Kate receives NEW 'princess' title after photography project captures hearts of nation

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, launched a digital exhibition of photographs taken during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen has praised how many images captured the “resilience” of the British people. ITV’s royal correspondent Chris Ship spoke to five-year-old Mila, who has been shielding, about how Kate chose her image to be included in the 100 picked.

Speaking on ITV’s Royal rota, Mr Ship said: “Kate is what you might call a ‘real-life princess’.”

Mila told Mr Ship: “There’s a real-life princess who picked my picture and the Queen knows about everything.

“Everyone in this whole entire world will see my picture.”

Producer Lizzie Robinson added: “She summed that up pretty well, didn’t she?”

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Over 31,000 people responded by submitting their own entries. Entrants varied in age from 4 to 75 years old.

In a statement, the Queen said: “It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.

“The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”

The project is part of the National Gallery which Kate is a patron of.

Speaking about the project the Duchess of Cambridge said: “We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.

“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”

People can still take part in the Hold Still lockdown photography project.

A page has been set up on the National Portrait Gallery website dedicated specifically to the project.

Donald Trump vote: What is a town hall? President receives furious backlash from voters

She asked the President to “please stop and let me finish my question, sir”.

The sober moments continued for Mr Trump throughout the rest of the town hall, as lines he has relied on with already committed voters fell flat.

The undecided crowd cut through a carefully curated facade and underlined the problem with his appeal which has caused him to sink in the polls.

The President’s experience brings into focus the double-edged sword of the town hall, as it also supplies talking points for political rivals.

Family receives letter calling for removal of BLM sign

She posted about the letter on social media, where someone sent her a link a story about a family in Oregon that received a letter with the same wording

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — For Courtney Schaefer’s family, the decision to put a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of their Webster Groves home was about being neighborly.

“I happen to work in Jennings,” Schaefer said. “Michael Brown went to my school and actually had lunch with one of the teachers I worked with, so it’s very close to what I do and how I feel. It was natural.”

They put their first sign up about three years ago.

“It was stolen, so that’s when we moved it from the front of the yard closer to the house,” Schaefer said.

She said multiple homes were hit by sign snatchers, but she and many of her neighbors were quick to replace them.

Late last month, she received a letter in the mail addressed to “Resident” with her address upside-down on the envelope.

“We, your neighbors, appreciate that you have strong political and social viewpoints and wish to communicate to others via your yard sign,” Schaefer read.

The two-sided letter went on to explain that homes are not “made to be billboards for your opinions” and telling her family to “save your political viewpoint for insider your home.”

“Thank you in advance for caring enough about the people you live side-by-side, especially with different viewpoints, to remove your sign,” Schaefer read. ” Signed, your neighbors.”

Schaefer said for “the briefest second” she wondered if one of her neighbors had sent the letter, but that quickly went away after she realized none of the other people in her neighborhood had received letters for their signs.

She posted about the letter on social media, where someone sent her a link a story about a family in Oregon that received a letter with the same wording.

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“It’s a campaign of hate,” Schaefer said. “They are trying to instill uncertainty which leads to fear. I think what that letter says is that Black people wouldn’t be welcome here, and I don’t think that’s true.”

According to Census data, more than 90% of Webster Groves’ population is white while Black residents make up less than 6% of the population.

Schaefer said she knows her community is predominately white and while the letter does not reflect her community, she said it’s a wakeup call.

“There are folks here who feel very strongly about Black Lives Matter, but we still have issues,” Schaefer said. We still have a long way to go.”

One of the claims in the anonymous letter is that the signs hurt property value and drive down interest in homes in the neighborhood.

Susan Schiff, who’s been selling homes in Webster Groves for 35 years, said she has not seen any trends that support that claim.

“The reality is prices are up,” Schiff said. “The number of sales are up year-to-date from last year to this year. If anything, I’m seeing a bump.”

Schiff said buyers factor in a number of things when searching from a home, with comfort and kind neighbors high on the list.

“Racism, there’s no room for that,” Schiff said. “No place for that. I think whoever wrote this letter is sadly misinformed.”

As news of the anonymous letter spread, another issue popped up in Webster Groves. Local churches like Peace United Church of Christ and First Congregational Church of Webster Groves started receiving backlash, and were even defaced with graffiti, after holding events to honor the lives of people of color who were killed unjustly.

In response to those incidents and the letter, the city’s mayor and city council released a letter denouncing racism and laying out the partnerships and strides the city has made since the beginning of the summer.

In additions to efforts already made, the city is planning to conduct an equity audit of city government and continue work with policing.

Webster Groves City Council Member Laura Arnold lives in Schaefer’s neighborhood and said she is both surprised and not surprised about the letter.

