For women in military combat, new armor is matter of life and death


WASHINGTON — For Air Force Maj. Julie Roloson, new body armor being fielded specifically for women is more than a matter of fit and weight. It could be life or death.

Roloson, 34, commands the 88th Security Forces Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and says the new vest, tailored to fit women and lighter than men’s versions, gives her a better chance to fight and shoot.

Fighting and shooting. Basic requirements for combat jobs, all of which the Pentagon opened to women five years ago. From helmets to accommodate a hair bun to maternity flight suits, gear designed for women is being developed and issued, changing the way the previously one-male-size-fits-all military outfits troops.

“So when you’re shooting the M-4, you need to have the butt of the weapon in a really pretty specific spot on your shoulder to ensure good stability,” Roloson said. “And that was always

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How BBC’s Wedding Detectives unearthed a high-society tale of lust, hedonism and violent death

She was gorgeous. The young bride in the photograph caught my eye, but who was she? What was her story? The picture of the wedding of Sonya Paynter and Tim Bryant in 1959 that started the hunt

She was gorgeous. The young bride in the photograph caught my eye, but who was she? What was her story? 

I picked up the print on a whim, from a pile of lost black-and-white wedding portraits we had found and bought online. 

They were all of total strangers and this one had probably become detached from the family when somebody died and their house was cleared.

I had no idea it would lead to an astonishing tale of high-society scandal, wild parties, free love, fortune-hunters, crime and even a killing. 

Einstein, Marconi and Lawrence of Arabia all feature in the story – as does Mary Wesley and her racy novel The Camomile Lawn,

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1 arrested, another wanted after shooting death on Senate Street

Investigators say 20-year-old Zachery Jamell Williams turned himself over to authorities.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia police have taken into custody a second suspect in connection to the shooting death of a Greenville man who had come to Columbia for a wedding.  

Investigators say 20-year-old Zachery Jamell Williams turned himself in Thursday morning with the help of his attorney. In a crime alert online, the University of South Carolina said Williams is a current USC student. 

Police had already arrested 20-year-old Xavier York Glover, who is charged with murder and armed robbery. 

Police say 26-year-old Wesley Colin Brown was walking alone along the 1700 block of Senate Street on Sunday morning, when he was shot. Investigators believe Williams approached Brown, stole a personal belonging and shot him before the two suspects drove away from the scene.

RELATED: Man who came to Columbia for wedding shot, killed, police say

After the crime,

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UMass COVID-19 model projects unsettling death toll in state, across country

Some forecast models are predicting a startling rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States through the fall and winter, including a model in Massachusetts.On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll has reached 9,323.According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s COVID-19 Forecast Hub, that number will hit 10,000 by the end of October. The model also predicts 228,000 COVID-19-related deaths nationwide by the end of the month.“It’s a grim milestone and it’s just a reminder of just how serious COVID can be,” said Nick Reich, a UMass Amherst biostatistician.The UMass Amherst model only forecasts up to a month into the future and does not account for changes in human behavior.“We’re looking into a foggy crystal ball here and it’s an inexact science,” Reich said. “Either way, a lot of people have died from COVID in Massachusetts. If we’re not … Read More

UMass model projects state coronavirus death tally will rise to nearly 10,000 by end of month

A University of Massachusetts model predicts the state’s coronavirus death toll could rise to nearly 10,000 by Oct. 31.

The model says the state’s tally could stand at 9,967 coronavirus deaths by that time, though researchers noted the numbers could range between 9,792 and 10,262.

The model numbers reflect both confirmed and probable cases. The state had tallied 9,530 confirmed and probable case deaths as of Monday.

The rate of deaths reported each day has declined after a terrifying climb this spring, but the heartbreaking numbers have not gone to zero. The modelers say weekly deaths could range from 70 to 190 in the next four weeks.

