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Local polls impossible by June-end, says CEC Uprety

Mar 31, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Local polls impossible by June-end, says CEC Uprety

The Election Commission has said it will not be possible to hold local elections by June owing to continued dithering by the government and political parties over announcing the dates.

Going by the preparations made so far, the election authority concluded that the possibility of holding local polls within June has effectively exhausted.

“It will now be wrong to assume that the polls will be possible in June. We see no such possibility as time has already run out,” Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety told the Post.

Uprety said holding election of all the local bodies will be almost impossible in the context of the delay in clearing legal hurdles and forging political consensus.

Uprety, however, sees the possibility of holding elections in 58 municipalities within June if the government announces the dates and clears legal hurdles immediately. “Since holding municipal election is easier compared to that in VDCs, right before the rainy season, we could just about manage to do that. But only if there’s absolutely no delay,” said the commissioner.

The EC is undecided about conducting a voter roll update campaign before the date is announced. Though 12.21 million voters are already registered, the EC is currently updating voters only in the district headquarters.

Before electing Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala to head the government, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML had agreed in writing to hold local elections before May-end. Almost all the parties had assured of holding the long-delayed polls in their election manifestoes but have not committed on the date. Maoist and Madhes-based parties, however, argue that constitution writing—and not elections—should be the priority.

Asked if the government planned to announce the election date, Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh said it will be declared only after completing “certain procedures”—promulgating electoral laws and building political consensus.

The EC is miffed at the government for not allowing it to announce the date. It believes periodic elections will happen only when it is free to decide on the date. Otherwise, according to the election commission er, the ruling parties will always try to postpone the polls until they believe that they are in a position to win.

In its bid to ease the process, the EC has revised rules to suit the changed context while the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has already forwarded a revised bill on Local-self Government Act to the Law Ministry. The election body will forward the amendment to the Home Ministry on Tuesday.

Local polls have not taken place in the 12 years.

Posted on: 2014-03-31 08:29

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CA chair to lawmakers: No foreign trips please

Mar 31, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on CA chair to lawmakers: No foreign trips please


Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang has told party leaders and lawmakers to avoid foreign junkets, stressing that such activities would only distract them from the all-important task of constitution writing.

Earlier, the CA chair had communicated such a message to the top leaders of the parties urging them to discourage foreign visits, stating that they have limited time at their disposal to promulgate a new constitution.

Many see Nembang’s current proactive role in constitution making as his attempt to distance himself from his image in the CA-1 where many saw him as failing to use his pulpit position.

“I have requested parties and lawmakers not to prioritise foreign visits and concentrate on constitution-writing because we have only nine months to promulgate a new constitution,” Nembang told the Post. 

“Lawmakers should cut on their travel to the districts too. If local elections do take place, parties should not depute their lawmakers for the election purpose.”

An official at Parliament Secretariat said that in the previous CA, some lawmakers went for foreign junkets as many as 18 times, many of them even without informing their own party and the Secretariat.

There has been a lot of criticism in the media of the role of donor agencies who funded many of these junkets, which went by the name of study tour. According to official sources, most of these tours were in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Norway, Sweden and USA.

“This time the donor agencies should not lure our lawmakers into foreign junkets and interfere in our constitution-drafting process,” said Nilambar Acharya, who headed Constitutional Committee in the first Assembly. “In the previous CA, lawmakers would travel abroad even to discuss contentious issues of constitution which was possible only inside the country. Such practices should be discouraged at any cost.”

An official at the CA Secretariat, however, said there are no legal measures to curb foreign trips.

“The only solution is the international community in Kathmandu should commit itself to the fact that lawmakers will ultimately have to sit together and find solutions at home and towards that end foreign junkets are in fact unhelpful,” said the official.

The international community needs to refrain from hosting talks programmes, organising seminars and workshops and study tours so that CA members no longer have an excuse to stay unfocused and uncommitted, a Kathmandu Post columnist, Binod Sijapati, suggested in his February 10 article.

“In this regard, if the nature of support is going to be a continuation of previous ones, one can argue that no action on the part of international community would be the best action.”

Last month, half a dozen lawmakers visited China, probably their first visit in the new CA.




Posted on: 2014-03-31 08:27

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First Listen: Ratking, ‘So It Goes’

Mar 31, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on First Listen: Ratking, ‘So It Goes’

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Ratking's album So It Goes comes out April 8.

Ratking’s album So It Goes comes out April 8.

