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Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (6-30-07)
From the op ed:
THE Watergate break-in, described by Ron Ziegler, then the White House press secretary, as a “third-rate burglary,” passes its 35th anniversary this month. The common public perception is that Watergate was the principal cause of President Nixon’s downfall. In fact, the seminal cause was a first-rate criminal conspiracy and break-in almost 10 months earlier that led inexorably to Watergate and its subsequent cover-up.....
In early August 1971, I attended a secret meeting in Room 16, a hideaway office in the basement of the Old Executive Office Building, across the street from the White House. Huddled around the table were G. Gordon Liddy, a former F.B.I. agent; E. Howard Hunt, a former C.I.A. agent; and David R. Young Jr., a member of the National Security Council staff. I was deputy assistant to the president.
Two months earlier, The New York Times had published the classified Pentagon Papers, which had been provided by Daniel Ellsberg. President Nixon had told me he viewed the leak as a matter of critical importance to national security. He ordered me and the others, a group that would come to be called the “plumbers,” to find out how the leak had happened and keep it from happening again.
Mr. Hunt urged us to carry out a “covert operation” to get a “mother lode” of information about Mr. Ells-berg’s mental state, to discredit him, by breaking into the office of his psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis Fielding. Mr. Liddy told us the F.B.I. had frequently carried out such covert operations — a euphemism for burglaries — in national security investigations, that he had even done some himself....
On Sept. 3, 1971, burglars broke into Dr. Fielding’s Beverly Hills office to photograph the files, but found nothing related to Mr. Ellsberg.
The premise of our action was the strongly held view within certain precincts of the White House that the president and those functioning on his behalf could carry out illegal acts with impunity if they were convinced that the nation’s security demanded it. As President Nixon himself said to David Frost during an interview six years later, “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” To this day the implications of this statement are staggering....
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (7-9-07)
As you will see, the questions we raise set up short reported essays; they are not just for brainy Trivial Pursuit fans (though those fans will love them). The topics range from terror to Jane Austen, the economy to Picasso, climate change to Muhammad Ali. For the competitive among you, a 130-question Global IQ test awaits, as does the e-mail to write us.
In a new NEWSWEEK Poll, more Americans were able to name the latest winner of "American Idol" (Jordin Sparks) than could identify the Chief Justice of the United States (John Roberts). We are not tut-tutting or wagging our fingers; there is nothing wrong with knowing the former; our view is that people should probably be fluent with both reality TV and the highest court in the land. Makes life more interesting. It is more troubling, though, that nearly half of the Americans we polled did not know that Judaism is older than Christianity and Islam, or that Libya does not border Iraq.
SOURCE: Newsweek (6-25-07)
Intimate correspondence like this usually doesn't see light until long after a politician is dead and gone, or at least done with politics for good. Thompson apparently believed he had forever traded Washington for Hollywood when he agreed to put his eight years of Senate records, including personal correspondence, in a public archive at the University of Tennessee. The papers, which have gone largely unnoticed, offer an unusual glimpse at his life as a Washington fixture, and clues about how he might lead as a president—hints that might not please conservative voters who are intrigued by him but who know little about him....
Thompson was more moderate on abortion than most Republican candidates. In his archive, there are several files on Thompson's campaign strategy on the subject that could roil his 2008 bid. The records include multiple surveys from the Christian Coalition and other groups in which he took positions that could be viewed as supporting abortion rights.
Name of source: Letter to the editor of the NYT Book Review signed by Norman Mailer et al.
Not so, of course. Most of them were close to the events and people concerned, and some had privileged access to evidence and intelligence that threw doubt on the ''lone assassin'' version. That doubt remains today. Bugliosi himself this year joined us, Don DeLillo, Gerald Posner, Robert Blakey and two dozen other writers on the assassination in signing an open letter that appeared in the March 15 issue of The New York Review of Books. The letter focused on a specific unresolved lead, the discovery that a highly regarded C.I.A. officer named George Joannides was in 1963 running an anti-Castro exile group that had a series of encounters with Oswald shortly before the assassination.
