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Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (8-31-08)
The wooden construction extended nearly two miles across Salisbury Plain more than 5,000 years ago, and would have served to shield the sacred site from the prying eyes of ordinary lower-class locals.
Trenches have been dug around the monument, tracing the course of the fence which meanders around the stone circle.
The dig's co-director Dr Josh Pollard, of Bristol University, said: "The construction must have taken a lot of manpower.
"The palisade is an open structure which would not have been defensive and was too high to be practical for controlling livestock.
"It certainly wasn’t for hunting herded animals and so, like everything else in this ceremonial landscape, we have to believe it must have had a religious significance.
"The most plausible explanation is that it was built at huge cost to the community to screen the environs of Stonehenge from view. Basically, we think it was to keep the lower classes from seeing what exactly their rulers and the priestly class were doing."
SOURCE: Telegraph (8-29-08)
At 15, Mrs Powers lied about her age and joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, before moving to the RAF as a barracks waitress.
It is thought she was the last female veteran from any country to have served in the war, following the death last year of American Charlotte Winters. The Ministry of Defence has been unable to produce records of her service as British First World War files were destroyed during the Blitz.
Born in Lewisham, London, on May 10, 1899, Mrs Powers spent her pre-war years travelling with her father, Frederick Stokes, who was a businessman. She and her elder brother, Cyril, with whom she enjoyed playing "boys' games", lived in Turkey and Australia as children before settling back in England.
Mary Spence, MBE, President of the British Cartographic Society, said the ubiquitous sat nav in cars means people now concentrate only on going from A to B without noticing where they are or how they got there.
As a result the whereabouts of the thousands of churches, ancient woodlands, stately homes and eccentric landmarks which make up the rich tapestry of the British landscape could disappear from public consciousness.
"It clearly shows that it's warm and is made up of cells, otherwise our cameras wouldn't indicate red, so it can be a sea snake or some other kind of sea animal," said a member of the film crew.
Efforts to find the monster are being stepped up amid international TV interest and by summer 2009, 30 cameras will be monitoring the lake's waters and islets.
Hunts for the Storsjoodjuret are controversial after Swedish authorities tried and failed to protect the creature as an endangered animal three years ago.
The monster was first mentioned in print in 1635 and 500 people have reported 200 sightings since then.
Lord Selborne, who as Minister of Economic Warfare headed up the service, argued against putting the clandestine force under the control of the Foreign Office, which wanted to merge it with the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
He argued that to do so would be "madness" and wrote that giving the Foreign Office control of the most secret of Britain's services would be like "putting an abbess in charge of a brothel".
The SOE was set up by Churchill and Baron Dalton in 1940. Operatives were engaged in a wide range of activities throughout World War Two, carrying out assassinations and bombings as well as being involved in espionage and backing resistance groups. They worked in numerous countries, mainly in Europe but also South East Asia.
Their achievements have been fictionalised in films such as Bridge on the River Kwai and Where Eagles Dare.
National Archive files show that Lord Selborne kept on arguing with Churchill to keep the SOE going after the end of the war.
They show that in May 1945, just two months before the election, he stressed it could be instrumental in containing the emerging Russian threat and dealing with what he described as the "smouldering volcanoes" of the Middle East.
Uncharacteristically, Churchill postponed the decision, writing "let someone else settle this" and "after the election" in his files.
However, he lost the election. Lord Selborne continued his campaign with Attlee, but the new Labour prime minister decided to shut it down.
"I couldn't make it out at first. It wasn't until the wind blew that you could really see (that) it is in a harness. There are goggles and it appears to be caught up in cables, so presumably it is an airman," said trekking guide David Collins.
The moss-covered remains, barely visible in the dense jungle foliage, were initially spotted by an Australian police officer who was on a trek led by Mr Collins.
He was using a telephoto lens to photograph exotic plants in the tree tops when he saw a jumble of cords and bits of parachute harness surrounded by creepers and palm leaves.
