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Bulan suci Ramadhan adalah bulan yang penuh berkah, rahmat, dan ampunan. Dalam bulan suci Ramadhan, setiap amal kebaikan diberikan ganjaran berkali lipat. Sebagaimana disebutkan dalam sebuah hadits berikut ini.

Rasulullah Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam bersabda,

"Setiap amalan anak Adam akan dilipatgandakan pahalanya, satu kebaikan akan berlipat menjadi 10 kebaikan sampai 700 kali lipat. Allah 'Azza wa Jalla  berfirman, ‘Kecuali puasa, sungguh dia bagianku dan Aku sendiri yang akan membalasnya, karena (orang yang berpuasa) dia telah meninggalkan syahwatnyadan makannya karena Aku’. Bagi orang yang berpuasa mendapat dua kegembiraan; gembira ketika berbuka puasa dan gembira ketika berjumpa Tuhannya dengan puasanya. Dan sesungguhnya bau tidak sedap mulutnya lebih wangi di sisi Allah dari pada bau minyak kesturi.” (HR. Bukhari dan Muslim, lafadz milik Muslim)

Setiap amal baik akan diganjar berkali lipat, tak terkecuali melakukan ibadah umrah di Bulan Ramadhan. Melasanakan ibadah umrah di bulan ramadhan memiliki nilai yang luar biasa, yaitu pahalanya sama seperti menunaikan haji bersama Rasulullah Saw.

"Umrah pada bulan Ramadhan menyerupai haji." (HR. Al-Bukhari dan Muslim) dalam riwayat lain, "seperti haji bersamaku." Sebuah kabar gembira untuk mendapatkan pahala haji bersama Nabi Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam.

 

Oleh sebab itu, tak heran jika umrah ramadhan menjadi favorit kaum muslimin untuk berburu pahala. Sesuai kemampuan yang dimiliki, mereka bisa memilih beragam paket umrah ramadhan yang disediakan tour dan travel. Ada paket umrah ramadhan di awal bulan, tengah bulan,  atau akhir bulan. Bahkan, ada paket umrah ramadhan sebulan penuh.

Tidak menjadi masalah jika memilih satu dari sekian paket yang ditawarkan tersebut. Awal bulan, tengah bulan, atau akhir bulan. Sebab Ibnu Abbas mengatakan bahwa Rasulullah Saw bersabda, “Barangsiapa mendapati bulan Ramadhan di Makkah, lalu berpuasa secara utuh dan melakukan shalat malam pada beberapa malamnya, maka Alah akan mencatat untuknya seratus ribu bulan Ramadhan selain di Makkah. Dia juga akan mencatat satu kebajikan tiap siang hari, dan satu kebajikan tiap malam hari.”

“Allah akan memberi pahala sama dengan pahala memerdekakan seorang budak tiap siang hari, dan seorang budak lagi tiap malam hari, juga dua barang bawaan kuda di jalan Allah tiap siang hari dan dua barang bawaan kuda di jalan Allah tiap malam hari.”

Al-Khuza’iy mengatakan bahwa Ishak dan Ibnu Abi Umar menceritakan kepada kami, “Abdurrahim bin Zaid telah bercerita kepada kami dengan isnad seperti itu.” (Al-Azraqy: 11/23 dan Ibnu Majah: 1041).

Nah, bayangkan jika selama satu bulan penuh pada bulan suci Ramadhan kita berada di tanah suci. Segala amal baik kita mendapatkan ganjaran seolah beramal di Bulan Ramadhan selama seratus ribu bulan dibandingkan beramal pada Bulan Ramadhan di luar tanah suci. Padahal, amal kebaikan di Bulan Ramdhan akan diganjar berkali lipat dibandingkan amal kebaikan di bulan biasa. Subhanallah...

 Oleh sebab itu, selama menjalankan ibadah umrah Ramadhan di tanah suci, jangan lupa untuk melakukan amal-amal berikut ini.

