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Articles from the April 23, 2017 edition

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  • "National Park Week" Celebration Underscores the $12 Billion Need to Restore America's Parks

    Zane|Apr 23, 2017

    This week, Americans and international visitors will explore the country's 417 national parks free of charge on the weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23, in celebration of National Park Week. Awaiting visitors are places that share America's history, roaring waterfalls and towering mountains – as well as repair needs that affect nearly every park across the country. This year's National Park Week caps off a record-breaking year; in 2016, national parks welcomed nearly 331 million visitors, a...

  • One Year Later: Ghost of Prince Rogers Nelson Haunts Paisley Park Studio

    Stan Greene|Apr 23, 2017

    4/22/2017: A year has passed since the Purple One died. In Minneapolis tonight, public buildings and concert halls are bathed in ghostly purple light in his honor. Singer Prince Rogers Nelson's Paisley Park home and recording studio is open to the public now. But the public is not the only ones roaming the halls, we are informed by his staff. Prince was always a little, err, edgy. Never creepy, of course not . But is it possible that Prince decided to, in the words of another famous dead...

  • Massive Power Outage in San Francisco Leaves 90,000 customers Without Power

    Observer Staff|Apr 23, 2017

    Officials say that a circuit breaker failure at the Larkin Substation, caused the fire that left nearly 90,000 customers in San Francisco without electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric reports that power has been restored to all but 3,000 San Francisco homes. PG&E hopes to restore power to the rest by 5 pm PST. City officials also say they will have traffic control officers at the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Otherwise, the Friday drive to Marin County might become a gridlock of Biblical...

  • Study Paints Somber Picture of U.S. Mental Health Status and Access to Care

    Zane|Apr 23, 2017

    More Americans than ever before suffer from serious psychological distress, and the country's ability to meet the growing demand for mental health services is rapidly eroding. Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center analyzed a federal health information database and concluded that 3.4 percent of the U.S. population (more than 8.3 million) adult Americans suffer from serious psychological distress, or SPD. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which conducts...

  • Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies in Italy

    Rebecca James|Apr 23, 2017

    The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died in her own home in Verbania, Italy. Emma Martina Luigia Morano (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017) was an Italian supercentenarian who, prior to her death at the age of 117 years and 137 days, was the world's oldest living person whose age had been verified, and the last living person to have been verified as being born in the 1800s. She was the oldest Italian person ever, the second oldest European person ever behind Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, a...