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Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 4:04 PM
DUPONT, Wash. — Rail enthusiast and Rail Passengers Association member Jim Hamre has been identified as one of three people who died in an Amtrak passenger train crash in Dupont, Washington, Monday morning.
The train was on an overpass when it derailed. Some cars toppled onto southbound I-5, striking vehicles, and at least one dangled from the trestle.
A news release from the RPA said Hamre was devoted his family and friends, as well as a passionate advocate for passenger railroad and advancing the advocacy work of RPA.
As the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the cause of the accident, RPA officials said its association members and staff are mourning Hamre’s loss, as well as the loss of Hamre’s friend, Zack Willhoite, who was also an RPA member.
“Jim was among the country's most-respected and effective rail advocates and a good friend and mentor to me. I will miss his counsel, and our community is poorer for his loss,” RPA President Jim Mathews said. “Both Jim and Zack have been advocates of transit and passenger rail for decades, and we can’t thank them enough for their work. Our thoughts are with their families at this time as they work through this tragedy.”
“Jim was proud of the part that rail advocates played as stakeholders in expanding passenger rail services in the Northwest,” RPA Chairman Peter LeCody said. “Last year,he took my wife and me on a tour of the region showing how important rail is to connect us in our daily lives. I will miss my friend Jim.”
Hamre was a board member for the RPA, as well as a vice president of All Aboard Washington.
Hamre started work on the Milwaukee Road in the early 1970s while studying at Washington State University. He went on to work at the Washington State Department of Transportation and became involved in transportation advocacy in the early 1980s.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
— The woman who many believe empowered housewives to leave their kitchens and enter the workplace left empty when men went to fight in World War II has died.
Naomi Parker Fraley was discovered in 2015 to have been the inspiration for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster tha decades earlier had become the symbol in which women realized “We Can Do It.”
Fraley was a factory worker at Alameda Naval Station when a photographer asked to take her photo. With her hair in a bandana, just like the poster, Fraley is believed to be the starting point for the artist’s representation of women taking over what had been a men’s world, CNN reported.
Fraley was only 20 years old and was working with her 18-year-old sister at the time of the war, KATU reported.
She realized it was her photo that helped started the movement during a convention of women WWII factory workers. Her photo was labeled as the poster’s inspiration. Originally the photo was identified as that of Geraldine Hoff Doyle, but years of research confirmed in 2015 it was Fraley in the photo instead, CNN reported.
The man who made the identification, Dr. James Kimble, said of Fraley, “She didn't’ think she did anything special. A lot of women did what she did. She just wanted her picture corrected,” CNN reported.
Fraley died in Longview, Washington, Saturday, the BBC reported. She was 96.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
— Years of research and a particularly strong winter storm has led a reporter in Alabama to what is likely the remains of the last ship to carry slave cargo from Africa to the United States.
Writer Ben Raines of al.com reported Tuesday that what is left of the slave ship Clotilda, “lies partially buried in mud alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a few miles north of the city of Mobile. The hull is tipped to the port side, which appears almost completely buried in mud. The entire length of the starboard side, however, is almost fully exposed.”
You can see footage from the site of The Clotilda's wreckage, as well as hear archaeologists discuss the authenticity of the discovery here.— AL.com (@aldotcom) January 23, 2018
This is a major historical and genealogical development. Read the full story here: https://t.co/x7gwzWvPg2 pic.twitter.com/SkuKkXqyVU
The ship’s remains were discovered by Raines when the “Bomb Cyclone” winter system hit the eastern half of the country earlier this month. A confluence of strong systems created the storm that caused the tide in Mobile Bay to be especially low, Raines pointed out. The lower than normal tide better exposed what was left of the ship.
In the story, Raines says he documented the wreck with historical documents and photos – the remains rest in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, accessible only by boat – and took his findings to a team of archaeologists from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla.
The archaeologists agreed that Raines had probably found what was left of the Clotilda.
In the summer of 1860, the Clotilda brought 110 men, women and children from Africa to Alabama in violation of U.S. laws that banned international slave trade. The ship’s trans-Atlantic journey was the last recorded trip bringing human cargo from an African nation to the United States.
The expedition was financed by Timothy Meaher, a wealthy Mobile businessman who made a bet that he could sneak slaves into the country past forts on either side of the entrance to Mobile Bay, “under the officers’ noses.”
Meaher was able to hire a ship and captain to bring the slaves to Mobile, but fearing that he would be caught and punished for the stunt, Meaher arranged for the ship to be burned after he had the slaves unloaded.
