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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-28-08)
Transcripts from Old Bailey cases, including Oscar Wilde's trial for gross indecency and the infamous case of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen, who killed his wife, form part of 110,000 pages of records made available online, free of charge. The London court's records include details of more than 210,000 criminal trials from 1674 to 1913.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-28-08)
The memorial, standing on a hillock beside the Kabul River outside Nowshera in Pakistan, commemorates one of Britain's most famous military feats - the race to lift the siege of Chitral in 1895.
Daubed with graffiti and defaced by some who are offended by its proximity to a Muslim graveyard, it is in danger of collapsing.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-24-08)
A total of 38 senior officers were ordered to spend a day analysing the errors which put a final end to Napoleon’s rule as Emperor and drew to a close 23 years of war.
Brigadier-General Vincent Desportes ordered strategists from France’s Armed Forces Employment Doctrine Centre to visit the battleground because “you learn more from your failures than from your successes”.
Surveying the battlefield, which is in present-day Belgium, the officers were told that Napolean underestimated The Duke of Wellington, made tactical errors and confused his army.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (4-18-08)
Filippe Sawadogo said 262 items of "national archaeological and cultural significance" to the landlocked west African nation were returned via the French embassy in Ouagadougou on Wednesday.
He praised the "perspicacity" of French customs officers at the French city of Rouen, on the River Seine, for the seizure in December 2007 of ancient ceramic, stone and bronze materials dating back to 1,300 BC.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (4-23-08)
Throughout the region, dogs have been found buried with jewelry, alongside adults and children, carefully stacked in groups, or in positions that relate to important structures, said Dody Fugate, an assistant curator at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Fugate has conducted an ongoing survey of known dog burials in the area, and the findings suggest that the animals figured more prominently in their owners' lives than simply as pets, she said.
SOURCE: National Geographic News (4-23-08)
This may mean that some of the artifacts found in the tomb—including a helmet, shield, and silver "crown"—originally belonged to Alexander the Great himself. Alexander's half brother is thought to have claimed these royal trappings after Alexander's death.
Name of source: http://www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk (4-24-08)
After only two days walking ploughed fields to look for evidence of the past, an annual Spring event for the group, the ancient site was located.
Tam Ward, group leader, explained: “Last year we found a few flints at this location, and this time the first thing we noticed on the ground were carbonised hazel nut shells and bits of pottery.
Name of source: Janet Maslin in the NYT
SOURCE: Janet Maslin in the NYT (4-28-08)
But even at its most mean-spirited, the book makes a few stingingly substantial claims. “It is surprising how many people who know and like Bill Clinton come to the same sad conclusion,” Ms. Felsenthal writes: “Monica Lewinsky and impeachment are an implacable part of Clinton’s White House legacy, and all the wondrous works in the years ahead may enhance his reputation as an ex-president but not as a president.” In the words of Don Hewitt, the former “60 Minutes” producer and an outspoken source here, Ms. Lewinsky “did more to change the world than Cleopatra.” And had President Clinton not jeopardized his own position and his party’s chances in the 2000 presidential election so recklessly, “there’s not one kid who has died in Iraq who wouldn’t be alive today.”
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (4-28-08)
But in 1998 the library moved to a modern red-brick building on Euston Road, and four years ago it liberalized its admission policy. It opened its new reading rooms not only to writers and academics who depend on material from its singular collection, but also to “anyone who has a relevant research need,” a spokeswoman said.
Which is all fine. But “anyone” includes college undergraduates, and the problem with them, at least in the eyes of the older researchers, is that they tend to behave like the teenagers that many of them are.
They hog the seats.
They gather into clumps of chattering hormonal aimlessness.
They flirt, look one another up in Facebook and make complicated social plans about who will meet whom later in the cafeteria.
SOURCE: NYT (4-27-08)
The world is losing patience, but Mr. Mugabe is only the latest example of dictators in Africa and elsewhere — some more bloodthirsty than others — who have overstayed their welcome, and whom the West have tried to winkle out of power.
