Fireball across North Carolinian Sky

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On September 24, NASA Meteor Watch reported that residents in North Carolina reported seeing at least 5 fireballs, with over 80 eyewitnesses reporting the view. The event occurred at 7:40 PM EST. Upon analysis, NASA confirmed the fireballs as meteor skimming across the coast of North Carolina and had become visible due to its proximity: 48 miles above the ocean off Camp Lejeune. The fireballs were noted to be moving at 32,000 miles per hour and disintegrated just 28 miles above Moorehead City. The fireballs did not make it past the Earth’s atmosphere.

The American Meteor Society posted a video on Youtube showing the fireball meteor in the sky.

Meteoroids usually enter Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 to 160,000 mph, but most do not maintain that speed due to the Earth’s thick atmosphere. As was the case here, the meteors had burned out before it could even reach the ground.

Fireball is not just any old term either; it is considered to be “exceptionally bright” meteors that appear brighter than planet Venus, bright enough to be observed by “ground-based observers” such as the 80 or so witnesses in North Carolina.

AMS explained that every day, Earth sees several thousand fireball meteors, but most of them tend to take place over oceans and unpopulated regions.

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Taliban Justifies No-Shave Order in Southern Afghanistan as being faithful to Islam

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On Monday, the Taliban issued an order to forbid shaving or trimming of beards in the southern provinces of Helmand, and threatened to punish barbers that violated this directive. The order was issued by the vice and virtue department and directed it to areas in Lashkar Gah, provincial capital of Helmand, justifying it as being in line with Sharia law, which is the law as defined in the Islamic holy scriptures called the Quran.

Punishment was promised but not specified; those breaking the order would be punished with no right to complain.

Since overtaking Afghanistan upon U.S. and NATO’s departure, the Taliban has set an interim government, with many hardline leaders from the previous reign in late 1990’s; of course, there are no women leaders.

Since the Taliban ousting in 2001, men have been shaving or cleanly trimming beards in Afghanistan.

The current outlook of Taliban rule doesn’t seem to be looking too well; just last weekend, the Taliban hung a body from a crane in the main square of Herat, which is a third-largest city in Afghanistan. A bystander who witnessed the event recounted the event, stating that four bodies were brought to the square, and three were taken to other parts of the city for public display.

The barbers are speaking up and asking Taliban to reconsider this order, to “give freedom to people to live the way they want, if they want to trim their beard or hair.” Barbers in the area are already seeing reduction in income.

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Federal Arrest Warrant issued for Brian Laundrie on Fraud Charges

Brian Laundrie is most recently known in association with his connection with the disappearance of Gabby Petito, a 22-year old, who went missing during the couple’s cross-country trip and was later found dead. However, Federal grand jury in Wyoming has indicted Laundrie on Wednesday after the jury found that Laundrie used “unauthorized devices” included debit card and PIN numbers for two bank accounts to fraudulently obtain more than $1,000.

Federal authorities are still searching for Laundrie who returned to his parents’ home on September 1, and since has vanished after Petito was reported missing.

Laundrie, however, has not yet been charged with any crime directly tied to Petito’s disappearance or death.

Petito’s disappearance has gripped the nation, as internet sleuths and true crime fans have come together to find evidence; that being said, law enforcement has also equally explained concern regarding those seeking fame or to disrupt the general police investigation.

Laundrie’s whereabouts are still unknown, and at this time, the parents are not cooperating with the authorities in search for their son.

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Gabby Petito was Murdered, says Coroner

Human remains found at a Wyoming national park was identified as that of Gabby Petito, a vlogger recently reported missing after she went out on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend.

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue determined that Petito was a homicide victim but did not disclose a cause of death pending final autopsy results. Her body was found Sunday near an undeveloped camping area along the border of Grand Teton National park in Wyoming.

The authorities continued to search around the swamp area of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie’s home but found nothing. However, on Monday, FBI did go to Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port to remove several boxes and a car that Laundrie’s mother typically used.

Laundrie is currently a person of interest in the case, but he has disappeared and it is unclear where he is.

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Scientists develop solar cells for windows

Most agree that solar power is the next “big thing” when it comes to energy. With potentially infinite amount of energy that can be generated thanks to the Sun with relatively limited negative impact on the climate change, solar power has been something heavily in development.

However, as it has been until now, solar panels require an excessive amount of space and silicon, which is currently known to be the most efficient material for solar panels, is not transparent. This is a problem as based on energy use distribution, cities consume the most amount of energy but lack the space to generate that electricity based on current capabilities.

