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Monday, May 12, 2008

In Today's News - Monday, May 12, 2008

Quote of the Day
"They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards."
-- US Army General / Chief of Staff Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish Rebels in Northern Iraq
U.S. Military Kills 3 Shiite Fighters in Sadr City Clash
Iraqi Police Take Greater Responsibility
Coalition Forces Provide Laptops, Software to Local Judges
Ceremony Marks Completion of School Construction

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban deliver silent death threats after midnight

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in Lebanon - VIDEO (So much for that 'truce' - more proof that giving in to terrorists doesn't work...)
Mountain clashes bring Lebanon death toll to 81
Darfur rebel leader vows more attacks on Khartoum - Video
Gunmen clash in Tripoli, instability grips Lebanon - Video
Egypt optimistic of Israel-Hamas truce
Palestinians lose faith in two-state solution
Rice: Israel, Palestinians need to show progress

Wounded Warriors
AP IMPACT: Number of disabled veterans rising

Other Military News
'Young Forrest Gump' Leaves Army, Returns to Hollywood
France may clear names of executed WWI mutineers
Army Corps says Condition of many levees a mystery

Worldwide Wackos
Documents indicate that Chavez helped Colombia rebels

Politics / Government
Obama Over Hill, Eyes Main Event
As Primary Nears, Clinton Presses On in West Virginia
McCain Faces Challenge of Attracting Young Voters
McCain pledges to combat climate change
Obama campaign chief sees fast win
Obama lightens up after a good week
Blog: Hillary the fighter versus uniter
Israelis don't believe Olmert: poll
Will Saudis sympathize with Bush's oil plea?
Hearings planned on energy market
Obama campaign chief sees his man winning soon Video
McCain pledges to combat climate change
Obama lightens up after a good week
White House leaves door open on housing rescue
McCain pledges to combat climate change
Video: Obama turns focus on McCain
President calls Jenna's wedding 'spectacular'
Serbia's pro-Western president declares victory in elections
Putin in control as Russia names cabinet

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Arizona Authorities Rescue 53 Illegal Immigrants Held Hostage for Money

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Families of Autistic Children to Sue U.S. Over Vaccine Link
Report: Ohio Man Serves Jail Time for Daughter's Failure to Get GED
Abducted Woman Uses Cell Phone To Call for Help
Report: Girls Gang Blows Up Houses With Homemade Bomb Over Boy
U.S. court allows apartheid claims to proceed
Actor Farina arrested after gun found in luggage at LAX
Potential jurors are questioned in R. Kelly trial

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
New magazine prefers print over Net
Cablevision and Tribune seal Newsday deal
Semantic Wikipedia search tool unveiled
Wrinkles key to buying cigarettes?
Global bloggers on China quake
XM Satellite loss widens
Clear Channel trial delayed till Tuesday
Microsoft launches Messenger video

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Medical Helicopter Crashes in Wisconsin, Killing 3
Families of Autistic Children to Sue U.S. Over Vaccine
FOXBusiness: RIM Unveils 3G BlackBerry Smartphone
Challenging search
Cisco expands TelePresence offering

Mother Nature
'I Could See Cars Floating' - Twister havoc leaves trail of death, destruction
STORMTRACKER: Interactive Tornado Report Map
EPA testing air after twister in toxic Okla. town
Mid-Atlantic rain prompts evacuations, outages
Thousands Dead After Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Central China
China Quake Topples 80 Percent of Buildings in One Hard-Hit County: Watch Live
China quake kills nearly 9,000, toll likely to soar - Video
Slideshow: Search for survivors
Timeline: China's major earthquakes
Video: Quake felt as far as Thailand
Neil Young gets new honor -- his own spider
U.S. examining satellite images of China quake area
Genetic sleuths unmask secrets of big tomatoes
Australian pokes shark in eye during attack
U.S. Authorities Call Off Search for Missing Calif. Couple
Scientists Probe Rash of Coyote Attacks on Children
Brush Fires Force Hundreds to Flee in Fla., Close I-95
AccuWeather: 12 named storms in '08 hurricane season
Japan scientists warn Arctic ice melting fast
GM crop foes march in Germany as U.N. summit starts
Kashmir census shows decline in rare deer population

Georgia Athlete Dies During Florida Triathlon
Nearly Two Thousand Bare It All For Art's Sake In Austrian Soccer Stadium
"Self-important and irritating"
Royal jewels, rare watches to test auction market
Kung Fu finger calls it a day

Other News of Note
Polish Holocaust Hero, Irena Sendler, Dies at 98
China floats inviting Dalai Lama to Olympics: Tibet MP (Would anyone trust them?)

