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Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-8-10)
Before long, she had a $13-an-hour job at Manchester's Housing Authority in New Hampshire, her children were enrolled in Catholic school, and she was on her way to financing a comfortable American lifestyle through mortgages, loans and credit cards.
Now the 40-year-old mother sits behind bars, held without bond while she awaits trial on federal citizenship fraud charges for allegedly lying about involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when at least 500,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed....
Over 100 Mayan groups and individuals from Yucatan and other Mexican states signed the petition asking that the monument to Francisco de Montejo and his son be removed from a boulevard in Merida, Yucatan's state capital. It was installed in June.
Between 1528 and 1546, Montejo and later his son led bloody battles for control of the Yucatan peninsula, killing Mayas by the thousands and suppressing Mayan culture. The Maya continued to resist, but their lands were largely taken and many were forced to labor on plantations owned by the descendants of the conquerors.
"This represents an insult for the Maya nation," Artemio Kaamal of the Maya civic group Kuxa'an'on ("We are Alive" in Maya), said of the monument. "This injures the identity and roots of the Mayan people."
SOURCE: AP (8-6-10)
The heist at the ornate Chinese Pavilion, a birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753, took just six minutes, and occurred just after security guards had made their rounds at 2 a.m., police spokeswoman Diana Sundin said.
"The alarm went off just as the guards had passed by," she said. Guards immediately returned to the scene, but the burglars had already vanished, she said.
The burglars are believed to have entered the building by smashing the glass on the pavilion's back door. Once inside, they shattered three display cases, she said, and made off with an unknown number of "old, beautiful Chinese objects."
"It might not even be possible to put a value on these objects. That's how bad it is," she said. She could not say specifically what was stolen, but the pavilion is known for its display of Chinese artifacts including porcelain, China and vases....
The site, holocartoons.com, features caricatures including a Jew with a hook nose and a black hat emblazoned with a Star of David tracing fake bodies on the ground at a concentration camp. The website design uses Nazi imagery, with the icon for flipping pages marked with a swastika.
"The vulgar and cynical approach of the website, a combination of Holocaust denial and distortion, illustrated with anti-Semitic caricatures, further illustrates Iran's disregard for reality and truth vis-a-vis the Holocaust, Jews and Israel," Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said.
It called the site "the latest salvo emanating from Iran that denies the facts of the Holocaust and attempts to influence those who are ignorant of history."
The semiofficial Iranian Fars news agency reported that cartoonist Maziar Bijani launched the site and said it is financed by a non-governmental cultural foundation. The site has English, Arabic and Farsi versions....
Iraq still has outstanding issues with Kuwait, including demarcation of the border, accounting for 600 missing Kuwaitis and the $24 billion debt Baghdad owes Kuwait as reparations for the invasion.
In May 2003, weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the council lifted economic sanctions against Iraq, opening the country to international trade and investment and allowing oil exports to resume. In June 2004, it lifted an embargo on the sale of conventional weapons to the government. But there are still limits on some activities related to the possible production of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and missiles with a range of more than 150 kilometers (90 miles) are still banned....
Linda Lipschitz said her father died Sunday in Dover, southern England, of a suspected heart attack or blood clot.
Levy was a pilot for Belgian airline Sabena when he took off from Brussels bound for Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972 — his 50th birthday — with 90 passengers onboard. Mid-journey, the Boeing 707 was hijacked by four armed members of the group Black September, who ordered Levy to land at Israel's Lod — now Ben Gurion — airport and threatened to blow up the plane if Israel did not release more than 300 Palestinian prisoners....
Campbell, an extremely reluctant witness at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, was being questioned in Taylor's war crimes trial about claims made by actress Mia Farrow. Farrow had said Taylor gave the model an uncut diamond or diamonds after an event hosted by then-South African President Nelson Mandela at his presidential mansion in Pretoria.
Still, the supermodel said she didn't know if the stones she received were actually diamonds or if the gift came from Taylor himself....
