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The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward Celebrating New DVD and Solo Tour at Special Boston-Area Event

Credit: MartaPhotographerMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward will head out on his latest U.S. solo tour next week, and to coincide with the trek, he’s releasing a new DVD titled Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. To celebrate the launch of the tour and the arrival of the DVD, the singer/guitarist has scheduled a special event on Monday, May 9, at the Kendall Square Cinema in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that will feature a screening of highlights from the concert film, the premiere of a new song and music video by Justin, and a Q&A session.

Appearing with Hayward at the event will be David Minasian, who co-wrote Justin’s new tune, and directed and produced the accompanying video and Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. Minasian also has worked with Hayward on a couple of other video projects, including his 2014 DVD Spirits…Live.

Fans who attend the May 9 event will receive a copy of Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre and a poster signed by Justin. Those who can’t attend the screening and Q&A in person will be able to watch it streamed live online. Special bundles offering tickets to the show or access to the live stream, combined with a copy of the new DVD and various pieces of commemorative Hayward merchandise, are available for purchase now at Hayward also will be selling the DVD at all stops on his upcoming “Stage Door” solo tour.

Live at the Capitol Theatre captures a recent performance by Justin in Clearwater, Florida. The show features Hayward, accompanied by guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardist/backing singer Julie Ragins, playing a variety of classic Moody Blues tunes, including “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Question” and “Nights in White Satin.” It also includes some lesser-known Moodies gems, a few songs from Hayward’s 2013 solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky, and a trio of tunes from Blue Jays, Justin’s 1975 collaborative album with Moody Blues band mate John Lodge. As an added bonus, the DVD features the epic eight-minute music video for Hayward’s new song.

The U.S. leg of Hayward’s Stage Door tour officially gets underway on May 11 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and runs through a June 24 concert in Mount Vernon, Washington.

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Prince Memorial to Be Held in Downtown Los Angeles

NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenLos Angeles will be partying like it’s 1999 on Friday, May 6, as the city is set to honor Prince on the steps of city hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the late musician’s legacy in music and philanthropy. The celebration will be hosted by the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and council member Jose Huizar.

The announcement came via the event’s Facebook page, which reads in part, “Our very own City Hall was the prime location for the ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ video. The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city. We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world.”

Mayor Garcetti expressed his admiration for the singer via a statement issued last week.

“Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create,” he said. “Memories of his work take me back to my childhood — and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon.”

Meanwhile, news has emerged that before he died, Prince changed his diet.

That’s according to his chef, who confirmed to ABC News that the singer, who died April 21 at the age of 57, had been eating less in recent days, and had asked for foods that were more “easily digestible,” because he suffered from frequent sore throats and an upset stomach. 

The chef also said that when he heard that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois the week before he died because the singer was ill, he was not concerned, because he knew there had been was flu going around.

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that Prince was using multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers, which he’d reportedly been taking for his chronic hip pain.  A search warrant has been executed on a local Walgreens in connection with the investigation.

Finally, a company called Heir Hunters International, which specializes in locating people who stand to inherit estates, has identified two additional heirs in addition to Prince’s sister Tyka and his half siblings.  They are a niece and a grandniece of one of Prince’s half brothers, Duane. 

A local attorney tells ABC News that according to Minnesota law, they would split Duane’s share of the estate, which means that they’d each get 1/14.

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Legend in the Fall: Paul McCartney Announces October Show in Sacramento

Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney has now extended the North American leg of his 2016 One on One tour into the fall after adding an October 4 show in Sacramento, California, to his itinerary. The event will be the first concert held at the Golden 1 Center, the future home arena of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and will be the former Beatles star’s first gig in the California capital since November 2005.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. PT. will offer a pre-sale starting Tuesday, May 3, at 8 a.m. ET; tickets can be accessed by using the password 1ON1WITHPAUL. American Express card members also will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets, beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.

Interestingly, the Sacramento show will place a few days before McCartney’s rumored to be playing the recently reported all-star classic-rock festival that supposedly is taking place October 7-9 at the Coachella fest grounds in Indio, California. An article published last month in The Los Angeles Times claimed that Sir Paul and Neil Young would share a bill on Saturday, October 8, at the as-yet-unconfirmed music extravaganza, which also is expected to feature The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters.

