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Prague Explosion: Powerful Blast Injures Dozens

PRAGUE ? A powerful explosion damaged an office building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, Monday, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believe some people are buried in the rubble.

It is not certain what caused the blast in Divadelni Street at about 10 a.m., but it was likely a natural gas explosion, police spokesman Tomas Hulan said.

The street was covered with rubble and was sealed off by police who also evacuated people from nearby buildings and closed a wide area around the explosion site.

Zdenek Schwarz, head of the rescue service in Prague, said up to 40 people were injured with at least four of them sustaining serious injuries.

Firefighters spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova said rescuers were still searching the rubble, using sniffer dogs.

Windows in buildings located hundreds of meters from the blast were shattered, including some in the nearby National Theater. Tourists at the famed Charles Bridge also felt the blast.

"There was glass everywhere and people shouting and crying," Vaclav Rokyta, a Czech student, told the AP near the scene.

"I was in the bathroom, no windows, the door was closed. Honestly, if I had been in my bed I would have been covered in glass," said Z.B. Haislip, a student from Raleigh, North Carolina, who was in a nearby building.

The Faculty of Social Sciences of Prague's Charles University and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Sciences of Performing Arts are located next to the damaged building.

Prime Minister Petr Necas said in a statement he was "deeply hit by the tragedy of the gas explosion."

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Cyberattack suspect to be sent home to Netherlands

(AP) ? A Dutch citizen arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what authorities have called the biggest cyberattack in Internet history is expected to be handed over to the Netherlands within 10 days, a Spanish court official said Monday.

The suspect ? identified only by his initials S.K. ? was questioned Saturday in the National Court in Madrid after his arrest last week and agreed to the deal, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because court rules prevent him from giving his name.

Police say the 35-year-old suspect operated from a bunker in northeast Spain and also had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country. He was arrested Thursday in Granollers, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Barcelona.

He is accused of attacking the anti-spam watchdog group Spamhaus, whose main task is to halt ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills reaching the world's inboxes.

Dutch authorities alerted Spanish police in March of large denial-of-service attacks being launched from Spain that were affecting Internet servers in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the U.S. These attacks culminated with a major onslaught on Spamhaus.

Denial-of-service attacks overwhelm a server with traffic, jamming it with incoming messages. Recent cyberattacks ? such as the ones that caused outages at U.S. banking sites last year ? have tended to peak at 100 billion bits per second. The attack on Spamhaus was three times that size.

Police from the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Spain and the U.S. took part in the investigation.

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How earthquakes in Chile have permanently deformed Earth

Earthquakes can permanently crack the Earth, an investigation of quakes that have rocked Chile over the past million years suggests.

Although earthquakes can wreak havoc on the planet's surface, more than a century of research has suggested the Earth actually mostly rebounds after quakes, with blocks of the world's crust elastically springing back, over the course of months to decades, to the way they initially were. Such rebounding was first seen after investigations of the devastating 1906 San Francisco temblor thathelped lead to the destruction of more than 80 percent of the city. The rebound is well-documented nowadays by satellite-based GPS systems that monitor Earth's movements.

However, structural geologist Richard Allmendinger of Cornell University and his colleagues now find major earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater apparently caused the crust in northern Chile to crack permanently. [The 10 Biggest Earthquakes in History]

"My graduate students and I originally went to northern Chile to study other features," Allmendinger said. "While we were there, our Chilean colleague, Professor Gabriel Gonz?lez of the Universidad Cat?lica del Norte, took us to a region where these cracks were particularly well-exposed."

"I still remember feeling blown away ? never seen anything like them in my 40 years as a geologist ? and also perplexed," Allmendinger told OurAmazingPlanet. "What were these features and how did they form? Scientists hate leaving things like this unexplained, so it kept bouncing around in my mind."

Atacama exposed

In northern Chile, "the driest place on Earth, we have a virtually unique record of great earthquakes going back a million years," Allmendinger said. Whereas most analyses of ancient earthquakes only probe cycles of two to four quakes, "our record of upper plate cracking spans thousands of earthquake cycles," he noted.

The record of the vast number of earthquakes captured in northern Chilean rocks allowed the researchers to examine their average behavior over a much longer period of time, which makes it easier to pick out any patterns. They discovered that a small but significant 1 to 10 percent of the deformation of the Earth caused by 2,000 to 9,000 major quakes over the past 800,000 to 1 million years was permanent, involving cracks millimeters to meters large in the crust of the Atacama Desert. The crust may behave less elastically than previously thought.

"It is only in a place like the Atacama Desert that these cracks can be observed ? in all other places, surface processes erase them within days or weeks of their formation, but in the Atacama, they are preserved for millions of years," Allmendinger said. "We have every reason to believe that our results would be applicable to other areas, but is simply not preserved for study the way that it is in the Atacama Desert," he added.

Model rethink

This work "calls into question the details of models that geophysicists who study the earthquake cycle use," Allmendinger said. "Their models generally assume that all of the upper-plate deformation related to the earthquake cycle is elastic ? recoverable, like an elastic band ? and not permanent. If some of the deformation is permanent, then the models will have to be rethought and more complicated material behaviors used.

The area the researchers studied, the Iquique Gap, "is one of the few places along western South America that has not had a great earthquake in the last 100 years and thus has a high probability of a major earthquake in the next couple of decades," Allmendinger added. "We may get to test out predictions about earthquakes if the next great earthquake there happens in the next couple of decades."

The scientists detailed their findings online April 28 in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Alan Wood dies, leaves legacy of Iwo Jima flag

Alan Wood dies: The US Navy veteran brought a flag from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Alan Wood later served as the Jet Propulsion Lab spokesman.

By David Clark Scott,?Staff writer / April 27, 2013

Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb. 23, 1945. Alan Wood, who died April 18, was the Navy communications officer who supplied the American flag.

(AP PHOTO/Joe Rosenthal)


Like many World War II veterans, after he returned home, Alan Wood didn't talk much about his role at Iwo Jima.

