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Name of source: Culpepper Star-Exponent
SOURCE: Culpepper Star-Exponent (3-4-10)
John L. Nau III, chairman of the Civil War Preservation Trust, will present the Chairman’s Awards for achievement in historic preservation at 10:30 a.m. during the board of trustees meeting at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. There are three award categories: education, philanthropy and historic preservation.
FoWB is the first organization to receive the achievement in historic preservation, according to Mary Goundrey Koik, deputy director of communications for the CWPT.
“We are extremely proud and awed that we are the first recipient of this award,” said Zann Nelson, FOWB president. “The CWPT board has set the standard, and in their estimation we’ve met that standard.
“It is a very high honor. FOWB is the most extraordinary all-volunteer organization I have ever had the opportunity to work alongside. The tireless efforts of the hundreds of volunteers, individually and collectively, have earned the organization this wonderful recognition.”
The CWPT’s awards are presented in recognition of individuals or organizations that have had a tremendous impact on historic preservation in their communities and regions....
Name of source: National Museum of the US Air Force
SOURCE: National Museum of the US Air Force (3-3-10)
The Winged Angels: U.S. Army Air Forces Flight Nurses in World War II exhibit, located in the museum's Air Power Gallery, tells the story of the 500 Army nurses who served as members of 31 medical air evacuation transport squadrons during the war. It highlights such women as 2nd Lt. Elsie S. Ott, 1st Lt. Suella Bernard, 1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz and 1st Lt. Mary L. Hawkins.
"From World War II to the present, an amazing and interesting history illustrates the courage, professionalism and dedication of our nursing personnel and a legacy that endures today," said Maj. Gen. Kimberly A. Siniscalchi, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development and Nursing Services. "Our superb flight nurses, technicians and critical care air transport teams have rightfully earned the title 'Angels of the Battlefield.'"
The exhibit includes several interesting artifacts, such as an original flight nurse blue uniform and all four variations of the flight nurse wings. Also on display are the uniform of Lt. Bernard, who was the only nurse known to have participated in a glider combat mission during WWII, and a flight jacket that belonged to Lt. Hawkins, who received the Distinguishing Flying Cross for her life-saving efforts caring for 24 patients after surviving a crash-landing in a C-47.
"These flight nurses were really part of a revolution in military medical care," said Terry Aitken, the museum's senior curator. "The introduction of flight nurses and air evacuation made it possible to save more lives than ever before, and this exhibit allows us to share the rich story of these brave women with our visitors. The flight nurses who served during World War II established a standard that continues today."
More information about this exhibit is available at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15457.
The opening of Winged Angels at the start of Women's History Month gives museum visitors another chance to see the contributions women have made to the Air Force over the years. Other museum exhibits focused specifically on women include the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) exhibit in the Air Power Gallery and a tribute dedicated to flight nurse Mary Spivak, which will be part of the renovated Korean War exhibit area.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-3-10)
“It’s a paradise,” former Marine commander Richard Rothwell said Wednesday as he sat in a wheelchair overlooking Invasion Beach. “I see no resemblance at all. Even the beach seems different.”
Rothwell was among nearly a dozen aging veterans able to make the 65th anniversary trip to the tiny Japanese island thanks to last-minute intervention by the U.S. Marines, who flew the stranded group here after their charter flight was diverted to Haiti to help with quake aid.
Rothwell, who toured the island with Marine escorts pushing his wheelchair, was commander of a 4th Marines Division battalion when the invasion began on Feb. 19, 1945.
“I was here for the entire mission, start to finish,” said Rothwell, of Catonsville, Maryland. “I had people killed next to me and around me and I was just very fortunate I made it out alive.”
The U.S. flag was raised above Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, but fighting continued for more than a month and, all told, nearly 28,000 troops were killed in one of the war’s most iconic battles.
Though scenic, Iwo Jima is still dangerous. It is inhabited only by about 300 Japanese troops because it is believed to be covered with too much unexploded ordnance to be habitable. The volcanic island the size of Manhattan is a maze of tunnels, caves and dense, scraggly brush, and has been largely untouched since the war.
The trip by the 11 veterans, most in their 80s or 90s, was arranged by the Denver, Colorado-based Greatest Generations Group, which organizes battlefield returns and events to educate students about war history.
The group diverted its chartered plane to Haiti and the vets were languishing on the Japanese island of Okinawa when Colorado lawmakers took up their cause, and then the Marine Corps got the veterans on a C-130 flight to Iwo Jima.
“We were delighted to find out we were going to get to go,” veteran Robert White, 89, said as he looked out from his wheelchair from the top of Mount Suribachi. “When you really want to have something done, the Marines do it for you.”
The 11 veterans had only three hours on Iwo Jima — now officially called Iwo To — but White, of Denver, said he was happy for the opportunity to return.
“I saw a lot of Suribachi from the flatlands, but this is the first time I’ve seen what it looks like from the top,” he said.
About two dozen veterans who arrived earlier in the day attended a memorial with U.S. and Japanese dignitaries and the families of Japanese who were killed.
The bigger group of veterans flew to the tiny island on a separately chartered airliner and quickly fanned out across its famous black-sand beaches.
Attesting to how deeply dug in its Japanese defenders were, the island is still giving up the dead.
The battle claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives. Dozens of remains are recovered every year, but about 12,000 Japanese are still classified as missing in action and presumed killed on the island, along with 218 Americans.
“Only 40 per cent of the remains of the Japanese troops have been recovered,” said Yasutaka Shindo, a member of parliament who is the grandson of the Japanese general tasked with fighting the Americans on Iwo Jima. “We will not rest until all of the remains have been recovered.”
In contrast to the Americans, who snapped photos and collected bags of sand — some even hit golf balls off the top of Suribachi — the several hundred Japanese who attended the anniversary split off on their own to offer prayers and flowers to the dead.
