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Image by familymwr Saul Bosquez, an Army veteran who lost his lower left leg and two right toes to an improvised explosive device while patrolling Iraq on Aug. 1, 2007, works out Feb. 24 with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., spring training home of the Washington Nationals. The squad, which consists of Soldiers and Marines wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, will play 60 to 75 softball games this year against able-bodied teams across America. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team feels like ‘America’s Team’ By Tim Hipps IMCOM Public Affairs VIERA, Fla. â€" Army Cpl. Matt Kinsey says he plays for the newest version of “America’s Team” â€" the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. “We’ve got the best fans of any team in America,” Kinsey said Feb. 24 after practicing at Space Coast Stadium, spring training home of the Washington Nationals. “Everybody says we’re America’s new favorite team. The support that we get is just unbelievable â€" everywhere we go, we get first-class treatment.” All of the players are Soldiers or Marines who lost limbs while deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They are the first softball squadron completely assembled with wounded warriors playing on prosthetics or with missing body parts. They plan to play 60 to 75 games this year against able-bodied teams, and they expect to win most of those contests. For these guys, however, every day spent on a diamond is a win-win situation. “The fans thank you for your service and everything, but they are kind of in awe because they are not used to seeing â€" it’s the first time it’s ever been done: guys playing competitive softball on prosthetics,” Kinsey said. “I think they look at us walking in like, “Ah, I don’t know if these guys are really going to be up to snuff.’ “But they find out pretty quick that we can play. As soon as the game is over, I think they are just in awe of how hard we play and the talent level we’re at. We get a really good reception.” The team is the brainchild of David Van Sleet, 56, a former Army specialist who spent the past 32 years working with prosthetics for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’ve been involved with softball my whole life, managing, coaching and playing,” Van Sleet said. “I just stopped to do this. I’m the brainchild, the founder and head coach. “I saw some pretty athletic looking guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he explained. “And the University of Arizona acquired a Congressional grant that enabled us to bring 20 guys to Tucson in 2011 for a disabled veterans sports camp. I came up with the idea to make it a softball camp. “When we were there, the camaraderie and the skill level that I saw, I was like, ‘Man, we’ve got something here.’ More importantly, the guys told me that we had something there, and they didn’t want it to end. We took it from there, and it’s just exploded.” The team carries13 to 15 players on the roster and takes 11 on each road trip to play against military teams, firemen, policemen, celebrity squads, elite women’s teams and all-comers. They will face a D.C. celebrity team following the Boston Red Sox-Washington Nationals game April 3 at Nationals Park in Washington. They have a game set for Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. More extravaganzas are set for Huntsville, Ala., and The Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. Olympic softball star Jennie Finch has invited them to Louisiana for a “ Battle on the Bayou.” And they will play before the NCAA Women’s Softball Championship finale in Oklahoma City. Kinsey, 26, played baseball for Rockville High School in Indiana and a year of junior college ball for Danville Area Community College in Illinois. He experienced arm problems there and returned home to work on the farm for a couple of years before joining the Army in March of 2006. “I was on my second tour of Afghanistan when I stepped on a land mine on a night patrol and I lost my right foot,” Kinsey recalled of June 2, 2010, the day his life forever changed. “Half of it was missing initially. The explosion blew away from me, so I was very fortunate that happened. When I got to Walter Reed [Army Medical Center], we decided to take the rest of the foot. Now I have a nub. “I had a very quick recovery. I was running by August.” Running again, however, was a learning process. “It’s different at first. I’m not going to lie,” said Kinsey, who shifted his pitching and catching baseball prowess to shortstop for softball. “You basically retrain yourself on how to play and how to move. But as far as getting up and going and planting, I probably have more of an advantage because I create more torque. I have more leg than a lot of the guys.” Saul Bosquez played high school, American Legion and two seasons of junior college baseball at Grand Rapids Community College before joining the Army. He soon deployed as a specialist from Fort Benning, Ga., to Iraq. On Aug. 1, 2007, Bosquez had completed a convoy of Iraqi police checkpoints and was returning to base when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device that broke his left leg in 11 places and collected two of his right toes. Eventually, he became a below the knee amputee. “It was the best thing for me to do,” Bosquez said. “It was a tough decision, being 22 years old, and having to decide where I wanted my leg cut off at. I guess it’s a decision you never think you’re going to have to make.” Bosquez’s