What lessons can be learned from past attempts to oust seemingly immovable oppressors? Do the lessons apply in the case of Zimbabwe? What are the options for dealing with Mr. Mugabe?
This strategy has worked, sort of, before.
In 1997, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, now Congo, the very model of an African dictator dirty with corruption as his country collapsed around him, was promised safe passage by his former ally, the United States, and flew to Morocco. (He died of prostate cancer in exile soon after.)
SOURCE: NYT (4-25-08)
He is now Justice Gustin L. Reichbach of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn (in the news most recently for presiding over the DeVecchio trial).
He has traded in his rebel bell bottoms for dapper designer suits, and his flowing hair has started to gray. He was back at Columbia on Wednesday for events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the student protests. (More events are scheduled for this weekend.)
Name of source: AP
But history buffs wanting to see the last vestiges of the iconic symbol of east versus west no longer have to consult old maps or seek out guidebooks. A new multimedia guide offers individualized walking tours connecting the key points where the 103-mile-long wall once stood.
The hand-sized minicomputer, commissioned by the city government and to be introduced May 1, is linked to global positioning satellites mapping the wall's former path.
Not enough people cast ballots in a referendum, the city's first, to make it valid.
Preliminary results released by the Berlin state election authority showed that the majority of the 530,231 ballots cast were in favor of keeping the airport open. But they accounted for only 21.7 percent of the 2.4 million eligible voters. One-quarter was needed for the referendum to count.
Suspicious after a bank said his brother, Andrew, had cashed a $3,000 check — a large sum in 1908 — the South Dakota farmer came to LaPorte and discovered his brother's remains in a pit of household waste.
A century later, modern forensic scientists hope to solve once and for all what appears to have been a web of multiple murders, deceit, sex and money orchestrated by a woman dubbed Lady Bluebeard, after the fairy tale character who killed multiple wives and left their bodies in his castle.
Golden necklaces, daggers, clay statues, pots and other artifacts were displayed briefly during a ceremony attended by Syrian and Iraqi officials. Syrian authorities seized the items from traffickers over the years and handed custody last week to an Iraqi delegation in Damascus.
Mohammad Abbas al-Oreibi, Iraq's acting state minister of tourism and archaeology who led the negotiations with Syria, said he plans to visit Jordan soon to persuade its authorities to turn over more than 150 items.
Ignoring shots fired over his head, he reaches through the open door to outstretched hands, passing out dozens of bogus "passports" that extended Sweden's protection to the bearers. He orders everyone with a document off the train and into his caravan of vehicles. The guards look on, dumbfounded.
Raoul Wallenberg was a minor official of a neutral country, with an unimposing appearance and gentle manner. Recruited and financed by the U.S., he was sent into Hungary to save Jews. He bullied, bluffed and bribed powerful Nazis to prevent the deportation of 20,000 Hungarian Jews to concentration camps, and averted the massacre of 70,000 more people in Budapest's ghetto by threatening to have the Nazi commander hanged as a war criminal.
Then, on Jan. 17, 1945, days after the Soviets moved into Budapest, the 32-year-old Wallenberg and his Hungarian driver, Vilmos Langfelder, drove off under a Russian security escort, and vanished forever.
And because he was a rare flicker of humanity in the man-made hell of the Holocaust, the world has celebrated him ever since. Streets have been named after him and his face has been on postage stamps. And researchers have wrestled with two enduring mysteries: Why was Wallenberg arrested, and did he really die in Soviet custody in 1947?
Researchers have sifted through hundreds of purported sightings of Wallenberg into the 1980s, right down to plotting his movements from cell to cell while in custody. And fresh documents are to become public which might cast light on another puzzle: Whether Wallenberg was connected, directly or indirectly, to a super-secret wartime U.S. intelligence agency known as "the Pond," operating as World War II was drawing to a close and the Soviets were growing increasingly suspicious of Western intentions in eastern Europe...
