This isn’t the first time the crew on ISS has been treated to a film. In the past they have watched other space-appropriate flicks like The Martian and Gravity.
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Did you know?,.... On this day — January 1, 1863
President Abraham Lincoln's executive order proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in rebel states goes into effect, signaling an ideological change in the Union's reasons for fighting the Civil War.
Did you know? Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their masters, employers or customers, in the United Kingdom,The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. Today, Boxing Day is a public holiday usually falling on 26 December.
New Year's at the Needle fireworks show brings in 2016
Out with 2015 and in with 2016! Here's another look at our "New Year's at the Needle" fireworks show with an original soundtrack by KEXP:
Public Service Broadcasting "Go"
The Chemical Brothers "Go"
Leon Bridges "Coming Home'
Of Monsters and Men "Crystals"
Beastie Boys "Shake Your Rump" mix
The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face"
Mark Ronson "Uptown Funk"
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Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day
Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays.
December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.
Full moon this Christmas is very rare. The last time was 1977, & the next time will be 2034
This rare event won’t happen again until 2034. That’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day.
As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth’s moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission has been investigating the lunar surface since 2009.
“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it's worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The geologic history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”
LRO has collected a treasure trove of data with its seven powerful instruments, making an invaluable contribution to our knowledge about the moon.
LRO is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
For more information on LRO, visit: www.nasa.gov/lro
Nancy Neal Jones
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Best-Ever Pluto Photos Show Breathtaking Views of Dwarf Planet
Get ready to be amazed: NASA today unveiled the best-ever images of Pluto, revealing the dwarf planet's varied and exotic landscape in amazing detail.
The spectacular photos, which were captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby on July 14, show close-up views of the dwarf planet's towering water-ice mountains and vast plains, resolving fine details such as layering on individual crater walls. You can see the images in this dazzling flyover video from NASA, which was stitched together by mission team members.
This highest-resolution image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto’s rugged, icy cratered plains, including layering in the interior walls of many craters.
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George Lucas Says He “Misspoke” And Apologizes For “White Slavers” Disney Remark
“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.
I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”
PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY, 4:32 PM: Star Wars creator George Lucas sat down with Charlie Rose to talk about the franchise’s legacy — and he appears to be a little bitter with what Disney did with it. Late in the interview, when the filmmaker was musing about the protocols of “breakups,” he let slip — and quickly laughed off — a line that has raised a few eyebrows and rankles. After agreeing that the first six Star Wars films are his “kids,” Lucas referred his $4 billion deal with Disney: “I love [the movies], I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and …” — with a rather nervous laugh, he trailed off.
Rose lets him off the hook and moves on. (That awkward moment is at the two-minute mark of the clip above and at about the 50-minute mark in the full video posted below.)
About a minute later, Lucas said of Disney: “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. I like — every movie, I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships — you know, to make it new. … You do end up with this thing, which is, you know, you gotta live with it. People are gonna talk about it and all that kind of stuff. It’s like talking about your divorce or something. It’s just awkward, but it’s not painful.”
Earlier in their interview, Lucas laments about “two things that got abused” with the original Star Wars film from 1977. “One, when Star Wars came out, everyone said, ‘Oh it’s just a silly movie with a bunch of space battles and stuff. It’s not real. There’s nothing behind it.’ And I said … ‘There’s more to it than that. It’s much more complicated than that.’ But nobody would listen. … So the spaceships and that part of the science fantasy, whatever, got terribly abused. And of course, everybody went out and made spaceship movies. And they were all horrible, and they all lost tons of money. … The other thing that got abused — naturally in a capitalist society, especially in American point of view — the studios said, ‘Wow, we can make a lot of money. This is a license to kill.’ And they did it. And of course the only way you can do that is to not take chances. Only do something that proven.”
Here’s the full interview:
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Astronauts Will Get to Watch Latest Star Wars Film in Space
As Earthlings prepare for what could be the most anticipated movie of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, astronauts will also get to see the film onboard the International Space Station.
British astronaut Tim Peake sent out a cosmic tweet that confirmed that he and the rest of the crew of ISS will be able to watch it in the most appropriate place in this galaxy.
This isn’t the first time the crew on ISS has been treated to a film. In the past they have watched other space-appropriate flicks like The Martian and Gravity.
Every vehicle in the original Star Wars trilogy to scale
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(CNN)Two people have been killed and at least four others were seriously injured in a shooting near a pub in Tel Aviv, Israel, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN Friday.
Large numbers of police officers in Tel Aviv are searching for the suspect, Israeli police spokesperson Luba Samri told CNN.
"From the initial investigation of the incident, it is not possible to determine if this is a criminal or terror attack. Both directions are being investigated," Samri told CNN.
Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv told CNN that two people were dead, two were badly injured and one person was lightly wounded. The discrepancy in the number of injured -- whether it was three or four -- could not immediately be resolved.
The police said the attack took place at 130 Dizenghof Street. The establishment at that location is called Sidewalk Cafe.
Israel has recently been hit by a wave of seemingly random stabbings of civilians and soldiers, apparently not directed by any particular organization.
Two witnesses told Israeli news outlets that someone dressed all in black, with a black mask, carried out the attack with what looked like a military-style assault rifle, CNN's Ian Lee reported. Police have not confirmed witness accounts about what the attacker was wearing or what type of weapon the suspect had.
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(CNN)A massive fire broke out Thursday night at the high-end Address hotel in downtown Dubai, the government of the United Arab Emirates' most populous city said.
Video showed orange tentacles of flames swirling up the outside of several stories at the high-rise hotel's midsection.
As many as four crews of firefighters are battling the blaze, the government said. Early reports from Dubai authorities said the fire started on the 20th floor, perhaps a couple hours before a New Year's Eve fireworks display was to have started over the city.
The Address hotel describes itself as "the premier five-star hotel" in Dubai. It stands near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.
Seahawks' Rawls gets Christmas gift from 9-year-old girl: 'She did a lot for me'
TACOMA, Wash. -- Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls shared Christmas with a 9-year-old Tacoma girl this year, after a video of the girl opening a gift to find Rawls' jersey went viral.
A season-ending ankle injury sidelined Rawls earlier this month. He is recovering from surgery at home in Seattle.
