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Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (1-31-07)
The flatlands of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a sparsely populated state that covers northeastern Germany, are still littered with thousands of tons of unexploded ordnance from the Nazi era. There are cluster bombs, mortar shells, hand grenades, rockets. Most were manufactured and abandoned by the Third Reich, but there are also plenty of aging but still potent explosives left here and in neighboring states by Soviet, U.S. and British forces.
For more than 60 years, German bomb squads have been cleaning up. They comb through the woods and dredge the ponds, sift through construction sites and back yards. There's no end in sight.
SOURCE: WaPo (1-31-07)
Millions of television viewers around the world saw those fuzzy, moving images and were amazed, even mesmerized. What they didn't know was that the Apollo 11 camera had actually sent back video far crisper and more dramatic -- spectacular images that, remarkably, only a handful of people have ever seen.
NASA engineers who did view them knew what the public was missing, but the relatively poor picture quality of the broadcast images never became an issue because the landing was such a triumph. The original, high-quality lunar tapes were soon stored and forgotten.
Only in recent years was the agency reminded of what it once had -- clean and crisp first-man-on-the-moon video images that could be especially valuable now that NASA is planning a return trip.
About 36 years after the tapes went into storage, NASA was suddenly eager to have them. There was just one problem: The tapes were nowhere to be found.
Name of source: Stone Pages
SOURCE: Stone Pages (1-29-07)
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (1-31-07)
Su Tseng Chang has strongly defending changes to the high school history textbooks and backing his education minister.
During the weekly cabinet meeting, he said students should be taught about their own country and their history.
Critics say the changes are another attempt by President Chen Shui-bian's independence-leaning administration to try to downplay the island's cultural and historic links with China.
China regards the island as part of its territory and has threatened to use force if Taiwan formally declares independence.
Beijing says the latest changes are politically motivated and it has accused Taiwanese officials of introducing independence ideologies into the classroom.
Some opposition politicians in Taiwan have also complained that the changes are an attempt to cut the island's historic links to China and called for the education minister to resign.
Among the revisions, references to the "mainland" and "our country" are removed and simply replaced with "China".
While Dr Sun Yat-sen is referred to only by name without previous explanations that he was also the nation's founding father.
Identity is one of the most sensitive issues in Taiwan, although in recent years more people are identifying themselves as Taiwanese rather than Chinese.
It is a trend that clearly worries Beijing.
Earlier this month, China also complained about proposed changes to the charter of Taiwan's National Palace Museum, which contains the most important treasures which were once held in Beijing's Forbidden City.
The authorities accused officials of trying to remove references about where the art treasures originally came from.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (1-27-07)
Ivan Tolstoy, who is also a broadcaster for Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, writes in a forthcoming book that the CIA secretly arranged for the publication of a limited Russian-language edition of "Doctor Zhivago" in 1958 to help Pasternak secure the Nobel Prize in Literature that year.
"Pasternak's novel became a tool that was used by the United States to teach the Soviet Union a lesson," Tolstoy said in a telephone interview from Prague, where he works as a Russian commentator for the U.S. government-funded radio stations. The novelist knew nothing of the CIA's action, according to Tolstoy and the writer's family.
Tolstoy said his book, "The Laundered Novel," is based on more than a decade of research and will be released later this year, the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Doctor Zhivago." He previewed its contents in a recent lecture in Moscow.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (1-31-07)
The tag will fly aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled for launch March 15, NASA announced Wednesday. After the mission, NASA will return the tag to Historic Jamestowne for display in its new archaeological museum.
The voyage honors one of the first phases of American exploration, the founding of Jamestown in May 1607. An 18-month series of activities to commemorate the colony's 400th anniversary is under way...
Researchers found the tag at the bottom of a well during an archaeological dig last summer...The rectangular tag made of lead is inscribed "YAMES" and beneath that "TOWNE"...
SOURCE: AP (1-31-07)
Such first impressions are among the text of 28 interviews documenting the former president's early years in Hope and Hot Springs as part of a project that aims to make Clinton the most documented president ever.
The interviews were released Tuesday by the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, which is part of the University of Arkansas Libraries at Fayetteville.
When he returned after the Holocaust -- the only survivor in his family -- Moskovic found the house in Sobrance had been pillaged and the shed torn down. The buried cache, probably including insurance policies, was never found.
On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court in New York will hold a hearing on objections raised by Moskovic and five other Holocaust survivors seeking to block a class action settlement by Assicurazioni Generali. That is the Italian insurance company Moskovic believes issued policies to his father and uncles for which he would be the heir.
