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Originally posted 05/15/2014 02:15PM
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens to the public May 21, preceded by a ceremony Thursday with President Barack Obama, families and officials. Here are five things to know about the museum:
Originally posted 12/06/2013 03:10PM
Heartfelt and passionate tributes continued to flow in from around the world following the death of South African president and global human-rights icon Nelson Mandela.
"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him," Oprah Winfrey Tweeted, posting a photo on Instagram of their time together.
"He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke," Oprah said. "Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."
Originally posted 05/13/2013 06:20AM
After more than five decades, Barbara Walters is hanging up her microphone.
The veteran ABC News anchor, 83, said Monday morning on The View – the show she started in 1997 – that she will retire from TV journalism next summer.
"Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years. But in the summer of '14 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. ... I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. This is what I want to do," Walters told her audience, which in the studio included Disney CEO (and therefore head of ABC) Bob Iger – who suggested once he also retires that both he and Walters go on Dancing with the Stars.
Originally posted 01/04/2013 08:00AM
Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress from Arizona who was gunned down at a Tucson shopping center two years ago – and then courageously fought to recover from her injuries – will meet privately Friday with the families of the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn.
The event will be held at a private home and is not open to the public.
Giffords, 42, sharing a Facebook post from her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, after the Dec. 14 school shootings, said that the time was now to begin a national dialogue on strengthening gun control. This week, she and Kelly met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control proponent, on the issue.
Originally posted 07/20/2012 07:55AM
Sylvia Woods, whose namesake soul-food restaurant has been a Harlem landmark for nearly half a century, died Thursday at her home in Westchester County, N.Y., only hours before she was to receive a special award from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reports The New York Times.
She was 86, and although no cause of death was announced, Woods had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease the past few years. Her family said she was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death.
"We lost a legend today," Bloomberg said Thursday, reports New York's Daily News. "Generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution."
Originally posted 04/10/2012 08:30AM
In true A-List fashion, Jessica Alba makes walking the red carpet look like a walk in the park.
But when she wants the real deal, she has a more low-key go-to: the Franklin Canyon Park in Los Angeles.
Alba, 30, is among the famous faces teaming up with the Sierra Club to celebrate the great outdoors in a video honoring Earth Day, which is April 22 (check out sierraclub.org/earthday for more).
Also dishing about their "favorite piece of America" for the environmental organization: Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, rocker Bob Weir, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Modern Family breakout star Nolan Gould.
Originally posted 11/09/2010 02:20PM
Any rider will tell you that after you fall off your horse, you have to get back in the saddle.
That's just what Georgina Bloomberg – New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg's daughter, who was injured after taking a spill on Friday – will do once she's feeling better.
"As of right now, George is recovering at her home," fellow elite equestrian Brianne Goutal, who witnessed her friend's fall, tells PEOPLE. "She has suffered a substantial concussion and has two slipped discs/herniations. She will be fine but needs to take time to heal before re-commencing her training."
Originally posted 11/07/2010 05:05PM
Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, took a scary spill off her horse at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament on Friday.
The 27-year-old elite equestrian fell from her horse, named Radio City, in the Gambler's Choice class – a high-speed show jumping competition – when her saddle unexpectedly slipped.
"The Mayor is very concerned, as any father would be," Mayor Bloomberg's spokesman, Stu Loeser, told PEOPLE Sunday.
Originally posted 07/21/2009 08:30AM
Not that this will leave him wearing much, but the Naked Cowboy is tossing his hat in the ring – to run for New York City mayor against formidable incumbent Michael Bloomberg.
The Cowboy – a guitar-strumming, 10-gallon-hat-and-skivvies-wearing Times Square fixture who for the past 11 years has posed for pictures with tourists – plans to announce his candidacy Wednesday, Reuters reports.
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