Iwo Jima was declared secured on March 26, 1945, but it was a hard-won fight.
Fewer than 1,000 of the Japanese who tried to defend Iwo — seen as a key to the U.S. because it had three airfields that could be used to launch raids on Tokyo and Japan’s main islands — survived the battle.
Japan surrendered in August of that year.
“Iwo Jima is a unique place in the history of the United States,” said Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway. “It was not the bloodiest fight in the Pacific campaign, it was not the most operationally sound, not the longest and arguably not the most important. But Iwo is burned into our national psyche in a way that no other battle in U.S. is.”
Marines and Navy medics were out in force to make sure the veterans were safe under the hot afternoon sun during their visit. Some had to be helped into trucks for a rest and one collapsed on the beach, but there were no significant problems.
“A lot of these men will go to their graves without telling us their stories,” said Timothy Davis, the president of the Greatest Generations, who accompanied the 11 veterans who arrived late. “This is history. Once they are gone, they are gone forever.”
Iwo Jima was returned to Japanese jurisdiction in 1968. In an effort to disassociate the island with World War II, the island was formally renamed “Iwo To” in 2006, the name it was known by before the war.
But some of the Japanese on the island Wednesday said they felt their country was forgetting its own history.
“We must not allow this tragedy to be forgotten,” said Hiroya Sugano, a 76-year-old doctor who was still a student during the war but came to the anniversary in memory of an old friend who was a kamikaze pilot.
“It’s a very emotional moment,” he said. “We must not forget that this is where peace was born.”
SOURCE: AP (3-4-10)
Maxwell Taylor Kennedy criticized the Los Angeles Police Department in a commentary prepared for Friday's Op-Ed page in the Los Angeles Times.
Maxwell Kennedy, a former assistant district attorney who lives in Los Angeles, called the display of his father's clothing "part of a macabre publicity stunt" and "a cheap bid for attention."
After a complaint from the family, the LAPD removed the items from a display at a homicide investigators conference in Las Vegas.
"This is supposed to be a learning experience," Police Chief Charlie Beck told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It wasn't intended to cause anyone grief or to be prurient or salacious in any way."
Kennedy was shot in the head by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Beck said it was the first time the clothing had been on display....
SOURCE: AP (3-3-10)
The necropolis of Saqqara outside Cairo has yielded a string of new discoveries as 10 different teams excavate a previously untouched area of these burial grounds were used continuously for more than 2,000 years until Roman times.
French mission head Philippe Collombert said the mummy of Queen Behenu was destroyed, but the chamber contained green hieroglyphics picked out on white stone known as the "Pyramid Texts."
"We are excited because the texts are well conserved," he told The Associated Press, adding that the queen's titles were written on the walls of the 33 by 16 foot (10 meter by 5 meter) burial chamber inside her small pyramid.
The text is primarily concerned with protecting the queen's remains and her transition to afterlife.
Collombert called the queen "mysterious," and said it was not clear whether she was the wife of King Pepi I or II, two long-ruling pharaohs of the Sixth Dynasty.
Under that dynasty, Egypt's Old Kingdom period ended as centralized rule broke down and ushered in a period of competing dynasties and powerful nobles vying for power across the country.
Pyramids from this time were mainly concentrated in Saqqara and were shoddily built, compared to their more famous cousins in Giza, and have largely fallen apart.
Collombert said the mission has worked in the area since 1988 and has unearthed seven pyramids belonging to queens from the dynasty, but this is only the second pyramid with religious texts on the walls.
In his new memoir, "Courage and Consequence," Rove blames himself for not pushing back against claims that Bush had taken the country to war under false pretenses, calling it one of the worst mistakes he made during the Bush presidency.
Rove says Bush did not knowingly mislead the American public about the existence of such weapons.
Churchill had been suffering from cancer and died at his London home, said Cmdr. John Muxworthy, president of the United Kingdom National Defense Association.
Churchill was a member of the House of Commons from 1970 to 1997. Earlier he had been a foreign correspondent for The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph and other papers.
SOURCE: AP (3-1-10)
The group Cultural Tourism D.C. has introduced an audio tour for Washington's U Street area. You can download it for free from the organization's Web site; the link can be found at the bottom of the lefthand side of the organization's home page at http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/....
The Marines flew in trucks, water and food from Washington to support Wednesday's commemorations of the 1945 battle that was a turning point in the Pacific theater. It claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives in 36 days of intense fighting. A drill team also arrived on the island.
The commemoration was to be attended by about 1,000 people, including Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway, members of Japan's parliament and representatives of the Iwo Jima survivors' association.
Only about two dozen American veterans of the battle are expected to attend the "reunion of honor" ceremony because few of the survivors — now in their 80s and 90s — are able to make the trip.
It was not known if any of the fewer than 1,000 Japanese who survived the battle would be able to attend....
Turkish politicians fear if a U.S. congressional panel recognizes the World War-I era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide, that would not only damage ties with its longtime U.S. ally but hurt U.S.-led efforts to help Turkey end a century of enmity with archrival Armenia.
Ahead of Thursday's vote at the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Turkey issued blunt warnings urging the Congress to ''act with responsibility,'' and its lawmakers lobbied in Washington against yet another resolution on the stinging issue.
This time, however, they do not have the U.S. administration on their side.
Past U.S. administrations have defeated similar resolutions through public cajoling about U.S. national security interests and behind-the-scenes lobbying. So far, however, the Obama administration has taken no public position on the measure and President Barack Obama said as a candidate that he believed the killings were genocide....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-4-10)
The resolution is not binding, but if it is passed, it can go forward for a vote in the House of Representatives.
In 2007, a similar resolution passed the committee stage, but was shelved before a House vote after pressure from the Bush administration.
