The Day A Wave Of Syrup Tore Through Boston Like A Black Tidal Wave

Twenty-one people were killed after 2.3 million gallons of molasses swept through Boston.

It was promising to be an uncharacteristically warm winter day in Boston. The temperature on Jan. 15, 1919, had soared to 40 degrees from 2 degrees earlier in the week, prompting many downtown workers to head outdoors.

Shortly after noon in the city’s bustling North End, as Model T Fords chugged by and elevated trains screeched above Commercial Street, a group of firefighters sat down for a game of cards in a firehouse near a massive tank that stored molasses used in the production of industrial alcohol.

As the firefighters puzzled over their hands, they heard a strange staccato sound. The rivets on the 50-foot-high storage tank began to shoot off and a dull roar followed. At the noise, firefighter Paddy Driscoll whipped around. “Oh my God!” he exclaimed as he saw the dark torrent spilling out. “Run!”

The Great Molasses Flood was underway. The syrup swamped one of Boston’s busiest neighborhoods, killing 21 and injuring 150.

“Midday turned to darkness as the 2.3 million gallons of molasses engulfed the Boston waterfront like a black tidal wave, 25 feet high and 160 feet wide at the outset,” Stephen Puleo recounted in his book “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919,” which vividly captures details of the disaster, including the chilling reactions of Driscoll and others to the tank rupture.

Boston Police patrolman Frank McManus spotted the 26 million-pound wall of goop and shouted to the dispatcher, “Send all available rescue vehicles and personnel immediately – there’s a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street!”

By now traveling at 35 mph, the wave of sugary doom tore through the North End with enough power to crumple small structures, blast a truck through a fence, knock the firehouse off its foundation and rip away a beam supporting the elevated train tracks.

Within seconds, two city blocks were inundated – and the death toll began to climb.

City workers who were taking advantage of the warmth to eat lunch outside drowned where they sat. Two 10-year-olds who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank were swept away. Others suffocated as their homes and basements quickly filled.

“I was in bed on the third floor of my house when I heard a deep rumble. … I awoke in several feet of molasses,” Martin Cloughtery told the Boston Globe in 1919. “A pile of wreckage was holding me down, and a little way from me I saw my sister. I struggled out from under the wreckage and pulled my sister toward me and helped her on to a raft. I then began to look for my mother.”

Even animals didn’t escape.

“A score of Public Works Department horses were either smothered in their stalls by the flood of molasses or so severely injured as their stable collapsed that they were shot by policemen to end their suffering,” the Globe wrote in 1919.

“Here and there struggled a form – whether it was animal or human being was impossible to tell,” the Boston Post wrote. “Only an upheaval, a thrashing about in the sticky mass, showed where any life was.”

Scientific American magazine in 2013 explained why a wave of molasses can be much deadlier than a wave of water. “The dense wall of syrup surging from its collapsed tank initially moved fast enough to sweep people up and demolish buildings, only to settle into a more gelatinous state that kept people trapped.”

Rescuers and sailors from the USS Nantucket descended on the scene in droves, but struggled in the muck, which stained the waters of Boston Harbor brown for several days.

The search for survivors became a search for answers: Why did the tank rupture and were there signs beforehand?

The second part of that question was easily answered. During the summer of 1918, one of the hottest on record in Boston, North End residents began noticing leaks at the tank. After an employee reported a leak, the company acted – by painting over the gray shell of the tank with a rust-brown color. “The sticky liquid now blended, chameleon-like, with the fresh coat of paint, indiscernible from the tank’s wall,” Puleo wrote.

Litigation swiftly followed the explosion, and the lawsuit and trial against the tank’s owner, U.S. Industrial Alcohol, would last six years and grow to one of the most exhaustive in the state’s history.

The trial produced three theories about the cause of the rupture: structural failure of the tank, fermentation of the molasses that led to an eruption and sabotage via a bomb. The company steadfastly blamed anarchists. A court-appointed auditor disagreed, and in 1925 ruled that the company was to blame for the disaster. U.S. Industrial Alcohol would later pay the flood victims and their families $628,000 – the equivalent of $9.2 million today.

Today, studies have offered grim insight into why the tank collapsed. In a 2015 issue of Civil and Structural Engineer Magazine, engineer Ronald Mayville concluded that the walls of the tank were too thin, a flaw that builders at the time should have known. “No one disputed they underdesigned the tank walls,” he told the Boston Globe.

