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Biarkanlah kutentukan jalanku
Biarkanlah kutentukan sikapku
Kini kuingin menikmati duniaku
Mungkinkah kau mengerti akan aku

Lebih baik tinggalkan ku sendiri
Bosan diriku meredam emosi
Jalan hidup yang engkau tawarkan
Kurasakan itu bukan jalanku

Biarkanlah kubegini ini hidupku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini mauku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini jalanku

Kau datang lagi mencoba untuk merubah
Jalan hidupku yang tengah kutempuh
Lupakan saja kutak mungkin mengalah
Simpanlah semua mimpi padamu

Takkan menyerah aku arungi hidup ini
Walau kau datang sejuta prahara
Kuyakin hidup kan berganti cerita
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Biarkanlah kutentukan jalanku
Biarkanlah kutentukan sikapku
Kini kuingin menikmati duniaku
Mungkinkah kau mengerti akan aku

Lebih baik tinggalkan ku sendiri
Bosan diriku meredam emosi
Jalan hidup yang engkau tawarkan
Kurasakan itu bukan jalanku

Biarkanlah kubegini ini hidupku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini mauku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini jalanku

Kau datang lagi mencoba untuk merubah
Jalan hidupku yang tengah kutempuh
Lupakan saja kutak mungkin mengalah
Simpanlah semua mimpi padamu

Takkan menyerah aku arungi hidup ini
Walau kau datang sejuta prahara
Kuyakin hidup kan berganti cerita
Lupakan kisah cinta kita Oh

http://musiklib.org/Anang_Hermansyah-Biarkanlah-Lirik_Lagu.htm
Biarkanlah kutentukan jalanku
Biarkanlah kutentukan sikapku
Kini kuingin menikmati duniaku
Mungkinkah kau mengerti akan aku

Lebih baik tinggalkan ku sendiri
Bosan diriku meredam emosi
Jalan hidup yang engkau tawarkan
Kurasakan itu bukan jalanku

Biarkanlah kubegini ini hidupku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini mauku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini jalanku

Kau datang lagi mencoba untuk merubah
Jalan hidupku yang tengah kutempuh
Lupakan saja kutak mungkin mengalah
Simpanlah semua mimpi padamu

Takkan menyerah aku arungi hidup ini
Walau kau datang sejuta prahara
Kuyakin hidup kan berganti cerita
Lupakan kisah cinta kita Oh

http://musiklib.org/Anang_Hermansyah-Biarkanlah-Lirik_Lagu.htm
Biarkanlah kutentukan jalanku
Biarkanlah kutentukan sikapku
Kini kuingin menikmati duniaku
Mungkinkah kau mengerti akan aku

Lebih baik tinggalkan ku sendiri
Bosan diriku meredam emosi
Jalan hidup yang engkau tawarkan
Kurasakan itu bukan jalanku

Biarkanlah kubegini ini hidupku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini mauku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini jalanku

Kau datang lagi mencoba untuk merubah
Jalan hidupku yang tengah kutempuh
Lupakan saja kutak mungkin mengalah
Simpanlah semua mimpi padamu

Takkan menyerah aku arungi hidup ini
Walau kau datang sejuta prahara
Kuyakin hidup kan berganti cerita
Lupakan kisah cinta kita Oh

http://musiklib.org/Anang_Hermansyah-Biarkanlah-Lirik_Lagu.htm
Biarkanlah kutentukan jalanku
Biarkanlah kutentukan sikapku
Kini kuingin menikmati duniaku
Mungkinkah kau mengerti akan aku

Lebih baik tinggalkan ku sendiri
Bosan diriku meredam emosi
Jalan hidup yang engkau tawarkan
Kurasakan itu bukan jalanku

Biarkanlah kubegini ini hidupku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini mauku
Biarkanlah kubegini ini jalanku

Kau datang lagi mencoba untuk merubah
Jalan hidupku yang tengah kutempuh
Lupakan saja kutak mungkin mengalah
Simpanlah semua mimpi padamu

Takkan menyerah aku arungi hidup ini
Walau kau datang sejuta prahara
Kuyakin hidup kan berganti cerita
Lupakan kisah cinta kita Oh

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saco-indonesia.com, Tanah rekat yang telah terjadi di Desa Kalitengah, Kecamatan Panggungrejo, Kabupaten Blitar, Jawa Timur, telah mengakibatkan puluhan rumah rusak. Para warga yang rumahnya rusak langsung mengungsi ke tempat yang lebih aman.

