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BC-SOC--English Standings

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 22:13
by  Associated Press BC-SOC--English Standings Associated Press - 21 October 2014 17:13-04:00 BC-SOC--English Standings English Football Standings

English Premier League

GP W D L GF GA Pts Chelsea 8 7 1 0 23 8 22 Manchester City 8 5 2 1 18 8 17 Southampton 8 5 1 2 19 5 16 West Ham 8 4 1 3 15 11 13 Liverpool 8 4 1 3 13 12 13 Manchester United 8 3 3 2 15 12 12 Arsenal 8 2 5 1 13 11 11 Swansea 8 3 2 3 11 10 11 Tottenham 8 3 2 3 10 11 11 Stoke 8 3 2 3 8 9 11 Hull City 8 2 4 2 13 13 10 Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 4 12 10 Everton 8 2 3 3 16 16 9 West Brom 8 2 3 3 10 11 9 Leicester City 8 2 3 3 11 13 9 Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 11 14 8 Sunderland 8 1 5 2 8 15 8 Newcastle 8 1 4 3 8 14 7 Burnley 8 0 4 4 4 13 4 Queens Park Rangers 8 1 1 6 6 18 4 Saturday, Oct. 18

Manchester City 4, Tottenham 1

Arsenal 2, Hull City 2

Burnley 1, West Ham 3

Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 2

Everton 3, Aston Villa 0

Newcastle 1, Leicester City 0

Southampton 8, Sunderland 0

Sunday, Oct. 19

Queens Park Rangers 2, Liverpool 3

Stoke 2, Swansea 1

Monday, Oct. 20

West Brom 2, Manchester United 2

Saturday, Oct. 25

West Ham vs. Manchester City, 1145 GMT

Liverpool vs. Hull City, 1400 GMT

Southampton vs. Stoke, 1400 GMT

Sunderland vs. Arsenal, 1400 GMT

West Brom vs. Crystal Palace, 1400 GMT

Swansea vs. Leicester City, 1630 GMT

Sunday, Oct. 26

Burnley vs. Everton, 1330 GMT

Tottenham vs. Newcastle, 1330 GMT

Manchester United vs. Chelsea, 1600 GMT

Monday, Oct. 27

Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa, 2000 GMT

England Championship

GP W D L GF GA Pts Derby County 13 7 5 1 23 10 26 Watford 12 7 3 2 23 12 24 Middlesbrough 12 7 2 3 18 9 23 Norwich City 12 6 3 3 21 11 21 Nottingham Forest 12 5 6 1 20 11 21 Bournemouth 13 6 3 4 20 14 21 Ipswich 12 5 5 2 17 11 20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 5 5 2 17 14 20 Charlton Athletic 12 4 7 1 14 11 19 Blackburn 13 5 4 4 18 19 19 Brentford 12 5 3 4 15 16 18 Sheffield Wednesday 12 4 5 3 11 11 17 Cardiff 12 4 4 4 15 15 16 Leeds 12 4 3 5 12 15 15 Rotherham United 12 4 3 5 11 14 15 Huddersfield Town 12 4 3 5 16 22 15 Reading 13 4 3 6 15 23 15 Millwall 12 3 4 5 13 16 13 Wigan Athletic 12 2 5 5 12 14 11 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 2 5 5 11 14 11 Birmingham 13 2 5 6 12 20 11 Fulham 12 3 1 8 13 22 10 Bolton 12 2 2 8 9 21 8 Blackpool 13 1 3 9 8 19 6 Tuesday, Oct. 21

Blackburn 1, Birmingham 0

Blackpool 0, Derby County 1

Bournemouth 3, Reading 0

Brentford vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 1845 GMT

Cardiff vs. Ipswich, 1845 GMT

Charlton Athletic vs. Bolton, 1845 GMT

Huddersfield Town vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 1845 GMT

Norwich City vs. Leeds, 1845 GMT

Rotherham United vs. Fulham, 1845 GMT

Watford vs. Nottingham Forest, 1845 GMT

Wigan Athletic vs. Millwall, 1845 GMT

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Middlesbrough, 1845 GMT

Friday, Oct. 24

Fulham vs. Charlton Athletic, 1845 GMT

Saturday, Oct. 25

Millwall vs. Cardiff, 1115 GMT

Birmingham vs. Bournemouth, 1400 GMT

Bolton vs. Brentford, 1400 GMT

Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Rotherham United, 1400 GMT

Derby County vs. Wigan Athletic, 1400 GMT

Ipswich vs. Huddersfield Town, 1400 GMT

Leeds vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1400 GMT

Middlesbrough vs. Watford, 1400 GMT

Nottingham Forest vs. Blackburn, 1400 GMT

Reading vs. Blackpool, 1400 GMT

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Norwich City, 1400 GMT

England League One

GP W D L GF GA Pts Bristol City 13 9 4 0 28 13 31 Peterborough United 13 8 2 3 22 13 26 Swindon Town 11 6 4 1 23 12 22 Preston 11 6 4 1 22 11 22 MK Dons 11 6 2 3 25 14 20 Notts County 12 5 5 2 17 10 20 Sheffield United 12 6 2 4 19 18 20 Chesterfield 12 5 4 3 22 18 19 Fleetwood Town 13 5 4 4 14 11 19 Oldham Athletic 13 4 7 2 17 15 19 Bradford City 13 5 3 5 16 16 18 Rochdale 12 5 2 5 20 13 17 Barnsley 12 4 3 5 18 19 15 Doncaster 11 4 2 5 12 18 14 Crawley Town 13 4 2 7 12 23 14 Colchester United 13 3 4 6 17 19 13 Coventry 13 3 4 6 14 19 13 Gillingham 13 3 4 6 13 19 13 Yeovil Town 13 3 4 6 12 21 13 Leyton Orient 12 2 6 4 13 15 12 Walsall 13 2 6 5 11 14 12 Port Vale 13 3 3 7 15 21 12 Scunthorpe 13 3 2 8 15 26 11 Crewe Alexandra 13 3 1 9 11 30 10 Saturday, Oct. 18

