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Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-19-09)
Executives from Blackwater, which has generated controversy because of its aggressive tactics in Iraq, helped the spy agency with planning, training and surveillance. The C.I.A. spent several million dollars on the program, which did not successfully capture or kill any terrorist suspects.
The fact that the C.I.A. used an outside company for the program was a major reason that Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A.’s director, became alarmed and called an emergency meeting in June to tell Congress that the agency had withheld details of the program for seven years, the officials said...
SOURCE: NYT (8-19-09)
The nation’s dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos, had fled as masses of people faced down his tanks, and democracy was restored after 20 years of repressive rule. Mrs. Aquino, the opposition leader who became president, ushered in wide-ranging political reforms.
But the weeks since Mrs. Aquino’s death at the age of 76 have been a period of self-examination and self-doubt among many Filipinos, as they consider how little has really changed since then.
“The legacy is the mess we are in,” said F. Sionil Jose, 84, the nation’s most prominent novelist, pointing to continuing poverty, inequality and political disarray as evidence that the nation failed to capitalize on its moment of possibility.
“We have a word for it — sayang — ‘what a waste,’ ” he said...
SOURCE: NYT (8-18-09)
That adds to the prevailing notion that many of the ingredients for the origin of life showered down on the early Earth when asteroids (interplanetary rocks orbiting the inner solar system) and comets (dirty ice balls that generally congregate in the outer solar system beyond Neptune) made impact with the planet.
In the new research, scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., detected the amino acid glycine in comet bits brought back in 2006 by the NASA space probe Stardust.
“It tells us more about the inventory of organics in the early solar system,” said Jamie Elsila, an astrochemist at Goddard who led the research...
SOURCE: NYT (8-18-09)
...Federal agents say a major lesson of the Sept. 11 attacks is that all credible reports of possible terrorist activity must be checked. And they say it is more efficient for one squad with specially trained investigators to assess these tips, allowing other agents to stay focused on longer-term terrorist inquiries.
The squad’s work here has yielded important results, officials say. In March 2008, Seyed Maghloubi, an Iranian-born American citizen, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for plotting to illegally export 100,000 Uzi submachine guns to Iran, via Dubai.
His arrest stemmed from a tip from a police informant whom Mr. Maghloubi contacted about buying the weapons. The threat squad picked up the tip and developed information that led to a federal sting operation against Mr. Maghloubi.
Responsible for overseeing seven counties and 19 million people in Southern California, the threat squad was created in May 2004 after threats to shopping malls on the West Side of Los Angeles diverted about 100 agents from other counterterrorism inquiries...
SOURCE: NYT (8-17-09)
A magistrate in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Mr. Chiluba, a former trade unionist who governed Zambia for a decade, but it convicted two businessmen, Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu, of theft. Mr. Chiluba’s wife, Regina, was convicted on corruption charges this year and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Mr. Chiluba celebrated his acquittal, declaring at a news conference at his home, “For eight long years, the devil has tried to put the stigma of a thief on me, but God has dealt with the devil.”
Even as the former president held forth at his home, prosecutors conferred about the grounds on which they would appeal the ruling to Zambia’s High Court. Maxwell Nkole, who leads Zambia’s anticorruption task force, said that he was disappointed about Mr. Chiluba’s acquittal, but that he took some solace in the convictions of the other two men...
Name of source: ABC
SOURCE: ABC (8-19-09)
Ronan was a hero of that battle in the War of 1812, and now, a Chicago historian wants recognition for that forgotten man.
In this age of political correctness, the Fort Dearborn Massacre is now referred to as the Battle of Fort Dearborn. And at 18th and Prairie along the lakefront, a new historical marker tells the story of how 91 people - soldiers, men, women and children - who were fleeing Fort Dearborn were attacked by 500 Potawatomi Indians. More than half the Americans were killed.
Chicago historian Victorio Giustino has studied the event for years.
"Ensign George Ronan, a West Point graduate of 1811, was killed here in 1812 according to West Point records. He's the first West Pointer killed in action," said Giustino.
And survivors of the battle said Ronan died a hero. He was fatally wounded but fought on trying to protect the others. Giustino said he thinks he should be remembered.
Name of source: BBC
The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac.