Shalat wajib berjamaah

Atha’ menceritakan dari Abdullah bin Zubair RA, bahwa Rasulullah SAW bersabda, “Satu kali shalat di masjidku ini lebih utama daripada seratus ribu kali shalat di tempat lain, selain Masjidil Haram. Dan satu kali shalat di Masjidil Haram lebih utama daripada seratus kali shalat di masjidku.” (Al-Fakihy: 11/90).

Itulah pahala shalat yang dilakukan secara individu di Masjidil haram dan Masjid Nabawi. Nah, bagaimana jika melakukan shalat berjamaah di Masjidil Haram?

Ibnu Abbas RA berkata, “Barangsiapa mengerjakan shalat di Masjidil Haram, di sekitar Baitullah yang dihormati, dengan berjamaah, maka Allah akan mencatat untuknya sebanyak dua puluh lima kali seratus ribu kali shalat.”

Lalu seorang tabi’in bertanya kepadanya, “Apakah ini pendapatmu, wahai Ibnu Abbas, ataukah dari Rasulullah SAW?” Dia menjawab, “Oh, bukan pendapatku, melainkan dari Rasulullah SAW.” (Al-Fakihy: 11/92).

Said bin Jubair menceritakan dari Ibnu Abbas RA, sesungguhnya Nabi SAW pernah membaca firman Allah, “Sesungguhnya (apa yang disebutkan) dalam, (surah) ini, benar-benar menjadi peringatan bagi kaum yang menyembah Allah.” (QS. Al-Anbiya’: 106). Lalu beliau bersabda, “Itu adalah shalat lima waktu berjamaah di masjid ini.” (Al-Fakihy: 11/96).

Shalat malam/Tarawih berjamaah

Nabi Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam bersabda, "Barangsiapa yang menunaikan shalat malam di bulan Ramadan dengan keimanan dan mengharap pahala, diampuni dosa-dosanya yang telah lalu." (HR. Bukhari dan Muslim)

Nabi Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam pernah bersabda, "Siapa yang shalat bersama imamnya sehingga selesai, maka dicatat baginya shalat sepanjang malam." (HR. Ahlus Sunan)

Bersedekah                         

Seperti kita ketahui, Rasulullah Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam adalah manusia paling dermawan. Beliau menjadi lebih demawan lagi ketika di bulan Ramadhan. Sampai-sampai digambarkan beliau menjadi lebih pemurah dengan kebaikan daripada angin yang berhembus dengan lembut. Beliau bersabda, "Shadaqah yang paling utama adalah shadaqah pada bulan Ramadhan." (HR. al-Tirmidzi dari Anas)

Rasulullah Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam bersabda, "Siapa yang memberi berbuka orang puasa, baginya pahala seperti pahala orang berpuasa tadi tanpa dikurangi dari pahalanya sedikitpun." (HR. Ahmad, Nasai, dan dishahihkan al-Albani)

Selain ketiga amal tersebut, terdapat amal kebaikan lain yang bisa dijadikan sebagai alat menangguk pahala Ramadhan yang melimpah ruah saat melakukan umrah ramadhan di tanah suci. Mitra haji dan umrah bisa mengikuti di artikel berikutnya. (RA)

AMAL IBADAH LIMPAH RUAH SAAT UMROH RAMADHAN
Bismillahirrohamanirrohim
 
Menuntut ilmu adalah suatu kewajiban bagi setiap muslim dan di bawah ini ada beberapa hadits yang berhubungan dengan menuntut ilmu. Semoga bermanfaat.
 
Hadits riwayat Ibnu Abdil Bar
 
قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: اُطْلُبُوْاالْ ;عِلْمَ وَلَوْ بِالصِّيْنَ فَاِنَّ طَلَبَ الْعِلْمِ فَرِيْضَةٌ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ اِنَّ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ ; تَضَعُ اَجْنِحَتَهَا لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ رِضًابِمَا يَطْلُبُ
Artinya: “Tuntutlah ilmu walaupun di negeri Cina, karena sesungguhnya menuntut ilmu itu wajib bagi setiap muslim. Sesungguhnya para malaikat meletakkan sayap-sayap mereka kepada para penuntut ilmu karena senang (rela) dengan yang ia tuntut. (H.R. Ibnu Abdil Bar).
 
