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Name of source: National Geographic
SOURCE: National Geographic (9-29-10)
Around the world, the hooves of water buffaloes, goats, and other large animals may have propelled countless Stone Age artifacts back in time, at least as far as archaeologists are concerned.
In wet areas, wild or domestic animals' heavy footfalls can push stone artifacts deep into the ground, making them seem older than they really are—in some cases, thousands of years older—according to a new study.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
The game is called 1378 KM, named after the 1,378 kilometre long Iron Curtain that stretched across Europe from 1945 to 1991.
It is based on the real-life tragedy of 1,000 victims from the German Democratic Republic who were shot while trying to escape.
Game players become border guards along the hated 'inner German border', which was pulled down 21 years ago....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-22-10)
They had every reason to believe Hitler would never side with Stalin after listening to 20 years of his anti-communist rhetoric.
However an agent called “Baron,” run from Helsinki, Finland, had warned them of secret negotiations in the spring of 1939 and repeated his warning in June....
Viviane Reding, the EU’s fundamental rights commissioner, dropped her previous accusation that the “disgraceful” policy amounted to illegal discrimination against gipsies....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-30-10)
In the calm lines of the notebooks' closely spaced copperplate are records of lightning strikes, gun fights and mutinous crews.
There are courts martial, shipwrecks and even murder during the long ocean journeys undertaken by the doctors' ships between 1793 and 1880.
The patients were the ratings, officers, emigrants and convicts being taken - often permanently - to other parts of the Empire and the records of their treatment provide a detailed glimpse into the past....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-28-10)
The rare World War Two poster declaring the execution of 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener is set to be auctioned off at Mullock's Specialist Auctioneers in Ludlow, Shrops.
The red poster printed with bold, black writing was put on display to the German public to announce the youngster's beheading by guillotine on October 27, 1942....
"Operation Bernhard" was launched before the war and the plan was to print money - just like Gordon Brown's quantitative easing method that was designed to save our economy.
The Germans forced Jews in a concentration camp to forge £134 million worth of notes and they had 100 agents ready to put the money into circulation in the UK....
Viviane Reding, the EU’s fundamental rights commissioner, dropped her previous accusation that the “disgraceful” policy amounted to illegal discrimination against gipsies.
Instead, she warned France that it was in technical breach of EU law by failing to properly incorporate a 2004 free movement directive into national law, a substantial softening of her previous position.
The case has strained relations between Paris and Brussels after an angry confrontation between Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, and senior Commission officials at an EU summit on Sep 16.
Mrs Reding was forced to withdraw her comparison of the Roma policy with Vichy France’s Second World War collaboration with Nazi round-ups of ethnic minorities after President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded an apology for a “disgusting and shameful attack on the honour of France”....
Name of source: Huffington Post
SOURCE: Huffington Post (9-29-10)
Offering a somber assessment of the conflict, which ended in 1975 with the humiliating fall of Saigon, Kissinger lamented the anguish that engulfed a generation of Americans as the war dragged on.
And he said the core problem for the U.S. was that its central objective of preserving an independent, viable South Vietnamese state was unachievable – and that the U.S. adversary was unbending....
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (9-29-10)
Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have placed a "hold" on a bill that would sell land near the Smithsonian Institution for the National Women's History Museum. A "hold" is a Senate practice that prevents bills from passing with unanimous consent — and implicitly threatening a filibuster.
The senators say their concerns are financial: Though the museum would pay fair market value for the land, the group has raised little money. And they said the new institution would duplicate more than 100 similar museums — some of which already get taxpayer subsidies....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (9-22-10)
The Ocean Technology Foundation reported it is launching a fifth expedition soon to search for the wreck of Bonhomme Richard in the North Sea near England....
President Viktor Yanukovych, government officials and relatives of the victims laid flowers at the monument to those killed by the Nazis in the Babi Yar ravine in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
More than 33,700 Jews were shot in Babi Yar over the course of two days, beginning Sept. 29, 1941, one of the most horrific killings of the Holocaust.
In the ensuing months, the ravine was filled with some 100,000 bodies, including those of non-Jewish Kiev residents and Red Army prisoners of the Nazis....
Even recent history — such as recordings from 9/11 or the 2008 election — is at risk because digital sound files can be corrupted, and widely used CD-R discs only last three to five years before files start to fade, said study co-author Sam Brylawski.
"I think we're assuming that if it's on the Web it's going to be there forever," he said. "That's one of the biggest challenges."...
SOURCE: AP (9-28-10)
They called it "Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism."
Sales were dismal at first, but interest picked up in 1941 with help from a story in The Saturday Evening Post and grew into a recovery revolution for everybody from over-eaters and the over-sexed to gamblers and shopaholics....
The convoluted passage of Paul Klee's drawing, from its seizure to the present destination, reflects an ongoing quest by Jewish organizations to restore artwork stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.
Klee's 1920 drawing, "Veil Dance," was part of the private collection of Harry Fuld Jr., a Jewish telephone maker who fled Nazi persecution in Germany in 1937....
Jury selection began Wednesday when 53 prospective jurors were introduced to the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who turned briefly toward the group. He has been described by federal authorities as a bomb maker, document forger and former bin Laden aide. He's charged with conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans, and were widely viewed as a precursor to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The trial will be closely watched by those debating the feasibility of civilian trials of high-profile Guantanamo detainees arrested around the world. Some were subjected to harsh interrogations at secret CIA-run camps where the gathering of trial evidence yielded to an immediate need to unearth terrorism threats....
Name of source: Jewish Exponent
SOURCE: Jewish Exponent (9-30-10)
A decade ago, the Mount Airy religious leader and her husband, Jack Kessler, a cantor, led an interfaith trip focusing on the themes of slavery and freedom. The mission began in Cairo, continued on to Sinai, and ended with a Passover seder in Jerusalem.
At each stop, participants read from the well-traveled scroll. But that Exodus re-enactment represented only a tiny slice of one Torah's journey through history, tragedy and rebirth.
"This scroll has an extraordinary story, much of which we can't know. I wish the parchment and ink could tell its own tale," said Prager....
Name of source: Kennebec Morning Sentinel
SOURCE: Kennebec Morning Sentinel (9-30-10)
"The Pines," an area next to the Kennebec River on Father Rasle Road, is near where the Norridgewock Indians, a band of the Abenaki tribe, were massacred by the English in 1724. The conflict, pitting the French and Abenakis against the English, marked the end of the tribe in the area.
The spot beneath tall pines has become overgrown over the years, and people have dumped their trash there. Now, the national historic landmark is becoming a place for people gather and learn about its history.
The improvements are long overdue, said Joy Hikel, Madison's economic development director. "It's a place of national historic significance."...
Name of source: Downtown Express
SOURCE: Downtown Express (9-29-10)
A wreath was laid at the foot of the 13-foot bronze statue of Hale depicting the 21-year-old patriot’s final moments....
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (9-11-10)
But this fall, the celebrated tourist town of about 8,500 will receive publicity for quite a different reason: charges of religious discrimination.
This summer, a federal judge ruled that sufficient evidence of "discrimination against Jewish people" may exist, warranting a trial over the Borough of Litchfield's denial of a Hasidic group's application to build a synagogue on the west end of Litchfield Green. The ruling virtually guarantees a trial this fall on a controversy that has deeply divided the town....
Name of source: NJ.com
SOURCE: NJ.com (9-9-10)
Eighteen months later, a settlement is imminent in a case that has rekindled memories of more recent clashes in the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area over an abandoned federal dam project.
The lawsuit was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge in Newark who gave the parties 60 days to finalize terms. William Ward, an attorney representing Matthew, Michelle and Aaron Hull, said today the government had agreed to pay $115,000 to the families for access to the 500-yard-long, 16-foot-wide stretch of road....
Name of source: NY Daily News
SOURCE: NY Daily News (9-28-10)
But the spot where Nathaniel Woodhull was mortally wounded in 1776 does not bear tribute to the first high-ranking colonial officer to become a prisoner of war and die in enemy captivity.
"It needs to be preserved as a reminder of his sacrifice," said John Mauk Hilliard, president of the city chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. "We need these things to draw us together."...
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (9-28-10)
Nine bodies of the people known as the Disappeared remain unfound but advances in technology alongside traditional methods means fresh hope for their families.
Forensic archaeologists work alongside the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) to try and find their bodies.
John McIlwaine, who is originally from Northern Ireland, but works for Bradford University, leads the forensic archaeological team that works with ICLVR....
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (9-27-10)
Every morning, while going to his office in Berlin's Adlershof district, Ralph W. passes a reminder of his own past, a small museum that occupies a room on the ground floor of the building. The museum could easily double as a command center run by the class enemy in an old James Bond film. A display of coding devices from various decades includes the T-310, a green metal machine roughly the size of a huge refrigerator, which East German officials used to encode their telex messages.
The device was the pride of the Stasi, the feared East German secret police, which was W.'s former employer. Today he works as a cryptologist with Rohde & Schwarz SIT GmbH (SIT), a subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz, a Munich-based company specializing in testing equipment, broadcasting and secure communications. W. and his colleagues encode sensitive information to ensure that it can only be read or heard by authorized individuals. Their most important customers are NATO and the German government....
Name of source: Life Site News
SOURCE: Life Site News (9-29-10)
Before she arrived at the camp in April 1943, all the newborns of prisoners in the infamous Nazi concentration camp were drowned and allowed to be ripped apart by rats before his or her mother’s eyes.
But, as Matthew M. Anger reports in his article ‘Midwife at Auschwitz’, Leszczynska refused to carry out the Germans’ order to kill the babies – even opposing the infamous Dr. Mengele – and, amazingly, was allowed to carry on unimpeded....
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (9-29-10)
Babylonian, one of the chief languages of Ancient Mesopotamia, dates back as far as the second millennium BC but died out around 2,000 years ago.
However, Cambridge historians have resurrected the ancient tongue by discovering how the language was pronounced and spoken.
Researchers have now recorded readings of ancient tablets, poems and laws, and posted them online.
The project is the brainchild of Dr Martin Worthington, of the University of Cambridge, who described uncovering the pronunciation as 'detective work'....
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (9-28-10)
The Prime Minister selected Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.
Asked by the Radio Times about his favourite poem ahead of National Poetry Day next month, he said: ‘I still remember the first time I read Owen’s poems and the incredible power and anger about the First World War.
‘For me, they were literally an eye-opener and I still find them moving when I read them again today.’...
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (9-30-10)
That's how the findings of the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey are being reported, anyway. In reality, the poll only found that Clinton is more popular than Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Harry Reid, Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi -- the only other politicians who were included in the mix. Still, there's no denying that Clinton's numbers are strong: 55 percent of voters say they have a positive view of him, while only 23 percent see him negatively.
On "Hardball" Tuesday night, Howard Fineman argued that these numbers show that Clinton has supplanted Obama as the leader of the Democratic Party. But that's ridiculous. Clinton's popularity is a result of his not being a day-to-day figure in national politics anymore. Sure, most voters understand that, as Fineman put it, "Bill Clinton oozes politics out of every pore," but because he's not in office, not running for office, and not part of the daily debate in the media, he's largely exempt from the frustration voters are now expressing toward politicians. In this sense, his considerable charm and communication skills -- which were of no use to him when he faced a harsh political climate early in his presidency -- are more valuable than ever....
Name of source: NYT
Today’s tax code not only has far lower rates than it had a half century ago, it has fewer brackets — just six. Mr. Obama’s plan would raise the top bracket (which affects income for individual filers who earn over $382,550) to 39.6 percent, from 35 percent. It would also raise the second-highest bracket to 36 percent, from 33 percent.
Mr. Obama’s plan would charge the same rate on the 382,551st dollar of earnings as it would on the 30 millionth.
Tax brackets at the upper end of the income scale were not always drawn so broadly. In 1970, when someone earning $37,000 had the buying power of a $200,000 income today, there were 25 income brackets. The taxpayer with $37,000 was taxed at the middle of the scale — 13 of the brackets charged higher rates to those with higher income.
Congress reduced the number of brackets in the 1980s in an effort to make the tax code simpler and to cut down on the abuse of shelters and deductions.
In the last 30 years, however, the percentage of total income earned by the top 1 percent of Americans has grown sharply — to 23.5 percent in 2007, from about 9 percent in 1979. And the income share of the top 0.1 percent has grown even faster — to 6 percent in 2007 from 2 percent in 1988....
As in the sexual abuse scandal, in which for years the Vatican appeared to declare itself outside — or above — civil law, this time the issue is the Vatican’s famously opaque finances, which for the first time are being held to tightened European Union anti-money-laundering statutes.
While Europe remade itself after the Second World War, balancing its powers through treaties and linking itself together through banking agreements, the Vatican remains an anomaly as the last absolute monarchy in the West. But today, its ancient ways are running up against civil institutions that increasingly view the church as they do any other multinational.
“The Vatican has to understand that the world has changed,” said Donato Masciandaro, the head of the economics department at Bocconi University in Milan and an expert in regulations on money laundering. “If it doesn’t understand that the world has changed, it risks having violations every day against the anti-money-laundering norms.”...
Over the decades, two other sitting presidents have visited the campus of this famously liberal, progressive university in this famously liberal, progressive city. They, too, had their reasons.
In the fall of 1932, President Herbert Hoover, a Republican, spoke at an event that a university fact sheet says was “somewhat marred by the president’s tired voice and a faulty amplifier.” The Depression would tire any president, especially one who probably sensed that in days he would be soundly voted out of office.
And in May 1950, President Harry S. Truman delivered a “peace” address in which he said that only together can nations build a strong defense against aggression. A few weeks later, the Korean War broke out.
Now, 60 years later, a third president was offering to visit, not to deliver a policy speech on the weak economy or the quicksand war, but to begin a four-city effort to rally Democrats in key states. Why Madison?...
Eighteen years later, as Mr. Luzhkov steps down after being unceremoniously fired on Tuesday by Russia’s president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, he is leaving behind a humming metropolis of skyscrapers, luxury boutiques and traffic jams. Opponents also describe a legacy of corruption and nepotism that has left the mayor and his circle exceedingly rich — and, possibly, disgraced.
The brusque manner in which the mayor was relieved — he reportedly learned of Mr. Medvedev’s decision from the Russian news media — shows just how far he has fallen. All day on Tuesday, even his erstwhile allies fell into line behind the president, turning their backs on a man who was once among the most powerful leaders in Russia....
Romansh is the direct descendant of the Latin that was spoken in these mountain valleys at the height of the Roman empire, and shares the same Latin roots as French, Italian or Spanish. So isolated were the people who spoke it in their deep valleys that not one, but five, dialects grew up, though the differences are not substantial.
In the 19th century, monks in the region developed a written language. The valleys produced their own writers in Romansh, mostly poets, yet it was not until 1973 that portions of the Bible were published in the language. In 1997, the first daily newspaper in Romansh, La Quotidiana, appeared.
It was always a regional tongue, with the number of Romansh speakers probably peaking around 2.2 percent of the total Swiss population in the early 19th century; but then, of course, the population of Switzerland was only about 1.6 million people, a fraction of what it is today, when about one percent of the population — about 60,000 people — speaks Romansh....
Ayodhya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. India’s first Mughal ruler, Babur, constructed a domed mosque on the contested property, which became famous for its acoustics and for a drinking well whose waters were said to have curative powers. Uttar Pradesh is also considered the birthplace of Hinduism, and many Hindus believe that a temple originally existed on the site to commemorate the birthplace of Ram. Some historical accounts suggest that for many years Hindus and Muslims both worshiped inside the mosque complex.
But when the British took control of India, they eventually erected a barrier to divide religious worship at the site. Muslims were allowed inside to pray; Hindus worshiped on platforms outside the enclosure. There were periodic squabbles, but this arrangement remained intact until after India’s independence in 1947. In December 1949, someone slipped in the mosque and left idols of Ram and another Hindu deity....
Why then would the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court and Miami-Dade County go out of their way to re-enact the perjury trial on Tuesday — in a courthouse already overwhelmed with a backlog of cases? Partly to celebrate the court’s 100th birthday; partly for reasons more profound.
“This is where we come from,” said William Altfield, an assistant state attorney tasked with playing Mr. McCreary. “This is the actual courtroom where the trial happened, and it’s magical.”...
SOURCE: NYT (9-28-10)
And his grandfather on his father’s side was a paratrooper in the United States Army who landed in France on D-Day in 1944 and later helped liberate one of the concentration camps. Davis said his grandfather’s experience there made him more sensitive when his son, the former major league pitcher Ron Davis, brought home a Jewish girlfriend, Millie, who would become his wife and eventually Ike’s mother.
Davis said his grandfather was from a “particular time” and that “his family was a certain way” but that his “experience of opening those doors to the camp and the suffering he saw gave him an affinity for the Jewish people.”...
Name of source: Prague Daily Monitor
SOURCE: Prague Daily Monitor (9-29-10)
The shop owners say they sell the figures as part of a collection of World War Two leading figures and that this is not meant as propagation of Nazism.
The co-owner of one such shop, Matej Pecka, has decided to withdraw the figure of World War Two Bohemia and Moravia Reichsprotektor Heydrich in reaction to CRo's notice....
Name of source: Mediaite
SOURCE: Mediaite (9-27-10)
McDonnell made his announcement at a conference titled “Race, Slavery, and the Civil War,” which was being held at Norfolk State University.
“Slavery was an evil and inhumane practice that reduced people to property,” the first-term governor informed his audience at the historically black college. “It left a stain on the soul of this nation.”...
Name of source: The Canadian Press
SOURCE: The Canadian Press (9-28-10)
Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis said his team discovered more than 3,000 pieces of gold foil in the 7th-century B.C. twin grave near the ancient town of Eleutherna.
Cemeteries there have produced a wealth of outstanding artifacts in recent years.
The tiny gold ornaments, from 1 to 4 centimetres (0.4 to 1.5 inches) long, had been sewn onto a lavish robe or shroud that initially wrapped the body of a woman and has almost completely rotted away but for a few off-white threads....
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-29-10)
, have discovered the remains of a temple dedicated to the Indo-Iranian god Mithras. The small, rectangular chapel, in which worshippers gathered for banquets and sacrifices dedicated to the god, is dated to the third century AD.
At the sanctuary, a typical bas-relief of the god Mithras wearing his Phrygian cap shows him slaughtering a bull – the so-called tauroctony. The depiction of the god was intentionally damaged in ancient times, possibly by early Christians
trying to suppress the pagan cult.
Among the artefacts discovered are oil lamps, fragments of a chandelier containing Nubian terracotta figures, a bronze 4th century crucifix fibula and about 200 coins. Large quantities of cockerel bones (a favoured dish at the cultic banquets) were found inside and around the ancient temple....
Name of source: Living in Peru
SOURCE: Living in Peru (9-28-10)
Peru filed a lawsuit in 2008 demanding Yale to return these pieces, taken from the ancient Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham III between 1911 and 1915.
The legal process is being carried out under U.S. laws.
President Garcia told the press that those ancient pieces should be back in Peru before July 7, 2011, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the re-discovery of the citadel....
Name of source: Stars and Stripes
SOURCE: Stars and Stripes (9-29-10)
Their destination was the ghostly wreck of the USS Emmons, a World War II destroyer battered by kamikaze planes and scuttled by the U.S. military in 1945.
The divers slipped inside the Emmons, pried loose an engraved metal plate, and disappeared again into the blue.
The looting of the Emmons builder’s plaque – a plate showing construction and commission dates – has drawn the attention of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and riled former crew members.
NCIS was considering a criminal investigation of the alleged vandalism on Wednesday, NCIS spokesman Ed Buice said.
A law passed in 2004 asserts all such wrecks around the world remain sovereign U.S. territory, meaning looting and vandalism is a crime punishable under U.S. law....
Name of source: CBS News
SOURCE: CBS News (9-28-10)
The wooden box, which was believed to have been buried for decades in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, was opened by the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa on Friday.
The box was purported to contain either documents related to Franklin's ill-fated attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage in the 1840s or items from Amundsen's journey through the passage in the early 1900s.
Officials with the Nunavut government and the Institute will give more details in the coming days about the box's contents....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (9-29-10)
Lieutenant Kenneth Edwin Wootton served with the Tank Corps on the western front, being decorated for bravery.
The volumes contain contemporary entries as well as reflections on what he had seen, along with drawings and paintings of battlefields and tanks.
Hansons Auctioneers, from Derbyshire, said they were special in giving "the spirit" of the war.
Mr Wootton, who died 35 years ago, wrote of both the horrors and the camaraderie of the trenches....
SOURCE: BBC (9-29-10)
Nancy McEldowney was speaking to a senate committee examining claims of a link to an oil deal.
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The Scottish government said the entire basis for the hearing had fallen away....
He's manager of the Welsh Voices of the Great War project that's been travelling round the country looking for memorabilia from 1914-18 and comes to Llanberis this week.
The project is creating an online archive of memorabilia from World War I to give an insight into what life was like for soldiers and their families.
Staff from Cardiff University's School of History and Archaeology will at the National Slate Museum, Llanberis, on Saturday to share their expertise....
The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) was established in 1999.
In June 2010 Mr McIlwaine led the forensic archaeology team which discovered the remains of Charlie Armstrong.
Mr Armstrong, 57, from south Armagh went missing on his way to Mass in 1981, he was believed to have been kidnapped and murdered by the IRA.
His body was buried in an area of peat bog land at Colgagh, County Monaghan, several miles from the border.
The ICLVR was established by a treaty between the British and Irish governments in 1999 following the Good Friday Agreement....
The crumbling ruins of the 16th Century Llantwit Major Castle, also known as Old Place, were put up for sale by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
But the process was called off after Cadw which is responsible for listed buildings in Wales demanded more talks.
Now the council is planning to sell the monument once again.
The building has been unoccupied since the 18th Century and local legend has it that it is inhabited by the ghost of a Dutch sailor.
The Grade II listed building attracted interest from all over the world last time it was up for sale....
Name of source: The Root
SOURCE: The Root (9-21-10)
And the fake acid attack became the latest twist on a tactic as old as America itself, one that plays into every long-held stereotype of black folks as criminal and violent: the racial hoax. The racial hoax "plays into long-standing fear and part of American folklore, that the main victims of blacks are white women," says Adrian Pantoja, a political scientist at Pitzer College in California who specializes in American racial attitudes. "It’s very strategic because they know they will get the most attention if they claim the perpetrator is black."...
It’s a tactic used by white women that once had black men swinging from trees and led to the writing of the renowned book To Kill a Mockingbird. White men and women seeking to cover up crimes and misdeeds have used the same ploy more recently. The most infamous cases include Charles Stuart, who created a fictional black man to cover up the murder of his pregnant wife in 1989, and Susan Smith, who directed attention to a black male carjacker after she killed her two children in 1994.
In 2003 a man came to a bank with a bomb tied around his neck, claiming that a group of black men had planted the bomb on him. He and some of his white friends had planned the whole thing. In 2008 a John McCain supporter carved the letter B into her forehead and blamed a black man. And last year, Bonnie Sweeten, a white woman, told police she and her daughter had been abducted by two black men in a Cadillac to cover up a trip to Disney World....
Name of source: The Baltic Course
SOURCE: The Baltic Course (9-28-10)
The workers discovered the gate's oak foundations and pillars, as well as a wooden walkway, during drainage works at the location.
In medieval times the gate would have been a vital city feature as the main artery for goods transported between the port to the city, Pärnu Museum director Aldur Vunk told Aktuaalne Kaamera....