Monday, May 14, 2012

Lucas Strikes Back

For years George Lucas has been trying to build a movie studio on land he owns, near Skywalker Ranch. The studio would include daycare, a restaurant, and a parking garage to allow for hundreds of employees to work there.

Unfortunately for him, a subdivision that's nearby has done everything they could to stop him from building it. Most of their complaints have involved the additional traffic that it would mean.

They've annoyed him to the point where he has actually given up on his goal of building the studio. Specifically stating that they don't believe in seeing business brought into their area.

In further response he has also begun working with the Marin Community Foundation to build affordable housing for low income and fixed income families and seniors.

If his neighbors won't allow him to bring in money, wealth, and jobs; they'll get more neighbors, who will definitely bring in that more traffic.

Manhole Covers Being Stolen in Aurora

Over the last few weeks manhole covers have been going missing from Aurora streets and sidewalks. So far thieves have made off with seventeen of the eighty pound covers.

It is possible that the thieves are stealing the covers in hopes of selling them. That amount of metal is worth about nine dollars at a recycling center. They cost the city $65 each to make.

Local scrap metal shops and recyclers are being notified by both the city and police.

Crews are doing their best to make sure that none are missing for long, due to the possible dangers of the holes being left open.

The city is asking that anyone noticing a missing cover contact them immediately. If you see someone, who doesn't work for the city, messing with a cover contact police immediately.

Last week, New York City arrested a man for stealing eighteen of their 300 pound covers, in Brooklyn and Queens. He had been selling them for scrap metal.

Remembering: Lewis and Clark

On May 14, 1804, a year and two weeks after the US made the Louisiana Purchase, the Corps of Discovery is sent off to explore the Northwest.

Led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the group consisted of forty-eight at the start of it's trip, when it left St. Louis.

They would take almost two and a half years to complete their journey, gaining members, and losing some as well.

On November 8, 1805, the group became the first Europeans to reach the Pacific Ocean, by coming east across the continent.

With their return they brought back not just information, but also established US claims to the Oregon territory.