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Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (5-4-10)
That was Kent State University, May 4, 1970, a few days after Richard Nixon, who'd campaigned for president on an implicit promise to end the war, widened it by invading Cambodia.
But things have changed in 40 years, during which the United States left Vietnam and entered Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, a campus that unwillingly became synonymous with protest is more focused on remembering opposition to that war than opposing the current ones.
Unlike Vietnam, the wars America now fights have never really come home. Students don't worry about getting drafted. The campus anti-war group is inactive. The big cause is Haiti, the big issue the cost and availability of parking.
SOURCE: USA Today (5-4-10)
That was Kent State University, May 4, 1970, a few days after Richard Nixon, who'd campaigned for president on an implicit promise to end the war, widened it by invading Cambodia.
Across the nation, students protested. At Kent State, where two days earlier the ROTC building was burned down, National Guardsmen fired into a crowd and killed four unarmed students, the closest of whom was nearly a football field away.
Vecchio found Jeffrey Miller dead on the ground, a moment captured by a student photographer.
Rarely has an American home front been so traumatized — Yale historian Jay Winter calls the Kent State shootings "a wound in the nation's history" — and for a time the school was so ashamed it shortened its name to "Kent," changed its logo and ended its annual May 4 observances.
But things have changed in 40 years, during which the United States left Vietnam and entered Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, a campus that unwillingly became synonymous with protest is more focused on remembering opposition to that war than opposing the current ones....
Name of source: BBC
The pensioner was discovered in his home in Anning Road in Lyme Regis on Monday by a local man who phoned 999.
Police said there was no sign of forced entry and nothing had been stolen.
Auction house Christie's said the material, which includes diary entries, letters and an unsmoked cigar, provided a "fascinating insight" into his life.
The former prime minister's belongings were amassed by Malcolm S Forbes Jr over more than 30 years.
The collection will be sold in three parts, the first in London on 2 June.
Videla, who ruled from 1976 to 1981, is already serving a life sentence for human rights abuses committed during Argentina's so-called Dirty War.
The case against him was widened after new forensic evidence came to light.
He is also scheduled to face trial in September for stealing 33 babies of political opponents.
Fearing violence on campuses, some US universities shut early that summer and cancelled leaving ceremonies.
Forty years later, students who missed out are now returning to hold the events that were cancelled.
Many universities shut down, cancelling the end of term speeches, photographs and the caps and gowns of graduation ceremonies.
There were occupations, sit-ins, protest concerts and stand-offs with the authorities, and fearing violence, many universities cleared their campuses.
However there will also be a remembrance for more than 150 students from the university's class of 1970 who have since died.
The University of Cincinnati is also holding events for the students who missed out on leaving events in 1970.
SOURCE: BBC (5-3-10)
Renton-born Jane Duncan sent her work to a London agent to fund medical costs after her husband fell seriously ill while they were living in Jamaica.
The unknown writer made publishing history in 1959 when Macmillan accepted seven of her novels.
SOURCE: BBC (5-2-10)
In July, a judge in Manhattan's federal court blocked the US publication of 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye by Swedish novelist Fredrik Colting.
On Friday, an appeals court sent the case back to the federal court.
But in its ruling, the appeals court made it clear it expected Salinger's trust to prevail.
Name of source: Voice of America
SOURCE: Voice of America (5-4-10)
Thailand has a patchy history with democracy.
Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932, the country has fluctuated between elected, appointed, and military governments. The military has spent the most time in charge.
There have been 18 coups or attempted coups.
"The reason we've seen so many coups throughout the decades is that bureaucratic cliques have competed for control of the state," said Michael Montesano, a researcher at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. "The most powerful bureaucratic cliques were cliques of soldiers. The reason they were most powerful is that they had the guns. And, most coups in Thai history have been a matter of competition between cliques in the Thai army vying for power."
Most of the red-shirted protesters now on Bangkok's streets follow a group called the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship.
UDD leaders say it is a working-class movement opposed to the military and urban elite, which they say robbed the majority of the right to elect political leaders.
A coup in 2006 forced the red shirt patron, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, out of office. He lives in exile to avoid a jail sentence for corruption.
For nearly two months the reds have blocked off a central commercial district, demanding elections. Deadly clashes with security forces have scared away tourists, damaging the economy....
Name of source: CS Monitor
SOURCE: CS Monitor (5-4-10)
Noah's Ark Ministries International (NAMI) held a press conference April 25 in Hong Kong to present their findings and say they were “99.9 percent sure” that a wooden structure found at a 12,000-ft. elevation and dated as 4,800 years old was Noah’s Ark.
A flood massive enough to float a boat to the top of Mount Ararat bucks against geologic studies that show no evidence of a worldwide flood that would also have wiped out all plants, animals, and most traces of human civilization. Even prominent fundamentalist Christians who do believe in a worldwide flood have cast doubt on the latest purported discovery....
SOURCE: CS Monitor (5-4-10)
Pope Benedict described the shroud, which allegedly bears blood stains and the facial imprint of a long-haired, bearded man, as an icon that once “wrapped the remains of a crucified man in full correspondence with what the Gospels tell us of Jesus.”