"Mereka mengungsi ke rumah tetangga. Tadi, warga juga sudah melakukan kerja bakti, dan akan dilanjutkan besok (Kamis)," kata Kepala Pelaksana Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD) Kabupaten Blitar Heru Irawan di Blitar.

Ia juga mengatakan, ada sekitar 20 rumah yang terkena dampak akibat retakan tanah tersebut. Dari jumlah itu, delapan unit di antaranya kondisinya rusak parah, sehingga pemilik rumah tidak berani menempatinya lagi.

Sementara itu, anggota RAPI Kabupaten Blitar Heru telah mengatakan tim juga sudah memantau lokasi bencana tersebut. Ia juga mengatakan, sejumlah rumah warga kondisinya memang mengkhawatirkan. Retakan di tanah itu telah membuat rumah mereka ambles dan sebagian ambruk, sehingga berbahaya jika digunakan untuk tempat tinggal.

"Beberapa hari ini hujan terus, dan melihat struktur tanah mirip tanah liat, itu yang kami prediksi menjadi pemicu tanah retak," katanya.

Sejumlah bencana telah terjadi di Kabupaten Blitar. Sampai saat ini, banjir yang telah terjadi di Kecamatan Sukorejo, belum surut. Sejumlah daerah lain juga telah mengalami bencana seperti di Kecamatan Panggungrejo ini.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

PULUHAN RUMAH DI BLITAR AMBLES

Pertanyaan
Syaikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz ditanya : Apakah orang yang melakukan senggama sebelum tahallul awal wajib mengulangi hajinya karena dia mengetahui bahwa hajinya adalah haji sunnah ?

Jawaban
Jika seseorang melakukan senggama sebelum tahallul pertama maka batal hajinya dan wajib mengqadha'nya setelah itu meskipun haji sunnah sebagaimana di fatwakan oleh para sahabat Nabi Shallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam. Kemudian dia juga wajib menyembelih Unta dan dibagikan kepada orang-orang miskin Mekkah Al-Mukarramah, dan kepada Allah tempat mohon pertolongan

MELAKUKAN SENGGAMA SETELAH THAWAF IFADHAH

Oleh
Syaikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz

Pertanyaan
Syaikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz ditanya : Jika orang yang haji telah thawaf ifadhah, apakah halal baginya untuk melakukan senggama selama hari-hari tasyriq .?

Jawaban
Jika orang yang haji telah thawaf ifadhah maka tidak halal baginya menggauli istrinya kecuali dia telah melaksanakan kewajiban-kewajiban dalam haji yang lain, seperti melontar jumrah 'aqabah dan mencukur atau memotong rambut disamping dia telah thawaf ifadhah. Jika demikian maka halal baginya melakukan senggama kepada istrinya, dan jika belum maka tidak boleh. Sebab thawaf satu-satunya tidak cukup. Tapi dia juga harus telah melontar jumrah pada hari i'ed dan mencukur/memotong rambut juga harus thawaf ifadhah dan sa'i jika wajib melakukan sa'i yaitu apabila dia mengambil haji tamattu'. Dengan ini maka halal baginya menggauli istrinya. Adapun tanpa hal-hal tersebut, maka tidak boleh. Akan tetapi jika telah melaksanakan dua dari tiga kewajiban haji, seperti melontar jumrah dan bercukur/memotong rambut maka dia diperbolehkan melakukan semua hal yang dilarang dalam ihram, seperti memakai pakaian berjahit, memakai parfum, memotong kuku, dan lain-lain, kecuali senggama dengan istri/suami. Demikian juga ketika dia telah melontar dan thawaf, maka halal baginya memakai baju biasa, memakai parfum, berburu, memotong kuku, dan lain-lain. Tapi tidak halal baginya melakukan senggama dengan istri kecuali jika telah melakukan tiga hal dari kewajiban haji, seperti melontar jumrah 'aqabah, mencukur/memotong rambut, dan thawaf ifadhah serta sa'i jika dia wajib sa'i yaitu bagi orang yang haji tamattu'. Setelag itu semua, maka halal baginya melakukan senggama dengan istri. Wallahu a'lam.

MENCIUM ISTRI DAN KELUAR SPERMA SEBELUM THAWAF IFADHAH

Oleh
Al-Lajnah Ad-Daimah Lil Ifta

Pertanyaan
Al-Lajnah Ad-Daimah Lil Ifta ditanya : Seseorang yang sedang haji jatuh dalam hal yang dilarang, yaitu mencium istri dengan syahwat dan mengeluarkan sperma setelah melontar jumrah 'Aqabah dan memotong rambut namun belum thawaf ifadah, sedang istrinya tidak haji' . Kewajiban apa yang harus dilakukan orang tersebut .?

Jawaban
Tidak boleh bagi seorang muslim yang sedang ihram haji atau umrah atau kedua-duanya untuk melakukan hal-hal yang merusak ihramnya atau mengurangi amalnya. Sebab mencium istri haram bagi orang yang sedang ihram haji hingga dia telah tahalul penuh, yaitu setelah melontar jumrah 'Aqabah, mencukur atau memotong rambut, thawaf ifadhah dan sa'i, jika dia wajib sa'i, karena dia masih dalam hukum ihram yang karenanya haram melakukan hubungan intim dengan istri. Namun tidak rusak haji orang yang mencium istrinya dan keluar sperma setelah tahalul awal. Hanya saja dia harus mohon ampunan kepada Allah dan tidak mengulangi perbuatannya yang sama juga wajib membayar kifarat. Yaitu menyembelih kambing yang memenuhi syarat untuk kurban dan dibagikan kepada orang-orang miskin di Mekkah. Kewajiban itu harus segera dilaksanakan jika mampu.


BERMIMPI BASAH (KELUAR SPERMA) KETIKA IHRAM

Oleh
Syaikh Abdullah bin Abdurrahman Al-Jibrin

Pertanyaan
Syaikh Abdullah bin Abdurrahman Al-Jibrin ditanya : Ketika kami memakai baju ihram pada tanggal 8 Dzulhijjah dan mabit di Mina saya bermimpi basah (keluar sperma), maka saya bingung karena jika saya mandi sebagian rambut saya rontok dan saya tahallul dari ihram. Dengan itu, maka saya melakukan dua larangan dalam ihram. Jika saya tayamum, saya tidak akan jatuh dalam kedua larangan ihram tersebut, tapi saya mengutamakan mandi atas tayamum. Apa hukum dalam apa apa yang saya lakukan tersebut ? Mohon penjelasan, semoga Allah memberikan pahala kepada Anda.

Jawaban
Bagi orang yang mimpi keluar sperma wajib mandi dan tidak sah baginya shalat dan thawaf dan juga tidak boleh membaca Al-Qur'an sebelum dia mandi. Maka hendaklah dia mandi walaupun sedang ihram, dan tidak mengapa seandainya ada beberapa rambut yang rontok ketika mandi. Sebab yang dilarang adalah menghilangkan rambut dengan sengaja, seperti dengan mecukur, memotong atau mencabut. Adapun mandi karena mimpi keluar sperma, maka wajib hukumnya dan harus membasuh kepala dan mensela-sela rambut, tapi tidak boleh berlebihan dalam menggosok kepala. Cukup baginya dengan menuangkan air ke kepala disertai menggerak-gerakkan rambut dengan tangan agar air dapat sampai ke kulit kepala. Sebab bagian bawah setiap rambut harus terkena air ketika mandi junub.

