Pink Butcher Paper $30 at Amazon Amazon If dad’s a little lost when it comes to getting started, the first thing he’ll need to help him along is someone else’s expertise. There are a number of great BBQ cookbooks to consider, but this is a No. 1 best-seller for good reason. It’s from Aaron Franklin, multi-award-winning pitmaster extraordinaire and owner of constantly-lauded Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. It covers every part of the process, from customizing your smoker (or even building your own from scratch) to curing wood and creating the ultimate fire for perfect barbecue. And of course, there are recipes for smoking brisket, sausage, ribs and other cuts of meat. Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 Gas & Charcoal Grill with Smoker One more option for dads who appreciate a multi-use appliance is this hybrid grill and smoker that lets him smoke meat, grill with gas and cook with charcoal — and even do all three at once if he wants to feed a crowd (or just show off).Read more: The best gas grills for 2019 Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer $21 at Amazon See All $700 at Amazon 15 Photos PitmasterIQ Temperature Regulator Kit Amazon Snow’s BBQ Brisket Aaron Franklin Texas-Style BBQ MasterClass Smoked ribs, turkey, brisket—whatever dad makes, it will demand the utmost care when it comes time to carve and serve such a masterpiece of meat. This knife is not kidding around, and shows the proper respect due the pitmaster’s creation. Also, it’s super sharp, so it slices cleanly and easily; remind your father to watch his fingers, and consider throwing in a knife guard for safe storage. Etsy Amazon Snake River Farms American Wagyu Gold Grade Brisket • Walmart Once your dad has the method down, he’ll need the right equipment. You can hack any charcoal grill into a smoker, but if you have deep pockets and really want to impress (i.e. earn the coveted title of Favorite Child), you can put a big old bow on this big old Traeger grill and smoker. It runs on wood pellets and enables you to cook hot and fast (for steaks and burgers) or low and slow (for smoked turkey, brisket and more). The built-in temperature regulator makes it easy to maintain the proper environment, and there’s enough room to make four whole chickens at once or five racks of perfect ribs.Read more: Traeger’s wood pellet grill is so good it hurts Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicer $140 at Amazon Taking your meat’s temperature is a surefire way to know when it’s done, so a nice digital thermometer would be a great gift for wannabe (and already-made) pitmasters. This one is often name-checked by chefs and has legions of devoted fans in both professional and home cooking circles. The company also makes this smoking thermometer with a two-channel alarm for monitoring a couple cuts of meat at once, in case dad likes to know how things are doing every step of the way. Amazon $189 at Snake River Farms $99 at ThermoWorks Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Charcoal Smoker In the world of barbecue, there’s something known as a Texas crutch, which is wrapping your meat in foil part way through cooking to help keep it moist—controversial in some circles, but widely practiced because it works. If your dad’s not one to shun such helpful hacks, he might like this pink butcher paper (also known as peach paper), which serves the same purpose but, unlike aluminum, is breathable, so the meat will still keep picking up smoky flavor and the precious bark that’s built up won’t be ruined, because the steam will be able to escape. If you know your dad’s dreams are really just to indulge in delicious barbecue—if it’s more about the destination than the journey—maybe you should just order him a taste of some of the country’s best BBQ, straight from Texas. No muss, no fuss for him. And if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll share.Read more: A pitmaster’s tips & tricks for the best smoked brisket ever A recurring tip that many pitmasters give is to practice on cheaper cuts of meat, which makes total sense. But if you have confidence that your dad knows what he’s doing, consider gifting him a premium cut that takes beautifully to smoking. This American Wagyu packer brisket is an impressive piece of beef, and all that marbling promises a supremely tender texture.Read more: The best meat delivery & subscription services Share your voice $493 at Walmart $14 at Walmart Western Premium BBQ Post Oak Smoking Chunks Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze If a Traeger’s not in the budget or your dad only has a little outdoor space to work in, this Weber charcoal smoker is a great option at a fair price. It has a temperature gauge for easy monitoring, two internal shelves for cooking multiple items at once and a fuel door to make adding more wood and charcoal easy. Otherwise it’s pretty no-frills. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and contain lots of tips and tricks for optimizing its performance, so consider jotting down a few of them to give dad along with this smoker if you’re feeling generous. (And if pops has a bit more outdoor room, another one in this price range to consider is the Oklahoma Joe Highland Smoker.) Amazon Amazon There’s a lot of overlap between dads and self-proclaimed grill masters, and one could argue that title is fairly easy to achieve. Just learn a few secrets for juicy burgers, know how to operate your grill of choice, nail the science of when to use the grill lid and you’ve got a fair amount of bragging rights already. But when it comes to barbecuing — as in, smoking meat over long periods of time, practicing the craft of pit mastery — there’s definitely a little more mystique (and patience) involved.Maybe your dad does know his way around a smoker already. Or maybe he’s always wanted to learn to make Texas brisket like the pros at Snow’s and Franklin Barbecue. Whatever his current skill level, if he has “master smoked meat” on his BBQ bucket list, here are some gifts to help him achieve his pit-god goals this Father’s Day.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. MasterClass 0 $18 at Amazon Hudson Goods BBQ Apron $23 at Amazon Dad’s going to need somewhere to keep all his tools (and his beer opener) while he’s tending the smoker, so if he needs an apron upgrade, this is a good one to get. It has multiple pockets, including a quick-access cell pocket and a loop meant for a towel that could also hold the spray bottle he’ll be using to mist his meat. Made from “heavy weight, yet soft and breathable” cotton, it’s machine washable and sturdily constructed, plus it adjusts up to XXL. (If that’s not quite “dad” enough for you and yours, consider this “Dinner Is Coming” version with a chef-hatted direwolf, perfect for “Game of Thrones” fans who want to keep the Stark legacy alive.) Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Does dad plan on sticking with his trusty Weber kettle grill? This kit (which includes “a microprocessor controlled fan to feed oxygen to the fire and regulate cooking temperature”) will help him hack it into a smoker and maintain consistent temperature control for optimal results. It costs nearly as much as the Weber smoker above, yes, but it fits in a drawer when not in use, so if your dad is short on space for another backyard appliance, this might be just what he needs. As a bonus, it’s Alton Brown-approved. It works with charcoal smokers too, but cannot be used with gas grills, so take note if that’s all dad has at his disposal. Thermoworks reading • Father’s Day gifts for all the pitmaster dads $65 at Amazon Pitmaster Shirt Snow’s BBQ Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love $15 at Etsy As a supplement, or if your dad’s not one for cookbooks, you can sign him up for a 16-part MasterClass on Texas BBQ taught by Aaron Franklin, veritable meat messiah, himself. The lessons are via video (so dad can learn at his own pace and convenience and on the device of his choosing) and there’s also a class cookbook with lesson recaps, recipes and other exclusive additional materials. If you think your dad would like to learn cooking tips from other chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters), or would be into even more diverse subjects (like guitar as taught by Carlos Santana or film making as taught by David Lynch), you can get him the $180 All-Access MasterClass pass for a full year of learning opportunities. $200 at Amazon Before the meat goes into the smoker, it needs at least a little seasoning. Dry rubs vary from pitmaster to pitmaster; some like to incorporate coffee, some go with straight-up Lawry’s seasoning salt. There are near-infinite rub recipes and dry rubs you can buy, but this one comes from The Salt Lick, a Texas BBQ institution. Reviewers use it on just about everything, including brisket, ribs, chicken wings, pork, steaks, salmon and even asparagus. The exact ingredients are a secret. The label discloses only salt, black pepper, cayenne and spices. It just might become dad’s secret weapon too, or at least inspire him to create his own unique blend. $139 at Goldbelly See also Traeger Grills Lil’ Tex Elite Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Weber The Salt Lick Add fuel to dad’s fire, in a good way. He’ll probably want to experiment with different types of wood (from apple and cherry to hickory and mesquite), but post oak is a solid choice to start with. If he’s using his charcoal grill as a smoker, wrap these up along with a smoker box. And speaking of charcoal (which he’ll also need), this Fogo super premium hardwood lump charcoal is some of the best around; bye bye, briquettes. 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If he wants to express a fuller sentiment, there’s this “All I Want to Do Is Drink Beer and Smoke Some Meat” shirt, and this “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” shirt (among many others), but if he likes to make his points in a simple manner, just go with this understated t-shirt that proclaims his pitmaster status for all to see. Tags Appliances
Facebook Post a comment Digital Media Mobile Apps Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Artist and photographer Spencer Tunick created a nude installation outside of Facebook’s New York office. Fay Fox Despite Facebook’s policies that make certain allowances for nudity on the social network, some artists say the rules prevent them from sharing their work online. On Sunday, artist and photographer Spencer Tunick created a nude installation outside of Facebook and Instagram’s New York office with help from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Dozens shed their clothes, lay in the street and used images of male nipples — which are acceptable on Facebook — to cover people’s nipples and genitalia.In a tweet describing the performance piece, Tunick said there were “male nipple stickers covering female presenting nipples and male nipple cards covering all … genitalia.””The nudity ban is punishing for photographers and particularly harms artists whose work focuses on their own bodies, including queer and gender nonconforming artists. It also affects museums and galleries that have difficulty promoting photography exhibitions featuring nudes,” Christopher Finan, NCAC’s executive director, said Sunday in an open letter to Facebook. The NCAC’s campaign, #WeTheNipple, calls for Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram to make an exception to their nudity restrictions to allow for art photography. The campaign has support from more than 20 US and international organizations, museums and art institutions, as well as hundreds of artists. Finan suggests creating the ability for users to set filters and blocks, instead of having Facebook decide for everyone. Tunick said Facebook and Instagram should communicate more with artists. Similarly to Finan’s idea, Tunick said there could be a verification process to protect artists from censorship. “Instagram has become the magazine of the world and to censor artists using the nude body as their medium is repressive and hurtful to art and freedom,” Tunick said. “They are deleting artworks and accounts where artists are even using proper self-censoring techniques to make their nude works acceptable for Instagram. Plus it’s just downright mean, hurtful and unnecessary to allow male nipples and not female nipples on their platform.”A Facebook spokesperson said the platform had been in touch with the NCAC in the lead up to Sunday’s demonstration. The NCAC said that Facebook’s response in discussions so far has given it some hope and that it expects to announce progress soon. “We look forward to continuing the dialogue with NCAC and other affected groups in more detail,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.Originally published June 3.Update, June 4: Adds comment from Facebook, the NCAC and Spencer Tunick. Tags 0 Share your voice 1:14 Inside Facebook’s robotics research lab
Alanis usually goes twice on weekdays and more often on weekends. On the film’s opening weekend, he saw it five times. When he’s not in the theater, he’s works in his family’s construction business.”My friends and family have been very supportive,” he said. “My parents and younger sister came with me when I reached 100 views.”Isn’t he sick of the same lines and scenes over and over?”Can’t be sick of it,” Alanis said. “I do recite (the lines) in my mind, and sometimes out loud when there’s no one sitting next to me.”And as for a bathroom break, despite the film’s three-hour runtime, he says he’s just never needed one. Share your voice An Avengers-worthy quest indeed. Marvel Did you make it through Avengers: Endgame’s three-hour runtime without a bathroom break? Good for you! But as of Thursday night, Agustin Alanis, 30, of Riverview, Florida has made it through that blockbuster film’s three-hour runtime 116 times. Never once has he ducked out for a break, even though he most certainly knows when the more skippable scenes come up.Alanis is gunning for the Guinness World Record for “most cinema productions attended — same film,” and he’s in good shape to do that. On Thursday night, he sat through viewing 116 with no end in sight. His goal is 200 viewings, or close to it.”I wasn’t planning to try and break (the world record) to begin with,” Alanis told me. “But I had watched it every day since it came out for two weeks, and just like the movie shattered records, I decided to do it as well.” Round/View 114We’re gonna Win, Whatever it Takes.#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @ChrisEvans @RobertDowneyJr @Russo_Brothers @chrishemsworth @karengillan pic.twitter.com/MC8ZJiIEGy— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 13, 2019 Round/View 115Get it together, you can do this, you can do this!!!