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“Late” Arrival: New Archival Van Morrison Collection Revisits Classic 1973 Performances

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsIn February 1974, Van Morrison released the acclaimed two-disc concert album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, which featured select performances from a series of shows the lauded singer/songwriter played in 1973 at venues in Los Angeles; Santa Monica, California; and London. Now, unreleased performances from those same concerts have been compiled in a new three-CD/one-DVD set titled It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD, which will be released on June 10.

The collection’s three audio discs were recorded, respectively, on May 23 at The Troubadour in L.A.; on June 29 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and on July 23 and 24 at The Rainbow Theatre in London. The DVD boasts footage from the July 24 concert, which originally aired on the BBC but has never been available on home video. Morrison was accompanied at the shows by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, which featured two horn players and a string section.

Among the well-known songs featured on the new collection are live renditions of such classic Morrison tunes as “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” “Caravan” “Wild Night,” “Domino,” “Gloria” and “Into the Mystic” as well as covers of Sam Cooke‘s “Bring It On Home to Me” and Hank Williams‘ “Hey, Good Lookin’.” All of the recordings have been remixed from the original multitrack tapes by engineer Guy Massey, who previously has worked on The Beatles‘ and Paul McCartney‘s remastered releases.

In addition, the original It’s Too Late to Stop Now album also has been remastered and will be reissued June 10 as a two-CD set and two-LP package, marking the first time in more than 25 years that the record will be released on vinyl. The album also will be available in hi-res digital formats.

Here is the full track list of It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD:

Volume II (Recorded at The Troubadour, May 23, 1973):

“Come Running”
“These Dreams of You”
“The Way Young Lovers Do”
“Snow in San Anselmo”
“I Just Want to Make Love to You”
“Bring It On Home to Me”
“Purple Heather”
“Hey, Good Lookin'”
“Bein’ Green”
“Brown Eyed Girl”
“Listen to the Lion”
“Hard Nose the Highway”
“Moondance”
“Cyprus Avenue”
“Caravan”

Volume III (Recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 29, 1973):

“I’ve Been Working”
“There There Child”
“No Way”
“Since I Fell for You”
“Wild Night”
“I Paid the Price”
“Domino”
“Gloria”
“Buona Sera”
“Moonshine Whiskey”
“Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”
“Take Your Hand out of My Pocket”
“Sweet Thing”
“Into the Mystic”
“I Believe to My Soul”

Volume IV (Recorded live at The Rainbow Theatre, July 23 & 24, 1973):

“Listen to the Lion”
“I Paid the Price”
“Bein’ Green”
“Since I Fell for You”
“Into the Mystic”
“Everyone”
“I Believe to My Soul”
“Sweet Thing”
“I Just Want to Make Love to You”
“Wild Children”
“Here Comes the Night”
“Buona Sera”
“Domino”
“Caravan”
“Cyprus Avenue”

DVD (Recorded at The Rainbow Theatre, July 24, 1973):

“Here Comes the Night”
“I Just Want to Make Love to You”
“Brown Eyed Girl”
“Moonshine Whiskey”
“Moondance”
“Help Me”
“Domino”
“Caravan”
“Cyprus Avenue”

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Steven Tyler Goes “Out on a Limb,” Schedules First Solo Tour

Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith‘s Steven Tyler officially has announced plans for his first solo tour, an intimate outing dubbed the “Out on a Limb” trek that will stop in theaters across North America. The 19-date tour kicks off July 2 in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to run through a September 13 concert in Toronto.

USA Today reports that Tyler’s shows will be similar to the Storytellers-style performance he taped last year for an episode of the public-television series Front and Center. Like at that gig, the 68-year-old singer will be accompanied on the trek by Loving Mary, a six-piece Nashville-based group whose lineup includes Steven’s frequent songwriting collaborator Marti Frederiksen. Fans can expect to hear stripped-down versions of Aerosmith classics, as well as tunes from Tyler’s upcoming debut solo album, while Steven tells USA Today that he also plans to discuss how his songs were created at the concerts.

