Watch The Old Bethlehem Steel HQ In Pennsylvania Implode

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An important piece of Pennsylvania history is now gone. Martin Tower, the former world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, was imploded last Sunday. The entire structure was destroyed instantly. It was a 21-story building that weighed around 16,000 tons. They took a video which shows the moment that the building imploded.

Crowds in Pennsylvania came together to watch the building implode. The building was 47 years old and have been vacant for over a decade when Bethlehem Steel went out of business. It was previously the country’s second-largest steelmaker. The building was once a big deal in Pennsylvania, so the demolition felt like the end of an era.

Learn why the building was demolished

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Former Bethlehem Steel HQ / Wikimedia Commons

The current owners said that it made more economic sense to implode the building and then start from scratch. There are plans for a new development. According to Fox News, the plans are reportedly a $200 million development that will have medical offices, retail stores, a restaurant, a convenience store, a hotel, and 528 apartments! Wow… it sounds like a big deal.

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Bethlehem Steel old photo / Wikimedia Commons

Bethlehem Steel supplied ships and armaments to the U.S. military during World War II. Many incredible landmarks in the United States, including the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more have steel that was from Bethlehem Steel.

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Martin Tower / Wikipedia

Unfortunately, when the recession hit, the company declared bankruptcy in 2001 and closed its doors permanently two years later. Now, America is the fifth largest producer of steel in the world. China is the first.

This demolition has been in the works for a while. The building was vacant since 2007 and different plans have surfaced since then. Originally, the owners were going to try to salvage the building and put something new in. However, it ultimately made sense to demolish the structure.

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My colleague Andre Malok and I collaborated to produce this video. Martin Tower, opened in 1972 as global headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, Sunday May 19, 2019, it was imploded to clear the site at Eighth and Eaton avenues in West Bethlehem for a $200 million mixed-used redevelopment. . . . . #martintower #bethlehemsteel #bethlehempa #implosion #igmartintower #lehighvalleylive #lehighvalley #lehighvalleypa #pa #pennsylvania #drone #dji #phantom4

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Check out the video below. It created a dust plume that lingered for a while. According to Wikipedia, “Demolition officials said it was a ‘textbook implosion.’ The entire building, consisting of 6,500 square feet of concrete and 16,000 tons of steel, came down in only 16 seconds. Nearby roads and highways were open soon after it came down.” What do you think about the demolition of this historic building?

Watch the Brady Kids do some demolition work of their own while renovating the home from the Brady Bunch for HGTV!

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Queen Elizabeth Had A Funny Reaction To Her First Self-Checkout Machine

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Queen Elizabeth obviously doesn’t grocery shop on her own. In fact, she only has been to the supermarket a few times in her lifetime! Recently, she went to a grocery store and saw a self-checkout machine for the first time. Those self-checkout machines have been around for a while, and the Queen had a very retable response to them!

When she learned what they were, she asked, “don’t people cheat it?” The 93-year-old had a funny response when she saw these self-checkout machines. She kept asking if people trick or cheat the system and get things for free. That is a very good question!

The reason the Queen was seen at a grocery store

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Queen Elizabeth II at self-checkout line / Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The 93-year-old Queen visited Sainsbury’s in London’s Covent Garden in honor of their 150th anniversary. A regional manager for the Sainsbury’s store was showing the Queen how to use the self-checkout lane when she asked, “And you can’t trick it? You can’t cheat then?”

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Queen Elizabeth II visits a pop-up Sainsbury’s store on the site of one of the original stores to mark the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain on May 22, 2019, in London, England. / Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

The manager laughed and told her that the weighted bagging area ensures that you bag what you scan and pay for. Many self-checkout lines also have cameras and workers watching to make sure people don’t sneak and steal something. He also told her that many customers love the convenience. She had a very wise response.

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Queen Elizabeth II / Karwai Tang/WireImage

She agreed, adding, “I’m sure they do. Everybody wants to hurry.” Very true in this day and age! Do you miss the good old days when people moved a little slower?

Normally, the Queen visits supermarkets for official business. Although, she has been seen slipping away to shop during summer break. That sounds like something she would love to do! She looked as beautiful as ever during the visit as well. Watch the video below to see her visit to the Sainsbury’s last week. It looked like a very special event!

Learn how Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday each year! This past year, she celebrated her birthday on Easter Sunday.