#AvengersEndgame #tigrevengador @chrishemsworth @Russo_Brothers @MarvelLATAM @jimmyfallon @Avengers pic.twitter.com/VJTgHHshyb— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 13, 2019 Alanis’ top-rated Avengers: Endgame scenes involve his favorite character, Captain America, especially when the WWII hero manages to wield Thor’s hammer, mighty Mjölnir, and when the once-dusted heroes reappear and Cap delivers his famed “Avengers assemble!” line.And as far as the protests and petitions about fans wanting a different fate for Iron Man? He’s not on board.”To end the infinity saga, Iron Man had to die saving everyone,” says the man who’s seen the movie more than perhaps anyone on the planet. “That was his purpose and his fate , so no, I wouldn’t change it.”Alanis has sent details of his quest to the Guinness Book of World Records, and regularly tweets photos with his ticket stubs and movie theater employees after each showing. He hasn’t heard back from Guinness yet, but there is precedent.The current record is held by Tony “Nem” Mitchell, who spoke to me in 2018 when he was setting the record with Avengers: Infinity War. When Mitchell spoke to me, he had seen the film a mere 45 times, but he went on to watch it a total of 103 times, earning himself an invite to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel The Avengers Alanis hasn’t met Mitchell, but there seem to be no hard feelings.”We have crossed words on Twitter, with him cheering me on to break the record,” Alanis said. Comments Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 32 Photos TV and Movies 3 Tags Round/View 116Honey? Hey, babe! Babe? Babe? Boys? Boys? Laura?#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @Renner4Real @Russo_Brothers @louisde2 pic.twitter.com/EEvYuGT0eM— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 14, 2019 Anthony @NemRaps Mitchell has watched Avengers: Infinity War an incredible 103 times at his local movie theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.The lifelong @marvel fan achieved the record for the most cinema productions attended – same film 🎥🎬💥 pic.twitter.com/4TncaJ34EB— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) February 28, 2019 Alanis said he’s a Marvel fan who’s watched 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier numerous times at home, and he knew he could stand the repetition — at least for a Marvel film.”I don’t think I would try it with another movie,” he admitted.
Tags Gaming 7:10 Share your voice Trying to break Super Mario Maker 2 Post a comment Nintendo 0 The possibilities are tremendously and amazingly weird. Super Mario Maker 2’s creative toolkit is larger than you might expect. In addition to the large swathe of objects and items players can use to create new worlds, Super Mario Maker also allows players to save levels in five unique Mario styles (Super Mario, Mario 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros, and Mario 3D World), all of which have different graphics and different Mario moves/mechanics. This means you could build a level, change it from one style to another and potentially give your level a whole new aesthetic with the push of a button. I wanted a completely portable magic Mario gaming kit when the Wii U version came out. There was a Nintendo 3DS version, which was fun but the screen was too small and there was no way to share your games on a larger screen. The Nintendo Switch solves for both, and offers up the perfect package. This is the beautiful Mario Infinity I can stick in my bag and experience on a large-screen TV.I found this stylus in my desk, after seeing Jeff Bakalar use one. It’s helped. Josh Goldman/CNET Get a stylusI’ve been playing Super Mario Maker 2 for a week and also letting my kid play. He’s moved on to other games since the original Maker and he’s older now, but he caught up fast. Maker’s creative app is still about tapping and dragging icons and building them with the touchscreen. The Switch doesn’t have a stylus, but you could (and should) use a capacitive stylus like the kind you can buy for phones and tablets. It’ll help. Jeff Bakalar talked me into it, and he’s right.Super Mario Maker 2 does has a few multi-touch moves, though, including a two-finger zoom-out to see course overviews. It’s the most tablet-like game Nintendo’s ever made for the Switch.Unlike the Wii U version, which truly allowed second screen gaming when connected to a TV, the docked Switch ends up needing the controller to navigate, which isn’t ideal for creating but can be done. Nintendo added a two-player create mode, too, which I haven’t even explored. Levels can also be played with up to four players, even online.My son agreed with me that it’s hard to work on the TV, because you have to use the controllers to move the cursor, and it’s harder to select items. The button mapping is different, and not all that clear. (A better instruction manual would have helped.) In fact, I could have done with a whole textbook to study. I still feel like I’m missing things.The Story Mode is a full Mario game of levels, and there are an infinity more that’ll be online. Josh Goldman/CNET So many things to makeMy son says: “It’s really cool because it has the original characters and also new spinoff characters, things like Meowser (a cat Bowser).” He made a level that cleverly guided me along a path of coins and an arrow made of blocks into a pit of doom.It may seem like you know everything Mario Maker 2 can do. You’re wrong. There’s the game’s Story Mode, which is like a full standalone Mario game and has dozens of levels to try. The levels are designed to illustrate ideas you could potentially make yourself. They blew me away with their creativity: From cranes and balancing games to shooter-like levels where you ride clouds. Then there are the levels others make. The most amazing thing about the first Mario Maker was the online community. Player-created levels ran the gamut from brilliant to ridiculous. Some felt like performance art. On the pre-release version I played, that community barely exists yet. But it will, and I can’t wait to see what happens. The pigeon lessons are helpful. I could use a whole year’s worth of pigeon gaming classes. Josh Goldman/CNET My home-made levels suckI’ve realized, playing Super Mario Maker 2, that I’m a terrible game designer. My levels are a garbage pile of weird ideas thrown together. There is a sort of teacher in Mario Maker 2, in the form of a pigeon (Yamamura) who delivers a few dozen short lessons on game design, helpful ideas and tutorials.I loved watching these sessions, and I wish there were more. I’ve started getting addicted to Master Class, the online video educational series where famous designers and creators give classes on writing, cooking, filmmaking, and even game design (Will Wright has a series of videos). Mario Maker 2 feels like it’s Nintendo’s Master Class in game design. If only Shigeru Miyamoto were to materialize and give a few talks, too.Seriously: I need game design help! Playing with Mario Maker 2 began to teach me some things. I’d love it even went further. Nintendo’s onto something amazing here.This, but also Zelda, Metroid, Mario Kart, etc etc. Josh Goldman/CNET Mario Maker, but for everythingMy final note, which I also made five years ago: Nintendo should make Maker a whole line of games. Zelda Maker. Metroid Maker. Mario