Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
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Paul Davidson USA TODAY Published 5:01 AM EDT May 21, 2019 It’s always been a sort of final chapter of the American dream: Get married and have kids. Buy a house. Move to a bigger house. Downsize to a smaller one. But a growing number of aging baby boomers are saying, “No, thanks,” to downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the same sprawling houses in which they raised kids and created lifelong memories. “We’re just not seeing that much downsizing,” says Alexandra Lee, a housing data analyst at Trulia, a real estate research firm. While many older Americans are still stepping down to smaller homes, they're doing so later in life. The trend is contributing to a housing supply shortage across much of the country. A more modest home typically means less upkeep and a potential financial windfall as a big chunk of the proceeds from the sale of the larger property can help bolster retirement nest eggs. Boomers, however, are defying the … [Read more...] about Home buying: Many boomers choose to age in place and not move
Erin Richards USA TODAY Published 6:58 AM EDT Apr 5, 2019 HONOLULU — Kevin Starks is living a classic Hawaii story. The California native became an educator through Teach for America in Oklahoma, then shipped off to the Aloha State. He now teaches eighth grade science and spends the rest of his time surfing, playing volleyball and enjoying the natural splendor of the islands. There’s just one problem: Teaching in paradise has become too expensive. “I’m 31 years old, living with two roommates in a dump place,” Starks said. “I have almost no savings. I want to stay and get a home, but it’s looking more and more like that’s not possible.” Hawaii has always been one of America’s most expensive places to work and live — and visit, for that matter. But for the state’s public school teachers, many of whom came from the mainland with visions of working amid year-round … [Read more...] about Hawaii jobs: Teachers are leaving. They can’t afford real estate, apts
Erin Richards and Chrissie Thompson USA TODAY Published 10:29 AM EDT Mar 27, 2019 The first charter school in Nevada — I Can Do Anything High School — is set to close this spring. Ohio's largest charter, with 12,000 online students, shut down last winter after a crackdown on its suspicious attendance figures. To help pay state fines, the school auctioned off everything from ballpoint pens to a singing Big Mouth Billy Bass wall plaque. In New Jersey, the charter system is making real estate investors rich. They use federal money to build school buildings, then rent them to charter schools for a hefty profit. But the IRS has stepped in, reviewing the scheme. More from New Jersey: New Jersey kept funneling tax money to troubled charter school Federal program used to pay for privately owned charter school buildings How investors and developers cash in on charter school growth 'Clearly it has gotten out of hand': How NJ can fix broken financing Across the U.S., … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos, Charter schools, choice, Education Department: What now?
A new law being considered in Arizona would force state employees, parent volunteers and those seeking professional licenses to submit their DNA to a huge statewide database unprecedented in scope – and to pay for the “privilege.” Anyone fingerprinted by the state for a job, volunteer position, or license –a surprisingly broad category that includes parent volunteers at public schools, government workers, real estate agents, foster parents, law enforcement and healthcare workers– would be required to submit their DNA to a central database run by the Arizona Department of Public Safety under the proposed law. Anyone ordered by the court to submit DNA for the purpose of verifying paternity or other familial relationships would also end up in the database, and even dead bodies passing through the office of the medical examiner would be subjected to DNA collection, if Senate Bill 1745, proposed by Arizona state Rep. David Livingston (R), becomes law. Also … [Read more...] about Arizona seeks to mandate DNA collection… and those sampled would be made to foot the bill