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Posted May 27, 2018 9:57 p.m. EDT

Everyone Loves a Parade. Especially When It’s on a Military Base.

If President Donald Trump really wanted to do a proper military parade showcasing the might, speed and derring-do of America’s finest, the Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, would have been a good place to begin. On Thursday, 770 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division hurled themselves out of five C-17 cargo planes above a cheering crowd of 10,000 people. The coming military parade the Pentagon is reluctantly planning will not come close to showcasing how the U.S. military actually fights.

Weinstein’s Rape Arrest May Define Manhattan DA’s Legacy

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. made a name as the scourge of men who traffic in underage prostitutes and reduced the backlog of untested rape-evidence kits. But he also faced withering criticism for dropping the prosecution of a French politician on sexual assault charges in 2011 and steadily mounting outrage over his 2015 decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein. On Friday, Vance brought charges of rape and criminal sexual acts against Weinstein. The arrest appeased some critics of Vance, but it is also a moment fraught with political peril.

Retired English Teacher Corrects a White House Letter and Sends It Back

Yvonne Mason is a former high school English teacher who retired in 2017 but hadn’t quite left “grading-paper mode.” So when she received a letter bearing President Donald Trump’s signature, she pulled out her purple pen and made corrections. “Poor writing is not something I abide," she said. Mason originally wrote to Trump to ask that he visit each family of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting victims. The letter she received did not address her concerns, but there were those grammatical errors. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Flash Flooding Rages Through Maryland Community

Flash floods Sunday raged through a Maryland community that was devastated by flooding two years ago, prompting residents to seek shelter in upper floors. Ellicott City experienced floodwaters 6 feet deep in some places, witnesses said. There was no immediate word of injuries. Howard County fire and emergency medical services said on Twitter rescue swimmers were being called in and swift-water units were coming from as far away as Northern Virginia. Mark Miller, a county spokesman, said the episode equaled or perhaps exceeded the July 2016 flooding in which two people died.

A Scramble to Scrub Swastikas Off Headstones by Memorial Day

Every year, residents of Glen Carbon, Illinois, have spent their Memorial Day honoring the fallen at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates cemetery, where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. But on Saturday, groundskeepers discovered that more than 200 monuments and headstones had been vandalized, each spray-painted with a swastika. Officials said volunteers swarmed the cemetery and got to work scrubbing. As of late Sunday afternoon, officials said there were still a few headstones in need of touching up but they would be ready by Monday. Authorities said they arrested a 34-year-old Glen Carbon man in connection with the cemetery vandalism.

Another Taxi Driver in Debt Takes His Life. That’s 5 in 5 Months.

Yu Mein Chow’s taxicab was the biggest investment of his life. On May 11, it was found abandoned at 86th Street and East End Avenue in Manhattan. Chow's body was found floating in the East River on Wednesday. Chow, 56, had taken out a loan seven years ago to buy a $700,000 medallion that gave him the right to operate a cab. Friends and family members believe he jumped to his death, adding to a string of apparent suicides of traditional taxi and livery drivers in New York City. It marked the fifth suicide in just over five months.