The Statue Of Liberty To Re-Open On Independence Day
The Statue of Liberty will re-open to the public on July 4th, more than eight months after Superstorm Sandy flooded most of Liberty Island with water that surged as high as eight feet. Although the statue itself wasn’t harmed, there was lots of damage to Liberty Island, including broken railings and docks and destroyed boilers, sewage pumps and electrical systems. While there are still some repairs underway, visitors will be allowed to return starting on Independence Day and basically have the same access they did before. Neighboring Ellis Island, home of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, suffered much more damage to its infrastructure from Sandy and won’t be open to the public anytime soon.
Death Valley Temps
The heat wave baking the western U.S. may have led to a 111-year-old temperature record being tied. The National Weather Service says that California’s Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a temperature of 129 degrees on Sunday (June 30th), which would tie the all-time June record high for the U.S., set in 1902 at a former town named Volcano in southeastern California. It could take months, however, to verify whether the record was tied. The all-time world temperature record is 134 degrees, set in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.
A source says Facebook is building a chat room function. When a user clicks the Host Chat button, the user can name the room if there’s a specific topic or reason for a chat. When a person starts a chat room, it will create a News Feed story that others can join.
Drinking Coffee And Tea Is Healthier Than Not Drinking It
A new French study finds that drinking four cups of coffee or tea each day may be better for you than not drinking any at all. To find this, researchers from the Preventive and Clinical Investigations Centre in Paris followed 180-thousand people between the ages of 16 and 95. They participants had their blood pressure monitored for a ten-year period, and they also had to keep track of their coffe and tea intake. Researchers then used the datat to divide participants into three groups: those who abstained from drinking coffe or tea, those who drank between one and four cups a day, and those who drank more. They found that those who were heavy tea drinkers benefited the most and had the lowest systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings as well as the lowest pulse and heart rate. Coffee drinkers benefitted similarly, and had only slightly higher blood pressure than the tea-drinkers. (Daily Mail)
We Smell A Lawsuit…
Charges against a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, for buying beer, have been dropped. Elizabeth Daly, was walking to her car with a box of sparkling water, cookie dough, and ice cream when seven undercover agents approached her, suspecting that she had just purchased beer. According to Daly, “They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform…I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were… terrified.” Daly’s roommates yelled at her to “Go,Go,Go!” and that’s what she did. She grazed two of officers. The students called 9-1-1 and were pulled over by one of the agents. (The Daily Progress)
Should Members of Congress Be Able to Cast Votes from Home?
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California thinks members of Congress should be able to use today’s communications technology to vote remotely on bills from their home districts, proposing legislation Friday (June 28th) along with Republican Reps. Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming that would allow it. The 32-year-old Swalwell, who’s one of the youngest members of Congress, said in a statement, “Our bill will allow members of Congress to work more efficiently and stay better connected to our constituents. It’s time to upgrade Congress to the 21st century.” The resolution would create a system so that members could vote remotely on bills that are being considered under a suspension of regular rules, meaning they require a two-thirds majority in the House to pass, a process usually reserved for noncontroversial legislation.
More Couples Streaming Their Weddings Online
A growing number of couples are streaming live video of their weddings online for friends and family to watch who can’t be there in person, with Mashable citing Ustream as saying their wedding webcasts are up 250 percent in just one year. Ustream said they streamed nearly 20,000 wedding broadcasts from May 20120 to May 2013, up from 7,800 in the same period a year earlier. Other companies offering wedding livestream services include HangWith, Skype and I Do Stream.
Ex-CNN Morning Show Host Soledad O’Brien Joins Al Jazeera America
Former CNN morning show host Soledad O’Brien has taken what might be considered an unexpected new job, joining Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent. The network announced Monday (July 1st) that O’Brien will contribute short-form segments to Al Jazeera America’s current affairs magazine program, America Tonight, and her production company will produce hour-long documentary specials. O’Brien said in a statement, “I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories.” O’Brien’s CNN morning show ended in March after struggling in the ratings.