Crossrail Transit Project Unearths London’s Macabre Past

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

Europe, after all, is a neighborhood steeped in soil and history. And in this neck of the global woods, nothing brings the light of discovery quite like the building of a transit system. In Rome, which makes London look like a rank newcomer, engineers building a subway line have hit major delays after tripping over the likes of a second-century auditorium just yards from the Forum. In Cologne, Germany, where a 21 / 2-mile railway is under construction, archaeologists found the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman harbor. In the groaning earth under Istanbul, a new rail tunnel going under the Bosporus ran smack dab into a Byzantine shipwreck. In Thessaloniki, Greeces second-largest metropolis, excavations for a new rail project did not so much hit a brick wall as an entire lost city, some 1,800 years old. Today, in the dark recesses of London, much of the focus is on waking the dead. More than 100 archaeologists have fanned out at 40 excavation sites over the length of the $24billion Crossrail project, an ambitious line linking points east and west in what is already one of the worlds most dizzyingly vast transit systems. Until the 1970s, archaeologists here say, relatively little emphasis was put on history when building out transport tunnels. Many finds, typically discovered in the top five yards of soil, were seen as mild curiosities or undesired obstacles. But urban archaeologists planned for half a dozen years for the Crossrail project . They created computer models that examined the new 73-mile network in the light of historical records and ancient maps to target the most tantalizing sites for digs.

Imran Farooq murder: London police extends suspect’s bail

The 52-year old man, a British citizen of Pakistani origin, was arrested in June from Londonas Heathrow Airport. The man had just arrived in Britain from Canada before the police arrested him. After his arrest, he was taken to a west London police station for questioning before being released on bail two days later which was to last until a date in September. The extension in his bail comes days after the London police said that the slain politicianas wish to launch a new political party before his death remained a key line of probe in the murder investigation. The MQM subsequently said the idea that Farooq was seeking to form a new political party was simply unimaginable. MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane on Sept 16, 2010 outside his London home. A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. The 52-year-old manas was the first arrest carried out by London Police in relation to Farooqas killing and has so far been the most significant progress in the case in over a year. Farooq, one of the founding members of the MQM, then known as the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, had been living in self-imposed exile in London since 1999. The party later transformed into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and became the fourth largest political force in parliament, and is the largest political party in Karachi.

London Fletcher gets needed rest

Thats why the Washington Redskins linebacker talked with coaches about having Nick Barnett replace him at times during games. Fletcher Barnett played eight snaps over two series for Fletcher in Sundays 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions . Its something to keep me fresher, said Fletcher, 38. They rotate running backs, so we decided to rotate middle linebackers. I thought it helped me during the course of the game. Fletcher finished with eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. He did not come off the field in the first two games, but struggled to get off blocks at Green Bay. As others have said, every player succumbs to age at some point. We dont want to overwork him, especially with the offenses we go against nowadays, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. Id like to give him a few more plays off to not just wear him down. Were trying to keep him 100 percent. We feel very good about London.