Kart Maker. I love game construction sets. Many years ago, I played Pinball Construction Set on my Apple IIc. I remember Adventure Construction Set, too.Super Mario Maker 2 is a great update to the original Mario Maker. But what about a way to make other 8-bit and 16-bit games and publish them online? Do it, Nintendo. Let’s deconstruct every classic Nintendo franchise. It’s what a console like the Nintendo Switch is born to do. Now playing: Watch this: Get a stylus, btw. Josh Goldman/CNET If I asked you what the ideal Nintendo Switch game was, you might suggest Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Possibly Mario Kart 8 or Smash Bros. But the game that truly pushes the Switch in unique, compelling directions? Super Mario Maker 2. Super Mario Maker made its debut on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015. Super Mario Maker does exactly what it says on the tin: It’s a video game, but also a tool that allows you to create your own Mario levels. It’s a Super Mario construction set, essentially. A complete kit to make endless 2D Mario levels. I loved it. So did my son. He ended up making level designs and tinkering with world-building on his own. The Wii U’s game pad controller and stylus worked perfectly with the game’s level design tools.But most people never had a Wii U. For many Super Mario Maker 2 will be an entry point to an idea waiting to go stratospheric.
Avengers: Endgame breakdown of Thanos’ fate Tags 7 Photos 0 Culture TV and Movies Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye. Captura de pantalla por Jován Pulgarín/CNET Perhaps one of the most powerful scenes in Avengers: Endgame was the battle between Hawkeye and Black Widow on Vormir, as they fought it to decide who would sacrifice themselves for the Soul Stone. It was a unique scene. We’re used to seeing heroes fight for their survival, not for the right to die.It turns out that scene was part of a reshoot. Initially, Hawkeye and Black Widow were supposed to be fending off an attack from Thanos, but that scene was cut, reshot and replaced.”It was a tough scene for us to shoot,” explained Renner, at Ace Comic-Con over the weekend. “It’s a reshoot we did about six months ago. The original was a lot more complicated, with an attack by Thanos. This was just us.”Which made perfect sense. No one would have batted an eyelid if Black Widow’s eventual death had been the result of some sort of battle with Thanos, but the scene that made the final cut was a far more an interesting way to resolve that scenario. It had more impact and, for me, was one of the most memorable and interesting sequences in the entire movie. Good call! Preview • ZTE’s Hawkeye packing midrange specs hits Kickstarter Post a comment Share your voice ZTE Hawkeye
Read the AirPods review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem may lie with the Precise Timing Facility, a ground station in Italy that gives each satellite in the system an accurate time reference, Inside GNSS said.The Galileo program launched its first satellite in 2011, so that the EU wouldn’t have to rely on the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, for commercial, military and other applications like guiding aircraft.The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 2:42 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:09 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Angela Lang/CNET $59 at eBay $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 0 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Cheapskate DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The EU’s Galileo satellites have been suffering from technical problems. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The European Union’s Galileo global navigation satellite system hasn’t worked since last Thursday. This is apparently due its ground infrastructure suffering technical problems. A service status page lists 24 of its 26 satellites as “not usable” or “not available,” while the remaining two are “testing” — which our sister site ZDNet reports means they aren’t usable. Only the search and rescue service, which is used to find people who get in trouble at sea or in the mountains, is still operating, the European GNSS Agency noted.”Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible,” the agency wrote in its release. See at Turo See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 $299 at Amazon Sprint Share your voice Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) null Read DJI Osmo Action preview 14 Photos Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Tech Industry See it Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Devastating natural disasters as seen from space (pictures) 3:42 $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $999 $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Chris Monroe/CNET See It See It Comments $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP All the ways satellites have changed our lives See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $155 at Google Express Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon
Now playing: Watch this: 2019 BMW M4 CS: More performance and exclusivity come at a price 2018 BMW M4: 5 things you need to know 65 Photos Tags BMW Enlarge ImageThe new M3 will probably look like the G20 3 Series if it took some of those weird supplements that Joe Rogan advertises. BMW If you were one of the countless car enthusiasts who bemoaned the lack of a manual transmission option in the newest-generation BMW 3 Series, then I have some good news for you. The forthcoming 2020 G80 M3 will be available with three pedals.I’ll pause while you celebrate like the Ewoks at the end of Return of the Jedi.Now, there’s more good news, according to a report published Friday by Car Magazine. Unlike the M5, the M3 will still be available as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. That said, those who want a little more stability in their German hot rod can opt for all-wheel drive, though BMW’s engineers will likely add a RWD switch just like the M5’s, you know, for extra silliness.The 2020 M3 will — according to BMW — share the new S58 engine that will first see duty in the X3M and X4M sport crossovers. The S58 is once again a turbocharged straight-six engine, and it can be had with either 480 horsepower, or 510 if you’re feeling extra sporty and go for the Competition trim.But wait, there’s more. According to Car’s report, BMW is also planning a lower-powered, entry-level, more stripped-back version of the M3 called the M3 Pure. That naming convention seems to have been borrowed from BMW Motorrad’s experiments with making a lower-cost version of its wildly popular R Nine T motorcycle.This “Pure” version would — in theory — have around 450 horsepower and will be the only way to get that sweet, sweet manual transmission we mentioned earlier. This seems, to us anyway, like a fantastic move for BMW. Its M cars have been drifting further and further away from the original mission of the sub-brand and a return to form would be killer.As far as the rest of the car, we don’t know much other than that we really liked the G20 3 Series in its more plebeian trim levels so hopefully a ‘roided-up version will be more of a good thing. We also sincerely hope that the S58 engine sounds better than the S55 in the current car and that it makes its way over to the land of the rising sun for duty in the Toyota Supra.Fingers crossed. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better BMW More From Roadshow Performance Cars Car Industry Sports Cars Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Share your voice 1:24
Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo See it Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Turo Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sci-Tech $299 at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Military Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The ULA also tweeted that the rocket successfully released the satellite and that the satellite will be able to “relay survivable, protected, antijam communications to strategic commanders and tactical warfighters on land, at sea and in the air.” See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The Atlas V is a “workhorse” for the military. Walter Scriptunas II The United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday. The rocket carried a communications satellite for the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. It’s the fifth satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) series, built by Lockheed Martin.The ULA describes the Atlas V as a “workhorse for the US military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle.”The launch happened at 6:13 a.m. ET, but if you missed it, there’s a full video available. Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review $999 Share your voice See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sprint Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Tags 7 $999 $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review 0 $210 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 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The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was put on lockdown this afternoon as security responded to a report of a suspicious person with a firearm near the hospital.The suspect has been apprehended and is currently in police custody.The hospital is still on lockdown as of 2:30 p.m., and persons on base are asked to stay clear.–Update, 2:41 p.m.–As of of 1:20 p.m., Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson is still on lockdown after earlier reports prompted fears of an active shooter.Renee Oistad with the Anchorage Police Department says those reports turned out not to be true, and no injuries are reported at this time. However, one individual has been taken into custody, but no officials from the base have yet named the cause.–Original story, 1:11 p.m.–According to officials, an incident on Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson has put the base on lockdown. According to Army spokesman John Pennell there were emergency response vehicles outside the hospital.Unconfirmed reports are saying there is an active shooter on the second floor of the hospital. JBER Public Affairs officials have not yet responded to requests for comment.
Cars lined up outside the base currently stretch back across the Glenn highway and half a mile down the ramp.This is a developing story, we’ll bring you more details as they develop.
A 38-foot fishing vessel, the F/V Yankee, ran aground in the Northside of Neva Strait, last Tuesday night, Jan. 12, spilling 150 gallons of diesel fuel into the water.The troller’s three passengers donned survival suits and made it ashore safely. They were then picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Western Mariner.The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment is mitigating – and investigating — the incident, supervisor Mike Wortman says.The Coast Guard surrounded the vessel with sorbent boom to maintain the fuel. Wortman says there is “no active oil sheen.” The Coast Guard is working with contractors to remove remaining oil aboard the vessel.The boat remains where it ran aground. He says it doesn’t pose a hazard to navigation.The cause of the crash is being investigated.The F/V Yankee in Neva Strait. (Photo by Richard Guhl)
A humpback whale found dead on a beach near Hope on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Katie Aho)Marine researchers were hoping that 2016 was going to be a better year for whales in Alaska.Listen now“We were kind of thinking it was over and just these last couple of weeks things have really picked up,” said Kathy Burek, a veterinary pathologist who does post-mortems on dead whales. She’s been very busy this past year. In 2015, 45 large whales were found dead in the Gulf of Alaska alone—more than five times higher than average for the last five years. A spike this big is called an Unusual Mortality Event, or UME, and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service works with researchers like Burek to determine the cause. Getting to the bottom of the mystery is proving difficult, in part because it looks like the wave of deaths may not be over. Nearly 20 whales have been found dead in the region this year. We reported last week that three were found in the last two weeks of June. Another humpback was reported dead near Sitka July 5.Investigators try to learn as much as they can about each dead whale. But Burek says getting tissue samples is tricky.“So many places in Alaska are so remote,” she said. “It’s just very hard to get to them.”They also have to deal with hungry bears beating them to carcasses, and extreme tides that can wash the whales away.“Even if you get to a whale, it’s a lot of work to get down to bone like skull and spine in order to be able to really say for sure it wasn’t struck by a ship or there wasn’t trauma,” said Burek. “Last year, even with all those whales, we actually didn’t get to a single whale to do a full workup.”So there’s a dearth of data for NOAA’s team of experts to analyze to try to figure out what caused all those deaths. They’ve had better luck getting samples from some of the whales that have died this year. But it’s not clear if this year’s deaths are related to last year’s, or if it’s a new problem altogether. So do we know anything at this point about what’s been killing whales? Sort of. The best hypothesis right now is that the UME is related to the increase in harmful algal bloom toxins—specifically, domoic acid and saxitoxin. They’re produced by certain species of algae, which are showing up in higher concentrations in northern waters in recent years. In 2015, unusually warm waters contributed to a record algae bloom in the Pacific that produced a lot of domoic acid, which has been linked to sea lion and bird die-offs.But Burek said these toxins are probably not directly responsible for the whale deaths. It’s more complicated than that.“In all kinds of animals all over the place in Alaska, many more places than we thought, we are picking up domoic acid and saxitoxin in most of the marine mammal species that we’ve been looking at,” she said. “A lot of them died of something else, even trauma. So if an animal dies of trauma and it has saxitoxin in its system, was it compromised from the toxin and more likely to be killed? And it’s very hard to really pin down what’s different or what’s changing.”Burek says we’ll have to wait at least a few more months before we know more about the possible cause of death of whales in Alaska waters this year. And the bigger questions of how a changing ocean ecosystem is contributing to these die offs are even harder to answer.