Turkey has warned of consequences for US-Turkey ties if it is passed.
A Turkish parliamentary delegation has gone to Washington to try to persuade members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee not to vote for a resolution calling for the recognition of "the Armenian genocide".
The non-binding resolution calls on US President Barack Obama to ensure that US foreign policy reflects an understanding of the "genocide" and to label the World War I killings as such in his annual statement on the issue.
In 2007, the same committee passed a similar resolution on the issue, and even though the Bush administration had lobbied hard against it, Turkey was still furious, says the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington.
Turkey, a key Nato ally, recalled its ambassador from Washington and threatened to withdraw its support for the war in Iraq.
This time, the government in Ankara is even more worried because the Obama administration has not publicly come out against the move, our correspondent says.
Both Mr Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have in the past supported the resolution as senators.
Nationalist sentiment is intense in Turkey, and if the resolution passes, there will be an emotional reaction, even by those who have been arguing for reconciliation with Armenia, says the BBC's Jonathan Head in Istanbul.
There will certainly be a gesture of disapproval by the Turkish government, or maybe something stronger - a worrying possibility for the Obama administration, which sees Turkey as a vital moderate Muslim ally, our correspondent adds.
In October last year, Turkey and Armenia signed a historic accord normalising relations between them after a century of hostility.
Armenia wants Turkey to recognise the killings as an act of genocide, but successive Turkish governments have refused to do so.
Hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in 1915, when they were deported en masse from eastern Anatolia by the Ottoman Empire. They were killed by troops or died from starvation and disease.
Armenians have campaigned for the killings to be recognised internationally as genocide - and more than 20 countries have done so.
Turkish officials accept that atrocities were committed but argue they were part of the war and that there was no systematic attempt to destroy the Christian Armenian people.
SOURCE: BBC News (3-3-10)
The evidence comes from accumulations of tiny meteoritic particles and a layer of extraterrestrial dust found in Antarctic ice cores.
Details of the work were presented at a major science conference in Texas.
The event would have been similar to the Tunguska event, which flattened a large area of Siberian forest in 1908.
It is thought to have been a so-called "airburst" in which a space rock does not reach the ground, but rather explodes in the atmosphere.
The research is based on a study of extraterrestrial debris found in granite from Miller Butte, in the Transantarctic Mountains, and a layer of cosmic dust represented in two Antarctic ice cores.
The debris from the mountains includes micrometeorites and tiny particles called spherules. The study's authors think these spherules could be material eroded from a stony meteorite as it was heated up on its way through our atmosphere.
The spherules could potentially provide a signature to look for evidence of "airbursts" in the geological record.
The results were the subject of a presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in The Woodlands, Texas.
What makes [the] work so exciting is that it may give us a way of spotting these events in the geological record
Imperial College London
A layer of extraterrestrial dust has been found in both the Dome C and Dome Fuji ice cores from Antarctica. The dust in both cores is dated to about 481,000 years ago - and is therefore likely to derive from the same event.
The team, comprising Luigi Folco and Matthias van Ginneken from the University of Siena, Italy, and Phil Bland from Imperial College London, UK, now conclude that the Dome C and Dome Fuji dust layers are also paired with debris from the Transantarctic Mountains.
They point to strong similarities in the texture and composition of the debris found in the ice cores and that found in the granite.
However, the sites are more than 2,900km apart. For cosmic debris to be spread over such a wide area, the researchers propose that an airburst is the most likely explanation.
They estimate that it could have been caused by an object weighing 100,000 tonnes.
"We've got similar material spread over a very large area. It's difficult to do that with any other mechanism," said co-author Dr Bland.
The Tunguska impact was caused by a space rock some tens of metres across that detonated 5-10km above the ground. The blast flattened some 2,000 sq km of Siberian forest, knocking people to the ground about 60km from the epicentre.
Airbursts on the scale of the Tunguska event are thought to occur every 500-1,000 years on Earth. This figure is based on computer modelling by Dr Bland and his colleagues.
These results are consistent with an analysis of airbursts in the atmosphere gathered by US Department of Defense satellites from the 1960s onwards.
"These events are tricky to spot after they happen. If you go to Tunguska now, you've really got your work cut out trying to find any trace of that event - and that was 1908," Dr Bland told BBC News.
"What makes [the] work so exciting is that it may give us a way of spotting these events in the geological record. If these spherules are the signature, we know what to look for in future."
SOURCE: BBC News (3-1-10)
Mr Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs during the war in the 1990s, said there was a core group of Muslims in Bosnia - then and now - who wanted 100% power.
He said the Serbs acted in self-defence after their peace plans were rejected.
He insists he is innocent of all 11 charges from the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including genocide and war crimes.
The trial had been adjourned since November and the judge rejected a new request for a further postponement.
Mr Karadzic, 64, suspended his boycott and appeared in court along with his lawyer on Monday as the trial resumed.
"I will defend that nation of ours and their cause that is just and holy," Mr Karadzic said in translated comments at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
"I stand here before you not to defend the mere mortal that I am, but to defend the greatness of a small nation in Bosnia-Hercegovina, which for 500 years has had to suffer," he told the court. "We have a good case. We have good evidence and proof."
After his initial remarks, Mr Karadzic began laying out a detailed account of the events that led up to the outbreak of the war.
The wartime leader is trying to show that there was no joint criminal enterprise - no plan or plot - to carry out the genocide or "ethnic cleansing", but that Serbs were only defending themselves from perceived Muslim aggression, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes at the trial.
"Their conduct gave rise to our conduct, and that is 100% true," Mr Karadzic told the court.
He pointed to one defining event of the 44-month siege of Sarajevo - the 1994 attack on a market in which nearly 70 people died - saying it was a stage-managed "trick" for which Serbian forces were falsely blamed.