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It wasn't until years later, Wood began to share that it was he who provided the American flag raised by US marines on the peak of? Mount Suribachi in 1945.

Wood passed on April 18 in Sierra Madre, Calif. After the war, Wood worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca?ada Flintridge, first as a technical artist and later as a spokesman.

Wood had recovered the famous Iwo Jima flag from a salvage depot at Pearl Harbor, and brought it aboard the Navy vessel LST-779, where he was a communications officer, according to the Pasadena Star News. His ship was among some 450 that had amassed for the 1945 US assault on the key Pacific island.

"I was on the ship when a young Marine came along," he explained in the newsletter. "He was dusty, dirty and battle-worn, and even though he couldn't have been more than 18 or 19, he looked like an old man.

" 'Do you have a flag?' he asked me. 'Yes,' I said, 'What for?' He said something like, 'Don't worry, you won't regret it.' "

The US military decided they need to take the Pacific island of Iwo Jima. It was to be a critical refueling stop for US aircraft in the assault on Okinawa, Japan. But the Japanese had some 20,000 soldiers dug in ?? literally in tunnels crisscrossing the island.

While the battle for Iwo Jima took 36 days to complete, after just four days, a group of US Marines was sent to the 556-foot summit to plant a US flag. According to the US Navy Department Library, some 40 men from 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, led by 1st Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, raised the flag on Feb. 23, 1945.

"At 10:20 a.m., the flag was hoisted on a steel pipe above the island. This symbol of victory sent a wave of strength to the battle-weary fighting men below, and struck a further mental blow against the island's defenders," according to the official Navy history.

Three hours later, a second patrol was ordered to replace the flag with a bigger one. Some reports say it was to make the flag more visible, others say that an officer wanted the first flag as a souvenir.

That's where Alan Wood's flag was raised. And this was the now famous flag raising which was captured on film by Associated Press photographer,? Joe Rosenthal. His iconic photo earned him the 1945 Pulitzer Prize, and that image later became the basis for a monument in Washington D.C., near Arlington National Cemetery.

The two flags are now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps? in Triangle, Va.


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Brazil's Vale agrees to pay workers as it exits Argentina mine

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian mining giant Vale SA will pay two and a half months' salary to workers in Argentina as part of an agreement signed on Friday allowing the miner to exit the $6 billion Rio Colorado potash project.

The payments will go to about 4,900 subcontractors, a spokeswoman said on Saturday, declining to give further details on the cost of the accord.

The agreement could put an end to months of uncertainty for Vale, which suspended work on the fertilizer project in December and announced its intention to pull out in March.

Since its decision to exit, Vale and Argentina's government have been at loggerheads over the fate of workers at the site.

People familiar with Vale's plans have said the company, the world's second-biggest miner, planned to sell the project in efforts to recoup the $2.2 billion it has already spent on the mine and on railway and port improvements needed to move the potash to market.

(Reporting by Brad Haynes; Additional reporting by Sabrina Lorenzi in Rio de Janeiro)


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Rescuers comb Bangladesh rubble for second night, 260 dead

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul

SAVAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Employees at a garment factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing at least 251 people were told to work despite warnings it was unsafe, officials said on Thursday as an unknown number of the more than 3,000 workers remained trapped in the rubble.

Survivors described a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building, where most of the employees were women, crashed all around them.

Wednesday's disaster refocused attention on Western high-street brands that use Bangladesh as a source of low cost goods. North American and European chains including British retailer Primark and Canada's Loblaw said they were supplied by factories in the building.

"I thought there was an earthquake," said Shirin Akhter, 22, who was starting her day at the New Wave Style workshop, six floors up, when the complex crumbled. Akhter was trapped for more than 24 hours before breaking through a wall with a metal bar. She says her monthly wage was $38.

For a second night, local residents used flashlights and dug with crowbars and their bare hands to find survivors and bodies beneath twisted wreckage of the Rana Plaza building in the commercial suburb of Savar, 30 km (20 miles) outside the capital Dhaka.

They dropped in bottled water and food to people who called out, trapped between floors. Late on Thursday, rescuers forced a hole into a room and pulled out 41 people alive.

But the death toll grimly rose all day. Relatives identified their dead among dozens of corpses wrapped in cloth on the veranda of a nearby school. More than 1,000 were injured.

Police said the owner of the building, local politician Mohammed Sohel Rana, was told of dangerous cracks on Tuesday.

While a bank in the building closed on Wednesday because of the warnings, the five clothing companies told their workers there was no danger, industry officials said. Rana is now on the run, according to police.

"We asked the garment owners to keep it closed," said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Mohammad Atiqul Islam.

Instead, Islam said, there were 3,122 workers in the factories on Wednesday.

"An unspecified number of victims are still trapped," said Mizanur Rahman, a rescue worker with the fire brigade, as he clambered over the wreckage. "We can't be certain of getting them all out alive. We are losing a bit of hope."


The government declared a national day of mourning and flags were flown half mast at all official buildings.

Dhaka city development authority had filed a case against the building's owner for faulty construction, police chief Habibur Rahman said. It filed another case against the owner and the five garments factories for causing unlawful death.

Rana had told proprietors of the building's five factories that the cracks were not dangerous, Islam added. "After getting the green signal from the plaza owner, all the garment factories opened," he said. BGMEA blacklisted the five companies on Thursday.

More than 1,000 textile workers besieged the BGMEA offices on Thursday, pelting it with stones and clashing with riot police, TV channels showed. The workers demanded all garment factories be shut and the owners harshly punished for accidents.

"The deaths of these workers could have been avoided if multinational corporations, governments and factory owners took workers' protection seriously," Amirul Haque Amin of the National Garment Workers' Federation said in a statement.

"Instead, the victims' families must live with the terrible consequences of this tragedy."

