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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews
SOURCE: http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews (5-24-07)
In that day's surrender, Brig. Gen. Elazer Arthur Paine confiscated the 7-foot, red, white and blue banner as a trophy, and decades later, a Civil War historian would speculate only that the flag was still somewhere up North.
On Wednesday, Alabama got it back.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-27-07)
The chimes that for centuries have marked the hours, half-hours and quarter-hours of Italian life are under threat from "noise pollution" orders now being enforced in several towns.
The complaints have alarmed officials at the powerful Italian Bishops Conference, who oversee the running of the nation's churches. They have hired lawyers to defend their right to ring, arguing that the sound of bells is an essential percussion to the rhythm of Italian life.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-25-07)
David Baldwin, who lectures at the University of Leicester, believes that Edward, the elder prince, died of natural causes and that Richard, the younger Prince, was secretly sent to live with his mother.
After their father, King Edward IV, died, the princes - aged 12 and nine - were placed in the Tower of London in 1483 for their own protection by their uncle, Richard III.
He then had them declared illegitimate and claimed the throne.
The skeletons of two children discovered in the Tower in 1674 fuelled the belief that Richard III had them murdered. But in his book, The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York, Mr Baldwin argues that after Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth, the prince was taken to St John's Abbey in Colchester, where he worked as a bricklayer.
There, he kept his identity a secret for fear of reprisals from Henry VII and he died in 1550.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-24-07)
The 10ft tall monument is still under construction in a studio in Podujevo, 40km north of Pristina. “He is our saviour. He saved us from extermination,” Izeir Mustafa, the sculptor, said. “I was thrilled by the work because I know what he did for us.”
Kosovo has been under UN administration since 1999 after 78 days of Nato bombing ousted Serb troops who had killed some 10,000 ethnic Albanians in an 18-month counter-insurgency war against Albanian separatist guerrillas. Mr Clinton, as leader of the Nato alliance at the time, is seen as the man who decided to bomb Serbia to force the late Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his forces from Kosovo, effectively handing victory to the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Pristina already has a road named after the former president, graced by a 25ft tall mural. Pristina municipal authorities say that they expect to erect the statue somewhere along Clinton Boulevard later this summer.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (5-27-07)
Owners who inherited these historical footnotes have no use for them and would rather sell the properties to a developer if the price was right.
Today, many structures that made the road what it was -- the diners, family owned service stations, barbecue joints -- have fallen apart. With efforts to fix up these architectural landmarks scarce, time has become the road's worst enemy.
The nonprofit National Historic Route 66 Federation in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., estimates at least 3,000 motels along the route are in various states of disrepair.
"Motels are such a part of our recent history that it's often hard for people to view them as historically significant," says Kaisa Barthuli, with the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program in Santa Fe .
To drum up support for these forgotten properties, preservationists in Oklahoma recently added Route 66 motels to a list of most endangered historic places.
SOURCE: AP (5-25-07)
The lightning bolts — along with cones of copal incense and obsidian knives — were found during scuba-diving expeditions in one of the twin lakes of the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, at more than 13,800 feet above sea level.
Scientists must still conduct tests to determine the age of the findings, but the writings after the Spanish conquest in 1521 have led them to believe the offerings were left in the frigid lake west of Mexico City more than 500 years ago.
SOURCE: AP (5-25-07)
Lead researcher Cliff Spiegelman stressed, however, that the research doesn't necessarily support conspiracy theorists who for decades have doubted Oswald was the lone gunman.
"We're not saying there was a conspiracy. All we're saying is the evidence that was presented as a slam dunk for a single shooter is not a slam dunk," said Spiegelman, a Texas A&M statistics professor and an expert in bullet-lead analysis.
• Study doubts prior finding that fragments could only have come from two bullets
• Texas A&M researcher: "We're not saying there was a conspiracy"
• Conspiracy supporters say it helps case that Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone
• Museum curator: The study "can't answer anything about the assassination"
SOURCE: AP (5-24-07)
On Thursday, Ancestry.com unveils more than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 through the Vietnam War's end in 1975. The site also has the names of 3.5 million U.S. soldiers killed in action, including 2,000 who died in Iraq.
"The history of our families is intertwined with the history of our country," Tim Sullivan, chief executive of Ancestry.com, said in a telephone interview. "Almost every family has a family member or a loved one that has served their country in the military."
The records, which can be accessed free until the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, came from the National Archives and Records Administration and include 37 million images, draft registration cards from both world wars, military yearbooks, prisoner-of-war records from four wars, unit rosters from the Marine Corps from 1893 through 1958, and Civil War pension records, among others.
SOURCE: AP (5-23-07)
The refurbished $1.5 million Medal of Honor Museum is set to open Memorial Day weekend aboard the USS Yorktown on Charleston Harbor as a tribute to the 3,444 recipients of the nation's highest military honor.
''It was absolutely breathtaking -- the tightness in the chest and the water in the eye,'' said Gary Littrell, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who saw the completed museum for the first time Monday.
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Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (5-26-07)
2. "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon (1776-88).
3. "This Kind of War" by T.R. Fehrenbach (Macmillan, 1963).
4. "Hell in a Very Small Place" by Bernard B. Fall (Lippincott, 1966).
5. "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque (Little, Brown, 1929).
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (5-20-07)
Since then, there have been multiple market studies, grant applications, meetings, news releases and a foundation established to raise money for the proposed museum. But amid plenty of political support, there has also been sharp criticism from local residents.
Now momentum has picked up again. The village has applied for $12.5 million in federal money for the museum, which is expected to cost $14 million.
SOURCE: NYT (5-26-07)
Italy is seeking the return of nine artifacts from the collector, Shelby White, contending that they were looted from its soil.
Lawyers for both sides had been optimistic earlier this year that a deal could be struck. But an impasse developed over Ms. White’s insistence that in exchange for the objects, the Italian Culture Ministry grant her immunity from legal action of any kind and promise not to go after anything else she owns or acquires in the future, people familiar with the talks said.
SOURCE: NYT (5-24-07)
Her son Ben, James’s younger brother, confirmed the death in a telephone interview.
Four decades after losing her son, Mrs. Chaney drew national attention in June 2005 when she testified for the State of Mississippi in the murder case against one of the killers.
SOURCE: NYT (5-25-07)
So one could hardly blame Durban’s thoroughly postcolonial leaders for wanting to redress this imbalance, and give some of the area’s byways and landmarks names honoring the architects of democratic South Africa. And perhaps nobody would have, had matters stopped there.
But they did not. And so the renaming of Durban’s landmarks has become a political brouhaha of the first order, and an object lesson in the pitfalls of building South African democracy.
On May 1, at least 6,000 marchers paraded through the city’s downtown, protesting local proposals to bestow new names on as many as 180 major streets and buildings. Black and white, stick-wielding and peaceful, the demonstrators massed at city hall to complain — not about the idea of renaming landmarks, but about the new names themselves.
SOURCE: NYT (5-25-07)
Historic cemeteries, desperate for money to pay for badly needed restorations, are reaching out to the public in ever more unusual ways, with dog parades, bird-watching lectures, Sunday jazz concerts, brunches with star chefs, Halloween parties in the crematory and even a nudie calendar.
Laurel Hill, the resting place of six Titanic victims, promotes itself as an “underground museum.” The sold-out Titanic dinner, including a tour of mausoleums, joined the “Dead White Republicans” tour (“the city’s power brokers, in all their glory and in all their shame”), the “Birding Among the Buried” tour, and “Sinners, Scandals and Suicides,” including a visit to the grave of “a South Philly gangster who got whacked when he tried to infiltrate the Schuylkill County numbers racket.”
SOURCE: NYT (5-24-07)
The pope told a weekly audience here in Italian that it was “not possible to forget the suffering and the injustices inflicted by colonizers against the indigenous population, whose fundamental human rights were often trampled.”
He said in a speech last week in Brazil that native populations had been “silently longing” for the faith colonizers had brought to South America.
He said in the speech, “The proclamation of Jesus and of his Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbus cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture.”
