NEW YORK (AP) — Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.
The explosion Wednesday morning in East Harlem injured more than 60 people, with searchers still trying to locate others a day later. Crews used generator-powered floodlights and thermal imaging cameras to identify heat spots — bodies or pockets of fire — at the site on Park Avenue and 116th Street. Police guarding the scene wore surgical masks and neighborhood residents covered faces with scarfs amid the thick, acrid air.
"This is a difficult job, a challenging job," Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said. He said it was "a very terrible and traumatic scene."
WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.
On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.
Mr. Obama’s decision to use his executive authority to change the nation’s overtime rules is likely to be seen as a challenge to Republicans in Congress, who have already blocked most of the president’s economic agenda and have said they intend to fight his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25.
Mr. Obama’s action is certain to anger the business lobby in Washington, which has long fought for maximum flexibility for companies in paying overtime.
In 2004, business groups persuaded President George W. Bush’s administration to allow them greater latitude on exempting salaried white-collar workers from overtime pay, even as organized labor objected.
Conservatives criticized Mr. Obama’s impending action. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said Daniel Mitchell, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, who warned that employers might cut pay or use fewer workers. “If they push through something to make a certain class of workers more expensive, something will happen to adjust.”
Marc Freedman, the executive director of labor law policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the nation’s overtime regulations “affect a very wide cross section of employers and our members.”
“I expect this is an area we will be very much engaged in,” Mr. Freedman said.
Mr. Obama’s authority to act comes from his ability as president to revise the rules that carry out the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Congress originally passed in 1938. Mr. Bush and previous presidents used similar tactics at times to work around opponents in Congress.
The proposed new regulations would increase the number of people who qualify for overtime and continue Mr. Obama’s fight against what he says is a crisis of economic inequality in the country. Changes to the regulations will be subject to public comment before final approval by the Labor Department, and it is possible that strong opposition could cause Mr. Obama to scale back his proposal.
Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the effort was part of Mr. Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive. “We need to fix the system so folks working hard are getting compensated fairly,” she said on Tuesday evening. “That’s why we are jump-starting this effort.”
The overtime action by Mr. Obama is part of a broader election-year effort by the White House to try to convince voters that Democrats are looking out for the middle class. White House officials hope the focus on lifting workers’ pay will translate into support for Democratic congressional candidates this fall.
Since the mid-1980s, corporate profits have soared, reaching a post-World War II record as a share of economic output. The profits of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 have doubled since the recession ended in June 2009, but wages have stagnated for a vast majority of workers in the same period. Recently, workers’ wages fell close to an all-time low as a share of the economy.
In 2012, the share of the gross domestic income that went to workers fell to 42.6 percent, the lowest on record.
Under current federal regulations, workers who are deemed executive, administrative or professional employees can be denied overtime pay under a so-called white-collar exemption.
Under the new rules that Mr. Obama is seeking, fewer salaried employees could be blocked from receiving overtime, a move that would potentially shift billions of dollars’ worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers. Currently, employers are prohibited from denying time-and-a-half overtime pay to any salaried worker who makes less than $455 per week. Mr. Obama’s directive would significantly increase that salary level.
In addition, Mr. Obama will try to change rules that allow employers to define which workers are exempt from receiving overtime based on the kind of work they perform. Under current rules, if an employer declares that an employee’s primary responsibility is executive, such as overseeing a cleanup crew, then that worker can be exempted from overtime. ( Read more...Collapse )
As someone who works for a company that had a record year in 2013, but has laid off workers as a way to boost profits, AND classifies as many of us as "exempt" in order to avoid paying overtime, I am THRILLED about this. My company might actually be forced to pay me for the overtime I've been putting because my department was shrunk! Good on President Obama for doing something substantive for the millions of US workers out there who are getting screwed over by their corporate overlords.
Swedish neo-Nazis allegedly attacked several people in central Malmo on Saturday night. Six victims were reportedly taken to hospital; one of them remains in critical condition. Police have arrested three others on suspicion of attempted murder. Neo-Nazi group Svenskarnas Parti ("Party of the Swedes") acknowledged their members were involved in the incident, but claimed they were acting in self-defence.
The victim in critical condition, identified by his first name, Showan, is a prominent 25-year-old football fan and co-founder of the group "Football Fans Against Homophobia". He has received a wave of support locally and internationally, after friends and fellow football fans launched a campaign in support of his recovery. ( Read more...Collapse )
Americans with disabilities are fighting for the right to save money without getting their government benefits cut off.