A mourning procession from the German city of Tubingen walked Thursday along the so-called "death road" to the monument near Babi Yar ravine in Kiev, the site of one of the most horrific chapters of the Holocaust.
Processions by Germans also are expected in 15 other cities in Ukraine on Friday....
The park announced Wednesday that it set a new monthly record for visits during July, when more than 957,000 people came through its gates. That's nearly 60,000 more than last July, when the park's previous monthly record was set....
Experts say a tomb discovery would be significant because the social structure of Teotihuacan remains a mystery after nearly 100 years of archaeological exploration at the site, which is best known for the towering Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.
Archaeologists had suspected the hidden tunnel was there after a heavy rainstorm in 2003 caused the ground to sink at the foot of the Temple of Quetzacoatl, in the central ceremonial area of the ruins just north of Mexico City....
Bruce W. Menning told the Munich state court Wednesday that Demjanjuk's claim he went to the Austrian city of Graz late in 1944 to join a Ukrainian force fighting the Soviets under German command was "implausible" as the group only came through the Austrian city in March 1945.
But defense attorney Ulrich Busch rejected Menning's testimony, saying his account of historical events was partly wrong....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-6-10)
President Obama has made a point recently to invoke Bush's name in what many say is a calculated effort to remind voters of the previous administration's economic policies, which Democrats argue led to the worst recession in modern history.
On Monday, the president told those attending a Democratic fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia, that the GOP has not distinguished itself from Bush.
So why the recent surge in Bush-bashing? It may have something to do with polls.
A Quinnipiac University poll, taken July 13-19, asked 2,181 registered voters: "Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy: former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?"
Fifty-three percent said Bush; 25 percent said Obama; 21 percent said either neither, both or unsure....
SOURCE: CNN (8-6-10)
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is scheduled to go before a judge in Virginia to enter a plea on charges that include disobeying a lawful order and dereliction of duty.
He is a decorated Army doctor and an 18-year veteran who is now facing court martial for disobeying orders to ship out for another tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Lakin says the orders are illegal because, he claims, Obama -- the commander-in-chief -- has not proven he was born in this country. Lakin wants Obama to produce his birth certificate.
"It's a fundamental of the Constitution, and my oath of office is to the Constitution. And I believe we need truth on this matter," Lakin told CNN's "AC 360" in May.
Two newspapers in Honolulu, Hawaii published announcements of Obama's birth in Hawaii in August 1961. The Republican governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, has recently certified Obama's birth certificate as legitimate.
"I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health," Lingle recently told WABC. " ... The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact."
"It's been established he was born here," the governor continued. "I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen ... but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now."
Despite the evidence, roughly a quarter of Americans remains skeptical, including Lakin and other so-called "birthers."...
Obama frequently criticizes Republican policies on the economy – that is certainly nothing new. But the latest wrinkle in Obama's rhetoric is that until now, he has avoided referring to former President Bush by name. That changed this week.
Thursday marked the second time in a week that Obama has mentioned Bush. During a fundraiser in Chicago for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama said Republicans are "betting on amnesia" as trying to make the economy an issue in fall races around the country....
The 63-37 vote was mostly along party lines. Five GOP senators backed Kagan, and only one Democrat -- Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- opposed her. Republican leaders offered spirited floor opposition to the nominee, but were unable to muster a prolonged delay or filibuster of the vote.
Kagan is set to begin a lifetime position as the nation's 112th justice. She will be sworn into office Saturday afternoon, taking the traditional constitutional and judicial oaths. The newest justice will then be able to assume her court duties immediately....
The story began amid the controversial Vietnam War, while Richard Nixon was president.
In 1972, Lavelle was a four-star Air Force general. But, according to the Pentagon and historical record, in April of that year, he was removed from command because of allegations that he ordered bombing missions into North Vietnam that had not been authorized.
Reports from 1972 said Lavelle advocated the bombing of radar sites in North Vietnam that were helping the enemy shoot down American pilots on missions.
