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Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (2-17-07)
The window was up for auction Friday on eBay with a starting price of $100,000, and bidding quickly rose to seven figures. But 32 bids were either retracted by the bidders_ normally because a wrong price had been entered, including one for $17 million -- or canceled by the seller because a bidder didn't meet qualifications.
Then, it turned out that the winning bidder "didn't have the cash," said Fred McLane, a business representative for owner Caruth Byrd. "This guy slipped into the bidding in the last minute," he told The Dallas Morning News.
SOURCE: AP (2-17-07)
Papon, who underwent surgery on his pacemaker at a clinic east of Paris last week, died in his sleep on Saturday, said his lawyer, Francis Vuillemin.
Papon was the highest-ranking Frenchman to be convicted for a role in the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
The April 2, 1998, guilty verdict was the culmination of a trial that offered a painful look at one of the darkest periods in modern French history.
However, Papon -- who at one point fled France to avoid prison -- lived out his final years a free man, released from Paris' dour La Sante prison on Sept. 18, 2002, because of failing health.
In a February 2001 letter to the justice minister, Papon said he had neither "regrets nor remorse for a crime I did not commit and for which I am in no way an accomplice."
SOURCE: AP (2-16-07)
There is Washington at age 19 as a land surveyor, Washington at 45 during the Revolutionary War, and Washington at 57 when he took the presidential oath.
"The whole idea is to put science, history and art together and come up with the absolute best guess of what he looked like," said James Rees, executive director of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, which funded the project. [See picture at http://www.mountvernon.org/visit/plan/index.cfm/pid/829/]
The French refugee agency originally rejected Agathe Habyarimana's request on Jan 4. The case went before the Appeals Commission for Refugees, which denied her appeal Thursday.
The decision came nearly three months after Rwanda cut off diplomatic relations with Paris over a French probe into Juvenal Habyarimana's mysterious assassination. The downing of his plane in 1994 sparked the slaughter of more than half a million people in less than 100 days.
He also got a call from the first lady with a gentle reminder about dinner and a quick "I love you."
Under a new Web-based archive project launched Thursday, audio and visual records of Johnson's day are just a mouse click away for anyone who wants to dig into the president's life and actions in office.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is leading a collaborative effort with the other 11 presidential libraries and the University of Texas to create http://www.presidentialtimeline.org, to put records from each library on the Web for easy access.
It features records related to significant events and issues faced by 12 presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.
Materials include audio and video clips, photos and documents, including diaries, some of which have been available only to scholars.
SOURCE: AP (2-16-07)
Until now, only two such buildings were known in the ancient city where western theater originated more than 2,500 years ago.
Fifteen rows of concentric stone seats have been located so far in the northwestern suburb of Menidi, according to Vivi Vassilopoulou, Greece's general director of antiquities.
The ancestors of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe were at the area where Plymouth was founded long before the Pilgrims arrived, but their population was nearly wiped out by war and disease.
The roughly 1,500 members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learned last March that the Bureau of Indian Affairs had given their bid preliminary approval. Elders and other members gathered Thursday at their tribal seat in anticipation of the bureau's phone call announcing the latest decision...
In September, Mashpee town officials endorsed the request after the tribe agreed not to build a casino on Cape Cod or try to use the courts to take over private land. The tribe has been open about its desire to build a casino outside tribal lands, if Massachusetts alters its laws to permit it.
After the Pilgrims arrived in 1620, members of the Mashpee tribe dined with the English settlers at the first Thanksgiving. The harmony, though, gave way to a brief period of bloody war.
The 11 nations overseeing the huge archive must still ratify the plan approved by technical experts at a three-day meeting in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The plan is a critical step toward opening files maintained by the International Tracing Service, an arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Holocaust survivors and researchers have waited decades to see information buried in the gray metal cabinets and shelves stored in six nondescript buildings in the small German spa town. Many of the documents are yellowed and fragile.
Among the records meticulously kept by the Nazis are transport documents and death lists, and notes on concentration camp inmates ranging from their hereditary diseases to the number of lice plucked from their heads.
The 350-acre park -- already home to a memorial to Princess Diana -- had been chosen because of its "prominence, history and central London location," said Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.