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There is hardly a title in music as onerous as “New York hip-hop artist.” Attached to that description are preconceived notions about look, sound, and subject matter, coupled with the stigma of being from a place that’s gone from being the most prominent and relevant locale in hip-hop to struggling to stay a part of the conversation.

While many of Ratking’s contemporaries (Joey Bada$$ or A$AP Nast, for example) are concerned with “bringing New York back” aesthetically if not sonically, Ratking is more interested in moving things forward. In this way the trio’s debut album, So It Goes might be the most “New York” hip-hop project released in years.

The album doesn’t longingly harken back to the sound of the city as it was. Instead it represents New York as it is. Yes, So It Goes does bear the musical DNA of its lauded ’90s and early 2000s predecessors. But it does little to imitate them. It’s not Dipset, Wu-Tang, G-Unit, Terror Squad or even Native Tongues rehash. This is the now New York seen through the eyes of vocalists and Manhattan natives Wiki (Upper West Side) and Hak (Harlem) as they come of age – their words set to the off-kilter and decidedly non-boom-bap soundscapes provided by Bushwick-by-way-of-Virginia producer Sporting Life.

With a sonic palette that draws from reggae, alt rock, drum and bass and jazz, Sport creates a semi-chaotic world of vocal samples sped up and chopped beyond recognition, robotic high hats, and stray sounds. The result is organized noise just tame enough for Wiki and Hak to rap, scream, chant, and sing their love/hate letter to NYC and its denizens.

On “Snow Beach” for example, lilting electric piano keys give way to somber saxophone playing as the nasal-voiced Wiki laments NYU’s Greenwich Village land grab and the changing city landscape (“How you supposed to be standin’ for New York/ Dismantling New York?) while Hak chants/sings about the annual cycles of court cases and Northfaces.

“Remove Ya” tackles the familiar topic of police harassment. A nod to Dipset and the Heatmakerz production, Ratkings’s anti-cop anthem flips the same Sanchez “One In A Million” sample as Juelz Santana’s “Dipset Anthem,” taking the horn riff and making it a frantic motif.

“Puerto Rican Judo” finds the crew taking a pun from Cam’Ron’s “Horse And Carriage” and turning it into metaphor for the real-life, inner-city romance between Wiki and the song’s guest, Wavy Spice (aka Princess Nokia). It’s a rare tender moment on the album when Wiki pledges his love: “How you look at me like that when I got no teeth?/ even the folks on my own street look at me phony/ you hold me like you know me/ hold you like you holy/ watch you like you posin’/ you and me gon’ be.”

Though a love song may seem like a strange digression on an album filled with gritty city tales, like the King Krule featuring “So Sick Stories,” it’s not that far-fetched.

Though on the surface it seems like the album’s through-line is city life, upon further inspection we see that the common denominator is really youthful passion. Maybe that’s why Ratking has achieved a New York sound without being revivalists. They realize the essence of a New York sound comes from experience in the here-and-now and not nostalgia for the past.

First Listen: Teebs, ‘E S T A R A’

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Teebs' new album, E S T A R A, comes out April 8.

Teebs’ new album, E S T A R A, comes out April 8.

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Teebs is a signature member of the collective surrounding Brainfeeder, an iconoclastic electronic label stationed in L.A. As per the habits of its exploratory founder Flying Lotus, it’s big into refractions of beats and bass. Most of the roster, in different ways, favors the peculiar and the strange, but it’s all very heady, too. (It’s called Brainfeeder as opposed to Brainbender or Braineraser.) Teebs, for his part, steers toward luxurious sadness and wistful contemplation, with a sense of nostalgia in the mix.

E S T A R A shares a lot, in terms of tempo and tone, with Boards of Canada’s long-reigning masters of electronic melancholia. “The Endless” opens with a short snippet of grainy wavering, like an old synth recording rescued from a ribbon of tape flapping on a reel, before “View Point” kicks in with some rhythm to suggest a sense of purpose. The beats are subtle and forceful at once, there to serve as guideposts or subjects for fixation, depending on your mood. They stay about the same in measures of intensity, whether in a quasi-pop song like “Holiday” (featuring Animal Collective-esque vocals by Jonti) or a bleary-eyed ambient meditation like “NY Pt. 1.”

No futurist, Teebs seems to yearn for New Age music, or at least remnants of it that have returned to prominence in ways that are both problematic (see: sounds reminiscent of rainsticks) and inspiring (see: a deep sense of caring and consideration for matters of pretty much every sort). “Shoouss Lullaby” brushes up against New Age tropes warmly, with acoustic guitar enlisted in a delicate mix, but there’s more to break off and probe in “SOTM” and “Hi Hat.” Each is an interesting and deeply invested fusion of industrial and pastoral sounds that Teebs manages to make his own.

