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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Today in History

The Roman emperor, Marcus Didius, is murdered in his palace.
Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII‘s new queen, is crowned.
The British government orders the port of Boston closed.
The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths becomes law.
American navy captain James Lawrence, mortally wounded in a naval engagement with the British, exhorts to the crew of his vessel, the Chesapeake, “Don’t give up the ship!”
General Robert E. Lee assumes command of the Confederate army outside Richmond after General Joe Johnston is injured at Seven Pines.
The Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, begins as Confederate general Robert E. Lee tries to turn Union general Ulysses S. Grant’s flank.
James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, dies.
U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
Germany conducts the first zeppelin air raid over England.
The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.
A race riot erupts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing 85 people.
The Douglas DC-4 makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York.
The German Army completes the capture of Crete as the Allied evacuation ends.
America begins sending Lend-Lease materials to the Soviet Union.
Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France.
Governor George Wallace vows to defy an injunction ordering integration of the University of Alabama.
The U.S. reports finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.

The Real Rosie the Riveter Has Been Found

Five years ago, we told you the story of how Geraldine Doyle was identified as the inspiration for the Rosie the Riveter poster. Doyle died in 2010 at age 86. Now evidence has come to light that she wasn’t the model for Rosie at all! Dr. James Kimble of Seton Hall University followed the story of how Doyle was identified as Rosie and was bothered by how little fact-checking went into it. So he decided to investigate himself. He began working on tracing the provenance of the photograph that Westinghouse used when their graphics department designed the poster. None of the available copies of the photo had any information on them, and the identification was made by Doyle herself.
So he called all the various wire services and stock photo collections that might now own the photo. He called naval bases and photo experts. He did endless Google searches. He leafed through endless issues of WWII-era magazines, looking for the photo in question in the hope it might be captioned with a date or a place. This took months, and got him pretty much nowhere — though a particular naval base in California kept popping up, a location that piqued Kimble’s interest because Doyle had worked at a factory in Michigan.
And then, in a feat of both persistence and luck, yet another Google search led Kimble to a Memphis company that sells old newspaper photos. The company just happened to be selling the photo he was looking for, the photo of the woman leaning over the lathe. He bought it, and when it arrived in the mail he realized it had the caption information he had been searching for on the back.
The photo was taken March 24, 1942, in Alameda, California. That pretty much eliminated Doyle as the photo’s subject, because she worked in a plant in Michigan and hadn’t even started there by that date.
Besides, the woman in the photo had a name.
Not only that, but Noami Parker Fraley is still around at age 94 and living in California. Read the story of how Kimble found the real Rosie at the Omaha World-Herald.

The Origin of the Paper Bag

Margaret Knight went to work in a cotton mill in New Hampshire when she was only ten years old. After all, that was in 1848, and her widowed mother needed every penny the family could earn. Knight was smart and had a talent for making things even as a child, when she fashioned toys for her brothers and their friends.
By the time she joined the Columbia Paper Bag Company as a lowly factory worker, the 30-something, unmarried Knight had spent years as a ‘Jill-of-all-trades’, becoming proficient in daguerreotype, photography, engraving, house repair and upholstering. Spending long hours at the factory, she soon heard of current efforts to create a machine that could efficiently manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags. ‘I am told that there is no such machine known as a square-bottomed machine,’ she wrote in her journal. ‘I mean to try away at it until I get my ideas worked out.’ Independent of the factory and without her bosses’ knowledge, Knight began to study the issue intently.
And she got her ideas worked out. Knight designed a machine that would manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags so that they could be mass-produced. The trouble was that a man who’s seen her invention had gone ahead and patented it. That meant war. Read about Margaret Knight and her invention at Aeon.

Once Middle Class, Millions Are Joining the Ranks of 'Disposable' Americans

White supremacists want everyone to see the new ‘Angry Birds’ movie

The Angry Birds Movie (Screen cap)
White supremacists just don’t get a lot of love in popular culture, which is why they typically have to appropriate music, movies and art that have nothing to do with white nationalism and claim them as their own.

Scientists uncover potential trigger to kill cancer

Scientists uncover potential trigger to kill cancerScientists uncover potential trigger to kill cancer
Melbourne researchers have discovered a new way of triggering cell death, in a finding that could lead to drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune disease. Programmed cell death, also called apoptosis, is a natural process that removes unwanted cells from the body....

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression
Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression
A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council. The study, published in Molecular..

Ecstasy's making a comeback

Ecstasy's making a comeback, and it's more powerful than ever

Should prostitution be decriminalized?

Should prostitution be decriminalized?

Thousands Of Sexual Assault Victims In The Military Have Been Denied Veteran Health Care

LGBT-friendly Chicago restaurant responds to hateful graffiti with love

Image: Vandalism at Andersonville, IL Hamburger Mary's (Screen capture)
A Chicago-area location of famously LGBT-friendly restaurant chain Hamburger Mary’s responded on Tuesday to an act of anti-gay vandalism that took place over the weekend.

Vermont transgender man beaten to death in hate crime

Vermont transgender man beaten to death in hate crime

Judge to consider punishments for Arpaio in racial profiling case

Judge to consider punishments for Arpaio in racial profiling case

Tenants unhappy about new lease agreement that requires them to 'like' complex on Facebook

Some tenants at an apartment complex in Salt Lake City, Utah, are unhappy about a new lease agreement that requires tenants to “like” the complex on Facebook. Tenants of the City Park Apartments said that a “Facebook addendum” was taped to their doors on Thursday night.
The contract requires tenants to friend the City Park Apartments on Facebook within five days, or be found in breach of the rental agreement, though some of the tenants already signed a lease agreement months ago. The document also includes a release allowing the apartment to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on the page.
“I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” tenant Jason Ring said. “It’s outrageous as far as I’m concerned.” Ring said it’s the last straw; he’s moving out after the final month of his lease. “It’s a violation of my privacy,” Ring added. Zachary Myers, an attorney who specializes in tenant rights for Hepworth, Murray & Associates in Bountiful, said the contract addendum may not be fair to those who don't have or are unable to create Facebook accounts.

“The biggest issue that I have with it is that it seems to be discriminatory against elderly individuals and disabled individuals who are unable to utilize an online presence such as Facebook,” he said. Myers said that if a lease is already signed, a tenant may not be required by law to sign a late add-on. He added that if something like an add-on appears and a tenant is not comfortable with it, the tenant should not sign it because once signed, the tenant is bound to the contract unless a court says otherwise.

Woman accused of changing appearance in attempt to evade arrest for fatal hit-and-run

An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run incident that killed a popular music teacher in Santa Ana, California. The April 20, accident killed 26-year-old Chris Chavez. He was struck while in a crosswalk and heading to breakfast. During a news conference on Sunday, authorities announced the arrest of the suspect driver identified by police as Tracy Clapp, 36, of Santa Ana.
“This has been a priority case for us since going to the media with the help of the family. Our investigators have been getting nonstop tips in reference to this case,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. According to Bertagna, on Saturday night, investigators received information that led them to a home in the southeast portion of Santa Ana. “They went out last night. They did surveillance.
"She exited a residence, got into a stolen vehicle, and after attempting to stop her, there was a pursuit,” Bertagna said. At the end of the pursuit, Bertagna said the woman fled on foot, but was apprehended by a K-9 police unit. “She was eventually confronted by officers. There was a fight with the officers. She assaulted the officers and eventually was taken into custody by a police K-9,” he said. The lead investigator in the case, Cpl. Matt Wharton, accuses her of changing her appearance in an attempt to evade capture.

“Her hair was dyed bright pink, there was a tattoo or a temporary tattoo on the left side of her cheek and she was wearing blue-ish, green-ish contact lenses,” Wharton said. “It’s our belief that she did all that to elude capture.” Wharton said the woman has had “prior contacts with the police.” She was transported to the hospital, where she remains and was expected to be booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, evading police with wanton disregard for public safety, and battery on a police officer, authorities said.

Motorist unsuccessful in valiant attempt to fool breathalyzer

A drunk driver failed in his attempt to fool a breathalyzer in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China.
The offender surnamed Xu, 33, was stopped by police officers while he was driving after drinking three glasses of red wine at a dinner prior to being stopped, and was afraid of being punished.
This led to his multiple attempts at fooling the police by pretending to blow into the breathalyzer. Xu's face appeared strained as he blew into the device. However, no reading was indicated, signalling that he did not follows the police's order. The police asked Xu to do it again, but he once again pretended to blow into the breathalyzer.

The police officers demanded Xu follow their orders after seeing through his tricks, but he still refused to exhale four to five times. Xu finally blew into the breathalyzer, with the result showing 190 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood, higher than the country's legal limit. The police detained Xu for further investigation. He will likely have to pay a hefty fine.

Rice and mung beans as archaeological sources

Rice and mung beans as archaeological sources
Rice and mung beans as archaeological sources
The colonization of Madagascar remains one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world. Situated off the East African coast, and many thousands of kilometers from Southeast Asia, Madagascar is nonetheless home to people who speak a language that is closely related...

Deep, old water explains why Antarctic Ocean hasn’t warmed

Deep, old water explains why Antarctic Ocean hasn’t warmed
Deep, old water explains why Antarctic Ocean hasn’t warmed
The waters surrounding Antarctica may be one of the last places to experience human-driven climate change. New research from the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that ocean currents explain why the seawater has stayed at...

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