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Dream Chaser space plane preps for ISS supply missions in 2022

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center in Florida continues to get busier with commercial space ventures, and the latest features a space plane that will ferry cargo to the International Space Station.

"I have great memories here. I landed here all three times. I love this place," said Janet Kavandi, who is leading Sierra Nevada's new division called "Sierra Space."

She was speaking about the former space shuttle landing facility, where the company's spacecraft, called Dream Chaser, will soon touch down after cargo runs to the ISS.

Kavandi, a veteran NASA astronaut, returned to Earth each time at the Kennedy Space Center landing facility.


Sierra Space officials said their goal is to launch the first Dream Chaser resupply mission to the ISS in 2022. Potential crewed missions could follow down the road.

Read more: https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2021/05/04/dream-chaser-space-plane-preps-for-iss-supply-missions-in-2022
(Spectrum News)

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 02:45 AM (0 replies)

Changing Face of N.C.: Wine production booms in the Tar Heel State

YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina’s wine industry has come a long way in the last several decades.

In 1950, there was almost no wine production here and now it’s the 11th largest wine-producing state in the country, a title that’s having a huge impact on the economy and tourism.

Joey Medaloni, the owner of Medaloni Cellars, built his winery from the ground up after he purchased the Yadkin County property in 2010.

“It was just fascinating to be able to take something from the vine to the barrel, to the bottle, and actually make it here in North Carolina,” he emphasized.

Read more: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2021/04/28/wine-industry-expands-
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 02:39 AM (0 replies)

Protesters take to the streets again Tuesday evening in Elizabeth City

On Tuesday, May 4, protesters once again gathered in the streets of Elizabeth City, demanding the body camera footage of the killing of Andrew Brown to be released.

This time, the group obtained a public assembly permit from the city. They plan to march from Colonial to Road Street, to Eringhaus Street, and then to Main Street.

The funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. began Monday, May 3, at noon, and Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy.

Hundreds were in attendance at the service that got underway with a choir and speakers who talked about Brown and continued to call for video footage to be released and transparency.

Read more: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2021/04/27/live-blog-on-elizabeth-city-shooting-tuesday
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 02:30 AM (0 replies)

'Schitt's Creek' sign turning heads in Columbia County

Misty Brew-Kusewich and her husband, Matthew, own Matthew Signs in Stockport. They say part of the business is to generate some buzz.

So for the past year, they have been putting up “funny” signs in front of their business. Some of the signs make a statement, while others were meant to be catchy.

But one sign has really put the business on the map. Brew-Kusewich says after they put the sign on their front lawn, hundreds of people started to stop at the sign to take pictures.

The sign is prominently and awkwardly featured in the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Schitt’s Creek.” The Stockport sign has gone viral on social media with shout outs coming from fans all over New York.

Read more: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2021/05/04/-schitt-s-creek--sign-turning-heads-in-stockport

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 02:22 AM (2 replies)

NY lawmakers target understaffing at hospitals, nursing homes. What to know

New York lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that establishes minimum staffing levels for hospitals and nursing homes, asserting understaffing practices at some facilities contributed to COVID-19 infections and deaths.

The health care staffing bills, which have been debated in various forms over the past decade, were approved by both houses of the Legislature Tuesday afternoon. During a press conference earlier in the day, health care union leaders and lawmakers urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bills, if passed.

One bill establishes minimum staffing hours per resident and related provisions for nursing home care statewide. It comes after more than 13,000 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 complications in the long-term care facilities.

The other bill requires each hospital to establish a committee of nurses and administrators to devise a staffing plan. It must include specific guidelines or ratios, matrices, or grids indicating how many patients are assigned to each nurse and the number of ancillary staff in each unit.

