5 January 2017

Georges Pretre, conductor in NY, Vienna, Milan, dies at 92

In this Jan. 1 2010 file photo, French Maestro Georges Pretre, center, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra accept applause from the audience during the traditional New Year's concert at Vienna, Austria. Pretre, who conducted renowned symphonies from Vienna to Milan's La Scala and New York's Metropolitan Opera and was instrumental in Maria Callas' opera career, has died. He was 92.
Georges Pretre, who conducted renowned orchestras from Vienna to Milan and New York and beyond and was instrumental in Maria Callas' singing career, has died. He was 92.
Still conducting until the final months of his life, "the Maestro Georges Pretre" died at his home in southern France on Wednesday, according to a statement from Milan's La Scala hailing his 50-year relationship with the theater.

Train crashes at end of platform; 100 people injured

An injured passenger is assisted by an EMS worker as he lies on a gurney outside Atlantic Terminal after a Long Island Rail Road incident, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Officials said a commuter train either hit something or derailed as it arrived at the terminal.
A packed Long Island Rail Road rush hour train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major transportation hub on Wednesday, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each other.
The front of the slow-moving train hit a bumping block as it pulled into Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, left the tracks and smashed into a small structure, apparently a work area. A rail pierced the floor of a train car, authorities said.

Hockey hall of famer Milt Schmidt, 1951 NHL MVP, dies at 98

In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) participate with Bruins legends Milt Schmidt (15) and Bobby Orr in a ceremonial puck drop before an NHL hockey game in Boston. Schmidt, a hockey hall of famer, has died at the age of 98, Bruins team spokesman Matt Chmura said Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Schmidt, the NHL MVP in 1951, was the league's oldest living former player.
Milt Schmidt, the hockey hall of famer who led Boston to two Stanley Cup championships as the center of the "Kraut Line," served Canada in World War II and returned to the NHL to win its MVP award and two more titles as the Bruins general manager, died on Wednesday, the team said.
He was 98.
Schmidt had been the oldest living NHL player. He was the only person in Bruins franchise history to serve as on-ice captain, coach and general manager.