• The real war horse: The life and legend of the Marine Corps’ four-legged staff sergeant

    On the Radar

    In many ways, Staff Sgt. Reckless was no different from the Marines she served beside during the Korean War. She braved enemy fire on many occasions, enjoyed scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfast, and her favorite pastime was drinking beer with comrades.

    Except Reckless was a horse.

    Reckless has long been considered a war hero for her service during the Korean War and was recently honored at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia, where a life-sized statue of the horse was unveiled.

    Retired Marine Sgt. Harold Wadley, who served side-by-side with Reckless in the Korean War, spoke to “On the Radar” at the installation ceremony of the new Staff Sgt. Reckless statue and told of the horse’s unusual valor in braving enemy fire to bring reinforcement ammunition to her platoon on the front lines.

    “The memory that stayed with me forever was the image of her when the flare lights were … coming in, and then she's struggling up the ridge,” Wadley recalled. “And she's

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  • Have you ‘herd’? While politicians vacation, goats hard at work in Washington

    The Fine Print

    Congress may be out of town for its August recess, but that doesn’t mean that no work is getting done in the nation’s capital.

    At the hallowed grounds of the Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, where historical figures like J. Edgar Hoover and John Philip Sousa lay in final rest, a herd of goats has been laboring away in a fenced-off portion of the cemetery, munching down overgrown poison ivy and other weeds.

    “We got called in to deal with a problem vegetation issue,” the goats’ keeper, Brian Knox, told “The Fine Print” during an interview, standing in a clearing that was densely covered with ivy just a week before, prior to the goats' arrival.

    The non-profit organization that maintains the historical cemetery was concerned the invasive ivy would kill the trees that line the edge of the cemetery and cause them to fall on the historic tombstones. Knox said his Maryland-based Eco-Goats company was uniquely suited to deal with the problem.

    “The best place for

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  • John Lewis: Chickens more productive than Congress. At least they produce eggs.

    Top Line

    Superman came from Krypton. A radioactive spider gave Spider-Man his powers. And civil rights movement hero John Lewis? The origin story of the Democratic congressman from Georgia goes back to his family's chicken coop.

    With the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech looming, Lewis sat down with “Top Line” to talk about his new comic book-style autobiography, “March,” Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act -- and how those long-ago chickens were more productive than today's Congress.

    “Some of these chickens would bow their heads, some of these chickens would shake their heads, they never quite said amen,” says Lewis. “But I’m convinced that some of those chickens that I preached to in the ‘40s and the ‘50s tended to listen to me much better than some of my colleagues listen to me in the Congress. As a matter of fact, some of those chickens were a little more productive. At least they produced eggs.”

    But Lewis’ new book is about much more than

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