Q: Has the Pentagon recently declared that sharing one’s faith is punishable by court-martial?
A: No. The Pentagon merely restated its long-held policy that military members can “share their faith (evangelize)” but “not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others … to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
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The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game took place during the World Fair in Chicago on July 6, 1933. Source: MLB.com
Maine Gov. John Baldacci has declared August Maine Lobster Month. Source: Maine Lobster Council
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The world’s ocean surface temperature for June 2009 was the warmest on record, surpassing the previous record in 2005. The ocean surface temperature was 1.06 degrees Fahrenheit more than the 20th century average of 61.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Source: NOAA
President James Polk died four months after leaving office, at the age of 53. His wife lived for another 42 years. Source: AmericanPresidents.com
President Eisenhower named the presidential retreat Camp David after his grandson. President Franklin Roosevelt previously had called it the “USS Shangri La.” Source: WhiteHouse.gov
Air Force One, the call sign of any Air Force aircraft in which the president flies, is in practice used to refer to one of two Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which have been customized. Source: WhiteHouse.gov
The president’s aircraft, Air Force One, has a doctor on board at all times and has a medical suite that can function as an operating room. Source: WhiteHouse.gov
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Residential property burglaries accounted for 67.9 percent of all burglary offenses in 2007 in the U.S. Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program