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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: AP
The walkout was a rare protest by diplomats on the U.N.'s most powerful body against one of their own members. Libya is the only Arab representative on the council.
Council members held a closed meeting to discuss the possibility of issuing a press statement following a briefing on the situation in the Middle East. Assistant Secretary-General Angela Kane had reported on the escalation in violence and growing humanitarian plight in Gaza as well as rocket attacks against Israel.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed a ruling by District Judge Robert Holmes Bell in a dispute between the state of Michigan and the private underwater exploration company that found the wreckage seven years ago.
SOURCE: AP (4-9-08)
Members of a legislative committee struggled on Wednesday with the language of the resolution that they ultimately advanced to the full Legislature for consideration.
The Judiciary Committee finally decided that expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery was more appropriate than issuing an apology.
The card, sent in 1937, was addressed to one of Frank's best friends, Samme Ledermann, and postmarked from just across the Dutch border in Aachen, Germany, said Maatje Mostard, of the Anne Frank Museum.
Decorated with a clover-covered bell atop a snowy field and wishing "good luck for the new year" in German, the card was signed "Anne Frank" with no other handwritten message.
SOURCE: AP (4-15-08)
Peru's government and Yale University reached an agreement last September to return 4,000 pieces — including mummies, ceramics and bones — that were taken a century ago from what has become one of the world's most famous archaeological sites.
The tally of 40,000 artifacts appeared in a report presented by archaeologists from the National Culture Institute to the Peruvian government earlier this month after taking an inventory at Yale, said Health Minister Hernan Garrido Lecca.
SOURCE: AP (4-21-08)
And while no one would accuse the women of making a fashion statement, the pioneer-style outfits are a rare example of how in an age of overexposure, modesty, too, can give pause.
The puff-sleeved, pastel dresses worn by the women in the sect are a combination of original 19th-century wear and 1950s clothing that was adopted when the church took a conservative turn, according to Janet Bennion, an anthropologist who studies polygamist women.
The dresses are meant to show modesty and conformity: They go down to the ankles and wrists, and are often worn over garments or pants, making sure every possibly provocative inch of skin is covered.
SOURCE: AP (4-22-08)
Eisenhower has contributed the maximum amount allowed during the primary season to Obama's campaign: $2,300. Federal Election Commission records show she gave Obama's campaign $1,000 on Feb. 4, another $1,000 on Feb. 18 and $300 on March 5.
SOURCE: AP (4-17-08)
The synagogue behind the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary was a place for inmates to reflect and, perhaps, seek forgiveness. But after the prison closed in 1971, the room remained forgotten even as work began to preserve other parts of the decaying historical site.
Now, officials at the 179-year-old landmark prison and popular tourist attraction are restoring the synagogue's spare but dignified environs. Decades of neglect had left the consecrated space almost inaccessible due to collapsed stone walls outside; inside, rotted wood benches sat amid several inches of debris from a fallen ceiling.
SOURCE: AP (4-20-08)
Situated in the middle of New York Harbor, just a half mile from lower Manhattan, Governors Island is about to undergo an extensive makeover that would turn much of it into lush parkland.
A consortium of five design companies was chosen in December to transform the teardrop-shaped island, turning the flat southern end into a park with manmade hills and a shoreline promenade.
Improvements also are in store for the northern half, a historic district with graceful 18th and 19th century houses, a defunct 9-hole golf course and a former Army parade ground.
Sold by its original Dutch settlers to the British in 1708, the 172-acre island later became an American military base for 202 years — home to soldiers, Confederate prisoners of war and the Coast Guard, yet off limits to civilians.
Name of source: http://www.witntv.com
SOURCE: http://www.witntv.com (4-23-08)
A crate that was shipped to "W. Wright, Elizabeth City, North Carolina” at the turn of the century looks like it became the tabletop for the Wright Brothers' kitchen table. That crate resurfaced in March in Kitty Hawk.
Dr. Larry Tise of ECU is a leading Wright Brothers authority. Tise and some of his students from ECU are working to confirm the finding.
