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For 'Black Hawk Down' vet, Memorial Day a reminder

For 'Black Hawk Down' vet, Memorial Day a reminder

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What Matt Eversmann finds most remarkable about the Battle of Mogadishu — that infamous Somalia street fight recounted in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down” — was just how quickly, how completely the mission devolved into chaos.

“In all of my training, in all of the things I’d done in my brief career, I could never imagine so many catastrophic things could happen,” says the retired U.S. Army Ranger, who was a 27-year-old staff sergeant on Oct. 3, 1993.

What should have been a 30-minute mission to capture Somali military leaders became a desperate, overnight fight to survive the next 16 hours. Eighteen Americans would die that day. Seventy-three were injured. Mobs dragged the bodies of several Special Forces casualties through the streets.

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Schools lay foundation to fill need for construction workers

Dale Hedrick, a pillar in Palm Beach County construction, got a call not long ago from a friend also in the business. The guy was desperate to hire someone – anyone – graduating from the University of Florida’s construction program. Hedrick, who sits on the school’s board, laughed.

“You have to recruit these kids like they recruit sports teams, go after them like Olympic athletes,” Hedrick recalled saying.

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Can Palm Beacher with dementia file for divorce?

Sitting in his oceanfront condominium in Palm Beach, Martin Zelman can’t immediately name the president of the United States, isn’t sure what year it is and admits he can’t remember the month or the date of Valentine’s Day.

But he knows he wants to divorce his wife, whom he married in 2000, seven years after they began dating.

Or does he? That is the $10 million question

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