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Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (5-22-07)
Alfred A. Knopf plans to start selling “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton” by Carl Bernstein on June 5, and, on June 8, Little, Brown & Company will publish “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Jeff Gerth, a former reporter for The New York Times, and Don Van Natta Jr., a Times reporter.
Last month, Knopf announced that it was publishing Mr. Bernstein’s 640-page book, originally planned for the fall, on June 19, surprising Little, Brown, which was scheduled to publish on Aug. 28. Then, this month, Little, Brown said it had also decided to move its publication date to June 19, making the rivalry abundantly clear.
SOURCE: NYT (5-22-07)
In recent days, Mr. Hauer has challenged Mr. Giuliani’s recollection that he had little role as mayor in placing the city’s emergency command center at the ill-fated World Trade Center.
Mr. Hauer has also disputed the claim by the Giuliani campaign that the mayor’s wife, Judith Giuliani, had coordinated a help center for families after the attack.
And he has contradicted Mr. Giuliani’s assertions that the city’s emergency response was well coordinated that day, a point he made most notably to the authors of “Grand Illusion,” a book that depicts Mr. Giuliani’s antiterrorism efforts as deeply flawed.
SOURCE: NYT (5-21-07)
Former President Jimmy Carter was cited for a doozy over the weekend when he called the Bush administration “the worst in history” for its impact around the world. Though Mr. Carter tried to take it back on Monday, saying on the “Today” show that his remarks were “careless or misinterpreted” and that he was “not talking personally about any president,” he has still incited a tsk-tsking tsunami in the capital.
His offense: failing to observe the protocol that former presidents should speak respectfully of their successors, or at least with some measure of restraint.
“His language was much sharper than what you’d normally hear” from an ex-president, said the presidential historian Michael Beschloss. But he and other presidential scholars roll their eyes at the notion that former presidents do not speak ill of current ones.
“I love how because of our short memories, we come up with these eternal rules that don’t really apply,” said the historian Tim Naftali, the director-designate of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Indeed, there have been several instances of “when ex-presidents attack” over the years. As recently as a few months ago, former President Gerald R. Ford criticized Mr. Bush’s Iraq policy, albeit from the grave. In an article in The Washington Post, Bob Woodward quoted from an interview he conducted with Mr. Ford with the understanding that he could only publish Mr. Ford’s remarks after he died.
SOURCE: NYT (5-20-07)
In 21st-century Washington, the anthem would be more suitably titled “God Help the Czar.”
It’s not good to be the czar, not here, not now. The czars dwell in bureaucratic jumble, not palatial privilege. Indeed, you know it has gotten messy, the problem so immense — and the managers so desperate — that the only solution lies with something as fundamentally undemocratic as the appointment of a czar.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (5-22-07)
The episode, in which simple factual errors occasion an international dispute, points up the extraordinary sensitivity in India to anything that might be perceived as a slight on the country’s history, its cultures and religions, or other elements of its rich traditions.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (5-22-07)
The university filed a motion to dismiss its lawsuit last Friday. An agreement still has to be signed by the Derrida family and approved by the court, according to a university spokeswoman.
Last November the university sued Marguerite Derrida in federal court in Central California. The complaint contended that she had violated a written agreement that Jacques Derrida had made with the university before his death to house his papers at the University of California at Irvine, where he had taught part time since 1986 and which already holds many of the papers. Derrida's three sons were also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Name of source: Detroit Free Press
SOURCE: Detroit Free Press (5-22-07)
The 784-page “The Reagan Diaries,” edited by Douglas Brinkley, made its debut Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a day before the $35 book’s national release. Nancy Reagan placed two of her late husband’s five maroon, leather-bound diaries in a display case.
Reagan wrote diary notations each night for his eight years as one of the 20th-Century’s most popular presidents, with the exception of a few days after he was shot by John Hinckley Jr. — “Getting shot hurts,” he wrote.