Back in the Boston of 1919, the city grieved as more bodies were found, some so battered and glazed by molasses that identification proved difficult. Four months later, the last body attributed to the flood was discovered under the wharf.

“Boston is appalled at the terrible accident,” Mayor Andrew J. Peters said in 1919. Over time, however, the Great Molasses Flood has become less of a catalyst for outrage and more of a quirky footnote in history.

“The flood today remains part of the city’s folklore, but not its heritage,” Puleo wrote. “The substance itself” – molasses – “gives the entire event an unusual, whimsical quality.”

But for years after the flood, the memories of it resided not just in North Enders’ minds, but in their noses. “The smell of molasses,” journalist Edwards Park wrote in 1983, “remained for decades a distinctive, unmistakable atmosphere of Boston.”

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NASA Telescopes Capture Birth of Black Hole or Neutron Star

An international team of astronomers, using NASA telescopes, have captured the first ever image of a star that collapsed to form a compact object, and are debating whether it is a black hole or a neutron star.

NASA’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System telescope in Hawaii picked up a brief and unusual burst in the night sky on June 16, 2018, the US space agency said in a statement

The celestial outburst -called AT2018cow and nicknamed “the Cow” – occurred inside or near a star-forming galaxy known as CGCG 137-068, located about 200 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules. 

For over three days, the Cow produced a sudden explosion of light at least 10 times brighter than a typical supernova, and then it faded over the next few months, NASA said. 

The stellar debris, approaching and swirling around the object’s event horizon, caused the remarkably bright glow.

Using data from multiple NASA missions, including the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), a team of scientists speculate that the Cow is a monster black hole shredding a passing star. 

In a paper forthcoming in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, they say that the shredded star was a white dwarf – a hot, roughly Earth-sized stellar remnant marking the final state of stars like our Sun. 

“The Cow produced a large cloud of debris in a very short time,” said Paul Kuin, an astrophysicist at University College London (UCL). 

“Shredding a bigger star to produce a cloud like this would take a bigger black hole, result in a slower brightness increase and take longer for the debris to be consumed.” 

Another team of scientists, analysing data from multiple observatories, including NASA’s NuSTAR, ESA’s (the European Space Agency’s) XMM-Newton and INTEGRAL satellites, and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array, claimed that it is a supernova — a stellar explosion — could be the source of the Cow. 

“We saw features in the Cow that we have never seen before in a transient, or rapidly changing object,” said Raffaella Margutti, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In the study, forthcoming in The Astrophysical Journal, they propose that the bright optical and ultraviolet flash from the Cow signalled a supernova and that the X-ray emissions that followed shortly after the outburst arose from gas radiating energy as it fell onto a compact object.

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Marvel’s Vision and Scarlet Witch Series Taps Captain Marvel, Black Widow Writer Jac Schaeffer

Disney and Marvel Studios have reportedly picked Jac Schaeffer — a co-writer on the upcoming Captain Marvel, and the writer of the in-the-works solo Black Widow movie — to script The Vision and Scarlet Witch, the Disney+ miniseries that will centre on the two titular Marvel characters, with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany expected to reprise their respective roles. Schaeffer will write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer and showrunner.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the new development, which was then later confirmed by Deadline.

The Vision and Scarlet Witch is one of several Marvel-centric series that are currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, set to launch in late 2019 in the US. The ones we know about include a miniseries focusing on Tom Hiddleston’s iconic Loki, which has been confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger, and another miniseries involving Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson aka the Falcon, and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier, who now goes by the name of White Wolf, since Avengers: Infinity War.

In addition to working on Captain Marvel and Black Widow, Schaeffer also worked on the 2017 short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure for Disney. She is also a co-writer on the upcoming comedy The Hustle, a remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Anne Hathaway. The Vision and Scarlet Witch will be her first series project.

Disney is spending big on these projects as it seeks to make a grand entrance with Disney+ later this year. It’s why Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television, is handling their production, with Kevin Feige “expected to take a hands-on role in their development”. A report back in September claimed that budgets would be “hefty” and rival “those of a major studio production”.

There’s also the Star Wars series The Mandalorian from Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau, which is expected to cost $100 million, plus a Rogue One prequel series featuring Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, a Monsters, Inc. series, a live-action Lady and the Tramp film, and a show based on High School Musical among others.

