New book on late University President explores contributions

first_imgA new book shedding light on parts of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s life that were previously unknown was published March 12. Written by Notre Dame professor of history Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, “American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh,” explores the many roles and contributions of Hesburgh.His contributions range from higher education, to the civil rights movement and to his work as an advisor to popes and presidents. A Notre Dame faculty member since 1988, Miscamble said he wrote the book in order to gain a better understanding of Notre Dame’s evolution under Hesburgh’s influence. “It was both a desire to understand the Notre Dame story and also to track something of these amazing involvements he had beyond Notre Dame,” Miscamble said. “I was curious about how Notre Dame had developed and evolved, and I thought a good way to understand that story would be to study the person who had led it for such a long period of time.” Additionally, as a specialist in American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations and public life, Miscamble said he was excited by the opportunity to write about Hesburgh’s rich and extensive history. “I knew that Fr. Ted had been involved in so many activities beyond Notre Dame in American public life and in the life of the Catholic Church, so I knew it would be an interesting story to track him. To follow his life would allow me to look at his involvement in the whole range of issues — from the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower all the way up to to Bill Clinton’s — and to his connections to the various popes from Pius XII through to John Paul II,” Miscamble said.  Miscamble said he had been planning to write Hesburgh’s biography for quite some time. However, when he initially sat down with Fr. Hesburgh to discuss writing the biography, Miscamble said Hesburgh had misgivings.“At the outset Hesburgh demanded, ‘How could any single person, let alone a busy one like me, investigate with care the records of the various commissions and agencies on which he served,” Miscamble said in the preface of his book. Over time and many meetings with Hesburgh, however, Miscamble said he slowly accumulated the stories necessary for his work. Miscamble admitted it took an incredible amount of perseverance and work.“It was a matter of gathering my research, doing all of the hard work of research and then sitting down and having to write up a story. You’ve got to put yourself in your chair and go to work,” Miscamble said. One of the many benefits of Miscamble’s work is it uncovered some things which Miscamble said he had not previously known about Hesburgh. Hesburgh’s relationships with the Kennedy’s and Lyndon Johnson, for example, were not what Miscamble had anticipated.“You might think, ‘oh the first Catholic president, Father Ted would be enthusiastic etc.’ But he [Hesburgh] found that the Kennedys were not as supportive on civil rights as he had hoped and that there was some friction there… he had a great affection for Lyndon Johnson because he believed LBJ had actually pushed hard on civil rights and got the 1964 and 1965 legislation through,” Miscamble said. “And second, looking more at the internal operations of Notre Dame, were the challenges he felt in the late 1960s trying to maintain order on the campus. The extent of that and how it weighed on him surprised me a bit.” When asked whether some might have a negative reaction to his book, Miscamble acknowledged that a mixed reception was possible. “I’ve tried to write a serious book and an honest book, and my book is not a hagiography. I am trying to look at the strengths but also the limitations of Fr. Hesburgh and to weigh him as a real person not as an icon. I would think some folks might have reservations about that so I’m curious to find out what the reaction will be,” Miscamble said. “I’m excited now to get the book out and to hopefully have it discussed and for it to be something that stimulates further discussion.” Miscamble said this discussion is important to him as a Catholic professor of history, and he recognizes the importance of reflection and discussion of the past. “I think far too many people operate just in a present moment without having a good understanding of how things came to be as they are,” he said. “I believe history can provide us with a certain perspective and wisdom to address our contemporary circumstances, so I do hope students will pick up this book and realize something of how Notre Dame came to be the place that it is today — with its strengths, but also its limitations.” Tags: book, Fr. Hesburgh, history, Notre Damelast_img read more

Broadway Will Dim Its Lights in Honor of Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher

first_img View Comments Broadway theaters will dim their marquees lights in memory of stage and screen icons Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the late mother and daughter showbiz pair. The two tragically passed away one day apart from each other in December. The theater district will go dark for one minute on January 6 at 7:45 PM.The two made their Broadway debuts together in 1973 in a revival of the musical comedy Irene; Reynolds received a Tony nomination for her performance.Fisher, who died on December 27 at the age of 60, last appeared on Broadway in her one-woman tell-all Wishful Drinking. Her additional stage credits included Censored Scenes from King Kong and Agnes of God. She was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series and for her work as a writer, including her 2016 memoir The Princess Diarist.Following her performance in the iconic movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, Reynolds went on to star on screen in films such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she received an Academy Award nomination), The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Catered Affair and The Singing Nun. The Oscars honored her in 2016 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In addition to Irene, Reynolds appeared on Broadway in her revue Debbie and Woman of the Year. She died at the age of 84 on December 28.“Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were entertainment legends who delighted fans around the world on stage, on screen and on the page,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Their unmistakable bond and ability to make audiences laugh, cry, sing and think will be remembered by all those they touched.”HBO’s documentary on Reynolds and Fisher, titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, will premiere on January 7. Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)last_img read more