Chesterfield 1, Oldham Athletic 1

Coventry 1, Bristol City 3

Fleetwood Town 3, Doncaster 1

Leyton Orient 0, MK Dons 0

Notts County 5, Crawley Town 3

Peterborough United 2, Barnsley 1

Preston 2, Port Vale 0

Rochdale 1, Gillingham 1

Scunthorpe 1, Colchester United 1

Walsall 0, Crewe Alexandra 1

Yeovil Town 1, Swindon Town 1

Bradford City 0, Sheffield United 2

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Barnsley vs. Notts County, 1845 GMT

Bristol City vs. Bradford City, 1845 GMT

Colchester United vs. Chesterfield, 1845 GMT

Crawley Town vs. Walsall, 1845 GMT

Crewe Alexandra vs. Peterborough United, 1845 GMT

Doncaster vs. Leyton Orient, 1845 GMT

Gillingham vs. Preston, 1845 GMT

MK Dons vs. Fleetwood Town, 1845 GMT

Oldham Athletic vs. Coventry, 1845 GMT

Port Vale vs. Scunthorpe, 1845 GMT

Sheffield United vs. Yeovil Town, 1845 GMT

Swindon Town vs. Rochdale, 1845 GMT

England League Two

GP W D L GF GA Pts Wycombe Wanderers 13 8 4 1 19 8 28 Bury 13 8 2 3 23 11 26 Burton Albion 13 8 1 4 16 15 25 Luton Town 13 7 3 3 14 9 24 Plymouth Argyle 13 7 1 5 14 8 22 Morecambe 13 7 1 5 16 12 22 Shrewsbury Town 13 6 3 4 16 10 21 Southend United 13 6 3 4 13 11 21 Newport County 13 5 4 4 16 13 19 Cheltenham Town 13 5 4 4 13 13 19 Cambridge United 13 5 3 5 23 15 18 Northampton Town 13 5 3 5 22 19 18 AFC Wimbledon 13 5 3 5 20 21 18 Portsmouth 13 4 5 4 11 12 17 Stevenage 13 5 2 6 16 19 17 Mansfield Town 13 5 2 6 12 16 17 Exeter City 13 4 4 5 14 17 16 Accrington Stanley 13 5 1 7 18 24 16 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 4 2 7 16 21 14 Oxford United 13 3 4 6 13 18 13 Carlisle United 13 3 3 7 15 22 12 Hartlepool United 13 3 2 8 8 20 11 York City 13 1 7 5 11 18 10 Tranmere Rovers 13 2 3 8 11 18 9 Saturday, Oct. 18

Burton Albion 0, Morecambe 2

Bury 3, Portsmouth 0

Cheltenham Town 3, Northampton Town 2

Dagenham & Redbridge 0, Newport County 1

Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 2

Mansfield Town 0, Cambridge United 0

Oxford United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0

Plymouth Argyle 1, Carlisle United 0

Southend United 1, Exeter City 1

Stevenage 2, Accrington Stanley 1

Wycombe Wanderers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0

York City 0, Shrewsbury Town 1

Tuesday, Oct. 21

AFC Wimbledon vs. Plymouth Argyle, 1845 GMT

Accrington Stanley vs. Hartlepool United, 1845 GMT

Cambridge United vs. Cheltenham Town, 1845 GMT

Carlisle United vs. Burton Albion, 1845 GMT

Exeter City vs. Wycombe Wanderers, 1845 GMT

Luton Town vs. Dagenham & Redbridge, 1845 GMT

Morecambe vs. York City, 1845 GMT

Newport County vs. Southend United, 1845 GMT

Northampton Town vs. Oxford United, 1845 GMT

Portsmouth vs. Stevenage, 1845 GMT

Shrewsbury Town vs. Bury, 1845 GMT

Tranmere Rovers vs. Mansfield Town, 1845 GMT

England Conference National

GP W D L GF GA Pts Barnet 17 11 3 3 38 13 36 FC Halifax Town 17 9 4 4 30 18 31 Woking 16 9 3 4 30 17 30 Gateshead 17 8 6 3 28 21 30 Forest Green Rovers 17 8 6 3 22 15 30 Bristol Rovers 17 8 5 4 20 16 29 Macclesfield Town 17 7 7 3 20 14 28 Grimsby Town 17 7 6 4 29 14 27 Torquay United 16 8 3 5 29 19 27 Wrexham 17 8 3 6 22 20 27 Eastleigh 16 7 5 4 27 22 26 Kidderminster Harriers 17 7 5 5 22 17 26 Chester FC 17 7 2 8 18 27 23 Lincoln City 17 6 4 7 26 28 22 Aldershot Town 17 5 6 6 18 19 21 Braintree Town 16 6 2 8 20 18 20 Welling United 17 4 6 7 22 25 18 Southport 17 5 3 9 17 28 18 Altrincham 17 5 3 9 17 33 18 Dover Athletic 17 5 2 10 18 27 17 Dartford 17 3 7 7 17 24 16 Nuneaton 17 4 2 11 13 30 14 Alfreton Town 17 4 1 12 16 36 13 Telford United 17 2 4 11 22 40 10 Saturday, Oct. 18

