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Saturday, March 29, 2008

In Today's News - Saturday, March 29, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Character is what you are.
Reputation is what others think you are.
The reason that some fail to climb the ladder of success,
or of leadership if you want to call it that,
is that there is a difference between reputation and character.
The two do not always coincide.
A man may be considered to have sterling character.
Opportunity might come to that man;
but if he has the reputation for something he is not,
he may fail that opportunity.
I think character is the foundation of successful leadership."

--Major General Lucien Truscott

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Al-Sadr: Keep Your Guns
Baghdad curfew extended indefinitely
U.S. Jets Kill 16 Insurgents in Basra - PHOTOS
Olympic feat
'Standing up' Iraq army looks open-ended
MND-B Soldiers Find 2 Weapons Caches
MND-B Soldiers Target Criminals; 23 Killed
40 Iraqi Police Surrender to Mahdi Army in Sadr City

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Troops shell Somali market, killing 11: witnesses

Other Military News
Arms Shipment Snafu

Religion of Peace??
EU condemns Dutch Koran film, upholds free speech
Two killed in Nepal mosque bomb attack

Worldwide Wackos
Earth Hour Kicks off Worldwide - PHOTOS
N.Korea threatens to cut off dialogue with South

Homegrown Moonbats
March 31 in California: State-Sanctioned Holiday Based on Racism!

Politics / Government
With Final NATO Summit and Meeting With Putin, Bush Begins Farewell Tour
Obama: Wrap It Up By June
Edwards: Either Dem is Fine With Me
EMBED BLOG: Obama Takes Position on the Penny
McCain Projects Image of Patriot in Ad
Bush Administration Proposes Sweeping Overhaul of Financial Regulation
German Chancellor Skipping Summer Olympics
Richardson Heads to Colombia for Hostage Negotiations
Arkansas Pols to Repeal Child Marriage Provision
Clinton says no intention of dropping out: report
Rice to push hard to improve life on West Bank
Bush may expand help for struggling homeowners
Hot button ballot issues back in election
Clinton says China holdings threaten U.S. security (Ack! First I agree with Pelosi yesterday, now her??)
Congress readies activist housing agenda
Party fears tight Obama-Clinton finish
Obama says Clinton should keep running
Debate Continues About Presidential Candidate's Speech on Race

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Ore. Couple Charged in Child's Faith-Healing Death
Police: 'Grandpa' Sold Meth From Apartment
Lawsuit: Huge Atom Smasher Could Destroy World
Virginia Police Arrest Teens Linked to Random Shootings, Including Interstate
Woman Arrested After Allegedly Caught Stealing Newborn From Hospital Nursery
Man Gets 6 Years for Killing Boy, 8, With Go-Cart
2 Philadelphia Cops Suspended Over Racist Stickers
Cops: Neglected Boy, 4, Weighed Just 10 Pounds

U.N. News
Australian leader criticizes Sudan

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Proper surveillance can stop flu pandemic: expert
Smoking after heart attack lifts risk of second
Flu shots leave heart failure patients at risk
Schiller relatives exhumed to identify poet's skull
Dave Stewart, Nokia envision brave new mobile world
3G iPhone launch seen in 2nd quarter
Small hospitals push to do heart work

Mother Nature
Woman Mauled by Cheetahs at Florida Sanctuary

The Town Nobody Wants
The Oddest Book Title Award Goes to ... 'If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs'
Man Faces Charges for Having Sex With Picnic Table
Russia doomsday cult members leave cave hideout
Drunken man awakes inside garbage truck
Missing NY rev. found at Ohio strip club

Other News of Note
Fresh Tibet unrest as Olympic torch nears Beijing
Activists: New Tibet protests break out
New Unrest in Lhasa Despite Security Crackdown

Fox News
TSA to Change Body Piercings Procedures After Woman's Nipple Rings Claim
Zimbabwe Opposition Party Claims Election Victory
Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off in D.C.
FOXBusiness: Next Week's Data Is No Joke
UCLA Tops Xavier 76-57 to Reach Final Four
Over 100,000 Fans Expected for L.A. Baseball Game
Pop Tarts: Miley Cyrus: 'Faith Keeps Me Grounded'

UCLA romps into Final Four
Tanzania says 75 feared dead in mine flood
Argentine farm strike partially reinstated
Syria, Saudi Arabia conciliatory on Lebanon
Episcopal bishop elected in disputed California diocese
Musicians take social networking into their own hands - Video
Marubeni employees' scam hit Lehman, others: sources
U.S. car companies go back to black
Treasury regulatory overhaul plan "timely": Fed
UBS to lower auction-rate securities' values
German watchdog eyes $600 bln global bank losses: report
IAC's Diller wins court battle with Liberty - Video
Bush readying mortgage aid plan: report
Northwest gives Delta merger nod: source
Wall St drops on JC Penney's warning, bank worries - Video
Apollo Group shares tumble after earnings miss
Maguire Properties finds no suitors, shares tank
Sagging stocks drag dollar lower versus yen
Steelcase shares touch almost 4-year low
China IPO market

