The Whole 9 Yards: Year in Review
We associate the number nine with extremes: highs (cloud nine), lows (the ninth Psalm, predicting the coming of the Antichrist), good luck and bad. Considering the spectrum of events we lived through in 2010-2011—from the greatest victories to the worst tragedies—the number nine seems a particularly apt symbol for the past twelve months’ happenings. On the plus side, DADT was repealed; on the minus side, a near-apocalyptic disaster devastated Japan. Last year, we opened our Annual Year in Review with the crisis in Haiti, which proves again that life is fragile.
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In March, Japan suffered a 9.0-magnitude undersea megathrust earthquake followed by a killer tsunami that washed entire villages into the ocean. The one-two punch killed tens of thousands of people and reduced large areas of northern Japan to a sea of crushed debris and human remains. The quake also damaged nuclear power plants operating near the epicenter, causing life-threatening radiation leaks that authorities have been unable to stem despite frantic efforts. Radiation tests revealed contamination in milk, spinach and seawater, but the long-term effects of the threefold disaster are unknown.[image_credit] => Matthew M. Bradley/U.S [image_highlight] => 1 [image_page] => 0 [image_display_order] => 1 [_DB_DataObject_version] => 1.8.5 [N] => 1 [_database_dsn] => [_database_dsn_md5] => 7d5a85f3960d9d91223e571f24c76791 [_DB_resultid] => 12 [_resultFields] => [_link_loaded] => [_join] => [_lastError] => [_query] => Array ( [condition] => [group_by] => [order_by] => [having] => [limit_start] => [limit_count] => [data_select] => * ) )