Stolen truck carrying radioactive material found in Mexico
AP: Authorities say a missing shipment of radioactive material was found near where the stolen truck transporting the cobalt-60 was abandoned in central Mexico.
The highly radioactive material had been removed from its container, officials said, and one predicted that anyone involved in opening the box could be in grave danger of dying within days.
The cobalt-60 was left in a rural area about a kilometer (a half a mile) from Hueypoxtla, an agricultural town of about 4,000 people, but it posed no threat or a need for an evacuation, said Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.
The truck was stolen from a gas station in Hidalgo, which is about 24 miles from where the material was found.
Photo: This image released Wednesday by the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards of Mexico’s Energy Secretary (CNSNS) shows a piece of machinery that is part of the cargo of a stolen truck hauling medical equipment with extremely dangerous radioactive material, in Tepojaco, Hidalgo state, north of Mexico City. (CNSNS / AP Photo)
NBC News: A truck carrying what is being described as ‘extremely dangerous’ radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico while on its way to a waste center.
The vehicle was transporting cobalt-60, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say.
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Books of 2013 - #39: Paper Towns by John Green
I don’t read much in the YA arena, but I do enjoy the Brothers Green, and so I’ve read my second novel by Brother John. My first was The Fault in Our Stars just after its release.
In some ways I like this novel better than TFIOS, though that might be a sacrilege to say among fans of that book (but I promise, only in some ways). But both books do something that I think is really important, it puts dramatic events and feeling into perspective.
I think this is especially important in Paper Towns since that book is mostly about teen aged drama and the ways in which we perceive other people. The charge of the book is to think of other people as people and not as characters. TFIOS does this, too, but it’s also more complicated because of the devastating nature of cancer which put in perspective cannot be other than tragic.
The paragraph below gets dangerously close to spoilers - fair warning.
To me, though, the most interesting part of the book is the very end in which the protagonist finally reacquaints with his counterpart. Even though to this point they have been pretty separate as characters go, the main character’s counterpart (the object of his desire and concern) sort of transforms into an interlocutor for his thoughts. It is certainly written in such a way that you can just read it as straight, literal dialog, but I find that reading a little unrealistic.
But if you read it as purposefully unrealistic then the protagonists friend is an alter ego. She is sort of a manifestation of his self doubt which is a killer direction to go at the end. Then again, I love books with a slight surrealist twist (I’m looking at you Hermann Hesse)!
I also really liked the supporting characters. They very much reminded me of kids I knew in high school. If I went to the school in Paper Towns, those would probably have been my friends. Even the way senior year social circles collide and melt in a way that is complicated and ambivalent, but also okay, reminded me of that time in my life (but with less beer, I never went to parties with beer).
The only thing I didn’t really like was the very end, as in the very last page. I didn’t really feel like I got any sort of closure from it, but I don’t feel like I was left on a thought provoking note or on a thriller. It just sort of ended in a way that I found unsatisfying, but that may be me projecting a somewhat similar experience I had at exactly that point in my life that went differently (which I was pleased with). I don’t know. I’ll keep thinking on it.
Over all, I recommend it. It’s a very quick read. I tend not to read very vast, but with most of a day free I read almost all of it at once. If anyone reading this has read it, feel free to let me know what you thought of it in my ask box.