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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: Telegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk (8-14-09)
The process transformed a stone called silcrete into an outstanding raw material for tool manufacture.
Doctoral student Kyle Brown, who led the research at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, said: "Our illumination of the heat treatment process shows that these early modern humans commanded fire in a nuanced and sophisticated manner.
"We show that early modern humans at 72,000 years ago, and perhaps as early as 164,000 years ago in coastal South Africa, were using carefully controlled hearths in a complex process to heat stone and change its properties, the process known as heat treatment."
Previously, the first use of heat treatment was thought to have been in Europe 25,000 years ago. The technique was not believed to have been invented until long after the ancestors of modern humans had left Africa and settled in Europe and Asia.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-13-09)
Frank Perry, a paleontologist with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, says the remains are an important piece of a puzzle that will help understand what life was like when meat-eating toothed whales roamed the shallow seas that once covered the region. Their descendants include the orca and dolphin.
Cheney, often described as the most influential vice president in U.S. history, has been discussing his years in office in informal talks with authors, diplomats, policy experts and past colleagues, the Post said, as he works on a memoir due out in 2011 from Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions.
The book will cover Cheney's long career from chief of staff under President Gerald Ford to vice president under Bush.
Attorney Ulrich Busch said in a filing faxed to the Munich state court that even if it could be proved that Demjanjuk trained as a death camp guard at the SS's Trawniki camp and served at Sobibor in Nazi-occupied Poland, he shouldn't have been charged.
Busch argued that previous German courts have ruled that others in similar situations could not be held criminally responsible, because they risked serious punishment if they did not follow orders. The filing was provided to The Associated Press by Demjanjuk's son.
Nearly a year after a jury failed to reach a verdict in Tommy Defoe's case, U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan ruled against a retrial.
The judge said there was undisputed evidence of racial threats against minorities at Anderson County High School and school officials "reasonably forecasted" that clothing such as Defoe's Confederate flag T-shirt and belt buckle would cause a "material and substantial disruption to the school environment."
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (8-14-09)
As well as leaving out the 12 cartoons which provoked riots across the Islamic world in 2006, Yale also bowed to recommendations not to include any other illustrations of Muhammad, including a 19th century sketch by Gustave Doré of Muhammad in Hell from Dante's Inferno, in the book, The Cartoons That Shook the World.
Author Jytte Klausen said the book had been ready to go to print when the illustrations were pulled, after Yale received some "quite alarmist" statements from experts to whom it had sent the title. A professor of politics at a Massachusetts university, Klausen argued for inclusion of the cartoons in the book, which is due out in November in the US and January in the UK. "People think they know the cartoons and actually, by printing the cartoons, I'm arguing that some of them are Islamophobic, and in the tradition of anti-Semitism. If we can't look at them, how can we discuss this?" she said today.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-12-09)
Jim Swire, whose 24-year-old daughter Flora was on Pan Am Flight 103, said: “I would be delighted if he went home to his family, as it is inhumane to keep him locked up. Everything points to a miscarriage of justice in the case.
“On reasonable human grounds it is the right thing to do and if it’s true that he is to be returned on compassionate grounds, then that would be more to Scotland’s credit than returning him under the prisoner-transfer agreement.”
Martin Cadman, whose 32-year-old son Bill died in the disaster, said: “I hope it is true as it’s something we’ve been wanting for a long time. I think he is innocent and even if he were not innocent, I still think it’s the right thing to do on compassionate grounds.”
But in the United States there was bewilderment and disbelief that al-Megrahi would be allowed to go home...
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-14-09)
Mr Foggo rose to become number three in the CIA, but pleaded guilty to fraud last year and now is serving time in a Kentucky jail.
The detention centres he built for "high value" terrorist detainees were in three different countries. They were virtually identical in order to disorientate senior al Qa'eda members and get them to talk.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-14-09)
He is expected to be freed next week on compassionate grounds, but relatives of the victims had expected his appeal to continue, even after his death.
They reacted to the latest news with dismay and immediately renewed their calls for a full public inquiry into the atrocity in which 270 people died.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-9-09)
Parishioners at St Mary's church in Warwick have sought permission to examine the contents of the 17th monument built by Fulke Greville, a writer and contemporary of Shakespeare who some believe is the true author of several of the Bard's works.
