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Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (1-17-11)
What excites us about the past is being there: feeling the heat as we climb a Mexican pyramid; adjusting our eyes to the light in the Pantheon; watching the paint peel off the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb. Peeling paint? If, in the brief, crushed tour of the Egyptian boy-king's rooms at Luxor we don't actually see it happen, we can certainly return later and note the damaging spread of holes and spots. Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, has had enough of it. He promises that the tomb, and two others, will close by the end of the year. To keep tourists happy, he has commissioned a replica.
It won't be the first. You can already see one in Las Vegas: until recently, Tut's tomb graced the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel, filled with replica treasures. Now it has been installed in the city's Museum of Natural History. So will the Valley of the Kings become a Las Vegas Strip, more tat than Tut? Is there no other way?...
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (1-19-11)
The group of hundreds of photographs went under the hammer on Tuesday night as part of a 300-lot militaria sale at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester.
Hitler's personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann took the images during the Nazi party's rise to power.
Hoffmann's work was used for postage stamps, postcards and posters.
Nazi party's rise
A large archive was seized by the United States government during the Allied occupation of Germany, and was held by the National Archives and Records Administration.
The auctioned images, some of which had been digitally developed by the auction house, featured Hitler at the Nuremberg Rally in 1934, meeting Benito Mussolini and at an SS training camp....
A Russian report last week blamed pilot error for the April 2010 disaster near Smolensk in which President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died.
But the Polish panel said the controllers were under pressure and told the pilots they were on course.
A senior investigator said the plane was 80 metres off course.
Giving details of a recording between the crew and the Russian air traffic control tower, the panel added that the crew had been told that visibility on the ground was 800m whereas it was down to 200m.
"Russian air traffic controllers said it was on course rather than warning them to adjust their course," the investigator, Robert Benedict, said....
His son, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, said he had died on Tuesday aged 95 after two days in hospital.
Mr Shriver, who was George McGovern's vice-presidential running mate in 1972, married Eunice Kennedy in 1958.
His son-in-law is former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Mr Shriver also ran President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" programme.
US President Barack Obama praised Mr Shriver as "one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation", and said he "came to embody the idea of public service"....
Like other great communicators - including Winston Churchill before him and Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama since then - he was someone who took word-craft very seriously indeed.
He had delegated his aide Ted Sorensen to read all the previous presidential inaugurals, with the additional brief of trying to crack the code that had made Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address such a hit.
Fifty years on, the debate about whether he or Sorensen played the greater part in composing the speech matters less than the fact that it was a model example of how to make the most of the main rhetorical techniques and figures of speech that have been at the heart of all great speaking for more than 2,000 years. Most important among these are:
* Contrasts: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"
* Three-part lists: "Where the strong are just, and the weak secure and the peace preserved"
* Combinations of contrasts and lists (by contrasting a third item with the first two): "Not because the communists are doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right"
If the rhetorical structure of sentences is one set of building blocks in the language of public speaking, another involves simple "poetic" devices such as:
In general, the more use of these a speaker makes, the more applause they will get and the more likely it is that they will be recognised as a brilliant orator.
But great communicators differ as to which of these techniques they use most....
SOURCE: BBC News (1-19-11)
Obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, the letter shows Vatican officials rejected an initiative to begin the "mandatory reporting" of abuse claims.
The proposed policy "gives rise to serious reservations", it says.
The Vatican has persistently said it never instructed bishops to withhold suspicions or evidence of crimes.
Abuse victims in Ireland and the US said the letter, which RTE said it had received from an Irish bishop, was a "smoking gun" that would serve as important evidence in lawsuits against the Church.
But the Vatican said it represented an approach to sex abuse cases shaped by a particular Vatican office, the Congregation for the Clergy, before 2001....
Mr Duvalier was allowed to go free after questioning, but a judge will decide whether his case goes to trial.
The ex-leader, who denies wrongdoing, made a surprise return to Haiti on Sunday after 24 years in exile.
He was regarded as a playboy during his time in office, when he used a brutal militia to control the country.
He said he had "come to help" after last year's devastating earthquake.
Port-au-Prince's chief prosecutor Aristidas Auguste told Reuters that charges of corruption, theft, misappropriation of funds and other alleged crimes had been brought against him.
