2017 Current Events Study Guide

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Cat Hammarskjold » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:56 pm

There have been rumors that if the dam collapse is bad enough, all of Sacramento will have to be evacuated. How likely is that scenario?
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby econgator » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:27 pm

Cat Hammarskjold wrote:There have been rumors that if the dam collapse is bad enough, all of Sacramento will have to be evacuated. How likely is that scenario?


Seems highly unlikely. According to this article (http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-w ... 40439.html) -- scroll to the bottom -- Yuba City could be under about 10 feet of water in a catastrophic failure. Yuba is about 30 miles away. Sacramento is about 45 miles past that. Can't imagine there would be much left by that point.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Volante » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:30 pm

Cat Hammarskjold wrote:There have been rumors that if the dam collapse is bad enough, all of Sacramento will have to be evacuated. How likely is that scenario?

Very very unlikely. The dam proper is structurally sound and while another storm is expected soon, the last evacuation was rescinded and they're confident of the states of the spillway. Barring some crazy Final Destination domino effect, there won't be any more nailbiting except from the repair crews.

Also overlooked from last week:
Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesar's, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, payer of Rosa Parks' rent for 11 years, died.
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/1866 ... ies-age-87
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Blue Lion » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:11 pm

Volante wrote:Should add this one, given the sometimes California centric nature of clues

The Oroville Dam (tallest in the US)'s normal spillway started falling apart after heavy rains, resulting in an evacuation order for 200,000 people downstream.


On February 17, 2014, it came up (sort of) in the "Non-Naughty Words" category: "Oh, this! rising 770 feet on the Feather River, Oroville is the highest one in the United States."

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby Blue Lion » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:24 pm

Volante wrote:Also overlooked from last week:
Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesar's, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, payer of Rosa Parks' rent for 11 years, died.
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/1866 ... ies-age-87


I live in Greater Detroit, and his passing was the number-one story on local news for several days. Ilitch didn't live to see the opening of Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit, where the Red Wings and Pistons will play next season.

The Red Wings, by the way, have made the NHL playoffs 25 consecutive years. The longest playoff streak in all of professional sports (29) belongs to the Boston Bruins.
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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Postby BobF » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:13 am

Blue Lion wrote:
Volante wrote:Also overlooked from last week:
Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesar's, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, payer of Rosa Parks' rent for 11 years, died.
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/1866 ... ies-age-87


I live in Greater Detroit, and his passing was the number-one story on local news for several days. Ilitch didn't live to see the opening of Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit, where the Red Wings and Pistons will play next season.

The Red Wings, by the way, have made the NHL playoffs 25 consecutive years. The longest playoff streak in all of professional sports (29) belongs to the Boston Bruins.


I was surprised to see that the Wings were dead last in the east this year. Looks like it's not likely they'll make it to 26, especially with so many strong teams in the east.
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