In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.
August 21's total solar eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to be seen across the entire country . While it’s exciting, looking directly at an eclipse can cause permanent eye damage or blindness, according to NASA . To prepare for this, Kottke put together a guide on what to buy to enjoy the eclipse without going blind, including items like solar eclipse glasses, sunscreen, pinhole viewers, and binoculars (be sure to put solar filters in front of them when you’re using them). The guide is geared towards beginners who aren’t willing to spend tons of money for fancy equipment but who are enthusiastic about seeing the eclipse. The guide also recommends buying these items as soon as possible because prices increase as we get closer to August 21.