Dec 8, 2016

Dinosaur Tail in Amber

(CNN)The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.
Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.
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Dec 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack : The ...
7 hours ago - The U.S. is marking the 75th anniversary of the violence that thrust the country into World War II. Marking the day in 1941 that thrust the U.S. into World War II, Americans are honoring veterans and remembering those who lost their lives in Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later: The Greatest Generation Returns - NBC ...
The nation marked the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack Wednesday, as dozens of survivors returned to the site to honor the fallen and reflect on the ...

Veteran Makes First Return to Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later - NBC News
6 hours ago - Veteran Makes First Return to Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later. It was the day that changed his life: December 7, 1941. Beverly Clyde Wilborn, better known as B.C., was just a 20-year-old sailor aboard the USS Maryland when the surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor started.

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later | HISTORY
This documentary special takes us on a journey through the “day that will live in infamy,” by exploring the biggest stories and lesser known details that still ...

Survivors recall Pearl Harbor attack, 75 years later - CBS News
15 hours ago - Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. Survivors of Japan's ...

PHOTOS: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later - Breitbart
18 hours ago - Americans across the country are commemorating the December 7, 1941 attack on the military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii today.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later - Smoke and flame on the ...
14 hours ago - The 1941 Japanese attack on American military forces in Hawaii took nearly everyone by surprise. It left more than 2400 people dead and drew ...

One died at Pearl Harbor, the other lived. Seventy-five years later, they ...
3 days ago - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — When John D. Anderson reached his battle ... On Wednesday, 75 years later, John Anderson's ashes are to be ...

Photos: Pearl Harbor Marks 75 Years Since 'Day of Infamy' | National ...
6 hours ago - ... honor Dec. 7, 1941, the day of Japan's surprise attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. ... Photos: Survivors Recall Pearl Harbor75 Years Later.

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Chicago Snow

This photo shows Old Wolf Road at about 207th in Mokena. Submitted by Nancy Osbourne

The Chicago area finally got its first snowfall of the season on Sunday.

And Mother Nature held nothing back, leaving more than 8 inches of snow for some towns and going down in the record books as the largest first snowfall of the season for Chicago. The 6.1 inches of snow recorded at O’Hare Airport on Sunday beat the previous first snowfall record of 4.6 inches set back in 1964, according to the National Weather Service.

Record First Snow of Season and a Look Ahead to This Week's Weather Forecast

As for the Chicago-area town with the highest recorded snowfall for Sunday, those honors go to Romeoville where residents are digging out from 8.1 inches of snow.

How did other towns fare during the first snowfall? Here is a rundown of how many inches fell in several Chicago-area towns:
Romeoville (Will): 8.1 inches
Joliet (Will): 7.5
Geneva (Kane): 7.4
Plainfield (Will): 7.2
Elburn (Kane): 7.0
North Aurora (Kane): 7.0
Elgin (Kane): 7.0
Downers Grove (Du Page): 6.9
Buffalo Grove (Lake); 6.9
Elk Grove Village (Cook): 6.8
Westmont (Du Page):.6.5
New Lenox (Will): 6.4
Batavia (Kane): 6.3
Riverwoods (Lake): 6.3
Manhattan (Will): 6.3
Woodstock (McHenry): 6.3
Homewood (Cook): 6.1
Aurora (Kane): 6.0
Harvard (McHenry): 6
Oak Lawn (Cook): 6
Chicago Ridge (Cook: 6
Park Forest (Cook): 6
Sugar Grove (Kane): 6
Lockport (Will): 6
Lake Zurich (Lake): 6
Wonder Lake (McHenry): 5.9
Countryside (Cook): 5.8
Mundelein (Lake): 5.8
Cary (McHenry): 5.6
Elmhurst (DuPage): 5.5
Gurnee (Lake): 5.5
Lakemoor (Lake): 5.5
Midway Coop (Cook): 5.5
St. Charles (Kane): 5.4
La Grange Park (Cook): 5.3
Highwood (Lake): 5.2
Oak Park (Cook): 5
Algonquin (McHenry): 5
Beach Park (Lake): 4.2
Hebron (McHenry): 4.1
Palatine (Cook): 4
Lincolnwood (Cook): 2.6
Waukegan (Lake): 2.1

In Memory of the Crib Fire - Mount Greenwood Cemetery

Back in the old days before worker safety laws and building codes.

They were paid $1 to $2 a week for their labor. The workers were housed in a wooden crib on the lake. For unknown reasons a fire broke out.

It was rumored that someone had sprinkled gasoline to ward off bedbugs, but no official cause was ever confirmed. The fire quickly consumed the wooden dormitory that housed the tunnel workers. Left with little choice men began to jump into the freezing lake and climb onto ice floes.

One man was able to make a frantic telephone call to the offshore office, relaying the message “The Crib is on fire! For God’s sake send help at once or we will be burned alive. The tug—” and then the line went dead.

Accounts vary, with estimates between 40-70 men dying from the fire and drowning. The exact number is uncertain, because many of the workers were day laborers and migrant workers. Little information about their identities remains. Some of the bodies were never recovered.

Some that were found, were buried at Mount Greenwood Cemetery where a plaque reads, “In Memory of Crib Fire, 45 unknown men, Jan. 20, 1909.”

Labor History in 2:00 brought to you by the Illinois Labor History Society and The Rick Smith Show

Dec 5, 2016

Green Energy is Now Competitive with Fossil Fuels

The chart above shows the costs to generate energy. Geothermal energy is the most cost effective, followed by Wind and Natural Gas.

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