“What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he’s with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote ‘Yesterday’?” Tyler explains to the newspaper. “That’s what I’m doing. I figured I’d talk about ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Dream On’ and where I was when I wrote it, and ‘Seasons of Wither’ and how I played it.”

With regard to performing live with Loving Mary, Tyler says, “[I]t really is beautiful getting out there and singing with a band, where I can look at all the guys and go, ‘Stop playing right now’ and we’ll just sing a cappella. I’ve never been in a band like that, so it’s a whole new thing for me.”

Tyler has been working on an as-yet-untitled solo album in Nashville with producer T-Bone Burnett. No release date has been set yet for the project, which Steven says has “a full-on country feel.”

As for why he decided to take time off from Aerosmith to make a solo record, Tyler tells USA Today he felt “it was time for a little break. I’m such a passionate person that if I don’t go after my muse like that, I’ll wind up on drugs again. I’ll wind up arguing with people and just no good.”

Here are all of the confirmed dates on Tyler’s “Out on a Limb” tour:

7/2 — Las Vegas, NV, Venetian Theatre
7/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
7/8 — Seattle, WA, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
7/10 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum Theatre
7/14 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
7/20 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/23 — Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
7/26 — Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
7/29 — Houston, TX, Brown Theater at Wortham Center
8/1 — Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park
8/13 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
8/17 — Nashville, TN, Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC
8/23 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
8/29 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
9/1 — Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
9/4 — Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
9/7 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
9/10 — Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
9/13 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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Take It to the “Limits”: Paul Simon to Make First-Ever Appearance on PBS’ “Austin City Limits”

Credit: Myrna SuarezPaul Simon is scheduled to tape his first-ever appearance on the popular PBS live-music series Austin City Limits on Thursday, May 12. The legendary singer/songwriter’s performance for the show will take place after his May 10-11 stand at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.

Austin City Limits will give some lucky fans the chance to attend the taping for free. Details will be announced at the show’s Facebook page and Twitter feed about one week before the event. No word yet when the episode will premiere.

Simon kicked off a new North American tour with a performance Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He’s promoting his upcoming studio album, Stranger to Stranger, which will be released on June 3. The record, which Paul co-produced with his longtime collaborator Roy Hallee, finds Simon experimenting with an eclectic variety of sounds, including electronic dance music and Flamenco.

Simon recently shared “Cool Papa Bell,” a new song from Stranger to Stranger, on his official SoundCloud page. The song is based on a famous baseball player of the same name who played in the Negro Leagues from the early 1920s until 1950.

As Paul explains in the Stranger to Stranger liner notes, “He was considered one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Legend has it that Bell could turn off a light switch and be in bed before the light went out.”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

J.K. Rowling Apologizes for the Death of “Harry Potter” Character

Eamonn McCormack/WireImage(LONDON) — If you’re a true Harry Potter fan, every May 2 means puddles of water on your desk — not because you’ve been practicing the aguamenti spell, but because the date marks the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which means lots and lots of tears. Each year, wizards and muggles alike mourn this day on which many of their fictitious favorites met their demise in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

J. K. Rowling is no exception, taking to Twitter to apologize for one death each year on May 2. This year, it is everyone’s favorite werewolf-turned-teacher.

“Once again, it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin,” she wrote.

According to the prolific author, his fate was not sealed until the fifth book in the series. She wrote, “In the interests of total honesty I’d also like to confess that I didn’t decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix [sic].”

Rowling explained that since Ron’s father Arthur survived, Remus Lupin was the character who ultimately kept the body count in check. But with his wife also a victim of Voldemort and his army, that left yet another Boy Who Lived: the couple’s son Teddy.

“Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die,” she explained. “I’m sorry. I didn’t enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy.”

It’s some kind of consolation that Rowling is as upset over these deaths as we are. Last year, she apologized for killing Fred Weasley.

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Cate Blanchett Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Cate Blanchett has been named a global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ refugee agency.

“I am deeply proud to take on this role,” the Oscar winner said in a video interview shared by the UNHCR on Monday. “There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity.”

