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Monday, February 04, 2008

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Cutler clears the stairwell of an abandoned factory during an assessment mission at the Hateen Industrial Park in Baghdad, Jan. 21, 2008. Cutler is assigned to the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion.U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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In Today's News - Monday, February 4, 2008

Quote of the Day
"We, and all others
who believe in freedom
as deeply as we do,
would rather die on our feet
than live on our knees."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
US: 9 Iraq civilians accidentally killed
Iraqi, U.S. Kids Exchange Letters, Tell About Life in Their Countries
Security Gains by Coalition Allow Families to Return to Zambraniyah

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Egypt and Palestinians trade fire at border
U.S. says no one too young for Guantanamo court
Report faults security at U.S. monuments
Gitmo suspect asks judge to drop charges
First suicide attack in a year in Israel

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Other Military News
U.S. soldiers help war against rebels in Colombia
Bush tries again to kill second engine for F-35
Stallone challenges military officials
Judge: Navy not exempt from sonar ruling

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez warns he could nationalize food companies

Politics / Government
Candidates Make Final Rounds Before Super Tuesday Voting Begins - PHOTOS's You Decide '08 Home Page
BRAINROOM: Super Tuesday Briefing Book (pdf)
FOX News Channel's Super Tuesday Coverage
Calif. GOP Limits Primary to Registered Republicans
Polls Put McCain, Clinton Ahead in Feb. 5 States
Democrats Neck-and-Neck in California
VIDEO: Huckabee Talks Super Tuesday Crunch Time
Super Tuesday Voting Begins for Democrats Abroad
Largest Hispanic Newspaper Endorses Obama, McCain
Bob Dole Defends McCain in Letter to Rush Limbaugh
Romney to Huckabee: Quit Your Whining - VIDEO
Voters May Elect U.S. Senator in Untraditional Turn
Clinton: Campaign Took Page From Giants Playbook
Obama Expands lead in California, Missouri
Questioner Calls Bush 'the Bastard,' Hillary Smiles
Obama expands lead on Clinton in California - Video
Bush budget sees bigger deficits as economy sags
McCain and Romney battle over who is conservative - Video
Obama, emotional Clinton eye "Super Tuesday" - Video
Senate moves toward stimulus showdown
Clinton reunites with legal colleague
Candidates race to Super Tuesday finale
McCain criticizes Romney's conservatism
Bush budget would bring record deficits

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
U.S. border funds highlight Bush security budget

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Sexy Abercrombie & Fitch Posters Confiscated, Manager Charged With Obscenity
Cops: Teen Killed Parents, 2 Brothers, Then Staged Discovery of Their Bodies
CDC: Wide-Reaching Flu Outbreaks Hit 11 States
3 Men Shot Dead at During Super Bowl Telecast at Maryland Pizzeria
Aruban Prosecutor Considers Hidden Camera Footage of Holloway Suspect Admissible in Court
Ex-Credit Suisse banker found guilty of insider trading
FBI probes purchases of US aircraft by drug lords
Judge: Vick can keep $16.25M in bonuses (Disgusting. He should be made to give it to an animal charity, the scumbag)
Ex-cop goes on trial in pregnant killing
Jonesboro shooter arrested again
Grandma allegedly hides cocaine in bra

U.N. News
U.N. urges support for Chad's government - Video

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Yahoo may consider Google alliance: source - Video
Super Bowl draws record 97.5 million viewers
Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal - Video
Google assails Microsoft over Yahoo deal
Microsoft bid backs Yahoo into a corner

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Nature and nurture play role in mental illness
Bush budget disastrous for health care, groups say
NASA readies space shuttle Atlantis for launch
Bush budget boosts nuclear, coal, science
Dell "more focused" on computers than phones
Intel chip boasts 2 billion transistors
Can PHRs actually make you healthier?
Nature giving way to virtual reality
Fat people cheaper to treat, study says

Mother Nature
"Tipping point" on horizon for Greenland ice
Group calls on China to respect rats

Twins Save Mom's Life, Kick Loose Deadly Tumor From Mom's Cervix While Still in Womb
Gas-pumping robot: what could go wrong?
You can't even shave while driving anymore?
Miss. law would ban serving obese diners

