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  • Tattered World War II flag brings two families together

    07/16/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    KOMOnews ^ | 7-16-13 | Eric Johnson
    SEATTLE -- The saying, "time heals all wounds" is familiar to most, and for two soldiers and their two sons, it rings true. It's important that a man understands his father so he can better understand himself. And when the fathers are gone, we cling to things -- belongings and symbols -- that show what they stood for and who they were. In Centralia, Kim McDougal has learned new things about his father after finding a unique package. Herb McDougal is 88-years old. He lives in a retirement home and suffers from Friedreich's ataxia, which makes it difficult for him...
  • After 50 Years, Fire Still Burns Under Pennsylvania Town (Centralia, PA - Ghost Town)

    05/26/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Rubinkam
    After 50 years, fire still burns under Pa. town (A motorist in 2004 drives among the smoldering remains of land near Route 61 in Centralia, Pa. AP file photo) Fifty years ago Sunday, a fire at the town dump ignited an exposed coal seam, setting off a chain of events that eventually led to the demolition of nearly every building in Centralia — a whole community of 1,400 simply gone. All these decades later, the Centralia fire still burns. It also maintains its grip on the popular imagination, drawing visitors from around the world who come to gawk at twisted,...
  • 50 years on, coal seam ablaze underneath Centralia

    05/26/2012 6:21:58 AM PDT · by Library Lady · 18 replies
    Pittsburg Post Gazette ^ | May 26, 2012 | Michael Rubinkam
    Fifty years ago on Sunday, a fire at the town dump ignited an exposed coal seam and still burns today. It set off a chain of events that eventually led to the demolition of nearly every building in Centralia -- a whole community of 1,400 simply gone. After a contentious battle over the future of the town, the side that wanted to evacuate won out. By the end of the 1980s, more than 1,000 people had moved and 500 structures were demolished under a $42 million federal relocation program. But some holdouts refused to go -- even after their houses...
  • The Best-ever Symbol of Government Incompetence?

    05/08/2011 5:38:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2011 | Alan M Aszkler
    America's largest coal mine fire is the marquee for government ineffectiveness and environmental activism's false pretense. Centralia, PA is home to America's largest coal mine fire -- still burning today since May of 1962. Forty-nine years of government folly, environmentalist demonization, and media sensationalism have managed to fan the flames under Centralia, escalating the costs to end this ecological disaster from under $100,000 in the early sixties to over $600 million today. Bureaucratic half-measures started in the 60's with a planned town dump in an old mine pit.  Regulations required that any openings to the mine be properly sealed with...
  • Pa. town above mine fire asks US courts for help

    10/29/2010 2:59:51 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Oct 29 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Residents of a central Pennsylvania coal town decimated by a mine fire have gone to federal court to try to prevent state officials from evicting them....
  • Pa. coal town above mine fire claims massive fraud

    03/09/2010 5:39:41 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 917+ views
    hostednews ^ | 3-9 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The few remaining residents of a Pennsylvania coal town decimated by a 48-year-old underground mine fire claim in court papers that a "massive fraud" is being perpetrated by parties seeking to grab the mineral rights to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of anthracite coal. In a filing late Monday, four property owners and the borough of Centralia asked a state appeals court to block Pennsylvania officials from seizing their homes. The state condemned the homes in the early 1990s but only recently moved to oust the remaining holdouts. The state's attorney on Tuesday dismissed the residents'...
  • Few remain as 1962 Pa. coal town fire still burns

    02/05/2010 9:11:55 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1,440+ views
    AP and Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 5. 2010 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Standing before the wreckage of his bulldozed home, John Lokitis Jr. felt sick to his stomach, certain that a terrible mistake had been made. He'd fought for years to stay in the house. It was one of the few left standing in the moonscape of Centralia, a once-proud coal town whose population fled an underground mine fire that began in 1962 and continues to burn. But the state had ordered Lokitis to vacate, leaving the fourth-generation Centralian little choice but to say goodbye - to the house, and to what's left of the town he loved. "I never had any...
  • The Smoldering Ruins of Centralia(very interesting story)

    03/30/2006 11:48:26 AM PST · by edgrimly78 · 36 replies · 2,181+ views
    There is a small town in Pennsylvania called Ashland where Route 61's northbound traffic is temporarily branched onto a short detour. Exactly what the detour is circumventing is not immediately clear to travelers, however few passers-by pay it any mind… a detour is nothing unusual. But anyone who ignores the detour and ventures along the original route 61 highway will soon encounter an abrupt and unexplained road closure. Beyond it lies a town filled with overgrown streets, smoldering earth, and ominous warning signs. It is the remains of the borough of Centralia. Centralia, Pennsylvania was never a particularly large community,...
  • Centralia, Wash., native doing his part in Ar Ramadi

    10/21/2005 4:10:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Many young men and women harbor dreams of serving their country and enlisting in the Marine Corps. Joe Bier from Centralia, Wash., is following that dream. Corporal Bier, a 21-year-old machine gunner, is on his first tour in Iraq and looks back on his decision to enlist with pride. “(Joining the Marine Corps) was something I wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “If I didn’t do it when I did, I would have never joined and regretted it for the rest of my life.” Becoming an infantryman and deploying to...
  • Sunken Fires Menace Land and Climate

    04/03/2005 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies · 2,070+ views
    NY Times via the national academies ^ | 01.15.02 | Andrew C. Revkin
    Sunken Fires Menace Land and Climate January 15, 2002 Fires are burning in thousands of underground coal seams from Pennsylvania to Mongolia, releasing toxic gases, adding millions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and baking the earth until vegetation shrivels and the land sinks. Scientists and government agencies are starting to use heat-sensing satellites to map the fires and try new ways to extinguish them. But in many instances -- particularly in Asia -- they are so widespread and stubborn that miners simply work around the flames. There is geological evidence that grassland and forest fires, lightning...