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Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-21-08)
The SNP Administration at Holyrood confirmed today that it would consider a request for early release on the grounds of his deteriorating health.
Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, 56, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer following hospital tests last month, his lawyer revealed today. Tony Kelly added that the disease has spread to other parts of his client’s body, and said it would be “unwise” to predict his life expectancy.
Al-Megrahi is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 27 years after being convicted in 2001 of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. All 259 men, women and children on board died along with 11 residents in the Scottish Borders town, who were killed by falling wreckage.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-15-08)
The British wartime leader persuaded Juan March, a Spanish banker, to act as a secret agent, organising payments of millions of dollars to the generals. In return the generals persuaded Franco not to side with Hitler.
The plot was revealed by the historian Pere Ferrer in Juan March: The Most Mysterious Man in the World, after researching papers in British and US archives.
In the summer of 1940 Churchill was convinced that Spain would enter the war on the side of Hitler after receiving reports that Franco and the Germans were planning to invade Gibraltar. Ferrer has claimed that a British officer, Alan Hillgarth, came up with a plan to bribe the generals, believing that Franco's high command was corrupt and, because they were not paid much, would be open to bribery.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-18-08)
Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff, said yesterday that he believed the extent of the damage and carnage caused by the attacks deterred the IRA from further bombings. Speaking at The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival, Mr Powell said: “It’s true, 9/11 was important. Terror is competitive, or relative. If there’s someone else who is prepared to blow up themselves and an unlimited number of people, you can’t compete if you’re only prepared to blow up 20 people in the pub.”
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (10-13-08)
The students from Baltimore Freedom Academy, a citywide charter school focusing on social justice and activism, spent the past six weeks comparing textbook accounts of Columbus' travels and actions with primary sources about his life, such as journals and writings.
As the culmination of their project, between 65 and 75 teenagers held signs and passed out fliers near the Columbus statue on President Street near Eastern Avenue, offering 1,492 reasons not to celebrate Columbus.
"We just want everybody to know who the real Columbus was," said William Mathews, 16, of East Baltimore.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-21-08)
The IPN says new evidence indicated that Father Popieluszko, an unflinching and brazen critic of communist rule in Poland, may have been held at a Soviet military base near Kazun, 30 miles to the north of Warsaw, and murdered a number of days after his abduction.
Professor Jan Zaryn, a historian at the IPN, said that the order to kill the priest may well have come from a Kremlin worried by the growing anti-communist influence of Poland's Catholic Church and its Polish head, Pope John Paul II. By murdering the priest, Moscow may well have wanted to deliver a blunt message to the Church as a way of forcing it to stay out of politics.
The new evidence undermines the official version of events surrounding the death of Father Popieluszko, who had become a leading protagonist of the suppressed Solidarity movement and major thorn in the flesh of the country's socialist regime at the time of his death.
According to the conventional line, Father Popieluszko was abducted on the night of October 19, 1984 by three men from Poland's internal security service, the SB, and, operating under their own initiative, they beat him to death.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-20-08)
His matter-of-fact journal recorded details of each prisoner's age, weight, height and his calculations of how long the rope needed to be to generate the speed required to ensure a swift death.
Referring to one hanging, Allen suggested that, with hindsight, the rope had been too short.
He noted: "Very good job but should have had another two or three inches - very strong."
Allen was the chief executioner at 29 hangings and assisted at 53 others in London, Manchester and Leeds.
He always wore a black bow tie during executions as a sign of respect and for 15 years served as an assistant executioner, mostly to Albert Pierrepoint, who was recently the subject of a film starring Timothy Spall.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-19-08)
In one instance, an Alitalia flight coming into land at London's Heathrow Airport reported a near miss with a UFO, which the pilot described as "similar to a missile - light brown or fawn - about three metres in length but without any exhaust flame".
Captain Achille Zaghetti was so concerned about a collision he shouted "Look out! Look out!" to his co-pilot who then spotted the same object.
A corresponding image appeared on the Air Traffic Control radar and the MoD was brought in to investigate.