First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, ‘Chasing Pianos’

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Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano.

Valentina Lisitsa’s new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman’s music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano.

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Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself playing Chopin to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. And Michael Nyman, the restlessly inventive British composer, is best known for his dozens of movie scores — chiefly the one he wrote for Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning The Piano (1993).

That movie casts a spell over Lisitsa’s new album, Chasing Pianos, released April 8 and timed to mark the composer’s 70th birthday March 23. The cover re-creates the arresting image from the film of a piano set on a barren beach while the album includes solo piano transcriptions from The Piano sprinkled throughout its 25 tracks, all of which are drawn from Nyman film scores.

Nyman, a former critic who coined the term “minimal” for the steady-state sounds emerging in the late 1960s, made a name for himself composing music for esoteric films by Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman’s Contract, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Prospero’s Books). Blending minimalist techniques with pop sensibility and skillful, hummable melodies, Nyman has been labeled the British Philip Glass — a convenient oversimplification that actually benefits neither composer.

The music on Chasing Pianos unfolds like a 78-minute solo piano suite, launched with the rolling, sweepingly romantic arpeggios of “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” the irresistible theme from The Piano. The music covers a broad range of moods and styles. “Sheep and Tides,” from Greenaway’s Drowning by Numbers — the entire score for which is based on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante — sports a cheery, lilting, Poulenc-style waltz. “Why?” from an animated version of The Diary of Anne Frank is built from a gorgeous pop-like hook Radiohead would be proud to call its own, and “Diary of Love,” from Neil Jordan’s The End of the Affair, croons like a slow song without words.

In Lisitsa’s more than capable hands (she’s used to playing knuckle-busters by Rachmaninoff and Liszt) Nyman’s music shines in all its simple, emotional and propulsive beauty.

Smith, Denorfia Lift Padres To 3-1 Win Over LA

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seth Smith hit a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the San Diego Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in baseball’s North American opener Sunday night.

Smith’s first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings. It sailed an estimated 360 feet into the right-field seats. It was his seventh career pinch-hit homer. He was acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Dale Thayer (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Huston Street pitched the ninth for the save.

Under fire, Shrestha quits TRC taskforce

Mar 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Under fire, Shrestha quits TRC taskforce

Former Senior Superinten-dent of Police Chuda Bahadur Shrestha on Saturday quit as a member of the government’s expert taskforce to draft the bills on transitional mechanism.

The taskforce members representing victims had on Friday objected to Shrestha’s inclusion on the team, citing his alleged involvement in the murder of five youths in Dhanusha during the insurgency in 2003.

Shrestha has cited media reports criticising his appointment to the panel as the reason for the decision to leave the panel.

Various rights advocacy groups had demanded the government to dismiss him citing the Supreme Court order to exclude individuals who were parties to the conflict and/or who had records of human rights violations while forming the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Enforced Disappearances.

Sadhuram Sapkota, joint secretary at the Peace Ministry and coordinator of the taskforce, said Shrestha’s resignation has not affected taskforce’s operations. He informed that the government will announce his replacement on Sunday.

Posted on: 2014-03-30 08:35

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CA calendar within 15 days: Secretariat

Mar 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on CA calendar within 15 days: Secretariat

After the formation five crucial committees, the Constituent Assembly Secretariat is preparing to release a time-bound calendar for the constitution drafting process within 15 days.

According to officials at the secretariat, the calendar will be unveiled once the chairpersons of all CA committees are appointed. It will envisage promulgating a new constitution within January 24, 2015, with a timeline to settle the contentious issues either through consensus or voting.

Parties plan to promulgate a new constitution within a year of the first CA meeting (January 22) but two months have already elapsed without a concrete progress on the constitution drafting.

In the previous CA , the time-bound calendar was amended a dozen times as the thematic committees failed to submit their reports on time.  

 The first meeting of five committees—Committee to Study and Determine Constitutional Records, Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, Constitution Drafting Committee, Committee on Citizen and Public Opinion, Committee to Enhance the Capacity of Lawmakers and Resource Mobilisation—is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, the officials said.  

 “We are tentatively working on a calendar which will be finalised once the chairmen of those committees are appointed,” said Rabi Sharma Aryal, a legal advisor to the CA .

