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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold his posters during a march in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. Thousands of
protesters are holding rallies across Egypt to demand the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Muslim
Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, was mobilising followers to march in Cairo and elsewhere yesterday for a protest they dubbed
"Breaking the Coup." AP PHOTO
SAN MATEO---As the wreckage of Asiana
Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying
on the ground just 30 feet away, buried
by the firefighting foam rescue workers
were spraying to douse the flames.
No one knows exactly how the 16-year-
old Chinese student got to that spot, but
one thing is clear now: She was alive.
In the chaotic moments that followed---
flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard
escaping by emergency slides, flight atten-
dants frantically cutting away seat belts to
free passengers---an emergency vehicle ran
over Yuan, killing her.
The new details---released yesterday by
the coroner s office---compounded the
tragedy for her family and confirmed the
growing suspicions that emergency workers
have had since soon after the July 6 crash:
One of the three who died did so by rescuers
"There s not a lot of words to describe
how badly we feel, how sorry we feel," said
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-
Yuan s family was upset after learning
the details of their daughter s death and
wants her body returned to China, San
Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault
said. "It was a difficult conversation," he
Hayes-White said she was trying to
arrange a meeting with them and that the
"tragic accident" would prompt a review
of how the fire department uses the foam
and responds to emergencies at the airport.
"There s always room for us to evaluate
and improve our response," she said.
"(There s) very unfortunate news today.
However, many, many lives were saved and
we made a valiant effort to do so on July
In a statement, the Chinese Consulate
called on authorities to determine respon-
sibility for Yuan s death. Hayes-White said
she did not immediately foresee any dis-
In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the
Boeing 777 survived the crash at San Fran-
cisco International Airport.
Yuan and her close friend, 16-year-old
Wang Linjia, who also died, were students
at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang, an
affluent coastal province in eastern China,
Chinese state media has reported.
They were part of a group of students
and teachers from the school who were
heading to summer camp in Southern Cal-
ifornia. Yuan and Linjia were seated at the
back of the plane. Authorities say the jetliner
came in too low and too slow, clipping its
landing gear and then its tail on a rocky
seawall just short of the runway.
Coroner: Teen in Asiana
crash killed by vehicle
WASHINGTON---President Barack Obama
grappled with the Trayvon Martin case in the
most personal of terms on Friday, telling Amer-
icans that the slain youth "could have been me
35 years ago" and urging them to do some soul
searching about their attitudes on race.
The nation s first black president said the
nation needs to look for ways to move forward
after the shooting and trial in Florida. And he
said it may be time to take a hard look at "stand
your ground" self-defense laws, questioning
whether they contribute "to the kind of peace
and security and order that we d like to see."
"Where do we take this?" Obama wondered
aloud during an unscheduled appearance in the
White House briefing room. "How do we learn
some lessons from this and move in a positive
His appearance marked his first extended com-
ments on the Martin case since neighborhood
watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquit-
ted last weekend of second-degree murder and
manslaughter charges in Martin s death last year.
Jurors found that Zimmerman was acting in self-
defense when he shot the unarmed black teenager.
Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
Obama said that as people process the verdict,
it s important to put the pained and angry reaction
of many African-Americans into context.
Protests and demonstrations, he said, are
understandable, adding that "some of that stuff
is just going to have to work its way through---
as long as it remains nonviolent."
"It s important to recognise that the African-
American community is looking at this issue
through a set of experiences and a history that
doesn t go away," he said.
The president said that distrust shadows
African-American men: They sometimes are
closely followed when they shop at department
stores; they can draw nervous stares on elevators
and hear car locks clicking when they walk down
the street---experiences that he said he personally
felt before becoming a well-known figure.
"It s inescapable for people to bring those
experiences to bear," he said.
Obama said black Americans recognise a history
of racial disparities in how laws are applied on
the death penalty and involving drug cases, but
he also said the African-American community
was not "naive about the fact that African-Amer-
ican young men are disproportionately involved
in the criminal justice system, that they re dis-
proportionately both victims and perpetrators
The president said it s time "for all of us to
do some soul searching," though he said it s gen-
erally not productive when politicians try to
orchestrate a national conversation that ends up
being stilted and politicised.
Michigan Governor Ricky Snyder and
Detroit s emergency manager Kevyn
Orr sought on Friday to assuage res-
idents concerns over the city s bank-
ruptcy proceedings while acknowledg-
ing that a lengthy court battle awaits.
On Thursday Detroit, a former man-
ufacturing powerhouse and cradle of the
US automotive industry, filed for Chapter
9 bankruptcy protection, making it the
largest municipal bankruptcy in American
Snyder acknowledged that the bank-
ruptcy would be seen as a new low point
for the city, but said "this is the day to
Orr, who was appointed by Snyder in
March to try to resolves the city s financial
crisis and $18.5 billion in long-term debt,
addressed concerns that art works at the
Detroit Art Institute or other city assets
would be auctioned off to pay off cred-
itors who have been offered pennies on
Detroit faces long road through bankruptcy, officials say
'could have been
me' 35 years ago
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