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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: NYT
“I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, that’s a decision the American people would have to make, but personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith,” Mr. McCain said in response to a question about the possibility of a Muslim’s running for president.
The interview was conducted by beliefnet, a Web site that writes extensively about religious issues of virtually every denomination. After the interview, Mr. McCain contacted the Web site to clarify his remarks, saying, “I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values.”
Mr. McCain said in the interview that he agreed with the results of a poll that showed that a majority of Americans believe the Constitution establishes a Christian nation.
The university president responded with a fierce declaration of principle: “It is my view that as long as our students can be orderly about it they should have freedom to discuss any problem that presents itself and in which they are interested.”
The writer was Robert M. Hutchins, president of the University of Chicago. The year was 1932. The speaker invited to campus by a student group was the Communist candidate for president, viewed by many in that era as a national threat.
Controversial speakers have probably visited American campuses for as long as there have been campuses, and university officials faced with managing the situation have often reacted as Mr. Hutchins did, with a fervent defense of academia as a marketplace of ideas that must be kept unfettered.
They did so by, he writes, by using untrue sexual harassment claims by Anita F. Hill, a law professor and former subordinate, whom he described as a mediocre but ambitious lawyer and labels as “my most traitorous adversary.”
The 289-page book, “My Grandfather’s Son,” is Justice Thomas’s most complete account of his life and his version of the events surrounding the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that engaged much of the nation.
SOURCE: NYT (9-28-07)
Federal immigration authorities yesterday unveiled 100 new questions immigrants will have to study to pass a civics test to become naturalized American citizens.
The redesign of the test, the first since it was created in 1986 as a standardized examination, follows years of criticism in which conservatives said the test was too easy and immigrant advocates said it was too hard.
The new questions did little to quell that debate among many immigrant groups, who complained that the citizenship test would become even more daunting. Conservatives seemed to be more satisfied.
Bush administration officials said the new test was part of their effort to move forward on the hotly disputed issue of immigration by focusing on the assimilation of legal immigrants who have played by the rules, leaving aside the situation of some 12 million illegal immigrants here.
Who Would Become an American, With These Queries?
SOURCE: NYT (9-27-07)
She had, she said, survived the terror attack on the World Trade Center despite having been badly burned when the plane crashed into the upper floors of the south tower....
Much of Ms. Head’s account was posted on the Web site of the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, a nonprofit organization for which she served as president and as point person for corporate donations.
But no part of her story, it turns out, has been verified.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (9-29-07)
The protest, in Okinawa, was against moves to modify and tone down passages that say the army ordered Okinawans to kill themselves rather than surrender.
Okinawa's governor told crowds they could not ignore army involvement.
Some conservatives in Japan have in recent years questioned accounts of the country's brutal wartime past.
Saturday's rally was the biggest staged on the southern island since it was returned to Japan by the United States in 1972, according to the Kyodo News agency.
SOURCE: BBC (9-29-07)
The al-Askari shrine, one of Iraq's most sacred Shia sites, was partly destroyed in two attacks over two years by suspected Sunni militants.
Thousands have died in sectarian violence triggered by the first attack.
SOURCE: BBC (9-26-07)
The intricate 12ft by 14ft tapestry, entitled The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, has taken a team of weavers four years to complete.
It forms the third part of the famous 16th century Hunt of the Unicorn series of tapestries, being recreated at the castle at a cost of £2m.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (9-23-07)
"The different African traditions have certainly been better preserved here," said Paulette Bradley, a marketing manager who was visiting with a group from Atlanta. "It seems that African heritage was more diluted in the States."
Black Americans' increasing advance into the middle class has created disposable income, leisure time and a multibillion-dollar tourism boom. Brazil may not yet rival Africa as a "roots" destination, but those keen for a cultural encounter are converging on Bahia.
SOURCE: LAT (9-27-07)
New analysis of sediments from the site of Kuahuqiao at the mouth of the Yangtze River near Hangzhou provides the earliest evidence in China of such large-scale environmental manipulation, experts said.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (9-29-07)
They were: The three letters written by Lee during the Civil War sold at auction Saturday for $61,000.
That was far off the record $630,000 a Lee item sold for in 2002. But it was an improvement from last year, when two letters from the general who surrendered in 1865 sold for $5,000 and $1,900, said Patrick Scott, director of rare books and special collections at the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library.
