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Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (3-1-07)
"The tomb is a fact, the names are facts, the DNA relationship is a fact, the statistical studies are facts," insists [Toronto filmmaker Simcha] Jacobovici."There was enough to say it's time to bring this to the attention of the world and let a scientific, academic, theological debate begin."...
"The names [on the ossuaries] are coincidental," says Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University."The historian Josephus records 21 Yeshuas [Jesus], and those are people famous enough to be included in his histories. And 25 percent of Jewish women at the time had the name Mary."...
As for the DNA evidence, critics say the idea captures people's attention today, but there is no DNA evidence related to the historical Jesus."They simply say they've demonstrated that the two people are not related by DNA," says Ben Witherington, a New Testament expert and author of"What Have They Done With Jesus?""That proves nothing. There are [many] explanations for why you could have two people in the same extended family tomb that are not related by DNA."...
Dr. Witherington also challenges the statistical analysis, charging that it involved a more selective sampling than should have been used."Another problem is that the majority of the statistics are still in the ground – in ossuaries that haven't been dug up yet." he says."We can't assume the evidence we have is representative of what is still in the ground." Jacobovici stands by the analysis, and says the expert, Andrey Feuerverger, has submitted it to a statistical journal for peer review. Apparently unfazed –- perhaps even pleased – by all the controversy (the bloggers are in full cry already), he concedes that the evidence"isn't 100 percent."
"All I'm saying is that you have here an interesting tomb, a compelling cluster of names, the DNA doesn't undermine the theory. Hey, world, let's look at this."
The critics have a different take."It's the same hype that attended 'The Da Vinci Code,' which was plainly fiction. Yet this is cast as fact," says Dr. Maier."The guy is a showman, an Indiana Jones wannabe."
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-28-07)
A former president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Rowe remembers well the excitement of her first discovery, back in 1990. In Burke County, N.C., she found a will that listed a young slave boy named Jack. The age -- 8 years old in 1827 -- fit what she already knew about her ancestry. The location fit, too. And when she cross-referenced the 1870 census -- the first in which former slaves were listed as people with names, not just chattel -- she found her confirmation: Andrew Jackson Corpening, her great-great-grandfather, a slave freed from anonymity.
It was the first of many such breakthroughs, each leading to a fuller picture of the ancestral shoulders on which Rowe stood. She has been in contact with three white families with slaveholding ancestors and visited plantation sites. It is difficult work, unleashing emotions from anger to resignation. But she is re-creating the family tree once shrouded by time. And the slaves, she believes, would be happy.
"I feel that my ancestors want me to know the story," says Rowe, 62, of Fort Washington. "You kind of feel their spirit there and they are rejoicing that we have finally found them."
Name of source: AP
Representatives of the Jewish conference, who met with Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, hope for legislation similar to a 1997 law that provided for restitution of Jewish communal property, such as synagogues or cemeteries...
Miroslaw Szypowski, the head of an alliance of Polish groups seeking restitution, estimated the value of seized property claimed by owners, or their heirs, was up to $23 billion. About 17 percent of that rightly belongs to Jewish owners or their heirs, Szypowski said.
Some of the property was seized by the Nazis during their wartime occupation of Poland and later taken into public ownership, and some was seized under Communist rule.
The scheme —- which was abandoned —- was concocted by militarists and suspected war criminals who had worked for U.S. occupation authorities after World War II, according to CIA records reviewed by The Associated Press. The plotters wanted a right-wing government that would rearm Japan.
Her passion, though, lies with preserving the pure longhorn breed that roamed Texas and other parts of the West during the mid-1800s.
``A true Texas longhorn is endangered right now,'' said Davis, president of the Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Registry, which is striving to keep the bloodline of the longhorn as pure as possible.
The longhorn isn't on any endangered lists, but the crossbred longhorns competing in livestock shows have far more heft and girth than the rangy, gaunt animal of the Wild West.
SOURCE: AP (2-24-07)
Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of the former Massachusetts governor now seeking to become the first Mormon president.
Romney's great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after Mormon leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.
Romney's great-grandmother, Hannah Hood Hill, was the daughter of polygamists. She wrote vividly in her autobiography about how she"used to walk the floor and shed tears of sorrow" over her own husband's multiple marriages.
Romney's great-great grandfather, Parley Pratt, an apostle in the church, had 12 wives. In an 1852 sermon, Parley Pratt's brother and fellow apostle, Orson Pratt, became the first church official to publicly proclaim and defend polygamy as a direct revelation from God.
