It wasn’t all bad
A Polish World War II veteran and the Polish nurse who treated him at a military hospital in Italy in 1944 have been reunited in a British nursing home. Waclaw Domagala, now 94, fought with the Allies at the Battle of Monte Cassino and lost his left leg in combat. One of his most vivid memories of the time, he said, was the “angel” who nursed him back to health. So when Maria Kowalska turned up at the seniors home in southwest England, Domagala recognized her instantly, although she was 21 in 1944 and is now 96. “How could I forget her?” he said.
A French inventor successfully flew across the English Channel this week on his homemade, jet-powered hoverboard. Franky Zapata completed the 22-mile journey from France to England in 22 minutes, hitting speeds of up to 110 mph. Propelled by five turbojets, the hoverboard is powered by a backpack filled with kerosene. Halfway through the flight, Zapata had to make a refueling stop on a boat-mounted platform. The 40-year-old former Jet Ski champion said the experience of landing on the white cliffs of Dover was “amazing.” Spectator Mark Kerr was also impressed, saying: “Not every day you see a man standing up, flying across the Channel.”
Nathan Patterson was just a baseball fan with a good arm when he attended a Colorado Rockies game last month. Then the 23-year-old stepped into a pitching booth and threw a 94 mph fastball, then another at 96 mph. His brother Christian tweeted a video of the pitch along with an appeal: “@MLB Let’s get him signed!” Patterson had caught the attention of the Oakland Athletics last year after throwing a 96 at a booth in the Nashville Sounds’ stadium. After being wowed by the new video, the A’s offered him a minor league contract. “Words cannot describe this feeling,” said Patterson. ■