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Sunday, March 02, 2008

In Today's News - Sunday, March 2, 2008

Quote of the Day
"I ask you to look into your hearts
and recognize that there is no room
for neutrality on the issue of terrorism.
You're either with civilization or with terrorists."

- Rudolph Giuliani, then Mayor of New York
in an address to the United Nations, October 1, 2001

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. admits more Iraqi refugees but pace still slow
Iraq closer to deals with Big Oil
US general seeks to create Iraqi jobs
Iraqi Army, Marines Join Forces to Renovate Dilapidated School House
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

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghans protest Danish cartoons, Koran film
Top Commander Unveils New Taliban Tactics

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Attack on Haniyeh's Office - PHOTOS
U.N. Security Council Condemns Escalating Violence
Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Leads to Deadliest Day in Gaza Since 2000
Israeli aircraft target Hamas office
Abbas suspends talks with Israel over Gaza offensive
Worsening Conflict in Gaza Leaves Children At Particular Risk, UNICEF Warns
Bombings Hit Russian Town, Leaving Casualties
Colombia: No. 2 FARC Commander Killed in Gunfight
Officials: 40 Dead in Pakistan Homicide Bomber Attack
Sudan nomads clash with ex-rebels, dozens killed

Other Military News
Bush: No Promise of Troop Returns Before I Leave Office
Navy sonar ban in Southern Calif. upheld
Prince Harry wants another combat tour

Worldwide Wackos
Ahmadinejad: Visit to Iraq Opens New Chapter in 'Brotherly' Relations (Kinda gives you butterflies, doesn't it? -- Oh, wait, that's just my breakfast coming back up)
U.S. envoy leaves China with no North Korea meeting
WITNESS: In Pyongyang, a tale of two concerts
China parliament to approve reshuffle, streamlining

Politics / Government
Clinton Focus: Boosting Turnout - PHOTOS
Clinton Seeks Mileage Out of 'Children' Ad
Huckabee Campaign Unsure of Post-Texas Plans
Media Expert, Clinton Backer Slams Media Coverage
Clinton trails in Texas, deadlocked in Ohio - Video
Clinton cheery in face of grim outlook
'Live, from New York,' it's Hillary?
McCain's big decision: Who to pick as VP
Russians vote for new president - Video
McCain tags Dems on trade treaty
Clinton focuses on turnout in key states
Obama makes only stop in RI, slams rival
Huckabee Still Trails McCain, According to Surveys
Putin era: Moving forward, falling back
Russians Expected to Endorse Putin Protege Medvedev
Police: 8 Killed in Armenian Election Results Clashes

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
3 Teens Arrested in Texas Murders
Cops: Florida Man Blames Gas Costs for Beating Ill Wife
Warrant Sought to Search Home in Ricin Case - VIDEO
Cops: Cab Driver Part of Abandoned Baby Hoax
Jury convicts man of killing family of 5
Breyer, court master of the 'what if?'

U.N. News
Annan says farewell after Kenya coalition deal

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Celebrity TV Chef Robert Irvine Reportedly Fired Over Spiced-Up Resume
EBay sees growing risks to business in coming year

Science / Medicine and Health / Watching the Web
Wisconsin Boy in Critical Condition After Pool Exposure to High Chlorine
Study casts doubt on water on Mars surface
Japan looks to a robot future
The Sickening Truth About Pet Food

Other News of Note
Planes Collide on Florida Runway, Killing 2 - PHOTOS
Man Who Allegedly Shot East Timor President in Custody

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Bad Economic News Could Continue
Will Ferrell's Big Bomb

N.Y.'s Plaza Hotel reopens after major facelift
Nepal's controversial "living goddess" retires
GSK bird flu vaccine shows broad cross protection
Buffett has profitable year, faults housing excess
Venezuela urges OPEC to study Exxon row
Northrop-EADS beats Boeing to build U.S. tanker
Motorola wins $335 million Saudi contract
Meter still running on GM's Delphi ride
Credit crisis throws AIG into "uncharted waters"
L'Oreal in talks to take Armani stake: report
Ross to put up to $1 bln into rival to Ambac, MBIA
Market braces for key economic data
Wall St tumbles on recession fears, AIG - Video
Northrop shares rise after tanker win, Boeing dips
Oil slips from record $103 as Turkey removes troops - Video
Dollar pressured on data, halts slide versus euro
Gold powers to record high on dollar, eyes $1,000/oz - Video
Berkshire net down 18 percent, Buffett eyes successors
GM idles 3 more plants due to supplier strike
Nortel shares sink, but CEO's pay rises

AP World News
Jets give All-Pro Faneca record deal
Duke holds on for Coach K's 800th win
Johnnie Carr funeral: 'She was our mama'
Selig says there's no ban on Barry Bonds

News Blaze
Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
New IP Force integrates with MND-B Soldiers in Jamia
PHOTO: A Watchful Eye
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
Georgians Provide Medical Services, Humanitarian Assistance
Soldiers Patrol with Iraqi Police, Show Unity, Build Trust

Air Force Awards Tanker Contract to Northrop Grumman
Gates Returns From Around-the-World Trip
Special Report: Travels with Gates
Gates Meets with Turks, Urges Open Dialogue
Rapid Withdrawal From Iraq Would Negate Security Gains
Bush Meets With NATO Chief

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
Soldiers Patrol With Police, Build Goodwill for All
Troops in Iraq Kill Five, Detain 23 Suspects

