President Obama speaks at the San Pedro Claver church in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday. An expert on the Secret Service tells NPR that Obama's security was never breached in the incident that led to 11 U.S. Secret Service agents being sent home amid allegations that they hired prostitutes in Cartagena.
In 2010 US Army veteran Jeff Barillaro returned from Iraq with severe PTSD. Since then Barillaro, whose stage name is "Solider Hard," has been rapping about his struggles and performing for troops, veterans, and military families across the US.
Barillaro (center) leaves the armory after a sound check for his evening hip-hop performance. The 35-year-old comes from a military family; he says he has wanted to be a soldier since he was 12 years old. While in Iraq, he led convoys for the Army.
Barillaro comforts Keith Briggs of Louisville, Ky., before the start of the show. Briggs, a fellow veteran who served twice in Iraq and also suffers from PTSD, says he was on the verge of suicide, when he discovered Barillaro's music. Since then, Briggs follows Soldier Hard on tour and chats with him almost daily. "Hopefully, he will play at my wedding," says Briggs.
While other hip-hop and country artists sing about their battles in Iraq or Afghanistan, Barillaro focuses on his battles since returning home, rapping about issues such as sleep deprivation, loss of memory and binge drinking.
Barillaro poses for a photograph with fan Katrina Graves of Louisville, Ky. Graves discovered Barillaro's music while her boyfriend was fighting in Iraq. She says his song "Military Wife" described what she was going through.
In 2010, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeff Barillaro returned from Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and left the military. Now, using the stage name "Soldier Hard," Barillaro is rapping about his struggles and performing for troops, veterans and military families across the U.S.
Barillaro (center), of Vallejo, Calif., is introduced to a roomful of new recruits at the National Guard Armory in Evansville, Ind. First Sgt. Larry Lightburne (right), who organized a performance by Barillaro at the armory, heard about the rapper through his wife, who found his lyrics comforting while he was stationed in Iraq.
When Jeff Barillaro came home from fighting the war in Iraq, he felt lost, like thousands of veterans do. He didn't have a mission anymore.
But now, through music, he's found one: Under the stage name Soldier Hard, Barillaro raps — about how war has changed troops and their families. Other vets and their family members are now turning to his music, because they say he's speaking to them.
On a recent morning, the National Guard Armory in Evansville, Ind., looks and sounds like any military base in the country.
After playing shows with their parents as children, the members of Haim now work as a serious stand-alone act. The Haim sisters are Danielle, Este and Alana, and their childhood experience of performing live has shaped them into a musical force as young adults. They first hit the L.A. music scene a few years ago — when each of the sisters was pursuing music, mostly in separate contexts — but their relatively recent decision to work together was inevitable.
For its "distinguished ... reporting on significant issues of local concern," reporter Sara Ganim and The Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa., have won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the so-called Penn State scandal.
Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:46 pm
Want extra salt with that fast-food meal? Then buy it in the United States, where chicken dishes, pizzas, and even salads are loaded with far more salt than in Europe and Australia, according to new research.
The McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the United States have more than twice as much salt as their sister nuggets in the United Kingdom. That's 1.6 grams of salt for every 100 grams of American nugget, compared with 0.6 grams in the U.K.
Misery loves company. Multitudes are no doubt making the last-minute scramble to finish taxes today. If that's the case for you, perhaps you can take solace in the fact that this tax misery is a long-lived American tradition.
The fact that there has been a salmonella outbreak among people who eat sushi isn't super surprising; raw seafood does pose more health risks than cooked fish.
But the fact that the fish implicated in the outbreak is something called "tuna scrape" sure got our attention here at The Salt.
According to the Food and Drug Administration's recall notice, tuna scrape is "tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product." In other words, tuna hamburger.