Name of source: http://www.nwanews.com
SOURCE: http://www.nwanews.com (4-23-08)
Robert J. Grow, Pratt’s greatgreat-great-grandson, said there were no signs of Pratt, and the digging ended around 4 p.m....
Pratt was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his dying wish was to be buried in Utah.
Name of source: http://sundaygazettemail.com
SOURCE: http://sundaygazettemail.com (4-23-08)
"We have been cut out of the process entirely," said Bob Maslowski, president of the Council for West Virginia Archaeology.
Last month, commissioners received legal control of the skeletal remains, which had been stored at Ohio State University since the mid-1990s.
In the early 1960s, West Virginia's first state archaeologist excavated a site near the present-day Toyota plant in Buffalo. People working on the site eventually found the remains of hundreds of American Indians.
Over the past decade, some people in Putnam County have advocated for the return and reburial of the remains, out of what they say is respect for Indian spirituality. Commissioners intend to rebury the remains at a site near the original excavation.
A 1990 law called the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) allows federally recognized tribes to reclaim Indian remains and artifacts from museums and universities.
SOURCE: http://sundaygazettemail.com (3-20-08)
Several mental health organization leaders have fired off letters this week to the contractor who now owns the former Weston Hospital.
They say the new name - which was the name of the hospital in the 19th century - is discriminatory and promotes misunderstandings about mental illness.
"It's very derogatory," said Scott Miller, director of the Mountain State Direct Action Center, a disability rights group. "We don't call people lunatics. Asylum is just not the term anymore."
Name of source: http://www.newsobserver.com
SOURCE: http://www.newsobserver.com (3-24-08)
Superior Court Judge Henry W. Hight Jr. issued an order today that ended all remaining claims to the document. Hight declared that North Carolina owns its original copy of the Bill of Rights, Cooper's office said in a news release.
The judgment ended a lengthy legal battle by the state for ownership of the historic document.
Name of source: http://www.wdbj7.com
SOURCE: http://www.wdbj7.com (3-24-08)
The museum helps preserve religious artifacts and shows the influence religion had on the lives of political and military personnel.
With a number of paintings and other period artifacts, the Civil War Chaplains Museum has a lot of great things to display just not enough space to display it. The museum is currently housed in a 1,000 square foot room in the Arthur S. DeMoss Building at Liberty University. But plans are in the works to expand into a facility ten-times as a large.
Name of source: http://www.zwire.com
SOURCE: http://www.zwire.com (4-7-08)
The American flag, hastily yanked by the actor and part-time stage manager from a balustrade in a Washington, D.C., theater 143 years ago, would become a cherished family heirloom, passed from generation to generation.
Now the bloodstained relic hangs in a tall glass case tucked in a dim corner of an obscure museum in a tiny Pocono Mountains hamlet, little noted by the world.
How it came here, a national treasure amid the stuffed birds, antique gowns and other eclectic artifacts in the collection of the Pike County Historical Society, is not in dispute.
But can that ruddy stain truly be the blood of Abraham Lincoln?
On the cusp of the bicentennial celebration of the 16th president’s birth in 2009, and with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War looming in 2011, the keepers of the so-called Lincoln flag are anticipating a new wave of interest, and steeling for a fresh round of scrutiny.
“You can dismantle history anytime you want to, but at some point you have to believe the evidence,” said Lincoln scholar Joseph E. Garrera, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown and president of the Lincoln Group of New York.
Today, Garrera is one of the staunchest advocates of the flag’s authenticity. He started out an unabashed skeptic, viewing the flag as a misidentified fraud at best, a preposterous hoax at worst.
Name of source: http://www.sunherald.com
SOURCE: http://www.sunherald.com (4-8-08)
Just the grounds, not the National Landmark 1850s Beauvoir House, is open to the public until the grand reopening of the restored house on the June 3 birthday of Jefferson Davis.
Name of source: Tampa Tribune
SOURCE: Tampa Tribune (4-9-08)
In its legal filings, the city says the delay by Joan Kennedy Biddle and her family in asking for the money is "completely unreasonable, inexcusable and unprecedented." The city filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit.
