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lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2013
Authorities are looking for witnesses to the Halloween night crash that killed Mitch Lucker, singer for the heavy metal band Suicide Silence.
Lucker, 28, who lived in Huntington Beach, was riding his black 2013 Harley-Davidson south on Main Street about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday when he hit a light pole near the intersection with 13th Street. According to a release from the department, Lucker apparently lost control of his vehicle and was thrown from it after hitting the pole.
The motorcycle continued moving forward after Lucker was thrown and it collided with a pickup truck traveling north on Main. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Lucker, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, died shortly after 6 a.m. at UC Irvine Medical Center, according to the Orange County coroner's office.
Police urge anyone who witnessed the crash to call (714) 536-5666.
Memorials were held in Riverside and Huntington Beach on Thursday night. On Main Street in Huntington Beach, scores held up candles and placed written messages.
The band posted a statement on its Facebook page Thursday morning reading, "There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts."
The band has released three albums 2007's "The Cleansing," 2009's "No Time to Bleed" and last year's "The Black Crown" and is described on the website of its record label, Century Media, as "the defining modern death metal band for a new generation."
On the site, Lucker is quoted describing the band's hard-core musical approach."This record just attacks, attacks, attacks," he says of the "Black Crown" album. "You're jumping up and down, or you're smashing something, or you're stomping something. It's simply unrelenting."
Lucker is at least the second heavy metal star to die in Huntington Beach in recent years; Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold, succumbed to a drug overdose at his home in 2009.
-- Michael Miller, Times Community News
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A wave of car bombs struck mainly in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, the latest in relentless violence roiling Iraq in recent months.
The country's Interior Ministry blamed Al Qaeda-linked insurgents, saying they are exploiting the political infighting and security shortcomings to stage attacks.
The deadliest of the day's bombings was in the eastern Sadr City district, where a parked car bomb tore through a small vegetable market and its parking lot, killing seven people and wounding 16, a police officer said.
That was followed by a total of 10 parked car bombs, which went off in quick sequence in the Shiite neighborhoods of New Baghdad, Habibiya, Sabaa al-Bour, Kazimiyah, Shaab, Ur, Shula as well as the Sunni neighborhoods of Jamiaa and Ghazaliyah.
The 10 other explosions also struck at outdoor markets or parking lots, killing 44 people and wounding 139, according to other police officers. Medical officials confirmed the causality figures in Monday's attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly wave, which bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda's local branch in Iraq, known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
Iraqi security forces sealed off the sites of the attacks as fire fighters struggled to extinguish fires that broke out. Twisted wreckage of cars and remnants of the car bombs littered the pavement.
"Our war with terrorism goes on," Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan told The Associated Press. "Part of the problem is the political infighting and regional conflicts ... There are shortcomings and we need to develop our capabilities mainly in the intelligence-gathering efforts."
Iraqi militants often target crowded places such as markets, cafes and mosques, seeking to inflict huge numbers of casualties.
Monday's attack were the biggest since the Sept. 21 suicide bombings that struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in Sadr City, killing at least 104 people.
On Sunday, a series of bombings in different parts of Iraq -- including two suicide bombings in the country's relatively peaceful northern Kurdish region -- killed 46.
Violence in Iraq surged after government troops moved against a protest camp of Sunni demonstrators in April, triggering deadly clashes nationwide. Although overall death tolls are still lower than at the height of the conflict, the cycle of violence is reminiscent to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
More than 4,500 people have been killed since April.
Al Qaeda is believed to be trying to build on the Sunni minority's discontent toward what they consider to be second-class treatment by Iraq's Shiite-led government and on the infighting between political groups, to ignite a sectarian warfare.
Bridget Jones is back in a new book by Helen Fielding, Mad About The Boy, due to be published on October 10. But all is not well with the beloved character who first introduced the world to the plight of the modern London singleton. In an extended excerpt published in the UK's Sunday Times Magazine on Sept. 29 it was revealed that Bridget Jones is now Bridget Darcy, mother of two and a widow.
In the last book, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, published in 1999, readers saw the dashing barrister Mark Darcy propose to thirtysomething Bridget after having first stolen her heart in Bridget Jones' Diary, which was published in 1996. The latest installment picks up the story when Bridget is 51 and single once again, having lost her husband five years ago, and is raising their two children, Billy and Mabel, on her own. According to The Independent, those eager to learn the precise cause of Mark Darcy's demise will need to wait until the book is published, "as his death will appear in a flashback deep into the book and not be revealed in advance."
The first two books in the series were loosely based on Jane Austen's novels and sold 15 million copies globally. The novels inspired two movies starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy.
