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Week of 3-15-04

Columbia University has released the names of the donors who endowed the Edward Said Chair; critics note the list includes the United Arab Emirates among the donors.

Justice Scalia, in defense of his duck hunting vacation with Dick Cheney, cites numerous examples from history where Supreme Court justices socialized with presidents.

World War II Fifty-nine years after he narrowly survived the Battle of Iwo Jima, Navajo code talker Teddy Draper Sr. finally has been awarded the Purple Heart by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Egyptian Grave A grave believed to belong to courtiers or servants of King Aha, the first king of ancient Egypt's first dynasty, was uncovered by an American excavation mission in Abydos in Upper Egypt.

Confederate flag A judge threw out a lawsuit by an outspoken Confederate flag supporter who sued four grocery store chains that stopped carrying his barbecue sauce because of his views.

Samuel Johnson The Houghton Library at Harvard University has inherited the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of material relating to Samuel Johnson. It is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive compilations of 18th-century rare books, manuscripts and personal correspondence.

Supreme Court A Kentucky Republican has introduced a new House bill, HR 3920, to allow Congress to override Supreme Court decisions.

Former President Bill Clinton's boyhood home in Hope Arkansas is up for sale on the Internet- based auction house E-Bay. Bids received thus far: over $250,000.

Award A report by The Blade of Toledo that uncovered Vietnam-era war crimes kept secret for three and a half decades has received the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers.

Plagiarism A majority of Central Connecticut State University's faculty senate stood solidly behind their embattled president Monday, voting in favor of retaining him despite accusations of plagiarism.

Sen. John Kerry no hero in one ex-crewman's eyes: Steven Michael Gardner served side by side with John Forbes Kerry in Vietnam, was wounded under Kerry's command, and was manning twin .50-caliber machine guns on a night that has forever haunted Kerry - the night his crew killed a young boy in a sampan. But unlike many of Kerry's crewmates, Gardner has not appeared at Kerry's side at campaign rallies, and his view of Kerry at war is far different from the heroic view presented by others.

JFK Alvin Cluster, a World War II Navy officer and buddy of John F. Kennedy who rallied search parties when JFK's torpedo boat went missing in the South Pacific in 1943, died Monday in the Riverside County town of Rancho Mirage.

John Kerry Writer claims that Kerry attended a meeting of Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971 at which a resolution to assassinate conservative American politicians was voted down. Kerry denies being there; says he had already resigned from the organization, though three people claim he was present.

Plagiarism Hartford Courant considering using plagiarism-detecting software in the aftermath of the revelation that a Central Connecticut State University president had plagiarized material for an opinion piece.

Slavery Reparations A law professor at the University of Alabama has suggested that the institution apologize for owning slaves before the Civil War and possibly grant reparations to their descendants.

Indian Artifacts Authorities crack a ring that was looting Indian artifacts; called one of the largest such rings ever.

Slavery Reparations Brown University appoints a panel to investigate the possibility of paying reparations for slavery; several of the leading pioneers of the university were slave traders.

Obituary Keith Hopkins, a professor at the University of Cambridge who was one of the first historians to use sociological methods to study the ancient Roman world, died last Monday at a hospice in Cambridge, England. He was 69.

Holocaust Federal judge overseeing the distribution of the Holocaust funds from Swiss banks rules that the bulk of the money should go to those in poor countries, angering some families in the United States.

Week of 3-8-04

TEACHING Professor at Indiana University's department of applied health science ordered to stop teaching the history of terrorism in the Middle East after students complained the subject was outside their course's curriculum.

SEX HARASSMENT Historian Makkhan Lal, facing charges of sexual harassment and other irregularities, has been suspended as director of the Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management.

KERRY & VIETNAM Kerry no hero in one ex-crewman's eyes: Steven Michael Gardner served side by side with John Forbes Kerry in Vietnam, was wounded under Kerry's command, and was manning twin .50-caliber machine guns on a night that has forever haunted Kerry - the night his crew killed a young boy in a sampan. But unlike many of Kerry's crewmates, Gardner has not appeared at Kerry's side at campaign rallies, and his view of Kerry at war is far different from the heroic view presented by others.

PUTIN One of the reasons Putin is expected to win re-election is that he has restored peoples' faith in their own history.

SLAVES North African pirates abducted and enslaved more than 1 million Europeans between 1530 and 1780 in a series of raids which depopulated coastal towns from Sicily to Cornwall, according to new research.

CONFEDERATE HISTORY Powhatan County (Virginia) won't be joining 16 state municipalities that set aside April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.

CHICAGO Old chalkboards dating to the 1930s have been discovered at the Chicago Board of Trade during renovation; some will be donated to the Chicago Historical Society. They mark the time when trades were received by Morse code and posted on chalkboards.

BUSH FAMILY New book by Craig Unger, excerpted in Salon, claims the House of Saud paid to the Bush family and friends over the years at least $1.477 billion.

ROMAN COINS A man unearthed a priceless hoard of 20,000 Roman coins as he dug a new fishpond in his back garden. Experts say the money may date from the 4th Century and could be the biggest find of its kind in Britain.

FRANCE Rubens is so omnipresent in museums and collections, so renowned for his portraits and religious, historical and mythological paintings, that any retrospective of his work raises the question: Is there anything new to say? In France there is. Remarkably, a major Rubens exhibition that opened March 6 in this northern city is the first overview of his work to be presented in France.

SLAVE PEN Controversy in St. Louis over a new ball park, which some contend is being built on the grounds of a form slave pen."Unfortunately, that area was known, somewhere between the old and new stadiums, for Lynch's slave pens," said Missouri Historical Society President Robert Archibald.

CHILE New evidence surfaces in the case of the young American filmmaker killed in Chile in 1973 shortly after Allende was overthrown; high officials in the security forces implicated.