This is obviously pertinent, yet the C.I.A. hid the fact from four J.F.K. investigations. Since 1998, when the agency did reluctantly disclose the merest outline of what Joannides was up to, it has energetically stonewalled a Freedom of Information suit to obtain the details of its officer's activities. Here we are in 2007, 15 years after Congress unanimously approved the J.F.K. Assassination Records Act mandating the ''immediate'' release of all assassination-related records, and the C.I.A. is claiming in federal court that it has the right not to do so.
And now your reviewer, Burrough, seems to lump together all those who question the official story as marginal fools. Burrough's close-minded stance should be unacceptable to every historian and journalist worthy of the name -- especially at a time when a federal agency is striving vigorously to suppress very relevant information.
Name of source: Globe & Mail (Canada)
SOURCE: Globe & Mail (Canada) (6-29-07)
About 60 per cent would fail today a test similar to the one that immigrants take to become Canadian citizens. A decade ago, when the institute began quizzing Canadians, just 45 per cent were unable to score a passing grade by answering 12 out of 21 questions correctly.
Just as striking is the finding that immigrants have improved their knowledge in the past 10 years and did better than the general population in the latest quiz. About 70 per cent of first-generation Canadians passed, while a decade ago scores in the two groups were similar, with the edge going to those born in this country.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (6-29-07)
Here in Algeria, some of those who participated in that war find little use in the comparison. But the US military - and the American public - continues to study the 1954-62 Algerian war of independence for lessons on how to fight the insurgency in Iraq.
"There are very, very few examples of modern insurgency, and for urban [insurgencies] it's basically this [war]," says Thomas X. Hammes, a US insurgency expert and author of a book on guerrilla warfare, "The Sling and the Stone."
While France ultimately withdrew from Algeria, "the French did much of the counterinsurgency very skillfully," says Mr. Harmon, who is the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism at MCU. "The American military has been intrigued by the case study for a long time ... it's a very good parallel."
Name of source: http://www.dominicantoday.com
SOURCE: http://www.dominicantoday.com (6-29-07)
He said that’s one of the reasons for the CIA’s many reports on Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic’s ex- ambassador in Washington said that during the 1965 Revolution, after World War II the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is sent for the first time to another country, and came to Dominican Republic with some 28 agents.
Vega, interviewed by the newspaper Hoy, said the documents declassified by the CIA on Tuesday had as much as two thirds of the text erased, and many are reports on Dominican Republic.
This, he said, is evidence the espionage agency isn’t truly interested in presenting essential areas on its work in the country, and instead it’s an attempt to improve its deteriorated image.
SOURCE: http://www.dominicantoday.com (6-26-07)
Víctor Grimaldi, in a 12 page document published in: osersosa.blogspot.com, said to deny the U.S. took part in Trujillo’s death is to “try to block the sun with a finger.”
He said in the first interrogations into the judicial case in June 2, 1961 –which can be obtained on the Internet- several of Trujillo’s executioners said their plans to kill Trujillo and to take power had the U.S. Government’s support.
He said at as a plot the May 30 affair was a failure because only the regime’s most visible head was eliminated.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (6-29-07)
In a political drama that held the nation in suspense, Nixon took his case to the Supreme Court in 1974, arguing that he had an absolute right of executive privilege to withhold information. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against him and ordered him to turn over the tapes. Nixon resigned two weeks later.
Throughout the nation's history, presidents have repeatedly asserted executive privilege to keep secrets from the courts, the Congress and most anyone else.
SOURCE: AP (6-28-07)
Johnson, 94, was admitted to Seton Medical Center a week ago and treated for a low-grade fever. She remained at the hospital for observation after the fever subsided.
"After a week of observation and tests, the doctors released Mrs. Johnson to go home," said family spokesman Neal Spelce. "Because of her stroke in 2002, her family and physicians always operate with caution.
SOURCE: AP (6-27-07)
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (6-29-07)
The president of the History Teachers Association of Australia, Nick Ewbank, who helped draft the curriculum, said Gallipoli was among the milestones for compulsory study. His fellow working party member, John Gascoigne, from the school of history and philosophy at the University of NSW, said Gallipoli was among the events in the draft curriculum that all students were required to study.
