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Name of source: theday.com
SOURCE: theday.com (5-30-08)
It was Sept. 23, 1779, and cannonballs from the HMS Serapis had shredded the hull of the Bonhomme Richard.
Jones was in command of a burning, sinking ship. Half of his crew members were dead or wounded.
His adversary shouted to him, asking if he would surrender.
It was then that Jones is said to have uttered one of the most famous lines in U.S. history.
"I have not yet begun to fight!" he yelled back to the British captain.
Name of source: http://www.sciencenews.org
SOURCE: http://www.sciencenews.org (5-29-08)
Analyses of three-dimensional laser scans of the imprints (example at right) confirm their human origin, says Silvia Gonzalez, a geoarchaeologist at Liverpool John Moores University in England.
Previous finds of human remains elsewhere in the region couldn't be precisely dated because they were found in layers of mixed gravels that probably incorporated materials of many different ages.
Name of source: AP
"Books by spokespeople rarely contain anything newsworthy and have generally not proven particularly compelling to consumers," said Steve Ross, publisher of the Collins division of HarperCollins and head of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House Inc. at the time McClellan was offering his manuscript. "It was shopped around but, like others who publish in the category, we didn't even take a meeting based upon past history."
William Tate in American Thinker
SOURCE: AP (5-29-08)
The mystery of the plane's fate has since remained unsolved, despite Estonia's efforts to locate the wreckage believed to be lying 300 feet underwater near the tiny island of Keri, some 20 miles northeast of Tallinn.
"If the aircraft is in the area where we're searching, I'm highly confident we'll find it," said Martin Ammond, senior surveyor aboard the USNS Pathfinder, one of the U.S. Navy's oceanographic survey vessels dispatched to help in the hunt for the missing plane.
Formerly classified documents released Friday by the National Archives show that many officers felt the Americans didn't have a knack for deceiving the enemy. Americans were judged to be so open and friendly that they lacked cunning.
The so-called Defense Deception Advisory Group studied in detail the way Israel's military and political leaders used a complex series of intertwined deceptions to fool their Arab enemies about the Jewish state's intentions and its military capabilities.
The Indians were sighted in an Ethno-Environmental Protected Area along the Envira River in flights over remote Acre state, said the Brazilian government foundation, known as Funai.
Funai said it photographed "strong and healthy" warriors, six huts and a large planted area. But it was not known to which tribe they belonged, the group said.
SOURCE: AP (5-29-08)
Dating of cremated remains shows burials took place as early as 3000 B.C., when the first ditches around the monument were being built, researchers said Thursday.
And those burials continued for at least 500 years, when the giant stones that mark the mysterious circle were being erected, they said.
"It's now clear that burials were a major component of Stonehenge in all its main stages," said Mike Parker Pearson, archaeology professor at the University of Sheffield in England and head of the Stonehenge Riverside Archaeological Project.
The Kitty Hawk, with sailors lining its decks, pulled away from Yokosuka port just south of Tokyo to the cheers of hundreds of schoolchildren and the sounds of brass bands.
The Kitty Hawk, the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier in the Navy, is to be replaced later this summer by the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered carrier.
SOURCE: AP (5-26-08)
The city and the private Riverside Park Fund have paid more than $1 million for new plantings, chess tables, lighting and other improvements to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The work included cleaning and restoring a pair of 1865 U.S. Army cannons.
In an address for Wednesday to more than 1,000 graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Bush frames their futures by drawing back to the World War II generation. He links the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to postwar Germany and Japan six decades ago.
"America has assumed this obligation before," Bush said in prepared remarks released by the White House. "After World War II we helped Germany and Japan build free societies and strong economies. These efforts took time and patience, and as a result Germany and Japan grew in freedom and prosperity and are now allies of the United States."
The result, Bush says, was "generations of security and peace" in the United States.
"Today we must do the same in Afghanistan and Iraq," he says in the prepared comments. "And by helping these young democracies grow in freedom and prosperity we will once again reap the benefits in generations of security and peace."
A family of former slaves built the Valeri Mausoleum during the second half of the second century, when Emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled. It is one of 22 pagan tombs in the grottoes under the basilica.
The newly restored tomb was shown to media Tuesday. Visitors can have a guided tour of the grottoes by appointment.
SOURCE: AP (5-27-08)
The memorial — a sloping gray concrete slab on the edge of Berlin's Tiergarten park — echoes the vast field of smaller slabs that make up Germany's memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, opened three years ago just across the road.