"We don't even know that the note hadn't been paid," City Attorney David Smith said. "We don't have evidence either way. It's one of the reasons the statute of limitations is a reasonable defense."
Biddle referred calls to attorney James Purdy, who did not return a phone call.
Name of source: http://www.eveningsun.com
SOURCE: http://www.eveningsun.com (4-10-08)
From a different perspective, however, that means one out of every five acres within those same boundaries is considered private property without conservation easements and therefore subject to potential development.
Given the conclusions of a report released Tuesday by the National Parks Conservation Association, preservationists are seeing things from the latter position.
SOURCE: http://www.eveningsun.com (4-20-08)
"Until recently, nobody was allowed to go into the cupola," said Tim Smith, research assistant with the historical society. "The stairway leading up to the cupola was not safe. Our liability was insane."
In fact, the cupola was closed from 1964 to about three years ago when the historical society decided to open it for tours on a limited basis.
Name of source: http://www.thetimes-tribune.com
SOURCE: http://www.thetimes-tribune.com (4-13-08)
On Saturday, a crowd again gathered in front of the 104-foot-tall structure, this time for a rededication ceremony following $500,000 in restoration work.
Name of source: Mercury News
SOURCE: Mercury News (4-14-08)
"Lincoln was a rare man with a rare disease," said Sotos. He has self-published a 300-page book and 400-page database to support his conclusion, based on an exhaustive analysis of Lincoln photographs and historical eyewitness descriptions of the president's health. "This solves a puzzle."...
Last year, while assembling a medical database about the 16th president, Sotos read an unrelated article about thyroid cancer, the deadly and inevitable outcome of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B, or MEN 2B.
Many of the symptoms matched Lincoln's, and at 3:15 a.m., Sotos made a link. The condition, which causes aggressive thyroid cancer, explains Lincoln's lanky build, chronic constipation, hooded eyes, asymmetric jaw and the lumps on his lips, he said. His health was weakening in the months prior to the assassination, Sotos asserts.
SOURCE: Mercury News (4-20-08)
The faces of some of the approximately 3,000 men and women who broke American isolationism to volunteer in the 1936-1939 Spanish war look out from the translucent onyx squares of a monument recently inaugurated on this city's touristed Embarcadero.
"I wasn't about to watch another country go to hell," said veteran David Smith, 92, recalling that Italy and Germany were already controlled by Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler when he left the U.S. to join the Jarama front in 1937.
Name of source: http://www.mpnnow.com
SOURCE: http://www.mpnnow.com (4-14-08)
Part of the problem may be that it’s no longer clear who owns the historic ordnance.
It all started when Rochester resident Charles Baylis, the director of the American Civil War Artillery Association, approached the Town Board with an estimate for restoring the carriage. The town turned him down.
The town formed its own committee after the board decided not to send the carriage out of state, as Baylis suggested. Instead, they wanted local artisans work on the piece.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (4-18-08)
That's the debate splitting opinion in Coleraine, after a row broke out between local councillors over the legacy of Oliver Cromwell.
During the meeting of the Council's Policy and Resources Committee on Tuesday, the DUP's Samuel Cole said Cromwell was a defender of democracy.
But Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard said Cromwell's record in Ireland made him "no father of democracy".
The English leader is notorious in Ireland for massacring thousands of people after the siege of Drogheda in 1649.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (4-22-08)
Today, the 67-year-old Wild is fighting against city plans to shut down the giant airport site in the center of Berlin.
After years of debate, Berliners are to vote Sunday on the closing of the Nazi-built complex.
Name of source: Samuel G. Freedman in the NYT
SOURCE: Samuel G. Freedman in the NYT (4-23-08)
In Travis’s class in global geography at Alliance High School, however, the teacher introduced the outside world with the word and concept of genocide. The teacher, Tim Walz, was determined that even in this isolated place, perhaps especially in this isolated place, this county seat of 9,000 that was hours away from any city in any direction, the students should learn how and why a society can descend into mass murder.
