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Hurricane Irene 2011 -howling winds,falling trees,aftermath:flooding; state of emergency in 11 states & DC, 4 million lost power

Destruction: Route 12 on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, after Irene swept through the area, cutting the roadway in five locations

From above: A NASA Goddard Space Flight Center handout photo taken aboard the International Space Station shows an image of Hurricane Irene off the U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Irene - Nassau, Bahamas

High tide: A lighthouse-shaped building is battered by storm surge and winds from Hurricane Irene in Montauk, New York, as the U.S. East Coast was battered

Nowhere to go: Jarod Wilton looks at the flood waters rising to his doorstep, in Alliance, North Carolina

Unhinged: The hurricane force winds of Irene rip the siding off of homes on Nags Head, North Carolina


Irene’s Damage: Deaths, Flooding, Power Losses State-by-State

Hurricane Irene killed at least 15 people from Puerto Rico to New York, caused an estimated $3 billion in damage and cut electric power to more than 4 million homes and businesses across the eastern U.S.  read more »

Oilsands protest goes Hollywood;Margot Kidder plays Earth Mother for real, expects to be arrested as some are already handcuffed

demonstrations have been taking place outside the White House against tar sand pipeline from Canada to US

US Park Police officer handcuffs and arrests a protestor over a proposed pipeline to bring tar sands oil to the US from Canada

Margot Kidder expects to be arrested in a tar sands protest in Washington

US Park Police officers handcuff and arrest protestors over a proposed pipeline to bring tar sands oil from Canada, in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011


More arrests on second day of oil pipeline protests
A Toronto woman was among those arrested on the second day of a mass protest held outside the White House to denounce a planned pipeline that would transport Canadian oil from Alberta to Texas. Dozens of protesters were removed by U.S. Park Police on Sunday for failing to obey orders governing demonstrations on the grounds of the White House.

Patricia Warwick, 68, of Toronto, and a 65-year-old woman from Massachusetts were arrested shortly before noon and by the end of the day about 50 people had been detained. U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said late Sunday everyone arrested was later released.  read more »

Over 100F (38C) for 38 consecutive days and counting: US heatwave August 2011, excessive heat warnings for 12 states

record heatwave in US: summer 2011
[Aug 5, 2011] A heat wave affected southern US states from California to North Carolina, and temperatures topped 100F (38C) in parts of Texas for the 38th consecutive day.
extreme heat and drought in TX, summer 2011
Texans have endured over a month of extreme heat and drought.

record heatwave in US: summer 2011


The South burns! Dallas sizzles in more than 100 degree heat for 38th day in a row - and looks set to break 1980 record of 42 days

Record breaking temperatures scorched the South today, with Dallas baking under more that 100F heat for the 38th day in a row. After enduring a high of 108F today, forecasts suggest there will be no let up in the area, with temperatures continuing to rage until well into next week. If, as meteorologists predict, the mercury keeps hitting above 100F every day until Sunday, the state will break a 31 year record for the longest running heatwave.  read more »

Photo: US narrowly avoids default.. $14.3 trillion debt.. 7-year-old girl holds sign in Washington DC - "Why Do I Owe $46,000?"

*Update* March 19, 2012 - - "The Outstanding Public Debt as of 19 Mar 2012 is: $15,580,446,972,442
The estimated population of US is 312,429,020
Each citizen's share of this debt is $49,868.76.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.02 billion per day since September 28, 2007!"

Not happy: Holly Matthews, aged seven, of Kansas City, Missouri, holds a sign supporting a balanced budget amendment, just before the House voted to pass debt legislation
[Aug. 2, 2011] Holly Matthews, 7, of Kansas City, Mo., holds a sign supporting a balanced budget amendment just before the House voted Monday to pass debt legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington.

BARE BASSINET: Weld County Sheriff’s Deputy Mary Schwartz reached out to a toddler as a home-foreclosure eviction was carried out in Milliken, Colo., Wednesday.

08/17/2011 14.7M Children in Poverty One child out of every five in the U.S. suffers from hunger - stunning key findings

11/23/2011 CNN Report: 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hungerThe number of families that struggle to get enough food has increased in recent years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that in 2010, 14.5% of households in US -- about 17.2 million -- lacked the resources to provide enough food for everybody.  read more »

The space shuttle, icon of US high technology, leading mankind into space age; after 30 years, turns into victim of recession

The space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Shuttle landing facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for the last time.

Final countdown: Atlantis crew Chris Ferguson, Doug Hurley, Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim after returning to Earth yesterday at Kennedy Space Centre.

The space shuttle vastly expanded the scope of human activity in space.


Atlantis landing ends 30 years of space shuttle flights
CAPE CANAVERAL - Space shuttle Atlantis touched down before dawn Thursday on Kennedy Space Center's Runway 15, ending 30 years of space shuttle flights.

"Atlantis is home," said NASA's Mission Control moments after its arrival at 5:56 a.m. ET. "Its journey complete. A moment to be savored." In its final act before beginning the long journey home, Atlantis sent a small payload into orbit.

As an era comes to a close, nearly 200 satellites, probes and spacecraft have emerged from the cargo bays of NASA's five space shuttles since the Columbia launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981. "We really wish we could share with everybody this really cool glow," commander Chris Ferguson radioed as he and his crew entered the Earth's atmosphere in a plasma of heated air before touching down. "We're doing fantastic."  read more »

Makers of golf history: Ms. Yani Tseng is the youngest to win 4 major championships at 22; Mr. Tiger Woods, at 24

Left: Yani Tseng; Right: Tiger Woods

Yani Tseng of Taiwan hits from the rough on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale on July 30, 2010 in Southport, England.

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. Federer has pledged unflinching support to Woods during turbulent times.

Tiger Woods' golf swing


June 26, 2011 - Yani Tseng wasn't satisfied with merely winning the LPGA Championship and, at 22, becoming the youngest to win four LPGA majors.

Once she made the turn with a 10-stroke lead Sunday, the best female player in the world set her sights on making a little more history. "I was like, what's a new goal for me?" Tseng said. "And that's why I told myself I wanted to set a record, to make 20 under."

Tiger Woods won his fourth when he was 24. And Tseng's idol, Annika Sorenstam, was 24 when she won the first of her 10 majors - the 1995 U.S. Women's Open. "It's very special," Tseng said. "Now I'm thinking about a grand slam."

It's one step at a time for the top-ranked Tseng, who won her second LPGA Championship and has won three of the tour's last six majors. The only major she's missing is the U.S. Women's Open title, which she'll have an opportunity to complete her career slam in two weeks at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.  read more »

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