Massive sinkhole opens at golf course: Sinkhole Golf Course

Massive sinkhole opens at golf course: Sinkhole Golf Course, A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts. The hole, which is 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course near the resort town of Branson, Martin MacDonald, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed par-3 course is part of the Bass Pro Shops-owned Big Cedar Lodge complex and hosted a Champions Tour event last month. The sinkhole isn’t near the main course and won’t affect play, MacDonald said.

Geologists say such sinkholes are fairly common in the Ozarks because of its karst topography, a feature in which water is constantly circulating through bedrock below the ground. That’s why the region has so many sinkholes and caves, including Lost Canyon Cave, an attraction at the Big Cedar complex, MacDonald said.

The initial focus Friday was ensuring the safety of the public and facilities, none of which were in danger, geological engineer Gary Pendergrass said. Next week, engineers will conduct a more in-depth investigation to determine the best way to replace the 7,000 cubic feet of material displaced by the hole, he said.

But before the hole is filled, it will be explored if there’s anything to learn about karst topography.

RG3 welcomes baby daughter: Robert Griffin Iii Baby

RG3 welcomes baby daughter: Robert Griffin Iii Baby, Robert Griffin III has a pretty extensive résumé, but his most important accomplishment to date came far from the football field.

The Washington Redskins quarterback took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce some happy news: He and his wife had just welcomed a baby girl.

-Jeremiah 29:11- Reese Ann Griffin was born today! All 7lbs 9 oz. of her! Life Changer! #Blessed #ReeseAnn http://t.co/liQUJUILMr


Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 21, 2015
Reese Ann, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, even got her own hashtag, which is quite the honor from her social media maven father.

Griffin faces a big challenge this upcoming season in proving the naysayers wrong — some of whom reside in his own locker room — and turning around a moribund Washington franchise.

In the meantime, though, the 25-year-old will be tasked with a much more daunting assignment: raising a child.

Adult website hack leaves users nervous: Adult Friend Finder Hacked

Adult website hack leaves users nervous: Adult Friend Finder Hacked, More than 3.5 million people’s sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets have been exposed after dating site Adult FriendFinder was hacked.
Already, some of the adult website’s customers are being identified by name.

Adult FriendFinder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters. The site, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have “helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners.”

The information Adult FriendFinder collects is extremely personal in nature. When signing up for an account, customers must enter their gender, which gender they’re interested in hooking up with and what kind of sexual situations they desire. Suggestions AdultFriendfinder provides for the “tell others about yourself” field include, “I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom,” “I tend to be kinky” and “I’m willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds.”

The hack, which took place in March, was first uncovered by independent IT security consultant Bev Robb on her blog Teksecurity a month ago. But Robb did not name the site that was hacked. It wasn’t until this week, when England’s Channel 4 News reported on the hack, that Adult FriendFinder was named as the victim.

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets, The Eiffel Tower has closed to the public as workers protest a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.

The walkout has come a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police presence and video surveillance.

The company that manages the tower said it did not open today because the staff were concerned about petty crime around the site and it is working with police to reach a solution. Crowds of tourists streamed around the monument, unable to reach its viewing towers. The tower is normally open every day of the year but sometimes closes briefly for bomb threats or strikes.

Workers at the Louvre staged a similar walkout in 2012, complaining of a rising problem of pickpockets haunting the famed Paris museum’s vast galleries.

Paris authorities said violent theft was down 25 per cent and pickpocketing was down 23 per cent in the first four months of 2015, compared with the same period last year, according to numbers released Thursday.

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets

Jury cries at mass-shooting trial: James Holmes Aurora Shooting

Jury cries at mass-shooting trial: James Holmes Aurora Shooting, Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case fought back tears as they looked at gruesome autopsy photos of a 6-year-old victim and were told how the bullets ripped through her tiny body.

