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Coney Island Draws Memorial Day Weekend Crowds As City Beaches Officially Open To Public

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and with that the city’s beaches are now officially open to the public. Coney Island was already drawing crowds late Saturday morning. The picture perfect weather greeted throngs of beach-going New Yorkers ready to hit the boardwalk for the unofficial start of Summer. As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, Coney Island wasn’t alone — all eight of New York City’s public beaches are now open for business, with locals ready for some fun in the sun. “Summer is beautiful here,” Brooklyn resident Lana Kaplun tells CBS2. “I live around here and come almost every morning and today is just a beautiful day.” This is a special season for Luna Park since the newly refurbished Cyclone is celebrating its 90th birthday in June. Before the world-famous roller coaster started running Saturday, runners and power-walkers alike took advantage of the quiet boardwalk. 64-year-old Domingo Tupaz says he was taking in the fresh air before the crowds arrived. Olivia Vitigliano dragged her mom to the boardwalk bright an early to get a quick bike ride in. Her mother Rebecca didn’t object. “It’s beautiful weather and it’s been raining out here,” she said, “So we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather.” Later in the day, CBS2’s Jessica Borg caught up with some families taking in the festivities. “I look forward to it a lot. Me and my friends have a little countdown,” Kelci Little said. From relaxing on the beach, to eating, to carnival games and even boardwalk dancing, there is plenty of fun for the whole family. Paul Johnson took a wild ride on the Thunderbolt roller coaster. “A near death experience,” he told Borg. “It was pretty frightening.” Rakiya was visiting from Barbados. “It’s my very first time experiencing anything like this,” she said. The meaning of Memorial Day was not lost on Earl Stanley, of Queens, who has family members currently serving in the Army. He said it’s nice to see people take a break from the sad news around the world. “I like to see everybody smile and be happy, enjoy the roller coasters and everything,” he said. Meanwhile, thousands of people packed Jones Beach for the annual Bethpage Air Show . People from all generations were stunned to see the planes in flight, and it was nostalgic for some veterans, as well. “If I had seen that aeronautic aerobatics on television or in the movies, I would just assume that had to be computer generated,” one spectator said. “It reminds me of my military days and also the help — I like to see the support,” another said. Read More »

Eye Opener: U.K. terror threat at highest level

Britain's prime minister warns more attacks may be imminent. Also, Pope Francis asks President Trump to be a peacemaker, and tries to change his mind on climate change. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds. Get the Eye Opener delivered straight to your inbox. Read More »

Behind-the-scenes look at the Volkswagen emissions scandal

In September 2015, the world learned German automaker Volkswagen had installed illegal software in 11 million diesel cars designed to conceal excess emissions during testing. Six Volkswagen employees were charged in the U.S. over the scandal, but its problems may not be over. New York Times European economics correspondent Jack Ewing, who covered this entire story, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new book, "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal." Read More »

Long Beach Gay Pride Festival Remembers 49 Killed At Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com)   —  The LGBTQ community and their allies held an emotional tribute Sunday as they remembered the 49 fallen who were massacred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year. CBS 2’s Joy Benedict reported that the tears and emotions flowed freely during the event. It’s Pride Weekend in Long Beach. Thousands flocked to the 34th annual weekend event to  party, meet, play, dance, rejoice and celebrate being gay. But today, parade goers also stopped to mourn. The names of the 49 dead were read  out loud.  Fifty-three people were also wounded that night. “Your love. your support,” said the Pulse nightclub manager, “from all over the world, has truly meant the world to all of us.” The crowd heard from survivors of the attack including the club’s manager and club dancer Milan D’Marco. Benedict asked De’Marco how he is going to keep fighting hate. “I’m going to fight it with love,” he said, “I’m going to fight it with my voice, and I’m going to fight it with peace.” That doesn’t mean he is ever going to forget what happened that horrible night. “I was counting my tips from that night, and then we tarted to hear shots.  And we hid in some cabinets inside my  dressing room, for about two hours.” D’Marco says what still haunts him the most that night wasn’t the sound of the gunshots, it was all the phones going off. “It was just … phones,” he says, “cause everyone was trying to call their loved ones [inside the club] to make sure they were okay.” The Pulse Nightclub massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. It was the largest incidence of hate against the gay community in our country. D’Marco says healing is not easy. “It’s really difficult,” he says, “like really difficult.” Weekends like Pride Weekend, though, make it easier. “We’re also here to feel the love,” he says, “to be honest. We’re here to hopefully absorb a lot of the energy of this place because you feel it as soon as you get off the plane.” Love, support and energy were in abundance this weekend. And while the community knows nothing can bring back the 49 lives that were lost, they’re hoping events like this will make sure it doesn’t happen again. Read More »

Eye Opener: New bombshell reports hit White House

Political turmoil surrounding President Trump's administration widens as he begins his first foreign trip as president. Also, an unruly passenger is arrested for rushing the cockpit just hours after he was arrested for an incident in the terminal. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds. Get the Eye Opener delivered straight to your inbox. Read More »

