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Name of source: San Jose Mercury News
SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News (3-30-07)
Bush administration security officials, including Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar, along with an historian, demographer, economist and former officials grappled with the biggest problem: what to do with another 12 million people -- the estimated number of illegal immigrants in the country now.
"This magnificent building reminds us of what made America, and it's a great place to begin our discussion," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who decided to bring the House immigration subcommittee to the epicenter of the nation's immigration story.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (3-31-07)
The headline writers of Rupert Murdoch's local paper, the New York Post, predictably fulminated with headlines warning of a "Red 'Love-in" on campus. For some, it seems, the McCarthy mindset has still not lifted. Sound the alarm, there are commie subversives in our midst; the nation is in peril.
"It's annoying, but that's who they are," was the only response of Michael Nash, the director of Tamiment, which sits on the south side of Washington Square and has long served as a hub of US leftist scholarship.
Nothing is going to dampen his excitement over what he says is the most valuable trove of historical material he has ever been granted access to in 30 years of archiving.
SOURCE: Independent (3-30-07)
Yet the story of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually built has remained a mystery for more than four millennia -- until, perhaps, now.
A French architect believes he has finally solved one of the most puzzling construction problems in history by working out how the ancient Egyptians built such a massive structure without the benefit of iron tools, pulleys or wheels.
In Paris tomorrow, Jean-Pierre Houdin will unveil the fruits of eight years' work by describing at a conference how the pyramid of the pharaoh Khufu was built from the inside out. He will propose that the Egyptians carried the building blocks up an internal ramp that formed a spiral tunnel within the structure's outer wall. These tunnels, he believes, must still exist today.
With the help of sophisticated computer software developed by the French company Dassault Systemes, M. Houdin has been able to reconstruct a three-dimensional simulation of how the great limestone and granite blocks of the pyramid were put together stone by stone.
The simulation shows the logic behind building such a pyramid from the inside out. M. Houdin even believes he has solved the mystery of the king's chamber -- why it had five granite ceilings instead of one, and how these great granite blocks were lifted to such a height.
The first recorded attempt to explain how the Pyramid of Khufu was built came from Herodotus, the Greek historian.
SOURCE: Independent (3-30-07)
Iran had sued the Barakat Gallery, an antiquities specialist with offices in Mayfair, central London and Beverly Hills, seeking to recover carved objects it said were taken from the ancient city of Jiroft in the Halil river valley in south-eastern Iran.
Lawyers acting for Iran said the treasures were among thousands of pieces stolen after floods washed away the topsoil and exposed relics in Jiroft in 2001.
But the judge said Iran had failed to prove its legal ownership of the jars, cups and other items but gave permission for his ruling to be challenged at the appeal court.
SOURCE: Independent (3-29-07)
But now the so-called Napoleon complex or Short Man Syndrome -- which determines that 80 per cent of the population believe that small men are angry -- has been put to the test by scientists who have established that, on average, it is tall men who are more likely to become the aggressor in conflicts.
The research is likely to be welcomed by shorter men, who have complained that they face discrimination and more challenges in life than their taller compatriots. Research has shown that shorter men tend to earn less and are deemed less attractive to women, although the three-times married Tom Cruise might disagree with the estimate that for every inch shorter you are, 5 per cent fewer women will find you attractive.
Psychologist Alfred Adler named the "Napoleon complex" after him. Historians disagree as to whether he was 5ft 2in (158cm) or 5ft 6in tall.
According to police records from 1902, the Russian despot measured "2 archin, 4-1/2 vershoks". An archin is 28 inches and a vershok 1.75 inches, suggesting he was 5' 4".
The Minister of Propaganda and Public Entertainment in Nazi Germany -- nicknamed "the malicious dwarf" -- was 5ft 5in.
... and the tall of it
The former Iraqi dictator, notorious for mass killings, inter-party "cleansings" and murderous whims, towered over most of his rivals at 6ft 2in.
At 6 ft 4in, the former president of Uganda was as tall as his regime was brutal. His 10th son, Jaffar, once said most of his brothers were taller than their father.
