How Stonehenge’s ‘bluestones’ were quarried in 3000 BC | Daily Mail Online

The bluestones were sliced off Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin in the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire, west Wales which provided natural, vertical pillars.

The research also claims it is possible a prototype of Stonehenge was originally built at Waun Mawn, situated only 1.86 miles (3km) from the rocky outcrops they were mined form.

They were likely used to build a simple circle structure before being disassembled and transported on the mammoth journey to where they now stand.

Previous studies have claimed cows and other large livestock may have assisted the Neolithic individuals in moving the rocks.

The reasons behind this move remain unknown and was likely fraught with logistical difficulties that have baffled scientists and historians for centuries.

Source: How Stonehenge’s ‘bluestones’ were quarried in 3000 BC | Daily Mail Online

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Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay – ABC News

Denver public school teachers left their classrooms and formed picket lines.

Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school districts to boost their pay.

Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”

Source: Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay – ABC News

Egypt mummies: New tombs found in Minya – BBC News

Fifty mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era (305-30BC) have been found by Egyptian archaeologists, the antiquities ministry says.

The mummies, of which 12 were children, were found in four burial chambers 9m (30ft) deep in the Tuna El-Gebel site in Minya, south of the capital Cairo.artefact fragments on display in Minya

Some were wrapped in linen, others were in stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi.

Their identities were unknown, officials said, but they were likely to have held important positions.

Source: Egypt mummies: New tombs found in Minya – BBC News

WTAE Editorial: Black History Month

WTAE President & General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III speaks on behalf of the editorial board regarding Black History Month and how the station will honor the accomplishments of Pittsburgh African-Americans throughout February.

HIS NAME WAS DR. CARTER G. WOODSON, AND HE HAD A PASSION FOR HISTORY. IN 1926, DR. WOODSON’S IDEA LED TO WHAT IS NOW CELEBRATED AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THIS FEBRUARY, WTAE CHANNEL 4 IS PROUD TO HONOR THE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF PITTSBURGH AFRICAN AMERICANS. OUR STATION WILL AIR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON MUSICIANS, EDUCATORS, AND ATHLETES, SUCH AS JOHN WOODRUFF, A PITT STUDENT WHO CAME FROM LAST PLACE AND PASSED EVERYONE TO WIN AN 800 METER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN 1936 OR CHILD PRODIGY MARY LOU WILLIAMS, WHO COMPOSED ONE OF THE VERY FIRST JAZZ-INSPIRED CATHOLIC MASSES. THESE STORIES ARE JUST A PART OF THE MANY PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE HEINZ HISTORY CENTER. YOU CAN ALSO EXPLORE RARE ARTIFACTS ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO SERVED AT SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL AND MUSEUM. TAKE TIME THIS MONTH TO VISIT LOCAL EXHIBITS WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND FAMILY. WE BELIEVE IT IS TIME WELL SPENT. ANNOUNCER: WTAE WELCOMES RESPONSIBLE REPLIES TO THIS EDITORIAL.

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YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo – Big League Politics

Northam and a friend were photographed together — one in blackface, one in Klan robes.

Northam’s quote: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

Latest: WATCH: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Accepts Responsibility For Blackface-Klan Photograph

Source: YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo – Big League Politics

New Crescent is Irwin’s first brewery in 100 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Name of Main Street brewery and taproom, which opens Saturday, is a nod to the Crescent Brewing Co. that operated there from 1903 to 1919.

New Crescent Brewing Co. is pouring its brews at 229 Main St., in a combined storefront that used to include a barbershop that is right across from the restored 1937 Lamp Theater. It’s the first brewery to operate in the Westmoreland County borough since 1919, when Prohibition closed the Crescent Brewing Co., which was at the corner of Main and Pennsylvania Avenue starting in 1903.

Source: New Crescent is Irwin’s first brewery in 100 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

The Earth’s magnetic pole is moving unpredictably, and that movement seems to be accelerating.

The magnetic pole is moving erratically out of the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia so unpredictably that it took scientists by surprise. That 2015 update was supposed to remain valid until 2020, Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature. [Earth’s Colorful Atmospheric Layers Photographed from Space]

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Record melt uncovers Arctic landscapes trapped in ice for 40,000 years | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Baffin Island, once buried under massive ice caps, is experiencing its warmest century in an estimated 115,000 years.

