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Name of source: Gazette (Colorado Springs)
SOURCE: Gazette (Colorado Springs) (4-17-10)
He’s resting in pieces.
His body is buried in an unmarked grave, and his cranium is in a box formerly used to hold raffle tickets in a saloon. Such has been the long, crazy odyssey for the top of Mr. Roberts’ head. It started in 1901 when a coroner cut off the cranium for a slick lawyer to use in the alleged killer’s defense. In the decades since, the bone has gathered dust in a storeroom at Teller County Courthouse, dodged a judge who wanted it for an ashtray, escaped a pub that wanted it as a trophy and survived two years as a conversation piece in someone’s home.
Now, the cranium that once topped Mr. Roberts has come to rest at the Cripple Creek District Museum. You can look, but not touch. Not that you’d want to ...
The museum got the cranium last month. Director Jan Collins said plans are to house it there until it can be reunited with the dead man’s body, which, according to documents, is buried somewhere in the town’s Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Nobody knows exactly where.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-19-10)
The nine stones at Cut Hill, one of the highest points on Dartmoor in Devon, have been carbon-dated to around 3,500BC.
The discovery of the megaliths has delighted archaeologists and will reignite the debtae about the purpose of Stonehenge, which is 120 miles away in Wiltshire.
Standing in a line they are 1,000 years older than Britain's most famous prehistoric monument. It means they pre-date Stonehenge, which was not begun before 3,000BC.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-31-69)
Nasser al Bahri, 37, who now preaches against the fanaticism of the Islamist network, said his former master had requested a satellite dish to be installed in his hideout in Kandahar. "He asked for satellite TV to be able to follow the bombing," he said.
However, due to the rugged, mountainous terrain, he was not able to get a signal and so failed to view the planes striking the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.
"It is very important that we are able to watch the news today," he told his media chief, Hassan al-Bahloul.
Mr al Bahri also claims that the al-Qaeda leader is still alive and well....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-19-10)
The team also aims to remove tons of garbage left behind on the slopes under a Nepalese government program to clean up the popular tourist destination.
The 20 Sherpas plan to begin the expedition May 1 and set up camp at the South Col, 26,240ft (8,000m) above sea level, team leader Namgyal said. Just above the South Col is the "death zone" area known as the toughest stretch for climbers because of low oxygen levels and rough terrain.
The team said it plans to remove at least five bodies from a narrow trail between South Col and the summit, but has not identified them. In the past bodies have generally been removed only from lower elevations, because dangerous conditions have made removing bodies from the "death zone" nearly impossible.
The team also plans to remove some 6,600lbs (3,000kgs) of garbage from the zone.
"We will carry empty sacks and fill them with empty oxygen bottles, food wrappings, old tents and ropes from the area," Namgyal said.
Garbage discarded on the mountain was a major environmental problem until the Nepalese government imposed strict rules about 15 years ago requiring visitors to return all of their gear and rubbish or risk losing a deposit.
It is unclear how much trash is left on the mountain, but several clean-up expeditions have brought down tons of garbage.
Namgyal, who like most Sherpa uses only one name, has climbed the 29,035ft (8,850m peak - the world's highest - seven times. One of the expedition's members, Long Dorje, has made the trip 14 times. All of the team members have visited the summit at least once.
Sherpas were mostly yak herders and traders living in the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders to tourists in 1950. Their stamina and knowledge of the mountains makes them expert guides and porters.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-18-10)
President Robert Mugabe joined thousands at the National Sports Stadium, where he inspected a guard of honour before giving a keynote speech.
Many people arrived in buses hired by government to ferry residents of poor suburbs to the festivities, while others walked to the Chinese-built stadium.
For the second year running, leaders of Zimbabwe's three main political parties attended the event, which had previously been dominated by Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-18-10)
The letter was written by Adolphe Saafeld, on three sides of stationary from the doomed vessel, to his "wifey".
His words give a rare glimpse into day to day life on the maiden voyage of the Titanic which sank on April 15 1912 taking 1,517 people with it.
The letter was one of 350 lots of White Star Line memorabilia sold today by auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son, in Devizes, Wiltshire.
The letter, composed five days before the disaster, was sold to an unidentified museum in Britain, which has yet to formally announce its purchase.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-17-10)
It is one of James Bond's most famous scenes, showing the agent at his deadliest – and most dapper.
Emerging from the water in a wetsuit, he knocks out a sentry and plants explosives before unzipping his suit to reveal a pristine dinner jacket underneath. He then walks into the nearest bar, glances at his watch and nonchalantly lights a cigarette just as the storage tanks erupt into flames behind him.
Jeremy Duns, a British author researching his new book, has discovered that a Dutch spy used an almost identical technique to get into Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
The scene it inspired, in the opening sequence of the 1964 film, was not in Ian Fleming's book, on which it is based, and the original draft screenplay began with Bond, played by Sean Connery, already in a bar.
Name of source: Gettysburg Times
SOURCE: Gettysburg Times (4-16-10)
He also noted that attorneys for the National Park Service and the Dept. of Justice are “reviewing options” in the legal battle over the old Cyclorama Center.
A federal judge ruled two weeks ago that the park must reconsider its Cyclorama building demolition plans and include alternatives, which are federally-mandated but were skipped in the park’s original landscape rehab proposal of 1999.
“There is a lot of curiosity about what’s happening with the Cyclorama,” Kirby said Thursday during the park’s Advisory Commission session....
Situated between Taneytown Road and Steinwehr Avenue, the 45-acre site was the scene of Pickett’s Charge, although it later became home to parking lots, as well as the old Visitor Center and Cyclorama buildings. The park razed the old Visitor Center last year, and intends to remove one parking lot around the third or fourth week of April, as it aims to convert the land to its Civil War era appearance of 1863....
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (4-16-10)
But as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell discovered when he proclaimed April as Confederate History Month without mentioning slavery (an omission he corrected after a volley of protests), pitching Dixie's past during the run-up to next year's 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War could be challenging.
"The Civil War sesquicentennial is going to be a minefield throughout the South. It's going to take a near miracle to tiptoe through it without serious injury, (and) this McDonnell incident has made things much worse," says Larry J. Sabato, a native Virginian and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
Virginia — where the current capital of Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy, and an estimated one in seven tourism dollars come from visitors interested in the Civil War — isn't the only government to put a spotlight on the Lost Cause.
Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi also have Confederate History Month proclamations this year, and at least seven states celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, says Calvin Johnson of the Sons of Confederate Veterans....
Name of source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch (4-12-10)
It often comes down to a matter of money vs. history.
"Most of the time what drives counties is economic development," said Art Taylor, president of the Hanover County Historical Society and an active member of Friends of North Anna, a citizens group that supports North Anna Battlefield Park near Doswell. "The dollar kind of always wins out."
Often, but not always. In fact, Taylor and the Friends of North Anna worked to save more of the core battlefield area, doubling the size of the North Anna park, which commemorates a battle where more than 150,000 soldiers faced off in May 1864. The park was created in the 1980s when the property owner, a quarry company, donated 80 acres to Hanover County as part of a conditional-use permit. Two years ago, the current owner of the quarry, Martin Marietta Materials, agreed to donate an additional 90 acres as part of a plan to expand its operations....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (4-15-10)
Some attending what museum officials said is one of the largest gatherings of liberators ever held remembered cremation ovens were still warm, ashes fuzzing the foul air. Stacks of bodies on railroad cars. How their hearts ached when commanding officers forbade them from passing along rations to the starving people, for fear the rich food would sicken them further.
Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen said he would never forget one emaciated man who was so happy to see the American he tried to hug him with fragile arms.
"I can still see a pair of eyes," he said. The man's look was penetrating. It's haunted him for 65 years....
Name of source: FOX News
SOURCE: FOX News (4-16-10)
A court in the Bavarian city of Regensburg found Williamson guilty of incitement for saying in a 2008 interview with Swedish television that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II.
The court ordered Williamson to pay a fine of €10,000 ($13,544).
The Roman Catholic bishop was barred by his order from attending Friday's proceedings or making statements to the media.
His lawyer, Matthias Lossmann, told The Associated Press after the court ruling that Williamson has yet to decide whether he would appeal....
SOURCE: FOX News (4-16-10)
The bill was proposed as part of Russia's observance in May of the 65th anniversary of the end of European fighting in the war....
Name of source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (4-15-10)
Frank Ancona, who identified himself as imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, filed suit Wednesday morning for an emergency order to overrule rejection of its application to rent a large pavilion at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
It's in Iron County, about 70 miles south of St. Louis.
Ancona said in a phone interview after winning the ruling that he's not sure the event will be held, because of financial concerns. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel required the group to post a $1,800 bond and comply with all laws and regulations, including having liability insurance of $300,000....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (4-16-10)
The Corps discovered an open flask containing traces of the chemical agent mustard, another blistering agent called lewisite and munition shells with more digging near a one-time Army chemical warfare station at American University.
More recently, protective structures were rebuilt and digging continued. Workers found a larger jar with mustard, glassware that was smoking and fuming, scrap munitions and a shell containing a tear gas agent.
The Army Corps has removed more than 500 pounds of glassware and scrap metal and nearly 750 barrels of soil, some of it contaminated with chemical agents, said spokeswoman Joyce Conant....
SOURCE: AP (4-17-10)
Franqui died late Thursday in Puerto Rico after a brief hospitalization for bronchial and heart problems, according to family friend Andres Candelario.
The son of a poor farmer, Franqui entered leftist political movements as a youth, joined and left the Communist Party and became a journalist who eventually joined Castro's rebellion against dictator Fulgencio Batista.
SOURCE: AP (4-15-10)
The National Institute of Anthropology and History said most of the larger, impressive pieces seized by German authorities from Costa Rican dealer Leonardo Patterson are modern copies of ancient artifacts.
The institute said experts who examined the collection of 1,029 sculptures, pots and figurines had determined 252 are fakes.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (4-18-10)
Beneath azure blue skies on Sunday, an intrepid band of Englishmen tried to stage a scaled-down rerun of the “little ships,” hundreds of private craft that joined the Royal Navy in the improbable 1940 rescue, saving hundreds of thousands of British, French and Canadian soldiers to fight on against Nazi Germany.
This time, the effort centered on a group of men in a flotilla of inflatable speedboats who set out from Dover to ferry some of their stranded compatriots home from the rail and ferry chaos created by the cloud of volcanic ash that has shut down much of Europe’s air traffic.
British newspapers have calculated that the shutdown has stranded up to a million British travelers, counting those whose outbound flights have been canceled and those abroad trying to get home.
But after hours of fruitless negotiation, the organizers of the modern evacuation venture were defeated by an adversary that prevailed where Hitler’s battalions and dive bombers failed. The opposing force on this occasion was a small regiment of unimpressed French harbor and immigration officials, who met the Englishmen and their 30-foot boats in the harbor at Calais with a resolute “Non!”
Name of source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
SOURCE: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (4-18-10)
Rather than an activist government to deal with the nation's top problems, the public now wants government reformed and growing numbers want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of major financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation's problems -- including more government control over the economy -- than there was when Barack Obama first took office.
The public's hostility toward government seems likely to be an important election issue favoring the Republicans this fall. However, the Democrats can take some solace in the fact that neither party can be confident that they have the advantage among such a disillusioned electorate. Favorable ratings for both major parties, as well as for Congress, have reached record lows while opposition to congressional incumbents, already approaching an all-time high, continues to climb....
These are the principal findings from a series of surveys that provide a detailed picture of the public's opinions about government. The main survey, conducted March 11-21 among 2,505 adults, was informed by surveys in 1997 and 1998 that explored many of the same questions and issues. While a majority also distrusted the federal government in those surveys, criticism of government had declined from earlier in the decade. And the public's desire for government services and activism was holding steady....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (4-19-10)
The April 19, 1995, attack killed 168 people, shattering the notion of many that America was largely immune to domestic terrorism.
Fifteen years later, its impact still reverberates with those who lived through it.
Don Gordon, 37, who was about seven miles away from the Alfred P. Murrah federal building at the time of the blast, remembers feeling the force of the explosion as he was backing out of a parking spot at a grocery store.
"It felt like I'd hit a car," he said of the concussion from the blast. "I looked and saw a ton of smoke pouring from downtown."
The tragedy became readily apparent as the day went on when he saw the damage to the building and bodies being pulled from it.
"It was absolutely horrifying," said Gordon, a fourth-generation jeweler whose family's presence in Oklahoma predates statehood. "It was horror in real life."
Army veteran Timothy McVeigh was eventually convicted on federal murder charges in connection with the bombing and executed in 2001.
McVeigh said he set off the bomb in front of the Murrah building at 9:01 a.m. CT in part to seek revenge against the U.S. government for its raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993.
On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Oklahoma City to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the bombing. There, she will talk about the steps her office is taking to combat the evolving threats of terrorism.
Of the people killed in the attack, 19 were children who were at a day care center in the facility. Miraculously, six children survived and are now teenagers and young adults.
P.J. Allen, now 16, was 18 months old when the bomb brought the building down on top of him, forcing him to inhale hot air and smoke.
"His lungs were severely damaged," said Deloris Watson, Allen's grandmother. "It was touch and go for P.J. for a long time."
Now in high school, Allen works with a tutor every week and hopes to study mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He also loves sports, but his damaged lungs keep him from taking part competitively.
"My asthma stops me from running all the time," said Allen, who speaks with a hint of a rasp in his voice between quick pauses to catch his breath. "Sometimes, coaches wouldn't want to play me because I might get hurt."
Despite the hardships and years of surgeries, including numerous tracheotomies, Allen said he hardly ever asks, "Why me?"
"Because to me, this is normal," Allen explained. "As far as I remember, this has been what my life has been like."
Brother and sister Brandon and Rebecca Denny were hurt in the attack, although it was the older brother who received the more permanent injuries.
While then 2-year-old Rebecca Denny required 240 stitches to patch her up, her brother -- then 3 -- suffered severe brain injuries, leaving the right side of his body weak.
"First of all, they said he might not live, and second of all, if he does live, he will never walk or talk again," said mother Claudia Denny.
But Brandon Denny proved doctors wrong. He not only survived but he is now a junior in high school with his sister.
"When you go through something like this, it just doesn't go away, like the next day or the next year. It affects you for your whole life," said Rebecca Gordon, who still wonders why she was lucky enough to survive.
"I wonder," she said, "but I don't know, I guess I have something important to do."
That sense of destiny is shared by another childhood survivor: Chris Nguyen, now a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma in nearby Norman.
"I've been given like a gift, you might say, and if I don't make something of my life to succeed and make a difference of some kind, then I would have wasted my life," Nguyen said.
"I think about the other parents -- all the other day care children and families -- who've lost someone ... but I feel guilty almost that Brandon, Rebecca, P.J. and I, we get to live our lives ... and the other people, they don't get that opportunity," he said.
If anything good came out of the bombing, Gordon said, it was that Oklahoma City forged a common bond.
"It was horrible, but so much good came out of it," he said. "This whole city pulled it together. It was phenomenal."
SOURCE: CNN (4-18-10)
The officials were senior police officers and senior administration officials who held different positions at the time of Bhutto's death, said Qamar Uz Zaman Kaira, federal information minister.
The senior police officials include Chaudhry Adbul Majid, Saud Aziz and Yasin Farooq. Irfan Elahi, a senior administration official of the Civil Service - a top official in Rawalpindi District - is also on the list. The contract of an eighth official, Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema, a former Interior Ministry spokesman, was terminated in connection with the U.N. report, Kaira said.
SOURCE: CNN (4-17-10)
A core group of PPP members met Saturday to discuss the report, the party said in a statement. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's current president and Bhutto's widower, presided over the meeting. Those present "considered the U.N. report and accepted it," the Saturday statement said.
But the report stops short of identifying a particular culprit.
SOURCE: CNN (4-16-10)
Clinton said the Oklahoma City bombing -- then the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history -- was the "last in a series of very high-profile violent encounters" during the 1990s between anti-government activists and authorities.
He said the country is better protected to prevent such an attack now. But when asked whether the anti-government mood now is more intense than in the 1990s, Clinton said, "Now, there are all of these groups, you know, saying things like the current political debate is just a prelude to civil war, all of that kind of stuff."
In an interview with the New York Times on Friday, Clinton warned of the affect that angry political rhetoric might have on antigovernment radicals like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; he pointed to Rep. Michele Bachmann calling the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress "the gangster government" at a tax day Tea Party rally on Thursday.
SOURCE: CNN (4-17-10)
Luci Johnson, 62, was first taken to the Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday after complaining of extreme weakness in all her extremities, said Tom Johnson, who worked for the Johnson administration and later served as president of CNN in the 1990s.
Doctors there recommended that she be treated at the Mayo Clinic for what physicians believe is Guillain-Barre syndrome, Johnson said. It's an autoimmune disorder affecting the nervous system.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (4-18-10)
The violent and feral Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre, the mysterious Woman in White whose escape from an asylum begins Wilkie Collins's gripping thriller, and the terminally delusional Emma in Madame Bovary.
But were they really mad? Would we today recognise them as mentally ill or were our heroines merely misunderstood, not to mention a tad inconvenient?
For Radio 4 documentary, Madwomen in the Attic, medical historians, psychiatrists and literary specialists gave their diagnoses of our troubled heroines.
The picture of Mrs Rochester on all fours, baying at the moon, manic laughter ringing through the house, sadly still defines our notions of madness today.
Yet even when Jane Eyre was published in 1847, Charlotte Bronte was criticised for her portrait of insanity.
But Charlotte's brother Branwell was an opium-addicted alcoholic, subject to severe depression.
"While she was writing Jane Eyre downstairs," says Anne Dinsdale, archivist at the Haworth Parsonage - where the Bronte family lived - "Branwell would have been raving in the bedroom on the second floor, where he had been confined because he was a danger.
"He even set the bed on fire."
Bertha Rochester does the same in Jane Eyre.
"We have a letter from Charlotte to her publisher," says Anne, "in which she answered her critics saying that 'the character is shocking but all too natural'."
"Bertha is the embodiment of the monstrous lunatic who requires restraint," says historian of madness, Catherine Arnold.
At the time, mental illness was regarded with shame and as evidence of familial "taint".
Even though asylums were available, secrecy was better served by keeping the sufferer confined at home, as Rochester (and the Brontes) did.
There has been much speculation about the first Mrs Rochester's madness.
Notions of female insanity in the 1850s included "unrestrained behaviour," often merely Victorian-speak for female sexuality.
"Attics are where wives who cannot be contained, who are over-sexualised and unruly are stored away," says writer and psychotherapist, Adam Phillips.
And would not anyone have then gone mad, locked up in an attic with gin-sodden Grace Poole?
But Dinesh Bhugra, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recognises a clear description of schizophrenia in Jane Eyre.
"You can rule out manic depression as there is no evidence of a mood disorder, just a chronic deteriorating condition."
By the time Wilkie Collins wrote Woman in White in 1860, there were many private and public asylums, including the long established Bethlem Hospital (from which we get the word Bedlam), now the Imperial War Museum.
The plot of Woman in White sounds far-fetched - wicked aristocrat Sir Percival Glyde, aided by sinister Count Fosco, plans elaborate asylum switch of sane woman (his rich wife Laura) for madwoman (the nothing-but-white wearing Anne Catherick) in order to get his hands on a fortune.
But it was based on a real-life case, that of millionaire novelist and MP Bulwer Lytton who had his wife Rosina carted off to an asylum when she began to criticise him in public.
She was released only after a public appeal.
"If a man wanted to get rid of his wife, he would simply get two doctors to certify her and lock her up," says John Sutherland, Emeritus professor of English Literature at University College London.
"It's what Dickens himself did when his wife kicked up a fuss at his affair."
But what about the "madwoman", Anne Catherick?
"They talk about her as being feeble-minded as a child and that she'd grow out of it - so perhaps a learning disability as we understand it," says Dinesh Bhugra.
"An asylum wasn't necessary."
Meanwhile he points out that there are a number of plainly certifiable mad-men in Woman in White.
The psychopath Fosco, for instance, or the obsessive compulsive Mr Fairlie. They are admired, not incarcerated.
In the 19th Century women were thought to be intrinsically mad by virtue of their femaleness, which made them vulnerable, and women outnumbered men in Victorian asylums almost two to one.
If Jane Eyre looks back to an almost medieval view of madness, Flaubert's Madame Bovary looks forward to the age of Freud and analysis.
Madame Bovary marries a dull, unsuccessful doctor called Charles. She dreams of luxury and romance and after the birth of her daughter, embarks on two ruinous affairs.
A serial fantasist and shopaholic, she gets into a monstrous level of debt.
When there is no way out of her debt, she takes poison and dies. It is a coolly analytic portrait of a woman unravelling.
Flaubert knew of the work of Parisian neurologist Charcot (later to be a mentor of Freud) and of his descriptions of hysteria.
"You could argue that Madame Bovary is a clinical case study," says Sandra Gilbert, Professor of English at the University of California.
But is Emma mad?
"No she's not mad, just very frustrated," says Adam Phillips.
And very, very irritating, perhaps particularly to women readers.
"Men find her fascinating and today there is no doubt she'd be a reality TV star, living out her fantasies and celebrated - not censured - for her dreams."
Name of source: The Olympian (seattle)
SOURCE: The Olympian (seattle) (4-18-10)
Not the metaphoric skeletons concealed in a closet, but literal collections of bones - human bones - that once supported flesh and blood.
The coroner is now storing three complete skeletons that were taken from the deceased 55-year-old man's home, including one inscribed with writing indicating that it belonged to a 6-year-old boy. Another has a sticker on its skull that states it came from Calcutta, India. The third skeleton, part of which was hanging on display in the home, appears to be "very old," said Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, and possibly dates to the early 1900s.
Warnock emphasized that none of the remains are thought to have come into the man's possession as a result of foul play. Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa confirmed that the police department has not opened an investigation into either the deceased man or the remains.
Name of source: The Guardian
SOURCE: The Guardian (4-18-10)
The disclosure was to have been included in the official history of MI5 by the Cambridge historian, Christopher Andrew, published last year to mark the agency's 100th anniversary. It is believed to have been suppressed by senior Whitehall officials to protect the "public interest".
Bugs are understood to have been placed in the cabinet room, the waiting room, and the prime minister's study, at the request of Harold Macmillan in July 1963. They remained there until James Callaghan removed them in 1977.
An MI5 file referring to the operation was included in the draft of Andrew's book, The Defence of the Realm, according to the Mail on Sunday. Whitehall officials did not deny the claims.
Name of source: BBC
Excavations on the Minster C of E School site in Southwell between September 2008 and May 2009 revealed walls, ditches and ornate stones.
The team analysing the finds said the shape and quality of the remains suggest it could have been an important place of worship.
This could mean Southwell enjoyed a high status Roman Britain, they added.
A wall of large block masonry that was probably plastered and possibly painted, with a ditch that may have contained water, was possibly the boundary of a large temple.
A funeral Mass was held in St Mary's Basilica and a procession later took the coffins to be buried in a crypt of the historic Wawel Cathedral.
Many world leaders could not attend due to volcanic ash grounding flights.
The coffins were then taken in a gun-carriage procession through Krakow and on to the walled castle and cathedral at Wawel for a 21-gun salute and the burial.
Thousands lined the streets, waving flags, applauding and chanting: "Lech Kaczynski! We thank you!"
The Krakow ceremonies were for family, friends and international dignitaries but were shown on screens across the city.
SOURCE: BBC (4-13-10)
His grey and white hair was longer than when he appeared here last year. It was more as he wore it during the Bosnian War in the early 1990s.
Mr Karadzic exchanged a few smiles with one of the security guards deployed to stand over him.
While the judges readied themselves for the appearance of the first prosecution witness, the former Bosnian Serb leader put on his reading glasses and paged through his briefcase of documents.
Four double-hulled canoes set off from Auckland aiming to sail 4,000km (2,485 miles) to French Polynesia. The voyage is expected to take three months.
The route retraces the great Polynesian migration journeys of 1,000 years ago - albeit in the opposite direction.
It is part of an attempt to revive traditional sailing skills.
In his closing speech, defence QC David Burns said David Boyce, 63, should be cleared of a conspiracy charge.
He said claiming his client could have got involved amounted to a "startling proposition".
Mr Boyce is one of five men who deny conspiring to extort £4.25m to bring back the Madonna of the Yarnwinder.
The painting was stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway in 2003.
The case went ahead in a German court without Richard Williamson, whose breakaway Catholic fraternity told him not to testify, his lawyer said.
Denying that the Holocaust took place, or questioning key elements, is illegal in Germany.
The bishop acknowledged the offending comments in a statement read in court.
Williamson, 70, was convicted by the court in the southern German city of Regensburg of inciting racial hatred for stating in a TV interview aired in January 2009 that only "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps".
SOURCE: BBC (4-17-10)
Abimael Guzman and Elena Yparraguirre are both serving life sentences.
Their lawyer said they had been asking for permission to marry for several years and were tired of waiting.
The Mao-inspired Shining Path unleashed a brutal civil conflict in the 1980s and 1990s in Peru, in which nearly 70,000 people were killed.
The first president of the United States of America borrowed two books from the New York Society Library in 1789 but failed to return them.
Adjusted for inflation, he has since racked up $300,000 (£195,000) in fines for being some 220 years late.
The New York Society Library says it will not pursue the fine. It would simply like the books back.
SOURCE: BBC (4-17-10)
Other figures unable to attend include the UK's Prince of Wales, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Most of Europe's major airports remain closed because of a volcanic ash cloud.
Thousands of mourners in Warsaw were at an evening Mass for Mr Kacyznski who died with 95 others in an air crash.
On 8 June, 1783, the young country of Iceland - inhabited for less than 1,000 years - had a population of 50,000. In the coming years, as a result of what began that Sunday morning at 9am, 10,000 of those people would die.
The Laki eruption is the worst catastrophe in the country's relatively short history. Laki is a volcanic system in the same south-eastern part of Iceland where this week's eruption took place. But that's where the similarities end.
Back in 1783 it was ripped open with such force that a huge fissure produced scores of boiling craters. Over the next eight months the Lakagigar - literally "craters of Laki" - spewed 600 square kilometres of boiling lava into the surrounding countryside and belched more toxic gases than any eruption in the last 150 years. The effects were felt all over the northern hemisphere.
It is the second greatest eruption of the last 1,000 years, behind only the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, says Stephen Self, visiting professor of volcanology at the Open University.
Nothing was believed to exist of the National Address, which appealed to King William to lift a ban on English colonies trading with the Scots.
Blair Kerr found the Angus and Dundee section while researching for a degree.
The collapse of the Darien Venture in April 1700 played a part in the signing of the Act of Union in 1707.
The rare photo book, one of several given to the shop in Teignmouth by an anonymous donor, fetched £37,200.
The 1882 book tells of Royal Society of London scientist Gerard Ansdell and his brother's search for a long-lost brother in Fiji.
He was eventually tracked down in the island of Viti Levu and the brothers documented their trip in the book.
Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter Macqueen was 22 when he was killed in Malta in 1942.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) days before his death.
A replica of the medal will be presented to Glyn Pickering, mayor of his home town, Rhyl, at Rhyl Library, at 1100 BST.
Close Examination will display works of art that have been quietly removed from view after research showed they were not what they were thought to be.
They include works supposedly by Sandro Botticelli and Hans Holbein which were mistakenly thought to be genuine.
More than 40 works of art will go on display at the gallery in June.
SOURCE: BBC (4-15-10)
The colour film, taken on the day World War II came to an end in Europe in 1945, shows a party on an unknown street in the area.
It is believed to have been recorded by an off-duty policeman who worked locally in the photographic unit.
Anyone who believes they can identify individuals shown in the footage is asked to contact the BBC.
SOURCE: BBC (4-14-10)
A prosecution witness, Sulejman Crncalo, testified that Mr Karadzic had told a crowd it was "the way to defend Serb houses" in a speech in June 1992.
Mr Karadzic denies 11 charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
On Tuesday, the first prosecution witness said his elderly father-in-law had been burned alive by Serb forces near Sanski Most in 1992.
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (4-12-10)
The team obtained their findings following an unusual, multidisciplinary approach and published them in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Haynes has dedicated his scientific career to the study of the Clovis people -- the first well-defined culture in the New World -- and discovered many sites with evidence of their presence in Arizona. One of the most prominent and most studied of those sites is the Murray Springs Clovis site in southeastern Arizona, where archaeologists and anthropologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts such as arrowheads, spear points and stone tools. The site includes the remains of a Clovis hunters' camp close to a mammoth and a bison kill site, allowing the researchers to reconstruct the daily life of the Clovis culture to a certain extent.
When the last ice age came to an end approximately 13,000 years ago and the glaciers covering a large portion of the North American continent began melting and retreating toward the north, a sudden cooling period known as the "Big Freeze" or, more scientifically, the Younger Dryas, reversed the warming process and caused glaciers to expand again. Even though this cooling period lasted only for 1,300 years, a blink of an eye in geologic timeframes, it witnessed the disappearance of an entire fauna of large mammals.
SOURCE: Science Daily (4-15-10)
Chemical analysis of a stalagmite found in the mountainous Buckeye Creek basin of West Virginia suggests that native people contributed a significant level of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere through land use practices. The early Native Americans burned trees to actively manage the forests to yield the nuts and fruit that were a large part of their diets.
Initially, Springer and research collaborators from University of Texas at Arlington and University of Minnesota were studying historic drought cycles in North America using carbon isotopes in stalagmites. To their surprise, the carbon record contained evidence of a major change in the local ecosystem beginning at 100 B.C. This intrigued the team because an archeological excavation in a nearby cave had yielded evidence of a Native American community there 2,000 years ago.
Springer recruited two Ohio University graduate students to examine stream sediments, and with the help of Harold Rowe of University of Texas at Arlington, the team found very high levels of charcoal beginning 2,000 years ago, as well as a carbon isotope history similar to the stalagmite.
SOURCE: Science Daily (4-16-10)
The study, from University of Illinois anthropology professor Lisa J. Lucero, appears in the Journal of Social Archaeology.
Maya in the Classic period (A.D. 250-900) regularly "terminated" their homes, razing the walls, burning the floors and placing artifacts and (sometimes) human remains on top before burning them again.
Evidence suggests these rituals occurred every 40 or 50 years and likely marked important dates in the Maya calendar. After termination, the family built a new home on the old foundation, using broken and whole vessels, colorful fragments, animal bones and rocks to mark important areas and to provide ballast for a new plaster floor.
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (4-14-10)
A new 3-D virtual model of the insect is described in the journal Biology Letters.
Imperial College London scientists created the model, which you'll view shortly, to show all of the details on Archimylacris eggintoni, which is an ancient ancestor of modern cockroaches, mantises and termites. This insect scuttled around early forests during the Carboniferous period 359 - 299 million years ago, which was a time when life had recently emerged from the oceans to live on land.
This cockroach ancestor was about 3.5 inches long and 1.6 inches wide, so it was a pretty sizable bug even then.
SOURCE: Discovery News (4-12-10)
If verified, the fossil would be among the first of its kind for this armadillo-like dinosaur that lived from around 125 to 65 million years ago in North America, Europe and East Asia.
Kent Hups, a high school teacher in Westminster, Colorado, made the find
SOURCE: Discovery News (4-15-10)
The bone piece belonged to mummy KV55, which was identified as Akhenaton during a recent major genetic investigation into King Tut's family.
The son of Amenhotep III and also the father of Tutankhamun, Akhenaton, (1353-1336 B.C.) is known as the "heretic" pharaoh who introduced a monotheistic religion by overthrowing the pantheon of the gods to worship the sun god Aton.
The terminal phalanx of his great toe, probably from the left foot, was taken away in 1968, when the Department of Antiquities in Cairo, under the supervision of the then director, handed it over to the late Professor Ronald Harrison of Liverpool University.
Name of source: Kent Online
SOURCE: Kent Online (4-15-10)
For Ashford resident John Tutt it marks the end of decades of searching for his brother, Sgt Bernard Frederick Tutt, who died aged just 29.
It was thanks to John’s persistent investigations that he received a response to a letter he sent 11 years ago to the Burgermeister of Brandau, a small village 22 miles south east of Frankfurt where the plane came down.
Archaeology buff Felix Klingenbeck, 20, made the discovery after becoming interested in stories told by villagers about an English bomber that had crashed in the woods east of the village.
He found sections of the plane with serial numbers, which he posted online in the hope that someone would confirm the type of aircraft.