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Program that helps homeless youth expands to hold a grand opening for its Crossroads II house in Greensboro today. The facility is a transition house for former foster children who have no place to live because they’ve aged out of foster care and have no family. It will serve women using the same model the organization has employed at
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HIGH POINT – A High Point nonprofit that serves homeless youth is expanding its outreach to a neighboring city with another initiative aimed at serving those on the margins of society. I Am Now is scheduled
its Crossroads house on Ferndale Boulevard since it was established a few years ago. The High Point site houses several 18- to 23year-old men as part of a program that seeks to help them become self-sufficient. “I always wanted to have a house for young
faith and decided to open up Crossroads II to serve these young women.” Crossroads II has three women living there with room to accommodate five, Burrell said. He and other I Am Now staff are working to help them fill their housing needs, fin-
women, but we never were in position to do it even though the need was always there,” said Travis Burrell, founder of I Am Now. “Recently, I received a high number of calls from young women who were homeless between the ages of 18 and 23, and they had nowhere to go. We stepped out on
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The Islamic Center of High Point is located on W. Market Center Drive. Muslim leaders say the city’s mosques no longer provide adequate space.
Muslims: More worship space is needed BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – When Uzma Zaman moved to High Point almost 13 years ago, there was a small Islamic community in the city. Fast forward to today, and the local population of practicing Muslims has grown so much that those who pray at the city’s two mosques often have to do so in the parking lots of the worship centers because of overcrowding. “We have three or four families moving here from Pakistan as immigrants every week,” said Zaman, a spokesperson for the Islamic Center of High Point. “They come to High Point because there are low living costs. These fami-
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lies have kids that are growing up fast. As a growing community, we are in bad need of more space for us to worship and teach our kids about their religion.” Zaman spoke of the growing Islamic community at a High Point Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday night, where the commission approved two rezoning requests by property owner Malik Hanif that could allow a mosque and educational facility to be built on 7 acres of land at 2801 Allen Jay Road. According to the city’s development ordinance, any place of worship can be built in a residential zoning district, but the land’s current zoning, a residential multifamily-
8 zoning, only allows a place of worship to be built across 3 acres. The property owner requested a public and institutional district zoning to utilize all 7 acres. The city’s two mosques – one on W. Market Center Drive and one on Lexington Avenue – no longer provide adequate worship space, Zaman said, and the closest Islamic school is in Charlotte. The new structure will include an educational facility, worship space, and a computer lab where children can research Muslim teachings and beliefs, she said. It would cater to 700 to 1,000 families. A community center and park also may be added in the future. “A problem we’ve run into is renting out spaces in other churches for our events like birthday parties,” she said. “We aren’t Christians and aren’t members of those churches, so they won’t rent the space to us. We need a space to have our events, too.”
Some neighbors in the community spoke in opposition of the requests citing traffic concerns and religious differences. The commission favorably and unanimously recommended the requests to City Council after they determined that traffic generated by the mosque would not disrupt traffic flow in the neighborhood, where Allen Jay Elementary School and several churches are located. Council will consider the requests on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. The new center would provide some relief for the growing community, said Zaman, who estimates there is probably 1 church for every 100 Christians in the area. “We love this neighborhood,” she said. “We can’t worship out on the streets. We just want a peaceful place where we can go.” email@example.com | 888-3617
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HIGH POINT – Pam Stern already has accomplished one of her goals in sprucing up downtown. Members of the community – both individuals and businesses – have stepped up to help. While the The City Project isn’t officially affili-
ated with Stern’s project, Wendy Fuscoe, executive director, said Stern’s BLANK ideas and enthusiasm CANVAS are just what the Helping city needs. downtown “The City through art Project ■■■ vision is community leadership and community leaders,” Fuscoe said. “It’s a civic movement, and this fits right in.
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Classical guitarist and instructor Christopher Jenkins works with student Ansley Bair, 11, at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center in Orangeburg, S.C.
The right chord SC man shares passion for classical guitar CORDOVA, S.C. (AP) – His personal journey began in childhood, when his fingertips first coaxed the basic chords of popular music from his guitar. Less than a decade later, the artistic evolution of Christopher Jenkins continues. Today, the classical guitarist shares his passion not only through playing, but by guiding area students on their own voyage of instrumental and performance discovery, as well. “I think that this area is not overwhelmed with the arts,” Jenkins said. “That actually makes (the students) more interested in a lot of ways. They are used to other forms of music. They are not used to seeing some guy playing classical guitar. “In some ways, it’s kind of a curiosity.”
