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Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (10-3-09)
William Hancock, 85, was the first person to be buried in Tottington near Thetford for more than 50 years.
Locals had to leave the village in the 1940s when the Thetford Battle Area was established by the military.
Managers of the building said the lights were to honour the Chinese people, adding that they celebrated many cultures and causes in such a way.
But Human Rights Watch, which has offices in the building, voiced dismay.
The cult of Mao may be dead, but celebrity power is helping the Great Helmsman receive a Hollywood-style makeover.
The Founding of a Republic, or Jianguo Daye in Chinese, a new film from the state-owned China Film Group, is a propaganda epic that includes almost all the biggest names in Chinese film.
There are so many stars, about 172, that most have only cameo roles.
Mr Edelman, then 23, was one of 200 young Jews who fought German troops.
His friend, Paula Sawicka, told the Associated Press that he died "at home, among friends".
Former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski paid tribute to him.
SOURCE: BBC (10-3-09)
His contact with KGB officers also raised concerns.
However, the book, serialised in the Times, dismisses long-standing claims of bugging and plots against him.
Mr Wilson, who died in 1995 aged 79, was the only serving prime minister to have a permanent Secret Service file, according to the book's author Cambridge professor Christopher Andrew.
MI5 opened the dossier in 1945 when Mr Wilson became an MP after communist civil servants suggested he had similar political sympathies.
SOURCE: BBC (9-30-09)
Fujimori, who is already serving prison sentences for crimes including ordering killings by security forces, was in court for a fourth and final trial.
The charges relate to a scandal which brought down his government in 2000.
During the trial, Fujimori, 71, admitted that he had illegally tapped the phones of journalists, businessmen and opposition politicians.
Fujimori, who led Peru from 1990 to 2000, returned from exile in late 2007 to face a number of charges.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
The chunk of stone, which is the right side of a boy's head and his lower face, is to be scanned using sophisticated technology and the remainder generated by computer to suggest what he may have looked like.
Archaeologists suspect the sculpture, which was found at Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, is of Nero as a young boy.
The only other known statues of Nero are in the Italian National Museum of Antiquities in Parma and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
One of the reasons that so few survive is because he was declared an enemy of the state after he was pushed from power in a military coup and images of him were ordered destroyed.
According to ancient historians, Nero was the emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned" during the city's Great Fire in 64AD and ordered the deaths of his mother, stepfather and pregnant wife, among others, to keep his grip on power.
Researchers have named the after the colour of the 27 Welsh stones it once incorporated.
The new circle, unearthed in secret over the summer, is one of the most important prehistoric finds in decades, archaeologists say.
Already, dispute has begun about what the discovery means for Stonehenge, and what light it might shed on the reasons why both monuments were erected.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-31-69)
The plan, which was drawn up by a French general, was to bring over 10,000 American soldiers and capitalise on a Britain that was distracted by the war on the other side of the Atlantic.
The general also proposed that the force include a corps of American Indians, or “sauvages”, as he termed them, that would strike terror into the British
The document was drawn up by Charles-François Dumouriez when commander at Cherbourg and bears a pencil note saying it came from the papers of General Barthélemy Scherer, briefly Minister of War.
The papers state that it would be easy to transport the Americans across the Atlantic, and proposes they land in Ireland, where “they would be guaranteed success”.
The first official history to be written about the organisation reveals that a "permanent file" was created on the politician when he entered the Commons in 1945 and remained in use throughout both his premierships from 1964-1970 and 1974-76.
Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former MI5 director general, said the existence of such a file did not necessarily mean a person was under suspicion, adding: "There was no plot, no conspiracy."
Wilson, who died in 1995, claimed that he had been subjected to several plots involving MI5 officers to overthrow his government, and became increasingly concerned that his activities and conversations were being monitored by the security services.
Chinatown, a three-floor club complete with red velvet booths, Art Deco windows and a curving iron staircase, has opened its doors to a rush of Chinese and foreign revellers, all keen to relive Shanghai's heyday.
