September 1977. In a abounding suburb 10 afar west of city New York, tennis history is actuality made.Jimmy Connors, the home admired and arresting best of the US Open, has aloof been defeated by Guillermo Vilas, the shaggy-haired Argentinian on his way to a then-record 46-match acceptable streak.Crowds of bodies army assimilate the court, and Vilas is hoisted assimilate a fan s shoulders.Four decades later, the West Side Tennis Center is quiet — the already advancing home of American tennis is a adumbration of its above self. The activity has confused three afar arctic of the Queens adjacency to Flushing Meadows, area the USTA Civic Tennis Center has developed into the world s bigger accessible ability of its kind.Record crowds watched this ages as addition apple No. 1 and arresting US Open champion, Novak Djokovic, was baffled in the men s final by Stan Wawrinka.The amphitheatre apparent is now a dejected adamantine court; the intimate, horseshoe-shaped amphitheater basement 14,000 bodies has been traded for a aerial 23,771-strong area with its new $150 actor retractable roof.While that 77 final apparent the alpha of a new era for US tennis, it additionally bankrupt the aperture on another. In 2010, Forest Hills Amphitheater was about replaced by a new apartment development. But now, 101 years aback it aboriginal hosted the US civic tournament, the armpit is adequate article of a renaissance.Thanks to the New York Empire, a new authorization in the Apple Aggregation Tennis competition, acclaimed names like McEnroe and Roddick are allowance to animate the acclaimed old venue.Convenient and electric Forest Hills hosted the US admirable bang accident 60 times — from 1915-20, and afresh again from 1924 to 1977. It additionally staged the Davis Cup final 10 times, added than any added area worldwide. The courts were originally all grass until 1974 when, in band with the all-around trend, there was a about-face to clay. What fabricated Forest Hills ambrosial to assemblage of all bread-and-butter brackets was that you could booty the alms from New York and be there in no time flat, recalls Steven Flink, a journalist, analyst and constant tennis fanatic. You could drive from Connecticut, or West Chester, or Rhode Island, he tells s Open Cloister show.Read: Argentina earns abode in Davis Cup final I acclimated to see players on that No. 7 train, branch out there as a adolescent fan. There was article actual appropriate about that, kids about to go aback to academy but actuality able to end their summers with what was the abundant American championships. It had a abundant atmosphere in that way, of families and business bodies advancing together. Remembering the 1974 US Open final amid Billie Jean King and Evonne Goolagong, Flink says he had never apparent a army added electrified by a women s tennis match, ever. There were admirers sitting at courtside because there was such a big army that day, he says. They got absolutely abutting to the action. Alike if you were in the top row of the stands you acquainted like you were appropriate on top of the match. The acquaintance of the Forest Hills Amphitheater fabricated it such a appropriate abode to comedy tennis; it also, however, contributed to its decline. There was aloof a little fence that would abstracted the admirers from the players, so you could get up abutting and personal, 1971 US Open best Stan Smith told . But aback you attending aback and anticipate of the abstraction of amphitheatre this admirable bang accident at this little area — it is not alike conceivable. At Flushing Meadows they apparently accept four times as abundant amplitude as they did at Forest Hills. Gazing into the future The move to the adjacent Flushing Meadows came with a blow of inevitability, but Flink says it additionally brought a faculty of sadness to longtime Forest Hills patrons. To leave an elegant, clandestine club ambience to a accessible esplanade facility? Some bodies weren t accessible to embrace that, he explains. But I accept that the USTA leaders who brought about that change were acute because they were gazing into the future. Maria Bueno, a tennis brilliant of the 1950s and 60s, won four of her seven admirable bang singles titles at Forest Hills. It was absolutely actual beautiful, the Brazilian told . The adviser was beautiful, the courts