On Christmas morning, he was battling emotional demons, trying to understand why his season had been lost in an instant.
"I said, 'Why? Why do I have to stay in this bed, with no energy, feeling down on myself?' " Rawls said, fighting back tears. "Because I have every reason to feel blessed."
That's when he opened Instagram, and discovered a video that a Tacoma mother had sent to him. It showed her 9-year-old daughter, Sophia Anderson, opening a gift on Christmas morning.
It was a Thomas Rawls jersey. Rawls is her favorite football player.
In the video you see Sophia get ecstatic. She shouts, "It's a Rawls jersey!" several times.
"When I saw the video, I got back to the mindset that I am special, I am worth a lot," Rawls said. "That's what she did."
It meant so much to the rookie halfback that he invited Sophia to come to the Seahawks training facility and meet the NFL stud. The two shared a touchdown on the practice field, and a hug that went viral after Rawls posted it to Instagram.
"He's just so amazing in real life," Sophia Anderson said about Rawls. The young girl wept as she recalled the day. "It was the best Christmas present ever," she said.
Though Rawls would argue it pales in comparison to what she gave him.
"Cherish every day," he said. "And keep fighting each day. She did a lot for me, and I thank her a lot for that."
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I encountered Hendu this past season on the deck atop the bullpens at Safeco Field, the best seats in the house for those who prefer to stand and mingle. Our conversation over a few innings reminded me of how much fun it is to watch a big-league baseball game with somebody who played big-league baseball.
But Henderson did something else that night that will endure as a memory. He rearranged the wheelchair of his son to face the fans passing by us on the concourse.
“He wants to check out all the pretty girls,” Hendu said with a wink.
Chase Henderson was born with Angelman Syndrome, a complex genetic disorder identified in 1966 by Harry Angelman, an English pediatrician. Prone to epileptic seizures, those with the disorder are impaired intellectually — their typical vocabulary doesn’t extend beyond 10 words — but research suggests a person with A.S. can comprehend far more than 10 words.
Hendu doted on his son. He took Chase to Mariners games, to the shopping mall, to restaurants. They were inseparable.
A friend of the family told me Monday that in lieu of flowers, mourners can make a donation at cureangelman.org.
"My personal story will be coming, I knew him for 10 years, we hug out a lot, more coming. Very Very Sad, Pray for his Family & Kid's Friend's"
"First off, I was thinking of him last week, should have called, always listen to your first instincts! He passed away early Sun. morning Dec. 27 2015 of a massive heart attack, man, yeah I should have called.
"I remember when we (me & Hendu) where talking on the phone and at that time there was a Sports Bar in Seattle WA. U.S.A. called "The Clubhouse", we were meeting up that day and I said I'll meet you at the "The Clubhouse", Hendu; say's
Ok, I'll meet you at the entrance! me? (It was the Kingdome at that time.) Ok, I'll follow you! to The Mariners Clubhouse! at this time I've meet quite a few of the players, So we go into the Mariners Clubhouse and it was quite a day!"
"Hendu" was the one who told me to call Dave Niehaus, (the Mariners Only Broadcaster, up untill he died.) call him "House" alright! and I did for the next 8 year's! Great Memories!"
"His smile was the biggest thing I remember & of course his cap between his front teeth." for the most part of the time he was always smiling, that Big Smile!"
"I'm going to miss him."
By Ryan Divish
For those that met him, you didn’t call him Dave, David or Mr. Henderson, he preferred,”Hendu.”
And now Dave Henderson is gone at the age of 57.
USA Today reported that Henderson had passed away from cardiac arrest on Sunday morning. After dealing with issues involving his kidneys, he had received a transplant a month earlier.
The Mariners drafted Henderson with the 26th pick of the of the 1977 draft out of Dos Palso High School in California. It was the start of productive professional career. He would go on to play 14 years in the big leagues with the Mariners, Red Sox, Giants, A’s and Royals, appearing in 1,538 major league games and hitting .258 with 197 homers and 708 RBI. He was named to the 1991 all-star team as a member of the A’s. His best years came in Oakland. From 1988 to 1991, Henderson hit .275 with a .795 on-base plus slugging percentage with 123 doubles, 84 homers and 322 RBI.
But what people remember most about Henderson were his postseason heroics, particularly Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship series. Henderson and the Red Sox were facing elimination against the Angels, down three games to one in Anaheim. In the ninth inning with Boston down a run and two outs, Henderson hit a two-run homer off of Angels’ closer Donnie Moore on a 2-2 count. The Angels came back and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Henderson drove home the game-winning run in the top of the 11th for a 7-6 win. The Red Sox would go on to win the next two games and the series.
Henderson played in a total of 36 postseason games in his career, hitting .298 with a .946 OPS, 1o doubles, a triple, seven homers and 20 RBI. He won a World Series with the A’s in 1989.
Blessed with a smooth voice and an easy smile, Henderson was never afraid of the television cameras or a reporter’s notebook. That carried over into his post-baseball career where he served as color analyst on the Mariners’ broadcasts from 1997 to 2006 alongside Dave Niehaus.
Ryan Divish: 206-464-2373 or rdivish @seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @RyanDivish. Ryan Divish covers the Mariners and offers his perspective all season. He gives his inside look at Major League Baseball and power rankings every Sunday.
Dave Henderson, the gregarious man known as Hendu, died Sunday, one month after getting a kidney transplant. He will be tremendously missed.
Hendu died early this morning, according to friends and family. He was 57
Henderson's two-out, two-strike home run in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS was the stuff legends are made of. Trailing 5-4 in the game and down three games to one in the series, Henderson's home run gave Boston a fighting chance. He would later deliver the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, which sent the series back to Boston. The Red Sox would go on to win the series in seven games before falling to the New York Mets in a memorable World Series.
Henderson would appear in four World Series during his career, including three straight with the Oakland A's from 1988-90. It was there Henderson won his lone championship during the 1989 season, as Oakland swept the San Francisco Giants. Henderson was a big contributor again, launching two home runs in Oakland's Game 3 victory.
For his career, Henderson was a .298/.376/.570 hitter over 36 postseason games, showing he had a knack for coming through when his team needed him most.
