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Friday, August 08, 2008


A firefighter douses a live fire on a dummy aircraft during the annual off station mishap drill at Naval Support Facility Kamiseya, Kamisey, Japan, July 30, 2008. During the drill, emergency response and rescue teams were tasked with putting out a simulated fire, and rescuing two personnel from a plane crash scene. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Riley

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In Today's News - Friday, August 8, 2008

Quote of the Day
"The greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign
unless he understood the men he had to lead."
-- General Omar Bradley

News of Note
XXIX Summer Olympics
World Leaders Gather to Celebrate Opening of Beijing Games
China's world stage - Slideshow
Video: Games begin with fireworks
Ceremony fireworks are a blast
Fraud victims turned away at opening
An underwater view - Slideshow - Olympic Pictures
U.S. women attempt saber sweep
Michael Phelps goes with the flow
U.S. swim team brims with confidence
Americans can win by a shave
Torch relay enters final leg under hazy skies - Video
What protests? Exhibition gives Chinese view of Games
Beijing quiet before opening ceremony
Politics, pageantry blend for Bush at Olympics

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Sadr's timetable
Deep fault lines over Kirkuk's future
Al Qaeda's brutality alienates Iraqis
U.N. Iraq mandate renewed
U.S. plans surveillance buildup
Car bomb in N. Iraq kills 18, wounds 25: police
Baghdad zoo welcomes pair of US-donated tiger cubs
Iraqi Forces Continue Coalition Success, Maintain Security Throughout Iraq
Coaltion Forces Transfer Portion of Doura to ISF Control
Operation Summit Pursuit Brings ‘hope’ to a Region Once Terrorized by AQI

Operation Enduring Freedom
US weighs stepped-up military forays into Pakistan

Troops on Trial
Marine ordered to stand trial in Fallujah killings

Religion of Peace??
China tightens security in restive Muslim region

Worldwide Wackos
Iran says latest atomic talks with IAEA "constructive": report

Politics / Government
Detroit Mayor Released From Jail, Charged With Assaulting Deputy
Congressman Gives a Plug to 'Paris Hilton Plan' in Energy Debate
ELECTION HQ: Dems Try to Keep the Peace
Florida Police Charge Man With Obama Death Threats
Bush and Putin discuss Georgia fighting
McCain calls on Russia to withdraw from Georgia
Labor leaders back Obama, but will members?
McCain slams Obama over drilling off coasts - Video
In China, Bush pushes freedom of speech, religion - Video
Bush, Chinese leader exchange warm greeting
Officials say Bill Clinton to address Democrats
Russia, Georgia Battle Over Breakaway Republic - VIDEO
PHOTO ESSAY: Russian Tanks Invade Breakaway Region
White House Urges End to Russia, Georgia Fighting
Georgian rebel conflict - Video
Georgia takes gamble over rebels
Conflict could be drawn out
Analysts' view: Experts on fighting
Factbox: Scenarios for crisis
Timeline: Georgia, Russia relations

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Texas Executes Illegal Alien Who Murdered Store Clerk

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Court: Pennsylvania Hospital OK to Fire Nurse for Consensual Sex With Patient
'World's Greatest Dad' Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse
Caylee's Grandmother: 'I Have Nothing to Hide' - VIDEO
Arkansas Professor Gets 10 Years for Stalking 'Teen'
'Road Rage' Led to Federal Agent's Shooting in Florida
Government owes American Indians $456 mln: judge
Ex-Bush aide claims `Swing Vote' stolen from him
Sugarland founder files $1.5M lawsuit against band

U.N. News
Ivory Coast toxic sites still a threat: U.N. expert
Timor-Leste: UN Mission Welcomes Truth Panel's Findings on Rights Abuses

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
32 Lab Monkeys Accidentally Heated to Death
Libraries step into the age of iPod
Material bends, stretches and conducts electricity?
Sprint Nextel in talks to sell iDen network: report

Mother Nature
Hurricane Hernan Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast
Haze over Indonesia's Sumatra, flights delayed
Kangaroo farming would cut greenhouse gases: study
Australia notches up biggest carbon trade: broker
Video: Eco-village lives carbon neutral

News from My Neck of the Woods
Ex-Olympian Gets 21 Years in New York Rape Case

It's 08/08/08: Do You Feel Lucky?
Metal Business Card Holder Stops Bullet Aimed at Sheriff
Obama, McCain reveal pop culture favorites
Newspaper apologizes for false royals story

Other News of Note
Bus Crash in Texas Kills 14 - ON SCENE - PHOTOS

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Dollar Makes Strong Gains
FOXSexpert: The Hazards of Too Much Sex
Pop Tarts: Dita Von Tesse Turns Fashion Shoot Into Nude Shoot
Reality Check: America Gets It Right as Joshua Allen Wins ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

HHS chief denies new rule to attack contraception
Fannie Mae posts another huge loss, cuts dividend
Oil falls as dollar rises, ignores Georgia conflict
Labor leaders back Obama, but will members?
Dollar surges vs euro, trades at multi-month highs
Dow, Nasdaq jump more than 2 percent as oil slides - Video
UBS to buy back stricken debt securities
Are central banks getting it all wrong?
Countrywide's Mozilo target of SEC probe: report
Credit Suisse auction-rate debt suit may start frenzy
Consumers expect stocks to fall: survey
Verizon unions set Sunday deadline for labor talks
RBS suffers first-ever loss after $11 bln writedown
Cablevision to meet top shareholders: report
Cartier maker Richemont to revamp, drop BAT stake
New York gig marks end of the road for The Police
Jewel marries rodeo star in Bahamas
Comic Bernie Mac hospital release seen in weeks - Video
Scorsese meets HBO on "Boardwalk"
Stoner comedy in "Express" lane at box office
Paris Hilton gets down to business in Denmark
L.A. may force restaurants to post calories on menus
Travel postcard: 48 hours eating and shopping in Beijing
China's star pianist plays for change
Video: Awhale of a time in the Baltic
Favre excited by Jets trade after "crazy" day
LeBron says move overseas possible
Dominant Mussina helps Yankees blank Rangers
Romero slips from share of lead with bogey at last hole

AP News
Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell regains consciousness
Mewing models slink into NYC hotel fashion show
Favre touches down in New York

Iraqis Work to Restore Essential Services After Car Bombing
National Police Search Operation Nets 13 IEDs
Indiana Soldiers Get Head Start
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Marines target oil smugglers, protect citizens
Brigade commander: Rashid progress 'phenomenal'
General: Several factors contribute to Iraq improvement
South Baghdad ready for transition
Iraq improving; conditions 'mixed' in Afghanistan

Task force assists as health conference promotes continuing Iraqi medical education
Liveblogging: Noble Resolve 08
More about Noble Resolve
Task force opening the judicial lines of communication in Ramadi
Conference to foster medical advancements in Anbar province
Business grows in Ramadi with USJFCOM-provided task force assistance
Task Force Ramadi helping to restore water in the desert
Coalition exercise examines improving combat identification
USJFCOM demonstration aims to enhance combat identification amongst coalition forces

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Operation Summit Pursuit Brings ‘hope’ to a Region Once Terrorized by AQI
Vigilance in Community Provides Peace
MND-B Soldiers seize weapons cache west of Baghdad (Baghdad)
MND-B Soldiers detain suspected terrorist, cohort in Karadah (Baghdad)
ISF detain six suspected terrorists, nine others in northern Iraq (Balad)
Coalition forces continue pressure on al-Qaeda in northern Iraq (Baghdad)
Coalition forces deal blow to financially strapped Special Groups (Abu Tabrah)
Iraqi Army, MND-N Soldiers assist more than 150 families (Baqubah)

Department of Defense
Pentagon Agency Braces for Tourists
U.S. Garrison Bids Germany Farewell
Cartwright Supports UK Collaboration


Field Artillery Soldiers Man ‘Gun Line’
Retention Regulation to Strengthen Ranks
Troops Kill Enemy Fighters, Destroy Weapons


Georgia Man Envisions Loads of Letters


Iraqi Forces Continue Coalition Success in Iraq
Troops Capture Alleged Leader, Seize Weapons


Wounded Warrior to Aim for Gold in Paralympics

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
- Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium.
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for exile on St. Helena.
1918 - Six American Soldiers are surrounded by German troops in France. With Alvin York in command, they kill 20 and capture 132 more.
1919 - In the Treaty of Rawalpindi, the British recognize Afghanistan's independence.
1929 - The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
1940 - The Battle of Britain begins - Germany launches air attacks.
1942 - In Washington, D.C., six convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in U.S. are executed.
1945 - Pres Harry S Truman signs the U.N. Charter; the U.S.S.R. declares war on Japan; it also establishes a communist government in North Korea.
1949 - Bhutan becomes an independent monarchy.
1953 - The U.S. and South Korea sign a mutual security pact.
1955 - In Geneva, a conference is held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy.
1960 - The Ivory Coast declares independence.
1973 - VP Spiro T. Agnew calls reports he took kickbacks "damned lies," vowing not to resign. 1974 - President Nixon announces he is resigning effective 12PM, August 9th.
1983 - Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemela.
1988 - Russian troops begin pulling out of Afghanistan after 9 years of war.
1988 - In Bolivia, Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
1989 - The U.S. space shuttle STS-28 is launched.
1990 - Iraq annexes Kuwait.
1991 - Shite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy.

1763 - Charles Bulfinch, first American professional architect (MA State House)
1879 - Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
1884 - Sara Teasdale, American poet, first Pulitzer Prize winner (1918-"Love Songs")
1901 - Dr. Ernest O. Lawrence, inventor of the Cyclotron, Nobel Prize winner (1939)
1902 - Paul A.M. Dirac, theoretical physicist, Nobel prize winner (1933)
1908 - Arthur J. Goldberg, UN ambassador / Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
1913 - Robert Stafford (Sen-VT)
1926 - Richard Anderson, actor (Oscar Goldman-6 Million Dollar Man)
1927 - Jim Weaver (Rep-OR)
1948 - Svetlana Y. Savitskaya, second woman in space (Soyuz T-7, T-12)
1988 - Princess Beatrice of England

1961 - Charlie Gemora, actor who portrayed King Kong
1976 - John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, murdered

Reported Missing in Action

Grainger, Joseph W., Civilian (CT); USAID service worker, died in captivity January, 1965

Flom, Fredric R., USAF (WI); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Golberg, Lawrence, USAF (MN); F4C shot down (see Wynne), remains returned September, 1977

Kommendant, Aado, USAF (NJ);F4C shot down (backseater to Walling)

Kasler, James H., USAF (OH); released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998
**endured "third-country interrogations" - read his story here
**Korean War "Ace" flying the F-86 (100 missions), also USA Air Corp B-29 tailgunner, Pacific Theater, WWII (7 missions)**

Walling, Charles M., USAF (AZ); F4C shot down (pilot)

Wynne, Patrick Edward, USAF (FL); F4C shot down (see Golberg), remains returned March, 1977

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