“I want to say we were very surprised, on the one hand, because we often don’t think that is who we are as a community,” Arnold said. “But on the other hand, we are like every other community in the country right now that is trying to deal with issues of racial equity and become more inclusive.”

Arnold said being a predominately white community does not excuse racism and that, if tangible changes are made, Webster Groves could be an example of how to properly address it.

“If we’re serious about this and we’re persistent about finding ways to have those conversations, we could be an example to others,” Arnold said.

As for the person who sent the letter to Schaefer, Arnold said she has one question.

“I would ask what they’re afraid of,” Arnold said. “Diverse communities are strong communities, so I would want to know what fear drives them to do this anonymously, as well.”

Library director receives Order of Long Leaf Pine

NEWTON — In recognition of her 32 years of service to the people of North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper honored Catawba County Library director Suzanne White with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

This highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor is given most often to retiring individuals who have at least 30 years of service in the state of North Carolina. White completed her tenure at the library on Aug. 31, following seven-plus years in the role of director.

At a reception on Aug. 28 at the Main Library in Newton, Catawba County commissioner Barbara Beatty presented the certificate to White. She joins the company of other notable recipients of the award, including Maya Angelou, Charles Kuralt, Bob Timberlake, Doug Marlette, Coretta Scott King, and Dean Smith.

White, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, received her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College and her master’s degree in library science from UNC-Chapel Hill. The first three years of White’s service to the state were spent as a teacher of language arts and social studies at a middle school and high school in Onslow County. She then turned to libraries and worked at the Chapel Hill Public Library during graduate school, followed by her first professional position at Neuse Regional Library in Kinston. Prior to her role with the Catawba County Library System, White worked in positions of increasing responsibility at the Rowan Public Library in Salisbury.

Camilla makes history: Duchess receives major honour after replacing Prince Philip

Camilla donned a Rifles green coat dress and a bugle brooch as she carried out the historic engagement. To honour their new Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles gave the Duchess of Cornwall a special fanfire as she arrived at Beachley Barracks in Chepstow.  

Camilla took over this role on July 22, Prince George’s seventh birthday, from the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Philip, who had been Colonel-in-Chief of this infantry regiment since it was created in 2007, stepped out of Windsor Castle two months ago to officially relinquish in role in favour of his daughter-in-law. 

The Duke, who appeared in excellent health and high spirits, inspected the guard and received the salute of Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes. 

Thanking Prince Philip for his continuous support, he said: “Your Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, good morning. 

“And happy Salamanca Day All Rifleman, whether serving or retired would like to thank you for 67 years of continuous service, support and leadership to the Rifles and to our forming and antecedent regiments.

“And on this occasion, as you hand over your duties as Colonel-in-Chief to her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, we would like to wish you fair wind and following seas.

“And with that, Sir, may I have your leave for the Bugle Major to sound the Rifle Call and No More Parades.”


Police officer receives life-saving transplant

What if you were given the opportunity to save the life of someone who once saved yours? One Alabama woman did just that.

Jocelynn James, a recovered drug addict and former member of “Franklin’s Most Wanted,” saved the life of the police officer who put her in jail nearly a decade ago.

Between 2007-2012, James was arrested 16 times for theft and drug charges. James says she was in a very dark place and didn’t know if she would survive.

“I was just living a really bad life, doing a lot of really bad things that I shouldn’t have had no business doing, and I was just a really lost person,” James said.

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Terrell Potter, a former officer with Phil Campbell Police Department, said James was going through a difficult place in her life.

“She was out running crazy, stealing and doing drugs and things she shouldn’t be doing,” Potter said. “I locked her up a couple of times.”

James said she was finally able to get her life straightened out, and on Nov. 5, she will celebrate eight years out of jail and eight years sober.

“I was sick of living that life, and I wanted to do something different,” James said.

James said Potter saved her life by arresting her and leading her to turn her life around. “I’m perfect, I’m healthy, and I had no idea that I was that healthy,” James said.

Last November, Potter learned that his kidney was failing, only functioning at 5%. Doctors told Potter that he would face a seven to eight-year waiting period for a kidney.

“We began praying about getting the right kidney,” Potter said. “We were looking all over the Southeast.

”Little did Potter expect that the perfect match would be just two miles away.

Jocelynn James, a recovered drug addict, saved the life of the police officer who put her in jail nearly a decade ago

After scrolling on her phone on Facebook, James learned that Potter needed a kidney. “I just threw my phone down and the holy spirit told me right then that I had that man’s kidney.”

After a series of hospital tests, James learned that they were a perfect match.

“If you asked me 100 names of who may give me a kidney, her name would have not been on the list,” Potter said. “It’s just unbelievable that she was willing to do that.”

On July 21, Potter received a successful kidney transplant. “All the numbers were great. It started working from the time it was put in,” Potter said.

