PBS is now showing a slide show of things to come in Season 5. Mark your calendars for January 4, 2015 for the start of Season 5. pbs.org
My CPA sent me this information the other day. The IRS is renewing its phone scam warning. Please read the IRS warning and remember do not give out your personal information without asking why it is needed. irs.gov
The first hurricane of the season Arthur is down to a Category 1 storm. This storm is still dangerous and still bears watching to those of us who live on the East Coast. Please read the article from Reuters: news.yahoo.com
And also keep track of Hurricane Arthur through the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa.gov
Today I went to King of Prussia PA. I was going to stay at Wegman’s until the afternoon. There were several people, like myself, who were trying to get onto the internet. Wegman’s told anyone who asked at the information desk that their internet was down. Hearing that news I decided to go to the mall and go looking for a few items. I had a very small list. One was a polo shirt which I got at LLBean. The other item was an insulated holder for ice cream. Only two stores in the mall had the item I wanted, Bloomingdale’s and JCPenney. I looked up the item and noticed the price ranged from $12 to $19 on Amazon. I figured that any price I see in the mall that falls in that range would be a good deal. I tried JCPenney first since it was the closest to the public transit entrance of the mall. I found the item but it had only a bar code and no price. I took out my iPhone and snapped a picture of the bar code. For some reason it came back with a toddler sized sundress. So I took the item to the cashier. I asked for a price look-up. The cashier told me $30. I thanked her and walked out of JCPenney. In Bloomingdale’s I found the same item with a price sticker that read $15.99. I pulled out a $20 bill from my wallet and walked over to a very polite salesman who was very happy to ring up my purchase. After this experience I can see why JCPenney is in financial trouble. They have very few salespeople and prices that are not good deals.
There were many months of planning before the June 6. 1944 invasion. Everything from the fictitious First Army Group (FUSAG) with General McNair and General Patton to
inflatable tanks. Even fake radio traffic was used to convince the Germans that the invasion would occur in Northern France (Operation Bodyguard) or in Norway (Operation Fortitude).
Operation Neptune also known as D-Day was the Normandy Invasion. While the British and Canadian beach heads of Sword, Juno and Gold had some action it was nothing compared to Omaha Beach. The Americans faced a very well trained German infantry. Omaha Beach as well as Pointe du Hoc were in Allied hands after several days of fighting.
The weather played a huge part in the invasion plans. There was a storm on June 5th that delayed the invasion plans. The next day June 6 is when the invasion started. If they had waited until later in the month they would have faced a much larger storm.
This is the latest chapter in the long story of The Philadelphia Inquirer. There have been very public arguments about the paper and its managers. Now one of the co-owners had died in a plane crash in Massachusetts. Read the story from the AP by way of yahoo: news.yahoo.com
Here is another article on this subject from Newsworks: newsworks.org
Yes, it is that time of year again. Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour so that you will be on time. news.yahoo.com
This article from The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire column is an interesting one. A review was conducted and found that prejudice played a part in some heroes not getting their awards. Barak Obama will be awarding these individuals their medals. Please read the Washington Wire column:blogs.wsj.com
The PA Turnpike has been shut down because of several jack-knifed tractor trailers. The has caused a very large chain reaction. So far 16 people have been airlifted to Abington Memorial and one has gone to Doylestown Hospital. I will be following this story for the rest of the day and I will include links to local news regarding this horrible chain reaction accident. Many people are reporting very icy conditions. Everyone is pitching in to help each other. Four people are in serious condition. Barriers are being taken down and emergency exits are being opened so that the Turnpike can be cleared. There are lots of human interest stories coming out over the air (local news radio KYW1060).
2:00pm Update: West bound is being opened to allow those stuck on East bound to get off at Willow Grove, PA.
3:30 Update: East bound lanes are open and state troopers are saying that the PA Turnpike may be open by 5:00pm.
4:00pm PA Turnpike is open as per KYW1060 AM.
Thankfully there were no fatalities.
I saw this news this afternoon and it still makes me very sad. I can still hear her singing “On the good ship Lollipop …” She was a very interesting person with a career that had many detours. Actress and Ambassador she spread her smile and her knowledge around the world. Please read the article from The Huffington Post: huffingtonpost.com