While Pope Benedict joins the ranks of those who believe the sepia-colored shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, skeptics dismiss it as an ingenious medieval forgery that radiocarbon testing has dated about 800 years old.
The Vatican, which owns the linen cloth, has in the past tiptoed around the issue, describing it as a potent symbol of Jesus Christ’s suffering but never asserting outright its authenticity. Pope John Paul II visited the Shroud when it last went on public display in 1998, but he said the Catholic Church had "no specific competence” to pronounce on its authenticity and urged further scientific analysis....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-4-10)
Sapper William Hackett was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross by George V but for 94 years his body has laid unmarked in No Mens Land.
Now a memorial is to be built in Givenchy in Northern France on the spot where Sapper Hackett died after a campaign led by a number of prominent historians and military leaders raised the required funds.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-4-10)
The anniversary falls this Saturday and with many veterans now in their late eighties or nineties, veterans suggested that a special effort should have been made for what may be the last major anniversary for many.
The government was, however, unable to say on Monday whether it would be organising anything more than the usual events to mark the date carried out every year amid concerns they will be overshadowed by the election.
In Europe, by contrast, thousands of Canadian students, teachers, and veterans will travel to Holland to take part in an official ceremony which will be followed by a week of Dutch commemorative events.
On Sunday the French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend a victory parade in commemoration of the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.
Significant celebrations took place across Britain for the 50th anniversary in 1995 including an open-air concert in Hyde Park while street parties were organised in towns and villages across Britain.
Veterans suggested that something on a similar scale should have been organised this year to pay tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 British civilians who lost their lives during the Second World War.
They also complained that the General Election was threatening to overshadow the celebrations and questioned whether it was respectful to those who died to hold the election so close to the anniversary marking the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Douglas Young, the executive chairman of the British Armed Forces Federation, which represents both serving personnel and veterans, said the celebrations “could have been done better”.
“We feel it would have been much better to celebrate this significant anniversary with a little bit more enthusiasm,” he said.
“It is quite a significant date. We recognise, of course, that we have the new British Armed Forces Day which is a good thing.
"But we should not be forgetting about these World War Two veterans, some of whom fought in the most significant battles in living memory. It would have been nice to mark it in a slightly better way.”
He added: “For many of these veterans who fought in these significant battles, some won’t be around for much longer.
“We will likely not have many of them around for the next major anniversary.”
A service of commeration will take place at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London, on Saturday. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the service.
But Gill Grigg, chairman of the war widows association, said: “If you look at the age group of the members involved a lot are just too frail. Fewer and fewer people are going."
She added that the election “hadn’t helped”.
Stan Procter, 87, who served with the 43rd West Country Division of the British Infantry, said he did not think enough was being organised.
“I haven’t heard any publicity for it at all,” he said.
"In the past I’ve had to travel to Holland to celebrate it and had a great time. Why was this week chosen for the election?"
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-3-10)
Tesla, a pioneering American physicist, made the prediction about the portable messaging service in the Popular Mechanics magazine in 1909.
Tesla, whose name lives on at Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer, saw wireless energy as the only way to make electricity thrive.
He wrote in the magazine that, one day it would be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world.
The Koran contains a general reference to the worshipping of idols being a “manifest error”, without referring to pictures of Mohammed, but ancient oral traditions, called Hadith, quote Allah as saying it is “unjust” to “try to create the likeness of My creation”.
Islamic scholars are divided over whether it is ever permissible to depict the Prophet, though the biggest controversies in recent years have followed depictions which are mocking or disrespectful.
In 2005 a Danish newspaper caused worldwide controversy by publishing a set of cartoons depicting Mohammed, including one in which he wore a turban shaped like a bomb.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-3-10)
The documents, relating to talks between the diplomat Sir Gilbert Clayton and Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, show that many of the most delicate issues in the region, including munitions and oil, were just as pertinent in the 1920s as they would become in the 21st century.
Sir Gilbert’s delicate negotiations included references to Iraq’s difficult relationship with its neighbours, arguments about Britain’s presence in Iraq and the area’s emerging importance as a centre of oil production.
In a scenario which would be repeated with Saddam Hussein almost eight decades on, there were also fears that British armaments sold to the region’s rulers could later be used against British forces in any future conflict.
The archive, which has been in private hands since it was declassified more than 30 years ago, is to be sold at auction by Sotheby’s in London on May 6, when it is expected to fetch £100,000....
The Vatican has never said whether it believes the 14ft-long, sepia-coloured burial shroud to be authentic or not, but more than two million people are expected to travel to Turin to see the linen cloth while it is on public display - the first showing for a decade.
The Pope said the enigmatic image imprinted in the cloth of a man's face and body "reminds us always" of Christ's suffering.
Ancestors of both the extinct mammoth and modern elephants originated in equatorial Africa, scientists believe. But mammoths migrated north between 1.2 and two million years ago just as climate change caused temperatures to plunge.
The move is surprising since elephants are not adapted to the cold.
Scientists investigated whether changes to haemoglobin may have been part of the mammoth's cold climate secret.
Their hunch was confirmed when they analysed preserved DNA from a 43,000 year-old mammoth whose body had been frozen in ice.
