Aug. 4, 1946: Nearly a year after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, William L. Laurence wrote of the underwater tests at Bikini Atoll for The Times, “One is amazed to find the profound change in the public attitude toward the problem of the atomic bomb.” Because the test did not make a hole at the bottom of the ocean or kill everybody involved, Mr. Laurence’s concern was that the public saw this as “just another weapon.” He called for a reawakening of “consciousness to the fact” that this was the “greatest cataclysmic force ever released on earth. Unless some means are found for its control, it will inevitably lead to the destruction of civilization.” Photo: The New York Times
A hot few months during the Cold War — from February to May 1955, 14 atomic bomb tests were conducted just for Operation Teapot, in the Nevada desert. People were on high alert. Here, Air Force personnel loaded the “Mighty Mouse” rockets onto jet fighters at Andrews Air Force Base. These rockets, about 2.75 inches in diameter, were primarily intended to shoot down other aircraft. May 25, 1955. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration describing Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Keith Bedford]
A goat drinks a bottle of beer as visitors watch in Laoshan, Shandong province, September 20, 2012. The goat can drink up to four bottles of beer at a time, local media reported. [REUTERS/China Daily]
Aug. 23, 1925: A page headed “Standalone Photos” (which included pictures of the Tafts, Sioux Indians, and a “painter of washable art”), also offered this: “A Gas Attack in the Broadway Front Line Trenches: Sham Hold-Up in a Jeweler’s Store to Test a New Tear Gas Perfected by Captain Adrian St. John, Which Blinds a Person Temporarily After Its Release by a Touch of the Foot on a Device Under the Counter.” Photo: The New York Times
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shows the pistols of independence hero Simon Bolivar during a ceremony to mark the his birthday in Caracas July 24, 2012.
Chavez unveiled a 3D image of South America’s 19th century independence hero Bolivar on Tuesday, based on bones he had exhumed two years ago to test a theory that Bolivar was murdered. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A Muslim convert from New York was sentenced on Friday to 11-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to threatening the writers of the satirical “South Park” television show for their depiction of the Prophet Mohammad and to other criminal charges.
Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, was put on three years of probation after he completes his prison term. The sentence was handed down in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Morton, who ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against enemies of Islam, pleaded guilty in February to making threatening communications, using the Internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organization’s Internet sites to conspire to commit murder.
Six hours after tanks and militiamen pulled out of Mazraat al-Qubeir, a Syrian farmer said he returned to find only charred bodies among the shouldering homes of his once-tranquil hamlet.
“There was smoke rising from the buildings and a horrible smell of human flesh burning,” said a man who told how he had watched Syrian troops and “shabbiha” gunmen attack his village as he hid in his family olive grove.
“It was like a ghost town,” he told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be named because he feared for his safety.
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