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Datebook: December 22 – Shoe Bomber 10 Years Ago

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Ten years ago today, passengers on Flight 63, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, complained of a smoke smell shortly after meal service. Flight attendant, Hermis Moutardier found Richard Colvin Reid sitting alone near a window, attempting to light a match. She warned him of no smoking on the plane and he promised he would stop. A few minutes later, she returned to find him leaning over in his seat – that’s when she saw a shoe in his lap, a fuse leading into the shoe, and a lit match. He was eventually subdued by passengers using seatbelts and headphone cords. Two fighter jets escorted the plane to the Logan Airport. Authorities found 100 grams of plastic explosives hidden in the shoes, enough to blow a large hole in the aircraft. Reid was an Islamic fundamentalist and self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda operative from the UK. He was later convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. We can ‘thank’ him for making us all have to take our shoes off at the airport now.

It’s Thursday, December 22

The United Way of Murray Calloway County is looking for education, income and health related nonprofit programs to invest community dollars. It is accepting applications from any 501c3 organization in Murray-Calloway County through January 20. See mccunitedway.org or call 270-753-0317 for an application.

Visit the River Discovery Center at 117 South Water Street at the Riverfront in Paducah to learn more about how the waterways affect our region. The museum shop features river books, educational toys and games, jewelry, clothing and nautical items. In downtown’s oldest standing structure, the River Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 to 5.

Murray Calloway County Hospital has a critical need for 0-Negative and A-Negative Blood types. The Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is on the first floor of the North Tower. Call 270-762-1119 for an appointment. A blood donor must be 18 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass brief health exams.

Tonight at 9 hear a special Café Jazz Christmas program with Brian Clardy. See more about it at wkms.org.

 

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