Freddie Mercury Princess Diana in the Gay Bar

Freddie Mercury snuck Princess Diana into a gay bar in the 1980s.
Freddie Mercury Princess Diana, As far as the new book, Queen Legend Freddie Mercury snuck Princess Diana into a notorious gay bar in the late 1980s -- and the beloved royal went unnoticed.

In "The Power of Positive Drinking," comedian Cleo Rocos writes about how she, TV star Kenny Everett and Mercury disguised Princess Diana as a male model so that she could sneak into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in south London. Dressed in an army jacket, black cap and sunglasses, Diana enjoyed a night out on the town, free of attention.

"When we walked in ... we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it," Rocos says, adding that the venue was packed, but the presence of Mercury, Everett and herself helped divert attention from Diana so that she could order drinks at the bar. The group left after about 20 minutes.

"She did look like a beautiful young man," Rocos explains. "She was always a very fit girl, so they might have thought, 'There's a nice young man with pert buttocks.'"

Heidi Klum saves son, She Saved Him


Heidi Klum saved her drowning son and nannies from a heavy riptide in Hawaii over Easter.
Heidi Klum saved her son, German-American model Heidi saved her son two nannies from drowning in a riptide over the weekend.

Add "lifeguard" to the 39-year-old's long list of jobs, which includes supermodel, "Project Runway" host and now "America's Got Talent" judge.

While the family was vacationing on Oahu, Hawaii, over the weekend, the German supermodel's son Henry, 7, and two nannies were swept away by a riptide, according to Us Weekly. But Klum and bodyguard-boyfriend Martin Kristen spotted their distress and helped save them from drowning.

"We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water," she told the mag in a statement, adding that Henry was able to swim back to land, and all got out of the water safely.

Entertainment Tonight obtained photos of the incident showing Kristen and a bikini-clad Klum springing into action and pulling the group out of the water.

Klum headed to the island on March 24 during Easter break with her four children in tow: Leni, 8, whom she had with Flavio Briatore, and Henry, Johan, 6, and Lou, 3, whom she had with ex-husband Seal.

She was photographed on the beach with her brood and holding hands with her beau earlier in the week and later appeared to have planned an Easter egg hunt on the shore, the Daily Mail reports.

The model filed for divorce from from Seal in 2012 and later confirmed that she and Kristen had been dating since September.

CBS broken leg replay: Network Wont Replay


CBS broken leg replay, Network has said that it Wont Replay footage of the sportsman Kevin Ware’s horrific injury, which occurred during yesterday’s game between Louisville and Duke. The network said they would not replay the footage due to its graphic nature, reports Fox News on April 1.

CBS is being applauded for its refusal to continue to air replays of Ware's gruesome injury, even when they know that others are airing the footage and that it is widely available online. Even in the immediate aftermath of the injury, CBS was both respectful and judicious in what it aired during its live broadcast. The took care to never show a close-up of the injury and only twice replayed the scene from a cross-court angle. They did show footage of Ware’s teammates, as well as Duke players and coaches, reacting emotionally to the sight of Ware laying injured on the court. Coach Rick Pitino called his players to Ware’s side before he was taken off the court, but, respectfully, CBS only shot and aired footage from the waist up.

Kevin Ware had successful surgery to repair the compound fracture that he sustained yesterday. He is expected to return home tomorrow and the Louisville Cardinals are hopeful that he’ll be on the bench during their Final Four game against the Wichita State Shockers on April 6.

Coney Island hopes for strong tourist season post-Sandy

New York's Coney Island boardwalk, March 30, 2013
New York's Coney Island boardwalk, March 30, 2013
NEW YORK At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds.

Never have they prayed harder than now.

Five months after Superstorm Sandy's surge swamped New York City's most storied beach destination, many businesses are pinning their hopes on a strong season to help them make up for the hundreds of thousands of dollars they have spent to get back up and running.

"We're almost dead, but we're open," said D.J. Vourderis, whose family owns and operates Deno's Famous Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. "We've built it; now we're just waiting for them to come."

Vourderis logged 92 hours the week leading up to Palm Sunday, when Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz smashed a bottle of egg cream on the famous Cyclone roller coaster to officially christen the new season at Coney Island — not really an island, but an American institution on a peninsula where, at the turn of the 20th century, it became one of the country's largest and most popular amusement areas.

The late October storm ravaged Vourderis' business, and he was forced to replace all the corroded relays, circuits, breakers and wiring on the Ferris wheel. The family has borrowed to stay afloat and is about $500,000 in the red after paying for the repairs to the iconic 1920 Wonder Wheel, replacing 24 new bumper cars and redesigning the entire inside of the Spook-A-Rama ride, which was waterlogged.

The boardwalk itself was left largely unscathed — but storm surge below the wooden planks flooded storage areas used by the Wonder Wheel park, with water reaching as high as 5 feet in some places, submerging equipment stowed away during the off season. The Wonder Wheel, like other seasonal businesses, was already due to close around the time of the Oct. 29 storm, so the time off was spent making repairs.

"It's going to take years to get us back to where we were," said Vourderis, standing over hundreds of mint-green quarters that were oxidized so severely that banks won't accept them without first having them cleaned in bleach. "I'm trying to look at the glass half full."

Some Coney Island staples that have been shut since the hurricane have no choice. The flagship Nathan's Famous hot dog stand won't reopen until Memorial Day. The New York Aquarium will reopen, only partially, in late spring. And the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team is set for its June 18 home opener, though it's unclear whether its damaged field will be replaced with sod or artificial turf.

Gordon Lee's Eldorado Auto Skooter on Surf Avenue has an arcade room with nearly 40 percent fewer arcade games, after salt water ruined much of the machinery.

"I'm functional at this point," said Lee, demonstrating a metal coin wrapper that can no longer turn because its bearings have seized from corrosion. "Look, I'm open and operational. Am I 100 percent operational? No."

Lee has sunk about $100,000 of his savings into recuperating the arcade, buying new machinery and replacing 30 new bumper cars.

"We're open; we're on schedule," he said. "Now we just need people to start coming."

Nearly 11 million people flocked to Coney Island Beach last year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to city figures. Many attended well-known attractions, like the Nathan's Famous July 4 International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. And most of Coney Island's boardwalk bars, shops and restaurants are now open to sell cold beers, tchotchkes and fried clams to tourists and New York's most quirky characters alike.

But the strongmen and sword swallowers who perform at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow will be out of work until May 24, when owner Dick Zigun is able to open the first floor of the landmark building that houses it as well as a bar, gift shop and dressing room destroyed by Sandy.
After tallying $400,000 in damage from Sandy, Zigun's nonprofit Coney Island USA is hard-pressed to pay for this summer's Mermaid Parade, an annual gathering of more than 1,500 people marching in wacky — and often revealing — costumes to celebrate the kooky seaside culture of Coney Island.

"We're moving forward, even though it's questionable," Zigun said, adding that weather will be the deciding factor. "We are savvy Coney Island carneys; once we reopen, we are damn good at making money."

Luna Park amusement park says its nearly 30 rides are all open, including the wooden Cyclone Rollercoaster. Last year, 759,000 people visited Luna Park, 120,000 more than in 2011, according to the city.

Despite this recovery, many in the neighborhood surrounding the boardwalk are still looking for rebirth.

The Coney Island library is closed, and the post office is only partially open. More than two dozen unsalvageable buildings in or around Coney Island still need to be demolished, said Chuck Reichenthal, the district manager of the area's community board. With an unclear timeline for demolition, he said, air quality during the beach season could be an issue.

Still, he said, the fact that so much of the amusement park has opened already is an encouraging sign that Coney Island businesses will rebound and cover their losses.

"I am trying to be even more than cautiously optimistic and just be outwardly optimistic," he said. "The beach is ready; we don't find any more drifting materials from the Rockaways or other places. The ocean appears clean. Hey, let's have fun."

Man found dead hanging off Calif. high-rise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A fire official says a man appears to have accidentally died from asphyxiation when he lowered himself off an 18-story Sacramento, Calif., office building with a rope.

Marc Bentovoja, a battalion chief with the Sacramento Fire Department, said Monday it's a mystery why the man harnessed himself and went down the east side of the high-rise. He said the man did not appear to work for the office building.

Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Rescue personnel recovered the body after 9 a.m.

It's unclear how long the body had been hanging four floors from the top of the building.

The office building, named the 1201 K Tower, houses offices for lobbyists, public relations businesses and law firms that do business at the Capitol.

Medical board wants criminal charges against Okla. dentist


Inset: A 1977 license picture of Dr. Scott Harrington. Health officials urged thousands of patients of the oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions at his Oklahoma clinics made him a "menace to the public health.
The head of Oklahoma's dental board says her office wants prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against a Tulsa oral surgeon at the center of a health scare.

Susan Rogers told The Associated Press that she met with Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris on Monday to discuss whether Dr. W. Scott Harrington is criminally liable.

Inspectors said they found unsafe and unsanitary practices at Harrington's Tulsa-area clinics. Letters were sent to 7,000 patients, urging them to be screened for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS.

The complaint filed last week called Harrington a "menace to the public health."

According to CBS Affiliate KOTV, the state's Dental Board said Harrington's office had two sets of equipment -- one for patients they knew had infectious diseases, and one for those who did not. The equipment used on infected patients was cleaned by dipping in bleach, which made instruments corrode, becoming rusty and porous - and making them nearly impossible to sterilize later.

