It’s one of the mysteries of U.S. naval history. What sank the armored cruiser San Diego, just 10 miles off the New York coastline during World War I?A surprise explosion rocked the ship that July morning, 99 years ago. Within 30 minutes, the 500-foot warship capsized in about 100 feet of water, taking six sailors to a watery grave.Was it a German torpedo, undetected by the ship’s 17 lookouts? Or did the San Diego blunder into an underwater mine? Or, less likely, was it the work of a German saboteur?This summer, the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command is using today’s technology to finally solve that longtime question. An underwater drone and sophisticated sonar are being employed for the first time to assemble a 3-D image of the wreck. It’s the same science the Navy uses to survey modern underwater ship damage, so the results may even inform how the United States views collisions today.“We are definitely drawn to this site because of the mystery of … [Read more...] about What sank the USS San Diego? A WWI naval mystery may be solved
What was transportation like 100 years ago
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
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?
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?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women