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West Coast wildfire smoke crosses Atlantic to Finland

Smoke in the upper atmosphere from wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Finland, satellite images show.

The World Meteorological Organization posted a satellite image Monday to Twitter showing particulate matter from the fires streaming across the ocean over Scandinavia and Finland, with another swirl over Great Britain.

But the particulates are probably too high in the atmosphere to be noticed from the ground, KRON reported. That wasn’t the case on the West Coast, where choking clouds of smoke blanketed several states for days.

Hundreds of deadly lightning-sparked wildfires have torched millions of acres, forcing mass evacuations in California, Oregon and Washington since August.

The National Weather Service and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have released earlier satellite photos showing smoke from the blazes drifting across the U.S. and being sucked into a swirling Pacific storm.

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Lynn hails “biggest win of my career” at Le Mans 24 Hours

Alex Lynn hailed his class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours as the “biggest win of my career” after triumphing in the GTE Pro division for Aston Martin.

The British driver set the fastest GT lap of the race as the #97 Aston Martin Vantage he shared with regular World Endurance Championship team-mate Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell had a faultless run to claim Aston’s first win at Le Mans since 2017.

The #97 car led for 189 laps of the 346 lap-distance and beat the #51 Ferrari of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra by 1m33s to move into second in the WEC GTE Pro Drivers championship with one round to go in Bahrain.

Lynn’s CV includes sportscar success in the 2017 Sebring 12 Hours, the 2013 Macau GP and the 2014 GP3 title, but when asked by Autosport how these compared to Le Mans, he

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Ex-Cal Player Luc Bequette a Starter in Boston’s College’s Opening Win

Back on September 8, 11 days before Boston College’s season-opening game, Eagles first-year coach Jeff Hafley announced defensive lineman Luc Bequette had joined the Boston College roster after transferring from Cal.

“We are trying to get him acclimated as fast as we can, give him a helmet and let’s roll,” Hafley said on September 8, according to the Boston Herald.

Apparently Bequette got acclimated quickly, because he was a starting defensive tackle in Boston College’s 4-3 defense — a defense that was outstanding in the Eagles’ 26-6 road victory over Duke in Boston College’s opener on Saturday.

Bequette did not record any statistics, but the TV commentators for the game apparently mentioned during the second quarter that Bequette was doing a good job in anchoring the defensive front.

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on the Battle Over RBG’s Seat and Making Every Vote Count

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund, Inc. Credit – Andre Chung—The Washington Post/Getty Images

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With the President and Attorney General waging an unceasing disinformation campaign to undermine public confidence in the presidential election, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), is bracing for post–Nov. 3 battle. In an earlier stint at the LDF, one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations, Ifill specialized in litigating voting-rights cases. After leaving to teach law and write books, she returned in 2013, as the first female director to head the organization founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940. (The LDF became

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University of Wyoming keeps campus locked down for five more days as it analyzes more testing data | Wyoming News

The school has had a slow and steady increase in cases in recent weeks, though most of the positives have been off campus and there has yet to be a singular, large outbreak. The initial spike in cases was driven by off-campus parties, UW officials have said, which have prompted an internal investigation to determine if students broke university rules amid the pandemic.

In the release announcing the pause, Seidel said that campus was “relatively safe.” But he was critical of students off campus who hadn’t taken proper precautions.

“Unfortunately, it appears that some of our students off campus are not doing the same, based upon community observations and the relatively high number of cases among those students,” he said. “If that situation doesn’t change, it seriously jeopardizes the opportunity to implement our full phased return plan for the fall semester.”

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U.P. snags space ground station, on short list for command center

KINCHELOE, MI – A space command and control center could be coming to the Upper Peninsula where work is underway on a ground station and there are plans for two satellite launch sites.

Kincheloe is on the short list of possible locations for a new Oakman Aerospace command and control center to support satellite launches and daily operations, according to an Oakman news release. Colorado-based Oakman named six finalists.

The Eastern U.P. community is already chosen for Oakman’s Homestead ground station, which is being assembled at the Chippewa County International Airport, the release states. It is expected to be finished in early 2021.

Together, the control center and ground station would enable U.S. government, commercial and academic satellite missions, according to the release.

“We know the hardworking people of Michigan and its growing space ecosystem are poised to make the state a future leader of the U.S. space industry,” Stanley

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Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery, but vows that his career isn’t done

DETROIT — Justin Verlander, who made only one start this season before being shut down due to an injury, will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery and likely miss the entire 2021 season.

The former Detroit Tigers starting pitcher made the announcement on his Instagram page.

Verlander, 37, spent 13 years with the Tigers before being traded to the Houston Astros. He helped his new club win the World Series with a dominating September and October performance.

Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award in 2019 after finishing as runner-up in 2018. He signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Astros last year that carries him through the 2021 season.

Here’s what he wrote on his Instagram page:

After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need Tommy John surgery. I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in

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Boston College vs. Texas State: Weekly Kickoff

The college football season moves quickly, and the celebration from Boston College’s impressive 26-6 win over Duke on Saturday has already died down in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles have already turned the page, and begun their preparation for Texas State out of the Sun Belt conference, their home opener on Saturday. Less than 24 hours after defeating the Blue Devils, head coach Jeff Hafley has looked at tape, met with his team, and started his work for the upcoming matchup with the Bobcats.

Texas State (1-2) may not be a team that instills a lot of fear, but Boston College needs to be prepared for this game. This is a team with a solid offense, that is averaging 36.7 points per game, and 277 yards through the air, albeit it against SMU and UTSA. They have a quarterback, Tyler Vitt who has already thrown for 600 yards and six touchdowns

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America’s Founders Knew Democracy Requires Public Education

Even before the United States had a Constitution, its founders were advocating for the creation of public education systems. The United States was an experiment in democracy unlike anything the world had ever seen, turning away from government dominated by elites and hoping that the common man could rule himself. If this experiment had any chance of standing the test of time, the nation needed far more schools to prepare everyday citizens for self-government. As James Madison, the father of our Constitution, remarked: “a popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy.” Thomas Jefferson similarly argued that governments “deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed,” but that it is education that makes that consent possible. President Washington, in his last annual message to Congress, added that expanding education was essential to the perpetuation

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University warns that ‘serious cyber incident’ could take weeks to fix

Newcastle University has been hit by a cyberattack that it says will take weeks to fix – and while the institution hasn’t confirmed the nature of the incident, a ransomware gang is threatening online to leak the personal data of students.

The university first started reporting issues with IT systems on September 1, which has since lead to almost all university systems used by students and staff becoming restricted or unavailable in an effort to stop further disruption by the attack.

“It is essential that our IT estate is free from any malware and secure before we start the recovery process,” said an update by the university on September 2.

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The type of malware that has infected the systems hasn’t been disclosed by the university, but cyber criminals have claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack against the university – and they’re threatening

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