PUBLISHED: 08:36 13 July 2019 R34 airship, nicknamed 'Tiny' on account of its vast size, which carried out the first round trip to the United States a century ago. Picture: Archant Library Archant He was hailed an 'Aerial Columbus'. As commemorations are held in Norfolk to mark the centenary of the first-ever double crossing of the Atlantic which ended at Pulham air station, Steve Snelling charts a remarkable story of Jack Pritchard, one of the heroes of the record-making airship R34 Headline makers: mementoes from the R34�s epic journeyJack Pritchard was in no doubt about the dangers facing him. As one of Britain's foremost airship experts, he knew better than anyone that the mission represented an aeronautical journey into the unknown.Nothing like it had been attempted before. To cross the Atlantic once was challenging enough, but to fly to the United States and back entailed not just an extraordinary leap of faith but a willingness to travel beyond the limits of his or … [Read more...] about Welcoming home a transatlantic hero: 100 years on
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Massachusetts residents continue to feel squeezed when it comes to transportation. While no surprise to commuters, a study published earlier this year named Boston the worst city for rush-hour traffic in America. Meanwhile, if you live in the Berkshires and rely on public transit, bus service is not available after 7 p.m. on weekdays or on Sundays. The good news is that momentum is building in Massachusetts to once again tackle the state’s thorniest transportation issue: how to appropriately fund the system. The recent derailments on the Red and Green Lines have only heightened calls for investment. The business community, advocates, and other stakeholders agree that there need to be new ways to relieve traffic, invest in transit, support new mobility solutions, and fund the system. Here are four recommendations, shaped from the lessons I learned when I served as transportation secretary during the last serious revenue debate. That debate achieved a modest 3 cent per gallon … [Read more...] about How should the state fund its ailing transportation system?
By PAUL WISEMAN Published March 28, 2019 Features Associated Press Facebook Twitter Comments Print Image 1 of 2 ▼ FILE - This June 11, 2018 file photo shows an Alexander Hamilton exhibit called "Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon," at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington. Hamilton, determined to transform America into an industrial power, argued in 1791 that the United States needed “to procure all such machines as are known in any part of Europe.” Trouble was, Britain, the world’s technological leader, closely guarded its advantages. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) The upstart nation was a den of intellectual piracy. One of its top officials urged his countrymen to steal and copy foreign machinery. Across the ocean, a leading industrial power tried in vain to guard its trade secrets from the brash young rival. Continue Reading Below In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the rogue … [Read more...] about In trade wars of 200 years ago, the pirates were Americans
In June of 2007, a group of 18 Minnesota legislators convened a panel with an ambitious title and an aspirational goal: they were “The Commission To End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” Eighteen months, four public hearings, a 10-stop statewide listening tour and numerous meetings later, the commission issued a report that aimed to do just what it said: end poverty in just 10 years. “The Commission’s overall mission and vision are captured in both its name and its guiding principles, which were first articulated in the Minnesota faith community,” read the summary. “The consensus in the faith community is that the existence of poverty, and our acceptance of it, counters the most basic values of justice.” To reach their goal, commission members called for an increase in the minimum wage; expanded working family tax credits; more child care help; and credits for small businesses. They wanted increased state and federal spending on affordable … [Read more...] about 12 years ago, the Legislature set out to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. How’s it going?
William J. Kole Associated Press Published 8:35 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 Boston – Slow as molasses? This treacle didn’t trickle. It was a sticky, deadly tsunami that flattened an entire Boston neighborhood within seconds. On Tuesday, the city marks the 100th anniversary of its most peculiar disaster – the Great Molasses Flood. It struck without warning at midday on Jan. 15, 1919, when a giant storage tank containing more than 2.3 million gallons of molasses suddenly ruptured, sending a giant wave of goop crashing through the cobblestone streets of the bustling North End. The initial wave rose at least 25 feet high – nearly as tall as an NFL goalpost – and it obliterated everything in its path, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others. Rivets popped like machine-gun fire. Elevated railway tracks buckled. Warehouses and firehouses were pushed around like game pieces on a Monopoly board. Tenements were reduced to kindling. Outrunning the molasses was out … [Read more...] about Boston marks the Great Molasses Flood 100 years ago