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Thursday, May 08, 2008

In Today's News - Thursday, May 8, 2008

Quote of the Day
“Congress is so strange.
A man gets up to speak and says nothing.
Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees.”

-- Boris Marshalov

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Report: Al Qaeda in Iraq Leader Identified With Photo
Iraq, U.S. move to avert Baghdad water shortage
Iraqi Women’s Committee Reps Meet in Mahmudiyah
First Iraqi Comedy in Wasit since 2003

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. and NATO battle on uneven Afghan patchwork
Gates: Afghanistan command restructuring worthy of consideration

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Technical flaws mar hearing in new Guantanamo court

Worldwide Wackos
Venezuela seeks oil-for-food fund
Cuba scorns anti-Castro exile honored in Miami
Bush criticizes new Cuban leadership

Politics / Government
Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Dems lining up behind Obama candidacy
McCain Jokes About VP Choices, Rivals on 'Daily Show'
Indiana County Vows to Fix Late Reporting Problems
Clinton Loaned Herself $6.4 Million in the Past Month
Town Expects Bush Wedding Boom - PHOTOS
Really? Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals
Housing Rescue Package Faces Veto Threat
Clinton gives herself a loan and vows to fight on - Video
Obama-Clinton "dream ticket?" - Video
Clinton struggles to hang on in race
Blog: Obama to court superdelegates
Blog: Should Clinton drop out of race?
Ex-Sen. McGovern backs Obama
Hillary Clinton hoping for late comeback
McCain backs incentives to boost offshore oil
McCain jokes about reputation for temper in Michigan
Cheney aide subpoenaed to testify to Congress
Obama picks up superdelegates; undecideds moving his way
U.S. ethanol import tax questioned
Senate Democrats unveil energy tax plan
Bush faults Democrats on housing crisis, energy and taxes
Russia's Medvedev takes power and pledges freedom - Video

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Groups Struggle to Clean Up Mess Illegal Immigrants Leave Behind
Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Six Fraternities Suspended After Drug Raid at San Diego State University
Feds penetrated drug culture easily at San Diego State
Polanski Victim Makes Rare Appearance
Maryland Woman Fined $310 for Killing Police Officer
Possible 'Smiley Face Gang' Link Emerges in Case of Missing Middlebury College Freshman
8 Police Impersonators Charged With Abducting, Torturing Drug Dealers
Illinois Father Dies After Shielding Daughter When Car Jumps Curb
Frat Boys Face Felony Charges After 'Hell Night' Hazing
Cops Arrest Suspect in University Gun Scare Probe
Sharpton Arrested at 50-Shot Groom Slaying Protests
Woman Faces Hard Time, Switched Vitamins with Candy
Maryland Woman Fined $310 for Killing Police Officer
Austrian incest father says he is "not a monster" - Video
Philadelphia police in beating video reassigned - Video

U.N. News
Advancing Women's Rights Critical to Liberia's Development - UN Envoy

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
ABC News to launch on-campus bureaus
News Corp not in internet M&A talks
ABC News to launch campus bureaus
NY judge orders trial in Clear Channel buyout fight
Microsoft sends out feelers to Facebook: report
News Corp sees economy hurting advertising
Facebook users willing to let employers see profiles
Wall Street queries Cablevision interest in Newsday
Star Jones lashes out at Barbara Walters about memoir

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Weight-loss drugs may harm developing brain: study
Living "gene sanctuary"
Video: China virus no cause for panic
Sexy orchids do more than embarrass wasps: study
Seen from above, ash paints Chile white
Abuse changes brains of suicide victims
Gene trawl shows Druze are living "gene sanctuary"
Researchers find neuroblastoma genes
"Grand Theft Auto" sales top Hollywood movie
Microsoft sends out feelers to Facebook: report
Pope goes digital to better connect with youth
BT launches BlackBerry-style device with broadband
Sprint, cable form $14.5 billion Clearwire venture - Video
Too much, too little sleep tied to ill health in CDC study
Chantix recommended to quit smoking despite safety concerns

Mother Nature
Death Toll Rises in Myanmar - PHOTOS
US pressing to deliver aid to Myanmar
Massive Sinkhole Widening in Southeast Texas Town - PHOTOS
Feds: Six Sea Lions in Oregon Not Shot to Death
Sexy orchids seduce wasps: study
Clean air could kill the Amazon, researchers say
Canada facing Kyoto probe over greenhouse gases
Petrify, liquefy: new ways to bury greenhouse gas
Women face tougher impact from climate change
India tightens security to fight rhino poachers
Video: Oil spill at Peru's Paracas reserve
Man finds check from 1971 after Arkansas tornadoes

News from My Neck of the Woods
No Gay Marriage in Rhode Island, but Gay Divorce?
Sharpton and others arrested in N.Y. shooting protest

Teen Lives After Drinking Near Fatal Amount of Alcohol
25,000-Volt Power Line Shocks Teen, Burns Clothes Off
One Florida City Calls for a State Split: North Florida and South Florida
Safety in numbers for speeding drivers
Building boom drives dump truck thefts
Non-stick chewing gum firm raises $20 million
Pa. women robbed of purses show police suspect's photo