The turbulent sweep of the White House years provides unvarnished details of acrimonious moments with his kids — “Insanity is hereditary you catch it from your kids” — optimism after meeting Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (he refers to him as Gorby) and fears of war in the Middle East — “Sometimes I wonder if we are destined to witness Armageddon.”
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (5-21-07)
Speaking on NBC's ''Today,'' Carter appeared to retreat from a statement he made to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for a Saturday story in which he said: ''I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.''
Carter said Monday that when he made the comment, he was responding to a question comparing the Bush administration's foreign policy to that of Richard Nixon.
''And I think Richard Nixon had a very good and productive foreign policy and my remarks were maybe careless or misinterpreted. But I wasn't comparing the overall administration, and I was certainly not talking personally about any president,'' Carter said.
''I think this administration's foreign policy compared to president Nixon's was much worse,'' he said, but he said he did not mean to call it the worst in history.
The 1970 bombing by four student radicals protesting weapons research at Sterling Hall was the most powerful act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
But until now, the UW had nothing commemorating Robert Fassnacht, the 33-year-old graduate student and father of three who was working in the building and died in the explosion. [HNN editor: he was anti-war himself.] ...
Historians say the Sterling Hall attack helped bring increasingly violent protests in Madison and across the country to a halt, although the movement to stop the war continued until the last U.S. forces finally left in defeat in 1975....
Harsh reality quickly set in when they were arrested for illegal entry into Thailand upon their arrival at Huay Nam Khao, where about 8,000 other Hmong refugees have been living in limbo, wondering if their future holds a forced return to Laos.
Thailand classifies them as illegal immigrants despite their claims that they face persecution by the communist government of Laos due to their Vietnam War-era ties with the United States, and the bad blood that continues to this day.
Ironically, the U.S. itself has raised a new hurdle to their migration. Post-9/11 anti-terrorism laws have disqualified many Hmong refugees for resettlement, since their guerrilla activity, originally in support of U.S. aims and later in self-defense, technically qualifies them as terrorists.
Senators accustomed to having their way with certain administration appointments when their party took power bristled when Giuliani put candidates for U.S. attorney on ice. Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Arlen Specter complained directly to President Reagan that Giuliani ignored his calls and stopped answering his letters...
Giuliani papers made public by the archives open a window into the Republican presidential hopeful's work as the No. 3 official in the Reagan Justice Department from May 1981 to June 1983. He was responsible for criminal investigations and supervised the nation's U.S. attorneys offices.
The agency released 56 boxes of correspondence and records from his files in response to requests from researchers, while holding back sensitive documents. The collection is prime study material for his opponents in the 2008 campaign as well as for historians piecing together the inner workings of the Reagan years.
Odyssey Marine Exploration said Friday it had discovered the ship —- along with gold and silver coins worth an estimated US$500 million (€371 million) —- somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean...
Spain's Culture Ministry said it thought the statement was "suspicious," after Odyssey had [previously] sought permission to explore Spanish waters for the wreck of a British ship, according to the national news agency Efe.
Spain granted the company permission in January to search for the HMS Sussex, which sank in a 1694 storm off Gibraltar while leading a British fleet into the Mediterranean Sea for war against France.
That permission was only for exploration, however, and did not extend to extraction, the ministry said, according to Efe. Odyssey had previously been searching off the Spanish coast, but suspended operations there in 2005 after complaints from the Spanish government.
For the living skeletons who survived the Nazi terror, the Displaced Persons camp set up two miles away offered little relief from misery.
A bleak picture springs with stark immediacy from typewritten reports by the Allied officers, found in the massive archive of the International Tracing Service in the central German town of Bad Arolsen. The Associated Press has been given extensive access to the archive on condition that identities of victims and refugees are protected.
People still died at the rate of 1,000 to 1,500 a day. Corpses were stacked in front of barracks, to be carted away by captured SS guards."Bodies frequently remained for several days in the huts, the other inmates being too weak to carry them out," Francois-Poncet wrote in a report for the Allied Military Government.