GAYS The Chicago Historical Society makes a 5-year commitment to telling the story of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; though few city residents may know it, the first gay rights organization in the country was started in Chicago by a postal worker on Dec. 10, 1924.

RELIGION Montana county considering a plan to treat a 10 commandments monument as a part of history to get around court decisions forbidding religious objects on public property. If enough money can be raised, the existing monument could be moved to the north edge of the courthouse property and displayed alongside monuments containing text from, for instance, the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta and the 1972 Montana Constitution.

DIEN BIEN PHU Vietnam planning major celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu; in Geneva that same year following the military success, Ho Chi Minh secured peace in exchange for the division of the country into North Vietnam and South Vietnam at the 17th parallel.

OBITUARY Russell F. Weigley, 73, a Temple University history professor emeritus whose acclaimed books about military history ranged from an examination of individual battles and personalities to a comprehensive look at American military strategy, died March 3 at his home in Philadelphia after a heart attack.

WW II Fittings and artefacts from the infamous Changi Prison in Singapore will be sent to Australia as part of plans to preserve sections of the Singapore jail where thousands of Allied troops were held by the Japanese in World War II.

BOER WAR The graves and headstones of Breaker Morant and scores of other Australian Boer War fighters have been ransacked and vandalised in South Africa. Armed thieves have stolen metal plaques, crosses and marble tombstones from cemeteries marking the death or disappearance of more than 600 young Australians from 1899-1902.

GALLIC CULTURE France has opened a new front in its battle to defend Gallic culture from the encroachment of the English language by offering crash courses in French to senior diplomats from the 10 countries about to join the European Union.

PLAGIARISM Richard L. Judd, the president of Central Connecticut State University guilty of plagiarism; copied portions of an op ed he wrote for the Hartford Courant; compard with Goodwin and Ambrose.

MUSEUM British Museum hailed for its makeover as a world-class institution.

MICHELANGELO Restoration work on Michelangelo's David has removed around two-thirds of the dirt and sulphate on the statue; work to be finished by May.

ANTONY British Museum expert believes the figures adorning the ancient Portland Vase are Antony and Cleopatra.

MEXICO President Miguel de la Madrid, who governed Mexico for most of the 1980's, confirms in his new memoir that his party stole the election of 1988.

GODZILLA After 50 years of smashing Tokyo and wrestling with Mothra, it's time for Japan's most beloved monster to take a breather: film company to stop producing new Godzilla movies.

RETIREMENT Alistair Cook, age 95, retires his BBC radio column, which began in 1946.

LUCY Archaeologists studying human origins in eastern Ethiopia say a wealth of new finds meant they could hope to discover even older and more complete specimens than the famous fossil"Lucy."

STATUES Experts work to save Easter Island statues; may use a chemical to stabilise the stone monoliths, which have become severely eroded.

CHICAGO COW Perhaps it was not Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern that sparked the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed the downtown area and claimed 300 lives. New research lends credence to an alternative explanation: The fire, along with less-publicized and even more deadly blazes the same night in upstate Wisconsin and Michigan, was the result of a comet fragment crashing into Earth's atmosphere.

ANCIENT WONDERS Iraq, torn apart by years of war and sanctions, remains so rich in hidden ancient wonders that a leading expert believes the world's archaeology books will have to be rewritten over the next decade.

HUMAN FOSSILS Experts analyzing remains of a man, woman and teenage boy unearthed in Romania last year are convinced that the 35,000 year-old fossils are the most complete ever of modern humans of that era.

PERU Dozens of mummies dating back more than 500 years have been discovered on the path of a proposed highway on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital, near an Inca graveyard.

TERRORISM Knight-Ridder finds little evidence to substantiate a connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda.

JUAN COLE Historian Juan Cole is organizing scholars to oppose the creation of an advisory board to monitor Middle East studies.

Week of 3-1-04

Ohio legislature considers bill requiring every classroom, auditorium and cafeteria in the state to display the mottos"With God, All Things are Possible" and"In God we Trust" hanging in separate frames measuring at least 11-by-14 inches; follows action by Mississippi and South Carolina.

US Mint replaces Monticello on the nickel with a design featuring a handshake below the inscription: Louisiana Purchase 1803"; Jefferson remains on the obverse.

Another species has been added to the family tree of early human ancestors; Long before Homo erectus, Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy, more than three million years ago) and several other distant kin, scientists are reporting today, there lived a primitive hominid species in what is now Ethiopia about 5.5 million to 5.8 million years ago.

New social studies requirements for all Minnesota students passed their first legislative test Thursday.

More from the Harry Blackmun papers: How his years on the court strained his old friendship with Warren Burger.

Author of a new well-received biography of political fixer Tommy Corcoran can't reveal where he works, says Senate Ethics Committee. (He serves as chief of staff for Senator John Kerry.)

The historic area around Rome�s centre is to be redesigned to give tourists an accurate impression of how the city once stood.

An online poll to decide the greatest Welsh person narrowly won by the former Labour politician Aneurin Bevan.

Honoring New France soldier d'Iberville stirs Newfoundland controversy; famed adventurer is recalled for attacks that killed more than 200.

NYT: His newly released papers indicate that in the 1970s he tilted right against a court that was leftwing, and in the 1980s tilted left against a conservative court.

Georgia voters overwhelmingly approve a new state flag that was backed by African-American groups, ending years of controversy over the Confederate-style flags of the past.

Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) plans to introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives later this month calling for schools to make Western civilization the centerpiece of their curricula.

Kerry and Bush now shown as cousins: 9th cousins twice removed, according to a private genealogical service.

A family in Sweden removed a tree from their garden and found a treasure: 280 silver coins from the early 11th century.

Scottish government to purchase treasures from an old English publishing house: a royalty check endorsed by Jane Austen, letters from Charles Darwin; stacks of correspondence with Lord Byron.

A graveyard of up to 70 gladiators has revealed the ancient Roman pugilists lived on a vegetarian diet.