There have been growing calls for Mr Duvalier to be prosecuted for alleged torture and murder of thousands of people during his rule....
SOURCE: BBC News (1-17-11)
It was a plan to kidnap Adolf Hitler at the aerodrome in Lympne in Kent.
Hitler was to be taken alive from the plane after a rapid descent over The Channel before being bundled into the back of a car and driven to London.
Evidence of the plan can be found in official RAF documents kept at the National Archives in Kew.
The story began in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, when a man named Kiroff walked into the British Military Attaché's office and claimed his brother-in-law, Hans Baur, Hitler's personal pilot, was planning to defect in Hitler's plane, with the Führer on board.
"The RAF had to plan for the eventuality of Hitler being brought to Britain," said historian Andy Saunders.
The date set for Baur and Hitler's arrival, 25 March 1941, came and went. The plane never arrived.
Baur spent the rest of the war as Hitler's pilot. So was it really ever likely to happen?
Lionel James Roberts was one of the men employed to bring extra weaponry to the airfield in preparation for Hitler's arrival.
He has since died, but his son recalls being told how secrecy surrounded his father's role in the operation....
Onesphore Rwabukombe, a 54-year-old ethnic Hutu who has lived in Germany for several years, was arrested by German police last summer.
He is charged with genocide, murder, and incitement to genocide and murder.
He could face life in prison if convicted.
"Between April 11 and 15, 1994, the accused ordered and co-ordinated three massacres in which a total of at least 3,730 members of the Tutsi minority who had sought refuge in church buildings were killed," prosecutor Christian Ritscher read out from the charge sheet in court.
Mr Rwabukombe, who was mayor of Muvumba in north-eastern Rwanda, is also accused of having personally taken part in killings by Hutu militia....
Name of source: The Missoulian (Montana)
SOURCE: The Missoulian (Montana) (1-19-11)
On Sunday, a little more than 69 years after notifying the world that "This is no drill - Pearl Harbor is being bombed by the Japanese - this is no drill," the 88-year-old Navy veteran died at his home in Billings.
He was one of Montana's last survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that propelled the United States into World War II.
A member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Chlapowski was frequently asked to speak about his experiences and was often interviewed by reporters pulling together stories commemorating one of the most significant events in U.S. history.
In a 2007 interview, he told a reporter that it was his job to report the deaths of Pearl Harbor survivors to the association and see that plaques are presented to their families. Someone else will have to perform that duty for him now....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (1-19-11)
John Williams, who was director of communications at the Foreign Office at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, said he had ''argued strongly'' against publication with then prime minister's communications chief, Alastair Campbell.
In a written statement to Sir John Chilcot's Iraq Inquiry, released today, Mr Williams said he thought he had won the argument, only for Mr Blair to announce in September 2002 that the government was going ahead with the dossier.
''The burden of my argument was not about the quality of specific intelligence, which I never dreamed of judging, but my strong sense that we should not take on ourselves the burden of proof, when all the UN resolutions put the burden on Saddam Hussein to show he had destroyed his weapons,'' he said.
''We couldn't prove it if the inspectors couldn't.''...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (1-19-11)
The entrance to George has been discovered in the old theatre of the Nazi prison camp, Stalag Luft III in Zagan, which was in German-occupied Poland.
George was built by men bitter that they did not escape through Harry on the night of March 24, 1944. Only later did they learn that the Gestapo murdered 50 of the 76 escapees, made famous by the film starring Steve McQueen, Sir Richard Attenborough and Charles Bronson.
Sqn Ldr Ivor Harris, now 90, who operated the air pump at the entrance of the George tunnel, returned to the theatre last year and identified the hollow in the ground where the route started. It is from this point that the team will begin excavating in the spring.
George was never used because, when the Red Army moved nearer, German guards put the prisoners on a forced march back into Germany. About 200 men died during the march....
Mr Obama will be hoping for an evening free of controversy as he returns the hospitality he was shown at a state dinner in Beijing on a visit in November 2009.
That trip proved awkward however, with Beijing making it clear it was either unwilling or unable to play the role of the co-operative superpower that Washington sought. Mr Obama faced criticism back home for "kowtowing" to the Chinese.
