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Eddie Andreini
Eddie Andreini

Human Race


Issue: "The GOP’s Greg Abbott," May 31, 2014


Long-time stunt pilot Eddie Andreini, 77, died on May 4 during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Andreini, who had performed at air shows for the last 25 years, was attempting to cut a ribbon stretched across the tarmac with the upside down tail of his Stearman biplane. Even though he had executed the maneuver countless times, he crashed upside down—away from the almost 100,000 spectators—and his plane caught fire.


Monica Lewinsky, 40, broke a decade-long media silence and said former President Bill Clinton “took advantage” of her when she was a White House intern in the 1990s. Lewinsky’s comments came in a May Vanity Fair story, in which she writes that the Clinton machine turned her into the first internet scapegoat. She expressed deep regret over the affair, and said it’s time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures.” Many analysts expect the Lewinsky affair to be a campaign issue if Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.


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Joshua Hall of Fort Worth, Texas, received four very special gifts for his 36th birthday on May 5: They were named Brooks, Elle, Sadie, and Ivy. The quadruplets were born prematurely on their dad’s birthday, but doctors say they are doing well and should be able to go home in about six weeks. Anna Hall, Joshua’s wife, said the couple, already the parents of two daughters, were hoping for a son: “We did get him. Just with three more sisters. So it was a blessing.”


Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal hot air balloon crash that killed the pilot and two passengers on May 9. Daniel Kirk, a 65-year-old Army veteran, had piloted balloons since he was in college and was a regular at national ballooning events. He was attempting to land the aircraft at twilight when it struck live power lines and burst into flames. The two passengers were both part of the University of Richmond athletic staff. Ballooning accidents have killed 114 people in the United States since 1964, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


An Ohio woman on May 11 gave birth to identical twins who were born holding hands. Babies Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite, who arrived on Mother’s Day, shared the same placenta and amniotic sac—a rare occurrence called monoamniotic—but were breathing on their own within a few hours. The condition only happens once in 10,000 pregnancies and can cause death by entangled umbilical cords. CNN was in the room to capture the medical rarity: “They’re already best friends,” mother Sarah Thistlethwaite said of the twins holding hands.


French troops on May 13 found the body of 26-year-old French photojournalist Camille Lepage in the Central African Republic, according to the presidential palace. Lepage was traveling with the anti-balaka group, civilian militia from mainly Christian communities who are fighting against the Muslim rebel group Seleka. French President Francois Hollande ordered a team to find the “killer of our compatriot,” suggesting she was assassinated. Lepage had been working in South Sudan since 2012 and was in CAR for a photography project.


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