In the heart of the downtown sits Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the three-story brick building where the poet lived as a youth. It’s a few blocks east of Longfellow Square and even closer to Longfellow Books. Some of the city’s elementary school pupils attend Longfellow School. Older folks can, in season, order a locally brewed Longfellow Winter Ale in a nearby bar or restaurant.
Longfellow, one of the most beloved literary figures in 19th-century America, has left his mark in the city where he was born on Feb. 27, 1807. Because of that connection, the Maine Historical Society is hosting a 200th birthday celebration Tuesday that kicks off a year of bicentennial activities.
Similar events, including poetry readings, lectures and exhibits, are also being held in Brunswick, where Longfellow attended Bowdoin College in the same graduating class as Nathaniel Hawthorne, and in Cambridge, Mass., where he spent most of his life and taught foreign languages at Harvard University.
Known for such familiar poems as ”Evangeline,” ”The Children’s Hour,” ”The Song of Hiawatha” and ”Paul Revere’s Ride,” Longfellow achieved fame during his lifetime comparable to that of today’s leading pop culture figures.
"In spite of the fact he was a segregationist, he did many wonderful things for black people ... I'm not sure that Reverend Sharpton is aware of all the things he did," said Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who was in South Carolina for a speech. "I kind of feel that there was an overreaction."
Professional genealogists working for Ancestry.com found that Sharpton's great-grandfather Coleman Sharpton was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather. Coleman Sharpton was later freed.
When Sharpton learned of the link, he said: "It was probably the most shocking thing in my life."
And some, such as Irene Nemirovsky's "Suite Francaise," sell because they're great books.
Born in 1903, Nemirovsky was a Ukrainian Jew who emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She was arrested in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France and soon died at Auschwitz, where her husband, Michael Epstein, was later killed.
The author of several previous works, Nemirovsky had been discretely working on a five-part novel before her arrest. The first two sections, fictionalized accounts of the war, were discovered in the 1990s by her daughter, Denise Epstein, and published in France to great acclaim in 2004. The book was again praised highly when the English edition came out in the United States last spring.
The district attorney in rural Leflore County had sought a manslaughter charge against the white woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, who was suspected of pointing out Till to her husband to punish the boy for what was a grave offense in the segregated South.
But the grand jury last Friday issued a "no bill," meaning it found insufficient evidence, according to documents made public Tuesday.
Federal authorities decided last year not to prosecute anyone, saying the statute of limitations for federal charges had run out. Mississippi authorities represented the last, best hope of bringing someone to justice. No one has ever been convicted in the slaying.
U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels announced his approval after listening to lawyers on all sides, including an attorney for six objectors who insisted the deal with Assicurazioni Generali would deny justice for tens of thousands of victims.
"The settlement is not perfect, but it's hard to imagine any recovery for Holocaust victims after 60 years could be just compensation," Daniels said.
But he spent much of his adult life as a journalist, first publishing a newspaper in Rochester, N.Y., where he lived near the Canadian border to be able to flee if pursued, and then in the District.
Douglass was the first black reporter allowed into the Capitol press galleries, where journalists watch lawmakers on the floors of the House and Senate.
His role as a pioneering journalist was honored yesterday during Black History Month, when the committee of reporters that controls access to the galleries dedicated a plaque and portrait to him.
Douglass was a member of the congressional press galleries from 1870 to 1874.
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The salvaged pieces have been stored in a replica fur store on the southern edge of a replica fort. Scientists are cataloguing the items, and hope to learn the history of the fort and the thousands who lived there...
Elaine Dorset, a Portland State University anthropology graduate student, [is] examining microscopic pieces of long-decayed plants in a formal garden that lay north of the fort...Heidi Pierson is finishing a study of the powder magazine, the only brick building at the fort, with a goal to rebuild an accurate replica...
Others will study the fort's sales shop, "basically the Wal-Mart of its day," said Doug Wilson, a Portland State professor and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve archaeologist.
"It was the only store in town. It sold a variety to everyone in the area: people in the village, missionaries, people on the Oregon trail," Wilson said. "If you go to any settler's house site in the area from the 1840s and 1850s, it'll probably have artifacts from this place because it dominated the trade."...
Louis Caywood began the first digs in 1947 in an open field between Pearson Field and downtown Vancouver. He found and staked out the exact location of the original fort.