It's a word with flexible meanings. There were sweeping amnesties after the English and U.S. civil wars; nowadays the term is sometimes used when authorities invite the public to turn in unregistered guns or overdue library books without penalty...
"An amnesty differs from a general pardon in that the latter simply relieves from punishment whereas the former declares innocence or abolishes the crime," the Encyclopaedia Britannica says...
President Andrew Johnson's 1868 declaration directed at Confederate war veterans is perhaps the most prominent amnesty in U.S. history.
President Carter's pardon of Vietnam War draft evaders following his inauguration in 1977 is sometimes described as an amnesty, but it did not declare innocence...
The concept of amnesty dates at least to ancient Greece. In England, a general amnesty was offered as part of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. South Africa used the term during the 1990s, when its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, despite criticism from two flanks, sought a public accounting of abuses committed during the era of White-minority rule...
This isn't the first time amnesty has been a focal point in wrangling over immigration.
A 1986 law signed by Ronald Reagan established a one-year amnesty program for illegal immigrants who'd been in the United States at least four years. An estimated 2.7 million people took advantage of the provision.
An Oklahoma City museum run by a women's aviation group has unveiled an exhibition that includes personal mementos of the Kansas-born Earhart to commemorate the 70th anniversary of her 1937 disappearance and the 75th anniversary of her solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean.
Among the items displayed at the Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots are a bracelet of Earhart's made of elephant hide, a scarf she wore on some long-distance flights, her pilot's license and navigation charts.
''She's still a mystery,'' said Margie Richison, the chairwoman of the museum's board of trustees. ''She's probably the greatest mystery of the last century, and it's unsolved.''
''People who have everything else want to own a castle at least once in their lives,'' said Denis Burrus, a sales agent for de Rham Sotheby's International Realty who sells castles in Switzerland. ''It shows that they've achieved something in their lives.''...
Burrus has been selling castles for 15 years in Switzerland, where one or two go on sale each year for as much as $40 million.
The market is more crowded in countries like France, where he said buyers can choose from about 100 properties.
In the United States, seeing a castle for sale is rare.
His trick-roping cowboys, stern-faced Indian chiefs and exotic animal displays made Cody a celebrity in East Coast cities and European capitals alike. With his ever-present hat and distinctive goatee, Cody hobnobbed with kings and presidents as one of the best known U.S. citizens of his day.
Now Wyoming is planning to scour the world for the showman's correspondence to compile a definitive historical reference work on its most famous ambassador.
''I truly believe that Buffalo Bill was an epic character in Wyoming's history, especially northwest Wyoming, and America's history,'' said state Rep. Colin Simpson, who pushed through legislation this spring to put up $300,000 in state money to kick off the Buffalo Bill papers project.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in the city of Cody is raising funds to match the state's investment.
On Saturday, Phung was the matron of honor for the christening of the latest Navy warship to bear the Sterett name: a 510-foot destroyer. It is the fourth warship named after Lt. Andrew Sterett, who served aboard the frigate Constellation during the U.S. Navy's first victory against a foreign navy.
The third Sterett rescued Phung on July 22, 1983. She said that soon after getting on a cramped boat with 125 people she realized no one knew where they were headed. The engine died within a day and the boat drifted. Bad weather struck. There was no food.
Then aircraft flew over and a U.S. Navy ship appeared on the horizon. Hours later, she and the others were clambering up a net aboard the USS Sterett.
Since being rescued, Phung has earned a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1997 and is now doing research for the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
''It changed my life. It was the turning point for me,'' Phung said. ''Without the Sterett, there wouldn't be me today.''
Earlier, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin of the main opposition Nationalists said Chen lacked authority to change the name of the Chiang memorial to the National Democracy Memorial Hall and vowed to try to stop him...
