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70 Years Ago Today: FDR Dies Suddenly in Warm Springs, GA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt#Last_days.2C_death_and_memorial

Last days, death and memorial
The President left the Yalta Conference on February 12, 1945, flew to Egypt and boarded the USS Quincy operating on the Great Bitter Lake near the Suez Canal. Aboard Quincy, the next day he met with Farouk I, king of Egypt, and Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia. On February 14, he held a historic meeting with King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, a meeting some historians believe holds profound significance in U.S.-Saudi relations even today. After a final meeting between Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Quincy steamed for Algiers, arriving February 18, at which time Roosevelt conferred with American ambassadors to Britain, France and Italy. At Yalta, Lord Moran, Winston Churchill's physician, commenting on Roosevelt's ill health, said that he was a dying man.

When Roosevelt returned to the United States, he addressed Congress on March 1 about the Yalta Conference, and many were shocked to see how old, thin and frail he looked. He spoke while seated in the well of the House, an unprecedented concession to his physical incapacity. Roosevelt opened his speech by saying, "I hope that you will pardon me for this unusual posture of sitting down during the presentation of what I want to say, but... it makes it a lot easier for me not to have to carry about ten pounds of steel around on the bottom of my legs." Still in full command mentally, he firmly stated "The Crimean Conference ought to spell the end of a system of unilateral action, the exclusive alliances, the spheres of influence, the balances of power, and all the other expedients that have been tried for centuries– and have always failed. We propose to substitute for all these, a universal organization in which all peace-loving nations will finally have a chance to join."

During March 1945, he sent strongly worded messages to Stalin accusing him of breaking his Yalta commitments over Poland, Germany, prisoners of war and other issues. When Stalin accused the western Allies of plotting a separate peace with Hitler behind his back, Roosevelt replied: "I cannot avoid a feeling of bitter resentment towards your informers, whoever they are, for such vile misrepresentations of my actions or those of my trusted subordinates."

On March 29, 1945, Roosevelt went to the Little White House at Warm Springs, Georgia, to rest before his anticipated appearance at the founding conference of the United Nations. On the afternoon of April 12, Roosevelt said, "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head." He then slumped forward in his chair, unconscious, and was carried into his bedroom. The president's attending cardiologist, Dr. Howard Bruenn, diagnosed a massive cerebral hemorrhage (stroke). At 3:35 p.m. that day, Roosevelt died. As Allen Drury later said, “so ended an era, and so began another.” After Roosevelt's death, an editorial by The New York Times declared, "Men will thank God on their knees a hundred years from now that Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House".

At the time he collapsed, Roosevelt had been sitting for a portrait painting by the artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff, known as the famous Unfinished Portrait of FDR.

In his later years at the White House, when Roosevelt was increasingly overworked, his daughter Anna Roosevelt Boettiger had moved in to provide her father companionship and support. Anna had also arranged for her father to meet with his former mistress, the now widowed Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. Shoumatoff, who maintained close friendships with both Roosevelt and Mercer, rushed Mercer away to avoid negative publicity and implications of infidelity.

On the morning of April 13, Roosevelt's body was placed in a flag-draped coffin and loaded onto the presidential train. After a White House funeral on April 14, Roosevelt was transported back to Hyde Park by train. As was his wish, Roosevelt was buried in the Rose Garden of the Springwood estate, the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park on April 15. Eleanor, who died in November 1962, was buried next to him.

Roosevelt's death was met with shock and grief across the US and around the world. His declining health had not been known to the general public.

Less than a month after his death, on May 8, the war in Europe ended. President Harry S. Truman dedicated Victory in Europe Day and its celebrations to Roosevelt's memory, and kept the flags across the U.S. at half-staff for the remainder of the 30-day mourning period, saying that his only wish was "that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day."




On edit: I know this is a duplicate (in GD), here's L0onix's thread on FDR (posted a few minutes before mine: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026493118 )

Saratoga Co Deputy Sheriff suspended/resigns after this encounter:

http://poststar.com/news/local/saratoga-county-sheriff-s-officer-suspended-over-video-video-link/article_a6a4ad30-673e-11e4-93e3-97904b348106.html

A video posted online that appeared to show a Saratoga County sheriff’s officer slap a person he had stopped has led to suspension of the officer and a criminal investigation, police said early Saturday.

The video shows the officer, Sgt. Shawn Glans, cursing at the person he was speaking with, and the sound of what the videotaper alleges was a slap can be heard. Officers had spotted a rifle in the back of the parked car, according to the video.

The incident took place during an interview early Friday at the Route 9 Walmart in Halfmoon, according to Post-Star media partners WNYT-TV Newschannel 13. Deputies responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle, and found a car in a business’s parking lot with the rifle in the back seat.

Glans and another officer questioned two young men who they saw walk to the car, and a confrontation ensued when the owner refused to give police access to the vehicle.

“It is disturbing,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said of the situation Saturday. “The minute we heard about it, we began an investigation. We’re going to be upfront about it and deal with it.”

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Resignation:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Saratoga-sheriff-to-discuss-viral-video-5883183.php

A Saratoga County sheriff's sergeant abruptly resigned Monday as he was charged with official misconduct and harassment after a video was posted on the Internet over the weekend that purportedly captured him slapping a man whose car he wanted to search.

Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo said his office began an investigation into the actions of Sgt. Shawn R. Glans immediately after they learned the video was posted on the department's Facebook page around 9 p.m. Friday. The video shows Glans demanding to search the vehicle of a young man, Colin Fitch, who was standing next to the deputy in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Halfmoon. Fitch refused to consent to the search as Glans peppered him with expletives and said they could get a search warrant if he didn't turn over his keys.

Glans grows increasingly agitated during the encounter, which was being secretly filmed by Fitch's friend Adam Roberts, who was standing next to the pair. "You want to (expletive) resist?" Glans tells Fitch as the deputy steps toward him and the video captures a loud slapping sound. The video camera was pointed downward at the time of the alleged strike. Glans then grabs Fitch's keys, throwing them to another deputy. "Search the (expletive) car," Glans tells the other deputy, who has not been identified.


Yes, this is 4 months old, but THIS is a typical encounter with the police, regardless of race:

Video encounter:


Goodbyeeeee, pig!

...and piggie has a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/shawn.glans

I wonder if he's found a job yet? Maybe the tri-quel of Paul Blart?

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

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141058205

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.
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On edit: I'm pleased to see the kind reactions from everyone.

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.
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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):

http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/01/cynthia-lennon-dead-dies-cancer-john-first-wife-beatles/

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.

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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

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...
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