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« Reply #5475 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 08:08am »

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Obama seeks to hitch U.S. economy to Asian growth

By Laura MacInnis and Caren Bohan
WASHINGTON | Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:23am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Europe mired in crisis, President Barack Obama is launching a charm offensive this week to hitch the U.S. economy to growth opportunities in Asia that he hopes can help power the recovery he needs for re-election.

Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, will host Asian leaders including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Honolulu this weekend to seek to improve trade ties across the Pacific.

He will then travel to Australia to announce plans to boost the U.S. military presence in the region and will be the first American president to attend the East Asia Summit in Bali. There, he will heap attention on the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as India.

The campaign to cozy up to Asian powers large and small comes at a critical moment for the U.S. economy, whose recovery is at risk because of a spiraling debt crisis in Europe that dominated a G-20 leaders' summit in France last week.

"To have this trip happen when you have nothing but crisis in Europe and nothing but opportunity in Asia, you couldn't have more of a juxtaposition," said Victor Cha, who advised President George W. Bush on Asian affairs.

Georgetown University professor Charles Kupchan said he expected the Asia swing to be "much more upbeat" than the trip to Cannes had been for Obama, whose re-election chances in November 2012 will hinge on his economic record.

Executives from companies such as Boeing Caterpillar, General Electric and Time Warner Cable will also attend the APEC summit to help Obama make the case that closer ties with Asia will help create U.S. jobs.

"When you look for rays of light, where is growth going to come from, one of the main answers is exports to Asia," Kupchan said. "It is something that this president needs to focus on, particularly in an election season."

Obama will not be able to leave the European financial crisis behind entirely. Asia-Pacific finance ministers meeting in Honolulu before the leaders' summit fretted about Europe's lack of strong action to deal with crises in Greece and Italy, and talked of ways to bolster their own economies to minimize potential spillover.

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Obama will also seek to reassert the U.S. role as a Pacific power, shifting more of its budget-stretched military resources to Asia as it pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq and worries less about security in Europe.

In Australia, he is set to announce an agreement for more than 2,000 Marines to train and do joint exercises from Darwin, a city with a large military presence on the country's northern coast, according to an Obama administration official familiar with the plans. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

The cooperation deal is seen as a stepping stone to a more permanent presence for the United States in Australia, which could eventually see U.S. vessels stationed in Perth or nearby that could respond faster to regional threats or humanitarian emergencies than they could from Hawaii or California.

"This is part of a big push to put the United States back into the Asian game after a decade or so in which it has been preoccupied with the Middle East," Kupchan said.

Obama is likely to avoid direct references to China when making the announcement, although the agreement is widely seen to be a way for the United States to act as a check on Chinese power and defuse possible conflicts over waterways and disputed islands.

"It is sending a very clear message that the United States is not ceding Asia diplomatically to China," said Cha, now a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kupchan agreed, saying smaller and emerging powers in Asia "don't want China stepping all over them because of its economic clout." The United States provides a good military counterbalance that should not contradict its cooperative ties with Beijing so long as it is handled delicately, he said.

Asia has been a stated foreign policy priority for Obama since his first days in office, but wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and the Middle East soon diverted much of his attention.

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« Reply #5476 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 08:12am »

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Lollipop lady stops pack of wild horses heading towards school

A fast thinking lollipop lady stopped seven wild horses galloping down a road towards a busy school.

11 November 2011


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Shocked Janice Woodland, 53, spotted the animals after helping a little girl across the road at Alderman Jacobs School.

The veteran school patrol warden immediately held out her lollipop to stop the charging animals and corralled them into a nearby garden.

Mrs Woodland helped to keep the horses penned in while police and RSPCA officers are called to the scene.

School headteacher Margaret Sargent today saluted popular Janice after she headed off possible disaster.

Mrs Sargent said: "Nobody was hurt because of Janice's prompt actions. She was brilliant. Parents who closed the school gates to stop the horses coming into the playground also did well."

The horses bolted in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, Cambs, at about 9am on Monday morning.

Mrs Woodland, of Whittlesey, said: "I looked up the road and thought that's a lot of horses.

"I stood there and held my stick out as they ran towards me and they must have been startled by my jacket.

"It was just like One Man and his Dog the way they saw me and all went into the garden!

"t was lucky the horses didn't come running along 10 minutes earlier as they would have killed some children.