The Obama administration has since toughened its tone, complaining that the exchange rate of China's yuan is hindering the US economic recovery and criticising Beijing's human rights record.
China has meanwhile bristled at a visit by the Dalai Lama, the Tibet spiritual leader, to Washington, and US arms sales to Taiwan while North Korea has also exposed diplomatic fault lines.
As a 13-year-old, he observed that farm hands and milkmaids who contracted the less severe cowpox from cows were not afflicted during outbreaks of smallpox.
In 1796, as a young trained doctor, he took the fluid from a cowpox pustule on a sufferer's hand and inoculated an eight-year-old boy. The boy was then exposed to smallpox but failed to contract the disease. By 1800 about 100,000 people had been vaccinated worldwide.
After World War Two, the World Health Organisation tackled the most lethal virus in the world, which had a mortality rate of about 30 per cent. By this time North America, western Europe and the Antipodes were free of the disease, but outbreaks still occurred in Africa and India.
Thanks to a massive, worldwide hunt for outbreaks and a thorough vaccination programme, the disease was eradicated in ten years, in probably the greatest triumph enjoyed by modern medicine....
Correspondence between the two leaders in the run-up to the Iraq war will remain classified, along with notes of a meeting at which the then-prime minister is said to have “signed in blood” an agreement to send British troops to topple Saddam Hussein.
In a statement at the start of the resumed hearings, Sir John said he was disappointed that repeated requests to Sir Gus O’Donnell, head of the civil service, to allow publication of the memos had been rejected.
During an exchange of letters, the Inquiry chairman argued that their contents provided a “unique” insight into Mr Blair’s thinking in the run-up to the war.
He made clear that it would be more difficult to question the former prime minister when he gives evidence for a second time on Friday without reference to the letters and notes....
Historians and archivists have found no evidence that the Bolshevik leader or regional chief Yakov Sverdlov gave permission for the family to be shot in 1918, Vladimir Solovyov, Russia's chief investigator, told the Izvestia newspaper.
Russia has now closed a criminal probe aimed at naming those guilty for the murders, Mr Solovyov said.
Nevertheless, Mr Solovyov said that he believed Lenin and Sverdlov were to blame, since they later endorsed the shooting and did not punish the killers.
In a complex case, the Tsar's descendants want to prove that the family were victims of political repression, for which investigators have to find evidence that the killings were carried out on state orders.
In October, 2008, Russia's Supreme Court recognised Tsar Nicholas II and his family as victims of political repression....
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, 49, said she woke up in June 2005, two months after the Polish-born pope had died, suddenly cured of the disease she had suffered from for four years.
John Paul's successor, Pope Benedict, approved a decree last Friday declaring her healing a miracle and attributing it to the late pontiff, clearing the way for him to be beatified on May 1.
Church-appointed doctors concluded that there was no medical explanation for the healing, although last year there were some doubts about the validity of the miracle.
A further miracle occurring after the beatification ceremony – which confers the title "Blessed" on John Paul – must be approved before he can be made a saint....
In evidence to the Iraq inquiry, Lord Goldsmith, who at the time was the government’s top legal adviser, disclosed that he was “uncomfortable” about statements made by the then-prime minister in the run up to the 2003 invasion.
Two months before the war began, in a meeting at No 10, the former attorney general told Mr Blair that war would not be legal without a fresh mandate from the UN.
In a statement to MPs the following day, however, the Labour prime minister said that there were “circumstances” in which an attack could be valid.
The following month, he gave an interview in which he suggested that war would be legal if another nation had made an “unreasonable” veto at the UN on military action.
A witness statement to the Chilcot Inquiry into the war, published today, makes clear that Lord Goldsmith considered that this did not accord with the advice he had given Mr Blair....
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (1-18-11)
Last summer, researchers plucked skin and muscle tissue from an ancient mammoth's carcass that was found preserved under permafrost in Siberia. A nearly complete body of one of the animals was found there and has since been kept in a special freezer in a Russian research lab.
Researchers from Japan's Kinki University have found a way to isolate DNA from the frozen mammoth's tissue. Now they plan to insert that DNA into the egg cells of a normal, modern African elephant and then plant the resulting embryo into the elephant's womb....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (1-19-11)
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that with its 1997 letter, the Vatican wanted to ensure that Irish bishops follow church law precisely so that pedophile priests would not have any technical grounds to escape church punishment.
