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National News – Notre Dame To Be Rebuilt in 5 Years, People’s Most Influential 100 Issue Released

by Don Early and Aaron Martinez for Basin Life Magazine

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In France, French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to see the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt within five years. 

Bells will toll at cathedrals around France on Wednesday evening in honor of the monument. Remarkably, no one was killed in the fire, after firefighters and church officials speedily evacuated the site during a mass. 

On Monday, the storied Paris landmark caught fire in what is being treated as an accident. The massive fire burned for hours, sending up plumes of smoke visible across the city.   Macron said Tuesday in a televised address to the nation that “we will rebuild Notre Dame cathedral even more beautiful.” 

He added that “we can do it and once again, we will mobilize” to do so. 

Macron’s 5-year deadline – which happens to coincide with the 2024 Paris Olympics, which the government wants to make a major showcase – struck many as unrealistic. 

Pierluigi Pericolo, in charge of restoration and security at the St. Donatian basilica in Nantes, said it could take two to five years just to secure Notre Dame, given its size. 

Bishop Patrick Chauvet, the church’s rector, said “a segment of the cathedral has been very weakened” by the devastating fire. He did not elaborate which section he was talking about.   He added it was unclear what the church’s 67 employees would be doing in the future. 

The Paris prosecutor said Tuesday morning there’s no evidence of arson in the Notre Dame fire and that they’re working on the assumption that the blaze was an accident. 

Colorado authorities searching for Columbine-obsessed woman who threatened Denver schools

Colorado authorities are searching for a woman they say is “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and made threats to schools in the Denver metropolitan area.

The 18-year-old woman, Sol Pais, traveled to Colorado Monday night and is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Pais is about 5-foot-5, has brown hair and was last seen Monday night in the foothills of Jefferson County wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots, authorities said.

She is allegedly “infatuated” with the Columbine shooting and traveled to Colorado and purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.

Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI, said a “massive” manhunt was ongoing Tuesday night and the woman had last been spotted in the foothills west of Denver.

The 20-year anniversary of the shooting is on Saturday.

All schools in the Denver metropolitan area were placed on lockout on Tuesday in response to the threats. Students were later released from class as normal, according to Jefferson County Public Schools.

No students were injured and the lockout was a precaution recommended by the Colorado Department of Education.

Authorities announced late Tuesday they would be closing all Denver schools on Wednesday. Nearby public schools in Littleton, Cherry Creek, Aurora and Jefferson and Douglas counties will also be closed.

The threat is not isolated to one school or individual, police said.

Ice cream’s Ben and Jerry’s Company is recalling two of its ice cream flavors because it contains unlisted ingredients.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, this includes pints of Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey .

The FDA notes that the ice creams may quote “inadvertently” contain tree nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts that are not declared in the ingredient list or allergy information list.

Affected Ben and Jerry’s coconut Seven layer Bar Bulk contains the best by date of  Sept1520bj4 and its Chunky Monkey flavor with the best by dates of AUG2820BH2, AUG2920BH2, or AUG3020BH2.

If you are unsure if you have either of these products in your freezer, you are urged to discard the product immediately.

For more information on the recalled items click here to be redirected to the FDA website.

Time Magazine releases Issue of 100 Most Influential People

Actor Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Taylor Swift, Anchor Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the famous featured in Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.

The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actress Sandra Oh.

Dwayne Johnson was praised for establishing a positive work environment, while Oh is cited for her creative life.

Musician Shawn Mendez wrote Swift “makes anyone older feel young again.”

The issue is comprised of short tributes to its honorees that are written by fellow global leaders throughout all industries.

President Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former first lady Michelle Obama were among the 100 people on this year’s list.

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