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    01/29/2008 12:23:46 PM PST · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 711 replies · 3,356+ views
    Little Ol Me | 01/29/2008 | Cuz It Aint Their Money
    Premiers, Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM (EST) In a SURVIVOR first, 10 ultra-fans of the series will take on 10 former castaways to compete as FANS vs. FAVORITES. The two tribes will be marooned amidst the Rock Islands of Palau, Micronesia. The skills of the former castaways will be put to the test while the tribe of first-time competitors will see if their enthusiasm and passion for the game is enough to distinguish them as worthy competitors. Who will prevail to become Sole Survivor?
  • Face of Defense: Cancer-Survivor Soldier Joins Unit in Iraq

    01/10/2008 3:36:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 81+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Pfc. Monika K. Smith, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2008 – They call him “Tiny,” and as with many nicknames, the moniker inaccurately describes Sgt. Jared Squires’ stature. At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, the crew chief with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, more than snugly fits into the space allocated for crew chiefs in the Black Hawk helicopters he flies in. Army Sgt. Jared Squires reviews his pre-flight checklist Jan. 4, 2008. After conquering cancer, Squires joined his unit deployed to Iraq. Photo by Pfc. Monika K. Smith, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Squires, from Los Lunas, N.M.,...
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Emphasizes Need for Vigilance

    12/07/2007 4:09:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 280+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2007 – It’s been 66 years, and tears still well up in the eyes of Robert Bishop when he thinks of that day. Robert Bishop stands outside the U.S. Capitol, where he and 13 other Pearl Harbor survivors and about 100 others including family, friends, servicemembers and members of Congress met for a remembrance ceremony sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund in partnership with the AMVETS and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He was a 20-year-old...
  • Fire Survivor Recalls Lost Friends, Escape (beachhouse victims identified

    10/30/2007 10:00:25 AM PDT · by RDTF · 35 replies · 601+ views
    ABC news ^ | Oct 30, 2007 | Good Morning America
    As the University of South Carolina continues to heal after a North Carolina beach house fire Sunday killed six of its students and a student from Clemson University, the world is getting know the stories of the victims and survivors. Of the six people who escaped the blazing beach house, Fredrick Wylie was the only one on his floor to survive. Wylie, who is known as Tripp to his friends, said he was unsure why he awoke during the fire. "I don't remember smoke waking me up," he said tonight on "Good Morning America." "I don't remember an alarm waking...
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Committed to the Sea

    10/11/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 330+ views
    NAVY newsstand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul D. Honnick
    PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A Sailor who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor was committed to the sea Oct. 4 during a ceremony held at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island in Naval Station (NAVSTA) Pearl Harbor. In accordance with his wishes, the family of Chief Shipfitter Gordon E. Cook honored his memory by scattering his ashes into the harbor next to the sunken ship where 54 crew members lost their lives Dec. 7, 1941. “Thanks to Gordon’s loving wife of 45 years, his daughters and other family members, we will now honor him as he so richly deserves,”...
  • Bonaduce Body slams Survivor Star During FOX Reality Awards

    10/03/2007 3:25:46 PM PDT · by highimpact · 105 replies · 6,429+ views
    Breitbart/TMZ ^ | 10/3/07 | Breitbart TV
    TMZ: Danny Bonaduce interrupts "Survivor" star Jonny Fairplay as he's introducing an award Tuesday night. Jonny does his signature monkey humping move (as seen in the "Survivor: Pearl Islands" opening) -- and things go downhill from there. Fairplay was taken to the hospital, and then to the dentist, where he underwent 2 1/2 hours of surgery. According to Fairplay, the body slam knocked one tooth out and moved three others and he now has to undergo multiple root canals.
  • 9/11 Survivor Returns to Tell Story of Hope

    09/11/2007 3:00:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 640+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Minutes after terrorists slammed a hijacked commercial airliner into the Pentagon six years ago today, Army Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell thought he was going to die. Retired Army Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, a Pentagon survivor of the attacks Sept. 11, 2001, speaks to a packed auditorium during a memorial service Sept. 7, 2007. Birdwell lived through burns over 60-percent of his body and excruciating physical therapy to eventually begin a ministry that helps burn victims and wounded servicemembers. Defense dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, U.S. Navy  (Click photo for screen-resolution...

