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  • "Excess" Antarctic Sea Ice Area Now 97% the Size of Greenland's IceCap

    05/08/2014 7:13:51 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 32 replies
    NSIDC Sea Ice Daily Reports 1979-2014 ^ | 08 May 2014 | RACookPE1978
    All data from today’s WUWT (May 8) Sea Ice Page. 1. “Excess” total sea ice area anomaly is now greater than 1.050 million sq km’s. Hmmmn. An “excess” total sea ice area anomaly (which combines both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice areas together) approaching the size of Hudson Bay. 2. “Excess” Antarctic sea ice area is now 1.67 Million sq km’s … Or 97% the area of the entire Greenland ice cap. (A fact which 97% of government-paid climate scientists in the Obama administration will chose to ignore.) 3. By itself, “Excess” Antarctic sea ice area is now back...
  • Area Near Al-Aqsa Mosque Collapses

    08/21/2013 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    inn ^ | 8/21/13 | Elad Benari
    An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency. An eyewitness told the agency that the collapse occurred near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque. It is the second collapse near the western wall within five years, Cum'a Usayle, an eyewitness, told Anadolu. "The collapse has caused a deep hole there. It is dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It poses danger especially for children and women," he said. The report claimed that no security precautions around the area have been taken by Israeli...
  • An Open Question for Geographiliacs: Does Antarctica's 14,000,000 km2 Include the ice Shelves?

    08/10/2013 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 21 replies
    But A Lack of Sources is the Problem | 10 August 2013 | RACookPE1978
    Working on some area and latitude calculations for sea ice. many hundreds of on-line references report that the Antarctic continent is 14,000,000 square kilometers: A nice, convenient even round number. That's obviously always been rounded off as one source copies from everybody, or just never measured accurately. Neither seems correct. the NSIRDC tracks sea ice, and they have explicitly written me that their "Antarctic Sea Ice"totals do NOT include the permanent ice shelves around many areas of that continent. Fine, no problem: and it even makes sense: Why should a federal agency track "permanent sea shelves" when they can get...
  • Israeli troops move to Gaza after rockets jolt Tel Aviv area

    11/15/2012 12:27:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2012
    Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional...
  • Prineville-Area Man Still Critical with Likely Plague

    06/12/2012 10:29:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KTVZ ^ | June 12, 2012
    Crook County Health Officials Say He Was Bitten by Sick CatCrook County health officials said Monday they are investigating a probable case of human plague involving a man in his 50s who is being treated at a local hospital. Contacts with the individual have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics, officials said. The man reported contact with a sick cat in his neighborhood, they added. Crook County officials did not identify the man, citing patient confidentiality regulations, but a family member contacted NewsChannel 21, which then learned the Prineville-area man remained in critical condition Tuesday at St. Charles Medical...
  • Does Your Area have a Shortage of Flu and H1N1 Vaccines? (Vanity and information gathering)

    10/31/2009 6:46:02 PM PDT · by mlmr · 60 replies · 2,333+ views
    10.31.09 | chickensoup
    I am just checking to see how the vaccines have been made available throughout the country. I have seen posts on the site saying that they are in short supply in some areas and other posters are saying there are no problems getting them. I would like it if you could tell us your state and what is the status of the vaccine availablilty in the area. I want to make sure that the vaccines have not been made a political football. That we havent yet turned into an African kleptocratcy.
  • Task Force Expands Safe Areas in Afghanistan Province

    08/04/2009 5:33:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2009 The increased troop levels in Afghanistans Uruzgan province has expanded the security envelope to roughly 80 percent of the people there, the former commander of Task Force Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan said today. Security has taken years to establish, but is allowing development to begin in one of the poorest areas of the country, Dutch army Brig. Gen. T.A. Middendorp told members of the Pentagon press corps during a teleconference from Kandahar, Afghanistan. If you walk through that province, it is like walking through the Old Testament, the general said. Uruzgan province is centrally located...
  • Blast in crowded Cairo tourist area wounds 8

