Three Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Same Sex ‘Yes’
A ‘legalize same-sex marriage in Australia’ vote will proceed in wake of courts dismissing two legal challenges. The move, set to begin next week, is a non-binding survey to gauge support for changing Australia’s Marriage Act, reports BBC Australasia.
The High Court of Australia dismissed separate objections by same-sex marriage advocates, who had argued the postal vote to be invalid methodology. The survey does not have power to make same-sex marriage legal, but could lead to a parliamentary vote.
NATIONWIDE – In Defiance of Nature
Businesses along U.S. 41, a stretch of highway known as the Tamiami Trail, have closed their doors as Hurricane Irma looms ominous in the Atlantic, said NBC News—all but Gator’s Crossroads, a colorful dive bar within Collier County’s mandatory evacuation zone. Gator’s will keep the lights on.
Built in the 1950s, Gator’s is a haven for locals, and it will try to remain open throughout Hurricane Irma. Bar staffers have hope that, despite its lack of hurricane shutters or plywood window covers, it will be a makeshift shelter for those who have nowhere else to go through inclimant weather.
FRONTIER FOCUS – North Korea Nuke Felt at AK
Minutes before 7:30 p.m., a wave of energy passed through Alaska. The shake, which had propagated through the entire planet, first reached Alaska near the village of Wales before racing southeast. Waveform registered on seismometers from Tin City to Ketchikan, noted a non-earthquake-like squiggle signature and indicated a North Korean origin.
The shake that registered on Alaska seismometers, and most sensitive instruments worldwide, was an underground nuclear explosion by North Korea. Since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in 1996, North Korea has been the only country conducting these tests, reports AND News. USGS scientists estimated as magnitude 6.3 at its source in North Korea.