U.S. ambassador Dan Mozena said the accident could affect Bangladesh's market access to the United States. Bangladesh is fighting a petition by U.S. unions to revoke preferential trade access because of worker safety issues.

"It certainly makes the environment of the workplace safety questionable," Mozena told reporters in Dhaka.

UK clothing retailer Primark, which has 257 stores across Europe and is a unit of Associated British Foods, confirmed that one of its suppliers occupied the second floor of the building. Danish retailer PWT Group, which owns the Texman brand, said it had been using a factory in the building for seven years.

"We check the working conditions at the factory, but we are not construction engineers. We cannot be held responsible for how they build their factories," PWT director Ole Koch said.

British clothing retailer Matalan said it used to be supplied by one of the factories at the complex but had no current production there.

Canada's Loblaw, a unit of food processing and distribution firm George Weston Ltd, said one factory made a small number of "Joe Fresh" apparel items for the company.

Primark, Loblaw and PWT operate under codes of conduct aimed at ensuring products are made in good working conditions.

Documents including order sheets and cutting plans obtained by Reuters appeared to show that other major clothing brands such as Benetton had used suppliers in the building in the last year. A Benetton spokesman said none of the factories were suppliers to the company. Spain's Mango said it had an unfulfilled sample order with Phantom Apparel, at the plaza.

About 3.6 million people work in Bangladesh's garment industry, making it the world's second-largest apparel exporter. The bulk of exports - 60 percent - go to Europe. The United States takes 23 percent and 5 percent go to Canada.


Hundreds of students donated blood at a clinic in Savar after doctors at Dhaka hospitals said they could not cope with the number of victims.

Mohammad Mosharraf, who was rescued on Thursday after 26 hours, said he had been hit on the head by something heavy and knocked unconscious when the building came down.

"When I regain my sense I found another four colleagues are also trapped under the debris of the building," he told Reuters.

"We desperately tried to shout for someone to rescue us. Initially we didn't receive any response, but we moved to another part of the floor and found some light and heard voices."

The Rana Plaza collapse follows a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka that killed 112 people in November and another incident at a factory in January in which seven people died, compounding concerns about worker safety and low wages in Bangladesh.

Entry level wages in these factories start at 14 cents an hour, said Charles Kernaghan of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights.

Following the Tazreen fire, giant U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would take steps to alleviate safety concerns, while Gap Inc. announced a four-step fire-safety program.

Wal-Mart said it had not determined whether a factory in the building that collapsed was producing goods for the company.

Edward Hertzman, a sourcing agent based in New York who also publishes trade magazine Sourcing Journal, said pressure from U.S. retailers to keep a lid on costs fostered poor conditions.

Hertzman, whose publication has offices in Bangladesh, said New Wave Bottoms was on the second floor, Phantom Apparels the third, Phantom Tack the fourth and Ethar Textile the fifth.

The New Wave website listed 27 main buyers, including firms from Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Canada and the United States.

(Additional reporting by Anis Ahmed in Dhaka, Jessica Wohl and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Chicago, Solarina Ho in Toronto, Robert Hertz in Madrid and Mette Kronholm Fraende in Copenhagen.; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Paul Tait, Alex Richardson and Mark Trevelyan)


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

HTC Rezound finally gets global roaming, Jelly Bean nowhere to be seen

HTC Rezound

Numerous fixes and improvements are also included in build 4.05.605.14 710RD

No luck this time around for HTC Rezound users hoping to receive Jelly Bean, but the update still has a pretty cool feature nonetheless. As promised -- although not exactly timely -- the Rezound is finally getting Global Roaming Support. This enables roaming on networks previously inaccessible to the phone, which covers over 205 countries.

A couple pre-installed apps have gotten updates, while a handful of others have been removed. Mobile Hotspot and Visual Voicemail get bug fixes, and improvements were made to Skype, Backup Assistant, and overall data connectivity. Users that have been experiencing freezes and random reboots should see system stability improve as well.

There is no word yet on when the update rollout will begin. If notifications start popping up, let our other Rezound owners know in the comments. For the complete change log, check out the source link below.

Source: Verizon



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Pride parade shuns CDU over gay marriage - The Local

Organizers of Berlin's Christopher Street Day will not give Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) their normal float at this year's gay pride parade in protest against the party's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The CDU would be excluded from the event this year because of certain politicians' "undignified" and "indecent" remarks arguing against marriage and equality for gay couples in recent debates, said parade organizer Robert Kastl in a statement on Tuesday.

The chancellor's conservatives reject same-sex marriage and has been dragging its feet over implementing a demand by Germany's highest Constitutional Court to grant gay and lesbian couples the same tax breaks and adoption rights as straight married couples.

On Saturday June 22, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, along with smaller events across Germany and Switzerland. Last year, organizers said 700,000 people attended in the German capital alone.

And this year's parade, set to take place just three months ahead of national elections, could get highly political, said Kastl in his statement, released on the day politicians voted to legalize gay marriage in neighbouring France.

In protest against the CDU's stance, this year's parade will be motto: "No more empty speeches! Demonstrate! Vote! Change!"

Same-sex marriage supporters have celebrated several successes this year, with not only France, but also Uruguay and New Zealand becoming the latest to join 14 countries worldwide in which gay and lesbian couples can marry.

British MPs voted in February for a bill allowing same-sex marriage in the UK, even though the Conservative Party is in power.

In Germany at the end of March, the Bundesrat upper house of parliament passed an initiative to allow gays to marry, which has yet to be put before the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

While the CDU will be denied its usual big float, organizers welcomed members of the LSU gay and lesbian party sub-group and all those who clearly reject their party's position to participate.

The Christopher Street Day parades commemorate the Stonewall uprising of June 28, 1969, when police harassment at a New York gay bar sparked five days of rioting that launched the US gay rights movement.

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Humans passing drug resistance to wildlife in protected areas in Africa

Apr. 24, 2013 ? A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.

