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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (12-24-10)
What's that you say? Wasn't this all solved 145 years ago? That depends on who you ask.
The way it's written in history books, John Wilkes Booth was cornered 12 days after shooting President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre and killed in a tobacco barn before being laid to rest in a family plot. But there have been several historians over the years not entirely satisfied with this version....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-25-10)
Roy Chamberlain, from Foxton, Cambridgeshire, whose grandmother Mary was a nurse at the hospital, came forward with the photographs in the hope they might help identify the soldier and his family.
The search for Private Wolstencroft began shortly before Christmas after workmen fixing floorboards at Shepreth village hall found a postcard written to the soldier in April 1915 hidden behind wooden wall panels....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-30-10)
The pontiff had told the Prime Minister he was “disturbed” by the decision of seven terrorists held in the Maze to refuse food and wanted a peaceful solution.
But she twice wrote back explaining that making concessions to the Republican cause would be “utterly wrong”, and asked the Pontiff to support moves to end the crisis.
Declassified Government papers also disclose that when Mrs Thatcher made a private visit to the Vatican, she was concerned about what to wear and was told she could borrow a veil from Britain’s representative at the Holy See....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (1-2-11)
An ancient hill fort at Heuneburg found the 13-by-16-foot burial chamber in an excellent state of preservation and still containing gold and amber jewellery placed there seven years before the birth of Christ.
The jewellery allowed archaeologists to pinpoint a precise date - the first time they’ve been able to do so with early Celtic remains. It also strongly suggests that the tomb belonged to a noblewoman of the fort’s early period of Celtic habitation, the 7th century BC.
The Heuneburg hill fort site is one of the oldest settlements north of the Alps and a major source of information about Iron Age Celtic culture at a time when wealth and population were increasing rapidly in a few population centres.
The Celtic citadel was first enclosed with a wood and earth wall in 700 BC a standard Celtic building technique....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (1-2-11)
Nottinghamshire is generally thought to have been the home of the outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, with neighbouring counties Yorkshire and Leicestershire also claiming links.
But historical novelist Jack Whyte claims that the roots of the character forever associated with Sherwood Forest may be north of the border.
He found what he claims are striking similarities between the lives of Robin Hood and the of Scottish knight William Wallace – Mel Gibson's character in the 1665 film Braveheart – while researching his latest book The Forest Laird.
Mr Whyte, 70, who left Scotland over 50 years ago to lives in Canada, believes the only surviving example of Wallace’s seal provides supporting evidence.
It appears on The Lubeck Letters which he sent to the German city in 1297, a month after his victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, to inform European traders that Scotland was still open for business....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-2-11)
Grant Shapps, the housing minister, has asked Liverpool City Council to halt the planned destruction of 9 Madryn Street, where the Beatles' drummer was born in 1940.
The address was due to be bulldozed under plans by the council to make way for new housing in the city's Welsh Streets estate.
Mr Shapps has called for the demolition to be postponed while alternative schemes to preserve the street, in the Dingle area of Liverpool, can be examined. If the council ignores his request, his department has the power to step in an halt the project.
The minister's intervention follows a campaign by Beatles' fans to save the address.
English Heritage has already turned down a request for the property to be given listed status. Officials said it did not deserve a preservation order as it lacked "historic or architectural importance"....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-31-10)
Until this month, the shadowy Lehava organisation was best known for issuing an eccentric demand in March urging Bar Refaeli, an Israeli model, not to marry Leonardo DiCaprio, the American actor, because he is a gentile.
But in recent weeks it has taken on a more sinister hue by spearheading a series of actions that included a rally in the coastal city of Bat Yam to denounce Jews who rent their homes to Arabs.
In the broader political spectrum, Lehava may represent a tiny minority of malcontents but there is growing unease in Israel after the message about renting homes was effectively endorsed by 300 rabbis....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (12-22-10)
By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from more than 30,000 years ago ranged all across Asia. They apparently interbred with the ancestors of people now living in Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia.
There's no sign that Denisovans mingled with the ancestors of people now living in Eurasia, which made the connection between Siberia and distant Melanesia quite a shock....