Other News of Note
With Sirens Wailing, Israel Marks Memorial Day
As Israel turns 60, Arabs say racism rises - Slideshow
Global markets a challenge for Israel
Factbox: Israeli firms to watch
Jubilation and jitters as Israel turns 60
Israel's advent altered outlook for Middle East Jews
Olympic Torch Reaches Mount Everest Summit

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Pending Home Sales Drop to New Low
Pop Tarts: Mischa Barton’s 'Severe Cellulite' Condition
Officials: Woman Found Hanging From Tree Died in Suicide
Reality Check: Battle of the Davids on 'Idol'

Wall Street queries interest in Newsday
Human touch still needed in trading
Rice soars in Chicago
Food crisis may turn tide in aid debate
Blog: Not counting wheat bushels yet
Nikkei slips 0.9 pct as banks fall
Consumers mark tax rebates for bills and savings
The charm of other people's money
Pending homes sales fall, productivity up
InterContinental needs 50,000 U.S. staff next 5 years
Hynix shares up on talk it seeking proMOS stake
Amy Winehouse arrested on drug charge - Video
At 63, Rod Stewart not ready to slow down
Q&A with Screen Actors Guild head Alan Rosenberg
New Beck album due this summer
Blondie connects "Parallel Lines" to tour
June Cleaver voted favorite TV mom
Mother is role model in son's choice of wife: study
London's mayor bans alcohol on trains, buses
Video: Cardboard camping takes a bow
Hawks' Williams gets one-game suspension for flagrant foul
Maple Leafs fire head coach Paul Maurice
Anthony Kim basks in player respect at Sawgrass
Hawks general manager Billy Knight resigns after loss to Celtics
Switzerland shock Sweden, Finland hold off Slovakia

AP World News
`American Idol' boots another finalist; 3 singers remain
GM Bob Watson says Roger Clemens not welcome on Olympic team
DMX arrested for speeding, reckless driving in Ariz.
'Mrs. Garrett' teaches Adam Sandler character facts of life
Reds hit 4 homers in inning off Lieber and crush Cubs 9-0
Dina Lohan's 'Top Mom' honor brings bad press to mommy group
AP Interview: Paulson says credit crisis may be fading
AP IMPACT: An islands tax haven for US defense contractor
Nadal falls in Rome, only his 2nd loss on clay in 3 years

News Blaze
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

Yusifiyah Farmer's Market reopens
Security in Abu Shemsi offers new opportunities
Iraqi Police regional training center opens in Diyala

Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Rear Adm. Dan Davenport - podcast
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

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Kirkuk IPs Conduct Successful Joint Operations
Iraqi Security Forces Highly Visible in Basra
CMOC links people to government (Baghdad)
Coalition forces respond to IED attack, detain 21 (Wehida)
MND-B soldiers host ISF symposium at Camp Taji
Raid for high-value individuals result in more than 21 detainees (Baqubah)
Fallujah's first central sewage treatment facility under construction


U.S. Military Ready to Help Burmese


New Joint Staff Team Evaluates Wounded Warrior Programs to Tap Best Practices
Military Tries to Eliminate Perceived Mental Health Treatment Stigma


Predator Combat Air Patrols Double
DoD Announces Environmental Award Winners


Marine Becomes Jack of All Trades

Clearing Sadr City Will Take Time
New Basra Market Signals Peace, Prosperity
Coalition Forces Kill Terrorist Leader, Detain 23
Iraqi Actors Bring First Comedy to Province Since 2003


New Combat Outpost to Reduce Attacks
Coalition Forces Capture 13 Militants, Disrupt Insurgency
Afghan Police Learn New Tactics to Fight Taliban