In the files released by the National Archive, the military admitted that the sighting in April 1991 could not be explained, having ruled out a British or American missile.
It concluded: "In the absence of any clear evidence which could be used to identify the object, it is our intention to treat this sighting like that of any other Unidentified Flying Object."
Two further near misses were reported in the summer of 1991 when one aircraft flying in to Gatwick airport reported a "wingless projectile" passing the left side of the plane and another flight leaving Gatwick spotted a "small lozenge-shaped object" speeding past the cockpit.
The newly released files also go into detail about two American Air Force pilots who were scrambled in 1957 and ordered to fire upon a UFO target flying above East Anglia.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-19-08)
Now, however, researchers have found equipment used to prepare hallucinogenic drugs for sniffing, and dated them back to prehistoric South American tribes.
Quetta Kaye, of University College London, and Scott Fitzpatrick, an archeologist from North Carolina State University, made the breakthrough on the Caribbean island of Carriacou.
They found ceramic bowls, as well as tubes for inhaling drug fumes or powders, which appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC and were then carried 400 miles to the islands.
While the use of such paraphernalia for inhaling drugs is well-known, the age of the bowls has thrown new light on how long humans have been taking drugs.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-18-08)
The term love sickness would now be considered to be unrequited or forbidden love or the distress of being broken-hearted.
Doctors prescribed remedies including potions, diets, mental exercises and listening to music.
In drastic cases, surgery known as bloodletting was performed to release blood and semen from the body.
However, doctors believed that the most successful remedy was simply to have sex.
Dr Lesel Dawson of the University of Bristol, who carried out the research, said that feelings of love sickness were particularly prevalent when people weren't allowed to express love which caused anger and frustration and then turned into a mental illness.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-18-08)
Such an agreement could have changed the course of 20th century history, preventing Hitler's pact with Stalin which gave him free rein to go to war with Germany's other neighbours.
The offer of a military force to help contain Hitler was made by a senior Soviet military delegation at a Kremlin meeting with senior British and French officers, two weeks before war broke out in 1939.
The new documents, copies of which have been seen by The Sunday Telegraph, show the vast numbers of infantry, artillery and airborne forces which Stalin's generals said could be dispatched, if Polish objections to the Red Army crossing its territory could first be overcome.
But the British and French side - briefed by their governments to talk, but not authorised to commit to binding deals - did not respond to the Soviet offer, made on August 15, 1939. Instead, Stalin turned to Germany, signing the notorious non-aggression treaty with Hitler barely a week later.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (10-20-08)
Now, an Israeli journalist conducting research near Berlin has stumbled upon what might be a massive dump full of the wreckage from the pogrom, which took place on the night of Nov. 9, 1938.
The find, first reported in this week's edition of SPIEGEL, was made by Yaron Svoray, 54, less then an hour's drive northeast of Berlin in the German state of Brandenburg. While conducting research on Carinhall, the country residence of Nazi honcho Hermann Göring, a local told him that objects from Jewish houses destroyed during the pogroms had been dumped nearby.
Upon further inspection, Svoray quickly found a number of artifacts that possibly corroborated the local's claim, including a green glass bottle with a Star of David imprinted on its bottom and part of an elaborate backrest that Svoray believes were to be found in synagogues of the time.
The dump where the objects were found is roughly the size of four football fields. An old map identifies the general area as having been in use since 1900 and indicates that the specific area in which Svoray found the relics was used as a location for unloading trash between 1935 and 1940.
"In all probability, what we're dealing with here are remains from Kristallnacht," Svoray said, referencing the so-called "Night of Broken Glass" pogrom of November 9, 1938, which saw Nazis launch a coordinated attack on synagogues and Jewish businesses across Germany.
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (10-21-08)
“What you have experienced in the bombardment of your city, we have also experienced… and (we) have suffered the consequences of weapons of mass destruction,” the Tehran mayor told Akiba.
