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Medvedev Lashes Out At Russia’s Air Industry After Crash Wipes Out Hockey Team

After hockey powerhouse Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's Yak 42 charter crashed at take off, President Medvedev paid homage to the 43 killed, but launched into a harsh critique of an airline industry that counts too many new, untested carriers, and too few

Video image of the plane's fuselage on fire (typist9837)
Video image of the plane's fuselage on fire (typist9837)
Anna Rosova

YAROSLAVL – A day after a plane crash killed 43, wiping out one of Russia's top hockey teams, President Dmitry Medvedev wasted little time in pointing his finger at the proliferation of airline companies running domestic routes.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl had chartered the Yak 42 aircraft for a match in Minsk, with the local Dinamo side in the Kontinental Hockey league, which unites teams from the post-Soviet republics. The aircraft crashed just after take-off, which along with other accidents this year made Russia the most dangerous in the world in which to travel by air in 2011.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

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BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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