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Monday, March 03, 2008

In Today's News - Monday, March 3, 2008

Quote of the Day
If you want to be free, there is but one way;
it is to guarantee an equally full measure
of liberty to all your neighbors.
There is no other.

-- Carl Schurz

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Army, Marines Join Forces to Renovate Dilapidated School House
Chairman Visits Transformed ‘Wild West’ Iraqi City
Petraeus Describes Factors Affecting Iraq Assessment

Operation Enduring Freedom
Gunmen destroy mobile phone tower in Afghan south
Iraq war hits U.S. economy: Nobel winner

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.N. Condemns Hamas Office Attack - PHOTOS - VIDEO
White House calls for end to Mideast violence - Video
Spain hurts ETA but crackdown angers Basques
Israel hits new Gaza targets after U.S. urges halt - Video
Israeli city shocked as rockets hit
New al-Qaida book defends violence

Other Military News
Army warns protesters after eight die in Armenia - Video
UK military chiefs wary of Harry frontline return - Video

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez on the Warpath - VIDEO
Hugo Chavez sends troops to Colombia border - Video
Chavez orders embassy closed in Colombia
Ahmadinejad: US fueling Iraqi violence

Politics / Government
Clinton Changes Battle Strategy For Ohio, Texas
Campaign ads shift between economy, defense
Steinem Belittles McCain's 'Nam Torture
Report: Obama Would Fill Cabinet With GOP Mavericks
Uneven Delegate Count Clouds Texas Race
Top U.S. Democrat: accord near on spy bill, immunity
Ohio becomes campaign central for Clinton, Obama - Video
The Great Debaters
The Obama Craze: Count Me Out
Senator: You Ain't No Will Smith!
Dean: McCain Has a Problem of Saying One Thing and Doing Another
Medvedev vows to uphold Putin's legacy - Video
Putin Pick Medvedev Cruising to Victory in Russian Presidential Election - PHOTOS
Russian power duo - good cop, bad cop?
Is your name on the voting list?
Image problems hurt Sarkozy's ratings: French poll

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Despite fences, immigrants still broach U.S. border

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Crime of Passion - Probe of brutal family slay centers on daughter
Survey: 13,000 Abuse Claims in Juvenile Centers
Neuroscience Increasingly Presented During Trials
Ill. strip-mall killings remain unsolved

Adventures in Political Correctness
Harvard Sets Women-Only Hours for Gym, Complying With Muslim Students' Request

U.N. News
Security Council, Secretary-General Alarmed By Deadly Violence in Middle East (Probably only because the terrorists are getting their butts kicked)

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Israeli army gives rocket safety tips on Internet

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Black Fungus Found in Chernobyl Eats Harmful Radiation
Bad grades? Faulty memory could be to blame
U.S. study shows why winter is "flu season"
Intel picks "Atom" as name for new chip family
Japan looks to a robot future

Mother Nature
Seasick Woman Quits 1,000-Day Sea Voyage
Ark. Cat Down to 7 Lives After Surviving Tornado, Fire

Other News of Note
Report: Women Are World-Class Fibbers - VIDEO
Third Person Dies From Florida Plane Collision

Fox News
Plane Crash Kills 4 in Posh Brazilian Neighborhood
Hells Angels Tried to Kill Mick Jagger: BBC Report

Study shows need to ditch Katrina trailers
Strong, sensual woman stars at Paris shows - Video
Asia joins art fair boom with Tokyo, Hong Kong debut
Tim Allen directing first movie
Boeing faces questions after tanker loss
Oxiana launches $5.6 billion agreed bid for Zinifex
Housing bust means at least 12 more months of pain
United Tech makes bid for ATM maker Diebold
BHP invests $975 million in South Africa coal project
E*Trade Chairman Layton to add role as CEO, reports WSJ
Dollar recovery in 2008 to slow gold's surge, says HSBC
Northrop-EADS beats Boeing to build U.S. tanker
Asian stocks savaged as dollar plumbs new depths
Dollar slide deepens
Zinifex shares jump 9 pct on Oxiana offer
Oil hovers near $102 - Video
Spot gold hits record high $976.75 as dollar falls
Market braces for key economic data
Wall St tumbles on recession fears, AIG - Video
Dollar under pressure, yen hits three-year high
Oil prices won't fall under $60-$70: Naimi