Altrincham 1, Braintree Town 0

Bristol Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1

Chester FC 2, Alfreton Town 1

Dartford 1, Aldershot Town 1

Eastleigh 2, Nuneaton 1

FC Halifax Town 2, Kidderminster Harriers 0

Gateshead 0, Barnet 2

Lincoln City 1, Wrexham 1

Macclesfield Town 1, Dover Athletic 0

Southport 1, Welling United 0

Torquay United 2, Grimsby Town 3

Woking 1, Telford United 3

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Barnet vs. Braintree Town, 1845 GMT

Saturday, Nov. 1

Aldershot Town vs. Gateshead, 1500 GMT

Altrincham vs. Alfreton Town, 1500 GMT

Braintree Town vs. Woking, 1500 GMT

Eastleigh vs. Chester FC, 1500 GMT

Forest Green Rovers vs. Lincoln City, 1500 GMT

Grimsby Town vs. Dartford, 1500 GMT

Kidderminster Harriers vs. Torquay United, 1500 GMT

Nuneaton vs. Macclesfield Town, 1500 GMT

Southport vs. Dover Athletic, 1500 GMT

Telford United vs. Bristol Rovers, 1500 GMT

Welling United vs. Barnet, 1500 GMT

Wrexham vs. FC Halifax Town, 1500 GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Braintree Town vs. Grimsby Town, 1845 GMT

Lincoln City vs. Altrincham, 1845 GMT

England League Cup

THIRD ROUND Tuesday, Sept. 23

Arsenal 1, Southampton 2

Cardiff 0, Bournemouth 3

Derby 2, Reading 0

Leyton Orient 0, Sheffield United 1

Liverpool 2(14), Middlesbrough 2(13)

MK Dons 2, Bradford City 0

Shrewsbury Town 1, Norwich 0

Sunderland 1, Stoke 2

Swansea 3, Everton 0

Fulham 2, Doncaster 1

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Burton Albion 0, Brighton & Hove Albion 3

Chelsea 2, Bolton 1

Manchester City 7, Sheffield Wednesday 0

Tottenham 3, Nottingham Forest 1

Crystal Palace 2, Newcastle 3

West Bromwich Albion 3, Hull 2

ROUND OF 16 Tuesday, Oct. 28

Bournemouth vs. West Bromwich Albion, 1945 GMT

MK Dons vs. Sheffield United, 1945 GMT

Shrewsbury Town vs. Chelsea, 1945 GMT

Fulham vs. Derby, 2000 GMT

Liverpool vs. Swansea, 2000 GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Manchester City vs. Newcastle, 1945 GMT

Stoke vs. Southampton, 1945 GMT

Tottenham vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 1945 GMT

News Topics: Men's soccer, Soccer, Professional soccer, Sports, Men's sports

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FBI: US girls stopped in Germany may have wanted to join Islamic State group in Syria

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:32
by  Associated Press FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:32-04:00

DENVER (AP) — The FBI in Denver says it is investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area were trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.

An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back to Denver after FBI agents stopped them in Germany. Spokeswoman Suzie Payne says they are safe and reunited with their families.

She didn't give the identity of the girls or any other details.

The announcement comes one month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Denver pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to help militants in Syria.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver declined to comment on the latest cases.

News Topics: General news, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Denver, Syria, Colorado, United States, North America, Middle East

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Pentagon says it has spent $424 million so far in its counter-IS campaign in Iraq and Syria

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:30
by  Associated Press Pentagon: counter-IS campaign costs $424 million Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:30-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

That estimate was provided Tuesday by the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, who said the Pentagon has spent an average of about $7.6 million a day on airstrikes and support missions like surveillance flights.

Kirby also said that in Iraq, local security forces are beginning to make some headway against Islamic State forces, while in the Syrian town of Kobani the local Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the area. But the spokesman also said progress is slow and it is not possible to predict when a turning point will be reached.

News Topics: General news, Military and defense, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: John Kirby, Syria, United States, Iraq, Middle East, North America

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Mormon church addresses mystery surrounding undergarments in latest effort to explain faith

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:12
by  Associated Press Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:12-04:00

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is peeling back the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by the faithful with a new video explaining the practice in depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

The four-minute video posted recently on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the clothing known as temple garments to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths, such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.

It dispels the notion that Latter-day Saints believe the garments are magical, a stereotype perpetuated in popular culture.

The video is the latest illustration of the Salt Lake City-based religion's effort to explain, expand or clarify some of the more sensitive issues within the faith.

News Topics: General news, Christianity, Mormonism, Religion, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, North America

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US stocks log their biggest gain of the year as traders applaud earnings from Apple, others

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:11
by  Associated Press US stocks log biggest gain of the year; Apple up Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:11-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market had its best day of the year as investors applauded solid earnings from U.S. companies and economic growth in China.

It was the fourth straight gain for the Standard & Poor's 500. The index climbed 37 points, or 2 percent, to 1,941.

The market has now clawed back much of the ground it lost over the last two weeks. The S&P 500 is still 3.5 percent below the all-time high it reached in mid-September.

Apple rose 3 percent after predicting strong holiday sales, and Harley-Davidson jumped 7 percent after its results beat analysts' forecasts.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 215 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,614.

The Nasdaq composite rose 103 points, or 2.4 percent, to 4,419.

