Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tornado hits fair in Spain, flood deaths reach 10

A man to clear muddy water from his house, after heavy rain caused flash floods in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

A man to clear muddy water from his house, after heavy rain caused flash floods in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

Residents walk on a muddy street after heavy rain caused flash floods in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims.(AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

Residents walk by a wrecked car carried away by flash floods after heavy rain in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

A women cleans a muddy street after flash floods in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims.(AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

Residents walk by wrecked cars carried away by flash floods after heavy rain in the town of Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga, southern Spain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

(AP) ? A tornado swept through a fair ground in a Spanish town, knocking down a Ferris wheel and injuring 35 people, while the death toll from flooding in the same southern region of the country rose to 10, authorities said Saturday.

The Friday tornado damaged several rides and cut electricity in the temporary fair set up in the main square of Gandia, according to its town hall website. It said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt, all of whom were treated on site.

Local media reported the fair in Valencia province was closed to the public at the time of a thunderstorm and that all the injured were fair workers.

Just inland from the Mediterranean coastal town, five more victims of Friday's flash floods southwest of Gandia were found overnight. They included a middle-aged woman in the town of Lorca.

Last summer Lorca was hit by Spain's deadliest earthquakes in more than 50 years, leaving nine dead.

A spokeswoman for the regional government of Andalucia told The Associated Press on Saturday that the heavy downpours and resulting high waters had claimed the lives of five people in the province of Murcia, three in Almeria and two in Malaga.

The spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy, said that a 52-year-old British woman was missing in Almeria as well as one homeless man. Five people originally declared missing had been found alive.

Local media reported that hundreds of citizens had to be evacuated throughout the region.

The flooding disrupted high-speed train service between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while bridges and roads were also made impassible.

The heavy rains which started on Friday morning are expected to continue throughout Saturday, with the front moving north toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

Associated Press


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Former SEAL runs marathon after surviving cancer, double lung ...

Posted on: 2:58 pm, September 29, 2012, by Web Staff, updated on: 07:37pm, September 29, 2012

Justin Legg (CNN)

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(CNN) ? Justin Legg could dead-lift a washing machine and carry it across the street. He could swim miles on end and run a marathon on one day?s notice.

The former Navy SEAL stayed in top shape because his life ? and the lives of his teammates ? depended on it.

But when his physical strength deteriorated in a fight against cancer, Legg had to rely on his mental fortitude to carry him through four years of excruciating pain, a bone marrow transplant and two collapsed lungs.

Finally back on his feet, Legg now has a new mission. He?s relearning to run, one step at a time, in honor of the 19-year-old boy who saved his life.

Newlywed nightmare

The pain started in his ribs. Legg brushed it off, figuring a martial arts fight had gotten the best of him.

He and his new wife, Suzanne, were enjoying their first few months of marital bliss in Louisiana. He was rebuilding their house ? the one that Hurricane Katrina had destroyed ? in between training at a military base in Mississippi.

But the pain persisted and his workouts soon started to suffer.

?For me it was pretty easy to run 10, 15 miles,? Legg says. ?Suddenly I couldn?t run five. I got to three and my legs just ground to a halt.?

In June 2006, shortly before his 28th birthday, Legg?s doctor called and told him that his white blood cell count was elevated. The military sent Legg to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to get checked out.

The diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

?My first question was, ?Can I still be a SEAL??? Legg remembers.

Still in shock, Suzanne was ticked off: ?Not ?My new bride? or ?What?s our new life going to be like?? but ?Am I going to be able to roll in the dirt with my friends and blow up things?? My whole world in front of me just went black.?

Doctors immediately started Legg on eight straight days of chemotherapy. The drugs had no mercy ? attacking healthy and unhealthy cells alike, weakening his entire body.

?They tell you to take your IV pole and walk a lap around the floor each day to avoid clots,? Legg says. ?I remember leaning on that IV pole, just draping my arms over top of it just to get around the ward once.?

That didn?t stop him from doing lunges in the hospital library, using books as weights.

In addition to leukemia, doctors discovered Legg had the Philadelphia Chromosome, an abnormality in his genes that caused cancerous cells to duplicate 80 times faster than in other patients.

Chemotherapy wasn?t going to be enough; he needed a bone marrow transplant.

If you tell him, ?You can?t,? he loves to prove you wrong.
Suzanne Legg.

Attacked from within

Like many SEALs, Legg is a little ?twisted,? Suzanne says. He?s stubborn. Intense. Arrogant.

?If you tell him, ?There?s a very low chance that you?ll get through this,? well, he knows he can. If you tell him, ?You can?t,? he loves to prove you wrong. That?s the little cherry on top for him.?

She believes that attitude saved him.

Legg developed graft-versus-host disease shortly after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a German donor. With graft-vs.-host disease, the new cells attack the recipient?s body because they see it as a foreign entity.

?For the first two months I was throwing up every day because my stomach was getting beat up so bad,? Legg says.

He also developed a severe skin condition. Anytime he got warm, hives would break out all over his body. For months, Legg worked out with a mouth guard so he could get through the pain without screaming.

In 2007, Legg went back to work and rejoined the SEALs as a platoon commander. He knew his struggle wasn?t over, but he was managing the disease.