The researchers, led by Dr Kevin Campbell, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, compared genes for haemoglobin from the mammoth with those of modern African and Asian elephants.
They found mutations in the mammoth genes which would have enabled haemoglobin to release oxygen at low temperatures.
Name of source: State Department
SOURCE: State Department (5-4-10)
Name of source: The Gettysburg Times
SOURCE: The Gettysburg Times (4-29-10)
The park is planning renovations to the historic Patterson, Klingel, Cobean, Sndyer, and Warfield properties, as well as the Eisenhower Farm, in anticipation of the 2011-2015 event. Overall, the multi-million dollar effort is being funded with federal stimulus dollars, as well as NPS money.
"This park is really getting ready for the 150th," said Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission Chairman Harold Nelson. "It's nice to see."
Carpenters are working at the oldest building atop the 6,000-acre park this week: the Patterson House along Taneytown Road. Portions of the two-story log home date back to 1798, and are in need of replacement. According to GNMP spokeswoman Katie Lawhon, up to 30 percent of the house was failing, so crews disassembled most of it last year.
An "historic structures report" on the Daniel Klingel Farmhouse was recently finalized, and the park is looking to convert the Emmitsburg Road building to its Civil War era appearance. Mainly, the park intends to remove non-historic features from the house, as part of a $342,000 project, funded by federal stimulus dollars. Preservation work on the timeworn house, located near the Sherfy Peach Orchard, is expected to begin in May, and GNMP Supt. Bob Kirby predicts that the project should end by the end of the year.
"In some cases, small sections of logs will be replaced," said Kirby, noting that crews plan to dismantle post-battle additions to the building....
Name of source: The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
SOURCE: The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (5-4-10)
These are among the findings of a national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press that tests reactions to words and phrases frequently used in current political discourse. Overall, 29% say they have a positive reaction to the word “socialism,” while 59% react negatively. The public’s impressions of “capitalism,” though far more positive, are somewhat mixed. Slightly more than half (52%) react positively to the word “capitalism,” compared with 37% who say they have a negative reaction.
A large majority of Republicans (77%) react negatively to “socialism,” while 62% have a positive reaction to “capitalism.” Democrats’ impressions are more divided: In fact, about as many Democrats react positively to “socialism” (44%) as to “capitalism” (47%).
Reaction to “capitalism” is lukewarm among many demographic groups. Fewer than half of young people, women, people with lower incomes and those with less education react positively to “capitalism.”
The survey, conducted April 21-26 among 1,546 adults, measured reactions to nine political words and phrases. The most positive reactions are to “family values” (89% positive) and “civil rights” (87%). About three-quarters see “states’ rights” (77%) and “civil liberties” (76%) positively, while 68% have a positive reaction to the word “progressive.”
Reactions to the word “libertarian” are evenly divided – 38% positive, 37% negative. On balance, Republicans view “libertarian” negatively, Democrats are divided, while independents have a positive impression of the term. “Militia” elicits the most negative reaction of the nine terms tested: Just 21% have a positive reaction compared with 65% who have a negative response....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (4-28-10)
The weapons, which include a 2,400-year-old spear throwing tools, a 1,000-year-old ground squirrel snare, and bows and arrows dating back 850 years, have been found high in the remote Mackenzie Mountains, a region where Mountain Boreal caribou abound in the summer months.
Dotted with ice patches resulting from accumulation of annual snow that, until recently, remained frozen all year, the mountains have been the caribous’ shelter for millennia.
Seeking relief from the heat and annoying bugs, the animals huddle on the ice patches, becoming an easy target for hunters who recognized this behavior millennia ago.
Their tools buried deep beneath centuries of winter snow are now revealing how hunting strategies developed over thousands of years.
"We are talking of complete examples of ancient technology, including arrows with wooden shafts, feathers and sinew hafting. These artifacts are giving us an entirely new appreciation of how ancient hunting tools were made and used," Tom Andrews, an archaeologist with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center in Yellowknife and lead researcher on the International Polar Year Ice Patch Study, told Discovery News.
Ice patch archaeology began in 1997 when sheep hunters stumbled upon a 4,300-year-old dart shaft in caribou dung amid thawing ice patches in the southern Yukon....
Name of source: ANTARA News
SOURCE: ANTARA News (4-26-10)
The three-storey cave located on a hilly and deep a forest has two entrances and seven rooms and also showed some human footprints.
Due to natural causes of rock sedimentations, the cave`s rooms are narrowing and covering some of the cave`s ancient hand palm murals.
The local residents actually have acknowledged this cave for a long time known as the "Rie Tebing" cave from the urban hereditary myth, where a hermit had stayed and formed the cave, a Talang Kubangan community leader, Manto.
The cave itself is impossibly formed naturally, because the surrounding area has different types of rocks from the one in the cave, then it must be man-made cave, especially after seeing the neatly carved stone bed in one of the rooms, Manto said....
Name of source: The State
SOURCE: The State (4-24-10)
The most extensive archaeological dig ever at the fort has uncovered evidence of human camps up to 9,000 years old.
The dig site and some of the more impressive artifacts uncovered will be on display to the public today.
