An Official Mourning In China For Quake Victims

In an elaborately orchestrated outpouring of grief, China mourned the victims of the earthquake in western Qinghai Province by printing monochromatic newspapers, shuttering karaoke parlors and canceling sporting events across the country.The quake, which struck on Wednesday last week and killed more than 2,000 people, devastated Jiegu, a high-altitude Tibetan city that sits atop a plateau whose thin air and remoteness have bedeviled rescue efforts. More than 12,000 people were injured, and as many as 100,000 survivors have been left homeless.The national day of grieving Wednesday, not unlike the one staged in 2008 for those killed during a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province, was sweeping and in some cases compulsory.