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11:57am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Air Force Fires Top U.S. Missile Commander

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 2:20 pm

The launch-key mechanism at the deactivated Delta Nine Launch Facility near Wall, S.D., in 2002.
AP

The Air Force two-star general in charge of the country's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles has been relieved of his command for what's being described as questionable behavior during a temporary duty assignment.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who led the 20th Air Force, headquartered at Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., has been dismissed, according to a statement issued by the Air Force Global Strike Command.

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11:25am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Two-Way

At Urban Summit, A Feeling Of 'The Feds Can't, But We Can'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:19 pm

Political theorist and author Benjamin R. Barber (left) spoke at the CityLab summit this week in New York. He is proposing the formation of a "World Parliament of Mayors."
Courtesy of The Atlantic

The partial government shutdown was part of the buzz this week at an international gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City.

Passing mentions of the U.S. government during several seminars at the CityLab conference sent knowing chuckles rolling through the audience. As in: "Those guys? They're closed for business! At least we're still on the job."

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10:20am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:16 pm

Dawn at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is a favorite moment for photographers from all over the world. They'll soon be able to return to the park, given Utah's deal with the Interior Department to fund park operations.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

"This is a godsend!" exclaimed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late Thursday night, as he signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior to use state funds to reopen eight national park areas in his state for at least 10 days.

The Republican governor wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to Washington overnight so that some of the areas can open as early as today. Rangers and other National Park Service employees will staff the parks as usual.

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10:16am

Fri October 11, 2013
Faith Matters

Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 2:56 pm

Elizabeth Smart says she never lost faith during her nine-month captivity.
Amy Ta NPR

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was held captive for nine months and forced to act as Brian David Mitchell's second wife. He raped her nearly every day and told her that the ordeal was ordained by God.

Smart says there were moments when she felt there was no one to turn to — except God. She writes about how her Mormon faith played a key part in her survival in her new memoir, My Story.

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10:16am

Fri October 11, 2013
Barbershop

Is 'Hip-Hop' Mayor's Sentence About Politics Or Justice?

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 10:29 am

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.

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