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Thursday, October 18, 2007

In Today's News - Thursday, October 18, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of virtue."
-- Thomas Fuller

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blackwater Expected to Leave Iraq - Panel unlikely to recommend firing
U.S. should name date to withdraw from Iraq: Putin
Turkey lawmakers OK possible Iraq attack
Kurds in Iraq protest Turkey's decision

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan arms shipment came from Iran: NATO general

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Syrian Official Says Israeli Airstrike Hit Nuke Facility
Mystery underwear stymies Guantanamo investigators
Sudan's former foes in crisis talks to rescue deal
Bush sending adviser to Middle East

Troops on Trial
Rep Calls for Inquiry of General in Soldier Probes - VIDEO

Other Military News
Georgia Officials Threaten to Sue Corp of Engineers Over Draining Reservoirs
Russia test fires ballistic missile
Pentagon to alert 8 Guard units for duty
141 Paratroopers volunteer to stay Army

Religion of Peace??
Young Muslim Couple Causes Five Car Pileup While Fleeing Police for Making Out

Worldwide Wackos
Bush: 'World War III' if Iran Gains Nukes (Don't know about that - a 'World War' would require the rest of the 'world' to have the stones to actually deal with Iran)
Report: Putin Made Nuclear Proposal to Ahmadinejad During Iran Trip
North nuclear pledge can spur Korea peace talk: South
Olmert to discuss Iran with Putin
China: U.S. 'Gravely Undermined' Relations - PHOTOS
Khmer Rouge deputy picks Dutch defense lawyer
Bush urges China to meet with the Dalai Lama - Video
China summons U.S. envoy over Dalai Lama award - Video
Putin says Iraq shows need for strong Russia
Twins risk losing Polish government in election
Rudy: No tax hike for Social Security
Overriding child health veto unlikely
Senators want answers from Mukasey
Giuliani's conservative support tenuous
French president and his wife divorcing
Brownback may drop out of race tomorrow

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Warrant Issued for Pedophile in Interpol Manhunt
4 shot to death in Detroit house
Co-defendant says O.J. wanted armed men

Adventures in Political Correctness
Radio Disney: Remove God From 'Ten Commandments' Movie Ad
School Board Approves Birth Control Prescriptions at Maine Middle School (in MIDDLE SCHOOL?!?)
Two Teens Expelled for Painting Bodies in School Colors
Controversy Over Florida Teens Kicked Out of School Over Body Paint

U.N. News
U.N. envoy to push China to do more on Myanmar

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
College President Removes Racy Photos From Facebook After Being Questioned By State
Death Threats Won't Sway Rescue Group to Return Dog Ellen DeGeneres Gave Away
Ellen DeGeneres to stop dog pleas
Oprah Winfrey Talks of Thyroid Condition
Google says working to solve health record dilemma

Science / Medicine / Technology
DNA Discoverer: Blacks Less Intelligent Than Whites
Virginia Schools Scrubbed Over Staph Scare - VIDEO
Sony to launch cheaper PlayStation 3
Virus test found to be better than pap smear for women
For early humans, a beach party and clam bake
Experimental malaria vaccine works in babies
Apple to allow outside applications on iPhone
Nokia unveils N810 Internet Tablet
Coal Plant Expansion Stalled Over Global Warming
Parents use religion to avoid vaccines
Early seafood, makeup found in S. Africa
Cold medicine safety in spotlight

Mother Nature
Storms Ravage Tulsa Festival - PHOTOS
2 dead in Missouri storm
Dancing cockatoo loves a boy-band beat (My parrot loves "The Lion Sleeps Tonight")

News from My Neck of the Woods
Confirmed Staph Case in Connecticut School (We always make the news for the BEST reasons...)
Crane accident injures 7 at NY skyscraper site

High-End, Anatomically Correct RealDolls Get Exposure in New 'Lars' Film
And now let's toast schnitzel!
Suspect says he killed, not ate, his girlfriend (Whew, what a relief - he "only" killed her...)