In an echo of the blockbuster book and film, The Da Vinci Code, the search has been prompted by the discovery by an historian of clues in Greville's writings which suggest he had several manuscripts buried there, including a copy of Antony and Cleopatra.
A radar scan of the sarcophagus has already indicated the presence inside of three "box like" shapes. The searchers believe these could contain documents and a further examination is now being proposed which they hope will finally prove the link between Greville and Shakespeare.
Name of source: NYT
Experts working for the police in the German state of Baden-Württemberg found evidence showing that the bag and the papers inside it, including personal letters, financial documents and medical records, must have been in a North African country for many years...
...Dr. Heim was accused of killing inmates at the concentration camp of Mauthausen in grisly fashion by performing unnecessary fatal operations on prisoners without anesthesia and injecting poison, including gasoline, into the hearts of others.
He took the name Tarek Hussein Farid after converting to Islam, according to witnesses and documents found in the briefcase. Officials in Cairo issued a certified copy of a death certificate under that name, but according to the statement, the police have been unable to confirm that it is one and the same person. German investigators have not had the opportunity to question witnesses in Egypt.
Foggo went on to oversee construction of three detention centers, each built to house about a half-dozen detainees, according to former intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter. One jail was on a busy street in Bucharest, Romania. Another was a steel-beam structure at a remote site in Morocco that was apparently never used. The third was outside another former East bloc city. They were designed to appear identical, so prisoners would not know where they were if they were shuttled back and forth. They were kept in isolated cells. The existence of the network of prisons to detain and interrogate Al Qaeda members has long been known, but details about them have been a closely guarded secret. In recent interviews, though, several former intelligence officials have provided a fuller account of how they were built, where they were located and life inside them.
And that’s one of the things, in a city far more oriented toward the car than shoe leather, that makes the recent opening of a big pedestrian-only network of streets in the historic heart of Beijing so noteworthy. It’s in the area called Dashalar, which, during the Manchu-ruled Qing Dynasty, was the ethnic Chinese part of this city, the warren of streets and avenues that lay just outside the imposing city wall.
Now, the only parts left of the wall — torn down at the order of Mao Zedong despite the entreaties of China’s leading architectural historian to preserve it — are two immense gates. The more famous of them is known as the Qianmen, for Front Gate, and beyond it, running in an arrow-straight line due south, is Dashalar’s main street, Qianmen Dajie, or Front Gate Big Street, where cars are now banned.
Over the last decade or so, most of the old Dashalar neighborhood has been razed. Tens of thousands of residents, whose single-story courtyard homes were often models of dilapidation and obsolescence, were required, with payment of various amounts of compensation, to move out. This process is vividly recounted in a book published a year ago, “The Last of Old Beijing” by Michael Meyer.
But while most of the old residential areas of Beijing that have been demolished were transformed into zones of high-rise hotels, shopping centers and office buildings, Dashalar has been converted, perhaps ironically, back into what it once was — or, more accurately, into an idealized, postcard version of what it once was, a shopping street lined by three-story traditional Chinese buildings, with balconies above the first floor, latticed balustrades, red columns, bright gold-leaf Chinese signs against backgrounds of black wood.
SOURCE: NYT (8-12-09)
More recently, soldiers from countries like Senegal, Morocco, Mali, Algeria and Cambodia have fought under the Tricolore, either during the two world wars or in subsequent campaigns in places like Indochina and Algeria.
But in the wake of France’s painful postwar decolonization, the rights and benefits of those soldiers were restricted by a series of laws, in contrast to the treatment of native French veterans.
Helped by shifting public opinion, the colonial veterans have in recent years won important concessions from the government, gaining better pensions and access to other social benefits. Yet they contend that they are still not afforded equal treatment...
SOURCE: NYT (8-11-09)
They had never carried out a real interrogation, only mock sessions in the military training they had overseen. They had no relevant scholarship; their Ph.D. dissertations were on high blood pressure and family therapy. They had no language skills and no expertise on Al Qaeda.
