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  • Dr. Mark Pool, a cardiac surgeon, greets his patient Carl Smith for the final time following his heart surgery. Pool, a highly regarded heart and lung surgeon at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, is fervent about his Baptist faith. For about a year, he’s routinely asked patients if they’d like him to pray with them pre-surgery — a gesture he says is always appreciated but one that exceeds advocates’ suggested bounds.
    Dr. Mark Pool, a cardiac surgeon, greets his patient Carl Smith for the final time following his heart surgery. Pool, a highly regarded heart and lung surgeon at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, is fervent about his Baptist faith. For about a year, he’s routinely asked patients if they’d like him to pray with them pre-surgery — a gesture he says is always appreciated but one that exceeds advocates’ suggested bounds.
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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, flanked by Air Force personnel, walks down the rear ramp of a C-17 at Joint Base Charleston near Charleston, S.C., on the last day of a three-day trip to visit bases in the Carolinas and Florida in June. When Hagel told civilian Department of Defense workers on the base that job furloughs — which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, will likely continue next year, and may get even worse — the audience softly gasped in surprise and gave a few depressed, low whistles.
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, flanked by Air Force personnel, walks down the rear ramp of a C-17 at Joint Base Charleston near Charleston, S.C., on the last day of a three-day trip to visit bases in the Carolinas and Florida in June. When Hagel told civilian Department of Defense workers on the base that job furloughs — which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, will likely continue next year, and may get even worse — the audience softly gasped in surprise and gave a few depressed, low whistles.
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