In the case of banded mongoose in a Botswana study, multidrug resistance among study social groups, or troops, was higher in the protected area than in troops living in village areas.

The study also reveals that humans and mongoose appear to be readily exchanging fecal microorganisms, increasing the potential for disease transmission.

"The research identifies the coupled nature of humans, animals, and the natural environment across landscapes, even those designated as protected," said Kathleen Alexander, an associate professor of wildlife in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. "With few new antibiotics on the horizon, wide-scale antibiotic resistance in wildlife across the environment presents a critical threat to human and animal health. As humans and animals exchange microorganisms, the threat of emerging disease also increases."

The National Science Foundation-funded research project investigating how pathogens might move between humans and animals was published April 24, 2013 by EcoHealth. The article is co-authored by Risa Pesapane of Portsmouth, Va., then a wildlife sciences master's student at Virginia Tech; microbiologist Monica Ponder, an assistant professor of food science and technology in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Alexander, who is the corresponding author.

Alexander and Ponder are both affiliated with Virginia Tech's Fralin Life Science Institute.

Alexander, a veterinarian and researcher with the nonprofit Center for African Resources: Animals, Communities, and Land Use (CARACAL), has been conducting a long-term ecological study of banded mongoose in the region.

The researchers collected fecal samples from three troops of banded mongoose living in Botswana's Chobe National Park and three troops living in villages outside the park.

"Banded mongoose forage in garbage resources and search for insects in fecal waste, including human sources found in the environment," said Alexander. "Mongoose contact with other wildlife and humans, and broad occurrence across the landscape, makes this species an ideal candidate for evaluating microbial exchange and the potential for pathogens to be transmitted and emerge at the human-wildlife interface."

With the exception of one mongoose troop, all study animals had some level of their range overlap with human populations. Two of the study troops had home ranges that included ecotourism facilities in the protected area, with some contact with humans and development "but at a much lower level than in the village troops," the article reported.

Fecal samples were collected from these mongoose troops living in a protected area and in surrounding villages. Human feces were collected from sewage treatment facilities, environmental spills, and bush latrines or sites of open-air defecation within mongoose home ranges.

The team used Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is commonly found in the gut of humans and animals, as a model microorganism to investigate the potential for microorganisms to move between humans and wildlife. They evaluated the degree of antibiotic resistance considered an important signature of bacteria that arise from human sources.

The researchers also extracted data from the local hospital to assess antibiotic resistance among patients and identify resistance patterns in the region. Like many places in Africa, antibiotics are widely available and there are few controls on the dispensing of such drugs.

The project screened for nine locally available antimicrobials, including ampicillin, tetracycline, doxycycline, and streptomycin, as well as ceftiofur, a veterinary drug not available in the study area.

The researchers discovered 57 percent of banded mongoose had E. coli that was antibiotic resistant. "Resistance was identified among individuals in all sampled troops," the article reports.

The animals were most commonly resistant to ampicillin, followed by doxycyline, tetracycline, and streptomycin. But it was the prevalence of multidrug resistance that was most alarming.

"There was a significant difference between troops in protected area and those outside the park, although not what you might expect," said Alexander.

One troop in the town of Kazungula, outside the protected area, had the lowest level of multidrug resistance among sampled mongoose, while a troop from the protected area living near an ecotourism facility had the highest levels.

At least one sampled mongoose in this particular troop in the protected area was resistant to each of the 10 antibiotics screened in the study.

As is common of mongoose that live near humans, the troop near the ecotourism facility utilized the opportunities presented by its human neighbors, setting up residence in the drain fields of the open septic tanks servicing the employee accommodations and foraging around employee living quarters, including eating food remains from dishes left outside. One interaction between the employees resulted in an unexpected finding -- the kitchen staff fed raw meat waste from commercially produced chickens to mongoose.

"This may be how the mongoose developed resistance to ceftiofur," said Alexander. The one troop living in an undisturbed region of the park was resistant to only ampicillin. "These findings reinforce the significance of human impacts to natural environments, even when human numbers are low," said Alexander.

The article reports that mongoose were resistant to the same antibiotics as humans in the region, but at a lower level. Of human fecal samples collected in the mongoose home ranges, 80.3 percent were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Of the human clinical samples screened at the local hospital, 89.9 percent of various isolated bacteria species were resistant to at least one antibiotic.

"This work identifies direct support for the possibility that direct human fecal contamination of the environment is an important potential source of microbial exposure and transmission to wildlife living in these areas," said Ponder, who was with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before coming to Virginia Tech. "Ecotourism developments are important for conservation and economic growth, but the associated human waste, which includes garbage as well as feces and waste water, may expose wildlife to human-associated pathogens and antibiotic resistance, ultimately increasing future threats to human health," said Alexander.

The project was funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems award, the Morris Animal Foundation, and the WildiZe Foundation. The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program also provided partial financial support for Pesapane.

"The impact of microbial exchange and antibiotic resistance accumulation in mongoose may extend through food webs," the researchers conclude. "Mongoose are eaten by a large number of avian, reptile, and mammalian predators including domestic dogs. Thus, the cascading effects of exposure of wildlife species to human waste-associated microbes can impact an array of susceptible species across an ecosystem and in turn increase human exposure, coupling humans and natural systems in complicated ways."

They recommend closed sewage systems, wildlife-proofed trash receptacles, and prohibiting feeding poultry and livestock products from kitchen waste to either wildlife or domestic animals.

"As we change our natural environments, these modifications can in turn impact our own health," said Alexander. "We are working with the Botswana Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism to minimize these impacts and develop sustainable approaches to the protection of human, wildlife, and ecosystem health."

Pesapane said the research experience reinforced that "the issue of global sustainability and health is multifaceted, and an interdisciplinary approach is vital to achieving progress in managing health threats at this complex interface."

Pointing out the interconnectedness of human health and wellbeing and conservation of natural resources, she said, "We cannot begin to address issues of conservation without also improving quality of life in neighboring communities.

