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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-9-10)
Adding insult on one of the worst days of his presidency, Mrs Palin compared Mr Obama with Jimmy Carter, a Democrat who served one term and is regarded as one of the least successful US presidents in the post-war era.
When asked what she thought of Mr Obama's presidency so far, she replied: "Two words: Jimmy Carter." She added that "someone who can draw a sharp contrast" was capable of beating the incumbent in two years' time.
There are also rumblings among liberal Democrats, commentators and bloggers about the need to launch a primary challenge against Mr Obama, whom they regard as having betrayed their principles and broken campaign promises.
After several disappointments, the White House's secretly negotiated deal with Republicans on taxes made the patience of Democrats snap....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-9-10)
But unlike Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese dissident who is unable to attend today's ceremony because he's in a Chinese prison, the first Confucius laureate said he wouldn't attend because he'd never heard of the prize in the first place.
The office of former Taiwanese vice president Lien Chan, who according to the citation won the Confucius award for his work in improving relations across the troubled Taiwan Strait, said it knew nothing of the hastily assembled £10,000 prize and had no plans to collect it.
The peace prize with Chinese characteristics had been billed as Beijing's riposte to this year's Nobel which has infuriated Beijing....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-8-10)
A German family has laid claim to a tenement building in the western Polish town of Opole, which until 1945 was part of the German Reich.
The Poles who live in the building have contested the claim, in what has now become a bitter and protracted battle both in and out of the courts.
Property claims resulting from the massive upheaval caused by the Second World War remain a highly emotional issue in Poland, with Poles especially fearful of Germans returning to the areas of the country that were once part of Germany....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-8-10)
In the months before the Libyan was allowed to return home, Jack Straw, the then Justice Secretary, told US diplomats he could live up to five years .
But Mr Straw said Alex Salmond’s SNP administration in Scotland was minded to free Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi anyway because there was nothing “codified in law” about his expected lifespan.
Cables released by the website WikiLeaks show the Libyans offers Mr Salmond a “parade of treats” in return for the bomber being freed but these were refused....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (12-7-10)
Sir Vincent Fean, the UK's ambassador to Tripoli at the time, also warned that continuing to hold Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi in a prison in Scotland could have “disastrous implications for British interests in Libya”.
The warnings were contained in secret communiqués sent from US embassy staff in Tripoli in August 2009, and produced in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine...
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (12-9-10)
Shilansky died at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, parliament spokesman Giora Pordes told The Associated Press.
The diminutive politician with an unruly thatch of white hair was known for his hard-line political views alongside an easygoing manner and ready smile....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (12-9-10)
On Wednesday, the Department of Defense's POW/Missing Personnel Office said the remains of Army Private Henry A. Weikel, 28, of Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, had been identified and returned to his family for burial.
Weikel will be laid to rest in Annville, Pennsylvania, the office said in a statement.
Weikel was part of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division during World War I....
SOURCE: CNN (12-9-10)
Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist -- an admitted Doors fan -- is proposing an official let-off for the late legendary hell-raiser Jim Morrison. And the state clemency board meets Thursday to consider the request.
Under state law, a pardon must have the consent of the governor and at least two other members of the Florida Board of Executive Clemency.
Crist, who is set to leave office in January after losing his bid for the Senate in the recent midterm elections, said that after reviewing the case file, he felt compelled to get involved.
"What I do know is that if someone hasn't committed a crime, that should be recognized," he said. "We live in a civil society that understands that lasting legacy of a human being, and maybe the last act for which they may be known, is something that never occurred in the first place, it's never a bad idea to try to right a wrong."...
SOURCE: CNN (12-8-10)
Original Python and film director Terry Gilliam was responsible for the iconic animations that acted as buffers between sketches, as well as the opening credits of the TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" that ran from 1969 to 1974, as well as the Python films that would follow.
Instantly recognizable, they were anarchic sequences that often took famous works of art such as Botticelli's "Venus" and sculptures by Auguste Rodin, and forced them into unlikely situations for comic effect.
Gilliam, an American whose film directing credits include "Twelve Monkeys," "Brazil," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," began his career as an animator and strip cartoonist.
After meeting John Cleese in New York, Gilliam went on to form Monty Python with Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Cleese. Gilliam was initially brought in to do animations, though he later had some notable comic roles in the sketches....
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (12-8-10)
— The modern estate tax was enacted in 1916, imposing a 10 percent tax on the portion of estates above $50,000.
