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25 years ago today... Oliver North was sentenced...


Inside the wreck of the Costa Concordia (full 8 minute video):

Thanks to jakeXT for bringing the event to our attention:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017200891

I found the full 8 minute video on YouTube. Staggering views of her underwater interior:


Veteran Character Actor Bob Hastings dead at 89

http://www.burbankleader.com/news/tn-blr-me-0702-actor-bob-hastings-dies-at-89-20140701,0,3724879.story

By Alicia Banks, alicia.banks@latimes.com
July 1, 2014 | 6:09 p.m.
Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., a radio actor who found his footing in television, notably for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. He was 89.

Hastings died Monday at his Burbank home. He had pancreatic cancer, his third bout with the illness in 15 years.

Hastings began his career in radio in 1936 at the age of 11. He was featured on a variety of shows such as "The Daily Mirror Radio Gang" and "Adventures in King Arthurland." Less than a decade later, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a B-29 navigator during World War II. Upon his return, his voice found the airwaves again, voicing Archie Andrews until 1953, the main character of the popular comic, according to the Internet Movie Database.

In 1949, Hastings moved to television with roles such as Hal on "Captain Video and His Video Rangers." That work, and his keen ear for foreign accents, led to a recurring role as a lieutenant on "Sergeant Bilko" in 1956.

Reached in New York, Don Hastings called his older brother and fellow actor his hero.

"I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband," Don said. "That's hard to be in show business."

The younger Hastings played Dr. Bob Hughes on the soap opera "As The World Turns" for decades.

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Cross gently, Bob.

Oscar Nominated Actor/Director Paul Mazursky dies at 84

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/01/showbiz/movies/obit-paul-mazursky/index.html

(CNN) -- Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," has died, his agent said Tuesday.

He was 84. The cause of death was not revealed, but Mazursky had been in ill health for some time.

Mazursky was known for his compassionate touch as a writer and director, guiding such performers as Dyan Cannon (1969's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"), Art Carney (1974's "Harry and Tonto") and Jill Clayburgh (1978's "An Unmarried Woman") to Academy Award nominations for acting.

Carney, in fact, won a best actor Oscar for his performance as a widower who travels cross-country with his cat, Tonto.

Indeed, Mazursky was fond of such low-key, human stories, though usually with a dose of humor. "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" was about wife-swapping; "An Unmarried Woman" was about a wealthy New Yorker whose husband leaves her, putting her in the dating pool for the first time in years.



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Cross gently, Paul...

Uncle Joe Biden came to town yesterday (x-post from GD) :

http://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/vice-president-joe-biden-makes-surprise-trip-to-auburn-for/article_a12cc6bc-fe66-11e3-bc53-001a4bcf887a.html



AUBURN | Several weddings were held in central New York Saturday. But only one had Vice President Joe Biden on the guest list.

Biden traveled to Auburn to attend a wedding for his niece, Marren Hunter. Hunter married Gregory Felter in a ceremony Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's Church.

Hunter is employed as an accountant at Currier Plastics in Auburn and Felter works as internal auditor at SRC, a Syracuse-area research and development firm, according to their respective LinkedIn pages.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Hunter, the brother of Biden's first wife, the former Neilia Hunter. Neilia Hunter Biden was a native of Auburn. The Bidens were married for six years until Neilia Hunter Biden and the couple's 1-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972.

Since his first wife's death, Biden continues to have close ties to the Hunter family and central New York. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Biden has made several return trips to the region since he launched his political career.

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POTUS and VPOTUS dig my little berg!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10682525

(as an aside, his late wife Neilia is my second cousin).

Uncle Joe Biden came to town yesterday:

http://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/vice-president-joe-biden-makes-surprise-trip-to-auburn-for/article_a12cc6bc-fe66-11e3-bc53-001a4bcf887a.html



AUBURN | Several weddings were held in central New York Saturday. But only one had Vice President Joe Biden on the guest list.

Biden traveled to Auburn to attend a wedding for his niece, Marren Hunter. Hunter married Gregory Felter in a ceremony Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's Church.

Hunter is employed as an accountant at Currier Plastics in Auburn and Felter works as internal auditor at SRC, a Syracuse-area research and development firm, according to their respective LinkedIn pages.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Hunter, the brother of Biden's first wife, the former Neilia Hunter. Neilia Hunter Biden was a native of Auburn. The Bidens were married for six years until Neilia Hunter Biden and the couple's 1-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972.

Since his first wife's death, Biden continues to have close ties to the Hunter family and central New York. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Biden has made several return trips to the region since he launched his political career.

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POTUS and VPOTUS dig my little berg!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10682525

(as an aside, his late wife Neilia is my second cousin).

Designing Women star Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meshach-taylor-dead-designing-women-715569

Meshach Taylor, who played the lovable assistant Anthony Bouvier, who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm in the CBS hit sitcom Designing Women, has died, his agent Dede Binder confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.

Taylor, who immediately segued to another CBS comedy, Dave's World, when Designing Women was canceled, died Saturday night at his family's home in Altadena, where he was receiving hospice care. Earlier, his family posted a note on his Facebook page, saying, "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend, has begun his grand transition."

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Khamenei says Iran strongly opposes US intervention in Iraq

Source: RTE

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed strong opposition to US intervention in Iraq, saying Iraqis themselves were able to bring an end to the violence there, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, added in remarks to judiciary officials that Washington aimed to keep Iraq under its control and place its own "Yes Men" in power.

The conflict there was not sectarian, but was really between those who wanted Iraq in the US camp and those who sought Iraq's independence, IRNA reported.

Meanwhile Sunni insurgents led by al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL, captured three towns in Iraq's western Anbar province, witnesses and security sources said.

A military intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said army troops withdrew from Rawa, Ana and Rutba this morning and ISIS moved quickly to completely control these towns.

Read more: http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0622/625603-iraq/

If you were born before 1966, these pics might resonate...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/clyde_ny_photos/

Upstate NY (Clyde, NY). I found them in my quest to find out what happened to the "Bicentennial Barge" (aka New York Festival Barge) - of which there are many pics in the photostream. Enjoy!



On edit: GREAT pics of the New York Festival (Bicentennial) Barge are here, specifically:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/clyde_ny_photos/sets/72157624274466231/detail/

Rockefeller son dies after his plane crashes

Source: USA Today

PURCHASE, N.Y A son of the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family died Friday after the small plane he was piloting crashed into a neighborhood near Westchester County Airport.

Richard Rockefeller, 64, of Falmouth, Maine, ate dinner the night before with his father, David Rockefeller, to celebrate the scion's 99th birthday, said family spokesman Fraser Seitel, who confirmed the death.

"It's a terrible tragedy," Seitel said. "The family is in shock. Richard was a wonderful and cherished member of the family. He was an experienced pilot. He was a medical doctor, and it's horribly sad."

The plane, a Piper Meridian single-engine turbo prop registered to Richard Rockefeller, left the White Plains, N.Y., airport about 8 a.m. ET and was reported down within 10 minutes in a residential area less than 3 miles away in Purchase, about 30 miles north of New York, airport operations administrator Peter Scherrer said. The weather at the time of takeoff was foggy and rainy.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/13/one-dead-plane-crash-westchester-county-airport



Cross gently Richard. You've done your family proud.
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