Aviation history is littered with civilian planes that were shot from the sky, intentionally or not, by military weapons. Malaysia Flight 17 was cruising at 33,000 feet, more than half a mile higher than Mt. Everest, when a missile hit it July 17. And the missile’s range is believed to be more than twice that high. 

How high can a missile reach? - The Washington Post

Aviation history is littered with civilian planes that were shot from the sky, intentionally or not, by military weapons. Malaysia Flight 17 was cruising at 33,000 feet, more than half a mile higher than Mt. Everest, when a missile hit it July 17. And the missile’s range is believed to be more than twice that high.

How high can a missile reach? - The Washington Post

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The state of California is suing San Francisco over the waterfront height limit that Bay Area residents voted into law back in June, arguing that the ballot measure usurps state power. 

If California finds that measure offensive, wait ‘til San Francisco gets a crack at a ballot proposal to break up the whole damned state. A proposal to divide California into six new states could appear on the November 2016 ballot, courtesy of venture capitalist and self-proclaimed “Riskmaster” Timothy Draper. 

According to Six Californias, the proposal has already garnered 1.3 million signatures, the first batch of which Draper submitted to election officials yesterday. If Draper has collected as many signatures as he says he has—and for the millions he’s spent on the effort, it had better be true—then this Six Flags Over California scheme will go before voters the year after next. 

Six Californias, One Super City-State - CityLab

The state of California is suing San Francisco over the waterfront height limit that Bay Area residents voted into law back in June, arguing that the ballot measure usurps state power.

If California finds that measure offensive, wait ‘til San Francisco gets a crack at a ballot proposal to break up the whole damned state. A proposal to divide California into six new states could appear on the November 2016 ballot, courtesy of venture capitalist and self-proclaimed “Riskmaster” Timothy Draper.

According to Six Californias, the proposal has already garnered 1.3 million signatures, the first batch of which Draper submitted to election officials yesterday. If Draper has collected as many signatures as he says he has—and for the millions he’s spent on the effort, it had better be true—then this Six Flags Over California scheme will go before voters the year after next.

Six Californias, One Super City-State - CityLab

Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza

Israel initiated a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday night, aimed at destroying tunnels used by Palestinians to infiltrate its territory, the New York Times reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to “prepare for further expanding the ground operation in Gaza if needed,” according to Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid.

Buzzfeed reports Israeli tanks began shelling into eastern Gaza, while Israeli navy boats opened fire on western Gaza, hitting Gaza’s beaches. The two-pronged approach is meant to clear the way for ground troops to enter Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

Israeli tank fire killed three people in Gaza Thursday night, raising the Palestinian death toll from the last 10 days of fighting to 240, AFP reports.

Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza

Israel initiated a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday night, aimed at destroying tunnels used by Palestinians to infiltrate its territory, the New York Times reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to “prepare for further expanding the ground operation in Gaza if needed,” according to Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid.

Buzzfeed reports Israeli tanks began shelling into eastern Gaza, while Israeli navy boats opened fire on western Gaza, hitting Gaza’s beaches. The two-pronged approach is meant to clear the way for ground troops to enter Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

Israeli tank fire killed three people in Gaza Thursday night, raising the Palestinian death toll from the last 10 days of fighting to 240, AFP reports.

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After crash, FAA bans U.S flights over eastern Ukraine 
Washington Post: The FAA issued a notice banning all U.S. flights from operating in eastern Ukrainian airspace on Thursday night.
The restriction comes in wake of reports that the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, which was carrying 298 people, was shot out of the sky.
Follow updates on plane crash in Ukraine on breakingnews.com.
Photo: Emergency officials view the wreckage of the crashed jet in eastern Ukraine. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

breakingnews:

After crash, FAA bans U.S flights over eastern Ukraine 

Washington Post: The FAA issued a notice banning all U.S. flights from operating in eastern Ukrainian airspace on Thursday night.

The restriction comes in wake of reports that the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, which was carrying 298 people, was shot out of the sky.

Follow updates on plane crash in Ukraine on breakingnews.com.

Photo: Emergency officials view the wreckage of the crashed jet in eastern Ukraine. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

If it turns out that the Malaysia Airlines 777 that crashed in Ukraine was indeed shot down, it won’t be the first time a commercial airliner was downed by military action. 

The most infamous instance occurred in 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a jumbo jet carrying 269 people, was gunned down by a Sukhoi Su-15 fighter jet after straying into Soviet airspace. 

The shock and outrage the rest of the world felt after that plane went down was captured on the September 12, 1983 cover of Newsweek: It shows a Korean Air Lines 747 with a bullseye over it; with “Murder in the Air” in large letters. 

Newsweek Rewind: When Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Was Shot Down

If it turns out that the Malaysia Airlines 777 that crashed in Ukraine was indeed shot down, it won’t be the first time a commercial airliner was downed by military action.

The most infamous instance occurred in 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a jumbo jet carrying 269 people, was gunned down by a Sukhoi Su-15 fighter jet after straying into Soviet airspace.

The shock and outrage the rest of the world felt after that plane went down was captured on the September 12, 1983 cover of Newsweek: It shows a Korean Air Lines 747 with a bullseye over it; with “Murder in the Air” in large letters.

Newsweek Rewind: When Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Was Shot Down

On Thursday, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17, and, according to media reports, it crashed in Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk region. The flight was carrying 295 passengers and crew and heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. 

An unconfirmed report from Interfax says MH17 was shot down. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of the interior, wrote on his Facebook page that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk missile system, according to the AP. 

But there was no immediate confirmation. 

A defense official with the Ukrainian separatists denied that the rebels were involved in downing the plane. 

Passenger jets have been shot down in the past. Below is a list of five previous episodes. 

This Isn’t the First Time: 5 Other Commercial Airliners That Were Shot Down | Mother Jones

On Thursday, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17, and, according to media reports, it crashed in Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk region. The flight was carrying 295 passengers and crew and heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

An unconfirmed report from Interfax says MH17 was shot down. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of the interior, wrote on his Facebook page that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk missile system, according to the AP.

But there was no immediate confirmation.

A defense official with the Ukrainian separatists denied that the rebels were involved in downing the plane.

Passenger jets have been shot down in the past. Below is a list of five previous episodes.

This Isn’t the First Time: 5 Other Commercial Airliners That Were Shot Down | Mother Jones

A group of American Quakers are operating what they call a “new underground railroad” to help a few LGBT Ugandans flee their country, where a recent law imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality. The Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR), based in Washington state, sees itself as continuing the work of Quakers who historically helped slaves escape the American South. 

As of this Monday, they say they have worked with unnamed Ugandan “conductors” to fund and coordinate passage out of the country for 107 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Ugandans, nine of whom have reached Sweden, while several dozen others are “being processed for asylum status in countries around the world,” according to the group’s FAQ page. 

American Quakers are Running an ‘Underground Railroad’ to Help LGBT Ugandans Flee

A group of American Quakers are operating what they call a “new underground railroad” to help a few LGBT Ugandans flee their country, where a recent law imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality. The Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR), based in Washington state, sees itself as continuing the work of Quakers who historically helped slaves escape the American South.

As of this Monday, they say they have worked with unnamed Ugandan “conductors” to fund and coordinate passage out of the country for 107 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Ugandans, nine of whom have reached Sweden, while several dozen others are “being processed for asylum status in countries around the world,” according to the group’s FAQ page.

American Quakers are Running an ‘Underground Railroad’ to Help LGBT Ugandans Flee