By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer A seven-alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan Saturday, killing two firefighters who were responding to the blaze. Officers at the scene were preventing nearby residents from returning to their homes, telling them that authorities were concerned the former Deutsche Bank office building, vacant since the 2001 terrorist attacks turned it into a toxic nightmare, could fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that fear turned out to be unfounded. The plume of gray smoke that trailed above the site of the World Trade Center raised concerns that toxic substances in the building could be spreading. Bloomberg sought to reassure residents that the chemicals in the building likely did not present a significant health risk, saying air-quality tests so far showed no danger. "Having said that, we are extremely careful. We don't want to prejudge anything," the mayor added. Tests were to continue
By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press WriterSat Aug 18, 5:58 AM ET A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age — even infants — to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday. The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsor Rep. Will Bond said. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it. "It's clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to get married," Bond said. "The legislation was screwed up." The bill reads: "In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage." A code revision commission — which
În anul 1912, Octavian Goga evoca astfel un moment de neuitat din vizita pe care marele dramaturg I.L. Caragiale i-o fãcuse în temnita de la Seghedin, unde poetul ispãsea condamnarea pentru un „delict de presã“, pedepsit de autoritãtile unguresti: „Ti-am spus de-atîtea ori: nu te mai bate cu prostii cã te rãpun. Ce crezi tu, de pe urma cui am suferit eu în viatã? De pe urma desteptilor? Prostia, suverana prostie e totdeauna mai tare. În zadar lupti frumos, cu tãieturi fine, de floretã, prostul loveste greu, cu ghioaga în moalele capului. Si în zadar risipesti spirit si vervã, el e tare ca piatra. Cum sã-ti spun, prostul are o conceptie teluricã a vietii. Uite asa îsi înfundã ochii si urechile, îsi înfige capul în pãmînt, ca strutul, ridicã spatele si trec pe deasupra lui toate curentele... Nimic mai greu decît sã cîrmuiesti prostii. Ei au un instinct de împotrivire organicã. (...) Toatã viata n-am putut sã sufãr prostia. Sãracu’ de mine, mãi bãiete, cînd vãd cîte un prost mã doare...
Bye-Bye Baghdad Posted on Aug 17, 2007 By Anonymous Editor’s Note: The author of this article is a contractor who has lived and worked in Baghdad. His identity is known to Truthdig’s editors, but he has written anonymously in order to offer an uncensored account. I have been living and working in Baghdad for the past 16 months and will be leaving next week for good. I am one of those overpaid Department of Defense contractors, or, as some would call me, a “war profiteer.” Yes, I have profited. I am out of debt and have money saved. But it has cost me. I am a changed man. I have become hardened. I almost feel like a zombie. Although I work in Baghdad, I have no idea what Baghdad looks like. I have been told by soldiers that it is “like one of those Mexican border towns.” I don’t live in the “heavily fortified” Green Zone, which, although heavily fortified, has been getting hit with mortars on a daily basis. No, I live on an Army base. I live in a trailer with four other men. We eac
AP News It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany. An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as Compact Discs, a product that turns 25 years old on Friday — and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads. Those first CDs contained Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony and would sound equally sharp if played today, says Holland's Royal Philips Electronics NV, which jointly developed the CD with Sony Corp. of Japan. The recording industry thrived in the 1990s as music fans replaced their aging cassettes and vinyl LPs with compact discs, eventually making CDs the most popular album format. The CD still accounts for the majority of the music industry's recording revenues, but its sales have been in a freefall since peaking early this decade, in part due to the rise of online file-sharing, but also as consumers spend mor
PRECIZEZ ca ma-m decis s-a protestez astfel impotriva folosirii abuzive a limbii romane pe forumuri. V-a rog s-a citit-ti si s-a nu da-ti cu parul... --- Am vazut acum cateva zile la televizor ca undeva in Transilvania sa organizat un concert de rock cu tema "Rock impotriva drogurilor" si a fost invitata acolo si o trupa americana. Iar unul dintre rockeri americani a spus ca "vai, ce campanie interesanta" si alte nimicuri, i-ar l-a intrebarea finala si fireasca a reporterului daca sa drogat vreodata, americanu a zis senin: da, dar acum nu m-ai fac. Si am stat eu vre-o saptamana s-a m-a gindesc cum o fi asta 'Rock impotriva drogurilor"? Normal ca nu sunt pentru droguri, dar din cate stiu eu, aia de canta rock mai trag pe nas, o baga in vena sau pe unde au ei chef. Ca asa au aparut multe cantece frumoase si balade pe care dansam l-a bairamul de sfarsitul clasei a opta... Si m-a gandeam ca viitoarea manifestare a mintilor lucide care au facut "Rock impot
Is a White House wedding in the works? Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's twin daughters, is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, the White House announced Thursday. Asked if the two were getting married in the Rose Garden, Sally McDonough, press secretary for first lady Laura Bush, replied: "They have not set any details, date or place." Jenna Bush, 25, and Hager, 29, were engaged in Maine on Wednesday, she said. The two have been dating for several years, and Hager is often seen at Jenna Bush's side at family Bush functions and formal events, such as a White House dinner in November 2005 in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Hager will be returning to school this fall to complete his master's degree in business administration at the University of Virginia. He has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. Hager, who has been a White House aide and worked on Bush's re-ele
Agenturili de presa ne anunta ca un politist britanic a scapat de judecata pentru ca a fost prins cu dinsa'n'trinsa (cum se zice prin Moldova) in timpul serviciului. Avocatii l-au scapat pe politistul britanic pe motv ca acesta avea casca in ureche si putea raspunde prompt oricarui apel de urgenta. Ha, parca si vad cum sare agentul X la un apel pentru un viol in plina desfasurare...