    02/22/2009 10:32:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/22/09 | ap
    Egyptian police said Sunday evening a bomb detonated outside a historic Cairo mosque in the crowded bazaar area frequented by tourists, wounding at least eight people. Blood stains could be seen in the front courtyard of Hussein mosque, next to the famed Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Islamic Cairo. Riot police had cordoned off the area and sniffer dogs could be seen as worshippers were being evacuated. A security official said police were attempting to defuse a second bomb. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
  • Officials Determine Mortar Caused Fire at Ammo Holding Area

    10/11/2006 4:11:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 589+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2006 An 82mm mortar round fired by militia forces from a nearby residential area caused yesterdays fire at a Baghdad ammunition holding area around 10:40 p.m., officials with Multinational Division Baghdad announced today. The fire ignited tank, artillery and small-arms ammunition at a forward operating base in the central Rasheed district of Baghdad. "Intelligence indicates that civilians aligned with a militia organization were responsible for last night's mortar attack," Army Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington, a spokesman for Multinational Division Baghdad, said. At the time of the attack, base personnel went to full alert. Attack aviation and...
  • Some Californians set to begin 11-digit dialing

    07/23/2006 4:15:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies · 2,360+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2006 | Dan Laidman
    LOS ANGELES Starting Wednesday, seven-digit dialing will be a thing of the past for a broad swath of coastal Los Angeles County. Residents of such posh enclaves as Santa Monica, Malibu and Brentwood will be among the first Californians to be required to dial 11 digits each time they pick up the phone, even if they are calling a next-door neighbor. The change comes as part of the state's first-ever area code overlay, in which future phone numbers within a region receive a new area code while existing numbers keep the old one. It contrasts with the more common...
  • Authorities find dozens of illegal immigrants in suspected stash area

    07/19/2006 7:29:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 395+ views
    About 75 illegal immigrants were found Tuesday in the desert about 50 miles west of Phoenix, many suffering from dehydration and exhaustion from triple-digit heat, authorities said. Seven immigrants and three sheriff's deputies were taken to hospitals for treatment, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Officers used a helicopter, canine units and all-terrain vehicles and conducted foot patrols to search for others believed to be in the area, officials said. "We know they're still out there because there's sounds in the brush," said Lt. Paul Chagolla, a sheriff's department spokesman. "We can hear them. They've hunkered down." Lt. Chuck Siemens,...
  • Command Arrangements Change in Northern Baghdad Area

    05/16/2006 3:57:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, May 16, 2006 When the 2nd Brigade of the 9th Iraqi Mechanized Division assumed 150 square kilometers of battlespace north of Baghdad yesterday, it was more than just a paperwork shuffle. "From the command and control perspective, they go from reporting to (the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry) to me," 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Commander U.S. Army Col. James Pasquarette said during an interview. "They now report straight into my headquarters, and I report to the 4th (Infantry Division)." But this arrangement is only temporary. In June, the 2nd Brigade's parent unit, the 9th Division, will...
  • Phoenix-Area Posse Nets Just 1 Arrest

    05/11/2006 10:05:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/06 | Amanda Lee Myers - ap
    AVONDALE, Ariz. - Following a week of tough talk, a 250-member sheriff's posse that was assembled to catch illegal immigrants made just one arrest in its first desert search early Thursday. The posse made up of Maricopa County sheriff's deputies and trained volunteers launched night patrols Wednesday in the desert and along major roads southwest of Phoenix. Deputies attempted to pull over a pickup truck about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, but the truck took off in the desert and its 15 to 20 occupants scattered. Only one person was tracked down, despite night-vision equipment, spotlights and a helicopter. "It...
  • Iran 'Attacks Iraq Kurdish Area'

    04/30/2006 11:57:42 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 395+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-30-2006
    Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area' Iraq has accused Iranian forces of entering Iraqi territory and shelling Kurdish rebel positions in the north. Iranian troops bombed border areas near the town of Hajj Umran before crossing into Iraq, the defence ministry in Baghdad said on Sunday. It said the Iranians targeted the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a 15-year insurgency against Turkey. The PKK is believed to have links with anti-Iranian Kurdish fighters. There are no details on casualties. The Iraqi defence ministry also says Iran launched a similar attack on Kurdish rebel positions in the same area on...
  • Next Big Quake? Maybe East of Bay Area

