Seven injured as goods trains collide at rail intersection, resulting in derailment and damage to overpass section
Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural southeastern Missouri on Saturday, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said.
None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash – two train workers and five people who had been in the two cars on the overpass – suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement.
"One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse," Sheriff's dispatcher Clay Slipis said of the pre-dawn crash near Chaffee, about 15 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The collision of the BNSF Railway Co and Union Pacific trains also sparked a fire when diesel fuel leaked from one of the train engines, Slipis said.
The crash came just over a week after a commuter train derailed in Connecticut, striking another train and injuring more than 70 people during the evening rush hour.
Then on Thursday, a truck crash triggered the collapse of a bridge in Washington state, sending two cars plunging into the frigid Skagit River and raising concerns about the nation's aging infrastructure. Three people were rescued.
In Missouri, Wayne Woods told a regional CBS affiliate that he had rushed to the scene as soon as he heard the crash to try to halt traffic as he called in the emergency.
"We heard the crash and we stepped outside and my son said the overpass was down. Then we heard a car's tires squealing like it was coming to a stop and then a crash and a horn continuously blowing," he told KFVS television.
"I got over there, the train was on its side. They got the guys out and lifted them down off the train and got them off the overpass. One was kind of bloody and the other one looked like he was pretty shook up," he said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.
Union Pacific said its train had been primarily carrying auto parts from Illinois to Texas when it struck the side of another train, and that a Union Pacific engineer and conductor were lightly injured, according to spokeswoman Calli Hite.
The Union Pacific locomotive and about a dozen cars derailed in the crash, she added.
BNSF said that its train had been hauling scrap metal from salvage facilities and was heading south along the Missouri River when it was struck, and that none of the crew were injured. Authorities had earlier said conductors for both trains had been hurt.
I am underslept, possibly jet lagged, and taking some time in the room to talk to Adrian by IM.
Commodity and the marketplace -- how does that play out? How are artists react to what the audience wants? We live in an age when, happily, there are many more venues for publishing or showing of your art.
Do you have to compromise or can you be successful with an unusual message or delivery style? Gyan Davies suggests that this is a false dichotomy.
What's the difference between "preachy" and "Preach it, Sister!"?
Preachy can be good -- depending on the message and the listener and emotional immediacy. Also, there's a difference between telling a story and saying "feel this! Think this!"
Content is essential -- that is, how aware is the artist? Is there hidden content in their work? Is the message cultural -- that is, what is the schematic code or images the artist using?
Ian Hagerman talks about a Noam Chomski quote about using sound bites, that is, short hand images or messages, and how that practice might limit what you are saying or trying to get across. Do you want to have a 101 or 201 conversation?
A commercially viable piece of art is most likely to be a 101 conversation. But there is a place for 201 art. There needs to be a way to have 301 and 401 conversations.
I'd love to see an anthology called "201."
Literary Agent Eddie Schneider suggests that a well crafted 201 will sell and will have a dedicated audience, but it might be smaller. An inexperienced writer is all over the place, full of passion but uneven in execution.
For next year, we'd like to see more conversation about the intersection between art and activism, dealing with censorship, breaking down what activism is and the process of creating art interwoven with activism.
Former pupil claims monks at closed boys' school Fort Augustus Abbey committed 'systematic, brutal, awful torture'
Police are investigating allegations of abuse at a Catholic boarding school in the Scottish Highlands, following complaints of a brutal regime in which boys were physically beaten, psychologically tortured and sexually assaulted. The school closed in 1993.
Officers from Police Scotland will travel to Newcastle tomorrow to interview Andrew Lavery, 41, who for two years in the 1980s attended the fee-paying Fort Augustus Abbey, which was run by Benedictine monks. "It was systematic, brutal, awful torture," says Lavery, who says he was beaten, sexually assaulted and isolated in a locked room for days on end under "special measures". He added: "The psychological torture was the most damaging. In the end I wanted to kill myself."
Lavery claims he was beaten unconscious by a monk and lay master while pupils watched, then left at the playing fields to crawl back to school. He also says he experienced "greying", which involved other pupils pinning the victim's legs apart while his testicles were hit with a hockey stick. A monk watched without intervening. "I have had pain in my left testicle all my life," he said.
Lavery also accuses Monk A, now a cleric in England, of physically beating and sexually assaulting him. He will tell police that when he broke his leg Monk A took advantage of his vulnerability and tried to grab his testicles. "I told him to leave me when I went to the toilet, but he was standing over me. He said, 'No, you need a hand.' I heard all his heavy breathing behind me. It was the wrong sort of breathing to hear in your life. He was fumbling and I was screaming at him to get off."
