Kresta in the Afternoon – August 12, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Update: More Good News for Fr. Perrone

  • Description: The good news broke a few weeks ago that a court-advisory panel had determined claims that Fr. Eduard Perrone sexually assaulted an alter boy were "false and defamatory." The panel recommended that Macomb Sgt. Detective Nancy LePage pay $125,000 to Fr. Perrone for damages, which she has now agreed to do. Fr. Perrone's attorney joins us.
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    • Chris Kolomjec
      Chris Kolomjec is the attorney for Fr Eduard Perrone.
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+  How the explosive destruction of Halifax holds lessons — and hope — for Beirut

  • Description: Beirut is still reeling from last week’s explosion and Lebanon’s entire government has resigned in disgrace. It’s the latest disaster in a tumultuous year but in many ways it mirrors another tragedy– the 1917 explosion of the SS Mont Blanc in Halifax Harbor, Novia Scotia during the First World War. That disaster offers lessons for handling today’s cataclysm – and preventing another one. John U. Bacon explains how.
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    • John U. Bacon
      John U. Bacon is the author of several books, including The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy and Heroism and Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, both of which were featured in previous end-of-the-year countdowns. He has written several other books on collegiate athletics, particularly University of Michigan football. Visit and follow him on Twitter @johnubacon.
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    • The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

      The astonishing true story of history's largest manmade explosion before the atomic bomb, and its world-changing aftermath, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT—the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shcokwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction. Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, brvery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times. (learn more)

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