Until the selection of chairmen, the senior-most lawmaker will chair the meeting of the committees and proceed with their mandated tasks guided by CA rules of procedure. A CA meeting on Friday owned up the achievements made by the last assembly, giving an impetus to the constitution drafting process.

With the chairpersons of committees being one of the disputed issues, CA Chairman Subas Nembang has asked the top leaders of major political parties to head the committees to expedite the tasks related to the constitution drafting process.  

The cause of disagreement is the leadership of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, which has a mandate to hold talks with all parties both within and outside the CA on the disputed issues of new constitution. The UCPN (Maoist) has claimed the leadership of the committee, arguing that it has been denied other powerful positions related to the statute writing process. The Nepali Congress is also vying for the leadership of the Drafting Committee, said a leader.

Last week, the parties had agreed to revive the High-level Political Committee (HLPC) to guide the statute drafting process and government. However, there has not been any discussion on the leadership of HLPC. The parties plan to select the heads of such committees through voting if they fail to reach a consensus within a week.

Poll-opposing parties at odds

As the 33-party alliance charts out plans to launch protests against the Constituent Assembly, the poll-opposing parties have come up with conflicting views on the way to solve existing problems.

Leaders said most of the fringe parties are in favour of seeking a solution from within the CA , instead of boycotting it as demanded by the CPN-Maoist.

The Mohan Baidya-led party, a key force in the alliance, has argued in favour of CA dissolution. It has proposed an all-party political assembly instead.

The fringe parties, however, have been pressing the CPN-Maoist to accept the legitimacy of the CA , as there is no other option.

The parties argue that the alliance should interact with the CA to find a solution to national problems. Fringe party leaders say they are ready to engage in the constitution-writing process if they are given due space.

Sources said most leaders including Pasang Sherpa of the Social Democratic Party, Nepal, Mani Thapa of the CPN-Revolutionary, Khagendra Makhim, general secretary of the Federal Democratic National Forum, and Pari Thapa, general secretary of CPN (United), are against CA dissolution.

“There are differences on several other issues like whether the struggle should focus on national independence or strengthening republicanism,” said Thapa.

Thapa said the collaboration with the CPN-Maoist will continue despite differences. The alliance this week approved a way forward that includes an ‘issued-based’ protest. The alliance is planning to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Leaders said they will hit the streets against inflation, corruption and other social problems. The fringe parties have also opposed the CPN-Maoist warning against the construction of mega hydropower projects.

CPN-Maoist leaders said the party will not accept the legitimacy of the CA .

“We don’t recognise the CA . There should be a separate platform to write the constitution having representatives from various sectors. We are firm on our view that the domination of regressive forces in the CA cannot ensure a progressive constitution,” CPN-Maoist leader Pampha Bhusal said.

Posted on: 2014-03-30 08:34

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76ers End 26-Game Skid, Pound Pistons 123-98

Mar 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on 76ers End 26-Game Skid, Pound Pistons 123-98

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to avoid establishing the longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months and did it with surprising ease, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.

Beaten badly a number of times during their skid, the 76ers got to experience life on the other side, ringing up a season-high 70 points in the first half.

Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. 4, 1977.

Henry Sims added 16 points for the Sixers, who hadn’t won before their home crowd since beating Charlotte on Jan. 15. Fans were into it from the start and grew louder throughout, standing and cheering for the final 45 seconds.

Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games. Blown out a night earlier by Miami, they made the 76ers look as good as the Heat with a sloppy effort that included 18 turnovers, many after starting point guard Brandon Jennings was ejected in the first quarter.

The Sixers were expected to be among the NBA’s worst teams, though they briefly fooled everyone when they opened the season by beating Miami and Chicago during a 3-0 start. But they look nothing like that team now, having traded three of their top players before February’s trade deadline and replacing them with what coach Brett Brown said is the youngest team in league history, one that has been unprepared or perhaps just unqualified to win NBA games.

There is young talent on the roster, with Carter-Williams the possible Rookie of the Year and Nerlens Noel, still out recovering from a torn ACL, also a lottery pick in last year’s draft. Brown doesn’t question the Sixers’ plans or his decision to leave San Antonio to come coach here, insisting the team was headed in the right direction and that all this losing “will be a distant memory in September.”

“Our judgment day isn’t today and it won’t be tomorrow,” Brown said before the game. “We’re on a three to five-year plan.”

The present was finally fun on Saturday.

