By the time they made it to land, the injured young man was in severe shock and had no radial pulse. Bystanders on the beach strapped him to a makeshift stretcher and then whisked him away. It was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A pall descended over Massachusetts. The next day the beaches were deserted, and up and down the coast people shook their heads and predicted that nothing would ever be the same. They were right — to a point. That incident took place 83 years ago, in Buzzards Bay. Claiming the life of a 16-year-old Dorchester kid by the name of Joseph Troy, the attack became a touchstone for coastal New England. In the decades since, in those rare instances when someone spotted a shark — or, rarer still, when someone was attacked by one — public officials dipped into history to use the death as psychological comfort for panicked beachgoers. Their reassuring refrain went like this: Don’t be alarmed. We haven’t had a fatal … [Read more...] about Sharks on the Cape: Just how scared should we be?
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Given all the upheaval and uncertainty, the most important franchise figure for the Celtics for 2019-20 is a guy who hasn’t taken a shot on an NBA court since 1995, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Danny the Dealer has his work cut out for him. Nothing that happened in Thursday night’s NBA Draft changed that. The Celtics’ future hinges on what moves Ainge has up his sleeve, because the hand the Celtics are playing isn’t as strong as expected. If the draft was any indication, there are no quick fixes for Ainge and the Green. They’re going to have to bide their time and wait for the NBA soap opera to spin in their direction like a roulette wheel, providing them their opportunity to steal a scene and a difference-maker. Related: Full list of the 2019 NBA Draft picks The good news is that no GM in the NBA is as good at enhancing and extolling the value of his assets as Ainge. He’s a crafty and convincing salesman, master of the … [Read more...] about Celtics’ future hinges on what Danny Ainge does next
Author: Stefani Dawn Publish date: Mar 13, 2019 I was blindsided. It never crossed my mind that a niche product like rock-climbing approach/descent maps—the Climb-On Maps my husband, Rick Momsen, and I have been selling since 2017—would be ripped off. Was I concerned about our maps being copied by climbers who didn’t want to spend the money? Sure. Did I think professional hoodlums would go after our business? Never. But there it was: Some asshole was selling an unauthorized version of our City of Rocks, Idaho, map at Amazon.com. Last Thanksgiving, Rick and I were preparing for an out-of-What? I read the rest of the listing, which had the wrong title and info; it also said “Sold and shipped by Amazon.com,” whereas our listing reads “Sold by Climb-On Maps and fulfilled by Amazon.” Then it hit me: This was fraud. Climb-On Maps is a two-person business—me and Rick. In 2016, we quit our jobs, sold our house, and spent two … [Read more...] about Counterfeited: How Illegal Knockoffs Harm Outdoor Brands
If you decided to stop throwing away the items that come into your life, what would your life look like? Life might become … delicious. Take zero waster Erin Pavlica’s example. When a friend recently gave the St. Paul mom some extra milk — too much even for her family of six to drink quickly enough — Pavlica got creative. “I’m making rice pudding,” she said from her kitchen on a recent winter day. This is the joy that comes from living lightly: bowls full of kheer — Indian rice pudding — for the whole family. It’s not just joy, though, but concern that prompt Pavlica and others like her to live as close to “zero” as possible when it comes to waste of any kind — to first refuse and re-use and reduce; and then, if those choices aren’t possible, to recycle and to rot (compost). Why? “We can’t just keep doing what we are doing to the planet,” Pavlica says. “It scares me, because I … [Read more...] about Living the zero waste life begins with trashing how we deal with garbage
“To captain a new ship, to bring her out from the shipyard, is some achievement, regardless of gender,” says Captain Serena Melani, when asked about her new role on Regent Seven Seas’ latest luxury cruise ship, Seven Seas Splendor, which is due to launch in 2020. It earns her the title of the first woman in the cruise industry’s history to captain a new cruise ship at launch. She’ll be there to mark each milestone, including the all-important christening and maiden voyages, and helping to shape the development of the ship while it’s still in the yard. Captain Melani was a prime candidate for this role with almost 30 years of nautical experience behind her. Melani’s maritime career began aged 16, as a cadet. For the last nine years she’s been with Regent Seven Seas, working her way up from bridge officer to the line’s first female captain. She’s now captained Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas … [Read more...] about Meet the first female captain to launch a cruise ship