Many were children of Japanese farmers sent to China's remote northwest to develop land seized by Tokyo. They were left behind by their fleeing parents as Soviet troops closed in at the end of the war in 1945, returning only a decade ago.
Now, Abdelwahhab has become the first Arab nominated for recognition as "Righteous Among the Nations," an honor bestowed on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from Nazi persecution.
The nomination of Abdelwahhab, who died in 1997, has reopened a little-known chapter of the Holocaust in the Arab countries of North Africa.
The case of Murat Kurnaz, 24, has been at the center of a political furor in recent days, amid allegations that the government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder spurned an early U.S. offer to free him.
His 256-page book, titled "Five Years of My Life: A Report from Guantanamo," is scheduled for release April 23, the Rowohlt publishing house said in a statement. It said Kurnaz worked with a writer, Helmut Kuhn, on the memoir.
Judge Norberto Oyarbide said that if Spain's justice system ultimately rules against extraditing Peron, who is living in Madrid, he would press for a trial in Spain as a final recourse, He cited a bilateral treaty that he said would allow for such prosecution...
The arrest of Peron, 75, earlier this month marked the expansion of Argentina's human rights investigations beyond dictatorship-era crimes to death squads that terrorized the nation prior to the 1976 coup.
SOURCE: AP (1-29-07)
David Royle, executive vice president for programming and production at Smithsonian Networks, said the goal is to do more than "merely museum television" with programs that are "entertaining, informative and fun."
[Tom] Cavanagh will host the six-part series "Stories from the Vaults" from the back rooms of the world's largest museum and research complex, which houses millions of items from art, history, technology and science...
Smithsonian Networks, which was announced last March, plans to spend at least $10 million for more than 130 hours of programming each year. Museum representatives will check the programs for accuracy and to ensure they align with Smithsonian standards...
SOURCE: AP (1-29-07)
Historian Warren Dixon argued that the marker erected in 1963 recognized the accomplishments of two men, both named James Hunter. One led a band of backwoods men known as the Regulators into the 1771 Battle of Alamance -- one of the first acts of rebellion against British rule in North Carolina.
The other was a member of the state Legislature from 1772-82 and a state auditor. He also fought at the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse, according to the North Carolina Genealogical Journal. He is the one most likely to have been buried near the former marker...
Dixon has told state officials about one more possible error. There is a historical marker in Siler City that commemorates a second leader of the Regulators, Herman Husband. The marker says his home was nearby, but Dixon found another parcel in Randolph County owned by Husband that he believes was his actual home.
The state has accepted Dixon's research and will place a new marker at the site this spring, but will not destroy the existing one, Hill said.
SOURCE: AP (1-28-07)
Assemblyman Michael Gianaris and Senator Martin Golden said Sunday they would introduce legislation to ensure those workers are recognized.
"We want to tell the story of the 9/11 workers who rushed here to help put the city back on its feet, who got sick because they did that, and now unfortunately many of them have died," Gianaris said at a news conference attended by ailing first responders and family members.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (1-31-07)
A community of hundreds of people lived there about 2500 B.C., during the time Stonehenge was erected, say the scientists, led by Mike Parker Pearson of the United Kingdom's Sheffield University. Inhabitants most likely raised Stonehenge as a monument to their dead, who were buried there ceremonially...
"We are really looking at a solar cult where ancestors were a major part of their worship," Pearson said in a telephone briefing for reporters organized by National Geographic, a research sponsor. "Stonehenge may have been a swan song of a particular way of life."
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (1-31-07)
They say they have struck a deal with the insurer, Assicurazioni Generali, that will give Holocaust victims and their relatives far less money than they had originally hoped. But the lawyers say that their chances of winning a lawsuit seemed increasingly unlikely and that many of their clients are old and, in some cases, in poor health.
“It’s a compromise,” said Robert A. Swift, a lawyer in Philadelphia who began working on insurance cases from the Holocaust in 1997. “In a perfect world with more leverage, maybe I could have negotiated a better formula. But I’m playing the hand I was dealt.”
SOURCE: NYT (1-29-07)
Name of source: The Guardian
The British Library-owned Codex Arundel is the world's second-biggest compilation of Leonardo pages and hardly anyone outside high academic circles has seen it. It features everything from treatises on mechanics and bird flight to drawings of underwater breathing apparatus, as well as riddles, prophecies and notes for himself of the "must buy bucket" variety.
