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Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (11-14-08)
The probe touched down on the moon at 8:34pm (1504 GMT), 25 minutes after it was ejected from an unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon, spokesman S. Satish said.
"During its descent from Chandrayaan-1 an onboard video camera transmitted lunar pictures to the ISRO command centre," Satish said in the southern Indian city of Bangalore where the national space agency is headquartered.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (11-14-08)
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King's nephew and head of the nonprofit King Center in Atlanta, said the estate is entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees - maybe even millions.
"Some of this is probably putting food on people's plates. We're not trying to stop anybody from legitimately supporting themselves," he said, "but we cannot allow our brand to be abused."
NASA and some private space business leaders spent a quarter million dollars rescuing the historic photos from early NASA lunar robotic probes and restoring them in an abandoned McDonald's.
The first refurbished image was released Thursday — a classic of the moon with Earth rising in the background.
SOURCE: AP (11-14-08)
After remaining ballots were counted Friday, Obama had a 3,325-vote lead over Republican John McCain in unofficial results for the 2nd Congressional District. Nebraska and Maine are the two states that divide their electoral votes by congressional districts.
Obama, who won the White House last week, has 365 electoral votes to McCain's 162. Missouri, with 11 electoral votes, is still too close to call. Election officials in that state have until Tuesday to finish counting. The last Democrat to win Nebraska was Lyndon B. Johnson, who carried the state in 1964.
A 1991 state law allows Nebraska to divide its five electoral votes. Two go to the statewide winner and one is awarded from each of the state's three congressional districts.
"It's exciting, like a little boy's dream," Paul Curfs, 47, said Thursday after the spectacular find was made public.
Archaeologists say the trove of 39 gold and 70 silver coins was minted in the middle of the first century B.C. as the future Roman ruler Julius Caesar led a campaign against Celtic tribes in the area.
Curfs said he was walking with his detector this spring and was about to go home when he suddenly got a strong signal on his earphones and uncovered the first coin.
"We believe it is vital the presidential and vice presidential documents belonging to the American people be preserved, including those related to key national security decisions in which the (office of the vice president) played an important role," the senators wrote in the Nov. 7 letter to White House lawyer Fred Fielding. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.
The letter was sent by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sen. John D. Rockefeller of West Virginia and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. They asked Fielding to detail steps being taken to preserve White House documents and hand them over to the National Archives and Records Administration.
A Syrian-Polish archaeological team recently discovered the church in the ancient city of Palmyra, said Walid al-Assaad, the head of the Palmyra Antiquities and Museums Department. He did not say specifically when the church was discovered or the exact date the church was built.
He said the church is the fourth and largest discovered so far in Palmyra — an ancient trade center that is now an archaeological treasure trove.
SOURCE: AP (11-12-08)
Few knew that the grounds in the center of Denver were once the final resting place for at least 4,200 of the city's earliest residents, according to historical records.
That past literally came up again last week when a construction crew building a parking garage at the nearby Denver Botanic Gardens unearthed two rows of caskets.
SOURCE: AP (11-12-08)
Yet little remains of the ancient capital, as seen during a trip here last month on one of the few permits issued by the Iraqi government since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 ousted Saddam Hussein. The site has the aura of a theme park touched by the ambition of Saddam and the opportunism of looters: Modern walkways run beside crumbling old walls, a reconstructed Greek theater and a palace built for Saddam atop an artificial hill.
Now, for the first time, global institutions led by the United Nations are thoroughly documenting the damage and how to fix it. A Unesco report due early next year will cite Saddam's construction but will focus, at the Iraqi government's request, on damage done by U.S. forces from April to September 2003 and by the Polish troops deployed there for more than a year after.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (11-13-08)
Ayers describes phone threats and hate e-mail he received during the campaign, and he bemoans Obama's guilt by association.
During the campaign, Ayers' friendship with Obama was a favorite subject of conservative bloggers and talk show hosts who insisted the two were closer than the candidate was admitting. Ayers' new description of the relationship seems to contradict Obama's statements.
Obama had dismissed Ayers as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood" and "somebody who worked on education issues in Chicago that I know."
