Amazing images of the rare blue blood moon

Amateur photographer Brad Timerson captured a stunning sequence of Wednesday's lunar eclipse.The lunar eclipse was best viewed from the West Coast on Wednesday morning since East Coasters only saw a partial view. Some early risers were able to view a supermoon, full moon and lunar eclipse.(It's still just one moon. The blue moon refers to the second full moon in a single calendar month. The supermoon is when a full moon is at its closest point in orbit to Earth. The total lunar eclipse will make the moon appear red, a blood moon.)Timerson, a retired Newark High School science teacher who lives in Phelps, Wayne County, set up his camera and telephoto lens set on 75mm, on a tripod to capture the image. Timerson said he placed the moon in the upper left corner of the frame since he knew it would be traveling to the lower right side as it set."I had to wait for the clearing to finally arrive," he said. "The skies were totally overcast just 30 minutes before this. Seems that a clearing moved this way just in time."Timerson said he found the best exposure by trial and error and adjusted it several times during the sequence to compensate for clouds and the moon getting a bit darker because of the eclipse.He took images every 30 seconds."This gave me the flexibility to stack them at any interval I wanted," Timerson said. Too close together and everything is just a blend.  This sequence was a stack every 3 minutes.  As the moon sets, this motion allowed the images to be separated just enough to show the entire moon."During a partial eclipse like Wednesday's event, you really don’t notice any change in the sky.  The moon is obviously getting darker. There will be one more total lunar eclipse this year — on July 27 —  but it will not be visible anywhere in the United States.   [email protected] Includes reporting from USA Today Continue Reading

Lens goalkeeper detained, faces trial for drunken violence

PARIS (AP) — Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez was taken into police custody for suspected drunken violence against a girlfriend, with a newspaper reporting she was found naked, bruised and bloody in a Paris apartment.Daily Le Parisien reported that the 37-year-old Douchez reeked of alcohol when police detained him early Thursday.A police official and a judicial official confirmed Douchez's detention. The judicial official said the victim was Douchez's girlfriend. Douchez was released from custody Friday afternoon and will be tried on a charge of drunken violence, the official added. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak in detail about the case. Lens said in a statement that it was aware of the reports but could not comment on events "which, if confirmed, would have taken place in a strictly private setting totally outside of the club."Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

St. Lawrence trial: Troodler ‘knew things weren’t right’

Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was suddenly eager, after an FBI raid on Town Hall in 2013, to find a way for the Ramapo Local Development Corporation to make a more than $3 million payment to the town, the former executive director of the RLDC testified Tuesday."I don't recall any conversations with Mr. St. Lawrence prior to that time" about that money, said Aaron Troodler, who also served as an assistant town attorney.Authorities have argued that the revenue had not been received by the town at that point, though it had been accounted for as money on hand for several years - allegedly by St. Lawrence in a bid to make the town's general fund look healthier than it actually was.The money was eventually paid back in several installments between 2014 and 2015, Troodler said.Tuesday is Troodler's third day on the stand, and the eighth day of trial in St. Lawrence's corruption case, which is taking place in U.S. District Court in White Plains.St. Lawrence faces a 22-count indictment charging him with securities fraud, conspiracy and wire fraud. The charges allege he falsely inflated the town's general fund to get better rates on bonds to finance a baseball stadium and other projects, such as the Ramapo Commons townhouses on Elm Street, through the RLDC, a quasi-governmental agency. TIMELINE: Ramapo corruption case - what happened when READ: Indictment of Christopher St. Lawrence SIGN UP: Get the Rockland Angle local news e-newsletter  On the stand: Troodler, who began testifying late Friday, wrapped up his testimony on Tuesday afternoon. The 43-year-old Pennsylvania resident pleaded guilty in March in the case, admitting to securities fraud and conspiracy charges and agreeing to cooperate with the prosecution. He was followed by Nelson Sheingold, deputy comptroller for investigations for the New York State Comptroller's office.Key testimony: Continue Reading

When a cartoon is not just a cartoon: Mastio & Lawrence

Jill: When I saw this New Yorker classic by Will McPhail, I instantly posted it on Facebook and typed: “2016 and the next four years in a single cartoon.” To me it captured our whole predicament, from Brexit to Donald Trump to whatever comes next in the change-or-bust brushfire that is spreading across the globe.The caption refers to the airplane pilots as “smug” and out of touch. It leaves out “smoldering resentment,” but that might as well have been there too, along with the omnipresent 2016 subtext of “Who needs experts? They’ve only screwed things up.”The president-elect is not in the cartoon, but it is all about him. He is the leading igniter of anger and division, the leading insulter of credentials and experience. For months, years, he’s been calling our leaders stupid and crooked. Lately his scorn has landed on the intelligence community that he’ll need to keep the country safe.But these days, God help us, that’s a feature — not a bug. When he shouted, “Who thinks I should fly the plane?” hands went up all over America.David: Well thank goodness the professional politicians remain in control of Congress. Otherwise they wouldn’t have stopped Trump from trying to handcuff the Office of Congressional Ethics on his first day in office. Oh, wait, that WAS the professional politicians and Trump won’t be in office for another couple weeks.That New Yorker cartoon made me want to chew glass the second I saw it on your Facebook feed. Before the election, the last communiqué I got from Manhattan’s liberal bubble said expanding the electorate with thousands of convicted felons would be a grand idea, but now they’ve changed their minds — the great unwashed should just shut up and go away. I just love the on-again, off-again relationship some people have with democracy.The fact is that American government is far more complex than landing a Continue Reading

