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Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (6-5-06)
"We are not comfortable reaching strong conclusions," the panel wrote in a 35-page report, released on Friday. "Indeed, the services of a skilled forensic scientist with computer and Internet expertise would be needed in order to sort out several of the issues that have been presented to us."
The panel, which included two retired university presidents and one current college chief, was assigned the task of reviewing the college's performance as well as the plagiarism charges. Its report, titled "Institutional Assessment," roundly praised Mr. Miller's performance while it chastised some of his critics on the faculty.
"The college might plunge into an abyss were he to depart tomorrow," the panel wrote.
Mr. Miller, who last month weathered an evenly split no-confidence vote by Wesley faculty members (The Chronicle, May 5), has denied being involved in the instances of plagiarism, which were recently found in speeches and writing attributed to him and posted on Wesley's Web site in 1998.
A 2000 plagiarism scandal at Wesley also focused on Mr. Miller, who arrived at the college in 1997. In that case, which was one of four instances confirmed by the panel, Mr. Miller acknowledged similarities between a speech he gave and one given years earlier by Claire L. Gaudiani, the former president of Connecticut College. But Mr. Miller said the speech had been written for him by someone else (The Chronicle, May 19, 2000).
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (6-2-06)
David W. Saxe, an associate professor of education at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, testified that studies of Western intellectual traditions were being crowded out of college curricula. That's why he wants to create a Center for the Study of Free Institutions and Civic Education at his institution.
"Thirty years ago, higher education in Pennsylvania as well as the nation began a track toward multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice," Mr. Saxe told the lawmakers gathered here at Harrisburg Area Community College for the second day of a two-day hearing. As academe "slowly converted its institutions, missions, faculties, and programs to complement these new initiatives and lines of inquiry, traditional subject matters became less important," he said. "Studies that centered on the Western tradition -- arguably once the backbone of American universities -- were displaced, left to languish, or scattered throughout the university."
Mr. Saxe said that he had been working on such a proposal for two years and that he is in talks with university officials about developing the program, which would also offer academic majors on the study of free institutions and the teaching of citizenship education. He said he would like to model his program partly on the James Madison Program at Princeton University, which sponsors conferences and lectures on constitutional law and Western political thought. Robert P. George, a prominent professor of politics who identifies as a conservative, directs that program.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (6-1-06)
"Poenulus" (which, according to Ms. Richlin, literally means "The Little Punic Guy") is a reference more likely to leave modern audiences scratching their heads than rolling in the aisles. But in her introduction to a new translation of the comedy, Ms. Richlin, a professor of classics at the University of California at Los Angeles, explains that when Poenulus hit the stage, "the Romans were in the midst of the Punic Wars, a series of devastating wars against the Carthaginians, who were their biggest rivals and enemies in the Mediterranean." (Previous translators have sometimes titled the play The Little Carthaginian.)
Not only did Romans naturally consider Carthaginians the bad guys, Ms. Richlin adds, but they also "had special stereotypes for them" and considered them "untrustworthy, sneaky, slimy." Calling someone a "little Punic guy" was not exactly a compliment.
So how does a translator make Latin racial epithets from the second century BC comprehensible — and maybe even funny — to a modern theatergoer? Stephen Sondheim's 1962 musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which draws elements from several Plautine plays, captured some of the swagger and sting of its source material. But in her translation of Poenulus and two other plays by Plautus, published as Rome and the Mysterious Orient (University of California Press, 2005), Ms. Richlin came up with a bolder and deliberately controversial approach: Seek out contemporary terms that carry the same political and social charge as the Latin originals. In the case of Poenulus, for instance, she calls her own translation Towelheads.
In an effort to capture the slanginess and zing of Plautus' plays, Ms. Richlin layers her versions with references taken right out of American pop culture: margaritas and salsa, five-star hotels, credit cards, loobies. Her translations feature characters with names like Toyboy and Georgia Moon, who utter phrases like "I'm hip" and "Whassup?" and break into songs that follow music-hall, Broadway, and hip-hop rhythms. (The plays were originally musicals; the tunes have been lost but the words survive.) Even Plautus' geographic settings — usually a fantastic version of Athens or another Greek locale — are altered to places almost any American knows: New Haven, Los Angeles, Sarajevo.
Name of source: Broadcasting & Cable
SOURCE: Broadcasting & Cable (6-5-06)
As American television crews struggle to stay safe while reporting the news from Iraq, veterans of other war zones say this conflict is the most dangerous ever for journalists. Few know the perils of war reporting better than CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. A 42-year CBS veteran, Safer spent several years covering the Vietnam War and established the network’s Saigon bureau. After two of his colleagues were killed in a May 30 attack in Iraq and a third critically injured, Safer spoke to B&C’s Allison Romano about the dangers of being a war correspondent, how he delivered the news from Vietnam and why Iraq is much more dangerous for journalists.
