May 6

Last weekend, powerful thunderstorms drenched Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi, dumping over 13 inches of rain on the region in two days. Creeks, lakes and rivers swelled with the rainwater, overflowing their banks, washing away roads, and causing the deaths of at least 24 people so far.

The Cumberland River, which winds through downtown Nashville, Tennessee, crested Monday at 51.9 feet, 12 feet above flood stage, spilling into the city and surrounding neighborhoods. As the waters are now receding, cleanup and recovery begins, as municipal workers begin to repair power supplies and water treatment plants, and residents return to their homes to recover what they can.

Ira Godsy, who lives in the Knights Motel in East Nashville, wades out to his car.

A car is pinned up against a tree by floodwater flowing under a bridge.

Jackson Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Department close Airport Road near McKenzie Store to rescue a woman washed off the road by high flood waters during heavy storms in Jackson.

Airplanes sit partially submerged in floodwater at the Cornelia Fort Airpark.

Donald Sweat and Sarah Tippett take photos of a railroad bridge that was washed off its foundations when floodwaters swelled the creek that leads to the Lebanon square.

The General Jackson Showboat floats in the Cumberland River as the Opry Mills shopping complex stands in floodwaters from the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee.

The loading docks at the Opryland Hotel are flooded and damaged from heavy rains on Monday, May 3, 2010. All of the estimated 1,500 guests were evacuated overnight.

Michael Bunch wades on a flooded downtown sidewalk in Nashville.

State vehicles sit stranded in a parking lot.

Floodwater from the Cumberland River creeps into downtown Nashville.

Gabe Gardiner, left, sits with a neighbor on his living room sofa outside his flood damaged home in the River Walk subdivision of in Nashville.

People paddle canoes down a street in Nashville.

Lighthouse Christian School teacher Heather Harrell reacts after finding her grandmother’s Bible in her classroom that was destroyed by the flood in Antioch.

An American flag hangs on a fence to dry as Lighthouse Christian School student Noah Jackson,12, cleans debris from his school athletic fields in Antioch.

Kim Shaw and wife Jennie watch floodwaters from the swollen Loosahatchie River encroach on their front lawn in the Waverfly Farms area south of Millington.

Messages are written on cabinets outside a home that was flooded.

Metro Fire Department Special Operation rescues a Belle Meade police officer off Harding Road in Belle Meade. Police officer Norm Shelton was clinging to a tree for an hour before being rescued. The location of his patrol car is unknown.

A sign in River Front Park becomes visible once again as the waters of the Cumberland River slowly started to ebb across from LP Field.

A vehicle rests upside down in a sink hole which opened on West Forest Avenue during heavy storms just west of Madison County General Hospital in Jackson. The vehicle’s driver was rescued and taken to the hospital.

Kristi Hellerman walks her daughter Kallie Cox, 3, through their flooded neighborhood near Pleasant Planes.

A flooded neighborhood in Nashville.

Jennifer Coleman walks down a ditch where a car identified by family members as belonging to Bill and Frankie Rutledge, Coleman’s aunt and uncle, was found.

Robert Turner describes the rapid rise of water in his home.

A woman wades through floodwaters on a downtown sidewalk.

Dover Anthony sings on as he overlooks the parking lot of submerged cars at the Knights Motel in East Nashville.

Jun 3

Go Blonde festival

An army of 500 blondes put a smile back on the face of recession-weary Latvians by staging a festival over the weekend to show that they really do have more fun.

girl with dog

A girl poses with her dog during the “Go Blonde!” fundraising charity event in Riga.

The Blond Weekend

 The Blonde Weekend included a parade by a bevvy of blondes through the streets of the capital Riga, to the accompaniment of music from a blonde orchestra, a fashion show and an evening ball.

dog named CHANEL

A dog named Chanel is seen during the “Go Blonde!” festival in Riga.

Nov 28

google new plansNEW YORK (Reuters)Google Inc is preparing a service that would enable users to store data from their personal hard drives on its computers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday in its online edition.

Users would be able to house files they would normally store on personal computers — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images — on Google’s computers, the Journal said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to the Journal, the service could let users access their files through the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on using a password.

The service could be released as soon as a few months from now, the Journal said, citing a source.

The newspaper also said Google plans to provide some free storage, with additional storage allotments available for a fee.

Planned pricing isn’t known, the Journal added.

Representatives of Google could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the Journal, a Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific online storage plans beyond what it already offers as part of its email and other services.

(Reporting by Justin Grant; Editing by Quentin Bryar)

Nov 20

I found this out on the web today and could not resist:

Overweight Americans who lose a lot of weight also tend to build more wealth as they drop the pounds, according to new research.

The study found that the link between weight loss and wealth gains was particularly strong among white women. Black women and white men also gained wealth as they lost weight, but not as much as did white women. The wealth of Black men was basically unaffected by their weight.
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Nov 12

Six out of the world’s eight species of bears are threatened with extinction, according to recent assessments by the IUCN Bear and Polar Bear Specialist Groups. Asia and South America are revealed as the areas most in need of urgent conservation action

Gland, Switzerland, 12 November, 2007 (IUCN) – The world’s smallest species of bear, the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), has been classed as Vulnerable, while the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) remains in the Endangered category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The sun bear’s new status has been accepted for inclusion in the 2007 IUCN Red List. The sun bear lives in mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra and Borneo and was previously listed as Data Deficient, meaning that not enough was known about the species to give it a status on the IUCN Red List.

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