Penjelasan Hadits:
 
Hadits yang diriwayatkan oleh Ibnu Abdil Bar di atas menunjukkan bahwa menuntut ilmu itu wajib dan para malaikat turut bergembira.
 
Agama Islam sangat memperhatikan pendidikan untuk mencari ilmu pengetahuan karena dengan ilmu pengetahuan manusia bisa berkarya dan berprestasi serta dengan ilmu, ibadah seseorang menjadi sempurna. Begitu pentingnya ilmu, Rasulullah saw. mewajibkan umatnya agar menuntut ilmu, baik laki-laki maupun perempuan.

 

Hadits Tentang Menuntut Ilmu Pengetahuan

 

Umat Islam wajib menuntut ilmu yang selalu dibutuhkan setiap saat. Ia wajib shalat, berarti wajib pula mengetahui ilmu mengenai shalat. Diwajibkan puasa, zakat, haji dan sebagainya, berarti wajib pula mengetahui ilmu yang berkaitan dengan puasa, zakat, haji, dan sebagainya sehingga apa yang dilakukannya mempunyai dasar. Dengan ilmu berarti manusia mengetahui mana yang harus dilakukan mana yang tidak boleh, seperti perdagangan, batas-batas mana yang boleh diperbuat dan mana yang dilarang.
 
Menuntut ilmu tidak hanya terbatas pada hal-hal ke akhiratan saja tetapi juga tentang keduniaan. Jelaslah kunci utama keberhasilan dan kebahagiaan, baik di dunia maupun di akhirat adalah ilmu. Rasulullah saw. pernah bersabda:
 
مَنْ اَرَادَالدُّنْ ;يَا فَعَلَيْهِ بِالْعِلْمِ وَمَنْ اَرَادَالاَخِر ;َةَ فَعَلَيْهِ بِالْعِلْمِ وَمَنْ اَرَادَهُمَا فَعَلَيْهِ بِالَعِلْمِ
Artinya: “Barangsiapa menghendaki kehidupan dunia maka dengan ilmu, dan barangsiapa yang menghendaki kehidupan akhirat maka dengan ilmu, dan barangsiapa yang menghendaki keduanya (kehidupan dunia dan akhirat) maka dengan ilmu.”
 
Untuk kehidupan dunia kita memerlukan ilmu yang dapat menopang kehidupan dunia, untuk persiapan di akhirat. Kita juga memerlukan ilmu yang sekiranya dapat membekali kehidupan akhirat. Dengan demikian, kebahagiaan di dunia dan di akhirat sebagai tujuan hidup insya Allah akan tercapai.
 
Untuk memperoleh pengetahuan, perlu ada usaha. Oleh karena itu, Rasulullah saw. pernah meminta umat Islam agar menuntut ilmu walaupun ke negeri Cina. Dianjurkannya memilih negeri Cina pada saat itu, karena kemungkinan peradaban Cina sudah maju.
 
Di lain hadits Rasulullah juga menegaskan bahwa menuntut ilmu itu tidak mengenal batas usia:
 
اُطْلُبُوْاا& #1604;ْعِلْمَ مِنَ الْمَهْدِ اِلَى اللَّحْدِ
Artinya: “Tuntutlah ilmu mulai dari buaian sampai liang lahat.”
 
Selanjutnya dijelaskan oleh Rasulullah bahwa para malaikat membentangkan sayap-sayapnya kepada orang-orang yang menuntut ilmu karena senangnya. Begitu pentingnya ilmu pengetahuan bagi seseorang sehingga malaikat bangga dengannya.
 
Di samping itu, para penuntut ilmu dijanjikan oleh Rasulullah saw. akan diberikan kemudahan jalan ke surga. Perhatikan hadits di bawah ini:
 
مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيْقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيْهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللهُ بِهِ طَرِيْقًا اِلَى الْجَنَّةِ ـ رواه مسلم
Artinya: “Barang siapa menempuh suatu jalan untuk menuntut ilmu maka Allah akan memudahkan baginya jalan menuju surga.” (HR. Muslim).
 
