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Bipolar comedians, Mt. Everest and a brief physics lesson

January 26, 2011

The must read story of the week comes from Hannah Sutherland of the Peace Arch News who speaks to a woman widowed last week when her husband was killed in a horrific crash with a dump truck. A super photo by Doug Shanks of the woman at the scene sets up the story and Hannah does the rest of the work. It closes:

The weekend before the crash, Michie said she and Neiss were watching a news story about a man who died earlier this month in a Tucson, Ariz. shooting, after pushing his wife out of the line of fire.

Neiss told Michie he had been wondering what he would say to her if he was that man, and only had moments to live.

“‘I’ve been thinking about it and I’d tell you thanks for loving me’,” Michie recalled him saying. “And I said, ‘well, thanks for loving me.’”

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Alan Campbell of the Richmond News reports on a local mountaineer and adventurer (who’s aspiring to walk from Richmond to Mexico) in style:

The wind was howling at gale-force and even more deadly weather was creeping closer by the hour.

Darrell Ainscough and his two Sherpas were sitting tight in a frozen camp, just shy of Mt. Everest’s peak, as the final window of opportunity to reach the Summit of the World was just about to slam shut.

Everyone else had either reached the 8,850-metre summit or had given up, when Ainscough suddenly became aware that he and his native guides were the last group on Earth’s most revered mountain.

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THAT’S how you start a story.

Jessica Kerr of the Delta Optimist reports on a family that is P-I-S-S-E-D after finding their runaway dog with another owner downtown. Even though the dog was tattooed with identification, it ended up at an Abbotsford adoption pound from where it was adopted. The family can’t do

In a Langley Advance story on that reckless dump truck driver, a cop is paraphrased as saying “two cars, each going 60, can hit at a total speed of 120 km/h, causing a tremendous impact.” Until a couple months ago that made perfect sense to me. Then I saw a Mythbusters episode that explained that this much-repeated “fact” is wrong (follow link for some formulas and stuff I don’t understand but assume to be true). According to something or other called physics (?), the total speed may double, but so does the mass of the two objects. That means that a crash between two similarly sized cars travelling at the same speed shouldn’t result in much more destruction than if one of those cars had just driven into a brick wall. (I’m not sure about the physics when the two vehicles have different masses, as was the case in Langley.) Something to remember.

Todd Coyne of the Tri-City News profiles a local bipolar comedian:

Before J. Peachy reinvented himself, people knew him as Geoffrey and he seemed the very image of success.

He had a wife, they owned a home, he had a nice car and he managed a successful telecommunications portfolio that included highly sensitive military contracts.

Then, on a work day like any other in November 2004, Geoffrey got up from his office desk and retired to the bathroom never to re-emerge.

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I know Maple Ridge is dealing with a bad-ass cougar, but I don’t think it has telekenetic powers as the Maple Ridge Times seems to claim with the headline: “Cat thought to kill horse.” Just sayin’.

A better headline from the North Shore News: “Appetite for construction.” Yes it’s easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. I smiled.

Great story and photo by Rebecca Aldous of the North Shore Outlook on all the money spent by the local library in the past year. Instead of leading with a whole bunch of dollar amounts she ledes with a nice personal moment at a local library.

Jenny Benedict pulls a comment from a wall dotted with green and blue sticky notes.

The rectangular area, which was left free to celebrate West Vancouver Memorial Library’s 60th anniversary, is a space where people can leave tidbits on their experience and memories regarding the facility.

The slip in the director of library services hand reads, “I love the library because it feels like coming home.”

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THEN come the numbers.

Finally, the Surrey Now re-introduces new publisher, and former editor, Marlyn Graziano.

Photo by Joe Hastings via Flickr.
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