NYC Steam Pipe Explosion Leads to Evacuations

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppOn Thursday morning, a steam pipe exploded on Fifth Avenue and 21st Street. The incident occurred around 6:40 a.m, and led to the evacuation of twenty-eight buildings in the area.  The explosion in the city’s Flatiron District caused five minor injuries. No official cause has been stated. Con Edison stated: “Environmental testing is being conducted to determine whether asbestos or other contaminants are present, but as a precaution, anyone in the vicinity of the rupture who was covered in the material is advised to bag…

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Air Pollution Causes Decline in Visits to U.S. National Parks

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppVisits to U.S. national parks have dropped 2% due to air pollution. National parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Acadia reportedly have air quality as poor as some of America’s largest cities.  A new study published on Wednesday in Science Advances noted that the air quality in national parks could be causing a decline in tourism. Ivan Rudik, the co-author of the study, stated: “Even though the national parks are supposed to be icons of a pristine landscape, quite a lot of people are being exposed to…

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Did Africa “Win” the World Cup?

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppFrance won the 2018 World Cup, yet some claim that Africa won. This half-joking statement stems from the fact that France’s soccer team is predominately black.  Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show in America, brought up the World Cup and began chanting, “Africa won the World Cup.” Critics accused him of his poor humor and racial joke. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro commented, “The French team looked like an African team, in fact, it was Africa who won. France won thanks to African players…

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Scarlett Johansson Steps Down from Transgender Role

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppScarlett Johansson faced criticism when she accepted a transgender role for an upcoming move, Rub & Tub. When the public found out, many complained over the fact that a cis female received the part of a transgender man. Because of the backlash, Johansson dropped the role.  Before discarding her film character, Johansson replied to people who commented about her accepting the part. She said, “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” These are examples…

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Parts of the Grand Teton National Park Close Due to Active Fissures

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppOfficials closed part of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming due to the expanding fissures from Yellowstone supervolcano.  According to a statement released by the National Park Service, Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point shut down to prevent future risks. Park Rangers started risk assessments around the area.  David Vela, Superintendent of the park, commented,  Human safety is our number one priority, and with an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing this area until we can properly assess the situation.” The park is located…

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