Monk A is also accused of selling alcohol to underage pupils. When contacted by the Observer, he admitted giving them beer, but said: "I never beat people up and there was certainly never any sexual stuff. I don't know what he's talking about."
There has been heated debate on the school's old boys website about abuse, with some denying it took place. Des Austin, a former pupil who privately investigated abuse at the school, posted extracts from 13 separate emails he received from old boys claiming physical and sexual assault from 1954-91. "The thing that got to me," one wrote, "was the sexual abuse ... and the fact that no one would believe me. My mother said, 'priests never do such things'."
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after allegations of sexual misconduct, was a visitor to the school and guest of honour at last year's old boys' dinner. Jimmy Savile, who owned a house in the Highlands, was also an occasional guest and Lavery remembers his Rolls-Royce being parked outside the monastery. Lavery was in a senior position as an addictions nurse until last year when he suffered a traumatic physical injury. While recovering, he suffered flashbacks, recovered memories and night terrors. He no longer works. He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and assessed as requiring psychotherapy and specialist abuse counselling.
Another former pupil, Douglas Hiddleston, from Fortrose, remembers Lavery being treated "viciously" by pupils and staff. One of the few Protestants in the school, Hiddleston says he was also targeted. "Monk A grabbed me by the throat, pinned me up against the wall and called me a Proddy bastard," he said.
Another pupil, who asked to remain anonymous, said Monk A "was the epitome of nastiness". The man, who says he was once nearly drowned by fellow pupils while staff watched, also alleges that another monk was guilty of sexually predatory behaviour and tried to "groom" him. "Seediness pervaded the school," he said.
The culture was similar for an earlier generation, according to some at the school in the 1960s. "I came close to suicide," said Sean O'Donovan, who says he was bruised for five weeks after a birching. "I just couldn't see an end to it.I tried using a rope, but it was too thin. It was very painful and, since I was trying to stop the pain, that made me think."
William Wattie, who attended from 1959 to 1964 and became a headteacher, said: "Institutionalised bullying … I could never work out where the gentle carpenter of Nazareth fitted in." He questioned "cuddling" by monks at the school's feeder primary at Carlekemp in North Berwick, which has also been linked to abuse allegations. The Catholic church in Australia accepted abuse had been perpetrated by Father Aidan Duggan, a former teacher at both Carlekemp and Fort Augustus. Duggan died in 2004.
Fort Augustus monastery, which belonged to the English Congregation of Benedictines, also closed in 1998. The current Abbot President, Father Richard Yeo of Downside Abbey, admits former pupils have contacted him regarding the school. "I have heard allegations of both physical and sexual abuse which have disturbed me. If anyone comes forward to speak to me about this, I will try to be there for them," he said.
Children and police hurt as widow of two dead Islamists blows herself up in provincial capital's central square
A female suicide bomber identified as a widow of two killed Islamists blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan injuring at least 12, including two children and five police officers. She detonated an explosives-laden belt in the central square in the provincial capital, Makhachkala, Dagestan's police spokesman, Vyacheslav Gasanov, said.
The bomber was identified as Madina Alieva, 25, who married an Islamist who was killed in 2009 and then wedded another Islamist radical who was gunned down last year.
Since 2000, at least two dozen women, most of them from the Caucasus, have carried out suicide bombings in Russian cities and aboard trains and planes. All were linked to an Islamist insurgency that spread throughout Dagestan and the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region after two separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya. The bombers are often called "black widows" in Russia because many are widows or relatives of militants killed by security forces. Islamist militants try to convince them that bombing will reunite them with their dead relatives beyond the grave.
The Tsarnaev brothers, suspected of carrying out last month's Boston Marathon bombings, are ethnic Chechens who lived in Dagestan before moving to the United States. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder brother who was killed in a shootout with police days after the 15 April bombings, spent six months in Dagestan in 2012.
Last week a double explosion in Makhachkala killed four civilians and left 44 injured, while three security officers and three suspected militants have been killed in other incidents.
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If you live near Los Angeles, California you may want to make a trip to the Hero Complex Gallery. On display in their new “Arch Nemesis” show are images from various artists depicting great rivalries from pop-culture. Take a look at heroes, villains, and some individuals with more murky motivations from Star Wars, comics, Arrested Development, and more!
I got a letter today saying that they'll be cancelling our monthly direct debit so we now get the panels for free, but they'll still maintain the panels for the agreed 25 year period.
I'm happy, but puzzled. (and concerned that there's a catch somewhere.)
Either they hope to sell us some other service in the future and are being terribly nice to us (which is a sound tactic, but I'm not sure what they expect to sell us) or there is some other reason.