Lombardi issued the statement Wednesday after The Associated Press reported that the letter from the Holy See's top diplomat in Ireland told bishops that their "mandatory reporting" of abuse policy "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature."
Ireland's top prelate had recommended in 1996 that bishops report known or suspected abuse to police....
A friend, Teodor Maries, told private Pro-Tv he found Cristian Paturca dead in his apartment Tuesday. Paturca was suffering from tuberculosis and long-term liver problems.
Paturca became one of Romania's most prominent democracy activists when he wrote "Imnul Golanilor" or "The Hooligans' Hymn" in 1990 for anti-government protesters, called "hooligans" by then-President Ion Iliescu. The communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu had collapsed in 1989 in a revolution where more than 1,300 people died....
Israel says the sites visited by pilgrims and tourists in an area known as Qasr el-Yahud will be safe, but advocacy groups warn that crowds could be in danger.
Worshippers from around the world dipped themselves in the muddy waters, facing fellow believers on the other side of the small river. Orthodox clergymen dressed in dark frocks and robes chanted prayers as Patriarch Theofilos III blessed the waters, hurled branches and released white doves into the air....
A contingent of police led the former dictator known as "Baby Doc" through the hotel and to a waiting SUV. He was not wearing handcuffs.
Duvalier, 59, was calm and did not say anything, ignoring questions from journalists, as he was led away to cheers from some and jeers from others.
The SUV drove in a convoy of police vehicles to a courthouse, even as dozens of Duvalier supporters blocked streets with overturned trash bins and rocks to try to prevent the former dictator from going to prison....
SOURCE: AP (1-17-11)
Details of suspects named in the indictment and the charges against them were not released.
Hariri was killed along with 22 other people by a huge truck bomb blast on Feb. 14, 2005, on Beirut's Mediterranean sea front....
Name of source: Moving Image Archive News
SOURCE: Moving Image Archive News (1-17-11)
Among manifestations of the increased interest was last year’s popular and well-attended Medical Film Symposium in Philadelphia.
As David Serlin, an associate professor of communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, relates here, the collection’s essayists consider the visual culture of public health from seventeenth-century London broadsides about the handling of plague victims’ bodies to YouTube videos about preventing the transmission of STDs. Contributors examine such historical and contemporary visual practices as Chinese health fairs, documentary films produced by the World Health Organization, illness maps, fashions for nurses, and live surgery on the Internet....
Name of source: Your4State (MD)
SOURCE: Your4State (MD) (1-5-11)
Robert Hartman volunteers at the National Museums of Civil War Medicine on East Patrick Street in Frederick. He believes the contributions of African Americans is am important part of American history....
Name of source: BBC
Louis Mantin was an aesthete and gentleman of leisure who bequeathed his opulent home to the town of Moulins on condition that a century later it be a museum.
After he died in 1905, the mansion was closed up and fell into dilapidation. Now thanks to a 3.5m euro ($4.7m; £2.9m) refit funded by local authorities, it has been returned to its original pristine state.
The result is a remarkable time-capsule, combining rich fin-de-siecle furnishings, archaeological curios, skulls and other Masonic paraphernalia, a collection of stuffed birds, as well as the latest domestic gadgets such as electricity and a flushing loo....
The ancient rock carvings from Dazu, China, will be exhibited at National Museum Cardiff from the end of January.
The carvings come from the Dazu World Heritage site and date back to the middle of the 7th Century.
The free exhibition will contain examples of the carvings that have become detached from their original setting, along with accurate replicas of some of the most important sculptures still in situ and dramatic large-scale images, to give some idea of what it is like to visit these spectacular places....
Southwark Crown Court heard millionaire David Mabey inflated the price of a bridge building project so the Iraqi government would receive a "kickback" of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Peter Blair QC said Mr Mabey and ex-colleague Richard Forsyth, 62, from Hampshire, bypassed UN sanctions.
Mr Mabey, 49, from Berkshire, and Mr Forsyth deny the claims.
Mr Mabey, from Hall Place Lane in Maidenhead, Berkshire, is the owner of Mabey Holdings and his family is ranked at 329 in the Sunday Times rich list with a fortune of £196m....