Mr. Walz had already taught for a year in China, and he brought the world into his classroom in the form of African thumb pianos and Tibetan singing bowls. For the global geography class, he devised something far more ambitious than what the curriculum easily could have been — the identification and memorization of capitals, mountain ranges and major rivers. It was more ambitious, too, than a unit solely on the Holocaust of the sort many states have required.
“The Holocaust is taught too often purely as a historical event, an anomaly, a moment in time,” Mr. Walz said in a recent interview, recalling his approach. “Students understood what had happened and that it was terrible and that the people who did this were monsters.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (4-23-08)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (4-17-08)
Such is the concern for the newly revealed objects - which include weapons, clothing and tools - that a task force of archaeologists, anthropologists, mountain climbers and Alpine rescue teams has been formed in an attempt to salvage them.
Franco Nicolis, an archaeologist from Trento, said: “We must be ready to intervene as if we were dealing with a public calamity.”
Name of source: http://www.observer.com
SOURCE: http://www.observer.com (4-23-08)
Mr. Rosen, an on-air D.C.-based correspondent for Fox News was speaking to NYTV on Monday afternoon. Next month, Doubleday will publish Mr. Rosen’s first book—a revisionist history of Richard Nixon’s downfall, called The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate.
As NYTV’s overcrowded bookshelf can attest, TV newsmen are constantly cranking out books that are heavy on the self-promotion and light on, um, research. Mr. Rosen’s book promises to be neither. It will weigh in at a hefty 600 or so pages, contain 65 pages of footnotes, and will include insight culled from some 250 original interviews. There was no ghostwriter. And in a clear affront to the requirements of the genre, Mr. Rosen’s face doesn’t even appear on the cover.
Mr. Rosen said Strong Man will be the first major biography of John Mitchell, the late U.S. attorney general, who played a pivotal role in the “rise, reign and ruin” of Richard Nixon. In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, Mr. Mitchell was convicted on a number of charges stemming from his role in the botched break-in and surveillance operation. The nation’s top law enforcement official eventually spent 19 months in prison.
“He never went on the lecture circuit,” said Mr. Rosen. “He never went on the Mike Douglas show. He never testified about Nixon to get a more lenient sentence. He never found God.”
And he never wrote an autobiography. At one point, Mr. Mitchell signed a contract with Simon & Schuster to write a memoir. But according to Mr. Rosen, Mr. Mitchell eventually balked at writing about Watergate and passed away in 1988, leaving the biography unwritten and leaving many details of his life—from the false notion that he commanded John F. Kennedy during World War II to the bogus suggestion that he played hockey for the New York Rangers—shrouded in mystery and misconception.
Name of source: Nixon Blog
SOURCE: Nixon Blog (4-22-08)
Because the investigation against them was muffed thanks to the illegal activities of the Washington Post’s favorite Watergate answer man himself, Mark Felt — aka Deep Throat.
In 1972-73, FBI official Felt and his colleague Edward S. Miller authorized nine illegal break-ins at the homes of Weather Underground members. When the black bag jobs became public, the federal government decided it couldn’t prosecute the alleged terrorists. Indicted during the Carter Administration, Felt and Miller were tried in 1980 in Washington. Ever the patriot, former President Nixon voluntarily testified on the defendants’ behalf, but they were convicted anyway and pardoned by President Reagan in March 1981.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (4-23-08)
He's watched in horror as the National Park Service has tried to make the Gettysburg National Military Park look more like it did on three July days in 1863. Officials are nearly a third of the way through cutting down 576 acres of trees that didn't exist back then.
Another 275 acres will be replanted with trees and orchards that disappeared over the past 15 decades. But it's not enough to please Mr. Conay, who says the battlefield's history is partly told through the healing of the earth. After all, the trees managed to thrive on land ravaged by a deadly struggle between two immense armies.
"During those 140 years, this has become something more than a battlefield lesson," Conay says from behind the gift-shop counter at the historic house where he serves as a guide.
But the trees continue to fall, despite a flurry of protests amid preparations for this month's opening of a $103 million visitors center and museum. And as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, at least one other battlefield is poised to restore history by chopping down countless trees.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (4-19-08)
The explosion shook the earth. And it wouldn't be the last one.
