November 2009 Archives

New Catastrophic Fire Alert urges Australians to Flee

     Residents in parts of South Australia have been asked to evacuate their homes as a heat wave forced authorities to issue its first 'catastrophic' fire warning on Tuesday, CNN reported.

            Residents living in the Eastern Eyre Peninsula and West Coast districts were asked to evacuate and people living in Flinders, North West Pastoral and the Lower Eyre Peninsula are under 'extreme' watch according to CNN.

            BBC news reported that this new level of warning was created in order to better alert residents after wild fires killed 173 people, and destroyed 2,000 homes in the State of Victoria earlier this year.

            "In the next couple of days we are going to see high temperatures, very low humidity and very strong winds," said fire service chief Euan Ferguson.

            With the severe drought in the southern region and temperatures rising to an intense 104 F this weekend, conditions will be perfect for fires to ignite, according to CNN.

            This first 'catastrophic' fire warning can only urge people to leave, they cannot be forced to evacuate, BBC reported.

Miami Man Charged for Sears Tower Plot

           A Miami man is being sentenced six years in prison after being convicted for plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower, CBS reported.

     24-year- old Burson Augustin is one of five men who are being convicted for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower. The four other men are scheduled to be sentenced over the next three days, according to BBC News.

      Originally prosecutors were sentencing Augustin to 30 years in prison but Joan Lenard, a U.S. district judge, give him a lighter sentence, BBC News reported.

CBS reported, Augustin had also been convicted for being a supporter of al-Qaeda.

           "Islamic terrorism is one of the most tremendous problems that this country now confronts... and this defendant took an oath to al-Qaeda," the judge said.

            CBS reported, the ringleader of this plot, Narseal Bariste, could face up to 70 years in prison an others involved between 30 and 50 years.

            The Sears Tower has since been re-named to Willis Tower, BBC reported.

Local Italian Restaurant is Growing

The family operated Italian restaurant, Vescio's, located in Dinkytown is expanding into Downtown after opening more than 50 years ago, The Minnesota Daily reported.

With University of Minnesota memorabilia's covering the walls of the restaurant, it has become a tradition for alumni, and people come back to eat at Vescio's long after they graduate, Skott Johnson, president of the Dinkytown Business Association, said.

            The new location, Vescio's Trattoria, will open in the skyway of the Six Quebec building in a couple of weeks. Here, it will compete alongside other 'on-the-go" fast food places such as Taco John's for the fast-paced professional crowd.

            Vescio's menu will differ slightly in order to keep lunch quick for the professional crowd. They will offer cheaper lunch portions such as cold salads and sandwiches that will be prepared ahead of time, giving people the choice to eat in or take their meal back to their offices, according to the Minnesota Daily.

            The restaurant's popular pastas and hot sandwiches will still be available. "Everything will still be homemade, handmade, just like at our other restaurants," manager Fred Vescio said.

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