Mr Karadzic showed the court pictures of an empty marketplace, claiming it was the scene shortly before, as he put it, hundreds appeared and the attack was reported.
He is expected to present a two-day opening statement before prosecutors present their first witness on Wednesday.
The trial has drawn strong reactions from survivors of the Sarajevo siege.
"I don't believe The Hague can punish him enough. They should send him back to us here in Sarajevo so we can hang him here in the middle of the city," Muhamed Dizdar, a merchant in Markale market told the AP news agency.
Mr Karadzic faces two charges of genocide - including the killing in Srebrenica of more than 7,000 men and boys - as well as nine other counts including murder, extermination, persecution and forced deportation.
Prosecutors say he orchestrated a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" against Muslims and Croats in eastern Bosnia to create an ethnically pure Serbian state.
In his opening statement last October, prosecutor Alan Tieger said Mr Karadzic "harnessed the forces of nationalism, hatred and fear to pursue his vision of an ethnically segregated Bosnia".
Mr Karadzic had boycotted the proceedings, insisting on more time to prepare his case.
In November, the court appointed British lawyer Richard Harvey to take over the defence if he continued his boycott.
Mr Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade in 2008 after nearly 13 years on the run.
During his time in power, he was president of the self-styled Bosnian Serb Republic and commander of its army during the Bosnian conflict which left more than 100,000 people dead.
He is the most significant figure to face justice at this tribunal since the former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, who died of a heart attack in 2006 before his own trial was concluded.
Name of source: LifeSiteNews.com
SOURCE: LifeSiteNews.com (3-4-10)
“Real Christian faith is always personal, but it’s never private,” said Chaput. “And we need to think about that simple fact in light of an anniversary.”
Although Kennedy’s words were meant to assure Protestant ministers that the Catholic Church would not influence the Presidency, Chaput said that ultimately they, and all people of religious faith, became the losers: the Houston speech “profoundly undermined the place not just of Catholics, but of all religious believers in America’s public life and political conversation.
“Today, half a century later, we’re paying for the damage.”
Noting Kennedy’s thundering proclamation of belief in “an America where the separation of Church and state is absolute," Chaput said that vision of America was not shared by the Founding Fathers of the United States, nor did the Framers of the U.S. Constitution intend it.
Instead, Chaput said that the Establishment clause of the First Amendment – prohibiting a federally-sponsored church – was also intended to protect the “publicly funded Protestant Churches” in states such as Massachusetts. That state’s 1780 Constitution had a “mild and equitable establishment of religion” crafted in part by John Adams, the Second US President and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
“America’s Founders encouraged mutual support between religion and government. Their reasons were practical. In their view, a republic like the United States needs a virtuous people to survive,” said Chaput.
“Religious faith, rightly lived, forms virtuous people.”...
Name of source: Gettsyburg Times (PA)
SOURCE: Gettsyburg Times (PA) (3-3-10)
The proposal has generated unanimous support from the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors and Gettysburg Borough Council’s Community Development Committee.
“They’re not looking for any money, so it’s at no cost to taxpayers,” explained Cumberland Township Supervisor Randy Phiel.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground partnership is hoping to plant more than 600,000 trees along a 180-mile stretch of Old U.S. 15, from Monticello, Va., to historic Gettysburg.
The organization is seeking resolutions from each municipality located along the roadway.
Name of source: Homer Tribune (AK)
SOURCE: Homer Tribune (AK) (3-3-10)
However, contrary to speculation, the church is not for sale, said Russian Orthodox priest, Father Michael Oleksa. Apparently the rumor started because land around the church is listed for sale, after a trailer court nearby has overflowed onto church property, creating a “squatting” situation that has left the church wanting to sell the land around the church.
“We have a person who is willing to buy the land and we would rather sell it and let the new owners sort out the squatter issue,” Oleksa said.
Oleksa said that no Russian Orthodox church can be sold. The buildings are owned outright by the diocese, and 30 of them in Alaska are on the historic register.
For that matter, every ancient, onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral in Alaska has a separate story, said Oleksa, a long-time professor of cultural and orthodox history at Alaska universities and the author of several books on the topic. Some churches, like Holy Assumption at Kenai, will be going through renovations to replace its 120-year old rotting log walls. In order to raise the $1 million it will take to do that, the nonprofit Rossia is coming to the rescue to raise the funds....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Hitler wrote the one-page letter, in German, to Sefton Delmer, a British journalist, 16 months before he became Chancellor and seized power in 1933.
In it, he wrote: "I hope..that out of this crisis a new readiness will grow up in Britain to submit the past 12 years to a reappraisal. I should be happy, if as a result of this, the unhappy war-psychosis could be overcome on such a scale as to permit the realisation of the truly cordial relationship between the British and the German peoples so eagerly desired by myself and my movement.
"For I believe that the crisis now breaking in on us can only be solved by the closest political collaboration of those nations who see in the re-establishment of a natural European balance of power the first precondition to dealing with those great world problems under which Britain, too, suffers today."
The letter may fetch £12,000 at a Bonhams manuscripts sale in London on March 23.
In 1933, Delmer, who was stationed in Germany, secured his greatest scoop when he walked through the burn Reichstag building at Hitler's side.
Charles Pellegrino's Last Train from Hiroshima has been dropped by its US publisher, Henry Holt and Company, which said it had doubts over facts in the book.
After publication in January, it emerged that a source who claimed to have been on the US bombing mission over Hiroshima had invented his story. The publisher has now said it also has doubts relating to two other people named in the work.
Last Train from Hiroshima won acclaim earlier this year as a thorough and painstaking piece of research, being described by The New York Times as a "gleaming, popular wartime history". Oscar-winning director James Cameron even bought the film rights after previously using Pellegrino as an adviser on Avatar.