What kind of commercial sense does it make to turn down £60 a year for the next 24 years?
Answers on a postcard.....
And one of the bins from up the street decided to go walkabout. We caught sight of the bin majestically sailing all the way down the street--we had no idea where it came from, and it was raining pretty heavily--so didn't bother to chase it. It was a magnificent(-ly hilarious) sight, and the capper came when the bin followed the rules of the road and halted at the stop sign.
( Proof! )
I already follow a few sites that point out good and great longform journalism stories, so I'm happy to see more of it coming to the Web.
How many bookazines have there been over the years?
Day Two: Favorite supporting female character
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love
Day Four: A female character you relate to
Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show
Day Six: Favorite female-driven show
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show
Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie
Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book
Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character
Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc
Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character
Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character
Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character
Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character
Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon
Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates
Day Twenty-Three: Favorite female platonic relationship
Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship
Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship
Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like)
Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for
Rowan Marlow. While both the older Marlow sisters end up doing something that it's safe to say they'd never have planned while ruling the roost at Kingscote, at least Karen does it for love (or something - personally I've always assumed that she slept with Edwin, decided that nice girls don't sleep with men they aren't in love with, therefore she was in love with him and that was that) whereas Rowan does it for duty.
And in my personal canon it's a mistake, she knows it's a mistake almost from the start, and she keeps on at it from a combination of stubbornness (including a refusal to admit to her family that she's made a mistake) and the idea that it will be like deserting a post in the heat to turn her back on it now.
Oddly enough, Rowan claims not to have had much idea about a career when she decides to throw it in to run the farm (like Peter, the hero of Rivers of London she fancied being an architect, but couldn't manage the drawing side of it - Peter, on the other hand, is plainly fascinated by buildings, whereas I never get the idea that Rowan is).
She's a good rider, a very competent sailor (Giles would have much rather had her as his number two in that idiotic lark in Run Away Home) and a highly effective fast bowler, as well as being the person who should have been games captain, had all gone well.
And she's an urbanite. She is, on any basis, not farming Trennels out of any love of farming or of the land (she does like animals, but there's a certain sort of grim determination about it and she's competent because she'd always be competent at that sort of thing). Although she does tell Giles she's finding it OK, I always see that as being deflection.
So my head canon for Rowan has to be something that gets her out of the situation. She can see the dangers - when Nicola rejects (very politely) her suggestion that she become a vet (honestly, careers advice at Kingscote seems to be dire) and then adds that she realises she'd "be company for [her]" she comes out with the idea of them becoming terrible tweedy types known far and wide as the queer Miss Marlows.
What she actually needs is a war (in my headcanon which goes with the dating of immediately post-War for the twins arrival at Kingscote a very young Rowan Marlow helps Caitlin Naismith's "aunt" - then a prefect and in the Sixth - out of a window as part of the sequence of events which led to the latter going to France and becoming "la petite egorgeuse") or something else which disrupts things while she's still got a chance of getting out before she loses everything (I can't see Captain Marlow and Giles colluding to break the entail in her favour and, anyway, this still doesn't deal with the issue that she doesn't want Trennels).
If only Miranda had a brother! Rowan running the New York end of the art and antiques business would be just the kind of thing she should be doing, but I can't think of a way of getting her into it which she'd find acceptable within the constraints of the the situation and which her family would also see as reasonable. Simply deciding "That's it" and applying for a job that isn't Trennels isn't an option, so my head-canon has to involve a catalyst that gets her out of Trennels and makes her realise she can't go back.
Nicola I do see as instrumental in this - she's fended off Giles's enquiries, but Rowan has allowed Nicola to see more of her than she does Giles, and Nicola doesn't have a dog in the fight the way Giles has (Giles is not, I think, a particularly sympathetic character any of the times we see him, and particularly not in Run Away Home where he literally cannot understand why Rowan can't put the farm on hold to help him sail Surfrider).
And I do see it as somehow involving the Wests.
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A couple's seemingly perfect life is disrupted when their new, expensive  radio turns out to allow them to listen in on other tenants in their building. This leads to a series of increasing disturbing revelations, ones the wife can never unhear.
I think Mind Webs did this as well.
1: $400 in 1947 $ = ~$4100 in current US dollars.
The major thing that took time to work past was that the insulation that permeates the upper floor is covered in aluminium, and the wireless router that covers this end of the house is sitting on the other side of it from the Synology.
So we made a trip to Maplin, bought some Powerline* kit, a switch and a bunch of network cables, and moved his TV, Sky box, and the NAS over to hardlinks rather than wireless connections. Now it all just works.
