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Friday, March 10, 2006

Atlantic Ocean (March 10, 2006) – Lt. Ken Hockycko and Lt. Roy Emanuel, F-14D Tomcat pilots assigned to the "Black Lions" of Fighter Squadron Two One Three (VF-213), launch from the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in aircraft number 201. This marks the final launch of F-14 on deployment. VF-213 and VF-31 are completing their final deployment flying the F-14 Tomcat. For the past 30 years, the F-14 Tomcat has assured U.S. air superiority, playing a key role in ensuring victory and preserving peace around the world. The F-14 Tomcat will be removed from service and officially stricken from the inventory in September of 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Michael Cole

Today in History

241BC - Battle of Aegusa: Roman fleet sinks 50 Carthagean ships
0418 - Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire
0483 - St Simplicius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1624 - England declares war on Spain
1629 - King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he called it back 11 years later
1661 - French King Louis XIV ends office of premier
1681 - English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
1734 - Spanish army under Don Carlos (III) draws into Naples
1791 - John Stone, Concord MA, patents a pile driver
1847 - 1st money minted in Hawaii
1849 - Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent; only US President to do so
1862 - Great Britain & France recognizes independence of Zanzibar; US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000)
1864 - Grant is named commander of the Union armies; Red River campaign, Louisiana
1865 - Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, North Carolina
1876 - 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)
1880 - General Wolseley opens new legislative council in Pretoria
1893 - Ivory Coast becomes a French colony; New Mexico State University cancels its 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before
1896 - After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
1903 - Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine
1905 - Japanese Army captures Mukden (Shenyang)
1906 - Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 at Courrieres France
1910 - China ends slavery
1915 - British expedition Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle
1922 - State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg South Africa
1925 - Walter Mittelholzer is 1st to flies over Demawend mountain, Iran
1927 - Albania mobilize by threat of Serbian, Croatian & Slovenes; Bavaria lifts ban on Hitler's speeches
1931 - British Labour party removes fascist sir Oswald Mosley
1933 - Major earthquake in Long Beach, CA; Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics
1939 - 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad, India
1945 - Germany blows-up Wessel Bridge on Rhine; Japan declares Vietnam Independence; Patton's 3rd Army makes contact with Hodge's 1st Army; Tokyo on fire after night time B-29 bombing; US troops lands on Mindanao
1946 - Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
1948 - 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB California
1951 - FBI director J Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner
1952 - Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba
1956 - Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
1957 - Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
1959 - Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet
1960 - USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
1964 - US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany
1966 - North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley
1968 - Ferry boat sinks in harbor of Wellington, New Zealand (200 killed)
1969 - James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1971 - Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
1972 - 1st Black US political convention opens (Gary, IN); General Lon Nol becomes President & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
1973 - Morocco adopts constitution
1974 - Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1977 - Rings of Uranus discovered during occultation of SAO
1978 - Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
1982 - President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya; Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
1985 - French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
1987 - Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
1988 - Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort "Klosters" nearly kills Prince Charles
1990 - Lieutenant General Avril resigns as President of Haiti
1995 - Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed
1996 - NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel

1452 - Ferdinand II the Catholic, King of Aragon/Sicily (expelled Jews)
1503 - Ferdinand I German emperor (1558-64)
1538 - Thomas Howard Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)
1656 - Adolf H. van Rechteren Dutch diplomat/politician
1809 - William David Porter, Union Navy Commander
1812 - Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/minister of Justice
1818 - George Wythe Randolph, Confederate Secretary of War
1824 - Major General Thomas J. Churchill, Confederate Army/Fought at Wilson's Creek, Red River
1832 - William Henry Penrose, Union Brigadier General
1845 - Alexander III [Romanov], Russian tsar (1881-94)
1908 - Carl Albert, US Speaker of the House (1971-77)
1925 - M J J A [Sef], Imkamp Dutch politician (D66)
1928 - James Earl Ray, assassin (Martin Luther King Jr)
1947 - Avril "Kim" Campbell Canada's 1st female Prime Minister/19th Prime Minister (June 25, 1993-November 4, 1993)
1952 - Oupa J. Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
1961 - Laurel B. Clark, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut

0037 - Tiberius Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (14-37), dies at 78
0483 - Simplicius, Italian Pope (468-83), dies
1546 - Thomas Elyot, dies at 46
1735 - Dirk T. van Cloon Dutch lawyer/Governor-General of E. Indies, dies at about 46
1792 - John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute/English premier (1760-63), dies at 78
1826 - Johan VI M L J King of Portugal (1816-26), dies at 56
1864 - Maximilian II Jozef, King of Bayern (1848-64), dies at 52
1865 - William Henry "Little Billy" Chase Whiting, Confederate General-Major, dies at 48
1872 - Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
1892 - Otto van Raised, Governor-General of Netherland Indies (1884-88), dies at 69
1910 - Karl Lueger Austrian anti-semite/mayor of Vienna, dies at 65
1913 - Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, conductor on Underground RR, dies in New York
1944 - David Vogel, Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
1948 - Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakian Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
1953 - Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
1966 - Frederik "Frits" Zernike, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
1973 - Sir Richard Sharples Governor of Bermuda, assassinated
1977 - Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
1980 - Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower, killed by Jean Harris
1985 - Konstantin Chernenko, Communist party leader/President of USSR (1984-85), dies at 73
1990 - Michael Stewart, UK Secretary of State (1965-66, 68-70)
1996 - Lucius E. Burch, Jr., US civil rights leader, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Taylor, James L., US Army SF (WV); KIA, body not recovered

Xavier, Augusto Maria, USMC (CA); A4C shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Luna, Jose D., USAF (CA); F105F shot down - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1999

Luna, Carter P., USAF (MS); F4D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Smoot, Curtis R., US Army (LA); OH6A shot down

Smith, Linda; escaped to Saigon March, 1975

Smith, Michelle L.; escaped to Saigon March, 1975

Struharik, Paul A.; released from Hanoi October, 1975
by Tech. Sgt. John M. Foster
from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team patrol Mosul, Iraq, in their Stryker vehicles.

WTC Memorial

To All 9/11 Families, Friends and Supporters,

On January 24, 2006 the LMDC Family Advisory Council (FAC) met with LMDC President Stephan Pryor and WTC Memorial Foundation President Gretchen Dykstra as well as several members of their staff. At this meeting numerous issues were discussed including: the proper listing of the Names; putting Artifacts like the sphere and tower facades at the street level of the WTC site; preserving the Footprint remnants at bedrock; moving the Memorial Museum above ground; and the security and safety of visitors to the site. LMDC President Pryor and his representatives were noncommittal in their response to the concerns raised.

On February 27, 2006, the Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial with support of the NYPD and FDNY unions held a rally at the WTC site demanding that the LMDC address the issues outlined above as well as the issue of raising the Memorial itself above ground.

A week after the rally and 6 weeks after the FAC meeting, LMDC President Pryor chose to respond to the concerns in a letter addressed to the FAC. Mr. Pryor chose not to tell the FAC that this letter had already been released to the NY Post. Pryor's letter to members of the Families Advisory Council was misleading. Transcripts we have obtained through a Freedom of Information Request belie his assertions.

Despite as he claimed in the letter that the LMDC has always worked in "good faith" this is clearly not good faith. We consider this highly unprofessional act the final straw and will no longer deal with the LMDC. We demand a meeting with Governor Pataki and his Chief of Staff John Cahill.

We are asking each of you to email and/or phone Governor Pataki telling him that the LMDC does not act in good faith and that the Governor and his Chief of Staff must meet with the Take Back the Memorial representatives and historic preservation groups prior to the commencement of construction. Additionally, to increase the pressure, please contact NY State Senators Schumer and Clinton as well as your state representatives asking for their support.

Time is short; on March 13th construction will begin on this seriously flawed Memorial. America deserves more.