McCartney also kicked off his One on One tour in California, with an April 13 show in Fresno. His next concert will be held tonight, May 2, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Here are all of the rock legend’s upcoming North American tour dates:

5/2 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
5/5 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/8 — Milwaukee, WI, SummerFest
7/10 — Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
7/12 — Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
7/17 — Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/19 — Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/21 — Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
8/7 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/9 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/13 — St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium
8/15 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/17 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center
8/18 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center
10/4 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center

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“Hamilton” Nabs a Record 16 Tony Nominations

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing(NEW YORK) — What’s your name, man? My name is T-O-N-Y. 

The musical phenomenon know as Hamilton scored a record 16 Tony nominations Tuesday morning.  Categories included Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hamilton creator and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the musical is based on the life and times of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the guy on the 10-dollar bill.


In the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, movie and TV stars Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf and Michelle Williams are all nominated.  Jane Krakoswski, Frank Langella, Zachary Levi, Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne, Danielle Brooks and Jeff Daniels are among the other well-known nominees this year.


Steve Martin, singer/songwriter Edie Brickell and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles are among the nominees in the Best Original Score category for the musicals Bright Star — which Martin and Brickell wrote together — and Waitress, respectively.  On Your Feet!, the show based on the life of Gloria Estefan, received one nod.


Here are the shows that are among the top nominees:

Hamilton – 16
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – 10
She Loves Me – 8
Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 7
Eclipsed – 6
The Humans – 6
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – 5
Bright Star – 5
King Charles III – 5
Noises Off – 5
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – 4
The Color Purple – 4
School of Rock—The Musical – 4
Waitress – 4

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“Dancing with the Stars”: Kim Fields and Von Miller Voted Off

L-R: Tom Bergeron, Kim Fields & Sasha Farber on “Dancing with the Stars”; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Von Miller and Kim Fields are done dancing.

That was the result of the double elimination Monday night on Dancing with the Stars during a show in which competitors delivered two separate routines and two dancers — Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and UFC fighter Paige VanZant — earned the first perfect scores of the season.

With judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week’s performances combined, Wayna Morris, Miller and Fields were all in jeopardy of going home Monday night.

Fields and Miller ended up with the lowest combined totals, putting them out of the competition.

Speaking to a glum-looking Fields after the announcement, the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron, said he could tell she probably didn’t see this coming.

“Not at all, didn’t see this coming, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” the actress said.

Miller, a football player, said the competition was “so much fun.” He praised the prowess of the other competitors and said he had formed a special relationship with his pro partner, Witney Carson.

Performers turned in an individual routine with each of their pro partners Monday night before joining team dances. The men — Team James Brown –- took on the women of Team Beyonce. Each team’s scores were added to each member’s overall score for the night.

Team James Brown’s spirited routine to a medley of James Brown songs gave them the edge over Team Beyonce, with the men earning 28 points and the women 25.

Monday night’s standout moments: Judges heaped their highest praise upon Ginger Zee’s ethereal Viennese waltz, giving it 30 out of 30 points — the first perfect score of the season. Len Goodman said the routine was “like a cool breeze on a warm summer’s day,” and he commended Zee and the choreography of her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba screamed for joy when the routine was over and said it was powerful and elegant, and judge Bruno Tonioli summed up his opinion in a few words: “Content. Style. Interpretation. Impeccable.”

They were equally impressed with Paige VanZant’s fiery jive, a crowd-pleasing routine that earned the MMA fighter 30 points and the judges’ congratulations. Tonioli deemed the routine “smoldering, scorching, almost illegally hot,” while Inaba called it “incredible.” While noting that it was easy to lose discipline with the speed of the jive, Goodman said VanZant’s performance was “UFC -– under full control.”

Judges’ Scores (1st dance; 2nd dance. Grand total.)
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 28. 56
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 30; 25. 55.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: 27; 28. 55
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 30; 25. 55
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: 27; 25. 52. (They were voted off.)
Von Miller and Witney Carson: 24; 28. 52 (They were voted off.)
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: 24; 28. 52
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: 26; 25. 51

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“The Voice”: The Top 10 Perform; Michelle Obama & Jill Biden Make Appearance

Adam Wakefield on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The latest Voice performance show began on a patriotic note, with appearances by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

The two joined host Carson Daly at the start of Monday night’s two-hour broadcast to promote the five-year anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative, which calls on Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.

Obama introduced a performance by the top 10, who sang “Home” by Dierks Bentley. Afterward, the artists from Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams competed for viewers’ votes.

The contestant who was “instantly saved” last week, Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell, was first up with the Aerosmith hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” His former coach, Christina, said he laid out his heart and soul with passion. Pharrell detected pitch issues, but he pointed out that in the middle of the performance there was a note that “came in under” and Daniel pushed through.

Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing followed up with Emeli Sandé’s “My Kind Of Love.” Blake said he likes it when Shalyah is “wild” with her singing. Pharrell enjoyed the fact that she operates “in the now.” Adam said he regretted telling her earlier in the season to rein it in.

Nick Hagelin of Team Christina tackled “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson. Pharrell commented that Nick — Christina’s “comeback artist” earlier in the season — represents hope for people looking for a second chance. Christina said the influence of the King of Pop on Nick is in him and he can “execute it really well.”

Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell covered the Adele hit “Rolling in the Deep.” Adam liked 99% of it, but thought there was one note that was slightly off in the chorus. Pharrell seemingly disagreed, saying the performance was a “1,000% amazing.” He added that Hannah has shown growth as an artist.

Team Adam rocker Laith Al-Saadi played the B.B. King version of “The Thrill Is Gone.” Blake praised his guitar skills but cautioned him not to downplay his singing ability. Adam said it was the “best show of musicianship” he’s ever seen on the show.

Paxton Ingram of Team Blake belted out Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Blake said Paxton is “becoming this artist right before our very eyes.” He declared that Paxton’s performances this week and last is the reason why he’s a coach on The Voice.

Paxton’s teammate, Mary Sarah, sang “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette. Adam said it was very much “in the zone” of who Mary Sarah is. Blake said the country audience was engaged with the performance, which blew “the roof off the place.”

Bryan Bautista delivered a rendition of Romeo Santos’ “Promise” for Team Christina. Pharrell gushed about how amazing it was. Christina stated that Bryan is the only remaining artist representing the Latino community.

Alisan Porter of Team Christina sang Patty Griffin’s “Let Him Fly.” It was a choice inspired by her past addiction and a boyfriend who passed away. Adam commended her for making the tune personal. Christina said she was proud of Alisan for sharing a heartfelt story.

Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield closed the show by sitting behind the piano for Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman.” Pharrell loved the piano solo in the middle, and said Adam is the “next one.” Blake called it his favorite performance of the night.

One artist will be sent home on Tuesday night’s results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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FBI Searches Home of Reputed Mobster Suspected in Boston Art Heist

Google(BOSTON) — The search for missing art stolen more than two decades ago from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has taken FBI agents to six continents around the world. But the most active lead seems to be in the backyard of an aging mobster in a small town in Connecticut.

Boston FBI field office spokeswoman Kristen Setera confirmed to ABC News that the “FBI is conducting court-authorized activity at 69 Frances Drive in Manchester, [Connecticut], in connection with an ongoing federal investigation,” but declined to comment further.

It is the third time the FBI has executed search warrants in and around that particular ranch house, the home of Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, who is currently serving a 2-and-a-half-year federal sentence on unrelated drug and gun charges that came with his 2015 arrest by the FBI.

Gentile, who pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges, has repeatedly denied any connection to the stolen art and once famously muttered in court that his involvement in the heist was “lies, lies, all lies.” His lawyer, Rome McGuigan, told ABC News that his client knows nothing.

“He laughed and he couldn’t believe they were, that they were at his house again, and he said, this is a quote, ‘They ain’t gonna find nuttin,’” McGuigan said.

Among the stolen pieces were three Rembrandts, including his only seascape, “Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” along with one of only 31 known works by Vermeer, “The Concert.”