How does your experience reporting in the Vietnam War compare to what the news media is facing in Iraq?
You just can’t compare these two in terms of how you covered it and the perils of coverage. In Vietnam, journalists were generally killed in battle, and there are no battles in this war. They are all street crimes.
In Vietnam, with rare exceptions, the cities were safe places. You could go anywhere in Saigon or Danang or Ben Wah or any of the towns feeling quite secure. There were some dodgy moments, but nothing like Iraq.
Did you feel secure because you were a journalist? Was the media not considered a target there?
It wasn’t because we were journalists; it was the nature of Vietnam. As a civilian walking around in back streets of Cho Long, you obviously stood out like a sore thumb, but I never felt in particular danger. There were dodgy parts of town, but certainly not this kind of random violence.
I don’t think the journalists are being targeted in Iraq; I think they are just victims of random violence that targets everyone from American troops to journalists to civilians having lunch in a cafe. It is that random violence that makes it uncoverable.
In Vietnam, were you able to move freely and report the stories you wanted?
That is the major difference. In Vietnam, there was no place we couldn’t go and get there with the assistance of the U.S. military. You’d go out to the airport and find a helicopter going where you were going and jump on it.
The military ran a regular airline. There were scheduled flights that went to all the major cities in Vietnam and even some quite small towns. It was like taking a shuttle to Washington. All you had to produce was your Defense Department documentation.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (6-5-06)
The bill, approved 49-31 mostly along party lines in the Assembly, would pledge California's 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote, a system critics charged was an attempt to circumvent the U.S. Constitution.
If the bill became law in California, it would take effect only if states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes - the number required to win the presidency - also agreed to decide the election by popular vote.
The interstate compact the Assembly authorized is part of a national campaign launched in February by a Los Altos nonprofit to change the way the nation picks a president.
"Presidential candidates would have to come to California because of our population, and they would have to take a position on issues that we care about," Assemblyman Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, said on the Assembly floor.
The Constitution requires each state to select its Electoral College delegates in presidential races. California awards its votes based on the state popular vote, as do most other states.
Backers of the compact say presidential candidates should be forced to campaign before all voters, not just those in so-called battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida....
A compact agreement would require California to give its electoral votes to the winner of the national vote regardless of which presidential candidate state voters select.
Critics said a popular vote system would send presidential candidates only to the most populous cities, shutting out rural America....
The Colorado Senate in April voted to ratify the compact. The proposal also is being considered in four other states - New York, Louisiana, Illinois and Missouri.
SOURCE: AP (6-2-06)
The remnants were found earlier this year and date from 1100 to 1300 A.D. They were unearthed in a lot that had been vacant for the past 440 years, said Carl Halbirt, the city's archaeologist.
"This is the most significant find in St. Augustine for this period," he said. "There are remnants of Indian structures and cooking and trash pits. It's giving us a much better picture of their diet, way of life and trade interactions."
SOURCE: AP (6-1-06)
More than four decades after the Derveni papyrus was found in a 2,400- year-old nobleman's grave in northern Greece, researchers said Thursday they are close to uncovering new text _ through high-tech digital analysis _ from the blackened fragments left after the manuscript was burnt on its owner's funeral pyre.
Name of source: New Yorker (click on the NEXT link at the bottom of each page)
SOURCE: New Yorker (click on the NEXT link at the bottom of each page) (6-1-06)
Name of source: cronaca.com
SOURCE: cronaca.com (6-4-06)
The cave, located 328 feet below ground in a limestone quarry, includes tunnels that extend about a mile and a half. Inside lies the large underground lake where the species, some similar to scorpions and shrimp, were found.
SOURCE: cronaca.com (6-1-06)
The oversized orb is just one highlight of the more than 8,000 artifacts in the German Historical Museum's new permanent display on the country's 2,000-year history, which seeks to help Germans rediscover their identity.
With World War II and the Nazi genocide still in living memory, many Germans have shunned the study of their own past. Museum director Hans Ottomeyer hopes the exhibit can contribute to changing that.
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (6-2-06)
The calendar, which dates to 2200 B.C., is the oldest known structure of its kind found in the Americas.
Similar monuments erected by the Mayans of Mexico have also been found, but those have dated to approximately 2,000 years ago.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-3-06)
Staff have removed his name from the guest list for the opening of its "Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon" exhibition next week.
Mr Adams's name was deleted for being neither -"relevant or appropriate", said the exhibition's curator, Trisha Ziff, who had invited him as a personal friend.
She was first told the reason was a "delicate" matter because the opening clashed with an exhibition of 60s fashion sponsored by the Miss Selfridge chainstore that was to be attended by a number of models and actresses. Having Mr Adams there "may not be appropriate".
