Public land becomes epicenter in state fight – Press Herald

Press HeraldPublic land becomes epicenter in state fightPress HeraldThe public lots transferred to Maine following the state's separation from Massachusetts in 1820. A century and a half later, the state negotiated with northern Maine's industrial landowners to consolidate those scattered lots into larger “units” that …and more »

GAO-15-266, Defense Health Care: Better Tracking and Oversight Needed of Servicemember Separations for Non-Disability Mental Conditions, February 13, 2015 (gao.gov)

What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) and three of the four military services—Army, Navy, and Marine Corps—cannot identify the number of enlisted servicemembers separated for non-disability mental conditions—mental conditions that are not considered service-related disabilities. For most non- disability mental condition separations, these services use the broad separation code, “condition, not a disability,” which mixes non-disability mental conditions with non-disability physical conditions, such as obesity, making it difficult to distinguish one type of condition from the other. In contrast, the Air Force is able to identify such servicemembers because it uses all five of the separation codes specific to non-disability mental conditions. DOD policy requires the military services to use a separation code so that DOD can track and analyze separations. Moreover, federal standards for internal control state that all transactions need to be clearly and accurately documented and readily available for examination when needed. The three services had varying reasons as to why they use the broad separation code. For example, Army officials believed that stating in servicemembers' discharge papers that they were discharged for non-disability mental conditions might stigmatize them with future employers. However, DOD stated that there are ways to protect servicemembers in …


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Paula Patton and Robin Thicke finalize divorce filing

Veronica Linares LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) — Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were granted a divorce Tuesday and will be officially divorced on April 14.

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