Construction of a replica fort and buildings got under way in 1960 and continues today...The latest digs have been in the Kanaka Town area west of the fort. With some 600 workers living there, residents included Scots and English, Iroquois, Crees, Metis, Chinook, French Canadians, Hawaiians and Russians.
Scholars have determined that 32 languages were spoken in the town, creating a unique multicultural community, Wilson said.
Seals and other markings on some of the estimated 1,000 fragments of porcelain plates found at the site indicate they were made in China in the late 1500s, said archaeologist Luz Maria Mejia of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
The site, near the port of Ensenada about 50 miles south of the U.S. border, is covered by shifting sand dunes that have kept artifacts like these hidden for centuries. Archeologists have been scouring the dunes for years to try to find relics from old Pacific trading ships.
The tribunal in the northern port city of La Spezia ruled that there was no evidence to convict Herbert Hantschk, an Austrian who was tried in absentia, the ANSA news agency reported. He was the sole surviving defendant in the case, Italian media said.
The massacre occurred in the town of San Polo, near Arezzo, as the German army was in retreat from north-central Italy. The victims were either shot, buried alive or killed with explosives during a roundup of Italian resistance fighters.
On Feb. 28, 1947, Chinese Nationalist soldiers beat a local Taiwanese woman for selling contraband cigarettes near the Taipei rail station. The episode set off rioting throughout the island which Nationalist reinforcements put down at the cost of thousands of lives.
Sixty years later the "2-28 Incident" remains a sensitive subject for many Taiwanese, and a source of acrimony between President Chen Shui-bian's ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Nationalist opposition.
SOURCE: AP (2-24-07)
The records, declassified in 2005 and 2006 under an act of Congress in tandem with Nazi war crime-related files, fill in many of the blanks in the previously spotty documentation of the occupation authority's intelligence arm and its involvement with Japanese ultra-nationalists and war criminals, historians say.
In addition to Tsuji, who escaped Allied prosecution and was elected to parliament in the 1950s, conspicuous figures in U.S.-funded operations included mob boss and war profiteer Yoshio Kodama, and Takushiro Hattori, former private secretary to Hideki Tojo, the wartime prime minister hanged as a war criminal in 1948.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (2-15-07)
Historians are closing in on the socio-economic and cultural factors in family downsizing, a trend also found in most of Western Europe.
"There are two reasons fertility rates can decline," said J. David Hacker, a SUNY Binghamton historian. "One explanation is that marriage declines. Not as many women get married, and if they do marry, they do so at a later age, so that there is less time to have children. The second explanation is that people consciously try to limit having children, which was revolutionary in the 19th century."
According to most census estimates, an American woman had on average seven to eight children in 1800. By 1900 the number dropped to about 3.5. That has fallen to slightly more than two today. Birth rates fell first in New England, and then among pioneers as they headed west. Internationally, France led the way to smaller families.
Reconstructing the intricacies of census data has been difficult for dates prior to 1933, when the National Birth Registration system was put into place. With grant money from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Hacker is taking a closer look at long-term census trends thanks to a new database developed by the Minnesota Population Center.
SOURCE: Live Science (2-26-07)
The patterns, in particular, have helped researchers identify the dyes, paints, skills and trade routes of the Hopewell, a broad network of Native American groups who lived in the eastern part of North America about 2,000 years ago. The Hopewell in Ohio made enclosures out of earthen walls called mounds, and traded materials with people as far away as Wyoming.
Color patterns are usually invisible to the naked eye under standard lighting conditions but behave differently in the infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) spectra than in visible light. So Ohio State University archaeologists employed IR and UV technology normally used to detect fingerprints to look for patterns on fabric specimens found in Ohio's Seip burial grounds. The fabrics excavated from the burial grounds are thought to be part of a canopy that was arched over the deceased 1,600 years ago.
"The camera sees what we cannot see with our eyes alone," said Christel Baldia, lead author of a report on the technique and findings published in the April issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (2-28-07)
Israel says the dig, 50 meters (165 feet) from a religious compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, will do no harm to the Dome of Rock and al-Aqsa mosques on the plaza, which overlooks Judaism's Western Wall.
Israeli archaeologists began what they called a "rescue excavation" at the site on February 7 to salvage artifacts before planned construction of a walkway leading up to the complex, where the two biblical Jewish Temples once stood.