Managing it, that is, until a doctor made a mistake with his medication, causing his symptoms to flare up again. His hands and feet itched like crazy. A mouth full of sores caused any crunchy food to hurt like a razor blade. Cause for more concern was his liver and lungs, which were failing rapidly.

By February 2009, it had gotten so bad that he had to resign from his SEAL team. ?That crushed me,? he says. ?That was everything I had worked for since I was 14 or 15 years old.?

And the worst was yet to come.

?I remember the day my lungs collapsed. I remember them putting me on a gurney, calling a code blue, rushing me through the hospital.?

Legg slipped into a coma.

?The doctors told me how sick he was, how close to death he was,? Suzanne says. ?I was just thinking? there is no way Justin can die like this. He will be so PO-ed.?

After two weeks, Legg awakened from his coma. For a while, his body seemed OK, but doctors were worried about his chest scans. After everything he had been through, the news that he would need a double lung transplant barely fazed him.

?Death wasn?t an option,? Legg says. ?In my mind, I?ve always thought that I have the ability to prevent this from happening. I have the ability to fight it off.?

He had the operation on July 22, 2010.

Back on his feet

Just eight months after his transplant, Legg completed a half marathon. In September 2012, he half-ran, half-walked his second.

Working with Team in Training, a fundraising program with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Legg has collected more than $39,000 this year for cancer research. He hopes to raise another $11,000 by running the Disney Wine & Dine half marathon in November.

If he reaches his fundraising goal before the end of the year, he?ll be allowed to name a research project after his lung donor, 19-year-old Jarred McKinley Carter.

?Jarred abruptly ended his life on July 20, 2010, without knowing what an incredible person he was,? his mother, Julie McCarthy, told CNN in an e-mail. ?Jarred died believing that he didn?t matter, that no one would remember his name? Justin and Jarred are now joined together ? a brotherhood ? on a mission to help others. They endure training together, go on adventures together. My son still lives and breathes.?

Legg hopes to meet McCarthy in Florida after the November race. He is reminded every day that he wouldn?t be alive if it weren?t for her son.

Legg still struggles to do simple tasks, like mow the lawn or climb stairs. Most lung transplant patients die from complications within five years, a statistic that?s always in the back of Suzanne?s mind.

?I constantly ask him, ?Are you OK? Are you breathing?? That drives him crazy,? she says with a laugh. ?(But) if there?s one person that can live for 25 years with a new set of lungs, it?s going to be him.?

For now, the couple is focusing on taking things one step at a time ? all the way to the finish line. Legg strives to follow his SEAL team?s motto: Earn Your Trident Everyday.

?You must do something to improve yourself each day,? he wrote on his blog. ?That doesn?t mean just doing what is required. That means stretch your limits a little bit farther than the day before.?


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World Routes Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi - Business Review India

ABU DHABI, UAE, September 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

2,800 delegates, 750 airports and 300 airlines gather in the capital of the UAE for the world's largest commercial aviation event ?

40 airline CEOs and 16 tourism ministers expected

World Routes, the 18th World Route Development Forum was officially opened today by Abu Dhabi Airports Company's (ADAC) CEO, James Bennett. ?The event, which takes place over four days, will attract 2,800 senior professionals who represent over 300 airlines and 750 airports as well as numerous governments, destinations and tour operators.

There are more airline delegates registered this year than at any previous event, representing all leading airlines including Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France/KLM, Etihad, Emirates, United Airlines, LATAM, COPA, South African, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Qantas as well as airports from around the globe. ?The event will also see more senior executives in attendance than in previous years, with 40 airline CEOs and 250 airport CEOs and board members as well as 16 tourism ministers registered to attend. Carriers which have confirmed that their CEO will be in attendance in Abu Dhabi include Kenya Airways, Air Arabia, CSA-Czech Airlines, Etihad Airways, Vueling and Air Seychelles.

On the first day of the event the World Route Development Strategy Summit, which takes place alongside World Routes, was launched with a keynote speech by ADAC CEO, James E. Bennett. ?The summit provided a platform for industry leaders to discuss key on-going topics that impact this dynamic and ever-evolving industry. ?Key topics highlighted during the summit included: taxation; rising oil prices; aeropolitics; environmental factors; sustainable route development; economic development; and, general regional perspectives on aviation and its potential for growth.

Along with the summit opening, Routes held a joint press conference with Abu Dhabi Airports Company to announce the launch of the event and to engage with the 180 accredited journalists on Route Development strategies and trends. ?In addition, the first day of the forum started with meetings held between airlines and airports to seek and plan for new routes.

David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Routes comments: "This year's World Routes might well be the largest commercial aviation event ever held, and it is more than appropriate that it takes place in the Middle East, the fastest growing aviation market in the world. The event demonstrates in an impressive way how dynamic the global aviation sector is, despite the challenging economic and regulatory environment."

"The format is unique, as it is the only event which brings together hundreds of airlines and airports from all corners of the world. ?Delegates meet for tightly-scheduled face to face discussions over three days with the aim to discuss and agree on new air services. In total, around 16,000 meetings will take place in Abu Dhabi."