The airmen's remains were recovered on the Pacific island of New Guinea.
Photographs of a propaganda poster and Adolf Hitler's autobiographical book "Mein Kampf" were damaged, police said.
The exhibit included anti-Semitic propaganda from the Third Reich, including caricatures of Jews, newspaper pages and other materials, political science Prof. Steven Schrier said.
Schrier runs the college's Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, which maintained the exhibit.
The vandals took some items from a display case Tuesday night and stepped on them or smashed them against a rock, Suffolk County Police Detective Sgt. Robert Reeks said. The vandals targeted materials related to Nazis but left others undisturbed, he said.
The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.
The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated that the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.
"This study illustrates the extraordinary power of genetics to reveal insights into some of the key events in our species' history," said Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer in residence.
"Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA."
Less than two miles from his church was a remarkably preserved site, full of artifacts that provide clues to 19th-century black life. Eyeglasses, fragments of dolls and an 1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign medallion are among the discoveries that help tell the story of Melinda Jackson, who bought the property in 1869.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is scheduled to open in 2015 on the Mall near the Washington Monument. It will be the Smithsonian's 19th museum.
"This is a museum for all of us. ... This is all our history," said Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a Boeing vice president and the granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. "We have to know this story in order to build a nation that is solidly committed and successful at creating a free society."
Name of source: http://www.thejc.com
SOURCE: http://www.thejc.com (4-27-08)
In a South Korean television commercial, a young woman in a military trenchcoat holds a soldier’s cap bearing a motif of what looks like an eagle gripping a swastika. The voiceover says: “Even Hitler could not take over the East and West at the same time.” The cosmetics manufacturer Coreana was later forced to withdraw this advertisement for its skin serum after complaints from the Israeli embassy in Seoul.
It was not an isolated case. Only last month, a Ukrainian energy company was forced to apologise after it launched a billboard campaign using the image of Adolf Hitler to threaten customers who fail to pay their gas bills on time. Earlier this year, a hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, was slammed by the Anti-Defamation League after featuring an Adolf Hitler-themed suite, which had apparently proved a popular attraction.
Then there was the restaurant in Mumbai, named Hitler’s Cross, which in 2006 caused fury among the Jewish community in India. And last year, in New Zealand, the Hell Pizza chain was forced to take down a billboard featuring Hitler delivering a sieg-heil salute while holding a slice of pizza, after complaints from the Jewish community.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (4-27-08)
Ukraine is seeking international recognition of the famine, which Ukrainians call Holodomor -- or death by hunger -- as an act of genocide.
When Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin forced peasants off their homesteads and into collective farms, special military units requisitioned grain and other food before sealing off parts of the countryside. Without food and unable to escape, millions perished.
Ukraine, according to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, became "a vast death camp."
SOURCE: WaPo (4-24-08)
Ehud Olmert, the current Israeli prime minister, said this week that Bush's letter gave the Jewish state permission to expand the West Bank settlements that it hopes to retain in a final peace deal, even though Bush's peace plan officially calls for a freeze of Israeli settlements across Palestinian territories on the West Bank. In an interview this week, Sharon's chief of staff, Dov Weissglas, said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed this understanding in a secret agreement reached between Israel and the United States in the spring of 2005, just before Israel withdrew from Gaza.
U.S. officials say no such agreement exists, and in recent months Rice has publicly criticized even settlement expansion on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which Israel does not officially count as settlements. But as peace negotiations have stepped up in recent months, so has the pace of settlement construction, infuriating Palestinian officials, and Washington has taken no punitive action against Israel for its settlement efforts.
Name of source: Colbert I. King in the WaPo
SOURCE: Colbert I. King in the WaPo (4-26-08)
It's not Barack Obama.
The individual who has shared a podium with Farrakhan and has publicly praised the Nation of Islam the loudest is the person most responsible for organizing, mobilizing and delivering the Pennsylvania vote to Hillary Clinton: her close friend and trusted political counselor Ed Rendell.
That Rendell and the Nation of Islam have something going is beyond doubt.
Name of source: Haaretz
SOURCE: Haaretz (4-28-08)
"We must be prepared that neo-Nazis will print many copies of the book and use it for propaganda," Dr. Oscar Schneider, who runs the Nuremburg Documentation Center, says.
"The legislators should have taken this into consideration," Dr. Norbert Frei of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany told the popular daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The two called on the Bavarian government, which holds the copyright on the book's distribution, to allow a critical edition to be published before the copyright runs out.
Munich's Institute of Contemporary History has been trying for years to obtain permission to publish a critical-historical version of the text. "It is unjustified to prevent the printing of a certain document just because of the concern it will have a negative effect," director Professor Horst Moeller said. He noted that scientific editions of other notorious Nazi writings have been published.
Name of source: Physorg
SOURCE: Physorg (4-28-08)
A study of cave murals found in Afghanistan's Bamian caves showed that oil-based paints were used hundreds of years before their first credited appearance in Europe in the 15th century, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
"This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world," historian Yoko Taniguchi of Tokyo's National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said of the murals.
The age of the Afghan paintings was determined using X-ray technologies and gas chromatographs, while the paint specifics were learned through synchrotron technology.
Taniguchi said the murals were likely created by artists traveling the historical Silk Road, which connected China to western countries.
Name of source: The Age (Australia)
SOURCE: The Age (Australia) (4-28-08)
It was a fast-forward cultural, political and sexual revolution that still fuels passionate debate, with a flood of books, films and nostalgic magazine specials to mark the 40th anniversary next month.
For a majority of French - three quarters according to one survey - the legacy of the spring revolt is broadly positive.
But some left-wing critics argue that May 1968 let loose the individualism and unfettered capitalism of the 1980s. And a chunk of the French right remains deeply hostile to the spirit of '68.
During last year's presidential race, now head of state Nicolas Sarkozy launched a vitriolic attack blaming the moral decadence of May 1968 for everything from crime to failing schools and the excesses of global capitalism.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (4-25-08)
women found in a buried longboat have dispelled
100-year-old suspicions that one was a maid sacrificed
to accompany her queen into the afterlife, experts
said on Friday.
The bones indicated that a broken collarbone on the
younger woman had been healing for several weeks --
meaning the break was not part of a ritual execution
as suspected since the 22-metre (72 ft) long Oseberg
ship was found in 1904.
"We have no reason to think violence was the cause of
death," Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo
University, told Reuters after studying the two women
who died in 834 aged about 80 and 50.
SOURCE: Reuters (4-24-08)
Scalia was interviewed for the CBS News show "60 Minutes," an appearance timed to coincide with the publication on Monday of the book he coauthored, "Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges."
It marked the latest in a series of broadcast interviews this year by the conservative justice who once shunned the media.
The nine-member Supreme Court conducts its deliberations in secret and the justices traditionally won't discuss pending cases in public. The court has the final word on questions of U.S. law and its rulings affect the rights of all Americans.
"I am a law-and-order guy. I mean, I confess to being a social conservative, but it does not affect my views on cases," Scalia said on CBS, which on Thursday released excerpts of the interview.
Scalia repeated his earlier statement that people should "get over" the court's ruling in 2000 that halted Florida's vote recount, giving the presidential election to Republican Bush over Democrat Al Gore.
"I say nonsense," Scalia said, when asked about critics who say the 5-4 ruling was based on politics and not justice. "Get over it. It's so old by now."
SOURCE: Reuters (4-24-08)
Padre Pio is one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints and during his lifetime the Italian monk was said to have had the stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Jesus' crucifixion on his hands and feet.