Dave Henderson will definitely be missed, but will always be remembered fondly by those who knew him and watched him play.
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Personal statement from Peyton Manning released by the Broncos ...
Never miss a big play on game day
Manning, three Green Bay Packers (Mike Neal, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews) and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison were all named in the Al Jazeera report. Major League Baseball players Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals were also accused of receiving various drugs.
The NFL and its players agreed to test for HGH in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, though testing procedures were not implemented until 2014.
Charlie Sly, a former employee of the Guyer Institute, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic, was secretly filmed making the allegations. He later recanted his statements, both to Al Jazeera and later to ESPN.
“It stings me that whoever this guy is is insinuating that I cut corners, that I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy,” Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, said, while describing himself as “angry,” “furious” and “disgusted” by the allegations.
Manning underwent multiple neck surgeries in 2011 and confirmed he was a patient at the Guyer Institute. But he said he did not obtain any illegal substances, nor did he take any sent to his wife, Ashley, who was also named in the Al Jazeera story.
“It’s (expletive), to be completely honest with you," Matthews said Sunday night. "It’s 100% falsified, fabrication information," said Matthews. "I don’t know who this guy is. I couldn’t tell you what he looks like. I've never talked to him. I’ve never communicated with him. To bring my name up like that — which appears to be out of thin air — it’s (expletive), for lack of a better term."
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"I've been waiting years for this, Animal," said Grohl, as the pair faced off on a dimly-lit stage.
"Now we see who best," Animal grunted, before ripping into a brief solo in the clip, from the credits of ABC's The Muppets.
The pair exchanged a few more insults as the drumming intensified, with the madness escalating and neither able to gain an edge.
Snares, toms and cymbals were sent flying as they battled, until both were left breathless.
"You win," they both said simultaneously at the end.
It is unclear whether the battle was a result of Grohl's appearance in the 2011 Muppet film, where he played "Animool", the drummer of a spoof group called "The Moopets" led by Fozzie Bear.
But it is not Animal's first drum battle either, with the Muppet challenging legendary drummer Buddy Rich in 1981.
NFC playoff teams are locked in.
STL 23 - 17 SEA
@DougBaldwinJr Leads the Pack! GO HAWKS!!
Getting in a nice block isn't something a punter gets to do everyday so when Johnny Hekker saw the opportunity to put a hit on the Seahawks Cliff Avril, he took it.
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Q: Have you thought about what it means to be the single-season
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"We have a lot of things we have to improve on." -
"We had a chance, that's all you can ask for." -
Earl Thomas: "It seemed like the ball loved them more than it loved us today. It's football, you've got to respect the game."
Michael Bennett on the
#Rams: "The Rams, they play good football against us. They just don’t play good football against everybody else."
@dshead24 Wow that was a crazy game!! Every time we play the Rams it's always a crazy game!! Time to fix the mistakes and get back to work! #gohawks
Rams taunt Seahawks fans after lopsided victory
Apparently, Chris Long doesn't 'Give a F**k' what Seahawks fans have to say
The Seahawks are known for having the loudest fans in the NFL, but that doesn't seem the bother Chris Long or anyone else on the Rams sideline.
Seahawks fans bring enormous heads for FOX commentators complete with hair dryers
Chris Meyer's hair is immaculate. In fact, it's so big that it spawned a giant cutout today at the Seahawks-Rams game.
But this isn't just any old giant head. This one has accessories! This fan went all out and brought a hair dryer to maintain that wonderful head of hair on giant Meyers.
We hope that isn't plugged in! It's raining!
Todd Gurley with hurdle, not so amazing fumble
Todd Gurley is having one of the best seasons of any running back in the NFL this year, regardless of age. He is still very much a rookie, however, as evidenced by his spectacular hurdle against the Seahawks ... followed by a fumble.
Brush it off, Todd. We still love watching you play.
The Rams applaud another terrible Seahawks penalty
The Rams defensive line is making life terrible for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offensive line this week. If they're not chasing Wilson, they're sacking him. If they're not beating the pants off Seattle's linemen, they're forcing them to commit terrible penalties.
Wilson completed a beautiful 25-yard pass that would have had the Seahawks inside the 10. It called back because J.R. Sweezy held Aaron Donald (hey, it's about the only way he can stop him). Rams defensive end Eugene Sims made sure to let Sweezy knew that he approved.
Go ahead, your not going to the Playoffs!
‘Are you concussed?’: Patriots’ Belichick proxy baffled by coin toss
Patriots elect to kick to start overtime
“We had to make a stop and we didn’t do it,” cornerback Logan Ryan said. “It’s on us. They showed confidence in us and we didn’t execute.”
But Jets cornerback Buster Skrine, who was also at midfield for the toss, wasn’t buying the Patriots’ explanation, since he saw Slater look over to his sideline with concern.
“He looked to his sideline like, ‘I don’t know what I just did,’ ” Skrine said. “I think [Slater] wanted a do-over.”
No doubt the rest of the Patriots would like one.
KirkCousins8 The Redskins won the NFC East as Kirk Cousins led them past the Eagles
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Five members of a defense that currently ranks second in the league in both points and yards allowed were honored—defensive end Michael Bennett, linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor—as were quarterback Russell Wilson and rookie Tyler Lockett, who made the team as a return specialist.
The Seahawks also had seven players earn Pro Bowl honors in both 1984 and 2005. This is Thomas’s fifth Pro Bowl selection in six seasons, the fourth for Chancellor and Wilson, the third for Sherman, the second for Wagner and the first for Bennett and Lockett. This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that three members of Seattle’s secondary have earned Pro Bowl honors.
The 2016 Pro Bowl takes place on Jan. 31 in Honolulu, one week before Super Bowl 50, meaning Seahawks players, like every player on a postseason contender, would prefer to earn this honor while not actually being available to play in the game. The Pro Bowl will again be an “unconferenced” format with captains Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice drafting teams on Jan. 27.
Are you within sight of floodwater? Share your photos, videos here or post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CNNWeather. The weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, so please be safe.
(CNN)The Mississippi River flung refrigerators, cars and tree trunks past Andrew Dallwitz as he tried to save what he could of his marina and his home in the bay of Portage des Sioux.