Last week’s model had projected a slight decline in confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in coming weeks. This week’s model, however, notes a sharp increase in cases in the week ending Saturday, and it predicts the case numbers will generally stabilize at that

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8 NHS hospitals are Grenfell-style death traps

  • Six of the eight hospitals told Insider they had not removed or did not plan to remove ACM cladding, the flammable building material related to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in 2017.
  • Two other hospitals have not yet dealt with plastic foam insulation or construction defects that compromise fire safety.
  • One hospital thinks it complied with safety regulations but “they’ve made a mistake,” a cladding expert told Insider. It “clearly has combustible insulation.”
  • The government spent only £2.4 million removing combustible cladding from NHS buildings in a single year.
  • The former head of the National Healthcare Fire Officers Association has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to launch an inquiry.
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On the morning of September 16, a Wednesday, a discarded cigarette set fire to a pile of autumn leaves and litter outside the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. The

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Japanese Fashion Designer Left $100M Fortune After Coronavirus-Related Death


  • Kenzo Takada passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Sunday, Oct. 4
  • The iconic Japanese fashion designer launched home and lifestyle brand K3 this year
  • He sold the Kenzo brand to LVMH in 1999

Kenzo Takada passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday, Oct. 4, from complications linked to the coronavirus. 

The renowned Japanese fashion designer had an estimated net worth of around $100 million at the time of his death, Celebrity Net Worth reported.

Takada built a name for himself as someone who brought Japanese design artistry to global consciousness. He enrolled in Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, becoming one of the first male students to study design at the school. He then took his craft to Paris, France in the mid-’60s and spent the rest of his career there.

Takada opened his first store, Jungle Jap, in 1970 and debuted his clothes in Tokyo and

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Russian bride is beaten to death by her husband ‘in jealous rage’ at their wedding party

Russian bride is beaten to death by her husband ‘in jealous rage’ at their wedding party: Newlywed ‘thought she could tame groom who had previous murder conviction’

  • Stepan Dolgikh, 33, attacked the bride at an alcohol-fuelled wedding party
  • Oksana Poludentseva, 36, had believed she could help to reform the convict
  • But he flew into a drunken rage and accused her of ‘behaving incorrectly’
  • Dolgikh dumped his bride in a ravine not far from the Siberian village

A Russian bride has been beaten to death by her husband in a ‘jealous rage’ at their wedding party after she believed she could ‘tame’ the convicted murderer groom.

Stepan Dolgikh, 33, has been detained on suspicion of beating wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, to death on their wedding day in the Siberian village of Prokudskoye. 


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Takada death upends Paris fashion; Givenchy unveils designer

PARIS — Paris Fashion Week was upended Sunday by the news of fashion designer Kenzo Takada’s death at age 81.

Reports say Takada died from COVID-19 complications, and members of the fashion world paid tribute to him.

One of Sunday’s highlights was storied maison Givenchy’s unveiling of new designer Matthew Williams’ debut collection. But the brand may have hoped such a big new beginning would have come under better days and not under the virus-hit Paris Fashion Week.


There was a palpable excitement around Givenchy’s opulent Avenue Montaigne atelier on Sunday as Matthew Williams greeted editors to show

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After 6-year-old killed execution-style, Michigan police may ask feds to seek death penalty

WARREN, MI — Police say a 6-year-old boy was killed execution-style during a double homicide at a home in Warren Thursday, and if the suspect is found, they may seek the death penalty through federal assistance. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer made the announcement during a press conference Friday.

“If we bring the federal authorities in, we may be asking for the death penalty for the person or persons responsible. I’m not saying we are at this point,” Dwyer said.

The death penalty has been outlawed in Michigan since 1963. However, if the case moves to a federal level, it would open the door for a possible death penalty sentence.

“When you murder a 6-year-old innocent baby, the person or persons responsible deserve the death penalty,” Dwyer said.

The boy has been identified as Tai’raz Moore. He was found in the home in the 2000 block of Otis Avenue near

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