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The Downtown Seattle Transit A magnitude 7.1


Tunnel is a public transit tunnel for earthquake strikes
buses and light rail trains in Seattle, central Mexico (damage
Washington, in the United States. It pictured), killing more
runs northsouth through Downtown than three hundred
Westlake Station Seattle, connecting five stations on 3rd people.
Avenue and Pine Street. It is the Hurricane Maria
busiest section of Sound Transit's Link light rail network, crosses the Antilles as a Earthquake damage
Category 5 hurricane, in Mexico City
with an average of over 10,000 weekday train boardings at
causing widespread destruction and at least
the four stations served by light rail. The $469 million tunnel
37 deaths.
was planned in the late 1970s and built between 1987 and In U.S. television, The Handmaid's Tale
1990, using tunnel boring machines and cut-and-cover wins Best Drama and Veep wins Best
excavation. Between 1990 and 2004, the tunnel was Comedy at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
exclusively used by dual-mode buses that ran on overhead In Gaelic football, Dublin beat Mayo in the
wires; they were later replaced with hybrid electric buses final to win their third consecutive All-
using batteries within the tunnel. After a two-year renovation, Ireland title.
the tunnel reopened on September 24, 2007, and light rail The CassiniHuygens mission to the
service began in July 2009, sharing the platforms with Saturn system ends with a controlled fall
existing buses. Planned expansion of the light rail system, into the atmosphere of the planet.
along with the closure of one station, will necessitate the
removal of buses from the tunnel by 2019. (Full article...) Ongoing: Northern Rakhine State clashes
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September 24: Banned Books Week begins
... that after a drunkard smashed the (2017); Heritage Day in South Africa
Portland Vase into hundreds of
pieces, John Doubleday (pictured) 1645 English Civil
was dubbed "the prince of War: Royalists under
restorers"? the personal command
... that Slovenian architect Joe of King Charles I
Plenik used concrete sewer pipes suffered a significant
for construction of the Church of John Doubleday with defeat in the Battle of Camp Nou, Barcelona
the Portland Vase Rowton Heath.
St. Michael?
... that, in 1895, Orelia Key Bell dedicated a collection 1841 The Sultan of Brunei granted
of poems to her "Heavenly Muse" Ida Jane Ash, next to Sarawak to British adventurer James
whom she is now buried in Atlanta? Brooke.
... that after the Stadt Zrich collided with another ship 1957 Barcelona's Camp Nou (pictured),
in Lindau Harbour, a Bavarian correspondent currently the largest stadium in Europe with
sarcastically commented that it had sunk more German a seating capacity of 99,354, opened.
ships than the entire Royal Danish Navy? 1992 Oba Chandler was arrested three
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... that Hippopotamus is Sparks' first UK top-ten album Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S., when his
in over 40 years? neighbor identified handwriting samples
... that architect Mikhail Eisenstein and his film- that police had placed on local billboards.
director son Sergei fought on opposite sides of the 2007 During the Saffron Revolution in
Russian Civil War? Myanmar, the largest anti-government
... that the Association for Improving the Condition of protests in 20 years took place in Yangon.
the Poor raised money for New York's Neponsit Beach
Hospital by distributing pictures of "Smiling Joe", a Antoine-Louis Barye (b. 1796) Georges
boy with spinal tuberculosis? Claude (b. 1870) Gennady Yanayev (d. 2010)
... that Tubulanus superbus and Tubulanus annulatus
are both known as "football jersey worms"? More anniversaries: September 23
September 24 September 25

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A female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) on the Phinda


Private Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Cheetahs accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to
97 km/h) in less than 3 seconds and average 40 mph
(64 km/h) during a chase. The species is classified as
vulnerable, with only 7,000 left in the wild.

Photograph: Charles J. Sharp

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