    08/21/2007 4:43:22 AM PDT · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 616 replies · 3,924+ views
    various websites | 21 August, 2007 | Cuz It Aint Their Money
    The reality show that started it all continues to raise the bar with its exotic locations and high-risk challenges with SURVIVOR: CHINA.The new competition unleashes an eclectic group of castaways on the ancient south central province of Jiang Xi, where they are prepared for adventure, danger and surprises in the hopes of winning $1 million and becoming the ultimate Survivor. Who will Outwit, Outplay and Outlast?
  • Kern [CA] man eats live snake for 'Survivor':Tehachapi man's stunt disgusts crowd at tryouts [video]

    07/16/2007 11:21:12 AM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 58 replies · 4,557+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | Jul 14 2007 11:05 PM | LISA SCHENCKER
    A 48-year-old Tehachapi man skinned and ate a live snake as part of his audition at an open casting call in Bakersfield for "Survivor" Saturday. The man, who identified himself to a reporter as Rusty Shackelford and by a different name to audition organizers, brought the snake into the audition room at Three-Way Chevrolet in a backpack. (Rusty Shackelford is a common fake name, one used by a cartoon character.) Once cameras started rolling, he pulled the hissing snake from his backpack and held it firmly by its head and lower body. He then peeled away long sections of the...
  • Katrina Survivor Joins Corps After Rescue by Marines

    06/08/2007 4:56:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 878+ views
    Defense News ^ | Lance Cpl. Jon Holmes
    PARRIS ISLAND, S.C., June 8, 2007 — Pfc. Casey Coco, postal clerk, Depot Post Office, performs her job and duties like any other Marine. However, her reason for joining the Marine Corps is not like most. Coco, a New Orleans native, was one of many victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After the constant rain and loss of power forced New Orleans’ flood protection system to fail, the levees collapsed, causing 80 percent of the city to flood. As the water continued to rise toward the rooftops, many families were stranded on top of their homes waiting for someone to...
  • Holocaust Survivor Recalls Dark Time in History

    04/12/2007 5:24:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 565+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, April 12, 2007 – Retired Lt. Col. Charles Stein, a Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran, shared the tragic events that changed the course of his life nearly 70 years ago during a Days of Remembrance ceremony here April 10. Brig. Gen. James Gilman, right, commander of Great Plains Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, presents retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Stein, a Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran, with an eagle statue April 10 to thank him for speaking at Fort Sam Houston’s Days of...
  • `Survivor' Hatch on Prison: `horrendous'

    03/16/2007 10:42:06 AM PDT · by mmanager · 16 replies · 595+ views
    MyWay ^ | Mar 16, 11:13 AM (ET) | MyWay
    NEW YORK (AP) - Richard Hatch, who won $1 million on "Survivor," says being in prison for failing to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other income is no day at the beach. Hatch, who became known as the "naked fat guy" for refusing to wear clothes for much of the CBS show, was convicted last year. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison, and is at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va., a minimum security facility. "Obviously, this is better than the county lockup," Hatch tells People magazine in its March 26 issue. "There's no...
  • Man survives 17-story fall (Drunken Antics in the Twin Cities)

    01/20/2007 12:40:34 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 44 replies · 2,327+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 1/20/07 | Tom Ford - Staff Reporter
    A 29-year-old man who was apparently horsing around with some friends crashed through a window and fell 16 stories at the downtown Minneapolis Hyatt Regency early Saturday morning. His most severe injury? A broken leg. The man must have "an angel on his shoulder or something," said Minneapolis police Lt. Dale Barsness. "He's a lucky guy." The man, identified by a police report as Joshua S. Hanson, landed on a roof overhang near the hotel's main entrance along the Nicollet Mall, police said.
  • SURVIVOR: FIJI (Season 14)

    01/17/2007 5:08:38 AM PST · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 525 replies · 7,985+ views
    My fertile brain. | 17 January, 2007 | Cuz It Aint Their Money
    Premiering Thursday, February 8 at 8pm et/pt SURVIVOR PING ! ! ! (Above photo courtesy of Survivor Phoenix) Stranded on the Fiji Islands in the heart of the South Pacific, 19 strangers must live together and compete for the million-dollar prize. Who will outwit, outplay, and outlast all others?
  • Survivor remembers attack on Oahu