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-6-06)
Now they measure all of 18 inches, have no engine and not so much as a peashooter - but their "pilots" still risk being thrown into German captivity.
The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that a "big wing" of more than 10,000 inflatable Spitfires will this week cross into Germany and, when the World Cup starts on Friday, they could face the kind of frosty reception encountered by their wartime counterparts.
England football fans have been warned of arrest by the British Home Secretary, threatened with "zero tolerance" by a German police chief, and told not to mention the war by the creator of Basil Fawlty himself.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-6-06)
The Germans are brutal when they are winning and sorry for themselves when they are beaten, it said.
They have unbalanced minds and can fly into a rage if things go wrong, it continued.
Germany: 1944, the British Soldier's Pocketbook, which was issued to tens of thousands of troops, provided a potted history of the country, a guide to local customs and a rundown of the national psyche.
The 46-page booklet, which will be published by the National Archives next month, gives a unique insight into how British wartime leaders viewed the enemy.
They thought it essential to warn troops that the Germans "don't know how to make tea" and added, in a sideswipe, which has since been comprehensively discredited, that "football is entirely amateur".
Name of source: Yahoo
SOURCE: Yahoo (6-5-06)
"We shall send a UNESCO expert team to Visoko to determine exactly what it is all about," UNESCO Secretary General Koichiro Matsuura said in an interview published on Monday in Dnevni Avaz newspaper.
Amateur archaeologist Semir Osmanagic has caused a stir with his find, although local and European archaeologists denounce it as nonsense.
Geologist Aly Abd Barakat, an Egyptian researcher sent by Cairo to assist Osmanagic's team last month, has said that the Visocica hill did appear to be a primitive man-made pyramid of uncertain age.
Name of source: ABC
SOURCE: ABC (6-1-06)
The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago, the scientists said.
U.S. researchers say the Minoans were engaged in broad-based trade with other civilizations, such as the Mycenaeans on mainland Greece and perhaps with peoples as far away as the present-day Middle East.
Name of source: Hamilton Spectator
SOURCE: Hamilton Spectator (6-3-06)
The state took over ownership of the cave in the Vilhonneur forest on May 12, the French Culture Ministry said in a statement.
It was only the second time that a human body is known to have been placed in a decorated cave from the Upper Paleolithic Period, the ministry said.
A single face drawn in the cave could be among the world's oldest known graphic representations of a human face, said Jean-Yves Baratin, archeology curator for the Poitou-Charentes region.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (6-5-06)
Had mission commander Col Zeev Raz's risk assessment been proven right, one pilot would have ejected over Baghdad and another would have been waiting out in the desert for helicopters to rescue him in the night.
Yet the loss of two planes would have been a price worth paying in the eyes of the pilots of the eight F-16s and their two F-15 escorts: several believed they were averting nothing less than a new Holocaust of the Jews.
"No-one thought that all eight F-16s would return, no-one," the retired colonel says.
"We were really amazed that all of us landed back safely without a scratch."
Col Raz is the most vocal of the surviving pilots. For personal security reasons, three of them - Pilots A, B and C - would only talk to the BBC on condition of anonymity.
SOURCE: BBC (4-3-06)
The blue ribbon belonging to the son of James VI of Scotland was sold at Shapes Auctioneers in Edinburgh on Saturday.
After the English Civil War, Charles was found guilty of treason by one vote and was beheaded at Whitehall in 1649.
During his reign as King of England, the Fife-born monarch caused unrest north of the border by trying to force a new prayer book on the country.
Charles was said to have removed the garter ribbon before laying his head on the block on specially constructed scaffolding at Whitehall.
SOURCE: BBC (6-2-06)
The carbonised fruits date between 11,200 and 11,400 years old.
The US and Israeli researchers say the figs are a variety that could have only been grown with human intervention.
The team, writing in the journal Science, says the find marks the point when humans turned from hunting and gathering to food cultivation.
SOURCE: BBC (6-1-06)
An unheralded West German team, first timers in the tournament, caused the biggest sensation in world sport since World War II by defeating the apparently invincible Hungarians to win the trophy.
The victory led to an unprecedented outpouring of joy, not just in West but in East Germany too, as millions took to the streets to celebrate a "positive" German achievement.
The celebrations were encapsulated in the phrase "Wir Sind Wieder Wer" ("We are somebody again") as they gave enormous psychological impetus to the building of the West German state.
SOURCE: BBC (6-1-06)
The area was cordoned off and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Silverlink train services in the area were also suspended for a time.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (6-5-06)
The landmarks that define this legendary city are in serious disrepair, the victims of monumental neglect, shrinking budgets and the wear and tear of Mother Nature and heavy-heeled visitors.