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Sara Ali Khan Sonu Kartik Aaryan Black & White Photo Bollywood stars Funny Reaction

खास बातें

  1. कार्तिक आर्यन ने पोस्ट की फोटो
  2. बॉलीवुड स्टार्स ने उड़ाया मजाक
  3. लिख डाली ये बातें

नई दिल्ली:

सारी अली खान (Sara Ali Khan) के सोनू यानी ‘सोनू की टीटू की स्वीटी’ के कार्तिक आर्यन (Kartik Aaryan) ने अपने इंस्टाग्राम पर एक पुरानी तस्वीर शेयर की है. इस ब्लैक ऐंड व्हाइट तस्वीर को शेयर करते हुए कार्तिक आर्यन (Kartik Aaryan) ने लिखा, ”जब मेरे बाल ऊपर की तरफ खड़े नहीं रहा करते थे. यह तस्वीर तब की है जब मैंने पहला डेब्यू फिल्म ऑडिशन किया था. ‘मैंने प्यार किया’ लुक से ‘प्यार का पंचनामा’ तक”. कार्तिक आर्यन ने जब यह तस्वीर पोस्ट की तो बॉलीवुड के कई स्टार्स ने उनकी फोटो पर कमेंट किया. सोनाक्षी सिन्हा से लेकर आयुष्मान खुराना तक ने उनके लुक का मजाक भी उड़ाया. फिलहाल पिछले दिनों कार्तिक आर्यन; सारा अली खान के वजह से भी लाइमलाइट में थे, जब रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) ने दोनों की मुलाकात करवाई थी.

भोजपुरी गाना ‘Rinkiya ke Papa’ को नाइजीरियन सिंगर ने गाया, मिनटों में हो गया वायरल… देखें Video



सोनाक्षी सिन्हा ने कार्तिक आर्यन के फोटो पर लिखा, ‘अच्चा तू ब्लैक एंड व्हाइट जमाने का है? पता था मुझे’.. इस पर कार्तिक ने जवाब दिया कि ‘सोनाक्षी ये फोटो खिंचवाने के बाद मैं दबंग देखने गया था #स्कूलडेज’. वहीं आयुष्मान खुराना ने उन्हें बॉलीवुड एक्टर कमल सदाना जैसा बतलाया. एक्ट्रेस कृति सेनन ने लिखा, ‘लेकिन तुम्हारा फेवरेट एक्सप्रेशन नहीं बदला… हा हा हा.. बहुत हंसी आ रही है.’ इस पर कार्तिक ने जवाब दिया, ‘अबे चल… यही तो मेरी यूएसपी है.’ फिलहाल अन्य स्टार्स ने भी उनके इस फोटो पर लिखा. कार्तिक आर्यन की पिछले साल आई फिल्म ‘सोनू के टीटू की स्वीटी’ बॉक्स ऑफिस पर सुपरहिट हुई.





रेखा ने मनीषा कोइराला से कहा, छोटी उम्र में आपने मुझे इतना बड़ा सबक सिखाया…Video हुआ वायरल


बता दें, सारा अली खान (Sara Ali Khan) ने करण जौहर (Karan Johar) के टॉक शो ‘कॉफी विद करण 6 (Koffee with Karan 6)’ में पापा सैफ अली खान के साथ शिरकत की थी, और यह कहकर सनसनी फैला दी थी कि वे ‘सोनू’ को डेट करना चाहती हैं. हालांकि सैफ अली खान (Saif Ali Khan) को सोनू से कोई दिक्कत नहीं थी, और उन्होंने सिर्फ इतना ही कहा था कि ‘सोनू’ मालदार तो है न और इस पर सारा अली खान (Sara Ali Khan) ने उन्हें करारा जवाब भी दिया था. सारा अली खान (Sara Ali Khan), सैफ अली खान (Saif Ali Khan) और करण जौहर (Karan Johar) का ये वीडियो खूब वायरल हुआ था. 

…और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…

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Xiaomi Black Shark ‘Skywalker’ Spotted on Geekbench, Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB RAM Tipped

Xiaomi Black Shark Skywalker has now appeared on Geekbench revealing key specifications. The upcoming phone is expected to be a Black Shark successor, and is listed to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and pack 8GB of RAM. This comes just after the Xiaomi Mi 9 codenamed Cepheus was spotted on Geekbench with the same processor but packing 6GB RAM. Xiaomi is also set to launch a new Redmi phone in China tomorrow, and this device will sport the Sony IMX568 48-megapixel sensor.

Coming back to the Xiaomi Black Shark Skywalker, the Geekbench listing suggests that the smartphone will run on Android Pie, be powered by the newly launched Snapdragon 855 SoC, and pack 8GB RAM. The smartphone sees a single-core score of 3,494 and a multi-core score of 11,149. The Geekbench listing was first spotted by PlayfulDroid.