Surrounded by political allies and a heavy police presence, Chiang said the removal of Chiang's name from the memorial marked a symbolic break with the past...
For months Chen and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party have chipped away at Chiang's memory, removing his name from Taiwan's main international airport and ordering hundreds of Chiang statues to be dismantled from military bases around the island.
Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, formerly of Phoenix, garnered attention on blogs and in some alternative media after he began claiming in 2005 to have been awarded a Purple Heart for his service, which he said included slaughtering innocents in a Fallujah mosque. His story was contradicted by his discharge form, showing that he was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 because of his ''entry level performance and conduct.''
Robert Faurisson, who has been convicted five times in France for denying crimes against humanity, had been expected to speak at a local hotel instead but that conference too was later canceled after scuffles with protesters.
A chartered cargo jet recently landed in the United States to unload hundreds of plastic containers packed with the 50,000 coins, which are expected to fetch an average of $1,000 each from collectors and investors.
"For this colonial era, I think (the find) is unprecedented," said rare coin expert Nick Bruyer, who was contracted by Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration to examine a batch of coins from the wreck. "I don't know of anything equal or comparable to it."...
[C]ourt records indicate the coins might have come from the wreck of a 17th century merchant ship found off southwestern England.
Because the shipwreck was found in an area where many colonial-era vessels went down, the company is still uncertain about its nationality, size and age, [Company co-founder Greg] Stemm said, although evidence points to a specific known shipwreck.
The site is beyond the territorial waters or legal jurisdiction of any country, he said...
In keeping with the secretive nature of the project dubbed "Black Swan," Odyssey also is not discussing details of the coins, such as their type, denomination or country of origin...
Experts said that controlled release of the coins into the market along with aggressive marketing should keep prices at a premium.
The richest-ever shipwreck haul was yielded by the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. Treasure-hunting pioneer Mel Fisher found it in 1985, retrieving a reported $400 million in coins and other loot.
Name of source: Juan Cole at Informed Comment (blog)
SOURCE: Juan Cole at Informed Comment (blog) (5-22-07)
I think it says it all. Note that all the activity related to the"surge" seems to have gotten the mayhem nearly back down to what it was in . . . July 2006, that veritable paradise of communal harmony.
See below for Tuesday's blog postings.
Name of source: Hartford Courant
SOURCE: Hartford Courant (5-22-07)
The criticism by the U.N. Committee Against Torture comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set off a furor by saying there was no proof the government forced thousands of women from Asia and elsewhere to work as prostitutes for front-line troops during World War II.
In a report issued Friday, the U.N. committee condemned what it called efforts to cover up history and urged Japan to address the "discriminatory roots of sexual and gender-based violations" and improve rehabilitation for survivors.
It said the victims suffered "incurable wounds" and are experiencing "continuing abuse and re-traumatization as a result of the state party's official denial of the facts, concealment or failure to disclose other facts, failure to prosecute those criminally responsible for acts of torture, and failure to provide adequate rehabilitation to the victims and survivors."
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (5-22-07)
Now, mental-health advocates, historians and others are trying to get U.S. states to make the names public.
On Monday, advocates for the release were handed a blow when they learned that the state attorney general backed a policy by the state Health and Human Services not to divulge the identities, citing statutes protecting patient privacy.
Renschler's attorney, Thomas Burke, said he would continue to fight. "If I don't win in court, I'll get it going in the legislature. I'm not exactly someone who goes away," he said.
The number of patients buried at mental institutions across the nation runs into the hundreds of thousands, said clinical psychologist Pat Deegan of Byfield, Massachusetts, who advocates getting states to release the names.
No comprehensive list of states that have made the names public is available, but Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Washington, South Carolina, Maine and Wisconsin have done so.
Next month, a coalition of mental health advocacy groups will complete plans for a memorial garden at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., that will honor the nation's anonymous dead.
