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Little Britain in St. Petersburg
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Theories abound concerning the precise cause of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s death. Perhaps the best article on this subject was produced for the BBC by Dr Marina Frolova- Walker.
And on a lighter note ...
One of upsides of life in Russia is the rich sense of humor here.
Here's a parody of "Hideaway" by Canadian pop diva Kiezsa, (original video below) which gave the previously unknown starlet an astounding 90 million views on Youtube within 3 months of its release in February 2014.
The Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II is, I would contend, one of the most significant saints of the past century and of our “modern” times.
Clearly, every saint is of incalculable worth; yet there have been certain saints throughout the course of human history that occupy such a standing that their actions on the providential path which God ordained for them have vast implications for the world. Other examples would be St. Constantine and St. Vladimir.
That’s all for today, thanks for following along. Some key links and events from the day:
The president on the Senate voting to proceed on the $1.2tn infrastructure bill:
We’ve reached a historic deal on infrastructure, folks. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is the largest infrastructure bill in a century. It will grow the economy, create good-paying jobs, and set America on a path to win the future.Continue reading...
About 100,000 pounds of an acetic acid mixture – which can severely burn skin and is toxic if inhaled – was released
A large chemical leak at a plant in the Houston area has killed two people and left 30 people hospitalized, officials have said.
A statement from the LyondellBasell company said that about 100,000 pounds (45,359 kilograms) of a mixture that primarily included acetic acid was released in the leak that started Tuesday evening at its La Porte Complex. The company said that the “all clear” was given early Wednesday, and that the leak had been isolated and contained.Continue reading...
Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami.Continue reading...
Families brought the case to demonstrate to banks and insurers that gun manufacturers are a risky business
The manufacturer of an assault rifle used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre has offered $33m to settle lawsuits from the families of nine of the victims.
If accepted, the proposal by Remington would mean each of the families would receive $3.66m, substantially less than the sums they were seeking. In a February court filing, lawyers estimated the wrongful death claims likely totalled in excess of $225m, rising above $1bn with punitive damages.Continue reading...
Man arrested in connection with Corona shooting, which occurred at a showing of the horror movie The Forever Purge
Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman and seriously wounded a 19-year-old man as they watched The Forever Purge at a southern California movie theater.
Authorities say there is no known motive for the violence and that the shooting Monday appeared to be “an unprovoked attack”.Continue reading...
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PORTLAND, Ore. — A statue in Portland, Oregon, commemorating York, an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been toppled and damaged, officials said.
A spokesperson with Portland Parks and Recreation told KOIN 6 News that the bust was torn from its pedestal and significantly damaged Tuesday ...
The Senate voted to advance President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday, only hours after a bipartisan group of lawmakers finalized the deal.
In a 67-32 vote, the chamber advanced the bill in a crucial test vote. The legislation cleared the 60-vote hurdle with 17 Republicans joining all 50 ...
PHOENIX — Former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wednesday that he plans to step down as the Arizona Senate’s liaison to the GOP-led audit of the 2020 election, dealing another blow to the credibility of the unprecedented partisan review.
Bennett has been barred from the building where audit ...
The State Department on Wednesday condemned the use of violence to crush ongoing protests in Iran, breaking the Biden administration’s silence over a widening uprising against the Tehran government that has been unfolding this week in several cities across the country.
“The Iranian people have a right to voice their ...
Rep. Mo Brooks suffered a setback in a federal lawsuit against him this week when the Justice Department said the Alabama Republican was not acting within his official capacity when he spoke at the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally outside the White House.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, sued Mr. Brooks, ...