"It's not something you expect to see"

Pupil Tanya Crew, 13, was in the playground when she saw the horses jump into the garden.

Tanya said: "We just had to keep them all calm. They had come from the back of the Wash and they were really sweaty because they had run so far."

The horses were taken back to their field by their owners.

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« Reply #5477 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 08:17am »

on Nov 11th, 2011, 08:07am, Swamprat wrote:
Challenger, the eagle, honors our troops:


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« Reply #5480 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 4:23pm »

I don't know what to do first, scream, throw up or faint! Alan and I both just got an email. We get to beta test Star Wars The Old Republic!
(okay, I think everyone that registered got an invite, but I'm excited anyway.)



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I don't know if it is for this weekend or a future date. They will email us with the details.


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"I don't know what to do first, scream, throw up or faint! Alan and I both just got an email. We get to beta test Star Wars The Old Republic!"

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on Nov 11th, 2011, 6:29pm, Swamprat wrote:
"I don't know what to do first, scream, throw up or faint! Alan and I both just got an email. We get to beta test Star Wars The Old Republic!"

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November 12, 2011
Arab League Votes to Suspend Syria Over Crackdown
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAIRO — The Arab League voted Saturday to suspend Syria and warned that the country could face sanctions if it did not end its crackdown against anti-government protesters.

The decision was a symbolic blow to a nation that prides itself on being a powerhouse of Arab nationalism.

Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari foreign minister, said 18 countries agreed to the suspension, which would take effect on Wednesday. Syria, Lebanon and Yemen voted against it, and Iraq abstained. The Arab League will also introduce political and economic sanctions against Syria, he said.

Violence has continued unabated since Syria agreed on Nov. 2 to an Arab-brokered peace deal that called for the Syria to halt violence against protesters, pull tanks and armored vehicles out of cities, release political prisoners and allow journalists and rights groups into the country.

“Syria is a dear country for all of us and it pains us to make this decision,” the Qatari foreign minister said. “We hope there will be a brave move from Syria to stop the violence and begin a real dialogue toward real reform.”

The decision comes as November is shaping up to be the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s 8-month-old uprising. More than 250 Syrian civilians have been killed in the past 11 days as the regime besieges the rebellious city of Homs.

The United Nations estimates that some 3,500 people have been killed in the crackdown since the uprising began eight months ago.

In a nod to concerns that the decision could pave the way to international intervention as occurred in Libya, the Qatari foreign minister stressed that “no one is talking about a no-fly zone, people are trying to mix up the cases. None of us is talking about this kind of decision.”

Dozens of protesters outside had rallied for the decision, carrying placards reading “Freedom for the Syrian people” and “Arab leaders are garbage” as they chanted for the removal of President Bashar Assad of Syria. They were joined by demonstrators from Yemen, protesting violent government crackdowns in their country.

The bloodshed has spiked dramatically in recent weeks amid signs that more protesters are taking up arms to protect themselves, changing the face of what has been a largely peaceful movement. Many fear the change plays directly into the hands of the regime by giving the military a pretext to crack down with increasing force.

Although the crackdown has led to broad international isolation, Assad appears to have a firm grip on power.

Mr. Assad, and his father who ruled Syria before him, stacked key security and military posts with members of their minority Alawite sect over the last 40 years, ensuring loyalty by melding the fate of the army and the regime. As a result, the army leadership will likely protect the regime at all costs, for fear it will be persecuted if the country’s Sunni majority gains the upper hand. Most of the army defectors so far appear to be lower-level Sunni conscripts.

Syria blames the bloodshed on “armed gangs” and extremists acting out a foreign agenda to destabilize the regime.


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Newest Army Weapon to Thwart Bombs: Paintball Guns
By Adam Rawnsley
November 11, 2011 | 3:00 pm
Categories: Army and Marines

You’re a soldier on patrol in Afghanistan. Walking down the road, you spot a strange object far away, sticking out off to the side. Is it a bomb? How should you even check? If the Army’s latest research project pans out, you might just whip out your paintball gun.

On Wednesday, the Army announced that it’s in the market for a paintball system that can detect the presence and type of different explosives. The system would work by loading up projectiles with materials that advertise the presence of explosives — sort of like a litmus test for bombs — and firing them at the suspected bombs. Picture paintballing, but with a target that might really kill you.

