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Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-7-10)
The four huge guns are at the base of a statue of the Newcastle-born naval hero which stands in Tynemouth.
The cannons, which are no longer in working order, were fired on Sunday using pyrotechnics.
They were last used in battle on board Collingwood's vessel Royal Sovereign as it led British ships in 1805.
SOURCE: BBC (3-7-10)
In his memoir, Mr Rove writes that he felt he should have done more to reject claims that President Bush lied about the existence of Saddam's weapons.
He called his perceived failure one of the worst mistakes he made.
But he described the achievements of the Bush administration as "impressive, durable and significant".
SOURCE: BBC (3-6-10)
The text was found in January when experts moved the Henry Hyde monument from the south aisle wall to clean it.
Archaeologist Tim Tatton-Brown said: "The basic questions of what exactly the words are and why it was written on the cathedral wall remain unanswered.
SOURCE: BBC (3-4-10)
Publisher Henry Holt and Co ceased production of Charles Pellegrino's Last Train From Hiroshima on Monday.
It said Pellegrino "was not able to answer" questions about its accuracy or the reliability of his sources.
In a speech to mark the forthcoming 25th anniversary of perestroika, he said the current government "wants to carry out its programme of modernisation practically without the people".
He criticised the ruling United Russia party, led by the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as "like the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, only worse" and accused authorities of creating a "monopoly of the party of power".
Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his efforts to bring about a peaceful end to the Cold War.
But he is widely disliked in Russia today for his role in bringing about the fall of the Soviet Union and for reforms such as his notorious anti-alcohol campaign.
The 14 black-and-white photos include images of President Fidel Castro and fellow communist leader Che Guevara.
Dating from 1959 to the early 1960s, 12 were taken by Mr Castro's official photographer Alberto Korda.
The prize lot, a picture of Mr Guevara game fishing, fetched £6,600 at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, in Cirencester.
The PM also insisted he had not been kept in the dark by Tony Blair despite not being aware of some developments.
His own intelligence briefings had convinced him that Iraq was a threat that "had to be dealt with", he said.
But the main issue for him was that Iraq was in breach of UN resolutions - and that "rogue states" could not be allowed to flout international law.
Mr Ganic, 63, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Monday at the request of Serbia, where he is wanted on war crimes charges.
But the Bosnian authorities say he should be extradited there instead.
Thousands of Bosnians protested outside the British and Serbian embassies in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo demanding his release.
A congressional panel on Thursday approved the resolution, paving the way for a possible vote by the House.
But US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the administration would "work very hard" to prevent this.
Turkey voiced strong protests after the vote and recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations.
SOURCE: BBC (3-3-10)
University language experts have been given a grant of £334,000 to pore over thousands of witness accounts of massacres following the 1641 rebellion.
The Protestant death toll was most recently put at between 4,000 and 12,000, mainly in Ulster.
However, there have been allegations that accounts of the killings were exaggerated for propaganda purposes.
SOURCE: BBC (3-4-10)
Hampshire police said the 45kg (100lb) device was found by construction workers in London Road at 1005 GMT.
A 200m (220yd) area was cordoned off and buildings evacuated.
Some people are now being allowed back in but the device is still being inspected by a team from the Royal Engineers who hope to move it soon.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (3-7-10)
A full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times left no doubt as to how the American Civil Liberties Union feels about the possibility of the president reversing the decision to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators to civilian court.
"What will it be Mr. President?" the ad asks in boldfaced type. "Change or more of the Same?"
In the middle of those words are four photos that show Obama's face morphing into Bush's.
SOURCE: Fox News (3-5-10)
Those are just some of the "Rove-elations" Republican strategist and longtime Democratic antagonist Karl Rove provides in his new book, "Courage and Consequence."
Rove writes that the Bush administration mishandled several aspects of the response to Katrina, including allowing the president to survey the devastation from Air Force One. Rove says it was a mistake to allow Bush to fly over the storm-ravaged area, which resulted in a photograph of Bush that critics said showed him as aloof in his response.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-6-10)
Saturday's fire at the Wendell August Forge workshop and gift shop is believed to have started in the workshop, where lacquer was sprayed on bronze pieces such as awards and trophies, spokeswoman Danielle Elderkin said. All employees and customers escaped unharmed.