Read more: https://www.uticaod.com/story/news/coronavirus/2021/05/04/ny-lawmakers-push-bills-nursing-home-hospital-staffing-levels/4936461001/
(Utica Observer-Dispatch)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 12:56 AM (2 replies)

Hey! Hey! The Monkees to bring farewell tour to The Paramount in October

Here they come, walking down … New York Avenue as The Monkees will bring their Farewell Tour to The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 28.

The band's surviving members, the duo of Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, promise to deliver an evening of hits ("I’m a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" ), deep cuts ("Auntie’s Municipal Court," "Circle Sky" ) and fan favorites ("The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "For Pete’s Sake" ) spanning The Monkees' 55-year career. Nesmith and Dolenz will even pepper in some newer material from the band’s 2016 album, "Good Times!" which was released in celebration of its 50th anniversary. (Original Monkees singer Davy Jones died in 2012, while keyboardist/bassist Peter Tork died in 2019.)

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster.com with a pre-sale occurring Wednesday at 10 a.m.

(no more at link)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 12:26 AM (6 replies)

Within Temptation - Memories (2005)

"Memories" is a ballad-song by Dutch symphonic metal and rock band Within Temptation from their third studio album, The Silent Force.

The Memories video tells the story of an aged Sharon den Adel who returns to her old house, which is now for sale. As she enters her old home, she is transformed into her younger self and the house is restored to how it is in her memories. In some scenes, den Adel walks around the house, haunted by memories of her old lover and in others, she is in a room with other bandmates singing. Jeroen, the band's bassist, plays a double bass in one of the scenes from the past, while Martijn, their keyboard player, plays the piano.

As she leaves the house towards the end, she becomes her aged self again, and the house falls back into its current disrepair.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 4, 2021, 11:51 PM (0 replies)

Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Furloughed From Prison

Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly Democratic speaker who once dominated New York State politics only to have his career end in a conviction on federal corruption charges, was released from prison on Tuesday as he awaits a decision on whether he can complete his sentence at home.

Mr. Silver, 77, had been in prison for less than a year of a six-and-a-half-year sentence when federal officials, using the leeway afforded them because of the coronavirus pandemic, determined that he was eligible to be furloughed while they consider his request to serve the rest of his sentence under home confinement.

A spokesman for the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, which prosecuted the case against Mr. Silver, said on Tuesday that the office had been in contact with the federal Bureau of Prisons to strongly oppose his possible release.

The prisons bureau declined to comment on Mr. Silver’s status.

“For privacy, safety, and security reasons, we do not discuss release plans for any inmate to include furlough status where applicable,” the bureau said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/nyregion/sheldon-silver-prison-release.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 4, 2021, 11:42 PM (0 replies)

Tennessee Lawmaker Is Criticized for Remarks on Three-Fifths Compromise

NASHVILLE — The Three-Fifths Compromise, an agreement reached during the negotiations in 1787 to create the United States Constitution, found that, for the purposes of representation and taxation, only three-fifths of a state’s enslaved people would be counted toward its total population. It is regarded as one of the most racist deals among the states during the country’s founding.

Yet in a speech in the Tennessee General Assembly on Tuesday, one representative defended the compromise, arguing that it was “a bitter, bitter pill” that was necessary to curtail the power of slaveholding states and that helped clear the way to ending slavery — remarks that were rebuked by critics, including Black colleagues, as insulting and demeaning.

“By limiting the number of population in the count,” the state representative, Justin Lafferty, a Republican from Knoxville, said on the House floor, participants in the Constitutional Convention “specifically limited the number of representatives that would be available in the slaveholding states, and they did it for the purpose of ending slavery — well before Abraham Lincoln, well before the Civil War.”

The comments came as lawmakers in Tennessee were debating legislation on Tuesday aimed at limiting what public and charter schools can teach students about the influence of institutional racism and privilege.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/us/politics/justin-lafferty-tennessee-three-fifths-compromise.html

J. Kimmel: May the 4th Be With You, Melinda & Bill Gates Split and Vaccine Advice from Real Doctors

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 4, 2021, 11:19 PM (2 replies)
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