"We had a few police officers on the 19-man trek. One was taking photos with a large lens of the trees and flowers," said Mr Collins, a firefighter who works part-time as a trekking guide for Melbourne-based adventure company No Roads Expeditions. "He then discovered what looks like the remains of a body." Photographs taken by the trekking party show a dark object hanging about 45ft above the ground.
The trekkers marked the tree from which the object dangled so that it can be easily found again.
If confirmed as a human body it is likely to be the remains of an Australian, American or Japanese airman, left undisturbed in the forest for more than 60 years.
It was originally given to Moyra Smith, a member of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House, who preserved the topping in cling film and kept it in a metal tin.
The nine-inch square piece of icing and marzipan weighs 28 ounces, bears the royal coat-of-arms and is coloured in gold, silver, red and blue.
It was sold by Dominic Winter Book Auctions based in South Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, after Mrs Smith's husband Douglas brought in a number of royal items.
Auctioneer Nathan Winter said: "To my knowledge this is the highest price for any slice of the cake sold at auction."
Name of source: CNN
Now 103 years old, Minnesota's Capitol is the third in Minnesota's 150 years of statehood.
Really, really old.
Across the Mississippi River from present-day Minneapolis skyscrapers once stood an exhibition hall where Republicans nominated Benjamin Harrison for a second term as president in 1892. Harrison met defeat to Democrat Grover Cleveland, and the Industrial Exposition Building met the wrecking ball a half-century later.
Not so much as a plaque marks the convention site, occupied today by townhomes in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants and boutiques. That's typical of prominent points of national political interest in the Twin Cities, the backdrop for the September 1-4 GOP convention. History buffs need determination and imagination to unlock the past.
Antonio Bussi and Luciano Menendez were found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Sen. Guillermo Vargas Aignasse, who was last seen in public March 24, 1976, the day of a military coup.
The men, both in their 80s, showed no remorse during the trial, which took place in the interior city of San Miguel de Tucuman. They argued that they were simply defending Argentina from a guerrilla movement.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal,' " he said before a crowd of hundreds of thousands.
King's dream for a land where his children would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" would be repeated, meditated upon and memorized for generations to come.
On the 45th anniversary of King's rousing call, Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at INVESCO Field in Denver, Colorado. In what represents at least a partial actualization of King's dream, Obama will officially become the first African-American to lead a major party's ticket for president of the United States.
SOURCE: CNN (8-27-08)
The giant marble sarcophagus marking the location of four unknown U.S. service members from World War I to Vietnam has been battling the elements since it opened to the public in 1932. More than 70 years later, it is showing the scars, with cracks encircling it.
On its most famous inscription -- "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God" -- a crack cuts diagonally across the words.
Those scars are at the center of a debate: Should the memorial be fixed or replaced with a replica?
Name of source: http://nationalparkstraveler.com
SOURCE: http://nationalparkstraveler.com (8-30-08)
Growth of fees in national parks is not new, only disappointing. Do you remember this Traveler post from June 2007?
How much would you pay to hike a trail in Shenandoah, or Great Smoky Mountains or Sequoia? What do you think is a reasonable fee to take a dip at Cape Cod or Cape Hatteras national seashores?
As I pointed out earlier this month, more and more fees are being attached to things that long have been free in the parks. That swim in the Atlantic Ocean? At Cape Cod it will cost you a minimum of $3 if you walk onto a beach patrolled by a Park Service lifeguard, $15 if you drive onto the beach's parking lot.
Name of source: Michael Levy at the Britannica Blog
SOURCE: Michael Levy at the Britannica Blog (8-30-08)
Using various forecasting models with variables that included GDP growth, presidential approval, fiscal policy, the leading economic indicators (LEI), and primary results in New Hampshire as predictors of the two-party vote share, the various political scientists agreed that Obama was highly likely to win the presidency–with the exception of James Campbell, who blogs for Britannica; Campbell, whose prediction won’t be released until next week, since his model relies on the Gallup Labor Day polls (and it’s not Labor Day yet), believes it will be an extremely close election, with a slight advantage to John McCain.
The run-down of the predictions and models:
- Tom Holbrook (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Model focuses on personal economic conditions and presidential approval. Two-party share of the vote: Obama 55.5%. Obama has a 92% chance of winning.