The latter is what the secret services of post-war West Germany chose to do, according to Spiegel magazine.
The normally reliable news magazine reports that Klaus Barbie became an agent of the West German foreign intelligence agency when he was apparently in hiding in South America.
It has seen documents of the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND, and these papers reveal that the "Butcher of Lyon" was helping German intelligence with information about his South American country of hiding even as he was on the run.
Barbie risked life in prison or even the death penalty had he been caught because he had been in charge of the deportation of Jews and others to death camps, including the ordering of the deportation of children from an orphanage.
He was eventually captured and put on trial in France, but Spiegel reports that long before that he was sending reports to the BND about the politics of Bolivia where he had become something of a figure in society under the false name, Klaus Altmann....
SOURCE: BBC (1-17-11)
The sale price is 40 times the pre-sale estimate.
In Hong Kong a local buyer pays nearly $17m dollars for a pair of 5ft-high enamel cranes - believed to be a gift from an 18th Century Chinese emperor to his son.
Another Hong Kong-based collector pays $32m for an 18th Century Chinese floral vase.
This year, the hugely inflated sums of money being paid for Chinese art and artefacts have been making headlines regularly.
But what has been pushing prices so high?
Trade insiders say the recovery from the world economic crisis brought an influx of new, wealthy bidders into the auction houses....
SOURCE: BBC (1-16-11)
Salva Kiir made the appeal from the pulpit of a Catholic Cathedral in Juba.
Early results from Southern Sudan's referendum indicate the region has voted overwhelmingly to split from the north and form a new country.
Full results of the poll are not due until next month, but the region is widely expected to choose to secede....
Name of source: CHE
SOURCE: CHE (1-18-11)
SOURCE: CHE (1-16-11)
Mr. Johnson has charge of what he describes as the world's largest collection of material related to Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The archive includes the 1887 Beeton's Christmas Annual, which contained the first Holmes story to appear in print ("A Study in Scarlet"); 31 copies still exist worldwide, and Minnesota holds four of them. The collection also features many letters from Doyle to various correspondents as well as original artwork and sketches done by Frederic Dorr Steele, who illustrated Holmes stories for Collier's Weekly. And it contains the correspondence of John Bennett Shaw, a collector of Sherlockiana with close ties to the organization of Holmes enthusiasts known as the Baker Street Irregulars.
Before being named the Holmes Collections' curator, Mr. Johnson, 53, was already the Twin Cities campus library's curator of special collections and rare books, and he continues to oversee those areas. "When you have Holmes and Watson waiting for you and you have all the other stuff besides," he says, "it's not too hard to get up in the morning."...
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (1-18-11)
Cheney, who two years ago accused Obama of endangering America by dismantling controversial counterterror policies from the Bush administration, said he's since observed Obama become "more sympathetic to the kinds of things we did." In the interview with NBC News, Cheney repeatedly said the president has "learned" while in office the value of programs ranging from Predator drone strikes to the Guantanamo Bay detainee camp.
The Obama administration has stuck by a few key reversals of Bush administration national security policy, most notably in ending the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques. But it has continued to use military tribunals and so far has stalled on its campaign to shutter Guantanamo Bay. Cheney said he doesn't expect Guantanamo Bay to close.....
SOURCE: Fox News (1-17-11)
Three of the plaques bore the faces and names of the soldiers for whom the Post was named, the station reports. Five other plaques, weighing about 120 pounds each, listed the names of the deceased veterans who belonged to the Post. The list reportedly dated back to World War I.
Holland told the station that he hopes scrap yards will recognize the plaques and refuse to buy them. He is calling for the thieves to return them or contact the Post to tell him where they can be located....
Name of source: CNN
Lt. Harold Downes was a navigator on a B-26 bomber when his plane went down over North Korea on January 13, 1952. Some of the crew ejected and were captured by the North Koreans. Downes was never seen again. He remains to this day one of the more than 8,000 U.S. servicemembers listed as "unaccounted for" from the Korean War, a conflict often referred to as the "forgotten war."
