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Saco-Indonesia.com - Pemberitaan mengenai kasus hukum yang dibumbui kisah sejumlah wanita di sekelilingnya serta kehidupan para pejabat tinggi yang gonta-ganti pasangan membuat saya harus mengingatkan bahwa kehidupan seks bebas berisiko berbagai penyakit terutama Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Pengalaman klinis saya sebagai dokter spesialis penyakit dalam menemukan, pasien dengan HIV terjadi pada semua kalangan. Penyakit ini bisa menulari semua profesi. Ibu rumah tangga (IRT) yang tidak gonti- ganti pasanganpun menderita HIV karena mungkin tertular dari suaminya yang suka "jajan" diluar.

Seorang ibu muda baik-baik yang akan menikah positif mengidap HIV karena kemungkinan tertular dari mantan pacarnya yang memakai narkoba, dimana saat pacaran sewaktu duduk di bangku SMA pernah berhubungan seks beberapa kali. Berdasarkan pengalaman ini, untuk memastikan apakah seseorang menderita HIV AIDS, saya tidak akan melihat status sosial pasien tersebut walau sehormat apapun status sosial pasien tersebut.

Beberapa kali media pernah menguak kehidupan seks para oknum pejabat dan petinggi negara. Gonta-ganti pasangan sepertinya sesuatu hal yang berjalan lumrah. Pejabat tinggi negara termasuk para penguasa daerah yang beristri lebih dari satu juga bukan rahasia lagi. Gratifikasi seks juga sudah tidak menjadi rahasia umum lagi.

Dari sudut agama, jelas bahwa hubungan seks di luar pernikahan merupakan zinah dan amal ibadah orang yang melakukan zinah  tidak diterima selama 40 tahun. Dari sudut kesehatan gonta-ganti pasangan berisiko penyakit, kelompok penyakit akibat gonta-ganti pasangan ini dimasukan sebagai sexually transmitted disease (STD). Untak para wanita yang gonta-ganti pasangan selain penyakit STD tadi juga berisiko untuk terjadinya kanker mulut rahim sedang untuk laki-laki gonta-ganti pasien akan menambah risiko untuk menderita kanker prostat dikemudian hari.

Saya masih ingat ketiga seseorang pasien laki-laki muda datang kepada saya karena menderita infeksi kencing nanah (GO) setelah berhubungan dengan wanita "baik- baik".

Sang pasien tidak habis pikir wanita yang disangka "baik- baik" tersebut ternyata menularkan kencing nanah kepada dirinya. Saat itu saya sampaikan kepada pasien tersebut kalau penyakit kelamin tidak mengenal status sosial pasien yang mengalami penyakit kelamin tersebut.

Siapapun yang berhubungan seks dengan dengan seseorang dengan kehidupan seks gonta-ganti pasangan berpotensi menularkan penyakit yang didapat dari pasangan seks sebelumnya. Pasien dengan HIV positif atau dengan hepatitis B atau C sama dengan orang normal tanpa infeksi virus tersebut. Ketiga penyakit virus ini merupakan penyakit yang dapat ditularkan melalui hubungan seksual.

Yang membedakan bahwa satu dengan yang lain adalah bahwa didalam darah pasien dengan HIV atau pasien dengan hepatitis B atau C mengandung virus tersebut sedang yang lain tidak. Secara fisik tidak dapat dibedakan siapa yang didalam tubuhnya mengandung virus yang sangat berbahaya tersebut.

Oleh karena itu, saat kita berhubungan seks dengan seseorang yang bukan istri kita maka kita sudah berisiko untuk mengalami penyakit infeksi yang berbahaya dan mematikan. Fase tanpa keluhan penderita infeksi virus ini dapat berlangsung selama 5-10 tahun sampai mereka mempunyai gejala. Oleh karena itu sering saya mendapatkan pasien yang mengalami HIV AIDS saat ini dan menduga tertular pada saat 5 atau 10 tahun yang lalu karena mereka menyampaikan setelah menikah 5 tahun belakangan ini mereka tidak pernah berhubungan seks dengan orang lain kecuali kepada istri atau suami sahnya saja.

Kita tahu bahwa penyakit HIV AIDS merupakan penyakit yang berbahaya dan mematikan.Penyakit ini disebabkan oleh virus "Human Immunodeficiency Virus" (HIV), sampai saat ini vaksin yang established yang dapat digunakan secara luas belum ditemukan. Obat-obat anti retroviral (ARV) yang ada saat ini sudah mampu menekan jumlah virus sampai tidak terdeteksi. Bukti klinik membuktikan bahwa pengobatan dengan ARV bisa menekan penyebaran virus sampai lebih 90 %. Di Indonesia ARV saat ini masih gratis dengan akses mudah untuk mendapatkannya. Memang saat ini angka penggunaan ARV di Indonesia masih rendah. Pasien-pasien HIV yang tidak mau mengkonsumsi ARV dengan berbagai alasan lebih cepat menghadap Yang Maha Kuasa.

Gejala klinis akibat virus baru muncul pada penderita infeksi HIV yang sudah lanjut, jika daya tahan tubuhnya sudah menurun. Berbagai infeksi oportunistik akan muncul seperti sariawan karena jamur kandida, TBC paru, infeksi otak, diare kronik karena infeksi jamur atau parasit atau berupa timbul hitam2 dikulit. Selain itu, pasien HIV yang sudah masuk tahap lanjut ini mengalami berat badan turun. Hasil pemeriksaan laboratorium pasien terinfeksi HIV yang lanjut jumlah lekosit akan kurang dari 5.000 dengan limfosit kurang dari 1.000. Diare kronik, sariawan dimulut dan berat badan turun merupakan gejala utama jika pasien sudah mengalami infeksi HIV lanjut dan sudah masuk fase AIDS.

Bagaimana mencegah infeksi ini lebih lanjut?
Stop gonta-ganti pasangan, stop gratifikasi seks. Siapa saja yang pernah melakukan hubungan seksual, terutama hubungan seksual di luar nikah dan pernah menggunakan jarum suntik yang tidak steril atau pernah menggunakan Narkoba jarum suntik dianjurkan untuk memeriksa status HIVnya. Karena semakin dini pasien HIV diberikan obat anti virus (ARV) semakin cepat menurunkan jumlah virus dan mengurangi potensi penularan dan tentu pada akhirnya meningkatkan kualitas hidup orang dengan HIV tersebut

Gonta-ganti pasangan bukan merupakan budaya tapi merupakan kebiasaan dan tentunya kebiasaan buruk. Risiko gonta-ganti pasangan bukan saja pada prianya tapi juga wanitanya, ketika seseorang wanita dirayu oleh uang dan harta dan mengikuti keinginan naluri seks yang memberi uang, sebenarnya para wanita tersebut juga sudah berisiko untuk tertular penyakit dari laki- laki tersebut, begitu pula sebaliknya ketika si pria berhubungan dengan wanita yang mudah diraih dengan rayuan uang atau harta, laki-laki tersebut juga harus sadar mungkin para wanita tersebut baru saja jatuh dari pelukan laki-laki lain yang belum jelas status HIVnya.

Bagi yang belum terjebak dari kebiasaan gonta-ganti pasangan sebaiknya tidak berhubungan seks sebelum menikah dan tetap setia dengan satu pasangan agar tidak terjebak kebiasaaan gonta-ganti pasangan yang beriko penyakit yang berat dan mematikan walau kesenangan tersebut dapat diraih dengan mudah.

Salam sehat,

Dr. Ari Fahrial Syam

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Gonta-ganti Pasangan dan Risiko Penyakit Mematikan

Aksi nekat Irwan merampok di toko kelontong milik Ricky di Jalan Raya Ciledug, Kec. Larangan, Kota Tangerang dilatarbelakangi karena masalah utang piutang.

Pria asal Aceh yang tinggal di daerah Petukangan, Jakarta Selatan itu telah merencanakan perampokan lantaran terdesak membayar utang. Niat jahat pelaku muncul usai mengunjungi toko sembako milik korban yang ramai dikunjungi pembeli.

“Pelaku terlilit hutang. Niat merampok timbul setelah melihat toko sembako korban ramai dikunjungi pembeli. Keesokan harinya pelaku datang dengan membawa senjata tajam,” ungkap Kasat Reskrim Polres Metro Tangerang, AKBP Sutarmo.

Hingga saat ini Irwan dan Ny. Akim, istri pemilik toko, masih terbaring di ruang ICU RS Sari Asih, Ciledug, Kota Tangerang. Pelaku telah mengalami luka serius akibat dikeroyok warga yang geram dengan ulah jahatnya itu. Sedangkan istri korban telah mengalami luka akibat sabetan senjata tajam milik pelaku. “Keduanya masih dirawat di rumah sakit,” ujar kasat.

Dalam peristiwa perampokan itu, Ricky alian Anen yang berusia 45 tahun , pemilik toko tewas ditusuk ketika berduel dengan pelaku. Bapak empat orang anak itu tewas didalam toko kelontong miliknya ketika mencoba menggagalkan aksi perampokan tersebut.

