Mark Memmott http://ktep.org en 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot http://ktep.org/post/seven-weeks-world-cup-rio-rocked-riot "A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_BRAZIL_RIO_VIOLENCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/world/americas/brazil-rio-copacabana-protests/" target="_blank">CNN says that</a> "residents from the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela took to the streets of Copaca Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39232 at http://ktep.org 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest http://ktep.org/post/government-will-try-convince-sherpas-stay-everest The news from high up the world's tallest mountain continues to be confusing, with some reports implying that a boycott by Sherpas means there will be no climbs to the summit this year and others indicating that there will still be attempts to reach the top.<p>Based on what we can glean from various news accounts, it appears that some expeditions have indeed canceled their climbs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39226 at http://ktep.org Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster http://ktep.org/post/death-toll-rises-hopes-fade-site-korean-ferry-disaster The already slim hope that anyone might still be alive aboard the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">South Korean ferry that sunk a week ago</a> was all but extinguished Wednesday with the news that divers have found no air pockets in key areas of the ship.<p>That word came as the number of bodies recovered from the Sewol edged above 150. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39225 at http://ktep.org Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom http://ktep.org/post/stowaway-teen-may-have-been-trying-reunite-his-mom The latest word about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305824651/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-with-a-bad-idea" target="_blank">teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii</a> in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.<p>Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have not named the teen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39217 at http://ktep.org 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet http://ktep.org/post/object-interest-found-search-malaysian-jet After 6 1/2 weeks of false leads and conflicting information about what may have happened to the jet and the 239 people on board, Wednesday's headlines about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> need to be viewed with considerable caution:<p>-- " 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast." (<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">CNN.com</a>)<p>-- "MH370 search: Debris washed up on WA coast to be investigated." ( Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39213 at http://ktep.org 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend http://ktep.org/post/45-people-were-shot-chicago-over-weekend There are more data to add to Chicago's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/20/224514644/chicago-shootings-spur-renewed-call-for-tougher-gun-laws" target="_blank">well-documented problem with gun violence</a>.<p>Headlines such as this from the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> — "<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/26955790-418/in-violent-weekend-at-least-8-dead-37-wounded-in-shootings-across-chicago.html#.U1agY6I2rMo" target="_blank">In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago</a>" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.<p>There's a rat Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39166 at http://ktep.org 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia http://ktep.org/post/stop-supporting-men-hiding-behind-masks-biden-tells-russia <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxZUI218HHc</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39158 at http://ktep.org 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt http://ktep.org/post/climbing-may-begin-everest-after-sherpas-demands-are-met <strong>Update at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39150 at http://ktep.org UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives http://ktep.org/post/korean-ferry-sank-some-crew-members-fought-save-lives With the death toll continuing to rise and likely to exceed 300, the captain and crew of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">ferry that sank last week off the coast of South Korea</a> have been called cowards <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305489293/murder-south-korean-leader-says-of-ferry-captains-actions" target="_blank">and accused of murder.</a><p>Now, though, we're also hearing about the heroic acts of some among the 29-member crew — seven of whom either are confirmed to have died or are missing.<p>"Passengers recall mome Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39146 at http://ktep.org As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' http://ktep.org/post/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-bad-idea The California teenager who survived a 5 1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was "just a runaway kid with a bad idea," FBI Special Agent Tom Simon says.<p>Simon also says, <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25610408/san-jose-santa-clara-teens-survival-from-flight" target="_blank">according to <em>The San Jose Mercury News</em></a>, that the unidentified boy's lousy idea wasn't very well thought out: "He ran for the nearest plane. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39141 at http://ktep.org Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' You Can Survive A Flight In A Jet's Wheel Well, But Probably Won't http://ktep.org/post/you-can-survive-flight-jets-wheel-well-probably-wont The amazing story of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305495936/teen-survives-flight-to-hawaii-in-jets-wheel-well-fbi-says" target="_blank">16-year-old California boy who the FBI says survived</a> a 5 1/2-hour flight in the frigid wheel well of a jet that flew from San Jose to Hawaii on Sunday raises a logical question:<p>How does one survive a trip like that when the temperature would have dropped to more than 50 degrees below zero and the air would have been thinner than that at the top of Mount Everest?<p>Well, as it turns out there have been cases of such survival Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39098 at http://ktep.org Parents Say 234 Girls Are Missing From School In Nigeria http://ktep.org/post/parents-say-234-girls-are-missing-school-nigeria Disturbing news from Nigeria about girls kidnapped last week from their school by Islamist extremists grew even more distressing on Monday when parents told authorities that 234 of the young women are still missing.<p>That's nearly triple the number — 85 — that officials have been reporting.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/parents-234-girls-kidnapped-nigeria-school" target="_blank">According to The Associated Press</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town [of Chibok]. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39086 at http://ktep.org After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest http://ktep.org/post/after-tragedy-nepalese-sherpas-may-refuse-climb-everest Friday's tragedy on Mount Everest in which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304935269/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-to-13" target="_blank">at least 13 Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche</a> has led others among that group of Nepalese who lead foreigners up the world's tallest mountain to issue some demands — and threaten to boycott the soon-to-start climbing season if their requests aren't granted.