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Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (10-28-07)
Billed as a leadership think tank, the center served as a conduit for Giuliani to copy and archive 2,100 boxes of documents from his time as mayor before returning the originals to the city.
That record, which includes the months after the Sept. 11 attacks when he was anointed as "America's mayor," serves as the foundation of Giuliani's presidential campaign today. Because he moved his papers through a private organization led by his political supporters, however, the integrity of that record has been called into question.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-28-07)
The building became a salacious footnote in a sensational 1907 trial involving a teenage showgirl, a jealous husband, and renowned architect Stanford White. He designed the original Madison Square Garden, the famous arch at Washington Square Park and several other city landmarks.
White rented part of 22 W. 24th St. and used it for trysts in 1901 with 16-year-old showgirl Evelyn Nesbit. She subsequently married, and her vengeful husband, Harry Thaw, shot and killed White on Madison Square Garden's rooftop garden in 1906. The trial revealed that White's 24th Street hideaway was outfitted with a red velvet swing, among other racy details. Thaw was eventually acquitted on the grounds of insanity.
Name of source: BBC
The 100-year anniversary of Kennedy Kane McArthur's marathon triumph coincides with the 2012 London games.
North Antrim assembly member Mervyn Storey has called for official recognition of the Dervock-born runner's achievements.
Mr Storey raised the issue with Sports Minister Edwin Poots during a recent assembly meeting.
SOURCE: BBC (10-23-07)
It has often been the target for vandals throwing paint bombs as November's war commemorations begin.
But there are plans to make Derry people aware that of the 756 names on the memorial, nearly half belong to Catholic soldiers who died in World War I.
"People must realise that the Diamond war memorial belongs to all the people of the city and that we have a shared history," Mary McElhinney of the Diamond War Memorial Project said.
SOURCE: BBC (10-22-07)
Wirral council has approved Merseytravel's proposal to house a German World War II U-boat at the Woodside Ferry Terminal.
The submarine was formerly an attraction at the Historic Warships Museum at Seacombe docks.
Plans include the provision of a visitor exhibition centre at the site.
Smith Square and Victoria Street are among options being considered for a joint office for two sets of EU staff.
But if they are to fly the EU flag at Victoria Street, they would need to rent the whole block, at £3.2m a year.
Tory MEP Martin Callanan said it would mean £1.3m a year being "squandered" on a larger-than-needed building.
London-based European Parliament and European Commission staff are currently housed in two separate buildings.
He had not seen such a good-looking woman in Argentina politics since Eva Peron, who died 55 years ago, he said.
The designer's comments, however ungallant to the other two women also running for president, show how Cristina Kirchner, wife of the current president Nestor Kirchner and front-runner to win the 28 October election, has captured the limelight.
Since Mrs Kirchner announced in July that she was standing for president, people have talked about the similarities between her and Argentina's legendary first lady, Evita.
Name of source: NYT
This week, a review board issued a ruling that could lead to overturning the convictions of all 28 soldiers, granting honorable discharges and providing them with back pay.
The board found that the court-martial was flawed, that the defense was unjustly rushed and that the prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, a young lieutenant colonel who went on to fame three decades later as a Watergate special prosecutor, had important evidence that he did not share with defense lawyers.
All of the 28 have died except for Mr. Snow and another soldier.
“It means a lot to me that it’s going to come out in the paper,” Mr. Snow said Friday from his home in Leesburg, Fla. “Now people are going to see that I wasn’t a villain. And I’m not a villain.”
Marcos Ana was jailed for 23 years during Franco’s rule.
But the 87-year-old poet remembers the electric shocks and brutal whippings that left his body covered in sores; the hunger that compelled him to eat grass sprouting between the stones of the prison patio; his crumpled mother, clinging to the shins of a prison guard, begging mercy for her bloodied and beaten son....
Mr. Ana, who won international renown for the poems he wrote in prison, was spared two death sentences and was released from prison in 1961. “Amnesty is one thing, but amnesia is another,” he said.
Mr. Ana’s wish may be realized, at least partly, on Wednesday when Parliament debates a law aimed at honoring victims of the civil war and of Franco’s repressive rule. The “law of historical memory” would declare illegitimate the military tribunals that condemned people like Mr. Ana and would create state funds to finance the process of exhuming mass graves that contain thousands of victims from both sides.