Prosecutors used a mannequin on Thursday to explain the fatal gunshot wounds suffered by some of the 12 victims, allegedly killed by gunman James Holmes. The panel also heard a chilling 911 call that captured the chaos during the July 2012 shooting inside the Aurora cinema.

People in the audience sobbed and gasped as they listened to the grueling testimony about how the moviegoers died, the Denver Post reported.

The trial against Holmes wrapped up its fourth week Thursday. Holmes, 27, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring another 70 when he opened fire inside an Aurora theater playing “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012.

Superstar grants young fan’s wish: Ryan Reynolds Make A Wish

Superstar grants young fan’s wish: Ryan Reynolds Make A Wish, He might not be the best-known superhero, but Deadpool is giving his more famous rivals a run for their money when it comes to acts of kindness.

Star Ryan Reynolds has shared snaps from the set of the movie in his home town on Vancouver – after a child suffering Hodgkin’s Disease was made a VIP for the day.

Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. I wasn’t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile… and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed. Tony’s next fight is with Hodgkin’s Disease. Hodgkin’s Disease best be wearing its brown pants. Huge thanks to @makeawishamerica

A photo posted by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on May 22, 2015 at 9:19am PDT

“Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool,” Reynolds explained in an Instagram post.

“I wasn’t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile… and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed.

“Tony’s next fight is with Hodgkin’s Disease. Hodgkin’s Disease best be wearing its brown pants. Huge thanks to @makeawishamerica”

The youngster had apparently specified that he’d like to meet the superhero because “Deadpool never dies and everything he touches has magical powers”.

Hubble observes strange ‘Nasty’ star: Hubble Nasty

Hubble observes strange ‘Nasty’ star: Hubble Nasty, Nasa’s Hubble space telescope has spotted a weird star in our galaxy and has been nicknamed “nasty” owing to its behaviour never seen before.

The hefty, rapidly ageing star “Nasty 1″ may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars.

First discovered several decades ago, “Nasty 1″ was identified as a Wolf-Rayet star, a rapidly-evolving star that is much more massive than Sun.

The star loses its hydrogen-filled outer layers quickly, exposing its super-hot and extremely bright helium-burning core.

But “Nasty 1″ does not look like a typical Wolf-Rayet star.

Hubble revealed a pancake-shaped disk of gas encircling the star.

The vast disk is nearly two trillion miles wide.

Based on current estimates, the nebula surrounding the stars is just a few thousand years old and as close as 3,000 light-years from the Earth.

According to astronomers, this disc is the result of an exceedingly rare occurrence wherein two Wolf-Rayets form within the same solar system and one star’s hydrogen fuel is siphoned off by its smaller companion.

“We were excited to see this disk-like structure because it may be evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming from a binary interaction,” explained study leader Jon Mauerhan from the University of California-Berkeley in a statement.

There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived, perhaps lasting only a hundred thousand years, while the timescale over which a resulting disk is visible could be only ten thousand years or less.

“What evolutionary path the star will take is uncertain, but it will definitely not be boring,” the authors noted.

Man & missing dog reuinted: Florida Missing Dog Reunite Joshua Edwards

Man & missing dog reuinted: Florida Missing Dog Reunite Joshua Edwards, A South Florida man who was separated from his dog for eight years has been reunited with his pet.

Joshua Edwards’ Rottweiler puppy Duke disappeared from his South Florida home in 2007 when he was just a year and half old. Edwards searched for the puppy for six months but believed someone may have stolen him.

Last week, Maria Elena Cartaya spotted the now 9-year-old, 120-pound dog wandering the streets.

Cartaya took him to Tamiami Animal Hospital, where they checked the dog for a microchip. It linked back to Edwards.

The hospital notified Edwards, but he said he didn’t believe the news until he received a second phone call from Cartaya.

Edwards reunited with Duke at the hospital Tuesday and took him home to join his family’s three other dogs and meet his two young sons.

Aside from an eye infection, Edwards said Duke was in good condition.

Edwards said he wishes Duke could tell him where he has been, since he was obviously taken care of for most of his life.