November 7, 2012
Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine     Photo: Peter Stevens/Flickr

Bradley Wiggins Struck by Car

Tour de France champ was on a training ride

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has been hospitalized after being struck by a car during a training ride in Eccleston, England, on Wednesday, and is said to have injured his ribs, hands, and wrist. Wiggins, the first Brit to win the Tour this past summer, is reported to have been hit by a van exiting a service station. “By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain,” a nearby garage attendant told the Lancashire Evening Post. “He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there by which time he was blue.” Team Sky has said that it will not issue a statement until Wiggins' condition is better understood. The 32-year-old rider had a banner year, winning the Olympic time trial, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Tour de Romandie.

Via VeloNews


A particularly crafty beaver.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Beaver Dam Floods Washington Town

Dam bust unleashes four-acre pond

At least one house has been damaged after a beaver dam in Duval, Washington, broke apart, unleashing the mud, water, and debris of a four-acre pond into the surrounding area. "I had a wall of water four to five feet high, 160 feet wide up behind my house, around both sides of my house," said Bob Siko, whose property is now buried in sand and silt. A spokesperson for the King County Office of Emergency Management also reported road closures in the area, including state Highway 203. Siko told the Seattle Times that he had taken his concerns about the dam to King County officials earlier in the year and was told that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would look into it. He never heard from the agency. It is still unclear what caused the break in the dam.

Via Seattle Times


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California Rejects GM Food Labeling

53 percent vote against

After a long contentious fight, proposition 37, a California ballot proposal to require labeling of genetically-modified food, was rejected on Tuesday. With 95 percent of the vote counted, 47 percent voted for the proposal, while 53 percent opposed it. Supporters of the bill maintained they had a “right to know” what was in their food, while opponents argued that labels would lead to price hikes. The proposition gained notoriety for the gulf in advertising spending that separated the two sides; big agribusiness and food companies spent $45 million to oppose it, versus $8 million, largely from organic food companies. Around 90 percent of corn and soybean grown in the U.S. is genetically modified.

Via The Guardian


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Earthquake Strikes Guatemala

7.4 tremor won't threaten tsunami

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a tsunami is unlikely in the aftermath of a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked Guatemala on Wednesday, causing tremors as far away as Mexico City. Guatemalan authorities said they had received preliminary reports of one death, while a local radio station in the town of San Marcos reported that eight people were in the hospital after a local school collapsed. While no significant damage was reported in the Mexican capital, its mayor, Marcelo Ebard, said on Twitter that there were evacuations in different parts of the city.

Via Boston Globe


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June Mountain to Reopen Next Year

After year-long hiatus

After closing unexpectedly last spring, Mammoth Mountain's June Mountain Ski Area has announced that it will reopen for the 2013-14 season. "Carl Williams [the mountain's general manager] is going to be working closely with the community on working to define a more clearly-identified market niche for June," CEO Rusty Gregory said. "That will involve both the Mountain and the community." Gregory said that they would attempt to cater to "young families." The ski area announced its closure after last year's brutally spare ski season. June has operated at a loss since Mammoth acquired it in 1986.

Via Mammoth Times