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July 11, 2013 |
Officials are investigating whether the pilot of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed into the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday had been blinded seconds before by a flash of light. The pilot flying the plane, a veteran captain still in training on the Boeing 777, reportedly told Korean investigators that a bright flash temporarily blinded him at an altitude of about 500 feet. National Transportation Safety Board director Deborah A.P. Hersman said pilot Lee Kang-kook shared "some of that information" with the U.S. investigators interviewing the pilots.
July 11, 2013 |
The Blind Boys of Alabama, known in various formations since the late 1930s for their harmony-rich gospel music, are courting a new audience: indie-rock millennials. On Thursday the group announced details of its upcoming collaboration with Justin Vernon of the hipster-beloved Bon Iver, who broke out in 2008 with "For Emma, Forever Ago," a set of cloistered folk songs he said he'd written and recorded while camped out by himself in a cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Last year Bon Iver won the Grammy Award for best new artist.
July 3, 2013 |
A boy squints a little as he walks around the gym that's full of workout equipment. He jumps onto a treadmill and runs for a short time, only to switch to an exercise bike. Then it's on to the various weight machines. Aaron Calderon, 11, has congenital glaucoma and can only read large type. His father is completely blind, and his five siblings all have beginning stages of congenital glaucoma, a disease that can take a person's eyesight completely. Aaron doesn't let his disability stop him from being active.
June 25, 2013 |
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
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June 22, 2013 |
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at Frances Blend Elementary on the last day of school. Boxes of pastries were picked over by teachers and staff as they smiled and wished each other a good summer vacation. Aides and office personnel gave out hugs and accepted gifts from students. But the Larchmont school, as they know it, will be different come fall. The beloved special school for the blind will join with neighboring Van Ness Elementary to create what's called "an integrated learning community," Los Angeles Unified School District officials said.
June 21, 2013 |
Sergei Filin -- the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid this year -- has been left nearly blind despite 18 operations, according to company spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. He is preparing for a 19 th operation at a clinic in Germany. Filin, 42, was returning home late at night in January when a masked man hurled sulfuric acid in his face. He suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Initial reports, after his treatment in Germany, were optimistic, but Filin's right eye is completely sightless and he's lost 95% of his vision overall, Novikova said.
June 16, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident, is charging that New York University is kicking him out of a fellowship because of pressure from the Chinese government. The self-trained lawyer, who set off an international incident last year by taking refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, said the university asked him and his wife and two children to leave in July. "As early as last August and September, the Chinese Communists had already begun to apply great, unrelenting pressure on New York University," Chen said in a statement released early Monday.
May 5, 2013 |
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard belts home run for blind child. It makes a great headline and a better story. There is always some skepticism when you hear about a major leaguer hitting a home run at the request of a fan, but one of the feel-good stories of the weekend came from such a moment. Howard met a 7-year-old boy only identified as A.J. from Center Valley, Pa., on Friday night before the Phillies hosted the Miami Marlins. The story goes that A.J. asked Howard to hit a homer for him. The big first baseman did just that in the second inning when he smacked his fifth home run of the season.
May 3, 2013 |
Toyota is issuing another recall of FJ Cruiser SUVs. This time, the automaker is recalling 11,489 of its model year 2007-2013 Cruisers because of a headlight problem that could blind oncoming drivers. In March, Toyota recalled 209,000 Cruisers because of a problem with seatbelt retractors that could become detached from the vehicle frame. The Cruisers in the newly issued recall were manufactured from Jan. 25, 2006, through Feb. 23 of this year, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
April 29, 2013 |
Astronomers knew this day would come. The Herschel Space Observatory has run out of coolant and ceased looking into the cold, distant universe. Without liquid helium to keep the instruments chilled to minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit, the European Space Agency telescope began to run a fever and went blind, leading scientists on Monday to shutter this floating window into space. Launched in 2009, the European Space Agency telescope fixed its infrared eyes on cold, distant regions of the universe, picking up the glow from far-off objects that would have remained invisible otherwise.