The river was still rising next to the Missouri town just north of St. Louis, and not expected to crest until late Thursday. And with 20 employees, he fought against torrents and heavy debris.
The water has been freezing cold.
A week ago, bad weather spread across the country, starting with a spate of tornadoes. Then by the weekend, a deluge was dropping down over the Midwest, and floods spread. The storm clouds have long cleared out, but runoff has swelled rivers, increasing the flooding, and many have yet to crest.
In just two days, the Mississippi rose 10 feet at his marina, Dallwitz said. And it has kept on rising.
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Per Rivers Pointe Fire Protection Dist: Flood Alert for Portage Des Sioux - see screenshot below.
Levees nearby were threatening to fail late Wednesday, fire officials in nearby West Alton, Missouri, warned. "If the protective measures fail, the City of Portage Sioux will be isolated in a matter of hours," it said.
(CNN)Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in relation to a 2004 accusation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Cosby, whose legacy as a comedian has been besmirched by multiple accusations of sexual assault, faces one felony charge of aggravated indecent assault.
This is the first criminal charge levied against Cosby since the allegations first arose. Cosby has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.
After looking at all the evidence in the 2004 allegations, prosecutors decided to charge Cosby "because it was the right thing to do," Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele said.
CNN has reached out to Cosby's lawyers for comment.
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Cell phone may have been Couch's downfall
Couch's cell phone use might have led authorities to the pair.
Couch, 18, went missing earlier this month in Texas, where he was under probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and drew nationwide attention over his lawyers' use of his privileged upbringing as part of their defense at trial.
The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Couch down using electronic surveillance, including tracking a cell phone believed to be linked to him, an official briefed on the investigation told CNN.
The Marshals Service alerted Mexican authorities, who detained Couch and his mother on Monday, the official said.
The two had been staying at a hotel in the Puerto Vallarta area, the source said.
Couch is wanted by authorities in Tarrant County, Texas, for allegedly violating his probation. His mother, Tonya, was listed by Texas authorities as a missing person after her son's disappearance, and the authorities said they believed she was assisting him.
At the time of Couch's conviction, prosecutors said he could be incarcerated for up to 10 years for violating his probation terms.
Motörhead frontman Lemmy, 70, dies
(CNN)Legendary Motörhead frontman and bassist Lemmy has died following a short battle with cancer, his bandmates have announced. He was 70.
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was also a member and sometime vocalist of the band Hawkwind in the 1970s, found that he was suffering from "an extremely aggressive" form of cancer on December 26 -- the day after Christmas. He died at home with his family.
"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words," a short statement on the band's official Facebook page read.
There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, ...play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to lose, lived to win.
Please feel free to post your condolences, well wishes and memories on our official tribute page:
"We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please...play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD.
"Have a drink or few.
"Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself."
Known for his hard-drinking, hard-living lifestyle as much as his distinctive, gravelly vocal style, Lemmy was the sole constant member of the seminal rock band, which formed in 1975 and spanned 40 years.
He is survived by bandmates Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee.
The band was hugely influential in the 1970s British rock scene and continued to shape the way hard rock and heavy metal was both played and appreciated worldwide.
Tributes flooded in from fans and fellow rock stars.
Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx said on Twitter that he would miss the influential British rocker, and called him a "(pillar) of dignity."
⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️
I’ll miss you buddy and our conversations. You were always a pilar of dignity. RIP
Former Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: "Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side."
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.
Others stressed the importance of Lemmy's influence. Rock critic and Rolling Stone contributor David Wild paid tribute, saying: "There are people who play rock & roll. And there are people who ARE rock & roll. #RIPLemmy."
There are people who play rock & roll. And there are people who ARE rock & roll. #RIPLemmy
Wait, what? What is this?
@ LeBron James stares down fan calling him a cry baby
@ - "and the rest of them boys on Xmas day! All about the competition from start to finish. Can't take those moments for granted. '
@ Stephen Curry crosses Lebron @
@ Lebron sends Klay's @ layup to the Stratosphere
The @RealJackEdwards singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" ... While Ryan Reaves vs Tyler Randell go at it!
Dozens killed in massive storms
The rash of severe weather has spawned deadly tornadoes in Texas, intense flooding in the Midwest and blizzard conditions in New Mexico.
"The storm system will gradually pull away by Tuesday, but flooding and treacherous travel could (linger) into midweek," the National Weather Service said.
There have been about 43 weather-related deaths in the past week across the country, with the current storm severe storm system blamed for 24.
The 24 deaths include 11 in the Dallas area, eight in Missouri and five in southern Illinois.
Here's what to expect across the country, including areas already hit hard by the storm:
Urging Missourians in flood-affected areas to avoid travel if possible & never drive into flooded roadways #mowx
Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotter Who Played Basketball and Pranks With Virtuosity, Dies at 83
#MeadowlarkLemon ~ hook shots, no-look behind-back passes+pranks were marquee hits of fab Harlem 'Trotters"
R.I.P. George Meadowlark Lemon,
#HarlemGlobetrotters Legend Dies At 83.
“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” said “point guard” Wilt Chamberlain. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even Jordan. For me, it would be Meadowlark Lemon.”
I never got to see Lemon play in any of his 16,000 games(!) during his 24 seasons with the Globetrotters but when I was 7, I did get to see an episode of Scooby Doo with Lemon along with Curly, Geese, Gip and BJ and I’ve been fan of the franchise since. A franchise that wouldn’t be the loved international phenomenon it is today if it wasn’t for the combination of basketball skills, humor and entertainment that Meadowlark Lemon shared with the world.
The storms hit Dallas suburbs Saturday evening, with Garland suffering the most casualties, authorities said.
Lt. Pedro Barineau with the Garland Police Department confirmed Sunday morning that eight people died in the storm that ripped through Garland.
Barineau said 15 people were hurt and 600 structures were damaged.
Three additional deaths were reported in Collin County, said Chris Havey, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. He declined to release any more information until authorities can fully assess the situation.
In some neighborhoods in Garland, the storms ripped facades off houses, leaving gaping holes. Cars that had been in driveways ended up inside homes after the tornado barreled through, witnesses said.