In a court filing obtained by ABC News, McGuigan alleged that the government was using the drug and gun charges as a way to force his client to produce the Gardner Museum paintings. He also said that the government had used informants to prod him into “talking about the paintings.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham acknowledged in a separate court filing that the FBI “tasked” a mob informant “to go see Gentile and engage him in general conversation” in 2010. The informant was instructed to “pay particular attention to anything Gentile might say about the Gardner Museum theft, but not to initiate any conversation on that topic.”

According to Durham, Gentile failed a lie detector test administered by the FBI when asked questions including: “Did you know those paintings would be stolen before it happened?”; “Did you ever have any of those stolen paintings in your possession?”; and “Do know the current location of any of those paintings?”

Gentile answered no to each question but “the results of the polygraph,” the government claimed in the filing, established he “was not being truthful” about the 13 paintings stolen from the Gardner Museum in March 1990. The infamous heist remains unsolved.

Anthony Amore, the security director for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, referred all questions about Monday’s activities to the FBI. It remains unclear what was recovered, if anything, in Monday’s search.

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City in New York Declares State of Emergency Due to Contaminated Water

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) — A State of Emergency was declared in a small town in the metropolitan area of New York Monday due to the discovery of contaminated water.

City officials in Newburgh — with a population of roughly 30,000, is located about 60 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River — detected elevated levels of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), a key ingredient found in Scotchgard and numerous stain repellents.

The New York State Department of Conservation and The Department of Health have recommended that steps be taken to reduce or eliminate the compound from the city’s water system, according to a statement released by City Manager Michael Ciaravino.

Officials are asking people to conserve usage while the city draws water from other local resources for the time being.

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New Video Shows Dramatic CSX Train Derailment in DC

ANDREW BIRAJ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — New surveillance video released by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority shows the moment 16 CSX train cars derailed in northeast Washington, D.C., Sunday morning.

In the video, taken from a camera at WMATA’s Rhode Island Avenue metro stop, several cars appear to hurtle sideways off the tracks, creating a pileup near the station.

No injuries were reported, and workers were able to plug a damaged car leaking sodium hydroxide, a chemical often used in detergents and other household products, and contain a separate ethanol leak, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

“CSX appreciates the continued support of D.C. first responders as safety remains the company’s first priority,” the company said in a statement, adding that CSX is monitoring air quality to “confirm there are no adverse effects.”

The company says it has re-railed 15 of the 16 derailed train cars, and plans to tow the final car away from the site.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Gets Apology from TSA for ‘Humiliating’ Airport Screening

File Photo Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration(NEW YORK) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen received an apology from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after she says she was “humiliated” during a full-body search this weekend.

Van Dyken-Rouen, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a 2014 ATV crash, is wheelchair-bound and cannot go through a metal detector. She said she was rudely groped and “humiliated” during a full-body search at Denver International Airport.

“They go around your breast. They basically go under your butt. They touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing,” Van Dyken-Rouen told ABC News.

Van Dyken-Rouen said she told the TSA agent who checked her that her wheelchair, hands and feet are normally checked for explosives. She said the agent then called for a supervisor who performed a full-body search, checking her breasts and other private parts in full view of other travelers.

“He said literally, ‘Every other airport is wrong and any other time you’ve flown through Denver and they did not do that, it’s wrong. I’m right,’” Van Dyken-Rouen said of the TSA agent.

Van Dyken-Rouen took to Instagram on Sunday to detail the incident, writing, “With the positive in my journey, there is also negative. Need to make changes for all in [wheelchairs].”

TSA issued a statement Monday apologizing for the incident.

“TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process. TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well,” the statement read.

Van Dyken-Rouen said she accepts the TSA’s apology, as long as all disabled fliers get more respect.

“It’s really said,” she said. “I just want to be able to help other people who don’t have a voice, just fair treatment for everybody.”

Van Dyken-Rouen, a former Olympic swimmer who has won six gold medals, severed her spinal cord in June 2014 when the ATV she was driving hit a curb and sent her flying over an embankment in Arizona.

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Richard Childress Racing Makes Pit Crew Changes

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Richard Childress Racing has made changes to pit crews of two of its teams.

Chase Masterson is now the front tire changer for Ryan Newman’s No. 31 team, replacing Tim Sheets, reports. Masterson previously worked in the XFINITY Series.

