Obama to run wild with Bear Grylls: Obama Bear Grylls

Obama to run wild with Bear Grylls: Obama Bear Grylls, President Barack Obama will mix it up with a bear in Alaska Bear Grylls that is. Obama will trek through the Arctic wilderness as part of a special episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” according to NBC. Obama – the first sitting president to visit the Alaskan Arctic – will get a tutorial in survival techniques and talk about environmental issues as part of the White House’s focus on the impact of climate change.

Follow along as @POTUS heads to the frontlines of our fight against climate change in Alaska → http://t.co/eAVC9RAQbv pic.twitter.com/aqtYvjmm8A

– The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 31, 2015
The president’s trip to Alaska will be full of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. He’s slated to tread on a receding glacier, chat with coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines and speak with salmon fishermen whose livelihoods are endangered.

President Obama’s taking action to protect 9.8 million acres of pristine marine wilderness → http://t.co/XI6yDjCZeQ pic.twitter.com/DE4oVgxi6l

– The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 27, 2015
The trip is part of all an aggressive and high profile push by the Obama administration to highlight the impact of global warming and is the highlight of an increasingly forceful climate change policy push over the past two years.

Richards reaches plea deal in hotel arrest: Kim Richards Plea Deal

Richards reaches plea deal in hotel arrest: Kim Richards Plea Deal, Kim Richards accepted a plea deal on Monday stemming from her drunken arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 16. In addition to having to serve three years probation, attend 52 AA meetings, and do 30 days of community labor, the reality star is also banned from the Los Angeles hotel.

As Gossip Cop reported, Richards was charged in May with battery on a police officer, public intoxication, and resisting arrest after barricading herself inside a bathroom at the iconic hotel. The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star was forcibly removed from the property and later kicked a police officer while being booked.

Richards wasn’t in court when the plea deal was announced, but her lawyer accepted the offer on her behalf, saving her from a possible two and a half years in jail. One stipulation of the agreement that still remains unresolved, however, is Richards’ lawyer’s request that his client serve community service as opposed to community labor. Her lawyer claims the reality star sustained a foot injury that prevents her from performing physical tasks. Prosecutors will only agree to that term if Richards can supply sufficient medical records to back up the claim. That final part of the deal is expected to be settled by September 14.

Tell Gossip Cop what you think of Kim Richards accepting a plea deal for her drunken Beverly Hills Hotel arrest.

Artifacts from the Titanic at auction: Titanic Lunch Menu

Artifacts from the Titanic at auction: Titanic Lunch Menu, The Titanic’s last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called Money Boat before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it’s estimated it will bring between $50,000 and $70,000 (U.S.).

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30. The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the wreckage at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat — dubbed the “Money Boat” or “Millionaire’s Boat” by the press because of unfounded rumours one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others.

The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savoury items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat. It’s believed the two men lunched together that fateful day in 1912.

Salomon also took away a printed ticket from the Titanic’s opulent Turkish baths, which recorded a person’s weight when seated in a specially designed upholstered lounge chair. It bears the names of three of the five other first-class passengers with him on Lifeboat 1. One of four weighing-chair tickets known to exist, it’s estimated it will bring between $7,500 and $10,000.

The third artifact is a letter written by Mabel Francatelli to Salomon on New York’s Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster. She had climbed into the No. 1 lifeboat with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon, and her Scottish husband, Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40.

The Duff-Gordons, who were the only passengers to testify about the disaster, were cleared by the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry, which determined that they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around.

A letter by Lady Duff-Gordon grumbling about the “disgraceful” treatment they received from the press and public upon their return to England sold at an auction in Boston earlier this year for nearly $12,000.

“We do hope you have now quite recovered from the terrible experience,” Francatelli wrote to Salomon. “I am afraid our nerves are still bad, as we had such trouble & anxiety added to our already awful experience by the very unjust inquiry when we arrived in London.”

It’s estimated the letter will sell for between $4,000 and $6,000.

‘Wonder Years’ star to judge pageant: Danica Mckellar Miss America

‘Wonder Years’ star to judge pageant: Danica Mckellar Miss America, Danica McKellar will serve as a judge during the 2016 Miss America Competition, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

“The Miss America Organization shares my passion for the advancement of women in the STEM fields and celebrates smart, strong women,” McKellar said in a statement. “I am proud to be part of the show and an organization that is such a huge advocate for education.”

“The Wonder Years” star, bestselling author and mathematician is an avid advocate for education and has used her books to both teach math concepts and promote the idea that smart is sexy. McKellar also showed off her dance skills recently on the 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

McKellar joins a judging panel that also includes country music star Brett Eldredge, author Taya Kyle, “Shark Tank’s” Kevin O’Leary, Paralympian Amy Purdy and singer-actress Zendaya. A final judge will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet will co-host the competition, and Nick Jonas will serve as the musical curator for the show, which will be produced by the Miss America Organization and Dick Clark Productions.

Sumatran rhino goes extinct in Malaysia: Sumatran Rhino Extinct

Sumatran rhino goes extinct in Malaysia: Sumatran Rhino Extinct, The Sumatran rhino is now considered extinct in the wild in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, according to a new study.

No wild Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) have been found on the Malaysian peninsula since 2007, and what are thought to be the last two female rhinos in Malaysian Borneo were caught and placed in captive breeding programs in 2011 and 2014.

