Frontpage: Tuesday, June 26th
1. Chicago Homicides Up 38 Percent: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed safer streets as one of his three top priorities when he became mayor, but the rate of homicides has risen 38 percent from last year. As of June 17, 240 people have been killed in the city.
2. Colo. Wildfire Burns 3,446 Acres: Four huge tankers dumped 3,000 gallons of flame-retardant material in less than five seconds on Monday in an effort to calm the massive High Park fire in Fort Collins, Colo.
3. Arizona Police Unsure of Role: Arizona police, who hoped that the Supreme Court ruling might clarify what role they should play in immigration enforcement, were left sorely disappointed on Monday.
4. Romney Makes Inroads in Silicon Valley: President Obama is finding less hope and more change in Silicon Valley this year. Though Obama is still outraising Mitt Romney in donations from tech-company employees, Romney has raised nearly $340,000 from tech companies this year, far more than the $240,000 John McCain had picked up through May 2008.
5. Turkish Forces on High Alert: The Turkish government on Tuesday condemned attacks on its military planes by Syria, with the prime minister saying Turkey’s forces are now on high alert. “The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
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Photo by Peter Van Agtmael via picturedept:
Quoted from his artist statement:
Reality was intersecting with my aspired ideals and I knew I had to cover the wars of my country and my generation. I first went to Iraq in the beginning of 2006 and began working in Afghanistan in 2007. I have been covering both wars since. When I returned home I showed the pictures to my friends and family. They were intrigued and troubled and sometimes moved but generally detached. I knew I could not emote my experiences how I wanted, so I began to look for intersections between home and war.
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