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HADITS TENTANG MENUNTUT ILMU

PALU, KOMPAS.com — Bom bunuh diri yang diledakkan di depan Mapolres Poso, Sulawesi Tengah, Senin (3/6/2013) pagi, sekitar pukul 08.00 Wita, terjadi setelah apel yang digelar di Mapolres. Bom meledak di depan mushala.

Korban adalah pengendara motor yang diduga membawa bom dan melakukan aksi bom bunuh diri. Menurut keterangan saksi, motor bergerak pelan menuju mushala sebelum ledakan terjadi. Polisi masih menyelidiki kejadian ini termasuk mengusut pelaku dan motif kejadian. Saat ini polisi tengah menggelar olah tempat kejadian perkara.

 
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Bom Meledak Usai Apel Pagi di Mapolres Poso

saco-indonesia.com, Meskipun masih berstatus awas, sebagian warga yang berdampak letusan Gunung Kelud sudah kembali pulang meninggalkan posko pengungsian. Para warga telah meyakini, kondisi Gunung Kelud kini sudah aman dan tidak akan meletus kembali.

Saharjo yang berusia (47) tahun , salah satu warga Laharpang, Kecamatan Puncu, Kabupaten Kediri, ini juga mengaku tidak betah berlama-lama di pengungsian. Ia pun telah memutuskan untuk membawa istri dan tiga anaknya kembali ke rumah.

"Sudah aman mas, biasanya kalau Gunung Kelud itu meletus hanya sekali. Sesudahnya tidak akan ada letusan lagi," katanya, Selasa (18/2) .

Saharjo juga mengaku, jarak rumahnya dan Gunung Kelud sekitar 6 kilometer. Tentu saja hal itu telah masih mendapat larangan. Sebab radius amannya adalah 10 kilometer. "Yang lain sudah pada pulang soalnya. Habisnya kan harus beres-beres rumah," ucapnya.

Selain Sahrjo, Puji yang berusia (24) tahun juga mengaku sudah balik ke rumah sejak Minggu (16/2) malam lalu. Puji juga menjelaskan, ia diminta orangtuanya untuk membersihkan pasir yang telah menimbun pekarangan dan genteng rumah.

"Minggu udah pulang, disuruh sama orangtua buat beres-beres rumah. Sekarang keluarga sudah pulang semua. Habis kalau di pengungsian bosan," ucapnya.

hampir seluruh warga RT 4/2 Laharpang, Kecamatan Puncu, Kabupaten Kediri, telah terlihat sibuk melakukan perbaikan rumah-rumah yang hancur diterjang erupsi Gunung Kelud.

Namun demikian, warga Laharpang ini, masih membutuhkan bantuan berupa pakaian dan selimut lantaran barang-barang di dalam rumah tidak sempat diselamatkan pada saat gunung dengan tinggi 1.731 mdpl itu meletus.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

PENGUNGSI GUNUNG KELUD MULAI PULANG KE RUMAH

Mobil merupakan kendaraan yang sangat dibutuhkan, karena apabila menggunakan mobil anda dapat mendapatkan berbagai manfaat. Misalnya keamanan apabila anda ingin pergi keluar kota, kenyamanan karena apabila anda lelah anda dapat beristirahat di mobil, terlindung dari terik matahari dan juga terlindung dari hujan dan masih banyak lagi fungsi yang sangat penting . Begitu pentingnya mobil bagi kehidupan, apabila anda ingin menghadiahkan sebuah mobil kepada anak atau isteri anda itu adalah hadiah terbaik unutuk anak atau isteri anda, namun anda bingung mencari jasa kirim mobil yang aman dan dapat datang tepat waktu sesuai keinginan anda. oleh karena itu apabila anda membeli mobil dan anda membutuhkan jasa kirim mobil murah anda dapat melihatnya disini. Kami telah menyediakan jasa kirim mobil, sehingga anda tidak perlu khawatir memikirkan tarif untuk mengirim mobil anda. Kami telah menjamin keamanan mobil anda apabila anda ingin menggunakan jasa kami.

