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UK: Victims' Concerns Put London 9/11 Sculpture on Hold

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Plans to erect a sculpture in a London park using girders salvaged from New York's World Trade Center, which was destroyed in attacks on September 11, 2001, have been put on hold after victims' families complained.

The memorial, designed by Japanese-Russian artist Miya Ando, was to be crafted from twisted shards of steel ranging between 5 and 8 meters (yards) in height, standing in a pool with lights.

"It is my hope that by standing upright the fallen steel columns, I may evoke a quiet yet strong message of transcendence and the role of education in the growth of hope from tragedy," New York-based Ando said in a statement submitted with the planning application.

London's Southwark Council approved the plans last December and the sculpture was due to be inaugurated in London's Potters Fields Park this September to accompany an educational program and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks by suicide hijackers who flew two planes into the World Trade Center, killing nearly three thousand people.

Trustees of the 9/11 London Project Foundation -- the educational charity which commissioned the sculpture -- on Wednesday said they had decided to extend a consultation period for the artwork after "significant concerns" were raised, especially by British families.

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US: Farmhouse Fire in Pennsylvania Amish Country Kills 7 Kids While Mom Does Chores

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The Albright and Clouse children are seen in a Christmas photo taken in December, 2010, in Loysville, Pa., provided by their grandfather, Noah Sauder. Top row from left, Evan Albright, 7, Brady Clouse, 7, Trevor Albright, 6, Miranda Clouse, 20 months, Christina Clouse, 11, Isabelle Clouse, 9, Samantha Clouse, 7 months. Front row from left, Leah Clouse, 3, Hannah Clouse, 6, Autumn Albright, 4, Heidi Clouse, 4. A fire ravaged the farmhouse of Theodore and Janelle Clouse in Loysville, Pa., Tuesday night March 8, 2011. Seven Clouse children including an infant perished in a fast-moving fire while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road. The Albright children are cousins of the Clouse children and were not involved. Leah Clouse is the only child to have survived.
Seven children including a 7-month-old infant perished in a fast-moving fire in a home on a Pennsylvania dairy farm while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road, police said Wednesday.

No cause or origin of the fire had been determined by early Wednesday morning, but the children's grandfather, Noah Sauder, told The Associated Press the blaze may have started in the kitchen, where the family used a propane heater. Fire marshals were investigating.

Public records indicate the parents are Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A neighbour described the family as hard-working.

Police said the children's father had left the two-story home on a working farm in dairy country not far from the state capital, to begin his rounds hauling milk around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Two children, ages 2 and 3, were watching television at the time.

The father picked up milk and then parked the truck about a mile from home before nodding off, state police Trooper Tom Pinkerton said.

Soon after, the 3-year-old smelled smoke in the home and ran to the barn to alert her mother, who apparently tried to get into the house. The woman then ran to the homes of two neighbours before getting someone to call firefighters, then ran with the child to the father's truck and banged on its windows, screaming that their home was on fire, he said.

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Warning Of 'Food Price Riots In The UK'

A senior economist at the worldwide bank HSBC has warned of civil unrest in Britain if food prices continue to soar.


Comment: For more information regarding soaring food prices, see this Sott link:

Food Prices Soar Around the World


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US: Gov. Scott Walker Has Lost The War

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
In what may be the result of one of the great political miscalculations of our time, Scott Walker's popularity in his home state is fast going down the tubes.

A Rasmussen poll out today reveals that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters now disapprove of their aggressive governor's performance, with 48% strongly disapproving.

While these numbers are clearly indicators of a strategy gone horribly wrong, there are some additional findings in the poll that I suspect deserve even greater attention.

It turns out that the state's public school teachers are very popular with their fellow Badgers. With 77% of those polled holding a high opinion of their educators, it is not particularly surprising that only 32% among households with children in the public school system approve of the governor's performance. Sixty-seven percent (67%) disapprove, including 54% who strongly disapprove.

Can anyone imagine a politician succeeding with numbers like this among people who have kids?

These numbers should be of great concern not only to Governor Walker but to governors everywhere who were planning to follow down the path of war with state employee unions. You can't take on the state worker unions without taking on the teachers - and the teachers are more popular than Gov. Walker and his cohorts appear to realize.

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Man found dead near top of 1,000-foot radio tower in Oak Park

Oak Park - Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near the top of a 1,000 foot radio broadcast tower Tuesday.

The man was reportedly wearing only a T-shirt and underwear when he was discovered on a platform on the tower.

Police said workers discovered the body of a young black man about 12:30 p.m. after they scaled the tower at 20931 Meyers near Eight Mile Road to do repair work.

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Nearly 100 ill after weekend swim meet at Naval Academy

State health officials investigating pathogen that affected swimmers, coaches, parents at statewide competition

Nearly 100 people have reported symptoms of viral gastroenteritis after a weekend swim meet at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, state health officials said.

