Truck found at bottom of Pennsylvania lake

FLEETVILLE, Pa. — Authorities are investigating a fisherman’s discovery of a truck at the bottom of a northeastern Pennsylvania lake.

WNEP-TV reports that someone on a fishing boat noticed what appeared to be a vehicle on the bottom of the Benton Township lake in Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County.

The fisherman contacted authorities who confirmed the presence of some sort of truck at the bottom of the lake. Officials decided it was too difficult to remove the vehicle or send divers to investigate at night. The investigation was to continue Sunday.

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4-Alarm Fire In Strip District Destroys Building That Houses Yinzers In The Burgh – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fire crews battled a four-alarm fire in the Strip District that destroyed a building.

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Wednesday’s fire was in the 1700 block of Penn Avenue in the building above the Yinzers In The Burgh store.

Pittsburghers will remember this building as the long-time home of Mike Feinberg Company, a party supply store.

Yinzers purchased it a couple of years ago and is considered a must-stop in the Strip District.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Daryl Jones said the blaze started on the third floor of the red-brick building and jumped next door.

Seventy firefighters were on the scene with multiple ladder trucks, attacking the fire and roof.

There is heavy damage to Yinzers and the fire chief said the blaze was under control at approximately 9:20 p.m.

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Jimmy Coen, the owner of Yinzers, says he raced to the building when he got the call and his heart broke seeing the fire.

The owners of other Penn Avenue stores consoled him when he arrived. Coen said that merchandise stored in the building’s basement was saved thanks to the firefighters’ work.

Source: 4-Alarm Fire In Strip District Destroys Building That Houses Yinzers In The Burgh – CBS Pittsburgh

Three People Hospitalized After Explosion At Affival Inc. Facility In Plum – CBS Pittsburgh

PLUM (KDKA) — A hazmat situation in Plum Borough sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

According to the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, workers inside the Affival Inc. facility were dealing with a combination of titanium and calcium powder, two hazardous chemicals, officials said.

A machine with both of these chemicals inside caught on fire and exploded, according to fire officials.

The three workers who were transported to the hospital were treated for non-life threatening inhalation related injuries.

Source: Three People Hospitalized After Explosion At Affival Inc. Facility In Plum – CBS Pittsburgh

RFK granddaughter, 40, and son, 8, presumed dead after Chesapeake Bay mishap, family says | Fox News

An active search for two members of the Kennedy family who went missing Thursday during a boating trip on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday, according to reports.

Family member Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says the search for her 40-year-old daughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and the daughter’s 8-year-old son Gideon McKean “has turned from rescue to recovery,” according to a statement.

This undated image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s Facebook account shows her with her family, including her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, bottom right. (Twitter via AP)

Both McKean and her son were seen struggling to return to shore during a canoe trip near Herring Bay, Washington, D.C.’s FOX 5 reported.

MEMBERS OF KENNEDY FAMILY IDENTIFIED AS BOATERS WHO VANISHED ON CHESAPEAKE BAY

The mother and son had gotten into the canoe to chase a ball that had gone into the water during a family gathering, McKean’s husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post.

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Pittsburgh food bank president worries about supply running out | TribLIVE.com

Lisa Scales has worked in food banks for nearly 25 years. She was involved in food distribution efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and to the 9/11 attacks in New York.

She has never experienced anything like the need associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have never seen a spike in need to this degree,” said Scales, president and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “I have never seen need like we’ve seen in the past several weeks in the Pittsburgh region and frankly across the country.”

Scales is facing a harsh reality that the current need for food is greater than the food bank’s supply can meet.

So far, the food bank has held four large-scale, drive-up distributions and served boxes of food to over 5,000 cars. It has more distributions planned and is developing other methods of getting food into the community. But Scales believes that in the midst of the covid-19 crisis, the food bank has met its match.

“It’s hard for me to say this, but the need is so significant that, despite our best efforts, I know that we will not be able to meet all of the need that’s in the community throughout the entirety of the crisis,” Scales said.

Source: Pittsburgh food bank president worries about supply running out | TribLIVE.com

Massive Tree Falls, Blocks Shady Ave. In Squirrel Hill – CBS Pittsburgh

At least four vehicles were damaged when a massive tree came crashing down overnight in Squirrel Hill.

Tree trimmers were brought in early this morning with their chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut it apart and clear the road.

They found a beehive inside, complicating the process.

The extent of the damage to the cars is still unknown.

But Duquesne Light crews were also on the scene working to restore power to four homes. Officials say that could take a few hours.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

Source: Massive Tree Falls, Blocks Shady Ave. In Squirrel Hill – CBS Pittsburgh

CARRICK FIRE: Carrick home completely destroyed by fire | WPXI

Flames have erupted from a home in Carrick this afternoon.