AP World News
New 'Indiana Jones' trailer is smash hit
Edwards wins Vegas to make it 2 straight
Stewart limps off after wreck in Vegas
West looking again at building new dams
Payday loan foes aim at car-title loans
Kobe drops 50 to carry Lakers past Mavs
Els claims first PGA victory since 2004
Top-ranked Tennessee holds back Kentucky

News Blaze
Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
PHOTOS: Soldiers Ensure Safety During Sheik Meeting
Radar Team Keeps Eye on Falcon
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

CENTCOM: News Releases
Feb. 22 Statement from Multi-National Force - Iraq commending cease-fire extension
Successful operations target top Taliban leader
Civilians targeted in northern Iraq
Coalition forces identify terrorist killed in Feb. 17 operation

SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5
Joint Knowledge Online extends cultural awareness training for U.S. Forces Korea - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Dairy Farm Inspected, Plans Made to Benefit Agricultural Community
Soldiers Offer Micro-Grants to Struggling Store Owners in Husseiniya
Georgians Provide Medical Services, Humanitarian Assistance
Coalition captures IED facilitator near Baghdad, 19 other suspects detained
Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, detain three other suspects (Numaniyah)
Iraqi Sheik turns in weapons cache (Tarmiya)
Local man discovers large cache in barn after return home (Arab Jabour)
MND-C Soldiers conduct air assault, detain 2 in Kanasa
Iraqi SWAT and U.S. Special Forces detain three following operation in Mosul

Navy Ship Christened ‘New York’ Symbolizes U.S. Resiliency
Air Force Awards Tanker Contract to Northrop Grumman

Commandant Halts New Vest Buys
Guard Team Key in Ricin Response
University Helps DoD Celebrate African-American History

Baqouba ‘Sons of Iraq’ Agree to Return to Duty
Troops Capture Bomb Facilitator, Detain Suspects

Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Taliban Networks

Desire to Serve Brought Airman Back to Force

Soldiers Teach Afghan Police First Aid

America Supports You: Group ‘LEEPS’ to Help Afghan Police

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

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
0419 - [Etalius] ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1043 - Edward the Confessor crowned king of England
1376 - Battle of Navarrete (Najera), English beat France
1559 - Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
1582 - French van Valois honored as duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
1645 - English parliaments accept Self-Denying Ordinance
1657 - English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown
1764 - Austrian arch duke Jozef crowns himself Roman Catholic king
1776 - Washington receives honorary degree from Harvard College
1783 - Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce
1790 - Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard), created
1848 - Thomas Douglas becomes 1st San Francisco public teacher
1856 - Gunpowder in church explodes, killing 4,000 in Rhodos
1860 - Pony Express begins between St Joseph, MO & Sacramento, CA
1864 - Skirmish at Okolona, AR
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, VA & Petersburg, VA; Battle at Namozine Church, VA (Appomattox Campaign)
1882 - Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks
1910 - Highest mountain in North America, Alaska's Mount McKinley, climbed
1918 - House of Representatives accepts "American Creed" written by William Tyler
1919 - Austria expels all Habsburgers
1922 - Stalin appointed General Secretary of Communist Party
1925 - Great Britain goes back to gold standard; Netherlands & Belgium sign accord of Westerschelde
1926 - 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard; Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
1927 - Interstate Commerce Commission transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone
1929 - Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
1930 - Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1933 - 1st airplane flight over Mount Everest
1941 - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion; Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
1944 - Supreme Court (Smith vs. Allwright) rules "white primaries" unconstitutional; British dive bombers attack battle cruiser Tirpitz
1945 - Hengelo freed from nazi control by Canadian army; Nazis begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald; US 1st army conquers Hofgeismar
1946 - Netherlands-German postal relations resume
1948 - Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
1949 - North Atlantic Treaty, pact signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
1952 - Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to US Congress
1955 - Fire in cinema to Sclessin Belgium, kills 39; Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
1956 - Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated; German war criminals Hinrichsen/Rühl/Siebens/Viebahn are freed
1958 - Fidel Castro's rebels attack Havana
1960 - Earthquake at Havré, Belgium
1962 - Lieutenant General Marshall S. Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1964 - US & Panamá agree to resume diplomatic relations
1965 - 1st atomic powered spacecraft (SNAP) launched
1966 - Luna 10 orbits Moon
1968 - North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks
1974 - 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states in the east, south & midwest killed approximately 315
1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with President Jimmy Carter; Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
1978 - European market & China signs trade agreement
1979 - Belgium's Martens government forms; Jane M. Byrne (D) elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, IL
1981 - Race riots in London's Brixton area
1982 - UN Security Council demands Argentina's withdrawal from Falkland Islands
1984 - Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7; Guinea suspends constitution after coup
1985 - French government adopts equal electoral system
1986 - US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
1988 - Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
1991 - UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution

1367 - Henry IV Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)
1438 - John III van Egmont [Manke John], viceroy of Holland
1715 - John Hanson, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation
1783 - Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle)
1798 - Charles D. Wilkes, Commander (Union Navy)
1812 - Louisa Maria, Queen of the Belgians (1832-50/wife of Leopold I)
1842 - Ulric Dahlgren, Union Colonel
1858 - Matthew Ricketts, 1st Black man elected to Nebraska State Legislature
1866 - James B. Hertzog, South African General/premier (1914-39)
1881 - Alcide de Gasperi Italian premier (1945..53)
1885 - Harry St. John Philby [sheik Abdullah], British explorer
1900 - Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon
1924 - Marlon Brando, actor (Superman, Godfather)
1926 - Virgil Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel USAF/astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)
1930 - Lawton Chiles (Senator/Governor-FL)
1932 - Nourse, British lord justice
1933 - Robert K. Dornan (Representative-CA,)
1939 - Malcolm Thornton, MP
1945 - Wim J. Deetman, Dutch minister of education/MP (CDA)
1946 - Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President (México, 1988-94)
1948 - Jaap G. de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch MP (CDA)
1955 - Aleksandr Nikolayevich Yablontsev, Russian Lieutenant-Colonel/cosmonaut

- Christ crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
0628 - Chosroes II, emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son
1287 - Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87)
1862 - James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer
1882 - Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34 in St. Joseph, MO by Robert Ford
1936 - Bruno Hauptmann, convicted Lindbergh baby killer, executed
1941 - André Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88; Pal Teleki-von Szek PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61
1946 - Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
1950 - Carter G. Woodson, "father of black history", dies in Washington DC at 74
1951 - Johannes C. Kielstra, Dutch economist/Governor (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
1956 - T. Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
1960 - Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
1993 - Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
1994 - Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
1996 - Carl Stokes, 1st Black mayor of a major US city (Cleveland OH); Christopher John Seward, aid worker, dies at 45; Ronald Harmon Brown, US Secretary of Commerce, dies in an accident at 54

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA in a single incident:
Morgan, Herschel S., (NC); RF101 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Smith, George C., (MO); F100D shot down

Vohden, Raymond A. (NJ); F4C shot down released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - alive as of 1998

Laws, Richard Lee, USN (CA); F8E shot down, KIA/BNR

Hardy, John Charles, USAF (MO); remains recovered April, 1968

Rexroad, Ronald Reuel, USAF (IL); RF4C shot down

Thomas, James C., USMC (AZ); disappeared while on patrol

Ecklund, Arthur G., US Army (AZ); O1G disappeared while on mission (pilot, w/Jefferson)

Jefferson, Perry H., US Army (CO); O1G disappeared while on mission (observer, w/Ecklund)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Christensen, Allen D. (SD); crew chief

O'Neil, Douglas L. (NJ); pilot (some records show O'Neill)

Williams, Edward W. (FL); gunner

Zich, Larry A. (NE); co-pilot

Also reported MIA this day in 1972:
Henderson, William Joseph, USAF (TX); OV10A shot down while searching for crash survivors (see post from yesterday)

Muren, Thomas Richard, USN (CA); drowned

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