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May 5, 2012

NYT Global Update: Chaotic Scene at Hearing in 9/11 Case at Guantánamo

Global Update



TOP NEWS

Chaotic Scene at Hearing in 9/11 Case at Guantánamo

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and MATT FLEGENHEIMER
The hearing for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other detainees descended quickly into chaos on Saturday, as the defendants refused to answer the judge's questions.

Trying to Mold a Post-Assad Syria From Abroad

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
While opposition groups are mostly concentrating on ending the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, they are also positioning themselves for the question of who will rule after he is gone.

Faltering German Party, a Coalition Partner to Merkel, Faces an Electoral Test

By NICHOLAS KULISH
The pro-business Free Democrats, also known as the F.D.P., have failed to even reach the 5 percent threshold for representation in five out of the last six state elections.
Multimedia

Video: TimesCast

The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof discusses the case of Chen Guangcheng; and more.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

Syria's Threatened Minorities

By JONATHAN RANDAL
Many of Syria's ruling Alawites and their fellow minorities feel caught in a vicious zero-sum game.
WORLD

Amid Brazil's Rush to Develop, Workers Resist

By SIMON ROMERO
Brazil is a leader among South American nations rushing to build hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, but workers demanding better pay are disrupting the projects.

In French Race, the Tortoise Sets His Own Pace

By STEVEN ERLANGER
The rise of the Socialist François Hollande, who is slightly favored to win the French presidency on Sunday, is still a surprise to many in the country.

In Elections, Greeks Are Expected to Make Old Guard Pay for Turmoil

By RACHEL DONADIO and NIKI KITSANTONIS
Along with French elections, and with a rising tide of anti-austerity sentiment across Europe, Greece's vote is expected to have a clear impact on the future of the euro.
BUSINESS

Le Petit Prince of L'Oréal

By LIZ ALDERMAN
Jean-Victor Meyers, the grandson of Liliane Bettencourt, has been appointed to the board, beginning his role as the family heir.

A Band of Contrarians, Bullish on Greece

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
Several banks and hedge funds are buying Greek bonds, betting that the nation will remain in the euro zone and that bondholders won't take a haircut in a new debt deal.

China Agrees to Measures to Ease Trade

By MICHAEL WINES and ANNIE LOWREY
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China said the areas of agreement included "some important breakthroughs."
TECHNOLOGY
Bits

Coining Terminology for Life on the Web

By JENNA WORTHAM
Companies are creating words and symbols that are gaining recognition on the Web and followers. Examples include the "like" of Facebook and the abbreviation LOL (laugh out loud).
Novelties

For Hard of Hearing, Clarity Out of the Din

By ANNE EISENBERG
Technological advances are helping refine tools for hearing in less-than-ideal circumstances.
DealBook

Hedge Fund Intensifies Attack on Yahoo Amid Storm Over Padded Résumés

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
Third Point, which is the middle of a contentious proxy battle with Yahoo, called for the dismissal of the company's chief executive, Scott Thompson, after revealing that he had inaccurately stated his credentials.
SPORTS

As Giro Starts, Top Rider Recalls a 'Pretty Horrible' Day

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The death of the Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt during Stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia nearly a year ago sent the American cyclist Tyler Farrar into a prolonged grief.

Manchester City Facing a Stern Test in Newcastle

By JACK BELL
The Premier League leader Manchester City will close the season with games against Newcastle United and the Queens Park Rangers.
Soccer Roundup

Chelsea Wins Its Fourth English F.A. Cup in Six Years

By REUTERS
Ramires and Didier Drogba scored goals Saturday as Chelsea beat Liverpool, 2-1, at Wembley Stadium to win the English F.A. Cup.
U.S. NEWS

In Prison, Play With Trial at Its Heart Resonates

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
"The Life of Jesus Christ," a three-and-a-half-hour play with a cast of 70 made its debut this weekend in a three-day run at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

At California State, Protesters Start a Fast

By JENNIFER MEDINA
The fasting protest was the latest display of anger at the 23 California State University campuses, where the system has lost roughly $970 million in state financing since 2008.

Connecticut Passes Marijuana Bill

By REUTERS
The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with tight restrictions.
OPINION
The Public Editor

In the Middle of a Food Fight

By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
An essay contest from The Ethicist stirs a fuss among vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Sunday Review

Living in the New Metropolis

By MARTIN ROEMERS
Documenting the megacities of our time.
Editorial

Chen Guangcheng's Uncertain Future

To save face, China may allow the courageous dissident to travel to the United States, but it owes its citizens a lot more.