The pavilion-sized slab includes a small window where visitors can view a video clip of two men kissing.
Berlin's openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, said the monument was a reminder of the ongoing struggles that still confront gays.
Name of source: US News blog
SOURCE: US News blog (5-30-08)
Now I went back and checked the numbers for the past 50 years and didn't find a single case of a recession—as calculated by the National Bureau of Economic Research—that started with or contained two straight quarters of positive GDP growth, much less three quarters. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, former Federal Reserve Chief Alan Greenspan admitted he was puzzled that the economy hasn't fallen off a cliff, given the housing crisis, credit crunch, and oil price surge. He told the FT: "A recession is characterized by significant discontinuities in the data.... It started off that way—there was a period of sharp discontinuity from December to March. But then it stopped.... No one knows how this tug of war will end—specifically, whether the financial crisis will end before it drags down the real economy."
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (5-30-08)
Gregor Gysi, who worked as a lawyer in the former Communist East, has been an MP since the country's reunification in 1990 – first for the left-wing Party for Democratic Socialism and more recently as co-leader of the new Left party.
Yesterday, the 60-year-old faced demands for his resignation from MPs in mainstream parties, following the release of evidence which suggests he informed on East German dissident clients for the Stasi. The German parliament is considering opening a formal investigation into the claims. Mr Gysi has consistently rejected accusations that he spied for the secret police.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (5-27-08)
Which is not surprising, given that some of the venerable contraptions in question first started to extract oil a century or more ago, and have now been pressed back into service, even though they yield just a few gallons a day. "You get one well going again, it may give you 10 to 15 barrels a day straight off. Then it tapers off. But even if it keeps going at just a third of a barrel a day, it's still pretty good."
Americans may wince at the ever-rising cost of petrol, a daily reminder of the grinding economic crisis that grips the country. But Bill Huber and the other "mom-and pop" producers in this part of the world aren't complaining, not when a 42-gallon barrel now sells for $135 (£68) or so, double what it fetched only a year ago, when every day seems to bring a new record price – and when the first commercially exploited oil field on the planet is enjoying a late-life renaissance.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (5-27-08)
Workers constructing a sewage line through a forest in northern Israel stumbled across a large cave containing stalactites and strewn with discarded fragments of prehistoric tools and the burnt bones of animals which have long been extinct in the region, including red deer, fallow deer, buffalo and even bears.
While examination of the remains is at a preliminary stage, experts have hailed the discovery – at an undisclosed location in western Galilee – as the most important of its kind in the southern Levant for up to half a century. Dr Ofer Marder, the head of the prehistory branch of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and an archaeologist colleague were lowered 30m down into the darkness by rope. He described the cave as "one of the best preserved I have seen" and added: "It was if prehistoric man had left it five days earlier."
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-30-08)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-27-08)
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser, said that the pro-Israel lobby in the US was too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism was too readily used whenever its power was called into question.
Presenting a solution for the Middle East, he listed historical compromises that had to be made by Israelis and Palestinians but accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) – the largest and most influential Jewish lobby group – of obstructing peace efforts.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-28-08)
The skeleton, which was found in a park at Testona, near Turin, is of a 25-year-old Lombard who died of a fever. Unusually, his horse was buried alongside him.
"This is a very rare find," said Gabriella Pantò, the archaeologist leading the dig. "We have not seen many precedents in Italy. We have seen horses' heads buried with warriors, but this find shows the area is vitally important," she added.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-23-08)
The complex, which was cut out of a cliff face called La Montagne du Roule by slave labour, overlooks the strategic port of Cherbourg and became a nerve centre of German resistance following D-Day.
About 200 soldiers were able to live inside the fort, which contained medical centres, a mess and dormitories, and was linked by 2,000 ft of corridors to four gun batteries aimed at the English Channel 300 ft below.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (5-30-08)
But Mr. McCain, the son and grandson of revered Navy admirals, was having second thoughts about following his family’s vocation. He had spent the previous four years as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate, sampling life in the world’s most exclusive club as he escorted its members on trips around the globe — sitting with the sultan of Oman on the floor of his desert tent, or smuggling a senator’s private supply of Scotch through Saudi Arabian customs.
He had found a sense of purpose in an apprenticeship to some of the Senate’s fiercest cold warriors. And in Senator John G. Tower, a hawkish Texas Republican, he had found a new mentor, beginning a relationship that many compared to the bond between a father and son.
