Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Berky of Melrose died Saturday of injuries suffered in combat, one of three U.S. troops killed in an ambush in western Afghanistan. He was an explosives ordnance disposal technician assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron. Berky, 25, and his wife, Erin, had an infant son, Harrison, according to the Berky family's pages on Classmates.com, Facebook.com and MySpace.com. He was a 2002 graduate of Bradford High School in Starke.
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WEST PALM BEACH
Muck Monster gets attention
A mysterious ripple in the waters near West Palm Beach has a name - the Muck Monster - and has been fodder for David Letterman. Monday, the Muck Monster may have something else: tourists. City commissioners will discuss whether to put telescopes and feeding pellets on a Lake Worth Lagoon dock so folks can watch and feed the creature. Trouble is, no one has actually seen it. It first appeared on YouTube this summer in a video posted by Lagoonkeepers.org, a group that removes debris in the water. Whatever was causing the wake never breached the surface. The Palm Beach County Visitors and Convention Bureau says it received 4 million Web site hits since featuring stories about the "monster."