The funniest bit was the insert in the switch - switches are ancient technology (particularly this one, which is 10/100MBit, because the Gigabit ethernet switch was larger for the same number of ports), and clearly this one had been sitting on a shelf for a long time. It came with an insert that was advertising BTOpenWorld business internet connections. A shiny new form of internet connection that could, apparently, give speeds of up to _2,000_Kbps, so long as the computer it was plugged into had 32MB of RAM, a 4-speed CD-ROM and either Windows 2000 or an Apple Mac running on PowerPC 601 or equivalent running Mac OS 8.6 or higher...
*Sends networking signals over the electrical cables. Incredibly handy if you can't run networking cables absolutely everywhere.
Activists march to protest at rising Orthodox intolerance of homosexuality across Russia
Russian police arrested at least 30 activists in central Moscow on Saturday at a gay pride rally to mark 20 years since homosexuality was decriminalised.
Police officers pounced on the gay campaigners moments after they unfurled banners and rainbow-coloured flags outside the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, on Saturday afternoon. Several protesters were attacked by Orthodox Christian vigilantes. The arrests were made outside the Duma and the Moscow mayor's office where the rally ended. Activists chose to rally by the Duma to protest against a federal bill that would impose fines of up to 500,000 roubles (£10,500) for promoting homosexuality among minors. More than 10 regional legislatures across Russia have passed similar laws which have been widely condemned.
More than two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia remains deeply conservative and independent opinion polls show that about three-quarters of the population support suppressing public displays of homosexuality.
Officers patrolling outside the Duma shouted from megaphones: "Your rally is not sanctioned, you're disrupting passers-by" while police trucks fitted with metal cages waited nearby. Moscow authorities had refused permission for the rally for the eighth year in a row, saying it would interfere with students out celebrating the last day of term.
"I don't understand why police are hauling people away," said Gleb, an activist who was soon detained. "We're only asking for equal rights, the same as for everyone else."
Police also arrested several nationalists and Orthodox Christian believers, who sang hymns and crossed themselves as if to ward off evil spirits. "Gay people need medical treatment. It's simply disgusting to look at them," said Konstantin Kostin, a member of the Holy Rus movement. "Russia used to be a great superpower. Now look what's become of us. Marriage is a sacred union between man and woman, and this lot want to defile the sanctitude of our country."
The Orthodox Christian church, which enjoys pride of place among the country's many faiths, has stoked intolerance towards gays, describing homosexuality as a moral threat to Russia. Last week, Patriarch Kirill, Russia's top religious official, said his church would never recognise same-sex marriages.
Nikolai Alexeyev, an organiser of the rally and a leading gay rights campaigner, said in an interview on the eve of the rally that he had been forced to spend Friday night away from home in order to evade capture. He blamed President Vladimir Putin, who Alexeyev said has presented himself as a champion of traditional Russian values, since returning for a third term last year, and for discrimination against sexual minorities. In the Netherlands last month, Putin criticised same-sex couples for not contributing to Russia's flagging birthrate.
Alexeyev, who was also arrested, said: "Putin is personally responsible. If he gives the order to allow gay pride events, then people's perception of the gay community will radically change. In Russia, everything is done by the tsar's decree."
The gay pride rally comes weeks after the brutalised body of a 23-year-old man was found in Vologograd, southern Russia . The killing outraged the LGBT community, which says such attacks are on the rise.
Alexeyev, who was fined 5,000 roubles in St Petersburg a year ago for "homosexual propaganda", said Russian authorities continued to portray gay people as "freaks" to distract public attention from the government's wider failings.
With little to show for the past eight years of campaigning, he said activists now believe intolerance towards gay people could persist for many years to come. Alexeyev added: "When we started applying to hold gay pride events, I thought we'd make people listen, but now, I have my doubts."
Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Charlotte Higgins pick through the highlights and low points of this year's Cannes film festival
The limiting factor is battery life: I set the camera on the windowsill to film the bird feeders while we went to theg rocery store and breakfast, and the battery died after a bit over an hour of that. XD If I count the time earlier this week I spent messing about with it, it will probably film for about 1.5 hours before crapping out. You can get a separate battery pack that will just about double that length.
I plan on doing minimal editing (mostly to remove the boobtacular shot as I set the camera up at the very first--I'd be tempted to leave it in, but it's also extremely unflattering of my face and head XD), then uploading the results to YouTube so you can have an hour of bird- and cat-watching if you need to just chill.
The finch babies are out and pestering their parents, by the way. I can hear one going FEEDMEFEEDMEFEEDMEFEEDME from my office as I type this right now. With luck I've got at least one doing that on video. :)