The find was made at a site which was first excavated in Victorian times where thousands of Jurassic fossils with preserved soft tissues were found.
SOURCE: BBC (8-20-09)
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill revealed that the Libyan, who has terminal prostate cancer, would be allowed to return to his homeland.
The US government said it"deeply regretted" the Scottish Government's decision to release Megrahi.
SOURCE: BBC (8-19-09)
The decision paved the way for the fall of the Berlin Wall three months later.
The open Hungarian border with Austria allowed hundreds of people to leave communist Eastern Europe.
The event was called the "Pan-European Picnic". Mrs Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, thanked Hungarians for their "courage and foresight".
SOURCE: BBC (8-19-09)
Megrahi, dying from terminal prostate cancer aged 57, dropped his second appeal against conviction on Tuesday.
Some 189 Americans were among the 270 people killed in the airliner bombing.
The MyGlengarry.com Conservation Trust has "built" two versions of the castle, near Fort Augustus, on Second Life.
Virtual tours of the building in its ruinous state today and how it was in 1740 have been offered.
A computer expert who writes codes for Second Life was brought in by MyGlengarry to recreate the castle.
The organisers want to refurbish the memorial, built in 1914, in time for the 2012 centenary of the sinking of the ship on its maiden voyage.
The Grade II-listed Phillips Memorial Cloister is the largest of any built to remember a single Titanic victim.
They are experimenting with a sustainable way of growing food crops that their ancestors used.
It could provide them with better protection against the extremes of climate change, reduce deforestation, improve food security and even promise a better diet.
Mr Kim, who was being treated for pneumonia, was reported to have died after suffering heart failure.
The former leader had spent his life pursuing democracy and reunification with the North.
He survived several attempts on his life and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his "Sunshine" policy efforts to improve ties with Pyongyang.
The ancient carvings were discovered by rock art enthusiast George Currie at Ben Lawers, near Loch Tay.
Mr Currie discovered a piece of rock which has more than 90 cup marks, which are circular depressions in the stone.
Some of the cups have rings around them and a number of linear grooves can also be seen, with some still showing the individual blows of craftsmens' tools.
Similar discoveries have been made in the area, but it is unusual to find so many markings on the one stone.
The purpose of the artworks are still unknown.
The plaques, which also list civilians killed in the Blitz, were taken from a memorial in Broomfield Park, Enfield.
It comes after the 204th British serviceman died in Afghanistan. Some 179 UK troops have now died in Iraq.
The 500lb explosive was found on farmland at Ebberston, off the A170, during the RAF-licensed project to excavate and restore a wartime plane.
An army bomb disposal unit attended and a 500m (1,640ft) cordon was set up.
The villages of Ebberston and Allerston will be evacuated while the bomb is detonated in a controlled explosion at 1500 BST on Tuesday.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-20-09)
The night time attack saw the bronze hands of the £250,000 statue daubed in red paint.
The initials RH were also daubed on the statue, perhaps a reference to Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, who flew to Britain at the height of the Second World War to allegedly try and make peace.
Instead, Churchill had him thrown in prison in 1941, and the war continued for a further four years.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-20-09)
The university's anthropology department is under pressure to return the remains of the Japanese soldiers and civilians, which were reportedly taken by a US navy doctor from the island of Saipan in 1945, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. The bones are now being stored in an underground vault at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
Legal experts say that by failing to repatriate the remains and using them for research, the United States is violating the Geneva Conventions for the protection of war victims, which prohibits the pillaging of human remains.
Mary Celeste: A brigantine merchant ship discovered in early December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean unmanned and apparently abandoned, in spite of the good weather. The ship had only been at sea a month and had six months of food and water on board. Cargo was virtually untouched and personal belongings were still in place. It is often described as the archetypal ghost ship. Made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Marie Celeste"
HMS Sappho: A royal Navy brig that went missing off the Australian coast in 1857-8. It was part of a British squadron patrolling the coast of West Africa to suppress the slave trade. Following a diplomatic incident with an American ship, it was sent to Australia. It sailed under Commander Moresby, but failed to arrive. Late in 1858 rumours began spreading in England it had been wrecked on an island off the coast of Australia, that some had been rescued and Captain Moresby had gone insane. Naval authorities believe it most likely hit the rocks and islets in Bass Strait or she capsized during severe gales.
He took aim at Germany, which has been putting pressure on Liechtenstein to reform confidential banking practices that allow German depositors to evade taxes.
Germany's Jewish community - which last year condemned Hans-Adam II's description of modern Germany as a "Fourth Reich" - attacked his latest comments as another insensitive twisting of history.
The influential Right-wing pundit, who served as co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and had been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for decades, became himself a central figure in one of the biggest and messiest stories in Washington in recent years.
In July 2003, Novak was the first to publish the name of Ms Plame, whose diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, had made public assertions that the Bush administration had distorted intelligence about Iraqi weapons. Novak suggested that she had pushed her husband to travel to Niger, after which he concluded that US claims about Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme were overblown.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-19-09)
The 15-inch-long prints belonged to a carnivore from the Triassic period that would have been the biggest predator on the planet at the time.
A team of palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum in Basel found the prints at 3,300 metres on a mountain in Ela Nature Reserve, Switzerland's largest park.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-17-09)
L'Osservatore Romano said the British and American governments ignored, downplayed or even suppressed intelligence reports about the Nazis' extermination plans.
They could have bombed Nazi concentration camps and the railways that supplied them but instead chose not to, the newspaper claimed.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-14-09)
Toben who is wanted in Germany on charges of denying the Holocaust was found guilty in May of 24 counts of contempt of a 2002 court ruling that barred him from publishing anti-Semitic material on the website of his organisation, the Adelaide Institute.
The material found to be in breach of the order included suggestions that the Holocaust did not happen, that questioned whether there were gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp, and that challenged the intelligence of Jews who questioned Holocaust deniers' beliefs.
In their verdict, the judges of the Federal Court said the case was not about the Holocaust but about whether Toben had complied with orders of the court.
Name of source: Foxnews
SOURCE: Foxnews (8-20-09)
Joe Biden knows who wears the pants in the White House — and apparently it isn't him.
Biden, known for his often embarrassing off-the-cuff remarks, was at the $1,000-a-plate event to rally support for Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson — who didn't hold back with his own quips at Biden's expense while poking fun at Bush and Cheney, according to a pool report on the event.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-20-09)
Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, 57, sick with advanced prostate cancer, was released on compassionate grounds and sent home to Libya to die, Scottish authorities said. Megrahi, who prosecutors said was a Libyan intelligence agent, was convicted in 2001 of placing a bomb on the Boeing 747.
Libya has formally accepted responsibility for the bombing and has compensated the families, although longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi denied any culpability in the attack.
SOURCE: CNN (8-17-09)
Theories abound. It's known that his entire body was so swollen he couldn't turn over in bed; some say jealous rivals poisoned him, while others suggest scarlet fever, tuberculosis, or lethal trichinosis from undercooked pork.
Now, new evidence points to an altogether different conclusion: Mozart may have died from kidney damage caused by a strep infection, possibly strep throat.
Dr. Richard H.C. Zegers and his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam analyzed data from Vienna's death registry. Researchers had not previously analyzed the daily death registry -- begun in handwritten script in 1607 and maintained until 1920 -- for clues to Mozart's death.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-19-09)
"Das KZ Bordell" (The Concentration Camp Brothel) has been hailed as the first comprehensive account of a little-known chapter of Nazi oppression during World War Two.
Robert Sommer’s 460-page book is the result of four years of
painstaking research in all 10 former concentration camps where the
Nazis ran brothels between 1942 and 1945.
It is based on numerous interviews with a small group of survivors.
According to Sommer, Hitler’s Schutzstaffel, or SS bodyguard, was convinced that forced male laborers would work harder if they were promised sex.
”The women who were recruited for the brothels mostly came from the concentration camps of Ravensbrueck and Auschwitz,” Sommer said.
The German social scientist says about 70 percent of these women were Germans. The rest came from Ukraine, Poland and Belarus.
Name of source: The Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-20-09)
For more than a century, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas -- nearly 7,000 women who trace their pedigrees back to the origins of the Texas Republic -- have had total control of the Alamo, the state's most revered historic site. They maintain what's left of the old mission, manage its historic exhibits and run the gift shop. They don't charge admission, and the site doesn't cost the state government a penny.
