McDonald’s to demolish museum commemorating first restaurant

OAK BROOK, Ill. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant.

Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald’s Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant’s sign out front.

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On this day in history: Abraham Lincoln makes the ‘Gettysburg Address’ on the former battlefield | SOFREP

The Gettysburg Address–it’s been etched into American culture and reminds us of the bloodiest battle in American history.

During this war, there were an average of 420 combat deaths a day. This means that the Civil War cost more American military lives than World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and GWOT all combined.

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CDC Press Releases

Take a look at the latest and archived public health news releases published by the CDC.

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska. Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit, ranging from 7 percent in West Virginia to 16 percent in Washington, D.C. Results showed that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty.

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Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cos

The Great Pyramid or Khufu’s Pyramid was built on the Giza Plateau (Egypt) during the IVth dynasty by the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), who reigned from 2509 to 2483 BC.

For the first time since the 19th century, scientists have discovered a new area inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. Originally published in Nature, Egyptologists are calling the find a significant discovery but aren’t sure exactly what it may mean yet. To locate this new area, named “ScanPyramids Big Void”, the archaeologists partnered with particle physicists to scan inside Khufu’s Pyramid.

Source: Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cos

The Mason-Dixon Line turns 250 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Events mark the 1767 completion by English surveyors Mason and Dixon of the border of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and then-Virginia.

Mason and Dixon placed their last marker atop Brown’s Hill in what’s now Mason-Dixon Historical Park, which sits on both sides of of the line — Pennsylvania’s border with what’s now West Virginia.

That park is where the Mason-Dixon 250 anniversary will be celebrated Oct. 13-15, with re-enactors and guides in period costumes; speakers and guests including, from England, Jeremiah Dixon’s great-grandnephew John Dixon and other descendants; astronomy and surveying demonstrations (the two used to go hand-in-hand); politicians and proclamations; a quilt show and other arts and crafts; plus music, food and souvenirs.

Source: The Mason-Dixon Line turns 250 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Who Murdered Edgar Allan Poe, Oct 7th? (1809-49)

 

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The lie that Poe died as a result of alcohol and drug abuse, was refuted 25 years ago by EIR researcher Allen Salisbury. Marianna Wertz reports.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was America’s greatest poet and a leading counterintelligence agent for the anti-British republican  faction in pre-Civil War America. Recent press reports on medical findings about the cause of his early death have
raised anew one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American history-who murdered Edgar Allan Poe?

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Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers? | Fox News

The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing.

The National Archives has until Oct. 26 to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy’s 1963 assassination, unless President Donald Trump intervenes.

Source: Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers? | Fox News

It’s the end of the road for Pa. Turnpike’s emergency call boxes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About 1,000 emergency call boxes are being removed along the 550-mile road because their use has dropped dramatically due to cell phones

The bright yellow boxes, located about a mile apart on the 550-mile turnpike, were installed in 1988 to give motorists a way to call for help if they had an emergency. They connect directly to the turnpike’s Traffic Operations Center in Highspire, where dispatchers can send help..

Source: It’s the end of the road for Pa. Turnpike’s emergency call boxes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Warm Antarctica Caves Show Signs of New Species, Study Says – The Daily Beast

Warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers may be hiding previously undiscovered plant and animal species, scientists say. A new study led by Australian National University revealed an extensive network of warm caves around Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica. Soil samples taken from the caves turned up traces of DNA that could not be identified, lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser said early Friday. “The results from this study give us a tantalizing glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica—there might even be new species of animals and plants,” Fraser said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Soil samples taken from caves around Mount Erebus revealed unrecognizable DNA.

Source: Warm Antarctica Caves Show Signs of New Species, Study Says – The Daily Beast

Ancient Science: Mysterious Babylonian Tablet Could Hold Mathematical Secrets For Today’s Researchers

The tablet was discovered in the early 1900s but researchers have since puzzled over its function.The calculations may have been used for architectural calculations when building pyramids or other structures.

“The tablet not only contains the world’s oldest trigonometric table; it is also the only completely accurate trigonometric table, because of the very different Babylonian approach to arithmetic and geometry.”

Source: Ancient Science: Mysterious Babylonian Tablet Could Hold Mathematical Secrets For Today’s Researchers

‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ mystery solved – BBC News

A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.

The Frankenstein dinosaur, more properly called Chilesaurus, puzzled experts when it was first discovered two years ago.

It had the legs of an animal like a Brontosaurus, the hips of a Stegosaurus, and the arms and body of an animal like Tyrannosaurus rex. Scientists simply did not know where it fitted in the dino family tree.

Source: ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ mystery solved – BBC News

Historic USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides,’ Returns to Boston Waters After Two-Year Restoration – NBC News

The wooden ship was first launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname while notching victories in the War of 1812.