News Topics: Business, General news, Stock indices and averages, Financial markets, Stock markets

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BC-US--Grain Prices, US

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:07
by  Associated Press BC-US--Grain Prices, US Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:07-04:00

CHICAGO (AP) — Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday.:

Settle WHEAT (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 519 1-4 Mar 533 May 540 1-2 Jul 547 1-4 Sep 556 3-4 Dec 568 3-4 Mar 578 May 581 3-4 Jul 579 Sep 586 Dec 593 1-4 Mar 594 1-2 May 598 1-4 Jul 574 1-2 CORN (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 356 Mar 369 1-2 May 378 1-2 Jul 385 1-2 Sep 392 3-4 Dec 401 1-2 Mar 410 May 416 1-2 Jul 420 1-2 Sep 417 1-4 Dec 416 Jul 433 1-4 Dec 418 1-4 OATS (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 351 Mar 339 May 333 3-4 Jul 323 1-2 Sep 326 3-4 Dec 320 Mar 320 May 320 Jul 321 Sep 321 Jul 321 Sep 321 SOYBEANS (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Nov 964 1-4 Jan 971 3-4 Mar 979 May 987 Jul 992 3-4 Aug 994 Sep 982 Nov 975 3-4 Jan 980 3-4 Mar 985 1-4 May 989 1-4 Jul 995 3-4 Aug 994 1-2 Sep 973 Nov 968 Jul 987 Nov 961 SOYBEAN OIL (60,000 lbs; cents per lb) Dec 31.76 Jan 32.03 Mar 32.30 May 32.55 Jul 32.76 Aug 32.85 Sep 32.88 Oct 32.76 Dec 32.77 Jan 32.96 Mar 33.20 May 33.38 Jul 33.59 Aug 33.63 Sep 33.65 Oct 33.56 Dec 33.44 Jul 33.44 Oct 33.44 Dec 33.44 SOYBEAN MEAL (100 tons; dollars per ton) Dec 342.90 Jan 334.20 Mar 325.00 May 322.30 Jul 323.00 Aug 323.60 Sep 323.40 Oct 320.70 Dec 319.50 Jan 320.20 Mar 322.10 May 322.90 Jul 324.30 Aug 324.40 Sep 324.40 Oct 324.30 Dec 320.70 Jul 320.70 Oct 320.70 Dec 320.70 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Grain markets, Soybean markets, Coarse grain markets, Soybean oil markets, Wheat markets, Corn markets, Feed meal markets, Vegetable oil markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business, Grain and edible oil markets

People, Places and Companies: Chicago, Illinois, United States, North America

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World Jewish Congress calls for stopping pension payments to Nazi war crimes suspects

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:04
by  Associated Press Jewish group shifts view on Nazi benefit payments by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:04-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Jewish advocacy group no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive government pension benefits.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement sent Tuesday to The Associated Press that U.S. law should be changed to stop the payments.

Lauder's statement follows an AP investigation that found dozens of Nazi suspects collected millions of dollars in benefits after being expelled from the United States.

The AP reported that payments flowed through a legal loophole that the World Jewish Congress lobbied to keep open during the 1990s. The thinking at the time was that Nazi suspects would agree to depart the U.S. voluntarily if they knew their government benefits would continue.

Lauder says the time has come to end the payments.

News Topics: General news, Government pensions and social security, Nazism, Government business and finance, Business, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: United States, North America

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Obama turns to black radio to plead for midterm votes even as candidates shun him

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 21:01
by  Associated Press Obama pitches for votes on black radio by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 16:01-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for votes in the Nov. 4 election.

It's part of a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want Obama around in person.

African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats' hopes in southern states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina that will help determine control of the Senate. And Obama remains beloved among black voters even if Democratic candidates are running away from him.

Obama told the Rev. Al Sharpton in one of seven nationally syndicated interviews he's conducted the past week that his feelings are not being hurt. He says candidates have to do what they need to do to win.

Obama says he will be responsible for making sure Democratic voters turn out.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Race and ethnicity, African-Americans, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Al Sharpton

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40 years later, 'The Power Broker' is standard reading for those in city government

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 20:51
by  Associated Press 40 years later, 'Power Broker' is standard reading by HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 15:51-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Weisbrod was two years out of graduate school, planning a career in law, when a new book about municipal builder Robert Moses changed his life: Robert Caro's "The Power Broker."

"It had a profound effect on me," says Weisbrod, now the chair of New York City's planning commission. "It really got to me to see that planning and development was as important as human services in terms of how it shaped people's lives."

A generation of city planners and builders have come of age since Caro's 1,300-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography was published 40 years ago. Celebrated for its exhaustive detail, controversial for its startling disclosures, Caro's book has been cited as inspiration for a new approach to urban planning — more modest in scale, more focused on community involvement.

The book remains widely read and talked about, and in the opinion of many, stands as a modern classic. "The Power Broker," ranked No. 92 on the Modern Library's list of the greatest nonfiction works of the 20th century, continues to sell 10,000 copies a year, according to publisher Alfred A. Knopf; and is a standard text for sociology, city planning and urban history courses.

"When I was teaching, I always assigned it," says Eloise Hirsh, a former teacher at Carnegie Mellon University and a former planning director in Pittsburgh who now administers a New York City park. "That book is so much about what you have to do in government to make things happen."

"Students would blanch at the beginning, because of how thick the book was, but once they got into it, it read like a novel," says Weisbrod, who used the book while teaching at Columbia University and New York University.

