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How did Robert and Ted Kennedy qualify for burial in Arlington?

There is a long list detailing the ways someone can qualify for burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, and nearly all of them list military service or being related to someone with military service among the requirements. For the full list, please see

The criteria that Robert and Ted Kennedy meet is: "g. Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty (other than for training) and who held any of the following positions: An elective office of the U.S. Government."

Edward Kennedy was eligible because he spent two years in the Army, 1951-53, as a private first class, followed by a long career as a senator.

Robert F. Kennedy served in the armed forces, in the Navy from October 1943 through May 1946, and also was a U.S. senator.

Edward Kennedy was buried near his brothers - former President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy - on the hillside that serves as the burial site of other family members, including former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, John and Jacqueline's baby son Patrick, who died at 2 days old, and their stillborn child.

Others buried at Arlington who were awarded a spot more for their civilian accomplishments include 3,800 former slaves who lived on the Arlington estate, 482 members of the Confederate Army, four chief justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall, big-band leader Glenn Miller, detective writer Dashiell Hammett (who was imprisoned in 1951 as a Communist sympathizer), civil rights leader Medgar Evers, boxer Joe Louis, 16 astronauts and 63 foreign nationals.

Arlington was opened in 1864, and more than 310,000 people are buried in its 624 acres. It's expected to have space for burials until at least 2060, and it has also opened space for cremated remains. There are more than 100 other national cemeteries around the country, though many of them are full.

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Brad Pitt kidding about Clooney

I was reading in a Brad Pitt interview in People magazine where he said, "Angie (Jolie) and I will not be getting married until George Clooney and his partner can legally do so." This issue also had two pictures of George with a female. Who is George's partner?

Pitt was joking. Clooney's known relationships have been with women.

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From an item Aug. 21: The Pittsburgh Pirates are now in sole possession of the record for the most consecutive losing seasons by a major sports franchise. They got there Sept. 7 by losing their 82nd game, ensuring they would have a losing record for the 17th consecutive season.