Now a small group of renegade Daughters has broken away, saying the Daughters' outmoded traditions and iron grip on the "Shrine of Texas Liberty" are holding back progress and preventing much-needed preservation work from moving ahead. They liken their declaration of independence to Texas's own split from Mexico in 1836.
"We're still fighting for the same things," says Erin Bowman, the 60-year-old leader of the breakaway group, called Friends of the Alamo. Ms. Bowman's family has owned the same ranch in Independence, Texas, since the days of the Republic more than 150 years ago...
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-20-09)
The convicted bomber, Abdel Baset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, will be released on compassionate grounds, one of the people said...
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-18-09)
In addition to refashioning common Microsoft Corp. software into a cyber-weapon, hackers collaborated on popular U.S.-based social-networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook Inc., to coordinate attacks on Georgian sites, the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit found. While the cyberattacks on Georgia were examined shortly after the events last year, these U.S. connections weren't previously known.
The research shows how cyber-warfare has outpaced military and international agreements, which don't take into account the possibility of American resources and civilian technology being turned into weapons...
Name of source: Reuters (blog)
SOURCE: Reuters (blog) (8-18-09)
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (8-19-09)
They daubed the statue's hands in red paint to signify blood and scrawled the initials RH on the plinth.
It has been 22 years since the death of Adolf Hitler's deputy, who flew to Britain at the height of the Second World War, allegedly to try to make peace.
Prime minister Churchill had him thrown in prison in 1941 and the war continued for four years. After the war Hess was tried at Nuremberg and jailed for life.
The statue was attacked on Monday night, August 17, the day on which in 1987 Hess died at Spandau Prison in Berlin, aged 93.
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (8-19-09)
Scientists uncovered the first known landing tracks of one of these extinct flying reptiles at a site dubbed "Pterosaur Beach," in the fine-grained limestone deposits of an ancient lagoon in southwestern France dating back some 140 million years ago to the Late Jurassic.
The footprints suggest the pterosaur - a "pterodactyloid" with a wingspan roughly three feet wide (one meter) - flapped to stall its flight during landing, and then planted both its two-inch-long feet (five cm) simultaneously at a high angle.
The reptile next dragged its toes briefly, took a short "stutter step" - perhaps a hop with both feet - and landed, settling its hands. It finally adjusted its posture and ambled off normally on all fours.
"No other trackways ascribed to pterosaurs in the world have shown either landings or takeoffs," said researcher Kevin Padian, a paleontologist at the University of California at Berkeley...
Name of source: Reuters (India)
SOURCE: Reuters (India) (8-17-09)
When engineers closed off part of Algiers' bustling Martyrs' Square to build an underground railway station, archaeologists seized the opportunity to investigate the site and, beneath layers of concrete, found a 5th century basilica.
They also found Ottoman-era metal forges and recovered cannonballs and a primitive pistol - an echo of the period in the 16th and 17th century when Barbary pirates used Algiers as a base to terrorize shipping in the Mediterranean Sea.
Historians are excited because the finds give a rare glimpse of the heart of ancient Algiers, the lower Kasbah, which was partially destroyed by 19th century French occupiers to make way for a parade ground and the colonial seat of government.
"This is our heritage," said Kamel Stiti, director of the team of Algerian archaeologists working on the site, as he sat in his office at the dig, a dusty steel container the other side of a metal fence from a busy bus stop.
"No one could have imagined that the earth was hiding these relics," he said. "Little by little we are in the process of rediscovering ... the Algeria which resisted colonization."...
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-19-09)
A pocket diary owned by Chamberlain, also included in the exhibition on the outbreak of war 70 years ago, even shows how he incorrectly entered “War declared” on September 4, 1939, before scribbling over the words and rewriting them under September 3.
The documents shed light on the thinking of the Conservative leader who took Britain to war against Germany but was forced to resign eight months later. Chamberlain died of cancer in November 1940, aged 71.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-19-09)
The watch was found by Rich Hughes near the spot off the Pembrokeshire coast where the Barbara went down in 1881. The square-rigged barque had sailed from Burma with a cargo of rice but was wrecked when she was steered on to rocks by her inexperienced captain.
