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Monday, October 01, 2007

In Today's News - Monday, October 1, 2007

Quote of the Day
"A good plan violently executed now
is better than a perfect plan executed next week."

-- General George S. Patton

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraqi deaths fall by 50 percent

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan teenager with US dollars hanged

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Man Holding Grenades Nabbed at U.S. Embassy
More Screenings of Remote-Control Toys in Carry-Ons
Bhutto says she might allow U.S. strike on bin Laden
Israel frees 57 Palestinian prisoners

Welcome Home!!
Medical Team Heads Home

Troops on Trial
Blackwater involved in 195 shootings, says report
Congress wants to curb war contractors
Blackwater portrayed as out of control

Other Military News
Retiring Gen. Pace Takes Parting Shot at Military Critics
Pentagon takes steps to avert predatory lending
Senate approves $150B in war funding

Worldwide Wackos
North, South Korean leaders to meet

Politics / Government
Big-Money Barack Seeing Green
Top-tier Democratic '08 hopeful raises $19 million from July through September for the presidential primary elections

You Decide 2008 Center - Eye on the Issues - Update '08 (Fox News)
Putin May Retain Power Position After Stepping Down
Rice questioned about her sleep, fears and dreams
U.S. urged to bolster Myanmar curbs with diplomacy
Ukraine president orders probe of vote count - Video
After vote, Ecuador's Correa pushes leftist reforms
Clinton laugh, Giuliani phone stir U.S. campaign
Bill Clinton joins Bono, Shakira in NYC

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Chertoff: Illegals 'degrade' environment

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Airport Death Probed - VIDEO: Autopsy Pending in Mysterious Holding Cell Death
Spears Loses Custody - DECISION (pdf)
Former Girlfriend Describes Child Sex Tape Suspect
Former Viacom CEO in Supreme Court Fight Over Private School Tuition
Highway Robbery: Cheats Owe $80K in Unpaid Tolls
University of Memphis Football Player Fatally Shot - VIDEO
Officials: Student Athlete Shot to Death Was Targeted
Maid Seen as Latest Suspect in Missing Madeleine McCann Case
Ex-Girlfriend Describes Child Sex Tape Suspect VIDEO
Sons Stab Each Other During Mom's Birthday Party
Gitmo Tops Docket for Supreme Court - LIST OF CASES
U.S. top court won't hear Guantanamo prisoner's case
U.S. top court's Thomas slams 'left-wing zealots'
Wis. hunter to go on trial for murder
High Court won't hear birth control case
High Court won't hear two religion cases
Five Months Later: No Progress in Case of Missing Mom

Adventures in Political Correctness
Lynch Lesson (Homeschooling looks better every did anyone think THIS was a good idea?)

U.N. News
Wyatt Pleads Guilty at U.N. Oil-For-Food Trial
Myanmar Leader Stalls U.N. Envoy Meeting - PHOTOS
Senegal threatens to withdraw troops from Darfur
Darfur Rebel attack came at end of Ramadan fast

Science / Medicine / Technology
Sputnik's Secret History Finally Revealed
Conscientious people are less prone to Alzheimer's
Playing with blocks helps with language, study finds
Scientists see dramatic drop in Arctic sea ice
Neanderthals trekked all the way into Siberia
Walking for good cause without ever leaving home
Wii Japan sales overwhelm PS3
Researchers surprised so few kids take vitamins
Microsoft unveiling Office Live Workspace

Mother Nature
'Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption' on Red Sea Island Leaves Several Missing
8 Missing as Volcano Scorches Yemeni Island

Ohio Man Arrested for Sawing House in Half
Custody Battle Ensues Over Leg Found in Barbecue Smoker
Report: 12-Year-Old Boy Allergic to Almost Every Food
Once-puritan South Africa holds its first sex fair
From heart-broken to broke? Japan divorce loan helps
Anubis, god of dead, floats down Thames

Other News of Note
Search for Missing Aviator Steve Fossett Ramped Up After New Air Force Analysis

