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October 4, 2013

News Briefs October 4, 2013

Miramar air show cancelled amid gov’t shutdown

Marine Corps officials say the federal government shutdown has forced cancellation of the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this year.

Marine Corps officials in a statement Oct. 3 apologized for the inconvenience the cancellation may have caused the sponsors and those planning to attend the event that was scheduled for this weekend.

The annual free, two-day show has been one of the nation’s most popular, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.

In past years, the show featured the Navy’s Blue Angels. But the Defense Department this spring grounded military aircraft for shows, citing budget restraints.

Miramar officials had planned to still feature civilian planes and a static display of Marine Corps aircraft before the shutdown forced the cancellation. AP

Navy set for weekend football; other sports off

Football is on at Navy this weekend, although all other varsity and club sports are suspended because of the government shutdown.

The Defense Department said Oct. 3 everything was on hold through Oct. 6 except for the Oct. 5 football game against Air Force.

Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.

Army will play its game, too. Boston College said on its website that the Oct. 5 game against the service academy will proceed.

I’m thrilled our students and those from the service academies will get to play their games this weekend, athletic director Brad Bates said. Thank you, fans, for your patience and understanding the past couple of days.

Service academy football games are paid for with nonappropriated funds and have been long planned. Such funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said his department had provided information to Pentagon officials to assure them that no government money will be spent on any aspect of the game. Gladchuk said a Navy home game brings in about $4 million from tickets, sponsorship, television and radio rights fees and other revenues such as parking and concessions. The game essentially pays for itself, he said.
Football revenue funds Navy’s 32 other sports teams.

As for the consequences of a home football game being canceled, Gladchuk said Oct. 2: It would be devastating to our budget. AP

Luke AFB workers protest partial government shutdown

Some civilian workers at Luke Air Force Base in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., are protesting the federal government’s partial shutdown.

Some of the workers who could not do their jobs at the pilot training base protested outside one of Luke’s entry gates Oct. 2.

Signs carried by the protesters included Congress locked us out and Luke employees have families.
The protesters were among 412 workers at Luke who were placed on unpaid furloughs Tuesday.

Diane Talley, an administrator at the base’s mental health clinic, said the shutdown is hurting the workers economically while also keeping them from helping those they serve.

Others protesters included aircraft mechanics, engineers and financial analysts. AP

Turkey renews permit to send troops to Syria

Turkey’s Parliament has extended by a year a mandate that allows the military to send troops into Syria if the need arises.

Legislators voted Oct. 3 by a show of hands in favor of the bill despite objection from opposition parties, which argued the move would drag Turkey to war.

The government proposed the extension, saying the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons poses an imminent and serious threat to Turkey.

Parliament first authorized the military to send troops to Syria last year, after five Turkish civilians were killed from Syrian shelling at a border town. That expires Oct. 4.

Turkish-Syrian relations have further deteriorated since then and last month Turkey shot down a Syrian helicopter that strayed into its territory. AP

Putin says Russia will expand its Arctic presence

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will expand its presence in the Arctic and restore a Soviet-era military base there.

Putin said Oct. 3 that the Arctic region is essential for Russia’s economic and security interests.

He told activists of the main Kremlin party that the Russian military has been restoring a Soviet-era military base on the New Siberian Islands that was shut down after the Soviet collapse. He added that the facility is key for protecting shipping routes across the Arctic Ocean.

Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic, believed to hold up to a quarter of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas. AP




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