The Board also said that, although sterilization machines should be tested monthly, Harrington's office hadn't tested its equipment in years.

Court records also show that Harrington (who also owns a home in Phoenix, Ariz.) has been sued for medical malpractice and negligence. He was also named in a paternity suit in 1997. Many cases were settled out of court.

KOTV also reports that the Tulsa County Health Department has set up a free testing clinic in North Tulsa for former patients of Dr. Harrington.

Officials are advising anyone who was a patient of Harrington's at his offices in Tulsa or Owasso to get tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Over the weekend, hundreds of people waited in line to get tested.

Information is available by calling the health department's hotline at (918) 595-4500, or by visiting their web site.

Witnesses feared mass killings at Ohio church where man killed his father

Panicked witnesses to a fatal Easter service shooting in Ohio feared many might be killed as the victim's son approached the pulpit, waving a handgun and yelling about God and Allah.

"Tragic as it is, it could have been so much worse," Rev. Steve Sargent, associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, said Monday as he pointed out where the gunman moved through the sanctuary.

Michael Wofford, 59, a worshipper who attended Sunday's service with his wife and two grandchildren, said he feared a shooting rampage after the gunman finished his spiel from the pulpit area.

Reshad Riddle, Ashtabula Municipal Court, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Ashtabula, Ohio. / AP Photo/Tony Dejak

"Is he going to just walk out of the church or is he going to start shooting people at random," Wofford asked in the church vestibule. "Sooner or later he's going to run out of words. It could have been much worse."

Police say Reshad Riddle, 25, went to the church and killed his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, with a single shot from a handgun Sunday afternoon.

The suspect appeared Monday in Ashtabula Municipal Court in an orange jail jumpsuit with his ankles and wrists shackled.

The bearded Riddle made rambling comments about God and said he wanted to be treated fairly. The judge agreed to appoint a public defender.

The prosecutor asked for $1 million bail and, if he makes it, a psychiatric evaluation and 24-hour monitoring.

After shooting the victim, the gunman then walked down the side aisle of the church, decorated with lilies for Easter, and sent panicked worshippers crawling over blue padded pews, running for the doors and climbing out windows in adjacent rooms.

"He seemed to be like he was deranged. I don't know if he was on something," Sargent said while arranging a group counseling session for traumatized church members.

"My suspicion is that he may have been on something, some mind-altering chemical that caused him to act out like he did."

Associate Pastor Sean Adams told The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon newspaper that Reshad Riddle walked through the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was "the will of Allah. This is the will of God."

Reshad Riddle was quickly subdued by officers, who arrived just moments after the shooting in this blue-collar community in the northeast corner of Ohio. They say he has been mostly cooperative.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said the younger Riddle offered no motive for the shooting.

"Witnesses at the scene said the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem," Stell said. "There is no indication that the father and son had a bad relationship. Everyone thinks this was very surprising."

Court records show Reshad Riddle has an extensive criminal record.

Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court records show he was arrested and charged with two counts of felonious assault, kidnapping, abduction and tampering with evidence in 2006.

Records show that in 2007, Reshad Riddle was charged with felonious assault, and in 2009 he was charged with possession of drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine.

According to police reports, one of the felonious assault charges stemmed from an incident when Reshad Riddle allegedly attempted to cut his girlfriend's throat. Capt. Joseph Cellitti said the young woman's neck had been cut with a knife and she suffered bruising on her side and chest.

Church parishioners said Reshad Riddle was a member of the church as a child, but did not attend services regularly as an adult.

"No one would have thought twice about him being here with his family on Easter," Adams said. "His family (has) been members here for years and years."

Ark. House overrides Gov. Beebe's voter ID veto

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

The Arkansas House voted Monday to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The Republican-controlled House voted 52-45 to override the veto. Last week, the GOP-led Senate voted 21-12 to override it. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

The new law will require Arkansas to provide a free photo ID to voters who don't have one and will cost the state an estimated $300,000. The requirement won't take effect until there is funding for the IDs or until January, whichever occurs last.

While Arkansas poll workers must ask for identification under current law, voters don't have to show it to cast a ballot. The identification that poll workers currently can ask for includes forms without photos such as a government check or a utility bill. If a voter doesn't show identification, poll workers indicate so on the precinct's voter registration list and the county election board can send the information to prosecutors after the election to investigate possible voter fraud.

The bill allows voters who don't show photo identification to cast provisional ballots. But those ballots would be counted only if voters provide ID to county election officials or, before noon on the Monday following an election, sign an affidavit stating they are indigent or have a religious objection to being photographed.

Arkansas is among 19 states where proposals to enact voter ID laws or strengthen existing requirements have been introduced this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Republicans have been pushing for similar laws in other states, although the measures have faced court challenges. Voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have been blocked. Similar restrictions by Texas and South Carolina have been rejected by the federal government under the Voting Rights Act, and Mississippi is waiting for federal approval of its photo ID law.

Four states — Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Tennessee — have similarly strict photo ID requirement laws in effect. Virginia will also have a strict photo ID requirement for voters in effect July 2014 under a measure signed into law last week by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Arkansas Republicans had pushed for voter ID requirements for years, but the measure failed to reach the governor's desk under Democratic majorities. Republicans last November won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years and have enjoyed a number of successes, including the passage of stricter anti-abortion laws and broader gun rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has called the voter ID requirement unconstitutional, and its executive director said the group was looking at its options after lawmakers gave the measure final approval. Opponents of the measure say it would disenfranchise senior citizens, minorities and the poor.

The bill exempts voters who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Beebe last week rejected the measure after saying it would unnecessarily impair citizens' right to vote. He called the proposal "an expensive solution in search of a problem."

Teen held on $3.5M bail after crash that killed five




Jean Ervin Soriano, 18.

Three brothers from California who were on a trip to visit their ailing father in Denver are among five relatives killed in a weekend wreck north of Las Vegas.

Authorities say a van carrying seven family members was rear-ended by an SUV driven by an 18-year-old suspected of driving under the influence.

Griselda Fernandez, the daughter of Raudel Fernandez-Avila, said today that her father and mother were both killed along with her two uncles and a step-cousin.

She says her mother, Belen Fernandez, didn't want to go, but the family convinced her.

A Nevada judge today ordered 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano held at $3.5 million bail at a court hearing. An arrest report says he told the arresting Nevada Highway Patrol trooper he had too many beers.

Soriano, his passenger and two other people were injured.

Soriano, a former California resident, now lives in Utah.

Manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" up for auction




This undated photo shows a 1958 typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote, which will be featured with other Hollywood-themed items at auction in late April 2013. / AP Photo/RR Auctions

Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is rife with the author's handwritten edits — most notably changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly.

Its plot — built around a young woman who supports herself through trysts with various wealthy lovers — was controversial. Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights for $2,000, then balked at its explicit content and profuse profanity. Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 silver screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn.

The manuscript is being offered for sale by a New Hampshire auction house and is expected to net at least $250,000 later this month.

It is the centerpiece of hundreds of Hollywood-themed items offered by RR Auctions in its online auction April 18-25. Other items include memorabilia autographed by James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball. Also offered is an 8 mm film of Marilyn Monroe visiting Army troops in South Korea in February 1954, shot by a lieutenant with the 24th Infantry Division.

"It's obviously quite a treasure, quite a find for us," RR Auctions vice president Bobby Livingston said of the Capote manuscript. He said the source of the manuscript wants to remain anonymous, but linked it to the estate of a "very famous" Madison Avenue autograph collector.

Livingston said Capote made changes throughout the 86-page manuscript, including crossing out every reference to Connie Gustafson and replacing them with Holly Golightly. On the first page of the manuscript he handwrote the title.

"He was about to turn it in (to Random House) and he was inspired to change that name," Livingston said.

Livingston said the auction was not timed to a new Broadway adaption of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" now playing at New York City's Cort Theater, saying that was just "serendipitous."

Capote — in creating his Holly Golightly character — is said to have found inspiration in his close friendships with designer Gloria Vanderbilt and Oona O'Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" was not Capote's debut. He had received critical acclaim for his novel "Other Voices, Other Rooms," a decade earlier.

But when "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was published, Norman Mailer wrote that he didn't know Capote well but thought of him as "the most perfect writer of my generation. ... I would not have changed two words in `Breakfast at Tiffany's."'

Report: "Ideal conditions" for toxic algae in Lake Erie

It was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history — a scummy, toxic blob that oozed across nearly one-fifth of the lake's surface during the summer and fall of 2011. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting masses that turned beachgoers' stomachs.

It was also likely an omen of things to come, experts said in a study released Monday. The warming climate and modern farming practices are creating ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake Erie, which could be potentially disastrous to the surrounding area's multi-billion-dollar tourist economy. The shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, Erie contains just 2 percent of their combined waters but about half their fish.

According to the report, which was compiled by more than two dozen scientists, the 2011 runaway bloom was fueled by phosphorus-laden fertilizers that were swept from corn and soybean fields during heavy rainstorms. Weak currents and calm winds prevented churning and flushing that could have short-circuited its rampant growth.

