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Saturday, May 17, 2008

In Today's News - Saturday, May 17, 2008

Quote of the Day
"...without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!"

-- Captain John Paul Jones,
in a letter to Robert Morris,
October, 1776

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi visits Iraq
Iraqi forces detain 1,000 in al Qaeda push - Video
More Than 300 ‘Sons of Iraq’ Graduate Police Training in Kirkuk

Operation Enduring Freedom
Bush Tells Karzai U.S. Will Help at Paris Donor Conference

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Terrorist-Friendly Web Site Blasts FOX News Profile
Pirates Hijack Jordanian Ship Off Coast of Somalia
Congress Fears Electronic Passports a Security Risk
Report faults FBI handling of agents' Gitmo complaints: paper
Bush says Lebanon faces "defining moment"
Bush says committed to Middle East peace efforts - Video

Other Military News
Marine Killed in Cross-State Chase Wrote of War Stress

Religion of Peace??
Honor killing suspected in Germany

Worldwide Wackos
Indian village defends double "honor killing"
Slideshow: Young lovers murdered
Blog: Horrible day in Haryana

Politics / Government
Sen. Ted Kennedy Hospitalized After Suffering 2 Seizures - BLOG - PHOTOS - BIO
Explaining Seizures vs. Strokes
Hillary: I'm Still Here
BRIEFING BOOK: Kentucky and Oregon (pdf)
GOP Unleashes on Obama Over Foreign Policy Views
Men's Fitness: Obama One of 25 'Fittest Guys'
Bush: Oil Boost No Solution - PHOTOS
Obama plans Iowa trip with victory in sight - Video
Video: McCain Responds

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Teen Boys Arrested in Connection With Sex Assault on Girls Passed Out in Park
Cops Probe Sex Assault on Girls Passed Out in Park
Cops: Drunk Fla. Man Drowns After Stolen Canoe Tips
Spain Arrests 5 Accused of Hacking U.S. Gov't Web Pages

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Yahoo, WPP form multiyear ad-trading partnership

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Parents Blame Metal Bat Maker for Son's Brain Injury
Astronomers baffled by weird, fast-spinning pulsar
Baby supernova seen right in our neighborhood
Bluetongue animal vaccination starts in most of EU
Russia and Europe may team up for moon flights
Cable sees opportunities in digital television
News-starved Burmese snap up grim cyclone videos
3M and Sony in optical film licensing pact

Mother Nature
Disney Attraction Puts Guests in Eye of Hurricane
Burma Red Lights French Aid Ship - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Quake Victims Flee Amid Flood Fears - VIDEO - PHOTOS
US Engineers Depart for China: 22,000+ Dead From Sichuan Earthquake
New rumbling from Chilean volcano worries experts - Video
New York subway cars find new life on ocean floor
Myanmar death toll soars - Video
Soccer fans warned of tick danger at Euro 2008
Slideshow: Surf's up in Tahiti

Australia Doctor Finds Dead Gecko in Chicken Egg
Former NBA Player Joe Pace Goes From Glory to Homeless Shelter
Oh deer! Man cops wrath of amorous stag
Slideshow: World's most obese man

Other News of Note
Big Brown Eyes Big Win in Preakness - PHOTOS
Thousands Evacuated as Derailed Train Leaks Acid in La.
Cause Sought in Calif. Carnival Ride Collapse - PHOTOS
Collapse of California Carnival Ride Injures 23

Fox News
FOX Business: UAW Local OKs Deal To End GM Strike
Tonya Harding Tells Harrowing Story in New Book

Louisiana orders evacuation after train derails
Team owners to reopen labor deal, says players union head
This Week: Cannes Film Festival
Company earnings at a glance
Mapping noise levels across England
Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai delays return over "plot" - Video
Louisiana orders evacuation after train derails
Queen Elizabeth's grandson weds, tabloids fume
Average "Idol" voter casts 38 ballots by text
Ford says looks his age in new Indiana Jones film
Woody Allen finds love is hard in "Vicky Cristina"
"Prince Caspian" underwhelms at box office
Usher "Here" with new stories
Stars edge Red Wings to tighten series to 3-2
Lakers reach West final, Celtics-Cavs go to Game 7
Ramirez signs $70 million extension deal with Marlins
Jankovic faces qualifier after Sharapova hurt
Team owners to reopen labor deal, says players union head

News Blaze
Marine Corp Historic Half Weekend Highlighted
Citizen's tip leads MND-B Soldiers to EFP-Making Factory in Local Bakery
MND-B Soldiers Keep Criminals, Munitions Off Baghdad Streets
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Mortgage Markets Boost Home Ownership, U.S. Economy

Iraqis take lead in Sadr City aid effort
Basra security situation improves
Dempsey visits Lebanese officials

Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast
Joint fires team helps Army improves force protection training
SOCJFCOM completes in-residence JSOTF training course - podcast
USJFCOM helps define new conditions for individual augmentee training

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Al-Nassir School Refurbished by Iraqis
Al-Kut Vo-Tech Classes Graduate
Yusifiyah Radio Station Begins Broadcasting
Sadr City residents gather for Friday prayers
Three wanted al-Qaeda suspects detained in Mosul
Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain four suspected terrorists in separate operations (Baghdad and
Citizen’s tip leads MND-B Soldiers to EFP-making factory in local bakery (New Baghdad)
MND-B soldiers keep criminals, munitions off Baghdad streets

Current Warfighters Next ‘Greatest Generation’

Mullen to Troops: 'Your Service Matters'
Military Members Receive Service Award - Photos
Andy Rooney Toasts Top Communicators
Defense Official Discusses Ethics for Employees
Military Medical Research Benefits Civilian Care
Missing Korean War Soldiers Identified
U.S. Air Force Hosts Anti-IED Conference in Asia

Five More Flights Deliver Aid to Burma

Airlift Dispensed Food, Blow to Communism - Special - Photos
‘Candy Bomber’ Sweetened Life for Berlin Kids - Special

More than 300 Former 'Sons' Become Police Grads
Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Terrorist, Detain 19

New York Guardsmen Train Afghan Security Forces
Forces Detain Eight Taliban Suspects in Raid

Soldier Shares Knowledge, Experience with Actors

Sinise Rocks Pentagon, Supports Troops With Song - Photos
Groups at Pentagon Event Show America’s Support
Chrysler Initiatives an ‘Investment in Freedom’
'Heroes' Visit Troops

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

This Day in History
0218 - 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1536 - Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" are executed.
1672 - Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada) .
1673 - Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploration of Mississippi.
1733 - England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from non-British territories.
1756 - Britain declares war on France (7 Years' / French & Indian War)
1804 - Lewis & Clark begin exploring the Louisiana Purchase.
1862 - In West Virginia, the Battle of Princeton ends with a little over 125 casualities.
1863 - Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1864 - Union troops force a Confederate retreat at the Battle of Adairsville, GA.
1871 - General Sherman escapes Comanches in an ambulance.
1876 - The 7th U.S. Cavalry under Custer departs from Fort Lincoln.
1884 - Alaska becomes a U.S. territory
1916 - Daylight Savings Time (British Summer Time) is introduced for the first time.
1926 - Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord, the German Government of Marx takes power.
1938 - Congress approves the Vinson Naval Act, funding a two-ocean Navy.
1940 - Nazis bomb Middelburg
1944 - Allied aircraft conduct a raid on Surabaja, Java, Chinese and U.S. forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma, General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th, the Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea as part of Operation Straightline.
1945 - 2 U.S. P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu.
1946 - President Truman seizes control of U.S. railroads to head off a strike.
1948 - Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi, the U.S.S.R. officially recognizes Israel.
1949 - The British government recognizes the Republic of Ireland.
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reverses the 1896 "separate but equal" decision (Plessy vs. Ferguson).
1973 - The Senate Watergate Committee begins hearings.
1983 - Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty.
1987 - Iraqi missiles strike the USS Stark, killing 37 sailors.

1741 - John Penn, Declaration of Independence signer
1812 - Union Brigadier General Joseph Warren Revere
1836 - Joseph Norman Lockyer, discovered Helium
1886 - Alfonso XIII, King of Spain
1900 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
1903 - Douglas Packard, British Lieutenant General
1911 - Knut Anders Haukfield, British Special Operations Executive (SOE) Operative
1912 - Archibald Cox, first Watergate special prosecutor
1923 - Michael Beetham, RAF Marshal
1924 - Thomas Baird, Vice-Admiral
1926 - David Young, Lieutenant-General
1932 - Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
1945 - D.A.S. Pennefather, Major General / Commandant (General Royal Marines), George Miller (Representative-CA)
1953 - Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England

1606 - Forges Dimitri, Czar of Russia, murdered
1727 - Catherine I, Empress of Russia
1945 - Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter
1996 - Willis Conover, broadcaster

Reported Missing in Action
Deere, Donald T. , US Army SF (TX); Killed / BNR

Dodge, Ronald Wayne, USN (CA); F8E shot down - remains returned July, 1981

Lewis, Charlie G., US Army (NC); M113 hit pressure-type mine - KIA/BNR

Young, Charles L., US Army (NY); not located after assault boat was ambushed

Stewart, Virgil G. USAF (LA); F4D shot down - KIA/BNR

Westwood, Norman P., Jr., USNR (CT); F4B caught fire and crashed at sea

Pearce, Dale A., US Army (OH); UH1H shot down (pilot, w/Soyland) - KIA/BNR

Soyland, David P. US Army (SD); UH1H shot down (aircraft commander, w/Pearce)

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