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of ADAC, said: "The Middle East region has registered a 17.3% growth in passenger traffic in the first 8 months of 2012, as per the traffic report released by IATA, becoming the fastest growing region in the world. ADAC is extremely proud to host key aviation leaders from around the globe here in the heart of this dynamic region. ?This world class event will provide a platform to map out plans for growth in the aviation industry, but most importantly will allow Abu Dhabi to showcase its world-class airports and aviation services, and to work even closer with airlines in delivering new routes and destinations to Abu Dhabi airports."

"The aviation sector is one of the 12 sectors that form the Emirate's engines of economic, social and cultural growth and diversification," said Al Mansoori. ?"Our leaders' recognition that this sector is essential for connecting the Emirate to the world, has been translated to significant investment in air transport, enabling Abu Dhabi International Airport to become one of the fastest growing international airport hubs. This commitment has also allowed Abu Dhabi to establish itself as a global centre for tourism, trade and industry in the sixteen years since Abu Dhabi last hosted the World Route Development Forum."

This year's event programme has been extended to include full days on both Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th with delegates invited to "Experience Abu Dhabi", attend the World Route Development Strategy Summit and further enjoy the unique one-to-one networking, briefing, and meeting opportunities. ?Exclusive Route Exchange Airline Briefings by airlines such as Etihad, Air Canada, Southwest, Iberia, and Aeromexico will also allow airlines to brief airports directly on their requirements and various market opportunities.

This marks the first time the event has returned to a previous host city. ?Back in 1996, Abu Dhabi's downtown Hilton Hotel was the setting for the first hosted World Routes event. ?16 years later, delegates will be able to witness for themselves the immense changes that demonstrate how the city's future as a world class destination is taking shape.

Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. ?For more information on the programme, please visit or visit

Notes to Editors

About Routes

  • Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.

  • Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK?based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. http://www.asm?

  • Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.? From 1stAugust 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.

  • UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.??Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

Follow us on twitter: @Routesonline, @TheHUBRoutes, @VictoriaRoutes, @RouteExchange, @airlineroute

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi's development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.


SOURCE UBM Aviation Routes Ltd


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Insurance News - Sears Overhauls Health Insurance, Offering Cash ...

By Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune
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Sept. 27--Sears Holdings Corp., in an effort to control its health care costs, has joined a private insurance exchange and will provide employees with a fixed allowance to buy insurance.

The Hoffman Estates-based retailer, with more than 90,000 workers eligible for coverage, becomes one of the largest U.S. employers to move away from traditional defined benefit health plans in favor of an approach that effectively shifts the choice of health insurance from companies to workers.

Sears said it is optimistic that more choice and competition will drive down health care costs.

"The corporate exchange model brings increased flexibility to group health coverage for our associates, giving participants a chance to choose both the level of coverage and the insurance company that best meets their needs," Sears spokesman Chris Braithwaite said in a statement.

But serious questions about the company's new arrangement remain to be answered.

The company declined to provide any specifics about the economics of its strategy. It is unknown how much money employees would receive to buy health insurance and whether contribution levels will increase if premiums in the exchange increase.

Sears employees will have choose among different health plans and insurance carriers starting with open enrollment this fall.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of new insurance approach, also being followed by Darden Restaurants, Thursday morning.


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No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, a woman prays under a statue depicting Jesus and Mary, in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany. The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, a woman prays under a statue depicting Jesus and Mary, in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany. The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

(AP) ? The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.

A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions.

In Germany, the surcharge for Catholics, Protestants and Jews is a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills ? or about ?56 ($72) a month for a single person earning a pre-tax monthly salary of about ?3,500 ($4,500).

For religious institutions, struggling to maintain their congregations in a secular society where the Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago, the tax revenues are vital.

The Catholic Church in Germany receives about ?5 billion ($6.5 billion) annually from the surcharge. For Protestants, the total is just above ?4 billion ($5.2 billion). Donations, in turn, represent a far smaller share of the churches' income than in the United States.

With rising prices and economic uncertainty, however, more and more Catholics and Protestants are opting to save their money and declare to tax authorities they are no longer church members, even if they still consider themselves believers.

"I quit the church already in 2007," Manfred Gonschor, a Munich-based IT-consultant, said. "It was when I got a bonus payment and realized that I could have paid myself a nice holiday alone on the amount of church tax that I was paying on it."

Gonschor added he was also "really fed up with the institution and its failures."

Such defections have hit the Catholic Church especially hard ? it has lost about 181,000 tax-paying members in 2010 and 126,000 a year later, according to official figures. Protestants, who number about 24 million nationwide, lost 145,000 registered members in Germany in 2010, the most recent year from which figures are available.

But the figures include some people who still want to baptize their children, take communion on major religious holidays, marry in a religious ceremony and receive Christian burials.

The group We are Church, which claims to represent tens of thousands of grassroots Catholics, said many Germans stop paying the tax because they disagree with the church's policies or simply want to save money ? not because they have lost their faith.

"I haven't quit because I still think that I might want to get married in a church one day, even though I know that's absurd," said Anna Ainsley, a 31-old-year banker and a Protestant from Frankfurt. "But when I see my tax declaration, then I think every year that I should finally quit."

Those are the people that Germany's Catholic bishops had in mind when they decreed on Sept. 20 that stopping the payment of religious taxes was "a serious lapse" and those who did so would then be excluded from a range of church activities.

