Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia's hopes
Scott Applewhite, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has long proclaimed itself “Almost Heaven,” a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. But Manchin, who grew up in the mountain town of Farmington, has emerged as a key swing vote in a divided Senate. Not since Robert Byrd’s death in 2010 has a senator from West Virginia wielded this much influence. With his centrist instincts in such a red state, Manchin has occasionally been the subject of rumors he'll switch parties. “We're hoping Senator Manchin remembers that he represents some of the poorest people in this country,” Kerner said.
Arecibo isn't the first radio telescope to unexpectedly fail. Here's what we can learn from Green Bank's collapse.
Seielstad was director at Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia when he got a very bad call on Nov. 15, 1988. Here, Green Bank had two key advocates: West Virginia's senators at the time, Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller. That telescope began observations in 2003 and continues to operate today; it had partnered with Arecibo Telescope on several projects. That challenge comes despite the fact that both the Green Bank and Arecibo observatories have played crucial roles in their neighborhoods. Related: The Arecibo Observatory: Puerto Rico's giant radio telescope in photosA drone view of damage to a cable at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico captured after a second cable failed on Nov. 6, 2020.space.com
The Latest: Lexington police probe slurs at online meeting
___LEXINGTON, Ky. A virtual city council meeting in Kentucky was interrupted Wednesday night by people making racial and homophobic slurs. The Zoom meeting with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County council members was an open forum for the public to discuss police reform. Lexington Vice Mayor Steve Kay said the council was unable to screen the calls Wednesday. The initial complaint alleges Derek Chauvin had his knee on Mr. Floyds neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Little Rock is banning police from using neck restraints following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Mayor Frank Scott said Wednesday.