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Name of source: WXVT (MS)
SOURCE: WXVT (MS) (2-4-11)
The bill was filed in Congress this week by the Republican senators. A similar bill was filed last year....
Name of source: Daily Times (Delaware County, PA)
SOURCE: Daily Times (Delaware County, PA) (2-4-11)
For Foote and scores of history buffs, often it was the power of pictures that helped trigger their curiosity. Soldiers marching up against a shower of shot and shell, seeing men mowed down by the dozens. After staring at those Civil War pictures for hours, the historians had to uncover the stories behind them.
Newell Conyers Wyeth certainly played a significant role in their fascination. Owner of a constant and grand imagination, Wyeth poured it into a flood of dynamic pictures of the Civil War....
Name of source: The Art Newspaper
SOURCE: The Art Newspaper (2-3-11)
It was a different story for the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009. Congress created a special commission to plan the nation’s commemoration and there were numerous exhibitions. In Washington, DC, the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art and National Museum of American History celebrated Lincoln’s life and explored his image. The New York Historical Society organised the ambitious “Lincoln and New York” show in 2009, a version of which is touring nationally. Art museums are also commemorating the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, for example, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta’s touring exhibition “Road to Freedom”.
The American Civil War had a major impact on some artists and photographers, with images of the dead, by the likes of Matthew Brady, shocking a public more accustomed to romanticised images of conflict.
“America has so many inhibitions about remembering the Civil War, and has had from the beginning,” said Harold Holzer (senior vice president of external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), who is an authority on Lincoln. Holzer was the chief historian for “Lincoln and New York” and served as co-chairman of the Lincoln bicentennial commission. “The reviews that greeted the unveiling of some of the key paintings was mixed. They were critical of the idea of remembering something so unpleasant.” Holzer also added that the centenary of the war in 1961 was “a mess in many ways”. Southern states did not want it used to advance the civil rights movement, insisting on “a romanticised recollection”....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (2-4-11)
In a letter addressed to the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, and printed in the Guardian today, 40 archaeology professors write of their "deep and widespread concern" about the issue.
The dispute centres on legislation introduced by the Ministry of Justice in 2008 which requires all human remains excavated at digs in England and Wales to be reburied within two years, regardless of their age. The decision, which amounts to a reinterpretation of law previously administered by the Home Office, means scientists have too little time to study bones and other human remains of national and cultural significance, the academics say.
"Your current requirement that all archaeologically excavated human remains should be reburied, whether after a standard period of two years or a further special extension, is contrary to fundamental principles of archaeological and scientific research and of museum practice," they write. Signatories include Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London; Stephen Shennan, director of University College London's archaeology institute; and Helena Hamerow, head of archaeology at Oxford University....
Name of source: HistoryExtra (BBC)
SOURCE: HistoryExtra (BBC) (1-1-11)
Between 2003 and 2008, in a terrible conflict and humanitarian catastrophe, the Darfur region (in the western part of the country), up to 400,000 civilians were killed, another two to three million driven from their homes and 1,000–2,000 villages razed to the ground. Last year the international criminal court in the Hague made it clear they believe that the slaughter may have amounted to genocide. The roots of the catastrophe lie in three major historical developments – one in the early 20th century, one in the 1950s and 1960s and another in the latter part of the century.
Darfur was one of a string of powerful Black African states – including the Kanem-Borno, Songhai and Mali empires – which emerged along the Sahara’s southern fringe in the medieval and early modern periods. At its peak in the late 18th and early 19th century, Darfur was a well organised and successful empire – a Sultanate around seven times the size of England. It was Egypt’s largest single trading partner – and controlled the region’s salt, textile, iron, copper, and slave trades. Its capital was a thriving town called Al Fasher where the Sultan ran his far-flung empire from the comfort of his sumptuous palace.
Name of source: Montgomery Advertiser
SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser (2-6-11)
In Montgomery, the "birthplace of the Confederacy," residents still cannot even agree on what caused the fight, let alone whether it is an event worthy of honor or shame.
It was Feb. 9, 1861, when the Confederate States of America was formed in Montgomery with Jefferson Davis as president.
William T. Myrick of Wetumpka, said the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is "our history no matter what different persons may feel about it.
"Every Southerner should take pride in our ancestors for having the backbone to stand up against an overbearing federal government," said Myrick, commander, Southwest Central Brigade, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Alabama Division.
But Greta McGowan of Prattville doesn't see why it should be celebrated at all.
"It is history and it should be studied so that we can learn from the past," she said....
Name of source: Secrecy News
SOURCE: Secrecy News (2-7-11)
Many government agencies have instructed their employees not to download classified materials from the WikiLeaks web site onto unclassified computer systems. The government’s position is that although the material is in the public domain, its classification status is unaffected. Therefore, to preserve the integrity of unclassified systems, the leaked classified information should not be accessed on such systems. If it is accessed, it should be deleted.