SOURCE: NYT (5-23-07)
And ominous warnings from Palestinian groups in other camps as well as a suicide bombing in an apartment in Tripoli raised fears that the conflict could spread to other parts of the country and destabilize the already shaky government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Name of source: http://www.forthoodsentinel.com
SOURCE: http://www.forthoodsentinel.com (5-27-07)
The people who work to find fallen warriors and return them to their families are part of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
About 75 percent of the people who work there are in the military, and though the services are struggling to fill some job slots because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon still is committed to staffing the command’s mission as best as it can, said Army Maj. Brian DeSantis, JPAC public affairs officer.
The command’s military personnel have a wide variety of jobs that are needed in-theater, including military intelligence specialists, engineers, quartermaster specialists, explosive ordnance disposal, infantrymen, medics, communications specialists and mortuary affairs specialists, DeSantis said.
Occasionally, recovery missions require medics or other personnel with jobs that are top priority in-theater to be brought in for a few months because they cannot be spared to join the command full-time, DeSantis said. But the command’s allotment of personnel has not changed since the wars began.
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (5-25-07)
The protest raises interesting questions over who owns the images in "America's museum" — and whether the public should have unfettered access to them.
Name of source: Slate summary
SOURCE: Slate summary (5-25-07)
Name of source: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH)
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (5-25-07)
NEH would receive an increase of $19 million over both its FY 2007 appropriation and the administration’s FY ‘08 request. NEH’s budget would go from the current $141 million to $160 million, and would also be in parity with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which would see a $35 million increase over last year’s number up to $160 million.
During the markup, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) heaped praise on the programs of the NEH and NEA stating that unless the arts and humanities are fully integrated into the U.S. educational system, from kindergarten through the undergraduate level, the nation’s workforce will have difficulty being competitive in the world marketplace.
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (5-25-07)
The Smithsonian Institution’s budget would be frozen at the FY ‘07 level. The Smithsonian would receive $536 million for operating costs, some $35 million less than the administration’s request for fiscal year 2008.
The Smithsonian was the subject of severe criticism during the markup from House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI). Chairman Obey stated that for two years in a row the Smithsonian had been an embarrassment because of the excesses of “the dearly-departed” Secretary Lawrence Small, who resigned earlier this year. Obey said that if he had his way, the Institution would have received no federal funding at all for this year, not just a freeze, until the Smithsonian Regents exercised some real oversight over the organization.
In addition, the Subcommittee approved an amendment offered by Representative Virgil Goode (R-VA) adding committee report language addressing concerns about sole source, non-competitive contracting done by Smithsonian Business Ventures (SBV).
SBV has been the subject of numerous investigations recently concerning business practices, governance issues, expenses, and salaries, as has the Smithsonian Institution generally. There have been Congressional inquiries, Government Accountability Office (GAO) studies, there is an ongoing Smithsonian Independent Commission review, and an Inspector General report concerning SBV is expected in June.
As previously reported, SBV chief executive office Gary M. Beer recently announced that he would not seek reappointment when his contract expires this fall, due mainly to the controversies over his past business dealings, most notably SBV’s television deal with Showtime.
With respect to its student travel program, SBV recently entered into an exclusive contract with a Swedish travel company that was not competitively bid despite the fact that there are numerous student travel companies based in the U.S.
The committee language, as adopted states, “The Committee is concerned that the increasing use of exclusive licensing agreements and the awarding of contracts through non-competitive processes conflicts with the Smithsonian Institution’s public trust obligations and its mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. The recent awarding of a contract with respect to the Smithsonian Institution’s student travel program is an example of an agreement which causes the Committee concern. The Committee expects the Smithsonian Institution to address the issues of sole-sourcing and competitive bidding processes with respect to its business ventures, particularly when it grants licenses or contracts to companies to operate under the Smithsonian logo through non-competitive processes. Within 60 days of enactment of this legislation, the Smithsonian Institution is directed to submit a report to the Committee describing under what circumstances it considers it appropriate to license the use of its logo to businesses and nonprofit organizations, and under what circumstances, it considers it appropriate for such licenses to be exclusive. The report should also include a detailed analysis of the Smithsonian Institution’s due diligence practices with respect to potential business activities, risk analysis with respect to such arrangements, and monitoring of business activities to ensure compliance with its contractual obligations and consistency with its mission.”
