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Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (8-23-07)
Israel needs to maintain good relations with Turkey –-for its stuffed grape leaves, beach resorts and to have at least one wary Muslim “friend”-- and it doesn’t want to do anything, or say anything, that might put the large community of Turkish Jews there in danger. When asked about the Armenian genocide, Israeli diplomats tend to glance away sheepishly and mutter “atrocities” and “massacre” instead of the G-word.
But last week, a prominent Jewish organization broke ranks. The Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based watchdog group which pounces on anything that might be anti-Semitic, was under pressure to back Armenian-Americans who are trying to get U.S. Congress to pass a resolution at last recognizing what a majority of historians say was the 20th century’s first act of genocide.
Name of source: Time Magazine
SOURCE: Time Magazine (8-23-07)
In the end, it is the familiarity — critics would say the lack of credibility — of those themes that provide the answer to Bush's risky invocation of Vietnam. He has so often emphasized the disastrous ramifications of failure and the potential glories of victory, they no longer hold the same currency with a war-tired public. So, given how low support for the war is, why not add the specter of Vietnam to the costs of defeat? And why not suggest that victory in Iraq could help expunge the indignity of America's loss in Vietnam? Petraeus and Crocker will say what they will regardless of Bush's assertions, so raising the rhetorical stakes in the hopes of bolstering political support ahead of their report is the only card Bush has left to play.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-23-07)
Now, in urging Americans to stay the course in Iraq, President Bush is challenging that historical memory.
In reminding Americans that the pullout in 1975 was followed by years of bloody upheaval in Southeast Asia, Mr. Bush argued in a speech on Wednesday that Vietnam’s lessons provide a reason for persevering in Iraq, rather than for leaving any time soon. Mr. Bush in essence accused his war critics of amnesia over the exodus of Vietnamese “boat people” refugees and the mass killings in Cambodia that upended the lives of millions of people.
President Bush is right on the factual record, according to historians. But many of them also quarreled with his drawing analogies from the causes of that turmoil to predict what might happen in Iraq should the United States withdraw.
“It is undoubtedly true that America’s failure in Vietnam led to catastrophic consequences in the region, especially in Cambodia,” said David C. Hendrickson, a specialist on the history of American foreign policy at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
“But there are a couple of further points that need weighing,” he added. “One is that the Khmer Rouge would never have come to power in the absence of the war in Vietnam — this dark force arose out of the circumstances of the war, was in a deep sense created by the war. The same thing has happened in the Middle East today. Foreign occupation of Iraq has created far more terrorists than it has deterred.”
Ronald Radosh: Complains about slanted NYT coverage
SOURCE: NYT (8-23-07)
The man, Arnold Meri, fought the Nazis and became a prominent official in the Communist Party during the decades of Soviet occupation in the Baltics. He was charged last week, his lawyer and the authorities said. If convicted, Mr. Meri, 88, could be sentenced to life in prison.
The authorities accused Mr. Meri of organizing the deportation of 251 Estonian civilians, most of them women and children, from the island of Hiiumaa to the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, where 43 of them died.
They were exiled during a grim period of Stalinist reprisals after World War II, when the K.G.B. forcibly moved more than 20,700 Estonians to Russia, official Estonian accounts say.
SOURCE: NYT (8-22-07)
SOURCE: NYT (8-22-07)
Mr. Bush accused the Congress of planning to “pull the rug out from under” American troops. He said the American pullout from Vietnam more than 32 years ago was to blame for millions of deaths in Cambodia and Vietnam, and for putting a dent in American credibility that lasts to this day.
“Then, as now, people argued that the real problem was America’s presence, and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end,” Mr. Bush told an audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here today. “The world would learn just how costly these misimpressions would be.”
SOURCE: NYT (8-20-07)
“The most mystifying element here,” said Joe Hicks, who grew up in Watts and who is the vice president of Community Advocates Inc., a group in downtown Los Angeles that focuses on race relations, “is that instead of demanding to keep an incompetent hospital open, why didn’t community activists take the opposite position that black people and poor folks deserve the same kind of care as other people in L.A.?”
The hospital, in spite of its myriad and often tragedy-inducing flaws, has been revered by much of Watts and Willowbrook simply by virtue of existing.
“Nobody likes to see people die,” said Allen Lee, another longtime Watts resident. “But I just hate to see them close it down.”
