Online dating ads using image of deceased Texas soldier
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Posted on February 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Updated today at 10:22 PM

DALLAS — The advertisements say “Soliders want you” and “Military Men Searching for Love” next to a picture of a serviceman.

There’s just one problem: The solider in the advertisement, Lt. Peter Burks, died in Baghdad in 2007, leaving behind his family and his fiance, Missy.

Seeing the image of his fallen son being used without approval to promote dating ads infuriates Burks’ father, Alan, and transports him back to a dark place.

“It brought back the memories when we were notified by the Department of Defense,” Mr. Burks said through tears.

Four years after Lt. Burks’ death, his father still wears his son’s dog tags.

“It was so wrong,” Alan Burks said. “Peter was a good kid. He loved Missy…………… continues on WFAA

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‘Online dating is for everyone’
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By The Miami Herald

Online dating has brought romance to millions of men and women. And now, a new website for Jewish singles,, operated by Miami Beach-based Avalanche, is geared to help even more people find love through the Internet.

Stop Kvetching – Start Dating! commands the blog on, written by Meir Strahlberg, chief executive of Avalanche.

“It’s meant to introduce Jewish singles to one another in a casual, stress-free environment,” Strahlberg said.

Jewcierjoins nearly 20 other general and niche dating sites owned by Avalanche, co-founded by Strahlberg and his Toronto-based business partner, Kris Covino, in 1997.

Among Avalanche’s largest sites are, launched on Valentine’s Day in 1997;, which Avalanche bought in 2005, and, a Latin dating site also launched in 2005, which has more than 20,000 members in Florida alone.

“They’re well-respected within the industry for being savvy operators,” said Mark Brooks, an online dating industry analyst.

In the past six months, Avalanche has added…………… continues on Brandon News and Tribune

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