May 25, 2016

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10 things to know, Monday, May 23

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Obama lifts arms ban in first visit to Vietnam The move aims to bolster a communist government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner, especially in the context of China’s regional aspirations. 2. Bloodshed across the Middle Read More…

Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima inspires variety of reactions

TOKYO — Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific. Michiko Kodama saw a flash in the sky from her elementary school classroom on Aug. 6, 1945, before the ceiling fell and shards of glass from blown-out Read More…

Soldier killed in Pacific in World War II finally returns home to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — More than seven decades after being killed during World War II, Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating is finally coming home to his native New Orleans after his remains were discovered on the Pacific island where he died in 1942. It’s a journey long in the making. Keating’s nephew, Nadau “du Treil” Michael Keating Read More…

Lorain County’s last Holocaust survivor shares his story

LORAIN — Erwin Froman is the last of his kind. At age 87, he is the only living Holocaust survivor in Lorain County. On Wednesday, in observance of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, he shared his story with a large crowd at Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue. “In the spring of 1944, and it was Read More…

Kerry’s emotional visit to Hiroshima represents evolution in U.S. policy addressing atomic bomb

HIROSHIMA, Japan — A gut-wrenched John Kerry said Hiroshima’s horrible history should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first U.S. secretary of state to tread upon the ground of the world’s first atomic bombing. Kerry’s emotional visit Monday to the Japanese city included him touring its Read More…

Holocaust survivor’s memoir sheds light on Jewish Councils

JERUSALEM — Throughout the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, and while incarcerated in two prison camps, Mirjam Bolle wrote letters to her fiance that she never sent but hoped to share with him after the war. Yet when the two ultimately reunited she decided to leave the past behind and stashed them away. Now, decades later, Read More…

Veterans and residents remember Pearl Harbor

AVON LAKE — With a rifle volley and the playing of taps, the American Legion and students at Learwood Middle School remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor during a solemn ceremony Monday. Japanese naval aviation forces attacked the United States Pacific Fleet Center on Dec. 7, 1941, at 12:53 p.m. EST with the goal of crippling Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, Dec. 2

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What has Olympic athletes concerned New AP testing finds Rio’s Olympic waters highly contaminated by sewage, even far offshore, leaving athletes at risk of illness. 2. Mayor dismisses Chicago’s police chief He says the public’s trust in Read More…

WWII prisoner of war first soldier honored by Israel for protecting Jews

JERUSALEM — The Nazi soldiers made their orders very clear: Jewish American prisoners of war were to be separated from their fellow brothers in arms and sent to an uncertain fate. But Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds would have none of that. As the highest-ranking noncommissioned officer held in the German POW camp, he ordered more Read More…

Surviving WWII: Elyria man shares story of endured atrocities

ELYRIA — Paul Mallasch was a child when his family was caught in the midst of geopolitical turmoil and atrocities in Europe during World War II and its aftermath. Mallasch, 80, spoke to students learning about World War II and the Holocaust at Eastern Heights Middle School on Wednesday. It was the first time many Read More…