It would ban public symbols that commemorate Franco and his allies and turn the Valley of the Fallen, a massive mausoleum where the former dictator is buried, into a monument to all the war dead.
In every nook of the national security agencies, redactors labor anonymously. The federal Information Security Oversight Office says 460 million pages of previously classified records have been made public since 1996, usually after a markup by the overworked gnomes of declassification.
The redactors sometimes slip. Before the days of e-mail, it was occasionally possible to make out imperfectly deleted passages of a document by holding it up to a light. More recently, journalists receiving electronic documents have been thrilled to learn that a mere mouse-click can restore some redactions, as one researcher, Russ Kick of TheMemoryHole.org, discovered with a Justice Department diversity report in 2003.
It would have two former prosecutors, one intense and the other folksy, a civil litigator from a tony regional firm, a superstar trial lawyer and that scrappy kid from Harvard who gave up the big money to do civil rights work. (O.K., it would also sound like a pitch for a doomed TV show.)
Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Fred D. Thompson all have law degrees, and all but Mr. Romney worked as lawyers for years before entering politics. But the practices they pursued, and how they handled themselves in the process, say something about their values and temperaments, and perhaps provide the outlines of how they would conduct a presidency.
The pact calls for the Princeton University Art Museum to send back four of the objects immediately and to keep four on loan for the next four years, the university said in a statement. In a partial victory of sorts, Princeton will keep seven other pieces that had been part of negotiations.
The accord, which is to be signed here on Tuesday, was reached after nearly 18 months of talks. Reached by telephone, Maurizio Fiorilli, an Italian government lawyer who heads a negotiating committee on restitution issues, described the negotiations as “cordial but tough.”
But the ownership issue is not always clear-cut. And even when museums draw up codes of ethics to help ensure that they won’t abet the plunder of another nation’s cultural heritage, the measures are not legally binding.
Adding to their optimism, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a longtime backer of the resolution, which had been pushed mainly by her fellow Californians, and was committed to bringing it to a House vote.
But supporters of the measure were not prepared for the vehement opposition of two powerful governments — Turkey, the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, which historians say conducted the genocide, and the United States, which needs Turkey’s help in Iraq. Their combined resistance caused the resolution to falter, embarrassing the speaker on a high-profile foreign policy front.
On Thursday, supporters surrendered, at least for now, telling Ms. Pelosi they were willing to wait until next year. “We believe that a large majority of our colleagues want to support a resolution recognizing the genocide on the House floor and that they will do so, provided the timing is more favorable,” the four chief sponsors said in a letter to Ms. Pelosi.
After a four-day auction, the book was bought by two divisions of Random House: Alfred A. Knopf in the United States and Canada, and Hutchinson in Britain. Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor in chief of Knopf, said that Mr. Blair intended to write a “serious and frank book” about his life and, in particular, his decade at 10 Downing Street.
Mr. Blair, 54, won three consecutive elections for the Labor Party, starting with a landslide victory in 1997. He ended his 10-year tenure in June, having seen his popularity plummet because of his support of President Bush and the war in Iraq.
He also had a close relationship with former President Bill Clinton and played a role, dramatized in the film “The Queen,” in persuading Queen Elizabeth II to return to London and address the nation after the death of Diana, princess of Wales.
The nation’s neatly cataloged television ads are available for a nostalgic laugh or wince at the Museum of the Moving Image. The museum is worth a trip to Astoria, Queens, but the graphic history of presidential commercials is also just a mouse click away (livingroomcandidate.org). Once a modern visitor finally views that notorious black-and-white TV ad that most 1964 voters never saw — the “Daisy Girl” mushroom cloud assault on Barry Goldwater as a nuclear war monger — the ads become as addictive as junk food.
The Daisy Girl, with the child’s sweet petal countdown morphing into a booming mushroom cloud, points perfectly to the modern tactic by which strategists float a slashing, artfully underhanded attack in just a few smaller outlets and thereby ignite reams of “free media” repetition as cable, bloggers and mainline news organizations blanket the subsequent controversy. (The ubiquitous Swift Boat ad of 2004 actually ran 739 times in just three states; Daisy Girl ran just once.)
