Staff Sgt. Billy Cook, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, brought his family to the Army birthday and welcome home ceremony in Washington Park Friday. Tara Cook calls her husband’s 15 months in Iraq “a really long tour,” and worse for her than his more recent year in Afghanistan. Cook’s wife and three children are happy he's serving stateside as a recruiter now.
Retired Major Sario Caravalho spoke of his three tours in Vietnam and the special men with whom he served during a salute to Vietnam era veterans.
Solar Impulse, the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane, is on its way to Cincinnati, a surprise stop because of weather issues in Washington D.C. The carbon fiber plane has a wingspan of 208 ft. (like a Boeing 747), and weighs about as much as a small car (3,527 lbs.) It can fly day and night without fuel or polluting emissions. It is 80 ft. nose to tail.
Cincinnati council member Christopher Smitherman will step down as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP while he is running for re-election to council.
A number of members of the local chapter have urged Smitherman to leave the NAACP presidency while running for office. In a statement released Friday, Smitherman said he was doing so under a policy adopted by the NAACP's national board of directors in 1968.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in Major League Baseball - the back-to-back no-hitters thrown by Cincinnati Reds' lefthander Johnny Vander Meer.
WVXU's Howard Wilkinson sat down this week with Greg Rhodes, the Reds' official historian, and Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and to talk about the historic games and how the Reds will mark the anniversary: