Kevin Balot from the Philippines takes the crown at the Miss International Queen 2012 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant, Russian soldiers rehearsal for a military parade in Red Square, Shaolin monks perform qigong, pet owners show off their furry (and fur-challenged) friends and more in today’s daily brief.
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Sept. 17 Photo Brief: Occupy Wall Street anniversary, Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Vladimir Putin Peak
Occupy Wall Street movement marks one year anniversary, racers get ready for Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Vladimir Putin Peak and more in today’s daily brief.
Dozens of arrests took place in the financial district of New York City as police confronted activists celebrating the one year anniversary of what became known as “Occupy Wall Street.” The protesters tried to surround the Stock Exchange and interrupt traffic as part of marking the anniversary according to a Reuters report.
On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Americans across the country are paying tribute to those who lost their lives. Powerful images from memorial services in Shanksville, Pa., Arlington, Va., New York City and elsewhere around the nation show how raw emotions still are, but also how the nation has moved forward but not forgotten.
If you need an excuse to visit New York City before summer’s end, here’s a suggestion: Dive into the dark world of Weegee, a tabloid news photographer-extraordinaire. His work is the subject of a fascinating show, “Weegee: Murder is My Business,” at the International Center of Photography in midtown Manhattan through September 2, 2012.
The annual Nathan’s famous Fourth of July international eating contest was held at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The contest draws lots of spectators and even animal rights protesters. The winner of the men’s division was Joey Chestnut who tied his own record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. It is the sixth victory in a row for the competitive eater. The winner of the women’s division was Sonya Thomas who set a new women’s world record by eating 45 hot dogs is 10 minutes.
Festivities for the 25th annual Fleet Week celebration kicked off in New York Harbor yesterday, May 23, 2012. Fleet week began in 1984 to celebrate the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps with a week of ship visitations and military demonstrations. A military flyover on Memorial Day completes the celebration to honor those killed while serving in the military.
One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City’s tallest building. With the addition of a steel column, the unfinished frame of the building stands at more than 1,250 feet high. When completed it is expected to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.