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Name of source: Michael Beschloss in Newsweek
SOURCE: Michael Beschloss in Newsweek (9-3-07)
Despite Washington's indignation over the "disloyalty" of his "Negroes," slavery was one of the few subjects in his life that the first president was ambivalent about. Financially he knew that he and Martha could not run the presidential house in Philadelphia or his beloved estate Mt. Vernon in Virginia without their several hundred slaves. But in his later years, Washington came to hate slavery for dividing families and undermining the best ideals of the Revolution.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which in 1858 heroically rescued Washington's by then weedy, decaying estate (the front portico was being held up by a sailboat's mast), was itself long ambivalent about how to treat the subject—especially during the civil-rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.
This month a replicated Mt. Vernon slave cabin—home to Washington's slaves Silla and Slamin Joe and their six children—will open, one of the final touches on a $100 million effort to augment Washington's mansion and gardens with exhibits providing context for Americans who, with each passing generation, sadly seem to know less and less about their first president.
Name of source: China Daily
SOURCE: China Daily (8-31-07)
The cemetery lies in the woods in Puzhao village in the northeastern suburbs of Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, said Sun Guansheng, head of the Yunnan Flying Tigers Research Association.
About 300 Flying Tigers members and 500 Chinese airmen were buried in the cemetery when it was first built near a nunnery in the village in 1943. The cemetery was moved to the current site in 1949, according to Sun.
Name of source: http://pakistaniat.com (Click here to see a picture.)
SOURCE: http://pakistaniat.com (Click here to see a picture.) (8-30-07)
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-30-07)
In 1936 Marie Slocombe was working as a summer relief secretary at the BBC.
One of her tasks was to sort out - and dispose of - a pile of dusty broadcast discs. She noticed that among them were recordings of GB Shaw, HG Wells, Winston Churchill, Herbert Asquith and GK Chesterton. So she hesitated.
In that moment was the humble beginning of what became one of the most important collections of recordings in the world - the BBC Sound Archive.
SOURCE: BBC (8-28-07)
Muslim authorities at al-Aqsa mosque, also venerated by Jews as the Temple Mount, are digging a 150-metre trench for water pipes and electricity cables.
Israeli critics say the work is causing irreparable damage, indiscriminately piling up earth and carved stones.
Mosque officials insist it is urgent infrastructure work doing no damage.
SOURCE: BBC (8-27-07)
Dave Cox, head of the Historical Enquiries Team, (HET) said last year's funding, worth £4m had to come out of the Chief Constable's policing budget.
This was despite a Government promise two years ago that it would provide £32m for the work over six years.
However, an NIO spokesman insisted the police had not lost out on funding.
Name of source: http://www.praguepost.com
SOURCE: http://www.praguepost.com (8-29-07)
As a whole, they embody the “colloquial creativity” of a resistant nation, Bachová says.
“It’s an appellation to the people, urging them not to give up, telling them that all will end well.”
On Aug. 20, the Military History Institute in Prague revealed the 128 posters, which provide the latest example of the public’s spontaneous resistance against Warsaw Pact troops following the Aug. 21, 1968, invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The event marked the beginning of 20 years of Soviet control.
A librarian discovered the collection two years ago hidden within the institute’s archive of old military maps. According to Bachová, they had been salvaged by an unknown collector on the night of Aug. 26, five days into the occupation.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-31-07)
Kennedy was a US navy lieutenant when the motor torpedo boat he commanded was inadvertently rammed and cut in two by a Japanese destroyer one night in the Solomon Islands in 1943.
[Aaron Kumana was one of two "natives" who helped Kennedy send a message on a coconut about the sinking of his vessel.]
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-30-07)
The Path-Way to Health, written by Peter Levens and published in London in 1654, was recently discovered among a collection of antiquarian books and is due to be auctioned by Bonhams in Oxford on Oct 9.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-29-07)
It is thought to have fitted the locker that contained the crow's nest binoculars, vital in detecting threats to the liner lurking in the sea in the pre-sonar days of 1912.