The combination of natural and man-made circumstances "is unfortunately consistent with ongoing trends, which means that more huge algal blooms can be expected in the future unless a scientifically guided management plan is implemented for the region," said the report's lead author, Anna Michalak, of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

The U.S. and Canada limited the use of phosphate laundry detergents and cracked down on Great Lakes pollution from industry and municipal sewage systems four decades ago. Those policies led to a drastic algae drop-off in Lake Erie, which had been declared all but dead. But algae began creeping back in the mid-1990s, and the blooms have gotten progressively bigger.

They consist largely of blue-green strains that are poisonous and cause skin irritation. Measurements in 2011 found that concentrations of a liver toxin they produce were hundreds of times higher than levels approved by the World Health Organization for drinking and recreational waters.

The building blocks of algae blooms, particularly phosphorus, are well known. The newly released paper was compiled by experts from a range of disciplines to determine why the 2011 bloom got so huge and whether it's a harbinger of things to come. At its peak, that bloom covered 1,930 square miles, making it more than twice as big as the freshwater sea's second-biggest bloom on record, which happened three years earlier.

Published in the online version of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the report said soil management practices in the region's corn and soybean fields are partly to blame.

One such practice is no-till farming, in which seeds are planted in small holes and the ground is not plowed. While it helps the environment by preventing erosion, no-till farming keeps fertilizer in the upper soil. Other culprits include the application of fertilizer in the fall, when the ground is bare, and the spreading of manure on the surface, instead of into the soil. Together, they leave huge volumes of phosphorus where it can be easily washed into streams and eventually, into Lake Erie.

That's what happened in the spring of 2011, when the area was slammed by heavy storms.

The bloom formed that July around the mouth of the Maumee River, on the lake's western end near Toledo, Ohio. Under normal circumstances, choppy waters might have diluted the phosphorus and broken up the bloom. Instead, a calm spell enabled it to keep growing.

By October, it had zoomed past Cleveland — more than 100 miles to the east — and penetrated the lake's central basin, where decomposed algae had already created an oxygen-deprived "dead zone" lethal to most fish and other aquatic organisms.

Scientists are studying how the algae outbreak might have affected fish populations but have reached no firm conclusions, said Jeff Tyson, Lake Erie program administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Numbers of the lake's most prized sport and commercial species, walleye and yellow perch, have dipped in recent years in the fertile western basin. But because so many factors affect them, it's uncertain what role -if any — the algae has played.

The lake's algae cover was about 90 percent smaller during drought-stricken 2012. But the scientists analyzed computer models and concluded that as the planet warms over the next century, weather that fueled the 2011 mega-bloom may become "the new normal," Michalak said. The report noted that storms generating more than an inch of rain could happen twice as often, and that wind speeds are dropping.

Slowing climate change would require action on a global scale. But significant cuts in Lake Erie's phosphorus levels could be achieved with different fertilizing techniques, the scientists said.

"A lot of management practices that were put in place in the `80s improved things for a while, but we're shifting into this warmer world and we need new practices," said Allison Steiner, a University of Michigan atmospheric scientist and member of the study team.

Nancy Rabalais, executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and an expert on dead zones who didn't participate in the study, said its findings are consistent with climate change scenarios she projects for the upper Mississippi River basin, where flooding caused high algae concentrations two years ago. Nutrient runoff also is causing toxic algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico's Barataria Estuary, she said.

Another group of scientists convened by the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian agency that deals with boundary waters, is developing recommendations for solving Lake Erie's toxic algae problem. A draft version is scheduled to be released for public comment in May, said Raj Bejankiwar, the team leader.

"Simply put, we have to reduce phosphorus inputs into the lake," he said.

Texas county on edge as police probe assassinations

In the battle against criminals, American prosecutors represent the people. So what is happening in Kaufman County, Texas, is striking the heart of our system of justice

For the second time, a prosecutor in the D.A.'s office there has been murdered, the killers unknown.

Employees showed up for work at the Kaufman County courthouse Monday escorted by armed officers after two assassinations in eight weeks.


Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, left, and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, right. / AP Photo

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in broad daylight as he got out of his car just a block from the courthouse on January 31.

Saturday night, police found the bodies of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, both shot dead inside their home 12 miles from the courthouse in Forney, Texas.

"It would seem to me this is not just a random act. It would seem to me that there has to be some connection," said Judge Bruce Wood, the county's chief elected official. "This has to be more than a coincidence."

Police were back at the McLelland house today searching for clues. So far police are not commenting on whether there is any physical evidence linking the two cases.

Sources told CBS News the couple appeared to be getting ready for bed when someone used an assault rifle to shoot 65-year-old Cynthia McClelland in the head. Mike McClelland, 63, was hit several times in the torso.

It was Mike McLelland who issued a warning after Hasse was killed in January.

"We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're gonna bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," he said at the press conference.

Later that same day, McLelland told CBS News he and Hasse had something in common.

"He did love getting bad guys," McClelland said on January 31. "It's something that we shared."

On Monday, Forney Mayor Darren Rizell urged residents to remain calm.

"We don't need to walk around in fear, need to calm down a little bit, pray for and support the McLelland families and support those that are handling the McLelland investigation," he said.

Later that afternoon, another officer was named temporary district attorney for the next three weeks. The governor will eventually appoint a replacement to complete the remainder of Mike McLelland's term, likely through January 2-15.

Police haven't revealed if they've found a connection between the two slayings, but sources tell CBS News correspondent John Miller - a veteran of the NYPD, LAPD and FBI - are looking into cases that McLelland and Hasse worked on together

One of the biggest cases involved the Aryan Brotherhood, a prison-based white supremacist gang. "[Investigators] are looking at people who were involved with both prosecutors in trials and people who thought they were wrongly convicted - people who would have the mans, motive and opportunity, that motive being a grudge against the D.A.'s office," Miller said.

Suspect in Colo. prison chief's death mistakenly released early

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early, officials said Monday.

In 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty in rural Fremont County to assaulting a prison guard. In a plea deal, Ebel was to be sentenced to up to four additional years in prison, to be served after he completed the eight-year sentence that put him behind bars in 2005, according to a statement from the 11th Judicial District.

However, the judge did not say the sentence was meant to be "consecutive," or in addition to, Ebel's current one. So the court clerk recorded it as one to be served "concurrently," or at the same time. That's the information that went to the state prisons, the statement said.

So on Jan. 28, prisons officials saw that Ebel had finished his court-ordered sentence and released him.

Two months later he was dead after a shootout with authorities in Texas. The gun he used was the same used to shoot and kill prisons chief Tom Clements two days earlier. Police believe Ebel also was involved in the death of a Domino's delivery man, Nathan Leon, in Denver.

"The court regrets this oversight and extends condolences to the families of Mr. Nathan Leon and Mr. Tom Clements," said a statement signed by Charles Barton, chief judge of the 11th Judicial District, and court administrator Walter Blair.

Corrections officials said they had not calculated precisely the number of days Ebel would have remained behind bars had the sentence been consecutive. They said they had no way of knowing the plea deal was intended to keep Ebel behind bars for years longer.

The attack that led to the plea deal took place in 2006. According to prison and court records, Ebel slipped his handcuffs while being transferred from a cell and punched a prison guard in the nose, also threatening to kill the guard's family. Ebel spent much of his time behind bars in solitary confinement and had a long record of disciplinary violations.

Car slams into Las Vegas restaurant during lunch

Ten people were seriously injured and at least person was arrested Monday after a car plowed into the patio of a Las Vegas restaurant during the lunch hour and came to rest with its hood inside a shattered plate glass window.

Victims were transported to two nearby hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after the crash at the Egg & I restaurant shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski. Four had to be extricated from beneath the vehicle.

Witness Suziliene McDonald was sitting with two sisters in the restaurant when she says she saw the vehicle speeding toward the window.

"I screamed, `A car's coming!' and it exploded through the window," McDonald said.

CBS affiliate KXNT's Brian Shapiro was told by witnesses at the scene the driver tried to flee after the crash, attempted to dispose of drugs. Several customers chased after him and wrestled him down.



A man sits handcuffed on the sidewalk waiting to be escorted away by police after crashing a vehicle into a crowded restaurant, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Las Vegas. / AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Manager Sarah Gehringer said the restaurant, which is a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip and serves breakfast and lunch food, was bustling moments before the crash with an estimated 150 people inside.

One of the injured was a restaurant employee who was standing near the window when the car burst through.

Gehringer said the man was knocked into the kitchen by the force of the crash.

The vehicle was heading westbound on the busy thoroughfare when it crossed a median and veered into the front of the restaurant, officials said. Two other vehicles on the road were hit.

Later, the passenger sat on a curb in a blue T-shirt, dark trousers and sneakers and refused to speak with reporters.

U.S. Sees North Korea Blustering, Not Acting


WASHINGTON — Despite a drumbeat of increasingly bellicose threats from North Korea, the White House said Monday that there was no evidence that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was mobilizing troops or other military forces for any imminent attack.

Though American officials said they remained concerned about the invective flowing from North Korea — and South Korea’s president ordered military commanders to carry out a swift and strong response to any provocations — the Obama administration took pains to emphasize the “disconnect” between Mr. Kim’s “rhetoric and action.”

The White House’s strategy, officials said, was calculated to ease tensions after a fraught few days in which Mr. Kim threatened to rain missiles on the American mainland and the United States responded by flying nuclear-capable bombers over the Korean Peninsula.