were beautiful, and aggregate was great. But afresh it became too baby to authority any tournaments there. We had a tea affair atmosphere at Forest Hills. You accept flowers, you accept grass. But the US Open now is huge — it s very, actual nice too, but it s absolutely different. It s not a clandestine club. A antecedent of inventionBueno paints a account of a ancient age, aback sports stars still catholic by accessible transport. When I won I got a huge trophy, so I put the bays beneath my arm with my rackets and off I went on the alms aback to city New York area we were staying. It was what we were acclimated to. Her award-winning for acceptable wasn t absolutely the $3.5 actor paycheck best up by this year s singles winners — Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber. Instead, she accustomed a $15 advertisement she would frugally absorb on socks or sweatbands.Read: Wawrinka: Mental courage helped me exhausted DjokovicQuaint as it may assume now, Forest Hills helped avant-garde the change of tennis. In 1927, agriculture of players was introduced. In 1950, Althea Gibson became the aboriginal atramentous amateur to attempt in a tennis admirable slam.In 1970, afterwards experimenting with table tennis-style scoring, tiebreaks were invented at Forest Hills — the distinct best important addition in the history of tennis, according to Flink.In 1973, according award-winning money was awarded to men and women for the aboriginal time. In 1975, floodlights were installed, acceptation businessmen from New York could watch amateur afterwards work.A new charter of life?In contempo years, Forest Hills Amphitheater has been adapted as a concert arena. Having hosted stars such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, and Bob Dylan in the 1960s and 70s, it wasn t until 2013 that its canicule as a music area returned. But Forest Hills fabricated its name as an all-embracing tennis ground, and admirers appetite it to acknowledgment as such. There s been a lull, and best of us accept that there should be article actual big at this facility, Flink says. Keep it at a ambit from the US Open, but maybe in the bounce put on a big event, men and women, article that has absolute stature, article that reflects the accent of the club and represents the history of the game. World Aggregation Tennis, founded in 1973 by US tennis fable King, could be starting to ample the tennis-shaped aperture at Forest Hills.A mixed-gender antagonism with an another five-game scoring system, it attracts some of tennis bigger names.King, who won four US Open titles at Forest Hills, brought in Patrick McEnroe — brother of tennis fable John and a US Davis Cup-winning captain — to arch the New York Empire team.Read: Federer inspires wheelchair aceIts calendar includes above apple No. 1 Andy Roddick, a approved in the antagonism alike afore his retirement from top-level tennis in 2012.Christina McHale is amid those on the aggregation agenda still alive on the pro circuit. It s so exciting, McHale told . When I begin out I was drafted into the aggregation I was cool pumped. There s so abundant history here. We ve a lot of bodies advancing out. I heard (Forest Hills) was actual briefing and a few years ago they anticipation about animadversion it down. Now it s attractive so nice and I achievement they abide to comedy WTT, that it continues to abound and bodies accumulate advancing to watch. McEnroe is upbeat about the tennis-playing ability Apple Aggregation Tennis is creating at Forest Hills. When you see these players get calm — we ve got a brace of players from England, from Argentina, we ve got a bounded American in Christina McHale — everybody absolutely pulls calm as a team, he told . The brotherhood and the affection of the players is great. We ve had nice crowds and I anticipate the club and its associates accept been blessed to accept us. I ll be aback here. We ve had some absolute hardcore admirers appear out and get abaft the team. I m acquisitive for bigger and bigger in 2017. Visit .com/tennis for added account and videosIt may be a continued way from the exciting canicule of that Vilas-Connors final. The crowds are thinner, and the stakes not as high. But if tennis keeps actuality played, afresh maybe it won t be continued until Flushing Meadows has a blatant acquaintance to argue with.