    12/07/2006 9:33:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
    12/6/2006 - HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AFPN) -- Retired Chief Master Sgt. Ralph Barnett returned to Hickam for the 65th Anniversary of the attack on Oahu and to show his family where he was on that fateful Sunday morning. At the time of the attack he was a 24 year old assistant armament chief Buck Sgt. with the 23rd Bombardment Squadron stationed on Hickam Field. In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, 250 aircraft from the 1st Air Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy set out to cripple the American naval and air forces with a surprise...
  • 'MIRACLE' OF AMISH GIRL (6 year old sent home to die shows signs of improvement)

    10/08/2006 5:24:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 3,389+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | October 8, 2006 | David Cox
    AN AMISH girl who was expected to die after being badly wounded in last week's horrific schoolhouse shooting in the US has shown signs of making an amazing recovery. Six-year-old Rosanna King was taken off a life-support machine and sent home from hospital to die at home with her family on Wednesday. Doctors had concluded they could do nothing more for the young girl... but she defied all the worst expectations and continued to breathe on her own. She has now been taken back to hospital after showing enough strength to squeeze a family member's hand. Daniel Ash, 57, an...
  • Ky. Plane Crash Survivor Asks 'Why?'(Prayer Request)

    09/08/2006 5:03:39 AM PDT · by khnyny · 424 replies · 8,708+ views
    Washington ^ | September 6, 2006 | Jeffrey McMurray
    Ky. Plane Crash Survivor Asks 'Why?' By JEFFREY McMURRAY The Associated Press Wednesday, September 6, 2006; 10:47 PM LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 49 people near the Lexington airport last week told family members from his hospital bed, "Why did God do this to me?" but he hasn't mentioned the crash, a close family friend said Wednesday. James Polehinke, who was the flight's co-pilot, can move only his head, and tears often well up in his eyes, said Antonio Cruz, Polehinke's mother's boyfriend. He said the 44-year-old has been in and out of...
  • Five Years On, Pentagon 9/11 Survivor Reflects on Attack

    09/06/2006 6:19:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 458+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- At about 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Debra Wagner and her colleagues at the Pentagon got a phone call telling them to turn on the television. There had been a terrible “accident” in New York City. Debra Wagner, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, stands by a display honoring the people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Wagner said she came through the tragic events with a profound belief in the resilience of America and its people. Photo by...
  • Sole Survivor of Ky. Crash asks 'Why?'

    09/06/2006 2:54:18 PM PDT · by NCjim · 55 replies · 2,106+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 6, 2006
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 49 people near Lexington last week told family members from his hospital bed, ''Why did God do this to me?'' but he hasn't mentioned the crash, a close family friend said Wednesday. James Polehinke, who was the flight's co-pilot, can move only his head, and tears often well up in his eyes, said Antonio Cruz, Polehinke's mother's boyfriend. He said the 44-year-old had only gained consciousness on Tuesday. Polehinke hasn't mentioned the crash and doctors have encouraged family members not to ask him about it, Cruz told...
  • 'Survivor' Stirs Up Supremacists: Web Posters Embrace Show's Racial Split

    09/06/2006 12:50:13 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 46 replies · 1,095+ views
    TV ^ | 9.4.06 | James Hibbard
    'Survivor' Stirs Up Supremacists Web Posters Embrace Show's Racial Split By James Hibberd CBS's plan to racially segregate the tribes for the 13th season of "Survivor" has white-supremacist Web bulletin boards buzzing, prompting concern from the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights group. Story continues below... "It has lit up the white-supremacist world," said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Report at the SPLC. "It's been a fairly remarkable reaction. [The format] plays into the hands of many people in this country who have racist feelings." The upcoming season of the 6-year-old CBS reality show has contestants separated by race...
  • 'Survivor' or Amazing Race Game? [Excellent Pinkerton Read on Segregated Reality Show]

    08/31/2006 12:08:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 911+ views ^ | Jim Pinkerton
    James P. Pinkerton August 31, 2006 If Uncle Sam has been dividing us up by race for decades now, why should we surprised that the reality TV show "Survivor" is doing the same thing? And could there be a double standard - that is, it's good when the government apportions by race, but bad when the private sector does so? Reality TV, like all popular culture, reflects the larger society. So, if we want a color-blind society, the government should stop being so litigiously color-conscious. Once upon a time, the goal was to climb out of the muck of racial...
  • GM Withdraws CBS' 'Survivor' Sponsorship

    08/30/2006 4:59:29 PM PDT · by Huntress · 55 replies · 1,826+ views ^ | 8/30/06 | Tom Krishner
    General Motors Corp. has decided to end its sponsorship of CBS' hit series "Survivor," but the world's largest automaker said Wednesday that the decision had nothing to do with the reality show's controversial decision to divide its contestants in the upcoming season by race and ethnicity. GM spokeswoman Ryndee S. Carney said the company made the decision in the normal course of making its media buys months ago, before the show made its recent announcement. "I think it's just a coincidence. I know it's not cause and effect," Carney said. A group of New York City officials have criticized the...
  • What, No White Caucus?