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Potter now considers James like another daughter. “It’s made a great relationship and a bond between us that can go forever. There’s no doubt about that,” Potter said. “Her giving me a kidney, It extended my life.”

James cited her faith and said it was very humbling that God would use a piece of her, with a body that she says she harmed for a long time, to extend someone’s life.

Terrell Potter, a retired police offer, received kidney transplant on July 21, 2020

“God restored me from the inside out, and to be able to give another human a kidney to extend his life is really rewarding,” James said.

James currently runs a non-profit organization called The Place of Grace, where she helps get women treatment. “I want people to realize that there is help out there for them,” James said. “It doesn’t matter what happens in your life. You can always turn it around.”

WW II veteran, 96, receives Quilt of Valor

Last year, St. Vincent De Paul food pantry hosted a celebration of Gouin’s 95th birthday, inviting people from the other two places where she volunteered, St. Joe Manor and the nutrition center.

But perhaps none of her awards or experiences is as warm and cozy as this star-spangled, red, white and blue quilt featuring flag and constitution motifs, gold stars stitched into the background.

Gouin receives Quilt of Valor

Gold stars are strewn throughout Gouin’s Quilt of Valor.

Sarah Haas

Each textile work of art is made of three layers of symbols, according to the non-profit foundation:

The quilt top is said to represent the diversity of people through the many shapes, colors and textures of fabric.

Gouin receives Quilt of Valor

Each quilt comes with special insignia.

Sarah Haas

The batting, the center of the quilt, represents warmth and hope that the cover brings comfort, peace and healing to its recipient.

The quilt’s backing, supportive of the other two layers, represents the recipient’s strength and support of family, community and nation.

Known for her work ethic and organizational skills during her voluntarism for the senior center, Gouin has credited her ability to stay on top of all the nutrition center’s route sheets — and she keeps a record of the people who come in to eat as a check and balance — on her four years in the World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC). She had signed up when she was 20 years old.

Former fighter pilot receives FAA award, reflects on 70 years of flying

For Totten, flying for almost 70 years, it’s just the latest in a career filled with honors and distinctions.

Since his debut as a Korean War fighter pilot in 1951, he’s received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Silver Star and other commendations, and has flown more than 100 types of aircraft, 50 of them military.

Looking back, he said, two of those aircraft were his favorites by far:

One, the F-86 Sabre that he flew in Korea.

And two, the F-104, his primary plane in Vietnam.

The latter, both fast and maneuverable, provided some of his most rewarding experiences.

Of the more than 250 missions he flew over two tours, many of them were in an F-104.

But whatever the aircraft, Totten stayed cool in the cockpit.

“I was never really afraid as a pilot. I figured whatever happened I could handle it.”

‘A terrible day’

Rescuing downed airmen was always a priority, Totten said.

Among the many such efforts from his time in Vietnam, two have stuck with him — one that was successful and one that was not.

The former, during which he found a downed pilot and directed the rescue team to the site, earned him a Silver Star.

WSU receives $1M gift to help students of color

Gene and Yolanda Camarena

Gene and Yolanda Camarena

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) –  A Wichita couple, known for helping underserved Kansas youth improve their lives through education and other causes, is enhancing that legacy with the $1 million gift to Wichita State, the university announced Monday.

The university said Gene and Yolanda Camarena’s gift will give students of color opportunities they otherwise might not have.

A little over half of the Camarenas’ gift pledge, $520,000, will provide high-impact scholarships to 20 Hispanic and Black students each year for the next four years. 

In addition to providing scholarships the Camarenas’ gift will provide mentoring and tutoring services to help scholarship recipients succeed and support recipients who have an entrepreneurial interest by underwriting their participation in Wichita State’s new Microenterprises Program.

The gift will also create a visiting professor program to augment the university’s efforts to recruit a more diverse faculty and the university will hire a full-time diversity recruiter in the admissions department to boost enrollment of students of color.

The Camarenas said based on their experiences as college students from diverse backgrounds, they recognize the financial and cultural barriers students of color can encounter.

“We also understand the lifelong positive impact a college education can have on each student as well as their extended families,” said Yolanda Camarena, a WSU graduate. “Our goal is to provide students of color a level pathway to a college degree and the ability to participate equally in all the opportunities our country has to offer.”

WSU said it will match that investment in full as part of its mission to provide affordable and accessible educational opportunities to underserved students.

“I appreciate the strong endorsement of Gene and Yolanda Camarena of our vision to make the college experience more affordable and inclusive for all students,” Wichita State President Jay Golden said. “Their generous gift in money, time and ideas exemplifies the strong partnership our university continues to have with our diverse community and our state.”

The Camarenas chose the name Shocker Adelante Scholars to describe recipients of their scholarship program. Adelante means “to move forward” or “to get ahead” in Spanish.