The dig touched off violent Muslim protests in Arab East Jerusalem, which includes the walled Old City where the compound is located...
Israeli Antiquities Authority spokeswoman Osnat Goaz said Israel invited the group, which consists of four officials, including the director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center, as part of its efforts to display "full transparency" over the dig.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-27-07)
The Janadriyah began 22 years ago as a showcase for a Bedouin culture heritage of camels, tents, coffee pots and swords that seemed in danger of disappearing.
But as well as a jamboree of cultural affirmation, in recent years it has become an opportunity to encourage national unity, with state television showing King Abdullah and other Saudi royals performing a Bedouin sword dance known as 'arda.
The Saudi family used an austere version of Islam to conquer and unite the vast country in the Arabian Peninsula in the early 20th century; commitment to a supranational idea of Islam still comes before patriotism for many Saudis.
But the September 11 attacks of 2001 in the United States, where most of the attackers were Saudis, spurred the authorities to try to boost the sense of belonging to the Saudi state. Regional conflicts such as Iraq have increased this anxiety.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (2-27-07)
The key to their hit-and-run tactics was the fast getaway. They were able to sail far closer into the wind than the Europeans left trailing in their wake. The pirates ceased to be a problem after the French conquered their raiding base, Algiers, in 1830 —- and the secret of their crucial advantage was lost.
Now a tall ship with a full set of sails based on the pirates’ ships has successfully completed sea trials. TS Pelican, a 150ft converted trawler, has been fitted with the masts and sails of a polacre xebec —- a design last seen plundering shipping nearly two centuries ago. The Pelican, whose trials took place in Weymouth Bay [off the Dorset coast, England], did what no European square-rigged vessel could do before or since...
Name of source: The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
SOURCE: The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (2-28-07)
The NSW government deal also puts pressure on Queensland to reach a similar arrangement with the Githabul people.
Parts of the Githabul nation straddles the NSW and Queensland border near Mt Lindesay and covers more than 6,000 square kilometres.
The NSW agreement, 10 years in the making, recognises the Githabul people's ongoing physical and spiritual connection to the land.
The largest indigenous land use agreement in Australia's eastern states will be signed on Wednesday at a ceremony in Woodenbong, in northern NSW.
It will give the Githabul people joint managerial control of World Heritage listed national parks and control over future development on some areas of crown and leasehold land.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (2-28-07)
That work, The Osteology Lesson of Dr Sebastiaen Egbertsz, is set to be a highlight of an exhibition of 17th-century Dutch painting at the National Gallery in London this summer.
It has never been shown in Britain but is important as an example of a genre of anatomy-lesson paintings that are peculiar to the Netherlands. The work, known as "the laughing skeleton" because of its apparent smile, clearly shows a horizontal line across the skull where the cranium could be opened...
Inventories show the skeleton was that of a pirate who was captured, executed and his body dissected. It was borrowed by Dr Sebastiaen Egbertsz in 1615 for anatomy lessons organised by the surgeons' guild.
The work will be joined in the exhibition by one of Rembrandt's most important works, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp...
SOURCE: Independent (2-27-07)
In the town of Shandan, in Gansu province on the Mongolian border, Hogg and his friend and mentor, the New Zealand philanthropist Rewi Alley, are remembered with a statue and affection, but Hogg is little known outside China. This is all set to change with a new film called The Children of Huang Shi currently being made by the Canadian-born director Roger Spottiswoode.
With Japanese forces snapping at their heels as they made their western advance across China in 1944, and with the help of Mao Zedong's Communist guerrillas, Hogg escorted the boys across 688 miles of treacherous mountainous terrain in north-western China to a temple town in Shandan. Just one year later, Hogg contracted tetanus after he injured his toe playing basketball with the students. With no medicines to stop lockjaw, he died aged 29.
His Chinese odyssey is just one small part of this remarkable Englishman's life, which encompassed the most radical changes the Middle Kingdom had seen for thousands of years.
Name of source: AHA Blog
SOURCE: AHA Blog (2-28-07)
"Lawrence M. Small, the top official at the Smithsonian Institution, accumulated nearly $90,000 in unauthorized expenses from 2000 to 2005, including charges for chartered jet travel, his wife’s trip to Cambodia, hotel rooms, luxury car service, catered staff meals and expensive gifts, according to confidential findings by the Smithsonian inspector general."