The ship enters dry dock about every 20 years for below-the-waterline repairs. The most recent work included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets, 500 of which were signed by nearly 100,000 museum visitors, according to USS Constitution Museum President Anne Grimes Rand, who called the ship “a wonderful symbol for our democracy.”

Source: Historic USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides,’ Returns to Boston Waters After Two-Year Restoration – NBC News

The Latest: Descendants remember victims of witch trials

Five women who were hanged as witches 325 years ago at Proctor’s Ledge during the Salem witch trials are being remembered in a noon ceremony at the site of their death, pictured here, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Salem, Mass. Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged as witches on July 19, 1692. It was the first of three mass executions at the site on Proctor’s Ledge. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press)

The semi-circular stone wall memorial is inscribed with the names of the people hanged at the site.

Mayor Kim Driscoll says the shadows from the tragic episode in U.S. history “extend across our city in ways we cannot see with our eyes.”

Source: The Latest: Descendants remember victims of witch trials

No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

Poor documentation is a major issue for a group of creditors trying to go after borrowers in default.

Creditors taking borrowers to court over loans in default are instead seeing the debt wiped out because of incomplete ownership records and other documentation, The New York Times reports.

Some of the problems playing out now in the $108 billion private student loan market are reminiscent of those that arose from the subprime mortgage crisis a decade ago, when billions of dollars in subprime mortgage loans were ruled uncollectible by courts because of missing or fake documentation. And like those troubled mortgages, private student loans — which come with higher interest rates and fewer consumer protections than federal loans — are often targeted at the most vulnerable borrowers, like those attending for-profit schools.

Source: No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial | History | Smithsonian

Location of the memorial, pre-constructionIn a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tonefor much of history, the site sat quietly obscured by woods and buildings. A leather tannery and railroad operated nearby, and in recent years, houses surrounded it. And for O’Connor, Benedict and much of Salem, that history has faded despite the town’s outsized reputation.

Now, it will finally be commemorated when Salem mayor Kimberley Driscoll dedicates a memorial below Proctor’s Ledge on July 19. The date coincides with the first of three mass executions there. On the same day in 1692, five women—Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wildes—were hanged from a tree on the ledge, and their bodies fell into a “crevice,” where the memorial now marks their names.

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Source: The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial | History | Smithsonian

A newly unearthed photo shows Amelia Earhart survived her final flight, investigators say

Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 has captivated the public for decades.

The photograph was rediscovered a few years ago in a mislabeled file at the National Archives by a former U.S. Treasury agent named Les Kinney, who began looking into Earhart’s disappearance after he retired, according to previews for a new History channel documentary, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” that airs July 9.

Source: A newly unearthed photo shows Amelia Earhart survived her final flight, investigators say

 

Europe migrant crisis: Italy threatens to close ports as ministers meet – BBC News

Italy says the arrival of huge numbers of people is unsustainable, ahead of crisis talks in Paris.

Italy has threatened to close its ports and impound rescue ships run by aid agencies carrying people from Libya.

It needs more support as people cross the Mediterranean from Africa in large numbers, the UN’s refugee agency said.

More than 500,000 migrants have passed through Italian ports since 2014, and numbers are on the rise again.

Why is Italy under so much pressure?

Italy is the main destination for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea, due to its proximity to Libya.

Source: Europe migrant crisis: Italy threatens to close ports as ministers meet – BBC News

Travel ban – CNNPolitics.com

After months of winding through the courts, the so-called “watered down,” revised version of President Donald Trump’s fiercely litigated travel ban will finally go in effect at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Who can’t enter the US?

The test for foreign nationals under the Supreme Court’s ruling is whether one has a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” with either an entity (like a school or a job) or a person living in the US (such as a spouse).
If you can’t sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, and 120 days if you are a refugee from any country.

Source: Travel ban – CNNPolitics.com

Heyl: Century III Mall In Its Apparent Death Throes

A recent report from Credit Suisse, a Wall Street financial services firm, predicted that up to 25 percent of America’s malls will close in the next five years. The evidence appears to be insurmountable that Century III will be one of them.

The signs are everywhere. The massive 1.2 million square-foot building is eerily quiet and has dozens of empty storefronts. Many of the escalators have been turned off. The water in the fountain has been drained, although signs still caution against playing in it. Trash receptacles are strategically placed to catch water leaking from the ceiling.

Source: Heyl: Century III Mall In Its Apparent Death Throes

The Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Medieval Mass Abduction? – Medievalists.net

What really happened on June 26, 1284, in the German town of Hamelin?

It is difficult to piece together any logical story from the many accounts, but one can note that the people of Hamelin had a strong belief that children from their town disappeared in the year 1284. In fact, even in the 16th century they would note this event, such as when a new gate was built along the town walls. At this gate they inscribed the following message: “In the year 1556, 272 years after the magician led 130 children out of the town, this portal was erected.”

Source: The Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Medieval Mass Abduction? – Medievalists.net