Long Lost? No problem. The trafficking of our little girls, the man Peter Linnerooth couldn't help, when things aren't what they seem, and coming together on climate.
Why oh why couldn't this be Minnesota?(0 Comments)
Leon Leyson has died. He was the youngest of the 1,100 Jews rescued from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler.
He ended up teaching high school in Los Angeles for 39 years, and rarely mentioned his story to anyone.
There were exceptions.
Says the Los Angeles Times...
He was a few weeks shy of his 10th birthday in 1939 when German forces invaded Poland and life as he had known it began to crumble.
Six months after the invasion, Poland's Jews were ordered into a section of Krakow enclosed by a fence, the tops of which, Leyson often recalled, resembled grave markers. "I don't think that was an accident," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1994. His parents loaded their belongings onto a wagon and were crammed into one bedroom of an apartment in the Jewish ghetto with only a sheet separating them from another family.
Random shootings of Jews escalated into mass killings and deportations to extermination camps. The two constants in his life became hunger and fear.
One time when SS commandos surrounded the ghetto, he and a few other boys hid in the attic crawl space of a building next to their apartment. His mother, Anna, and another boy's mother remained outside. But when the sound of gunshots and mayhem grew louder, Leyson's mother scrambled into the cramped hideaway and with the boys watched in horror as the commandos took the other mother away.
"I can recount dozens of times where if I had stepped ... to my left I would have been gone, or if I happened to step to my right," Leyson told The Times. "It wasn't anything like being smart or clever or anything like that."
Two of his brothers also were killed. Older brother Hershel had fled to the family's village and died in a massacre of its 500 residents.(2 Comments)
Seventy years is a heck of a long time to wait for a medal you deserved from the U.S. military.
Lawrence Huschle of St. Cloud never got his Purple Heart. He's a World War II veteran whose B-17 (he was a gunner) was shot down. He survived the crash and was held as a POW for two years.
Why didn't he get the medal?
"The requirement for the Purple Heart is to be wounded in action against an enemy of the United States," Maj. Gen. Jerry Lang told the St. Cloud Times. "Bailing out of a shot-down aircraft qualifies for that, however, the other requirement ... is there has to be proof of medical attention from the United States government."
Mr. Huschle got his medal yesterday, after his family worked far harder than they should have had to to help him get it.(1 Comments)
Oh, those crazy classical music people.(3 Comments)
You'd have to be in a fairly high state of denial not to see that this is a cover intending to make a guy look like a mob boss.
Time is playing off Gov. Chris Christie's love of Bruce Springsteen, and he is the boss of New Jersey, but the giveaway is the mugshot-like image.
Christie isn't happy and anytime Christie isn't happy, entertainment follows:
"If his kids don't recognize him as the boss then he has more problems then he realizes. But I think he's having some fun with it. We had some fun with it," Time's managing editor responded.
Fun. Like Time had with the O.J. Simpson cover years ago.(5 Comments)
If any humans orbiting the earth want to talk to Roseville (by way of Bemidji) native Paul Dye in the future, they'll have to call him at home.
The longest-serving space shuttle flight director in NASA history, has left Mission Control in Houston for the last time.
"I have had the great privilege and honor of leading human spaceflight activities from the pointy end of the stick as Flight Director in NASA's Mission Control for close to two decades - and I was blessed to be a flight controller for more than a decade before that (starting with the first Shuttle mission)," he posted today. "It has been a heck of a ride, and while I can't say that every day has been a good day, I can honestly repeat what I have always told the folks who really enjoy real time operations - that the worst day in the control center is still better than the best day in the office."
At NASA, his call sign was "Iron Flight," in honor of his grandfather who worked the mines of the Iron Range.(1 Comments)
Lance Armstrong is sorry, but we're not sure for what. The debt-limit debate, the end of same-day voter registration in Wisconsin and do chimpanzees have a human style of fairness?
Here's today's news conversation with Mary Lucia of The Current.
(Note: there's no news conversation tomorrow)(1 Comments)