The article went on to note that Small’s compensation last year, $915,698, is higher than Harvard’s outgoing President, and Harvard “has an endowment about 30 times the size of the Smithsonian’s.” Small has also received $1.15 million over the past seven years in return for offering his house up for official functions.
Watchdog group asks Gonzales to review Small's conduct
Name of source: Press Release -- Chicago History Museum
SOURCE: Press Release -- Chicago History Museum (2-28-07)
The new 5,270 square foot wing will be located on the first floor of the Museum adjacent to the visitor center. The wing will feature the story of America from the founders and leaders of this country to the unknowns who immigrated to America to build a new life. The Naphtali Ben Jacov Pritzker American History Wing will be named after the Pritzker family patriarch, an immigrant from Russia who arrived in Chicago in 1881. The wing will open with the story of the immigrant‚s journey and search for freedom, which defines the theme of the permanent exhibition. "America is a place of opportunity for many immigrants including my great-grandfather who arrived at the age of 10 and taught himself English by reading the Chicago Tribune before eventually opening his own law practice in 1902," stated Tawani Foundation Founder and President, COL (IL) James N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.).
The new permanent exhibition will focus on the people, experiences, and places that built this country. Guests will explore American history through personal discovery, narratives and in-depth stories, highlighting multiple perspectives which will appeal to diverse audiences by making meaningful connections and encouraging people to ask questions and explore their own stories. Important documents of American history will be a key feature of the new installation. „The documents of freedom, from our collection, are important documents from our past that are a crucial part of the story our Museum tells,‰ stated Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum. "We are grateful to the Tawani Foundation for this generous gift that allows us to showcase this rich collection relating to the founding of our country and beyond. It will be of tremendous educational value to the people of Chicago and the visitors of our Museum."
Name of source: Newark Star-Ledger
SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger (2-27-07)
And now that it has, Richard Patterson, the director of the state-owned tourist attraction, is going to lay himself off for two months, effective April 1.
As director of the museum for the past 13 years, Patterson decided it should be shuttered for two months -- and its hourly employees laid off -- to cope with funding cuts. Now it's his turn.
"If I didn't take a layoff, the museum would be closed longer, maybe three weeks longer," Patterson said amid the clutter of construction from preparations for its latest exhibit. "And I would have had to have the staff laid off longer. It's only fair and practical."
Two months off from his $56,000-a-year job translates into a personal loss of more than $9,300 in income, but Patterson, 55, of Hamilton will be able to make up some of that by collecting state unemployment benefits while he is out.
Name of source: Philadelphia Inquirer
SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer (2-28-07)
Kelly/Maiello Architects & Planners of Philadelphia, selected by city and National Park Service officials - with substantial community and academic input - will now break ground this summer on the $5.2 million President's House memorial. An extensive archaeological examination of the site will first be performed.
When completed, probably next year, the memorial will constitute the first national commemoration of slaves.
Kelly/Maiello was chosen from a group of five finalists for the project. The firm, over the years, has been involved with aspects of several big-ticket projects in the region, including the expansion of the central branch of the Free Library, expansion of the Convention Center, construction of the Criminal Justice Center, and restoration of City Hall and Family Court.
Their design, which outlines the house at the southeast corner of Sixth and Market Streets where slave owner Washington and anti-slavery John Adams lived and conducted their presidencies in the 1790s, utilizes audiovisual elements to tell the stories and re-create the environment of those who lived there, including the enslaved Africans and other servants.
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (2-28-07)
No biological samples of Jefferson remain, but his Y chromosome, the genetic element that determines maleness, is assumed to be the same as that carried by living descendants of Field Jefferson, his paternal uncle. These relatives donated cells for an inquiry into whether Jefferson had fathered a hidden family with his slave Sally Hemings, a possibility that most historians had scoffed at.
But researchers reported in 1998 that the Jefferson family chromosome matched perfectly that of a male line descendant of Eston Hemings, one of Sally Hemings' sons. The genetic evidence was not conclusive by itself but made a strong case combined with the historical evidence that Hemings had indeed become Jefferson's mistress after the death of his wife, Martha.
Geneticists at the University of Leicester in England, led by Turi King and Mark Jobling, have now undertaken a survey of the branch or lineage to which Jefferson's Y chromosome belongs.
Jefferson's Y chromosome belongs to the branch designated K2, which is quite rare. It occurs in a few men in Spain and Portugal and is most common in the Middle East and eastern Africa, being carried by about 10 percent of men in Oman and Somalia, the geneticists report in the current issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (2-28-07)
Between 18,000 and 28,000 people are said to have been killed in riots and a subsequent crackdown.