Adapun tahallul ihram, yakni melepas pakaian ihram maka bukan termasuk larangan dalam ihram, bahkan boleh melepas kain ihram ketika ada keperluan, seperti buang air besar. Juga diperbolehkan mengganti pakain ihram, baik selendang (maksudnya baju atasan ihram) maupun kain (maksudnya baju bawahan ihram) dengan pakaian ihram yang lain dan mencucinya jika kotor dan yang sepertinya, karena terdapat riwayat shahih bahwa Nabi Shallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam mandi ketika beliau sedang ihram, juga para sahabat. Wallahu a'lam

MIMPI BASAH TIDAK MEMBATALKAN HAJI

Oleh
Al-Lajnah Ad-Daimah Lil Ifta

Pertanyaan
Al-Lajnah Ad-Daimah Lil Ifta ditanya : Saya melaksanakan haji wajib, dan pada suatu malam ketika di Mina saya mimpi basah dan saya tidak dapat mandi. Apakah saya wajib membayar kifarat ?

Jawaban
Jika seseorang mimpi basah ketika sedang ihram haji atau umrah maka demikian itu tidak berpengaruh kepada hajinya dan juga terhadap umrahnya. Artinya, haji dam umrahnya tidak batal karena hal tersebut. Maka siapa yang mimpi basah ketika dalam ihram, dia wajib mandi janabat setelah bangun tidur, yaitu jika melihat sperma dan tidak wajib membayar fidyah. Sebab mimpi basah bukan atas kehendak sendiri.

Baca Artikel Lainnya : MENUNAIKAN HAJI, ANTARA SUNNAH ATAU TRADISI LINGKUNGAN

BERSENGGAMA DALAM HAJI, BOLEH KAH?

saco-indonesia.com, Puluhan ribu buruh yang berada di Jakarta dan sekitarnya akan kembali melakukan demonstrasi ke Istana Merdeka. Dalam aksinya buruh telah meminta kenaikan upah sebesar untuk tahun 2015 mendatang sebesar 30 persen.

Presiden Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPI), Said Iqbal telah mengatakan, buruh juga akan berkumpul di Bunderan Hotel Indonesia dan akan melakukan aksi long march menuju Istana Merdeka, Mahkamah Konstitusi dan Kementerian Kesehatan.

"Buruh juga akan bergerak sekira pukul 10.00 pagi WIB dari Bunderan HI menuju Istana," ujar Said, Rabu (12/2/2014).

Said juga menambahkan tuntutan yang akan dibawa buruh dalam aksi nanti antara lain, rakyat telah memiliki hak untuk berobat ke rumah sakit atau puskesmas dan tidak boleh ada penolakan. Oleh sebab itu, Permenkes no 69/2013 harus dicabut. Selain itu, buruh juga telah meminta kenaikan upah minimum tahun 2015 sebesar 30 persen dengan KHL sebanyak 84 item.

"Ini aksi serempak yang akan diikuti oleh puluhan ribu buruh lainnya di 12 provinsi seperti Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur, Jawa Barat, Sumatera dan lainnya."ungkapnya kembali.

Selain melakukan aksi demonstrasi, buruh juga akan mendeklarasikan rumah rakyat di sport Mal Kelapa Gading pada pukul 14.00 WIB.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

BURUH DEMO SBY TUNTUT KENAIKAN UPAH TAHUN 2015 MENDATANG

JAKARTA, Saco-Indonesia.com - Para pemilik kendaraan bermotor di wilayah Jabodetabek harus sudah memiliki alat identifikasi konsumsi BBM bersubsidi atau radio frequency identification (RFID) sebelum 1 Oktober 2013. Adapun alat tersebut sudah bisa diperoleh mulai 1 Juli.

