August 9, 1998 – Dead In Nairobi Embassy Bombing Climbs To 190 – 73,000 Striking Bell Atlantic Workers – Flesh Eating Bacteria

U.S. Embassy Bombing in Nairobi
U.S. Embassy Bombing in Nairobi – every day, more bodies, but more miracles.

August 9, 1998 – CBS Radio News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

August 9, 1998 – Two days after a terrorist bombing severely damaged the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, survivors were still being pulled from the wreckage, while at the same time, more bodies were being uncovered. So far, the death toll climbed to 190 with more grim discoveries anticipated. But the good news was, more survivors were being pulled to safety and it was sufficient impetus to keep the search going, at least for the next few days. Rescuers were taking extreme caution because a hastily moved piece of rubble could lead to further collapse. So it was delicate and painstaking procedure. A group calling itself The Liberation Army of Islamic Sanctuaries was claiming responsibility for the bombing. Embassy officials had no idea who that was.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., some 73,000 Bell Atlanta workers were going on strike. The union was quoted as saying it was concerned over out-sourcing and questionable job security. Spokespeople for Bell Atlantic assured the strikers the issue was not about job security and that the accusation of out-sourcing was a false claim put out by the Union. On the contrary, management said, they were pledging to increase the number of workers in the ranks. The strike was feeling its toll. Callers throughout the Northeast were expected to experience lengthy delays in calling collect, dialing directory assistance or customer service.

And an outbreak of Flesh Eating Bacteria turned up in two Philadelphia hospitals. Both victims came down with the disease after being admitted for Strep Throat.

And that’s a little of what went on, this August 9, 1998 as presented by CBS Radio News On the Hour.

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