Bailey’s News Bytes
Bailey Rankin, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 26, 2014
As the Winter Olympics concluded earlier this week in Sochi, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was excluded from the gold medal game with his home country Sweden. The final game was Sweden vs. Canada with Canada dominating play and taking the gold with a 3-0 victory. Backstrom tested positive for a banned substance, also known as Zyrtec-D. That’s right, allergy medication that he’s been taking his whole life. Yahoo News reports that he was pulled from the locker room two hours before the pregame skate right after being announced in the starting line up.
Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 this past week. She lived alone in London and was a talented musician and pianist. A documentary portraying her life was nominated for a 2014 Oscar titled “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”. She was originally from Prague and was imprisoned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The music saved her life because she would perform concerts for the Nazis. CNN News stats that the Soviet Army freed her in May of 1945.
NBC News covers the story of a wild Leopard running through the streets of India. The cat sparked panic while it wandered into a hospital, a cinema and an apartment complex. It crawled through holes in the wall of a construction site as it evaded captors.
A new law was passed in Uganda that states any person convicted of having gay sex can and will go to jail. NBC News reports that the Ugandan President Yoweir Museveni signed the new anti-gay bill on Monday. Life imprisonment could now be on the table, where first time offenders are facing 14 years in jail. It is also a crime to promote any gay activity. This is a law that will now affect everyone.
The oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth was confirmed by zapping single atoms of lead in a tony zircon crystal. It is 4.375 billion years old, plus or minus six million years. “The confirmation of the zircon age holds enormous implications for models of early earth” says Fox News. The findings show us that early earth was more like earth we know today and that it wasn’t an inhospitable place.