The findings aren't stunning - artifacts from that period are common throughout the state. But until recent years, archaeologists believed concentrations of artifacts from the Archaic period were likely only along major waterways. The Fort Jackson site is on sandy uplands, several miles from the Wateree River and even farther from the Broad.
"You were not supposed to find stuff like this in the sand hills," said Chuck Cantley, archaeologist with the S.C. Department of Archives and History....
Name of source: The Examiner
SOURCE: The Examiner (5-1-10)
Meadowcroft features a 16,000-year-old Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, that provides ancient evidence of how the first Americans lived. Photo at left provided by Senator John Heinz History Center.
The new enclosure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter provides visitors with a unique, never-before-seen perspective into the oldest and deepest parts of this internationally-renowned archeological excavation....
SOURCE: The Examiner (5-1-10)
With over 300,000 persons claiming Diné heritage, they are the second largest Native American tribe in the United States. Dené is the name they call themselves. It means “the people.” Their Hopi neighbors called them the Navajo, which means “many farmers.” The Spanish started using this name, and so like many other Native American tribes, they became known by the name others called them.
It might surprise many non-Diné to learn that the ancestors of this enormous tribe originated in the sub-arctic region of Canada. Like the Apaches, they are Athabaskans. At some time in the past, all the Athabaskans were one ethnic group. Now they can be found in New Mexico, Arizona, Chihuahua, northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Alaska, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Some of the branches in Canada, near the Great Slave Lake, also call themselves Diné; so the era when the Navajo’s and the Apaches left the frigid lands of northern Canada must not be too distant in the past.
Archaeologists believe that the first ancestors of the Navajos and Apache’s entered the Southwest after the year 1000 AD. Many more arrived in the region during the 1200s. Navajo traditions still remember those migrations....
Name of source: KCBD 11 (Lubbock, TX)
SOURCE: KCBD 11 (Lubbock, TX) (5-3-10)
Texas Tech University's Environmental and Human Health Director Ronald Kendall was at the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. He said even after 20 years has passed and $3 billion spent to clean it up, the oil is still there.
Kendall said with massive amounts of oil dumping into the Gulf with no technology to stop it, this oil spill is worse than the Exxon Valdez spill. "This is going to be more complicated, more challenging, and more devastating," he said....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (5-3-10)
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, told Army Radio that Israel must refrain from unilateral steps over the next four months, like building new settlements or evicting Palestinians.
Adding to the sense of mutual distrust, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, said Monday that there was “an unprecedented wave of incitement” coming out of the Palestinian Authority, including the Palestinian boycott of some Israeli-produced goods, which he said violated a 1994 economic agreement....
Refusing to make such a distinction, Mr. Ayalon said that images of the Palestinian Authority prime minister, Salam Fayyad, and others “happily” burning Israeli products reminded him of darker periods in Jewish history, mentioning Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. During that episode in 1938, Nazis attacked Jews and burned synagogues across Germany and Austria in what many regard as the start of the Holocaust....
Name of source: NY Blueprint
SOURCE: NY Blueprint (4-26-10)
Over 80 years ago, after World War I, European Jews began investing in the dream of a Jewish homeland. They started buying real estate, opening bank accounts, buying stocks, and even purchasing artwork in the Land of Israel – all from abroad.
Tragically, many of these visionary Zionist Jews would never get the chance to arrive in Israel because they perished at the hands of the Nazis.
So what has happened to the victims’ investments? Over the years, as survivors and their descendents have discovered their family’s assets, and have attempted to reclaim them from Israeli banks, they have met with resistance and painful struggles.
One such story, featured on the campaign’s website, Hashava.org.il details the journey of Shlomo Gonen to reclaim his uncle Nathan Goldstein’s assets. “My uncle Nathan and his brother (my father) Baruch came from a very rich family. They were in agricultural machinery. When my father made aliyah, he received a special entry permit that was beyond the British White Book's quota, because he had more than one thousand liras. In 1975, my father told me that a lot of money had been deposited in the Leumi Bank. He was very angry with everyone involved. As far as he knew, the British had returned all the assets deposited by Holocaust victims to Israel in 1950. The problem was that at least some of the documents had been destroyed. My father told me that in spite of his attempts, the Leumi Bank officials were fighting him, and he felt that they were debasing the memory of his family, who had died in the Holocaust. ''They offered me the same sum that had been deposited, without 40 years of interest,'' he told me.”
In reaction to this and many similar stories, the Israeli public outcry was so great that Israel formed The Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets, determined to help victims’ families receive what was rightfully theirs. The Hashava website explains that “Recently, the Company paid Shlomo [Gonen] over NIS 300,000 out of the money the bank agreed to transfer without admitting its historical liability regarding the victims' accounts.”
The campaign’s organizers are hopeful of finding the beneficiaries, and has spent years organizing and detailing the assets. They created an easy to use website, hashava.org.il/eng so people will feel comfortable looking at the list of assets and submitting an application. They also opened a 24-hour hotline: +972-3-516-4117.
But what if the owners cannot be found? The assets, according to new Israeli law, will be used to help Holocaust survivors in need, and fund Holocaust educational projects.
