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Saturday, August 23, 2008

In Today's News - Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quote of the Day
How do you tell a communist?
Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.

And how do you tell an anti-Communist?
It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

-- Ronald Reagan

News of Note
Summer Olympics XXIX
IOC Seeks to Settle Furor Over Age of Chinese Gymnasts
OLYMPICS: U.S. Baseball Swings for a Medal - PHOTOS
4th Gold for U.S. Women's Hoops
Latest medal count
U.S. wins men's 4x400 relay
U.S. beats Japan to claim baseball bronze
Redemption close for U.S. men's basketball
Triple track joy for Africa in Bird's Nest - Video
At last: Richards, Felix, Wariner get their golds
U.S. soldier Hancock wins skeet gold

Georgian Crisis
Russia Won't Budge From Port City
Russian Invasion Emboldens Missile Defense Backers
ON THE SCENE: Reflections From 36,000 Feet
Russia aims to keep control of Georgian port city
United States Delivering Help and Hope to Georgia

Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. forces free AP cameraman in Iraq
Officials Confirm Stability After Georgia Brigade’s Departure
U.S., Iraq Make Progress on Status of Forces Agreement
Government 101: Seeds of Democracy in Western al-Anbar
Iraq to export oil to Lebanon
Lebanese calls for Arabs to embrace Iraq
U.S. helps Iraq's air force fly again
Al-Sadr Orders Militia to Disarm)
Iraq to resume oil exploration after 20 year pause

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Group: 88 Dead in Fighting, U.S. Investigates
Formerly violent Afghan district dubbed 'peaceful'

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
3 Arrested in U.K. Linked to Plot to Kill PM Gordon Brown
Somali gunmen kidnap two Western journalists: residents
Bikers escort WTC steel from NYC to Pa. memorial

Religion of Peace??
Christian Theology Students Forced off Campus by Mob of Islamic Hard-liners

Homegrown Moonbats
Bill Maher's Anti-Religion Movie

Politics / Government
Obama-Biden Ticket Launches With Attack on McCain
Joe Biden: Veteran Senator Who Speaks His Mind - PHOTOS - BIO
VP Ball in McCain's Court - VIDEO
McCain Launches Ad Using Biden's Words Against Obama
BOURBON ROOM: Major Garrett Tracks VP Pick
FOX Poll: In Key Decisions, McCain's Advice Preferred
McCain: Huge Post-Convention Bump for Obama
FOX News Poll: In Key Decisions, Voters Would Prefer McCain's Advice
Heading for Denver
Interactive Factbox: Joseph Biden
Biden signals tougher tack
Biden unpopular in Iraq
Analysis: Biden fills attack role
Russia Hopes to Build Relationship with Obama
Blog: Will this boost the Catholic vote?
Choice of Biden as VP candidate praised overseas
Video: Presidential flip-flops
Conventions bring river of cash to host cities
Jail inmate charged with mail threat to McCain
Schwab urges new push for WTO deal
Audits of Medicare drug plans lacking
Bush blames Democrats for high gas prices
Bhutto's Husband Will Run for President in Pakistan

Illegal Immigratioon / Border Control
Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Orlando Toddler Caylee Anthony's Mom Makes First Appearance Since Leaving Jail
Maryland Motel Standoff Over, Couple in Custody
Nebraska Safe-Haven Law Permits Parents to Abandon Teens
Half-Ton Woman Indicted in 2-Year-Old's Death 'Too Fat for Jail'
Lizard Stabber Sentenced to Picking Up Roadkill
Missing Mom Reportedly Feared 'Violent' Husband
Dungeon Incest Victims Will Not Testify in Dad's Trial

U.N. News
U.N. climate talks split over deforestation funds

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Pictures of the Week
Reuters News Quiz
Colo. city official cancels Al-Jazeera barbecue

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
NASA's Shuttle Successor Fails Parachute Test
FDA to allow radiation of spinach and lettuce
iPhone sales seen at 3.5 million in two years: source
Olympics set the stage for emerging Web tech fight
Verizon, Google close to mobile search deal: report
FCC puts off plan to change cell roaming rules
iPhone launches in India minus hysteria of the West
Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets
Telecom rollouts raise ire over utility boxes