Jenkins and his wife, Melinda, both graduates of George Mason University in Washington, D.C., live in Cordova, where Melinda serves as music director at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “My wife is studying at Charleston Southern University to get her certification as a music therapist,” the 25-year-old Virginia native said. “We actually met as church musicians in Virginia before we went to George Mason.” Jenkins is currently working on his master’s degree, studying with University of South Carolina classical guitar professor Christopher Berg. His future plans include earning his doctorate and teaching at a university. “(Berg) is a great performer and teacher, and he is great at
training other teachers,” Jenkins said. Earning his musical “chops” on church and rock music, Jenkins also played classical piano as a child. When offered a choice between classical and jazz for his college major in music, Jenkins says the selection was simple. “I chose classical because I was more familiar with that music,” Jenkins said. “That’s where it started, and I just followed that path. The more I got into it, the more interesting it was. “The classical guitar covers all eras of music, from Baroque to the Renaissance and modern interpretations all over the world. It is very diverse, and you can always explore new things.”
Forum gives exposure to judicial candidates BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
WINSTON-SALEM – A political forum taking place next month in the Triad will give voters the opportunity to learn more about a set of candidates who often can get overlooked during a busy election year. The Triad chapter of the Federalist Society will host the forum for state judicial candidates at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Thomas K. Hearn Ballroom at 425 N. Cherry St. in downtown WinstonSalem. The forum is for candidates seeking nonpartisan seats on the N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals in the Nov. 2 general election. The forum will involve candidates for one seat
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on the Supreme Court and four appellate court seats. This is the first time that the Federalist Society has staged a statewide judicial candidates forum in the Triad, said Robert Numbers of Winston-Salem, chairman of the Triad chapter of the
conservative/libertarian organization that fosters debate about the role of the courts in society. Candidates and guests of all political affiliations are welcome at the forum, he said. “We think that judicial elections are important to the lives of everyday North Carolinians. Our goal is to help the public learn more about these candidates, so they can make an informed decision when they go to the polls,” Numbers said. The candidates will be able to answer questions about their judicial philosophy and issues related to the court system, such as caseloads and judicial system budgets, Numbers said. Judicial candidates operate in campaigns under expectations that
don’t confront politicians running for other offices. A N.C. Bar Association resolution recognizes “the unique role of a fair and impartial judiciary in our constitutional system” and urges all candidates for judicial office “to refrain voluntarily from campaign conduct that would impugn the integrity of the judiciary.” Judicial candidates shouldn’t comment on pending cases or issues that might reasonably become the subject of litigation, the Bar Association contends. Also, judicial candidates shouldn’t pledge to resolve specific cases in a particular manner, according to the Bar Association.
HIGH POINT – Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism at High Point University, said she believes it was natural for some Americans to develop misunderstandings about Islam after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but she’s disappointed that nearly nine years after the attacks, some Americans continue to hold misunderstandings about the majority of Muslims. “All of it is still fresh,” Eltantawy, an Egyptian native who became an American citizen two years ago, said about the attacks. “There is a lot of hurt and a lot of memories there.” But she said she doesn’t understand why people direct those feelings at Muslims in their community. At the High Point Planning and Zoning Commission’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, several neighbors from the Allen Jay Road area spoke out against the construction of a new mosque on the road. Some neighbors said it would produce too much traffic for the heavily-traveled road, but others said they didn’t want a mosque in the neighborhood because they didn’t know if the Muslims who would attend it would be radicals. Uzma Zaman, a spokesperson for the Islamic Center of High Point, spoke in favor of the rezoning so a mosque could be built on the 7-acre site owned by Malik Hanif. She said she felt that some of the comments made by opposing neighbors were discriminatory, but she was remaining focused on the building of the new mosque, which is needed because of over-
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crowding at the city’s two existing mosques. “It upsets us a lot because we never interfere with anyone else’s religion,” she said. “I don’t complain about traffic from the churches on that road. But we have no hard feelings. We just want a peaceful place where we can go and worship.” Eltantawy attends a mosque in Greensboro because it’s closer to her home, but also because she’s aware of the overcrowding issues at the mosque on W. Market Center Drive in High Point. When she read in The High Point Enterprise about the neighbors who opposed the new mosque based on religious differences, she said she was surprised. And while the planning meeting may remind some of the controversy in New York regarding a new mosque being built blocks away from Ground Zero, Eltantawy said the situations are very different. “I completely understand why people are upset about that situation (in New York),” she said. “Like I said, there are a lot of memories there. But there’s no reason to not build a mosque in High Point.” Zaman and Eltantawy do agree that a public conversation about the Islamic faith at least can educate others. “Whenever you have people from different faiths sharing their views and seeing what others are thinking, you’ll understand more from it,” Eltantawy said.
