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May 6, 2007

The Remains of Flight 587

Carl Macgowan reported for the Associated Press that the families of the victims of the American Airlines Flight 587 that crashed in Belle Harbor on Nov. 12, 2001 to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to visit a crypt bearing the unclaimed remains of people who died in the plane crash. The crash killed 265 people and left hundreds of body parts, most of them unidentified. Family members received letters from the mayor, inviting them to the cemetery, but some don't plan to attend saying the city ignored their pleas for a Catholic Mass. There has been a question of where to bury the remains since the flight bound for the Dominican Republic from Kennedy Airport crashed. It was reported that many of the crash victims were Dominican.

Verena Dobnik reported for the Associated Press that the last unidentified remains of people killed in the crash have been placed in two crypts. Susan Olsen, a cemetery official said the unidentified remains, in four caskets, were entombed Friday at a mausoleum in the cemetery. The bodies of all the crash victims had been identified, but the medical examiner's office was left with some remains that could not be matched, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner. Borakove said from her knowledge, the 889 bone fragments and other pieces were from Flight 587. The cemetery space was purchased by the city. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that part of the tail assembly of the Airbus A300 had fallen off, and it blamed pilot error, inadequate pilot training and overly sensitive rudder controls. On the fifth anniversary of the crash in November, Mayor Michael Bloomberg a memorial wall bearing the victims' names and overlooking the ocean about 15 blocks from the crash site. The $9.2 million memorial was funded with private and public money.

April 15, 2007

Boy Chemically Burned at Playground

The Associated Press reported in the Chicago Tribune that a 2-year-old boy in Maryland was severly burned Saturday after he went down the slide at an elementary school playground. Authorities said someone had broken into the school and stolen several bottles of industrial-strength drain cleaner and splashed it all over the playground equipment. The boy's mother Carol Duschl said her son Peyton Duschl was scheduled for surgery Sunday morning and will most likely be hospitalized for several weeks. Peyton suffered second- and third-degree burns from the cleaner which contains a strong concentration of sulfuric acid, said Division Chief Michael Robinson of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Peyton was with his grandmother at the playground. No one else was injured. Peyton was taken to the pediatric burn unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the first hospital's emergency room had to be evacuated because they tracked some of the drain cleaner in with them. Whoever is responsible could face charges of first-degree assault, burglary and destruction of property, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman. A hazardous materials team cleaned up the playground, using tens of thousands of gallons of water, Robinson said.

BBC News reported that there were signs of forced entry to a storage room at Victory Villa Elementary School in Middle River. "I just don't understand what would draw somebody to do something like that," Ms. Duschl told US television station WMAR-TV. "What kind of sick joke is that?" Warehime said that whoever poured the chemical was also likely to have been burnt.

April 1, 2007

Flight Attendant Takes Gun on Plane

The Associated Press reported in Washington that uninformed flight attendant, Janet Tucker, 45, was arrested at Dulles International Airport after she turned herself in for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Barry Phelps said, the TSA, the FBI and other law enforcemtn agencies were investigating if the woman had gone through security and also, if the gun had passed through a checkpoint unnoticed in Atlanta. The incident happened on United flight 7591. Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said she was in uniform but was not part of the duty crew at the time. She was interviewed and released on a summons to appear in Loudoun County Court in Virginia at a future date.

The Associated Press reported in the Journal Gazette that flight attendants are supposed to go through the same security procedures as all other passengers. Rob Yingling said, “It seems it was an inadvertent incident, from her description." Jeff Kovick, United Airlines spokesman, confirmed that a United employee had been arrested but would not confirm any other information. Janet Tucker is from Lithonia, Ga.

March 3, 2007

6 Die in Bus Accident

The New York Times reported that a bus taking an Ohio college baseball team to Florida for a series of games, plunged about 30 feet off an overpass in Altanta Friday morning. Emergency officials said six people were killed and three more were critically injured. The bus, which was chartered by the team from Bluffton University, missed a turn at the end of the exit ramp and flipped over a concrete wall, crashing onto the interstate, said Officer James Polite. Twenty-nine passengers were taken to three local hospitals, said Dr. Leon. AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines were offering flights to Atlanta for relatives of the victims at no charge.

