It’s certainly not the first time New Mexico has faced a fire near its Los Alamos nuclear facility, but still. Any fire near a structure that contains radioactive material is going to make people nervous. Yesterday’s news was that the workers at the plant had been sent home. Later on Monday, a mandatory evacuation was put into effect for thousands living in and around the nuclear laboratory. From The Washington Post: “…environmental specialists from the lab were mobilized and monitoring air quality…” I suppose living near Los Alamos is like living among the heat-scorched chaparral in the mountains of Southern California. The risks come with the territory.
Iran tested and fired 14 missiles on Monday in the second day of their ten-day exercise called ‘war games’. Built to hit Israel and US targets in the region, a commander in the Revolutionary Guard issued a statement regarding the weapons that “our strategy is defensive, but our tactics are aggressive.” Call it something else besides ‘war games’, will ya?
Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a public appearance in Houston on Monday at an awards ceremony for her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, and the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. She was pushed in a wheelchair by Kelly and stood to embrace him when he received his medal. Doctors continue their optimistic attitude regarding her recovery, though still cite verbal communication to be her biggest hurdle.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday on 17 counts of corruption, out of a possible 20. Included in the convictions was the charge that Blagojevich had tried to “sell” the U.S. senate seat that Barack Obama vacated in Illinois when he became president. Blagojevich will likely spend time in prison.
It’s not news that Palestinians want state recognition, but they’re becoming more formal and systematic in their approach to achieving it. In September, they will ask the United Nations for a vote. In the meantime, the Palestinian Authority has set up a committee to sway countries that have yet to recognize them as sovereign, working against the continued resistance of Israel and the United States.
Looks as if Charlie Sheen’s character on “Two and a Half Men” will be killed off at the beginning of next season, when Ashton Kutcher steps into the void created after Sheen’s total meltdown early this year.
Rafael Nadal was concerned he broke his foot in yesterday’s match against Juan Martin del Potro at Wimbledon but an MRI suggests otherwise and Nadal will continue into the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki also advanced.
The day that the Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy, they crushed the Minnesota Twins on the baseball diamond and achieved season highs in hits and runs. The final score was 15-0. Frank McCourt, the owner of the Dodgers, is batting zero in the eyes of the fans.
These Buffalo Chicken Rolls look and sound delicious, so maybe they taste good, too. Via StumbleUpon, naturally. I’m going to try them this week.
I’m a huge fan of Westerns and so I’m looking forward to Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” coming out in July. I’m also a fan of Favreau’s ever since “Swingers” and so when I stumbled upon the interviews he’s conducting for “Cowboys…” over on HuffPo, I took a look. Favreau seems like the kind of guy who’d be fun to have over for dinner. (See “Dinner for Five“.)
Is it only Tuesday? Yikes.