Winter storms that have dumped snow on the Cascade Range this month have helped Oregon's snowpack recover after lower-than-normal measurements in January and last year. The entire state has seen a 20 to 30 percent bump in snowpack and 2 to 3 times the normal precipitation since Feb. 1. As of Feb. 15, Oregon's total snowpack was 93 percent of average, compared to 73 percent at the end of January and a paltry 40 percent at this time last year.
There were kids everywhere running around in Celtics jerseys, as many family members made the trip since Boston hasn't been home much during a road-heavy month. "We've only had, I think, two nights at home since Dec. 2. So it hasn't been an easy month on a lot of our players and coaches, so we wanted to bring as many as we possibly could with us," said coach Brad Stevens, adding that there's always kids running around the team bus and plane. "It's really important that all of our players' and coaches' families feel a part of it, because it is a time-consuming job and certainly on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve we wanted to make that something that we prioritized."
They used hacksaws to cut a square into concrete wall. They used crowbars and dogs and a power drill. But by Tuesday afternoon, with the unmistakable stench of rotting flesh in the air, they were sweating and at their wits' end. The body of 60-year-old Abdul Malik, one of at least 105 people killed in the 7.0-magnitude quake, would have to stay under the rubble for a third day.
The Pro 4 is equipped with a mechanical claw that can grip with up to five pounds of pressure, which is enough to be able to grab hold onto a body and pull it up to the surface while being reeled in on its cord. It is also equipped with imaging sonar with a range of 300 feet and a dynamic range color camera with LED lighting that can illuminate the darkest lake bottom. The Pro 4 is powered by a hardwire connection to a portable electric generator on boat or on shore, and can be maneuvered with video game-like controls by an operator who can see what the vehicle sees on sonar or video.