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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

From the "It's About Time" File...

From Fox News:

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A military judge has dismissed charges against a Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis.

Col. Steven Folsom dismissed charges Tuesday against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense attorneys raised concerns that a four-star general overseeing the prosecution was improperly influenced by an investigator probing the November 2005 shootings.

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PAW PALS - U.S. Army Capt. Stephen Johnson shakes the paw of Sgt. 1st Class Freida, a specialized search dog, after a re-enlistment ceremony on Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, June 9, 2008. Johnson is commander of the 1st Armored Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Schuch

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In Today's News - Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Quote of the Day
"All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world
is for enough good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq displays arsenal seized in southern city
Car bomb strikes Baghdad market; 11 dead, 35 hurt
Iraqi violence down; war's root causes unresolved (Root causes? You mean, like Saddam Hussein defying U.N. sanctions...? That got resolved, pretty darned permanent-like)

Operation Enduring Freedom
Battle Alert - PHOTOS
U.K. to Send More Troops to Afghanistan - PHOTOS
Video: Key US battlegrounds
Hundreds flee as battle looms in Afghan south
Taliban militants destroy bridges in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hamas Says 'Truce' - PHOTO ESSAY: Violence in Gaza
Probe: DoD Officials Sought Harsh Questioning
Report: Pentagon Misled Congress on NORAD Security

Supporting Our Heroes
'GI Java’ Helps Wounded

Other Military News
Army probe of Reuters death flawed: U.S. inspector - Video

Worldwide Wackos
Iran says uranium enrichment is a "red line"

Politics / Government
2 Years Later, Tom DeLay Wants Day in Texas Court
Election HQ: Gore Adds Fuel to Obama Fire
McCain touts energy conservation and oil exploration - Video
Senate nears vote on housing market rescue bill
Obama leads McCain - Video
McCain to call for oil exploration
Obama would look at corporate tax cut
Blog: McCain almost "forgets" Bush
Factbox: Views of Obama, McCain
Obama holding on to small lead over McCain: poll - Video
Obama says would consider corporate tax cut: report
Obama says will visit Iraq and Afghanistan - Video
U.S., China to discuss energy challenges: Paulson

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
5 Marriages, 5 Dead Husbands
Police Investigating Calls to Hulk Hogan's Family From Crash Victim's Family
Judge's Wife Calls Web Porn Story ' Outright Lies'
Police Investigate Woman With Five Dead Husbands
$700,000 Verdict Strikes Fear in Parent Chaperones
4 Arrested in Japan After Attack Warnings on Blogs
Man Allegedly Kidnaps Ex to Do Household Chores

U.N. News
U.N. envoy meets with Mugabe on Zimbabwe election - Video
Sustainable Agriculture Will Help Stop Desertification, UN Agency Says

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Spears paparazzo blamed for having foot run over
AP to meet with blogging group to form guidelines

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Scientists Find Microbes That Eat Garbage, Excrete Crude Oil
Cellphones challenge cameras with sharper pictures
Major economies must take lead in climate battle: U.S.
Japan PM: G8 not forum for CO2 cut goals
EU lawmakers agree recycling goals to cut landfill
Kazakhstan's sole space satellite breaks down
Bosch, Samsung SDI to form hybrid car battery JV
Gay men and straight women share brain detail
Amsterdam gets Europe's first mobile Wimax network
Microsoft to open European search tech center
Sony Ericsson sees strong handset demand
Japan makes robot girlfriend for lonely men - Video
Utah announces 'major dinosaur fossil discovery'
Scientists reverse vasectomy on endangered horse
Discover The Health Benefits of Brown Rice

Mother Nature
Levee Breaks Along Mississippi River in Flood-Ravaged Region, Bridge Closed - VIDEO - PHOTOS - uREPORT
Floodwaters Spread Toxic Brew of Sewage, Chemicals
Flood damage to Iowa worse than '93
Floods to disrupt railroads for months
Reuters Factbox: Some major U.S. floods
Reuters: You Witness - Share your photos
Flooding closes bridge between Iowa and Illinois
NOAA: N.O. at Risk From Category 2 Hurricane - PHOTOS
Study: Chimps Console Each Other With Hugs, Kisses
China Floods Kill 171, With More Rain in Forecast
Floodwaters start receding in southern China
White rhino in Congo on brink of extinction
Australia urged to protect its honey worker bees

News from My Neck of the Woods
Man Arrested After Ordering Python to Attack Cops

Fifth Severed Foot Washes Ashore in British Columbia, Deepening Mystery
Couple Freed from Jail in Paraguay After Doctor Confirms Groom is Hermaphrodite
Village re-elects dead mayor
Streaking to victory in topless match

Other News of Note
Virgin America to cut flights as fuel soars

Fox News
Gay Couples Rush to Tie the Knot in California - PHOTOS
Pop Tarts: Love Guru? Jessica Alba Left Mike Myers Gasping on Set
Pop Tarts: Kellie Pickler 'Blessed' to Have Been Abandoned by Parents

