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Indiana National Guard soldier dies in tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood

An Indiana National Guard soldier died in a tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, according to officials.

The Indiana National Guard said in a news release that Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, Ind., served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment with the Indiana National Guard.

St. John was on orders at Fort Hood as an embedded observer controller and trainer with Army National Guard Operations Group Wolf.

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“For those who knew and worked with Staff Sgt. St. John, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family,” Lt. Col. Chad Pittman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, said in a statement. “He continually sought ways to ensure the success of subordinates, better himself as leader, and contribute to the achievements the organization. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time.”

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Indiana National Guard Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, Ind., died Thursday in a tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood in Texas, according to officials. (Indiana National Guard)

The 29-year-old had previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal and Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem.

ARMY’S HOUSING CHIEF RELIEVED OF COMMAND DUE TO LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IN HIS LEADERSHIP

The Indiana National Guard also described him as a “proud father and husband.”

“Janet and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends grieving the loss of Indiana native, Andrew St. John, who passed away Thursday evening at Fort Hood in Texas. He served with distinction and was known as someone who always put others above himself,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement to FOX59. “I ask all Hoosiers around the state join us in honoring his service and ultimate sacrifice to our state and nation.”

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The cause of St. John’s death is under investigation, according to officials, who added that no further details are available at this time.

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Indiana National Guard soldier dies in tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood

An Indiana National Guard soldier died in a tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, according to officials.

The Indiana National Guard said in a news release that Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, Ind., served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment with the Indiana National Guard.

St. John was on orders at Fort Hood as an embedded observer controller and trainer with Army National Guard Operations Group Wolf.

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“For those who knew and worked with Staff Sgt. St. John, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family,” Lt. Col. Chad Pittman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, said in a statement. “He continually sought ways to ensure the success of subordinates, better himself as leader, and contribute to the achievements the organization. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time.”

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Indiana National Guard Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, Ind., died Thursday in a tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood in Texas, according to officials. (Indiana National Guard)

The 29-year-old had previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal and Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem.

ARMY’S HOUSING CHIEF RELIEVED OF COMMAND DUE TO LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IN HIS LEADERSHIP

The Indiana National Guard also described him as a “proud father and husband.”

“Janet and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends grieving the loss of Indiana native, Andrew St. John, who passed away Thursday evening at Fort Hood in Texas. He served with distinction and was known as someone who always put others above himself,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement to FOX59. “I ask all Hoosiers around the state join us in honoring his service and ultimate sacrifice to our state and nation.”

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The cause of St. John’s death is under investigation, according to officials, who added that no further details are available at this time.

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Small plane crash into New York home leaves 2 dead, 1 missing, officials say

At least two people were killed and one person was unaccounted for after a small plane crashed into a home in New York on Saturday, triggering a massive fire, officials said.

New York State Police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said at a news conference the plane crashed around 4:30 p.m. in the rural town of Union Vale, located about 15 miles southeast of Poughkeepsie.

“It’s a very sad and tragic event that happened tonight,” DeQuarto told reporters.

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State police spokesman Steven Nevel said three men were on the plane; one died and two were injured. Of three people in the home, one died, another was seriously hurt and the third is missing.

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New York State Police Capt. Paul DeQuarto speaks at a news conference Saturday on the small plane crash in Dutchess County, New York. (WTEN/WXXA)

The names of the victims were not being released until family members were notified, according to state police.

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A neighbor told WTEN-TV a “very nice” family of four lived in the home — a mother, father and two daughters.

“One neighbor’s husband helped one of the daughter’s escape from the house after the plane crashed into it,” a neighbor who wished to not be identified told the television station.

State police spokesman Steven Nevel told the Associated Press that two golden retriever puppies and a grown Newfoundland dog escaped the flames that engulfed the house on Union Vale’s South Smith Street.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 303 left Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, a mile from the crash, and was headed to Republic Airport on East Farmingdale, Long Island.

DeQuarto said at a news conference that the plane first took off from the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, then stopped to refuel 40 miles away at the Sky Acres Airport before continuing toward Long Island.