"The Virginia Tech/CARACAL program under the NSF-funded program embodied this concept with expanded program focus beyond research in the Chobe region to include educational outreach and partnered efforts with the Government of Botswana to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Botswana," she added.

Pesapane, who completed her master's in wildlife science at Virginia Tech in December 2011, is now project director of Rural System Inc. "My experience with the Alexander lab, its nonprofit affiliate CARACAL, and my education in the fish and wildlife conservation department at Virginia Tech provided a solid foundation for an inspiring career in global conservation," she said.

"Our next step," Alexander said, "is to begin to unravel the interdependent natural and human drivers of microorganism exchange, emergence of disease, and spread of antibiotic resistance among wildlife and across environments. This will be essential to our ability to effectively manage this interface and protect the health of humans, wildlife, and environments on which we depend."

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HBT: Mets' Valdespin hits walk-off slam vs. Dodgers

Jordany Valdespin?s first homer of 2013 was memorable; he delivered a grand slam off Josh Wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

It was the second walkoff slam of the year, with Baltimore?s Matt Wieters collecting the other.

Valdespin, who earlier entered the game as a pinch-hitter, got his chance to play hero after David Wright singled in Mike Baxter to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. That gave Dodgers closer Brandon League his first blown save.

The homer was Valdespin?s ninth in 233 major league at-bats. He?s started just seven games for the Mets this season, as manager Terry Collins hasn?t quite figured out how best to use him yet. Valdespin, primarily a second baseman in the minors, opened the spring playing only the infield. However, during April, he?s made all of his starts in the outfield and has yet to play an inning in the infield.

For the Dodgers, it was a tough loss, yet it came with a couple of encouraging signs. Ted Lilly, who hadn?t pitched in the majors since shoulder surgery last May, held the Mets to one run over five innings in his 2013 debut. Also, the struggling Matt Kemp hit his first homer, a two-run shot off Matt Harvey. It was just the second homer surrendered by Harvey this season.


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Credit Suisse 1Q profit jumps to $1.37 billion

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) ? Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group has reported first quarter profits of 1.3 billion Swiss francs ($1.37 billion), a sharp rebound from the same period a year ago.

Switzerland's second-biggest bank credited "positive momentum" from a transformed business model for its jump in net profits attributable to shareholders during the first three months, up from 44 million francs in the first quarter of 2012 when it took big charges on debts and paid out higher bonuses.

The Zurich-based bank said Wednesday that results for the January-March period showed "high returns, strong client franchises, reduced cost base and lower risk-weighted assets."

Like its competitor, UBS AG, Switzerland's biggest bank, Credit Suisse has been reducing exposure to potentially-risky investment banking at a time when Europe's economy is challenged by a debt crisis.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

100 years later, a time capsule is opened

SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) - Australia named the following squad for the Ashes test series against England in July and August. Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice captain), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)


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Sea disputes, NKorea in spotlight at ASEAN summit

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Worried that long-seething rifts could escalate over the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders are expected this week to press China to agree to start negotiations on a new pact aimed at thwarting a major clash in one of the world's busiest waterways.

Concern over North Korea's latest threats is also expected to gain attention over economic issues in the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, being held Wednesday and Thursday in Brunei's capital of Bandar Seri Begawan.

The 10-nation bloc is scrambling to beat a deadline to transform the strikingly diverse region of 600 million people into a European Union-like community by the end of 2015.

About 77 percent of the work to turn the bustling region into a single market and production base, first laid out in a 2007 blueprint, have been done, according to a draft statement to be issued after the summit. The document did not detail what still needed to be done.

The statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, would reaffirm the ASEAN leaders' commitment to ensure the peaceful resolution of South China Sea conflicts in accordance with international law "without resorting to the threat or use of force."

They would call for "the early adoption of a code of conduct in the South China Sea," referring to a legally binding pact ASEAN would like to forge with China to replace a 2002 nonaggression accord that has failed to stop territorial skirmishes.

China, Taiwan and ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have overlapping claims across the South China Sea, which Beijing claims in its entirety. The Philippines and Vietnam in particular have been at odds with China over the region in recent years, with diplomatic squabbles erupting over oil and gas exploration and fishing rights.

A tense standoff last year between Chinese and Filipino ships over the fishing-rich Scarborough Shoal is unresolved.

The Philippine vessels withdrew, but China has refused to pull out its three surveillance ships and remove a rope blocking Filipino fishermen from a Scarborough lagoon.

In January, the Philippines challenged China's massive territorial claims before an arbitration tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in a daring legal step that China has ignored. The tribunal has to appoint three more of five arbiters by Thursday, then start looking into the complaint if it decides it has jurisdiction.

A pre-summit meeting by ASEAN foreign ministers in Brunei two weeks ago was dominated by concerns over the territorial disputes and ended with a call for an early conclusion of a nonaggression pact with China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said.

But Chinese officials have not clearly indicated when they would be ready to discuss the proposed accord.

The territorial issue has threatened ASEAN's unity. Cambodia, a China ally, refused to have the issue mentioned in a post-ministerial statement when it hosted the meetings last year. That drew protests from Vietnam and the Philippines, and ASEAN ended up not issuing an after-conference communique for the first time in the bloc's 45-year history.

China has steadfastly refused to bring the disputes to the international arena, preferring to negotiate one on one with each rival claimant. It has also warned Washington not to intervene in the disputes.

ASEAN, founded in 1967 as a bulwark against communism in the Cold War era, has often been caught in the crosscurrents of major conflicts. Currently, the bloc is walking a tightrope between a rising China and an America that is reasserting its status as an Asia-Pacific power.

Both wield tremendous influence on ASEAN, which has become a battleground for political and security clout and export markets.

Defense forces from all of ASEAN, along with eight other countries that include the United States and China, would hold for the first time three-day disaster response drills in Brunei in June to foster confidence among the multinational troops, the draft summit statement said.

