1.) Later this afternoon, you’ll be able to watch as a large asteroid zips by our planet - but only with a telescope with at least a 4 to 6-inch mirror size. 1998QE2 is 1.7 miles across and even has its own mini-moon, a smaller, bonus rock orbiting around it. To see the asteroid, search the southern sky over the next few nights. There’s no chance for collision, as the closest the asteroid will get to our planet is 3.6 million miles away this afternoon at 4:59PM.
2.) The cleaning and maintenance workers of the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago went on strike to protest planned cuts to wages and health care contributions, among other things. As members of Unite Here Local 1, 130 hotel employees walked off their jobs and on to the picket lines. Even thought the 2 sides hadn’t negotiated with each other in more than a year, the strike ended at midnight Wednesday, bringing the world’s longest hotel strike to an end. The workers went off the job on June 3, 2003, ending the strike just short of 10 years. Many of the original 130 workers have found other jobs, including some who crossed the picket line and went back to work.
3.) Sara Frey had a wish – it was to go on a cruise. The 15 year old from California has leukemia and the Make-A-Wish Foundation stepped in to help and granted Sara’s wish. One week ago today, she left for the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. That’s the ship that caught on fire on Monday, with Sara and her family aboard. They had to wait in the Bahamas until they could get flown home. But her family said they'd much rather be stuck there than stuck in Sara's hospital room. Royal Caribbean refunded the cost of the tickets, which goes to Make-A-Wish, and Sara will get a "do over" on her wish. She hasn't decided if she's going to take another cruise or choose something else.