The Empire State Building Will Once Again Lose It’s Title As NYC’s Tallest
One World Trade Center, which is being built at the site of the fallen Twin Towers, could pass the Empire State Building as New York’s tallest building as soon as next week, weather permitting, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said Tuesday (April 24th). The Empire State Building was the city’s tallest building from its construction in 1931 to 1972, when it was surpassed by the World Trade Center. It got the title back after the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11. The new World Trade Center, which has been under construction for six years, will be 1,776 feet tall when it’s completed, taller than the towers of the original World Trade Center were.
Looks Like Fewer Hurricanes This Year
The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be less active than in recent years with 11 tropical storms, six of which will become hurricanes, private forecaster Weather Services International said Wednesday (April 25th). According to the forecast, two of the six hurricanes will be major with winds of at least 111 miles per hour. The 2011 Atlantic hurricane had a total of 19 named or tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
The Ukraine Is NOT Happy With The Dutch
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is protesting a Dutch television ad that advises women to keep their husbands from attending the Euro 2012 football championship in June because they are likely to be seduced by Ukraine’s beautiful women. In the clip titled “Keep Him Home,” the Netherlands Energy Company offers a free beer tap to customers who sign up for its services. If Dutch men were able to tap their own beer, the ad implies, they would be more likely to watch the games at home instead of traveling to Ukraine. Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshin said Wednesday the ad was “humiliating and discriminatory.” The Dutch Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
Indiana Teacher Suing After Catholic School Fires Her for Undergoing IVF
A 31-year-old Fort Wayne, Indiana, teacher who says she was fired from a Catholic school last year for using in vitro fertilization to try to get pregnant has filed suit, accusing the school and the diocese of discrimination based on gender and infertility, which is considered a disability. Emily Herx, who had taught language arts at the school for eight years, charges that the pastor told her she was a, quote, “grave, immoral sinner” and that there’d be a scandal if anyone learned she had undergone IVF, which the Catholic Church opposes. The school found out that Herx, who isn’t Catholic, was using IVF because she told them about it when she used sick days for the treatments. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously earlier this year that religious workers can’t sue for job discrimination because a so-called “ministerial exception” is allowed. However, they didn’t define who qualified as a religious employee. Diocese officials told the Associated Press that Herx’s lawsuit challenges its rights as a religious institution, quote, “to make religious based decisions consistent with its religious standards on an impartial basis.” But Herx’s attorney, Kathleen Delaney, disagreed, saying, “She was not a religion teacher. She was not ordained. She was not required to and didn’t have any religion teaching. She wasn’t even instructed about the doctrine that she violated.”