May 28, 2015
Colorado City Going Dark This Weekend To Help Stargazers
Telluride, CO (AP) Telluride residents were asked to turn out the lights on Saturday night and early Sunday to help stargazers see the night sky free of light pollution.
“For all of humanity’s history up until the last two generations, humans have always looked up and seen the night sky,” night sky photographer Ben Canales said.
Joining him will be astronomers, who will be leading a tour of the stars.
The steep canyon walls and high altitude of Telluride mean that little other light pollution will be visible if the town itself goes dark, the Telluride Daily Planet reported.
Canales said he would guide photographers up the Jud Wiebe Trail to get a birds-eye view of the dark town and the brilliant night sky.
Homeowners and renters were asked to turn off porch lights and anything that might contribute light pollution before going to bed Saturday night. Business owners were encouraged to leave their shops dark when closing down for the night.
“It’s pretty wild,” Canales said. “It sounds like we’re making a fort back in the living room with couch cushions. There’s something really fun about it.”
Man Posts Message On His SUV, Hoping To Get A New Kidney
Columbus, OH (AP) An Ohio man in need of a kidney donor is taking his search on the road in unusual fashion, with bright yellow letters taped to the rear window of his sport utility vehicle. The message on Neal Raisman’s silver-blue SUV reads: “Got kidney? I need 1.” It includes a phone number for interested callers.
The Columbus Dispatch reports a similar message is taped on an SUV belonging to Raisman’s daughter, who lives not far from her father’s home in the Columbus suburb of Bexley. They took the SUV ad approach after Raisman’s relatives were ruled out as donors because of diabetes and other medical reasons.
“If the sign doesn’t work in one way, perhaps it will in another,” said Raisman, a former college president with expertise in the written word and in marketing. “The more front-facing I can get the issue, the greater the possibility that someone will be a donor, not only for me.”
The connections between kidney patients and their donors are sometimes thin: a friend of a friend from church, an old high-school buddy reunited on Facebook or, once in a while, a stranger, said Robin Petersen-Webster, living-kidney donor coordinator at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. “I’ve heard a story about a man standing on exit ramps with a sandwich board for his wife,” Petersen-Webster said.
The 67-year-old Raisman says he has heard from a few people, including one offering to sell him an organ, but there’s no matching donor yet.
A Head Scratcher: 9 Brains Found Next To Train Tracks
Gouverneur, NY (AP) Nine brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say there’s nothing to fear.
The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes.
No criminal activity is suspected. Residents discovered the brains on a street near railroad tracks in Gouverneur and notified police Wednesday.
A local veterinarian determined one of the brains had been professionally removed and preserved in formaldehyde. The organs are believed to be either from dogs or sheep.
Mishaps with preserved brains are not uncommon.
Last year the University of Texas in Austin said dozens of human brains stored in jars of formaldehyde and reported missing were actually destroyed in 2002. Those brains had been donated for teaching and research.
Illinois Couple Welcomes Their 100th Grandchild
Quincy, IL (AP) A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.
Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.
Leo Zanger tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that “the good Lord has just kept sending them.” He says the family “could start our own town.” Ruth Zanger says “there’s always room for one more.”
The Zangers have been married 59 years and have 12 children. The youngest, 31-year-old Joe, was already an uncle 10 times when he was born.
Most of the family lives in the Quincy area. When they get together they rent a church hall and it takes 50 pounds of ham or ten turkeys to feed everyone.
Community Takes Unusual Approach To Sea Lion Problem
Bellingham, WA (AP) An Oregon community is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem. They’re hoping a fake killer whale from Bellingham, Washington, will do the trick.
KING-TV reports that Terry Buzzard of Island Mariner Cruises has used the life-size mock orca to promote his business during parades and events. He heard about Astoria’s sea lion problems and offered to help.
Hundreds of sea lions have taken over the docks in Astoria, preventing boat owners from using their slips.
Buzzard says he doesn’t know if the fake orca will scare away the sea lions. The Port of Astoria has tried using electrified mats, but those aren’t working. They’ve also considered fences.
At worst, Buzzard says the fake orca will be an amusing distraction for the humans.
‘John Wayne Day’ In Texas Honors Actor’s 108th Birthday
Austin, TX (AP) Wearing a brown plaid coat worn by John Wayne in 1945’s “Flame of Barbary Coast,” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has declared a day in honor of the quintessential screen cowboy.
An avid collector of movie memorabilia, Patrick wore the coat as he presided over the Senate Tuesday.
He declared it John Wayne Day in Texas to mark the Hollywood legend’s 108th birthday and named the actor an honorary Texan.
There were proclamations from the House, Senate and Gov. Greg Abbott. Senators told Wayne’s visiting children and grandchildren of their love for movies including “True Grit,” ‘’The Searchers,” and “Rio Bravo.”
Sen. Judith Zaffirini, whose district is near the set of Wayne’s 1960 movie “The Alamo,” quoted her favorite Wayne-ism: “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.”