SOURCE: AP (9-29-07)
"It was an absolute ideal community," said Cassano, whose love affair with Levittown never waned — she still lives in the Long Island town dubbed by some as America's first suburb.
Cassano is among the organizers of a huge 60th birthday party for the Nassau County town, set for Sunday and featuring high school bands, floats, local groups, war veterans and the fire department. Nearly two dozen original Levittown homeowners will serve as grand marshals.
SOURCE: AP (9-27-07)
Others would hunker down in college dorms, churches, libraries and research halls that planners hope will bring the community's shelter capacity to 300,000, or space for every man, woman and child in Huntsville and the surrounding county.
Emergency planners in Huntsville - an out-of-the-way city best known as the home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - say the idea makes sense because radioactive fallout could be scattered for hundreds of miles if terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb.
SOURCE: AP (9-26-07)
Hire a guide.
As the 150th anniversary of the war between the states approaches, starting with John Brown's 1859 prewar raid at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., customized tours for people fascinated by the conflict are multiplying.
SOURCE: AP (9-28-07)
If confirmed, the latest find would fill in a missing chapter in the story of the doomed Romanovs, who were killed after the violent 1917 Bolshevik Revolution ushered in more than 70 years of Communist Party rule.
The bones were found by archaeologists in a burned field near Yekaterinburg, a city in the Ural Mountains where Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their five children were held prisoner by the Bolsheviks and then shot in 1918. The discovery was announced in August.
SOURCE: AP (9-26-07)
In words that appeared aimed at President Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev also emphasized the need to pursue democracy.
His remarks, less guarded than usual, came amid growing concern among Russia's marginalized liberals that Putin's government is recasting Stalin's legacy to justify its own increasingly tight control.
The Stalin era is being portrayed as a "golden age," said Gorbachev, whose 1980s "glasnost" campaign as the last Soviet president prompted stunning revelations about Stalin's murderous policies.
"We must remember those who suffered, because it is a lesson for all of us — a lesson that many have not learned," Gorbachev said at a discussion marking the 70th anniversary of the bloodiest year of Stalin's Great Terror.
SOURCE: AP (9-27-07)
Now, a group of archaeologists is using ground-penetrating radar to find evidence of the secret passages, which are believed to branch out from long-abandoned basements littered with animal and human waste, cobwebs and other filth.
The project, funded by the city and headed by a group working to preserve Chinatown, will take data gathered via radar and compare the findings to the memories of those who recall the neighborhood's heyday, said Kathy Omachi, vice president of Chinatown Revitalization. That will help archeologists decide where to dig trenches and look for the passages, researchers said.
Name of source: Press Release--Northern Arizona University
SOURCE: Press Release--Northern Arizona University (9-24-07)
A team of international researchers, including two Northern Arizona University geologists, reports evidence that a comet or low-density object barreling toward Earth exploded in the upper atmosphere and triggered a devastating swath of destruction that wiped out most of the large animals, their habitat and humans of that period.
“The detonation either fried them or compressed them because of the shock wave,” said Ted Bunch, NAU adjunct professor of geology and former NASA researcher who specializes in impact craters. “It was a mini nuclear winter.”
Name of source: http://www.bradenton.com
SOURCE: http://www.bradenton.com (9-25-07)
Now they're trying to save the site, by just agreeing to trim the lawn at the ancient burial ground.
Conservation Lands Management Department Director Charlie Hunsicker in recent months has worked to protect the 1-acre site northwest of Bradenton from development.
Hunsicker's department had designs on purchasing and preserving the mound, but after property tax reform slashed the land conservation budget from $5 million to $2 million, there was no money, he said.
"The Board of County Commissioners and and our department are acting as a Realtor, bringing together a buyer and a seller," Hunsicker said.
Name of source: http://www.homesworldwide.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.homesworldwide.co.uk (9-30-07)
In the early 1980s, Australia was embroiled in a bitter environmental battle, centered on the Franklin River valley, an ancient rainforest wilderness that was due to be dammed in a massive hydro-electric scheme. The issue attracted worldwide attention, divided families and ultimately brought down the Federal government.