Name of source: Hurriyet Daily News
SOURCE: Hurriyet Daily News (12-28-10)
Dozens of houses and churches carved into the rock faces of a valley in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri have revealed 500 years of Byzantine history and high-quality Istanbul-style paintings....
Name of source: B92.net
SOURCE: B92.net (12-29-10)
The service also mentioned Jure Francetić, commander of the Ustasha Crna Legija (Black Legion).
The service was held by priests Vjekoslav Lasić and Stanislav Kos, who in referred to Pavelić as a respectable man who made sacrifices for all of Croatia....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (12-7-10)
"I'd just made a documentary about the best baseball player in the world," Mendelson tells Comic Riffs, referring to his award-winning NBC work about Willie Mays. "So I decided to make a documentary about the worst baseball player in the world."
That, naturally, would be Charlie Brown. Mendelson read a "Peanuts" strip about the perennially losing hurler and thought: Why not make a documentary about the cartoon's creator?
It turned out to be the best pitch Mendelson ever made....
Name of source: Press Association
SOURCE: Press Association (1-3-11)
The hospital holding company said it became aware of the possibility during planning to dig up the graveyard in Hall, Tyrol province, to make way for a construction project....
Name of source: The Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: The Daily Mail (UK) (1-3-11)
Martin Bormann Jr., 80, who has struggled to come to terms with the murderous past of his father all his life, is said to be 'destroyed' by the allegations.
A 63-year-old man said his mistreatment at the hands of Bormann took place in the early 60s when he was a Catholic priest teaching at the Hearts of Jesus monastery in the Austrian city of Salzburg....
Name of source: The Saratogian (NY)
SOURCE: The Saratogian (NY) (12-29-10)
The entire roster of New Yorkers who served during the Civil War years, 1861-65, is now available online, as well as the five annual reports issued by the Bureau of Military Statistics from 1864 to 1868 that chronicle the accomplishments of New Yorkers in battle....
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (12-31-10)
The murals are part of a collection of eight works painted by George Beattie in 1956 depicting an idealized version of Georgia farming, from the corn grown by prehistoric American Indians to a 20th century veterinary lab. In the Deep South, the history in between includes the use of slave labor.
"I don't like those pictures," said Gary Black, the newly elected agriculture commissioner. "There are a lot of other people who don't like them."...
Name of source: Civil War Librarian
SOURCE: Civil War Librarian (12-30-10)
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) will open the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum this year at 437 7th St. NW, Washington. The General Services Administration (GSA), which owns the building, chose the Frederick, Md., non-profit museum whose mission is preserving and researching the legacy of Civil War medicine, to operate the museum.
Barton lived in the third-floor rooms during and immediately after the war. Her living quarters and office were there until 1867. During the war supplies for her nursing work were stored in these rooms. In 1865 Barton hired staff and opened the Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army.
The office responded to more than 63,000 letters seeking information about soldiers and published lists of missing men. The fate of more than 22,000 soldiers had been learned by the time the office closed in 1867. The doors to the apartment were closed in 1875. The suite of rooms was discovered in 1997 as GSA workers were preparing the building for demolition....
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (1-3-11)
The ruins of Pompeii, destroyed after the Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius blew its top in A.D. 79, have actually been falling apart for years. “The real truth is, no one has done anything to secure these ancient excavations since they were excavated,” says Claudio D’Alessio, mayor of Pompeii. “You’d think that at least [the recent destruction] would have prompted an intervention to prevent new collapses, but there’s not much more than a few fences to make sure the next collapse doesn’t hurt anyone.” Pompeii has intermittently been on the World Monuments Fund’s list of endangered sites to watch, and UNESCO dispatched an unprecedented emergency mission to the city in early December after the House of Gladiators fell. Experts from the International Council on Monuments and Sites studied the damage at more than a dozen of Pompeii’s most popular relics and demanded that streets be closed on Jan. 1 while emergency fortifications are put in place. But those Band-Aids have about as much chance of saving the city as the locals did when Vesuvius erupted. Some experts predict that Pompeii as we know it is unlikely to survive even beyond the next decade....
Name of source: CS Monitor
SOURCE: CS Monitor (1-2-11)
We’re talking about baby boomers here – people born between 1946 and 1964, the first of whom turned 65 on New Years Day.
