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Friday, August 1, 2014

Shannon Britton weight loss photos

Shannon Britton weight loss photos


Shannon Britton weight loss photos

Posted: 01 Aug 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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Blue Angels Stir Seattle Skies Above Boeing Field

Posted: 01 Aug 2014 01:09 AM PDT

They're back! After being grounded for most of their 2013 season due to "sequestration," those automatic budget cuts, the U.S. Navy's popular aerial demonstration group, the Blue Angels, have returned this year, with engines roaring like a gang of angry adolescents awakened from hibernating in the locked bedrooms of their parents' houses.

 

While huge crowds gather for the Blue Angels "City of Chicago Air and Water Show," the "Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Show," and 36 others on their 2014 tour, Seattle, a Boeing town, shares a close connection with the flying troupe, and many of its residents perk up to witness the Blue Angels at their "SeaFair Boeing Air Show", Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3.

 

In the shows, pilots fly six Boeing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft (originally designed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop.) Pilots and narrators are both Navy and USMC naval aviators. For the Seattle show, the jets take off and land at Boeing Field, near downtown Seattle.

 

At times they fly over the remains of the recently demolished Boeing Plant 2 where, during WWII, 6,981 iconic planes, the B-17 "Flying Fortresses", were built. Also iconic were "Rosie the Riveters," female workers recruited to Plant 2 by the government to help build these four-engine bombers and other aircraft for the munitions industry, both in Seattle and nationwide.

 

While the B-17 was 18 feet longer than the F/A-18 Hornet, and its wingspan 103 feet vs. the Hornet's modest 40 feet of wingspan, its top speed was 287 mph, while the Hornet's is 1,400 mph and can reach 30,000 feet in just one minute.

 

Seattle is still home to many surviving Rosie the Riveters, B-17 engineers, and of course the fighter pilots and crew who risked their lives over enemy territory to win freedom for the West.

 

Ask them, and they might say if not for the B-17, there may never have been a Hornet to buzz the skies and sting the ears of the awe-inspired crowds below.

 

Pictured in first image of slideshow, top, is a B-17 in flight three years ago over Boeing Field. Pictured in the first image, bottom, are the Blue Angels of today, flying through the same airspace the B-17's occupied 75 years earlier.

 

In some photos Mount Rainier, 60 miles southeast of Seattle, serves as a majestic backdrop. I took these Blue Angels photos during one of their practice runs, on Thursday, July 31, prior to their official weekend show.

 

Story & Photos by Steve Shay

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOLGIRLS

Posted: 01 Aug 2014 12:15 AM PDT

DAY 108...

100+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Abducted From Their School Hostel By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D review

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 11:18 PM PDT

When we first saw the previews, we thought the premise of the movie was ridiculous and decided to buy tickets only after we heard the buzz at the International Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.Then we noticed the number of preview showings and the rate at which reserved seating was being taken. Tonight we parked the highest ever in a parking lot structure where we typically see movies and have been monitoring for over 5 years on preview nights before the official opening of movies.

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is movie about anti-heroes motivated by the comic book industries trademark of orphans led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who calls himself Star Lord. He discovers he's the target after stealing an orb whose powers he later discovers that is sought by the villains of the galaxy, most notably Ronan who seeks to destroy his planet. He is joined by a raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a tree namd Groot (Vin Diesel), the femme fatale Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) to create the "Guardians of the Galaxy" team which saves the planet.

It's family entertainment with plenty of humor such as places called Nowhere where there are no rules, the best talking lines by a talking raccoon, and some violence in fighting from the superhero team, but you'll be glad to know that no raccoons nor trees were harmed.

Go to a theatre with a great sound system as the Awesome Mix soundtrack 1 is probably one of the best soundtracks for movies you'll hear in years followed by the Awesome Mix soundtrack 2, which we're expecting to be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Not only had we heard buzz about it, but at the end, it tells you basically there's another one coming.

We saw the first preshowing available in 3D on XD Extreme Digital Cinema Real D 3D. Almost an oxymoron, it was shot in 3D by cinematographers that knew what they doing in 3D with action coming toward the camera and missing the dizzying swish pans.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" ended to a large applause both at the ending of the movie and at the end of the credits. We didn't see anyone move for additional refreshments and snacks during the 2 hour movie. We paid for our tickets and in retrospect would do it again.

Would we pay to see this film, we did.

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CANOBIE LAKE PARK: 1902

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 05:20 PM PDT

CANOBIE LAKE PARK is an amusement park that has been enjoyed by many generations for over 100 years.