Inmate death points to longstanding racial injustices: Column

On Friday, nearly five years after Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic black male serving time for cocaine possession, died in a prison shower, Miami-Dade County prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced that she would not charge the guards who locked the inmate in the stall for almost two hours.101-page report that deemed Rainey's death an accident, though witnesses said he begged to be released from the water (said to have been set at 160 degrees, 40 degrees above the state limit). Related content: ►POLICING THE USA: A look at race, justice, media ►COLUMN: In police trials, implicit bias still play a role? In spite of the fact that jail staff and inmates confirmed prisoners were routinely abused (including inmates who stated showers were used to scald and freeze them as punishment), Florida Gov. Rick Scott has not publicly demanded Rundle do more to hold the officers accountable for Rainey's death, nor has he pulled her from the case.That's a stark contrast to what the governor did the day before when he removed Orange County prosecutor Aramis Ayala from a case in which a cop was killed, after Ayala's decision not to seek the death penalty.He also stated that Ayala "has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case."One wonders whether Scott cares about justice for all of his citizens.The contrasting reactions by Scott (and decisions by the prosecutors) don't make sense until you look at the two cases through the lens of race. The comparison shows the devaluing of life that has plagued black male victims of violence for decades.Ayala is one of the nation's few black prosecutors who was elected following the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. A national protest ensued after a white prosecutor, who recused Continue Reading

Experts say Sen. Chuck Schumer will win reelection despite slipping in approval poll numbers

This has not been an easy winter for Sen. Chuck Schumer, a politician who crafts his public image as obsessively as Michelangelo did the Sistine Chapel.His job approval rating shows signs of slipping as anti-incumbent fervor sweeps the land, one recent Marist Poll found.Old friends on Wall Street fear he has gone populist on them.And still others in the political class whine that Schumer now cares more about his standing nationally in Washington - where some believe he could be the first Senate majority leader from New York - than the folks back home.The grumbling broke out into the open over Schumer's brokering of the now dead Senate health care bill, which would have socked the city and the state with $1 billion in extra health costs."He has become a more national figure, a more Washington-type," Marist pollster Lee Miringoff said of the general perception. "And that has run counter to the current, anti-incumbent environment."It all makes for good chatter as Schumer faces reelection in the fall to what would be his third term, at a time when nothing is certain for Democrats.But here's the reality: Schumer will win again, almost as surely as day follows night, experts predict.It's not just that Schumer is a relentless campaigner. He also has a whopping $19 million in campaign cash on hand - tops among senators.At the same time, whatever resources the New York GOP has are focused on unseating junior Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who many see as way more vulnerable.So far, the best the GOP has been able to muster against Schumer is an uncertain effort to draft Larry Kudlow, the conservative CNBC commentator and economist who has admitted to tax and addiction problems in his past."I am not even sure that Larry Kudlow could win a straw poll on the set of CNBC," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Schumer fan.Despite Schumer's many advantages, the famously frenetic lawmaker is taking nothing for granted. He is maintaining his usual 100-mile-per-hour schedule, steering job creation Continue Reading

100th birthday video gives peek into last days of Brooke Astor

Brooke Astor's 100th birthday party, a sumptuous, star-studded last hurrah honoring the beloved philanthropist, was documented for posterity.That private party tape - entered into evidence in her son's fraud trial Thursday and released publicly yesterday - portrays a fading icon from a New York of a time gone by.The party was black tie. The guests were top shelf. They included Barbara Walters and Mike Wallace, Henry Kissinger and former United Nations boss Kofi Annan.The 35-minute video was played in the sensational swindle trial of Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, who is charged with looting his glitzy charity-minded mother's $185 million fortune in the twilight of her life. Astor died at 105 - five years after the party. Prosecutors aired the video of the sumptuous March 2002 event to a Manhattan jury in an effort to show how far gone the Alzheimer's-stricken society doyenne was in her later years.They say its shows Marshall and his pal Francis Morrissey, who is also charged in the case, took advantage of her senility to steal her money. The defense says it shows the opposite - that she was lucid and aware.The camera captures the elegantly dressed Astor, draped in a baby blue gown and dripping in pearls and diamonds, as she arrives escorted by her British cousin, Lord William Astor, at the Pocantico Hills estate of her friend David Rockefeller in Westchester County.It shows her greeting her powerful guests - many of them her former confidants. She smiles warmly but says little.As music swells in the background, the camera pans across elaborately set tables and birthday cakes made in the shape of colorful Easter bonnets, a tribute to Astor, who loved hats and was born on Easter 1902.The lens captured guests spinning on the dance floor and the sounds of clinking wine glasses.The meat of the video comes when the aging grande dame of New York society stands up late in the evening to say a few words of thanks."My mother used to say to me, 'Brooke don't get beyond Continue Reading

