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Sunday, May 04, 2008

In Today's News - Sunday, May 4, 2008

Quote of the Day
"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum.
Whenever evil wins, it is only by default:
by the moral failure of those who evade the fact
that there can be no compromise on basic principles."

-- Ayn Rand

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq's First Lady Unharmed After Motorcade Is Bombed
Iraqi, Coalition Soldiers Distribute Food, Toys to Families in Need
Under Secretary of Defense Visits ‘Village of Hope’ Vocational School
Iraqi Citizens Capture Criminal Responsible for Detonating Bomb
Coalition Forces Provide Supplies to Displaced Families
Sadr snubs Iraq peace overtures (Gulf Daily)
U.S. Special Forces kill four insurgents, detain seven in Jazeera Desert

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Olmert Says He Will Meet Palestinian President
Rice presses Israel on roadblocks

Politics / Government
Dems Turn Focus to McCain Pastors
Obama Wins Guam Caucuses by 7 Votes
Dems Being Driven Apart Over Gas Tax Holiday
BRIEFING BOOK: (PDF) North Carolina and Indiana
Health care waits to ignite as campaign issue
Democrats split on Obama, Clinton - Video
2 campaigns, 2 different candidates
Bolivian state begins key, and defiant, autonomy vote
Michigan governor released from hospital after surgery

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Sister-in-Law: Austrian 'Horror Dad' Was Like a Tyrant
Austrian incest father's secret past emerges
Slideshow: Austria's house of horrors
Amber Alert Issued for 2 Children Abducted in Arizona
Man Asks Court to Change Name to 'In God We Trust'
Cops: Infant Left in Car While Parents Watched Derby
Suspect charged in Philly cop's slaying; 2nd suspect sought

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Microsoft Drops Yahoo Bid
Jerry Yang needs a good plan, fast
Rush of talks preceded end
Yahoo: Investors agreed bid too low
Microsoft letter withdrawing Yahoo bid

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Researchers find gene defect that boosts glucose
GTA 4 poised to dominate Xbox Live
Video: Electric sports car debuts in U.S.

Mother Nature
8 South Koreans Swept Away by Large Wave
350 Dead After Cyclone Roars Through Myanmar
Farmers face climate challenge in quest for more food
Climate change warms Arctic, cools Antarctica
Rain and snow spell relief for Great Lakes
Estonians scour country for junk in big clean up

News from My Neck of the Woods
Rockefeller Center's iconic Atlas statue to get restoration
Report: NYC spends $65M a year on teachers not in classrooms

German politician may auction his beard

Other News of Note
Chinese President Hopeful About Tibet Talks
Torch in mainland China gets thunderous welcome
Welcoming Chinese Step in Current Tibet Crisis
US Boycott The Beijing Olympics? ... You Must Be Kiddin'!
Dalai Lama Envoys to Begin Talks in China

Fox News
Mississippi Paper Mill Blast Kills 1, Hurts 17
'Iron Man' a Cut Above the Usual Box Office Fare

Asia fears lost decade from food price shock
Profits, data could extend Wall Street gains
U.S. parents' baby knowledge lacking, study finds
China seeking "positive outcome" from Tibet talks - Video
Zimbabwe opposition mulls conditions for run-off - Video
Play celebrates life of English soccer great Dean
Glory days gone
Future of lucrative cholesterol drugs murky
Food crisis still playing out on world trade: U.S.
Audi to offer electric cars in 5-10 years: report
Barclays eyes possible Korea investor: report
Buffett says Fed avoided chaos in Bear bailout
Boeing denies media report on 787 delivery delay
Buffett eyes family-owned German businesses
D.Telekom eying possible Sprint buy: report
Hackett's dream ends with disqualification
Untroubled De La Hoya outpoints Forbes
Hornets slow down Duncan, beat Spurs in opener

AP World News
The Boss, Sinatra among N.J. Hall of Fame's first inductees
Upshall, Flyers eliminate top-seeded Canadiens in 5 games
Amtrak plans multi-city celebration of 'National Train Day'

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Iraqi medics stitch injured child's finger
MND-B Soldiers Kill 5 Terrorists, Detain 24, Find EFPS, 3 Caches Across Rashid
A Heartbreaking Scientology Video - Ms. Boucher's Story
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Sons of Iraq help secure Fuhail village

Druid's Dance exercise yields major training milestone
USJFCOM signs agreement with Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Learn more about CRADAs - podcast
Joint Knowledge Online earns prestigious award for distance learning
Learn more about Joint Knowledge Online
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution
Interoperability assessment begins - podcast
Learn more about JSIC

Multi-National Force - Iraq
ISF, MND-B Soldiers seize cache in Risalah following tip
MND-B soldiers kill 5 terrorists, detain 24, find EFPs, 3 caches across Rashid
Marines attacked by IED (Anbar Province)
Hillah ISWAT team captures two criminal element members; detains four others

Gates Works to Change Mental Health Question - Special - Video
Private Investors Sought to Back Regenerative Medicine
Mullen: Troops Must Be Mentally Fit
Panel Evaluates Care of Wounded

Gates: 'What's the Endgame?' in Iraq - Special
Marines Say Osprey Performs Well
Soldiers Help Iraqi Children
Military Condemns Suicide Bombings
Coalition Forces Kill Three, Capture 55