Rome's troubles exceed those found in many other archeologically rich locations because its historic center is not a roped-off museum but a vibrant, congested urban nucleus. People live and work among the ruins. The Circus Maximus, where charioteers once rumbled, is a park for dog-walkers and picnickers. Motor scooters zip under 2,000-year-old arches and cars jostle for space on imperial promenades. It's not unusual for Romans to have archeological digs in their backyards.
"Rome is still a living place," Bonnie Burnham, president of the nonprofit World Monuments Fund, said during a recent mission to the Italian capital. Preserving its heritage "presents a special set of contemporary needs and pressures" because of the coexistence of the modern and the ancient.
The Italian government is halfway through a vast, year-long engineering assessment of hundreds of archeological sites in the Eternal City, studying their condition and determining where the most urgent repair work should be done. Visitors to some of the sites could be in danger, officials say.
Name of source: CBS2 (Chicago)
SOURCE: CBS2 (Chicago) (6-4-06)
It was believed Mary Todd Lincoln's son had burned the letters to hide details of mother's mental health.
But historian Jason Emerson came across photographed and handwritten copies of the letters in an attic last summer in Maryland. Eleven letters were from what have been called Mary Todd Lincoln's "insanity years."
Emerson writes in the current issue of American Heritage magazine that the documents contain no major revelations. He says they show Mary Todd Lincoln questioning her religious faith, and they reveal a mania she had about money and clothing.
Emerson is writing a book for Southern Illinois University Press about the letters.
Name of source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6-5-06)
New artifacts and documents discovered this month at New Salem, a state historic site northeast of Springfield where Lincoln lived in his 20s, show that he may have owned property and one or more buildings, which indicates he was much more invested in the community than historians previously believed.
Tom Schwartz, Illinois' state historian and interim director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, said the find "completely changes" the picture of the Great Emancipator in his younger years.
"It immediately roots him, makes him a gentleman of property. He's not this living this Bohemian life where it's kind of carefree, no property, no worries, where he can sit under the trees and read," Schwartz said.
That image of the 16th president as a young man -- a sort of loafer who gradually became one of the world's greatest statesmen -- could give way to an image of someone who was mature and sensible from the first, Schwartz said.
For example, historians have long believed from firsthand accounts that at times Lincoln had to rely completely on the townsfolk for lodging and meals. But Schwartz said new research shows that Lincoln probably had his own place and dined with his neighbors because he wasn't a very good cook.
"Just when you think you know everything about Abraham Lincoln you're proven wrong," said David Blanchette, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Historic Preservation.
Schwartz says that New Salem itself, which has more than a dozen log cabin-type buildings built in the 1930s to recreate Lincoln's era, also may need to be rethought. Archaeologists found glass, plaster and fine china on the site of one of the original buildings, which suggests that they were finished and furnished much better than the austere dirt-floor cabins now on the site.
This month's dig also turned up an American Indian burial mound that could predate the New Salem settlement, showing that Europeans weren't the first people to value the town's location along the Sangamon River in Menard County.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (6-4-06)
"The Cape Fear River could be dammed up with black bodies, but we have no way of knowing just how many," said Lottie Clinton, a retired state port supervisor and 1 of 13 members of a state-appointed panel that studied the night's events for six years. "A lot of people, nobody ever heard from them again, so you just couldn't know whether they ran away and never came back or were killed."
The panel, officially called the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission, concluded in a report released this week that what happened was not a riot, but a well-planned insurrection by white businessmen and former Confederate soldiers, mostly Democrats, against a lawfully elected government of fusionists and Republicans, who were mostly black.
Now that the story is told, the report says, somebody has to pay, and it offers broad recommendations for reparation by government and businesses. They include incentives for minority business development in areas that were affected and the easing of barriers to minority home ownership.
SOURCE: NYT (6-4-06)
Japan's relations with China and South Korea have chilled, particularly in the last year, because of several disputes over history, territory and Mr. Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, the memorial where the country's highest-ranking war criminals are enshrined.
Polls here indicate the race is now between politicians with starkly different views: Shinzo Abe, 51, the chief cabinet secretary, who has said that a Japanese prime minister should visit the Yasukuni Shrine and who has become extremely popular by being tough on North Korea and China; and Yasuo Fukuda, 69, a former chief cabinet secretary, who has criticized Mr. Koizumi's visits to the Shinto shrine and talked of rebuilding friendly ties with the rest of East Asia.
Although neither has yet declared his candidacy for the September party election, Mr. Abe leads in the polls. Mr. Fukuda has narrowed the gap significantly in recent weeks, however, buttressed by what experts say is the growing public sentiment that fixing ties with China should be one of the next prime minister's top priorities.