For a long time everyone thought that this remote area was uninhabitable and had never been inhabited by humans. When the Hydro-Electric commission justified the dam project it assumed that no archaeological remains were at risk. But then the discovery of a limestone cave revealed a hoard of human treasure.
Only now have the finds been analysed, by archaeologist Jillian Garvey, who has sifted through quarter of a million animal fragments and 75,000 tool fragments from the cave, and found that far from the area having never been occupied, there were people living here 15-20,000 years ago.
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (9-26-07)
The sites have been identified as belonging to a whole array of historical eras including Neolithic, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Stone Age, Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic, team director Rasul Seyyedin Borujeni told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
“The sites spread over a vast area. Thus we need a large team of archaeologists in order to begin salvage operations. The success of the project depends on the setting of priorities and the conduction of regular excavations,” he added.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (9-29-07)
"'Mid pleasures and palaces though I may roam,
"Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!"
On more than one occasion during the Civil War, those words -- from the prewar hit "Home, Sweet Home" -- brought the two sides together, an impromptu and peaceful battle of the bands, if only for a few minutes.
For the bored and lonely men trying to while away the evenings, military bands provided much-needed comfort and entertainment.
Now several dozen bands around the country perform music from the Civil War era -- often on authentic instruments and in period attire -- but not just to entertain. By telling stories that go with the music, they also provide a lesson in history, a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and their families as they fought to define the nation's future.
SOURCE: CNN (9-26-07)
While the physical museum will be built on the National Mall in Washington in 2015, it is opening online now to serve as a place of collaboration among scholars and the general public.
"The Smithsonian is honored to work with IBM to create this virtual platform for the National Museum of African American History and Culture," said Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of the museum. "This initiative allows us to share the rich culture, to preserve the important history and to make the African American past available to millions globally. Because of this partnership we can build a new community of supporters and enrich the educational resources of children in America and around the world."
A key Web site feature is The Memory Book which allows site visitors to upload their memories in the form of a story, an image or an audio recording. An online map, which can be navigated, shows how these diverse memories are linked to each other and to content created by the museum to spotlight people, places, issues and moments in African American history.
Name of source: Spiegel
SOURCE: Spiegel (9-28-07)
It's a well-known fact that East Germany had agents crawling all over West Germany during the Cold War. Up to 6,000 of them, some in high places, were regularly passing information eastwards across the wall.
According to a new study published on Friday, though, when it came to recruiting spooks, the West Germans were even better. Fully 10,000 citizens of Germany's communist half were spying for Bonn. Not only that, but West Germany's intelligence agency the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) had a pretty good idea about the plans to build the Berlin Wall, but their bosses in Bonn simply didn't want to believe them.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (9-28-07)
On Wednesday, one vehement critic, with a prominent platform of his own, went a large step further. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Californian who is also a longshot candidate (to be generous) for the Republican nomination for president, introduced legislation that would “prohibit federal grants to or contracts with Columbia University.” The text of the legislation — which college officials called “unprecedented” — was not yet available on any government Web sites.
Hunter, who was en route to Baltimore for a Republican presidential debate that lacked the four leading candidates, could not be reached for comment Thursday. But in a news release he issued Wednesday about the legislation, which he dubbed the “Restoring Patriotism to America’s Campuses Act,” the Congressman contrasted Columbia’s willingness to play host to Ahmadinejad to its anti-military stance, as Hunter characterized it, regarding the Reserve Officer Training Corps and military recruiters.
Name of source: Economist
SOURCE: Economist (9-6-07)
WHEN the shredding machines failed and the mob was at the gates, the spooks at East Germany's State Security Service, better known as the Stasi, tried turning their files into mush by dunking them in water. But the number of bathtubs in their headquarters in Normannenstrasse was as unequal to the task as the machines had been. In the end, they resorted to tearing each page up by hand. The fact that many of the resulting shreds are only a few millimetres across is testament to just how much the soon-to-be-ex-members of the intelligence service did not want their work to fall into the public domain.
Name of source: Laray Polk in the Dallas Morning News
SOURCE: Laray Polk in the Dallas Morning News (9-28-07)
There is much concern over SB 866, the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007. Librarians, historians and archivists from around the country have issued position statements regarding the bill and have worked diligently to keep it moving.
