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10 bodies found, scores missing in massive China landslide

Han Guan Ng and Didi Tang, Associated Press Published 6:55 a.m. ET June 25, 2017 | Updated 19 minutes ago

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Rescue workers wait as heavy machinery clears dirt at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo: AP)

MAO COUNTY, China (AP) — Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China.

More than 2,500 rescuers with detection devices and dogs were looking for signs of life amid the rubble of huge boulders that rained down on Xinmo village in Sichuan province early Saturday.

As of Sunday afternoon, only three people — a couple and their month-old baby — had been rescued from the disaster site.

Sitting on the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau in Aba prefecture's Mao County, Xinmo has in recent years become a tourism destination for its picturesque scenery of homes in lush meadows tucked between steep and rugged mountains. But after the landslide, the village was reduced to a vast area of rubble.

As heavy machines removed debris and men scoured the rubble for survivors on Sunday, relatives from nearby villages sobbed as they awaited news of their loved ones.

"It was as if strong winds were blowing by, or a big truck rumbled by," Tang Hua, a 38-year-old woman from a nearby village, told The Associated Press. "The houses were shaking, as if there were an earthquake. We rushed out and saw massive smoke. With a thundering sound, the smoke suddenly lifted. We realized it was a landslide."

"As we ran for safety, we looked this way and saw the village flattened," she said.

Tang has relatives in Xinmo, but she said little could be done at this point. "The whole village is done for," she said.

Women grieve near bodies covered by tarp at the site

Women grieve near bodies covered by tarp at the site of a landslide on Sunday.   (Photo: AP)

The landslide carried an estimated 18 million cubic meters (636 million cubic feet) of earth and rock — equivalent to more than 7,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools — when it slid down from steep mountains. Some of it fell from as high as 1.6 kilometers (1 mile).

It buried 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) of road and blocked a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) section of a river as it completely wiped away the village, which was once home to 46 families comprising more than 100 people.

The Sichuan provincial government said Sunday that 10 bodies had been found, lowering an earlier figure of 15 that had been reported by state media. It also lowered the number of missing to 93, saying 15 people on an initial list of the missing were accounted for.

There were 142 tourists in the village around the time the landslide hit, and all were alive, said Xu Zhiwen, executive deputy governor of Aba prefecture.

Three members of a family from the village were rescued five

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As cities look to get greener, lower-income residents fear gentrification

As cities look to get greener, lower-income residents fear gentrification
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The 606 in Chicago is a green home for stargazing, biking, and family outings. Even more so, it's home for a large issue of gentrification and heightened property values for those who thought they were living in low-income housing.

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The 606, the Bloomingdale line trail. By many measures, an effort to convert derelict elevated railway on Chicago's Northwest Side into a stunning linear park has been a smashing success. Yet, many residents in the working-class community at one end of the trail are grumbling the elevated park is driving gentrification in their once affordable neighborhood and pushing out residents who have deep roots in the community. (Photo: Tyler Mallory, USA TODAY)

CHICAGO — By many measures, the effort to convert old elevated railway on Chicago’s Northwest Side into a signature park has been a smashing success.

The 2.7-mile recreation trail, known as The 606 , built on old Chicago & Pacific Railroad line has been praised as a model use of public space since it opened two years ago. It's regularly packed with bikers, joggers and walkers.

Art installations and eclectic programming — including evening star gazing sessions, Afro-Latin music and dance demonstrations and puppet shows —have helped make the linear park a destination that draws visitors from beyond the four neighborhoods the trail bisects. Volunteers of the park have even picked fruit grown from the Serviceberry shrubs along the trail and turned them over to a popular Italian ice shop to make treats for a fundraiser for the trail.

The 606's charms notwithstanding, some residents along the western portion of the trail say the recreational space has been both a blessing and curse. It brought much-needed green space in a part of Chicago that lacked it, but is also driving up property values and rent prices in their once affordable neighborhood.

“I miss my neighborhood, I miss my neighbors, I miss my local stores,” said Alicia Avila, who had rented near the western edge of the trail for 11 years but moved to a cheaper Chicago suburb this month as a result of the rising housing costs that have followed the trail, which takes its name from the Chicago zip code prefix.

“I know gentrification is going to happen, but it should happen in a responsible way so that people who have been here for many years can co-inhabit the same space.”

Call it the greening neighborhood conundrum. The paradox that Chicago faces with its new-ish gem to its park system is one playing out in other big cities around the U.S. that are also finding it’s difficult to add marquee park space on derelict tracks and bridges in low-income areas while also keeping housing prices in check for longtime residents.

Now, designers and city officials seeking to create recreational space on abandoned industrial eyesores are increasingly recognizing—some albeit belatedly— that they have a chicken-and-egg quandary on their hands: How do you add green space in lower-income areas without inevitably setting those populations up to be displaced by more well-heeled neighbors

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Cancer and my social calendar: There's an Arabic word for that.

Jeffrey Weiss, Religion News Service Published 9:16 a.m. ET June 25, 2017 | Updated 0 minutes ago

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From the Quran, Muslims learn to use the phrase, "insha'Allah," which means "God willing." (Photo: (Ahmad Yusni, epa))

Around six months into brain cancer, I try to be honest about obligations and requests. You want me to do something tomorrow? If I decide I’m up for it, I have an answer:

Inshallah .”

Heh. It’s Arabic, of course. Tied to Islam and Allah, of course. But “Allah” simply means “God.” And the meaning is similar to plenty of other religion-themed idioms.

“God willing and the creek don’t rise” is an American expression, attributed to 18th-century Congressman Benjamin Hawkins. Orthodox Jews may offer “be-ezrat hashem,” or “with God’s help.” The Arabic expression translates directly into “God willing” or “if God wills.”

But I know just enough to understand that it’s sometimes used with a wry grin more than a devout nod: Yeah, sure. I’ll get all over that if the Almighty sets that up. Right. You betcha. Maybe.

That’s partly why I use it. Like the idiomatic use by many Muslims, I realize that my commitment is likely to be a bit of “maybe, maybe not” and I like to deliver that, even if the people I’m telling don’t really understand it.

I looked up the use of “inshallah” by Muslims and found more than a few clergy-style finger wags. Don’t use God as an excuse!

I found a column in  Arab News  from a couple of years ago:

“Apparently, this word has become associated with what is called ‘second-hand procrastination,’ i.e. never getting things done … for other people.” The columnist then gives an example of a person trying to fix a visa problem:

“He hands the required papers to the official, and waits. When he checks the status of the application one week later, the response is: ‘Not finished yet, Insha Allah tomorrow it will be.’ He checks tomorrow and it’s not done yet, but ‘Insha Allah next week.’ He visits next week, hoping his papers are OK now, only for the official to indifferently mutter with his eyes on his monitor: ‘Not finished yet, Insha Allah next week.”

Partly, I think I use it as my own gentle nod at Muslim culture mixing in America.

One of the strongest and most powerful facts about American English is that we’ve grabbed words from any language if it offered some interesting choices.

“Chutzpah” came from Yiddish. “Chaise longue” from French. “Okra” from Nigerian. And “algebra,” ahem, from Arabic.

And yet, anti-Muslim fears in the U.S. push against even the innocent use of a simple phrase.

The New York Times reported last year that an Iraqi college student (and legal refugee) was booted off a plane in California by Southwest Airlines because she was on the phone using “ inshallah .”

Sigh.

So if my use pushes such American abuse away even slightly, it’s a small positive to try.

And it reminds me a bit of the captain in

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