But they had psychology credentials and an intimate knowledge of a brutal treatment regimen used decades ago by Chinese Communists. For an administration eager to get tough on those who had killed 3,000 Americans, that was enough.
So “Doc Mitchell” and “Doc Jessen,” as they had been known in the Air Force, helped lead the United States into a wrenching conflict over torture, terror and values that seven years later has not run its course...
...Seven months after President Obama ordered the C.I.A. interrogation program closed, its fallout still commands attention. In the next few weeks, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is expected to decide whether to begin a criminal torture investigation, in which the psychologists’ role is likely to come under scrutiny. The Justice Department ethics office is expected to complete a report on the lawyers who pronounced the methods legal. And the C.I.A. will soon release a highly critical 2004 report on the program by the agency’s inspector general.
SOURCE: NYT (8-11-09)
But to millions of Americans, the real treasure will be clues about their own families’ histories in the photographs, letters, interrogation transcripts and recordings that reflect the intense scrutiny faced by those trying to enter the United States during an era when it waged two world wars and adopted increasingly restrictive immigration policies.
Under an agreement signed this year, the files, on some 53 million people, will be gradually turned over by the Department of Homeland Security to the National Archives and Records Administration, beginning in 2010. The material, accounting for what officials describe as the largest addition of individual immigration records in the archives’ history, will be indexed and made available to anyone.
Name of source: Indian Country Today
SOURCE: Indian Country Today (8-12-09)
There is considerable debate over Peltier’s guilt and the fairness of his trial. During the original trial over the murder of the two FBI Agents, the two of three suspects were tried in Rapid City, SD, and found by a jury of South Dakota Resident’s not guilty. Subsequently the U. S. Justice Department had the trial for Leonard Peltier replaced with another judge, and subsequently produced evidence, which was fabricated by the FBI, to at least prosecute someone. In this case, it was Leonard, who got the full rath of the U. S. Justice System.
Name of source: Palm Beach Post
SOURCE: Palm Beach Post (8-13-09)
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum has thousands of items, including a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter. But the 20-foot lifeboat still battered and full of broken glass is a rare part of recent history. It is scheduled to arrive Friday.
U.S. Navy snipers shot and killed three of Capt. Richard Phillips's captors in April when his U.S. cargo ship surrendered to Somali pirates. Phillips was hailed a hero after offering himself as a hostage.
Name of source: Chron
SOURCE: Chron (8-12-09)
The new study, published today in Nature, attempts to reconstruct Atlantic hurricane activity back to the year 500. In doing so the authors found one era, a medieval period around the year 1000, when storm activity matched or exceeded recent hurricane seasons that included storms such as Katrina and Rita...
...The two independent estimates of historical storm activity were consistent, said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann, the paper's lead author. Both, for example, pinpointed a period of high activity between 900 and 1100.
Name of source: Pew Research Center
SOURCE: Pew Research Center (8-12-09)
But a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that Obama's faith-based initiative has so far generated little of the contentious press coverage associated with Bush's effort. And the program is not as closely associated with the current president as it was with the man he succeeded.
The faith-based initiative was an early priority of the Bush administration -- "one of the first items on his agenda as president," as described by The Washington Post. But the program met resistance from both religious and nonreligious leaders, who voiced concerns that the effort was being politicized and fears that the initiative would undermine church-state boundaries. The controversial nature of the initiative became the focus of much of the early 2001 press coverage.
But when Obama established his own faith-based initiative, the press coverage focused primarily on procedural matters -- including the renaming of the office as the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; its new director, Joshua DuBois; and a new, 25-member faith-based advisory council -- as well as questions about how Obama would address issues that arose during the eight years of Bush's faith-based initiative. The one controversy that generated a relatively significant amount of coverage in the first six months of the Obama administration concerned whether faith-based groups that receive federal funds should be able to consider a potential employee's religion when making hiring decisions...
Name of source: PR-Inside.com
SOURCE: PR-Inside.com (8-13-09)
Johnson’s music has always been revered by his fellow musicians. His songs have been covered by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton
, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen, Hot Tuna, the Grateful Dead and countless other artists. More than 30 years after his death, Johnson's recording of “Dark was the Night."