AP World News
Katrina victims may have to repay money
Large and small screen actors cut ties
Hansbrough leads Tar Heels to Final Four
Moscow planetarium mired in dispute
Ricky Martin visits Cambodian center
Review: Heppner, Voigt worth waiting for
Amateur sleuths name anonymous dead
Curry, Davidson continue magical ride
Washington, Wall St. tangle on oversight

News Blaze
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

USCENTCOM Bids Farewell to Commander
Anbar Leaders unite at Camp Fallujah
Iraq strategy process well under way, Pentagon spokesman says
Marines, Sailors assist Iraqi refinery employees
Programs assist Iraqi engineers

Industry symposium to raise awareness of 21st century capabilities
Workshop looks at strengthening capabilities in the urban environment - podcast
Command releases report
More about JCOAJKO provides training for those deployment-bound - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Band of Brothers: The Hill Siblings Reunite in Iraq War Zone
North Carolina Kids Send Toys to Iraqi School Children
Al Nassir School Gets Face-lift
Electrical Project Benefits Residents
Iraqi Special Operations Forces engage, kill 22 in Basra
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces patrol attacked; 13 criminal fighters killed (Suwayrah)
MND-B Soldiers find 2 weapons caches
MND-B Soldiers target criminals; 23 killed
MND-B Soldiers kill 9 supporting ISF
Two MND-B Soldiers attacked by IED

Dempsey Becomes Acting Chief of U.S. CENTCOM - Video
Bush: Iraqi Prime Minister Demonstrates Leadership
Bush Praises Australia's Support in War on Terror

Unprecedented Unified Maritime Strategy Aims to Prevent War

Circus Celebrates Military Bond

Iraqi Security Forces, Ministries Show Progress
Iraqi Forces Focus Operations in Basra
Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill 15 Enemy Fighters
Brick Factory Approaches Pre-war Capacity

Afghan Security Forces Training Makes Headway
Troops Disrupt Al Qaeda Weapons Network
Afghan School Gets New Library, Science Lab

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
1461 - Edward IV secures his claim to the English thrown, defeating Henry VI at the battle of Towdon.
1638 - A permanent European colony is established in what is now Delaware.
1644 - At the Battle of Alresford, Parlimentatians secure a victory during the English Civil War.
1847 - U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott seize the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1867 - The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.
1879 - British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse 20,000 Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand in the Battle of Kambula.
1884 - At the Battle of El Teb, the British defeat Osman Digna's Mahdists in a non-stop five hour battle.
1913 - The German government announces it is increasing taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
1916 - The Italians scrap the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1936 - Italy firebombs Harar, in Ethiopia.
1941 - The British sink five Italian warships in the Mediterranean.
1951 - The Chinese reject Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.
1952 - President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.
1961 - The 23rd amendment, which allows Washington, D.C. residents to vote for president, is ratified.
1962 - Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1966 - Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, denouncing what he calls the US policy of agression in Vietnam.
1967 - France launches its first nuclear submarine.
1971 - Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.
1973 - The last U.S. troops withdraw from South Vietnam.
1975 - Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declares that the Suez Canal will reopen on June 5, 1975.
1976 - Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.

1790 - John Tyler, 10th President of the United States.
1875 - Lou Henry Hoover, first lady to President Herbert Hoover.
1916 - Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator / presidential candidate.

1058 - Stephen IX [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belgian Pope (1057-58)
1745 - Robert Walpole, 1st British premier (1722-42), dies at 68
1792 - King Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of wounds
1839 - Bernardus JC Dibbets, Dutch baron/General-Major (Maastricht), dies at 56
1847 - Auguste De Polignac, premier France, dies at 66
1912 - Robert F. Scott, British pole explorer (Antarctica)
1959 - Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st President
1981 - Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
1982 - Walter Hallstein, West German politician (CDU, H-doctrine), dies at 80
1991 - Lee Atwater, political strategist (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
1994 - William Natcher (Representative-KY), dies at 84
1995 - James Eric Storrar, fighter Pilot, dies at 74

Reported Missing in Action
Hume, Kenneth E., USN (OH); F8D crashed at sea - Killed, body not recovered

Hess, Frederick W., USAF (MO); F4D shot down

The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their AC130A was shot down:
Brauner, Henry P. (NJ); navigator

Caniford, James K. (MD); crew

Castillo, Richard (TX); crew - remains returned November, 1986

Halpin, Richard C. (CA); crew - remains returned March, 1986

Miller, Curtis D. (TX); crew

Paulson, Merlyn L. (ND); crew - remains returned March, 1986

Pearce, Edwin J. (PA); crew - remains returned March, 1986 - family rejects ID

Ramsower, Irving B. II (TX); pilot - remains returned March, 1986

Simmons, Robert E. (NY); crew - remains returned March, 1986 - family rejects ID

Smith, Edward D., Jr. (NY); crew - remains returned March, 1986

Stephenson, Howard D. (MA); crew

Todd, William A. (NY); crew - remains returned March, 1986 - ID'd September, 1986

Wanzel, Charles J. III (NY); pilot - remains returned March, 1986 - ID'd July, 1986

Young, Barclay B. (FL); crew

Gregory, Marie; left Saigon with fake passport Autust, 1975

Gregory, Philippe; left Saigon with fake passport August, 1975

Gouglemann, Tucker, Civilian - CIA; remains returned by SRV September, 1977

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