In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), say the dramatic changes taking place on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic stem from what’s likely its warmest century in the past 115,000 years.

“The high elevation landscapes that host these landscapes are striking in their own right, but knowing that the surface that you are walking on has been ice covered for millennia, and only now being exposed, is humbling,” lead study author Simon Pendleton told MNN. “In addition, knowing that the high degree of preservation holds much information about past ice cover history, and the prospect of the knowledge that can be gained from these landscapes is exciting.”

Source: Record melt uncovers Arctic landscapes trapped in ice for 40,000 years | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Theory: Alexander the Great Alive for 6 Days After ‘Death’

NEWSER) – The Ancient Greeks took it as a sign that Alexander the Great was a god. A New Zealand researcher says it’s actually an important clue into the ruler’s demise. Dr. Katherine Hall explains that upon Alexander’s death in 323BC, it was recorded that his body went six days without exhibiting signs of decomposition. The leading theories as to what killed him—infection, alcoholism or murder—don’t explain that. And Hall, of the University of Otago’s Dunedin School of Medicine, thinks she knows what does. The twist? She thinks Alexander wasn’t decomposing because he was still alive. Here’s her theory: that he contracted the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) from a common infection of the time.

Source: Theory: Alexander the Great Alive for 6 Days After ‘Death’

New probes demanded on deaths of John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X | Daily Mail Online

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) has called for probes into deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, on the occasion of MLK day.

Source: New probes demanded on deaths of John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X | Daily Mail Online

‘Missing link’ in human history confirmed after long debate | myfox8.com

Early humans were still swinging from trees two million years ago, scientists have said, after confirming a set of contentious fossils represents a “missing link” in humanity’s family tree.The fossils of Australopithecus sediba have fueled scientific debate since they were found at the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa 10 years ago.

Source: ‘Missing link’ in human history confirmed after long debate | myfox8.com

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old socialist plan from Canada | Fox News

The “Green New Deal” is the most radical and destructive policy proposal offered by a member of Congress in decades. But what was once thought to be a fringe policy idea has recently gained significant momentum.

Although the Green New Deal has received huge amounts of media attention in recent weeks – both positive and negative – the radical origins of the plan have not. Ocasio-Cortez has been labeled an innovative thinker for offering the allegedly visionary Green New Deal, but the truth is that most of these ideas have been floating around socialist circles since at least the early 2000s, and there is strong evidence to suggest that much of the draft text of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is merely a revised version of the “Leap Manifesto,” a socialist green-energy plan pushed by far-left environmentalists in Canada.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old socialist plan from Canada | Fox News

FDA threatens to pull e-cigarettes off the market | TheHill

The Food and Drug Administration says that e-cigarettes face an uncertain future in U.S. markets unless youth smoking rates drop over the next year.

E-cigarette use spiked 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle school students over the last year, the FDA says. Altogether, about 1.5 million young people took up the habit from 2017 to 2018, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to curtail youth vaping.

The FDA has the ability to stop e-cigarette sales and mandate that producers go through a formal FDA approval process, though it has not yet done so, NBC News notes.

The FDA has the power to stop e-cigarette sales and compel makers to go through the formal FDA approval process. The agency has not done this yet, much to the disappointment of groups such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Source: FDA threatens to pull e-cigarettes off the market | TheHill

Florida governor pardons ‘Groveland Four,’ wrongly convicted of rape in 1949 – CNN

(CNN)Four black men are now officially free nearly 70 years after they were wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old white girl.

In 1949, Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas were accused of sexually assaulting Norma Padgett in Groveland, Florida, about 30 miles west of Orlando. The group came to be called the “Groveland Four.”
There were doubts about Padgett’s testimony from the onset, but in the era of Jim Crow, a jury convicted the men without evidence of a crime.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued full posthumous pardons to the men on Friday.
“For seventy years, these four men have had their history wrongly written for crimes they did not commit. As I have said before, while that is a long time to wait, it is never too late to do the right thing,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I believe the rule of law is society’s sacred bond. When it is trampled, we all suffer. For the Groveland Four, the truth was buried. The Perpetrators celebrated. But justice has cried out from that day until this.”
The pardons were unanimously approved by the Executive Clemency Board, a release from the new governor’s office says.

Source: Florida governor pardons ‘Groveland Four,’ wrongly convicted of rape in 1949 – CNN