Young Patriot Receives Defense Medal for Service

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
0535 - John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0615 - St Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0685 - St Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1360 - Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French
1429 - French troops under Joan of Arc rescue Orléans
1450 - Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1521 - Parliament of Worms installs edict against Marten Luther
1541 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1624 - Hungarian king Bethlen Gábor & emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1639 - William Coddington founds Newport, RI
1660 - English parliament asks King Charles II resigns
1721 - Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1741 - France & Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1792 - British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier, WA; US establishes military draft
1794 - US Post Office established
1823 - "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle; Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1840 - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1842 - Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1846 - 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, TX
1847 - Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond VA, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 - Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell VA
1863 - Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1864 - Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway Bridge VA (Drewry's Bluff); Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton; Battle of Antietam, VA (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1871 - English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
1877 - 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1878 - Paul Hines makes baseball's 1st unassisted triple play
1879 - George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1881 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1886 - Atlanta pharmacist (Jacob's Pharmacy) Dr John Styth Pemberton invents Coca Cola (contained cocaine)
1895 - China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1900 - 250 grave robbers shot to death
1902 - Mount Pelée erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1916 - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1919 - 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1921 - Sweden abolishes capital punishment
1924 - Memel territories given to Lithuania
1925 - French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1926 - 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd); Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
1929 - Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1936 - Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall; His wife fainted when he returned to the track
1941 - German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1942 - 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund; Battle of Coral Sea ends; Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1943 - Admiral Cunningham of British fleet: "Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass"
1944 - 1st eye bank opens (NYC); 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death;
U-575 sinks Asphodel
1945 - Canadian troops move into Amsterdam; Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet; General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov near Berlin; V-E Day - Germany signs unconditional surrender, WWII ends in Europe
1949 - West German constitution approved
1950 - Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1952 - Mad Magazine debuts
1958 - President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock; Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru
1959 - 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship; 200 drown just yards from shore
1960 - USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1961 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, TX; Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1962 - 1st Atlas Centaur Launch; London trolley buses go out of service
1963 - JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression
1966 - Only homerun ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (Frank Robinson)
1969 - Cambodia recognizes German Democratic Republic
1970 - Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
1973 - Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1974 - Canadian Government of Trudeau falls
1977 - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1980 - World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1984 - Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed; USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
1987 - Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
1988 - François Mitterrand elected President of France
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 lands
1991 - CIA director William H Webster resigns
1993 - 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1994 - 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes; Ernesto Pérez Balladares elected President of Panamá; José Maria Figueres becomes President of Costa Rica; President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people
1996 - South Africa's Const Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

1521 - Peter Canisius [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint
1753 - Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of Mexican independence
1763 - John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman
1786 - Thomas Hancock, founded British rubber industry
1810 - James Cooper, Union Brigadier General
1814 - Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, anarchist
1824 - William Walker, filibuster/President of Nicaragua (1856-57)
1828 - Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss writer/founder (Red Cross (Nobel Peace Prize 1901))
1833 - Frank Wheaton, Union Brevet Major General
1836 - Bryan Morel Thomas, Confederate Brigadier General
1871 - [Émile M] Louis Madelin, French historian (French revolutionary)
1882 - Philips C. Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat
1884 - Harry S. Truman, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953)
1899 - Friedrich August von Hayek, Austrian author (The Road to Serfdom)/co-recipient of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (1974)
1899 - Jan F. van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
1904 - John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, BBC news announcer/commentator
1914 - Lord Murton of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
1924 - Tristan Jones, sailor / author / adventurer
1925 - Ali Hassan Mwinyi, President of Tanzania
1926 - Ronald Waterhouse, high court judge; Sir David [Frederick] Attenborough London England, environmentalist/zoologist/TV host (BBC)
1928 - Theodore Sorensen, presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
1929 - V. N. M. Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
1934 - Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
1935 - Viscount Falkland, British peer (Liberal-Democrat)
1936 - Neville Purvis, British Vice Admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
1937 - Dennis DeConcini (Senator-AZ); Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
1940 - Peter Benchley, novelist (Jaws, The Deep)
1941 - James A Traficant, Jr. (Representative-OH)
1942 - Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
1945 - Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
1948 - John Reid, MP
1952 - Charles J. Camarda, PhD/astronaut
1963 - Clemens Lothaller, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)

0535 - John [Mercurius], Italian Pope (533-35)
0685 - Benedict II, Italian Pope (683-85)
1319 - Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319)
1725 - John Lovewell, US Indian fighter, dies in battle
1773 - Ali Bey, Egyptian Mameluk head
1794 - Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, chemist (identified oxygen), guillotined
1844 - Charles XIV Johan [Jean B Bernadotte], King of Sweden/Norway
1853 - Joannes P. Roothaan 1st Dutch Lieutenant Colonel-General of Jesuits, dies at 67
1861 - Láseló Teleki, Hungarian earl/revolutionary, commits suicide
1864 - James Samuel Wadsworth, Union Major-General, dies in battle at 56
1887 - Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
1909 - Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat
1915 - Henry McNeal Turner, 1st Black US Army chaplain, dies at 82
1932 - Albert Thomas, French socialist politician
1943 - Mordicai Anielewicz, commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed
1958 - Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
1973 - Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player
1976 - Ulrike Meinhof, led Germany Red Army Faction
1994 - Cobina W. "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
1997 - Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72)

Reported Missing in Action
LaHaye, James D., USN (WI); F8D shot down, KIA/BNR

Ray, James E., USAF (TX); F105 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

McCuistion, Michael K., USAF (NE); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Steimer, Thomas Jack, USN (CA); F4B shot down, KIA/BNR

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1C was shot down - all KIA/BNR:
Condrey, George T. III (GA); pilot

Dayton, James L. (IL); aircraft commander

Jenne, Robert E. (UT); crewman

Jurecko, Daniel E. (TX); crewchief

Brashear, William J., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Mundt)

Mundt, Henry G., USAF (TX); F4C shot down (w/Brashear)

Leaver, John M., Jr., USN (MA); SH3G shot down (passenger, w/Taylor)

Taylor, Edmund B., Jr., USN (OH); SH3G shot down (passenger, w/Leaver)

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