— The rate peaked at 77 percent from 1941 to 1976. From 1942 to 1976 it was imposed on estates larger than $60,000....
Name of source: World Socialist Web Site
SOURCE: World Socialist Web Site (12-9-10)
The vast majority of journalists and politicians have condemned WikiLeaks and defended secret diplomacy. This is true not only for right-wing and conservative circles, but also for the so-called “liberal press,” the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens.
Typical is a guest contribution published December 3 in the Frankfurter Rundschau by the leader of the social democratic faction in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. The author employs a cheap debater’s trick, equating the protection of state secrets with the defence of individual privacy....
Schulz's article culminates with the accusation: “WikiLeaks has not understood the distinction between the interests of the public and the public interest.” He thus expresses an understanding of the state that has more to do with the authoritarian Prussian state than with a democracy or a republic.
Under the Hohenzollern monarchy, broad sections of the petty bourgeoisie—including such icons of German liberalism as Friedrich Naumann and Max Weber—defended the rule of the emperor against the democratic parliamentary system. In their eyes, the monarchy was needed to enforce the “public interest”—which included the build-up of the German Navy, the conquest of colonies and the subordination of central Europe to German rule—against the growing influence of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which was on the eve of becoming the strongest party in the Reichstag (parliament)....
SOURCE: World Socialist Web Site (12-9-10)
All attempts by the Netherlands courts to bring Faber back into their judicial system after his escape on Boxing Day 1952 have so far been undermined by the hardline attitude of the German judiciary and politicians.
Faber made his escape from the prison in Breda during a film screening. He was accompanied by six other prisoners, who were also arrested for war crimes following the allied occupation of Germany. One of the organisers of the escape was the former SS operative Herbertus Bikker, who also lived in Germany largely undisturbed until his death in November 2008....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (12-8-10)
Name of source: Nature
SOURCE: Nature (12-9-10)
Jurrie Reiding, a retired chemist in the Netherlands, examined Debye's private correspondence and concluded that he might have supplied information to a spy working for the British intelligence agency MI6 in Berlin. The finding is published in Ambix1.
Reiding says that Debye was a friend of Paul Rosbaud, an Austrian working at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin, of which Debye was director between 1935 and 1939. Rosbaud, who loathed the Nazis, was recruited by MI6 to supply them with scientific information including details of the development of the V1 and V2 rockets and German attempts to develop an atomic bomb. He remained in Berlin throughout the war. Even now, information about Rosbaud's activities under the codename Griffin remain classified....
Name of source: NBC Montana
SOURCE: NBC Montana (12-1-10)
The surviving travelers are rumored to have resorted to cannibalism, but recent research has turned up no proof.
Local scholars tell me many questions still remain.
In 1846, The Donner Party dreamed of gold and land in the West.
"They were going on the trail west for manifest destiny," says Joyce Doyle of the Missoula Public Library....
Name of source: Macon.com
SOURCE: Macon.com (12-7-10)
Though the research, much of it done with a ground-scanning instrument to roughly map underground shapes and forms, is still under way, early analysis seems to indicate more unearthed dwellings at the site than were previously known to have existed.
Dan Bigman, an archaeologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia, has charted 25 or so acres of the Ocmulgee National Monument grounds since the summer....
Name of source: Expatica
SOURCE: Expatica (12-9-10)
"Sixty-five years after the end of the war, the suffering of the victims of Nazism is not forgotten," Deutsche Bahn chief executive Ruediger Grube said....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (12-5-10)
On a starry night, recalling the days of Jesuit evangelisation a few centuries ago, a sonata for double violin by Domenico Zipoli resonates inside the huge church.
A baroque ensemble of young players is serenading international visitors who have come to this remote Bolivian jungle town of almost 19,000 inhabitants to learn what makes the Chiquitania so unique....
SOURCE: BBC News (12-8-10)
The charges, which include kidnapping and torture, relate to the disappearance of four French citizens soon after Gen Pinochet came to power.
The 14 accused were mostly senior military officers at the time and include Manuel Contreras, the former head of the Dina secret police.
A verdict is expected later this month.
The four French citizens disappeared between 1973 and 1975. They include Georges Klein, a former counsellor to President Salvador Allende, whom Gen Pinochet ousted in a coup.
Families of the four listened as the judge at the court in Paris read out the names of the 13 Chileans and one Argentine accused of kidnapping, arbitrary detention, torture and barbarous acts.