California gays, lesbians marry legally - Video
Chrysler recalls 6,692 Dodge Journeys
Virgin America to cut flights as fuel soars
Goldman doing the "right thing"
Goldman profit falls as markets slump
Banks may need $65 billion: Goldman
SIV Portfolio receivers strike deal
Timeline: Legal progress gay couples
Slideshow: Lindasusan Ulrich's story
Inflation pressures
Core PPI slows, housing starts dip
Goldman profit falls as markets slump
Central banks tone down rate hike talk
Economists, markets not so far off
Mets fire manager Willie Randolph
Wall Street sags on oil, financials
Amy Winehouse stays in hospital for more tests - Video
Australia to lure tourists with film epic
New interns called to duty for "ER"
"Hulk" adds $1 million in box office muscle to debut
Britney Spears avoids charges in car accident
Video: Talk of the Town: Winehouse ill
Mazzei keeps wine in the family since 1435
Craft chef Colicchio opens new casino eatery
Ascot kicks off Britain's summer social season
Australia to lure tourists with film epic
Thousands of Hindus begin trek to Kashmir shrine
Video: Germany through, Austria out

Associated Press
Wholesale prices post biggest gain in 6 months
Special-effects maestro Stan Winston dies at 62
Woods outlasts Mediate for third Open, 14th major
Singer Sara Evans marries ex-Alabama QB Jay Barker

News Blaze
PHOTOS-Happy 233rd Birthday Army!
PHOTOS: IA Soldiers Deliver Goods in Sadr City
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Admiral praises Iraqi political debate
Improved security situation spurs reconstruction
Soldiers deliver toys to Iraqi girls' school
Basra vocational school renovated
Sailors, Soldiers repair school
Iraqi government boosts Sayifiyah feed mill

Liveblogging: Joint Warfighting 2008
For the future: Task force supports youth conference planning
Task force assists Iraqis with municipal power
Task Force Ramadi helps free enterprise take hold in Iraq
USJFCOM teams with ACT to help develop NATO Training Federation
More about U.S. Joint Forces and Allied Command Transformation - podcast
Exercise ensures readiness, displays coordination of the USJFCOM joint enabling capabilities
USJFCOM, Microsoft Corp. extend agreement for one year - podcast
Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast
Command looks at future capabilities with DoD leadership - podcast

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Lowered Violence in Iraq Gives Hope to Marines, Iraqis
Baghdad Al Jadida Residents Receive Refurbished Pool in Time for Summer
Soldiers Capture Suspected Militant Leader
Public Works Substation Opens in Yarmouk
Bombing and foreign terrorist networks disrupted (Mosul)
IA Soldiers discover several weapons caches in Sadr City
MND-B Soldiers detain Special Groups criminal leader
Soldiers capture two militants, NPs detain suspects (Baghdad)
MND-C Soldier attacked by IED
Video Available: IPs graduate corrections course (Al-Asad)

Britain To Send More Troops To Afghanistan, Brown Says
Chairman Weighs In on Military Issues


Guard Members Prepare for Rising Rivers
Guard Continues Brisk Recruiting Pace


U.S. Airman Designs Fertilization Fix
Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 35


Teachers, Students Prepare to Return to Schools
Troops Capture Suspected Enemy Leaders


Engineer Sees Dramatic Changes in Iraq


D.C. United Honors Troops

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
1579 - Sir Francis Drake lands in CA.
1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill).
1837 - Charles Goodyear is given his first rubber patent.
1863 - At the Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union forces.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard the French ship Isere.
1894 - The first US Polio epidemic breaks out in Vermont.
1895 - The US Ship Canal in the Bronx(W 225th St) is completed.
1940 - France asks Germany for terms of surrender.
1942 - The first WW II American expeditionary force lands on the Gold Coast in Africa.
1944 - The Republic of Iceland is proclaimed.
1953 - Sup Court Justice William O. Douglas stays the executions of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for the next day, their 14th anniversary.
1954 - The televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings end.
1957 - The Tuskegee boycott begins (African-Americans boycot city stores).
1963 - The Supreme Court rules against Bible reading and prayer in public schools.
1967 - China becomes the world's fourth thermonuclear power.
1975 - Voters in Northern Mariana approve commonwealth status with the U.S.
1982 - President Reagan makes his first General Assembly address (his "evil empire" speech).
1985 - The 18th Space Shuttle Mission (Discovery 5) is launched.
1986 - Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns.

- King Edward I of England
1742 - William Hooper, signed Declaration of Independence
1858 - Eben Sumner Draper, Governor-MA
1870 - George Cormack, created "Wheaties" cereal
1920 - Francois Jacob, biologist/bacteriologist, Nobel Prize winner

1939 - Eugene Weldman, last person guillotined in France.
1989 - David S. Griggs, astronaut, in crash of WW II vintage plane.

Reported Missing in Action:
The following lost in the explosion / crash of a C130E, cause unknown:
Adams, Oley N., USAF (MO); Killed, body not recovered

Cobbs, Ralph B., USN (IL); Killed, body not recovered

Collette, Curtis D., USN (CT); Killed, body not recovered

Cairns, Robert A., USAF (CA); Killed, body not recovered

Dempsey, Jack I., USN (MT); Killed, body not recovered

Freng, Stanley J., USN (SD);Killed, body not recovered

Gravitte, Connie M., USAF (NC)Killed, body not recovered

Hess, Gene K., USAF (DE);Killed, body not recovered

Romig, Edward L., USN (PA)Killed, body not recovered

Savoy, M.J., USN (MO); Killed, body not recovered

Siegwarth, Donald E., USNR (NJ);Killed, body not recovered

Washburn, Larry E., USAF (TX); Killed, body not recovered

Also Reported Missing in 1966:
Galanti, Paul E., USN (NJ); A4C shot down, paraded by the North Vietnamese in the "Hanoi March," released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Sparks, Donald L., US Army (IA); reportedly died in captivity

Cochrane, Deverton C., US Army (MA); known wounded in ambush

Laker, Carl J., US Army - Ranger (FL); believed KIA, known gravely wounded in ambush

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