SOURCE: NYT (10-25-07)
When Mr. Mauger and his wife, Dixie, reserved their spots for this seven-day trip on the country’s last original paddle-wheeled, steam-driven, overnight passenger boat, they received a depressing letter with their tickets.
It said that 2008 would be the last year for the Delta Queen, an 81-year-old riverboat. The owner, Majestic American Line, said it could not get Congress to grant an exemption from the 1966 Safety at Sea Act, which prohibits wooden boats from carrying more than 50 overnight passengers. (The Delta Queen, which has a steel hull but a wooden superstructure, carries up to 174.)
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-28-07)
The archaeologists believe the site in southern Puerto Rico may have belonged to the Taino or pre-Taino people that inhabited the island before European colonization, although other tribes are a possibility. It contains stones etched with ancient petroglyphs that form a large plaza measuring some 130 feet by 160 feet, which could have been used for ball games or ceremonial rites, said Aida Belen Rivera, director of the Puerto Rican Historic Conservation office.
SOURCE: AP (10-26-07)
A planned education center across the street from the working theater will include new exhibits aimed at providing a deeper look at the events leading up to and following the assassination, as well as a look at 1860s Washington.
The theater's notoriously uncomfortable seats will also be replaced and its restrooms renovated. Adjacent buildings will house a new lobby and elevators to make the historic theater accessible to the disabled, theater officials said.
Plans for the complex include recreated street scenes from the morning after the assassination and a desk with a touchscreen where people can "look over Lincoln's shoulder" at Civil War dispatches, speech drafts and other documents.
The new content "will provide a deeper understanding of the historical context behind not only the days in April of 1865 when Lincoln died, but behind every day of his remarkable presidency," said Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. and chairman of the theater's $40 million fundraising campaign.
SOURCE: AP (10-25-07)
The leather-bound volume, which includes high-quality reprints of the original documents as well as clerical seals, is noteworthy because it contains a long ignored parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the medieval order of heresy.
The publishing house Scrinium, which prints documents from the Vatican's Secret Archives, is issuing 799 editions of the volume - and plans in the coming days to present one to Pope Benedict XVI, officials said at a presentation inside Vatican City.
SOURCE: AP (10-25-07)
Bidding starts at $100,000 for a 3-inch lock of hair from Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Marxist whose iconic picture has become a popular, even sometimes fashionable commodity since he was killed in a Bolivian jungle 40 years ago this month.
Heritage Auction Galleries is putting the hair, allegedly snipped off Guevara before burial, up for sale despite alleged threats made against the company by Guevara admirers since the auction was announced in September.
SOURCE: AP (10-23-07)
Starting Jan. 1, 14 French museums and monuments, most of them low-profile, will open to visitors free of charge for six months, Culture Minister Christine Albanel said Tuesday. Three are in Paris — Guimet, home to Asian art; Cluny, with a collection of medieval treasures; and Arts et Metiers, dedicated to scientific inventions. Their full-price tickets range from €6.50 ($9.27) to €7.50 ($10.70).
Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy campaigned for free museums before his May election, and the idea has stirred debate in France's culture world since then, with critics asking whether it's merely a superficial way of addressing the profound, decades-old question of how to democratize culture.
SOURCE: AP (10-26-07)
At first, Moscow paid little attention to Watergate, but as the scandal of the break-in at Democratic offices focused on Nixon, Dobrynin wrote, concern grew in the Politburo that it could damage improvements in U.S.-Soviet relations."One began to sense his growing bewilderment, lack of confidence and withdrawal from other matters," Dobrynin wrote. The ambassador was instructed to meet immediately and secretly with Nixon to deliver the message of support from Brezhnev.
SOURCE: AP (10-22-07)
About 100 people stood outside Israel's Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, singing songs in Armenian and holding banners. A group of teenage girls stood in school uniforms alongside an elderly woman holding a sign that read, "I am a survivor," in English and Hebrew, and others waved colorful flags.
SOURCE: AP (10-20-07)
After working all day to fill craters left from Allied bombing, each prisoner got a boiled potato and a slice of bread with sawdust used as filler. Oltman was given the task of slicing the bread to feed 12 men.