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (5-21-07)
"I keep thinking of all those people who said time ... it'll be much better in time," Reagan said. "Well, not for me. If anything, -- it's gotten worse. ... I miss him more. I'm remembering more little things that we did together. It's harder."
Name of source: ABC News series on slavery
SOURCE: ABC News series on slavery (5-21-07)
Evelyn Chumbow was once a slave, but not in some distant country. She worked right here in the United States.
Chumbow, now 21, was brought to suburban Maryland in 1996 from her native Cameroon by Theresa Mubang. Mubang promised Chumbow's family that if 11-year-old Evenly came to America, she would have the prospect of a bright future and a first-rate education, as she had been a top student in her native country.
Instead, after she arrived, Mubang enslaved the child in her home, forcing her to work long hours and depriving her of the education she was promised, and never paid her a dime.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (5-21-07)
Previous exercises have sought to diagnose illness or determine cause of death of famous people with incomplete medical records. They include Alexander the Great (typhoid fever complicated by Guillain-Barre syndrome), Ludwig van Beethoven (syphilis) and Edgar Allan Poe (rabies, a diagnosis now generally discredited). This year's attempted not to solve a mystery but rather to address an extreme hypothetical -- what might have happened to one of the country's greatest presidents if time travel were possible....
Name of source: Azzaman.com
SOURCE: Azzaman.com (5-19-07)
In a statement to Azzaman, Abbas al-Hussaini, said the raid was the second in a week. Earlier a force of four U.S. military vehicles had forced its way into the department’s offices.
“This action is a violation of the Iraqi ancient heritage,” Hussaini said.
Name of source: Guardian
Even for a former politician with a reputation for plain talking, Mr Carter's blazing criticism took observers by surprise and had the Republican leadership responding in equally harsh measure. The White House spokesman yesterday called Mr Carter "increasingly irrelevant", adding that his "reckless personal criticism is out there".
In a newspaper interview, Mr Carter said of the Bush years: "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." And speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Carter criticised Mr Blair, who leaves office next month, for his close relations with Mr Bush, particularly concerning the Iraq war.
"Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient," Mr Carter said when asked how he would characterise the British prime minister's relationship with Mr Bush. "I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world."
White House says Carter criticism is 'sad'
Firefighters were called at 4.45am to the ship's dry dock in Greenwich, south London...
The Cutty Sark, on the banks of the river Thames, has been closed since November 2006 for a £25m renovation and was due to reopen in 2009. The ship needed substantial repairs because sea salt had speeded up the corrosion of its iron framework.
Richard Doughty, the chief executive of the Cutty Sark Trust, said he had been told the blaze was being treated as suspicious...
Expressing shock at the fire, he said: "When you lose the original fabric, you lose the touch of the craftsmen. You lose history itself. What is special about Cutty Sark is the timber, the iron frames, that went to the South China Sea. To think that is threatened in any way is unbelievable. It is an unimaginable shock."
Chris Livett, the chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, said that while the ship's decks were "unsalvageable", the damage did not appear as bad as originally feared.
He said half of the planking, as well as all the historic artefacts on board, had been removed for the conservation project and he was confident the ship could be fully restored.
"It will be the old ship. The ship has been through many things in its lifetime. It has sailed the oceans of the world, it has battled with nature through its life," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Not that it seemed like that at the time. It was a perilous operation. The textbooks say that for an amphibious operation an army should have secure lifelines, air superiority and a troop advantage ratio of 3 to 1. British forces were about to mount the biggest amphibious landing since Suez, 8,000 miles from home, with limited air cover and no missile defence shield. Nor did the numbers match up; the enemy, well dug in, was estimated at 11,000 men. As Brigadier Julian Thompson, the head of 3 Commando Brigade and the architect of the land campaign, told his unit commanders: "This will be no picnic."
