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Costa Concordia is towed away to Genoa for scrap


The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping.

Its removal is one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations.

The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

It was re-floated nine days ago and is being kept above the surface by giant buoyancy chambers. Over a dozen vessels will help to tow the ship.

The wreck was hauled upright in September last year but was still partially submerged, resting on six steel platforms.

The cruise ship is being towed to Genoa at two knots, almost at walking pace, with an escort of more than a dozen tug boats.


If interested, you can follow the position of the wreck here (also has live webcam photos):


Greenpeace Activists to Shadow Costa Concordia During Tow


With the departure of the Costa Concordia from Giglio scheduled for Wednesday morning, environmental activists with Greenpeace and the Italian group Legambiente plan follow along with the convoy as it travels through one of Europe’s largest marine sanctuaries.

Greenpeace has been at the wreck site at Giglio all week to monitor for pollution and oil spills during the refloating operation as part of a joint operation between Greenpeace Italy and Legambiente called “Costa, We are Watching You”. The group plans to follow the stricken ship in a chartered sailboat once the wreck leaves for Genoa under tow.

“We’re particularly concerned about impacts on the Pelagos sanctuary, which protects whales and other marine life in the area,” said Greenpeace in blog post.

The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a vast marine protected area extending over an area 87,500 square kilometers of water in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. The tow to Genoa is expected to take about 4 days and will take place entirely within the protected area.


CBS coverage of Apollo 11 lunar landing (provided by NASA)

3 hrs of original video footage of Apollo 11's moonwalk in HD:

Provided by NASA!

James MacGregor Burns, historian and FDR biographer, dies at age 95


PITTSFIELD -- James MacGregor Burns, the renowned political scientist, historian and author of more than 20 books including biographies on Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday morning at his home in Williamstown. He was 95.

Burns died peacefully in his sleep, according to his son, Stewart Burns of North Adams.

A 1939 Williams College graduate, Burns is the college’s Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus. He taught political science at Williams from 1947 until his retirement in 1986.

Stewart Burns said his father "lived a full life" and was active both physically and mentally until November 2011, when he suffered a series of falls. He skied and played tennis into his 90s, Stewart Burns said. His last book, "Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed The World," was published in the fall of 2013. He wrote or co-wrote a half dozen books after the age of 80.



Time Lapse Video of the refloating of Costa Concordia



US Senate passes legislation to make Auburn’s Harriet Tubman Home a National Historical Park


Auburn, NY (WSYR-TV) – The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn has cleared the first hurdle to becoming a National Historical Park.

The US Senate passed legislation on the designation on Thursday.

Now the bill will go to Congress.

The bill would cover both the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland.

The Cayuga County Office of Tourism says the designation would create about 70 new jobs and would expand tourism in Cayuga County, bringing in an estimated $3.12 million annually.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Congressman Dan Maffei announced the bill’s passage in the Senate.


Great news!!! She was a remarkable woman who deserves every accolade!

Waterloo judge who claimed he was assaulted with a toilet-tank lid indicted on multiple felonies


Waterloo (WSYR-TV) – A Waterloo village judge who reported that he had been assaulted with a toilet-tank lid has been indicted on multiple felonies.

A nine-count indictment against Waterloo Village Justice Roger Barto was unsealed on Monday.


Barto was indicted on charges including:

Third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony
Third-degree insurance fraud, a class D felony
Fourth-degree corrupting the government, a class E felony
First-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony
Defrauding the government, a class E felony
Third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor
Two counts of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor
Petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor

Barto pleaded not guilty.

"Waterloo" and "Toilet-tank lid" in one headline!

25 years ago today... Oliver North was sentenced...

Inside the wreck of the Costa Concordia (full 8 minute video):

Thanks to jakeXT for bringing the event to our attention:

I found the full 8 minute video on YouTube. Staggering views of her underwater interior:

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