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-14-08)
SOURCE: NYT (11-13-08)
Ataturk — a war-hero-turned-statesman who defended Turkey during the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire — is the subject of what is perhaps the world’s longest personality cult.
His portrait hangs in every tea shop, government office and classroom. Insulting his memory is a crime under Turkish law. And every Nov. 10, Turkey observes a moment of silence to commemorate his death in 1938.
But the ironclad official version might be softening. Last month a documentary on Ataturk was released that looks at his human side. That might not sound like much, but in a country where official history is kept under lock and key, the film, “Mustafa,” was a brave endeavor.
The film is by no means an effort to tear the leader down. It is a largely sympathetic portrayal. But the mere fact that its director, Can Dundar, was able to show Ataturk looking less like a bronze statue and more like a man with a bad drinking habit who sometimes got bored, says a lot about how far Turkey has come in the past 10 years.
SOURCE: NYT (11-12-08)
“If the doctrine of separation of powers and the independence of the presidency is to have any validity at all, it must be equally applicable to a president after his term of office has expired,” Truman wrote to the committee.
Congress backed down, establishing a precedent suggesting that former presidents wield lingering powers to keep matters from their administration secret. Now, as Congressional Democrats prepare to move forward with investigations of the Bush administration, they wonder whether that claim may be invoked again.
SOURCE: NYT (11-13-08)
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (11-13-08)
There's only one thing in short supply: ethnic Mongolians.
Fewer than 10 percent of the greater metropolitan area's 2.6 million inhabitants are ethnic Mongolian, and the ratio isn't much higher in the surrounding grasslands.
Over the last six decades, China has kept an open-door policy on migration to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region , and now only one out of five people in the region abutting Russia and Mongolia are ethnic Mongolian. Activists say the influx has overwhelmed them and imperiled their culture.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-14-08)
Dr Rowan Williams said it was vital that people saw the site where more than 1 million were killed during the Second World War in order to understand how the atrocity had come about.
He and Britain's Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, placed candles on the railway tracks that lead under a watchtower into the vast Birkenau camp. It was from there that hundreds of thousands of European Jews, Gypsies and political prisoners were bundled from cattle trucks and either murdered in gas chambers or used as slave labour for the Nazi war effort.
At a memorial next to the destroyed crematoria where victims' bodies were burned, the two religious leaders read prayers at a ceremony attended by almost 200 English schoolchildren and their local MPs, who had been taken on the one-day trip by the Holocaust Educational Trust which sends two pupils from every school as part of a Government-funded scheme.
Dr Williams described the visit to the concentration camp in western Poland, made with seven other faith leaders from the UK, as "shattering".
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-11-08)
The Church of Christ's Resurrection, in the central Russian village of Komarovo, was built in 1809 but in early October someone took it away brick by brick, Father Vitaly a spokesman for the local Russian Orthodox Church, claimed.
"We have sent a letter to local prosecutors," he said. "Who exactly did this, the investigation will show."
The church was in an isolated area only occasionally visited by clergymen, so the disappearance was not immediately noticed.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (11-14-08)
Legacy of the Bush agenda
Why Bush set the freedom agenda
[RICE] George W. Bush deserves credit for recognizing that the terms were now going to be set for the next big historical evolution. The president recognized that freedom was something that was not just desirable but essential for the United States; that it meant not just freedom from tyranny but also freedom from disease, from poverty. And that if you were going to have democratic leaders, they had to be able to deliver for their people. Thus the president supported the Millennium Challenge and the HIV/AIDS and malaria projects. (Bush announced the Millennium Challenge initiative in 2002. It emphasized good governance and accountability in the structuring of foreign aid and resulted in the formation of the Millennium Challenge Corp. in January 2004.)
And linking up the great compassion of the United States with our security interests. Making it about democracy, defense and development. We're at the beginning of that historical transformation, and yes, sometimes it's lonelier at the beginning than at the end.
It's really recognizing that this is about a single answer to what is the right form of government, and that's democracy. It takes different forms: There is Japanese democracy, and there's American democracy, and there are fragile democracies, and there are emerging democracies, and there are states that are trying to find some form of popular legitimacy....