Twenty-five years ago Friday, a suicide bomber drove a pickup truck full of explosives into the U.S. Embassy in downtown Beirut, killing 63 people. It heralded the rise in the Middle East of a soon-to-be common tool in the arsenal of radicals: the suicide bomb.
SOURCE: LAT (4-18-08)
Democrats have tried to heal their party's angry passions ever since violent protesters disrupted the Democratic National Convention here in 1968, a shock to America's collective psyche that helped Republican Richard Nixon capture the White House.
But some of the old fault lines were visible again Thursday as Sen. Barack Obama's suddenly defensive presidential campaign sought to distance him from Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, aging academics who planted bombs in the Capitol, the Pentagon and other buildings to protest U.S. government policy. They are now widely respected community figures here.
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (4-28-08)
But it was another country a century later that seared the ideal of armed resistance into the town's psyche. In 1911, Italy landed warships in Darnah's port, the beginning of a ruthless colonial presence that would last through the Mussolini era until the Axis powers were defeated in World War II. Local resistance to the occupation was strongest in the rocky hills near Darnah, but even there it was ultimately crushed. From its dust, a homegrown tradition of Islamic martyrdom emerged.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (4-22-08)
Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais also write in this fascinating but not always persuasive volume that the party capturing the White House in 2008 has “a historic opportunity to become the majority party for at least four more decades,” and that the rising generation of Millennials (born between 1982 and 2003) will imprint the coming national discourse with its own temperament and predilections, washing away “the current politics of polarization and ideological deadlock” and putting in its place “a new landscape of collective purpose and national consensus that involves individuals and communities in solving the nation’s problems.”
Mr. Winograd, a former adviser to Al Gore and the co-author of an earlier book called “Taking Control: Politics in the Information Age” (which was reportedly widely read in the Clinton White House), and Mr. Hais, a communications researcher, have relied heavily in this volume on the work of William Strauss and Neil Howe, who in books like “Generations” (1991) and “Millennials Rising” (2000) have articulated a theory of generational change and who are acknowledged in these pages as key inspirations. Much of the methodology and terminology used here comes directly from the writings of Mr. Strauss and Mr. Howe, as do many of the qualities ascribed to specific generations like the Baby Boomers and the Millennials.
SOURCE: NYT (4-22-08)
Alternatively, would the poll-obsessed Clintons want to wake up in the White House residence in 2009 and read about Vice President Obama’s sky-high popularity ratings, and how they make her look like his stern old lady?...
“There’s not a chance,” Jon Ausman, an uncommitted superdelegate from Florida, said of a get-together by the two campaigns. “This has turned into a battle of egos, and strong personal animosity has slipped into this. Not to mention, the veep is usually a half-step or step in stature below the presidential candidate, and in both cases neither of them falls into that mold.”
But history has shown that politicians are willing to put aside animosities for the sake of victory. In 1960, John F. Kennedy found his running mate in Lyndon B. Johnson, the sitting Senate majority leader and an unrivaled force in Democratic politics. The ticket seemed unlikely up until the 1960 convention: Johnson’s allies had been critical of Kennedy and his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, and the nominee’s brother Robert F. Kennedy loathed Johnson. But Kennedy decided at the 11th hour that Johnson could help him in the South and among the party’s senior statesmen.
More recently, Ronald Reagan picked George Bush in 1980 and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts chose former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina in 2004, even though the two sets of running mates were not great fits as ideological soul mates or personalities (and in Mr. Kerry’s case, associates say, he would probably have preferred former Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, or Senator John McCain of Arizona, now the presumptive Republican nominee). But Reagan and Mr. Kerry saw their choices as bringing balance and strengths to the ticket — and the first President Bush and Mr. Edwards did not fight their rivals to the convention.
“All of the arguments about how rivals don’t like each other would fall away if either thinks the other could help them win,” said Doris Kearns Goodwin, the biographer of Johnson and other presidents. “And Obama and Clinton do fit in a jigsaw-puzzle way. She brings women, older voters, blue-collar workers, Hispanics, and he brings elites, liberals, the young and the crucially necessary black vote.”