In order to qualify for government benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicaid payments, recipients typically must have no more than $2,000 in assets and earn less than approximately $700 a month. Anything more than those amounts and the benefits stop.
Sara Wolff, a 31-year-old from Pennsylvania who has Down syndrome, argues that the savings limits make it next to impossible for disabled Americans to save for needs like health care, housing and education without losing their benefits.
Mar 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's efforts to shorten the waiting time for death row prisoners got disrupted after the hangman selected for the job got distressed on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.
After searching for a executioner for three years, Sri Lanka's Prison Department has appointed the latest hangman last week.
He was given one week training on the job but after seeing the gallows for the first time, he got distressed and resigned from the post, the Commissioner General of Prisons Chandrarathna Pallegama, told Reuters.
The Prison Department began conducting interviews in August 2012 to select a hangman and an assistant among 178 eligible candidates who applied for the post.
The Department recruited two executioners, elected from 145 short-listed candidates, and gave them a 14-day special training last year. However, the two recruits failed to show up for work and the Department recruited the third in the list of qualified candidates last week.
The Prisons Commissioner told Reuters that next time they will show the gallows to the new recruits before giving them basic training.
Sri Lanka judiciary imposes capital punishment but the death penalty has not been implemented since 1976.
The government reinstated the death penalty in 2004 for murder, rape and drug trafficking following the murder of a high court judge.
There are over 1,200 death row inmates currently languishing in jails waiting for execution or a final decision for commutation for execution. Some prisoners on death row at the moment have served over 15 years while waiting for their sentences to be carried out.
Vaccine denial is dangerous. We know this for many reasons, but just consider one of them: In California in 2010, 10 children died in a whooping cough outbreak that was later linked, in part, to the presence of 39 separate clusters of unvaccinated children in the state. It's that simple: When too many children go unvaccinated, vaccine-preventable diseases spread more easily, and sometimes children die. Nonetheless, as scientifically unfounded fears about childhood vaccines causing autism have proliferated over the past decade or more, a minority of parents are turning to "personal belief exemptions," so-called "alternative vaccine schedules," and other ways to dodge or delay vaccinating their kids.
So as a rational person, you might think it would be of the utmost importance to try to talk some sense into these people. But there's a problem: According to a major new study in the journal Pediatrics, trying to do so may actually make the problem worse. The paper tested the effectiveness of four separate pro-vaccine messages, three of which were based very closely on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) itself talks about vaccines. The results can only be called grim: Not a single one of the messages was successful when it came to increasing parents' professed intent to vaccinate their children. And in several cases the messages actually backfired, either increasing the ill-founded belief that vaccines cause autism or even, in one case, apparently reducing parents' intent to vaccinate.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog — the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.
Hostility toward "pits" grew so intense that some cities began treating them as the canine equivalent of assault rifles and prohibited residents from owning them.
But attitudes have softened considerably since then as animal activists and even television shows cast the dogs in a more positive light. The image makeover has prompted many states to pass new laws that forbid communities from banning specific breeds. And it illustrates the power and persistence of dog-advocacy groups that have worked to fend off pit bull restrictions with much the same zeal as gun-rights groups have defeated gun-control measures.
Source not so quietly thinks the writer could have done better by completely avoiding Dogsbite (dot) org. Talking to them about pit bulls is akin to asking the Westboro Baptist Church about gay rights. But I suppose they are the only game in town concerning Negative opinions.
And Mr. Bauermeister sounds like a douchebag, to be honest.
ETA: Now with bonus PUPPIES!, but good lord the dog they used in the article is so cute. *grabby hands*
In 1998, Arunachalam Muruganantham was startled to discover his wife was hiding "nasty cloths" from him -- dirty rags she was using for menstruation.
"I will be honest," Muruganantham told BBC News. "I would not even use it to clean my scooter."
The experience made a life-changing impression on Muruganantham, who had no idea what kind of circumstances the women of India are living in when it comes to personal hygiene.
In India and other developing nations, women living in poverty who can't afford menstrual protection face health risks. Beyond stigmas attached to purchasing such products, economic barriers prevent women from prioritizing their own well-being over the basic needs of their families. Muruganantham's wife, for example, said she wouldn't be able to afford milk if she were to buy sanitary pads from the store. These economic factors result in unsafe practices by women during menstruation — such as utilizing rags — that can lead to infection and reproductive health complications.
President Obama goes beyond the late-night interview to prove, with Zach Galifianakis, that insult comedy isn't just for Congress anymore.
