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Gene Saks dead at 93 (Chuckles the Chipmunk in "A Thousand Clowns") :





Cross gently, Gene...


Germanwings Pilot Makes Emotional Speech Before Hamburg-Cologne Flight Takes Off

http://www.bustle.com/articles/72515-germanwings-pilot-makes-emotional-speech-before-hamburg-cologne-flight-takes-off

Following the Germanwings crash Tuesday that killed 150 people, boarding another Germanwings plane soon after the disaster sounds a little terrifying. On Wednesday, a Germanwings pilot assured passengers that they’d return home safely on a flight from Hamburg to Cologne. With everyone still disturbed by the plane’s crash into the French Alps the day before, the pilot’s sincerity and candor made one passenger feel much better about the ensuing flight and she posted about the interaction on Germanwings’ Facebook.

In the post, Britta Englisch admits that she had “mixed feelings” about flying with Germanwings the morning after copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately downed Flight 4U 9525, and she probably wasn’t the only one. There hasn’t been a large commercial airline crash intentionally brought about by the pilot since 1999, and this incident shocked the world.

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Here is a translation of Englisch’s post to Germanwings’ Facebook:

Yesterday morning at 8:40 a.m., I got onto a Germanwings flight from Hamburg to Cologne with mixed feelings. But then the captain not only welcomed each passenger separately, he also made a short speech before take off. Not from the cockpit — he was standing in the cabin. He spoke about how the accident touched him and the whole crew. About how queasy the crew feels, but that everybody from the crew is voluntarily here. And about his family and that the crew have a family and that he is going to do everything to be with his family again tonight. It was completely silent. It was completely silent. And then everybody applauded. I want to thank this pilot. He understood what everybody was thinking. And that he managed to give, at least me, a good feeling for this flight.


(Breaking): Astronaut begins U.S. history-making mission (a year in space)

Source: CNN

(CNN)NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has started a trip to the record books.

He plans to spend 342 days on the International Space Station -- the longest stretch of time any U.S. astronaut has spent in space.

Kelly lifted off Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that launched from Kazakhstan. The rocket is expected to dock at the ISS about 9:36 p.m. ET, with hatches between the Soyuz and the space station opening at about 11:15 p.m. ET, NASA said.

Kelly will stay twice as long as any U.S. astronaut has ever stayed on the space station, giving scientists a chance to study how the human body responds to long-duration space flights. On Earth, scientists will perform parallel studies on Scott Kelly's identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

"It's a lot of fun," Kelly said at a media briefing in January. "Space station is a magical place."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/26/us/nasa-one-year-mission-scott-kelly/index.html



God speed, Scott and Mark!!!

(Updated) French Media Report Plane Crash in the Alps, 148 Aboard

Source: ABC News

The French newspaper La Provence says an Airbus plane with at least 142 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants on board has crashed in the Alps region.

The Germanwings flight was traveling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed between Digne et Barcelonnette, the paper said. It cited French civil aviation authorities for the number of people.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/french-media-report-plane-crash-alps-148-aboard-29862228



Update: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/french-media-report-plane-crash-alps-148-aboard-29862228

French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people.

The Germanwings passenger jet crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, French officials said. Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council, said search-and-rescue teams were headed to the crash site at Meolans-Revels.

In a live briefing Tuesday, Hollande said the area of the crash was remote and it was not clear whether anyone on the ground had been hurt. Hollande said it was probable that a number of the victims are German.

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Fire kills 7 children at home in New York

Source: CNN.com



(CNN)A house fire killed seven children in Brooklyn, New York, early Saturday morning, police said.

In addition to the children, a woman and a teenage girl were injured in the fire in Brooklyn's south-central Midwood section, the New York Police Department said.

The victims are believed to be related, police said.

The fire burned the first and second floors of the home, located about three blocks south of Brooklyn College, the New York Fire Department said on Twitter. The flames, reported after midnight, were under control before 1:30 a.m., the fire department said.

More than 100 firefighters went to the site, CNN affiliate NY1 reported.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/21/us/brooklyn-fire-children-killed/index.html



Oh my God...

Bob McCulloch announces he found the shooters!

WTF????? Am I supposed to believe a word that escapes his lips???????

(Re: Ferguson Police shooting - McCulloch has his smarmy mug on TV now saying they found the shooter).

He LIED to the Grand Jury about the Micheal Brown murder and now HE'S the AUTHORITY on what happened 3 nights ago????????

THIS is BEYOND surreal!!!!

Arrest Made in Ferguson Shooting That Injured 2 Police Officers

Source: ABC News

An arrest was made in connection with a shooting outside the headquarters of the Ferguson police department that injured two officers, St. Louis County police and prosecutors said today.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Police Chief Jon Belmar were expected to give further details during a news conference this afternoon.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/arrest-made-ferguson-shooting-injured-police-officers/story?id=29652783

I'd forgotten how much I love Tom Petty... and he's ONE of Us!



Listen to the whole dealeo...

Really... totally worth the listen!

Throw Back Saturday, Politics Edition - 1988



Quayle: Three times that I've had this question — and I will try to answer it again for you, as clearly as I can, because the question you're asking is, "What kind of qualifications does Dan Quayle have to be president," "What kind of qualifications do I have," and "What would I do in this kind of a situation?" And what would I do in this situation? I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.

Judy Woodruff: Senator ?

Bentsen: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy. (Prolonged shouts and applause.)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senator,_you%27re_no_Jack_Kennedy

Quayle had routinely been comparing himself to Kennedy in his stump speech.

Adviser Susan Estrich recalled in 2004:

Three days , in rehearsal, had been shocked when the Dan Quayle stand-in compared himself to Jack Kennedy. Does he really do that, Bentsen asked at the time. He did. Can I say something, Bentsen, ever the gentleman, asked us. We nodded enthusiastically. So as we sat backstage, and heard Quayle compare himself to Kennedy, I turned to the key supporters gathered in the holding room and said, "Here it comes." And it did.


In a mock debate with Dennis Eckart, Bentsen used the casual remark "you're no Jack Kennedy and George Bush is no Ronald Reagan."
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I miss ol' Senator Bentsen!!

Someone is setting random police cars on fire in FL:

http://www.local10.com/news/two-police-cars-burned-in-northeast-miamidade/31773666

NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -
Two police cars were found burned in Northeast Miami-Dade.

The incident happened around 5 a.m. Friday morning at an apartment complex.

One of the burned vehicles is a Hallandale Beach police car.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.


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