Monday, February 18, 2013

Missing From Texas: Ricardo and Martha Beltran, 75: Located Safe

Seventy-five year old Ricardo and Martha Beltran are missing from El Paso, Texas.

They were last seen on Saturday.

Concerns are high as Ricardo requires a medicine three times a day.

Ricardo is described as five foot eight, two hundred and twenty-five pounds, with salt and pepper hair, a white mustache, and brown eyes.

When last seen, he was wearing a light blue zip up sweater, brown pants, and tennis shoes.

Martha is described as five foot three, one hundred and eighty pounds, with blonde hair, and hazel eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a cream sweater, blue jeans, and brown shoes.

Their vehicle is a white Hyundai Tucson with Texas license DBF247.

Anyone with information should call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 915-832-4400. 

Police found them safe, late Monday night. 

Florida Recycling Plant Catches Fire

Fire broke out in a heap of scrap metal at OneSteel Recycling, in Tampa, Florida, early Monday morning.

A dozen fire companies were called to battle the blaze.

Firefighters managed to keep it from spreading, but say that it won't be out for hours, yet.

Hazmat crews are also on the scene, due to the possible content of what is burning, but health officials say that there is no threat to anyone's health and that it is merely a precaution.

Smoke from the fire spread as far as St. Petersburg, fifteen miles away.

Thirteen Injured at South African Mine

Two unions have begun fighting over which of them shall control Anglo Platinum's in Rustenburg, South Africa.

In attempts to disperse crowds, security workers fired rubber bullets at them.

Thirteen people were injured and required hospitalization after the shooting, on Monday.

Police are now involved and working to keep the two unions apart.

Violence around mines killed over fifty people, in 2012.

The country is trying to avoid a repeat of that.

Venezuelans Celebrate Chavez's Return

Hundreds of Venezuelans took to the streets to celebrate the return of Hugo Chavez.

His Twitter account announced that he had returned from Cuba, Monday morning.

He is still hospitalized, as he recovers from four surgeries to try and beat cancer.

Chavez had been absent for ten weeks, during which time his further rule has been questioned.

On January 10, he was scheduled to be inaugurated for his fourth term, but was unable to make it.

In a bit of controversy, the Supreme Court decided that the inauguration could be postponed.

Airline Strike Crippling Iberia's Airport

Protesters are doing their best to shut down the airport in Iberia, Spain.

Most of the protesters belong to unions, and are specifically workers for Iberia airlines, which has gone on strike.

The protesters and strikers have clashed with police who are attempting to keep the other areas of the airport clear.

Iberia airlines announced last week that they will be reducing their work force of eighteen thousand by thirty-eight hundred people.

The airline has been losing money, and feels that the cuts are the only way to keep the company in the air.

Organizers plan to run this strike for five days, with two more five day strikes to follow in March.

Estimates are that the strike will cost the country over thirteen million dollars a day.

Spain is already dealing with an unemployment rate of twenty-six percent.

Missing From Oregon: Roxanna Long, 28

Twenty-eight year old Roxanna Long is missing from Salem, Oregon.

She was last seen Friday afternoon.

Concerns are high as Saturday night she managed to make a phone call and told relatives she was being held captive, before the line went dead.

Roxanna is described as five foot seven, two hundred pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

Missing From Georgia: Brian Perry, 31

Thirty-one year old Brian Perry is missing from Cordele, Georgia.

He was last seen on the morning of February 5.

Brian is described as six foot one, two hundred and thirty pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo of a torch with a sword and the number 48 on his left forearm.

His vehicle is a brown 1988 Ford F150 pickup.

When last seen, he was wearing a dark grey fleece jacket, khaki work pants, and brown work boots.

Anyone with information should call the Crisp County Sheriff's Office at 229-276-2600.

The Crisp County Sheriff's Office reported him safe on February 22.

Remembering: Pluto, The Ninth Planet

For years it was theorized that there was a ninth planet. Uranus and Neptune showed clear signs of being affected by the gravitational force of another body.

However, the search repeatedly failed to find anything. Then in 1929, astronomers at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona began to search again.

On February 18, 1930, Clyde W. Tombaugh found it, a tiny planet in a ninth orbit. He shared the location with other astronomers and they were able to confirm his find. They decided upon the name Pluto, the Roman name for the Greek of the underworld, as the planet was extremely cold.

The announcement was made to the world on March 13, 1930. For seventy-six years Pluto would reign as the ninth planet. Unfortunately, on August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided upon a new definition of what a planet is. Their new definition eliminated Pluto from being a full planet and relisted it as a dwarf planet.