New York City was nearly bankrupt when "The Power Broker" was released, and Moses, who died in 1981, was out of office and out of favor after an extraordinary four-decade reign that saw him outmatch mayors, governors and even presidents and implement much of the city's infrastructure in the 20th century. A human monument of vision, energy and ruthlessness, he built hundreds of playgrounds, hundreds of miles of roadways and 13 bridges.

At one point, he held a dozen appointive state and city positions. Early in his career, he was praised as a dynamic reformer who restored and revitalized New York's parks during the Great Depression and masterminded such landmark public works projects as Jones Beach. But by the late 1960s, he was widely condemned as heartless and corrupted, tearing down neighborhoods and disdaining mass transit in favor of automobiles.

Caro sees "The Power Broker" as not only a biography, but a history of New York City and a primer on politics. During a recent interview with The Associated Press, the 78-year-old author explained that he first thought of the book in the 1960s when he was an investigative reporter for Newsday and realized that Moses, an unelected official, could essentially implement his ideas at will.

"You're seeing the raw, naked realities of power, as opposed to the textbook version of power that we learned in high school and college," says Caro, who has spent the decades following "The Power Broker" writing a multivolume series on Lyndon Johnson. Noting its ongoing presence in classrooms, Caro said "The Power Broker" has succeeded as he had hoped: "teaching kids about power."

Setting a pattern that has continued with the Johnson books, he had intended to write "The Power Broker" in nine months, but ended up needing several years. Caro turned in a manuscript of more than 1 million words that was eventually cut to around 700,000, still well over 1,000 pages.

Con Howe, the former director of planning for Los Angeles, sees the book as an illustration of unchecked power, but also of achievement. He spoke of a current project in Los Angeles, where efforts to expand a subway line have been delayed because Beverly Hills residents want tunnels that were supposed to run under Beverly Hills High School to be redirected, with a fear of terrorism among the concerns raised.

"Some of the questions raised by 'The Power Broker' are still absolutely relevant," Howe says. "It's funny. I'll be with all my right-thinking, liberal, public do-gooder friends. And someone will say, 'We've got to get this subway system built and figure out how to prevent all these delays.' And I'll say, 'Guess who else would have used those words?'"

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Nonfiction, Books and literature, Municipal governments, Heavy construction industry, Biographies, Urban planning, Entertainment, Local governments, Government and politics, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business

People, Places and Companies: Robert Caro, Lyndon Johnson, New York City, Los Angeles, New York, United States, North America, California

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Detroit federal judge asked to block terrorism reference at trial of Palestinian activist

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 20:29
by  Associated Press Lawyer seeks to bar terrorism reference at trial by ED WHITE, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 15:29-04:00

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Palestinian activist from Chicago convicted for a fatal bombing in Israel urged a judge Tuesday to bar any reference to terrorism at her upcoming trial on immigration charges.

Rasmieh Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, is charged with illegally getting U.S. citizenship in 2004 after failing to disclose her convictions for bombings in Israel 45 years ago.

Jurors likely would turn against Odeh if prosecutors and witnesses describe the acts as terrorism, defense attorney Michael Deutsch said.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain heard arguments on several disputes over evidence. Odeh's trial is set for Nov. 4. If convicted, she would lose U.S. citizenship and likely be deported.

Prosecutor Mark Jebson said the government doesn't plan to label Odeh a terrorist, but he added that the word "terrorism" is fair game because terrorism disqualifies people from getting citizenship.

Odeh, 65, was convicted by an Israeli military court of placing two bombs at a Jerusalem market in 1969. One went off and killed two people. She also was convicted of a bombing at the British Consulate.

Odeh answered "no" on immigration forms in Detroit when asked if she had ever been convicted of a crime or spent time in prison.

Deutsch said she believed it was a reference to her time in the U.S. He said Odeh's failure to disclose the information also was due to post-traumatic stress disorder related to torture by the Israeli military.

Deutsch said she confessed to the bombings due to torture.

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News Topics: General news, Trials, Territorial disputes, Crime, National courts, Terrorism, Immigration, Bombings, Legal proceedings, Law and order, War and unrest, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Israel, Detroit, United States, Middle East, Michigan, North America

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Clark Gregg: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' fans long for 'Philinda,' a coupling of characters Coulson and May

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 20:24
by  Associated Press 'S.H.I.E.L.D' fans push for Coulson/May romance by LAURI NEFF, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 15:24-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — There's Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda?

Clark Gregg says that's the moniker "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fans have come up with as they push for an on-screen romance between his character, S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Phil Coulson, and longtime agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen.

The 52-year-old Gregg says some "very vocal and passionate" viewers have been on social media sites saying they "want to see that come to some kind of fruition" on the ABC show, airing Tuesdays (9 p.m. EDT).

Gregg has learned to pay attention to fan campaigns: After Coulson was killed off in "The Avengers," devotees launched an international movement to bring him back under the slogan #CoulsonLives just days after the film's release in 2012. He says that's why Coulson returned for the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series, now in its second season. "It was on bridges in the Danube and on a beach in Africa," says Gregg, "and Marvel listens to that."

He says the role has garnered him a fan at home: his nearly 13-year-old daughter Stella.

"Sometimes she likes to watch the show with me kind of curled up in my arms and when Coulson's in jeopardy she squeezes in really tight," he says. "I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world."

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News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Celebrity

People, Places and Companies: Clark Gregg, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Ming-Na

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BC-US--Foreign Exchange, US

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 20:03
by  Associated Press BC-US--Foreign Exchange, US Associated Press - 21 October 2014 15:03-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Foreign Exchange, New York prices.