"You don't know what it's like to look in the eyes of guys that are that hungry," the 89-year-old Pekin, Illinois, resident said, his voice breaking.
The experience gave Oltman a unique perspective about the treatment of prisoners during wartime. As a national debate continues about the role of torture to get information from suspects in the war on terror, Oltman and others attending an ex-POW conference said the United States should set an example for the world in the humane treatment of detainees.
"I don't believe in torture," Oltman said this past week at the 60th annual conference of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. "I've seen what humans can do to humans. I've lived through some of it. And that's not right."
SOURCE: AP (10-18-07)
The vase was one of five items stolen in that burglary. Three other items were confiscated this week from an antiques dealer, who had been approached by a man who wanted to sell them.
The items apparently were taken from Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" mountain home in the Bavarian Alps by an American soldier during World War II. The soldier's son found the collection after his father died and put everything in storage.
SOURCE: AP (10-23-07)
President Traian Basescu also awarded the Order for Faithful Service to three Roma Holocaust survivors at a ceremony Monday.
"The authorities were merciless. They took the Roma from their homes, from the towns and army and sent them far away, to obtain a pure nation," Basescu said.
"We must tell our children that six decades ago children like them were sent by the Romanian state to die of hunger and cold," Basescu said....
It was the first time a Romanian official apologized for the persecution of Roma during the Holocaust. Romanian leaders have in the past apologized for the role of the state in the killings of Jews.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (10-25-07)
Name of source: American Heritage
SOURCE: American Heritage (10-24-07)
HNN Editor: From the NYT: Edwin S. Grosvenor, the great-great-grandson of a founder of the National Geographic Society, has bought American Heritage magazine and its affiliated Web site (americanheritage.com) and book division from Forbes Inc. Forbes suspended publication of the bimonthly magazine after the April issue. Mr. Grosvenor, 56, who read about the magazine’s problems in The New York Times, will pay $500,000 in cash and assume about $11 million in subscription liabilities. Forbes will retain a 25 percent stake in the company. “As a publisher, I saw saving American Heritage the way a preservationist sees preventing Grand Central station from being turned into an office tower,” said Mr. Grosvenor, who published Portfolio, an art magazine, in the 1970s and ‘80s. He is putting together a group of investors to raise about $2.25 million to invest in the company. Mr. Grosvenor, who will be editor in chief, plans to publish his first issue in December. He has hired John F. Ross, a former senior editor at Smithsonian magazine, to be managing editor.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-26-07)
The sculpture in Parliament Square, unveiled by the Prince of Wales, has outraged anti-war campaigners, including Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize-winning writer, who described it as "utterly disgraceful".
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Pinter, the journalist John Pilger and Denis Halliday, the former United Nations humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq, cited an infamous phrase that Lloyd George allegedly used in 1934, in which he apparently reserved the right of Britain "to bomb n*****s".
The meaning of the phrase is disputed because, although it was attributed to Lloyd George, it was recorded in the diary of his second wife and former mistress, Frances Stevenson.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-25-07)
Vandals painted swastikas and SS insignias on the headstones of 32 Scottish soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme.
The attack caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at the Peake Wood Cemetery near Contalmaison, France, just days before Remembrance Sunday.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-25-07)
Tunnels built into the side of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire are to be filled with hundreds of tons of chalk to preserve the mysterious Neolithic monument for future generations.
The 4,400-year-old mound, which is older than Stonehenge, has been weakened by the excavations of archaeologists over many centuries.
Engineers working on the conservation project have reached the centre of the mound through a route dug in 1968 by a team led by Prof Richard Atkinson.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-25-07)
Most of those to be honored at Sunday's ceremony in Rome, the biggest mass beatification ever and to be attended by thousands of Spanish pilgrims, were priests or nuns killed by left-wing militias at the outbreak of the 1936-39 war.
Many Catholic clergy and Church leaders sided with Francisco Franco in the conflict, which began when the general led a military coup against the left-wing government of the then Spanish Republic and ended with his installation as a dictator.
Over decades, the Church in Spain has gathered evidence that hundreds of its members died during the conflict for their faith, making them eligible for beatification. If the devout report miracles linked to praying to them, some could be considered for sainthood, a process which takes many more years.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-26-07)
"I'm just a photographer; I don't know anything," he said he told the newly arrived prisoners as he removed their blindfolds and adjusted the angles of their heads. But he knew, as they did not, that every one of them would be killed.