Johnson’s childhood, like his untimely death, was heartbreaking. His mother died when he was a baby; his step-mother blinded him with lye when he was seven years old. (His song “Motherless Children Have a Hard Time” was covered by Clapton on 461 Ocean Boulevard in 1974.) One of Columbia’s biggest selling race recording stars during the Great Depression, Johnson recorded 30 songs between 1927 and 1930. When the economy ended his recording career, he became a Baptist minister. He operated a “House of Prayer” in Beaumont with his wife and continued to perform on street corners. In 1945, a fire ravaged their home. With nowhere to go and little funds, they slept on newspapers on their water-damaged bed. Johnson caught pneumonia but was turned away at a local hospital because he was blind (or black, depending upon the source). He died within a week: his final resting place unknown; his grave unmarked.
Name of source: Blackanthem Military News
SOURCE: Blackanthem Military News (8-10-09)
"We saw how the City is literally being washed away," remarked David Stewart, the Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Salah ad Din."We hope that by conducting this assessment, we canhelp to bring needed attention and funds to preserve one of the most important historical sites in Iraq."
The city of Ashur was the first capital of the once-prosperous, 5,000-year-old Assyrian empire. It was the religious center of the Assyrian empire because the temple of their national god Ashur was built within the city. Ashur also served as the place for the crowning and burial of Assyrian kings. The city was later conquered by the Babylonians. Yet, many of its most impressive buildings were left intact, including the imposing ziggurat that stands on a cliff above the nearby town of Sharqat. The team found that the plateau is now being rapidly eroded by the river and artifacts are being swept away in the current.
Name of source: BBC
James Gorin von Grozny, from Devon, paid £150 for the work which he believes was painted by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1838.
But art experts say Landseer would have had no call to paint the sisters who were not famous at that date.
The only known portrait of the sisters was painted by their brother, Branwell.
Harry Patch, who died in Somerset last month at the age of 111, fought with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
Mr Patch said upon his death he wanted his medals to go on permanent display at the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Regimental Museum in Bodmin.
The medals, which included the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal and two French Legion d'Honneur awards, were taken to the museum by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, following Mr Patch's funeral last week.
Lawmakers from India's Assam state have been informed of the Indian decision by its ministry for the development of the north-eastern region.
This comes days after the 13th round of talks between India and China to resolve their border dispute.
The 1,079-mile-long Stillwell Road was built by American general Joe "Vinegar" Stillwell to supply Kuomintang forces in the war against Japan.
Scottish ministers described the development as "complete speculation".
The Libyan had launched an appeal against his conviction for the murder of 270 people when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie in 1988.
A government statement named the suspect as Gregoire Ndahimana, who is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
He was detained by Congolese soldiers in the eastern province of North Kivu.
According to his ICTR indictment, Mr Ndahimana is responsible for the deaths of at least 2,000 Tutsis, most of whom were killed when a church in which they had sought refuge was bulldozed.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights said international law on atrocities is being applied inconsistently.
It also says victims of torture abroad should be allowed to use the British courts to pursue states responsible for their injuries.
The passage of time since the war and the patchy record of governments in pursuing Nazis and their collaborators mean that, while many Nazis have faced justice and been convicted, far more have slipped through the net.
In the 1950s and 1960s, German judge and prosecutor Fritz Bauer estimated there were 100,000 Germans responsible in one way or another for mass killings of Jews during the war. Other estimates suggested a figure as high as 300,000.
The judge also said fewer than 5,000 people had been prosecuted and, while there have been many convictions, there has not been a significantly large addition to that number in the years since.
Name of source: CNSNews.com
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (8-12-09)
The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration.
Bart McEntire, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told SPLC researchers that this is the most growth he's seen in more than a decade.
"All it's lacking is a spark," McEntire said in the report.
It's reminiscent of what was seen in the 1990s -- right-wing militias, people ideologically against paying taxes and so-called "sovereign citizens" are popping up in large numbers, according to the report to be released Wednesday. The SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights group that, among other activities, investigates hate groups...