- Chris Wlezien (Temple University): Model variables include leading economic indicators and polls. Two-party share of the vote: Obama 52.2% based on August polls. Obama has a 72% chance of winning.
- Brad Lockerbie (East Carolina University): model looks at consumer attitudes and behavior and polls. He notes that economic expectations are the second worst since polls have been able to answer this question (in 1980 voters were more pessimistic). Two-party share of the vote: Obama 58%. (He also predicted a 25-seat loss in the House for Republicans.)
- Helmut Norpoth (SUNY, Stony Brook): Using a New Hampshire primary model and an electoral cycle variable (taking account as to whether the incumbent party had held the presidency for two terms or longer), his talk was entitled “On the Razor’s Edge.” Two-party share of the vote: Obama in a nailbiter with 50.1%.
- Alfred Cuzan (University of West Florida): In a talk presented by Randy Jones, Cuzan’s model is based on fiscal policy–that is, that if the share of government spending of GDP increases the incumbent party is penalized by voters. Their model also uses economic growth and length of term of the president’s party. Two-party share of the vote: Obama 51.9%.
- Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa): Lewis-Beck’s model looks at economic growth, presidential popularity, jobs creation, and incumbency. His initial model predicts Obama to carry 56.58% of the two-party vote share. BUT, he notes that one cannot extrapolate beyond their data and that Obama’s candidacy, as the first African American candidate. So, attempting to tease out the race factor, he eventually concludes that 11.5% of voters would never vote for an African American candidate and that there will be a 6.51% penalty for Obama. Two-party share of the vote: Obama 50.07%. Calling this a potential Bermuda Triangle election, he notes that there could be an inversion between the popular and electoral vote a la 2000.
- Alan Abramowitz (Emory University): Boasting he has never been wrong in 20 years, Abramowitz’s model looks at GDP growth, presidential approval, and a “time for change” factor. Two-party share of the vote:Obama 54.3%
- James Campbell (University at Buffalo, SUNY): His model takes into account polls at Labor Day and the economy (GDP). As noted above, he can’t release his final prediction for a few days, but if McCain is at 46% of the two-party poll on Labor Day, he predicts McCain would get about 50% of the vote, meaning that it’s likely to be a close election, with a slight lead for McCain–thus making Campbell the odd political scientist out in Boston on the panel. Perhaps an enviable position to be in.
It was a really intriguing panel as the speakers went through their various methodologies, and voters will have the chance to prove these projections right—or wrong.
And, as James Campbell noted, predictions by political scientists are always wrong.
Of course, it doesn’t stop them from making them.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (8-30-08)
John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, and the election that had been presented as old vs. new suddenly feels like new vs. new:
Whichever ticket wins, America is now guaranteed "a historic first" in the White House.
On Inauguration Day 2009, the symbol finally will catch up to the statistical reality of this democracy.
White men historically have been the power demographic. The lawmakers, the power players, the default box in drop-down menus asking about sex and race.
That may be why, somewhere along the line, white men got the designation "majority," though in fact they really weren't. At the moment, they seem to be hovering at less than a third of the overall population.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (8-30-08)
Palin is breathtakingly unlike any other vice presidential pick in American history -- a gun-toting, mooseburger-eating former Miss Wasilla, an Alaska governor whose parents nearly missed her national unveiling because they were out hunting caribou.
The first woman to grace a Republican ticket stepped onto the stage with McCain in Dayton, Ohio, surrounded by her husband and four of their five children, including a baby born in April. The tableau of everyday mom-ness, however, may have masked the ambition and grit that have marked Palin's meteoric rise in Alaska.
Two years ago, she knocked off the sitting Republican governor in the primary and a former Democratic governor in the general. Her relations with Alaska officialdom have not always been sunny, resuscitating a nickname given when, as a high schooler, she led her basketball team to the state championship: "Sarah Barracuda."
By her own telling, Palin's political rise has been improbable.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-23-08)
Madelyn Lee Payne was born in October 1922 in the tiny town of Peru, Kan. Not long thereafter, Rolla Payne moved his young family to the nearby boomtown of Augusta, population about 5,000.