VP Corporate Communication Pertamina, Ali Mundakir menuturkan pihaknya akan menyediakan RFID di sejumlah SPBU yang ada di Jakarta. Setelah 1 Oktober, para pembeli BBM bersubsidi harus sudah memiliki alat tersebut. "Kalau tidak memilikinya, masyarakat tidak bisa membeli premium maupun solar," ujarnya kepada Kompas.com Jumat (31/5/2013).

Dia mengatakan untuk tahap awal pemasangan RFID hanya untuk mengidentifikasi kendaraan yang mengonsumsi BBM bersubsidi. Adapun data yang akan direkam melalui alat tersebut adalah nomor polisi, waktu pembelian BBM bersubsidi terakhir, hingga tempat pembeliannya.

"Untuk sementara, alat akan hanya untuk keperluan identifikasi," lanjutnya.

Sebelumnya, Wakil Menteri ESDM, Susilo Siswoutomo mengatakan bahwa pengadaan alat ukur tersebut dilakukan melalui proses tender oleh PT Pertamina (Persero). Hasilnya, PT INTI ditetapkan sebagai pemenang tender pengadaan sistem pengendalian BBM bersubsidi dengan menggunakan teknologi. 

Susilo menjelaskan, RFID rencananya mulai dipasang di wilayah Jabodetabek pada Juli nanti sebagai tahap awal. Selanjutnya, pemasangan alat pembaca data kendaraan itu akan dipasang pada semua kendaraan di seluruh wilayah Jawa.  "Kalau RFID sudah dipasang, maka kendaraannya bisa langsung dimonitor," katanya.

Dengan menggunakan sistem itu, maka pemerintah dapat membatasi konsumsi BBM bersubsidi agar tidak melampaui kuota untuk BBM bersubsidi.

 
Editor :Liwon Maulana
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Pembeli BBM Bersubsidi Harus Punya RFID Sebelum Oktober,

Hired in 1968, a year before their first season, Mr. Fanning spent 25 years with the team, managing them to their only playoff appearance in Canada.

Jim Fanning, 87, Dies; Lifted Baseball in Canada With Expos

BALTIMORE — In the afternoons, the streets of Locust Point are clean and nearly silent. In front of the rowhouses, potted plants rest next to steps of brick or concrete. There is a shopping center nearby with restaurants, and a grocery store filled with fresh foods.

And the National Guard and the police are largely absent. So, too, residents say, are worries about what happened a few miles away on April 27 when, in a space of hours, parts of this city became riot zones.

“They’re not our reality,” Ashley Fowler, 30, said on Monday at the restaurant where she works. “They’re not what we’re living right now. We live in, not to be racist, white America.”

As Baltimore considers its way forward after the violent unrest brought by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries he suffered while in police custody, residents in its predominantly white neighborhoods acknowledge that they are sometimes struggling to understand what beyond Mr. Gray’s death spurred the turmoil here. For many, the poverty and troubled schools of gritty West Baltimore are distant troubles, glimpsed only when they pass through the area on their way somewhere else.

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Officers blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues after reports that a gun was discharged in the area. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

And so neighborhoods of Baltimore are facing altogether different reckonings after Mr. Gray’s death. In mostly black communities like Sandtown-Winchester, where some of the most destructive rioting played out last week, residents are hoping businesses will reopen and that the police will change their strategies. But in mostly white areas like Canton and Locust Point, some residents wonder what role, if any, they should play in reimagining stretches of Baltimore where they do not live.

“Most of the people are kind of at a loss as to what they’re supposed to do,” said Dr. Richard Lamb, a dentist who has practiced in the same Locust Point office for nearly 39 years. “I listen to the news reports. I listen to the clergymen. I listen to the facts of the rampant unemployment and the lack of opportunities in the area. Listen, I pay my taxes. Exactly what can I do?”