With Mr. Tower’s encouragement, Mr. McCain declined the prospect of his first admiral’s star to make a run for Congress, saying that he could “do more good there,” Mr. Lehman recalled. But Mr. Lehman knew duty was only part of the reason.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (5-29-08)
Zahi Hawass, Egypt's antiquities chief, said the test will be carried out on an unidentified mummy found in the ancient Thebes on the west bank of the Nile, what is today Luxor's Valley of the Kings.
Egyptian experts will also X-ray the mummy, Hawass was quoted as saying by the nation's Middle East News Agency.
SOURCE: LiveScience (5-28-08)
If true, the achievement would be notable, since many researchers say it is impossible to recover authentic DNA from ancient humans.
Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues say they retrieved the genetic material from the freshly sampled teeth of skeletons dating back to around A.D. 1000 and found at a non-Christian burial site called Galgedil on the Danish island of Funen.
Name of source: Slate
SOURCE: Slate (5-29-08)
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (5-29-08)
"Today, we have more than 110,000 men and deployed in conflict zones around the world," UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark International Day of Peacekeepers.
"They come from nearly 120 countries, an all-time high, reflecting confidence in United Nations peacekeeping," he said.
SOURCE: AFP (5-28-08)
Owner John Webber says his grandfather gave him the 5.5-inch (14-centimetre) high mug to play with when he was a child, back in 1945.
He assumed the golden cup, which is decorated with the heads of two women facing in opposite directions, their foreheads garlanded with two knotted snakes, was made from brass.
But he decided to get it valued when he was moving house last year and was told it was actually a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure, beaten out of a single sheet of gold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Name of source: http://www.wickedlocal.com
SOURCE: http://www.wickedlocal.com (5-13-08)
The resolution was introduced by Marilyn Petitto Devaney, a Governor’s Council member and Watertown Town Councilor.
The resolution cited Boyajian’s leadership in “successful efforts to have communities sever ties with the ADL’s No Place for Hate and to end the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s sponsorship” of the program. The resolution further described the ADL’s opposition to Congressional affirmation of the Armenian Genocide as “depriving the Armenians of their history.”
The ADL has yet to unambiguously acknowledge the genocide and has opposed recognition of it by the U.S. Congress.
Name of source: Politico.com
SOURCE: Politico.com (5-28-08)
But Newsweek’s White House correspondent Richard Wolffe wasn’t one of them.
“He promised when he first started writing this book that he’d engage in some truth-telling,” said Wolffe, who had spoken to McClellan in recent months. “And that’s what he’s done.”
Since excerpts from McClellan’s forthcoming book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” were published by Politico on Tuesday evening, most of McClellan’s former White House colleagues have expressed shock at the book’s negative tone.
Those familiar with the inner workings of the Bush White House — from current press secretary Dana Perino to former political guru Karl Rove — have said the book doesn’t sound like the McClellan they knew.
But several of the reporters who jousted with McClellan during his tenure at the briefing room podium from July 2003 to April 2006 — the same group of reporters who McClellan now describes as being “too deferential” in the run-up to invading Iraq — say they are not surprised that the mild-mannered spokesman has lashed out.
SOURCE: Politico.com (5-27-08)
Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” (Public Affairs, $27.95):
• McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.
• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
• He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Ed
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (5-29-08)
Microsoft quietly revealed this month that it would end the program and the accompanying search software, Live Search Books and Live Search Academic. The project made complete book texts available and searchable online at no charge. The announcement was posted on a company blog the Friday before Memorial Day as many people left work early for the holiday weekend.
The blog post said that Microsoft wanted to focus its digitization and search efforts on markets with a "high commercial intent," such as travel.
It made no mention of Google, but librarians say the search company undoubtedly affected Microsoft's decision. Microsoft entered the scholarly digitization arena in October 2005, 10 months after Google did, and has been playing catch-up ever since.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (5-23-08)
Ringelblum was one of 450,000 Jews herded into the ghetto by the Nazis. Over the next three years many died of disease or starvation. Most of the remainder were rounded up and murdered in Treblinka. Those who survived until April 1943 were almost all killed in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The ghetto was razed.
Yet, Ringelblum's great idea survived the war. Hidden beneath the ghetto buildings were a number of sealed tin boxes and milk churns, containing some 35,000 documents: essays, letters, poems, bus tickets, posters, milk coupons, photographs, personal testimonies, official papers, menus, souvenirs, sketches, sweet papers and songs. Here was the detailed story of daily life in a man-made hell. This was Ringelblum's legacy - a triumph of preservation.
The vast collection lay deep beneath the rubble of the ghetto for years, but was finally exhumed after the war when a survivor led the way to the secret cellar. It has taken another half-century for the story to be told in full by Samuel Kassow, in an extraordinary book, Who Will Write Our History?.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (5-27-08)
The head of the German war graves authority, Reinhard Fuehrer, and the mayor of Cheb, Jan Svoboda, agreed on Monday, May 26, to build a military cemetery for the German war dead next to the town graveyard.
The agreement was hailed by both sides as an act of reconciliation.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (5-28-08)
Monks at what is considered by many to be the world's oldest active Christian monastery still rise before dawn to chant and pray just as their predecessors did for more than 1,500 years.
Now, they also carry mobile phones, send e-mails and maintain a website (http://www.stanthonymonastery.org), embracing modernity that has helped sustain the ancient monastery, nestled beside a spring where Egypt's eastern desert meets the craggy Red Sea mountains.
But the changes have sent some monks fleeing to a more austere existence in nearby mountain caves.
"There is nothing wrong with microwaves or mobile phones -- they save time," Egyptian monk Ruwais el-Anthony, who has lived at the monastery for more than 30 years, said through a bushy white beard. "But God will ask you what you have done with the time that was saved."
The monastery, which was founded in 356 AD, has survived Bedouin raids, the Islamic conquest of Egypt, and wars between Egypt and Israel that turned the area into a combat zone.
SOURCE: Reuters (5-19-08)
Built of Aleppo pine and using wooden dowels to hold it together, the 21-metre-long "Phoenicia" powered by wind and muscle will set out down the Suez Canal on Aug. 6 and Beale aims to complete the 15,000-mile clockwise journey 10 months later.
"The Europeans think it was Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias who did it first. But I think the Phoenicians did it 2,000 years earlier and I want to prove it," Beale told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
SOURCE: Reuters (5-23-08)
He saved more Jews from death in the Holocaust than any other Jew. His reward was the accusation that he sold his soul to the devil and assassination by Jewish extremists.
But Kasztner's reputation may be about to be restored, more than 60 years after he negotiated a "blood for money" deal with an armed, drunk and often ranting Adolf Eichmann to save Jewish lives in exchange for cash, jewels and trucks.
Two new books about Kasztner have been published and a documentary film is being prepared for distribution later this year. All paint him as a hidden hero of the Holocaust, a man who risked his life in countless bargaining sessions with the Nazis.
During World War Two, he negotiated a train to carry almost 1,700 Hungarian Jews to safety in Switzerland, while he stayed behind to continue negotiating.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (5-28-08)
If built, the bridge would cross the Red Sea at an 18-mile-wide strait known as the Bab al-Mandeb, or Gate of Tears, connecting the southern tip of Yemen with the tiny East African country of Djibouti. Estimated price tag: $10 billion to $20 billion.
The proposal is turning heads in the Middle East, and not just because it would make engineering history. The developer of the project is a Dubai-based firm headed by Tarek bin Laden, an elder brother of the world's most famous terrorist.
Name of source: http://www.kentucky.com
SOURCE: http://www.kentucky.com (5-27-08)
Lynda Crist, editor of The Papers of Jefferson Davis, said in a phone interview that her office had microfilmed the documents, worth more than $15,000, and included them in one of the volumes.
She notified Transy officials, who contacted Lexington police, according to the affidavit.
Eugene C. Zollman, 70, of LaPorte, Ind., who was charged May 19 with stealing the materials in 1994, was an enthusiast who delved into volumes of books and researched pages of documents to make his impersonations of the Confederate president more authentic.
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (5-28-08)
The comments, and the mainstream media's treatment of them, sent conservative bloggers into a tizzy. The right has been focusing a lot of attention recently on alleged gaffes by Obama, and complaining that the media doesn't treat him the same way Republicans are treated in similar situations, and this added fuel to the fire. At the National Review's Campaign Spot blog, Jim Geraghty wrote, "Dan Quayle gets defined by one foolish moment where his (sic) misspells 'potato,' and George W. Bush is forever mocked as a dunce for his (admittedly classic) 'Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country.'
"If the MSM would either A) be more forgiving of Republican officials who they don't like or B) be a little tougher on Democratic officials they do like, the world would be a better place."
