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Final Member Of Kennedy PT-109 Rescue Team Dies At 87

The last surviving member of the crew that rescued John F. Kennedy from an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II has died.

Guy Gardo said Jack Gardo died in his sleep at his Greenville, S.C., home Wednesday. He was 87. The younger Gardo said his father had suffered from dementia for the past six years.

Jack Gardo's PT-157 was sent to rescue the survivors of PT-109 after the patrol torpedo boat was rammed in the middle of the night by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands on Aug. 2, 1943.

Two crew members were killed; Kennedy, who assumed command of the boat in April of that year, led the survivors to nearby islands until they could be rescued.

Gardo had said he and his crew learned where the survivors were after a native islander arrived with a coconut on which Kennedy had scrawled their location.

Guy Gardo said his father joined the U.S. Navy at age 16 after he forged his father's signature.

"You couldn't ask for a better father than him," Guy Gardo said. "He treated us like gold. I'm going to miss him."


Lawmakers, activists seek reduced sentence for teen (6 LIFE sentences)

Calling the punishment excessive and unconscionable, state lawmakers and civil rights activists are demanding a new, reduced sentence for a Norfolk teen who was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to more than six life terms.

State Sen. David Marsden, a Northern Virginia Democrat who has worked in juvenile justice since 1970, described Travion Blount's punishment as one of the most egregious he's seen. Marsden said he plans to craft a bill that would allow judges to amend sentences for certain juvenile offenders after they have served at least 20 years in prison. State lawmakers would debate the bill early next year.

State Sen. Kenneth Alexander, a Norfolk Democrat, said lawmakers in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus also will consider drafting changes to the state's juvenile justice guidelines this month. "It's a flawed public policy," he said.

Blount's case was profiled in The Virginian-Pilot last month. Blount was 15 on Sept. 23, 2006, when he joined two gang members, both 18, in an armed robbery of a house party where there were 12 victims. No shots were fired, and he injured no one. Two co-defendants pleaded guilty and received 10- and 13-year punishments. Blount was convicted at trial of 49 felonies and sentenced to six life terms plus 118 years.


Original Series: http://hamptonroads.com/blount

For Christmas I want this building and everything in it...


Never-before-seen color footage of 1965 baseball

I had always wondered if any video had been saved from Jim Maloney's 10-inning no-hitter for the Reds over the Cubs on August 19, 1965 at Wrigley Field. (The image attached to this post on the front page is the 1965 scorecard cover.)

It's not the entire game; it picks up in the top of the eighth inning, with Lloyd Pettit calling the action. Pettit often called the eighth, giving Jack Brickhouse a break. Brickhouse returns for the ninth and 10th innings. It's complete with commercials, including one in which Pettit and Brickhouse play bartenders. (Seriously. You've got to see it. It's the very first commercial, after the top of the eighth.)

It was very, very rare to have anything videotaped in color in 1965; this is likely the earliest surviving color videotape of a baseball game, and is likely among the oldest surviving color videotapes of any television.



ESPN writer takes all-expenses-paid trip to Qatar, loves Qatar...

All those problems you thought Qatar's World Cup faced—indentured servitude, bribery allegations, unplayable heat, nonexistent infrastructure—it turns out they can all be made to go away with a stay in a nice hotel and a photo op with Alan Shearer...

Phil Ball, a writer for ESPNFC, just got back from four delightful days in Doha, and he's a convert. The "witch hunt" against the nation's World Cup bid, he says, comes from an "anti-Qatar brigade" of journalists who haven't been there. Not like Phil! Phil's seen the real Qatar. On "an all-expenses paid trip." Expenses paid by whom? Phil doesn't say. But he attended the Aspire4Sport Conference, and the conference's principal sponsor is the Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee.


ESPN scrubbed the original story, but it is archived here:

Nude Dancing At Clubs Not In Line With “Pure Michigan” Theme Says Michigan Senator

LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan Senator Rick Jones is introducing legislation that would bar nude dancing at alcohol-serving bars and clubs. This follows a naked performance by dancers at a Lansing gay bar.