Here’s How We Can Save the Future of Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It used to be that local governments provided some semblance of logic behind development decisions.In Suffolk County, planners worked with elected officials to protect vast swaths of open spaces and farmland on the East End of Long Island, with the goal of fostering environmental stewardship. Meanwhile, Nassau County wasn’t so lucky—before the county could wrap their municipal heads around the concepts Suffolk had embraced, developers had essentially subdivided the land from Elmont to Woodbury.Despite the forethought (or lack thereof from Nassau), the region still regularly grapples with the issues of over-development, traffic, taxes, toxic water. Even worse, our current approaches to development are doing little to address them moving forward. With some work, we can begin to address these longstanding gripes that every Long Islander has, while at the same time making this region more productive and environmentally sustainable.These issues have plagued Long Island since the days when William Levitt first built his houses on the potato fields that served as the post-war builder’s blank canvas. Since then, hundreds of other Levitt-like builders have sought to make their mark on Long Island’s landscape—and all too often, local governments gave them unfettered flexibility regarding where and how much they could build. Sensitive wetlands were filled in, homes constructed with little regard to how roads would handle the traffic. These decisions helped shape the Long Island we know today, and solidified some of the best and worst aspects of living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Today, these woes are amplified, thanks to those fast and loose years of selective adherence to zoning standards that gave piecemeal a variance here or an exception there. Now, the model has evolved. Instead of approving single-family home developments, multifamily mixed-use hubs that supposedly reflect smart growth principles get the nod. Developers tout their projects as “walkable” and “transit-oriented,” but do next to nothing to ensure that their creations actually are. Local government officials are just as guilty, because they take these claims at face value with little follow-up on how the projects will fulfill their many promises.Being next to a train station is one thing, but ensuring that the people nearby are actually taking that train every day is another.Groups such as the Rauch Foundation, which calls for new forms of housing growth, aren’t wrong though. Long Island’s housing variety has been too vested in the single-family model. And it’s well known that Long Island does lag behind when it comes to the lack of diversity of housing choices. The advocates stumble, though, when they don’t acknowledge that in some areas of the Island this single-family model was a necessity—due to either environmental or infrastructural limitations.Today, this mindset must evolve further. Not every downtown is destined to become the next Mineola, nor is every downtown able to. It’s critical that our region’s growth be placed where it will make the most impact. Development must occur near train stations, as Rauch frequently states, but builders and local governments need to ensure that these train stations are actually used by community residents. A transit-oriented development in Babylon would see more LIRR ridership than, say, a similar effort in downtown Moriches.This distinction is what Long Island’s development community and smart growth advocates have apparently been missing: mixed-use, smart growth only thrives if high-paying jobs and neighborhood services are plentiful and accessible via public transit.Every day, Long Islanders endure the impacts of bad developmental policy as they drive on their local roads, pay their bills, and drink their tap water. Long Island needs to foster new avenues of economic growth, and community advocates need to understand that property owners have a right to build as allowed under zoning codes. Economics is a crucial piece of the planning puzzle, but the drive to develop for dollars needs to be offset with environmental and social consideration. If this balance can be achieved, our region can finally address our longstanding problems.Making this balance happen will require a much larger departure from longstanding cronyism. Industry insiders know their trade, of course, so they must be included in the process, but they must not drive it as they have for all too long. After all, our future is at stake—and they all know it.Empowered by the populist use of social media, local civic groups should engage with policymakers and developers to hash out a realistic vision for their communities. For decades, developers have dominated the narrative, yet civic groups have done themselves no favors, thanks to the rigid NIMBY mindset that ignores the region’s pressing fiscal and social needs.In an area where home rule is strongly engrained in the minds of elected officials and the public, we must respect the policymaking process and ensure that all involved adhere to the same rules and regulations. Standardization of Long Island’s patchwork land use strategies would go a long way in bringing about cohesive and productive change.Development that is grounded in the principle of addressing legitimate community needs is not only a smart investment, it’s proven to be a model that works here time and time again.With realistic expectations, less political rewards, standardized application of land use controls and detached analysis, we can begin to not only grow again, but tackle some of the Island’s longstanding woes.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s esteemed master planner. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Messi fires back at Barca sporting director Abidal after jibe