The Washington Post Saturday 5, 2012 Morning Headlines

The Washington Post
TODAY'S HEADLINES

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
The shrinking labor force
Making the unemployment numbers add up.
(By Brad Plumer)

China strikes deal on Chen Guangcheng
U.S. officials embraced a statement from China that blind activist Chen Guangcheng could seek permission to study abroad.
(By Keith B. Richburg, Jia Lynn Yang and William Wan)

Chen Guangcheng’s U.S. champion
The man who plotted the activist’s escape try from China to study law at NYU is a veteran legal scholar.
(By Daniel de Vise and William Wan)

Ahead of Greek election, fringe parties find support
Voters rebel against main parties and a bailout deal that has brought unpopular spending cuts.
(By Michael Birnbaum)

Late at Union Station, all’s fare in seeking a cab
After the District’s inspectors and dispatchers turn in, chaos and unregulated drivers greet weary passengers.
(By Robert Samuels)

NATION
Group pulls plug on billboard linking global warming believers to terrorists
The Heartland Institute retreated from a billboard campaign equating people convinced that global warming is real to convicted killer Ted Kaczynski.
( by Brian Vastag , The Washington Post)

Five Guantanamo detainees to be arraigned
Charges against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators in the planning of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be read Saturday in Guantanamo.
( by Peter Finn , The Washington Post)

TransCanada reapplies for Keystone pipeline permit
The Canadian firm behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline reapplied Friday for a presidential permit to ship crude oil from the oil sands fields of Alberta to the United States.
( by Juliet Eilperin , The Washington Post)

For prosecutor in 9/11 case, a chance to prove military commissions’ legitimacy
Brig. Gen. Mark Martins takes the stage Saturday during arraignments at Guantanamo.
( by Peter Finn , The Washington Post)

May the Fourth be with you
While many companies and brands are offering deals, contests and events. It’s really all about the fans.
( by Emi Kolawole , The Washington Post)

More National: Breaking National News & Headlines - Washington Post



METRO
Florida Ave. Baptist’s staying power
The Northwest Washington church began celebrating its centennial in April, and perseveres as a mix of yesterday and tomorrow, the young and not so young.
( by Hamil R. Harris , The Washington Post)

After more than five years without making a payment, couple evicted from million-dollar home
The Ritters never made a payment on their million-dollar home but managed to stay in it for five years.
( by Annys Shin , The Washington Post)

Md. special session to start May 14
The Maryland governor summons lawmakers back to work to pass a tax package that collapsed last month.
( by John Wagner , The Washington Post)

Late at Union Station, all’s fare in seeking a cab
After the District’s inspectors and dispatchers turn in, chaos and unregulated drivers greet weary passengers.
( by Robert Samuels , The Washington Post)

Homeless man suspected in shootings
Police believe Douglas Franklin Jones’s anger with a Howard County church may had led to the shootings and his suicide.
( by Steve Kilar , The Washington Post)

More Post Local: Washington, DC Area News, Traffic, Weather, Sports & More - The Washington Post


POLITICS
At Obama campaign’s kickoff rallies today, technology will be star
Campus rallies in Ohio and Virginia will be as much about mobile devices as his message to voters.
( by Amy Gardner , The Washington Post)

Md. special session to start May 14
The Maryland governor summons lawmakers back to work to pass a tax package that collapsed last month.
( by John Wagner , The Washington Post)

Secret Service scandal: Colombian describes carousing with agents
A 24-year-old woman who says she is the prostitute at the center of a Secret Service scandal gave an interview on Caracol News in Cartagena.
( by Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura , The Washington Post)

Clooney event for Obama could be fundraising blockbuster
A May 10 Obama fundraising dinner at Hollywood actor George Clooney’s house has sold out at up to $40,000 a person, plus millions more brought in through an Internet contest
( by Dan Eggen , The Washington Post)

Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks
There are 2 million fewer black and Hispanic registered voters than there were in 2008, according to census figures. The steep decline is a challenge for the Obama campaign.
( by Krissah Thompson , The Washington Post)

More Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More - The Washington Post


STYLE
Talk to partner about gender roles
Carolyn Hax’s advice: A couple who don’t see eye to eye on gender roles should find answers on compatibility through much context and conversation.
(, The Washington Post)

A space for D.C.’s poetry and prose
Three brothers have launched “20 Minute Tales,” a free tabloid publication for work by local writers.
( by Ron Charles , The Washington Post)

Caps’ radio voice puts us on the glass
As John Walton, the team’s rookie announcer on WFED, can tell you: Calling a hockey game over the airwaves is unlike any other play-by-play challenge.
( by Paul Farhi , The Washington Post)