Qalibaf said there are about 100,000 Iranians who are still suffering from the injuries they received from chemical weapons used by Saddam Hussein’s Baath regime during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
The Tehran mayor proposed that the citizens of Tehran and Hiroshima promptly sign an agreement condemning war and promoting world peace.
“What you have put on display about the memory of the victims of the U.S. (atomic) attack on Hiroshima is comprehensible for us more than everyone else because our people were also the victims of weapons of mass destruction.”
Qalibaf expressed hope that all the world’s nuclear weapons would be dismantled by the year 2020.
SOURCE: Tehran Times (10-21-08)
“Consequently, they had to cover all towers of the fortress with earth and left it in the hopes of coming back again but most likely they didn’t return to the site,” Mohammadreza Nemati added.
“Twelve excavations have been carried out on the body of the monument, but the team could not find any evidence to precisely determine the purpose of the structure,” he explained.
“The structure had been built to house 5000 people, while the pottery dishes discovered at the site are adequate for only 500 people,” he argued.
Name of source: Dr. Lawrence K. Altman in the NYT
SOURCE: Dr. Lawrence K. Altman in the NYT (10-19-08)
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-20-08)
The name of the famed labor leader and civil rights activist won handily when the city asked residents to come up with a new name for Industrial Boulevard, a dull strip lined with liquor stores and bail bond offices
"Cesar Chavez Avenue" beat such names as "Riverfront" and "Trinity Lakes," but Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said the survey wasn't binding.
Cesar Chavez Task Force leader Alberto Ruiz believes the city would have accepted the choice had it been someone other than Cesar Chavez.
"If the results would have come back for Stevie Ray Vaughan, it would have gone through," Ruiz said of the white Texas guitar legend, whose name was not on the survey.
Some question whether Chavez, who rallied fieldhands over low wages and exploitation, is relevant to Dallas history. Others say his name doesn't fit the marketing plan behind the surrounding $2 billion Trinity River sector revitalization.
SOURCE: AP (10-18-08)
The cocky Baltimore teenager spent nearly three months AWOL in the Philippines. There, he said, he played cat-and-mouse with shore patrol while fending off a murderous drug dealer, romancing the sister of a militia leader and robbing other servicemen to feed his heroin habit.
Eventually caught, Jones negotiated an honorable discharge but couldn't stay clean. An armed robbery spree in 1995 got him a 45-year sentence in the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.
While Jones, now 52, is locked away from society, his war story has been preserved for posterity. He is among the first incarcerated veterans to tell his military service tale to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
SOURCE: AP (10-18-08)
Think discipline, efficiency and secrecy. These are hallmarks of Obama's campaign, just as they have been for the last eight years in the leak-proof, tightly managed Bush administration.
If Obama becomes the nation's 44th president, however, the extraordinary history-making aspects of his ascension could for a time overshadow almost everything else.
The nation would have its first black leader, one of its youngest presidents ever and someone with a varied, even exotic, background. The book on the United States' checkered history of race relations would add a new chapter. And even if Obama's honeymoon was short-lived, the world would see America in a new light.
There are other ways, small and large, that an Obama White House promises to usher in newness.
Obama's two daughters, at ages 10 and 7, would be the youngest residents to roam the White House since 9-year-old Amy Carter tagged along with President Carter and his wife in 1977. Obama's poise at the podium would end an era of water-cooler jokes about presidential malapropisms.
On issues, Obama's approach on everything from Iraq to health care would look much different from the last eight years. He has pledged to preside over an unconventional style of politics and policy development virtually blind to party, an intriguing possibility even if hard to trust after years of divisive partisanship.
Circumstances often spring game-changing surprises on a new president. But how candidate Obama has managed his campaign, and what he's promised along the way, offer hints of how a President Obama would govern.
Obama, like Bush, demands an orderly shop.
Aides are expected to be both tightlipped and tight-knit. They get a "no drama" speech upon hire. And even if that rule is violated, histrionic disagreements over strategy, policy or personality are expected to stay behind closed doors, and they actually do. Most events come off like clockwork.