"I had my job, and I had to take care of my job," he said in a recent interview. "Each of us had our own responsibilities. I wasn't allowed to speak with prisoners."
That was three decades ago, when the photographer, Nhem En, now 47, was on the staff of Tuol Sleng prison, the most notorious torture house of the Khmer Rouge regime, which caused the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979.
This week he was called to be a witness at an upcoming trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, one of whom was his commandant at the prison, Kaing Geuk Eav, known as Duch, who has been arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-24-07)
For people like Marcos Ana, a renowned poet who was the longest-serving political prisoner of the Franco era, the law does not go far enough.
Ana, 87, does not remember everything about his 23 years in jail during Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
But he does remember the electric shocks and brutal whippings; the hunger that compelled him to eat grass sprouting between the stones of the prison courtyard; his mother, clinging to the shins of a prison guard, begging for mercy for her bleeding son.
Name of source: http://www.scoop.co.nz
SOURCE: http://www.scoop.co.nz (10-25-07)
Lloyd Geering's heresy trial is being revisited at an all-day event in Wellington on November the 3rd, 40 years to the day since the trial began.
The trial of Geering who was then head of the Presbyterian Church's theological college shook New Zealand society and was widely reported internationally. It is also the subject of a forthcoming television documentary on "The Last Western Heretic".
"These celebrations mark an important point in New Zealand's history," said popular television presenter and Trust member Chris Nichol who will be conducting a live interview with Geering as part of the day's events.
"At the time people argued in bus stops about whether the resurrection really happened as its recorded in the Bible. That was 1967. The trial was a turning point. After the trial it seemed that people began to treat the institutional church with a great deal more caution."
Name of source: Emory Wheel
SOURCE: Emory Wheel (10-26-07)
The event played out like a tug-of-war between two groups: protestors who shouted questions or anti-conservative taglines after every few sentences Horowitz spoke and another faction in the audience who became increasingly vocal about their desire to hear him speak uninterrupted.
When the disruptions peaked about 20 minutes into Horowitz’s speech, Senior Vice Provost for Community and Diversity Ozzie Harris stood up at the back of the room and cautioned protesters to sit or risk being forcibly removed. Immediately, one man shouted: “Everyone stand up! They can’t take all of us!”
Horowitz and his bodyguard left the stage at this point and waited in a room adjacent to the lecture hall. Meanwhile, more and more dissenters stood and began chanting: “Racist, sexist, anti-gay. David Horowitz, go away!”
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
Towards that end,"each IC agency/organization shall establish and maintain a professional historical capability... to document, analyze and advance an understanding of the history of the agency or organization and its predecessors."
See"Intelligence Community History Programs," Intelligence Community Directive 180, August 29, 2007.
Name of source: http://www.theday.com
SOURCE: http://www.theday.com (10-23-07)
On the dock above, Fred Frese, the principal builder of the unwieldy-looking contraption, looked on as it moved along, a wide grin on his face.
“It works,” he declared after the little boat turned around and made its way back to its starting point.
Frese was among some 25 people who turned out Monday morning for one of the first test launches of the Turtle, a reproduction of the first American submarine, which was built in 1776 by Old Saybrook patriot David Bushnell to help Colonial forces sink British warships.
The Turtle, so named because the 7-foot-tall, slightly egg-shaped ship resembles a turtle that's standing on end, was built over the last four years by Frese, the technology education teacher at Old Saybrook High School, with the help of two retired engineers and at least 50 of his students.
Name of source: http://www.star-telegram.com
SOURCE: http://www.star-telegram.com (10-21-07)
And for 145 years, Gainesville has tried to forget the largest mass lynching in American history.
Now, it is remembering those 14 deaths plus 28 other men executed amid the political tension of the Civil War.
A city park filled with 42 tiny crosses was dedicated Friday to remember the 1862 deaths. Most of the men were convicted and hanged as Union sympathizers. Fourteen were hunted down and lynched outright by a renegade mob angered by anti-war dissent.
