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Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-17-07)
By then, Homo sapiens had developed a taste for shellfish, out of necessity and much earlier than previously thought, while adapting to life in caves on the craggy coast of southern Africa, scientists report in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.
Exploring a cave in a steep cliff overlooking the ocean, an international team of scientists found deposits of shellfish remains, hearths, small stone blades and fragments of hematite, some of which had been ground apparently for use as the coloring agent red ocher, which sometimes had symbolic meaning.
"The shellfish," the researchers concluded, "may have been crucial to the survival of these early humans as they expanded their home ranges" in response to the cooler and drier conditions that had prevailed for thousands of years in the interior of Africa.
Name of source: http://www.local6.com
SOURCE: http://www.local6.com (10-16-07)
The Lake County sheriff's dive team found the boat at the bottom of Lake Minneola in the lake's southwest corner in Clermont while training with side-scan sonar, which they recently acquired.
The sonar is a piece of equipment that is dragged by a boat and projects images of the underwater environment.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-16-07)
The problem is that the poisoned corpse that sent Dr Hawley Crippen to the gallows in London in 1910 was not that of his wife, according to new evidence found by U.S. researchers.
A team led by John Trestrail, head of the regional poison centre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took mitochondrial DNA -- genetic material passed on through the mother -- from a tissue sample from the corpse kept in a London museum.
SOURCE: Reuters (10-14-07)
Dozens of bystanders, some in tears, watched as three cranes relayed a massive stone slab from the 2,500-year-old Parthenon. It was carved with four youths leading bulls to sacrifice to the goddess Athena.
"I am trembling, it touches my soul," said pensioner Pelagia Boulamatsi, 71, unable to hold back tears. "This is an ancient civilization that is the foundation of the world."
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (10-16-07)
Discovered amid oyster shells, a chamber pot and shards of glass that filled a midden, or trash pile, near Dolley Madison's kitchen, a fractured dessert plate found by researchers during a $24 million restoration of Montpelier is believed to date to the late 1700s and might have once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the French queen with an infamous penchant for decadent living who perished at the guillotine during the French Revolution.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (10-17-07)
W.E.B. DuBois, Boston's William Monroe Trotter, and scores of other organizers of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights organization that spawned the NAACP, met in 1907 to discuss how best to oppose segregationist laws in the United States.
Disagreements among the 800 civil rights leaders and activists from around the country widened a split between DuBois and Trotter, fractured the young Niagara Movement, and marked the start of Boston's decline as a national political and social hub for African-Americans.
Yesterday, local scholars and community leaders, including Governor Deval Patrick, launched four days of recognition and educational talks about the 1907 Boston meeting and its role in the city's history.
Name of source: NYT
Almost a dozen lawmakers had shifted against the measure over the last 24 hours, accelerating a sudden exodus that has cast deep doubt over the measure’s prospects. Some representatives made clear that they were heeding warnings from the White House, which has called the measure dangerously provocative, and from the Turkish government, which has said House passage would prompt Turkey to reconsider its ties to the United States, including logistical support for the Iraq war.
Until today, the resolution appeared to be on a path to House passage, with strong support from the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California. It was approved last week by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But this evening, a group of group of senior House Democrats had made it known they were planning to ask the leadership to drop plans for a vote on the measure.
SOURCE: NYT (10-18-07)
“Whether it will come up or not and what the action will be remains to be seen,” Ms. Pelosi said in light of the decline in support for the proposal, which, though nonbinding, has angered Turkey and raised fears that the Turkish government could reduce its strategic cooperation with the United States.
The comments by the speaker, a key supporter of the measure, added to growing evidence that modern-day pragmatism was overwhelming supporters’ demands that the House render a historical verdict on the killings of the Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
Mr. Bush, who as a candidate in 2000 criticized what he called a “genocidal campaign” against the Armenians, said lawmakers had better things to do than be caught up in the past, pursuing legislation that has unsettled an important ally.