However, scientists have now developed a new transparent solar panel based on organic or carbon-based material to be used as window-friendly solar panels. Published in the science journal, Nature Communcications, the panel uses molecules that move photogenerated electrons to the electrodes, called non-fullerene acceptors. These acceptors when incorporated with sulfur, can reach efficiencies of 18% but have a short lifespan.

However, Yongxi Li (first author) have since figured out how to strengthen the non-fullerene acceptors; specifically, it would need to block off UV rays by adding a coating of zinc oxide, a sunscreen component on the side facing the Sun.

Then, the researchers added carbon-based material called IC-SAM as a buffer to solve this issue, and added another buffer layer in a form of fullerene shaped like a soccer ball.

Then they tested this new panel, from 1 sun to 27 suns, and temperatures as high as 65 degrees celsius. Result? These new solar cells would function at 80% efficiency after 30 years based on declination of performance.

Furthermore, these materials can be prepared as liquids, so the manufacturing and transportation costs might be incredibly lower than the current silicon-based solar panels. Thus, it might increase feasibility for wide scale use in large skyscrapers, but also on residential properties.

It is an exciting day for solar power and global energy self-sufficiency.

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Gabby Petito’s Body Found and Social Media Collects Evidence

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Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, left New York in the middle of July to head West with their van. Petito posted photos and stories to their social media pages with the hashtag #vanlife.
In late August, their postings completely stopped. Petito’s fiance Laundrie returned to his home in Florida without Petito on September 1.
When they stopped at Moab, Utah, a passerby called 911 and told an operator that he wanted to report a domestic dispute and described a white van with a Florida license plate, as provided In the audio from the Grand County Sherriff’s Office in Utah to CNN.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said, “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car, and they drove off.”
Police later stopped the couple.
On the video camera, Petito was emotionally unstable and told the officer that Laundrie slapped Petito during an altercation.
On September 11, Petito’s parents couldn’t contact their daughter and reported their daughter missing. Laundrie immediately sought out help from an attorney and refused to participate in the search effort, according to police.
Since then, Petito’s story has become a headline in the daily news and social media. Everyone is focused on “Justice for Petito” worldwide, with many collecting funds and attempting to solve the case. From her brother to many unknown SNS bloggers and the worldwide Youtubers, everyone hopes to be the first to solve this case by combing through Petito’s social media network.
Last Tuesday, Laundrie went missing and Petito’s remain was found at the Spread Creek area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday.
FBI and Investigators have issued search warrants to search Landerie’s Florida home and an ongoing searching operation has been established for the investigation.
An autopsy for human remains is scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

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California says “YES” to Gov. Gavin Newsom Again

After several months of campaigning for a recall and the recall itself, California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated the recall on Tuesday’s election. The overwhelmingly Democratic state showed support for Newsom, and a healthy turnout prevented the Governor from losing his governorship.

With two-thirds of ballots counted so far, “no” on whether to recall Newsom is ahead by 30-point margin, which was built on votes cast by mail and in advance of Tuesday’s in-person balloting. The Republicans’ candidate was talk radio host Larry Elder, but as of now, it seems he will not be affecting politics more than as a radio show host.

The recall questioned Newsom’s approach to the pandemic including mask and vaccine mandates, with at least some of the intent going into the questioning of the effect of Trumpism and whether the state had enough turnover to defeat the supermajority of Democratic strength in the state. The recall results seem to indicate this is not true. In fact, despite Republican hopes that the frustration over pandemic precautions would drive voters away from Democrats, and they certainly could have expected such result, as the Republicans won back at least 4 U.S. House seats last year. But unlike the federal elections, state recall showed itself to be a different matter entirely, as Democrats outnumber Republicans almost 2-to-1 in California, so the results may not translate to something specific to the state such as governor recall.

Trump attempted to argue that the election was rigged, echoed by Elder’s campaign; however, Elder himself did not mention of fraud.

He is the second governor of U.S. history to defeat a recall, which is likely going to continue to show him as a key figure in the Democratic party. Furthermore, Newsom’s competition had some public recognition, but failed to gain traction with voters. Elder’s opposition to the minimum wage and abortion rights was marketed by the Democratic party as being out of touch with Californian values. Caitlyn Jenner also made some publicity but gained very little momentum and left the state to film a reality show in Australia instead.