The two-time Oscar-winning actress recently returned from a mission to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugee families.

Blanchett will next be seen in the film drama Weightless, due out this year.

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Report: Kerry Washington Is Pregnant with Second Child

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Is the woman who portrays D.C.’s favorite fixer, fixing to expand her family?

Actress Kerry Washington reportedly is pregnant again.

According to E! News, sources say that the Emmy-nominated actress is expecting her second child with husband, former football player Nnamdi Asomugha.

“The actress’ baby bump was on display when she attended the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., over the weekend,” E! reports.

The couple, who wed in 2013, already has a two-year old daughter, Isabelle Amarachi.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Three Dead After Small Plane Crashes on Long Island

WABC-TV(SYOSSET, N.Y.) — A pilot and two passengers are dead after a small plane en route from South Carolina to Connecticut crashed on Long Island, officials say.

According to Nassau County Police, the plane came down in Syosset at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after suffering “an unknown problem.” Despite the large debris field, which is near several schools, there were no injuries on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Beech BE35 aircraft crashed on Cold Spring Road in Syosset as it was heading to Robertson Field in Plainville, Connecticut, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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FBI Arrest Man in Abduction and Death of 11-Year-Old Girl Kidnapped from Navajo Nation

New Mexico State Police(SHIPROCK, N.M.) — A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the FBI announced Tuesday evening.

The Albuquerque office of the FBI tweeted its arrest of Tom Begaye, 27, of Waterflow, New Mexico, for the “abduction and death” of Ashlynne Mike, who went missing Monday and was found dead Tuesday.

Begaye is slated to appear in court Wednesday, according to the FBI’s tweet. It was unknown if he had a lawyer yet.

Ashlynne Mike was last seen Monday around 4 p.m., according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. “An unknown Native American male is believed to have abducted Ashlynn[e],” read the press release. “[The] abductor was last seen in the area of Navajo Route 36 Mile Post 13 at 4 p.m.”

Her parents filed a police report Monday night after Ashlynne and her 9-year-old brother, Ian, went missing, Najavo Nation Public Information Officer Mihio Manus said.

Shortly after the report was filed, a motorist picked up Ian as he walked along the highway and took him to the Shiprock Police Department. Ian told police that a man had taken them toward the Shiprock Pinnacle, but he let Ian out when he came upon a dead end, Manus said. The man then continued on with Ashlynne.

The man later returned without Ashlynne and told Ian to “go home,” Manus said.

Ashlynne’s body was found Tuesday in Shiprock, according to FBI Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher.

The FBI described the man suspected of abducting her as a light-skinned Navajo man in his 20s or 30s with short, dark hair. The man has a tear-drop tattoo under his left eye, according to the FBI, and was last seen wearing earrings in both ears, a long, silver chain necklace, gold watch, with a black shirt and blue pants.

The vehicle used in the alleged abduction was a maroon minivan with sliding doors with a luggage rack on the top and no hub caps on the wheels, the FBI said.

“We want to reassure the family that the Navajo Nation Police are conducting a thorough investigation in this case and will be working with the FBI to apprehend the abductor and bring him to justice,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

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Detroit Teacher Explains What’s at Stake Amid District ‘Sick Out’

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Detroit teachers are taking to the streets instead of classrooms for the second day of a “sick out” rally in a fight for paychecks.

Kendra Lincourt, an art teacher who has worked at Detroit Public Schools for 17 years, participated in the rallies, both on Monday and Tuesday.

“People need to realize that teachers are not going to work without being paid,” Lincourt told ABC News Tuesday. “I love my job. I want to continue to do my job, but I’m not going to do it for free. I have a family I need to support.”

Lincourt said her husband is also a teacher but not with Detroit public schools.

“We’re not trying to be selfish by any means,” she said. “It’s our passion, but it’s also our job, it’s how we live. We’re not asking for anything that we don’t deserve.”

On Tuesday, 94 of 97 schools in the Detroit Public School district were closed, impacting 45,726 students, according to school officials.