“We are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture such as large-scale mobilizations or positioning of forces,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. “What that disconnect between rhetoric and action means, I’ll leave to the analysts to judge.”

Even as the White House tried to tamp down the tensions, the Pentagon said it had moved a Navy missile-defense ship from its home port in Japan to waters closer to the Korean Peninsula, in what was described as a carefully calibrated response, given the North’s warnings about putting its rockets on a higher stage of alert.

The deployment came after the United States publicized a rare training flight by two B-2 bombers over South Korea, where they carried out a mock bombing run, and pledged to spend $1 billion to expand ballistic missile-defense systems along the Pacific Coast.

Having taken these unusually public steps to demonstrate its commitment to defend itself and protect South Korea and Japan, the Obama administration appeared to be trying to defuse a situation that many analysts say has gone beyond previous cycles of provocation by North Korea, and raised genuine fears of war.

“It is a calculated response to say, ‘We don’t want anyone to think the situation is getting out of control, that the ladder of escalation is going to end in a full-scale conflict,’ ” said Jeffrey A. Bader, who worked on North Korea policy for the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

For all the uncertainty surrounding the young ruler of North Korea, Mr. Bader said, the latest round of warlike statements from the North recalled the theatrical belligerence shown by Mr. Kim ’s father, Kim Jong-il. Those episodes often led to hostile acts, but never a wholesale military attack on South Korea.

Still, on Monday, South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, ordered her country’s military to deliver a strong and immediate response to any North Korean provocation.

“I consider the current North Korean threats very serious,” Ms. Park told the South’s generals. “If the North attempts any provocation against our people and country, you must respond strongly at the first contact with them without any political consideration.”

Ms. Park’s blunt comments contrasted with the usually dismissive tone that South Korean leaders take toward the North’s threats, and reflected the criticism directed at her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, when the South was seen as not retaliating after North Korea aimed an artillery barrage at a South Korean island in 2010, killing four people. Ms. Park’s election campaign last year focused on a promise not to be blackmailed by the North.

Since Kim Jong-un took power in late 2011, the North has launched a three-stage rocket, tested a nuclear device and threatened to hit major American cities with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. The Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim declared, has reverted to a “state of war.”

His actions, analysts say, reflect the North’s growing frustration that its strategy of using threats and provocations against the United States and South Korea seemed less effective in recent years. Instead, the allies spearheaded another round of United Nations sanctions.

The imposition of the sanctions coincided with the allies’ joint military drills, during which Washington publicized the training missions of B-52 and B-2 bombers, as well as F-22 stealth fighter jets. Washington also concluded three years of negotiations with Seoul and signed an agreement last week to respond jointly to North Korean provocations. The move was intended to bolster deterrence against the North and to prevent unnecessary escalation.

The American vessel recently deployed to waters off the Korean Peninsula, an Aegis cruiser, will remain there “for the foreseeable future,” said a Defense Department official. Two ballistic-missile ships, which carry powerful tracking radars and interceptor missiles, had been in the area for a recent joint exercise with the South Korean military, but they had returned to Japan after that exercise ended.

While analysts generally praise the administration’s handling of the latest tensions, Joel S. Wit, a former State Department official who worked on North Korea, said, “It’s starting to feel like we send a new airplane to South Korea every day to prove our resolve.”

Mr. Wit said that Washington needed to explore diplomatic channels to North Korea as well, not least because President Park had signaled her intent to pursue diplomacy with the North — perhaps even without insisting that Pyongyang renounce its nuclear weapons as a precondition for talks. There is a risk that the United States could find itself out of sync with its ally, Mr. Wit said.

But Michael J. Green, a North Korea policy adviser in President George W. Bush’s administration, said that given the lack of success in curbing North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the White House had little choice but to pursue a strategy that resembled containment, even if no official would ever use that phrase.

“The focus for the near future has to be on deterring North Korea,” Mr. Green said, “punishing them for violations, and constraining their ability to move their nuclear program forward or proliferate.”


Mark Landler reported from Washington, and Choe Sang-hun from Seoul, South Korea. Thom Shanker contributed reporting from Washington.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: April 1, 2013

An earlier version of this article misstated the American military’s designation for the stealth fighter jets that are taking part in joint training missions with South Korea. It is F-22, not B-22.

Need a Job? Invent It

WHEN Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, describes his job today, he says he’s “a translator between two hostile tribes” — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. Wagner’s argument in his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” is that our K-12 and college tracks are not consistently “adding the value and teaching the skills that matter most in the marketplace.”

This is dangerous at a time when there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job — the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job. Every middle-class job today is being pulled up, out or down faster than ever. That is, it either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is being buried — made obsolete — faster than ever. Which is why the goal of education today, argues Wagner, should not be to make every child “college ready” but “innovation ready” — ready to add value to whatever they do.

That is a tall task. I tracked Wagner down and asked him to elaborate. “Today,” he said via e-mail, “because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge. As one executive told me, ‘We can teach new hires the content, and we will have to because it continues to change, but we can’t teach them how to think — to ask the right questions — and to take initiative.’ ”

My generation had it easy. We got to “find” a job. But, more than ever, our kids will have to “invent” a job. (Fortunately, in today’s world, that’s easier and cheaper than ever before.) Sure, the lucky ones will find their first job, but, given the pace of change today, even they will have to reinvent, re-engineer and reimagine that job much more often than their parents if they want to advance in it. If that’s true, I asked Wagner, what do young people need to know today?

“Every young person will continue to need basic knowledge, of course,” he said. “But they will need skills and motivation even more. Of these three education goals, motivation is the most critical. Young people who are intrinsically motivated — curious, persistent, and willing to take risks — will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear.”

So what should be the focus of education reform today?

“We teach and test things most students have no interest in and will never need, and facts that they can Google and will forget as soon as the test is over,” said Wagner. “Because of this, the longer kids are in school, the less motivated they become. Gallup’s recent survey showed student engagement going from 80 percent in fifth grade to 40 percent in high school. More than a century ago, we ‘reinvented’ the one-room schoolhouse and created factory schools for the industrial economy. Reimagining schools for the 21st-century must be our highest priority. We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.”

What does that mean for teachers and principals?

“Teachers,” he said, “need to coach students to performance excellence, and principals must be instructional leaders who create the culture of collaboration required to innovate. But what gets tested is what gets taught, and so we need ‘Accountability 2.0.’ All students should have digital portfolios to show evidence of mastery of skills like critical thinking and communication, which they build up right through K-12 and postsecondary. Selective use of high-quality tests, like the College and Work Readiness Assessment, is important. Finally, teachers should be judged on evidence of improvement in students’ work through the year — instead of a score on a bubble test in May. We need lab schools where students earn a high school diploma by completing a series of skill-based ‘merit badges’ in things like entrepreneurship. And schools of education where all new teachers have ‘residencies’ with master teachers and performance standards — not content standards — must become the new normal throughout the system.”

Who is doing it right?

“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world,” he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’ They learn concepts and creativity more than facts, and have a choice of many electives — all with a shorter school day, little homework, and almost no testing. In the U.S., 500 K-12 schools affiliated with Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Initiative and a consortium of 100 school districts called EdLeader21 are developing new approaches to teaching 21st-century skills. There are also a growing number of ‘reinvented’ colleges like the Olin College of Engineering, the M.I.T. Media Lab and the ‘D-school’ at Stanford where students learn to innovate.”

Painful Payment for Afghan Debt: A Daughter, 6

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the shadows lengthened around her family’s hut here in one of Kabul’s sprawling refugee camps, a slight 6-year-old girl ran in to where her father huddled with a group of elders near a rusty wood stove. Her father, Taj Mohammad, looked away, his face glum.

“She does not know what is going to happen,” he said softly.

If, as seems likely, Mr. Mohammad cannot repay his debt to a fellow camp resident a year from now, his daughter Naghma, a smiling, slender child with a tiny gold stud in her nose, will be forced to leave her family’s home forever to be married to the lender’s 17-year-old son.

The arrangement effectively values her life at $2,500. That is the amount Mr. Mohammad borrowed over the course of a year to pay for hospital treatment for his wife and medical care for some of his nine children — including Janan, 3, who later froze to death in bitter winter weather because the family could not afford enough firewood to stay warm.

“They said, ‘Pay back our money,’ and I didn’t have any money, so I had to give my girl,” Mr. Mohammad said. “I was thankful to them at the time, so it was my decision, but the elders also demanded that I do this.”

The story of how Mr. Mohammad, a refugee from the fighting in Helmand Province who in better days made a living as a singer and a musician, came to trade his daughter is in part a saga of terrible choices faced by some of the poorest Afghan families. But it is also a story of the way the war has eroded the social bonds and community safety nets that underpinned hundreds of thousands of rural Afghans’ lives.

Women and girls have been among the chief victims — not least because the Afghan government makes little attempt in the camps to enforce laws protecting women and children, said advocates for the camp residents.

Aid groups have been able to provide a few programs for women and children in the ever-growing camps, including schooling that for many girls here is a first. But those programs are being cut as international aid has dwindled here ahead of the Western military withdrawal. And the Afghan government has not offered much support, in part because most officials hope the refugees will leave Kabul and return home.

Most of the refugees in this camp are from rural southern Afghanistan, and they remain bound by the tribal codes and elder councils, known as jirgas, that resolved disputes in their home villages.

