widened a clampdown on dissent

China has tightened security and widened a clampdown on dissent, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on Wednesday.

Lawyers, journalists and activists have been detained.

Internet search terms related to the 1989 massacre and the protests have been blocked, and access on Google has reportedly been restricted.

The protests were the biggest rally against Communist rule since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949.

Hundreds of thousands called for democratic reforms in a peaceful demonstration largely focused on a gathering in Tiananmen Square.

After weeks of protests, the authorities responded on 4 June 1989 with a massacre of hundreds in the streets of Beijing.

Analysts say repression for the 25th anniversary of the protests is much more intense than in previous years.

remote Pillowcase Rapist protests

The so-called “Pillowcase Rapist” who attacked at least 40 women in the 1970s and 1980s will be freed and allowed to live in a remote Southern California desert area despite a host of vocal protests, a judge ordered Friday.

Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, must be released from a state facility by July 7, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown ruled.

Hubbart will be permitted to rent a small house near Palmdale, some 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

“Now we are preparing for his arrival,” said District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who spent months fighting Hubbart’s release. “We will do everything within our authority to protect the residents of Los Angeles County from this dangerous predator.”

Hubbart will wear a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week GPS monitor on his ankle and will be accompanied by security people every time he goes out in public for the first six months to a year of his release, Lacey said. He will be transported to therapy sessions twice a week.

The judge’s decision comes two days after a daylong hearing in Northern California, where Brown heard passionate objections from residents, many of whom drove 350 miles to attend.

Brown said he received an enormous outpouring of emails, petitions, cards, letters and postings on a website set up by Lacey for public comment.

Hubbart has acknowledged raping and assaulting about 40 women between 1971 and 1982, when he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He got his nickname by using a pillowcase to muffle the screams of some victims.

He was paroled in 1990, but arrested in a new attack just two months later and returned to prison until 1996.

When his term ended, he was deemed a sexually violent predator and confined to a state mental hospital. Doctors at the hospital recently concluded he was fit for release, but few options were available. California laws bar sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and other places where children congregate, eliminating nearly all urban areas in the state.

Cheryl Holbrook, a resident of the area who belongs to a community group created to fight Hubbart’s release, said there are plans to protest at his new home.

Holbrook said she was shaking because of the news, which she said was made worse by memories of being raped as a 14-year-old by two men at knifepoint and impregnated.

“I think it’s wrong,” Holbrook said. “When this guy commits another crime, the blood’s going to be on that judge’s shoulders.”

Gay couples Arkansas not allow marriage

Gay couples in Arkansas will not be able to get married even though the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage because a separate law that prevents issuing marriage licenses to gays is still valid.

In an unsigned order, the justices refused to put the ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on hold. Even though they rejected the state’s request to suspend the ruling, though, their order will still prevent any other same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses in Arkansas, at least for now.

“In our opinion, it’s not that they denied the stay or issued a stay, when they kinda, I guess, kicked the can down the road,” said Thomas Baldwin, of Bryant, who married his partner, Devin Rudeseal, on Monday in Little Rock.

Last Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza threw out a 10-year-old ban that voters placed in the state constitution and a separate state law barring same-sex marriages. But he didn’t rule on a separate law that regulates the conduct of county clerks, which threatens fines if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“I think it actually makes it a little more muddy,” Chris Villines, the executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties, said Wednesday evening after reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision.

The justices, in their decision, offered no direction to the county clerks, who knew before the ruling came out that guidance for clerks was still on the books. They had wanted to know what to do with the conflicting findings: the gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional, but clerks aren’t authorized to do anything about it.

“County clerks have been uncertain about their responsibilities and couples unable to know definitively whether their marriage will remain valid,” said Aaron Sadler, a spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. “A stay issued by either the Supreme Court or Judge Piazza would have brought some certainty. Unfortunately, today’s decision did not do that.”

After Piazza’s decision last Friday, clerks in five counties responded by issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Through Wednesday evening, 456 gay couples in Arkansas had since received permission to marry, according to an Associated Press canvass of county clerks. Pulaski and Washington counties issued licenses Wednesday, but said after the ruling they would stop.