It’s another foray into the field of bomb-hunting technology. Over the past few years, scientists have developed a range of weird and wonderful ways to sniff out the things that go boom, from explosives-sensitive plants to dynamite-detecting bee venom. But for maximum safety, it’s always nice to figure out if that package or object is a bomb when you’re not close enough to be blown apart by it.

That’s standoff explosive detection, a field the Defense Department has shown great interest in as terrorists and insurgents have become better and more frequent users of improvised explosive devices. The Pentagon has put cash into a number of different approaches, using lasers and terahertz radiation to find traces of explosive material.

The paintball idea is comparatively low-tech. The Army notes that the technology to detect explosives with paints and powders is already a commercial reality. They point to Raptor Detection Technology’s SAFE-T Spray, which turns orange on contact with certain explosives, as an example.

So fill up some paintballs with bomb-detecting goop and fire away, right? It’s a little more complicated than that.

The challenge for the paintball system comes from distance. As you might guess, the greater distance you can put between yourself and a bomb, the better. But with distance comes visibility and accuracy problems.

The Army’s looking for a system that works on targets up to 100 meters away. At that distance, it can be hard to see the tiny smear from a paintball, which usually holds about 2.5 milliliters worth of paint. Those pitching the Army need to make a system that fires a larger amount of detection material and one that spreads it out further on contact than the standard neon paintball blotch. Ultimately, it has to be visible from 100 meters without the help of binoculars.

But that’s only if you can get your paintball on target. Anyone who’s cursed the gods as their quarry has run through the field unpainted despite firing a barrage of paintballs knows that many paintball guns just aren’t very accurate. They often don’t have rifled barrels or other ways of putting a spin on their projectiles. Rifling spins a projectile as it’s fired, giving it greater accuracy over distance. The Army’s aiming for a system that will be accurate up to the 100-meter distance.

Just don’t put too much power behind that shot. The Army doesn’t want its remote bomb detector gun to accidentally double as remote bomb detonator.

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Dread Central

Thunderstruck Bringing UFOs to AMC

By The Woman In Black
November 12th, 2011


It appears to lean more toward the sci-fi side of the fence than pure horror, but considering its pedigree, which includes the team who wrote and directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention AMC's acquisition of "Thunderstruck", a new series about powerful and enigmatic alien entities that begin appearing all over the world.

Deadline tells us that "Thunderstruck" is an hour-long UFO project from feature writing/directing duo Paul Boardman and Scott Derrickson (the aforementioned Emily Rose) and former "Battlestar Galactica" executive producer David Eick. Boardman and Derrickson will write the drama, Boardman and Derrickson will executive produce with Eick, and Derrickson is set to direct.

As for those "entities", after one shows up in the town of Great Falls, Montana, the local citizens must grapple with the dramatic effects and growing mystery of repeated visitations.

Like we said, we're not entirely sure how Dread worthy this will be, but we love both UFO tales and just about everything on AMC so we'll keep tabs on "Thunderstruck" and keep you posted on upcoming developments.

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EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency​ finds fracking compounds in environmental monitoring wells

By Abrahm Lustgarten and ProPublica
Thursday, November 10, 2011

As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.

A pair of environmental monitoring wells drilled deep into an aquifer in Pavillion, Wyo., contain high levels of cancer-causing compounds and at least one chemical commonly used in hydraulic fracturing, according to new water test results released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The findings are consistent with water samples the EPA has collected from at least 42 homes in the area since 2008, when ProPublica began reporting on foul water and health concerns in Pavillion and the agency started investigating reports of contamination there.

Last year -- after warning residents not to drink or cook with the water and to ventilate their homes when they showered -- the EPA drilled the monitoring wells to get a more precise picture of the extent of the contamination.

The Pavillion area has been drilled extensively for natural gas over the last two decades and is home to hundreds of gas wells. Residents have alleged for nearly a decade that the drilling -- and hydraulic fracturing in particular -- has caused their water to turn black and smell like gasoline. Some residents say they suffer neurological impairment, loss of smell, and nerve pain they associate with exposure to pollutants.

The gas industry -- led by the Canadian company EnCana, which owns the wells in Pavillion -- has denied that its activities are responsible for the contamination. EnCana has, however, supplied drinking water to residents.

The information released yesterday by the EPA was limited to raw sampling data: The agency did not interpret the findings or make any attempt to identify the source of the pollution. From the start of its investigation, the EPA has been careful to consider all possible causes of the contamination and to distance its inquiry from the controversy around hydraulic fracturing.