first_img“Many players weren’t satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem,” said Abidal.”The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell. I told the club what I thought and we reached a decision (on Valverde).”Messi, however, hit back at Abidal in an Instagram post, circling an image of the sporting director’s quote.”Sincerely, I don’t like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions,” Messi wrote. “The players (are responsible) for what happens on the pitch and we are the first to admit when we haven’t been good. The heads of the sports department have to take their responsibilities too and above all own the decisions they make.”Finally I think that when you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it makes everyone dirty and gives air to things that are said which are not true.”Abidal and Messi played together at Barcelona between 2007 and 2013, with the French defender returning to the club after retirement to become sporting director in June 2018.In his interview with Diario Sport, Abidal also said he thought Messi was happy at the club and a new contract for the Argentine talisman was currently being negotiated. Topics : Lionel Messi criticised Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal on Tuesday for saying many in the squad were not working hard under former coach Ernesto Valverde.Abidal and president Josep Maria Bartomeu sacked Valverde in January, replacing the coach with Quique Setien.Abidal, a former team mate of Messi, explained why Valverde was sacked despite the team being top of La Liga in an interview in Spanish newspaper Diario Sport.last_img read more

UEFA releases 236 million euros to aid member federations

first_imgUEFA said on Monday it had allocated 236.5 million euros ($256 million) to its 55 member associations to help overcome the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Each national federation will receive 4.3 million euros which can be used towards “its own priorities in light of the negative impact of the coronavirus on football at all levels,” the body said in a statement.The funds come from UEFA’s HatTrick assistance program, which was created in 2004 to support development projects for each member federation. The program will have distributed 2.6 billion euros by 2024, UEFA said. Global governing body FIFA announced on Friday it would release $150 million to its 211 member associations “as the first step of a relief plan”.Those funds originate from the Forward 2.0 program, which was launched in 2016 and will provide $1.746 billion in total. Topics :center_img “Our sport is facing an unprecedented challenge brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. UEFA wants to help its members to respond in ways that are appropriate to their specific circumstances,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.”As a result, we have agreed that up to 4.3 million euros per association, paid for the remainder of this season and next, as well as part of the investment funding, can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Last week European football’s governing body released almost 70 million euros in benefit payments to clubs struggling financially during the health crisis. The money was originally put aside to be paid to clubs who had released players for international matches after the completion of the European Championship qualifying play-offs.last_img read more

Chinese diners told to order less and cut food waste

first_imgPublic concerns over food security have increased in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which initially saw panic-buying and shortages in locked-down cities. Worries have been compounded by severe floods that have devastated vast swathes of farmland in the Yangtze river delta — where around half of China’s agricultural production takes place — disrupting harvests and leading to a rise in food prices. State media and online platforms have also begun to wage war on food waste. Popular livestreaming platforms Douyin and Kuaishou said they would shut down accounts of people who gorge themselves on excessive levels of food, sometimes until they vomit — a viral video practice known as “mukbang”.But some social media users were dubious about the food waste drive.”First of all we should change our national tradition of loving to keep up appearances, we always feel that ordering one dish between two people is shameful,” wrote one user on Weibo. “This is insane,” wrote another. “In future, do I have to use half a piece of toilet paper when I use the bathroom?” Chinese diners are being told to order less food as part of a campaign by President Xi Jinping to tackle waste and embrace thrift.”Operation empty plate” aims to overturn the ingrained cultural habit of ordering extra food for group meals.”As for the phenomenon of food waste… Shocking and distressing,” Xi was quoted as saying Tuesday in state media, adding it was “necessary to maintain crisis awareness regarding food security”.   “This year’s impact of the coronavirus pandemic has further sounded the alarm for us.” Catering groups responded to Xi’s call by embracing a so-called “N-1 policy” — urging groups of customers to order one dish fewer than the number of diners at a table. The campaign also suggests restaurants serve smaller or half-portions for lone diners. A 2018 report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences claimed the average restaurant diner wasted 93 grams (3 ounces) of food every meal, contributing to the 18 million tons of food large cities throw away every year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BREAKING: Jakarta secretary Saefullah dies, previously tested positive for COVID-19

