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Thursday, March 06, 2008

In Today's News - Thursday, March 6, 2008

Quote of the Day
"De Oppresso Liber" (To liberate the oppressed)
-- US Army Special Forces motto

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
US/Iraqi raid kills 11 in northern Iraq
The Thunder Rolls: Taji Rail Lines Open for First Time Since 2003
Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda in Iraq Operations, 22 Detained
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister insists upon meeting obligations at historic conference in northern Iraq
ISWAT, U.S. Special Forces kill 9, detain 8 in Ninewa province
Sons of Iraq in Sabbah Nissan discover weapons cache
Iraqi: Turkish helicopters bomb areas in Iraq
Iraq OKs agreements with foreign oil firms
Iran still fuels Iraq violence, U.S. says
Iraqi PM: Christians Essential to Iraq
US envoy says no date set for Iran-US talks on Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Troop depression on rise in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
'Merchant of Death' Captured
Mideast peace talks
Egypt holds Hamas talks on Israel truce
Crews to move 9/11 survivors staircase

Other Military News
Atheist Says Army Punished Him, Promotion Blocked

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez: Rebel Raid a 'War Crime'
Files in Rebel Laptop Show Chavez's Ties to Rebels
Experts: Venezuela Military Buildup Destabilizing Region
'Axis of Unity' Growing Threat for U.S.
Ecuador, Venezuela demand condemnation
Iran vote expected to test president's popularity
Colombia takes more heat from Latin America left
China in efforts to bridge U.S., North Korea differences

Politics / Government
Democratic Primary: Take 2
Will a Prolonged Primary Scar the Democratic Party?
Bush Endorses McCain, Says He Understands 'Stakes'
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd Back in Hospital
White House firsts
Factbox: McCain, Obama and Clinton
Can superdelegates resolve Dem battle?
Obama wins over Europe
Domestic issues facing next president
One matchup: Fiery McCain vs. charismatic Obama
Bush endorsement may be risky for McCain
Kenya's Kibaki pushes peace deal and honors dead - Video
Sarkozy and French right set for blast from voters
NATO foreign ministers discuss Balkans

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Border fence divides govt., landowners

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Hunt Is on for Killer of Auburn University Freshman Murdered Near Campus
Couple Accused in Elizabeth Smart Disappearance Face Federal Indictment
Stallone, Chris Rock, Farrah Fawcett Subpoenaed in Pellicano Trial
N.J. Authorities Foil 'Military Style' School Massacre Plot
Young Tenn. Shooting Victims Under Police Protection
'Magical Lizzy' Accused of Running Apartment Bordello
Report: Baby Drowns in Tub After Mother Falls Asleep
Student Found Shot Dies; Car Burns Miles Away

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Microsoft releases new Web browser beta

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
China admits "high pressure" over weather
Men who do housework may get more sex(A Stunner, I know...)

Mother Nature
The BIRDS! Vultures Wreak Havoc on Florida Town

News from My Neck of the Woods
'Danny Boy' Banned in New York Pub for Entire Month of March

No swearing in South Pasadena this week

Other News of Note
Mid-Air Terror: Planes Avert Collision by 400 Feet

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Oil Prices Hit Record High
Sikhs Refuse to Meet With Pope Amid Dagger Ban
Earliest Photo of Helen Keller and Teacher Together Uncovered

Greening of CeBIT fails to revive shrinking IT fair
RIM to bring's Dipdive to BlackBerry
Just A Minute With: Peter Yarrow
Diana's butler refuses to return to inquest
Estrogen predicts breast cancer recurrence: study
Report maps U.S. drug, mental health issues by state
Hollywood private eye on trial for mass wiretapping
Wal-Mart February same-store sales up 2.6 pct
Ambac needs more than $1.5 bln capital raise - analysts
Citigroup made no approach for capital: Dubai
UBS shares sink anew on writedown fears
Billionaire dreamlist: helipad and private beach
EU set to clear Google - DoubleClick merger: sources
Gold's glitter lures buyers
Carlyle unit fails to meet some margin calls
Oil hits record near $106 on dollar
Euro hits new record high vs dollar after Trichet
U.S. jobless claims tumble 24,000 last week
Futures add to losses; credit concerns weigh - Video
Gold hits record high near $1,000/oz, silver jumps
Blockbuster posts higher profit, shares rise
Gap February same-store sales fall 6 pct
J.C. Penney February same-store sales fall 6.7 pct
American Eagle outlook sends shares down sharply
After $1,000, then what?

