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Donations sought for decorations at veteran cemetery in Italy

July 3, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A pair of Mitchell natives is raising money to continue decorating the graves of South Dakotans who died in Italy during World War II.
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MARILYN HAGERTY: When a feller needs a friend, a trip to Italy helps

March 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dear Shirley, I never knew I had so many friends. They are coming out of the woodwork now that Anderson Cooper surprised me when I was in New York last week. At the end of his interview that was shown Tuesday, he said Celebrity Cruises is going to fly me and a friend to a 12-night luxury voyage along the Mediterranean. It would be aboard Celebrity Silhouette. Can you believe all this that has happened since I went viral, Shirley? Continue Reading

Prolific Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla dies at 68

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

His musical roots were in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk to pop to classical to opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians. Continue Reading

Mild recession expeced in eurozone

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Though austerity measures are the main pillar in Europe’s strategy to fight the debt crisis, they are clearly hurting the economy in the short-term Spain and Italy are expected to sink into recession this year as their governments cut debt aggressively. Continue Reading

Divers find 8 more bodies in ruins of Italian cruise ship

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship off a Tuscan island found eight bodies today on one of the passenger decks, including that of a missing 5-year-old Italian girl, authorities said. Continue Reading

One month after cruise ship disasters, relatives toss roses in sea nearby

February 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Authorities say 15 people remain missing and are presumed dead after the ship hit a reef Jan. 13 when the captain made an unauthorized maneuver. Seventeen people are confirmed dead. Continue Reading

Oil spreads from wreck of cruise ship off Italy coast

February 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A thin film of oil spread from the Costa Concordia cruise ship as waves battered its wreckage off Italy’s coast today, adding to fears of an environmental disaster in the area’s sensitive, pristine waters. Continue Reading

Italy ends search for missing people in submerged part of cruise ship

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Italy’s Civil Protection agency said today that technical studies indicated the deformed hull of the ship created too many safety concerns to continue the search within it. Relatives of the missing and diplomatic officials representing their countries have been informed of the decision, it said in a statement. Continue Reading

OBIT: Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, 93, past Italian president

January 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Oscar Luigi Scalfaro held numerous prestigious posts before becoming Italy’s ninth postwar president, a position that is largely ceremonial but carries the significant role of moral compass for the country. Continue Reading

Costa offers $14,460 per person for ruined Italy cruise

January 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ROME (AP) Costa Crociere SpA offered uninjured passengers $14,460 apiece Friday to compensate them for lost baggage and the psychological trauma they suffered after their cruise ship ran aground and capsized off Tuscany. Continue Reading