Rates for trades of $1 million minimum. Fgn. currency US$ in in US$ fgn. currency Tue. Mon. Tue. Mon. Argentina Peso .1178 .1179 8.4920 8.4810 Australia Dollar .8779 .8792 1.1391 1.1375 BahrainDinar 2.6518 2.6525 .3771 .3770 BrazilReal .4037 .4060 2.4769 2.4628 Britain Pound 1.6121 1.6169 .6203 .6185 Canada Dollar .8906 .8863 1.1228 1.1283 Chile Peso .001713 .001709 583.65 585.30 ChinaYuan .1634 .1633 6.1210 6.1230 Colombia Peso .000489 .000484 2045.50 2064.60 CzechRepKoruna .0461 .0465 21.68 21.53 Denmark Krone .1709 .1720 5.8516 5.8137 DominicanPeso .0228 .0228 43.90 43.89 Egypt Pound .1398 .1397 7.1525 7.1563 Euro 1.2725 1.2809 .7858 .7807 Hong Kong Dollar .1289 .1289 7.7568 7.7582 Hungary Forint .0042 .0042 240.78 239.98 India Rupee .0164 .0164 61.101 61.160 Indnsia Rupiah .000083 .000083 12045.00 12004.00 Israel Shekel .2673 .2679 3.7408 3.7329 Japan Yen .009359 .009358 106.85 106.86 Jordan Dinar 1.4128 1.4085 .7078 .7100 KenyaShilling .0112 .0112 89.10 89.13 KuwaitDinar 3.4578 3.4644 .2892 .2886 Lebanon Pound .000661 .000661 1513.50 1513.00 Malaysia Ringgit .3065 .3056 3.2630 3.2720 Mexico Peso .073773 .073888 13.5551 13.5341 N. Zealand Dollar .7951 .7976 1.2578 1.2538 Norway Krone .1523 .1526 6.5675 6.5517 Pakistan Rupee .0097 .0097 102.95 102.96 Peru New Sol .3442 .3444 2.905 2.904 Philpins Peso .0223 .0223 44.78 44.84 Poland Zloty .3014 .3030 3.32 3.30 RussiaRuble .0244 .0244 40.9544 41.0351 Saudi Arab Riyal .2665 .2665 3.7518 3.7518 Singapore Dollar .7865 .7877 1.2715 1.2695 So. Africa Rand .0905 .0908 11.0445 11.0179 So. Korea Won .000947 .000946 1055.93 1057.42 Sweden Krona .1383 .1393 7.2323 7.1793 Switzerlnd Franc 1.0544 1.0614 .9484 .9421 TaiwanDollar .0329 .0329 30.42 30.37 Thailand Baht .03100 .03099 32.26 32.27 Turkey NewLira .4453 .4455 2.2455 2.2445 U.A.E. Dirham .2722 .2723 3.6733 3.6730 Ukraine Hryvnia .0772 .0772 12.9550 12.9560 Uruguay New Peso .0410 .0409 24.3699 24.4299 VenzuelBolivarFuer .1590 .1589 6.2877 6.2944 News Topics: Norwegian krone, Pound sterling, Danish krone, Thai baht, South African rand, Swedish krona, Malaysian ringgit, South Korean won, Polish zloty, Hungarian forint, Japanese yen, Swiss franc, Russian rouble, Hong Kong dollar, New Zealand dollar, Chinese yuan renminbi, Singapore dollar, Czech koruna, Currency markets, Financial markets, Business, Euro

People, Places and Companies: Middle East, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia

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DEA complaint charges South Florida man with supplying drugs to clinics in MLB drug scandal

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 20:01
by  Associated Press DEA complaint charges alleged MLB drug supplier by CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 15:01-04:00

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.

A DEA criminal complaint made public Tuesday charges Paulo Berejuk with conspiracy to distribute testosterone. Berejuk was scheduled to make an initial court appearance later in the day. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

A DEA affidavit describes Berejuk as a "black market source" for testosterone to clinics whose customers included MLB players. The affidavit says Berejuk is a chemist who made the substances in his garage and was the initial main supplier to Anthony Bosch, former owner of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables.

The arrest is the latest in the recent MLB drug scandal that resulted in 14 player suspensions, including the record season-long suspension of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

Felony drug charges have been brought against a half-dozen people connected with the clinics, including Bosch and a cousin of Rodriguez's, Yuri Sucart. No players have been charged.

Bosch pleaded guilty last week to drug charges and is cooperating with investigators in hopes of getting a lenient prison sentence. In the DEA affidavit, he is identified as "CS1," short for "confidential source 1," and told DEA agents that Berejuk was his first source of testosterone beginning in 2007.

Bosch frequently visited Berejuk's home in southwest Miami-Dade County, according to the DEA.

"Berejuk concocted the controlled substances in the residence's garage," the DEA affidavit says. "Berejuk had considerable knowledge of chemistry and was capable of manufacturing controlled substances out of raw materials."

In 2011, Bosch began obtaining testosterone from another conspirator, Jorge Velazquez. Velazquez, who pleaded guilty Oct. 10 for his role in the drug conspiracy, had taken over a portion of Berejuk's substance-supply business but still got some of the drugs from Berejuk, the affidavit says.

Berejuk told other confidential DEA sources that he had his own lab for making what he called "meds" and stored drug-making equipment at a local warehouse. That source saw vials of drugs in a refrigerator at Berejuk's home.