    03/27/2006 3:12:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 819+ views
    Herald-Zeitung | AP ^ | 3/27/06 | Scott Lindlaw
    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) -- New cracks appear in Elke DeMuynck's ceiling every few weeks, zigzagging across her living room, creeping toward the fireplace, veering down the wall. Month after month, year after year, she patches, paints and waits. "It definitely lets you know your house is constantly shifting," DeMuynck said. So do the gate outside that swings uselessly 2 1/2 inches from its latch, the strange bulges in the street and the geology students who make pilgrimages to her cul-de-sac. DeMuynck could throw her paint brush from her front stoop and hit the Hayward Fault, which geologists consider the most...
  • Fault East Of (SF) Bay Area 'Locked And Loaded'

    03/25/2006 12:14:22 PM PST · by blam · 63 replies · 3,041+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-25-2006 | Scott Lindlaw
    Fault East of Bay Area 'Locked and Loaded' Saturday March 25, 2006 7:31 PM By SCOTT LINDLAW Associated Press Writer HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - New cracks appear in Elke DeMuynck's ceiling every few weeks, zigzagging across her living room, creeping toward the fireplace, veering down the wall. Month after month, year after year, she patches, paints and waits. ``It definitely lets you know your house is constantly shifting,'' DeMuynck said. So do the gate outside that swings uselessly 2 inches from its latch, the strange bulges in the street and the geology students who make pilgrimages to her cul-de-sac. DeMuynck...
  • New Orleans Area Military Recruiting Mission Recovers

    03/10/2006 4:28:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 10, 2006 The military's recruiting mission in and around New Orleans is slowly recovering in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, local recruiting officials reported. Jacob Cristina, of Metairie, La., recites the Navy's oath of enlistment, given by Cmdr. Charles Schug, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District New Orleans, during a Jan. 25 enlistment ceremony at the command's headquarters. Cristina was NRD New Orleans' first applicant to be sworn in at the headquarters since Hurricane Katrina caused it to be moved. Cristina signed up to become an aviation structural mechanic and ships out...
  • Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Welcomes Reagan Strike Group to Persian Gulf Area of Operations

    02/28/2006 4:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW) Donnie W. Ryan
    USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMUSNAVCENT/5th Fleet), commander, Combined Maritime Forces visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Feb. 27 to welcome the ships crew, air wing and embarked carrier strike group staff to the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. Reagans aircraft have been supporting ground troops in Iraqi around the clock since arriving in the 5th...
  • Operation Red Bull disrupts terrorism in Triad area

    01/09/2006 3:20:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 638+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    WESTERN AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq(Jan. 9, 2006) -- For more than two weeks, Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, conducted sweeps along the Euphrates River shore to disrupt terrorist operations in the area. The battalion-wide Operation Red Bull consisted of Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines in the Triad area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana searching more than 20 kilometers of shoreline. The search revealed 75 weapons caches terrorists planned to use during attacks in the region. Since the battalion came to the area in early September, they have concentrated on securing and maintaining their...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, November 13-19, 2005: Lawns in America, and Lake Pinatubo

    11/16/2005 8:44:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 812+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory/Bertrand Website ^ | NASA/Yann-Arthus Bertrand
    NASA Earth Observatory has this neat graph of the lawn area in the United States. It's a very close match to the "night light" image made a couple of years ago. I linked the little picture below to the bigger one (which is only 380 K). Click on the link for the accompanying article. Yann-Arthus Bertrand took this impressive photograph of the "crater lake" inside the caldera from the Pinatubo eruption of 1991:
  • Paris-Area Riots Gain Dangerous Momentum (Eighth Night)

