Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Congressman Cummings statement on the passing of Dick Gregory.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to an August 20 press release, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)  issued the following statement on the passing of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, teacher and mentor, Dick Gregory.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.  Dick’s comedy, speeches and activism brought laughter to millions, gave a voice to the voiceless, and spoke truth to power.  He will be missed by many.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Statement by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on Navy operational pause.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown

U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released the following statement on the Navy's announcement of an operational pause.

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the sailors and families of the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald. I agree with Admiral Richardson that more forceful action is urgently needed to identify and correct the causes of the recent ship collisions. Our sailors who risk their lives every day, in combat and in training, deserve no less. I expect full transparency and accountability from the Navy leaders as they conduct the associated investigations and reviews.” 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017: Ypsilanti residents turnout in droves for viewing at local libraries Monday. Catch PWP reporter Jo Jo and her video description of eclipse.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

So many people drove to the Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Public Library to view the solar eclipse that the PWP Purple Power People Mobile couldn't find a place to park! Well, maybe PWP should have planned better and headed over there earlier! Fortunately, the view of the eclipse from Grant St in Ypsi wasn't too shabby.

Anyway, tons of Ypsilanti residents headed over to Ypsilanti libraries Monday afternoon to view the first total solar eclipse in 38 years.

The Ypsilanti Public Library on Whittaker Road viewing event featured NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Jennifer Ayala. Very cool.

If you missed this eclipse there's no need to worry, there will be another one coming up in, umm, 2024!

Couple of Ypsi kids view the eclipse on Grant St.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship Sunday:10 sailors missing.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a United States Navy press release that was updated Sunday evening at 9:45 pm, the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on August 21. According to an update released by the Navy at 9:45 PM Sunday, 10 sailors are missing and five are injured.

According to the U.S. Department of the Navy, the collision occurred at 6:24 AM Japan Standard Time. The ship was in route to Singapore.

Currently, the ship is under its own power and heading to port.

Solar Eclipse Party Monday, August 21, Ypsilanti District Library.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Updated August 20. 10:10 PM.

Just in case you haven't heard, which would be hard to believe, the first solar eclipse in 38 years is coming to a town near you! Ok,  I should say, a sky near you!

If you'd like to find a cool place to witness this rare cosmic happening you can join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Jennifer Ayala for an eclipse viewing party at the Ypsilanti District Library on Whittaker Road, Monday August 21. You can bring the whole family! NASA eclipse viewing glasses will be provided, also. NASA viewing glasses sound hardcore!  I love it. Ms Ayala will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions. If the weather is crummy, not to worry, because they will have a live webcast of the event indoors.

This is the first total solar eclipse in 38 years in North America and this event will be a fine way to experience the celestial happening.

The event will be held Monday at the Ypsilanti District Library on Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti from 1 pm - 3 pm.

Update:  There will be eclipse viewing parties at all three Ypsi Library locations. Viewing glasses will be provided.