"This decree makes clear that one cannot partly leave the Church," the bishops said in a statement. "It is not possible to separate the spiritual community of the Church from the institutional Church."

Wavering Catholics will now be sent letters reminding them of the consequences of avoiding the church tax, including losing access to all sacraments.

"Maybe you haven't considered the consequences of your decision and would like to reverse this step," a draft of the letter states.

Protestants have taken a less stern position, saying non-taxpayers are still welcome to attend services and take communion. But becoming a godparent, getting married in a church or taking a job in church-affiliated institutions such as hospitals or kindergartens are off-limits to those who stop paying their taxes.

Switzerland and Austria also tax Catholic and Protestant church members. In Denmark, the State Lutheran church collects a tax from its members. Members of Sweden's Lutheran Church pay around 1 percent of their income, collected by the national tax authorities, just as in Finland.

In Italy, tax-payers have the choice of diverting a small part of their income taxes to religious institutions, including the Catholic Church and the country's Jewish community, but the contribution is voluntary.

In none of those countries have the churches taken such a firm stand against dropouts.

So far German courts have stood by the bishops' decision. This week the country's top administrative court threw out a lawsuit against the archdiocese of Freiburg by retired theologian Hartmut Zapp, who has spent years fighting the Catholic Church over the tax.

Zapp argued that a Catholic should be free to stop paying but remain a member of the spiritual community and that his religious beliefs could not possibly be tied to a tax payment.

The archdiocese responded in a statement that "those who lack solidarity bid farewell to the community of believers."

The tax issue presents moral and ethical dilemmas to millions of German believers, even dividing couples.

Sonja Trott, a 34-year-old teacher from Munich, said she quit the Catholic Church 15 years ago because she no longer believed in its teachings.

"Now I'd like to convince my husband that he also should quit, that would save us a lot of money," she said.

But her husband, Christoph, a sales executive, says he cannot imagine refusing to pay on moral grounds because it would seem like a betrayal of his faith. "I don't like paying it, but I do because I fear the step of quitting the church."

He would prefer to donate part of the money to charities "but well, in Germany the payment determines whether I'm allowed to consider myself a Catholic or not."

For other Germans, it's unethical to stop paying the tax but continue to use the church when it suits them.

Christine Solf, a Munich-based consultant, says she doesn't attend services regularly but appreciates the church's charitable work. For her, church membership is also a family tradition.

"I know people who quit for financial reasons but then still want their children to be baptized. That's not OK in my opinion," she said.


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Man fatally shoots self on TV after Arizona chase

PHOENIX (AP) ? Authorities still haven't released the identity of a man who fatally shot himself in the head on live national television at the end of a high-speed carjacking chase that began in Phoenix and ended close to the California border.

Fox News was covering the chase that began about midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. The man driving a copper-colored four-door sedan stopped, ran into the desert and placed a handgun to his head and fired.

The man was declared dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a 10-second delay so it could be cut off from airing if something went awry.

"We really messed up, and we're all very sorry," Smith said.

Fox apologized for showing the violence on air.

"We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five second delay," said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news editorial. "Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen."

More frequently than its rivals, Fox News Channel picks up car chases from its local affiliates and airs them live. It's gripping television, a live mystery with no clear resolution, and often provides a short-term ratings boost as viewers tune in to see how it ends. Critics say the chases themselves rarely rise to the level of national news. The Phoenix station was not airing the chase live when it ended.

Thompson said the man allegedly stole a car from a couple at gunpoint outside a Phoenix restaurant just before 11 a.m. MST.

Police officers located the vehicle and began a pursuit and the man fired several shots, Thompson said. He said at least one shot hit the police vehicle but the officers escaped injury.

The suspect headed west on Interstate 10, then pulled onto a dirt road near the town of Tonopah that Thompson said was "70 to 80 miles east of the California line."

TV footage showed the man exiting the vehicle and running erratically in a field before putting the gun to his head and firing. He then fell to the ground.

"Efforts to revive him were not successful and he was dead at the scene," Thompson said. "We don't have an ID yet."

Fox returned repeatedly to shots showing the car passing big-rig trucks that typically travel at about 70 mph as if they were standing still.

Police cars did not appear to be immediately behind the car during most of the chase.

Smith was narrating the video and clearly had his doubts about what was being shown from the moment the man stopped the car. "This scares me," he said.

"You wait for the end of these things and you worry about how they may end up," he said. "This makes me a little nervous, I got to tell you. A little nervous."

After the man shot himself, Fox's picture quickly cut to Smith, who was shouting "get off, get off, get off, get off."

Smith apologized repeatedly following the commercial break.

"That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV and I personally apologize to you that that happened," he said.


AP television writer David Bauder reported from New York. Associated Press writer Walter Berry in Phoenix also contributed to this report.


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Learning Your Lessons From Past Relationship Mistakes | Black and ...


by BMWK Staff ?|? on September 28th, 2012 ?|? Broken Heart

Photo Credit: Alex Bruda

We are all creatures of habit, aren?t we? I don?t know about you, but the ?mistake cycle of life,? as I call it and fall prey to time and time again, goes a bit like this: I make a mistake, I feel terrible, I vow to never do it again, time passes and the negative memory of the event fades, and I make the same mistake again.

