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Old 06-24-2010, 05:05 PM
Location: Phoenix
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Originally Posted by jluke65780 View Post

1917: The Infamous lynching of Jesse Washington.

1950: The Waco Tornado

1993: Mount Carmel

2000: Bush became president.
Really? I would think the Branch Davidian Massacre would be the worst news event for Waco.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:41 PM
Location: Florida
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Orlando, FL

Feb 25, 2010: Seaworld whale attacked and killed trainer.

Nov 9, 2009: Downtown office building shooting. 6 were shot, 1 killed.

Summer 2008-present: Casey Anthony case

Aug 13, 2004: Hurricane Charley caused severe widespread damage to the city/metro.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:56 PM
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:06 PM
Location: Edmond, OK
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Were I am now, Oklahoma City, the Federal Building bombing in April 1995
In my hometown, Dallas, The assination of John F. Kennedy
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:14 PM
Location: Bayou City
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Houston Mass Murders

Enron Scandal
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:27 PM
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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For just the past decade, two things that stand out to me for Los Angeles/ Southern California in general would be:
1. Firestorm of 2007 that resulted in 14 deaths, 81 injuries, and 1,500 homes being destroyed in 7 counties from Santa Barbara through L.A. down to the Mexican border in San Diego. Literally, Southern California looked like Armageddon with the fires and smoke hanging over everything. I was about 3 miles from the Santiago Fire in Orange County.

2. In 2008, a Metrolink commuter rail train heading through the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles with 222 passengers crashed head on into a Union Pacific freight train. 26 people died and 181 were injured (many have life changing injuries/disabilities today). The image of the locomotive literally split through the first passenger car and the bodies lining up over several days outside the burnt wreck still horrifies me to this day. Metrolink riders share a common bond in So Cal. Many of the 40,000 daily riders have gotten to know each other on their routes and made friends on the particular train they take daily. Simi Valley station was hit especially hard, where 10 of the deceased were from. The train operator was texting and missed several signals to hold for the freight train RIP victims of Metrolink 111.

This letter posted on a fence among the makeshift memorials at Simi Valley station captures the sadness of a rider of train 111.

--Going back further, the Northridge Earthquake, numerous other fires, the Night Stalker, Manson Murders, Watts Riots, etc... have been some other bad events.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:40 PM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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9/11, DC snipers, anthrax attacks and Metro Red Line crash are the most recent ones. The riots after MLK's death were also pretty crazy.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:08 PM
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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2000/2009: Both years featured a pair of shooting sprees. Both of them in 2000 were racially motivated, one by an angry black man and one by a white supremacist. The first in 2009 was a 20-something who was dishonorably discharged from the military and got caught up in "New World Order" conspiracy theories. He got into a shootout with Pittsburgh police, killing three of them. The second one in 2009 was a sexually-frustrated 40-something who hated women.

1994: USAir Flight 427 crashed on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. There were 132 deaths, and no survivors.

1983: The Pittsburgh metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 17.1 percent to start the year, the highest of any major U.S. metro at the time. This was due to the collapse of the steel industry, and prompted a mass exodus of Pittsburghers that lasted into the first half of the 1990's. Thanks to the region's economic collapse, there are now Steeler bars in every major U.S. city.

Just outside the greater Pittsburgh area

2002: The Quecreek Mine disaster.

2001: The United Flight 93 crash (9/11).

1985: The Pennsylvania-Ohio tornado outbreak (a.k.a. the U.S.-Canada outbreak).

1889: The Johnstown Flood.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:46 PM
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Portland's history has been quieter than most other places, though there have been a few notable events since WWII.

1948 - A city known as Vanport flooded after a dam burst along the Columbia River, killing 15 people and wiping out thousands of houses.

1962 - An extratropical cyclone known as the Columbus Day Storm struck the northwestern US, killing dozens and creating wind gusts of 116mph near downtown Portland.

1972 - A rare tornado hit Portland and Vancouver, Washington, killing six and damaging over 100 buildings.

1975 - The deadliest mass-murder in the city's modern history took place as the result of an arson at the Pomona Hotel, near downtown Portland, after a transient (and occasional resident of the facility) started a fire in a hallway, killing 12.

1978 - United Airlines Flight 173, en route from Denver to Portland, made a crash-landing in east Portland, killing 10 of the 189 people on board, and injuring 24.

1993 - A teenaged gas station attendant murdered three of his co-workers (all female) during a robbery in the suburb of Gresham, then fled. He remains at large, though there is a strong possibility he is dead.

1996 - The Willamette Valley flood swamped parts of the metro area, and the National Guard was called in to help with a flood control/sandbagging effort to keep the Willamette River from flooding into downtown Portland (downtown sits directly against the river's western bank).

2009 - A suicidal gunman killed two teenagers (one of whom was an exchange student from Peru) and wounded seven other people outside of a downtown Portland nightclub before killing himself.

The Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980 dusted Portland with ash, but other areas got it worse.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:11 AM
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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No offense to anyone, but for me it's the stupid Rodeo Days now here in Prescott, Az. Sheesh!! Bunch of cowboys and cowgirls in the next 2 weeks. Gosh, I wished I was back in the city. I hate this time of year here.
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