Name of source: GAzette Xtra (WI)
SOURCE: GAzette Xtra (WI) (5-2-10)
For weeks, crews from the Great Lakes Archeological Research Center, Milwaukee, have been recovering prehistoric American Indian artifacts on a saddle-shaped, 2-acre strip of wooded land at the corner of Pond Road and Highway 26 just south of Fort Atkinson.
The dig is being done through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in anticipation of the expansion of Highway 26, which is slated for 2013, officials said.
Surveyed as the “Finch Site,” the area is formed by two wooded glacial hills wedged between the east side of Highway 26 and a low-lying marsh area.
Tentative state plans would put the northbound lanes of the new, expanded Highway 26 over about 80 percent of the site. Only the east edge of the site would remain untouched as state and privately owned property, officials said.
For now, the site is a hive of scientists in boots, floppy hats and dirt-caked jeans. They move around a growing maze of shallow pits being dug to unearth tools, weapon points, pottery and other artifacts with ages ranging at least as far back as 500 B.C. to the time of European explorations in the 1600’s.
The site is undisturbed by modern plows.
“Finding a pristine site like this is very exciting and very rare,” said Ricky Kubicek, an archeologist with the Great Lakes Archeological Research Center. “As we bring up (artifacts), most of them are as they were left off by the original (inhabitants).”
Kubicek supervises a crew of 15 archeologists who are under a tight deadline to recover as many artifacts from the site as possible. The crew will work until August and hopes to unearth about 50 percent of the artifacts surveyors believe exist on the property, department of transportation officials said.
The excavations isn’t being done willy-nilly, site archeologist Ryan Harke said. Crews are using soil analysis to find artifact deposits known as middens.
Harke said middens are recognizable because they create breaks in normal soil layering. He said they stick out like sore thumbs, and they’re chock full of artifacts.
“They’re like ancient garbage dumps,” Harke said.
Kubicek said some middens have concentrations of discarded items that show ancient people used certain spots at the site for specific tasks, such as tool making or pottery crafting.
With a shovel and a trowel, archeologist William Eichmann scraped away a 5-centimeter layer of black topsoil from a pit on the site’s north end.
Eichmann dropped the soil into a bucket and poured it through a large mesh sieve. The sieve caught some key artifacts: flakes of chert rock, possibly discarded by weapon makers in the Mississippian era of prehistoric Native Americans.
“Feel these remnants,” Eichmann said. “Even after being in the ground all this time, they’re still almost razor sharp.”
He said the people who likely left behind the shards ranged the glacial hills of southern Wisconsin to the Galena area in northwest Illinois from 1,200 to 500 years ago.
Eichmann said he could tell the shards were from weapon point production because their color shows they were heated, a process commonly used by ancient toolmakers.
While crews have found no human remains at the site, other items include pottery and tool fragments from the Woodland people, an ancient native group that lived in the region 2,500 to 800 years ago.
One significant artifact crews unearthed came from the south end of the site, on a tree-choked hill overlooking a bog to the east.
Kubicek said he believes it’s a Folsom point, a type of stone spear head used by hunters in the Paleo era—one of the earliest prehistoric cultures in Wisconsin.
“It’s probably isolated. It’s the only item we’ve found from that period,” he said.
Kubicek said if crews find pieces of carbon or burned plant material near an artifact, lab workers offsite could use carbon dating to come within decades of pinpointing its age.
“That system’s gotten better over the years. It’s usually pretty damn close,” Kubicek said.
Kubicek said if the weapon from the south hill actually is a Folsom point, it could be 10,000 years old.
The bulk of artifacts found at the site will be sent to UW-Milwaukee for further analysis of their composition, age and what cultures might have used them, Kubicek said.
Some of the items could end up in museums, or at state-supported historical societies, as part of an agreement between the state, Native American groups and scientists involved in the dig, officials said.
Currently, there are no plans to make the site a protected historical site.
“It’s a matter of getting a reported document of the pictures and the history of what was there. It’s about documentation now and preserving the documents that are recovered,” Department of Transportation highway project manager Mark Vesperman said in a phone interview.
After that’s done, Vesperman said, the Finch site’s days are numbered. It’s on private property, but sale is pending. Soon, the state will take over the bulk of the site.
Vesperman said he’s aware people passing on Highway 26 are curious about all the workers, tarps and buckets at the site.
“We could put a sign out warning people that it’s an archeological site, but that’s like the Wizard of Oz telling people not to look behind the curtain,” he said.
Vesperman said crews won’t necessarily turn away visitors who are curious about the dig, but people aren’t allowed to interfere with the work or do any digging of their own.
Kubicek said because the area is so undisturbed, crews are prepared for a continued flood of visitors to the site. He expects to find significant items until the very end of the dig.
As he walked along a foot-beat path past two open pits near the bottom of a hill, Kubicek stopped to pick up a small, white fragment lying in the dirt.
“Huh,” he said, tossing the piece back to the ground. “Nothing but a deer bone.”
Name of source: Balkan Travellers
SOURCE: Balkan Travellers (5-3-10)
In Sofia, after searches of several locations were carried out, the seized items included two ancient ceramic vessels, nine silver Roman coins, an ancient bronze application with a silver image of Medusa and a metal detector.