New online tool unmasks Wikipedia edits By BRIAN BERGSTEIN, AP What edits on Wikipedia have been made by people in congressional offices, the CIA and the Church of Scientology? A new online tool called WikiScanner reveals answers to such questions. As the Web encyclopedia that anyone can edit, Wikipedia encourages participants to adopt online user names, but it also lets contributors be identified simply by their computers' numeric Internet addresses. Often that does not provide much of a cloak, such as when PCs in congressional offices were discovered to have been involved in Wikipedia entries trashing political rivals. Those episodes inspired Virgil Griffith, a computer scientist about to enter grad school at CalTech, to automate the process with WikiScanner. (It's at http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr but intense attention has knocked it out of service many times this week.) The free Scanner grabs the Internet Protocol addresses used in anonymous Wikipedia edits in the past
This aims to add another dimension, namely wind, to communication via video screens. The system consists of fine-meshed screens that let air pass through them but also display images projected on to them. The screens are also fitted with 64 sensors that bend when blown upon. Light bounced off tiny mirrors attached to the rear of the sensors lets the system work out where someone is blowing on the screen and how hard. Sitting beyond the sensors behind are banks of small fans that can send strong or gentle breezes back through any section of the screen. Masahiro Furukawa, one of the creators of Byu-Byu, said it added a tactile element to video communication. He said it could be used to blow out candles on a birthday cake thousands of miles away or play games such as virtual air hockey. The name of the project, Byu-Byu, is an onomatopoeic Japanese phrase used to describe a howling wind.
BY CELESTE KATZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time - or more - exposed to the site's dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead. Speaking to reporters at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame he caught between fund-raisers, the GOP front-runner said he helped 9/11 families and defended himself against critics of how he managed the attack's aftermath. "This is not a mayor or a governor or a President who's sitting in an ivory tower," Giuliani said. "I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them." His statement rang false to Queens paramedic Marvin Bethea, who said he suffered a stroke, posttraumatic stress disorder and breathing problems after responding to the attacks. &qu
It's another story of stoned celebrities in rehab. Only these are real stars. Sixty-one stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame — including those of Charlton Heston, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra — have been removed and stored while a $500-million hotel-shopping-housing project is built on Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard. Eight of the terrazzo star squares crumbled as they were removed from the walkway. "We saved the brass. They'll be rebuilt," said Tim Maxwell, project manager for Webcor Builders, which is involved in the construction project. The stars were placed in a secure warehouse, where they'll remain until the project is completed in 2009. The removal of the stars and the closure of a half-block near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine has angered some people. "This was done for a private developer. This was not done for the public's interest, like when the stars were removed back in the '90s for the Metro Red L
The daughter of Republican hopeful Rudy Giuliani has signaled she's backing Democrat Barack Obama for president. According to her Facebook profile, Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter, Caroline, belonged to Democrat Barack Obama's Facebook group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." She left the group Monday morning after the online magazine Slate sent an inquiry. Her profile can be viewed by Facebook users who have access to New York City's Trinity School or Harvard University networks. Caroline, who is Giuliani's daughter with his second wife, Donna Hanover, recently graduated from Trinity and will attend Harvard in the fall. Slate posted a screen shot of her profile, which uses a slightly different last name. She lists herself as having liberal political views. Giuliani, campaigning in Iowa, declined to comment on his daughter's political preference. "My daughter I love very much," he told reporters outside an Italian restaurant