Name of source: Sam Tanenhaus in the NYT
SOURCE: Sam Tanenhaus in the NYT (4-27-08)
Actually, he inhabits a more serious historic role, as the latest — and almost certainly the last — hope for Americans born in the 1930s to send one of their own to the White House. The 1900s, the 1910s, the 1920s and the 1940s have all been represented in the White House. But not the 1930s.
It is the missing decade. A demographic blip? Perhaps. But it might also be that Americans born in the 1930s lack the particular qualities we look for in our national leaders.
Name of source: NBC News Video
SOURCE: NBC News Video (4-25-08)
Name of source: KABC
SOURCE: KABC (4-24-08)
A large group of people gathered Thursday afternoon on the street outside the Turkish Consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard to protest.
Earlier Thursday there was a protest rally in Hollywood.
"1915: Never again." That's the message sent loud and clear by thousands of Armenians gathered in Hollywood Thursday, protesting what they say is a denial by the current Turkish government of the Armenian Genocide.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (4-24-08)
Citing the "lack of precision" in White House statements and its changing story about which backup tapes have been preserved, Magistrate Judge Facciola also ordered the White House to "resolve any ambiguities ... once and for all" and identify the specific dates between March 2003 and October 2003 for which no backup tape exists.
The magistrate judge also recommended that District Judge Henry H. Kennedy issue a series of orders that would compel the White House to search the individual workstations of White House staff, preserve the personal folders (.PST files in the Microsoft environment) where e-mail may have been stored, and secure any portable or external media that may contain e-mail from March 2003 to October 2005. Referring to the White House position that it has no formal program for distributing "hard or external drives, CDs, DVDs, jump, zip, hard, or floppy disks," Magistrate Judge Facciola commented "[o]ne would hope that the components have filled the void left by [Office of Chief Information Officer] by implementing policies and procedures to "track and manage" the removal and/or transfer of [Executive Office of the President] data..."
"It is remarkable that the EOP, absent this Court's order, has not taken the most elementary steps to preserve very basic sources of the missing e-mail -- steps that, even as the Court notes, should in this day and age be conducted as a matter of course in any litigation," commented Sheila Shadmand of Jones Day, counsel for the Archive.
"The Court is reacting to the inconsistencies in the White House statements: e-mail are lost one day, the next they are not; e-mails are recoverable, then they are not; backup media is saved, then it is not," added Meredith Fuchs, the Archive's General Counsel. "What worries us is that time is passing – there are only 8 ½ more months until this administration leaves office and if nothing is done soon not only could the e-mails disappear for good, but the federal records that are commingled with the presidential records could get swept away and become inaccessible for the next 12 years."
"This ruling is a major victory for accountability at the White House," commented Tom Blanton, director of the Archive. "We have seen delay after delay, and constantly changing stories, none of which come up to the standards that are required by law."
The ruling comes in litigation brought by the National Security Archive against the Executive Office of the President and the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and restore missing e-mail federal records. A chronology of the litigation is available here. The suit was filed on September 5, 2007; a subsequent virtually identical lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has been consolidated with the Archive's lawsuit.
Name of source: http://www.strategypage.com
SOURCE: http://www.strategypage.com (4-22-08)
Russia will not go to war if Georgia or Ukraine join NATO, but will be unhappy with such a move. This could lead to more troops on the borders. Russia doesn't get it, that neighbors want to join NATO for protection from Russia. Historically, being a neighbor of Russia has not been a good thing.
Russian oil production is declining, after peaking at 9.86 million barrels a day. This came about because, during the re-nationalization of the oil industry over the last decade, there was a sharp drop in money spent on oil exploration. Foreign banks were reluctant to invest the enormous amounts of money needed (about a trillion dollars) when Russia was so blatantly violating property rights. Russia will either have to fund the exploration itself (which will mean less money for other economic expansion projects) or allow foreign investors more control of their Russian investments.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (4-25-08)
The ship's counter, a major but fragile part of the stern, was lifted by crane from the wreckage to cheers from construction workers. It will now be subjected to electrolysis treatment and repaired before being reattached to the ship.