    08/30/2006 7:34:31 AM PDT · by Republican Red · 19 replies · 1,289+ views
    August 30, 2006 -- Everybody knows that the New York City Council lacks energy, imagination and - for the most part - integrity and intelligence. It's running a serious irony deficit, too. Yesterday, members of the council's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC) met with the press to complain about - of all things - classifying individuals by race and/or ethnic origins.
  • Copilot sole survivor of Kentucky crash

    08/29/2006 5:54:41 PM PDT · by NittanyLion · 26 replies · 1,726+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | August 28, 2006 | Tania Valdemoro
    James Polehinke, 44, of Margate, the copilot and sole survivor of Sunday's Comair Flight 5191 crash in Lexington, Ky., kept to himself, neighbors said. [snip] Ida Askew, 51, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in July 1999 after she shot Polehinke in the stomach with a handgun while the couple was arguing, police records show.
  • SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS - Official Thread

    08/24/2006 7:29:17 AM PDT · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 1,069 replies · 13,528+ views
    My somewhat fertile brain | 24 August, 2006 | Cuz_it_aint_their_money
    Yes FReepers and FReeperettes, its time once again for another season of Survivor. This time they are in the Cook Islands, in the middle of the South Pacific. I was going to start off this thread by informing you all about how Mark Burnett’s Production Company has decided to split the tribe along ethnic backgrounds. But that subject has been pretty much beaten to death on at least three different threads. So. . . . I would like to point out that for all their talk about “minorities” not applying to the show as much as “whites” and about...
  • New 'Survivor' Sparks Controversy

    08/24/2006 2:48:54 AM PDT · by paudio · 59 replies · 1,580+ views ^ | 24 August 2006
    The 13th season of reality TV show Survivor has already sparked controversy by announcing that contestants will be divided into teams based on their race. The 20 participants will be divided up into four tribes - African-American, Asian-American, hispanic and white. Survivor host Jeff Probst defended the decision on US TV's The Early Show saying, "The idea for this actually came from the criticism that Survivor was not ethnically diverse enough. Because, for whatever reason, we've always had a low number of minority applicants for the show. So we set out and said, 'Let's turn this criticism into creative for...
  • A Racy Twist for "Survivor" [Whites vs. Blacks vs. Asians vs. Hispanics]

    08/23/2006 5:06:13 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 71 replies · 1,618+ views
    E! Online via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Gina Serpe
    Some may call it exploiting racial tensions. CBS calls it darn good television. Jeff Probst popped in on The Early Show Wednesday morning, confirming the reports that the 20 castaways for Survivor: Cook Islands will be grouped by race, with competitors divided into four tribes consisting of whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics. Apparently, "separate but equal" holds only the warmest of connotations for Mark Burnett. Like a good host, Probst had nothing but praise for the producers' controversial brainchild, calling the exercise in segregation a valuable social experiment, rather than a stunt to dig up some controversy--and raise ratings. "The...
  • CBS reveals 'Survivor: Cook Islands' cast, confirms ethnic tribe divisions

    08/23/2006 11:28:27 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 45 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 08/23/06 | Steve Rogers
    Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has revealed the identities of the twenty castaways who will be competing in this fall's Survivor: Cook Islands and announced that the castaways will -- in what the show's producer and host both acknowledge to be a controversial move -- initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White.) "We're going to take some heat for it," Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett acknowledged to People about the segregated tribe decision that will no doubt give the thirteenth edition of the long-running reality series -- which will also include the...
  • 'Survivor' winner Hatch moves to federal lockup

    07/24/2006 11:59:58 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 37 replies · 1,538+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The first "Survivor'' has packed his bags and moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma. Richard Hatch is serving a 51-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won in the first season of the CBS reality series.
  • Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor [Colorado]