Officials said earlier that five of the deaths were related to vehicles hit by a tornado in southeast Garland.
Garland resident Pat McMillian said the tornado left neighborhoods in darkness.
"All I heard was the roaring of the tornado, and my mom told us to get in the bathroom," McMillian said. "Then we went across the hall to make sure everyone was OK. The church across the street was destroyed."
Afterward, they left their house and sought shelter elsewhere.
"We are in our car now, and I'm not sure where we are going to go," McMillian added. "It's extremely hot, and there is no power."
Lafayette Griffin and his family hid under a mattress and prayed as the tornado hit.
"It was terrifying. It was terrifying," he said. "They didn't know if they were going to make it."
A major winter storm will slam the southern Rockies and the southern Plains on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
That means heavy snow, sleet and possible blizzard conditions could wreak havoc for some travelers headed home this holiday weekend.
Here's what to expect across the country:
An arctic cold front will swoop down to the Rio Grande area of western Texas, bringing a nasty mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from west Texas to New Mexico on Saturday, the weather service said.
"By Sunday morning, the snow, sleet and freezing rain will expand northeast across the southern plains," the NWS said.
"Heavy snowfall amounts of 10 to 18 inches are forecast through Sunday evening across much of western/northwestern Texas, with 18 to 24 inches forecast across portions of New Mexico."
Throw in some fierce winds, and parts of the Southwest could see blizzard conditions, the weather agency said.
In southeastern Alabama, residents of Elba are anxiously waiting to see what will happen to the Pea River.
After a day of epic rainfall, the river reached 39.3 feet Friday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It could rise to 41 feet Saturday evening, Coffee County Emergency Management Director Larry Walker said.
The levee protecting the city is 44 feet tall.
Already, at least 117 homes have been significantly flooded in the county, Walker said. CNN affiliate WFSA said dozens of roads in the county have been shut down.
The city has dealt with massive flooding before. In 1990, Elba was nearly destroyed when the old levee around the town broke.
About three hours north in Birmingham, a possible tornado hit the city, officials said. Three homes collapsed, but only one person was injured.
And parts of Mississippi are trying to clean up from the 10 inches of rain they got for Christmas. Many roads and even homes are flooded, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.
"We're just a mess here," the sheriff said. "It's a really serious situation. We've got all our deputies out. We've got all the fire departments out. I wasn't expecting this."
In the past week, at least 15 deaths in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas had been linked to the severe weather.
"Severe storms and heavy rain are possible in parts of the Gulf Coast region through the southern Plains to Ohio Valley on Saturday and Sunday, where flooding is possible," the weather agency said.
After dumping 5 to 10 inches of snow in parts of the Upper Midwest, a weather system will move east and slam central and northern Maine, the NWS said.
Parts of the state could get walloped with 5 to 10 inches of snow.
It'll be a wild contrast to the record-breaking high temperatures in the Northeast on Christmas Day.
Portland, Maine, set a new record at 62 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Philadelphia reached a new high temp of 68 degrees. And records shattered across New York City, with Central Park reaching a balmy 66 degrees.
NWS Eastern Region
Record warmth for Christmas Day across the East Coast. Many more record high temperatures set or tied today.
Another global seismic network, GEOFON, reported on its website that the tremor was slightly stronger as a magnitude 6.3.
That network said the quake was centered about 125 miles deep.
Many people in the region described strong jolts in their postings to social media.
Christmas around the world
A powerful storm system roared across the South, claiming seven lives in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas and injuring scores more.
The Storm Prediction Center said at least 14 tornadoes hit Mississippi on Wednesday, but it was a single twister that did most of the damage.
It started in northern Mississippi and didn't lift up until western Tennessee. The National Weather Service said it may have been on the ground 150 miles.
"If it is continuous it would be the longest track [December] tornado on record here in the Mid-South," the Memphis office of the weather service said.
A preliminary damage track from the exceptionally long-track, violent tornado today. Keep N. MS in your thoughts.
But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn't go according to plan.
A group of Kenyan Muslims shielded the Christian passengers and told the attackers they were prepared to die together.
The Muslim passengers, who were mostly women, told the Islamic militants to kill them all or leave them alone, witnesses said.
A suicide bomber on a motorbike carried out the attack on a joint patrol of Afghan and coalition forces at about 1:30 p.m. in the Bajawri area of Bagram district, said Waheed Sediqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province.
Two other U.S. service members and an American contractor were also wounded, officials said.
The area is close to the U.S. base in the Bagram district of northern Parwan province.
Carter expressed his condolences to the Americans' families.
At least one person was killed and 37 others injured near the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday night, authorities said.
Witnesses said the woman was driving down Las Vegas Boulevard before her car jumped onto the sidewalk and started striking pedestrians.
She allegedly drove the 1996 Oldsmobile sedan onto the sidewalk at different spots and hit more people before barreling down the road.
For the Americans not on the road ahead of the holidays or watching NFL football, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley provided the entertainment, engaging in a substantive if somewhat dry policy forum.
But the candidates answered some big questions and offered a glimpse of what's to come as this 2016 race hits the stretch run.
That's what Kevin McConnell feels after learning that Ethan Couch -- the teenager who killed four people and injured several others, including McConnell's then 12-year-old son Lucas, while driving drunk on a Texas road -- is on the lam. In the McConnells' view, Couch was never held accountable. Not meeting with his probation officer and fleeing to points unknown, McConnell says, goes along with that.
"No surprises at all; there was a pattern," Kevin McConnell said Friday. "Nothing is going to make an impact on this guy unless there's something severe or certain."
That's why, in his victim impact statement in court in 2013, Lucas McConnell told Couch, "While I think we should do our best at forgiving, I believe if this situation is not handled with severity, you won't take it seriously."
Couch's lawyers had argued that the teen's parents deserved much of the blame. They even called a psychologist who testified that Couch, who was 16 at the time, suffered from "affluenza" -- meaning he was a rich kid whose parents didn't set limits for him.
Tarrant County Juvenile Court Judge Jean Boyd decided against a long prison term, instead giving him 10 years probation and mandating that he get treatment. And instantly, there was outrage: How could someone kill and then avoid jail partly because he was spoiled? Would others who weren't as wealthy have gotten the same treatment? And what confidence should anyone have that Couch or, for that matter, the parents who'd enabled him, will change?