(text din Daily Telegraph) By Petra Krischok Last Updated: 1:16pm BST 06/08/2007 A collection of gramaphone records from Adolf Hitler's headquarters in Berlin has appeared, giving an insight into the Führer's musical tastes. Adolf Hitler Hitler was a music enthusiast The record collection was in possession of Russian military intelligence officer Lew Besymenski, who examined the Führerbunker in Berlin following Germany's defeat in 1945. Mr Besymenski kept his haul secret but after he died in June this year his daughter revealed the find to German magazine Der Spiegel. Surprisingly, the music Hitler and his entourage listened to featured Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky, as well as a Jewish musician who fled Germany in 1933. Here is the list in full: # Richard Wagner - ouverture of the Flying Dutchman performed by the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival House # Modest Mussorgski - aria “Death of Boris Godunoff”, sung by the Russian bass Fjodor Schaljapin # Py
Rumeg stirea asta de trei zile pentru ca mi se pare geniala, ma mir ca n-am zarit-o pe prima pagina in vreun tabloid, dar - deh - daca as fi eu director... Cica trei suedezi au luat bataie intr-o seara in statiunea bulgara Nessebar - fosta Mesembra, ultima cetate din sud a lui Burebista (nu restaurantul, altul...) - de la niste badigarzi locali. Si cum citeam eu primele rinduri ale stirii ma gindeam - bah, ce nenoriciti bulgarii aia, sa bata ei niste bieti suedezi... Ma gindeam ca suedejii s-or fi imbatat si au facut scandal. Faza e ca anul trecut am dat si eu o raita prin Nessebar cu familia si mi s-a parut un loc destul de pasnic, ala mic s-a plimbat in premiera cu masinuta pe acolo, multi straini, meniuri in multe limbi... Si cum meditam eu la rautatea limitrofa cu cefele vecinilor, citesc mai joc explicatia paparei incasate de suedeji - supusii regelui Carl Gustav al nustiucitelea erau negri. Nu de suparare dupa bataie, nici de stat prea mult la soare, ci de la mama natura. Intreba
Am terminat de citit " Gradina de ciment " de Ian McEwan. Trista carte. Jack are 14-15 ani, face laba cu frenezie si e obsedat de sora lui mai mare, Julie. Moare tac'su, moare si ma'sa, pe care o baga intr-o lada si toarna ciment peste ea. Tzapa, cimentul nu a fost bine facut si crapa, cadavrul pute, se prinde prietenul lui Julie, care insa devine complice si face el ciment bun. Intr-un final apoteotic, Jack si Julie se dezvirgineaza reciproc, nu inainte de a fi surprinsi in pielea goala, imbarligati in pat, de catre prietenul lui Julie. Ala, ca sa se razbune, cheama politia. Sfirsit. In alte roluri: Sue si Tom, fratii incestuosilor.
Ministrul rus de externe a trimis un articol spre publicare revistei Foreign Affairs, editata de CFR (stai linistit domnu' Traian, nu e vorba de Caile Ferate Romane, ci de Council of Foreign Relations, niste licurici maaaari de tot). Aia au zis ok, il dam in numarul din septembrie, dar lui Lavrov i s-a parut ca l-au cenzurat americanski si si-a retras articolul de la publicare. Asa a aparut un razboi al declaratiilor de presa si al comunicatelor. 1 - Ce zice FOREIGN AFFAIRS Foreign Affairs Statement from the editor of Foreign Affairs regarding Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's withdrawal of his essay from the September/October 2007 issue. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Shields, 212-434-9888, firstname.lastname@example.org July 19, 2007 Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has issued a statement explaining his withdrawal of an article that was accepted for publication in the September/October 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs. Full text of the article as edited by Foreign A
Camp David "Crash" More Evidence Of 9/11 Media Scripting? CBS News reported that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed at Camp David - 90 miles away from its alleged resting place in Somerset County, PA Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Uncovered archive video showing CBS News reporting that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed at Camp David, 90 miles away from its supposed final resting place at Somerset County PA, has led to more charges that the media were reading off a de facto script as the events of 9/11 unfolded. According to a CBS News report on 9/11, an FBI official in Washington was informed by the FAA that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed "into the vicinity of or at Camp David," the presidential retreat. The Secret Service are later cited as the source for confirming a crash near Camp David and that Camp David itself was not damaged, but that it was the intended target. Many in the 9/11 truth community are now charg