This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 ALBUHISHMA, Iraq - The smoke above the American air base was sometimes thick enough to blot out the sun. At first, residents had no idea what the foreign troops were burning. Before long, they were struggling to breathe. Farmers would return home with soot streaks on their forearms and stories about what soldiers had tipped into the burn pit that day: batteries, human waste, plastic ration packs, even refrigerators. "We were always coughing," recalls Tamim Ahmed al-Tamimi, who worked the fields back then outside Joint Base Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. "But we didn't know that this smoke could kill people. We thought that only rockets could kill people." Twenty years on from the American-led invasion of Iraq, the scars are still visible in shot-up walls and bombed out buildings. But there is another legacy too, more insidious and enduring … [Read more...] about U.S. veterans won justice for burn pit exposure. Iraqis were forgotten.
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Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Beth Roper had already sold her husband Doug's boat and his pickup truck. Her daughter sends $500 a month or more. But it was nowhere near enough to pay the $5,950-a-month bill at Doug's assisted-living facility. So last year, Roper, 65, abandoned her own plans to retire. To the public school librarian from Poquoson, Va., it feels like a betrayal of a social contract. Doug Roper, a longtime high school history teacher and wrestling coach, has a pension and Social Security. The Ropers own a home; they have savings. Yet the expense of Doug's residential Alzheimer's care poses a grave threat to their middle-class nest egg. At nearly $72,000, a year in assisted living for Doug, 67, costs more than her $64,000 annual salary. "It's devastating," she said. "You can't wrap your head around it." A wave of Americans has been reaching retirement age largely … [Read more...] about Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready.
New Houston restaurant Eau Tour tries to make French food fun again
French food is a lot of things, but trendy it is not. The cuisine was the default of culinary excellence for so long, it's more likely to be associated with that "stalwart restaurant" your parents go to than with the new it-spot in town. And in a city like Houston, where you can get brisket tacos and crawfish pho , we'd be forgiven for not getting excited about beef Bourguignon. But Eau Tour is not your granddaddy's French restaurant. Opened in Rice Village on March 21, it's a new concept by restaurateur Benjy Levit, who operates several locations of the popular Local Foods, and also recently opened Lees Den, a bar in the same complex. From the Instagrammable glassware to the contemporarily plated food, Eau Tour is trying to have more fun with the genre. We snuck in on opening night to check it out. Go up a flight of stairs to find Eau Tour, a new French restaurant in Rice Village. (Photos by Jenn Duncan) The space is impossibly cute At a small 2,000 square … [Read more...] about New Houston restaurant Eau Tour tries to make French food fun again
Review: Vietnam vets try to help nation they once attacked
“The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace and Redemption in Vietnam,” by George Black (Knopf) In the U.S., we’ve mostly moved on from our military engagements in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the American way — not dwelling on our mistakes or engaging in a national discussion about what went wrong. And atonement? We don’t do that. But two American Vietnam vets thought differently and became our national conscience, our moral center and our agents of redemption in dealing with the fearsome toll that herbicide spraying and unexploded bombs inflicted on tens of thousands of Vietnamese. Manus Campbell, a Marine from New Jersey, and Chuck Searcy, an Army intelligence analyst from Georgia, have spent the past few decades in Vietnam leading efforts to heal the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese still suffering from war wounds or diseases linked to herbicide exposure. Thanks to Campbell, Searcy and a small group of scientists and others, the U.S. and others are providing … [Read more...] about Review: Vietnam vets try to help nation they once attacked
Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda · RaceFans
The second Champion of Champions quarter-final features two drivers who were team mates at McLaren for two years. During their time together Niki Lauda won his final championship title in 1984 and Alain Prost claimed his first the following year. These are also both drivers took time out of the sport and made successful comebacks. It looked like Lauda had quit for good when he told Bernie Ecclestone he was leaving Brabham as practice began at Montreal in 1979. He had already agreed terms to continue driving for the team, and his change of mind potentially cost him two years in cars capable of winning the championship. Ron Dennis convinced Lauda to make a comeback with McLaren in 1982. He won twice in his first year back and once McLaren arranged a deal to use Porsche turbo power he was on his way to world title number three. It came after a season-long battle with Prost which Lauda won by the smallest-ever margin of half a point. The following season Lauda was dogged by … [Read more...] about Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda · RaceFans
