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Friday, May 23, 2008

In Today's News - Friday, May 23, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Not to have an adequate air force
in the present state of the world
is to compromise the foundations
of national freedom and independence."

— Winston Churchill, House of Commons, March, 1933

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. airstrike kills 8 Iraqi civilians: police - Video
Petraeus says by fall he may seek Iraq troop cuts
Iraq officials: 2 children die in US airstrike
Task Force Ramadi helps free enterprise take hold in Iraq
Sayafiyah Celebrates Change
Iraq Operation Offers Alternative to Former Enemy Fighters
Aviation Unit Flies 200th Air Assault Mission in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
ON THE SCENE BLOG: Bicycles Bring Hope to Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Terrorism Suspected in U.K. Restaurant Blast

Other Military News
Pregnant Wife of Marine Pictured in Taliban Firefight Says She Feared Labor
Every $10 oil rise ups Air Force costs $610 million
Senate approves $165 billion in new war money - Video

Worldwide Wackos
Pelosi denies Olmert proposed U.S. blockade of Iran
U.S. brands hang on in Sudan, Iran
U.S. and North Korean nuclear negotiators to meet next week

Politics / Government
Congress enacts $290B farm bill over Bush veto
Trail of Tall Tales
Obama Grilled Over Ties to Pro-Palestinian Professor
Delegate Dispute Could Alter Dem Endgame
McCain Rejects Hagee Endorsement
House Panel Subpoenas Karl Rove
San Francisco mayor condemns refusal to marry gays
McCain and Obama battle over military service - Video
Obama discusses race, religion at Jewish temple - Video
McCain rejects pastor's backing after Hitler remark - Video
Video: McCain begins VP search
Delegate Fight May Delay Endgame
Medical Record Peek: McCain Is Cancer-Free, Healthy
Five Reasons Why So Many Voters Don't Like Hillary Clinton
Poll Finds Widespread Support for Democracy Worldwide

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Court: Texas Went Too Far - VIDEO
Lawyer: Anti-ID Theft Service Pitchman Is a Victim Himself
Jury Awards $6M to Woman Injured in Stumble by Allegedly Drunk Doctor
Parents Fleeing Home Robbery Leave 8-Year-Old Son Behind
Boy Lured by Photo of Pamela Anderson's Breasts Into Sex With Co-Worker
Argentine Man Sentenced for Keeping Daughter As Sexual Prisoner, Fathering 2 Children by Her
Five Armed Men Kill Recovering Patient in U.S. Virgin Islands Hospital
Florida Teen Charged With Tainting Severely Allergic Mother's Food
Rising Gas Prices Forces Cops to Patrol on Foot
Police Chief Accused of Sex With Underage Girl
Teen Charged With Kidnapping, Tossing Woman in Well
Vandals Damage Stonehenge With Hammer
Police Arrest Suspected Serial 'Seattle Groper'
UNC Student President's Autopsy May Be Unsealed
Judge Orders Guns Returned to Drew Peterson
Killer spared from death hours before execution
Wesley Snipes gets bail pending appeal in tax case
Kanye West, record labels sued over jazz samples
Phil Spector set for new murder trial in September
Prosecutors try to prove Kelly, victim are on sex tape
Top court overturns dead fly-in-water damage claim

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Clear Channel says bank syndicate funds takeover
Legg's Miller undecided on Icahn's Yahoo slate
Google co-founder pushes TV "white space" plan

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Dozens Sickened at Japan Hospital as Suicidal Man Coughs Up Pesticide-Laced Vomit
Brain Implants May Let 'Locked-In' Patients Speak
Probe heads for Mars
Jupiter gets new freckle
Germs may help species evolve
Microbes living a mile below seabed
Ice-sampling probe set for Sunday landing on Mars
Scientists discover "frogamander" fossil
Microbes found living at record 1.6km below seabed
China sends emergency relief to quake-hit pandas Video
Jupiter gets new freckle
Activision's "Guitar Hero" to get drums, microphone
EU says to study Microsoft's open-source step
For LCD makers smaller is more beautiful
Macy's adding more electronic vending machines
Video: Tech security firms target mobile
Monitors urged for all with high blood pressure

Mother Nature
Experts Detail ‘Big One’ Disaster
One Dead as Tornadoes Whip Through Colorado, Wyoming, California - PHOTOS
Wildfires Spur Evacuations in Calif. - PHOTOS
80,000 Dead, Missing in China Quake - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Quake lakes threaten new disaster as rains near
Video game consoles are "toxic": Greenpeace
U.S. government sees active Atlantic hurricane season
Human carbon emissions make oceans corrosive: study
Fin soup threatens survival of ocean sharks: study
U.S. government to file for license for nuclear waste dump
Burying CO2 vital in climate battle: IEA
Video: Tumours threaten Tasmanian Devils
China sends emergency relief to quake-hit pandas Video
Burma Breakthrough - Nation agrees to 'allow all foreign aid workers' - PHOTOS
Boars help German cops capture auto theft suspect
Workers start to raze hard-hit town in China
Homes burn as fire spreads in central California

Drive Away in Your New Car — With a Free Gun
Pop Tarts: Kellie Pickler's Success Due to New Breasts?
Wolf whistle works, woman strips - Video
Mail firm issues stamps of Hitler deputy
Every pupil's dream: the exam with answers on back
Bureaucrats get taste of jail
Pilots land on a wing and a prayer
Skip the pretzels: starving may fend off jet lag
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny little salmon skin bikini?

Other News of Note
Oil Hits $135 a Barrel Amid Supply Concerns
FOXBusiness: Oil Hits $135 a Barrel - GAS TRACKER
Think oil prices hurt now? Just wait
Hot fuel adds to cost of summer gas
Video: Shell: price surge a "surprise"
Oil prices test survival of U.S. airlines
Wasted fuel from U.S. flight delays costs billions - Video
New books, film find hidden hero of Holocaust

Fox News
Daughter, 5, of Christian Music Star Steven Curtis Chapman Killed by SUV Driven by Teen Brother
Georgia Man Falls to His Death During Ballgame at Turner Field
Reality Check: David Cook Crowned 'American Idol'
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Twins May Be Coming Sooner Rather Than Later
South Carolina High School Principal to Resign Over Formation of Gay Club

Delaware, New York attract bankruptcies
Jobs-rich small businesses take hit
Economy still facing recession
Crunch turns back clock on lending
Full Coverage: Housing Market
Hungry world eyes onset of U.S. harvest
Factbox: World wheat production
High food prices threaten hunger
Food prices to plague world long-term
Gay takes the humble route to Olympic glory
Special Coverage: Beijing Olympics
Trap shooter Diamond back on target
Quake-hit leg of Olympic torch relay postponed
News Corp to move Journal from financial district
Stocks eke out gain as oil pulls back - Video
South African troops deployed to end violence - Video
Georgia leader wins vote, monitors raise concerns - Video
Peter Morici: Sorry state of banking
Global Finance: NICE times are over
Personal Finance: Inflation investing
T. Boone's stake
Ford abandons '09 profit goal, recovery sputters
Gap 1st-quarter net profit up 40 pct; shares rise
BCE ruling could hit other Canada takeovers
American Axle contract ratified, strike ends
Detroit automakers at the brink as oil surges
McDonald's absorbs some costs to keep customers
NRG makes unsolicited $11 bln bid for Calpine
Indiana Jones on trail of box office grail - Video
"American Idol" concludes on ratings upswing - Video
Kansas drivers most knowledgeable: survey
Yankees' Hawkins suspended for throwing pitch at Scott
Wagner sets pace at blustery Colonial
Red Sox slam Royals to lift Matsuzaka to 8-0
Mood of optimism augurs well for Indianapolis 500
Henin exit opens door for Sharapova, Serbs

Associated Press
Pistons end Celtics' home streak, tie East finals
Hudson, Braves complete 4-game sweep of Mets
Inge, Joyce lead Tigers past Mariners 9-2 in sweep
Optical device connects NY, London in real-time
Madonna's documentary on Malawi shown at Cannes
How David Cook won 'American Idol'
Jobless claims drop to lowest level in 4 weeks
Kobe, Lakers come back to win Game 1 over Spurs
Researchers say smokers tend to quit in groups

News Blaze
76th IBCT Works With Local Iraqi Business Leaders
CME Outreach Program Provides Medical Care to Iraqi Residents
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos


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
Coalition forces capture four suspected Special Groups criminals (Baghdad)
IA Soldiers remove dangerous weapons from streets of Sadr City
MND-B Soldiers find weapons cache (BAGHDAD)
Infantry Soldiers takeoff in Blackhawks, land in history (Baghdad)
Over 140 Suspected Criminals turn themselves over to ISF (Balad)
Hillah Special Weapons and Tactics team captures terrorist

Gates: Lack of Patience Could Cost Victory On Today's Critical Battlefields
Transcript: Gates Speech in Tampa, FL
Secretary Endorses Enhanced GI Bill
NATO Command Extension in Afghanistan Isn’t Done Deal, Spokesman Says


Aviation Unit Flies 200th Assault Mission
Security Improves in Ninevah Province
Troops Kill 13 Fighters, Catch 79 Suspects


Afghan Police Add 1,688 New NCOs

Mullen to Troops: Remember Cost of Freedom
'Reset' Aims to Standardize Redeployment Services
U.S., Pakistani Forces Conduct ‘Inspired' Exercise
Former Air Force Pilot Soars for Small Business
Pentagon Channel, Comcast to Air Academy Graduations