Few, however, still have the support of a broader network of kinsmen to fall back on in hard times as they would have at home. Out of context, the already rigid Pashtun codes have become something even harsher.

“This kind of thing never happened at home in Helmand,” said Mr. Mohammad’s mother as she sat in the back of the smoky room. Watching her granddaughter, as she laughed and smiled with her teacher, Najibullah, who also acts as a camp social worker and was visiting the family, she added, “I never remember a girl being given away to pay for a loan.”

From the point of view of those who participated in the jirga, the resolution was a good one, said Tawous Khan, an elder who led it and is one of the two main camp representatives. “You see, Taj Mohammad had to give his daughter. There was no other way,” he said. “And, it solved the problem.”

Some Afghan women’s advocates who heard about the little girl’s plight from news media reports were outraged and said they had asked the Interior Ministry to intervene, since child marriage is a violation of Afghan law and it is also unlawful to sell a woman. But nothing happened, said Wazhma Frogh, the executive director of the Research Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

“There has to be some sort of intervention,” Ms. Frogh said, “otherwise others will think this behavior is all right and it will increase.”

The Camps

The dark, cramped room where Mr. Mohammad lives with his wife and his eight children is typical of the shelters in the Charahi Qambar camp, which houses 900 refugee families from war-torn areas, mostly in southern Afghanistan.

The camp is the largest in the capital area, but just one of 52 such “informal settlements” in the province, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Abjectly poor, the people in the camps came with little more than a handful of household belongings. Seeking safety and aid, they instead found themselves unwelcome in a city already overcrowded with returning refugees from Pakistan and Iran.

For years Charahi Qambar did not even have wells for water because the government was reluctant to let aid groups dig them, said Mohammad Yousef, an engineer and the director of Aschiana, an Afghan aid group that works in nine camps around the country as well as with street children.

Slain Texas Lawman Had Pledged to Hunt Down ‘Scum’


KAUFMAN, Tex. — After the daylight assassination of his deputy two months ago, Mike McLelland, the district attorney in largely rural Kaufman County, responded with a flash of angry bravado, denigrating the perpetrators as “scum” and vowing to hunt them down.

A former Army officer who served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, Mr. McLelland carried a gun and refused to be intimidated, according to a friend and the local news media, even as his wife expressed unease, worrying that her husband, too, could be in danger.

“I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we’re very confident that we’re going to find you,” he said at a news conference hours after his deputy was killed. “We’re going to pull you out of whatever hole you’re in. We’re going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

On Saturday evening, the authorities found Mr. McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia, 65, shot to death inside their home in Forney, Tex., in Kaufman County. The killings galvanized law enforcement officials and frightened and bewildered local residents, many of them still shaken by the shooting of the deputy, Mark E. Hasse, 57, on Jan. 31. That case remains unsolved.

The police said Sunday that they had increased security for local elected officials and would tighten security at the county courthouse. The courthouse was scheduled to be open Monday, but Mr. McLelland’s office will be closed.

“It’s unnerving to the law enforcement community, to the community at large,” Sheriff David A. Byrnes said at a news conference on Sunday. “That’s why we’re striving to assure the community that we are protecting public safety and will continue to do that.”

The authorities said it was too early to say if the deaths of Mr. McLelland and his wife were connected to the shooting of Mr. Hasse, the county’s lead felony prosecutor. But the killings of two prosecutors in a county of 106,000 people in less than eight weeks appeared to many officials to be more than a coincidence.

“I’m really trying to stress for people to remain calm,” said Mayor Darren Rozell of Forney, about 15 miles northwest of Kaufman, the county seat. “This appeared to be a targeted attack and not a random attack.”

A law enforcement official said investigators believed that the shootings of the two prosecutors were related, but appeared to have been carried out by different people, perhaps from the same group or with the same affiliation. Shell casings were recovered in the shootings of the McLellands, but not in the shooting of Mr. Hasse, indicating that his killer or killers had more experience, the official said.

Officials from several local, state and federal agencies — including the F.B.I., the Texas Rangers and the Kaufman County sheriff’s office — were working on the case. Sheriff Byrnes told reporters that deputies had been called to Mr. McLelland’s residence shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, and that the bodies were discovered inside. He would not say if there were any signs of forced entry.

In the shooting of Mr. Hasse, the authorities said, one or two gunmen got out of a gray or silver sedan, opened fire and fled. Witnesses told investigators that the killer or killers appeared to have had their faces covered and wore black clothing and tactical-style vests. No arrests have been made, and investigators from nine agencies had been searching for leads.

Mr. McLelland told The Associated Press less than two weeks ago that he carried a gun at all times since Mr. Hasse’s killing, even when he walked his dog. He said he had urged his employees to remain alert. “The people in my line of work are going to have to get better at it, because they’re going to need it more in the future,” he said in the interview with The A.P.

“I’m ahead of everybody else because, basically, I’m a soldier,” he said, referring to his 23-year career in the Army.

Tonya J. Ratcliff, the Kaufman County tax assessor and a friend of the McLellands, said the couple was vigilant, but did not obsess over their security.

“I didn’t have a sense that they were looking over their shoulders at any moment,” she said.

The McLellands had five children, one of whom is a Dallas police officer.

The Tar Sands Disaster

IF President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor.

Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines.

Canadians don’t universally support construction of the pipeline. A poll by Nanos Research in February 2012 found that nearly 42 percent of Canadians were opposed. Many of us, in fact, want to see the tar sands industry wound down and eventually stopped, even though it pumps tens of billions of dollars annually into our economy.

The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.

Also, bitumen is junk energy. A joule, or unit of energy, invested in extracting and processing bitumen returns only four to six joules in the form of crude oil. In contrast, conventional oil production in North America returns about 15 joules. Because almost all of the input energy in tar sands production comes from fossil fuels, the process generates significantly more carbon dioxide than conventional oil production.

There is a less obvious but no less important reason many Canadians want the industry stopped: it is relentlessly twisting our society into something we don’t like. Canada is beginning to exhibit the economic and political characteristics of a petro-state.

Countries with huge reserves of valuable natural resources often suffer from economic imbalances and boom-bust cycles. They also tend to have low-innovation economies, because lucrative resource extraction makes them fat and happy, at least when resource prices are high.

Canada is true to type. When demand for tar sands energy was strong in recent years, investment in Alberta surged. But that demand also lifted the Canadian dollar, which hurt export-oriented manufacturing in Ontario, Canada’s industrial heartland. Then, as the export price of Canadian heavy crude softened in late 2012 and early 2013, the country’s economy stalled.

Canada’s record on technical innovation, except in resource extraction, is notoriously poor. Capital and talent flow to the tar sands, while investments in manufacturing productivity and high technology elsewhere languish.

But more alarming is the way the tar sands industry is undermining Canadian democracy. By suggesting that anyone who questions the industry is unpatriotic, tar sands interest groups have made the industry the third rail of Canadian politics.

The current Conservative government holds a large majority of seats in Parliament but was elected in 2011 with only 40 percent of the vote, because three other parties split the center and left vote. The Conservative base is Alberta, the province from which Prime Minister Stephen Harper and many of his allies hail. As a result, Alberta has extraordinary clout in federal politics, and tar sands influence reaches deep into the federal cabinet.

Both the cabinet and the Conservative parliamentary caucus are heavily populated by politicians who deny mainstream climate science. The Conservatives have slashed financing for climate science, closed facilities that do research on climate change, told federal government climate scientists not to speak publicly about their work without approval and tried, unsuccessfully, to portray the tar sands industry as environmentally benign.

The federal minister of natural resources, Joe Oliver, has attacked “environmental and other radical groups” working to stop tar sands exports. He has focused particular ire on groups getting money from outside Canada, implying that they’re acting as a fifth column for left-wing foreign interests. At a time of widespread federal budget cuts, the Conservatives have given Canada’s tax agency extra resources to audit registered charities. It’s widely assumed that environmental groups opposing the tar sands are a main target.

This coercive climate prevents Canadians from having an open conversation about the tar sands. Instead, our nation behaves like a gambler deep in the hole, repeatedly doubling down on our commitment to the industry.

President Obama rejected the pipeline last year but now must decide whether to approve a new proposal from TransCanada, the pipeline company. Saying no won’t stop tar sands development by itself, because producers are busy looking for other export routes — west across the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, east to Quebec, or south by rail to the United States. Each alternative faces political, technical or economic challenges as opponents fight to make the industry unviable.

Mr. Obama must do what’s best for America. But stopping Keystone XL would be a major step toward stopping large-scale environmental destruction, the distortion of Canada’s economy and the erosion of its democracy.


Thomas Homer-Dixon, who teaches global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is the author of “The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization.”

From Stunned to Stunning for Louisville

INDIANAPOLIS — After all the buildup, the history, with a matchup of decorated coaches and programs, the most poignant moment of Sunday’s Midwest Region final sprang from an injury perhaps unparalleled in its gruesomeness at an N.C.A.A. tournament.

The scene after Louisville’s Kevin Ware sustained an open fracture of his right leg late in the first half was surreal. Four Cardinals woozily held each other up at center court, several appearing on the brink of fainting, others crying and shaking. Coach Rick Pitino dabbed away tears. Players on the bench said a prayer.

While being treated on the floor, before a cart carried him off to a hospital, Ware called his teammates over, but they could not hear him. Pitino had to yell.

