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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (5-31-07)
The blunt warning has been issued by the ministry's counter-espionage director in an atmosphere of rising suspicion and paranoia as Iran claims to have cracked a CIA-backed spy ring and has charged three American citizens with spying.
In a briefing with Iranian journalists, the official - whose identity was not disclosed - accused western intelligence agencies of using academic contacts to lure scholars into an espionage network against Iran. He said seminars inside and outside the country were used.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (6-1-07)
But historians studying 14th-century court records from Dorset believe they may have uncovered evidence that exonerates them. The parchment records, contained in a recently-discovered archive, reveal that an estimated 50 per cent of the 2,000 people living in Gillingham died within four months of the Black Death reaching the town in October 1348.
The deaths are recorded in land transfers lodged with the manorial court which – unusually for the period – sat every three weeks, giving a clear picture of who had died and when. The records show that 190 of the 300 tenants holding land in the town died during the winter of 1348-49, at a time when a form of bubonic plague spread by rat fleas would have been dormant.
Experts now believe that the Black Death is more likely to have been a viral infection, similar to haemorrhagic fever or ebola, that spread from person to person.
Name of source: http://www.thestatesman.net
SOURCE: http://www.thestatesman.net (5-31-07)
The Islamic alliance Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA) had objected to inclusion of the Ashok and Chandra Gupta Maurya period in history textbooks, whose curriculum is otherwise confined to Islamic periods and its rulers.
The chapters dealing with Hindu rulers were included “so that students have first-hand knowledge of history of the subcontinent,” Education Minister Mr Javed Ashraf Qazi said during a sitting of the National Asse-mbly Standing Comm-ittee here yesterday.
“The work done by Hindu rulers were part of history of the subcontinent. How can we omit it from the curriculum?” Mr Qazi was quoted as saying by The News. However, members of the MMA were not satisfied with Qazi’s remarks, even though a majority of the committee members agreed with the minister, the newspaper said.
Name of source: Mark Hare, columnist, in the democratandchronicle.com
SOURCE: Mark Hare, columnist, in the democratandchronicle.com (5-31-07)
Kodak had grown weary of the annual expense of a growing collection, and the trustees had approached the Smithsonian Institution about taking them all — lock, stock and Ansel Adams. The community rose up to object, and the board finally relented. Kodak made a new financial commitment; matching funds were raised; the museum was expanded and improved. The facility today is the finest of its kind.
The lesson: We must not give away who we are.
The mayor's proposal is hardly on the same scale as the near debacle at the Eastman House. But the lesson is the same.
Duffy's proposal would transfer the city historian's job to the nonprofit Rochester Historical Society. The city would pay the society about $40,000 a year. City Historian Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck isn't sure she could afford such a pay cut (with benefits, the city now pays about $98,000 a year for the historian), along with the loss of future retirement benefits because of an early departure from City Hall....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (5-29-07)
The passport was issued by the Red Cross, in the Italian city of Genoa, under the name of Ricardo Klement.
The student found the passport among court documents while investigating Eichmann's capture in 1960 by the Israeli secret service.
He was tried and sentenced to death in Israel in 1962 for his role in mass killings of Jews during World War II.
SOURCE: BBC (5-31-07)
About 30 people marched to the Japanese embassy with banners and slogans.
Such protests are rare in China, although the government has sanctioned a number of rallies against the Japanese wartime treatment of Chinese.
However the number of these demonstrations has fallen in recent years.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-1-07)
The traditional view that our ancient relatives developed the ability to manage on two feet only when they moved out of the forests to live on the open savannahs of east Africa is mistaken, according to ground-breaking new research.
British scientists, who spent a year in Indonesian rainforests observing orang-utans, believe the common ancestors of all great apes - including humans - developed the ability to move upright so they could reach fruit on small branches and move between trees.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-31-07)
Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration has refused to say where the treasure was found, but it is widely believed to have come from the British sailing ship Merchant Royal, which sank off the Isles of Scilly in 1641 carrying Spanish cargo.
Covington and Burling, a law firm that has offices in London and Washington, has been instructed by Spain to require disclosure as the first step in a legal action that could lead to the bounty being declared Spanish property.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (6-1-07)
''My hope is there will be thousands of people who come here every year and accept Jesus Christ as their savior,'' said the Rev. Franklin Graham, son and successor to his father, the world's most widely heard preacher.
On Thursday, former Presidents Carter, Clinton and George H.W. Bush met with the Graham family before the formal dedication of the Billy Graham Library, expected to draw 1,500 well-wishers.
SOURCE: AP (6-1-07)
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (6-1-07)
The report, a statistical survey of the nation’s educational system, portrays sweeping ethnic shifts that have transformed the schools. The changes, with important implications for educators and policy makers, have been most striking in the West, where, the survey says, Hispanic, black and Asian students together have outnumbered whites since 2003. But all regions have seen growth in minority student enrollment, particularly by Hispanics, who accounted for one of five public school students in 2005, the last year for which data were available.
Name of source: Miami Herald
SOURCE: Miami Herald (5-31-07)
The remains rested in the soft, black muck for hundreds of years -- buried beneath the water of Lake Okeechobee.
But the drought tore open the ancient grave, and a local man happened upon it. The bodies have been discovered.
But the mystery is just beginning.
''It's a mixed blessing,'' State Archaeologist Ryan Wheeler said. ``The lower lake levels give us a chance to learn . . . but the site was probably better-protected under water.''
Little is known about this uncovered archaeological site of boats and bodie