Video: Canadian Fighter Pilot Jumps From Jet Before Crash

Belmont Hotel In Madison Clear Again

As I walked along at the Dane County Farmers’ Market I looked up at the wonderful old building that is now under restoration on the Capitol Square near the Children’s Museum.  Over the past months a massive cleaning of the facade that now houses the YWCA has taken place.  Today as I looked up I saw the sun-stained highlights of the old name that had been placed so proudly on the building.  After the grime and soot from the decades were removed a piece of history was made more clear to see.  Though one  could see the faded name prior to the cleaning, there is a new clarity to the lettering that harkens back to the days when this old building was impressive in so many ways.  The bright blue skies only added to the image.


Hang On To Me

Deepwater Horizon’s Alarms Turned Off So Folks Could Sleep!

There is no way anyone can make up half of what is in the morning press today.  First I hear that the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago is shut down to heavy rains and flooding, and now this.

Critical fire and gas leak alarm systems had been disabled for at least a year aboard the Deepwater Horizon because the rig’s leaders didn’t want to wake up to false alarms, a rig chief engineer tech told federal investigators.

“I discovered it was ‘inhibited’ about a year ago,” said Mike Williams, the chief engineer tech who worked for rig owner Transocean aboard the Deepwater Horizon, which erupted in flames April 20, killing 11 men and starting the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Eisenhower Expressway Shut Down In Chicago

Unbelievable.    At least 7 inches of rain fell on Chicago, flooding happening.

7:42 AM 2010/7/24 EISENHOWER (I-290) Inbound between ROUTE 53 and CIRCLE INTERCHANGE: Closed due to flooding 

Heavy rain and flooding forced the closure of the Eisenhower Expressway between Mannheim Road and 25th Avenue this morning, and standing water in both directions at Western Avenue was slowing traffic, the Illinois State Police said. The eastbound ramp connecting the Eisenhower to the Dan Ryan Expressway was closed.


Waves of rain, “torrential” downpours and extensive flooding has shut down roadways, slowed traffic and even led to the interruption of train service on two CTA lines Saturday morning.

There was “major flooding” early Saturday on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), according to an Illinois State Police District Chicago trooper. The trooper said the flooding was on the expressway between 25th Avenue and Mannheim Road and the lanes were not passable. Traffic was also slowed throughout the Eisenhower because of flooding and standing water, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

As of 3:30 a.m., the southern ramp on the Eisenhower Expressway leading east to the Dan Ryan was not passable due to flooding, according to a trooper.

Saturday Song: Merle Haggard And Tammy Wynette “Today I Started Lovin’ You Again”