SOURCE: NYT (10-17-07)
After succeeding twice before — and collecting more than $12 million in fees for his firm, the Livingston Group — he is pushing once again for his client.
In recent months, Mr. Livingston, a Louisiana Republican who was once speaker-designate of the House, has consulted with Vice President Dick Cheney and with Karl Rove, when he was still the top White House political strategist. He escorted Turkish dignitaries to Capitol Hill to warn that the resolution threatened to destroy a strong Iraq war alliance....
As Turkey reacted angrily to the House committee action in the last few days, members began responding to arguments that the resolution posed a national security threat. Those arguments were put forth by the Bush administration, Mr. Livingston and another prominent lobbyist, Richard A. Gephardt, of Missouri, the former House majority leader and a Democrat.
The issue has pitted Turkey’s money and high-placed connections against a persistent and emotional campaign by Armenian-American citizens’ groups.
In 1010 King Ly Thai To picked Thang Long (“Ascending Dragon”), situated within present-day Hanoi, as the capital for a country that had defeated the Tang Dynasty less than a century before, ending a millennium of Chinese rule.
“It is situated at the very heart of our country,” the king declared in Edict on the Transfer of the Capital. “It is equally an excellent capital for a royal dynasty for ten thousand generations.”
The enormous royal complex that Ly Thai To built did last, not 10,000 generations, but 900 years, through three major dynasties and repeated foreign invasions. For the last five years, archaeologists from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology have been slowly unearthing the remains of Thang Long, uncovering millions of artifacts and building features spanning 1,300 years. Hanoi is gearing up to celebrate its 1,000th anniversary in 2010, and Thang Long, a potential Unesco World Heritage Site, is its centerpiece.
The plan will protect Libya’s fantastic Greek and Roman ruins from haphazard developments as it protects the coastal ecosystem, one of the last remaining natural areas of the Mediterranean. Waters off Libya are the last remaining breeding grounds for a number of Mediterranean species, environmentalists say. The idea is that as Libya opens to the outside world it will not become “like the Spanish coast,” said the project’s financial adviser, Mahmoud A. Khosman. (It will also be a good investment.)But the intention is clearly broader than that. “They want to show the world that Libya has turned a corner, that they can fit into the modern world,” said George Joffe, a research fellow at Cambridge who specializes in the region.
SOURCE: NYT (10-14-07)
SOURCE: NYT (10-15-07)
The house, a 34-room Gothic revival mansion on the grounds of the sprawling Armed Forces Retirement Home, is also known as the Soldiers’ Home but will be called President Lincoln’s Cottage. It was here, with his wife and son Tad, that Lincoln spent nearly a quarter of his presidency.
“This will not be a traditional house museum, but rather it will tell the story of Lincoln,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are not just preserving Lincoln’s place, but we are also going to preserve Lincoln’s ideas.”
The answer is hidden deep inside the Turkish psyche, and to a large extent, printed on the pages of Turkish history books.
But with the changes to promote democracy in Turkey in recent years, opinions are slowly changing.
SOURCE: NYT (10-14-07)
Voters who are in the middle, who do not yet feel committed to either party — and there appear to be more of them than there were in the 2004 cycle — are presumably less willing to watch. This year’s debates seem pitched to each party’s true believers, which reinforces the polarization of our politics and leaves out a lot of voters who, polls tell us, are disillusioned with both parties.
But what if there were a debate featuring all of the leading Democratic and Republican candidates? It’s happened before, once, on Dec. 1, 1987, when Tom Brokaw of NBC News moderated a debate among six Democratic and six Republican presidential candidates. It was held on bipartisan ground: the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
With its extensive waterfront, its relatively large population of African-American freemen — slavery ended in New York in 1827 — and its many antislavery churches and activists, Brooklyn was an important nexus on the “freedom trail.” Some runaways stayed and risked being captured and returned to their owners, but most traveled on to the greater safety of Canada.