Name of source: Bryan Burrough in the NYT Book Review
SOURCE: Bryan Burrough in the NYT Book Review (5-20-07)
This is an awfully easy book to mock. When a 13-volume-length study of the Kennedy assassination is published, one expects it to be the life’s work of an Arthur Schlesinger or a Robert Caro. Bugliosi’s career suggests a poor man’s Alan Dershowitz, a peripatetic lawyer who cranks out a book every few years on the tabloid topic of the moment; his interests have run to tomes on O. J. Simpson and Paula Jones. None have exactly roiled the national conversation. Worse, his research originated with an imaginary trial of Lee Harvey Oswald on British television in the halcyon days of the 1980s. Bugliosi prosecuted. Judge Wapner should’ve presided. Gerry Spence mounted the defense, lost, then vented to Arsenio Hall. Or maybe it was Pat Sajak.
Not Bugliosi. He decided to start a book. Now, 21 years in the making, it has finally arrived. How on earth does one justify such an endeavor? Surely, you must be thinking, Bugliosi cracks the case. Here, finally, is concrete proof that Kennedy was killed by the C.I.A. or the Mafia or aliens from Planet Z. But no. It turns out Bugliosi spent 21 years coming to the same conclusion Gerald Posner reached in his 1993 book “Case Closed,” the same conclusion reached by the much-maligned Warren Commission: Oswald acted alone. Let me repeat: Twenty-one years. 1,612 pages. Oswald. Alone.
So this is where one expects the reviewer to savage Bugliosi for all those wasted years and pages. Well, I can’t do it. The fact is, the darned book is pretty good. Putting aside its ridiculous length, I have to say “Reclaiming History” is in spots a delight to read. Bugliosi is refreshing because he doesn’t just pick apart the conspiracy theorists. He ridicules them, and by name, writing that “most of them are as kooky as a $3 bill.” Bugliosi calls the dean of conspiracy buffs, Mark Lane, “unprincipled” and “a fraud.” He quotes Harold Weisberg, the author of eight conspiracy-themed books, admitting that after 35 years of research, “much as it looks like Oswald was some kind of agent for somebody, I have not found a shred of evidence to support it.”
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (5-20-07)
The two assessments, titled "Principal Challenges in Post-Saddam Iraq" and "Regional Consequences of Regime Change in Iraq," were produced by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and will be a major part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's long-awaited Phase II report on prewar intelligence assessments about Iraq. The assessments were delivered to the White House and to congressional intelligence committees before the war started.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (5-21-07)
Scientists traced a genetic trail believed to originate from the ruthless leader, who established the biggest empire the world as ever seen.
The work, conducted by Russian and Polish scientists, continued an investigation started three years ago.
Name of source: Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times
SOURCE: Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times (5-20-07)
But conservatives have heard this before, and have yet to give in. Weeks after Barry Goldwater suffered a humiliating defeat in 1964 to Lyndon B. Johnson, his supporters organized the American Conservative Union to take on the Republican Party establishment. After failing to unseat Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination in 1976, Ronald Reagan positioned himself for the 1980 election. The conservatives dismayed by the election of Bill Clinton spent the next eight years attacking him at every opportunity. And after failing to win a conviction of Mr. Clinton following his impeachment, Republicans, far from retreating into caution or self-doubt, kept up the pressure and turned the 2000 election into a referendum on Mr. Clinton’s character.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (5-20-07)
An autocrat, a drinker and a brilliant nation builder, Ataturk set about assembling a state meant to wrench his countrymen out of their backwardness.
Today, Turkey is poised to join Europe —- if the continent will have it —- in what would be the fulfillment of Ataturk’s vision. But in an irony of history, it is a group of politicians who value Islam who are hoisting Turkey up toward the club, which Ataturk’s secular contemporaries never were able to do. So a look to Turkey’s past is useful to understand its complicated present.
SOURCE: New York Times (5-19-07)
When it comes to the first President Bush, both Clintons appear to have a soft spot, and the feeling seems mutual. Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton have come to consider each other to be practically family, people close to them say, spending time together golfing, boating and kibitzing about foreign policy....
