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    Little Debbie unveils Christmas Tree Cake Ice Cream and fans can't wait for its release

    Love the iconic Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes? Well soon, people will be able to try the holiday favorite in frozen form as it becomes an ice cream flavor.

    Just as people begin to get into the holiday spirit, the new ice cream will be released on Nov. 1 exclusively at Walmart. People can buy a pint of the ice cream for $2.50, but it will only be available while supplies last.

    One of Little Debbie's most popular treats, Christmas Tree Cakes consists of a tree-shaped yellow cake with creme filling. It is covered with white frosting with stripes of red frosting and green sprinkles. Dubbed as "Santa's favorite treat," the cakes have been around since 1985.

    The ice cream is vanilla flavored and includes "decadent golden cake chunks." It will also have its signature red icing and green sprinkles swirled into the ice cream.



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    You can now scale the side of Edge's 1,200-foot-tall skyscraper

    As the western hemisphere's tallest observation deck, Edge was already offering a breath-taking experience with its glass-floor viewing area 1,131 feet in the air. But starting November 9, it'll take it one step further and allow visitors to scale the side of its Hudson Yards' building and lean over the edge.

    City Climb, which will be the highest external building climb in the world, will tether brave thrillseekers to a secure trolly along the outside of the building and open, edged platforms and stairways.

    Two cables will keep them secure on a path that leads up 32 steps to "The Cliff," an outlook 1,190 feet in the sky and to "The Stair," which consists of 151 steps on a 45-degree incline. Finally, climbers will reach "The Apex," where they can lean out and hang over the platform at 1,271 feet.

    It all finishes with a victory lap on Edge's outdoor viewing area on the 100th floor (and a celebratory medal for inaugural guests).

    "City Climb quite literally shouts from the rooftops that tourism is back in New York City and there has never been a more exciting time to visit," said Jeff T. Blau, chief executive of Related Companies. "This is an adventure unlike anything the city has seen before, and we are thrilled to welcome the world to an experience of a lifetime."

    Each year, it seems like the city's skyscrapers are entering the observation deck game or adding to them to make them even more thrilling as if standing high up above the city isn't exhilarating enough. The Empire State Building just recently refurbished its 102nd-floor observatory and SUMMIT One Vanderbilt just opened its glass sky boxes and elevators 1,000 feet up in the air. Even Rockefeller Center is heightening its experience—it's requesting the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission's blessing on the addition of a ride that would take visitors above its 69th floor and a new "infinity" observation platform.

    Maybe the Marvel Cinematic Universe with all its flying heroes is behind this push for greater and more heart-stopping heights—Michael Gilbane, the senior vice president of Related Companies, relates the City Climb experience to the kind of thing only superheroes have been able to do.

    "We are exceedingly proud of the team who master-minded this entertainment marvel offering the world an unparalleled perspective of the city," he said.

    City Climb will be open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. Tickets, which go on sale at 10am today at edgenyc.com/cityclimb, are currently $185 and include the City Climb experience, entry to Edge, and a digital Edge image. Inaugural guests will also receive a personalized video from their climb and a commemorative medal.



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    Viktor Bryukhanov, engineer blamed in Chernobyl explosion, dies at 85

    Viktor Bryukhanov, the engineer who oversaw the construction and operation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the site of an explosion in 1986 that ranks among the worst accidents of the nuclear age, died Oct. 13 in Kyiv. He was 85.



    The press service of the Chernobyl plant, which is no longer in operation, confirmed his death and said that Mr. Bryukhanov had suffered several strokes.

    The explosion at Chernobyl, a Soviet installation that was one of the most powerful nuclear power plants in the world, occurred in the early-morning hours of April 26, 1986, when a reactor malfunctioned during a safety test, destroying the building and spewing toxic radiation into the sky.

    Two workers were killed in the accident. In the ensuing months, 28 firefighters and cleanup workers died of radiation sickness, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. As many as 200,000 people in the surrounding area were evacuated, and the wind carried radioactive isotopes across portions of Europe.

    Mikhail Gorbachev, who served at the time as the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and who five years later would preside over the dissolution of the Soviet Union, would one day reflect that “the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl,” even more than the reforms known as perestroika, “was perhaps the real cause of the collapse” of the Communist superpower.

    In the immediate aftermath, a great part of the blame for the disaster was placed on Mr. Bryukhanov, a thermal power engineer with years of experience in the Soviet nuclear power industry. In the widely watched 2019 HBO series “Chernobyl,” in which he was portrayed by actor Con O’Neill, he was depicted as a villain. But the reality, said Serhii Plokhy, a professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University, is more complex.

    “His subordinates valued him as a good engineer and effective manager,” Plokhy wrote in the 2018 book “Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe.” “He put in long hours, spoke little, and was known as one of a rare breed: a Soviet manager who got things done while showing consideration to his subordinates.”

    Mr. Bryukhanov learned of the explosion shortly after it occurred, when an anguished chemist at the plant awakened him with a phone call at approximately 2 a.m. Mr. Bryukhanov rushed to the site, observed the extent of the destruction and said to himself, “This is my prison.”

    He “realized immediately that life as he knew it — a successful career, participation in the party congress, government awards — was over,” Plokhy wrote. “He would have to bear responsibility for the disaster, whether he was guilty or not.”

    Accused of failing to respond effectively and promptly to the crisis, Mr. Bryukhanov was expelled from the Communist Party. In 1987, he and two aides were tried on charges of violating safety rules, abuse of power and negligence. According to Plokhy, the most damaging evidence against him was a statement Mr. Bryukhanov signed the day of the accident minimizing the threat of the radiation released in the explosion.

    Mr. Bryukhanov denied the first two charges but pleaded guilty to negligence, declaring at his trial, according to Plokhy’s account: “I am guilty as manager of having missed something, of having been careless or inefficient in some way. I understand that this is a serious accident, but everyone bears some blame for it.”

    Along with his aides, Mr. Bryukhanov was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison and labor camps. He was released after five years, following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Mr. Bryukhanov resumed his professional life, leading a technological department at Chernobyl, which had not yet been fully decommissioned, later telling the Moscow News that he received a “warm welcome” upon his return. He later worked for Ukraine’s trade ministry.

    Viktor Petrovich Bryukhanov was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Tashkent, in what was then the Soviet republic of Uzbekistan. His father was a glazier — a tradesman who works with glass — and his mother was a cleaner, according to the London Daily Telegraph.

    Mr. Bryukhanov was a graduate of the Tashkent State Technical University. He worked in Soviet power plants in positions of increasing responsibility until he was assigned in 1970 to build what became the Chernobyl plant. He also oversaw the development of the nearby community of Pripyat, effectively a company town for plant workers that reached a population of 50,000.

    Mr. Bryukhanov was among the victims of radiation sickness at Chernobyl, suffering from headaches and other painful symptoms. He and his wife, Valentina, had a daughter, Lilia, and a son, Oleg, but complete survivors information was not immediately available.

    In interviews with journalists and historians over the years, he sought to defend himself against the image of negligence that had developed around him.

    “It was the constructors’ job to see to it that no mistake by the staff could lead to such a tragedy,” Reuters quoted him having said in 1992. “But of course it was easier to blame not the reactor’s creators but the staff at the plant. Was it permissible at that time to cast a shadow on the prestige of the Soviet nuclear industry? How much simpler to put the director and chief engineer in the dock.”

    Several years later, he told the Moscow News that he thought the world would never know the truth of Chernobyl.

    “Much time was allowed to pass,” he remarked. “We won’t know the truth not because someone is hiding it but because it just cannot be understood. And no one wanted to do it while the trail was still fresh.”

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