Mullen Urges Academy Cadets to Become Leaders
Defense Secretary Salutes Homefront Power
'Awesome' Fort Bliss Expansion Impresses Gates - Photos
Gates Applauds Efforts at Red River Army Depot
Mullen Asks Nations to Unite to Fight Extremists

Troops to Get More Choices for Death Benefits
Bikers Gather for Motorcycle Safety Event
Army Handbooks Focus on First 100 Days of Combat
Guard Ready to Help Storm-Lashed Missouri
Fort Bragg Housing 'Appalling,' Gates Says
U.S. Strikes Al-Qaida Target in Somalia

Gates: Command Restructuring Worth Considering
Joint U.K., U.S. Training Prepares Troops to Deploy
Coaltion Captures Three Insurgent Fighters in Khowst

Pilot Breaks Own World Record for Hours in F-16
Sailor to Meet Bone Marrow Recipient
Chaplain Meets the Pope

Bank of America, Fisher House Help 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

Today in History
1303 - Flemings conquers Middelburg
1471 - Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha
1493 - Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides non-Christian world between Spain & Portugal
1494 - Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1540 - Venice & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1626 - Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth & buttons
1626 - Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
1634 - Johan van Walbeecks' fleet departs to West-Indies
1652 - Battle at Etampes - French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
1715 - French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris France)
1747 - Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England
1783 - Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
1805 - Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx NY
1814 - Bourbon reign restored in France
1818 - Netherlands & England sign treaty against illegal slave handling
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean
1843 - Great Britain annexes Natal
1846 - US state of Michigan ends death penalty
1847 - New York State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1851 - 1st major San Fransisco fire
1858 - War of the Reform (México) - Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1861 - At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
1862 - Battle at Williamsburg, VA; Yorktown VA - McClellan halts his troops before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville ends - Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 - Ulysses S Grant crosses Rapidan & begins his duel with Robert E. Lee
1865 - Battle of Citronville, AL - Richard Taylor surrenders; Battle of Mobile AL
1871 - 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Fort Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
1878 - Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1886 - Haymarket riot in Chicago - bomb kills 7 policemen
1888 - Italy & Spain sign military covenant
1893 - Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
1896 - Grease fire ignites ½ ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, CO
1897 - Fire in Paris France bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
1910 - Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent; Canadian parliament accept creation of Royal Canadian Navy; Tel Aviv founded
1912 - Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
1915 - Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
1916 - At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
1917 - Arabs sack Tel Aviv
1923 - Bloody street battles between Nazis, socialist & police in Vienna; New York state revokes Prohibition law
1924 - 8th modern Olympic games open in Paris, France; German Republic election - fascists & communists win
1925 - League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
1926 - General strike hits Britain
1927 - 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, IL); Nicaragua agrees to a US-supervised presidential election in 1928
1931 - Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1932 - Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1938 - Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
1940 - 21 "not neutral" Nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begun (1st sea battle fought solely in air); German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1945 - German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
1946 - 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Fransisco bay
1948 - The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) - sentenced to death
1949 - Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
1957 - Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show; Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 - Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen as President of Colombia
1960 - 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
1961 - 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South; Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 meters (record) in balloon; South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1964 - 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1966 - Soviet Government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
1967 - Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US - begins orbiting Moon May 7
1970 - National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio (a number of Guardsmen are also wounded); Premier Kosygin affirms existence of Russian military advisors in Egypt
1972 - Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
1973 - 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)- Valerie Perrine
1978 - Russian President Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1979 - 1st woman prime minister of Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher); NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
1982 - British torpedo boat Sheffield off Falkland hit by Exocet (French-built) rocket
1984 - Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
1986 - President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghánistán
1989 - US launches Magellan to Venus; US space shuttle STS-30 launched
1990 - Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
1991 - President G.H.W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat

1631 - Mary I Henriette Stuart, daughter of Charles I/Queen of England
1635 - Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch Governor-General (Dutch East Indies)
1796 - Joseph Pannell Taylor, Union Brigadier General
1820 - Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45)
1881 - Aleksandr F. Kerenski, Russian premier (1917-Prelude to Bolshevism)
1902 - Cola [Nicolas] Debrot Bonaire, Governor (Netherlands Antilles)/author
1914 - Abdel Karim Kassem, general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
1918 - Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese PM (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking
1922 - John Paul Hammerschmidt (Representative-AR)
1926 - Milton "Milt" Thompson, US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer (X-15)
1928 - Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President (1981- )
1938 - William J. Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
1949 - Gerrit J. P, van Otterloo, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1951 - Gene Greenwood (Representative-PA)

1879 - William Froude, British civil engineer/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
1885 - Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic, monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
1955 - Louis Breguet French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
1970 - Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandy Scheuer, William Schroeder, students at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard (a number of Guardsmen were also wounded there)
1971 - Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
1975 - Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77
1980 - Josip Broz Tito, leader of Yugoslavia (1945-80), dies at 87
1981 - Bobby Sands, Irish IRA terrorist, dies after hunger strike
1992 - Ismael Galeano "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra); Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
1994 - Karl Francis Hettinger, Onion Field survivor, dies at 59
1996 - Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
1997 - Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60)

Reported Missing in Action
Malone, Jimmy M., US Army (VA)

Graham, James S., USN (PA); A4C shot down - remains returned August, 1985

Rogers, Charles E., USAF (IN); A1E shot down - KIA / BNR

King, Paul C., Jr., US Army SF (MA); KIA in ground action

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