I may proclaim to friends and family, like many other people will do, that ?I won?t make the same mistake twice!? ? but I do. Take the example of a speeding ticket. There is nothing worse than the blue lights in the rear view mirror, in addition to the heavy fine, hassle and fear of increased insurance rates. For months after the experience, I will drive slower than my grandmother used to, with frustrated and impatient drivers riding my bumper. But then something happens ? the speedometer begins creeping up again once more and I?ve erased the negative memory from my mind ? destined to get another speeding ticket in the near future.

Romantic relationships are also frequently the victims of the ?mistake cycle of life.? After breaking up, I vow to never consider dating anyone ?like him? again. As I sulk, completely alone, I think about all of the qualities I didn?t like which caused me pain, and commit to staying far away from any partner who seems even remotely ?like he was.? But then I become blinded by the euphoria that the honeymoon phase of a new relationship brings, and I?m right back where I started from, destined for another heartbreak.

Whether a speeding ticket or romantic relationship, my failure comes from never learning a lesson. Given how often I see other acquaintances doing the same, I assume I am not alone. Life gives us lessons everyday and we can ignore them or grow and become better, happier individuals. For me, the time has come to start paying attention and find value in the pain. Life is a school and I no longer want to flunk out, so to speak.

Love and relationships, healthy ones that is, can lead to such a rich and fulfilling life. I want a lifetime of loving and laughter, not anger and tears. Assuming you feel the same, it is time that we start learning from past relationship mistakes. With pen and notebook in hand, the time is now to begin reflecting on what went wrong each time the partnership eroded. One column is for your past partners, things out of your control. The other column, however, is for you. Yes we all contribute to the health and/or destruction of relationships.

When the list is complete, this is where learning your lesson begins. Where your partners are concerned, look for themes that keep coming up. Do you tend to go for ?bad boys? or ?father figures?? Were their friends always first or did your partner suffocate you by being attached to your hip? Once you begin to see a pattern, you can create a healthy list of qualities that are essential in any future mate ? and stick to it!

Finally, there is the issue of you. Sometimes we make the same mistakes in love because of our own weaknesses. Maybe you fear being alone, you date anyone who comes along, feeling lucky simply to be asked out. Perhaps you have difficulty with trusting others and over time that pushes your lover away. Whatever the case may be, the lesson to be learned isn?t always about the faults of others. Sometimes when we make the same mistakes again and again, the lesson to be learned is that it is us who needs to change.

Grace Pamer is the author of, a blog which gives insights into the art of putting together the best marriage proposal ideas and relationship advice.

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California law aims to protect child actors

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California Gov. Jerry Brown.

By Courtney Hazlett, NBC News

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a measure that is expected to protect children working in the entertainment industry by barring registered sex offenders from representing minors in the business.

The bill, AB 1660, requires any person who works unsupervised with child artists to submit his or her name and a fee to the Labor Commissioner; doing so will permit background checks and screening of that person. Until the bill was signed, only studio teachers and agents were required to have background checks and undergo fingerprinting.

The bill was filed after news broke that Jason James Murphy, a prominent casting director who'd placed kids in films such as "Super 8" was a registered sex offender who was convicted of kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy 15 years earlier. Murphy wasn't the only example of why minors in the business needed greater protection; in June, manager Martin Weiss pleaded no contest to two felony counts of child molestation.

The bill had support from two high-profile former child actors: Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman, both of whom were molested by men with Hollywood connections. The actors spoke openly about the need for more legislation. "We are not doing enough to protect the children, period," said Bridges, who appeared on "Diff'rent Strokes" from 1978-86.

Feldman, who as a young actor appeared in films such as "The Goonies," "Stand By Me" and "The Lost Boys," said in April, "(the bill) should have been implemented years ago."

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Male DNA commonly found in women?s brains, likely from prior pregnancy with a male fetus

ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2012) ? Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus, according to first-of-its-kind research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. While the medical implications of male DNA and male cells in the brain are unknown, studies of other kinds of microchimerism -- the harboring of genetic material and cells that were exchanged between fetus and mother during pregnancy -- have linked the phenomenon to autoimmune diseases and cancer, sometimes for better and other times for worse.

The study findings are published Sept. 26 in PLOS ONE. Lead author William F. N. Chan, Ph.D., in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, conducted the research while working in the Hutchinson Center laboratory of J. Lee Nelson, M.D., a member of the Center's Clinical Research Division and a leading international authority on microchimerism. Nelson is senior author on the paper.

Chan said the study is the first description of male microchimerism in the female human brain. The findings support the likelihood that fetal cells frequently cross the human blood-brain barrier and that microchimerism in the brain is relatively common. Until this study, it was not known whether these cells could cross the barrier in humans. For this research, scientists examined brain autopsy specimens from 59 women who had died between the ages of 32 and 101. Male microchimerism was detected in 63 percent of subjects, was distributed in multiple brain regions and was potentially persistent throughout the human lifespan; the oldest female in whom male fetal DNA was detected in the brain was 94.

Twenty six of the women had no neurological disease and 33 had Alzheimer's disease. The brains of women with Alzheimer's had a somewhat lower prevalence of male microchimerism, which appeared in lower concentrations in regions of the brain most affected by the disease. However, the authors noted that the small number of subjects and largely unknown pregnancy history of the women means a link between Alzheimer's disease and level of male cells of fetal origin cannot be established.

