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Chinese stude beheaded at Virginia Tech

WASHINGTON -- A female Chinese graduate student has been decapitated by a fellow student at Virginia Tech, the scene of the worst school shooting in US history in 2007, police said Thursday. At approximately 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Xin Yang, a 22-year-old graduate student from Beijing, was killed at an Au Bon Pain cafe on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, university officials said. They added that emergency contact records suggest that Yang and the student who murdered her, Haiyang Zhu from Ningbo, China, knew each other. According to officials, witnesses said Zhu, 25, attacked Yang with a knife. "There were seven witnesses in the cafe. There had been no argument, no shouting" when the young woman was attacked, said Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski, confirming that Yang had been decapitated. "This is horrible and tragic. Especially when we know that Virginia Tech has got its share of hardship and horror." Yang had arrived at Virginia Tech in e

whitehouse 2.0

Change is the most used word for the new President. Obama is the first President to use BlackBerry, and he is popular icon in Web 2.0. The official website of White House has a new look of Web 2.0. It is flashy. It blogs. It youtubes.

Obama inaugural address translated

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. 要记得先辈压倒 法西斯主义和共产主义 ,不只用导弹和坦克,还凭坚定的团结和不挠的信念。他们明了,单凭一己力 量,我们不足以自保,更不能自把自为。反之,他们明白到,只有审慎运用,我们的力量才能壮大起来;我们的安稳,源自我们目标之正确、我们所作榜样的力量, 还有谦卑与克制的温和质量。-- 凤凰版 回想先辈们在抵抗 法西斯主义 之时,他们不仅依靠手中的导弹或坦克,他们还依靠稳固的联盟和坚定的信仰。他们深知单凭自己的力量我们无法保护自己,他们也深 知我们强大并不足以使我们有权利为所欲为。他们明白,正是因为使用谨慎,我们的实力才不断增强;正是因为我们的事业是公正的、我们为世界树立了榜样,因为 我们的谦卑和节制,我们才安全。 -- 中国日报版 For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Ea

A Few Rough Patches for a Presidential Oath

NYT January 21, 2009 By ADAM LIPTAK For a couple of smooth-talking constitutional experts, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Obama had a hard time getting through the constitutional oath of office. There was a false start by Mr. Obama, who started to respond before Chief Justice Roberts had completed the first phrase. Mr. Obama ended up saying the first two words — “I, Barack” — twice. Then there was an awkward pause after Chief Justice Roberts prompted Mr. Obama with these words: “That I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully.” The chief justice seemed to say “to” rather than “of,” but that was not the main problem. The main problem was that the word “faithfully” had floated upstream in the constitutional text, which actually says this: “That I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States.” Mr. Obama seemed to realize this, pausing quizzically after saying, “that I will execute.” Chief Justice Ro

Dr. Steven Chu as the new Secretary of Energy

Dr. Steven Chu is a Chinese American but can't speech Chinese. Before the new appointment of Secretaty of DOE, he was the head of LBNL. Speaking about Department of Enerygy(DOE), I have worked on several projects funded by DOE when I was in Pasadena. At first thought, wow, what kind of projects can be funded by DOE? It turns out nothing special. We pretty much worked on some VoIP projects for CERN. Years after, I still don't understand what's that big collider for, new energy, origin of universe, or particles world tour?

Watched 44th President of USA Obama inauguration "live"

"live" means live on CNN, not live on National Mall. It was already around 1AM on 1/21 in Shanghai. Many Americans take it as turning moments of history. Bush is in his new low, US economy is nowhere better, and the new elected, as the first black President, represents American dream well. Millions of People gathered in the National Mall area between Capitol and Lincoln Memorial to watch this moment, let along those who watched live broadcast all around the world. It was the first time I watch President of USA inauguration. The whole process is very unique. The ceremony is hosted by Senator Dianne Feinstein. After her call to order and welcoming remarks, pastor Rick Warren gives the invocation, followed by Aretha Franklin's perform. After that, the vice-president-elect, Joe Biden, is sworn into office by the supreme court justice John Paul Stevens. Biden has practised it very well. Yo-yo Ma and other musicians perform. It has past noon. Obama becomes 44th President