Still, the chemical compounds the EPA detected are consistent with those produced from drilling processes, including one -- a solvent called 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) -- widely used in the process of hydraulic fracturing. The agency said it had not found contaminants such as nitrates and fertilizers that would have signaled that agricultural activities were to blame.

The wells also contained benzene at 50 times the level that is considered safe for people, as well as phenols -- another dangerous human carcinogen -- acetone, toluene, naphthalene and traces of diesel fuel.

The EPA said the water samples were saturated with methane gas that matched the deep layers of natural gas being drilled for energy. The gas did not match the shallower methane that the gas industry says is naturally occurring in water, a signal that the contamination was related to drilling and was less likely to have come from drilling waste spilled above ground.

EnCana has recently agreed to sell its wells in the Pavillion area to Texas-based oil and gas company Legacy Reserves for a reported $45 million, but has pledged to continue to cooperate with the EPA's investigation. EnCana bought many of the wells in 2004, after the first problems with groundwater contamination had been reported.

The EPA's research in Wyoming is separate from the agency's ongoing national study of hydraulic fracturing's effect on water supplies, and is being funded through the Superfund cleanup program.

The EPA says it will release a lengthy draft of the Pavillion findings, including a detailed interpretation of them, later this month.

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Politicians Swarm Hollywood for Fundraisers Over Veteran's Day Weekend

3:58 PM PST 11/11/2011
by Tina Daunt

When you’re in college and spring break comes around, you head for Fort Lauderdale or Palm Springs. When you’re in Congress and it’s an election year recess, you head straight for Los Angeles’ Westside.

Why? As John Dillinger famously said about banks, “That’s where the money is.”

Heading into the Veteran's Day holiday weekend, Thursday’s fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton for San Fernando Valley congressman Howard Berman actually was something of a homecoming, and the high-octane crowd looked like a Who’s Who of California’s Democratic power elite, including Gov. Jerry Brown, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Berman’s long-time ally, congressman Henry Waxman, Los Angeles County Supervisor and perhaps future mayoral candidate Zev Yaroslavsky and deputy Los Angeles police chief and former County Bar Assn. president, Gerry Chaleff. But it also included many of Berman's entertainment industry supporters, including Fox's Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Recording Industry Assn. of America CEO Cary H. Sherman and Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams.

Redistricting has forced Berman into what’s expected to be a record-breaking primary struggle with fellow Valley Democrat Brad Sherman, and the entertainment industry is rallying behind Berman, who is a leading congressional champion of two issues Hollywood cares about most — intellectual property rights and Israel’s security. Thursday’s event, arranged by uber-Hollywood political consultant Andy Spahn, raised $1.6 million. The power trio of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg have also lent their support to Berman, although they were not at the event.

“Thank you for being here when I really need you," Berman told the crowd before going on to quip that he has protected the creative interests in technologies he himself barely understands. “'Like' me on Facebook, whatever that means," he said.

Brown, who enjoyed the strong support of the Westside’s so-called Berman-Waxman machine when he was beginning his own political career, told the assembled Dems that, “what you see is what you get” with Berman. "He knows what he's doing and he works for you," Brown said.

The Berman event came less than a week after Steve Bing, Peter Lowy and Michele and Rob Reiner hosted a fund-raising evening for Montana’s Democratic senator, Jon Tester, at Craft restaurant in Century City.

Tester, who eked out a narrow win over three-term Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in the Democratic sweep that carried Barack Obama into the White House, remains one of the party’s chief hopes in the Mountain West. He’s also the kind of character Hollywood loves, described by the Washington Post as “about as far from artificial as they come in Washington.” Tester is a third-generation Montana farmer, who always wears cowboy boots, grows organic crops and talks about “sustainability.” If his signature 50’s-style flat haircut wasn’t the only one at Craft last Saturday, you can bet it was the only cut of any kind that cost $8.

Spahn also recently put together a fund-raiser for Michigan’s junior Democratic senator, Debbie Stabenow. She is regarded as one of the senate’s up-an-comers and, like Tester, won her seat four years ago by defeating a long-time Republican incumbent, Spencer Abraham, by a single point. She previously served in the House, after a career in the state legislature. She’s already secured a seat on the powerful senate finance committee.