A lawyer representing the family members, Sophie Thonon, said it was important that those accused were convicted....
SOURCE: BBC News (12-8-10)
The copy, which comes from the collection of Lord Hesketh, had been expected to fetch up to £6m.
Only 119 complete copies of the 19th-century book are known to exist, and 108 are owned by museums and libraries.
A separate edition of the book on ornithology sold for a record-breaking price of $8.8m (£5.7m) a decade ago.
It contains 1,000 life-sized illustrations of almost 500 breeds and took wildlife artist John James Audubon 12 years to complete.
He did so by travelling across America, shooting the birds and then hanging them on bits of wire to paint them.
The artist then went to Britain to print the volumes and targeted the rich to buy copies.
London dealer Michael Tollemache, who bought the copy at the Sotheby's auction, said the book was "priceless"....
SOURCE: BBC News (12-7-10)
The document was found after a journalist came across a reference to it in a Leonardo biography, the library said.
It was among 5,000 manuscripts donated by wealthy collector Pierre-Antoine Labouchere in 1872 and then forgotten.
The text is written from right to left in Leonardo's trademark mirror-writing and has yet to be deciphered.
"He was most probably writing in 15th-century Italian, and possibly in other languages," the head of the Nantes library, Agnes Marcetteau said.
The fragment of paper with brown scrawls is the second rare item uncovered in the Labouchere collection, after a score by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was found among the documents in 2008.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the most important artists and scientists of the Renaissance....
Name of source: NYT
She and her husband, Victor, 73, survived Hitler and Stalin, tough postwar years and the challenges of perestroika. In the early 1990s, they faced the consequences of the Soviet Union’s collapse and the birth of post-Soviet Ukraine.
“I’m Jewish, and my husband is Russian,” Ms. Shchetinina said with a heavy accent, carefully choosing words from her rudimentary English vocabulary. “We both felt unwanted.”...
“I urge the United States Senate to ratify the Start treaty,” Mr. Bush said in a one-line statement that offered no elaboration. His spokesman, Jim Appleby, said by telephone that the former president would let his position stand at that and would not discuss whether the White House solicited the endorsement....
SOURCE: NYT (12-7-10)
He finds the phrase demeaning.
Mr. Gould prefers this description: a 43-year-old college dropout from Los Angeles who says he made a lot of money in finance, became interested in Nazi memorabilia and ended up on an undercover odyssey where he posed as a neo-Nazi to befriend a former Waffen SS officer and recorded many of their conversations with the plan to someday expose the man’s role in the Third Reich.
But an alternative description might read like this: a man on a self-appointed mission to expose an aging Nazi — one who has published an autobiography and has never been accused of war crimes — and hoping, in the process, to publish a book and land a movie deal.
Whatever the subtext, on Saturday Mr. Gould revealed having posed as a neo-Nazi to the former SS officer, the 97-year-old Bernhard Frank, once a trusted aide to Heinrich Himmler, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany. Mr. Frank looked at his accuser and through the confusion of age and betrayal asked, “Are you my enemy or my friend?” according to a transcript of the encounter provided by Mr. Gould....
“I think Mark is an unconventional guy who has done courageous and lonely work,” said Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California and founder of The Holocaust Center in Britain....
Name of source: Physorg.com
SOURCE: Physorg.com (12-8-10)
"The ancient world is a laboratory for understanding the societies of today," said Pope. "This research will help us link the archeological to the historical to understand how we, as a society, got to where we are today."
Twenty coins have already been analyzed using techniques including x-ray fluorescence systems at McMaster and a proton microprobe at the University of Guelph. After they are analyzed, radiation scientists are able to tell Pope what sorts of metal are present in the coins, allowing him to determine where they were minted and how widely they may have been circulated. He is also able to zero in on ancient economic downturns - during such times, coins were made with less valuable metals - and even track the collapse of the Roman Empire....
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (12-9-10)
A human error meant the wrong footage was uploaded on to the BBC's South West region website which includes the Channel Islands.
Web users globally would have been able to spot the error which was quickly changed by BBC staff.
A BBC insider said: 'This is another BBC cock-up. People in the Plymouth HQ were jumping up and down about it.
'Anyone looking at the weather website found images of Nazi rallies and the occupation of the Channel Islands which is a particularly sensitive issue.