After explosive disturbances in 1965, sparked by a confrontation between a highway patrolman and a black motorist, a study of the community found its greatest need was for nearby medical care. But Los Angeles County commissioners at the time refused to pay for a hospital.
So Kenneth Hahn, the one commissioner who supported the center and whose daughter is now the Los Angeles City Council member representing the hospital’s district, created a special financing agency to get it off the ground.
SOURCE: NYT (8-21-07)
Then, this year, woodsmen began to clear brush in the area, and Mr. Marcocci — who had believed the tomb would be safe as long as it was concealed in a forest — realized he had to act.
“I became worried that what’s supposed to be the patrimony of mankind would become the patrimony of an individual,” he said.
Armed with a permit from the archaeological authorities (in Italy, anything found underground belongs to the state), he and a handful of volunteers began to dig.
What they found last week was a complete surprise: a tomb dating back more than 2,000 years with a cache of almost perfectly preserved ceramic and bronze funerary objects, including cremation urns for more than two dozen people.
SOURCE: NYT (8-19-07)
The massacre was one of the final acts of ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian conflict, a three-year war of siege, expulsion, rape and execution. And it so jolted the United States and allies in Europe that they threatened bombing to compel the warring factions to meet peaceably at an Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio.
They met. There in Ohio, they signed an armistice that created separate lives and separate leadership to assure a semblance of peace among the Catholic Croats, the Eastern Orthodox Serbs and the Bosnian Muslims. The solution — partition — was history’s familiar first choice among last resorts.
Perhaps predictably, it could be said that a kind of Bosnia nostalgia is taking hold in Washington these days over the quandary of Iraq, at least among those who look to its lessons for a way to end the violence.
SOURCE: NYT (8-20-07)
It was pitch black most of the time, and the men had no contact with rescue crews, who had all but given up hope of finding them alive; that they were found has been known ever since as the Miracle of Hominy Falls.
“Given what happened to us, I wouldn’t give up on them,” Mr. Lilly said of the six miners trapped for nearly two weeks inside the Crandall Canyon Mine outside Huntington, Utah. “But it doesn’t look too good.”
SOURCE: NYT (8-19-07)
Jenna Bush, the more rambunctious of President Bush’s 25-year-old twin daughters, got engaged last week. The family has been short on further details. But it stands to reason that the wedding could take place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where Miss Bush’s fiancé, Henry Hager, 29, once worked as an aide to Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s soon-to-be-ex top political strategist. It would be the first White House wedding in 36 years, since Tricia Nixon tossed her bouquet from the grand staircase.
The country is at war, of course, and Mr. Bush’s popularity is low. So surely the White House itself is asking the logical question: How would a White House wedding go over?
Miss Nixon and Luci Baines Johnson (who actually got married in a church but held her reception at the White House) were married during wartime, and were boons to their father’s political fortunes, at least temporarily. It always helps a president — especially beleaguered presidents — to be seen as a family man, and few moments are as poignant as when a father is giving his daughter away.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE)
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) (8-22-07)
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (8-23-07)
"My understanding of the history of the Vietnam war and the lessons of that differs rather dramatically from Mr Bush's," Robert Hathaway, an Asian expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, told AFP.
Retired US Brigadier General John Johns, an expert on counter-insurgency who served in Vietnam, said Bush was "cherry-picking" history to support his case for staying the course in Iraq.
"What I learned in Vietnam is that US forces could not conduct a counterinsurgency operation. The longer we stay there, the worse it's going to get," he said.
Steven Simon of the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations, echoed the comments.
Bush "emphasized the violence in the wake of American withdrawal from Vietnam. But this happened because the United States left too late, not too early," he said.
Name of source: Seattle Times
SOURCE: Seattle Times (8-23-07)
A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance employees extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protesters" from President Bush's public appearances.
Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who get in anyway should be shouted down by "rally squads" stationed in strategic locations. If that doesn't work, the protesters should be thrown out.