The Xiaomi Black Shark successor, tipped first to be called the Black Shark 2 was expected to launch in October, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the company made the Black Shark available globally in November. Now, with the Geekbench spotting, the Xiaomi Black Shark Skywalker could be launched soon.

To recall, the Xiaomi Black Shark was launched first in China in April, and the Skywalker variant could be launched around the same time. Other phones expected to be powered by the new processor are the Sony Xperia XZ4 and the Samsung Galaxy S10. The OnePlus 7 on the other hand is confirmed to launch with the new processor.

The Xiaomi Black Shark phone [was launched at a starting price of CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,100). The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display, be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM models. The smartphone has a dual-rear camera setup with a 20-megapixel sensor and a 12-megapixel sensor, and a 20-megapixel selfie sensor as well. It packs a 4,000mAh battery, weighs 190 grams, and offers 64GB and 128GB storage options.

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Chicago Restaurant Manager Swings Chair At Black Teen, Suspended

Restaurant manager Matthew Fezzey was suspended after the incident.

John “Kyle” Johnson wasn’t initially planning on entering the Poke Poke restaurant in downtown Chicago, but he walked inside when he saw someone wave to him through the window.

When the black 18-year-old entered the Wabash Avenue restaurant on Jan. 2 with two of his friends, however, he was met with a much less welcoming surprise.

“I’ll kick your a–,” the restaurant’s manager, Matthew Fezzey, yelled toward him, according to Johnson. “This is my place of business.”

Moments later, Fezzey swung a chair at him, Johnson said, hitting his arm with such force that the teen suffered injuries. Johnson then called the police and began filming the encounter.

“I was supershocked, I was scared, thinking: ‘Is this is really happening right now?’ ” Johnson told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I looked into his eyes, and they were superfurious.”

In the video, Fezzey never denies the allegations that he hit Johnson with a chair. Instead, he repeatedly acknowledges that he was “in the wrong,” and he says the reaction was his “first instinct” after previous encounters with black men at the restaurant.

“Two days ago – and I’m not trying to be racist – two black guys robbed two people right here,” Fezzey explains to Johnson in the video, using numerous expletives in his response.

“But sir, you threw a chair at me,” Johnson responds earnestly. “I’m not those guys.”

“Listen, three days ago, before that, I had two more black guys. I actually fought them in here,” Fezzey replied. “They tried threatening one of my employees, and I had to fight them . . . when you guys came in here, I just got really . . . defensive, really defensive, because I had to fight them off all the time. These security guards over here don’t do a . . . thing.”

The video was posted to Facebook last week and has amassed more than 20,000 views.

Fezzey did not respond to an email requesting comment Monday. Poke Poke Chicago did not respond to an email and numerous phone calls requesting comment on the matter.

In a statement posted to social media on Friday, however, the restaurant apologized and said that as a minority-owned establishment, it doesn’t “tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind.”

“How our manager reacted to the situation was absolutely unacceptable and against what we stand for,” the restaurant wrote. It continued, “Racism has no place in today’s society, and no one should ever be judged by the color of their skin. There are no excuses for what happened to Kyle and for that we apologize.”

Fezzey had been suspended, pending a police investigation, the statement read.

No charges have been filed in the case. Johnson’s attorney, Anish Parikh, told The Post that his client plans to take legal action and that the restaurant’s statement supports the teen’s assertion that he was an innocent victim.

Parikh added that Fezzey should have been terminated, and that his suspension “speaks volumes about their business and the people who run it.”

“This type of behavior, in our opinion, warrants a termination,” he said.

Johnson, a senior at Innovations High School in Chicago, aspires to be a social worker. He said “meditation and prayer” were among the reasons he was able to stay calm throughout the ordeal. The teen received X-rays after the attack, and he said the altercation has taken a psychological toll.

He hopes shedding light on the situation will help facilitate change.

“In any situation where someone would throw a chair at you, it makes you feel like you can’t do anything,” Johnson said, adding that Fezzey was larger than him. “My state of mind was literally, ‘God help me,’ and I just remained calm.”

The teen said he felt “voiceless” when Fezzey threatened to call the police.

“He was screaming at me, saying he was gonna call the cops. . . . I was thinking, ‘Why would you call the cops on me when I didn’t do anything wrong?’ ” Johnson said. “When the police get here, am I going to be held accountable for something I didn’t do?”