Sheets is now a member of the pit crew for Casey Mears’ No. 13 Germain Racing team.

RCR has also promoted Justin Voss from the XFINITY Series. He’ll serve as the rear carrier for Austin Dillon’s No. 3 team. He takes over for Josh Shipplett, who will now work in the front for the No. 3 team.

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Baby Rescued from Kenyan Building Rubble After Three Days

Bonny Odhiambo/Kenya Red Cross(NAIROBI, Kenya) — A 6-month-old baby girl has been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi, Kenya, after surviving by herself for nearly 80 hours.

“She appeared dehydrated,” the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement, adding she had “no visible physical injuries” and had been taken for treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Her father, Ralson Saisi Wasike, positively identified the baby as his daughter after being reunited through the Red Cross Tracing Services.

At least 21 people died after a residential building collapsed during heavy rains Friday, while 135 have been injured and 117 have been reported missing, according to the Kenya Red Cross.

The owners of the building are being held for questioning.

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American Serviceman Killed in Combat in Iraq

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday a U.S. service member was killed in combat in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Marines Investigate Possible Misidentification in Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Marine Corps is reviewing whether one of the six men photographed raising the flag on Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic photos of World War II was misidentified in 1945. The review was prompted by the work of two amateur historians who have reviewed other photographs taken the day of the flag raising that suggest Navy Corpsman John Bradley was not one of the six men photographed raising the flag on Mount Suribachi.

“The Marine Corps is examining information provided by a private organization related Joe Rosenthal’s Associated Press photograph of the second flag raising on Iwo Jima,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

“Rosenthal’s photo captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 US servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation and it is representative of the more than 70,000 US Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen that took part in the battle,” said the statement. “We are humbled by the service and sacrifice of all who fought on Iwo Jima.”

The Omaha World-Herald was first to report that the Marines had launched a review of the evidence collected by Eric Krelle of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland. Their work was profiled by the newspaper in 2014.

The famous photo taken on Feb. 23, 1945, captured the second raising of a flag on Mount Suribachi, supposedly to replace a smaller flag raised earlier that day with a larger one.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s photograph quickly became popular and has since become a symbol of the Marine Corps, a large sculpture of the flag raising near Arlington Cemetery in Arlington overlooks the nation’s capital and is a popular tourist destination.

After taking the photo, Rosenthal did not track down the names of the six men who raised the flag. That was left to the Marine Corps, who were pressed to identify them after the photo gained in popularity and was used as part of a major war bond drive.

The Marines identified the six men as Marine Privates Harlon Block, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank and Navy Corpsman John Bradley. Block, Sousley and Strank were killed in the fighting that carried on for another month on Iwo Jima after the photo was taken.

In its 2014 story, the Omaha World-Herald said that during an extended recovery from hernia surgery, Stephen Foley began reading books about the Battle of Iwo Jima. His attention soon focused on the photo of the flag raising that was on the cover of one of the books. He noted discrepancies in the clothing associated with the figure identified as Bradley when he began seeing other photos of Bradley that day that had been posted on the internet.

Among other things, he noted that the man identified as Bradley, the second man from the left seen erecting the flagpole, was wearing uncuffed pants that hung down over his boots and wore what appeared to be a soft utility cap under his helmet.

Other photos taken the same day as the flag raising show Bradley’s pants were cuffed above his shoes and does not show a soft cap under his helmet.

Foley later sought the help of Krelle, who runs a website about the history of the 5th Marine Division, which fought at Iwo Jima.

Based on a review of other photos taken at Mount Suribachi, the two men said they are confident that the man identified as Bradley was another Marine private, Harold Henry Schultz, who died in 1995.

The lives of the six men identified as the flag raisers was the focus of the best-selling book “Flags Of Our Fathers” written by Bradley’s son, James Bradley, in 2000. The book was later adapted into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was originally title “Once I Had Love” – the writers referred to it as “the disco song” – and they tried recording it between 1975 and 1978 as a ballad, as reggae, giving it a more pop feel – but nothing worked so they shelved it and later, when they met with a producer to start work on an album, they played all their other songs for the producer and at the end he asks “have you got anything else?” T read more…

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