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Sunday, March 16, 2008

AMULSHABI CHECK - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Philip Kriner checks for explosive residue on an Iraqi man's hands during a dismounted patrol in Amulshabi, Kirkuk, Iraq, March 11, 2008. Kriner is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet

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In Today's News - Sunday, March 16, 2008

Quote of the Day
“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service,
than the neglect of discipline;
for that discipline, more than numbers,
gives one army the superiority over another.”
-- George Washington

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
McCain Makes Surprise Iraq Visit
Iraqi Soldier, Once Loyal to Hussein, Gives Up Attacks Against U.S. Military to Help the Coalition Cause
Pope Issues Strong Appeal for Peace in Iraq
IP Recruitment Drive in Arab Jabour Aims to Maintain Security Gains
CIC Soldiers Work Behind Scene to Protect Coalition Forces
ISOF Capture Suspected Leaders of Three Terrorist Cells
Girls’ School Gets Computers, Furnished Internet Center
Running a City in Southern Iraq
Cache discovery highlights continuing successes in Baqouba
General cautions over rush to transfer Iraq security
Bush to speak on Iraq anniversary
Iraq to hold national unity conference
Auditors: Iraq Faces Budget Surplus
Talks on future US-Iraq relations begin in Baghdad

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan troops give aid to villagers
Afghan forces improve national communication flow

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. Strikes Al Qaeda Safe House - VIDEO
Austria Seeks Release of Al Qaeda Hostages in Mali
Chad rebel chief threatens attack on oil zone
Islamabad on alert after deadly blast
Official: 4 Belgians freed in Guatemala

Other Military News
Search Leads to German War Ship Sunk in 1941
U.S. veterans, Japanese mark 1968 Vietnam massacre - Video
Survivors reflect 40 years after My Lai
Rescuers search for survivors from Albania blast - Video

Worldwide Wackos
Iran's Media Crackdown
Cheney in Mideast to Discuss Iran, Peace
Ahmadinejad's Allies Win Majority Vote - PHOTOS

Politics / Government
Pastor Creates ‘Guilt by Association’ Problem for Obama - VIDEO: Rev's Rant
Pelosi: Superdelegates Shouldn't Overturn Results
Clinton, Obama backers tone down rhetoric
Obama expands delegate lead over Clinton
Bush to meet with financial policymakers
Former Pimp Says Call Girl Behind Spitzer's Fall 'One of the Best Hookers Ever' (Her parents must be so proud...)
Call Girl in Spitzer Scandal to Dad: I'm in 'a Little Bit of Trouble'
Deconstructing Spitzer's spiraling end
Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern on YouTube Clip: Homosexuality Bigger Threat Than Terrorism (Are you kidding me??)
German leader visits 60 years after birth of Israel

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Mexican Cops Find 36 Bodies in Border City Backyard

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Parents Face Child Neglect Charges After Allegedly Locking Daughter in Truck Outside Bar
Women Wanted in Boyfriends' Murders
Georgia Hiker's Killer Helped Write Horror Movie About Serial Murderer
Gun Control Sides Prepare for Supreme Court Case (Scary)
Experts Find Possible Evidence of More Manson Family Murders - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Cops: Georgia Man Tried to Poison Neighbor's Dog
Retired federal judge Pointer dead at 73
Ark. businessman vanishes amid audit
Trial in teen's slaying after 8 years
Century-old law tied to Spitzer scandal

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
BBC Says 4 of Its Journalists Arrested in Ireland

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Astronauts Attach 11-Foot Arms to Robot
Dennis Quaid recounts twins' near-death experience
New method finds networks of genes behind obesity
New drug holds promise for parasitic worm disease
U.S. and Mexico seek to cut Mexican breast cancer deaths

Mother Nature
Atlanta Cleans Up After Killer Twister - PHOTOS
2 killed as severe storms strike Ga.
Vast storm damage to parks in Northwest

News from My Neck of the Woods
Crews Search Crane Collapse Rubble - VIDEO - PHOTOS

California Student Stops Out-of-Control School Bus; Gets Detention for Skipping Class
Honey, will you marry... Oh. Never mind...
State passes droopy pants law

Other News of Note
Tibet Protests Spread - PHOTOS
China Blocks YouTube Over Tibet Videos
Dalai Lama calls for probe into "cultural genocide"
Slideshow: Tibet in turmoil
Video: Lockdown in Tibet
IOC Opposes Olympic Boycott Over Tibet
Tapes Show Hawaiian Airline Pilots Possibly Asleep
Cheney to Mideast with "rich agenda" on oil, peace
Holocaust survivors mark Krakow ghetto anniversary

Fox News
Paulson: Fed Made Right Decision to Help Bear Stearns
Highway Patrol: 5 People Killed in Overturned, Burning Car in Ohio

U.S.-Europe ties on hold apart from fire-fighting
Pope calls for examining faith on Palm Sunday - Video
French Socialists inflict losses on Sarkozy's party
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills divorce near end
Fed set to slash U.S. rates as credit turmoil rages
U.S. ready to maintain financial stability: Paulson
Dollar caught in Fed, ECB cross-fire
Housing group challenges Fed's Bear Stearns deal
World Bank sees U.S. recession risk
"Bailout" still a dirty word in Washington
Merrill CEO says has tackled biggest problems: report
Microsoft seen buying Yahoo without raising price
Record oil divorced from fundamentals: OPEC delegate
Oil slips after record week, heating oil surges
Stocks sink as Bear Stearns reignites credit fears - Video
U.S. airline shares drop on fuel, economy
Talbots' shares jump as credit line doubled
Dollar falls below 99 yen as Bear Stearns weighs
Spot gold sets historic high above $1,000 mark
Genentech adjusts outlook, on target for 2010 goal
Consumer mood weaker, confirms recession: survey
Activits target boards
Fed plan won't mark bottom

AP World News
Paulson: Govt will act to aid economy
Investors await Bear report, Fed meeting
Crowds hear 'Horton' hauling in $45M
Red Sox ace Beckett won't go to Japan
Baseball wraps up first China trip
Star cooks up more than food at SXSW
Georgia gets second SEC upset in 1 day
Hip-Hop grows at South by Southwest
Pitt beats No. 9 Hoyas to win Big East
More rate cuts from Fed expected Tuesday
Employer bias thwarts many blind workers

News Blaze
Troops Sweep Junkyard for Potential Munitions
Marines Fight 'Domestic' Enemies
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Police in Wasit gaining security responsibility
ANSF secure Khak-e Safid, Farah
International Women’s Day Brings Unity, Call for Peace"
Haqqani Network claims responsibility for Sabari blast

JKO provides training for those deployment-bound - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online Targeting school revising courses to prepare students - podcast
More about Joint Targeting School
SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Girls’ School Gets Computers, Furnished Internet Center
Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda networks throughout Iraq, 15 detained
MND-B Soldiers seize cache (Baghdad)
Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics team recovers weapons cache in Al-Iskandariyah
Al-Qudis Preparatory School is back for the future of Iraq

Commanders Cite Security Issues at House Hearing

Captain Talks About Corps Pride

Girls' School Gets Internet Center
Coalition Forces Detain Insurgent

Military Sexual Assault Reports Remain Constant
Defense Department Releases Gender Survey
Community Sites to Open for Military Families

Award Honors Military Moms

Airman’s Instincts Prevent Possible Explosion

Soldiers Help Injured Girl
Troops Detain 11

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
1079 - Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar
1190 - Jews of York England commit mass sucide rather than submit to baptism
1345 - Holy spirit glides above fire; "the miracle of Amsterdam" (legend)
1521 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines
1527 - Battle at Khanua: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Rajputen
1621 - Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, MA
1641 - General court declares Rhode Island a democracy & adopts new constitution
1660 - English Long Parliament disbands
1690 - French king Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland
1730 - Willem Charles Henry Friso installed as viceroy of Drenthe
1731 - Treaty of Vienna: Emperor Charles VI of England & Netherlands
1792 - Murder attempt on King Gustavus III by count Ankarstrom at opera
1802 - Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY); US Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
1815 - Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium
1830 - London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard) forms
1834 - HMS Beagle anchors at Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands
1836 - Texas approves a constitution
1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published
1861 - Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union; Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain
1862 - Battle at Pound Gap, KY: Confederates separate battles
1865 - Battle of Averasboro, NC (1,500 casualities)
1869 - Hiram R. Revels makes the 1st official speech by a Black in the Senate
1882 - US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
1900 - Sir Arthur Evans finds old city of Knossus
1912 - Mrs. William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, DC
1915 - British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle; Federal Trade Commission organizes
1916 - US & Canada sign Migratory bird treaty
1922 - Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
1930 - USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
1933 - Hitler names Hjalmar Shaft, president of Bank of Germany
1934 - Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act
1935 - Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty
1939 - Germany occupies Czechoslovakia; Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
1940 - German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
1941 - Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota, killing 60
1943 - Elin K (No) & Zaanland (Netherlands) torpedoed & sinks
1944 - Vichy Internal minister Pucheu sentenced to death
1945 - US defeats Japan at Iwo Jima
1947 - Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
1955 - President Eisenhower upholds the use of atomic weapons in case of war
1959 - Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty
1962 - 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket; US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
1966 - Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
1968 - My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); Robert F. Kennedy announces Presidential campaign
1969 - Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
1972 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
1975 - US Mariner 10 makes 3rd & final fly-by of Mercury
1976 - British premier Harold Wilson resigns
1977 - US President Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
1978 - Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 68.7 million gallons of oil off French coast; Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed; Soyuz 26 returns to Earth; US Senate accepts Panamá Canal treaty
1984 - Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut; South-Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
1985 - Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
1988 - Federal grand jury indicts Marine Lt. Col. Oliver L. North & Navy Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair; North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed; US sends 3000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
1994 - Moravcik forms Slovakia government; Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan
1995 - Mississippi House of Representatives ratifies 13th Amendement-formally abolishes slavery