Several athletes got sick on the pool deck during the finals session of the Maryland State Swimming Championships on Saturday, according to a letter on the Maryland Swimming website.

Of the 99 people who reported illnesses to Maryland Swimming after the weekend's events, 89 were swimmers, about seven or eight others were officials or coaches on the pool deck and others were parents or spectators, said Raymond Brown, the organization' s general chair.

"This is unprecedented," he said.

The state health department is still testing stool samples from people who were sick to determine exactly what pathogen caused the illness, said Dr. Lucy Wilson, chief of the health department's center for surveillance, infection prevention and outbreak response. However, the symptoms match those of viral gastroenteritis, which typically passes within 24 to 48 hours, she said.

Gastroenteritis is caused by noroviruses, which are normally transmitted through contact with an infected person, such as sharing food or a water bottle, or on dirty towels or bathroom doorknobs - "anything where the virus would be on the material," Wilson said.

Comment: For more information regarding viral outbreaks at military academies, see this Sott link:

UK: Mystery virus strikes military academy


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US: 18 charged in gang rape of 11 year old girl

Eighteen suspects have been arrested in the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Texas, authorities said.

Darrell Broussard, assistant police chief in Cleveland, Texas, said the suspects so far include 13 adults and five juveniles, ages 14-27, CNN reported.

"There have been leads during our investigation that have alerted us to other possible persons of interest," Broussard said. "The investigation is ongoing."

Four students in the city's school district who had been arrested Friday appeared in a Liberty County courtroom Monday and pleaded innocent to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported.

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NPR broadcaster Vivian Schiller quits over 'racist Tea Party' video

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Vivian Schiller, who resigned as president of NPR after the release of a "sting" video.
President of National Public Radio falls on her sword after one of her staff is recorded attacking Republicans

The president of the US public broadcaster National Public Radio (NPR) has resigned following the release of a "sting" video in which one of its fundraising executives criticises the Republican party and refers to Tea Party supporters as "seriously racist, racist people".

Vivian Schiller, who was also chief executive of NPR, stepped down as the row over the video intensified.

She described the executive's comments as "an affront to NPR as a news organisation", adding: "Those comments were really contrary to what we stand for, everything we do."

The video, which was choreographed by the Republican activist James O'Keefe, shows NPR executive Ronald Schiller (no relation to Vivian) meeting a group of people posing as Muslim philanthropists.

In it Ronald Schiller tells the people - ostensibly potential donors from the "Muslim Education Action Centre Trust" - that the Republicans have been "hijacked" by the Tea Party movement, whom he describes as "xenophobic, I mean basically they are; they believe in sort of white, middle America gun-toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."

Comment: For more information regarding media firings, see this Sott link:

"You Cannot Criticize Israel In This Country And Survive" - Helen Thomas Defends Comments on Israelis in Radio Interview


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US: Woman Kept Son in Dog Crate: Cops

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The boy slept there for two weeks, police said.

An Old Saybrook woman is accused of making her son sleep in a locked dog crate because he was acting out and soiling his bed.

Police started investigating Kathlyn Anthony, 54, after the boy's sister said at school that she was tired because she kept getting up at night to let her brother out of his "sleep locker."

School officials called police, who learned that the "sleep locker" was a 30-inch-high 36-inch-by-22-inch crate that the family had used to hold cats, police told the Day of New London.

Anthony is accused of keeping her son in the crate for about two weeks, the Day reports.

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US: Wish Comes True for Cancer-Stricken 10-Year-Old Inducted into Army

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Most kids might hope to get an Xbox or an iPod Touch for their 10th birthday. Brennan Daigle got a reception from a formation of soldiers, a ride in a camouflaged National Guard Humvee--and induction as an honorary member of the Army.

Since October 2009, Brennan, from Sulphur, Louisiana, has been battling embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma--a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bones, writer Rachel Reischling reports in the Fort Polk Guardian. Last month, doctors told his family there was nothing more they could do, and gave Brennan just weeks to live.

Brennan has always loved the Army. His mother had created a Facebook page--Brennan's Brigade--to keep family and friends informed of his condition. People from around the world, including soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, have left comments of encouragement and support. One group of soldiers in Afghanistan posted a picture of themselves holding an American flag, and told Brennan: "We're flying this flag in honor of you; we're here to back you. Stay Army strong."

Becky Prejean, who runs a charity for sick kids called Dreams Come True of Louisiana, heard about Brennan's illness, and got in touch with his mother, Kristy Daigle. Brennan's greatest wish, Daigle told Prejean, was to meet some soldiers in person, before his illness worsened. So the two women contacted the Fort Polk Community Relations Office, which put out a call for a few soldiers to attend Brennan's tenth birthday on Feb. 26.

Forty showed up.