Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wet Wednesday – fire crews watch man die and other stuff

Good Morning Humboldt County!

I’m sipping some hot java and enjoying the morning. Pull up a chair, or whatever, and join me. As usual, the news has it’s share of tragedy and triumphs. Let’s see:  

'Handcuffed by policy': Fire crews watch man die

Fire crews and police could only watch after a man waded into San Francisco Bay, stood up to his neck and waited. They wanted to do something, but a policy strictly forbade them from trying to save the 50-year-old, officials said.

Image: Some of the 44 Kemp’s ridley hatchling make there way past spectators as they head to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico during an early morning release at the Padre Island National seashore near Padre Island, Texas

Oil spill survivors: Nesting turtles make comeback

Donna Shaver, has been working for more than two decades to save the endangered reptiles. Each spring, she counts their nests and collects the eggs for safe incubation before releasing the turtles' tiny offspring into the sea. Shaver knows this year that each nest she spots has added significance: the turtle that created it survived the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

I wrote about this same subject two years ago. It’s back in the news again.

Cellphones 'possibly carcinogenic,' report suggests

An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies.

The statement was issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a weeklong meeting of experts. They reviewed possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar. I wrote this column two years ago.

122 million miles later, Endeavour makes last touchdown

The space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA's 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.

Endeavour touched down on the runway a final time under the cover of darkness, just as Atlantis, the last shuttle bound for space, arrived at the launch pad for the grand finale in five weeks.

That’s all for now. Time for me to walk on down the road…

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