UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb, 26, 2018

Today is Monday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2018 with 308 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.


Those born this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include British playwright Christopher Marlowe in 1564; French novelist and poet Victor Hugo in 1802; Levi Strauss, who created the world’s first pair of denim blue jeans, in 1829; American frontiersman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1846; surgeon and cornflakes developer John Kellogg in 1852; Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1887; actor-comedian Jackie Gleason in 1916; actor Tony Randall in 1920; actor Betty Hutton in 1921; rock star Antoine “Fats” Domino in 1928; former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 1928; political commentator Robert Novak in 1931; singer Johnny Cash in 1932; rock musician Mitch Ryder in 1945 (age 73); singer Michael Bolton in 1953 (age 65); Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 1954 (age 64); actor/singer Chase Masterson in 1963 (age 55); singer Erykah Badu, born Erica Abi Wright, in 1971 (age 47); musician Nate Ruess (Fun) in 1982 (age 36); actor Teresa Palmer in 1986 (age 32); singer CL, born Lee Chae-rin, in 1991 (age 27).


On this date in history:

In 1531, an earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal, killed more than 20,000 people.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte and 1,200 men left his exile on the Isle of Elba to start his 100-day campaign to regain France.

In 1919, 37 years after the first bill to establish the Grand Canyon as a national park was introduced, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, bringing the landmark under the protection of the National Park Service, preserving it for future generations.

In 1929, Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park was established following the signing of an executive order by President Calvin Coolidge.

In 1935, Germany began operation of its air force, the Luftwaffe, under Reichmarshal Hermann Goering.

In 1970, National Public Radio was founded.

In 1984, the last U.S. Marines sent to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force left Beirut.

In 1993, a powerful bomb exploded in the parking garage below the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. In Nov. 1997, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef and Eyad Ismoil were found guilty of plotting and carrying out the attack following a three-month trial.

In 1994, 11 members of the Branch Davidian religious cult were acquitted of murder and conspiracy charges stemming from a federal raid and siege at the compound near Waco, Texas, the year before.

In 1998, a federal jury in Amarillo, Texas, ruled in favor of Oprah Winfrey in a lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen who said she caused beef prices to fall with a talk show about “mad cow” disease.

In 2005, Bank of America acknowledged it lost computer tapes containing account information on 1.2 million federal employee credit cards, including those of some U.S. senators.

In 2008, the New York Philharmonic performed a historic, 90-minute concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in North Korea.

In 2011, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strong sanctions on Libya and called for a war-crimes investigation.

In 2012, George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. The case spawned debate over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws and racism.

In 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Hagel left the post in late 2014.

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to regulate Internet service as a public utility, a victory for net neutrality that was intended to prevent the advent of Internet traffic manipulation. The FCC repealed net neutrality in 2018.

In 2017, Moonlight wins the Academy Award for Best Picture after a mixup by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who mistakenly said La La Land won.


A thought for the day: In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt on visiting the site, remarked: “In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder … Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”

منبع مطلب : https://www.upi.com/Top_News/2018/02/26/UPI-Almanac-for-Monday-Feb-26-2018/1281519591930/

On This Day: World Trade Center bombed

Feb. 26 (UPI) — On this date in history:

In 1531, an earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal, killed more than 20,000 people.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte and 1,200 men left his exile on the Isle of Elba to start his 100-day campaign to regain France.

In 1919, 37 years after the first bill to establish the Grand Canyon as a national park was introduced, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, bringing the landmark under the protection of the National Park Service, preserving it for future generations.

In 1929, Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park was established following the signing of an executive order by President Calvin Coolidge.

In 1935, Germany began operation of its air force, the Luftwaffe, under Reichmarshal Hermann Goering.

In 1970, National Public Radio was founded.

In 1984, the last U.S. Marines sent to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force left Beirut.

In 1993, a powerful bomb exploded in the parking garage below the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. In Nov. 1997, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef and Eyad Ismoil were found guilty of plotting and carrying out the attack following a three-month trial.

In 1994, 11 members of the Branch Davidian religious cult were acquitted of murder and conspiracy charges stemming from a federal raid and siege at the compound near Waco, Texas, the year before.

In 1998, a federal jury in Amarillo, Texas, ruled in favor of Oprah Winfrey in a lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen who said she caused beef prices to fall with a talk show about “mad cow” disease.

In 2005, Bank of America acknowledged it lost computer tapes containing account information on 1.2 million federal employee credit cards, including those of some U.S. senators.

In 2008, the New York Philharmonic performed a historic, 90-minute concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in North Korea.