Now, fewer than 100 of the species remain in the wild, researchers estimate, distributed among three wild populations on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

In order to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction, it will be necessary to designate the regions where rhinos breed as protected areas, called intensive management zones (IMZs), and to consolidate other, isolated rhinos into these zones to maximize their chances of reproducing, the researchers said. While Asian governments approved the IMZ strategy (along with several others) in 2013, they have yet to be implemented, the scientists wrote in the study.

“We’ve reached a point of no return,” said study lead author Rasmus Havmøller, a graduate student at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Denmark (affiliated with the University of Copenhagen).”[Sumatran rhino] densities are so low. What we need to do is go out, find out where the rhinos are, firstly, bring them together, secondly, and then ensure their protection within these areas.”

Sumatran rhinos once ranged across most of Southeast Asia, but now Indonesia is the only nation where they breed in the wild.

Birth Order Affects Weight

Birth Order Affects Weight, Scientists believe that the birth order of females may affect their weight over time, with first-borns having a higher body mass index and a larger chance of being overweight or obese than their younger siblings.

A new study, published in the latest edition of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, included data from 13,406 pairs of sister in Sweden — the largest study of its kind.

“The researchers wanted to find out if birth order affected adult women’s height and weight as it appears to among adult men,” a statement accompanying the research read. “They therefore drew on data from the Swedish Birth Register, which was started in 1973, and which contains information dating back to the first antenatal visit on virtually all (99 percent) births in Sweden.”

The data found that first-borns often actually have a lighter birth weight than their second-born sisters but, as they each grow to become adults, the first-borns are 29 percent more likely to become overweight and 40 percent more likely to become obese than their second-born sisters. First-borns were also found to be slightly taller as well, according to the journal’s statement.

“This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, and only young women were included in the study,” the scientists said in a statement. “And [researchers] point to mounting evidence which suggests that first-borns may be more at risk of health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, in later life than their siblings, although the potential underlying triggers for these differences are far from clear.”

Dr. Maria Peña, director of New York City’s Center for Weight Management at Lenox Hill Hospital, told CBS News that the differences could be environmental.

“In many cultures, moms are more meticulous with their first-borns,” she said. “With the very first-born, everyone’s helping out and over-feeding the baby, making sure it’s at a ‘healthy weight.’ But with second children, parents know what to expect and they’re not so overprotective so maybe they feed them a little less.”

Unearthed Atari Games

Unearthed Atari Games, Unearthed cartridges for the Atari gaming system from a landfill in New Mexico, the subjects of a popular and now finally confirmed urban legend, have gone for over $100,000 in auctions

Joe Lewandowski, a film company consultant which was part of the project to retrieve the buried games, announced at an Alamogordo City Commission meeting that the final sale results from the eBay auctions of the unearthed Atari games came to a total of $107,930.15.

Of the total sales, $65,037.78 will be given to the city of Alamogordo, where the games were discovered, while the Tularosa Basic Historical Society will receive $16,259.44.

According to Lewandowski, there are still 297 cartridges being held in an archive. What will be done to the remaining cartridges will be decided at a later date.

The unearthed Atari cartridges were featured in several museums all over the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Hamilton Toy Museum in Ontario, Canada, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.

The auctions sold 881 of the Atari cartridges, with over 752 being shipped within the United States, 54 to Canada, 22 to France, six to Australia, six to Brazil and three to Singapore, among other locations.

The title that fetched the highest price was a copy of the Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, purchased for $1,535. The game, based on the blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg, was released back in 1982 after just 34 days of being in development. It gained notoriety as one of the worst video games that was ever made, with it being considered the final blow that led to Atari’s collapse.

The Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial was a major subject in the documentary Atari: Game Over that included Lewandowski and was directed by Zak Penn.

More than 60 titles were purchased through the eBay auctions, including Asteroids, Centipede, Defender, Missile Command, Phoenix, Star Raiders, Super Breakout, Swordquest and Warlords.

Lewandowski and his group made the discovery in April, 2014, as they put to rest a 30-year-old myth on the final resting place of truckloads of copies of the Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

The documentary, which was premiered for the Xbox Live network on Nov. 20, took a look at the rise and fall of Atari and the video game industry in the 1980s, in addition to the unearthing of the buried Atari titles in the landfill in Alamogordo.

Four months later Blue Bell’s back: Blue Bell Ice Cream

Four months later Blue Bell’s back: Blue Bell Ice Cream, Blue Bell Creameries resumed delivering ice cream to select regions on Monday, several months after shutting down production when Blue Bell products were identified as the source of a multi-state listeria outbreak.

The first deliveries of ice cream were made early Monday morning in Brenham, Texas, where a local NBC News station says freezers were well stocked with Blue Bell ice cream.

Blue Bell production was shut down earlier this year after it was determined that Americans were getting sick with listeriosis from consuming Blue Bell products. The multi-state outbreak hospitalized 10 people, and three people died. In April, Blue Bell recalled all of its products.

In early August, Alabama approved Blue Bell’s request to resume production and delivery. Since the company still only has limited production capacity, it plans to re-enter 15 states in five phases. Monday began the first phase, which includes distribution to the Brenham, Houston and Austin, Texas areas and Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala.

“Over the past several months we have been working to make our facilities even better, and to ensure that everything we produce is safe, wholesome and of the highest quality for you to enjoy,” Ricky Dickson, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell, said in a statement.