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July 16, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN 1986, when the smoke from the MOVE cataclysm still stained the air over Powelton Village, Patrick Artur and his family had to seek police protection. Artur, longtime lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police, represented police officers who were called before the commission investigating the disaster but refused to incriminate themselves. There was never any real danger to the Arturs, and, in fact, Patrick later became friendly with Ramona Africa, who, with Birdie Africa, were the only survivors of the May 13, 1985, holocaust when police dropped a bomb on the roof of the headquarters of the back-to-nature group, killing 11 people, including five children, and destroying a neighborhood.
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July 11, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff and Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - On a day filled with speeches from dignitaries including the vice president, the words of the lone survivor of a fire crew overrun by flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with firefighters from around the nation. A stone-faced Brendan McDonough filed onto the stage at the end of the service Tuesday and offered what's called "The Hot Shot's Prayer," calmly reciting the words: "For if this day on the line I should answer death's call, Lord, bless my Hotshot crew, my family, one and all. " He concluded by telling the crowd: "Thank you, and I miss my brothers.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
Kerry's wife has 'medical episode' WASHINGTON - Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was taken by ambulance to a Nantucket, Mass., hospital Sunday after suffering an unspecified "medical episode," said Glen Johnson, the secretary's spokesman. After her condition was stabilized, she was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he said. Heinz Kerry, 74, was vacationing with Kerry at the family home on Nantucket Island when stricken shortly before 4 p.m., Johnson said.
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July 5, 2013 | By Tami Abdollah and Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press
YARNELL, Ariz. - Hundreds of firefighters battling a blaze outside the mountain town of Yarnell came off the line Wednesday to salute a procession of fire vehicles that had been left by 19 elite Hotshot crew members killed in the line of duty. The firefighters and law enforcement gathered along a highway to honor the Prescott-based unit. The vehicles were driven by fellow Prescott firefighters. One of the trucks held backpacks, water jugs, and coolers. Another was emblazoned with the group's motto, in Latin: "To be, rather than to seem.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Cory Moser was battling the Yarnell fire when word came that the Granite Mountain Hotshots had been overrun by the flames. The Prescott Fire Department division chief sped to the scene, where he found a "moonscape" of bare ground, rocks cracked and chipped from the intense heat of the flames. Moser, who wound up spending the night minding the bodies of close friends and coworkers, said the desolate scene is one clue that whatever killed the 19 elite members of his fire department may well turn out to have been an unexpected "black swan" event - a rare turn of the weather, conditions, or luck that no one expected or could have prevented.
NEWS
July 3, 2013 | By Felicia Fonseca and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - With no way out, the 19 elite firefighters did what they were trained to do when trapped by a wildfire: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground. But that last, desperate line of defense couldn't save the "Hotshot" crew from the flames that swept over them. All 19 men died, marking the nation's biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. The tragedy Sunday evening all but wiped out the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit based at Prescott, authorities said Monday as the last of the bodies were retrieved from the mountain in the town of Yarnell.
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July 2, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - A charter helicopter carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City lost power shortly after takeoff yesterday and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot and occupants were uninjured. The helicopter landed shortly before noon in the section of the river near 79th Street by the New York City Marina. Deputy Fire Chief Thomas McKavanaugh said the helicopter had taken off from the Wall Street Heliport and lost power after 12 minutes in the air. The pilot used the craft's pontoons, and it remained upright as it landed.
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July 2, 2013 | Associated Press
YARNELL, Ariz. - A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told the Associated Press. Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were caught by the fire near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. He said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat. Earlier Sunday, the 2,000-acre wildfire prompted evacuations of 50 homes in several communities.
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July 2, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
YARNELL, Ariz. - A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told the Associated Press. Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were caught by the fire near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. He said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat. Earlier Sunday, the 2,000-acre wildfire prompted evacuations of 50 homes in several communities.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Jeri Clausing, Associated Press
DEL NORTE, Colo. - Crews defending small homes, a ski area, and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break - any break - in the weather that would allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze. The West Fork Fire likely will burn for months, said incident commander Pete Blume. And crews are not expecting to make any real gains against the 117-square-mile burn until the summer monsoon season brings cooler temperatures and rains, with luck in early July.
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