Morning News Read 11 September 2013.
(Photo of the World Trade Center site in New York City on Sept. 11, 2013 by Getty via the New York Post)
(Photo of Landon Donovan scoring the second goal for the U.S. in a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Columbus, OH by Jamie Sabau / Getty Images via the New York Times)
The remains of a home, belonging to Joplin, Missouri resident Tim Bartow, remains standing in the town devastated by a tornado earlier this year, when 161 of its residents died. Officials are now trying to determine what to do with the structure, called the Volunteer House, which is open to the elements and bears handwritten notes and mementos from the legions of volunteers that came to help. (Photo: Steve Hebert / The New York Times)
Have you seen what Joplin looks like on Google Maps?
Incredible, and sad.
In the memorial service (for the victims of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri), Mr. Obama praised the courage and sacrifice of pizza shop manager Christopher Lucas, a father of two, who ushered everyone into the freezer room as the tornado approached.
The freezer door wouldn’t close from the inside, so Mr. Lucas found some rope and closed it from the outside.
"Tying a piece of bungee cord to the handle outside, wrapping the other end around his arm, holding the door closed with all his might," Mr. Obama said. "And Christopher held it as long as he could, until he was pulled away by the incredible force of the storm.
"He died saving more than a dozen people in that freezer," he said. "There are heroes all around us all the time."”
– The Telegraph, “Joplin Tornado: Barack Obama Pays Moving Tribute to the Victims”
The remains of a destroyed tree are seen five days after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 132 people on May 27, in Joplin, Missouri. (Mario Tama)
HALVED Angie Elbert looked for items to salvage Thursday from her grandmother’s house in Joplin, Mo., which was destroyed when a massive tornado passed through the town Sunday, killing at least 125 people. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)
A sign read “Have water, need beer” in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 125 from Sunday’s tornado there. Meanwhile, at least 14 people were killed in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma in new storms Tuesday night. (Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP via the Wall St. Journal)
DISPLACED A sign ripped from a building lay on the ground Tuesday in Joplin, Mo., days after a tornado tore through the city, killing at least 116 people in one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. (Photo: Eric Thayer / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)
With all due respect, who the Hell cares? Why is this a day three story?
(EDIT: I guess I should clarify that I’m speaking to the “insurers” angle here; further explanation here.)
This is a positively haunting photo.
Emergency workers waited for a medical team after finding a body in a car in Joplin, Missouri, on Monday. A three-quarters-of-a-mile wide tornado laid waste to about 30 percent of the city, killing at least 116 and injuring hundreds. (Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP via the New York Times)