Fox News
Big Money Spent on Ads in Super Tuesday States
Kelly Clarkson: All Is Forgiven
Pop Tarts: Kim Kardashian Has Reggie Bush Lovesick
Paula Abdul Makes Singing 'Comeback' With Super Bowl Performance
Report: Spice Girls Cut World Tour Short

Kenya government and opposition seek to end conflict
Millions in China to greet new year without power - Video
Rich or poor, all flock to Rio Carnival parade
Gasoline price top concern for consumers: survey
Bono, Hirst auction combines art and charity
Rest with the Fab Four at new Beatles hotel
Court orders mental exam for Britney Spears - Video
New stars and old mingle at Oscar lunch
Credit markets not expected to recover this year
Chrysler closes plants in dispute with supplier
Olivant quits N. Rock race, leaving two rescue bids
News Corp lifts outlook, sees no ad slowdown
U.S. regulators probe stock sales of SocGen director

AP World News
'General Hospital' actress Kepler dies
Bob Knight resigns as Texas Tech coach
Spears' father retained as conservator
New Mormon president, 80, is picked
Clemens after Pettitte in Hill rotation

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 Flight Training School Takes to the Air
Security Gains by Coalition Allow Families to Return to Zambraniyah
56 Iraqis Graduate NCO Academy
Iraqi Police peacefully disburse protest participants (Tikrit)
Night raids apprehend eight extremists
Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain 2 terror suspects, kill 3 terrorists in separate o
MND-B Soldiers bring gifts to village school children

Bush Delivers $515.4 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress - Video
Gates Calls on Congress to Pass Emergency Funds - Video
Secretary Meets with Soldiers, Spouses at Fort Campbell - Photos - Video

Coalition Secures Former Badlands - Video
Soldiers Bring Gifts, Build Trust
Mullen: Iraq Ground Conditions to Determine Redeployments
Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists

Defense Authorization Act Empowers Guard
Officials Call Report ‘Fundamentally Flawed’
Service Leaders Report Recruiting Success

Care Packages Boost Spirits in ‘Adopted’ Units

Afghans Learn Marketable Construction Skills
Coaliton Degrades Weapons Networks

Former Giant Cheers Team from Afghanistan

Soldier Proud of 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

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
0708 - Sisinnius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1194 - Richard I Lion Hearted pays Leopold O. Fenrik VI's ransom of 100,000
1508 - Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned
1586 - Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Netherlands
1600 - Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for 1st time outside of Prague
1620 - Prince Bethlen Gábor signs peace with emperor Ferdinand II
1697 - 3 VOC-ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
1699 - 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow
1782 - British garrison surrenders to French & Spanish fleet
1783 - Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)
1787 - Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
1789 - 1st electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President & Vice President
1794 - French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery
1797 - Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 40,000
1824 - J.W. Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to the public
1846 - Mormons leave Nauvoo, MO for settlement in the west
1847 - 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland
1854 - Alvan Bovay proposes the name "Republican Party", Ripon WI
1855 - Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
1861 - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery, AL, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi & South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy
1864 - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1887 - Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
1895 - 1st rolling lift bridge opens, Chicago
1899 - Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
1913 - Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim
1914 - US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
1915 - Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi Penitentiary
1917 - Belgium Council of Flanders established
1919 - City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown
1920 - 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (1½ months)
1924 - 1st Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France
1926 - Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
1930 - 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans
1932 - 3rd Winter Olympics games open in Lake Placid, NY; Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
1933 - Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts; German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press
1936 - 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1938 - Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts
1941 - United Service Organization (USO) founded; British tanks occupy Maus, Libya; Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
1942 - Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US General wounded in action in WWII
1944 - US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein
1945 - FDR, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta
1948 - Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1949 - Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
1952 - 1st Black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC New York)
1959 - Israel begins exporting copper ore
1961 - Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
1962 - Russian newspaper "Izvestia" reports baseball is an old Russian game
1964 - 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax; FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City OK
1966 - All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
1967 - US launches Lunar Orbiter 3
1969 - Yassar Arafat takes over as chairman of PLO
1971 - Government exhibit under construction collapses, kills 65 in Brazil; National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, NC; Apollo 14 lander Antares lands on Moon (Shepard & Mitchell); British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
1972 - Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported; 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna, Austria
1973 - Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
1974 - Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army; Benzine and Gas rationing end in Netherlands
1976 - 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
1977 - Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
1980 - Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
1982 - Suriname premier Chin A. Sen flees
1985 - 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture; Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell New Zealand of nuclear weapons
1986 - Israeli fighters intercept Libyan liner (passenger plane)
1987 - Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup; President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
1988 - Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
1990 - 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
1991 - US postage raises from 25¢ to 29¢
1993 - Admiral Studeman, ends term as acting director of CIA; Russian space agency tests a 82' wide space mirror
1994 - 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartum Sudan
1997 - 73 Israelis die when army copters collide; OJ Simpson found liable in murders of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson (civil trial); Secretary of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish

1698 - Heinrich A. Fouqué, Prussian General
1764 - Carel H. Verhuell, Dutch/French Vice-Admiral/minister of Navy
1819 - Joshua Norton - "Norton I, emperor of USA"
1826 - Halbert Eleazer Paine, Union Brevet Major General
1841 - Clément Ader, French inventor (1st to fly a heavier-than-air craft)
1868 - Constance Gore-booth Markiewicy, Irish patriot/playwright/MP
1875 - Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (father of aerodynamics)
1881 - Kliment J. Woroshilov, Marshal/President USSR (1953-60)
1885 - Cairine Ray Wilson Montréal, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed)
1895 - Hanns (Johann) Rauter, German SS-Lieutenant-General/SS police chief in Netherlands
1897 - Ludwig Erhard chancellor of Germany (CDU)
1902 - Charles A. Lindbergh, pilot (1st fly solo across Atlantic)
1903 - Frank Howley, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans)
1904 - Herman B. Wiardi Beckman, Dutch politician (SDAP)/resistance fighter
1906 - Clyde William Tombaugh, US astronomer (discovered Pluto)
1913 - Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist (bus protester)
1917 - Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
1929 - Mary Joan Nielubowicz, Rear Admiral/nurse
1931 - Isabel Perón (Maria Martinez), dancer/president Argentina
1938 - Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (Senator-MI)
1939 - Stan Lundine (Representative-NY, 1976-86)
1944 - Daniel A. Mica (Representative-FL)
1947 - Dan Quayle (Senator-IN) / (44th Vice-President-R 1989-93); Sanford Bishop (Representative-GA)
1948 - Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier), rocker (School's Out); Rod Grams (Representative-MN)

0211 - Lucius Septimus Severus, emperor of Rome (193-211), dies at 64
0708 - Sisinnius, Greek-Syrian pope (708, 20 days)
1189 - Gilbert of Sempringham, English monastery founder/saint
1222 - Willem I, Earl of Holland (1203-22)
1503 - Queen Elizabeth, consort of Henry VII of England
1505 - Joan of Valois, Queen of France/saint, dies at 40
1911 - Peter A. "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer General, dies at about 75
1928 - Hendrik A. Lorentz, physicist (L transformation-Nobel 1902), dies at 74
1939 - Henri W.A. Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
1943 - Frank Calder, 1st NHL president
1953 - Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
1956 - Leendert A. Donker, Dutch Social Democrat party-minister of Justice, dies at 56
1957 - Joseph Hardaway, creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66
1958 - Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
1966 - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, dies at 90
1976 - Edward Benjamin Britten, composer, dies at 62

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their EB66C was shot down:
Bomar, Jack W., (IA); released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Davies, John O. (PA); released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Doby, Herb (OR); remains returned by SRV September, 1977

Fer, John Helmut (CA); released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Poor, Russell A. (IN)

Wilburn, Woodrow H. (TX); remains returned - ID'd January, 1990

Also reported MIA this day in 1967:
Collamore, Allan P., Jr., USN (MA); F4B shot down (w/Thompson)

Thompson, Donald E., USN (NY); F4B shot down (w/Collamore)

Brookens, Norman J., Civilian - USAID (PA); kidnapped by VC (w/Utecht) - released by PRG (injured) February, 1973

O'Conner, Michael F., US Army (MI); UH1C shot down - released by PRG March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Tallaferno, William P., USMC; escaped February, 1968

Utecht, Richard W., Civilian - USAID (NC); kidnapped by VC (w/Brookens) - released by PRG February, 1973

Walton, Wilbert, US Army (NC); remains ID'd September, 1992

Cooper, Daniel D., USN (OR); A7E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

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