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Concord is a city located in Contra Costa County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,780.

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Are captains required to go down with their ships?

"The captain goes down with the ship" is a line that any seafaring person, or movie buff, would be familiar with. It's the idea that a sea captain holds ultimate responsibility for not only his ship, but everyone on board and will go down with it if that's what it takes. 

For many, the iconic scene  in "Titanic" of Capt. Edward Smith's heroic demise on the bridge was the introduction to the maritime concept. (Paramount Pictures / "The Titanic")

But, unsurprisingly, reality rarely lives up to the silver screen. The captains of Italy's Costa Concordia in 2012 and more recently the South Korean Sewol ferry were far from the last to disembark their ships before they capsized. (Via YouTube / Team BlacksheepVoice of America)

And this isn't a new thing. In 1991 the captain of the Greek cruise liner Oceanos was lambasted after abandoning ship. (Via ABC)

Which brings us to the question: just how serious is the tradition that the captain goes down with his ship?

The modern U.S. code, according to a professor at Florida's Coastal School of Law interviewed byNPR, states that the captain is "legally required to render assistance to every single person trying to get off that ship, and also identify those people who may have been killed in the incident."

ABC notes that while there aren't any international maritime laws requiring a captain to stay with his sinking ship, "many countries either have their own laws or subscribe to international treaties that mandate certain behavior."

One such international treaty is the Safety of Life at Sea convention handled by the International Maritime Organization, which has been signed by both Italy and South Korea. The convention requires that passenger ships have emergency management systems in place. (Via United Nations)

Speaking with the BBC, a former Swedish master mariner noted an unspoken rule: that the captain is to stay on board the ship to direct evacuation in the case of an emergency.

"How would a captain fulfill his obligations if he was not on board? Emergency responses are nearly almost always coordinated from the ship - you have fairly limited options for getting necessary information from a lifeboat."

The New York Times points out it's a complicated code of conduct though, saying that while civil courts in the U.S. have long seen captains as responsible for their crew, "the cases in South Korea and Italy seem likely to test the notion of criminal liability in disasters."

Both captains of the South Korean ferry and Italian cruiseliner are facing criminal charges. But while Francesco Schettino of the Concordia is on trial for manslaughter, Lee Jun-seok is only facing charges for negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:17:06 -0700

Boy unearths 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth

Mastodons have been extinct for thousands of years now, but one Michigan boy still managed to find a mastodon tooth near his house last summer.

The giant mammals are related to elephants and similar to mammoths. They roamed North America and Central America before the species' mass extinction 10,000 years ago. (Via Discovery)

Nine-year-old Phillip Stoll was exploring a creek with a friend when he came across an 8-inch-long object with six peaks. Phillip and his mom first thought the find was a car part or misshapen rock. (Via WILX)

After some research, they determined it could be a mastodon tooth. The Detroit Free Press reports that's when they searched for a reptile and amphibian expert and came across Jim Harding, who has recently confirmed it to be a prehistoric tooth.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Harding says the remnant is the top portion of a tooth from the giant elephant-like mastodon which probably got stuck in a swamp and drowned thousands of years ago.

Phillip has been nicknamed "Huckleberry Phil" in his neighborhood for his love of exploring the outdoors barefoot. He tells CNN the discovery has inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a paleontologist.

Now the fossil is used in the â€‹Stoll household to teach Phillip's six siblings about the ancient creatures during their homeschooling. (Via HLN)

Harding says in Michigan Mastodon remnants emerge about every three to four years.

Back in 2012, two 11-year-old boys found a 13,000-year-old mastodon axis bone while fishing for crayfish in a stream near their homes. (Via The Advisor & Source)

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:06:37 -0700

Slow-moving landslide splits house in two

A slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyoming, has split a home on a hill in half. Officials say the landslide is moving faster as it inches its way toward the city's main street, forcing residents to evacuate.

"It's basically broken in half now. It has been quite amazing to watch the progress of this slide."

"They said we had a couple hours to get out of the house, so we grabbed some clothes and we took off." (Via ABC)

NBC reports the landslide started about two weeks ago and has moved faster in the past few days.

Early on the land was only moving about a couple inches a day, but the speed has quickly grown. (ViaKPVI)

KIFI notes most of the land moved 2 to 3 feet on Thursday, but one section moved as far as 9 feet.

According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, officials are worried the landslide could rip open a large water main, which could shoot out more than 2 million gallons of water in just 30 minutes. A former U.S. Geological Survey official said the slide will only move faster.

"If the motion is doubling every day, which is getting close to what it’s doing, it’s an exponential series ... we’re talking 3 feet yesterday. ... If you double that to 6 feet to 12 feet to 24 feet, that’s not a lot of days."

On its website, the town has set up a live stream of the slide site from two different angles. The Walgreens store in the foreground and three other nearby businesses are closed because of the slide. (Via Town Of Jackson)

This aerial footage shows just how bad the damage is in the parking lot of the Walgreens, as well as the part of the hill where the home was split into two. Construction crews are setting up barriers in hopes of keeping dirt and rocks from getting to the street. (Via YouTube / Tributary Environmental)

So far officials say they aren't sure what caused the landslide.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:03:34 -0700

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