This is what gridlock gets you. Unable to get major legislation through a divided Congress, President Barack Obama has been working as a pitchman–for raising the minimum wage, for job-stimulus measures, and especially for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That last effort took him to Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis this morning, going on a fake talk show to make a real pitch for young people to sign up for Obamacare.
Presidents and candidates have been expanding the sphere of TV outreach for long enough–Laugh In, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Show, Late Night, MTV, ESPN–that you’d think the discussion of whether doing a comedy show is “beneath the office” was over. (If the White House Correspondents’ Dinner isn’t beneath the office, is anything?) It’ll probably come up again with this appearance, because you know–gasp!–it’s an Internet show!
What’s really different about the Between Two Ferns segment, though, is not the medium–online vs. TV–but the genre. It isn’t just a President doing a chat with a comic. Obama’s actually participating in a bit, where Galifianakis is playing a character, and to an extent, Obama is as well.
Popular vampire novel author Anne Rice has signed on to a petition demanding that Amazon disable anonymous book reviews after Internet trolls began ganging up on her in a section of the website normally reserved for critical but comparatively mild commentary
Correction appended, March 10, 2014
The creature with which Anne Rice is most commonly associated is the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to trolls — at least of the online variety.
OP: "The creature with which Anne Rice is most commonly associated is the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to trolls — at least of the online variety." Actually, Anne Rice is herself a troll.
One thing that I find really unfortunate about all this is that there seems to be little discussion of READERS being harassed for daring to post negative reviews of a book. Which has happened (link is to my personal blog -not because I think I'm awesome or the last word on this subject, LOL, but simply because I have listed some examples there).
(PS: I found this article through a link posted to a petition (which is a reply to the petition Rice discusses above, posted by idemandjustice.)
A United Methodist clergyman will not stand trial for officiating the wedding of his gay son, church leaders said Monday, marking a major victory for the marriage equality movement and a potential sea change within one of the nation’s largest Christian denominations.
“I am grateful to report that the matter concerning the Reverend Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree will not result in a church trial as a just resolution has been achieved,” said Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Annual Conference Monday in White Plains, N.Y. “I call for and commit to a cessation of church trials for conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions or performing same-gender wedding ceremonies and instead offer a process of theological, spiritual, and ecclesiastical conversation.”
Rather than hold a trial – which many have criticized for its costly, secretive and divisive nature–McLee promised to convene a public forum within six months for participants to discuss matters of human sexuality and the United Methodist Church (UMC.)
Thomas Rimbey Ogletree, center right, hugs his father, the Rev. Thomas Ogletree on March 10, 2014 in White Plains, N.Y. At its core, the intensifying debate hinges on two seemingly contradictory messages in the UMC rulebook, known as the Book of Discipline. While gays and lesbians are welcomed as members, church law classifies the practice of homosexuality as “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Members of the clergy are instructed to minister to all people, but have been tried for presiding over same-sex weddings, or for being “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” themselves. As far as he knew, McLee said he was the first sitting bishop to call for an end to church trials, though he stopped short of saying he would never turn to the process in future cases.
What if the National Security Agency had its own advice columnist? What would the eavesdroppers ask about?
You don’t need to guess. An NSA official, writing under the pen name “Zelda,” has actually served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies. Her “Ask Zelda!” columns, distributed on the agency’s intranet and accessible only to those with the proper security clearance, are among the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The columns are often amusing – topics include co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, supervisors not responding to emails, and office-mates who smell bad. But one of the most intriguing involves a letter from an NSA staffer who complains that his (or her) boss is spying on employees.
In the letter, which Zelda published in a column on September 9, 2011, the employee calls himself “Silenced in SID” – referring to the Signals Intelligence Directorate, the heart of the NSA’s surveillance operations. Zelda’s column, headlined “Watching Every Word in Snitch City,” offers an ironic insight into a spy agency where the spies apparently resent being spied upon.
“Dear Zelda,” the letter of complaint begins:
Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts the “designees” in a really awkward position; plus, we’re all afraid any offhand comment or anything said in confidence might be either repeated or misrepresented.
Needless to say, this creates a certain amount of tension between team members who normally would get along well, and adds stress in an already stressful atmosphere. There is also an unspoken belief that he will move people to different desks to break up what he perceives as people becoming too “chummy.” (It’s been done under the guise of “creating teams.”)
Surveillance tends to sow suspicion and unease among the people who are being surveilled. Is anyone listening? Who might be the spy among us? What trouble might I get into with the things I say? These questions can eat away at the core of human relations – trust. And this is true even at the agency that is conducting the surveillance.
