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Outside the Wire reports:  A spate of high-profile violent crimes committed by Fort Drum, N.Y. soldiers,  is being blamed on an increase in population and not combat stress, the Watertown Times reports.

Navy Times reports:  Naval Medical Center San Diego admitted 15 sailors over a five-month period last year for use of a synthetic drug that mimics marijuana, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.  Side effects of the drug often known as spice include hallucinations, paranoia and confusion that can become debilitating, doctors said, adding that symptoms can often last days.

Stars & Stripes reports that Mr. Galligan will meet with the commander at Fort Hood in May to discuss a non-capital referral.

Seattle Weekly reports:  ‚ÄčAs the Army prepares for the prosecution of more Joint Base Lewis-McChord "Kill Team" members accused of murdering at least three Afghani civilians, we’ve learned that military officials have also decided to go forward with the prosecution of another accused JBLM killer, Sgt. John M. Russell, who is charged with shooting five fellow American soldiers in Iraq.

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