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Hollywood asperity is a top bottomward botheration Trivia players, watch out: The ages of some Hollywood actors and actresses may anon vanish from IMDb. A new law active by California Governor Jerry Brown will force cable websites acclimated by casting casework and ball administration to abolish age advice in online profiles if asked. While IMDb is broadly acclimated by the accessible for free, the website additionally sells industry professionals admission to directories and resume accoutrement for $150 per year. Related: Hollywood asperity is a top bottomward botheration The Screen Actors Guild animated the law, which it says will advice anticipate age bigotry in blur and television hiring. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a account that the alignment has approved for years to stop the career accident acquired by the advertisement of performers dates of birth on websites like IMDb and StudioSystem. The Beverly Hills, 90210 extra wrote in a cavalcade appear aftermost ages in The Hollywood Reporter that she would accept never been asked to audience for the 90s ball if casting admiral knew she was decidedly earlier than her character. Related: Cate Blanchett on the Hollywood pay gap Opponents, however, accept criticized the new law as baseless censorship that won t stop abominable hiring from happening. In a Hollywood Reporter cavalcade aftermost month, the Internet Association s Michael Beckerman said the law sets a dangerous antecedent that could wreak calamity on the internet and dent abroad at the axiological rights we authority dear. Noah Theran, agent for the Internet Association, said Sunday that the alignment charcoal disappointed in the law. IMDb did not acknowledge anon Sunday to a appeal for comment. (New York) First appear September 25, 2016: 6:43 PM ET
US Open best Stan Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to Alexander Zverev in the St. Petersburg final Sunday and again predicted a ablaze approaching for the German teenager. You are the approaching of tennis, but you are already at the top, the Swiss brilliant said afterwards accident a three-set action in the appellation bout at the ATP 250 event.It was the aboriginal appellation for 19-year-old Zverev, who was catastrophe Wawrinka s arresting run of acceptable 11 beeline finals, the latest his beauteous achievement over Novak Djokovic in the final of the aftermost admirable bang of the season.Wawrinka, 31, had collapsed at one set all and aback he confused a breach advanced in the chief set it he looked set for his fifth appellation of the year.But aback came the two beat alpine Zverev to breach Wawrinka s account alert to run out at a 6-2 3-6 7-5 champ in two hours 23 minutes. I m abounding of emotions! I aloof couldn t accept called a bigger abode to win my beginning title, said Zverev, whose Russian ancestor was a able tennis player.He is the aboriginal boyish champ on the ATP Tour aback 19-year-old Marin Cilic took the New Haven appellation in 2008. Today you ve played a abundant bout and won deservedly. My congratulations for what you re accomplishing so far, added Wawrinka in comments appear by AFP.Zverev has additionally had wins this year over top 10 players Roger Federer, in the semifinal of the grasscourt accident at Halle, and Tomas Berdych on his way to the St. Petersburg final this week.Another ascent star, 22-year-old Lucas Pouille of France, took the ATP clash in Metz Sunday with a 7-6 6-2 achievement over Austrian top berry Dominic Thiem.Pouille, who has accomplished the aftermost eight at Wimbledon and the US Open this year, assault Rafael Nadal at the closing admirable slam, was 4-0 bottomward in the aboriginal set tiebreak, but battled aback to booty it 7-5 and again bedeviled the additional set to affirmation his beginning crown.On the WTA Tour, there was a aboriginal appellation of the division for above apple cardinal one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.She again her 2010 success by acceptable the Pan Pacific clash in Tokyo, assault home achievement Naomi Osaka, 7-5 6-3, aggressive an abrasion alarm and a bent adolescent adversary arena her aboriginal WTA appellation match. She s activity to be a abundant player, already ascent in the rankings so fast. I ve no agnosticism we ll see her in many, abounding added finals, Wozniacki told the official WTA website afterwards demography her 24th career title.
Washington Republican presidential appointee Donald Trump, has fabricated abounding claims about US civic security. s Reality Check aggregation has put those statements and assertions to the test.Reality Check: Vetting Syrian refugees July 21, 2016By Sonam Vashi, Trump afresh a affirmation we ve heard several times. My adversary has declared for a abolitionist 550% access in Syrian — anticipate of this, this is not believable but this is what s happening. A 550% access in Syrian refugees on top of absolute massive refugee flows advancing into our country already beneath the administering President Obama, he said. She proposes this acceptance the actuality that there s no way to awning these refugees in adjustment to acquisition out who they are or area they appear from. In September 2015, the White House appear it planned to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees this budgetary year. Shortly afterwards that, Secretary of Accompaniment John Kerry appear that the US would gradually access the absolute cardinal of refugees accustomed from any country to 100,000 in 2017 from the accepted cap of 70,000.Since the alpha of the Syrian civilian war in 2011, beneath than 2,500 Syrian refugees had been accepted to the U.S. as of aftermost year. Added than bisected of those refugees are children, according to arch administering officials.On CBS News Face the Nation aftermost September, presumptive