Friday, January 13, 2012
Sea turtles, record snow and NYC's no-pants subway ride: The best of iReport this week

This week, iReporters did what they do best: Give us a look at some of the biggest and most interesting news stories in the world. Here are five of our favorites:

 

Record snowfall in Cordova, Alaska

 

Areas of Alaska were slammed with record snowfalls recently, like the town of Cordova, which was buried under more than 15 feet of total snow accumulation. Linden O'Toole says this is the most snowfall she's seen in the 30 years she's lived there. "Both of my kids were raised in Cordova, and I don't remember a single day of school closure due to weather. The kids have been granted this entire week off of school," she said.

 

Underpants day in NYC subway

 

Last Sunday, famed theatre troupe Improv Everywhere kicked off NYC's 11th annual 'No Pants Subway Ride,' which saw thousands of transit riders in The City That Never Sleeps dressed as though they were, well, in bed. Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere shot these photos of pantless subway riders: "Some cars were so crowded you couldn't even get in them," he said. "A lot of people were asking what was going on!"

 

Elon grad students help save sea turtles

 

 

Rachel Johnson, a grad student studying interactive media at North Carolina's Elon University, took a trip to Panama for a project supporting a foundation that protects wild Panamanian sea turtles. She shared this video compilation of their nine-day stint.

 

200 miles of Wisconsin recall signs

 

With the deadline for a recall election for embattled Governor Scott Walker looming, activists in Wisconsin have stepped up their efforts to gather signatures. Mediaman, a filmmaker in La Crosse who prefers to go by his iReport screen name, has been documenting the recall campaign for more than a year. "Many experts and Wisconsin residents are fairly confident it will occur. The critical question will be if people come out to vote when the actual recall election occurs," he said. He shared these photos of pro-recall and pro-Walker signs from a 200-mile stretch on Highway 14 in La Crosse, to Interstates 90 and 94 in Milwaukee.

 

iReporters on the frontlines of Nigeria protests

 

Protests in Nigeria began on January 3, and swelled into a nationwide strike against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan a week later. Before most news organizations had cameras and reporters on the scene, Nigerian iReporters were there to give us a front-line look at the protests. They shared their photos, videos and perspectives, and we assembled their submissions into Open Story, an interactive timeline that allows you to follow the story as it unfolds, iReport by iReport.

 

Christian pastor Akindeji Falaki was motivated by his faith to join protesters in the streets of Abuja. "I believe God will stand with the poor and oppressed of the land rather  than stand with the oppressors and the rich, I believe a peaceful  protest is also a fundamental right and a civil responsibility, to hold  the ruling class accountable," he said.

 

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3 Comments
January 13, 2012
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african nations should elect presidents who will not ruin their daily basi needs like fuel,food. Nigeria is giving a great example. it is not only about moslem countries even other countries too.

January 13, 2012

Some great reporting this week, thanks team iReport, keep em coming !!!

 

Percy

January 13, 2012
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So all elected officials are supposed to not ensure public employees job guarantees, outrageous pay and benefits.

 

Unions have no business in government.

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