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Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (11-17-10)
Among hundreds of diaries and notebooks left in boxes not opened for years were contents from the coffin of the ill-fated monarch and sketches of his skull and bones.
The contents of a cigarette box dated August 31, 1871 were only identified as relics from a royal tomb when it was possible to cross reference the date on the box with diary entries and sketches made on the same day.
The box contained fragments of wood possibly from the coffin itself and some fabric....
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (11-17-10)
While there had been plans by a developer to transform three dozen of the buildings into a range of commercial establishments -- bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, conference facilities -- that vision collapsed for lack of sound financing. In October 2009 top Park Service officials deemed the contract with Sandy Hook Partners, LLC null and void.
The developer had planned to spend $70 million-$90 million on restoring the buildings that lie within the NRA's Sandy Hook unit. Sixteen Officer's Row homes were envisioned as bed-and-breakfast inns. A dorm once used for U.S. troops was proposed to be transformed into classrooms for Rutgers University or perhaps Brookdale Community College. Mess halls, gymnasiums, even the old mule barn and the officer's club also were part of the deal. And the NPS would spend $2.2 million on a new dock so he could ferry conferees over to Fort Hancock from Manhattan.
Now Gateway officials are back to gathering public comment on how best to utilize the facilities. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-NJ, who opposed the commercial vision, said that effort is an example of how not to manage the buildings....
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (11-16-10)
In recent weeks three individuals have been cited by park rangers for using metal detectors to search the grounds of the site for significant artifacts.
According to a park release, two "relic hunters" were apprehended a week ago with metal detectors and shovels on the not-quite-200-acre historic site in West Branch, Iowa.
The two unidentified men, both from Iowa, were cited for possessing and using metal detectors on federal lands. They had their detectors impounded until they paid fines and underwent a "background check to determine if either individual had a previous history of such violations."
No artifacts were taken from the park, according to the report, which did not specify what the men were looking for....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-17-10)
The divers who found the sunken vessel in July said the Champagne is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable bubbly. They were not able to determine the brand at the time.
But Veuve Clicquot said Wednesday that experts checking branding of the corks "were able to identify with absolute certainty" that three of the bottles were Veuve Clicquot....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-16-10)
Scientists tracing the genetic origins of an Icelandic family believe the first American arrived in Europe around the 10th century, a full five hundred years before Columbus set off on his first voyage of discovery in 1492.
Norse sagas suggest the Vikings discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus and the latest data seems to support the hypothesis that they may have brought American Indians back with them to northern Europe.
Research indicates that a woman from the North American continent probably arrived in Iceland some time around 1000AD leaving behind genes that are reflected in about 80 Icelanders today.
Investigators discovered the genes could be traced to common ancestors in the south of Iceland, near the Vatnaj Kull glacier in around 1710 ruling out initial theories that they may have arrived via Asia....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-15-10)
Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, said he hoped British and Chinese researchers would work together on the controversial collections which are a continuing source of national resentment in China.
Last year China announced plans to send delegations to museums around the world, including the both British Museum and the V&A, in a bid to document some 1.5 million artefacts which it says were plundered from China during the colonial era...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-15-10)
With its colours flying and bright red Sea Dart missiles poised on deck, the destroyer HMS Manchester pulled into port opposite Old Havana, the historic centre of the Cuban capital, at the start of a five-day visit to the Communist-led island.
The ship's officers were to meet with their Cuban counterparts to discuss collaboration on counter-drug and disaster relief operations in the Caribbean region.
The last time a British warship stopped at the island was in 1957 when the frigate HMS Bigbury Bay visited Havana....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (11-17-10)
Owners of The Three Graces, by German Lucas Cranach the Elder, have agreed to sell for 4m euros (£2.5m) to the Louvre which has so far raised 3m (£1.9m).
The museum said it was "an exceptional piece which needs to be part of the national collection".
The Louvre has until 31 January to raise cash before it goes on open sale.
A spokeswoman said the museum would do "everything we can to get hold of it".
The work, painted in 1531, is an ironic take on the Renaissance three graces theme.