Pagi itu, Ricky hendak mengantar sekolah anaknya. Namun, ia melihat pria tak dikenal sudah masuk ke rumahnya. Korban pun melawan, namun pelaku menusuknya hingga tewas di tempat. Usai menusuk Ricky, pelaku naik ke lantai dua dan bertemu dengan istri Ricky. Keduanya kemudian terlibat saling tikam.

Pelaku Perampokan di Toko Sembako Terlilit Utang

saco-indonesia.com, Mantan Kepala Kesbanglinmas Kepulauan Aru, Maluku, Gerson Gainau telah hilang akibat tenggelamnya perahu tradisional yang telah ditumpangi dalam pelayaran dari Desa Tunggu tujuan Dobo, ibu kota Kabupaten setempat, Minggu (26/1) petang. Pencarian hingga saaat ini masih dilakukan oleh tim SAR.

"Korban hingga kini belum dapat ditemukan, akibat upaya pencarian terhambat gelombang tinggi dan angin kencang," kata sumber Antara di Dobo, Ongky Nanulaitta, Senin (27/1).

Upaya pencarian yang intensif telah dilakukan sejak Minggu petang (26/1) yang terhambat oleh gelombang hingga ketinggian lima meter dan angin dengan kecepatan lebih dari 35 km per jam.

Pencarian yang dikoordinir Lanal Dobo dengan telah melibatkan masyarakat pesisir itu kesulitan karena hanya dengan mengandalkan perahu cepat (speedboat) maupun perahu tradisional.

Ongky juga mengemukakan, korban awalnya telah menumpang speedboat dari Desa Tunggu ke Dobo. Namun, dalam pelayaran armada cepat itu mogok karena adanya gangguan mesin lalu menumpang perahu tradisional. Nahas, perahu tradisional tersebut dihantam oleh gelombang tinggi sehingga terbalik dan Gerson terlepas pegangannya dari armada laut masyarakat pesisir tersebut.

Sedangkan, enam lainnya tetap berpegang di perahu tradisional, sehingga selamat dari dampak musim pancaroba yang telah melanda Tanah Air.

Sebelumnya kapal kargo KM Obelik yang karam di perairan Dobo, sejak 9 Januari 2014 hingga saat ini belum dievakuasi.

Kapal tu awalnya karam di perairan desa Wangel. Namun, karena terpaan gelombang hingga lima meter dan arus deras sehingga saat ini tergeser ke perairan Desa Wokam.


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Pemiliknya membeli minuman di minimarket, sepeda motor mahasiswa yang diparkirnya di depan Seven Eleven, Bulungan, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, raib diambil oleh maling. Dery Yanto yang berusia 22 tahun , warga Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta Selatan, telah memarkirkan sepeda motornya Yamaha Fino yang bernopol B 3393 SHZ warna biru diparkiran untuk membeli minuman. Usai kembali ke parkiran sekira pk.23:15 malam motor tersebut raib diparkiran. “Saya tanya ketukang parkir motor saya tidak ada?,” katanya saat melaporkan ke Mapolres Jaksel. Kasubag Humas Polres Jaksel, Kompol Aswin telah menerangkan pihaknya masih menyelidiki kasus tersebut. “Dalam penyelidikan, dan lebih berhati-hati lagi jika memarkir kendaraan,” katanya.MOTOR MAHASISWA HILANG DARI PARKIRAN

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A lapsed seminarian, Mr. Chambers succeeded Saul Alinsky as leader of the social justice umbrella group Industrial Areas Foundation.

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Ms. Meadows was the older sister of Audrey Meadows, who played Alice Kramden on “The Honeymooners.”

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Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.

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The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.

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Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

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Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

A former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Smedvig helped found the wide-ranging Empire Brass quintet.

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62
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Mr. Lechleider helped invent DSL technology, which enabled phone companies to offer high-speed web access over their infrastructure of copper wires.

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the DSL Internet Technology, Dies at 82

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

As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.

A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

“Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love,” Mr. Obama told a crowd afterward, drifting away from his prepared remarks. “Because Malachi and I shared the fact that our dad wasn’t around and that sometimes we wondered why he wasn’t around and what had happened. But really, that’s what this comes down to is: Do we love these kids?”

Many presidents have governed during times of racial tension, but Mr. Obama is the first to see in the mirror a face that looks like those on the other side of history’s ledger. While his first term was consumed with the economy, war and health care, his second keeps coming back to the societal divide that was not bridged by his election. A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond.

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At an event announcing the creation of a nonprofit focusing on young minority men, President Obama talked about the underlying reasons for recent protests in Baltimore and other cities.

