A Little Bit of the News

Virginia Tech Four Months After

In April 16 this year, Virginia Tech got the world’s attention not as a prominent institution of the US academe but because of the rampage involving Korean student, Sueng-Hui Choi. The said student killed 30 people in all including himself so after the incident, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine appointed 8 members of a panel that was to investigate everything.

Four months later, the said panel’s report on the incident was released. An Associated Press report on the findings goes:

The panel concluded that lives could have been saved if alerts had been sent earlier and classes canceled after two people were killed on April 16.

Understandably, Va. Tech president, Charles Steger would eventually defend himself against the calls for his resignation and other criticisms which arouse from the massacre. Thus another Associated Press report the day after the panel report was released goes:

At a news conference where he was grilled about an independent panel’s conclusion that lives could have been saved had the school warned the campus sooner that a killer was on the loose, Charles Steger suggested there may have been nothing anyone could have done to stop the rampage by gunman Seung-Hui Cho that left 33 people dead.

The U.S. Illegal Immigration Scene

From time to time I see campaign propaganda of presidential aspirants for the U.S. touch on the issue of illegal immigrants in television news. The point raised there is that the jobs that illegal immigrants have should go to American citizens.

It didn’t come as a surprise therefore when I encountered this Reuters report on a raid of Koch Food plant near Cincinatti in search for illegal immigrants. The authorities efforts got them 160 illegal workers that day. The report goes:

A day after one of the largest workplace immigration raids in Ohio, the Hispanic community in Cincinnati’s suburbs was scrambling to track down missing family members and arrange care for children whose parents were caught up in the raid.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the raid was the culmination of a two-year investigation of Koch Foods, suspected of knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The company said it was cooperating.

What came as something saddening was an Associated Press report on how an estimated number of 85 immigrant widows are facing deportation because their husbands died before necessary immigration procedures are completed. A case of one married to an American regarded as a hero for saving two boys from drowning is told as the report went:

Jacqueline Coats’ husband drowned after he dove into a fierce Pacific Ocean riptide to rescue two boys. Now the immigrant from Kenya might be forced to leave the United States because he died before filing her residency application. She is among more than 80 foreign-born widows across the nation who face possible deportation because their husbands died before immigration paperwork was approved.

Wow. Shit does happen.

Who Killed Beethoven

Beethoven's imageNot the title of a new Whodunnit but a shot of controversy into the death of one of the great musical geniuses from Germany. If the finding is to be believed, it’s another one for the lead overdose angle proponents as the related Associated Press report goes:

Viennese forensic expert Christian Reiter claims to know more after months of painstaking work applying CSI-like methods to strands of Beethoven’s hair.

He says his analysis, published last week in the Beethoven Journal, shows that in the final months of the composer’s life, lead concentrations in his body spiked every time he was treated by his doctor, Andreas Wawruch, for fluid inside the abdomen. Those lethal doses permeated Beethoven’s ailing liver, ultimately killing him, Reiter told The Associated Press.

The image’s linked from the same report btw.


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