"It is certainly the case that you were expected to address these milestone events in the curriculum and Gallipoli was one of them," Professor Gascoigne said.
A spokesman for the Education Minister, Julie Bishop, said a media report that stated Gallipoli was not compulsory study was incorrect.
Name of source: http://www.philly.com
SOURCE: http://www.philly.com (6-26-07)
On a scenic hillside in Chester County, the Brandywine Conservancy announced the purchase of the 100-acre Skirmish Hill Farm from the Odell family for $8 million last month. The sale completes a two-decade struggle to save this site and others nearby, where some of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat of the American Revolution occurred.
"We may have lost the Battle of the Brandywine, but we sure as hell won this one," George A. "Frolic" Weymouth, chairman of the conservancy's board of trustees, said enthusiastically.
Name of source: Yorkshire Post
SOURCE: Yorkshire Post (6-28-07)
THIS August, a flotilla of American scientists will mount a £175,000 expedition off Flamborough Head in search of a wreck, more than 200 years after it sank.
Two US teams will plunge into the North Sea in search of the flagship of a Scottish captain, known to the Brits as little more than a pirate, but to the Americans as a hero of the American Revolution and the "Father of the American Navy".
They are hoping to discover the legendary USS Bonhomme Richard, which sank in 1779 following a swashbuckling sea battle with the British Navy some 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (6-29-07)
"We always thought there was a gap of several thousand years before agriculture began in the New World," said archeologist Jack Rossen of Ithaca College in New York, one of the authors of the report in today's issue of the journal Science. The new find "is bringing it into line with dates from the Old World."
The plant remains found in the 1,500-foot-high Nanchoc Valley on the lower western slopes of the Andes were not native to the region but came from several other sites on the continent. So even though the communities were small and isolated, the residents were involved in some trade over fairly long distances.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (6-28-07)
They will attempt to sail a reconstructed Viking warship from Roskilde, Denmark, to Dublin, across some of the roughest seas in the world.
The ship, The Sea Stallion from Glendalough, is the most authentic Viking warship built in nine centuries. It's based on the largest of five ships that were excavated from the bottom of Roskilde fjord in 1962, opposite the small village of Skuldelev.
SOURCE: BBC (6-28-07)
A silver mine in Japan and an ancient fortress in Turkmenistan are also now on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Archaeological remains in Iraqi city of Samarra were inscribed and immediately registered as being in danger.
The organisation also agreed to change the official name of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.
It will now be referred to as Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945).
Poland sought the change to make clear it had no role in establishing or running the camp.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (6-29-07)
All of the justices on both sides of yesterday’s 5-to-4 decision claimed to be, in Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s phrase, “faithful to the heritage of Brown.”
But lawyers who represented the black schoolchildren in the Brown case said yesterday that several justices in the majority had misinterpreted the positions they had taken in the litigation and had misunderstood the true meaning of Brown.
Excerpts from the decision
The court voted, 5 to 4, to reject diversity plans from Seattle and Louisville, Ky., declaring that the districts had failed to meet “their heavy burden” of justifying “the extreme means they have chosen — discriminating among individual students based on race by relying upon racial classifications in making school assignments,” as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the court....
The rationale of the chief justice’s opinion relied in part on the historic 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregation in public schools — a factor that the dissenters on the court found to be a cruel irony, and which they objected to in emotional terms.
Chief Justice Roberts said the officials in Seattle and in Jefferson County, Ky., which includes Louisville, had failed to show that their plans considered race in the context of a larger educational concept, and therefore did not pass muster.
“In the present cases,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote, recalling words from an earlier Supreme Court ruling, “race is not considered as part of a broader effort to achieve ‘exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.’ ”
“Even as to race,” he went on, “the plans here employ only a limited notion of diversity, viewing race exclusively in white/nonwhite terms in Seattle and black/other terms in Jefferson County.
HNN Hot Topics: Brown Decision
Mr. Cheney’s office had said that his dual role meant that he was technically not part of the executive branch.