Official Rules
Official rules for the 2012 Post Hunt.
(, The Washington Post)

2012 Post Hunt: It’s back!
Our annual fiasco of brainteasers in downtown D.C. returns! Start massaging your mind grapes ...
(, The Washington Post)

More Style: Culture, Arts, Ideas & More - The Washington Post


SPORTS
Baltimore outlasts Boston
The Orioles’ bullpen put the Red Sox bats to sleep in Baltimore’s 6-4 win in 13 innings.
( by Eduardo A. Encina , The Washington Post)

Finally rooting for the home team
OPINION | A Nationals-Phillies game at Nats Park was, for once, filled with fans rooting for the home team.
(, The Washington Post)

TV and radio listings: May 5

(, The Washington Post)

There’s no place like home for Nats
Pinch hitter Wilson Ramos sends Steve Lombardozzi home with the winning run as the Nats win in front of a zealous home crowd.
( by Adam Kilgore , The Washington Post)

Woodgrove overwhelms L. Valley
GIRLS’ LACROSSE | A second consecutive district crown is within reach for Wolverines after a 16-9 win over Vikings
( by Matt Brooks , The Washington Post)

More Sports: Sports News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules & More - The Washington Post


WORLD
Newspaper apologizes for anti-Chen editorial
Vicious anti-Chen and anti-U.S. editorials prompt ferocious public backlash, leading one Chinese newspaper to say sorry.
( by Keith B. Richburg , The Washington Post)

China strikes deal on Chen Guangcheng
U.S. officials embraced a statement from China that blind activist Chen Guangcheng could seek permission to study abroad.
( by Keith B. Richburg, Jia Lynn Yang and William Wan , The Washington Post)

Bitter election campaign ends in France
France wound up a rancorous presidential campaign Friday with opinion polls predicting victory for Socialist candidate Francois Hollande.
( by Edward Cody , The Washington Post)

British voters deal coalition rebuke in local elections
Labor Party makes major gains in what analysts say was a protest vote against the Conservatives’ austerity drive.
( by Anthony Faiola and Karla Adam , The Washington Post)

Grisly day in Mexican drug wars
Nine bodies were found hanging from a bridge and 14 headless bodies were dumped elsewhere in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
( by William Booth , The Washington Post)

More World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Ask Tom -- Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema discusses the 2012 Spring Dining Guide
Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema discusses the DC dining scene
(, vForum)

Carolyn Hax Live (Friday, May 4)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

The Avengers: Chat with Marvel editors
Marvel Entertainment editors discuss The Avengers with readers in a live discussion.
(, vForum)

Ask Boswell about the Washington Nationals, spring training, the Capitals, the Redskins and all Washington sports
Sports Columnist Tom Boswell will take your questions about the Redskins, the Capitals, the Nationals, baseball, the NFL and more.
(, vForum)

Tuesdays with Moron: Chatological Humor Update
Gene Weingarten brings you an update to his monthly Chatological Humor live chat.
(, vForum)

More Conversations: Discussions, Blogs, Debates, Live Q&A's and More - The Washington Post


TECHNOLOGY
Yahoo investors demand Thompson resign
Yahoo’s largest outside shareholder demands CEO Scott Thompson be terminated.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Apple now credits OpenStreetMap in iPhoto
Apple had neglected to give credit to the Foundation's contributors in using its data.
( by Jamie Keene | The Verge , theverge.com)

Yahoo CEO’s résumé is wrong, company says
Yahoo chief executive Scott Thompson does not have a degree in computer science, the company confirmed Friday.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Yahoo: Scott Thompson draws scorn
Reaction from the Internet community to Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s résumé blunder is swift and severe.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

LinkedIn to acquire SlideShare
The professional social network announces that it will acquire the presentation sharing startup for $119 million in cash and stock.
( by VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

More Technology News - The Washington Post


EDITORIAL
Success in Beijing?
Ad hoc talks on Chen Guangcheng mattered more than the formal “strategic dialogue.”
(, The Washington Post)

Republicans’ anti-gay stain
An openly gay former ambassador speaks.
( by Michael Guest , The Washington Post)

The ‘fake pot’ threat
It may be more dangerous than real marijuana.
(, The Washington Post)

Slashing the Bill of Rights
The lengths to which some liberals would go.
(, The Washington Post)

Paying for roads — twice
States should not get tax dollars for privatized roads.
( by Jeff Bingaman , The Washington Post)