DeQuarto added the Cessna had some kind of engine trouble before it struck the side of the two-story house, but he had no other details.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it is investigating the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Noel Yeatts: Millions of girls are missing in India — Here’s why you should care

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In the past three months, 216 babies were born in a handful of villages across northern India, according to a recent report. Not a single one of those babies was a girl.

This was no crazy coincidence or fluke.

Today the topic of abortion is trending as strongly as ever before, especially with Democratic presidential nominating race heating up. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, abortion is certainly a women’s issue in India. But not for the reasons you might think.

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Indian baby girls are being aborted simply because of their gender. For a family living in poverty, a house full of sons is deemed more profitable, since they are considered the main breadwinners. Afraid of what a daughter will cost, many families choose to simply never have one.

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Despite the fact that gender-selective abortions were outlawed by the Indian government in 1994, the practice still occurs. This is why so many baby girls were “missing” from those northern Indian villages. And it’s just one example of a much larger trend across the country.

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While many other nations have either a balanced gender ratio or one that tips in favor of females, India’s population is skewed. As of 2018, there were only 92 females for every 100 males in the country. According to the data, India is home to 63 million fewer women than it should be.

The Banchara have a centuries-old tradition called “nari mata.” According to this tradition, the oldest daughter of each family is expected to become a sex worker — sometimes as young as 12 years old.

When I look at these numbers, all I can think about are the girls I have met on my trips to India. These statistics and stories remind me that there are places around the world where women are still not valued. They receive less access to education and fewer job opportunities. They are viewed as property, something to either toss away or use for profit.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen progress in the fight for better treatment of women in many countries. Women are now able to have a voice that has been denied them for centuries. But when I read about India’s missing females, I remember that the fight for freedom isn’t over.

In India’s Banchara community, women are considered valuable only if they provide financially for their families. Although these females were allowed to live, they are thrust into a life of pain and abuse. They might not go “missing” at birth, but they will live their lives on the outskirts of society with no voice, no choice and no freedom.

The Banchara have a centuries-old tradition called “nari mata.” According to this tradition, the oldest daughter of each family is expected to become a sex worker — sometimes as young as 12 years old.

The reason? To pay for her brothers’ marriage dowries so they can make a good match and go on to have more sons.

Meanwhile, she will likely spend her entire life selling herself to pay off the debt, or at least until she is too sick with STDs to continue working.

These girls, who become sex workers when they are barely teenagers, are trapped in a form of culturally mandated slavery. And they are raised to believe there is no way out.

But there is a way out. When women are taught there is another option, given access to education, and surrounded with a supportive community, they are able to thrive.

This is exactly what our organization, World Help, is doing at our “Freedom Home” located in the heart of the Banchara community. As the girls in this home grow up and have a chance to start their own careers, they are able to give back to their families, their communities, and their countries.

And statistics show that investing in girls improves health, delays marriage, prevents early pregnancies, and improves economies.

These girls are able to show how valuable they truly are — just as valuable as any boy.

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Only when this happens will practices like nari mata and gender-based abortions finally come to an end.

These may be “women’s issues,” but they are so much more than that. Valuing women quite literally can change the world. And by working to set women free through education, vocational training and more, we can make sure that in the future, there are no more missing girls.

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Afghanistan wedding hall suicide bombing leaves at least 63 dead, more than 180 others wounded

At least 63 people were killed and nearly 200 others were wounded by a suicide bomber at a wedding hall in Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

The attacker set off the explosives among the roughly 1,200 guests at the event at the Dubai City wedding hall in Kabul, Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press. An affiliate group of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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“There are so many dead and wounded,” survivor Ahmad Omid said. “I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast and then I couldn’t find anyone. Everyone was lying all around the hall.”

The blast, which left 182 people injured, occurred in a western Kabul neighborhood that’s home to many of the country’s minority Shiite Hazara community, was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.

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At least 63 people were killed at Dubai City wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, by a suicide bomber on Sunday, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A local affiliate of ISIS in Afghanistan wrote on an ISIS-linked website on Sunday that a Pakistani-ISIS fighter seeking martyrdom was responsible for the suicide bombing, and claimed a car bomb was also detonated in the attack.

