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Work on Bertha’s repair pit halted after discovery of shells

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:46
It may take a week before archaeologists investigate the soil, where a deposit of shells stopped work on a repair pit for tunnel machine Bertha.

Feds will recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:38

Decision means those couples will to receive federal benefits.

       

Union picket lines go up at Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:34

Union picket lines go up at Taj Mahal casinoThe battle over the future of the Trump Taj Mahal entered what could be its final phase on Friday as union picket lines went up outside the struggling casino, which even its would-be savior says is likely to close.


Cuomo, Shifting His Policy on Outbreak, Opens Up Public Rift With de Blasio

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:30
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered soothing words to worried New Yorkers about the city’s first Ebola case. Less than 19 hours later, Mr. Cuomo struck a starkly different tone.

E.U. Greenhouse Gas Deal Falls Short of Expectations

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:23
The varied energy needs and capacity of member nations led to concessions and compromises that experts say watered down an agreement meant to pressure other countries at climate talks in 2015.

Baffling ballet

BBC World News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:20
Can scientists unlock the secrets of starling murmurations using computer models and citizen science?
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Bellevue Back on Front Line in Another Crisis

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:17
Bellevue Hospital Center has long been on the front line of global health crises. But rising to the challenge of New York City’s first Ebola case may be one of its biggest tests.






2014 Mariners season in review

Seattle Mariners - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:16
The good, hard-working folks of the Mariners' baseball information office have released their season in review publication. It has plenty  of information from the 2014 season on the team and players, featuring interesting nuggets of information.
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2014 Mariners minor league season in review

Seattle Mariners - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:16
Minor league baseball information Kelly Munro guru and her buddies in the Mariners baseball information department have released the season in review publication for the Seattle minor league system.
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The Met and Other Museums Adapt to the Digital Age

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:12
Once reluctant to accept the virtual world, institutions are now using interactivity, 3-D imaging and “augmented reality” in displays.

Thursday’s prep water polo results

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:04
Water polo results for Thursday, Oct. 23

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:02

In this Oct. 20, 2014 photo provided by Paragon Space Development Corporation, Google executive Alan Eustace is shown before a test flight for his Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert outside Roswell. Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore some 20 miles above the Earth's surface.(AP Photo/Paragon Space Development Corporation)ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.


NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:02

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie listens at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 in New York. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female healthcare worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.


Lava creeps toward road on Hawaii's Big Island

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:00

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a geologist marks the coordinates of the Kilauea lava flow front with a GPS unit. A 13-mile finger of lava from Kilauea Volcano has started to again move quickly, and could hit a secondary road sometime Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Officials on Hawaii's Big Island won't start evacuating people until the lava flow is within three to five days of affecting Pahoa residents. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare.


A Bear In The Backyard

E-Town - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:06

IMG_1935Man oh man, check out this photo from our backyard:

That’s from a bear who’s been frequenting our neighborhood of late (if the rather large, nightly deposits of bear scat in various spots around the ‘hood are any indication, he’s been a regular visitor). Through the opening he made in our fence, you can see a heavy hanging plum tree (in our neighbor’s yard), the fruit of which I suspect he’d been enjoying. We actually heard him wreaking havoc on the fence (it was about 11pm at night, right outside our bedroom window more or less). It sounded like a drunken linebacker who’d lost his way and found our fence to be an obstacle to be removed from his path. Wild.

Actually literally wild. Here in Boulder, and in countless other parts of the country, many of our neighborhoods butt up against open space (ours does for example) which results in inevitable contact and encounters between animals and people. We are lucky enough to live in a town where wildlife cohabitate with us. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, we humans are living in THEIR neighborhood. Lord knows we cause them innumerable challenges, as they travel through our landscaped yards using ancient routes to water; roam through our developments at night, as they have for centuries, making their rounds as they search for food, etc. mtlion_NPSI have heard numerous stories from folks about ‘close encounter’ wildlife sightings (I myself have seen a mountain lion in a tree right down the street from our house, in broad daylight in that case!). It’s awe inspiring to think of.

There’s a real debate in this country right now, between those who would like to pave and/or develop every available square inch of land no matter what that does to the wildlife population and those who (like me) think it vital to our collective souls to ensure that we will always have open space and places where wildlife can exist. I think that’s why this year’s midterm election is so important. Can you guess which political party cares about protecting the environment and which cares little or nothing about that? I’m sure you can. If not, you should do some research, decide what’s important to you, and then VOTE. Make your voice heard.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

By the way, don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcast/podcast in Zack’s previous blog entry.

Xo Helen

 

 

 

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UW men’s basketball picked sixth in Pac-12 preseason poll

WA Cougars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:01
Quite predictably, Washington is saddled with modest expectations at the start of the 2014-15 men’s basketball season while the forecast is dim at Washington State and Arizona is the near unanimous pick to repeat as regular-season champions.
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