While he thinks Couch's fleeing -- with his mother, authorities believe -- jives with his character, Kevin McConnell still has a hard time understanding why a stiffer punishment wasn't doled out.
"The scales (of justice) represent balance: There should be no entitling one way or the other, based on who you are or where you're from," McConnell told CNN's "New Day.
"It's hard for me to reconcile with my son or my other two sons... There's no accountability."
The CNN debate in Las Vegas marked the first time the White House hopefuls shared a stage since terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. They flashed their foreign policy credentials and targeted each others' weaknesses in the debate that lasted more than two hours and focused exclusively on foreign policy and national security.
The result of the showdown: Some winners, and some losers.
This is not Steve Harvey's day. The Philippians and Columbia have not been reached for comment.
Steve Harvey's job as host of the Miss Universe pageant was to correctly say who won the Miss Universe pageant. Suffice it to say, Steve Harvey did not do his job:
Harvey announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner of the pageant, when in fact, the winner was supposed to be Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. This led to the very awkward moment where the crown was removed from Miss Colombia and given to Miss Philippines:
Giants reportedly believe Panthers directed gay slurs at Beckham
Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly felt threatened by members of the Carolina Panthers during warm-ups prior to Sunday's game, and a new report claims that the Giants believe members of the Panthers not only threatened Beckham physically (with baseball bats), they also shouted homophobic slurs at him.
Beckham helmet-to-helmet on Norman- angle 1
Beckham helmet-to-helmet on Norman- angle 2
Giants reviewed pregame incidents b/n Panthers players and Beckham. Are convinced he was threatened physically and called homophobic slurs
Giants not alleging any particular player saying/doing this but have looked into various pregame interactions and firmly believe it occured
Accounts from various people on sidelines point to a series of events that played a role in Beckham's unusual emotional state in that game
La Canfora also reports that the Panthers have vehemently denied the Giants' claims:
Panthers officials deny strongly any threats or slurs were made and are adamant they have long used a bat as a motivating prop...
Panthers communications director Steven Drummond said: "absolutely nothing happened on the sideline. I was there. No one was threatened...
Drummond went on to say: "no one was threatened with a bat. It didn't happen. It's a diversionary tactic and a good one at that."
Beckham helmet-to-helmet on Norman- angle 3
Baldwin has complained about media perception for years but the fact of the matter has been that Seattle has a very low-volume passing offense. Well, during the last month and a half, Baldwin has proven that all he needed was the opportunity to show what he can do.
Baldwin caught two more touchdown passes on Sunday, and joined Calvin Johnson (2011) and Cris Carter (1995) as the only three players in the league's history with four straight games with multiple reception scores. Baldwin's 10 touchdown catches over the last four games ties the mark that Hall of Famer Jerry Rice set back in 1987 for most touchdown receptions in a four-game span.
Baldwin now has 13 receiving touchdowns on the season (tied for first in the NFL), which ties the Seahawks' all-time single-season mark (Daryl Turner, 1995) and moves ahead of Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent (1984) and Joey Galloway (1997) on that list.
Watch this footwork by Doug Baldwin.
Russell Wilson airs it to Tyler Lockett for the touchdown. Seahawks increase their lead 27-10
On Sunday, Wilson passed for another three touchdowns and became the only player in NFL history with five straight games with at least three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. Think about that.
Johnny Manziel is doing everything he can to keep his Browns in it against the Seahawks.
Running right through a ref while trying to escape being sacked by Bobby Wagner included. The Browns trail 20-10 in the second quarter, but at least they didn't lost ten yards on this play.
A 360 Degree Look at Seahawks Warm-ups vs Browns
Good enough isn’t God enough.
Had a great time playing against my bro
@ejbibbsgla!! It all started out in college! Kansas state…
Russell Wilson: 1st player in NFL history to have 4 straight games with the following numbers-
"Hey guys, wanna go in on a pizza after the game?"
#Seahawks DE Mike Bennett wins the sarcastic-answer-of-the-day award:
How tough is Tyler Lockett?
"It's all about wanting to make the best out of the plays that you get." -
We've been saying, "Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett for the TD" a lot lately
Big #12s Prayers for Thomas Rawls
Saddened by the injury to Thomas Rawls today. What a stud player and teammate. He will be missed this year!
Rawls left in the first quarter against the Ravens. The rookie's season is now over.
"Defense is playing lights out. We're just doing our thing." -
"I feel like we're playing really good ball right now." -
@DangeRussWilson playing lights out."
I guess our head coach was happy with how the game went... This team is a blast
@JDayGolf Jason Day's wife Ellie Day @EllieLaneday says LeBron James @ collision felt like car wreck.
"Wow!! It's official," Ellie Day shared on social media on Friday afternoon. "More messages from getting plowed over by Lebron than Jason winning a major. HA!"
Day, who won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August, was sitting up close and personal (too close it turns out) with his wife at the Cavs-Thunder game.
James landed on top of her at full speed while trying to keep a loose ball from going out of bounds. The resulting collision sent the PGA star's wife to the hospital. She was taken from the arena on a stretcher and treated at MetroHealth Medical Center and released early Friday morning, a spokesperson told the AP.
"First of all, I'm okay!!" Ellie Day, who gave birth to a baby in November, wrote. "I am incredibly sore and exhausted.
"Being tackled by that large man I would compare to a minor car accident. My head and neck hit pretty hard so it was really scary. My whole body feels like it was hit by a truck."
Ellie was also quick to defend her hubby from the critics who accused him of bailing out on his wife.
"To the crazies that think Jason should have protected me -- if he had had time to react, so would have I."
This! @JDayGolf @KingJames we good!
The 249-pound James took to Twitter to apologize.
"Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ"
The Australian Day and his wife have a home in Westerville, Ohio.
NFL's color rush uniforms continue to look awful!
Hey NFL, can you please stop this! and spend the money on Concussion's research! Cancer or something
by Michael Dixon
@ Benny Cunningham 102 yard kickoff return
The NFL’s color rush uniforms haven’t exactly been a big hit.
Something about solid dark colors just looks very amateurish, and I can’t imagine that’s what the NFL is really looking for with these uniforms.