The charges against Berejuk carry a maximum 10-year federal prison sentence.

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News Topics: Sports, Drug-related crime, Criminal investigations, Doping, MLB baseball, Sports governance, Corruption in sports, Law enforcement agencies, Crime, General news, Law and order, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Anthony Bosch, Alex Rodriguez, Miami, Florida, United States, North America

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Canadian Pacific CEO says regulators might approve a merger but talks with CSX fell apart

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:55
by  Associated Press Canadian Pacific CEO says rail deal possible by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:55-04:00

The CEO of Canadian Pacific thinks U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended.

CEO Hunter Harrison said Tuesday he doesn't agree with the view that the Surface Transportation Board wouldn't approve any merger.

Harrison said merging the Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. with CSX Corp. could have improved service by routing traffic around the bottlenecks in Chicago.

And Harrison says giving railroads access to customers on other rail networks would improve competition.

But Harrison says CP officials and CSX found they couldn't agree on several issues, so talks ended after several meetings.

Officials at Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX have declined to comment on reports on the possible deal.

The other large railroads include Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, BNSF and Canadian National.

News Topics: Business

People, Places and Companies: Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, Csx Corp, Union Pacific Corp, Hunter Harrison

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Greek archaeologists find rare wooden statue while excavating ancient well in port of Athens

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:54
by  Associated Press Ancient Greek well yields rare wooden statue Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:54-04:00

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archeologists in Greece have uncovered a rare wooden statue preserved in the muddy depths of an ancient well in Piraeus, the port of Athens.

A Culture Ministry statement said Tuesday that the roughly half-meter (20-inch) high dressed male figure was found without its head, hands and feet, together with broken pottery dating to about 100-86 B.C. It was unclear who the statue might depict.

The piece was found during an excavation of ancient wells in central Piraeus, where a new subway line will be built.

Ancient wooden artefacts are uncommon discoveries in Greece as climate conditions do not favor their preservation.

The ministry statement said the well also contained part of an ancient marble statue of a woman seated on a deer.

News Topics: General news, Science, Archaeology

People, Places and Companies: Greece, Athens, Western Europe, Europe

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5 Jonestown victims whose remains were recently found in Delaware are buried in California

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:41
by  Associated Press 5 Jonestown victims buried in California Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:41-04:00

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have been laid to rest in Oakland, California, after their cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned funeral home in Delaware.

The Oakland Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1DxcfqH) that the remains were buried on Monday in a grave where more than 400 other unclaimed or unidentified Jonestown victims are interred.

The ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery was organized by the son of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple leader who took his followers to Guyana before ordering them to drink cyanide-laced grape punch. More than 900 people died.

The five people buried Monday were among nine Jonestown victims whose remains were discovered over the summer inside a shuttered building near downtown Dover, Delaware, that formerly housed the Minus Funeral Home.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: California, Guyana, Oakland, Delaware, United States, North America, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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Ex-presidential candidate Gary Hart named envoy to Northern Ireland

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:39
by  Associated Press Gary Hart named envoy to Northern Ireland by LARA JAKES, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:39-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has tapped former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart to be its newest envoy to Northern Ireland.

In an announcement Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry says Hart will help smooth negotiations in the new round of power-sharing talks among the government's five-party coalition.

The talks opened last week in Belfast amid low hopes of progress, and with many disputes to resolve between the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein.

Kerry calls Hart one of the United States' most respected senior statesmen, and says the talks need to strengthen Northern Ireland's institutions and economy.

He adds that Hart, a former U.S. senator, expects to visit Belfast before November.

Hart ran for president in 1984 and 1988.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Gary Hart, John Kerry, Northern Ireland, Belfast, United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, North America

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US state reaches $3 million deal to keep fossil of duckbilled dinosaur on display

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:24
by  Associated Press US state reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:24-04:00

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — North Dakota reached a $3 million deal to keep a rare fossil of a duckbilled dinosaur on display at the state's heritage center, where it will serve as a cornerstone for the facility's $51 million expansion, officials said Tuesday.

The deal means the state can pursue fundraising from private sources, said State Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud. The $3 million must be raised within four years "or the deal is off," but Paaverud said he's optimistic that the fossil of Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur will stay there for good.

The 67 million-year-old Edmontosaurus with fossilized skin was found in 1999 by high school student Tyler Lyson on his uncle's ranch in North Dakota. Lyson, who went on to earn a doctorate in paleontology from Yale University, is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian.

Lyson said in April that the money received for the fossil will be used to establish a Marmarth Research Foundation endowment fund "to be used to further vertebrate paleontology." Money would be used to "fund public digs, build up research collections, train students and further the advancement of paleontology," he said.

Researchers say Dakota is one of the more important dinosaur discoveries in recent times. It is one of only a few mummified dinosaurs in existence and may have the most and best-preserved skin, along with ligaments, tendons and possibly some internal organs. It has been the subject of a children's book and an adult book, and National Geographic television programs. It was featured at a 2009 dinosaur exhibit in Japan.

The dinosaur itself is enormous. Dakota's body, fossilized into stone, weighs about 8,500 pounds (3,855 kilograms), and two other portions, including a tail and an arm, bring the total to about 10,000 pounds (4,535 kilograms).

Dakota had been on loan to the North Dakota Heritage Center until July 2015.

The grand opening for the museum on the state Capitol grounds is slated for Nov. 2, the 125th anniversary of North Dakota statehood.

