Lidle’s widow, son to throw first pitch

first_imgMelanie Lidle recalls landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Oct. 11 and being surprised her sister, Brandie Peters, was waiting at the gate. Peters and others took Lidle into a room and told her that the plane her husband, Cory Lidle, and his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, were flying had gone down. Stanger’s wife had accompanied Melanie Lidle on the flight from New York. “I asked \ if Cory was dead and she said `Yes,”‘ Melanie said Friday. “The first thing I thought of was Stephanie Stanger. Just after that, I heard Stephanie scream and that’s when I began to lose it.” Cory Lidle, 34, was flying back to California in a Cirrus SR-20 after finishing last season with the New York Yankees. Tyler Stanger, 26, of Walnut had flown to New York to accompany Lidle. The plane crashed into a Manhattan apartment building and killed both. Stephanie Stanger was pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time of the plane crash. Monday, more than five months after Cory Lidle and Tyler Stanger’s deaths, Melanie and the couple’s son Christopher, 6, will stand in front of about 50,000 fans and throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Along with Melanie, the New York Yankees are flying Cory Lidle’s parents, Doug and Lisa, and his twin brother, Kevin, to the ceremony. Stephanie Stanger will also be there. The Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, where Cory Lidle also played, have both been incredibly supportive to her family and the Stangers, Melanie said. Cory’s West Covina youth baseball coach, Dave Bletcher, a lifelong family friend of the Lidles’, will also attend. “It is so meaningful to all of us who love Cory that he meant enough to people to have this honor,” he said. Melanie said she is still trying to get back to a normal life, though her husband’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary were tough. On Cory’s birthday, March 22, she called his twin brother. “I called Kevin just to make sure he was OK, but also to hear his voice because he sounds so much like Cory,” Melanie said. Kevin Lidle said the day was difficult for both. “But I am doing well and I am in awe of how strong a woman and mother Melanie is and how she’s dealt with this,” he said. Melanie and Christopher attend therapy, and her mother, Mary Varela, is moving to the family’s Glendora home to help. “Its overwhelming being a single mom and a widow,” Melanie said. “And I wish I just had that to deal with and not any of these lawsuits.” She has filed a lawsuit against an insurance company, claiming she is owed money under baseball’s benefit plan, and last month, the Lidle and Stanger families filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the maker of the airplane. Earlier this month, a resident who lived in the building the plane crashed into filed a lawsuit against Cory’s estate. Melanie declined to comment about the lawsuits, referring those questions to her lawyer. The trip to New York will be therapeutic in many ways for all of the Lidle family. “It will be great to be in a ballpark again,” Melanie said. “I’ve been used to going to one for the last 15 years. I am so happy that people are keeping his name alive and all recognizing all the good things he did for others.” Melanie Lidle said her son, despite his young age, has been the major reason she has been able to move forward with her life. “He has an understanding that Dad is in heaven,” Melanie said. “We talk about Cory every day and that is also something that makes it possible for me to move forward each day. “If not for my son, I’d probably be sitting in my room every day and never come out and would have had a much harder time dealing with this.” Cory Lidle was well known in the San Gabriel Valley for giving his time to help young players and his No. 30 is on the back of both Charter Oak and Northview high schools’ baseball hats. The Lidles were building a home in the South Hills area of West Covina and were planning to renew their wedding vows this year. The couple had been together since 1992 and married Jan. 7, 1997. “This home in Glendora is the only one Christopher knows and is comfortable with, so we plan to be here for a while,” Melanie said. She credits her sister, Brandie, among many that have played a crucial role in her recovery. “My sister, my mom and my friends have done more for me than I could ever have asked for and it means the world to me,” she said. Yankee manager Joe Torre said Monday will be an emotional day. “You realize how fragile life is,” he said. “I say goodbye to everyone at the end of the year, assuming you’ll see them next year. It’s tough stuff when you lose someone so young, so quickly.” So on Opening Day, before a game Cory Lidle loved, the fans will finally be able to give their own goodbye. “Seeing 50,000 Yankee fans on their feet honoring my brother will be something I will never forget,” Kevin Lidle said. The Associated Press contributed to this story. 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Long wait appears nearly over for Brown