The city was cleansed of its notorious nightspots when the Communists came to power in 1949, but Mr Gosney is determined to revive the city's fabled past, especially for the growing number of tourists.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-2-09)
Federal Judge Ariel Lijo charged Menem, 79, with "instigating" several crimes, including concealing evidence and abuse of authority.
As part of his investigation of irregularities that took place during the first government inquiry into the bombing Judge Lijo also charged the ex-president's brother Munir Menem, former intelligence services chief Hugo Anzorregui and retired judge Juan Jose Galeano.
Other defendants included former deputy secretary of intelligence Juan Carlos Anchezar and former commissioner Jorge Palacios, who also headed the Antiterrorism Unit and was forced to resign from his post as Buenos Aires police chief on suspicion of concealing evidence in the AMIA case.
In 2005, then-president Nestor Kirchner for the first time acknowledged "the responsibility of the state" in mishandling the bombing probe.
A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.
The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.
The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad's birthplace, and the name derives from "weaver of the Sabour", the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior.
Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past.
The vessel is a mid to late 17th-century Bellarmine jug which would have been filled with the likes of nail clippings, hair, bellybutton fluff, pins and iron nails.
The period was full of superstition and they were buried near or under buildings to ward off witches or evil spirits. Oxford Archaeology which is undertaking the dig will analyse the contents of the bottle to see what it contains.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-1-09)
Previous dives have dredged up hundreds of thousands of pounds of forged British currency and boxes of top secret SS documents. Hans Fricke, a German scientist, even discovered a new bacteria, called the "worm of Toplitz Lake".
But now Austrian nature experts are demanding a 99-year ban on all future dives because the constant hunt for treasure is disturbing local wildlife.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-2-09)
Mr Obama said: "Gandhi's teachings and ideals, shared with Martin Luther King Jr. on his 1959 pilgrimage to India, transformed American society through our civil rights movement.
"The America of today has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi and the nonviolent social action movement for Indian independence which he led.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-2-09)
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, who has drawn fire for saying Republicans want Americans to "die quickly" if they get sick, expressed regret Friday for comparing the health care crisis to a "holocaust."
Grayson added that he is a "staunch" supporter of Israel and has repeatedly called for action against Iran to avoid another Holocaust.
SOURCE: Fox News (10-2-09)
Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of serving as a guard at a death camp where approximately 29,000 Jews and others were killed. He is charged with being an accessory to their murders.
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk says he was a Red Army soldier who was captured by the Nazis, spent the rest of the war as their prisoner and never hurt anyone.
There are Nazi-era documents that suggest otherwise — including a photo ID identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at the Sobibor death camp and saying he was trained at a facility for Nazi guards at Trawniki.
The Munich state court said Friday that it has accepted the charge sheet against Demjanjuk, a necessary step in German legal proceedings.
Name of source: AAP
SOURCE: AAP (10-3-09)
South Australian Arthur Rex Crane, 83, has been on the highest level of service pension since 1988 and is the Federal President of the Prisoners of War Association of Australia, Fairfax Media reported.
He has alleged he was captured by the Japanese in 1942, became a prisoner of war at 15 and was imprisoned in Singapore's Outram Road jail.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (10-2-09)
During this apparent feeding frenzy, some shark teeth got stuck in the plesiosaur's bones, which were subsequently buried and remained undiscovered until a high-school student in Japan found them in 1968. Other shark tooth fossils were found near the bones. Only recently did paleontologists examine and describe the fossils scientifically.
The results, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, bring to light the diet of ancient sharks. And though the study scientists think the ocean feast was one of scavenging, it's possible the shark gang attacked a vulnerable, elderly reptile, now called
Futabasaurus suzukii, while it was alive.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (10-2-09)
The comments came during The Atlantic Magazine's First Draft of History Conferece, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Looking ahead to Palin's upcoming book — entitled "Going Rogue" — Schmidt predicted he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-2-09)
In a withering attack, they damned the ministry's chief witness – the deputy head of the military police – as lacking all credibility. They described his evidence to the court as "seriously flawed".
