Five things to know, June 20, 2022

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1. A computer system at the VA Hospital in Spokane caused harm to at least 148 veterans in the Inland Northwest, a draft report from a federal oversight agency reveals. The draft report also claims that Cerner Corp., which receives at least $10 billion for the electronic health records system, knew of a flaw that caused the harm but failed to fix it or to notify the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the system’s launch at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in October 2020.

2. The Russian military machine persevered in its ferocious efforts to crush Ukraine’s defenses on Monday, as the consequences of the war for food and fuel supplies loomed ever larger on the minds of the world after warnings that the fighting could last for years.

3. Four months of war in Ukraine appear to be straining troop morale on both sides, sparking desertions and rebellion against officers’ orders, British defense officials said on Sunday. The NATO chief warned that the fighting could last “for years”.

4. For the first time in history, the Army-Navy football game will be played in New England, according to a joint announcement on the five-year cycle that begins in 2023. Although often played in Philadelphia, the game this year is set for December 10 at Lincoln Financial Field – the game will not return to the City of Brotherly Love until 2027. Instead, it will be played in Boston, Washington, Baltimore and East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside New York.

5. The christening of a Navy destroyer on Saturday highlighted the sacrifices of two generations – the ship’s namesake killed in World War II and another Marine who died more than 60 years later. The future USS Basilone is named after a Marine who received the Medal of Honor before his death on Iwo Jima.

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