As West Germany was reorganised and gained independence from its occupiers, the German Democratic Republic was established in East Germany in 1949. The creation of the two states solidified the 1945 division of Germany.  On 10 March 1952, (in what would become known as the " Stalin Note ") Stalin put forth a proposal to reunify Germany with a policy of neutrality, with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for "the rights of man and basic freedoms, including freedom of speech, press, religious persuasion, political conviction, and assembly" and free activity of democratic parties and organizations.  This was turned down; reunification was not a priority for the leadership of West Germany, and the NATO powers declined the proposal, asserting that Germany should be able to join NATO and that such a negotiation with the Soviet Union would be seen as a capitulation. There have been several debates about whether a real chance for reunification had been missed in 1952.
Cow Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team received her second straight Patriot League Player of the Week award on Monday. This marks the third time in Hovren's career that she received the player of the week honor in back-to-back weeks. The Spokane, Wash., native paced Army with 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, while helping the team capture a pair of victories over Dartmouth and Air Force last week. She posted a double-double in both outings and is tied for second in the nation with seven. Hovren began her week with a season-best 24-point performance on 11-of-14 shooting against the Big Green on Wednesday night. In the win, she eclipsed the 800-point mark for her career, while adding 11 rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. It was her third 20-point game this season and 15th of her career. The eight-time Patriot League Player of the Week followed up that performance by tallying 14 points, 11 boards and three steals in a victory against service-academy rival Air Force on Saturday. Read More