Other News of Note
Oil Touches New All-Time High at $89 a Barrel
A day in the life of U.S. teens: thousands do drugs
Pipeline blast jolts Texas town

Fox News
France Faces Largest Transit Strike in Years
20 Years Later, Baby Jessica a Wife, Mother and Soon-to-Be Millionaire
Oral Roberts President Granted Leave of Absence Amid Scandal

Reuters: Top News
China anti-piracy battle "will take generations"
Bringing romance to British rail
Performing pigs steal the show at Thai zoo
McCartney to reissue new album with concert video
Oil steady above $87
Futures fall after Bank of America miss
Bank of America shares fall on earnings miss
Dollar slips on possible rate cut
SAP shares up in pre-market after Q3 earnings
Central European Investment Summit
IMF sees economies slowing
Bank of America proft falls steeply - Video
Pfizer profit falls sharply
Nokia's Q3 profits beat forecasts
Bank of New York Mellon profit beats forecasts
British Airways urges American Airlines tie-up

AP World News
Manny Ramirez on playoffs: 'Who cares?'
SEC probe stock sales by Countrywide CEO

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM commander meets the press
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

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Tips lead to arrests in Salman Pak
Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers reopen road to Mansuriyah
Stryker troops deliver school supplies to Iraqi children
Army Engineers Work to Improve Maysan’s Electrical System
Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces discover weapons cache during Operation ‘Bone Breaker’
Iraqi general visits Ironhorse Brigade, pleased with reconciliation efforts
Coalition forces disrupt al-Qaeda network; 15 suspects detained

Bush: Fix Troop Health Care
President Reports Progress in Iraq
Gates Lauds New STRATCOM Chief - Video
Photo Essay: Chilton Assumes Command
Gates Salutes Military Award Winners
Israeli Partnership Important to United States
Transcript: Jewish Institute Speech

Diplomacy Preferred for Turk-PKK Issue
Brigade’s Departure Validates Surge
Troops Net 17 Terrorists During Operations
Diplomacy Key to Turkey-Iraq Issues
Grass-roots Security Drives Out Insurgents

Road Network Holds Key to Eastern Security
Troops Detain Five, Assist Attack Victims
Forces Pummel Taliban, Support Afghans
Coalition Detains Suspect in Afghanistan

Exercises Test Crisis Response Coordination
Sea Services Unveil New Maritime Strategy - Video
Program Improves Detainee Literacy Rates
Iraq, Afghanistan Visit Reveals Progress
Commander Reflects on Military Transformation

Air Force C-17 Crews Make Record Airdrop
Soldiers Train with Raven UAVs

Iraqi Police Officers Receive Training

Retiree Trains for Run
Doctor Paints Mural
Soldier Serves Smiles

West Virginia Group Boosts Troop Morale
Volunteers Play Santa

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with US Army Col. John Lehr
Brigade Departs Iraq - Story

Commission Urges Health Care Fix - Story

Air Force C-17 Crews Make Record Airdrop - Story
Iraqi Police Officers Receive Training - Story
Major League Baseball Pitchers Visit Heroes - Story
Soldiers Train with Raven UAVs - Story
Baghdad Raid Nets Rocket Attack Suspect - Story
Bagram Gets Flu-Season Ready - Story

Iraqi Boy Gets Successful Surgery
More Than 70 Graduate From Air Force School
Iraqi Soldiers Learn Basic Humvee Maintenance

Mentor Team Helps Train Afghan Police Officers
RED HORSE Team Beats Construction Odds

Maintenance Workers Keep Aircraft Flying

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
War on Terror Reconstruction Report
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

