The new Army Combat Uniform — known, of course, by an Army acronym, A.C.U. — has been phased in over the last two years as the Battle Dress Uniform, or B.D.U., becomes obsolete by May 2008.
At military bases across the country and overseas, the era of the wash-and-war soldier has arrived. From Baghdad to Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York, the Army has been retiring its old starched and pressed Battle Dress Uniform in favor of a wrinkle-free cotton and nylon version.
Libby Speaks on Tape, but May Not in Court
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 — The jurors deciding the perjury case against I. Lewis Libby Jr. listened to his voice on audiotape for hours on Tuesday as his lawyers quietly explored a surprise strategy, keeping him off the witness stand, that would ensure that the jurors never hear his voice in person.
The audiotapes played in the courtroom were of Mr. Libby’s two grand jury appearances in March 2004, in which he repeatedly testified under oath that he had no recollection of several conversations about Valerie Wilson, a Central Intelligence Agency operative. His denials were in sharp contrast to the testimony over the last two weeks of reporters and government officials who were colleagues of Mr. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Mr. Mugabe, who blames a Western plot against him for Zimbabwe’s problems, has rejected all calls for economic reform. The government refuses to devalue Zimbabwe’s dollar, which fetches only 5 to 10 percent of its official value on the thriving black market. As a result, foreign exchange to buy crucial imported goods like spare parts and fertilizer has effectively dried up.
Rising school fees force many Zimbabwean children to learn at home.
As Inflation Soars, Zimbabwe Economy Plunges
JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 6 — For close to seven years, Zimbabwe’s economy and quality of life have been in slow, uninterrupted decline. They are still declining this year, people there say, with one notable difference: the pace is no longer so slow.
Indeed, Zimbabwe’s economic descent has picked up so much speed that President Robert G. Mugabe, the nation’s leader for 27 years, is starting to lose support from parts of his own party.
To the Editor:
Re “Spitzer Seeks Way to Find State Prisons He Can Close” (news article, Feb. 5):
Considering the substantial economic and political forces in opposition to closing prisons, Gov. Eliot Spitzer could look in a different direction to rein in high costs.
A substantial number of inmates are locked up for nonviolent, drug-related crimes. They are low-level drug addicts whose behaviors are not considered criminal in many countries.
Treating addiction as a mental illness would allow the governor to redefine who is a criminal, enabling us to treat addicts in their community at much less cost.
New York, Feb. 5, 2007
The writer is the founder and executive director of Exponents, a nonprofit organization helping people with drug problems and H.I.V.-AIDS.