Osama Bin Laden
The al-Qa'ida leader is described by the FBI as being tall - 6ft 4-1/2 - and thin, weighing in the region of 165 lbs (75kg).
Name of source: Daijiworld (Mangalore, India)
SOURCE: Daijiworld (Mangalore, India) (3-30-07)
"During the excavation, we found artefacts which are dating 3,500 years back which indicates that India's maritime history is much-much older and Indians used to travel by sea even before Vasco da Gama touched Indian shores," Dr K H Vora, deputy director and project leader, marine archaeology, stated.
"Archaeological excavations at Bet (island) Dwarka which is westernmost part of India revealed an interesting cultural sequence commencing from pre-historic period (3800 years BC) to historical period (1600 BC)," Vora said.
NIO scientists, during their study on shoreline changes during last 2000 years on the Saurashtra Coast of India, off the Gulf of Kucch, have encountered large number of stone anchors dated two thousand years back. "That means, the stone anchors were used even before iron anchor came in use by the ships which were anchored off the Gujarat coast," Vohra stated...
"Interestingly, we came across amphorae shreds of Mediterranean origin. This indicated that Indian and Roman civilizations had ties with each other through sea route," Vora stated.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-31-07)
FBI report on Emmett Till
SOURCE: AP (3-31-07)
Two daylong guided tours of the sites, known as "archaeological windows," are scheduled for April, and will take visitors to about 20 sites currently open to the public, as well as 20 more "windows" hidden beneath stairwells, floors and patios of buildings normally not open to the public.
The underground ruins -- some swallowed or encased by the foundations of the Spanish buildings constructed atop them following the 1521 conquest -- cannot be fully excavated without destroying the crumbling colonial buildings above them.
The bridge was inaugurated Saturday in the village of Santa Teresa despite the objections of government cultural experts, who fear increased tourism could threaten the UNESCO World Heritage site as hostels and restaurants spring up to serve travelers.
They also say increased tourism could imperil rare flora and fauna in the highland jungle surrounding the Inca ruins that are dramatically perched on a ridge 500 kilometers (300 miles) southeast of Lima.
But authorities in Santa Teresa, less than 20 kilometers (10 miles) from the base of the mountain on which Machu Picchu was built, are hoping the bridge will help the local economy get a piece of the tourism pie. Travelers would have to spend the night in the village before continuing on to Machu Picchu.
The Jewish Claims Conference said it will use an unspecified amount of the money from KarstadtQuelle AG to fund programs for Holocaust victims, and give the rest to heirs of the Wertheim family, which was been seeking compensation for 15 years.
The Wertheims once ran a grand department store at the best-known disputed property, known as the Lenne Triangle, on Potsdamer Platz in downtown Berlin. Under Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic "Aryanization" laws, which gave Jewish property to Germans, the family lost the business and several other properties.
The store was destroyed during World War II. After the war, the Hertie department store chain bought the seized Wertheim properties under disputed circumstances.
Rather than jets and mortar rounds, however, this salvo involves diplomats appealing for help at the United Nations and the government reasserting long-standing claims to the island chain where far more sheep than people huddle against the forbidding South Atlantic winds.
London, however, maintains its hold on the island, which Argentina invaded 25 years ago this Monday.
Many Argentines -- especially the left-wing power base of President Nestor Kirchner -- see the war as a huge mistake pursued by the nation's discredited military dictators. But Argentines still universally call the Falklands -- known in South America as the "Malvinas" -- as their own. And in this election year, Kirchner appears poised to gain support by pushing hard against Britain's firm refusal to negotiate on the islands' fate.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said the bill she introduced Thursday, like measures in Williamsburg, Va., and Savannah, Ga., would require certification and require the city to offer a study guide or class.
SOURCE: AP (3-28-09)
Charlotte Winters died Tuesday at a nursing home near Boonsboro in northwest Maryland, the U.S. Naval District in Washington said in a statement. Her death leaves just five known surviving American World War I veterans.
In 1916, Winters met with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to persuade him to allow women in the service.
SOURCE: AP (3-28-07)
Earlier this month, an 11-nation body overseeing the long-secret archive set procedures to open the records stored in Bad Arolsen, Germany by the end of the year. All the member countries must ratify an agreement adopted last year to end the 60-year ban on using the files for research.
