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Monday, March 17, 2008

In Today's News - Monday, March 17, 2008

Quote of the Day
Far in foreign fields from Dunkirk to Belgrade
Lie the soldiers and chiefs of the Irish Brigade.

-- Thomas Osborne Davis, "Battle Eve of the Brigade"

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Cheney Makes Unexpected Visit to Iraq
Explosions Rock Iraq's Capital as McCain, Cheney Visit
Millions of Iraqis lack water, healthcare: Red Cross
McCain trip comes during Iraq milestones

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Woman Runs Toward Olympics Despite Jeers, Potential Danger

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. Missiles Hit Militant Hub in Pakistan, Restaurant Blast Wounds 4 FBI Agents

Fallen Heroes
US nears 4,000 dead in Iraq

Other Military News
U.S. and Russia seek way out of missile shield row
Gates cautious about Russia talks
U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

Politics / Government
Obama Camp: What's Hill Hiding?
Obama's Church Fires Back Against Reports on Pastor
Clinton Library Builder Disappears Amid Audit
Paterson to Be Sworn in as New York Governor Today
Clinton struggles with loss of black support - Video
Obama, Clinton teams trade barbs
Audit: Bush barely trims FOIA backlog

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Judge Slows Border Fence Progress, Orders Feds to Negotiate With Landowners
Rio Grande hand ferry evokes lost age on U.S. border

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Vegas Man Claims Ricin Poisoning
On Manson's Trail, Forensic Testing Suggests Possible New Grave Sites
12-Year-Old Boy Killed, Man Injured in SoCal Shooting
Search Unravels WWII Mystery of Australian Warship

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Internet

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Space Robot Flexes Arms for First Time
Spacewalkers to kit handyman robot with tools - Video
Pediatric allergies take toll on kids too
New drug holds promise for parasitic worm disease

Mother Nature
Atlanta Cleans Up After Killer Twister - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Snow Triggers Deadly 20-Vehicle Pileup in Arizona
Everest climbers prepare for ban

News from My Neck of the Woods
3 Missing After NYC Crane Collapse - VIDEO - PHOTOS

Naked Man Creates Havoc in Vandalism Spree in Pennsylvania

Other News of Note
Nepalese Police Arrest 30 Monks, Protestors - PHOTOS
Thais pressed armsdealer to go to U.S.: lawyer
China says using restraint to quell Tibet unrest - Video
Official: 16 dead in Tibet riots

Fox News
Fire Sale at Bear Stearns
JP Morgan buys collapsing firm for $2 a share
Investors Wonder: Who's Next?
Fed Cuts Discount Rate by Quarter Point to 3.25 Percent
Asian Markets Plunge; Oil Soars to New Record
Paulson: We'll 'Do What it Takes' to Stabilize Economy
Pakistan's New Parliament Holds First Session
UNC, Kansas, Memphis, UCLA Earn Top Hoop Seeds
Report: Paul Newman Seeing Oncologist
Mariah To Guest Judge American Idol

Bear execs lack golden parachutes as stock plan crunched
Landlords find deals in housing crisis
At least 11 die as boat capsizes off Guinea
French government sees no policy shift after vote
From stew to fashion accessory: A dog's life in China
New ladies' vodka gives Russian doctors a headache
Fed wades further into risky waters
Greenspan sees many casualties from crisis: report
Dollar's nosedive stirs joint intervention jitters - Video
Bristol-Myers weighs $7-9 billion baby food sale: report
International Paper buys Weyerhaeuser unit for $6 billion
No deal on Bank of Japan chief as deadline nears - Video
Siemens issues profit warning after projects audit
Bear and Fed set stage for rocky week
Oil hits record near $112 as dollar slumps
Gold up over 3 percent, briefly clears $1,030/oz
Bear Stearns fire sale sparks Europe share plunge
Dollar plumbs new troughs despite Fed action
PMI posts $1 billion quarterly loss
Bear Stearns crisis batters global stocks and dollar - Video
Japan stocks at 2 1/2 year closing low on yen
South Korean won suffers biggest fall in nearly 10 yrs
Activists target boards
Fed plan won't mark bottom

AP World News
No real surprise in tourney field
A royal performance for Tiger
Crowds hear 'Horton' hauling in $45M
No. 1 UNC edges Clemson for ACC crown
Investors await Bear impact, Fed meeting

