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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-3-10)
The botched burial is the latest in a series of mishaps at the US military cemetery, which sees four million visitors a year and is the resting place of president John F. Kennedy, a dozen Supreme Court justices, other famous Americans and casualties of all US wars.
The Army National Cemeteries Program became aware of "questionable practices" at the cemetery outside Washington in October and requested the investigation, spokeswoman Kaitlin Horst told AFP.
Three sets of the cremated remains have so far been identified, and cemetery officials are in the process of notifying the families, she said....
Investigators are still looking into four other sets of remains, and the eighth was reinterred because it could not be positively identified.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-2-10)
The planned complex is also expected to feature a walled city, a replica of the Tower of Babel and a recreation of a first-century Middle Eastern village.
There will also be a 500-capacity theatre, an aviary, and a "journey through biblical history" section.
The park is expected to open in 2014 and draw 1.6 million visitors a year....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-30-10)
The terracotta model, which is about 12 inches tall and dates from the late 1400s, was found in a mouldy box in an antiques shop by an Italian art collector.
After subjecting it to extensive analysis, Roy Doliner believes it is the long-lost model for Michelangelo's Pieta, the huge marble statue which depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the lifeless body of Christ.
Mr Doliner will unveil the discovery at a press conference in Rome on Thursday, when the model will be returned to the Italian capital for the first time in centuries....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-30-10)
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM) in Alloway, Ayrshire, aims to attract visitors from across the world.
The project, which has taken six year to complete, will feature more than 5,000 artefacts, including original manuscripts, written by the poet.
The official opening of the museum is due to take place on Burns Night on 25 January.
In addition to never before seen Burns' memorabilia, the facility will also feature newly-commissioned works from leading Scottish artists including Kenny Hunter, Timorous Beasties and Sue Blackwell....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (12-3-10)
The famed sheet music is one of 11 known first edition copies of Francis Scott Key's patriotic tune, said to have been written after he witnessed the British naval bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
The iconic manuscript was sold to a telephone bidder, who was not immediately named.
Key, then a young lawyer and amateur poet, is said to have boarded a truce vessel in Chesapeake Bay in an effort to negotiate the release of a detained American doctor, according to documents from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History....
SOURCE: CNN (12-2-10)
The painting, "Blanchisseuses souffrant des dent" ("Laundry Women with Toothache,") was taken in 1973 from the Malraux Museum in Le Havre, in Normandy, France, according to a statement from the US District Attorney in Eastern New York.
It had been on loan from the French government, which considers the painting a national treasure.
The piece did not resurface until October this year when it appeared in a catalog from the auction house Sotheby's, it said....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (12-2-10)
But the fiscal crisis affecting governments across California is changing the way museums operate. The Oakland museum recently announced that it would seek to radically alter its relationship with Oakland by having its nonprofit arm, the Oakland Museum of California Foundation, take over operations from the city.
Currently, about 60 percent of the museum’s operating costs are absorbed by the private foundation, and 44 of the 100 or so museum employees are city employees. Until the 1990s, the museum did not even have a private fund-raising body, but the institution was able to raise over $60 million for a capital renovation of its building, which made its debut last spring....
SOURCE: NYT (11-30-10)
In January workers digging for a new subway station near City Hall unearthed a bronze bust of a woman, rusted, filthy and almost unrecognizable. It tumbled off the shovel of their front-loader.
Researchers learned the bust was a portrait by Edwin Scharff, a nearly forgotten German modernist, from around 1920. It seemed anomalous until August, when more sculpture emerged nearby: “Standing Girl” by Otto Baum, “Dancer” by Marg Moll and the remains of a head by Otto Freundlich. Excavators also rescued another fragment, a different head, belonging to Emy Roeder’s “Pregnant Woman.” October produced yet a further batch....
SOURCE: NYT (11-30-10)
“Thirty years is a very good run,” Ms. Rosenbaum, 67, said in an interview. “The museum is well-positioned now to take on the next stage of its life.”...
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (12-1-10)
Ruins beneath house floors in the northwestern Peru showed evidence of chewed coca and calcium-rich rocks.
Such rocks would have been burned to create lime, chewed with coca to release more of its active chemicals.
Writing in the journal Antiquity, an international team said the discovery pushed back the first known coca use by at least 3,000 years.
Coca leaves contain a range of chemical compounds known as alkaloids. In modern times, the most notable among them is cocaine, extracted and purified by complex chemical means.
But the chewing of coca leaves for medicinal purposes has long been known to be a pastime at least as old as the Inca civilisation....
One wall gave way on Tuesday and two more the next day, three weeks after the House of Gladiators crumbled.
Officials blamed Wednesday's wall collapses on heavy rain but Unesco says concerns have been raised about Pompeii's state of preservation.
The UN team will assess the World Heritage site for further problems.
Unesco said the three-day mission would seek to identify the reason for the collapses at the historic site, come up with possible protection measures and encourage the Italian authorities to adopt a plan for the future....
SOURCE: BBC (12-1-10)
President Francois Bozize published the decree as part of the country's 50th anniversary of independence, returning Bokassa "all his rights".
Bokassa was overthrown in 1979 after 14 years in power and died in 1996.
He was variously accused of being a cannibal and feeding opponents to lions and crocodiles in his personal zoo....
A narrow, stone-lined passageway leads to five chambers, two of which have been part-excavated so far.
Fragments of skull and hipbone have been unearthed, some carefully placed in gaps in the stones, suggesting the 5,000-year-old site is undisturbed.
The bones point to a range of ages at death including a child of about six....
The neutron bomb was a small tactical nuclear weapon, which produced lethal tiny particles to kill enemy soldiers while leaving buildings largely undamaged.
Mr Cohen called it "the most sane weapon ever devised".
It was developed in the US in the 80s, but was soon condemned for making nuclear warfare more likely.
Only a small number of neutron warheads were produced, and Washington never deployed the weapon alongside its other nuclear forces in Europe because of the surrounding political controversy.
Many left-wingers and liberals in Europe and America dubbed it the "capitalist" bomb....
SOURCE: BBC (11-30-10)
The instrument had belonged to composer Iain Dall MacKay, who was born at Talladale on Loch Maree in 1656 and trained as a piper on Skye.
His grandson John Roy MacKay took the chanter with him to Nova Scotia when he emigrated from Scotland in 1805.
It has been put on display at Glasgow's National Piping Centre.
Grace Welden, a distant relative of Iain Dall MacKay, was at the ceremony marking the chanter's return to Scotland....
Name of source: NY Daily News
SOURCE: NY Daily News (12-2-10)
The masterpiece came to the attention of law enforcement officials last month when it surfaced in Sotheby's catalog of Impressionist & Modern Day Art and was immediately pulled from the auction block....
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (12-1-10)
Wednesday marks the 55th anniversary of the civil disobedience on December 1, 1955.
Parks did not intend to get arrested as she made her way home from work that day. Little did the 42-year-old seamstress know that her acts would help end segregation laws in the South.
That evening after work, Parks took a seat in the front of the black section of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The bus filled up, and the bus driver demanded that she move so a white male passenger could have her seat.
But Parks refused to give up her seat, and police arrested her. Four days later, Parks was convicted of disorderly conduct....
SOURCE: CNN.com (12-1-10)
"He kept them with love," Evelyne Rees said....
Le Guennec contacted the Picasso estate by mail in January to request certification of authenticity for the works: a collection of cubist collages, drawings, lithographs, notebooks and a watercolor.
Along with the letter, Le Guennec included 26 photographs of previously unpublished Picasso pieces.
But he found himself slapped with a lawsuit filed by the artist's son, Claude Picasso, and five other heirs who say the works are stolen.
The lawsuit was first reported Monday by the French newspaper Liberation.
His approach to the Picasso family shows that he is innocent, his lawyer said....
Name of source: Examiner
SOURCE: Examiner (12-1-10)
The marker will include a statement that Georgia’s secession was directly related to the recent election of an anti-slavery Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.
The New York Times reports that Todd Groce, president of the historical society stated that:
this may be one of the first official recognitions in the state, at least in modern times, that slavery was the overarching reason for secession.
This is the position of mainstream historical scholars and researchers....
Name of source: Hollywood Reporter
SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter (12-2-10)
The Women Victims of War -- who faced sexual violence during the 1990s conflict-- wrote a letter to the United Nations refugee agency, for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador, that read, "Angelina Jolie's ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it.”...
Name of source: Mirror (UK)
SOURCE: Mirror (UK) (12-1-10)
They arrived in ones and twos at the nicely painted house with a well-tended lawn - ever on the look-out for any hidden observer who may have threatened their anonymity.
In most countries they would have passed for modest do-gooders anxious to conduct their benevolent work out of the public gaze.
But there is nothing humanitarian about this shadowy organisation or the kindly looking old lady at the heart of its dark web.
For the covert gathering was the quarterly meeting of Stille Hilfe - or Silent Aid - which has helped some of the Third Reich's most evil fugitives from justice....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (12-1-10)
Officials sought to play down the latest collapses, saying they only concerned the upper parts of two walls that had no artistic value. But the repeated damage at one of the world's most important archaeological sites is proving an embarrassment for Italy, and giving credence to accusations that the entire ancient city is in a state of decay.
The collapses have drawn the attention of the UNESCO experts, who will travel to Pompeii on Thursday to inspect the damage and look for other possible areas at risk....
Name of source: German Herald
SOURCE: German Herald (12-2-10)
Swedish TV4’s investigative programme Kalla fakta has broadcast the first of a two-part documentary detailing how Queen Silvia‘s late father grew rich producing armaments in a factory stolen from the Jews.
When she married in 1976 the Queen’s German father Walter Sommerlath denied he had ever been a member of the Nazi party. That fiction was exposed some years later by a Swedish newspaper which proved he joined the movement in 1934....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (12-2-10)
The bronze barrel fragments and a very early lead shot were discovered by a metal detectorist working closely with a team that has been trying to unlock the secrets of the 1461 battle of Towton, in Yorkshire, northern England.
The battle, fought over the throne between Lancastrian King Henry VI and England's first Yorkist king, Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses, has gone down in history as the bloodiest ever fought on the island....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (11-30-10)
At least three states -- Virginia, Nevada and Texas -- are weighing or have already approved proposals to add "Don't Tread on Me" specialty license plates to their state rosters.
The Gadsden Flag, originally used by the U.S. Marine Corps during the American Revolution, was meant to represent the 13 original colonies and their battle for independence from the British monarchy. It has recently been adopted by some Tea Party groups as a message against big government.
Several supporters of the symbol say they will seek to have Gadsden plates available in other states throughout the country....
Name of source: News Channel 5
SOURCE: News Channel 5 (11-30-10)
Now, the piece of land in Franklin is home to a Domino's Pizza. But it turns out money can go a long way in restoring the past.
In this case, a group of very excited people hope that a newly awarded million dollar grant will help reveal another piece of Franklin's rich history.
Consider Columbia Pike the dividing line between two eras. On one side, the Carter House takes us to the past. Across the street, a Domino's Pizza covers up the past....