Chiang Kai-shek, leader of the Kuomintang, or Chinese Nationalists - then based in mainland China - ordered his troops to Taiwan to quell the riots.
Two years later, he and his supporters fled to the island after losing to the Communists in the Chinese civil war.
For decades, when Taiwan was under martial law, the massacre was a taboo.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-28-07)
Jorge Taiana, Argentina's foreign minister, rejected the invitation on Monday, about three months after it was presented to Argentina's embassy in London.
"They have given it the character of a victory celebration and, given that, we cannot take part," Mr Taiana said during a visit to South Africa. "We consider the Malvinas to be an archaic colonial situation and in the 21st Century the persistence of this situation is difficult to explain."
The Foreign Office expressed "regret" yesterday at Argentina's decision. Public ceremonies are planned both on the islands and in Britain to mark the beginning and end of the April 2 to June 14 conflict.
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-27-07)
The sceptre, which is topped by a blue orb that represents the earth, was discovered at the end of last year and is believed to have been held by Emperor Maxentius, who ruled for six years until 312AD.
Maxentius, who was known for his vices and his incapacity, drowned in the Tiber while fighting forces loyal to his brother-in-law, Constantine, at the battle of the Milvian bridge. Archaeologists believe that Maxentius' supporters hid the sceptre during or after the battle to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
It was found at the base of the Palatine hill, carefully wrapped in silk and linen and then placed in a wooden box. Alongside it were other boxes holding two other imperial battle standards and ceremonial lance heads. The depth of the burial allowed archaeologists to date the find to Maxentius' rule.
Name of source: Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch (2-27-07)
"Conditions at the museum have declined steadily for the past few years," said Frank Earnest, state commander of the 4,000-member Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "The current administration has brought the situation to near crisis."...
[Museum President Waite] Rawls released a statement that said no decision has been made to change the museum's name.
"Retaining future economic viability and at the same time remaining faithful to the educational mission, identity and historic legacy of the museum is a challenge faced in the relocation," the statement said. "Consideration of a possible renaming of the museum, which might accompany relocation, should be considered speculation at this time."
Rawls announced in October that museum officials were seeking a new home for its Civil War collection, the world's largest, to escape the sprawling medical campus of Virginia Common- wealth University. Officials traveled to Lexington in January to tour a possible site there and are considering other locations. Dropping the word "Confederacy" from the museum's name could accompany a relocation.
Name of source: Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
SOURCE: Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan) (2-27-07)
Jan said the PAD had objected to the holding of the recent fashion show at the Lahore Fort and several other activities held in the past...
The PAD DG said hammering on the walls of the monuments weakened them and affected their structural integrity. He said that there was no law prohibiting the use of historical sites for functions...
The recent fashion show was arranged by a private company and a ramp had been made for the purpose on the Lahore Fort premises. Many people reportedly scaled the fort’s walls to enter the premises and attend the function. In the past too, a number of functions had been held at the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Garden and Bahadur Yar Jung Kokal Tash’s tomb.
Name of source: by Clay Thompson, Arizona Republic
SOURCE: by Clay Thompson, Arizona Republic (2-25-07)
I said this with great confidence -- yea, even hubris -- because I read it in a book by good old Marshall Trimble, our official state historian. I mean, if you can't believe our official state historian, who can you believe?
Well, it turns out good old Marshall Trimble doesn't believe it anymore. He sent me a note the other day to let me know he now agrees with Don Garate, historian and chief interpreter at Tumacacori National Historical Park.
Garate says the name came from the Basque words aritz ona, which means"good oaks." I guess there were a lot of oak trees around the site where the silver was found.
Anyway, it seems there was a ranch or a ranching community named Arizona in Sonora, a few miles south of the present U.S.-Mexican border. It was founded by Bernardo de Urrea, who was a Basque.
Don Garate tells the story of Arizona's name
Name of source: CP (Canadian Press)
SOURCE: CP (Canadian Press) (2-24-07)
Negotiators working to resolve the 200-year-old land claim and end the year-long occupation are still working on peripheral parts of the claim, and have a long way to go before they can end the standoff that began one year ago Feb. 28.
They are dealing with intractable and challenging issues stemming from one of the oldest land claims in Canada, Prentice said.