SB 866 would rescind President Bush's Executive Order 13233, an order that renders the Presidential Records Act impotent. What's all that mean? White House records that would have been slated for the public domain when President Bush entered office are now under his full discretion to censor – indefinitely. EO 13233 extends these powers to his heirs.
It is commonly known but worth repeating that inherited power, written into U.S. law, is illegal and antithetical in a democracy.
Two and a half weeks ago, the possibility of the bill reaching the floor before December looked hopeful. Aides in various offices said it had been reviewed on the Senate floor and assigned a number: Calendar No. 212. Once a bill is given a number, it can be brought to the floor for a vote by any senator or the majority leader.
Then, on Sept. 19, The Dallas Morning News reported that an anonymous senator had put a hold on the bill. But on Monday, under the stewardship of Democrats, SB 866 was introduced on the floor. Republican Sen. Jim Bunning raised objections and stalled the bill.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman is the sponsor of 866. Five days ago, an aide in Mr. Bingaman's office identified the senator who requested the hold: Republican Sen. Tom Coburn. I inquired further as to how he knew this with certainty. He replied, "Because Sen. Coburn is working directly with Sen. Bingaman to negotiate some items in the bill."
SB 866, with its declared supporters and its semi-anonymous and proxy detractors, could appear to split along the partisan divide. In reality, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is a co-sponsor of the bill and has been an outspoken advocate. The other co-sponsors are Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy and Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John Sununu.
This legislation resonates loudly here at home. Professors within the history department at Southern Methodist University, the future home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, may not all agree on the benefits or legitimacy of the library, museum and institute. However, they unanimously agree about SB 866 and the need to rescind the presidential order.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Graves in the New Delhi satellite town of Ghaziabad were smashed and burned following a wave of protests against British tourists currently visiting historical "Mutiny" sites.
A gang of 25 youths attacked the graves following several days of inflammatory anti-British rhetoric by local politicians and Hindi-language newspapers.
The revelation is contained in a previously unpublished transcript of talks between President George W Bush and the then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in February 2003 at the US leader's Texas ranch.
According to a report by the Spanish daily El Pais, Mr Bush told his Spanish counterpart that the Iraqi dictator had made the offer to leave through the Egyptian government, but added: "We'll be in Baghdad by the end of March."
In a massive undertaking that has cost £7.4 million and seven years of hard work, a new English Heritage website has been launched that is loaded with 315,000 digital images showing almost every building, structure and monument in the country listed as being of architectural and historical importance.
In a speech recorded in Paris, where he has reportedly been living in growing poverty, Duvalier urged supporters to rally around his small political party.
It was Duvalier's first public address in years and the speech was broadcast across the impoverished Caribbean country that he and his father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, did so much to ruin.
Name of source: Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table
Name of source: http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com
SOURCE: http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com (9-28-07)
Brian Lacey, Chief Executive of the Discovery Programme, will explore his theory in detail when he speaks at the upcoming Beltany Heritage Conference in Raphoe.
Dr Lacey is one of two leading archaeologists who will speak at the conference.
Name of source: Angola Press Agency
SOURCE: Angola Press Agency (9-26-07)
The Premier made this exhortation at the opening session of the Third International Meeting on the History of Angola, which for four days will analyse matters relating to the history of Angola that up until now have not been properly studied or have been barely looked into by researchers.
Name of source: Haaretz
SOURCE: Haaretz (9-24-07)
The king also instructed a bonus salary to be given to employees of the Waqf, as a gesture of thanks for their commitment and work.
The new fund will be headed by Prince Ghazi, a cousin of the king. At the opening session, Ghazi proposed that Jordan offer passports to 90,000 residents of East Jerusalem. Reports of the proposal were made on the Arab satellite news organization, Al-Arabiya, but were omitted from the official release on the fund's activities, reported on Petra, the kingdom's news agency.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (9-26-07)
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (9-26-07)
The classical Greek epics perfectly encapsulate the mental damage of combat, said Shay, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston.
He wrote two books that draw on the similarities between the Vietnam-era trauma of his patients and the stress of combat that Homer portrayed in poems that may be as old as 2,800 years.
Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will announce that Shay, 65, has been selected as a 2007 MacArthur fellow "for his work in using literary parallels from Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' to treat combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans."