The Wendell August Forge had been in business in Grove City, in the heart of scenic western Pennsylvania, since 1932. Its building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SOURCE: AP (3-6-10)
But fierce political battle is also a tradition ingrained in American history. If today's hostile environment is particularly intense, it's downright genteel compared to many battles of the past.
The Civil War, when anti- and pro-slavery forces split the nation, is the most extreme example. But there's also the beginning of the 20th century, when the country was becoming more urban and trust-busting Teddy Roosevelt was redefining the role of government.
The current economic troubles have collided with President Barack Obama's efforts to change government amid waves of public anger and protest movements like the tea party.
The angry mood was so discouraging for Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh that the Democrat recently said "I do not love Congress" as he announced he would not run for re-election.
His sentiments have been heard before....
SOURCE: AP (3-4-10)
Ambassador John Beyrle said that the recovery of the rare artifact signaled increasing trust between Moscow and Washington.
The medallion, which bears a portrait of Czar Peter the Great, once belonged to the family of Russia's last Czar, Nicholas II. It was stolen from the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.
SOURCE: AP (3-2-10)
It appears to be the third suicide connected to the case.
Ted Dan Gardiner, an antiquities dealer and former grocery store CEO, shot himself Monday at a home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay, police said.
Name of source: CNN
But the United States Postal Service deserves a standing ovation for something that's going to happen this month: Bill Mauldin is getting his own postage stamp.
Mauldin died at age 81 in the early days of 2003. The end of his life had been rugged. He had been scalded in a bathtub, which led to terrible injuries and infections; Alzheimer's disease was inflicting its cruelties. Unable to care for himself after the scalding, he became a resident of a California nursing home, his health and spirits in rapid decline.
He was not forgotten, though. Mauldin, and his work, meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home. He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin's drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubbled infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.
Ahmadinejad, known for his harsh rhetoric toward the West and Israel, said the attack on U.S. soil was a "scenario and a sophisticated intelligence measure," Iran's state-run Press TV reported Saturday.
The assault was a "big lie intended to serve as a pretext for fighting terrorism and setting the grounds for sending troops to Afghanistan," Press TV reported Ahmadinejad as saying.
Standing on the steps of St. Elizabeth's -- Selma, Alabama's "black" Catholic church -- the young white priest was about to witness one of the most iconic days of the civil rights era. It would come to be known as Bloody Sunday.
The sirens were coming from the Edmund Pettus Bridge, only a few miles away. Selma law enforcement and Alabama state police, led by Sheriff Jim Clark, had forced back nearly 600 marchers with tear gas and billy clubs.
In the days leading up to the historic march, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had focused his nonviolent campaign for civil rights on this rural section of Alabama. By March, Selma had become ground zero in the fight to gain voting rights for blacks.
The gown, designed by New York designer Jason Wu, is the one-shoulder, white-chiffon dress that the first lady wore to all 10 inaugural balls the evening of President Obama's inauguration.
According to Melina Machado at the history museum, the frock will be the center point of a new gallery entitled "A First Lady's Debut." It will be surrounded by 10 other gowns, nine of which are also gowns worn at the first inaugurals of previous presidents.
SOURCE: CNN (3-6-10)
Rove, a long-time political advisor who joined Bush in the White House after the 2000 campaign, said the U.S. wouldn't have gone to war with Iraq if the administration knew that weapons of mass destruction wouldn't be found.
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Rove argued, may have destroyed most of his WMD stockpiles or possibly moved them to other countries such as Syria before the war.
The highly anticipated release of "Courage and Consequence," purchased by CNN Friday at a Washington area bookstore ahead of its release date next week, is a wide-ranging look at Bush's rise in politics as seen through the lens of his longtime strategist and aide. Rove also chronicles his life and political career.
The parts of the 516-page book that cover the selection of Cheney as Bush's running mate suggest that the longtime Republican insider was not comfortable when offered the position.
In November, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to try Mohammed in a New York civilian court.
A firestorm of opposition erupted from both New York officials and top Republicans after Holder's announcement.
New York police have estimated the cost to the city would exceed $200 million per year in a trial that could last years. They have said, among other things, that they would need to install more than 2,000 checkpoints in Lower Manhattan.
