The Red Cross’ latest disaster: itself
It’s hard to imagine a more damning assessment of a sacred cow than ProPublica’s expose of the American Red Cross.
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Restaurants that ‘kept Dorset alive’ burn to ground
Fire has claimed two of the four restaurants in Dorset, Minn., a hamlet in north central Minnesota hamlet that bills itself as the restaurant capital of the world. Read more →
‘It’s a miracle,’ mother of girl swept by tsunami says
This was the last image Jamaliah Jannah had of her two children, before they swept away in a tsunami in Indonesia 10 years ago that killed 275,000 people. The four year old daughter, Raudhatul, was swept onto an island, found by a fisherman, and raised with the name Winni by the fisherman’s mother. A couple Read more →
How does ’14 flooding compare to recent disasters?
The initial flood damage tally for last month’s water world in Minnesota has been pegged at $32 million. How does that compare to past disasters? Read more →
Red Cross reluctant to say how it spent Sandy money
ProPublica is trying to find out if the same thing happened with the funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, but this time the Red Cross is fighting back. Read more →
In the ashes of a fire, proof of the ties that bind
There is a code among firefighters that few of us can fully comprehend, even though we so admire its existence. Read more →
Where is Northwest flight 2501?
In 1950, an airliner heading for Minneapolis disappeared over Lake Michigan and has never been found. Read more →
Help find the missing Malaysian jetliner
A satellite photography company is using crowdsourcing to pore over thousands of images, looking for debris from the apparently downed Malaysia Flight MH370. Read more →
SF firefighters demonstrate how not to respond to a plane crash
The San Francisco Fire Department is defending itself against allegations it was callous in its response to a 16-year-old girl who was injured when thrown from the Asiana Airlines jet that cartwheeled at the airport last year. Read more →
Aspen jet crash shows why it’s among nation’s deadliest airports
A private jet crashed while attempting a second landing in Aspen this afternoon, at least one of the three people on the plane died. The aircraft was a private Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3R from Mexico. It was making a stop in Aspen and was to return to Mexico this evening. Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted: “Horrible Read more →
A quick before-and-after of today’s fire in Minneapolis: Before (via Google Maps) After (via KARE 11) Fire maybe out but MFD continues 2 work in this frigid weather. Should be here thru the night. Latest @10. pic.twitter.com/d4F88RO45Q — Jay Olstad (@jayolstadtv) January 1, 2014
Oil train derailment sparks explosion, renewed debate over safety
There’ve been a fair number of news stories lately about the concern over oil trains hauling crude out of North Dakota. This afternoon, the fears were confirmed when a BNSF oil train derailed and exploded near Casselton. We're hearing flames are approaching about 100 feet into the air in that #Casselton derailment pic.twitter.com/fH33THyv05 — Kyle Read more →
In typhoon’s aftermath, more haunting images from the Philippines
What’s the first thing to do after a disaster takes everything away from you? Read more →
The last day of the Granite Mountain Hotshots
Like the cockpit recordings of a doomed airliner, the last words of dead men can be a haunting thing to read.
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Does the mail always need to go through?
The stories out of Colorado over the weekend have been gut-wrenching; this CBS story this morning particularly so. A young man named Wesley Quinlan was swept to his death, but not before helping to save his friends. “Wesley just grabbed each of us and looked in our faces and just said, ‘We have to get Read more →