Mother Nature
Tropical Storm Fay Makes Fourth Florida Landfall; Death Toll Rises to 10
Deadly Fay Is One for the Record Books - PHOTOS
TRACKER: Tropical Storm Fay Maps and Forecast
Tropical storm forms off Mexico's Baja California
Backpacker Missing in Montana's Glacier National Park
Coffee-Seeking Driver Hits Grizzly Bear in Alaskan Street
Abandoned Baby Kept Alive, Safe by Mother Dog and Her Brood
Flat-screen TV gases may be added to climate fight
Christians see climate change as moral issue
Hydrogen-powered cars meet in championship race
Biggest desalination plant in W.Hemisphere gets OK
Video: Our hidden water consumption
Dogs get their first beach in Cyprus
Typhoon Nuri weakens after hitting Chinese coast - Video
Bottom trawlers to get less access to Bering Sea
New Orleans repeating deadly levee mistakes

News from My Neck of the Woods
NY nuclear plant likely a quake risk: study

Wis. Couple Wins Lottery Four Times, Claims Formula
Cop: Sex With Hooker Wasn't Fun, It Was Work
OUT THERE: Vandals 'Fixed' Grand Canyon Sign Typo
Kansas University Fires Debate Coach Who Mooned Rival
Economy under par? Play less golf - Video
Shoppers injured in cheap food rush
Sheriff goes to jail for an education
Baby pronounced dead lives after hours in cooler
Couple survives plane crash into power cable - Video
Okla. state worker temporarily gets 6-figure bonus

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Bernanke: Financial Storm Not Over
Survivor: Wing Dipped Sharply Before Madrid Crash
Plane Crash Near National Park in Utah Kills 10
Rep: Ed McMahon Sells Home, Not to Donald Trump

Streelman leads after Stricker back nine collapse
This Week: Earnings at a glance
Factbox: Five world market themes
The world's largest ...
Tourists flock to Japan
Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Asmara
Americans skip Labor Day trips
Flights carry travelers between worlds
Blog: A visual journey on a Greyhound
View of economy somber from Fed mountain retreat
Federer says easing of pressure can help him win
Madonna kicks off "Sticky & Sweet" world tour
Lehman's jump, oil's plunge drives Wall St rally
GE's gold rush
Double jeopardy
The drag of financials
Taxpayers beware
Negotiating a divorce
ECB's Trichet says still in market correction
Ex-BOE official says Fed rate cuts went too far
U.S. official: Growth to slow after stimulus fades
Treasury wants GSEs shareholder-owned: source
Moody's ratings cut latest blow to Fannie, Freddie
Hedge fund Ore Hill limits redemptions
S. Korea's KDB says buying Lehman a possibility
Taiwan's Cathay Fin invests $100 mln in Blackstone
August merger market slowest in 16 years
Death toll from Madrid air crash rises to 154
Seafaring activists reach Gaza shore
Blige, Thicke join forces for U.S. tour
Dido bringing it all "Home" in November
Fonovisa launching Mexican compilation series
Russia's golden Isinbayeva eyes London and own scent
Unlikely golfers swing at world's highest course
Canada admits it's a top ecstasy supplier
Police plan knife crackdown at London carnival
Streelman leads after Stricker back nine collapse
Federer says easing of pressure can help him win

AP News
Wall Street bailout aid questioned at Fed event
Cuban athlete might be banned after kicking ref
Stocks jump on falling oil, inflation forecast
Train catches fire after derailment in Oklahoma

PHOTOS: Silver Lions Soldiers Put New Hoop to Use at FOB Callahan
PHOTOS: Task Force 1-6 Continues Efforts to Improve Busy Commercial Hub (Featuring a CT Native!)
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

'Normalcy' returning to Kirkuk village
Iraqi, American city councils share ideas on local government
U.S. troops bring safe water to Kenyans

Task force wraps up ePRT mission
Task Force Ramadi building a joint operations center
Joint fires team helps JRTC improve force protection training
More about JFIIT
Battlefield Target Identification Device fuels Bold Quest Plus - podcast
Task force assists as health conference promotes continuing Iraqi medical education

Multi-National Force - Iraq
New Substation Helps Stabilize Diwaniyah’s Electrical Grid
101st Soldiers unearth weapons caches in Salah ad Din
MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches
MND-B Soldiers detain two suspected AQI members, Special Groups criminal
ISF, MND-B Soldiers confiscate weapons, find munitions
IA Soldiers recover cache of explosives in al-Nasiriyah
Three AQI captured, four killed in separate Diyala operations (Balad)

Department of Defense
Russians Remain in Georgia, U.S. Continues to Send Aid
U.S. Calls for Russia to Return Humvees
U.S., Iraq Make Progress on Agreement
U.S. Ships Carry Relief Cargo to Georgia