The Codex Leicester was bought by Mr Gates in 1994 for $30m (£15.3m). A third of the writings relate to water, including a discussion on submarine warfare.
Yesterday Mr Gates, Microsoft's chairman, shared the stage with British Library chief executive Lynne Brindley to announce the joint venture, which they said paved the way for new academic discoveries. The announcement was timed, unapologetically, to coincide with the launch of the new Windows operating system, Vista. "The way Leonardo da Vinci combined incomparable genius with the human determination to strive for knowledge and practical improvement is an incredible inspiration," said Mr Gates.
Back in 1086, it was observed that in England and Wales "there was no single hide nor a yard of land, nor indeed one ox nor one pig which was left out". The Treasury...put a value on everything the state owns [now] and came up with a total of £337,104,120,000 (almost £338bn).
And whereas the original Norman Domesday Book (which valued William's realm at just £73,000) detailed every plough and fish pond, Mr Brown's audit includes the Diana Memorial Fountain (£4m), the 23 photographs by Alfred Steilglitz in the Victoria and Albert Museum (£1.8m)...
Inflation means the Treasury thinks it no longer worth specifying individual assets valued at less than £1m, which means the non-appearance of some of the national treasures included in New Labour's first update of the Domesday book 10 years ago -- such as the apple tree under which Isaac Newton was sitting when he allegedly came up with the laws of gravity.
But he vowed to continue fighting to protect what he described as his family's "moral rights" to the classic work.
"I believed we were fighting the good cause but the court decided otherwise. It is very, very disappointing," Pierre Hugo said. "I am not just fighting for myself, my family and for Victor Hugo but for the descendants of all writers, painters and composers who should be protected from people who want to use a famous name and work just for money." Mr Hugo, 59, a goldsmith, has been fighting to have banned Cosette ou le Temps des Illusions (Cosette or the Time of Illusions), written by journalist François Cérésa. He had demanded £450,000 damages, claiming the publishers had betrayed the spirit of his ancestor's work to make money.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (1-31-07)
Archaeologists believe that he planned to retrieve the treasure if he won. In the event, he and his closest aides were killed, so that no one knew where it was hidden.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (1-30-07)
The disclosure, in a Berlin newspaper, will trigger a new debate about how the Holocaust should be remembered in Germany...The managers of the memorial, which attracts 3.5 million visitors a year, have tried to play down the scandal.
“This just belongs to the teething problems of any new monument,” Uwe Neumaerker, of the Memorial Foundation, said. The German Government has been aware of the problem since the monument was completed in May 2005 but has tried to maintain a silence for fear of encouraging more vandalism.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (1-30-07)
With many lawmakers poised to confront President George W. Bush by voting disapproval of his war policy in the coming days, four of five experts called before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee said Congress could go further and restrict or stop U.S. involvement if it chose.
"I think the constitutional scheme does give Congress broad authority to terminate a war," said Bradford Berenson, a Washington lawyer who was a White House associate counsel under Bush from 2001 to 2003.
"It is ultimately Congress that decides the size, scope and duration of the use of military force," said Walter Dellinger, former acting solicitor general -- the government's chief advocate before the Supreme Court -- in 1996-97, and an assistant attorney general three years before that.
The hearing was frequently punctuated by outbursts from more than a dozen anti-war protesters, who were asked several times to be quiet but not thrown out.
SOURCE: Reuters (1-30-07)
The Italian engineer and art expert reckons he knows where the fresco, which disappeared nearly five centuries ago, might be hidden -- behind a wall right where it was painted, in Florence's Renaissance town hall [the Palazzo Vecchio].
Now that the Italian government has given him the go-ahead to complete his investigation, Seracini says he is just a few months away from finding out once and for all.
James Dresnok, the last American defector still living in North Korea, broke 44 years of silence since he slipped across South Korea's heavily mined border to begin a new life that included appearances in anti-American propaganda films.
"I don't have intentions of leaving," he said, even "if you put a billion damn dollars of gold on the table." Dresnok was speaking in an interview with British filmmakers broadcast by the CBS television network's "60 Minutes" program on Sunday...
Dresnok's story was made into a documentary film called "Crossing the Line" by Dan Gordon and Nick Bonner, who appeared on the news program.
Simone Veil, a French politician, addressed the U.N. General Assembly as part of the body's second commemoration of the Holocaust, timed to the liberation by the Soviet army of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp.
"After the massacre in Cambodia, it is Africa that has been paying the price, in Rwanda, in Darfur," she told the audience, which included other survivors and their families.
