Surreal Vegas-Washington series the ‘Final that was never meant to be’

LAS VEGAS — Whodathunkit? Who in their right mind would possibly have thought we’d be standing back inside T-Mobile Arena preparing for the Stanley Cup Final less than a year after the Vegas Golden Knights came into being with the expansion draft? Who could have dreamed the Washington Capitals would be standing in their way after an off-season where they lost Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt? “The Stanley Cup Final that was never meant to be, right?” said Schmidt, now a big minute-eater on the Vegas blue line. “You know what, you look at this group on both sides, they were both down and out. You… Read More

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Matt Roloff: Yup, I’m Moving to Arizona!

A major change is coming to Little People, Big World. How major of a change? Little People, Big World may no longer exist as a result. In a response to a question from a fan on Facebook, Matt Roloff confirmed this weekend what some folks have been suspecting for awhile: He’s moving away from Roloff Farms. FAR, FAR away from Roloff Farms. Ineed, he’s off to Arizona. Over the past few episodes of this TLC series, Matt has hinted – heck, he’s flat out said – that he can’t handle living so close to his ex-wife for much longer. Back when Matt and Amy divorced in the spring of 2016,… Read More

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Flash flood surges through Ellicott City, Maryland

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Roaring flash floods struck a Maryland city Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years ago, its main street turned into a raging river that reached the first floor of some buildings and swept away parked cars, authorities and witnesses say. News outlets showed photos and video of sudden and violent floodwaters surging down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles (20 kilometers) west of Baltimore. The community, set along the west bank of Maryland’s Patapsco River, was also stricken by deadly flash flooding in July 2016. This time, witnesses say, the flash flooding came with a roar of onrushing water amid a… Read More

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How do we get our message to the extraterrestrials? The answers are evolving

Astronomers and artists sent a binary-coded radio transmission in the direction of an extrasolar planet known as GJ273 b in 2017. (METI International Illustration / Danielle Futselaar) LOS ANGELES — Last year, scientists sent a binary-coded message telling the aliens what time it was. Next year, it’ll be the periodic table of the elements. And someday, they hope to transmit a universal language that even extraterrestrials might relate to. “I think we should treat this as a multigenerational, true experiment as opposed to an observational exercise, like archaeology,” said Doug Vakoch, a veteran of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence who is now president of METI International. Vakoch and other researchers,… Read More

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China’s navy ‘warned off’ US warships that sailed through disputed South China Sea

China’s military warned off US warships conducting “unauthorized” sailing in waters Beijing claims in the South China Sea. China’s defense ministry said two US warships, the Antiem guided missile cruiser, and the USS Higgins destroyer, entered disputed waters around the Paracel Islands on Sunday. The move comes at a sensitive time between the US and China, after the US disinvited China from an international military exercise last week and the two countries continue to spar over trade and foreign policy. China’s military took “immediate action” on Sunday against “unauthorized” sailing by US warships in South China Sea waters claimed by Beijing. China’s defense ministry said in a statement that two… Read More

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Washington Capitals, Vegas Golden Knights in improbable Stanley Cup Final

LAS VEGAS — The Washington Capitals have waited nearly 44 years to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time. Their only remaining obstacles are some desert-dwelling misfits who refuse to wait for anything. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are just four wins away from an astounding championship when they host Alex Ovechkin’s long-striving Caps on Monday night to open a thoroughly improbable Stanley Cup Final. Even the players from the NHL’s last two teams standing seemed a bit surprised by their achievements when they gathered Sunday in balmy 84-degree Nevada weather. “Who would have thunk it?” asked Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played the previous four seasons for the… Read More

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