It was a place that Obama would describe in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," as one "where decency and endurance and the pioneer spirit were joined at the hip with conformity and suspicion and the potential for unblinking cruelty."
SOURCE: AP (8-29-08)
The University of Thessaloniki said in a statement Friday that the "astonishing" discovery was made during its excavations this week in the ruins of ancient Aigai. The city was the first capital of ancient Macedonia, where King Philip II — father of Alexander the Great — was assassinated.
Gold wreaths are rare and were buried with ancient nobles or royalty. But the find is also highly unusual as the artifacts appear to have been removed from a grave during ancient times and, for reasons that are unclear, reburied in the city's marketplace near the theater where Philip was stabbed to death.
SOURCE: AP (8-28-08)
Group spokeswoman Doretta Peppa said the worshippers would pray Sunday to Athena _ goddess of wisdom and patron of ancient Athens _ to protect the 2,500-year-old site. Peppa said followers of the old religion object to the removal last year of hundreds of sculptural masterpieces from a tiny museum on the Acropolis to a large new building under the citadel.
In a statement, her group, Ellinais, described the landmark glass and concrete structure as "an incredible architectural monstrosity that insults (Greece's) cultural heritage."
The $190 million building is where Greece hopes one day to display the Elgin Marbles beside the other Parthenon sculptures.
SOURCE: AP (8-29-08)
Jostein Gundersen said at least nine wooden boats, the largest being 17 meters (56 feet) long, were found well preserved nearly 400 years after they sank at Bjoervika, an Oslo inlet near the new national opera house.
"For us, this is a sensation," he told The Associated Press."There has never been a find of so many boats and in such good condition at one site in Norway."
SOURCE: AP (8-24-08)
Authorities in the city of Ravenna say everyone was moved who lived within 800 meters (2,600 feet) of the bomb that resurfaced during construction work more than sixty years after it was dropped by a British plane.
Army engineers defused the bomb Sunday and took it to a nearby military shooting range for detonation.
Name of source: http://www.theartnewspaper.com
SOURCE: http://www.theartnewspaper.com (8-28-08)
Speaking from Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, Dr al-Husseini told us that although there had been severe looting in Iraq in 2003, this had declined very considerably in 2004 and has diminished yet more since then. “Professional looting has ended, although just like anywhere in the world there may be some occasional digging by children,” he told us.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (8-29-08)
The vessel, which draws thousands of tourists to a kibbutz in Ginosar, was discovered by chance in 1986 when the sea level dropped dramatically because of a severe drought.
"This year it is actually worse. I have been here 54 years and I have never seen the water so low, the situation so bad," said Haim Binstock, an expert on the boat in the museum where it is kept. "I don't think the outside world realises just how dangerous the situation is, not just for Israel but for the whole region."
The waters of the Sea of Galilee are now at their lowest on record and, officials say, are set to fall even lower.
SOURCE: Independent (8-29-08)
Churches, cathedrals, stately homes, battlefields, ancient woodlands, rivers, eccentric landmarks and many more features which make up the tapestry of the British landscape are not being represented in online maps, which focus on merely providing driving directions, said Mary Spence, President of the British Cartographical Society.
As a result, such monuments could fade from public consciousness, she told a session on the Future of the Map at the annual conference in London of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.
"Corporate cartographers are demolishing thousands of years of history, not to mention Britain's geography, at a stroke, by not including them on maps," she said. "We're in danger of losing what makes maps unique; giving us a feel for a place."
SOURCE: Independent (8-28-08)
The routes, a network of tracks in eastern Australia linking rural properties with shearing sheds and saleyards, helped the young country to forge a national character. Developed from the 1830s onwards, and sometimes based on ancient Aboriginal trails, they are celebrated in the works of poets and writers such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.
Nowadays, relatively few drovers ply the routes, which feature roadside paddocks, often near a river or creek, where livestock can be rested and fed. But the paddocks are used by rural Australians for camping, fishing, swimming and picnic, and they are still used to supplement fodder in times of drought.
