The same month the GAO’s follow-up report was released, in February 2005, Army Spec. Jeffrey Henthorn, a young father and third-generation soldier, killed himself in Balad, Iraq. The M-16 he used was so powerful that “fragments of his skull pierced the barracks ceiling.” According to the Hartford Courant, which featured Henthorn’s story in a series called “Mentally Unfit to Fight,”he “had been sent back to Iraq for a second tour even though his superiors knew he was unstable and had threatened suicide at least twice, according to Army investigative reports and interviews.”
Aaron Park, a 29-year-old Portlander who describes himself as a “full-time student, part-time educator and part-time baker” (he works Saturdays at an artisanal bread shop) recently met a pair of anti-fluoridation activists on his porch, and initially expressed support for fluoridation. “The World Health Organization calls it the greatest lifesaving measure of all time,” he said cheerfully as a plump basset hound played at his feet and Tibetan hangings fluttered from eaves above.
But his expression darkened as the activists made their case. “Wow, I’m sure there is some selection bias going on,” Mr. Park said. “I love having my mind changed!”
The controversy has drawn in the city’s indie rockers. “My drummer and my mom both pointed out issues with fluoride to me, so I was already thinking about it,” said Zia McCabe, keyboardist and vocalist for the Dandy Warhols, a Portland rock band.
The sitting Congress has the most women of any in history. Artist Emily Nemens is capturing each of them in paint, and using their likenesses in graphics to show how far we still have to go to bring gender equality to Washington.