Presidential historians find few forerunners to the Bush-Clinton coupling. Several historians said the only real — if imperfect — comparison is with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, onetime allies who fell out after Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800; Adams withdrew, bitter and shocked, but the men reconciled years later and began a celebrated correspondence.
Name of source: Rocky Mountain News
SOURCE: Rocky Mountain News (5-18-07)
"That's just blatant distortion to make their point," said Russell Thornton, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose book was quoted in defense of Churchill.
University of Oklahoma professor Circes Sturm, who was also quoted, said she has since changed her views on a piece of federal Indian law Churchill is accused of distorting. Churchill was among her sources.
Name of source: Observer
SOURCE: Observer (5-20-07)
Primitive Stone Age cultures were destroyed and populations of mammoths and other large land animals, such as the mastodon, were wiped out. The blast also caused a major bout of climatic cooling that lasted 1,000 years and seriously disrupted the development of the early human civilisations that were emerging in Europe and Asia.
'This comet set off a shock wave that changed Earth profoundly,' said Arizona geophysicist Allen West...
The theory is to be outlined at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Acapulco, Mexico. A group of US scientists that include West will report that they have found a layer of microscopic diamonds at 26 different sites in Europe, Canada and America. These are the remains of a giant carbon-rich comet that crashed in pieces on our planet 12,900 years ago, they say...
The scientists point out that archaeological evidence shows that early Stone Age cultures clearly suffered serious setbacks at this time...Their disappearance at this time has been a cause of intense debate, with climate change being put forward as a key explanation. Now there is a new idea: the first Americans were killed by a comet.
It was not just America that bore the brunt of the comet crash...The disintegrating comet would have plunged into these ice sheets, causing widespread melting...
The comet theory, backed by observational evidence collected by the team, has excited considerable attention from other researchers, following publication of an outline report of the work in Nature.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (5-18-07)
Archaeologists say the burial site, near Gravesend [near the Roman town of Springhead], ranks with those found at the most important Roman cities such as Colchester and St Albans.
Three graves were found during a routine dig before work started on a £122m road widening scheme.
Archaeologist Tim Allen said one of the bodies, which had been cremated, was clearly of a "very important person"...
"At the bottom of the pit, we came across the metal handles of a wooden board, and later a set of 23 glass counters and two bone dice, suggesting that we had found a gaming board," said Mr Allen...
The remains included half a pig, which would have been food for the afterlife, and a large safety pin brooch. The second burial site contained 15 pots, a bronze jug and another cremated body with a brooch. In the third was a wooden box with a polished bronze mirror and several copper rings.
SOURCE: BBC News (5-19-07)
First things first, this venture had nothing to do with luck.
It took months of painstaking research, dozens of dedicated crew members, a needle-in-a-haystack type search and several millions pounds to recover one of the largest coin collections ever salvaged.
An almighty task, but to those in the world of shipwrecks, pirates and treasure troves, this was their El Dorado.
Shipwreck expert Richard Larn, of Shipwrecks UK, told BBC News the explorers would have probably spent an entire year researching the ship to find out exactly what it carried, to whom it belonged and to whom the cargo belonged.
They would also consider how accessible a ship which sank seven leagues under the sea near Land's End could be.
"They would then draw a huge circle around the spot and double it, and then start 'mowing the lawn'," he said.
This involves travelling up and down a 100-or-so mile channel, turning around and then moving several yards across before heading back.
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (5-18-07)
A bill was passed Friday by the Diet's Lower House to make teaching patriotism and "love of country" part of compulsory education. If passed, it will be the first time since World War II that Japan will make teaching patriotism part of the national curriculum for all elementary and junior high school students.
SOURCE: UPI (5-19-07)
Jed Levin, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, said the pipe bowl is probably not connected directly with the President's House but is relevant to the project's exploration "of the racial and racist legacy that allowed human bondage" at the birth of the nation, The Philadelphia Inquirer said Friday.
