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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/nyregion/27zoo.html?src=me

 

June 26, 2010

Falling Branch Kills Baby at the Central Park Zoo

 

By CARA BUCKLEY

 

A baby girl was killed and her mother critically injured when a tree branch fell and struck them just outside the Central Park Zoo on Saturday, the police said.

The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m. on the promenade in front of the sea lion exhibit.

The mother, 33, was holding the 6-month-old girl and posing for a photograph taken by her husband when a large branch about 30 feet above them snapped, the police said. The branch struck the woman, and she fell to the ground, her baby in her arms.

The police identified the girl as Gianna Riccuitti of Union City, N.J. They did not release the names of her parents.

Gianna and her mother were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. Medics responded at 1:50 p.m., and the woman and baby arrived at the hospital at 2:03 p.m., a Fire Department spokesman said. The baby was pronounced dead, and her mother was reported in critical condition.

A security guard at the zoo said he heard a loud crack, like a thunderclap, and saw the branch plummet. After the mother fell, members of her family shrieked, the guard said, and her husband began screaming and jumping around. “He was going crazy,” the guard said.

The area was sealed off with police tape, but the zoo remained open. By midafternoon, it was business as usual at the park, with children watching park workers feed fish to the sea lions, steps from the fallen branch.

Because it was within the zoo limits, the tree is maintained by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, the parks department said.

In a statement, the society said it wished to send its “sincerest condolences to the individuals involved in today’s accident.” A spokesman said he could not comment further due to the police investigation, which was continuing.

It was the third time in less than a year that someone had been harmed or killed by a falling tree branch in Central Park.

On Feb. 25, a 46-year-old man was killed when a large branch, weighed down by snow, snapped off and struck him.

The man, Elmaz Qyra of Brooklyn, was killed as he walked along a picturesque stretch called Literary Walk, so named because of its statues of Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. He was declared dead at the scene.

On July 30, a computer engineer who worked for Google was seriously injured when a rotting branch fell 20 feet from a large pin oak.

The engineer, Sasha J. Blair-Goldensohn, 33, was struck near the entrance of the park at Central Park West and West 63rd Street.

Elsewhere in Manhattan on Saturday, a 2-year-old boy fell out of an 18th-floor window and landed on a 15th-floor terrace at 333 East 46th Street. The child was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and was in stable condition on Saturday night. The police said the fall appared to have been an accident.

Sharon Otterman contributed reporting.

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My partner and I ran an AFF that didn't claim any mass death impacts, so the only overpop card we linked into was the generic social services one.

 

We won almost every time by saying that we weren't a social service in the 1AR.

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My partner and I ran an AFF that didn't claim any mass death impacts, so the only overpop card we linked into was the generic social services one.

 

We won almost every time by saying that we weren't a social service in the 1AR.

 

Wow congrats!

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Wow congrats!

 

stop being sarcastic, jwright. did you win almost every aff round by saying you weren't a social service in the 1ar? i think not.

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I'm pretty 4 lives are lost in the article, saving 40

 

 

Neg rep: "fuck you -kerpen"

 

my response: screw you, hadoken

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http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/15/russia.heat.drownings/index.html

 

Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- More than 1,000 Russians have drowned recently as they attempted to find relief from a stifling heat wave -- many of them after drinking alcohol, officials said.

 

Vadim Seryogin, a department head at Russia's Emergencies Ministry, told reporters Wednesday that 49 people, including two children, had drowned in the last day. More than 1,200 total have drowned, 223 of them between July 5 and July 12.

 

"The majority of those drowned were drunk," Seryogin said. "The children died because adults simply did not look after them."

 

A heat wave settled over Russia in mid-June, according to the state-run RIA-Novosti news agency. The region has experienced record-breaking heat, with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

The heat has caused an emergency situation in Russia, according to a column on RIA-Novosti.

 

Officials have urged citizens to take a siesta in the afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day. Cases of heat stroke and sunburn have increased in children, and adults with heart problems and diabetes are suffering complications.

 

Asphalt softened in the heat has been blamed for traffic accidents. A state of emergency has been declared in 14 regions, and some areas are facing water shortages as wells dry up.

 

The heat has exacerbated a smog problem, as well, the RIA-Novosti column said, adding Russia has not experienced such heat in 130 years. Winter and spring crops are withering under the heat, the column said.

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They're the same guy. They all drown while he was fixing their air conditioning.

 

booooo

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