The 4th Infantry Division soldier on Wednesday will receive the Bronze Star Medal with Valor at Fort Carson, Colorado.
A press representative at Fort Carson told CNN that Cpl. Ruhl, a combat medic from Vero Beach, Florida, served in eastern Afghanistan. On the evening of September 24, 2009, her convoy was attacked.
"Wounded, and disregarding her own safety, Ruhl applied tourniquets to an injured comrade, examined her team, and supervised the application of life-saving medical treatment while laying down suppressive fire."
Ruhl was evacuated to the U.S. and recovered during several months at Brooke Army Medical Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
The Washington Press Club Foundation is scheduled to hold its 66th Annual Congressional Dinner on Wednesday and will present the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to Gilliam, the first black woman hired as a full-time reporter at The Washington Post.
According to the website of Missouri's Lincoln University, Gilliam graduated from the school in 1957, worked for Jet and Ebony magazines, and then got her master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the Washington Post in 1961, and in 1979 began writing her popular column covering education, politics, race and her personal experiences.
In a 1993 interview she said, "The '80s were real difficult times. You had Ronald Reagan in the White House. You had the country turning from the '60s and the '70s into a very conservative mode by the '80s. I had a lot of strong opinions, and I know that sometimes I would feel that people would write notes in my computer, taking issue with certain things - not editors, but just other reporters. Sometimes they would sign them, occasionally they wouldn't, but most of the time they would. ... I often got accused of being a black racist and just a whole bunch of stuff. You see, I think part of it is that, in those days, first of all, there weren't that many women writing columns. There weren't that many blacks writing columns."
New York's Gambino crime family might have hit a new low by allegedly introducing underage prostitution into its operations, authorities say, but just as shocking to some was the appearance of a female among the list of defendants in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Porcelli, 43, was the only female among 14 reputed Gambino crime family members and associates indicted on charges including racketeering, murder, sex trafficking of a minor, extortion and drug trafficking. Thirteen defendants, including Porcelli, entered not guilty pleas on Tuesday, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
"It's extremely rare to grab up a woman in an organized crime case because it's a male-oriented criminal society," said FBI special agent Richard Holko. "It's certainly unusual, but as you can see in the indictment, she allegedly committed a serious crime and will face those charges."
Fifteen FBI agents showed up at the door of the single mother's home in Brooklyn to arrest her at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said her lawyer, Vincent Romano. She was released on bond. Porcelli is charged with four counts in an alleged¬†sex trafficking ring involving underage girls.
As a college student, the longtime backpacker and hiker learned a lesson about the environment the hard way. Jespersen spent the summer of 2001 walking a 2,200-mile route that he devised himself through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
He told CNN on Tuesday that he thought he had all the answers to solving environmental problems. Then he began meeting farmers, ranchers and hunters along his journey and realized they knew the most about the land and cared the most about it.
Today, as the Northwest Colorado wildlands coordinator for the Wilderness Society, Jesperson, 32, works with communities, land management agencies, and gas and oil companies to strike a balance between energy development and public lands.
On Thursday, the 40th Earth Day, Jespersen¬†plans to be in Brown's Park, Colorado, a remote valley on the Wyoming-Utah border, with a group of local volunteers. They'll be planting cottonwood trees on the flood plain of the Green River.
"It's a national wildlife refuge and people here care for it deeply," he said. "Butch Cassidy once hid out there. Because of changes to the flow of the Green River - it's controlled by a dam now - the plains no longer flood the way they used to, so we plant these trees that are so important to birds and wildlife. We go back each year to see how the trees progress. So there'll be cottonwood there rather than sagebrush."
One of the country's greatest novelists and humorists, known to his readers by the pen name Mark Twain, died on this date in 1910 at the age of 74.
According to The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, by 1857, after work on East Coast newspapers, Clemens began a new career as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. In 1861, the Civil War caused all traffic along the river to halt, and Clemens joined a volunteer Confederate unit called the Marion Rangers. He quit after just two weeks.
In his most famous work from 1884, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Clemens satirized the institution of slavery, criticized the failures of Reconstruction and described the continuing poor treatment of African-Americans.
Clemens wrote, "I think we never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead - and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead, and they would be honest so much earlier."