Catastrophically for the Titanic and the 1,522 lives lost with her, the key's owner, Second Officer David Blair, was removed from the crew at the last minute and in his haste forgot to hand it to his replacement.
Without access to the glasses, the lookouts in the crow's nest were forced to rely on their eyes and only saw the iceberg when it was too late to take action.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-26-07)
The prize, archaeologists and historians believe, is an unprecedented insight into the lives of British troops on the Western Front.
They believe that, because of the absence of light and oxygen in the flooded tunnels, possessions, such as beds, weapons, helmets, clothing and even newspapers, will have been preserved and will be found exactly as they were left in 1918.
Name of source: KGCL
SOURCE: KGCL (8-30-07)
Coretta Scott King might try to tie "the anti-Vietnam movement to the civil rights movement" according to some of the nearly 500 pages of intelligence files, which go on to show how the FBI trailed King at public appearances and kept close tabs on her travel.
The documents were obtained by Houston television station KHOU in a story published Thursday. Coretta Scott King died in January 2006. She was 78.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (8-29-07)
Workers came across the skeletons while digging the foundation for a new museum on Lazzaretto Vecchio, a small island in the lagoon's south, located a couple of miles from Venice's famed Piazza San Marco (see an aerial picture of the Venetian Lagoon).
The island is believed to be the world's first lazaret—a quarantine colony intended to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The lazaret was opened during the plague outbreaks that decimated Venice, as well as much of Europe, throughout the 15th and 16th centuries A.D.
Name of source: http://www.news.com.au
SOURCE: http://www.news.com.au (8-30-07)
The coin, found in a snake-infested marsh, could help prove a century-old theory that a Spanish or Portuguese ship was wrecked on Australia’s east coast years before Captain Cook’s famed voyage of discovery.
The find, made by an expedition led by self-funded Brisbane historian Greg Jeffreys, is the first piece of dated evidence among a number of artefacts found in Eighteen Mile Swamp on Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-31-07)
In his informal pardon, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Prosser was motivated by 'his devotion to the ideals of the American revolution _ it was worth risking death to secure liberty.'
'Gabriel's cause _ the end of slavery and the furtherance of equality of all people _ has prevailed in the light of history,' Kaine said in a letter to the Virginia chapter of the NAACP, which sought the pardon.
'It is important to acknowledge that history favorably regards Gabriel's cause while consigning legions who sought to keep him and others in chains to be forgotten,' Kaine wrote.
Prosser promoted an uprising by thousands of slaves 31 years before the better-known Nat Turner insurrection in Southampton County.
Gabriel's Rebellion was snuffed by Gov. James Monroe, the future president, who was tipped by a slaveholder. Prosser and his followers were condemned to death and hanged.
SOURCE: AP (8-28-07)
Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a very sick man years before his death in 1827.
Previous research determined that Beethoven had suffered from lead poisoning, first detecting toxic levels of the metal in his hair and then, two years ago, in bone fragments. Those findings strengthened the belief that lead poisoning may have contributed — and ultimately led — to his death at age 57.
But Viennese forensic expert Christian Reiter claims to know more after months of painstaking work applying CSI-like methods to strands of Beethoven's hair.
He says his analysis, published last week in the Beethoven Journal, shows that in the final months of the composer's life, lead concentrations in his body spiked every time he was treated by his doctor, Andreas Wawruch, for fluid inside the abdomen. Those lethal doses permeated Beethoven's ailing liver, ultimately killing him, Reiter told The Associated Press.
SOURCE: AP (8-29-07)
The firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, was one of three finalists. The decision was made after Mr. Stern met with Mr. Bush last week at Mr. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tex., said Donald L. Evans, chairman of the selection committee.
SOURCE: AP (8-29-07)
Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
"There's no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems," said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley.
The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said.