The book included testimony from Joseph Fuoco, who claimed to have been a last-minute replacement for flight engineer James R Corliss on an observation plane which accompanied the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped an atomic bomb dubbed "Little Boy" on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945.
But surviving members of the crew said Fuoco, who died in 2008 at the age of 84, was not on the mission and scientists and historians also doubted him. The family of Corliss, who died in 1999, produced evidence that their relative was on the plane.
It forced Pellegrino to admit he was duped and said he was "stunned" because Fuoco had "loads of papers and photographs" to back up his story. He said the book would be corrected.
But that was only the start of the controversy and the publisher now says it is suspicious about two other figures in the book. They were a Father Mattias, who was said to have lived in Hiroshima and committed suicide, and John MacQuitty, a Jesuit scholar who was said to have presided over the funeral of Father Mattias.
Oscar winning director James Cameron has acquired the film rights to the book and has a long working relationship with the author. Pellegrino was an advisor on Avatar, his latest blockbuster which has been nominated for nine Oscars.
The award-winning director also wrote introductions for Pellegrino's Ghosts of the Titanic, published in 2000, and his controversial 2007 book The Jesus Family Tomb, which claimed that a tomb discovered in Jerusalem contained the remains of Jesus.
Cameron has now defended the author, saying: "All I know is that Charlie would not fabricate so there must be a reason for the misunderstanding."
The director said any decision he makes about the Hiroshima film project would not be influenced "by the issue of a single flawed source" and he "would be a fool to ignore the rich vein of eyewitness testimony, so painstakingly gathered."
Henry Holt president Stephen Rubin said: "Without the confidence that we can stand behind the work in its entirety, we cannot continue to sell this product to our customers."
Pellegrino is fighting back, saying he used pseudonyms to protect the men's identities but had forgotten to acknowledge that.
The author said he had produced documents to prove the existence of "Father MacQuitty" and that he wanted to protect the priest because he was elderly.
The publisher also questioned Pellegrino's education. According to his website he has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand but the university said it had no record of it.
Pellegrino countered that his degree was revoked years ago in a dispute over evolutionary theory but later reinstated. The university said it is investigating.
About 18,000 copies of the book had been printed and the publisher said it was leaving it up to retailers whether to sell the remaining copies. Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the US, said it would pull copies from shelves.
Fred Gough was told by doctors told that he had been unwittingly been carrying the memento since his time battling on the front line in World War II.
The 83-year-old pensioner, from Darlaston, West Midlands, had been referred to hospital for an x-ray after suffering from an ache in his right leg.
He was amazed after learning it was the result of a bullet that had been embedded since the final months of the Second World War when he had served with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry....
It would be the first time a British monarch has set foot in the Irish Republic.
A visit has been mooted for several years as the Ulster peace process brings closer ties between London and Dublin, lowering the hurdles.
Such an event would have been inconceivable prior to the IRA pledging to hand over its weapons; the organisation murdered the Queen’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten, and 18 British soldiers in two separate attacks on the same day in August 1979.
Buckingham Palace said it “never commented on possible future state visits”, and a source added that the palace was not aware of plans for a trip to Ireland....
Before the event Mr Balls pledged £500,000 to a national appeal for a new institution in the north of England to assess and treat youngsters with the speech problem.
His department has already made half a million pounds available to the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in Islington, north London.
Speaking about George VI the Prince told his guests who included the centre's staff and supporters: "His stammer cut him off I think in so many ways from his parents and his brothers and sisters and drove him into himself as I suspect so many stammerers will understand.
"I think above all he experienced that awful fear of feeling different from others."
He joked with the audience about how the Monarch's speech problem would be dealt with in a forthcoming film about his grandfather called The King's Speech, with Colin Firth in the title role and Helena Bonham Carter as his wife.
The wartime Bosnian Serb leader used his second day in the dock of a United Nations tribunal to pour scorn on allegations of genocide and war crimes for which he has been indicted on 11 counts.
Karadzic, 64, insisted that the Serbs could not be held accountable for the four-year siege of Sarajevo, where 12,000 died from shelling and sniper fire, because the atrocities were a "cunning strategy" by Bosnian Muslims "aimed at bringing in foreign troops and foreign intervention".
Now they can be seen walking two-by-two down a plain catwalk in the heart of the Met in the exhibition The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy.
Carved over a 25-year-period by Jean de la Huerta and Antoine le Moiturier, each statue represents a mourner - mostly ecclesiastical figures such as a bishop, a choirboy and rows of monks from the Carthusian order.
The provocative images, which appeared in the western city of Poznan as a part of a promised nationwide campaign, also carry the slogan "Abortion for Poles: introduced by Hitler, March 9, 1943."
Fundacja Pro, the organisation behind the billboard, said that it wanted to remind Poles that abortion was first introduced to Poland during the Second World War by the country's Nazi occupiers as a means of limiting the population of a people they deemed inferior.
Police detained Ejup Ganic on suspicion of being involved in a 1992 massacre despite the charges having already been dismissed by a UN war tribunal.
It left the British government facing another embarrassing diplomatic dispute just weeks after it was condemned by Israel for failing to guarantee Tzipi Livni, the former foreign minister, would not be arrested on war crimes charges.
It also has dark reminders of a terrible time in history when Jewish blood meant death; and science, or pseudo-science, claimed to be able to sniff it out.
Judaism is inherited down the female line – as are mitochondria. Their DNA shows that today's Jews from the largest group, the eight million Ashkenazim – most of whom once found their home in central and eastern Europe, and who now represent the majority of American Jews – have few grandmothers. Around half descend from just four women who bear mitochondrial types found almost exclusively in that population. Two million trace their descent from just one of those ancient predecessors.