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (11-14-08)
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 56, a former Libyan intelligence officer, was jailed in 2001 after a trial under Scottish law at a special court in the Netherlands. He has always proclaimed his innocence in the explosion on board Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, that killed 270 people, including 179 Americans. He lost an initial appeal in 2002 and a second appeal is to be heard next year. He is serving a 27-year sentence.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (11-13-08)
Human rights lawyers filed a complaint with Spain's High Court on Thursday alleging that former President Alfredo Cristiani Burkard of El Salvador and 14 former members of the military played a role in the deaths of the priests and two female employees, and in an official cover-up that followed. The international outrage provoked by the incident proved to be pivotal in sapping American support for U.S. military assistance to the Salvadoran Army.
"We hope this case helps to reawaken the memory and the conscience of El Salvador's people," said Almudena Bernabeu, a lawyer for the U.S.-based Center for Justice and Accountability, which filed the case along with the Spanish Association for Human Rights.
Name of source: http://www.newbernsj.com
SOURCE: http://www.newbernsj.com (11-13-08)
The camp was in what was once a small triangle of woods near the entrance to the MacDonald Downs development in Havelock. The camp was operated by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
It was started in the Great Depression to provide educational, recreational and job-training opportunities for young men ages 17 to 23.
Company number 5420-C at Camp Patterson was one of two black companies serving in the Croatan National Forest.
The members included Bradie Cole, called "Most Polite," John Henry Monk, called "Best Truck Driver," and James Holley, called "Camp 'Cry Baby.'"
They had a woodwork shop, a library and a barbershop quartet.
According to Olen Cole, author of "The African-American Experience in the Civilian Conservation Corps," each man was paid $25 a month, $20 of which was sent home to their families.
Name of source: 24dash.com
SOURCE: 24dash.com (11-13-08)
The civilian settlement in Cumbria is believed to date to the first century AD and includes the remains of timber buildings and cobbled streets.
The discovery was made by United Utilities engineers during excavations for a sewage pipeline near Penrith in October.
Archaeologists believe the settlement was attached to a fort and used to house soldiers' families and local market traders.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (11-11-08)
SOURCE: BBC (11-11-08)
Before coming here from their home in Somerset, James White and his younger brother Simon weren't sure when the Great War happened.
They didn't know what the Armistice was about - and they didn't understand why we wear poppies.
Now, their bright white trainers are caked in mud as they step gingerly through the trenches at a military museum near the Belgian city of Ypres.
"Ugh. It's disgusting," squeals James, 17, as the chocolate-brown soup seeps through the soles of his shoes.
"My feet are freezing. I don't know how those soldiers put up with it. I couldn't."
Robin, the boys' grandfather, laughs as he watches the teenage pair struggling in the mud.
Name of source: Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (11-14-08)
So it was a surprise last year when university researchers persuaded the National Security Agency to hand over a top-secret, 1,000-page account of its Cold War spying.
George Washington University plans to release the report today, giving historians a rare look inside the agency that gathers intelligence through eavesdropping. But one thing appears to be missing: Many of its biggest successes.
Not wanting to reveal too much, NSA blanked out sensitive chunks of the account that, according to intelligence experts, appear to chronicle espionage breakthroughs. What remains makes it appear that the world's largest ear has been a bit deaf.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (11-14-08)
Ian Kemish, Australia's ambassador to Germany, said Thursday, Nov. 14, that the move comes from "an impulse for reconciliation."
Apart from scant notes made over a century ago in the museum's archives and on the skulls themselves, little is know about the remains.
"We welcome the initiative for an appropriate return and contribution to a respectful reconciliation with Australia," Charite hospital chairman Karl Max Einhaeupl said in a statement.
The collection is among a dozen in Germany and many more in Europe. Australian diplomats have asked curators to repatriate Aboriginal remains.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (11-13-08)
"The question we were trying to answer is, given the spatter evidence in a vehicle, and knowing an individual was sitting at a particular location, is there something we could use to determine where the shot originated?" said Steve Schliebe, a blood spatter and trace evidence specialist with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, who was part of the special investigation.
While blood spatter analysis existed in the 1960s, modern innovations have greatly improved its accuracy and the amount of information that can be gleaned from drops of blood.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (11-14-08)
Now, Huntsberry, 80, has reached a $3.35 million deal with Civil War preservation groups to protect the land and with it, the little-known legacy of a decisive event in the war.