Dave Pritchard retires on June 27 after working at Prudhoe Bay for 42 years. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The North Slope community of Deadhorse is an unusual place. Its No. 1 purpose is to serve the oil field it’s next to: Prudhoe Bay. There are no houses, no downtown and no parks; just a series of industrial lots and gravel roads in the middle of the tundra.Listen nowBut Deadhorse does have a store. And the man who runs it is retiring this month, after 42 years.If you find yourself in Deadhorse and you need some paint, an energy drink or a book about Sarah Palin, you’ll need to go to the Prudhoe Bay “general store.” It’s the only store in town.Dave Pritchard, the manager, gave a tour of the general store, which is what people usually call it instead of its official name, Brooks Range Supply. As he walked around the store’s various rooms, he points out the inventory: pipe fittings, industrial hoses, candy, paint, copy paper, cases of water.“We sell everything!” Pritchard said. “I always call us ‘the mall.’”Pritchard’s clocked in at Prudhoe Bay since 1975 — longer than oil has flowed through the trans-Alaska pipeline. He started out working as a roustabout for a tug and barge company. After that, he took a job with the supply company that eventually bought the general store.And over the next few decades, Pritchard said he worked his way to the top: “I’ve done the sales, I’ve been purchasing, I’ve done a little bit of everything — I was assistant manager for years, I’ve done the welding supply counter…”Except for the occasional adventurous tourist driving the Dalton Highway, Pritchard’s customers are mostly oil workers. And the oil industry never stops — so when Pritchard’s on duty, he doesn’t stop, either.“We are open 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Pritchard said. “We’re open Christmas, we’re open Thanksgiving, we’re open every holiday — we’re working.”More than 15,000 oil workers move through Deadhorse every month, according to BP, but nobody lives there full time. Pritchard works “two and twos” — two weeks on and two weeks off, a pretty common schedule for the North Slope workers. When he’s off, Pritchard flies to his house in Cincinnati or a condo in Florida. Pritchard said that might sound great, but it takes a special kind of person to work where he does.“There’s a lot of people that come up can’t handle the dark. There’s a lot of people who come up here and can’t handle the light,” Pritchard said.Plus, Pritchard said the two weeks away from home can be tough for families. Pritchard’s never been married and doesn’t have kids. And he’s seen a lot over the last 42 years, including some big changes. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, Pritchard recalls that things could get a little crazy.“When Alaska Airlines first came up here, they brought Playboy Bunnies and beer kegs,” Pritchard said.Did he actually meet the Playboy Bunnies?“Oh yeah, I was at that party,” Pritchard said with a laugh.Today, oil workers aren’t allowed to drink once they land at Prudhoe Bay. Things are more tranquil nowadays. And Pritchard doesn’t mind that. Working in the middle of the tundra, hundreds of miles away from the nearest city, he’s become more in tune with nature’s patterns.“All of a sudden you’ll see the foxes will be plentiful. And then the squirrels — won’t be that many squirrels. All of a sudden, all the squirrels are around and the foxes aren’t that many because they birth that way – it’s a cycle,” Pritchard saidAnother cycle Pritchard’s gotten used to is the fluctuation in oil prices.“I’ve seen it go both ways,” Pritchard said. “I’ve gone through about three or four ups and downs. And right now we’re on a big down thing – it happened in the ’80s, it happened in the ’90s, and now it’s happening in the 2000s.”Brooks Range Supply isn’t an oil company, but like every other business in Deadhorse, it’s suffering through the latest oil price slump. Pritchard said it’s hard — they’ve had to cut jobs and limit the number of hours employees can work.But pretty soon, Pritchard won’t have to worry about that. He retires this month. Asked what he thinks the future holds for the Prudhoe Bay General Store once he’s gone, he replied, “Well, the future won’t have me here — I’m kind of looking forward to that. But it all depends on the price of oil.”He added, “I always joke with my father and say, ‘you pay too little for your gas right now,’ and he laughs at me and says, ‘yeah, I know what you mean.’”Pritchard’s last day at the General Store is June 27. After his final flight lifts off from Prudhoe Bay, he’s looking forward to golfing and spending more time with his father.This story is part of Alaska Energy Desk’s series, Midnight Oil, about the pipeline that shaped Alaska. Next week, they’ll look at why it was so hard to find oil at Prudhoe Bay.Listen on Alaska Public Media or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Anecdotal stories of date rape drugs being slipped into bar-goers drinks have been circulating around Juneau.Listen nowLocal law enforcement and an advocacy agency haven’t flagged a clear trend yet. But it only takes a second for a sexual predator to turn your night – and your world – upside down.One advocate likens date rapists to predators stalking prey in the wild: they try to pick out the youngest, the weakest, the loners.But the truth is anyone can be a target of sexual assault. It happened to Mary Spain.“Something like that has never happened before to me,” Spain said. “I don’t normally go out to places to bars and things like that, we just happened to go out and grab a cocktail.”Spain, 31, lives in Gustavus, but occasionally visits Juneau. She went out downtown with a friend one weekend in November. She bought one drink, her first of the night.“After I’d drank that drink I ended up becoming very sick,” Spain said. “I remember in the bathroom, kind of throwing up. There was a man in there helping, I guess?”Spain couldn’t control what was going on. She said at about midnight someone led her outside. The next thing Spain remembers is walking into her friend’s downtown apartment – six and a half hours later.“I was still kind of out of it. When I went to take a shower I could tell that … I was extremely sore everywhere,” Spain recalled. “But extremely cleaned up. It’s weird. It’s almost as if I was cleaned up afterward, very roughly, inside and out.”Spain said she checked her pants and personal items for evidence of what happened. But there was nothing. She went to the hospital and tested positive for the date rape drug Rohypnol, or roofies.“I also tested positive for chlamydia, which I know I did not have before, because I’ve had a steady partner,” Spain said. “So they put me on antibiotics, however I did not report it. I did not report it to the authorities. I did not report it to the bar. I was very minimal in details in what I told the hospital, too. And I don’t know why that is. And here I am talking to you now.”The Juneau Police Department estimates they’ve received about 28 reports of sexual assault this year. The count varies a lot from year to year. They’re likely under-reported because it’s so personal.