The 76ers opened a 10-point lead after one, capitalizing on some free throws when Jennings picked up two technical fouls arguing a call that wasn’t even against him and was ejected with 1:18 left. A 9-0 run made it 55-38 with about 5 ½ minutes left in the half, and when Detroit crept within 10 with 1:32 remaining, Philadelphia closed with another 9-0 spurt to open a 70-51 cushion at the break.

The 76ers extended it to 32 late in the third, and Brown pulled his five starters together with 5:13 left and a 30-point bulge.

Notes: The Dallas Mavericks lost 19 straight home games during the 1993-94 season. … Monroe played in his 300th NBA game. … Philadelphia’s previous high was 68 points in the first half of a 114-102 victory at Denver on New Year’s Day.


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Number Of Missing From Mudslide Drops To 30

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DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The number of those believed missing following a deadly Washington state landslide has plummeted to 30 after many people were found safe, authorities said late Saturday.

Officials previously set the number of missing people at 90, but said they expected that figure to drop dramatically as they worked to find people and cross-referenced a list that included partial reports and duplicates.

The confirmed death toll rose by one, to 18, Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said at a Saturday evening briefing.

The search by heavy equipment, dogs and bare hands for victims from the slide was going “all the way to the dirt” as crews looked for anything to provide answers for family and friends a week after a small mountainside community was destroyed.

All work on the debris field halted briefly Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost. Gov. Jay Inslee had asked people across Washington to pause at 10:37 a.m., the time the huge slide struck on March 22, destroying a neighborhood in the community of Oso north of Seattle.

“People all over stopped work — all searchers — in honor of that moment, so people we are searching for know we are serious,” Snohomish County Fire District 1 battalion chief Steve Mason said.

An American flag had been run up a tree and then down to half-staff at the debris site, he said.

Dan Rankin, mayor of the nearby logging town of Darrington, said the community had been “changed forevermore.”

“It’s going to take a long time to heal, and the likelihood is we will probably never be whole,” he said.

Among the dozens of missing are a man in his early 20s, Adam Farnes, and his mother, Julie.

“He was a giant man with a giant laugh,” Kellie Howe said of Farnes. Howe became friends with him when he moved to the area from Alaska. She said Adam Farnes was the kind of guy who would come into your house and help you do the dishes.

Adam Farnes also played the banjo, drums and bass guitar, she said, and had worked as a telephone lineman and a 911 dispatcher.

“He loved his music loud,” she said.

Finding and identifying all the victims could stretch on for a very long time, and authorities have warned that not everyone may ultimately be accounted for after one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history.

Rescuers have given a cursory look at the entire debris field 55 miles northeast of Seattle, said Steve Harris, division supervisor for the eastern incident management team. They are now sifting through the rest of the fragments, looking for places where dogs should give extra attention. Only “a very small percentage” has received the more thorough examination, he said.

Dogs working four-hour shifts have been the most useful tool, Harris said, but they’re getting hypothermic in the rain and muck.

Commanders are making sure people have the right gear to stay safe in the rain and potentially hazardous materials, and they’re keeping a close eye on the level of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to be sure nobody is trapped by rising water.

At the debris site Saturday, Mason, the battalion chief, said teams first do a hasty search of any wreckage of homes they find. If nothing is immediately discovered, they do a more detailed, forensic search.

“We go all the way to the dirt,” he said.

Crews are also collecting bags of personal belongings that would later be cleaned, sorted and hopefully returned to families.

“What we found out here is everything from pictures to gun safes,” Mason said. “Anything you would have at your house.”

The huge wall of earth that crashed into the collection of homes followed weeks of heavy rain.

Previous slides triggered by storms included one that killed 150 people in Virginia in the wake of Hurricane Camille in 1969 and another that killed 129 when rain from Tropical Storm Isabel loosened tons of mud that buried the Puerto Rican community of Mameyes in 1985.

A dam in San Francisquito Canyon, Calif., collapsed in 1928, causing an abutment to give way and killing 500 people, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Crews pleaded with the public not to show up and try to help. Only local volunteers are being allowed to help rescuers.

Joe Wright of Darrington set up his tool-sharpening operation near the firehouse. He’s been busy. In a little more than a day, he estimated he had sharpened more than 150 chainsaw chains dulled by rocks and dirt.

“There were people using their own saws,” Wright said. “They’re just trying to get down there to get the job done.”


Baumann reported from Seattle. Associated Press photographer Elaine Thompson in Oso, writer Phuong Le in Seattle and researchers Judith Ausuebel, Jennifer Farrar and Susan James contributed to this report.



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