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Name of source: Telegraph
Lawyers for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, which was recently made administrator of the estates of the Aborigines, claim that they are "souls in torment" while their remains are subjected to the "sacrilege" of experimentation at the Natural History Museum.
That would stop only when they were buried according to Aboriginal custom.
They want a judge to quash the decision made by the museum's trustees to carry out tests, to prohibit the tests being carried out, and to declare that the centre is entitled to possess the remains.
Mr Justice Calvert-Smith, in London, set out a timetable yesterday for a three-day hearing, to start on March 7.
Researchers studying chimpanzees, which share 98 per cent of their DNA with human beings, found it was mainly females who used crude spears to attack other animals.
They now believe that early human females could also have pioneered hunting with tools to compensate for their inferior size and strength.
“Females will have to come up with creative ways at getting at a problem, whereas males have brawn,” said Jill Pruetz, of Iowa State University, who led the research in Senegal, west Africa.
In a remarkable development for family-tree researchers and social historians, the records have been put on a genealogy website.
They amount to some 2.5 million names, 28 thousand reels of transcribed microfilm and countless forgotten details about physical appearance, discipline record, regimental movements, postings, next of kin, military career histories and, in some cases, the manner of their deaths...
"This is not just military history, this is social history," said William Spencer, a senior military specialist at the National Archives in Kew...
The records, known as the WO363 British Army Service records and the WO364 British Army Pension records, can be searched at the website ancestry.co.uk as part of a deal with the National Archives.
The National Front leader said both were "terrorist acts as they expressly targeted civilians to force military leaders to capitulate". Mr Le Pen, 79, also dismissed the al-Qa'eda atrocities in 2001 as a mere "incident".
He told the Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix: "Three thousand dead — that is how many die in Iraq in a month and it's far less than the deaths in the Marseille or Dresden bombings at the end of the Second World War."
Germany is to urge the drawing up of a "European history book", to be taught in all schools to foster a common cultural identity across the EU.
The idea, said to have the backing of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, is to be the flagship education proposal of Berlin's EU presidency. Annette Schavan, the federal education minister, will set out her plans at a meeting of EU education ministers in Heidelberg.
...The project faces opposition. Graham Brady, the Tory Europe spokesman, described the move as "typical bureaucratic mission creep".
"The teaching of our history is vitally important for any nation and particularly so for Britain, which has so much to be proud of," he said. "We should not under any circumstances lose control of our educational responsibilities."...
The European Commission is backing Berlin's suggestion to model an EU history textbook on an existing French-German project.
The Franco-German Histoire Geschichte was launched last May, with a first edition covering history since the end of the Second World War. The text is taught as part of the higher curriculum in both French and German schools and has the expressed aim of overcoming old enmities...
Ten historians, five from each country, contributed to the book, which is published in both German and French and retails for €25 (£17).
But political differences between Germany and France have surfaced over the role of the United States in Europe...How to deal with Communism has been another problem...Other areas where French and German historians could not agree was on French colonial history and the Christian church.
Extended extracts: Diary from the Somme
Name of source: Daily Princetonian
SOURCE: Daily Princetonian (2-20-07)
At stake is a parcel of land, roughly 25 acres in size, owned by the Institute of Advanced Study, on which the Institute wants to build faculty housing. Members of the Princeton Battlefield Society — a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the Revolutionary War site — claim that the parcel is part of the original battlefield and must be saved.
"There are some sites that are hallowed ground, that are just too sacred to be played with," said Jerry Hurwitz, president of the Princeton Battlefield Society.
Hurwitz said that by developing the land, the Institute will permanently destroy an important part of history.
Critics of the planned development say the Institute, situated on over 500 acres of wooded and open property, has plenty of land to build on without compromising the small tract adjacent to the eastern edge of the battlefield, which is now a state park.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (2-22-07)
An estimated 4,000 people died when HMT Lancastria went down
A few miles off the coast of France lays the wreck of HMT Lancastria, sunk 67 years ago by German bombers.
It is a reminder of the afternoon of 17 June 1940, described as Britain's worst maritime disaster in history.
On that day an estimated 4,000 troops and refugees died when the 16,243-ton liner quickly went down.
"As the boat sank and turned over upside down, there were hundreds singing 'roll out the barrel'. They knew they were going to die," says Reg Brown, one of the 2,477 recorded survivors.
SOURCE: BBC (2-23-07)
Across a flat, muddy Flanders landscape, a solitary figure is plodding along the furrows.
Geophysicist Malcolm Weale is a battlefield detective who specialises in uncovering history that has lain hidden for generations.
In this case, the ground beneath his feet shields secrets of World War I.
The farmland near the Belgian village of Zonnebeke was criss-crossed by the trenches that saw horrendous loss of life - the whining of Malcolm's equipment betraying the metal fragments of shells and equipment turned up by the ploughs every spring.
But Malcolm and the archaeologists who called him in are looking for one particular piece of history.
Somewhere nearby is a remnant of the hidden war - the shelters and deep bunkers that protected troops from the hail of explosive.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (2-22-07)
In Atlanta, not far from where King grew up and preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive winds through the heart of the city. For 10 miles, the road dedicated in King's name in 1976 stretches past homes, schools, restaurants, liquor stores, strip malls, churches, barbershops, a roller-skating rink, boarded-up government flats and a gated apartment community, all the way to the city's downtown and its golden-domed Georgia Capitol building.
Name of source: Economist
SOURCE: Economist (2-23-07)
The chance of finding ancient objects draws thieves, too, to dig for arrowheads, flints and pots. A good arrowhead can fetch thousands of dollars. Trespassers usually scout the scene of the would-be crime during daylight hours, then return with shovels at night. No one stops them.
Last month five men were arrested at Thonotosassa on suspicion of intending to loot it. They said they were collectors, and had no intention of selling the arrowheads they were looking for. They have now been charged with trespassing.
The problem is not confined to one area of the country, or even to the open air; 26 bowls and bottles of the Caddo Nation, about 600 years old, were stolen from Southern Arkansas University in August 2006. But lack of security at Indian archaeological sites makes them particularly vulnerable.
Name of source: http://savannahnow.com
SOURCE: http://savannahnow.com (2-20-07)
The 19th-century tabbies are "probably the most-intact examples of their type in North America," said Georgia state archaeologist David Crass. They represent "wonderful archeology that can give voices to those who were voiceless in our history books."
The cabins survived the Civil War, stood through hurricanes and dodged coastal development, a remarkable achievement, said Crass, because they "were never intended to be permanent buildings."
Built of a rugged mixture of oyster shells, lime, sand and water, the tabby structures represent a remarkable historic record by themselves. The artifacts they have harbored for decades add a second layer of significance.
Archaeologist Daniel Elliott, president of the nonprofit LAMAR Institute, led extensive excavations on the cabins in 2005 and 2006. Buttons, ceramics, bottle glass, tobacco pipes, nails, marbles, and bullets have been unearthed, along with a diversity of food bones.
One discovery was especially telling - a half-cent coin dated 1825.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (2-23-07)
Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, is selling the document in an auction March 22nd at Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions in Burlington, North Carolina. The opening bid is $125,000 and appraisers have estimated it could sell for nearly twice that.
Sparks found his bargain last March while browsing at Music City Thrift Shop in Nashville. When he asked the price on a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document, the clerk marked it at $2.48.
It turned out to be an "official copy" of the Declaration of Independence -- one of 200 commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.
The bill, which had provoked an angry response from Moscow, now goes back to parliament where lawmakers could override the veto.
The measure would prohibit the public display of monuments that glorify the five-decade Soviet occupation of Estonia. It was specifically aimed at the Bronze Soldier, a World War II memorial in Tallinn, the capital, that has become a rallying point for Estonia's Russian-speaking minority, about one-third of the 1.3 million population.
The Trust for Public Land put together the $2.5 million deal with help from the state and federal governments, private donors and the state's public-private Land and Community Heritage Investment Program...
Webster was born in 1782 in Franklin, although not on the 141-acre farm on the Merrimack River. He was a congressman, senator, presidential candidate and secretary of state.
