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    Every September for the last few years, drivers along a stretch of road in northern Vermont are greeted with some unusual lawn art commemorating what many consider to be one of the greatest defensive plays in baseball history: Willie Mays' over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

    Large wooden cutouts featuring paintings of Mays' remarkable grab are displayed in sequence by Rich Tarrant Jr., CEO of and son of former Republican Senatorial candidate Rich Tarrant. (Tarrant lost to Bernie Sanders in 2006.)

    Tarrant Jr.'s friend, the artist Thom Ross, created the cutouts in 2004 for the 50th anniversary of "The Catch." Ross displayed them at the site of the old Polo Grounds in New York where Mays, the Giants' Hall of Fame centerfielder, made the Sept. 29. 1954 catch.

    The San Francisco-born artist eventually gave them to Tarrant, who now displays them every fall along the South Burlington, Vt., road.

    Burlington's Seven Days newsweekly described a recent drive-by:

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  • Migaloo is seen swimming with another whale. (White Whale Research Centre)A rare albino humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Australia.

    And unlike the terrifying creature in "Moby Dick," this white whale has been drawing the enthusiastic attention of maritime tourists. CNN reports that the whale, nicknamed "Migaloo" by researchers, is the only known all-white humpback adult in the world today.

    Whale watchers have even set up a website to track Migaloo's annual migration.

    In July, researchers spotted a nearly all-white humpback that they say may be related to Migaloo.

    Peter Harrison, director of marine ecology research at Southern Cross University in Australia, says researchers have been tracking Migaloo since 1991 and believe he is now in his 20s.

    "Everyone here is quite excited," Oskar Peterson, who runs a whale tracking website, told CNN. "We see him almost every year now, but it's still front page news when he turns up."

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  • Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris may have uncovered the world's oldest staged photograph, a wartime image taken in 1855.

    Radiolab spoke with Morris, who unleashed his legendary attention to detail upon Roger Fenton's renowned photo, "The Valley of the Shadow of Death," considered to be one of the oldest known photographic images of warfare.

    The photo was taken during the Crimean War (1853-1856) and shows a road littered with cannonballs. The Crimean War was a massive conflict that saw Russia battling with Britain, France, Sardinia and the remnants of the Ottoman Empire for control over the declining Ottoman Empire.

    The Crimean War itself is arguably history's first "modern" war, featuring new communications technology (the telegraph) and weaponry, along with the use of photography. And Fenton's photographs taken during the war are considered to be some of the earliest ever to document warfare.

    From Radiolab:

    "[I]t turns out there were actually two photos--both taken from the same spot over 150 years ago. One image famously shows a road littered with cannonballs, while the other shows the same road with no cannonballs (they're off to the side in ditches). Which one came first? And why would the cannonballs have been moved?"

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  • World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May Go
    World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May Go

    The 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners recalled by Kraft may have a fighting chance of making it to the grill after all. “When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,”  Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affairs told “If the recalled product...

  • Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says
    Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

  • Teaser: chaos reigns in final season of 'True Blood'
    Teaser: chaos reigns in final season of 'True Blood'

    Two months before kicking off the seventh and final season of its famous vampire show, HBO has released the first footage from the coming episodes in a teaser that shows the town of Bon Temps in a state of total chaos. Abandoned by the US government, Sookie and her friends are contending with very difficult circumstances, as the town is under attack by vampire zombies infected with the Hepatitis V virus. And what will become of Eric, the lead vampire played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard? The 30-second clip preserves the suspense surrounding what awaits the blond vampire, who has been in a tight spot since the end of the previous season.

  • Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized
    Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of state's Department of Human Services said in a statement. The boy is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials are working to ensure his safe return to California, she said. There has been conflicting information on whether the boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is 15 or 16 years old.

  • How Obama’s White House Lost Ukraine in a Few Stupid Steps

    No one wants to say so, but the Obama administration has backed the wrong horse in Ukraine, and the misguided wager is a big loss. For a while it was possible to pretend, just barely, that supporting the coup against Viktor Yanukovych, the elected president hounded into exile in February, would prove a sound judgment. Obama always came across as a welterweight in the ring with Vladimir Putin, simply not up to the Russian leader’s command of all available moves. But one could imagine Secretary of State Kerry clearing an exit corridor with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new 'Galaxy'
    Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new 'Galaxy'

    NEW YORK (AP) — After Chris Pratt tweeted a shirtless photo of himself to flaunt the shape he had gotten into for "Zero Dark Thirty," he received, he says, a "giant ball of criticism" from his friends. It also helped land him the lead in one of the summer's biggest movies.

  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
    New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.

  • Stunning Hubble Telescope View Reveals Deep View of Universe (Video, Image)
    Stunning Hubble Telescope View Reveals Deep View of Universe (Video, Image)

    A new photo from NASA's Hubble space telescope captures a variety of celestial objects both near and far, providing a glimpse of many different stages of cosmic history all at once. The Hubble image, released Thursday (April 17), is a 14-hour exposure that shows objects about 1 billion times fainter than the naked eye can make out, researchers said.

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