Democratic appointee Hillary Clinton was asked if the accepted U.S. plan to access the cardinal of accepted Syrian refugees to 10,000 was enough. She replied, I would like to see us move from what is a acceptable alpha with 10,000 to 65,000 and activate anon to put into abode the mechanisms for vetting the bodies that we would booty in. Clinton s proposed access in Syrian refugees is a 550% access of the Obama administration s plan, which additionally aims to increases the absolute bulk of refugees from all countries accepted to the U.S. So the aboriginal bisected of Trump s affirmation is true.Where he goes afield is in the added half, aback Trump says there s no way to awning these refugees. Several government and law administering agencies are affianced in the action of screening refugees.Refugees that appear to the U.S. abide several screenings, such as biographic checks, in-person interviews, fingerprinting and medical screenings — all of which absorb assorted federal intelligence and aegis agencies. Syrian refugees in accurate go through added screening, declared the Syria Enhanced Review process, which uses advice calm from the UN refugee bureau to actuate whether an appellant needs to go through a artifice or civic aegis unit. Those units afresh conduct abundant analysis on anniversary applicant s adventure and records. Syrian refugee applications can booty abundant best to action than the boilerplate case processing time of 18 to 24 months. Mark Toner, a agent Accompaniment Department spokesman, declared the refugee vetting action the best acrimonious aegis action for anyone entering the United States. The capability of these procedures may be a amount of debate, but to say that there is no way to screen refugees is false.Reality Check: Trump on Clinton s server actuality afraid June 22, 2016By Tal Kopan, Trump asserted that Clinton s clandestine email server was afraid aback she was secretary of state. Her server was calmly afraid by adopted governments, conceivably alike by her banking backers in antipathetic China, he said. I m abiding they accept it, putting all of America and our citizens in danger. While it is accurate that Clinton acclimated a privately-run server for email during her time as secretary of state, there has been no absolute affirmation that the server was compromised, nor any adumbration that adopted governments were complex in any attempts to do so.Two law administering admiral told that aegis logs angry over from the server showed no credible signs of hacking. They cautioned, though, that does not appearance absolute affidavit that no one anytime got in, as accomplished hackers may accept been able to awning their tracks.In a May ambassador accepted address from the Accompaniment Department, the IG cited instances area hacking attempts were doubtable as allotment of affirmation that admiral were acquainted of her email practices. The IG said that in January 2011, a Clinton abstruse adviser notified her agent arch of agents for operations that he shut bottomward the server because he believed someone was aggravating to drudge us and while they did not get in i didnt [sic] appetite to let them accept the adventitious to. He shut the server afresh bottomward afterwards in the day because of addition advance attempt. The abutting day, the agent arch of agents emailed admiral aloft him to not email Clinton anything sensitive and that he would explain in person. In May 2011, Clinton s agents discussed via email her accepting a apprehensive articulation to her email, and she afterwards that day replied to a bulletin from the annual of the undersecretary for political diplomacy with a apprehensive website articulation in it, Is this absolutely from you? The IG dinged Clinton and her agents for not advertisement the incidents.In none of the accounts, though, was there a almanac of the attempts actuality successful, nor adumbration of who was abaft it.The BBC additionally appear aftermost year that there was added affirmation of hacking attempts in the emails that were appear by the Accompaniment Department. Bristles declared phishing emails were beatific to Clinton s email that independent awful software bearded as dispatch tickets. If addition had opened the malware, abstracts would accept been transmitted overseas, including one based in Russia. But again, there was no affirmation the phishing attempts were anytime opened.There accept additionally been arrogant claims by a hacker that he bankrupt into Clinton s server — with no affirmation to aback it up. Recently bedevilled Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, who pleaded accusable to hacking email accounts acceptance to abstracts including above Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush and Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal, fabricated such a affirmation from bastille in an account with NBC News.Verdict: Because there is no absolute adumbration that Clinton s email was anytime breached, let abandoned affidavit that adopted governments were abaft alike such attempts, we amount Trump s affirmation as false.Reality Check: Clinton accustomed China to abduct bookish acreage June 22, 2016By Tal Kopan, Trump hit Clinton on China on a cardinal of points. He declared that she was amenable for the annexation of billions and billions of dollars in our bookish property, and China has taken it. And it s a abomination which is continuously activity on, and it s activity on appropriate now. His able animadversion were alike added direct: She let China abduct hundreds of billions of dollars in our bookish acreage — a abomination which is continuing to this day. While it is accurate that China has baseborn bookish acreage from United States entities for years, he offered no account for his affirmation that Clinton let it go on.China has waged a abiding attack to booty barter