Before Lavelle's orders to attack radar sites, the North Vietnamese had developed a more effective anti-aircraft defense system and had become very adept at targeting U.S. planes. Existing rules of engagement said the the American pilots couldn't attack the radar sites until the enemy attacked the Americans.
Lavelle also allegedly tried to falsify records about the missions by claiming the bombings were in response to enemy fire that never happened.
When the situation became public, it became the focus of much media attention, even making the cover of Newsweek magazine. The entire scandal was called the Lavelle affair....
The Special Court of Sierra Leone confirmed to CNN Wednesday that Campbell will take the stand at the tribunal, despite an emergency motion the defense filed Monday to delay her testimony.
Prosecutors say Taylor gave Campbell a diamond during the war in Sierra Leone, contradicting Taylor's testimony that he never handled the precious stones that fueled the conflict.
The defense said it hadn't seen a copy of Campbell's testimony, which interferes with Taylor's right to a fair trial. Under tribunal rules, the defense team should get advance access to prosecution witness testimony so it can prepare its arguments. Prosecutors said they have not obtained a statement from Campbell, but they did provide a copy of her anticipated testimony to the defense....
Average wages are up, "knowledge-based" jobs are gaining ground on the area's traditional blue-collar economy and basic services like schools and hospitals are improving, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters.
While the poverty rate of 23 percent is the lowest since 1979, that's nearly double the national average of 13 percent, according to figures from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center and the Brookings Institution. And many of the city's poor residents have either moved to the suburbs or haven't returned to the area, the report's authors said....
Parks Canada has released images of the HMS Investigator, found late last month at the bottom of Mercy Bay. The bay is located in the Northwest Territories' Aulavik National Park. The discovery is part of two Canadian archaeological missions to locate the Investigator and two other ships.
Royal Navy Capt. Robert McClure led the 66-man HMS Investigator on an 1850 expedition through Arctic waters to rescue two other ships -- the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror....
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (8-6-10)
They are called the Hibakusha. They are a unique group which hopes their dramatic stories will convey the need to eliminate the scourge that nearly killed them during two days that changed the world, 65 years ago.
Mikiso Iwasa says August 6th, 1945 began like any other day. "It was a hot summer day, and the cicadas were singing," said Iwasa. Then the sound changed.
"We heard the sound…from the north and the children screamed. It's a plane! It's a plane!," he recalled....
Name of source: Saipan Tribune
SOURCE: Saipan Tribune (8-7-10)
In a brief ceremony littered with moments of high drama, a stunning moment of reverence was occasioned when “taps” was sounded in an ambience where only the sound of the wildlife in the surrounding habitat could be heard.
Prior to that, CNMI historian Dan Farrell extemporaneously reflected in poetic and lyrical tones the significance and symbology of the two pits that assembled the uranium bomb “Little Boy” and plutonium bomb “Fat Man” into the annals of human history, radically shifting the course and confluence of many lives.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas Owens' remarks affirmed Farrell's sentiments when he declared that the happening initiated from Tinian 65 years ago changed the course of U.S. history, determining national policies and programs, including those of the Air Force in the Pacific....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (8-6-10)
Historical accuracy is like quicksand. Stay too long in the same place and it will suck you down and there will be no movement, no dynamism to the story. Too much attention to factual detail is undoubtedly an impediment to literary art. Adam Foulds's The Quickening Maze is described on the Booker prize website as "historically accurate but beautifully imagined", as if "historically accurate" implied a literary problem. In some respects it does. Ask a historical author: how do you stop that facts getting in the way of the story? And the novelist, driven by his or her imagination, will offer a wealth of answers. The historian will assure you that the facts are the story.
Ignoring the mythical holy grail of historical accuracy is even more problematic. By far the most commonly cited book in this respect is The Da Vinci Code, even though it is not a historical novel at all. The historical context of the plot is what excites criticism in this respect. The same could be said of many historical films. My particular favourite historical error appears at the end of Braveheart, where it is suggested that the future Edward III (born in 1312) was the product of a union between the Scottish rebel William Wallace (executed in London in 1305) and Princess Isabella of France, who was nine at the time of Wallace's death. It would be funny – if I had not met so many people who believed it....