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program that offers jobs for youth. Burrell said the Crossroads house in High Point has five people. A case manager works with clients, and the program has established a solid track record, Burrell said, adding that he hopes more potential donors will take note of the group’s success. “We have a proven program that is changing these young people’s lives. They’re going off to college. They’re going to trade
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GUILFORD COUNTY â€“ Guilford Technical Community College officials have named the new northwest campus for longtime college President Donald W. Cameron. Board of Trustees Chairman Coy Williard surprised Cameron with the announcement Thursday during a project ground breaking. Cameron has been college president of since 1991. The symbolic shoveling of dirt by college officials and other county and community leaders marked the beginning of Phase I construction. The campus is located on N.C. 68,
two miles north of Piedmont Triad International Airport. The initial phase will include site development and the construction of three buildings and a parking deck. The $65 million project is to be completed by the spring semester of 2013, according to Dan Sitko, the collegeâ€™s director of construction. Arthur Samet, president and CEO of Samet Corp., said during the program that building the campus will â€œbring hundreds of new jobs to the area.â€? The 100-acre campus will be home to the N.C. Center for Global Logistics, which will be a cooperative effort of 19 colleges in the
region. Each college will have a representative on site at the new facility. The center â€œwill be the epitome of regional collaboration,â€? said David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Lines. The 52-year-old college has other campuses in Jamestown, Greensboro and High Point, including two aviation campuses near PTIA. About 15,000 students are enrolled in curriculum programs, and enrollment for all programs is about 42,000 students. The construction is being financed from bond referendums approved by Guilford County voters in 2004 and 2008.
Judge tosses out conviction of ex-lottery chief CHARLOTTE (AP) â€“ Former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings told a newspaper that he works hard not to feel bitter about his conviction on felony charges four years ago now that he has been exonerated. The Charlotte Observer reported that Geddingsâ€™ 2006 fraud conviction was vacated Friday, and a federal judge ordered
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the government to repay his $25,000 fine. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court had narrowed the scope of the law Geddings was charged with breaking, meaning the law no longer applied to what he did. He was released from federal prison a week later and exonerated Friday. â€œItâ€™s the first day in a number of years I didnâ€™t
wake up as a felon, so itâ€™s a good feeling,â€? Geddings told the Observer on Saturday. But, he said, his life has been ruined by the ordeal. â€œItâ€™s been a nightmare for the last five years,â€? Geddings said. â€œI lost my marriage ... my reputation (and) my business. Certainly itâ€™s been the hardest time of my adult life.â€? Geddings had been chief of staff to South Carolina
Gov. Jim Hodges and had a successful consulting business when he was appointed by then-North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black to run that stateâ€™s fledgling lottery in 2005. In 2006, he was convicted of honest services mail fraud for not disclosing his financial ties to Scientific Games, which was expected to bid for North Carolinaâ€™s lottery business.
Mother Baby PEP (Postpartum Emotion with Possibilities) Talks, for mothers of new babies, and afternoon tea are held at 4 p.m. every Thursday at the YWCA of High Point, 112 Gatewood Ave. Free, 812-3937, e-mail motherbabyfoundation@ northstate.net, online at www.motherbabyfoundation.org Triad Job Search Network of Greensboro/ High Point, a group for unemployed professionals, meets 9-11 a.m. each Tuesday at Covenant United Methodist Church, 1526 Skeet Club Road. 333-1677, www. tjsn.net Family Crisis Center of Archdale support group sessions are held 6-8 p.m. Mondays at 10607 N. Main St., Archdale. Laura Stockwell, 434-5579.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, High Point chapter 618, meets at 6 p.m. each Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1300 N. College Drive. Rick Penn at 821-2093. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets 10 a.m. Wednesday at 207 E. Main St. and Guilford College Road, Jamestown. Lynn at 4546272. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 6 p.m. each Monday at Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church, 5814 Surrett Drive, Archdale. Pattie, 434-1912 Nurturing the New Mother, a support group, meets at 4 p.m. each Thursday at High Point Regional Hospitalâ€™s Outpatient Behavioral Health office, 320 Boulevard Ave. It is led by Cynthia Palmer, a marriage and family therapist. Sessions are $10 each, and they are in an open-group-discussion format. Alternate child care should be arranged. 878-6098.