“I was afraid the police were going to be involved because the test they already had to do on me were very intrusive and that was a lot to have to deal with after the whole situation. I should have told them,” Spain said, her voice trailing off to an almost-whisper. “I should have reported it. But I didn’t.”For people afraid to go to the police or the hospital, the domestic violence shelter AWARE offers similar services, counseling and guidance.“My hope is that regardless of what the issue is or where your head’s at in terms of what’s happened to you, you can give a call and we can help talk through what might be a good process that’s unique to you that may not apply to anyone else in your life,” AWARE’s deputy director Mandy Cole said.AWARE also provides medical response and rape kits. The organization works with law enforcement, prosecutors and business owners in town to come up with solutions to stop or mitigate sexual assault and violence.Swarupa Toth of AWARE is part of an interagency sexual assault response team. It’s about five people with expertise in survivor advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution and medical care.“Our commitment is to make a victim-survivor focused group of people so that we come together at one time and allow that person to work with us as a trained team,” Toth said. “So it’ll be as easy as possible — it’s not easy — as less traumatizing as possible, because telling your experience right after you’ve had the experience is worse than a nightmare.”The team responds 24/7, ideally within 20 to 40 minutes of someone showing up at the hospital.“We’ll help that person go through the steps that they need to setup a case to be able to prosecute, as well as to take care of the medical situation at the time,” Toth said. “There may be injuries, there may be STIs, there may be pregnancy, there may be things like that to look at. And the advocate is there to help be sort of the thread through the future, no matter what the decision in terms of prosecution or not prosecution.”Another option is to submit a rape kit anonymously, for statistical purposes.When you’re out, Juneau police, AWARE and other groups offered these tips:Take your drinks with you or make sure someone is watching your table,don’t accept drinks from someone you don’t know or isn’t a server, andtravel in groups.“I like pack mentality. I say travel in a pack,” Toth said. “You’re safe. If you’re looking toward … you’re looking to a group and you’re looking to see if people are safe or you notice something and you’re wondering is that something … you can keep in mind that if a person is being predacious or they’re preying on a group, they’re looking for someone who’s vulnerable just like hunting.”And develop an exit plan for the end of the night. Knowing someone’s intentions can help you notice whether a friend is more intoxicated than normal. Cole said that’s a red flag.“You’re going to have to trust what you know of that person, you’re going to have to look out for anyone who might be up in your friend’s business more than feels normal, especially if it’s someone you don’t know so well,” Cole said.This advice is for potential victims. But Cole notes victims aren’t to blame; it’s the predators and a culture that tolerates these assaults.Mary Spain wants others to learn from her story.“I just want anyone to know that if they are in that situation to please not close up, please don’t close up and blame yourself,” Spain said. “It might feel like you’ve been completely violated and nothing in the world matters anymore, but I promise it’ll get better. I promise that you just need to let it out. Don’t blame yourself. You will. You will, but don’t continue that blame.”Spain said she’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been in counseling since her experience.You can call AWARE’s 24-hour crisis line at 907-586-1090 or toll free at 1-800-478-1090.
Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Alaska in early February to review intercontinental ballistic missile facilities. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)On his way to attend the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, Vice President Mike Pence plans to make a stop in Alaska.Listen nowThe White House made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that Pence will visit intercontinental ballistic missile facilities on his stopover in the 49th state.“The Vice President is traveling to the Olympic Games in South Korea to reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime,” Jarrod Agen, the vice president’s Deputy Chief of Staff, said in the announcement.That’s in addition to showing support for American athletes at the games and the U.S. military members stationed in the region.Pence’s travel plans were announced the day after North and South Korea sat down to talk for the first time in two years. Those talks resulted in the opening of a military hotline and the North Korean decision to send a delegation of athletes to the upcoming winter Olympics.Vice President Pence will attend the opening ceremonies at the Olympics on Feb. 9, so his visit to Alaska will likely take place in the days before.
A Vector test rocket, or vehicle, housed inside the AAC facility. (Photo by Daysha Eaton / KMXT)A commercial company that aims to launch small payloads into the earth’s orbit is conducting tests for a future launch from Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s facility at Narrow Cape.Listen nowThey’re trying to develop a streamlined rocket, or vehicle, to carry small payloads.The employees of the company, Vector, are conducting tests with a simulation rocket.Pacific Spaceport Complex facilities director Bruce Walter enters what looks like a locker room. It’s important that no dust gets through.“This is where you would don your white robe, if you will. Booties, pants, hoods, and you’d walk through the air bath, which is just a big air Jacuzzi, gets all the dust off of you, HEPA filter’s at the bottom to take the particles out, and then you step into the clean room,” Walter said.What’s known as the clean room is big and well-lit. The ceiling is so high that it dwarfs anyone that enters. It’s like a cathedral, but for spaceships. This building is where staff prepares satellites, also known as payloads, for launch.What looks like a rocket is set up on one side of the room. It’s dark grey with orange lettering along the side reading Vector. The company says it’s 43 feet long and 42 inches wide.Walter explains it’s a test model.“They’re going through the steps to make sure that all of their procedures work with the real vehicle,” Walter said. “This is a mock up. If you look in the back end of it, it’s just a big, empty tube.”John Garvey, president of launch services for Vector, says the exercises this week are part of a test run. They’re focusing on the operations, like moving the vehicle around.“And we’re just trying to establish that as the basis so that when we move up to the next level, issues like transporting it, picking it up, erecting it vertical will already have been accepted as normal so we can start working on the next level of functions,” Garvey said.Garvey says they were out at the facility on Tuesday for the exercise and continued with exercises Wednesday.
