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Germany to assume command of UN\’s maritime task force in Lebanon

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Germany to assume command of UN’s maritime task force in Lebanon

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

The German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern F218

At 22:00 GMT a German navy group is to relieve Italy in its command of the maritime task force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrolling the coast of . French and Italian ships currently surveillance an area twice the size of Lebanon itself.

The German group consists of 2 frigates including carried helicopters, 2 supply ships as well as 4 fast attack craft and will be commanded by Admiral Andreas Krause. The frigate F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern under Commander Ulrich Reinecke has left Germany in mid-September and is the flagship of the naval group. Germany has contributed 2.400 personnel for this mission. The German Ministry of Defence reports that 1.500 naval personnel, 100 airlift soldiers, 400 mission control staff, 100 soldiers for training and advice to the Lebanese security forces and 300 personnel as tactical reserve have been sent to the Lebanese coast.

Despite official statements by , there appears to be a large faction in the government who believe that Germany taking command of the force will lead to a biased execution of the UN mandate in favor of Israel.

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Bodies found along Florida highway identified

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Bodies found along Florida highway identified

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The Escobedo family, who were all shot and killed Friday along Florida’s Turnpike. Source: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

A family of four found shot to death Friday alongside Florida’s Turnpike in Fort Pierce, Florida was identified Saturday.

The bodies of Jose Luis Escobedo Jr., 28, Yessica Escobedo, 25, and their two sons, Luis Damian, 3, and Luis Julian, 4, were identified by St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

Sheriff’s deputies are also looking for the family’s car, a black 1998 Jeep Cherokee with temporary Florida licence plate M952180 in the rear window. Authorities believe that this was a suspect’s car, as it was not at the victim’s home, but neighbors of the family said that it was their car.

Sheriff Ken Mascara has said that the victims pulled their vehicle off the Turnpike between 1:30 and 3 a.m. when someone in the vehicle shot them and drove away.

A woman who lives across the turnpike reported hearing a series of six loud pops around 2:24 a.m. The woman and her husband looked outside, but could not see anything in the dark.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office has set up a tip line. Those with information are encouraged to call 1-(772)-462-3230 or 1-(800)-273-TIPS.

Sheriff Mascara said that more than 200 phone calls have come in to the tip line since they opened it up Friday afternoon.

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  • “Four bodies found on Florida’s Turnpike” — Wikinews, October 13, 2006

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“Friday the 13” Buffalo, New York snow storm in pictures

October 15, 2006

Buffalo, New York – According to National Grid and NYSEG during an afternoon press conference, at least 300,000 people and businesses are still without power as the City of Buffalo, New York begins to clean up after the worst October lake effect snow storm in “137 years of records” being kept, according to the National Weather Service. The NOAA calls the weather event “unprecedented.” Power in many areas may not be fixed until early next week. Electric crews from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania have been called in to assist in the clean-up efforts, but power to many areas may not be fully restored until next weekend.

Federal aid immediately available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has cleared the way for at least $5 million [USD] to be given to Erie County and Western New York to be used for the efforts of cleaning up the city. Shelters will also be reimbursed for their services. Residents will also have a chance to be reimbursed for goods, food and water that they needed to purchase during the storm. Items such as bottled water, radios and flashlights could be among those items eligible for reimbursement, according to a press conference with city officials and National Grid this afternoon.

Hundreds of trees in Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs such as Amherst and Tonawanda are severely damaged and in many cases have to be cut down completely.

Erie County has been declared a natural disaster area and the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown said in a press conference yesterday that the city and county will file several applications for federal aid and assistance with FEMA.

Flooding possible

A flood watch still remains in effect for much of the region as melting snow pack is causing storm drains to over flow and debris from trees is causing some drains to clog completely making many unaccessable to city workers.

Delaware Park, located near the Albright Knox Art Gallery is nearly flooded as the banks of Hoyt Lake are beginning to over flow.

City workers are working to clear debris from a main storm drain near the overpass next to the intersection of Delaware and Forest Avenues.

Spoiled food

A local business, the Lexington Co-op on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo had to throw out nearly every perishable good in the store after being without power for almost 2 days. During the late afternoon on October 14, the Co-op acquired a generator which is currently supplying the entire store with electricity, but power itself has not yet been restored.

These pictures are just some of the very widespread damage caused by the storm. Many were taken within less than 1 mile from Forest and Elmwood in Buffalo.

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\”Friday the 13\” Buffalo, New York snow storm in pictures

October 15, 2006

Buffalo, New York – According to National Grid and NYSEG during an afternoon press conference, at least 300,000 people and businesses are still without power as the City of Buffalo, New York begins to clean up after the worst October lake effect snow storm in “137 years of records” being kept, according to the National Weather Service. The NOAA calls the weather event “unprecedented.” Power in many areas may not be fixed until early next week. Electric crews from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania have been called in to assist in the clean-up efforts, but power to many areas may not be fully restored until next weekend.

Federal aid immediately available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has cleared the way for at least $5 million [USD] to be given to Erie County and Western New York to be used for the efforts of cleaning up the city. Shelters will also be reimbursed for their services. Residents will also have a chance to be reimbursed for goods, food and water that they needed to purchase during the storm. Items such as bottled water, radios and flashlights could be among those items eligible for reimbursement, according to a press conference with city officials and National Grid this afternoon.

Hundreds of trees in Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs such as Amherst and Tonawanda are severely damaged and in many cases have to be cut down completely.

Erie County has been declared a natural disaster area and the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown said in a press conference yesterday that the city and county will file several applications for federal aid and assistance with FEMA.

Flooding possible

A flood watch still remains in effect for much of the region as melting snow pack is causing storm drains to over flow and debris from trees is causing some drains to clog completely making many unaccessable to city workers.

Delaware Park, located near the Albright Knox Art Gallery is nearly flooded as the banks of Hoyt Lake are beginning to over flow.

City workers are working to clear debris from a main storm drain near the overpass next to the intersection of Delaware and Forest Avenues.

Spoiled food

A local business, the Lexington Co-op on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo had to throw out nearly every perishable good in the store after being without power for almost 2 days. During the late afternoon on October 14, the Co-op acquired a generator which is currently supplying the entire store with electricity, but power itself has not yet been restored.

These pictures are just some of the very widespread damage caused by the storm. Many were taken within less than 1 mile from Forest and Elmwood in Buffalo.

Related news

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  • Michael Regan “STORM 2006: FEMA funds $5 million for storm relief”. Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, October 15, 2006

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