The bombing broke a period of relative calm in Afghanistan’s capital city, after 14 people were killed and another 145 were wounded — most of them women, children and other civilians — on Aug. 7 when a Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces detonated explosives.

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Kabul’s huge, brightly lit wedding halls are centers of community life in a city weary of decades of war, with thousands of dollars spent on a single evening. Such wedding halls also serve as meeting places and, in November, at least 55 people were killed when a suicide bomber sneaked into a Kabul wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Taliban denied involvement in that attack, and IS did not claim responsibility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Charlie Hurt: Biden’s gaffes must be ‘hugely embarrassing’ to Obama

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes during his Democratic presidential campaign must be frustrating for former President Barack Obama, according to Charlie Hurt.

In addition, Hurt said, a published report that Obama advised Biden in early 2019 that he did not have to seek the presidency in 2020 is not a positive development for Biden.

“This has been his shtick for 45 years in Washington,” Hurt said Friday on “Hannity,” referring to Biden’s gaffes. “That’s why he’s never managed to get the nomination for president. It’s why the closest he’s ever come to the White House was being handpicked by Barack Obama to be his vice president.”

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The Fox News contributor added that Biden has not been a great ambassador for the Obama presidency.

“Think about this for a minute: Think about how embarrassed Barack Obama must be to have this guy trying to go out there and uphold Obama’s legacy,” he said. “It’s got to be hugely embarrassing.”

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Regarding the New York Times report about Obama’s assessment of Biden’s presidential aspirations, Hurt considered whether someone in the ex-president’s orbit spoke with the paper.

“Who leaked this stuff?” he asked. “The only people that could have leaked all this stuff to the New York Times was Barack Obama’s people. And, I mean — what a shiv in the back.”

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Guest host Gregg Jarrett added Biden has been attacked in primary debates for his connection to some of Obama’s policies.

In the Times story, Obama reportedly told Biden, “You don’t have to do this Joe, you really don’t.”

Obama reportedly “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Speculation has swirled over the decision by Obama to so far refrain from endorsing Biden formally. Still, despite Obama’s early hesitation, he has taken a much more involved role in Biden’s campaign than in the efforts of other candidates, The Times reported.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: This bogus story launched the ‘collusion’ probe

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the fourth in a series of excerpts; the first can be read here, the second here, and the third here.

The George Papadopoulos “Origin Story” has never added up. It has been portrayed as the Big Bang, the magic moment that started the FBI’s investigation of “collusion” — a suspected election-theft conspiracy between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

But if the young energy-sector analyst had actually emerged in early 2016 as the key to proving Trump-Russia espionage, you would think the FBI might have gotten around to interviewing him before Jan. 27, 2017 — i.e., a week after President Trump had been inaugurated, and six months after the bureau formally opened its “Crossfire Hurricane” probe.

You would probably also think Papadopoulos, Suspect One in The Great Cyber Espionage Attack on Our Democracy, might have rated a tad more than the whopping 14-day jail sentence a federal judge eventually imposed on him.

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You might even suppose that he’d have been charged with some seditious felony involving clandestine operations against his own country, instead of … yes … fibbing to the FBI about the date of a meeting.

That, however, does not scratch the surface. We are to believe that what led to the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and what therefore is the plinth of the collusion narrative, is a breakfast meeting at a London hotel on April 26, 2016, between Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic we are supposed to take for a clandestine Russian agent.

We are to take Papadopoulos’s word for it that Mifsud claimed Russia possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands” of “emails of Clinton.” We are further to believe that “the professor” elaborated that, in order to help Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Kremlin would release these “emails of Clinton” at a time chosen to do maximum damage to the Democratic nominee’s campaign.

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The story is based on no credible evidence. If it were ever presented to a jury, it would be laughed out of court.

The Papadopoulos “collusion” claims (without collusion charges) are alleged in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which essentially repeats the grandiose “Statement of the Offense” that the special counsel included with the comparatively minor false-statement charge to which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty.