    06/28/2006 11:25:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 278 replies · 8,269+ views ^ | May, 2006 | Ted Harvey
    Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor    TED HARVEY She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence. Gianna Jessen I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration. I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He...
  • Cancer survivor sues over firing (zero tolerance in the adult world)

    05/27/2006 12:20:39 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 858+ views
    Ronald Michalowicz, a fire inspector for the village of Bedford Park, was given a 27 percent chance to live as he battled a rare form of tongue cancer. The community rallied around him, raising about $25,000 to help. He fought the cancer into remission. But the village where he had worked for 28 years fired him for taking the contributions, in alleged violation of the Illinois Gift Ban Act and village code prohibiting employees from soliciting gifts that could affect their decision-making. On Friday, Michalowicz sued Bedford Park, its mayor and village board in federal court for allegedly violating his...
  • 'Survivor' Winner Sentenced to 51 Months - Richard Hatch

    05/16/2006 10:41:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 19,141+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Richard Hatch, who won $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor," was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in prison for failing to pay income taxes on his reality TV prize and other earnings. Hatch, 45, was convicted in January. The charges carried a maximum of 13 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres said he issued a harsher than expected sentence because Hatch had committed perjury repeatedly during his trial. "It seems unfortunately very clear to me that Mr. Hatch lied," Torres said. When Hatch was convicted, Torres said he expected to sentence him to...
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund, last American survivor of the Titanic sinking, dies at age 99

    05/07/2006 11:18:32 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 22 replies · 1,144+ views ^ | May 7, 2006
    Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died, a funeral home said Sunday. She was 99. Asplund, who was just 5 years old, lost her father and three brothers -- including a fraternal twin -- when the "practically unsinkable" ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. She died Saturday at her home in Shrewsbury, said Ronald E. Johnson, vice president of the Nordgren Memorial Chapel in Worcester, Mass. Asplund's mother and another brother, Felix, who was 3, also survived the Titanic sinking in the early morning of...
  • Holocaust Survivors Living Destitute

    05/03/2006 12:31:11 PM PDT · by EvilHomer · 16 replies · 717+ views
    Seamax News ^ | 5/2/2006 | Morgan Sansbury
    Tuesday, April 25 was a day of remembrance for the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Around the world television programs and news outlets broadcast stories of courage and resolution in the face of Nazi terror, preaching tolerance of other cultures lest history be repeated. But for 90,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today, life is still a harsh struggle of living day to day with little to get by on. Gizela Burg is one such survivor. Having lived in four concentration camps over the course of her life under the Nazi regime, she knows what it’s like to...
  • Marine Unfazed by Sniper Shot to Head

    04/14/2006 12:30:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 2,255+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | Todd Pitman - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq - The young Marine had just shot a suspected insurgent and was walking back across the villa's rooftop when he keeled over from a terrific thud to the back of his head. A sniper had fired a single, well-aimed bullet that tore through the top of Lance Cpl. Richard Caseltine's helmet, traced a path along the edge of his skull and buried burning bullet fragments in the back of his neck. Less than a minute later, the 20-year-old from Aurora, Ind., was up on his feet — crouching, shaking and miraculously, still alive. "You expect when somebody gets...
  • Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Philippine Sea ordeal still vivid for survivor of USS Indianapolis

    04/14/2006 6:20:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 793+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    Nearly 61 years after surviving a living nightmare, it's still not easy for Adolfo Celaya to talk about what he endured that night in 1945. Celaya, who grew up in Barrio Viejo, was an 18-year-old sailor on the USS Indianapolis. He worked in the ship's belly, where he helped feed oil into the vessel's four giant boilers. But on the night of July 30, Celaya was on the ship's deck in the Philippine Sea with his Tucson buddy, Santos Peña. Two Japanese torpedoes struck the cruiser. The Indy split and sank within 12 minutes, taking 300 of the 1,196 men...
  • Sago Mine Blast Survivor Leaves Hospital

    03/30/2006 8:57:29 AM PST · by Sax · 8 replies · 488+ views
    AP ^ | 3/30/06 | AP
    Sago Mine Blast Survivor Leaves Hospital POSTED: 10:11 am EST March 30, 2006 UPDATED: 10:49 am EST March 30, 2006 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy Jr., looking thin and stiff but walking on his own, offered his gratitude Thursday as he was released from a hospital Thursday after almost three months. "I'd just like to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers" McCloy said softly, wearing a ball cap and a racing-team jacket at a morning news conference. He paused, then added with a weak smile, "I believe that's it." His wife, Anna, who held his hand...
  • A big-picture blueprint for coping [Terror survivor helps others]