The MoD's failure to conduct a proper investigation of its own into the allegations has forced Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, to hold an independent public inquiry, the high court heard.
The MoD has already been forced into a public inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa while in the custody of British soldiers in Basra in 2003. Yesterday's case relates to allegations that an Iraqi named al-Sweady was murdered and others ill-treated after they were taken prisoner at a British base near Majar al-Kabir, north of Basra, in May 2004.
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-2-09)
The claims about the payments were revealed in a dossier of evidence that was intended to be used in an appeal by Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of murdering 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988.
Megrahi abandoned his appeal last month after the Libyan and Scottish governments struck a deal to free him on compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill with prostate cancer. Now in hospital in Tripoli, Megrahi said he wanted the public to see the evidence which he claims would have cleared him.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (10-2-09)
Preller winds back the video recording on his laptop. "He must be on here," he hisses. Someone has been attacking his wall, and Preller is looking for the perpetrator. It's not long before he finds what he's looking for. A clock on the screen shows the time: 3:15 p.m. A red station-wagon can be seen stopping on the right-hand side, a man gets out, in his left hand he holds a tool, in the other a spray can. He looks around then runs up to the wall, hammers against it, sprays something, then goes back to the car and drives off. On Aug. 27 he broke a hole through the wall, painted a pig and drew a circle around the hole. "It's an asshole," Preller says. "He means me."
On Aug. 13, 2009, Helmut Preller put up a wall in the eastern German town of Schönberg just a few kilometers from the former border that used to divide the former East and West Germanys before 1989. The wall, erected right by a main road, was made of thick white chipboard topped with barbed wire. It was intended to be as a work of art. Preller, who hails from Hamburg, the port city situated in the former West, is a painter and poet. And he wanted to create a memorial to the people who lost their lives in the death strip between Schönberg and Lübeck.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (10-2-09)
After the East German government closed the border to Hungary, the last chance for people to leave the country was via Czechoslovakia. The West German embassy was the most easily accessible outpost of the world inside the Iron Curtain countries and so, in late September, thousands of East Germans flocked to the embassy grounds and set up camp.
The 4,000 or so East Germans stayed there for five days, hoping that they would be allowed to leave the communist East.
After tough negotiations, it was agreed that the people camped at the embassy would be granted their wish, but the East German government had one condition: the train had to travel through East Germany.
West Germany's foreign minister at the time, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, flew to Prague to pass on the good news and to reassure those who were to board the train.
"It was clear to me that if I tell them your trains must go through the East, they will be afraid, Genscher said at a press conference in Prague this week as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations.
"I could tell them: nothing will happen to you."
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (10-3-09)
October 3, 1990, was the day on which the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) officially ceased to exist and the Federal Republic of Germany, previously the name for just the western part of the divided country, came to encompass both East and West. As the clock struck midnight hundreds of thousands of Germans celebrated outside the Reichstag building in Berlin.
Germany has still not resolved all the issues surrounding reunification: studies often show that there are major differences in employment opportunities and incomes between those who live in what used to be West Germany and those who live in the former East.
Unity Day celebrations
On Saturday, however, politicians and dignitaries will not be focusing on the negative aspects of reunification; instead newly re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Horst Koehler will pay tribute to those who made German unity possible.
The main event is being held in the southern city of Saarbruecken, following a tradition that Unity Day celebrations are held in the home town of the president of the Bundesrat, Germany's upper house. That position is currently held by Peter Mueller, premier of the state of Saarland, of which Saarbruecken is the capital.
In the German capital Berlin, giant marionettes will be walking through the west and east of the city, a spectacle produced by French theater company Royal de Luxe.
Name of source: The Atlantic
SOURCE: The Atlantic (9-30-09)
The September 11th Education Trust announced the launch of a trial curriculum to be tested this year. The curriculum includes various lesson plans, videos, interactive exercises that includes utilizing Google Earth to locate global terrorism. Relatives of victims provide video testimonials, as do Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The curriculum will be tried in New York City, California, New Jersey, Alabama, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas. The primary purpose of the curriculum is teach about the 9/11 attacks in historical and present day terms. The Trust provides a range of material from enough for a few class sessions to a whole semester's curriculum.
However, Ms. Engelhart wonders whether such attention is really so necessary: "The thing about this event is--what's the purpose of teaching it to our children? What do we want them to take out of it? That there are mean people out there who don't like us and who take their anger out the wrong way? It's not a very teachable moral that we need to focus on. I think it's a historical event that changed America and every child should know what happened, but there is no need for 'drilling' it into such young children. I think that would just be drilling negativity and fear into them. We need to figure out a teachable lesson and what our intentions are when teaching about 9/11."...
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (10-1-09)
The evidence is mainly in the form of an article denying DADT's usefulness, published by the National Defense University's Joint Forces Quarterly. The essay, written by Col. Om Prakash, argues that there is “no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly.” Prakash, by the way, works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the essay has received an award that goes out under the name of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Michael Mullen.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-2-09)
Among more than 150 treasures going on the block, to help address a $50 million budget deficit, are a four-faced Cartier clock lamp; a Sèvres compote dish that was a gift from Albert Lebrun, president of France from 1932 to 1940; original Christmas Seals; international stamps; and archival materials.
One of the more unusual items is a wax doll named Rose Percy, together with a collection of clothes and accessories rivaling those of any American Girl doll. According to an article by Virginia Mescher, a writer and Civil War historian, the doll was sold in an 1864 raffle to raise money for the United States Sanitary Commission, a Red Cross precursor that supported and cared for Union soldiers.
The auction is part of the organization’s effort to eliminate the deficit that remained after it pared its staff and took other cost-cutting measures in its last fiscal year, which ended June 30. By closing the warehouse and outsourcing storage and archival operations, the Red Cross will save $3 million annually.
SOURCE: NYT (10-1-09)
The celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was immense, powerful and flawless, down to the crystalline skies that, just a day earlier, had been laden with smog.
In all that, it was a fitting analogy for how China’s Communist Party leaders wanted their citizens and the world to regard them — and, perhaps, how they might be feeling themselves these days. The last such parade, in 1999, was of interest mainly to foreign military analysts and China hands. This time, the world’s news outlets reported raptly on the significance of every detail, and China’s state-run television network streamed video coverage over the Internet, in English and other languages, to viewers worldwide.
Beyond that, however, the Chinese made few concessions to their global audience. The 60th-anniversary celebration was slightly kitschy and indisputably retro, a carbon copy of the prior once-a-decade celebrations.
“On one level, they are naturally aware of the international audience, but in the end this is a parade and show for Chinese leaders and the people of China,” Geremie R. Barmé, professor of Chinese history at the Australian National University, said in an interview. “It has always been such a show. It is a display of China’s might and power. When it comes to this kind of parade, international perceptions are just not that important.”
SOURCE: NYT (10-1-09)
Even if relieved to learn that hostilities with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army had come to an end, most residents — the ones who had not died during the five-month siege — were simply too weak to go outdoors. “We were just lying in bed starving to death,” said Zhang Yinghua, now 86, as she recalled the famine that claimed the lives of her brother, her sister and most of her neighbors. “We couldn’t even crawl.”
In what China’s history books hail as one of the war’s decisive victories, Mao’s troops starved out the formidable Nationalist garrison that occupied Changchun with nary a shot fired. What the official story line does not reveal is that at least 160,000 civilians also died during the siege of the northeastern city, which lasted from June to October of 1948.
The People’s Republic of China basked in its 60th anniversary on Thursday with jaw-dropping pageantry, but there were no solemn pauses for the lives lost during the Communist Party’s rise to power — not for the estimated tens of millions who died during the civil war, nor the millions of landlords, Nationalist sympathizers and other perceived enemies who were eradicated during Mao’s drive to consolidate power.
“Changchun was like Hiroshima,” wrote Zhang Zhenglu, a lieutenant colonel in the People’s Liberation Army who documented the siege in “White Snow, Red Blood,” a book that was immediately banned after publication in 1989. “The casualties were about the same. Hiroshima took nine seconds; Changchun took five months.”
The 40,000 who survived did so by eating insects, leather belts and, in some cases, the bodies that littered the streets. By the time Communist troops took over the city, every leaf and blade of grass had been consumed during the final desperate months...
SOURCE: NYT (9-30-09)
While meteorologists in much of the world are simply charged with forecasting rain or shine, Mr. Guo and his colleagues at the Beijing Municipal Meteorological Station were also responsible for making sure the weather is of the crowd-pleasing variety. “If we make a mistake with our work, the impact will be huge,” Mr. Guo, a soft spoken scientist, told a news conference this week. “We are under a lot of pressure.”...
... During the Olympics, technicians fired off 1,100 rockets that delivered chemical catalysts into a band of clouds, and, according to the Chinese media, provoked rainfall that might have otherwise soaked the opening ceremonies.
Last winter, as drought parched Beijing and the surrounding countryside, aging antiaircraft batteries on the city’s outskirts shot more than 500 pencil-thin sticks of silver iodide into the heavens. Coincidentally or not, three days of snowfall graced the capital soon after.
Cloud seeding, as its known, is not an exact science. In fact, many scientists in the United States remain dubious over claims that humans can increase precipitation or forestall bad weather. But such cynicism has not dampened China’s enthusiasm for rainmaking.
SOURCE: NYT (9-30-09)
“I’ve learned from textbooks the history of China — how we were invaded in the past by foreigners,” he said this week as he sold bananas and persimmons from a fruit cart in a leafy downtown neighborhood. “How, in order to survive, we had to band together in love of country. I’m proud that China has turned from a backward country into a country with international standing in such short time.”
Few would deny him his pride in China’s miracle. But ask Mr. Xie to explain China’s core values — not what his country achieved, but what it stands for — and he is dumbstruck, a student called on in class to report on the book he forgot to read.
“The ability of China to adapt,” he said after a long silence. “To learn from the West.” And, in a phrase that sounds plucked from a pamphlet, “the diligence and industriousness of the laboring masses.”
China’s ruling Communist Party is throwing itself a huge and meticulously choreographed anniversary party on Thursday, a celebration whose overarching theme echoes the words Mao spoke after forcing the Nationalists to surrender Beijing in 1949. “Ours will no longer be a nation subject to insult and humiliation,” Mao said. “We have stood up.”
From the displays of advanced weaponry to the celebration posters highlighting Shanghai’s forest of skyscrapers, the unmistakable message of this celebration is that Mao was right and that the Communist Party is carrying all China to prosperity and worldwide respect.
But prosperity is a condition, not a value. And on the eve of a great patriotic celebration, at least a few Communist leaders must be wondering whether lashing patriotism to eternal prosperity is not, at least a little, like riding a tiger...
Name of source: WSJ
Hasutai is a Manchu, descendant of a nomadic warrior tribe that conquered China in the 17th century and ruled it for more than 250 years. Generations of persecution have all but eliminated the Manchus' language.
So Hasutai, who in the Manchu tradition goes by the one name, has come to this remote corner of China on a quest. His goal is to connect with members of the Xibe tribe -- a reclusive group who speak a forgotten dialect similar to his people's. Along with a band of like-minded young people in half a dozen Chinese cities, Hasutai has started schools, Web sites, written textbooks and recorded the few remaining Manchu speakers for posterity. "At some point you realize that the first language you're speaking isn't your mother tongue," says Hasutai. "You feel like an orphan. You want to find your mother."
Hasutai is at the vanguard of an explosion of ethnic awareness and pride across China. The nation's 1.3 billion people are overwhelmingly Han Chinese, but roughly 9% of the population are ethnic minorities: Manchus and Mongolians, Uighurs and Tibetans as well as dozens of others. Although their numbers are small, minorities live on nearly half of China's territory, including most of its borderlands. Over the past two years they have been at the center of bloody riots that claimed hundreds of lives.
The behavior of our ape relatives, known as peaceful vegetarians, once bolstered the view that our actions could not be traced to an impulse to dominate. But in the late 1970s, when chimpanzees were discovered to hunt monkeys and kill each other, they became the poster boys for our violent origins and aggressive instinct.
I use the term "boys" on purpose because the theory was all about males without much attention to the females of the species, who just tagged along evolutionarily. It was hard to escape the notion that we are essentially "killer apes" destined to wage war forever.
Doubts about this macho origin myth have been on the rise, however, culminating in the announcement this past week of the discovery of a fossil of a 4.4 million year old ancestor that may have been gentler than previously thought. Considered close to the last common ancestor of apes and humans, this ancestral type, named Ardipithecus ramidus (or "Ardi"), had a less protruding mouth equipped with considerably smaller, blunter canine teeth than the chimpanzee's impressive fangs. This ape's canines serve as deadly knives, capable of slashing open an enemy's face and skin, causing either a quick death through blood loss or a slow one through festering infections. Wild chimps have been observed to use this weaponry to lethal effect in territorial combat. But the aggressiveness of chimpanzees obviously loses some of its significance if our ancestors were built quite differently. What if chimps are outliers in an otherwise relatively peaceful lineage?
The 170-page legal brief published Friday includes some previously undisclosed evidence, including some uncovered by a Scottish review panel of his 1998 conviction. The documents say that a key witness, Malta shopkeeper Tony Gauci, had expressed interest in a financial reward prior to giving evidence at the trial. That is significant because it may raise questions about the motives and reliability of his testimony.
Name of source: Asian News International
SOURCE: Asian News International (10-1-09)
The discovery was made recently in a cave in southeastern Armenia.
An analysis performed by the Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine confirmed that one of three human skulls found at the site contains particles of a human brain dating to around the first quarter of the 4th millennium BC.
The preliminary results of the laboratory analysis prove this is the oldest of the human brains so far discovered in the world, said Dr. Boris Gasparian, one of the excavations leaders and an archeologist from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Yerevan.
Of course, the mummies of Pharaonic Egypt did contain brains, but this one is older than the Egyptian ones by about 1,000 to 1,200 years, he added.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (10-3-09)
This finding appears to end the almost two-decade battle with the estate by Shloss, and to represent relief for other Joyce scholars who’ve felt the estate to be unfair and unreasonable in the number of demands and limitations imposed on them. (An article in 2006 in The New Yorker describes this tension and offers a portrait of the artist’s grandson as gatekeeper: “Stephen is a handsome man of seventy-four, with a gray beard, sloping forehead, and deep-blue eyes—he looks the way Joyce might have looked if he had not smoked and drunk himself to death, at fifty-eight, in 1941.”)
Name of source: boston.com
SOURCE: boston.com (10-2-09)
But Verizon sold the building last year and quietly took the mural down over the summer as part of the sales agreement. The removal has triggered a storm of protest among local preservationists, who worry about the loss of a significant piece of New England history, as well as the future of the Art Deco building where it long resided.
“We are outraged about the removal,’’ said Tony Fusco, president of the Art Deco Society of Boston. “This is undoubtedly the most important mural of its kind in Boston.’’
Fusco said the removal is tantamount to stripping the murals out of Rockefeller Center in New York or the Boston Public Library.
Name of source: Dallas Business Journal
SOURCE: Dallas Business Journal (10-1-09)
Dallas-based Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) said the archives also will receive documents and materials from The Dallas Morning News and its parent company, A.H. Belo Corp., which was spun off from Belo Corp. to establish two separate entities in 2008.
“Since 1985, Belo Corp. has invested in updating its archival collection that traces the history of the company as well as the City of Dallas. We are proud of this collection and believe it is best situated in a permanent curatorial setting such as the DeGolyer Library,” said Robert W. Decherd, chairman of Belo Corp. “The Board of Directors and management of Belo Corp. are very pleased that SMU will be home to the archives and thereby enhance the university’s already significant collections.”