In Nova Zagora, the police found over 500 ancient coins, jewellery, medallions, ceramic figurines and vessels and a bronze head dating to the ancient Greek, Thracian and Roman periods.
According to national media, a man known to be a treasure hunter and dealer of antiques was detained in Nova Zagora.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (4-30-10)
The inexpensive and easy-to-operate panzerfaust was used extensively during the defense of Germany and through the rest of the war. Such finds are still relatively common, even 65 years after the end of the war.
SOURCE: AP (5-3-10)
Sixty-five years after the end of World War II, a new exhibition center is opening this week on the site where the feared Gestapo, SS and other Nazi agencies ran Adolf Hitler's police state from 1933 to 1945.
The area — adjacent to the Martin-Gropius-Bau arts museum — once housed not only Hitler's secret police Gestapo and its prison, but also the leadership of the SS, the Nazi party's paramilitary unit, and the Reich Security Main Office, which combined and coordinated all different police agencies.
SOURCE: AP (5-3-10)
One word was enough. "Greece," he told her in English.
So it goes in Greece, a historical patchwork of Balkan, Mediterranean, and even Middle Eastern influences that failed to follow the European rule book. Scratch the veneer of slick highways and gleaming euro coins, and there's also a broad culture of cutting corners that helped push it into financial crisis.
With a May 19 deadline looming for Greek to repay its massive debt, European governments and the International Monetary Fund on Sunday agreed on euro110 billion in emergency loans on the condition Athens make painful budget cuts and tax increases.
The talk is technical. Contagion and credit downgrades, junk status and bond spreads. But go to the root, and you find this: Greeks, though fiercely patriotic, have a problem with being told what to do by the government. That could have profound consequences for the course of the crisis: Greeks often strike when told to tighten their belts.
"Greek people don't like authority. This is good and bad at the same time," said Georgios Koutsoukos, who works in the tax collection section of the Ministry of Finance and joined a protest against government steps to blunt the crisis....
SOURCE: AP (5-2-10)
Forensics experts at the University of Dundee Scotland say that the bones most likely belonged to a man from modern-day Tunisia who spent about a decade living in England before he died.
The man — who appears to have died of a spinal abscess — was identified as African by studying his skeleton and the historical record of the friary where he was buried.
SOURCE: AP (5-1-10)
For some graduating seniors of the Class of 1970, there would be no joyful mortarboard tosses, posing for photos with proud parents, or late-night celebration parties. They lost the chance to cram for final exams for a last boost to GPAs, or to say their good-byes to favorite professors and former roommates.
Until now. This spring, Lownsdale and other members of the Class of '70 will return to Cincinnati — or to Boston, or to Athens, Ohio — for the festive commencements they never had. Some will be accompanied by their parents, now elderly, or by grown-up children. Maybe they will find a chance to heal some old wounds.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (5-3-10)
The release of the number of warheads marks only the second time in U.S. history the government has released the once top secret information.
The Pentagon statistics show the nuclear stockpile was reduced by 75 percent between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and September 30, 2009, and 84 percent since its peak of more than 31,255 in 1967.
The 5,113 warheads include active and inactive ones, according to the senior defense official.
The numbers released Monday also include yearly statistics on the strategic long-range and nonstrategic short-range weapons dating back to 1962. Previously released information on the stockpile size showed the number of warheads from 1945 through 1961.
The release of the most recent stockpile accounting by the U.S. government "is important to nonproliferation efforts, and to pursuing follow-on reductions" after the upcoming ratification of the updated START treaty, according to a fact sheet released by the Pentagon on Monday.
"We think the United States has set an example of transparency," according to a senior defense official.
Reporters were briefed on the statistical information at the Pentagon as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the United Nations during a conference to review of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
Active warheads are those ready to be used within a short period of time, while inactive warheads are maintained but have key parts removed from them, the official said.
The United States has thousands more nuclear warheads that have not been dismantled but are slated to be taken apart. Those weapons have key parts removed from them and are not maintained, the official said. The warheads are only being kept secure and it would take a good deal of effort and money to restore them to working order, the official said.
The Pentagon did not provide a figure on the number waiting to be dismantled, but did acknowledge there are thousands.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (5-3-10)
The court cited security concerns as the reason entry to the 75-year-old building would be through new doors to the side of the wide central steps.
Two justices objected to the change, calling it unfortunate and unjustified.
Stephen Breyer described the steps and main entrance as "not only a means to, but also a metaphor for, access to the court itself".
Justice Breyer, along with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pointed out that no other high court in the world, not even Israel's, had closed its front entrance because of security concerns.
The court said the decision to move the entrance had been made following the recommendations of two independent security studies, in 2001 and 2009, and was part of a $122m (£80m) renovation.
"The (new) entrance provides a secure, reinforced area to screen for weapons, explosives and chemical and biological hazards," the court statement said.
The main doors - beneath the words "Equal Justice Under Law" - and expansive steps built by architect Cass Gilbert can still be used by visitors to leave the building.