Because aiding fugitives from the South remained illegal even after New York abolished slavery — and because there was plenty of pro-slavery sentiment among Brooklyn merchants who did business with the South — Underground Railroad activities were clandestine and frequently recorded only in stories passed down within families. Corroborating documentation is scarce.
SOURCE: NYT (10-13-07)
The Cape Cods that first became available in 1947 — with four rooms, one bathroom and among other modern amenities a Hotpoint electric range in every kitchen — were offered for $6,990, and 800-square-foot ranch homes went for $7,990.
These days, the little boxes have been individually renovated, remodeled and enlarged beyond recognition. A decade ago, there were perhaps 200 unaltered Levitts left, but only a handful remain today. Even the Smithsonian Institution has been unable to obtain one to display.
On a walk down any of the fabled “thousand lanes” making up this famous suburb, there are ornate white-columned entranceways on boxy warehouse-looking homes next to gaudy miniature mansions with boxy extensions jutting out in all shapes and sizes.
Mr. Howard, who is expected to call parliamentary elections in the next few days, said he wanted what he described as a “New Reconciliation” with the country’s indigenous people.
“If re-elected, I will put to the Australian people within 18 months a referendum to formally recognize indigenous Australians in our Constitution, their history as the first inhabitants of our country, their unique heritage of culture and languages and their special, though not separate, place within a reconciled, indivisible nation,” he told an audience at the center-right Sydney Institute.
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (10-18-07)
And we have read many of them, though we didn't get to Alan Keyes' oeuvre because of his late entry into the race. In the 16 reviews that follow, the books are rated on a rising scale of one to five, with icons appropriate to the candidates -- the first President Roosevelt for the Republicans, the second for the Democrats, and cosmonauts for the more, um, idealistic entrants in the race for the White House.
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (10-22-07)
Now Senator Clinton is moving toward the Democratic presidential nomination, and emotions have little place in her campaign. Even discussions about her marriage, that gripping, grating psychodrama, come off as cerebral and qualified—when the candidate and her staff choose to have them at all. The Clintons' marriage is important, they say, because it gave her the unparalleled experience of seeing a presidency up close. Except not "up close" in the dynastic sense; Clinton, they say, is an accomplished senator and an independent woman. Except not "independent" in the separate-lives/marriage-of-convenience sense; theirs, they say, is in every way a real marriage. Either way, the Clintonites contend, all that is irrelevant now.
Smith does not agree. A biographer who's written on Pamela Harriman, Princess Diana and Jackie and Jack Kennedy, she has a keen instinct for history made inside of marriages. She knows the irrational is often most important. Her book is narrower than other recent Clinton biographies, which deal with the nuts and bolts of her career, but is perhaps more relevant. Certainly, it is more subversive. Homing in on "the push and pull" between them and their love of politics, Smith presents a story Clinton isn't eager to remember: how her marriage made and then nearly wrecked her career.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (10-17-07)
Chichen Itza, Mexico - This ancient city, once the most important center of the Maya world, has stood in the jungle here for more than 1,000 years. Scattered across 100 acres, the remains of stone temples and a crumbling observatory offer an imposing glimpse into the innovative Maya civilization, which recorded the annual solar cycle with Swiss-watch precision.
Today tourists gape as they walk past Chichen Itza's most-recognized site, the 80-foot Temple of Kukulkan pyramid, where during the spring and fall equinoxes the sun casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent. They walk across the Great Ball Court, the largest sports venue in Mesoamerica, where losing players were believed to be decapitated.
They also happen to be – unwittingly – walking on private property.
Over the last half century, the land within this archaeological site has belonged to the Barbachanos, a wealthy and powerful family in the state of Yucatán. The family purchased the grounds from an American diplomat, who excavated here in the 1900s but fell out of grace with Mexico for shipping artifacts back to the US.