kirim mobil murah

Pada saat ini memang telah banyak disediakan  jasa kirim mobil murah namun, banyak terdapat jasa jasa kirim mobil yang bermasalah dengan keamanan mobil anda. oleh karena itu anda juga harus sangat berhati hati dalam memilih jasa pengiriman barang, karena apabila anda salah memilih bisa bisa mobil anda tidak sampai di rumah anda. kami merupakan perusahaan jasa kirim mobil murah yang sangat mengutamakan keamanan, dan ketepatan. Jadi anda tidak perlu takut dan tidak perlu menunggu lama untuk menerima kirim mobil anda, karena kami akan mengusahakan mobil anda akan datang tepat waktu sesuai dengan perjanjian. Itu karena kami juga sangat mengutamakan para pengguna jasa kami.

Bingung mencari jasa kirim mobil yang dapat dipercaya ? anda dapat melihatnya disini, tentu saja kami merupakan jasa kirim mobil murah yang dapat dipercaya. Anda tidak perlu takut mobil anda lecet, bahkan hilang. Kami menjaga mobil anda dengan baik. Oleh karena itu anda dapat menggunakan jasa kami dan anda dapat melihatnya disini. Kami akan melakukan yang terbaik untuk anda.

 

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The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

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From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China

WASHINGTON — During a training course on defending against knife attacks, a young Salt Lake City police officer asked a question: “How close can somebody get to me before I’m justified in using deadly force?”

Dennis Tueller, the instructor in that class more than three decades ago, decided to find out. In the fall of 1982, he performed a rudimentary series of tests and concluded that an armed attacker who bolted toward an officer could clear 21 feet in the time it took most officers to draw, aim and fire their weapon.

The next spring, Mr. Tueller published his findings in SWAT magazine and transformed police training in the United States. The “21-foot rule” became dogma. It has been taught in police academies around the country, accepted by courts and cited by officers to justify countless shootings, including recent episodes involving a homeless woodcarver in Seattle and a schizophrenic woman in San Francisco.

Now, amid the largest national debate over policing since the 1991 beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, a small but vocal set of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of the 21-foot rule and other axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it. Several big-city police departments are already re-examining when officers should chase people or draw their guns and when they should back away, wait or try to defuse the situation

Police Rethink Long Tradition on Using Force
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United’s first-class and business fliers get Rhapsody, its high-minded in-flight magazine, seen here at its office in Brooklyn. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.

 

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Sean Manning, executive editor of Rhapsody, which publishes works by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom and Anthony Doerr, who won a Pulitzer Prize. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

An airline might seem like an odd literary patron. But as publishers and writers look for new ways to reach readers in a shaky retail climate, many have formed corporate alliances with transit companies, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Amtrak, that provide a captive audience.

Mark Krolick, United Airlines’ managing director of marketing and product development, said the quality of the writing in Rhapsody brings a patina of sophistication to its first-class service, along with other opulent touches like mood lighting, soft music and a branded scent.

“The high-end leisure or business-class traveler has higher expectations, even in the entertainment we provide,” he said.

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Some of Rhapsody’s contributing writers say they were lured by the promise of free airfare and luxury accommodations provided by United, as well as exposure to an elite audience of some two million first-class and business-class travelers.

“It’s not your normal Park Slope Community Bookstore types who read Rhapsody,” Mr. Moody, author of the 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” who wrote an introspective, philosophical piece about traveling to the Aran Islands of Ireland for Rhapsody, said in an email. “I’m not sure I myself am in that Rhapsody demographic, but I would like them to buy my books one day.”

In addition to offering travel perks, the magazine pays well and gives writers freedom, within reason, to choose their subject matter and write with style. Certain genres of flight stories are off limits, naturally: no plane crashes or woeful tales of lost luggage or rude flight attendants, and nothing too risqué.

“We’re not going to have someone write about joining the mile-high club,” said Jordan Heller, the editor in chief of Rhapsody. “Despite those restrictions, we’ve managed to come up with a lot of high-minded literary content.”

Guiding writers toward the right idea occasionally requires some gentle prodding. When Rhapsody’s executive editor asked Ms. Russell to contribute an essay about a memorable flight experience, she first pitched a story about the time she was chaperoning a group of teenagers on a trip to Europe, and their delayed plane sat at the airport in New York for several hours while other passengers got progressively drunker.