Engraved on the back of the timepiece was the inscription: Richard Prichard 1866 Abersoch North Wales.
Mr Hughes, 38, was so intrigued by the watch and its detailed inscription that he researched the history of the Barbara. He discovered that Prichard had been her original captain but had died and been buried at sea shortly after setting sail for the ship’s home port of Liverpool.
Name of source: CNSNews.com
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (8-18-09)
The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill.
The dredging operation is being conducted to remove sediments containing PCBs from the river about 40 miles north of Albany, N.Y.
Fort Edward, where the dredging damage occurred, was one of the largest forts in the colonies during the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century, and it was a key strategic position during the American Revolution...
Organizers of the observation are not even willing to call it a party. It is simply a "commemoration," one that is sensitive to a painful history of the Hawaiian monarchy's overthrow and unresolved claims of Native Hawaiians.
The main event is a low-key daylong conference reflecting on Hawaii's place in the world. Behind the tourist-friendly tropical images of beaches and sunshine, many remain uncomfortable with the U.S. takeover of the islands and the idea that businesses have exploited Hawaiians' culture...
The president is slated to address members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered in Arizona at the organization's annual convention.
"He'll talk about where we are currently in both those two conflicts. He'll talk about what we owe the men and women in uniform" as well as "their contributions to the betterment of those two countries," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project, which is being carried out by General Electric (GE), aims to remove chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the river floor.
PCBs were used in transformers and capacitors from the 1940s until they were banned in 1977 and dumped into the Hudson by two plants located in the upstate New York towns of Fort Edward and Hudson Falls.
The project was temporarily shut down by the EPA on Aug. 7 after PCB levels in the river water exceeded the EPA’s limit of 500 parts per trillion. However, the EPA ordered the project restarted on Tuesday, as PCB levels had returned to a level well below the legal limit.
Name of source: The Washington Times
SOURCE: The Washington Times (8-18-09)
Cooperatives, first organized in the 18th century, are being considered in the health care reform debate after the Obama administration signaled Sunday that it isn't wedded to the taxpayer-funded public plan, once considered by Democrats as essential to any substantial health care package...
... The proposal, not yet released in legislative language, envisions the new health co-ops receiving startup funding in the form of federal grants or loans. Mr. Conrad has pegged that at about $6 billion. The co-ops would have to operate under the same regulations the insurance companies do and likely would be set up at a state or regional level.
Co-ops were first used by farming communities in the late 1700s. It was in 1910 that the concept was first introduced to the health care system, when a group of New York hospitals banded together to purchase joint laundry services, according to the University of Wisconsin's Center for Cooperatives.
Today, there are at least 305 health care cooperatives in the country, accounting for about $5 billion in revenue, according to the center, which warned that the figure is only a preliminary estimate...
SOURCE: The Washington Times (8-17-09)
The ceremony was a first for the 101st Airborne Division and the Army, said Maj. Patrick Seiber, an Army spokesman based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
"Our hope is that other units and other posts will follow our lead in having this type of ceremony," he said.
Mickey Leighton, a 72-year-old Army veteran from Naples, Fla., said listening to the applause and praise from the community was very emotional.
Leighton, who started his military career at Fort Campbell in 1956, served two tours in Vietnam including the Tet Offensive. He returned in 1972 in the midst of angry anti-war protests that often placed blame on the individual soldiers.
"We were treated very shabbily," he said. "In some cases they would throw eggs at us, they would throw empty beer bottles at us and they would call us baby-killers."
He said many soldiers would immediately change clothes because they didn't want to wear their uniforms in public in the late 1960s and early '70s while traveling home after returning from war.
"Never in the history of the military have I known of any division or any military installation providing a specific welcome home for Vietnam veterans," Leighton said. "This is very touching."
In contrast, Fort Campbell soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are welcomed back with a ceremony after every deployment, with many completing three or four tours since the wars began.
Army leaders and the community around Fort Campbell collaborated for the Vietnam ceremony, Seiber said. The 101st Airborne Division Association, a group for former soldiers from the division, helped to organize and get the word out.
"I can't think of a better community to do this in than the Fort Campbell community," Seiber said.
