Savar, Bangladesh - Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested the owner of a garment factory block that collapsed last week killing more than 375 people as hopes faded for survivors at the disaster site. Property tycoon Sohel Rana was arrested as he attempted to flee to India and will face charges over the ruined eight-storey Rana Plaza, which like many other structures around the capital Dhaka violated the building code. (Snip) The tragedy has once again focused attention on the poor safety conditions in the US$20 billion Bangladeshi garment industry, which is the world´s second biggest after China,
Back in the 1980s, the country faced a familiar dilemma to the one it faces today — the border was insecure and too many illegal immigrants had moved into the United States. At the time, the proposed solution was a bill crafted by then Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Kentucky Democratic Rep. Romano Mazzoli. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, it instantly granted 3 million illegal immigrants legal status. Yet a little over 30 years later the problem has returned, with more than 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States.
Boston - Russian authorities secretly wiretapped a conversation between a man believed to be one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and his mother in 2011 discussing the idea of jihad, a U.S. counter-terrorism official said Saturday. The Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, also intercepted a second telephone call between the mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, and another man living in southern Russia who has been the subject of a separate FBI investigation, the official said. The vague substance of the phone calls was shared only a few days ago with U.S. officials investigating the April 15 bombing
Sanford - A new memorial was dedicated Saturday not only for Trayvon Martin, but for 10 other people who were killed in Sanford. Families of the victims used the occasion to share their stories and speak out for closure and justice. The new Trayvon Martin Memorial was established at the Goldsboro Welcome Center on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard in Sanford. It features Trayvon Martin’s name on a headstone and 10 other Sanford area residents who family members say were killed unjustly.
Anzor Tsarnaev was tough, a championship boxer back home, and he wanted his oldest boy to be tough too. (Snip) But by 2009, Tamerlan´s life abruptly changed course. He told his parents that "the Koran prohibits beating people in the face." He grew a beard, began to pray more than five times a day, dropped out of college and gave up stylish leather pants for sweat pants. He argued with friends over politics, picked a fight at a pizza parlor, shouted at speakers at a mosque. "He gave up drinking and smoking, and he even gave up boxing he loved so much," said his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.
Philadelphia. The campus of historic Girard College in north Philadelphia contains a number of impressive marble edifices, penned in by a high iron fence that separates it from the rundown neighborhood. (Snip) If Girard is a monument to the city’s racial progress, that makes it an odd place for the city government to launch a racial inquisition—an investigation of Philadelphia magazine for the crime of journalism. On April 18, the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission held a meeting to examine the controversy surrounding Philadelphia’s March cover story, “Being White in Philly.”
Barack Obama’s sense of humor fits perfectly with the elitist White House press corps that routinely cover him, and there was never a better example that one remark he made in his series of jokes at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night. Take note of the journalists´ responses from the transcript. Obama, targeting his intrepid foe Michelle Bachmann, said: Of course, even after I´ve done all this, some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. "Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?" they ask. Really? (Laughter.) Why don’t
In his weekly address, President Obama promised Americans "pain" unless his budget is accepted, junking the small cuts in the rate of increase in federal spending that Sequester brought, and "replacing" it with a "balanced" approach (more taxes). Apparently the president doesn´t get it. The public has wised up in sufficient numbers that they blame him, not the mean old GOP, when the pain he gins up in response is felt. (snip) Obama is betting on his magical powers of persuasion, his great oratory, his "gift" to peddle line that people simply don´t believe
Mama Tsarnaev talked jihad with her darling son Tamerlan - the one she named after one of history´s most brutal jihad conquerors - according to 2011 wiretaps by the Russians, which have been recently revealed to American authorities and now leaked to the media. Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo of the AP report: Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation
Sweetwater - About a year ago, talk began circulating in this West Texas town about a huge oil-producing formation called the Cline Shale, east of the traditional drilling areas around Midland. Then the oilmen and their rigs arrived. Now homes and hotels are sprouting, “help wanted” signs have multiplied, and a major drilling company has cleared land to build an office and equipment yard. (Snip) The Cline Shale, thousands of feet underground in a roughly 10-county swath, is just one of many little-tapped shale formations in Texas and across the nation, geologists say.
America, the golden door, had already welcomed two of his brothers when Anzor Tsarnaev crossed the ocean with his family in 2002. Anzor’s brother Ruslan, who had immigrated just a few years earlier, already had a law degree and was on his way to an executive job and a six-figure salary. And at first, Anzor, his wife, Zubeidat, and their two sons, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, seemed as energetic and brimming with initiative as their relatives had been. Anzor, a mechanic, fixed up cars. His wife turned a cut-rate apartment in affluent Cambridge into an improvised salon,
We´ve all heard it, right? This is the accusation slung at almost anyone in this post-modern culture who dares to look askance at problem behavior. Parents, traditional clergy and conservative politicians are frequent targets, and too often, these well-meaning people feel defenseless against this diatribe. After all, being judgmental is bad, right? First off, let´s dismiss the myth that tolerant people don´t judge. Bull. If you are human, you are judging all day, every day. We all make distinctions about comfort, convenience, humor, flavor, cost, attractiveness, appropriateness, health, ethics and yes, morals.
