Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:35 pm
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .
The Old Guard reports on Twitter that the photograph we posted of soldiers standing guard over the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was taken in September. It was not taken during Sandy, as the First Army Division East, said in its Facebook page.
Here is one taken today, according to the Old Guard:
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This is perhaps one of the more stunning pictures we've come across today:
Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:45 am
Science and religion alike grapple with some of our deepest questions: What is the purpose of life? Why is the natural world just so? Why does the biological world strike us as so exquisitely designed?
We're always looking for new angles on health news. And now we're trying a new angle on Shots: a podcast.
This is an experiment, so I should ask for your informed consent. Are you prepared for some unorthodox audio from an ink-stained wretch still working on the transition to online journalism from print? If so, click away.
Here are a few reasons government forecasters at the National Hurricane Center and emergency management officials are so concerned about Sandy:
1. Sandy is one of the largest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. Sandy's winds cover an area of more than 1,000 miles in diameter. That's enormous by hurricane standards. So instead of affecting an area a couple of hundred miles across, Sandy will cut a huge swath. That means many millions of people are probably going to be exposed to high winds, heavy rains, and, for those on the coast, powerful storm surge.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Before you brave the rain, wind and inevitable lines at the already depleted grocery store today in the Mid-Atlantic region, take a deep breath.
If you're a moderately good grocery shopper, you probably already have the food you need on hand to make it through the next few days if (when) we lose power because of Hurricane Sandy. (If not, best to find a shelter near you.) But you do need to take extra precautions that what you're preparing is safe.
"Personal income increased $48.1 billion, or 0.4 percent," in September from August, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says, while "personal consumption expenditures" — consumer spending — rose 0.8 percent.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 11:04 am
It is autumn, and where I live the leaves are peaking; there is a riot of them everywhere, narrow ones, broad ones, droopy ones, crunchy ones. Leaves come in so many shapes, hues, textures — the closer you look, the more differences you see. Botanists have names for every leaf type, and clumped together, says writer Robert Dunn, they sound like free verse poetry ...
Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
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Raymond Souza carries away a ladder after boarding up a gift shop on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del. President Obama and Gov. Romney have cancelled campaign events on Monday in anticipation of the superstorm.
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Rough surf breaks over the beach in Cape May, N.J.
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Washington, D.C. is bracing for heavy rains and high winds as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
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Terry Robinson checks on his flooded trailer at an RV park in Kitty Hawk, N.C. as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on Monday.
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Peter Cusack, center, and Mel Bermudez walk their dogs along the Brooklyn waterfront as Hurricane Sandy advances on New York City. The storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets.
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Al Daisey walks in the flood water in front of his home in Fenwick Island, Del.
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A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy as it approaches the East Coast at 10:40 a.m. on Monday.
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The closed New York Stock Exchange is barricaded with sand bags on Monday. The core of Sandy's force is supposed to hit the New York area Monday night.
Political commentators will be working overtime in the countdown to the presidential election. So will political comedians, including the candidates' impersonators.
Impersonators have been part of the political landscape for so long, it's hard to imagine a time without them: Rich Little, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey and other comedians have all famously done their turns as candidates. Remember "I can see Russia from my house"?
Former British rock star Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, returns home in central London on Sunday after he was arrested earlier in the day by British police as they investigate the mountain of sexual abuse allegations against the late TV star Jimmy Savile.
Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 6:49 pm
There's a new development in the British investigation into the allegations of child sex abuse against a late BBC television host: U.K. media, including the BBC, are reporting that police Sunday arrested rocker and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter on suspicion of sex offenses.
One of the most common complaints from Afghan forces and officials is that they don't have the equipment they need to lead the fight in Afghanistan. They routinely call on NATO to provide more cutting-edge hardware for Afghan troops.
Certainly, when you see a U.S. soldier standing next to an Afghan one, the difference is striking. U.S. soldiers are often saddled with pounds and pounds of electronics and gadgets, ranging from GPS units to night-vision goggles and radio-jamming devices.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 1:59 pm
Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.