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Tragic Ethiopian Airiines Crash
Anna Turner, Staff Writer
January 25, 2010, a plane car
rying 90 passengers crashed off
of the coast of Beruit, Lebanon
after departing from Rafik Hariri
International Airport in Beirut
early Monday morning bound for
the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
This is Ethiopian Airline’s third
crash since 1980. The first was
in 1996 when a plane headed to
the Ivory Coast was hijacked. The
second involved the plane crashing
very shortly after landing, much
like Flight 409.
According to CNN, the plane
went down approximately 2.1 miles
west of the town of Na’ameh, which
is only 9 miles south of Beruit.
CNN also reported that the Boeing
737-800 was carrying eight crew
members and 82 passengers. Of
these passengers, 51 were Lebanese
nationals and 23 were Ethiopian
citizens. The airline also reported
that there were citizens from Great
Britain, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Cana
da, Russia, and France aboard. All
of the passengers are presumed to
be dead, as the plane’s black box
has not yet been recovered.
Search and rescue efforts have
been ongoing, and according to
ABC News, only fourteen bod
ies have been recovered thus far.
These bodies are currently un
View from a Plane Window, Anna Turner
dergoing DNA testing in hopes of
identification. The US has aided
in the rescue mission by sending
the destroyer, the USS Ramage,
and a P-3 aircraft. The USS Ram
age was able to pick up signals
from the plane’s black box, which,
was determined to be 4,265 feet
underwater. As ABC News reports,
the Lebanese government has offi
cially asked for aid from the United
State’s Odyssey Marine Explora
tions to send submarines in hopes
of finding more victims and the
plane’s black box.
Officials are unsure right now
what caused the plane to go down,
but it is speculated that stormy
weather may have ultimately been
the cause of the tragic crash.
What is President Obama’s
Budget for 2011?
Mengjie Zhang, StaffWriter
After the latest State of the
Union address, President Barack
Obama submitted his budget for
the fiscal year of 2011 to Congress
on Monday, February 1, 2010.
Obama’s budget for 2011 will lead
a record high deficit of $1.56 tril
lion for the next fiscal year, which
begins on October 1st. President
Obama reminded Congress that the
deficit was over $1 trillion before
he became President, and that he
is trying to fix the deficit over the
next decade because it is not an
President Obama’s $3.8 trillion
budget includes an unexpected
increase on military spending in
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan,
which ends up at $159 billion for
next year, and an eight percent
raise in veterans’ medical care
leading to a cost of $48 billion.
President Obama also proposed to
keep tax cuts for families with an
nual incomes lower than $250,000
but to abandon previous tax cuts
on people whose incomes are
higher than $250,000. In addition.
President Obama also added $100
billion in tax cuts and credits for
small business and spending on
inft-astructure, an effort which he
hopes will create jobs and improve
wages. To encourage and help
people to go to college, Obama also
suggested four-year $10,000 tax
credits for families with a student
going to college.
In President Obama’s words,
it will take time to fill this big
budget hole. He proposes to begin
to freeze spending on programs
outside Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, and national security
for three years following 2011.
President Obama promised to
eliminate unaffordable and unsuc
cessful programs, and he projected
a fee to charge on big banks. He
ended by hopefully suggesting that
if Congress were to follow these
suggestions for next year, then it
would bring the deficit down to
$706 billion by 2014.
News at a
gathered by Mengjie Zhang
• Leaders from Britain, Ireland, and
Northern Ireland reached an agree
ment that saved Northern Ireland’s
power-sharing government on Feb.
• G7 group, Canada, the US, UK,
France, Germany, Italy and Japan,
planned to cancel Haiti’s bilateral
debits on summit in Iqaluit, north
• Until Saturday (Feb.6th 2010), 33
deaths and more than i6o injuries
were reported after twin bombings in
• According to South Korea media,
Chinese envoy Wang .liarui visited
Pyongyang to persuade North Korea
to rejoin nuclear disbarment talk.
• Toyota recalled Prius hybrid models
with braking system problem in ad
dition to the other models recently
recalled for accelerator issues.
• On Feb 6th 2010, around 350 foreign
travel agencies arrived in Reykja\’ik,
capital of Iceland, to attend Iceland’s
i largest travel fair held there.
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