Apr 15, 2019

Axios PM

1 big thing: Notre Dame burns during Holy Week

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A terrible fire has toppled Notre Dame's spire and is expected to burn the entirety of its wooden interior.

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"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,'" the AP quotes Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot telling French media.

  • The church's spire was undergoing a renovation project, and French media reported that Paris' fire department said the fire was "potentially linked," per the AP.
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The N.Y. Times with the play-by-play:

  • "As the last rush of tourists were trying to get in for the day, the doors of Notre-Dame were abruptly shut without explanation, witnesses said."
  • "Within moments, tiny bits of white smoke started rising from the spire. Billowing out, the smoke started turning gray, then black, making it clear that a fire was growing inside the cathedral, which is currently covered in scaffolding."
  • "Soon, orange flames began punching out of the spire, quickly increasing in intensity."
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  • "The French police rushed in and started blowing whistles, telling everyone to move back."
  • "Tourists and residents alike came to a standstill ... Older Parisians began to cry, lamenting how their national treasure was quickly being lost."
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AP: "Hundreds of people on bridges around Notre Dame in Paris, watching in shock as fire engulfs the famed cathedral."

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The bottom line: "Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn," French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

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Go deeper: Livestream of the fire

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3. 1 fun thing

In this April 5, 2019, image made from a video, 100-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, right foreground, teaches a yoga class in Hartsdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

"A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching," the AP reports.

  • "Tao Porchon-Lynch said she first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 in her native India. Strolling along a beach, she was transfixed by a group of boys doing yoga poses."
  • "When her aunt told her the movements were 'not ladylike,' she responded, If boys can do it, I can do it.'"

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