September 18, 2018

In a Florence flood, she tried to hold onto her baby. But the water ripped him away.

CHARLOTTE —When Dazia Lee tries to bring order to the disorder of that night, it helps her to think in numbers. She thinks of the exact times of every decision, every call, every bit of bad news — reference points leading until the very last when, at 10:20 a.m. on Monday, she received a call from a county detective saying that the body of her 1-year-old son, Kaiden, had been found 15 feet underwater.
The story of how that happened began the night before, on Sunday, at 7:02.
Credit: The Washington Post

September 11, 2018

US marks 9/11 with somber tributes, new monument to victims

NEW YORK — Americans were commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims Tuesday, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation's biggest city.
Margie Miller was among the thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others who gathered on a misty Tuesday morning at the memorial plaza where the World Trade Center's twin towers once stood. She came to the site from her home in suburban Baldwin, as she does 10 or so times a year, to remember her husband, Joel Miller. Only a few fragments of his remains were recovered.

August 29, 2018

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes Southern California

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled Southern California on Tuesday night and was quickly followed by a 3.4-magnitude aftershock, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Associated Press reported the quake shook buildings in downtown Los Angeles and could be felt 40 miles to the northwest in Sylmar. The quake was also be felt in northern portions of San Diego County, including a location 80 miles away.
The main quake was widely felt, either as a sharp jolt near the epicenter or a rolling motion farther away.
Tuesday night's quake came just a day after the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs was jolted by a magnitude 3.0 quake north of Indio and east of Desert Hot Springs, according to the USGS.

August 21, 2018

Cubs acquire Daniel Murphy from Nationals

In an effort to fortify their offense, the Cubs acquired nemesis second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals on Tuesday. Murphy, slowed by injuries this season, batted .529 with four home runs and six RBIs against the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series with the Mets and is a lifetime .325 hitter with nine home runs and 22 RBIs against the Cubs.
The left-handed hitting Murphy, 33, would help an offense that has scored three runs or fewer in seven of their last 10 games, including four in their past four games.
It also could mean that Javier Baez would play more at shortstop and third base with Addison Russell struggling at the plate and coping with a swollen knuckle on his left middle finger and slugger Kris Bryant recovering from left shoulder inflammation.

August 16, 2018

'Mile 22' Review: Mark Wahlberg Anchors A Convoluted Action Thriller

Opening tonight via the standard advance-night screenings, STX Entertainment’s Mile 22 is another one of their “old-school movie star cast to type” star vehicles that they would like to see become their stock and trade. In this case, it’s another Peter Berg-directed action drama for Mark Wahlberg. It’s their fourth film together in under five years, but it’s the first one that isn’t a true-life historical tragedy.
As always, the whole “Mark Wahlberg: movie star” situation is one that must be viewed through a new-fangled lens. It was just 6.5 years ago when Wahlberg was opening stuff like Contraband to $25 million on his name alone. And Lone Survivor opened with $35m in January 2014.

August 12, 2018

WWE legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies at 63

Former World Wrestling Entertainment personality Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has died at the age of 63, WWE confirmed Monday morning.
Neidhart died after hitting his head in a fall at his home, the Pasco Sheriff's Office told ESPN. They told ESPN he "succumbed to his injury."
Neidhart was best known as a tag-team wrestler alongside his brother-in-law, Bret Hart. The pair won two WWE World Tag Team Championships together.
Neidhart's daughter, Natalie, currently performs for WWE's Raw brand under the name "Natalya."
"Neidhart last competed in WWE in 1997 but his legacy lives on today through his daughter, Natalya, who displays her father’s signature charisma and toughness every time she steps in the ring," WWE said in a press release confirming Neidhart's death.
"WWE extends its condolences to Neidhart’s family, friends and fans."
Fellow retired performer Ric Flair was among those who also offered their condolences on social media.
"My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace," Flair wrote.

August 11, 2018

Nicki Minaj’s Album Premiere Was a Weird, Wild Ride

Nicki Minaj debuted her new album Queen on Friday in an impressively unpredictable broadcast on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show. Though scheduled to begin an hour before Queen hit streaming services, the rapper started the program 23 minutes late, “exhausted and delusional” due to lack of sleep. Over the next two hours, she was baffling one moment and uproarious the next, simultaneously “so emotional” about her album release and fiercely dismissive of her detractors — as far as album rollouts go, it was a fitting end to Minaj’s, which featured a series of singles that didn’t make the final tracklist, a series of delayed release dates and a Twitter poll to ask when the album should come out. In between playing the new songs, Minaj dispensed relationship advice and sex tips, promoted her upcoming tour with Future and her clout on social media. She also took the time to correct her fans’ spelling (accept vs. except) and pay homage to some rappers, especially older MCs who prioritize lyricism, while harshly (and hilariously) dissing others. Here are the five best takeaways from the broadcast:
Minaj needs to swear.“We’re part of history,” Minaj assured her listeners during the pre-Queen portion of her Beats 1 broadcast. “This is the first show that Apple has let someone come up here and curse on because I told them my anxiety would skyrocket too much if I couldn’t fucking curse!”

August 9, 2018

Google Doodle Celebrates Mary G. Ross. Here's What to Know About the First Native American Woman Engineer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 110th birthday of Mary G. Ross, the first Native American woman engineer. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ross achieved many firsts and made major contributions to the aerospace industry. Here’s what to know about the trailblazer, born on Aug. 9, 1908, who opened the doors for future female engineers in the field. Who Was Mary G. Ross? Great-great granddaughter to Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, Mary G. Ross was born in the small town of Park Hill in Oklahoma. Raised with the Cherokee value of learning, Ross pursued a path considered nontraditional for women. After receiving a degree in math from Northeastern State College, Ross taught math and science until she returned to school to earn her master’s in math from Colorado State College of Education.

What were her contributions to aerospace?

In 1942, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company hired Ross as mathematician. But after a manager recognized her talent, Ross was sent to UCLA to earn a classification in aeronautical engineering.

August 8, 2018

Sam Dekker takes his place with LeBron James on an epic Cleveland billboard

Former Clippers and Rockets forward Sam Dekker
made a splash across social media on Tuesday when he tweeted a Photoshopped image of himself on a billboard that once housed LeBron James’ famous “We Are Witnesses” poster in Cleveland.

August 7, 2018

Bachelorette Runner-Up Blake Faces Becca: ‘I’m Never Going to Apologize for How Hard I Love’

For the first time since Becca Kufrin ended her relationship with Blake Horstmann, the two came face-to-face — and he had some questions.
During the season 14 Bachelorette finale on Monday, Bachelor Nation watched as Kufrin sent Horstmann home and gave her final rose to Garrett Yrigoyen. Although Horstmann has come to terms with the fact that his relationship with Kufrin is over, he wanted clarity on their split.“I just wanted in that moment, I wanted her to know how madly in love I was with her for quite some time. It didn’t change anything, but I did love her,” Horstmann told host Chris Harrison before Kufrin was welcomed to the After the Final Rose stage and embraced her for the first time.

August 6, 2018

YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify escalate enforcement against Alex Jones

This post has been updated with a statement from Google, which owns YouTube.
Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify took their most aggressive steps yet to penalize conspiracy theorist and prominent right-wing talk show host Alex Jones for violating their hate speech policies.
Late Sunday, Apple stripped the majority of podcasts published by Jones’s website Infowars from iTunes and its podcast apps. “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” the company said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”