The study also does not provide an association between male microchimerism in the female brain and relative health versus disease. "Currently, the biological significance of harboring male DNA and male cells in the human brain requires further investigation," Chan said.

However, other Hutchinson Center studies of male microchimerism in women have found it to impact a woman's risk of developing some types of cancer and autoimmune disease. In some conditions, such as breast cancer, cells of fetal origin are thought to confer protection; in others, such as colon cancer, they have been associated with increased risk. Hutchinson Center studies also have linked lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis to women who previously had given birth at least once as compared to nulliparous women. Grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded the study, which also involved researchers from the Department of Pathology and Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Ray of Hope

Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

Today?s Good News for Obama: Florida, the swing state with the most electoral votes, turned a darker shade of blue today as Obama opened up a 53-44 lead over Romney. Along with Ohio, Florida is widely considered a must-win state, and the Romney campaign has been aggressively pushing to sell its Medicare plan to the state?s elderly voters. But that message appears to have been overwhelmed by Obama?s aggressive ad blitz in the Sunshine State. By one count, Obama?s campaign has run 10,000 more ads there than Romney?s since the beginning of August, which may account for his widening lead.


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Report: The Internet Is a Language Killer

A new study conducted by a European nonprofit called META-NET suggests that a number of European languages could eventually vanish from the Internet. Languages such as Icelandic, Latvian and Lithuanian don't have enough speakers to gain traction as popular languages on the Web. The report goes so far as to say that German, Italian, Spanish and French could be at risk, too.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Suu Kyi tells Ind. crowd to look back to Burma

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with supporters after speaking in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Fort Wayne is home to one of the United States? largest Myanmar populations. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with supporters after speaking in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Fort Wayne is home to one of the United States? largest Myanmar populations. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Myo Myint, a political prisoner for 15 years, listens as Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi receives a traditional Chin shawl before speaking in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest Burmese population in the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest Burmese population in the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Jennifer Min, 13, photographs the stage where Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will speak in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Fort Wayne is home to one of the United States? largest Burmese populations. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP) ? Myo Myint lost most of his right arm and right leg and several fingers fighting for the Burma army before he began working against Myanmar's military rulers and became a political prisoner.

The 49-year-old political refugee would like to return to his homeland one day, but he doesn't believe it will happen, even after hearing Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi say she would work to make sure people like him could come back.

Myint was among thousands of elated supporters who greeted Suu Kyi with cheers, tears and a standing ovation Tuesday as she took to the stage at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., the fourth stop on her 17-day U.S. tour.

Like Suu Kyi, Myint was imprisoned in 1989. But Myint, who spent 15 years as a political prisoner, said he doesn't believe Suu Kyi will be able to help him go back to Myanmar. That's because he says he's too well-known for working against the junta, having been featured in an HBO documentary called "Burma Soldier."

"She cannot do anything. She is not in the power," he said.

Sixty-seven-year-old Suu Kyi, who was recently elected to parliament after spending 15 years under house arrest for opposing Myanmar's military rulers, voiced optimism for democracy in her Southeast Asian home.

"The important thing is to learn how to resolve problems. How to face them and how to find the right answers through discussion and debate," the Nobel Laureate told the more than 5,000 people who gathered to hear her speak. Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the United States.

Myint said he lost his arm and leg in a battle with communist insurgents while serving in the Burma army. After he left the army, he switched sides, meeting with resistance groups and working against the military rulers.

"We were looking together to find a way to end the civil war," he said.

Suu Kyi rose to prominence during a failed pro-democracy uprising to protest Burma's military-backed regime in 1988. Thousands of the 1988 protesters were killed and tens of thousands more ? including Oxford-educated Suu Kyi ? spent years as political prisoners. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party was subsequently stymied by the junta's iron grip on the country.

But Suu Kyi voiced cautious hope Tuesday.

"The differences and problems we have amongst ourselves, I think we can join hands and reconcile and move forward and solve any problems," she said. Suu Kyi delivered most of her speech ? and answered most questions ? in Burmese, with an English translation by video.

Since 1991, when a single Burmese refugee resettled in Fort Wayne ? about two hours north of Indianapolis and 8,000 miles from Myanmar ? thousands more have followed, many of them relocating under a federal program after years in refugee camps in Thailand.

After his imprisonment, Myint spent three years in Thailand before applying to become a political refugee. A brother who had fought against the Burma military rulers in 1988 already lived to Fort Wayne.

Both were excited to attend Suu Kyi's speech Tuesday. Though Myint doesn't believe he will ever be able to return, he was pleased to hear her say she would work to clear the way for the return of those who left.

"I would love to go back but I have no chance," he said.

For some Burmese residents, Suu Kyi's visit was the first tangible connection with the homeland they hope to one day return.

"I would appreciate and be very grateful if you could look back to your home country, which is Burma," she said.

Myanmar's half century of military rule invited crippling international sanctions. But President Thein Sein, who is visiting New York this week, has introduced political and economic reforms in recent years, and the U.S. is considering easing the main plank of its remaining sanctions, a ban on imports.

Suu Kyi, who already has met with President Barack Obama and received Congress' highest honor, said the sanctions were effective in pushing the junta to reform but that "they should now be lifted" so Myanmar can rebuild its economy.

