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Monday, April 21, 2008

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Melissa Lewis takes out a simulated sniper during a United Nations peacekeeping exercise in Rajendrapur Cantonment, Bangladesh, April 12, 2008. She is the leader of the 8th Military Police Brigade's 1st Platoon, 57th Military Police Company. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David House

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In Today's News - Monday, April 21, 2008

Quote of the Day
“Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.”

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

U.S., Iraq seek stronger Arab backing for Baghdad - Video
US General States Iran Has Increased Weapons to Shia Units
Iraqi Army Soldiers Discover Large Cache with Iranian-Marked Weapons
Meeting Signals to Soldiers in Bayji that Iraqis are Primed to Shift Focus
U.S., Iraqi Forces Winning in Western Anbar Province, Colonel Says
Soldiers Combat Harmful Insects

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hamas Leader Offers Israel a 10-Year Truce - VIDEO

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Balad)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Other Military News
Air Force Catches Flack
Gates scalds brass for lack of war support
Army, Marines allow more convicts to enlist
Georgia says Russian jet shot down its drone
US seeks to block Zimbabwe-bound Chinese arms

Religion of Peace??
Islamic Schools Trick African Boys Into Begging
Report: Muslim Leaders Say Mecca Time to Replace GMT

Politics / Government
Obama Lowers Sights - Won't predict a win against Clinton in Pa.
Fox News RIEFING BOOK (pdf)
Obama Addresses Penn State Rally: WATCH LIVE
Fox News POLITICAL WIRE: DOJ to Monitor Primary Voting in Philly
In Selma, Ala., McCain Praises Civil Rights Marchers
Fish Tales: Former President George H.W. Bush Catches a Mammoth in the Keys
Clinton touts toughness before Pennsylvania vote - Video
Obama struggles to win white vote in rural Pennsylvania - Video
Clinton lags in cash, McCain may take public money - Video
Republican McCain serenaded on Alabama tour
Energy Sec says does not favor tapping SPR
Video: Penn. primary may change race
The Reuters/Zogby Index Election '08
Reuters Blogs: Tales from the Trail
North American leaders defend free trade
AP-Yahoo poll: Economy top worry, but barely affecting votes
White House challenges release of visitor logs
Survey: 30 percent believe economy will shrink
McCain says winning over black voters will be tough
Ex-bishop wins Paraguayan election; 6-decade rulers dumped
Paris makes Dalai Lama a "citizen of honor"
U.S. opposes Kosovo Serb vote in local poll

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Haitian migrants drown off Bahamas

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
DNA Samples Taken From Polygamous Sect Kids
Texas Sect Puzzle: Who Are Moms & Dads? - PHOTOS
Parents Thwart Son's Alleged School Bomb Plot - VIDEO
Eighth-Grader Faces Felony Charge for Planting Nuts in Lunch of Allergic Classmate
Kids Playing Ball on Florida Beach Stumble Upon Skeleton
Security Tight at South Carolina High School After Cops Thwart Alleged Bomb Plot
Prison Inmate Dies After Eating Peanut Butter Sandwich
'Part of God's Plan': U.S. Pastor Given More Than 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia
Cops: Pizza Hut Manager Sold Pot From Drive-Through
To fight prostitution, some say target clients
Court rejects appeals by 11 death row inmates
Court grants Madonna adoption case delay - Video
Hells Angel Barger sues HBO over biker drama
Court throws out lawsuit challenging NBC's 'Deal or No Deal'
NJ court requires subpoena for Internet subscriber records
Supreme Court rejects appeals for 3 condemned inmates

U.N. News
Tsvangirai appeals for U.N. intervention in Zimbabwe
U.N. envoy calls Sahara independence unrealistic
Ban Ki-Moon Sounds Alarm on Violence in Somali Capital

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Video Clip of Man Stuck in Elevator Becomes Online Hit
Online networks may help job-hunting: surveys
Murdoch leaves door open to joint Yahoo bid
Web guru targets malaria with social network site
New Report Suggests Widespread Blocking by ISPs
Breaking News: Pentagon Used Propaganda Pundits (Consider the source, though - the NY Slimes)

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
CDC: More Than 180 Sickened in 10 States From 'Toxic' Vitamins
Wisconsin Girl, 9, Diagnosed With Cancer for Third Time- Liver Disease Leaves Girl, 4, Small, Malnourished
China Questions Fault in Heparin Problem
Hospital Admits Removing Wrong Kidney From Child
Fewer general surgeons in U.S.: researchers
Life expectancy falls in poorer counties: study
Carbon cap would cost U.S. households 1 percent: report
Bolivia's Morales says biofuels serious problem to poor
China in driver's seat for global green autos
NY/NJ Port Authority to offer greenhouse offsets
Calif. firm hopes to kickstart U.S. electric car era
Canadian cancer survivors obese and inactive: study
Scary landing tests "beginner" S.Korean astronaut
U.S. says Indonesia stalling in talks on U.S. lab
World map of metabolism finds blood pressure clues
China to finish interior Antarctic station in 2009
Debate rages over plastic bottle chemical's safety
Microsoft starts testing Office subscription sales
Intel to invest $500 mln in Taiwan, most in WiMax
Chinese cars out to conquer world, potholes first
Oil running out as prime energy source: world poll
Heart exam, EKG recommended before children get ADHD drugs
Stephen Hawking: Alien but primitive life likely

Mother Nature
Teen Survives Shark Attack
Toddler Critically Injured After Wind-Blown Stroller Sinks Into Lake Michigan

News from My Neck of the Woods
Allman Brothers cancel annual Beacon shows in NYC

Yale to 'Abortion Artist': Confess
3,000-Pound Bull Jumps Wall at Rodeo, Injuring 6
Ohio Church Holds Service in Bar to Reach New People
Laser pointers banned after attacks
"He came out through the bathroom window..."
Hello Kitty gets high fashion makeover
Prince William lands copter in girlfriend's garden
Teensy thief crawls in mail flap

Other News of Note
Retail gas hits record $3.50 a gallon as oil marches higher

Fox News
FOXBusiness: More Economists Forecast Recession
FOXBusiness: Stocks Fall After Bank of America Slump
'Idol' Singer a Ringer? David Cook's Album Already Out
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning Marries His College Sweetheart
Britain's Prince William Lands Chopper In Kate's Garden
Jordin Sparks on Vocal Rest; Full Recovery Expected
Angie Harmon Goes Naked for Allure Magazine

U.S. trip softens pope's image, raises expectations
High gasoline prices hurting U.S. consumers: poll - Video
Fewer general surgeons in U.S.: researchers
Topics: Recession Watch
Silkworms give Philippine farming town a makeover
Dow, S&P dip on bank worries, Texas Instruments off - Video
Wanted: Skilled labor
Factbox: Top 10 hot jobs
Florida luxury home market shows signs of wear
Interview: Second Life mainstream?
Feature: Dark pools the new obsession
Small Business:In a tight fix
Global Finance:The "jingle mail" phenomenon
Personal Finance:Kids and money
Global Finance:Look for next phase
TI forecast disappoints
Boston Scientific net rises on cost cuts
Air France-KLM says Alitalia bid no longer valid
Losses may turn into relief for home builders
Bank of America net falls on credit losses
CORRECTED: Infineon writes down Qimonda stake by 1 billion euros
National City raising $7 billion; shares sink on loss
Blockbuster weighing options to fund Circuit City bid: report
Bloomberg says not interested in newspaper business
FOREX-US dollar down on Bank of America results; euro up
Gold ends lower after early rise
UPDATE 3-Toronto stocks drive higher on soaring oil prices
Adolf Hitler farce marching to big screen
Dolly Parton launches ambitious world tour - Video
J.J. Abrams breaks ranks with Hollywood thinking
Disney launches new nature film label
Unlikely street friendship leads to Hollywood
Hard path ahead to solve Moldova separatism
Video: Tulips from Istanbul
Red Sox complete four game sweep of Rangers
Bengals' Odell Thurman reinstated after two year ban
Spurs Manu Ginobili wins Sixth Man Award
Tigers bare teeth with 5-1 win over Blue Jays
Cheruiyot and Tune win Boston Marathon titles

AP World News
Scott Skiles takes over as new head coach of Milwaukee Bucks
Arts institutions feeling impact of ailing economy
Benedict praised as candid, but visit's impact unclear

News Blaze
Iraqi National Police graduate Carabinieri training
Changing Uniforms in a Life of Dedicated Service
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

ISAF breaks ground on Panjwayi road project
Town hall opens in Jurf as Sahkr
Well pumps clean water for Zambraniya, Bayjia
Women's sewing center opens
ISF, Coalition troops conduct joint operation