first_img“He was admitted to the hospital because of a problem with his stomach and other diseases. His family later told us that he had tested positive for COVID-19,” Ahmad said.Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said Saefullah had died of irreversible sepsis shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19.“The COVID-19 infection damaged his lung tissue, causing irreversible respiratory failure called ARDS. This condition results in decreased oxygen absorption,” she said in a statement.She added that Saefullah had been admitted to MMC Hospital in South Jakarta on Sept. 8, before being transferred to Gatot Subroto Army Hospital on Monday.The provincial administration announced on Saturday that the 56-year-old official tested positive for COVID-19. He was among eight officials in the provincial administration to test positive for the disease.Saefullah had served as the Jakarta secretary since July 2014. Prior to taking the position in City Hall, he was the mayor of Central Jakarta for the 2010-2014 term.(sau)Editor’s note: The article has been updated with the cause of death and Saefullah’s career history.Topics : Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah died on Wednesday noon after being admitted to the hospital for COVID-19.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has confirmed the news to The Jakarta Post.Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria also confirmed Saefullah’s death to journalists, saying the secretary had died at 12:55 p.m. at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta, where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.last_img read more

Michael Laws accused in child-smacking case

first_imgNZ Herald 19 January 2014Police are investigating former Whanganui mayor Michael Laws after an allegation of child assault was made against him.Laws, a former RadioLive talkback host and current Whanganui District Health Board member, was reported to police after allegedly smacking one of his children.The incident allegedly happened at Whanganui Hospital last year. Laws, 56, was there with his three youngest children – Lucy, 9, Zoe, 7, and Theo, 5 – to visit their mother, Laws’ former partner Leonie Brookhammer, who suffered a stroke in August.The Herald on Sunday understands the alleged smack was witnessed by a nurse in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation ward. She reported it to the DHB and complained to police.The Herald on Sunday asked police whether Laws was under investigation for allegedly hitting a child. read more

Frye officially announces District 67 reelection bid

first_imgGreensburg, In. — State Representative Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, announced today that he will seek re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives from District 67.Frye was first elected in 2010. A retired professional firefighter, he serves as chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and as a member of the Roads & Transportation and Utilities, Energy, and Telecom committees.“After much prayer and consideration, I’ve decided to once again be a candidate for reelection to Indiana’s House District 67,” Frye said.Frye noted that Indiana ranks in the top of almost every economic development category nationally.  “With unemployment at or below 4 percent, jobs are available for Hoosiers,” he said.In 2017, $7.4 million in funding was awarded to maintain local roads and bridges as a result of the Community Crossing Grant program, a bill Frye co-authored.In September of 2017 the State of Indiana entered into a contract to purchase land in Lawrenceburg for the Fourth Port of Indiana, a project Frye has supported from the beginning.“Adding the forth port in Lawrenceburg and the additional infrastructure improvements to support it only enhance our ability grow our economy locally – and regionally — and keep our best and brightest here at home,” he said.In the 2017 legislative session local riverboat gaming revenue came under attack.  Frye successfully led the effort to defend the vital revenue.For his work as author of many successful pieces of legislation covering a wide range of issues, Frye has been recognized as a Legislator of the Year or with other citations from various organizations. These include the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association for legislation allowing volunteer firefighters to serve as  elected officials; the American Legion for legislation creating statewide veterans services officers, along with a dozen other bills passed by the Veterans and Public Safety Committee; the Indiana Fire Chiefs for his legislation leading to the approval of Indiana Task Force One, which responds to disasters in the state; and the Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, for his legislation promoting clean domestic natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel.“It is the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as your State Representative.  I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Southeastern Indiana,” he said.Frye is the father of two and grandfather of six and resides on a small farm in rural Decatur County.House District 67 includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties.last_img read more

United Way of Franklin County Awards a Total of $4,000 to Service-Minded Students

first_imgTaylor McCrearyBrookville, IN—The United Way of Franklin County is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Live United Scholarship. The three recipients were awarded a total of $4,000 for tuition costs and fees. All Three are 2020 graduates of Franklin County High School.  They are Taylor McCreary, Ashlan Hill, and Kyle Seibert. The Live United scholarship is designed to recognize individuals that have demonstrated a commitment to serving Franklin County by making a positive impact in our community through community service. Current high school seniors or GED graduates, along with current post-secondary students of any age are eligible. The student must be a resident of Franklin County.Awards are based on the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to community service and the extent to which the applicant has impacted his or her own community through leadership or service. This is not a need or academic achievement-based scholarship. The Scholarship Selection Committee consists of a diversified group of community members and United Way of Franklin County representatives.The United Way of Franklin County seeks to positively impact the lives of those in our community by assessing needs, uniting partner organizations, agencies and volunteers and devoting financial resources and efforts to the most critical needs. For more information, please visit our website at or like us on Facebook.Ashlan Hill Kyle Seibertlast_img read more