Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem : Parallels : NPR

Jesus’ tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. “This monument today is free,” said Antonia Moropoulou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

“I would venture to say that if this intervention hadn’t happened now, there was a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” said Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit in New York that helped raise funds for the $4 million project.

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David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist, dead at 101 | Fox News

A billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the famously philanthropic Rockefeller family has died.

He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. With the passing of his siblings, he became the guardian of his family’s fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts.

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Let’s learn from the past: St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – On St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, 81 years ago, an unlucky downpour resulted in one of our region’s worst natural disasters. Nearly two inches of rain fell on March 16, which added to the 63 inches of snow that came throughout the winter. Warm temperatures melted the snow, swelling creek beds along the upper Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. On St. Patrick’s Day, the rising rivers reached the North Side and washed into the streets of Downtown, wiping out historic businesses within hours.

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GM exits Europe with Opel-Vauxhall sale

After bleeding money in Europe for 17 years, GM sells its operations there

GM’s decision to say goodbye to the Opel-Vauxhall business it’s controlled for nearly 90 years – and accounts for 10 percent of GM’s global sales and 18 percent of its workforce – is intended to bolster overall profitability and returns to shareholders.

It will leave GM with only a few specialty models in Europe – Chevrolet Camaros, Corvettes and selected Cadillacs – which last year totaled about 2,300 in sales. That’s a tiny fraction – 0.2 percent – of the volume of its Opel-Vauxhall business, which sold 1.16 million vehicles in 2016. GM sold 10 million cars globally last year.

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How some Christians prepare their hearts and stomachs for the holy season of Lent | Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Festive purple and yellow streamers, glittering masks and shiny table decor greeted attendees of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark’s annual Shrove Tuesday feast of pancakes, bacon and sausage.

More than 200 Episcopalians and others would be served by the end of the night by cheerful volunteers wearing green and purple Mardi Gras beads.

 Events like this pancake supper, tied to the day also known as Fat Tuesday, have served as a last hurrah before the solemn observance of Lent for centuries, as Christians prepared their hearts and stomachs for the holy season.

Source: How some Christians prepare their hearts and stomachs for the holy season of Lent | Deseret News

Worst mistake in Oscar history

The Oscars have ended in chaos, with the wrong film announced for the night’s biggest award – Best Picture.

Warren Beatty looked confused with the envelope and paused, before letting Faye Dunaway mistakenly announce La La Land had won.

Moonlight was actually the winner – something which wasn’t rectified until the cast and crew of La La Land were onstage.

Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins said it was definitely a surprise.

“I was speechless when the result was altered because I’ve watched the academy awards [and] I’ve never seen that happen before.”

La La Land actress Emma Stone said she’s happy for the Moonlight cast and can see the funny side.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?”

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JCPenney closures signal more pain for shopping malls – Business Insider

A tidal wave of store closures is about to hit the US, and the result could be catastrophic for hundreds of lower-tier shopping malls.

JCPenney announced Friday that it would close up to 140 stores in the next couple of months.

That follows decisions by Macy’s and Sears to close a collective 218 stores in the first half of the year. Other mall-based stores including American Apparel, The Limited, Bebe, BCBG, and Payless have also recently announced that they are shutting down all or most of their stores.

Source: JCPenney closures signal more pain for shopping malls – Business Insider

Our Miserable 21st Century | commentary

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Consider the condition of the American economy. In some circles people still widely believe, as one recent New York Times business-section article cluelessly insisted before the inauguration, that “Mr. Trump will inherit an economy that is fundamentally solid.” But this is patent nonsense.

But there is the employment situation. Labor-force trends have been utterly dismal. Work rates have fallen off a cliff since the year 2000 and are at their lowest levels in decades. We can see this by looking at the estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the civilian employment rate, the jobs-to-population ratio for adult civilian men and women.

American health conditions seem to have taken a seriously wrong turn in the new century. Overall health progress has been shockingly slow.

Thus the bittersweet reality of life for real Americans in the early 21st century: Even though the American economy still remains the world’s unrivaled engine of wealth generation, those outside the bubble may have less of a shot at the American Dream than has been the case for decades, maybe generations—possibly even since the Great Depression.

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The New ‘Twin Peaks’ Teasers Will Dredge Up Some Of Your ’90s Nightmares — VIDEOS

It’s happening again — or so the new Twin Peaks teaser trailers will have you believe. What’s actually happening in the Twin Peaks revival, however, isn’t clear at all. In typical David Lynch fashion, we have no idea what’s going on in the new Twin Peaks. Partially because, quite seriously, no one has told us anything, and partially because, well, it’s David Lynch we’re talking about. The Lynchian spirit is nothing if not enigmatic. Luckily, there are a few newly released Twin Peaks teasers to tide you over.

The revival premiers on Showtime in May, and since it was first announced over two years ago, a few teasers have entered the airwaves. They’ve all been equally as mysterious. Here’s what we do know so far: The series will be 18 episodes long. The events will take place 25 years later — in 2016. The population appears to (somehow) still be 51,201. And everything is still creepy as hell. “It is not a remake. The story continues,” co-writer and co-creator Mark Frost told TVLine. “The seeds of where we go were planted where we’ve been.”

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