"His philosophy contributed in no small measure to bringing about a peaceful transformation in South Africa and in healing the destructive human divisions that had been spawned by the abhorrent practice of apartheid," said Mandela.
The 88-year-old statesman was addressing a conference, through a satellite link from South Africa, to mark the centenary of Gandhi's "satyagraha" or non-violent movement which began in Johannesburg on Sept 11, 1906, where Gandhi was practicing law. Gandhi lived in South Africa from 1893 to 1914, where he was an active and high profile political activist.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (1-31-07)
"There's a lot of people who don't want to be involved" because of what the school symbolizes ˆ racial segregation, says Alonzo Penson, who attended the school back in the 1940s. "Black people have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."
A nascent movement in the South and elsewhere to save what's left of African-American landmarks ˆ old cabins, juke joints, and schoolhouses ˆ is laboring to overcome a host of obstacles, not least of which is deep ambivalence among blacks themselves about preserving places associated with black oppression or discrimination.
Name of source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch (1-30-07)
The family agreed to have Col. Joseph Bridger's bones dug up and analyzed by experts from the Smithsonian Institution, "because we thought it would be interesting to know more about him," said Jean Tomes of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Bridger's ninth great-granddaughter.
Bridger, a staunch ally of the king and a member of the [Virginia] House of Burgesses, died in 1686 after helping build the church. Tests of his bones could reveal information such as his diet, his build and whether he suffered from diseases, Tomes said. It also may be possible to use skull fragments to reconstruct his face, of which no likeness now exists, she said.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (1-30-07)
A search of court decisions by the New York Times turned up more than 100 rulings that have cited the online encyclopedia since 2004, including 13 from the circuit court of appeals, one rung beneath the supreme court; America's highest court has yet to succumb to the site's call.
Despite its status among the 20 most popular sites on the internet, its reputation suffered when several cases emerged of entries being tampered with by pranksters or containing errors. In 2005, a writer was falsely accused of being linked to the assassinations of John F Kennedy and his brother, Robert, by a Nashville delivery driver playing a joke on a co-worker. The writer, John Seigenthaler, who had served as an administrative assistant to Robert Kennedy and was one of the pall bearers at his funeral, was not amused.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (1-30-07)
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (1-3-07)
Name of source: TV3 (New Zealand)
SOURCE: TV3 (New Zealand) (1-30-07)
The Marischal Museum at the University of Aberdeen handed over the nine toi moko from its huge collection of Maori exhibits to a Kiwi delegation.
The heads will be stored at Te Papa while researchers try to identify their source communities.
They were handed over at a ceremony in Aberdeen after almost 200 years in northeast Scotland.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (1-29-07)
Air brakes hissing and motors rumbling, four buses retraced segments of the 1961 Freedom Rides on Saturday and Sunday, giving students aboard a front-seat view of a pivotal moment in civil rights history. On the rides 46 years ago, activists armed with only their convictions braved white mobs to defy segregation of interstate bus travel.
There have been many previous expeditions to locations where riders were beaten, bloodied and jailed, but this weekend’s was probably the largest and most ambitious attempt to keep the history alive.
“I don’t know that any students have ever had this opportunity before,” said Raymond Arsenault, the author of the 2006 book “Freedom Riders,” considered an authoritative history.
SOURCE: New York Times (1-30-07)
The clock is a subtle way of showing that the shop is owned by a Turkish chain, like the shoe store next door and two other shops in the new mall. It is perhaps a risky move, because Greeks defiantly still call the city Constantinople.
But the remarkable thing for Ms. Kanellopoulou, considering that her parents were driven from Turkey in 1922, is that buying from Turks is now unremarkable. “I shop,” she said, “and I have no problem with it.”
All is definitely not forgiven, but a warmer climate between Greece and Turkey is showing up in the daily lives of Greeks. From pricey stores to growing tourism, from belly dancing to a Turkish television show popular here with its Romeo-and-Juliet theme played out by a Greek man and a Turkish woman, cultural barriers are eroding here. Such things are changing faster, perhaps, than the political differences that still divide the two nations...
SOURCE: New York Times (1-30-07)
The archaeologists announced today that the 4,600-year-old ruins appear to form the largest Neolithic village ever found in Britain. The houses at the site known as Durrington Walls were constructed in the same period that Stonehenge, less than two miles away, was built as a religious center presumably for worshippers of the Sun and their ancestors.
