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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OLD-TIME CAVALRY CHARGE - Troopers from 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment charge across Cooper Field at the climax of 15th Sustainment Brigade's change of command ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, Feb, 15, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley

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In Today's News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quotes of the Day
To be prepared for war
is one of the most effectual means
of preserving peace.

-- George Washington

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Radical Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr May Lift 6-Month Ceasefire by Saturday
Shi'ite cleric ceasefire verdict due by Saturday
Griffin Exclusive: Marine Amputee Returns to Iraq
Soldiers Track, Clear Al-Qaeda from Remote Location
Mahmudiyah Women Seek Advancement
Caches Discovered from Detainee Information
MND-B Soldiers capture suspected ‘Prince of Princes’ (East Rashid)
Suicide bomber kills 6, wounds 18 in Muqdadiyah market
Multi-National Division – Center Soldier attacked by IED
MND-N Soldiers attacked in Ninevah Province (Mosul)
Troops in Iraq Identify Slain Terrorist, Rescue Civilian, Destroy Bombs
Neighborhood Checkpoints Keep Residents Safe

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Al Qaeda in North Africa Is Pipeline for Iraq Recruits (Well, duh...)
Colombian rebels set to free four lawmakers

Troops on Trial
Additional GIs Arrested for Sex Abuse in Japan

Fallen Heroes
USAF Pilot Killed in Apparent Collision Off Florida

Wounded Warriors
Mullen Visits Pendleton Wounded Warrior Battalion - Photos
Chairman Emphasizes Wounded Warriors' Abilities

Supporting Our Heroes
States Revive Silver Star Banner

Other Military News
U.S. Navy Missile Successfully Hits Dead Spy Satellite Above Pacific
Bush: Rumors of U.S. Bases in Africa Are 'Baloney'

Religion of Peace??
Iranian Man Sentenced to 30 Lashes for Walking Dog

Worldwide Wackos
Fidel Castro leaves Cuba stage to brother Raul - Video
Group claims Iran speeding up nuke plans

Homegrown Moonbats
It Isn't Easy Being Green...
Michael Moore: Bring Fidel to the Oscars
Aretha makes PETA's 'worst-dressed' list

Politics / Government
McCain: Bush should veto torture bill
Dems: Everything's Bigger, More Confusing in Texas
McCain Camp Slams NYT Lobbyist Link Report
Obama Facing Attacks From Left and Right
Clinton faces daunting delegate deficit
Huckabee Set to Make 'SNL' Appearance
Clinton attacks Obama as all talk, little substance - Video
McCain says would keep rights pressure on China
McCain tangles with Obama over campaign money
Democrat Obama raised $36 million in January
Clinton: Obama offers words, not actions
Powerful teamsters union endorses Obama
Kenya's opposition threatens to resume protests
Proposed Pakistan coalition could oust Musharraf - Video
Serbia to hold rally to vent anger over Kosovo

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Mexico rights group probes army killing near border

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Duke Back on Hot Seat
Girl, 12, Says She Watched Dad Mutilate Mom, Was Forced to Help Dump Body
Video Gamer's 'I Have Killed Them All' Call Leads to Arrest
Caught on Tape: Cop's Vicious Beating of Female Inmate Sends Her to Hospital
S.C. Teacher Sentenced to 6 Years for Sex Acts With 5 Boys
Underwear Found Near Body in Reno Case May Have Been Left to Taunt Police
Police: Alabama Sex Offender Poses as Teen, Takes 14-Year-Old to School Dance
Woman Stabs Man for Calling Her Ugly
Girl Shot While Shielding Mother Recovering
Cops: Teens Hired Hit Men in Parents Plot
Parolee Implicated in Minivan Body Case

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Whoops! Google Reinstates Critical U.N. Blogger

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Eight-Year-Old Dies Suddenly From Unknown Illness
Meteor Streaks Across Pacific Northwest
After Years of Declines, Cancer Death Rate Increases
Record U.S. beef recall a wake-up call
Gene studies confirm "out of Africa" theories
Memory loss declining among U.S. seniors
Cut salt to keep children thin: study
Water gushes created "staircases" on Mars: study
Company's stem cells treat diabetes in mice
Sprint expected to undercut rivals' call plans
Nintendo and Microsoft unveil indie games services
NASA savors return of Atlantis
Strokes among middle-aged women triple

Mother Nature
Goodnight, Moon - PHOTOS
Freakishly Large Sea Creatures Found Near Antarctica
Polar bear Knut helps zoo make millions

News from My Neck of the Woods
Man Arrested After N.Y. Bank Lets Him Withdraw Millions

Liquor firms to challenge work drink ban
YouTube brings life, weirdness to election
Our bill says what?
Man drives stolen car to police station

Other News of Note
US: States better prepared for disasters

Fox News
China Blasts Spielberg for Olympics Snub
Motel Mayhem: 10 Pledges Set Loose - VIDEO - PHOTOS
FOXBusiness: Delta-Northwest Deal May Be at Risk
4 Dead in Minnesota School Bus Crash
Company Says Jessica Simpson 'Hurting Millions of Fat People'
Report: Kirstie Alley to Start Own Weight-Loss Brand
Report: 'Harry Potter' Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Spotted on Valentine's Day Date
Pop Tarts: How Much Are Rihanna's Legs and J-Lo’s Bottom Really Worth?

Lending laws unenforced in housing crisis: Jackson
Frida Kahlo's life depicted in Philadelphia exhibit
Directors Guild ratifies breakthrough contract
Fed cuts growth forecast and warns of downside risks
SEC inspector general pledges changes
Top court rules for Medtronic in devices case
GMAC to cut 930 auto finance jobs
Former Refco CFO pleads guilty to fraud
Chips, beer off the grocery list as inflation bites - Video
SocGen controls lacked depth: internal SG report
Microsoft Xbox Live aims to double user base
Oil steady after record over $101 - Video
Stocks up on rate cut hopes; commodities hot
Wall Street rallies on optimism about rate cuts - Video
Japan's Nikkei up 2 pct, tracking Wall Street
Dollar drifts sideways, dogged by Fed rate outlook
Gold near record on oil, platinum below historic high
Ackman plan helps banks, tough on bond insurers
Qantas H1 profit doubles, affirms outlook
Sharper Image, Lillian Vernon file for bankruptcy
DVD battle ahead
Surrender a black eye for Toshiba star

AP World News
Hurricanes upset No. 5 Duke 96-95
Paul outshines Kidd as Hornets beat Mavs
Tiger overcomes Holmes in Match Play
A-Rod says he expects questions on drugs
Fed lowers economic forecast
Consumer prices post another big gain

CENTCOM: News Releases
Iraqi National Police graduate Carabinieri training
Third Army now U.S. Army Central
ANSF, Coalition help farmers endure harsh winter
Adwaniyah residents see brighter future

SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5
Joint Knowledge Online extends cultural awareness training for U.S. Forces Korea - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Vocational School in Al Kut Expands
Detainee dies at medical facility (Al Asad)

Mullen Shares Insights On Military Risk Assessment
Mullen Wishes Republic of Kosovo Well

Troops Seize Suspects, Illegal Drugs

Mullen Thanks Americans For Support

Coalition Forces Kill Senior Al Qaeda Leader

Training Brings Combat’s Chaos to Camp Pendleton

Soldier Helps Secure Iraq

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
1525 - Swiss & German mercenaries desert François I's army
1547 - King Edward VI of England enthroned, following death of Henry VIII
1613 - Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch Governor-General of East-Indies
1653 - Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Van Tromp by Admiral Blake off Portsmouth
1673 - 1st recorded wine auction held (London)
1710 - Johan Willem Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen Netherlands
1725 - 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100/scalp bounty
1732 - Estates of Holland ratify Treaty of Vienna
1737 - French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns
1745 - Prince Charlie's troops occupy Fort August, Scotland
1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness
1768 - 1st American chartered fire insurance company receives charter (Pennsylvania)
1792 - US postal service created; postage 6¢-12½¢, depending on distance
1809 - Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state
1811 - Austria declares bankruptcy
1823 - English Captain James Weddell reaches 74º 15' S, 1520 km from South Pole
1831 - Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
1832 - Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in the Atlantic Ocean
1835 - Concepción, Chile destroyed by earthquake
1839 - Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1846 - British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
1856 - John Rutledge, Liverpool-New York steamer, hits iceberg; many die
1861 - Confederate Dept. of the Navy forms; Steeple of Chichester Cathedral blown down during a storm
1864 - Battle of Olustee, Florida
1865 - MIT establishes the 1st US collegiate architectural school
1869 - Tennessee Governor W.C. Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
1872 - Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin; Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags; Silas Noble & JP Cooley patent a toothpick manufacturing machine
1877 - 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, KY
1887 - Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance
1895 - Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, CO
1901 - 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
1902 - Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco
1917 - Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die
1919 - French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt
1921 - Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
1922 - Vilnius, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
1927 - Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath
1929 - American Samoa organized as a territory of US
1931 - Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
1932 - Japanese troops occupy Tunhua, China
1933 - House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
1935 - Karoline Mikkelson is 1st woman on Antarctica
1937 - 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, CA
1938 - UK Foreign Secretary Eden resigns, says PM Chamberlain appeased Germany
1941 - Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation; 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk, Poland; Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
1942 - Lieutenant E.H. O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers
1943 - New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn patch (México); Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
1944 - Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers; US takes Eniwetok Island
1947 - Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles, CA; Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
1948 - Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
1952 - 1st Black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
1953 - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
1954 - General Zahedi wins election in Persia
1962 - John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
1963 - Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract
1965 - Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data; Turkish government of Uergüplü forms
1966 - Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR
1968 - State troopers use tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
1971 - National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air - the mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes; Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself President of Uganda
1972 - Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
1975 - Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party; USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1978 - Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
1981 - Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
1983 - Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
1985 - After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
1986 - Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, NY
1987 - Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City; David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America", after 11 years
1988 - 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Peter Kalikow purchases New York - Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million
1989 - Total eclipse of the Moon
1992 - Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
1994 - 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
1994 - Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals
1998 - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations; US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

1494 - Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped establish Lutheranism)
1632 - Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
1809 - Albertus J. Duymaer van Twist, Governor-General of Netherlands-Indies; Henry Walton Wessells, Union Brigadier General
1820 - Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Union Brigadier General
1827 - Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, Union Brigadier General
1838 - James Barbour Terrill, Confederate Brigadier General
1844 - Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, physicist (statistical mechanics)
1886 - Béla Kun Czehul, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
1901 - Ali Muhammad Naguib Khartoum, President of Egypt (1952-54)
1902 - Ansel Adams photographer (1966 ASMP Award)
1904 - Aleksei N. Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
1921 - Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15)
1923 - Forbes Burnham, premier of Guyana (1964-85)
1927 - Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Senator Joseph McCarthy)
1936 - Roy Beggs, British MP
1937 - Robert Huber München, German biochemist (Nobel 1988)
1938 - Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
1942 - Mitch McConnell (Senator-R-KY)
1943 - Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3); Lord McNally
1946 - Mieke H. A. Boers-Wijnberg, Dutch MP (CDA)
1954 - Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Russian colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
1959 - Joel Rifkind, New York serial killer

1054 - Yaroslav I the Wise, ruler (Kiev)
1194 - Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily
1431 - Martinus V [Oddo Colonna], Italian Pope
1569 - Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician, dies at 50
1595 - Ernst, Archduke of Austria, dies at 41
1707 - Aurangzeb Mogul, Emperor of India (1658-1707)
1773 - Charles Emanuel I, King of Sardinia/Duke of Savoy (CE III), dies at 71
1788 - Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
1790 - Joseph II, Emperor of the Holy Roman empire, dies at 48
1810 - Andreas Hofer, military leader (fought Napoleon's France), executed at 42
1848 - [Willem] Alexander, prince of Netherlands/General-Major, dies at 29
1895 - Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 78
1907 - [Ferdinand-Frederic-]Henri Moissan, chemist (Nobel 1906), dies at 54
1910 - Boetros Ghali, Egyptian premier, murdered
1916 - Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71
1920 - Robert E. Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
1936 - John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
1966 - Chester W. Nimitz, US Admiral (WWII), dies at 80
1980 - Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, dies in Washington, DC at 96
1983 - Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
1985 - Clarence Nash, voice of Donald Duck, dies at 80 of Leukemia
1986 - Jacobus G. Rietkerk Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
1992 - Dick York, actor (Bewitched), dies of emphysema at 63
1993 - Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76
1995 - Shlomo Averbach, Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem - 250,000 attend
1996 - Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, test pilot, dies at 83; Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63

Reported Missing in Action
Goodman, Russell C., USAF (UT); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Thornton); believed KIA/BNR

Thornton, Gary L., USN (CA); F4B shot down (weapons/systems officer, w/Goodman), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Laureano-Lopez, Ismael, US Army (NY); KIA/BNR

Neislar, David Phillip, USN (OK); F4J went down over water, KIA

Moore, Scott Ferris, Jr., USN (TX); SH3A shot down, KIA

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1C was shot down:
Acalotto, Robert J., (PA); door gunner

Johnson, Randolph L., (WI); crew chief

May, David M. (MD); co-pilot - remains returned December, 1999

Reid, Jon E. (AZ); pilot - remains returned December, 1999

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