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Star Will Poulter Quits Twitter Over Online Abuse

Will Poulter — who played programmer Colin Ritman in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch — announced Thursday that he was taking a “step back” from Twitter in light of the online abuse he has been subjected to from Internet trolls since the release of the Netflix interactive film last week. Poulter adopted spiky beach-blond hair for Bandersnatch instead of his usual dark-brown crew cut, which drew insensitive comments from social media users.

The 25-year-old English actor thanked everyone who has seen Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and said he accepted “all criticisms” directed his way. Poulter noted that he’s “struggled” to strike a balance with social media and that he’s leaving Twitter in a personal capacity in “the interest of [his] mental health”. He will continue to use Twitter via the charities he works with, including the Anti-Bullying Programme, Leap Confronting Conflict, May Measurement Month, and Blueprint Theatre among others.

A Deep-Dive Into Netflix’s Crazy, Interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Poulter signed off in a cheeky Bandersnatch reference manner, by terming his departure from social media as “not the end” but “an alternative path”. In the Black Mirror film, his character is a hero for the protagonist Stefan Butler, played by Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead. Poulter is a BAFTA winner for his work in We’re the Millers (2013) and has also had roles in Detroit (2017), The Revenant (2015), and Maze Runner (2014).

Here’s the statement in full:

“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” Poulter said in an image attached to his tweet. “Before I do, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched ‘Bandersnatch’ and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created. I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce!”

“As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance that I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.”

“I don’t want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful, nor do I want my disengagement with social media to be at the expense of any of the organisations I am lucky to work with. So I will still be posting occasionally for and with @AntiBullyingPro @leapcc @MayMeasure and @bptcompany among others.”

“I am privileged to have this platform. I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.”

“This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path 🤓 With love, Will”

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In Jharkhand District, Ban On Black Dresses At Venue Of PM’s Public Meet

The ban is applied to both officials and the audience. (File)

Medininagar, Jharkhand: 

Apprehending that some people may show black flag to the prime minister, the Palamu district administration has banned entry of all black material including black dresses to the venue of Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Jharkhand’s Medininagar on Saturday.

Anybody coming to the meeting with any black material will not be allowed to enter the public meeting venue, Palamu Superintendent of Police Inderjit Mahata said on Tuesday.

The ban comes in the wake of the para-teachers’ ongoing agitation across Jharkhand for over three months in support of their demands including regularisation of service.

The ban is applied to both officials and the audience, Mr Mahata said.

Official sources said there was apprehension that the para-teachers might try to show black flags to the prime minister.

Palamu district administration has requested its counterparts in neighbouring Chatra, Latehar and Garhwa to take measures in stopping people coming to the prime minister’s programme carrying black materials, the sources said. 

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Man Who Trolled Black Student Leader To Renounce “White Supremacy”

Taylor Dumpson (right) filed a federal lawsuit over a campaign of online harassment that targeted her.

An Oregon man who unleashed online attacks targeting the first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president has agreed to apologize, renounce white supremacy and confront his bigotry as part of a proposed legal settlement.

Evan James McCarty must give a “written, sincere, and thorough personal apology” to Taylor Dumpson, according to a settlement that awaits a judge’s approval.

Dumpson filed a federal lawsuit this year over a campaign of online harassment that targeted her after a racist incident involving bananas hanging on American’s campus.

“Our client is very pleased with the robust terms of relief that we secured with respect to this individual defendant,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Clarke, whose organization represented Dumpson in the lawsuit, called this week’s settlement “groundbreaking,” and said it could serve as a model for how to confront white supremacists.

“I firmly believe that this settlement that we secured is one that is unique and provides a way to address the looming crisis that we see across the country,” Clarke said. “We can’t just stand back and wait for prosecutors to develop the political will to go after these folks.”

Beyond the apology, she said, McCarty must cooperate in future efforts to prosecute white supremacists and provide information about hateful activity and online trolling. He is no longer allowed to take part in such cyberactivity, including trolling and “doxing” – making public private or identifiable information about an entity or individual – and must complete 200 hours of community service.

“Our family has sincere empathy for Ms. Dumpson and is profoundly sorry for the harm caused her,” Deb and James McCarty, the defendant’s parents, said in a statement speaking on behalf of McCarty and his family. “Evan, our son, feels deep regret about his actions and is committed to making changes and moving forward in a positive way.”