"We cannot only depend on external support and support of our friends from other nations. We should also depend on ourselves to reach this goal," she said.

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Ed Norton to play 'Words With Friends' for charity

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Look out, Alec Baldwin.

Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg and several other stars are slated to play in a celebrity tournament of the popular online game "Words With Friends" for charity. The celebs will begin facing off against each other in matches of Zynga's Scrabble-like word-building game on Thursday.

Norton, who is playing for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, is confident that he will dominate the tournament, which also includes such celebrity players as Eva Longoria, Kristen Bell and John Legend ? but not Baldwin ? vying for $500,000 in prize money for their charities from American Express.

"I have to give myself time-outs on 'Words With Friends,'" said Norton in a telephone interview Monday. "I've gone through phases where I'm like, 'What am I doing? This is much too much of my day.'"

"Words With Friends" players will be able to join their favorite stars' teams during the "Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge," as well as watch the celebrity matchups online and donate to their charities through Norton's fundraising site,

"We had the idea to do a celebrity tournament some time ago when it became apparent that the game was a hit among celebrities," said Travis Boatman, senior vice president of mobile at Zynga Inc. "It seems like everyone from Katie Couric to Snoop Lion is into the game. It's really inspirational for the team to see how 'Words With Friends has become part of the cultural mainstream, and I think it has struck a chord because it's not just a game, it's a way for people to connect and keep in touch with each other."

In the first round, Norton said he'll face Boston Celtics captain Paul "The Truth" Pierce, who is playing for his foundation, The Truth Fund.

"I think it's going to be a tough first round for him," teased Norton. "I think it's great that he has a cause he supports, and I hope the amount he gets from just the first round is going to make him happy because I don't think it's going to go past there."

The brainy "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Bourne Legacy" actor, who graduated from Yale University with a history degree, said his stiffest competition might come from Snoop Dogg, who has recently been going by the name Snoop Lion, because of the rapper's experience with wordplay.

And what about Baldwin? Why isn't the "30 Rock" actor, who was infamously booted from a flight last year for refusing to stop playing "Words With Friends" on his phone, among the contenders?

"Next year, for sure, if I have any say in it," said Norton. "I'm going to win this year, so adding him to the mix next year will make it interesting for me."




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WorldT20 Scoreboard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh

Pallekele, Sep 25

The scoreboard of the World Twenty20 match between Pakistan and Bangladesh here Tuesday.


Tamim Iqbal run out (Mohammad Hafeez) 24

Mohammad Ashraful b Sohail Tanvir 14

Shakib Al Hasan c Umar Akmal b Yasir Arafat 84

Mushfiqur Rahim c Imran Nazir b Yasir Arafat 25

Mahmudullah c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 0

Nasir Hossain b Yasir Arafat 16

Ziaur Rahman not out 1

Extras: (lb 2, w 8, nb 1) 11

Total: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 175

Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Mohammad Ashraful, 3.2 overs), 2-61 (Tamim Iqbal, 5.5), 3-129 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 14.4), 4-133 (Mahmudullah, 15.2), 5-170 (Shakib Al Hasan, 19.3), 6-175 (Nasir Hossain, 19.6)


Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-28-0

Sohail Tanvir 3-0-25-1

Umar Gul 3-0-4-0

Shahid Afridi 4-0-20-1

Saeed Ajmal 4-0-32-0

Yasir Arafat 3-0-25-3


Mohammad Hafeez c Mushfiqur Rahim b Abul Hasan 45

Imran Nazir c sub (Farhad Reza) b Abul Hasan 72

Nasir Jamshed not out 29

Kamran Akmal not out 22

Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 7) 10

Total: (2 wickets; 18.4 overs) 178

Fall of wickets: 1-124 (Imran Nazir, 13.3 overs), 2-126 (Mohammad Hafeez, 13.6)


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Shafiul Islam 2.4-0-35-0

Abdur Razzak 4-0-30-0

Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-23-0

Abul Hasan 3-0-33-2

Mahmudullah 2-0-24-0


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SMASH Folio! (Part 3 of 4) | My Scrapbooking Blog

This is Part 3 of my SMASHBOOK, weight loss and family.

Ways to be more active.

My weight loss goals and motivation.

Motivational quotes with room for more.

To be completed when I reach my weight loss goal (yeah for me!)

Gotta love this one, my honey-do list.

Healthy, low-point snacks I like.

Motivational quotes with a little room for more.

This starts the family section with things to do as a couple. ?This paper so reminds me of doodling in school (not that I wasn?t paying attention!).

I have my older girls (ages 13 & 11) each a page to do. ?Christine?s ?take driver?s ed? scares me!

Of course, my toddler needed her own page too!

Games are very popular at our house. ?I love board games and think they are a great way to spend time as a family.

More family-time ideas, need to come up with more.

Come back for the final of my book. ?If you missed some of it, you can scroll down for Part 1 and Part 2.

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Middle Schooler Forced to Take Drug Test to Join Scrapbooking Club

Here you go, folks, the latest in drug-war hysteria: A 12 year old girl wants to join the "scrapbooking club" at her middle school in Milford, Pennsylvania. She can, it seems, on the condition that she pass a drug test:

One day she took home a permission slip. It said that to participate in the club or any school sport, she would have to consent to drug testing.