It's an ownership issue that few Mexicans have known about or even cared about. Until now. This summer, a global contest to rename the Seven Wonders of the World brought renewed tourism and a corollary of unwanted curiosity to this ancient corner of Mexico. Now, suddenly, federal legislators are seeking to take over the land. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) covets it, too. The Barbachano family is divided over what to do. And locals, most of Maya descent, claim it should be theirs.
Name of source: The Age
SOURCE: The Age (10-16-07)
The History Teachers Association of Australia obviously wants the subject accorded a higher status, but warns of the time and resources this plan requires. It estimates 10,000 extra specialist teachers would have to be trained as history goes from a fringe subject to one taught over a mandated 150 hours to every student. To put that in perspective, most VCE units — a semester of work at year 11 or 12 standard — require 54 to 72 hours' classroom study, depending on the subject.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-16-07)
Spain's Civil Guard said officers approached the vessel, the Odyssey Explorer, as it left the British colony of Gibraltar off Spain's southern tip. Upon entering Spanish waters, the boat was ordered to the nearby Spanish port of Algeciras for inspection, police said.
The Civil Guard said it was acting on an order from a Spanish judge who in June instructed authorities to seize two vessels belonging to Odyssey Marine Exploration if the boats left Gibraltar.
Another Odyssey vessel, Ocean Alert, was seized in July and released after a week.
SOURCE: AP (10-14-07)
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, battled both Soviet and Nazi forces during the war, and for several years after the war continued to carry out raids against the Soviets and to disrupt efforts to collectivize farms.
Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the former partisans have sought financial and moral recognition similar to what Red Army veterans have long enjoyed.
SOURCE: AP (10-11-07)
Some 650 pieces of artifacts — mostly pieces of pottery and wood — were on display Thursday for about 100 people who gathered at the north end of Pensacola Bay Bridge, about a half-mile from the shipwreck. No trace of it has ever been found on land.
"It's an amazing site," said University of West Florida nautical archaeologist Gregory D. Cook.
SOURCE: AP (10-12-07)
The B-24 crew took off from North Pickenham, England, on July 7, 1944, to bomb a German aircraft factory near Bernburg, Germany. The plane was last seen by other crews in the target area. Captured records showed that it crashed near Westeregeln, about 20 miles northwest of the target, the Defense Department said.
Name of source: http://www.nj.com
SOURCE: http://www.nj.com (10-12-07)
"As a Frenchman, it is moving to me to be here with you, and to have the French flag side by side with an American flag," said Dellatre, the Consul General of France in New York.
The French diplomat's statement about the two countries' historic and recently mended relationship highlighted the reopening of the Green in Morristown, which served as the site of a historic meeting between the countries 227 years ago that cemented their alliance and was a turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
More than 400 people from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, and as far away as Minnesota and Puerto Rico, watched as members of the Trustees of the Morristown Green Inc., which owns the 2.5-acre site, and the French diplomat pulled the strings of white sheets covering three bronze sculptures depicting the May 10, 1780, meeting between General George Washington, his wartime aide Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette, a French diplomat.
Name of source: Buffalo News
SOURCE: Buffalo News (10-13-07)
The Polish American Congress recently renewed its petition drive and other efforts to convince the U.S. Postal Service to honor Urban with a stamp.
The organization argues that Urban and Murphy — both U.S. Army veterans from World War II — are the two most decorated veterans from that war. Murphy’s face was put on a stamp in 2001, and the group wants Urban to receive the same honor.
Name of source: BBC
At the weekend, their role in the fight against Franco on the side of Spain's ousted republican government was marked in Belfast.
A display of memorabilia and photographs relating to the defeated republican side is on display in the Linen Hall Library.
It is thought 78 of the 2,000 left-wing idealists from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth who fought against Franco came from Northern Ireland.
SOURCE: BBC (10-14-07)
St Teilo's Church has been recreated stone-by-stone over 20 years at the National History Museum, St Fagans.
The church from Pontarddulais near Swansea has been restored to recreate its appearance in 1520.
Curator John Robertson said it had been a "bumpy ride" but confirmed it had added Sgt Frederick Shipley's Memorial Cross to the collection in Welland.
The medal appeared on eBay in August prompting the museum to bid for it.
Thousands of antiquities will be moved, mostly marble sculptures from the fifth and sixth centuries BC.
Greek officials hope the new site will boost the country's long campaign for the return of the Elgin Marbles.
Name of source: http://www.citizen-times.com
SOURCE: http://www.citizen-times.com (10-15-07)
They plan to raise the roughly 8-foot-long cannon weighing about 2,500 pounds as part of an ongoing excavation project at the presumed site of Queen Anne's Revenge.
The cannon would be on display Wednesday for the public at the N.C. Maritime Museum expansion site at Gallants Channel in Beaufort.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (10-14-07)
Sadly, no one else knew either.
These long-lost riches included virtually every letter, ordinance, election return, permit and scrap of paper that the Chicago City Council received or generated between 1833 and 1940. Here were the original 1833 town incorporation vote (12-1), city physician reports from cholera epidemics, building blueprints and requests from citizens that ran from the silly to the poignant--like the man begging the city to cover his wife's medical costs after a fire truck ran her over in 1854. The papers form a diary of Chicago's birth and formative years and are crucial to understanding the city's history.
[HNN Editor: This article goes on at great length to describe the discovery of these documents in the 1980s by state archivists and the ways in which Chicago history had to be rewritten.]
Name of source: http://www.dailystaregypt.com
SOURCE: http://www.dailystaregypt.com (10-4-07)
Alaa Mahrous, director of the underwater antiquities department in Alexandria, told Daily News Egypt that the team of archaeologists headed by Dr Zahi Hawass, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has selected the Nile to be the subject of their search. The river has not been excavated to date.
Name of source: http://canadianpress
SOURCE: http://canadianpress (10-14-07)
The clump beech, cloned from one at President Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on New York's Long Island, joined an ash tree cloned from George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, and plans are to add genetic replica trees from properties owned by Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
Ultimately, the small grove will become a tree tribute to the four presidents represented on Mount Rushmore.
This unique nod to history and horticulture will grow on the grounds of the National Garden Clubs Inc., a non-profit group with roughly 230,000 members that promotes a love of gardening in the United States and overseas.
Name of source: Editorial in the Age
SOURCE: Editorial in the Age (10-14-07)
To understand why this is the case, we need to move quickly from history to some elementary mathematics. In the first instance, the PM's guide has a decent foundation in the principles of teaching and learning, but it just doesn't add up when it comes to the content. This is because the number of "milestones" (key events to be studied in detail) has tripled since the August summit and has more than doubled since the draft guide in April. There are now 75 milestones and more than 100 biographies to choose from.
Each milestone is meant to represent a significant event in Australian history and so needs to be given a context. The PM's course lasts 150 hours in years 9 and 10 (with some possibly covered in year 8), which seems a lot of time for one subject. In this case, not so. Divide the hours by the milestones and you get about a double lesson for each significant event, with no stops for individual research, visits to museums or heritage sites or classroom discussion. Imagine a properly contextualised version of the 1975 Dismissal taught in a double lesson?...
Name of source: Edward Rothstein in the NYT
SOURCE: Edward Rothstein in the NYT (10-15-07)
He doesn’t want to wait until 2015 to begin it, and late last month the museum actually opened — not in the world of bricks and mortar but in the world of hyperlinks and tags. With $1 million in assistance from I.B.M., the Smithsonian Institution created what Mr. Bunch calls a “virtual platform,” a Web museum (nmaahc.si.edu)....
