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Two pilots dead in Richmond plane crash

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A plane, carrying blood donations, crashed in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada on Thursday night. The plane, a twin engine PA-31 Piper Navajo departed from Victoria, when it nosedived into a parking lot during its final approach to Vancouver International Airport shortly after 10:00 p.m. PDT (UTC-7).

Witnesses report the plane flying unusually low prior to it crashing and bursting into flames by Bridgeport Road, behind a large Ikea store.

“The plane engine sounded real low, it came almost straight down,” according to The Vancouver Sun who asked witness Darren Van Leeuwen. “The flames shot up 100 feet or more.”

Both of the pilots on-board were killed, it not yet known if there were any other passengers. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Peter German stated that it was very lucky that nobody on the ground was killed.

The cause of the crash is under federal investigation.



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Space Shuttle Endeavour\’s launchpad struck by lightning delaying launch

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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launchpad struck by lightning delaying launch

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The launch of Endeavour has been delayed at least 24 hours after the shuttle’s launchpad area was struck by lightning at least 11 times this afternoon. According to NASA, technicians are currently evaluating the incident, but so far there appears to be no major damage.

“Sensors indicated there were 11 lightning strikes within 0.35 miles, which is inside the launch pad’s threshold,” said a statement on NASA’s website. “The Mission Management Team will meet at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday to evaluate the latest data,” it added.

“We’ve seen nothing so far that shows anything affected any of the systems. We need to be 100 percent confident that we have a good system across the board,” said chairman of the pre-launch Mission Management Team, Mike Moses. None of the strikes hit the external fuel tank or the rocket boosters, but “there were strikes to the lightning mast and water tower,” added NASA. Two of the strikes were strong enough to trigger an evaluation by engineers just to make sure all of Endeavour’s systems are ready for flight. Although early evaluations showed no problems, engineers wanted more time to make sure they have checked everything correctly.

A new launch date is set for Sunday evening at 7:13 p.m. (EDT). The shuttle was previously scheduled to lift off at 7:39 this evening after two previous delays in June which were caused by a hydrogen fuel leak.

The mission, STS-127, will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.



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Roller skating babies become YouTube sensation

Roller skating babies become YouTube sensation

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Registering 5,081,441 views in the past week alone, an international advertisement featuring roller-skating babies has become a YouTube sensation. French and US versions of the advert for Evian mineral water have also seen 500,000 and 1.5 million visitor hits respectively.

“It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen,” said one YouTube viewer. Reviewer Saul Relative says, “You’ll find yourself watching this feel good video commercial again and again.”

The babies roller-skate to a remix of The Sugarhill Gang’s top 40 hip hop single Rapper’s Delight.

Euro RSCG began the web video campaign on Friday, July 3. The advertisement has been aired on television in France, Belgium, and Canada. “It’s working so well virally that plans for TV in the UK are still under review,” said an Evian representative.



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New words added to Webster\’s dictionary

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New words added to Webster’s dictionary

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Merriam–Webster announced that it has added over a hundred new words to the pages of its Collegiate Dictionary. Notable among these additions include: webisode, a television episode viewed from the web; staycation, a vacation that occurs near one’s home; and vlog, a form of blog that features videos.

Two recurring themes among the new words included “government activities” and words of Arabic origin. The term “waterboarding” reflected the former theme, and was defined as “an interrogation technique in which water is forced into a detainee’s mouth and nose so as to induce the sensation of drowning”.

The practice has been used on detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and its usage has drawn criticism from legal experts and human rights advocates who consider it to be a form of torture. Webster’s does not include the word “torture” as part of its definition.

The latter theme was represented by such terms as shawarma, a Middle-Eastern sandwich, and Haram, which means forbidden under Islamic law.

Other additions included carbon footprint, green collar, and zip line.



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NHC upgrades Tropical Depression Four-E to Tropical Storm Carlos

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NHC upgrades Tropical Depression Four-E to Tropical Storm Carlos

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The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) has upgraded Tropical Depression Four-E to tropical storm status. The storm, now officially Tropical Storm Carlos, is the third named storm of the 2009 hurricane season.

The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, with slightly higher gusts. Carlos is located about 910 miles south-southwest of Baja California, Mexico, and is currently tracking west at 14 miles per hour. Minimum barometric pressure is 1005 millibars.

A fairly small and well-organized storm, Carlos is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it continues westward, the NHC reports.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launchpad struck by lightning delaying launch

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The launch of Endeavour has been delayed at least 24 hours after the shuttle’s launchpad was struck by lightning at least 11 times this afternoon. According to NASA, technicians are currently evaluating the incident, but so far there appears to be no major damage.

