Why Houston Parents Need To Be Extra Careful At The Pool, a set on Flickr.With the start of the pool season, the number of child drownings is already going up. To educate families about the danger of drowning, the Houston YMCA has launched its annual water safety campaign.
So to reference a tradition begun by the illustrious Melody Kramer when she was in this hot seat, our #bestthingallweek was — without question — the arrival of our new intern, Molly Seavy-Nesper. In chorus, all together now: Hi, Molly.
We asked Molly to find a way to bid you all a lovely Memorial Day Weekend and here this very useful (and educational!) chart of literary and cinematic cocktails was her pleasure because, well, cocktails! Movies! Literature!
Drink up. We’re out.
via Pop Chart Lab
Our week was great because we
This map shows just-released satellite imagery of the damage from the tornado that struck Moore, Okla., and vicinity on May 20 — one of the most destructive storms ever recorded. Zoom in to see the extent of the damage.
Photograph by Ken Regan
We’ve been reporting this week on how much Texas communities know about potentially deadly chemicals used by nearby industries. Officials tell us that the majority of companies play by the rules so that residents and workers know the risks. But when some companies allegedly cut corners to reduce costs, the results can be tragic.
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday’s incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London). The soldier’s details are being released at this stage pending formal identification from the Metropolitan Police Service.
Drummer Lee Rigby, or ‘Riggers’ to his friends, was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester. He joined the Army in 2006 and on successful completion of his infantry training course at Infantry Training Centre Catterick he was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (also known as “Second Fusiliers” or “2 RRF”).
His first posting was as a machine gunner in Cyprus where the Battalion was serving as the resident Infantry Battalion in Dhekelia. Having performed a plethora of tasks while in Cyprus, he returned to the UK in the early part of 2008 to Hounslow, West London. Here, Drummer Rigby stood proudly outside the Royal Palaces as part of the Battalion’s public duties commitment. He was an integral member of the Corps of Drums throughout the Battalion’s time on public duties, the highlight of which was being a part of the Household Division’s Beating the Retreat - a real honour for a line infantry Corps of Drums.
In April 2009 Drummer Rigby deployed on Operations for the first time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab. On returning to the UK he completed a second tour of public duties and then moved with the Battalion to Celle, Germany, to be held at a state of high readiness for contingency operations as part of the Small Scale Contingency Battle Group. In 2011 Drummer Rigby took up a Recruiting post in London where he also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.
An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United fan.
A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The regiment’s thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time. “Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier.”
Is it shocking to hear this from an elected official?
Deep Thoughts, with actual member of Congress Steve King (R-Iowa).
Houston Students Help Produce BBC Radio Show from School, a set on Flickr.
The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2013. First prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Photos and captions by the photographers.
See more. [Images: National Geographic Traveler Contest]