Four suicide bombers killed 52 commuters and wounded 700 during the morning rush hour on July 7, 2005.
The government had initially planned to build a monument to mark the attacks at Tavistock Square -- where one of the blasts ripped apart a double-decker bus, killing 13 passengers.
Ernst Zundel was deported to his native Germany from Canada in 2005 and has also lived in Tennessee. He and his supporters have argued that he is a peaceful campaigner denied his right to free speech.
Zundel, 67, showed no emotion when Judge Ulrich Meinerzhagen read the verdict, only nodding occasionally.
His attorney, Ludwig Bock, said he would appeal.
Irini Lechouritou and other descendants of victims of the World War II atrocity have been fighting since 1995 in Greek courts to secure compensation from Germany for financial loss, nonmaterial damage and mental anguish.
An earlier bid was rejected on the grounds that such cases could not be brought against a sovereign state.
In a 46-44 vote, lawmakers in the 101-member assembly approved the Law on Forbidden Structures, which prohibits the public display of monuments that glorify the five-decade Soviet occupation of Estonia. Eleven lawmakers were absent or abstained.
The measure was specifically aimed at the Bronze Soldier, a World War II memorial in downtown Tallinn that has become a rallying point for Estonia's ethnic Russians, who make up about one-third of the Baltic country's 1.3 million residents.
Plans to remove the two-meter (six-foot) statue and a nearby war grave have infuriated officials in Russia, who accuse Estonia and neighboring Latvia of discriminating against Russian-speakers.
The two Koreans and a former Dutch colonist were among as many as 200,000 "comfort women" who historians say were forced to have sex with millions of Japanese soldiers during the war. Japan objects to a proposed congressional resolution calling for an apology, and the measure has led to unease in an otherwise strong U.S.-Japanese relationship.
In prepared testimony submitted before Thursday's hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Asia subcommittee, Kim Koon-ja spoke of the three years she spent as a young girl being raped by Japanese soldiers, sometimes as many as 40 a day.
"The war has ended, but for 62 years I have had to live a life with a scar in my heart," she testified. "The Japanese government continues to treat us as if we are not human."
"Governments must know that our bodies and our innocence have real value and worth," Kim said. "Governments must know that we will not forget."
Japan says that its leaders have repeatedly apologized. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, for instance, said in a letter sent in 2001 to the comfort women that he felt sincere remorse for their "immeasurable and painful experiences."
Japan acknowledged in the 1990s that its military set up and ran brothels for its troops. But it has rejected most compensation claims, saying they were settled by postwar treaties.
U.S. Mint officials are hoping they have overcome the problems that doomed the Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollars. Coin experts are skeptical.
The new $1 coins, the first in a series featuring four presidents a year, were to go into circulation on Thursday, just before next week's President's Day celebrations.
The House debate on the Iraq war has a ghostly quality as lawmakers tap the wisdom of long-dead men to press their case. No one knows what any of them would have thought about this war. But their thoughts about grand events of their time are coming in handy now.
In perhaps the oddest use of history, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., imagined Davy Crockett, his back against the wall at the Alamo, getting a message on his Blackberry from Congress saying ``we support you'' but won't be sending any reinforcements.
The new site is within the boundaries of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the place where George Washington's troops waited out the winter in 1777.
The museum is buying about 130 acres (52 hectares) of land for $7.1 million and hopes to begin construction on the $150 million museum in the next 18 months, according to Thomas M. Daly, the nonprofit group's president and CEO...
Daly said the museum could be ready by late 2010 or early 2011.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-17-07)
“I had no intention to offend anyone,” said the lawmaker, Warren Chisum, a Republican from the Panhandle who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Mr. Chisum said he had received the information from Ben Bridges, a Georgia legislator, and “I never took it very seriously.”
On Feb. 9, Mr. Chisum, 68, an 18-year veteran of the House and second in power only to the speaker, Tom Craddick, sent a memorandum to all 149 other state representatives in Texas.
The one-page memorandum, marked “From: Representative Ben Bridges,” declared that “tax-supported evolution science” was based on religion and therefore unlawful under the United States Constitution.