It depicts the three nudes in a daring pose, all wearing solid necklaces, with the central figure wearing a feathered red hat.
Louvre curator Vincent Pomarede said the work could become one of the museum's most popular pieces....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-17-10)
The Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, met Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble in France on Tuesday.
Interpol may be able to determine whether Mladic "is in Serbia or in some other countries, members of Interpol", Tanjug quoted the minister as saying.
Mladic has been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
Among the crimes the fugitive is charged with is the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
Stepping up hunt
Mladic has been on the run since the end of Bosnia's civil war in 1995.
Interpol suggested the request concerned all war crimes suspects....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-15-10)
Tycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman who served as royal mathematician to the Bohemian Emperor Rudolf II.
He was thought to have died of a bladder infection, but a previous exhumation found traces of mercury in his hair.
A team of Danish and Czech scientists hope to solve the mystery by analysing bone, hair and clothing samples.
Tycho was born Tyge Ottesen Brahe in 1546 in Scania, which at the time was a Danish province, and studied astronomy at the University of Copenhagen, as well as German academic institutions.
He catalogued more than 1,000 new stars and his stellar and planetary observations helped lay the foundations of early modern astronomy....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-16-10)
The original claim was based on what were purported to be butchery marks on animal bones found in Ethiopia.
It pushed back the earliest known tool-use and meat-eating in our ancestors by some 800,000 years.
But Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo and his team tell PNAS journal that the marks are more likely to be animal scratches.
"A mark made with a stone tool could be morphologically similar to a mark that is accidentally made by an animal trampling on a bone, if the bone is lying on an abrasive [surface]," said Dr Dominguez-Rodrigo from the Complutense University of Madrid.
"We can match mark-by-mark every single mark on the fossils with marks that we obtain using trampling criteria," he told BBC News....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-16-10)
In a rare public appearance since a long hospital stay earlier this year, former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared much thinner.
In their first public appearance together since leaving office, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney heaped praise on each other, putting behind them the tension of their final days in the White House when they fought over the president’s refusal to pardon the vice president’s ex-chief of staff. In his new memoir, Mr. Bush wrote that he worried that the fight had fractured their friendship.
Addressing a crowd of 2,500 supporters and Bush administration veterans, Mr. Cheney said the response to Mr. Bush’s book showed that the country had begun to re-evaluate him....
SOURCE: NYT (11-16-10)
Janet Mann Barrie, the babies’ mother, died in Canada at age 97 in 1994.
Autopsies revealed no signs of trauma, and on Tuesday the police said they had closed the case. But lingering questions — like how the infants died and why they remained packed in a trunk for decades — allowed some of the speculation and mystery that have grown around the case since summer to continue....
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (11-15-10)
However, not all scientists agree with these new arguments.
Earlier this year, paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged at the California Academy of Sciences at San Francisco and an international team of scientists revealed what seemed to be the earliest known evidence of stone tool use by human ancestors. The rib of a cow-sized animal and the thigh bone of a goat-sized antelope discovered buried in shallow, sandy soil in Dikika, Ethiopia, were marked with cuts, hinting that stone implements were used to remove flesh from the bones and extract the marrow.
These bones date back at least 3.4 million years, pre-dating evidence for stone tool use from Gona, Ethiopia, by some 800,000 years. Their discoverers suggested they might well have been made by Australopithecus afarensis, the extinct species that the fossil "Lucy" belonged to, which was known to live in Dikika.
Now, however, a different international team of scientists contends the marks seen on those bones were not made by ancient butchers. Instead, they suggest they are likely scratches made by animals trampling across the bones....
Name of source: The Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: The Guardian (UK) (11-16-10)
It's the flat-pack furniture problem that almost all of us have faced. You open the box, trawl through its contents, lay everything out, then cross-reference the instructions. You look at them every which way since they appear to be in Sanskrit, then have a go, and feel like you've done a decent job. Only then, disaster strikes. You turn around and see an extra three pieces of your flat-packed furniture kit lying innocently behind you. Will the bed collapse in the night?
But a remedy could be in sight. New research into the work patterns of medieval masons by academics at the University of Warwick could spell an end to the leaflet-grappling, component-finding problem of furniture assembly. So build-your-own cupboard and bed designers, listen up.
The idea is centred around a system called masons' marks, a series of sophisticated symbols that, for the past 4,000 years, have been used by designers and builders to inscribe patterns on stones to enable instructions to be transferred with ease. Originally, they helped illiterate masons to carry out their orders and know which materials fitted in where. But now Dr Jenny Alexander, of Warwick's history of art department, believes modern manufacturers could use the marks as a cheap and efficient way to help us put together self-assembly furniture at home....
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (11-16-10)
The burial chamber containing a collection of bones was discovered by boat owner Hamish Mowatt, who caught a glimpse inside the tomb in September, when he was tidying the garden of a bistro owned by his fiancée, Carole Fletcher.
Archeologists believe the layout of the newly uncovered tomb may shed light on the rituals and beliefs of our neolithic ancestors. Dan Lee, project officer with the Orkney Research Centre for Archeology, said: "It's an important site because it gives us the chance to investigate a tomb using modern archaeological techniques....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-15-10)
Neanderthals reached full maturity faster than humans do today, suggests a new examination of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils. The findings, detailed in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, portray Neanderthals as a live fast and die young species.
Our characteristically slow development and long childhood therefore appear to be recent and unique to Homo sapiens. These traits may have given our early modern human ancestors an evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals.
Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and her colleagues made the determination after using a high-tech method called synchrotron micro-computed tomography to virtually count growth lines in teeth. These lines, like rings in trees, reveal yearly growth progress....
SOURCE: Discovery News (11-12-10)
Commissioned in 1501 for Florence Cathedral, David was originally supposed to be placed along the roofline of the east end of the Cathedral together with a series of statues.
It never ended up there. On Sept. 8, 1504, after a harsh dispute over the best possible locations for David, the masterpiece was displayed beside the main doorway of the Piazza della Signoria. The sculpture remained there, at the mercy of the elements, until 1873 when it was moved to its present location in the Galleria dell'Accademia.
The spectacular event, called “David, the Power of Beauty,” is part of "Florens 2010: The International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage," which opened today in the city....
SOURCE: Discovery News (11-15-10)
The emerging field of acoustic archaeology is a marriage of high-tech acoustic analysis and old-fashioned bone-hunting. The results of this scientific collaboration is an new understanding of cultures who used sound effects as entertainment, religion and a form of political control.
Miriam Kolar, a researcher at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research and Acoustics, has been studying the 3,000 year-old Chavin culture in the high plains of Peru. Kolar and her colleagues have been mapping a maze of underground tunnels, drains and hallways in which echoes don't sound like echoes.
"The structures could be physically disorienting and the acoustic environment is very different than the natural world," Kolar said. Ancient drawings from the Chavin culture show a people who were fascinated with sensory experiences -- ancient hippies if you will.
"The iconography shows people mixed with animal features in altered states of being," said Kolar, who is presenting her recent work at a conference in Cancun, Mexico this week. "There is peyote and mucus trails out of the nose indicative of people using psychoactive plant substances. They were taking drugs and having a hallucinogenic experience."...
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (11-16-10)
A team from US marine archaeology firm Odyssey Marine Exploration found the wreck of La Marquise de Tourny.
It is believed to be the first privateer found off the UK, a type of ship authorised to seize enemy cargo.
The material goes into Odyssey's own collection and will be displayed on its website or lent to museums.
No artefacts from the shipwreck will be sold, said Odyssey which scours the sea around the world for shipwrecks.
The La Marquise de Tourny was discovered on the seabed by sonar and a remotely operated vehicle....
Veteran diver Joe McCormack sought the cash after finding what he claimed was evidence of a wrecked galleon intended for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.
But his salvage bid was stopped in late 2009 after running out of money - without unearthing any gold.
Mr McCormack said investors who spoke to the BBC had "an axe to grind".
The BBC's Inside Out North West programme has spoken to 10 investors who funded the ill-fated excavation project who feel they have been misled in some way.
Richard Holland, a doctor of genetics from Southport, put money in and convinced nine other friends and family to do the same, making a total investment of £70,000....
Bolton Museum bought the Amarna Princess for £440,000 in 2003 after the British Museum authenticated it.
Forger Shaun Greenhalgh made the statue in a shed in the back garden of his Bolton home. He was jailed in 2007 for conning museums and art houses.
The statue will return to the museum in April as part of a collection of fakes.
Fakes and Forgeries - which includes the Amarna Princess - was put on by the Metropolitan Police's Art and Antiques squad at the Victoria and Albert Museum in January....
Campaigners had warned that the expedition to the Chaco region was likely to encounter the Ayoreo people.
Contact might expose them to infectious diseases that could wipe them out.
The 100-strong expedition was due to set off in the next few days in search of new species of plants and insects.
The Natural History Museum said the trip would now be delayed while its partners, the Paraguayan environment ministry, consulted further with indigenous representatives.....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (11-16-10)
Three years after that act of battlefield bravery, Giunta on Tuesday became the first living service member from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to receive the nation's top military award, the Medal of Honor.
Far from the perilous ridge where his unit was attacked on a moonlit night in October 2007, Giunta stood in the glittering East Room, in the company of military brass, past Medal of Honor winners, his surviving comrades and families as President Barack Obama hung the blue ribbon cradling the medal around Giunta's neck....
SOURCE: AP (11-5-10)
In 1945, enraged anti-Nazi fighters slaughtered suspected collaborators, fascists and panicked civilians who tried to flee through the region to the West, leaving graves scattered from a spree of vengeance that turned the tiny country into what historians call the biggest post-WWII killing site in Europe.
Slovenian officials have a list of about 600 suspected graves, at least one in each community, daunting in its sheer scope and amounting to perhaps 100,000 bodies. The government has promised to find them all, but progress has only inched along. Most will never be identified.....
SOURCE: AP (11-15-10)
Beatrice Munyenyezi, 40, has been in custody since June, when she was indicted for lying on applications to enter the United States in 1995 and to obtain citizenship. Federal prosecutors say she ordered rapes and murders of Tutsis during the genocide that killed up to 800,000 people.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Auerhahn said Munyenyezi's brother heads an organization that wants to overthrow the current regime in Rwanda, and predicts she would return to Rwanda if that happened....
SOURCE: AP (11-14-10)
She had more than a passing interest. The woman represents a Chinese company eager to develop the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine, lying beneath the ruins.
The mine is the centerpiece of China's drive to invest in Afghanistan, a country trying to get its economy off the ground while still mired in war. Beijing's $3.5 billion stake in the mine — the largest foreign investment in Afghanistan by far — gets its foot in the door for future deals to exploit Afghanistan's largely untapped mineral wealth, including iron, gold and cobalt. The Afghan government stands to reap a potential $1.2 billion a year in revenues from the mine, as well as the creation of much-needed jobs....
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (11-11-10)
In September 1940 as the United States braced for a possible entry into the war, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act into law, requiring all American males ages 21 to 36 to register for military service.
More than 500 Major League players served during World War II; more than 4,000 minor league players also put their careers aside to serve their country.
Four of those players -- Lou Brissie, Yogi Berra, Jerry Coleman and John "Mule" Miles -- recently were honored by the American Veterans Center at Nationals Park in Washington....
Name of source: The Age (AU)
SOURCE: The Age (AU) (11-15-10)
It also describes Australian attitudes to Nazi ''persecutors'' as ''ambivalent'' and quotes observations by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that Australia's poor record in pursuing Nazis was explained by ''a lack of the requisite political will''.
Ostensibly a history of the US government's Nazi-hunting efforts, the report also reveals the extent to which US authorities sought to pressure Latvia over the prosecution a decade ago of Australian citizen Konrads Kalejs....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (11-16-10)
Defense attorney Ulrich Busch said he will submit a motion after the trial resumes next week, relying on the report, that was posted Saturday by the New York Times, arguing that Demjanjuk should be given credit for time he served in Israel where he was tried in the 1980s and 1990s.
He hopes to have Demjanjuk freed while his trial in Germany continues if the Munich state court agrees that the time he already spent in prison exceeds the maximum sentence he could receive....
SOURCE: WaPo (11-14-10)
What happened to "David"? The disappearance of that name erased a dictate of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the GOP general Nixon had served as vice president. It was also a dismissal of the tribute Ike had paid to his grandson, whom Julie Nixon had just married. "I tell ya -- within one hour, they found the shed," Julie recalls over coffee one afternoon with her husband at their suburban Philadelphia home. "My dad got the sign back up." There would be no doubt when future visitors arrived: This place was Camp David.
Nixon's gesture further sealed a unique bond between two presidential families that are still linked four decades later in America's collective memory as a love-locked dynasty. American presidents come and go, but the fascination with their family trees endures. The presidential family diaspora carries with it many obligations, perceived and unperceived, imposed and organic. There are kin who buff legacies and kin who stain them. There are kin who demand attention and kin who disappear.
And then there are the archivists, the accumulators of arcana and tidbits, a particular breed of presidential kin that gathers and collates, often as part of a very public exercise in trying to understand the very non-public selves of their unknowable forebears. These days, David Eisenhower -- a Pulitzer finalist for his 1986 book, "Eisenhower at War" -- and his wife aspire to be this last kind of presidential kin. Julie chimed in three years ago with the book, "Pat Nixon: The Untold Story." And now she has collaborated with her husband in a reminiscence about Ike's retirement years, the just-released "Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life With Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 to 1969."...
Name of source: Fredericksburg.com
SOURCE: Fredericksburg.com (11-16-10)
The plaintiffs, Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and six nearby residents, wanted seven of the county's eight experts stricken--a ruling Circuit Judge Daniel R. Bouton refused to make.
But he did direct Walmart attorney Jonathan Blank to elaborate on the opinions experts will present.
Walmart received a special-use permit from the supervisors last year to build a 138,000-square-foot store on a 51.5-acre parcel a quarter mile from State Routes 3 and 20. It also is a defendant in the civil suit....
Name of source: Chattanooga Times Free Press
SOURCE: Chattanooga Times Free Press (11-15-10)
Back then, Sherman had a perfect view of Dalton, a heavily fortified Confederate stronghold.
"That site has an impressive vista and, from that view, you can really tell the story of the action Dalton saw," said Jim Ogden, historian for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park....
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (11-16-10)
Stephen A. Douglas, the"Little Giant" who served in the U.S. Senate and debated Abraham Lincoln, is still much-honored in some quarters. Douglas, Wyo., and Douglas County, Nev., are among a number of localities that boast of being named for the"noted statesman from Illinois." A 96-foot statue marks his grave, at a park in Chicago, with ceremonies held on his birthday and the anniversary of his death. And a residence hall is named for him at Eastern Illinois University -- at least for now.
Following much campus discussion, the Faculty Senate at Eastern Illinois last week adopted a resolution to change the name of the building, arguing that Douglas"bears a dishonorable record of public service and is hence undeserving of public acclaim and honor." The discussion is taking place in Charleston, Ill., the home of Eastern Illinois and also the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, which are suddenly being debated anew.
Christopher Hanlon, an associate professor of American literature who studies the 19th century, set off the discussion when he started to talk to students and fellow faculty members about the meaning of having a dormitory named for Douglas. Initially, Hanlon proposed that the university simply add another S to Douglas -- and honor Frederick Douglass. But he decided not to make the final proposal so specific, in part because the abolitionist doesn't have strong ties to Illinois, and Hanlon said he respected the idea that Eastern might want to honor someone from the state.
The problem with Douglas Hall, Hanlon and others say -- even when a Lincoln Hall sits nearby -- is that it elevates not only the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but what Douglas argued for in his public life....
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (11-15-10)
Faruq Husni said in a statement that 12 sphinxes were found along the road, which runs east to west adjoining the already discovered Kabash path that connects the temples of Luxor and Karnak from north to south.
The sphinxes were inscribed with the name Nectabo I, the founder of the last Pharaonic dynasty who died in 362 BC. Most of them were missing their heads.
"This discovery marks the first time that archaeology has revealed this route, which is mentioned in many ancient texts," the statement said.
The expedition had already unearthed much of the Kabash path, also known as Sphinx Alley, which was built by the prodigiously wealthy Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who ruled about 3,400 years ago, to connect the vast Karnak temple in ancient Thebes to the Luxor Temple.
Sphinxes were built on either side of the road, alongside chapels stocked with offerings for the deities.
Ancient Egyptians promenaded along it once a year with the statues of Amun, the central god, and his wife Mut in a symbolic re-enactment of the deities' marriage....
SOURCE: AFP (11-10-10)
The mummified remains of four children were also found at the site, archaeologists said.
The experts believe the dogs are neither Hairless Peruvian Dogs -- an ancient native breed -- nor sheepdogs found at gravesites of the Chiribaya culture, which flourished in southern Peru between the years 900 and 1350....
Name of source: London Evening Standard
SOURCE: London Evening Standard (11-16-10)
The site has remained undisturbed partly because it lies in the Grade I listed Syon Park and has been protected against ploughing in recent centuries. But it might never have come to light without plans to build a new Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
The hotel now plans to incorporate some of its Roman heritage into the finished building.
Archaeologists from the Museum of London continue to analyse objects including 11,500 fragments of Roman pottery, 100 coins and pieces of jewellery — such as parts of a gold ribbon bracelet — and burnt grain.
Senior archaeologist Jo Lyon said the find was “really exciting” because far less was known of “what Romans were doing in their hinterland” than in the well-documented cities....
Name of source: Alabama local
SOURCE: Alabama local (11-15-10)
It was a practice test for the real thing – Redstone Arsenal.
Today, more than 60 years after Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German rocket team left the isolated and guarded 50,000-acre military post in northeastern Germany, most of the evidence of Peenemunde – its laboratories, test stands, factories, living quarters, roads and infrastructure — is gone.
But for Ed Buckbee, a picture that superimposed the Peenemunde of the early 1940s over the now overgrown, forested and abandoned German military base showed to him the parallels between the technology center where the Germans launched the first rocket into space and the North Alabama home of the beginnings of the U.S. space program.
“My visit to Peenemunde brought home to me that Wernher von Braun, in his late 20s, erected this immense technology center in the northeastern part of Germany, in the woods,” Buckbee said. “I had no idea of the extent of the technology that was created at that facility.
“Wernher von Braun and his team conceived, designed, fabricated, tested and launched an entirely new missile system from the Peenemunde site and then they repeated that at Redstone Arsenal. The Army system of missile development that we experienced in the ‘50s was created first at Peenemunde by von Braun and his team.”...
Name of source: telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: telegraph (UK) (11-16-10)
For a future king to marry a woman from such an ordinary background amounts to a revolution in Royal terms.
Opinion is sharply divided over whether her marriage to Prince William will rejuvenate or diminish the monarchy in the public’s eyes. Some commentators have suggested Miss Middleton will bring stability to the monarchy, while others believe she will remove its much-needed mystique.
She will not, however, be the first commoner to marry a future king.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth and Anne Boleyn could be classed as commoners in the strictest sense of the word, though all were either from aristocratic families or were distinctly upper class.
Although the then Camilla Parker Bowles was the granddaughter of a baron and a direct descendant of William the Conqueror, she had no title, something she shared with Elizabeth Woodville, the woman who broke the mould when she secretly married Edward IV in 1464.
Widely regarded as the first commoner to marry a king of England, Elizabeth was a Lancastrian sympathiser who became a key figure in the Wars of the Roses, as her marriage caused the Yorkist Earl of Warwick to withdraw his support for the king....
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (11-8-10)
It's basic evolutionary theory: People who survive infection stand a better chance of having children and passing along disease-resistant genes. So groups from regions where urbanization has existed for thousands of years should be more disease resistant.
The trick was finding proof.
To do so, study co-author Ian Barnes, a molecular paleobiologist at University College London, screened DNA samples from 17 groups long associated with particular regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa—for example Anatolian Turks and the southern Sudanese.
Barnes analyzed the DNA samples for a gene associated with resistance to tuberculosis (TB) and suspected of being associated with resistance to leprosy as well as to leishmaniasis, a reaction to sand fly bites, and to Kawasaki disease, a childhood ailment that involves inflamed blood vessels and can lead to heart disease....
Name of source: Navy Times
SOURCE: Navy Times (11-11-10)
Who among them has time for what some call the greatest generation?
Jordan Brown, for one.
An 11-year-old from Lebanon County, he has long been fascinated by World War II and one old soldier in particular — Dick Winters, the Easy Company commander made famous by the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."
Winters, a Lancaster native who lives in Hershey, is 92 and has Parkinson's disease....
Name of source: The Canadian Press
SOURCE: The Canadian Press (11-5-10)
Groups in Kentucky and at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill., will recreate the election on the exact anniversary Saturday....
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (11-14-10)
"In the records of the government office where he worked, he's still noted as 'absent from his work station for unknown reasons'," she says. "We want those records put straight, with recognition of what really happened."
She has requested anonymity for herself and her grandfather because "that's what my late father would have wanted". But, in any case, remaining nameless is all that is on offer to the vast majority of the 120,000-plus victims believed to have been killed and buried by Franco's militias – and who are still waiting to be dug up. That wait is coming dangerously close to becoming permanent....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-15-10)
"The gastronomic meal of the French" is seen as a strong contender as the UN agency meets in Nairobi from Monday to Friday to consider new submissions for the list, set up in 2003 to safeguard cultural traditions, rituals and crafts.
France's submission to the list -- where it would join the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Mexico's Day of the Dead festival -- centres around the ritual of the festive meal in a country where food is a key part of social life....
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-11-10)
Defense Minister Herve Morin and Veterans Affairs Minister Hubert Falco took part in Thursday's ceremony, one of several official events marking the 92nd anniversary of the end of World War I....
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-14-10)
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-15-10)
Tycho Brahe, who was born in 1546, has been buried in the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn near Prague's Old Town Square since his death in 1601.
Brahe was in Prague at the invitation of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II after he left his scientific observatory on the island of Hven over disagreements with the Danish king....
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-14-10)
But that’s exactly what’s happening at the University of North Dakota, where the state’s flagship school is undergoing a mandatory facelift after the NCAA concluded the 80-year-old Fighting Sioux nickname was hostile and abusive.
North Dakota was the nation’s last college to challenge an NCAA edict against American Indian mascots and images. But eventually, an NCAA lawsuit forced the school to reconsider, and the state Board of Higher Education said it would retire the nickname if the school didn’t obtain permission from the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes. Spirit Lake endorsed the nickname; Standing Rock did not....
Name of source: CS Monitor
SOURCE: CS Monitor (11-15-10)
Like many aspects of US politics, it apparently has its roots in England. In the late 1700s, a “lame duck” was a British stockbroker who could not meet his debts. The image seems apt – such a broker would have damaged prospects and be unable to keep up with the rest of his flock of peers....
Some US lame-duck periods were disasters. Until 1937, modern presidential inaugurations came in early March, and the long lame-duck interregnum encouraged drift at times of crisis....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (11-14-10)
Snouck's extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in Dubai ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that originally drew him to the heart of Islam.
Accompanied by crackling, eerie soundscapes captured by Snouck using Thomas Edison's newly-invented wax cylinders, the exhibition paints a very different picture from the ornate and built-up Mecca familiar to modern visitors.
Among the newly-restored platinum prints, one image taken from a nearby hillside shows the Kaaba, the instantly recognizable cubic building considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on the planet.
But though the galleried compound which surrounds it is echoed by Mecca's contemporary architecture, the sparsely-built city of Snouck's era bears only a passing resemblance, as do the rudimentary travelers' tents on the dusty plains outside the city.
The images are all the more astounding, says Elie Domit -- creative director of Dubai's Empty Quarter gallery, which is hosting the exhibition -- when one considers the lengths he went to to get them....