A spokeswoman for the district said the three remaining schools had enough teachers report to work. The district closed schools where 40 percent or more of the teaching staff called in sick, the spokeswoman said.

Monday’s “sick out” also closed 94 schools, impacting 45,628 students. The sick out is ongoing “because we still don’t have assurance that we’re going to be paid,” Detroit Federation of Teachers interim President Ivy Bailey told ABC News Tuesday.

“We were hoping yesterday would be the last day,” Bailey said, adding that teachers were telling her they miss their students.

Lincourt said it’s unfortunate that the school closures are causing last-minute child care problems for parents.

“We do feel for the parents,” she said. “At our school we’re fortunate that we have a lot of parental support. They understand that nobody is going to work without being paid”

And as for her own three daughters, who attend the school where she teachers, they went along to the rallies, Lincourt said. While her children are missing class time, Lincourt said the rallies provided “amazing connections.” She said one daughter, a 4th-grader, likened marching down the middle of a Detroit road to her studies about Martin Luther King.

When the “sick out” began Monday, Bailey explained to ABC News the reason behind it. Because teachers do not get paid during the summer, some teachers are on 26 pay periods. “They take their salary and they pro-rate it throughout the year [with] additional pay periods in the summer, so they can get paid over the summer,” she said.

She explained that the state gave the district $48.7 million to get through the rest of the school year but that did not include money to cover summer payments.

“When we figured out what was going on and looked at the payments of those teachers, technically Thursday of last week is the last day that they’re actually being paid,” Bailey said.

“In theory, they’re working without pay,” she said. “There’s no guarantee — based on what the district has told us — that they will receive payment after June 30, which is not fair. No one should work for free.”

In Detroit, where the economy has been struggling for years, schools are currently under a state of financial emergency and are run by an emergency manager instead of a school board and superintendent.

“If you are an emergency manager and you’re supposed to be the person who came here to straighten out our finances, and now they’re worse than they ever were … I believe we have every right to be upset. And there is no accountability for what has gone on with these emergency mangers,” she said.

“The teachers feel, and I feel, that no one is listening to us,” Bailey said. “The teachers are not only fighting for themselves, but more importantly, they’re fighting for their students.”

Mechelle Doty, a school psychologist for the district, told ABC News Tuesday that staff members “would like nothing better than being able to serve the students. But we just want what’s fair.”

“Anyone in any work place … expects compensation,” she said. “We have bills, we have families, we have responsibilities just like anyone else who has a job. We’re just really asking for fairness and what’s due.”

Doty said she’s not sure if she’ll go back to school Wednesday.

“It’s a day-to-day approach,” she said. “We are showing what our concerns are and we’re waiting for a response. And we’re really waiting to see if the funding that is necessary for the education of the district, if that’s going to be approved.”

Tuesday also happens to be National Teacher Appreciation Day, a part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Bailey said the timing is a coincidence.

“I did tell teachers ‘Happy Appreciation Day,'” Bailey said. “It’s kind of ironic.”

Detroit Public Schools DPS Transition Manager Steven Rhodes did not immediately issue a statement on the second day of the “sick out,” but he said Monday, “I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay.”

“Nevertheless, it breaks my heart to think about the major impact that the closure of 94 of the district’s 97 schools is having on our students and their families,” Rhodes said Monday, also noting that “families were forced to try to find a way to unexpectedly care for their students” and “many parents may have been forced to take a day off from work without pay.” He also mentioned that some students rely on school for meals.

“Apart from the toll this is taking on our students and their families, of closing 94 schools, District funding will also be impacted — at a time when we can least afford it,” he said. “Today’s school closure action encouraged by the DFT may cost the District approximately $2 million in state aid. That amount of funding equates to the cost of hiring roughly 20 teachers. The loss of these funds also does nothing to help the district address the serious issues that we have all been working to address, including teacher/student ratios and smaller class sizes, as well as improving the quality of the learning environment in our schools.”