Last time around, Abraham outspent Stabenow $13 million to $8 million and, this time around, progressive organizations strongly supported in Hollywood — like the Sierra Club and Emily’s List — intend to see she’s better armed financially. Among those co-hosting the Stabenow gathering, held at the Detroit Style Coney Dog in West Hollywood, were Clarence Avant, Eli Broad and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Meanwhile, liberal favorite Alan Grayson, who lost his Florida congressional seat to a Tea Party Republican, is in Hollywood on Saturday night. Grayson, who won quite an industry following with his fiery speeches on the House floor and provocative appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher will be seeking contributions at the home of Jerry Manpearl and Jan Goodman, where actor and comedian Rick Overton will moderate. The co-hosts include Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Norman Lear, Elliott Gould, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell, Peter Coyote and Lila Garrett. Ilene Proctor organized the fund-raiser. A donation of $1,000 gets you an "exclusive sit down dinner" with Grayson and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

Look for similar offers coming soon to a Westside mailbox near you.

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November 12, 2011
As 9/11 Remains Are Identified, Grief Is Renewed
By JO CRAVEN McGINTY

On Nov. 19, 2001, Susan Ainbinder Hutchins received a call saying that her son, Kevin Colbert, who worked at an investment bank on the 89th floor of 2 World Trade Center, had been identified among the ground zero remains.

“I’m thinking, they found my son,” she said, “but the funeral director had a real hard time making eye contact with me. He said, ‘Susan, I don’t know what they told you on the telephone, but we only have his thighbone from his right leg.’ ”

To spare his friends and relatives the shock, Ms. Ainbinder Hutchins executed a plan to make everyone believe he was buried whole. But the nightmare was not over. “The calls kept coming and coming and coming,” she said. For several years, at roughly two-month intervals, she was informed that another piece of her son had been identified.

“Nobody gets it,” she said. “They don’t understand why I’m stuck in such an awful place.”

The Sept. 11 memorial has been open two months, but another type of remembrance is being performed each day at the office of New York City’s medical examiner, where scientists have been laboring to link nearly 22,000 human remains to the 2,747 people killed at the pulverized World Trade Center.

The byproduct of that sobering math has been a series of unpredictable and heart-rending phone calls over the last 10 years to notify family members that yet another fragment of their child, spouse or parent has been identified, followed by the wrenching question of what to do with remains that, in some cases, are no more than particles of bone.

“There are certain things people don’t talk about,” said Sally Regenhard, whose son Christian, a firefighter, died in the attack. “People won’t talk about the jumpers. They don’t talk about the money. And they don’t talk about whether they are still getting pieces.”

Yet remains are identified almost every day, and families will continue to receive calls for as long as the medical examiner’s office, aided by advancing technology, makes identifications.

The medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, “made a promise to the families that as long as the technology existed, he would try to identify all of the remains of all of the people who died,” said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

So far, about 13,000 remains have been identified. In one case, more than 300 pieces have been linked to a single victim, although typically the number is much lower.

Some families retrieve new remains right away, conducting small ceremonies and reopening graves to bury them. Some wait for years, and are still waiting, in order to collect them all at once. Families of about 150 victims have asked not to be notified at all.

In 2002, about eight months after Rosemary Cain held a burial for her son George, a firefighter, she received her first call from the medical examiner’s office saying its scientists had identified another bone fragment.

“It threw me into such a tailspin,” she said. “To get him back in pieces — it’s very hard to digest. Then I decided to take a deep breath. It made me realize this could be an ongoing process.”

Mrs. Cain has received one other notification but has chosen to leave her son’s additional remains with the medical examiner until testing is complete. She is thinking of having those remains buried with her when she dies.

Even today, 1,121 victims have never been linked to any remains, and about 9,000 remains have yet to be connected to a victim. About 3,000 are samples of muscle, skin and hair that the scientists are preserving for future tests because their DNA cannot be extracted with current technology. The other 6,000 are bone fragments being continuously tested by five forensic scientists working under Mark Desire, the assistant director of forensic biology for the medical examiner. Some have been tested five or six times previously, and while the procedure has not changed, the tools for conducting the tests have improved.

When a DNA profile, which looks like a string of numbers, is obtained, it is compared with a database of matching material gathered from toothbrushes, hairbrushes and other samples provided by family members soon after Sept. 11. The team also has 27 complete DNA profiles of victims they cannot identify by name because they do not have matching material.