It continued, “Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called secular evolution science is the Big Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion.”
“This scenario,” the memorandum stated, “is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings on the mystic ‘holy book’ kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
The memorandum said that inquiries could be directed to the Fair Education Foundation, a group in Georgia, and gave its Web address, fixedearth.com. The site features items belittling the Holocaust and portraying Earth as stationary as depicted in the Bible, with Jewish thinkers like “Kabbalist physicist Albert Einstein” responsible for contrary scientific theories.
SOURCE: NYT (2-14-07)
Speaking on C-Span on Monday, President Bush said of his father, “I am actually more concerned about him than I have ever been in my life, because he’s paying too much attention to the news.”
Mr. Bush continued: “I understand how difficult it is for a person who loves somebody to see them out in the political process and to kind of endure the criticism. My answer to him is, ‘Look, don’t pay attention to it. I’m doing fine.’ ”
His comments were a rare window into a complicated father-son relationship that has been a source of endless fascination in Washington and promises to fascinate future historians no less.
Mr. Bush has often spoken with pride of his father, and even made the case to invade Iraq in 2002 by once saying of Saddam Hussein, “After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad.” Yet Mr. Bush, who is more frequently likened to his strong-willed mother than his more sentimental father, has at times seemed to run his administration based on what he and his aides view as his father’s mistakes....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (2-17-07)
Eric Hunt, 22, was being sought on charges of attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, elder abuse, stalking, battery and the commission of a hate crime, according to the warrant issued by San Francisco police on Friday.
Wiesel, 78, was attending the World Forum, an interfaith conference on non-violent conflict resolution, when he was accosted on February 1 at the Argent Hotel, according to police.
The suspect got into an elevator with Wiesel and insisted he accompany him to his room for an interview. At the sixth floor, the suspect forced the author into the corridor and ran away when Wiesel began to yell, the authorities said.
A Holocaust denier who gave his name as "Eric Hunt" wrote in a February 6 posting on an anti-Semitic Web site about why he had confronted Wiesel, who has written extensively on the Holocaust.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-13-07)
A variation on the archaic Julian calendar -- which started disappearing from the West in the 16th century -- means Ethiopia will not enter the year 2000 until September 12 this year.
"When everyone else celebrated their millennium, they said all sorts of things were going to happen, but nothing happened," Addis Ababa-based film director Tatek Tadesse said.
"Now all the prophecies they made about 2000 will happen this time round on the true Millennium. It will be a new age for Ethiopia," said Tatek who is putting the final touches to a film inspired by the historic event.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-15-07)
The now elderly "comfort women" -- a Japanese euphemism for the estimated 200,000 mostly Asian women forced to provide sex for Japan's soldiers -- testified in a debate on a House of Representatives resolution calling on Japan to apologize for that practice.
The women, two South Koreans and a Dutch-born Australian, said Tokyo's efforts to atone for their ordeal were insufficient because official apologies were not accompanied by offers of government compensation...
Jan Ruff O'Herne, 84, who was snatched by Japanese officers from a sugar plantation in 1942 in Indonesia...said she had forgiven the Japanese but rejected a payment from Tokyo's Asian Women's Fund in 1995 as "an insult to comfort women" because the money was from private donations -- a formula that she felt skirted Japanese state responsibility...
Japan in 1993 acknowledged a state role in the wartime brothel program and later issued apologies and set up the Asian Women's Fund. About 285 of the women who accepted payments of about $20,000 from that fund received personal apologies from Japan's prime minister.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-15-07)
And it was people in tropical, lowland areas of what is now western Ecuador who first spiced up their cuisine, not those from higher, drier Mexico and Peru as was previously assumed, said Scott Raymond, a University of Calgary archaeologist.
His team, led by Linda Perry, researcher with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, made the finding by analyzing starch microfossils from grinding stones and charred ceramic cookware recovered from seven sites in the Americas. Their report is published in the journal Science.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (2-17-07)
On Saturday, Forest Whitaker, a leading contender for best actor, parted a crowd of paparazzi in front of a chic hotel here in Uganda’s capital, and he strutted down a red carpet for the official opening of “The Last King of Scotland.”