Rhodes said he “can make no guarantees, but it is clear that the Michigan Legislature understands the urgency of this situation and will act in a timely manner to ensure that operations of the school district continues uninterrupted.”

He said he will continue to work with Lansing policy makers to “help them understand how critical the passage of the legislation before them is not only to the future of Detroit Public Schools, but also to the future of the city of Detroit.”

“Without this legislation, Detroit Public Schools will not be able to operate after June 30, 2016,” Rhodes said.

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SPORTS NEWS

Left Tackle Cordy Glenn Agrees to Multi-Year Contract Extension with Buffalo Bills

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Left tackle Cordy Glenn will remain with the Buffalo Bills for another five years.

The team announced Tuesday that both had agreed to a five-year contract extension, which sources tell ESPN is worth $65 million, with $36 million guaranteed.

The 26-year-old, who was given the franchise tag earlier this offseason, was selected from Georgia as a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Glenn has started 57 straight games for the Bills.

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Tom Brady Granted Extension to File Motion for Appeal in ‘Deflategate’

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady has been given more time to file an appeal to overturn his “Deflategate” suspension.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Brady and the NFL Players Association an extra two weeks to decide whether to file written arguments for the court to hear his case.

On April 25, a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit ruled 2-to-1 to reinstate the New England Patriots star quarterback’s suspension for his alleged role in the use of underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game last year.

Brady’s attorney Ted Olson requested an extension on Friday and the NFL filed Monday for the motion to be denied. The NFL is looking to have the matter resolved so “a cloud of uncertainty would not hang over the 2016 season,” according to its motion to oppose.

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Bryce Harper Extends Endorsement Deal with Under Armour

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been endorsing Under Armour since April 2011. But now, he has reportedly signed an extension with the company that could possibly be the biggest endorsement deal ever for an MLB player.

Under Armour on Tuesday confirmed that a multi-year extension had been signed but offered no other details. A source told ESPN the deal is for 10 years.

The company is scheduled to start selling Harper’s first signature cleat later this summer.

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WORLD NEWS

Canada Wildfire Causes Chaotic Mass Evacuation in Fort McMurray

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MCMURRAY, Canada) — Almost an entire Canadian city has been evacuated because of a massive wildfire.

Tens of thousands of Fort McMurray, Alberta residents have fleed the area as the blaze, fueled by heavy winds and hot weather, destroyed a number of homes. The city is home to more than 60,000 people.

“This is the biggest evacuation we have seen in the history of the province in terms of fire,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley according to BBC.

Citizens escaping the area in panic caused gridlock on the main road to exit the city, according to BBC.

“I was going up the hill, and the traffic was three cars wide, and by the time I got up the hill, I couldn’t see anything,” Dwight Howlett said according to CBC. “There was just smoke everywhere. I was just following headlights.

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‘Flags of Our Fathers’ Author Convinced His Father Was Not in Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — James Bradley, the author of Flags of Our Fathers, is convinced that his father John Bradley did raise an American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi, but not the one captured in the iconic photo that popularized a later flag-raising.

Earlier this week, the Marine Corps announced it was reviewing research provided by amateur historians that raised the possibility that in 1945 the Marines misidentified Navy Corpsman John Bradley as one of the flag-raisers in that photo.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that my father did raise a flag on Iwo Jima,” Bradley told ABC News. Bradley now believes that in 1945 the descriptions his father provided to Navy investigators were about the first flag-raising.

“So it makes sense,” said Bradley. “The bottom line is, this is a story of two flags and there’s four misidentified characters in the two photos.”

He added: “I’m convinced he is in the first flag-raising photo. I’m convinced he’s not in the second photo.”

The Marine Corps said in a statement Tuesday that its review of the iconic photo was prompted by information and research provided by the Smithsonian Channel.

“[Joe] Rosenthal’s photo captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 U.S. servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice, and it is representative of the more than 70,000 U.S. Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen that contributed to the battle. We continue to be humbled by the service and sacrifice of all who fought on Iwo Jima,” the statement read.

James Bradley said potential discrepancies were first identified in 2002 when the Marine Corps released previously unreleased photos of the first flag-raising on Iwo Jima.