    11/03/2005 8:14:07 PM PST · by blam · 123 replies · 2,981+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-4-2005 | Jamey Keaten
    Paris-Area Riots Gain Dangerous Momentum Friday November 4, 2005 3:46 AM By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press Writer AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (AP) - A week of riots in poor neighborhoods outside Paris gained dangerous new momentum Thursday, with youths shooting at police and firefighters and attacking trains and symbols of the French state. Facing mounting criticism, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin vowed to restore order as the violence that erupted Oct. 27 spread to at least 20 towns, highlighting the frustration simmering in housing projects that are home to many North African immigrants. Unrest flared for an eighth straight night Thursday, though...
  • Joint U.S.-Afghan Patrol Combs Zormat Area

    10/06/2005 5:15:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Army Sgt. Chuck D. Meseke
    U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Hebert, a paratrooper with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, searches a house in Zormat, Afghanistan, during Operation Nijmegan , Sept. 12, 2005. Operation Nijmegan was a joint operation conducted by Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. Army paratroopers from 2nd Battalion. U.S. Army photo Joint U.S.-Afghan Patrol Combs Zormat Area Operation Nijmegan kicked off with a search of a village suspected to be housing an enemy organizer and ended with distribution of humanitarian assistance items. By U.S. Army Sgt. Chuck D. Meseke Combined Task Force Devil ZORMAT, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005...
  • U.S. Assails Syria As Area Troublemaker

    09/16/2005 8:18:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 458+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/05 | William C. Mann - ap
    WASHINGTON - In a spirited attack, the State Department's spokesman on Friday accused Syria of making trouble not only for Iraq, by allowing foreign fighters to infiltrate the country, but also for Lebanon and the Palestinians. "Syria, more and more, is being recognized as a destabilizing element in the region," Adam Ereli said Friday. "It's not just about Iraq; it's about Iraq, it's about Lebanon, it's about the Palestinian Authority. Because there's a connection between Syria and terrorism and murder and mayhem in each of these three different areas." Syrian President Bashar Assad's government insists it is doing what it...
  • Area firefighters going to Louisiana (from Tucson)

    09/03/2005 12:38:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 243+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Sep 3, 2005 | Alexis Huicochea
    The Tucson Fire Department and Golder Ranch Fire District will be deploying firefighters to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, officials said. Four Golder Ranch firefighters were the first to be sent out this morning at 6, said Battalion Chief John Sullivan. Tucson Fire will follow with six firefighters next week, according to spokesman Capt. Paul McDonough. Both agencies are responding to a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is asking city fire departments to send a total of 1,000 two-person teams. Golder Ranch will be providing medical attention as well as canvassing areas to assist people who have...
  • Tucson-area firefighters to answer FEMA's call

    09/03/2005 12:29:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 224+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Sep 3, 2005 | Alexis Huicochea
    The Tucson Fire Department and Golder Ranch Fire District will be deploying firefighters to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, officials said. Four Golder Ranch firefighters were the first to be sent out this morning at 6, said Battalion Chief John Sullivan. Tucson Fire will follow with six firefighters next week, according to spokesman Capt. Paul McDonough. Both agencies are responding to a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is asking city fire departments to send a total of 1,000 two-person teams. Golder Ranch will be providing medical attention as well as canvassing areas to assist people who have...
  • Sierra Vista, Bisbee and Tombstone area hurricane relief efforts.

    09/03/2005 12:21:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 226+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Sep 3, 2005 | unattributed
    Mall at Sierra Vista The Mall at Sierra Vista is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help raise fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Starting Monday, the mall will display free-standing donation sites with remittance envelopes for shoppers wanting to donate to the Red Cross. Shoppers can then mail their contributions to the Red Cross. "Our hearts go out to all of the people affected by this disaster," said Diana Coleman, the mall property manager. "As a business and community partner in the areas being impacted, we want to offer our support in any way we can." The...
  • Where is bin Laden?

