A Year After Charlottesville
This week marks the anniversary of the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. City police and state troopers watched the city dissolve into mayhem as white supremacists and Neo-Nazis holding a "Unite the Right" rally clashed in the streets with anti-hate protesters. Heather Heyer was killed as a white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters. Two state troopers died as well when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the continued fallout caused by the protests.
Denied permits to return to Charlottesville to commemorate the anniversary, White supremacists held a rally in Washington, DC, but only 40 people showed up in support of the group. Thousands of protesters against the white power movement showed up chanting “Go home, Nazis!” “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” and “Black lives matter!” This drowned out the hateful rhetoric of the small group and can only be called a victory for sanity.
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A Seattle-Tacoma International Airport worker managed to steal a plane from the tarmac and take flight. He performed aerobatic maneuvers over Puget Sound before crashing on sparsely populated Ketron Island killing himself in an apparent suicide. Authorities know little about Richard Russell, who was identified as the culprit, but airports across the country are sounding the alarm trying to figure out how someone could evade security and abscond with a plane without sounding any alerts.
Read about it here.
Meteor Shower Spectacular
Lucky sky watchers got to view the Perseid meteor shower over the weekend. This spectacular space shower was best viewed this past weekend if you had the benefit of good weather at your location.
The Perseid meteor shower is an annual summer occurrence that produces hundred of meteors per hour that are viewable with the naked eye.
Owing it's name to ancient Greek myth, the Perseid shower is said to be representative of the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.
Watch it here.