Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:37 AM EST2013-12-04 16:37:31 GMT
During a season in which the phrase "hustle and bustle" is perfectly descriptive and people are battling over the last game system/device/toy in the store, it is nice to stop the busy-ness for a few minutesMore >
During a season in which the phrase "hustle and bustle" is perfectly descriptive and people are battling over the last game system/device/toy in the store, it is nice to stop the busy-ness for a few minutes and reflect on the true beauty of the Christmas season.More >
They may just be teenagers, but some Rossford students say they're ready to fight fires. Now they're asking for the community's help to make it happen.More >
By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press
ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - In a remote part of northern Lake Michigan, divers have started looking at an underwater pit, hoping to find the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.
The origin of the search, which began Saturday, can be traced back to 2001, when expedition leader Steve Libert discovered a timber slab wedged in the lakebed. U.S. and French archaeologists examined sediment removed from a hole dug near that slab and found a 15-inch slab of blackened wood that might have been a human-fashioned "cultural artifact," although more analysis will be required to determine whether it was part of a vessel, project manager Ken Vrana said.
Libert, who has spent about three decades searching for the Griffin (also known by its French equivalent Le Griffon), said he hoped that by Sunday, the excavation would reach what sonar readings indicate is a distinct shape beneath several feet of sediment. The object is over 40 feet long and about 18 feet wide - dimensions similar to those the Griffin is believed to have had, Vrana said.
But he said it was too early to declare the site a shipwreck, let alone the object of their quest.
"Soon we will find out whether our assumption is correct or not," Vrana said aboard the Proud Maid, a 45-foot commercial fishing boat that ferried journalists and crew members to the search area near Poverty Island in Michigan waters north of the entrance to Green Bay. "We've got to get those test pits dug and hit (the) structure, because anything else is pure speculation."
After meeting with team members Saturday night, he told reporters that "within a couple of days we should know" whether a ship graveyard lies beneath the surface.
Although Libert and his associates have dived at the site numerous times and conducted several surveys with remote sensing equipment, they hadn't conducted archaeological excavations until receiving a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this month after years of legal squabbles. The agency claims ownership over all Great Lakes shipwrecks in the state's waters, although it acknowledges France would have rights to the Griffin because it was sailing under the authority of King Louis XIV.
Taking part in Saturday's dive were Michel L'Hour, director of the Department of Underwater Archaeological Research in the French Ministry of Culture and a noted authority on shipwrecks, and associate Olivia Hulot. The U.S. leaders said they hoped the visitors, with their knowledge of design and construction features of French ships from the 17th and 18th century, could help confirm whether the Griffin had been found.
"The Griffin is very important to the early history of America," L'Hour said in an interview before taking his first look at the site. "If this is the Griffin, it will teach us many things."
Rene Robert Cavelier de la Salle ordered the Griffin built near Niagara Falls in 1679 to support his quest for what was widely - but erroneously - believed to be a passageway to China and Japan. It was the first European-style vessel to traverse the upper Great Lakes, crossing Lake Erie and venturing northward to Lake Huron, then across Lake Michigan to the eastern shore of modern-day Wisconsin.
La Salle ordered the ship to return for more supplies and to deliver a load of furs, while he continued his journey by canoe. The Griffin was never heard from again. There are various theories about its fate, but none that have been proven. Libert, who spent years studying the writings of La Salle and a companion, believes it sank in a fierce storm only a few miles after setting sail.
Libert said Saturday the recovery of the slab of wood and prospects for reaching what may be the ship's hull shortly were promising signs.
"Right now I'm pretty excited, from what I know so far," he said, but added: "Scientific (proof) is 100%. It's not 99.9%."
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:43 AM EST2013-12-05 13:43:23 GMT
SACRAMENTO, CA (CNN) - Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets. But these aren't just any triplets, they're extremely rare babies. They were conceived naturally without the help of fertilityMore >
Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:55 AM EST2013-12-05 14:55:20 GMT
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office considers the death of a man after a struggle in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot a homicide.The Kansas City Police Department said the medical examiner hasMore >
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office considers the death of a man after a struggle in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot a homicide. Court documents released late Wednesday afternoon say that the victim was repeatedly punched in the face after he was found in the wrong vehicle.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:57 AM EST2013-12-05 15:57:20 GMT
Much of the metro is covered in white Thursday morning, and while it may not be much snow, it is making travel a mess. The Missouri Department of roads says even the lightest dusting of snow can causeMore >
What a difference a day makes: A day after much of Missouri basked in spring-like weather, the reality of the pending winter set in on Thursday with the arrival of bitter cold and a concerning mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:51 PM EST2013-12-05 22:51:18 GMT
Fast-food workers in 100 cities will walk off the job Thursday and Kansas City is one of them. Organizers say the strike is the largest effort yet to push for higher pay. The workers are expected to gatherMore >
Thousands across the nation took to the streets once again to call for higher wages for fast food workers. That included protests in the Kansas City metro.More >
Tuesday, December 3 2013 12:12 PM EST2013-12-03 17:12:24 GMT
BRYAN, TX (KBTX/CBS) - Traditions Club, the home of Texas A&M University golf teams, partnered with the St. Joseph Health System to break the Guinness record for the world's largest gingerbread house. ConstructionMore >
The house Texas A&M University built for charity is large enough for a family to live in and good enough to eat.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:54 AM EST2013-12-05 15:54:50 GMT
Multiple police cruisers are chasing a stolen FedEx truck on highways through east Kansas City.The vehicle was reported stolen about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of E. 89th St. The chase has beenMore >
A man who stole a FedEx truck is on custody after a police chase that went from east Kansas City across the state line into a Kansas suburb.More >