Delaware Finally Does ItIt’s hard not to feel bad for Delaware, especially with all the activity at the Supreme Court of equality this week. Poor little Delaware, the redheaded stepchild of America; the forgotten first state of this great nation, the disenfranchised native son, the only state in the union without a National Park Service presence…until now. On Monday, President Obama designated 1,100 acres of land between Wilmington and Philadelphia the First State National Monument, finally welcoming all 50 states into the National Park family. This will provide additional funding along with guaranteeing the land for future generations. During the same ceremony, President Obama also declared the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s eastern shore, giving the mid-Atlantic a double whammy of national monuments to celebrate. So go ahead, celebrate Delaware. You deserve it.Slow news day around here so we’ll let Delaware soak up some glory.Here are some links to interesting, albiet slightly off topic, stories: The future of battery technology, and energy in general, could sprout from a lab accident. Typical. via slate.comProfile of the Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever, Tibor “Ted” Juracsik. via Garden and GunGeorge Lowe, final member of the first Everest Expedition dies. Not on summit team, but vital member. via OutsideStanding up for skiing, and ski bums. via SAMHurricane Sandy, rebuilding, and why we yearn to live where nature doesn’t want us. via Daily Beast
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Valyssa Monterg and Argentino came off the reserves’ bench to give Willie Mullins a one-two in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Galway. Argentino led for much of the way and appeared to have seen off his challengers jumping the last but Ruby Walsh, who switched from stablemate Wood Breizh when that one was pulled out, was just getting Valyssa Monterg into top gear. The 8/1 chance, who was making her handicap debut, swooped down the outside and such was the power in her finish, she had established a two-and-three-quarter-length advantage by the time she crossed the line. Valyssa Monterg was Mullins’ seventh winner of the week, and the champion trainer said: “It was a nice surprise. I was afraid the ground may be too soft but with Ruby coming wide, maybe he found nicer ground. “Ruby felt she was far happier when he got out of the bunch. When she was on the inside he felt she wasn’t racing. “I was also delighted with Argentino. It was a chance spare ride for Mikey Fogarty and I never saw him jump as well. “Both of them will improve and we’ll look to the next festival, whether that’s at Killarney or Listowel. “Both will also appreciate a longer trip. We could try Valyssa Monterg on the Flat at some stage. “It’s been a fantastic week and way beyond what I had hoped. I was just hoping I might get a winner or two.” Press Association