"We've successfully moved a 15ft, 8-tonne piece of curved iron which has taken weeks to carefully saw off," said Stephen Archer, of the Cutty Sark Trust. "The consequences of getting it wrong could have been huge, but we got it spot on." Richard Doughty, chief executive of the trust, described it as a "major milestone".
Name of source: http://media.www.thedmonline.com
SOURCE: http://media.www.thedmonline.com (4-24-08)
Marvin King, assistant professor of political science, said McCain's heritage will certainly help him win votes in Mississippi.
"Having roots in a state is usually seen as a plus by campaign teams," he said.
Unlike King, John Winburn, assistant professor of political science, said he does not think McCain's Mississippi heritage will affect the amount of votes he receives in the state.
Name of source: http://www.register-news.com
SOURCE: http://www.register-news.com (4-24-08)
And the judges will meet in the only active courtroom where Lincoln practiced and appeared, according to Mark Hassakis, Mt. Vernon Lincoln Bicentennial Committee Chairman.
“This may be the first of Supreme Court visits [to the Appellate Courthouses],” remarked Hassakis, who added that with discussion of plans to renovate the courthouse in Springfield, the justices may see this as an opportunity to visit all the appellate courthouses in the state. “We’re the first visit,” he said.
Name of source: http://dadesentinel.com
SOURCE: http://dadesentinel.com (4-24-08)
The previously unknown resting place of an influential American writer has been found in Dade County.
This past Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. a large group of people gathered at Brock’s Cemetery on Creek Road to witness the unveiling of a monument to American humorist George Washington Harris.
George Harris was traveling by train on a return trip from Decatur, Ala., to Richmond, Va., when he became ill. It is believed by some that he was poisoned.
Harris died in Knoxville and was returned by his second wife, to whom he had only been married three months, to his children in Trenton where he was laid to rest next to his first wife.
Harris, who was born in Alleghany City, Pa., held many jobs during his lifetime including captain of the Steamboat Knoxville, alderman and postmaster of Knoxville, Tenn.
He began writing for a magazine in New York called “Spirit of the Times” and these stories were combined after the Civil War into a book called “Sut Lovingood. Yarns Spun by a Nat’ral Born Durn’d Fool.”
Name of source: http://www.progress-index.com
SOURCE: http://www.progress-index.com (4-15-08)
A new visitor station at Five Forks Battlefield will help tourists gain a better understanding to one of the climatic battles of the Civil War.
The $3 million visitor center complex will nearly double the amount of exhibit space — from 388 square feet in the former gas station currently used to 730 square feet.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (4-20-08)
Name of source: New Republic
SOURCE: New Republic (5-7-08)
The question of what, exactly, justice looks like is in the air here because the campus is home to the tribunal that is slated to begin trying five top Khmer Rouge officials within the next few months. Backed by the United Nations, the tribunal represents the first attempt to prosecute leaders of the Khmer Rouge in almost 30 years. After the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979 and put a halt to the killing, they held a cursory trial, widely regarded as a sham. In the years that followed, no comprehensive attempt was made to hold surviving Khmer Rouge officials accountable for the estimated 1.5 million people who perished under their rule between 1975 and 1979. History loomed, ominous and inscrutable, and the questions surrounding the Cambodian killings fields, questions that might have been answered through trials, went largely unaddressed. Why had the Khmer Rouge kept such meticulous records--rooms upon rooms of file cabinets containing labeled photos of victims, taken both before and after death? Why were some people killed for offenses as superficial as wearing glasses, while others were not? Why were so many of the guards at the notorious S-21 detention center--responsible for interrogating and torturing tens of thousands--middle-school-aged children?