OK, so it’s mainly a big deal for demographers, wonkishly charting and graphing society....
Beyond image is the reality of a generational cohort that sent astronauts (of both genders and all races) into space, built a post-war economy on everything from Chevrolets to computer chips, invented “exurbs” and the shopping mall … and failed to heed Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about a “military-industrial complex” as the United States became the most powerful nation in human history – and consequently was at war or involved in military intervention someplace on the planet virtually the whole time since 1946....
Name of source: NYT
Tremblois has only three streets, and they are named for three French heroes of World War I: Marshals Ferdinand Foch, Joseph Joffre and Philippe Pétain.
The problem is that Marshal Pétain had a second act as head of state during World War II, when his administration in the unoccupied part of the country that was known as Vichy France collaborated with Nazi Germany in eliminating its enemies, notably the Jews....
...[W]hen the signs here change this month, the last street in France bearing his name will have disappeared....
Across the horizon are guard towers, concertina wire and dirt-filled barriers among the palm trees; encroaching farms and concrete houses from this village and others; and the enormous palace that Saddam Hussein built in the 1980s atop the city where Nebuchadnezzar II ruled.
Something else is visible, too: earthen mounds concealing all that has yet to be discovered in a city that the prophet Jeremiah called “a gold cup in the Lord’s hands, a cup that made the whole earth drunk.”...
The World Monuments Fund, working with Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, has drafted a conservation plan to combat any further deterioration of Babylon’s mud-brick ruins and reverse some of the effects of time and Mr. Hussein’s propagandistic and archaeologically specious re-creations....
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (12-31-10)
The events include a multitude of battle re-enactments, lecture series, readings, concerts and plays that will be held on the battle fields tended to by the Park Service and in private estates from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to New York.
But the slate of commemorations is also fraught with political peril. Deep divisions over why the war was fought persist, especially in the South. The debate still roils over slavery's role as the principle cause of the war. The first commemoration, a private "secession gala" organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Charleston on Dec. 20, did not signal an auspicious start to the upcoming calendar of events.
The date marked the 150th anniversary of the day South Carolina became the first of 11 states to secede. Inside the ballroom, elected officials and others in period costume celebrated the courage of their fore-bearers to stand up for their state's right to leave the Union. Outside, on the sidewalk, the NAACP led 100 demonstrators who viewed the event as a celebration of a treasonous act against the federal government in order to protect the institution of slavery
Mark Simpson, the commander of South Carolina's division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, defended the gala, saying it was not about denying slavery as "an issue" in the war, but honoring South Carolina's rights....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (1-2-11)
Obama signed the bill during his Hawaiian vacation, with no signing ceremony held. In a statement issued later, the president said he was "honored" to sign the bill, which pays for health care for responders believed to have been sickened by pollution at the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York.
The bill made a long journey in order to get signed. A printed copy of the bill flew with a White House staffer from Washington to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, so Obama could sign it from his vacation rental in Kailua....
SOURCE: CNN (1-1-11)
Addressing the nation as president for the first time, Dilma Rousseff said she felt the historic weight of her presidency.
Rousseff, 62, replaces Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular president in Brazil's recent history. Rousseff served as his chief of staff.
Rousseff, who was elected in October in a runoff vote, was sworn in just before 3 p.m. local time, along with her vice president, Michel Temer....
SOURCE: CNN (12-30-10)
One thing that is hard to disagree on is that William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, is an enduring figure in American lore.
Whether America's most infamous Wild Westerner gets his posthumous walking papers or not, Tim Sweet will show up to work as usual on Monday morning just like he and his parents have done since Sweet's grandfather opened the museum in east-central New Mexico in 1952.
He'll welcome some of the museum's more than 20,000 annual visitors, where he'll proudly show off wagons, artwork and pistols from the era, including the rifle he says Billy is holding in the only known photograph taken of him....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (12-31-10)
The government wants the country's modern name to be used instead. The decision comes 39 years after the country was renamed Sri Lanka.
The change will be made as early as possible in 2011.
Reaction has been mixed to the new year's resolution that gets rid of what some see as a vestige of colonialism.
The minister of energy submitted a cabinet memo this week to change the name of the Ceylon Electricity Board, whereupon the president suggested the name Ceylon be removed entirely....