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Friday, May 16, 2008

LT. DAN BAND - Oscar-nominated actor and director Gary Sinise, right, and his "Lt. Dan Band" perform a concert in the Pentagon Courtyard at the 4th Annual America Supports you concert as part of Military Appreciation Month at the Pentagon, Friday, May 16, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison

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In Today's News - Friday, May 16, 2008

Quote of the Day
“No dictator, no invader,
can hold an imprisoned population
by force of arms forever.
There is no greater power in the universe
than the need for freedom.
Against that power, governments and tyrants
and armies cannot stand."
-- J. Michael Straczynski

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Basra security situation improves
Iraqis take lead in Sadr City aid effort
U.S. General Cites Steady Progress in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. plans new prison in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. Military Judge Delays Gitmo War Crimes Trial
U.S. military lawyers want September 11 charges dropped
Lebanon leaders to tackle core issues in Qatar

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)
Missing Korean War Soldiers Identified

Supporting Our Heroes
Sinise Rocks Pentagon, Supports Troops With Song - Photos

Other Military News
Panama to deploy special force on Colombian border

Worldwide Wackos
Authenticated Documents Put Pressure On Venezuela's Chavez to Explain Damning FARC Ties

Homegrown Moonbats
Michael Moore sees danger in "Fahrenheit" follow-up

Politics / Government
GOP Unleashes on Obama - VIDEO
Huckabee Apologizes for Obama Gun Remark
McCain Courts Gun Owners at NRA Meeting
President Bush Unable to Win Saudi Support on Gas Prices, Oil Production
Ellen DeGeneres to Wed Portia de Rossi in Calif. After Gay Marriage OK'd
Huckabee sorry for Obama gun joke
Blog: Appeasement revisited
Edwards rules out vice presidency
Amid clamor to drop out, Clinton campaigns on

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Saving Lives or Upholding the Law?
Texas Leaders Sue Feds Over Border Fence

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Austrian Kidnap Victim Buys House of Horrors Where She Spent 8 Years in Dungeon
Louisiana Teen Accused of Spiking Teacher's Drink With Bottle of Eye Drops
Angry Flight Attendant Charged With Setting Fire in Airplane Bathroom
Family Sues School for $207 Million Saying Counselors Killed Teen
Alabama Sheriffs Feed Inmates on $1.75 a Day
Mystery Surrounds Polygamist Sect's Finances
Half-Eaten Candy Bar Helps Nab Burglary Suspect
Police: Four Bodies Found in New Jersey Home
FBI: 200 agents working on mortgage fraud probe
Baseball players sue Steiner Sports over trademark

U.N. News
U.N. experts to say 2010 biodiversity target elusive
UN Tribunal Postpones Trial of Serbian Security Figure Due to Ill Health

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
MySpace Case Could Make Us All Criminals
Missouri Passes Anti-Cyber Bullying Law
Megachurch Minister Busted in Online Sex Sting
Web Site Said to Be 'Gateway Drug' to Terror

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Battle Royale: God vs. Science
Einstein Letter Doubting Religion Sells for $400,000
Boy, 3, Sleeps for First Time After Experimental Surgery
Nintendo set to launch "Wii Fit" exercise game - Video
Video: Video: Mining for CO2 emissions credits
Tokyo to propose cap-and-trade emissions plan
Cable sees opportunities in digital television
Yahoo, WPP form multiyear ad-trading partnership
3M and Sony in optical film licensing pact
Windows to run on One Laptop Per Child computer
NASA Selects Goddard Program Analysis and Control Contractor

Mother Nature
What's Shakin'? Quake Hits Southwest Alabama
Aftershocks Block China Quake Aid - VIDEO - PHOTOS
China urges quake rescuers not to give up hope
Rain pushes Myanmar death toll higher - Video
Burma Toll Hits Nearly 78,000 - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Australia starts kangaroo cull
Alaska hunters fret about polar bear ruling
Bush administration bars drilling in Arctic wetland
Sustainable coffee program seen booming

News from My Neck of the Woods
R.I. Woman Convicted of Killing Boy Who Made Mess
NYC campaign shows dark side of counterfeit goods

Artist Covers Old Gas Station With Blankets as Statement About World Oil Dependence
Planes Stuck on Top of Each Other at Texas Airport
Horrified Family Finds Wrong Woman Dressed in Their Mother's Clothes at Her Funeral
Dead Body Lies in Apartment for 35 Years
Milan inmates have a fashion show
Top 10 hells on earth - Blog
Swiss man soarswith jet wings
Video: And Finally... Bra Power
Slideshow: World's most obese man
Video: Singing monks hit the big time
Blog: Strange Kazakhstan fashion
Game of cat and mouse blacks out city
Oh deer! Man cops wrath of amorous stag
Canadian pierces lover's heart in botched sex game
Icelandic museum offers long and short of male organ - Video
"No, after you - I'm just here to rob the place!"

