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Top News Stories 2008-04-30 07:00:26

Front Page: 30 Sentenced in Tibet, Wildfires, Economy 0.6 %

  • 30 Sentenced in Tibet: A Chinese court in Tibet has sentenced 30 people to prison for their roles in the deadly rioting last month. The sentences range from three years to life in prison. Those punished were accused of taking part in the protests, vandalism, and violence that began March 14 in the Tibetan capital. China blames the Dalai Lama for the conflict and the ensuing problems with the Olympic torch relay. A spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry says, “We hope the Dalai can cherish this opportunity, recognize the situation and change his position to take concrete measures to stop his criminal acts of violence, stop his sabotage of the Beijing Olympics and his separatist activities, so as to create conditions for the next step of talks.”
  • Wildfires Rage: Firefighters enter their fourth day battling wildfires in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. The fires were 57 percent contained early Tuesday after less than a square mile and most of the more than 1,000 people evacuated from their homes had been allowed to return. Fires outside of Reno are being fanned by up to 68 m.p.h. winds making containment difficult. The blaze has caused a major highway to close, threatened homes, and caused the evacuation of a school.
  • Economy 0.6 % Growth: The US economy grew 0.6 percent during the first quarter of this year. The growth is equal to the last quarter of 2007. The 0.6 percent statistic doesn't meet the classic definition of a recession, which is a retraction of the economy, though the slim gains show struggle.
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stephley stephley 9 years
Warren Buffet thinks we're in a recession and have been for a while now. And, he thinks its going to be longer and more severe than most people expect.
stephley stephley 9 years
So does Beijing have the guts to take up the Dalai Lama's offer to meet, or are they just going to keep blasting him in press releases?
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
CHINA -- they know they're guilty of human rights violations and they can't stand that world opinion is against them instead of against Tibet. When their own people who live outside of China are the ones instigating some of the protests, they can't blame the Dalai Lama on that. So they have to toss up a smoke screen. "We'll talk if you call off your protests." China better get a grip and do some changing of its own. Wild Fire -- isn't there a song by that name? Or am I showing my age? If people are dumb enough to build houses on the San Andreas Fault and in dry-tinder areas, they have nothing to complain about. If the fires are srson, a good public hanging would put an end to that quite quickly. Economy: It's not Bush's fault that people didn't save money for the bad times. It's NOT a recession, it's a glitch. We've had them before and we bounce out of them. This time, though, there are millions more people affected than before and they have no resources or reserves nor are they emotionally willing to accept the consequences of their actions. They want the Government to bail them out. Did Mama and Daddy bail you out? YUP. Well, the Government is not your Mama or your Daddy. Grab those boot straps and pull yourself out of it or go get help from your Community Action Agency. And don't get stuck on stupid.
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