In interviews over the last two days, officials have said that while the vice president does, in fact, have the right of refusal, it is for the very opposite reason: He is not required to cooperate with National Archives officials seeking the data because he is a member of the executive branch, with power vested in him by the president.
The White House was in effect walking away from a fight over Mr. Cheney’s place within the Constitution that it has clearly not relished since the dispute broke wide into public view last week.
Historians and columnists have been outlining the precedents, recalling how Pakistan’s three previous military rulers exited from power. None of the departures came in happy circumstances, and none bode well for General Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999.
The longest ruling general, Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, who seized power in 1977, died in 1988 in a plane crash, the cause of which still remains a mystery.
The strongest possibility is that the plane was brought down using a bomb. But according to one theory, the plane crashed after the crew was disabled by knockout gas hidden inside crates of mangoes — a gift that was put on board the presidential plane at the last minute. This being the mango season, the old story has gained a lot of currency lately. “He either goes the mango-crate way or he goes gracefully,” one military officer said.
Pakistan’s other two military dictators in its turbulent 60 years since independence were forced out by fellow officers. Gen. Mohammad Ayub Khan, who ruled from 1958 to 1969, was isolated, unpopular and sick by the end, and after months of popular unrest was replaced by another military man, Gen. Yahya Khan.
“This represents significant jeopardy to the institution,” said Ms. Feinstein, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. “I have a hard time understanding why we need this huge search period. When the cat’s away, the mice play.”
The White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding, made clear that the Bush administration would not release documents from two senior officials — Harriet E. Miers, the former counsel to the president, and Sara M. Taylor, the director of political affairs — and that it would not allow them to testify before Congress. The White House has rejected previous requests from the Senate and House judiciary committees to interview presidential aides, saying instead that it would allow interviews in private if no transcripts were kept.
“It is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation,” Mr. Fielding said in a statement. “We had hoped this matter could conclude with your committees receiving information in lieu of having to invoke executive privilege. Instead, we are at this conclusion.”
The onrush of change will be particularly extraordinary in Africa and Asia, where between 2000 and 2030 “the accumulated urban growth of these two regions during the whole span of history will be duplicated in a single generation,” the report says.
This surge in urban populations, fueled more by natural increase than the migration of people from the countryside, is unstoppable, said George Martin, author of the report, “State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth.”
But the vote of 39 to 2 by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has set the stage for an adoption by the full House of Representatives next month, at which point Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will face pressure to respond in some way or another.
Already Mr. Abe, who initially said Japan would not apologize even if the resolution passed, has quieted his defiance in a bid to minimize its impact. In a news conference before the vote, Mr. Abe said he had no comment on the resolution, saying only that ties between Japan and the United States were “unshakable.”
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-29-07)
Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller, the Attorney General, and his deputy were involved in the 1960 prosecution at the Old Bailey, despite protestations at the time that it was not politically inspired.
Once Sir Reginald had read the first four chapters, he wrote to Sir Theobald Matthew, the director of public prosecutions: "If the remainder of the book is of the same character, I have no doubt that you were right to start proceedings."
Sir Jocelyn Simon, the solicitor general, was told to meet Sir Theobald "to discuss tactics".
The prosecution of Penguin Books for releasing the novel, with its "four-letter word descriptions" of Lady Chatterley's affair with the gamekeeper Mellors was a failure.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-29-07)
One huge chunk of stone has already fallen from the East Wing facade into the quadrangle missing the Princess Royal's parked car by a few inches, her aides revealed.
Another chunk fell on the same day that hundreds of guests visited the palace to attend a science reception - though not when the visitors were there.
Such is the deterioration of the East Wing, made of Caen stone imported from France in 1847, that it was "now a major risk to health and safety", according to the Queen's public finance report released yesterday.
The deterioration of the Caen stone - unlike the more robust Bath stone used elsewhere in the palace - is said to be "very significant".
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-28-07)
But the move, which follows a decades-long national debate, has revived bitter differences of opinion over what remains an acutely sensitive subject.
The handful of men were among 30,000 German soldiers who were sentenced to death during the war for a variety of "crimes" from desertion to espionage.