19 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Star Seth Rollins

By Norm Elrod Seth Rollins has reached — and fallen from — the top rope of success in pro wrestling, holding WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship and Tag Team Championship. That’s quite a leap for a small-town boy from Iowa, who grew up wrestling in the backyard. The former Shield member, featured in multiple WrestleManias, doesn’t currently hold a title (for now), but he still rules the ring as one of RAW ‘s featured talents. And now that he’s recovered from his recent knee injury that threatened to keep him out of WrestleMania 33, reclaiming a title is probably just a matter of time. Here are 19 fact you probably didn’t know about Seth Rollins and his pro wrestling career to date. 1. Seth Rollins was born in 1986 in Buffalo, Iowa as Colby Lopez, taking the last name of his Mexican-American stepfather. He has one brother. 2. Lopez found his interest in pro wrestling as a young teenager playing around with friends and a trampoline in the backyard. He and his friends would put on shows ; his character was God, and his finishing move was a double front flip off the trampoline and through a makeshift table. Before that, he wanted to be a football player, having idolized Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers. 3. Lopez graduated from Davenport West High School in Davenport, Iowa in 2004. 4. Lopez grew up a fan of Heavy Metal , and his music tastes evolved to include Hardcore and eventually Metalcore, a combination of the two. His entrance music over the years has included numerous examples of the genre, including songs from Haste the Day, War of Ages and Walls of Jericho. 5. Lopez, wrestling as Gixx, first entered the ring  in 2005 as part of a Scott County Wrestling (SCW) event. He would go on to win the SCW Heavyweight Championship. 6. Lopez debuted with Ring of Honor in September of 2007, wrestling under the name Tyler Black as part of the Age of the Fall. He and Jimmy Jacobs held the ROH tag-team title twice, falling into an in-ring feud after their second run. Black eventually defeated Jacobs in a steel-cage match to settle their differences. 7. Black went on the win the ROH World Championship title in early 2010, pinning then-champion Austin Aries. The two had previously wrestled to a time-limit draw a few months before at Final Battle 2009. 8. In the summer of 2010, Lopez signed on with Florida Championship Wrestling , which was then WWE’s developmental territory. He debuted as Seth Rollins in late September, losing to Michael McGillicutty. 9. When FCW rebranded itself as WWE NXT in 2012, Seth Rollins won the inaugural tournament to become NXT’s first heavyweight champion . 10. Rollins’ current ring name is a tribute to Henry Rollins , singer of the hardcore band Black Flag, which is his favorite band. > > MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling 11. Rollins’ WWE debut came at Survivor Series 2012 as a member of The Shield, alongside Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Initially heels, the stable would ambush opponents of wrestlers they supported, such as CM Punk and Triple H, who led The Authority.  Rollins left the Shield  in 2014 after attacking Ambrose and Reigns with a chair at the behest of Triple H. 12. In May of 2013, Rollins and Reigns took down Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) in a tornado tag team match to win the tag team title . This type of match allows both team members to be in the ring at the same time, though no tagging actually happens. Rollins and Reigns held the title through October, successfully defending it against Bryan and Randy Orton, The Usos and The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil). They eventually lost it to Cody Rhodes and Goldust. 13. Rollins and other members of The Shield are the subjects of more than their fair share of fan fiction . He’s read a lot of it (because it’s unavoidable), and finds it a little disturbing. 14. In 2013 Seth Rollins started the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy in Moline, Illinois. Lopez and fellow trainers offer a $3500 12-week crash course preparing wrestling novices for the ring. Students train five hours per day, three days per week, often with Rollins himself. The course includes character and career development. 15. Rollins captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31, cashing in a Money in the Bank contract won months prior to enter the Reigns-Brock Lesnar title match, which he won. He later retained his title against Lesnar, Ambrose and ‘Demon’ Kane, only to forfeit it due to injury after 220 days. 16. Rollins is the only WWE wrestler to ever hold the World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship at the same time. Already the heavyweight champion, he captured the U.S. title from John Cena at Summer Slam 2015 in a Winner Takes All Match only to relinquish it back to Cena at Night of Champions a month later. 17. Rollins, like most professional wrestlers, travels a lot. He always carries his gear and any championship belt with him rather than checking it with his bags. As he said in an  interview  a few years ago, “I never check my gear or the belts because if something happens, God forbid, and you don’t get that bag, you’re screwed. That always comes with me on the plane every time.” 18. During Rollins’s heavyweight championship reign, WWE banned his finishing move, the Curb Stomp . The move, in which he put his foot on the back of an opponent’s head and forced it down into the mat, was thought by WWE to be too violent . Chairman, Vince McMahon, felt younger wrestling fans might try to copy the move. 19. On a July 2015 episode of RAW, Rollins actually broke John Cena’s nose with a knee to the face. “I heard his nose pop, and I felt it on my knee,” Rollins said in an interview . “The narrative changed after that.” Cena went on to win the match by submission. Norm Elrod likes sports and other sanctioned forms of craziness. Read More »

