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Is Another Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Brewing in Eastern Tennessee?

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan rages on, with disaster recurring each day at the plant – according to a Japan Nuclear Expert. For the uninitiated, the nuclear reactors at Fukushima Japan was inundated by a tsunami on March 11, 2011, causing 3 of the plant’s six nuclear reactors to go into meltdown. The situation is still not contained and radioactive materials are spewing from the site every day poisoning the waters of the Pacific Ocean.





Grace Lee Whitney

Star Trek’s Yeoman Rand, Grace Lee Whitney, Dies at 85

As a long-time Star Trek fan who is old enough to have seen and remember the original series when it first aired, I was very surprised to learn that Grace Lee Whitney’s character Yeoman Rand was only in the first eight episodes. Of course, she appeared in most of the original series-based films, but it still was surprising to me because I remember her prominently from the series, so it’s sad to hear that she died this weekend in the town of Coarsegold, California, apparently of natural causes.










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