Wikipedia:Today's featured article/emergency

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With effect from 16 December 2014, the TFA coordinators are Brianboulton, Crisco 1492 and Dank.

If scheduling, or rescheduling, in an emergency:

  • Fully move-protect the intended new article (if not already protected) until 00:00 on the day after it is due to be TFA
  • If you are changing today's featured article:
    • If you are a Commons admin, or can find one quickly, get the new image protected at Commons. If you are not a Commons admin, upload a local copy of the new image. If neither of these steps is done, then the image will be unprotected and open to vandalism at Commons (unless and until a Commons bot happens to notice it, but you can't rely on this happening quickly or indeed at all)
    • Cut and paste the chosen blurb below into today's TFA subpage - don't change the "recently featured" links or footer
    • Change today's subpage of {{TFA title}} (found at {{TFA title/January 30, 2015}}) to match the new article
  • If you are changing tomorrow's featured article:
    • Cut and paste the chosen blurb below into tomorrow's TFA subpage - don't change the "recently featured" links or footer
  • If no TFA has been scheduled for today or tomorrow:
    • Go to Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 2015 and use the "create" button to start the required page
    • Cut and paste the chosen blurb from WP:TFAR, or from below
    • Complete the "recently featured" section by copying and updating the list from the previous day.

Thereafter, when time permits:

Thanks. BencherliteTalk 09:23, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Emergency 1[edit]

Louie B. Nunn (1924–2004) was Governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky from 1967 to 1971, the only Republican to hold that office between 1947 and 2003. He entered local politics after law school, becoming the first Republican county judge in the history of Barren County, Kentucky. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1963, but lost to Democrat Ned Breathitt, after a campaign in which desegregation of Kentucky's public services was a major issue. After his election in 1967, Nunn was able to enact most of his priorities, including tax increases that funded improvements to the state park system and the construction of a network of mental health centers, despite a Democratic majority in the General Assembly. The later years of his administration were marred by race riots in Louisville and a violent protest against the Vietnam War at the University of Kentucky. Following his term as governor, he unsuccessfully challenged Walter "Dee" Huddleston in the 1972 senatorial election and John Y. Brown, Jr. in the 1979 gubernatorial contest. In his later years, he supported the political ambitions of his son, Steve, and advocated for the legalization of industrial hemp in Kentucky. (Full article...)

Emergency 2[edit]

Hurricane Dean

The meteorological history of Hurricane Dean began in the second week of August 2007 when a vigorous tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa into the North Atlantic. On August 13, the National Hurricane Center designated it Tropical Depression Four while it was still more than 1,500 mi (2,400 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. It moved rapidly towards the Caribbean and into warmer waters. On August 14 the depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dean. By August 16, the storm had attained hurricane status. Hurricane Dean continued to intensify as it tracked westward through the Lesser Antilles. Once in the Caribbean Sea, the storm rapidly intensified to a Category 5 hurricane. Weakening slightly, it brushed the southern coast of Jamaica on August 19 as a Category 4 hurricane and continued towards the Yucatán Peninsula. The favorable conditions of the western Caribbean Sea allowed the storm to intensify and it regained Category 5 status the next day before making landfall in southern Quintana Roo. Hurricane Dean was one of two storms in the 2007 season to make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane and was the seventh most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. (Full article...)

Emergency 3[edit]

Pavo on 1730 Atlas Coelestis

Pavo is a constellation in the southern sky with the Latin name for peacock. It is one of twelve constellations conceived by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Pavo first appeared on a 35-cm (14 in) diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius and Jodocus Hondius and was depicted in Johann Bayer's star atlas Uranometria of 1603. The constellation's brightest star, Alpha Pavonis, is also known as Peacock and appears as a 1.91-magnitude blue-white star, but is actually a spectroscopic binary. Delta Pavonis is a nearby Sun-like star some 19.9 light years distant. Six of the star systems in Pavo have been found to host planets, including HD 181433 with a super-earth, and HD 172555 with evidence of a major interplanetary collision in the past few thousand years. The constellation contains NGC 6752, the third-brightest globular cluster in the sky, and the spiral galaxy NGC 6744, which closely resembles our Milky Way but is twice as large. (Full article...)

Emergency 4[edit]

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is a large cockatoo native to the south-east of Australia measuring 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in length. It has a short crest on the top of its head. Its plumage is mostly brownish black and it has prominent yellow cheek patches and a yellow tail band. The body feathers are edged with yellow giving a scalloped appearance. In flight, yellow-tailed black cockatoos flap deeply and slowly, and with a peculiar heavy fluid motion. Their loud eerie wailing calls carry for long distances. Unlike other cockatoos, a large proportion of their diet is made up of wood-boring grubs, and they also eat seeds. Although they remain common throughout much of their range, fragmentation of habitat and loss of large trees suitable for nesting has caused a population decline in Victoria and South Australia. In some places yellow-tailed black cockatoos appear to have adapted to humans and they can often be seen in parts of urban Sydney and Melbourne. It is not commonly seen in aviculture, especially outside Australia. Like most parrots, the birds are protected by CITES, an international agreement, that makes trade, export, and import of listed wild-caught species illegal. (Full article...)