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With all the bad stuff going on in the world we thought you might like a little happy news!
You might remember the voice of a once-homeless man named Ted Williams.
He hit the media spotlight three years ago and became known as the man with the golden voice. ‘When you’re listening to nothing but the oldies, you’re listening to Magic 98.9′
Well, he’s come a long way from standing on the side of the road doing his magical voice for a dollar.
‘Now, he lives with his long-time girlfriend in their own place. It even has a fireplace!
It’s been a long road, and Williams says he has a lot of titles, including former drug addict.
He admitted he started drinking again when he was first discovered, but says he’s been sober for two years now.
His voice was featured in a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial. ‘Kraft homestyle macaroni and cheese … you know you love it.’
Williams has also reconnected with family members since his life took a turn for the better.
And he’s written a book, fittingly called “A Golden Voice.” It’s advertised as an honest recollection of his life on the streets and his struggles with addiction. But the book has heartwarming moments too.
‘It is a deeply American, from-the-heart comeback story about the power of hope, faith, and personal responsibility. ‘
We’re glad to see Williams has been doing so well, and we certainly hope he got to enjoy every bit of that fireplace this winter.
MEANWHILE: It seems “Iron Man” has gone over to England for a while!
IRON MAN, Robert Downey Jr., 2008. ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett CollectionPilots flying over England this summer were shocked to see what looked like a man whizzing by the aircraft at about 3,500 feet, the Daily Mail reports via Yahoo. According to Britain’s Airprox Board, which investigates such matters, the passenger plane was making a descent to Manchester on June 13 when pilots “first sighted the object a few hundred meters in the 11 o’clock position.” The mystery man passed within 300 to 600 feet of the Airbus 320 as other crew members caught a glimpse of him. “The crew only saw it fleetingly, there was no time to take avoiding action,” the board adds, per the Mirror. The pilots made their report assuming it was “a person under a [parachuting] canopy,” says the board, yet neither “can remember seeing a canopy.”
What’s more, air controllers spotted nothing on their radar screens, and British hang-gliding and parachuting experts say a lone flyer couldn’t have operated due to weather that day. Maybe it was a person-shaped balloon, but weather conditions make that doubtful as well—so “the board agreed that it was unfortunate that there was really no information that could lead to identifying the unknown object.” Maybe the so-called “Superman of Macclesfield” was a man wearing a wingsuit, Inquisitr reports, noting that occasional skydivers have used wingsuits to land without a parachute. “If it was an extreme sports wingsuiter,” says Yahoo, “we’ll probably see footage on YouTube eventually.”[/quote]
AND WHILE WE’RE IN ENGLAND: The phone was placed in the coffin of 59-Year-old Lesley Emerson because she loved texting her family members.
Cancer took Lesley in 2011 but her granddaughter Sheri sent messages to the phone from time to time “as a way of coping.”
The Shields Gazette reports Sheri was stopped in her tracks last week when she received a response.
“I’m watching over you, you’ll get through this, you’ll be all right,” the message said.
Sheri admitted to being rattled by the situation.
“Obviously we know that nan wasn’t ever going to reply to our texts,” she said. “You can imagine what I was thinking seeing a message flash up from her.”
Sheri’s uncle called the number and, sure enough, someone answered.
The man on the other end said he thought the messages he had been getting were jokes, so he decided to send something back.
The family isn’t mad at the guy, but they are peeved at their cell provider.
They said they paid the company, Q2, to retire Lesley’s number but instead it was given to another customer.
The Daily Mail reports Q2 is trying to get the number back so the family won’t have to go through this again.
The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.
Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth.
The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago.
paabo-with-human-femurRecent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa — 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.
Study researcher Svante Pääbo examines a 45,000-year-old femur from a Siberian man that is helping scientists pinpoint when Neanderthals and modern humans interbred.
It remains uncertain just when interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals occurred.
Previous estimates of these events ranged from 37,000 to 86,000 years ago
Get ready to marvel at the moon’s dark shadow taking a bite out of the sun late Thursday afternoon as sky-watchers across most of Canada – except the Maritimes – will be treated to a partial solar eclipse.
An eclipse of the sun occurs when the Earth, moon and sun line up. However, unlike a total eclipse where the entire face of the sun is covered up by the moon passing in between, on Thursday only part of the sun will be covered by the moon. Depending on where you are, anywhere from 18% to 81% of the sun will appear hidden from view.
The timing of the eclipse also varies and depends strongly on your viewing region, says Raminder Singh Samra, resident astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, B.C.
“Thursday afternoon or late afternoon, depending on your location in Canada, is when it begins, and it ends in the late afternoon or early evening,” he explained.
“The best location to observe the eclipse when it is at its maximum will be in the northern arctic, in Nunavut Territory, where up to 81% of the sun will be covered. However, for Canadians living in more populated areas in the south, from Saskatchewan westward, the eclipse will also be impressive, too, since all phases will be visible.”
SE2014Oct23PViewers out west will have the best seats in the house as the sun will be high overhead when the eclipse gets underway. For example, in Vancouver the eclipse begins at 1:32 p.m. PDT – with the first hints of a bite taken out of the sun. Maximum eclipse will occur at 2:57 p.m., when 66% of the sun will be covered. The the show will end by 4:16 p.m. PDT when the moon entirely moves off the solar disk. Eclipse watchers as far east as London, Ont. will see as much as half of the sun disappear.
For folks in Ontario and Quebec, viewing will be a bit more tricky, but potentially quite spectacular as the entire sky show will unfold just as the sun is setting – meaning observers will need a clear view of western horizon. For Toronto, the eclipse will reach 44% by sunset at 6:20 p.m. EDT, while Montreal will only get to see 18% of the sun covered by the time the it dips below the local horizon.
Unfortunately for Atlantic provinces, sky-watchers will miss out on the event completely because the sun will have set by the time the eclipse gets underway.
Check out this NASA eclipse timetable for all major Canadian cities.

Of course, eclipse-watchers must remember to never look directly at the sun with naked eyes without proper solar filters, otherwise they risk damaging their vision.
“Normally we don’t look at the sun directly as its glare is strong enough to ward away our eyes,” Samra said. However, in an eclipse the ultraviolet radiation that comes from the Sun’s corona is still present but the glare is significantly reduced, thus potentially inviting you to look at the sun directly.”
To observe the sun safely, it’s recommended to use welder’s glasses No. 14 or greater or special eclipse glasses that are designed to look at the sun.
If you are clouded out or stuck indoors then you are still in luck, thanks to the astronomy outreach venture, which will broadcast the entire eclipse starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT.
All this will be great preparation for the next big event that eclipse-watchers in North America have been waiting for, which happens on August 21, 2017. On that day a total eclipse of the Sun will sweep across the U.S., with partial phases visible all across Canada, too.

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