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (9-26-07)
Clerics and rightist critics had demanded that the revision be abandoned, but once it was, on Tuesday, some politicians, academics and parents protested.
"We decided to withdraw the book because of serious reservations," Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis said after a six-hour meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the state organization responsible for the content of Greek school books.
"Children cannot be turned into guinea pigs," he said, by offering them a new version of the history that has been taught to generations of Greeks.
Name of source: http://www.ttc.org
SOURCE: http://www.ttc.org (9-20-07)
The 13-man team led by Captain George Mitroka conducted seven days of marine searches near the French Mediterranean island, equipped with sonars, radars, cameras and video equipment.
Name of source: Tass
SOURCE: Tass (9-26-07)
“We made copies of the documents about the life of Raoul Wallenberg and events associated with him and turn them over to you,” Patrushev said.
The FSB director said Russia’s chief rabbi had earlier addressed a request to the Russian president, wishing to receive materials about Wallenberg. The request was made in connection with the Museum of Tolerance Berl Lazar founds in Moscow.
Name of source: Louisville Courier-Journal
SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal (9-24-07)
Buried about 18 inches down on what had been the floor of a centuries-old house probably made of wood posts, mud plaster and straw was a fully intact bowl -- a "deep-rim plate," in archaeologist-speak -- made of clay mixed with shell.
Name of source: http://en.naukawpolsce.pl
SOURCE: http://en.naukawpolsce.pl (9-25-07)
This is why scientists, with the help of modern knowledge, are looking for ways of recreating these processes to restore the creations of the Egyptian masters and craftsmen to their former glory. According to Dr Marek Paw?owski the spokesman for Andrzej So?tan Institute for Nuclear Studies in ?wierk, this study is a bit like a fascinating detective adventure.
Name of source: http://www.turkishdailynews.com
SOURCE: http://www.turkishdailynews.com (9-26-07)
Provincial Administration Secretary General Abdulkadir Demir said Japanese Prince Tomohito Mikasa, who is also an archaeologist, had applied in person to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to unearth the ruins in Karkam??. He said works had started in the region after following his application, adding that the ruins, most part of which are in Syria, would be cleaned up.
Name of source: News-Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
SOURCE: News-Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) (9-27-07)
The Carolina Stompers, a group comprised of Asheville-area Republicans, will demonstrate Oct. 6 as the Vance-Aycock Dinner is held in Asheville, said group president Chad Nesbitt, adding that the protest may help win black support for the GOP.
Gov. Charles Aycock, who served as governor from 1901 to 1905, was known for his fiery speeches at the turn of the century that historians said fanned the flames of racism and helped Democrats retake political power from Republicans and Populists.
"I would have thought the Democrats would have had enough sense to change the name to something else," Nesbitt said. "It's just a slap in the face to minorities."
The group also plans to pay for a television ad to air the night of the protest blaming Aycock and his speeches for events leading to the 1898 race riot in Wilmington that left up to 60 people dead. Historians describe the event as the only recorded coup d'etat in U.S. history.
Name of source: David Margolick in Vanity Fair
SOURCE: David Margolick in Vanity Fair (9-24-07)
Study any great photograph, and you will always find more things to see, and learn. For instance, there are the bystanders—out of focus, perhaps, but clear enough to reveal their indifference to or pleasure in another person's pain. But the picture belongs to Elizabeth and Hazel, and for them it set off a drama that has never really ended. Bound together in fame and misfortune, they have tried, separately and together, to escape the frame. After a brief and well-photographed pseudo-reconciliation 10 years ago, the two are once more incommunicado, living only a few miles, and a cultural chasm, apart. While Elizabeth has spent the past decade coming out of a shell, Hazel has spent it going in.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (9-26-07)
The Navy said officials noted the buildings' shape after the groundbreaking in 1967 but decided against changing it at the time because it wasn't obvious from the ground. Aerial photos made available on Google Earth in recent years have since revealed the buildings' shape to a wide audience.
Name of source: Slate (embedded links in original)
SOURCE: Slate (embedded links in original) (9-26-07)
An audio clip and transcript of the conversation was posted to the Web this week by the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. According to the program's Ken Hughes, the National Archives made this conversation available to the public in October 1999, but Hughes believes this is the first time a transcript and sound clip of it has been published.