In New South Wales, stock routes cover about 600,000 hectares, or nearly one per cent of the state, down from 2.3 million hectares in 1975. Managed by rural land protection boards, only a few make a profit from droving fees. The state government is considering reclaiming them, allowing it to lease or sell off sections to landowners. Queensland is also reviewing the future of its 2.6 million hectare network.
SOURCE: Independent (8-28-08)
Several thousand people, mainly women, were executed for witchcraft between the 14th and 18th centuries in Switzerland, and elsewhere in Europe. Yet Goeldi's trial and beheading in the village of Mollis was in 1782, when witch trials had largely disappeared from the continent.
Goeldi, a maidservant for a prominent burgher, Johann Jakob Tschudi, was convicted of "spoiling" the family's daughter, causing her to spit pins and have convulsions. Yet Tschudi, a doctor and magistrate, was said to have had an affair with Goeldi; if that had come out, his reputation would have been seriously damaged.
The case was brought to light through a book by a local journalist, Walter Hauser. The move to exonerate came after a long debate in the eastern Swiss region, and was taken after talks with the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Last year, the canton's executive branch and the Protestant church council refused even to consider exoneration, but the Glarus parliament urged the executive branch to reconsider. In June, the Glarus executive branch asked parliament to ratify the exoneration.
SOURCE: Independent (8-27-08)
The coded diary, written between 1736 and 1756, has been decrypted by a Liverpool professor who worked on 1,000 hand-written pages for 10 years. It sheds a highly personal and human as well as religious light on the author of a number of famous hymns including "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".
The passages, previously hidden by a heavily abbreviated code, reveal that Charles strongly disapproved of John's marriage and disagreed with his brother over the question of a breach with the Church of England, into which both brothers had been ordained.
The diaries' code was cracked by the Rev Professor Kenneth Newport, Liverpool Hope University's pro vice-chancellor for research and academic development. By using transcribed gospels written in the same code by Wesley for his own use, and comparing the passages with those in the King James Bible using the code's symbols and abbreviations, Professor Newport was able to translate the diaries and shed light on the disputes, which have previously been skirted over in separate Wesley manuscripts.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-29-08)
A remote area of the Amazon river basin was once home to densely populated towns, Science journal reports.
The Upper Xingu, in west Brazil, was once thought to be virgin forest, but in fact shows traces of extensive human activity.
Researchers found evidence of a grid-like pattern of settlements connected by road networks and arranged around large central plazas.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (8-28-08)
As legend has it, the Kid, aka William Bonney, was shot by then-Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, but questions about his death persist with some claiming he lived to a ripe old age. They say Garrett shot the wrong man and covered it up.
In 2003, former Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan and former Deputy Steven Sederwall launched an investigation into the death to determine whether it really was the Kid who was shot by Garrett and buried at Fort Sumner.
Scot Stinnett, publisher of the De Baca County News, and Gale Cooper, a retired psychiatrist and amateur historian, say Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Virden has the duty under the Inspection of Public Records Act to obtain and produce records from that investigation, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story Thursday.
Name of source: Leonard Steinhorn at the HNN Blog, POTUS
SOURCE: Leonard Steinhorn at the HNN Blog, POTUS (8-29-08)
Yet here's what she said when running for governor of Alaska -- when she bashed congressional critics of the Bridge to Nowhere and came out firmly on behalf of that project.
This is from the Ketchikan Daily News, October 2, 2006: "'I'm hearing from a lot of Southeast residents who believe that maybe they haven't been given their due respect,' she said. 'Part of my agenda is making sure that Southeast is heard. That your projects are important. That we go to bat for Southeast when we're up against federal influences that aren't in the best interest of Southeast.' She cited the widespread negative attention focused on the Gravina Island crossing project [Bridge to Nowhere]. 'We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative,' Palin said."
And this from the Ketchikan Daily News, August 9, 2006: "Support from other Americans and Alaskans is needed also to move forward with the proposed bridge between Revillagigedo and Gravina islands, she said. 'People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they've been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area's potential for expansion and growth.... Palin said Alaska's congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a package deal and that she 'would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.'"
Was she really an opponent of the bridge, as she claimed? Or is she puffing up her resume and shading the truth?
