Quote of the Day
"We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war."
-- Condoleezza Rice
News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Constitution Deal Reached
Operation Enduring Freedom
Close Call For Rice
Fighting in Afghanistan Kills 21
Homeland Security / War on Terror
Bali Bombing Survivors Commemorate 2002 Tragedy
22-Year-Old Said to Be Hamas Bomb Maker
Yemen Said Linked to Guns in Saudi Attack
Earthquake fails to shake out details on hunt for bin Laden
Davis Claims Sobriety
Man says he was drink-free when beaten by police officers
New Orleans Cops Beat Man
U.S. privacy law limits access to evacuee data
Rain, Hail Stop; Rescue, Aid Resume
First relief cargo planes reach survivors
Video: Weather Dampens Efforts
Quake relief reaches some in Pakistan, many without
Ordinary men lend a hand in devastated Pakistan village
Ex-Annan Adviser Arrested in U.N. Oil-for-Food Investigation
DeLay team subpoenas prosecutor
Weary Angels edge White Sox in ALCS opener
Only in America...
Man allegedly hijacks train with bow and arrow
Pastor calls cops on church members
Town cries foul over Amish horse manure
Cops nab man in underwear at Conn. school
(Yep, one of the few times my state makes the news...)
Other News of Note
Palestinians: Arafat's Death Still Mystery
Syria's Regime Prepares for U.N. Report
Syria: Interior minister commits suicide
Google Creates $1B Philanthropic Arm
Four Missing in U.S. Flooding
AP: Frist Had Outside Stocks
More Than 40 Dead in Iraq
Al Qaeda No. 2: U.S. May Run
Fresno Leads Nation in Concentrated Poverty
U.N. Seeks to Up Bird Flu Vaccine Production
Chinese Crew Blasts Off
Israeli PM: Palestinians Must Do Their Part in Peace Efforts
NYT's Miller to Testify Again
Alleged Al Qaeda Member Cites U.S. as Motivator
Reuters: Top News
Key trade ministers end farm meet, no breakthrough
Microsoft, Yahoo to link IM services
AP World News
Blast Shuts Northern Iraq Oil Pipeline
Bali Prepares to Mark '02 Suicide Attacks
Army of Volunteers Helps Quake Victims
Guatemala Relies on Aid After Floods
China's Communists Approve Economic Plan
The Seattle Times
Guatemala gives up on slide dead
Skepticism grows in subway scare
Wetlands protections tested
U.N. warns of millions of environmental refugees
Bone discovery adds to evidence of tiny humans
Vermont deal shields part of world's oldest reef
Defendant suggests cop was shot by FBI agent
Plane stolen in Florida shows up near Atlanta
Ebay to stop selling stun guns to New Yorkers
N. Korean kids play part in leader's personality cult
Liberians vote for first president since end of war
Condors likely to return even earlier than expected
Boston Globe: World
Mideast TV show mocks Islam, some Arabs contend
Iranians said to weigh granting access to sites
Kyrgyzstan says US troops can continue using base
Palestinians get rare Bush meeting
Member's abrupt resignation rocks Nobel Prize community
Air Force Fills Army Holes in Iraq
Army Housing no Longer Homely
CENTCOM: News Releases
U.S. SUPPORTS PAKISTAN LED EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STATEMENT ON SOUTH ASIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS
IRAQI, U.S. FORCES SURPRISE TERRORISTS, DETAIN 57
COALITION EARTHQUAKE ASSISTANCE ARRIVES IN PAKISTAN
Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Addresses Terror War Concerns — Story
Pace Presents Purple Hearts to 8 Soldiers — Story
Officials: Saddam Trial to be 'Iraqi-Led Process' — Story
ON THE GROUND
Tall Afar Meeting Addresses School Openings — Story
Special Police Training Troops Head to Iraq — Story
Iraqi Army Opens New Clinic at Training Base — Story
Herculean Effort Builds Shelters for Hercules — Story
Marines Teach Radio Skills to Georgian Troops — Story
Marines, Soldiers Work Together to Win Iraqi Trust
A-10 Phase Dock Keeps Frequent Flyers Flying
FACE OF DEFENSE
Teacher Helps Iraqis Learn English — Story
Iraq Transition of Power
98 Terror Suspects Captured
Iraqi Troops Respond to Attack
Security Forces Reach Milestone
U.S. Soldier Killed by Car Bomber
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
Firefight Kills U.S. Soldier
Afghanistan Daily Update
WAR ON TERRORISM
Rice Thanks Troops in Kyrgyzstan
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Knowledge Base
Assistance Moves Toward Pakistan
Troops Continue Earthquake Relief
National Guard, Reserve Update
Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story
Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf
Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar
National Hurricane Center
Today in History
1285 - In Munich, 180 Jews are set on fire after refusing baptism.
