hollywood birthdays – April 26, 2017

Today’s Birthdays: Architect I.M. Pei is 100. Movie composer Francis Lai is 85. Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 84. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 79. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 79. Singer Bobby Rydell is 75. Rock musician Gary Wright is 74. Actress Nancy Lenehan is 64. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 59. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 57. Actress Joan Chen is 56. Rock musician Chris Mars is 56. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 55. Actor Jet Li (lee) is 54. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 53. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 52. Record company executive Jeff Huskins is 51. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (TREHTH’-eh-way) is 51. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 50. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 49. Rapper T-Boz (TLC) is 47. First lady Melania Trump is 47. Actress Shondrella Avery is 46. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 46. Country musician Michael Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 45. Rock musician Jose Pasillas (Incubus) is 41. Actor Jason Earles is 40. Actor Leonard Earl Howze is 40. Actor Tom Welling is 40. Actor Pablo Schreiber is 39. Actor Nyambi Nyambi is 38. Actress Jordana Brewster is 37. Actress Stana Katic is 37. Actress Marnette Patterson is 37. Actor Channing Tatum is 37. Actress Emily Wickersham is 33. Actor Aaron Weeks is 31.

history fact – April 26, 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2017. There are 249 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 26, 1777, according to a widely accepted account from the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. (Ludington, sometimes referred to as “the female Paul Revere,” was said to have covered 40 miles, more than twice the distance of the Boston silversmith’s ride.) ht http://www.ap.org

Word of the week – disability

It is Wednesday and that means it is time for a word of the week. Today’s word is disability.
Disability is defined as: “a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. I have a disability – I am blind.

If you have a word or concept that you are unsure of for word wednesday, you can tweet that word or concept to me with the hashtag #wordwednesday. I will see them all and pick one a week to feature.

Plans for today – April 26, 2017

Hi! It is Wednesday April 26, 2017 and below are my personal plans. 1. Go to writing class. Today we will discuss a short story we read.
2. Call Pearson Vue for the 14th time and see if I can get paperwork filled out. It has gotten to the point where I can call them without needing to look up the number. 3. in Education today I will be presenting a discussion about disability.

Trending stories for – April 26, 2017

Morning! A look at the trending stories from today.
Per The AP:
1. WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT MOST FROM TRUMP TAX CUTS

An official says the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent, while small business owners would see theirs go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.

2. LITTLE CHANGE ON RACE IN BOSTON POLICE STOPS

The gap between how often minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police than their white counterparts doesn’t appear to be improving in the city, an AP review finds.

3. LEADING GOP MODERATE OPPOSES PLAN TO MOVE HOUSE HEALTH BILL

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., says the changes would cut too deeply into the Medicaid program for the poor and leave many people unable to afford coverage.

4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS THAAD DEPLOYED

The announcement that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed comes as North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

5. TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ORDER SWATTED AGAIN

A U.S. district judge in San Francisco cites statements by Trump in a ruling that blocks the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

6. DEBATE HEATED OVER WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAM

Al-Azhar, one of the top institutions of clerics in the Muslim world, is at the center of a political feud in Egypt over who speaks for the religion as Pope Francis is set to visit Cairo.

7. TRUMP’S TWEETING ISN’T LIFTING TWITTER’S PROFIT

The people already on the site may well be using it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired others to sign up en masse.

8. INTERNET FIRMS WIND UP FOR FIGHT VS. TELECOMS, FCC

The premise of “net neutrality” is under siege, enabling broadband providers to play favorites or steer users toward (or away from) particular websites.

9. WHO’S KEEPING A WARY EYE ON LATIN AMERICAN ALLY

So far Cuba is weathering the political unrest rocking Venezuela, which is the island’s greatest ally and source of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in highly subsidized oil.

10. NASCAR HAS HOLE TO FILL AFTER BIGGEST STAR RETIRES

The big question is whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also take Earnhardt Nation and its thousands of race fans with him, too.

From Business Insider:
1. The Russians are using “a new style of attack” on France’s centrist presidential candidate , Emmanuel Macron. The group –
known as Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, or STRONTIUM – began registering domain names such as “mail-en-marche.fr” in an attempt to trick members of his campaign team into clicking on links that looked affiliated with his political party, En Marche.

2. US President Donald Trump is taking aim at one of America’s closest allies – Canada . Like Mexico and China before it, Canada finds itself on center stage in Trump’s trade agenda.

3. Trump may expand the USA’s inflight laptop ban to include Europe . According to The Guardian, officials within the British government say their US counterparts are mulling over the possibility of expanding the prohibition of any electronics devices larger than a cellphone from being transported within the cabin of direct flights to the US from Europe.

4. The US has moved the THAAD anti-missile defense system to South Korea . It comes amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

5. The US government could shut down for the first time in almost 40 years . A short-term spending bill is set to expire on Friday, and Congress is currently trying to keep the government funded in order to avoid a shutdown. The last time the nation closed down was during Jimmy Carter’s administration in 1979.

6. Here’s what France’s two presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, think about Brexit . Let’s just say, they have two distinctly different political ideologies, especially when it comes to the European Union.

7. Russia and Japan are taking another stab at a decades-old territory dispute . It relates to islands off Japan’s northern coast seized by the Soviet Union in 1945. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will discuss the issue during a visit Russia this week to meet with president Vladimir Putin.

8. The US is “deeply concerned” by Turkish air strikes in Syria . The US says Turkey went ahead with the mission without proper coordination either with itself or the broader global coalition fighting ISIS. The strikes reportedly killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.

9. The death toll in Venezuela’s political protests has risen to 26 . The number increased this week after two men died on Tuesday from gunshots at separate political demonstrations.

10. The world’s first malaria vaccine is coming to Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi . The on-the-ground testing in a pilot program will be available to babies and children in high-risk areas.