April 21, 2104
Gigabit internet coming to St. Louis?
It’s not Google Fiber, but it could be close. AT&T announced today that they are bringing their U-Verse with GigaPower to St. Louis, along with “100 new candidate cities and municipalities nationwide”. The service says internet speeds can reach up to 1 Gigabit per seconds on this expanded network. This announcement doesn’t mean these speeds will be available tomorrow or event next month. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay posted on his Facebook page, that he looks forward to working with the company to see how this network can be brought to St. Louis neighborhoods.
Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon
The 38-year-old ran the course in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. He becomes the first American to win since 1983. His time was about five minutes off the record set in 2011. The first Boston Marathon in 1807 was won by John J. McDermott in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the Women’s Elite division for the second consecutive year and third time overall. She set a female course record and won $175,00.
St. Louis Blues take a 2-0 lead on Chicago Blackhawks
The Blues won again in overtime on Saturday to take a 2-0 series leading on the Blackhawks in their Best-of-Seven series. The series moves to Chicago tonight for Game Three at 7:30 pm. Brent Seabrook of the Blackhawks was suspended for three games for this hit on Blues’ captain David Backes.
Whether Backes will play tonight or not is uncertain, but he did make the trip with the team. Even the Chicago Tribune wondered why the Hawks’ gameplay included “heartless, dirty and stupid play”. Aside from Seabrook’s hit, Duncan Keith decided to say a few choice words to Backes as he was in “La-La land” after the hit along with slashing the hell out of everyone on the Blues roster.
Teenager flies from San Jose to Maui in plane’s wheel well
There is security footage of him climbing a fence to to get into the San Jose airport and also of him climbing out of the plane’s undercarriage in Hawaii. Some people are questioning how real this story is considering temperatures in the wheel well could have reached 80 degrees below 0.
Oscar Meyer recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs
Kraft Foods isn’t recalling these because they are dangerous or anything. They are recalling them because cheese dogs may have been put in packaging that was meant for classic hot dogs. Because of this, the ingredients on the packaging would be wrong.
Lyft debuts in St. Louis but may not last long
The ride-sharing service Lyft debuted in St. Louis on Friday night. The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is of course opposed to the service operating here. Lyft drivers were being pulled over by St. Louis City police officers and issued tickets. Lyft has said they will play the tickets any of their drivers get. The whole issue is a tricky one. Local cabbie Umar Lee wrote a good piece about how Lyft hurts the working poor. Matt Ridings wrote a piece on Medium focusing on how St. Louis is stifling innovation. The best part of this whole issue is reading quotes from MTC officials. Officials will tell you that the MTC already allows “app-based services”, but that’s a bit of a stretch. The “Dispatch License” they speak of only allows those apps to dispatch current St. Louis taxis. On a side note, keep in mind this is the same group that opposed the BarCycle back in 2012.
Looks like Lyft in St. Louis is on hold.
Judge David Dowd issues temporary restraining order forbidding Lyft ride service from doing business in St. Louis.
— Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen) April 21, 2014
Mount Everest Sherpas may strike after avalanche
A deadly avalanche recently killed at least 13 Sherpas on Mount Everest. Now the Sherpas may go on strike. They are pretty much the only reason Westerners are able to climb the mountain. For their troubles they make between $3,000 and $5,000 during the two-three month climbing season. The strike talk was triggered by the Nepal government’s offer of only about $408 to the families of the deceased. A crew from the Discovery Channel was among those whose Sherpas were killed in the avalanche. They were preparing to film Everest Jump Live, a winged-suit jump from the peak. The special has been canceled. You can see a video of Joby Ogwyn talking about the project last month.
UPDATE: The sherpas have voted to end the 2014 climbing season. The death toll from the avalanche has also risen to 16.
Montreal Canadians have crazy awesome pre-game intro
This happened in Montreal last night before the Canadians and Tampa Bay Lightning played Game Three in their series. It’s kind of like the one the Cleveland Cavaliers did a month or so ago.
Lindsay Lohan had miscarriage while filming reality show
The actress made the announcement on the season finale of her OWN reality show, “Lindsay”, last night. She didn’t say who the father was. She blurted the news out to explain why she had recently missed time filming on the show.
In other Lindsay Lohan news, she confirmed the “sex list” is real.
Nintendo Game Boy Turns 25
The Nintendo Game boy was released in Japan on April 21, 1989. It wouldn’t come to North American until August of that year. The game Tetris was originally released as a computer game but became legendary on the Game Boy. Here are 24 other facts about the Game Boy.
Country singer Kevin Sharp dies
The 43-year-old cancer survivor died from “ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues”. Sharp was known for hits “Nobody Knows” and “If You Love Somebody”.
Captain America takes the box office again
Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in $26.6 million to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row. Rio 2 brought in $22.5 and Heaven is for Real brought in $21.5 million to round out the top three. Heaven brought in $8,895 per theater, the most of any film. The $100 million+ Transcendence bombed with $11.15 million. A Haunted House 2 brought in $9.1 million in its opening weekend on a $4 million budget. We’ll have more on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.
Boxer Rubin Carter dies
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen play The Newlywed Game
Johnny Manziel makes one-handed catch on water ski
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