Name of source: Library of Congress
SOURCE: Library of Congress (8-28-08)
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8-28-08)
"On Aug. 31, 1803, Capt. Meriwether Lewis launched a 50-foot 'keeled boat' from Fort Fayette, 100 yards downriver. This marked the beginning of the three-year expedition commissioned by President Jefferson, which opened America to westward expansion," the marker reads.
Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (8-29-08)
I am fully aware of the fact that the Democratic Party, by nominating someone of my faith, has taken on what many regard as a new and hazardous risk--new, at least since 1928. But I look at it this way: the Democratic Party has once again placed its confidence in the American people, and in their ability to render a free, fair judgment. And you have, at the same time, placed your confidence in me, and in my ability to render a free, fair judgment--to uphold the Constitution and my oath of office--and to reject any kind of religious pressure or obligation that might directly or indirectly interfere with my conduct of the Preside ncy in the national interest. My record of fourteen years supporting public education--supporting complete separation of church and state--and resisting pressure from any source on any issue should be clear by now to everyone.
I hope that no American, considering the really critical issues facing this country, will waste his franchise by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant. I want to stress, what some other political or religious leader may have said on this subject. It is not relevant what abuses may have existed in other countries or in other times. It is not relevant what pressures, if any, might conceivably be brought to bear on me. I am telling you now what you are entitled to know: that my decisions on any public policy will be my own--as an American, a Democrat and a free man.
SOURCE: HNN Staff (8-28-08)
Coincidentally, today the folks who run James Madison's home dispatched an email to the media about"Mr. Madison's Temple"--a real one.
According to the press release:
Mr. Madison’s Temple is the representative symbol of Montpelier, President James Madison’s lifelong home in Orange, Va. It is a fitting symbol for Madison — who was first elected president 200 years ago in 1808. The temple encompasses Madison's intelligence and love of the classics, his appreciation of natural beauty, and his understanding of the useful and practical ways of men. The temple is classic in form and beautiful in its setting, and yet beneath it lies an ice well — two stories deep.
Mr. Madison's Temple illustrates the different facets of James Madison's personality: the visionary who chose the civic architecture of the ancient republic of Rome to symbolize his dreams for the new American republic; and the practical man who served cool refreshments during the summer months — a luxury in the 1800s. The temple represents the aesthetic beautifying the functional.
Mr. Madison’s Temple was designed in 1802 by William Thornton, architect of the nation's Capitol.
According to Mike Allen's column in Politico.com, the Obama temple story began with a report on Drudge and then migrated to the McCain campaign and media outlets. It became big news on cable news stations throughout the day.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-29-08)
Help Wanted By George McGovern
Close Calls By Gary Hart
Maid Men By Frank Mankiewicz
A Safe Harbor By John Kerry
Prompter Wars By Geraldine Ferraro
Cold Comfort By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Speechless By Ted Sorensen
SOURCE: NYT (8-27-08)
“I need to get better,” he would say.
In the way Mr. Obama has trained himself for competition, he can sometimes seem as much athlete as politician. Even before he entered public life, he began honing not only his political skills, but also his mental and emotional ones. He developed a self-discipline so complete, friends and aides say, that he has established dominion over not only what he does but also how he feels. He does not easily exult, despair or anger: to do so would be an indulgence, a distraction from his goals. Instead, they say, he separates himself from the moment and assesses.
“He doesn’t inhale,” said David Axelrod, his chief strategist.
SOURCE: NYT (8-28-08)
"I was young, naïve enough to think I would see that in 5, 10 years," she said."Then you see leaders killed, you see police brutality, residential segregation in cities. About 10 years ago I thought: I won't see this. This is something for my grandchildren." She paused, her eyes now red-rimmed.
"What to say except, 'Oh, hallelujah!'" she said."We have a lot of work, a lot, but we are so much closer than I expected."
These veterans of the March on Washington are the living connective tissue to the America of 1963, when the police in some cities and towns still beat blacks with truncheons, and the story of their journey is as complicated as race itself.