Email Governor Pataki:

Phone Governor Pataki: (518) 474-8390

Thank you for your continued support
HILL TESTIMONY — U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid (left), commander, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice following testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington, D.C., March 9, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

In Today's News - Friday, March 10, 2006

Quote of the Day
"[The prosperity of the United States] is not the result of accident. It has a philosophic cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of 'Liberty to all' -- the principle that clears the path for all -- gives hope to all -- and, by consequence, enterprise and industry to all."
-- Abraham Lincoln

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Truck Blast Kills Seven Iraqis
U.S. Leaving Abu Ghraib- Video: Rumsfeld Speaks
Suicide bomber in Iraq's Falluja kills at least 11 - Video
Traveling by Air an Adventure in Iraq
Gulf Shiites Concerned About Iraq Violence
Rumsfeld: Iraqi troops would lead in civil war
Contractor bilked U.S. in Iraq work, jury decides

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Terrorists Kill Policeman in Gunbattle
Some Iraqi militants are turning against foreign fighters

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Pakistani Bus Blast Kills 26
Suspicious flight instructor was wary of Moussaoui
Bush signs Patriot Act renewal
Madrid Bombings Show No al-Qaida Ties
Group: Gitmo Force-Feedings Should Stop
Police raid reputed IRA smuggler's turf
Committee backs fences on border in Arizona
Judge says Moussaoui case on shaky ground

Welcome Home!!
Navy Reservists Return From Gulf Deployment
USS Theodore Roosevelt Squadrons Return

Other Military News
U.S., South Korea Plan Joint Exercises
Murtha to Receive Award

Dubai Port Proposal
Changing Course
Video: U.S. Firm to Take Over Port Ops?
Video: Schumer Voices Port Concerns
SSA of Seattle planned to work with DP World
Not all Arab investments draw suspicion in U.S.

Hamas Rising
Olmert says could target Hamas PM-designate
EU meets on Palestinian aid, Hamas policy

Worldwide Wackos
200 rights activists said beaten by police (Iran)
U.S.: Iran Dispute to Test Sec. Council
France Urges Iran to Return to 'Reason' (You know....nah....too easy)
Iran leader vows to resist US prodding
Rice extends olive branch to Latin America's leftists

Bush Approval Hits New Low
Jakarta may ask access to militant when Rice visits
Senate panel OKs trimmed budget
Bush touts funding for religious charities

U.N. News
U.N. Union: 'No Confidence' in Annan

Jacko Is Backo - 'King of Pop' in big trouble?
Something they don't teach at driving school
Dead man spends days unnoticed on highway
Man in scary clown mask robs bank

Other News of Note
Prosecutors Call for Berlusconi Indictment

Fox News
Southern Storms Kill Two
States Leave $2 Billion in Katrina Aid Unclaimed
Chinese Cleric Condemns Anti-Communist Cardinal
Rice Seeks Better Relations With Latin American Leaders
Israel to Set West Bank Borders If Negotiations Fail

Reuters: Top News
Indonesia says 21st human bird flu death confirmed
Bush sends India nuclear request to Congress: sources
China faces uphill energy-saving drive
Saturn moon spewing water vapor
Incoming Nokia CEO sees US market as trendsetter
Two-format race for next DVD standard is wide open
War on opium gives Golden Triangle a different hue
Overall blood pressure levels falling
Deadly bird flu not in US yet: report
Enron trial
'Tough' trial to begin
Fact Box: Lay, Skilling career paths
Fact Box: The charges against Lay, Skilling
China outlines reforms to beef up piracy protection
Incoming Nokia CEO sees US market as trendsetter
Schering cuts Angeliq peak sales forecast
Telekom Malaysia takes stake in India's Spice
Amazon in talks for movie, TV downloads - NYT
Google buys Web-based word processor Writely
RIM buys software developer, releases new server
Stocks set for firmer start, payrolls eyed
Rightmove shares rush higher on London debut
UK publisher Future warns on profit, shares fall
SocGen rises, magazine reports Citigroup might bid