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
1016 - The Danes defeat the Saxons at the Battle of Assandun.
1648 - The Boston Shoemakers become the first U.S. labor organization.
1685 - Louis XIV revokes the Edict of Nantes, and outlaws Protestantism.
1748 - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of Austrian Succession.
1767 - The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between MD and PA, is agreed upon.
1776 - Colonel John Glover and the Marblehead Regiment meet the British Forces in the Bronx, NY; in a NY bar decorated with a bird tail, a customer first orders a "cock tail."
1862 - Morgan's Raiders capture the federal garrison at Lexington, KY.
1867 - The U.S. takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia (cost was $7.2 million).
1873 - Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale set rules for collegiate football.
1898 - The American flag is raised over Puerto Rico.
1908 - Belgium annexes the Congo Free State.
1909 - Comte de Lambert of France sets an airplane altitude record of 300 m.
1912 - The First Balkan War begins; the Italo-Turkish was ends.
1922 - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is established.
1944 - Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia.
1953 - Willie Thrower becomes the first black NFL quarterback in modern times.
1954 - Hurricane Hazel (the third of that year) becomes the most severe to hit the U.S.
1962 - The U.S. launches Ranger-5 for lunar impact; it misses the Moon; Dr.'s Watson (US), Crick (Britain), and Wilkins (Britain) win the Nobel Prize for their work in determining DNA structure.
1967 - The Soviet Venera-4 becomes the first probe to send data back from Venus; Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released.
1968 - The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the "black power" salute as a protest during a victory ceremony.
1969 - The Federal government bans the use of cyclamates (artificial sweeteners); Soyuz-8 returns to Earth.
1973 - Congress authorizes the bicentennial quarter, half-dollar, and dollar coins.
1984 - The Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of the STS 51A mission.
1988 - Israel's supreme court upholds the ban on Kahane's Kach Party as racist.
1989 - The U.S.' 62nd manned space mission (STS-34; Atlantis 5) launches into orbit.

1859 - Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Creative Evolution-Nobel 1927)
1893 - Sir Sidney, PM of New Zealand (1949-57)
1919 - Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84)
1921 - Jesse Helms (Sen-NC)
1922 - Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character
1926 - Chuck Berry, rocker (Roll over Beethoven); George C. Scott, actor (Patton, Bible, Taps, Hardcore)
1927 - Katherine Fanning , editor (Christian Science Monitor-1983)
1928 - Keith Jackson, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
1930 - Frank Carlucci, National Security Advisor / Secretary of Defense (1987-89)
1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK assassin; Mike Ditka, coach / tight-end (Bears, Cowboys)
1956 - Martina Navratilova, tennis great (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)
1958 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat)
1960 - Emily Arth, Playboy playmate (Jun, 1988)
1961 - Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983)
1966 - Angela Visser, Miss Universe (1989)

- Nathaniel Bacon, rebelled against the Jamestown government, collapsed and died during rebellion
1862 - James Creighton, from bladder ruptured while hitting HR on Oct 14th
1876 - Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe)
1931 - Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, at 84
1982 - Bess Truman, former First Lady, at 97
1984 - Jon-Erik Hexum actor, at 26; shot by a gun loaded with blanks

Reported Missing in Action
Hamilton, Walter D.; escaped October, 1965

Brudno, Edward A., USAF (MA); F4C shot down (w/Collins), released by DRV February, 1973 - committed suicide

Collins, Thomas E., III, USAF (MS); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Brudno), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel, decorastions include 2 Silver Stars, Merit Service Medal, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts and eight other medals, was Republican nominee for Congress in 1988 from Mississippi, served as Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor under G.H.W. Bush - alive and well as of 1998

North, Joseph, Jr., USMC; escaped October, 1965

Pyles, Harley Boyd, USAF (OH); O1E crashed (pilot, w/Sisson)

Sisson, Winfield Wade, USMC (CA); O1E crashed (passenger, w/Pyles)

Thorne, Larry A., US Army SF (CT); CH34 shot down (passenger)

Adams, Steven H., USAF (IA); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (pararescue)

Angstadt, Ralph Harold, USAF (PA); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (pilot)

Clark, Lawrence, USAF (IN); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (radio operator)

Hill, Robert L., USAF (MI); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (flight mechanic)

Long, John H., USAF (PA); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (co-pilot)

Rackley, Inzar M., USAF (TX); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (navigator)

Shoneck, John R., USAF (CT); HU16 disappeared while on mission to rescue downed pilot (flight mechanic)

Barr, John F., USN (AR); A4E shot down (pilot), remains returned in two phases, April, 1988 and September, 1989

Ogden, Howard, Jr., USMC (NE); KIA, body not recovered

Strait, Douglas F., US Army (WA); OH6A shot down (observer)

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