The resolution approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives calls on the member countries to ratify quickly. Israel, the U.S, Poland and the Netherlands have done so. Germany, Britain and Luxembourg said they would ratify before the commission meets again in May. National elections in France and Belgium could cause delays, and the status in Italy and Greece was unclear.
SOURCE: AP (3-23-07)
Capt. John Smith, the pint-sized adventurer, left a breathless narrative of his exploits.
Commerce took root here, and so did tobacco and slavery.
Then there was the cannibalism.
Still, as the nation prepares to commemorate Jamestown's 400th anniversary in May, many say this swampy outpost on the James River pales in comparison to the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth Rock, though fans of the buckled shoe will have to wait until 2020 to mark Plymouth's fourth century.
New Englanders easily tick off why the Massachusetts settlement trumps Jamestown —- the Thanksgiving feast, the Pilgrims' pure pursuit of religious freedom, and the Mayflower.
Jamestown, on the other hand, "is the creation story from hell," writes historian Karen Ordahl Kupperman in a new book on the settlement, The Jamestown Project. Conflict, disease, horrific killings and starvation —- including a man dining on his pregnant wife —- are all part of the back story of Jamestown, founded in 1607 as a business venture.
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (3-31-07)
In 2000, the Census Bureau acknowledged and apologized for its role in sharing aggregate data with the U.S. military to help relocate Japanese Americans from the West Coast to inland camps after Japan's 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.
But Friday's disclosure represented the first confirmation that the bureau also shared information about individuals...
The disclosures were legal under wartime legislation. But they were arguably unethical and could affect public trust in the bureau's confidentiality pledges as it prepares to launch its 2010 census, according to the scholars, William Seltzer of Fordham University and Margo Anderson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The pair presented their findings at a New York population conference...
Census Bureau spokeswoman Christa Jones stressed that the wartime actions were legal and that privacy protections are far stronger today. "It's our commitment to protect the confidentiality in everything we do," she said.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-31-07)
She was barely 13 when she was raped by a Japanese soldier and, for the next two years, forced to work in a Japanese-run brothel on the edge of the southern city of Nanjing.
In her first interview with a foreign newspaper, Ms Lei says that she is ready, if the Chinese authorities will support her, to file a case against the Japanese Government for its wartime abuses. She knows nothing of a private fund created in 1995 by the Japanese Government that provided a way to support former sex slaves without offering official compensation and which expires today. But she echoes the views of other “comfort women” who have rejected the payments, demanding formal government compensation and an apology approved by the Japanese parliament.
For more than 60 years Ms Lei concealed her history...
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-31-07)
BA decided not to renew the £1.5 million annual rent to advertise at the airport’s entrance.
Emirates Airlines has signed a six-year deal for the site. The Concorde will be replaced by a model of a double-deck Airbus A380 superjumbo.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-30-07)
While most of his fellow passengers in first class were awestruck by their palatial surroundings, Alfred Rowe —- his mood perhaps soured by a bad cold —- sat down to write to his wife Constance, confiding that he thought the ship “too big” and a “positive danger”.
Mr Rowe, 59, a British businessman, was on his way to his ranch in Texas and had been on the ship for only 24 hours. His letter has come to light for the first time in 95 years...
The letter was posted from Queenstown, Cobh, near Cork in Ireland —- the Titanic’s last stop — on April 11, 1912. On April 14, the ship struck an iceberg and sank...
The letter, which runs to four sides, has been made public for the first time after Mr Rowe’s family decided to auction it.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (3-29-07)
When the raw 23-year-old community organizer hit Chicago in early 1985, the racially charged fighting between Harold Washington, the city's first black mayor, and white ethnic aldermen led by Ed Vrdolyak had earned the city a bitter nickname: Beirut on the Lake.
Obama learned just how bitter on his first trip to a Hyde Park barber, who recalled how Washington's victory two years earlier had sent African-Americans into the streets "like the day Joe Louis knocked out [Max] Schmeling," Obama writes in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father."
But Obama, the youthful outsider, brought a decidedly practical view of the Washington-Vrdolyak bouts to the Far South Side community he was organizing.
"They're not enemies, he used to tell us. They're both working for their constituents, and they have to do this," recalled Loretta Herron, a founding member of Obama's Developing Communities Project. "Whoever can help you reach your goal, that's who you work with. … There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies."
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-29-07)
Two hundred years after the British parliament voted to abolish the trade, the effects on Africa are still being felt.
Head to a village in northern Ghana or indeed many villages in West Africa and at times you might wonder what century you are in.
Even though Ghana has achieved impressive growth rates in recent years, the scene in many rural areas appears to have changed little with grass thatched mud walled huts.
There is often no electricity and yes, the water is collected in plastic containers these days but it is still quite an effort to fetch it.
SOURCE: BBC (3-29-07)
Patriarch Mesrob II, spiritual leader of Turkey's tiny Armenian Orthodox community, told several hundred people at the ceremony that the government should open up the restored church for worship at least once a year.
He said the move would help reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.
"If our government approves, it will contribute to peace between two communities who have not been able to come together for years," he said.
Turkish Culture Minister Attila Koc said Ankara would consider the request.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-17-07)
Then his house was on Adolf Hitler Strasse in a town called Heilsberg.
Today that has become number six Bartoszycka street, a green stucco house in the small town of Lidzbark-Warminski in north-eastern Poland.
Nonetheless, Felix Hoppe, 75, now wants his childhood home back.
His claims for reparations, and hundreds more like them from those displaced in the turmoil of 1945 threaten to make Angela Merkel's visit to Warsaw, which begins today, her most delicate diplomatic mission as German Chancellor.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-25-07)
British war veterans reacted angrily yesterday after hearing of the plans to turn the historic site into a complex including luxury villas.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (3-28-07)
Both women are white. The boys -- six in all -- are black....
In the town of Laurens, where one of the teachers taught, an old movie theater has been converted into a Ku Klux Klan museum and paraphernalia store called The Redneck Shop. There, visitors can buy Confederate flags and bumper stickers, such as one that depicts three Klansmen and reads "The Original Boys in the Hood."
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (3-30-07)
The OCR board announced today it proposed to abolish the qualification as part of its plans to reorganise its four classics A-levels.
The exam board wants to replace its four existing classics subjects -- ancient history, classical civilisation, Greek and Latin -- with new models.
Ancient history will disappear as a subject in its own right. Instead students will choose from four new A-levels in Latin, classical Greek, classical civilisation and a new subject title, classics.
SOURCE: Guardian (3-30-07)
At a ceremony to mark the return to Athens of two art works Greece has long claimed from the Getty Museum - and the imminent completion of a £94m Acropolis museum -- Costas Karamanlis said it was only a matter of time before the sculptures' repatriation.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-30-07)
The existence of the hair came to light last year when some of the strands were offered for sale on the Internet for between 2,000 and 2,500 euros ($2,668 and $3,336), in addition to tiny pieces of resin and embalmed cloth taken from the mummy.
The seller had said he obtained the relics from his deceased father, who had worked in a French laboratory entrusted with analysing and restoring the body of Ramses in the 1970s. He had offered to provide certificates of authenticity to buyers.
French archaeologists had reacted with horror to news that the hairs were on sale and French authorities arrested the suspected seller in November.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-28-07)
Three of Britain's senior judges dismissed the appeal by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh against an earlier High Court ruling which had also rejected their claims.
The decision leaves the historians facing estimated legal costs of three million pounds ($6 million).
It seems unlikely that the case will go any further as no application has been made for permission to appeal to Britain's highest court, the House of Lords.
In their action against the novel's British publishers Random House, Baigent and Leigh claimed that Brown copied significant parts of "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" which they wrote in 1982.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-28-07)
President George W. Bush will honour the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by Congress, at a ceremony on Thursday at the U.S. Capitol...
But just as their success is being recognised, one aspect of the story is in dispute...
For decades, they were also credited with never having lost a bomber under their escort. Yet Daniel Haulman of the Air Force Historical Research Agency said some of the many bombers escorted were in fact shot down.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-27-07)
Known as "Falashas Mura", the descendants of Ethiopian Jews have reverted to Judaism since their late 18th and 19th century forbears converted to Christianity, sometimes under duress.
Tens of thousands of practicing Ethiopian Jews or Falashas -- which means "outsiders" in Ethiopia's Amharic language -- were airlifted to Israel in dramatic, top-secret operations in the 1980s and 1990s after a rabbinical ruling that they were direct descendants of the biblical Jewish Dan tribe.
By 1998, Israel said it had brought all of Ethiopia's Jews home to the Jewish state but another rabbinical ruling that year complicated matters by also recognizing as Jews those Falashas Mura -- converted outsiders -- who revert to Judaism.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (3-30-07)
“It would really be a shame if we didn’t do something,” said retired Marine Gen. Steve Berkheiser, who heads the museum in Kansas City, Mo. Two of the remaining five U.S. veterans of that war died this week...
[Charlotte Winters, 109, of Boonsboro, Md., died Tuesday and Lloyd Brown, 105, of Charlotte Hall, Md., died Thursday.]
The deaths left three known surviving American veterans of World War I: Frank Buckles, 106, of Charles Town, W.Va.; Russell Coffey, 108, of North Baltimore, Ohio; and Harry Landis, 107, of Sun City Center, Fla. All served in the Army.
Berkheiser said he planned to “form fairly quickly” a committee to plan a national memorial service to be held there within 30 days after the last veteran dies.
A USA Today story published this week, featuring Buckles, noted that the British government plans an elaborate ceremony at Westminster Abbey after its seven World War I veterans die. The Canadian government is weighing a state funeral after its three remaining veterans are gone.
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (3-30-07)
The horsemen, deities and other creatures — carved by Phidias in the 5th century B.C. -— are scattered throughout several European museums, including the Louvre in Paris. But most of the marbles are kept in London's British Museum.
Greece has been demanding the return of 17 figures and 56 panels, which have come to be known as the Parthenon marbles, since the country's independence from Turkey in 1829.
As arranged, Getty returns ancient wreath to Greece
SOURCE: Discovery News (3-27-07)
The huge September 1859 solar flare appears to have gushed 6.5 times the protons of the largest flare seen by modern science —- which was in 1989...
"The flare itself was observed directly," said researcher Brian Thomas of Washburn University in Kansas...The flare was followed by a historic aurora light show and a geomagnetic storm that caused telegraph lines to spark and start fires.
In some places power surges created by the storm of charged solar particles blasting Earth’s magnetic field made it possible to operate telegraph systems without any added power...
Figuring out the 1859 event has been the center of study for many researchers because it seems to indicate that the sun is capable of much more violent weather than we’ve seen –- or are prepared for, said Thomas...
A paper using the ice core data to model the historic solar blast’s effects on Earth’s atmosphere, with Thomas as the lead author, appears in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters.
Name of source: Air Force Times
SOURCE: Air Force Times (3-30-07)
The medal was presented to original members of the 99th Pursuit — later Fighter — Squadron during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. One medal, of gold, will be housed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Duplicate medals made of bronze will be presented to each of the original airmen, officials said.
Name of source: Boston Herald
SOURCE: Boston Herald (3-30-07)
The high school textbooks say the army -- faced with an impending U.S. invasion in 1945 -- handed out grenades to residents on the southern island of Okinawa and ordered them to kill themselves rather than surrender to the Americans.
The Education Ministry said there was no definitive evidence that the suicides were ordered by the army. The publishers were asked to modify the relevant passages and submit the changes for approval by a government-appointed panel.
”There are divergent views of whether or not the suicides were ordered by the army, and no proof to say either way. So it would be misleading to say the army was responsible,” said Education Ministry official Yumiko Tomimori.
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (3-30-07)
Instead of firing off a letter to a newspaper, though, Yoshimi went to the Defense Agency's library and combed through official documents from the 1930s. In just two days, he found a rare trove that uncovered the military's direct role in managing the brothels, including documents that carried the personal seals of high-ranking Imperial Army officers.
Faced with this smoking gun, a red-faced Japanese government immediately dropped its longstanding claim that only private businessmen had operated the brothels. A year later, in 1993, it acknowledged in a statement that the Japanese state itself had been responsible. In time, all government-approved junior high school textbooks carried passages on the history of Japan's military sex slaves, known euphemistically as comfort women.
"Back then, I was optimistic that this would effectively settle the issue," Yoshimi said. "But there was a fierce backlash."
The backlash came from young nationalist politicians led by Shinzo Abe, then a little-known lawmaker in the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party, who lobbied to rescind the 1993 admission of state responsibility. That long-cherished goal seemed close at hand after Abe became prime minister in September.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-29-07)
While the developer is maintaining the historical features of the three-story house, including a broad ballroom with high ceilings and an ornate fireplace, he is adding the latest in high-tech gadgetry. Improvements will include Lutron-brand controlled lighting, electrically operated curtains, under-floor heating and a state-of-the-art audio-video system throughout the structure.
"If you're buying a property like this, you're definitely interested in period fixtures," said Ben Carson, the London-based developer who paid £3.5 million, or almost $6.9 million, for Adams's Mayfair house earlier this year. "But at the same time, people spending this kind of money also want the sophisticated audio-video system" and other amenities.
Around the world, from Panama to Shanghai, high-end buyers are paying top dollar for historic houses, spurring owners to spend both time and money on sensitive renovations that include modern improvements. But finding properties worthy of such effort can be a challenge.
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (3-29-07)
Peter Riva, the late actress' grandson said the two were only "great pals" and Valerie Hemingway, the author's daughter-in-law, said "there is absolutely no evidence of there being an actual affair," ABC News reported Thursday.
Riva and Hemingway discussed 30 letters written from 1949-59 donated to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston by Dietrich's daughter four years ago but won't be made public until next week.
SOURCE: UPI (3-29-07)
Scientists say the world's smallest chain-mail fabric, developed at the University of Illinois, holds promise for "fully engineered smart textiles," the university said in a release.
The fabric and the fabrication process, described in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, consists of a network of small rings about 500 microns in diameter and even smaller links about 400 microns long.
Chang Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who designed the fabric with graduate student Jonathan Engel, said the mechanical and electrical properties could prove useful for the development of smart fabric and wearable electronic devices for pervasive computing.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-30-07)
Teddy Kollek, who later served as mayor of Jerusalem for almost 30 years, fed sensitive information to MI5 when Britain ran Palestine under a League of Nations mandate.
Evidence of Kollek's secret past has been disclosed in documents discovered at the Public Record Office in Kew by Ronen Bergman, an investigative journalist working for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
"From all the documents it is clear he worked very closely with British intelligence for a number of years between 1943 and 1947," Mr Bergman told The Daily Telegraph.
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-30-07)
Several letters and memos unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at Pius's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews.
In one, the head of Berlin's police force tells Joachim von Ribbentropp, the Third Reich's foreign minister, that the Catholic Church was providing assistance to Jews "both in terms of people and financially".
A report from a spy at work in the Vatican states: "Our source was told to his face by Father Robert Leibner [one of Pius's secretaries] that the greatest hope of the Church is that the Nazi system would be obliterated by the war."
La Repubblica, the newspaper that discovered the papers, said they were sent to the heads of the Stasi, after the Second World War.
The revelations they contain will help to clear the name of Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, who has long been criticised for turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. During the war, the British Foreign Office even described him as the "greatest moral coward of our age".
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-29-07)
This time the exploits of a daring woman war reporter, the US 101st Airborne Division -- the Screaming Eagles of D-Day renown, a hoard of art plundered by Hermann Goering, and a day in charge of Hitler's Alpine lair have left the National Gallery with a headache over one of its most popular paintings.
Cupid Complaining to Venus by Lucas Cranach the Elder, a Renaissance masterpiece worth millions, may have to be given up by the gallery after claims that it was looted by the Nazis and then grabbed by Patricia Lochridge Hartwell, a war correspondent for Women's Home Companion magazine, in 1945.
Miss Hartwell, who was with the Screaming Eagles in Germany after the bloodbath of Omaha Beach, is thought to have taken the painting when she was given control of Hitler's former residence for a day by Lt Col Robert S Smith of the 101st Airborne, an experience she wrote about in an article titled:"I governed Berchtesgaden."...
[Hartwell died in 1998. The painting was purchased by the National Gallery in 1963 for £34,000 and has soared in value, reported The Times.]
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (3-29-07)
The new reconstruction suggests the large brains and flatter faces characteristic of modern humans did not appear in our lineage until much later in our history.
"For how many years now, people have been using this [skull] and the numbers may not be very meaningful," said Timothy Bromage, an anthropologist at New York University who led the new reconstruction effort.
The skull in question, KNM-ER 1470, is arguably the most controversial fossil in the history of anthropology. When it was first discovered in northern Kenya in 1972, it was initially dated to nearly 3 million years old. Yet the skull—which scientists painstakingly pieced together from hundreds of bone fragments—had a large brain and a flat face, features reminiscent of modern humans but completely unlike any hominid known to exist at the time.
So troublesome was the skull that famed paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey, the leader of the team that discovered it, once told reporters: "Either we toss out this skull or we toss out our theories of early man. It simply fits no models of human beginnings."
SOURCE: Live Science (3-28-07)
Several deformed corpses were found during recent excavations at the burial necropolis of El Trigal, a once-downtrodden community located in the Nazca province of Peru and dating to the 1st century A.D.
Members of nearby wealthier communities looking to send a message about their power may have been responsible for the mutilations, say archaeologists.
"When a dominant class appears, [it] always seeks mechanisms to impose fear," said Pedro Castro-Martinez of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), who headed up a study of the corpses. "The power of an elite is exercised and maintained by means of force and fear. Mutilations can be part of those tactics to frighten."
Name of source: American Statesman
SOURCE: American Statesman (3-24-07)
Friday's Watergate symposium at the University of Texas suggested a less flattering point of comparison: Richard Milhous Nixon.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post more than 30 years ago, spent three hours Friday afternoon at the University of Texas discussing the scandal that made them famous.
But"The Legacy of Watergate: Why It Still Matters" didn't focus on the past: For much of the time, Woodward and Bernstein — Bernstein, especially — kept bringing the discussion back to the present.
"This administration is not evolutionary, it is sui generis," meaning of its own kind, unique, Bernstein said of the Bush White House."We are dealing here with a level of untruthfulness that is so constant that it is exceeding what we saw in the Nixon presidency."
The audience, which seemed to be made up largely of UT students and people who were adults when Watergate broke, was sympathetic to such sentiments, laughing and applauding when Bernstein asserted that,"One thing Bush II and Nixon share is a psychological unfitness for the presidency."
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (3-29-07)
What it had lacked, however, was a wealth of documentary evidence.
That all changed this month, with the publication of two black-and-white portraits taken on Valentine’s Day, 1976, in Mexico City that show Mr. García Márquez with a shiner —- in turns smiling and serious —- two days after being slugged by Mr. Vargas Llosa. The writers are said not to have spoken to each other since the fight.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (3-28-07)
As a young man, Mr. Blickstein had been turned on to Pachmann (1848-1933) by his piano teacher. For almost half a century, on and off, he toiled on his own biography of the once-legendary Chopin interpreter whose onstage antics earned him the nickname"the Chopinzee."
What he read in Mr. Mitchell's book felt all too familiar."He took maybe 40 to 50 percent of the material for his book from my manuscript," Mr. Blickstein says."There was no way he could have gotten this information" from any other source.
Indiana University Press reached a similar conclusion. In October, it withdrew Mr. Mitchell's book from circulation, saying that the volume"does not sufficiently acknowledge the intellectual debt it owes to Mr. Blickstein's prior labors."
With the possible exception of their manuscripts, the two Pachmann scholars have almost nothing in common. Mr. Blickstein lives in what Mr. Benko describes as a very modest circumstances on Staten Island, supplemented by occasional help from friends. Mr. Mitchell travels in high-flying circles; he landed a Guggenheim Fellowship this year, and his longtime partner is David Leavitt, a novelist who wound up on the wrong side of a plagiarism charge in 1994 when English writer Stephen Spender sued him for borrowing too heavily from Spender's memoir, World Within World.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (3-28-07)