Obama's style as a candidate predicts a CEO-style president, one who delegates rather than micromanages.
It's the same model as for Bush, the nation's first MBA president. It derives in part from something the two men have in common: natural political gifts that set them on a path to the White House that took shortcuts around much government experience. That means policy experts are needed for heavy lifting.
The 47-year-old Obama hasn't finished his first term in the U.S. Senate, and before that had just eight years as a state lawmaker under his government belt.
Obama, like Bush, relies most on a small, hard-to-penetrate inner circle. It's been a successful formula, but can irk power players in his party and in Congress, who sometimes see Team Obama as too insular. This image was only fed by the decision to place Obama's campaign headquarters far from Washington in Chicago and the way his campaign used the Internet and grass-roots supporters, more than party bosses, to capitalize on the Obama phenomenon.
Obama's discipline is less about the importance of secrecy and more about making the organizational trains run on time, said Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer.
Bush and Obama stand for very different things, says Zelizer, but Obama "runs his campaign with the same sort of methodical efficiency and closed nature of the Bush White House."
SOURCE: AP (10-17-08)
That could mean crew members suffocated as they used up air, perhaps while waiting for the tide to turn and the current to help take them back to land.
The new evidence disputes the notion that the Hunley was damaged and took on water after ramming a spar with a charge of black powder into the Union blockade ship Housatonic.
Name of source: Randy Boswell at Canwest
SOURCE: Randy Boswell at Canwest (10-20-08)
But a new survey by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies suggests the long-held assumption may not be true, and relative ignorance about Canada's past may actually foster a certain patriotic bliss.
The telephone survey of 1,500 Canadians, conducted Oct. 5-8 by Léger Marketing, showed that 73 per cent of those with just elementary-level schooling strongly agreed with the statement: "I am proud of the history of Canada."
Nearly 60 per cent of those with only a high school education expressed strong agreement with the statement. But fewer than half the respondents with college or university credentials - ranging from 40 to 49 per cent - voiced such a strong sense of pride in our history.
The results are considered accurate to within 3.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
"Those who argue that people lack pride in the country and its history because they lack awareness of it might be startled to learn that those with less education - which can safely be equated with less knowledge - are most likely to express pride in the country's history," said Jack Jedwab, the association's executive director. "More awareness of Canada's history may reduce pride in the country rather than augment it."
Name of source: BBC
Lieutenant Commander Roberta O'Brien, who is in her early 30s, will command the LE Aisling, one of eight ships of the service's flotilla.
A native of County Tipperary, Lt Com O'Brien is currently serving at Irish naval headquarters at Haulbowline.
Her appointment comes four years after a woman was first given command of a ship in the Royal Navy.
Judge Baltasar Garzon last week began investigating what happened to thousands of people who vanished during and after the civil war.
But chief prosecutor Javier Zaragoza said a 1977 amnesty covered the crimes.
A ruling on the appeal could take two months, but the inquiry can continue in the meantime.
The 1977 amnesty law, passed two years after Gen Francisco Franco's death, was to help Spaniards put the country's divisions behind them.
The civil war was triggered by the military uprising of Gen Franco, whose supporters are said to have systematically eliminated left-wing opponents, even after the war was won in 1939.
It will be the first ever search in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) - which in spite of its name is the world's most heavily armed frontier.
The move was announced by South Korea's defence ministry.
It said more than 13,000 South Korean troops and about 2,000 US troops were believed to be buried in the zone.
The search of the DMZ - a 4km (2.5-mile) thick ribbon that stretches across the waist of the Korean peninsula - will go on until 25 November, the South Korean defence ministry was quoted as saying.
The image was later removed from the Yalla Kadima website, apparently on the orders of party leader Tzipi Livni.
The incident comes amid a row with the Vatican over Israeli claims that the late Pope Pius XII could have done more to prevent the Jewish holocaust.
Ms Livni is currently trying to form a government and become prime minister.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-19-08)
That the order has nearly been fulfilled is a feat.