Brunei's publicity-shy leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, has led the tedious legwork to avoid any major hitch in the ASEAN summits his tiny but oil-rich kingdom hosts this year.

He has separately met with President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of this week's summit. Last week, Bolkiah flew to Manila, partly to discuss the summit agenda with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

When his gleaming Royal Brunei Air plane taxied to a red-carpet welcome at Manila's airport, Philippine officials saw Bolkiah, who also heads his country's defense forces, at the pilot's seat.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News in Brief: Yangtze's age revealed

Geologists narrow window on time of the Chinese river?s origin

By Erin Wayman

Web edition: April 22, 2013


The Yangtze River formed by at least 23 million years ago but not before 36.5 million years ago, a new study finds.

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The world?s third longest river has a new age: The Yangtze River was in place by at least 23 million years ago, geologists report April 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Yangtze stretches for 6,300 kilometers across China, from the Tibetan Plateau to the East China Sea. Geologists have debated the river?s age for more than a century, with estimates ranging from 2 million to 45 million years old. ?

A team led by Hongbo Zheng of Nanjing Normal University in China investigated the Yangtze?s antiquity by studying rocks in the Jianghan Basin, which the river flows through downstream of the Three Gorges Dam. The researchers found rocks there that appear similar to the river?s modern sediments and dated them to roughly 23 million years ago. Older sediments ? which can?t form in the presence of flowing water ? put an upper limit on the Yangtze?s age of 36.5 million years.

The researchers say the timing of the Yangtze?s birth corresponds with changes in China?s topography caused by the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau. Asia?s summer monsoon rains also intensified around that time, which would have fed the fledgling river.?

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The Nation April 23, 2013 1:00 am

Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul, Education Minister Phongthep Tepkanjana and Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat led agent Virachai Plasai, who is also Thai ambassador to the Netherlands as well as counsels Alain Pellet, James Crawford, Donald MaRae and co-counsel Alina Miron to meet Yingluck yesterday at Government House.

The team has one more task to complete this week: preparing an answer for the court in written form about the vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple.

Surapong said the team would prepare the letter and submit it to the Foreign Minister for Cabinet consideration today to create a map to demonstrate the vicinity of the temple. It should be sent to the court by Friday.

The team later held a press briefing at the Foreign Ministry to explain their work and provide details about the case. Co-counsel Miron has become celebrity in Thailand, with many people including journalists asking to take photographs with her.

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Shanghai Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz unveils long-wheelbase ...

The rest of the global auto market saw the debut of an updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class just a few months ago. Now, it?s time for the Chinese version.

Along with updated interior and exterior design elements, including redesigned headlights and front and rear fascias; the Chinese long-wheelbase E-Class is 14cm longer than the version offered in the rest of the world.

Interestingly, the Chinese E-Class is the first of the breed ever to be offered with two different, optional front ends. The ?Sedan? model features ?the classic, three-dimensional saloon radiator grille in three-louver look with the Mercedes star on the bonnet,? according to Mercedes-Benz. The ?Sport Sedan? model comes with ?the sporty front end featuring a centrally positioned star to create a distinctive, emphatically dynamic look.?

Additionally, should buyers step up to the E 400 L, Mercedes adds some AMG appointments, including AMG front and rear aprons, new AMG side skirts, and AMG wheels.

With a longer wheelbase and upgraded exterior packages, we assumed the optional interior technology would also receive a boost. We were wrong. Mercedes does offer PARKTRONIC and COMAND DVD along with a 360-degree camera for parking assistance and an ECO start/stop system that turns the engine off at stoplights.

The vast majority of tech in the E-Class L, however, is found in the form of safety. Mercedes has loaded the car with autonomous safety systems, geared at limiting in-city accidents involving both cars and pedestrians.

Standard on the E 400 L is the Brake Assist system called BAS PLUS that can detect crossing traffic and pedestrians and can boost braking force to bring the vehicle to a quicker stop. Additionally, the E-Class can be fitted with PRE-SAFE, which is a system than can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking at speeds up to 31mph.

Hopefully, Chinese pedestrians will benefit from the additional safety tech as much as the proud new E-Class L owners.


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Album Review: Dessert Lips 'Looking Good, Feeling Good' | UWIRE

Posted on22 April 2013.

Having worked for The Maine Campus in one capacity or another for the past three years, it has been interesting to see what former co-workers have done after they?ve graduated. Most have gone on to write for various publications across the country, while others have gone in unexpected directions.

Kegan Zema ? former Maine Campus editor of Style & Culture, whose post I took over in 2011 ? falls in the latter category. Last I heard, he told me he was living in Brooklyn, N.Y., ?basically running this ice cream store, this vegan ice cream store.?

He always had a keen interest in anything music, performing and recording under various names over the past few years ? more than I?ve been able to keep track of.

A couple of weeks ago, Zema posted a link to a music video for a song he recorded as Dessert Lips, called ?Looking Good, Feeling Good.? The new release is a complete, surprising departure from the last thing I had heard from Zema, which were a couple of bass-heavy post-punk songs he released under the name Journalism.

In the first few seconds of the video for ?Looking Good, Feeling Good,? a thumping bass drum and low-end synth score a dark scene of flashing lights, alternately revealing and obscuring different angles of Zema?s black sunglasses-covered face.

Since he?s always had a great sense of humor, hearing Zema sing about ?designer clothes? and ?designer girls? made me wonder how thick a layer of irony he laid on the song. But if the track was meant to be laughed off as an elaborate joke, he put way too much effort into it. He ended up with a pretty good tune ? it?s catchy, and the lyrics are fun and easy for singing along ? but there?s enough variety and substance for ?Looking Good, Feeling Good? to be more than a party-rocking anthem, though it could serve that purpose as well.

A few days ago, Zema sent me an email asking for feedback on his debut mixtape as Dessert Lips ? which shares the name of the aforementioned song. The release features an extended version of ?Looking Good, Feeling Good,? as well as three other tracks.

