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Florida recount: Election workers were recounting ballots Sunday in Florida’s bitterly close races for the U.S. Senate and governor, ramping up their efforts after the secretary of state ordered a review of the two nationally watched contests. Miami-Dade County election officials began feeding ballots into scanning machines Saturday night. The tedious work in that one South Florida county alone could take days. Multiply that by 67 counties in the nation’s third most populous state, and the scope of the task was beginning to sink in Sunday. In Palm Beach County, the supervisor of elections said she doesn’t believe her department can meet the Thursday deadline. Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race; Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the Senate contest. Electrocutions: Two workers were electrocuted and a third injured when industrial equipment at a potash mine in eastern Utah touched a power line. Russell Helquist and Matthew Johnston died Saturday at the Intrepid Potash facility near Moab and a third man, Arthur Secrest, was hospitalized after being found unconscious, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said. In a statement, Intrepid said a “corporate crisis management team has contacted the appropriate authorities and the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.” Transgender student: A professor has sued officials at his university in Ohio after receiving a warning for violating its nondiscrimination policy by not addressing a transgender student using the gender term preferred by that student. Nicholas Meriwether filed a federal lawsuit last week against officials at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. He contends they violated his rights by compelling him to speak in a way that contradicts his religious beliefs as a Christian. Meriwether argued he treated the student like “other biologically male students.” Bush honor: Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are this year’s recipients of the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for their commitment to veterans. Former Vice President Joe Biden presented the award at the Philadelphia History Museum on Sunday, which was Veterans Day. This was the second year Biden has taken part in the Liberty Medal ceremony. Last year, he presented the award to Sen. John McCain, who died this year. Seattle blaze: A large fire that began in a lumberyard warehouse in Seattle engulfed several buildings near the city’s ship canal and caused some power outages. The city’s fire department sent multiple engines as well as fire boats to battle the blaze, which began late Saturday. There were no immediate reports of injuries. In all, the blaze engulfed five buildings, including some belonging to Northwest Millwork and Gascoigne Lumber. The fire was brought under control, and no injuries were reported. Source:

Veterans Day: Local POW shares Vietnam experience - Shawnee News Star

Tucked away in a cul de sac of Norman, Oklahoma, off State Highway 9, Commander Dan Glenn sits in a chair, hands resting on the arms, and eyes wandering into the distance, finding their way back to Vietnam

Tucked away in a cul de sac of Norman, Oklahoma, off State Highway 9, Commander Dan Glenn sits in a chair, hands resting on the arms, and eyes wandering into the distance, finding their way back to Vietnam.

A Shawnee native, Glenn, 78, served as a pilot for the United States Navy in the 1960s. After receiving his degree in architecture from The University of Oklahoma in 1965, Glenn found his way into the seat of an A-4, floating above the horizon.

On his second combat cruise and his 131st mission, Glenn was shot down over north Vietnam and taken prisoner. After five separate prisons and six years of torture, Glenn and the other prisoners of war were liberated and flown back to the U.S.

“Nobody really heard about Vietnam until...we started getting involved in Vietnam more heavily.”

Glenn grew up in Shawnee and attended Washington Elementary, with the exception of his second grade year when his family moved to Kansas. Glenn attended Shawnee High School and junior high.

In high school, a navy recruiter came to Shawnee — Glenn was impressed. With a lineage of members who served in the military, including World Wars I and II, and a chance at a scholarship from the navy, it wasn’t something he wanted to turn down.

“(The scholarship) was a big help because money was tight for our family,” Glenn’s eldest sister Kay Anderson, 82, said.

Glenn and Anderson are about three years apart and grew up with two other siblings. Anderson said Glenn made good grades in school.

However, growing up, Glenn said he didn’t know too much about Vietnam, or what was known as French Indochina, other than what was taught in elementary school. That changed, though, when Glenn was in flight training in OU’s ROTC program.

“I wanted to fly an A-4 and I preferred to fly on the west coast, which meant that that's what they wanted, that's what they were looking for,” Glenn said. “So (I) always got my first choice in maybe. But I always ask for things they needed me for.”

After flight training, Glenn received his first assignment in 1964 — to go to the replacement air group in Lemoore, California. The replacement group trains pilots in the plane they’re interested in and is about four or five months of additional training, he said.

The following February, Glenn was assigned to a squadron to prepare for flying in Vietnam.

“I had friends that were shot down before I even got to my squadron,” Glenn said. “It worries you a little bit to lose your friends. But typically you just kind of put that possibility at the lower end of the priority scale.”