News Blaze
Silver Lions Maintain Focus on Mission
PHOTOS: Celebrities visit Patriots
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Afghan troops give aid to villagers
Afghan forces improve national communication flow
Police in Wasit gaining security responsibility
ANSF secure Khak-e Safid, Farah
International Women’s Day Brings Unity, Call for Peace

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
IP Recruitment Drive in Arab Jabour Aims to Maintain Security Gains
CIC Soldiers Work Behind Scene to Protect Coalition Forces
ISOF Capture Suspected Leaders of Three Terrorist Cells
Girls’ School Gets Computers, Furnished Internet Center
Two terrorists killed, four detained as Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda networks
266 detainees released from Coalition custody
Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda networks throughout Iraq, 15 detained
Running a City in Southern Iraq
Cache discovery highlights continuing successes in Baqouba
MND-B Soldiers seize cache (Baghdad)

Commanders Cite Security Issues at House Hearing

Forces Capture Suspects, Weapons
Operation Pressures Extremists
Girls' School Gets Internet Center

Troops Disrupt Militant Operations

Military Sexual Assault Reports Remain Constant
Defense Department Releases Gender Survey

New Award Honors Military Mothers' Sacrifices

Airman’s Instincts Prevent Possible Explosion

Captain Talks About Marine Corps Pride

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
0432 - St. Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave
0455 - Roman senator Petronius Maximus becomes Emperor
1521 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines
1526 - French king François I freed from Spain
1537 - French troops invade Flanders
1580 - Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
1658 - Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered
1672 - England declares war on Netherlands
1753 - 1st official St Patrick's Day
1755 - Transylvania Land Co buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
1756 - St. Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern
1757 - Prince Mas Saïd of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java
1762 - 1st St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC
1766 - Britain repeals Stamp Act
1776 - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
1800 - English warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
1824 - England & Netherlands sign a trade agreement
1836 - Texas abolishes slavery
1845 - Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour
1845 - Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1861 - Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed
1863 - Battle of Kelly's Ford, Virginia (211 casualities)
1868 - Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued
1884 - John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay CA
1886 - Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 blacks killed
1891 - British Steamer Utopia sinks off Gibraltar, killing 574
1894 - US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US
1898 - 1st practical submarine 1st submerges, New York NY (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
1899 - Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die
1905 - Eleanor Roosevelt marries FDR in New York
1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt uses term "muckraker"
1912 - Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs. Luther Halsey Gulick
1917 - Tsar Nicolas II of Russia abdicates the throne
1921 - Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics; Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die)
1924 - Netherlands & USSR begin talks over USSR recognition; Sweden & USSR exchange diplomats
1926 - Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
1926 - Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
1927 - US government doesn't sign league of Nations disarmament treaty
1931 - Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee
1932 - German police raid Hitler's Nazi-headquarter
1934 - Dollfuss, Mussolini & Gömbös sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome)
1941 - National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC opens
1942 - Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported; General Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
1943 - Aldemarin (Ned) & Fort Cedar Lake (US) torpedoed & sinks
1945 - Allied ships bomb North-Sumatra
1950 - Belgian government of Eyskens resigns; Element 98 (Californium) announced
1951 - Government of Drees takes power
1957 - Ramon Magsaysay, President of Philippines, dies in a plane crash
1958 - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
1959 - Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations; Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
1960 - Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
1961 - South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
1963 - Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York beatified (canonized in 1975); Eruptions of Mount Agung, Bali, kills 1,500 Balinese
1966 - South Africa government bans Defense & Aid Fund; US sub locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
1970 - US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
1973 - Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge; St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
1978 - Reds don green uniforms for St. Patrick's Day
1982 - 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
1986 - Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
1987 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
1988 - Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
1989 - Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick's Day Parade
1991 - USSR holds a referendum to determine if they should stay together; 9 of 15 Soviet representatives officially approve new union treaty
1992 - De Klerk wins a white only referendum; Islamic Jihad truck bombs Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina killing 29; Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit
1993 - 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
1994 - Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
1995 - Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits White House; US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co

