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May 19, 2012

Videos for the peace of Mind: One of the best inspirational videos ever - Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent 2009

Do not miss it. Some of you guys must have heard about her and some of you haven't,  as it was my case. And was stunned by the wonderful message, beyond any other consideration.

ENJOY IT !!!



NYT Breaking News: Blind Chinese Dissident Leaves on Flight for the United State

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Saturday, May 19, 2012

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BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal defender who made a dramatic escape from house arrest and whose decision to seek refuge in American Embassy jolted American-Sino relations, left China aboard a commercial flight bound for the United States, according to friends who have spoken to him.

Mr. Chen left Beijing on a United Airlines flight bound for Newark with his wife and two children at around 5:30 p.m. after facing earlier delays.

Earlier Saturday Mr. Chen told friends over a cellphone that he was excited to be leaving China but that he was also worried about the fate of relatives he leaves behind. “He’s happy to finally have a rest after seven years of suffering but he’s also worried they will suffer some retribution,” said Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, a Christian advocacy group based in Texas.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/world/asia/chen-guangcheng-set-to-leave-china-for-united-states.html?emc=na

NYT Today's Headlines: Heading Into Talks With Iran, U.S. Sees Hopeful Signs

Today's Headlines



TOP NEWS

Heading Into Talks With Iran, U.S. Sees Hopeful Signs

By MARK LANDLER
As American negotiators prepare for nuclear talks next week in Baghdad, they say recent statements from Iran and pressure from sanctions have raised the chances of compromise.
DealBook

After Buildup, a Modest Start for Facebook

By EVELYN M. RUSLI and NICOLE PERLROTH
While disappointing new investors who were betting on fast gains, Facebook had a wide winner's circle, creating huge paper gains for scores of early insiders, hundreds of employees and some stragglers who bought stakes recently.

Earmark Puts $17,000 Pans on Army Craft

By ERIC LICHTBLAU
At a time of fiscal austerity, critics are pointing to the cost of a helicopter part made by a company whose owners are donors to Representative Harold Rogers, a Kentucky Republican.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"Facebook was not just an I.P.O. It was supposed to be something that would excite the retail investor. But that didn't happen."
JAMES A. BIANCO, president of a research and trading firm, on the anemic trading of shares in the company as it made its market debut.

Travel

Slide Show: 10 Views From the Road

Take a trip from California to Vermont and explore some of America's top drives.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

Why Bambi Must Go

The number of migratory birds returning to New York each spring is declining because there are too many deer.
WORLD

Rising Greek Political Star, Foe of Austerity, Puts Europe on Edge

By RACHEL DONADIO and LIZ ALDERMAN
The left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras, who pledges to repudiate Greece's austerity-for-loans bailout deal, says the country's problem is a European one, necessitating a European solution.

Putin Reaches Down to the Assembly Line for First Appointment

By ELLEN BARRY
Russia's newest political star is a tank factory worker who is famous for one thing: offering to travel to Moscow with a gang of assembly-line workers to chase antigovernment protesters off the streets.

From a Honduras Hospital, Conflicting Tales of a Riverside Shootout

By DAMIEN CAVE
Some Honduran officials and residents have said that the victims of a fatal gun battle last week were innocent people, challenging the account of American drug enforcement agents.
U.S.

Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay 'Cure'

By BENEDICT CAREY
At the end of his career, Dr. Robert L. Spitzer has reached a painful conclusion: "I believe," he wrote in a letter, "I owe the gay community an apology."

Martin Spoke of 'Crazy and Creepy' Man Following Him, Friend Says

By SERGE F. KOVALESKI
In a sworn interview with a prosecutor, a girl who was speaking on the phone with Trayvon Martin before he was killed tells of Mr. Martin's growing fear as he was followed.
Burlington Journal

Refugee Farmers Find Solace in a Floodplain

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
Refugees from Africa and South Asia are rebuilding their livelihoods after last summer's devastating flood that ruined 10,000 acres of land.
POLITICS
Political Memo

Race and Religion Rear Their Heads

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
A Republican political strategist's leaked proposal for an attack ad suggests that questions about President Obama's race and religion are still contentious.

As a Debt Battle Looms, Some See No Option but to Raise Taxes

By JACKIE CALMES
Experts warn that voters would not support deep cuts in entitlement programs unless an increase in taxes is part of the mix.

Romney Supporters Hopeful About New Hampshire

By MICHAEL BARBARO and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
President Obama may have won New Hampshire in 2008, but the people behind Mitt Romney's campaign believe their candidate's chances are good this year.
BUSINESS

Markets End Week With a Losing Streak Intact

By NATHANIEL POPPER
Excitement about Facebook did not keep the major indexes from losing ground for the third week in a row.
Common Sense

In the Undoing of a C.E.O., a Puzzle

By JAMES B. STEWART
A faked résumé led to a victory for an activist shareholder, and an enduring mystery about Scott Thompson's departure from Yahoo.
Off The Charts

The Number of Those Working Past 65 Is at a Record High

By FLOYD NORRIS
While the number of workers over the traditional retirement age has risen, those 55 and under are doing worse.
TECHNOLOGY
DealBook

Facebook Shares End Day With Scant Gain

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
After initially rising 11 percent on its first day, the stock closed at $38.23, just above its offering price, in heavy trading.

