Monday, April 16, 2012

Millennium Falcon High School

Parkland High School, in Allentown, Pennsylvania opened in 1999. Recently however it's gotten a certain kind of notice.

Seen from above it has a striking resemblance to none other than the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.

Officials at the school say that it wasn't planned, but clearly the force is strong with some engineer or architect.

Man Drowned by Swan

An Illinois man drowned Sunday after being attacked by a swan.

Part of the man's job is to ensure that geese are kept away from the condos he works for.

The condos brought in the swan to help chase geese away, and he was checking on the swan.

Apparently he got too close, and witnesses say it attacked him, he resurfaced but then went under again and did not resurface.

Sudan Bombs UN Camp

The UN is condemning a bombing raid by the Sudanese air force, which dropped bombs on parts of South Sudan, including a UN peacekeepers camp. The bombs that fell on the camp, injured none, but destroyed a radio and generator.

Per the South Sudan's information minister, Gideon Gatpan, bombing over the last few days has killed sixteen and injured a score more. Most of the bombings have targeted bridges and other routes that people use to cross the border from Sudan to South Sudan.

For the last week, the African Union and the UN have been condemning a raid by South Sudanese troops, that captured the Sudanese town of Heglig. The town is a center for oilfields, and fighting has been raging over it since.

Violence Continues in Syria

Violence continues in Syria, despite the UN's promise of a cease fire. Government forces have reportedly began an intense assault upon Idlib, and at least 45 are reported dead.

Syrian state news reported that "armed terrorists" were behind the violence. That has been their claim since violence began over a year ago.

Kofi Annan's brokered cease fire, never gave a single day without violence and death. While the UN, US, and others refuse to admit it, it is rather clear that the cease fire was a total failure, that accomplished nothing.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition groups, such as the Free Syrian Army, have reported that they have gained weapons deals from Iraq and are working on the possibility with other countries.

UN Responds to North Korean Rocket Launch

The United Nations Security Council released a strong condemnation of North Korea's failed rocket launch. Even China, long time supporter and defender of North Korea, backed the statement.

"The Security Council strongly condemns the 13 April 2012 (local time) launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Security Council demands that the DPRK (North Korea) not proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology and comply with (Security Council) resolutions by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile program. The Security Council demands that North Korea abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and not conduct any further launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any further provocation. The Security Council expresses its determination to take action accordingly in the event of a further DPRK launch or nuclear test."

They also called for the furthering of sanctions against North Korea, but did not actually propose any. China would have the option to veto any attempt to do so, which they would likely do. Russia might block such a move as well.

Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

As the government tells us that the economy is improving, Best Buy has announced that it will be closing fifty stores across the country by 2013.

Seven stores in California, and six each in both Illinois and Minnesota, mark those states as the hardest hit. Two stores already closed, in February. They were: Kansas City, MO (Metro North) and Scottsdale, AZ (Shea).

One of the next to do so, will be one of the Aurora, Colorado locations, at Arapahoe and Parker. That store will be closing May 12. Employees of that store, were just informed this Saturday.

Best Buy is working to find positions for their employees at other nearby Best Buy locations. If a position is not available, creatable, or won't work location wise for the employee, they are offering severance packages.

The full list of the forty-eight stores yet to close includes:

Casa Grande 1004 N Promenade Pwy Casa Grande AZ
Lake Pleasant 10134 W Happy Valley Rd Peoria AZ
East Palo Alto 1751 E Bayshore Rd East Palo Alto CA
Westwood 10861 Weyburn Ave Los Angeles CA
Manteca 934 Perimeter Dr Manteca CA
Moreno Valley East 27220 Eucalyptus Moreno Valley CA
Ontario 4120 E 4th St Ontario CA
Pittsburg 4405 Century Blvd Pittsburg CA
Jamboree 2857 Park Ave Tustin CA
Arapahoe & Parker 15800 E Briarwood Cir Aurora CO
The Forum 9370 Dynasty Dr Fort Myers FL
Oldsmar 11655 W Hillsborough Ave Tampa FL
Fayetteville 128 Pavilion Pkwy Fayetteville GA
Loganville 4014 Atlanta Hwy Loganville GA
Addison 1038 N Rohlwing Rd Addison IL
87th & Dan Ryan 8900 S Lafayette Ave Chicago IL
Deerfield 200 S Waukegan Rd Deerfield IL
Matteson 4707 Lincoln Mall Dr Matteson IL
Mundelein 1100 N Rt 83 Mundelein IL
West Dundee 979 W Main St West Dundee IL
Speedway 10500 Parallel Pkwy Kansas City KS
Back Bay 360 Newbury St Boston MA
Wareham 2421 Cranberry Hwy Wareham MA
Inner Harbor 600 E Pratt St Baltimore MD
Hunt Valley 118 Shawan Rd Hunt Valley MD
Biddeford 405 Mariner Way Biddeford ME
Brooklyn Center 5925 Earle Brown Dr Brooklyn Center MN
Edina 3200 Southdale Cir Edina MN
Hutchinson 1350 Hwy 15 S Hutchinson MN
Lakeville 18350 Orchard Trl Lakeville MN
Rochester South 4540 Maine Ave Se Rochester MN
Rogers 20870 Rogers Dr Rogers MN
Ellisville 15678 Manchester Rd Ellisville MO
Monroe 3151 W Highway 74 Monroe NC
Rocky Mount 1100 N Wesleyan Blvd Rocky Mount NC
Millard 12210 K Plz Omaha NE
East River Plaza 517 E 117th St New York NY
Steelyard Commons 3506 Steelyard Dr Cleveland OH
Salem Mall 5031 Salem Ave Dayton OH
Caguas Las Americas Expry PR52 Zafiro Caguas PR
Middletown 890 W Main Rd Middletown RI
Hickory Hollow 5255 Hickory Hollow Pkwy Antioch TN
Techridge 12901 North I-35 Austin TX
Woodlake Parkway 6218 Woodglen San Antonio TX
Landmark Mall 5901 Stevenson Ave Alexandria VA
Cosner's Corner 9745 Jefferson Davis Hwy Fredericksburg VA
East Richmond 4410 S Laburnum Ave Richmond VA
Mill Plain 16611 Se Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver WA