Although many veterans had ties to Fort Campbell, the ceremonies included those from almost all the services. Many wore pieces of their old uniforms such as pins, awards and ribbons. Relatives filled the bleachers holding up signs that read "Welcome Home" and "Thank you for your service."...
Name of source: Agence France-Presse
SOURCE: Agence France-Presse (8-19-09)
Zahi Hawass said humidity and fungus are eating into the walls of the royal tombs in the huge necropolis on the west bank of the Nile across from Luxor, which is swamped daily by several thousand tourists.
Poor ventilation and the breath of the hordes of visitors are causing damage to the carvings and painted decorations inside the tombs, he told journalists on a tour of the royal necropolis on Monday
Name of source: telegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk (8-18-09)
Burgess, who passed British secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, worked for the BBC as a radio producer in two spells between 1936 and 1944 before joining the Foreign Office.
Entertainment expenses were frowned upon by his superiors, with one memo saying: "The entertainment to Captain Harrison at 6s. 6d is heavy for what amounted to 'a drink at 6.45'. MPs are expensive to entertain and doubtless Burgess likes the Corporation to give as full measure as the Press.
"It requires a very strong character to reduce this expenditure but the attempt should certainly be made".
On another occasion, when the Eton-educated Burgess was questioned about his claim for a first-class return train fare to Cambridge, costing 18 shillings, he replied: "I normally travel first class and see no reason why I should alter my practice when on BBC business, particularly when I'm in my best clothes."
One memo signed by the administrative assistant in the talks department said of Burgess's timekeeping: "Office hours are very flexible – he is rarely here before 10.45am and spends most of the rest of the day out of the office making contacts."
Jean Seaton, official BBC historian, believes that Burgess, who was producer on The Week in Westminster, was using his time at the BBC to build up contacts for spying...
Name of source: The Kingston Whig Standard
SOURCE: The Kingston Whig Standard (8-18-09)
"It's probably the most significant speech ever given by a politician in Canada," Milnes said.
To commemorate it, Milnes says he would like to see the cities of Kingston and Watertown, N. Y., work together to celebrate it annually.
"It would be great if the two cities worked together to celebrate this moment in history," he said. "I don't just mean the municipal governments, but the universities and the local newspapers. I'd like to see Aug. 18 (celebrated as) Franklin Roosevelt-Mackenzie King Friendship Day."
Milnes said he believes that due to Kingston's close proximity to the American border, residents should take it upon themselves to learn from each other.
"I would like to have this bring Watertown and Kingston closer together," he said.
Milnes, who has edited a book on the visit, In Roosevelt's Bright Shadow, said the visit, during which the American president received an honorary degree from Queen's University, marked a landmark moment in the development of Canada-US relations.
"It was much more than a commencement address," he said. "That was when FDR promised that the United States would protect Canada if we ever were to be attacked.
"That's been the pillar of our national security policy ever since."...
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (8-18-09)
200 years ago today, Adams reported a ‘fair wind and thick fogs’.
Name of source: Times Online (UK)
SOURCE: Times Online (UK) (8-14-09)
Archaeologists said that the building would have dwarfed the island’s landmarks from the Stone Age — the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Nick Card, who is leading the dig at the Ness of Brodgar, said that the cathedral, which would have served the whole of the north of Scotland, would have been constructed to “amaze” and “create a sense of awe” among those who saw it.
It is about 65ft in length and width and would have dominated the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness which stand on either side. These important sites, dating back about 5,000 years, might have actually been peripheral features of Orkney’s Stone Age landscape. Mr Card said: “In effect it is a Neolithic cathedral for the whole of the north of Scotland.”
Name of source: Boston.com
SOURCE: Boston.com (8-17-09)
Long before “birthers’’ began questioning the citizenship of President Obama, similar questions were raised about the early years of Arthur, an accidental president who ascended to the job after President James Garfield was assassinated.
“It’s an old rumor that won’t die, political slander,’’ said John Dumville, who runs Vermont’s historic sites and knows well the legend.
The Constitution says only a “natural-born citizen’’ may serve as president. The issue has received renewed interest because of legions of Obama doubters who claim his Hawaiian birth certificate is fake and that he was born in Kenya.
But the Arthur birthplace question came up before the Internet was around to spread such theories...