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October 14, 2007

California Tunnel Crash

ABC reported an accident took place in a tunnel in California that involved an estimated 15 big rigs and possibly one or more passenger cars. The pileup sent people fleeing for their lives from the flaming tunnel after at least five of the trucks burst into flames, and the fire spread to the others. They reported the accident took place in the southbound truck tunnel of Interstate 5, and began about 11 p.m. Friday when two big rigs collided on the rain-slickened highway about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. As crashes continued throughout the tunnel, which is about an eighth of a mile long, five tractor-trailers burst into flames, and the fire quickly spread. According to the Press-Enterprise, Investigators determined that 28 commercial vehicles and one passenger vehicle were involved in the crash that killed two men and a child, and injured at least 10 people. They reported that officials hope to reopen the southbound lanes of the closed freeway by Tuesday morning, but they have been hampered by concern about how many repairs will have to be made for the tunnel to be safe.

October 7, 2007

shooting spree

Six people are dead and one is in critical condition in Crandon, WI after a 20-year-old deputy officer shot them early Sunday morning, according to a Fox Twin Cities report. The incident took place at the apartment of the shooter's ex-girlfriend. Neighbors said they heard shots at 3 a.m. Two of the dead were still in high school and four were recent graduates. One of the victims is the shooter's ex-girlfriend, another was identified by her mother as 14-year-old Lindsey Stahl. The shooter is also dead, having been shot by a sniper. The Times from the UK reported the gunman as Tyler Peterson, 20, a Forest County Sheriff’s Department Deputy. According to the report the town had been in “lockdown? Sunday morning, with residents forbidden to leave their homes as police searched for the suspect. But last night several parents still had not been notified of the deaths. They go on to give a little background info on Crandon, and touch on recent gun violence in the U.S. and how it doesn't seem to be going away.

September 30, 2007

Bush and Global Warming

The president gave a speech on climate change and pollution at a U.S. lead conference of major economic powers on Friday. The Washington Post reports the president claimed he takes the threat of climate change seriously and vowed that the United States "will do its part" to reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. This comes after years of him being on the defensive and expressing doubt about global warming. According to the WP Bush found himself largely isolated at a meeting that he had organized to address the issue, lambasted by foreign officials, U.S. lawmakers and environmental activists who saw his effort as more show than substance. According to the LA Times the president insisted on voluntary goals for reducing pollution levels, which he said could be met largely through new technology that would create "an age of clean energy." Critics of his stance disagree and say some form of mandatory limit on emissions is needed. The LA Times reports the president set a two-year deadline for nations at the conference to reach a consensus on how to cut emissions, a schedule that punts the decision to his successor.

September 24, 2007

Airport Paranoia

An MIT student wearing a computer circuit board with flashing lights and wires was arrested at Logan Airport in Boston on Friday. NY Daily News reported the student, Star Simpson, wore the circuit board and had Play-Doh in her hands in the name of art. According to ABC the student was strapped with a fake bomb resulting in her arrest at gunpoint.

September 16, 2007

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker Testify

On Monday, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker gave their testimony on the Iraq war before two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. In reaction to that, the Cincinnati Post reported that it was a successful testimony by the two men. It reported with a conservative viewpoint that the senators questioning the two men varied in their tactics, some asking better questions than others, and that the whole ordeal didn’t really change anything. The LA Times reported with a slightly liberal viewpoint that General Petraeus and Ambassador Crockers’ testimonies were somewhat successful, but that resistance to the war and support for withdrawing troops is still as strong as ever. Both articles end with statements of frustration with the situation, sighting that nothing has changed and wondering what could help.