Fox News
Ashlee Simpson Calls Britney Spears 'Trashy'

Full Coverage: Oil in the spotlight
Sprint's loss widens on lost subscribers
Developing countries eye nuclear power: report
Stocks point to higher open as oil pulls back
April retail sales barely budged: SpendingPulse
California man losing nine homes in mortgage mess
Pre-packaged bankruptcies
ILFC considering split-up from insurer AIG: report
Morgan Stanley raises billions for infrastructure
CORRECTED: MBIA posts huge loss on credit derivatives
Fed's Evans: current rates accommodative
Finmeccanica awaiting DRS bid reply: sources
Australia's Westpac Bank eyes St George takeover - Video
Sex and The City quartet back -- in the movie
"Iron Man" pounds rivals at box offices - Video
McCartney and Mills divorce official
Father of Malawian boy backs Madonna adoption bid
"90210" officially on the CW map
Nepal king makes animal sacrifices to power goddess
Gay rodeo undermines sexual stereotypes
Jazz hold off Lakers to tie series
Sergio Garcia sees off Paul Goydos in Sawgrass playoff
Venus to face Stosur in Rome return
Penguins top Flyers, take 2-0 series lead
Playing Americans in Madrid could backfire, Nadal warns

AP World News
Production of ABC's `Ugly Betty' moving to NYC
Tim Duncan scores 22 as Spurs beat Hornets 100-80
'Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites' winner crowned
Study: Retirement savers make costly 401(k) mistakes
Person close to talks: NBC installing Fallon on 'Late Night'
Crawford helps prevent Santana's 7th win as Rays beat Angels

News Blaze
Rice Production to Reach Record High in 2008, But Prices to Continue Climbing
Ironhorse Tracker radio newscast available
MND-B Soldiers Detain 15 Suspects, Seize Bomb-Making Materials
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Iraqi troops seize IEDs in east Mansour
200 graduate from Iskandariyah tech school
Transition team teaches Iraqi Army soldier skills

SOCJFCOM completes in-residence JSOTF training course - podcast
USJFCOM helps define new conditions for individual augmentee training
Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Rear Adm. Dan Davenport - podcast
Druid's Dance exercise yields major training milestone - podcast
USJFCOM signs agreement with Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Learn more about CRADAs - podcast
Navy flag officer nominated for deputy commander slot
USJFCOM names its joint junior officer for fourth quarter 2007 - podcast

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Salvadoran Forces Celebrate 184th Birthday
200 students graduate from Iskandariyah vo-tech (FOB Kalsu)
Basra comes back to life (Baghdad)
Coalition Soldiers find weapons cache (Maderiyah)
IP, CF detain 2 in Mussayib area off local tips
Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain terrorist in Mosul
MND-B Soldier attacked by IED (Baghdad)

Process for Handling Remains Reviewed
Gates Sees Combat Systems Progress

Center Achieves ‘Little Miracles’ in Treating Soldiers With Combat Stress
Navy Commander Stresses Partnerships

Officials Work to Reduce Sadr City Violence
Forces Capture 20 Terrorism Suspects

Afghan Army, Police Make Progress, Gain Recruits

Vets Arrange Vacations for Purple Heart Recipients
Patriotic Quilts Get TV Cameo

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
1604 - The Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius.
1780 - Charleston, SC falls to the British
1789 - The Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers, later becoming an in famous NYC political group.
1792 - A toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.
1862 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, LA.
1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.
1870 - Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.
1881 - Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
1898 - Louisiana adopts a new constitution with a clause designed to eliminate black voters.
1915 - Croatians plunder Armenia; 250 are killed.
1925 - Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan become autonomous Soviet republics.
1928 - Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy.
1933 - The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration are formed.
1940 - Nazi conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Meuse River.
1942 - 1,500 Jews are gassed in Auschwitz; A German U-boat sinks an American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River.
1943 - German troops in Tunisia surrender.
1944 - More than 900 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen, and Brüx.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift begins.
1951 - On Enewetak Atoll, the first H-Bomb test occurs.
1963 - A race riot erupts in Birmingham, AL.
1964 - Manlio Brosio is named secretary-general of NATO.
1965 - Israel and West Germany begin diplomatic relations.
1970 - Harry A. Blackmun is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice; 6 blacks are killed (5 of them by police) during race riots in Augusta, GA.
1975 - The U.S. merchant vessel Mayaguez is seized by Cambodian forces.
1980 - Maxie Anderson and his son, Chris, complete the first non-stop crossing of the U.S. via hot-air balloon.
1982 - In Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped before he can attack Pope John Paul II.
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr. James C. Fletcher Administrator of NASA
1989 - Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic extremists
1997 - 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea

1670 - August II ("The Strong One"), King of Poland - had over 350 children.
1806 - Amos Beebe Eaton, Union Brevet Major General
1812 - Louis Ludwig Blenker, Union Brigadier General
1889 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
1910 - Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist / Nobel prize winner
1914 - Dan Daniel (Representative-VA); Howard K Smith, TV newsman
1922 - Barend Busnac, resistance fighter
1926 - Earl Hutto (Representative-FL); Mervyn M. Dymally (Representative-CA)
1928 - Manuel Lujan, Jr. (Representative-NM)
1936 - Tom Snyder, newscaster
1937 - Gerry E. Studds (Representative-MA)
1938 - Andrei Amalrik Russian dissident
1939 - Ronald Ziegler press secretary to Richard Nixon.
1942 - Dumitru Dediu Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)

0912 - Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45
1003 - Sylvester II [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003)
1012 - Sergius IV [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12)
1382 - Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence
1641 - Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
1649 - Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered
1788 - Louis E. van Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Austrian duke, dies at 69
1814 - Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
1864 - Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 37; J. E. B. Stuart, Confederate General, dies at 31
1871 - John F. W. Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae)
1925 - Alfred Milner, British Governor (Cape Colony)/minister, dies at 71
1932 - Lindbergh baby found dead
1935 - Josef Pilsudski, Polish dictator (1926-35)
1951 - Oscar DePriest (Representative-IL), dies at 80
1956 - Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
1970 - Leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78; Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WWI, WWII), dies at 78
1981 - Benjamin H. Sheares, President of Singapore
1989 - Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco shell, dies at 81
1994 - John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
1996 - Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Ashlock, Carlos, USMC (PA); KIA in ground attack (w/Agosto-Santos)

Agosto-Santos, Jose, USMC (PR); wounded and captured after ground attack (w/Ashlock) - released (POW exchange) January, 1968

Grenzebach, Earl Wilfre, Jr., USAF (NY); F105D shot down, presumed KIA

Gaddis, Norman C., USAF (TN); F4C shot down (w/Jefferson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Brigadier General - alive and well as of 1998
** also F-84G Fighter Pilot in the Korean War, TDY 31st TFW **

Jefferson, James M., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Gaddis) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Pitman, Peter P., USAF (GA); F105F disappeard on mission (w/Stewart)

Stewart, Robert A., USAF (DC); F105F disappeared on mission (w/Pitman)

The following USAF personnel lost in the shootdown of a C130B at Ngok Tavak:
Bucher, Bernard L. (IL); pilot

Hepler, Frank M. (PA); flight engineer - released by PRG March, 1973

Long, George W. (KS); loadmaster

McElroy, John L. (NY); navigator

Moreland, Stephen C. (CA); co-pilot

Also lost on the C130B:
Orr,Warren R., Jr., US Army SF (IL); passenger

The following US Army personnel also lost at Ngok Tavak, and believed KIA:
Coen, Harry B. (WY)

Craven, Andrew J.(NC)

Long, Julius W., Jr., (WA)

Moore, Maurice H. (MD)

Ransbottom, Frederick J. (OK);

Simpson, Joseph L. (CO);

Skivington, William E., Jr. (NV)

Sands, Richard E. (IL)

Stuller, John C. (VA)

Widner, Danny L. (TX)

Williams, Roy C. (TX)

Widdison, Imlay S. (VT)

Preiss, Robert F., Jr., US Army SF (NY); remains ID'd June, 1998

Adair, Samuel Y., Jr., USAF (GA); F4E shot down (w/Cressey) - remains recovered November, 1974

Bogard, Lonnie P., USAF (LA); F4D shot down (w/Ostermeyer)

Cressey, Dennis C., USAF (WY); F4E shot down (w/Adair) - remains recovered November, 1974

Ostermeyer, William H., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (w/Bogard)

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