BVT News Roundup 21 January 2014.
- POLAR VORTEX 2: New York and New Jersey declare states of emergency; up to a foot of snow forecast for metro NYC and more than 15 inches in parts of the Garden State. (CNY.com / Newark Star-Ledger / AP)
- In all, this second major winter storm is affecting 34 million Americans from Chicago and Indianapolis to Philly and Washington DC. (ABC News)
- CORRUPT POLITICIANS 2: Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are charged with taking gifts and bribes in exchange from a businessman “who sought special treatment” from local government, while both houses of the New Jersey state legislature announce they will combine their investigations into Chris Christie’s alleged abuses of power in the Bridgegate scandal on the day he’s sworn in for his second gubernatorial term. (WashPo / NY Daily News)
- A teaching assistant is shot dead by a fellow TA at Purdue University. The NRA shrugs. (USA Today)
- In New York, a battle between two Democratic stars as Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill deBlasio offer dueling plans to pay for universal pre-K. (NY Times)
- Thai officials declare a state of emergency in Bangkok in an effort to stem anti-government protests. Yeah, that should work. (AP)
- UKRAINE: Officials there ban protesters from “wearing helmets and masks” to rallies as clashes with police continue into fourth day; yes, that was a trebuchet you saw during news coverage. (CNN / Gizmodo UK)
- San Francisco officials unveil plan to charge private employee shuttle buses operated by Google and other tech companies. (LA Times)
- About a week ago, Alex Steroids Rodriguez sued both Major League Baseball and his union over his 162-game ban. Now, it looks like his union would try to expel him, if only they could. (Yahoo! News)
- "IN YOUR FACE" In case you didn’t notice, Michelle Obama won the Internet today.
- KICKER: Despite the word having been around for centuries, nay millennia, King.com, the developers of the game Candy Crush, have won approval to trademark the word “candy,” ostensibly to protect their intellectual property from knockoffs. Note to King.com: don’t worry, John Candy is dead. Just like my faith in the trademark and patent system. (Mashable)
Morning News Read 9 December 2013.
- BAND OF BIG BROTHERS: The world’s eight largest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo!, call for limits of government surveillance of their users. (NY Times)
- Meanwhile, the NSA and their ilk are targeting gamers. Because they think this will give them a Halo effect? (Guardian)
- C-C-COLD: A fierce winter weather storm blankets the Northeast in ice, (some) snow and freezing temps and makes for a pretty neat football game in Philly. (Accuweather / Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Also — hey Weather Channel: stop trying to make named storms (that aren’t hurricanes) happen. (Weather Channel)
- BUDGET PEACE IN OUR TIME: They’re putting finishing touches on a bi-partisan budget accord — the first since 2011 — though details on the plan, hammered out by a panel led by Sen. Patty Murray (D - Washington) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R - Wisconsin) remain murky. (WashPo)
- Protestors topple a statue of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in the Ukraine as demonstrations continue over the government’s decision not to join the E.U. (LA Times)
- THAILAND: Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves lower Parliament and calls for new elections as anti-government protests grow. (AP)
- R.I.P., MADIBA: More than 90 world leaders, including U.S. Presidents Obama, Clinton, (W.) Bush and Carter, will arrive in South Africa as Nelson Mandela is laid to rest. (CNN)
- With Congress securely in the pockets of gun manufacturers, the fight for stricter gun control measures turns to the states, financed by the likes of billionaire Mike Bloomberg. (Reuters)
- Here’s a very detailed precinct-by-precinct map of where crime happens in New York City. (NY Daily News)
- BASEBALL: Former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa are elected to the MLB’s Hall of Fame. (ESPN)
- KICKER: Yes, Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character is based on a real-life TV anchorman. Meet Mort Crim (not pictured below). (USA Today)
In Focus: Oil Spill Blackens Thai Island Beaches
Last Saturday, July 27, about 13,200 gallons (50,000 liters) of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Thailand, pouring from a leaky pipeline, creating a huge slick miles wide. The oil slick soon began washing ashore on the tourist island of Samet, fouling several popular white sand beaches, and now has spread to nearby smaller islands. Pipeline operator PTT Global Chemical Plc. has apologized and pledges to have the spill cleaned within days, as tourism officials have raised alarms about the sharp drop in tourist dollars. Gathered here are images of the early clean-up work taking place on Thailand’s Samet Island.
SLICK AND TIRED Royal Thai Navy personnel clean up a major oil slick on Ao Phrao beach on the island of Ko Samet. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP via The Telegraph)
Buddhist monks launch paper lanterns into the sky at a temple in Suphan Buri province during a traditional pilgrimage to pay homage to Lord Buddha and bless Thailand as it enters the new year. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via The Telegraph)
SUNS RISE Chinese lanterns are released at the Yee Peng Sansai Floating Lantern Ceremony, part of the Loy Kratong celebrations in homage to Lord Buddha, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Photo: Paul Brown / Rex Features via The Telegraph)
Vehicles at the Honda car factory in Ayutthaya, central Thailand, are covered in mud as floodwaters recede. More than 600 people have been killed in flooding that has inundated most of the country over the past four months. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP via the Telegraph)
GRAY LADY DROWN A man reads a newspaper as he sits in his flooded shop in the Wijit Kolnimit Community of Bangkok. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in over 50 years which has affected more than nine million people; at least 600 deaths resulted from the floods, now entering the fourth month. (Photo: Gideon Mendel / Corbis via MSNBC.com)
DROWNTOWN A man in a makeshift raft paddled near a gas station in a flooded area of Bangkok Friday. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via the Wall Street Journal)
FLOOD / PLANE A man maneuvers his boat inside Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 15. At least 562 people have been killed in flooding that could leave parts of the country inundated until next year. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via MSNBC.com)
SEEPS WEEK A reporter and videographer worked in floodwaters near Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. Angry residents briefly blocked a major highway as frustration mounted that parts of the Thai capital remain flooded. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via the Wall Street Journal)
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STILL, WATER People and vehicles on a flooded street in Lat Phrao, Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: News Pictures / Rex Pictures via the Telegraph)
RESIGNED A woman sat in her flooded house in the flooded Min Buri district of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Photo: Rachen Sageamsak / Xinhua via the Wall Street Journal)
MSNBC.com has a stunning array of photos of the flooding that continues to inundate Bangkok, Thailand.
(Photo of a mother and daughter being towed in a plastic tub through a flooded residential area of Bangkok, Thailand on November 7 by Saeed Khan / AFP-Getty via MSNBC.com)
WET NAP A man took a nap at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP via the Wall Street Journal)