...While anti-government sentiment has been on the rise over the last two years, there aren't as many threats and violent acts at this point as there were in the 1990s, according to the report. That movement bore the likes of Timothy McVeigh, who in 1995 blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City and killed 168 people...
...The militia movement of the 1990s gained traction with growing concerns about gun control, environmental laws and anything perceived as liberal government meddling.
The spark for that movement came in 1992 with an FBI standoff with white separatist Randall Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Weaver's wife and son were killed by an FBI sniper. And in 1993, a 52-day standoff between federal agents and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, resulted in nearly 80 deaths. These events rallied more people who became convinced that the government would murder its own citizens to promote its liberal agenda...
Name of source: theguardian.co.uk
SOURCE: theguardian.co.uk (8-12-09)
...The so-called golden age of piracy was from 1620 to 1720. The Mediterranean was stalked by Barbary pirates from north Africa between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many pirates became involved in the lucrative slave trade. A treaty outlawing privateering in the mid-19th century, patrols by British and Dutch warships and the bombardment of Algiers, destroying the power base of the Barbary pirates, significantly contributed to the decline of piracy. Another important factor was the advent of steam, which helped cargo ships leave pirates' vessels in their wake...
...In 1992, the ICC set up its Piracy Reporting Centre in response to attacks on ships in south-east Asia and the Caribbean. Political groups also hijacked ships, holding crews and passengers hostage.
The ICC has reported six incidents in the past 10 days, not including the disappearance of the Arctic Sea. Despite, or perhaps because of, the rarity of incidents such as that believed to have befallen the Arctic Sea, the death penalty for piracy with violence was only abolished in the UK in 1998.
Name of source: SFGate
SOURCE: SFGate (8-13-09)
The scientists' high-tech tools and their sweaty digging - plus siftings from a jury-rigged wire screen - had uncovered new evidence that the meadow could once have held the homes - or perhaps the ranch - of Spanish colonial families that settled just outside El Presidio de San Francisco not long after Spanish soldiers built the fort in 1776.
More excavations in the dry, unshaded meadow - known as Tennessee Hollow and cleaved now by a dead-end asphalt road - could result in many additional clues to the people who lived in the Presidio, the archaeologists say...
Name of source: Press Trust of India
SOURCE: Press Trust of India (8-10-09)
The head from the Akkadian Empire, unearthed by Iraqi archaeologists in 1982, has been united with a replica of a headless torso discovered over a century ago, Baghdad Museum curator Mohsen Hassan Ali told AFP.
The replica of the stone torso held in Berlin's Pergamon Museum was handed over at a ceremony last week and in return, the Baghdad Museum has donated a copy of the head to fit the torso in Germany.
Name of source: Iraqcrisis/Nakhla News
SOURCE: Iraqcrisis/Nakhla News (8-4-09)
Today under the auspiciousness of the Iraqi Ministerial Cabinet, agreement was signed between the German Federal Republic and the Government of the Republic of Iraq to co-operate in the fields of archaeological research, the conservation of human heritage, which was initiated announcing the protection of antiquities and heritage. Present at the ceremony were, Mr. Ali Muhsin Al-”Allaq Director of the Cabinet Office, Mr Mahir al-Hadithi Minister of Culture, Dr. Qahtan al-Jobouri Minister Tourism and Antiquities and Dr. Farhad Ni’mat-allah Deputy Director of the Cabinet Office, in addition to Mr. Muhammad al-Tamimi chairman of the archaeological reservation Committee initiated by the Prime Minister. Mr. Qais Hussein Rasheed Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage expressed his thanks to Mr. Christof Weil ( Spelling? it is written in Arabic only) the German Ambassador for the support offered by Germany to protect the heritage of Iraq which is part of the human legacy, and the German initiative of redesigning one hall in the Iraq Museum. The German Ambassador expressed his government’s wish of increasing the ties with the Iraq Government in the fields of cultural exchange of specialists, the universities the Museums and the conservation of antiquities, especially after the visit of the German Foreign Minister, which signifies a new phase for co-operation between the two countries.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (8-12-09)
When the United States dropped the bomb on the Japanese city on August 6, 1945, the Yamaha upright piano was in the blast radius. It still retains very low levels of radiation and shards of glass are forever embedded in the black lacquer.
