Miners Winched to the Surface in Chile, Celebrations Begin
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The rescue of 33 miners in northwestern Chile is going well. We hear how it was put together, what the miners face in the future and much more. Also, Iran's Ahmadinejad gets a hero's welcome from Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon, and a federal judge has ordered the military not to enforce the law that prohibits openly gay men and women from serving. We get the latest on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Banner image: Chilean miner Jorge Galleguillos (L) gives the thumbs up upon exiting the Fenix capsule after being brought to the surface in the eleventh place, on October 13, 2010 following a 10-week ordeal in the collapsed San José mine. Photo: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images
Ahmadinejad Gets Hero's Welcome from Hezbollah Supporters in Lebanon ()
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been showered with flowers during a parade through southern Beirut. Tomorrow, he's scheduled to make a speech in a Lebanese town a few miles from the Israeli border. Borzou Daragahi is in Beirut for the Los Angeles Times.
Will the Saga of Trapped Miners Have a Happy Ending? ()
Just after midnight this morning, Florencio Ávalos, stepped onto the Earth's surface for the first time since the Mina San José collapsed 68 days ago. Since then, the rest of the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian have been pulled out at the rate of about one every hour, watched by millions of viewers worldwide. What's next for a group of obscure workers who've lived through a real-life disaster scenario and now face massive publicity? How has the extraordinary rescue been accomplished? What will it mean for the image of Chile? Are there any lessons for miners in the United States?
- Philip Sherwell: Americas Reporter, Daily Telegraph
- Michael Duncan: Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
- Jeffrey Kluger: Science Editor, Time Magazine
- Eduardo Arriagada: Professor of Communications, Chilean Catholic University
- Jude Webber: Reporter, Financial Times
- Phil Smith: Director of Communications, United Mine Workers of America
Federal Judge Says No More 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ()
Last month, Federal District Court Judge Virginia Phillips declared Don't Ask Don't Tell unconstitutional. Yesterday, she ordered the US military to stop enforcing the policy that prohibits openly gay men and women from serving their country. Though it's an order the Obama Administration probably will appeal, it's still "a significant milestone for gay rights in the United States." That's according to John Schwartz of the New York Times.
- John Schwartz: Legal Reporter, New York Times
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