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  • FALL! - At the U.S. Air Force Academy's parachute course, there is only one season

    He'd found the courage to jump out of the Twin Otter aircraft soaing 4,500 feet above terra firma.  He'd survived the heart-stopping 10 seconds of free-fall at 120 mph, with a wind rush that can peel your lips bask.  He'd guided his chute to the landing zone.  Now there was one last task for this parachuting student on his first solo jump -- simply
  • No Survivors - Three people die when Airman falls asleep at the wheel

    In late April, a 23-year-old Airman first class from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, crossed the center line while driving south on Texas Highway 195. He had a head-on collision with another vehicle driving in the opposite direction on the two-lane, undivided highway. The Airman and both occupants of the other vehicle died from injuries sustained
  • Traffic Fatalities Rise - motorcycle, pedestrian deaths lead the bad news

    An increase in motorcycle and pedestrian deaths contributed to an overall rise in highway fatalities in 2005, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Aug. 22. The total number of fatalities rose 1.4 percent from 42,836 in 2004 to 43,443 in 2005, while the rate of fatalities was 1.47