The letter continues:
We used to be able to joke around a little or talk about our favorite “Idol” contestant to break the tension, but now we’re getting more and more skittish about even the most mundane general conversations (“Did you have a good weekend?”). This was once a very open, cooperative group who worked well together. Now we’re more suspicious of each other and teamwork is becoming harder. Do you think this was the goal?
Silenced in SID
Zelda is shocked.
Wow, that takes “intelligence collection” in a whole new – and inappropriate – direction. …. We work in an Agency of secrets, but this kind of secrecy begets more secrecy and it becomes a downward spiral that destroys teamwork. What if you put an end to all the secrecy by bringing it out in the open?
Her column reads like an unintended allegory – or a cleverly masked one. The NSA’s own advice columnist explores the ways in which pervasive surveillance can erode freedom of expression and social cohesion by making it difficult for people to have faith in the privacy of their communications.
You and your co-workers could ask [the supervisor] for a team meeting and lay out the issue as you see it: “We feel like you don’t trust us and we aren’t comfortable making small talk anymore for fear of having our desks moved if we’re seen as being too chummy.” (Leave out the part about the snitches.) Tell him how this is hampering collaboration and affecting the work, ask him if he has a problem with the team’s behavior, and see what he says. …. Stick to the facts and how you feel, rather than making it about him (“We’re uncomfortable” vs “You’re spying on us.”).
There is no indication that Zelda is trying to make a larger point, but some of what she goes on to propose would be useful for ordinary citizens outside the agency who worry about government and corporate surveillance.
If you are bothered by snitches in your office, whether of the unwilling or voluntary variety, the best solution is to keep your behavior above reproach. Be a good performer, watch what you say and do, lock your screen when you step away from your workstation, and keep fodder for wagging tongues (your Viagra stash, photos of your wild-and-crazy girls’ weekend in Atlantic City) at home or out of sight. If you are put in the “unwilling snitch” position, I would advise telling your boss that you’re not comfortable with the role and to please not ask that of you.
Who is Zelda? And who is “Silenced in SID”? The document provides no information about the identity of the letter’s author; he or she could be almost anybody at the agency. In a previous column, Zelda explains that Ask Zelda! was initially intended as a forum for supervisors in the Signals Intelligence Directorate, but that non-supervisory workers began submitting questions, too.
A bit more is known about Zelda. Her introductory column, in 2010, identifies her as serving for approximately 20 years as “a first-line and mid-level Agency supervisor.” At the time her column began, she was also an adjunct faculty member of the agency’s National Cryptologic School. Her column was part of a regular NSA bulletin called “SIDtoday” that is distributed on the agency’s classified NSAnet. According to traffic statistics, in fact, Ask Zelda! quickly proved to be among the bulletin’s most popular features.
“We usually end the calendar year by providing a suspenseful countdown of the top dozen most widely read SIDtoday articles of the year,” noted a SIDtoday bulletin on December 27, 2011, “but this time around it is not really a nail-biter, because Zelda articles occupied all of the top five slots!” Her most popular article that year, about swearing at the NSA, received 19,446 hits.
“Since SIDtoday is like an online newspaper, we decided to follow the tradition of newspaper write-in advice columnists (such as Dear Abby and Miss Manners) and give me a nom de plume,” Zelda writes in advance of the first anniversary of her column. “I like it because using a pen name creates a persona who’s more memorable and accessible than ‘Ask Mary Smith, Chief of S456.’ Plus it creates a certain mystique about Zelda… she’s bigger than life. It also prevents me from getting inundated with hate mail and requests for advice outside of the column.”
Zelda can be a church lady. Her first column addressed employee attire in summer months, and she was not pleased. “Somehow, shorts and flip-flops don’t exactly convey the image of a fierce SIGINT warrior,” she writes. “Not only is beach attire unprofessional in the workplace, but in certain cases it can be downright distracting to co-workers (if you get my drift).” She recommends that offenders, who might be just out of college and not know any better, should be told to dress “in a professional manner” even when it feels like a swamp outside. This column received 9,186 hits by the end of 2010 – placing it number four on the list of most-read SIDtoday articles for the year.
But on privacy, Zelda is surprisingly liberal, given that the agency where she works spies on vast numbers of private phone calls, emails, texts, chats, status updates, webcams and address books. In a column titled, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent?”, Zelda responds to an NSA worker who goes by the pen name “Innocent Bystander” and who explains that a colleague has filed an anonymous complaint about their bosses, calling them “abysmal” and “idiotic.” Unfortunately, everyone believes that Innocent Bystander has written the complaint, and as a result, “The chill I’m feeling is pretty severe!” Anonymous complaints should be discouraged, Innocent Bystander says, so that innocent parties do not come under suspicion.