After the excerpt was published on Sunday, fans took to social media to vent their dismay over the revelation that Fielding had killed off the beloved character.
Mark Darcy KILLED off? say it isn't so!
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If what I've read about the new Bridget Jones book is true I'm NOT happy. Poor Mark Darcy!
Sam June Moore (@samjmoore87) September 30, 2013
But die-hard fans can take heart despite all that has changed in Bridget's life, there are still some familiar elements. Bridget still obsesses over her weight and love life she's dating a much younger man named Roxster in The Boy and her old friends Jude and Tom still serve as her support system. And perhaps more intriguingly, bad boy Daniel Cleaver, who was played by Hugh Grant in the films, is still in her life as the "naughty" godfather to Bridget's children.
t looks like CNN is bailing on its documentary about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In early August, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned the network to "cancel this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production" or else risk a Republican boycott.
Priebus targeted both the documentary, initially slated to be directed by Inside Job's Charles Ferguson, and a NBC miniseries about Clinton starring Diane Lane.
This morning, however, CNN Films said it was putting the kibosh on the documentary. The reason? Democrats especially those in the Clinton camp wouldn't play ball, Ferguson wrote in The Huffington Post this morning:
The day after the contract was signed, I received a message from Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton's press secretary. He already knew about the film, and clearly had a source within CNN. He interrogated me; at first I answered, but eventually I stopped. When I requested an off-the-record, private conversation with Mrs. Clinton, Merrill replied that she was busy writing her book, and not speaking to the media.
When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration. [The Huffington Post]
After the ruckus that Priebus and the RNC raised, it was, in the end, the Democratic establishment who killed this film. As Ferguson noted, CNN's head honcho, Jeff Zucker, didn't cave to Republican pressure. Instead, lack of access doomed the project.
In retrospect, that shouldn't be so surprising. Hillary Clinton is by far the front-runner in both the Democratic primary and general election if she decides to run in 2016.
That position can be a both an advantage and a liability, especially as the media further exhumes the Clintons' skeleton-filled closet. Recent features in both The New York Times and the New Republic focused on what is now called the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and its connection to former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band, who has been criticized for using his Clinton connections to further his corporate consulting firm, Teneo.
As Slate's Josh Voorhees noted, Ferguson hoped "to take a closer look at the role the Clinton administration played in the financial crisis and how the Clintons have gone about amassing their current fortune."
That's not exactly the kind of attention a candidate wants before an election, especially when she is on top. Alec MacGillis, who wrote the New Republic feature, explained to The Washington Post's Erik Wemple why, exactly, he relied on so many anonymous sources in his story:
Anonymity, he claims, is "simply unavoidable in a world that's as locked down as Clintonland is now. It has always been a tough world to penetrate and it's more locked down than ever before. There's a premium on not causing any drama and not giving any window to any tensions that might be still there under the surface." [The Washington Post]
Priebus might ultimately get everything he was asking for. Not only has the documentary been canceled, but the TV miniseries has been in limbo for over a month, with no sign of moving forward.
General Vaught's body was found in a pond in Conway, near his home in Myrtle Beach. He drowned, evidently after falling out of his small boat, and an autopsy also revealed signs of cardiac disease, a coroner, Robert Edge, told The Associated Press.
General Vaught, a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and a graduate of the Army's commando-style Ranger school, was chosen to oversee an unconventional, risky and complex operation to rescue hostages taken by Islamic militants who overran the American Embassy in Tehran in November 1979.
Some 90 commandos from the Army's Delta Force, who were transported in Air Force planes, and Marines flying eight Navy helicopters from an aircraft carrier were to rendezvous at night in the Iranian desert. The helicopters were to fly the Delta Force troops to a site near Tehran, where they were to be transferred to trucks the following night, sneak into the Iranian capital, extract the hostages from the Embassy and bring them out of Iran aboard the choppers.
General Vaught, who had overseen the training for the mission, was at a base in Egypt to monitor the raid. Commanders from the Army, Air Force and Marines were at the rendezvous site.
The mission, designated Operation Eagle Claw, was months in the planning and had been approved by President Jimmy Carter and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the raiders never got close to Tehran.
Mechanical and communications failures and an unforeseen sandstorm put three of the eight helicopters out of action, leaving one fewer than the minimum of six needed to fly the Army commandos from the desert to the Tehran area. That caused Mr. Carter to call off the operation. Then one of the helicopters preparing to depart crashed into a parked Air Force transport plane, causing an explosion and fireball that killed eight servicemen.