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Queen’s Longtime Guitarist Brian May Helps Save Hedgehogs In His Free Time

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Queen‘s guitarist Brian May has an interesting hobby. One of his passions in life is saving tiny hedgehogs. He created the Amazing Grace rescue center at his estate in Surrey, England with co-founder Anne Brummer. It is a place where sick hedgehogs are rehabilitated and then released back into the world.

According to People, Brian said, “The actual hands-on thing of saving animals is so rewarding and so inspiring. It’s brought me all kinds of wonderful joys that I never even dreamed of. To see these animals come in hurt, poisoned, dehydrated and see them taken care of and then let out for another chance in the wild, to me it’s one of the greatest joys that’s ever come into my life.”

The center has rehabilitated thousands of hedgehogs in a few short years

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As if you need reminding … Watch Bri, Steve Backshall and Anne Brummer on Channel 5 in ‘Saving Britains Hedgehogs’ Episode 1 8pm Wednesday 8th May Episode 2 8pm Wednesday 15th May

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The 71-year-old created the rescue center three years ago and since then they have treated thousands of hedgehogs. Many came to the center injured, but they have also cared for some newborn hedgehogs as well.

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Hedgehog / Pixabay

Hedgehogs exist in the wild, and some can be pets. They are generally very small and are near-sighted which makes it hard for them to see. This means that they can get caught in objects like soccer nets, drain holes, and many more everyday items.

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Thanks for caring about Hedgehogs, folks. Tonight’s Episode 1 is available on catch-up, and Episode 2 is at the same time (8pm) next Wednesday. Together we CAN save our wonderful native creatures from extinction. Bri

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When a hedgehog is brought into the center, they receive medical care and have their basic needs met. They also get cleaned up if necessary. The center has a place called “Hedgehog Heaven” where they can get acquainted with the wild again in a safe space. It has a garden and lots of dirt for them to dig around in.

They learn to forage and take care of themselves again in Hedgehog Heaven. When they are ready, Brian and his team let the hedgehogs free in the wild. Hopefully to live a happy and healthy long life!

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Tonight !!! – Channel 5 – 8pm – with Steve Backshall – Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs – Episode 2 – the climax !!! See you there – Bri

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As adorable as the hedgehogs are, it can be difficult to see them hurt. Brian shares that some of them arrive with terrible injuries and may need serious medical care and even amputations.

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Ha ! Hedgehogs on TV ! And us ! Ouch ! It’s always embarrassing watching yourself on Telly ! But hopefully@this got some good messages across … Did we do OK ? Thanks Channel 5 ! Thanks @backshall.steve – Thanks @anneatsaveme — 💥💥💥💥. Episode 2 is same next week. Bri

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Brian talks about a recent surgery on one of his hedgehogs, “I don’t think any of us realized how stressful it was going to be. You realize how much on a knife-edge an operation like that is. If they hadn’t been able to get her breathing again, so skillfully, that would have been it. That would have been a terrible outcome. But she seems great.”

What do you think about Brian May taking care of hedgehogs? Who knew this rock god was saving little creatures in his spare time!

Brian also recently opened up about Bohemian Rhapsody and how he felt when Freddie passed away.

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Things U.S. Presidents Did After They Left The White House

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When a President is the President, their life is under a microscope. You may see what a former President is up to during his retirement from time to time, but do you know what a President’s retirement actually looks like? Of course, every former President has different hobbies and families.

Some write memoirs, take up a new hobby, or even continue to stay in tune with the current political atmosphere. Take a look at what some of the former U.S. Presidents did after they left the White House:

1. Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton / Flickr

Right after he left the White House, Clinton worked on his memoir called “My Life.” He then joined his wife Hillary on her quest for the White House.

2. Lyndon B. Johnson

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Lyndon B. Johnson / Wikimedia Commons

Johnson started smoking again and grew out his hair. Reportedly, he was very skeptical about the state of America in his later years.

3. Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt / Wikimedia Commons

Theodore Roosevelt loved the outdoors, so when he left the White House he went on a speaking tour in Europe. He also went on a safari in Africa.

4. George W. Bush

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George W. Bush / Flickr

After he left the White House, he took up painting! You can actually find his paintings in a book called “Portraits of Courage.”

5. Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter / Wikimedia Commons

Carter worked hard on philanthropic causes, mainly Habitat for Humanity, well into his 90s. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for co-founding the Carter Center, which works to gain peace in the world and eradicate diseases. He also became friends with Willie Nelson!

Read on to the NEXT page to find out what Ronal Reagan and others did when they retired!

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Recap Of Live Reboot Of ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’

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We previously reported that Jimmy Kimmel and original show creator Norman Lear were teaming up to produce new live episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons with a new cast. ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons starred Woody Harrelson, Jamie Fox, Marisa Tomei, Wanda Sykes, and some other famous faces.

The original series premiered in the ’70s and paved the way for many sitcoms to follow. Norman, Jimmy, and the cast wanted to recreate some of that magic for new audiences. At the end of the special, Jimmy said, “I imagined this would be great and I just can’t believe how great it was and how great you all were.”

Learn more about the live special

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Bunkers and Jeffersons / ABC

The 90-minute special actually re-created famous episodes from the original shows. The actors were encouraged to put their own spin on the characters, especially since the original actors are just too classic to copy. The episodes that were re-created were “Henry’s Farewell” from All in the Family in 1973 and “A Friend in Need” from The Jeffersons in 1975.

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Edith Bunker and Louise Jefferson / ABC

Many claim that these sitcoms are now considered too offensive. The scripts were delivered just as they were in the ’70s, complete with racial slurs. However, the N-word was bleeped out. Norman had a quick note about the original scripts.

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Tom and Helen Willis / ABC

He said, “When we introduced America to the Bunkers and the Jeffersons, people weren’t used to TV shows dealing with issues like racism and sexism, but we thought humor was a way into people’s hearts. The language and themes from almost 50 years ago can still be jarring today and we are still grappling with many of these same issues. We hope tonight will make you laugh, provoke discussion and encourage action.”

There was a special appearance by an original cast member

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Marla Gibbs / ABC

Original cast member from The Jeffersons, Marla Gibbs, played the maid Florence Johnston once again. She was welcomed by a cheering studio audience and it was a great surprise! Another fun surprise was Jennifer Hudson’s performance of The Jefferson’s theme song as she danced through the set. What did you think about her version of the iconic theme song?

One funny part was when Jamie Foxx flubbed a line and some of the other actors couldn’t help but laugh. It was live after all.

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Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel / ABC

Did you watch Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons? If so, what did you think about it? Which actor do you think played the character correctly and which ones flopped?

If you enjoyed the special and this recap, take a look back seven All In The Family episodes that shaped television into what it is today!

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Hospital Sees A Baby Duck Parade Every Year And It’s Adorable

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You may have seen a cute little duck parade outdoors, but have you ever seen one inside? Every year at the University of Rochester’s Thompson Health hospital in New York, a mother duck shows off her new ducklings to the employees and patients at the hospital.

A week ago, the hospital posted on Facebook, “Every year, without fail, a mama duck chooses one of the enclosed courtyards at our M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to lay her eggs and take care of her babies. She lets us know when she’s ready to go by tapping on the glass, and this morning, it was time for this annual rite of spring.”

See the adorable photos of the duck parade

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Duck parade inside the hospital / Facebook

The ducks come inside for their little parade and then are let back outside. Employees follow the ducks with old signs to guide them in the right direction. The hospital also posted some photos of employees and patients enjoying the parade. Animals are always a great way to uplift someone’s mood, and these ducks are no exception.

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A patient and employees of the hospital enjoying the duck parade / Facebook

The duck and her babies follow the same path each year. The staff will guide them to go the right way and head back outside. The ducks head over to a nearby park to continue their journey. We wonder how it happened that they decided to let the ducks inside to walk around and show off! It is such a sweet idea and surely something they look forward to every spring.

An employee joked in the comment’s section that the mama duck has them trained. It sure seems like it!

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An employee letting the ducks back outside / Facebook

This spring, this mother duck had 13 babies to show off. The hospital considers is a springtime rite of passage. Turns out, this isn’t the only cute duck parade around! Watch the video below to see ducks parade at an elementary school.

The hospital also wrote on their Facebook page, “There they go! Good luck, guys. We’ll miss you!” Aww, we hope the ducks are doing well and we can’t wait to see another duck parade with new babies next spring!

If you loved this story about baby ducks, you’ll love this story about a disabled duck taking its first steps with the help of a special wheelchair!

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