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The United States observed the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. Thousands of mourners gathered at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Relatives and loved ones read out the names of the victims, bagpipers played, and six moments of silence were observed, one for each airliner and one for each of the twin towers. President Barack Obama visited all three sites in the course of the day. In New York City, he read from Psalm 46, and former president George W. Bush read from a letter to a grieving mother by Abraham Lincoln; the crowd cheered Bush, and Paul Simon performed “The Sound of Silence.” In Pennsylvania, the president and his wife laid a wreath, after which some in attendance chanted “USA! USA!” and a man shouted “Thanks for getting bin Laden!” At his final event of the day, in Washington, Obama spoke about the wars that grew out of 9/11: “Our strength is not measured in our ability to stay in these places,” he said. “It comes from our commitment to leave those lands to free people and sovereign states, and our desire to move from a decade of war to a future of peace.”NY TimesAP via Washington PostNY TimesDespite fears of a potential attack on the ceremonies, no disturbances were reported. Among other false alarms, F-16s were dispatched to escort two flights after passengers reportedly spent too long in the bathrooms, and a plane carrying Oliver North was evacuated in St. Louis after a toilet was found stuffed with paper towels.Atlantic WireBig GovernmentStLToday.comIranian authorities continued a summerlong crackdown on youth water fights, following confessions by arrestees on state TV that they were motivated by “foreign invitations” and had been supplied with pistols. “This is not simply a game with water,” said judiciary spokesman Gholam Khossein Mohseni Ejehi. “This act is being guided from abroad.”AP
The Tanzanian region of Zanzibar began a three-day mourning period after the MV Spice Islander capsized, killing at least 200 of the 800 passengers on board. “I realized something strange on the movement of the ship,” reported Yahya Hussein, 15. “It was like zigzag or dizziness.”BBCA pipeline exploded in Nairobi, killing at least 75; a bomb exploded near the Delhi High Court in India, killing 11; two suicide bombers attacked the home of a high-ranking military officer in Quetta, Pakistan, killing 23; and 24 people were shot in as many hours in New York City.APBBCAPDaily NewsRising opera star Salvatore Licitra, thought by many to be the heir to Luciano Pavarotti, died from injuries suffered during a scooter accident, and 44 players and staff from Russiaâ??s Lokomotiv hockey club died when their plane crashed after takeoff. “We have no team anymore,” said a Lokomotiv spokesman. “They all burned in the crash.”GuardianNY TimesNY TimesAs Texas wildfires raged, governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry called watching one from the air “surreal.” “I have seen a number of big fires in my life,” he said. “This one is as mean-looking as Iâ??ve ever seen.”Texas TribuneAt the Republican presidential debate, moderator Brian Williams mentioned that 234 executions had taken place in Texas during Perryâ??s tenure, and the crowd applauded.Telegraph
A poll of 30,000 people in 15 countries found that the world still thinks America is the coolest, and in St. Petersburg, Florida, a blood-covered, half-naked 22-year-old woman was arrested for biting the face and arm of a 69-year-old man who had been sleeping in a motorized wheelchair in front of a Hooters. “Iâ??m a vampire,” the woman said, according to an affidavit. “I am going to eat you.”ReutersSmoking GunPolice in Ogden, Utah, responded to a report that a man was slaughtering a cow in his driveway. “The cow was in the process of losing its head,” said officer Troy Burnett of the scene upon his arrival. “Itâ??s not illegal, but itâ??s absurd that people would think slaughtering a cow in their driveway is okay. Maybe on the west side of the county on one of the farms.”Standard-ExaminerHarbor, an eight-year-old black and tan coonhound from Boulder, Colorado, set the record for longest ears on a dog, a Swedish elk was found drunk up a tree after eating too many fermented apples, and Filipinos captured a 20-foot-long, 2,370-pound crocodileâ??the largest on record, though a larger one was believed to be at large.BBCYouTubeBBCGuardianA maintenance worker in Yuma, Arizona, may have caused a power failure that affected nearly 6 million people in California, Arizona, and Mexico; Google was found to be using more electricity than Salt Lake City; and the Federal Trade Commission halted the sale of AcneApp and AcnePwner, two smartphone apps that claimed to treat acne, one of them using red and blue lights. “Smartphones make our lives easier in countless ways,” said FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz, “but unfortunately, when it comes to curing acne, thereâ??s no app for that.”NY TimesGizmodoPolitico
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i. stand with israel
I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio. Confident masculine voices telling me the enemy is everywhere and victory is near â€” I often find it affirming: thereâ€™s a reason I donâ€™t think that way. Last spring, many right-wing commentators made much of a Bloomberg poll that asked Americans, â€śAre you more sympathetic to Netanyahu or Obama?â€ť Republicans picked the Israeli prime minister over their own president, 67 to 16 percent. There was a lot of affected shock that things had come to this. Rush Limbaugh said of Netanyahu that he wished â€śwe had this kind of forceful moral, ethical clarity leading our own countryâ€ť; Mark Levin described him as â€śthe leader of the free world.â€ť For a few days there I yelled quite a bit in my car.
The one conservative radio show I do find myself enjoying is hosted by Dennis Prager. At the Thanksgiving dinner of American radio personalities (Limbaugh is your jittery brother-in-law, Michael Savage is your racist uncle, Hugh Hewitt is Hugh Hewitt) Dennis Prager is the turkey-carving patriarch trying to keep the conversation moderately high-minded. While Prager obviously doesnâ€™t like liberals â€” â€śThe gaps between the left and right on almost every issue that matters are in fact unbridgeable,â€ť he has said â€” he often invites them onto his show for debate, which is rare among right-wing hosts. Yet his gently exasperated take on the Obamaâ€“Netanyahu matchup was among the least charitable: â€śThose who do not confront evil resent those who do.â€ť
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A former prison in Philadelphia that has served as a horror-movie set was being prepared as a detention center for protesters arrested at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fired his campaign manager.
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â€śMatt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'Iâ€™m glad everyoneâ€™s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supportsÂ my lifestyle.'â€ť