PETA video accuses seafood plant of lobster cruelty

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 1:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 1:48 PM

Animal rights organization PETA is accusing a top seafood plant in Maine of killing lobsters and crabs in a painful method, violating the state’s cruelty-to-animals statute.

PETA says this video was shot by an undercover investigator at Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster plant in Rockland. It shows lobsters and crabs being dismembered and disposed of while they’re still alive.

PETA released the tape Tuesday, and now it says its looking to file a complaint against the company with local police for what it believes is a violation of Maine’s animal cruelty laws.

According to CBS: “The animal rights group says the company should be using readily available technology that electrically stuns the animals or subjects them to hydrostatic pressure before they're dismembered. Both methods kill the crustaceans almost instantaneously.”

Maine law criminalizes the intentional killing of animals by any method that does not cause instantaneous death, and there is no part of the statute that exempts lobsters and crabs from the list of protected animals. (Via Maine Legislation)

The owner of the accused plant, Linda Bean, was called "one of the major players in the state's lobster industry" in an article published earlier this year by the Bangor Daily News. She has yet to comment on the video, but according to the Kennebec Journal the attorney who represents Bean says he or she can’t comment “ … because nothing in the video identifies where it was shot.” (Via Kennebec Journal)

PETA plans to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to show the video and answer questions about the group’s investigation.

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SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.

It was the first flight from NASA's legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago, and SpaceX's first liftoff from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer.

The crowds at Kennedy Space Center watched eagerly as the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket took flight with a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. They got barely 10 seconds of viewing before clouds swallowed up the Falcon as it thundered skyward.

As an extra special treat, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral several minutes after liftoff, a feat accomplished only twice before. Most of the company's booster landings — rocket recycling at its finest — have used ocean platforms. As they did during the shuttle era, sonic booms heralded the booster's return.

Flight controllers at SpaceX headquarters in Southern California cheered as the 15-story booster landed upright at its designated parking spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk celebrated the successful touchdown via Twitter.

"Baby came back," he tweeted.

The celebratory roar grew when the Dragon cargo ship successfully reached orbit a few minutes later. It will reach the space station Wednesday, delivering 5,500 pounds of food, clothes and experiments.

It was SpaceX's second launch attempt in a row. Saturday's effort was foiled by last-minute rocket concerns. The repairs paid off, and even the clouds parted enough to ensure a safe flight.

Musk said he's honored to use Launch Complex 39A. The company hopes to launch astronauts from this very spot next year, bringing U.S. crew launches back to home soil after a longer-than-intended hiatus. SpaceX Mars missions, first robots then people, could follow from here.

Kennedy Space Center's director Robert Cabana, a former shuttle commander who flew four times from 39A, is thrilled to see the pad used for commercial flights like this "instead of just sitting out there and rusting away." It's a stark contrast, he noted, to the depression that followed the final shuttle mission in 2011.

"It's just really an exciting time," Cabana said minutes before liftoff.

It was a momentous comeback for SpaceX. The last time SpaceX had a rocket ready to fly from Florida, it blew up on a neighboring Cape Canaveral pad during prelaunch testing on Sept. 1. Although the company successfully returned to flight last month from California, the focus was on getting leased Launch Complex 39A ready for action given that the pad with the accident was left unusable.

Built in the mid-1960s for the massive Saturn V moon rockets, Launch Complex 39A has now seen 95 launches. Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins left Earth from here on July 16, 1969, on the first moon-landing mission. The very first space shuttle pilots, John Young and Robert Crippen, soared from here on April 12, 1981. And in a grand shuttle finale, Atlantis took off from here on July 8, 2011.

NASA signed over 39A to SpaceX in 2014 under a 20-year lease.

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office warned the commercial crew launches by SpaceX and Boeing are at risk of slipping into 2019. "The hell we won't fly before 2019," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told reporters in response.

In a tweet Saturday, Musk said the company has already "retired" so much research and development risk on the crew Dragon capsule "that I feel very confident of 2018."

As for the second-stage steering issue that cropped up Saturday, SpaceX hustled to replace an engine part before Sunday morning's try. Musk said he personally called Saturday's launch off, saying he was unwilling to risk something going wrong.

SpaceX has spent tens of millions of dollars to make 39A Falcon-ready. By the time astronauts climb into a Dragon capsule for liftoff, Shotwell said, pad renovations will exceed $100 million.





Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:38 PM

            Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday morning after it abruptly scrubbed the planned launch on Saturday.

The rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. in the first launch from NASA's historic moonshot pad launch since 2011

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This is SpaceX’s tenth resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The private space flight company is owned by billionaire investor Elon Musk who tweeted out that the dragon spacecraft is due to dock with ISS on Wednesday. 

Sunday’s launch marks the first successful lift off for Space X following two separate disasters. An explosion on the launch pad last fall destroyed a rocket and another attempt in June of 2015 ended badly when the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff.

Spring-like temps, rain returns this week

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:26 AM


  • Mostly sunny skies return
  • Warmer than normal well into next week
  • Chance for rain Tuesday and Thursday


Today: Another mild start to the day with temperatures hovering in the middle 40s. A light breeze at times early, as morning clouds break for more sunshine again this afternoon. Highs will climb into the low 60s. Temperatures today will fall short of the record high of 70 degrees set in 1939, but still well above our seasonal average of 39 degrees.

Tonight: Mainly clear tonight with lows around 40 degrees.

Monday: A very pleasant start to the week with mostly sunny skies. A cool start for the kids at the bus stop in the 40s, but quickly warming after sunrise with highs expected in the middle 60s for the afternoon. The record high for the day was set just last year in 2016 at 69 degrees.

Tuesday: Clouds increase quickly on Tuesday as a cold front approaches. Scattered showers to push through the area during the afternoon and evening. A bit breezy at times though still mild with highs in the lower to middle 60s.

Wednesday: Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine on Wednesday. Highs for the day in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with the chance for showers Thursday. Highs in the middle 60s. 

UD police to crack down on underage drinking this weekend

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 1:36 PM

The University of Dayton on Friday sent an email to students warning them there will be an “increased staff and police presence” in student neighborhoods on Saturday to better ensure safety.

The heightened police presence is in response to recently increased instances of “high-risk drinking, lack of civility with university staff, police officers and each other, damage to property, disorderly conduct and personal injury,” according to the email obtained by this news organization.

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Police will be dispersing large crowds, citing underage drinking and enforcing occupancy limits, according to the email, which was signed by vice president for student development William Fischer and UD police chief Rodney Chatman.

“We ask for your cooperation as we work to provide a safe environment for all community members,” officials said in the email.

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The email also asked concerned students to contact the department of public safety at 937-229-2121.

The email to students comes just two weeks after 23 UD students were arrested for underage drinking in a sting by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.


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