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (8-5-10)
Bjarne Groennov killed the animal after it threw fellow expert Jens Fog Jensen to the ground in the incident on Saturday, said the National Museum of Denmark.
"It was a shocking experience but in such a situation we are just glad to get out alive and more or less unharmed," Jensen was quoted by the museum as saying on his return to Denmark after treatment in Iceland.
Jensen was taking notes on Clavering island in northeast Greenland when "suddenly the polar bear came out from behind the rocks, just 10 or 15 metres away from him," the museum said.
Groennov shouted out to warn him and Jensen tried to run away, but "the bear chased him and threw him to the ground before biting him and clawing his arms and legs."...
Name of source: Balkan travellers
SOURCE: Balkan travellers (8-5-10)
The supposed winery, according to reports, consisted of two stone buildings connected through a wooden passage. One of them would be filled with grapes that were pressed with large rectangular stones.
Several structures thought to be ancient wineries have been found in Bulgaria so far, although their function isn’t known for sure, Professor Valeri Yotov, the head of the archaeological team from the Varna Archaeology Museum, explained. The tests on the new find, which are yet to come out, might make it the first properly uncovered ancient winery in the country, he said.
Similar wineries have been found by archaeologists in the Caucasus, the Crimean Peninsula, Serbia and Israel, which boasts what is believed to have been the largest wine-making structure in the Byzantine Empire.
The winery in the fortress on Saint Atanas Cape, near the town of Byala (in the photo above) was likely a part of a monastery, according to Yotov, whose team rediscovered the fortress last summer. In addition to it, they have also found an early Christian church and much of the fortress walls at the site....
Name of source: The Sofia Echo (Bulgaria)
SOURCE: The Sofia Echo (Bulgaria) (8-6-10)
If you follow the news closely, you will likely remember the story from two and a half years back, when police arrested two German nationals as they attempted to smuggle out of the country a Panzer IV tank, whose price on the black market can easily exceed 100 000 euro. At that time, Major Alexei Petrov was second-in-command at the military unit in Yambol charged with guarding the precious relics. According to prosecutors, he is also the man that helped the Germans steal the tank.
On that December 2007 day, about 80 Nazi tanks and assault artillery units were still on Bulgaria's border with Turkey, where they had been half-buried as part of the Krali Marko line that was meant to protect Bulgaria from land invasion during the Cold War.
Two months before the group was caught, the legendary Tsaritsa – a Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G assault artillery gun made in 1943 – disappeared from the area near the village of Fakia. The gun is said to have been a personal gift from Hitler to the Bulgarian queen-mother Yoana, hence its name. It is believed that the gun was loaded onto a truck and taken to Germany, where it was sold.
The three men allegedly decided to steal a tank using the same scheme, but the military counterintelligence was tipped off about the deed and arrested Petrov and the two Germans on December 13 2007. They were arrested while a group of Roma workers, hired for 20 leva each, were digging out the Panzer.
The story is curious not only because it is the first larceny of a tank from the Bulgarian army, but also because it set in motion a series of events that prevented the loss of one of Bulgaria's largest military treasures, the so-called tank collection of the Defence Ministry.
Residents in Yambol are convinced that the trio did not act alone and had the protection of someone in the Bulgarian General Staff. If not for that case, the Panzer tanks even now might have been the subject of looting, much to the joy of collectors and scrap buyers. Without meaning to, Petrov and his German "colleagues" made possible saving this piece of Bulgarian history....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-5-10)
Interviewed by the UK daily in his Iraq prison cell, Aziz said the West was wrong about the former Iraqi president.
In his first interview since he was captured shortly after the fall of Baghdad more than seven years ago, Aziz said that pulling out US combat troops before the country was stable would be lethal for Iraq....
SOURCE: BBC (8-5-10)
For the first time, a representative of the United States, which dropped the bomb on the city, is attending.
