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A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to block a prayer luncheon planned at the Air Force Academy. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by five academy faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The prayer luncheon is scheduled for Thursday. The suit alleges the event is unconstitutional because… Continue Reading Judge to hear arguments on AF Academy prayer event

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The Air Force Academy is accepting fewer new cadets under a mandate to reduce the size of the student body by about 9 percent to save money. Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the academy superintendent, says the Air Force ordered the school to reduce enrollment to 4,000 by Oct. 1, 2012, from about 4,400 today. Gould… Continue Reading AF Academy told to cut enrollment to save money

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Four Air Force Academy officers are defending the school’s upcoming prayer luncheon against claims the event appears to be sponsored by academy commanders in violation of the Constitution. The officers filed affidavits in Denver federal court on Monday. Five faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed suit last week seeking to block the… Continue Reading Air Force Academy officers defend prayer luncheon

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American Electric ready for next level

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A Palmer Lake battery company is transforming itself into an electric vehicle design shop in hopes of grabbing a share of the fast-growing industry. American Electric Vehicles has already developed and designed an electric “micro-bus” that it hopes will catch on with schools and others. AEV says it has the technological know-how, the product and… Continue Reading American Electric ready for next level

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AFA team closer to harnessing energy from ocean waves

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Air Force Academy researchers have taken a major step toward being able to convert ocean waves into energy that can be used for electric power. They’ve managed to harness nearly all of the energy from a simulated ocean wave, which is a step closer to creating free-floating, fully submerged wave energy converters in the open sea.… Continue Reading AFA team closer to harnessing energy from ocean waves

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Academy Visitors Board meeting in wake of sexual harassment, drug reports

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The Air Force Academy Board of Visitors is meeting this weekend to review academics, morale, discipline and other matters. The visit comes in the wake of news that sexual harassment reports on the Academy are up 64 percent and that a number of cadets were found to be using synthetic cannabis. The board will meet… Continue Reading Academy Visitors Board meeting in wake of sexual harassment, drug reports

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Air Force Academy investigating 25 cadets for using ‘spice’

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Air Force Academy officials are investigating about two dozen cadets for using a  drug called “spice.” Spice, a synthetic cannabis, is not illegal, but prohibited under an Air Force General Order prohibiting the use of intoxicating substances, which was issued in April. Since the order was issued, five cadets have left the Academy after they… Continue Reading Air Force Academy investigating 25 cadets for using ‘spice’

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Construction projects under way at Air Force Academy

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The Air Force Academy says more than $143 million in construction projects are under way at the school despite a 12 percent budget cut expected in the current fiscal year. The projects are funded by previous appropriations or outside contributions. They include a $35 million renovation of Vandenberg Hall, a dormitory. An indoor training center… Continue Reading Construction projects under way at Air Force Academy

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Military academy sex assaults up 64 percent

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Reported sexual assaults at the three U.S. military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year, the Defense Department said today. The largest year-over-year increase came from the Air Force Academy. Officials said the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the… Continue Reading Military academy sex assaults up 64 percent

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Academy cadets launch weather satellite into orbit

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Cadets at the Air Force Academy launched their latest cadet-built satellite from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska last week. It took four years to make the launch happen, and the cadets are responsible for designing, building, integrating, testing and repairing the satellite, said Col. Marty France, head of the department of astronautics at the… Continue Reading Academy cadets launch weather satellite into orbit

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