Thursday, October 10, 2013

5 Stories that don't involve Kwame Kilpatrick

Newspaper - Photo by Sanja Gjenero
News of disgraced former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick's 28 year prison sentence has most Detroiters talking today. It particularly engulfs Facebook and Twitter news feeds, which has prompted at least some of my friends to complain; wanting news that doesn't involve him.

With that in mind, I compiled a list of five big news stories that have absolutely nothing to do with Kwame Malik Kilpatrick, prison terms, nor political corruption.

Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter passed away at 86
M. Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth in 1962 flight in a Mercury space capsule that was marred with technical glitches and left many Americans wondering if he had even survived the flight. He, of course, did and became the fourth American in space. He passed away today at the age of 86.

Carpenter's death leaves John Glenn as the only surviving Mercury astronaut.

ABC extends Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of my favorite new television programs. I was excited, therefore, when ABC announced earlier today that they were extending the series of a full season.

Astronomers find planet without a sun
Astronomer Michael Liu with the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii - Manoa announced today that his team has identified a planet 80 light years from Earth that does not have orbit around a star. Astronomers had identified lonesome planets before, but it was never clear whether they were failed stars or orphaned planets. This is the first time astronomers have been able to conclude decisively that what they were looking at was a planet without a sun.

Breakthrough in Alzheimer research
Scientists in England have identified a chemical that appears to prevent the death of brain tissue in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. This would appear to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases as well as other related neurological diseases.

Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Canadian author Alice Munro has published short stories since 1968. Her work has consistently received critical acclaim. Today, though, that acclaim reaches new levels as the Nobel Prize Committee announced this morning that she will receive their prize for literature this year.

While the sentencing of a disgraced former mayor is newsworthy, I think it is also important to take a moment to remember all of the other stories that also happened today. Since so many of them will likely fall through the gaps in our collective attention span, I thought it best to publish a reminder.

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