“Pilots in general are, I guess they kind of feel like they're invincible,” he said.

“You remember every little thing that happens.”

In 1966, Glenn was on his second cruise on the Kitty Hawk, a type of boat the Navy uses that is similar to the boats used today. He started that May and started flying missions around Vietnam in November.

On Dec. 21, 1966, Dan Glenn was shot down by Vietnam fire.

“I've been shot at enough and missed,” Glenn said. “And did they get lucky or did they get good, I don’t know.”

During a routine mission on his way to Laos, Glenn and the four plane flight he was with flew over a hole in the clouds — he said the plane flying number one flew over that spot three times in a row.

“Which you’re never really supposed to do,” Glenn said. “You try to go someplace where they don’t know where you’re going.”

Glenn said while they were in the clouds, there was no indication they were being shot at.

Until he got hit.

“The time between the time I got hit and that I’m trying to figure out how long was it for,” Glenn said....


Gardens of the Cross Timbers: Holes in the ground - Shawnee News Star

When I was growing up, my family made journeys to Michigan. Five of us crammed together in one vehicle. Purpose was to visit my mother’s relatives. The first day was the LONG day. The goal was to get beyond St. Louis. On barn roofs were advertised caves and caverns in Missouri. Impossible to miss as barn after barn pointed the way to famous holes in the ground.

When I was growing up, my family made journeys to Michigan. Five of us crammed together in one vehicle. Purpose was to visit my mother’s relatives. The first day was the LONG day. The goal was to get beyond St. Louis. On barn roofs were advertised caves and caverns in Missouri. Impossible to miss as barn after barn pointed the way to famous holes in the ground.

The first, Fantastic Caverns, was near Springfield Missouri. This commercial show cave was an underground riverbed with limestone formations. People were carted through the underground seated in a tram. In 1867, some of the earliest explorers happened to be twelve adventurous ladies of the Springfield Woman’s Athletic Club. To commemorate the event, they carved their names into the rocks. Now a big no-no.

In east-central Missouri was Onondaga Cave. At one point the flowstones, stalactites, and stalagmites of calcite (dissolved limestone) were mined as “cave onyx.” Land disputes whirled around the giant cave over 50 years. Boats on the Meramec River provided cave access. A new entrance was dug in 1938 allowing the public to walk through the huge room of formations reflected in water.

Closer to St. Louis were Meramec Caverns, the largest commercial cavern system in Missouri. Saltpeter, component of gunpowder, was mined for years. Jesse and Frank James were reputed to have used Meramec as one of their hideouts. Parts of the movie “Tom Sawyer” and one episode of “Lassie” were filmed in one of the rooms. Guided tours take people past brightly lit curtains and spikes.

I actually did not have to leave Oklahoma to see a cave. Robber’s Cave near Wilburton was a hop, skip and jump from our house. Embedded in sandstone held together by calcite, the end of the cool cave was dynamited to seal it off, preventing curious spelunkers from getting lost or trapped. As the name implied, this cave served both the James Brothers and Belle Starr, outlaw queen. Belle was fascinating. She was classically educated with training in piano. The lady fell in with a rough crowd and became quite adept with pistols. The mother of two kept company with several different men over time. Judge Parker was more than familiar with her and her family.

Nescatunga Cave in northern Oklahoma was fifty-four miles northeast of Okeene. It was a wild cave in the Blaine Gypsum Formation. My teaching colleague heard about this cave and checked it out. We decided it would be a great field trip adventure for interested high school students led by us two science teachers. Our little group of spelunkers dropped through a hole in the ground wearing jeans, long-sleeved shirts, knee pads, helmets, candles, matches in plastic and flashlights.

The cool cave had open areas, rocky strewn paths with tight passages and tunnels with water deceivingly deep. You had to wedge your back against one rock ledge while shuffling feet along the opposite rock wall. The cave system extended about 1 ½ miles underground. When we arrived at the largest room, all flashlights were extinguished. Total blackness was accompanied by the dripping sound of water. Wow. Too much wow. It was then we saw our most passionate student begin to shake. His body stiffened into a horizontal board. Not one word had been said about his epilepsy. We had no choice but to make sure he could breathe and hoped the seizure soon ended. After 30 minutes he began to talk. We retraced our path as fast as possible, keeping a steady eye on our patient. The group was thrilled to emerge above ground in beautiful daylight surrounded by greenery. We were...



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