Name of source: New York Post
SOURCE: New York Post (10-2-09)
Kerik received heavy publicity, much of it glowing, for his actions as commissioner after the attack that brought down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Judge Stephen Robinson said Tuesday the attack had no relevance to the case. Kerik’s accused of accepting apartment renovations from a construction company in exchange for recommending the company for city contracts.
Name of source: OpEdNews.com
SOURCE: OpEdNews.com (9-30-09)
Responding to a motion brought by NYC CAN attorney Dennis McMahon, a hearing was held Tuesday September 29 at the New York State Supreme Court, and concluded with the understanding that the Court will likely render a decision on the petition's legality by Friday, October 2...
... The Judge proceeded to invite discourse on why an investigation was needed. When McMahon raised as an example the 9/11 Commission's omission of the collapse of Building 7 from its final report, the Judge replied in puzzlement, "Building what?"
When asked by the Judge whether or not there has been an investigation into 9/11 by New York City authorities, Steve Kitzinger, the City's lawyer, replied, "It's irrelevant", to which the packed courtroom was loudly disdainful, some openly laughing in disbelief. At which point Mr. Kitzinger prevailed upon Judge Lehner to quiet the crowd, which the Judge did.
With order restored, the Judge again asked Kitzinger if the City had done anything to investigate 9/11. Kitzinger flatly responded, "No."
"The City never did anything?" retorted the Judge in disbelief. "Nothing, Kitzinger admitted...
Name of source: Truthout
SOURCE: Truthout (9-30-09)
"Like Vietnam without the napalm," said Spc. Nicholas Gojekian, 21, of Katy, Texas.
A prime agricultural area of vineyards and pomegranate orchards, the 18-miles of valley that the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment patrols includes Taliban insurgents, booby traps and buried explosives. The troops call the area the "green zone," but unlike Iraq, where it's a fortified area in the heart of Baghdad, this green zone can be a hellish place.
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (10-1-09)
The path of just such a discovery began in November 1994 with the unearthing of two pieces of bone from the palm of a hominid hand in the dusty Middle Awash region of Ethiopia. Within weeks, more than 100 additional bone fragments were found during an intensive search-and-reconstruction effort that would go on for the next 15 years and culminate in a key piece of evolutionary evidence revealed this week: the 4.4 million–year–old skeleton of a likely human ancestor known as Ardipithecus ramidus (abbreviated Ar. ramidus)...
... So what does that mean? Based on Ardi's anatomy, it appears that chimpanzees may actually have evolved more than humans — in the scientific sense of having changed more over the past 7 million years or so. That's not to say Ardi was more human-like than chimplike. White describes her as an "interesting mosaic" with certain uniquely human characteristics: bipedalism, for one. Ardi stood 47 in. (120 cm) tall and weighed about 110 lb. (50 kg), making her roughly twice as heavy as Lucy. The structure of Ardi's upper pelvis, leg bones and feet indicates she walked upright on the ground, while still retaining the ability to climb. Her foot had an opposable big toe for grasping tree limbs but lacked the flexibility that apes use to grab and scale tree trunks and vines ("Gorilla and chimp feet are almost like hands," says Lovejoy), nor did it have the arch that allowed Australopithecus and Homo to walk without lurching side to side. Ardi had a dexterous hand, more maneuverable than a chimp's, that made her better at catching things on the ground and carrying things while walking on two legs. Her wrist, hand and shoulder bones show that she wasn't a knuckle walker and didn't spend much time hanging or swinging ape-style in trees. Rather, she moved along branches using a primitive method of palm-walking typical of extinct apes. "[Ardi is] a lovely Darwinian creature," says Penn State paleoanthropologist Alan Walker, who was not involved in the discovery. "It has features that are intermediate between the last common ancestor and australopithecines."
Name of source: philly.com
SOURCE: philly.com (10-1-09)
He was no longer a lawyer in training seeking tips on how to try a case. He was the lead prosecutor, and the case was a historic sequel to the one he had watched from a balcony seat decades earlier.
The case of the 1963 bombing deaths of four young girls in a Birmingham, Ala., church yielded a conviction in 1977. Jones and his team were seeking the same for defendant No. 2.
"When I became U.S. attorney, my staff said, 'Don't get your hopes up,' " said Jones, 55. "I said, if we don't do this now, we may never get another chance."
Jones set the stage for his second encounter with civil-rights history at a presentation yesterday before students at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. The lecture and slide show were history teacher Robert Moyer Jr.'s way of bringing a sense of immediacy to a time that some students might know only from books and movies...
Name of source: TwinCities.com
SOURCE: TwinCities.com (9-24-09)
... Lucy Ganje, an art professor who led protests against the name, said the school should not only drop its nickname and Indian head logo, but also apologize to Sioux tribes and the school's American Indian students.
The two views illustrate the passionately fought debate over the nickname that has nagged the Grand Forks school for years and could finally be resolved this fall. Unless the school gets the support of the state's two Sioux tribes by Oct. 1, which appears unlikely, the state Board of Higher Education says it must drop the nickname...
... University of North Dakota teams have been known as the Fighting Sioux since 1930. Those who support the name echo the argument made by fans of other teams with American Indian mascots — that it is part of the school's heritage and is a sign of respect that honors the Indians' proud traditions.
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (10-1-09)
The nearly 50-page report, requested near the end of the Bush administration by members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security and presented to the committee late this past August, paints a sordid picture of the Park Service's approach toward security. The agency does not take advantage of risk-management tools across the entire 391-unit park system; is limited in how it shares and coordinates information internally; lacks a service-wide approach to measuring and testing security systems and performance, and; lacks clearly defined security roles, states the report (attached below).
"More emphasis on key practices would provide greater assurance that Park Service assets are well-protected and that Park Service resources are being used efficiently to improve protection," notes the report. "Critical to advancing the Park Service's security efforts, a more comprehensive risk management approach and related guidance -- which are currently lacking -- would provide management with up-to-date information on threats and trends in security gaps and would allow management to target resources to address the greatest threats and vulnerabilities."
Name of source: Daily News
SOURCE: Daily News (9-30-09)
The Turkish government has allocated a budget to restore an ancient lighthouse, believed to be the world's oldest.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay said Wednesday that his ministry would grant 800,000 Turkish Liras for the restoration of Nero's Lighthouse, discovered four years ago in the ancient city of Patara, located near today’s Mediterranean town of Gelemiş in Antalya province.
Name of source: The Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (10-2-09)
Today, Mr. Qiu is as active as ever. His current project looks at the costs of China's 60 years of communism by contrasting the official, heroic history of a giant bridge over the Yangtze River with the span's role as China's top place for suicides.
But there's a key difference: Mr. Qiu is now a member of the Chinese cultural establishment. He has a senior teaching post at the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou. And unlike the old days, exhibitions of his works now fill large halls, staying up for weeks, not hours.
Few art scenes have been as whiplashed by change as China's. As the People's Republic begins a week of celebrations Thursday to mark its 60th anniversary, the country's often-edgy contemporary artists are a proxy for the country's fast-changing political landscape.
First forced to glorify the state, artists across genres were once ostracized. More recently, their work has emerged as one of the few bright lights in China's otherwise staid cultural scene. The National Day celebrations are highlighting China's artistic successes -- its sparkling new concert houses and theaters, cinemas and prolific publishing houses.
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (9-30-09)
The FBI turned over more than two dozen tapes taken from security cameras on buildings and other locations around the federal building to Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, who obtained them through the federal Freedom of Information Act. Trentadue said the tapes are blank at various times in the minutes before the blast.
"They have been edited," Trentadue said Wednesday.
The soundless recordings show people rushing from nearby buildings immediately after a 4,000 pound fertilizer-and-fuel-oil bomb detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring hundreds more.
Some show people fleeing through corridors cluttered with debris. None shows the actual explosion that ripped through the federal building.
Trentadue said the absence of footage before the blast indicates something was on the tapes that the FBI did not want to make public.