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A fun DNC Convention fact: the very site where the convention is being held...

...was the site of (the American concert of) Live Aid 31 years ago.

Tim LaHaye, author of 'Left Behind' end times novels, dies


By The Associated Press
The author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels about the return of Jesus and the rapture has died.

A publicist for the Rev. Tim LaHaye says the novelist died Monday in San Diego, California, days after suffering a stroke. He was 90 years old.

LaHaye and his partner Jerry B. Jenkins wrote 16 volumes in the "Left Behind" series, which sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, bringing Christian prophecy and the apocalypse into mainstream bookstores.

LaHaye was a Baptist minister who started an Atlanta-area church and several Christian schools, and wrote dozens of non-fiction and advice books. He was active in conservative political groups and instrumental in the creation of the Moral Majority.


Did he leave his shoes behind?

60 years ago tonight: MS Stockholm collides with SS Andrea Doria



As Stockholm and Andrea Doria were approaching each other head-on, in the heavily used shipping corridor, the westbound Andrea Doria had been traveling in heavy fog for hours. The captain had reduced speed slightly from 23.0 to 21.8 knots (42.6 to 40.4 km/h), activated the ship's fog-warning whistle, and had closed the watertight doors, all customary precautions while sailing in such conditions. However, the eastbound Stockholm had yet to enter what was apparently the edge of a fog bank and was seemingly unaware of it and the movement of the other ship hidden in it. The waters of the North Atlantic south of Nantucket Island are frequently the site of intermittent fog as the cold Labrador Current encounters the Gulf Stream.

As the two ships approached each other, at a combined speed of 40 knots (74 km/h), each was aware of the presence of another ship, but was guided only by radar; they apparently misinterpreted each other's course. No radio communication was made between the two ships, at first.

The original inquiry established that in the critical minutes before the collision, Andrea Doria gradually steered to port, attempting a starboard-to-starboard passing, while Stockholm turned about 20° to its starboard, an action intended to widen the passing distance of a port-to-port passing. In fact, they were actually steering towards each other – narrowing, rather than widening, the passing distance. Compounded by the extremely thick fog that enveloped the Doria as the ships approached each other, the ships were quite close by the time visual contact had been established. By then, the crews realized that they were on a collision course, but despite last-minute maneuvers, they could not avoid the collision.

In the last moments before impact, Stockholm turned hard to starboard and was in the process of reversing her propellers, attempting to stop. Andrea Doria, remaining at her cruising speed of almost 22 knots (41 km/h) engaged in a hard turn to port, her captain hoping to outrun the collision. Around 11:10 pm, the two ships collided, Stockholm striking the side of Andrea Doria.

Impact and penetration

When Andrea Doria and Stockholm collided at almost a 90° angle, Stockholm's sharply raked ice breaking prow pierced Andrea Doria's starboard side about one-third of her length from the bow. It penetrated the hull to a depth of nearly 40 feet (12 m), and the keel. Below the waterline, five fuel tanks on Andrea Doria's starboard side were torn open, and they filled with thousands of tons of seawater. Meanwhile, air was trapped in the five empty tanks on the port side, causing them to float more readily, contributing to a severe list. The ship's large fuel tanks were mostly empty at the time of the collision, since the ship was nearing the end of her voyage, but all the empty fuel tanks did was further increase the list.


SS Andrea Doria the morning after the collision with the MS Stockholm in fog off Nantucket Island: The hole in her starboard side from the collision with Stockholm is clearly visible.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has stepped down per MSNBC

Breaking now.

On edit: this will take place AFTER the convention.

Jacob Soboroff (MSNBC) just asked Trump Jr about Melania's speech

Soboroff: "Was it plagiarized?"
Trump Jr: "She worked with some speechwriters, something happened, I gotta move along..."

Trump Jr is the new "man under the blue tarp"!!!

Former US Senator, Lillington native Robert Morgan dies


RALEIGH, N.C. — Robert Morgan became a U.S. Senator during the formative years in Washington after the Watergate scandal rocked the country.

On a cold December morning in 1974 when Morgan showed up to the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation's capital, he met a young Don Vaughan with a handshake. Vaughan, who was looking for a job, was hoping to make a good impression on the new senator.

"About an hour later, I was a member of the United States Senate staff," Vaughan said in a phone call on Saturday.

Vaughan added: "I was the luckiest guy in the world."


Morgan died on Saturday. He was 90 years old.

“Ann and I want to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Robert Morgan," Gov. Pat McCrory said. "His years of service to the state of North Carolina as a state senator, Attorney General, United States Senator and Director of the State Bureau of Investigation will be remembered for his devotion and love for his native state. Ann and I offer our prayers to his family during this difficult time.”

Cross gently, Senator.

Man hits tree and crashes car while playing 'Pokemon Go'


Auburn, N.Y. (FOX 11) - A 28-year-old man was distracted while playing the GPS based game 'Pokemon Go' on his phone. He drove his car off the road and crashed into a tree, police said.

Luckily the man wasn't seriously injured, but the front end of his car was totaled.

The Auburn, N.Y. Police Department released the following statement:

'With the sudden popularity of the recently released mobile phone application/game called “Pokemon Go” the Auburn Police Department would like to remind the public using common sense when playing the game should be paramount above everything else.'


The More You Know************

Happy Bastille Day, DU!


ON EDIT: Mother FUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/14/europe/nice-france-truck/index.html

World War II Hero Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Dies at 94 (Tuskegee Airman)


Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr., the New York City veteran who flew with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, has died at the age of 94.

Brown flew 68 combat missions for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in U.S. history. A nine-time New York City Marathon runner and lifelong Jets and Mets fan, he told NBC 4 New York in May: "Fighter pilots are like athletes. And I was a pretty good pilot."

Brown, who held a Ph.D. in education, also served 17 years as president of Bronx Community College. There, he led outreach to the city's economic and educational institutions through business partnerships and developed new programs in health, technology and human services, according to a statement from CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken.

Brown later joined the CUNY Graduate Center as professor and director of the Center for Urban Education Policy. He also hosted "African American Legends," a public affairs show on CUNY TV.


Cross gently, Dr Brown.
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