- - Sunday, November 27, 2011


More small earthquakes hit Oklahoma City area

SPARKS — Another small earthquake was reported in the Oklahoma City area, the sixth since Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.2-magnitude quake struck just before 6 a.m. Sunday about 27 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no damage was reported.

A 3.7-magnitude quake near Prague on Thursday began the weekend’s temblors. On Saturday, a 2.4-magnitude tremor was recorded at about 7 a.m. about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and three more were recorded Friday. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.5 to 3.0 are the smallest that humans generally feel.

A 5.6-magnitude quake, the strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma, shook the state Nov. 5. That quake damaged dozens of homes, buckled a highway and caused other damage.


City forces showdown with Occupy Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Members of the Occupy movement in Philadelphia say they expect some civil disobedience if protesters are forced to dismantle their encampment downtown.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter set a deadline of 5 p.m. Sunday for demonstrators to remove their belongings. Some have agreed, but not all. The city has not said what will happen if the protesters do not move.

Diane Ackerman, a member of the group’s legal collective, said the movement will remain strong regardless of what happens. Occupy Philadelphia has been largely peaceful since it began. Despite a few dozen arrests, there have been no violent confrontations with police like elsewhere.

Philadelphia’s eviction notice is unique in that protesters are being asked to move to make way for a construction project.


U.S. student details night of arrest in Egypt

An American student arrested with two others during protests in Cairo said they were threatened with guns, hit and forced to lie for hours in a near fetal position in the dark with their hands behind their backs.

“They said if we moved at all, even an inch, they would shoot us. They were behind us with guns,” said Derrik Sweeney, a 19-year-old Georgetown University student from Jefferson City, Mo.

The students flew home Saturday after an Egyptian court ordered their release two days earlier. The three had been spending the semester studying abroad at American University in Cairo, which is near Tahrir Square, where a new wave of protests began more than a week ago.

Mr. Sweeney said the evening of Nov. 20 started peacefully in the square. He and other students later wandered through the streets, ending up in a large group of protesters gathered outside the Interior Ministry.

“There were two tanks and a lot of policemen with weapons, and while these protesters were yelling and a lot of chants, and I think some of them in front of us might have been throwing stones,” he said. “Eventually, the police shot back something.”

The students fled to an area that seemed calmer. There, they were approached by four or five “plainclothes Egyptians” who offered to lead them to safety, Mr. Sweeney said. Instead, he, Luke Gates, a 21-year-old Indiana University student, and Gregory Porter, a 19-year-old Drexel University student, found themselves being taken into custody, beaten and forced to lie still in the dark for about six hours.

The night in detention was “probably the scariest night of my life ever,” he said, adding, “I was not sure I was going to live.”


State officials take obese boy from mother

CLEVELAND — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension. The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

Attorneys for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They said the medical problems that put him at risk do not pose an imminent danger.

A spokeswoman said the county removed the child because case workers saw his mother’s inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.


Restored anti-slavery church to reopen next month

BOSTON — The African Meeting House, where prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, is set to reopen to visitors in Boston early next month after a six-year, $9 million restoration.

The nation’s oldest black church building was constructed in 1806 and is a national historic landmark.

The head of the Museum of African American History, Beverly Morgan-Welch, called it the most important black national historic landmark in the country. It was where the New England Anti-Slavery Society was formed and the famed all-black 54th Civil War regiment, portrayed in the 1989 film “Glory,” first took shape.

Ms. Morgan-Welch said the three-story brick building in the Beacon Hill neighborhood was restored to match its 19th-century character, even retaining the original wooden floorboards in the sanctuary.

Funding for the project included $4 million in federal stimulus money.

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