Not long ago, Grozny (the name means "terrible" in Russian) offered a panorama of sagging husks of buildings and unmarked graves, scenes that eerily resembled the ruins left by the most destructive urban battles of World War II.
Grozny today is less a battlefield than the renovated seat of a new police state within Russia's borders, led by Ramzan Kadyrov, the republic's young and exceptionally violent president. And Kadyrov, a Chechen who has professed loyalty to the same Kremlin that many of his fellow Chechens fought for more than a decade, has decreed that by Dec. 31 his capital will bear no more of the marks of war that made Grozny worthy of its name.
As the makeover nears completion, and at a pace recalling the fear-driven public works of Stalin's time, Grozny's new look summons questions. The ruins are vanishing. How will the city remember the forces that destroyed it
The answer, in short, is very carefully. And partially. If the task of writing a war's history falls to the victors, then Kadyrov is busy with a selective first draft.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-20-08)
"I know quite a lot about the past," the ambassador, Zamir Kabulov, said in polished English with a broad smile during an interview in Kabul one morning last week. "But almost nothing about the future."
In fact, it is precisely because of a belief that the Soviet past may hold lessons for the American future that a talk with Kabulov is valued by many Western diplomats here. That is a perception that has drawn at least one NATO general to the Russian Embassy in Kabulov's years as ambassador, though the officer involved, not an American, showed no sign of having been influenced by what he heard, Kabulov said.
"They listen, but they do not hear," he said with another wry smile.
"Their attitude is, 'The past is the past,' and that they know more than I do." Perhaps, too, he said, "they think what I have to say is just part of a philosophy of revenge," a diplomatic turning of the tables by a government in Moscow that is embittered by the Soviet failure here and eager for the United States to suffer a similar fate.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-17-08)
The denunciation resulted in a 22-year jail sentence for the agent, Miroslav Dvoracek, including hard labor in a uranium mine.
In Kundera's first novel, "The Joke," a mordantly comic satire of Stalinist Czechoslovakia in the 1950s, the protagonist, Ludvik Jahn, a staunch communist, is expelled from the party and forced out of his university after being denounced by his comrade and friend Pavel. For the unlikely crime of possessing a sense of humor, Ludvik is sent to work in the mines as a laborer.
Few here have failed to notice the eerie parallels in a modern-day morality tale suffused with Kundera's favorite themes of denunciation and betrayal.
The accusation - published Monday in the Czech political weekly Respekt - has spurred a national soul-searching and threatens, however unfairly, to tarnish the reputation of a writer who has long sought to remain aloof from both his art and the country of his birth.
"Kundera has always tried to hide and to distance himself from the characters in his work, but now he has become a character out of one of his own books - and he is being manipulated by fate," said Petr Tresnak, one of the authors of the Respekt article.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-18-08)
The commanders, Cambodian Maj. Gen. Srey Doek and Thai Col. Chayan Huaysoongnern, conducted a joint inspection of their troops, ate lunch together and discussed how to prevent future flare-ups of violence in disputed territory near an 11th century temple.
Fighting between the two sides Wednesday killed two Cambodian soldiers and led to fears of war between the neighbors.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-19-08)
The official, the Rev. Peter Gumpel, a Jesuit priest who is directing beatification efforts, also told the ANSA news agency on Saturday that the pope would not visit Israel until a plaque criticizing Pius was removed from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
Pius, who was pope from 1939 until 1958, has been criticized as not speaking out enough against deportations during the Holocaust. On Sunday, Italian newspapers carried front-page interviews with a former leader of Italy’s Jewish community, Amos Luzzatto, who said beatifying him would “open up a wound that will be difficult to heal.”
Last year, a Vatican decree recognized Pius’s “heroic virtues,” a key step toward sainthood, but Benedict has not yet approved it. Earlier this month, Benedict said that Pius had worked “secretly and silently” to save Jews and that he hoped the beatification “can proceed happily.”
