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Tappan Zee boat accident - two missing

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130727/NEWS01/130727003/2-missing-4-hurt-after-boat-hits-Tappan-Zee-construction-barge

PIERMONT — Four people were injured late Friday and two others were missing after a boat struck a barge in the Hudson River just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Rescue workers searched almost three hours for the two missing boaters, one woman and one man, using boats and helicopters between Piermont and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The search was called off shortly before 1:30 a.m. today.

The crash, involving a 21-foot Stingray powerboat, was reported at 10:40 p.m., said Ali Flockerzi, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman. The vessel struck a barge. There are numerous barges moored north and south of the bridge – some holding cranes and others holding equipment – as work on the new Tappan Zee bridge ramps up.

Authorities said the crash occurred about a half-mile from the bridge, on the Rockland side of the river.
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Having captained my own 30-footer thru these waters, it's incomprehensible how this could happen, unless alcohol was involved.

George Zimmerman Emerged From Hiding for Truck Crash Rescue (not a joke)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-emerged-hiding-truck-crash-rescue/story?id=19735432

George Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, emerged to help rescue someone who was trapped in an overturned truck, police said today.

Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told ABC News that Zimmerman "pulled an individual from a truck that had rolled over" at the intersection of a Florida highway last week. Florida Highway Patrol is now handling the case, McAuliffe said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route 417, police said.

It's the first known sighting of Zimmerman since he left the courtroom following his acquittal last week on murder charges for the death of Martin. Zimmerman, 29, shot and killed Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. The jury determined that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense.
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I'm stunned. I'm speechless. My last shred of respect for the law is all-but-gone.

What THIS means is that I can pick a fight with anyone I want, and if they defend themselves, I can shoot them in the heart.

Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt (Shah of Iran's 1st Wife) Dead at 91

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/uk-fawzia-idUKBRE9610Q820130702

(Reuters) - Princess Fawzia Fuad, a daughter and sister of Egyptian kings and the first wife of the last Shah of Iran, died on Tuesday in Alexandria, a member of the former royal family and a senior local police officer said.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Fawzia_Fuad_of_Egypt



Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt and Iran (5 November 1921 – 2 July 2013) was an Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

She is also known as Fawzia Chirine, having remarried in 1949. Although her royal titles were no longer recognized by the Egyptian government after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 international protocol dictates that former monarchs and members of former ruling royal families still retain titles obtained whilst a member of a reigning monarchy. She was the oldest member of the deposed Muhammad Ali Dynasty residing in Egypt. Her nephew, Fuad, who was proclaimed King Fuad II of Egypt and Sudan after the Revolution, resides in Switzerland.
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99 years ago today. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie assassinated

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria

Principals:


Archduke Franz Ferdinand



Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg



Gavrilo Princip


On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo, by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six Bosnian Serb assassins coordinated by Danilo Ilić. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Greater Serbia or a Yugoslavia. The assassins' motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. Serbian military officers stood behind the attack.

At the top of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević, his righthand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and Masterspy Rade Malobabić. Major Tankosić armed the assassins with bombs and pistols and trained them. The assassins were given access to the same clandestine tunnel of safe-houses and agents that Rade Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary.

The assassins, the key members of the clandestine tunnel, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian kangaroo court on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records.

Assignment of responsibility for the bombing and murders of 28 June is highly controversial because the attack led to the outbreak of World War I one month later.

In 1992, the verdict of Internment was in:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment#Legal_legacy

Former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, who represented the US Department of Justice in the "relocation," writes in the epilogue to the 1992 book Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans:


The truth is—as this deplorable experience proves—that constitutions and laws are not sufficient of themselves...Despite the unequivocal language of the Constitution of the United States that the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, and despite the Fifth Amendment's command that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, both of these constitutional safeguards were denied by military action under Executive Order 9066.


No stretch to apply this to Edward Snowden.

Airshow accident in Dayton, OH - two dead (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO):



It looks like the aircraft stalled when going inverted.

Jane Wicker's (the wing walker) last interview (yesterday):
http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/living_dayton/wing-walker#.UcX3m9LD-Jd

She describes the very maneuver that (ultimately) brought the aircraft down.

Gandolfini on Sesame Street. He, too, gets scared.



Whatta guy.

Alive Day Memories Part 1 (link to YouTube Playlist for complete episode below)



Playlist for the complete episode:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA70A0CB740448195

Thank you and Cross gently, Jimmy Gandolfini.

Documentary aims to 'break silence' on crash of TWA Flight 800

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/us/twa-crash-claim/

(CNN) -- Skeptics who have long theorized that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by sinister forces will get a fresh surge of energy when a new documentary attempts to disprove that the 1996 crash was accidental.

The twist: It includes six members of the large accident investigation team who, publicists say, will "break their silence" on the cause of the explosion.

They will petition the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen its investigation some 17 years after the B-747 fell in pieces into the waters off of Long Island, New York.

They include Hank Hughes, who served as a senior accident investigator with the NTSB and helped reconstruct the aircraft following its destruction. Also included, Bob Young, a top TWA investigator who participated in the investigation, and Jim Speer, an accident investigator for the Airline Pilots Association.

"These investigators were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation," a news release announcing the documentary said.

"They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case."
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If true, then
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