In 2011, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strong sanctions on Libya and called for a war-crimes investigation.

In 2012, George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. The case spawned debate over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws and racism.

In 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Hagel left the post in late 2014.

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to regulate Internet service as a public utility, a victory for net neutrality that was intended to prevent the advent of Internet traffic manipulation. The FCC repealed net neutrality in 2018.

In 2017, Moonlight wins the Academy Award for Best Picture after a mixup by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who mistakenly said La La Land won.

منبع مطلب : https://www.upi.com/Top_News/2018/02/26/On-This-Day-World-Trade-Center-bombed/3521519600175/

Famous birthdays for Feb. 26: Erykah Badu, Michael Bolton

Feb. 26 (UPI) — Those born this date are under the sign of Pisces.

They include:

— British playwright Christopher Marlowe in 1564

— French novelist and poet Victor Hugo in 1802

— Levi Strauss, who created the world’s first pair of denim blue jeans, in 1829

— American frontiersman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1846

— Surgeon and cornflakes developer John Kellogg in 1852

— Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1887

— Actor-comedian Jackie Gleason in 1916

— Actor Tony Randall in 1920

— Actor Betty Hutton in 1921

— Rock star Antoine “Fats” Domino in 1928

— Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 1928

— Political commentator Robert Novak in 1931

— Singer Johnny Cash in 1932

— Rock musician Mitch Ryder in 1945 (age 73)

— Singer Michael Bolton in 1953 (age 65)

— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 1954 (age 64)

— Actor/singer Chase Masterson in 1963 (age 55)

— Singer Erykah Badu, born Erica Abi Wright, in 1971 (age 47)

— Musician Nate Ruess (Fun) in 1982 (age 36)

— Actor Teresa Palmer in 1986 (age 32)

— Singer CL, born Lee Chae-rin, in 1991 (age 27)

منبع مطلب : https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2018/02/26/Famous-birthdays-for-Feb-26-Erykah-Badu-Michael-Bolton/2861519600596/

Weinstein Company to file for bankruptcy

Feb. 26 (UPI) — The Weinstein Company will declare bankruptcy after failing to negotiate a sale of the company, according to reports Sunday.

The Weinstein Company. board was in negotiations with an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, but a deal failed to materialize.

“While we recognize that this is an extremely unfortunate outcome for our employees, our creditors and any victims, the board has no choice,” a company statement said, according to The New York Times.

In a separate letter, the Weinstein Co. board blamed Contreras-Sweet’s investor team, which includes billionaire Ron Burkle, for not closing the deal on the sale.

“While we deeply regret that your actions have led to this unfortunate outcome for our employees, our creditors and any victims, we will now pursue the Board’s only viable option to maximize the Company’s remaining value: an orderly bankruptcy process,” the letter states, according to Bloomberg.

Once considered one of the most respected film production houses in the business, the Weinstein Company suffered after numerous women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s co-founder and namesake, Harvey Weinstein.

And earlier this month, New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company for civil rights abuse allegations in connection with the sexual misconduct allegations.

منبع مطلب : https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2018/02/26/Weinstein-Company-to-file-for-bankruptcy/1071519629468/

4 people confirmed dead in Leicester explosion – police

Local fire brigades, the ambulance service, and police in Leicestershire responded to reports of an explosion and fire at a building on Hinckley Road Monday morning, according to a police statement.Hinckley Road and adjacent streets have been cordoned off and motorists were advised to keep away from the area

“Four people are confirmed to have died in an explosion at a property in Leicester last night,” law enforcement said in a statement.

Another four people remain in the hospital, one with serious injuries.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

منبع مطلب : https://www.rt.com/uk/419810-four-killed-leicester-explosion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Leicester explosion: Four killed in sudden blast that destroyed shop and shook homes, police confirm

Four people have died after an explosion at a property in Leicester on Sunday night, local police have confirmed. 

The sudden blast took place at 7pm yesterday evening about a mile west of the city centre and saw police cordon off around 60 homes on Carlisle Street and Hinckley Road as six fire engines attended the scene.

Six people were injured in the resulting fire, which Leicestershire Police say is not currently being treated as terror-related.

They were taken by ambulance to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment, according to emergency service personnel.

Residents reported hearing a low booming sound and feeling their houses shake when the explosion first occurred.

The two-storey shop at the centre of events on Hinckley Road, with a residential flat situated above it, suffered a “pancake collapse” as a result of the incident, according to a fire and rescue spokesman.

More follows….

منبع مطلب : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/leicester-explosion-latest-four-dead-police-hinckley-road-blast-a8228346.html