Man Is Rescued by Stranger on Subway Tracks

It was every subway rider’s nightmare, times two.

Who has ridden along New York’s 656 miles of subway lines and not wondered: “What if I fell to the tracks as a train came in? What would I do?”

And who has not thought: “What if someone else fell? Would I jump to the rescue?”

Wesley Autrey, a 50-year-old construction worker and Navy veteran, faced both those questions in a flashing instant yesterday, and got his answers almost as quickly.

Mr. Autrey was waiting for the downtown local at 137th Street and Broadway in Manhattan around 12:45 p.m. He was taking his two daughters, Syshe, 4, and Shuqui, 6, home before work.

Nearby, a man collapsed, his body convulsing. Mr. Autrey and two women rushed to help, he said. The man, Cameron Hollopeter, 20, managed to get up, but then stumbled to the platform edge and fell to the tracks, between the two rails.

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The headlights of the No. 1 train appeared. “I had to make a split decision,” Mr. Autrey said.

So he made one, and leapt.

Mr. Autrey lay on Mr. Hollopeter, his heart pounding, pressing him down in a space roughly a foot deep. The train’s brakes screeched, but it could not stop in time.

Five cars rolled overhead before the train stopped, the cars passing inches from his head, smudging his blue knit cap with grease. Mr. Autrey heard onlookers’ screams. “We’re O.K. down here,” he yelled, “but I’ve got two daughters up there. Let them know their father’s O.K.” He heard cries of wonder, and applause.

Power was cut, and workers got them out. Mr. Hollopeter, a student at the New York Film Academy, was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He had only bumps and bruises, said his grandfather, Jeff Friedman. The police said it appeared that Mr. Hollopeter had suffered a seizure.

Mr. Autrey refused medical help, because, he said, nothing was wrong. He did visit Mr. Hollopeter in the hospital before heading to his night shift. “I don’t feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help,” Mr. Autrey said. “I did what I felt was right.”

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Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 40 minutes
Bake: 50 minutes
Cool: 2 hours
Stand: 2 hours

Ingredients

1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie (see below)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup caramel ice-cream topping

Directions

Prepare Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a
12-inch circle. Transfer pastry to a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate,
being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim; crimp edge as desired.

For Crumb Topping, stir together brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and the oats.

Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the topping mixture resembles coarse
crumbs. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl stir together the granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, the
cinnamon, and salt. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated. Transfer apple
mixture to the pastry-lined pie plate. Sprinkle Crumb Topping over apple mixture.

To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for
25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until top is golden. Remove
from oven; sprinkle pie with pecans, then drizzle with caramel topping. Cool on a wire
rack.

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie: In a bowl stir together 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and
1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/3 cup shortening until pieces are
pea-size. Using 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water total, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water at
a time over the flour mixture, tossing with a fork until all of the dough is moistened.

Form dough into a ball.

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Caramel-Apple Pie Recipe

Caramel-Apple Pie

Caramel-Apple Pie

Makes: 10 servings
Prep: 35 minutes
Bake: 55 minutes

Ingredients

1 recipe Piecrust (see recipe below)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 cups peeled and coarsely chopped Jonathan apples
1/2 cup caramel-apple dip
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter

Directions

Prepare Piecrust. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough from center to edge into a 12-inch circle. Wrap pastry around a rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate. Trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate. Fold under pastry; crimp. Don’t prick pastry.
For filling, in a large bowl, combine granulated sugar, the 1/4 cup flour, and the cinnamon. Add the apples and toss to coat. Transfer to pastry-lined pie plate. Combine 2 tablespoons of the caramel-apple dip and the milk; drizzle over apples.
In a mixing bowl, combine the 1 cup flour and the brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over filling. Cover edge of pie with foil to prevent overbrowning. Place on a baking sheet.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until golden. Cool 10 minutes. Drizzle remaining caramel dip over top. Cool pie on a wire rack.
 

Piecrust: In a medium bowl, cut 1/3 cup butter into 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour with a pastry blender until pieces are the size of peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon milk over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Repeat moistening the dough, using 3 tablespoons more milk (1 tablespoon at a time), until all the dough is moistened. Shape into a ball.

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T.O. embraces the star. Finally!

Terrell Owens

Well, T.O. got his wish and he seemed to embrace the star by celebrating his third Touchdown of the day, and help the Cowboys avenge a win over the Texans. He stood up on the star, just like he did when he was with the 49ers, and really angered the fans; only this time he got a standing ovation from the crowd.

I know by looking at the reaction from Bill Parcells, this wasn’t one of things he likes to see out of his players, but I just hope this will make him see, he needs to give the guy a chance and let him prove his point. Hey, if it helps you win football games, what the heck?

The Cowboys calendar isn’t getting any easier going forward, and let’s hope they can cope with it and prepare for it, as it’s coming towards them in big and prime time.

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Pope ’sincerely regrets’ he offended Muslims

Pope Benedict XVI

Leaders across the Muslim world demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologize for remarks linking Islam and violence, but the Vatican stopped short of doing so Saturday, saying instead the pontiff “sincerely regrets” that Muslims were offended.

Benedict’s speech in Germany this week unleashed a torrent of rage among Muslims and stirred fears of violent anti-Western protests like those that followed the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslim leaders have been unappeased by previous overtures by Vatican officials.

“We do not accept the apology through Vatican channels … and ask him (Benedict) to offer a personal apology — not through his officials,” Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanon’s most senior Shiite cleric, told worshippers Friday in Beirut.

The “Muslims” are offended? What a surprise!!!

Why should the Pope apologize? Did the Muslims apologize to the world after September 11th, 2001? Maybe it was not the traditional Muslims who did it, right? But it was the extremist Muslims who did it in the name of Islam!

So, if the Pope does not apologize, they will kill him now? Hmm, and this is a so called religion of peace and love? By whom? The Muslims? Of course, what a thought! I don’t think anyone else would agree, especially when if you dare to offend them in any way, no matter what the circumstances, they feel so angered that they will launch a crusade to protest about it, and maybe even kill you.

It seems to me, they are looking for the slightest of the excuses to create just that: war and do evil and inhumane things.

Notably, the strongest denunciations came from Turkey — a moderate democracy seeking European Union membership where Benedict is scheduled to visit in November as his first trip as pope to a Muslim country.

This is exactly one of the reasons why Turkey should NOT be allowed as a member of the European Union. They have at least 200 years more to go and grow up.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the pope must apologize for his “ugly, unfortunate statements,” and cast doubt on whether the pontiff’s trip would go ahead as planned.

Salih Kapusuz, deputy leader of Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted party, said Benedict’s remarks were either “the result of pitiful ignorance” about Islam and its prophet or, worse, a deliberate distortion.

“He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages,” Kapusuz told Turkish state media. “It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades.”

Oh really? So Muslims’ violent and criminal actions are not a mentality of the crusades? Oops, I forgot! They’re ONLY terrorists!

“He is going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini,” he added.

You know what? I will agree on this one! As long as the Muslims who kill other Muslims and commit terrorist acts against humanity are referred in worldwide history as “Barbarians of the darkness of the modern ages

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