SOURCE: NYT (6-2-06)
As with the administration's assertions that it may ignore a law on domestic eavesdropping, reinterpret other laws through presidential signing statements and prosecute journalists under espionage laws, specialists in constitutional law and history said, the Justice Department's justification for the search is an aggressive use of executive power.
In the search case, there is broad academic consensus that the constitutional protection for Congressional speech and debate does not extend to evidence of criminal conduct, even if it is in a Congressional office.
SOURCE: NYT (6-2-06)
"It's not a joke," Charles Clarke, then the home secretary, warned at a pre-World Cup briefing earlier this spring. "It is not a comic thing to do. It is totally insulting and wrong."
That means, basically, no getting drunk and goose-stepping in a would-be humorous manner. No Nazi salutes. No shouting "Sieg Heil!" at the referees. No impromptu finger-under-the-nose Hitler mustaches.
SOURCE: NYT (6-1-06)
So the release last week of "Marie Antoinette," Sofia Coppola's $40 million film, has revived a centuries-old fascination with the ancien régime's last queen.
No matter that some critics savaged the Coppola film. Even the highbrow world of French culture recognizes the power and profitability of the woman who is still portrayed by some history teachers — incorrectly — as the heartless spendthrift who told the poor to eat cake if they had no bread.
SOURCE: NYT (6-1-06)
More than half the houses, shops and galleries lining this small street here were destroyed in the earthquake on Saturday and are littered with the broken remains of their owners' livelihoods. The hundreds of artists who live in Kasongan, a village in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the quake, have survived for generations by selling the pottery they make to tourists.
The region affected by the earthquake is part of the ancient kingdom of Yogyakarta, the cradle of Javanese art and culture, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia.
"I'm worried I will have nothing to give to my children now," said Buang, 50, who uses only one name. He has four adult offspring, all of whom worked in the family's shop.
Name of source: Christian Post
SOURCE: Christian Post (6-2-06)
At its national convention beginning June 13, the church is expected to approve a resolution expressing regret for supporting slavery and segregation. But the debate will likely get more heated when a second resolution comes up, calling for a study of possible reparations for black Episcopalians.
The church, already divided over the separate issue of gays' role in the church, is struggling over whether reparations would be a meaningful gesture 141 years after the Civil War ended.
"A lot of times you say, 'I'm not a racist, I didn't have slaves, no one in my family had slaves, I could not possibly be complicit in this,'" said Sharon Denton, a member of the church's National Concerns committee that deals with domestic ministry and mission issues.
"But if you start digging back in the history of things, you find out there were a lot of things that come to you that were built on slave-holding and the slave trade," said Denton, a member of a small, all-white parish in Salina in central Kansas.
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (5-31-06)
The journey of the diary itself has given it a special postwar symbolism for people here. It was returned to her family just last year by a former American soldier who recovered it after she died on the battlefield in 1970.
The writer, Dr. Dang Thuy Tram, was killed at the age of 27 in an American assault after serving in a war zone clinic for more than three years. Among her intertwining passions are her longing for a lost lover and her longing to join the Communist Party.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (6-1-06)
A plinth was unveiled in Belfast Zoo, near the crash site, on Thursday as a decommissioned B-17 flew over.
A film of how one crewman's wedding ring was found at the site decades later and returned to his widow, Closing the Ring, is being made.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (6-4-06)
“Reverse the verdict on June 4th. The people will not forget. Long live democracy,” chanted the crowd, which organizers estimated to be 44,000 strong but police put at about 19,000. Such gatherings have been held annually since 1989.
Hong Kong and the former Portuguese enclave of Macau are the only places in China where people are allowed to commemorate the hundreds, possibly thousands, killed when China’s Communist leaders sent tanks and infantry to crush the student-led protests that started in April 1989.
Name of source: The Times-Picayune
SOURCE: The Times-Picayune (6-3-06)
Though the 6-year-old museum in the Warehouse District offers glimpses into a sweeping war experience, that fact wasn't readily understood. But that should no longer be a problem, officials said Friday as they officially changed the institution's name to the National World War II Museum.
"You don't have to explain it, there's no hurdle," said museum President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Mueller.
While New Orleans' role as the home of the landing craft used on D-Day provided logic for developing the museum in the city, the need for a broader appeal has been discussed for years, said Bill Detweiler, the museum's special events manager and a former board member. "This is a Navy town and a Marine town," he said. "You're going to talk about (just) an Army invasion? You've got to do better than that."
The museum used a booming anti-tank gun and the unveiling of new lettering on a wall overlooking Camp Street to dramatize the name change.
Former California Gov. Pete Wilson, incoming chairman of the museum's board, said in a prepared statement that "just as D-Day was only the beginning of the Allies' road to victory in World War II, D-Day is only the beginning of this great museum's exploration of the entire American experience of the war years."
