A 100 Year Old Fish from Detroit River Trolls the Globe

Photo from the Fish and Wildlife Service Office

End of last month, a biologist working off of Michigan-based Fish and Wildlife Service Office went to Detroit River with his crews to survey the lake sturgeon population. The team put out set-lines with hooks to catch fishes, searched for eggs, and larvae but instead caught a huge sturgeon measuring 7 feet long, at least 240 pounds, indicating that it was an almost 100-year-old female sturgeon.

It is the largest lake sturgeon ever recorded in the country. According to the Facebook posting of Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, the sturgeon is a “once in a lifetime catch,” and “likely hatched in the Detroit River around 1920, when Detroit became the 4th largest city in America.”

“When it’s in the water, you don’t have that great reference for size until you actually try to get the net on it,” Fischer said. “Our basket’s like four or five feet deep, and this fish wouldn’t fit in the net. … It only got bigger when we got it on the boat. It took all three of them to lift it up out of the water and get it on the boat, an effort that was exhausting,” Fischer said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife team weighed the fish, measured the fish, put a chip into the fish, and after processing all their work, released her to the water. The current sturgeon population is 7,000 but was once near a million when Detroit was a booming city in the early 1920s and on.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually reports the sturgeon population at the St. Clair-Detroit River system to better understand the lake sturgeon population began in 2001.  The lake sturgeon, considered a threatened species in Michigan, has endured a lot — from a boom in commercial fishing that continued into the early 1900s, periods of over-harvesting, and habitat loss driven by shipping channel construction and the damming of tributaries. All of that contributed to declines in population, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

There are now more than 33,000 lake sturgeon in the St. Clair-Detroit River system, 6,500 of which come from the Detroit River, according to Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, which describes that as a “fraction of its historic size.”

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Missing Woman in Utah Found Alive after 5 Months

Back in November, a Utah woman was found to be missing near a trailhead. However, after continued investigation, she was found living in a tent. She had been last seen in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon and reported missing after a U.S. Forest Service Official found an abandoned car in a campground parking lot.

After attempting to locate her back in November to alert her to camping seasons, they found they could not find her and towed the car and the camping equipment. They’d continuously attempted to find information on the missing woman, including anyone who might know her but was generally unsuccessful until last weekend, when a USCO sergeant returned to the area with a nonprofit aerial search group.

The drone they were using to survey the area crashed, forcing the two people to attempt to retrieve it, only to find what seemed to be an abandoned tent. There, they met the woman. She had lost significant weight and was weak, but also was “resourceful,” as due to the limited food and water supply, she foraged for grass and moss along with a nearby river for food and water.

Officials now believe she had made the conscious decision to live out in the area. They took her to a nearby hospital for health evaluation and mental health assessment, but some do believe she might return to continue living as she had done for the past 5 months.

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SpaceX’s 22nd Mission will be at Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX’s 22nd Commercial Resupply Services mission with the upgraded version of its Dragon spacecraft will head to International Space Center by a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This resupply mission will include NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment.

NASA explained, “Among the investigations arriving inside the Dragon’s pressurized capsule will be a variety of research experiments, including an experiment that could help develop better pharmaceuticals and therapies for treating kidney disease on Earth, as well as a study of cotton root systems that could identify varieties of plants that require less water and pesticides, and two model organism investigations. One study will look at bobtail squid as a model to examine the effects of spaceflight on interactions between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts. Another will examine tardigrades’ adaptation to the harsh environment of space, which could contribute to long-term problem solving for vaccine production, distribution, and storage on Earth.”

With many interesting objects to carry on to the International Space Center, Investigators will test a portable ultrasound technology, the first two of six new roll-out solar arrays that were tested on the orbiting laboratory in 2017.

Scientific investigations have the goal of improving life and advancements in the areas of biology, biotechnology, physical science, between residents of Earth and beyond. This scientific adventure through the ISS National Laboratory in space provides opportunities for other U.S. agencies, private sectors, and academic research institutions to conduct microgravity research that leads to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth.

This is the second man-led SpaceX mission. SpaceX has completed 21 cargo resupply missions to and from the space station, providing more than 100,000 pounds of supplies and approximately 80,000 pounds of return mass so far. According to NASA, SpaceX delivered two astronauts on May 30, 2020, into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft during Crew Dragon Demo-2, making SpaceX the first private company to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Since November 2000, Human beings have been residing in the space station and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbiting laboratory. This space station is now a new stepping stone to the Moon and Mars in the future.

