Activist’s bubble bursts
A longtime endurance runner and peace activist whose latest goal was to reach Bermuda in a homemade floating “Hydro Pod” was rescued by the coast guard on Saturday after he began suffering from fatigue. Coast guard air crew were able to safely pick up Reza Baluchi and the bubble on Saturday, spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said in a statement. He was transported to a nearby coast guard station and found to be uninjured, Fajardo said. A statement on Baluchi’s Web site said the Iranian exile had planned to make the 1,660km trip in his self-designed bubble to raise money “for children in need” and “to ... inspire those that have lost hope for a better future.” Baluchi has made headlines before, including with a six-month journey in which he ran around the perimeter of the US and a seven-year bike trip that he said brought him across 55 countries on six continents.
Passenger jet tires explode
A pair of tires blew out on an Aeromexico jetliner carrying 129 passengers and six crew members as it was getting ready to take off from Los Angeles International Airport at about 6:30am on Saturday, forcing the pilot to stop the plane, but causing no injuries. No one was injured and all were safely taken off Aeromexico Flight 18 and boarded onto buses to the terminal, where they took other flights bound for Mexico City. A pair of blown tires on the left side of the Boeing 737 caused the breakdown, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration said the left landing gear had collapsed. Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the blown tires were discovered later.
Sept. 11 flag burns in fire
A flag that flew over the Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said on Saturday. Friday’s fire in Shanksville destroyed the park’s headquarters complex. State police and the park service are conducting a joint investigation into the blaze, whose cause has not been determined, the park service said. Park staff completed an initial inventory on Saturday and said that, in addition to the flag, the losses included a handful of personal items of passengers and crew; DVD copies of the annual commemoration ceremony and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission; and about 100 tribute items left by visitors since 2001. Park staff saved hundreds of oral histories and a photograph collection. The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the Sept. 11 attacks after passengers fought back against its hijackers.
Folsom forges Cash tribute
The city of Folsom has completed the first section of the “Johnny Cash Trail” that will pay tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album At Folsom Prison. City officials unveiled the first section of the 4km trail on Saturday: a pedestrian and bike bridge designed to echo Folsom State Prison’s east gate guard towers, according to the Sacramento Bee. The trail will traverse prison property and link to area trails. The newspaper reports that the city is planning a US$3 million fundraising drive to pay for a 0.8 hectare park next to the bridge and art installations along the trail, including a 12m-tall steel statue of Cash.
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
‘LEAST WE CAN DO’: The gesture was made famous by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality that targeted minorities They are images that surprised and moved Americans: police officers taking a knee alongside protesters in the most widespread civil unrest to rock the US in decades — and in doing so embracing an anti-racism gesture denounced by US President Donald Trump. As Trump pushes for a crackdown on often-violent protests over the death of George Floyd, police officers from New York to Los Angeles to Houston, Texas, are making gestures of solidarity with demonstrators incensed at the latest case of an unarmed black man dying while in police custody. “I took off the helmet and laid the batons down. Where do
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about