Mr. Carter took responsibility for the mission's failure. A report by a Pentagon commission listed numerous problems in the planning and execution of the mission and cited a lack of sufficient coordination among the service branches, though it did not assign blame to General Vaught or the commanders under him.
Ronald Reagan made the failed mission an issue in defeating Mr. Carter in his bid for a second term. The hostages were not released until the day Mr. Reagan was inaugurated, 444 days after they were taken captive.
In an interview with Newsday in 2005, General Vaught touched on interservice rivalry. He said he had sought to inspect the Navy helicopters while they were being prepared for the mission aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, but was turned down by the Joint Chiefs.
"I was told it was the Navy's job, and it was perfectly capable of preparing and repairing them," he said. "I had no authority except over the Army guys."
James Benjamin Vaught was born in Conway on Nov. 3, 1926.
"I am a direct lineal descendant of Francis Marion," he told the Conway-area news site Grand Strand Daily.com in 2011, referring to the South Carolina militia commander known as the Swamp Fox for waging guerrilla war against the British in the Revolutionary War. "Some of those unconventional warfare genes carried through the years."
He attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., for three semesters before being drafted into the Army and obtaining a lieutenant's commission. He served in the post-World War II occupation of Germany, was an infantry company commander in the Korean War and a battalion commander of helicopter-borne troops in the Vietnam War, taking part in the liberation of Hue and the relief of Marines who were besieged at their Khe Sanh outpost.
General Vaught held a senior administrative post at the Pentagon when he was assigned by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Edward C. Meyer, to command the Iran rescue operation. Sixteen months after the failed raid, he was promoted from major general to lieutenant general and became commander of American and Korean troops in South Korea. In announcing the appointment, General Meyer called General Vaught "a very confident, very capable general who has been a superb troop leader."
General Vaught retired from the military in 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; his daughter, Cathryn Vaught; his sons James Jr. and Stephen; a brother, John; a sister, Vina Floyd; his stepdaughters Marian Davis and Lee Glasgow Watson; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
General Vaught was quoted by The Washington Post on the 25th anniversary of the aborted raid as having been devastated by the feeling he had "let the country down and left the hostages there." But he called the mission a "successful failure" since it used technology, including satellite communications and night-vision goggles, that proved valuable in future operations.
The fragmented command structure exposed by that failed raid also led to the creation of a multiservice Special Operations Command that included an elite Navy unit focusing on counterterrorism. Thirty-one years after the botched hostage-rescue mission, the men from that unit, SEAL Team 6, killed Osama bin Laden.
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It's been a difficult few weeks for Julia Gillard, with the Prime Minister's father, John Gillard passing away last weekend and days earlier, she delivered condolences to the families of five Australian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in late August, but Ms Gillard says Australia's forces will remain in the country. However, Afghans say the situation has worsened since the US launched its so-called war on terror back in 2001. Reports show civilian deaths in Afghanistan have jumped in recent years and Afghans are believed to be the main victims of this US-led war. The war also takes its tolls on foreign troops. Daniel Pizarro, Press TV, Sydney
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PITTSBURGH (AP) A two-decade family feud came to a violent end when a man shot dead the two home invaders that killed his wife and son, not knowing the assailants included his long-estranged daughter, authorities said Sunday.
Though the investigation of Friday's shootings continues, authorities said it appears Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger planned to murder her family at their rural central Pennsylvania home but it remains unclear what exactly led to the deadly confrontation.
"They parked at the bottom of a long driveway, and walked up, heavily armed," said Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan.
Josephine Ruckinger was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and her husband had a Derringer pistol and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun as they approached the Frew family home in Ashville, about 40 miles southwest of State College, according to investigators.
John Frew, his wife Roberta, and their son John Jr., 47, had just returned from dinner out, and were watching TV in the living room of the white mobile home when there was a knock at the door, authorities said.
Police say Roberta, 64, answered the door, and cried out something like "Oh my God, they have guns!" before her daughter shot her at point-blank range. John Jr. then may have attempted to arm himself with a gun, but Jeffrey Ruckinger shot him multiple times in the chest, killing him, police said.
The elder Frew, 67, grabbed a .22 revolver and came out from the bedroom to find the daughter he didn't initially recognize pointing the shotgun at him. Frew fired once, hitting her in the head, then turned and exchanged fire with Jeffrey Ruckinger, killing him. He then called police.
Josephine Ruckinger was still alive when police arrived, but later died at an area hospital. John Frew was not hurt.
Callihan said that the preliminary investigation suggests that the elder Frew and his family were victims "of a pre-planned murder" plot, and that he acted in self-defense. Police also found a can of gas and lighter fluid in the Ruckingers' car.