Coalition Forces Bring Winter Supplies to Villagers

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
0871 - Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1121 - Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
1458 - Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia
1498 - Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island
1629 - English King Charles I leases house of commons
1675 - Prince William III installed as Governor of Overijssel
1776 - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
1789 - Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
1799 - Congress standardizes US weights & measures
1807 - Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
1819 - Territory of Arkansas organized
1819 - US passes its 1st immigration law
1824 - Interstate commerce comes under federal control
1831 - John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission
1836 - Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
1853 - Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
1855 - Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
1858 - Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
1861 - Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington, DC; US Congress creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
1863 - Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific RR
1865 - General Early's army is defeated at Waynesborough
1866 - 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Connecticut
1867 - Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico; Jesse James-gang robs bank in Savannah MO, 1 dead; US Congress creates the Department of Education, passes the 1st Reconstruction Act
1876 - Rutherford B. Hayes declared President (won electoral vote by 1), despite Samuel J. Tilden (D) winning popular vote
1893 - 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
1896 - Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians
1899 - President McKinley signs bill creating Mount Rainier National Park (5th in US)
1901 - Hawaii's 1st telegraph company opens
1904 - "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
1907 - General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal
1909 - Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy ask Serbia to set no territorial demands
1910 - 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington WA, 118 die
1915 - British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts; Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
1917 - Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
1919 - 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
1923 - "Time" magazine debuts
1925 - Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage; Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted; SDAP-Second-Faction (Dutch Socialists) of parliament demands drastic disarmament
1927 - Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)
1929 - Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals
1930 - 1st US indoor glider flight, St. Louis Terminal Building
1933 - "King Kong" premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy, NYC; Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hits Japan
1934 - Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1937 - Mexico nationalizes oil
1938 - Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles CA); Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
1939 - Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII; Mass Legislature votea to ratify the Bill of Rights; 147 years late
1940 - Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
1942 - Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
1943 - 1st transport from Westerbork Netherlands to Sobibor concentration camp; Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, US & Australia win
1944 - Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocate 521 in Italy
1945 - 8th Air Force bombs Dresden; King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
1946 - Dutch troops land on East Bali; Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
1946 - Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
1949 - 1st automatic street light (New Milford CT); Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round-the-world flight at Fort Worth TX, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hours
1950 - Silly Putty invented
1955 - King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
1956 - Morocco tears up the Treaty of Féz, declares independence from France
1958 - 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
1958 - Yemen announces it will join the United Arab Republic
1962 - JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
1965 - "Sound Of Music" opens
1966 - 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
1968 - USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world; USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
1969 - 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
1970 - American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747; Rhodesia becomes independent republic; Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
1972 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic
1972 - Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
1973 - "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
1974 - 1st class postage raised from 8¢ to 10¢; Grand jury concludes President Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
1976 - Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
1977 - Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson; Libya amends constitution
1978 - 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV; Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
1981 - Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
1982 - Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
1983 - Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
1984 - Iran offensive against Iraq fails
1985 - US approves screening test for AIDS
1986 - Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US; Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
1989 - 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000; Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
1991 - UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
1994 - Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcast; it is - he doesn't; William Natcher, (Representative-Democrat-KY), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote
1995 - Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed; Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
1997 - Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple; Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)

1316 - Robert II the Steward, King of Scotland (1371-90)
1409 - John II, French duke of Alençon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
1459 - Adrian VI [Adriaan F. Boeyens], Pope (1522-23)
1769 - DeWitt Clinton (Governor/Senator-NY)
1793 - Sam[uel] Houston, 1st president of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44)
1810 - Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)
1824 - Henry Beebee Carrington, Union Brigadier General
1828 - Jefferson Columbus Davis, Union Brevet Major General
1829 - Carl Schurz, Union Major General / journalist / political reformer
1876 - Pius XII [Euhenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope (1939-58)
1908 - Jan Brasser Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
1916 - Anne Vondeling Dutch politician (PvdA)
1917 - Desi Arnaz Santiago Cuba, singer/actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy)
1923 - Robert H.Michel (Representative-IL)
1930 - Jan van Noor,Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
1931 - Duane F.Graveline, astronaut; Mikhail S.Gorbachev Privolnoye, Soviet Secretary-General (1985-91); Tom Wolfe Richmond, journalist/author (Right Stuff)
1940 - Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Progressive Federal Party, 1979-86)
1943 - Rosa DeLauro (Representative-CT)
1946 - Brian J. Donnelly (Representative-MA)

- Lotharius King of France (954-86), dies at 44
1122 - Floris II the fat one, count of Holland
1127 - Charles the Good, Count of Vlanderen, murdered
1333 - Wladyslaw IV the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland
1383 - Amadeus VI count of Savoy
1840 - Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (discoverer of comets & asteroids), dies at 81
1855 - Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
1862 - Frederick West Lander, Union Brigadier-General/poet, dies at 40
1895 - Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
1916 - Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
1973 - Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan is assassinated
1979 - Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75; Sir Richard Sykes, British ambassador is assassinated in Holland
1986 - Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
1991 - Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize)
1996 - Jacobo Majluta, President of Dominican Republic (1982), dies at 61

Reported Missing in Action
Lockhart, Hayden J., USAF (OH); F100D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Worst, Karl Edward, USAF (AR); O1E shot down, KIA, Body not recovered

Martin, Donald E., US Army (IN); escaped April, 1968

Widener, Larry Allen, US Army (OH); KIA, remains recovered March, 1968 - ID'd February, 1974

Bogiages, Christo C., Jr., USAF (FL); F105D shot down

Evans, William A., US Army SF (WI); KIA, Body not recovered (w/May)

May, Michael F., US Army SF (MI); KIA, Body not recovered (w/Evans)

McVey, Lavoy D., USMC (CO); fell from helicopter during attempt to search for Skibbe,presumed Killed

Skibbe, David W., USMC (IL); wounded in field, cable on rescue helicopter hoist snapped during extraction, fell and presumed Killed

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