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate also denied a request to let James Ford Seale, 71, out on bail while he awaits trial. Seale's wife testified that her ailing husband was not getting proper medical care in jail.
Seale's lawyer Dennis Joiner asked Wingate to throw out the kidnapping charges. There was no time limit for filing federal kidnapping charges in 1964, but Joiner argued that when Congress in 1972 repealed a law that made kidnapping a capital offense, kidnapping became subject to a five-year statute of limitations.
The judge, however, sided with prosecutors, who contended the 1972 repeal did not apply retroactively.
The rally March 17 against the war, organizers say, is to get under way in a grassy park near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as the wall.
Two veterans' groups said Wednesday they fear protesters may deface the memorial, a claim dismissed by the demonstrating groups.
SOURCE: AP (2-21-07)
After that, Chief Illiniwek's image and regalia will continue to be a subject of negotiations.
The mascot, whose fate was decided by school officials last week, will take center stage at Assembly Hall for one last performance Wednesday night during the men's basketball game between Illinois and Michigan.
SOURCE: AP (2-21-07)
Giuseppe Pallanti, a high school economics teacher from Florence who has written a book about the Mona Lisa, has unearthed a death certificate that shows the woman believed by some to have inspired the artist, Lisa Gherardini, died on July 15, 1542, in Florence and is buried in a convent in the center of the Tuscan city.
"Maybe Leonardo chose a woman like many others. She was not a noblewoman, or a princess. She was a family woman," Pallanti said Friday.
Gherardini was born in 1479 and married a rich silk merchant, Francesco del Giocondo. She has been linked to the painting, known in Italian as La Gioconda, because Giorgio Vasari, a 16th-century artist and biographer of Leonardo and other artists, wrote that Leonardo painted a portrait of del Giocondo's wife.
Name of source: Maynard Institute website
SOURCE: Maynard Institute website (2-21-07)
In a book scheduled to arrive in retail stores by March 5, Elliot Jaspin quotes his boss, the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau chief, Andy Alexander, speaking of Julia Wallace, editor of the Atlanta newspaper.
"Wallace's refusal to run the series rankled Alexander," Jaspin wrote. "'I think we both know what's going on here,' he told me in frustration at one point. 'They are afraid of angering white people.'"
The book, "Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America," builds upon the four-part "Leave or Die" series Jaspin wrote last year.
The series was sponsored by Cox's Austin American-Statesman in Texas, and also ran in the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union; the Journal-News in Hamilton, Ohio; the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post; the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News; the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer and the Middletown (Ohio) Journal.
Using computer-assisted reporting, Jaspin documented that, "Beginning in 1864 and continuing for approximately 60 years, whites across the United States conducted a series of racial expulsions. They drove thousands of blacks from their homes to make communities lily-white," as he wrote in the first installment.
One of those communities was Forsyth County, Ga., which is part of the Journal-Constitution's circulation area. In 1987, the county drew national attention, including a tense visit by Oprah Winfrey for her television show, after whites attacked a biracial brotherhood march.
According to Jaspin, who still works in the Cox Washington bureau, the Journal-Constitution has consistently soft-pedaled the racism in Forsyth County in its reporting. For him, that soft-pedaling was part of the story.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (2-22-07)
The Clovis and their hunting technologies were not the first inhabitants of the New World, researchers write in the Feb. 23 issue of the journal Science, addressing a longstanding debate on the first New World humans.
Name of source: Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
SOURCE: Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan) (2-22-07)
Members of the six-party Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal also staged a token protest walkout over the inclusion of chapters about Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient emperor Chandragupta Maurya in the history textbooks for classes VI to VIII after a heated discussion...
Five MMA members had raised the history textbook issue... [and claimed] that the inclusion of chapters they considered objectionable had caused a “grave concern amongst the public”...
[The] Minister of State for Education...accused the religious parties of seeking to keep students ignorant about glorious periods of the sub-continent’s history such as the Indus Valley or Gandhara civilisations....
“That may be your history, (but) ... our history (starts) from Makkah [Mecca] and Medina,” MMA member Farid Ahmad Piracha shouted as he led his alliance’s walkout...
