Cancer causing pellets are being dropped along the Mountain Valley Pipeline path in WV Pellets used to prevent erosion and provide soil stabilization have been dropped near the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Greenville, WV. The pellets were dropped from a helicopter and have been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide. Organic farmers in the area say the pellets were dropped on their farm, a quarter mile away from the pipeline, and that the pellets contaminated their soil, risking their livelihood. Complaints about the pellets were made to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and to Mountain Valley Pipeline but the pellet drops have continued, this time in Monroe County, WV. The Conservation Fund in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service has announced the addition of 186 acres to the Cherokee National Forest. The land is located in the tri-corner area of Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, less than 20 miles east of Abingdon, VA and only two miles from the Virginia Creeper Trail. Known as Divided Mountain because of its location spanning the Tennessee Valley Divide, the property protects headwaters of Whetstone Branch and Valley Creek of the South Holston River watershed and Big Horse Creek of the North Fork New River basin. The new purchase connects over 127,000 acres of contiguous public land. The property will be managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of Cherokee National Forest. 186 acres added to the Cherokee National Forest
The NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest has gotten better in recent years, but it used to be truly awesome, featuring not just All-Stars but superstars.Way back before the All-Star event was filled with 11th men and no-name rookies, the most athletic stars in the NBA used to actually compete, and it was righteous. MORE: Let’s make every dunk contest as good as 2016’sHere is a rundown of the best individual dunks in the contest’s history. (Spoiler alert: There are none from the past five years.)All-Time NBA Slam Dunk Contest All-StarsVince Carter’s arm-in-basket dunk, 2000This is the dunk. When I hear the phrase “slam dunk,” it’s Vince Carter dangling on the rim like it’s his square-dance partner that immediately comes to mind.This is just an ultimate display of physical skill and creativity. Who thinks to do that?Dee Brown’s no-look dunk, 1991Spud Webb and Nate Robinson rightfully get credit as the best small-guy dunkers, but in terms of a defining dunk, give me Dee Brown’s no-looker.He was a bit taller than those guys at 6-1, but the space between his legs and the ground is a sight to behold. Many have echoed this since, but like a great song, no cover can top the original.MORE: Ranking every 2019 NBA All-StarJaVale McGee’s two-ball dunk, 2011This dunk has been kind of lost in the annals of history because, well, JaVale McGee didn’t win the Slam Dunk Contest in 2011, and because JaVale McGee is JaVale McGee.But this dunk has all the staples of what makes the contest great: creativity and props that actually make sense on a basketball court (i.e. not a cupcake).Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk, 1988While a good amount of today’s NBA players could pull off this dunk, there is no denying how iconic it remains. It’s the Jordan logo, and along with his shot to beat the Jazz, the defining image of the greatest player in NBA history.Still, it doesn’t hold much of a candle to his slam that beat the Monstars. Dwight Howard’s 12-foot rim Superman dunk, 2009There are plenty of things people can criticize Dwight Howard for, but creativity isn’t one of them. In 2009, Howard took advantage of the “getting props approved” rule, bringing in a 12-foot rim, Superman cape and phone booth in order to change from Clark Kent to the “Man of Steel.”He makes leaping to the insanely high basket look like a cakewalk, only leaving a desire for him to have gone even higher.