But the ones that the Rams wore tonight take things to a new level of ridiculous.
Before scrolling down, I think it’s necessary to warn you: What you’re about to see is not pretty.
Where do we start? As much as I’m not a fan of the color rush uniforms, I’ll admit that having opposing teams wearing dark jerseys does look cool. Having said that, it’s not such a good look that we need make it work at any cost. In other words, if the Rams traditional blue doesn’t contrast well enough with Tampa’s Red, it’s okay to just have one of the teams wear the normal white jersey.
What’s sad is that the Bucs’ unis look glorious in comparison.
Passing on the color rush jerseys wouldn’t be the end of the world. Then again, if they were no longer being featured, we’d be missing out on glorious social media posts like this one:
What’s scary here is not just that we now live in a world where a team in the most popular league in the country has donned these uniforms. But if it’s going to happen in this league, it’s probably something that a few prominent people had to sign off on.
It’s really simple. If the best look we can come up with is to have 300 pound men looking like bananas, we need to try harder.
This Vine of Stephen Curry 360-dunking in slow motion is so, so mesmerizing
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik committed the deadliest U.S. mass shooting since Sandy Hook in December 2012 before being killed by police, authorities say.
Here is what we know about them:
Farook, 28, and Malik, 27, had been married for two years, according to Hussam Ayloush, head of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group.
The couple left their 6-month-old girl with Farook's grandmother Wednesday and said they had a doctor's appointment.
The grandmother became concerned when she saw reports of the shooting and couldn't reach Farook.
Witness of the shootout with a person named Dwight says it was a "white dude"
How the World Reacted to John Lennon’s Death 35 Years Ago
The killing was shocking not only for its senselessness, but also because Lennon managed to escape many of other pitfalls of rock stardom. “He beat the rock-‘n’-roll life,” TIME’s remembrance quoted Steve Van Zandt saying the day after Lennon died. “Beat the drugs, beat the fame, beat the damage. He was the only guy who beat it all.”
So it makes sense that, as the story reported, flowers and signs were just the beginning of the aftershock:
Ringo Starr flew to New York to see Yoko. George Harrison, “shattered and stunned,” went into retreat at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Paul McCartney, whom Lennon plainly loved and just as plainly hated like the brother he never had, said, “I can’t tell you how much it hurts to lose him. His death is a bitter, cruel blow—I really loved the guy.” Having no wish to contribute to the hysteria that always follows the grief at such public mournings. McCartney, who has hired two bodyguards to protect himself and his family, said he would stay home in Sussex, England, even if there was a funeral. There was not. Lennon’s body was cremated in a suburban New York cemetery, and Ono issued a statement inviting everyone “to participate from wherever you are” in a ten-minute silent vigil on Sunday afternoon.
Before that, it had been a week of tributes. Radio stations from New Orleans to Boston cleared the air waves for Lennon and Beatles retrospectives. In Los Angeles, more than 2,000 people joined in a candlelight vigil at Century City; in Washington, D.C., several hundred crowded the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a “silent tribute” that recalled the sit-ins of the ’60s. Record stores all over the country reported sellouts on the new Lennon-Ono album, Double Fantasy, their first record in five years, as well as the back stock of Lennon’s previous records.
Some reaction was tragic. A teenage girl in Florida and a man of 30 in Utah killed themselves, leaving notes that spoke of depression over Lennon’s death.
Read more from 1980, here in the TIME Vault: When the Music Died
Rush’s Neil Peart says he’s retired from music
"There comes a time to... take yourself out of the game"
Over the the summer, Rush embarked on their “R40 Tour” celebrating the 40th anniversary of drummer Neil Peart’s membership in the band. At the time, bandmate Alex Lifeson said it would likely be the band’s final full-scale tour together due to his psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendonitis. While Lifeson left the door open for future projects, including smaller tours and soundtrack work, he said the band’s ultimate fate lays in the hands of music’s greatest drummer.
If that’s the case, it appears Rush is no more. In a new interview with Drumhead Magazine (via Jambase), Peart spoke frankly about his coming to terms with retirement. “… Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”
Aside from aforementioned health issues, Peart previously mentioned his desire to spend more time with family. Following the tragic deaths of his daughter and first wife in the late ’90s, Peart remarried in 2000. He and his wife had a daughter, Olivia, in 2009.
Watch Rush perform “Tom Sawyer”:
Scott Weiland's Family: 'Don't Glorify This Tragedy'
A letter from late singer’s ex-wife, Mary Weiland, on behalf of his two children
Scott Weiland's ex-wife has penned a candid, poignant essay on the deceased Stone Temple Pilots singer on behalf of his two children
Mary Forsberg Weiland is the mother of the late singer Scott Weiland's teenage children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13. She wrote this with their help in the days after his death on Dec 3rd.
December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.
We don't want to downplay Scott's amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity. So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. The music is here to stay. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again – because as a society we almost encourage it. We read awful show reviews, watch videos of artists falling down, unable to recall their lyrics streaming on a teleprompter just a few feet away. And then we click "add to cart" because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.
Many of these artists have children. Children with tears in their eyes, experiencing panic because their cries go unheard. You might ask, "How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he'd been drug-free for years!" In reality, what you didn't want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn't remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood. I've always wanted to share more than anyone was comfortable with. When writing a book years ago, it pained me to sometimes gloss over so much grief and struggle, but I did what I thought was best for Noah and Lucy. I knew they would one day see and feel everything that I'd been trying to shield them from, and that they'd eventually be brave enough to say, "That mess was our father. We loved him, but a deep-rooted mix of love and disappointment made up the majority of our relationship with him."
Even after Scott and I split up, I spent countless hours trying to calm his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah's talent show, or Lucy's musical. Those short encounters were my attempts at giving the kids a feeling of normalcy with their dad. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them. Spending so many years immersed in Scott's multiple illnesses led to my own depression; at one point, I was misdiagnosed as bipolar. I feared the same would happen to the children. There were times that Child Protective Services did not allow him to to be alone with them.