Mike Parker Pearson, a leader of the excavations from Sheffield University, said the discoveries last summer supported the emerging recognition that the ring of standing stones and earthworks at Stonehenge was part of a much larger religious complex.
In a teleconference conducted by the National Geographic Society, Dr. Parker Pearson said a circle of ditches and earthen banks at Durrington Walls enclosed concentric rings of huge timber posts — “basically a wooden version of Stonehenge,” he said.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (1-29-07)
Many of the president's descendants have a gene mutation that affects the part of the brain controlling movement and coordination, researchers discovered last year. The mutation prevents nerve cells from "communicating" with each other properly, but scientists weren't sure exactly how or why.
The malformed protein could actually be causing nerve cells to break altogether, show the experiments announced today by scientists at the University of Utah.
If Honest Abe had the disease, it would explain the gangly walk for which he was famous, they said.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (1-30-07)
Wearing orange jackets bearing campaign logos, about 2,000 pupils formed a human chain around the monument.
Greece has long campaigned for the marbles' return. But the British Museum says they are better off in London, safe from pollution damage in Athens.
SOURCE: BBC News (1-30-07)
The 669 items - 601 stones and 68 bracelets - were confiscated on 19 January at Charles de Gaulle airport and included axe heads, flintstones and stone rings.
Most of the artefacts date from a few thousand years BC. But others are from the Acheulean period, between one million years and 200,000 years old, and from the Middle Stone Age (200,000 years BC to 20,000 years BC).
SOURCE: BBC News (1-29-07)
The finds caused a sensation when they were announced to the world in 2004. But some researchers argued the bones belonged to a modern human with a combination of small stature and a brain disorder called microcephaly.
That claim is rejected by the latest study, which compares the tiny people with modern microcephalics. Microcephaly is a rare pathological condition in humans characterised by a small brain and cognitive impairment.
In the new study, Dean Falk, of Florida State University, and her colleagues say the remains are those of a completely separate human species: Homo floresiensis. They have published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The remains at the centre of the Hobbit controversy were discovered at Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, in 2003. Researchers found one near-complete skeleton, which they named LB1, along with the remains of at least eight other individuals.
The researchers believe the 1m-tall (3ft) people evolved from an unknown small-bodied, small-brained ancestor, which they think became small in stature to cope with the limited supply of food on the island.
The little humans are thought to have survived until about 12,000 years ago, when a volcanic eruption devastated the region.
Name of source: Archaeologica News
SOURCE: Archaeologica News (1-29-07)
slave cabins sit in a perfect row˜remains of a
plantation that predates the Revolutionary War. Dan
Elliott stands next to the cabins one morning, near
palm trees silhouetted against the gray sky. For five
weeks he has been digging inside the cabins. Now he
has set his shovel aside.
Wearing a blue-striped train conductor's cap and
dirt-stained jeans, he holds the handle of a
ground-penetrating radar device that looks like a lawn
mower. At its base is a small black box that emits
radar, and attached to the handle is a laptop
computer. Elliott is an archaeologist and the
president of a nonprofit archaeology firm called the
Lamar Institute, based in Savannah. On his computer
screen is a map of Ossabaw from the year 1860. It
shows six additional slave cabins in the same row as
the three still standing today. He hopes the radar
will detect the buried foundations of the vanished
As he pushes the device across the grass, a readout
like that of a seismograph during an earthquake
appears on the computer screen. Elliott, a soft-spoken
Georgia native, breaks into a broad grin. "The ground
is crawling with objects," he says.
The artifacts that Elliott has unearthed may give new
insight into how the people who lived here as long ago
as the 1700s endured slavery and retained their
African traditions. Ossabaw may be "the gold standard
for understanding slave life on the barrier islands,"
Somewhat surprisingly, he's the first archaeologist to
break ground on the 250-year-old plantation.
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1-30-07)
The Silver Spade, taller than a 12-story building, was capable of digging 155 tons in one bite and had a top speed of one-quarter mile per hour.
The 7,000-ton Silver Spade has sat dormant in rural Harrison County near Cadiz since April, after its rotating base was disabled. When the machinery's owner, Upper St. Clair-based Consol Energy Inc., decided it was too costly to repair, the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park began a fund-raising campaign to save the Silver Spade.
The group hoped to raise $800,000 to cover the estimated salvage cost of the metal from the Silver Spade, but raised only a fraction of the goal. The bigger issue apparently was the prohibitive cost of reclaiming the land under the Silver Spade if the machinery remained intact and the area was used for the outdoor mining museum...Consol estimated the cost at $1.7 million.