Facebook Builds Network of Friends in Washington

By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Over the last five years, Facebook employees have met with members of Congress and walked them through ways to best to use the Web site.
DealBook

Facebook's Debut Marred by Trading Problems

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and EVELYN M. RUSLI
Facebook's $16 billion offering was the biggest I.P.O. that Nasdaq had ever listed. Now there are growing questions over how it was handled.
SPORTS

In England, Fighting for Promotion and Riches

By JAMES MONTAGUE
Blackpool and West Ham, who both reside in the modest second tier of English soccer, will play Saturday in a winner-take-all match for promotion to the Premier League.
Yankees 4, Reds 0

Vintage Pettitte Arrives Just in Time

By ZACH SCHONBRUN
Andy Pettitte threw eight shutout innings against the Reds, striking out nine, in his second start since rejoining the Yankees.

For Jockeys and Trainers, the Merry-Go-Round Is All Part of the Game

By JOE DRAPE
The shifting cast of jockeys aboard the top horses in Triple Crown races has brought attention to the relationships between riders and trainers.
ARTS
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, 1925-2012

Lyrical and Powerful Baritone, and the Master of the Art Song

By DANIEL LEWIS
Mr. Fischer-Dieskau's beautiful voice and mastery of technique made him the 20th century's pre-eminent interpreter of art songs.
An Appraisal

The Voice That Made You Fall in Love With Lieder

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI
For countless listeners, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, with his vocal beauty and directness, was their first guide to the art of the song.

American Accents Being Heard on the Malecón

By VICTORIA BURNETT
With fewer travel restrictions to Cuba, more than 1,300 Americans - collectors, curators, dealers and others - have registered to attend this year's Havana Biennial, close to the high reached in 2000.
NEW YORK / REGION

In New Jersey, Memorial for 'Comfort Women' Deepens Old Animosity

By KIRK SEMPLE
Officials in Palisades Park, N.J., have refused to remove a plaque in memory of sexual slavery during World War II, and the episode has irritated South Korea-Japan relations.

Restoring a Bridge, and a Link Between Neighbors

By WINNIE HU
The long-closed High Bridge, for which the Highbridge section of the Bronx is named, is to be restored, and some residents hope it will lead to a little more community pride.

Brooklyn Prosecutor to Target Intimidation in Ultra-Orthodox Abuse Cases

By RAY RIVERA and SHARON OTTERMAN
The district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, is setting up a task force to combat the community pressure faced by the families of child sexual abuse victims who report the crime to law enforcement.
TRAVEL

Just Me and My RV

By ANDY ISAACSON
Captain of a "rig" for the first time, the author cruises through the West, sleeping at a Walmart, joining the "Greatest RV Rally in the World" and celebrating the freedom to roam.
Journeys

10 Correspondents, 10 Drives

They cover the country, and drive to do it. So where do The Times's national correspondents (and their editor) like to hit the road? Here are some of their favorite stretches.
In Transit Blog

Your Favorite Road Trips

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
We want to hear your top routes and recommendations.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

NATO and Afghanistan

The alliance doesn't have a lot of time to prepare Afghans to stand on their own. There is much to cover at the summit meeting in Chicago.
Editorial

A New Attack on the Constitution

The House voted to allow any terror suspect to be locked up indefinitely without a trial. The Senate must fix this bill to restore the due-process rights found in the Constitution.
Editorial

Their Bias Is Clear and Shameful

The Virginia Legislature disgraced itself when it rejected the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland, a widely respected prosecutor, to be the first openly gay judge on the state bench.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Columnist

'Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln'

By CHARLES M. BLOW
With the news of a "super PAC" plan to resurrect the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. this election season, we're right back to ridiculous descriptions and dirty politics.
Op-Ed Columnist

It's Their Party

By GAIL COLLINS
The presidential nominees may have been chosen, but there is still much to look forward to at the upcoming nominating conventions!
Op-Ed Columnist

Free the Post Office!

By JOE NOCERA
What stands between the Postal Service and solvency? Congress.
ON THIS DAY
On May 19, 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.

The Washington Post E Replica: May 19, 2012


The Washington Post - 19 May 2012

The Washington Post
19 May 2012

In This Issue:

For Facebook, a mixed debut
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and others are seen on a screen in New York's Times Square in a telecast from the firm's base in Menlo Park, Calif., just after the launch of its...

An honor? Yes. An easy gig? No.
As Kathleen Sebelius addressed Georgetown University graduates Friday morning, the secretary of health and human services felt the wrath of antiabortion activists when someone shouted...

U.S. schools draw children of Chinese elite
cambridge, mass. - When scholars gathered at Harvard last month to discuss the political tumult convulsing China's ruling Communist Party, a demure female undergraduate with a direct stake in...

Liberal groups trail in spending
Conservative interest groups have dumped well over $20 million into congressional races so far this year, outspending their liberal opponents 4 to 1 and setting off a growing panic among...