When Scott did move on to another relationship, I hoped it would inspire him to grow. I had often encouraged him to date a "normal" girl, a woman who was also a mother, someone who had the energy that I no longer had to love him. Instead, when he remarried, the children were replaced. They were not invited to his wedding; child support checks often never arrived. Our once sweet Catholic boy refused to watch the kids participate in Christmas Eve plays because he was now an atheist. They have never set foot into his house, and they can't remember the last time they saw him on a Father's Day. I don't share this with you to cast judgment, I do so because you most likely know at least one child in the same shoes. If you do, please acknowledge them and their experience. Offer to accompany them to the father-daughter dance, or teach them to throw a football. Even the bravest girl or boy will refrain from asking for something like that; they may be ashamed, or not want to inconvenience you. Just offer – or even insist if you have to.
This is the final step in our long goodbye to Scott. Even though I felt we had no other choice, maybe we never should have let him go. Or maybe these last few years of separation were his parting gift to us – the only way he could think to soften what he knew would one day crush us deep into our souls. Over the last few years, I could hear his sadness and confusion when he'd call me late into the night, often crying about his inability to separate himself from negative people and bad choices. I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.
Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you're a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don't give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for. Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let's choose to make this the first time we don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.
Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots singer who struggled with addiction, dead at 48
Scott Weiland, the singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver who spent much of his life battling substance abuse, is dead at 48.
Weiland, on tour with his group Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota, as TMZ first reported and the Los Angeles Times confirmed with his wife. The cause of his death was not immediately known.
Much of the world learned of Weiland’s demise from Dave Navarro, famed guitar player of Jane’s Addiction, who tweeted the news. A message confirming his death also appeared on his Instagram account. Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.
"The Snow Owl"
SEA 38 - 7 MIN
Locker Room Sound w/
@tdlockett12: "Everybody was on it today. Special teams, offense, defense."
"The ball is picked off, at the 40 yard line. Coming back is
"You make em pay with a strike to the heart.
@DougBaldwinJr does it again!" -
Scene: Reporter says Reggie Bush is better than Christian McCaffrey. Enter stage left: Earl Thomas & Richard Sherman
Russell Wilson completely broke a Vikings defender with this spin move
A Minnesota defender had Russell Wilson locked up in the backfield for a sure loss. Moments later, he was belly up on the turf grasping at air.
Here's what it looks like when Russell Wilson happens to you:
This isn't football, this is an AND1 mixtape. This is playground freeze tag. This is so dang filthy.
Vikings defender makes extremely dumb decision to yank Russell Wilson's leg, gets hit with penalty
This wasn't the least bit necessary. This time of year everything is about execution and discipline. Brian Robison of the Vikings showed neither. They already had Russell Wilson wrapped up, but this allowed the drive to continue. What's worse is that the Seahawks scored a touchdown on the drive.
@dshead24 was the only defensive player to play every down.
Seattle Times names Largent as the greatest Seahawk of all time
Hall of fame wide receiver Steve Largent was selected by the Seattle Times as the greatest Seattle Seahawks player of all time, wrapping up a countdown of the team's top 40 players that had spanned throughout the last few days.
Largent got the nod over two other Seahawks hall of famers, offensive tackle Walter Jones and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.
"Largent gets a slight edge for longevity — his 197 games started are the most in team history (Jones had 180 in two fewer seasons). Largent was also a team captain a record 10 times," wrote Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "He also held many NFL receiving records when he retired in 1989 — including most receptions (819), yards (13,089) and consecutive games with a reception (177).
"The Seahawks’ first superstar also provided a perfect template for a team that would have its greatest moments four decades later with a roster full of similarly overlooked and underrated players."
The top ten players on the Seattle Times list was as follows:
1. WR Steve Largent
2. OT Walter Jones
3. DT Cortez Kennedy
4. S Kenny Easley
5. S Earl Thomas
6. CB Richard Sherman
7. QB Russell Wilson
8. QB Matt Hasselbeck
9. RB Marshawn Lynch
10. S Kam Chancellor
Lynch reaches out to family of high school player who was shot to death
SACRAMENTO – Marshawn Lynch reached out to the family of a prep football player who was shot to death hours before a playoff game in Sacramento on Nov. 13, CBS Sacramento reported.
The station reported that Lynch sent J.J. Clavo’s mom a Seahawks jersey with Clavo’s name and number on the back.
Clavo played for the same high school as Quan Thompson, a teammate of Lynch’s at Cal.
Lynch, who is from Oakland, has maintained close ties with Northern California, establishing the Fam 1st Family Foundation and contributing to toy drives, youth football camps and other community-building activities.
Clavo and a friend were in a car near the school when it was shot up, police said.
Continued Prayers for our BeastMode 12s!! For a Speedy recovery!!
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Original .5 liter Wine Bottle Art, sandblasted, airbrushed & hand painting.
(above) "KISS", "Jimi Hendrix" "Ichiro", was a Seattle Mariner "Steve Largent", Hall of Fame WR Seahawks.
Copyright © Frank King
Copyright © Frank King
This piece is the last one I did before I got the news of my kidney tumor, irony you have to love it! Original Art "16x20" Black & White, Pen & Ink, I call it "Help Me"
Original '16x20' B&W, pen & Ink, "Joe Montana"
Mr. Michael Jordan, Beckett Basketball Magazine
David Bowie Sketch
James Harden stepback dot gif
@russwest44 Russell Westbrook
Check out three of my Buddy's, Duff McKagan, Ronny Munroe, & Randy Hansen,.. just click on there banners Ronny & Randy,......
"We Win" - from The Duff MacKagan's Loaded album "The Taking"
I'm working on my web site. If anyone has any photos of me on stage you would like to submit for publication... http://fb.me/6St7ApToQ
Remebering Jimi Hendrix, More than 40 years after the death of Jimi Hendrix, he still leaves an impression on many music lovers back then and even today. One Seattle man gets a chance to re-live the moment Jimi changed his life. make sure you stop by & check out Randy's Artwork!
"They went not for Conquest & not for Gain, But Only to Protect the Anquished & Innocent."
~ "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the Moon and the Stars, which you
have set in place,
what is Man that you are mindful of him,
and the Son of Man that you care for him." ~
~ King David ~
"Pray for the Troops, Pray for the World!"
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His Justice cannot sleep forever." hmmm....