SOURCE: AP (8-23-07)
Gerd Honsik was arrested in the southern city of Malaga, a police spokeswoman said. No more details on his arrest were immediately available.
Honsik had fled to Spain after being convicted in 1992 in Austria of neo-Nazi activities and sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for writings that defended Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
Name of source: University of Cambridge
SOURCE: University of Cambridge (8-31-07)
Surveys at the ancient settlement of Tell Brak, in north-east Syria, have produced fresh evidence that indicates the first urban settlements were the result of natural migration, and not the artificial creations of those in power.
Academics have traditionally believed that the growth of ancient cities resulted from the policies and demands of a centralized authority, such as a ruling monarch or religious institution.
But the new report, which appears in the August 31 edition of Science, suggests that in fact they came to exist of their own accord, as small groups of strangers clustered around a central point.
“The results cast doubt on the idea that early urbanism was a result of the actions of a single ruler or political body,” Dr Augusta McMahon, field director at Tell Brak, said. “In fact, it now seems that urbanism was the outcome of a series of choices made by relatively powerless individuals and small unrelated groups.”
The research team was led by the Harvard-based assistant professor of anthropology Jason Ur, and also comprised Dr Joan Oates from the University of Cambridge and Dr Philip Karsgaard, from the University of Edinburgh.
Name of source: Birmingham News
SOURCE: Birmingham News (8-31-07)
Bob Harston of Silver City, Mississippi, said he's heard stories about the Confederate vessel in the river for years. Harston called Vicksburg National Military Park historian Terry Winschel, who traveled to the site Monday with an archaeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The experts spotted what appeared to be a sidewheeler packet vessel, used by Confederate troops to navigate narrow channels.
A pitman arm, used to crank the wheel, was visible in the mud and silt.
Winschel says the vessel was the fifth in a series of seven boats of the same name, all owned by Thomas P. Leathers of Vicksburg.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-31-07)
In recent weeks alone, NHK, the public broadcaster, devoted 55 minutes of prime time to his life, and a scholar came out with a 309-page book exploring his thinking and its impact on Japan. Capping it all, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a visit to India last week, paid tribute to him in a speech to the Indian Parliament in New Delhi and then traveled to Calcutta to meet the judge’s 81-year-old son.
A monument to the judge — erected two years ago at the Yasukuni Shrine, the memorial to Japan’s war dead and a rallying point for Japanese nationalists — provides a clue to his identity: Radhabinod Pal, the only one out of 11 Allied justices who handed down a not guilty verdict for Japan’s top wartime leaders at the post-World War II International Military Tribunal for the Far East, or the Tokyo trials.
[HNN: The article goes on to explain that some independence leaders in India, anxious to weaken British rule, sided with the Axis powers during World War II. A Harvard historian speculates that the judge, an anti-colonialist, may have shared their position.]
Consider the numbers. Over the last year, Mr. Bush’s approval rating among Democrats has hovered around or below 10 percent in The New York Times/CBS News Poll. At the same time, his approval rating among Republicans has hovered in the 60s and 70s.
That gap between the views of Democrats and the views of Republicans was at its peak in 2004, and it has remained consistently, remarkably, large.
On average, it has been substantially higher than for any other modern president, said Gary C. Jacobson, a political scientist at the University of California, San Diego.
“The numbers are very clear on this,” Mr. Jacobson said. “No one comes close to him.”
“We’re people of modest means,” said Darrold Endres, a nursing home administrator who has been living in and restoring an 1860s farmhouse near Boston with his family for 12 years. “We could not afford to live in an incredible spot like this, in a town with wonderful public schools for the girls, if not for the curatorship program.”
Programs like the one in Massachusetts have come about because many state governments own more houses of historical interest than they can afford to maintain, mainly on farms acquired decades ago and converted to parkland. Now a few states have begun turning these properties, along with some of the surrounding land, over to live-in curators, who take on restoration responsibilities in lieu of paying rent or taxes.