VA Secretary Focuses on Continuum of Care

Soldier Sings Through Iraq

America Supports You: Drive Offers Chance to Show Patriotism

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
1059 - Henri I crowns his son King Philip I of France.
1275 - King Edward I of England orders that persecution of French Jews cease.
1420 - Jews are expelled from Syria and Austria.
1421 - Jews in Austria are imprisoned and expelled.
1430 - Joan of Arc is captured by Burgundians; later sold to the British.
1660 - King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England.
1701 - Captain (William) Kidd is hanged in London, convicted of piracy and murder.
1774 - Tea is dumpted into the Chester River in the Chestertown tea party.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1788 - South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratifythe U.S. Constitution.
1861 - Virginia citizens vote 3-1 in favor of secession.
1862 - Stonewall Jackson's Confederates take Front Royal, VA.
1864 - Battle of Dallas (GA); First day of fighting at the Battle of North Anna (VA)
1865 - For the first time since Lincoln's assassination, the flag at the White House flies at full staff; The Grand Review victory parade takes place in Washington, DC.
1867 - The Jesse James Gang robs a bank in Richmond, MO, getting away with $4,000. Two people are killed.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police Force (RCMPF) forms.
1900 - The Associated Press (AP) News Service forms.
1903 - Wisconsin adopts the first U.S. direct primary election law. 1915 - Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary and Germany.
1928 - 22 die in a bomb attack on the Italian embassy in Buenos Aires.
1939 - The St. George Cross (British) is first presented; Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
1940 - The first great Spitfire dogfight occurs.
1943 - Over 800 Allied bombers attack Dortmund.
1944 - Chinese counter-attack at the Hunan front
1945 - The British arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz; The German island of Helgoland surrenders to the British; Heinrich Himmler commits suicide; Lord Haw-Haw is arrested; Winston Churchill resigns as PM.
1953 - Schools first use Cliff's Notes.
1956 - A World Trade Center is dedicated in Ferry Building in San Fransisco.
1977 - Moluccan extremists hold 155 people hostage (over 100 are children) on a hijacked Dutch train. The children are released six days later; the siege ends on June 11th; the Supreme Court refuses to hear the appeals of H. R. Halderman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell (Watergate)
1981 - Barcelona fascists take 200 hostages.
1991 - The last Cubans troops leave Angola.
1994 - 270 pilgrims die in the crowd crush in Mina, Saudi-Arabia.

1790 - Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville, explorer
1813 - Union Brevet Major General Mason Brayman
1824 - Union Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside
1837 - Union Brevet Major General James Sanks Brisbin
1848 - German WWI General / chief of staff Helmuth J. L. von Moltke; Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator.
1908 - Max Abramovitz, American architect (Lincoln Center, U.N. Building)
1913 - Major General Ian Graeme
1933 - Bruce A. Peterson, American test pilot (M2, HL-10)
1938 - John R. Miller (Representative-WA)
1958 - Thomas Reiter Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)

1153 - David I, king of Scotland
1498 - Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence, tortured & executed
1701 - Captain William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged in London
1881 - Kit Carson, frontiersman
1934 - Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in shootout with police in Shreveport, LA.
1945 - Heinrich Himmler Nazi/Gestapo leader, suicide while in prison
1983 - Albert Claude Belgian, biologist, Nobel prize winner
1991 - Peter T. Thwaites, British Brigadier General / playwright

Reported Missing in Action
Walker, Orien Judson, US Army (MA); Killed in Captivity, February,1966

The following USN personnel reported MIA from SH3A:
Homuth, Richard W. (CA); KIA / BNR

Pettis, Thomas E. (AL); KIA / BNR

Schmittou, Eureka Lavern (AL); KIA / BNR

Soucy, Ronald Philip (IN); KIA / BNR

Cochran, Isom Carter, Jr.,US Army (TX); slipped crossing river, Killed / BNR

Lane, Glen O., US Army SF (TX) ; presumed KIA or captured in ground fight (w/Owen)

Owen, Robert D., US Army SF (VA) ; presumed KIA or captured in ground fight (w/Lane)

Schrump, Raymond C., US Army (WI); captured while driving truck, released by PRG February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Benton, Gregory R., USMC (CA); family states is Native American (record lists caucasian)

Ramirez, Armando, US Army (AZ); UH1H shot down, KIA / BNR

Byrns, William G., USAF (MO); F4D shot down (w/Bean), released by DRV March, 1973 - active duty Colonel as of 1996 - alive and well in 1998

Bean, William R., Jr. USAF (AL); F4D shot down (w/Byrns), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998

Barnett, Charles E. USN (TX); A7B shot down - remains returned November, 1988 - ID'd February, 1989

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