Raiders Of ‘Hitler’s Gas Station’ Reunite In Ohio

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CBS Cleveland

CINCINNATI (AP) — Surviving veterans and relatives are trading memories in Ohio about the attack on “Hitler’s gas station” that produced a fierce World War II battle marked by bravery and sacrifice.

The 70th anniversary Polesti Raid reunion at the U.S. Air Force Museum near Dayton commemorates an Aug. 1, 1943, assault by waves of B-24 bombers on oil refineries in Romania. Sweeping in at what a veteran calls “corn-high” levels against German firepower, nearly a third of the planes and their men didn’t make it back to North Africa bases.

Ninety-two-year-old Bob Rans recalls being bathed in gasoline in a burning plane before parachuting out. He says it’s emotional to consider the raid’s place in history as the most-decorated action of the war.

Participants are viewing a restored B-24 on Wednesday.

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No more Jack the Bulldog at Georgetown games?

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Georgetown’s adorability at home games as they head into the new Big East received a crushing blow on Wednesday morning, as The Hoya — Georgetown’s student newspaper — is reporting that JJ has left school.

JJ is Jack Jr., the one-and-a-half year old bulldog that was set to replace the now-retired Jack the Bulldog at Georgetown games this fall. Jack managed to return for one final season after tearing his ACL last year, with his final game being the 61-39 beatdown the Hoyas handed to Syracuse on the regular season’s final day.

Here are the details from The Hoya:

Mascot-in-training Jack Jr. will not return to campus this fall, and the question of whether Georgetown will continue to have a live bulldog as its mascot remains unanswered, according to student dog-walkers from the Jack Crew.

It is unclear where Jack Jr., or “J.J.,” will go or why he is leaving…

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Carmelo Anthony dodges talk of his plans next summer

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Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his contract next summer and he’s expected to do just that to lock down the security of a new longer deal — and he doesn’t really want to talk about it.

He’ll talk about how he likes the offseason moves his Knicks made — picking up Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace — and how he’s excited for next season. He was willing to do that with ESPN New York.

“We got [Metta World Peace], and I think [Andrea] Bargnani was really a steal for us. He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. [Smith] back and we kept the core guys together….

“It’s a big year,” said Anthony, who recently returned from a Jordan Brand trip to China with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. “A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.”

It’s going to be…

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Tigers, Pirates in touch with Cubs

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The Cubs still have pieces on the table after dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, and CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney says the Pirates and Tigers have been sniffing around in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline.

The Pirates are most likely interested in Nate Schierholtz to help with their right-field situation. Schierholtz has been a very pleasant surprise this year, hitting .272/.332/.517 with 14 homers and 43 RBI in 290 at-bats. Pirates right fielders as a whole have hit .231/.294/.366 with nine homers and 37 RBI in 407 at-bats.

The Tigers are still looking for bullpen help, and they’re probably more interested in lefty James Russell than closer Kevin Gregg, though both are candidates to be dealt today.

The Cubs also have outfielder David DeJesus, infielder Luis Valbuena and catcher Dioner Navarro to sell. DeJesus, though, only recently returned from a shoulder injury, and he’s more likely to go in a…

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Palladino: If Yanks Save On A-Rod, They Should Funnel Money Back To Fans

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CBS New York

By Ernie Palladino
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As we wait for the news of the Alex Rodriguez suspension to tumble down from Bud Selig’s perch high atop Mount Baseball, the Yankees would serve themselves well to consider turning at least part of this mess into a positive.

Do something for the fans, the ones who faithfully come out and sit in those expensive seats, whether behind the plate or in the bleachers, to watch this injury-depleted, controversy-entangled team. Do something to show them they count.

Feed them. People love free grub. And they love even more the people handing it out to them. For an organization that could surely use a dose of good will right now, the way to a disgusted fan’s heart is definitely through his stomach.

Do it in September, whether the Yanks are still in the postseason hunt or not. But do it especially…

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