Now the bishop is calling on churches here to remove photos of the late priest and rescind honors that were given him, because he is suspected of having molested scores of young boys.
The bishop, Gerald A. Gettelfinger, has also prevailed upon the Knights of Columbus Council to change its name, and is considering what to do about a 12-foot stone crucifix dedicated in Monsignor Schroeder’s memory at the cemetery of Sacred Heart Church in nearby Schnellville, where he is buried.
In any society, religion and culture are essential components of national identity, each contributing to the society’s bedrock principles. Throughout Iranian history, Islamic faith and Persian culture have been intimately merged. Yet, successive leaders have tried to promote one or the other in a constant competition for the national soul, usually with the goal of buttressing their own authority. Each effort, however, has ultimately fallen short.
SOURCE: NYT (8-27-07)
Now she is stuck in Russia, mired in a legal and bureaucratic imbroglio, accused of trying to smuggle cultural treasures out of the country. Pending a court hearing, she has been ordered to remain in Voronezh, about 365 miles south of Moscow, where she had been visiting friends.
SOURCE: NYT (8-27-07)
But the White House’s worries were quickly set to rest by the man the Senate had chosen to get to the bottom of the matter, Fred D. Thompson. In July 1981, just one day into his job as special counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Thompson assured the White House that there was no “smoking gun,” documents show. He had yet to interview a single witness.
Based on Mr. Thompson’s subsequent investigation, the Senate declared the intelligence director, William J. Casey, “not unfit to serve.”
“He was looking to save Casey’s job,” said Irvin Nathan, who represented the committee’s Democratic minority. “His job was to get the matter off the table for the White House. He did it well, and he did it graciously.”
Next month, Mr. Thompson is expected to join the Republican race for president. While he is perhaps best known for playing the tough-minded District Attorney Arthur Branch on the NBC show “Law & Order,” it is his real-life role as an investigator of government wrongdoing that has become a central part of the political biography he hopes will propel him to the presidency.
But the public image of the impartial, “let the chips fall where they may” prosecutor that Mr. Thompson has cultivated masks a more nuanced reality.
As Mr. Thompson’s actions in the Casey inquiry illustrate, he sometimes straddled a fine line between investigating his targets and defending them. Dozens of interviews and records from two administrations reveal a lawyer who often struggled to balance the agenda of his party against his duty to pursue the truth aggressively and independently.
Name of source: http://antiquesandthearts.com
SOURCE: http://antiquesandthearts.com (8-22-07)
Back in August 2004, Mishoe had scheduled an auction of more than 400 Civil War letters, when to his shock and dismay — as well as to the many collectors who had traveled to Columbia for the sale and the consignor himself — representatives of South Carolina strode into Mishoe's gallery and stopped the auction, laying claim to the documents and slapping a restraining order on the auctioneer. The officials contended that the letters belonged to the people of South Carolina as official state documents.
Many of the letters were either from or written to the office of South Carolina's two Civil War governors. Other important letters seized included three documents penned by General Robert E. Lee that discussed in detail the state of the Confederate troops and the war effort.
After nearly three years of legal twists and turns, culminating in the 4th District Court of Appeals in Virginia upholding the consignor's right to possess and sell the letters, Mishoe was set to reschedule the auction on June 6 this year. The intervening period of time had not diminished the keen interest in the letters....
Name of source: HNN Staff summary of blog at www.brianbeutler.com
SOURCE: HNN Staff summary of blog at www.brianbeutler.com (8-27-07)
Blogger Brian Beutler quotes this section of the dissertation:
[M]any in the military believe that the United States armed forces can win small wars if allowed to do so. Those who hold this view tend to believe that Vietnam was less an illustration of the limitations of American military power than an example of what happens if that power is limited and not used to best advantage. This feeling springs from a conviction that the U.S. military in Vietnam were so hemmed in by restrictions that they could not accomplish their mission. The lesson for those of this persuasion, therefore, is that the military must be given a freer hand in future military operations. Even among the most fervent believers in this logic, however, there is a new recognition that the world is more intractable, and intervention with U.S. troops more problematic. Even those who remain confident that the U.S. could win a protracted small war, if allowed to do so, are acutely sensitive to what General Maxwell Taylor has described as thegreat diffiiculty in rallying this country behind a foreign issue involving the use of armed force, which does not provide an identified enemy posing a clear threat to our homeland or the vital interests of long time friends....
[W]e should beware of literal application of lessons extracted from Vietnam, or any other past event, to present or future problems without due regard for the specific circumstances that surround those problems. Study of Vietnam--and of other historical occurrences--should endeavor to gain perspective and understanding, rather than hard and fast lessons that might be applied too easily without proper reflection and sufficiently rigorous analysis.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (8-30-07)
Research that will be presented this week at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting, which starts today in Chicago, suggests that political engagement can be taught. In a project led by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, researchers identified a series of courses that mixed more traditional political science education with participatory politics — not in the sense of organizing rallies for presidential candidates but with activities that go beyond formal classroom instruction.
Name of source: Novelist Andrea Camilleri in the NYT
SOURCE: Novelist Andrea Camilleri in the NYT (8-23-07)
In the previous century millions of men and women died in wars, epidemics, genocides and persecutions, and unfortunately their memory is all too much in danger of vanishing. Yet the deaths of Sacco and Vanzetti in the electric chair 80 years ago today, as much as those of John and Robert Kennedy by assassins’ bullets, are destined to remain in our minds. Perhaps this is because, as with the Kennedy brothers, we still have difficulty accepting the reasons, or lack thereof, for their deaths. And in Italy, where meaningless (or all too meaningful) killing has long been part of the political landscape, this uneasiness is keenly felt.
In the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, it seemed immediately clear to many in Europe and the United States that their arrest in 1920 — initially for possession of weapons and subversive pamphlets, then on a charge of double murder committed during a robbery in Massachusetts — the three trials that followed, and their subsequent death sentences were intended to make an example of them. And this regardless of the utter lack of evidence against them and in spite of defense testimony by a participant in the robbery who said he’d never seen the two Italians.
The perception was that Sacco, a shoemaker, and Vanzetti, a fishmonger, were the victims of a wave of repression sweeping Woodrow Wilson’s America. In Italy, committees and organizations condemning the sentence sprouted up as soon as it was announced. By the time the sentence was carried out in 1927, Fascism had been in power in Italy for nearly five years and was brutally consolidating its dictatorship, persecuting and imprisoning anyone hostile to the regime — including anarchists, naturally. And yet when Sacco and Vanzetti were executed, the biggest Italian daily, Milan’s Corriere della Sera, did not hesitate to give the story a six-column headline. Standing out glaringly among the subheads was the assertion: “They were innocent.”
There is probably not a single Italian newspaper that has not devoted an article to the case every Aug. 23 from 1945 to the present. In 1977, much prominence was given to the news that Michael Dukakis, then the governor of Massachusetts, officially recognized the miscarriage of justice and rehabilitated the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (8-29-07)
The programme was designed to loot the defeated country's intellectual assets, impeding its ability to compete while giving a boost to British business.
In a related programme, German businessmen are alleged to have been forced to travel to post-war Britain to be questioned by their commercial rivals, and were interned if they refused to reveal trade secrets.
Telegraph: News story
Name of source: ABC
SOURCE: ABC (8-29-07)
The reasons for the deterioration are entirely manmade, the official Xinhua News Agency said, pointing to destructive farming methods in the 1950s that desertified areas of northern China, causing sandstorms.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (8-29-07)
Two months ago, researchers in Switzerland published an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science saying the man known as Oetzi died after an arrow tore a hole in an artery beneath his left collarbone, leading to massive blood loss, shock and heart attack.