Name of source: China Daily
SOURCE: China Daily (5-2-10)
The salvage team has recovered more than 800 pieces of antique porcelain and copper coins from the ancient ship off the coast of Guangdong province, said the provincial cultural relics bureau Sunday.
Archaeologists believe the ship, which sank in the Sandianjin waters off Nan'ao county, Shantou city, may have been carrying 10,000 pieces of blue-and-white porcelain, mostly made during Emperor Wanli's reign (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)....
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (5-3-10)
A German court has ruled against a decision by the country's foreign intelligence service, the BND, to keep classified thousands of files on Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust.
A German freelance journalist based in Argentina, Gabriele Weber, has been seeking access to the BND's 3,400 documents on Eichmann, who escaped to Argentina after the war, was abducted by Israeli agents in 1960, put on trial in Israel and hanged. She took legal action after the BND refused to open the Eichmann files on the grounds that disclosure would damage Germany's national interests.
The BND's refusal to open the files, which date back to the 1950s and 1960s, has triggered speculation that they contain embarrassing information about possible collusion between West German authorities and former Nazis in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Federal Administrative Court in the city of Leipzig ruled on Friday that the refusal to declassify the files was unlawful. "The reasons given for keeping them classified were only partly justified by the contents of the files and did not permit withholding them completely," the court said in a statement issued on Friday....
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (4-30-10)
Everyone thought Hermann Simm deserved to be honored. It was Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, and he was dressed in his best suit to attend the day's event. He had been invited to Estonia's presidential palace to accept the "Order of the White Star" for his "service to the Estonian nation." It was an ironic choice.
It wasn't the only medal Simm received for his services that year. The other honor was one that he could only see on his computer screen, supposedly so as to not jeopardize his cover. Sergey Jakovlev, his handler with the SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service, appeared on the screen to show him his medal. Jakovlev was also the one who informed Simm that he had been promoted to the rank of major general for having supplied Moscow with the names of all suspected and known Russians working as spies for NATO. Then-President Vladimir Putin was very impressed, Jakovlev told his best spy.
Four years on, Simm has now reached the late phase of his career. Indeed, in his field -- spying -- it is not uncommon to spend one's old age in a small prison cell. Simms is incarcerated in a functional, post-Soviet building made of reinforced concrete in the Estonian city of Tartu, where he wears a plain prison uniform and seeks comfort in the Bible. Photos depict him as an older, gray-haired man with a sad look in his eyes.
This is the same man whom NATO, in a classified 141-page report, has recognized as the spy who was "most damaging in Alliance history." The report alleges that Simm, as the former head of security at the Estonian Defense Ministry, had access to most of the classified NATO documents his country received after joining the alliance in the spring of 2004. Until his arrest, in September 2008, he is believed to have secretly handed over thousands of those documents to the Russians. Some of these contained highly sensitive information about NATO's secret defense policies, "including installation, maintenance, procurement and use of cryptographic systems."...
Name of source: Art Daily
SOURCE: Art Daily (5-3-10)
First traces of this unprecedented funerary complex were registered between 2008 and 2009. The group of skeletons was found placed parting from the center of the Prehispanic structure, from where 126 of 131 registered skeletons were recovered by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH); the rest were left in site for conservation reasons.
Archaeologist Salvador Guilliem Arroyo, director of the archaeological project, commented that in order to determine temporality and ethnic affiliation of individuals, the phase of analysis continues, studying the skeletons, associated material (Prehispanic and Colonial ceramics, wood fragments, textile rests and metal) and the funerary context.
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (5-2-10)
Flynn was among them. In 1970 in Cambodia, Flynn, 28, was on assignment photographing for TIME with fellow American Dana Stone, who was shooting video for CBS. The pair left the capital Phnom Penh on motorbikes for the front line — pushing each other, the account goes, to get the ultimate story. They were never heard from again. Cambodia had already descended into full-blown civil war, but little was known yet about its unique breed of communist Khmer Rouge revolutionaries. The world would only find out later that the group had no appetite for compromise with their enemies or captured Western journalists.
Numerous reports about how and when Sean died have circulated over the years; the most widely repeated theory is that he was captured by Vietnamese communists, turned over to Khmer Rouge, and then held with other Western journalists before being crudely executed. The commercial value of the Sean Flynn story — a dashing, brash son flying headlong into war to stake out a reputation independent of his movie idol father — has not escaped Hollywood's eye. A film company has purchased the rights to Two of the Missing, an account of Flynn and Stone's saga. Heath Ledger was reportedly considering taking the role of Flynn before his own death in 2008.
Despite the fabled search for Flynn, the two men who believe they found his remains have not exactly been thanked for their work. Australian David MacMillan, 29, and Briton Keith Rotheram, 60, turned over a skull, teeth and bones to the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh, which sent them on to the military office in Hawaii in charge of finding missing Americans from past conflicts. This outfit's initial assessment was that the bones may be those of a Southeast Asian, but further testing is underway. They have emphasized that amateur digs are discouraged because they can damage evidence, noting that in this case, "The remains are badly fragmented due to the manner in which they were recovered." The office's spokesperson stopped short of saying MacMillan and Rotheram had broken any laws, but contrary to standard protocol for exhumations, the pair used a mechanical digger with a serrated scoop to remove a layer of topsoil covering what they believed to be Sean's gravesite. The military described the area as "disturbed" when a team was sent there for a follow-up excavation, and said they found additional bone fragments in the hole of the previous dig.