Ballistics and toxicology tests are pending, investigators said.
Authorities are still exploring possible motives, but say there may have been burglaries and robberies at the Frew residence in the past.
A relative, Virginia Cruse, said the daughter and mother did not get along, but that she had no idea what spawned Friday's tragedy. The daughter had "a hatred toward the family," she said.
When Josephine was about 20, she and a boyfriend trashed her parents' home and stole items including a pistol, then fled to Pittsburgh, Cruse said. After that, she said, "more or less, they disowned her."
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By Hamid Ullah Khan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan | Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:08pm EDT
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Twin blasts in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar killed 33 people and wounded 70 on Sunday, a week after bombings at a church there killed scores, police and hospital authorities said.
Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's efforts to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.
The blasts outside a police station hit an area known as Quiswakhani, or the storytellers' bazaar, crowded with shoppers. Police said they thought at least one of the explosions in the city close to the Afghan border had been caused by a car bomb.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid condemned the attack.
Two policemen tried in vain to hold back the crowd gathered outside the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where many of the victims had been taken.
Distraught relatives dialed mobile phone numbers of those caught up in the blasts but were unable to get through. Women sobbed as ambulances pulled up with more bodies.
"Who is burning Peshawar, who is burning Peshawar?" screamed one woman in a long headscarf.
Shop owner Sher Gul said he had made repeated trips on his motorbike to bring six people to hospital. Gul cursed a provincial government minister who came to visit the victims.
"Why have you come so late?" Gul shouted.
Inside the hospital, people tripped over the injured lying in corridors as they hunted for loved ones. Nine members of one family were among the dead.
The blasts follow an attack by a Taliban faction on Peshawar's Anglican church last Sunday that killed more than 80 people, the deadliest assault on Christians in predominantly Muslim Pakistan.
The Taliban have repeatedly rejected Pakistan's constitution and have called for the full implementation of Islamic law and for war with India.
Sharif was due to meet Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later on Sunday, only hours after Singh described Pakistan as the "epicenter of terrorism in our region".
Another Pakistani politician, former cricket player Imran Khan, has suggested the Taliban might open an office in Pakistan to help negotiations, but the suggestion drew an angry response from those caught up in Sunday's blasts.
"The government wants to open an office for the Taliban? What office? They are killing us. For how long do we have to suffer like this? I have no hope," said Waheed Khan as he searched for his nephew, a rickshaw driver.
(Additional reporting by Saud Mehsud in Dera Ismail Khan; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Paul Tait and Andrew Heavens)
The attackers drove into the campus of the Yobe State College of Agriculture, in a rural area just south of Damaturu, the state capital, survivors said. A student, Musa Aliyu, 21, said on Sunday that the attackers had entered the college's dormitories as students slept, and then opened fire randomly in the darkness.
The attack was the second large-scale massacre of civilians attributed to Boko Haram in less than two weeks. The Nigerian military has been pressing a scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign against Boko Haram for four months, and appeared to have halted its attacks in the urban centers of northeastern Nigeria, while hundreds of civilians fled into neighboring Niger to escape the violence. In rural areas, though, killings by the group including at least 143 reported deaths in the northeastern town of Benisheik on Sept. 17 appear to be continuing unabated.
In its war against the Nigerian state, Boko Haram has singled out government institutions, especially schools, for attack. One of its tenets is that Western-style education, not based on the Koran, in conventional schools is sinful and un-Islamic; the group has burned numerous schools in Maiduguri, the largest city in the region, and in early July it attacked a government secondary school in the town of Mamudo, killing 42 people, mostly students.
There was little security at the agricultural college, survivors said, and the attack took students and teachers by surprise. "The sound of sporadic shootings woke us up," Mr. Aliyu said. "I escaped, by the grace of God, but about 15 of my friends are dead."
He and dozens of other students at the college, which offers courses in animal husbandry and horticulture, among other subjects, fled into the bush around the village of Gujba to escape the gunfire, he said. As in previous attacks on schools, many of the college's buildings were burned.
Afterward, the mortuary in Damaturu, a dusty town on the highway between Kano and Maiduguri, was piled high with the bodies of the students, ranging in age from 18 to 25, as grieving relatives pressed in, said Ahmed Bedu, a local radio journalist.
"The bodies are too many," Mr. Bedu said on Sunday in a telephone interview from Damaturu. "You need to see the number of corpses that are over there." Some of the victims appeared to have been hit by a number of shots, he said.
"There is fear and anxiety," Mr. Bedu said. "There is a panic in the faces of the people."
The governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, issued a statement condemning the attack as "devastating, heinous and barbaric," and called for increased protection from the military. Survivors and relatives echoed the call.
A civil servant who gave his name only as Ibrahim, for fear of retribution from the government, said in a telephone interview from Damaturu that he had lost a cousin in the attack. "I was at the mortuary from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.," he said. "There are many grieving parents. Honestly, everybody was crying for his dear loved one."
Ibrahim condemned the attackers. "Nobody can explain what they want," he said. "All of the students that died today are Muslims. No single Christian was killed. This is not a religious war. These people that perpetrated this call themselves Muslims. But this is against the teachings of Islam."
Hamza Idris contributed from Maiduguri, Nigeria.
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A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car bomb exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful car bomb blast killed at least 33 people, including women and children, in a busy market in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a hospital official.
The explosion -- which sent plumes of dark smoke into the sky and destroyed many shops outside a police station in the historic Qissa Khawani market -- injured some 75 people, said Dr. Arshad Javed, executive director at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.
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Six women and four children were among the dead, Javed added.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The bomb that went off Sunday was some 300 yards from the All Saints Church, which was the scene of carnage just a week earlier. A bomb at the church in western Pakistan killed more than 80 people, one of the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim country.
On Friday, 19 people died when a bomb hit a bus carrying government employees home for the weekend in Peshawar's outskirts.
Nazar Ali, a book shop owner, had just opened his when Sunday's bomb went off.
"It was a huge blast that was followed by fire in vehicles. Thick black smoke covered the air and splinters spread all over. I saw people lying dead and bleeding all over," he told Reuters.
A number of the older buildings in Qissa Khawani are made from wood which easily caught on fire when the bomb went off, senior police officer Shafqat Malik told Reuters.
Violence has been on the rise in the last months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's efforts to end an insurgency by holding peace talks with the Taliban.
Taliban militants have rejected Pakistan's constitution and call for the implementation of Islamic law and for war with India. Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on are due to meet the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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This story was originally published on Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:56 AM EDT
By Joe Hemba
DAMATURU, Nigeria | Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:49pm EDT
DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants stormed a college in northeastern Nigeria and shot dead around 40 male students, some of them while they slept early on Sunday, witnesses said.
The gunmen, thought to be members of rebel sect Boko Haram, attacked one hostel, took some students outside before killing them and shot others trying to flee, people at the scene told Reuters.
"They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible," said one surviving student Idris, who would only give his first name.
"They came with guns around 1 a.m. (2400 GMT) and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them ... The college is in the bush so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down," said Ahmed Gujunba, a taxi driver who lives by the college.
Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has intensified attacks on civilians in recent weeks in revenge for a military offensive against its insurgency.
Several schools, seen as the focus of Western-style education and culture, have been targeted.
Boko Haram and spin-off Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru have become the biggest security threat in Africa's second largest economy and top oil exporter.
Western governments are increasingly worried about the threat posed by Islamist groups across Africa, from Mali and Algeria in the Sahara, to Kenya in the east, where Somalia's al-Shabaab fighters killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall a week ago.
Bodies were recovered from dormitories, classrooms and outside in the undergrowth on Sunday, a member of staff at the college told Reuters, asking not to be named.
A Reuters witness counted 40 bloody corpses piled on the floor at the main hospital in Yobe state capital Damaturu on Sunday, mostly of young men believed to be students.
The bodies were brought from the college, which is in Gujba, a rural area 30 miles (50km) south of Damaturu and around 130 miles from Nigerian borders with Cameroon and Niger.
State police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said he suspected Boko Haram was behind the attack but gave no details.
Thousands have been killed since Boko Haram launched its uprising in 2009, turning itself from a clerical movement opposed to Western culture into an armed militia with growing links to al Qaeda's West African wing.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern state in May, including Yobe, and ordered a military offensive to crush Boko Haram's insurgency.
There was an initial lull in the violence as Islamists fled bases in cities, forests and mountains. Then the militants began revenge attacks on schools, security forces and civilians believed to be helping them.
In July, suspected Boko Haram militants killed 27 students and a teacher at a school in Potiskum, a town about 30 miles from the site of Sunday's attack.
Several hundred people have died in assaults over the past few weeks. Some observers say the army offensive has only succeeded in pushing attacks away from well-guarded large towns and cities into vulnerable rural areas.