“You make a good case against anonymous mailbags,” Zelda replies, “but a lot of people won’t give feedback at all if they know it will be attributed to them. I believe scathing comments such as your co-worker’s are the exception and not the rule.”
Her response to “Silenced in SID” does not acknowledge the irony – or hypocrisy – of an employee at a spy agency complaining about being spied on. But Zelda directly addresses the long-lasting effects of inappropriate surveillance. “Trust is hard to rebuild once it has been broken,” she observes. “Your work center may take time to heal after this deplorable practice is discontinued.”
In July 1937 a Jewish emigre from Nazi Germany became the first female war photographer to die on assignment. At the age of 26, Gerda Taro was just starting to make a name for herself and had already helped launch the career of the young Robert Capa.
Gerda Taro spent the last day of her life in the trenches of Brunete, west of Madrid, holed up with Republican fighters.
It was a critical moment in the Spanish Civil War - Gen Franco's forces had just retaken the town, inflicting heavy losses on the Republicans' best troops, who were now under fire as they retreated.
As bombs fell and planes strafed the ground with machine-gun fire, Taro kept taking photographs.
She was due to return to France the next day and only left the trenches when she ran out of film, making her way to a nearby town.
"She was elated, saying 'I've got these fantastic photographs, I've got champagne, we're going to have a party,'" says Jane Rogoyska, author of a new book, Gerda Taro, Inventing Robert Capa.
She jumped onto the running boards of a car transporting wounded soldiers, but it collided with an out-of-control tank and she was crushed. She died in hospital from her injuries early the following morning.
Her photographs from that day, 25 July 1937, were never found.
She had spent the previous year making regular trips to Spain to document the fighting.
"Taro became very emotionally involved in the Spanish Civil War… she was so passionate about the suffering of the Spanish people," says Rogoyska.
Republican fighters had great respect for her. In her book, Rogoyska quotes the memoirs of Alexander Szurek, an adjutant to a Republican general: "We all loved Gerda very much… Gerda was petite with the charm and beauty of a child. This little girl was brave and the Division admired her for that," he wrote.
On some previous trips, Taro had been accompanied by her partner, photographer Robert Capa, but on this occasion she travelled without him and fell in with Canadian photographer Ted Allan.
Keen to prove herself and get the most dramatic pictures she could, Taro started to put herself in increasingly dangerous situations.
Capa never forgave himself for letting her go without him, though he himself subsequently became known for the saying: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
"He blamed himself for not being there - he always felt that he had this role of a protector towards her because he felt that she would take too many risks," says Rogoyska.
He also felt responsible because he had introduced Taro to photography.
The two Jewish emigres had met in Paris three years earlier.
She was Gerda Pohorylle, recently arrived from Leipzig, and he was Andre Friedmann - a handsome, disorganised young photographer from Hungary.
Both had fled from persecution and were struggling to get work.
"Their meeting somehow set off a wonderful combination of talents," says Rogoyska. "He taught her photography and she taught him how to make the best of himself."
It was hard for foreign photographers to get their pictures into the French press, she says. "They came up with this crazy idea of inventing a very successful, wealthy American photographer who had never been to Europe." He had only recently arrived, the couple explained, which is why no-one in Paris had heard of him.
"He was going to have this name that sounded a little bit sort of international and glamorous, so they called him Robert Capa," Rogoyska says.
The plan worked. Friedmann operated under the name Robert Capa and started to get noticed. Taro also took her new name at this time.
When the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, the couple seized the chance to raise their professional profiles and, simultaneously, to take part in the struggle against fascism.
Two weeks after fighting began, the couple arrived in Barcelona where they photographed Republican soldiers preparing to go to the front.
They went on to travel hundreds of kilometres through Republican territory to Aragon, Madrid and Toledo and then south to the front-line near Cordoba.
Their work was well received back in Paris, where newspapers were keen to publish photographs that would support the Republican cause.
Taro started to develop her own style and managed to carve out this career, establishing herself as a photographer in a very brief space of time, says Rogoyska.
Today, Capa's name is internationally recognised, but until recently Taro was largely forgotten.
"Given the historical circumstances it's not really surprising that Gerda's achievements faded," says Kate Brooks, an American photojournalist who has worked in conflict zones in Afghanistan and Iraq.