At least five veterans of that march traveled to Denver this week as Democratic delegates, among them Representative John Lewis of Georgia, who is the last man alive of the 10 who spoke that day at the Lincoln Memorial. This son of sharecroppers, who was almost beaten to death by police officers in Selma, Alabama, when he marched with civil rights activists across a bridge, stood on a sun-splashed street in Denver and considered the distance traveled.
SOURCE: NYT (8-28-08)
The "New Frontier" speech by John F. Kennedy, as it came to be known, electrified the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 15, 1960, and it was widely regarded as successfully reassuring voters who were wary because he was 43 years old, Roman Catholic and hardly a legislative lion or foreign policy expert in the Senate.
Of all the echoes of Kennedy’s candidacy that have been noted this year, Senator Barack Obama’s plan for his speech here on Thursday night is one of the clearest. Mr. Obama, anointed by the Kennedy family as an heir to J.F.K., is also leaving the convention hall to deliver his speech — before more than 70,000 people at nearby Invesco Field — and to try to shepherd undecided Democrats and others to his camp.
SOURCE: NYT (8-27-08)
Clinton told the supporters she called "the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits" that "together, we made history," and moved many of them to tears. She turned her moment into a milestone for women's rights.
But when the first female also-ran at a convention merits such hoopla and hosannas, then it is harder for viewers to understand why the Democrats seem intent on soft-pedaling their presumptive nominee's arguably more remarkable breakthrough.
On Tuesday, Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas praised Obama's hardscrabble Kansas roots at some length and never mentioned that his father was African. Neither did the keynote speaker, former Governor Mark Warner of Virginia. Nor did Clinton. When Clinton declared her support for Obama she focused on their shared ideals, not the presumptive nominee's unique place in history. And that seemed to suit the Obama team just fine.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (8-28-08)
But almost a half-century later, it remains unclear whether the precedent that helped inspire the move — John F. Kennedy's"New Frontier" convention acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960 — was itself a success, or even a good idea.
Those who were there and those who have studied it disagree on details. Was Kennedy bothered by the setting sun? Distracted by hovering helicopters? Visibly exhausted? Even attendance estimates vary from 50,000 to 80,000....
As for what really happened at the Coliseum, you had to be there. But some who were are a little unclear, too.
News accounts say that Sen. Lyndon Johnson's 16-year-old daughter Lynda Bird was introduced to the crowd and gave a big wave. Today she recalls nothing about the speech — not even that it was outdoors."The memory," she says,"is an unfaithful messenger."
Name of source: http://www.westbranchtimes.com
SOURCE: http://www.westbranchtimes.com (8-28-08)
Lending credence to the 150-year-old tale is that the west half of the three-acre, fenced-in parcel of land has not a single headstone or marker anywhere on it. Cemetery caretakers seemed to have deliberately kept this section undisturbed.
“It’s the most unusual cemetery I’ve ever seen,” archeologist Steve De Vore said.
These clues got state and local historical agencies thinking this might be a legitimate place to scan for signs of underground, man-made disturbances.
And they’ve found some.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (8-27-08)
Few in the crowd of more than 200 knew much about Kennedy except that he had been shot to death at the site of the old Ambassador Hotel after winning California's Democratic presidential primary in 1968.
But many said they thought a park would be a fitting tribute to the late senator and a valuable resource to the crowded, multiethnic community.
"I'm too young to remember, but I thought the words said about him today were very touching," said Dore Burry, who works at the nearby Koreatown Youth and Community Center.
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (8-28-08)
Eufaula Frazier watched her Liberty City neighborhood burn after police were cleared of beating an unarmed black motorcyclist to death.
Neither thought they would ever see this day.
On Thursday, when Barack Obama officially becomes the first black presidential nominee, he will stand on the shoulders of these longtime Miamians and other African Americans who struggled and suffered for civil rights.
Much has been said about Obama's effect on young people, but it is the older folks who lay the biggest claim on his acceptance speech.
"I didn't know it would happen in my lifetime," said Marshall, who witnessed King's famous Washington address — 45 years ago Thursday — and founded Miami's parade in his honor. "Dr. King's dream is coming true."