    03/07/2006 12:39:04 PM PST · by Alouette · 4 replies · 163+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2006 | Shmuel Greenbaum
    Kindness has been my personal response to terror. My wife, Shoshana, was murdered by a suicide bomber. She was one of over 100 victims who were killed or wounded on August 9, 2001 at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem. Sometimes I wonder whether telling my story can really help others. Since the way I am coping with my tragedy is so different from the norm, would anyone else understand it? Many of the rabbis who came to visit me after it happened told me a story about a carpet. "Sometimes you only see the knots on the back," they said....
  • A Decade After Dizengoff, Stunned Silence and Poverty [Survivor of Suicide Bombing]

    02/26/2006 3:47:16 PM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 453+ views ^ | Feb. 26, 2006
    This March 4 will mark the 10th anniversary of the suicide bombing outside the popular Dizengoff Shopping Center in downtown Tel-Aviv. In that attack, a suicide bomber detonated a 20-kilogram nail bomb, killing 13 Israelis—including one IDF soldier. Only days ago, Chabad’s Terror Victims Project received a stark reminder of the lasting, traumatic effects of a terrorist attack. Acting on a tip, Rabbi Menachem Kutner, Director of Activities, visited an old Israeli woman in her Tel Aviv apartment. A decade ago, she worked in a clothing boutique at Dizengoff Center. On the fateful day of March 4, 1996, as she...
  • Mine survivor McCloy speaking, eating with help

    02/23/2006 1:16:39 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Randal McCloy Jr., the lone survivor of the Sago Mine accident, is now able to speak and is eating with assistance. He responds appropriately when asked questions, and is working with speech therapists to improve his articulation. He also has daily sessions of physical and occupational therapy. Some of Mr. McCloy's nutrition is given through a feeding tube into his stomach. According to his wife, the tube likely will be removed in a few weeks.
  • Hatch convicted of failing to pay income tax in "Survivor" winnings

    01/25/2006 12:03:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 48 replies · 1,645+ views ^ | 1-25-06
    Hatch convicted of failing to pay income tax in "Survivor" winnings January 25,2006 PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) - "Survivor" star Richard Hatch has been found guilty of not paying federal income tax on the one million dollars he won on the reality T-V show. He was handcuffed and taken into custody because a judge considered him a potential flight risk. Hatch was found guilty on three counts -- including tax evasion. He faces up to 13 years in prison and 600-thousand dollars in fines. Jurors found him not guilty of wire, mail and bank fraud. He had faced ten counts overall....
  • Hatch Guilty of Failing to Pay Taxes (Richard Hatch, Survivor's 'fat naked guy")

    01/25/2006 11:06:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 632+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/06 | Ray Henry - ap
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Richard Hatch, the "fat naked guy" who won $1 million in the debut season of the reality show "Survivor," was found guilty Wednesday of failing to pay taxes on his winnings. Hatch was also convicted of evading taxes on $327,000 he earned as co-host of a Boston radio show and $28,000 in rent on property he owned. But he was acquitted of seven bank, mail and wire fraud charges. Jurors deliberated for less than a day after more than a week of testimony. Hatch, 44, of Newport, faces up to 13 years in prison and a fine...
  • Survivor Hatch waits on tax verdict

    01/24/2006 7:52:05 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 773+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 January 2006 | David Ortiz
    RICHARD Hatch, the much-vilified first winner of the hit US reality television show Survivor, will know in a day if he survived a challenge that could jail him for a lifetime. A jury is expected to decide tomorrow whether the winner of the $US1 million ($1.33 million) jackpot on Survivor on a South Pacific island in 2000 is guilty of tax evasion, bank fraud and other charges filed by the US Attorney's office in Providence, Rhode Island. Prosecutors accuse Hatch, a motivational speaker, of failing to report the $US1 million winnings in 2000 and about $US391,000 he earned from half...
  • Mine Survivor Responding to Commands

    01/24/2006 6:23:59 PM PST · by Cagey · 10 replies · 564+ views
    AP ^ | 1-24-2006
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The sole survivor of an explosion that killed 12 men at a West Virginia coal mine is responding to simple commands as he continues to emerge from a light coma, doctors said Tuesday. Randal L. McCloy Jr., 26, can now follow movements with his eyes, but he remains unable to speak, Dr. Larry Roberts said. McCloy, who survived the Jan. 2 blast and more than 41 hours of exposure to carbon monoxide, is also receiving physical therapy. He began opening his eyes last week. One of the 12 miners may have died in the explosion, and...
  • Doctor: Randal McCloy Suffered Brain Damage (latest WV mine survivor health update)