Official being the key word. Because the movie, about the blood-soaked reign of Uganda’s mercurial dictator, Idi Amin, actually arrived a few weeks ago, via bootlegged DVDs shipped in from China. It has already created quite a stir in Kampala’s tin-roofed video halls.
Ugandans are struck by Mr. Whitaker’s likeness to Amin, and moved by the scenes of an era they would like to forget. What is more, they are proud that one of this year’s surprise Hollywood hits is about their country, was filmed in their country and, now, nearly five months after its release in the United States, is finally being seen here.
SOURCE: New York Times (2-16-07)
And no mayor has ever become president without serving first in some other elective office beyond City Hall.
“Should Rudolph Giuliani attain the presidency in 2008 he will have faced down this longstanding record,” Michael H. Ebner, a history professor at Lake Forest College, said in a telephone interview.
Professor Ebner, writing on the History News Network, a Web site, quoted the columnist Walter Lippmann as concluding that what cost another New Yorker, Gov. Alfred E. Smith, the presidency in 1928 was voters’ antipathy to Smith’s “distinctly urban values,” rather than opposition to his Roman Catholicism alone.
Mr. Giuliani, who would be only the second Catholic president and the first of Italian heritage, faces an additional hurdle: “urban values” have tended to resonate more with Democratic voters; before he faces them, he must win the nomination from Republicans....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-17-07)
A mystery bidder paid more than $3m (£1.5m) for the item, apparently from Oswald's shooter's nest at the Texas Schoolbook Depository.
The starting price was just $100,000 but bidding was brisk and the item eventually fetched $3,001,501.
The depository was owned by a local family that listed the item on eBay.
SOURCE: BBC News (2-15-07)
While there was opposition to slavery across the island there were also men who made fortunes out of the exploitation of slaves.
Part of Belfast's commercial and industrial advances of the time were linked to trade with the slave economies of the West Indies.
Waddell Cunningham, founding president of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce and first president of the Harbour Board, numbered among those who made fortunes from slavery and tried to set up a slave company in Belfast...
Historian Eamon Phoenix said Belfast had less to apologise for than ports like Liverpool or Bristol...
"There was a very, very strong pro-abolition and anti-slavery movement in Belfast which chimed with the kind of reception of the French revolution in the city in the 1780s 1790s associated with the rise of the United Irishmen," he said.
SOURCE: BBC News (2-15-07)
The work on an ancient mound near Jerusalem's holiest site has caused widespread anger in the Muslim world.
Israel is now showing the work live on the internet in a bid to calm Muslim fears the site is being damaged...<http://www.antiquities.org.il/home_eng.asp>
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Israeli leader, Ehud Olmert, had showed him photographs of the construction, "but they have failed to convince me 100%".
"I proposed to send a technical team to inspect on site the work that is being done and he (Olmert) has agreed," he told a press conference.
Mr Olmert welcomed the move, saying Israel had nothing to hide. "We will not touch any place that is holy to both Christians and Muslims," he said.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-17-07)
Finds at an excavation of the arena in Chester provide the most conclusive proof yet that it played host to grisly fights to the death for public entertainment, and reinforce the view of the town's importance in the Roman Empire.
A stone block with iron fittings was discovered at the centre of the two-storey amphitheatre, which dates back to about AD100. It is similar to one depicted in a 3rd century mosaic found at a Roman villa at Bignor, West Sussex, which shows two gladiators fighting.
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-16-07)
The unopened bottle of red Fuhrerwein dates back to 1943 when it would have been presented to a high-flying Nazi general to mark Hitler's 54th birthday.
A label around the bottle, a 12 per cent Schwarzer Tafelwein, features a photograph of Hitler dressed smartly in suit and tie.
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-16-07)
By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
Last Updated: 2:06am GMT 16/02/2007
Like any dictator fearful of his people, Joseph Stalin had a contingency plan to prevent a popular revolution.
Unknown to the Muscovites that shivered their way along the cobblestones above, he hid a unit of his best and most powerful tanks in the basement of the Lower Trading Rows on the eastern perimeter of Red Square.
If the huddled masses tried to storm the Kremlin, they were under orders to trundle up specially built ramps and come to Uncle Joe's rescue.