'It is particularly sensitive for the BBC in the South West because the islands are in their patch.
'It appears the error was made by a BBC worker on the islands.'
A BBC spokeswoman in Bristol said: 'We made a mistake and uploaded the wrong footage which was a news item due to be shown that evening about a Guernsey evacuee who became pen pals with America's First Lady during the German occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (12-8-10)
In recent years, archaeologists have turned up evidence of a wave of human settlements along the shores of the Gulf dating to about 7,500 years ago. But how could such highly developed settlements pop up so quickly, with no precursor populations to be found in the archaeological record? Jeffrey Rose, an archaeologist and researcher with the University of Birmingham in the U.K., believes that evidence of those preceding populations is missing because it's under the Gulf.
"Perhaps it is no coincidence that the founding of such remarkably well developed communities along the shoreline corresponds with the flooding of the Persian Gulf basin around 8,000 years ago," Rose said. "These new colonists may have come from the heart of the Gulf, displaced by rising water levels that plunged the once fertile landscape beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean."
Rose said that the area in and around this "Persian Gulf Oasis" may have been host to humans for over 100,000 years before it was swallowed up by the Indian Ocean around 8,000 years ago....
SOURCE: Fox News (12-7-10)
She died at her North Carolina home surrounded by her three children, siblings, friends and John, the family said.
Edwards stopped receiving treatment this month when doctors told her it would be unproductive after it spread to her liver....
SOURCE: Fox News (12-6-10)
They all have stories. From swimming through oil infested waters ablaze from explosions, to serving on other parts of the island...watching in horror as the Japanese surprise attack 69 years ago killed more than 2,400 of their friends and colleagues, including children and other civilians. For so many the years have gone by so fast and you can literally see the memories on their faces as they go into a near trance while looking over the site. All around the island and around this harbor bombs fell and gunfire ripped through everything in site. Two hours and two waves of Japanese planes later, 188 U.S. aircraft and 21 ships were either destroyed, or severely damaged and we had been brutally thrust into the war in the Pacific.
We have come here for the 69th commemoration at Pearl Harbor for two reasons...the obvious is the memorial that will be attended by about 100 survivors, but also to witness the dedication of a brand new facility. You see four years ago when we came for the 65th anniversary, our crew noticed the visitors center had seen better days and that's putting it lightly. Big chunks of concrete had fallen from numerous areas and parts of the center were literally sinking back into Pearl Harbor. A fund had been established and every effort was being made to raise 50-million dollars to replace a museum and site that had seen much better days. We pitched the story idea and planned a return....
Name of source: Sky News
SOURCE: Sky News (12-9-10)
Suffering from prostate cancer, the Libyan's health has rapidly deteriorated -- and his relatives said he has been in a coma and on life support for around a week.
Al Megrahi -- who was convicted of killing 270 people by bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 -- has been unable to walk for a number of weeks and is not expected to recover.
A source close to his family told Sky News: "He is on life support and has been for some days. Many people have been waiting for him to die.
"That day is coming very soon. Every day, his loved ones expect it to be his last."...
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (12-2-10)
The latest revelations concern Walther Sommerlath, the late father of Sweden's German-born Queen Silvia. He has been unmasked by an investigative television documentary as a Nazi party member who grew rich during the Second World War running an armaments factory that had been stolen from its Jewish owners.
The disturbing revelations, made by Sweden's Kalla fakta (Cold facts) TV programme, directly contradict 67-year-old Queen Silvia's claims earlier this year that her father was not "politically active" and that the factory he ran produced toy trains, hairdryers and parts for civilian gas masks. She also denied he had taken over the factory from its Jewish owners.
However, documents unearthed by Kalla facta in Berlin and South America show that Walther Sommerlath joined the Nazi party in Brazil in 1934 – only a year after Hitler took power....
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (12-8-10)
But on Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the bloodiest attack on U.S. soil by a foreign country, news organizations attempted to make sense of it all. Far removed from the future 24/7 news cycle, the correspondents of the era had only bits and pieces of information from the Japanese assault on Hawaii and did their best to put it into a broader context. Looking back on the articles on the 69th anniversary, the stories are often unclear about exactly how the attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base happened.
What was evident, however, was that it was destined to bring about another world war. Its conclusion remained unknown....
Name of source: BBC
Alex Salmond was responding to claims in cables published by Wikileaks and reported in the Guardian.