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (2-22-07)
The romantic icons of the sea have been replaced by high-tech buoys, shipboard computers and global positioning satellites. The Coast Guard no longer needs the lighthouses, no longer wants them and is giving them to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
"They're obsolete," Petty Officer Russ Tippets said Wednesday. "They're no longer relevant in today's maritime realm."
National Park Service officials are working out a deal to take over the lighthouses at Point Montara , Point Bonita , Point Diablo , Lime Point  and Alcatraz . The goal is to have them refurbished within a few years so the public can visit them.
"It's an exciting opportunity," said Chris Powell, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "Lighthouses are part of the history of this area, and people are captivated by them."
Name of source: HNN Staff summary of op ed in the WSJ
SOURCE: HNN Staff summary of op ed in the WSJ (2-22-07)
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-21-07)
The man is former Senator Edward W. Brooke, Republican of Massachusetts and the first black politician popularly elected to the United States Senate, way back in 1966. Now, nearly three decades after leaving office, Mr. Brooke is promoting his autobiography, “Bridging the Divide.” More than just a personal window into a vanished era, his story, for many, offers some salient insights and more than a few parallels to the politics of today.
“But for him, there would not be a Barack Obama,” said Michael Jones, senior executive vice president for the National Association of Securities Dealers, who took his 15-year-old son, Michael Jr., to the Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Washington to hear Mr. Brooke earlier this month. The two were part of a standing-room-only crowd of about 300 that ranged from octogenarians to elementary school students, all gathered to hear Mr. Brooke speak just hours after Senator Obama, the Illinois Democrat, announced his candidacy for president.
Name of source: Belfast Telegraph (N. Ireland)
SOURCE: Belfast Telegraph (N. Ireland) (2-22-07)
Stories surrounding The Result, a historic schooner, have been likened in Parliament to something from [the TV sitcom]'Yes, Minister'.
The vessel still lies under cover in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum -- some 37 years after it was bought.
It has been estimated that around £627,000 [$1.2 million], at today's prices, has been spent on its purchase and maintenance to date.
Members of the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were reduced to laughter at the case during a hearing last June.
Name of source: NPR/All Things Considered
SOURCE: NPR/All Things Considered (2-22-07)
Now, a Harvard physicist has some new ideas about the designs and the advanced math behind them.
The research, conducted by Peter Lu of Harvard University and Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, appears in the journal Science.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (2-22-07)
Jaffar Amin has also called for a truth and reconciliation committee to investigate his father's reign of terror. "Dad is the only person that has ever been accused and sentenced, incarcerated by opinion, without it ever reaching any courthouse," said Jaffar, 40. Jaffar Amin does not deny the atrocities attributed to his father, and acknowledges it will be a difficult battle trying to humanise him. He says the film will compound many negative images...
Rights groups estimate that 500,000 people disappeared under Amin's eight-year regime, during which his secret police tortured and killed suspected political opponents...
Jaffar, the 10th of Amin's 40 official children by seven official wives, said: "I don't want to fight what has been written, but I want to show another side. I want to show a parent, I want to show my father."
SOURCE: Guardian (2-22-07)
But the cocktail party and several small soirees which honoured his memory may mark the start of a fightback by enthusiasts for a man whose complications have led to a uniquely split reputation.
"Maybe he's too 'popularly popular' for the academic world," said John Rhodes, one of a group of Auden's university enthusiasts who will take the revival a step further on Saturday with a conference at York University on the poet's contribution to verse, drama, film and music. Scholars from Britain will be joined by academics from the United States, where Auden controversially spent the war -- adding "traitor" and "coward" to his enemies' vocabulary.
In praise of W.H. Auden (editorial)
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (2-22-07)
But yesterday, Ronald Lauder, the second son of the cosmetics-maker Estée Lauder, who died in 2004, was heading a last-ditch attempt to prevent closure of Berlin's Nazi-built Tempelhof. His suggestion is for a €350m [$460m or £235m] project to turn the relic of fascist architecture into a luxury fly-in beauty clinic for Europe's super rich.
