Cliches from The New York Times (10/26)

Republicans Craving Harmony On Tax Cuts, but Discord Grows 

A1/19, Paragraph 4, Thursday Paper

“But, like a crying newborn, the drafting of the bill is already costing party leaders sleep.”

Critics Give Way AS the G.O.P. Tilts To Trump’s Orbit

A1/17, Paragraph 1, Thursday Paper

“Despite the fervor of President Trump’s Republican opponents, the president’s brand of hard-edge nationalism– with its gut-level cultural appeals and hard lines on trade and immigration–is taking root within his adopted party, and those uneasy with grievance politics are either giving in or giving up the fight.”

 

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Boston University Students Discuss Wheelock College Merger

Most Boston University (BU) students agree with the university’s decision to combine its School of Education with Wheelock College’s education program, according to interview responses from 12 students.

The merger, which will go into effect June 1, 2018, will essentially mesh BU’s School of Education with Wheelock College’s School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies, creating Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development.

As for the current Wheelock College students, they will either continue into existing programs at BU, continue into a program which allows them to finish their current Wheelock studies, or continue into newly selected courses that will be a result of the college merger.

Several BU students voiced their opinions on the merger, describing it as advantageous for both schools.

Sasha Schuele, 21, a College of Arts and Sciences Senior, said that the change wouldn’t significantly alter BU’s current program.

“When I first heard about it I was totally shocked. I had no idea what to expect. But just after hearing about it from a couple of my teachers, it seems like now maybe it’s not like that huge of a change,” Sasha said.  “It’s not going to fundamentally change who we are as an SED community.”

Chris Alba, 22, a BU graduate student, said that he believed that the college merger would significantly benefit both schools, ultimately establishing a shared space of resources and perspectives toward education.

“I think it could be a great thing especially when schools merge because they have more resources,” Chris said. “I went to a relatively small undergraduate school and we often didn’t have the faculty or the resources to get a lot of cool things that we can get done here.”

Morgan Goodney, 23, a BU graduate student, provided a different perspective about the issue.

“I actually am currently in an internship with some students who are at Wheelock, and, so they’ve been pretty vocal about how they feel it will affect them and their studies and how it kind of interrupts the decision that they had made to go to that school,” Morgan said.

Sarah Maggipinto, 19, a College of Engineering sophomore, said that the merger is beneficial to BU since it will provide the school with more assets.

“I guess it’s good. It seems like it’s gonna give more resources to BU,” said Sarah.

Las Vegas Gunman’s Girlfriend Releases Statement Regarding Gun Massacre

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, recently released a written statement regarding the recent Las Vegas gun massacre. Her attorney, Matt Lombard, read the statement to the Los Angeles news media yesterday.

After the gunman murdered a total of 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, investigators turned to those who were in connection with Paddock. They discovered that his girlfriend was in the Philippines while the attack took place.

She has offered full cooperation to F.B.I. investigators and the Las Vegas Police Department. Her statement expressed that she was completely unaware of the attack that Paddock planned.

“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,” wrote Danley.

Paddock had flown Danley out to the Philippines to be with her family. He covered the expenses and reportedly ceased to mention the violence he was planning.

“A little more than two weeks ago, Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family.”

She additionally addressed why she waited until now to release a statement about the shooting.

“I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities and I voluntarily flew back to America because I know that the F.B.I. and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me, and I wanted to talk to them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation.”

Reports additionally indicated that Paddock had wired a significant amount of money into Danley’s account during her stay in the Philippines. She said that Paddock had given her the money to buy a house for her family, according to the statement.

Her account of Paddock’s personality did to align with the nature of the horrific events he carried out.

“I knew Stephen as a kind, caring man,” wrote Danley.

As for the victims and their families and friends, Danley addressed them directly, writing:

“I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events.”

No further statements have been released.

 

 

U.S Airways Jetliner Crash-Lands into Hudson River; All Passengers Were Reported Safe

According to officials, a U.S. Airways Jetliner with 155 people on board landed into the Hudson River on Thursday after the plane’s engines failed.

After taking off from New York’s LaGuardia airport at 3:26 p.m., the plane headed north over the Bronx, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The main pilot, 57-year-old Chesley B. Sullenberger III, radioed that he’d suffered a double birds strike after losing power in both engines.

Sullenberger then turned his attention to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, which was just a few miles south from where the strike occurred, according to FAA reports. Flying at 3200 feet, Sullenberger banked the plane left and headed for New Jersey. But he didn’t have enough time. Realizing that he couldn’t make it to New Jersey or LaGuardia, Sullenberger changed his course and aligned the plane over the Hudson River. He then tilted the plane’s nose up slightly and landed the jetliner into the Hudson River’s chilly January waters with Manhattan’s West 48th street on the left and New Jersey’s Weehawken on the right.

A few passengers said that before the plane landed on the Hudson, Sullenberger came on the intercom and said, “brace for impact.”

One of the passengers seated near the back of the plane, Elizabeth McHugh, 64 years old, recalled the the moments leading up to and after the plane collided with the river.

“I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. Believe me, I prayed,” exclaimed McHugh.

She additionally recollected the exact moment the plane made contact with the river.

“As soon as we hit, we all jolted forward and sideways. And then the water started coming in around my feet,” she added.

After the plane struck the surface of the river, it didn’t sink immediately. This gave the flight attendants enough time to push open the plane’s emergency exit doors over its wings. This caused the plane to begin submerging.

Flight attendants and pilots led all passengers out of the plane and onto its wings to prevent injuries and fatalities. People on both sides of the Hudson River witnessed the debacle as water poured into the plane’s passenger compartment.

Susan Obel, who lives in a 20th floor apartment on West 70th Street at Amsterdam Avenue, said that she saw the plane coming down.

“When you see a plane somewhere that it isn’t supposed to be, you get that eery feeling. I didn’t think it was a terrorist attack,” said Obel.

Another eye witness, Fulmer Duckworth, who works at the Bank of America, claims to have seen the plane hit the water.

“It made this huge, gigantic splash. I thought it was a boat crash at first. It didn’t occur to me that it was a plane in the water, said Duckworth.

Captain Sullenberger walked the length of the plane twice to make sure that everyone had been led to the safety of the plane’s wings. He was the last person off the plane. The plane then began to spin in a counterclockwise direction but helicopters arrived and police divers swam to the scene, effectively aiding rescue.

Tourist boats also rushed to the scene after witnessing the crash, saving numerous passengers who were waist-deep in the 35-degree water. Some passengers were taken to Manhattan while others were taken to New Jersey. Ten patients, from their early 30s to a woman who was 85 years old, were taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan and treated for hypothermia. Dozens were also taken to St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center. One flight attendant sustained a cut on her leg but no further injuries have been reported.

After all passengers and crew members were taken to safety, the plane was towed down the Hudson to Battery Park.

The FAA later revealed that the same aircraft had been involved in two other emergency landings. The first occurred in 2002 and the second in 2003. The former emergency landed resulted from flames shooting out of the plane’s left engine, and the latter involved problems with the landing gear.

New York Governor David A. Patterson commented on the entire event and Captain Sullenbergers’s efforts.

“I believe we now have a miracle on the Hudson,” said Patterson.