For the families of those unaccounted for, there used to be hope. Over the years, the United States and North Korea -- long-time adversaries -- had cooperated in efforts to look for remains of those missing in action. Beginning in 1996, North Korean and U.S. military teams conducted 33 joint recovery missions looking for remains inside North Korea. There was success, too -- 229 sets of remains were located, and brought out of the very reclusive country.
But all that changed in 2005 when then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suspended the work, saying that due to rising nuclear tensions at the time, he felt the safety of the U.S. teams could not be guaranteed. At the time it seemed fairly routine.
But neither the Bush nor Obama administrations reinstated the effort, and now it's the North Koreans who are trying to get the program restarted....
SOURCE: CNN (1-19-11)
That ever-expanding content is the crux of the social studies teacher's dilemma: How to cover every topic with limited class time?
When high school teacher David Plonski mentions the 1860s and 1960s, he expects those dates to trigger different ideas in the minds of his students at Tarboro High School in Tarboro, North Carolina.
In the 1860s, the United States was caught up in the Civil War. The 1960s are remembered for social revolution, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Beatlemania.
But Plonski notices that some students have a weak sense of time, are unable to picture the different characteristics of those eras and often confuse events a century apart....
Duvalier returned to his homeland Sunday after some 25 years in exile, injecting a further dose of uncertainty into an already turbulent political situation.
Michele Montas, a Haitian journalist and a former spokeswoman for the U.N. Secretary-General, said Monday night that she plans to file a criminal complaint against Duvalier.
"We have enough proof. There are enough people who can testify. And what I will do is go to a public prosecutor and there is a public prosecutor that could actually accommodate our complaints," she told CNN's "Parker Spitzer." ...
Philbin, 77, made the announcement Tuesday at the start of the long-running "Live with Regis & Kelly."
"This will be my last year on this show ... but there is a time, there is a time that everything needs to come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people," Philbin said.
The show, now in its 22nd year in national syndication, began as a local morning show in New York in 1983.
Kathie Lee Gifford joined Philbin in 1985 on the show and it debuted three years later nationally as "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee."
Gifford left the show in 2000 and Philbin was joined by current co-host Kelly Ripa in 2001....
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (1-16-11)
History proved DuBois correct. His century saw the struggles against, and ultimately the victory over, systems that separated and subjugated people based on race — from colonialism in India, to Jim Crow in the U.S., to apartheid in South Africa.
No American did more than Martin Luther King Jr. — whom America pauses to honor today — to address the problem of the color line. He spearheaded the marches that revealed the brutality of segregation, made speeches that reminded Americans that the promise of their nation applied to all citizens and expertly pressured the nation's leaders in Washington to pass landmark civil rights legislation.
But to confine King's role in history only to the color line — as giant as that challenge is, and as dramatic as King's contribution was — is to reduce his greatness. In one of his final books, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, King showed that race was one part of his broader concern with human relations at large: "This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited ... a great 'world house' in which we have to live together — black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu ... Because we can never again live apart, we must learn somehow to live with each other in peace."...
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (1-16-11)
The National Park Service's Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) facility was established in 1989 "to institutionalize the use of GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies in historic preservation within the National Park system as well as with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO)." Having been designated the Park Service's lead agency in the development of standards for the collection, management, and distribution of cultural resource spatial data, CRGIS bears a heavy responsibility to apply these relatively new and powerful technologies to very good effect.
CRGIS has proven up to the task and is well respected. During the past two decades, CRGIS has: produced GPS surveys of hundreds of historic places throughout the U.S., provided GIS database development assistance to more than 20 National Park System units, State Historic Preservation Offices, and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices; provided GIS and GPS training for hundreds of federal, state, and local government employees; undertaken numerous GIS analyses related to disaster situations, created map atlases for clients such as the National Register of Historic Places, and performed other important work....
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (1-12-11)
The facility, which dates back to roughly 4100 B.C. -- 1,000 years before the earliest comparable find -- was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from Armenia, the United States and Ireland in the same mysterious Armenian cave complex where an ancient leather shoe was found, a discovery that was announced last summer.
"For the first time, we have a complete archaeological picture of wine production dating back 6,100 years," said Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (1-18-11)
The object of her devotion is Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator most Romanians associate with hunger, state paranoia, AIDS-ridden orphanages, and chronic power outages. Today, as the new EU member grapples with economic havoc and widening gaps between rich and poor, more people remember not the dysfunctional final years of Ceausescu's regime but an earlier time in which his state provided basics in exchange for obedience.