AP World News
Retailers get a reprieve in February
Celtics clinch NBA playoff berth
Spears' father retains control of estate
Oil prices spike to record $105.97
Edwards penalized by NASCAR
School near Pa. explosion evacuates

News Blaze
Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
Train National Police in Combat Lifesaving Skills
Iraqi youth soccer players come together during soccer tournament in Baghdad
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

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
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition Leader Calls for More Iraqi Dental, Medical Professionals
Micro-Grants Offer New Hope for Baghdad Shop Owners
Citizen uses tip line to reveal cache in New Baghdad

China’s Veiled Military Growth Concerns Gates
Korean War Veteran Honored
Odierno Calls for 'Dwell Time'

Training, Aviation Capabilities Must Mature for Iraq Self-sufficiency
Coalition Focuses on Al Qaeda
Forces Use Stability Gains To Grow - Video
Local Leaders Tour School
Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda Operations

Commander Foresees Growth of Special Forces
Directive Updates, Clarifies Political Activity Rules

Commentary: Visit With Family Restores Hope
Bagram Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration
Afghan Forces Kill Insurgents in Taliban Ambush

MySpace to Rock Troops
Congressional Caucus Embraces Program

Marine Looks Back on Long Journey to Corps

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
1205 - Aken, [Philips van Zwaben], crowned Roman-Catholic German King
1323 - Treaty of Paris
1447 - Tommaso Parentucelli succeeds Pope Eugene IV as Nicolas V
1460 - Treaty of Alcacovas-Portugal gives Castile Canary Islands for West Africa
1521 - Magellan discovers Guam
1646 - Joseph Jenkes, Massachusetts, receives 1st colonial machine patent
1664 - King Louis XIV & Emperor of Brandenburg signs covenant
1714 - Peace of Rastatt: French emperor Charles VI of Habsburg
1728 - Spain & England sign (1st) Convention of Pardo
1799 - Napoleon captures Jaffa, Palestine
1810 - Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US
1816 - Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck, Germany
1831 - Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
1836 - 3,000 Mexicans beat 182 Texans at the Alamo, after 13 day fight; HMS Beagle / Darwin reaches King George's Sound, Australia
1857 - Dred Scott Decision: Supreme Court rules slaves cannot be citizens
1861 - Provisionary Confederate Congress establishes Confederate Army
1862 - Battle of Pea Ridge, AR (Elkhorn Tavern)
1865 - Battle of Natural Bridge, FL; President Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Ball
1882 - Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
1886 - 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
1896 - 1st auto in Detroit, MI - Charles B. King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
1899 - "Aspirin" patented by Felix Hoffmann
1902 - Census Bureau forms
1915 - Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
1918 - US naval collier Cyclops disappears in Bermuda Triangle
1921 - Police in Sunbury, PA, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
1925 - Belgium annexes Eupen, Malmédy & Sankt Vith
1926 - China asks for a seat in the Security council
1929 - Turkey & Bulgaria sign friendship treaty
1930 - Brooklyn's Clarence Birdseye develops a method for quick freezing food
1933 - Poland occupies free city Danzig (Gdansk)
1936 - Belgium ends Locarno-pact
1940 - 1st US telecast from an airplane, New York, NY
1943 - Battle at Medenine, North-Africa - Rommels assault attack; Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers
1944 - USAF begins daylight bombing of Berlin
1945 - 117 SD-prisoners executed at Savage Farm; Assassination attempt on Höhere, SS Police führer Rauter; Chinese 38th division occupies Lashio; Erich Honnecker & Erich Hanke flee Nazis
1946 - France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
1947 - XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc CA
1951 - Belgium extends conscription to 24 months
1953 - Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR
1957 - Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK
1959 - Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
1960 - President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament
1961 - 1st London minicabs introduced
1962 - US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
1964 - Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
1965 - 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, J. R. Willford
1967 - Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted; Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilujeva asks for political asylum in US
1974 - An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
1978 - Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia
1981 - Soyuz 39 returns to Earth; Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News"
1982 - Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
1985 - Mexican authorities find body of US drug agent Enrique C Salaazar
1986 - USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
1987 - 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100; Belgian ferry boat Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes and sinks - 192 die
1988 - 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
1990 - SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
1991 - Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated; The war is over"
1998 - 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace; Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery

1405 - Johan II, King of Castille
1483 - Francesco Guicciardini, Italian attorney/president of Romagna
1761 - Earl d'Andréossi, French General/member of parliament
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)
1812 - Aaron Lufkin Dennison, father of American watchmaking
1820 - Horatio Gouverneur Wright, Union Major General
1831 - Philip Henry Sheridan, Union Major General
1835 - Charles Ewing, Union Brigadier General
1909 - Obafemi Awolowo Nigeria, President of Nigeria (1979-83)
1917 - J. A. Mommersteeg, Dutch Assistant Secretary of Defense (KVP)
1921 - Oliver Wright British Ambassador (To US)
1923 - Ed McMahon, TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search)
1924 - William H. Webster, judge/head FBI/CIA
1926 - Alan Greenspan, economist/Presidential advisor (Federal Reserve Board)
1926 - Elwood H. [Bud] Hillis (Representative-IN)
1927 - Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., USAF/astronaut (Mercury 9, Gemini 5)
1929 - Hal Miller, British MP; Ho Dam, North Korean Secretary of State (1970-83); Thomas S. Foley (Representative-WA, 1965-94)/majority whip/Speaker of House
1933 - Heiko Wierenga, Dutch social-democrat mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
1933 - William Davis author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
1936 - A. "Bram" Stemerdink, Dutch minister of Defense (PvdA)
1936 - Marion S. Barry (Mayor-DC)
1937 - Valentina V. Tereshkova-Nikolayev, 1st woman in space (Vostok 6)
1939 - Christopher Bond (Senator-MO)
1941 - Ann Winterton British MP
1946 - Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)

1615 - Pieter Both, Dutch Admiral/1st Governor-General (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns
1754 - Henry Pelham, English premier (1745, 46-54), Gin Act, dies at about 57
1836 - Davy Crockett, US pioneer (Alamo), killed in battle at 49
1900 - Gottlieb Daimler, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
1917 - Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73
1932 - John Philip Sousa, US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77
1933 - Anton J. Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered
1941 - John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
1945 - Jan Thijssen Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Savage Farm
1963 - Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
1964 - King Paul I of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
1968 - Joseph Martin, Jr., Speaker of the House, dies at 83
1981 - Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
1982 - Ayn Rand author-philosopher (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged), dies in New York at 77
1984 - Martin Niemöller German submarine captain/anti-Nazi minister, dies at 92
1993 - Nicholas Ridley English Minister of Finance, dies at 64
1994 - Tengis Abuladze Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
1996 - Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
1997 - Jagan Guyanes, Prime Minister of Guyana (1953, 57-64); Michael Manley, Jamaican Prime Minister (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92)
1998 - Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed

Reported Missing in Action
Carpenter, Howard B., US Army SF (OH); KIA, body not recovered

Small, Burt C., US Army SF (GA); known to be captured

Anselmo, William F., USAF (CO); C123K shot down (w/Rios), KIA, body not recovered

Colombo, Gary Lewis, USMC (WA); CH46A shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Lopez, Robert, US Army SF (WA); CH46A shot down (w/Seward) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Mitchell, Gilbert L., USN (CA); A6A shot down (co-pilot, w/Nelson), KIA, body not recovered

Nelson, Richard C., USN (PA); A6A shot down (pilot, w/Mitchell) - remains returned July, 1984

Rios, Noel L, USAF (NJ); C123K shot down (w/Anselmo), KIA, body not recovered

Seward, William H., USMC (GA); CH46A shot down (w/Lopez) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Coleman, Jimmy L., US Army (AL); shot on bridge, fell off - presumed KIA, body not recovered

McDonnell, John T., US Army (TX); AH1G shot down

Kusaka, Akira, Civilian-Fuji Television (Japan); not on official lists

Hummel, John F., US Army (TX); AH1G shot down (pilot, w/Milliner)

Milliner, William P., US Army (KY); AH1G shot down (co-pilot, w/Hummel)

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