Guard Supports Storm Relief Efforts
Tricare Beneficiaries Get News by E-mail
Real-World Experiences Drive Panamax
U.S. Security Requires Anticipation


Memorial Designer Reflects on Work, Sorrow of 9/11 as Opening Nears


Oak Ridge Boys Support Freedom Walk
Two Wounded Vets to Receive New Homes During Political Conventions


Iraqi Army Takes Lead to Support Sadr City Clinic
Troops Capture Suspected Hezbollah Associates


Governor Helps Refugees Find Safe Haven
Coalition Disrupts Militants in Eastern Afghanistan


Web Site Celebrates ‘America’s Heroes at Work'


Partnership Yields Benefits for National Guard


Couple Travels Parallel Army Career Paths
Soldier Drawn By Benefits

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
- London establishes the first one-way streets.
1833 - Britain abolishes slavery in the colonies, freeing 700,000 slaves.
1864 - Fort Morgan (Mobile, AL) falls.
1866 - The Treaty of Prague ends the Austro-Prussian war.
1869 - The first carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston. 1872 - The first Japanese commercial ship carries tea to San Francisco.
1889 - The first ship-to-shore wireless message is received in the U.S.
1904 - The Automobile tire chain is patented.
1914 - Japan declares war on Germany.
1924 - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since the 10th century.
1939 - The U.S.S.R. and Germany sign a non-aggression pact.
1944 - Romania is liberated from Nazi occupation.
1960 - The world's largest frog (3.3 kg) is caught in Equatorial Guinea.
1961 - The U.S. lunar probe Ranger-1 reaches 190 km from Earth before falling back.
1966 - The Lunar Orbiter 1 takes its photograph of Earth from the Moon.
1973 - The Intelsat communications satellite is launched.
1977 - Bryan Allen, in the Gossamer Condor, makes the first man-powered flight of a mile.
1979 - Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City.
1979 - The U.N's Vienna office opens.

- French King Louis XVI (1774-92)
1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S. Naval hero
1869 - James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), MUNI backer
19-- - Cathy St. George, Playboy playmate (Aug, 1982)
1901 - John Sherman Cooper (Sen-KY)
1912 - Gene Kelly Pitts, dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way)
1930 - Michel Rocard, Prime Minister of France
1933 - Pete Wilson (Sen-CA)
1944 - Antonia Novello, US Surgeon General
1951 - Queen Noor of Jordan
1966 - Laura Richmond, Playboy playmate (Sep, 1988)
1967 - Nancy Jane Cox, Miss Kentucky-America-1991

- Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S. Naval hero, on his 34th birthday
1926 - Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaello Pietro Filiberto Guglieimi Di Valentina
D'Antonguolla (Rudolph Valentino), silent movie idol, at age 31
1927 - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti executed in MA (robbery / murder)
1989 - Yusef Hawkins, African-American youth beaten by 30 whites and then shot to death (Bensonhurst, NY)

Reported Missing in Action
Baker, Elmo C., USAF (MO); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998
*** decorations include Silver Star with 3 OLC, Bronze Star with Device, Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 OLC, Air Medal with 10 OLC, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit***

Braswell, Donald R., US Army; escaped August, 1967 (w/Holt)

Carrigan, Larry E., USAF (AZ); F4D shot down (navigator / bombadier, w/Lane), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1999

Gerndt, Gerald L., USAF (WI); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Sawhill), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Holt, Dewey T., Civilian; escaped August, 1967 (w/Braswell)

Lane, Charles, USAF (SD); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Carrigan)

Midnight, Francis B., USAF (IN); F4D shot down (pilot)

Ness, Patrick L., USN (MN); F4B shot down (radio intercept officer, w/Sitek) by direct SAM hit, KIA, remains returned April, 1986

Sittner, Ronald N., USAF (OH); F4D shot down ("GIB", w/Tyler), remains returned December, 1997

Sawhill, Robert R., USAF (PA); F4D shot down (w/Gerndt), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Sitek, Thomas W., USN (NY); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Ness), KIA, body not recovered

Tyler, Charles R., USAF (AZ); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Sittner) released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Bergevin, Charles L., USAF (CT); RF4c disappeared while on reconnaissance mission over Quang Binh province (navigator, w/Setterquist); presumed KIA, body not recovered
*** My adopted MIA hero - see post here ***

Ferguson, Walter, Jr., US Army (NY); DIC May, 1970

Setterquist, Francis L., USAF (MN); RF4C disappeared while on reconnaissance mission over Quang Binh province (pilot, w/Bergevin), presumed KIA, body not recovered

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