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11:07 AM, June 13th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 13th

  1. Former Giffords Aid Wins Seat: It’s a fitting end to an inspirational saga: 66-year-old Ron Barber won the seat of his former boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Tuesday night after Giffords resigned to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.
  2. Yemen Continues U.S. Attack: Yemen on Wednesday pressed ahead with a U.S.-led offensive against Islamic militants in the southern part of the country, a day after it recovered control of two strategic cities.
  3. Car Bomb Kills 63 in Iraq: A wave of coordinated car-bomb attacks throughout Iraq on early Wednesday killed 63 people and injured dozens more—one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from the country last year.
  4. Russia Defends Syrian Arms Sale: Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday defended his country’s alleged sale of arms to Syria, and also accused the U.S. of supplying weapons to the rebels fighting the government.
  5. NASA to Launch Telescope: A powerful new X-ray telescope, dubbed the NuStar by NASA, will soon be on the prowl for supermassive black holes, the invisible remnants left when stars die.

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Dolores Walker leaves the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office after identifying the remains of her son, Joseph Briggs. Briggs, who recently turned 16, was shot and killed while sitting on a stoop in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood. Read the full story here

10:13 AM, April 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Apr 18th

  1. Burma’s Suu Kyi to Go Abroad: Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Norway and the U.K. this summer, her first trip out of the country in 24 years. She spent almost 20 years under house arrest in Burma, and refused to leave the country lest the military government refuse to let her back in. 
  2. Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal: Facebook’s purchase of Instagram for $1 billion took everyone by surprise—including Facebook’s board. Mark Zuckerberg told his board the day before the deal was publicly announced that they were buying the photo-sharing app. He’d worked out the deal himself, in three days of negotiations with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in Zuckerberg’s home. 
  3. U.S. Soldiers Posed with Taliban Bodies: A soldier from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division has released photographs showing soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan suicide bombers. He told the Los Angeles Times he released the photos in order to bring attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The photos show soldiers holding limbs and smiling after being sent to recover the remains of a suicide bomber. 
  4. Obama, Romney in Dead HeatA new CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat, with each receiving 46 percent of registered voters. 
  5. GOP Chooses Kelly for Giffords’s SeatRepublicans chose Jesse Kelly to go against Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber in what will likely be a closely contested special election for the congresswoman’s vacated seat. Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite, lost to Giffords by only 4,000 votes in 2010.

Photo: Photographer Jon Lowenstein, who recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, has spent a decade documenting the neighborhoods and the lives of the people living on the South Side. On assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, he photographed the neighborhoods of Englewood and Little Village, among others, to look at the rise in violence and the impact it is having on the people there. View more photos. (Jon Lowenstein / NOOR for the Daily Beast)

2:47 PM, January 12th, 2011

"He has this sort of ‘paranoid headlights’ stare, I was talking to a psychologist friend of mine and that seems like the right term for what I saw. He just sat there, elbows resting on his knees, staring straight ahead and smirking. I saw him do that for about 15 minutes straight, just looking at the wall."

— U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales on Jared Lee Loughner’s bizarre “paranoid” behavior in custody.

"He has this sort of ‘paranoid headlights’ stare, I was talking to a psychologist friend of mine and that seems like the right term for what I saw. He just sat there, elbows resting on his knees, staring straight ahead and smirking. I saw him do that for about 15 minutes straight, just looking at the wall."

— U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales on Jared Lee Loughner’s bizarre “paranoid” behavior in custody.

1:10 PM, January 11th, 2011
A good friend of mine was involved in a cycling accident. Truck cut him off, nearly ran over him, his head struck the vehicle and the pavement. He was in critical condition. The doctors did a very similar procedure: removed a good portion of the skull, and allowed his brain a chance to recover from the swelling caused by the accident. He eventually regained consciousness but lost the sight in one eye and hearing in one ear. He was fortunate to survive. He’s made a pretty good recovery since then; a few weeks ago, he ran in two marathons. Recovery is possible from these sorts of accidents, but I think it depends on how invasive the brain injury was. Giffords could have some serious mental/physical impairment — or even personality changes. But I’ve seen miracles happen, so don’t count her out. The best thing for her would be to have her friends and family take shifts at the hospital, and support her night and day. She’s going to need that kind of encouragement and support.
Commenter tomcat2010, on a story about Gabrielle Giffords’ current condition
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