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Derek McGinnis of Waterford has been named the 25th Assembly District's Veteran of the Year by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale.
Lance Cpl. Gavin Brummund of Arnold was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Marine Corps reported. Brummund, 22, was the first service member from Calaveras County to die in Afghanistan or Iraq over the past nine years of U.S. wars in the Middle East.
Iraq's wave of bloodshed sharply escalated Monday with more than a dozen car bombings across the country, part of attacks that killed at least 95 people and brought echoes of past sectarian carnage and fears of a dangerous spillover from Syria's civil war next door.