INTEREST The United Methodist Men of New Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church will sponsor a spaghetti supper, buffet style, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 6408 Friendship-Ledford Road (Wallburg community). Prices are adults, $7; children 612, $3.50; under 6, free; and take outs $8.
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Fox keeps mosque controversy brewing for ratings Fox News has been lying daily about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to upset its viewers and so guarantee they’ll tune in again. Many of those viewers are now complaining because it turns out that Muslims in New York City have the same rights that they do. Of those who think a mosque/ cultural center/whatever shouldn’t be built anywhere near ground zero, I ask: Do you think Buddhist and Shinto shrines should be banned near Pearl Harbor? How about the Japanese cultural center that is there now? How about churches on Native American reservations; should those be banned, given our history? Actually, don’t you think church-building should be opposed across Mexico and Central/ South America (conquered and massacred by Christians), Africa (the slave trade and apartheid), India (British colonial rule), Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and Australia (more brutal colonialism)? Do you think that churches shouldn’t be built in Europe, since the church abetted the Nazis, and most Germans were Catholics or Lutherans? How about the 40 mosques in Israel? Should those have been blocked? Maybe if we just move all mosques, churches and temples at least two blocks from the above nations and continents, our hypocrisy won’t be quite so noticeable. Then we can move on from this national embarrassment and get to the GOP and Fox’s next two-faced attempt to keep you outraged over nonsense instead of paying attention to real issues. Or, to borrow from Ron Paul, maybe we should ban soccer fields around New York City. After all, a lot of Muslims play that game. CHARLES L. HONEYCUTT Thomasville email@example.com
Can’t Davidson tax office employ local folks? Why did I have to send my Davidson County tax payment to Charlotte? Seems like it would be a little expensive for the Davidson
County Tax Collector to maintain an envelope-opening office in Charlotte. I bet some old out of work Davidson County citizens would love to have that job. Please explain. DOUG LEE Winston-Salem
If BCBS is nonprofit, why’s this happening? Hello! Yep, it’s me, “Old Redneck” Doc! I speak for most policy holders of all insurance companies nationwide ... I think! Notably, Blue Cross Blue Shield currently has five times the amount required by regulations in reserve for coverage of incoming claims. This fact leads me to my question: Why has my insurance premium steadily increased from $180 monthly in 1997 to $567 monthly as of present date, September 2010? Do the math, you will find this is a shocking rise of 315 percent within the past 13 years. Boy, what if I could be a nonprofit organization? I could have retired at age 40! Now, I’m 85 years young and still going strong ... I think! How many CEOs has Blue Cross Blue Shield gone through since Mr. Rose retired? At the time of his retirement, his salary was $250,000; a small amount compared to the umpteenth thousands salaried to the CEOs of today. Fact is, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s present CEO is no smarter and/or capable than the
CEO in the 1980s as well as the 1990s. The only difference is, of course, times have changed. Now, my point and view: It’s time to stand up and be counted! Let’s pull the plug on the doctors, hospitals, lawyers, health care professionals, insurance and pharmaceutical companies within our state and federal government. Let’s get back to the facts of reality! We are living in a make-believe world. The sooner we wake up, the better off we will be! Everyone must start from somewhere, so I strongly urge you to let your voice be heard! Please forward your complaints by completing/submitting the form at www. ncdoi.com. “Have a nice day somewhere else” says my son, Craig. Amen! ARTHUR S. HAZZARD High Point
God’s principles should guide us, not man’s policies Policies are a planned systematic, crafted, managed and government (federal, state, city, churches) controlled organizations of self-service “ideas,“ without principled “ideal” (common reality). Principles are the ultimate based truth, law, source, original, and natural cause and effect of life. The principles of God can never be changed or viewed for correction, for the word of God is the true foundation for all things made (existence). Christianity is
not policy or religious base, it is the principle part and character fortitude of God through Jesus Christ. The policy position of life is to kill, steal and destroy others lives, but the principle part of life is to have “life” for “you,” with more “abundant life” for “others” through Christ Jesus. There is only one flesh and blood of humans (male-female) consisting of the same senses (feeling, tasting, seeing, hearing, and smelling. The human minds (brain), souls (heart), bodies (flesh), are the same except for the ever present “colors” that seem to control all of man’s senses. The components for life are the “policy of fear” (Satan’s “sin-filled” lifestyle) or the “principle of faith” (Jesus sin-less lifestyle) without it, is impossible to please God! The man’s body and the woman’s body are for the joining together as one (married). The policy part of man chooses to join two males together and two females together that cannot principally connect together. The principles of God are elementary to true Christians, for they are the oracles (Scriptures) for the “Word” (Jesus) that has already finished the work from the end back to the beginning. Christians do not wrestle (contend) against flesh and blood (people’s bodies), but against principalities, powers, and rulers (sinfully corrupted “governments” leadership). JAMES R. RICKS JR. Trinity
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The White House says President Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. What do you think about Obama’s religious beliefs? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), e-mail us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are two responses: • President Obama and Jeremiah Wright are no Christians. Obama attended a Muslim school. He is anti-America and pro-Islam. His father was a Muslim and so is he. • My response is: Actions speak louder than words. President Obama’s actions favor Islam rather than Christianity.
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ight after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a dry cleaner’s storefront was vandalized and set ablaze in Modesto, California. The reason? The business was named “French Cleaners.” The French government took a strong anti-war stance regarding our preemptive invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq. They said they would not join the “Coalition of the Willing.” Republican congressmen Robert W. Ney and Walter B. Jones, Jr. then rallied to make French Toast and French Fries less “wimpy” and championed new names for the fried fares. “Freedom toast” and “freedom fries” were soon available in the House cafeteria. Ironic, since the French helped us win our freedom from England in the Revolutionary War. The French Cleaners became a victim of a hate crime because the French were personae non gratae. Enemies of America! You’re either with us or against us – and the French were against us! Of course, the Modesto French Cleaners owner is Pierre Frik, a Middle Eastern man from Lebanon. Frik admitted he thought he might end up a target because he was Middle Eastern – never guessing it would be because the name of his store contained the
word “French.” Which leads me to urge the following: Let our paranoia be accompanied by just a little research. No, I’m not promoting OPINION some “kumbaya – stop the hating” Tina message. No “can’t Dupuy we just all get along?” query. No, the economy stinks. No one should be expected to love everybody. We’re hurting. Instead, this is a plea to get the hating straight so at least we have the accurate thing in our crosshairs. For example: In May, Arizona passed a law banning ethnic studies as part of its pandering to the election year anti-immigrant fervor. Following the “fear of outsiders” theme, the next national news story out of Arizona was about a pair of escaped convicts at large, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch. The two were described as “fiancée-cousins.” So, which is more of a threat: learning about other cultures, or refusing to marry outside your family? If any state should be teaching multiculturalism, it’s the one that launched the phrase “fiancée-cousin” onto America’s head-
lines. A Pew Poll recently found that 18 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama (who bucked a 20-year trend to have a name that wasn’t Bush or Clinton) is a Muslim. The U.S. just spent a trillion dollars “liberating” Muslims in two countries and helping them democratically elect leaders. You’d think we’d all be super proMuslim judging by our national budget. But no, “Muslim” has a negative connotation because of terrorists on 9/11. Christian terrorists have “nothing to do with Christ” – but Muslim terrorists must be BFF’s with everyone of the Islamic faith. Believing Obama is a Muslim shows how little we understand about actual Muslims. Some have rightfully pointed out that Obama drinks alcohol (remember the Beer Summit?) and eats pork, both of which defy the teachings of Islam. In reality, Sharia Law, the sacred Law of Islam, is completely opposite of how Obama’s kneejerk critics describe him. “Radical leftist” doesn’t fit with being a “secret Muslim.” Nor does having an “extremist” Christian preacher like the Rev.Jeremiah Wright. Nor does calling yourself a Christian and attending a Christian church. Oh sure, Obama is a sleeper cell:
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soon, 19 months into his presidency, he’s going to decree that girls not go to school and we have to stone adulterers. He’s a closet foreigner tyrant who will make us all bow toward Mecca. So, what’s the hold up? Is the bill being stalled in the Senate or what?! You know what tyrants don’t do? Let you call them tyrants. Of course, Obama’s legitimate critics say he has yet to close Guantanamo as promised, and there are still killings of alleged terrorists without trials. Criticizing our elected leaders is part of being American. But using innuendo to try and make our president un-American delegitimizes the whisperer. It lacks logic and, therefore, credibility. All I’m proposing is this: Ask some follow-up questions before burning in effigy. Are there French people who actually own it? Do we happen to have the same grandparents? What do you mean by “secret Muslim?” Otherwise, let’s all shake our fists until more of us are employed. TINA DUPUY is an award-winning writer and the editor of FishbowlLA.com. She can be reached at email@example.com. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author. The column is distributed by Cagle Cartoons Newspaper Syndicate.