?They were asking a 12-year-old to pee in a cup,? Kathy Kiederer said. ?I have a problem with that. They?re violating her right to privacy over scrapbooking? Sports??

The New York Times reports

The Kiederers, whose two daughters are now in high school, are plaintiffs in?a lawsuit against the Delaware Valley School District, with the daughters identified only by their first initials, A. and M. The parents said that mandatory drug testing was unnecessary and that it infringed on their daughters? rights. (For privacy reasons, they asked that their daughters? first names not be published.)

A lawyer for the school district declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

It is difficult to gauge how many middle schools conduct drug tests on students. States with middle schools that conduct drug testing include Florida, Alabama, Missouri, West Virginia, Arkansas, Ohio, New Jersey and Texas.

Read the whole thing here. And then call your local middle school to see what sort of idiotic hoops they're making kids jump through.

But before you go, school yourself on the sad cases from years gone by in which the Supreme Court has ruled that it's all good to require drug tests as a condition for participation in extracurricular activities at public schools. The most recent SCOTUS ruling, in 2002, pathetically involved a girl who participated in choir and an academic quiz team. And acknowledged that students inolved in extracurricular activities are actually less likely to use drugs than kids who don't participate.

Must-reads on the topic:

Jacob Sullum's 2002 story, "Urine ? or You're Out:?Drug testing is invasive, insulting, and generally irrelevant to job performance. Why do so many companies insist on it?"

Matt Welch's 2006 Los Angeles Times piece, "His Cup Runneth Over with Annoyance"

Greg Beato's "The Golden Age: How Americans Learned to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Workplace Drug Testing"


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Braves beat Phillies, inch closer to playoffs


AP Sports Writer

Associated Press Sports

updated 4:28 p.m. ET Sept. 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tim Hudson pitched Atlanta to the brink of a playoff spot.

The Braves are set to answer how they'd respond to their 2011 collapse with a celebration at Turner Field.

Hudson tossed two-hit ball over 7 1-3 innings to help the Atlanta Braves inch closer to the postseason with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Hudson (16-6) struck out four and allowed one unearned run to send the Braves back to Atlanta with a shot at winning at least an NL wild-card berth.

A year after a historic September collapse, the Braves are again close to a postseason spot. They can clinch during a six-game homestand that opens Tuesday.

The win over Cliff Lee (6-8) reduced Atlanta's magic number for securing an NL wild-card playoff spot to two.

"It's a good feeling," Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We're in a good spot to, at the very least, make the playoffs. We're not going to quit anything."

The Braves learned the hard way the crushing disappointment of blowing a big September lead. The Braves were up 8 1/2 games through Sept. 5 last year, but went 9-18 down the stretch and were overtaken by St. Louis on the final day of the season.

The Braves can almost work the final week of this season on setting their playoff rotation.

"I have one or two more starts before, hopefully, we get into the playoffs and it really starts counting," Hudson said.

David Ross hit a solo homer and Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth for his 39th save.

The Braves had to listen to questions all season about how they would turn the page on their poor ending to 2011.

Looks as if they can put the champagne on ice.

The Braves have won seven of nine and 14 of their past 20 overall.

Hudson was on top of his game, allowing a single in the third and one in the fifth. His only mistake came in the sixth. Jimmy Rollins worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on Hudson's errant pickoff attempt. Rollins scored on Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.

Hudson, who also doubled, has won at least 16 games in each of his past three seasons.

"I was able to come in and beat a great pitcher today," Hudson said.

Lee struck out 11 in eight strong innings, but lost for the first time since Aug. 11. Lee hadn't allowed more than a run in each of his past five starts and only one of his two runs allowed Sunday was earned.

The Phillies are likely to miss the postseason for the first time since 2006.

"We've put ourselves in a position we don't want to be in," Lee said. "You can't do anything about it now."

The five-time defending NL East champions had won four in a row and 12 of 15 to get in the wild-card race, only to lose two straight to the Braves.

Manager Charlie Manuel had said the Phillies had a "heartbeat" in the playoff chase. But their chances are about over.

"The noose is getting tighter, but we're still there," Manuel said.

Ross gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second when his eighth homer of the year went over the wall in center.

The Braves loaded the bases against Lee in the third, getting one runner aboard when Lee bobbled a grounder, and Uggla's sacrifice fly made it 2-1.

While the Braves handled the constant questioning about their meltdown with class, it's clear how much earning a spot in this year's field would mean.

Considering last season's collapse, securing any playoff spot is quite the accomplishment. It would have been the biggest September meltdown in baseball history except that Boston blew a nine-game lead during the same month.

Forget about it now. The Braves, who are off Monday, will soon have a reason to again enjoy the postseason.

"We were able to scrap and get just enough to win," Hudson said.

Notes: Lee had a double-digit strikeout game for the 23rd time in his career. ... The Braves (88-65) are 23 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 9, 2011. ... Lee has pitched at least six innings and not issued more than one walk in 15 consecutive starts, a record in the modern era. Christy Mathewson (1908) and Gregg Maddux (1997) did it in 14. ... Ross' eight homers are his most since he hit 17 with Cincinnati in 2007.

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