More Opinions: Washington Post Opinion, Editorial, Op Ed, Politics Editorials - The Washington Post


BUSINESS
The perks and perils of telecommuting
How to ensure employees actually work when they work from home
( by Barbara DeGray , The Washington Post)

What can we learn from Europe’s mess?
Both the left and the right in the U.S. try to use the mess in Europe as a debating point, but is it a fair comparison?
(, The Washington Post)

The incredible shrinking labor force
The unemployment rate keeps going down even though job creation has been soft. Here’s why.
( by Brad Plumer , The Washington Post)

Yahoo investors demand Thompson resign
Yahoo’s largest outside shareholder demands CEO Scott Thompson be terminated.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Jobless rate dips as fewer seek work
The economy added only 115,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent largely because people gave up trying to find jobs .
( by Peter Whoriskey and Brad Plumer , The Washington Post)

More Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

NYT Today's Headlines | Top news: Reasons Abound for Ebb in Job Growth



TOP NEWS

Reasons Abound for Ebb in Job Growth

By CATHERINE RAMPELL
Economists cited various possible factors behind the addition of only 115,000 jobs in April, but none are likely to comfort 13.7 million jobless workers.

Nascent Deal Would Let Dissident From China Study in U.S.

By JANE PERLEZ and MICHAEL WINES
Chinese officials will allow Chen Guangcheng to travel to the United States with his family, American officials said, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cautioned that this case still unresolved.

Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

By ERIK ECKHOLM
A granddaughter of the couple that founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network has gone public with accusations of financial impropriety and excess, which TBN denies.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"Oh yeah, They will want the old goat."
MARIANO RIVERA, after badly injuring a knee, on making a pitching comeback at 43 next season with the Yankees.

Travel

Slide Show: A Ticket to Barcelona's Show

Culinary wizardry, architectural marvels and more await in the Catalan city by the sea.
Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor

Don't Believe China's Promises

The plight of dissidents has grown bleaker now that the human rights issue is no longer linked to international trade.
WORLD

For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home

By ANDREW JACOBS
Once exiled, nettlesome prisoners of conscience, like Chen Guangcheng, almost invariably lose their ability to grab headlines in the West and to command widespread sympathy both in China and abroad.

In Elections, Greeks Are Expected to Make Old Guard Pay for Turmoil

By RACHEL DONADIO and NIKI KITSANTONIS
Along with French elections, and with a rising tide of anti-austerity sentiment across Europe, Greece's vote is expected to have a clear impact on the future of the euro.

Scientist Sentenced in French Terror Case

By SCOTT SAYARE
Adlène Hicheur, a French-Algerian particle physicist, was arrested in October 2009 over his correspondence with an affiliate of Al Qaeda.
U.S.

New Proposal on Fracking Gives Ground to Industry

By JOHN M. BRODER
Under a revised version of a rule proposed by the government, companies drilling on public lands would have to identify the chemicals used, but not until after drilling was completed.

State Department Revises Foreign Student Job Program After Abuse Complaints

By JULIA PRESTON
The government will now prohibit the students from doing most warehouse, construction, manufacturing and food-processing work.

A Repository for Eagles Finds Itself In Demand

By DAN FROSCH
American Indians, who use dead eagles for traditional ceremonies, face long waits for the animals when they submit applications to the National Eagle Repository outside Denver.
POLITICS

Job Numbers Become Instant Campaign Fodder

By MARK LANDLER
Mitt Romney criticized the weaker-than-expected employment numbers, while President Obama focused on taking action against raising the borrowing rates for student loans.

Virginia, a State in Flux, Is Also a State in Play

By HELENE COOPER
To win Virginia, political analysts say President Obama will have to extend his 2008 inroads in the rapidly growing suburbs deep in the more traditionally Southern parts of the state.

On Sundays, Tight Obama Circle Sizes Up Election

By JEFF ZELENY
At the gatherings, the president, who will formally open his re-election campaign on Saturday, and a tight circle of advisers gird for the coming battle with Mitt Romney.
BUSINESS

Discrepancies on Medical Bills Can Leave a Credit Stain

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
As patients assume more of the responsibility for costs, complex billing and more aggressive collection by providers are resulting in negative credit report data that lingers for years.
Common Sense

Dewey's Fall Underscores Law Firms' New Reality

By JAMES B. STEWART
Dewey & LeBoeuf's slow disintegration shatters the long-held perception that law is a guild and a brotherhood - more profession than business.