David Backus, an economist at New York University, recently wrote on the blog of the economist N. Gregory Mankiw that while presidents might contribute to long-term performance, the normal ups and downs of the business cycle had more of an effect on the economy in the short term.
"There's some debate about where business cycles come from, but the president's actions are rarely on the list," he wrote. Changes in incomes, jobs and home prices reflect this cyclical behavior, while other indicators, like personal savings as a percentage of disposable income, have shown a gradual decline over decades. If there is a president to praise — or blame — for longer-term trends, he is probably not in office now.
The ship carrying the last of those masts — four to be exact — was sold recently for a symbolic dollar to a group of cash-strapped enthusiasts who hope to save that 266-foot square-rigger, the Falls of Clyde.
Next month, the ship, built in Scotland in 1878, is to leave the slip it has occupied for 25 years near the landmark Aloha Tower and Honolulu’s cruise ship terminal. Its destination, and whether the group, the Friends of the Falls of Clyde, which is starting out with just $35,000, will find the millions needed to repair her, remains in doubt.
For centuries scholars from around the world have flocked to the Stiftsbibliothek — literally, the abbey library — in this quaint town nestled in the rolling hills of eastern Switzerland, to pore over its vast collection of manuscripts, many written and illustrated before the year 1000.
The collection includes material as varied as curses against book thieves, early love ballads, hearty drinking songs and a hand-drawn ground plan for a medieval monastery, drafted around A.D. 820, the only such document of its kind...
Today, as computer technology improves, scanning library collections has become commonplace. Google has embarked on an ambitious project to scan entire libraries into databases. Last month the executive arm of the European Union appropriated $175 million for a program, known as Europeana, to digitize European libraries.
The idea to scan the library’s manuscripts — above all, the 350 that date from before 1000 — was born as a reaction to the devastating floods that swept Dresden, Germany, and its artworks in 2002, said Ernst Tremp, an expert on medieval history who is the library director.
SOURCE: NYT (10-16-08)
“We were afraid to speak it,” she said. “We knew we would be punished.”
More than a half-century later, only about 200 Arapaho speakers are still alive, and tribal leaders at Wind River, Wyoming’s only Indian reservation, fear their language will not survive. As part of an intensifying effort to save that language, this tribe of 8,791, known as the Northern Arapaho, recently opened a new school where students will be taught in Arapaho. Elders and educators say they hope it will create a new generation of native speakers.
SOURCE: NYT (10-16-08)
With a Shakespearean flourish, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to apply its engineering and systems know-how to that question at a conference tomorrow that brings together Constitutional scholars and mathematics experts.
“Since its creation in 1787, the Electoral College has remained the most mysterious mechanism for electing a president of a country,’’ said Alexander S. Belenky, head of the Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals at M.I.T. “There is no consensus among mathematicians, systems scientists and political scientists studying the Electoral College on whether it can satisfactorily serve the United States in the 21st century, especially after two close elections in 2000 and 2004.”
The conference will look at whether the Electoral College should be retained, eliminated or modified. Arnold I. Barnett, a management science professor at M.I.T. and the conference’s chair, said that as Election Day draws near and “as people start working the numbers, then there might be much more hunger to think, ‘Can we really do something differently?”
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
Churchill sent the revealing letter before he went to fight on the Western Front during the First World War and asks his wife 'not to grieve too much'.
The politician, who later led Britain to victory as Prime Minister in World War II, displays his unshakable self confidence, resilience, spiritual and romantic side.
The handwritten note, meticulously scribed on two sides of note paper and dated July 17, 1915, is to go on public display at an exhibition to mark the Post Office's role in the war.
The large hairy creature resembling a human or bear is said to live in the regions of Nepal and Tibet. While the scientific community largely regards the creature as folklore, given the lack of evidence, reports of the yeti go back hundreds of years.
Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Nepal, made the discovery leading his Japanese team's third attempt at tracking down the half-man-half-ape.
He was warned to keep quiet about the incident, but eventually talked about it 31 years later, the newly-released Ministry of Defence files show.
