Three rescue workers were killed and at least another six were injured [late yesterday] when they attempted to reach a group of miners trapped underground for more than a week in the US state of Utah.
Officials were poised to suspend rescue efforts at the mine after the searchers were caught in a cave-in as they were tunnelling through rubble.
The deaths occurred on the 11th day of a rescue operation to find six miners who are trapped 1,500 feet (450 metres) underground at the Crandall Canyon mine, situated about 100 miles south-east of Salt Lake City. It is not known if the miners are alive or dead.
The Peruvian earthquake tragedy multiplies.
And the words “dirty bomb” were never uttered…
José Padilla, a U.S. citizen who was held for 3-1/2 years without charge as an enemy combatant, was found guilty yesterday of supporting Muslim terrorism.
Federal court jurors in Miami took just a day and a half to slam the jail door shut on the Brooklyn-born Padilla, who became a symbol of the government’s determination to root out homegrown jihadists.
When he was originally arrested in 2002, Padilla was said to be Osama Bin Laden’s point man in post-Sept. 11 America, and was accused of plotting to set off a radioactive “dirty bomb.”
By the time he was finally brought to trial, there was no mention of those allegations. Instead, Padilla, 36, and two co-defendants were accused of being part of a North American support group that provided supplies, money and recruits to Islamic extremists.
In South Africa, it’s better late than never…
NASA’s Never Mind…
RIP musical innovator and legend Max Roach…
As a young man, Roach, a percussion virtuoso capable of playing at the most brutal tempos with subtlety as well as power, was among a small circle of adventurous musicians who brought about wholesale changes in jazz. He remained adventurous to the end.
Over the years he challenged both his audiences and himself by working not just with standard jazz instrumentation, and not just in traditional jazz venues, but in a wide variety of contexts, some of them well beyond the confines of jazz as that word is generally understood.
He led a “double quartet” consisting of his working group of trumpet, saxophone, bass and drums plus a string quartet. He led an ensemble consisting entirely of percussionists. He dueted with uncompromising avant-gardists like the pianist Cecil Taylor and the saxophonist Anthony Braxton. He performed unaccompanied. He wrote music for plays by Sam Shepard and dance pieces by Alvin Ailey. He collaborated with video artists, gospel choirs and hip-hop performers.
Roach explained his philosophy to The New York Times in 1990: “You can’t write the same book twice. Though I’ve been in historic musical situations, I can’t go back and do that again. And though I run into artistic crises, they keep my life interesting.”