Fox News
Dow Rockets to All-Time High, Closes Above 14,000
Pop Tarts: More Than One Night in Pamela: Anderson to Marry Sex-Tape Salomon
Pop Tarts: A Playboy Bed for Britney?
Rolling Stone Magazine Hits a Sour Note With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees (Like Madonna)
Mets Head Home After Lead Turns to Colossal Collapse

Reuters: Top News
Turner Prize: Is it art? Fans get chance to decide
Mandela AIDS charity announces benefit concert
Seinfeld stars in season opener of "30 Rock"
Gold hits 28-year peak, platinum near all-time high
Oil slips toward $80 as investors cash in - Video
Crisis bites Citigroup and Swiss banks
Fluor hits high after report on Kuwait refinery job
Palm sees profit below expectation
Rough and tumble ride likely to persist
No need for OPEC output boost: Qatar
Citigroup says quarterly profit to plunge
Long road to recovery for housing market: Greenspan - Video
Detroit-area UAW local backs UAW-GM contract
Looking to pay a lower price? Just try asking
Funds vote mostly no on shareholder proxies
Shrinking CDO market hits Citi, Deutsche, TCW

AP World News
Pads, Rockies set to play for wild card
Ricky Williams applies for reinstatement (He should be told not to let the door hit him on the way out)
Beyonce cancels Kuala Lumpur show
`Game Plan' scores in $23 million debut

CENTCOM: News Releases

Joint Knowledge Online now available to wider audience - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online
Unified Endeavor 08-1 prepares soldiers for Afghanistan deployment
Senate confirms next commander
Nominee to be the next USJFCOM commander testifies before Senate Armed Services Committee
President nominates Marine general as new commander

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Army leaders urge congressional support to meet current, future demands
82nd SB enhances Polish capabilities
Concerned citizens turn in cache
Soldiers uncover weapons cache in orchard
MND-B unit attacked during combat operations
Non-combat-related death
Ameriya conducts Iraqi Police recruiting drive
Coalition airpower supports ground troops
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces disrupts AQI meeting, detains 23 terrorist suspects

Bush, Gates Praise Outgoing Chairman
Mullen Becomes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
New Chairman Thanks Troops, Families

Airstrike Kills Terrorists; Suspects Caught
Troops Continue to Pound Enemy Fighters
U.S. Officials Discuss Increased Capabilities
Iraqi Troops, Police Pressure al Qaeda

Coalition, Afghan Troops Kill 22, Capture Seven
Afghanistan Operations Disrupt Extremist Plans
New Aircraft Improves Cargo Transport

New Documentary Focuses on Pentagon
New Rule Aims to Curb Cycle of Debt
Admiral Details Tenets for Maritime Strategy

Pace Says Reasoned Discourse Will Advance U.S. Democracy - Special: Hail and Farewell
Lynne Pace Looks Back on 40 Years of Commitment, Service - Story Photo Essay
Special: Farewell to the Chairman

Berth Project Helps Port
Task Force Guardian Applauds Fallujah Volunteers' Efforts
Playground Ensures Kids' Safety

Exchange Makes Life Better
Recycling Project Creates Jobs
Air Force Leader Visits Qalat
Forces Earn Public’s Trust

Airman Reaches Milestone
Airman Writes About Life
Joint Staff Communications Mainstay Retires After 27 Years
Marines Take Citizenship Oath

New, Free Family Web 'Hubs' Keep Communication Flowing
Organization Founder Honored
Schoolchildren to Chat With Soldiers in Iraq Via Video Link

NCO Shares His View on Service - Story - Special

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with Army Col. Ricky Gibbs
Forces Destroy al Qaeda Outposts - Story

Residents Celebrate New Fresh-water Well - Story
Iraqi Hospital Project Provides Jobs - Story

Australian Forces Assume Maritime Security Ops
Soldiers, Iraqis Uncover Weapons in Orchard
Citizens Receive Honors for Volunteer Work
Stryker Soldiers Strike Back Against Insurgents
Soldiers, Local Leaders Create Playground
Iraqis Take over Basrah Railroad Station
Nasiriyah–Shatra Transmission Line Opens
Courthouse Project Reaches Halfway Mark