She puts it down to "the fact of World War Two, because of the fact that her family died in the Holocaust and that basically with Capa's death [in 1954] no-one was left to preserve the memory of her work."
Brooks only became aware of Taro a few years ago, after 4,500 negatives belonging to Capa, Taro and fellow photographer Chim, turned up in Mexico.
Capa tried, and failed, to smuggle the pictures out of France in 1939 - instead they ended up with the Mexican ambassador, Gen Francisco Aguilar Gonzales, who eventually took them home and forgot about them.
The negatives sat in boxes in Mexico, untouched for half a century. After Gen Aguilar and his wife died, the photographs were passed on to a relative, Mexican filmmaker Benjamin Tarver.
When Tarver realised what he had inherited, he told a professor in New York, who in turn got in touch with the city's International Center of Photography (ICP) - founded by Capa's brother, Cornell.
Cornell Capa felt the pictures belonged with the rest of the Capa and Taro archives but Tarver failed to answer his letters.
That was in 1995, and it wasn't until 2007 that negotiations finally took place resulting in Tarver giving what had become known as the Mexican Suitcase to the ICP.
Three years later the organisation put on an exhibition of the long lost photographs.
"Anyone who is covering war at any point in time is basically putting their life at risk by getting close to what's happening," says Brooks, but she can understand what motivated Taro.
"The purpose in doing photography, and or filmmaking, is in documenting and having a record of what is happening," she says.
"I think it's really quite tragic that beyond dying so young, we didn't have an opportunity to see how her work as a photographer would develop."
Jane Rogoyska and Kate Brooks spoke to Newshour on the BBC World Service.
Malone is Holder's late sister-in-law, a fact that Holder has mentioned in countless speeches throughout his five years at attorney general, including as recently as Wednesday.
"Worth a read," the note to Jindal says.
"This should help the governor brush up on his history the next time he invokes the Civil Rights Movement," Kevin Lewis, a DOJ spokesman, told The Huffington Post.
In his speech, Jindal said that Holder and DOJ were "trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools." He was speaking about the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division's legal dispute with Jindal over Louisiana's school voucher program, which DOJ believed may have violated decades-old school desegregation orders.
DOJ initially filed a motion to enjoin the school vouchers program, but later backed off. The agency is now just seeking detailed information about the racial composition of public schools. The federal judge in the case has also expressed concerns that the school vouchers program is taking away money from public schools.
Paul Ryan: Free School Lunch Means Poor Parents Don't Care About Kids
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that liberals don't understand disadvantaged students would rather have parents who care for them than a free lunch at school.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ryan said Republicans offer their constituents "ideas" while Democrats offer a "full stomach and an empty soul."
He then told an anecdote he said was relayed to him by Eloise Anderson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Department of Children and Families secretary.
"She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program," Ryan said.
"He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids," he continued. "He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand."
Did you bother to actually THINK about your words before they left that asshole you call a mouth? You're essentially telling poor kids, that if their parents aren't making them bagged lunches, that they don't love them. WHAT THE FLAMING FUCK. Also, anecdotal evidence much. Shit, WHY IS THIS EVEN AN ARGUMENT IN THE FIRST PLACE? How WARPED is your philosophy when you feel that you have to deny poor children FOOD or else it's somehow a violation of your principals?
It is not against the law to secretly take photographs up a woman’s skirt in Massachusetts, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday. The court dismissed charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested by Boston transit police for taking photos and videos up multiple women’s skirts or dresses on the subway.
They've lived in deplorable conditions their whole lives. But on Wednesday, more than 100 dogs were rescued from a breeding operation in Sand Springs, and it was actually the operators that called deputies on themselves.
Tulsa County deputies said an elderly couple called for help, saying they were overwhelmed by the number of dogs they'd accumulated and could no longer care for the animals. Now, they're getting the most love and attention they've ever had. They're getting cleaned up for the first time in their lives and are seeing medical attention they've so desperately needed.
"A lot of them are super matted," said Humane Society of Tulsa Manager, Evan Fadem. "It's gotta feel pretty good to get a bath."
Humane Society of Tulsa President, Gina Gardner said, "We've got a lot of eye issues, we have a lot of dental issues; the dental disease is widespread, missing teeth. We've got skin issues, hair loss."
The dogs are all small breeds, mainly Poodles, Yorkies, Chihuahuas and Malteses; and then crossbreeds of those. Veterinarian Dan Walker said the owners were trying to breed the dogs down to a very small teacup size, between two and three pounds.