Unfortunately, though, these declared ambitions are jarring given the half-realized efforts on display. Even in the realm of hyperlinks, the mortar has a long way to go here before it congeals. Given the enormity of the interpretive project ahead, and its national importance, why was it prematurely undercut with something as thin and uninspiring as this site?
Consider the exhibition of portraits. If it were going to be unveiled on the Web, then why not do it in full? Many images are not available. All have brief, overly compressed biographical notes. And the essays from the show’s catalog are unavailable.
Even the selection of portraits seems unshaped by an interpretive idea. The exhibition’s title, “Let Your Motto Be Resistance,” is taken from a fervent message delivered to free Northern black Americans by a black clergyman, Henry Highland Garnet, in 1843. And while there are photos of some who variously resisted the debilitating forces arrayed against them — from W. E. B. Du Bois to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — the idea of resistance is interpreted so broadly and blandly as to also encompass artists like Diana Ross and Wynton Marsalis. The idea may be that given historical circumstances any achievement can be interpreted as a kind of resistance; but distinctions, even among political positions, are left unexplored, at least on the Web.
Name of source: Spiegel
SOURCE: Spiegel (10-12-07)
The Siegfried Line, the 630-kilometer network of bunkers Hitler built in a vain attempt to protect his western frontier from an Allied invasion, is finally serving a purpose six decades after the end of World War II -- as a quiet haven for wild cats, bats and a host of other rare species.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Danny Baz, a retired colonel in the Israeli air force, claims in a book published in France this week that the Austrian death camp doctor was tracked down in the United States by a Jewish search-and-destroy squad called "The Owl" and shot dead. The group's members, which included Mr Baz, are said to have been veterans of the Israeli and American militaries.
Heim is known as the Butcher of Mauthausen after carrying out medical experiments on concentration camp inmates in the Austrian death camp. He removed human organs without anaesthetic to see how long victims lived. But after the Second World War he served only two years in jail before resuming work as a gynecologist in Baden-Baden....
[He disappeared in 1962 when his arrest seemed imminent.]
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has said it doubts Mr Baz's claims. However, the Israeli has said he believes it is now time to call off the hunt for Heim.
Wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, famed for his witty putdowns came in fifth.
Accused of being drunk by the MP Bessie Braddock he is said to have replied: "Madam, you are ugly. And I shall be sober in the morning."
Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, more renowned for her steely personality than her roustabout humour, was the highest ranked woman in the poll, taking 12th place.
She once quipped: "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
The poll was conducted to mark the launch of a new UKTV digital television channel called Dave under the banner "The home of witty banter".
The man whose powerful The Soldier opens with the immortal line "If I should die, think only this of me" was so preoccupied with Cathleen Nesbitt's "divine" beauty that he demanded weekly updates on her health, weight and temperature.
Brooke's affections are laid bare in more than 80 love letters, obtained by the British Library, which were sent to Nesbitt during the two years leading up to the poet's death at the age of 27 in 1915.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-12-07)
All statues, street names and symbols associated with the dictator and his supporters will be removed as part of the Law of Historic Memory, which was presented to the Madrid parliament this week.
Even plaques and stained glass windows showing the Falange symbol of the yoke and arrows or the eagle associated with Franco's rule will have to be replaced.
At one time statues glorifying the Generalissimo adorned almost every town square but most have been taken down in recent years.
Name of source: Editorial in the WaPo
SOURCE: Editorial in the WaPo (10-13-07)
Since 1978, a president has been allowed to hold back certain records from public view for 12 years after leaving the White House. In addition, a 1989 executive order from President Ronald Reagan lets former occupants of the Oval Office ask the sitting president to withhold certain records. If the request is refused, the former president can go to court to stop their release. Then came President Bush's 2001 executive order, which compelled presidents to honor the requests of their predecessors. And in an unprecedented bit of overreaching, Mr. Bush extended the right of executive privilege to relatives of the president and the vice president. Archivists can go to court to try to get the records released, but even if their lawsuits are successful, current and former presidents could delay the release of records indefinitely.
