-2011.
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