April 7, 2013

Washington Notebook: Mainers get results on sex assaults in military

New guidelines released Friday are intended to give victims of sexual assault more peace of mind when applying for security clearance.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The book is due for release by publisher Weinstein Books on May 14.


A South Berwick woman was honored at the White House on Friday for her efforts to fight polio in developing countries.

Ann Lee Hussey has participated in more than 20 separate immunization campaigns over the past 12 years as part of Rotary International. Hussey, who has battled polio herself for almost all of her life, often leads groups of volunteers in Africa and Asia as they work to immunize children against the viral infection that causes paralysis and severe muscular problems.

Hussey, who also works on fundraising and increasing public awareness of polio, was one of 12 Rotarians to receive the organization's "Champions of Change" award during a White House ceremony. The award is given to Rotary members for their community service and humanitarian efforts.

"Collectively, these Rotary Club members have touched the lives of thousands of people -- whether by improving  health and providing health services, preventing hunger, supporting our poor communities, empowering unemployed, addicted, or homeless adults, or caring for students," Paulette Aniskoff, deputy assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, said in a statement announcing the awards.


Lastly, on Sunday, roughly 20 Maine veterans including 18 who served during World War II will fly from Portland to Washington for a special tour of the memorials for those who served.

The program is made possible by Honor Flight New England, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that offers free trips to Washington for senior veterans, many of whom have never been to the nation's capital before.

Look for an article about the veterans' trip in Monday's Portland Press Herald.

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