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What Happened to Glenn Miller 74 Years Later Theories Abound on Why the Bandleader’s Plane Crashed

What Happened to Glenn Miller 74 Years Later Theories Abound on Why the Bandleader’s Plane Crashed

Glenn Miller is second to Amelia Earhart as the most famous missing person in aviation history. His fame in life as the hit-making big band leader behind swing classics like “In the Mood” is matched by the mysterious nature of his disappearance more than 74 years ago during a wartime flight from England to Paris. No one is sure why the UC-64A Norseman carrying Miller, pilot John Morgan and Lt. Col. Norman F. Baessell plunged into the English Channel on the afternoon of Dec. 15, 1944, but numerous theories have taken root over the decades.

The official explanation is the most obvious: Miller and the crew fell victim to bad weather. Flights from Twinwood Farm, the British airfield where Miller departed, had been grounded for several days prior due to fog, and the cloud ceiling had fallen to 1,500 feet on the day in question. Conditions in Paris were just as poor, with local French air controllers formally denying Morgan’s request to undertake the flight. But according to a 2014 episode of History Detectives, commanding officer Baessell ordered Morgan to make the trip anyway so that Miller could meet up with the rest of his band and perform a concert for the troops.

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The haze was bad enough to prompt the notoriously plane-phobic Miller to quip, “Where the hell are the parachutes?” Baessell, according to legend, replied, “What’s a matter with you Miller, do you want to live forever?”

Morgan was reportedly not certified to fly using instruments alone, and it’s likely that he lost his bearings and succumbed to spatial disorientation — a common problem that remains one of the leading causes of pilot death. Once this occurs, simulator testing has revealed that pilots have an average of just 178 seconds to correct their course before a crash is imminent.

In addition to low visibility, military planes of the era — including the UC-64A Norseman — were known to have defective engine carburetors. This, mixed with wings that became iced over in the sub-freezing temperatures, likely doomed the aircraft.

“The airplane got out over the water, the ceiling was dropping, the temperature was at freezing, the engine ices up, and all of

Read more: https://people.com/music/glenn-miller-vanished-mysterious-plane-crash-theories/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Made C-SPAN History — and May Be Competing with Trump on Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Made C-SPAN History — and May Be Competing with Trump on Twitter

When it comes to Twitter, it looks like President Donald Trump has some competition.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was one of a wave of new faces joining Congress earlier this month, made C-SPAN history when a video of her speech from the House floor went viral on Twitter on Thursday.

“In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party. 1.16M,” wrote Howard Mortman, the broadcaster’s communications director. He then confirmed that Sen. Kamala Harris holds the record for most-watched tweet video of the Senate, with 7.14 million views.

As of Friday afternoon, the just-over four minute video had 2.48 million views.

That record-breaking stat follows a recent study of total engagement on Twitter, in December and January. While Trump ranked far and away at No. 1, Ocasio-Cortez — unknown a year ago — was No. 2.

In her floor speech, the 29-year-old congresswoman — also referred to by the abbreviation “AOC” — drew attention to individuals suffering in a historic government shutdown precipitated by the president’s call for a southern border wall.

Ocasio-Cortez outlined how an air traffic controller in the Bronx, whom she represents, is suffering as he misses paychecks. (Some 800,000 federal workers are going without pay.)

“It is terrifying to think that almost every single air traffic controller in the United States is currently distracted at work because they don’t know when their next paycheck is coming,” she said.

Then she went wide, criticizing Trump, who has refused to pass a spending bill until he is given money for a wall.

The president has argued a barrier is needed to stem a so-called “crisis” of drugs, violence and human trafficking coming over from Mexico. He has implored Democrats to negotiate with him while refusing to concede on the one thing they say he cannot have. In return, empowered by the midterms, Democrats have dismissed a wall as immoral and ineffective.

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Proactiv Stands Behind Kendall Jenners Acne Marketing Campaign After Backlash

Proactiv Stands Behind Kendall Jenners Acne Marketing Campaign After Backlash

Proactiv is standing by its market campaign to reveal Kendall Jenner‘s endorsement news after fans called out the brand for releasing apparent misleading teasers prior to the announcement.

“Acne has a terrible impact on your self-esteem; it has a direct link to increases in depression and is a topic that shouldn’t be shamed,” Proactiv’s general manager Marc Kravets told WWD. “It should be an open conversation about getting your skin healthy. Some of that backlash we saw is exactly what we need to address this, and Kendall’s the perfect person to drive that relationship.”

Kendall’s mom Kris Jenner shared a video clip teasing the news on her Instagram before the TV commercial dropping during the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, which led some fans to believe the news was something other than a brand partnership.

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I’m so proud of my darling @KendallJenner for being so brave and vulnerable. Seeing you share your most raw story in order to make a positive impact for so many people and help foster a positive dialogue is a testament to the incredible woman you’ve become. Make sure to watch Kendall’s Twitter on Sunday night to find out what I’m talking about and be prepared to be moved. #bethechange #shareyourstory #changetheconversation #proudmom #finallyasolution #authenticity #mydaughterinspiresme #getready

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“I’m so proud of my darling @KendallJenner for being so brave and vulnerable. Seeing you share your most raw story in order to make a positive impact for so many people and help foster a positive dialogue is a testament to the incredible woman you’ve become,” Kris captioned the clip. “Make sure to watch Kendall’s Twitter on Sunday night to find out what I’m talking about and be prepared to be moved.”

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But Kravets told WWD that Kris’ controversial post got complete sign-off from the Proactiv team before it went up on her social channels.  “We do have to agree on anything that’s posted,” he said. “Everything has to be cleared

Read more: https://people.com/style/proactiv-defends-kendall-jenner-marketing-campaign/

Veterinary Student Accused of Selling Horses to Slaughterhouses for Meat

Veterinary Student Accused of Selling Horses to Slaughterhouses for Meat

An Alabama veterinary student faces charges after horses she offered to board apparently vanished — and former owners and a sheriff believe she sold the animals to slaughterhouses for meat.

Fallon Danielle Blackwood, 24, who attends Tuskegee University, was arrested last weekend after being indicted on 13 counts of bringing property obtained under false pretenses into Alabama, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey tells PEOPLE.

According to Casey, Blackwood offered to “re-home horses” for owners who could no longer care for them. But when the owners tried to check in on their horses, they discovered “that wasn’t what was taking place,” says Casey, who adds that the 13 horses specified in the indictment are now likely dead.

Owner Lindsay Rosentrater told Al.com that Blackwood agreed to board her horse, but that when she later asked for a photo of the animal, “she wouldn’t send me one. I asked her repeatedly.”

Rosentrater told the outlet that after investigating Blackwood online, she discovered the student had been flagged by rescue groups for allegedly “doing business with kill-buyers.”

“We have pretty strong indications did get shipped into Mexico for slaughter,’’ Rosentrater told the outlet.

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Lisa Rudolph, another owner who said she entrusted her horse to Blackwood, told Fox 5 Atlanta, “They suffered a death that they didn’t deserve,” adding, “I think they were slaughtered.”

Court documents obtained by WHNT state Blackwood was arrested last April in Macon County, Alabama, on an outstanding warrant for similar charges in North Carolina. PEOPLE was unable to obtain specific information on those charges.

At the time, Macon County sheriff Andre Brunson told WHNT owners of the horses involved in the charges were upset. “Thinking their horses were living their life out and then to find out they were slaughtered for different purposes, so it’s just a bad case,” he said.

When asked by PEOPLE if Blount County authorities believe Blackwood sold the horses to Mexican slaughterhouses, Casey declined comment, citing her r

Read more: https://people.com/crime/veterinary-student-accused-of-selling-horses-to-slaughterhouses-for-meat/

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