Since she was a young girl, Helen Cashell Baldwin had been haunted by the mystery of what happened to the doomed Navy submarine USS R-12. Baldwin's father, Fredrick Edward Cashell, and 41 other men died in June 1943 when the submarine sank off the Florida Keys during a World War II training exercise. The R-12 could not be found, and as Baldwin went from an 8-year-old girl to a 75-year-old woman, she all but lost hope that it would ever be discovered. "As a teenager, I found myself looking for him, because there was never a funeral," Baldwin said. "There was never a memorial service. ... There was nothing." But in 2011, a relative forwarded her a website claiming that the submarine had been found. Ocean explorer Tim Taylor, who set up the site, wanted to get in touch with relatives of the victims. Within months of speaking with Taylor, Baldwin and her two siblings boarded a boat and headed out into the Atlantic with Taylor and his wife and fellow explorer, Christine … [Read more...] about Ocean explorer discovers 5 sunken WWII subs, giving closure to hundreds of families
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New York/London (CNN Business) Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago. Following reports that Moscow had failed to pay about $100 million in interest on two bonds during a 30-day grace period that expired Sunday, the White House said the default showed the power of Western sanctions imposed on Russia since it invaded Ukraine. "This morning's news around the finding of Russia's default, for the first time in more than a century, situates just how strong the reactions are that the US, along with allies and partners, have taken, as well as how dramatic the impact has been on Russia's economy," a senior administration official said on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Germany. Russia denied it was in default, saying the payments had been made, in dollars and euros, on May 27 and the money was stuck with Euroclear, a settlement house based in Belgium. The historic default … [Read more...] about West pushes Russia into its first foreign debt default since 1918
(CNN) — The BET Awards, which celebrate Black excellence in music, culture and sports, were presented Sunday. Lizzo kicked off the show, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, with a shining performance of her latest hit, “About Damn Time.” READ MORE: Some US Companies Will Cover Travel Costs For Employees Who Need An Abortion Several of the presenters, performers and award recipients called for action after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday There were moments of joy, however, too. Brandy did a surprise performance with Jack Harlow, and Mariah Carey hit some impressive high notes in a surprise performance with Latto. Sean “Diddy” Combs received a lifetime achievement award. He was celebrated by a host of fellow artists and former collaborators like Mary J. Blige and Kanye West. Will Smith, who stoked controversy at the Academy Awards by slapping Chris Rock on stage shortly before winning the best actor Oscar, won the BET Award for best actor on Sunday. … [Read more...] about BET Awards Winners Of 2022
SACRAMENTO — Elections have consequences. That’s a cliché, but clichés are born of truths. And this is a truth: If a Democrat had been elected president in 2016, we wouldn’t have a right-wing Supreme Court. If Donald Trump hadn’t beaten Hillary Clinton, gun control laws and national abortion rights would not have been quashed by the Supreme Court last week. The Supreme Court today would not have a 6-3 conservative majority. It would be 6-3 moderate-to-liberal. Parts of American life wouldn’t have been turned upside down. Trump named three conservative justices to fill seats that would have been occupied by three liberals or centrists under a Democratic president. On Friday, Trump bragged about that after the court overturned Roe vs. Wade . The former president noted he pledged during the 2016 campaign to nominate anti-Roe justices, and he did. Advertisement The abortion and other recent court decisions “were only made possible because I delivered everything as … [Read more...] about Column: With Roe overturned, will Democrats finally learn that losing parties can’t construct the court?