first_imgLONDON – After a decade of waiting on the sidelines, Gordon Brown is about to get his big break. The taciturn treasurer, credited for much of Britain’s recent economic boom, is almost certain to become the next prime minister by the end of June, when Tony Blair steps down. Often described as dour, Brown has been criticized for everything from his dandruff to his alleged “Stalinist ruthlessness.” But he is largely an enigma, with little known about his political leanings. He has close ties to Democrats in the United States and is said to be particularly close to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. He once promised to “spend what it takes” to disarm Saddam Hussein and will likely keep British troops in Iraq for the near future. He will also probably try to maintain a strong relationship with Washington. Brown and Blair both won their Parliament seats in 1983, and it was the beginning of a long and often bitter rivalry for the pair known as the “Odd Couple.” The two found themselves sharing an office in Westminster. Immediately, they spotted each other’s strengths. When Labour Party leader John Smith died of a heart attack in 1994, both men were considered for the job. British newspapers have been saturated with rumors of squabbles between the two. While Blair initially supported the notion that Britain could embrace a common European currency, Brown quickly shot down the idea. Blair, needing Brown’s backing, dropped the notion. Few could ignore Brown’s economic mastery or political ambition.Brown stuck to Labour’s 1997 pledge to freeze income taxes. He increased government expenditures. He also pushed for the Bank of England’s independence, credited for Britain’s steady economic boom since World War II.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea don’t fear Euro superpowers – Conte

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea blew their chance to finish top of Group C in the Champions League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid despite a Stefan Savic (R) own goal  © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Antonio Conte insists Chelsea have nothing to fear in the Champions League last 16 even though his side could face a crunch clash with Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain.Conte’s team blew their chance to finish top of Group C as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. That allowed Roma to clinch pole position with a win over Qarabag, the Italians moving above Chelsea because of their better head-to-head record.Turkish side Besiktas or Sevilla, if they win a group currently topped by Liverpool, are other possible opponents for the English champions.But Chelsea boss Conte is adamant his players shouldn’t be scared about taking on one of the big guns because they are strong enough to trouble any team.“When you play this competition and you go through to the next round you must be ready to face the best teams,” he said.“In this case we know we could play Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain or Besiktas.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is adamant his players shouldn’t be scared about taking on one of the big guns in the Champions League last 16 © AFP / Glyn KIRK“We must be ready. At the same time I think our opponent won’t be happy to play against us.“It is a fantastic competition. We reached the next round and we must be happy with this.”Already lagging well behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, Chelsea can’t rely on Europe for silverware despite Conte’s fighting talk.But while City, Tottenham Manchester United have cruised through to the last 16, Conte claims Chelsea had to battle through a much harder group.– Problematic –And the Italian warned Chelsea’s English rivals that it won’t be easy to maintain that form in the latter stages of the competition.“Last season we won the league but it was a surprise. This season we are trying to do our best in the league and the Champions League,” he said.“We have to show we deserve to go through to the next round and to fight until the end for the title.“Our group was really tough. It was easy for a lot of these teams to go to the next round.“But this season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games, then you arrive at the final stage. For this reason is can be problematic to win it.Chelsea’s downfall against Atletico was poor marking by Tiemoue Bakayoko, who allowed Saul Niguez (R) to head home in the second half before the hosts equalised © AFP / Ian KINGTON“The English teams are very good, they have the possibility to reach the final. The only question is what physical condition.”Chelsea’s downfall against Atletico was poor marking by Tiemoue Bakayoko, who allowed Saul Niguez to head home in the second half before the hosts equalised through Stefan Savic’s own goal.Conte refused to blame Bakayoko, saying: “He is a young player. He is working to try to improve.“In this case it’s important to have patience. Mistakes are normal.”After finishing as Champions League runners-up in 2014 and 2016, Atletico missed out on the last 16 for the first time since 2010 and are consigned to the Europa League.They needed a win and Roma to drop points in the last round of fixtures, but despite the disappointment, boss Diego Simeone insisted they had nothing to be ashamed of.“We only lost one game in the 90th minute but I repeat there are no excuses,” he said.“I wouldn’t say it’s a failure. We knew it could happen. To the fans I would say we have a long season ahead and we will see what happens.“We showed strength, we showed we are a competitive team.“Without doubt we’ve paid the price for not being able to win the two games against Qarabag.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ousted official to get $95,000