Couples that already have licenses can still get married.

The state’s other 70 counties had not issued licenses to gay couples, with many saying the Supreme Court needed to weigh in.

Lawyers for gay couples said Piazza could fix the problem by simply incorporating broader language when he files a final order.

“I would argue that is implicit in his ruling, but we’re going to have to get him to address that,” lawyer Jack Wagoner said.

Jason Owens, who represented four counties named as defendants in the gay couples’ lawsuit, said the counties were correct to wait for further guidance.

“I think it certainly validates that decision to not issue the licenses because there is still a statute in effect that prohibits that,” Owens said.

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane, at Little Rock, initially said he would continue to do so Thursday, but changed his mind after talking to the county’s lawyer. Washington County clerk Becky Lewallen stopped distribution from her office near the University of Arkansas but intended to talk to other clerks about a way forward.

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The refusal was based on State Department officials’ belief between 2010 and 2012 that Boko Haram was not a transnational threat outside of Nigeria or a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, officials told ABC News. The Daily Beast reported Thursday that the FBI, CIA and Justice Department pushed for FTO designation for Boko Haram in 2011 after a bombing at the United Nations office in Nigeria. Clinton aides at the State Department resisted, the report said.

But in June 2012 — 17 months before declaring the entire Boko Haram organization as an “FTO” and three years after its formation in Nigeria — the U.S. designated its top leader Abubakr Shekau and two other commanders for sanctions, mostly to block “property interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with or for the benefit of these individuals.”

Carson declined to comment on U.S. military strategy or tactical requests, but denied that any resistance to elevating the group’s importance as a more severe global terror threat meant that the State Department under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton meant they were asleep at the switch, as critics have alleged.

“We engaged the Nigerians quite extensively. Not being on the [FTO] list didn’t inhibit our ability to help,” said Carson, who left office in May 2013. “It could evolve over time, but [Boko Haram] is not a threat today to the homeland.”

Calling out Boko Haram earlier could have drawn “global jihadaist support” to what was primarily a Nigeria-focused terror group bent on undermining and embarrassing President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, and also might have put the terrorists’ crosshairs on Americans, Carson added.

“We also were concerned that it associated us very closely with what have proven to be unsuccessful Nigerian policies… like human rights violations by the Nigerian military” in northeastern Nigeria counterterrorism sweeps, he told ABC News in the interview Thursday.

Human rights groups agree that the Nigerian government has had an abysmal record in how they’ve confronted the growing Boko Haram problem.

books may change your fate

Books that may change your life !

1. Little Women 1686


In picturesque 19th-century New England of the US, the 4 March sisters – tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy – come of age while their father is off to war.


My copy of this is probably 55 years old – I’ve probably read it at least 25 times. This is a story of a family that functioned in a particular way in a particular time. – Reader Corrie

This book is so great. It has characters every girl could ever relate to. – Reader Martha

Classical fragments

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff. “We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner.

“Right, Jo; better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands,” said Mrs March decidedly.

2. Harriet the Spy 1964


Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?


When I read “Harriet the Spy” in 5th grade, I was taken by Harriet’s habit of wandering, observing and writing. – Reader Jamie

She has to rank competitively with the greatest literary characters of all time – so spunky, so misunderstood, so maligned by her peers. – Reader Griffin

Classical fragments

[Harriet] hated math. She hated math with every bone in her body. She spent so much time hating it that she never had time to do it.

Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1979


Join the book’s hero, Arthur Dent, as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway.


You’ll never read funnier science fiction. – Amazon.com

I think that one of the things that one has to keep in mind while reading this book is that it was written in 1979. – Reader Alejandro

Classical fragments

“I don’t want to die now!” he yelled. “I’ve still got a headache! I don’t want to go to heaven with a headache!”

The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists.

“What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” “Six by nine. 42.”"That’s it. That’s all there is.” “I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe.”

The ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is…42!