"You gave us homes, you gave us gas for heating," says Bocanu, a 72-year-old former cleaning lady who scrapes through on the equivalent of $70 a month.
"Now we are miserable, like dogs."...
Name of source: Times of India
SOURCE: Times of India (1-18-11)
The extraordinary work of art, depicting a black fringed Hitler as Herod, the infamous biblical king renowned for slaughtering children, remained unnoticed for 70 years at St Jacques Church in Montgeron, south of Paris, Britian's Daily Mail reported....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (1-17-11)
How could they not? Dr. King, born 82 Januarys ago, was murdered with a firearm 39 years later. Now, out West, yet more insanity with a gun has claimed fresh victims, including a badly wounded congresswoman. The leap from Memphis, 1968, to Tucson, 2011, was predictable and easy for a series of elected officials who spoke at the city’s biggest King Day ceremony, held in the opera house of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
All of them knew for sure what Dr. King, were he only still alive, would have done about America’s gun culture. He would have led campaigns to rein it in, they said. And they were probably right. It is hard to imagine Dr. King’s arguing that the Second Amendment codified a divine-ordained right to carry a Glock 19 with an oversize clip capable of firing 33 rounds without reloading....
SOURCE: NYT (1-17-11)
Mr. Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, returned to Haiti 24 years and 11 months after he was forced to flee the country by a tide of social upheaval driven by severe poverty and his regime’s brutal political repression. In a brief radio interview, Mr. Duvalier said he had returned only to help his country, not to get involved in politics. He spent the rest of his first day back in Haiti out of the public eye, huddled with his advisers and relatives at a high-end hotel in the mountains overlooking Port-au-Prince, the capital.
His silence left Haitians and the rest of the world to wonder what Mr. Duvalier was really up to.
Neither France, which had granted Mr. Duvalier asylum, nor the United States, Haiti’s largest benefactor, said they had anything to do with his return. In fact, both governments said they had been unaware that Mr. Duvalier had left Paris until his flight was close to landing in Port-au-Prince....
Name of source: The Local (Germany)
SOURCE: The Local (Germany) (1-18-11)
Barbie fled to Bolivia after the war, in which he had served as the head of the SS in Lyon, and lived there under the name Klaus Altmann from 1951. It was there that he was recruited by the BND intelligence service, the magazine reported on Saturday.
A file on Barbie, whose codename was Eagle, says he was of ‘complete German attitude’ and a ‘committed anti-Communist’. He delivered at least 35 reports and was seen as a political source, although it is not yet known what kind of information he gave the agents.
Payments for his work were made to him via a branch of the Chartered Bank of London in San Francisco.
A few weeks after he was recruited, he took over the Bolivian arm of a German company which operated globally, selling left-over weapons from the German army. ...
Name of source: CBS News (video)
SOURCE: CBS News (video) (1-17-11)
When you think of Martin Luther King Jr.'s formative years, you think may think of Atlanta, where he grew up and attended Morehouse College. You may think of Montgomery, Ala., where he got his first pastor job and led the bus boycott. But who would ever think of Simsbury, Conn.?
"It seemed like it wasn't possible that he would come to, of all places, this town," said Richard Curtiss.
Curtiss is a history teacher at Simsbury High School. Last summer he worked with a group of students who took it upon themselves to investigate this mystery.
The legend was that young Martin Luther King Jr. spent several months working in the tobacco fields. He would have been part of a group of Morehouse students who used to spend their summers in this Connecticut valley to earn money for school.
That part was common knowledge. But King?
"There is proof that he was here," said John Conard-Malley.
Name of source: SF Chronicle
SOURCE: SF Chronicle (1-17-11)
"If you love baseball, you have Cooperstown; if you love art, you have the Louvre," said John Hollar, president of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
"Now if you love computing, you have a place to go," said Hollar, who presided over the museum's permanent opening Thursday with an exhibition titled "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing."
With more than 1,100 objects, video displays and other interactive offerings, spread over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, Hollar said a quick browser could get the gist of the show in 45 minutes while the aficionado could spend hours poring over the exhibits....