In 1650, there were only 100,000 Ashkenazim in Europe, a number then further reduced by pogroms. In 18th-century central Europe, though, came massive expansion of that population, largely because of their relatively good living conditions. In Frankfurt, Jewish life expectancy was at aged 48, compared to 37 among non-Jews. By 1800, Jews numbered two million and by 1900 almost four times as many.
Much of the growth occurred in the Rhine Valley – modern-day Germany. The increase was concentrated among a few well-off families, many of whom had 10 children while the poorest classes had far fewer. As a result, the majority of today's Ashkenazim derive from a small proportion of that population, two million from one mother, quite literally their shared Eve, who probably lived – unknown and unrecognised – in an affluent household in a German or Polish village three centuries ago. A shared close identity through mothers, grandmothers, and more is, for millions of Ashkenazim, a genetical fact....
A group of 250 people, including 150 former servicemen, say they have suffered cancer, skin disease and deformities because of the fallout from blasts.
If they win, the British Government could be faced with a bill for compensation which will run to millions of pounds, according to lawyers for the group, which will be represented by Cherie Booth QC.
British lawyers last week travelled to South Australia, where the tests took place, to prepare the case in conjunction with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and document the stories of people living in the area at the time of the testing.
Lawyers from London firm Hickman & Rose said the families that had come forward so far were "just the tip of the iceberg" and that they expected many more to follow....
Name of source: ANI
SOURCE: ANI (3-3-10)
According to a report in Global Arab Network, a local man found the coins near Najm Castle in the Manbej area in Aleppo governorate, as he was preparing his land for construction
, uncovering a bronze box that contained around 250 coins.
He promptly delivered the coins to the authorities who in turn delivered them to Aleppo Department of Archaeology and Museum.
Yousef Kanjo, the director of archaeological excavations at Aleppo Department of Archaeology and Museum, said that the box contained two groups of silver Hellenistic coins: 137 tetra drachma (four drachmas) coins and 115 drachma coins.
One side of the tetra drachma coins depicts Alexander the Great, while the other side depicts the Greek god Zeus sitting on a throne with an eagle on his outstretched right arm.
34 of these coins bear the inscription "King Alexander" in Greek, while 81 coins bear the inscription "Alexander" and 22 coins bear "King Phillip."
The drachma coins bear the same images as the tetra drachma, with "Alexander" inscribed on 100 of them and "Philip" on 15 of them.
Name of source: WTKR (VA)
SOURCE: WTKR (VA) (3-2-10)
The State Corporation Commission has dismissed a complaint that the wind farm in Virginia's Highland County would ruin the view from a Civil War battlefield in West Virginia. The commission posted its ruling late Monday....
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald (AU)
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (AU) (3-4-10)
Nobody knows how a tawny-coloured lock of hair, apparently snipped from the head of Napoleon Bonaparte on his deathbed, found its way into the bowels of Sydney Town Hall.
Attached to a letter claiming it was a cut from the ''illustrious dead'', the tuft has sat in underground storage for decades among the kitsch international gifts and relics accumulated by the City of Sydney, while councillors debated suburban development applications and muddled over planning laws above. But Sydneysiders will get a chance to have a brush with this piece of history this weekend when the strands, along with a collection of the city's other curios, go on display.
The heritage consultant Margaret Betteridge, who has curated the show, said the collection was not your average museum assemblage.
''That's what the appeal of the collection is, it's a bit quirky and random,'' she said....
Name of source: Arizona Daily Sun
SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun (3-3-10)
On Tuesday, more than a century later, there was another celebration at the train station in Flagstaff, and in keeping with the theme, it turned out to be even quieter than planned.
Mayor Sara Presler picked up one of the small wooden train whistles given to community leaders to commemorate the silencing of train horns at all five city crossings, only to learn in front of a crowd of more than 100 people that the toy didn't work.
Presler would later joke that she must have gotten the "quiet zone" train whistle.
The mayor said she was excited that the horns had been silenced, noting that hotel owners could finally distance themselves from the negative reviews on the Internet from guests who were rudely awakened by the sound of passing trains.
Others predicted the reviews would be mixed.
"It depends on whether they are train buffs or they stayed in a hotel the night before," said Kathy Hales, who has worked in the city's visitors center at the train station full-time for the last four years and has heard tens of thousands of trains close up.
Name of source: Radio Free Europe
SOURCE: Radio Free Europe (3-3-10)
The ceremony was held March 2 near Minsk's Yama (the Ditch) memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 people from the city's Jewish ghetto who were killed by Nazis on March 2, 1942.
Leanid Levin, the chairman of the Jewish Organizations' Association in Belarus, told RFE/RL that during Soviet times officials were reluctant to reveal what Jews in Minsk had experienced during World War II. But he said the mood in the country has changed, and in 2000 it became possible to erect a memorial at the massacre site.
Name of source: Sky News
SOURCE: Sky News (3-2-10)
"We welcome the support of the Secretary of State in terms of ensuring that we continue to keep diplomatic channels open but there is no need for that (direct involvement)," he told reporters.
He spoke after Foreign Secretary David Miliband updated the Cabinet on the latest developments and stressed that "self-determination of Islanders is the key issue".
"He emphasised that we have a strong ongoing working relationship with Argentina, particularly around G20," Mr Brown's spokesman reported back from the weekly meeting at Downing Street.
But the UK believed the oil drilling was "both the right thing to do and is entirely legitimate".
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez earlier asked for US help sorting out the renewed sovereignty dispute under a United Nations framework set up after the 1982 war.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (3-3-10)
More than 40 years after he was jailed Ronnie Kray's police record has been uncovered during an office move at Durham Police HQ.
In the document, which dates back to the 1950s, the murderous twin is described as a dog breeder, wardrobe dealer and club owner who will kill in any circumstances.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-3-10)
The suit that the former American football star was wearing in court when he was acquitted on October 3, 1995, is now to be donated to a museum.
