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Saturday, February 02, 2008

F-15s Take to the Air Again

Pilots walk to their F-15A Eagles Jan. 9, 2008, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, to begin currency training after Air Combat Command cleared the planes for flight. The pilots, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, have not flown since the Air Force grounded their F-15 fleet Nov. 3, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

Air Force Capt. Philip “Buddah” Mallory climbs into his F-15A Eagle Jan. 9, 2008, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, to begin flying for his currency training. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

Air Force Capt. Philip “Buddah” Mallory settles into his F-15A Eagle cockpit Jan. 9, 2008, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, to begin flying for his currency training. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

A weapons loader marshals an F-15A Eagle into position Jan. 9, 2008, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

An F-15A Eagle takes off Jan. 9, 2008, from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

An F-15A Eagle returns to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Jan. 9, 2008, after flying a mission for currency. The F-15s, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, have not flown since the Air Force grounded their F-15 fleet Nov. 3, 2007. Air Combat Command cleared a portion of its F-15 A-D models to begin flying. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

An F-15A Eagle returns to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Jan. 9, 2008, after flying a mission for currency. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

Maj. James “Saw” Sage gets down from his F-15A Eagle Jan. 9, 2008, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, after flying a training mission for currency. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

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VICTORY - U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Oden displays the victory sign during a mission in Meshahadah province, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2008. Oden is assigned to the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer

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In Today's News - Saturday, February 2, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Retreat, Hell! We just got here!"
-- Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC
at the Battle of Belleau Wood, WWI

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Female bombers kill 72 at Baghdad pet markets - Video
Mentally disabled women used in bombings
Envoy: US troops to be in Iraq into '09
Training Chief Discusses Future of Concerned Local Citizens Groups
Coordinated Medical Engagement Treats Hundreds in Khidr
MND-B Soldiers prevent assassination attempt (Doura)
316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Soldiers attacked by indirect fire (Tikrit)

Operation Enduring Freedom
Forces Find Weapons Underground
Forces Assist Snow-Bound Village

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
15 More Cities on Homeland Security Terror-Risk List (My state has several)
Bomb kills 20 on bus in central Sri Lanka
Court won't review Guantanamo evidence ruling
US strike exposes entrenched militants

Fallen Heroes
MND-B Soldier killed by IED attack (Baghdad)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Supporting Our Heroes
Pol: Slash $$$ From Berkeley Over Marine Snub

Other Military News
Thieves Steal Air Force Vet's U.S. Flag 9 Times - VIDEO
Navy Tests High-Powered Electromagnetic Railgun
U.S. nuclear power plants to get more Russia uranium
U.S. backs modernizing Polish air defenses
Pentagon rejects report, says ready for WMD attack

Worldwide Wackos
FOX News Exclusive: World Bank Using U.S. $$$ in Iran
Iran resolution hits snag at U.N.: French envoy (OK...with the French and the U.N. involved, how could things be expected to be productive??)

Politics / Government
It's Endorsement Season
FOX News Poll: Clinton, McCain Hold Leads - RESULTS (pdf)
Clinton Adviser Likens Obama Mailer to 'Nazis Marching'
McCain upbeat on Super Tuesday, woos conservatives - Video
Obama eyes American Indians in presidential bid
Obama, Clinton say jobs drop shows need for jolt - Video
Bush calls labor report 'troubling'
Huckabee: Romney shifted on key issues
McCain targets Romney's Massachusetts
Romney aims for a split in California
Obama says he'd be better against McCain
Kenyan rivals strike deal to try and stop violence - Video
Taiwan president visits disputed Spratly Islands
Row with West overshadows Russia's election start

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Utah Pols Look to Stem Flow of Illegals
Illegals Seek Better Life in Utah

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Holloway Suspect: I'm a Liar
Convicted Armed Robber on the Lam for More Than 30 Years Arrested in Vegas
Police: Convicted Sex Offender Raped Boy at Library
Artistic Bank Teller Helps Nab Scruffy Robber
Witness: Ohio Mom on Trial Said Baby 'Fit Right In' Microwave
New Evidence Emerges in Natalee Holloway Case
Russian Model Turned Bodyguard Killed During Moscow Carjacking
Attorney: New Photos Might Be of Missing Woman Stacy Peterson
Colorado Girl, 14, Stabbed Seven Times in High School Hallway
Cops Release Reno Missing Student Suspect Sketch
Wesley Snipes faces 3 years for tax conviction - Video
Boy Dies After Being Found Hanging From Hook
N.Y. court declares out-of-state gay marriages valid
Simpson seeks dismissal of 6 charges

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Microsoft bids $44.6 billion to buy Yahoo - Video

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
NASA to Broadcast Beatles Song Across the Universe
FOXBusiness: FDA: Chantix May Pose Psychiatric Risk
Scientist: All Blue-Eyed People Are Related
Crocodilian 'Missing Link' Found in Brazil
Americans go to Mexico for a cheaper perfect smile
WHO reports Tamiflu-resistant flu in U.S., Canada
Funding shortfalls threaten science research
Finnish patient gets new jaw from own stem cells
"BlackBerry blackouts" aim for life/work balance
Walking in rhythm is safe, even with earbuds: study
China to help Japan probe dumpling poisoning (What's next - "Fox to help farmer probe source of hen house deaths"??)
HPV causing more oral cancer in men
CDC: Drug sickens dialysis patients

Mother Nature
Donner Party Redux?
Storm Slams Midwest With Snow, Ice - PHOTOS
Mutilated Body of Newborn Found Near Dog Kennel
Snowstorm Cripples Nation's Midsection, Causes 40-Car Pileup, Leaves 4 Dead
Cable Company Bills Tornado Victim $2,000 for Damaged Equipment
China steels for worse weather as holidays loom

News from My Neck of the Woods
Conn. man tries to sell pot online (Proof positive that pot destroys brain cells)

Mass. Car Crash Lands Stray Cow in Back Seat
British Girl, 12, Olympic Hopeful, Crushed to Death by Horse
Shop pulls "Lolita" bed for young girls
Junta takes aim at latest Rambo movie
Hip hijabs take off in Canadian winter
Double dipping? 'Seinfeld' was right
What a nasty letter for a $16.96 debt!

Other News of Note
2.7M Gallons of Sewage Spills in San Francisco Bay (So now the Left Coast isn't just philosophically full of crap...)

Fox News
North Carolina Plane Crash Kills Six
Corporate Jet Crashes After Takeoff in Maine
Poll: Undecideds Hold Key to Super Bowl Favorite
Celebs Could Get 'Safety Zones' in Los Angeles
Pop Tarts: Kate Hudson's Bikini Woes
Wisconsin Man Says He's on Verge of Putting Millionth Mile on His 1991 Chevy Silverado

Singapore should not be as crowded as Hong Kong: Lee
Britney Spears' father takes over her affairs - Video
Michelle Williams says heart broken over Ledger
Banks join to rescue Ambac: sources
Yahoos fear loss of fun-loving culture
Job losses in January raise recession fears
Google clout seen aiding Microsoft antitrust OK - Video
Exxon and Chevron earnings soar on record oil prices
Bidding reaches $18.55 bln in U.S. wireless auction
Icahn has amassed a large stake in J.C. Penney: WSJ
Weaving parallels between China and India
Recession looms but Yahoo bid stirs optimism
Wall St rises on tech bid; best week since March '03 - Video
Manufacturing expands in January: ISM report
Anheuser shares rise on report of merger talks
Oil drops on signs of economic weakness
Mixed data leaves dollar up vs euro, sterling - Video
January's wild ride in stocks no fit of imagination
U.S. airline shares jump on drop in oil price
Buy large caps as bull market persists: Fisher

AP World News
Street dancers open Rio's crazy carnival
Mets give Santana $137.5 million deal
Bolivian plane crash-lands, all survive
Lakers acquire Pau Gasol from Grizzlies
Employment drops in a pink slip blizzard
Commissioner defends destroying tapes

CENTCOM: News Releases

Joint fires team, Army training center leaps forward with joint integrated training
Learn more about the Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team
Joint Deployment Training Center revs up for the future - podcast
Learn more about JDTC
USJFCOM readies for Noble Resolve 08 - podcast
More about Noble Resolve

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Iraqi River Police Trainers Learn Basic Boat Engineering
Hospital Project is About Iraq’s Children
Coalition Forces assist in Iraqi police pay day

Officials Label Report ‘Fundamentally Flawed’
Iraq Ground Conditions to Determine Redeployments
Bush: U.S. Will Prevail
Terrorists' Tactics Signal NATO’s Success

Attacks Down to Two-Year Low
Coalition Condemns Suicide Attacks

Forces Distribute Supplies at Center

Defense Authorization Act Empowers Guard
Commission Recommends Sweeping Change for Guard, Reserves
Service Leaders Report Recruiting Success
‘Screaming Eagles’ Prepare for Spring Deployment

