Finally, after 703 minor league games, Mike was called up to the majors May 25 at the age of 28. That’s old for a rookie but not too old to achieve a lifelong dream. With his mother and wife watching from the stands at Oracle Park, Mike scored his first run that night and had three hits the next day. He has been in the lineup almost every day since and hit well. “At some point I just wanted to get there even for one day just to say I did it,” Mike said. “That was the goal, just one day. My wife was my biggest supporter. My mom was, too. This has been a big thing for my family.” It’s a heck of a story, one of persistence in the face of obstacles. Mike’s last name is Yastrzemski, by the way. He’s the grandson of Hall of Farmer Carl Yastrzemski. That makes a heck of a story even better. “It’s the only last name I’ve ever had. I’ve never felt any added pressure because of it,” Yastrzemski said. … [Read more...] about A familiar name made his own path to the big leagues
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One of the interesting items we have this week is a study by Greenpeace in which various organisms from the sea near Fukushima were sampled for radioactive isotopes. Let's take a closer look. The data in the table provided (see the first item in Ana's feed for the link) show the amount of radiation (radioactive decay) by isotope type per kilogram of plant or animal tissue from various samples. On the higher end is a fish with 357 bq/kg of radiation and some seaweed with 190 bk/kg. What does this mean? Hard to say. I can tell you this: A normal human has about 4,000 or more bq (in total for the human) of radiation primarily from the most common source of radiation (radioactive potassium) So if Greenpeace had sampled a typical human not from a radioactive region they would get a result of about 4,000 bq total. Say a human weighs 70 kilos. That means the human being sampled would yield about 50 bk/kg. So the radioactive fish is about 7 times more radioactive than a human, and the … [Read more...] about Japan Nuclear Disaster: Update # 36: Sushi Recommendations
Senior producer: Ruth Chenetz | Producer:Anthony Venditti What if someone wants you dead … but you live to tell? "48 Hours" explores the terrifying moments when an assailant began shooting Judge Julie Kocurek outside her home, in front of her son, and how she found the strength to survive. She shares how the attempted murder changed not just the her and her family, but the handling of security for all judges in Texas. AMBUSHED Judge Julie Kocurek | Travis County Criminal District Court: We are never gonna be the same. … Driving at night is never gonna be the same. … And we all feel that it never should have happened. Judge Julie Kocurek: I was the first female district judge to be on a criminal bench … in Travis County. Governor Bush appointed me in 1999. … I think the fact that I was expecting twins brought a lot of attention to the whole process. Judge Julie Kocurek: I treated people … in my courtroom … with … [Read more...] about Austin judge ambushed outside her home survives attack with a mission to protect others
A new game has been set for hunters in seldom-ventured wilds near Colorado Springs.For the first time this April and May, the Air Force Academy will host turkey-seeking archers — though they might have to count on luck before aim. Only 20 names will be drawn for the lottery, which opened this month and continues through Feb. 28.There’s no precedent for demand, but the chance on the academy’s famed grounds is sure to thrill, said Brian Mihlbachler, who manages the base’s natural resources program.“A lot of people are familiar with the academy, but this gives them an opportunity to get away from the road and Falcon Stadium and cadet areas, places they’ve visited. They can see more of the back country.”The academy’s woods and open spaces account for the smallest of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 185 game management units, and it is also among the most exclusive. About 350 people applied to hunt elk there last year in a lottery that … [Read more...] about New game for hunters at Air Force Academy this spring
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?