Washington's decision to send its ambassador to Tokyo, John Roos, is being seen by some in Japan as a sign that President Barack Obama may decide to visit Hiroshima when he comes to Japan.
If so, he would be the first sitting US president to visit the city....
SOURCE: BBC (8-4-10)
Her lawyers would be allowed to intervene in order to prevent her answering a question that might lead to her incriminating herself, the court ruled.
A television feed of the court's proceedings would be broadcast as usual, it was reported.
Measures to protect witnesses' identities are usually granted at war crimes tribunals if there is a risk the witness, or their families, could be put in danger by their testimony....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (8-6-10)
Mr Komorowski defeated Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in April.
In a gesture to Kaczynski supporters, he vowed to work for national unity.
His first foreign visits would be to Brussels, Paris and Berlin in order to "show Poland's European roots", the new, strongly pro-EU leader said.
But he also spoke of the importance of good relations with Russia, Poland's historic rival, which had impressed many Poles with its sensitive handling of the aftermath of the air crash on its territory.
"There will be no stable development of this part of Europe without co-operation with Russia," he said.
Mr Komorowski is the fourth president of Poland since the fall of communism and is seen by correspondents as someone who will lead the country into a period of political stability.
Under the constitution, the president has power of veto and the right to make key nominations but most executive power rests with the cabinet.
Mr Komorowski took the oath of office in front of MPs in the Polish parliament in the capital, Warsaw....
SOURCE: BBC News (8-3-10)
That is the conclusion of a new study using weather data recorded during their historic expedition.
Mallory and Irvine were sighted on 8 June 1924, scaling Everest's north-east ridge, before vanishing.
The storm caused a pressure drop big enough to deprive the climbers of oxygen, the new study proposes.
The research, published in the journal Weather, focuses on meteorological measurements from the 1924 expedition, which the authors uncovered at the Royal Geographical Society library in London.
Although the data were published as a table in a 1926 report on the expedition, they were never analysed for information on the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine until this study.
The researchers analysed barometric pressure measurements and found that during the Mallory and Irvine summit attempt, there was a pressure drop at Everest base camp of approximately 18 millibars (mbar).
Lead author GW Kent Moore, from the University of Toronto, Canada, described this as "quite a large drop".
He said: "We concluded that Mallory and Irvine most likely encountered a very intense storm as they made their way towards the summit."...
SOURCE: BBC News (8-5-10)
The collection of 40 paintings - plus films, sculptures and photographs - focuses on the period from 1940 to 1983.
Works have been brought in from countries around the world - including Canada, Scotland and Japan.
The exhibition runs at Atlanta's High Museum of Art until 9 January.
"It's become a really interesting area for investigation because you have Dali's career which spans almost all of the 20th century, but historically people have really only looked at the 1930s," exhibition curator Elliott King told the Associated Press. "It was almost like he died in 1940."
The exhibition includes photos by American photographer Philippe Halsman showing the artist displaying what King describes as Dali's "wacky showman" side....
SOURCE: BBC News (8-5-10)
Speaking at Mr Taylor's war crimes trial in The Hague, she said late that night, two unidentified men appeared at her room and gave her the stones.
However, she had no proof that the stones were diamonds or came from Mr Taylor, as a fellow guest suggested.
Linking him to illegal "blood diamonds" is key to the prosecution's case.
Mr Taylor, who denies all of the charges against him, is accused of using illegal diamonds to fund the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone.
He says he never sold or traded diamonds for weapons.
Ms Campbell, who was late appearing in the courtroom, swore on a Bible before beginning her testimony.
Ms Campbell said she was given two or three unprocessed stones after a celebrity dinner in South Africa, hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela and attended by US actress Mia Farrow and others, including Mr Taylor.
Before meeting him, she had not heard of Mr Taylor or of Liberia.
She said she was sleeping in her room that night when there was a knock at the door.
"Two men were there and gave me a pouch and said: 'A gift for you'," she said....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Now Mao Xinyu, 40, has confirmed that nepotism played its part in his appointment, admitting to a popular Chinese website that his family background was "definitely a factor" in the decision to add a second star to his epaulettes.
It is this enduring respect for his grandfather that was reflected in the promotion, said Mao, who is a military historian at the Academy of Military Sciences and a fervent defender of his grandfather's legacy.
Mao Tse-Tung, who founded China Communist Republic in 1949, sired nine children from four marriages, including his second son, Mao Xinyu's father Mao Anqing....
The admission draws Mr Mandela, one of the world's most revered statesmen, into the centre of allegations surrounding the funding of the 1991 – 2002 Sierra Leone war, which was characterised by the use of boy soldiers and the mutilation of 20,000 people who lost arms, legs, lips and ears under machete attack.
Mr Taylor, 62, is being tried on 11 counts of war crimes in Liberia's neighbouring Sierra Leone, including charges of murder, rape and sexual slavery. He is accused of trading in "blood diamonds" to fund the brutal and bloody war in which more than 120,000 died....
decision that there is insufficient evidence of abuse by the parents Heath and Deborah Campbell.
Their children – Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell – have been in foster care since January 2009.
The case first came to public attention after a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake inscribed for Adolf Hitler Campbell....
His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, declined his request to spend his last years as the archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives and as a librarian of the Vatican Library, according to the incumbent librarian and archivist Cardinal Raffaele Farina.
But he found his job “burdensome” and wanted to retire to academic study of ancient documents for the rest of his life.
He asked the Pope if he could step down from his role when he turned 70 on April 16, 1997, a move which would have permanently removed him from Vatican politics and from the eyes of the world....
Public broadcaster SWR said the instrument was built in 1775 and acquired in the 1980s by piano manufacturer Martin Becker in the southern German city of Baden-Baden from an antiques dealer in Strasbourg, eastern France.
When Mr Becker decided to auction off the fortepiano, a music historian noticed the offer and "had a hunch that it could be the same long-lost instrument that Mozart played whenever he was in Strasbourg," SWR said.
"I had the idea to offer it on (online auction site) eBay and maybe get between 30,000 and 40,000 euros for it," Mr Becker told the radio station.
A historic oil painting in Vienna shows the composer Joseph Haydn, a Mozart contemporary, playing what may be the same instrument.
The fortepiano, built by Christian Baumann, is one of eight known examples....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-5-10)
The former Prime Minister allegedly banned reporting of the “bizarre” incident, off the east coast of England, for half a century amid fears disclosures about unidentified flying objects would create public hysteria.
He is said to have made the orders during a secret war meeting with US General Dwight Eisenhower, the then commander of the Allied Forces, at an undisclosed location in America during the latter part of the conflict.
The claims are contained in thousands of pages of declassified files on UFOs, released on Thursday online by the National Archives....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-4-10)
State media reported that a special session, requested by Castro, would be held this weekend.
On July 26 Castro said that he would ask for the meeting to warn of an imminent nuclear war involving the United States, Israel and Iran....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-4-10)
Mystical statues of the gods, their faces covered in gorgonian fans, stood rooted to the ocean floor behind an ornate temple gateway 100 feet below sea level.
The undersea archaeological department of the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced an investigation as rumours quickly circulated of 10 more such temples in the strait between Java and Bali. Excited local media speculated that an Atlantis of the East had been found.
Unfortunately, hopes of a groundbreaking discovery have been sunk. The city turns out to be an underwater theme park built by a British diver to entertain his customers....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-3-10)
American researchers have found a striking correlation between the symptoms suffered by Alexander before his death in 323BC, and the effects of the highly toxic bacterium.
They have speculated that the Macedonian king, who conquered vast swaths of territory between Greece and India, could have been poisoned with a vial of water from the River Styx in Greece.
The river was the mythical entrance to the underworld but is believed to have been based on a real stream now known as the Mavroneri, or Black Water, which springs from mountains on the Peloponnesian peninsula.
The ancient Greeks maintained that its waters were so poisonous that they would dissolve any vessel, except those made of the hooves of horses or mules.
