1. The Fishing Was Good, But Then… – Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VAAuthorities are warning would-be anglers to be safe on the water after six fishermen had to be rescued from the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay—in one day. The crux of the issue is fishermen using small boats, and especially kayaks, on the open water to get to the prized striped bass. Although the Coast Guard is not requesting that fishermen stop fishing from kayaks, they are asking that safety be a bigger priority on the water. This should cut down on the incidences of mass capsizing, but also limit the amount of “I caught a fish so big it tipped over my boat” stories.2. And a Child Shall Lead Them – Washington, DCGlobal warming has been a hot topic. Now one group is tired of federal foot-dragging and is taking action the old-fashioned way: suing the government. Oh, did I mention it was a group of kids? Led by 17-year-old Alec Loorz, the gang filed 10 lawsuits against the feds and a bevy of states, hoping to spur the government into action on the issue before it is too late for them and for future generations. The argument is an expansion of the common-law principle of public trust doctrine: the government’s duty to protect assets for the public—the planet being a pretty big asset in this case. How long until we can elect these wee world-beaters? Kids these days!3. Flying the Coop – Chattanooga, TNEast Tennessee received a rare visitor from the Far East when a hooded crane found its way to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge outside Chattanooga. Avid bird watchers were craning their necks trying to catch a glimpse of the presumably tired bird, which typically winters in Southeast Asia and Russia. With an estimated population of less than 10,000, the rare species could hardly afford to have one of its own miss the exit and fly 7,000 miles off course. Over the past two years, hooded cranes have also been spotted in Nebraska and Idaho.4. The Ultimate Adventure Race – Campbell County, VASome of the hottest trends in the outdoor industry are survival shows and adventure races featuring treks in the woods, crazy obstacles, and the occasional fireball. Well, this cozy, simulated scenario became all too real for Kevin Lunsmann of Virginia when the 14-year-old was kidnapped by militants while vacationing with his family in the Philippines. Held captive for five months, Lunsmann was finally able to escape by telling his captors he was going to bathe in a creek, then taking off through the jungle running barefoot and following a river. Lunsmann was eventually picked up by the real military and returned home unharmed.5. Reefer Madness – Washington, DCA top U.S. Forest Service official testified before the Senate that the “illegal cultivation of marijuana on our National Forest System is a clear and present danger to the public and the environment.” The problem is most acute in California – duh – but illicit grow sites were found in 67 national forests in 20 states in 2011. Problems cited ranged from environmental damage from pesticides and water diversion to armed run-ins with law enforcement, hikers, and park employees—personified more by Pablo Escobar than Cheech and Chong. The Forest Service is calling for a joint partnership between multiple agencies to try and stop the illegal pot plantations before our public lands go up in smoke.
Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 15:27 IST ‘I Had To Risk It,’ Says Valtteri Bottas After Mexico Horror Crash Valtteri Bottas has said that he had to risk it when he buried his Mercedes into a trackside wall in a frantic conclusion to qualifying at the Mexican GP. Written By Press Trust Of India “I knew that I had to risk it in the last run to gain positions, so I tried to squeeze everything out of the car,” said Bottas who is the only driver who can deny teammate Lewis Hamilton from securing a sixth world title. SUBSCRIBE TO US READ: James, Greinke keep Nats off balance, escape trouble for winBottas on where it went wrong for him “The lap was good until the last corner where I went a bit wide on the exit on the dusty part of the track and that’s where I lost it and hit the wall. I’m all okay, but I’ve unfortunately given the boys in the garage some extra work to do tonight. Hopefully, we can avoid taking any penalties for tomorrow. It’s annoying because looking at the times, I think I had a chance at qualifying third,” he said. Bottas was checked out at the circuit medical centre after the crash on Saturday with his team going on to post on Twitter: “He’s OK! Valtteri Bottas has returned to the paddock. Great news.” Read the tweet here. 10 months ago F1, Japanese GP: Valtteri Bottas fends off Sebastian Vettel COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 27th October, 2019 15:27 IST 10 months ago 5 dead as small plane crashes in Mexico, investigation underway 10 months ago Mexico: 9 killed in shootout between two drug trafficking groups 10 months ago Mexico Border: 5,400 children separated at border by US authorities Championship challenger Valtteri Bottas admitted he “had to risk it” when he buried his Mercedes into a trackside wall in a frantic conclusion to qualifying at the Mexican Grand Prix. WATCH US LIVE READ: Boxer Deepak wins silver, Balaji claims bronze in Military World GamesBottas finishes sixth in qualifying roundBottas qualified in sixth, two places behind Hamilton for Sunday’s race, but could be hit by car problems following his crash at the high-speed Peraltada curve.”Thankfully he’s ok,” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff. “But unfortunately his car took a bit of a beating.”We’re assessing the damage at the moment and hope that we don’t have to change any parts that would result in a grid penalty. Lewis will start from P4 which is not ideal, but tomorrow will be all about tyre life, so this might create some opportunity for us.” Hamilton needs to outscore Bottas by 14 points to seal his sixth title success.Hamilton said he would “give it everything” in his scrap for a podium finish and hoped to enjoy a close battle with pole-sitter Max Verstappen of Red Bull and the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen’s performance in the final minutes of qualifying when he clocked an improved lap time on his second run was under scrutiny after the session as he ignored a waved yellow flag following Bottas’s crash. The Dutchman, who could have faced a penalty if he was the subject of a stewards’ inquiry, said he did not care if the stewards deleted his lap time as his earlier fastest lap was still enough for him to claim pole. Asked if he had obeyed the rules when he saw the yellow flag and reduced speed, he said: “It didn’t look like it, did it?” READ: Rowers sparkle with gold in Asian Championship on a Diwali DayREAD: Tiger Woods widens lead at Zozo Championship WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US 10 months ago Ferrari aims for pole and to avoid team duel in Mexico read more