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (4-20-08)
Tea Party historical consultant George Quintal Jr. said the event nearly 235 years ago has been mimicked countless times since by protesters in Boston and across the nation, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.
"That's the American way of protest," Quintal said. "We started out protesting with the tea party."
Included among the tea party-inspired protests have been the dumping of federal tax forms by tax opponents or the mass dispersal of leis by angry Hawaiians.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (4-22-08)
Many people worldwide were in shock when the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan.
Behind those statues are caves decorated with paintings from the fifth to ninth centuries.
New experiments performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) show that the paintings were made of oil, hundreds of years before the technique emerged in Europe. The results are detailed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (4-21-08)
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt.
The previous record of 67% was reached by Harry Truman in January 1952, when the United States was enmeshed in the Korean War.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (4-22-08)
Now Khoury, 65, gray-haired and bedridden, admits ruefully that he has largely forgotten the language he spoke with his own mother.
"It's disappearing," he said in Arabic, sitting with his wife on a bed in the mud-and-straw house where he grew up. "A lot of the Aramaic vocabulary I don't use any more, and I've lost it."
Malula, along with two smaller neighboring villages where Aramaic is also spoken, is still celebrated in Syria as a unique linguistic island. In the Convent of St. Sergius and Bacchus, on a hill above town, young girls recite the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic to tourists, and booklets about the language are on sale at a gift shop in the town center.
But the island has grown smaller over the years, and some local people say they fear it will not last. Once a large population stretching across Syria, Turkey and Iraq, Aramaic-speaking Christians have slowly melted away, some fleeing westward, some converting to Islam.
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (4-22-08)
Entitled Paris Sous l'Occupation (Paris Under the Occupation), the exhibition at the Paris History Library shows 270 colour photographs – part of the only collection of colour images of their kind – taken between 1941 and 1944 by a collaborator, André Zucca, who worked for the Nazi propaganda magazine Signal.
Young women sporting sunglasses smile coquettishly for the camera in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parisians chat on crowded café terraces and stroll nonchalantly through the streets of the capital as they enjoy the sunshine, while children watch puppet shows and lovers embrace by the Seine.
Critics of the exhibition protest that it portrays a totally unrealistic portrait of Paris under the Nazis, ignoring the reality in which thousands of Jews were rounded up and deported to concentration camps, many ordinary people went hungry, forced to queue for hours to obtain what little food was available, and Resistance members risked their lives and those of their families to sabotage the Nazi occupiers.
Name of source: Tom Ferrick in the NYT
SOURCE: Tom Ferrick in the NYT (4-22-08)
Street money is the name for cash given to party committeemen and women who hand out literature and drum up the vote on primary and election days. It comes from the candidates and is dispensed to the party’s 69 ward leaders who, in turn, dole it out to the city’s more than 3,000 committeemen. In Philadelphia, it is a mandatory fee for most Democratic candidates.
Though legal, it has also become a subject for mandatory derision — at least for the Democratic campaigns and those out-of-state political commentators who have been camped out here for the last month. For them, handing out street money, an old political practice that is rarely used elsewhere, is archaic, unsavory or worse....
Philadelphia is a living museum of American history, where the political machine, though it wheezes and gasps, still functions much as it did 100 years ago. Then, a political campaign was a labor-intensive activity. It took legions to spread the good word about candidates, round up voters to go to the polls and assist in their deliberations by handing out sample ballots containing the names of candidates blessed by the party.
Now that patronage is all but gone, how does a party keep those legions on the job 12 to 14 hours come voting day? The answer, according to ward leaders, is street money.
Name of source: WaPo's The Fix (blog)
SOURCE: WaPo's The Fix (blog) (4-21-08)
Clinton's ad declares that the presidency is "the toughest job in the world" and asks "Who do you think has what it takes?" It is similar in message to the "3 a.m. telephone call" ad that Clinton's campaign used to great effect shortly before the Texas and Ohio primaries last month.
Obama, as he has done time and again in this campaign when pressed on whether he is ready to lead, falls back on his judgment to oppose the war in Iraq from the start.
"Who made the right judgment about opposing the war and had the courage and character to speak honestly about it?" the narrator of the Obama ad asks.
Then, in a clear shot at Clinton, the narrator adds: "Who in times of challenge will unite us, not use fear and calculation to divide us?"
Name of source: http://www.news.com.au
SOURCE: http://www.news.com.au (4-16-08)
The photos were taken by twice-wounded Jack Grinton, of Bendigo, and include shots from the Somme and Villers-Bretonneux in France, where some of the deadliest fighting took place.
The collection includes the camera used by Sgt Grinton -- against all regulations -- to record his war.
Name of source: http://www.pr.com
SOURCE: http://www.pr.com (4-4-08)
“The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, preserves and provides access to billions of genealogical and historical records, photographs, and computerized resources. I am pleased that WorldVitalRecords.com is including these NARA records on its site,” said Kip Sperry, Professor of Family History, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
NARA created the database in 2002 in conjunction with the Bureau of the Census. The World War II Army Enlistment database contains the majority of the Army enlistments during World War II from 1938-1946. "I am very grateful that the government went to such great lengths to track all of the valuable details of each individual's life over time. I am very excited to include that depth of detail for our members at WorldVitalRecords.com," said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.
Name of source: http://www.newsadvance.com
SOURCE: http://www.newsadvance.com (4-20-08)
Housed downtown in the White House of the Confederacy, President Jefferson Davis’ home during the war, the museum, the institution has become the repository of all things relating to the Civil War. But its location in Richmond was also a problem, too: the nearby Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center kept growing and growing, literally engulfing the museum’s home.
And as time went on, fewer and fewer visitors made the trek to downtown Richmond to view the world’s premier collection of Civil War memorabilia. Last year, the museum’s board of directors approved a unique plan to take the institution into the 21st century: split up the collection over four sites in the state and create a “distributed museum,” in the jargon of the museum industry.
That was good news for Appomattox, the home of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park where Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Gen. U.S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac in April 1865. Officials soon announced that Appomattox would be the site of one of the four museum, along with Fort Monroe in Tidewater, the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond and the Fredericksburg area.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (4-18-08)
Semi-precious metal, as it happens, is everywhere. It can be found on church roofs; copper pipes run through many a house wall; and wiring is almost ubiquitous. Scrap metal thieves, though, have recently discovered a valuable new source of copper: Cemeteries and memorials.
This week, a particularly audacious bandit apparently made off with over 1,000 bronze plaques from the Holocaust memorial Theresienstadt just outside of Prague. The plaques were emblazoned with the names of prisoners who died at the Nazi concentration camp there -- and Czech police said this week that many of them had been discovered at a scrap yard in northern Czech Republic.
Name of source: http://www.archaeology.co.uk (date unknown)
SOURCE: http://www.archaeology.co.uk (date unknown) (4-21-08)
The excavations are being conducted by Geoffrey Wainwright (ex-English Heritage) and Tim Darvill (Bournemouth University), following up their research into the sources of the blue stones in the Prescelly Mountains in Pembrokeshire: but as they are being funded by the BBC TimeWatch programme, they are being carried out with the maximum publicity.
Name of source: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg
SOURCE: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg (4-17-08)
It is surely in the quiet and relaxing city of Aswan that the Nile is at its most beautiful. The river flows through an amber desert, past granite rocks and round emerald islands smothered in palm groves and tropical plants. This peaceful scene, however, was disturbed last week by archaeologists shouting and yelling at one another from their moored yacht while they carried out the delicate task of hoisting a decorative object from the bed of the river where it had lain for more than 2,500 years.
It was one of several newly-found artefacts that sank beneath the ripples of the shifting Nile off the shore beside the Old Cataract Hotel, across the river from the legendary Elephantine Island where relics remain of stone temples dating from various eras in the history of ancient Egypt, along with the Roman Nilometre.
"Look what our young Egyptian archaeologist- divers have found on the Nile bed," Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), told Al-Ahram Weekly. "The Nile is revealing its secrets. The four-month-long underwater survey is finally yielding its fruits."