Sunday, April 10, 2005

Other articles of note in this morning's New York Times

Moving through the rest of this morning's New York Times, we'll note the article Rob e-mailed about, "Riot Police Called In to Calm Anti-Japanese Protests in China." From the article, by Joseph Kahn:

Mass demonstrations here against Japan turned unruly late Saturday afternoon, with scattered vandalism and confrontations with the riot police intensifying what began as a fully legal and generally peaceful student-led protest.
Several hundred protesters tried to storm the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Beijing, hurling bottles and rocks into the walled compound before riot police broke up the confrontation, witnesses said.

Krista e-mails to note Seth Mydans' "After the Tsunami: At Home, in Company of Memories:"

Here and there a motorcycle stops, and the man and woman sit for a while and stare at a pile of rubble. They, too, have come home.
Like Mr. Samsuardi and like many other people here in Aceh, they share what seems to be a compulsion, now that everything is lost, to unite themselves with an empty echo of their former lives.
"Sometimes, unconsciously, we just turn and head here to take a look," said Ferry Thang, 43, a civil servant, sitting on his motorbike. His wife, Kakamiaria, walked to the flattened ruin of their home and stood there for a while, saying nothing.
"This was a good neighborhood," Mr. Thang said. "It was very shady because of all the trees, like mango and rambutan. It was a very well-organized neighborhood."

Kara e-mails to note Steven Erlanger's "Israeli Troops Kill 3 Teenagers in Buffer Zone at Gaza Border:"

Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian teenagers and wounded another in southern Gaza on Saturday, medics and witnesses told news agencies, after a group of five young men approached a buffer zone near the Israeli border. Witnesses said the young men, from the Rafah refugee camp, had been playing soccer.

Lloyd e-mails to draw our attention to the Associated Press article entitled "Chopper Crash Toll Rises:"

The death toll from the fiery crash of a United States helicopter in Afghanistan rose to 18 after searchers found the remains of two more American soldiers in the wreckage, the military said Saturday.
Investigators dispatched from the United States were heading to the site of the Wednesday crash, the deadliest here for Americans since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, to examine whether bad weather was to blame. Officials have said there was no sign of enemy fire.

Francisco e-mails to note James C. McKinley Jr.'s "Mexican Standoff: Staying Power May Shape Election:"

A day after Congress voted to begin a legal process that is likely to force Mayor Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador off the ballot in the election for president next year, the mayor's political enemies were counting on public apathy, while his supporters were hoping that he will become a cause celebre, especially if imprisoned.
[. . .]
The mayor, a former Indian rights activist who eschews displays of wealth, has talked of reining in free-trade policies, renegotiating the national debt and spending more on social programs. He also opposes moves to privatize the state's energy companies.
Mr. Lopez says he has been victimized by an alliance between Mr. Fox's conservative National Action Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the authoritarian machine that ruled the country for seven decades until Mr. Fox's election in 2000.

Eli e-mailed noting Sharon LaFraniere's "To Contain Virus in Angola, Group Wants Hospital Closed:"

An international medical charity battling a hemorrhagic fever that so far has killed 181 Angolans has urged the government to close the regional hospital here, at the center of the outbreak, saying the medical center itself is a source of the deadly infection.
Doctors Without Borders, the global relief organization that runs an isolation ward at the hospital for victims of the deadly fever, Marburg virus, told Angolan officials on Friday that the hospital should be closed if the rapidly spreading epidemic was to be contained.

Brad notes Juliet Macur's front page article "Two Women Bound by Sports, War and Injuries."
And we'll note the two photos by Doug Mills and Peter Thompson and give the Times credit for running them on the front page. (Inside the paper, Suzy Allman also gets a credit for a photo.)
From the article:

The week before, Lieutenant Halfaker was sitting in the back seat of an armored Humvee as it patrolled the quiet, moonlit roads of Baquba, a city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
Her vehicle rounded a corner.
Lieutenant Halfaker said she saw a flash and heard Staff Sgt. Norberto Lara scream in the front passenger seat, then slump. A rocket-propelled grenade had pierced the engine and entered the cab, slicing off his right arm and flinging it onto the driver.
The grenade exploded next to Lieutenant Halfaker's right shoulder. "I'm hit!" she yelled. The blast temporarily blinded her right eye and deafened her right ear.
Struggling to breathe, she continued shouting orders: "Keep driving. Don't let Sergeant Lara go to sleep."
She lifted her right hand with her left, then watched it drop in her lap. The grenade had burst through her upper arm, shattered her shoulder blade and broken five ribs that bruised her lung. She recalled herself saying, "I am not going to die."

There will be posts this evening, but I'm planning on crashing and sleeping for some time.
Please check out The Third Estate Sunday Review's latest edition. (Disclosure, I assisted on that edition. And Ava and I did the TV review. This week, What I Like About You is reviewed.)
You'll always find some interesting things each Sunday at The Third Esate Sunday Review and I'd recommend you read the roundtable which features the Third Estate gang (Ava's featured, but she's moderating the roundtable) Jim, Dona, Jess and Ty, Rebecca, Betty and our own Kat of Kat's Korner -- as well as blabber mouth me who really needs to not speak when tired and not skip out on the drafts session (at which point, the roundtable was whitteled down).

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