2 of Kerry's Jewish relatives died in the Holocaust.

U.S. Treasury has warned publishers they may face grave legal consequences for editing manuscripts from Iran and other disfavored nations, on the ground that such tinkering amounts to trading with the enemy.

For several weeks, members of the Iraqi Governing Council have been trying to decide whether they should allow tens of thousands of Iraqi Jews who fled the country in the 1950's and in later years to return.

Houghton Mifflin buys Philip Roth's next novel about what life would have been like for the Jews of the United States had the aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency in 1940.

More controversy involving the German novelist who tells the story of the production of pornographic films screened at parties for the Nazi elite; Der Spiegel accuses the author of glamorizing the Third Reich

Sixty years later, France's Normandy region is again priming for an American D-Day invasion, hopefully by thousands of tourists.

New study confirms old suspicion that George Washington was sterile.

The papers of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the Roe v. Wade decision, to be opened this week; NYT and NPR given special access 2 months ago, raising questions that the news is being managed.

Journal of American History publishes a roundtable on"History's Ethical Crisis."

Barnard College�s �Reacting to the Past� has won the 2004 Theodore Hesburgh Award ($30,000) for pedagogical innovation. The award was announced at the American Council on Education convention in Miami on March 1. Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by important texts.

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Rev. GD Coleman - 11/10/2003

yes Irene this is true history told in tedious detail by the Saint Petersburg times. Google Search: Henry Lyons the Trial.
However Miss Melrose seems to be an advocate of the Full Gospell Church and has been cruel in her estimation of the NBC more than Necessary.
One assertation she says is that Money hungry people became Presidents from 1950s to now. No, maybe in 1982 Under Dr. JV Jemison(1982-1994), then Dr henry Lyons 1994-1999.
but under the preidency of Dr. JH Jackson.(1953-1982) the National Baptists protected their properties and Black Churches in the Convention fron Govt attacks. However because JH did not outwardly support the Civil Rights Movement because of his didlike of Dr ML King, the NBC lost money. and because he was a Tyrant when it came to Presidential issues and being voted out, the Progressive Baptist Church was made.
Because of the Lyons event Rev W. Shaw 1999-now is ha changed the NBCs money practices.
The NBC was ran up to the time of Shaw as a group who gave a wink if the President showed that he used money of the NBC to better the NBC or Black American Christians, then he could skim some of the money subly.
if you see the earliest St petersburg articles on the Rev Lyons event you would see that it God struck Lyons and allowed him to make the NBC a Joke fo 2 years until the FBI took him away.
If anyone replies I will give more stuff

Rev. GD Coleman - 11/10/2003

yes Irene this is true history told in tedious detail by the Saint Petersburg times. Google Search: Henry Lyons the Trial.
However Miss Melrose seems to be an advocate of the Full Gospell Church and has been cruel in her estimation of the NBC more than Necessary.
One assertation she says is that Money hungry people became Presidents from 1950s to now. No, maybe in 1982 Under Dr. JV Jemison(1982-1994), then Dr henry Lyons 1994-1999.
but under the preidency of Dr. JH Jackson.(1953-1982) the National Baptists protected their properties and Black Churches in the Convention fron Govt attacks. However because JH did not outwardly support the Civil Rights Movement because of his didlike of Dr ML King, the NBC lost money. and because he was a Tyrant when it came to Presidential issues and being voted out, the Progressive Baptist Church was made.
Because of the Lyons event Rev W. Shaw 1999-now is ha changed the NBCs money practices.
The NBC was ran up to the time of Shaw as a group who gave a wink if the President showed that he used money of the NBC to better the NBC or Black American Christians, then he could skim some of the money subly.
if you see the earliest St petersburg articles on the Rev Lyons event you would see that it God struck Lyons and allowed him to make the NBC a Joke fo 2 years until the FBI took him away.
If anyone replies I will give more stuff

irene - 11/5/2003

i read this history, and i would like to know if it is just a history like pinochio, or others histories.

irene - 11/5/2003

i read this history, and i would like to know if it is just a history like pinochio, or others histories.

Tim Morgan - 10/22/2003

Why can I not access that article? Calling it up from your current menu only gets a cannot find statement. Please get this corrected so that some truth about the Bush family can be accessed.

Paul - 10/15/2003

Does anyone know where I can get a 1950's U.S.of A. road map.

alliison - 8/18/2003

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Marlene - 8/3/2003

Hi, I would like to know if you could give me any advice. My 93 yr. old mother who lives in a different state frequently sends me articles, i.e. Bill Bright who became a "slave for Christ" and gave away everything he owned, and my mother claims he did not accept any salary. (I am wondering how he lived) Anyway, my mother gives thousands of dollars to these ministeries. She will get a form letter in the mail stating, "we are praying for 100 people to send in $1,000 each" My mother who is not a rich woman will send in $2,000. I believe she is very naive and gullible, and I have attempted to tell her that since she does not know what the future holds, she needs to give less money so she has some for medical care should she need it. Her response is that if she gives "her all", that the Lord will not forsake her. My Bible tells me, that some of the greatest saints suffered the worst afflictions. Could you please respond. I thank you, and God bless you. Marlene

R. Piper - 7/11/2003

Funny that a Jewish owned paper (WP) does not put "Libels Jews" in the headline, but the Jewish Propaganda Network (aka HNN) cannot resist the temptation to show its true colors.

R. Piper - 7/9/2003

What's the Martin Kramer's "charge of Saudi Prince on academic shopping spree" got to do with history?

And why is this breaking news?

Garry - 7/8/2003

A more interesting question has to do with why Jew-hating racist jerks like R. Piper don't take a nice vacation someplace warm, like Hell, or Riyadh. Doesn't R. Piper want to hang out with like-minded people?

R. Piper - 6/14/2003

What's the "Berkeley Jewish Journal" anti-Arab/anti-Muslim propaganda story got to do with history?