On the night of May 20 1957, Dr Torres, then aged 25, was on standby at RAF Manston in Kent when he received an urgent order to scramble.
He was told to intercept a UFO with "very unusual flight patterns" over East Anglia that ground radar operators had been tracking for some time.
It was so cloudy he could not see anything, but the object showed up clearly on his radar as similar in size to a B-52 bomber.
He was then ordered to fire a full salvo of 24 rockets at the object - something that came as a sobering shock to him.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (10-17-08)
But now, after a four-year investigation, a panel of German historians has said that the true number of dead from the Allied air raids in January 1945 was between 18,000 and 25,000.
They reached the figure after combing through death certificates, hitherto sealed eyewitness reports, registration cards for people made homeless and hospital records.
It now emerges that the high number of deaths from 'Operation Thunderclap' was a myth invented by the Nazis, perpetuated by Communists and re-born in the past decade to serve the aims of ultra-nationalists.
The myth took form barely after the vapour trails of the bombers disappeared in the skies over the city.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (10-18-08)
And each time they flew, the odds of them surviving the night-fighters and flak grew longer and longer.
Yet the sacrifice and seemingly inexhaustible bravery of the young men of Bomber Command has gone almost unrecognised for 60 years.
Even Churchill snubbed them, though they faced some of the worst losses of any branch of the British military.
However, it emerged that the heroes of Bomber Command are at last to be recognised with their own memorial.
Campaigners have won the struggle to raise funds for a £2million memorial in Regent's Park to honour the 55,000 who lost their lives during the war.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (10-17-08)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 53, insists he is the legal heir to JFK's cash - and is suing the late President's estate for what he says is his fair share.
And he says he has kept his identity secret for 45 years since Kennedy's death because he was hoping his estate would "do the right thing" and pay him.
Lawyers for the estate dismissed it as a "frivolous lawsuit" which they would "vigorously defend against".
However Kennedy - also using the name John R. Burton - insisted he was the love child of America's most loved President and the screen goddess - although he could not provide any family photos.
"They were great parents," he insisted. "I couldn't ask for anything better."
Asked why he waited 45 years after the president's assassination to come forward, Kennedy, of Queens, New York, said: "You wait for people to do the right thing, and they don't.
"That's how you end up in my position." The Manhattan federal court filing insists "Plaintiff is a child of President Kennedy" and insists that he's been shut out of his "father's" fortune.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (10-20-08)
"I am, of course, not prophesying that far-right extremists grab power like they did on January 30, 1933," political scientist Christoph Butterwegge told German news agency dpa. "But it is striking how similar the cycles are."
The bankruptcy of financial institutions and plunging stock markets set off a global economic crisis that led to mass unemployment in Germany that the National Socialist German Workers Party took advantage of for its growth.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-20-08)
Standing on a hilltop at the centre of Athens, a city of 4 million people, the Acropolis' elaborately sculptured stones have fallen prey to a film of black crust from car exhaust fumes, industrial pollution, acid rain and fires.
A team of Greek engineers and restorers are using an innovative laser technology system to clean the surface of the ancient monuments, uncovering colours and ornamentation hidden for decades...
For years the team tested 40 different methods, including mechanical and chemical processes, to find the safest solutions to restore the white of the marbles without losing detail.
The winner was the brainchild of Crete's Foundation for Research and Technology, which created a system that uses two laser beams of infrared and ultraviolet rays simultaneously.
Name of source: San Jose Mercury News
SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News (10-17-08)
And with the help of a powerful backhoe, the crowd standing around a drab concrete guard shack on Hedding Street cheered and whooped as slabs of the small, boxy structure crashed to the ground and dust choked the air.
By midday, the guard shack built in 1972 for the trial of Black Panther activist Angela Davis was reduced to a mere memory.
Police Chief Rob Davis was glad.
"It's an eyesore and a traffic hazard," said Davis, who is not related to Angela Davis. "And I think we used to store junk in it during the '80s. It's one of those icons that we kept asking, 'Why isn't that gone already?' "
Name of source: Las Vegas Sun
SOURCE: Las Vegas Sun (10-18-08)
“This is dangerous politics,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian. He noted the country’s long history of political assassination and racial violence.