“Guys!” Pitino cried. “He wants to say something.”

Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear and Gorgui Dieng gathered around Ware, who said through tears, “Just win it for me, y’all.”

His words soothed the souls of 13 players who turned their sorrow into fuel. Louisville, the region’s No. 1 seed, responded by dismantling the second-seeded Blue Devils, 85-63, in a commanding second-half performance at Lucas Oil Stadium to earn a second consecutive trip to the Final Four.

At halftime, Pitino told his team to win for Ware, who grew up in Atlanta, where the Final Four will be held. At the time of Ware’s injury, the Cardinals led, 21-20, but it was going to take a monumental resurgence of character not to let the scene they had witnessed derail their play.

They emerged from the locker room with eight minutes before the second half began — unusually early. They were ready to run, run, run again.

“We couldn’t lose this game for him,” Pitino said. “We just couldn’t.”

Louisville unleashed a torrent of layups and steals, blocks and dunks, a basketball bludgeoning. The Cardinals (33-5) shot 59.2 percent in the second half to hand Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski his second loss in 13 appearances in the Round of 8.

“We know how hard it is to beat Duke,” Pitino said. “If you let Duke shoot and you let Duke get in transition, you’re going to lose. We took those two things away.”

Pitino does know how hard it is to beat Duke. As the Kentucky coach in 1992, his team lost to the Blue Devils in overtime of the 1992 East Region final on Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beating shot, perhaps the most famous play in college basketball history.

The two coaches remained close friends — they even appeared in socks and underwear together in a popular commercial in 2009 for the video game Guitar Hero — but faced each other only one more time since then: in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, on Nov. 24.

Duke (30-6) won that game, 76-71, handing Louisville its first loss, but the Cardinals were without their center, Dieng, who had a broken left wrist and whose absence left the team without an integral defensive presence inside. Dieng sprinkled in a little offensive game Sunday, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Louisville’s pestering defense had a discernible effect on Duke’s Seth Curry, who struggled finding open shots in the first half, after his 29-point outburst carried the Blue Devils against Michigan State in the Round of 16.

“They just come at you the whole game,” Curry said. “They’re a great backcourt, and it was a tough test today.”

Curry, guarded by Siva and Luke Hancock, stirred to life in the second half, scoring Duke’s first 8 points. But the success was short-lived, and then again, the Cardinals were motivated.

At halftime, the Louisville coaching staff did not know what to expect. The mood was somber. Pitino’s message was short.

“Don’t lose this game for Kevin Ware,” Smith recalled.

Less than four minutes into the second half, Mason Plumlee dunked in a putback to tie the score, 42-42. Then Smith hit a layup, and Siva hit a jumper, and Behanan made a steal. Within minutes, Louisville was on a 17-2 run. The shift was reminiscent of the Cardinals’ second-half dismantling of Syracuse in the title game of the Big East tournament.

The rout was on.

“I thought we had a chance there, and then boom,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s what they do to teams.”

Siva scored 10 of his 16 points after halftime, and Smith finished with a game-high 23 to earn the region’s most outstanding player award. Remarkably, the Cardinals were only 2 of 13 from the 3-point line. They scored 42 of their points in the lane.

Pitino thanked his son, Richard, the Florida International coach, for suggesting to him at practice Saturday a different way to incorporate the pick-and-roll, knowing how good Plumlee and Ryan Kelly are at defending it.

“It worked to perfection,” Pitino said.

After the game, as ladders were assembled underneath the hoops, the Louisville players ran off the court. They told one another before the Big East tournament that they would not cut down nets until after the national championship game.

“We just want the big one,” Behanan said.

At some point before the final buzzer, Ware’s No. 5 jersey made its way back to the Louisville bench. Behanan, Ware’s closest friend on the team, held it aloft and then pulled it on. The crowd chanted Kevin’s name. The tears welled up again.

A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.

The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.

“Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He added, “Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.”

And even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment. A.D.H.D. is described by most experts as resulting from abnormal chemical levels in the brain that impair a person’s impulse control and attention skills.

While some doctors and patient advocates have welcomed rising diagnosis rates as evidence that the disorder is being better recognized and accepted, others said the new rates suggest that millions of children may be taking medication merely to calm behavior or to do better in school. Pills that are shared with or sold to classmates — diversion long tolerated in college settings and gaining traction in high-achieving high schools — are particularly dangerous, doctors say, because of their health risks when abused.

The findings were part of a broader C.D.C. study of children’s health issues, taken from February 2011 to June 2012. The agency interviewed more than 76,000 parents nationwide by both cellphone and landline and is currently compiling its reports. The New York Times obtained the raw data from the agency and compiled the results.

A.D.H.D. has historically been estimated to affect 3 to 7 percent of children. The disorder has no definitive test and is determined only by speaking extensively with patients, parents and teachers, and ruling out other possible causes — a subjective process that is often skipped under time constraints and pressure from parents. It is considered a chronic condition that is often carried into adulthood.

The C.D.C. director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, likened the rising rates of stimulant prescriptions among children to the overuse of pain medications and antibiotics in adults.

“We need to ensure balance,” Dr. Frieden said. “The right medications for A.D.H.D., given to the right people, can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, misuse appears to be growing at an alarming rate.”

Experts cited several factors in the rising rates. Some doctors are hastily viewing any complaints of inattention as full-blown A.D.H.D., they said, while pharmaceutical advertising emphasizes how medication can substantially improve a child’s life. Moreover, they said, some parents are pressuring doctors to help with their children’s troublesome behavior and slipping grades.

“There’s a tremendous push where if the kid’s behavior is thought to be quote-unquote abnormal — if they’re not sitting quietly at their desk — that’s pathological, instead of just childhood,” said Dr. Jerome Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the author of “How Doctors Think.”

Fifteen percent of school-age boys have received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis, the data showed; the rate for girls was 7 percent. Diagnoses among those of high-school age — 14 to 17 — were particularly high, 10 percent for girls and 19 percent for boys. About one in 10 high-school boys currently takes A.D.H.D. medication, the data showed.

Rates by state are less precise but vary widely. Southern states, like Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, showed about 23 percent of school-age boys receiving an A.D.H.D. diagnosis. The rates in Colorado and Nevada were less than 10 percent.

The medications — primarily Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta and Vyvanse — often afford those with severe A.D.H.D. the concentration and impulse control to lead relatively normal lives. Because the pills can vastly improve focus and drive among those with perhaps only traces of the disorder, an A.D.H.D. diagnosis has become a popular shortcut to better grades, some experts said, with many students unaware of or disregarding the medication’s health risks.

Lessons From a Comeback

Modern movement conservatism, which transformed the G.O.P. from the moderate party of Dwight Eisenhower into the radical right-wing organization we see today, was largely born in California. The Golden State, even more than the South, created today’s religious conservatism; it elected Ronald Reagan governor; it’s where the tax revolt of the 1970s began. But that was then. In the decades since, the state has grown ever more liberal, thanks in large part to an ever-growing nonwhite share of the electorate.

As a result, the reign of the Governator aside, California has been solidly Democratic since the late 1990s. And ever since the political balance shifted, conservatives have declared the state doomed. Their specifics keep changing, but the moral is always the same: liberal do-gooders are bringing California to its knees.

A dozen years ago, the state was supposedly doomed by all its environmentalists. You see, the eco-freaks were blocking power plants, and the result was crippling blackouts and soaring power prices. “The country’s showcase state,” gloated The Wall Street Journal, “has come to look like a hapless banana republic.”

But a funny thing happened on the road to collapse: it turned out that the main culprit in the electricity crisis was deregulation, which opened the door for ruthless market manipulation. When the market manipulation went away, so did the blackouts.

Undeterred, a few years later conservatives found another line of attack. This time they said that liberal big spending and overpaid public employees were bringing on collapse.

And the state has indeed spent the past few years facing a severe fiscal crunch. When the national housing bubble burst, California was hit especially hard, and the combined effects of the plunge in home prices and the economic downturn led to sharply reduced revenue. Once more there were gleeful pronouncements of imminent doom: California, declared one pundit after another, is America’s Greece.

Again, however, reports of the state’s demise proved premature. Unemployment in California remains high, but it’s coming down — and there’s a projected budget surplus, in part because the implosion of the state’s Republican Party finally gave Democrats a big enough political advantage to push through some desperately needed tax increases. Far from presiding over a Greek-style crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown is proclaiming a comeback.

Needless to say, the usual suspects are still predicting doom — this time from the very tax hikes that are closing the budget gap, which they say will cause millionaires and businesses to flee the state. Well, maybe — but serious studies have found very little evidence either that tax hikes cause lots of wealthy people to move or that state taxes have any significant impact on growth.

So what do we learn from this history of doom deferred?

I’m not suggesting everything in California is just fine. Unemployment — especially long-term unemployment — remains very high. California’s longer-term economic growth has slowed, too, mainly because the state’s limited supply of buildable land means high housing prices, bringing an era of rapid population growth to an end. (Did you know that metropolitan Los Angeles has a higher population density than metropolitan New York?) Last but not least, decades of political paralysis have degraded the state’s once-superb public education system. So there are plenty of problems.

The point, however, is that these problems bear no resemblance to the death-by-liberalism story line the California-bashers keep peddling. California isn’t a state in which liberals have run wild; it’s a state where a liberal majority has been effectively hamstrung by a fanatical conservative minority that, thanks to supermajority rules, has been able to block effective policy-making.

