Armstrong memorialized in National Cathedral ceremony

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

In a Gothic cathedral with spires towering towards the heavens, the nation yesterday said goodbye to a man who made history exploring the moon.

Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 from complications after a cardiovascular procedure, was remembered in a solemn and sometimes emotional service in Washington National Cathedral, where a window on the south side of the cathedral holds a piece of the moon that he and other Apollo 11 astronauts collected during their historic 1969 flight.

That rock, said NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., is “a reminder not only of their significant human accomplishment but an acknowledgement that achievements are made possible through God’s grace and guiding hand.

Bolden was a 22-year-old Marine second lieutenant in flight training the year Armstrong made his historic first steps on the moon. Armstrong’s words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” have become one of the legendary quotes in U.S. history.

“Those of us who’ve had the privilege of flying in space followed the trail he helped forge,” Bolden said.

Among the notables at the service were legendary astronauts John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin, House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Armstrong’s Apollo 11 crewmate Michael Collins offered a traditional Celtic prayer on Armstrong’s behalf, and singer-songwriter Diana Krall, accompanying herself on a grand piano, solemnly sang “Fly Me to the Moon.”

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong, a native of Wapakoneta, made history when he became the first man to step on the moon. But long before that, he was a passionate aviator, receiving his flight certificate before he earned his driver’s license.

Fellow astronaut Eugene Cernan described him as a man with a passion for flight that began when he was 6 years old.

“Once he had tasted flight, Neil’s eyes turned skyward, and it was there that he always longed to be,” he said.

Among those in the crowd were three Eagle Scouts and one scout’s father from Wapakoneta who made the nine-hour drive from western Ohio to pay tribute to a man they’d grown up hearing about. They said they were inspired by his pioneering spirit and by how normal he chose to remain after he made history.

“He was somebody who changed history, was a big part of history, yet for the rest of his life he chose to be a humble man,” said Eric Temple, father of scout Alec Temple, 16. “He knew it wasn’t just him, himself who did it, but everybody that was behind him – the engineers, the people at NASA.”

Outside the cathedral, Roger Myers of Washington, D.C. recalled the brief period when he was one of the 400,000 working on the Apollo project. He was 28 then, and remembers seeing Armstrong drive around Cocoa Beach.

Decades later, his eyes welled up outside the Cathedral as he recalled the small part he played in history.

“I came here to be with my tribe,” he said. “We made this happen. We didn’t do it by dividing each other. We cooperated, 400,000 people cooperated to make it happen.”

During the lead-up to the Apollo 11 mission, there’d been some debate over whether Armstrong or Aldrin would be the first man on the moon.

But yesterday, Cernan said that fate meant for Armstrong to the the one.

“No one could’ve accepted the responsibility of his remarkable accomplishment with more dignity and more grace than Neil Armstrong,” he said. “He embodied all that is good and all that is great about America.”

The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Whether you and the kids are on the beach, in the backyard or just strolling around under the scorching sun, not using sunscreen under those harmful rays could increase risk of sunburn, potentially doubling your little one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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But according to a new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work.

For their 11th annual sunscreen guide, researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group evaluated the UV-ray protections, toxic ingredients and other health hazards in approximately 900 sunscreens, 500 SPF-labeled moisturizers and more than 100 lip products.

The group found 73 percent of the 880 tested sunscreens either contained “worrisome” ingredients or didn’t work as well as advertised.

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Of the products examined that were marketed toward children (using terms like “baby,” “kids,” “pediatric,” etc.), 46 items scored between 7 and 10, with 10 being the worst score on the 1-10 scale.

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The products on the list had multiple strikes against them, EWG researchers said. Many contained toxic ingredients oxybenzone (a hormone disruptor) and retinyl palmitate (a form of Vitamin D with the potential to increase skin cancer risk).

Several also had SPFs above 50 — high SPFs contain more sun-filtering chemicals than others and can lead to other types of sun damage.

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Five aerosol sprays on the list, which scientists have long argued negatively impact sensitive lungs and don’t offer coated protection, also earned a strike against them.

Here are the 14 worst sunscreens marketed for children, according to EWG:

  1. Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100 (10)
  2. Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 (10)
  3. Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70 (7)
  4. Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70 (7)
  5. Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70 (7)
  6. Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Water Babies, SPF 70+ (7)
  7. Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Kids, SPF 55 (7)
  8. Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies, SPF 55 (7)
  9. Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
  10. CVS Health Children’s Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55 (7)
  11. Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
  12. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+ (10)
  13. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ (7)
  14. Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Sticks, SPF 55 (7)

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2 arrested for trying to force alligator to drink beer

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

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Two men who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator’s mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

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State Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Lloyd Brown admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road.

McConchie said the two Ridgeland men also acknowledged posting photos of their actions on social media.

Authorities said Floyd told officers they released the alligator and watched it swim away in a nearby pond.

The misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife carries a maximum fine of $300.

UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

A British army soldier (R) and a police officer (L) secure an entrance to Downing Street in central London.

Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said.

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Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported. 

As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday.

"A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody," May said.

May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one.

"The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant."

The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack.

In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported.

Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.



British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 7:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

British Airways aircraft on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport.
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Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday. Airline officials apologized for the "global system outage" and said they were "working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible."

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Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with British Airways to solve the issue.

British Airways announced later Saturday that it had canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick for the rest of the day, according to Sky News.

It is not known how many flights were affected, but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports through social media.

Journalist Martyn Kent told the BBC he was sitting on a plane for 90 minutes at Heathrow Airport. He said the airplane’s captain told passengers the computer problems were "catastrophic."

Philip Bloom said he had been waiting in Belfast on board a Heathrow-bound flight for two hours.

"We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure,” he told the BBC. “We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to."

Bloom later said that his flight was able to take off and fly to London.