1473 - James IV, king of Scotland (1488-1513)
1777 - Roger Brooke Taney, 5th Chief Justice (Dred Scott decision)
1781 - Dominique J. de Eerens, Governor-General of Netherland Indies
1787 - George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
1804 - James Bridger, scout/fur trader/mountain man par excellence
1820 - Patrick Edward Connor, Union Brevet Major General
1828 - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, Confederate Major General, the "Stonewall" of the West
1832 - Walter Quintin Gresham, Union Brevet Major General
1834 - Gottlieb Daimler, engineer/inventor/auto pioneer-designed 1st motorcycle
1873 - Chard Somerset, 1st woman Cabinet minister (1929-31); Margaret Bondfield, British Labour leader/1st woman cabinet member
1901 - Eisaku Sato premier of Japan (Nobel 1974)
1907 - Jan M.J. van Houtte, premier of Belgium (1952-54)
1909 - Patrick Reilly, British diplomat
1910 - Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader
1918 - Wilhelmus M.J. Russell, Dutch attorney/Member of 1st chamber (KVP/CDA)
1919 - Nat "King" Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa)
1930 - James Benson Irwin, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
1936 - Thomas K. Mattingly II, Captain USN/astronaut (Apollo 16, STS-4, 51C)
1942 - John Wayne Gacy, Jr., serial killer (32 boys)
1955 - Cynthia McKinney (Representative-GA); Gary Sinise, actor (Apollo 13, Forrest Gump) (a great supporter of our Heroes)

0180 - Antonius Marcus Aurelius [Marcus Verus], Emperor of Rome, dies at 58
0461 - St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend)
0659 - Gertrudis van Nijvel, saint/patron of travellers, dies at about 32
1040 - Harold, British King (1035-40)
1516 - Giuliano de' Medici, monarch of Florence, dies at 37
1649 - Gerardus Johannis Vossius [Gerrit Vos], Dutch regent, dies at 71
1653 - Johan van Galen, Admiral (battle of Livorno), dies in battle at 48
1704 - Menno baron van Coehoorn, fort builder/Coevorden/howitzer, dies at 63
1764 - George Parker, English astronomer
1796 - Pieter Paulus, lawyer/Dutch CEO (National Convention), dies at 41
1846 - Friedrich W. Bessel, German astronomer (Bessel Functions), dies at 61
1849 - Willem II Frederik GL, King of Netherlands (1840-49), dies at 56
1853 - Christian Doppler, physicist
1863 - John Pelham, Confederate artillery Major, dies in battle at 24
1891 - Napoleon J.K.P. Bonaparte, French prince/member National Convention, dies at 68
1898 - Blanche Kelso Bruce (Senator-MS, 1875-1881), dies in Washington, DC at 57
1906 - Carlos Calvo, Argentinian diplomat (Calvo Clause), dies at 82
1941 - Joachim Schepke, German commandant (U-100), dies in battle
1961 - Suzanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
1965 - Quentin Reynolds, newscaster (Its News to Me)/author (FBI), dies at 62
1982 - Hans ter Laag, Dutch sound technician / Jan Kuiper, Dutch news editor (IKON) / Joop Willemsen, Dutch cameraman / Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
1992 - Grace Stafford Lantz, cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
1993 - Laadi Flici, Algerian MP, murdered
1996 - Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64

Reported Missing in Action
Baldock, Frederick C., USN (PA); A4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998

Goeden, Gene William, USN (OR); A1H shot down, KIA, body not recovered

The following USN personnel reported MIA when their S2E disappeared over water - all reported Killed, body not recovered:
Barber, Thomas D. (CO); crewman

Benson, Lee D. (CA); co-pilot

Hubbs, Donald R. (NJ); pilot

Nightingale, Randall J. (IL); Antisubmarine Warfare Technician 2nd Class

The following US Army personnel reported MIA after their unit came under heavy fire - both presumed KIA:
Collazo, Raphael C. (CA); remains returned May, 1993

Ross, JLynn, Jr., (MI); remains ID'd June 1996

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Doss, Dale W., USN (VA); A6A shot down (bombardier/navigator, w/Shuman), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Hensley, Thomas Truett, USAF (LA); F105D crashed, presumed Killed

Shuman, Edwin A., USN (MA); A6A shot down (pilot, w/Doss), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Armistead, Steven R., USMC (CA); A6A shot down (w/Finney)

Dinan, David T. III, USAF (NJ); F105 shot down, ejected, believed KIA in landing

Finney, Charles E., USMC (MS); A6A shot down (w/Armistead), remains returned March, 2000

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Bauman, Richard L. (OH)

Dix, Craig M. (MI)

Hestand, James H. (OK); pilot, released by PRG February, 1973 - alive as: of 1998

Harris, Bobby G. (TX); KIA

Also reported MIA this day in 1971:
Lilly, Lawrence E., US Army (CA); A1G shot down, KIA, body not recovered

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