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In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency but for the rest of my life,” Mr. Obama said. “And the reason is simple,” he added. Referring to some of the youths he had just met, he said: “We see ourselves in these young men. I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

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Organizers said the new alliance already had financial pledges from companies like American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications and News Corporation. The money will be used to help companies address obstacles facing young black and Hispanic men, provide grants to programs for disadvantaged youths, and help communities aid their populations.

Joe Echevarria, a former chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, will lead the alliance, and among those on its leadership team or advisory group are executives at PepsiCo, News Corporation, Sprint, BET and Prudential Group Insurance; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey; former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; the music star John Legend; the retired athletes Alonzo Mourning, Jerome Bettis and Shaquille O’Neal; and the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

The alliance, while nominally independent of the White House, may face some of the same questions confronting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins another presidential campaign. Some of those donating to the alliance may have interests in government action, and skeptics may wonder whether they are trying to curry favor with the president by contributing.

“The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they’ll set at the alliance for donor policies, because it’s an entirely separate entity,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One en route to New York. But he added, “I’m confident that the members of the board are well aware of the president’s commitment to transparency.”

The alliance was in the works before the disturbances last week after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, but it reflected the evolution of Mr. Obama’s presidency. For him, in a way, it is coming back to issues that animated him as a young community organizer and politician. It was his own struggle with race and identity, captured in his youthful memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” that stood him apart from other presidential aspirants.

But that was a side of him that he kept largely to himself through the first years of his presidency while he focused on other priorities like turning the economy around, expanding government-subsidized health care and avoiding electoral land mines en route to re-election.

After securing a second term, Mr. Obama appeared more emboldened. Just a month after his 2013 inauguration, he talked passionately about opportunity and race with a group of teenage boys in Chicago, a moment aides point to as perhaps the first time he had spoken about these issues in such a personal, powerful way as president. A few months later, he publicly lamented the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, saying that “could have been me 35 years ago.”

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President Obama on Monday with Darinel Montero, a student at Bronx International High School who introduced him before remarks at Lehman College in the Bronx. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

That case, along with public ruptures of anger over police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere, have pushed the issue of race and law enforcement onto the public agenda. Aides said they imagined that with his presidency in its final stages, Mr. Obama might be thinking more about what comes next and causes he can advance as a private citizen.

That is not to say that his public discussion of these issues has been universally welcomed. Some conservatives said he had made matters worse by seeming in their view to blame police officers in some of the disputed cases.

“President Obama, when he was elected, could have been a unifying leader,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican candidate for president, said at a forum last week. “He has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions.”

On the other side of the ideological spectrum, some liberal African-American activists have complained that Mr. Obama has not done enough to help downtrodden communities. While he is speaking out more, these critics argue, he has hardly used the power of the presidency to make the sort of radical change they say is necessary.

The line Mr. Obama has tried to straddle has been a serrated one. He condemns police brutality as he defends most officers as honorable. He condemns “criminals and thugs” who looted in Baltimore while expressing empathy with those trapped in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

In the Bronx on Monday, Mr. Obama bemoaned the death of Brian Moore, a plainclothes New York police officer who had died earlier in the day after being shot in the head Saturday on a Queens street. Most police officers are “good and honest and fair and care deeply about their communities,” even as they put their lives on the line, Mr. Obama said.

“Which is why in addressing the issues in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York, the point I made was that if we’re just looking at policing, we’re looking at it too narrowly,” he added. “If we ask the police to simply contain and control problems that we ourselves have been unwilling to invest and solve, that’s not fair to the communities, it’s not fair to the police.”

Moreover, if society writes off some people, he said, “that’s not the kind of country I want to live in; that’s not what America is about.”

His message to young men like Malachi Hernandez, who attends Boston Latin Academy in Massachusetts, is not to give up.

“I want you to know you matter,” he said. “You matter to us.”

Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

Since a white police officer, Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in a confrontation last August in Ferguson, Mo., there have been many other cases in which the police have shot and killed suspects, some of them unarmed. Mr. Brown's death set off protests throughout the country, pushing law enforcement into the spotlight and sparking a public debate on police tactics. Here is a selection of police shootings that have been reported by news organizations since Mr. Brown's death. In some cases, investigations are continuing.

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The apartment complex northeast of Atlanta where Anthony Hill, 27, was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer. Credit Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Fatal Police Shootings: Accounts Since Ferguson

A 214-pound Queens housewife struggled with a lifelong addiction to food until she shed 72 pounds and became the public face of the worldwide weight-control empire Weight Watchers.

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A 2-minute-42-second demo recording captured in one take turned out to be a one-hit wonder for Mr. Ely, who was 19 when he sang the garage-band classic.

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UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

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Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

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