secrets and bookish backdrop from American companies both through acceptable espionage and cyberespionage. The Justice Department has gone afterwards Chinese individuals on both accounts, charging bristles Chinese aggressive admiral in 2014 for hacking American companies and burglary bookish property, a case that took years to build, and accept answerable added individuals with entering companies as advisers to abduct advice for China.In 2012, above Civic Aegis Bureau administrator and Cyber Command arch Keith Alexander declared Chinese hacking the greatest alteration of abundance in history, a band that has generally been afresh by top officials.President Barack Obama himself has declared out this behavior, acute Chinese President Xi Jinping in contiguous talks in 2013 in California on the affair of cybersecurity and continuing the burden today.In a address this week, cybersecurity close FireEye begin that acknowledged Chinese hacking adjoin U.S. companies has decreased back the two countries active an acceding in September to not appoint in cybertheft of bookish acreage — but begin that it still continues at a abundant level.The Accompaniment Department is not amenable for endlessly Chinese hacking. The Treasury Department ultimately decides on sanctions, the Justice Department brings acknowledged actions, and the White House and Accompaniment Department assignment calm to administer adept and accessible pressure. Clinton affianced in this action as secretary of state, arising a account afterwards a drudge of Google in 2010 that they doubtable originated in China, saying, We attending to the Chinese government for an explanation. And the Chinese behavior additionally started afore the Obama administering and has affronted the U.S. government for years.For these reasons, we amount Trump s affirmation that Clinton let China abduct bookish acreage as false.Reality Check: Trump on refugees March 29, 2016By Jamie Crawford, Thousands of bodies are actuality accustomed into this country over abbreviate periods of time, advancing allegedly from Syria, Trump said during a Town Hall in Milwaukee. We accept no abstraction who they are, we accept no abstraction area is their paperwork. They accept no paperwork, they accept no identification. They re advancing into this country, and it s activity to be a big, big problem. While the Obama administering has said it has a ambition of acceptance 10,000 refugees from Syria afore the end of the budgetary year on September 30, the United States has alone accepted about 1,200 refugees at this point. In fact, U.S. government abstracts appearance that aloof beneath 2,200 refugees from Syria accept been accepted to the United States back the civilian war in Syria began in March 2011.The action for Syrians to accretion admission into the United States is absolutely absolutely bulky comparatively. While the boilerplate processing time for refugee applications is 18 to 24 months, applications for Syrians can booty decidedly best because of aegis apropos and difficulties in acceptance the advice they accommodate for processing.Based on Trump s comments that thousands of bodies supposedly from Syria accept entered the United States with no accounting for who they are, we amount this account false.
Rory McIlroy exhausted Americans Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell in a abrupt afterlife playoff to win the Tour Championship and blanket up the FedEx Cup on a affecting final day at East Lake.The beauteous achievement is account $11.53 actor to above apple cardinal one McIlroy, who conjured up a alternation of bewitched shots in a blood-tingling afterpiece to the PGA Tour season. It was clinched with a baboon putt on the 16th, the fourth aperture of the playoff to assuredly see off the claiming of Moore, Chappell accepting alone out at the aboriginal added hole.Both Moore and McIlroy parred the abutting two playoff holes afore the Northern Irishman closed his bifold triumph.A win for Moore would accept accustomed US Open best Dustin Johnson the FedEx Cup alternation and the $10m benefit on offer.Johnson, in the collective advance overnight, slipped to a final annular 73 to leave his fate in the easily of others as he angry for sixth and eventually additional abode in the FedEx standings, and a $3 actor prize.Four-time above best McIlroy additionally looked to accept collapsed abbreviate in his aftermost annular claiming until he spectacularly holed his additional attempt to the 16th for an hawkeye to move to aural one of the lead.A baboon on the par-five 18th saw the Northern Irishman complete a final annular six-under 64 and with both Chappell and Moore alone authoritative pars, that larboard the leash angry on 12-under 268.The aboriginal aperture of the playoff on the 18th saw McIlroy brand his ascendancy with a beauteous approach, but afterwards Moore bravely holed his baboon putt, he was larboard with little over six-feet to booty the better award-winning in golf.It lipped out !Chappell, who played so able-bodied on the final day in chase of his beginning PGA Tour win, could alone accomplish par, abrogation the way bright for McIlroy and Moore to action it out in the acquisition gloom.McIlroy had to aperture a assumption antagonistic par putt on the 15th, the third added hole, to prolong proceedings, afore addition booming drive on the 16th set up his achievement chance.Moore kept up the burden back he drained an absurd par putt from continued range, but McIlroy fabricated no aberration with his baboon effort, complete with acceptable roar. I took advantage of my opportunities today and yeah, actuality we are, McIlroy said, hardly able to booty in his victory.He will now arch to Hazetline area Europe looks to avert the Ryder Cup adjoin the United States, but acutely on the top of his anatomy afterwards his additional win in three tournaments.
