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UFO was likely basketball-sized fireball-Video | The Desert Sun | MyDesert.com

16 Sep

Streaking light seen from San Diego to Phoenix

A real UFO streaked across the Coachella Valley’s skies Wednesday night, but by morning NASA scientists were fairly certain they had identified the object as a fireball.

“We can’t say 100 percent,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program, “but it’s almost certain that the object was a fireball … the size of a basketball or baseball that likely disintegrated before it hit the ground.”

People across the Coachella Valley saw it soaring across the sky about 7:45 p.m., as did others across the Southwest, from San Diego to Phoenix.

The fireball looked like a falling star that continued crashing toward a mountain, a Desert Sun reporter in Palm Springs said.

Most called it green, while others said it started as a small white dot before morphing into yellow then green.

“A friend and I saw a huge green meteor falling toward Palm Desert, with a tail burning for five seconds or so,” said resident Michael Azzarella, who was driving on Bob Hope Drive at the time.

What is a meteor?

An asteroid is a relatively small, inactive, rocky body that orbits the sun.

When a piece of that asteroid — known as a meteoroid — enters the Earth and vaporizes, the light phenomenon that results is called a meteor.

That object becomes known as a meteorite if it survives its passage through the Earth’s atmosphere and hits the ground.

Source: NASA

The bluish-green color suggests the fireball, an asteroid fragment that entered Earth’s atmosphere, had some magnesium or nickel in it, Yeomans said.
Orange is usually an indication it’s entering earth’s atmosphere at several miles per second, a moderate rate of speed.

“They make an impressive show for such a small object,” Yeomans said.
“I have never seen anything this huge enter the earth’s atmosphere, nor have I ever witnessed one so bright and colorful that lasted for so long. It was at least four or five seconds!” Kathy Westmoreland of San Dimas wrote to The Desert Sun.

Marc DeBiase and a friend saw the fireball from La Quinta.

“We spotted the falling hunk of fire and what seemed to be a eternity lasted about 7-10 seconds of watching this thing get closer and closer to earth and change … colors,” he wrote. “We figured it had made a new hole somewhere on the (Jack Nicklaus) Tournament Course at PGA West.”

Yeomans said fireball events are much more rare than shooting stars, but they happen on a weekly basis somewhere on Earth, usually over the ocean.

“It’s a natural phenomenon and nothing to be concerned about,” he said.

The sight did have many worried Wednesday night, including Brenda Kaye, who saw the fireball while driving on Da Vall Drive in Rancho Mirage.

“First I thought it was a plane that exploded in mid air. It was going terribly fast down towards the earth,” she wrote. “Then, I supposed it could have been a falling star, but I have never seen one that size.”

Alisha Ball had a similar thought when she spotted the fireball while leaving her house in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego.

“With the Navy base being close-by, I was concerned it was a jet going down, because it was traveling at such a fast speed,” she wrote.

But Ian Gregor, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, confirmed that there were no aircraft incidents reported in the Western region.

Before the UFO was identified, Twitter users from across the region — including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego — were eager for answers about the unusual activity in the night sky.

“First an #earthquake this morning and now a #meteor tonight. Riverside CA is hopping with activity today,” @kelliebrat61 tweeted. “Mama Nature getting her groove on!”

If you saw the light or snapped pictures of it, email localnews@thedesertsun.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kate McGinty is a reporter for The Desert Sun. She covers public safety and the city of Desert Hot Springs. She can be reached at (760) 778-6451, kate.mcginty@thedesertsun.com, or @TDSKateM.

UFO was likely basketball-sized fireball | The Desert Sun | MyDesert.com

Video of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show

11 Sep

Rebecca Minkoff Talks Fashion Nite Out

In celebration of fashion week I am celebrating designer Rebecca Minkoff. We both grew up in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, I lived blocks away from her family and was the local babysitter on and off for a decade.

It was the 80’s, The Minkoff’s moved to Florida, and upon high school graduation Rebecca departed for NYC with dreams of designing.

She started RM with her brother Uri Minkoff, and after a succesful launch, and a beautiful Tuscan wedding to Gavin Bellour, she set her sites on expanding the RM brand. (Be sure to also check out her Ben Minkoff men’s line).

This video was originally shot one year ago 9/12/10 for her Spring Line launched March 2011. Created by Gavin Bellour, this is an intimate look into her creative process.

