Upfront October 4, 2010 Armed and Underage : Page 5

NUMBERS IN THE NEWS 62 LENGTH in miles of an epic traffic jam in China between Beijing and Inner Mongolia. It took 10 days to clear. SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES 200,000 ESTIMATED NUMBER of children being forced to serve as soldiers around the world. (See p. 6.) SOURCE: COALITION TO STOP THE USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS 100 NUMBER OF live reptiles found in a wildlife smuggler’s suitcase at a Malaysia airport in August. SOURCE: REUTERS 155 NUMBER OF Native American languages that will likely die out by 2050 if no effort is made to save them. (See p. 10.) SOURCE: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE INSTITUTE 1,935 NUMBER OF film scenes last year depicting cigarette smoking, a 49 percent drop from 2005. SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION 11.1 million ESTIMATED NUMBER of illegal immigrants in the United States, down from 12 million in 2007. It’s the first clear decline in two decades. SOURCE: PEW HISPANIC CENTER Great Outdoors When Nature Calls, Turn Off Your Phone Last fall, a group of hikers in the Grand Canyon called in rescue helicopters by pressing the emergency button on their satellite location device. The emergency? Their water “tasted salty.” As a more wired public visits the national parks, rangers say technology is contributing to a rising number of false alarms and foolish Wired hikers are getting themselves in trouble. risks. “Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,” says Jackie Skaggs of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, one lost hiker called to ask for hot chocolate. At Zion National Park in Utah, workers say some visitors arrive with tech devices and little else—sometimes not even water. The folks who get in trouble, says Kyle Patterson, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, are “people who have solely relied on GPS technology but were not using common sense or maps and compasses.” • OCTOBER 4, 2010 5 Wild West A Pardon for Billy the Kid? years later, Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is thinking about granting the outlaw cattle rustler and murderer a pardon. The Kid (whose real name was either Henry McCarty or William H. Bonney) killed four law enforcement officers and many others. But there’s evidence that the Governor at the time told the Kid he would grant him a pardon in return for testifying about a killing he had witnessed. The Kid testified, but he never got his pardon. The proposed clemency has the descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, who shot the Kid, worried about tarnishing their grandfather’s reputation. The Governor says his decision will be based on whether the pardon would be “fulfilling this promise that was never kept.” But, Richardson admits, “this also gets good publicity for the state.” • B illy the Kid is long dead and buried, and so is the Sheriff who shot him in 1881. Now, almost 130 Billy the Kid: Was he promised clemency? RICK SCIBELLI/THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX (BILLY THE KID); MICHAEL DEYOUNG/ALASKASTOCK/PHOTOLIBRARY (HIKERS)

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