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Monday, March 19, 2007

MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING — U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct an enhanced marksmanship program shoot aboard the USS Bataan, March 18, 2007. The Bataan and 26th MEU are supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Clark J. Schindler

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In Today's News - Monday, March 19, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Today we did what we had to do.

They counted on America to be passive.
They counted wrong."
-- Ronald Reagan

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqis Want to Hang Saddam Deputy
Bush: Iraq Plan Needs Time to Unfold - VIDEO
Special Report: Iraq four years later
Poll: Fear, anger, stress grip Iraqis
Bush and Congress at odds over Iraq war Poll: Is Iraq Better Off?

Operation Enduring Freedom
Suicide bomber hits U.S. embassy convoy in Kabul
Kidnapped reporter saw decapitation Blog: Photos From Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Pentagon: Suspect Confesses to Cole Attack
Hamas carries out first attacks since truce - Video
Aid embargo remains against Palestinians, U.S. says
Israel declares Lebanon conflict a war - Video
Chiquita pleads guilty in terror probe

Troops on Trial
Sex Sting Nabs Navy Master Chief

Other Military News
Women at War - Opinion: Congress Lacks Courage

Worldwide Wackos
Report: Iran Ponders Kidnapping U.S. Troops in Retaliation for Mysterious Officer Disappearances

Homegrown Moonbats
More than 100 arrested in Iraq protests

Politics / Government
Hillary's Mistakes Fuel Obama's Surge
Ad Portrays Hillary as 1984's 'Big Brother'
Bush's health care plan not most effective: study
Senate may subpoena White House aide Karl Rove
Zimbabwe summons, threatens to expel Western envoys - Video
Edwards struggles to hold South Carolina
Gonzales' hold on job grows uncertain

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Police Hunt Mother Suspected of Killing Relative, Kidnapping Son
I Want My 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' - VIDEO
RAW DATA: Case Docket (pdf)
Brawl Breaks Out at High School Basketball Game in Madison Square Garden
Mother Arrested After First-Grade Son Brings Crack Cocaine to Show-and-Tell
Wisconsin Man Wrongly Imprisoned 18 Years for Rape Convicted of Murdering Photographer
Gunmen Ambush 88-Year-Old Woman - VIDEO
Not Guilty Pleas in N.Y. Groom Shooting

U.N. News
Ahmadinejad's UN visa approved

Science / Medicine / Technology
It's not just your face - smoking ages skin: study
Malaria-resistant mosquitoes outbreed others-study
Mother nature still a rich source of new drugs
Acadia Pharma: schizophrenia drug trial reaches goal

Mother Nature
Another Long, Cold Night Descends On Missing Scout - VIDEO
Weird Science - VIDEO (Nutty global warming solutions)
Rising sea levels threaten Indian islands
Action on warming could curb nightmare impacts
Nuthatches seem to understand chickadee

Study: Duct Tape Not a Cure for Warts
First-Grader Takes Crack to Show-and-Tell
Hooters Coming Soon to the Holy Land
Airline Upgrades Dead Woman to 1st Class

Other News of Note
Owners Frantic as Pet Food Recall Expands
Double-Decker Superjumbo Airliner Makes First Trans-Atlantic Flight
N.J. Couple Claims Half of $390M Jackpot
Pet deaths expected to rise despite recall: FDA

Fox News
Blast Rips Russian Coal Mine, 78 Killed
NEWS IN PICTURES: Phil Spector at Court
R&B Great Luther Ingram Dead at 69
Naomi Campbell Sports Boots for Trash Duty
Anna Nicole Smith's Life of Lawyers, Drugs and Money
'Hounddog' Opponents Crying Foul Over Dakota Fanning Rape Scene

Reuters: Top News
Houses cheaper than cars in Detroit
World's poor represent $5 trillion market: report
Google Phone is in the works, say insiders
Video racing games may spur risky driving: study
Door of no return opens up Ghana's slave past
Lou Gehrig's disease hard on family caregivers: study
Ancient epic "300" leads worldwide box office - Video
Indexes jump as M&A takes subprime's spotlight
Rambus shares rise
Accredited still seeks financing, shares tumble
Express shares keep rising despite losing Caremark
Reuters Summits: Latin America
Growth in Brazil stock offerings
Chile firms seek investments abroad
Argentina entices investors with growth
Chile's Entel sees strong sales in 2007
ABN, Barclays in exclusive $160 billion merger talks - Video
Triad agrees to $5.1 billion Community Health offer
Homebuilder confidence sinks though woes won't spread
Blackstone IPO bid to refuel public fund pursuit
EGL agrees to $1.7 billion buyout by CEO-led group
Bank of America CEO gets $92 mln from stock,options

