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Thursday, February 21, 2008

NIGHT PATROL - U.S. Marines conduct a security patrol to deter insurgent activity in Anah, Iraq, Feb. 3, 2008. The Marines are assigned to the 2nd Marine Regiment's 3rd Battalion, Kilo Company. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Seth Maggard

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In Today's News - Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world
would be better off without Saddam Hussein,
and those who believe today
that we are not safer with his capture,
don't have the judgment to be President,
or the credibility to be elected President."

-- John Kerry, U.S. Senator (MA)

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Gates "hopes" to pull more troops from Iraq after pause
Iraqi Judges get Automated
Marine attacked in Al Anbar Province
Stryker Soldiers capture IED cell member (Baghdad)
VBIED kills 1, wounds 8 in Tal Afar
Paratroopers capture Special Groups criminal leader (Baghdad)

Operation Enduring Freedom
'They're Shooting at You': Jennifer Griffin's Exclusive FOX News Blog From the Front in Afghanistan
3 U.S. Senators Make Emergency Landing in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Monopoly Game Fuels Israeli-Palestinian Dispute
Bush: no compromise on phone immunity in spy bill
Colombia demands swift release of FARC hostages
Britain: US flights landed on UK soil
US fears backlash over terror flights
Bush: Surveillance compromise unlikely

Other Military News
Pentagon: Smashed Satellite Debris Poses No Danger
Blast in the Heavens: Satellite Shootdown a Bull's-Eye - VIDEO: MASSIVE DEATH STAR-LIKE BLAST - PHOTOS
U.S. shot raises tensions and worries over satellites
U.S. seeks Australian commitment to defense ties
War epic tops all-time favorite films: survey

Worldwide Wackos
Britain and France hope for Iran sanctions vote soon

Homegrown Moonbats
UCLA Asks Court to Stop Animal Rights 'Terrorists'

Politics / Government
Clinton: Obama Marks 'Change You Can Xerox'
Hillary accuses opponent of political plagarism
NYT in Crosshairs Over McCain Report
Cindy McCain Stands by Husband
FOX News Poll: Obama Has Edge Over McCain
Obama, Clinton top McCain on environment votes: report
Pakistan coalition talks may threaten Musharraf - Video
Change to Win endorses Obama
Obama wins Democrats Abroad primary
Pentagon tracking spy satellite debris
Cindy McCain, like others, stands by man

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Cops: Peterson's 3rd Wife Murdered
Police Believe Missing Dad Took Off or Became Victim of Random Crime - VIDEO
'Missing Candidate' Convicted of Faking Post-Crash Disappearance for Attention
Man Famous for NYC Cop Shootout, Massive Manhunt Killed in Prison
Parents of Baby Left Alone to Die Face Murder Charges
Jury Convicts Man Fingered by Wife in Her Murder
Arrest Made in Deadly Minnesota School Bus Crash
Duke Lacrosse Players Sue School - PDF
Clinton sets to change course in debate
Man gets 50-80 years for killing wife

Science / Medicine and Health / Watching the Web
Wrong Body Accidentally Buried in W.Va. After Coroner Confuses Fire Victims
Calif. Man Battles Deadly Illness Caused by Brain-Eating Amoeba
Small Study Concludes Some Women Do Not Have G-Spots
FOXBusiness: Microsoft Says It's Sharing Trade Secrets
Daytime dozing may be warning sign of stroke
Diet tied to breast and ovarian cancer risks
Genetic study ties Siberians to people in Americas
Hormone governs caterpillar's bird dropping disguise
Game scoring site wields industry clout
All Hollywood studios now lined up behind Blu-Ray
Inspectors say meat safety is threatened
Naps, mammograms may predict stroke risk

Mother Nature
6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nevada - PHOTOS
Wolves to be removed from species list

News from My Neck of the Woods
A-list celebs need Hep A shot after NY birthday bash - Video

Drunk driver parks at police station - Video
Bank error in your favor - Video
Apostrophes in names stir lot o' trouble
Get out of the fire truck miss. Please

Fox News
School Bans 'Assassin' Game in Wake of Shootings
Car, Truck Collision Kills 3 Children in North Carolina
Racy Novel Causes Uproar in California School
Airliner Carrying 46 Passengers Vanishes in Venezuela
Navy Missile Blasts Satellite, Fuel Tank Likely Destroyed
Pop Tarts: Oops! Britney Hits Hollywood Without Her Underwear While Her Dogs Run Amok in Hotel

WITNESS: In Kenya, watching as tribalism takes over
East Timor sends more forces to hunt rebels
Chad rebels deny government talks as EU troops fly in
Berlin buzz for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana demure
Britney Spears' "manager" served with restraining order
Coldplay reportedly to release on EMI after all
Britain passes Northern Rock nationalization law
3Com rebuff may foretell Motorola difficulties
Nintendo readies for "Wii Fit" launch
Microsoft opens key software details to rivals
JAL may buy Airbus planes after Boeing 787 delays
LG Elec says can win market share from Motorola
Investor group ready for New York Times proxy fight
Nissan offers buyouts to U.S. design staff
Nikkei falls 1.9 percent on U.S. worries
Oil eases to $98 on swelling U.S. crude stockpile
Dollar hovers near 2-week low vs euro
Gold near record as platinum hits historic high
Wall Street sinks on energy's slide and recession worry - Video
Stocks dogged by signs of U.S. recession and oil drop
Philly Fed, leading index point to recession
JC Penney profit falls, cautious on 2008
Intuit profit falls as ad spending rises
On Nike's heels
Big biotechs cheap but not cheerful

AP World News
'Idol' cuts 4 but keeps Irish crooner
Big move for Cavs on deadline day
No. 21 Notre Dame rallies to pop Pitt
Cavs get Wallace, Szczerbiak at deadline
Edie Falco signs on for Showtime series
Miley Cyrus seat belt flap debated
Indiana mulls basketball coach's fate
Howard wins $10M in arbitration

CENTCOM: News Releases
Successful operations target top Taliban leader
Civilians targeted in northern Iraq
Coalition forces identify terrorist killed in Feb. 17 operation

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
Sahwa-al-Iraq Turns Its Attention to Politics
Al Qaeda in Iraq Leaders Killed or Captured, But Threat Continues
MoE Reconstructs High-Tension Power Line Towers in Sayafiyah
Coalition forces target al-Qaeda networks; one terrorist killed, 20 suspects detained
Paratroopers continue to dismantle criminal organizations

Gates Tours Backup Ship
Three Adriatic Countries Qualified to Join NATO

Military Preeminence, Cooperation Critical in U.S. Pacific Command
Tuskegee Airmen Visit Pentagon
Chairman Thanks Troops for Service

Canine Soldier Serves as Therapist, Morale Booster
Coalition Forces Kill Terrorist, Detain 20 Suspects

Forces Deliver Five Water Heaters to Hospital

Medically Retired Soldier Wants to Return to Iraq

Capitals Host Troops
Support Groups Honored
States Honor Wounded

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
1173 - Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury
1431 - England begins trial against Joan of Arc
1564 - Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comté
1574 - Spanish garrison of Middelburg Netherlands surrenders
1598 - Boris Godunov crowned tsar
1613 - Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar
1673 - Michiel A de Ruyter appointed Lieutenant-Admiral-General of Dutch fleet
1675 - Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland
1764 - John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
1777 - English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag
1782 - US Congress resolves the establishment of a US mint
1792 - Congress passes Presidential Succession Act
1795 - Freedom of worship established in France under constitution
1797 - Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to the British
1804 - 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
1828 - 1st American Indian newspaper in US, Cherokee Phoenix (weekly), Georgia
1842 - 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington DC
1846 - 1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell MA
1853 - US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces
1857 - US issues flying eagle cents; Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
1858 - Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston MA)
1861 - Navaho Indians elect Herrero Grande as chief
1862 - Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM; Confederate Constitution & Presidency are declared permanent
1864 - 1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore, MD; Battle at Okolonam, MS
1866 - Lucy B. Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree
1874 - Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
1885 - Washington Monument dedicated (Washington DC)
1887 - Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday; 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
1895 - North Carolina Legislature adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
1902 - Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
1903 - Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington DC
1907 - SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Netherlands (142 dead)
1914 - White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China
1915 - 20th Russian Army corps surrenders
1916 - Battle of Verdun (WWI) begins (1 million casualties)
1917 - British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die; Train near Chirurcha, Romania catches fire & explodes; 100s die
1918 - Australians chase Turkish troops out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
1922 - Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die; Great Britain grants Egypt independence
1925 - 1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published
1931 - Alka Seltzer introduced
1932 - André Tardieu becomes premier of France
1934 - Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by National Guard
1939 - Belgian government of Pierlot forms
1941 - US Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brigadier-General
1943 - Dutch Roman Catholic bishops protest against persecution of Jews; German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia
1944 - "The War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC (NYC only)
1945 - Archbishop De Jong calls for help with war casualties; British Army captures Goch; US 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line
1946 - Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
1947 - 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in NYC, by E.H. Land; 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
1952 - Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
1952 - Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
1953 - F. Crick & J. Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
1958 - Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser President (99.9% vote)
1961 - Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry test reaches 172 km; Gabon adopts constitution
1966 - Indonesia's President Sukarno fires General Nasution
1968 - 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin
1969 - 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)
1970 - Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy
1971 - Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi & Louisiana, killing 117
1972 - Richard Nixon becomes 1st US President to visit China
1974 - Israeli forces leave western Suez; Yugoslavia adopts constitution
1979 - Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
1980 - Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olympics gold (giant slalom); Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1500 meter in 1 55.44
1981 - Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k); NASA launches Comstar D-4
1987 - Syrian army marches into Beirut
1988 - During a live TV broadcast, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart (age 52) admitted to visiting a prostitute, then announced he would be leaving his ministry for an unspecified length of time. (Defrocked in April by the Assemblies of God, he was ordered to stay off TV for a year, but returned after only three months)
1989 - US bust Chinese heroin ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1 billion street value)
1991 - USSR announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War - US calls the plan unacceptable
1995 - RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
1996 - Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
1997 - STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands

1417 - Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)
1728 - Peter III, Russian tsar (1761-62), husband of Catherine
1794 - Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of México (1833-36)
1800 - John Henry Winder, Confederate Brigadier General
1802 - George Douglas Ramsey, Union Brevet Major General
1805 - David Tod, US diplomat/(Governor-OH, 1861-63)
1829 - Johnson Hagood, Confederate Brigadier General
1857 - Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
1867 - Otto Hermann Kahn Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Company
1875 - Jeanne Louise Calment, France, world's oldest woman (died at 122)
1902 - John Smallenbroek, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs
1910 - Douglas R.S. Bader, British pilot (WWII)
1913 - Glenn M. Anderson (Representative-CA)
1917 - Victor G.M. Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
1924 - Robert G. Mugabe, Premier/President of Zimbabwe
1931 - Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas)
1932 - Harald V, King of Norway
1936 - Barbara Jordan, (Representative-TX, 1972-78)
1938 - Beryl F. Anthony, Jr. (Representative-CA)
1940 - John Lewis (Representative-GA)
1941 - Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner
1947 - Olympia J. Snowe (Representative-ME)
1964 - Mark E. Kelly, Lieutenant USN/astronaut, Scott J. Kelly, Lieutenant USN/astronaut

1513 - Julius II (Giuliano dellea Rovere), Roman Catholic Pope (1503-13), dies at 69
1554 - Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany)
1648 - Christian IV, King of Denmark/Norway
1711 - Joan van Hoorn, Governor-General of Netherlands-Indies (1707-09), dies at 57
1730 - Benedict XIII (Pietro F Orsini), Pope (1724-30), dies at 81
1803 - Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England
1864 - Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle
1872 - Pavel P. Gagarin, Russian monarch/politician, dies at 82
1879 - Peter P. van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
1919 - Habib Ullah Chan emir of Afghanistam (1901-19), murdered at 46; Karl von Hohenzollern Prince of Belgium; Kurt Eisner, premier Bayern (socialist), murdered at 51
1926 - Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1913), dies at 72
1938 - George Ellery Hale, astronomer
1965 - Malcolm X (Little), Black Muslim leader, assassinated in New York, NY at 39
1992 - Franc Holden British astronomer (Binary Stars); Kate A ter Horst-Arriëns, Dutch nurse (Battle of Arnhem), dies at 85

Reported Missing in Action
Borja, Domingo R., US Army SF (CA); KIA in ground action, body not recovered

Wright, Arthur, US Army (MI); disappeared while checking outpost perimeter wire

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I am off to the Soldiers' Angels conference in California!

Wish me a safe trip; I'll post once I get settled in.

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