When a person is linked to a set of remains for the first time — the last such identification was in August — the family is visited by the Police Department, following standard procedure for victim notification. But when remains are linked to a previously identified victim, the medical examiner’s office makes the call.

The repeat notifications take an emotional toll on people like Ms. Ainbinder Hutchins.

When she learned in 2001 that only her son’s thighbone had been recovered, she made a snap decision. “I said I want to pick out a casket,” she said.

She also bought a large trunk from Pier One Imports and asked friends and relatives to fill it with mementos of Mr. Colbert, her son. An artist friend contributed a sculpture of him playing volleyball. His high school football team offered a helmet they had all signed. Ms. Ainbinder Hutchins tucked in her son’s favorite cereal and his New York Mets blanket.

Eventually, the trunk was overflowing, and, in secret, Ms. Ainbinder Hutchins directed the funeral home to place all of the items inside Mr. Colbert’s coffin. The weight approximated the 275 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, and Ms. Ainbinder Hutchins allowed everyone, including her three younger sons, to assume that Mr. Colbert had been found whole.

“I never told a soul what I did,” she said. “I didn’t want them to feel the pain I was feeling.”

Then the calls began. “I got sick to my stomach,” she said.

She asked the medical examiner’s office to keep the remains, but in 2006 decided to retrieve them and reveal the truth to her family. She keeps the remains in an urn on a table by her bed and has not received any more calls.

When Sean Tallon, a firefighter, was identified, his family never considered the possibility that there might be additional calls.

“We were so relieved to have part of him to put in the coffin that it didn’t matter how much it was at that stage,” Mr. Tallon’s sister, Rosaleen Tallon, said. But for three years, the family received calls from the medical examiner’s office as more of his remains were identified.

“I had a cry” after each call, Mr. Tallon’s mother, Eileen Tallon, said. The family eventually conducted a second funeral, opening the grave and placing the new remains in a small wooden box just above his coffin.

“That is my son, part of my son,” she said. “I don’t care if they notify me as long as I live.”


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"Super committee" still hoping for debt deal

By Tabassum Zakaria
WASHINGTON | Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:41pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The congressional "super committee" is at a difficult point in negotiations on deficit-reduction, but lawmakers said on Sunday they had not given up on reaching an agreement by this month's deadline.

The special congressional committee is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years, but with a November 23 deadline looming, Republicans and Democrats have not yet sealed a deal.

Republicans have been reluctant to allow tax increases, and Democrats do not want to agree to cuts in healthcare and retirement programs until tax increases are on the table.

House of Representatives Republican Jeb Hensarling, committee co-chair, acknowledged on CNN's "State of the Union" program that tax increases would likely have to be part of any bipartisan deal.

"We believe that, frankly, increasing tax revenues could hurt the economy, but within the context of a bipartisan negotiation with Democrats, clearly they are a reality," Hensarling said.

House of Representatives Democrat James Clyburn, a member of the super committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that while he was "very hopeful" that a compromise could be reached by the deadline, "I am not as certain as I was 10 days ago."

'BUILD THE WILL'

Clyburn added: "I really believe that all of the ingredients for a good resolution are there. We just need to build the will."

Lawmakers said they had not given up on the prospect of reaching an agreement by the deadline.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride," Hensarling said. "We haven't given up hope, but if this was easy the president of the United States and the Speaker of the House would have gotten it done themselves."

A dispute over taxes had scuttled negotiations this summer between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on a broad deficit-reduction package.

The committee of six Democrats and six Republicans is struggling to meet the deadline that is less than two weeks away. Congress will then have until December 23 to vote on the committee's recommendations.

If either deadline goes unmet, automatic spending cuts would be triggered on domestic and military programs, beginning in 2013, as part of a law enacted in August.

Obama spoke on Friday by telephone with the super committee co-chairs -- Democrat Senator Patty Murray and Hensarling -- to urge that the panel meet the deadline.

The White House has said that Obama would block any measures to water down the enforcement mechanism that would require $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts in 2013 if the committee fails to reach a deal.

"The clock is running out, but it hasn't run out yet. We still have time, but we have no time to waste," Republican Senator Patrick Toomey, a member of the committee, said on "Fox News Sunday."

"It's at a difficult point. I think we've got a ways to go, but I hope we can close that gap very quickly," he said.

(Editing by Philip Barbara)

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