Name of source: Agence France Presse
SOURCE: Agence France Presse (5-25-07)
Situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach, one of the landing points of the June 6, 1944 allied invasion, the centre traces the story of US soldiers who stormed the Normandy beaches to end the Nazi occupation of Europe.
"We simply wanted to tell future generations what happened here," said Daniel Neese, director of the visitors' centre.
The exhibits pay homage to the men and boys who took part in the landings, using a mix of narrative text, photographs, films, interactive displays and artefacts.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (5-25-07)
The Hillary Clinton who emerges from the pages of the books comes across as a complicated, sometimes compromised figure who tolerated Bill Clinton's brazen infidelity, pursued her policy and political goals with methodical drive, and occasionally skirted along the edge of the truth along the way. The books portray her as alternately brilliant and controlling, ambitious and victimized.
The Clinton campaign has nervously awaited publication of the books for fear they would include a bombshell revelation or, at the very least, revive memories of less-savory moments in the couple's rise to power. The books, both by longtime journalists and both obtained by The Washington Post yesterday, include a number of assertions and anecdotes that could confront her campaign with unwelcome questions.
"A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by Carl Bernstein, reports that Clinton as first lady was terrified she would be prosecuted, took over her own legal and political defense, and decided not to be forthcoming with investigators because she was convinced she was unfairly targeted. While in Arkansas, according to Bernstein, she personally interviewed one woman alleged to have had an affair with her husband, contemplated divorce and thought about running for governor out of anger at her husband's indiscretions.
"Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., reports that during her husband's 1992 campaign, a team she oversaw hired a private investigator to undermine Gennifer Flowers "until she is destroyed." Flowers had said publicly that she had an affair with Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas.
Name of source: http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca
SOURCE: http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca (5-24-07)
Canada celebrated Victoria Day on Monday with sports on the tube, burgers on the grill and a day off work. But do most people know it's a day to mark Queen Victoria's birthday, he wondered? Or that it isn't even celebrated in Britain?
Or that the Queen's actual birthday is May 24 - today?
It really hit home when he overheard some of his summer students wondering why it's referred to as the 'Two-Four Weekend.'
"The one girl said, 'Well, it's the first weekend of summer and it's the first chance people get to buy a case of 24 beers.
"I thought, holy smokes, did she ever get that out of whack. And she was a history student!"
And so, despite the fact Victoria Day has come and gone, Jouppien will mark the Queen's actual birthday with a colourful banner draped across the restored Egerton Morden House on Corwin Avenue.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (5-24-07)
The huge collection of documents, which includes draft registration cards, photographs, prisoner of war records and news reels, is the work of family history website Ancestry.com.
It hopes to help millions of Americans uncover their ancestors' pasts through their military records, and to shed a little light on the nation's history as it marks Memorial Day on 28 May.
SOURCE: BBC (5-21-07)
The caves at Viengxay, in north-eastern Laos, once hosted the country's communist revolutionaries as they plotted the final US defeat in Indochina.
Even in peacetime it takes two days to drive to Viengxay from either Vientiane, the capital of Laos, or Luang Prabang, its second city.
During the secret war in Laos it was almost impossible.
The remoteness of this "hidden valley" was one reason that the communist Pathet Lao chose it as its headquarters. The other was that the valley is full of natural caves - nearly 500 of them.
SOURCE: BBC (5-23-07)
Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader Murdo Fraser MSP has put forward a motion calling on the parliament to support the application.
He has also called on the Scottish Executive to create a National Roman Centre in Scotland.
The 37-mile wall is the UK's official nomination for World Heritage status.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (5-24-07)
As many as two-thirds of students abandon history at 14 but a future Tory government could make the subject compulsory for an extra two years.
Pupils would study 'our island story' between the ages of 11 and 16 with a special unit on the British Empire.