And that’s where things get really interesting — because the era of hamstrung government seems to be coming to an end. Over the years, California’s Republicans moved right as the state moved left, yet retained political relevance thanks to their blocking power. But at this point the state’s G.O.P. has fallen below critical mass, losing even its power to obstruct — and this has left Mr. Brown free to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending that sounds remarkably like the kind of thing California used to do before the rise of the radical right.

And if this agenda is successful, it will have national implications. After all, California’s political story — in which a radicalized G.O.P. fell increasingly out of touch with an increasingly diverse and socially liberal electorate, and eventually found itself marginalized — is arguably playing out with a lag on the national scene too.

An Innocuous Play, a Gruesome Injury

INDIANAPOLIS — It happens in every game, thousands of times in the course of a season. A player breaks free for an open jumper. An off-the-ball defender jumps at him. Whether the shot falls or not, both players run back downcourt and play on.

Louisville's Russ Smith, from left, Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan and the assistant coach Kevin Keatts after Kevin Ware injured his leg Sunday.

For Louisville’s Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-2 sophomore reserve guard originally from the Bronx, that innocuous play in the N.C.A.A. Midwest Region final ended with a gruesome injury. Ware broke his lower right leg in two places as he landed near the Louisville bench with 6 minutes 33 seconds left in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 victory.

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said that Ware was expected to have surgery Sunday, and that it would take a year to recover. “It was very difficult to look at and watch,” Pitino said. “But he’s a brave young man, because all he kept saying was, ‘Win the game.’ ”

In a first half loaded with physical play, Louisville rattled Duke with a full-court press, making the Blue Devils work for every shot. Ware, who averages 4.6 points, converted a 3-point play in a brief appearance. He returned with 8:09 to play in the half.

The Cardinals led by 21-17 when Duke’s Tyler Thornton broke free for a 3-point jump shot from the right wing. Ware dashed from the edge of the foul circle and jumped at Thornton to try to block the shot. Spinning in the air, Ware landed with all his weight on his right leg. The lower part of his leg buckled unnaturally, and he slid into the Louisville bench. He lay on his back with the lower leg dangling grotesquely, broken at the middle of the shin.

“When he landed, I heard it,” Smith said. “Then I saw what happened come out. And I just fell.”

Pitino said a broken bone punctured the skin. “I went over and was going to help him up, and then all of a sudden I saw what it was,” he said. “And I literally almost threw up. And then I just wanted to get a towel to get it over that.”

Thornton yelled and grimaced. “I was freaked out,” he said. “He lifted his leg in the air and I saw where his leg was broken. It was bent in a weird way it shouldn’t have been.”

As Cardinals trainers surrounded Ware and covered his leg with towels, Louisville’s Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan fell to the court, crying. Behanan, Ware’s close friend, dropped to all fours. Pitino wiped away tears. Blackshear helped Behanan to his feet, and Gorgui Dieng, himself visibly shaken, put an arm around Behanan to console him.

“When he went down, oh my God, it scared me,” Behanan said. “I never cried for nobody like that. Kevin is like a brother to me. We’re always together outside of basketball, just doing things.”

After about nine minutes, medical personnel slid a board underneath Ware. Louisville players were huddling near midcourt when Pitino called them over — Ware wanted to tell them something before he left.

“He was laying down, crying and saying: ‘Win it for me, y’all. I’m good. I’m going to get surgery and be back at it like I never left,’ ” Behanan said.

Moments later, while the crowd chanted his first name, Ware was lifted onto a stretcher and wheeled away. He was taken to Methodist Hospital. When play resumed, Smith pulled the top of his jersey across his face to wipe his eyes one more time.

“It was really hard for me to pull myself together, because I didn’t ever think in a million years I would see something like that, and it happened especially to a guy like Kevin Ware,” Smith said. “I was completely devastated.”

The former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who sustained a grisly leg fracture in a 1985 “Monday Night Football” game against the Giants, wrote on Twitter: “Watching Duke/Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.”

The halftime locker room was solemn, Behanan said. The second half was no contest. Louisville shot 59.3 percent and scored 50 points to win easily.

“I think 9/11 and the loss of a child were probably the two most difficult things in my life,” said Pitino, who lost an infant son to congenital heart failure in 1987 and his brother-in-law, Billy Minardi, in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. “This was very traumatic for us to overcome, because we all witnessed it right up close.”

Graffiti artist sprays 30ft wall with image of two-year-old who died

A graffiti artist has paid tribute to a two-year-old boy who died from a rare form of cancer by spray painting the toddler's face onto a 30ft memorial wall.

Scott Vincent spent two days painting the skate park mural in honour of little Leon Bartholomew, who lost a six month battle against the disease.

It shows the cartoon-mad youngster with Mickey Mouse ears and has been described as a 'shrine' by his grieving father Daniel, 25.

Family and friends have flocked to the wall in his hometown of New Milton, Hampshire, to lay flowers, light candles and add messages.

Leon was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, which caused tumours to form his lungs and brain.

Mr Bartholomew was touched when Mr Vincent travelled from his home in Brighton, East Sussex, to commemorate Leon's life.

He described the finished work as a 'perfect picture' of his son.

The former warehouse worker, who had to quit his job when Leon fell ill, said: 'The whole family was warmed when we saw the wall for the first time.

'We were all devastated when Leon passed away after battling a rare form of cancer for six months.

'But the wall is the a great way to remember our son and people have treated it with respect - it's just like a shrine.'

The wall is on the grounds of the skate park in New Milton where neighbours have been paying their respects.


Mr Bartholomew added: 'The response from the public has been amazing.

'Even people that didn't know Leon or the family have been down to the wall to lay flowers and light candles.



Tribute: Scott Vincent spent two days painting the skate park mural in honour of little Leon Bartholomew, who lost a six month battle against the disease



Talented: Scott Vincent spray painting the wall in honour of Leon Bartholomew



Mr Bartholomew was touched when Mr Vincent travelled from his home in Brighton to commemorate Leon's life





Missed: Leon was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, which caused tumours to form his lungs and brain

'Everyone loves it and the graffiti wall is the talk of the town.

'People have been writing special messages, it's great because it's as if it's Leon's wall.'

The family heard of Mr Vincent from a friend who contacted him about doing something special for Leon.

Mr Bartholomew added: 'We gave the artist a photo of Leon and he has managed to recreate the perfect picture of our son.


Five tumours were found in Leon's brain when he was rushed to hospital after a suffering a seizure

'It only took Scott two days to spray and I couldn't believe how accurate it was, as he just used a photo we gave him.

'He wanted to create something light-hearted and fun and decided to spray it as a cartoon. I think it's perfect.

'Leon loved cartoons. We love the wall and think it's perfect. I can't thank Scott enough.

'People still go down to the skate park every day to pay their respects.'.

A Facebook page was set up so Leon's family could receive messages of support from well-wishers and update people on his progress after he was diagnosed in October 2012.

In February, Leon was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure, where he was stabilised and recovered well.

But a CT scan revealed five tumours in his brain and he passed away on March 22.

His family informed followers of his death by writing: 'Leon Bartholomew fell asleep and grew his angel wings this morning surrounded by love and kindness.

'No matter what was thrown at him, no matter what he had to go through, he always came back fighting, with a giggle and a cheeky grin.

'Not many people could go through the things he did and not complain a single time.

'He had so much fight in him, and so much strength, he truly was an inspiration to us all.

'We love him with our entire hearts, minds and souls.'

Leon's mother, Rowena Hyett, 25, set up a Just Giving website that has already raised more than £1,000 for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

To donate to CLIC Sargent, visit www.justgiving.com/leonbartholomew



In memory: Family and friends have visited the mural to remember little Leon who lost his life to a rare form of cancer





The tribute shows the cartoon-mad youngster with Mickey Mouse ears and has been described as a 'shrine' by his grieving father Daniel



Loss: Leon's mother and father have left a floral tribute at the mural for their son who died

Most Americans wished they'd studied and networked more in college

Americans wish they had studied more in college, view admissions tests as a necessary evil and would tell their children to finish their degrees rather than follow in the path of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who dropped out, a poll released on Monday showed.


Nearly half of the adults questioned in the survey said they wished had made more of an effort in college, while another 40 percent said they should have done more networking, which is more typically associated with the professional world.


But only four percent wished they had had more sex and a mere one percent said they should have taken more drugs, according to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.



Celebration: Students cheer during graduation day at Yale, but 40 percent of Americans said they should have done more networking at college

When it came to the standardized aptitude tests (SAT) taken by teenagers applying to colleges, 39 percent described it as a necessary evil.


Smaller numbers said they were either a waste of time or a failed ideal.

When offered a choice of a college movie they wished their school years had resembled, one quarter of the people questioned chose the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck Oscar winning film Good Will Hunting, while The Social Network about Zuckerberg had 21 percent.


Eleven percent chose the fraternity house comedy Animal House or the comedy Legally Blonde.



Fantasy: One quarter of the people questioned chose Good Will Hunting, starring Minnie Driver and Matt Damon (pictured), as the film they wished their school years had resembled

Many parents said they did not want their children to emulate college dropouts like Zuckerberg.


