A Washington, D.C.-based burger chain and its social media contractor are trying to quell the backlash they’re facing for a tweet over the weekend featuring a photoshopped image of murdered journalist James Foley and a person holding a hamburger. “Please accept our sincere apology to all who have been affected by the tasteless and insensitive post, and expect Z-Burger to be much more vigilent [sic] in the future,” Peter Tabibian, the owner of Z-Burger, which has four locations in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, said in a statement Sunday. The since-deleted tweet featured a photoshopped meme of Foley, a UMass Amherst graduate and New Hampshire native, moments before his execution by ISIS captors in 2014, along with an image of two hands holding a hamburger and the words, “You disgrace me.” The text of the tweet read, “When you say you want a burger and someone says okay lets hit McDonalds.” According to The Washingtonian, the … [Read more...] about D.C. burger chain apologizes for tweet featuring James Foley execution photo
Dan Sewell, Associated Press Updated 9:14 am CDT, Thursday, July 18, 2019 FILE - In a May 30, 2019 file photo, Ahmad Fawzi Issa, right, sits in Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati. Issa, who spent two decades on Ohio’s death row could soon find out whether he is going home. Hamilton County judge J. Patrick Foley III will hear Thursday, July 18, 2019 whether an agreement has been reached in the case of Issa. Issa was sentenced to death in the 1997 contract slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner. But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out his conviction last year. less FILE - In a May 30, 2019 file photo, Ahmad Fawzi Issa, right, sits in Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati. Issa, who spent two decades on Ohio’s death row could soon find out whether he is going home. ... more Photo: Dan Sewell, AP … [Read more...] about Former death row inmate’s case still unresolved
If you eschew wool and synthetic in favor of "nature's baselayer," you might want to avoid hiking in the Swiss Alps town of Appenzell: Locals politicians recently passed a law levying a fine against in-the-buff trampers. The normally neutral Swiss hope to stem the flow of enthusiastic German "naturist" hikers who love to cruise the their trails wearing only boots, pack, and a healthy sense of self-esteem. Local government secretary Markus Dörig said: "Local people were offended by the visitors. We live in the countryside and people here want to live a quiet and undisturbed life. These incidents were really annoying." Nude hikers love the Alps as much as clothed ones, of course, but the practice enjoys a special place in the hearts of Germans. Teutonic nudism has been on the rise since the fall of Nazism, and many German nudist organizations (called "free body culture" in German) are simply suggesting that their members take their love of the buff outside. International Naturist … [Read more...] about No Naked Hiking!
Text by Kelly Bastone, Illustration by Don Foley FEATURES | BUY, USE, MAINTAIN A. Basic models use colored lights to indicate search direction in receive mode; more advanced beacons use LED and LCD screens to display search data like distance and direction.B. All beacons have a transmit/receive switch. When hiking or skiing, set your beacon to “transmit.” To search for a victim, switch C. The sending beacon’s electromagnetic field travels in a naturally curved pattern of waves called flux lines, which guide receiving beacons to the transmitter. internal antenna (a coil-wrapped ferrite rod) transmits an electromagnetic signal at 457kHz. Since beacons use the same frequency, they’re all compatible. Searching beacons interpret this signal as an audible beep. The louder the beep, the closer the transmitter.batteries (AA or AAA, as specified), which discharge power at a slower, steadier rate (avoiding power dips that could interrupt functionality) than lithium and … [Read more...] about Gear School: Avalanche Beacons
Mike Peters is playing a song. That night, in Crater Camp, I'm not bleeding but I might as well be. I'd been to this elevation a couple of years before, while trekking to Everest's North Col, but it didn't hurt as bad. Maybe I'd just forgotten. I press the heels of my hands into my eye sockets because it feels like my eyeballs are about to explode. Sleep is a distant fantasy. I lie in my bag, listening to the percussion of pee and projectile vomiting outside, wishing the hours would evaporate so we can get going again. Hell looms above, but our journey begins in heaven. Our preclimb basecamp occupies a lush grove of towering podocarpus trees and cassia bushes spackled with yellow blooms, tucked away on the lee side of Kilimanjaro's 14,980-foot neighbor, Mt. Meru. In the afternoon, the musicians noodle melodies on their guitars while warm winds scented with wood smoke drift across the foothills, rustling our canvas cottages. The bucolic setting reminds me of a quote from George Mallory, … [Read more...] about High Note: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Rock Stars for a Cause