"We'd be happy to be further toward the completion," he said in an interview."But it is a complicated matter. I've always known that it would be a challenging situation that would go on for some time."
The occupation that began when a small group of aboriginals blocked construction on the housing development in Caledonia, Ont., a short drive south of Hamilton, could have been far worse, Prentice added. Negotiations have brought relative stability and calm to the small town, he said.
Compared to the armed standoff between Mohawks and the Canadian army in Oka, Quebec, that killed a police officer 17 years ago, Prentice said Caledonia has been handled in a very responsible way...
Janie Jamieson, who speaks for the protesters, said the year-old occupation embodies too much for Six Nations to back down now.
"The prosperity Canada enjoys comes at the expense of the country's First Nations, putting aboriginal pride and dignity at stake," Jamieson said.
"Our people are still marginalized," she said."We're at the point where enough is enough. We've been backed into a corner for too long now."
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-27-07)
A court has authorised the exhumation of the body of Sir Mark Sykes, the owner of the historic Sledmere House near Driffield.
Scientists hope the Spanish flu virus from which he died in 1919 may still be present in his body because it has been preserved in a lead-lined coffin.
If so, DNA samples could help experts develop drugs to fight the virus.
The Spanish flu virus killed more than 50 million people when it took hold at the end of the First World War.
Name of source: EUobserver
SOURCE: EUobserver (2-27-07)
"I appreciate very much that there [in the ruling] is no collective punishment", EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said, as it was the first time in the 60-year history of the International Court of Justice that an entire nation was being held to judicial account for genocide.
"The verdict will help to close a page of history which was dramatic, painful and damaging to many people", Mr Solana added, calling for reconciliation in the region.
Name of source: APA (Azeri Press Agency)
SOURCE: APA (Azeri Press Agency) (2-27-07)
The investigation of Turkish and Azerbaijani history and Armenian problem was discussed at the meeting. Noting that large-scale investigation based on documents will be carried out, Yusif Halacoglu said they will raise claim on the Khojaly genocide against Armenians in international courts.
The society said that special investigations will be carried out with regard to the Khojaly genocide and Turkish diplomats killed by Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) and the events happened in 1914-1923.
The Coordination Organization on Armenian Issue will investigate the genocides against Turks in Baku, Nakhchivan, Anadolu, Armenia and Yerevan. The society is going to make feature and documetary films about the Khojaly genocide.
Name of source: The Examiner
SOURCE: The Examiner (2-27-07)
Once the museum opens, NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd, says, “The highlight of the museum will be interactivity” [such as] “Shoot or Don't Shoot. “Actual police training courses use this simulation. It teaches trainees what to do in cases where they need to make split-second decisions."...
Former U.S. Attorney Generals Edwin Meese, Richard Thornburgh and John Ashcroft will attend the event. They will speak about the importance of the Law Enforcement Museum.
Name of source: theSun (Malaysia)
SOURCE: theSun (Malaysia) (2-27-07)
Two former deputy prime ministers -- Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman and Tun Ghafar Baba -- have also publicly acknowledged the contributions of the left wing movement towards nationhood, former Universiti Sains Malaysia history professor Dr Cheah Boon Kheng said today.
"Malay attitudes towards the communist movement have been changing over the years. While critical of some of their deeds, especially assasinations and acts of terrorism, many Malays now accept the fact that without their armed struggle against the British, Britain would not have readily conceded Malaya her independence in 1957," Cheah said in an e-mail interview.
He noted that the Tunku, in his 1983 memoirs "Lest We Forget", had said: "Just as Indonesia was fighting a bloody battle, so were the communists of Malaya who, too, fought for independence."...
Cheah was responding to reports that the Censorship Board had banned Amir Muhammad's latest film "Apa Khabar Orang Kampung" which interviews former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) members because the film was "historically inaccurate" and tried to value the communists' struggle in Malaya.
"The (board's) reasons reflect intolerance towards alternative interpretations of historical events. Only in a totalitarian state is there only one version -- the official version - of any historical event," he said.
Name of source: CHN (Cultural Heritage News, Iran)
SOURCE: CHN (Cultural Heritage News, Iran) (2-24-07)
Announcing this news, Mohammad Jafar Malekzadeh, secretary of the high commission for dam construction of Fars Regional Water Organization, told CHN: “A very high technique was implemented in construction of Didehgan Dam which has made it unique in the world. The core of this Achaemenid dam was constructed by soil and it was covered with stone -- something which has not been seen elsewhere. However, the activities of bulldozers of a private company in the vicinity of this historic dam have caused some serious damages to parts of Didehgan.”