Shouts of “Kill him!” and “Terrorist!” have been heard at rallies held by Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to published reports.
It’s not clear whether the angry crowds were wishing death on Obama or William Ayers, a 1960s era radical and co-founder of an anti-Vietnam war group, The Weather Underground, that claimed responsibility for nonfatal bombings of the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (10-18-08)
Eva Durak, 31 years old, slipped into the queue of statues and assumed a glum pose appropriate to the Great Depression, while a friend snapped a picture. It wasn't hard for her to fake the misery. Business at the restaurant where Ms. Durak tends bar is off about 75%, she figures.
"We're almost there," she told her friend, glancing at the bread line. "People are very afraid. I am, too."
With financial markets in turmoil and the economy screeching to a halt, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., is taking on new meaning. These days, when visitors wander through the monument, reading FDR's words to a nation troubled by poverty and war, they see eerie parallels.
They take their places in the bronze bread line and pose for photos. "Get in line at the poor house," Marlene Torres-Vogel, 56, a tennis-club manager from Englewood, N.J., instructed her husband. "We're living the past now in the present."
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (10-16-08)
Millions of Egyptians crossed the desert surrounding Abydos from 664 B.C. to A.D. 395 to pay homage to the god of the dead, Osiris. Many of Egypt's earliest pharaohs were buried at the site.
Modern pressures in the form of new farms and buildings have taken their toll on the 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) wide area, sometimes called the Mecca of ancient Egypt.
The temples and tombs are also home to the earliest known Egyptian hieroglyphics.
But now, an international team of archaeologists are rallying to protect Abydos from future harm.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (10-10-08)
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-18-08)
In an interview with the Guardian, Stella Rimington calls al-Qaida's attack on the US "another terrorist incident" but not qualitatively different from any others.
"That's not how it struck me. I suppose I'd lived with terrorist events for a good part of my working life and this was as far as I was concerned another one," she says.
In common with Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, who retired as MI5's director general last year, Rimington, who left 12 years ago, has already made it clear she abhorred "war on terror" rhetoric and the government's abandoned plans to hold terrorism suspects for 42 days without charge.
Name of source: Daily Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph (UK) (10-17-08)
"The Holocaust is the biggest lie in history," one slogan read, signed by a neo-Nazi group calling itself 'Militia'.
Last month the same group defaced the walls of a historic cemetery, calling the speaker of Italy's Senate, Renato Schifani, a "Jew" for having paid a visit to Auschwitz.
The two politicians, city councillors from the People of Freedom Party of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, allegedly raised their arms in a Mussolini-style salute as colleagues passed a motion of solidarity with Rome's surviving Jews.
Their actions caused uproar in the council chamber, with colleagues yelling "Shame on you".
The controversy took place in the oddly named suburb of EUR (Esposizione universale romana), a monument to fascist architecture conceived under Mussolini's rule in the 1930s.
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (10-18-08)
Geraghty was in command of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit in Beirut at the time of the attack. He says the massive explosion — nearly 25 years ago to the day — blew out the windows of his office.
"I ran outside and couldn't see because of a dense fog of gray ash," he recalls. "As I staggered around to the rear of my headquarters, I thought we had taken a direct hit from a Scud missile. My logistics officer was right next to me, and as the fog started to lift, he said, 'My god, the BLT building is gone.'
Name of source: http://www.historynet.com (date uncertain)
SOURCE: http://www.historynet.com (date uncertain) (9-13-08)
Housed in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library are two memoirs about Jackson written by Clement Daniels Fishburne (1832-1907), a good friend from Lexington, Virginia. One is quite short, just twenty-one pages (MSS # 3569), and the other is eighty-three pages long (MSS # 2341). The shorter document has been overlooked, perhaps having been confused with the longer one. However, it is well worth looking at because of the many insights into this complex man, General “Stonewall” Jackson.