The sale will preserve 209 acres of woods and hayfields on one of Northern Virginia's most significant battle sites, where Yankee and Rebel forces waged brutal hand-to-hand combat for control of the Shenandoah Valley. Preservation groups will add the land to their holdings to create a 575-acre park with trails, interpretive signs and free public access.
"The historic significance of this site is huge in every way," said Elizabeth Paradis Stern, assistant director of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, describing the site as possibly the second-most important in Northern Virginia after Manassas National Battlefield Park. Her organization arranged the deal as part of a public-private partnership with the state and the Civil War Preservation Trust. A $1 million grant from the state will contribute to acquiring the land, and by May the two preservation groups will need to raise the remaining $2.35 million through grants and private donations.
Name of source: FoxNews.com
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (11-13-08)
Now he is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin tribesmen in northern Israel.
Although the spokesman for the lost tribe of Obama has yet to reveal the documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim, people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the "Beduin Obama," whose social standing has gone through the roof.
"We knew about it years ago but we were afraid to talk about it because we didn't want to influence the election," Abdul Rahman Sheikh Abdullah, a 53-year-old local council member, told The Times in the small Beduin village of Bir al-Maksour in the Israeli region of Galilee. "We wrote a letter to him explaining the family connection."
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (11-13-08)
That's put him in quite a bind. The longest-waiting heir in British history only ascends to the throne when his beloved mother dies or decides to step down.
Queen Elizabeth II was hosting a birthday party for her son Thursday at Buckingham Palace. The Philharmonia Orchestra, of which the prince is patron, is due to play for invited members of the extended royal family and assorted society figures. Charles' wife Camilla was throwing a more private bash on Saturday at the prince's rural estate, complete with a performance by sexagenarian rocker Rod Stewart.
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (11-11-08)
With a potential lame-duck session looming next week, here is a little background on the activities of senators who move to the Executive Branch.
* Only two sitting senators before Obama moved right from the Senate to the White House: Warren Harding and John Kennedy. In late 1920, President-elect Harding came back to the Senate briefly for a speech and meetings, but did not vote.
* No lame-duck session was held when Kennedy was president-elect.
* For Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the story is a little different. There wasn't much going on in the Senate when Vice Presidents-elect Gore, Dan Quayle, Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon B. Johnson were still in the Senate.
* However in 1948, Vice President-elect Alben Barkley was still a senator from Kentucky and participated in debates and voted....
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (11-13-08)
In Germany, Poland, Italy and other countries, statements about Obama's skin color by public figures have caused an international stir.
Who knows if these remarks would have received attention if Obama had not been elected? But he was, and they have.
"I'm not that surprised by such comments," says Jabari Asim, whose book, What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, and Our Future, is to be published in January. Asim says he keeps coming back to something he heard during the election: A political scientist at Stanford University said there are a lot fewer bigots in America than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there are only a few bigots.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (11-12-08)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (11-12-08)
Visitors will once more be able to visit the Colosseum and the Forum of Rome as they were in A.D. 320, this time on a computer screen in 3D.
The rendering of the ancient city in Google Earth lets viewers stand in the center of the Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus and fly under the Arch of Constantine.
The computer model, a collection of more than 6,700 buildings, depicts Rome in the year A.D. 320. Then, under the emperor Constantine I, the city boasted more than a million inhabitants, making it the largest metropolis in the world. It was not until Victorian London that another city surpassed it.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (11-13-08)
He rallied his men, who had suffered heavy casualties, and led the next assault, only to be pushed back again. Despite a severe chest wound, he refused medical attention and led another charge. He alone eliminated the remaining enemy emplacement, though he had been hit again by a grenade. His wounds led to his death June 2, 1951.
The next year, Charlton was awarded the Medal of Honor, reserved for the "bravest of the brave," and he was supposed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. But it didn't happen.
SOURCE: WaPo (11-12-08)
But when Barbara Lilly, 62, a former American Red Cross worker in Vietnam, hugged Army Sgt. Danielle Modglin, 26, who was standing on crutches from an injury she had received this summer in Iraq, her brief greeting seemed especially eloquent.