This 1960s LeTourneau TC-497 Would Make An Incredible Off-Road RV
The Cold War produced some very odd machines designed for specific purposes. One of the weirdest is the LeTourneau TC-497, an off-road tractor used to pull an overland train . Built to handle logistics needs, it was 572 feet long and holds the record as the longest off-road vehicle. Looking like the cross between an earth mover and a post-apocalyptic vehicle in a sci-fi movie, the TC-497 Overland Mark 2 would make a fantastic off-road RV. It's air-conditioned and includes a full galley kitchen right out of a 1960s studio apartment. The General Chief kitchenette has a sink, stove, oven, and refrigerator. Next to it, a table with stools provides room for two people. To the rear of the kitchen are six bunk beds. The layout has the feel of a ship or submarine and is a very basic military spec. Like the kitchen, the sleeping area is a time capsule right out of that time period, down to the light green color of the walls and furnishings. The TC-497 didn't have an engine. It had an … [Read more...] about This 1960s LeTourneau TC-497 Would Make An Incredible Off-Road RV
The aide who stayed: Walt Nauta, key witness in Trump documents case
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 As Donald Trump prepared to deplane for a rally in Iowa on Monday, another man in a navy suit and red tie popped out of the jet first, making his way down the stairs and ducking into the back of Trump's black Suburban, carrying some papers and a black bag. Walt Nauta, who serves as the former president's personal aide and general gofer, was a ubiquitous presence on the campaign swing, hovering behind the former president and 2024 candidate on the plane during an impromptu gaggle with traveling reporters, carrying Trump's overcoat and a change of tie across an airport tarmac. Nearly all of the other staffers who spent significant time with Trump in the White House have left his employ or found consulting roles in his political operation, which requires less personal interaction with the former commander in chief. Many were burned out by Trump's volcanic temper and … [Read more...] about The aide who stayed: Walt Nauta, key witness in Trump documents case
Explained: The chemistry behind F1’s sustainable fuel future · RaceFans
By 2026, fuel tanks of Formula 1 cars are set to be filled with 100% sustainably-sourced fuel. There are currently four companies supplying the 20-car grid, and more working with the world championship on its future fuel regulations. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Currently, ExxonMobil supplies Red Bull and AlphaTauri, with the latter sponsored by Mobil’s Polish trading partner PKN Orlen. Petronas products appear in all of the Mercedes-powered cars on the grid – despite two of those teams being sponsored by rival oil firms – while Alpine use fuel from BP subsidiary Castrol and all Ferrari-powered cars use Shell. Aramco is the title sponsor of Aston Martin and the fuel supplier for the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships this year with a “55% sustainable” fuel. It has worked closest with F1 on its sustainability target, and the feeder series are being used as testing ground to help them refine their technology and move closer to those goals. By bringing … [Read more...] about Explained: The chemistry behind F1’s sustainable fuel future · RaceFans
This under-desk treadmill is only $219 on Amazon right now
We all know how important it is to get in your cardio, but sometimes you don’t have time to make it to the gym before or after a long day at work. That’s why it’s nice to have your own exercise equipment. With this deal from Amazon, you can get a new under-desk treadmill for only $219.99 with the on-page coupon. REDLIRO Under-Desk Treadmill - $219.99 ($50.00 off; originally $269.99) REDLIRO Under Desk Treadmill REDLIRO amazon.com Shop Now Ideal for anyone working from home that wants to turn a standing desk into a treadmill desk , this compact treadmill is an easy way to burn some extra calories while you work. Its small size allows it to easily fit under your desk, and the collapsible handrail means you’ll be able to walk all day long without anything interfering with your work. If you want to turn up the pace and go for a jog or run, just extend the handrail and you’re off to the races. The foldable handrail means that it's easy to store under … [Read more...] about This under-desk treadmill is only $219 on Amazon right now