Boko Haram's insurgency is also putting pressure on the economy of Africa's most populous nation. Nigeria's security spending has risen to more than 1 trillion naira ($6.26 billion) per year, or around 20 percent of the federal budget. ($1 = 159.8 Nigerian naira)
(Additional reporting by Isaac Abrak in Kaduna; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
A man was shot to death by police after barricading himself and a hostage inside a house in Havre de Grace Saturday afternoon, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. The hostage was released unharmed prior to the fatal shooting.
The victim has been identified as Austin Francis Jones, 34 of Havre de Grace. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, an apartment inside a house in the 700 block of Erie Street, according to police.
Jones was shot by a member of the Sheriff's Office's Special Response Team after he barricaded himself in a room with and "pointed an object at officers," while they were negotiating with him to surrender during a three-hour standoff, according to a news release issued by the Sheriff's Office.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Jones had barricaded himself in a room of the apartment and was armed with a firearm," the Sheriff's Office said. "Members of [Crisis Negotiation Team] were able to make contact with Jones and engage him in a dialogue and successfully negotiate the release of a hostage."
"As deputies were negotiating with the suspect for his surrender, the Special Response Team was prepared to make entry," the release continued. "Deputies on the scene witnessed the suspect make an overt gesture with a black object toward the responding officers. He was subsequently shot by a member of the SRT unit."
The sheriff's deputy who shot Jones has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and is not being identified at this time, the Sheriff's Office said.
The identity of the hostage also has not been released.
According to both the Sheriff's Office and the Havre de Grace Police Department, Havre de Grace officers initially responded to a neighborhood near the city's North Park for a report of a fight, after which officers learned a male suspect was possibly armed and holding someone against their will.
Pfc. Jeff Gilpin, spokesman for the Havre de Grace Police Department, said they received a call regarding a fight around 4:20 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Hoppers Lane.
Gilpin said the officers knocked on the door of a home in the 700 block of Erie Street, which is one block north of Hoppers Lane, running parallel to it.
"At that point there was a subject who had barricaded himself," Gilpin said, explaining that by "barricaded" he meant that the suspect "had locked himself in a section of the house."
Gilpin said Havre de Grace officers were able to establish a "dialogue" with the suspect.
Members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, as well as the county's Crisis Negotiation Team, were asked to assist, he said. The Crisis Negotiation Team includes representatives of the Sheriff's Office, all three municipal police departments and a Mobile Crisis Team, which is part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System.
According to Gilpin, the standoff ended around 7:30 p.m. with the suspect deceased. No one else was injured, he said.
"Initial information provided to officers was that the suspect had a protective order against him stemming from an earlier incident with a female who resided at the location," the Sheriff's Office news release states.
Sheriff's Office detectives are handling the follow-up investigation.
According to Maryland online court records, Jones had prior contact with the state's criminal justice system and was under indictment for firearm possession with a felony conviction, which was due to go to trial in November. He was free on bond.
Jones who has several addresses listed in court records, including on South Law Street in Aberdeen and on Green Street, had a peace order taken out against him 2005; according to court records; however, it was not clear if the order to stay away from the complainant was still in effect.
Saturday's fatal shooting was the second in six weeks involving a police officer and a suspect in Harford County.
On the night of Aug. 19, a Sheriff's Office deputy, who was responding to a report of a break-in at a business in the Bel Air area, shot and killed a 19-year-old man, who police say acted in a threatening manner toward the deputy. That shooting remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
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That remark, made by a white teacher to a class of black and Hispanic fifth graders in Newark, was, for Jean Anyon, a window onto the often inhospitable landscape where education, economics, race and class converge.
Professor Anyon, who died on Sept. 7 at 72, was one of the first people to study that landscape in detail and among the first to assert that without accompanying social reforms like job creation, antipoverty initiatives and urban renewal, the problems of education in urban, poor areas would never be surmounted.
"The structural basis for failure in inner-city schools is political, economic and cultural, and must be changed before meaningful school improvement projects can be successfully implemented," she wrote in a 1995 article in the journal Teachers College Record. "Educational reforms cannot compensate for the ravages of society."
At her death a professor of education policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Professor Anyon spent her career analyzing the web of socioeconomic factors that makes public schools work or fail.
At CUNY, which she joined in 2001, Professor Anyon taught in the doctoral program in urban education. She was previously on the faculty of Rutgers University and it was in work there in the 1990s that she encountered the vitriolic Newark teacher and many others who were equally abusive.
In the early '90s, Professor Anyon was part of a team convened to help reorganize a group of the worst elementary schools in Newark, which were in danger of being taken over by the state.
She spent several years immersed in the workings of one elementary school (identified pseudonymously as the Marcy Elementary School), attending classes and interviewing students, parents, teachers and administrators.
