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Friday, March 21, 2008

In Today's News - Friday, March 21, 2008

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

-- General George S. Patton

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bearing Witness - Five years of the Iraq war
Full Coverage: Latest news on Iraq
Three die in clashes between Iraq police, Mehdi army - Video
Fresh violence frays militia truce in Iraq
Key Patrol Base Takes Shape
Soldiers Adapt, Grow During Deployment
National Police Find Weapons Cache in Eastern Baghdad

Operation Enduring Freedom
NATO progress in Afghanistan significant, general says

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
'Stale' bin Laden Tape Has Some Experts Questioning Strategy Behind the Message - VIDEO
Yet Another UBL Tape Released
Vatican Blasts Bin Laden's Claim of Pope's Anti-Islam 'Crusade'; CIA Is 'Confident' Voice Is Terror Leader's
What Garbage! Trashing Canada's Anti-Terror Plans
Ex-SLA Agent Who Plotted Police Bombing Released
Fatah negotiators to leave Yemen without Hamas deal
The world must stop ignoring Somalia: U.N.
Guantanamo inmate wins hearing at top Canada court
Russia to supply Abbas with armored vehicles, no guns
Attorney General would consider spy bill deal

Other Military News
House to Probe Electrocutions of U.S. Iraq Servicemen
China Sends Reinforcements Toward Tibet - PHOTOS
France to cut nuclear arsenal (Easy for them - who needs nukes when you're in bed with most of the world's threats?)

Worldwide Wackos
Military action in Iran would be disaster: Annan
North Korea's No. 2 on African tour

Politics / Government
Ferraro Fires Back - Offended by comparison to fiery pastor
Clinton calls for $30 billion housing fund
Clinton gaining edge on health issue
Obama says Iraq war drag on economy
McCain Suspends Staffer for Circulating Obama Video
State Department Fires Two in Obama Passport Breach
Passport Breach Probe Deepens
House committee plans own investigation - VIDEO - PHOTOS
McCain Camp Denies It Underpaid for Overseas Expenses
Hillary Phone Call Questions
Obama's Blind Spot on Race and Character
Secret Service Probes Alleged Bush Assassination Plot
Poll: Obama Not Like Wright - FULL RESULTS (pdf)
POLLS: Bush Rating Drops - Clinton, Obama Tie McCain
Richardson Backs Obama - Nod may help Obama pick up Hispanic support
Photo Surfaces of Bill Clinton, Rev. Wright at White House
McCain Starts March with $8M in Bank, $4.3M in Debt
Local Texas Official Uses Racial Slur in Meeting Agenda
Michigan Congressman Wants 50-Cent Tax Hike on Every Gallon of Gas
Pelosi Meets With Dalai Lama, Denounces Chinese Rule in Tibet
Tibet's Exiled Government Ups Protest Death Toll to 99
Rice: China should reach out to Dalai Lama on Tibet
Republicans and Democrats diverge on health care
Former White House Aide 'Scooter' Libby Disbarred
Sen. Hagel: U.S. May Need New Political Party
Clinton calls for $30 billion housing fund
Obama says Iraq war drag on economy
VP, Saudis to talk about oil security
Court dismisses Florida primary lawsuit
'Merci McCain' Web Video Attacks John McCain for Shipping U.S. Jobs to France
Whither the 'Every Vote Must Count' Hysteria by Democrats?

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Highway Patrol Out of Control? - VIDEO
Georgia Woman Gets 5 Years for Trying to Hire Hit Man to Kill Husband
Suspect Arrested in Case of Real Estate Agent Found Dead in Home She Was Showing
FBI Says Fugitive Father, Three Missing Kids Found Dead in Georgia
Charges Filed Against Boyfriend of Kansas Woman Stuck to Toilet
Cops: 2 Female Teachers Arrested for Fighting During School
Boyfriend Charged Over Woman Stuck to Toilet 2 Years
Boy, 9, Reported Kidnapped Died in Accidental Dirt Collapse
Teenaged Graffiti Artist Gets Caught 'Hanging' - VIDEO
Starbucks Baristas to Get $100M Tip
Woman Shot to Death While on Phone with 911
Videos Put Highway Patrol in Hot Water - VIDEO
Cops Find Man's Stolen Mustang 37 Years Later
2 Shot to Death in Kentucky in Dispute With Neighbor
N.J. Man Charged With Killing Mistress, Still Missing
Man Held in Case of Slain Realtor in Home She Showed
Movie chief testifies in Hollywood wiretap trial
Career Criminal in Iowa Sentenced to Church for 8 Consecutive Sundays - VIDEO
Woman Charged With Disney World 'Line Rage' Beating
Perjury Case Against Barry Bonds Delayed 3 Months
Person in Custody After Shots Fired on Florida Campus
Lawsuit settled over Beach Boys name
Lawsuit claims Oprah audience got rough
Bonds' case delayed 3 months
Pregnant mother, tortured, dies in Ill.

Adventures in Political Correctness
Asylum's renaming insults advocates

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
'Hot Hot Sex' YouTube Chart Topper Sparks Web Backlash
Virtual Sex Toys, Real Lawsuit

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Early life on Earth - no predators, plenty of sex
Small business wields power in U.S. health debate
Gas-belching volcanoes may have killed dinosaurs
Saturn's moon Titan may harbor underground ocean
Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time
Activision to bring "Guitar Hero" to Nintendo DS
Giant marine life found in Antarctica

Mother Nature
Flood Tragedy Worsens
Midwest rivers continue record rise - VIDEO - PHOTOS - UREPORT PHOTOS
Floods sweep central U.S.
4 Tenn. cavers found safe after search

News from My Neck of the Woods
Arrest in Deadly New York Crane Collapse
Storms Hit Northeast - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Massive Police Manhunt for Connecticut Cop Killer

Australian Man Gunned Down in Driveway by Killer Robot
Woman Goes for Leg Operation, Gets New Anus Instead
Stingray Jumps Out of Water, Kills Woman
ATM gives shoppers double-money windfall
Robbers nabbed by cops driving getaway taxi

Other News of Note
Tibetans say several died in latest riots - Video
State media says 19 died in Lhasa riots
China issues Most Wanted list of rioters
China might bar Tiananmen broadcasts
Taiwan votes with one eye on China

Fox News
Denied Euthanasia, Disfigured French Woman Dies
Spitzer Hooker 17 in 'Wild' Videos VIDEO - PHOTOS
FOXBusiness: Dow Industrials Up More Than 260 Points
Investment Firms Tap Fed for $$$
Audrina Patridge 'Not Ashamed' of Topless Photos
Heather Mills Kept Half Her 'Dancing' Fees
Reality Check: 'Idol' Contender Keeps Hanging On
Jennifer Lopez's Twins Make Their Debut
FOXBusiness: March Madness Could Be $1.7B Waste

Steelers cut Cedrick Wilson after assault charges
Buckle up to travel in Versace-style chopper
Canadian university faces off with digital generation
Just a minute with Woody Harrelson
Pope, eyeing China, reflects on persecuted Catholics
Goldman, Lehman outlooks cut to "negative" by S&P
U.S. Treasury: Fed's Bear actions help all investors
U.S. trade body to probe Sony
IMF endorses plans to develop guide for wealth funds
Questions abound on Bear Stearns buyout
Court orders Starbucks pay workers $106 million: lawyer
AT&T says to use funds from ops, debt to pay FCC
Weak economy could slow Atlantic Yards project
Stocks may rally anew on Fed's acts
Gold dips but off 1-month lows as Thai buyers emerge
Japan's Nikkei up 1.8 percent as banks and brokers gain
China stocks rise but PetroChina drags down index
Commodities tumble as investors cash out
Oil extends slide on economic worries
Dollar edges up and posts gains after rough week
Bain ends 3Com deal, cites U.S. security panel
Palm posts quarterly loss despite strong Centro sales

AP World News
Pope presides at Good Friday procession
Financial market turmoil raises worries
Curtis shows some skin on AARP mag cover
Butler batters South Alabama 81-61
Western Kentucky stuns Drake in overtime
Last hope in a weak economy? Mom and Dad
Curry leads Davidson past Gonzaga
`Buffy' cast reunites at Paley festival
Duke escapes, edges Belmont 71-70
Tahoe panel: Make fire prevention focus

News Blaze
Enlisted Leaders Witness Facility's Capabilities First-Hand
PHOTO: Soldier from 3-89 CAV joins NCO ranks
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

New police station brings in new era of law
Girl awaiting surgery may get wish
Iraqi Army discovers cache in Salah ad Din
U.S. officials condemn Iraq suicide bombing
Taliban civilian casualty claims wrong
Senators McCain and Graham walk the streets of Haditha

JKO provides training for those deployment-bound - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online Targeting school revising courses to prepare students - podcast
More about Joint Targeting School
SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Soldiers Link NGO, Child Needing Surgery
Coalition force Soldiers attacked by IDF (Baghdad)
Diyala leaders meet to establish tribal support councils (Diyala)
Coalition forces detain eight, disrupt al-Qaeda Network
Coalition forces destroy terrorist mortar team (West Rashid)
ISF, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detain 10 in overnight operations
Iraqi Police detain key criminal suspect (Musayyib)

Joint Chiefs Offer Views On Way Forward in Iraq
Bush Lauds Military’s Performance

Reconstruction Team Emphasizes Long-Term Benefits for Iraqis
Popular Texas Radio Hosts Bring Show to Troops in Baghdad

Air Force Crews, Army Riggers Set Airdrop Record

Musician Issues Charitable Challenge to Music Fans

College Student Seeks Direction, Joins Marines

Pilot Overcomes Injury

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
1420 - King Charles VI gives Franct to the English in the Treaty of Troyes.
1804 - Lewis & Clark begin their expedition.
1832 - The first Democratic National Convention takes place in Baltimore
1846 - The first steamship arrives in Hawaii.
1856 - Pro-slavery forces capture and sack Lawrence, KS.
1861 - North Carolina becomes the tenth state to secede from the Union.
1871 - 17,000 die when French regular troops attack the Commune of Paris.
1881 - Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross.
1917 - Leo Pinckney becomes the first WWI American draftee.
1918 - The House of Representatives amends the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
1927 - Lindbergh lands in Paris after successfully completing the first transatlantic solo air flight.
1932 - Amelia Earhart completes the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman.
1940 - The Allies counterattack at Atrecht (North-France).
1941 - The SS Robin Moore becomes the first American ship sunk by a U-boat; the German airforce occupies the airport at Maleme Kreta; Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau.
1944 - Hitler begins an attack on English/American "terror pilots."
1945 - Heinrich Himmler is captured.
1950 - Vietnamese troops attack Cambodia.
1953 - The French government of Mayer resigns.
1954 - A proposed Amendment to give 18-year-olds voting rights fails.
1956 - The U.S. explodes the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.
1957 - The French government of Mollet resigns.
1958 - Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island.
1964 - In Chesapeake Bay, the first nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations; U.S. intelligence flights above Laos begin.
1968 - The Scorpion, an American nuclear sub with 99 men aboard, is reported missing. It is later found at the bottom of the ocean off the Azores.
1969 - Robert Kennedy's murderer - Sirhan Sirhan - is sentenced to death.
1970 - The National Guard is mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1971 - The National Guard is mobilized to quell a riot in Chattanooga, TN.
1979 - Elton John becomes the first western rocker to perform live in the U.S.S.R.
1980 - Ensign Jean Marie Butler is the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy.
1981 - François Mitterrand becomes President of France.
1982 - British troops land in the Falkland Islands.
1991 - Mengistu Haile Mariam, Ethiopia's Marxist president, resigns.
1993 - Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor is sentenced to life.
1994 - South Yemen secedes from Yemen.

427 BC - Plato (Aristocles)
1527 - Philip II, King of Spain & Portugal
1822 - Confederate Major General Dabney Herndon Maury; Confederate General Mosby Monroe Parsons
1825 - Union Brevet Major Genreal George Lafayette Beal
1835 - Union Brevet Major Genreal Newton Martin Curtis Brevet Major General
1878 - Glenn Hammond Curtiss, American inventor of the hydroplane.
1921 - Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist, human rights worker, Nobel prize winner
1941 - Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4)
1942 - Robert C. Springer, Colonel USMC / astronaut (STS-29, STS-38)

1481 - Christian I, King of Denmark/Norway/Sweden
1542 - Hernando de Soto, while searching for gold near the Mississippi River
1703 - Roemer Vlacq, Dutch Admiral, in battle
1935 - Jane Addams, ACLU co-founder
1993 - John Frost English, Lieutenant-Colonel (operation Market Garden 1944
1994 - John Henry Weidner, Dutch/American resistance fighter
1995 - Les Aspin, US Secretary of Defense

Reported Missing in Action
Brace, Ernest C., civilian, USAID; Released by PL March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998

Buckley, Louis, Jr., US Army (MI)

Thackerson, Walter A., US Army (AL) ; Killed, BNR

Simpson, Walter S., US Army (NJ) ; Killed, BNR

Wrobleski, Walter F., US Army (NJ) ; UH1D shot down

Lemcke, David E., US Army (NY) ; Killed, BNR

Albert, Keith A., US Army (LA); captured in a 2-track, released by PRG February, 1973 - alive as of 1999

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