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New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 95,072, making it the sixth-largest city in Massachusetts. New Bedford is nicknamed "The Whaling City" because it was one of the world's most important whaling ports in the nineteenth century, along with Nantucket and New London, Connecticut. New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton are the three largest cities in the South Coast region of Massachusetts; the city is known for its fishing fleet and accompanying seafood industry, as well as for its high concentration of Portuguese Americans. Before the 17th century, the Wampanoag, who had settlements throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, were the only inhabitants of the lands along the Acushnet River, their population is believed to have been about 12,000. While exploring New England, Bartholomew Gosnold landed on Cuttyhunk Island on May 15, 1602. From there, he explored Cape Cod and the neighboring areas, including the site of present-day New Bedford.

However, rather than settle the area, he returned to England at the request of his crew. A group of English Quakers from the Plymouth Colony—who as pacifists held ideological differences with the Puritans on the question of taxes to fund a military—separated and established the first European settlement on the South Coast in 1652, they purchased Old Dartmouth—a region, now Dartmouth, New Bedford and Westport—from Chief Massasoit of the native Wampanoag to start a new society. Whether the transfer of the land was legitimately done has been the subject of intense controversy. Like other native tribes, the Wampanoags did not share the settlers' concepts of private property; the tribe may have understood they were granting usage rights to the land, not giving it up permanently. At first, Old Dartmouth's 115,000 acres of territory was devoid of major town centers, had isolated farms and small villages instead. At this time, the economy on agriculture and fishing. Land availability attracted many Quakers and Baptists from Newport and Portsmouth in Rhode Island, as well as more Puritans migrating from Britain.

The rising European population and increasing demand for land led the colonists’ relationship with the Native Peoples of New England to deteriorate. Tensions erupted in 1675 with the start of King Phillip’s War, which brought devastation to the settlements of Old Dartmouth. A section of Old Dartmouth near the west bank of the Acushnet River called Bedford Village, was incorporated as the town of New Bedford on February 23, 1787 after the American Revolutionary War; the name was suggested by the Russell family. The Dukes of Bedford, a leading English aristocratic house bore the surname Russell; the late 18th century was a time of growth for the town. A small whale fishery developed, as well as modest international trade. In the 1760’s, between the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, carpenters and blacksmiths, settled around New Bedford harbor, creating a skilled and comprehensive maritime community. New Bedford's first newspaper, The Medley, was founded in 1792. On June 12, 1792, the town set up its first post office.

William Tobey was its first postmaster. The construction of a bridge between New Bedford and present-day Fairhaven in 1796 spurred growth. Nantucket had been the dominant whaling port, though the industry was controlled by a cartel of merchants in Boston and Providence. In the 1760’s, Nantucket’s most prominent whaling families moved to New Bedford, refining their own oil and making their own premium candles; the American Revolutionary War paralyzed the whaling industry. British forces captured or destroyed American commercial ships. Nantucket was more exposed, the physical destruction, frozen economy, import taxes imposed after the war obliterated previous fortunes. New Bedford had a deeper harbor and was located on the mainland; as a result, New Bedford supplanted Nantucket as the nation's preeminent whaling port, so began the Golden Age of Whaling. After the War of 1812’s embargo was lifted, New Bedford started amassing a number of colossal, square-rigged whaling ships, many of them built at the shipyard of Mattapoisett.

The invention of on-board tryworks, a system of massive iron pots over a brick furnace, allowed the whalers to render high quality oil from the blubber. This allowed the whaling ships to go out to sea for as long as four years, processing their catch while at sea. Ships from New Bedford came back to port with barrels of oil and ambergris. Whaling dominated New Bedford's economy for much of the century, many families of the city were involved with it as crew and officers of ships; the Quakers remained influential in New Bedford throughout the whaling era. They brought religious values into their business models, promoting stability as well as prosperity, investing in infrastructure projects such as rail, employing without discrimination, they established solid social and economic relationships with Boston, New York, Philadelphia, integrating New Bedford into the urban northeastern economy. Ten thousand men worked in the whaling industry. During this period

Reus Airport bombing

On 21 July 1996, the Basque nationalist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna detonated two bombs at Reus Airport near Tarragona in Spain. Thirty-five people were injured; the bomb was planted in a rubbish bin in the passenger terminal of Reus Airport. The ETA gave telephone warnings just five minutes before detonation, meaning police did not have enough time to evacuate the terminal. Most of the wounded were British holidaymakers waiting for their flights home. Despite the high casualty rate, the bombs caused only minor structural damage to the airport. A Spanish cleaner, Isabel Montiel Lorenzo, was the most injured. Bombs were planted at two hotels nearby, in Cambrils and Salou; these were busy with British tourists. The hotels were evacuated and the bombs safely defused in controlled explosions; the attack came amid a stepped-up campaign against tourist targets from the ETA in its insurgency against the Spanish government. The attack raised fears for the safety of Spain's tourist economy; the Spanish state tightened security as a result of the bombing.

Extra security personnel were added to airports and additional police patrols to the country's popular touristic beaches. 2006 Madrid–Barajas Airport bombing

The Man From Primrose Lane

The Man From Primrose Lane is an adult science-fiction thriller novel by American author and investigative journalist James Renner. It was published by Sarah Crichton Books in 2012. A television adaptation of the novel was picked up by Fox and Working Title Films in 2017. While working as an investigative reporter, David Neff develops a consuming obsession with the case of convicted murderer Ronil Brune. A decade earlier, Brune had been executed for the murders of several young girls in Northeast Ohio. David comes to believe that Brune’s roommate, Riley Trimble committed the murders and that Brune was wrongfully executed, his all-consuming obsession with the case causes David to experience severe psychotic episodes and takes a toll on his health. His therapist prescribes a strong antidepressant medication to manage the episodes. David publishes a book making his accusations public, it becomes a best-seller, soon Trimble confesses to the murders. David’s wife inexplicably commits suicide soon after.

Reeling from his wife’s suicide, David withdraws from the world for several years until his editor pushes him to write another book – this time, about the death of a mysterious recluse in West Akron, Ohio. The man – known to locals as “the man with a thousand mittens” – was found shot to death in his home, his fingers had been pulverized in a blender. As David is drawn into his investigation, he finds several strange connections between his wife and the dead hermit. David Neff, a down-on-his-luck author in West Akron, Ohio troubled by his wife’s suicide; the Man from Primrose Lane, a mysterious hermit who wears mittens. Ronil Brune, an accused serial killer wrongfully convicted of and executed for the murder of several young girls. Riley Trimble, Brune’s roommate. In his best-selling book, David names Trimble as the true murderer. Elizabeth Neff, David’s wife, whose suicide left David devastated and withdrawn. Patrick Anderson at The Washington Post called The Man From Primrose Lane “ambitious and innovative” and “a fascinating puzzle.”

He added, “If you like your fiction tidy and predictable, look elsewhere.”Crime Fiction reviewer Laura Wilson at The Guardian UK commented, “Fascinating and unpredictable, with shades of Stephen King and HP Lovecraft as well as Douglas Adams, never loses touch with the human story of loss and fate, at its core.” In 2013, Warner Bros. optioned the rights to adapt The Man From Primrose Lane as a film starring Bradley Cooper. When the deal failed to proceed, Renner worked with Working Title Films to pitch a television series pilot, picked up by Fox in 2017. Feature director Alexandre Aja will direct and produce the series