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Three Air Force planes fly over the parade
as part of the ceremonies of the 115th Tournament of Roses Parade
on January 1, 2004.
The United States began 2004
extremely tight security
in an effort to thwart any terror attack
New York to Las Vegas.
The last big event of the U.S. New Year
-- the Rose Parade and football game in Pasadena --
by video surveillance cameras
and two electronic sensors
to detect biological agents in the Rose Bowl stadium.
Photo by Jim Ruymen/Reuters
The New York Times
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
the New Year comes in feeling merely newish, a matter of changing months and not
much else. But sometimes the New Year brings with it a powerful sense of
regeneration, as if, like certain insects, you were entering a new stage of
It’s hard to know which kind of New Year is coming until it comes. Changing
digits — from 2013 to 2014 — may be all the change you feel you need. Yet there
are only so many New Years in any one life, and it never hurts to be ready for
the eventful year, which, as Thoreau once wrote, will drown out all our
muskrats. (Or, as the muskrats might say, the year which will drown out all our
There are no hymns to the New Year, and the only music most of us associate with
this holiday is that dirge of the departing year, “Auld Lang Syne.”
There is no traditional ceremony either — everyone seems to celebrate the day in
a different manner. And perhaps this is a holiday that defies both tradition and
ceremony. Does it make sense, after all, to welcome the New Year in the Same Old
Way? There is not much ritual in turning to a new page in the calendar. All the
ritual lies within us, in the aspiration to live up to our highest hopes.
The dead of winter is not a natural season for rebirth. Yet all of nature,
dormant now under the cover of cold and snow, is preparing for a re-emergence
that always seems spectacular when it eventually comes. Meanwhile, we persist,
as much like ourselves on Jan. 1 as we were on Dec. 31. The newness we hope for
is something that is ours to construct day by day.
The New Year Within,
Celebrates 100th Ball Drop
January 1, 2008
Filed at 9:01 a.m. ET
The New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Not even a fractured foot could keep Ryan Visto from joining
more than a million revelers in Times Square to watch the symbolic sphere make
its 100th descent into the new year.
The 18-year-old visitor from San Francisco had taken a tumble on his skateboard
in Central Park and landed in the hospital. His family decided the mishap wasn't
going to stop them from missing the city's biggest New Year's Eve party.
''They wanted to keep him for surgery,'' said Sheena Visto, his mother. ''But I
told them to throw a cast on and do surgery later. We had to come.''
So the family -- with Ryan sitting in a wheelchair borrowed from the hospital --
merged with the masses who counted down the new year as a ton of confetti rained
down on the urban canyon.
University of North Carolina junior Reid Medlin, 21, and a couple of his friends
arrived for the party without hotel reservations and planned to stay up all
''I think the best part is being here with friends,'' he said as people in the
crowd kissed. ''This was beautiful. It makes you appreciate everything.''
Organizers said well over a million people attended the festivities.
The Times Square tradition of dropping the new year's ball began a century ago
with a 700-pound ball of wood and iron, lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.
This year's event featured an energy-efficient sphere clad in Waterford
crystals, with 9,576 light-emitting diodes that generated a kaleidoscope of
The entertainment lineup included Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest handling the
countdown to 2008 and musical performances by Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus.
Even New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez showed up, shaking hands and posing
A different sort of ball-drop was planned in Brooksville, Fla., north of Tampa,
where a 200-pound fiberglass tangerine would ring in the new year. And in
downtown Miami, the Big Orange was to slowly climb to the top of the Hotel
Inter-Continental, followed by a laser and fireworks show.
About a million people were expected for the 32nd First Night celebration in
Boston. The event included a half-dozen ice sculptures, each weighing 30 to 45
tons, performances by hundreds of artists, and a midnight fireworks display over
Authorities in several cities, including Phoenix, Dallas and Detroit, pleaded
with residents not to celebrate by firing guns skyward. Emergency Medical
Service technicians in New Orleans planned to don combat helmets made from the
same fiber used in bullet-resistant vests.
The Chicago Transit Authority continued its New Year's Eve tradition of offering
penny fares on buses and trains as thousands were expected to head to the city's
fireworks shows on Navy Pier. Philadelphia also had a huge fireworks display
planned, with 4,000 fireworks shells scheduled to explode over the Delaware
In Pasadena, Calif., thousands of spectators reveled and some even slept on
sidewalks as they anticipated the Rose Parade. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse
will serve as grand marshal of the floral extravaganza with the theme ''Passport
to the World's Celebrations.'' The parade also features 21 marching bands and 18
Police kept a close eye on the crowd, which continued to celebrate despite winds
and temperatures in the 40s -- cold for Southern California. Jim Colligan, 47,
of La Crescenta said he has been camping out at the parade for 14 years with his
barbecue and heating lamp.
''We open the barbecue up to everyone. This is my Christmas, this is my time to
give,'' Colligan said.
Revelers took to the Las Vegas Strip to watch more than 30,000 effects rocket
from the rooftops of seven casinos. The eruption of light and color was
choreographed to a playlist of pop music, country hits and, of course, crooner
More than 300,000 people were expected to crowd the Strip and downtown resorts
for the countdown to midnight. They were expected to spend more than $200
million in restaurants, theaters and clubs -- with a big chunk of that going to
the hefty door charge, usually around $250, at the Strip's slick nightclubs.
For that much money, patrons could see pop star Avril Lavigne, booked to host
the party at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The LAX Night Club in the Luxor
casino scored both Hilton sisters -- Nicky and Paris -- for its bash.
''It's a party city. It's wild out here!'' said Stephanie Smith, 21, of West
Covina, Calif., as her friends polished off yard-long margaritas and walked the
sidewalk outside the Wynn Las Vegas resort.