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom called out Republicans on Tuesday for inaction on the issue of gun control, saying the party “won’t do a damn thing” in a series of tweets hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that left at least 19 children and two adults dead. “Who the hell are we if we cannot keep our kids safe,” Newsom wrote. “This is preventable. Our inaction is a choice. We need nationwide, comprehensive, commonsense gun safety now.” The Democratic governor also reposted a tweet from the National Rifle Assn. that promoted former President Trump as a featured speaker at its conference in Houston on Friday, marking his sixth time speaking at the annual gathering. Newsom’s dispatches, which were quickly retweeted thousands of times, were among a sea of calls on the social media platform for stronger gun control legislation in the U.S. in the wake of the deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, a small town about 80 miles west of San Antonio. … [Read more...] about Newsom castigates GOP over gun policy after Texas school shooting: ‘Inaction is a choice’
Rita Chatterton (center) said Vince McMahon told her that if she “wanted a half-a-million-dollar-a-year contract,” she would have “to satisfy him.” Photo: Courtesy the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame On August 28, 2021, Rita Chatterton, a sandy-haired 64-year-old woman, stood at a podium in Albany to receive a “Trailblazer Award” from the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of a wrestling fan named Seth Turner, who wanted to honor Chatterton for being the World Wrestling Federation’s first female referee. “Seth calls me and says, ‘Rita, I need you to do the Hall of Fame with me,’” Chatterton recalls. At first she refused; she didn’t want to revisit her time with the WWF, now known as WWE. But Turner finally convinced her, and she was ultimately glad she did it. “I always said I don’t want to live and die and be forgotten,” she told him. Chatterton has been forgotten before. In 1992, she came forward publicly … [Read more...] about She Was WWE’s First Female Referee. She Says Vince McMahon Raped Her.
0 Politics & Government Manhattan School District 114 will ask voters June 28 whether they approve of the district issuing bonds up to $85 million for the project. TJ Kremer III , Patch Staff Posted Reply MANHATTAN, IL — Manhattan residents will be asked to vote on a proposed referendum for Manhattan School District 114 when they go to the polls for the June 28 primary election. The referendum in questions asks Manhattan residents: Shall the Board of Education of Manhattan School District Number 114, Will County, Illinois, improve the site of and build and equip a new school building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $85,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof? Manhattan SD114 currently has three schools: Anna McDonald School, Wilson Creek School and Manhattan Junior High. The proposed fourth school would house junior high students, as well as allow for projected future growth, … [Read more...] about Manhattan Referendum To Build 4th School: IL Primary 2022
0 Pets Plenty of adorable animals are up for adoption in the Chicago Heights area. Pet News , Patch Staff Posted Reply If you've been hoping to add a fluffy ball of love and affection to your family, you should check out these shelters in and around Chicago Heights for a pet up for adoption. About 6.5 million companion animals are surrendered or taken in each year by animal rescue organizations nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However, only around half of all shelter animals are adopted each year, according to ASPCA data. For those looking to adopt, a great place to start your search for a lovable new family member is at South Suburban Humane Society, where Crayon the cat is waiting patiently, or another local rescue facility. If you aren't sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed … [Read more...] about Chicago Heights Area Adoptable Pets: Dogs, Cats & More
0 Schools The program will award the school just under $1,500 to buy new video and photo kits for journalism students to use while reporting. Eileen O'Gorman , Patch Staff Posted Reply OAK FOREST, IL — Bremen High School journalism students are one of 16 Illinois programs to be awarded grant money which will go towards expanding the class's technology, a spokeswoman for the high school told Patch. The money comes from the Illinois High School Journalism Grants Program which is run by the Illinois Press Foundation and sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau. According to school officials, Bremen will receive just under $1,500 of the $21,000 total in grants. "It's so invigorating to see students engaged in journalism and excited about learning the foundational elements of the craft," said Jeff Rogers, director of the Illinois Press Foundation. The grant checks will be awarded in person once school resumes in September. … [Read more...] about Bremen Journalism Students Awarded Press Foundation Grant For New Tech
15 Restaurants & Bars The former site of Kingsberry Waffle House will become a kitchen and bar with a new bar and outdoor patio later this summer. Eileen O'Gorman , Patch Staff Posted Replies OAK FOREST, IL — A kitchen and bar will soon take over the former Kingsberry Pancake House in Oak Forest, business officials announced. Grey's Social Kitchen & Bar is expected to open in the 5420 West 159th Street location sometime later in the summer. The business will first have to remodel the former breakfast place to add a bar and heated outdoor patio. Kingsberry's Oak Forest location announced its closing in December after a "family crisis," a spokesperson told Patch. The Flossmoor location will remain open and offered jobs to all former Oak Forest workers. Other renovations on the property will include improved landscaping, signage and an interior remodeling. Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. … [Read more...] about Grey’s Social Kitchen To Open In Former Oak Forest Breakfast Place