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Man Arrested for Hate Crime against Asian-American in NYC

Jarrod Powell (49) was arrested by police early on Tuesday morning for attacking a 61 years old Asian man in New York last week, according to NYPC. Powell faces two counts of felony assault. Powell approached the victim at East Harlem corner last Friday, hit and kicked the victim’s head multiple times until his skull broke.

NYPD stated and released the photo of the suspect and investigating this incident as “a hate crime.” The victim transferred to the local hospital and have significant injuries. Since the pandemic began in the U.S., racist hate crime against Asian-Americans significantly increased by almost 150%.

According to PolitiFact, The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall had declined. These hate crimes’ targets are women and older men in the 16 major big cities.

Hate crimes are undercounted due to trauma that it recalls the scene to bring back due to fear. Most of the hate-crime suspects are using verbal assault and physically attacking people who do not speak English fluently, and victims are unable to defend themselves due to their weaker physicality.

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Super Pink Moon Visible Tonight on the Northeast Sky

NASA announced that the first supermoon of the year will be “April 26, 2021, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 11:32 p.m. EDT. [This will be the next day from the Atlantic Daylight Savings timezone eastward across Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.]  Most commercial calendars are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and will show this full Moon occurring on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Sunday night through Wednesday morning,” on its Twitter account.

This “Pinkish color” of the supermoon will be the first supermoon of the year, and the second one will be seen on May 26 when it will brighten the sky one more time. The names of this supermoon are “Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes of North America, the Fish Moon, as this was when the shad swam upstream to spawn,” according to NASA.

The “pink” of the supermoon on April 26 is based on the herb moss pink, which is native to the Eastern United States and known to be the fastest blooming in springtime.

Supermoons seem greater because of the slightly closer distance to Earth. There will be two supermoons this year.

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Senate Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill by 94-1

Senate. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced, and the Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accompanied the Anti-Asian hate crime bill and the Bill passed with 94-1 on the floor today. The only “no” vote came from Missouri senator Josh Hawley. The bill only needed 60 votes to pass, but both sides of the parties agreed that rising crime against Asians since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic must be rid of.

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues.”

This bill is now on the way to the House floor, led by congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). If it passes the House, it will likely be signed by Pres. Biden. President Biden has encouraged action on preventing hate crimes since the Georgia incident, and the incident in New York City.

Sen. Collins stated, “Crimes motivated by bias against race, national origin, and other characteristics cannot be tolerated.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “Over the past several years, the forces of hate and bigotry seemed to have gained strength too often encouraged by our former president,” at the Senate floor. He also added, “The Senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group [have] no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”

Schumer mentioned the bill’s passage containing two messages: One, the government is in solidarity with the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) communities. Two, these hate crimes will not be tolerated anymore.

Recently, many Asian Americans have been avoiding going outside for fear of attack by someone without any public protections, especially old people.

Currently, anti-Asian hate crimes are rising around the world, and they must be stopped at some point.

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PWC: Early in – Person Voting Begins April 23, 2021

-Prince William County, VA

May 2021 Virginia Republican Convention

On May 8, 2021, the Republican Party of Virginia will hold a disaggregated convention to nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Prince William County will host one of the convention sites where Republican Party delegates may vote for their nominee from 9 am to 4 pm. Visit the Virginia GOP website for more information about the convention and the election process.

June 2021 Primary Elections

On June 8, 2021, the Commonwealth of Virginia will have a Democratic primary election for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as several primaries for the House of Delegates representing Prince William County. Democrats in Districts 2, 31 and 50 and Republicans in District 51 will have primary elections.

Early In-Person Voting Begins This Friday

Early in-person voting for all these races begins Friday, April 23, and extends through Saturday, June 5, at three locations:

The days and times for early voting at these locations are as follows:

Days of the Week

Dates

Times

Friday

April 23

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Friday

April 26 – May 21

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

May 24 – May 29

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday

May 31

Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday to Saturday

June 1 – June 5

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No Voting at the Woodbridge DMV

In the past, the Prince William Office of Elections has used the Woodbridge DMV for early voting. However, because of the ongoing COVID pandemic and limited parking at the DMV, voting is moved to the Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved this change in polling location during their March 16 meeting. The Office of Elections will post signs at the DMV for anyone who may accidentally go there to vote, directing them to Ferlazzo.