Though the reorganization effort failed and the schools were ultimately taken over, the record of her work at Marcy was incorporated into her first book, "Ghetto Schooling," published in 1997 and still considered a seminal text in the field.
In it, she rooted Marcy's contemporary problems in more than half a century of economic decline in Newark. She went on to use the school as a vehicle for a larger discussion of the problems of education in urban, poor areas and the possible solution.
"To really improve ghetto children's chances, then, in school and out," she wrote in the book's conclusion, "we must ultimately, therefore, eliminate poverty; we must eliminate the ghetto school by eliminating the underlying causes of ghettoization."
Jean Maude Anyon was born in Jersey City on July 16, 1941. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a master's in education there and a Ph.D. from New York University in education and psycholinguistics. She began her career as a public-school teacher in an economically depressed neighborhood in Washington.
Professor Anyon joined the faculty at Rutgers in 1976 and first came to wide attention with a 1980 article, "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work." Published in The Journal of Education, the article examined fifth-grade classes in five New Jersey schools across the economic spectrum, from working-class to wealthy districts.
The study focused on what Professor Anyon called the "hidden curriculum" of each school the type of work students were assigned, and the ways they were expected to complete it.
In the working-class schools, she found, work entailed the rote following of procedure, with no analytical thought encouraged. In the middle-class school, she wrote, "work is getting the right answer."
In a more affluent school, Professor Anyon found, work emphasized creativity. In the wealthiest school, work meant "developing one's analytical intellectual powers."
These differences, she concluded, helped recapitulate existing class divisions. The children of blue-collar families, for instance, received "preparation for future wage labor that is mechanical and routine," while those of wealthy families were taught skills that would help them assume leadership positions.
Professor Anyon was married and divorced twice. Survivors include a brother, Robert Anyon, who confirmed her death, of cancer, at her home in Manhattan; and a daughter, Jessica Anyon-Bird.
Her other books include "Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement" (2005) and "Marx and Education" (2011).
While many earlier scholars had considered the problems of urban schools in isolation, Professor Anyon argued that they were inextricably linked to larger social ills.
"Attempting to fix inner-city schools without fixing the city in which they are embedded," she wrote in "Ghetto Schooling," "is like trying to clean the air on one side of a screen door."
The cause was cardiorespiratory problems, his wife, Carmen Miracle, told news agencies in Mexico.
Mr. Mutis was 19 when, in verse, he first introduced Maqroll to readers as the "Gaviero," the Lookout, a label linked to his early life as a seaman whose duties included scanning the horizon for potential peril, even if he did not always recognize it.
More than 40 years later after Mr. Mutis had become a widely admired poet, spent more than a year in prison on embezzlement charges that were later dropped, moved to Mexico and was a well-traveled representative for Standard Oil and two Hollywood studios he transferred his protagonist to prose. Beginning in the late 1980s, Maqroll appeared in a popular series of seven novellas that were eventually published as a single volume in 1997.
The collection appeared in English in 2002 as "The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll."
In a 2003 review of the collection for The New Yorker, John Updike wrote that Maqroll's journey in the first novella, "The Snow of the Admiral," in which he hopes to reunite with a former lover, is "rendered so vividly as to furnish a metaphor for life as a colorful voyage to nowhere."
Mr. Mutis was well known and well read in Latin America and Europe but received far less attention in the United States than his fellow Colombian writer and confidant, Gabriel García Márquez. They became friends in their youth and stayed close after both moved to Mexico City, reading each other's work before it was published and sometimes sharing the same translator for their English editions, Edith Grossman.
"One of the greatest writers of our time," Mr. García Márquez called his friend. Mr. Mutis received numerous awards, including the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. But Maqroll rarely got much recognition. He was a bundle of conflicts and foolish schemes, his life filled with close calls. Alternately optimistic, realistic and fatalistic, he kept going, compelled even as he lost lovers, friends, money and hope.
"I'm really intrigued: these disasters, these decisions that are wrong from the start, these dead ends that constitute the story of my life, are repeated over and over again," he says as the narrator in "The Snow of the Admiral." "A passionate vocation for happiness, always betrayed and misdirected, ends in a need for total defeat; it is completely foreign to what, in my heart of hearts, I've always known could be mine if it weren't for this constant desire to fail."
He continues: "We're about to re-enter the green tunnel of the menacing, watchful jungle. The stink of wretchedness, of a miserable, indifferent grave, is already in my nostrils."
Yet Maqroll's destiny was not death but the journey toward it. The Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas threatened to sue Mr. Mutis if he ever killed off his beloved character. Mr. Mutis spoke of Maqroll as if he were a living person.
