Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic street

(CNN)Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic boulevard that was renamed in January to honor the civil rights leader. “We don’t mind doing something to honor Dr. King, but we don’t want you to take Paseo away from us to do it,” said former City Councilwoman Alissia Canady, who represented much of the area until her term ended in August. She helped organize the Save The Paseo group, which collected almost 3,000 signatures to get the name change on Tuesday’s ballot. Canady voted against the MLK name change in January, but it passed by an 8-4 vote. “That really infuriated the neighborhood because they felt it was a backdoor approach that …

A football therapy dog, a crafty labor of love and some really cool action figures

(CNN)What kind of music do you listen to while you work? For me, it’s almost always classical. It puts me in a productive, relaxing trance and there are rarely any words to distract me from whatever it is I’m desperately trying to finish. However, I know plenty of people who listen to hard rock or metal because they say it gets them hyped up. Sounds stressful, honestly, but more power to them! Dozens of crafters across the country have united to breathe new life into an unfinished labor of quilting love. Shannon Downey, a well-known fiber artist and “craftivist” (craft+activist) came across some stunning embroidery at a recent estate sale. One of the hidden gems was a massive quilting project …

This Tiny Doors art project is making a big impact in and outside of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)Scattered across Atlanta are a series of unique doors too small to be opened yet large enough to amass a legion of fans around the world and the attention of businesses like Coca-Cola. In the short time she’s been making tiny doors, Singer has become an unofficial ambassador for the art style. She has fielded dozens of calls from aspiring artists in the US and around the world seeking advice on how to start their own miniature public projects. Tiny doors have appeared in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sydney, Australia, and countless cities in between. One artist who spotted Singer’s tiny doors on social media was McKay Lenker Bayer, a high school art teacher who lives in Provo, Utah. Bayer …

These are the six proposals for a memorial to honor Pulse nightclub shooting victims

Orlando, Florida (CNN)More than three years after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, a nonprofit foundation is seeking public comment on final proposals for a memorial and museum honoring the 49 victims of the deadliest act of violence against LGBT people in the history of the country. A foundation created after the tragedy, onePULSE, will unveil the final design proposals to the public on Thursday in Orlando. People will be able to leave comment until October 10 and a jury will make a final selection at the end of the month. Barbara Poma, club co-owner and foundation CEO, said the designs are products of recommendations and ideas drawn from surveys and consultations throughout the nation. “We had these six …

NASA remixed an Ariana Grande song to promote its mission to put a woman on the moon

(CNN)NASA is relying on a bit of star power to educate youth about space and promote its upcoming mission to the moon. The interns switched the lyrics to: “ISS in orbit, oh the views will make you wonder. Back to lunar orbit there is still more to uncover.” According to NASA, the “educational parody” is a part of a volunteer outreach project. “The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center,” NASA said on YouTube. “Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before,” the …

Excelsior! New York license plate design shows more than Manhattan

(CNN)There’s more to New York state than New York City. The fifth showed a bridge named for late former Gov. Mario Cuomo. It tied for last place. All the finalists used blue and gold, an outline of the state, and the word “Excelsior,” which is the Latin motto on the state seal that means “Ever upward.” People across the state had two weeks to vote online or at the state fair in Syracuse, and about half of the 325,000 votes cast went to the eventual winner, affiliate WABC reported. “The design overwhelmingly selected by New Yorkers showcases some of our most iconic symbols and truly represents what the Empire State is all about — our diversity, our unparalleled architecture and …

Artists installed seesaws at the border so kids in the US and Mexico could play together

(CNN)It may seem like an ordinary scene: Children and adults playing on pink seesaws, carelessly laughing and chatting with each other View this post on Instagram Ten years later, their conceptual drawings became reality. Rael and his crew transported the seesaws to Sunland Park, New Mexico, separated by a steel fence from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. People from both sides came together Monday to play in a “unifying act,” the University of California said in a statement. Participants on the Mexico side had no planning, it said. In an Instagram post, Rael said the event was “filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall.” “The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S -Mexico relations and children and adults were connected …

Why New Orleans is vulnerable to flooding: It’s sinking

(CNN)New Orleans was built above sea level, but over time, it’s been sinking. Settlers who got the best land were able to build only about 10 feet above sea level. Even from the beginning, the city was fighting an uphill battle as it expanded. New Orleans is mostly flat, and areas around the French Quarter are just a little lower. But in this situation, every foot counts. “Even during its very beginnings, New Orleans’ residents understood the value of land elevated above the flood-prone land they had chosen to call home,” the US Federal Emergency Management Agency says in its History of Building Elevation in New Orleans. 2. It was built on loose soil As the city grew, architects chose …

Vandals spraypainted the ‘Bean’ sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park

(CNN)Seven people were arrested after the famous “Bean” sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park was vandalized. “We will send out more details when charges are finalized,” she said. It’s 33 feet high The Cloud Gate was created by Anish Kapoor, a British sculptor known for his large-scale works of stone and reflective steel. The Cloud Gate was completed in 2006, according to the Millennium Park Foundation’s website. One hundred and sixty-eight stainless steel plates were cut using computer technology and assembled together like a puzzle to create the sculpture. It’s 33 feet high, 42 feet wide, 66 feet long and weighs 110 tons. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Jackie Kennedy’s Martha’s Vineyard estate is on sale for $65 million

(CNN)Looking to buy property in Martha’s Vineyard and have $65 million laying around? “Forty years ago, my mother fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard,” Onassis daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement. “When she found Red Gate Farm, it was a perfect expression of her romantic and adventurous spirit. The dunes and ponds and rolling hills of Aquinnah gave her the chance to create a world where she could be so close to nature, close to her family and friends, and, most importantly, close to her beloved books. Kennedy said her mother even had a “fairy treehouse” built on the property for her grandchildren. “Those grandchildren are grown so now it is time for us to follow my mother’s example …

Apollo 11 is paving a path from the moon to Mars

(CNN)Fifty years after humans first stepped on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, NASA has created a goal of landing the first woman and next man on the moon’s South Pole by 2024. NASA has dubbed this path back to the moon Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister from Greek mythology. Cernan and Schmitt, the only scientist to ever walk on the moon, landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley on December 11, 1972. “America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow,” Cernan said as they departed. “As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” Forty-seven years later, NASA announced the Moon to …