By DENIS D. GRAY Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan January 16, 2013 APNot so long ago Fakira roamed the mean streets of the Afghan capital, hawking magazines for 13 U.S. cents apiece to support her poverty-stricken family. Next month, the 15-year-old cellist appears in Americas most prestigious concert halls, performing alongside other former street children and orphans of Afghanistans decades of violence.”Suddenly my whole life changed, and now I am going to America,” she says, recounting her chance encounter with a rather improbable school thats reviving music, both Western classical and Afghan, in a country where the Taliban had made even listening to it a crime — and where a generation of musicians vanished through killings, old age or exile.
Rumors abound as to the possibility that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid participated in a bribery arrangement. Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson supposedly offered Reid a sum payment of $600,000 in order to make a federal investigation into his own Utah company disappear. The deal allegedly involved Utah Attorney General John Swallow acting as a middleman to coax Senator Reid to put the brakes on the investigation.