"During the bombing of Hiroshima, everything within two kilometers from ground zero was burned and destroyed. This piano was within that boundary and miraculously survived," said Mitsunori Yagawa, who restored the instrument and tours across Japan, playing it at peace concerts.
"I'm planning to bring this piano that was exposed to radiation to New York in the coming year, just in time for 9/11 in hopes to spread awareness about the atomic bomb and the preciousness of peace to the world," Yagawa told Reuters.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (8-13-09)
Then there was Bill Clinton, always restless and without a home, who often borrowed the compound of a wealthy Democratic donor on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., spending nights on the town hosting fundraisers or playing the saxophone in a local tavern.
President Obama will bring his notably calmer, cooler demeanor to the Vineyard when he arrives Aug. 23 for a family vacation. There are no public events scheduled during the week; Obama plans to spend most of the time in seclusion with his family and a few close friends, aides say.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (8-13-09)
The structure, apparently a platform or trackway used to make a boggy area more navigable, was found during the excavation of a prehistoric peat bog adjacent to Belmarsh Prison in Plumstead, Greenwich, in advance of the construction of a new prison building.
Radiocarbon dating has shown the structure to be nearly 6,000 years old, well before Stonehenge was erected. Previously, the oldest timber structure in Greater London was the timber trackway in Silvertown, which has been dated to 3340 to 2910 B.C., about 700 years younger than the newly discovered setup.
The platform or trackway has been buried over time and was found about 15.4 feet (4.7m) beneath two yards (meters) of peat adjacent to an ancient river channel.
Wetlands adjacent to rivers such as the Thames were an important source of food for prehistoric people, and timber trackways and platforms made it easier to cross the boggy terrain. The structure discovered at Plumstead is an early example of people adapting the natural landscape to meet human needs, researchers said.
"The discovery of the earliest timber structure in London is incredibly important. The timber structure is slightly earlier in date than the earliest trackways excavated in the Somerset Levels, including the famous 'Sweet Track' to Glastonbury, which provide some of the earliest physical evidence for woodworking in England," said Mark Stevenson, Archaeological Advisor at English Heritage, the British government's advisor on the historic environment, which was involved with the finding.
Peat bogs are excellent environments for preserving organic material, including even human remains. The peat where the structure was found not only preserved wood, but also other plant matter — down to microscopic pollen grains — which can inform scientists about the prehistoric landscape.
Remains of Stone Age settlements have also been found on the floor of the English Channel.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (8-12-09)
The army of life-sized figures discovered near the northern city of Xi'an is usually thought to be guarding the burial site of Qin Shihuang, who presided over the unification of China in 221 BC and declared himself the first emperor.
But historian Chen Jingyuan told the Global Times he believes the emperor's ancestor Empress Xuan, who died 55 years before Qin's birth, was the real mastermind behind the army.
Name of source: Tampa Bay
SOURCE: Tampa Bay (8-12-09)
A striking find by an 8-year-old boy proves this city was an active hunting ground after the last ice age.
When a public works crew was replacing a storm sewer line on Joyce Street and First Avenue N last month, Jordan Emmett, a budding archaeologist, went to have a look.
But the red thing turned out to be a roughly 5,000-year-old spear point made by the seminomadic middle archaic people before the Egyptians began building pyramids. The well-preserved tool was formed out of reddish agatized coral that turned into flint 450 million years ago. It's a little over 2 inches long and weighs about 0.6 ounces.
Name of source: The Wall Steet Journal
SOURCE: The Wall Steet Journal (8-13-09)
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (8-11-09)
It is the earliest known complete house on the Isle of Man and one of Britain's oldest and best-preserved houses, according to the report. The find also offers a glimpse of domestic life 4,000 years before Stonehenge.
Based on the many ancient shells found surrounding its exterior, the home's first inhabitants must have eaten a lot of hazelnuts.
Name of source: NBC (Nashville)
SOURCE: NBC (Nashville) (8-10-09)
A discovery in the middle of a west Nashville couple's front yard could mean the chapter to a local legend is closed.