And in Canton, where the restaurants have clever names like Nacho Mama’s and Holy Crepe Bakery and Café, Sara Bahr said solutions seemed out of reach for a proudly liberal city.

“I can only imagine how frustrated they must be,” said Ms. Bahr, 36, a nurse who was out with her 3-year-old daughter, Sally. “I just wish I knew how to solve poverty. I don’t know what to do to make it better.”

The day of unrest and the overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations that followed led to hundreds of arrests, often for violations of the curfew imposed on the city for five consecutive nights while National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets. Although there were isolated instances of trouble in Canton, the neighborhood association said on its website, many parts of southeast Baltimore were physically untouched by the tumult.

Tensions in the city bubbled anew on Monday after reports that the police had wounded a black man in Northwest Baltimore. The authorities denied those reports and sent officers to talk with the crowds that gathered while other officers clutching shields blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues.

Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, a community police officer, said officers had stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun and that “one of those rounds was spent.”

Colonel Russell said officers had not opened fire, “so we couldn’t have shot him.”

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Lambi Vasilakopoulos, right, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said he was incensed by last week's looting and predicted tensions would worsen. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

The colonel said the man had not been injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Nearby, many people stood in disbelief, despite the efforts by the authorities to quash reports they described as “unfounded.”

Monday’s episode was a brief moment in a larger drama that has yielded anger and confusion. Although many people said they were familiar with accounts of the police harassing or intimidating residents, many in Canton and Locust Point said they had never experienced it themselves. When they watched the unrest, which many protesters said was fueled by feelings that they lived only on Baltimore’s margins, even those like Ms. Bahr who were pained by what they saw said they could scarcely comprehend the emotions associated with it.

But others, like Lambi Vasilakopoulos, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said they were incensed by what unfolded last week.

“What happened wasn’t called for. Protests are one thing; looting is another thing,” he said, adding, “We’re very frustrated because we’re the ones who are going to pay for this.”

There were pockets of optimism, though, that Baltimore would enter a period of reconciliation.

“I’m just hoping for peace,” Natalie Boies, 53, said in front of the Locust Point home where she has lived for 50 years. “Learn to love each other; be patient with each other; find justice; and care.”

A skeptical Mr. Vasilakopoulos predicted tensions would worsen.

“It cannot be fixed,” he said. “It’s going to get worse. Why? Because people don’t obey the laws. They don’t want to obey them.”

But there were few fears that the violence that plagued West Baltimore last week would play out on these relaxed streets. The authorities, Ms. Fowler said, would make sure of that.

“They kept us safe here,” she said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable when I was in my house three blocks away from here. I knew I was going to be O.K. because I knew they weren’t going to let anyone come and loot our properties or our businesses or burn our cars.”

Baltimore Residents Away From Turmoil Consider Their Role

Mr. Pfaff was an international affairs columnist and author who found Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided.

William Pfaff, Critic of American Foreign Policy, Dies at 86
Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”
Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

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

Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Americans are also increasingly likely to say that the police are more apt to use deadly force against a black person, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.

Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.

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The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.

Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.

One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.

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Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.

Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.

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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

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

Mr. Tepper was not a musical child and had no formal training, but he grew up to write both lyrics and tunes, trading off duties with the other member of the team, Roy C. Bennett.

Sid Tepper Dies at 96; Delivered ‘Red Roses for a Blue Lady’ and Other Songs

Judge Patterson helped to protect the rights of Attica inmates after the prison riot in 1971 and later served on the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Robert Patterson Jr., Lawyer and Judge Who Fought for the Accused, Dies at 91

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.

Jean Nidetch, 91, Dies; Pounds Came Off, and Weight Watchers Was Born
Joseph Lechleider

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

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.

Jack Ely, Who Sang the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’, Dies at 71

Mr. Napoleon was a self-taught musician whose career began in earnest with the orchestra led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers.

Marty Napoleon, 93, Dies; Jazz Pianist Played With Louis Armstrong
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