AP World News
Israel to Draw West Bank Borders by 2010
9 People Commit Group Suicide in Japan
Indian City Shows Restraint Amid Bombings
Colombian Elections Marked by Threats
Controversial U.K. Politician Profumo Dies
China Mine Flood Kills Seven, Injures 3
Former Teacher Surrenders at French School

The Seattle Times
Only 20% of men are working past age 65
Legislators resist foreign control of U.S. airlines
New evidence of liquid water makes Enceladus a "better bet"
Moment of truth arrives for latest Mars orbiter
Some hurricane aid still goes unclaimed
Strong voices rally in South Dakota
Like sibling, penguin steals hearts
Laotian rodent takes scientists by surprise
Who owns Inca treasures?
Murder acquittal starts legal backlash in India
Weasel-like marten found with bird flu

Chicago Sun-Times
Prosecutor: Ryan terms full of lies
Daley: Cop street names a dead-end idea
Trooper gets 6 months for forcing 2 to strip
U.S. seniors to double by 2030
Gov offers to play peacemaker
Tax cap backed so people can keep homes
Zoo switches up exhibit after wolf lost leg
Bedbug complainers returned to hotel
Dad gets 8 years for drugging tennis rivals
Deputies tackle neurosurgeon angry over delay
Marquette U. says no to 'Monologues'
Chase Bank takes $10,000 bill back to NYC
Gates No. 1 among billionaires, but he's got company
'New' species really 11 million years old

Boston Globe: World
Israel reopens Gaza border crossing
With lead in Israel's polls, Kadima lays out plans
UN report says 1.1b lack access to safe water
Study to Revamp Reserve
DoD Defends New Sub-Launched Missiles

CENTCOM: News Releases



Department of Defense
Bush Signs Patriot Act Extension Into Law - Story - Remarks
Rumsfeld, Rice Urge Quick Budget Action - Story - Photos
Pace Details DoD's Supplemental Funding Needs
Abizaid Stresses Need for Supplemental Funds
EUCOM: Funds Needed for Changing Environment
No Immediate Plans to Close Abu Ghraib - Story

Troops Deliver Essentials, Toys to Iraqi Orphans - Story
'Muleskinners' Assume Joint Logistics Mission - Story
Medical Assistance Visit Aids Bamian Residents - Story

Iraqi Troops Ride Recon Off the Beaten Path
Lifesaver Course Designed for Combat in Iraq
Iraqi Air Force Spreads Wings, Secures Future

Civil Affairs Mission Helps Afghan Villagers
New Zealanders Deliver Roof Beams to Camp

Commander Visits U.S. Sailors in Djibouti

Sisters Share Air Force Career Field, Squadron, Flight - Story

Marine, JROTC Unit Push VFW Effort - Story
Dallas Gives Heroes Warm Welcome
Indy Speedway Honored for Support

Iraq Fed Up With Insurgency Video
2 Marines Killed in Anbar Province
Casey: Iraqis Resist Terrorists' Lure
U.S. Soldiers Discover Bodies
IED-Making Site Destroyed
Iraqis Graduate From Training
Iraqi Police Grads Demo Abilities
Iraqi Air Force Stands Up Air Base
Detainee Dies; Forces Kill Two
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Jones Sees Demise of Terrorists
Bush Pleased with Afghan Progress
Troop Killed in Afghanistan
Afghanistan Update

Democracy Promotes Human Rights
Special Ops: 'Leading Role' in Fight
African Issues Affect U.S. Security
NATO 'Reinventing' Itself
Cheney Topic: Victory Strategy
Rumsfeld: Exaggerations Test Will
PACOM Commander Talks Priorities
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Review Emphasizes Alliances
Hill Topic: Support for Korea Goals
Poll Shows Military Still Admired
New Probe Into Tillman Death
U.S., India Make World Safer
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine 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


"Today in History" to be posted later