Troops Get Taste of Home with Post Exchange
Airfield Recycling Project Creates Jobs
Air Force Leader Visits Reconstruction Team
New Multi-Ethnic Afghan Police Force Grows

Marines Paint School, Foster Good Will
National Guard Leader Visits Well Drilling Sites

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

National Hurricane Center

Today in History
331 BC- Alexander the Great defeats the Persian army at Gaugamela.
1800 - Spain cedes Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.
1851 - The first Hawaiian stamps are issued.
1885 - Special delivery mail service begins in the U.S.
1886 - The U.S. mint at Carson City, NV, closes.
1890 - Yosemite National Park is established.
1893 - A hurricane kills 1,800 in Mississippi.
1898 - Jews are expelled from Kiev, Russia.
1908 - Henry Ford introduces the Model T ($825).
1936 - General Francisco Franco establishes the state of Spain.
1938 - Germany annexes Sudetenland (1/3 of Czechoslovakia).
1939 - Winston Chruchill refers to Soviet policy as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
1942 - The first U.S. jet, the Bell P-59 Airacomet fighter, makes its maiden flight.
1943 - Allied forces captured Naples.
1947 - U.S. control of Haitian customs and governmental revenue ends.
1948 - The California Supreme Court voids a state statute banning interracial marriages.
1951 - The 24th Infantry Regiment, the last all-Black military unit, is deactivated.
1952 - The first ultra high frequency (UHF) television station opens in Portland, OR.
1955 - "The Honeymooners" premieres on TV.
1957 - B-52 bombers begin full-time flying alert to guard against an attack from the U.S.S.R.
1958 - Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia; NASA is inagurated.
1960 - Nigeria gains independence from Britain.
1961 - In Tristan da Cunha, a volcano believed to be extinct erupts.
1962 -Johnny Carson hosts his first "Tonight Show"; "The Lucy Show" premiers on TV.
1964 - San Francisco's cable cars are declared a national landmark.
1968 - "Night of the Living Dead" premieres in Pittsburgh.
1971 - Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, FL.
1977 - Brazilian soccer great Pele retires.
1979 - The U.S. returns the Canal Zone to Panama after 75 years (not the canal, though).
1980 - Cosmonauts Ryumin and Popov break the space endurance record.
1982 - EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, FL; West Germany's Parliament ousts chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
1986 - President Carter's presidential library/museum is dedicated in Atlanta, GA.
1989 - Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany; the U.S. issues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus.
1990 - At the United Nations, President George H.W. Bush condemns Iraq's takeover of Kuwait.

1207 - King Henry III of England (1216-72)
1781 - James Lawrence, naval hero (War of 1812-"Don't give up the ship!")
1832 - Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison, 1st wife of Benjamin Harrison
1835 - William H. "Red" Jackson Confederate Brigadier General (7th Tennessee Cavalry)
1881 - William Edward Boeing, founder of Boeing Aircraft
1907 - Hiram Fong (Sen-CA)
1909 - Sam Yorty (Mayor-L.A.)
1911 - Edward P. Boland (Rep-MA)
1920 - Walter Matthau, actor (Odd Couple, Bad News Bears)
1924 - Jimmy Earl Carter, 39th Pres (1977-1981); William Rehnquist, Supreme Court (1972-86)/chief justice (1987-2005)
1928 - George Peppard, actor (Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max)
1935 - Julie Andrews, actress/singer (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins)
1936 - Charles G. Fullerton, astronaut (STS-3, 51F)

1972 - Louis Leakey, anthropologist
1990 - Curtis E. LeMay, General, USAF

Reported Missing in Action
Massucci, Martin J., USAF (MI); F4C shot down (bombardier / navigator, w/Scharf)

Offutt, Gary Phelps, USAF (MO); F100D shot down, remains returned March, 1997

Scharf, Charles J., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Massucci)

Nix, Cowan Glenn, USAF (FL); released by DRV March 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

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