"He often accompanies me, but we are no longer side by side but face to face," he said in an interview with the writer Francisco Goldman, who wrote the introduction to the 2002 collection. "So Maqroll doesn't surprise me too much, but he does torment me and keep me company. He is more and more himself, and less my creation, because of course, as I write novels, I load him up with experiences and actions and places that I don't know but that he of course does."
Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo was born on Aug. 25, 1923, in Bogotá. His father, Santiago, was a Colombian diplomat, and Mr. Mutis spent much of his early childhood in Brussels. In the summer, his family returned to Colombia by boat, and he later said his writing was rooted in his long stays at the sugar and coffee plantation his grandfather owned in Tolima Province. He never graduated from high school, but he read voraciously and widely, from Jules Verne to Marcel Proust.
Maqroll read, too, bouncing between biographies of dukes and saints. "In each novella, internal life is represented by the book he happens to be reading," Leonard Michaels wrote in a review of three novellas in The New York Times in 1992. "One night, after a grueling effort to carry guns up the side of a mountain, Maqroll must sleep. But first he must read."
Mr. Mutis published books of poetry in 1948 and 1953 (his early verse was praised in reviews by Octavio Paz), and he also wrote short stories and nonfiction. But he did not write full time until he began writing novels in his 60s. In the decades between, he worked in jobs whose only link to his literary interests were the experiences they provided traveling to Latin American capitals, venturing into jungles to search for oil, riding with river captains through rain forests.
"My life became a long trip and I met thousands of people, in all different kinds of situations," Mr. Mutis told Mr. Goldman. "And this was like a continuation of what I had experienced as a child. In this way I lost the sense of belonging to a particular country."
Many people in Latin America also knew him for his dubbing of English-language television programs into Spanish, most notably for "The Untouchables." Information on his survivors was not immediately available.
While he was at Standard Oil, he was accused in 1956 of spending company money on friends, including those who opposed the Colombian dictator at the time, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla. Warned by a friend that his arrest was imminent, Mr. Mutis fled to Mexico. He avoided immediate extradition back to Colombia but was jailed for 15 months while awaiting trial. When the Rojas Pinilla government fell in 1957, Mr. Mutis was freed. He later said the experience was more influential than any great book.
"There is one thing that I learned in prison, that I passed on to Maqroll," he said, "and that is that you don't judge others, you don't say, 'That guy committed a terrible crime against his family, so I can't be his friend.' In a place like that, one coexists because the judging is done on the outside."
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: September 29, 2013
An earlier version of this obituary misspelled the name of a former Colombian dictator. He is Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, not Gustavo Rosas Pinilla.
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(The Root) -- The news this week that Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died -- of a "sudden infection," according to state TV -- did not exactly come as a shock. For weeks there were rumors that he was ailing. When I was in Washington, D.C., recently, taking cabs to and from the Convention Center during the International AIDS Conference, as I engaged Ethiopian cab drivers about their country, to a person they all told me the prime minister was "dying of brain cancer."
It is not information I would have taken to the bank, but it did add a bit to the mystery of why the prime minister didn't meet with a delegation of which I was a part that visited Addis Ababa earlier this summer to plead for the release of journalists imprisoned on terrorism charges.
At that time, when I asked if our three-person delegation representing the Committee to Protect Journalists and the African Media Initiative could meet with the prime minister, I was told he was busy with budgetary matters. That could have been true. But the minister of information, Simon Bereket, who met with us then, also more recently denied that Zenawi was ill, even as the prime minister was presumably dying.
That surprised me, because when we visited Ethiopia in 2006, on a similar mission, while the prime minister was busy with a lingering trouble with neighboring Eritrea and Somalia, he readily agreed to meet with us and spoke unhurriedly, openly and candidly, acknowledging there was "poison" in relations between the press and the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. He also told us then that the government would work to change the situation. We quoted the prime minister in our CPJ news alert, saying: "The government has to talk to the private press, whatever the character of the private press."
Moreover, Zenawi granted us rare access to Kaliti Prison, where we were allowed to visit imprisoned journalists, who at the time included Eskinder Nega, who was released much further down the line. Nega is once again behind bars, sentenced last month to 18 years for what the prosecution claimed was an attempt to foment revolution in Ethiopia -- a charge he has consistently denied. This time, we were told by Minister Bereket, with whom we met, that he didn't think there was enough time to arrange a visit to Kaliti Prison. Still, we waited in hope, but ultimately in vain, as we boarded our bus to the Addis Ababa airport to return to the U.S.
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