Name of source: Yahoo
SOURCE: Yahoo (8-29-07)
The cannons, around 1.80 meter (5.9 feet) long, were spotted poking through the sand on a beach near the arty resort of Tulum after Dean hit on August 21, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said on Wednesday.
Believed to be from a shipwrecked European galleon, the badly corroded cannons will be put back in to the sea to protect them from faster corrosion onshore and for scuba divers to enjoy, it said.
Name of source: Press Release--WGBH
SOURCE: Press Release--WGBH (8-28-07)
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Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (8-26-07)
Truman came back from the political abyss — his public approval rating sank as low as 22 percent thanks in large part to America’s entry into the Korean War and his handling of labor disputes at home — to become regarded by historians as one of the nation’s top 10 presidents. Lately, some Bush administration officials and White House associates have predicted that President Bush — mired in an unpopular war in Iraq and saddled with the low Nixon-level approval ratings — will get the Truman treatment by historians after he leaves office in January 2009.
“I think when the history is written that, in fact, it will reflect credit upon this president and his administration,” Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN’s Larry King last month.
Will history really give Bush the Truman bounce? Several historians doubt it, noting that no other president other than the former haberdasher from Independence, Mo., has received such a 180-degree revision to the benefit of his legacy.
“I don’t think any president has had as significant a re-evaluation as Truman,” said Columbia University historian Alan Brinkley. “(Dwight) Eisenhower has risen in historical evaluation quite a lot, but not to the same degree. (James) Polk was once ranked much higher than he now usually is. I suspect (Ronald) Reagan will fluctuate a good deal over time.”
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (8-28-07)
The latest dispute, one of many that have led to a sharp deterioration in relations between Warsaw and Berlin since the Polish government was elected nearly two years ago, linked the destruction of Polish art treasures by Nazi Germany to attempts by Germany to recover art it had transported to eastern territories in what is now Poland to safeguard it from the Allied bombing of German cities.
Name of source: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH)
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (8-27-07)
The National Archives current fees were established in October 2000 and this is the first fee increase in seven years. In fiscal year 2006, the Archives said its costs for fixed-fee services were more than double the revenue it received in copying fees.
As of October 1, 2007, self-service copies will rise from $0.15 per page to $0.25 per page in the Washington, DC, area, and $0.20 per page at regional archives and Presidential libraries. NARA-made copies will be $0.75 per page up from the current $0.50. Microfilm-to-paper copies made by a customer on a self-service copier would rise from $0.30 per page to $0.50. There would be a minimum fee of $15.00 for all mail order reproductions, up from the current $10.00.
Name of source: Newsday
SOURCE: Newsday (8-27-07)
His home at 233 Duffield St., which was built in 1847, contains what he says is clear evidence that it was used to shelter and feed black slaves escaping along the legendary Underground Railroad to Canada.
Name of source: Houston Chronicle
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle (8-26-07)
Aulbach's not hallucinating from the Bayou City's intense summer heat — he's a history buff.
"In Houston, it's very easy to ignore the history, but that's not to say that there isn't any," said Aulbach, 59. "You just have to look harder for it."
As Houston prepares to celebrate its 171st birthday this week, Aulbach will lead a history boat tour from Allen's Landing at Commerce and Main through the end of the year. The first tour took place Saturday.
Name of source: Slate
SOURCE: Slate (8-27-07)
No, but they can crumble from the heat. Greek ruins made of limestone or marble aren't going to burst into flames, but they can undergo physical and chemical changes when subjected to the heat of burning vegetation nearby. The outside layers of an ancient building heat up faster than the inside, causing the surface to crack and fall off in dinner plate-sized chunks. At about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the rocks begin to release carbon dioxide. (Trees ignite at about 660 degrees, and wildfires can reach 1,800 degrees.) Since CO2 helps hold limestone and marble together, sustained heat can weaken the material until it's reduced to powder.