first_imgLOS ANGELES: Council doesn’t need to approve payout for ex-transit chief. By Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITER City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and City Councilman Bernard Parks approved a $95,000 payout Monday to former Los Angeles transit chief Gloria Jeff, who claimed she was unfairly fired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Delgadillo and Parks were the two supporting votes on the three-member Claims Board, which can authorize settlements up to $100,000 without council or mayoral approval. The mayor’s representative on the board, attorney Tom Saenz, did not attend the meeting. Under the settlement, Jeff will agree to drop the appeal of her termination, along with any other legal claims she may have against the city. The voter-approved city charter empowers the mayor to hire and fire general managers. However, some African- American community leaders and council members said the mayor unfairly fired Jeff, giving her an ultimatum to resign immediately or be fired, with no explanation, after he personally recruited her to the $200,000-a-year job. Villaraigosa’s office has said Jeff was warned that her management of the Department of Transportation was deficient and after that she was encouraged to seek communications and leadership training. Jeff was hired in March 2006. She’d previously worked as director of the Michigan Department of Transportation and as a federal transit official under former President Clinton. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Juventus ready to make £24m summer move for Chelsea midfielder

first_img1 Oscar in action for Chelsea Juventus are set to reignite their interest in Chelsea midfielder Oscar in the summer.The Old Lady expressed an interest in signing the Brazilian international in January but any attempts to make contact with the player’s representatives were quickly blocked by Chelsea.However, according to Tuttosport, Antonio Conte wants to revamp Chelsea’s midfield if he is announced as the club’s next manager and Oscar may not be included in the Italian’s future plans.Juventus are ready to fork out £24m for the 24-year-old and pounce on a period of change at Stamford Bridge.Oscar joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012 and has won the Premier League, League Cup and the Europa League with the club.last_img


first_imgThe second of a series of outdoor concerts in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter will take place this bank holiday weekend, Saturday 2nd May.Letterkenny’s Church LaneThe fundraising concert will take place in the centre of Letterkenny at the Market Square and will include a range of local acts from Donegal. The event takes place from 4.30-6.30pm and it’s free entry for all the family.Last month, the Cathedral Quarter committee hosted an inaugural outdoor concert on Saint Patrick’s Day which was a great success. There was a large attendance throughout the day and the concert showcased a host of local musicians and dancers. The Cathedral Quarter committee hopes to grow the outdoor concerts into a festival which takes place in the heart of Letterkenny.Commenting on the planned series of outdoor concerts, Donnan Harvey said “The first concert on the Church Lane was a great success so we’re looking forward to building on that. Long term, the vision is to continue to host the outdoor concerts and then build towards creating a large scale festival in the town. We want to provide a showcase for our best local talent as well as bringing in some big bands and groups and it should be a great boost for businesses in the town. It’s an exciting time for everyone on the Cathedral Quarter committee and we look forward to the concert on May 2nd.”The Cathedral Quarter originally began as the Save the Church Lane campaign. Since its formation last year, the project has gathered significant momentum in its efforts to regenerate the historical Church Lane. The long term goal is to create a hidden treasure in the heart of Letterkenny for locals and tourists to enjoy. For more information log onto  OUTDOOR CONCERT FOR LETTERKENNY’S CATHEDRAL QUARTER was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cathedral Quarterdonegalletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council working with Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced the establishment of a new economic development initiative in Massachusetts.The Councils have a long history of collaborative working which is now structured under the North West Regional Development Group (NWRDG) involving Elected Representatives from both Donegal and Derry City & Strabane District Councils.The overall aim of the NWRDG is to advance the North West of Ireland as a region under three strategic pillars:• Business and Economic Growth• Physical and Environmental Development• Community and Social Cohesion and Wellbeing This new economic development initiative will see both Councils working collaboratively to actively market the North West of Ireland.The services of Boston-based economic development consulting firm Benchmark Strategieshas been engaged on a pilot basis for the next six months to support thisbilateral trade and investment initiative in Massachusetts.The Councils will be working closely with corporations, industry associations, site selection consultants and with the involvement of the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI to build business partnerships that will lead to job creation and economic growth.This initiative will serve a dual mission assisting U.S. companies to utilize theNorth West as a gateway to Europe and help accelerate Irish based companies expand into the North American market. Commenting jointly following the announcement this week, Seamus Neely from Donegal County Council and John Kelpie from Derrry City and Strabane District Council said: “Our proposition is a simple one – we have some of the most talented, innovative and creative companies situated anywhere in the world.“We can offer companies, with expansion plans the opportunity to trade within both the EU and UK regulatory environments. We can support this expansion through superfast broadband connectivity, a University educated skills base and a competitive corporation tax base.“The North West of Ireland has a long history of collaboration and business linkages with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and we are delighted to announce this strategic initiative aimed at further embedding these relationships.”In November, both Councils will lead a joint business delegation to Massachusetts. This delegation will include locally based companies that are interested in expanding to the United States. COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEW ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP IN MASSACHUSETTS was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bostonDonegal County CouncilMassachusettsNorth West Regional Development Group (NWRDG)last_img read more