"I'm a Vietnam vet. Thank you for your service, and welcome home," said Lilly, who had traveled from Denver. Modglin, who is from Pennsylvania, blushed and fought back tears. "I'm just so honored to be here," the young soldier said.
Both women were among several thousand people who gathered at the Wall to pay homage to the country's veterans, both living and dead, from historic wars to present-day conflicts.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (11-13-08)
Now Barack Obama is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin tribesmen in northern Israel.
Although the spokesman for the lost tribe of Obama has yet to reveal the documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim, people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the “Bedu Obama”, whose social standing has gone through the roof.
“We knew about it years ago but we were afraid to talk about it because we didn’t want to influence the election,” Abdul Rahman Sheikh Abdullah, a 53-year-old local council member, told The Times in the small Beduin village of Bir al-Maksour in the Israeli region of Galilee. “We wrote a letter to him explaining the family connection.”
Mr Obama’s team have not responded to the letter so far but that has not dampened Sheikh Abdullah’s festivities.
Name of source: Jordan Times
SOURCE: Jordan Times (11-13-08)
Community leaders in the town have been threatening to step up a protest they started after the archaeologist who discovered what is said to be the oldest cave church in the world was removed from his post as director of the former Rihab Archaeological and Research Centre, which is now called the Rihab Archaeological Project.
The discovery, albeit controversial, attracted world attention after it was first reported by The Jordan Times in June, with international media outlets sending teams to examine the site.
The cave church lies under a 3rd century church and is said to have been a hidden worshipping place for early Christians who fled persecution at the hands of Romans.
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (11-13-08)
“The big jars are like individual tombs. The smaller jars are left empty, but symbolically represent that a soul is stored in them,” Ali Badawi, the archaeologist in charge in Tire, told Reuters Wednesday.
Badawi and a Spanish team from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona have been excavating at the Phoenician site for years. The site was first discovered in 1997 but archaeologists have only been able to dig up 50 square meters per year.
“These discoveries help researchers who work on past Phoenician colonies in Spain, Italy and Tunisia, to pin down a large number of their habits and traditions,” said Maria Eugenia Aubet, who leads the Spanish team.
“Especially since there are few studies of the Phoenicians in their motherland 'Lebanon',” Aubet said, adding that the remains proved that the Phoenicians were a people who had a vision for life after death.
Name of source: ThinkProgress (liberal website)
SOURCE: ThinkProgress (liberal website) (11-20-08)
Politicker reports Campbell also stated that Powell “wishes to see someone who looks like himself in the White House.” Similarly, Rush Limbaugh is now saying that Powell endorsed Obama only because they are both African-American, and a prominent Maine GOP activist claimed, “If Obama was a white man, Powell would not have made the endorsement.”
Name of source: http://politicalticker
SOURCE: http://politicalticker (11-12-08)
"I regret putting it that way," he told WGAC radio in Augusta, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that."
In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this week, Broun admitted to calling the future commander-in-chief a 'Marxist' at a recent Rotary club meeting, and said Obama has expressed support for policies similar to those of Hitler.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Broun told the AP. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may– may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."
Name of source: KOMO
SOURCE: KOMO (11-11-08)
The 37 pages helped the mother of Jonathan Santos walk through her son's final days and ultimately led her to an unexpected discovery.
"My brother went off to Vietnam," said Doris Santos, "but he came home. So (I thought) Jonathan would come home. I thought he'd come home."
But he never did. On Oct. 15, 2004, an improvised explosive device took his life. And just like those before him, he became another statistic, or so his mother thought.
In the days that followed, a large trunk arrived on Doris' doorstep. It contained all of her son's personal belongings. Inside were his beret, his lucky Shrek doll and several videotapes he'd shot in Iraq.
But something unexpected caught Doris' eye -- a little green book.
"I told my family, 'look at what I found. He kept a journal,'" she said.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (11-12-08)
Sources in Guyana said the Jonestown camp began obtaining shipments of cyanide -- about a quarter to a half-pound of the deadly poison each month -- as early as 1976, well before most of Jones' followers made the move there.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien tells the story of the last hours of Jonestown -- and the few who did survive out of desperation and daring -- as CNN Presents "Escape from Jonestown."
