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Sarah Brady, Widow of Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, Dies at 73

Source: WaPo

Sarah Kemp Brady, the widow of former White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Friday after battling pneumonia, her family said in a statement. She was 73

Sarah Brady became a prominent gun control advocate after her husband was shot during the attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan's life in 1981.

James Brady died in August at age 73.
"Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives," the family's statement read.
"Our nation has lost a great hero, and I have lost a dear friend," Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross said in a statement. "I am certain that she would want nothing more than to know we are carrying on her and Jim’s legacy with the same fiery compassion and dedication that made her so remarkable."

In 1989, Sarah Brady became affiliated with Handgun Control, Inc., which was renamed the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001. She became chair in 1991.

Read more: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Sarah-Brady-Dies-at-73-298624071.html

Cross gently Sarah.

Cynthia Lennon dead at 75 (John's first wife):


John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon ... died at home in Spain after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.
Cynthia and John got married in 1962 .. while she was pregnant -- and she gave birth to Julian Lennon in 1963. He is her only child, and was by her side at her house in Mallorca when she passed away on Wednesday.


Cross gently, Cynthia...

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!
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