Already endorsed by Congress, the change will help raise money as the museum plans a $282 million expansion, allowing it to explore all facets of the war, Mueller said.
Average attendance, which reached 700 a day before Katrina and fell to less than 100 after a Dec. 3 reopening, has rebounded to nearly 400 daily, officials said.
Officials have scheduled an early 2007 groundbreaking for a theater that will feature a film about the war produced and narrated by actor Tom Hanks. The museum, which was founded in 2000 under the direction of historian Stephen Ambrose, will quadruple in size and occupy several blocks when its expansion is complete in several years.
Name of source: Newsday
SOURCE: Newsday (6-3-06)
After the caller told the site's chief curator that the gun belonged at TR's Cove Neck estate, the FBI was able to recover it in the South last fall. And while continuing to investigate the April 1990 theft from a display case at the Old Orchard Museum, the agency will return the .38-caliber Colt to the National Park Service June 14.
"The theft of the weapon remains a pending investigation and we're pursuing all leads," FBI spokeswoman Christine Monaco said Friday. "But we certainly want to see it returned to its rightful owner."
After the park service turned the lead over to the FBI, investigators said, agents met with the caller and retrieved the gun. The caller is not believed to have been the thief.
The pistol, valued at $1 million by police in 1990 but considered priceless by historians, was salvaged from the battleship Maine after it exploded and sank in Havana Harbor in 1898. It was given to Roosevelt by his brother-in-law, Navy Capt. William Sheffield Cowles. When the war broke out later that year, Roosevelt helped formed a volunteer regiment, the Rough Riders, which he ultimately led. He used the pistol in the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, which propelled him to the governor's office and ultimately the White House. Historians consider TR's Rough Rider uniform and weapons the most iconic objects at Sagamore Hill.
"It was a very special gun to him and therefore to the family and we're delighted to have it back," said Tweed Roosevelt of Boston, a great-grandson of Roosevelt. "I always thought it would come back. These things eventually do."
Sagamore Hill personnel have not seen the gun. But Amy Verone, the chief of cultural resources, said that based on FBI photographs "it looks very much like our gun, but we are going to have two experts look at it. It seems to be in good shape."
The recovered gun has the same inscription above the grips: "From the sunken battle ship Maine" and "July 1st, 1898. San Juan. Carried and used by Col. Theodore Roosevelt."
Sagamore Hill Superintendent Greg Marshall said "the National Park Service would like to celebrate the fact that this cherished artifact is going to be returned because it helps tell the story that we're trying to tell."
Verone said the tipster called the park on a Sunday and she returned the call. Verone said he told her that after being shown the pistol by an acquaintance, he had said, "Gee, that's Teddy Roosevelt's pistol. That should be at his home."
The park service then contacted the FBI.
The gun was taken from a display case that was slated to get an alarm, but it had not yet been installed.
Immediately after the theft, alarms were installed in all display cases that did not have them.
This is the second time the Rough Rider pistol has been recovered after being stolen. In 1963, a thief grabbed it from the mansion, panicked and threw it into the woods.
Name of source: The Advertiser
SOURCE: The Advertiser (6-3-06)
The camp, made in caves atop cliffs on Flinders Island, was fashioned more than 160 years ago and accessed this week for the first time by archeologists.
The whaling vessel Vulcan was shipwrecked near Bryant Bay on the island's south coast in April, 1845. All 18 aboard swam to safety and established their temporary homes above the shoreline.
Department for Environment and Heritage maritime archeologist Terry Arnott said former owners of the island told him about stone ruins in the area in 1998 and later that year he established there were habitable caves underneath them. He and historian Sarah Laurence, however, did not have the funding for another expedition until this year.
Mr Arnott said the caves became home to half the Vulcan's crew for up to four months, while nine crew members sailed in a canvas boat to Port Adelaide for a new vessel. ''The survivors were left behind for months before they were rescued and we can see by the structures that they had no idea how long they'd be here,'' he said.
So far 13 dwellings have been found, as well as a previously unrecorded spring which the survivors used for fresh water.
The caves are knee-deep in silt from exposure, so Mr Arnott has been unable to find any artefacts.
Name of source: The Irish Times
SOURCE: The Irish Times (6-3-06)
After 20 years of discussion and controversy, the new permanent exhibit at the German Historical Museum in Berlin goes on show today with 8,000 exhibits including the hat Napoleon lost at Waterloo and the huge globe Adolf Hitler used to plot world domination, memorably parodied by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.
"The exhibition concept doesn't force a strict view of history. It encourages reflection," said Dr Merkel, who was born in Hamburg but grew up in East Germany.
She praised the new exhibition for giving equal space to East German history - displaying a Trabant beside a Volkswagen Beetle - without the baggage of socialist ideology.