Other News of Note
Little League Player Benched Because Mother Failed to Work Concession Stand

Fox News
Saudis Won't Increase Oil Production - VIDEO
FOX Business: Oil Up in Volatile Trading
Shania Twain and Husband Robert 'Mutt' Lange Split
Boyfriend of Woman Who Died Falling Off Cruise Ship Back in the U.S.
Angelina Jolie's Twin Girls Likely Will Be Fraternal
Pop Tarts: Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo Hit a 'Rough Patch'

Reuters News Quiz
Company earnings at a glance
Best Photos of the week
Blog: Why I became a photographer
Slideshow: Teen mother of seven
Slideshow: Philadelphia's gay rodeo
Slideshow: Surf's up in Tahiti
Blog: On the scene in Jaipur
48 hours in Phnom Penh
Mapping noise levels across England
Record oil may hold stocks hostage
Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai to return for second round
No yen for dollar carry trade
More Edge: Radio chief hits the road
Energy: Oil & the environment
Personal Finance: Credit card survival
Commentary: Welcoming Icahn
Global Finance: After the gold rush
Shareholders file new legal claims in Yahoo case - Video
Morgan Stanley cut 1,500 jobs this week: source
Time Warner Chairman likely to step down
Subprime hangover lingers over bank earnings
GE confirms plans to exit appliance business
E*Trade ups number of authorized shares
EADS execs said likely to weigh DRS bid on Monday
Carlyle buying Booz Allen unit stake for $2.54 bln
"Disco queen" Donna Summer is back after 17 years
Usher "Here" with new stories
New shows in the works from "Idol" creator Fuller
Hollywood actors and studios to renew labor talks
Video: Cannes Film Festival opens
James inspires Cavaliers victory to level playoff series
Williams sisters out of Italian Open
Baseball players to OK new drug testing deal soon
Graham trial could offer more doping revelations

News Blaze
MND-B Soldiers Detain Suspected IED Emplacer, Weapons Trafficker
Ironhorse Report video newscast available
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Dempsey visits Lebanese officials

Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast
Joint Forces Reserve Officer Orientation Course begins
Joint fires team helps Army improves force protection training
SOCJFCOM completes in-residence JSOTF training course - podcast
USJFCOM helps define new conditions for individual augmentee training

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Joint Patrol Yields Multiple Caches
Iraqi Army Captures Special Groups Cell Leader in Husayniyah
Bridge Linking Busayefi to Hawr Rajab Opens
Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain four suspected terrorists in separate operations
Citizen’s tip leads MND-B Soldiers to EFP-making factory in local bakery (New Baghdad)
MND-B soldiers keep criminals, munitions off Baghdad streets
MND-B Soldiers detain suspected IED emplacer, weapons trafficker (Baghdad)
Criminals fire mortar round, local market burns down (Baghdad)



Gates Extols Public Service to VMI Graduates
Gates Calls for Faster Application of Warfighting Assets
- Photos
Transcript: Gates Speech at BENS
Gates Lauds Moves to Bolster Civilian Agencies
More Pressure Needed to Curtail Iran’s Destabilizing Activities
Gates, Senate Committee Discuss Nominations, Defense Issues
England Calls on Congress to Pass Funding Quickly
Cartwright: Current Generation Ready to be Next ‘Greatest Generation’

Mullen to Troops: 'Your Service Matters'
Military Members Receive Service Award - Photos
Andy Rooney Toasts Top Communicators
Defense Official Discusses Ethics for Employees
Military Medical Research Benefits Civilian Care
U.S. Air Force Hosts Anti-IED Conference in Asia

Five More Flights Deliver Aid to Burma

Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift's Anniversary - Special - Photos
‘Candy Bomber’ Sweetened Life for Berlin Kids- Special

More than 300 Former 'Sons' Become Police Grads
Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Terrorist, Detain 19

New York Guardsmen Train Afghan Security Forces
Forces Detain Eight Taliban Suspects in Raid


Soldier Shares Knowledge, Experience with Actors


Groups at Pentagon Event Show America’s Support
Chrysler Initiatives an ‘Investment in Freedom’
'Heroes' Visit Troops

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
1770 - Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
1863 - At the Battle of Champion's Hill, Union General Grant repels the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
1868 - President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during impeachment by one vote.
1879 - The Treaty of Gandamak (Russia / England) sets up the Afghan state.
1920 - Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
1943 - A Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany; Germans launch Operation Gypsy Baron.
1951 - Chinese Communist Forces launch a second step, fifth-phase offensive, gaining as much as 20 miles of territory.
1960 - A Big Four summit in Paris collapses in the wake of the USSR's downing of an American U-2 spy plane.
1963 - Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, after Project Mercury's last mission.
1968 - U.S. Navy Corpsman Donald E. Ballard earns the Medal of Honor for action in Quang Tri Province. When his unit was ambushed, an enemy soldier tossed a grenade into the midst of his unit and wounded men. He pulled the grenade under his body to sheild them. Fortunately, if failed to explode.

1801 - William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State.
1824 - Edmund Kirby-Smith, CSA General.
1912 - Studs Terkel, author / historian.

1932 - Ki Imukai, premier of Japan, murdered.
1957 - Eliot Ness, of "The Untouchables" fame.
1989 - Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered.
1996 - Pierre Debizet, residtance fighter / special agent.
1996 - Mike Jeremy Boorda, NATO commandant, suicide.

Reported Missing in Action
Crosson, Gerald J., USAF (NY); F4D shot down (w/Rickel)

Rickel, David J., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (w/Crosson)

Roark, Anund C., US Army (CA); KIA - threw self on grenade to protect comrades (w/Romine) - remains returned May, 1968

Romine, Albert W., US Army (KS); KIA in grenade explosion - remains returned May, 1968 - ID'd November, 1979

Conner, Edwin Ray, USN (TX); EKA3B crashed at sea (w/Skeen), Killed / BNR

Skeen, Richard Robert, USN (CA); EKA3B crashed at sea (w/Conner), Killed / BNR

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H crashed, all Killed / BNR:
Crook, Elliott (AZ); crewchief

Farlow, Craig L. (OH); aircraft commander

Jacobson, Timothy J. (CA); door gunner

Nolan, Joseph P., Jr. (IL); pilot

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