Name of source: Wales Online
SOURCE: Wales Online (5-3-10)
The Welsh academic works across the world in persuading museums to return ancient artefacts to Egypt, Italy, Greece and other countries suffering a plague of history looting.
The 48-year-old, a reader in Mediterranean archaeology at Swansea University, most recently worked with two other experts to persuade London-based fine art dealers Bonhams to withdraw four Roman sculptures from auction, amid claims they were stolen from archaeological sites overseas.
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (5-3-10)
His skepticism may prove well founded: A former member of the joint team from Noah's Ark Ministries International and Media Evangelism Ltd. that announced the find has circulated an e-mail suggesting that the discovery might have been staged. And if that's the case, it would be just the latest in a series of hoaxes surrounding the much-searched-for vessel.
Indeed, it was word of two previous ark expeditions that helped prompt the American Schools of Oriental Research, the leading professional organization of American Middle Eastern archaeologists, to take action.
Fed up with the exposure these types of stories were getting in the media, the group last year launched a committee tasked with taking aim at archaeological frauds.
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (5-2-10)
The claim, based on a university news release, was obviously a historical shocker sure to get people's attention — and yet it was grossly misleading, if not flat wrong.
Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., put out a release describing the work of Gwen Robbins, a professor of anthropology. She is part of a team that excavated one of the Donner Party sites a few years ago. Robbins analyzed bone fragments found at the site of the cooking hearth, and she is ready to release her findings.
The media took it from there, reporting the shocking news that the most famous case of cannibalism in American history could well be a myth. Even a blogger at the majestic New York Times was taken in, throwing up a fanciful post headlined "No Cannibalism Among the Donner Party?"
One critical thing to understand is that the Donner Party was stranded at multiple locations. Most members of the party were trapped at Donner Lake; others were huddled at a site called Alder Creek, about seven miles back on the trail. As the months-long drama played out, some who tried to escape became trapped again and perished along the way.
Robbins analyzed bone fragments found only at the Alder Creek location. Indeed, some of the Donner sites have never been located and thus cannot be excavated.
Name of source: Global Arab Network
SOURCE: Global Arab Network (5-3-10)
Five of these cemeteries date back to the Roman era, and 13 cemeteries date back to the middle bronze era. Head of Dara Archaeology Department, Hussein Mashhadawi said archaeological findings discovered in those cemeteries are pottery, bronze tools, and various accessories. The number of findings discovered reached 800 items.
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (5-3-10)
But since John Paul Stevens announced his retirement last month, legal and religious scholars have begun entertaining the unprecedented prospect of a Supreme Court without a single Protestant justice.
Besides Stevens, who is Protestant, the current Supreme Court counts six Catholics and two Jews.
"It's an amazing irony given how central Protestantism has been to American culture," said Stephen Prothero, a religion scholar at Boston University. "For most of the 19th century, Protestants were trying to turn America into their own heaven on Earth, which included keeping Jews and Catholics from virtually all positions of power."
Many religion scholars attribute the decline of Protestants on the high court to the breakdown of a mainline Protestant identity and to the absence of a strong tradition of lawyering among evangelical Protestants.
"Mainline Protestantism isn't a pressure group," said Prothero, "It's not like the National Council of Churches is lobbying Obama to get a Lutheran appointed to the Supreme Court."...
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (4-30-10)
In fact, you might be hard-pressed to find overt similarities between the five historic Brentsville buildings and such better-known historic landmarks as George Washington's Mount Vernon south of Alexandria, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello just outside Charlottesville or even the former Arlington residence of Robert E. Lee, Arlington House. The cabin, courthouse, jail, one-room school and church at the Brentsville Centre reflect the more modest lifestyles of those who called the area home in the early to mid-1850s.
"It's good to see historic sites that represent people outside of the upper echelon of society," said Jen Garrott, 22, of Burke, a history major at the College of William and Mary. "They are really making the buildings and grounds representative of the time period and demographic of the people."
It's easy to miss the center when you drive down Bristow Road. At first glance it blends into the rolling scenery. Yet thousands visit Brentsville -- which includes archeological destinations and a mile-long nature trail -- to enjoy the 28 acres of grounds, tour the buildings, and attend one of the dozens of tours and programs presented there annually....
Name of source: Jon Wiener, writing in The Nation
SOURCE: Jon Wiener, writing in The Nation (5-1-10)
The Arizona legislature has passed a bill that will end ethnic studies classes in the state, according to the state's top education official.
The bill bans classes that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people," "are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group," or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals."
Also prohibited: all those classes that "promote the overthrow of the U.S. government."
The author of the bill, Tom Horne, the state superintendent of public instruction, is running for the Republican nomination for state attorney general. He told local media that his target is the Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tucson public schools. The bill however applies to all public and charter schools from kidergarten through 12th grade.
One might object that the bill itself "promotes resentment toward a race or class of people."...