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Carefully parsed, this narrative stops short of alleging that the Trump adviser actually collaborated with a Russian agent. Rather, it claims that Papadopoulos engaged in a lot of twaddle with Mifsud, who he had reason to suspect might be a Russian agent.

The pair brainstormed endlessly about potential high-level Trump-campaign meetings with the Putin regime, including [insert heavy breathing here] between Trump and Putin themselves. Papadopoulos then exaggerated these meanderings in emails to Trump-campaign superiors he was hot to impress.

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Epstein’s attorneys ‘not satisfied’ with autopsy results that concluded financier died by hanging

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Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein were “not satisfied” with the autopsy results for the disgraced financier, who the New York City medical examiner concluded died by suicide by hanging.

Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, said the report, released Friday. The official results followed a week of speculation as to whether he killed himself or was murdered at the federal facility in Lower Manhattan.

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Defense attorneys for Epstein said in a statement Friday that they plan to conduct their “own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

“First, no one should die in jail. And no one, not Mr. Epstein who was presumed innocent and had violated no prison disciplinary rule, and not anyone should be imprisoned under the harsh, even medieval conditions at the MCC where Mr. Epstein spent his final hours. His safety was the responsibility of the MCC,” the statement read. “It is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols.”

The attorneys, Martin Weinberg, Reid Weingarten and Michael Miller, added their investigation will include “if necessary legal action to view the pivotal videos — if they exist as they should — of the area proximate to Mr. Epstein’s cell during the time period leading to his death.”

“We are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner. We will have a more complete response in the coming days.”

Epstein’s death caused public and official outrage over how such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unmonitored. His death led to a torrent of conspiracy theories focusing on the high-profile people who moved in Epstein’s social circle, including former President Bill Clinton and President Trump.

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Speculation that Epstein was murdered ramped up Thursday after The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that the autopsy found broken bones in the financier’s neck.

Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson issued a statement Thursday in response to those articles, saying: “In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”

On Friday, Fox News reported that some staffers at the jail were not cooperating with investigators from the Department of Justice.

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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Little League World Series player shows how low a batter can go

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It may be the weirdest batting stance in baseball history.

A hitter on the team from Venezuela participating in this year’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania may have crouched lower in the batter’s box than any player ever has.

ESPN video tweeted by MLB‘s Cut 4 website from Saturday afternoon’s game against Australia shows 12-year-old Deivis Ordonez nearly sitting on the ground as he takes a pitch for a strike in the fifth inning.

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Then on the very next pitch, Ordonez stood upright and bunted his way on base. Later, he showed off his dancing skills to the Williamsport crowd.

But his crouching style was so unorthodox that it has already been mimicked by social media sensation “Batting Stance Guy,” who imitates the stances of various ballplayers.

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As for Saturday’s game, Venezuela topped Australia 2-0.

The World Series continues Sunday with two international games and two games between U.S.-based teams.

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Paul Batura: A grumpy cook introduced me to the world’s greatest crumb cake – Here’s the recipe

It’s just after 5 p.m. on a Friday and I’m riding my brown Schwinn bike down Gale Avenue in Baldwin on New York’s Long Island The wire basket, which is bolted to the handlebars, is stacked high with Newsdays, Long Island’s only daily newspaper.

This is happening in the fall of 1985 on the first collection day on my new route, the most laborious but rewarding of all seven days of the week for a paperboy. I stop, dismount, and lean the bike against a towering Maple tree. With a paper in hand, I walk up the path to ring the bell and hopefully get paid for the weeks’ worth of paper delivery. Before the evening is over I’ll have repeated this task 55 times.

I’m waiting patiently on the stoop, knowing somebody has to be inside. Sure enough, the door flings open to reveal a short, stout woman in an apron, flour on her hands and a smudge of grease on her cheek. She’s not happy — and especially not with me.

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“Whaddya want kid?” she grunts. “I’m trying to cook dinner in here.”

I’m standing outside St. Christopher’s Rectory, the home for the parish’s priests. She’s the cook and working her second job of the day. Her first one is a full-time phone operator at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Startled, her gruffness puts me on my heels but I somehow manage to introduce myself and state my business.