The Star Tribune reported that investigators said the bus driver mistook the exit ramp for a lane and went into the curve at full speed. The bus began it's trip the evening before and had traveled all night long before it went off the road at about 5:30 a.m., it was dark at the time, but the weather was clear. Two vehicles under the overpass were struck by the bus, but no one in those vehicles was hurt. Classes and other sports trips that had been scheduled during next week's spring break have been canceled. A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening.

February 25, 2007

Governors Issue Appeal for Children's Health Care

According to the Star Tribune, at the National Governors Association meeting on Saturday, 13 governors expressed alarm that they were going to run out of federal money for a progam that provides health insurance to children. The governors appealed to Congress and the Bush administration to take action. They also wrote a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress. Consequences of not having the program include freezing enrollment, restricting eligibility, increasing premiums charged to low-income families or reducing benefits such as dental and vision care. One of the Republican governors that signed the letter was Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. The State Children's Health Insurance Program covers more than 6 million children in families that have too much income to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy private insurance.

According to the Associated Press, in the Pioneer Press, Georgia and New Jersey are two of the 14 states that are expected to run out of money for the progam. The governors want two things, an estimated $745 million to keep the program float through October and also changes to Presidet Bush's budget. More than a dozen states have expanded the SCHIP program to cover adults in those families. Among the 6 million people the program insures, now an estimated 639,000 are adults.

February 18, 2007

Teenager Kills 5 in a Utah Mall

According to the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-ex-mall13feb14,1,7465675.story , 18-year-old Sulejmen Talovic shot and killed five people Monday night at a Salt Lake City shopping mall before being killed by an off-duty police officer. Police detective Robin Snyder said the deaths included two 28-year-old women, a 52-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl and that four others were injured.

According to the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/us/14slaycnd.html?_r=1&oref=slogin , the gunman entered the Trolley Square mall carrying a rifle and began shooting around 6:45 p.m. The police arrived at the mall around 7 p.m. Authorities said victims were found scattered throughout the two-story mall.

February 10, 2007

Harvard Plans to Name First Female President

According to the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-harvard10feb10,1,3580617.story?page=1&coll=la-headlines-nation Harvard University is planning to name Drew Gilpin Faust the first female president in its 371-year history. She would succeed Lawrene H. Summers, the former president who contributed to his own downfall by questioning the ability of women to excel in the the science and math departments. Faust is a Civil War historian and the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is expected to be named as Harvard's 28th president on Sunday.

The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/education/10harvard.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=sloginreported that if Faust was ratified by the Board of Overseers, it would make Harvard the fourth Ivy League university to name a woman. Some Harvard professors raised last minute concerns that Faust might lack the toughness and vision to be a strong leader.

February 4, 2007

Florida Tornadoes Kill at least 20

The Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-020307florida,0,6408990.story?coll=la-home-nation reported that between 3 and 4 a.m. Friday four central Florida counties were hit with mulitple tornadoes. One with winds estimated at up to 200 mph. The governor has praised residents for all of their contributions with cleaning up and distributing food, water and blankets.

The Pioneer Press http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/16611898.htm reported that the National Weather Service sent out the first tornado report at 3:15 a.m. near Lady Lake. The second tornado report was received at 3:20 a.m. at The Villages and a third near DeLand at 3:58 a.m.

Both articules quoted in length. They used a lot of Florida residents' quotes, like: "It was scary, really scary," said Patrick Smith, 32, whose home suffered some damage. "I thought the house was going to fall apart."

Or one from the Los Angeles Times which said, "To me it sounded like a mountain coming down," said Denise Anderson, 52. These quotes help give a slight idea of what those people experienced Friday morning.

January 27, 2007

74 Inches of Snow in Anchorage So Far

Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage, has already received 74 inches of snow this season. Normally, the city receives 68 inches for an entire city, but they still have four months to go. A maintenance official has said that the city's 100 snow-removal workers will have to work 10-hour shifts six days a week for the next two months just to clear the streets. The Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-snow27jan27,1,5490433.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&ctrack=1&cset=true has said after several years of low-snow winters, all the snow is welcomed.

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16829638/ has reported on all of the homeowners' demanding that their roofs be cleared before the ice and snow causes damage and forces water through the ceiling. They say this strange weather could be due to a shift in the jet stream.

Both articles used an editorial approach in the lead. MSNBC offered a lot more quotes through-out the entire article, giving me an idea of how people living in Anchorage feel about all the snow.