3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Cheesy in Egypt
Working in the tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking Egyptian official, archaeologists have found a “solidified whitish mass” which they suspected to be food.The substance found while working in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has proven to be one of the oldest cheeses ever discovered. BBC World Service reports the cheese to date from 3,200 years ago, a discovery the journal Analytical Chemistry calls significant as there has been no previous evidence of Ancient Egyptian cheese production.Historians and chemists caution, the ancient cheese would have had a “really, really acidy” bite.
NATIONWIDE – Shaping Up
WWE stars have taken work beyond the mat by sharing support for Peyton Royce, a fellow wrestler criticized about her weight by journalist Dave Meltzer.
BBC US & Canada Service shared media’s most recent example of “body shamming,” reporting on Meltzer’s amateur critique of the female wrestler’s build as well as his weigh-in on rating her attractiveness, early years vs. present.
Royce, who now appears as part of the SmackDown’s main roster of wrestlers, took to social media to share her frustration after a fan tweeted Meltzer to ask if she should “starve herself.”
Fearing smack down himself, Meltzer has since apologized for the comments, calling Royce “an exceedingly attractive woman” and stating that he “realizes the lengths and pressures on women in the entertainment world to maintain unnatural looks.”
FRONTIER FOCUS – Big Plan at JBER
U.S. Air Force officials announced plans to build a $150 million runway extension at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, intending to reshape air traffic over Anchorage while easing jet noise problems above Mountain View neighborhood.
According to Alaska Dispatch News, the plan, which recently got approval from the Pentagon, calls for extending JBER’s north-south runway 2,500 feet to the north, meaning the north end of the runway would become the main arrival point for aircraft, according to an environmental analysis. Right now, main arrival runway for JBER aircraft is the base’s east-west runway, with an approach that passes through already crowded Anchorage airspace.
Extending the north-south runway was one of several options that Air Force officials had explored in recent years to reduce airspace congestion and give pilots more training time.