Frowning and mumbling, she proceeds to reach into her pocket and pull out $3.

“You’re probably expecting a tip,” she says, handing me the three crumpled bills. “Well, here’s one – if you know what’s good for you, don’t ever come to collect in the middle of dinner again.”

And that’s how I met Lee Forster, one of my favorite people of adolescence and quite possibly the best cook I’ve ever known, with the exception of my wife Julie.

In an ironic twist, I wound up working with Lee just a year later after I joined the church staff as the evening receptionist. I discovered that beneath the bearish exterior lay a lovely woman, albeit a hard-charging, irreverent character and the antithesis of the prim and proper church-lady persona.

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As I had learned that first Friday, Lee didn’t suffer fools lightly and possessed a searing and sarcastic wit. A lapsed Catholic, she once told the pastor she turned around and left the church after the priests turned around and faced the congregation following the wholesale liturgical changes of the Second Vatican Council.

She was cheeky and sassy, but boy, could she cook.

When I wasn’t answering calls or the door, I was in the kitchen helping her out – and sampling all of her delicious creations.

My favorite was her Streuselkuchen – or crumb (coffee) cake – a flat cake piled high with crumbs made of sugar, butter and flour that was topped off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

Crumb cake’s origins harken back to Western Poland, but German bakers who immigrated to the U.S. get credit for the dessert’s rise in popularity, especially on the East Coast.

My father, who grew up in a German neighborhood on the Queens-Brooklyn border in New York City, used to call the cake “Bumbles” – a nod to the crumbs – arguably the cake’s best part. If you ask me, the best crumb cakes have way more crumbs than cake.

Bringing home pieces of Lee’s crumb cake to my dad transported him back in time to the hard but happy days of his Depression-era childhood. He asked for the recipe and it quickly became a staple in our home.

Good food does more than satiate physical hunger. Prepared well and with love, it can bring back old memories, create new ones and turn strangers into friends or rekindle alliances in ways that U.N. peace treaties never could.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world,” wrote the writer J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings.” I think he was right.

The night before my dad went in for open-heart surgery back in 2014, he asked for crumb cake for dessert. He didn’t have to explain why. I knew. If the surgery didn’t go well, he wanted part of his last meal to carry him back to some of his firsts as a child. Our oldest, Riley, who was 9 at the time, offered to make it.

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My father survived the big surgery and went on to live three more years. Fittingly, he enjoyed a piece of crumb cake during the last week of his life in 2017, bringing to mind the classic wisdom of the Russian writer Ernestine Ulmer who once remarked, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

When our son Will turned 9 last week he asked for Lee’s crumb cake, which we happily made for him. As he ate it he asked me about my father and his grandfather’s love of it, as if even at his young age he knows that food is a good story that has a way of bringing together the generations.

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Over the years I’ve shared Lee’s recipe with dozens of people. In the event you’re interested in tasting it for yourself – here it is. I hope you’ll let me know if you like it.

CAKE:

1 Package Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix

1 envelope of Dream Whip

1 Cup Water

4 Eggs

1 tsp vanilla

  • Mix on high for 4 Minutes.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes (cake is not done) at 350 degree in a 15 X 11 cookie pan with sides.  

CRUMBS:

1 ¼ Pounds of butter

5 Cups of flower

1 2/3 cup of sugar

2 -3 Tablespoons of cinnamon

3 Tablespoons Vanilla

  • Mix together by hand.
  • Place crumbs on cake, place cake back in oven for 20 minutes.
  • Shut off oven, leave in cake for 5 minutes for crusty layer on crumbs.
  • Sprinkle on powdered sugar.

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I’ll admit it’s not the healthiest of foods, and far from it. But it’s delicious and even the richest of desserts consumed in moderation never killed anybody.

By the way, the last time I spoke with Lee (I made sure I didn’t call at dinner time), I half-joked that crumb cake should be served at her funeral. Retired and in her mid-80s, she laughed but agreed, noting its presence might turn out a crowd of nicer people. That’s because good cooks intuitively know what the late Julia Child once observed: “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

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