The leaks claim to show the UK government feared harsh action by Libya against British interests if Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi died in prison.
Ministers insist the decision was based purely on the Scots justice system.
The US cables say the UK government fully supported Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's release by the Scottish authorities, but Mr Salmond has said this information is nothing new....
The records tell the stories of poor, sick children who were admitted to Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children from 1883 to 1903.
It is part of the Historic Hospital Admission Records Project being run by Kingston University in London.
The records give an insight into the common diseases and conditions of Victorian times....
He is one of a number of key figures, including former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, asked to appear in person before the Chilcot committee again.
In January, Mr Blair defended his decision to take the country to war, saying he had no regrets about it and that Saddam Hussein was a "monster".
The inquiry is looking into the 2003 war and its aftermath.
Chairman Sir John Chilcot said earlier this year there could be more hearings if there were gaps in the evidence or points that needed clarifying....
SOURCE: BBC (12-3-10)
The bodies were among six found by a French archeologist in Le Touquet, a village south of Ypres, in November.
Officials from the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum believe the three men are from Wigan and Manchester.
But before they can be given a full military funeral, experts need to trace the soldiers' relatives to confirm their identities through DNA checks.
Documents held by the museum suggest the three men - Henry Pulford, Edgar Parkinson and James Rowan - were buried near the village.
All three had been out in the region for a few months in the early stages of World War I in 1914....
SOURCE: BBC (12-7-10)
Fossils of the bird were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, a place previously famed for the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small hominin species closely related to modern humans.
The stork may have been capable of hunting and eating juvenile members of this hominin species, say researchers who made the discovery, though there is no direct evidence the birds did so.
The finding, reported in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, also helps explain how prehistoric wildlife adapted to living on islands....
SOURCE: BBC (12-7-10)
The plant closed in 1990, leaving about 6,000 people out of work.
A number of historic buildings, including the Grade II-listed former agent's house, are in disrepair.
Wrexham planners agreed on Monday to strike a deal with Brymbo Developments Ltd to install a temporary roof on the Grade II-listed former agent's house.
The site includes several scheduled ancient monuments, such as the foundry, the number one blast furnace, the joiners shop and the pattern makers workshop.
The machine shop and the agents house are Grade II-listed buildings.
The agents house is the only building on site which "can be proved to be original" to the establishment of the ironworks by John Wilkinson in the 18th Century....
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (12-6-10)
In the upcoming Current Anthropology journal study, Jeffrey Rose of the United Kingdom's University of Birmingham, points to stone tools from 40 archeological sites throughout the Middle East to suggest that modern humans left Africa earlier than many model suggest (typically around 60,000 years ago), and populated Arabian coastal areas now underwater.
Archeologist Geoffrey Bailey of the United Kingdom's University of York, says the study's suggestion that Arabian continental shelves served as good environments for human during Ice Ages, "and served as a source of population expansion in the early Holocene (last 10,000 years), is an attractive one."
However, Robert Carter of the UK's Oxford Brookes University, questions the links that Rose sees between ancient stone age tools and the later Sumerian civilization, in a commentary accompanying the report....
SOURCE: USA Today (12-5-10)
The national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association's numbers have dropped so low, the possibility of shuttering it will be discussed at its national convention in Honolulu, which begins Saturday and runs through Friday.
Out of 60,000 military personnel on the island during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack, there are only an estimated 3,000 survivors still participating in chapters scattered across the country.
"We're just getting old and dying off," said Clarence Lux, 90, who joined the local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Chapter 21 in 1975....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (12-6-10)
Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world's poorest nations today, according to new research.
Living standards in medieval England were far above the "bare bones subsistence" experience of people in many of today's poor countries, a study says....
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (12-7-10)
To look at her — 71/2 feet tall atop her earthquake-resistant pedestal, her face serene, her limestone robes rippling in an unfelt wind — is not just to appreciate a pinnacle of ancient Greek statuary, but to experience a semblance of how divinity must have felt to awestruck pagans.
And now the great goddess, once described as "the greatest piece of classical sculpture in … any country outside of Greece and Great Britain," not to mention the most costly antiquity the J. Paul Getty Trust ever acquired, is about to depart.
Sunday is the last day that "Cult Statue of a Goddess" will be on view at the Getty Villa near Malibu. She then will be separated into her connecting parts, packed and flown in January to Sicily, where she is believed to have been illegally dug from the ground in the late 1970s. In late March, she'll be unveiled in the archaeological museum at Aidone, where government officials hope she becomes a magnet for tourism, along with other finds from the nearby ancient digsite of Morgantina....
Name of source: The Washington Post
SOURCE: The Washington Post (12-5-10)
Bent over a shallow pit on a recent Saturday morning, Schweikart, with a garden trowel and metal dust pan, performed the slow and meticulous task of archeology. She was working to exhume what remains of a colonial era building that might help historians learn more about the port town of Colchester.
Colchester once was a bustling port to which tobacco planters from southern plantations would bring their crop for export to England. Later, wheat and other commodities were shipped from the port.
Capt. John Smith, an explorer who is probably best known for helping establish the Jamestown settlement, also is believed to have visited the site in 1608 when he explored the Occoquan River, encountering several Native American tribes, according to historians leading work at Colchester.
The site is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The purchase of the 135-acre lot in April 2007 for $9.52 million was financed by bond money, agency spokesman Matthew Kaiser said.
The property, which includes a house used as a residence for archeologists, was purchased from developers and included the largest parcels of undeveloped land remaining in private ownership in the Mount Vernon District, according to Park Authority officials.
Archeologists are evaluating the site for potential inclusion in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.....
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (12-7-10)
Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology is delving deeper into this unique piece of ancient history to come up with a new explanation for how Naukrtis developed, and how its inhabitants managed to operate on foreign soil and create a new sense of common identity.
The Greeks that inhabited Naukrtis, explains Dr. Fantalkin, may have come from warring city states at home, but they formed a trade settlement in Egypt under the protection of powerful Eastern empires. This link not only brought them together as a culture, but explains how they were allowed to operate in the midst of Egyptian territory. Dr. Fantalkin's theory was recently presented at the Cultural Contexts in Antiquity conference in Innsbruck, Austria, and will soon be published in the proceedings of the conference....
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (12-5-10)
Those five units of the National Park System will be honored by the U.S. Mint next year with commemorative quarters of their very own. They represent the second set of coins in its America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The Gettysburg quarter reverse design depicts the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge. Inscriptions are GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The Glacier quarter reverse design depicts a classic view of the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds towering in the distance, while a mountain goat clambers over the rocky slopes of the park’s high country. Inscriptions are GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin’s reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers....
Name of source: The Atlantic
SOURCE: The Atlantic (12-6-10)
While the photos themselves are beautiful, I think they also highlight a structural change at some of our nation's biggest institutions. The digital age continues to refashion what we want and expect from our cultural preservationists. The vaults at places like the Library of Congress and Smithsonian have long contained far more than could be displayed or appreciated in physical space. Curators cut a narrow path through all that information; they told tell stories. That part of the job hasn't gone away, but now we also want to be able to tell our own stories....
Name of source: PR Newswire
SOURCE: PR Newswire (12-6-10)
GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, President Eisenhower's granddaughter Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha discuss their heartfelt objections to the proposed Gettysburg casino (1/2 mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park) in four emotional videos just released from No Casino Gettysburg and the Civil War Preservation Trust.
The musical accompaniment is from composer John Williams' powerful musical score for Steven Spielberg's 11-time Oscar-nominated film, Saving Private Ryan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UmIdXEEQmY Burns (3:35)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmdR8DpMz8k McCullough (3:10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_ZFyh4oaF4 Eisenhower (3:25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UX2SCVQXeE Bucha (2:52)
Excerpts from the original soundtrack recording of Saving Private Ryan are being used with permission from five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and members of the Boston Musicians' Association. Williams has contributed the music for all No Casino Gettysburg videos and commercials this year....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (12-7-10)
Germany's Finance Ministry confirmed Tuesday it would increase its contribution for 2011 to euro110 million ($147 million), pending approval from parliament, which is widely expected....
Name of source: New Scientist
SOURCE: New Scientist (12-6-10)
In the Lambayeque valley on the north coast of the country, the earliest definitive evidence of ritual child sacrifice has been uncovered. The bloodletting took place at a site called Cerro Cerrillos.
"The scale and sheer complexity of the blood sacrifice of children at Cerro Cerrillos appears to be something completely new," said Haagen Klaus of Utah Valley University in Orem.
This practice, which emerged between 900 and 1100 AD, may have been a way for a particular ethnic group – the Muchik – to solidifying their cultural identity in a landscape dominated by another, elite ethnic group, the Sicán....