Archaeologist Dan Allen believes he's solved the mystery surrounding the grave of Charles Dickinson, who was killed by Andrew Jackson during a duel in 1806.
The location of Dickinson's final resting place has been a mystery since the 1860s, when historians in Maryland claimed they discovered his coffin. But Allen followed historic documents, and after months of digging, probing and intuition found remains of Dickinson's wooden coffin.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (8-10-09)
Four thousand years ago Egyptians had mastered the process of making madder, a red dye, according to a researcher who uncovered the earliest known example of the color still used today.
The find is some 700 years earlier than any previously known use of madder, which became highly popular in the Middle Ages and provides many of the red shades and glazes in the work of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-13-09)
What resulted was Australia's worst naval disaster: the sinking of the Australian ship and the loss of its entire crew of 645. The wreckage wasn't found until last year, leading to decades of conspiracy theories about what actually happened.
On Wednesday a long-awaited report on the sinking of the Sydney II ended the mystery that began when it met its fate, November 19, 1941.
More than 300 of the sailors on board the German vessel, the Kormoran, survived. But because they were the only witnesses to the disaster, some doubted their accounts, leading to various theories about the real fate of the Sydney.
SOURCE: CNN (8-12-09)
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, an annual award, was created after World War II when President Truman wanted to honor civilian service during the war.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-12-09)
discovered the new world and before Guttenberg invented movable type, Germans were already perfecting the art of making beer. Even from a distance, the Weihenstephan brewery dominates the area. Perched atop Naehrberg Hill in Freising, a small town just north of Munich, the brewery was originally a Benedictine monastery founded in 740 AD by a monk named Korbinian.
It wasn't until the year 1040, when Abbott Arnold secured the brewing rights and license from a neighboring monastery, that beer was brewed there. Despite four fires, three plagues and a major earthquake, they have been brewing beer non-stop for nearly a thousand years.
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-10-09)
One year later, in May 1949, the Council of Europe was founded in London. The new organisation was signed into existence by ten states: Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Today, the Council of Europe consists of 47 member states. The most recent member is Montenegro.
The President of the French National Assembly, Edouard Herriot, opened the first meeting of the Consultative Assembly (later to become the Parliamentary Assembly) on August 10 1949 at the University of Strasbourg.
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (8-11-09)
The House Judiciary Committee released more than 5,400 pages of White House and Republican National Committee e-mails, along with transcripts of closed-door testimony by Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
The documents show that staffers in Rove's office were actively seeking to have U.S. Attorney David Iglesias removed. In one e-mail in 2005, Rove aide Scott Jennings sent an e-mail to another Rove aide, saying, "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of NM US ATTY."
Name of source: Liverpool Daily Post
SOURCE: Liverpool Daily Post (8-12-09)
“This amazing house at 19 Abercromby Square should be given English Heritage Grade-I listing,” says Tom Sebrell, American Civil War historian.
“There is so much symbolism in that house to do with South Carolina, introduced by Charles Prioleau and his wife, Mary Elizabeth.”
Name of source: The Times (UK)
SOURCE: The Times (UK) (8-12-09)
The carved capstone had sealed the grave so well that organic materials including wood, bark and leather survived intact as well as various metal objects. The man, who is believed to have been an important figure, had been laid out on a bed of quartz pebbles in sand, in a birch coffin, inside a larger stone chamber. He was buried with a valuable bronze dagger with a gold band — still in its leather sheath. There was also evidence of the remains of wooden possessions and floral tributes.
The find was made last week by a team of archaeologists from Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, working on the Strathearn Environs & Royal Forteviot (SERF) project. Dr Kenneth Brophy, co-director of the project at Glasgow University, said the massive sandstone slab had been found in 2008, but the team had to wait a year for the stone to be lifted. He said the outcome was “beyond anyone’s expectation”. “The high quality of preservation is virtually unique in Britain and is of exceptional importance for understanding the important centuries when metals were first introduced into Scotland. Among the grave goods was a bronze dagger with a gold band, a discovery of national significance. Remarkably, large portions of the birch bark coffin survived as well.”