Burned bell factory resumes production
EAST HAMPTON, Conn.
A 180-year-old New England company that made a bell for the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” has resumed production, four months after its factory in East Hampton, Conn., burned down.
Employees of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing have begun turning out bells at a smaller, temporary factory. They are filling the annual order from the Salvation Army for the steel and brass bells the organization uses during its kettle drives.
That’s welcome news to people in East Hampton, which has long called itself Belltown USA. East Hampton once had more than 30 bell manufacturers. Bevin Bros. is the last one.
Fla. gov. trying to save oyster industry
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state’s oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive. He says that includes getting more fresh water coming into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia.
Scott spent Wednesday afternoon meeting with Franklin County residents and local officials struggling to keep the industry afloat.
Drought and a lack of enough fresh water coming down the Apalachicola River are impacting oysters in the bay. Florida has battled for years over the amount of water coming downstream from Georgia.
The governor said he plans to look into possible ways to aid the oyster industry. That includes more dredging, spreading shells on the floor of the bay and even filling in a channel.
Baby giraffe greets visitors at zoo
SALT LAKE CITY
Utah’s Hogle Zoo has a new resident: a baby giraffe.
The zoo says the 6-foot bundle of leggy joy was born Sept. 23, and mom and baby girl are doing great. They spent the past week bonding and were displayed to the public in the giraffe yard for the first time Wednesday.
Hogle Zoo has displayed giraffes since 1969 and has had 16 successful giraffe births.
The baby giraffe’s mother is 9-year-old Kipenzi, who also gave birth in 2009 to Jamar, a male giraffe that died eight months later.
9/11 judge OKs $6B judgment
A New York federal judge who found Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida culpable in the 2001 terrorist attacks has approved a $6 billion default judgment against them.
The order signed Wednesday by Judge George Daniels is largely symbolic, but it provides some hope the relatives of Sept. 11 victims can someday recover damages. A federal magistrate judge recommended the damages over the summer.
Daniels last year signed a default judgment pertaining to a lawsuit brought by relatives of 47 victims. He found al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages. He said support the defendants provided to al-Qaida enabled the terror attacks
Last doctor on Omaha Beach dies
The last surviving Navy doctor who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy during the D-Day invasion of World War II has died, according to a funeral director and a researcher.
Dr. Joseph Lee Parker Jr., of Greensboro, Ga., died Sept. 27 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. He was 95.
Kenneth Davey, who has done extensive research of military records associated with the Allied invasion, said the Waycross, Ga., native was the last surviving Navy physician who served on Omaha Beach.