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Six Flags is welcoming visitors back to the Texas Giant. Want a ride?

By Rich_Maloof Sep 12, 2013 5:20PM

Two months after a woman fell to her death from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, the amusement park is reopening its 153-foot-high New Texas Giant coaster this weekend.

But will visitors to Six Flags line up for the ride? Would you?

​A view of The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

 

Three "resiient commuities" have already been chosen.

By Associated_Press Sep 11, 2013 3:17PM

Visitors to the September 11 memorial pass the Survivor Tree on March 20, 2012, at the World Trade Center in New York. The Callery pear, salvaged from the rubble following the attacks of September 11, 2001, was nursed back to health and replanted at the memorial. (Mark Lennihan/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a seedling program based on the Survivor Tree, a pear tree pulled from the World Trade Center rubble after 9/11.

The museum says seedlings from the tree will be sent to what it calls "resilient communities" that embody "the spirit of the Survivor Tree."

Three communities have been selected for the inaugural launch.

 

"You can't make it up," one firefighter said.

By Associated_Press Sep 10, 2013 8:40PM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters chiseled a hole through bricks early Tuesday to rescue a man who had gotten himself stuck inside a 20-inch wide chimney space at a Washington home that had been converted to apartments.

The young man was not hurt and was not suspected of a crime, but it's unclear why he apparently climbed into the unused chimney, Tacoma Battalion Chief Dyre Fudge said.

A man had to be cut out of this chimney in Tacoma, WA on Sept. 10 (KIRO 7 Eyewitness News via Facebook, http://aka.ms/stuck-in-chimney)

 

The vehicle was used for an underwater scene in a 1977 Bond flick.

By Associated_Press Sep 10, 2013 8:00PM

LONDON (AP) — A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" has been sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

James Bond's Lotus Esprit from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (REX/Nils Jorgensen)The distinctively-shaped white Lotus Esprit, designed for an underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore, was sold at RM Auctions on Monday.

 

Survey finds most believe Syria's conflict is not our concern.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 10, 2013 4:25PM

As President Barack Obama and Congress weigh military action against Syria for allegedly deploying chemical weapons, a poll reveals that Americans who oppose action believe that events in Syria are not the United States’ concern.

The Syrian American Forum holds a rally in front of the White House on Sept. 9 to protest against a strike on Syria (REX/Alyson Fligg)The poll conducted by Gallup surveyed 1,021 residents in all 50 states last week and found that 51 percent oppose action while 36 percent favor military involvement to reduce Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons.

 

A Cleveland judge sentenced Richard Dameron to a public shaming.

By Associated_Press Sep 3, 2013 4:42PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who threatened officers in Cleveland is making a court-ordered public apology by standing near a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot.

WTSP.comA judge had ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside a local police station with a sign bearing an apology. He began the vigil Monday and must stand outside for three hours each day for the rest of the week.

 

Science attempts to explain what feels like a wrinkle in time.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 30, 2013 6:41PM

You know the feeling. For a split second, your mind tells you that you’ve experienced this precise moment before — despite the fact that every moment is truly brand new.

Numerous theories have been floated to explain the phenomenon of déjà vu, ranging from primordial memory recall to a glitch in the Matrix.

Still from the video 'What is déjà vu? What is déjà vu? - Michael Molina' (TEDEducation via YouTube, http://youtu.be/foVMwJtlR5s) In a new TEDEducation animation, educator Michael Molina boils modern science’s best guesses about déjà vu down to a few hypotheses.

 

Feline is in, iron is out.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 29, 2013 3:37PM

Monopoly boards with the new cat token are now being shipped. After 78 years traveling around the Monopoly board, the game’s tiny iron playing piece is being retired. Taking its place, by popular vote, will be a cat token.

Hasbro/REX Features The Hasbro gaming company made the decision following a month-long voting campaign conducted online earlier this year.

 
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