Those Hip Hop Guys’ top picks for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

As the 2017 Milwaukee Film Fest approaches this week, it's our duty over at Those Hip Hop Guys to inform you of our top picks so you know where to find us. (We will be in matching argyle sweaters the entire time.)The fest runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 12, so there are 15 full days of movie goodness. This fest has become a staple of the beginning of fall in Milwaukee, so it's great to see it grow larger each year.We aren't exactly saying you should skip work to see as many films as possible, but with five theaters involved, daily panels and forums, dance parties and series like Black Lens, Cine Sin Fronteras, Worldviews and Sound Vision, you won't want to miss any of it. So while deciding what films to see may be as intimidating as looking through the menu at Cheesecake Factory, we will narrow it down to help you get started. You can see showtimes and buy tickets online or at the festival's box office at the Oriental Theatre. Check it.'Unrest' Festival summary: "28-year-old Jennifer Brea is in the prime of her life, working toward a PhD and soon to wed, when a sudden fever leaves her perpetually bedridden and desperate for answers. A host of unsatisfactory diagnoses lead her to discover a forgotten online community of those similarly afflicted (with what is commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome). A medical mystery nestled in an intensely personal portrait of a husband and wife's healing journey, 'Unrest' shines light on a condition that confounds the medical community through its panoply of personal perspectives on suffering."Bizzon's thoughts: I mean, you see the still from this trailer below. It caught me off-guard, so I have to see this. And it seems like this is one of those situations that can happen to anybody so that makes me even more interested.'Bending The Arc' Festival summary: "In the 1980s, a medical student, a physician, and an activist traveled to a remote region of Haiti, and what they accomplished Continue Reading

A far cry from Vietnam

Phan Thi Kim Phuc was crying because napalm - black, oily blazing jellied gasoline - was burning the skin off her back. Paris Hilton was crying because she had just been told she had to serve her 23-day jail sentence in jail. Funny things, tears. They can be triggered by the happiest moments or the saddest. They can be set off by brutal pain and sheer terror, as they were for Kim Phuc. Or they can simply mean you're feeling sorry for yourself. Like Paris. But these tears, it turns out, had something in common: Exactly thirty-five years apart, they both ended up in the lens of Nick Ut's camera. Both pictures soon spread around the world, reinforcing the power of a memorable image at the same time their very different messages illustrate the yin and yang of photojournalism. On June 8, 1972, Ut was a 21-year-old photographer for the Associated Press' Saigon bureau. The Saigon native had carved himself a job taking pictures from the middle of the war.He rose around 5 a.m. that day, found a driver, put on a flak jacket and headed up Route 1, a hot zone. Early in the afternoon, South Vietnamese commanders called in an air strike on the outskirts of a village where Communist troops had been seen.When the bombing ended, villagers poured out onto Route 1. A woman carried a baby who would soon die. Kim Phuc had pulled off her clothes and fled in Ut's direction, screaming: "Nong qua, nong qua!" which means "Too hot, too hot!"Moments later, Ut commandeered a car and carried Kim Phuc into it. He got her to a hospital an hour away. By then, she had passed out from the pain.Slim as the chances were for a young girl in a country with too many casualties and too few medical facilities, Kim Phuc survived. She made her way to Toronto, where she lives today with her family.She and Ut, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of her terrified flight down Route 1, remain in touch. Ut today lives in L.A. He still works for the AP, where he fights his Continue Reading

30 years ago Villanova shocked Georgetown to win NCAA title, then one of its own rocked nation with sordid tale of a season high on cocaine

The morning of the most important college basketball game Rollie Massimino would ever coach began with a death in the Villanova Wildcats’ family. Al Severance, the former Villanova basketball player in the late 1920s and later, the school’s head basketball coach as well as a university business law professor, had come to Lexington, Ky. to root for Massimino and his Wildcats in the NCAA title game against defending champ Georgetown. Only Severance never made it to Rupp Arena that night, April 1, 1985. “What had happened, our former coach, Al Severance, had passed away the morning of the game,” says Massimino. “He was very successful, was at Villanova for years (1936-61). He was a dear friend. He was shaving, and just had a heart attack and passed away.” RELATED: THE TEN GREATEST NCAA TOURNAMENT UPSETS Although most of the Villanova roster, which included Massimino’s son, R.C., say they didn’t know Severance well, Massimino recalls how the team’s chaplain spoke with the players during the pre-game meal that day. Instead of setting a maudlin tone in the hours before taking on Patrick Ewing and Co. on the court, the chaplain struck a note of levity, and gave a nod Upstairs. “We have the Mass and our chaplain said, ‘Tonight, Al Severance will be swatting the balls away from up in heaven,’” says Massimino. “A great line.” Thirty years later, it would be difficult not to believe that a bit of divine intervention took place in Kentucky when the Villanova Wildcats pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history — taking down Ewing and coach John Thompson Jr.’s mighty Hoyas. “The underdogs had pulled it off,” says Dwayne McClain, the former Villanova star forward from Worcester, Mass., who scored a game-high 17 points against Georgetown in that upset. “Small school in the Northeast winning the national Continue Reading