Oil Rig Sinks in Ocean
On Thursday, April 22, according to an AOLnews.com special, an offshore oil rig descended into the Gulf of Mexico after it burst into flames two days earlier. Rescue teams were searching furiously for 11 missing laborers at the time of this report, but, as the article explains, it is unlikely they will be found. The Transocean Limited drilling platform blew up late Tuesday (April 20) about 50 miles from Venice, LA. The rig endured the blaze until sinking in 5,000-foot-deep waters early Friday afternoon, Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Baker explained. Rear Admiral Mary Landry says she’s convinced that the cleanup will be so effective that the spillage won’t adversely affect the Gulf Coast. There may still be the possibility of underwater crude oil leaks, though. The oil rig passed numerous inspections in the past. Officials stated that 115 workers were saved, some right out of the water, and were transported to awaiting family members at a New Orleans hotel. The article also provides appropriate background information, like the number of oil rig explosions since 2001 (858), as well as the U.S.’s worst oil rig explosion of all time, where in 1964, 21 workers died off the coast of Louisiana.
Explosions of this magnitude, particularly those that occur on U.S. soil, are highly notable to the public. News gatherers ought to get hold of these story and publicize them. Two things especially stand out to a news-savvy audience in this story: one, the possible injurious effects an oil spill will have on the environment; two, the search-and-rescue for hard-working, ordinary American citizens who were helplessly displaced into an immense sea. It’s also timely, with the recent efforts to open new areas to offshore drilling by the Obama Administration. The article is as thorough and conscientious as a news story must be: it covers all angles and leaves nothing up to speculation, nor does it tire in providing background information––which is crucial to its content. The photo slide show opens readers’ eyes to how massive the blast and rescue efforts were, including pictures in which an ominous, dark smoke-cloud fills the bright sky, as well as ones in which four or five coast guard ships works to extinguish the blaze.
Noah’s Ark Surfaces on Turkish Mountaintop
According to FOXnews.com, a team of Chinese and Turkish evangelical researchers claim that the wooden relics they found on Mount Ararat in Turkey are pieces of Noah’s Ark. “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” said Yeung Wing-Cheung, from Noah’s Ark Ministries International. Although the Turkish government made the findings of another Noah’s Ark a national park, Wing-Cheung and others remain convinced that the discovery is legitimate and will impact the world if the mass of wood matches historical descriptions of the Ark. “There’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey is the legendary Ark of Noah,” said Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten. The article then relates the Biblical story of the Ark, in which God tells Noah to build a large enough ship to house two of every kind of animal during a worldwide flood, incited because had been angry with a debauch earth. After the waters subsided, the Bible’s account says the Ark rested on a mountaintop, which, for decades, has been believed to be on Mount Ararat.
Folklore, myth and Biblical phenomenon should usually be left out of fact-driven news coverage––unless, of course, there are some facts to substantiate crazy claims. Growing up on Bible stories and even underfunded Samson-and-Delilah motion pictures, I too was subject to hearing the Ark legend: of how God selected one righteous man to save the earth’s creatures on a gargantuan ship during a massive, worldwide downpour, as well as multiply the earth with his wife, three sons, and their daughters thereafter. I too heard of songs that sung of boy and girl elephants, giraffes, wolves, cattle, platypuses, et cetera, being enticed into the water-ready vessel. With over 2 billion Christians, 1.5 billion Muslims and 14 million Jews––along with every other Judeo-Christian sect out there––this story is as relevant as ever, confirming to these believers that their sacred texts are true, or at least dependable. Also, amid the creation-vs-evolution debate, this material also proves newsworthy to a country wracked with culture wars. Snobby academics and intellectuals that sneer at such a “supposed” finding ought not intimidate news gatherers from reporting this “religious” discovery. Their atheistic fear that God will be proven shouldn’t impede news coverage. After all, if some researchers on some far off planet discovered the non-existence of God, agnostics and atheists would want to know! Excuse the rant. I simply feel that many news agencies shy away from such stories for some fear that omnipotent academics will chastise and thereby ruin their publications. FOXNews.com and The Sun, on whose website there is a video of the find, were the only two agencies that covered the story.
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Officials Tried to Preserve Monster from Poachers
AOLNews.com reports that a 1938 document written by Chief Constable William Fraser, released recently by National Archive of Scotland, divulges that Fraser believed the legendary sea monster of the lake known as Loch Ness existed, and that authorities attempted to protect the creäture from money-hungry nimrods with spears: “That there is some strange creäture in Loch Ness now seems beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful.” Cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman, who manages the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, said, “It’s a breeding population; there have been multiple sightings of more than one creäture.” Coleman also notes that the information alters the known reports of history, since Scotland was in fact trying to preserve the unknown species, despite what they said to the masses. The AOL article also provides background information about Ol’ Nessie, whose first recorded sighting was in A.D. 565. Coleman feels that the monster, which has been reportedly sighted on land, emerging into the public eye will throw science into a craze.
The mysterious world of cryptozoology is as captivating to the masses as the existence of extraterrestrial life, yet, more spellbinding, in fact, since findings are earthly and therefore more disposed to being proven. Chancing on a once-thought extinct species is more likely than haphazardly receiving signals from deep space. That said, the quasi-scientific Loch Ness story excites curiosity and awe in the public’s thoughts. New disclosures in the centuries-long investigation are exceptionally newsworthy and relevant. The article lacks one journalistic element: the conflicting opinion. Any story must possess that quality, since there are always several sides to report. AOLNews.com could have contacted expert biologists who feel strongly that the monster does not exist, relaying their reasoning, as well. It’s a fun read, though, a kind that, if nothing else, leaves the reader absorbed in the though that such creatures still exist.
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