“He pointed out that disaster flights are not what people want to read about when they’re in transit, and very diplomatically suggested that maybe people want to read something that casts air travel in a more positive light,” said Ms. Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

She turned in a nostalgia-tinged essay about her first flight on a trip to Disney World when she was 6. “The Magic Kingdom was an anticlimax,” she wrote. “What ride could compare to that first flight?”

Ms. Oates also wrote about her first flight, in a tiny yellow propeller plane piloted by her father. The novelist Joyce Maynard told of the constant disappointment of never seeing her books in airport bookstores and the thrill of finally spotting a fellow plane passenger reading her novel “Labor Day.” Emily St. John Mandel, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year, wrote about agonizing over which books to bring on a long flight.

“There’s nobody that’s looked down their noses at us as an in-flight magazine,” said Sean Manning, the magazine’s executive editor. “As big as these people are in the literary world, there’s still this untapped audience for them of luxury travelers.”

United is one of a handful of companies showcasing work by literary writers as a way to elevate their brands and engage customers. Chipotle has printed original work from writers like Toni Morrison, Jeffrey Eugenides and Barbara Kingsolver on its disposable cups and paper bags. The eyeglass company Warby Parker hosts parties for authors and sells books from 14 independent publishers in its stores.

JetBlue offers around 40 e-books from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House on its free wireless network, allowing passengers to read free samples and buy and download books. JetBlue will start offering 11 digital titles from Simon & Schuster soon. Amtrak recently forged an alliance with Penguin Random House to provide free digital samples from 28 popular titles, which passengers can buy and download over Amtrak’s admittedly spotty wireless service.

Amtrak is becoming an incubator for literary talent in its own right. Last year, it started a residency program, offering writers a free long-distance train trip and complimentary food. More than 16,000 writers applied and 24 made the cut.

Like Amtrak, Rhapsody has found that writers are eager to get onboard. On a rainy spring afternoon, Rhapsody’s editorial staff sat around a conference table discussing the June issue, which will feature an essay by the novelist Hannah Pittard and an unpublished short story by the late Elmore Leonard.

“Do you have that photo of Elmore Leonard? Can I see it?” Mr. Heller, the editor in chief, asked Rhapsody’s design director, Christos Hannides. Mr. Hannides slid it across the table and noted that they also had a photograph of cowboy spurs. “It’s very simple; it won’t take away from the literature,” he said.

Rhapsody’s office, an open space with exposed pipes and a vaulted brick ceiling, sits in Dumbo at the epicenter of literary Brooklyn, in the same converted tea warehouse as the literary journal N+1 and the digital publisher Atavist. Two of the magazine’s seven staff members hold graduate degrees in creative writing. Mr. Manning, the executive editor, has published a memoir and edited five literary anthologies.

Mr. Manning said Rhapsody was conceived from the start as a place for literary novelists to write with voice and style, and nobody had been put off that their work would live in plane cabins and airport lounges.

Still, some contributors say they wish the magazine were more widely circulated.

“I would love it if I could read it,” said Ms. Schappell, a Brooklyn-based novelist who wrote a feature story for Rhapsody’s inaugural issue. “But I never fly first class.”

Rhapsody, a Lofty Literary Journal, Perused at 39,000 Feet

Under Mr. Michelin’s leadership, which ended when he left the company in 2002, the Michelin Group became the world’s biggest tire maker, establishing a big presence in the United States and other major markets overseas.

François Michelin, Head of Tire Company, Dies at 88

Mr. Paczynski was one of the concentration camp’s longest surviving inmates and served as the personal barber to its Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss.

Jozef Paczynski, Inmate Barber to Auschwitz Commandant, Dies at 95

Gagne wrestled professionally from the late 1940s until the 1980s and was a transitional figure between the early 20th century barnstormers and the steroidal sideshows of today

Verne Gagne, Wrestler Who Grappled Through Two Eras, Dies at 89

Ms. Turner and her twin sister founded the Love Kitchen in 1986 in a church basement in Knoxville, Tenn., and it continues to provide clothing and meals.

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville
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