And why is this breaking news?

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Josephine Melrose - 4/6/2003

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, "The LORD has been very angry with your fathers. "Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to Me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds." ' But they did not hear nor heed Me," says the LORD. "Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? Yet surely My words and My statutes, Which I commanded My servants the prophets, Did they not overtake your fathers? "So they returned and said: 'Just as the LORD of hosts determined to do to us, According to our ways and according to our deeds, So He has dealt with us.' Zechariah 1:1-6
Over and over again down through the years men have chosen to hear or heed the word of the Lord given by His prophets to return to Him and to repent from the error of their ways. Then they wonder why judgment falls upon them in terms of sickness, plagues, famine, loss or war and innocent people are hurt as a result. But sin does hurt and affect everybody including innocent people. And no one knows this more than God. His innocent son was murdered by evil and wicked ones. God’s word is unchanging:

"Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. "Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. "And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. "Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. "Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

"But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' "So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

"Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"

They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."

Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD'S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:33-44

No man or group of people, including a church, is invincible or irreplaceable by God. Many have risen up and have done their thing and in due season ceased to be an existent thing in the resulting judgments, not blessings of God. As a matter of fact most of God’s people don’t know the blessings of God like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job and Jesus did because they are not walking in obedience to His voice. And yes God does destroy wicked men who are not faithful in his vineyard and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.

Speaking of evil and wicked ones, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on August 29, 2002:

Baptist group to gather in Phila. The convention will be the largest in the city in 2002. More than 30,000 are expected to attend.

The Rev. William L. Shaw of West Philadelphia’s White Rock Baptist Church is president of National Baptist Convention USA. After three years of reforms following a huge corruption scandal, the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. will arrive in Philadelphia on Monday for the city's biggest convention of the year. More than 30,000 delegates are expected to fill the Convention Center for five days as they approve new fiscal and organizational plans for their denomination.

Once the nation's largest and most prestigious African American religious denomination, the National Baptist Convention USA was taken over in the 1950s by leaders who often put their own financial interests ahead of the membership.

Well the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF) held its first convention in 1994 at the New Orleans Louisiana Superdome. More than 30,000 Baptists attended. At the time of its formation, there was concern among the leadership of the largest denomination of black Baptists, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., as to the group's purpose.

Rev. Henry Lyons, former president of the 8.2 million member National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., (NBCUSA) told delegates at their 1995 Convention, "They are our brethren. I don't want to get into their way or the Lord's way", (1) thus distancing himself and the Convention from any formal ruling on the subject of churches and pastor's holding dual membership in both organizations. Lyons, citing a passage from the book of Acts read, "And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. However, in an earlier statement Lyons was less understanding. "My personal opinion is that my friend Bishop Morton (founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship) is trying to put me out of business."

At issue was whether or not newly established Full Gospel member churches would be allowed to retain their membership in the nation's largest African American protestant denomination. "In New Orleans, Baptist preachers who held memberships in both groups were lovingly advised to resign their posts with the NBCUSA before they were kicked out.". Within this directive lies the framework for potential division to take place.

The Rev. Paul S. Morton, Sr., pastor of the Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church, an eighteen-thousand member congregation in New Orleans, Louisiana, started the Fellowship in 1993. Morton calls his new association, "The movement that gives Baptists the right to choose". The focus is on two contrasting additions to traditional African American Baptist Church history. First, "a more Pentecostal approach to worship including speaking in tongues and the laying on of hands."

Second, the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship initiated, " a structural hierarchy that many Baptists do not support." The introduction of bishops, elders and other denominational titles into the African American Baptist Church threatened Baptist polity which adheres to the autonomous nature of the church. Morton, however, sees his group as giving a space for African American Baptists to express themselves without feeling constrained by tradition. H. Beecher Hicks, District of Columbia pastor and educator, wrote in an article for the Journal of Religious Thought , "This Fellowship is not designed to threaten or replace mainline denominations, but to provide an opportunity for those who wanted to remain Baptist and yet exercise all of the gifts of the Spirit, particularly speaking in tongues."

The Full Gospel Fellowship published two documents detailing their purpose and beliefs. A ten-point theological declaration, "Doctrinal Statement of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship," and the "Full Gospel Distinctives," a list of fifteen items describing their beliefs. These documents were distressing to some within the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Hicks writes, "The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, then represents a significant institutional change that will ultimately and radically alter both church and community."

At its outset, the Full Gospel Fellowship began attracting several of the larger NBCUSA congregations and their pastors. Within this group were younger clergy. "Most pastors who have embraced this movement," Hicks states, "are tired of 'do-nothing' boards and other layers of political structure within the Baptist church." They see this adherence to 'tradition' as a hindrance to the work of the Kingdom. These are, "obstacles to accomplishments of the mission of the church and deterrents to the minister's sense of purpose and calling."

Well the Lord blessed the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship which now had over one million congregants and 5000 churches in thirty-five and He disgraced that National Baptist Convention which doesn’t know how many membership that it now has?

At the annual meeting of the National Baptist Convention in 1998, the Rev. Henry Lyons of St. Petersburg, admitted to an ``inappropriate relationship'' - an increasingly popular euphemism for adultery - with a woman employed by the nation's largest black church group. He said he was sorry and asked for forgiveness and they forgave him.

Rev E.V. Hill a leader in the National Baptist Convention, led the charge of corrupt ones to support his very dear friend Rev. Henry J. Lyons no matter what. As a result the Leaders of the National Baptist Convention USA stood by President Henry Lyons, who had been indicted for racketeering and grand theft and supported Dr. Lyons in every aspect of his legal endeavors that included money. Years earlier, Hill stood by televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, both of whom were involved in sex scandals.

An internal church probe directed by pastor E.V. Hill determined that Lyons did not take any of the denomination's funds, and that any money he received included honorariums and fees the church agreed to pay him. Hill promised to help Lyons with his legal bills even though Prosecutors contend that Lyons diverted millions of dollars in church funds to finance a lavish lifestyle. But the courts had a different opinion about Lyons and his lying and thievery.

Rev. Henry Lyons peccadilloes and the grand theft and racketeering convictions by State of Florida and the Government of United States against him didn't stop Rev. Hill from supporting his friend for birds of feather stick together.

Lyons resigned as head of the convention after pleading guilty to five federal counts. He is serving a 5 1/2-year state prison term and a concurrent 4 1/2-year federal sentence. He was a man called by others as Rev. Hanky-Panky who was a personal friend of Bill Clinton. A man who sought spiritual solace in the bathtub smoking marijuana after a hard day of playing patty-cake with Nigerian dictators and the financial stewardship of the NBC including secret bank accounts, forged signatures, missing files and hushed-up lobbying work on behalf of those wacky, zany Nigerian scamps.

A man who made a $200,000 rip-off of an Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith donation, which found its way into his pockets instead of burned out Baptist churches where it was originally intended. A man whose whole hand picked board of the National Baptist Convention refused to see the facts about Lyons and forgave him unanimously and unilaterally. So that they could also be forgiven if caught doing the same thing in the pattern of President Oral Roberts who forgave Jim Bakker for what was not forgivable.

Lyons had been the focus of state and federal criminal investigations since the summer of 1997 when his wife set fire to a $700,000 waterfront house he owned on Tierra Verde with a former convention employee, a convicted embezzler and his alleged lover. The fire triggered revelations about secret bank accounts and large commissions on convention business deals and deductions concerning his total gross salary.

"Born Again" Senior Pastor E. V. Hill did not accept Lyons guilty verdict charging that jury was racist. Later lying Lyons approved the National Baptist Convention advertisement which labeled Florida `the most racist state'' in the union and called for racial unrest in the black community of St. Petersburg, the same community rocked by two riots in late 1996.

Lyons was convicted in February 1999 of swindling more than $4 million from companies that wanted to market life insurance, credit cards and cemetery plots to his convention members. Prosecutors said Lyons padded the convention's mailing list with names randomly selected from phone books across the country. Even a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan was on the list. He pleaded guilty to federal charges of tax evasion, fraudulent activities and lying to officials.

In his sentencing, Judge Schaeffer had ordered Lyons to pay $2.5 million in restitution to the companies who bought his phony mailing lists and to pay $97,000 for the cost of the state probe into his dealings.

Lyons is now serving a five and a half year prison sentence and has divorced his wife. His bid for a shorter prison term gets nowhere with a trial judge fed up with his crimes. A judge flatly denied the Rev. Henry Lyons' bid to reduce his state prison term rejecting pleas that the religious leader is suffering physically and mentally from incarceration.

Lyons, who has tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis, ``can be treated in prison,'' Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer told about a dozen of his supporters. ``Prison is a place that brings on illnesses, a place where you are going to be among murderers, thugs and thieves,'' the judge said. ``There isn't anything about it that's supposed to be fun.'' Schaeffer did not mince words during an almost half-hour long oral ruling from the bench.

And neither did the media mince words - "Thieving reverend sobs his apologies" - St Petersburg, Florida:

The Rev Henry Lyons, president of one of the United States' largest and most influential black denominations, sobbed and apologized as he resigned yesterday, two weeks after being convicted of swindling more than $US4 million ($6.4 million).

"I'm just so sorry about all of this," he said at a news conference outside his Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, where he told the board of the National Baptist Convention USA of his decision. "I'm truly repentant about it. I hate that I hurt so many people," he said, his voice breaking. Other ministers surrounded him, saying: "You're not alone."

"I appreciate it," he said as he began sobbing. The Rev E.V. Hill, who will run for president at the convention's next elections in September, patted Mr. Lyons on the back, saying: "We forgave any errors you have made. We love you."

And the Rev. E.V. Hill, longtime pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles and ardent supporter of lying, thieving, adulterous Dr. Henry J. Lyons died on February 25, 2003 after a bout with pneumonia and other undisclosed medical problems. May God have mercy on his soul and awful and wicked deeds!

Jim Stovall - 2/12/2003

This may be of interest to come readers.

Rable wins Lincoln Prize for Civil War book

University of Alabama history professor George Rable has earned a prestigious honor for the publication of his Civil War research in his book "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" Trustees of the Lincoln and Soldier Institute at Gettysburg College will award the prize to Rable in April.


Jim Stovall - 2/7/2003

Some of you may be interested in this item:

History prof says terrorism has American roots going back to the Civil War

Terrorism in American is more than just a modern phenomenon. A University of Arkansas history professor who spoke on campus Thursday said during the Civil War the military on both sides terrorize civilians to keep control over communities.

Globalization41 - 1/27/2003

Beirut, Lebanon, United Press, The New York
Times, Sunday, June 22, 1941:  The Harbor of
Beirut was bombed twice today by British
planes at 9:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.  Some
damage was done.  ... It was announced that
11 persons had been killed and 20 wounded in
a British raid on Beirut Saturday night.  ... ...
Cairo, Egypt, United Press, The New York
Times, Sunday, June 22, 1941:  "Local gains
to our credit" on all fronts in Syria, following
Allied occupation of Damascus, was announced
today by British Middle East Headquarters.  ...
... The New York Times, Sunday, June 22,
1941:  Authoritative quarters said heavy
fighting was in progress at Merdjayoun,
southwest of Damascus.  ... ... Vichy, France,
Wireless to The New York Times, Sunday,
June 22, 1941:  After the fall of Damascus,
announced officially today, interest in
operations has turned suddenly to the Eastern
Desert.  ... The communique issued here
tonight reports that "important motorized
elements" coming from Iraq have crossed the
frontier and made immediately for Tadmur,
following the caravan trail that runs beside the
French pipeline to Tripoli [Lebanon].  All
along the route these elements have been
harassed by French airmen flying low enough
to use machine guns to good effect.  ...
Apparently these motorized detachments are
additional to the column that reached Abu
Kemal, a frontier outpost, at the outset of
operations.  This seems to be confirmed by the
fact that the French report that they have
reoccupied Abu Kemal.  ... As anticipated
yesterday, the French forces that evacuated
Damascus are now resisting in the hills to the
north.  In other sectors, and along the coast,
action in the last 24 hours has been confined to
artillery exchanges.  ... The French declare
they have taken more than 1,500 prisoners
since the struggle began two weeks ago.
French losses have been heavy.  ... It is
insisted here that among the de Gaullists
fighting with the British in Syria, only one-
third are French, the remainder being natives
and men of the Foreign Legion.  The total de
Gaullist strength is set at 5,000 in a total
British-de Gaullist force of 25,000 to 30,000.

Ankara, Turkey, Special Broadcast to The
New York Times, Sunday, June 22, 1941:  The
main bulk of the army of General Dentz, the
French High Commissioner for the mandated
territories in Syria and Lebanon, is now facing
encirclement by the Allied forces as the British
column that fought its way west from Iraq
entered the important central town of Tadmur
this afternoon.  It is not yet known whether
Tadmur has been occupied.  The Beirut radio
reports merely that defending forces have
established contact with British motorized
units at Tadmur.  ... Tadmur is one of the
most important French air bases in the Levant
and is the last real defense position on the
high road westward to Homs, the principal
railroad junction.  ... If the Allies take Homs,
the undeclared war in Syria and Lebanon
would be virtually over, and North Syria and
Aleppo would be cut off from South Syria and
Lebanon.  ... In the meantime, the Allied
forces in Damascus have pressed beyond the
city and are fighting the Vichy French at new
positions to the north and to the east.  Beirut
asserts they are reorganizing their defense lines
in that region.  A French motorized counter-
attack on that sector was repelled.  The Beirut
radio says the advancing British are being
heavily bombed by the French Air Force,
which had been recently reinforced.  ... Latest
reports here stated that fighting was going on
at the innermost defense positions outside
Beirut, and responsible informants predicted
the fall of that city by Wednesday at the latest
and the end of the entire campaign in the not to
distant future.

Berlin, Associated Press, The New York
Times, Monday, June 23, 1941:  [Late Sunday,
U.S. time] British squadrons attacking the
German-occupied port of Boulogne, France,
Sunday lost 11 planes, D.N.B., German news
agency, reported early Monday.  ... Two
Bristol Blenheims were downed in dogfights
while nine Spitfires were shot out of the sky.
The German anti-aircraft in the Netherlands
bagged another British plane, the agency said.
... The High Command asserted that 28 British
planes were shot down over the French coast
Saturday.  Nazi fighters accounted for 26 and
anti-aircraft guns got two.  ... The Luftwaffe's
attack on the English port of Southampton
during Saturday night, D.N.B. added, rained
more than 400,000 pounds of incendiary and
explosive bombs on Portsmouth Harbor
facilities.  Fires were visible as far as the
French coast.  ... ... London, Special Cable
to The New York Times, By Craig Thompson,
Monday, June 23, 1941:  [Late Sunday, U.S.
time] In another series of big daylight sweeps
over the German-occupied territory of Northern
France Sunday, the Royal Air Force shot down
30 German fighters, many of the new
Messerschmitt 109-F type, with the loss of
only two of their planes.  ... Strong forces of
Hurricanes and Spitfires worked destruction on
Nazi defenders, while smaller numbers of
Blenheim bombers rained high explosives on
the Germans' airfields.  ... Sunday's daylight
raids followed up a long attack over Saturday
night by a heavier force of British bombers on
Dunkerque and Boulogne.  Persons on the
Kentish coast described the Dunkerque and
Boulogne attacks as "the heaviest yet."  
They said bombs falling across the Channel
rocked the earth on the English side. ...
Simultaneously, in the hours before dawn
Sunday, the industrial areas of Western
Germany around Duesseldorf and Cologne
were bombed by R.A.F. squadrons.  ...
Sunday's R.A.F. offensive included a hard
bombing of freight yards at Hazebrouck, used
by the Germans to handle traffic to Channel
ports, the Air Ministry reported.  ... Partaking
in the daylight sweeps over Northern France
was the famous Polish Squadron 303, which
performed valiantly in the Battle for Britain.
... Over Saturday night, despite British air
patrols, a fairly heavy force of Nazi bombers
raided a South Coast town that the Germans
said was Southampton, causing considerable
damage and a number of casualties.  Four of
the enemy bombers were shot down.  The raid
was described as "sharp."  ... Mingled among
the bombs dropped were leaflets in which the
Germans undertook to tell the British people
they were losing the Battle of the Atlantic.
This was the second time in recent weeks the
Germans have dropped "peace" leaflets in
England.  It would seem, just as the Rudolf
Hess mission was a failure, these Nazi leaflets
are futile if they are intended to influence
people here to turn from a demand for victory
to a negotiated peace.

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Associated Press,
The New York Times, Sunday, June 22, 1941:
The Braves [completing a doubleheader
sweep] today handed the Cubs [5th place,
29-33] their first double defeat of the year.  Al
Javery's six-hit pitching won the nightcap 3-2.  
[Javery fanned five and walked five.]  A crowd
of 25,136 saw the games.  ... The Braves [7th
place, 22-34] scored their three runs [in the 4th]
when Sibby Sisti and Buddy Hassett singled,
Babe Dahlgren fumbled, and Jake Mooty [3.1
innings, two hits, three walks, two strikeouts]
issued three consecutive passes that forced
two home.  ... [The Cubs scored their runs in
the 2nd and 5th.  ... Chicago's Lou Stringer
managed the game's only extra-base hit, a
double.  Both teams combined for 11 singles.  
... Vance Page (3.2 innings, four hits, no walks,
no strikeouts) relieved Mooty in the 4th and
checked the Braves through the 7th.  Charlie
Root (one strikeout) hurled perfect ball the final
two innings. ... The umpires were George
Magerkruth calling balls and strikes, Bill
Stewart at first, and Tom Dunn at third. ... The
game lasted 1:59.]

Starting Lineups (Game Two)

Boston Braves
Sibby Sisti 3b
Johnny Cooney cf
Buddy Hassett 1b
Max West lf
Bama Rowell 2b
Eddie (R.) Miller ss
Gene Moore rf
Ray Berres c
Al Javery p

Chicago Cubs
Stan Hack 3b
Bobby Sturgeon ss
Phil Cavarretta cf
Bill Nicholson rf
Dom Dallessandro lf
Babe Dahlgren 1b
Bob Scheffing c
Lou Stringer 2b
Jake Mooty p

tim toni - 1/10/2003

i am a television producer making a documentary on burial urns that have been found in the remote jungles of cambodia

i'd be interested in anyone who knows anything about cambodian death ritual contacting me on tim@beckers.com.au

Josephine Melrose - 1/6/2003

To Whom Is ECFA Accountable?

On Friday night, Dec. 27, 2002, NBC Dateline had an excellent show concerning super healing Evangelist Benny Hinn and his lack of credible healings or financial accountability. But NBC’s reporting about the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA) was off the wall even though Paul Nelson, its president, was also on the program. It is a fact that ECFA is no more accountable or less devious then Evangelist Benny Hinn.

ECFA was founded by Billy Graham's business manager after the Southern Baptist Evangelist was embarrassed in 1977 when the Charlotte Observer discovered an undisclosed $23-million fund in Texas, apparently not mentioned in the accountings of the Minneapolis headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. As a result Graham's business manager led the formation of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability after Graham said on a national telecast, ". . . there are some charlatans coming along and the public ought to be informed about them and warned against them, " "stated K. Hadden and Charles E. Swann in their book Prime Time Preachers.

Jeffrey K. Hadden and Charles E. Swann in their book Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism (1) also stated:

In 1977 Senator Mark Hatfield informed a group of evangelical leaders that if they did not assume responsibility for regulating themselves there was every likelihood that legislation would be required. In fact, Congressman Charles Wilson of Texas had already introduced a bill that would have required disclosure "at the point of solicitation."

In December 1977 representatives of thirty-two evangelical groups met in Chicago to discuss cooperative efforts. Thomas Getman, chief legislative assistant to Senator Hatfield, told the group, "Legislation is not important; disclosure is." Getman encouraged "a voluntary disclosure program . . . that will preclude the necessity of federal intervention into the philanthropic and religious sector."

Almost two years later Dr. Stanley Mooneyham, president of World Vision, acknowledged, "There is no denying that this threat of governmental action was one of the stimuli'' that produced the December meeting and the subsequent activities which led to the founding of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

A religious tax exempt non profit organization and corporation is not like a private company which exists for profit? Revenues for religious organizations come from the donations and gifts of ordinary individual some of whom have sacrificed to give to them. For this is what many Evangelical Evangelists including Benny Hinn and Billy Graham request 'their sacrificial giving?" But the life style of TV evangelist such as Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, Morris Cerrulo, Robert Tilton. Billy and Franklin Graham is more like famous movie stars than disciples of Jesus and their financial accountability to their donors is mostly non-existent. So-called audited financial statements when distributed by many of the Evangelical Evangelist are a joke and do not tell the true story of how the donated money was spent but rather how they were recorded. They don’t reveal the total compensation of the chairman or founder or any of his family members or what he had charged to his indirectly owned religious non-profit corporation.

The Associated Baptist Press - http://www.abpnews.com on April 3, 2001 also reported that "About half of Baptist organizations contacted by the independent newspaper Baptists Today would not disclose salary information for their top executive. Three Southern Baptist Convention entities said policies allowed them to release only salary ranges.

Presidents Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and Kenneth Hemphill of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, declined to provide any information on compensation. New Orleans Seminary did not return numerous phone calls regarding the salary of President Charles Kelley. However, the IRS requires all colleges and universities to report the salaries of the top five paid staff members, Brumley explained."

Many evangelists in America, such as Billy and Franklin Graham, belong to the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability that purports to work on behalf of the donor but in reality exists for the spenders. Although ECFA has in its possessions the total compensation of all the chairmen of religious evangelical non-profit organizations that belong to it, it will not disclose them. Requests for such information from ECFA are stonewalled!

The Tampa Tribune had reported that "Billy Graham encourages religious leaders to be open about their salaries and publish their finances" But this does not change the fact that Rev. Billy, Ned and Franklin Graham, Rev, Jesse Jackson or any other prominent Baptist leader in America are not open about their total salaries and those of their family members and special friends. It is a fact that none of the prominent Southern Baptist evangelists, including Billy and Ned, Franklin Graham, Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or Louis Paula who belong to the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability reveal their total compensation package and those of their family members and special friends to their donors upon request.

None of the Evangelical evangelists release to the public their personal income tax as President Bill Clinton did or President Bush does? All these evangelists demand that others be honest and accountable and demonstrate integrity but refuse to release their personal income tax, less people see how much they are stealing from the sheep?

A prominent family run evangelical ministry like Billy and Franklin Graham has a responsibility to be open, to show integrity and give accountability and to do all things above board. So to hide their total compensation package and those of their family and special friends shows that something fishing is going on. But all of this is not surprising if one examines the history of ECFA and its statements.

It is a fact that Fundamental Evangelical leaders in America, even those who belong to ECFA, never show their total compensation to their donors. They are not stupid. If they disclose anything is just your basic salary but not their personal income tax?

So to whom is the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability accountable to? To themselves? Definitely not to their donors or the public as seen by their own words! ECFA has as its Mission Statement that it is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public's trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.