Stalin never had to give the order but talk today to some of Moscow's leading architects and you get the impression that it would have been better if he had. Last summer, the Kremlin's presidential properties department gave the order to turn the Lower Trading Rows into an upmarket hotel and auction house.
The scaffolding is now up and the bulldozers have moved in. Predictably perhaps, the defenders of Moscow's dwindling architectural heritage, wearily familiar with the city's post-perestroika credo of "restoration by means of demolition", are in uproar.
Not only, they say, does the construction work threaten to change the character of Red Square, a UNESCO-protected site, it also endangers the nearby onion domes of Russia's most famous cathedral, St Basil's. Even Stalin, who revelled in destroying many of the country's churches, did not have the nerve to destroy it...
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (2-14-07)
But yesterday the two sides sat down and the application was accepted, said Claire Brown, National Air and Space Museum spokeswoman.
"We are respectful of the needs of the institution," said series producer Pamela Browne."And they understand the lighting and equipment we need to do a long-form documentary."
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (2-16-07)
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (2-16-07)
Islamic leaders denounced the streaming video as" cosmetic," and said they would organize massive demonstrations in Jerusalem after prayers today...
Yechiel Zeligman, the Israel Antiquities Authority archeologist overseeing the excavation, said the three webcams would broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the authority's website, antiquities.org.
The live feed from three cameras shows workers from the Antiquities Authority digging to uncover ancient buildings and artifacts hidden beneath the surface.
"Really, we don't have anything to hide," Zeligman said as he supervised 40 workers at the site yesterday."We hope the presence of the cameras will show people that nothing here is threatening the mosques and things will quieten down so we can continue our work.
"The ramp ends more than 5 meters from the wall and the gate into the mosque compound, so we are nowhere near the Al-Aqsa Mosque and nothing we are doing here poses any threat to it," he said...
Yousef Natshe, chief archeologist at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, said the new webcams did nothing to allay Muslim fears.
"It's a cosmetic act designed to draw away the attention of the people who are concerned about this," Natshe said."Putting this online doesn't give Israel any legal rights -- the act itself is illegal."...
Natshe conceded that the Israelis were probably not excavating underneath the mosque, but he accused them of continuous encroachments.
" This work is being carried out on the approach to one of the historic gates entering the Haram. . . . Maybe it is not physical damage, but it is cultural damage. It is distorting the site," he said.
Violent protests in Kashmir over al-Aqsa excavation
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (2-16-07)
Illinois was one of 18 universities sanctioned by the NCAA in 2005 for keeping mascots and imagery deemed "hostile and abusive." By dropping the American Indian mascot, who has danced at athletic events since 1926 in a feathered headdress and Indian regalia, the university regains eligibility to host NCAA championship events.
Chief Illiniwek will perform his last war dance at halftime of the season's final men's home basketball game at Assembly Hall Wednesday, the U of I said Friday in a release. The mascot had been limited to home game performances and did not travel with teams.
SOURCE: UPI (2-15-07)
The Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times reported that since Ives' plane was downed by a massive storm on April 16, 1944, the airman's body was lost until plane wreckage was found in 2002.
Among the wreckage discovered in the jungles of Papua, New Guinea, authorities found 10 bodies and using DNA from relatives of Ives, eventually determined he was among them.
"It will be a very happy day," Rodney Ives, the airman's son, said of the body's return. "Just that his bones are out of the jungle in New Guinea and coming back to Ingleside."
The paper said that while the airman was born in Rockport, Texas, he resided in the nearby city of Ingleside with his family before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942.
SOURCE: UPI (2-14-07)
Istanbul columnist Fatih Altayli told The Telegraph he heard that "Pamuk recently withdrew $400,000 from his bank account and said he would leave Turkey and would not be returning to his country any time soon."
After the killing of Hrant Dink, an ethnic Armenian journalist, last month, Pamuk, 54, told others that he fears for his own safety. The writer angered Turkish nationalists by acknowledging that under the Ottoman Empire Turks triggered the deaths of 1 million Armenians a century ago.