McCarty has “completely ceased all involvement with and disengaged with the ideology of the alt-right,” his parents said, and has been working with counselors.

“He is a different person than he was when he hid behind an alias and was persuaded into hateful activity on the Internet, and recognizes its potential for harm it does to others,” the statement said.

In May 2017, bananas were found hanging at three locations on American’s campus. The fruit had been marked with “AKA,” the letters for the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, and hung from string fashioned “in the shape of nooses,” according to the school. Officials at American called the incident racist, and its president at the time decried it as a ” cowardly, despicable act.”

The bananas were found on Dumpson’s first full day in office, and the incident thrust her into the spotlight. No arrests were made in connection to the matter. In April, Sylvia Burwell, American’s president, said “all credible leads” had been exhausted.

“As an institution of higher learning, we share a commitment to build a culture that holds human dignity and respect as core values,” American University spokesman Mark Story said in a statement this week. “We are pleased for Taylor that a settlement in this case was reached with some measure of accountability for one of those who sought to sow fear and hate.”

Dumpson’s lawsuit took aim at McCarty, whom she alleged harassed her on Twitter during the ordeal. It also named other defendants, including Andrew Anglin, founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. Anglin, who is not part of the settlement, did not respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.

After the bananas were found at American, Dumpson alleged, Anglin posted an article about her and the incident online and encouraged his followers to “troll storm” her. He included Dumpson’s name, picture and links to her Facebook page and the Twitter page of American University’s student government. Dumpson was harassed online with a barrage of racist and hateful messages.

“As Defendant Anglin intended, a troll storm ensued . . . Instead of celebrating her achievement as American University’s first African-American female student government president, Ms. Dumpson found herself fearing for her safety as intimidating comments poured in,” the lawsuit stated.

McCarty, whose Twitter messages were included in the initial complaint, was among those who posted online about Dumpson and American. Anglin’s article and the subsequent online harassment led Dumpson, who has since graduated from American, to suffer emotional distress, the lawsuit stated. She was “constantly scared of being harassed and stalked online,” according to the complaint.

“Taylor Dumpson suffered, gravely, at the hands of people who unleashed this racist troll campaign on her,” Clarke said. “She suffered emotionally, she suffered anxiety that impacted her performance in school. But at the end of the day, she chose not to cower in fear.”

McCarty’s mother said she and her husband were unaware of the incident that occurred at American and the subsequent “troll storm” until the lawsuit. Their son started counseling before the settlement was reached, she said.

“At this time, Evan is focused on continuing to make progress, pursuing his education, contributing to his community and committed to making amends,” Deb and James McCarty’s statement said.

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Hunt For Lion Air Jet’s Black Box Delayed By Bad Weather

The flight data recorder was retrieved three days after the crash.


A renewed search for the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29 has been delayed for two days due to bad weather hampering the arrival of a specialised ship, the airline said.

The crash, the world’s first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet, killed all 189 people on board and the main wreckage and second ‘black box’ were not recovered in an initial search.

Lion Air said in a statement that it was funding a 38 billion rupiah ($2.6 million) search effort using the offshore supply ship MPV Everest, which had been expected to arrive in the search area on Monday.

Bad weather and heavy rain at the port of Johor Bahru in Malaysia interfered with the equipment and crew mobilisation process, delaying the ship’s arrival at the crash site until Wednesday, the airline said late on Sunday.

Lion Air’s decision to foot the bill for the search is a rare test of global norms regarding search independence, as such costs are typically paid by governments.

By law, the search for the cockpit voice recorder is the “duty and responsibility” of Indonesia’s transport safety committee (KNKT), Lion Air said.

A spokesman for the transportation ministry, which is responsible for KNKT’s budget, said its obligation was to fund the investigation. The search for the cockpit voice recorder was the airline’s responsibility, he said.

Indonesian investigators said last week that bureaucratic wrangling and funding problems had hampered the search for the recorder and they had turned to Lion Air for help.

Safety experts say it is unusual for one of the parties to help fund an investigation, required by U.N. rules to be independent to ensure trust in any safety recommendations.

There are also broader concerns about resources available for such investigations worldwide, coupled with the risk of agencies being ensnared in legal disputes.

The clock is ticking in the hunt for acoustic pings coming from the L3 Technologies Inc cockpit voice recorder fitted to the jet. It has a 90-day beacon, the manufacturer’s online brochure shows.

The flight data recorder was retrieved three days after the crash, providing insight into aircraft systems and crew inputs, although the cause has yet to be determined.

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