The Berlin Candy Bomber: How A Mormon Pilot Shared The Spirit Of Christmas

Wolves raced into a 2-0 lead after only 11 minutes as Germany U-21 forward Maximilian Arnold netted with a deft touch before ex-Bayern Munich star Luiz Gustavo laid the ball off for Croatia's Ivica Olic to blast home. Freiburg squandered a couple of clear chances before Wolfsburg's Germany defender Marcel Schafer came off the bench for Olic to score their third in added time. Freiburg remain third from bottom with a third straight defeat and to make matters worse they had French midfielder Francis Coquelin, on loan from Arsenal, carried off with a suspected broken ankle just after the break. Hertha Berlin stayed seventh and kept hosts Eintracht Braunschweig rooted to the bottom of the table with a 2-0 away win. Colombia striker Adrian Ramos headed Berlin into a first-half lead before 20-year-old midfielder Tolga Cigerci added a late second with his first for the club. More:

Berlin Handbook Nationwide Hit With School Boards

This experience inspired him to bring them more candy, resulting in his nickname, The Candy Bomber. Packages that come in the mail this time of year are often full of excitement for children. Such was the case at my house recently as my 8-year-old son received a package from Grandma. Once we got the box open, my son anxiously tore at the wrapping paper and found a special book with children and an airplane on the cover. As we thumbed through Christmas From Heaven, we discovered it was a true story about a Mormon pilot during World War II. Little did we know how a small book would touch our hearts in such a big way. In 1948, three years after WWII, browse pilot Gail Hal Halvorsen took part in Operation Vittles which was the United States and Britains effort to feed starving West Berliners by transporting food and other basic supplies by air. One day as Hal stood at the end of the Tempelhof runway taking movies of planes, he caught sight of a group of children watching him through a barbed wire fence. More:

Berlin 2014: French Director Denis Dercourt Heads Dialogue en Perspective Jury

French director Denis Dercourt (The Page Turner), who recently wrapped production on his German-language debut A Pact, will head up next's year's jury for the Dialogue en perspective prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. our editor recommends Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' to Open Berlin Film Fest The independent jury, which this time will include one Israeli, three German and three French cinema lovers, awards the annual honor to a feature screening in the Berlinale's German cinema sidebar, Perspektive Deutsches Kino. The prize, which comes with a $6,800 (5,000) cash bursary, is backed by the French-German Youth Office and is aimed at honoring films that encourage cross-cultural dialoge between young visit the site people in Germany and France. Dercourt himself has been a shining example of such cross-border communication. His psychological thriller A Pact, which stars German actors Mark Waschke (Barbara), Sophie Rois (Three), Sylvester Groth (Inglourious Basterds) and Marie Baumer (The Counterfeiters), marks the first time a French director has helmed a German-language feature shot entirely in Germany. The Match Factory is handling international sales on A Pact. The 2014 Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. More:

Jesse Owens Olympic gold medal auctioned for record $1.4M Won at 1936 Berlin Games

Hulton Archive/Getty Images Jesse Owens at the start of the 200 meters at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which he won in 20.7 seconds, an Olympic record at the time. We just hope that its purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that, said Owens daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin. AFP/AFP/Getty Images Jesse Owens crosses the finish line of the 200 meter event in 1936. The auction house said Burkle, who also owns William Faulkners Nobel Prize for literature, has plans for an educational tour of the historic pieces. The Los Angeles tycoons holdings include retail, food and entertainment companies. RELATED: NJ NAZI DAD, PREGNANT FIANCEE HOPE FOR LIL EVA BRAUN HANDOUT/Reuters A gold medal won by U.S. track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin sold at auction on for $1,466,574, a record high price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. More:

Sisters open gift shop in Berlin

A corner is filled with children's toys. "We have a little bit of everything," Bostic said. Smith said they are also making an effort to ensure the bulk of the inventory was made in the U.S. While they love shopping for new items for the store, the sisters said the hard part was learning to gauge what their customers were looking for. The current inventory is a mix of items they like and things they think their customers will like. Their moved here interests Smith's in accessories and Bostic's in home decor have combined to create a store full of bright, decorative items. "She loves style and accessories, and I'm more about making a pretty home," Bostic said. More:

Wolves floor Freiburg, Berlin best Braunschweig

EST, December 4, 2013 BERLIN The "Berlin Board of Education Member Handbook" is a hit in school board circles nationwide, not bad for a 23-page book with no car crashes, love scenes or characters. [Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Last week, the school board in University Place, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, sent a draft of its handbook to Berlin, thanking the town for providing a template. "I was at that conference and heard them talk about the Berlin handbook, emphasizing that the school board take a professional approach and create a handbook of conduct, protocol and policies for a board to follow," Rick Maloney, chairman of the University Place school board, said Tuesday. In a telephone interview from his workplace in a neighboring school district where he serves as an administrator, Maloney said the Berlin handbook got a lot of attention in school board circles, a group he said numbers about 75,000 nationwide. "It's a CliffsNotes approach, easy to read and understand, not some long policy report that gets put in a binder and forgotten," he said. "That's why I put the idea back to our district." He also spoke about it at the Washington state association of boards of education, and said a national school board journal is planning a story on school board handbooks because of the interest generated by the Berlin workshop. More:,0,37759.story