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I have the reader known as "So-Called Austin Mayor" to thank for this one. "Grandpa's going to war," the page-one feature that topped Thursday's Sun-Times, told the interesting tale of Rick Rodrigues, a former West Pointer, 14 years retired, who at the age of 55 is going back into the army to serve in Iraq. The Sun-Times ran a picture of Rodrigues as a handsome young captain in uniform in 1983; it must have been some kind of standard service shot because a board he was standing next to carried his name and rank, the date, and his social security number. SCAM comments, "Don't you imagine that a 55-year-old grandfather who is preparing to ship off to a war zone would have plenty of complications on his plate without adding something as pernicious as identity theft to the mix?"