“Those photos revealed that my father raised the first flag on Iwo Jima,” said Bradley. “They also revealed what he looked like at that time in terms of the details of his uniform” — details that two amateur historians picked up on in 2014, when they raised questions that the Marines had misidentified John Bradley as a participant in the second flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.

The second flag-raising captured by The Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took place as Marines on the mountain replaced the small flag that had been raised hours earlier.

The photograph quickly became popular and launched a war bond drive, and, years later, inspired the Marine Corp War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, that overlooks Washington.

After the new photos were released in 2002, James Bradley supported claims made by researchers that three of the Marines in the first flag-raising had been misidentified. According to Bradley, when the Marines were contacted about a potential discrepancy “they refused to do anything about it.”

But he did not make a connection that the first and second flag-raisings were connected.

Bradley said he only recently concluded his father was not involved in the second flag-raising after seeing the work of the two amateur historians.

“I focused on it and realized that it’s true, my father raised the first flag, not the second flag on Iwo Jima,” said Bradley.

According to James Bradley, his father not only raised the first flag on Mount Suribachi, but he was also present for the second flag-raising. He was later injured and received the Navy Cross for his heroism. “He did his duty,” said his son. “The point is that the book is called Flags of Our Fathers plural. I didn’t write a book Flags of My Father, I wrote it about all the heroes of Iwo Jima.”

Until he died in 1994, John Bradley never spoke about his experiences on Iwo Jima. James Bradley said his father would always change the subject when he would ask him about what he went through.

“My father never independently said he was in that photo,” said Bradley. “He was lying in a hospital bed with post traumatic stress after one of the worst battles in the history of the United States and the Marines approached him and said here you are in a photo, we’ve determined you’re in a photo. Then he finds himself in the Oval Office and the president is telling him he’s in a photo.”

Bradley believes he knows why his father never spoke about Iwo Jima.

“He was involved in a massacre,” said Bradley. “He was a corpsman. His friends died. He cried in his sleep for four years after he married my mom, actively cried and shook in his sleep. This was horror. This isn’t about photos.

“When I wrote the book Flags of Our Fathers, I was dealing with the official history that was already well established,” he added.

Bradley believes the Marine Corps needs to change the identities of the four individuals in the two photos. “This is not about my dad, it’s about the Marines getting it right,” said Bradley. “Two photos, four guys, need to be changed.”

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Attacks on Hospitals Are ‘War Crimes,’ UN Chief Says

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Deliberate attacks on hospitals amount to “war crimes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday just hours after a hospital was targeted in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

“Let us be clear: Intentional and direct attacks on hospitals are war crimes. Denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” Ban said in a speech to the UN Security Council in New York. “When so-called surgical strikes end up hitting surgical wards, something is deeply wrong.”

The Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution demanding that all parties in conflicts protect medical staff and facilities.

The resolution follows last Wednesday’s bombing of an important hospital in Aleppo that killed more than 50 people including children and the only pediatrician in the area. A maternity hospital was also struck by rocket fire Tuesday, killing at least four people in the city. More than 250 civilians have been killed over the past 12 days.

“Even wars have limits, because wars without limits are wars without ends,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told the Security Council Tuesday. “Health care personnel and facilities are the outer frontier of these limits.”

More than 730 medical workers have been killed since Syria’s civil war began five years ago and there have been more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities in the country, according to Physicians for Human Rights, a nonprofit that uses forensic science, clinical medicine, and public health research to document human rights abuses.

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Get a Goose

Get a Goose

It’s a cat named Goose – and he is a super COOL cat at that…he would probably wear a hat if you wanted him to. See him at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley today. 3551 Bataan Memorial West.

Swan Song

Swan Song

Here’s a midwife doing whatever she san to get to a birth amidst the Houston flooding. Too bad she didn’t have an inflatable stork!

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Philip’s new feet

This duck lost his feet to frostbite and thanks to a middle school teacher with a 3D printer, he has a new pair!

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