1492 - Columbus arrives in the Bahamas.
1776 - The British begin guarding Throgg's Neck Road (Bronx, NY).
1822 - The second eruption of Galunggung (Java) destroys the mountain's summit.
1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs).
1860 - British and French troops capture Peking.
1861 - On the Mississippi, the Confederate ironclad Manassas attacks the Union's sloop Richmond, causing severe damage below the waterline.
1862 - JEB Stuart completes his second ride around McClellan; Major General Earl Van Dorn assumes command of Conferate troops in Missisippi.
1886 - A hurricane and its resulting storm surge kill 250 in Indianola, TX.
1915 - In Belgium, English nurse Edith Cavell is executed by the Germans; Theodore Roosevelt criticizes dual citizenship.
1918 - At Boston's Childrens' Hospital, the Iron Lung is first used; Cloquet, MN, and 25 other communities are destroyed by a forest fire that kills 559.
1933 - Alcatraz unofficially becomes a Federal prison; John Dillinger escapes from the Allen County, OH, jail.
1941 - The Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as the Nazis close in.
1942 - The U.S. Navy defeats the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
1949 - Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman ambassador nominated in the U.S.
1957 - The first commercial flight between CA and Antartica takes place.
1960 - Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on the desk during a U.N. General Assembly session. 1962 - The U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign a joint telecommunications/meteorology space effort.
1963 - Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel.
1964 - The Voskhod-1 is launched with a three man crew (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov).
1968 - Equatorial Guinea gains independence from Spain; at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Mexico City, Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is first woman to light the Olympic flame.
1969 - Soyuz-7 is launched.
1972 - 46 sailors are injured in a race riot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk; Mariner-9 takes pictures of the Martian north pole.
1973 - Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP.
1975 - Archbishop Oliver Plunkett becomes the first Irish-born saint in seven centuries; NASA launches the space vehicle S-195.
1976 - Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Tse-tung as chairman of China's Communist Party.
1977 - Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, fails, and smashes into a police van (Guess he didn't see that one coming); the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, a white student denied admission to the University of California Medical School.
1978 - Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington.
1984 - The IRA bombs a hotel where Margaret Thatcher is staying.
1985 - The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War receive the Nobel Prize.
1988 - Israel and China sign a trade deal, plan diplomatic relations.
1537 - King Edward VI of England (1547-53)
1798 - Pedro I, first emperor of Brazil (1822-31), King of Portugal
1860 - Elmer A. Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
1866 - Ramsay MacDonald, British PM (1924, 1929-35)
1923 - Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers
1932 - Dick Gregory, comedian/political activist/dietician (Bahamian Diet); Jake Garn (Sen-UT) / astronaut (STS 51D)
1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, operatic tenor
1947 - Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News)
1950 - Susan Anton, actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever)
1969 - Kimberly Ann Grimm, Miss Maryland-America (1991)
1970 - Kimberly Hoskins, Miss Arizona-America (1991)
1694 - Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet
1860 - Sir Henry G. W. Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
1864 - Roger Taney, Supreme Court Chief Justice
1870 - Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army
1945 - Jesse James Payne, lynched in Madison County, Florida
1985 - Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right)
1987 - Alfred M. Landon, former Kansas Governor; Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67)
Reported Missing in Action
Elkins, Frank C., USN (NC); A4E shot down, remains ID'd February, 1990
Woods, Robert D., USN (MO); A1H shot down, released March, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998
Derrickson, Thomas G., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Hardy)
Hardy, John K., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Derrickson)
Brunson, Cecil H., USAF (TN); F4E shot down (w/Young), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998
Price, William M., USMC (IL); A6A disappeared during combat mission (co-pilot, w/Peacock)
Peacock, John R. II, USMC (HI); A6A disappeared during combat mission (pilot, w/Price)
Young, Myron A., USAF (CA); F4E shot down (pilot, w/Brunson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - R.I.P. July, 1999