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Karl Mildenberger, German Heavyweight Who Fought Ali, Dies at 80

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Karl Mildenberger, German Heavyweight Who Fought Ali, Dies at 80ImageMuhammad Ali and Karl Mildenberger in the second round of title bout in Frankfurt in 1966. Ali won on a technical knockout in the 12th round, but Mildenberger later said, Im glad I had the chance to square off with him in the ring and gave him a hard time.CreditCreditAssociated PressBy Richard SandomirOct. 15, 2018Karl Mildenberger, a top German boxer whose most notable fight was a bloody 12th-round loss in 1966 to Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title, died on Oct. 5 in Kaiserslautern, in southwest Germany. He was 80.The Federation of German Professional Boxers confirmed his death, in a hospice, but did not specify the cause.Mildenberger had been the European heavyweight champion for almost two years when he signed to face Ali at Waldstadion in Frankfurt on Sept. 10, 1966. Ali had won the world heavyweight title two years earlier against Sonny Liston in Miami Beach and defended it successfully against five opponents, including Liston in a rematch.Mildenberger was a heavy underdog...https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/obituaries/karl-mildenberger-dead.html

Labors of Love: The 2018 Carnegie International Is Buoyant, Beautiful, and Strangely Conservative

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Its all very twee. On the ceiling, kites made by the father of a member of the Vietnamese collective Art Labor, which Joan Jonas has painted. Below, works by Art Labor, including hammocks and a coffee stand offering sweet Vietnamese coffee. Twee, of course, is lovely in certain doses, but many displays also fetishize canonized history, which grates. Working with the Chicago art dealers John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, the New York–based Josiah McElheny has placed some of his glass sculptures in a show within the show that sports a smattering of record covers, photos, and other ephemera related to avant-gardists like John Cage and Sun Ra, plus a few more obscure figures, like Betty Rockwell Raphael, who ran a free-thinking gallery in Pittsburgh in the 1940s. Similarly, Londons Otolith Group presents a lackluster short film that fixates on the jazz trio Codona recording its first album in the late 70s and the writer Gertrude Stein. It rankles that such valuable real estate and screen time was not given instead to venturesome composers and musicians working today.While one cannot say that the show is out of touch the present moments tumult and trauma, such matters are broached only subtly, guardedly, and not always with success. In the museums Hall of Architecture, amid plaster casts of heroically scaled Western buildings, the Kuwaiti-born artist Saba Innab shows a fragment of a tunnel modeled on one found in Gaza, though visitors will only learn that fact if they read The Guide. There is no explanatory wall text anywhere in the show, which feels at once generous Trust your eyes, enjoy, it seems to say and dangerously close to...http://www.artnews.com/2018/10/15/labors-love-2018-carnegie-international-buoyant-beautiful-strangely-conservative/

Gisela Ruth Hamm

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gisela Hamm, age 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin.A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering will be held on October 27, 2018 at the Picha Funeral Home in Lake Delton, WI from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.Gisela was born on June 19, 1931, in Essen, Germany, the daughter of Fred and Else Sanders. She immigrated with her mother to America in 1939 to join her father. After a brief stay in New York City, they settled in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Gisela attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she met her future husband, Donald L. Hamm, whom she married in 1953 while both were still in school. She graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1954 and began a teaching career. Upon her husbands graduation and his assuming a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they moved to Wisconsin Dells in 1957.Gisela taught school in Wisconsin Dells for many years and coached several high school forensics teams. The forensics program grew under...https://www.channel3000.com/obituaries/gisela-ruth-hamm/787080175

Francis “Red” Grandy, 96, of Hermon

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Russia in the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Photographing major world leaders, celebrities and iconic figures like Ray Charles, Sophia Loren, Chuck Yaeger, Hayley Mills and Muhammad Ali to name a short few and several American Presidents including, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. Red did almost anything to get the shot, only missing one deadline in his 35 year prolific career.Today Stars and Stripes still celebrates Red with their Photo of the Day collection headed by close friend, Joe Gromelski, featuring photographs of Reds throughout his career.Later in life Red enjoyed hosting parties at Lazy River Playground built by his father in the early 1940s, spending time with his grandchildren and friends and giving rides in his prized Amphibious car he had shipped from Germany.Through his lens Red Grandy gave a timeless gift to our culture and to American and world history. Reds life was a life lived in adventure, friendship and resilience of the human spirit. He was a gift to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.Red is survived by his sister Patricia Anne Harmer, daughter Kathryn Grandy Tabor, her 4 sons Greg Reczko, Andy Reczko, Doug Reczko, and Lowen Tabor, nieces and nephews, 7 great grandchildren, 8 great great-grandchildren, and several great nieces and great nephews.Red was on the Hermon Cemetery Board and the Gateway Museum Board in Morristown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hermon Cemetery in his honor.Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com. Arrangements for Mr. Francis J. Red Grandy are under the care of the OLeary Funeral Service of Canton.http://www.wwnytv.com/story/39008549/francis-red-grandy-96-of-hermon

German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attack

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

IT specialists to look into the matter. In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach. Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled. The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine. The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there. A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years. The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/25/c_137492052.htm

German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega Mosque

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s. The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany. ...https://www.news18.com/news/world/german-city-braces-for-protests-as-erdogan-opens-mega-mosque-1893241.html

Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist dies

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629

Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Cologne

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove. Mosque controversy Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s. Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome. They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque. The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers. The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests. The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy. The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state. Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany. German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance. (AFP) ...https://hawthorncaller.com/protests-planned-as-erdogan-opens-mega-mosque-in-cologne/