Of those, 16,000 were hanged, shot, garrotted or guillotined by a regime determined to crush the merest hint of insurrection in the ranks.
While the vast majority, including deserters, were pardoned under a 2002 law, a few dozen remain with their posthumous reputations tarred.
Name of source: Der Spiegel
SOURCE: Der Spiegel (6-29-07)
At the Berlin opening of a travelling exhibit dedicated to victims of Nazi military justice last week, German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries seemed to indicate that the political will might very well be at hand. Just a year after rejecting a blanket rehabilitation of World War II military treason cases, Zypries indicated the Wette's research might be enough to change her mind. "This study gives lawmakers cause to discuss anew the topic as to whether one should lift all convictions of military treason across the board," she said in her speech last Thursday.
Yet despite the renewed momentum towards righting a six-decade-old wrong, it is by no means sure that the draft law, presented by the far-left Left Party on May 10, has a chance of passing. After all, Germany has confronted the issue of Nazi Military Court victims before. In 1998, the Bundestag passed a law rehabilitating those convicted by the Nazis of refusing to serve in the Wehrmacht. Germans found guilty of undermining the war effort, treason convicts and spies were likewise rehabilitated. In 2002, military deserters were added to the list.
Soldiers convicted of treason, though, were left out of both laws, parliamentarians preferring that they be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. And the concerns voiced in both 1998 and 2002 are still alive and well today.
Name of source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (6-28-07)
Have a van outside the courthouse at a certain hour, the caller said. Be prepared to load up several garbage bags full of documents.
In fact, the cache of historic records would eventually fill 40 to 50 boxes, and would include pre-Revolutionary War papers, some of them autographed by signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Because someone with connections didn't want to see those documents go into a landfill, the Augusta Genealogical Society received an anonymous tip.
If their contact had not placed a call, Button Gwinnett's signature, and others, would have been trashed, said Thomas Dirksen, Augusta historian, and past president of the society. "Those records would have disappeared, and no one would have thought twice," he said.
Name of source: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH)
Concurrently with the transfer, the new Nixon Library will open approximately 78,000 pages of previously withheld materials.
The bill includes $10 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), for grants to states, local governments, universities, local historical societies, and others to help preserve and archive materials of historic significance. The Administration had sought to eliminate the NHPRC. The Committee Report (H. Rept. 110-207) accompanying the bill directs that the $10 million will be split $8 million for grants, with $2 million allocated for administrative costs.
The President’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget had targeted the NHPRC for elimination. The $10 million reflects a $2.5 million increase over FY ’07.
The Committee Report (H. Rept. 110-207) accompanying the bill directs that the $2.1 million in additional funding be designated to restore evening and weekend hours for public research at the Archives that were eliminated last October.
Name of source: http://www.rediff.com
SOURCE: http://www.rediff.com (6-28-07)
Christie's has fixed the opening bid for the draft at 12,000 pounds (app Rs 9,80,000). The issue came up when Satya Paul, senior member of Servants of the People Society drew the government's attention to the sale.
However, many Gandhians and historians have expressed scepticism over the issue.
Many, including historian Ramchandra Guha, are of the view that the issue will only benefit Christie's, the renowned auction house.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (6-28-07)
In the floor behind the bar at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, a century-old jazz club in Uptown, lies a door. Beneath it: a musty labyrinth of gangster and Uptown history.
The World Below -- a series of tunnels branching underground from the Green Mill to the bookstore Shake, Rattle & Read a few doors away -- mixes myth and fable, dusty boilers and blood-splattered urinals (more on this in a moment).
In the mid-1910s, the Green Mill was an exclusive hangout for Essanay Studio executives and early film stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Wallace Beery. In recent decades, jazz musicians such as Clifford Jordan, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. have graced its stage. But tales of Jazz Age Chicago, when gangsters such as "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and boss Alphonse Capone defied Prohibition, are most prominent down below.
Name of source: http://www.dw-world.de
SOURCE: http://www.dw-world.de (6-27-07)
The Dachau concentration camp memorial site near Munich receives over 800,000 visitors per year. Internationally, it is among the best-known sites commemorating the memory of the millions who perished in the Holocaust in Europe.