Name of source: The Independent
SOURCE: The Independent (1-29-07)
Amid the barbarity of a trade that brought 11 million Africans to the New World in chains, what Midshipman Binstead witnessed was not rare. But what was unusual was that he wrote it down as part of an account of the reality of transatlantic slavery and attempts to bring it to a halt.
This week, the diary kept by Binstead for two years while serving on the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron, charged with intercepting slave ships, goes on display for the first time since it was written. It forms part of a new exhibition at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth to mark the abolition of the slave trade by Britain in 1807.
SOURCE: The Independent (1-29-07)
The family was originally Spanish - "the Borjas" - and, in Viana in Navarra, where Cesare fell in battle in 1507, a campaign is afoot to recycle this symbol of Catholic depravity as a local hero.
Only a small stone in the pavement outside Viana's Santa Maria church marks the tomb of Cesare Borgia...To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, residents of Viana (population 3,600) want to move his remains to a more spectacular resting place inside the church.
Name of source: Nature
SOURCE: Nature (1-25-07)
Archaeologist Ahmet Yaras, head of the Allianoi excavation team, is spearheading a campaign to save the site from being submerged. They are trying to rally international support to pressure the authorities to move the reservoir — or at least delay the flooding for another five years so that they can finish the excavations.
Allianoi is a hot-springs area 18 kilometres northeast of the ruins of ancient Pergamon that was used as a spa in Hellenistic times. It was constructed during major public works done under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian during the second century AD. In addition to the spa, the Allianoi site includes public squares, streets, gates, bridges, fountains and buildings. Together, they encompass about 50,000 square metres, and they could all end up in the middle of the reservoir.
Name of source: Press Trust of India
SOURCE: Press Trust of India (1-28-07)
The party, supporting the UPA [United Progress Alliance, the ruling] coalition from outside, also asked the government today to take "corrective measures" to portray the people's participation in the freedom struggle -- ranging from the Battle of Plassey 250 years ago, the major peasant and tribal uprisings, the Indian National Army and the 1946 Naval mutiny, senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.
Launching the first special issue of 'People's Democracy', its editor Yechury said the history of India's freedom struggle was more relevant today than ever before. "Like the British killed the two sons of the last Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and sent him to Burma to die, we now see US imperialism first killing the two sons and then President Saddam Hussain of Iraq. The manner in which these two incidents happened shows that the ruthless functioning of imperialism has not changed since then", he said...
The CPI(M) leader said the British had suppressed the history of the happenings of 1857 and the people should be made aware of the huge amount of information on all these events available from different sections.
Asked about the observation of 'Satyagraha' by the Congress party, Yechury said "if the Congress wants to monopolise Satyagraha, it is their business. But it should be a national observation.
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (1-29-07)
"I have been laboring inhumanly," Albert Einstein, then 36, wrote to a friend in his native German. "I am quite overworked."
His fellow scientists, he complained in a letter contained in a newly published collection of his personal correspondence, were behaving abominably, either "trying to poke holes" in his theory or competing with him to finish it first.
At the same time, he was estranged from his two young sons, who were living in Switzerland with their mother, from whom Einstein had separated the year before. He was romancing his cousin Elsa Lowenthal, whom he would later marry, and was stressed about money. His stomach was acting up.
Name of source: Canadian Press
SOURCE: Canadian Press (1-29-07)
That's because in many places there was no road to drive on. The Toronto physician embarked on his journey in a Ford Model T to promote the idea of a national roadway. But when Doolittle and his partner ran into dead-ends, they replaced the car's wheels with special steel rims and motored along railway tracks.
"Since they travelled a total of 1,365 kilometres in this fashion, they could hardly have been said to have driven across the country," writes Vancouver-based historian Daniel Francis, author of the new book "A Road for Canada: The Illustrated History of the Trans-Canada Highway" (Stanton Atkins & Dosil Publishers).
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (1-29-07)
"My idea is to first look at the property and see if there's an opportunity there," said Irving Mayor Herbert Gears.
City staffers have had informal discussions on how -- and whether -- to proceed, since the local press mentioned the possibility earlier this month that some special designation might be attached to the small house on West Fifth Street.
"We feel this is definitely a very historical, significant structure that needs to be preserved," said George Edwin, president of the Irving Museum Board.
But Kim Short, who has lived in the house the past eight years, seemed cool to the idea of a museum. A historical marker, perhaps, but she said she didn't necessarily feel like giving up her property.