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July 2017 Week 5


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The world's biggest, most powerful space telescope arrived at its observation post 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe.

NEW YORK — Can a music scene still develop the way grunge did in 1990's Seattle or hip-hop did in the Bronx in the 1970s? Or has the digital makeover of music made such geographical-based explosions obsolete? It's a question that hovers over the Sundance Film Festival documentary "Meet Me in the Bathroom," a vivid and shambolic time capsule of early 2000s New York when bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, the Strokes, Interpol and LCD Soundsystem made the city — and Brooklyn in particular — one the last easily identifiable hotbeds of rock music.

ATHENS - Two hundred people and 100 vehicles remained trapped on Attiki Odos on Tuesday morning, the Operations Manager of the company Attikes Diadromes Aristophanes Papadimitriou said.

ATHENS - "It was a very very difficult night and a superhuman extraction effort is underway on Attiki Odos," government spokesperson Yiannis Oikonomou said on Tuesday, speaking on Alpha television.

ATHENS - The heavy snow that has fallen on the capital has disrupted the normal operation of public transport systems in Athens on Tuesday Line 1 (electric overground railway) of the Athens metro is running only on the section from Piraeus to Nea Ionia, not the rest of the line up to Kifissia.

ATHENS - Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday spoke of a government and a prime minister that have "fallen short of expectations," noting that the state was "unprepared, without coordination and disorganised" in the face of adverse weather conditions whose arrival had been known many days in advance.

ATHENS - Ships in the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio remained docked on Tuesday due to strong winds reaching up 9 on the Beaufort scale.

ATHENS - The Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE) on Tuesday warned citizens to immediately move away and avoid any contact with fallen cables and poles if they see any damage to the electricity network.

ATHENS - An operation by the Army, the Fire Brigade, the police, as well as volunteers from the Red Cross and Τhe Smile of the Child has been in progress since Monday afternoon to help the hundreds of drivers who were stranded for hours on Attiki Odos.

ATHENS - The managers of Attiki Odos, where a deadlock during Monday's extreme snowfall in both directions of the highway had not been resolved by evening, expressed its regret and apologized to drivers and their families for the inconvenience, the company said in an announcement.

I began issuing annual report cards to presidents in January 2010, which marked the end of Barack Obama’s first full year in office, and the 14-month anniversary of this column.


Ouzo Talk Latest Podcast Features My Greek Odyssey’s Peter Maneas

SYDNEY – The latest episode of the Ouzo Talk Podcast for the Greek diaspora is now available, with Peter Maneas, host of the TV series My Greek Odyssey, joining Tom Skolarikis and Nick Athanassiou in the studio to discuss the hit series.

Elpida Snowstorm Leaves Greece Covered in White, Black and Blue

ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.

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