On the night of the West fertilizer plant explosion, the American Red Cross quickly arranged to open a shelter at a local campground. Not a single person showed up. That fact is a reflection of how tight-knit the West community is, said Mark Felton, executive director of the Red Cross’ Heart of Texas chapter. Most people affected by the tragedy were quickly offered shelter by friends or family, and that’s where the majority of them remain, he said. Nancy Shelton, for example, said the bedroom ceiling of the home she leases in West fell in after the explosion.
Scott Burgess, 51, took one last look out the back door of his home in West on April 17, wondering about the embers falling in the blackness like an impromptu meteor shower. His wife, Geri, swung her purse over her shoulder and reached for her cellphone. A neighbor had warned them about the fire at the nearby fertilizer plant, and they were preparing to leave. But in an explosive flash, their view of the world would change forever. Glass ripped into Scott’s left eye, rendering it sightless and causing agonizing pain.
Recovering shale gas in the UK, seen as a major potential resource to replace dwindling North Sea supplies, is likely to cost more than it does in the US but will have to have more rigorous environmental controls according to the head of the onshore operators group, UKOOG. The group’s chief executive Ken Cronin said that the fledgling industry was entering a key exploration and appraisal phase. This year several firms are preparing to explore for natural gas trapped in shale formations in the UK. Hopes are high that Britain has big reserves of recoverable shale gas, which has caused
LOS ANGELES — Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90. Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood said Saturday. Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima´s shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find. After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi
In her first meeting with the press after defeating Edward Heath in February 1975, the new Leader of the Opposition modestly paid homage to her predecessors: “To me it is like a dream that the next in line after Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Edward Heath is…Margaret Thatcher.” Accidentally, she had voiced what many other people in the room also felt. As Charles Moore explains, “the fact that her election did indeed seem like a dream was a large part of her problem.” In and out of her party and across the country, many people found the ascent of
Michelle Obama did not walk the E!-streamed red carpet before tonight´s White House Correspondents´ Dinner — she was already at home, of course — so our first glimpse of her black Monique Lhuillier gown came later, once dinner started. And damn does she look good. This is a sexier look on her than usual, with a sheer lace panel over her decolletage and a molded bustier-style top. She very wisely chose a dress that photographs well while she´s sitting down, Schiaparelli-style, with elaborate beading along her collarbone and fitted cap sleeves that flatter her arms. Other observations:
The murderer is the new celebrity. He emerges out of nowhere with a rags to mass murder story, and is swiftly accorded all the trappings of fame. Reporters track down anyone who knew him to learn about his childhood and his main influences. Relatives and friends both contribute fuzzy anecdotes, mostly indistinguishable from the ones they would present if he were competing on American Idol or running for president.
What accounts for the galloping lushness of bad manners on Twitter? A recent incident may shed some light. When Bill Clinton appeared on Stephen Colbert’s television show in early April, Mr. Colbert expressed surprise that he didn’t have a Twitter feed. Mr. Clinton said he didn’t tweet because he’s “sort of insecure.” So Mr. Colbert set up an account (@PrezBillyJeff) and had the former president dictate his first tweet to him. Mr. Clinton added that he was worried he would attract no followers, saying, “There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right?”
Admit that you were transfixed by surveillance video of Boston’s brother bombers. It was quintessential “Gotcha!” for the noblest of causes. Testament to technology trumping wrongdoing, it gave cause for relief. Knock on wood, too, that the cops could track the cell phone left in the Mercedes SUV hijacked by one bomber. And those Google Maps aerial shots of the boat were pretty neat, right? The same technology, of course, can catch your everyday non-terrorist running a red light, parking illegally at a Dunkin’ Donuts or smooching with someone not your spouse.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle´s. Obama used this year´s annual White House Correspondents´ Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 4 1/2 years as commander-in-chief. Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda. But then
Brazen...shocking...nutszo. Call it whatever you want, but this flyer the Department of Agriculture is planning to circulate in the Hispanic community proudly boasts that you don´t have to declare your "immigration status" to get food stamps. Breitbart: A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration qualify for food stamps. Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish-language flyers through a Freedom of Information Act request
We now have had a number of terrorist attacks on the homeland -- though the administration often refers to them in ridiculous euphemisms like "workplace violence" -- and the behavior of the administration, including our lavishly funded FBI and Homeland Security Administration, and our richly rewarded media stars remains so predictable I´ve decided to spare you the time it takes to unravel the unending lies and poppycock we are regularly fed about these horrors, lies, and blundering that only increase our danger. This week´s bombing of civilians at the Boston Marathon in which three people, including an 8-year-old child,
Comedian Conan O´Brien took a break from his late-night show, "Conan," to join President Obama in Washington, D.C. Saturday at the 2013 White House Correspondents´ Dinner. Two hours or so before the festivities began, he sent out a picture of himself behind a podium, sporting a Boston Red Sox hat. "Just rehearsed my routine to an empty ballroom at the Washington Hilton," the comedian tweeted. "The one guy unfolding chairs loved it."