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Rep. John Murtha Dies at Age 77

Rep. John Murtha has died at Virginia Hospital Center, the New York Times reports.

Here’s our post on Rep. Murtha’s hospitalization, from 2/3/10:

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is in the intensive care unit at Arlington’s Virginia Hospital Center. Murtha’s spokesperson said the 77-year-old congressman was brought to the hospital after suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. Murtha, as chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, wields considerable power and influence at the Pentagon and with Arlington’s defense industry.

After the jump, a statement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Murtha. America has lost a true patriot who served his country faithfully first in uniform as a decorated combat Marine, and then as an elected representative.

I’ve known Jack and worked with him for more than two decades, starting back in the Reagan administration when I was at CIA. I will always remember and be grateful for Congressman Murtha’s personal efforts on behalf of the Afghan resistance fighting the Soviets – efforts that helped bring about the end of the Cold War.

In our dealings over the years, Jack and I did not always agree, but I always respected his candor, and knew that he cared deeply about the men and women of America’s military and intelligence community. My condolences to Joyce and the rest of the Murtha family.

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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.

The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.

Former participants have this to say:

_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._

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