Alexander fell ill during an all-night drinking party at the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, in modern Iraq....
Name of source: New York Observer
SOURCE: New York Observer (8-3-10)
Quietly, as the city focuses on the ground zero mosque and Condé Nast's planned move to the neighborhood, Joe Daniels has been working on a $700 million monument to the dead. Mr. Daniels, president of the foundation behind the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at ground zero, is doing more than simply planning a museum-he and his team may well be reframing the dialogue about that day in a surprisingly forthright and confrontational way.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is widely expected to immediately become one of the city's largest tourist attractions, projected to draw between five million and seven million visitors when its first phase opens in September 2011. But far from being the toothless, tasteful tribute to American greatness many expected after an earlier incarnation, the International Freedom Center, was abandoned five years ago, the revamped museum promises an unblinking account of the violence and terror of Sept. 11, 2001. Its choices could define American thought about 9/11 for decades....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (8-4-10)
1. 2005, for Katrina emergency supplemental2. 1991, for numerous appropriations and other bills3. 1980
Traditionally, there have been periods of time where Congress adjourned throughout the month of August as far back as the second session of the First Congress in 1790. The first period of time that Congress adjourned in the month of August was 12 August 1790 until the beginning of the third session of the First Congress on 6 December 1790.
The Speaker of the House works with House Leadership on deciding the calendar for the Congressional Year. In the 19th Century, Congress adjourned in June or July and would not sit in August, although on a few occasions it did meet in August. One reason for this late summer recess was the extreme heat and humidity. After 1911, the House frequently met throughout the summer, including in August, adjourning in the fall. During World War II, Congress was in almost continual session, a practice that continued on and off into the 1960s.
In 1970, Congress formalized an "August Recess." In section 132(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 provides as follows:Unless otherwise provided by the Congress, the two Houses shall-(1) adjourn sine die not later than July 31 of each year; or (2) in the case of an odd-numbered year, provide, not later than July 31 of such year, by concurrent resolution adopted in each House by roll call vote, for the adjournment of the two Houses from that Friday in August which occurs at least thirty days before the first Monday in September (Labor Day) of such year to the second day after Labor Day.(b) This section shall not be applicable in any year if on July 31 of such year a state of war exists pursuant to a declaration of war by the Congress.
Since then, the longest recess in House history was in the 108th Congress, 2nd Session from 23 July 2004- 6 September 2004 for a total of 46 days.
One of the more recent instances of the House being called back occurred on 2 September 2005, four days prior to when the House was scheduled to meet again....
SOURCE: Fox News (8-5-10)
But Tuesday, when they went to get on their return flight, a Southwest employee told them Bob couldn't get on because he didn't have the right kind of doctor's note addressing his medically necessary oxygen tank.
On Wednesday, after a few contacts of theirs made calls to Southwest hinting of media coverage, and after Jay had the doctor fax a second note with all the requisite information, Bob and Jay finally landed at Orlando International Airport just before 7:00 p.m.
As the World War II Veteran, Korean War Veteran, and Vietnam Vet was rolled off his Southwest flight in his wheelchair Wednesday, Bob was attached to the oxygen tank he has been forced to live with for five years. In that time, he and his son have done a lot of flying on Southwest between Buffalo and Orlando.
They’ve never had a problem during that time, until Tuesday....
SOURCE: Fox News (8-4-10)
James Tibbets, son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., says Friday's visit to Hiroshima by U.S. Ambassador John Roos is an act of contrition that his late father would never have approved.
"It's an unsaid apology," Tibbets, 66, told FoxNews.com from his home in Georgiana, Ala. "Why wouldn't it be? Why would [Roos] go? It doesn't make any sense.
"I know it's the anniversary, but I don't know what the hell they're trying to do. It needs to be left alone. The war is over."...
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-5-10)
“This is it,” he said, nodding at the graceless apartment building that had, in the local manner, risen to take its place. “He comes out here” — Mr. Quinn pointed at the curb — “and a tan cab is heading west. He’s wearing a double-breasted coat. He’s just had dinner with William Klein, a lawyer for the Shubert brothers, and a showgirl named Sally Ritz. He tips his hat, climbs in the cab — and that’s it.”
Mr. Quinn, who is 62 and bearded, is a Bronx-born man of Irish descent and a member of that cadre of New Yorkers known as Craterites. While most of these unfortunate souls — obsessed with the cold case of Joseph Force Crater, a State Supreme Court justice who vanished 80 years ago this week — are content to scratch their heads at the mystery, Mr. Quinn has dared to imagine its solution in the pages of “The Man Who Never Returned,” his new book.
“I solved the case in my head,” he had said earlier in the day, sitting in a hallway of the New York Public Library, just below the carrel-filled study where he wrote a good portion of the book. Arranged on his lap were three accordion files of Craterite gold: the original police circular announcing the disappearance; scores of day-by-day investigative reports; and countless letters from bounty-seekers in Havana, Shanghai, even the South Pacific — all claiming to have seen the missing man....
Name of source: Florida Times-Union
SOURCE: Florida Times-Union (8-4-10)
A reception in his honor will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in the Coleman Center at Fleet Landing, 1 Fleet Landing Blvd.
When he retired in 1972, Capt. Micheel had spent his last five years as commanding officer of Mayport Naval Air Station and chief of staff for Commander, Fleet Air Jacksonville.
Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the book “The Pacific” as a companion to the HBO series of the same name that premiered this year, included Capt. Micheel in the book.
“He was a pivotal person in one of the biggest battles of World War II,” Ambrose said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “He will always be one of my heroes.”
Yet the combat pilot continued to downplay his role in the Battle of Midway. Ambrose said Ensign Micheel had never flown a plane full of bombs off a carrier before taking to the skies with Scouting Squadron Six from the deck of the USS Enterprise on June 4, 1942.
Capt. Micheel’s bombs struck two Japanese carriers: the Akagi, which sank that day, and the Hiryu, which was heavily damaged and stayed afloat for another day.
In an interview with the late Jacksonville Journal writer Ray Knight in 1967, Capt. Micheel offhandedly said of the bombings, “Somebody in our squadron put about four bombs on two carriers in one day, four bombs each on two carriers in one day — and nobody knows who did it, so they gave it to everybody on the flight. We sank the carriers and this was our mission.”...
Name of source: Armchair General
SOURCE: Armchair General (8-4-10)
In addition to the "landing" the day included a small militaria fair, musical performances by a 1940s singing group and even a reading by an Eleanor Roosevelt re-enactor. But the real stars of the show were the dozens of period vehicles that were hand to be seen up close. And while early morning weather included a heavy downpour that looked to spoil the day – which was almost fitting given the conditions back in 1944 – it turned out to be picture perfect!
Name of source: The Sofia Echo
SOURCE: The Sofia Echo (8-4-10)
The treasure was discovered embedded in the floor of a home within the medieval stronghold, the report said.
According to associate professor Valentin Pletnyov, head of the Regional History Museum in Varna, the treasure consisted of a small jug dating back to the 14th century, containing 166 silver coins from the era of Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria and his son Mihail, Focus reported....
SOURCE: The Sofia Echo (8-2-10)
Last week it was reported that excavations on St Ivan island, the largest of five Bulgarian islands in the Black Sea, discovered artefacts and exquisite marble reliquary incorporated into the church’s altar, the historian Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National History Museum and minister without portfolio in charge of Bulgarians abroad, told Focus news agency.
It was subsequently revealed that the archaeologists found an exquisite reliquary – a relic urn – built in the altar of an ancient church bearing the name of St. John the Baptist. The urn, which was opened on August 1, contained small bones from the arm and leg of the saint, the archaeologists told Bulgarian media.
The reliquary was shaped as a sarcophagus and was discovered by the team of Prof. Kazimir Popkonstantinov. He said that it was very likely for the reliquary to contain relics of John the Baptist....