The aim is that they would leave school with a clear chronological understanding of history, having covered key topics such as the Romans, the Norman conquest, Magna Carta and the Act of Union.
The blueprint is contained in a report on history teaching commissioned by Shadow Education Secretary David Willetts. Drawn up by historian Sean Lang, it aims to teach national history while reflecting the country's cultural diversity.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (5-24-07)
At No. 21, Li Xiaoling cannot wait for the bulldozers to roll up. After 17 years living with her daughter in a decrepit one-room rental shack thrown up in the middle of an old courtyard "this is a good chance for us to improve our living conditions," she says.
A few doors down, Xia Jie is determined to defend the traditional "four-walled yard" house that she inherited from her grandfather. "It is Beijing's cultural heritage," she says defiantly, "and it's my private property."
The conflicting interests of renters crammed into slumlike corners of the old yards on one hand, and owner-occupiers seeking to protect their patrimony on the other, makes a common front unlikely among the 90 families facing eviction from Dongsi Batiao street.
Name of source: Czech News Agency (CTK)
SOURCE: Czech News Agency (CTK) (5-24-07)
A monument to Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik, who fatally wounded the widely hated Nazi leader, is to be built near the road curve in Prague 8's Kobylisy neighbourhood where the event occurred.
The paratroopers, who liquidated Heydrich and paid with their lives for it, will also finally have their own grave in Prague, the paper adds.
For several decades Czechs have disputed over whether the assassination of Heydrich was a heroic deed or a crime. Since 1947 there has never been enough political will to pay such honour to the paratroopers who sacrificed their lives for their homeland, the paper writes.
This situation has changed now, it says.
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (5-24-07)
You meanwhile may have been under the impression that Western Pennsylvania's rye distillers floated down the Ohio River following the 1790s Whiskey Rebellion, giving rise to Kentucky's corn bourbon tradition.
Here's the problem with that story: Most booze historians say it's not exactly true.
For decades after the rebellion, well into the 1800s, whiskey production here boomed, and we began making such a splendid variety of the stuff that they named it after the river that gave it life: Monongahela rye.
In 1810, while Kentucky produced 2.2 million gallons of primarily corn bourbon, Pennsylvania shipped 6.5 million gallons of distilled spirits, mostly Monongahela rye.
Old Overholt was born in Westmoreland County. The old Israel Shreve distillery still stands in Perryopolis, on a property once owned by George Washington; the original Michter's distillery was built in Pennsylvania Amish country and operated until 20 years ago.
It all would make for a nice little history trail, wouldn't it?
John Lipman and his wife, Linda -- Pennsylvania natives now living in Ohio -- have trekked this trail, giving themselves a self-guided tour of the state's old distilleries.
"Whiskey history and United States history are so intertwined," he said. From the early slave trade to the Whiskey Rebellion to Prohibition, whiskey was there, playing a role.
Name of source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada
SOURCE: http://www.cbc.ca/canada (5-23-07)
The Byng Boys started in 1919 after the First World War, and were named after Sir Julian Byng, commander of the Canadian army at Vimy Ridge and later a governor general. Club member George Pridham said that in those days there was a special requirement for membership.
"Originally, to be a Byng Boy you had to be carried off the field of battle, and as it turned out, basically I was the only one in the Byng Boys that really qualified, because I had my leg shot off and left in the aircraft, and the Dutch carried me off the field of battle."...
The club is folding because they're all getting older, said Pridham, and they wanted to call it quits while they could still attend meetings, like the one Tuesday night filled with toasts and camera flashes.
Name of source: http://www.thestreet.com
SOURCE: http://www.thestreet.com (5-23-07)
I put a call in to Edwards' campaign yesterday morning to find out, but I haven't heard back yet. The reality? The populist one-term senator will get an undisclosed piece of the action from the sunken 17th-century galleon.
The ship, laden with gold and silver, was found at the bottom of the Atlantic by a little-known exploration company, Florida-based Odyssey Marine Research (OMR - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr).
Even less well known is who owns OMR.
Biggest shareholder: New York-based Fortress Investments, a private equity and hedge fund manager. Senior adviser and major investor: John Edwards.