The house had been previously damaged by a fire in 2017, and was undergoing rennovations when Tuesday’s fire began.


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This Week, NASA Is Pretending An Asteroid Is On Its Way To Smack The Earth : NPR

The asteroid is in a horrible orbit and has a 1% chance of striking Earth in just eight years. And — thank goodness — it doesn’t really exist.

It’s a fictitious asteroid that’s the focus of a realistic exercise devised for scientists and engineers from around the world who are attending the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference being held this week outside Washington, D.C.

A real asteroid of this size, should it ever hit the planet, could wipe out an entire city.

“This is a threat that could happen, even though it’s extremely unlikely,” says Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who created this realistic simulation. “Our goal here is to go through all of the steps that we would have to go through.”

He says a lot has been learned from three previous drills held at past international conferences and from other asteroid exercises that have been separately conducted by officials at NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Source: This Week, NASA Is Pretending An Asteroid Is On Its Way To Smack The Earth : NPR

Virginia cave rescue ends with 5 hospitalized

CLEVELAND, Va. — Authorities say five men have been rescued from a cave in southwest Virginia where they became trapped after heavy rains.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management search-and-rescue coordinator Billy Chrimes said Sunday evening that all five men were taken to hospitals after being pulled from the cave Sunday.

Chrimes said they were suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion.

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5 people trapped in Virginia cave; rescue underway | Fox News

Rescuers are searching for five men who have been trapped inside a Virginia cave since Saturday night.

Rescuers searching for five men who have been trapped inside a Virginia cave since Saturday night are settling in for what could be a long operation to bring them out safely.

“With cave rescue incidents, this has the chance to extend to eight to 12 hours,” Virginia Department Search and Rescue Coordinator Billy Grimes told WJHL.

The trapped men, ranging in age from 35 to 59, are believed to be uninjured inside Cyclops Cave, according to Russell County Emergency Management.

Although the cave in southwestern Virginia has more than seven miles of passages in it, some of which are quite narrow, authorities believe the men are not in the cave’s farthest reaches.

Source: 5 people trapped in Virginia cave; rescue underway | Fox News

Colorado Highway Crash: Fiery 28-Vehicle Pileup Closes I-70 Near Denver : NPR

The crash involved at least 24 cars and four semis. One of the trucks was carrying a flatbed full of lumber — which contributed to a large fire on the roadway.

Six people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the semi. That driver, who sustained minor injuries, is now in police custody and is being charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, Countryman said. Police did not identify the driver, other than to say he’s not from Colorado.

Parts of I-70 remain closed Friday morning — and highway officials say it isn’t likely to open until sometime Saturday. The closure caused long delays in the morning commute, with investigators still combing the area, and workers trying to clean up debris in the eastbound lanes where the crash took place. Westbound lanes are also closed, with motorists using a detour to avoid a bridge where the greatest damage occurred.

Source: Colorado Highway Crash: Fiery 28-Vehicle Pileup Closes I-70 Near Denver : NPR

NASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids — Quartz

Forget aliens. We’ve got to find the asteroids.

Astronomers tend to be patient people. When it comes to stars, much of what they examine happened millions of years ago, and when it comes to space probes, even pre-launch prep can take a decade or more.

But they are getting impatient about launching an infrared space telescope called NEOCam. It has a very specific mission: Spotting near-Earth objects—astronomical bodies, most commonly asteroids, whose orbits around the sun could pass close to Earth and potentially collide with our planet, some of which could damage or destroy civilization itself.

It’s not speculative; a major meteoric impact is inevitable, and we need to keep a better eye on the solar system.

Source: NASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids — Quartz

France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News

Yellow vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday–newly enraged at the billions of dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

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Titanic Sinking, Abraham Lincoln’s Death, Notre Dame Fire, And Other Horrible Things To Happen On April 15

While some may not realize it, April 15 is actually a date that has played host to a number of horrific events throughout history. Looking back into the past, some of the most famous incidents have happened on this date — and it is a day that is beginning to suggest bad omens.

Source: Titanic Sinking, Abraham Lincoln’s Death, Notre Dame Fire, And Other Horrible Things To Happen On April 15

3 climbers presumed dead after Banff avalanche

Three prominent mountain climbers are presumed to have died in an avalanche that hit Alberta’s Banff National Park this week.

American alpinist Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer were missing after they tried to climb the east face of Howse Peak on the Icefields Parkway and “local search and rescue has assumed the worst,” outdoor apparel company The North Face said in a statement. The three were reported overdue on Wednesday, one day after the avalanche struck.

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