Twin assassinations (President Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy). Twin air accidents (Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., following by decades the 1940s airborne deaths of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. and Kathleen “Kick’’ Kennedy). Death on the ski slopes (Michael Kennedy) and at the gym (Kara Kennedy). And, poignantly at least one drug overdose (David Kennedy, with reports that the death of his niece, Saoirse, was one as well). Now comes the most sobering five words of this account: That is a partial list. Saoirse’s death came at the home of her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, 91, materfamilias of the Bobby Kennedy branch of the family. Her statement that the world was “a little less beautiful today’’ is a sentiment she has felt more than surely any other American woman of her time and prominence. Because they are Irish, because they are Kennedys, because this is a country sick at heart at its politics, at this passage agonies and … [Read more...] about Death of RFK’s granddaughter is latest burden for Kennedys
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It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
By Stephen Schaefer | April 4, 2019 at 11:10 am Armie Hammer is currently on screens nationwide in ‘Hotel Mumbai,’ a thriller based on the notorious 2008 Pakistan-led terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India’s largest city. Hammer’s David is a husband and father trapped in the five-star Taj Hotel as deadly machine gunners roam the halls, shooting everyone in sight. Since his breakthru in ‘Call Me By Your Name’ two years ago Hammer, 32, seems to have never stopped working. He has three films on his immediate horizon. He’s currently filming ‘Dreamland,’ an ensemble drama revolving around the opioid epidemic, while he promotes ‘Hotel.’ There’s a high profile remake of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca,’ the only Alfred Hitchcock film to ever win the Academy Award as Best Picture. That 1940 adaptation teamed Joan Fontaine and as the dashing, haunted and very rich widower Maxim de … [Read more...] about Armie Hammer just can’t stop
By Ben Christopher, CALmatters | PUBLISHED: February 7, 2019 at 7:02 am | UPDATED: February 8, 2019 at 4:55 am The modern American gun debate began on May 2, 1967, when 30 protesting members of the Black Panther Party marched into the California Capitol with loaded handguns, shotguns and rifles. As photos of gun-toting radicals from Oakland hit front pages across the country, many Americans were shocked to see who was embracing the Second Amendment. In California, as in most states at the time, there were few restrictions on carrying loaded weapons in public. That soon changed. The Panthers’ efforts to “police the police” already had led Republican Assemblyman Don Mulford to propose legislation to ban the “open carry” of loaded firearms within California cities and towns. After the Panthers showed up in the Capitol, his bill sailed through and was signed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. (Yes, that Reagan). It’s hard to say which now seems more … [Read more...] about How California got tough on guns
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?