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Personal story: Eddie De La Cruz has earned his degree!


Eddie is like a big brother to me. When I was growing up, he was a local star with the hometown ball team (The Auburn Phillies-he lived across the street from me then). He effed up his shoulder and his ball career was over, unfortunately. But, he went to work in the local steel mill to support his family.

40 years later, he's received his degree from LeMoyne College.

God speed, my friend!!!!

There's a Bernie Bear!


The coolest thing you'll see this weekend. TMBG doing Chumbawamba's Tubthumping

URGENT - Syria ISIS US Operation (US Special Forces on ground in Syria)

Source: KSPR.com

(CNN) -- U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a raid in eastern Syria overnight Friday to Saturday to capture Abu Sayyaf, a senior ISIS commander, sources familiar with what happened on the ground in Syria told CNN. Sayyaf, who was in charge of ISIS' oil and gas operations and directly and increasingly involved in ISIS command and control, fought capture and was killed in the raid, the sources said. His wife, an Iraqi named Umm Sayyaf, was captured and taken to Iraq for interrogation.

Read more: http://www.kspr.com/news/nationworld/urgent-syria-isis-us-operation/21051646_33058022

(also, "URGENT" is part of the headline)

Two from World War I to get Medal of Honor

Source: CNN

(CNN)Nearly a century after their heroic efforts, two World War I veterans who may have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor because of their respective race and religion will receive the honor posthumously, the White House announced Thursday.

Pvt. William Henry Johnson, of the 369th Infantry Regiment's "Harlem Hellfighters," and Sgt. William Shemin, of the 4th Infantry Division, will receive the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony on June 2.

A Hellfighter from Harlem
Johnson, an African-American man from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who was living in New York before the war, is being cited for his actions near Saint Menehoul, France, on May 15, 1918. After suffering significant wounds during a surprise attack, he was still able to force a German retreat through hand-to-hand combat.

The then 21-year-old Johnson and his 369th Infantry Regiment were assigned to a French army command in 1918 because black soldiers were not allowed to serve in combat positions with white American units.

While on night sentry duty, Johnson and a fellow soldier, Pvt. Needham Roberts, were attacked by at least 12 German soldiers.


Unshakeable Shemin
Shemin, a Jewish man from Bayonne, New Jersey, is being cited for his actions in France in August 1918. Shemin repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to rescue wounded troops, the Army said, and later, after his officers became casualties, the sergeant took command of his platoon, displayed initiative under fire and fought bravely until he was wounded by shrapnel and a machine-gun bullet.

Shemin graduated from the New York State Ranger School in 1914 and worked as a forester in Bayonne before enlisting in the Army on October 2, 1917.

Serving as a rifleman during the Aisne-Marne Offensive on August 7-9, 1918, Shemin left his trench, braving heavy machine gun and rifle fire, to rescue the wounded.

After his officers and senior noncommissioned officers were killed in the offensive, Shemin, just 19 years old, took command of the platoon until he was shot in the head and wounded by shrapnel.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/politics/medal-of-honor/index.html

Philadelphia Amtrak Crash: Investigators Find Eighth Body, Fire Chief Says

Source: NBC News

An eighth body was discovered Thursday in the wreckage of the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, the fire commissioner said.

Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said that search dogs found the body in one of the train's badly damaged cars. He did not immediately identify the victim. Mayor Michael Nutter said that he believed all 243 people on the train were accounted for.

"Unfortunately, again, we must now report that we have confirmed eight deceased from this horrible tragedy," the mayor said.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/amtrak-crash/philadelphia-amtrak-crash-investigators-find-eighth-body-fire-chief-says-n358926

Previous thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141091951

Amtrak train crashes in Philadelphia, wreckage 'pretty bad'

Source: KWWL.com and AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An Amtrak train headed to New York City crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and several people appeared to be injured.

Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C., earlier Tuesday. The front of the train was going into a turn when it shook.

An Associated Press employee, Paul Cheung, was on the train and said it appeared it went off the tracks. He said he was fortunate to be at the back of the train and the front of it "looks pretty bad."

Police swarming the Port Richmond area where the crash occurred are telling people to get back.

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train and said he has been helping people. He tweeted photos of firefighters helping people in the wreckage.


Read more: http://www.kwwl.com/story/29048453/amtrak-train-from-washington-crashes-in-philadelphia

Seeing aerial shots of the scene on MSNBC and CNN - it looks pretty bad...

Deflate-Gate: Tom Brady Suspended Four Games

Source: NBC.com

Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots, was suspended for four games after an investigator concluded he was probably aware that team personnel let air out of footballs for a playoff game.

"Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL." the league said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games."

The investigator's report on the scandal known as Deflate-Gate, issued last week, faulted two Patriots employees in what it described as a probable scheme to deflate footballs for the AFC championship game, making them easier to grip.


Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/deflate-gate-tom-brady-xxxxxxxxxxxx-n357076

Former President Jimmy Carter cuts trip short because of illness

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Amid health concerns, former President Jimmy Carter had to cut his trip to Guyana short.

A statement released by the Carter Center said the former president "was not feeling well," but the organization did not provide more information about the 90-year-old's health.

Carter is expected to return to Atlanta on Sunday.

He was in the South American country to observe the upcoming election.

Although Carter won't be in Guyana during Monday's voting, the Carter Center, the nonprofit public policy foundation run by the former president, said he "is hopeful" about the election.

The group also called for the need for a "peaceful process before, during and after the election."


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/10/politics/illness-cuts-jimmy-carter-trip-short/index.html

Get well, Mr President!

Though exercise. What song would you wish to be the last you've heard...

...like, ever? You're on your deathbed (or in a jetliner screaming to Earth, or whatever) ; what is the last song you'd want to hear the moment you die?

I'm having a hard time with this one, although it would likely be a Beatles song.
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