With its candidacy to join the European Union already in trouble because of its Islamic government and the treatment of its Kurdish minority, Turkey's bid would be hindered more if its most prominent writer decided he was no longer safe in his homeland, the newspaper said.
In meetings with Western leaders, Abdullah Gul, Turkey's foreign minister, promised reform of an ambiguous law allowing nationalists to demand punishment for those they accuse of insulting the Turkish nation.
Name of source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch (2-15-07)
The House Rules Committee tabled a measure pushed by state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, that sought to establish a commission to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 16th president's birth, which will occur Feb. 12, 2009.
"Lincoln is regarded by many as the most outstanding president of all time," Marsh told the committee, pointing out that the slain leader's parents were born in Virginia.
A Richmond resident spoke against the commission, charging it represents "historical myopia and amnesia at its worse" and "kowtowing to the leader of Virginia's enemies."
Robert Lamb, a lawyer and member of Sons of Confederate Veterans who said he was speaking as an individual, said Lincoln as U.S. president during the Civil War sent armies into Virginia who "laid waste to the land," among other grievances.
If anyone's 200th birthday should be honored, it should be that of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, who was born on June 3, 1808, said Lamb, who was wearing a tie with a pattern of Confederate flags.
Congress created a federal commission seven years ago, and 10 states have established their own commissions to mark the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, said spokesman David Early. Most states - including Virginia - have appointed liaisons to the federal panel to help coordinate their own celebrations.
Name of source: Detroit Free Press
SOURCE: Detroit Free Press (2-15-07)
Today you'll still see the legacy of these so-called sundown towns, thousands of which sprang up all over the United States after Reconstruction and flourished through the civil rights era.
Such towns have been documented by sociologist James Loewen in his 2005 book "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism." "I thought I'd find a few hundred across the country, but I found thousands," he said.
One of those towns was Wyandotte.
In 1955, when librarian Edwina DeWindt published her history of Wyandotte, the chapter labeled "Negro" didn't make the cut. But her research establishing the city as a sundown town remains on file at Wyandotte's Bacon Memorial District Library.
"It includes about 50 pages of oral histories, along with local newspaper accounts and minutes from City Hall," said library director Janet Cashin. "I think the publishers may have said, 'We don't need that chapter in the book because it doesn't shed the right kind of light on the city.' "
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-16-07)
"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged," Young declared.
One problem: Lincoln never said such a thing.
Conservative scholar J. Michael Waller did, in an article for Insight magazine in December 2003. Waller later told Annenberg Political Fact Check that the supposed quote "is not a quote at all" but that a copy editor mistakenly put quotation marks around his words, making them appear to be Lincoln's.
Annenberg has counted 18,000 references to the Lincoln "quote" by those who typically support President Bush's war policy.
After he left the House floor yesterday, Young found out that -- whoops -- he had mistakenly put words in Abe's mouth. His spokeswoman, Meredith Kenny, says the congressman took the quote from an article he read in the Washington Times on Tuesday.
"Now that he's been informed these are not the actual words of Lincoln, he will discontinue attributing the words to Lincoln. However, he continues to totally agree with the message of the statement," Kenny said. "Americans, especially America's elected leaders, should not take actions during a time of war that damage the morale of our soldiers and military -- and that is exactly what this nonbinding resolution does."
And no, Kenny said, Young was "not advocating the hanging of Democrats."
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-15-07)
And it was not in the White House at the time, but in the president's cherished cottage retreat three miles away, where Lincoln penned the document freeing the slaves.
Are historians certain he committed his seminal prose to paper at said desk? No.
Nonetheless, the meticulous replica goes on display today for four days at the National Trust for Historic Preservation headquarters near Dupont Circle. Commissioned by the trust's Save America's Treasures program, it will go to the restored cottage at the President Lincoln & Soldiers Home National Monument off North Capitol Street when the retreat reopens. The original is now in the White House Lincoln Bedroom.
The $22,000 reproduction of black walnut, poplar and bird's-eye maple was built by woodcarvers Rob McCullough and Fred Hoover of Christiana, Pa. There are no plans to reproduce it commercially.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (2-15-07)
Local legend has it that the remains are all that's left of the steamboat Madison, a floating general store that chugged up and down the Suwannee in the mid-19th century...
The river touches eight Florida counties as it meanders from its source in the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico...Suwannee River steamers brought mail, supplies, and a few luxuries to backwoods residents during the 19th century.
When the U.S. Civil War began in 1861, the Union Navy imposed a blockade of southern ports that gradually eliminated steamboat traffic on southern coastal rivers.
By the fall of 1863, as the fighting got closer to the Suwannee region, [owner James] Tucker decided to scuttle his ship to prevent it from falling into Navy hands...
Whether it's actually the Madison, though, remains to be seen.
So far state archaeologists have found and are working to identify the remains of at least ten steamboats in the Suwannee River, three of which are accessible to divers.
In addition to the ruins in Troy Springs, divers can visit the David Yulee near the Suwannee's mouth, as well as the well-preserved ruins of the City of Hawkinsville, the last steamboat to operate on the Suwannee.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (2-16-07)
An investigation carried out by a Spanish-Mexican magazine claims that Cuban specialists were not telling the truth when in, 1997, they said that they had discovered the revolutionary's remains, along with those of six of his fighters, buried alongside an airstrip in the remote jungle village of Villagrande, Bolivia.
The magazine, Letras Libres, argues that the specialists were under pressure from Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader, who wanted his comrade's remains identified for political reasons and to "relaunch the country's revolutionary fervour"...
For many years it was believed that the corpse of "El Che" - his hands having been cut off - was burned and his ashes scattered. But in the mid-1990s a number of retired Bolivian military officers said they had buried the remains alongside a nearby airstrip; the authorities had kept it secret to avoid the location becoming a site of pilgrimage.
Following those claims, a team of Cuban, Bolivian and Argentine experts launched a search that located the remains in Villagrande. The remains were flown to Cuba and, in October 1997, President Castro led a ceremony at which the remains were interred in a mausoleum in Santa Clara, a city captured in January 1959 by rebels led by Guevara in a battle that proved decisive for the revolution.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (2-16-07)
'A Swiss Lake, Lucerne', which was unrecorded because it has been in private hands until now, is among the shimmering landscapes that make up the finest collection of watercolours by the 19th-century master to come on the market in decades.
They are expected to send prices soaring to around £15 million at Sotheby’s in London this summer and range in subject matter from naturalistic depictions of British coastal scenes to impressionistic views of Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy.
Each exudes Turner’s energetic handling of colour, often applied in rapid strokes, smeared with his fingers or scratched with the tip of a brush...[The collection] was put together over about 20 years by Baron Guy Ullens, a Belgian who made a fortune in the food industry and whose company owns WeightWatchers. He has long been passionate about Turner and classical and contemporary Chinese art. He will now focus his resources on this other love.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (2-16-07)
Video: Times interview with Rwanda President Kagame
Name of source: Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba)
SOURCE: Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba) (2-15-07)
Name of source: http://www.courant.com
SOURCE: http://www.courant.com (2-8-07)
Elihu Yale apparently did not own slaves but critics over the years have objected to the painting's racist overtones and the significant place it is displayed at the university named for him. The portrait hangs over an ornate fireplace in the Corporation Room in Woodbridge Hall, meeting place for the university's board of trustees.
The flap over the painting comes as some of the nation's oldest, most prestigious colleges confront a shameful side of their past. Important founding figures at Yale, Brown and other schools had ties to the slave trade, as did many of America's founding fathers. In 2001, several graduate students at Yale revealed that a majority of Yale's dorms were named after prominent people who owned slaves or at one time expressed pro-slavery views, including U.S. Vice President John Calhoun and inventor Samuel Morse.
Name of source: ireland.com
SOURCE: ireland.com (2-15-07)
He appeared to apologise in a BBC Wales television interview for Northern Ireland and Wales's role in the slave trade.
Mr Hain, who addressed an event on slavery, said: "I'm here on behalf of both Northern Ireland and Wales to say we have had a part to play in the slave trade.
"We acknowledge that. We take responsibility for it and we now are going to try and at least say that historical legacy must be recognised and we are sorry for it," Mr Hain said.
The Northern Ireland Secretary's comments puzzled historians in the North, who insisted that there was no sympathy for slavery in Belfast.