“Good afternoon Loussac Library!” she said. “If you are looking to move out, get your own place, leave shelter or change your housing for any reason, come join us at Housing Lab. Work one-on-one or independently in our weekly workspace, until 5 p.m. in the Salmon Room.”Information about local housing, employment, food and health resources on display at Anchorage’s Loussac Library on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)The housing lab — a free public workshop held Mondays from 2-5 p.m. — is part of an ongoing library pilot program seeking to connect library patrons in need with local housing, food, employment, health care and other resources. Barker said it’s built around the central role libraries play in their communities.“People come to the libraries with all kinds of questions,” she said. “Some of those questions aren’t really answerable in the stacks, like ‘Where am I going to stay next week?’ or ‘How do I get into treatment?’ or ‘What do I do? My cousin’s disability check was denied and we’re hungry.’”Barker — the first full-time social worker to work at the library — tries to help answer those questions.She said the idea for the program took root in Anchorage several years ago after an in-person survey of library patrons revealed a quarter of respondents reported experiencing homelessness. Another quarter reported experiencing mental illness, addiction and other conditions. So, through a grant-funded partnership between the Anchorage Health Department and public library, Barker went to work full time at the library last fall. The pilot program is scheduled to run through December 2020.The program is based on a model pioneered in San Francisco and eventually expanded to dozens of libraries around the country, Barker said. A decade after the program began in San Francisco, advocates call it a success. In Anchorage, where the program is less than a year old, the results are harder to measure.Data collection is a challenge, according to the community resource coordinator. The Anchorage program doesn’t currently offer case management, which means there’s no formal follow-up with the library patrons Barker serves. But here’s what she does know: over the past seven months, she’s worked with more than 200 people. She’s helped library patrons fill out applications for treatment and apartments. She’s helped at least three people successfully avoided eviction. And one patron, a veteran who’d been living in his car, who was successfully housed within 72 hours.“That’s the ideal; that’s the success story that we want to model and repeat, and it’s all about just getting connections with the right agencies to the people who are already here,” Barker said.When it comes to long-term success, social workers say community connections are key. Leah Esguerra, a licensed therapist, began working at the San Francisco Public Library 10 years ago. Working with other local agencies and providers, she said, the library’s social work program has helped find permanent housing for more than 200 library patrons since then.“I always say that the success of this program is actually the partnerships that we have made with community organizations,” Esguerra said. “So when other libraries say, ‘Oh, we’re a small town, we don’t have those resources, we don’t have those partnerships,’ I say, ‘No, that’s not necessarily true.”There are differences between the programs in San Francisco and Anchorage. In San Francisco, Esguerra provides full clinical assessments, while in Anchorage, Barker offers basic information and assistance. But both programs are built through partnerships with nonprofits and community groups doing the same kind of work. In Anchorage, the library has partnered with more than 10 local organizations, from the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness to Cook Inlet Housing Association, Access Alaska, the Mental Health Consumer Web and others.It makes sense, Barker said.“Libraries are already community centers; they’re already places people go to feel connection in a safe place,” she said. “So if we can bring community resources and make them accessible — that’s the dream.” On a sunny spring afternoon at the Loussac Library: people sip drinks in the cafe, rummage through the stacks on the second and third floors and lounge in chairs next to big picture windows. Then a voice comes over the intercom: Rebecca Barker, the library’s new full-time community resource coordinator.
Vaishali: In a shocking incident, heads of a woman and her daughter were tonsured by a group of men in Bihar’s Vaishali allegedly after they protested a molestation attempt. Two men involved in the act have been arrested by police. The incident took place on Wednesday in Bhagawanpur village of the district wherein five men barged into the duo’s house when they were alone, and allegedly tried to molest them. Furious over their protest, the men beat them up with sticks, dragged them outside the house and shaved off their heads in front of the whole village, the victims said. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us The men and the mother-daughter duo are from the same village. Narrating her ordeal, the victims said they were mercilessly beaten by the men leading to injuries. “We have been beaten very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter too has some injuries,” the woman said. Detailing the incident, the girl said, “I was alone with my mother around 6:30 in the evening when five men from the neighbourhood forcefully entered the house and tried to molest me. When my mother and I protested, they started beating us with a stick and took us outside of the house.” Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A case has been registered at the Bhagwanpur Police Station and further investigation is underway. “We have arrested two men till now and looking for the rest three accused in this case. The police is doing its best to give justice to the family and we assure the investigation will be completed soon,” Sanjay Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bhagwanpur Police station said. A man named Khurshid, one out of the five, called a barber and shaved their heads, he added.
Hyderabad: The Prohibition and Excise sleuths of Charminar station on Tuesday night caught one ganja seller by name Syed Mouzam Ali (78) of Ghousenagar and seized 100 grams of dry ganja from his possession. On tip of information the sleuths raided on his house, arrested him and produced before the court and remanded into judicial custody. The accused was planning to sell the ganja to addicts by packing it in sachets of 10 grams each.
NEW DELHI: US aerospace major Boeing on Saturday handed over the first four of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force while another batch of four choppers will be delivered next week. The delivery of the first batch of the AH-64E Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan airbase came nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Boeing said the first batch of the Apaches arrived in India and an additional four choppers will be delivered to the IAF next week. “The eight choppers will then move to the Pathankot Air Force station for their formal induction by the IAF, in September,” it said. The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. Additionally, the Defence Ministry in 2017 approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers. Advertise With Us Senior IAF officials said the addition the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the force’s combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements. “The arrival of the Apaches, ahead-of-schedule, validates Boeing’s commitment to delivering on its promise of modernising India’s defence forces. Boeing has ensured a high rate of mission readiness and increased operational capabilities through its current partnerships with the IAF,” Boeing said in a statement. The company has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military. “By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule,” Boeing said. The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter. The AH-64E Apache for the Indian Air Force completed successful first flights in July 2018. The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Apache in the US in 2018. “It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. For the AH-64 E, this includes greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding. “It is uniquely suited to meet the commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack – in both land and littoral environments – all without reconfiguration,” it said.