Name of source: Zvika Krieger in the New Republic
SOURCE: Zvika Krieger in the New Republic (8-17-07)
The downed helicopter is on display at the Spider's Web, Hezbollah's new war museum. The free exhibition commemorates the group's "divine victory" over Israel last summer by offering up a professional and slickly curated collection of war paraphernalia--the work of over two dozen conceptual artists, graphic designers, engineers, musicians, and lighting technicians. Since opening last month, it has become this summer's hottest tourist destination, attracting, mostly by word of mouth, over 200,000 visitors. "We don't even remember the war in the Christian area where I'm from, but I felt like it is something that should not be forgotten soon," explains Danya, a 26-year-old Christian financial consultant, as she made her way into the museum past a busload of schoolchildren. "Also, I wanted to see what all my friends were talking about."...
Perhaps fearing that the deaths of just dozens of Zionists won't make enough of an impression, the Spider's Web design team has made sure that pictures of bloodied and limbless Israeli soldiers make up the largest part of the exhibit. Some are digitally altered to be surrounded by hellish flames; others are rendered with anguished faces into art deco portraits; still others are engulfed in spider webs constructed with Koranic verses. "The invincible army!" gloats one of these montages. "It's Lebanon, you fools," reads another. A Warhol-esque portrait of Nasrallah presides contentedly over the display.
The museum's main event is a sound-and-light show around Hezbollah's prized artifact--a Merkava tank bombed during the war--displayed in a recreated bomb crater lined with mannequins of (what else?) dead Israeli soldiers. Every few minutes, the lights dim for an effects-laden video extravaganza that shows the explosion of the tank, up-close shots of Hezbollah militants launching Katyusha rockets, and Hezbollah's missiles raining down on the Israeli city of Haifa. After the show, the lights come up on posters of crying Israeli soldiers
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (8-21-07)
In particular, a book by Australian historian Christopher Clark has stirred a debate about Prussia which Germans have vilified since World War Two for representing the militarism, discipline and blind obedience that helped Hitler rise to power.
"The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1946" challenges the widely accepted negative view of the era in Germany and tries to present a balanced account of the north European territory which grew to be a major 18th and 19th century European power.
The book, printed in English and German, has been on the bestseller list in German bookshops for several months and even inspired the influential Der Spiegel magazine to run a 15-page cover story last week entitled "Prussia's true glory."
SOURCE: Reuters (8-20-07)
a Mayan village 1,400 years ago preserved a manioc
field -- the first evidence that the nutritious crop
was cultivated by the ancient people, researchers said
The discovery may help explain how the civilization
prospered, the team at the University of Colorado at
Boulder said. It is the first evidence for cultivation
of the calorie-rich tuber in the New World.
"We have long wondered what else the prehistoric Mayan
people were growing and eating besides corn and beans,
so finding this field was a jackpot of sorts for us,"
anthropologist Payson Sheets, who led the expedition,
said in a statement.
NYT news story
SOURCE: Reuters (8-20-07)
what they said could be the oldest human footprint in
history in the country's western desert, the Arab
country's antiquities' chief said on Monday.
"This could go back about two million years," said
Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Egyptian
Supreme Council of Antiquities. "It could be the most
important discovery in Egypt," he told Reuters.
Archaeologists found the footprint, imprinted on mud
and then hardened into rock, while exploring a
prehistoric site in Siwa, a desert oasis.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (8-22-07)
After 150 years of marking such big-city milestones as the Great Fire, Al Capone and the first "L" train, the museum has gone suburban, officials say.
"We finally broke out of the city limits because Chicago extends -- it's not just the city," said Olivia Mahoney, the museum's chief curator. "It has a lot of connections outward, and Schaumburg is a quintessential post-World War II American suburb."
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (8-19-07)
His long hair was pulled back in a ponytail. He wore a tricornered hat and knee breeches. His burnt-orange cutaway coat flapped in the breeze. He was an authentic Virginia colonial down to the square buckles on his shoes.
But the wire-thin microphone that wrapped around his chin was purely 21st Century.
The rider is one of 31 actors who are part of "Revolutionary City," a two-hour series of vignettes acted out daily on the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. The street theater is at the heart of a $220 million effort to freshen up the 81-year-old outdoor museum in hopes of reversing a decline in attendance.
With 301 acres and more than 3,200 employees, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living-history museum in the U.S., but its troubles are shared by many history museums that also have reported skimpier audiences in recent years.
Museum officials blame the lower numbers on several factors, including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, higher fuel prices, shorter attention spans, a decreased emphasis on teaching history in schools and increased competition from elaborate amusement parks.
Name of source: AP
Administration lawyers detailed the legal position in a lawsuit trying to force the White House Office of Administration to reveal what it knows about the disappearance of White House e-mails.
The Office of Administration provides administrative services, including information technology support, to the Executive Office of the President.
The office has prepared estimates that there are at least 5 million missing White House e-mails from March 2003 to October 2005, according to the lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private advocacy group.
In court papers seeking to end the case, the Justice Department said the White House Office of Administration has no substantial authority independent of President Bush and therefore is not subject to the disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.
The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous.
The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year--half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.
The class of students entering college this month is the first post-Cold War class, according to the Beloit College Mindset List, a compilation of the events, technology, people and social trends that shaped the incoming crop of freshmen.
To them, it’s always been normal for Russia to have multiple political parties and U.S. rock bands to stop in Moscow on their tours, according to the list released Tuesday by the private school in this city that hugs the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
“In many ways, their world view is less frightening than ours,” said Beloit College humanities professor Tom McBride, who has helped compile the list for a decade. “They grew up during an era of good feelings in the 1990s, when everyone was making a lot of money and there weren’t a lot of wars.”
SOURCE: AP (8-20-07)
In some ways it will be the latest chapter in Liverpool's efforts to come to terms with its past.
In 1999, its city council formally apologized, expressing "shame and remorse for the city's role in this trade in human misery." It also has commissioned statues entitled "Reconciliation" — two abstract bronze figures embracing. They are being dedicated this year in Richmond, Virginia, and Benin, a West African port of call for Liverpool's slave ships.
SOURCE: AP (8-20-07)
The mummies, described as among the Davenport museum's most prized and popular possessions, will be carefully removed from their cases on Tuesday and taken by ambulance to Genesis Medical Center's West Central Park Avenue Campus, where they will undergo CT scans.
The scans, being donated by the hospital, are expected to reveal new information about the mummies, such as their ages, genders and maybe even how they died.
Compared to Jamestown, the Popham Colony gets short shrift in the history books and its anniversary celebration that begins this week will be a low-key affair.
But the 120 settlers who struggled through a cruel Maine winter before abandoning the site 14 months later can claim credit for something that Jamestown can't.
"This was the first colony to build a ship -- an oceangoing vessel," said Jane Stevens, whose home is within the boundary of the colony's Fort St. George.
Marking the Popham Colony's 400th anniversary, there's an effort afoot to build a reproduction of the 30-ton pinnace Virginia, a vessel that the colonists set about building within days of their arrival on the coast of what's now Maine.
For a survivor, it could be discovering one's name on a list of deportees crammed into a cattle car; a record of a fiendish medical experiment from which physical or mental scars remain; an innocuous-looking "behavior report" condemning the inmate to further tortures; or an order from the Gestapo, the secret police, to liquidate a camp, signaling the start of a "death march" in the closing days of World War II.
But it will be months before the archive can be used by survivors or victims' relatives to search family histories. Even after it opens to the public, navigating the vast files for specific names will be nearly impossible without a trained guide.
A researcher stumbled on the inspiring story this year. Now some of Ukraine's Jewish leaders plan to raise a monument, host a delegation of students from Israel and stage a ceremony Wednesday honoring this small farming community in western Ukraine.
But 66 years later there are conflicting accounts of what happened in Ispas during that terrible summer of 1941, when the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union triggered an outbreak of anti-Semitic violence.
Residents and one survivor say the 2,000 villagers risked their lives for the sake of about 100 Jews, an account supported by some leaders of Ukraine's Jewish community and the scholar who uncovered the tale.
But another survivor says there were no heroes in Ispas. And a leading Holocaust expert says that most of the Jews of Ispas were killed by fellow villagers.
Name of source: Sabre Foundation, Inc. via IraqCrisis email announcement
SOURCE: Sabre Foundation, Inc. via IraqCrisis email announcement (8-22-07)
We thought this a good time to circulate as widely as possible information on the work Sabre has been doing in Iraq over the past several years (please see attached article). In summary, Sabre has sent three ocean freight containers holding over 34,000 new books (and CD-ROMs) and an additional 1,476 books by air. A version of this article will appear in the forthcoming Summer Update and will be online shortly. I believe you will find it interesting to read.
We are trying to build interest in our activities Iraq in order to expand the program so please circulate the article as you see fit. The needs are truly great!
It is important to note that our efforts on behalf of universities in Iraq would not have been possible without the dedicated support provided by the individuals referenced in the article, namely:
Dr. Ekhlass A. Jarjees, Entomologist & Manager of the Hawaii-Iraq Education Partnership at the University of Hawaii
Michael Masterson, former Economics Advisor at the Mosul office of the US Embassy
Jeff Spurr, Sabre Advisory Committee Member and Islamic and Middle East Specialist, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University
One name conspicuous in its absence is that of Sabre's primary contact person for the Baghdad-based Al-Sharaka Program. This is at his request.
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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Jacky Roberts-Wake, the president of Colyton WI, in east Devon, said they had been told by Devon county highways that there was no legal mechanism for closing the road.
The WI went ahead yesterday with its "buzzing" farmers' market in the local churchyard. Customers signed a petition backing their call for the event to be held in the market square four times a year.
His remarks drew an irate response from those who view Collins as a cold-blooded killer and contest the romantic republican view of him as a man who helped liberate Ireland from British oppression.
Lord Puttnam was speaking at a gathering held to mark the 85th anniversary of the rebel's death in an ambush during the Irish civil war at Béal na mBlath, Co Cork.
The 66-year-old said: "Ireland was gifted a figure to rank alongside other 20th century leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela - men who, having freed their own people from the shackles of oppression, became icons for peace and reconciliation everywhere."
Norfolk Island's blend of 18th-century English and Tahitian, known as Norf'k or Norfuk, will be featured by Unesco in the next edition of its Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing.
The language, one of the world's rarest, is under threat because Norfolk Islanders are increasingly marrying outsiders and because of the influence of television and radio from neighbouring Australia and New Zealand.
The tiny subtropical island, which is part of Australia but maintains a fiercely separate identity, including a different flag and national anthem, is determined that the language should not become extinct.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
>From a secrecy policy point of view, the most interesting thing about the disclosure is that it was the result of a congressional initiative undertaken against the wishes of the executive branch."While meeting the dictates of the law," said CIA Director Mike Hayden in an official statement,"I want to make it clear that this declassification was neither my choice nor my preference."
In theory, the CIA's" choice" or"preference" should be irrelevant to the declassification process. The President has directed categorically that"Information shall be declassified as soon as it no longer meets the standards for classification under this order." (Executive Order 13292, section 3.1). It is clear from the release of the Inspector General report, which was partially redacted, that it could be declassified. And therefore it should have been.
But the executive order is not self-enforcing and declassification does not occur spontaneously. Without some external stimulus it may not occur at all.
In this case, Congress provided the missing ingredient, thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who authored the amendment to the recent legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
While giving the needed push, Congress did not declassify the document itself, which is arguably within its power, nor did it define the precise terms of declassification, stating only that the document should be"declassified to the maximum extent possible, consistent with national security" -- as determined by the CIA.
By contrast, a more ambitious and unprecedented declassification action is the congressional requirement to disclose the amount of the 2007 National Intelligence Program budget, which must be declassified and released by October 30. No exercise of discretion is permitted.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (8-19-07)
But just in case you think we live in a particularly scandal-ridden era, we took a look at some of the early -- and lesser known -- names in the local guide book of questionable behavior. Some were victims of their time -- engaging in behavior we'd scarcely bat an eyelash at today -- while others have no one to blame but themselves. Whether they were following their hearts or their wallets -- or something else below the belt -- they'll all be remembered for giving D.C. something to talk about.
SOURCE: WaPo (8-18-07)
For decades this mystery has drawn thousands to the famed poet's grave in the heart of Baltimore and spawned much speculation. Why the black garb? Why cognac? And just who is this man?
This week, Sam Porpora, a Poe historian, stepped forward with a shocking announcement -- he was the man in black. But instead of solving the mystery, he has only deepened it.
Wizened and white-haired at 92, Porpora still dresses with the impeccable conviction of a former ad man. A resident of a retirement home near Baltimore, he often spends his afternoons telling stories to whomever he can find in the lobby. Sitting with a visitor this week, Porpora held a stack of old photos and news clippings.
"What do you want to know?" he asked, not pausing for an answer. He rattled off story after story -- about his childhood and his efforts to save the dilapidated church and cemetery where Poe was buried in downtown Baltimore. He talked about almost everything except the man in black, the three roses and the cognac.
"Oh, you want to know about that?" he asked. He leaned in and said, "It was me."
Ever since he made his announcement this week, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has been flooded with calls about Porpora's claim.
Museum curator Jeff Jerome, after all, was the one who noticed the roses and cognac and brought the event to light 30 years ago. Ever since, as curator of the Poe House and Museum, he has protected the mysterious legend -- watching but never interfering or letting others interfere with the ritual.
If anyone could confirm Porpora's claim with some authority, it would be Jerome. So as more and more people called, he agonized over what to say.
"It's not Sam," Jerome said finally. "He's like a mentor to me and I love him, but, believe me, it's not him."
Name of source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net
SOURCE: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net (8-21-07)
If the military’s account of the Philippines’ crime of the century were true, it was the same weapon that fired the fatal bullet into the head of opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. 24 years ago on Tuesday at the Manila International Airport on his return from self-exile in the United States.
The charcoal-toned Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum pistol, with a grip made of deer horn, was discovered a few meters away from the body of the Aquino’s alleged assassin, Rolando Galman, the “man in blue.”
It had supposedly slipped from Galman’s right hand after the soldiers, who acted as Aquino’s escorts on his homecoming that fateful Sunday afternoon, gunned him down in retaliation.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-21-07)
Tucked away in his briefcase were the secrets of his past - fragments of his life that he kept hidden for decades.
In 1997, after raising a family in Melbourne with his Australian bride, he finally revealed himself. He told how, at the age of five, he had been adopted by the SS and became a Nazi mascot.
His personal history, one of the most remarkable stories to emerge from World War II, was published recently in a book entitled The Mascot.
"They gave me a uniform, a little gun and little pistol," Alex told the BBC....
In newsreels, he was paraded as 'the Reich's youngest Nazi' and he witnessed some unspeakable atrocities.
But his SS masters never discovered the most essential detail about his life: their little Nazi mascot was Jewish.
SOURCE: BBC (8-20-07)
The rare trove of wartime board games also includes a version of Snakes and Ladders based on the exploits of U-boat captain Gunther Prien.
The games are thought to have come from a German collector. They will be sold at Mullock's Shropshire on Thursday.
Name of source: KTVU
SOURCE: KTVU (8-20-07)
The second set of human remains was found in an alpine region of Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada range on Wednesday, as little as 50 feet from where climbers spotted the ice-entombed body of Leo Mustonen in October 2005, park officials said.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-21-07)
John Wilkes Booth's neck bones
"Stonewall" Jackson's arm
Saint Francis Xavier's hand
Napoleon's bits and pieces
Oliver Cromwell's head
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (8-20-07)
Salvage plans are now being explored to see whether one of the German submarines could be raised from the deep and brought ashore. The vessel and its wartime technology could be put on display as the central attraction for a new maritime museum in Derry.
Name of source: Editor & Publisher
SOURCE: Editor & Publisher (8-17-07)
Now they're about to be waxed.
Madam Tussaud's Wax Museums, which operate six such locations worldwide, from New York to Shanghai, are about to open a Washington, D.C. location.
Among the figures planned for the new site are meltable sculptures of Woodward and Bernstein, according to General Manager Janine DiGioacchino. She said Woodward's figure will be among 50 likenesses at the museum when it opens Oct. 4, with Bernstein's image expected to join them in 2008.
Name of source: Dallas Morning News
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News (8-17-07)
Where would his legacy best be tended?
After a private dinner, in a conversation in the White House family quarters, Mr. Hunt, a major Bush campaign contributor, suggested his own alma mater – Southern Methodist University.
"I said to him, 'Mr. President, I would like to raise a new subject and that is that one of these days he will need to be thinking of a library,' " Mr. Hunt recalled in sworn testimony in July. "And when that day comes, I would hope that you would consider SMU."
Mr. Hunt, sitting on a sofa next to Mr. Bush with their wives nearby, said Mr. Bush appeared interested in the idea.
"He commented that his wife [Laura, also an SMU graduate] was a librarian and ... that was a nexus that he really hadn't focused on before," Mr. Hunt said.
That meeting in early 2001 reflects a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how SMU has capitalized on its political, financial and social connections with the Bushes to land the permanent memorial. The university placed a big bet early to get the library, but it sees an enormous payoff: instant national recognition and increased stature.
Name of source: Gulf Daily News (Middle East)
SOURCE: Gulf Daily News (Middle East) (8-19-07)
Bruno Rey Henry said the real death mask had been auctioned to an unidentified individual in 2004.
He said the mask in Paris's military museum does not display a scar on the left cheek.
The French example also did not match up to Napoleon's known appearance, with a big head and powerful jaw, he added.
The French daily Liberation said the mask could be that of Napoleon's butler, Cipriani Franceschi, whose body, some claim was the one brought back to France for burial in 1840.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (8-19-07)
The story goes back to 1986, when, as South Korea was busy preparing for its biggest-ever international event, the 1988 Summer Olympics, North Korean soldiers broke ground on a gigantic dam project just above the DMZ.
As South Koreans wondered what their unpredictable Communist neighbor was up to this time, the military dictator of the South, Chun Doo Hwan, offered his own terrifying scenario: a killer flood.
Caught up in the "water-bomb" scare, South Korean TV networks broadcast artists' conceptions of monstrous walls of water unleashed from the North Korean dam that wiped out most of Seoul, 200 kilometers, or 120 miles, downstream, with "the impact of a nuclear explosion" during the Olympics.
So South Korea built a dam of its own. Even schoolchildren joined the fund-raising campaign to construct a protective bulwark against the Northern threat.
Today, the Peace Dam - begun in 1987, abandoned halfway through as a misguided Cold War program, and then revived and completed in 2005 - stands here, a hulk 125 meters, or 410 feet, high and 600 meters wide.
Name of source: KansasCity.com
SOURCE: KansasCity.com (8-17-07)
A catfish bit his hand and sweat from the 100-degree heat was dripping under his Army uniform.
Famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark waited anxiously nearby at the fork of the Kansas and Missouri rivers for him to catch a meal for their hungry crew.
He dunked his arms into the muddy water.
A semi truck whizzed past.
The 19th century fisherman disappeared.
Rolland Love was back.
The Overland Park resident spends many of his days transitioning into Goodrich, the expert fisherman who followed along on Lewis and Clark’s journey through the American West.
Name of source: http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com
SOURCE: http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com (8-18-07)
But what happens if someone in possession of those e-mails hits the delete button?
History gets erased.
That's why an ad-hoc group of state officials has been meeting for the last year. They want to devise a system to select, store and maintain e-mails. It's a massive undertaking that will require the services of an outside information management company; the group has sent out a request for proposals for the project and about 50 companies have attended a bidders' conference on the request.
Name of source: Toronto Star
SOURCE: Toronto Star (8-18-07)
We are members of "the Order of Good Time" and we are solving a mystery called Champlain's Prophecy. And we are rushing to City Hall to pick up another clue near a Jesuit ruin. All this came about because wife Carol and I and our travelling companions Ken and Kelly Bowman, decided the best way to see and feel a city is to walk it.
But how to keep the kids amused while walking the streets of Quebec City? We had four children in tow: two McGran daughters, Ellen, 12, and Shauna, 10, and two Bowman kids, Liam, 13, and Meghan, 11.
Walking is not exactly something children in this computer-savvy, iPod-toting, Gameboy generation will do. But playing games and solving mysteries are on their radar and that's where Champlain's Prophecy comes in; it's a scavenger hunt in which you solve riddles to find "hidden" locations.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-18-07)
The Baltic Exchange, built in 1903 with an opulence befitting the headquarters of global maritime trade, could not be restored on site and its marble columns, teak panelling and plaster sea monsters made way for Sir Norman Foster’s Swiss Re tower – better known as the Gherkin.
After spending nearly a decade in various salvage yards around Britain, the former Grade II* listed building is set to rise again, this time on the shores of the Baltic itself. The dismantled building was bought for £800,000 by two businessmen from Estonia after one of them found an advertisement on the internet for the building while looking for antique flooring.
The last consignment of the 45 shipping crates containing the carefully catalogued remains of the exchange has now arrived in the Baltic seaport of Paldiski where it will be kept before being rebuilt in Tallinn, the Estonian capital.
Name of source: Huffington Post (Blog) Click on SOURCE for embedded links.
SOURCE: Huffington Post (Blog) Click on SOURCE for embedded links. (8-19-07)