3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Hanoi Sends Kong Packing
Hanoi’s municipal government has rejected Vietnam’s culture ministry plans to erect a “life-size” King Kong statue by iconic Hoan Kiem Lake.
The ministry model, according to BBC Asia Service, intends to tap into popularity of recently released blockbuster, Kong: Skull Island, which was partly filmed in Vietnam. Local officials were unimpressed by positioning plans which added the touristic photo opportunity to the shores of what is a focal point of capital city life.
There’s no indication how tall the model ape would have been, but officials says the ministry was keen for it to be “life size.”
NATIONWIDE – Meet the Resistance
The New York-based networking site, meetup.com unveil plans to partner with a labor group — under guidance of former Clinton aide — to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups, reports online Global News.
Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman told The Associated Press that the new arrangement, to be known only as #Resist, gives loosely organized protest movements required infrastructure to execute large responses to the new U.S. President’s policies.
For Heiferman and other tech leaders, Trump’s push to block immigration from several Muslim-majority countries marked a tipping point to act.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Reverse Race for Aid
In a fire victims and refugee shelters fundraiser, dozens of humans donned harnesses to haul homemade sleds across Anchorage park snow during recent, wacky homage to the state’s sled dog history, reports Alaska Dispatch News.
Partial funds to American Red Cross of Alaska help victims left homeless by Anchorage’s Royal Suite Apartments fire in February. Additional monies are supplied to worldwide initiative, United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Organizers estimate The Alaska Reverse Dog Sled Race, and related events, on track to generate $15,000 in donations by day’s end.