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Name of source: Star Bulletin
SOURCE: Star Bulletin (5-5-06)
Along with the princess, the remains of about 20 other individuals from Tongan burial sites will be escorted home by a delegation of high Tongan officials and Maile Drake, the museum's cultural collections manager, who is also Tongan.
"This is a great and right thing to do," said Drake. "In the Tongan way, they are still people. They are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters -- all returning home in dignity."
Name of source: People's Daily Online
SOURCE: People's Daily Online (5-4-06)
The tombs, dating back to the Liao Dynasty (916-1125), were excavated in the ancient city of Tuchengzi, said Li Qiang, head of the archeology team.
He said it was the largest group of Liao tombs ever discovered at the southern foot of the Yinshan Mountains running west-east through Inner Mongolia.
Name of source: NYT
The dozen or so guests at the dinner included directors and fellows of the Hoover Institution, the Stanford-affiliated policy center with close ties to the Bush White House. Mr. Bush spent most of his time, guests said, grilling the center's director, John Raisian, about the pros and cons of having an organization like Hoover within the confines of an institution like Stanford.
Whatever Mr. Bush decides, one thing is obvious: Two and a half years before he leaves office, with his popularity at record lows, Mr. Bush is actively thinking ahead to his post-White House life. His dinner with Mr. Shultz, a Hoover fellow, offers a glimpse into how the president wants to spend at least some of his time and influence his legacy — after he leaves office.
At this point, Southern Methodist University in Dallas is considered the favorite to get Mr. Bush's presidential library and policy center, but the University of Dallas and Baylor University in Waco, Tex., near the president's ranch, are also in the running. All three universities have submitted formal proposals to the Bush library selection committee, led by Donald Evans.
Belle Zeck, another Nuremberg prosecutor, died the same day as Mr. Sprecher. Benjamin B. Ferencz, who was also a Nuremberg prosecutor and roomed with Mr. Sprecher, said only about a half dozen of their number were alive.
Mr. Sprecher was the only assistant prosecutor to present cases against two defendants at the first Nuremberg trial, in which a court created by the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France indicted 24 of the most important captured leaders of Nazi Germany.
But now, some leaders of the Gypsies, or Roma, are looking to a new model to try to achieve equality: the civil rights struggle of black Americans. More and more, the Roma are going to court to secure their rights, and doing so where they think it will have the best chance for success — among the new East European members of the European Union and those trying to join, which are seeking to impress Western Europe with strict interpretations of their new antidiscrimination laws.
The Roma strategy was rewarded in October, when a Bulgarian court for the Sofia district ruled for them in a school segregation case. "This is Brown v. Board of Education in Europe," said Dimitrina Petrova, executive director of the European Roma Rights Center, recalling the 1954 Supreme Court decision that the official system of "separate but equal" school segregation by race was unconstitutional.
"This is a purely American paradigm," said Ms. Petrova, whose group filed the suit. "It's not a right if you can't defend it in a court."
With few exceptions, each of the 19 directors of central intelligence has resigned in frustration, given his walking papers by the president or been pressured out of the agency's headquarters seven miles up the Potomac from the White House.
"Here is one of the most peculiar types of operation any government can have," President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said. "It probably takes a strange kind of genius to run it."
The doctor wrote in 1915 that Washington had died of "racial characteristics," an often dismissive term that included high blood pressure, but also syphilis.
Washington's records were obtained with the permission of his descendants for a University of Maryland medical conference that looks each year at the cause of death of a historical figure. Past conferences have looked at the deaths of Alexander the Great, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Florence Nightingale and Edgar Allan Poe.
SOURCE: NYT (5-4-06)
Mr. Kennard moved home to Hattiesburg, Miss., after seven years in the Army in Germany and Korea and three years as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. He wanted to finish his education at the local college.
Hobbled by diabetes and years of self-exile in Mexico, Mr. Tijerina, born 79 years ago to a family of cotton pickers in South Texas, spends his days at a community center here, or in a modest two-room house across the border in Ciudad Juárez, searching for a way for his wife to return legally with him to the United States. Immigration authorities have refused to grant residency to his Mexican-born wife, Esperanza García, whom Mr. Tijerina married more than a decade ago in Mexico.
President Bush doesn't bother with vetoes; he simply declares his intention not to enforce anything he dislikes. Charlie Savage at The Globe reported recently that Mr. Bush had issued more than 750 "presidential signing statements" declaring he wouldn't do what the laws required. Perhaps the most infamous was the one in which he stated that he did not really feel bound by the Congressional ban on the torture of prisoners.
Rebuilding officials concede that the new price tag is breathtaking — "beyond reason" in the words of one member of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board — and it is sure to set off another battle over development at the 16-acre site, with calls to cut costs, scale back the design or even start over.
The foundation, which had planned to start construction in March, has already quietly broached the possibility with some victims' families of moving important parts of the memorial out of the twin towers' footprints to ground level.
Only two or three years ago, the problems faced by the memorial, the spiritual centerpiece of the site, would have been unimaginable. The underground complex, with its pools, waterfalls and galleries, was the product of a worldwide design competition that drew 5,201 entries and inspired tremendous public passion.
It was supposed to be immune to the controversies that had engulfed the commercial rebuilding at the site, with its completion assured by an outpouring of good will and open checkbooks. But fund-raising has lagged, with just $130 million raised from private contributions.
George Gligoris, head of a special police unit that investigates antiquities smuggling, said that the scope of the charges would hinge on archaeologist appraisals of the objects. If their value is determined to be less than $96,000, he said, Ms. True could simply face a misdemeanor charge punishable by fines.
SOURCE: NYT (5-4-06)
Civil rights stalwarts like the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia; Julian Bond and the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery have hailed the recent protests as the natural progression of their movement in the 1960's.
But despite some sympathy for the nation's illegal immigrants, many black professionals, academics and blue-collar workers feel increasingly uneasy as they watch Hispanics flex their political muscle while assuming the mantle of a seminal black struggle for justice.
But blacks and immigrants have long had a history of uneasy relations in the United States.
W.E.B. DuBois, a founder of the N.A.A.C.P., and other prominent black leaders worried that immigrants would displace blacks in the workplace. Ronald Walters, director of the African-American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland, said blacks cheered when the government restricted Asian immigration to the United States after World War I. And many Europeans who came to this country discriminated against blacks.
Blacks and Hispanics have also been allies. In the 1960's, Dr. King and Cesar Chavez, the Mexican-American farm labor leader, corresponded with each other. And when Mr. Chavez was jailed, Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, visited him in jail, Mr. Walters said. In recent years, blacks and Hispanics have been influential partners in the Democratic Party
Mr. Walters said he understood those conflicting emotions, saying he feels torn himself because of his concerns about the competition between immigrants and low-skilled black men for jobs. In 2004, 72 percent of black male high school dropouts in their 20's were jobless, compared with 34 percent of white and 19 percent of Hispanic dropouts.
"I applaud them moving out of the shadows and into the light because of the human rights issues involved," Mr. Walters said of illegal immigrants. "I've given my entire life to issues of social justice as an activist and an academic. In that sense, I'm with them.
"But they also represent a powerful ingredient to the perpetuation of our struggle," he said.
SOURCE: NYT (5-3-06)
Her death was reported by Mary Rippley of the Avalon Care Center, where Ms. Farnsworth lived.
The Farnsworths married in 1926, and Ms. Farnsworth worked by her husband's side, then fought for decades to assure his place in history after his death in 1971.
In his book "Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television," Donald G. Godfrey wrote that the first human images transmitted by Mr. Farnsworth were of Ms. Farnsworth and her brother, Cliff Gardner. A 3.5-inch-square image of his wife with her eyes closed was transmitted on Oct. 19, 1929, Mr. Gardner wrote. The book lists her as the "first woman on TV."
But credit for the invention nearly escaped Mr. Farnsworth after RCA declared that the innovation was the work of its chief television engineer, Vladimir Zworykin.
In 1935, the courts ruled on Mr. Farnsworth's patent, naming him television's father. The decision was upheld on appeal, although Mr. Farnsworth continued to get little recognition.
Mr. Farnsworth gave his wife equal credit in his invention, saying, "my wife and I started this TV," according to Mr. Godfrey.
SOURCE: NYT (4-30-06)
So, after months of anguish, the villagers settled on a drastic solution: selling all of Ogama to an industrial waste company from Tokyo, which will turn it into a landfill.
With the proceeds, the villagers, mainly in their 70's, plan to pack up everything, including their family graves, and move in the next few years to yet uncertain destinations, likely becoming the first community in Japan to voluntarily cease to exist.
SOURCE: NYT (4-30-06)
This week, they were reminded of a far earlier Paris, one that was still called Lutetia. On a Left Bank hillside, which carries the name of Sainte-Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, French archaeologists have found remnants of a road and several houses dating back some 2,000 years to when Rome ruled Gaul.
SOURCE: NYT (5-2-06)
But many scholars won't go near the one largely intact version of the code, and the top American journal of cuneiform research won't publish articles about it. The reason? The tablet was bought by a private Norwegian collector on the open market and does not come from a documented, scientific excavation. According to the ethics policies of the leading associations for antiquities scholars, that means it is off limits.
As scholars grapple with the reality that a growing number of important works — like the Ur-Nammu tablet and the recently unveiled Gospel of Judas — lack a clear provenance, those ethics policies are the focus of heated debate.
Name of source: Xinhua (China)
SOURCE: Xinhua (China) (5-8-06)
Tan told reporters that Turkey's Ambassador to France Osman Koruturk and Ambassador to Canada Aydemir Erman have been called back to Ankara for a short time to have consultations on recent "baseless" Armenian genocide allegations in these two countries.
The two ambassadors are expected to return to the two countries where they are assigned to after the consultations, he added.
The Turkish move came after Canadian parliament has adopted a resolution, acknowledging the Armenian claims, while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper used the expression "Armenian genocide" in his remarks recently.
Meanwhile, French parliament will debate over a bill on May 18,which makes any rejection of the so-called "Armenian genocide" a crime.
Turkey has warned France that bilateral ties could suffer if the French parliament adopts the bill.
Turkey has always rejected the claims that 1.5 million Armenians died as a result of systematic genocide during the Turkish Ottoman period between 1915 and 1923.
However, Turkey does acknowledge that up to 300,000 Armenians and at least the same number of Turks died in civil strifes when the Armenians took up arms for independence in eastern Anatolia and sided with Russian troops invading Ottoman soil.
Ankara has been calling for the formation of a joint research commission between Turkish and Armenian historians to find out the truth of the history.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (5-7-06)
But in 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, three ships deposited a group of explorers on a swampy peninsula on Virginia's James River that became America's first permanent English settlement and the birthplace of the United States.
A new replica of one of those ships will embark May 22 on a tour of six East Coast ports to drum up interest ahead of the big 400th birthday bash for Jamestown a year from now.
SOURCE: AP (5-7-06)
Asplund, who was just 5 years old, lost her father and three brothers _ including a fraternal twin _ when the "practically unsinkable" ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.
SOURCE: AP (5-2-06)
Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
Two-thirds didn't know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
After more than three years of combat and nearly 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Iraq, nearly two-thirds of Americans aged 18 to 24 still cannot find Iraq on a map, a study released Tuesday showed.
The study found that less than six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 33 percent could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map.
The National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs 2006 Geographic Literacy Study paints a dismal picture of the geographic knowledge of the most recent graduates of the U.S. education system.
Name of source: Wa Po
SOURCE: Wa Po (5-7-06)
Now, it takes all that a citizen soldier such as Eugene Lafferty has to climb the stairs at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. One by one, the 81-year-old widower labors up the steps with his cane. "I'm about out of steam," he said this weekend at his unit's reunion. They are old, their faces marked with wrinkles and age spots, and the once-easy gait of young men who didn't know any better has become the stiff, cautious step of old men who have seen too much.
SOURCE: Wa Po (5-5-06)
Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Interior Department, added the money yesterday to a $25.9 billion spending bill for fiscal 2007, sending it on to the full committee for final approval. The money had been requested by the Bush administration, but Taylor maintained that the planned memorial was overly grandiose and that private fundraising efforts could fall short of their targets, leaving federal taxpayers with too much of the responsibility.
His position grew increasingly untenable when the issue appeared on the front page of The Washington Post last week, the same day a major motion picture about Flight 93's ordeal was premiering in New York. Universal Pictures, which made the film, "United 93," said Wednesday that it would donate $1.15 million -- 10 percent of the movie's opening-weekend gross -- toward the memorial. That brought to about $9 million the private donations raised, nearly a third of the target.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (5-7-06)
The debate over whether those who come from "out there" to "in here" are to be welcomed or repelled illustrates a paradox at the heart of this national enterprise - at once America is a country of immigrants and a country threatened by immigrants.
"There is nothing new about the issue of immigration becoming a hot political topic," says Gary Gerstle, a historian at the University of Maryland, College Park. "There are points historically when it becomes a major issue and grabs the attention of the polity in a major way.
"From that viewpoint, it is not surprising that something like this is happening today," he says. "The United States has long insisted, on the one hand, with having a relatively open border but, on the other hand, with being concerned about the volume, manner and character of those coming across it."
It is hard to find a point in American history when this was not an issue.
"This goes all the way back to the beginning of the country," says Matthew Crenson, a political scientist at the Johns Hopkins University.
"There was a debate, in fact, between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in the early part of the 19th century," he says. "Jefferson argued that immigration was a good thing because it would bring people who would contribute to the economy of the new country, while Hamilton argued that it was a bad thing since it would threaten the distinctive Anglo-American culture of the country."
The immigrants Jefferson was backing were the so-called Scotch-Irish, the Protestants who ended up populating much of the South.
But Jefferson also had his problems with immigrants, an early example of the recurring issue of language.
"Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were worried about German speakers," says Aristide Zolberg, director of the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship at the New School University in New York. "They thought the German language was different and would bring with it cultural antagonisms to what they were trying to establish as an American outlook."...
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (5-4-06)
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (5-5-06)
The presentation, which took place March 31, was part of a theater course in which students are asked to perform in clown character. The assignment called on students to portray a historical event. One group, made up of two white men and one white woman, chose to focus on the civil rights movement.
According to Annika Keller, a senior theater major who saw the performance, the actors showed “a dimwitted” Martin Luther King Jr. forgetting his “I Have a Dream” speech and then being shot by another character. In a portrayal of the Greensboro student sit-ins, the performers, playing black students, ordered food such as fried chicken and chitlins, Keller said.
“At that point, nobody was with them anymore,” Keller said. “It had nothing to do with the civil rights movement. It was a blatant stereotypical observation.
Name of source: Bloomberg
SOURCE: Bloomberg (5-4-06)
French publisher Nathan released today the French version of the manual's first volume, realizing a project agreed on in 2003 by former German Chancelor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac.
The manual, the first such project, was unveiled by Gilles de Robien, the French Education and Research minister, at a meeting in Peronne, a World War I battlefield.
``It would be a paradox that peace and friendship between our peoples turn to indifference,'' de Robien said. ``We need to constantly enrich our educational and cultural cooperation. Friendship isn't built only on industrial and commercial exchanges.''
Ten historians, five German and five from France participated in the 11-month project. They started the editorial work in the aftermath of the French and Dutch ``no'' vote on the European Constitution last year.
``We might hope that this manual will pave the way for a European history manual,'' said Guillaume Le Quintrec, the French history professor who directed the editorial staff together with his German counterpart, Peter Geiss.
`Not European Activism'
The rejection of the European Constitution didn't influence the historians' work, Le Quintrec said.
``This manual isn't an act of European activisms,'' Le Quintrec, said in a phone interview.
French school-book publisher Nathan didn't provide a sales outlook for the manual. It is trying to convince high-school teachers to choose the manual for final-year students. The 336- page manual costs 26 euros ($33).
``There is really a commercial risk,'' said Le Quintrec.
Ernst Klett, a German publisher present in 12 countries, will sell the German version by July 2006. The manual is the first of a three-book series. Nathan didn't provide any schedule for the next volumes.
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (5-5-06)
Neither Ruth nor Gibson competed against players of all ethnicities. Ruth swatted his 714 home runs before the major leagues became integrated. Gibson, widely known as "the black Babe Ruth," never had the chance to play in the majors: He died, at age 35, in January 1947, less than three months before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
But while the homer totals of major leaguers are indisputable -- Aaron 755, Ruth 714, Bonds 712 and counting -- Gibson's numbers will forever remain murky. He hit as many as 962 homers in his 17-year career, including 84 in 1936. But many of those came against semi-pro competition, as Negro Leagues teams traveled the land facing any opponent they could find, and record-keeping was sketchy at best.
Gibson's plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown reflects the uncertainty, declaring he hit "almost 800 home runs in league and independent baseball." Much like Sadaharu Oh, who hit 868 homers in his career in Japan, it is nearly impossible to measure Gibson against the elite power hitters in major-league history.
That doesn't stop Gibson's contemporaries from trying.
"I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron," Hall of Famer Monte Irvin once said. "They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson."
Asked about this quote during a telephone interview from his Florida home, Irvin, now 87, did not waver, saying, "Oh yeah, Josh was better than those two."
Don Newcombe grew up in Elizabeth, N.J. His father often took him to games in nearby Newark, to watch the hometown Eagles play the Homestead Grays. Newcombe did not have many idols in the era of segregation in America, but he counted Josh Gibson as one.
Newcombe recalled sitting in the bleachers with his dad and marveling as Gibson sent majestic homers sailing over the wall. Gibson and Paige, the charismatic pitcher, were the fabled stars of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s and '40s, magnetic personalities who captivated African American kids such as Newcombe.
"Josh was so young and so strong," Newcombe, now 79, said from his home in Los Angeles. "People would go to see him play the Eagles. He was a drawing card, very well known in the black community."
Newcombe, who later became a four-time All-Star pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers, discovered Gibson's talent first-hand in 1944. That was Newcombe's first year with the Newark Eagles, after he dropped out of high school to join them as a wide-eyed 17-year-old.
During one game at Griffith Park in Washington, D.C. -- Gibson and the Grays were based in Pittsburgh, but they also scheduled some "home" games in Washington -- Newcombe found himself peering toward his idol. A teammate had suggested how to pitch Gibson: get two strikes on him and throw a sidearm fastball, a "crossfire." Newcombe jumped ahead in the count and tried it.
He soon whirled to stare at the center fielder's back for what seemed like 15 minutes. Gibson had ripped a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark, more than 450 feet away.
"I never threw a crossfire the rest of my career," Newcombe said.
Some other stories of Gibson's prodigious power straddle the line between fact and fiction, including the homer that supposedly sailed completely out of Yankee Stadium. Negro Leagues historian Phil Dixon could not verify this feat in his research (though Dixon found documentation of Gibson's 460-foot shot at Yankee Stadium in 1930, when he was only 18). Gibson, in another account, playfully dismissed the out-of-the-stadium shot, saying the ball only reached the center-field bullpen.
Then there's the one about Gibson's home run at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, when the ball traveled so far it never came down. The next day, while playing a game in Philadelphia, a ball suddenly fell from the sky and landed in an outfielder's glove. The umpire pointed at Gibson and shouted, "You're out -- yesterday in Pittsburgh!"
Beyond the embellished tales stood a brash, chatty, good-natured (though later brooding) 6-foot-1, 215-pound slugger. Irvin, who played against Gibson in the Negro Leagues and also in winter leagues in Puerto Rico, raved about his gigantic forearms and upper-body strength, long before steroid suspicions swirled around muscular sluggers.
Gibson even inspired other players to stop and watch him take batting practice, a precursor to the modern-day shows of Mark McGwire and Bonds. Gibson also hit for average, a reported .354 in his Negro Leagues career.
"Josh acted like a hitter, talked like a hitter, walked like a hitter," Irvin said. "He's the best hitter I've ever seen. He would come to the plate and you would be in awe."
Bonds, who declined an interview request for this story, learned about Gibson during a visit to the Negro Leagues Museum in June 2003, when the Giants were in Kansas City for an interleague series against the Royals. Bonds came away with renewed respect for what Negro Leaguers accomplished, even if their feats do not reside in baseball's official record book.
Bonds even suggested he doesn't own the single-season standard, despite his 73 home runs in 2001.
"No, in my heart it belongs to Josh Gibson," Bonds said in July 2003, referring to Gibson's 84 homers in 1936. "Why doesn't that count? Why don't any of those statistics count? ... If Josh Gibson is the home run king, recognize it."
That will not happen, for ample reason. The Negro Leagues were haphazard in keeping statistics, and their schedules included many exhibition games and others against semi-pro opponents. Historians such as Dixon and James A. Riley, the Negro Leagues Museum's director of research, say some games were akin to major-league competition and others weren't even close.
Gibson's only chance to square off against major leaguers came during barnstorming tours, a series of offseason exhibition games. He hit better than .400 in those games, but they were skewed, as legendary Negro Leaguer Buck O'Neil pointed out, because the Negro Leagues players wanted to prove their ability and the major leaguers mostly sought to avoid injury.
Dixon never has arrived at a definitive home-run total for Gibson's career; in 1931, when Gibson reportedly hit 70 homers, he actually didn't hit nearly that many, Dixon said. Riley contended Gibson probably did hit 962 homers in his career, but the total includes "a lot" of games against semi-pro and independent teams.
This immovable statistical cloud is the lone source of frustration for Sean Gibson, Josh's great-grandson and the caretaker of his legacy since Gibson's son, Josh Jr., died in 2003. Sean Gibson is philosophical about his great-grandfather's career, at peace with the fact Josh never had a chance to compete in the majors.
At least until the enduring home-run debate surfaces.
Name of source: Philadelphia Inquirer
SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer (5-3-06)
The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, still busy fighting Islamic extremists more than four years after the Taliban were expelled, has devoted scant resources to protecting and restoring endangered heritage sites, American and Afghan scholars lamented at a recent conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
"With most of the country's attention on Iraq, I thought Afghanistan was in danger of being forgotten altogether," said C. Brian Rose, the Penn archaeology professor who organized the symposium late last month that featured the only public appearance in America by six visiting Afghan scholars.
Name of source: Ryan Lizza in the New Republic
SOURCE: Ryan Lizza in the New Republic (5-4-06)
"The ad ran in the beginning of his campaign, when we were introducing him," says Allen's 1993 media consultant, Greg Stevens, who made the spot. Stevens denies that the flag was purposefully added to the scene, which lasts for ten seconds of the 60-second commercial, to appeal to pro-Confederate voters. "To be honest, this spot helped him enormously, and it had nothing to do with the Confederate flag," Stevens says, adding that any criticism about "a Confederate flag supposedly put there to subtly suggest to people that he is a Confederate" is "horseshit, and you can quote me on that."
Name of source: Rocky Mountain News
SOURCE: Rocky Mountain News (5-4-06)
The southwestern Colorado park, near Cortez, is visited by about 500,000 people each year. Tourists are drawn mainly to the multistory masonry structures built in shady recesses, called alcoves, beneath overhanging sandstone cliffs.
Only a handful of the cliff dwellings are open to the public. But the 52,000-acre park contains nearly 600 of them, and rappelling park researchers are 10 years into an assessment of all of them.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (5-3-06)
SOURCE: BBC (4-28-06)
This historical wealth is Libya's main tourist attraction, but that wealth is increasingly under threat from looters.
Officials in Libya's archaeological department have become frustrated, saying the lack of security is the result of government under-funding.
Tripoli Museum contains fragments of Libya's ancient and modern history.
SOURCE: BBC (5-2-06)
The idea of linking the two sides of Istanbul underwater was first dreamt of by Sultan Abdul Mecit 150 years ago.
Now that Ottoman dream is finally being realised.
But the modern version of that vision has hit a historical stumbling block.
Istanbul archaeologists have uncovered a 4th-Century port at the site where engineers plan to build a 21st-Century railway hub. The Marmaray project cannot even begin work in the area until excavations are complete.
Name of source: Toledo, Ohio Blade
SOURCE: Toledo, Ohio Blade (5-3-06)
Members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, which initially was formed to oppose the blanket bombing of Afghanistan, were to take about 2,700 tombstones to Kent, Ohio, and display them during tomorrow’s events.
The tombstones are to be placed on the Kent State soccer field where four students protesting the Vietnam War were shot to death on May 4, 1970, by Ohio National Guard troops. Another nine protesters were wounded in the incident, which became a defining moment of the anti-war movement.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (4-23-06)
''I could a tale unfold," Matthew Bogdanos tells the 200 people gathered at Concordia College to hear how he stormed across war-torn Iraq with a handpicked band of brothers, all for the sake of stolen art.
As usual, Bogdanos doesn't use a microphone. It's too restrictive. His voice booms through the auditorium, a skill mastered during years as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He paces the room, clicking through slides of looted galleries and raided palaces, peppering his talk with quotes from Socrates, Voltaire, and Mark Twain.
The art world and the United Nations failed to respond in 2003, he contends, when fighting in Baghdad led to looting at the Iraq Museum. But don't blame the US military, he adds, punching the air with a finger. They were being shot at by Iraqi soldiers who took over the building, and had no choice but to retreat.
Name of source: Tampa Tribune
SOURCE: Tampa Tribune (4-30-06)
As David was telling me about his conversation with Jim, I thought it was a plausible assessment of what happened. This is what Terry had been telling his relatives through the years. He's given no interview except one published May 5, 1970, by a Beacon Journal columnist, Mickey Porter. He told Porter he never fired the gun.
The testimony of many faculty, students and Guardsmen suggests that a single shot from a small-caliber weapon was heard just before the Guardsmen fired. Some said as many as four shots rang out; others disagreed. In all his statements to investigators, Terry said he didn't fire his gun.
Name of source: allafrica.com
SOURCE: allafrica.com (5-3-06)
The archeologists who handled the excavation of the pot said it was buried at about 210 centimeters below the ground level.
Name of source: Thanh Nien
SOURCE: Thanh Nien (5-3-06)
Over the past two months, hundreds of people in Nghia Hoa commune, Nghia Dan district made their way to Dong Hieu rubber tree plantation located in Lang Vac (Vac Village) to hunt for antiques.
The wave of collectors began after a rumor that a person found a pair of ancient elephant statues there and sold them in Hanoi for hundreds of millions of dong (one US dollar is worth just under VND16,000).
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (5-3-06)
In a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the grandson of German-Russian immigrants, planned to sign posthumous pardons for 78 men and women convicted in 1918 and 1919 for criticizing the U.S. government or its war effort.
Relatives of some of those being pardoned were expected to attend.
Montana's Sedition Act, passed in 1918 but since repealed, was one of the harshest in the country and a basis for a national sedition law passed the same year.
Of those convicted, more than 40 were sent to state prison, said Clem Work, a University of Montana journalism professor whose book inspired the pardon effort.
UM law students spent months combing old court records and archives across the state to clear those convicted.
In one case, a 38-year-old traveling liquor salesman was arrested after he called wartime food regulations in the United States a "big joke" while talking with a Montana hotel owner in 1918. Less than a month later, he was in prison.
Another was a German immigrant who ended up serving two years in prison for suggesting that Americans "would have hard times" if Germany's kaiser "didn't get over here and rule this country."
In a letter to Schweitzer in late March, more than three dozen professors, lawyers and historians nationwide urged him to grant the pardons "to affirm Montana's commitment to free expression and to bring a measure of justice and redemption to these people and their living descendants."
Name of source: Press Release -- Siena Research Institute (SRI)
SOURCE: Press Release -- Siena Research Institute (SRI) (5-1-06)
The findings are the result of an expert opinion poll, in which SRI asked history and political science professors at colleges and universities across the nation to rank George W. Bush on a common scale for ranking American presidents developed by Arthur Schlesinger, Sr., more than half a century ago.
The Siena survey asked the experts –744 professors responded – this question: “George W. Bush has just finished five years as President. If today were the last day of his presidency, how would you rank him? The responses were: Great: 2%; Near Great: 5%; Average: 11%; Below Average: 24%; Failure: 58%.”
The experts were also asked, “In your judgment, do you think he has a realistic chance of improving his rating?” Two-thirds (67%) responded no; less than a quarter (23%) responded yes; and 10% chose no opinion or not applicable.
“While time is needed to fairly and accurately gauge how well any president ranks with his predecessors, George W. Bush starts with a ranking that could hardly be lower,” said Thomas Kelly, professor emeritus of American studies at Siena College.
“President Bush would seem to have small hope for high marks from the current generation of practicing historians and political scientists,” Kelly said. “In this case, current public opinion polls actually seem to cut the President more slack than the experts do.”
In 1982, SRI developed its own methodology for expert opinion ranking of the U.S. Presidents, and has repeated the survey after the first year of a President’s first term. The results have been reported in Presidential Studies Quarterly (a refereed journal published by the Center for the Study of the Presidency) and national, state and local media. SRI has also surveyed historians to rank the First Ladies.
“In our 2002 presidential rating, with a group of experts comparable to this current poll, President Bush ranked 23rd of 42 presidents,” said Dr. Douglas Lonnstrom, Siena College professor of statistics and director of the Siena Research Institute. “That was shortly after 9/11. Clearly, the professors do not think things have gone well for him in the past few years. These are the experts that teach college students today and will write the history of this era tomorrow,” Lonnstrom said.
There was a difference in response to the questions according to the academic discipline of the respondent.
“Two-thirds of history professors rate President Bush a failure while slightly less then half of political science professors do so,” Lonnstrom said. “Bush also scored lower with women and older professors.”
Two-fifths of the respondents provided written comments in addition to completing the survey.
Siena College is a liberal arts college located in Loudonville, New York, outside the state capital of Albany. Now in its 26th year, the Siena Research Institute (SRI) conducts regional, statewide and national surveys on historical, business, economic, political, voter, social, and academic issues. SRI also surveys experts in various fields for their opinions on a variety of topics..
Name of source: CBS News
SOURCE: CBS News (4-30-06)
Name of source: Jonathan Chait in the New Republic
SOURCE: Jonathan Chait in the New Republic (5-1-06)
It was all too much for Snow to bear. He quickly delivered a speech wrapping himself in Hamilton's mantle. "Hamilton, after all, was foremost among the founding fathers in seeing that the new republic's future depended upon the vitality of commerce and the private sector," argued Snow, "while the authors of the Hamilton Project argue for a larger government role."
He then boldly challenged his critics. "For those who criticize the economic policies of President Bush, I simply ask two things: Which of the facts about the current economic picture of growth and job creation do you dispute? And where is your plan for the future?"
From perusing the Hamilton Project's website, the answer to those questions is abundantly clear. It points out that although gross domestic product has risen, wages for workers in the middle have barely budged--and, anyway, large deficits eat away at future prosperity. As for the plan, it's laid out in detail on the site. If Snow isn't allowed to surf the Internet at work, I'll gladly print out a copy and mail it to him.
What apparently miffed him the most was the suggestion that Bill Clinton's policies tracked Hamilton more closely than Bush's do. In a subsequent interview, Snow tabbed himself a "lifelong student" of Hamilton. Returning to the subject last week in a cable TV interview, he insisted that "the authors of the Hamilton Project are misappropriating Mr. Hamilton." (Naturally, this argument also ended badly for Snow, as Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow declared that Rubin & Co. were right.)
Of course, it's impossible to definitively classify Hamilton--or his opponent, Thomas Jefferson--on the modern ideological spectrum. Hamilton favored more vigorous government to help spur commerce, winning him favor among the business elite. Jefferson favored smaller government and championed the little guy. That debate, however, took place in an era when government had historically been a tool of the rich. Today, government taxes more from the rich and gives more to the poor, which has flipped the alignments that prevailed in Hamilton's day.
Name of source: Piottsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Piottsburgh Post-Gazette (5-2-06)
A startled look flashed over Davis' face. Last fall, she and her crew had done exploratory excavations on his great-grandfather's Point Breeze estate -- now Westinghouse Park -- and found a tantalizing array of artifacts, but no tombstones.
"What grave?" she ventured.
"Thomas Edison is buried in the back yard," Westinghouse said.
At that, the archaeologist and the heir had a good laugh.
The rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse is legendary. For about a decade in the late 19th century, the question of the day was, which of their systems would be the first to electrify the country -- direct current, promoted by Edison, or alternating current, developed by Nikola Tesla, who sold the patent to Westinghouse?
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (5-2-06)
From a rocky outcrop among the tranquil ruins, it is easy to imagine the warrior-king of Homer's Iliad setting sail from the island for Troy over 3,300 years ago, as crowds lined the pine-covered slopes to wave farewell.
The idyllic location on Salamina island perfectly matches historical references, a fact which led archeologists to wonder whether the scattered stones here might have formed one the most famous kingdoms of pre-historic Greece.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (5-1-06)
After clearing debris left by looters, project co-director Hector Escobedo of Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, uncovered the collapsed royal tomb last week at the Maya center of Waka, along with a student, Juan Carlos Melendez.
The tomb likely dates from 200 to 400 A.D., says project co-director David Freidel of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (4-28-06)
The complaints led to an apology from one of the professors teaching "Visualizing Cultures," which uses images from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895.
The course was created by Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor John Dower and linguistics professor Shigeru Miyagawa, who posted an apology on his Web page.
"I deeply regret that some of the images on the Visualizing Cultures website have offended you," Miyagawa said. "This was never my intention. I am genuinely sorry that this has caused you pain."
The Web site was pulled Tuesday and the school hosted a forum Wednesday for students, particularly those from the Chinese community, to voice concerns.
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (4-29-06)
Vice Foreign Minister Akiko Yamanaka said the Bush administration is strongly supporting Tokyo's efforts to find out what happened to the missing Japanese.
Mrs. Yamanaka and the mother of one of the abducted Japanese met with President Bush yesterday.
Mr. Bush voiced support for resolving the abduction issue and also for doing more to help defectors from North Korea get out of the reclusive communist state.