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THEY SAID IT
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, butI will never forget the trust you placed in me to beyour voice.” |
REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
of Arizona, left,announcing her intent to resign from Congress this week.
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“Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home.Oh Lord, help me.” |
TEXANA HOLLIS, 101, who was evictedfrom her foreclosed Detroit home and kept from returning because of thehouse’s unsanitary and unsafe condition.
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THE DAY’S BIGGESTNEWSMAKERS
1. IRENE FLOOD LEFTHOME ON ISLAND
BETHEL, Vt. — June Tierneyand Kellie Burke neverenvisioned island living in theVermont woods, but TropicalStorm Irene had other ideas.Their home had a stairwayleading from their backyarddown a steep bank to GileadBrook, a small stream. WhenIrene blew through, the brookbecame a raging torrent. Themain part of it moved aroundto the other side of the house.
2. ISRAELI LEADERCONDEMNS CLERIC
JERUSALEM — The Palestin-ians’ top Muslim cleric facedsharp Israeli criticism Sundayfor a speech in which he quoteda religious text that includespassages about killing Jews in anend-of-days struggle. Mufti Mo-hammed Hussein’s commentscame at a political gatheringof supporters of PalestinianPresident Mahmoud Abbas.
4. EVICTED WOMAN, 101,CAN’T RETURN HOME
DETROIT — The federal govern-ment now says a 101-year-oldDetroit woman it promised couldmove back into her foreclosedhome four months ago can’treturn because the building’sunsanitary and unsafe. TexanaHollis was evicted Sept. 12 andher belongings placed outsideafter her 65-year-old son failedto pay property taxes linked to areverse mortgage.
3. REPORT: AT LEAST150 KILLED IN NIGERIA
KANO, Nigeria — An internalRed Cross document seen byan Associated Press reporterin north Nigeria’s largest cityshows at least 150 people werekilled in a series of coordinatedattacks by a radical Islamistsect there.
5. LAWYER SAYS OUSTEDMUBARAK STILL PRESIDENT
CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak’slawyer concluded his defenseSunday, arguing that the oust-ed leader should be acquitted ofcriminal charges because he istechnically still the president ofEgypt. Mubarak, who steppeddown nearly one year ago, ischarged along with his securitychief and four police command-ers of complicity in the killing ofprotesters.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
6. WINTER WEATHERCOATS PART OF MIDWESTMINNEAPOLIS — Freez-ing drizzle and rain maderoads slick Sunday as awinter weather systemmoved across portionsof the Upper Midwest,and the precipitation wasexpected to begin changingover into snow that couldcontinue into today.
A CHANCE FOR SECOND SIGHT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — At10:25 a.m., a dark brown eye was re-moved from a man whose lids hadclosed for the last time. Five hourslater, the orb was staring up at the ceil-ing from a stainless steel tray in an op-erating room with two blind patients— both waiting to give it a second life.
S.P.D. Siriwardana, 63, remainedstill under a white sheet as the sur-geon delicately replaced the corneathat had gone bad in his right eye fol-lowing a cataract surgery. Across theroom, patient A.K. Premathilake, 32, waited for the sclera, the white of theeye, to provide precious stem cellsand restore some vision after acidscalded his sight away on the job.“The eye from this dead person was transplanted to my son,” said A.K. Admon Singho, who guided Pre-mathilake through the hall after thesurgery. “He’s dead, but he’s still alive.His eye can still see the world.”This gift of sight is so commonhere, it’s become an unwritten sym-bol of pride and culture for Sri Lanka,an island of about 20 million peoplelocated off the southern coast of In-dia. Despite recently emerging froma quarter century of civil war, thecountry is among the world’s largestcornea providers.It donates about 3,000 corneasper year and has provided tissue to57 countries over nearly a half cen-tury, with Pakistan receiving the big-gest share, according to the nonproﬁtSri Lanka Eye Donation Society. Theorganization began promoting eyedonation decades ago, but has sincefaced allegations of mismanagementand poor quality standards.The supply of corneas is so greatin Sri Lanka that a new, state-of-the-art government eye bank opened last year, funded by Singapore donors.It has started collecting tissue frompatients at one of the country’s larg-est hospitals, hoping to add an addi-tional 2,000 corneas to those already shipped abroad annually. Nearly 900,000 people have also signed upto give their eyes in death throughthe Eye Donation Society’s long-standing eye bank.
>>Sri Lanka is amongthe world’s largestcornea providers.
A Buddhist monk blesses Irangani de Silva, seated in a wheelchair and widow of late pioneering eye surgeon Dr. Hudson Silva, duringa Buddhist ritual Oct. 16, 2011, at her living quarters at the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The gift of sight hasbecome an unwritten symbol of Sri Lanka’s pride and culture.People wait in line to get their eyes examined Nov. 4, 2011, as a staffer, foreground,examines the eye of a cataract patient at the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society in Colombo,Sri Lanka.
Giffordsto resignfromCongressthis week
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ga-brielle Giffords of Arizona an-nounced Sunday she intendsto resign from Congress thiseek to concentrate on recov-ring from wounds sufferedn an assassination attempt aittle more than one year agohat shook the country.“I don’t remember muchrom that horrible day, but Iill never forget the trust youlaced in me to be your voice,”he Democratic lawmaker saidn a video posted withoutrior notice on her Facebook age.“I’m getting better. Every ay my spirit is high,” she said.I have more work to do on my ecovery. So to do what’s bestor Arizona, I will step downhis week.”Giffords was shot in theead and grievously woundedast January as she was meet-ng with constituents outsidesupermarket in Tucson, Ariz.er progress had seemed re-arkable, to the point that sheas able to walk dramatically nto the House chamber lastugust to cast a vote.Her shooting promptedn agonizing national debatebout super-charged rheto-ic in political campaigns, al-hough the man charged inhe shooting later turned outo be mentally ill.In Washington, membersf Congress were told to pay ore attention to their physi-al security. Legislation was in-roduced to ban high-capacity mmunition clips, although itever advanced.Under state law, Arizonaov. Jan Brewer must call apecial election to ﬁll out theemainder of Giffords’ term,hich ends at the end of 2012.
Experts: Death won’t stop cases
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Paternoould no doubt have made a dra-matic courtroom witness. But legalexperts said his death will have littleor no effect on the criminal or civilcases to come out of the Penn Statechild-sex scandal.
“Obviously, you’retaking away a greatdeal of the high-pro-file nature of thiscase, because it deals with Joe Paterno’sfootball program,”said Jeffrey Lindy, acriminal defense law- yer involved in a clergy-abuse casein Philadelphia. “But with regard to the legalimpact of his death,there is none.”
Paterno diedSunday at 85, twomonths after for-mer coaching assis-tant Jerry Sandusky was charged with molesting boysand two university officials wereaccused of perjury and failing toreport child-sex allegations againstSandusky to police.
The criminal case against the twouniversity officials may even becomemore streamlined without Paterno inthe mix.Former university Vice PresidentGary Schultz and athletic directorTim Curley are charged with failing toreport to police what graduate assis-tant Mike McQueary said he told themin 2002: that McQueary saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a lockerroom shower.
>Arguments against two university ofﬁcials maybe more streamlined without the ex-football coach.>Arizona will callspecial election toll the recoveringlawmaker’s term.
PENN STATE |