    01/10/2006 11:10:49 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 23 replies · 2,486+ views
    KDKA/AP ^ | Jan 10, 2006 1:25 pm US/Eastern | Dr. Maria Simbra
    (KDKA/AP) MORGANTOWN Doctors today delivered some discouraging news about the sole survivor from the tragic accident at the sago mine in West Virginia. They say Randal McCloy Jr. did suffer some brain damage from his 42 hours being trapped in the Sago Mine. From brain scans, the carbon monoxide seems to have injured the cable system deep in the brain, called the white matter. KDKA’s Medical Correspondent Dr. Maria Simbra says this area connects brain cells together. The coating of these nerves has been damaged. Dr. Simbra says the nerve coating are like the outside of an electric cord. If...
  • Survivor; Panama "Exile Island" (Official Thread)

    01/09/2006 11:41:11 AM PST · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 1,886 replies · 16,356+ views
    January, 9, 2006 | Cuz it aint their money
    Stranded on an island off the coast of Panama, 16 strangers must live together and compete for the million-dollar prize. This time, the castaways will begin their competition as four tribes: older men, older women, younger men and younger women. At least one Survivor each week will be banished to a separate island miles away from camp. How will this change the game? Who will outwit, outplay, and outlast all others? Don’t miss a single episode of: SURVIVOR; PANAMA “EXILE ISLAND” premiering Thursday, February 2nd at 8 pm ET/PT.
  • Family scoffs at woman's quake survival story (THE STORY HAS CHANGED)

    12/17/2005 5:35:54 PM PST · by paulat · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Family scoffs at woman's quake survival story December 16, 2005 - 5:00PM Neighbours and family have scoffed at reports that a woman has been rescued from rubble two months after Pakistan's massive October earthquake. They say that rather than being trapped in her collapsed home for that time, she had stayed there by choice. The story of Naqsha Bibi has been making the rounds in Pakistan for days, and picked up by Pakistani media and some international news organisations. "She was not buried in the rubble. She lived in her collapsed home," said Hafeezur Rahman, a doctor who is treating...
  • Interview With A Survivor of Saddam's 1982 Massacre of Al-Dijail - Dr. Firas M. Yaqub

    10/19/2005 7:17:14 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 757+ views
    October 19, 2005 | fight_truth_decay
    The information in the story below was collected from the popular Iraqi web blog, IraqTheModel. This Iraqi blog creator, Omar, met and interviewed in December of 2003 one of the survivors personally affected by Sadddam’s crime against the people of Al-Dijail. Omar writes in his most recent October 18th, 2005 blog that he hopes this story will help you the reader understand this town and its' story; and turns back the clock to the early days of his blog when he interviewed a survivor who as a child lived in Al-Dijaile. Omar's entitled his blog report: "War and Peace" and...
  • 'Survivor' Host Calls Tax-Troubled Hatch 'Delusional'

    09/20/2005 1:03:44 PM PDT · by Millee · 4 replies · 306+ views
    AP ^ | Staff
    Richard Hatch pleaded not guilty Monday to not paying taxes on the $1 million he won on "Survivor," but show host Jeff Probst suggests he should plead insanity instead. Probst told AP Radio News that he seriously thinks "Hatch is delusional." Probst said Hatch is "out of his mind" for thinking he can beat the IRS. Hatch said the IRS indicted him because he refused to go through with a plea deal. The former show winner said he won't go to jail for something he didn't do. He said the case against him is "absurd."
  • Student survived Katrina's fury

    09/11/2005 12:58:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 581+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, September 11, 2005 | MARISSA WIDDISON
    LITTLEROCK - When Elisha Johnson abandoned everything she owned in Louisiana last week, she was hopeful that members of her church back home would help her out. But what she wasn't expecting was the pile of donations that came from members of the community this weekend, as complete strangers showed up to support the former Highland High School student. Johnson, who graduated last year from Highland, spent six days trapped in a dormitory at Xavier University in New Orleans, where she was studying pyschology. She wiped tears from her eyes as she recounted the tale Saturday afternoon, standing in front...