Democratic Unionist MP Sammy Wilson said: "I think a lot of people would love Peter Hain to apologise for the things he has done while he has been in charge of the Northern Ireland Office rather than for him to delve into the past and apologise for things we had no responsibility nor sympathy for," he said.
"If you look at slavery, Belfast and the people of Belfast were at the cutting edge of enlightened attitudes, and there was no association between Northern Ireland and the slave trade."
The Northern Ireland Office insisted Mr Hain had praised Belfast's stance against slavery in the speech he made in New York to the event organised by the Welsh Office.
Name of source: Aruna Lee in New America Media
SOURCE: Aruna Lee in New America Media (2-14-07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Korean American parents in Los Angeles, New York and Boston are protesting the addition of a novel in school reading lists that they say inaccurately depicts Koreans as egregious wartime abusers. Many say their children are being forced to learn a distorted version of history.
"So Far from the Bamboo Grove" by Yoko Kawashima Watkins is a fictionalized autobiography based on Watkins' experiences. It tells the story of the flight of Japanese families from Korea after World War II and the many atrocities they suffered at the hands of Koreans.
A seventh-grade student at Westchester Country Day School in New York, Bo Un Heo is one of several students who refused to attend class while the novel remained on the school's reading list."I wasn't nervous about missing class because I knew it was the right thing to do," Heo said. Parents charge that the novel is not only historically inaccurate, but that it also fails to address the decades of abuse Koreans suffered at the hands of Japanese colonial administrators.
One example they point to is the fact that no mention is made in Watkins' novel of the many Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. The issue remains a major point of controversy between the neighboring countries. Survivors of Japanese abuse, so called" comfort women," still stage weekly protests in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
In the novel, Watkins instead writes about Japanese women who were raped by Koreans and other atrocities following the surrender of Japan to Allied forces.
Koreans in the United States and in Korea have challenged the authenticity of these and other accounts in the novel, however, arguing that the rape of Japanese women by Koreans could never have occurred as the Japanese military presence remained throughout the country until well after American and Russian forces arrived in the area. They also contend that Watkins' accounts of U.S.-led bombing in Korea never occurred during the period covered in the novel, and, for example, her descriptions of removing the uniform of a dead Communist soldier are false since the Communist army did not exist until 1948, years after the events in Watkins' tale....
Name of source: Deutsche Welle World
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle World (1-26-07)
German prosecutors in Mannheim demanded a five-year jail sentence Friday for one of the most high-profile figures in the Holocaust denial movement, Ernst Zündel, in closing arguments at his trial.
Zündel, a 67-year-old German citizen, stands accused of inciting racial hatred for disputing the historical fact that Nazi Germany systematically slaughtered six million European Jews during World War II.
German authorities say Zündel operated a website from Canada on which he expressed anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi views and presented "revisionist" history. He left Germany for Canada at the age of 19 but was deported in March 2005 on a German arrest warrant.
Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany and if convicted, Zündel faces up to five years in jail.
The trial began almost a year ago but has run into several legal hurdles. It follows a high-profile case in which controversial British historian David Irving spent 13 months in jail in Austria for questioning the Holocaust before being released last month.
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (2-15-07)
The teenager adopted the name James Barry, later becoming a pioneering Army surgeon and keeping her elaborate deception a secret until she lay on her deathbed in 1865.
Now an amateur historian wants to recognise her unique achievements with a plaque on the Lothian Street house where she once lived.
Barry, who was rumoured to be the granddaughter of the 11th Earl of Buchan and niece of the famous painter James Barry, arrived in the city in around 1805. She secretly became Edinburgh University's first female graduate while still a teenager.
During her extraordinary life, she travelled the world as an Army surgeon, still keeping up the pretence of being a man. She also gained a reputation as a controversial and sometimes ill-disciplined officer. In 1819, the year she joined, Lord Albemarle was critical of the doctor's "unmistakably Scotch type of countenance", as well as a "certain effeminacy in his manner".
Barry retired from the services in 1859, having earned a reputation as a medical pioneer through her work to prevent disease spreading in dirty, overcrowded field hospitals.