"For the first time in nearly 150 years, we are remembering the sacrifice here," said Leon Russell, 78, of Keller, a Cooke County native opposing the "cult of secrecy" around the hangings.
The lynchings -- and, depending on your political point of view, the trials -- are considered among the most shameful abuses in the Confederate States. Yet they are rarely taught in local history lessons.
Name of source: Prague Monitor
SOURCE: Prague Monitor (10-25-07)
A number of Nazis who took part in the search and torture of Czechoslovak paratroopers who killed wartime Nazi Reichsprotector Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942 went unpunished because they promised to cooperate with the communist secret services after the war, the paper writes.
Willi Leimer, officer of the Prague Gestapo anti-trooper section, was handed over to the Soviet Union shortly after the war, historian Jaroslav Cvancara, the third part of whose study "Death for someone, but life for someone else" (Nekomu zivot, nekomu smrt), is to be issued in the weeks ahead, told the paper.
Name of source: http://www.earthtimes.org
SOURCE: http://www.earthtimes.org (10-22-07)
Given the sensitivities in Poland and the Czech Republic in particular, she pledged that the memorial would be established in dialogue with Germany's eastern neighbours.
The sufferings of the millions of Germans thrown out of Eastern Europe were "part of our German identity and part of our culture of remembrance," the chancellor said.
But in reference to the Nazi atrocities that preceded the expulsions, she said: "We are not confusing cause and effect when we remember the expulsions."
Name of source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk (10-24-07)
SOURCE: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk (10-24-07)
Yesterday's march, on a national holiday to recall the doomed 1956 revolt against Moscow, took place as council workers were still clearing up after a night that left parts of the city strewn with gutted cars, shattered glass and tear-gas canisters.
"[The Prime Minister, Ferenc] Gyurcsany should go. It's high time, he should have gone a long time ago," one protester shouted.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE)
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) (10-25-07)
To make amends, Mr. Jacobson retracted two statements from an article published in American Scientist magazine more than five decades ago. In a letter in the magazine’s November-December issue, Mr. Jacobson said he had made incorrect assessments of how improbable it would have been for processes on the early earth to bring about the first organisms.
Mr. Jacobson said that it is not normal to retract such old errors but that he was motivated because creationists were now quoting his article to support their cause. “I am deeply embarrassed to have been the originator of such misstatements, allowing bad science to have come into the purview of those who use it for anti-science ends,” he said.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-22-07)
Spanish detectives flew this weekend to Buenos Aires after a man there admitted to stealing up to 19 valuable maps from a collection held at the Spanish National Library, some more than 500 years old.
The discovery in August that the cream of the Spanish cartographic collection had been stolen sparked a political storm that cost Rosa Regàs, the Catalan writer who was head of the National Library, her job. It also led to accusations against the Government that it had been cavalier with the nation’s priceless historical artefacts.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (10-21-07)
More than 3,000 testimonies, which have been in storage at Trinity College, Dublin, for almost 300 years, are to be transcribed and digitised in a project to be launched on Tuesday that aims to shed light on one of the darkest moments in Ireland's past.
The Catholic uprising remains one of the bitterest controversies in Irish history, and led to centuries of sectarian hostility. Some argue that a bloodless rebellion by Catholics, who had been increasingly exploited by Protestant settlers, spiralled out of control. Others claim thousands of Protestants were deliberately massacred.
Name of source: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland
SOURCE: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland (10-20-07)
Dr Paisley said the time was right to remember those who gave their lives to save democracy.
He said Irish men and women contributed just as much as those from the UK.
He also added that he will gladly come south of the border more often if organisations are prepared to invite him.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (10-24-07)
Officials at the library say they believe most of the missing materials are misplaced, not stolen or lost.
Investigators for the congressional library have told lawmakers on a House oversight committee that its review of the retrieval system for the general collection concluded that a 17 percent of materials requested could not be found.
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) (10-23-07)
Collectively, these files comprise more than six million records. This is the second step in the progressive opening of the entire paper and microfiche OMPF collection of over 57 million individual files. Additional military personnel records will be made available to the public each year through 2067 until the entire collection is opened.
To view an original record, individuals may visit the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. Research room hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time Tuesday through Friday. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call ahead (314-801-0850) to make reservations.
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC). NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities.