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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

LEAFLET MISSION - U.S. Army soldiers drop leaflets over several villages in the Rashaad Valley near the Kirkuk province of Iraq, March 23, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 350th Tactical Psychological Operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet

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In Today's News - Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quote of the Day
"It is easy to be brave from a safe distance."
-- Aesop

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Firefight in Southern Iraq, Militia Vows Civil Disobedience
Billions for Iraq war seen squeezing food aid
Iraqi forces battle for control of oil city - Video
Streets Return to Life as Iraqi Market Gears Up
Citizens Line Up at Tameem Recruiting Drive
Hillah SWAT Detains Suspected Terrorist, Discovers Large Cache
Suspects linked to rocket attack detained (Baghdad)
4 attacks from Sadr City strike Baghdad
ISF, Coalition forces reinforce three checkpoints during terrorist attack (Baghdad)
Air Strike Kills Five Would-Be Roadside Bombers

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan peace hurt by failed aid pledges: agencies - Video
Forces Detain Taliban Facilitators

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. increases fingerprints IDs at airports
Lebanon government announces boycott of Arab summit
Israel backs larger deployment of Palestinian forces - Video

Supporting Our Heroes
Mary Ann Phillips, Soldiers' Angels Germany 'Giving The Soldier Back His Name'
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Dee Jurge, Blankets of Hope Director, Wears Many Hats - and Wings

Other Military News
Critics: Engineers Hid Flaws in 9/11, Katrina Probes
Pentagon Says It Mistakenly Sent Missile Parts to Taiwan

Worldwide Wackos
Young Iranian Men Embrace Western Fashion, Haircuts
Chavez says U.S. relations could worsen with McCain
Coming weeks key on N.Korea nuclear declaration: U.S.

Politics / Government
Clinton: Wright 'Wouldn't Have Been My Pastor'
Nancy Reagan Endorses McCain
Tax Return = Good Year for Obama
Clinton 'Misspoke' Over Sniper Claims
Hillary Clinton calls Bosnia sniper story a mistake - Video
McCain seeks solutions to housing crisis - Video
Clinton says she erred on Bosnia story
Government benefit programs in trouble
Nancy Reagan endorses McCain
Obama related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie
GOP report questions whether Rocket lied
U.S. envoys meet Pakistan's new leaders - Video
The Melting Pot of Christian Voters

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Border Patrol Cracks Amid Pressure - VIDEO
Detroit Mayor Denies Guilt in Sex-Text Scandal - BLOG

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Cops: 13-Year-Old 'Madame' Pimped Young Girls
Sex Offender Ordered by Judge to Post Signs
Iowa Man Died in Crash After Killing Wife, Kids
FOX Business: Court Rejects Air Passenger Bill of Rights
Hulk Hogan sued over son's car crash
Company sells greeting cards for inmates
Man nabbed for pot-smelling cash deposit
'Girls Gone Wild' founder accuses judge

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Dancing walrus is Web sensation
'Miss Bimbo' Web Site Sparks Outrage in Britain

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
High School Cheerleader Dies of Breast Surgery Complications
Baby Boy Born Missing Certain Bones May Lose Arm, Legs
Hormone therapy ups breast cancer recurrence risk: study
Lasting health consequences follow premature birth
Shuttle astronauts prepare for Wednesday landing
Study sheds light on genetic cancer links
Dell, HP confronting laptop battery shortage
Spy-in-the-sky drone sets sights on Miami
Government sees overhaul of AIDS vaccine effort
Wheelchairs keep disabled pets moving

Mother Nature
Huge Antarctic Ice Sheet on Verge of Collapse

News from My Neck of the Woods
N.Y. Gov. Paterson Admits Cocaine, Marijuana Use
Freight, Commuter Trains Collide in Massachusetts

911 Tapes Released in Case of 8-Month-Old Injured While Visiting Mall Easter Bunny
Cousins Traveling on Opposite Sides of New Mexico Interstate Both Die in Crash
Man Bitten by Rattlesnake Stowed Away in Luggage
Son Honors Dad's Wish, Hires Stripper for Taiwan Funeral
Circus "slave" forced to swim with piranhas
Hundreds of visitors stranded on London Eye
Alaska couple married in swimming pool
Police: Pantless woman gets out of car

Other News of Note
Florida Woman Burned, Kitchen Explodes After Grandchild Puts Aerosol Cans in Oven
Miami Crane Collapse Kills 2, Injures 5 - PHOTOS
Former WCW Wrestler Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose
U.S. Ship Fires on Motorboat in Gulf of Suez; 1 Reported Dead
2 Killed in Tibetan Monk Protest - PHOTOS (Graphic)
Tibet deaths, arrests and protests shadow Olympics - Video
Leading Chinese Intellectuals Release Petition on Tibet
Major Troop Buildup as Tibet Encircled and Crackdown Intensifies
2,000 Tibetans Defy Sichuan Crackdown as China Admits Shooting
Ditching socialist roots, kibbutz makes a comeback

Fox News
Dueling Clemens Memos
Canseco: I Introduced A-Rod to Steroids Dealer
Red Sox Open Season With Victory in Japan
Nude Photo of Sarkozy's Wife to Hit Auction Block
FOXSexpert: 7 Sex Situations Not to Be Embarrassed About
Pop Tarts: Vanessa Minnillo Ignores Fans; Reggie Bush Hangs With Kim's Sister
Britney Spears Aces 'How I Met Your Mother' Cameo
60 Cars Crash in Massive Pileup on Autobahn, Killing at Least 1

Broad housing plan may prove inevitable - Video
Ryan Phillippe sheds pretty boy image
Beckham seeks more glory as milestone approaches
Clear Channel buyout in trouble
Bear fire sale rattles Manhattan office market
Cable companies discuss funding wireless venture
Xstrata confirms takeover talks with Vale collapse
Consumers turn grim; house prices slid in Jan - Video
Bear Stearns staff face reality of buyout
Ford agrees to sell Euro brands for $2 bln: source
Boeing expects missile-defense job through 2013
S&P 500, Nasdaq inch up
Jabil says economy dampens forecast, shares fall
Merrill, Morgan Stanley sued over auction rates
Oil gains on weak dollar
Dollar slips on rebound in gold, commodities
Sprint pay incentives aim to slow cancellations
Nokia shares up after backing forecasts
Gold bounces on dollar drop
MGIC sells $745 million of stock, convertibles
Eyeing growth

AP World News
Summit is first to win 100 tourney games
Chris Webber ends comeback, will retire
Stocks pause after big two-day rally
Consumer confidence plunges in March
Ramirez lifts Sox, wild Dice-K over A's

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Tennessee native patrols western Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriyah
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Iraq strategy process well under way, Pentagon spokesman says
Coalition troops, Iraqis conduct medical engagement
260 returning Iraqi families receive aid
Medics support dentists in Narhwan
Village of Hope lives up to its name

Workshop looks at strengthening capabilities in the urban environment - podcast
Command releases report
More about JCOA
JKO provides training for those deployment-bound - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Coalition Forces Hosts United and Healthy Conference to Discuss Public Health Issues
MND-B Soldiers capture key individual (Sab al Bour)
Local Iraqi leads Coalition forces to weapons caches (al Sur)
MND-C Soldiers discover large weapons cache near Lutifiyah

U.S. Regains Missile Parts; Gates Orders Investigation - Video

Wounded Afghan Children Receive Compassionate Medical Care, Toys

Recruit Drops 128 Pounds to Enlist

Student Finds Meaning in Marines

U.S. Soldiers, Tuwaitha Leaders Discuss Rebuilding
Market Returns to Life as Forces Beef up Security

