A John Lennon Peace Tower Lights Up + Orca Breeding Banned at SeaWorld

  • Yoko Ono will celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday today by switching on the Imagine Peace Tower. The tribute to the former Beatle is a tower of light located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ono lights it every year to mark her husband's birthday and to symbolize her being "together with him." On the Imagine Peace Tower website, Ono states, "I hope the Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet. And give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realise a peaceful world." People all over the world can watch a live-stream of the light tower from October 9 until December 8. Times are listed on the website. — BBC
  • The California Coastal Commission has banned captive orca breeding at SeaWorld. Despite pleas from activists to release the whales, the Commission has unanimously approved SeaWorld San Diego's plans to expand its killer whale tank. The $100 million plan will double the size of the current habitat, but there's one condition: The park cannot breed any of the 11 whales in captivity in California. PETA spokesman Ben Williamson said the commission's action means "no more orcas will be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation and misery." — CNN
  • A single dad held a class to teach other dads how to do their daughters' hair. Philippe Morgese, from Daytona, put together a class for other dads to show them the hair basics, from brushing to buns. After a larger-than-expected turnout, Morgese says he plans on hosting another one soon while still keeping the class size small so they can have one-on-one help. — PopSugar
  • A young male engineering student wrote an open letter to the editor to highlight the lack of equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Jared Mauldin, a mechanical engineer at the Eastern Washington University, penned the letter to the editor of his school’s student newspaper, The Easterner, addressed to "the women in [his] engineering classes." He described female peers and friends in his classes who were treated differently or calously just because they were women. Mauldin said that "male students were hypercritical of her work and often talked over her, if acknowledging her at all." — Huffington Post
  • Fall has taken its time to settle into the season, with L.A. expecting record-high temperatures this week. According to according to National Weather Service forecasters, residents downtown can expect high 90s and even into the 100s in the valleys. The beaches could see temps in the 90s. Why? NWS meteorologist Joe Sirard said you can thank a high-pressure system that's moved into the Great Basin. "It's pushing warm air across the desert, over the mountains, and toward the sea. The air compresses and warms as it descends into metro Los Angeles. It's a typical offshore or Santa Ana situation, except without strong winds," he said. — LA Weekly
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