SOURCE: CNN (3-4-10)
The clothing -- a shirt, tie and jacket, with what appears to be bloodstains on the shirt -- was removed from the exhibit, "Behind-The-Scenes: The LAPD Homicide Experience," at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In addition, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and Police Chief Charlie Beck, in an open letter Thursday, apologized to any other victims' family members who might have been offended by the other items in the exhibit, running Tuesday through Thursday at the California Homicide Investigators Association's 2010 conference.
Name of source: Times Online (UK)
SOURCE: Times Online (UK) (3-7-10)
The former prime minister, who acquired a 1933 copy of the book, highlighted sections that he thought revealing of the German dictator’s mindset, and even added exclamation marks alongside some passages.
Chamberlain was struck by sections that underlined Hitler’s anti-Semitism, his faith in Aryan superiority and his sense of racial affinity with the British....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-5-10)
“They have a saying in the Army — ‘If you’re on time, you’re late, and if you’re five minutes early, you’re on time,” Mr. Ruck said.
He has to get up early because there is no R.O.T.C. program at Stanford. The university has not had one on campus since 1973, when the Army and the Navy terminated their programs after years of opposition from students and faculty during the height of national turmoil over the Vietnam War.
The 15 or so Stanford students who participate in R.O.T.C. programs now go to University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State; or, like Mr. Ruck, Santa Clara.
But that may change. For a while, Stanford officials have been discussing bringing back R.O.T.C. An apparent prerequisite for its return is a repeal of the current law barring openly gay people from serving in the military....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-1-10)
In a growing scandal, those left homeless by the disaster on the western coast said proper Atlantic defences could have saved everybody.
"The sea was being held back by puny walls which were hundreds of years old," said a Gilles Aucoin, who lives near the town of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer.
"Massive waves were able to crash through our streets and drown people. This should have been predicted a long time ago and dealt with by proper town planning.
"A mobile home park was near one of the sea walls and that’s where a lot of people drowned."...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-6-10)
Lufthansa launched the online poll last month in order to find a name for one of a batch of new Airbus A380s it will start using soon. It offered the person who dreamt up the winning name the "glittering prospect" of acquiring one million air miles, enough to fly round the world twice in first class.
Almost immediately, a Russian woman nominated "Stalingrad," the Russian city where Nazi Germany suffered a crushing defeat in 1943 at the hands of the Red Army with the loss of up to one million troops.
Within days, almost 10,000 people had voted for "Stalingrad" making it the favourite to win by a huge margin. The airline apparently thought Russian pranksters were behind the incongruous result, suspecting they had rigged the voting with the help of a special computer programme....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-5-10)
"Bernhard, a secret history" has revealed that the prince was a member of the German Nazi party until 1934, three years before he married Princess Juliana, the future queen of the Netherlands.
Annejet van der Zijl, a Dutch historian, has found membership documents in Berlin's Humboldt University that prove Prince Bernhard, who studied there, had joined Deutsche Studentenschaft, a National Socialist student fraternity, as well as the Nazi NSDAP and its paramilitary wing, the Sturmabteilung....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-3-10)
Bonnet helped show that Sudan was not merely a satellite to Egypt's wealth of ancient relics. He unearthed statues of Sudan's "black pharaohs", the overlords of the Kingdom of Kush, suggesting that Sudan was a trove itself.
Bonnet peeled away at the old kingdom of Kerma (2500 to 1500 BC) and discovered seven granite statues of the Nubian rulers near the bank of the Nile.
But with archaeologists now interested in the Nile valley in northern Sudan, where the Kushite kingdom flourished between present day Khartoum and the Egyptian border, he still dreams of forgotten kingdoms elsewhere in the country.
The letter was written by the Princess in June 1994, the same month that the Prince of Wales spoke about his private life in a television interview with Jonathan Dimbleby.
The letter was bought by an anonymous bidder at the Dominic Winter auction in Cirencester, Glos, on Wednesday.
By releasing the book, The Journey, in September he will invite suggestions that he believes Mr Brown is unlikely to still be Prime Minister.
The book’s release has been delayed until after the likely May poll date, in what most believe is part of Mr Blair's desire not to destablise Mr Brown before polling day.
The asteroid, the size of the Isle of Wight, slammed into the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico at 20 times the speed of a bullet causing earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and wildfires.
The destruction, 65 million years ago, was so great it left most of the world a wasteland, shrouded in dust, perpetually cold and virtually devoid of all life and vegetation.
The dinosaurs, which had ruled for 160 million years, were wiped out in a matter of days. Large marine reptiles, like the mosasaurs and the plesiosaurs, the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs, giant snail-like ammonites and many species of marine plankton, were also were also obliterated. Bird species also suffered losses but survived.
Some mammals survived, however, ultimately setting the stage for the rise of human beings.
The conclusion by a panel of 41 international scientists, that it was an asteroid that caused the disappearance of the dinosaurs, has come in a bid to end decades of speculation.
The panel, which reported in the journal Science, were set up in order to end debate over what caused the massed extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (3-6-10)
Garmong, now 85, was pregnant when Staff Sgt. William C. Fetterman perished in 1943. She remarried and had two more children, but her late second husband, with whom she shared most of her life, "always knew he was second choice."
Because of a second tragedy, though, Garmong was never able to bury Fetterman. In 1946, his remains were unearthed along with about 40 other American war dead buried in Burma by Japanese occupiers. They were put on a plane headed to India en route to the U.S. for a stateside burial, but that aircraft crashed too and was never found.
Never, that is, until three months ago, when Arizona adventurer Clayton Kuhles located its wreckage in the jungle of the eastern Indian state of Tripura. Researchers took the serial numbers he found and matched them last month with government records to determine that this was, in fact, the C-47 that had carried Garmong's husband's body.
It was, by far, the largest and most significant find for Kuhles, 55, since he began his one-man mission in 2000 to locate American planes that went missing during World War II across south-central Asia. He's located 16 never before found wrecks in India, Myanmar and China and provided an accounting of the whereabouts of the remains of at least 100 service members. But this C-47 discovery has the potential to resolve lifelong questions for dozens of grieving families.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-5-10)
The solemn visit is an annual tradition for communists steeped in nostalgia for the Soviet era. But this year, it comes as Russia's bitter debate over Stalin's legacy sharpens ahead of May 9 celebrations marking 65 years since the Nazi defeat.
For the first time in decades, Stalin's image may appear among the banners and posters that Moscow authorities put up for Victory Day, which will draw foreign leaders to Moscow as guests of the government.
City plans to set up 10 information stands describing Stalin's role in the war have deepened animus between Russians who loathe him and their compatriots who love him.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-4-10)
The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee voted 23-22 to approve the non-binding resolution, which calls on President Barack Obama to ensure U.S. policy formally refers to the killings as genocide.
The action cleared the way for the measure to be considered by the full House but it was unclear whether it would actually come to a vote there. The Obama administration and Turkey had pressed lawmakers to drop the matter.
The vote triggered an immediate condemnation from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who recalled Turkey's ambassador to Washington for consultations. Erdogan said he worried the measure would harm Turkish-U.S. ties and efforts by Muslim Turkey and Christian Armenia to end a century of hostility.
The vote put Obama in a tight spot between his desire to maintain good relations with Turkey, a Muslim but secular democracy that plays a vital role for U.S. interests from Iran to Afghanistan to the Middle East.
On the one side is NATO ally Turkey, which rejects calling the events genocide. On the other side is an important U.S. Armenian-American constituency and their backers in Congress ahead of congressional elections in November....
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (2-5-10)
Based on a popular British series with the same title, “Who Do You Think You Are?’’ is the People magazine version of PBS’s “Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.’’ Each episode is devoted to a single star, as he or she travels from expert to historian to family member for factual ancestral information. Tonight, Parker traces her family tree back and back, traveling from New Jersey, where we meet her mother, to Cincinnati to California to, finally, Boston and Salem. Turns out Parker may be related to someone involved in the Salem witch trials.
True to its reality-TV roots, “Who Do You Think You Are?’’ is presented in heavily dramatized terms. The narration is over-baked and, at times, unintentionally funny, such as when the narrator announces, “Coming up, Sarah Jessica finds out whether her ancestor was accused of being a witch.’’ The soundtrack music and montages are also manipulative and intrusive. And each discovery Parker makes is an opportunity for her to appear stunned, blown away, moved, and touched - to perform just a little bit.
Name of source: Armenian Weekly
SOURCE: Armenian Weekly (3-2-10)
During the flowering of Turkish-Israeli political and security relations, it was easy for representatives of the “organized” Jewish community to speak on behalf of its Turkish friends and against the resolution. As the Turkish government began to slide—and then rush—away from its relationship with Israel and slide—and then rush—toward new accommodations with Syria and Iran, the Jewish community has become less inclined to use its organizational skill on behalf of the agenda of a country that is less inclined toward the Western side of the great divide. It doesn’t help that the Turkish “request” for “help” has begun to sound more like a threat of damage yet to come....
To the extent that either side believed opposition to the resolution was a test of loyalty, or tied it to extraneous issues, they made a mistake. The Armenian resolution—driven largely by the Armenian American community—should be opposed and defeated. But the reasons stand without regard to the (increasingly difficult) behavior of the Turkish government and without regard to (increasingly difficult) Turkish-Israeli or Turkish-American relations....
Name of source: SPACE.com
SOURCE: SPACE.com (3-2-10)
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.
The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).
The Earth's figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis, which it spins around once every day at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,604 kph).
The figure axis is the axis around which the Earth's mass is balanced. It is offset from the Earth's north-south axis by about 33 feet (10 meters).
Strong earthquakes have altered Earth's days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami, should have shortened Earth's days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm, or 2.32 milliarcseconds).
Name of source: Living Lake Country (WI)
SOURCE: Living Lake Country (WI) (3-3-10)
Secretary of Army John McHugh notified Feingold's office last week that Cushing would receive the country's highest military honor, according to Matt Nikolay, veterans' affairs case worker and regional coordinator in Feingold's La Crosse office.
Nikolay credited local historian Margaret Zerwekh with initiating a campaign seven years ago to have Cushing awarded the medal posthumously. Nikolay said several other constituents had also urged Feingold to recommend Cushing for the award.
"It was a big surprise. It has been a slow process," Nikolay observed....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-2-10)
Katharine (Kitty) Murray, the Duchess of Atholl and the MP for Kinross and West Perthshire from 1923 to 1938.
She certainly seems to be a woman of contradictions at first sight.
She maintained a woman's place was in the home, even speaking against votes for women - but ended up in the most prestigious boys' club of them all, becoming our first MP....
When she first entered Westminster she was one of only eight women elected as MPs from across Britain....
Name of source: York Daily Record (PA)
SOURCE: York Daily Record (PA) (3-5-10)
And the trees on a half-acre parcel south of the West End Guide Station on Route 30 could open the view to another place that could eventually be changing its appearance - the Gettysburg Country Club.
The area, northwest of the borough, saw significant fighting on the first day of the three-day battle. The Park Service also plans on thinning trees along Willoughby Run, where the Union Iron Brigade made its famous stand on the first day of the battle. So will there be trees blocking the view from the battlefield of whatever might come to the country club property?
The answer is yes and no, according to Park Service officials.
"I think it's a little early to say," said park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon....
Name of source: Niagara Falls Review (Canada)
SOURCE: Niagara Falls Review (Canada) (3-5-10)
These could include uniform parts salvaged from a battlefield, buttons, bits of ammunition and weapons from the enemy. These relics were frequently kept in a family for generations as memorials to fallen family members or of past heroic actions.
The War of 1812 was no different, soldiers who fought picked up souvenirs of certain places and actions.
In addition to those souvenirs picked up at the time of the War of 1812, in the 19th century when visiting a War of 1812 battlefield
was commonplace, relics were picked up, including musket and cannon balls, buttons, shako plates and every day items such as spoons and forks.
Many of these relics were passed down in a family from generation to generation and eventually a number of these ended up in museum collections, both in Canada and around the world. A large portion of the War of 1812 collections at the Niagara Falls Museums came from local family collections....
Name of source: The Spec (Canada)
SOURCE: The Spec (Canada) (3-5-10)
The memorial fortification -- with corks at the end of each muzzle to keep the coffee cups and cigarette butts out -- acknowledges fallen soldiers from the bloody Battle of Stoney Creek on what is known as Smith's Knoll.
It's an island of reflection in a sea of urban sprawl that gives the impression that the horrible chapter of history has long since been laid to rest.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Three years before the 200th anniversary, many are saying that generations of Stoney Creek citizens should feel ashamed about the handling of soldiers' remains after the battle.
Hamilton councillor Brad Clark, who represents Stoney Creek, calls it "200 years of neglect....
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (3-5-10)
Lorraine Abner’s letter did not name the individuals. But her apology came after three teachers at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates allegations that they had their first-, second- and fourth-grade students carry pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul at last Friday’s event.
“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models,” the letter said. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”
Abner could not be reached for comment Thursday.
LAUSD spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry said Simpson appeared on a school-approved list of Black History Month figures, which dates back to 1985. But she said the names of Rodman and RuPaul, among others, were added in pencil when teachers were selecting which prominent African Americans their classes would honor in the parade.
Pollard-Terry said the principal did not see the amended list, which LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines called a lack of oversight. Some civil rights activists and groups, including the Los Angeles branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, protested Wednesday that those choices made a mockery of black history and reinforced racial stereotypes at a school that is predominantly Latino. They want the teachers, who are white, to be fired and the principal, who was not on campus last Friday, to be reprimanded....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (3-3-10)
Foot led the party from 1980 to 1983, presiding over the party during the formation of the breakaway Social Democratic party. He quit after Labour slumped to a stunning defeat in the 1983 election. A distinguished writer and journalist, as well as a cabinet minister in the Wilson and Callaghan governments, he was an MP from 1945 to 1992.
Tony Benn, his cabinet colleague and occasional nemesis, said today: "He was one of the great figures of the Labour movement."
Ken Livingstone said: "It's amazing that somebody that nice got to the top of the Labour party but not surprising that he didn't win the election."
Foot was a founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and an editor of Tribune.
Name of source: Montreal Gazette
SOURCE: Montreal Gazette (3-3-10)
Researchers Patrick Houda and Carl Giden, members of the Canada-based Society for International Hockey Research, have unearthed a brief reference to an 1811 ice game played with skates, sticks and a ball on the frozen surface of Pictou Harbour in north-central Nova Scotia.
Now comes the zinger: The original source and central figure of what may now be Canada's earliest documented account of a hockey game is a muscle-bound 22-year-old Nova Scotian who defends his nation's honour in a dramatic showdown with an intimidating U.S. visitor to this country.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (3-4-10)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on the eve of the hearing to express concern, administration officials said. In addition to straining U.S. relations with Turkey, the resolution could also endanger a recent rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia, State Department officials said.
But the committee voted 23 to 22 to adopt the measure. It calls on President Obama to use the annual presidential statement on the tragedy next month to "characterize the systemic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide." The non-binding measure could now be taken up by the full House.
The issue is awkward for the Obama administration, which had said little publicly before the vote. As senators, Obama, Vice President Biden and Clinton had all called on the White House to condemn the killings as genocide. As president, however, Obama has not done so.
Turkey strongly denies the genocide charge. It has been a key U.S. ally, allowing use of one of its bases to move supplies to Iraq....
Name of source: San Diego Examiner
SOURCE: San Diego Examiner (3-3-10)
The team announced the discovery of a proto-dinosaur (dinosaur-like animal) - a new species called Asilisaurus kongwe (a-SEE-lee-SOAR-us KONG-way), derived from asili (Swahili for ancestor or foundation), sauros (Greek for lizard), and kongwe (Swahili for ancient). The first bones of Asilisaurus were discovered in 2007, and it is the first proto-dinosaur recovered from the Triassic Period in Africa. Asilisaurus shares many characteristics with dinosaurs but falls just outside of the dinosaur family tree-living approximately 10 million years earlier than the oldest known dinosaurs.
The description of the new species Asilisaurus kongwe appears in the March 4 issue of the journal Nature in a paper co-authored by an international team, including Irmis, Sterling Nesbitt, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, Christian A. Sidor (Burke Museum and University of Washington), Kenneth D. Angielczyk (The Field Museum, Chicago), Roger M.H. Smith (Iziko South African Museum, South Africa), and Linda A. Tsuji (Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)....