The rest of the mixtape is an interesting venture into electronic pop with each track branching out in a different direction.

It?s hard to ignore the parallels between opening track ?Me, U and the Dance Floor? and the recent work of the Gorillaz: A simple-but-enchanting synth line is the thread that holds the song together, while Zema?s easy-to-grasp lyrics and Damon Albarn-like delivery make it easy to envision the song being played by a group of animated, ape-like musicians.

?Can I Join Your Synthesizer Band? comes off as kitchy, propelled forward by drums that may have been taken from one of those older household organs and lyrics that are like those of Zooey Deschanel?s oddball band in ?Yes Man.? That said, the guitar solo and sense of urgency that close out the song give the tune a sense of direction.

Closing out the mixtape is ?The Young and the Useless,? an Alphaville-like ballad that could have scored the school dance scene in ?Napoleon Dynamite? if the band the school hired was Hellogoodbye circa 2006. Pedro and Deb would have had to awkwardly transition from slow to fast dancing when the song picks up toward the middle and concludes in an energetic lament about ?looking for a love that can keep me alive.?

The initial cheesiness of the mixtape makes it easy to write this release off as another series of 1?s and 0?s clogging up the tubes of the Interwebs; but dig past the throwback gloss, and there is substance.

The only other feedback I have for Zema is this: Keep on keepin? on, but let?s go with fewer credit card butt-swipes in the next music video.


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Why the U.S. Should Give Its Fracking Technology to China

Elizabeth Muller, who runs a California-based climate change monitoring group called Berkeley Earth, is urging environmentalists to help China help itself by developing its shale gas resources. Because China accounts for much of the world?s future atmospheric increase in heat-trapping gases, Muller argues that it is in everyone?s interests to help wean the country off of coal. And one of the best bets for doing that is the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing (better known as ?fracking?), says Muller.

That caught the attention of Nick Butler, a former BP executive who writes a blog at the Financial Times (paywall). Highlighting Muller?s ?green? credentials, Butler wrote today:

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Shale gas is not an instant solution for China. Exploration, development and the construction of the necessary infrastructure, including pipelines to bring in water and to manage its recycling, will take time. But in China and elsewhere the development of shale and the prospect of added energy security it can bring will be overwhelmingly beneficial for China and for the world as a whole.

According to a report issued last week by the International Energy Agency, the world?s current fuel diet is only slightly cleaner than it was a quarter-century ago, despite billions of dollars spent on using more solar, wind and cleaner gasoline. The measure for this conclusion is not the rise in absolute emissions of CO2, which obviously have soared, but rather the unit measure?the amount of carbon emitted per unit of consumed energy has fallen by less than 1% since 1990, the IEA says.?

The main culprit? Coal, according to the IEA, the consumption of which keeps rising.

When you look at this slide from ExxonMobil?s 2040 outlook, you see that China accounts for a huge proportion of the rise in CO2 emissions (the ?rest of OECD? is largely the Middle East, which is forecast to burn more and more of its cheap oil to produce electricity).

It is indisputably in the interest of the U.S.?the possessor of the world?s most cutting-edge hydraulic fracturing technology?for China to successfully and rapidly develop its shale gas, and to turn down the coal furnaces.

But if my own experience is any measure, don?t count on much popular support for U.S. help. I recently served on a panel of experts projecting the geopolitics of energy, and formulating recommendations for US policy guidelines. When I suggested that the U.S. share its shale gas drilling technology with China, there was an almost audible gasp in the room. One fellow panelist finally recaptured his breath. ?Um, I don?t think we should give away our technology,? he said.

Yes, we should. Muller and Butler do not go as far as I do in suggesting that U.S. technology should be transferred free of charge. But they share the long view that shale drilling in China is in the US?s strategic interest. The perspective of technology absolutists like my fellow energy panelists?that it is never, under any circumstance, advantageous to contribute one?s engineering and scientific advances without charging for it?is the short view.


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Students gathered Saturday to listen to career advice from award-winning producers, editors and writers.

Students gathered Saturday to listen to career advice from award-winning producers, editors and writers.

By Amanda Young, The Dartmouth Staff

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

Emmy-award winning producer of ?The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Tim Greenberg ?92 and Academy Award-nominated documentary producer, editor and writer Todd Woody Richman ?92 have come a long way since they collaborated on a documentary about truckers as undergraduates in an introductory filmmaking class.

On Saturday, the two discussed their paths to the entertainment industry to a small group of students and professors in the Black Family Visual Arts Center film studio.

An hour later, students gathered upstairs to hear Mahen Bonetti, the founder and executive director of the African Film Festival in New York, speak about the burgeoning state of African cinema.

Both master classes, organized by the film and media studies department, are part of a growing trend in the department to maximize the opportunities for students to learn from distinguished filmmakers, programmers and scholars.

When alumni in the entertainment industry visit campus, the department frequently arrange master classes in order to take advantage of their visit, department chair Jeffrey Ruoff said.

?The idea is for the visitor to share his or her expertise with a small group of students who are able to ask follow-up questions and get to know the person in a way that would not be possible in a large public lecture,? he said.

This year, the department offered an increased number of master classes with funding from the Year of the Arts.

Greenberg, who heads the field department at ?The Daily Show,? previously worked as a computer graphics animator and production assistant on a film adaptation of ?The Nutcracker? and short film ?La Puppe? (2003). Greenberg?s career includes directing commercials before he landed a job as a producer on the popular Comedy Central show.

Greenberg often uses humor to make more profound points and said that drive and focus, rather than sheer talent, lead to success in the entertainment industry.

?You have to prove on your own by working for free or very little that you?re able to do the next thing you want do,? Greenberg said.

At the College, Greenberg majored in film, worked on Dartmouth Television and was a member of Bones Gate fraternity.