The exhibition opens as World Cup crowds begin to arrive this week in a Germany gripped by an increasingly optimistic mood - an Aufbruchstimmung - after years of gloom. Important indicators this week showed evidence of a clear upswing in Europe's largest economy as the excitement grows over the month-long festival of football.
Spoiling the party is Berlin publicist Lea Rosh, the initiator of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, dubbed Germany's "Holocaust Cassandra".
She has called on city authorities to cover up huge, Aryan statues created by sculptor Arno Breker on commission from Adolf Hitler that are still on display at Berlin's Nazi-era Olympic Stadium.
"Breker was a top Nazi. It's bad enough that the sculptures are on any kind of public display," she said.
Her cover-up call has been trumped by Ralph Giordana, a leading German-Jewish novelist, who says broad-shouldered statues by another artist at the stadium should "disappear quickly, without a trace" and be pulverised.
Arno Breker was an established sculptor in Germany when he accepted the Nazi commission for the statues The Decathlete and The Female Victor for the Olympic Stadium.
He created monumental works for the dictator's New Chancellery and the Nuremberg parade grounds also, earning him the title "Hitler's Michelangelo".
Though he never joined the Nazi party, Allied authorities charged with "denazification" of post-war Germany classified him as a "nominal" member.
Unlike Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, however, Breker was rehabilitated in the post-war years and even had the first West German chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, pose for him.
In 1973, it emerged that the sculptor had used his contacts with Hitler to save the life of Pablo Picasso, hours before the artist was arrested by the Gestapo in occupied Paris.
Breker died in 1991.
Berlin politicians, historians and Jewish leaders have dismissed the claims Breker's statues are unacceptably and irredeemably fascist and should be removed.
"The style was in step with the zeitgeist," said Christoph Stölzl, a Berlin historian and politician.
"The Neoclassical sculptures made in the United States at the time of the New Deal look just like the sculptures produced in Germany in the 1930s, in the Soviet Union, Italy or at the Palais Chaillot in Paris."
Name of source: Rolling Stone
SOURCE: Rolling Stone (6-2-06)
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (5-31-06)
Name of source: King5.com
SOURCE: King5.com (6-2-06)
Name of source: The Ottawa Citizen
SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen (6-2-06)
Well, possibly this: Little less than a year ago, Deep Sea Detectives hosts John Chatterton and Richie Kohler dove four kilometres beneath the North Atlantic's surface in Russian submersibles. Their mission, captured on film in tonight's two-hour A&E special, Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces, was to search outside the known debris field and possibly discover the unknown.
On their final dive, they made what to oceanographers and historians alike was a remarkable find: two large, intact sections of the Titanic's bottom hull in undisturbed condition, with the red bottom paint still visible.
For four months, until earlier this year, a team of marine architects, historians and structural engineers pored over the find: preliminary indications suggest these bottom sections will change our understanding of how the massive ship broke apart, and possibly rewrite the story of the Titanic's final moments. Gee, no one had better tell James Cameron then.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (6-1-06)
Name of source: Bruce Craig in the newsletter of the National Coalition for History
SOURCE: Bruce Craig in the newsletter of the National Coalition for History (6-1-06)
The most controversial passage states: “American history shall be viewed as factual, not constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and testable, and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.” To that end teachers are charged not only to focus on the history and content of the Declaration but are also instructed to teach the “history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the amendments thereto...” Other bill provisions place new emphasis on “flag education, including proper flag display and flag salute” and on the need to teach “the nature and importance of free enterprise to the United States economy.”
Unlike U.S. Senate version of the proposed new federal “Higher Education Act” (S. 1614) that seeks to define “traditional” American history, the Florida statute does not specifically define American history at all, rather, it describes what it is to include: “the period of discovery, early colonies, the War for Independence, the Civil War, the expansion of the United States to its present boundaries, the world wars, and the civil rights movement to the present.” Special provisions mandate the teaching of the history of the Holocaust, the history of African Americans, and Hispanic “contributions” to the United States. The role that Native Americans played in American history escapes mention. In highly prescriptive language students are to be taught “the arguments in support of adopting our republican form of government” as embodied in the Federalist Papers. The proscriptive language causes thoughtful teachers to wonder whether they are permitted to teach the line of reasoning advanced by the anti-federalists.
While the goal of the bill’s designers is “to raise historical literacy” concerning the documents, people, and events that shaped the nation, some history educators question the emphasis on teaching only “facts.” State Representative Shelley Vana, who also serves as the West Palm Beach teachers union president wonders “whose facts would they be, Christopher Columbus’s or the Indians?”
Theron Trimble, executive director of the Florida Council for the Social Studies, also questions the bill’s provisions that declares that teachers are not to “construct” history. Trimble asserts that “American history tends to get reinterpreted and re-reviewed in cycles...It’s a natural evolution, history is as changeable as the law.” Perhaps Jennifer Morely, an American history and government teacher, best summarized the concerns of her colleagues: “If you just require students to memorize information, that’s not the best way to create active citizens...we’re just creating little robots.”
The new law takes effect 1 July. Shortly thereafter, the state department of education will begin reviewing their standards and textbooks in 2007.
Name of source: aljazeera.net
SOURCE: aljazeera.net (5-30-06)
Dr Lamia Al-Gailani-Werr, an Iraqi archaeologist and member of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and former adviser to the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council, says the destruction of Iraq's heritage is leaving a bitter legacy for future generations.
Currently living in England, al-Gailani-Werr returned to Iraq as a consultant immediately after the museum was looted.
Aljazeera.net: How would you describe the current state of Iraq's antiquities?
Al-Gailani-Werr: Dismal. There isn't one pressing issue, but many. The museum is sealed off because of the security situation and it is very difficult to get to the objects inside.
It is necessary to have an inventory of the antiquities in the museum, to know exactly what has been stolen. Without such an inventory, anyone can steal more and attribute it to the day when the museum was looted in April 2003.
The archaeological sites particularly in the south are still systematically being looted.
I cannot picture the enormity of the loss to the heritage of Iraq.
What must be done to recover the country's historical wealth?
If you mean the looted antiquities from the Iraqi Museum, it will take years and maybe never. For instance, 5000 objects were looted from the museums in the south after the 1991 uprising [after Iraq's defeat and ousting from Kuwait]. Only a handful has been recovered.
How many pieces were looted after 2003?
Until there is precise inventory we cannot say how many objects have been looted. But it is estimated at around 15,000 pieces.
Name of source: bankingonbaghdad.com
SOURCE: bankingonbaghdad.com (6-1-06)
Name of source: Forward
SOURCE: Forward (6-1-06)
In Canada, the Ontario union's actions sent shockwaves through the leadership of the Jewish community. "Now they're looking at divestment, and undoubtedly they'll link up with the academics," said Frank Dimant, executive vice president of B'nai Brith Canada. "We're going to have this coalition of anti-Israel, which we thought had gone into the recesses and is coming back to the fore," he said.
Name of source: Press Release--Quinnipiac
SOURCE: Press Release--Quinnipiac (6-1-06)
President Bush is ranked worst by 56 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of independent voters and 7 percent of Republicans, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Best ranking for Reagan comes from 56 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independent voters. Among American voters 18 - 29 years old, Clinton leads the "best" list with 40 percent.
Among young voters, 42 percent list Bush as worst. Clinton tops the "worst" list among white Protestants - 24 percent, and white evangelical Christians - 29 percent.
American voters disapprove 58 - 35 percent of the job Bush is doing, compared to 58 - 36 percent in a March 2 survey. Even voters in red states, where Bush's margin was more than 5 percent in 2004, disapprove 52 - 39 percent.
"Democrats just plain don't like President Bush. His father, the 41st President, was voted out of the White House after one term. Nixon quit under fire. But most Democrats think Bush 43 wins the worst-president race," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Kennedy and Truman get big Democratic votes, especially among Baby Boomers (45 - 64 years old) and seniors (over 65), but recent memory counts," Carroll said. "Democrats say Clinton's the best and Republicans say he's the worst. Republicans don't think much of Jimmy Carter either. There's no contest for the GOP favorite: It's the Gipper."
"Bush's job-approval numbers remain in the cellar. But he might finally have hit bottom."
The main reasons cited by American voters who approve of Bush are that he is a strong leader who does what he thinks is right - 18 percent; and that he is doing a good job handling terrorism - 15 percent.
The main reason cited by voters who disapprove of Bush is the war in Iraq, listed by 43 percent.
A total of 38 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today, while 62 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied," matching the previous satisfaction low point from March 2.
In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 16 percent of voters say the war in Iraq is the most important problem facing the U.S. today, down from 23 percent in March. Another 12 percent list economic issues and 11 percent list immigration, the first time this issued has hit double digits in a national poll.
American voters say 56 - 39 percent that going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do.
The U.S. should remove all troops from Iraq, 29 percent of voters say, with 28 percent who want the U.S. to decrease the number of troops; 26 percent who want to maintain current troop levels and 11 percent who want to increase troop levels.
From May 23 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,534 registered voters nationwide. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.
Name of source: Wa Po
SOURCE: Wa Po (6-1-06)
The Australian-Indonesian research team said in the journal Nature that its analysis "negates claims" by critics that only modern humans could have made such tools, and that the Hobbits, with grapefruit-size brains, were modern humans afflicted with microcephaly, a debilitating genetic condition.