Daily Archive: July 21, 2013



Vet returns to N Korea for 1st Black Navy aviator

In this undated file photo from around 1950 provided by the U.S. Navy, Ensign Jesse Brown, who died in December 1950 after his plane crashed in North Korea, sits in a cockpit of his plane. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, File) “He’s a Jackie Robinson in many ways. He’s a Joe Louis. He’s a historic figure, yet he’s lying on a Korean mountainside.” –Lt. j.g. Thomas Hudner SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy’s first Black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and even burned his hands trying to put out the flames. A chopper hovered nearby. Lt. j.g. Thomas Hudner could save himself, but not his friend. With the light fading, the threat of enemy fire all around him and Brown losing consciousness, the White son of a New England grocery-store magnate made a promise to the Black son of a sharecropper. “We’ll come back for you.” More than 60 years have passed. Hudner is now 88. But he did not forget. He is coming back.



Kanye West scuffles with paparazzi at LAX

Kanye West performs during the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in New York. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police were investigating a scuffle Friday between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi have been known to spend time in hopes of snapping shots of celebrities.



Flamethrower Chapman’s 102 mph fastball overpowers Pirates in 5-4 loss to Reds 5-4

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is congratulated by catcher Devin Mesoraco after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in a baseball game on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Cincinnati. Chapman earned his 23rd save. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) CINCINNATI (AP) — At the end of a very long day, the Cincinnati Reds were fretting on their bench. How would starter Mat Latos describe the mood? “Anxiety,” he said. And, with a few 100-mph fastballs, Aroldis Chapman turned the anxiety into instantaneous joy. Chapman escaped a two-on, none-out threat on Saturday, preserving a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that began with a long rain delay and ended with some overpowering pitching by the Reds’ All-Star closer.



Pope seeks Catholic rebirth in land of samba

Girls play at the streets of Varginha within the Manguinhos slum complex where Pope Francis will visit next week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The white sands of Copacabana beach typically draw millions of sun-worshippers, New Year’s Eve revelers and fans for free concerts by the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. In the coming week, the star of the show is infinitely less flamboyant than Mick Jagger, but he promises to stir up just as much passion among devotees.



Kerry Washington gets first Emmy nod for ‘Scandal’

This publicity image released by ABC shows Kerry Washington is in scene from “Scandal.” (AP Photo/ABC, Richard Cartwright) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kerry Washington knows just how to celebrate her Emmy nomination: by going to work. “I just feel more indebted to them than ever before,” the 35-year-old actress said Thursday as she prepared to meet the show’s cast and crew to run through the first script of the new season of “Scandal.” ”I’m really excited that I get to see them and thank them today, because there’s no way you can pull off playing a character like Olivia on a show that spans 22 episodes without having real gladiators in the trenches with you.” Washington was nominated for lead actress in a drama for her portrayal of high-powered political strategist and soft-hearted incurable romantic Olivia Pope.



Former UT women’s hoops great Mary Ostrowski dies

In this 1980s photo provided by the University of Tennessee, Tennessee women’s basketball player Mary Ostrowski poses for a photo in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A relative says former Tennessee women’s basketball star Mary Ostrowski has died. She was 51. Ostrowski’s sister, Beth Hundman, says Ostrowski died Friday night in Bristol, Va. Hundman says her sister was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2007, and she died from complications from the illness. While at Tennessee, Ostrowski helped the Lady Vols advance to NCAA Final Fours in 1981, 1982 and 1984. She was an SEC All-Tournament Team member and an All-SEC selection in 1982 and 1984.



Rock royalty join Trayvon Martin’s mom at NY rally

Beyonce’and Jay-Z join Travon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Rev. Al Sharpton at the “Justice for Travon” vigil in New York, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Noerdlinger Media. Rachel Noerdlinger) NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators, including music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, joined Trayvon Martin’s mother Saturday in New York City at one of about 100 rallies around the country calling for justice for the slain Black teenager. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton led the noontime “Justice for Trayvon” rally on a blazing hot plaza in downtown Manhattan, where some people swooned as the temperature topped 90 degrees.



Voices of Samuel L., Snoop Dogg make for great kids entertainment in ‘Turbo’

MERECEDES HOWSE When life is moving at a snail’s pace you might just need some “Turbo!” The younger kids will definitely enjoy DreamWorks newest creation, Turbo. The movie is about a small garden snail’s quest to win Indianapolis 500. Theo aka Turbo (voice by Ryan Reynolds) is tired of being stuck in the tomato garden and always had dreams to branch out and become the fastest snail in the world. After saving his brother, Chet (voice by Paul Giamatti), in a crow eating attempt, Turbo found himself in a place where he was free to race.