The vintage park located in Salem, New Hampshire offers 50 plus rides and amusements including a train, Ferris wheel, log flume, several roller coasters, kiddie rides, musical shows and a water park. The hand painted carousel is still in operation today since the park originally opened in 1902. The wooden roller coaster is also still in operation since it was moved to the park in the 1930's. Even though Canobie Lake Park still offers some of its original rides, it also offers thrill type rides for teens and the young at heart. The park now offers Halloween entertainment weekends from mid September through November 1.

I remember visiting Canobie Lake as a child and going on the toddler boat ride and small swings. When I was a little older, I remember roller-skating in the hall now used for the musical shows. I also used coins to operate several carnival type games with my brother and even won a few prizes for my efforts. My mom also frequented the park when she was young in the 1940's and 1950's and has many fond memories of her youth.

Canobie Lake Park still entertains all ages and will continue to offer something new for generations to come.

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Comic-Con: Who wore it best? FOX's Sleepy Hollow's Orlando Jones

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 01:18 PM PDT

Sleepy Hollow's Orlando Jones gives his take on who wore it best Batman vs. Superman while visiting San Diego Comic-Con at FOX's Sleepy Hollow "Virtual Reality" Experience.

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Protest today in front of the USA embassy in Iceland

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 12:16 PM PDT

Today there was a protest meeting in front of the USA Embassy in Reykjavik,Iceland.
It was the Iceland/Palenstine group - protesting USA assistance to the Israel goverment against Palenstine.
Speaches where held and music played - and in the end the a representetive of the group gave a Embassy staff mebmer a note and aske him to get to the goverment of USA

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Small Plane Crashes outside of San Diego

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 11:42 AM PDT

On Wednesday Evening, the San Diego Police Department received an emergency call about a downed plane inthe Costco and Target parking lot, located in the 8000 Block of Othello Ave. When San Diego Fire-Rescue Department rescuers arrived on scene, they found two female individuals had been removed from the plane and were awaiting medical attention.

 

Witnesses describe the scene as having seen the plane take off from Montgomery Field and within a matter of seconds, seeing the plane bump into the roof of the Target and seeing a plume of smoke rising from the scene.

 

"Problem now. I'm not getting any altitude here," the pilot was heard on a distress call to Montgomery Field. The crash was just about a mile from the ending of the runway.

 

The Mooney M20L was occupied by a 52-year-old as the pilot and and 80-year-old as the passenger. Both were taken to the hospital where later the passenger was later pronounced deceased.

 

As of 6:00pm on Wednesday evening, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were at the scene investigating the crash. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were expected to arrive by early Thursday morning, as they flew down from Seattle.

 

In a press briefing shortly after the incident, San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Steve Behrendt explained that the airplane appeared to have struck a portion of the Target building before landing.

Engineers did approve the Target building damage and determined there was no structural damage and no immediate threat to any individuals inside the store.

 

None of the responding agencies were planning on releasing any of the names involved in the crash, following FAA protocol.

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Long Police Standoff Malibu, California

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 11:40 PM PDT

A high speed police chase from Chatsworth, California led to a long standoff in Malibu, California on Wednesday evening. The suspect headed over the side of Bluffs Park towards Malibu Road and hid in the brush. Law enforcement helicopters flew overhead while multiple law enforcement agencies surrounded the park and blocked off Malibu Rd, Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Canyon and outlining areas.The suspect was taken into custody approximately 9pm and was taken to UCLA medical center. Pacific Coast High remains closed. Details of the incident are under investigation.

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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 12:55 PM PDT

Built by David Stevenson in 1862, the Butt of Lewis sits at the northwestern tip of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. This red brick structure stands 37 meters high in the area where some of the UK's highest recorded wind speeds have occurred. Going west from here across the Atlantic is Iceland.

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Birds of Amsterdam

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 07:14 AM PDT

I was in Amsterdam from early to mid-July of this year.

 

My husband and I rented a houseboat on the Amstel River and were quite delighted to see so many beautiful birds come around.

 

We encountered a spunky duck that would jump up on the deck of the houseboat every morning and join us for breakfast as we watched the boats go by, backdropped by Amsterdam's iconic row houses.

 

We also saw several grey herons. They are very large birds that have become so accustomed to humans that they will walk right up to you on the street and steal whatever food you might be carrying in your hands.

 

We also enjoyed having a family of coots and their tiny hatchlings entertain us with their unexpected whistling sounds and silly antics. The coot parents were so very devoted, attentive and protective of their hatchlings. If a duck wandered nearby, the adult coot would pound its wings against the water, splashing and squawking loudly, scaring the intruder away.

 


Photos by Lulis Leal
July, 2014

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