Name of source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com
SOURCE: http://www.israelnationalnews.com (5-21-07)
Speaking at a conference at Bar Ilan University on Israeli-American relations, Jones said, "Pollard took money and sold out his country... The fact that he wasn't executed shows that he was treated mercifully."
"Malicious incitement against both Jonathan and Israel" is how an infuriated Esther Pollard, Jonathan's wife, described it.
Name of source: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com
SOURCE: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com (5-22-07)
"You can still see the ink quite clearly," said Wendy Barszcz, executive director of the society. "That's good for a document of this age."
The communiqué from Gen. Grant to then-Capt. Melancton Smith came at a crucial junction in the Civil War in City Point, Va., requesting Smith sweep the James River for mines.
Browned with age but in good physical condition, the two-sided letter has both historical and local significance — Smith died at his half-sister Elizabeth Martin's home in Hazelwood and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Allouez.
Name of source: http://www.norwaypost
SOURCE: http://www.norwaypost (5-20-07)
We first believed that the shoe was only 1000 years old, but to our great surprise the analysis of the leather showed it to be 3,400 years old, says Oppland County Archaeologist Espen Finstad to Aftenposten. This means that not only is it Norway's oldest shoe, but also the oldest piece of Norwegian "clothing" discovered so far.
Name of source: http://www.eurekalert.org
SOURCE: http://www.eurekalert.org (5-22-07)
The $4.8 million project, funded by the Okeanos Gas Gathering Company, will begin today (May 22) says William Bryant, professor of oceanography, and Donny Hamilton, professor of anthropology at Texas A&M. Peter Hitchcock, a doctoral student and team leader of the project, says the vessel could be one of the most historically significant shipwrecks found in the gulf.
Name of source: http://www.charlotte.com
SOURCE: http://www.charlotte.com (5-20-07)
Believers: They point to ample evidence -- including statements from participants -- that 27 freedom-loving men met in Charlotte on May 20, 1775, and reacted to news of battles in Lexington and Concord, Mass., by declaring their independence from King George III.
Naysayers: They believe those soon-to-be revolutionaries adopted a set of resolves for self-governance on May 31, but years later confused them with a May 20 declaration that never existed.
The debate is fierce, ideological and unlikely to end unless someone finds an original copy of the declaration -- and in more than two centuries, no one has done so. But the naysayers, while they offer good arguments, must prove a negative -- that despite eyewitnesses who say otherwise, there was no declaration. That's difficult, for while it's easy to imagine some people involved in a self-serving mass delusion, it's harder to imagine when the people are Presbyterian elders.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
A story in Secrecy News (May 3) describing new restrictions on researchers was based on a misunderstanding by Lab personnel, Department of Energy and Lab officials said last week. Although there was a technical change in policy, access to the archives remains unaffected, the officials asserted.
The technical change occurred because Los Alamos National Security (LANS), the contractor that replaced the University of California as Lab manager, is not subject to the California Public Records Act (CPRA).
But "the actual practices at the [LANL] archives have not changed substantially due to this situation with CPRA," officials said, particularly since the California law did not affect federal records.
Despite the new assertions, however, the current access policy for private researchers at Los Alamos is significantly constrained compared to the recent past. And the latest statement of policy is crafted in such a way as to limit direct access to unclassified records to those that have been specifically marked for public release. In the past, Lab archivists would assist researchers by looking for relevant materials and making them available if they were unclassified. If the materials were classified, the archivists would assist with processing the records for review. That is apparently no longer the case.
Priscilla McMillan, author of the 2005 book"The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer," recalled that she had requested and received numerous archival records from Los Alamos over a period of two decades beginning in 1983 without ever filing a Freedom of Information Act request. She also performed research in the archive itself (usually but not always under supervision), a practice that is no longer permitted.
Today, according to an official statement, only records that are" clearly marked 'Approved for Public Release' may be released by the Lab archives without a FOIA request."
"When anyone requests something from the archives that has a classification issue, FOIA has always been required," the statement said, inaccurately.
It is of course understandable that some kind of formal review would be required prior to release of any classified records. But the wording of the current policy now requires researchers to file a FOIA request for any document -- even an unclassified or previously declassified document -- that is not" clearly marked 'Approved for Public Release'."
Notwithstanding official insistence that the current restricted access policy is"not new," this is a departure from past practice that does not correspond to the recent experience of Ms. McMillan or other scholars and researchers.
Name of source: Der Spiegel
SOURCE: Der Spiegel (5-23-07)
If Erwin Rommel, lauded as a master military tactician even by his enemies, had managed to fight his way through North Africa, he would have sealed the fate of thousands of Jews who had fled to Palestine from the Nazi terror in Europe.
A new documentary broadcast on Germany's ZDF television channel this week seeks to correct Rommel's image as a gentleman warrior whose campaigns in North Africa weren't connected with the murderous wars of destruction Nazi Germany unleashed in Europe.
Separately, recently published research by two Stuttgart-based historians, Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers, claims that Hitler had worked out plans to extend the Holocaust to the Middle East, and that the Nazis had forged an alliance with Arab nationalists who wanted to drive the Jewish refugees out of Palestine -- a murderous version of German-Arab friendship founded on common hatred of Jews. Jews living in the Middle East were petrified by Rommel's victories. After seizing the British fortress of Tobruk in Libya in June 1942 he set his sights on the Suez Canal, on Palestine and the oil fields of the Middle East.
Name of source: NewsHour (PBS)
SOURCE: NewsHour (PBS) (5-22-07)
JIM LEHRER: Now, what the war in Iraq is costing. Democrats in Congress are still trying to pass a war funding bill the president will sign. That legislation will provide money for military operations, but those funds are only part of the larger price tag. The NewsHour's economics correspondent, Paul Solman, has our report.
PAUL SOLMAN, NewsHour Economics Correspondent: The cost of the Iraq war, it's a far cry from the original estimates.
DONALD RUMSFELD, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense: The Office of Management and Budget estimated it would be something under $50 billion.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, Host, "This Week": Outside estimates say up to $300 billion.
DONALD RUMSFELD: Baloney.
PAUL SOLMAN: The $50 billion estimate turns out to be a modest fraction of what the war has actually cost thus far, the out-of-pocket, mainly military costs.
GREG SPEETER, National Priorities Project: We're averaging, over the period of the war, about $275 million a day.
PAUL SOLMAN: Greg Speeter runs the National Priorities Project and its costofwar.com Web site, which tracks the spending per second. At this point, says Speeter, the total is close to $450 billion.
GREG SPEETER: That gives you some indication of just how expensive this war is.
PAUL SOLMAN: But, no, it really doesn't, according to those who've looked at the numbers more broadly. As economist Linda Bilmes explains...
LINDA BILMES, Harvard University: Even if we withdrew all of our troops from Iraq tomorrow, the war would still keep costing us money for many, many years to come, because there are several long-term costs which are not included in the running costs of the war.
PAUL SOLMAN: With Nobel laureate economist and former Bill Clinton adviser Joe Stiglitz, Bilmes did a cost study that's received a lot of attention for its bottom line.
LINDA BILMES: The total cost of the war would be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.
Name of source: http://www.eux.tv
SOURCE: http://www.eux.tv (5-23-07)
The results of a poll among more than 3,000 Spaniards were presented Tuesday night at a television show called "The Spaniard of history."
The show staged by the private channel Antena 3 showed the popularity of the royal family. Queen Sofia took the fourth, Crown Prince Felipe the 7th and his wife Letizia the 15th place among the 100 most important Spaniards.
Name of source: http://www.irrawaddy.org
SOURCE: http://www.irrawaddy.org (5-23-07)
Than Win Hlaing, 40, planned to distribute a biographical study of Burma’s first prime minister, U Nu, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth on May 25.
But the Ministry of Information’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, the country’s notorious censorship body, has blocked its distribution.
“I was upset to learn that the book could not be distributed at the right time,” said Than Win Hlaing. “What I was trying to do is preserve our history for the next generation.”
Than Win Hlaing this year completed a 7-year prison sentence for his previous book about historic sculpture in Burma and its preservation of the history of the country’s most prominent historical figures.
The history of U Nu was designed to preserve the memory of one of Burma’s best-known nationalist politicians and the first prime minister of an independent Burma.
U Nu was a student leader and independence activist in the final decades of British rule in Burma. He co-founded the influential Nagani, or “Red Dragon,” book club, which circulated Burmese-language translations of international works in the fields of literature, history, economics politics and science.
Following the assassination of Gen Aung San and fellow cabinet ministers on July 19, 1947, U Nu led the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League to secure the Nu-Atlee Treaty, a pre-independence agreement later in the year.
Name of source: http://www.coloradoan.com
SOURCE: http://www.coloradoan.com (5-23-07)
At CSU, professors say first- year students do seem to show greater interest in history and current events, but their writ-ing and analytic skills are declining.
“What I’m hearing from faculty is there’s not any broad sense that students are coming to CSU better prepared,” history department chair Douglas K. Yarrington said.
Yarrington said informal and casual language of e-mailing and text messaging seems to be working its way into student papers.
History professor Nathan Citino agreed that every year there are fewer students who arrive on campus with advanced ability in the written word.
Citino speculated that writ-ing ability, along with analytic ability, is suffering because students aren’t reading as much as they once did.
“There’s a huge range in the survey classes from students who can stand toe to toe with any undergraduate institution in the country to people who don’t belong on a university campus,” he said.
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (5-23-07)
Mary Custis Lee, the unofficial family archivist, stowed the trunks at the bank because she had an account there, said Lee Shepard, the Virginia Historical Society's director of manuscripts and archives. She died in 1918, and the trunks were not rediscovered by family members and bank officials until 84 years later.
"One of the great things about this collection for me is it's very broad in terms of what we can learn about Lee," said Shepard. "It's not just the Civil War, though there is good Civil War content."
Other subjects covered in the writings, he said, include Lee's time on the Texas frontier before the war and his presidency of Washington College — now Washington & Lee — in Lexington, Virginia, after the war.
The collection includes materials from other Lee family members, Shepard said, including "many of the female members of the family, who were interesting in their own right." The oldest item dates to 1694, he said.
Name of source: New York Observer
SOURCE: New York Observer (5-23-07)
Mr. Roth, a group-three clerk for The Times, is the keeper of the paper’s morgue, the files of millions of clippings that served as the institutional memory for a century. “There were probably 50 guys like me at one time, who knew where everything was.”
The clips currently take up a labyrinthine space, an intricate system of dusty file cabinets and stacked cardboard boxes. Only one elevator currently goes from the Times lobby down to the basement. It was once the pressroom, but the presses were packed up and shipped to the Philippines in 1997.
Next month, the morgue is due to move out, too. While The Times relocates into its new ultra-modern office tower on Eighth Avenue, the morgue will go to the basement of the former New York Herald Tribune headquarters on West 41st Street—no longer inside the main Times building, but still hanging on.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (5-23-07)
Among many other things, the video features Orel Hershiser, the star baseball pitcher, suggesting that a Little League field be included within the library complex. Mr. Bush was a part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team in the years before he sought elective office. The video was sent to the White House in September 2005, but has not been widely available to the public until now....
An article posted today on the Waco Tribune-Herald’s Web site implied that the public release of the video was part of a renewed effort by Baylor to win the library. But Tommye Lou Davis, director of Baylor’s Bush Library Project, told The Chronicle today that that is not the case. Her assumption is still that SMU will be the library’s home.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (5-23-07)
Academic paper-writing services, or "paper mills," will no longer be able to buy search terms in the Google AdWords program, and thus their ads will no longer pop up in the "sponsored links" sections of a Google search-results page. (Links to those sites could still be found among the results on the main part of the page, however.)
Name of source: http://english.donga.com
SOURCE: http://english.donga.com (5-23-07)
Since only Seoul National University has required applicants to take a history exam, there have been a few students who chose history among other subjects available in the social inquiry part of the college entrance exam. Therefore, from 2010, most of the students who plan to study in the field of humanities will have to prepare for a history exam.