Tighter Rules Are Issued on Municipal Bond Deals

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
The rules are intended to rein in practices like firms underwriting a state's bonds while simultaneously helping other customers trade against the bonds.
TECHNOLOGY
DealBook

Hedge Fund Intensifies Attack on Yahoo Amid Storm Over Padded Résumés

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
Third Point, which is the middle of a contentious proxy battle with Yahoo, called for the dismissal of the company's chief executive, Scott Thompson, after revealing that he had inaccurately stated his credentials.
Bits Blog

Taking E-Mail Vacations Can Reduce Stress

By NICK BILTON
A study found that people who do not look at e-mail on a regular basis at work are less stressed about their daily tasks and are more productive.
#trendingnyc

Parodies of Power Proliferate

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
On Twitter, the posts of imitators like ElBloombito and FakeJohnSampson raise a funhouse mirror to the feats and foibles of city and state officials in New York.
SPORTS
On Baseball

For Rivera, Maestro of Ninth, Injury Is Not Final Symphony

By TYLER KEPNER
Mariano Rivera's pledge to return to the field next year adds another character trait to his already-impressive list: defiance.

In Instant, Rivera's Understudy Becomes Successor

By SAM BORDEN
Until now Dave Robertson was a rising Yankees reliever. Now - and almost surely for the rest of the season - he is Mariano Rivera's replacement.
On Basketball

Recognizing the Limitations of Meloball

By HOWARD BECK
Carmelo Anthony has rarely taken responsibility for his team's failures, preferring to shift blame toward injuries, coaches or the playbook. He needs to mature.
ARTS
Adam Yauch, 1964-2012

Rapper Conquered Music World in '80s With Beastie Boys

By JON PARELES
Mr. Yauch, whose nom de rap was MCA, helped make the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard chart, and later became involved in championing freedom in Tibet.
Art Review

On an Island, Worker Bees Fill a Long White Hive

By HOLLAND COTTER
Vast quantities of work are for sale at the Frieze New York art fair, which is emblematic of the high-profile, high volume art-industrial economy.
Theater Review

Chekhov, Rendered Tongue Trippingly

By BEN BRANTLEY
The Target Margin Theater production of "Uncle Vanya" suggests a group of passionate college students who, after a long night of punch-drunk debate, have decided to act out one of their favorite Chekhov plays.
NEW YORK / REGION

Slowed Physically, Rangel Promises to Go Full Speed in Primary Fight

By KATE TAYLOR
Representative Charles B. Rangel, who received the endorsement of Assemblyman Daniel J. O'Donnell on Friday, was defiant as he brushed off questions about his health.

More Long Island Rail Road Retirees Are to Face Fraud Charges

By BENJAMIN WEISER
Federal prosecutors said Friday that 10 more people would be charged in a fraud scheme involving hundred of workers, some of whom collected extra benefits after falsely claiming to have disabling injuries.

Report Lists Many Flaws in Handling of 911 Calls

By DAVID W. CHEN
Errors and procedures that may be wasting precious time during emergencies in New York City are highlighted in a highly anticipated report from a consulting company.
TRAVEL

Easy China, 3 Ways

By DAN LEVIN, KEITH BRADSHER and DAVID BARBOZA
Insiders cut through the chaos to offer easy-to-use cheat sheets for spending a week in Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai.

A Great View of Seoul, if You Follow the Rules

By CHOE SANG-HUN
A well-guarded mountain trek open for the past several years offers a picturesque panorama of the president's compound and a sprawling city.

A Tourist in My Son's New Home

By DOMINIQUE BROWNING
It is a wise mother who remembers the lessons that once came out of her mouth about how to be a good houseguest.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Chen Guangcheng's Uncertain Future

To save face, China may allow the courageous dissident to travel to the United States, but it owes its citizens a lot more.
Editorial

A Clear Warning From the Jobs Numbers

After the unmistakably weak employment report for April, it's obvious that the economy will not heal itself without more government help.
Editorial

New York's Children Shouldn't Pay the Price

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's revised proposal for the next city budget slashes vital programs for needy children. That is no way to balance a budget.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Contributor

Mr. Chen, Welcome to America

By WANG DAN
It's the right decision for Chen Guangcheng to study in the United States. Democracy and human rights are of great importance, but so are a family's love and affection.
Op-Ed Columnist

Teaching Me About Teaching

By CHARLES M. BLOW
Let's show our unsung heroes and heroines some appreciation next week. I'll be sending my mother, a special teacher, a message on Twitter. What about you?
Op-Ed Columnist

Obama's Wonderful Town

By GAIL COLLINS
Who doesn't like a good girlfriend story? We finally get to hear about Barack Obama's love life from his years as a student at Columbia University.