Also Its donor bill of rights states that its responsibility to make sure your charity's standards and guidelines assure you of a "bill of rights" as a donor. You have the right to:
1. Know how the funds of an organization are being spent.
2. Know what the programs you support are accomplishing.
3. Know that the organization is in compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws.
4. Restrict or designate your gifts to a particular project.
5. A response to your inquiries about finances and programs.
6. Visit offices and program sites of an organization to talk personally with the staff.

Nothing in the donor's "bill of rights" talks about checking into illegal or unusual expenses or salaries? But ECFA states that it wants to earn the public's trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.

In other words ECFA tells you what kind of information you can request and what kind of information they will give you. But they will not explain why Billy Graham, 84, as Chairman has been taking a 100 % salary plus special perks including special secretary and medical staff for the last ten years and working less than 25 percent of the time. No other employee of B.G.E.A has these kinds of privileges!

The bottom line is that integrity in ECFA is nonexistent and they are nothing but con-artists fooling and deceiving the public with words and paper work.

Josephine Melrose


George Bain - 11/16/2002

Subject: What some in State Dept.think of Europeans
Posted By: George Bain
Date Posted: November 16, 2002, 2.24 PM
In a recent (11/14) op-ed piece in the Washington Times, the chief international correspondent of UPI, reproduces comments of a senior US State Dept official about Europe and European politics, abouit as follows: WHAT DO HISTORIANS THINK OF THESE VIEWS/ "I think they (Europeans) have been wrong on just about every major international issue for the past 30 years. They told us they could fix the Bosnian mess. Wrong
They told us that Russia would never accept NATO enlargemenet. Wrong
They told us that the Russians would never accept National Missile Defense. Wrong
They told us that if we withdrew from the ABM Treaty of 1973, the whole structure of international arms control agreemenets would come crashing down. Wrong
They told us that the Kyoto Protocol was worthwhile and not just cosmetics. Wrong
They told us that the EU's new common security and defense policy would improve the military abilities of NATO allies in Europe. Wrong
...these were the people who helped vote us off the Human Rights Commission. These are thepeople who whine about our farm bill when they are the world's prime protectionists."
ANY COMMENTS? Does this line of thought signal a realignment (gradual) away from the US paying much attention to Europe?
George Bain

Robert L. Miller - 11/16/2002

Before any comments are made regarding the point of view offered by Dr. Goldhagen on the Vatican's position toward the Holocaust I suggest reading the classic text by Renzo De Felice THE JEWS IN FASCIST ITALY available in English translation that gives vital statistics about the number of Jews that were saved by the Catholic church from certain extermination. I think that readin will take some wind out of the polemic and restore a sense of balance that many Jews share with most Catholics on this painful issue although there were cases of neglect that need to be documented and brought to light dispassionately so everyone may understand what really happened.

Robert L. Miller - 11/16/2002

Before any comments are made regarding the point of view offered by Dr. Goldhagen on the Vatican's position toward the Holocaust I suggest reading the classic text by Renzo De Felice THE JEWS IN FASCIST ITALY available in English translation that gives vital statistics about the number of Jews that were saved by the Catholic church from certain extermination. I think that readin will take some wind out of the polemic and restore a sense of balance that many Jews share with most Catholics on this painful issue although there were cases of neglect that need to be documented and brought to light dispassionately so everyone may understand what really happened.

Michael Conner - 8/29/2002

Here's a link to an article about this topic:


Just thought you might find it of interest.

Jonathan Gould - 8/26/2002

I recently published an article in the current edition of Studies in Intelligence on the use of German communist exiles for missions into Nazi Germany at the end of the war. I thought you might be interested in some of the new revelations.

It is titled Strange Bedfellows: The OSS and the London Free Germans. you can access it on the web at http://www.odci.gov/csi/studies/vol46no1/index.html

Lance Gay - 5/31/2002

BC-Pulitzers-Goodwin, 3rd Ld-Writethru, a0628,0465
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin resigns from Pulitzer Prize board
Eds: SUBS 2nd graf to CORRECT Carroll's title to chairman sted president.
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Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has faced accusations of plagiarism over a 1987 book, has resigned from the Pulitzer Prize board, Columbia University announced Friday.
In a letter to board Chairman John Carroll, Goodwin said, "after the controversy earlier this year surrounding my book, "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,' and the need now to concentrate on my Lincoln manuscript, I will not be able to give the board the kind of attention it deserves."
Goodwin, who joined the board in 1999, won a Pulitzer for her 1995 book "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II."
In January, as journalists probed the biographies and works of several high-profile historians, she acknowledged that "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" contained sections of text taken without attribution from another author.
Goodwin said the copying was accidental, the result of a longhand note-taking system that didn't distinguish between her own observations and passages from other texts.
Both she and the author, Lynne McTaggart, said they had reached a settlement years earlier that included an undisclosed payment and revisions to Goodwin's book.
A woman who answered the phone at Goodwin's Concord, Mass., home said Goodwin was traveling and had no further comment.
Since her admission, Goodwin has taken a leave from PBS' "Newshour with Jim Lehrer," where she had been making regular appearances, and some universities rescinded speaking invitations. She also withdrew from this year's Pulitzer Prize judging in April.
In accepting Goodwin's resignation, Carroll, editor of the Los Angeles Times, said, "We have valued you as a colleague and appreciate your contributions over the past three years." He did not immediately return a call seeking further comment.
The Pulitzers, American journalism's most prestigious prizes, are administered by Columbia University.
Seymour Topping, the administrator of the prizes, said Carroll consulted with others on the 17-member board before accepting Goodwin's resignation, which was effective Friday.
An inquiry being conducted on the plagiarism charge "is now moot," he said.
Elected members of the Pulitzer board serve a maximum of nine years, and stand for re-election every three years. Goodwin, who was in her fourth year, had been re-elected in November 2001.
On the Net: http://www.pulitzer.org/
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