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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Parents shepherding swimsuit clad tots toward a backyard birthday party. Peals of laughter from kids running past an open window, wreathed by blowup floaties and wrapped in dripping towels. The splash of a cannonball in the deep end. The sounds of summer fun ripple up from ads for Swimply, an app that allows homeowners to rent out private pools to strangers looking to enjoy cool water under the hot sun.

Nine people were injured when gunfire erupted along a beachside promenade in Hollywood, Florida, sending people frantically running for cover at the crowded beach on Memorial Day.

Monday, May 29, 2023

On the day after his confirmation as chief executive of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, Michael Pack met with a career employee to discuss which senior leaders at the agency and the Voice of America should be forced out due to their perceived political beliefs. read more

Until it hit, the local firefighters couldn't conceive of something that ferocious. read more

The MTA [NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority] says that the new high-tech system will increase speed, resulting in fewer delays and trains being taken out of service. read more


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..."Slippery track" season is ways away, but MTA officials are already thinking about the inevitable issues caused by fall leaves falling on Metro-North tracks and their plans involve more laser beams.

Following a successful pilot program this past fall, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved a contract on Wednesday that will allow the Metro-North Railroad to outfit a second train to use lasers to help fight the impacts of fallen leaves on the tracks and minimize the number of cars taken out of service during the fall season.

Railroads that operate in the Northeast, including Metro-North, experience leaf fall-induced low adhesion, caused by the slick pectin left by crushed leaves on rails, which get even more slippery with rain. Some commuter lines even release a reduced service "slippery track season schedule" in the fall.

When a train tries to speed up or slow down, the pectin can cause the wheels to slip or slide along the rails. According to the MTA, in severe cases, the train will automatically make an emergency stop because the on-board computer system perceives "slip-sliding" as the train not slowing down when it should. This slip-sliding and emergency braking also creates flat spots on the train's wheels, forcing Metro-North to take equipment out of service for repairs.

The MTA says that during the pilot study last fall, Metro-North was able to safely clean over 12,000 miles of track with the laser train, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in slip/slide events and the lowest wheel-true cost season on record. ...

Blotto - I Wanna Be A Lifeguard

Wow, I didn't realize the obscurity of this song (quite popular on the local college station back in the day...) until I tried to find a video for it.


In any case... Enjoy!!!

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