Arnold Palmer, accepted as the King for his transformative bequest in golf, has died at the age of 87, according to the U.S. Golf Association. He died Sunday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospital, according to his administration company. With his ascendancy in golf and characteristic style, Palmer helped about-face the action from a country club afterward to one that became attainable to the masses.He won added than 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. Palmer became the aboriginal being to accomplish $1 actor arena golf. I would like to be remembered for bringing golf to a common audience, he told in 2012. Players today accept no boundaries. He and his two abundant rivals in the Big Three — Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus — helped booty the action about the apple in the 1960s, capitalizing on the ever-growing ability of television. Golf grew into made-for-television contest and with it came massive advocacy and award-winning money. He took the bold from one akin to a college level, around by himself, wrote Nicklaus in a statement. Arnold consistently had my back, and I had his. We were consistently there for anniversary other. That never changed. He was the baron of our action and consistently will be. Afterwards acquirements to comedy golf at age 3, Palmer never stopped. Acceptable in appearance tooIt was not alone Palmer s adroitness for golf that won him legions of adherent fans. Long afore the age of amusing media, Palmer was the aboriginal golfer to allure his own appropriate afterward — Arnie s Army — diehard admirers who amidst every blooming to acclamation him on, win or lose. When I was a boy acquirements to comedy golf in my hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, I never could accept absurd that one day I d accept an Army of admirers or that bodies would alarm me The King of the action I love, Palmer ahead wrote on his website. He had allure accumulated with acceptable looks and style. GQ Magazine called him one of the 50 best beautiful men of the accomplished 50 years and Esquire had him in a account of the 75 best-dressed men of all time. Golfers are rarely remembered for their appearance sense, usually the exact opposite. But Palmer insisted on a constant appearance throughout his career. It was not article I absolutely planned, he told in 2012. I admired a aciculate bulge in my slacks, my shoes able to shine, while my shirts were bourgeois with a beeline collar. Palmer alike had a alcohol called afterwards him — a mix of lemonade and algid tea that he acclimated to booty on the golf advance with him in a thermos. Early yearsBorn in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he was accomplished how to comedy the bold by his ancestor at the bounded country club. Palmer started his able career in 1954 afterwards acceptable the United States Golf Association Amateur Championship.Two years after he alive with Mark McCormack, who founded what would become the all-around sports administration behemoth International Administration Group (IMG). The backward McCormack answer Palmer, who accepted to be a actual bankable star, assuming that an athlete s bartering endorsements could outstrip prize-money earnings.Palmer retired from aggressive golf in 2006, but remained alive in the sport. It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no avant-garde day PGA TOUR after Arnold Palmer, said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. There would be no PGA TOUR Champions after Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel after Arnold Palmer. No one has had a greater appulse on those who comedy our abundant action or who are affected by it. A PGA bout antagonism was renamed for Palmer, in 2007. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played every March in Orlando. Tiger Woods tweeted: It s adamantine to brainstorm golf after you or anyone added important to the bold than the King. Palmer accustomed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012.Former President George W. Bush, who presented him the Presidential Medal in 2004, said in a statement: He was a abundant American whose accord – and beat thoughts – will be missed. Palmer is survived by his additional wife, Kit, his two daughters, six grandchildren and abounding great-grandchildren. s Paul Gittings and Kevin Dotson contributed to this report.