Navy flag officer nominated for deputy commander slot
USJFCOM names its joint junior officer for fourth quarter 2007 - podcast
Task Force Ramadi gets fuel flowing
DoD honors USJFCOM efforts to improve command and control linkages - podcast
Joint Urban Warrior 08 comes to a close - podcast
USJFCOM signs letter of intent to support interagency online training

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Tip leads MND-C Soldiers to caches near Ci Ci Bar Canal
MND-B Soldiers, SOI seize IED, discover RPGs (Baghdad)
MND-N Soldiers attacked by IED (Salah ad Din)
Iraqi Army captures suspected insurgent cell leader (Ta’Mim)

Gates Urges Unconventional Thinkers to Address Unconventional Challenges - Photos
Transcript: Gates Speech
Gates Forms Task Force to Promote Intelligence, Surveillance for Warfighters - Photos
Conference Participants Visit Guantanamo Bay Facility

Regimental Combat Commander Guards Against al-Qaida Resurgence
Stryker Soldiers Run for the Cure
Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill Terrorists

Skilled-Labor Workshop Teaches Afghans Basic Construction Skills

Education Effort Eases Changes for Military Children
DoD Approves Stars for Afghanistan, Iraq Campaigns
Army Reserve to Mark Century of Service to Nation - Photos

Distillery Toasts Troops with Care Packages, Concert

Samoan School Teacher Becomes U.S. Soldier

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
0753 BC - Traditional date of the foundation of Rome
0953 - Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights
1420 - Treaty of Saint Maartens Dike
1453 - Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople
1521 - Battle at Villalar - Emperor Charles I beats Communards
1526 - Battle at Panipat - Mogol Emperor Babur beats sultan Ibrahim Lodi
1572 - France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant
1649 - Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship
1654 - England & Sweden sign trade agreement
1689 - William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed king & queen of England
1739 - Spain & Naples-Austria sign peace accord
1785 - Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges
1789 - John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington)
1794 - NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British
1828 - Noah Webster publishes 1st American dictionary
1836 - Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from México
1856 - 1st railroad bridge across Mississippi River, Rock Island, IL - Davenport, IA
1857 - Alexander Douglas patents the bustle
1862 - Congress establishes US Mint in Denver CO
1865 - Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington
1878 - The ship Azor leaves Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia; New York installs 1st firehouse pole
1878 - Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Inscrutabili
1884 - Potters Field reopened as Madison Park
1892 - 1st buffalo born in Golden Gate Park
1892 - Black Longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, MO
1898 - Spanish-American War begins
1908 - Frederick A. Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn't)
1913 - Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper
1914 - US Marines occupy Vera Cruz México, stay 6 months
1930 - Fire (set as part of an escape attempt) at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 320
1935 - King Boris of Bulgaria forbids all political parties
1941 - Greece surrenders to Nazi-Germany
1945 - Allied troops occupy German nuclear laboratory; Russian army arrives at outskirts of Berlin; US 7th Army occupies Neurenberg
1946 - SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
1948 - 1st Polaroid camera is sold in US
1952 - BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
1954 - Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR; USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
1955 - Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die
1957 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
1959 - Alf Dean (using a rod and reel) hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" great white shark (largest fish ever caught on a rod)
1960 - Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil
1961 - French army revolts in Algeria; USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,000 meters
1963 - Dr. Michael Ellis De Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
1965 - New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
1966 - Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
1967 - Los Angeles Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games); Svetlana Alliluyeva (Josef Stalin's daughter) defects in NYC; Military coup in Greece - Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier
1971 - Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
1972 - John Young & Charles Duke explore Moon (Apollo 16); Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
1975 - South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years
1976 - Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
1977 - Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6; Zia ur-Rahman appointed President of Bangladesh
1980 - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit MI
1981 - US furnishes $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia
1982 - Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game; Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
1983 - £1 coin introduced in United Kingdom
1984 - "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour; Centers for Disease Control says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
1985 - Bomb attack in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
1987 - Dow Jones Average soars 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history; Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
1989 - Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
1990 - National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
1991 - Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pittsburgh scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Chicago Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
1992 - Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill
1993 - Brazil votes against a monarchy
1994 - Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit homeruns in a games (11 times); Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia - 28 killed
1995 - FBI arrests Timothy McVeigh & charges him with Oklahoma City bombing
1996 - Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
1997 - Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit

1619 - John A. van Riebeeck, colonial director/founder (Cape Colony)
1713 - Louis Duke de Noailles, marshal of France
1729 - Catharina II the Great, writer/emperess of Russia (1762-96)
1774 - Jean-Baptiste Biot French physicist/astronomer (balloonist)
1782 - Friedrich W. A. Fröbel, German educator (founded kindergarten)
1795 - Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint
1803 - Levin Minn Powell, Union Naval Commander
1809 - Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secretary of State (Confederacy)
1816 - Charlotte Brontë, novelist (Jane Eyre); Louis Trezevant Wigfall, Confederate Army
1834 - William Rufus Terrill, Union Brigadier General
1837 - Fredrik Bajer Denmark, politican/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1908)
1838 - John Muir, US naturalist (discovered glaciers in High Sierras)
1849 - Oskar Hertwig Germany, embryologist, discovered fertilization
1864 - Max Weber German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)
1903 - Hans Hedtoft premier of Denmark
1905 - Edmund G. "Pat" Brown (Governor-D-CA)
1913 - Choh Hao Li biochemist professor (isolated growth hormones); Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German politician
1926 - Elizabeth [Alexandra Mary Windsor II] queen of England
1930 - Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods; Margaret Rose, Princess of York [or Aug 21]
1937 - Charles Lee Herron Kentucky, FBI most wanted fugitive
1948 - Gary A. Condit (Representative-D-CA)
1951 - Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
1962 - Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian Major/cosmonaut
1971 - Samantha Druce, youngest woman to swim the English Channel

1073 - Alexander II [Anselmo da Baggio] Pope (1061-73)
1109 - Anselmus philosopher/archbishop of Canterbury
1509 - Henry VII, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), at 52
1552 - Peter Apianus [Bennewitz/Bienewitz] German astronomer, at 50
1574 - Cosimo de Medici Italian duke of Toscane, at about 54
1730 - Jan Palfijn Flemish physician/inventor (forceps), at 79
1736 - Frans Eugenius duke/prince of Savoye, at 72
1899 - Heinrich Kiepert German cartographer/geographer, dies at 80
1910 - Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens], author(Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn), in Redding, CT at 74
1918 - "Red Baron" [Manfred von Richtofen] shot down in WWI at 25
1945 - John Poston, British Major/Montgomery's ADC, killed in battle at 25
1946 - John M. Keynes English, economist (How to pay for the war?), at 62
1952 - [Richard] Stafford Cripps, English minister of Plane-manufacturing, at 62
1962 - Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats)
1965 - Edward V Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), at 72
1967 - André L. Danjon, French astronomer, at 77
1971 - François "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, at 64
1977 - Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), at 84
1985 - Rudi Gernreich US designer (miniskirt), at 62; Tancredo Neves, President-elect of Brazil, at 75
1987 - Edith S. Green (Representative-D-OR), at 77
1991 - Richard Bolling (Representative-D-MO), at 74
1992 - Robert Harris murderer, executed in California's gas chamber at 39; Vladimir K. Romanov, Grand Duke/Russian pretender to the throne, at 74
1996 - Dzhokhar Dudayev, President of Republic of Chechenia (1991), at 52; Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), at 76; Robert Hersant press baron, at 76
1997 - Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan President (1989-93); Diosdado Macapagal Philippine President (1961-65)

Reported Missing in Action
Austin, Ellis E., USN (MI); A6A disappeared on bombing run (w/Keller); possibly dead

Keller, Jack E., USN (IL); A6A disappeared on bombing run (w/Austin); possibly dead

The following US Army personnel disappeared while on a sampan near Chu Lai, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam:
Hasenbach, Paull A. (MO)

Mangino, Thomas A., (OH)

Nidds, Daniel R. (NY)

Winters, David M. (CA)

Also reported MIA this day in 1967:
Hamilton, Roger Dale, USMC (MD); presumed KIA

The following US Army personnel were reported MIA when their UHIH disappeared:

Creamer James E., (CT); passenger

Johnson, Frankie B., Jr. (SC); crew chief

Jamerson, Larry C., (NC); door gunner

Link, Robert C., (Washington, DC); pilot

MacKedanz, Lyle E., (MN); passenger

Olsen, Floyd W., (IL); aircraft commander

Also reported missing this day in 1968:
Spindler, John Gates, USMC (MO); KIA/BNR

Wheeler, Eugene L., USMC (OH); OV10A shot down - survived and was in radio contact - last contact reported enemy nearby and shooting

MacNamara, Len, Civilian; reportedly killed in Phnom Phenh jail in 11/78

Clark, James W., Civilian; reportedly killed in Phnom Phenh jail in 11/78

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