Those 110 slaves who were brought over on the Clotilda were freed five years later at the end of the Civil War. They asked Meaher to pay for their return to Africa. He refused, and the group went on to petition the U.S. government for the money. When the government refused, the group took up residence near Mobile, creating the community of Africatown.
The town, according to historian Sylvianne Diouf in her book “Dreams of Africa in Alabama,” was run under traditional African law and used African farming and education methods. The last survivor of the Clotilda trip, Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis , died in 1935, though descendants of the slaves brought over on the ship still live in the area.
The story of the Clotilda was recently resurrected in an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by historian Henry Gates. In a December episode, Roots front man and drummer Questlove – whose given name is Ahmir Thompson – finds out that his great, great, great grandfather, Charles Lewis, was one of the slaves brought to America on the Clotilda’s trip.
The charred remains of The Last Slave Ship (#TheClotilda) have been found. In short a bet was made to see if 110 Africans could be transported from West Africa to the US illegally (!!!) One of those 110 was my (& @Donn_T’s) GreatGreatGreat Grandfather https://t.co/pBAXfI1cMM— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 23, 2018
Gates tells Questlove that Meaher chose the more than 100 slaves from a group of 4,000 to be brought to Alabama. Lewis was one of those chosen.
"Think about the odds, man," Gates said.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
CARY, N.C. — A 6-year-old North Carolina girl is the latest person in the state to die from the flu.
Normally, information about her would not be released because of privacy laws, but her parents want people to know her story.
Emily Muth was diagnosed with the flu last Tuesday. Her parents, Nathan Muth and Rhonda Muth, took her to an urgent care center in Cary, North Carolina, where a doctor prescribed Emily Tamiflu and sent her home.
Emily’s health briefly improved, then drastically worsened. She died Friday.
Emily had not gotten a flu shot. Her parents want to warn others to get the shot if they have not already.
“Cherish every single moment you have with your kids because it can be taken away in an instant,” Nathan Muth told WSOC. “This happened from Tuesday to Friday, so 3 ½ days. The flu is nothing to mess with.”
The Muths plan for their two sons to get their flu shots.
So far this season, 43 people have died from the flu in North Carolina. In South Carolina, that number is at 24, including nine last week.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:24 AM
QUINTON, Okla. — Five workers remained missing Tuesday after a natural gas well exploded and caught fire in Oklahoma one day earlier, sending out a smoke plume that could be seen for miles.
Officials said 16 other employees were able to get out of the area safely. One person was flown to a Tulsa hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Emergency officials let the fire burn itself out and fought any flames that went beyond a perimeter they established.
Pittsburg County officials said they moved the mission from rescue to recovery on Tuesday. When the scene cools, the medical examiner will check the scene.
The missing individuals were identified Friday, including:
Ray, Smith and Risk worked for oil drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., which owns the well.
The company’s CEO, Andy Hendricks, said at a news conference that Patterson-UTI is supporting the families of the missing employees and working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the agency investigates.
Workers will retain their jobs despite the loss of their job site, according to Patterson-UTI officials.
Authorities said the public was safe from contaminates and that there was no need for evacuations.
Pittsburg County emergency managers and the county sheriff confirmed around 9 a.m. local time that an explosion and fire took place at a well in Quinton.
The well is owned by oil drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., employees confirmed. In a statement, company officials said they were unaware of what caused the fire.
“We have received reports that some of our employees and others are unaccounted for at this time,” the statement said. “Our top priority is the safety of our employees and any others who may be affected. We've activated our emergency response systems and are fully cooperating with first responders and authorities on the scene. We will provide more details as they are known.”
The company's president and CEO, Andy Hendricks, later released a separate statement:
All of us at Patterson-UTI are deeply saddened by the news of the incident in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, this morning. Our hearts go out to the families of the five missing individuals, three of whom are Patterson-UTI employees. We've reached out to their families and are providing support during this difficult time.
At this moment, no one knows with certainty what happened, and it would be unwise to speculate. Well control experts and emergency responders are on site and we will conduct a thorough investigation when the incident is fully contained. We will provide updates as more facts are known.
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our employees and others we partner with in the field. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected and their loved ones.
Red Mountain Energy was operating the well.
FOX23 storm chasers in the area spotted the smoke plume from the fire miles away.
Grief counselors and religious leaders were offering support to families and workers on Monday. The American Red Cross was also working to help first responders as they worked to contain the fire.
Fire crews also searched woods for anyone that may have run from the scene, but they didn’t find anyone. Searches are expected to resume once the area cools down.