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The Decades - 1980s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 1969. The eye of the storm passed directly over the Bay of St.Louis and killed or injured hundreds of Gulf Coast residents. (SSC-97-032)/NASA.

VAV!/August 29, 2014

"By Chrismus! Wasn't that hurricane a lulu? I was settin here readin when I noticed it was gettin so damn dark. I couldn't see... I looked out the winder and saw our big tree going over as easy as you please -not all at once, but little by little. I watched it down and said that I bet the one in front wouldn't go for that was stronger. Then I saw one of our garage doors spinning by the winder and right across the street on to Doctor Brown's lawn. Somehow it got going on its edge like one of them straw hats we used to wear, and it was certainly making time." - One witness's description September 21, 1938, regarding a Category 3 hurricane nicknamed "the Long Island Express"

Hurricanes have been and always will be an integral part of life in the United States...the Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.    What exactly is a Hurricane?

Hurricanes, also known as cyclones in the western Pacific or typhoons in the Indian Ocean, are large and violent storm systems that begin in tropical seas during the summer or fall.  They are capable of producing torrential rains, large hail, dangerous waves, epic flooding, violent winds with a well-defined circulation and minimum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher, and tornadoes,  all of which may result in catastrophic property damage and staggering loss of life.   

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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The Decades - 1980s

Rolling Thunder

 Rolling Thunder

VAV/May 25, 2014

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This celebration recognizes the rights and costs of freedom, lib...

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The Decades - 1980s

Al Neuharth

Al Neuharth

Pictured above:  Bob Neutharth/ FB Screen Grab

VAV!/April 20, 2013

"USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly on...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 08:32 )

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The Decades - 1980s

C. Everett Koop

C. Everett Koop

Pictured above:  C. Everett Koop/HRSA

VAV!/February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop, who served as the thirteenth Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29 )

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The Decades - 1980s

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

VAV!/January 14, 2013/LOS ANGELES, CA

A newly released report reveals coroner's officials have amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on lingering questions of bru...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2013 05:23 )

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ROAST BEEF SANDWICH RECIPE

VAV!/September 28, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of The Blog Chef Looking for a fantastic lunch or snack? If so, try this roast beef sandwich. This sandwich is roast beef topped with provolone cheese, lettuce and avocados. The real highlight of this recipe is the spicy mayo, it has just the right amount of kick and adds great flavor to this sandwich. The spicy mayo is a combination of mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce and chopped cilantro. It is important to dip the avocados in lemon juice or else they will turn brown. You might want to hollow out the bread a little to help everything stay in the sandwich (this sandwich is stacked!). This sandwich is so easy to make and so delicious, everyone will love it. It might be even perfect for a football party. Enjoy.

 

The Drop

VAV!/September 26, 2014/Contributed by Stars in Her Eye Dennis Lehane is a master story teller and his genius as an author has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. Classics such as Mystic River and Shutter Island have been adapted to the big screen by prominent directors. Lehane has lent his talents to the small screen as well as working on The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. For his latest project, one of his short stories comes to life starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini. The Drop is based on the short story "Animal Rescue" and, Lehane adapted and expanded it for a feature film. Bob is a quiet bartender whose bar has been taken over by organized crime. The bar is used as a "drop" point, a place where dirty money is held until it can be picked up. When the bar is robbed, Bob and his boss have to deal with the repercussions and angry mobsters.

 

US, Allies Launch Airstrikes On Islamic State Targets In Syria

  VAV!/ Sept. 23, 2014 – WASHINGTON U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, according to a U.S. Central Command news release. A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets. The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The targets included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said. The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations participated in the airstrikes.

 

Tailgate Parties

Pictured above:  Best Tailgate Party Ever, Spring Break, 2007, New Orleans /Photographer Jeffrey Schwartz/cc/Flickr VAV!/September 28, 2014 It's the ultimate game day experience....the  illustrious Tailgate Party in full swing! For football fans everywhere, fall weekends are a time for tailgating.  Known in some circles as the game before the game, tailgating parties are found on or nearby stadium parking lots, and revolve around an awesome platform for hosting from, whether it's a Subaru Outback or Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab.   Expect anything from die hard tailgators including Texas big style tents and some pretty awesome equipment to enhance the experience! Take a look at this tricked-out turbo tailgating rig, an ultra-customized 2010 black Toyota Tundra.

 

Tailgate Parties

Pictured above:  Best Tailgate Party Ever, Spring Break, 2007, New Orleans /Photographer Jeffrey Schwartz/cc/Flickr VAV!/September 28, 2014 It's the ultimate game day experience....the  illustrious Tailgate Party in full swing! For football fans everywhere, fall weekends are a time for tailgating.  Known in some circles as the game before the game, tailgating parties are found on or nearby stadium parking lots, and revolve around an awesome platform for hosting from, whether it's a Subaru Outback or Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab.Take a look at this tricked-out turbo tailgating rig, an ultra-customized 2010 black Toyota Tundra.

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