By the time the West Coast partied, New York City sanitation crews had already
taken control of Times Square. Most of the crowd had dispersed by 12:25 a.m.
Tuesday and workers cleared up the confetti, plastic cups, gold streamers, water
bottles and other party errata left behind by the revelers.
''It's amazing how much garbage people leave,'' said Brian Hawkes, visiting from
Birmingham, England. ''I wouldn't want this job to clean up after them.''
Associated Press writer Kathleen Hennessey
contributed to this report.
(This version CORRECTS spelling of descent.)
Times Square Celebrates
100th Ball Drop, NYT, 1.1.2008,
Times Square Confetti
to Carry Messages
December 30, 2007
The New York Times
Filed at 9:26 a.m. ET
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Messages and wishes for the new
year from people around the world will float down on the New Year's Eve revelers
in Times Square when the confetti is dropped.
For the first time, anyone can get a message printed on a piece of the
multicolored confetti by visiting the Times Square Information Center or by
using the Internet to type a message on a ''Wishing Wall Online'' --
The message-carrying pieces will be mixed among the more than one ton of
confetti, organizers said.
Messages can be serious or silly, said Tim Tompkins, a spokesman for the Times
Square Alliance, which organizes the party.
So far, messages have included everything from wanting to be taller or having a
smarter boss to healthy children and asking for the safe return of a child from
Iraq, he said. ''Peace in the World,'' reads one posted on the ''virtual wishing
''Another person wrote that they wanted their husband to get a green card so
that they could join them here in the states,'' Tompkins told WABC-TV.
On the Web:
Times Square Alliance:
Times Square Confetti to Carry Messages, NYT,
Violent attacks mar new year
Monday January 1, 2007
Staff and agencies
Violent incidents which left one
man dead outside a pub in Bath and another in a critical condition after being
shot in a London nightclub, have marred new year celebrations in the UK.
The Bath victim, who has not been
named, was found lying on the pavement outside the Longacre Tavern on Julian
Road, Bath, in Somerset, just after 1am today.
He had suffered what police described as "abdomen injuries". Four men, all from
Bath, were later arrested on suspicion of murder and were being questioned by
A shooting incident at the Elbow Rooms club in Islington, north London, left a
man in a critical condition and and a man and a woman with gunshot wounds.
Police were called to the club at around 2.10am to reports of shots being fired
on the dancefloor following a disturbance.
Two men and a woman were arrested near the scene in connection with the shooting
and were being questioned at separate north London police stations.
Meanwhile, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) reported the highest number of
emergency 999 call outs since the millennium, and in France more than 250 people
were arrested as vandals set alight hundreds of cars.
In one of the few British cities where celebrations survived the stormy weather,
the LAS received 1,562 calls between midnight and 4am - the majority being
The level of calls was up 8% on the same period last year, and the highest since
Hotspots such as Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square, Leicester Square and the
banks of the Thames river saw LAS staff working with St John Ambulance and the
British Red Cross.
The service operated a non-emergency ambulance to deal with minor
alcohol-related injuries. A treatment centre was also set up at Guy's hospital
minor injuries unit to help reduce the burden of the extra demand.
An LAS spokesman said: "Our biggest problem, not just on New Year's Eve but
every weekend of the year, I would say, is alcohol-related calls and that makes
it difficult for ambulance service staff to respond to real emergency calls in a
Meanwhile, a search resumed today for a man swept from rocks into heavy seas on
the Cornish coast.
The man, in his 20s, wearing only shorts and a long sleeved top, was reportedly
washed into the waves by heavy surf at Trevone bay, near Padstow, at around 4pm
yesterday. A search was launched but was called off last night once it grew
In France 25,000 police were on duty last night and fireworks were banned in
Paris, in an attempt to maintain order.
Overnight, 258 people were arrested as an estimated 400 cars were set alight
across the country. But the French police said there was less disorder than in
In Ireland, a murder hunt was launched after a man was stabbed at a New Year's
Eve house party.
Gardai were called to the house in Tralee, County Kerry, last night after an
argument broke out. The victim, in his mid-30s, was still alive when he was
taken to Kerry General hospital, but he died from his injuries at around
One man, in his early 30s, was arrested and is being questioned about the
attack. A postmortem examination is to be carried out today.
Violent attacks mar new year celebrations, G,
The Hope of a Fresh Start
January 1, 2007
The New York Times
New Year’s Day is the simplest
holiday in the calendar, a Champagne cork of a day after all the effervescence
of the evening before. There is no civic agenda, no liturgical content, only the
sense of something ended, something begun. It is a good day to clean the ashes
out of the wood stove, to consider the possibilities of next summer’s garden, to
wonder how many weeks into the new year you will be before you marvel at how
quickly 2007 is going. “This will be the year ...,” you find yourself thinking,
but before you can finish the thought you remember what all the previous years
have taught you — that there’s just no telling.
We are supposed to believe in the fresh start of a new year, and who doesn’t
love the thought of it? But we are just as likely to feel the pull of the old
ways on this holiday, to acknowledge the solid comfort — like it or not — of the
self we happen to have become over the years. We may not say, like Charles Lamb
in 1820, that we would no more alter the shape of our lives “than the incidents
of some well-contrived novel.” But we know what he means.
No one has faced the prospect of New Year’s time more honestly than Lamb. He
knew that its real theme was what he called “an intolerable disinclination to
dying,” something he felt especially sharply in the dead of winter, awaiting the
peal of bells ringing in the new year. It was an inescapable syllogism for him —
New Year, the passing of time, the certainty of death.
What it forced from him was the very thing it should force from all of us — a
renewal of our pleasure in life itself. “I am in love,” he wrote, “with this
green earth; the face of town and country; the unspeakable rural solitudes, and
the sweet security of streets.”
The Hope of a Fresh Start,
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