Richman edited, writer and co-produced the Sundance Film Festival selection ?How to Survive a Plague? (2012), co-produced and edited the Academy Award-nominated documentary ?Trouble the Water? (2008) and edited Michael Moore?s documentaries ?Fahrenheit 9/11? (2004), ?Bowling for Columbine? (2002) and ?Capitalism: A Love Story? (2012).

Richman emphasized the importance of test screening for editing.

?You need to be aware of what your audience is feeling during every second of what they?re watching,? he said.

After graduating from Dartmouth, where he majored in film, was involved with Dartmouth Radio and was a member of Bones Gate, Richman worked as a post-production intern at Miramax Films and an apprentice on independent films before editing ?Destination Unknown? (1997), launching his editing career.

Bonetti provided a different perspective on film, discussing the growth of the industry emerging from Africa and the diaspora.

She founded the festival out of a need to provide a balance to the circulating images of Africa, especially the media coverage of Ethiopia in the 1980s.

?Everyone was having a discussion about Africa but there was no African voice there,? she said. ?You get frustrated that someone always has to speak for you.?

Bonetti was attracted to film as a mechanism for change because of its ability to create powerful imprints.

Technology has shifted the creation hierarchy, growing and expanding the African filmmaking community, she said.

?You have cinema industries being created in all the regions with a vengeance,? she said. ?It?s just young people telling their stories and creating new platforms for viewers.?

Because of advancing technologies, filmmakers can more easily create videos themselves and project them for their community or neighborhood, Bonetti said.

Film and media studies major Allison Young ?13, who attended Greenberg and Richman?s talk, said master classes provide an opportunity to learn firsthand the career paths of professionals in the field.

The department offered master classes earlier this term with ?Saturday Night Live? actress Rachel Dratch ?88 and Mark Stern ?85, president of original content at the Syfy Channel.

After the Year of the Arts, Ruoff said he plans for the department to arrange at least one master class per term.

Alex Stockton ?15, the department?s student assistant, said that master classes allow students to learn the practical aspects of their studies.

?These types of events are one of the best parts of being at a films school in a major city,? he said. ?The fact that we are able to have so many out here is incredible.?


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PSA: Twitter is down for some, as is iCloud and the iTunes Store (update: Twitter back up!)

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Nope, it's not your picture of "the best duck confit I've ever had" that's causing that Twitter post to error out -- the service is down for "some users," according to a Twitter status page update. It's unknown what's causing the issue (again, probably not your photweet), but we're assured "engineers are currently working on this issue." We're experiencing some snags ourselves, usually resulting in tweets timing out before publishing. Hang tight!

But maybe don't try to while away your time on the iTunes Store or by backing up your phone to iCloud, as those services are also experiencing some downtime issues this morning. An Apple support page lists both as seeing "some users affected;" we'll just have to assume engineers are also hard at work on fixing that. As always, we'll let you know when things get better.

Update: Looks like Twitter is all back to normal, and the company says, "this issue has been resolved." Apple, on the other hand, is still having issues with Apple ID and Game Center login.

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Boston nurses tell of bloody marathon aftermath

(AP) ? The screams and cries of bloody marathon bombing victims still haunt the nurses who treated them one week ago. They did their jobs as they were trained to do, putting their own fears in a box during their 12-hour shifts so they could better comfort their patients.

Only now are these nurses beginning to come to grips with what they endured ? and are still enduring as they continue to care for survivors. They are angry, sad and tired. A few confess they would have trouble caring for the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, if he were at their hospital and they were assigned his room.

And they are thankful. They tick off the list of their hospital colleagues for praise: from the security officers who guarded the doors to the ER crews who mopped up trails of blood. The doctors and ? especially ? the other nurses.

Nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital, which treated 22 of the 187 victims the first day, candidly recounted their experiences in interviews with The Associated Press. Here are their memories:


Megann Prevatt, ER nurse: "These patients were terrified. They were screaming. They were crying ... We had to fight back our own fears, hold their hands as we were wrapping their legs, hold their hands while we were putting IVs in and starting blood on them, just try to reassure them: 'We don't know what happened, but you're here. You're safe with us.' ... I didn't know if there were going to be more bombs exploding. I didn't know how many patients we'd be getting. All these thoughts are racing through your mind."


Adam Barrett, ICU nurse, shared the patient bedside with investigators searching for clues that might break the case. "It was kind of hard to hear somebody say, 'Don't wash that wound. You might wash evidence away.'" Barrett cleaned shrapnel and nails from the wounds of some victims, side by side with law enforcement investigators who wanted to examine wounds for blast patterns. The investigator's request took him aback at first. "I wasn't stopping to think, 'What could be in this wound that could give him a lead?'"


Jean Acquadra, ICU nurse, keeps herself going by thinking of her patients' progress. "The strength is seeing their faces, their smiles, knowing they're getting better. They may have lost a limb, but they're ready to go on with their lives. They want to live. I don't know how they have the strength, but that's my reward: Knowing they're getting better."

She is angry and doesn't think she could take care of Tsarnaev, who is a patient at another hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "I don't have any words for him."


Christie Majocha, ICU nurse: "Even going home, I didn't get away from it," Majocha said. She is a resident of Watertown, the community paralyzed Friday by the search for the surviving suspect. She helped save the lives of maimed bombing victims on Monday. By week's end, she saw the terror come to her own neighborhood. The manhunt, she felt, was a search for justice, and was being carried out directly for the good of her patients.

"I knew these faces (of the victims). I knew what their families looked like. I saw their tears," she said. "I know those families who are so desperate to see this end."

On Friday night, she joined the throngs cheering the police officers and FBI agents, celebrating late into the night even though she had to return to the hospital at 7 a.m. the next day.

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Slickdeals' best in tech for April 22nd: GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition and more

Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we'll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You'll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won't stick around long.

Slickdeals' best in tech for April 22nd: GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition and more

The first installment of this week's tech deals has arrived, folks. A GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition gets quite the handsome discount, but other enticing gadgetry resides on the other side of the jump as well. Head there for all the details and the essential purchase links.

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