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Annie was hives from head to toe
My father was in the living room, watching television. He turned the sound up and hunkered down in his chair.
I looked at Diesel. He was rocked back on his heels, smiling. "Go ahead, honey," he said to me. "Tell them the happy news."
"I’m getting to it," I said.
"What?" Grandma wanted to know. "What?"
"Diesel and I have decided to get married… today."
My mother went white and made the sign of the cross. "Holy Mary, mother of God…"
"What about Joseph?" Grandma asked.
I could feel panic rising in my throat. I looked to Diesel for help.
"He’s out of town," Diesel said.
I inadvertently made a sort of strangling sound. "Ulk."
"It was all I could think of
My mother sucked in some air. "You’re pregnant," she said.
"Isn’t this fab?" Valerie gurgled. "Two new babies!"
Now my father was on his feet. "Babies? Who’s having babies?"
"Stephanie," Valerie said. "She’s going to have a baby, and she’s getting married."
My father was confused. He looked around the room. No Joe. No Ranger. His eyes locked on Diesel. "Not the psycho," he said.
Diesel blew out a sigh.
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- President of the UN GeneralAssembly Miroslav Lajcak on Wednesday called for action to preventhatred.
"We are not here today just to remember the Holocaust. We arealso here to remind ourselves of our collective failure to preventit," he told an annual event of the United Nations to mark theinternational day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust."Because, the Holocaust was not a surprise. It did not happenovernight. We saw it coming, and we did not stop it."
"We need more than meetings
Lajcak said all the tools to do this already exist -- inmultilateralism.
He warned that in today's world, red warning flashes arelighting for the prevalence of hatred. "Acts of genocide,systematic discrimination, anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance,Islamophobia
"Today we remember the darkest hour of our human history. We payour respects to the people who lost their lives. And we honor thosewho took risks to prevent the suffering of others. But we must alsocall for action." Enditem
Passengers prepare to take the train at Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, 2018. The 2018 Spring Festival travel rush, known as the Chunyun, started on Thursday and will last till March 12. About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during the Chunyun. The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Feb. 16 this year. (XinhuaXing Guangli)
Qian Leiming boarded the K4668 train from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to Shanghai, a 4,129-km journey that will take almost three days.
"I do dried fruit business in Hotan Prefecture, and I go home every year to celebrate Lunar New year," Qian said. "Tickets to Shanghai are extremely difficult to get, but this year I got my ticket in advance online."
Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year
About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during the 2018 Spring Festival travel rush between Feb. 1 and March 12, basically the same figure as last year, according to China's top economic planner.
To enhance railway transport capability, an additional 1,152 and 1,330 train services will be scheduled before and after the festival, respectively, on the basis of 3
An additional 177 high-speed train services will be scheduled to operate each night, which will be able to carry 100,000 more passengers each day, he said.
Aviation authorities plan to schedule an additional 30,000 flights during the travel rush on the basis of about 14,500 flights every day, said Wang Zhiqing, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Administration.
In southwest China's Guizhou Province, many passengers are going home the high-speed way.
Wen Hua, 53, is a migrant worker from Guizhou's Tongzi County. Wen works at a construction site in the eastern seaboard of Fujian Province, more than 1,600 km away from home. Each year, going home would take almost 27 hours. But now, high-speed trains make his journey much easier.
"Now I can transfer via the high-speed trains in Guiyang, which greatly slashes my time to reach home
In the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, many migrant workers choose to go home by motorcycle.
Zhang Youjin, 38, is from Guangxi's Hezhou City. Zhang and his wife work in Guangdong Province with their child. On Thursday morning, they packed a bottle of hot water, four bottles of congee and other life necessities in two colorful bulging plastic bags, and hopped on a motorcycle to head home.
"It's freezing outside, but the journey is much cheaper," Zhang said.
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