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The Daily Catch - published on 09/09/16

Rise and shine land lubbers! The ships are in with an assortment of links fresh off the net.

What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo. – (Theatlantic.com)

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson recently had to admit that he did not know what Aleppo was. In case you didn’t know about the tragedies befalling the people of Aleppo, Theatlantic.com has a chilling photo gallery. (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Read More:Syrian monastery pleads for medical help in Aleppo

The Story Behind the Haunting 9/11 Photo of a Man Falling From the Twin Towers – (Time.com)

Time has an interview with the photographer who took the famous ‘Falling Man’ photo of a man who chose to jump from one of the twin towers rather than stay in the burning building.

The photo, taken by Richard Drew in the moments after the September 11, 2001, attacks, is one man’s distinct escape from the collapsing buildings, a symbol of individuality against the backdrop of faceless skyscrapers. On a day of mass tragedy, Falling Man is one of the only widely seen pictures that shows someone dying. The photo was published in newspapers around the U.S. in the days after the attacks, but backlash from readers forced it into temporary obscurity. It can be a difficult image to process, the man perfectly bisecting the iconic towers as he darts toward the earth like an arrow.

Lonely Neighbor Faces $3K A Day In Violations, Then Catches A Couple Secretly Fixing Her House – (Littlethings.com)

A story about a neighborhood and friends who came together to help a woman in need. (Pics in the link)

Anne Glancey, a retired teacher who grew up in that house, couldn’t afford to erase her mounting code violations. If she didn’t make the necessary repairs to her property, she faced up to $3000 per day in fines. Notoriously reclusive, Anne had no friends or family to help her. The paint on her house was peeling off, her grass and shrubs were growing out of control, and a rusty old car sat abandoned on her lawn. Anne was so worried, yet she didn’t know what to do — until, one day, she walked outside and saw Kristin and Adam doing the unthinkable…

Celebrate the Comeback of Humpbacks With These Fabulous Photos – (nationalgeographic.com)

National Geographic is celebrating humpback whales being removed from the endangered species list with a gallery of photos.

Humpback whales continue to surprise scientists, who see increasing evidence that the large aquatic mammals are capable of sophisticated thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication. There are hundreds of incidents where they appear to be protecting other animals from killer whale attacks. And now, efforts to protect humpbacks from their most fearsome predator—human beings—are having an impact. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that most populations of humpback whales, which had been on the brink of extinction, are being removed from the endangered species list.
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