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With saxophones and sobbing, Mexicans mourn quake dead

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With saxophones and sobbing, Mexicans mourn quake dead

JUCHITAN, Mexico

Slow-moving funeral processions converged on Juchitan’s cemeteries from all directions Saturday, so many that they sometimes caused temporary gridlock when they met at intersections.

A monster earthquake and a Gulf coast hurricane have combined to take at least 67 lives in Mexico, and no place suffered more than the Oaxaca state city of Juchitan, where 37 died as buildings collapsed in the magnitude 8.1 temblor.

The graveyard swelled with mourners and blaring serenades for the dead – the sounds of snare drums, saxophones and sobbing. Pallbearers carried the caskets around rubble the quake had knocked from the simple concrete crypts. Jittery amid continued aftershocks, friends and relatives of the deceased had hushed conversations in the Zapotec language as they stood under umbrellas for shade from the beating sun.

As Irma nears Florida, concern for animals a major issue

MIAMI

The evacuation took 12 seconds.

As bands of Hurricane Irma started making their arrival at Zoo Miami early Saturday morning, Diesel was led from his rainsoaked cage, walked a few feet into a nearby reinforced building and settled in next to another cheetah in their new temporary home with a hay-covered floor. Until Irma passes, that’s where they’ll stay.

“We’re as ready as we can be,” Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said when the move was complete.

Such was the sentiment around Florida on Saturday, where zoos, theme parks, rescue centers and just about any place else dealing with animals were bracing for Hurricane Irma’s arrival. Five dolphins were moved from the Florida Keys to Central Florida in advance of the storm, but most zoos and the like in the Miami area said they were trying to keep their animals in place and secure from whatever Irma will bring.

Hundreds of thoroughbreds were moved from low-lying areas of Gulfstream Park, near Miami, to other training facilities and barns farther north. Some animal shelters were relocating dogs and cats to safer facilities, and a humane society near Tampa said it needed temporary foster homes for more than 100 dogs.

3,500-year-old tomb in Luxor is found

LUXOR, Egypt

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago and whose work was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun.

The tomb, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, is a relatively modest discovery, but one that authorities have announced with a great deal of fanfare in a bid to boost the country’s slowly recovering tourism industry.

“We want tomorrow’s newspapers to speak about Egypt and make people want to come to Egypt,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani told reporters, reflecting the country’s desperate need to revitalize tourism.

Son of ex-Fox News host Eric Bolling dies in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo.

The son of former Fox News host Eric Bolling has died, just hours after the network announced that Bolling was leaving the network.

Bolling said in a tweet Saturday that he and his wife, Adrienne, were devastated by the loss of their son, Eric Chase Bolling. A freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Eric Chase Bolling died Friday night.

Eric Bolling said the cause is under investigation but that authorities said there was “no sign of self harm.” An autopsy was pending.

Boulder police confirmed they are investigating a death near the university but did not provide details.

Associated Press