first athletic journey outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was to Jim Estes’ Salute Military Golf Association clinic for wounded warriors in Olney, Md. “You can feel sorry for yourself all you want, but it's not going to make your situation any better,” Bosquez said then. “So why not try to do something? “It’s like the easiest thing to do for guys missing legs,” Bosquez recalls of the golf therapy. “It’s not very high-impact, and it gets them back out there competing. Golf is not always against other people, though, it’s a very mental game. I have a newfound respect for golf. I play a lot of golf now.” On a good day, he has a golf handicap of 13, a score most honest hacks would envy. Bosquez, however, was a former football and baseball player who swam and ran track. He still yearned for team competition and was determined to play baseball again â€" or at least softball. “I can do other things, but they don’t have a lot of programs for the things that I want to do,” he said. “I would like to start a baseball program and actually play in a league.” He since has learned how to ski on snow and water â€" something he never attempted on two natural legs. “I had never tried either one until after I lost my leg,” he said. “I picked it up just like that. Anything athletic always has just come pretty naturally to me.” Fast forward four years, and Bosquez is playing in a veritable softball league of his own. Last March, about 20 wounded warriors gathered for the tryout camp at the University of Arizona. They concluded with an intra-squad game in which Bosquez threw out a runner at home plate to preserve the victory. “That was a pretty cool moment,” he said. Kinsey said learning how to achieve daily activities was the hardest part of dealing with his injury. “Being out here on a ball diamond, your mental instincts kick in,” he explained. “I’ve played in thousands of games so it’s more muscle-memory than anything. Everyday things like showering or getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, you have to hop there â€" but you get your own system and learn what works.” Kinsey bats third in the Wounded Warriors’ lineup. “I go deep every now and then if the wind’s not blowing in,” he said with a grin. He still has difficulty fathoming this whole scenario. “If you would have asked me over a year ago when I got hit if I would be playing softball at spring training with the Nationals, let alone being on this team and getting to go to all the places that we’ve been to, I’d tell you that you were full of it,” Kinsey said. “This has been a dream come true, and it’s only getting bigger. We’ve been from the East Coast to the West Coast so far.” Kinsey, a sixth-year Soldier, is stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center but is on PCS home leave, awaiting clearance by the medical board. A former quarterback, Kinsey helped coach his high school team for the past eight seasons. Now he’s taking it to the next level. “I’m going to be coaching college football next year at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, but between doing that, softball is basically is my fulltime job,” he said. “I’m going to be continuing my education up there.” Meantime, Bosquez is basking in the moment of traveling around the country to play softball. “We’ve blown up in the past year,” Bosquez said. “We were in “Sports Illustrated.” We were on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” on HBO. We just played a flag football game against retired NFL guys in Indianapolis the week of the Super Bowl, and we won by like 21 points. And we were on like a five-minute segment on SportsCenter with Rick Reilly. “It’s been a pretty big ride.” The Washington Nationals and Louisville Slugger are their primary sponsors, with Boombah providing shoes and Phiten tossing in accessories. Even Jimmy Buffett has boarded the caravan. “This past October we hung out with him in Las Vegas, where the world’s largest margarita was made,” Bosquez said. “Wherever we go, the people who bring us out will take care of us.” All but one of the former baseball players had never played competitive softball, so they are learning the nuances of the game on the fly. “Me and Matt still have the baseball swing and mentality â€" it’s kind of hard to break out of that,” said Bosquez, 27, who received Army retirement papers three years ago. “Pretty much every athletes’ dream of a second chance after they’re done, we got it, and we’re all taking the most from it.” The players hope to spread awareness and inspire others to realize that “just because you’re injured, it’s not over.” “You’re going to have to work for it, but you can do it again,” Bosquez said. “We show that, and hopefully other disabled guys and other amputees will get that. Hopefully, we can inspire them to go out there and try.” “It’s no different than someone who has a nagging injury or something that just can’t heal. You might go out there and trip over your foot or something that you wouldn’t have done before you got hurt â€" just little things like that. But like they say, a day out on the golf course or a day out on the field is better than a day of pretty much anything else, so you can’t complain.” Kinsey concurred. “As long as I can play, I’ll play,” he said. “I’ll play until my legs fall off, or my arm falls off, or whatever.” For his efforts, Van Sleet received the Veterans Administration’s highest award before Congress last year. “I’ve had a pretty good career with the V.A.,” he said. “They took the flag off the Capitol and gave it to me.”