1739 - George Clymer, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence, Constitution)
1750 - Caroline Lucretia Herchel, 1st modern woman astronomer
1751 - James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17)
1776 - Johan G. Verstolk van Soelen, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs
1787 - Georg Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
1802 - George Archibald McCall, Union Brigadier General
1812 - Henry Dwight Terry, Union Brigadier General
1822 - John Pope, Union Major General
1832 - Charles Camp Doolittle, Union Brevet Major General
1836 - Andrew S. Hallidie, inventor (cable car)
1839 - René François Armand Sully, poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
1849 - Reverend James E. Smith, became father at 100 with woman 64 years younger
1856 - E Louis YY Napoleon Bonaparte, French/English prince
1878 - Clemens A. Graaf von Galen, cardinal/bishop of Munster/anti-Nazi; Reza Sjah Pahlawi [Reza Chan], Shah of Iran
1903 - Mike Mansfield (Senator-MT) majority whip
1910 - Martijn Lijnema, Boer/resistance fighter (WWII)
1912 - Patricia Nixon [Thelma Catherine], First Lady (1969-74)
1916 - Lloyd McBride, union president (United Steelworkers)
1926 - Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], entertainer/fund raiser (MDA)
1927 - Daniel Patrick Moynihan, US ambassador to UN/(Senator-NY, 1977-2001); Vladimir M. Komarov, cosmonaut (Voshkod I Soyuz 1)
1932 - Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Colonel USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7)
1933 - Ruth Bader Ginsberg, US Supreme Court Justice
1940 - Jan P. Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA); Jan Schaefer, Dutch Assistant Secretary of State (PvdA)
1942 - Chuck Woolery, TV game show host (Love Connection)
1959 - Michael J. Bloomfield, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 86)
1963 - Phung Vuong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

0037 - Tiberius Claudius Nero, Emperor of Rome (14-37), dies at 77
1536 - Ibrahim Pasha, Grand-Visier of Osmaanse Rich, murdered at about 45
1738 - Georg Baehr, German master builder (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72
1838 - Nathaniel Bowditch, astronomer & navigation expert, dies at 64
1841 - Félix Savart, French surgeon/physicist, dies at 49
1843 - Anton R. Falck, Dutch minister of Education/Colonies, dies at 65
1914 - Sir John Murray, piloted HMS Challenger to Christmas Island
1930 - Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60
1935 - John J.R. Macleod, Scot/Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
1937 - J. Austen Chamberlain English Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nobel), dies at 73
1946 - Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
1959 - John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
1971 - Thomas E. Dewey, US Presidential candidate (R 1944, 48), dies at 68
1978 - Aldo Moro, 5 times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by terrorists
1985 - B.V.A. Röling Dutch lawyer (WWII Tokyo trials), dies at 78
1991 - 7 members of Reba McIntire's band killed in a plane crash; Jan H. van Roijen Dutch diplomat/Foreign Minister, dies at 85
1992 - Renzhong Weangn, China politician (1934-45), dies
1993 - Djilalli Lyabès, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered; Mohammed Hussein Nagdi Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered

Reported Missing in Action
Nau, George, Civilian - Flying Tigers Airline (CA); disappeared on a Lockheed Super Constellation with 93 US Army personnel and 3 ARVN Rangers beween Guam and the Philippines.

Underwood, Paul Gerard, USAF (NY); F105D shot down - remains returned - ID'd February, 1998

Erickson, David Wayne, USMC (MN); presumed Killed (w/Krausman)

Krausman, Edward L., USMC (CA); presumed Killed (w/Erickson)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their U21A disappeared on approach to a landing in Hue / Phu Bai:
Barnes, Charles R. (PA); co-pilot

Batt, Michael L. (OH); passenger

Bobe, Raymond E. (AL); passenger

Foster, Marvin L. (TX); passenger

Smith, David R. (OH); pilot

Scrivener, Stephen Russell, USAF (FL); O2A shot down (w/Seeley)

Seeley, Douglas Milton, USAF (OH); O2A shot down (w/Scrivener)

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