Name of source: KGO
SOURCE: KGO (4-23-08)
It's a little known chapter of San Francisco history that was commemorated at a ceremony with speeches, songs, a drill team and proclamations noting what few outside this crowd might know.
There was a black exodus from the city 150 years ago.
"What's to understand is that this was a protest and it was seen as a protest by the newspapers of the time," said San Francisco historian John Templeton.
Historian John Templeton says many blacks in San Francisco during the 1850'S were entrepreneurs or merchants.
Whatever their status, they were impacted by racism including attempts by the legislature to keep more blacks from coming to California.
After several meetings, more than half the community decided to leave America altogether.
Name of source: The Economist
SOURCE: The Economist (4-24-08)
The bills' chances are dim. Although the Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature almost invariably support such measures, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor, has tended to veto them. Yet the real target of this historical barrage may not be the statute book. Next month a group of academics and bureaucrats will begin holding public hearings on an overhaul of the curriculum framework — the first full one since 2001. California is America's biggest education market. Changes made there tend to find their way into classrooms across the country.
Diane Ravitch, who helped write California's curriculum in the 1980s, complains that every group supports every other group's plea for inclusion, resulting in a consensus for including a huge amount of new material. It all sounds like bad news for poor old Rameses II.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (4-21-08)
Beginning Monday, the silver-plate coffee urn will be on display at the museum.
The donation was made by a descendant of the groom, a young lawyer named Christopher Columbus Brown.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (4-24-08)
The team from the University of Maryland carved a 4-foot-long trench along a sidewalk at Fleet and Cornhill streets - two of the oldest in the historic district. Bagging and tagging artifacts along the way, they scraped through the powdered remains of a red brick sidewalk from 1820 and a black layer of wood chips from 1740.
Then they found something far more significant than the shards of pearlware, animal bones and the King George III penny that they uncovered in the layers above: a log street that archaeologists called the oldest remnant yet discovered of the Annapolis settlement.
Name of source: Dallas Morning News
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News (4-23-08)
The ruling released Tuesday by Judge David C. Godbey ends the more than year-long lawsuit about the place of Confederate symbols in public life. School district officials said the symbols could be disruptive because of the racial overtones. The defendants and the Southern Legal Resource Center, which represented them, said the school’s decision violated their rights of free express, due process, equal protection and right to express their heritage.
Ashley Thomas and Aubrie McAllum, both juniors at the time, were told by the Burleson High principal in January 2006 that they couldn’t bring the Confederate purses to school. In February 2007, the Southern Legal Resource Center, which has fought similar bans throughout the country, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the girls. Ms. Thomas’ younger sister, then a sophomore at Burleson High, was later added to the lawsuit.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (4-18-08)
The round of sales that began at Christie's King Street on April 8, went on at Sotheby's April 9 and ended at Christie's South Kensington two days later were enlightening on that score, if not quite as much about the works of art. These belonged to five or six cultures more different from each other than say France was from Germany in Medieval times, or Italy from England in the 18th century. Few serious historians would think of cramming the art of these countries into a single category.
Yet, this is invariably done at auction about the lands where Islam prevails. "Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds," Christie's cover proclaimed over the photograph of a 17th-century ensign from Iran. "Art of the Islamic World," Sotheby's cover intoned on April 9 over a Spanish enameled gold buckle.
Inside the catalogues, the mishmash was beyond description. To say that there was no aesthetic common denominator between the goods on offer would be the understatement of the new century.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (4-22-08)
Built as a technical aid to sailors, their architects often unknown, France's lighthouses have increasingly become a symbol of the nature of the country, of its "patrimoine," or patrimony - a word that in France carries a spiritual quality of patriotism and nationhood.
It was a Frenchman, after all, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, who invented a crystal lens for lighthouses, and another who thought to rest the turning lamps on a pool of mercury, which conducts electricity.
But with time, harsh weather and automation, France's lighthouses are disintegrating.