Old Story Sparks Support

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
- Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scotland
1584 - Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America
1774 - The English Parliament passes the Boston Port Bill
1776 - The Continental Congress authorizes a medal for General George Washington
1807 - The British Parliament abolishes slave trade
1813 - The 1st US flag is flown in battle on the Pacific, on the frigate Essex
1856 - A.E. Burnside patents the Burnside carbine
1863 - The 1st Army Medal of Honor is awarded
1863 - Skirmish at Brentwood, TN
1864 - Battle of Paducah, KY, otherwise known as Forrest's raid
1865 - Battle of Bluff Spring, FL
1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman, VA, in front of Petersburg
1865 - Battle of Mobile, AL
1865 - At Cape Hatteras, the SS General Lyon catches fire & sinks, killing 400
1900 - The US Socialist Party is formed in Indianapolis
1905 - Rebel battle flags, captured during the Civil War, are returned to South
1915 - In the 1st submarine disaster, a US F-4 sinks off Hawaii, killing 21
1915 - A German U-boat torpedoes the Netherlands merchant ship Medea
1942 - 700 Jews from the Polish Lvov-district reach the Belzec Concentration camp
1943 - 97% of all Dutch physicians strike againt Nazi registration
1944 - Nazis execute 335 residents of Rome
1944 - Sergeant Nickolas Alkemade (RAF) survives an 18,000-foot, parachute-less jump from his Lancaster
1945 - The US 1st army breaks out bridgehead near Remagen; The US 4th Armored division arrives at Hanau & Aschaffenburg; The US Northern Tractor Flotilla departs Ulithi for Okinawa
1949 - SS police chief Rauter's request for a pardon is denied
1955 - East Germany is granted full sovereignty by the USSR
1957 - The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community (Common Market)
1960 - The 1st guided missile is launched from a nuclear powered sub
1961 - Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr., leads 25,000 to the state capitol in Montgomery, AL
1966 - The US Supreme court rules the "poll tax" unconstitutional
1985 - Edwin Meese III becomes the US Attorney General
1986 - Supreme Court rules that the Air Force can ban the wearing of yarmulkes
1987 - Supreme Court rules women and minorities may get jobs if less qualified
1988 - NASA launches the space vehicle S-206
1992 - The Russian manned space craft TM-14, lands
1996 - The US issues the newly-redesigned $100 bill

- Henry II, King of England
1767 - Joachim Murat, Marshal of France/King of Naples
1818 - Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Major General (Union)
1823 - William Thompson Martin, Major General (CSA)
1873 - Rudolf Rocker, German/US anarchist
1893 - Edward Hart (Representative, NJ)/1st Chairman of the Committee on Un-American Activities
1906 - Howard Pyle (Governor, AZ)
1928 - James A. Lovell Jr., USN/astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13)
1929 - Harris W. Fawell (Representative, IL)
1944 - Terry L. Bruce (Representative, IL)
1947 - Claudine Schneider (Representative, RI)

1223 - Afonso II, 3rd King of Portugal (1211-23), dies at 36
1458 - Inigo López de Mendoza, Spanish marquis of Santillana/poet
1697 - Hendrik Casimir II, King of Nassau-Dietzstadhouder
1751 - Frederik of Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51), dies at 74
1825 - Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck, Dutch patriot/earl, dies at 63
1914 - Frédéric Mistral, French poet (Nobel-1904)
1949 - Hanns A. Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherlands, executed at 54
1965 - Viola Gregg Liuzzo, US civil rights activist, murdered
1973 - Edward Steichen, pioneer of American photography, dies at 92
1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, shot to death by his nephew
1979 - ... Sykes British ambassador in The Hague, murdered
1987 - Henry R. LaBouisse headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
1994 - David Miles Bensuan-Butt, Economist, dies at 79; Michel R. Vassallucci, French/Netherlands publisher (Arena), dies at 32
1995 - Warren E. Burger, chief justice of US (1969-86)
1996 - John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, news commentator (BBC), dies at 91
1997 - Roberto Sanchez Vilella, Governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69)

Reported Missing in Action
Smith, Bradley E., USN (OH); A4C shot down, released February, 1973 - retired from the USNR as a Commander - alive and well as of 1998

Sherman, John B., USMC (CT); F8E crashed - remains returned, ID'd June, 1998

Hise, James H., USN (IA); F8E crashed at sea - Killed, body not recovered

The following US Army personnel repoted MIA after ground fighting:
Herrera, Frederick D. (NM)

Hicks, Prentice W. (AL)

Roberts, Richard D. (MI)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA following an ambush:
McDonnel, R.D., (TX); KIA by grenade, body not recovered

Puentes, Manuel R., (TX); KIA, body not recovered

Rossano, Richard J., (NY); KIA by grenade, body not recovered

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