3 children pulled to safety after woman drives van into ocean
WESH News/NBC News: A pregnant woman in Florida drove her minivan into the ocean with three children inside before rescuers charged into the water and pulled the kids to safety. One rescuer said the kids were screaming that their mother was trying to kill them.
Video shot by a bystander of the episode, on Tuesday afternoon at Daytona Beach, shows the minivan bobbing in heavy surf while the rescuers frantically try to pull the children out through the hatchback and the driver’s side door.
Video via NBCNews.com
Goodbye to musician Paco De Lucia, remembering that magic night in Milano.
Hall of Fame: Ralph Kiner dies at age 91
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced left fielder Ralph Kiner died Thursday morning at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home. He was 91.
“With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever in Cooperstown.”
Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946-53 and hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career. He later became a broadcaster with the New York Mets.
Photo credit: NBHOF Library
Australia approves plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef
BBC News: Australian authorities approved a project to dump dredge spoil into the Great Barrier Reef marine park on Friday as part of a larger project to create one the world’s largest coal ports.
Scientists objected of the project, saying the spoil could smother or poison the coral in the park.
According to authorities, the disposal operation would be restricted to certain areas free of coral reefs and ‘subject to strict environmental conditions.’
Photo: The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral structure and home to rich marine life (James Cook University)
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today Auschwitz was liberated. In order to try and understand the Holocaust make sure you don’t attempt to visualize…
Jehova’s witnesses, or
Gay Men, or
Free Masons, or
One Hundred thousand
Disabled people, or
One Hundred and ninety thousand
Unionists, Socialists, and religious/political dissenters, or
Two hundred thousand
Romani (gypsies), or
Slavic Prisoners of War, or even
Six Million Jews.
Don’t try to visualize this, simply because you can’t. Instead try to visualize one person. Their religion, age, gender, political opinions, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, or occupation is of no importance. They could be a righteous person or they could be a terrible and corrupt criminal. It does not matter. It’s your choice. Give them a history. Give them an age, do they believe in a god, what gender are they, what do they look like, what’s their name, do they vote, where were they bourn, are they kind, have they hurt anyone, are they angry, who do they love, have they loved before, what holidays do they celebrate, what is their family like? Breathe into them so that they can breathe. Hold them in your mind’s eye for a moment. Know them. Love them because they are your own creation. Now let them die 11 million deaths. Now see if you can promise you will never let it happen again. Only then can one begin to understand that though the holocaust affected specific groups and specific people… its message is clear. It’s not about what we are but about the simple fact that we are. Never again. Not to anyone.
On this day, thirty years ago the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984” television commercial. Learn more about its inventor, the entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, via Who’s Who.
Image credit: A Macintosh 128K, Creative Commons, via Wikimedia Commons.