Tropical Storm Nicole forms over Cuba

by Bryson Simpson

MIAMI (UTC/AP)– Tropical Storm Nicole  with 40 m.p.h. winds forms over Cuba; all warnings, watches for Florida are canceled. The storm is expected to cross Cuba and move to the northwestern Bahamas.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

Dolphin Massacre”The Cove”

By Bryson Simpson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(UTC/TheLoop)– Several types of massacres have taken place in our history. However, there is a different type of massacre taking place in Japan where dolphins are the victims.

When you think of dolphins, you think of the funny, intelligent, and loveable marine animal from the famous TV series “Flipper”. We have grown so attached through “Flipper” that we have created theme parks based around them. Also, dolphins are very friendly animals and interact with humans like they already have a mutual understanding for each other.

A scene from "The Cove" where the dolphins are swimming with Rick O'Berry

However as close as we are with dolphins, people out in the world cause harm to the gentle smiling animals of the sea.  Several groups of fisherman from different parts of the world who capture the healthy, finer looking dolphins and kill the rest to sell the meat as whale

meat. “The Cove” is a documentary that shows us the highly kept secret dolphin massacre in Taji, Japan. The website for “The Cove” is here

“The Cove” is a very good film from the amazing underwater shots of swimming dolphins with undercover filmed grisly footage of their slaughter. Fishermen in Taiji, Japan kill about 2,000 dolphins every year for their meat, while some are captured and sold to aquariums for up to $150,000 a piece.

However,dolphins are extremely toxic because they bioaccumulate heavy metals like mercury. Fishermen would disguise the tainted meat as whale meat and sell it to the Taiji community.

The fishermen would take long metal poles and hit the bottom of the water to create sound waves. Dolphins communicate with different “clicks” and “whistles” that causes sound waves that could be heard by dolphins miles away. When fishermen bang the poles in the water the sound waves that are created scare the dolphins. Furthermore, the fishermen use this technique to corner the dolphins in a secluded cove location where the dolphin slaughters takes place.

The secret location of the cove where the massacres take place

Louie Psihoyos is the director of “The Cove” stated, “ This movie is great because it have vivid imagery and informs people on what is going on in the world.” The movie has created a lot of publicity that actors have donated money, and created a public service announcement  to stop the brutal and unnecessary killings of the dolphins. “I can’t believe how people could kill something so intelligent.”

Rick O’ Berry the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the TV series “Flipper” starred in “The Cove”. O’ Berry said that when he was training the dolphins he realized he was doing the dolphins a disservice by keeping them in captivity. “Flipper” was the best and worst thing for dolphins”, O’ Berry stated.

If you would like to donate money to help stop the dolphin slaughter the link is here.

Copyright 2010

New Student Insurance

By Bryson Simpson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(UTC/TheLoop)–Students can get less expensive health insurance with the program Aetna. under the program students will pay a $25 co-pay fee if they seek treatment from the University Health Services.

Aetna Student Health, working with University of Tennessee offers a student-focused health insurance plan that helps protect students at school, at home, and while traveling or studying abroad.

Nancy Badger stated, ” Compared to last year it’s excellent, students last year on the United Healthcare Plan had to pay a $60 co-pay.”

Granderson hits 3-run homer, Yankees win 11-5


Toronto, Canada (UTC/AP)

Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer, Marcus Thames added a two-run drive and three other Yankees hit solo blasts as New York pounded the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Teixeira and Posada both went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, while Thames and Granderson both had three hits. New York’s 17 hits were one shy of its season high.

Right-hander Dustin Moseley (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. He walked four and struck out four.

Chad Gaudin pitched two innings and Kerry Wood worked the ninth for the Yankees.

  • New York got its offensive barrage started early, with Teixeira hitting an RBI single in the first and Eduardo Nunez driving in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the second.
  • The Yankees chased Blue Jays left-hander Marc Rzepczynski (1-2) with a four-run, three-homer third. Teixeira was the first to go deep, hitting a one-out drive into the second deck in left, his 28th. Robinson Cano walked and Thames blasted his fifth, a shot to left, before Posada followed with his 16th, also to left. It was the sixth time this season the Yankees have hit back-to-back homers.
  • Rzepczynski allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings, his shortest career start. He walked two and struck out one.
  • Toronto got one back on Vernon Wells’ run-scoring single in the fourth, his first RBI since Aug. 8, but the Yankees responded with a four-run fifth off reliever Brian Tallet. Granderson homered to right, his 14th, and Jeter ended a 131 at-bat homerless streak with a shot to left, giving him 15 consecutive seasons with at least 10 homers.
  • The Yankees have 44 four-run innings this season, the most in the majors.
  • Posada made it 11-1 with an RBI single in the top of the sixth before Blue Jays catcher John Buck answered with an RBI single in the bottom half. Adam Lind tried to score from second, but was thrown out at the plate by Granderson.
  • Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher left after fouling a pitch off his left knee in the seventh. Facing reliever Casey Janssen, Swisher fouled a 1-2 pitch off his knee and fell to the ground in pain. Trainer Gene Monahan and manager Joe Girardi came out to check on Swisher, who stayed in the game for two more pitches before being replaced by Brett Gardner, who struck out looking. The strikeout was charged to Swisher.
  • Toronto closed the gap with a three runs in the bottom half against Gaudin. Wells hit an RBI single and Lind followed with a two-run double.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Memphis doesn’t shaft Hayes with road memorial

by Bryson Simpson


The state on Friday renamed a section of Interstate 40 for the Stax Records star, honoring the music icon on what would have marked his 68th birthday.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the stretch of road runs from the Fayette-Shelby County line to its intersection at Sam Cooper Boulevard and is now known as “Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway.”

Best known for his work on the musical score for the film Shaft in 1971, Hayes was influential in the creation of landmark Stax tracks by the Bar-Kays, Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd. He also co-wrote the hit song “Soul Man” with lifelong friend David Porter.

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