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I purchased a new 55-inch Sony XBR900F television a few days ago to enhance movie watching at our house. The decision was difficult to make after looking at all the models available. I didn't go with the OLED television because I just couldn't justify spending an extra $500-600 dollars for what I consider just an incremental improvement in the movie image that I do not watch on a daily basis.

I was initially tempted to buy an LG to replace the one we have since I have been happy with it for the several years we have used it, but decided to go with the Sony for a couple of reasons. First, I think Sony is a more dedicated company in terms of the images and sound products they produce. Second, my last conventional television was a 27 inch Sony I owned for approximately 25 years. It worked reliably well so, I decided to go back to a Sony model rather than upgrade to a high end LG.

I watched a few minutes of Blade Runner 2049 on Blu-ray a couple of days ago to get an idea of what I purchased. The copy I have is not the 4K version, but man oh man what a nice image. I am not disappointed with my choice. Now I have to decide which of my favorite DVDs to replace with Blu-ray.



Wagner family arrested in Ohio murder of Rhoden family



COLUMBUS, Ohio — A family of four was arrested Tuesday in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family in rural southern Ohio two years ago. It's the first break in a case that left a community reeling and surviving family members wondering if answers would ever come.

Those arrested were four members of the Wagner family, who lived near the scenes of the killing about 60 miles south of Columbus. One suspect, Edward "Jake" Wagner, 26, was once the boyfriend of one of the eight victims, 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden. Also arrested were his parents, George "Billy" Wagner III, 47, and Angela Wagner, 48, and his brother, George Wagner, 27. The Wagners had since moved to Alaska.

"We promised that the day when come when arrests would be made in the Pike County massacres," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a news conference. "Today is that day."

No motive has been announced, but officials said custody of a young child played a role.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wagner-family-4-arrested-in-gruesome-slayings-of-rhoden-family-8-people-ohio-2018-11-13/

Albert Einstein handwritten letter sells at auction for $39,360

JERUSALEM -- A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector, fetched $39,360 in bidding in Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

Einstein wrote the letter to his sister after going into hiding in 1922 following the assassination of Germany's Jewish foreign minister by right-wing extremists. Police had warned the Jewish scientist that his life could be in danger too.

"Here are brewing economically and politically dark times, so I'm happy to be able to get away from everything," he wrote.

Kedem says the letter was sold at roughly double its expected price.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/albert-einstein-warning-pre-nazi-nationalism-germany-sells-auction-israel/

Man who called Pittsburgh synagogue massacre a "dry run" arrested

PITTSBURGH — Police have arrested a man in Washington, D.C. who allegedly has social media ties to the suspected gunman in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people. CBS Pittsburgh, citing a statement from U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, reports that 30-year-old Jeffrey Clark made an appearance in a Washington, D.C. federal courtroom on Tuesday.

Clark is facing one federal count of unlawful possession of firearms by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, and one count in the District of Columbia of possessing high-capacity magazines.

According to court papers, Clark was "friends" with the synagogue shooting suspect, Robert Bowers.

Clark was arrested after family members told police that he was having agitated outbursts, reportedly telling investigators that Clark said the shooting victims at the Tree of Life "deserved it."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-clark-man-with-social-media-ties-to-accused-synagogue-gunman-arrested-allegedly-said-victims-deserved-it/

Danish warship found in ten-year quest

An 18th century warship has been found at the bottom of the busy shipping lane that divides Denmark from Sweden.

The decade-long efforts of a dedicated team of marine archaeologists at last bore fruit when divers found the wreck of the Printz Friederich, the pride of the Danish fleet that sank more than 200 years ago, Denmark's TV2 News reports.

The team used a combination of old naval maps and state-of-the-art sonar equipment to find the powerful 52-metre (170-foot) ship, which went down in stormy seas off Denmark's Laeso Island in September 1780.