Name of source: Bloomberg News
SOURCE: Bloomberg News (11-11-08)
The pyramid was discovered about two months ago on a site that has been under excavation for 20 years, said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Little remains except the base of the structure, which is believed to be about 4,300 years old and probably belonged to Queen Sesheshet, he told reporters at the site today.
``It's common for us to find a tomb or a statue, but to find a pyramid, that is rare,'' Hawass told reporters. ``There are probably many more discoveries to be made around this site.''
Name of source: http://www.myfoxphilly.com
SOURCE: http://www.myfoxphilly.com (11-11-08)
The debate is raging over the value of what's buried beneath the site of the half-billion-dollar Sugarhouse Casino project.
Sugarhouse officials said they've been cooperating with archeologists for over a year now but the latest dig is not much more than another hole in the ground.
However, local historians are more than excited. They believe the stone foundation in Fishtown dates back to days of young Ben Franklin, Fox 29's Joyce Evans reported.
"A 204-year-old survey guided today's archeology and was right within a foot, and you can measure it off," said local builder and historian Torben Jenk, who calls the project site an archeological dream. "It's a really big deal."
Name of source: Editor & Publisher
SOURCE: Editor & Publisher (11-12-08)
Away from the spotlight, many local newspapers around the country have covered recent incidents of racially-motivated reactions to last week’s election, from flags hung upside down to the dangling of nooses and cross-burnings. As we noted last week, a couple in northern New Jersey who had an Obama sign on their front lawn woke up to find the charred remains of a cross out there. Local residents today announced a "unity march" to protest the still-unsolved incident.
Now come these fresh reports.
The Associated Press revealed today, "Police on eastern Long Island are investigating reports that more than a dozen cars were spray painted with racist graffiti, reportedly including a message targeting President-elect Barack Obama. The graffiti included racist slurs and sexually graphic references. At least one resident in the quiet Mastic neighborhood told Newsday her son's car was scribbled with a message threatening to kill Obama."
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (11-6-08)
Former SS Stormtrooper Rudi Franzel and Betty Young initially kept their friendship a secret after meeting at Upperkeith Farm, in Humbie, East Lothian.
But the relationship between the PoW and the local farm girl blossomed and this week they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
They met a few years after the end of the Second World War, when Rudi had been billeted to pick potatoes at a farm close to the Gosford PoW camp near Aberlady.
Betty, now 81, had been sent to the farm by her mother to collect vegetables and Rudi helped her carry the heavy basket.
Name of source: Gannett News Service
SOURCE: Gannett News Service (11-7-08)
The always-guarded tomb to the nation’s war dead is a potent symbol of sacrifice and patriotism and the above-ground monument, which has cracks running 48 feet around it, is the most visible part of it.
Name of source: http://www.armytimes.com
SOURCE: http://www.armytimes.com (11-11-08)
“When he came back, he wouldn’t talk about it. He said he had lost too many friends,” she said.
All the Wabasha woman knew was that her brother, Arden Gullickson, was drafted and served in the Army on Iwo Jima during World War II. Then came an unexpected discovery made just in time for this year’s Veterans Day — a forgotten letter.
“I am writing this letter in a foxhole, and it won’t be very nice, as the wind is blowing and it’s dusty,” he wrote. “I haven’t had much sleep the last week or washed, but I am going to get tonight off to sleep.”
The letter is addressed to his parents and written April 1945 from “somewhere in the Pacific.”
“I never knew this letter existed,” his sister said.
SOURCE: http://www.armytimes.com (11-12-08)
Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally sent the 82-year-old Elliot his citation in the mail.
“Back in April of this year, my parents received a letter from the VA,” said Brenda Pearcy, Elliott’s daughter.
The letter stated the VA had researched World War II servicemen’s records and found out that in some units, like the 69th Infantry Division in which Elliott served, only a few soldiers who earned a Bronze Star actually received one.
“I was one of those placed on the waiting list for the award,” Elliott said. “I was surprised to get it but at the same time, I was a little angry, too, because I knew that a lot of other men who deserved the Bronze Star have already passed away.
“And I knew there were a lot more men who deserved it more than I did,” Elliott said.