Non-IT News Thread



  • Figured that it would be good to have a place for "news" but not "IT News" which is what the News Group is dedicated for. A single thread is plenty, don't want thread sprawl with non-IT news items. Sometimes it is nice to see some news, though, somewhere. So here it goes!



  • Botulism: 1 Dead, 23 Sick in Botulism Outbreak Reportedly Linked to Ohio Church Potluck
    Heath officials said they are confident the botulism outbreak in Lancaster is linked to the potluck and are collecting samples from the church's trash cans to determine what may have caused it.



  • Rosie the Riveter : Model for Norman Rockwell's 1943 Painting Dies at 92, Family Says
    Mary Doyle Keefe died Tuesday in Connecticut after a brief illness, her daughter said. Keefe posed for the painting at age 19 while working as a telephone operator, the Associated Press reported.


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    YouTube: Video Sharing Service Marks 10th Anniversary of 1st Upload, 'Me at the Zoo'
    The video was uploaded by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005. The 18-second video shows Karim describing elephants at the zoo.


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    Nepal Earthquake: Hundreds Dead After 7.9-Magnitude Quake Hits Near Kathmandu, Officials Say
    The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit Lamjung, Nepal, Saturday. Witnesses say several buildings collapsed in the aftermath. Nepal’s home ministry says at least 356 are dead.


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    Mesoamerican Pyramids: Researcher Discovers Liquid Mercury in Tunnel at Mexican Archaeological Site
    Sergio Gómez has spent six years excavating the tunnel in Teotihuacan, a ruined city in central Mexico. The mercury could indicate that the tunnel leads to a royal tomb, Gómez said.



  • Corinthian Colleges: For-Profit Education Company to End Operations and Shut Down Campuses
    The company said more than two dozen campuses will be shut down. The closure will affect more than 16,000 students across the U.S., the Los Angeles Times reports.


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  • Times New Roman: Typography Experts Say Font Is Bad Choice to Use on Résumé, Report Says

    A typography expert said using Times New Roman is "like putting on sweatpants" for an interview, Bloomberg reports. The experts told the news outlet that Helvetica is one of the best fonts to use.



  • Lumber Liquidators: Justice Department Seeking Criminal Charges Against Floor Manufacturer

    The federal investigation follows a report by “60 Minutes” that claimed the company's laminate flooring products contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.


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    @mlnews said:

    Lumber Liquidators: Justice Department Seeking Criminal Charges Against Floor Manufacturer

    The federal investigation follows a report by “60 Minutes” that claimed the company's laminate flooring products contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

    When will people learn not to source material from China?!?



  • @mlnews said:

    Lumber Liquidators: Justice Department Seeking Criminal Charges Against Floor Manufacturer

    The federal investigation follows a report by “60 Minutes” that claimed the company's laminate flooring products contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

    That's a Virginia based company.. They have dirt cheap price for a reason I guess. I've never seen (or smelled) the product. They claim it's safe though.


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    @thecreativeone91 said:

    @mlnews said:

    Lumber Liquidators: Justice Department Seeking Criminal Charges Against Floor Manufacturer

    The federal investigation follows a report by “60 Minutes” that claimed the company's laminate flooring products contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

    That's a Virginia based company.. They have dirt cheap price for a reason I guess. I've never seen (or smelled) the product. They claim it's safe though.

    Yeah, but they said that the problem components were because they were sourcing from China. We've used them and didn't notice, but you wouldn't necessarily.



  • Grace Lee Whitney: Actress Who Played Yeoman Rand on 'Star Trek' Dies at 85

    Whitney died this weekend in California, her family said. The actress, who suffered from alcohol addiction, spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with their addiction problems.



  • Bentonville, Arkansas: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Says Piranha Caught in Local Lake

    Keith Stephens, the commission's assistant chief of communications, said it was likely someone released the piranha into the lake. The fish was caught last Friday.



  • @mlnews said:

    Bentonville, Arkansas: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Says Piranha Caught in Local Lake

    Keith Stephens, the commission's assistant chief of communications, said it was likely someone released the piranha into the lake. The fish was caught last Friday.

    Well, that tears it! My Arkansas vacation is canceled!





  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: Man Falls 30 Feet From Florida Bridge While Attempting to Change Tire

    The man, who suffered minor injuries, was driving on the Manatee County side of the bridge Sunday night when his tire had a blowout, WFLA reported. He was able to swim to a piling and was rescued.



  • Wear a helmet for the next 24 hours.

    Russia's Progress spacecraft set to crash to Earth within 24 hours

    www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/07/russias-progress-spacecraft-set-to-crash-to-earth-within-24-hours


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    Jefferson Davis: University of Texas Students Seek to Remove Statue of President of the Confederacy

    The statue on the Austin campus was defaced with "Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT." "We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive," senior Jamie Nalley said.

    A rare non-crazy news item from Texas.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Jefferson Davis: University of Texas Students Seek to Remove Statue of President of the Confederacy

    The statue on the Austin campus was defaced with "Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT." "We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive," senior Jamie Nalley said.

    A rare non-crazy news item from Texas.

    I think its time to move past Jefferson Davis... lol


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    Just a bit. Nothing like celebrating a war you lost 150 years later.


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    Nepal: At Least 32 Killed as 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Mount Everest

    At least 1,000 people were injured in the quake Tuesday, officials said. The region is still in recovery from a 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people.


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    Jahn–Teller Effect: Scientists Discover New State of Matter Derived From Nonlinear Process, Reports Say

    The study, led by professor Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University, claims to have found the matter inside crystal. The Jahn-Teller effect describes geometrical distortion of molecules and ions.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Nepal: At Least 32 Killed as 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Mount Everest

    At least 1,000 people were injured in the quake Tuesday, officials said. The region is still in recovery from a 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people.

    Oh nos! That is very sad. They have really been having a tough time of it.



  • Pluto: New Horizons Probe Snaps Image of Dwarf Planet's Moons

    The spacecraft, which is still 90 million km from reaching the dwarf planet, shared images of Kerberos and Styx, the smallest of Pluto’s five known moons.



  • B.B. King: Blues Musician and Songwriter Dies at Age 89 in Las Vegas

    King won 15 Grammy Awards during his career as a blues guitarist, songwriter and singer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2014.



  • Indiana Jones: Walt Disney World in Orlando to Open Bar Modeled With Theme From Film Series

    The bar will be named Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar and is set to open in the park's Disney Springs district this fall. It is named after Indiana Jones' pilot and Disney says it will be aviation-themed.



  • FAO Schwarz: Toy Store in Midtown Manhattan to Close in July Because of Rising Rent

    The store's closure will leave FAO Schwarz without a retail location. A new store might open by the end of 2016, an unnamed source told Bloomberg. It has been at its current spot for nearly 30 years.


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    US Airways: Man Reportedly Strips Naked at North Carolina Airport Due to Overbooked Flight

    The man took his clothes off at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday morning, witnesses told WBTV. Police said the man was suffering from a “medical issue” and would not be charged.


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