Jones says having places that have nude dancing is against the whole “Pure Michigan” theme.

“We spend millions of dollars saying this is pure Michigan – where you should bring your family for vacation. Not Michigan with nudie bars,” said Jones.

“I don’t want these popping up on every corner,” said Jones. “I think it could happen to every city if we don’t put a stop to it.”

“There’s a bar in Lansing that found a little loophole in the law and started it,” he said. ” So I’m working with the attorney general to craft legislation that is constitutional to take care of this problem. Now I don’t believe that the founding fathers – when they were talking about freedom of speech meant nude dancing in bars.”

Last year a Federal judge ruled that Michigan’s liquor control laws related to nudity were unconstitutional because it violated First Amendment rights.


Nope; not the Onion

Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

At a book festival in Los Angeles recently, some writers (myself included) were making the usual arguments about the problems with American politics in the 1950s—until one panelist shocked the audience by declaring, “God, I miss the Cold War.” His grandmother, he said, had come to California from Oklahoma with a grade-school education, but found a job in an aerospace factory in L.A. during World War II, joined the union, got healthcare and retirement benefits, and prospered in the Cold War years. She ended up owning a house in the suburbs and sending her kids to UCLA.

Several older people in the audience leaped to their feet shouting, “What about McCarthyism?” “The bomb?” “Vietnam?” “Nixon?”

All good points, of course. After all, during the Cold War the U.S. did threaten to destroy the world with nuclear weapons, supported brutal dictators globally because they were anti-communist, and was responsible for the deaths of several million people in Korea and Vietnam, all in the name of defending freedom. And yet it’s not hard to join that writer in feeling a certain nostalgia for the Cold War era. It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened in those years, but—given what’s happened in these years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now? Here are eight things (from a prospectively longer list) we had then and don’t have now.

1. The president didn’t claim the right to kill American citizens without “the due process of law.”

2. We didn’t have a secret “terrorism-industrial complex.”

3. Organized labor was accepted as part of the social landscape....

MORE: http://www.thenation.com/article/172214/eight-things-i-miss-about-cold-war

Football AS Football (NFL team logos re-done as soccer badges)


I want to make love to that Jets logo, along with the Dolphins, Lions, Bucs and 49ers...

The rest of my top 10 would be: Seahawks, Rams, Jags, Vikings, Bills

Soccer coach gets jail for raping unconscious girl, 16, at party

A Modesto-area soccer coach was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to raping one of his 16-year-old players as she lay unconscious at his house party.

The coach, 45-year-old Timothy Lyman of Oakdale, was also sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

“Whoever would do this to a 16-year-old girl is just sick,” the girl’s father said, according to Stanislaus County Deputy District Atty. Annette Rees. “This devastated my family. Lots of sleepless nights for my daughter. Sleepless nights for myself. It’s just sick."

Oakdale police said Lyman had sex with the teen Dec. 27 last year after she passed out in his home, where he was hosting a holiday party. Lyman, who was the only adult at the party, allegedly furnished alcohol to underage drinkers, including the victim, the Bee reported.

Prosecutors argued in court that the girl was intoxicated when she fell asleep on a bed. The girl testified that she awoke to find Lyman having sex with her. She told the court she was in a state of shock as Lyman continued while she was awake, the Bee reported.


A year for rape? I thought you could get a year *just* for providing liquor to minors??

Philippines typhoon: President lowers death toll estimate

Source: BBC

The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, says the death toll from Friday's typhoon may be lower than first thought.

In an interview with CNN, he said the number of 10,000 killed was "too high" and the figure was more likely up to 2,500.

The UN says more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.

The relief operation is being stepped up, but many are still without aid.

The earlier figure of 10,000 feared killed came from a police officer and local official and may have arisen from the "emotional trauma" of being at the centre of the disaster, Mr Aquino said.

He said 29 municipalities had yet to be contacted to establish the number of victims there.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24920250
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