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Derek Chauvin is GUILTY of All Charges in George Floyd Murder

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A historical moment has arrived at the Hennepin County, Minnesota District Court. Almost a month-long murder trial of Derek Chauvin’s case after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, had brought tensions between protesters and law enforcement outside of the courthouse. However, the verdict was finally reached today.

The 12 jurors found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

The prosecution moved to have Derek Chauvin’s bail revoked. Judge Peter Cahill granted the motion. Chauvin was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office right after Judge finished the verdict. According to Washington Post live,

Judge Cahill said, “eight weeks from now we will have sentencing.”

The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or $20,000.

Keith Ellison, Minnesota attorney general stated at the conference afterward, that he didn’t want to call this “Justice” as justice implies “true restoration.” Ellison stated we can end “racism” now.

George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during the arrest. Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd, and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. Floyd’s restraint and death were captured on a cellphone camera and sparked global protests Seventeen minutes into the arrest, Floyd was unconscious. Repeatedly while pinned under Chauvin’s knee, he stated that he couldn’t breathe. During the final two minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse. Onlookers repeatedly called out for help upon realization of Floyd’s struggling. Though the officers called for medical assistance, they took no action to treat him. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck and back until emergency medical technicians arrived. The incident was captured on video.

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An Active shooter shot at San Antonio International Airport 2 injured, and 1 killed

On Thursday afternoon, a shooting event occurred at the San Antonio International airport, TX. From this incident, 2 people were injured, and the suspect was killed by a park police officer, according to SAPD Chief McManus.

According to the San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, “the man drove into the airport terminal going the wrong way at about 2:30 p.m. A park police officer who was working overtime at the airport confronted the man who immediately got out of his car and opened fire at the officer and the building,” and ” the park police officer encountered the gunman, the officer shot him being incapacitated. The park police officer saved a lot of people at the airport terminal.”

Chief McManus said, “the shooter of earlier today opened fire from a flyover overpass at Highway 281, Loop 1604 and later caused the San Antonio airport incident.”

No one was injured in the earlier incident, but in the second incident at the airport, two persons were injured and transferred to the local hospital. According to Chief McManus, the suspect was shot by the park police officer and transferred to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chief McManus said “[he] had a lot of ammunition and was shooting indiscriminately. We are lucky today not to have a lot of people injured or killed during this event.”

The police were familiar with the man because of previous interactions and said the man had “mental issues.”

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25 Year Cold Case of Kristin Smart Finally Solved

In May of 1996, a college freshman year teen, Kristin Smart (19) disappeared after she attended her school party off-campus. The key suspect, Paul Flores was the last person who had seen Kristin alive. After Kristin went missing, her family filed a civil suit against Paul Flores. Flores has maintained his innocence in the involvement in Kristin’s disappearance, however. However, her family and the detective-in-charge never gave up on Kristin’s case.

The key suspect, Paul Flores (44) was taken into custody with a murder charge on Tuesday morning in San Pedro California, and his father Luben Flores (80) arrested on an accessory charge; San Luis Obispo County sheriff confirmed on Tuesday.

Paul Flores is being held without bail and his father, Luben Flores is being held on a bond of $250,000. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officials served another search warrant at the Arroyo Grande property this morning. Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff held a conference at the California Polytechnic State University where Kristin went to college.

In February, authorities served search warrants on multiple members of the Flores family. Some of the “items” were discovered during searches, investigators said at the time.

In March, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office searched Ruben Flores’s home in Arroyo Grande.

A judge signed the two arrest warrants and two search warrants that were executed today. Parkinson said that the searches may continue into Wednesday, depending on what is found.

Parkinson explained that the cold cases podcast which is Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought renewed interest to the investigation. “He took a local story and expanded it into an international story,” Parkinson told reporters. “Once that message got out, we started getting more information… there are a lot of people that are students here that are not from San Luis Obispo. When they graduate, a lot of them will leave, and so they’re dispersed all over the country. That message gets out to the nation, and those people that used to live here at the time might remember something.”

The Smart family expressed how they felt when their fears of Kristin’s death became a reality, “The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this horrible secret for nearly 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain,” in a long heartbroken statement.

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