Metro Development Group is partnering with Crystal Lagoons Corp. to bring the giant swimming pools or “lagoons” to four planned communities in Hillsborough, Pasco and Lee counties. The first is set to break ground at the end of the year on the old Epperson Ranch property in Pasco, bought by Metro about five years ago.
Accessible to 10,000 homes altogether, the four lagoons in the Metro communities will range from 5 to 10 acres in size. On the low end, that’s about the same size as four football fields, and on the high end, 71/2. To get a sense of the scale: an Olympic-size swimming pool occupies 0.3 acres.
Though the Metro pools won’t be quite as big as Crystal Lagoons’ San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Chile (19.77 acres, with enough water to fill 6,000 regular pools, which currently holds the record for biggest pool in the world), residents can still kayak, paddleboard and swim in the waters.
A school and a public transit bus were shelled in war-torn eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead, officials in the country’s Donetsk region said.
The shelling in the city of Donetsk, held for months by pro-Russian rebels, came despite a ceasefire that Ukraine’s government reached with separatist leaders last month.
Donetsk’s School 57 was shelled at 10 a.m. (3 a.m. ET), killing four people and injuring at least seven others, according to the Donetsk regional authority’s website.
A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said. The Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, asked a top agency manager to look into the matter but did not refer it to an investigative unit that was created to review violations of protocol and standards, according to two people familiar with the handling of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The incident, which took place when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s protective detail.
U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow.
The “Ironhorse” armored cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Bradley and Stryker armored fighting vehicles, is one of the most formidable U.S. military forces to be sent onto former Soviet soil. Several of the bases and training areas it will operate from were built for the old Soviet Red Army.
The aim is to convince Moscow that - unlike in non-NATO Ukraine - any Russian interference in Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia would put it at war with the Western alliance.
A Chicago man sent a series of letters claiming he was going to bomb buildings at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, threatening to shoot staff and rape, kill and decapitate students if he didn’t receive $50 million, according to federal court documents.
Derrick Dawon Burns, 21, a former student at SIUC, has been charged with making bomb threats and mailing threatening communications in the letters, which were dated between September 2012 and October 2013. Burns, who is alleged to have written letters including one claiming to be a “Terrorist for alqaeda,” is being held pending a detention hearing Wednesday in Chicago, according to court documents and a release from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
Burns was caught after he made anonymous calls to the FBI and SIU police this summer claiming he had spoken to someone named “Big Russ” in a Carbondale bar who said he had raped and killed people, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent filed with the charges. The phone number used to make the calls was listed in SIU records as a number for Burns, according to the affidavit.
With officials confirming the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, and the first case diagnosed outside of Africa during this outbreak, some Americans continue to express fear that the deadly disease—which is believed to have killed at least 3,091 people in West Africa—could spread in the United States.
If you’re one of them, you can calm down. Health officials say there is virtually no danger to the public. Here’s what you need to know about the virus:
Question: What’s the likelihood of a major Ebola outbreak happening in the U.S.?
Answer: Remote, according to officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now that an Ebola patient has been diagnosed in Texas, the first human case ever diagnosed in the United States, health officials say the American health system will work to contain the disease and the likelihood of it spreading is very low.
In honor of a the pleasure of a really seerie read, I’ve compiled a few titles I’ve enjoyed. Please add those that have truly given you the shivers, because of both for the content and the quality of the writing. Please omit true crime other such realities.
1-The White Witch of RoseHall by Herbert G. de Lisser
2-The Shining by Stephen King
3-City of Masks: A Cree Black Novel by Daniel Hecht
4-Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
5-The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant
6-The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon —I strongly suggest the audio version for the full spine-tingling effect.
Ok, and one movie:
1-The Rite with Anthony Hopkins
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer’s comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were “completely unacceptable,” the city’s police chief said Tuesday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe James Boyd before Sandy and another officer killed the 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man.
Join us live for behind-the-scenes action from five of the biggest ballet companies in the world. Featuring rehearsals, interviews and insight into one day in the life of a ballet company.
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THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE
Swan Lake in rehearsal
Swan Lake in rehearsal (pas de deux)
Ostinato in rehearsal
La Bayadère in rehearsal
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, MOSCOW
Interview with Alexander Vetrov and Ludmila Semenyaka, Senior Ballet Teachers
Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin in rehearsal, Principal Dancer and Leading Soloist
Interview with Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin
“Hero of our time” in Bauprobe
Interview with Yuri Grigorovich, Resident choreographer
“A Legend of Love” in rehearsal (corps de ballet)
“La Sylphide” in rehearsal
Interview with Artem Ovcharenko and Anna Tikhomirova, Principal Dancer and First Soloist
Interview with Anton Getman, Deputy General Director
“Taming of the Shrew” in rehearsal
Interview with Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer; Director - Choreographer of the Ballet de Monte-Carlo;
Interview with Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov, Principal Dancers
Interview with Sergey Filin, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet
Interview with Vladimir Urin, General Director, The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
THE ROYAL BALLET, LONDON
Age of Anxiety in rehearsal
Manon in rehearsal
Interview with Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor
Cassandra in rehearsal
Interview with Kevin O’Hare. Director, The Royal Ballet
Don Quixote in rehearsal
Aeternum in rehearsal
Scène de ballet in rehearsal
THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA, TORONTO
Manon Act 1 in rehearsal
Manon Act 2 in rehearsal
Nijinsky in rehearsal
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
Interview with Helgi Tomasson
Don Quixote in rehearsal
RAkU in rehearsal
Concerto Grosso in rehearsal
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude in rehearsal
An excellent commentary by Olivia on religion, Anti Muslim bigotry, racism, sexism, and the hypocritical New atheists. This is very well written, and I recommend you read it.
Atheism does not have a stellar history when it comes to Islamophobia, particularly in the realm of holding Muslims or Muslim countries to the same standards that we hold everyone else. Instead, Islam has for many atheists become the emblem of Bad Religion (no, not the band). When convenient, it’s the pawn with which some deflect accusations of sexism (cough Dear Muslima cough), and when it’s not, Islam tends to get thrown under the bus.
Enter the latest in a series of organized atheism’s missteps with Islam.
*By the way, for those who don’t get the “Dear Muslima” reference.