19 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Star Seth Rollins

By Norm Elrod Seth Rollins has reached — and fallen from — the top rope of success in pro wrestling, holding WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship and Tag Team Championship. That’s quite a leap for a small-town boy from Iowa, who grew up wrestling in the backyard. The former Shield member, featured in multiple WrestleManias, doesn’t currently hold a title (for now), but he still rules the ring as one of RAW ‘s featured talents. And now that he’s recovered from his recent knee injury that threatened to keep him out of WrestleMania 33, reclaiming a title is probably just a matter of time. Here are 19 fact you probably didn’t know about Seth Rollins and his pro wrestling career to date. 1. Seth Rollins was born in 1986 in Buffalo, Iowa as Colby Lopez, taking the last name of his Mexican-American stepfather. He has one brother. 2. Lopez found his interest in pro wrestling as a young teenager playing around with friends and a trampoline in the backyard. He and his friends would put on shows ; his character was God, and his finishing move was a double front flip off the trampoline and through a makeshift table. Before that, he wanted to be a football player, having idolized Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers. 3. Lopez graduated from Davenport West High School in Davenport, Iowa in 2004. 4. Lopez grew up a fan of Heavy Metal , and his music tastes evolved to include Hardcore and eventually Metalcore, a combination of the two. His entrance music over the years has included numerous examples of the genre, including songs from Haste the Day, War of Ages and Walls of Jericho. 5. Lopez, wrestling as Gixx, first entered the ring  in 2005 as part of a Scott County Wrestling (SCW) event. He would go on to win the SCW Heavyweight Championship. 6. Lopez debuted with Ring of Honor in September of 2007, wrestling under the name Tyler Black as part of the Age of the Fall. He and Jimmy Jacobs held the ROH tag-team title twice, falling into an in-ring feud after their second run. Black eventually defeated Jacobs in a steel-cage match to settle their differences. 7. Black went on the win the ROH World Championship title in early 2010, pinning then-champion Austin Aries. The two had previously wrestled to a time-limit draw a few months before at Final Battle 2009. 8. In the summer of 2010, Lopez signed on with Florida Championship Wrestling , which was then WWE’s developmental territory. He debuted as Seth Rollins in late September, losing to Michael McGillicutty. 9. When FCW rebranded itself as WWE NXT in 2012, Seth Rollins won the inaugural tournament to become NXT’s first heavyweight champion . 10. Rollins’ current ring name is a tribute to Henry Rollins , singer of the hardcore band Black Flag, which is his favorite band. > > MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling 11. Rollins’ WWE debut came at Survivor Series 2012 as a member of The Shield, alongside Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Initially heels, the stable would ambush opponents of wrestlers they supported, such as CM Punk and Triple H, who led The Authority.  Rollins left the Shield  in 2014 after attacking Ambrose and Reigns with a chair at the behest of Triple H. 12. In May of 2013, Rollins and Reigns took down Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) in a tornado tag team match to win the tag team title . This type of match allows both team members to be in the ring at the same time, though no tagging actually happens. Rollins and Reigns held the title through October, successfully defending it against Bryan and Randy Orton, The Usos and The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil). They eventually lost it to Cody Rhodes and Goldust. 13. Rollins and other members of The Shield are the subjects of more than their fair share of fan fiction . He’s read a lot of it (because it’s unavoidable), and finds it a little disturbing. 14. In 2013 Seth Rollins started the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy in Moline, Illinois. Lopez and fellow trainers offer a $3500 12-week crash course preparing wrestling novices for the ring. Students train five hours per day, three days per week, often with Rollins himself. The course includes character and career development. 15. Rollins captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31, cashing in a Money in the Bank contract won months prior to enter the Reigns-Brock Lesnar title match, which he won. He later retained his title against Lesnar, Ambrose and ‘Demon’ Kane, only to forfeit it due to injury after 220 days. 16. Rollins is the only WWE wrestler to ever hold the World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship at the same time. Already the heavyweight champion, he captured the U.S. title from John Cena at Summer Slam 2015 in a Winner Takes All Match only to relinquish it back to Cena at Night of Champions a month later. 17. Rollins, like most professional wrestlers, travels a lot. He always carries his gear and any championship belt with him rather than checking it with his bags. As he said in an  interview  a few years ago, “I never check my gear or the belts because if something happens, God forbid, and you don’t get that bag, you’re screwed. That always comes with me on the plane every time.” 18. During Rollins’s heavyweight championship reign, WWE banned his finishing move, the Curb Stomp . The move, in which he put his foot on the back of an opponent’s head and forced it down into the mat, was thought by WWE to be too violent . Chairman, Vince McMahon, felt younger wrestling fans might try to copy the move. 19. On a July 2015 episode of RAW, Rollins actually broke John Cena’s nose with a knee to the face. “I heard his nose pop, and I felt it on my knee,” Rollins said in an interview . “The narrative changed after that.” Cena went on to win the match by submission. Norm Elrod likes sports and other sanctioned forms of craziness. Read More »

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