first_imgClub notes for Donegal GFC Boston this week:Donegal club members and supporters participate in amateur boxing showdown!!On Friday night, March 23rd, Ireland versus the USA in a white coillaramateur boxing showdown.The friday night fight is a fundraiser (organised by Mark Porter(Cockhill) with help from EamonKellyBallymagan), Paddy Mc Devitt (Fintown) and Kevin Doherty(Carndonagh) for the Dana Farber Cancer Foundation. A host of charachters from both sides of the Atlantic are taking part.Flying the flag for Donegal are:Eamon Kelly, Ballymagan: Neil Doherty, Rashenny: Daniel Friel, Urris:Paddy Mc Laughlin, Cockhill: Michael Mc Bride, Carrigart: Mark Porter,Cockhill: Brian Boyce, Carrigart: Denise Trimble, Glenties:Chuck ODonnell, Drumfries: Aaron Deery, Buncranna: Stephen Lafferty, Glengad.The event is taking place at The Marina Bay Sports Complex, 260Victory Road, Quincy. Doors open at 7pm , first bout at 7.30pm.TRAINING:Training has commenced on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on Malibubeach, Dorchester at 7pm.   GAA: CLUB NOTES FOR DONEGAL GFC, BOSTON was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bostonGAA: CLUB NOTES FOR DONEGAL GFClast_img read more

Draymond Green’s mother has a few things to say about Warriors tensions

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceIf I ever find myself in a pinch, I want someone like Draymond Green’s mother in my corner.Mary Babers-Green has been strongly supportive of her son since his altercation with Kevin Durant, and the one-game suspension that followed. Mary is backing Draymond all the way — that’s what moms are for. In fact, replying to a Twitter post, she makes an interesting point regarding that final, ill-fated …last_img

Healthy, rested and ready: Sharks’ Erik Karlsson set for 2019 preseason debut

first_imgSAN JOSE — It’s been a while since anyone has seen a healthy Erik Karlsson skate in a game at SAP Center. About eight months, to be more exact.That’s what will happen Thursday as Karlsson will make his 2019 preseason debut with the Sharks hosting the Calgary Flames in their next to last game on the exhibition schedule.Karlsson will be paired with Brenden Dillon as the Sharks are expected to dress nearly a full regular season-type lineup. Goalie Martin Jones, defenseman Brent Burns and …last_img