“We’ve seen nothing so far that shows anything affected any of the systems. We need to be 100 percent confident that we have a good system across the board,” said chairman of the pre-launch Mission Management Team, Mike Moses. None of the strikes hit the external fuel tank or the rocket boosters, but “there were strikes to the lightning mast and water tower,” added NASA.

Two of the strikes were strong enough to trigger an evaluation by engineers just to make sure all of Endeavour’s systems are ready for flight. Although early evaluations showed no problems, engineers wanted more time to make sure they have checked everything correctly.

A new launch date is set for Sunday evening at 7:13 p.m. (EDT). The shuttle was previously scheduled to lift off at 7:39 this evening after two previous delays in June which were caused by a hydrogen fuel leak.

The mission, STS-127, will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.


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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launchpad struck by lightning delaying launch

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The launch of Endeavour has been delayed at least 24 hours after the shuttle’s launchpad was struck by lightning at least 11 times this afternoon. According to NASA, technicians are currently evaluating the incident, but so far there appears to be no major damage.

“We’ve seen nothing so far that shows anything affected any of the systems. We need to be 100 percent confident that we have a good system across the board,” said chairman of the pre-launch Mission Management Team, Mike Moses. None of the strikes hit the external fuel tank or the rocket boosters, but “there were strikes to the lightning mast and water tower,” added NASA.

Two of the strikes were strong enough to trigger an evaluation by engineers just to make sure all of Endeavour’s systems are ready for flight. Although early evaluations showed no problems, engineers wanted more time to make sure they have checked everything correctly.

A new launch date is set for Sunday evening at 7:13 p.m. (EDT). The shuttle was previously scheduled to lift off at 7:39 this evening after two previous delays in June which were caused by a hydrogen fuel leak.

The mission, STS-127, will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.


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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launchpad struck by lightning delaying launch

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lightning strikes Endeavour’s launchpad.
Image: NASA.

The launch of Endeavour has been delayed at least 24 hours after the shuttle’s launchpad area was struck by lightning at least 11 times this afternoon. According to NASA, technicians are currently evaluating the incident, but so far there appears to be no major damage.

“Sensors indicated there were 11 lightning strikes within 0.35 miles, which is inside the launch pad’s threshold,” said a statement on NASA’s website. “The Mission Management Team will meet at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday to evaluate the latest data,” it added.

“We’ve seen nothing so far that shows anything affected any of the systems. We need to be 100 percent confident that we have a good system across the board,” said chairman of the pre-launch Mission Management Team, Mike Moses. None of the strikes hit the external fuel tank or the rocket boosters, but “there were strikes to the lightning mast and water tower,” added NASA. Two of the strikes were strong enough to trigger an evaluation by engineers just to make sure all of Endeavour’s systems are ready for flight. Although early evaluations showed no problems, engineers wanted more time to make sure they have checked everything correctly.

A new launch date is set for Sunday evening at 7:13 p.m. (EDT). The shuttle was previously scheduled to lift off at 7:39 this evening after two previous delays in June which were caused by a hydrogen fuel leak.

The mission, STS-127, will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.


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New words added to Webster’s dictionary

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A demonstration of waterboarding

Merriam–Webster announced that it has added over a hundred new words to the pages of its Collegiate Dictionary. Notable among these additions include: webisode, a television episode viewed from the web; staycation, a vacation that occurs near one’s home; and vlog, a form of blog that features videos.

Two recurring themes among the new words included “government activities” and words of Arabic origin. The term “waterboarding” reflected the former theme, and was defined as “an interrogation technique in which water is forced into a detainee’s mouth and nose so as to induce the sensation of drowning”.

The practice has been used on detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and its usage has drawn criticism from legal experts and human rights advocates who consider it to be a form of torture. Webster’s does not include the word “torture” as part of its definition.

The latter theme was represented by such terms as shawarma, a Middle-Eastern sandwich, and Haram, which means forbidden under Islamic law.

Other additions included carbon footprint, green collar, and zip line.


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This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Roller skating babies becomes YouTube sensation

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A baby laughing
Image: D. Sharon Pruitt.

Registering 3,670,597 views in the past week alone, an international advertisement featuring roller-skating babies has become a YouTube sensation. French and US versions of the advert for Evian mineral water have also seen 500,000 and 1.5 million visitor hits respectively.

“It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen,” said one YouTube viewer. Reviewer Saul Relative says, “You’ll find yourself watching this feel good video commercial again and again.”

The babies roller-skate to a remix of The Sugarhill Gang’s top 40 hip hop single Rapper’s Delight.

Euro RSCG began the web video campaign on Friday, July 3. The advertisement has been aired on television in France, Belgium, and Canada. “It’s working so well virally that plans for TV in the UK are still under review,” said an Evian representative.


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