On the Radar: Waves threaten chemical plant, excessive heat, LeBron biking
Waves from Tropical Storm Muifa cover the coastline in China's Shandong province on Monday.
August 8th, 2011
06:36 AM ET

On the Radar: Waves threaten chemical plant, excessive heat, LeBron biking

Three things you need to know today.

Waves threaten plant: Workers in China were repairing a dike damaged by huge waves from Tropical Storm Muifa in an effort to protect a petrochemical plant, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Waves as high as 65 feet (20 meters) broke through the dike in Dailan, Xinhua reported, citing military personnel working on the repair. Officials fear a toxic spill could occur if sea water reaches the plant.

The Fujia chemical plant produces paraxylene, a carcinogenic chemical used in making polyester film and fabrics, Xinhua reported.

Dangerous heat: Most of Oklahoma and parts of Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi are under excessive heat warnings Monday as the heat indices in those areas could reach 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service warned against most outdoor activities, saying life-threatening situations could develop, especially if proper hydration isn't practiced.

Some areas may get limited relief from thunderstorms, forecasters said, but they also warned the dangerous heat may not break until midweek for other areas.

LeBron's bikeathon: Miami Heat star LeBron James is headed back to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, on Monday, this time to lead a 2.6-mile bike ride through the city’s streets as part of his “Wheels for Education” initiative.

James and 20 high school students will pedal from the University of Akron to East High School where hundreds of students in the program will await them.

The bike ride will be the first event since the program underwent a name change from the King for Kids Bike-A-Thon. The initiative strives to improve the academic success of third-graders from single-parent households.

“We felt it was time to change the Bikeathon to something that could be more educational at the same time,” James told the Akron Beacon Journal. “We feel great about it.”

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. U-Turn

    Hope LeChoke remembers to wear a helmet: there will be lots of trash thrown his way while he rides through Zip-town!

    August 8, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phantom II

    There was a hate murder in Jackson, MS, but there is no appropriate thread for it here.
    Doesn't Mississippi have a death penalty?
    Is it because the alleged perpetrator (on tape) is eighteen that he might receive life sentences?

    August 8, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      There is absolutely NO mention of ANYTHING Mississippi related, murder or otherwise in the article.
      If you WISH for such an article, go to CNN's contact us page and give them a story idea.
      Because, CNN doesn't read these forums looking for new stories.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Tri'em and fry'em as adults...the glee club who weent and slept like lambs should be charged with accessory!

      August 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    THE HEAT IS outside... i stay inside... bfore i go out i drink a bottle of suntan lotion...

    August 8, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      In other words, you don't go to work. You sit at home.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      i work from home... i rasie and sell chimpanzees... you wouldn't believe how many pampers they go thru...

      August 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Monkey Lover.

      August 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. troy davis

    Carcinogenic Plant needs to be shut down. Cold service plants are always at risk to the weather. Temp is very important. Operations needs to make the call !!!! Sooner then later.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      There is no mention of the plant remaining in operation. Meanwhile, you ignored the stored product and precursor chemicals currently being stored there.
      So, assuming the common sense shutdown of the plant, what do they do with the stored chemicals, as waves lap and slam around the tanks?

      August 8, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fix in TX

    @Phantom II –> Where do you get your hate murder in Mississippi information? It wasn't in this article. Please stay on topic Phantom II! The only mention of Mississippi was in the section related to the excessive heat in the South & Midwest – has tne heat fried your brain already?

    August 8, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fix in TX

    Oops –> typo has the heat fried your brain already???

    August 8, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. runswithbeer

    Live in Central Texas. Been over 100f since June 1st except for two days when it cooled off to 99f. Worked outside (108f) on my Truck all weekend under a shade tree. No big deal. The big deal is rain. Went to the lake this weekend, it was down over 40ft. Where we go the "Lake" was literally knee deep and 15 feet across. The Colorado River above Lake Buchanan is bone dry. My guess is that the drought will continue and we actually live in the Desert now. Outside of a couple of tropical storms and one two month period of rain a couple of years ago this dry spell has actually been going on since 2005.(Sad thing is some ID10T decided that Texas should water Rice fields down on the coast with DESERT WATER. I was here in the 50's and this time it's MUCH worse.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    wow,I guess there really is no such thing as global warming. Imagine that.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. carby

    If I had known this article had ANTHING about lebron james I would have NEVER opened it! Nice cover up for the arrogant, 'ts all about me", "I am king" unatractive black man. Too bad money can't buy looks or change our color!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. LeBronKingJamesBibleChosenOneJesus

    @CNN: Ahem.. Don't you mean "chosen one"? Thanks.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. LUCKY ONE

    Many of the white feminists were trick in beliving that it wil be easy to rid of andre himes ,unaware about the power in heaven who has been guarding ANDRE life since the day he was born at SHAW AIR FORCE BASE on april 30 1965.Under racial profiling many black america were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA ,where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in the SUDAN and in the congo and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which much black human population was sacrifice.Mean while a demonic black america has arisen from the both the antebellum and the hiphop nation and is based sterotypical images of low class ,poverty stricken and crimninally prone blacks.

    August 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    There isn't any need to get hateful towards a person who wonders where a hate crime in Mississippi might be located...I would think the same think if I were looking; click on the OTR thread.
    He was asking.
    I notice that the people who commented had to say something about his being out of work because he is posting; aren't *they* posting also?
    Wzrd1, I notice that you post often also, are YOU out of work?

    Random haters are such losers.
    Just saying.

    August 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      They were a group of heinous, drunk, cowards who went out with INTENT to humilate and kill an black citizen...nothing was random about that...INTENT!

      August 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz's Mother

    Hate will find them soon when the WRATH of God comes!

    August 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz's Mother

    Opps, I meant Gods hate for the crime they did, I can't see God as some one who has hate in his heart for his children...just their ACTS!

    August 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jean Sartre

    LeBron should first go to a remedial Ed. school B/4 he does any bike riding for education; this dude is probably the dumbest and – they go together – and most arrogant cretin on the planet...

    August 9, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |