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A Canadian company wants to start dumping its nuclear waste next to Lake Huron

  • You can’t see them, but they’re there: chambers of radioactive waste buried deep beneath the earth’s surface, hiding as time slowly defuses their deadly contents.
  • Known as deep geological repositories, they’re the underground storage facilities nuclear power companies build to house the toxic byproducts they produce.
  • The deeper down they’re buried, the more radioactive their concealed troves are likely to be.
  • And now, a Canadian nuclear plant is hoping to receive approval to build the deepest one ever proposed in North America, less than a mile from the shores of the Great Lakes. Read more

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MAINE'S SPECTER MOOSE.

An Unmatched Giant of the Woods That Makes Its Appearance at Rare Intervals.

The enormous moose that has been the wonder of the sportsmen in northern Maine since 1891 has again been seen, and this time under rather different circumstances from ever before. A bicyclist came close to the monster in the road between Sherman and Macwahoc, and was obliged to abandon his wheel and climb a tree for safety. So he had a near view of the animal, reports the New York Sun.

Every story that comes from the north woods concerning this moose makes him a little bigger than before. It is generally believed that no moose ever killed in Maine, or, so far as is known, anywhere else, has approached in stature or weight, much less in spread of antlers, this specter moose of Lobster lake. He is called the specter moose because of the weird appearance he presents at night, his color being a dirty gray.

It was in 1891 that this moose was first seen in Maine. by Clarence Duffy, of Oldtown, a guide who was cruising around Lobster lake. Duffy did not get near enough to the monster for a shot, but he could see him plainly. Everybody laughed at his story. Not many months after that John Ross, a Bangor lumberman, was at Lobster lake, and one day, while crossing between Big Lobster and Little Lobster takes in company with the foreman of W. L. Maxfield’s camps, he saw the big moose. When he told his story of the monarch of the woods people began to believe that there was something up there worth shooting at.

For some years hunters searched the woods in vain for the big fellow. Not until 1895 was the monster seen again. In that year Granville Gray, a Bangor taxidermist, got sight of the moose, at some little distance, and since then he has had a second view. In 1899 Gilman Brown, of West Newbury, Mass., got nearer to the monster than any of the others and actually had a shot at him. He declared that the moose stood fully 15 feet high, and had antler’s from ten to twelve feet across. He was so close to the animal that he could count 22 points on one side of his antlers, and he thinks there were more. This is a greater number of points than has ever been known on any other moose. His shots did not bring the moose down.

This year the first sight of the big moose fell to George Kneeland, of Sherman, who is taking charge of his brother’s lumber camp on Gulliver brook. In telling of his experience Kneeland said:

“On my way back from Macwahoc, coming to a long piece of rising ground. I dismounted from my bicycle and walked. I had got to the top of the hill and was just about to remount, when I saw what I took to be a horse standing in the road some distance ahead. Wondering what a horse could be doing there, I stopped and gave him a good look, when I found to my surprise that it was not a horse, but a moose, and an immense one, too. I waited a bit to see what he was going, to do, but I hadn’t long to wait, for be lowered his head and came straight for me with the speed of a locomotive. I got to a good, stout tree as quick as I could, and climbed high, where I would be out of reach of the moose’s antlers and be able to see what was going on.

“Meanwhile the moose came tearing down the road, and his antlers reached clear across the road at that place, brushing the branches on either side. I should think they would measure 11 feet, all right enough. He made straight for the bicycle, and, planting his forward paws either side of it, stopped to examine the wheel, smelling of it to his satisfaction, then raised his head, gave a tremendous snort and raced off into the woods, breaking down the small growth of saplings as though they were rushes. The wind was blowing toward me, and that is probably the reason he did not discover me. I waited ten minutes in the tree, and then, finding that he had really gone. I slid down and mounted my wheel, and the way I streaked it for home was a caution.”

The average weight of moose shot in Maine is from 800 to 900 pounds, with antlers spreading from 4 to 4 ½ feet, and rarely having more than 8 to 12 points on a side, while the bell, as the appendage under the animal’s neck is called, is generally eight to nine inches long. All who have seen the big moose of Lobster lake aver that he must weigh at least 2,500 pounds, that his antlers spread not less than ten feet, while the bell is declared to be not less than 18 inches long. It is supposed that this monster wandered into Maine from British Columbia, as none approaching his size has ever been seen in Maine before. He is a great traveler, having been reported in almost every part of northern Maine. The hunter who brings him down will win fame and a big pot of money at the same time.

From— Williston graphic. (Williston. Williams County. N.D.). 06 Dec. 1900.   Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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Black teen Abdi Mohamed survives after being shot 3 times by police

Seventeen-year-old Abdi Mohamed was rushed to a local hospital in a coma Saturday night after being shot three times by police officers in Salt Lake City. On Sunday afternoon — less than 24 hours later — Fox 13 reported he was awake and talking.

Police say Mohamed and another person were assaulting a man using metal objects when they arrived on the scene. One witness: “The police said, ‘Drop it,’ once, then they shot him four times.”Mohamed allegedly had a common household object in his hands.  

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It’s finally time to meet Isadora and Duncan Quagmire! Isadora will be played by Avi Lake, and Duncan will be played by Dylan Kingwell. Both actors are 12 years old – the same age as the Quagmires when they first appear in the books! Avi has had roles in Chicago Fire, The One I Wrote For You, and Meeting Evil. Dylan has had roles in Big Eyes and Supernatural, as well as a starring role in A&E’s The Returned. The two confirmed their roles on instagram and twitter on September 23. The photo of the two of them was shared by Avi on instagram, along with a caption confirming that they’ve been filming in Vancouver – a major hint that the Quagmires will make an appearance in season one!

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Jackie Biskupski just became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City

On Tuesday, Salt Lake City voters elected openly lesbian former Utah state Rep. Jackie Biskupski as mayor, making her only the second woman and first openly gay person to ever hold the post. While outsiders often think of Salt Lake City as a socially conservative place, Biskupski’s election makes complete sense.

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Wreck of historic steamship that sank in 1862 storm discovered in Lake Ontario
Sonar locates wreck of Bay State, one of earliest steamers to sail the Great Lakes, seven miles off New York coast at Fair Haven

The 137ft-long, two-tiered ship vessel started coming apart, losing sections of its upper decks to the high winds and waves before eventually sinking and leaving a debris field about a quarter-mile long on the lake bottom.

Seven passengers and between nine and 11 crew members were lost. Kennard said records of the exact number of crew were not kept, but the captain and at least four crewmen were from Oswego.

The Bay State, owned by a Cleveland, Ohio, company, was built in Buffalo in 1852, a decade after the first propeller-driven steamers joined paddle-wheelers on the Great Lakes, the explorers said.

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This weekend has just been so relaxing and lovely.

Saw Annie at Winspear Opera House. No food prep. Two sweaty lifting sessions. Reading my favorite book by the lake. News from a friend that makes my heart want to explode. A good date. Seeing friends. Another trip to White Rock to walk and chat with these two lovelies. Watching Steel Magnolias for the first time (Sav, please forgive me) and trying not to cry in front of Angela. Reminiscing over John Hughes movies while watching Ferris Bueller.

Other things to note: Angela is the cutest, Ellen tells the best stories, and I know better and should have worn sunscreen. Oof.

My mini-summer break has started off perfectly.

Disturbing video shows Salt Lake City police gunning down an unarmed man

Salt Lake City prosecutors declined to file charges against a law enforcement officer who gunned down unarmed 20-year-old Dillon Taylor who at the time was posing no threat, citing the officer’s belief his life was in danger. But body-cam footage certainly casts doubt on the official explanation.