Chief diver Kim Schmidt was barely about to conceal his excitement as he told the channel how his team had made more than 200 dives in harsh conditions all over the 104 square kilometres (65 square miles) of seabed before finding the wreck.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46144717

Pilots reports seeing UFO "moving so fast" off coast of Ireland


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Irish aviation officials are investigating after two airline pilots reported seeing unidentified flying objects off the southwest coast of Ireland last week, the Irish Examiner reports. A pilot of a British Airways flight contacted air control last Friday, November 9, asking if there were military scheduled in the airpace. Air control said there was nothing showing for that evening.

"It was moving so fast," the pilot said, according to audio of the call released by LiveATC.net. "It appeared on our left hand side and rapidly veered to the north. We saw a bright light and then it disappeared at a very high speed."

A second pilot, flying a Virgin Airlines plane, also called into air traffic control. "A meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry. It appears to be multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory. They were very bright from where we were."

In a statement to CBS News, the Irish Aviation Authority said the reports will be "investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pilots-report-seeing-ufo-sky-off-ireland-2018-11-12/

India pilot suspended for three years for failing alcohol test

India's aviation regulator has barred a senior pilot from flying for three years after he failed an alcohol test.

Captain Arvind Kathpalia, who is also the Director of Operations at state-owned Air India, was to command the Delhi-London flight on Sunday.

A substitute pilot was brought in after he failed the test. Capt Kathpalia has denied the charges against him.

Aviation authorities say he was suspended for three months for a similar offence last year too.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46177980

Former 'Caravan of Death' commander convicted

A Chilean court has convicted the former army commander-in-chief of complicity in the deaths of 15 people following the 1973 military coup.

General Juan Emilio Cheyre was sentenced to three years and a day under house arrest.

He is the most senior figure to be held accountable so far for abuses carried out during the regime of General Augusto Pinochet.

The killings were carried out by the notorious "Caravan of Death".

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46160437

National Action: The new parents and the neo-Nazi terror threat

It appeared to be a normal home.

The property, in a quiet part of an Oxfordshire town, was occupied by a couple who had just welcomed their first child into the world.

Neighbours sometimes saw the pair taking their baby out in a pram.

The male, who often dressed in combat trousers, worked as a security guard. The woman - a part-time wedding photographer - had, until recently, worked in a clothes shop.

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-45919730

A Downed Plane, a Dutch Village and the Art of Remembering

The village of Opijnen (oh-PIE-nin) in the Netherlands is a farming community where grazing sheep, cows and goats outnumber people (population around 1,200), and cars have to move to the side of the narrow roads for tractors coming in the opposite direction. There are no stores and one church, which discreetly tolls the hour. It’s therefore hard to imagine how shocking it must have been 75 years ago when the town’s slow, ancient, chthonic rhythms were surreally interrupted by a thunderous explosion.

On July 30, 1943, an American B-17F bomber, heading home to its base in England after a raid over Kassel, Germany, was shot down and crashed in a local field. Villagers looked up to see men falling out of the sky.

“It was about 11 o’clock in the morning of the 30 July 1943 that the population of my parish got alarmed by a terrible noise. A few minutes later we heard an awful smack. I was at the Townhall and ran outside and saw to the right a great column of smoke. I took my bike, raced to the plane of black smoke, and saw a burning aircraft of which the cannons were still firing,” wrote Bart Formijne (for-MYN-a), then the young mayor of Opijnen, in a 1945 letter (in English) to the family of one of the crew of the plane that he later learned was named Man-O-War. “In the air we saw two white things, which were slowly coming down. Those things were parachutes. At the same time we saw two dirty German aircraft still circling above the burning plane.”

One of the Americans had fallen without a parachute through the thatched roof of a farmhouse. Formijne found him in the hayloft. “He couldn’t speak, and was still groaning,” he wrote. Although the local doctor was called, it was too late.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2018/11/09/feature/a-downed-world-war-ii-plane-a-dutch-village-and-the-art-of-remembering/?utm_term=.8e1a1e6a51ba
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