Newsom is up for a reelection next year, and while the president and other prominent Democrats supported Newsom, Republicans have mainly kept their distance.

Some believe that Newsom has potentials for the White House, although VP Harris’ own ambitions might need to be considered as a native from San Francisco.

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Nicholas hits Texas and heads to Louisiana for a Double Dip

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After strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane on early Tuesday, Nicholas brough the coastal cities of Texas flooding and electricity outage. Nicholas is still pouring heavy rain, strong wind, roaming around Texas, and is heading towards Louisiana.

Now a category 2 hurricane, Nicholas hit Matagorda bay with wind gusts as high as 95 mph and brought 6 to 8 inches of rainfall leading to flooding in east Texas, especially Houston and Galveston areas from Monday to Wednesday. More than 500,000 residents in Texas are without power. It is now heading to Louisiana and the southern part of Mississippi, including areas that are currently struggling to recover from Ida.

Nicholas is currently headed towards the Carolinas and then will climb up the coastline.

These natural disasters have brought severe weather and brought devastation upon the areas as they’ve become a sort of ground zero for severe weather patterns. That being said, the energy company managing the electricity distribution in the gulf coast plans to restore electricity to the heaviest hit area before the end of September.

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Church Clinic: 처치클리닉 9월 오픈강좌

대영박물관에서 만나는 성경의 역사와 부흥

“한 번만 보고 들어도 성경이 달라진다”

‘교회 함께 가자’ 처치클리닉 (손기성 목사)은 9월 27일(월) 저녁 7:30분 오픈강좌를 진행한다. 9월 강좌의 주제는 “대영박물관에서 만나는 성경의 역사와 부흥”이다. 강사는 황상일 선교사다. 황선교사는 대영박물관 속에 수 많은 역사적인 유물가운데 성경의 이야기를 이해하고 풀어가도록 돕는 것들이 너무 많다는 것을 발견하고 연구하기 시작했다. 무려 50번이상 박물관을 방문하며 수 많은 자료들을 수집하여 연구해 냈다.

손 목사는 강의를 위해 영국을 방문했을 때 황선교사님으로 부터 대영박물관에서 성경의 역사적 사실들을 소개받고, 성경의 역사뿐 아니라 당시 시대의 유물을 보면서 가슴뜨거워지는 은혜를 느꼈다. 그래서 목사님들이 대영박물관에 방문하셔서 직접 역사적인 현장을 보고 설명을 들을 수 있으면 좋겠다는 생각을 했다. 그러나 그렇 수 없는 상황의 목사님들이 많기 때문에 영상으로라도 황선교사님을 모시고 꼭 내가 경험한 대영박물관에서의 감동을 나누었으면 좋겠다싶어서 모셨다.”고 소개했다.

손목사는 “성경을 연구하는 목회자 뿐아니라 일반 성도들도 성경에 관심을 가지고 계시거나, 성경이 역사적 사실임을 확인하길 바라시는 분들 누구나 참여하시면 좋겠다”고 전했다.

참가비는 없으며 온라인 강좌로 진행되기 때문에 사전 접수가 필요하다.

접수는 [email protected]나 카톡아이디 churchclinic으로 하면 된다. 문의 703.334.7602.

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Surfside Condo Victims’ Identities Stolen

After Surfside Condo collapsed on June 24, 2021, the deceased victims’ credit cards have been used at expensive stores by fraudsters; however, the team of thieves behind the fraud was arrested for these crimes. According to News 10, detectives with search warrants found blank checks, birth certificates, photos, and machines to create credit cards, including those with embossed names on them.

“When we executed the search warrant, many things were found,” Surfside police Sgt. Marian Cruz said. “Detectives found large quantities of mail and credit cards, all in the names of the victims. Credit card-making equipment was also located, along with designer shoes and handbags, narcotics and even a firearm.”

Almost 98 people died and many were injured when the condo complex collapsed, one of the suspects, Garcia-Medina said one officer from the Surfside police department when he was arrested, “I am innocent” on the officer’s body camera. However, He was accused of using the one of victim’s credit cards to buy his $130 pair of shoes.

Garcia-Medina’s sister, Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina (30) was arrested along with other two suspects, Kimberly Michelle Johnson (34), Rodney Choute (38) yesterday. The mall surveillance video shows them using stolen credit cards to buy their stuff at the Aventura Mall.

If they are convicted of this crime, they could face 15-30 years in prison, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Investigators and law enforcement are chasing more suspects related to these schemes and are asking for the public’s help.

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