<p><a href="http://time.com/69829/everest-climbing-season-in-doubt-as-sherpas-issue-ultimatum-to-authorites/" target="_blank"><em>Time</em> reports that</a>:< Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39080 at http://ktep.org After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says http://ktep.org/post/teen-survives-flight-hawaii-jets-wheel-well-fbi-says "Aviation experts call it a miracle," <a href="http://khon2.com/2014/04/20/fbi-investigating-stowaway-of-hawaiian-airlines-flight/" target="_blank">says Honolulu's KHON-TV</a>. "The FBI says a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, and survived. The boy is expected to fully recover."<p><strong>Update at 11:33 p.m. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39077 at http://ktep.org Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says 'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions http://ktep.org/post/murder-south-korean-leader-says-ferry-captains-actions "The conduct of the captain and some crew members is wholly unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense, and it was like an act of murder that cannot and should not be tolerated."<p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/21/33/0301000000AEN20140421004151315F.html" target="_blank">Yonhap News says</a> that was the word Monday from South Korean President Park Geun-hye as she spoke with senior aides about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">last week's ferry disaster</a>, which is feared to have killed about 300 people — most of them h Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39072 at http://ktep.org 'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule http://ktep.org/post/its-time-run-again-boston-heres-schedule We don't need to go on at length about why today's running of the Boston Marathon is important.<p>We all know it's the first <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">since the bombings near the finish line of last year's race</a>. The explosions killed three people and injured another 260 or so. In the four days that followed, authorities say, the two suspects murdered an MIT campus police officer. One of the two brothers accused of carrying out the bombings then died after a gun battle with police. The other is in custody. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39067 at http://ktep.org It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far http://ktep.org/post/take-break-something-cute-two-kittens-who-traveled-far After so many stories this month about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/179200897/accidents-and-disasters" target="_blank">accidents and disasters</a>, we needed something completely different and hopefully cute.<p>This would seem to fit the bill:<p>"Kittens accidentally packed in box, shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego." (<a href="http://www.10news.com/news/kittens-packed-in-box-shipped-from-los-angeles-to-san-diego-041614" target="_blank">San Diego's ABC10 News</a>)<p>"Two kittens are recovering after they were found inside a box that was shipped from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communi Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38925 at http://ktep.org Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying http://ktep.org/post/heres-what-putin-didnt-tell-snowden-about-russias-spying "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304057289/putin-tells-snowden-that-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance" target="_blank">asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday</a>.<p>"We don't have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist," the Russian leader responded.<p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/tgjelten/status/457169455101902848" target="_blank">as NPR's Tom Gjelten tweets< Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38917 at http://ktep.org Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden http://ktep.org/post/pakistani-madrassa-names-its-library-osama-bin-laden A sign now outside the small library at a religious school for girls in Pakistan's capital says the room has been named for a martyr — Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida terrorist network was responsible for the Sept. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38915 at http://ktep.org Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://ktep.org/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38914 at http://ktep.org Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://ktep.org/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38910 at http://ktep.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface http://ktep.org/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank earlier this week in the Yellow Sea, leaving at least 28 dead and hundreds missing, has been arrested, along with two other crew members, South Korea's <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2014/04/19/0200000000AEN20140419000500315.html">Yonhap news agency says</a>.<p>The 69-year-old captain, Lee Jun-Seok, faces five counts including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, Yonhap says.<p>Lee, who was taken into custody on Saturday (local time), was reportedly among the first to leave the stricken vessel, but he made a public apo Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38906 at http://ktep.org Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://ktep.org/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38841 at http://ktep.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://ktep.org/post/fate-girls-abducted-nigeria-now-uncertain This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.<p>"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in a statement.<p>"There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately," it said. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38834 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://ktep.org/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38833 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://ktep.org/post/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday</a>.<p>The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before the economy slipped into its latest recession. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38831 at http://ktep.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://ktep.org/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38829 at http://ktep.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://ktep.org/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean coast guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38827 at http://ktep.org No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://ktep.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38779 at http://ktep.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free http://ktep.org/post/dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria-militants-blamed <strong>9:45 a.m. ET, April 17:</strong> The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304072807/fate-of-girls-abducted-in-nigeria-now-uncertain" target="_blank">Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain</a>.<p><strong>Our post from April 16:</strong><p>Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military reports. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 38770 at http://ktep.org