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November 4, 2013

News Briefs November 4, 2013

Israeli drone crashes inside Gaza Strip

An unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed in the Gaza Strip Nov. 3 after experiencing a technical malfunction, the military said.

The military said it was investigating what caused the Skylark drone to go down.

Israel uses drones to gather intelligence on militant activity in Gaza. The territory is governed by the Hamas militant group, and several other armed groups also operate there.

In a statement, Hamas said it had ìseizedî the aircraft. It gave no further details and did not provide any photos.

The army would not say whether any secrets or technology had slipped into Hamas’ hands. Military officials though said the Skylark has safeguards to prevent disclosure of information to unauthorized personnel. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with security protocol. AP

Maine shipbuilder to lay off 39 pipefitters

Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works is laying off 39 employees.

BIW officials say 39 pipefitters will be laid off effective Nov. 18.

Spokesman Jim DiMartini tells WMTW-TV that the layoffs are due in part to the cyclical nature of the shipyard’s workload following last week’s launch of the Zumwalt destroyer, the largest Navy destroyer ever built.

DiMartini says the layoffs are expected to last for weeks rather than months. AP

West Point hosts first wedding between two men

Two West Point graduates were married Nov. 2 in the military academy’s first wedding between two men
Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests.

Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could.

West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York state legalized gay marriage. But the Nov. 2 wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.

It’s maybe one more barrier that’s pushed over a little bit, or maybe one more glass ceiling that’s shattered that makes it easier for the next couple,î Choate said Nov. 1.

Choate and Lennox are out of the military and wore tuxedoes for the ceremony. Some of their guests were in uniform.

The 28-year-old Lennox is getting his master’s degree in business administration at Harvard University. Choate is applying to Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The pair did not know each other as cadets but met later through a friend.

Chaplain Cynthia Lindenmeyer officiated at the ceremony. AP




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