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After the war, Keeble returned to the small North Dakota town of Wahpeton, where he worked at an Indian school as a caretaker, according to Kurt BlueDog, a grand-nephew. Keeble died in 1982 after a post-Army life of health and financial difficulties. In an interview last week, BlueDog described his uncle as a large, jovial man who was humble about his actions in wartime and beloved by family and friends.

"We've been doing everything we can to keep this thing alive and moving forward. That's why it is so fulfilling and gratifying that this is finally coming," BlueDog said. "There's a strong tradition among Native American people about nationalism and coming to the defense of one's people," he added. "Woody exemplified it."

Dirty Laundry

One of the revelations from President Bush's recent trip to Africa is that the president doesn't know how his laundry gets done when he's abroad. This comes from rock star turned activist turned journalist Bob Geldof, who enjoyed special access to Bush during the Africa journey and just wrote his account for Time magazine.

Geldof offers a sympathetic portrait of the president, trying to reconcile his anger over the Iraq invasion with what he describes as Bush's undeniable achievements in Africa -- such as increases in distribution of anti-AIDS drugs -- that Geldof asserts have been given short shrift by the American media.

The onetime singer for the Boomtown Rats, who is used to washing machines backstage at concerts, reports that he asked Bush how he got his laundry done on such foreign trips. "Laundry, huh?" replied Bush. "Y'know, I've never asked that. I usually just wear the same thing all day, but if I need to change, there's always a room I can go to. Laundry, huh? Is this the interview, Geldof? It's certainly a different technique!"

"Jed," Bush said to the man doing the ironing in his private cabin on Air Force One. "How do we do the laundry on this thing?"

"We use hotels, sir."

Home on the Ranch

Mark Knoller, the CBS Radio News correspondent who keeps the best statistics on presidential travel, reports that Bush's past weekend in Crawford with the Danish prime minister was his 70th visit as president to his Texas ranch. By Knoller's count, Bush has spent all or part of 452 days of his presidency there.

That makes for an awful lot of brush cleared.


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