With its vaulted ceilings and 3,000ft-long (0.9km) curved, stone terminal building, Tempelhof was once Europe's largest airport and a mammoth, even awe-inspiring, status symbol for the Third Reich. Its place in history was assured when it served as the crucial link to West Berlin during the Western Allies' Berlin Airlift in 1948.
SOURCE: Independent (2-21-07)
For more than 400 years, the Bodleian library - the main research library at the University of Oxford and the second largest in the UK after the British library -- has had a man at the helm. It has also never been run by anyone born outside these shores. But both of those taboos have been broken this week, with the accession of Sarah Thomas to the post of librarian.
Dr Thomas has a distinguished record in the United States, where she worked at the Library of Congress in Washington DC as acting head of its Public Service Collections before moving on to oversee the 20 libraries at America's Cornell University. They won an international award for excellence in 2002. Now, as executive head of the Oxford University Library Services, with its more than 11 million printed volumes in 40 different library sites, her task is to ensure the university's fantastic collection survives the move to the new digital era unscathed.
"The challenge is to bring forward the best of traditions - which in Oxford's case includes the superb collections and the commitment to preserving the record of our civilisation for current and future scholars and students -- while at the same time creatively reinterpreting these traditions for the digital age," Dr Thomas said.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (2-22-07)
But nearly all of them share one title: published author.
“You’re not a real candidate, Pinocchio, if you haven’t written your own book,” said Mark Halperin, the political director of ABC News. “If you know everybody else is doing a book, you’ve got to do a book.”
The crowded field of early candidates has created a traffic jam of titles, from the rags-to-riches memoir to the earnest political manifesto.
All of them could be called candidate lit...
SOURCE: New York Times (2-22-07)
The story of Jacques Goudstikker — and his heirs’ eight-year legal battle to wrest some of his paintings from the Dutch government — is a complex tale of scholarship and tenacity. Mr. Goudstikker, his wife and their son fled the Netherlands on May 14, 1940, as Amsterdam was invaded by the Nazis, leaving behind his gallery business and some 1,400 artworks.
A second-generation art dealer, Mr. Goudstikker was unable to take any of his prized paintings with him, but he did carry a small black notebook containing meticulous records of more than 1,000 works in his inventory. That notebook, which his wife retrieved after he died in a fall on the blacked-out freighter carrying them to safety, became crucial decades later when his widow and son began searching for the collection.
At one point many of the best works were owned by Hermann Göring. After the war, nearly 300 paintings from the Goudstikker collection were returned by the Allies to the Dutch and, despite the family’s protests, placed in the national collections. But in February 2006 the Dutch government agreed to return 202 paintings it had recovered after the war.
Hundreds of works are still missing.
SOURCE: New York Times (2-21-07)
But for eight weeks in the winter of 1956-57, roughly 300 Hungarians fleeing the Soviet tanks that crushed their startling revolt found a life raft in a small college 90 miles north of New York City.
Even if they could scarcely stop chatting in Hungarian, they learned enough English to manage the road ahead. Young men and women who served time in labor camps for being “class enemies” learned some of the peculiarities of a new country where police need not always be feared or bribed. They learned of scholarships that vaulted them to schools like Princeton and M.I.T. And, it’s worth noting, two refugees married each other.
Those eight weeks at Bard College so many years ago generated dividends that the United States is still collecting...
SOURCE: New York Times (2-21-07)
He figured out the problem soon enough. The obscure, though incorrect, information was from Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia, and the students had picked it up cramming for his exam.
Dr. Waters and other professors in the history department had begun noticing about a year ago that students were citing Wikipedia as a source in their papers. When confronted, many would say that their high school teachers had allowed the practice.
But the errors on the Japanese history test last semester were the last straw. At Dr. Waters’s urging, the Middlebury history department notified its students this month that Wikipedia could not be cited in papers or exams, and that students could not “point to Wikipedia or any similar source that may appear in the future to escape the consequences of errors.”
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-21-07)
Margaret Thatcher and statue (BBC News photos)
SOURCE: BBC News (2-20-07)
The ancient humans are thought to have died out in most parts of Europe by about 35,000 years ago.
And now new data from their last known refuge in southern Iberia indicates the final population was probably beaten by a cold spell some 24,000 years ago.
The research is reported by experts from the Gibraltar Museum and Spain. They say a climate downturn may have caused a drought, placing pressure on the last surviving Neanderthals by reducing their supplies of fresh water and killing off the animals they hunted.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (2-21-07)
The eyeball —- the earliest artificial eye found -— would have transfixed those who saw it, convincing them that the woman —- thought to have been strikingly tall —- had occult powers and could see into the future, archaeologists said.
It was found by Mansour Sajjadi, leader of the Iranian team, which has been excavating an ancient necropolis at Shahr-i-Sokhta in the Sistan desert on the Iranian-Afghan border for nine years...
They said the eyeball consisted of a half-sphere with a diameter of just over an inch. It was made of a lightweight material thought to be derived from bitumen paste. Its surface was meticulously engraved with a pattern consisting of a central circle for the iris and gold lines “like rays of light”...On either side of it two tiny holes had been drilled, through which a fine thread, perhaps also gold, had held the eyeball in place.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (2-20-07)
His great-grandfather was Lafcadio Hearn, the Irish-Greek author whose wanderings brought him here after a career as a muckraking journalist in the United States. And while Hearn lived in Matsue only 15 months, this castle city on Japan's remote coast still claims him as its favorite son, displaying his face on park statues, street signs and local brands of beer, sake and even instant coffee.
Hearn's colorful descriptions of this medieval city and its ancient tales of gods and ghosts first put Matsue on the map in the 1890s. Even now, Matsue remains a popular tourist destination, thanks to Japan's enduring fascination with Hearn, who married a local samurai's daughter, took Japanese citizenship and died in Tokyo in 1904.
Many countries have favorite foreign observers, who are embraced for shedding light on the local culture in ways that native authors cannot.
For many Japanese, Hearn's appeal lies in the glimpses he offers of an older, more mystical Japan lost during the country's hectic plunge into Western-style industrialization and nation- building. His books are treasured here as a trove of traditional legends and folk tales that otherwise might have vanished because no Japanese had bothered to record them.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (2-21-07)
"It is the missing piece," said Loreen Finkelstein, a textile conservator who made both discoveries while restoring the tent for the American Revolution Center, a nonprofit organization collecting artifacts and raising money for a Revolutionary War museum.
The tent, 25 feet 10 inches long by 17 feet 7 inches wide by 13 1/2-feet high, is a faded beige, but Finkelstein has learned that it was originally striped blue and white and had red wool trim.
Historic documents describe another sleeping tent with red and white stripes that was bought in May 1776 as part of a set of tents for Washington. Finkelstein's discovery appears to confirm for the first time that there was more than one set. Considering the wear and tear of traveling from one encampment to another, it is not surprising that Washington's quartermasters may have had several sets of tents.
Name of source: The World (PRI/BBC)
SOURCE: The World (PRI/BBC) (2-21-07)
Name of source: by Nicholas Dujmovic, Studies in Intelligence (Unclassified Edition)
SOURCE: by Nicholas Dujmovic, Studies in Intelligence (Unclassified Edition) (12-31-69)
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Beijing’s capture, imprisonment, and eventual release of CIA officers John T. Downey and Richard G. Fecteau is an amazing story that too few know about today. Shot down over Communist China on their first operational mission in 1952, these young men spent the next two decades imprisoned, often in solitary confinement, while their government officially denied they were CIA officers. Fecteau was released in 1971, Downey in 1973...
Name of source: Weekly Standard
SOURCE: Weekly Standard (2-26-07)
Polk cut a dashing figure as a newsman, but he also cut out the real story of his World War II service as a naval officer and replaced it with a huge fraud. He deserves to join the growing roster of American journalists whose dishonesty has gravely injured their profession...
Name of source: Courier Mail (Australia)
SOURCE: Courier Mail (Australia) (2-21-07)
The Australian Government yesterday announced it would seek to join the legal fight to stop researchers at London's Natural History Museum testing the skulls and bones of 17 Tasmanian Aborigines.
It will apply to be part of a court battle beginning late today in the British High Court, when the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) applies to have a temporary ban on testing made permanent.
The TAC last week won an interim injunction in London to stop the museum testing the remains amid fears they could be damaged.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (2-21-07)
When Wilberforce first raised his voice in the House of Commons for the cause of abolition in May 1789, he spoke for 3 1/2 hours. Yet the absence of partisanship must have taken his colleagues by surprise. "I mean not to accuse anyone," he insisted, "but take the shame upon myself, in common indeed with the whole Parliament of Britain, for having suffered this horrid trade to be carried on under their authority."
Wilberforce built a human rights coalition that cut across political and ideological lines, uniting Whigs with establishment Tories and Anglicans with evangelicals and Quakers. His success, it seems, owed much to his genuine devotion to the plight of African slaves, regardless of the political costs.
A convert to evangelical Christianity, Wilberforce is greatly admired in religious circles today, if not always imitated. Early in his parliamentary career, he made a vow to avoid the corruptions of political influence — and kept it. He was known for his intellectual seriousness and personal charm. French author Madame de Stael confessed her surprise after dining with him: "I have always heard that he was the most religious, but I now find that he is the wittiest man in England."
Name of source: Charleston Post and Courier
SOURCE: Charleston Post and Courier (2-21-07)
Their research and documentaries are being carried out individually and for different projects, but they share a common goal of preserving the state's carried out individually and for different projects, but they share a common goal of preserving the state's history for generations to come.
For example, Fred Moore knew he had a lot to lose in 1955 when a group of activists approached him, asking him to lead a student boycott of the White Citizens Council's businesses in Orangeburg County.
Moore was student body president at South Carolina State College, and the school's president, Benner Turner, reminded him he was about to graduate, that he had a shot at a Harvard Law School scholarship, that he had a future. This was not his fight, Turner said.
But Moore, a James Island native, was raised to demand dignity, he said. The council's discrimination against the black men and women who signed a petition for desegregation was wrong. Moore never graduated from South Carolina State. He was expelled just two weeks before graduation for his role in the protests.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (2-21-07)
The sky is cloudless, Dallas' skyscrapers are bedecked with the national flag, and excited bystanders wave at the camera as they wait for the Kennedys. Most poignant of all however is the image of the First Lady: "The clearest, best film of Jackie in the motorcade," says Gary Mark, curator of the museum which released the 39-second film on its website to coincide with Monday's Presidents Day holiday in the US.
This being the Kennedy assassination however, even these apparently innocuous pictures will be scrutinised by conspiracy theorists. The film clearly shows the President sitting beyond Jackie, his suit jacket bunched up on his back - which may bear upon claims that disparities in the bullet marks on his jacket and body prove Lee Harvey Oswald could not have been the only gunman.
Name of source: Connecticut Post
SOURCE: Connecticut Post (2-21-07)
Klos, a Florida resident, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and threatened to file for an injunction to stop the further distribution of the U.S. Mint's presidential coins, unless the Mint acknowledges the 10 men who served as president of the United States before Washington.
Klos' FTC complaint charges the Mint with propagating myths as history. He said he is not looking to stop the use of the coins, or even to get coins for the men who have been slighted; he just wants this nation to acknowledge its past.
The controversy arose because the Mint and Congress decided to honor the presidents who have served the nation under its second Constitution, ratified in 1788. (That's the one that starts, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union&")
Name of source: Willie Drye in National Geographic News
SOURCE: Willie Drye in National Geographic News (2-20-07)
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-21-07)
While waving his own leg in the air in illustration, Paul Brachfeld, inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration, asked the group rhetorically if "something white" could be easily mistaken if it was wrapped around their legs, beneath their pant legs.
Former national security adviser Sandy Berger leaves court Sept. 8, 2005, after being fined and put on probation for taking classified documents from the Archives. A recent House committee report says the case was mishandled.
Under debate during the Nov. 23, 2004, meeting was Brachfeld's contention that President Clinton's former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger could have stolen original, uncatalogued, highly classified terrorism documents 14 months earlier by wrapping them around his socks and beneath his pants, as National Archives staff member John Laster reported witnessing.