By Mark Memmott
Today will be marked by a solemn ceremony at Fort Hood, where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will join with the families of those wounded and killed during last Thursday's shooting that left 13 dead and about 30 wounded.
As NPR's Wade Goodwyn reported on Morning Edition, the Army plans a traditional memorial service for all those at the post who were affected by the tragedy.
The service, which begins at 2 p.m. ET, will be televised. NPR plans special coverage that will be carried by most member stations. NPR.org will also be following it. The Two-Way is set to post live updates as the memorial service is underway. Check back with us as the time draws near.
There's also news to pass along this morning about the Fort Hood tragedy.
-- As Frank noted earlier, NPR's Tom Gjelten reported last night that FBI officials have acknowledged they "took a look" at Major Nidal Hasan, the accused shooter, in recent months because he had been in communication with a person who espoused radical views.
On Morning Edition, Tom followed up with more on that part of the story:
Also on Morning Edition, NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reported that some of Hasan's fellow psychiatrists colleagues found him to be detached, unproductive and sometimes hostile. And, Daniel has learned that at least one official at Walter Reed Army Medical Center wanted to remove Hasan from the residency program there -- but that supervisors had not adequately documented his alleged deficiencies and could not take such administrative action.
The Washington Post reports, meanwhile, that Hasan "warned a roomful of senior Army physicians a year and a half ago that to avoid 'adverse events,' the military should allow Muslim soldiers to be released as conscientious objectors instead of fighting in wars against other Muslims."
On CBS-TV's The Early Show this morning, the Associated Press writes:
The attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the mass shooting at Fort Hood says he's assured the suspect that all of his rights as a defendant in the military justice system will be respected.
Retired Col. John P. Galligan said he found Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to be "coherent" when he met with him Monday. Galligan said Hasan is "aware that he's a suspect. But there were no formal charges that I could discuss with him."
Other stories making headlines this morning include:
-- The Associated Press -- Bomb Kills At Least 15 In Pakistan: "A police officer says a bomb near a crowded market in northwest Pakistan has killed 15 people. The bombing is the third attack in as many days in or close to Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Police officer Riaz Khan says Tuesday's bombing in Charsadda city also wounded at least 25 people. The city is some 25 miles north of Peshawar."
-- BBC News -- Korean Naval Ships Clash At Sea: "A South Korean warship has exchanged fire with a North Korean naval vessel, reports from both countries say. Officials in Seoul say the South Korean vessel opened fire when the Northern ship crossed a disputed sea border. The North Korean vessel then fired back."
-- The New York Times -- "Democrats Raise Alarm Over Costs Of Health Bills": "As health care legislation moves toward a crucial airing in the Senate, the White House is facing a growing revolt from some Democrats and analysts who say the bills Congress is considering do not fulfill President Obama's promise to slow the runaway rise in health care spending."
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