AP World News
Burke goes for 3rd 'Dancing' victory
State Farm to re-examine Katrina claims
Isles' Simon won't face criminal charges
Stocks spike on news of merger deals
Joey Porter accused of hitting Bengal
Paying attention to not paying attention
AOL introduces location plug-in for IM
Padres' David Wells has diabetes
Horford, Gators advance to round of 16
Northeast airport lines long but moving
Defense Tech: Updating the Humvee
Perspective on Military Medicine
Play Trivia and Win an iPod

USJFCOM commander speaks before House Armed Services Committee

Bush: Officials ‘Seeing Hopeful Signs’ in Iraq - Story
Transcript: Bush on Fourth Anniversary of Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Navy on Way to Independence, Official Says - Story
Education Officials to Work with Local Businesses - Story
Admiral Recounts First Month of Security Plan - Story
Detainee Admits Role in Embassy, Cole Attacks - Story
Pentagon Channel Highlights Guard, Reserve - Story

More Headline News
Gates: U.S. Troop Surge in Iraq Paving The Way
Gates Committed to Fixing Walter Reed Problems
Bush Urges Congress to Pass War Spending Bill

Military News
Army Launches Wounded Warrior Hotline
Sailors, Marines Honor Iwo Jima Veterans
Military Leaders Discuss Readiness on Capitol Hill

War on Terror
18 Detained, Weapons Cache Discovered; Bomber Killed - Story
Suspected Terrorists Captured
Eight Soldiers, Marine Killed
Troop Surge Will Total 28,000

America Supports You
VFW Auxiliary Support Military - Story
Company Gives Break on Rent
Utah Thanks Troops
Group Faithful to Injured Troops

Soldiers Armor Up Vehicles - Story
Command Welcomes C-130J
Idea Encourages Recycling
Air Force Notes 50th Launch

Face of Defense
Bulldozer Operator Provides Security in Iraq - Story
Civilian Answers Nation’s Call
Father, Son Reunite in Iraq
Couple Serves Together in Iraq

Improvements Underlie Gains - Story
Video: Bloggers' Roundtable

27th Engineers Defy Weather to Open School - Story
Eisenhower Strike Group Returns to Persian Gulf - Story
Wyoming Guardsmen Help Train Iraqi Detectives - Story
Troops, Iraqis Celebrate Courthouse Re-opening - Story
Tactical Operations Center Gets Facelift - Story

Iraqi Army Seizes 20 Trucks of Black Market Oil
Iraqi Transportation Unit Grows With Confidence
Iraqis Take the Lead in Joint Cordon, Search
Maintenance Rids Aircraft of 'Battle Damage'
U.S., Iraqi Leaders Open Teachers' Institute
Man's Best Friends Search Iraq Countryside

Groups Meet on Future Afghanistan Development
Paratroopers Attend Cultural Awareness Class

U.S. Army Engineers Visit Remote School Project

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
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
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

Today in History
721 BC - 1st recorded lunar eclipse; Location, Babylon
1227 - Count Ugolino of Segna elected Pope Gregory IX
1452 - Frederick III of Hapsburg crowned Roman German Emperor
1524 - Giovanni de Varrazano of France sights land around area of Carolinas
1540 - Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"
1563 - Peace of Amboise; Rights for Huguenots
1571 - Spanish troops occupy Manila
1628 - Massachusetts colony founded by Englishmen
1644 - 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide
1682 - Nationally Council accept independence of French church
1702 - James II's daughter Anne Stuart becomes queen of England
1748 - English Naturalization Act passes, granting Jews right to colonize US
1775 - 4 people buried by avalanche for 37 days, 3 survive (Italy); Poland & Prussia sign trade agreement
1822 - Boston MA incorporated as a city
1831 - 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, New York/$245,000)
1865 - Battle of Bentonville-Confederates retreat from Greenville NC
1866 - Immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sinks in Liverpool; 738 die
1883 - Jan Matzeliger invents 1st machine to manufacture entire shoes
1885 - Louis Riel returns to Canada, proclaims provisional government, Saskatchewan
1895 - Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service
1915 - Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)
1917 - US Supreme Court upheld 8-hour work day for railroad employees (Adamson Act)
1918 - Congress authorizes time zones & approves daylight saving time; S. Potter becomes 1st US pilot to shoot down a German seaplane
1920 - US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time, refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
1925 - Angelo G. Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a bishop
1927 - Bloody battles between communists & Nazis in Berlin
1931 - Nevada legalizes gambling
1937 - Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini redemptoris against communism
1940 - Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt; French government of Daladier falls
1942 - FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non military duty; Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago
1943 - Airship Canadian Star torpedoed & sinks
1945 - 800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan; Adolf Hitler issues Nero Decree: destruction of German facilities; British 36th division conquers Mogok (ruby mine); US Task Force 58 attacks ships near Kobe/Kure
1946 - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Réunion become overseas departments; Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as President of USSR
1947 - Belgian government of Spaak, forms; Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan
1949 - 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, TN
1954 - 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, New York NY
1954 - 1st rocket-driven sled on rails was tested in Alamogordo NM
1958 - Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London
1964 - Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on "Goldfinger"
1965 - Chivu Stoica becomes President of the Council of Romanian People's Republic & Nicolae Ceausescu appointed 1st Secretary of Romanian communist party; Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
1966 - Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins
1967 - French Somaliland (Djibouti) votes to continue association with France
1968 - Howard University students seize administration building
1969 - British invade Anguilla; Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
1970 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt & East German Premier Willi Stoph meet
1972 - India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
1973 - Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"
1975 - Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in High School sports
1976 - Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
1977 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 - 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
1979 - House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
1981 - 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
1982 - National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27
1984 - John J. O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York; Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River; STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 - Senate votes 55-45 to authorize production of the MX missile
1987 - Hassanali inaugurated as President of Trinidad & Tobago; PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn
1988 - 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast North Ireland
1989 - Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
1990 - 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)
1991 - NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona not recognizing Martin Luther King Day
1992 - British Prince Andrew & Princess Sarah Ferguson announce separation
1993 - Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire
1994 - 2500 kilograms of cocaine intercepted in Zeewolde Netherlands; Largest omelet (1,383² ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama Japan
1995 - 5 die by poison gas in Japanese subway; -Finland Social-Democratic Party wins parliamentary election
1997 - Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments

1589 - William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years (baptized)
1604 - Johan IV, composer/King of Portugal (1640-56)
1629 - Aleksei M. Romanov, 1st Romanov tsar of Russia
1734 - Thomas McKean, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
1777 - Anton R. Falck, Dutch minister of Education/diplomat
1817 - Lewis Henry Little, Confederate Brigadier General
1819 - David Henry Williams, Union Brigadier General
1821 - Francis Barretto Spinola, Union Brigadier General; Sir Richard Burton, explorer/translator (Arabian Nights)
1823 - Cornelis A. van Sypesteyn, Dutch Governor of Surinam (1873-82)
1827 - Alexander Shaler, Union Brevet Major General
1837 - Robert Daniel Johnston, Confederate Brigadier General
1848 - Wyatt Earp, marshall - fought in Gunfight at the OK Corral
1851 - Roque Sáenz Peña, President of Argentina (1910-14)
1883 - Joseph W. Stilwell, US General
1889 - Manoel II, last King of Portugal (1908-10)
1891 - Earl Warren California, (Governor-Republican-CA)/14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69)
1892 - Siegfried T. Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica)
1900 - [Jean] Frédéric Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
1901 - Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, Dutch Minister of Justice (Nobel 1954)
1903 - Benjamin M. Telders, President of Dutch Liberal States Party
1904 - John J. Sirica, US federal judge (Watergate hearings)
1905 - Albert Speer, German architect/minister of Armament (NSDAP)
1906 - Adolf Eichmann, Nazi Gestapo officer
1910 - Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut
1911 - Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman
1912 - Adolf Galland fighter pilot
1914 - J. Jay Berwanger, 1st Heisman Trophy winner (1935)
1919 - Cornelis Berkhouwer, Member of 2nd chamber (Dutch Liberal Party)
1925 - Brent Scowcroft, Lieutenant General (USAF)/National Security Council
1941 - Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
1942 - David Minge (Representative-Democrat-MN)
1947 - John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
1956 - Alina Castro, daughter of Fidel

1263 - Hugo of St-Cher/a S Caro French cardinal, dies
1644 - Si Sang, last Ming-emperor of China, commits suicide
1687 - Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), murdered in what is now Texas at 43
1702 - Willem III Henry [Dutch William], King of England/Scot, dies at 51
1721 - Clement XI [Giovanni F. Albani], Italian Pope (1700-21), at 71
1869 - Guillaume Nerenburger Belgian General (triangulatie), at 64
1897 - Antoine T. d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), at 87
1918 - Willem H. de Beaufort, Dutch historian/liberal politician, at 73
1930 - Arthur J. Balfour, British theologist/premier (1902-05), at 81
1940 - Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, at 54
1945 - Fritz Fromm, German supreme commander of Reserve army, executed
1974 - Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist/daughter of Otto K, at 70
1987 - Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), at 94
1994 - Giuseppe Diana, Italian anti-mafia priest, murdered

Reported Missing in Action
Austin, Joseph C., USAF (WV); F105D shot down, survival unlikely

Blair, Charles E., USAF (VA); O1G shot down - remains returned April, 1988

Romero, Victor, USAF (CA); O1G crashed

Ayers, Darrel Eugene, USMC (WA); KIA/BNR

Pugh, Dennis G., USAF (KS); F4D shot down

The following US Army personnel reported Missing when their UH1C was shot down:
Cristman, Frederick L. (NC); pilot

Garcia, Ricardo M., (TX); crew chief

Sparks, Jon M., (ID); co-pilot

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