Apache Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

SemperComm Award Honors Morale Efforts

Why We Serve: Soldier Chooses Military Service as Way of Life

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

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
0962 - Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
1032 - Koenraad II succeeds Rudolf III as king of Bourgundy
1119 - Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
1141 - Battle at Lincoln - King Stephen captured
1461 - 2nd battle of St Alban's-Lancastrians defeat Yorkists
1536 - Pedro de Mendoza finds the Argentine city of Buenos Aires
1550 - English Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed
1732 - King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
1742 - British Walpole government resigns
1802 - 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25¢)
1811 - Russian settlers establish Fort Ross trading post, north of San Francisco
1848 - 1st shipload of Chinese arrive in San Francisco; Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
1852 - 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
1863 - Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time
1864 - Cruise of CSS Florida
1869 - James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade
1878 - Greece declares war on Turkey
1882 - Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, CT
1892 - Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
1894 - US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
1901 - Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization
1912 - Frederick R. Law parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)
1913 - NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
1919 - Monarchist riot in Portugal
1920 - Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace); France occupies (German) Memel territory; Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty USSR recognizes Estonian independence
1923 - Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, OH; US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
1931 - 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)
1932 - Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
1932 - Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta GA)
1933 - 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament; Göring bans communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany
1934 - Dutch Roman Catholic Bishops warn against fascism/Nazism
1935 - Lie detector 1st used in court (Portage, WI)
1942 - "Los Angeles Times" urges security measures against Japanese-Americans; US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
1943 - Battle of Stalingrad ends with final surrender of the German army - turning point of WWII
1944 - 4th US Marine Division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands; Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory; Baseball meets in New York NY to discuss postwar action
1945 - Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp
1948 - President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
1950 - 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
1954 - President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
1955 - 1st Presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
1957 - UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
1958 - Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
1962 - 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
1964 - GI Joe debuts as a popular American toy
1967 - Bolivia adopts its constitution
1968 - Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
1971 - Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
1973 - James R. Schlesinger becomes director of the CIA (until July); Richath Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA
1975 - Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea, Ethiopia
1977 - Radio Shack officially begins creating the TRS-80 computer; Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
1980 - FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
1982 - "Late Night with David Letterman" premieres on NBC; Government troops & Muslim fundamentalists battle in Hamah, Syria
1984 - Lebanese army fight in Beirut
1986 - Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India; Oscar Arias Sanchez elected President of Costa Rica
1987 - Philippines adopts constitution
1990 - South Africa's President F[rederik] W[illem] de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes African National Congress & 60 other political organizations
1991 - US postage is raised from 25¢ to 29¢
1992 - IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9 million tax bill (of $16.7 million)
1995 - US space shuttle Discovery launched
1998 - Philippine DC-9 crashes, apparently killing all 104 on board

1649 - Benedict XIII [Pierfrancesco Orsini], 245th pope (1724-30)
1754 - Charles-Maurice, Duke of Talleyrand-Périgord, French bishop/premier (1815)
1780 - Johannes van den Bosch, Governor-General (Netherlands East Indies)
1803 - Albert Sidney Johnston, Confederate General
1813 - József Eötvös, Hungarian Minister of Education (1848)
1815 - Nathaniel Collins McLean, Union Brigadier General
1827 - Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate Brigadier General
1861 - Solomon R. Guggenheim, philanthropist (died aboard the Titanic)
1861 - Mehmed VI Vahideddin, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
1873 - Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath, German Secretary of State (1932-38)
1873 - Johan P. Earl van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat
1884 - Julis Deutsch, Austrian politician/General Spanish Republican Army
1890 - Jean J.M. de Lattre de Tassigny, French General (Indo-China)
1891 - Antonio Segni, premier/president (Italy)
1905 - Ayn Rand, writer (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead)
1920 - Dr. An Wang, founder (Wang Labs, Wang Computers)
1927 - Richard Ray (Representative-GA)
1928 - Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, PM of Italy (1988-89)
1931 - Andreas "Andries" van Agt, Dutch premier (CDA, 1977-82)
1942 - Graham Nash rocker (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
1947 - Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett, actress (Charlie's Angels, Burning Bed)
1948 - Jessica Savitch Kennett Square PA, news anchor (NBC)
1953 - James Mndaweni South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)

1032 - Rudolf III, last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
1435 - Johanna II, lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
1769 - Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
1804 - Caesar Rodney, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
1828 - Frederik Sigismund, Earl of Bylandt / Vice-Admiral, dies at 78
1907 - Dmitri I. Mendelejev, Russian chemist (Periodic Table), dies at 72
1909 - Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
1931 - Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
1979 - Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
1980 - William H. Stein US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
1981 - Donald W. Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88; Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
1988 - G. Mennen Williams, Supreme Court Justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
1992 - Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America Pageant), dies at 77
1995 - Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé French prince/Russian, dies at 47

Reported Missing in Action
Hertz, Gustav G., Civilian; KIC June, 1967

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Adkins, Charles L., (OH); passenger

Burnham, Donald D. (AL); pilot

Patton, Kenneth J., (PA); crewchief

Pringle, Joe H. (WV); passenger (ID found at crash site)

Puggi, Joseph D. (NJ); passenger

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Ragsdale, Thomas; remains recovered July, 1969

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