    08/06/2005 2:23:46 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 71 replies · 2,226+ views ^ | August 6, 2005 | By Paul L. Williams
    Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Let's face it. He shouldn't be hard to find, especially from a Predator, an aerial reconnaissance vehicle that can read the minute hand of a wristwatch from an altitude of 26,000 feet. Bin Laden is very tall slightly over 6'6" and incredibly thin, less than 150 pounds. He wears shalwart kameez the loose-fitting tunics and baggy pants of al-Qaida and Taliban soldiers and, when the weather is cold, he dons a camouflage jacket. Although he was born in 1957 and far from retirement age, the al-Qaida chieftain appears...
  • CA: Law enforcement operation targets immigrant smuggling in LA area

    06/30/2005 10:26:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 366+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/30/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents arrested suspects in an operation targeting an immigrant smuggling ring Thursday night, officials said. The operation was carried out in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Anaheim and other cities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and local law enforcement, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. More than three dozen search warrants were served. It was unclear how many arrests were made in the operation, which began Thursday evening, Mrozek said. A second law enforcement operation was under way in San Francisco in a...
  • Illegal Alien Gang Members Nailed by Feds, Local Cops - (is the gov't finally listening to us?)

    06/09/2005 9:26:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 964+ views
    Feds and local cops in New York nabbed almost a hundred illegal aliens who are suspected of participating in gang activities that include violent offenses, drug trafficking, prostitution and sex crimes. A joint criminal investigation in the New York City metropolitan area has resulted in the arrest of 95 criminal alien gang members, all of whom now face removal from the United States. The arrests are the culmination of a joint four-month investigation conducted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the New York City Department of Probation, Yonkers, NY Police Department officers and other local law enforcement agencies that...
  • Vet is shepherding war-dog honor (Vietnam vet wants to create monument to dogs used in combat)

    04/15/2005 5:16:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 114 replies · 1,433+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 3/31/05 | Mike McPhee
    Vet is shepherding war-dog honor By Mike McPhee Denver Post Staff Writer Thursday, March 31, 2005 A Vietnam War veteran and Denver-area native is on a mission to create a national monument in Washington, D.C., to the dogs that soldiers used in combat. John Burnam, who served two tours of duty as a war-dog handler in Vietnam during the 1960s, presented his case Wednesday to the Colorado legislature, which passed a resolution supporting his efforts. More than 4,000 dogs, mostly shepherds, were used in Vietnam for scouting, finding hidden explosives and tracking. Most died in Vietnam, with only about 250...
  • Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize

    12/14/2004 8:13:38 AM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | December 14, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Counterterrorism efforts got a major boost last week when an American district court found three Muslim organizations and one individual, mostly based in the Chicago area, guilty of funding Hamas and fined them an astonishing US$156 million.The four were found liable for their roles in the murder of an American teenager, David Boim, on May 13, 1996, when he was shot by Hamas operatives as he waited for a bus near Jerusalem. This case is important in itself, providing some measure of justice and relief for the Boim family. Beyond that, it helps fight terrorism in four ways.First, it validates...
  • (President) Bush Signs Bill for Nev. Wilderness Area

    12/01/2004 8:26:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/04 | Scott Sonner - AP
    RENO, Nev. - President Bush (news - web sites) has signed into law a measure creating what conservationists say will be the largest piece of federally protected wilderness in Nevada an area about half the size of the state of Delaware. The measure is seen as a compromise between environmentalists and developers who want to tap more water for the Las Vegas area. It creates 14 wilderness areas measuring a total of about 1,200 square miles, but also establishes a utility corridor that would allow authorities to build a pipeline to tap into groundwater in the region. Officials want...
  • Democratic Convention Media Area Not Ready (fails inspection, changes will cost $300k)

    07/10/2004 7:45:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 717+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/04 | JENNIFER PETER
    Democratic Convention Media Area Not Ready Fri Jul 9,11:12 PM ET By JENNIFER PETER, Associated Press Writer BOSTON - A pavilion for working news organizations at the Democratic National Convention is not up to city codes and requires about $300,000 worth of work just two weeks before the event begins. "The building is not ready to be occupied," Lt. Richard Powers, a member of the fire department's public information office, said Friday. "They have certain standards which they haven't met." The pavilion is next to the FleetCenter sports arena, site of the convention. Several news organizations, including The Associated Press,...
  • USA's Built-Up Surfaces Equal Ohio In Area

    06/16/2004 3:36:08 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 291+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-15-2004 | AGU
    Source: American Geophysical Union Date: 2004-06-15 USA's Built-up Surfaces Equal Ohio In Area WASHINGTON - If all the highways, streets, buildings, parking lots and other solid structures in the 48 contiguous United States were pieced together like a giant jigsaw puzzle, they would almost cover the state of Ohio. That is the result of a study by Christopher Elvidge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, who along with colleagues from several universities and agencies produced the first national map and inventory of impervious surface areas (ISA) in the United States. As calculated...
  • Marseille Declared Disaster Area

    12/03/2003 5:13:17 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 128+ views
    Marseille declared disaster area Local roads are described as "death traps" Five people have died as torrential rain and high winds brought serious flooding to south-eastern France. Forecasters warned of further downpours, as the floods blocked roads, disrupted rail services and forced more than 9,000 people to flee their homes. France's second-biggest city Marseille was declared a disaster area. After visiting the worst-affected area, French President Jacques Chirac said the victims could count on the solidarity of the rest of the nation. The French Government announced it was giving 12 million euros ($14m) in initial emergency fund for the region....
  • Israel's Move Will Explode Entire Area, Says New PM

    09/11/2003 4:57:57 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 197+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-12-2003 | Donald Mcinyre
    Israel's move will explode entire area, says new PM By Donald Macinyre in Jerusalem 12 September 2003 Palestinian leaders reacted with anger last night to the Israeli security cabinet's decision, in principle, to expel Yasser Arafat from his headquarters in Ramallah. As the Palestinian Authority President told a crowd of supporters outside his Maqata site that they were the people who could stop the Israelis fulfilling the threat, Ahmed Qureia, the incoming Palestinian prime minister, said the decision was "crazy". Despite doubts even among some Israeli government officials over whether the decision would be enforced, the threat introduces...
  • Some area schools have specific policies on hazing

    08/16/2003 12:59:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 360+ views
    south bend tribune ^ | 8.15.03 | SUE LOWE
    When Nan Tulchinsky was a freshman in high school, she was the victim of harassment by upperclassmen at her Jackson, Mich., high school. She doesn't remember what she was told to do, but she remembers that she said "no" and walked away. "It happened in 1956 and I still remember it," Tulchinsky said. So as director of athletics for the South Bend Community School Corp., she's pretty sensitive to any harassment or hazing by upperclassmen. "We don't tolerate that at all," she said. "Respect for each other is the most important thing we teach." Tulchinsky frets about "what it can...
  • Marriage: a gray area for gay couples

    08/15/2003 7:04:42 AM PDT · by bedolido · 22 replies · 302+ views
    King5 News ^ | 08/15/03 | ELLEN LIANG
    SEATTLE - Now that Barbara and Heather Rhoads-Weaver of Seattle have taken advantage of Canada's new gay marriage law by tying the knot in Victoria, B.C., they have some legal questions to ponder. For instance, should they fill out their tax forms as single or married? When Barbara begins clerking for a Wash. State Supreme Court justice, how will she check her marital status on the human resources forms? "How do we truthfully fill out forms so we don't get penalized as trying to defraud the government?" she asks. The couple have no doubt in their own minds that they...
  • Area Sites Used To Dispute Clovis/Extinction Link

    03/29/2003 5:00:52 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 491+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 3-29-2003 | Mike Stark
    Area sites used to dispute Clovis/extinction link By MIKE STARK Gazette Wyoming Bureau It's time to stop pointing an accusatory finger at some of the earliest people in North America, researchers say. For decades, the Clovis people have been blamed for exterminating as many as 35 types of animals more than 11,000 years ago, including mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats, camels and other mammals that roamed the continent during the Pleistocene era. A study published this month in the Journal of World Prehistory says there's no evidence that the Clovis people hunted big-game animals into extinction. "There's just absolutely no support...