A bitter legal battle over the tan suit, patterned tie and white shirt ended in Los Angeles on Tuesday with a deal to preserve the clothes for posterity.
Fred Goldman had been trying for years to seize the clothing to settle a $33.5 million (£22.5 million) wrongful death civil judgment against Simpson for killing his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Mr Goldman’s son Ronald.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-3-10)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Nicolas Chartier was being banned from Sunday’s awards show for "violating Academy campaigning standards" by sending e-mails to voters disparaging the 3D blockbuster Avatar.
The decision means that if, as widely expected, The Hurt Locker triumphs, the Frenchman will not be able to take to the stage at the Kodak Theater to accept his statuette beside the film’s three other producers but would have to pick it up at a later date.
In a separate development, a US Army sergeant announced a "multimillion-dollar lawsuit" against the makers of the film, claiming that its main character and situations were based on him and his service as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (3-3-10)
Previously unseen film footage and photographs restored and colourised using the latest computer technology were shown as part of a major three-part series simply called Der Krieg (The War).
The series was originally a film made by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle and was premiered in France last year under the title of Apocalypse.
It has now been split into three 45-minute segments for the series.
Name of source: Nancy Scola at techPresident
SOURCE: Nancy Scola at techPresident (3-2-10)
Somehow this slipped beneath our radar until now. The deal is that Harvard's Larry Lessig is supplementing his Change Congress/Fix Congress First push with a more fundamental -- yet more provocative -- appeal: let's start a grassroots movement to call for a constitutional convention, as provided for in the Constitution, to rework the basic nature of the agreement between "the People" and Congress. Here, from CallAConvention.org, is Lessig's thinking behind why the time is well nigh to provoke state legislatures into calling a summit on rewriting the Constitution:
From the Tea Party Right to the Progressive Left, there is agreement that something fundamental has gone wrong. But I believe that our frustrations share a common source -- an exasperation with the broken state of our political system -- even as we disagree passionately on what to do about it.
The solution to that disagreement is democracy. We should begin the long discussion about how best to reform our democracy, to restore its commitment to liberty and a Republic, by beginning a process to amend the Constitution through the one path the Framers gave us that has not yet been taken -- a Convention.
For the Framers imagined a time when the government might be captured. And they created a mechanism to respond to that capture. If 2/3ds of the legislatures of the states demand it, Congress must call a convention. That convention then must meet and deliberate about amendments to the constitution. If it agrees, it then proposes amendments to the states. 3/4ths of the states must then ratify any amendment before becomes law. Thus, 12 states of 50 have the power to veto any change, meaning no change could happen unless it appealed to a solid group of Red States and a solid group of Blue. We are, today, beginning the process to call a convention.
In particular, what Lessig wants that constitutional convention to tackle would be an amendment to the Constitution that requires Congress to ensure that "the financing of federal elections does not produce any actual or reasonably perceived appearance of dependence, except upon the People," with a non-partisan commission acting as the people's watchdog on when money is creating unholy dependencies on Capitol Hill.
Of course, one way of lessening the impression that Congress is paid for by high-donors is to create a widespread base of small donors and making political funding processes more transparent -- two things that the Internet has proven to be pretty good at. But first things first: here's where you can sign up to support Lessig's call for a constitutional convention.
Name of source: BBC
And the name of this woman who made history but now seems to be completely forgotten?
Katharine (Kitty) Murray, the Duchess of Atholl and the MP for Kinross and West Perthshire from 1923 to 1938.
She maintained a woman's place was in the home, even speaking against votes for women - but ended up in the most prestigious boys' club of them all, becoming our first MP.
When she first entered Westminster she was one of only eight women elected as MPs from across Britain.
From the start she was a model Conservative MP, loyal and hard-working.
But something happened in the 1930s to change all that. And she became a bit of a political maverick.
The difference in behaviour was due to the speed at which the two maritime disasters struck, researchers said.
The Titanic took more than two hours to sink when it hit an iceberg four days into its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, on 14 April, 1912.
But in the case of the Titanic, it was a case of "women and children first" in the best maritime tradition, according to researchers writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A study of the disaster showed that females, children and people accompanying a child were more likely to survive than males, adults and passengers without children.
Children on the Titanic had a 14.8% higher chance of surviving than adults and a person accompanying a child was 19.6% more likely to survive than someone without a child.
The 67-million-year-old skeleton was found in a dinosaur nest.
The study, published in the journal Plos One, is said to show the first direct evidence of feeding behaviour in a fossilised primitive snake.
This 3.5m fossil snake is believed to have fed on the hatchlings of sauropods, as it was found wrapped around a baby titanosaur.
Mrs Habyarimana, who has been living in France for several years, denies the accusations.
More than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in the massacres of 1994.
French officials said Mrs Habyarimana was detained in the Paris region by police executing a Rwandan-issued international arrest warrant.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (3-2-10)
The suspect, Veselin Vlahovic, born in Montenegro in 1969, was sought on three international arrest warrants for more than a hundred murders of women and children, as well as rape and torture, the statement said.
Vlahovic was known as "the monster of Grbavica" -- the name of the neighborhood of Sarajevo where he allegedly committed the crimes.
He was arrested by Spanish police investigating a criminal gang from Eastern Europe that committed armed robbery in Spain, the statement said.
SOURCE: CNN (3-2-10)
For 10 years, Mosab Yousef said he gathered information about Hamas terrorist plots and fed them to Israel's domestic security service Shin Bet.
Yousef, in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, said he did it because he came to believe that Hamas was practicing "exceptional cruelty" against its members and "killed people for no reason."