But faced with an acute cash crunch, memorial centers strewn across Germany, Dachau included, are increasingly struggling to carry out their primary task: educating future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust and the valuable lessons they hold for humanity.
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (6-25-07)
The sword given to Grant, who later became the 18th president, was one of the marquee items among the 750 to be auctioned Sunday and Monday by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas.
Name of source: http://www.dailypress.com
SOURCE: http://www.dailypress.com (6-26-07)
Name of source: Miami Herald
SOURCE: Miami Herald (6-27-07)
Since March, falling water levels have exposed 21 archaeological sites -- for now, the locations a secret to the public. Thousands of artifacts have been unearthed, including pieces of pottery, shell pendants, candleholders, arrowheads and fishing weights.
Human bones, too.
Archaeological teams from the state and Palm Beach County are hunting for still more relics before the rains take hold and they are lost to the lake again.
''It isn't exactly Indiana Jones,'' said Briana Delano, a state archaeologist.
And yet, the endeavor evokes just that image.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (6-28-07)
The fact that the agency tracked student dissent was previously detailed in prominent reports on the CIA's activities published in the 1970s -- including those assembled by a commission created by President Gerald R. Ford and headed by Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, and by a U.S. Senate committee led by Sen. Frank Church, Democrat of Idaho.
The CIA's monitoring of students' activities against the Vietnam War was coordinated by a group within the agency labeled Operation CHAOS, which was given the task of tracking foreign influence in American antiwar movements, including student-led groups.
From CHAOS's creation, in 1967, to its termination, in 1974, it compiled more than 10,000 files, including more than 7,000 on American citizens. The CIA group also received intelligence on antiwar movements from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and from CIA agents who were planted in domestic antiwar movements for training purposes before taking on CIA assignments abroad.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (6-27-07)
Name of source: The People's Voice
SOURCE: The People's Voice (6-28-07)
Nearly 700 pages of highly classified Central Intelligence Agency reports from the 1970's, known collectively as the "Family Jewels," are slated for public release today. However, the National Security Archive had previously obtained four related documents through the Freedom of Information Act and made them public Friday.
“In all the world the things that hurt us the most are the CIA business and Turkey aid,” Kissinger declares in one of those documents, a White House memorandum of a conversation from Feb. 20, 1975.
On the surface, the comment seems innocuous, but the context as well as the time period suggests Kissinger had abetted illegal financial aid and arms support to Turkey for its 1974 Cyprus invasion.
Name of source: Buffalo News
SOURCE: Buffalo News (6-28-07)
But a top bishop warned that the documents may not be an accurate guide on how much the bishops cooperated.
Poland’s Catholic bishops asked the special church commission to review their communist- era files in January, after a scandal in which Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus of Warsaw resigned just before his installation over disclosures he had cooperated with the former secret police.
Other prominent clergy have also resigned over similar allegations. The revelations have forced the church, revered in Poland for its resistance to the communists, to confront an issue believed to have compromised a minority of clergy.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (6-28-07)
Sunday: Part 1Working in the Background
A master of bureaucracy and detail, Cheney exerts most of his influence out of public view.Monday: Part 2Wars and Interrogations
Convinced that the"war on terror" required"robust interrogations" of captured suspects, Dick Cheney pressed the Bush administration to carve out exceptions to the Geneva Conventions.
Sidebar: Cheney on Presidential Power
Tuesday: Part 3Dominating Budget Decisions
Working behind the scenes, Dick Cheney has made himself the dominant voice on tax and spending policy, outmaneuvering rivals for the president's ear.
Sidebar: Expanding Authority for No. 2 Spot
Sidebar: Taking on the Supreme Court Case
Dick Cheney steered some of the Bush administration's most important environmental decisions -- easing air pollution controls, opening public parks to snowmobiles and diverting river water from threatened salmon.
Sidebar: Maintaining Connections
Name of source: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com (Columbus, Ohio)
SOURCE: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com (Columbus, Ohio) (6-27-07)
OK, so it was the certificate. The gold Pulitzer medal is tucked away in a vault. That didn't diminish the value of this piece of paper that had been displayed at the newspaper since 1955.