Because that "effectively eliminates" the discretion of the National Archives, which by law has the power to release presidential documents, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, in an Oct. 1 ruling, invalidated the indefinite presidential review of privileged records. Left in place, though, was the broad cloak of privilege for the president's relatives and for the vice president that Mr. Bush's executive order imposed. The Presidential Records Act Amendment of 2007, sponsored by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), would take care of that by undoing the order and giving current and former presidents no more than 40 days to review privileged documents before they are released.
But Mr. Bunning is blocking the bill. He didn't return our call, but he was quoted in the Dallas Morning News last month as saying, "The president ought to have the right to withhold any records he chooses" and that former presidents should have "a reasonable amount of time" to release their records. Mr. Bunning's hold and his rationale are unacceptable. Presidential records belong to history because they help provide insight into the decisions made by a president and his administration. More important, because they are the byproducts of work done on behalf of the nation, those records belong to the people of the United States.
Name of source: Hofstra University--Press Release
SOURCE: Hofstra University--Press Release (9-28-07)
The scholarship will be awarded to a qualified upperclassman selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and an undergraduate record that demonstrates a history and commitment to advancing the cause of equality and civil rights for all Americans, said Mr. Kent, a nationally known criminal defense attorney who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
According to the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale University, established by Yale students after his death, Mr. Lowenstein “was a relentless opponent of injustice in the United States and throughout the world. His passionate leadership played a crucial role in the civil rights, anti-apartheid, anti-war, and human rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s.”
Name of source: Vanity Fair
SOURCE: Vanity Fair (11-1-07)
Name of source: http://www.bib-arch.org
SOURCE: http://www.bib-arch.org (10-8-07)
Tourism Ministry Assistant Secretary General Ihab Amarin said construction of the museum has been completed, with work under way to furbish the museum’s exhibits.
“The building is finally ready and we expect the opening at the end of this year or early next year, once the exhibits are ready,” said Amarin.
The museum, located some 300 metres from the cave where Lot and his family are said to have sought refuge from the devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah, has been in the works for more than three years.
Name of source: Aspen Times
SOURCE: Aspen Times (10-6-07)
Steve Campbell, founder of Citizens for 9/11 Truth, asked the station to air “Judea Declares War on Germany: A Critical Look at World War II” on Monday, but GrassRoots TV board members stopped the screening.
The one-hour program features Dr. Frederick Töben, an Australian national and member of the Adelaide Institute, an organization that denies that the Holocaust ever happened.
“This film is offensive not only to Jews in the world, but to any sensible person,” said GrassRoots TV Executive Director John Masters.
Name of source: Daily Mail
SOURCE: Daily Mail (10-11-07)
Lebensborn, or Fount of Life, was hitherto thought to be just a breeding programme where S.S. "studs" mated with suitable female specimens in Nazi nursing homes.
Nine months later the offspring were turned over to the state to be brought up in an all-Nazi environment.
These budding supermen were supposed to grow up to be hard, cruel standard bearers of Hitler's "New Order" in Europe.
But eminent German historian Volker Koop says in his new book "Give a Child to the Fuehrer - the Lebensborn Organisation" that the S.S.-run group kidnapped thousands of children from occupied lands and murdered those that quack racial "experts" back in the Reich deemed "unfit for Germanisation".
Name of source: http://www.saipantribune.com
SOURCE: http://www.saipantribune.com (10-11-07)
Staff Sergeant Raymond H. Hagley of the 73rd Bombardment Wing of the 20th Air Force took the slide photos while stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in 1944/1945. Before Hagley passed away in January 1991, he gave the slides to his son, Gregg Hagley. “I knew they were special, just how special I wasn't sure until recently,” Hagley said.
The fully restored slides are remarkable in color, content, and composition. They show details of the island rarely seen by historians. Kodachrome slide film was not widely used during World War II.