3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Pardon the Eruption
Earth’s newest landmass burst from South Pacific Waters via an undersea volcano earlier this week, surprising a passing sailing vessel, reports UK Daily Mail.
A yacht named Maiken was sailing near Tongan Vava’u Islands when vast stretches of pumice stone pushed to surface and encircled the craft. Sailors broke through and free of the solidifying mass in time to witness a towering molten geyser spew forth.
The remarkable eyewitness encounter, caught in pictures and on video, revealed violent, dark water to leave a smoldering new island formation in its wake.
NATIONWIDE – Bodies Under Feet
Underground radar, dispatched across University of Mississippi Medical Center grounds reveals between two and seven-thousand buried coffins dotting a 20-acre area.
The graves are a natural legacy of the state’s first mental institution, called the Insane Asylum, which occupied in 1855 the today Medical Center location, shared USA Today.
UMMC officials, intending to break ground on campus development plans, now face exhume costs estimated at $3,000 per plot, meaning total expense may soar as high as 21 million dollars.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Possible education cuts prompt student walkout
An estimated 460 Fairbanks and North Pole students walked out of Friday classes to rally against proposed cuts to education funding, reports Alaska Dispatch News.
Students notified staffers prior to the unprecedented walkout, described by onlookers as peaceful and organized. The student protest responds to possible elimination of school programs and teacher jobs, particularly in music and arts.
The state House proposes inclusion of the same amount of public school funding as it did in the current budget year, while the Senate has proposed reducing public school funding by 5.7 percent, or $69 million.