Barbara and I met when her class from South Girard Junior High came to the Ledger-Enquirer to talk about the Phenix City cleanup. I expected blank stares and elementary questions. Not from her students. They were locked and loaded.
Name of source: Forbes
SOURCE: Forbes (6-26-07)
But July 4 was not, in fact, the date on which the Second Continental Congress voted to dissolve the bonds that connected the 13 colonies to Great Britain. Lots of momentous events have occurred on July 4, but that historic vote wasn't one of them.
If anyone could be considered an expert on American independence, it was Adams. The dyspeptic delegate from Massachusetts was the primary advocate for Richard Henry Lee's historic resolution that "these united colonies are and of a right ought to be free and independent States." The resolution was introduced on June 7, 1776. When Congress finally adopted it on July 2, Adams exulted.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (6-27-07)
Stevens still has a long way to go if he wants to catch Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who was 90 when he retired from the court in 1932. But he has already started invoking his considerable life experience to buttress his opinions.
On Monday, Stevens dissented in the case of the Alaska teenager who was suspended for displaying a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner at a school event. While a majority of the court said the Constitution does not protect pro-drug student speech, Stevens took the historic view.
Harking back to Prohibition, which began three months before Stevens's birth and ended a month before he turned 13 in 1933, Stevens compared the current marijuana ban to the abandoned alcohol ban and urged a respectful hearing for those who suggest "however inarticulately" that the ban is "futile" and that marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated instead of prohibited:
"[T]he current dominant opinion supporting the war on drugs in general, and our anti-marijuana laws in particular, is reminiscent of the opinion that supported the nationwide ban on alcohol consumption when I was a student. While alcoholic beverages are now regarded as ordinary articles of commerce, their use was then condemned with the same moral fervor that now supports the war on drugs."
Name of source: http://www.register-herald.com
SOURCE: http://www.register-herald.com (6-9-07)
Unnoticed by many who live here is a white oval, approximately 6 feet in diameter, high upon the right-hand side wall of the two-story brick building located at 124 W. Washington St. And inside the oval is a red flag with criss-crossed blue bars flying from a post....
How a painted flag of this size can go relatively unnoticed in downtown Lewisburg is because of the building next door that was built sometime in the 1930s. There is about a 4-foot gap between the two buildings, and this obscures the flag from most viewpoints in the city.
However, the flag can easily be seen from the front doors of City Hall across the street. The Register-Herald requested comments about the flag from all seven council members, but only three responded. Mayor John Manchester said only two individuals have personally expressed dislike for the flag since he won office four years ago.
Name of source: Press Release--Austin Aslan, Community Organizer, Sacramento ACT
SOURCE: Press Release--Austin Aslan, Community Organizer, Sacramento ACT (6-21-07)
The vote was 5 in favor, with one abstention and 1 no vote. Member Michael Navarrete voted no on the grounds that he wanted a person with local roots to be put on the middle school.
13 year old Michael Zamora, who introduced himself to the board tonight as "a leader from the last graduating class of Goethe Middle School" brought to the board's attention an election that he helped to conduct on campus which almost unanimously supported the Rosa Parks option for the new name. Several board members cited their strong belief in honoring the student body's conclusion in their "yes" vote for Rosa Parks.
Wanda Williams, administrative assistant at the school site for the past 17 years, was elated with the decision. "I am a child of the south. I grew up not being able to approach the soda fountain at the drug store because I wasn't white. We are happy to be rid of Charles M. Goethe's ugly legacy on our beautiful school. There is great poetic justice in the fact that the new namesake comes from a woman who's very life's blood represented a set of values totally opposite the ideology of Goethe. I am looking forward to our renaming-slash- exorcism ceremony before the start of next school year."
The other two name options were Ruth Holbrook and Mitsui Endo. A motion to vote on the name Ruth Holbrook was carried by member Roy Grimes early in the evening. His motion failed with only 3 yes votes.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (6-26-07)
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