Didehgan was recently discovered during archeological excavations in the region.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (2-27-07)
The high-priority cases, which FBI Director Robert S. Mueller described as numbering between 10 and 12, are among an estimated 100 that investigators nationwide are looking at as possible civil rights-related murders.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales acknowledged many of the cases may be beyond the boundaries of what the federal government can legally prosecute. But they "remain on our radar," he said.
"Much time has passed on these crimes," Gonzales told reporters in Washington. "The wounds they left are deep, and still many of them have not healed. But we are committed to re-examining these cases and doing all we can to bring justice to the criminals who may have avoided punishment for so long."
Addressing civil rights violators, Gonzales said: "You have not gotten away with anything -- we are still on your trail."
Name of source: NPR, All Things Considered
SOURCE: NPR, All Things Considered (2-26-07)
For his part, Sharpton has said that he was "shocked" and "surprised" to learn that his great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned by a woman named Julia Thurmond. Thurmond's grandfather was also Sen. Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather.
Genealogy has become a multi-million dollar industry, as people use Internet databases to track their lineage and family movements. Many government records are now available through the Web, and genealogical software helps navigate the process.
But for any family searching their roots, just because the information is available, it does not mean that it accurate, says Elizabeth Shown Mills, the former president of the American Society of Genealogists who edited National Genealogical Society Quarterly for 17 years.
Michele Norris talks with Mills, who currently lectures at the Samford University Library in Birmingham, Ala.
[Audio link at story website]
Name of source: Chosun.com
SOURCE: Chosun.com (2-27-07)
The Ministry last week announced that it would change the high school textbooks to state as fact that the Old Chosun dynasty was founded by Dangun Wanggeom and that the Bronze Age on the peninsula was from 2000 BC to 1500 BC, a thousand years earlier than the textbooks now state.
Sanghai's Dongfang Zaobao newspaper on Monday said, “The South Korean government surprised the people with its imprudent attitude in accepting academics' assertions which have long been disputed.”
The Old Chosun kingdom existed until 108 BC in the Liaodong peninsula of what is now China and northwestern regions of Korea. Koreans believe that the possibly legendary Dangun Wanggeom established the kingdom in 2333 BC.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (2-27-07)
Twenty-eight years after Pol Pot's brutal regime was toppled, the prospect of a long-awaited genocide trial of its senior leaders offers a faint glimmer of hope for Om Som. With her family she was evacuated from Phnom Penh when it was cleared by the Khmer Rouge in "Year Zero", starved and forced to labour in the fields.
She endured the sight of bound prisoners brought in ox-carts to a Buddhist pagoda near her village and heard their tortured screams floating on night breezes from the makeshift extermination centre where 30,000 died.
"I don't want any revenge, but if the government tries these leaders I'll be happy," she said. "What I really want to know is what happened."
But even that modest hope could be dashed. The trial to bring to book the Khmer Rouge's leaders for the extermination of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the "killing fields" is on the brink of collapse even before the first indictment can be handed down...
Name of source: http://www.azzaman.com
SOURCE: http://www.azzaman.com (2-25-07)
plundered shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion.
The museum, situated close to the southern religious city of Karbala, included hundreds of ancient pieces representing the
various periods of the country’s long history.
A source at the museum, refusing to be named, said many of the stolen pieces have found their way to international markets and
are currently being traded by private collectors and auction houses.
He said Iraqi Antiquities Department was aware of the contraband trade in Iraqi antiquities and has asked the Foreign Ministry to
“We want the Iraqi authorities to ask the British government and police to seize these artifacts because they belong to our
museum,” he said.
Name of source: DPA (German Press Agency)
SOURCE: DPA (German Press Agency) (2-26-07)
The Summer Solstice Party last year in the small town of Pretzien, 130 kilometres west of Berlin, caused uproar in Germany last year after it was revealed that the town mayor and police were also
present and saw nothing wrong in the book and a US flag being burned...
Public prosecutor Arnold Murra said, "They mocked Anne Frank, and in her name, every victim of the concentration camps."
Denying the Holocaust is punishable in Germany as sedition by up to five years' jail. Judges were expected to examine the right-wing motivations of all the accused, who range in age from 24 to 29. The
other five men have not yet been heard.