Frank Witsil and Ann Zaniewski Detroit Free Press Published 8:20 PM EST Feb 11, 2019 John Dingell Jr.'s reach and legacy were on display Monday as more than 1,600 mourners paid tribute to the longest-serving member of Congress, remembering him as a fearless public servant, mentor, friend, colleague and hero. "He's a great man. He has always stood up for people," said Bob Damiani, 71, of Taylor, who had never met Dingell but lined up in the cold more than 90 minutes before the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center doors opened for his visitation. Monday's gathering at the Dearborn center marked the start of this week's public farewell to the 92-year-old former Democratic congressman. Dingell served in the House for nearly six decades, stepping down in 2015. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, succeeded him, and he remained a powerful political force, continuing to express his views on Twitter and elsewhere. … [Read more...] about John Dingell visitation: Hundreds pay tribute to Congressman
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By Fares Sabawi Published 11:47 am CST, Monday, February 4, 2019 Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, including Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Rios, salute during a procession of law enforcement personnel accompany the cremated remains of Bexar County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Chucky for a funeral service at Community Bible Church, Monday, February 4, 2019. Chucky died in the line of duty on January 26. less Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, including Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Rios, salute during a procession of law enforcement personnel accompany the cremated remains of Bexar County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy ... more Photo: Jerry Lara, Staff Photographer Photo: Jerry Lara, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, … [Read more...] about Law enforcement agencies across San Antonio area pay respects to K9 Chucky during procession
PUBLISHED: 13:02 19 January 2019 Steve Russell Patience and Douglas Smith had long worked for a local fuel charity. In 2014, the year this was taken, Douglas said I look at myself as a village boy, so I have always tried to help the parish people Picture: Steve Adams Copyright Archant Norfolk 2014 Douglas Smith was just 14 when he followed in his father’s footsteps and started work at a crematorium. He proved himself a good listener in a challenging job – “sympathetic and understanding”, says his son. Douglas Smith in 1966, the way many people will remember him. 'He was very kind, and very generous with his time. It was almost like a bedside manner' says his son .Picture: SMITH FAMILY COLLECTIONThe Norfolk crematorium he later managed would witness the final farewells to many thousands of people during his 40-year spell in charge, but he never forgot that each one was unique and special. There were ceremonial occasions (for folk … [Read more...] about Did you know Horsham St Faith crematorium chief Douglas Smith?
Associated Press Published 3:57 PM EST Dec 31, 2018 Revelers around the globe are bidding a weary farewell Monday to an unsettling year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. Here’s a look at how people are ushering in the new year: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Fireworks crackled at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered downtown to watch the spectacular display. The fireworks replace last year’s somewhat anticlimactic LED lightshow that ran down the facade of the 828-meter-tall (2,716-foot) tower. Cafes and restaurants with a view of the Burj Khalifa charge a premium for their locale on New Year’s Eve. Casual sandwich chain Pret a Manger, for example, charges $817 for a table of four. That price gets you hot and cold drinks and some canapes. For burgers near the action, fast food chain Five Guys charged $408 … [Read more...] about Hello, 2019: Revelry, reflection mark transition to new year
Although the end of the Prosper-Haniel colliery near the western town of Bottrop comes as polluting coal is increasingly under scrutiny, it was cheaper hard coal from abroad, not environmental concerns, that sounded the mine's death knell. For the remaining 1,500 workers the final shift promises to be an emotional one, culminating in a ceremony to be attended by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. After greeting each other one more time with the traditional miners' call of "Glück Auf!", shorthand for good luck in opening a new vein, the workers will bring up a symbolic last chunk of black coal before the 150-year-old deep-shaft mine is sealed up. "There's a heavy sadness now that it's all going to be over soon," 47-year-old miner Thomas Echtermeyer told Bild newspaper, wearing a dusty white overall and yellow hard hat. Retired pitman Reinhold Adam, 72, who recently visited the mine for … [Read more...] about End of an era as Germany’s last black coal mine closes