Forty-five percent said that, if their child was offered a dream job while in college their advice would be to stay in school, while 27 percent would withhold an opinion and 23 percent would tell them to take the job.


And while the Greek social and housing system of fraternities and sororities is popular on some campuses, 86 percent said they would not care if they found out a friend had been a member.


Three percent said they would think less of the person, while two percent would think more highly.


The telephone poll of 861 adults was conducted March 1-3 and had a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.



Staying power: Many parents said they did not want their children to emulate college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and would encourage their children to finis their degrees

'I'll be back next season': Louisville player Kevin Ware in high spirits

It's one of the most devastating injuries in the history of sports, but it's not keeping Kevin Ware down.

The 20-year-old Louisville basketball star was back on his feet today, just hours after the horrific leg fracture that had his right tibia breaking through the skin in a stomach-churning moment.

'I'll be back next season,' Ware tweeted to his fans from his bed at Methodist Hospital in Indiana on Monday.


Earlier, he was pictured sporting a leg cast, a pair of crutches and a Final Four hat.

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Up and running: Kevin Ware was pictured in crutches and a Final Four hat hours after suffering the grisly injury



On the mend: Ware poses with Coach Rick Pitino, left, son Richard Pitino, right, and the NCAA regional championship trophy as they visited him in his hospital room on Monday morning

Doctors say that the surgery to repair the break was successful, and while his road to recovery is a daunting one, he should be able to play again.

The Cardinals plan to leave for the Final Four in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino said they expect to have Ware traveling with them.

Ware is originally from New York City, but he moved to the Atlanta area before high school.


Showing some leg: Ware posted a photo on Twitter of his surgically-repaired leg on Monday

'He gets to go home, be with his family and be with us on the bench,' Pitino said. 'He's in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys.

Through his Twitter account, Ware thanked his fans for their support and NCAA president Mark Emmert for visiting him in the hospital.

He also posted a photo of his surgically-repaired leg as he laid in his hospital bed.

Ware's girlfriend stayed with him overnight, and his mother and her husband arrived Monday.

'She just needed to see him this morning,' Pitino said. 'She was crying all night. Once she gave him a hug this morning, she was fine. Everything is good right now.'


Ware's injury, which dominated social media on Sunday night, got the attention of everyone from famous athletes to celebrities.

Television analyst Greg Anthony and even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called him Monday to see how Ware was doing.


Senior athletic director Kevin Klein tweeted that Ware will be hospitalized until tomorrow, when he's expected to re-join his team as they travel to Atlanta for the semifinal game.

After the injury, which took place in front of millions of horrified TV viewers, Ware valiantly told teammates: 'Don't worry about me, win this thing' after he landed badly from a jump to block a three-point shot during the Louisville-Duke game on Sunday night.


Pitino and the Louisville team were in tears and some even vomited as Ware screamed in pain and writhed in agony on the court.

Doctor says Ware's injuries could threaten long-term career



Pictures posted to Twitter show Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware recovering in hospital after suffering a severe broken leg in the game against Duke





Kevin Ware was pictured holding the Midwest region title trophy after his surgery on his broken right leg



Horrific: Kevin Ware, 20, screams with pain as trainers cover his leg following a crippling injury Sunday night during the Louiseville-Duke game



Hurt: Ware, 20, is comforted by teammate Luke Hancock after the horrific injury. He was quickly loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital



Inspiration: Despite unimaginable pain, Ware reportedly told teammates not to worry about him and to focus on winning the game

Trainers immediately covered the leg with a towel and placed Ware on a backboard, then lifted him onto a stretcher.

For television viewers, it was a terrifying sight that prompted many to express their sentiments on social media sites.


CBS even stopped showing the replay, which was not seen inside Lucas Oil Stadium.


But for Louisville players and coaches, it was far worse.


WILL WARE PLAY AGAIN? DOCTORS WEIGH IN ON INJURY AND SURGERY


Kevin Ware's break of the right tibia will go down in history as one of the most grisly sports injuries, but doctors agree that he will most likely be able to continue playing.

Ware underwent successful surgery last night at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

In a two hour-procedure, doctors reset the broken bone and sewed up the wound from which the tibia had protruded.

Fred Hina, Louisville's director of sports medicine, told USA Today that Ware's road to recovery will be a long one, but he should be able to play the game again.

Dr Reed Estes, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said basketball players are prone to stress fractures in the tibia, the larger of the two leg bones, and that can weaken them.

'If these are not detected they can result in a full fracture, particularly if the landing mechanics are just right' after a jump, he said.

Ware should be fine to play next season, he said.

Dr Frederick Azar, head of the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said Ware 'jumped pretty far horizontally and vertically, and he landed with a twist,' which puts so much torsion and stress on the bones they could have just snapped.

He agreed with Estes' assessment that a stress fracture could have made Ware more prone to the injury.

Guard Russ Smith said he didn't see the play but heard the bone snap. And forward Chane Behanan, Ware's closest friend, said the sight was almost unimaginable.

Pitino, one of college basketball's top winners, thought he had seen just about everything in the sport until Ware's injury.


Ware's teammates responded to the shock of his loss by returning to the court with a vengeance.


The second half of the game saw Louisville dominate Duke - clobbering the Blue Devils 85-63.


School officials said doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod into the tibia during the two-hour procedure on Sunday night.


A few hours later, his coach showed up at the hospital with a gift: The regional championship trophy.

'He was groggy, in good spirits,' said Rick Pitino.


He added: 'He saw us win the trophy and was crying and said it was all worthwhile. We didn't cut down the net, but I left him the trophy.'

Pitino said he and his son Richard, who recruited Ware, spent the night in Indiana, along with the team's doctors.

Louisville will play Wichita State in the Final Four next weekend.


The winner of that game plays for the NCAA men's basketball championship.


His teammates held up a jersey with Ware's name as they celebrated their resounding victory.

After the game, Pitino said: 'The bone’s 6 inches out of his leg and all he's yelling is, "Win the game, win the game"

'I've not seen that in my life. … Pretty special young man.

He told NBC: 'We won this for him. We were all choked up with emotion for him. We’ll get him back to normal. We’ve got great doctors, great trainers. We talked about it every timeout, "Get Kevin home."'

A haunting silence fell over Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Elite Eight game was being played, as fans waited for news of Ware's condition.

The injury occurred with 6:33 left in the first half as Duke's Tyler Thornton made a 3-pointer to get the Blue Devils within 21-20.


Ware tried to block the shot but landed on his feet awkwardly and his leg buckled.

The injury happened in front of the Louisville bench, and the Cardinals were overcome with emotion.

Six inches of Ware's leg bone was left protruding after the injury and players including Russ Smith collapsed to the floor and were clearly crying as doctors attended to Ware.

WARNING:GRAPHIC CONTENT Louisville player's horror injury




Sickened: Ware's teammates sobbed on the court after seeing their friend so badly injured during the game


Backing: After tweeting his support, legendary NFL quarterback texted Kevin Ware to offer 'anything he needed'



In his shoes: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who's recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the NFL playoffs in January, tweeted: 'Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & family'

As Ware was being loaded onto a stretcher, the Cardinals gathered at midcourt until Pitino called them over, saying that Ware wanted to talk to them before he left.


SNEAKERS, PARTY AND LADY-LOVING KEVIN WARE

Kevin Ware is 20-years-old and has three sisters (with two of them, above)

He enjoys 'spending time with ladies, collecting sneakers and attending parties' in his spare time.
He feels Omar Epps or Andre 3000 would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
His favorite foods are Pizza, fried chicken and Chinese food
For a midnight snack he likes Cheetos puffs and sunflower seeds
He loves to write and is 'very quiet'
His mom has had the greatest influence on his athletic career
His girlfriend accompanied him in the ambulance to the hospital last night
First thing he said to his mom on the phone from hospital was to tell her to 'calm down'
Averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a senior in helping Rockdale County post a 26-6 record and finish as the Georgia 4-A state runner-up.



An outpouring of support has emerged for the injured Louisville guard, including from fellow athletes and celebrities.

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who famously sustained a broken leg during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants, tweeted, 'Watching Duke/ Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.'

Pitino wiped away his eyes as Ware was wheeled out, as did several of the Louisville players.

If anyone knows what Ware is going through, it's Theismann, whose career was finished when he was brought down by Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and his knee drove into his lower leg bones.

Theismann told NFL AM that he had texted Ware to offer 'anything he needed.'

He said: 'The emotional part of it is where I can maybe help walk him through it because I can tell him everything that he's going to feel, I can tell him everything that he's going to go through emotionally.'

Current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who's recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the NFL playoffs in January, tweeted: 'Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & family.'

He also got personal shout-outs from NBA stars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.


Today show anchor Matt Lauer posted: 'Sounds like Kevin Ware's surgery went well. My thoughts are with him this morning. So hard to see something like that!'

'Worst thing I've ever seen on a basketball court,' tweeted Yahoo basketball analyst Pat Forde.


Ware, a native of the Bronx, New York, is a sophomore who has become a force on the number-one-ranked Cardinals team during the NCAA Tournament.


Emotional: Despite being devastated by Ware's injury, the Cardinals took charge of the game during the second half, leading Duke by more than ten points



Even Rick Pitino, the hardened coach of the Louisville Cardinals, fought back tears as his player was carted away from the court



The Cardinals consoled each other as they struggled to come to terms with the graphic injury that witnessed in front of their bench