On September 12th, documentary filmmaker Gavin Bellour filmed CFDA fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff as she prepared for the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The road to Lincoln Center is documented in this short film which features appearances by Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg and fashion blogger Rumi Neely of FashionToast.com.

Below: “No Pressure” A Behind the Scenes Look at Fall 2011 Fashion Week. Follow Rebecca Minkoff as she prepares for her the first runway show at Lincoln Center. Then shop your favorite fall looks now available on RebeccaMinkoff.com.

This is a family run business. Uri is off the charts smart, graduating high school in about 16 months. With determination and a few PR courses under his belt, he talked his folks into eventually opening what became a 10,000 sqft wellness center. Later building his own successful internet development technology company.

Still acting as Chair of his companies, Uri set off to start the Rebecca Minkoff brand with his sister. 6 years later, they are still independently managed and self-financed.

Today she is at the top of her game, still partnering with her brother Uri and preparing to be a new mommy, while her husband Gavin provides fantastic visual images.

Click here for her company timeline. Their venture now offers apparel, bags, shoes and accessories, and men’s accessories under the brand Ben Minkoff, named after her grandfather.


Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Rebecca Minkoff, chief executive officer for her self-named handbag company, talks about the fashion industry and growth strategy. Minkoff speaks with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance Midday.” (Source: Bloomberg)

I carry RM bags because they are fabulous! My favorite being the Wine and Cheese bag with roomy front pockets. I live in this bag.

Take a moment and view her site and blogs. REBECCA MINKOFF is someone to watch. Dont forget to sign up for her newsletter. I leave you with a video for her 2011 Fall collection, enjoy.

(Click here to catch up with her amazing folks, David and Sue Minkoff, two people I completely adore who taught me so much about family, health and harmony.)

Rebecca on Bloomberg TV
Livestream of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show

Grand Canyon, Ariz.: Ancient rock, eternal truths: Hike down to the Colorado River a dream come true – latimes.com

11 Sep

It’s easy to think big thoughts while cooling your heels in the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon

A mule train winds its way down the Bright Angel Trail. (Jeff Robbins / Associated Press)

Every year around this time, I set out points North-East to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One of my best friends shared this trip with me over 20 years ago, and in his honor I try to make my way before early Oct. closure. The solitude and beauty is breathtaking. I have shared this trip with many friends and family making for lasting memories of my own. In a series for the next month I will be sharing different views of the Grand Canyon experience. This NYTimes post caught my eye today, enjoy.


IF I CLOSE MY EYES, I can almost see Bright Angel Creek spilling into the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I’ve been here only twice and don’t know if I’ll ever make it again because it’s a long, hard trip down from the rim — seven miles, losing 5,000 feet in elevation, along the South Kaibab Trail, the way I hiked into the Big Ditch in 2004, or a slightly more gradual 9.3 miles along Bright Angel Trail, the route I took before that on the back of a mule.

Five million people a year stand on the rim taking a gander at the 277-mile-long chasm, a stirring sight to be sure. But for those who make it down to the river there’s something even better: a strange little patch of paradise, halfway to the center of the Earth, it seems, where layers of ancient rock and a raging river speak eternal verities.

I’d imagined going there ever since my grandma gave me Marguerite Henry’s 1953 children’s classic “Brighty of the Grand Canyon,” about a free-spirited burro that toted water up and down the North Rim along Bright Angel Creek. So it was a dream come true to pitch a tent in the campground on the west side of Brighty’s stream, named by the great, one-armed canyon explorer John Wesley Powell.

On the mule trip I stayed at nearby Phantom Ranch, my favorite hotel in the world, built of logs and native stone by the Fred Harvey Co. in the 1920s. It has a corral for the mules, snug cabins and a rustic dining hall that serves steak and baked potato dinners, with chocolate cake for dessert.

After supper I’d sit on the smooth stone beach by the big river, cooling my blistered feet, waiting for God

to switch on the stars while the red-black Vishnu schist and pink Zoroaster granite canyon walls disappeared around me.

Nothing lasts forever, or everything does in one form or another; I don’t know which, but in a place like that I think big thoughts. And I feel lucky to be alive in America, beautiful from coast to coast and from top to bottom. Bottom, especially.

— Susan Spano

Spano is a longtime travel writer whose work frequently appears in the Los Angeles Times.

Grand Canyon: Hike down to the Colorado River a dream come true – latimes.com

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