Name of source: Philadelphia Inquirer
SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer (8-28-07)
They'll stop saying that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln once dined together. Or that Ben Franklin had not one, but 69, illegitimate children. That basement kitchens had outdoor exits so as to spare the furniture should the cook's skirts catch fire. Or that a house would be left to burn if it didn't display an insurance company fire mark.
Mr. Avery, a part-time tour guide and retired reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, is out to halt what he sees as "nonsense" parading as history among those paid handsomely to tutor tourists. He compiled a list of 80 inaccuracies he has heard – or heard of – while traveling incognito over the years on tourist trolleys, double-decker buses, and horse-drawn carriages in this most historic of American cities, where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were drafted in the late 1700s. Avery sent his list to the city council, where he found a friend in Councilwoman-at-large Blondell Reynolds Brown.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (8-25-07)
First, late Wednesday, the son of the submarine's commander spotted what is almost definitely its wreckage, in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Kiska, Alaska.
Then yesterday, the mission to inform the crewmembers' relatives that the ship had been found was completed. After articles appeared in Detroit newspapers yesterday, a woman called in to a local radio station and said the Purple Heart awarded to Byron "Buck" Traviss is displayed in a glass case in her living room.
Traviss's cousin-by-marriage -- Barbara Larish of Dearborn, Mich. -- said she was "flabbergasted," when she heard that the sub had probably been found and that a search was on for relatives of the lost crewmen. Larish was the last of the relatives to be informed.
Name of source: Toronto Star
SOURCE: Toronto Star (8-25-07)
To many of the protesters who witnessed three men in masks holding rocks get overpowered by police – the same trio later identified by the Sûreté du Québec as cops in disguise – the implicating video only confirmed what they already knew....
Central to the incident's mystique is that French term media outlets nationwide trumpeted in our reports of the errant boys in blue, that of "agents provocateurs." The name refers to the actors in a clever, controversial ruse used by countless authorities that wish to make arrests, but don't yet have evidence of a crime taking place....
The notion of agents provocateurs perhaps gained most of its notoriety in connection with controversial tactics used by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation over the course of 20th century. FBI agents have been accused in countless books of posing as radicals in various organizations – from the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party to the Communist Party and civil rights groups.
A 1976 report by a U.S. Senate committee on government operations found that "[u]nsavory and vicious tactics have been employed" in the drive to collect intelligence from Americans, "including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, disrupt meetings, ostracize persons from their professions, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths."
Name of source: Asia Times
SOURCE: Asia Times (8-14-07)
The statue will next month be symbolically placed on the very spot in the city where the monk was depicted in iconic photographs burning himself to death. With its raising, the Communist Party-led government's new and altered representation of the so-called American War will be on show for the world to see.
Muted in this revisionist retelling is the country's revolutionary history against colonialism and the many decades of its attendant oppression. Re-established instead is Vietnam's willing identification with the West and its emerging reconciliation with the American War. As a consequence, the conflict is being minimized for foreign visitors while a new history that transcends recent animosities is emphasized.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-24-07)
Police in the eastern city of Jena said on Friday they had filed the charge against Udo Voigt, head of the National Democratic Party (NPD), after he proposed the late Rudolf Hess for the prestigious award during a speech last weekend.
If convicted of incitement, Voigt could face a jail term of up to three years or a fine, police said.
Voigt made the comment in Jena last Saturday as he marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Hess.
Name of source: Today's Zaman
SOURCE: Today's Zaman (8-24-07)
The court case was the latest attempt on the part of Bavaria to stop Turkish publication and sale of the book written by Hitler in prison before he rose to power, reports the daily Hürriyet. After becoming a best-seller in Turkey earlier this year, with publishers saying more than 100,000 copies have been sold, Bavaria took action to intervene. In letters to publishers, Bavarian officials argued that the book’s copyright belonged to the German federal state everywhere except in the United States and Britain.