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36 die as Ecuadorean bus runs off road QUITO, Ecuador â€“ A bus ran off a highway and overturned on Sunday, killing at least 36 people, Ecuadorean officials said. At least 12 others were badly hurt. The bus was on a straight, well-paved strip of highway about 55 miles south of its destination, Quito.
MOSCOW (AP) â€“ Scores of bare-chested skinheads attacked a crowd of about 3,000 people at a rock concert in central Russia on Sunday, beating them with clubs, media reports said. Dozens of people were left bloodied and dazed in the attack, television and news agencies reported, and state news channel Rossiya-24 said a 14-year-old girl was killed at the concert in Miass, 900 miles east of Moscow.
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LONDON â€“ The Oxford English Dictionary may eventually slim down to nothing. Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday so many people prefer to look up words using its online product.
Titanic expedition provides new images ST. JOHNâ€™S, Newfoundland â€“ An expedition surveying the wreck of the Titanic is showing off some crisp images of the worldâ€™s most famous shipwreck. A pair of robots took thousands of photographs and hours of video of the wreck. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
7 US troops killed in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistanâ€™s embattled southern and eastern regions, while officials found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign aides working for a female candidate in the western province of Herat. Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while two others were killed in a bomb attack in the south on Saturday, and three in fighting in the east the same day, NATO said. Their identities and other details were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The latest deaths
Abbas: No peace talks with settlement building RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) â€“ Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Sunday that he will not back down from his threat to pull out of new peace talks with Israel if it resumes construction in West Bank settlements. The negotiations are set to resume this week with a gala summit meeting in Washington after months of American mediation efforts. Israelis themselves are divided over the settlements, including how many should be dismantled, if any, to enable the creation of a Palestinian state. Reflecting that
divide, leading Israeli theater actors and playwrights pledged Sunday not to perform in West Bank settlements, an announcement that drew sharp criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Under intense American pressure, Netanyahu declared a 10-month partial freeze in settlement construction to boost prospects for talks, but the negotiations are resuming just three weeks before the freeze expires. Netanyahu has not pledged to renew it, facing stiff opposition from hard-line coalition partners in his government.
Chile miners must move tons of rocks in own rescue SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) â€“ The 33 trapped Chilean miners who have astonished the world with their discipline a half mile underground will have to aid their own escape â€“ clearing thousands of tons of rock that will fall as the rescue hole is drilled, the engineer in charge of drilling said Sunday. After drilling three small bore holes in recent weeks to create lines of communication with the miners and deliver basic food
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and medicine, Chileâ€™s state-owned Codelco mining company will begin boring a rescue hole this afternoon that will be wide enough to pull the men up through 2,300 feet of earth. The first step will be to drill a â€œpilot holeâ€? similar in size to the other three. Then much larger machine cutters will slowly grind through that hole, forcing crushed rock to fall down into the mine shaft area near the trapped men.
bring to 42 the number of American forces who have died this month in Afghanistan after Julyâ€™s
Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan. high of 66. A total of 62 international forces have died in the country this month, including seven British troops. Fighting is intensifying with the addition of 30,000 U.S. troops to bring the total number of international forces in Afghanistan to
140,000 â€“ 100,000 of them American. Most of those new troops have been assigned to the southern insurgent strongholds of Helmand and Kandahar provinces where major battles are fought almost daily as part of a gathering drive to push out the Taliban. The five campaign workers were snatched Wednesday by armed men who stopped their two-vehicle convoy as it drove through remote countryside. Five others traveling in the vehicles had earlier been set free, according to a man who answered the phone at the home of candidate Fawzya Galani and declined to give his name.
TSENTOROI, Russia (AP) â€“ A shootout between the Chechen presidentâ€™s personal protection detail and suspected separatist insurgents left 19 people dead early Sunday, including five civilians, officials and media reports said. At least 12 suspected insurgents and two security officers were killed when the rebels entered Tsentoroi, Ramzan Kadyrovâ€™s home village, his spokesman Alvi Karimov told The Associated Press.
Residents of Heratâ€™s Adraskan district reported finding the bodies early Sunday. They were later transported to the local morgue for identification by family members, district chief Nasar Ahmad Popul said. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings, although Taliban insurgents have waged a bloody campaign of murder and intimidation against candidates and election workers in hopes of sabotaging the Sept. 18 parliamentary polls the 249 seats in the lower house.
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