Opinion: Will Trump allow oil drilling in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary?

Just look west. Right off our coastline is the majesty and wonder of the Pacific Ocean. From the largest mammal to the smallest microbe, our oceans house an abundance of life like no other place on our planet. Though much of it is unexplored, the parts we know are teeming with marine wildlife. Here on shore, surfers, sailors, divers and more treasure this abundance.

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That’s why so many stood up and spoke out on behalf of these special places in response to President Trump’s April 30 executive order, which initiates a review of the designation or expansion of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.

Along the California coast, four national marine sanctuaries are in danger: Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay. These areas are home to astounding numbers and varieties of fish, marine mammals and shorebirds and provide invaluable recreation and education opportunities.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a premier whale and dolphin watching spot. It is visited annually by more than 27 species of whales and dolphins, including endangered blue, fin and sei whales.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located west of Point Reyes, boasts seals, sea lions, whales and seabirds from across the Pacific.

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge into the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, home to a quarter …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

92-year-old WWII veteran with terminal cancer sings at his own wake

DETROIT — Three weeks ago, Johnny Wearing learned that the liver cancer he’d been battling for years had progressed for the worse. The 92-year-old World War II veteran has a few weeks, maybe a few months, to live.

Despite a long and fulfilling life — one filled with children, grandchildren, tons of friends and a love for singing in a barbershop quartet — the news was depressing and difficult to digest.

Then friend and confidant, Matthew Seely, 55, pointed out a bright spot.

“I said, ‘Johnny, you have a chance nobody gets. You can say good-bye,’” recalled Seely, whose father Russ had been best friends and singing partners with Wearing.

Sunday turned into just that. Setting aside funds that would have typically been earmarked for a memorial luncheon, Seely helped organize a Goodbye Celebration instead.

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A living wake, the day including people from all corners — and eras — of the Detroiter’s life. There were friends from the Barbershop Quartet Society, a community Wearing …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

Veteran Moor closer to signing new deal with Toronto FC

TORONTO – Major League Soccer’s trade and transfer deadline has passed, which means Toronto FC’s roster is pretty much set for the remainder of 2017. But general manager Tim Bezbatchenko is already planning ahead for next year, including trying to lock up veteran defender Drew Moor.

Moor’s contract is up at the end of this season, but he told Sportsnet last month that negotiations over a new deal had already been taking place, and that he was hopeful that something will get hammered out and that he’ll remain in Toronto beyond 2017.

On Wednesday, Moor revealed that contract talks between his representation and the club have moved forward since last month as the two sides inch closer towards agreeing to a new deal.

“We’re moving in a very good direction. I’m positive that if something is going to get done, it’ll get done soon. Again, this is the place I want to be – it’s such a great club, such a great time. I feel like such a big part of it, and talks have advanced in a positive direction since the last time we spoke,” Moor told Sportsnet.

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According to the MLS players’ union website, Moor will earn a base salary of $246,750 US this season. If Moor, a 33-year-old native of Dallas, doesn’t re-sign with Toronto, he would become a free agent at the end of the year and be free to negotiate with any MLS club ahead of the 2018 regular season. With that in …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca