I'm Back! - 06/24/14

Last week I traveled to Lake Tahoe, CA to attend a weather conference.  It was very productive and fun conference, plus I couldn't complain about the scenery!  What a gorgeous place Lake Tahoe is!  I've been to California a few times, but never Lake Tahoe.  Once I got there, it instantly became one of my favorite places in the United States.  Beautiful blue skies, turquoise (yet very cold) water and sunshine.  I know I'll be visiting there again someday. 

Below are just a few pictures from my trip.  I was fortunate to meet up with a very good friend of mine (and fellow meteorologist) Tom Hagen.  He works in Topeka, KS.  I also took pictures out the airplane window upon my return.  I'll always try and grab a window seat if possible.  I thought this was a neat picture of the Los Angeles coastline.  (My connecting flight took me through LAX).  Notice the cumulus cloud deck right off the coastline! 

 

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RESTAURANT MANAGER FIRED-ROBBERY

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (AP) -- A Popeyes manager in Texas is being offered her job back -- after she was fired following a robbery. Marissa Holcomb says she was canned because she wouldn't pay back the nearly 400 bucks stolen by an armed bandit. The franchise owner said Holcomb had violated company policy, by keeping too much cash in the register. Holcomb is pregnant and has three children. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen's corporate office says they regret the way the situation was handled. Holcomb tells KHOU-TV she isn't sure if she'll return.

MRS DOUBTFIRE BANDIT-ARRESTED

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Northern California say they've nabbed the "Mrs. Doubtfire" bank robber. She is a he, who carried a purse and wore a wig. Police in Santa Cruz report busting Brandon Alfred Calantoc in connection with car rip-offs. Investigators say the break in the Mrs. Doubtfire case came when they found a purse and other items in Calantoc's car. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports he is the suspect in the robbery of a US Bank branch.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO-METAL DETECTORS

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No keys, no phones, no loose change. Visitors to the Universal Orlando theme park will have to go through metal detectors before they can ride the roller coasters. Park spokesman Tom Schroder says it's in response to what people are carrying in their pockets these days. He tells the Orlando Sentinel keys, phones and the like have no place on high-speed rides. Guests can store their items in free lockers at the coasters.

GIANT NUTCRACKER-OWLS

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- It's nuts! A giant nutcracker in Oregon isn't going anywhere. Workers were to begin dismantling the four-storey-tall nutcracker this week. But federally protected barn owls are nesting there. So, the Roseburg News-Review reports the nutcracker stays in a park for now. The massive device is used to crack coconuts during a local festival of lights.

 
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