News Topics: General news, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Science

People, Places and Companies: North Dakota, United States, North America

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Dominican Republic imposes ban on travelers from African nations hit by Ebola

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:23
by  Associated Press Dominican Republic establishes Ebola travel ban Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:23-04:00

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic has joined a group of Caribbean countries in restricting travelers from West African nations dealing with Ebola outbreaks.

Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman says the ban applies to travelers who have been in those countries in the past 30 days. She announced Tuesday that authorities will remain vigilant at airports, seaports and the border it shares with Haiti.

There are no direct flights between the Dominican Republic and any African country.

Jamaica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago have announced similar travel restrictions.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since it emerged 10 months ago.

News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Travel laws and regulations, Travel restrictions and advisories, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, Government regulations, Government and politics, Travel safety, Travel, Lifestyle

People, Places and Companies: Dominican Republic, Caribbean, West Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa

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From glittering gowns to pared-down pleats, Met explores the kimono's evolution

New Europe News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 19:10
by  Associated Press Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan by KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press - 21 October 2014 14:10-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono ("thing to wear," in Japanese) has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years.

Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan's aesthetic, social and even political history.

"Kimono: A Modern History," on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015, is a tour de force in textiles.

As you enter the galleries, you see an elegant red kimono that a wealthy woman donated to a temple, where it was recycled and patched together to make a kimono for an aging priest.

"There's a wonderful paradox there, and it's a sort of introduction to the story of the kimono," said John Carpenter, curator of Japanese art, who organized the exhibit with Monika Bincsik, also of the museum's Asian Art department.

Based on the book of the same name by Japanese textile expert Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, who died in 2012, the show is dedicated to Milhaupt's memory and coincides with the posthumous publication of her book (Reaktion Books) earlier this year.

The exhibit consists of over 50 kimonos, half on loan and half from the museum's own collection, as well as almost 200 fabric samples, screens, scrolls, lacquer works, ceramics, illustrated books and other objects.

It includes glittering, gold-embroidered, 18th century Noh robes; cartoon-like, monster-faced, firefighter kimonos done with free-hand resist dyes in reds and yellows on indigo; political propaganda kimonos printed with startling symbols of war; children's kimonos — including one cherished by Frank Lloyd Wright; and, finally, contemporary pieces featuring the futuristic shibori pleats of Issey Miyaki, and the rips and angular shaping of Yohji Yamamoto. Highlights also include three breathtaking kimonos made by designers designated as National Living Treasures by the government of Japan.

The exhibit begins in the Edo period (1615 to 1868), when the design, material and style of garments reflected a person's role as samurai, farmer, craftsman or merchant. In addition to the grand textiles embroidered in gold that one might expect, there are thick, quilted firefighters' robes decorated with bright designs depicting heroes and mythical beasts. Farmers' robes, meanwhile, were mostly of recycled fabric scraps woven together, or patchwork jackets.

At this time, the kimono was an everyday garment. But its design and function were to change.

In the Meiji period (1868 to 1912), when Japan looked to Western countries in a quest for rapid modernization, the textile industry — and the kimono — were transformed. Japanese began using Western woolen and velvet materials, while Japanese silks became popular in the West. Japanese also began using Western chemical dyes and new weaving technologies, combining them with traditional stencil-dyeing techniques to create kata-yuzen, a sophisticated, stencil paste-resist dyeing technique.

As Western design concepts increasingly influenced Japanese kimonos, they became bolder and brighter, while Japanese design began inspiring 19th century Western artists and designers.

A young girl's silk kimono decorated with a pattern of wisteria flowers and trellises was acquired by Wright on a visit to Japan in around 1905. Its modernity is striking, and it likely inspired some of the architect's subsequent works.

"It almost looks architectural, and you can see how it inspired him," Carpenter said.

To preserve traditional crafts in the face of such rapid modernization, the Japanese government began designating some experts as Imperial Household Artists and, later, Living National Treasures. Featured in the exhibit are works by stencil-dyer Keisuke Serizawa, yuzen-dyer Kako Moriguchi and his son, Kunihiko Moriguchi. These were precious kimonos to be hung as art and not worn.

In the Taisho period (1912 to 1926), kimonos became brighter and bolder still as department stores promoted new looks to appeal to the masses. Traditional Japanese motifs were combined with new Western design concepts to make some dazzling kimonos, many inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.

Designs became more graphic in following decades, especially in unlined summer kimonos, which were often resist-dyed or embroidered. A man's under-kimono from the 1930s features cameras and train tickets, and is displayed alongside a woman's kimonos decorated with images of piano keys and libretti from two songs. One kimono even features Mickey Mouse.

Inexpensive, ready-to-wear kimonos woven from pre-dyed yarn were so easily mass-produced that customers began to expect new designs every year. At the same time, improved dyeing techniques meant more sharply delineated designs and color gradations.

During World War II, the kimono's symbolism as a national costume made it a perfect vehicle for war propaganda, particularly for boys' kimonos and mens' under-kimonos. Battleships and bomber planes took hold as motifs.

Although kimonos are now worn mainly only for formal occasions, the show ends with works by leading fashion designers, and make the case that designers, both Japanese and Western, continue to create clothing inspired by kimonos, pushing the art form further still. The kimono seems not so much a disappearing traditional garment but an evolving form that adapts to changing lifestyles and textile techniques.

News Topics: Lifestyle, Home and garden, Visual arts, Art museums, Museums, Arts and entertainment, Recreation and leisure, Leisure travel, Travel, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Frank Lloyd Wright, Yohji Yamamoto, Japan, East Asia, Asia

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