Several Team USA athletes have been spotted (literally) with round purple or red marks on their backs, shoulders and other body parts. An acupuncturist says these are the telltale signs of an ancient Chinese medicine practice called cupping. She explains why elite athletes may find it useful.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, young sprinter Frentorish “Tori” Bowie has waited four years for this moment. She tries not to think too much about the coveted gold medal, as she trains relentlessly in the hot Florida sun.
Miami-grown goalie Ashleigh Johnson, a Princeton University student, is taking the water polo world by storm. A fierce competitor, Johnson is the only non-Californian on the team, and is making history as the first African American to play for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo team.
Casey Eichfeld joins a small family of three-time Olympians as he races Canoe Slalom for Team USA in Rio. The sprint event can last anywhere from 90 to 110 seconds, and Eichfeld says that upon crossing the finish line, "you're zapped."
Nico Hernandez, a native of 20yearold Wichita, Kansas, makes his Olympic debut in Rio as light flyweight boxer (108 lbs). “When I’m in the ring, I’m just thinking about my family and making a better life for them,” Hernandez said.
Former Lummi Nation tribal chairman Tim Ballew II, among seven finalists for a vacant seat on the Whatcom County Council, addressed the council and answered questions Tuesday, Jan. 16. The council later appointed Ballew to fill the remainder of the term for the at-large seat. Video courtesy of Whatcom County Council.
Brave tourists took a plunge into a river in the world’s coldest village, Oymyakon, while on a January tour of the glacial region in eastern Russia. The uploader said temperatures fluctuated between minus 44 and minus 50 degrees Celsius during their trip.
Students and teachers at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, school that had gone without electricity for 112 days since Hurricane Maria struck the island was able to share a special moment on January 11 when the lights finally came back on. Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo posted video to its Facebook page of students and teachers running around with joy when the electricity started to work again. The video showed a glimpse into classrooms where young students could be seen jumping up and down as they celebrated.
Mike Austin posted video on YouTube of a meteor sailing through the sky during part of his commute Tuesday night, Jan. 16. He wrote that he "didn't hear any loud sounds" during his drive on I-75 northbound between Troy and Bloomfield Hills in Detroit. NWS Detroit later tweeted that it could confirm that "the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor." USGS then confirmed that the meteor caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.
William Ralph Smith of Whatcom County is resentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Smith originally was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury after he fatally stabbed another man to death in 2015.