4. Sirena 1998


When mermaid Sirena and her sisters sing their siren songs to the sailors on their way to the Trojan War, the men crash their ships upon the rocks. There is one survivor. Sirena defies the goddess Hera by tending his wounds and soon the two are deeply in love. But does Philoctetes love Sirena’s song, or her soul? And will the pull of honor prove stronger than the bond of love?


Rather than pandering to younger readers, she poured out a poignant tale with the most beautiful language. The lesson was also unforgettable: Don’t change yourself for anyone. – Reader Ashley

The story is lovely, but the ending is very sad. I recommend it to anyone of any age. – Reader Sookie

Classical fragments

I feel the stars. Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart.

I want so much to sing, I tell myself no. But it is so hard to keep from singing.

5. The Chocolate War 1947


Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster: Do I dare disturb the universe? Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual school fund-raiser may not seem like a radical thing to do. But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all-out war.


It’s a powerful lesson about standing by what you believe in, even if you must do so alone. – Reader Kat

The world is evil and there’s nothing you can do about it. Trying to fight against it is the most important thing you can do. – Robert Cormier, author of this book

Classical fragments

He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine – not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.

It doesn’t matter how big the body, it’s what you do with it.

6. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 1970


Margaret Simon, almost 12, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in.


This is the ultimate book that every female, whatever her age, should read at least once. – Reader Crystal

Classical fragments

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow God.

Nehoray told the Times Stiviano and Sterling

V. Stiviano, the woman whom Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks, is “very saddened” by his lifetime NBA ban, and she didn’t release the recording of their conversation, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Stiviano “never wanted any harm to Donald,” Siamak Nehoray of Calabasas told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1kemXGO).

Somebody released it “for money,” but it wasn’t Stiviano, the attorney said.

“My client is devastated that this got out,” he said.

Nehoray previously said the recording posted online is a snippet of a conversation lasting roughly an hour.

In the recording, the Los Angeles Clippers owner apparently is upset with Stiviano for posting photos online of herself with Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling asks.

The Johnson photo has since been deleted from Stiviano’s Instagram account.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver condemned the remarks. He banned Sterling for life from any association with the league or his team, and Silver fined him $2.5 million.

Stiviano has been described as Sterling’s girlfriend.

In March, Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, sued Stiviano, seeking the return of more than $2.5 million in lavish gifts the woman allegedly received from her husband, including luxury cars and a $1.8 million duplex.

The lawsuit claims Stiviano, 31, met Sterling, 80, at the 2010 Super Bowl.

It accuses Stiviano of engaging “in conduct designed to target, befriend, seduce, and then entice, cajole, borrow from, cheat and/or receive as gifts transfers of wealth from wealthy older men whom she targets for such purpose.”

Stiviano’s attorney has filed documents to dismiss many of the accusations and denies that she took advantage of Sterling, describing him as having an “iron will” and being one of the world’s shrewdest businessmen.

Nehoray told the Times that Stiviano and Sterling didn’t have a romantic relationship.

“It’s nothing like it’s been portrayed,” the lawyer said. “She’s not the type of person everyone says.”

She was a hard-working waitress and did volunteer work helping crime victims before becoming an “archivist” for Sterling, he said.

“She had no association with any rich people before this,” he said.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Stiviano was a volunteer with its Victim-Witness Assistance Program in 2010 and 2011, the Times said.

Mother Nature calls amusing move

In this amusing and entertaining archive clip from the 2002 BBC documentary series The Life of Mammals, David Attenborough examines the life of one of the world’s most extraordinary plant predators – the sloth.vintage tube

This extraordinary creature, found in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America, is half blind, half deaf and spends most of its time hanging around half asleep in the treetops.

It only moves quickly when Mother Nature calls, and even then, quick is a relative term.
But with very little muscle, and a reaction time only one-fourth as fast as ours, how does a sloth’s day compare to a humans? Attenborough investigates.港台娛樂

Interested in interacting with sloths yourself? At the Amazon Shelter For Animal and Environmental Protection in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, travellers can help look after rescued wildlife such as pumas, monkeys and sloths.九成按揭