(A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army, near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.)
Columbia University has announced the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners for breaking news and feature photography. A five-photographer team from the Associated Press was recognized in the Breaking News photography category for their photographic coverage of the ongoing Syrian civil war. Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Khalil Hamra, Muhammed Muheisen and Narciso Contreraswere members of the team that contributed to the agency’s coverage of the two-year-old conflict.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those suffering in this tragedy, and to those whose family and friends are in the area. If you need to reach out to someone, cell service is reportedly overloaded, so text messaging will likely be a better way to get in touch with loved ones.
D.I.Y Cannons Being Used to Fire Drugs over the U.S. Border
Drug smugglers are using makeshift cannons (shown above) to shoot packages of marijuana across the border fence into the United States, according to the police in Baja, CA. The large improvised gun, which is made of PVC pipe and powered by an air compressor hooked up to a car engine, can apparently blast packages weighing up to 13 kilograms. Not surprisingly, similar techniques in moving drugs have been observed before in Arizona, one involving a catapult-like device in January 2011 and another involving a canister cannon in December later that year.
As the Grand Central 100th anniversary date gets closer and closer (just 2 weeks away!), AFT will feature some of the grand artwork located in or around GCT. Today, we are happy to present the first of two new posters commissioned for the Centennial. Pop Chart Lab created the beautiful Constellations, which celebrates Grand Central Terminal’s centerpiece, the famous four-sided clock set under a grand vaulted celestial canopy of stars. A beloved meeting place for generations of friends, family and strangers; the clock not only affords a good view of the stunning ceiling but also serves as the site for countless beginnings and endings of life’s journeys. The artist actually witnessed a man proposing to his future wife and included them this piece! Look out for it in this new work in subway stations throughout the city or pick one up for yourself at here.