Other bloggers attacked Obama directly. At Michelle Malkin's Web site, poster See-Dubya wrote, "Either Obama's uncle served in the Red Army, or he’s spinning Clintonesque lies about Auschwitz to sell his government programs. Hey, it's for a good cause ... but it's not enough for him. It has to be personal. It has to be all about him ... I think the Obamessiah just out Tuzla'd Hillary. The man is ... nefarious." (Emphasis in the original.) At Red State, editor Erick Erickson said, "Look, we all know Obama has a problem with Jewish voters and veterans, but trying to use the Holocaust for political gain is sickening -- especially when it is a bold faced lie ... Obama's uncle was either part of the Red Army or Obama is, again, lying for political advantage. Given what we know already about Obama, either option is plausible, but I'm going with this being another lie."
But according to the Obama campaign, all this outrage may have been just a little premature. It admits that the Auschwitz part of the story wasn't true, and that it was in fact Obama's great uncle he was referring to, not his uncle, but according to Obama spokesman Bill Burton, there's an innocent explanation. In a statement, Burton said, "Senator Obama's family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II -- especially the fact that his great uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald. Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically."
Burton also provided a link to the Web site of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which has a page dedicated to the division the Obama camp claims Obama's great uncle belonged to, the 89th Infantry Division. That division is officially recognized as a liberating unit. In 1945, it liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
Name of source: NBC News
SOURCE: NBC News (5-28-08)
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (5-28-08)
discovered what they say was the ancient headquarters
of the Pharaonic army guarding the northeastern
borders of Egypt for more than 1,500 years, the
government said on Wednesday.
The fortress and adjoining town, which they identify
with the ancient place name Tharu, lies in the Sinai
peninsula about 3 km (2 miles) northeast of the modern
town of Qantara, Egyptian archaeologist Mohamed Abdel
Maksoud told Reuters.
The town sat at the start of a military road joining
the Nile Valley to the Levant, parts of which were
under Egyptian control for much of the period, the
government's Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a
Name of source: KC Johnson in the New York Sun
SOURCE: KC Johnson in the New York Sun (5-28-08)
On March 24, 1968, President Johnson telephoned his ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg. The previous few weeks had been among the most difficult of Johnson's presidency. In late January, the Tet offensive undermined public support for the Vietnam War. In early March, Johnson barely edged longshot Eugene McCarthy in the New Hampshire primary. Four days later, the senator of New York, Robert Kennedy, announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination.
Johnson told Goldberg that he had grown more sympathetic to Israel's plight as his own political fortunes had declined. "They haven't got many friends in the world," the president said, and "they're in about the same shape I am. And the closer I got — I face adversity, the closer I get to them ... Because I got a bunch of Arabs after me — about a hundred million of 'em, and there's just two million of us. So I can understand them a little bit."
The exchange with Goldberg is included in around 13 hours of recorded conversations from January through April 1968, which the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library released publicly on May 1. In the call, Johnson expressed his understanding of Israel's plight in unusually stark terms, but his remarks typified the support for Israel that characterized his presidency.
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (5-27-08)
But in the 63 years since his arrest, the Wallenberg family and generations of researchers have relentlessly pursued the possibility that the Swedish diplomat survived long after 1947, as a secret prisoner in the Soviet gulag system. "There are plenty of indications that he may have survived past 1947, and these deserve thorough examination," says Susanne Berger, a German-born researcher who has spent 15 years exploring Wallenberg's fate.
Skeptics ask what motive the Soviets might have had for imprisoning Wallenberg, and for lying about his fate for decades after. Scholars exploring Wallenberg's relationship with the intelligence agencies battling each other in wartime and postwar Hungary, however, suggest that Moscow may have perceived the Swede as a spy for the West.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (5-27-08)
Name of source: WaPo's The Fix (blog)
SOURCE: WaPo's The Fix (blog) (5-23-08)
Here's Beck's statement:
"The context of the question and answer with Sen. Clinton was whether her continued candidacy jeopardized party unity this close to the Democratic convention. Her reference to Mr. Kennedy's assassination appeared to focus on the timeline of his primary candidacy and not the assassination itself."
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), already a longshot for her party's presidential nod, may have unwittingly lengthened the odds of her nomination by referencing the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in seeking to answer a question about why so many people are calling for her to leave the race.
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?," Clinton said in explaining why she remained in the race to the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader editorial board. "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it."...
What Clinton meant seems clear. Previous nomination fights have gone well into June and, therefore, there is no reason for this one to be cut short before every state has its say. (South Dakota is one of the last two states to vote, on June 3.)
Clinton later met with reporters to try to clarify her remarks, saying she only meant to make the point that that it's "an historic fact" that other primary campaigns have gone into June, but she voiced regret if her comments were misunderstood. She said "the Kennedys have been much on my mind in the last days" because of the diagnosis that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a brain tumor. Clinton said "I regret if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive."
Unfortunately for Clinton, using the RFK assassination to prove her point was -- at best -- a poorly chosen example. Many in the black community have expressed fear about the possibility of assassination as it relates to Sen. Barack Obama -- the first African-American candidate likely to be one of the major parties' nominee for president and raising the matter (in any manner) is widely regarded as poor form.
It's not the first time the shadow of assasination has been raised in the campaign.
In January during an appearance in Dover, New Hampshire, Clinton was introduced by a woman named Francine Torge who said the following, according to the New York Times' "Caucus" blog: "Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually" passed landmark civil rights legislation. The Clinton campaign called those comments "totally inappropriate."
More recently, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) -- after his speech to the National Rifle Association was interrupted by a noise from off stage -- joked: "That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He's getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he -- he dove for the floor." Huckabee quickly apologized for the remark.
Name of source: http://www.allheadlinenews.com
SOURCE: http://www.allheadlinenews.com (5-25-08)
When the home was built in the Georgian era, part of the basement was found to be the remnants of a Roman burial chamber. Workers built around it, and today the skeleton is visibly entombed in an archway.
The current owner of the building dubbed the remains, his "Roman Princess."
Name of source: New Zealand Herald
SOURCE: New Zealand Herald (5-27-08)
The remains have lain hidden beneath the impenetrable undergrowth of the Poor Knights' northern island, Tawhiti Rahi, since December 16, 1823.
On that day, or in the few days prior, a raiding party from Northland's Hikutu hapu landed at the island's only safe landing spot - choosing a time when the island's Ngatiwai iwi chief and men were off on their own raid.
The island fell, its inhabitants massacred, and was barely ever set foot on again.
That created what is known as a "Pompeii premise" - where an archaeological landscape is left intact.
Name of source: http://www.canada.com
SOURCE: http://www.canada.com (5-25-08)
- Gazette, Saturday, May 27, 1865
By early 1864, the U.S. Civil War was starting to swing decisively against the Confederacy. In desperation, a well-respected doctor from Kentucky, Luke Blackburn, hatched what he called "an infallible plan directed against the masses of Northern people solely to create death."
Nearly a century and a half before the term would be invented, Blackburn proposed to attack the North with a weapon of mass destruction.
In April of 1864, yellow fever broke out in Bermuda. Those infected faced fever, vomiting, hemorrhages, delirium, seizures, and coma. There was no known cure, and perhaps one-third would die.
Blackburn set off for Bermuda. He nursed the sick with great skill, compassion and, indeed, courage, refusing to accept any pay, but he had a hidden motive. Day after day, he collected his patients' clothing and bedding, caked with black vomit and other effluvia, and stored them in several trunks. And when the disease finally abated, Blackburn with his trunks left for Halifax.
Name of source: http://www.wgal.com
SOURCE: http://www.wgal.com (5-25-08)
Board members said they may consider selling land to the National Park Service because the club is facing foreclosure.
Current and former board members will be responsible for $30,000 in back taxes if the foreclosure goes through.
Name of source: The Age (Australia)
SOURCE: The Age (Australia) (5-25-08)
Of the 1,719 Australian diggers who died during the notorious Battle of Fromelles against some very well-prepared German forces in July 1916, the bodies of 170 were never found.
However, those diggers who have remained missing for more than nine decades have never been forgotten.
On Monday, a team of 15 archaeologists and scientists are due to begin a delicate excavation project to try and find their remains on the outskirts of the quiet rural town of Fromelles in northern France.
Name of source: http://www.news.com.au
SOURCE: http://www.news.com.au (5-25-08)
It could be any beachside hamlet on any part of the holiday coast overlooking the English Channel -- except it isn't. It's Normandy, scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
We were savouring a bowl of steaming mussels, surrounded by the chatter and clatter of a busy restaurant, when an elderly French couple paused by our table. "You are always welcome," the gentleman said solemnly, with a slight bow.
Unlike many of the diners, we weren't accompanying a World War II veteran on a Normandy pilgrimage. But he'd heard our accents -- was it the English or the American in our group he was referring to? Both? Or the Australians? We'd never learn, as he left as quietly as he came.
Yet he spoke for many, we learnt. He wanted us to know that despite political differences, the French haven't forgotten the sacrifice made by the Americans, English and Canadians in particular on these beaches in June 1944.
The carefully tended cemeteries, the international flags fluttering from window boxes, streets named after foreign heroes, and the museums, monuments and plaques are tangible proof of that.