Levin said "Negro-head pipes" were quite popular in the middle of the 19th century.
The President's House, which was demolished in 1832, was occupied by George Washington, his family and at least nine slaves during the 1790s. John Adams, Washington's successor, also lived in the house. Adams was staunchly anti-slavery, the newspaper said.
Name of source: Wall Street Journal (free article)
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (free article) (5-16-07)
''It's a curriculum that proselytizes,'' says Ms. White, whose son graduated from Odessa's Permian High School last year.
The text used in Odessa high schools, developed by the nonprofit National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, represents as fact that the Bible was a"foundational text" in the framing of the U.S., that the King James Bible"remains one of the...most-loved books in the history of the world," and that"the sun went black" when Jesus was crucified. Critics say that such statements represent the views of some believers, not necessarily scholars.
In recent years, many prominent educators have urged U.S. public schools to teach the Bible as part of literature or culture classes, contending that students need to understand the book's influence on literature, history and current events. More schools are starting to offer such classes, in some cases with a push from their state legislatures. Georgia last year passed a law providing money to encourage high schools to offer Bible electives. This month, the Texas House of Representatives almost unanimously approved a bill, now in the state Senate, that would offer training to teachers leading classes on the Old and New Testaments.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (5-19-07)
Chavez, who regularly clashes with the Catholic Church in Venezuela but had not directly criticized the Pope before, accused the Pontiff on Friday of ignoring the "holocaust" that followed Christopher Columbus's 1492 landing in the Americas. "With all due respect your Holiness, apologize because there was a real genocide here and, if we were to deny it, we would be denying our very selves," Chavez said at an event on freedom of expression.
In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Venezuela's neighbor Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Indian leaders in the region were outraged by the comments.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (5-17-07)
The remains, seated in an upright position in an unusual tomb and flanked by shells, pottery, vessels, and jade adornments, suggest a surprisingly diverse culture and complex political system in the influential Maya city of Copán around A.D. 650.
Located at the western edge of modern-day Honduras near the border with Guatemala, Copán, was one of the most important Maya sites, flourishing between the fifth and ninth centuries A.D.
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (5-19-07)
"There is no such thing as $500 million on any wreck in the world," said Robert Marx, a veteran treasure hunter. "Anybody who says so is...lying."
George Bass, an archaeologist at Texas A&M University who specializes in shipwrecks, said...
"Very often, it's exaggerated because of course they need to get financial backers," he said...
A spokesperson for [Odyssey Marine Exploration] stressed that because it is publicly traded, it can not distort the value of its discovery. "If we were to inflate the value of a find like that, we would be in serious trouble" said Laura Barton, vice president of communications.
Since September, the company has filed a series of motions in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for a summary judgment giving it the rights to an "unidentified, shipwrecked vessel."
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (5-18-07)
The widely accepted theory-that the pyramids were crafted of carved-out giant limestone blocks that workers carried up ramps-had not only not been embraced by everyone, but as important had quite a number of holes...
[A]fter extensive scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations and other testing, Barsoum and his research group...found that the tiniest structures within the inner and outer casing stones were indeed consistent with a reconstituted limestone. The cement binding the limestone aggregate was either silicon dioxide (the building block of quartz) or a calcium and magnesium-rich silicate mineral.
The stones also had a high water content-unusual for the normally dry, natural limestone found on the Giza plateau-and the cementing phases, in both the inner and outer casing stones, were amorphous, in other words, their atoms were not arranged in a regular and periodic array. Sedimentary rocks such as limestone are seldom, if ever, amorphous.
The sample chemistries the researchers found do not exist anywhere in nature. "Therefore," says Barsoum, "it's very improbable that the outer and inner casing stones that we examined were chiseled from a natural limestone block."
Name of source: Government Computer News blog
SOURCE: Government Computer News blog (5-18-07)