Name of source: http://www.fairfaxtimes.com
SOURCE: http://www.fairfaxtimes.com (8-27-08)
Members of the Chantilly Battlefield Association, led by Chantilly resident Ed Wenzel, and other Civil War historians lobbied hard as development encroached on the battlefield little by little.
But their dream of an Ox Hill Battlefield Park will be realized with a ribbon-cutting on Sept. 1 that is expected to draw uniformed men representing both sides.
“This was a fight against all odds to preserve the battlefield,” said John McAnaw, president of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. “Civil War buffs consider this a big victory.”
President Abraham Lincoln had just made John Pope commander of the Union Army when it was defeated by the Confederates on the Rappahannock River, according to park historians.
Name of source: Times
SOURCE: Times (8-28-08)
He has set a deadline of New Year’s Eve to agree the 50 million pound purchase of Diana & Actaeon, with a second 50 million pounds asked for Diana & Callisto in four years’ time.
Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, already under pressure to help home-owners, drivers, poorer families and athletes, was being urged last night to find enough money for the paintings.
Name of source: http://www.statesman.com
SOURCE: http://www.statesman.com (8-27-08)
"From the beginning, Lyndon Baines Johnson was big," said his daughter Lucy Baines Johnson, who said his weight at birth was estimated to be about 10 pounds.
She continued: "The fact is whether you knew him or not, we are all Lyndon Baines Johnson's immediate family because we were all important to him."
Lucy Baines Johnson drew a connection between her father's legacy and the events playing out at the Democratic National Convention this week in Denver, with Barack Obama being nominated as the party's presidential candidate.
"Much will be made, as it should be, that he is fulfilling Martin Luther King's dream. But he is also fulfilling Lyndon Baines Johnson's dream, a dream of opportunity in a great society."
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (8-27-08)
The cemetery will be submerged under mud and water when the Alborz Dam,located in the Savadkuh region in Mazandaran Province, becomes operational.
Three graves have been discovered during the excavations at the site, which covers an area of a hectare, team director Mehdi Abedini told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
Abedini gave no details about their findings from the graves.
The team has previously conducted salvage excavations at the Iron Age cemetery in Lafurak village in Savadkuh in May 2005.
Twenty graves, three of them unique, were unearthed in Lafurak.
The three graves contained three skeletons with dolichocephalic (long-headed) skulls.
Experts had surmised that the three people belonged to a non-indigenous nation, since the inhabitants of Mazandaran at that time were a round-headed nation.
Since no other examples of skeletons with dolichocephalic skulls have been found in the region, it is believed that the ethnic group of the three people probably either left the Iranian plateau or emmigrated to other regions of Iran.
The archaeologists also excavated a 25-year-old man buried wearing a gold earring on his right ear and a silver one on his left ear in Lafurak.
The discovery was a big surprise for the archaeologists, since only bronze and iron earrings were found in previous excavations.
Bodies covered with a layer of special earthenware were discovered in the cemetery. Such a style of burial has never been discovered in any other Iron Age site in Iran.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (8-27-08)
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (8-27-08)
Scientists from the University of Oregon, North Carolina State University and the Australian National University have refuted the conclusion of Lee R. Berger and colleagues that Hobbit-like little people once lived there.
"Our evidence indicates the earliest inhabitants of Palau were of normal stature, and it counters the evidence that Berger, et al, presented in their paper indicating there was a reduced stature population in early Palau," said University of Oregon anthropologist Greg C. Nelson."Our research from whole bones and whole skeletons indicates that the earliest individuals in Palau were of normal stature but gracile. In other words, they were thin."
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (8-26-08)
“If I had beaten the old man you’d of never heard of the kid and you wouldn’t be in this mess. So it’s all my fault and I feel that very, very strongly.”
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (8-20-08)
Last week he was found, astonishingly still clutching his rifle and carrying every other item of equipment with which he lumbered into battle.
Battlefield historian Mat McLachlan said that made him very unusual indeed.
"This is an interesting discovery and a lot more important for us because he was dressed in full kit," he said.
"We actually find out a lot more about the Australians during the First World War by finding bodies such as this one."