Name of source: 60 Minutes
SOURCE: 60 Minutes (2-28-10)
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (3-2-10)
Dressed in a pressed charcoal-colored suit for his first interview in many years, Samantar, 74, stiffly hauls himself halfway up from the threadbare brocade sofa. Some of his 13 sons and daughters rush in to help. He stays them with a single gruff word. Slowly, the man who was defense minister and prime minister of the last functioning regime in Somalia stands up on his own.
His five accusers in a civil lawsuit call him a war criminal, a monster living out his golden years with impunity in a quiet suburban neighborhood. This man, they say, was responsible for the unjust torture that they or members of their families suffered in the 1980s. They say Samantar administered a regime of repeated rape, abduction, summary execution and years-long imprisonment in solitary confinement. The accusers want someone, finally, to be held accountable for the well-documented human rights atrocities of that era.
Samantar waves his hand impatiently. The accusations, he says in a deep, throaty voice, are "baseless allegations, with no foundation in truth."
They come from a time when the country was in the midst of the first of many brutal civil wars, pitting north against south, clan against clan. A time when no one's hands were clean. "I served the people rightly and justly," he says. "I always respected the rule of law. I am no monster. I am not going to eat anyone."...
SOURCE: WaPo (3-2-10)
The school’s student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, is reporting that Peter Der Manuelian, a lecturer in Egyptology at Tufts University, will take the job. He has spent years studying and trying to publicize the work of the last Harvard Egyptologist, Professor George A. Reisner, a graduate of the Class of 1889.
Reisner, one of the world’s foremost authorities on ancient Eygpt, died in 1942 when he was on an excavation in Giza, Egypt. Much of his work was left unpublished.
Manuelian is director of the Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a Web-based effort to assemble all of the archaeological information available around the world about the Egyptian Pyramids....
Name of source: www.eurekaalert.org
SOURCE: www.eurekaalert.org (3-1-10)
But as the saying goes, history is written by the winners. Ancient texts can contain inaccuracies favorable to a strong ruler's legacy. That's why two Field Museum scientists and their Chinese collaborator have integrated textual information with archaeological research in order to further understand the impact of Shihauangdi's reign.
The scientists are Gary Feinman and Linda Nicholas – husband and wife anthropologists who, since 1996, have spent four to six weeks each year walking across fields in rural China looking for pottery sherds and other artifacts with colleagues including Fang Hui of the School of History and Culture at Shandong University. They compared ancient written records to archaeological evidence and the result of their work is a more holistic view of China's first emperor and his influence on the eastern province of Shandong.
A report of their research will be published in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of March 1, 2010....
Name of source: Vancouver Sun
SOURCE: Vancouver Sun (3-2-10)
The call from Dalhousie's Dr. Michael Cohen comes as growing attention is paid to the legacy of medical research conducted in Germany and Austria on thousands of Third Reich victims. Germany's main anatomy association is even planning a forum on Nazi-era science this September.
"German scientists for a long time have not really looked into their own pasts," said Dr. Andreas Winkelmann of Berlin's Charite university hospital.
"People often didn't want to look back," said Dr. Winkelmann, who has studied his own institution's Nazi history. "It took the grandchildren to look into these things."
As the sensitive issue increasingly comes to the fore, however, heated disputes are arising about the exact nature of some scientists' "medical crimes," and what should be done about them.
Dr. Bill Seidelman, another Canadian academic who has long studied the issue, says medical terms, even when linked to Nazi doctors, should be upheld as a reminder of that dark past -- and the fact that esteemed researchers became embroiled in Hitler's system....
Many scientists...became ardent followers of Hitler, with half of all doctors joining the Nazi party by 1942, and some helping develop the concepts of racial purity and eugenics that underpinned Naziism, noted Dr. Cohen....
...[V]irtually every university anatomy department in Germany and Austria was...the recipient of bodies of people executed in Nazi prisons, often political offenders, Polish slave labourers or other innocents, Dr. Seidelman said. Though the origins and use of the human remains was highly immoral, some of the research was for legitimate purposes and the scientists made discoveries that still bear their names today, terms known as eponyms.
They include Hugo Spatz, who did research on children killed in the Nazis' "euthanasia" project, and is a discoverer of the Spatz-Stiefler reaction, an anatomical diagnosis of paralysis. Hans Eppinger, a prominent internal medicine specialist in Vienna and infamous for forcing Gypsy prisoners to drink sea water in cruel experiments, is a namesake of Cauchois-Eppinger-Frugoni syndrome, a vein inflammation that causes enlarged spleens.
Some more familiar names fall into a greyer zone. There is conflicting evidence, for instance, about the Nazi sympathies of Hans Asperger, after whom Asperger syndrome was coined, and Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt, the German neurologist who first described Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, according to a 2007 paper in the journal European Neurology....
Name of source: Medieval News
SOURCE: Medieval News (3-1-10)
The researchers uncovered the depiction in the argillite material on the lowest part of the stonework. "This is the first find of this type in Prague," Jana Marikova-Kubkova said.
The unexpected discoveries were made in the rooms to the south of the passage from the second to the third courtyards only in the final stage of the research work, Marikova-Kubkova.
The archaeologists have been unable to clearly identify the meaning of the engraving. So far, only engravings of people, animals and birds have been found, she added.
The evidence of the 9th century Prague Castle fortifications was already found in the mid-20th century during construction works at the third courtyard, Marikova-Kubkova said.
The area was a cult centre in the 9th century, she added.
Archaeologists only found rock bedrock farther to the south from the passage. Historical sources prove that the original terrain was undulated in these places. As a result, it was levelled in the 16th century, before the existing buildings started to be constructed.
All strata with remnants of human activities were removed during the works.
It was already discovered in 1948 that a Romanesque rampart was built in the area.
In 2001-2002 a moat was found that encircled the entire Prague Castle in the 10th-11th centuries.