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Image by marsmet525 MOSCOW: Two members of punk band Pussy Riot lost their appeal to stay in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre on Monday, their lawyer said, and will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony where conditions are much tougher. . .......***** All images are copyrighted by their respective authors ...... . ... message header for Mail Online The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30, - were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17. . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 1).... Mail Online ... Daily Mail ... www.dailymail.co.uk/news ... Russian punk band Pussy Riot refuses to repent for anti-Putin song as appeal hearing is postponed ... Band members were jailed for two years for performing 'punk prayer' in Moscow's main cathedral ... Orthodox church said the three women should be pardoned if they repent for desecrating a 'holy place' ... Fights between Pussy Riot supporters and Church activists outside court ... Hearing postponed until October 10 after band member Ekaterina Samutsevich fires her attorney By DANIEL MILLER PUBLISHED: 04:04 EST, 1 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:39 EST, 1 October 2012 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2211101/Pussy-Riot-refus... The Russian feminist band Pussy Riot have refused to repent for performing an anti-Vladamir Putin 'punk prayer' in Moscow's main cathedral as their appeal hearing was postponed until next week. The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30, - were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17. Their appeal hearing which began today, was postponed until October 10 after Samutsevich fired her attorney meaning she was left without legal representation. Scroll down for video . ................................. img code photo ... The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30 ... i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A06... Jailed: The Russian punk band Pussy Riot refused to repent for performing a 'punk prayer' against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral as their appeal hearing was postponed until next week AP ................................. . The Russian orthodox Church said they should be pardoned on the condition they repented for 'desecrating a holy place'. More... ... Thousands take to the streets of Melbourne for peace march following the death of Irish journalist Jill Meagher Fights broke out between Pussy Riot supporters and pro-Church activists as around 150 people gathered outside the Moscow courthouse for the start of the appeal hearing today. The tough jail sentences they received saw the West sharply criticise Putin and the Kremlin because of doubts over the independence of the judiciary, and global celebrities, including British musician Paul McCartney and U.S. pop singer Madonna, called for leniency for the women. . ............................. img code photo ... The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30 ... i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A07... Defiant: Pussy Riot (from left), Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17 AP ............................. . ............................. img code photo ... An activist holds a placard reading 'Freedom to Pussy Riot!' i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A23... An activist holds a placard reading 'Freedom to Pussy Riot!'. Around 150 people gathered outside the Moscow courthouse for the start of the appeal hearing with fights breaking out between supporters of the band and Church activists Reuters ............................. . Vladimir Legoida, a senior church spokesman, said their stunt 'must not remain unpunished whatever the justification,' but said that any repentance, if expressed, should be taken into account. 'The church sincerely wishes for the repentance of those who desecrated a holy place, certainly it would benefit their souls,' Legoida said in a speech. 'If any words of the convicts indicate repentance ... we would wish that they are not left unnoticed and those who violated the law get a chance to mend their ways.' 'If they (the church) mean repentance in the sense of a crime ... it definitely won't happen. Our clients won't admit guilt. A call for that is pointless,' lawyer Mark Feigin told independent television channel Dozhd on Sunday. A recent official opinion poll showed that more than half of Russians are critical of what Pussy Riot did and consider their two-year jail sentence to be a just one, with less than a third saying the opposite . .................................. img code photo ... An activist spray paints a wall mural i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154853... International outrage: An activist spray paints a wall mural in support of members of the band during a protest rally in front of the Russian embassy in Prague yesterday Reuters .................................. . .................................. img code photo ... Paris: Activists from Amnesty Internationa i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A1C... Paris: Activists from Amnesty International pose in front of the Eiffel tower demanding justice for the band AFP / Getty images .................................. . The trio's legal team and relatives hold out little hope that the sentences - which they believe are excessively harsh - will be quashed or reduced at the hearing scheduled for Monday, whether they repent or not. 'The sentence is predetermined; their repentance will not affect it in any way,' Stanislav Samutsevich, father of one of the jailed women, told Reuters. 'The fact the church is calling for that is nothing but a public relations move to sustain their reputation in the eyes of the public, as the church says it is separate from the state.' Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has called Putin's 12-year rule a 'miracle of God' and backed his presidential election campaign earlier this year. Kirill dismissed criticism of his backing for the Kremlin on Friday, telling students that close ties between the church and state helped protect and develop society. VIDEO: Supporters and protesters turn up outside court as the hearing is postponed... . . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 2).... The Daily Star - Lebanon ... www.dailystar.com.lb ... International ... Russian punk band members lose appeal to stay in Moscow prison October 15, 2012 10:27 PM By Gleb Bryanski Reuters . ........................... img code photo ... Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, www.dailystar.com.lb/dailystar/Pictures/2012/10/15/108050... A picture taken on October 10, 2012, shows two jailed members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot," (L-R) Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, sitting in a glass-walled cage in a court in Moscow. (AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA) ........................... . www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Oct-15/19151... MOSCOW: Two members of punk band Pussy Riot lost their appeal to stay in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre on Monday, their lawyer said, and will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony where conditions are much tougher. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, had their two-year sentence imposed over a cathedral protest against Vladimir Putin upheld by Moscow City Court last week. They are convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have small children and lawyers are saying that a transfer to a colony outside Moscow where the regime is more strict than in detention centres will complicate their contacts with families. "There are many concerns there -- their safety, their health. A barrack for 150 people is not the same thing as a cell for four people," lawyer Mark Feigin told Reuters. The nearest penal colony is located about 100 km from Moscow. According to the Russian law only convicts with prison terms of less than six months can serve out their sentences in pre-trial detention centres. The law also makes an exception for inmates with skills needed in such centres. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's hearings took place at their detention centre, along with the appeals of 10 other inmates. Their lawyers argued that the two could work in the centre as cooks. Officials nominted 3 other inmates to stay. Russian prisons are notorious for squalid conditions and often brutal treatment of inmates by personnel. The country is facing international criticism over a 2009 death in prison of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who may have been beaten to death. . . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 3).... POLICE BRIEFS: Three girls, two cups; 'Don't have no beer' ... FSU News ... www.fsunews.com 10:30 PM, Feb. 10, 2013 | FILED UNDER FSU News FSU News Police www.fsunews.com/article/20130211/FSVIEW4/130210020/POLICE...|newswell|text|frontpage|s --- 'Don't have no beer' On Sunday, Feb. 3, at approximately 12:12 a.m., an FSUPD officer was conducting a security check around a fraternity house on Pensacola Street. The officer observed a male carrying a 12 oz. can of beer. The male was walking with a group of people and when he noticed the officer in his police uniform, he dropped the beer on the ground and attempted to hide behind the group of people. When the officer contacted the male he stated, “I don’t have no beer in my hand.” When asked how old he was, the male stated that he was 18-years-old. The male was issued a Notice to Appear for underage possession of alcohol. . --- Marijuana outside Degraff On Saturday, Feb. 2, at approximately 1:50 a.m., an FSUPD officer was dispatched to an emergency blue light in the courtyard of Degraff Hall. While the officer was observing the area, he did not find anyone in distress. When the officer checked the south side of the building, he noticed an individual sitting on a bench smoking. The closer the officer got to the individual, the stronger the scent of marijuana became. When the officer asked the male what he was doing, he replied, “Smoking a spliff.” When asked if he was smoking marijuana, the male said, “Yes.” The marijuana cigarette was seized and weighed 0.4 grams. The male was issued a Notice to Appear for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. . --- Three girls, two cups On Friday, Feb. 1, at approximately 11:24 p.m., an FSUPD officer was on foot patrol around FSU’s Shaw Building. The officer noticed three females walking and two drinking from plastic cups that contained a dark liquid. One cup was passed back and forth between two girls so that both could drink from it. When the females noticed the officer, one dropped the cup on the ground spilling some of its contents and the other attempted to conceal it from view. The cups contained a liquid that smelled strongly of rum and soda. The three females were all under the age of 21 and each was issued Notice to Appear for underage possession of alcohol. â€"Police briefs compiled from FSUPD reports by Jordan Shrago . . .............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .

 
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