But on February 3, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base issued startling new guidance stating that the leaked documents are protected by the Espionage Act and that accessing them under any circumstances is against the law, not simply a violation of government computer security policy.
“According to AFMC’s legal office, Air Force members — military or civilian — may not legally access WikiLeaks at home on their personal, non-governmental computers, either. To do so would not only violate the SECAF [Secretary of the Air Force] guidance on this issue,… it would also subject the violator to prosecution for violation of espionage under the Espionage Act,” the AFMC legal office said....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (2-6-11)
Former first lady Nancy Reagan laid a wreath in honor of her husband, former president Ronald Reagan. A wreath must be laid at the tomb of every former president on the anniversary of their birth. The wreath-laying was followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of "America the beautiful" by the Marine Corps band.
The celebration was attended by a number of political heavyweights, including former vice president Dick Cheney, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) among others.
During her formal remarks, the former first lady thanked the crowd saying, "It's wonderful to see all of you here today. ...It brings back so many memories to see all of your faces."
"I know that Ronnie would be thrilled, and is thrilled to have all of you share in his 100th birthday. 'Doesn't seem possible, but that's what it is," Reagan said....
SOURCE: WaPo (2-3-11)
Auschwitz is crumbling - the world's most powerful and important testament to Nazi Germany's crimes falling victim to age and mass tourism. Now guardians of the memorial site are waging an urgent effort to save what they can before it is too late.
Officials last week intensified a global campaign to raise euro120 million ($165 million) to create a "perpetual fund" whose interest can be drawn on indefinitely to repair barracks, watchtowers, crematoria and other structures at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum and memorial in southern Poland....
SOURCE: WaPo (2-2-11)
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (2-4-11)
Websites and chat-rooms buzzed with anxiety after a break-in last Friday that left a number of glass cabinets smashed and precious objects damaged, including two mummies.
There were also accounts of pilfering at an antiquities storage depot at Qantara and anecdotal reports of tomb raiding at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.
In London, the British Museum said the Egyptian Museum housed objects "of unique importance to world heritage."
"It is a matter of the greatest concern that these irreplaceable objects should be fully protected to ensure their safety and survival for future generations," it told AFP.
In Paris, the Louvre said it was "very closely" following the situation. A team of French archaeologists, on a dig at Saqqara, had decided to return to France as site access had been closed for security reasons, it said.
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova pleaded for "all necessary measures" to be taken to preserve Egypt's treasures and secure the country's historical sites.
"Egyptian cultural heritage, both its monuments and its artefacts, are part of the ancestral heritage of humanity, handed down to us through the ages," she said on Tuesday....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.
These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.
The story of "colony collapse disorder" (CCD) is already well-known to readers of The Daily Telegraph.
Some keep hives at home and have experienced this mystery plague, and doubtless have strong views on whether it is caused by parasites, or a virus, or use of pesticides that play havoc with the nervous system of young bees, or a synergy of destructive forces coming together.
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high in real terms (not just nominal) and grain shortages trigger revolutions in the Middle East, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our already thin margin of food global security....
David Cameron will this afternoon publish a dossier of 150 pages of letters, memos and minutes related to the case after he promised Barack Obama, the US President, to review all the paperwork and see what could be made public.
In an accompanying report, Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, concludes: "Policy was ... progressively developed that Her Majesty's Government should do all it could ... to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the Scottish government for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's release under the Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) or for release on compassionate grounds.
"Such an approach was understood across all relevant departments."
In a separate statement to coincide with the release of its down batch of Lockerbie documents, the Scottish executive claimed that the UK Government changed its position on the release of the Lockerbie bomber due to "commercial considerations, including lobbying by BP"....
The marble statue, which depicts a pensive Dickens holding a quill and a scroll of paper, went missing in 1972 after it was removed from Centennial Park in Sydney because of vandalism.
The only other known statue of Dickens is in Philadelphia, USA as the author stated in his will that he did not want any public monuments or memorials to him.
The Australian statue was commissioned in the 1880s by Sir Henry Parkes, who was premier of New South Wales at the time and a great fan of the novelist.
After losing its head somewhere in transit, the statue was placed into storage, but when the storage company went bankrupt in the years that followed it disappeared.
As time passed, the statue was slowly forgotten, until Sandra Faulkner, president of the New South Wales Charles Dickens Society, came across a reference to it in a book in 2006....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-6-11)
The 1000lbs device – half of which was made of high explosive – was found on land in France owned by carmaker Renault in Boulogne-Billancourt.
It was originally dropped 69 years ago in a hugely successful mission involving a then record 223 aircraft who did everything possible to avoid killing civilians.
Military experts worked from around 8am to noon to diffuse it, with the all clear being given early in the afternoon....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-4-11)
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SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-3-11)
Archaeologists recently discovered fragments of two pawns during an excavation at the Orange County estate of the fourth US president and architect of the Bill of Rights. They initially mistook the quarter-inch diameter tops for sewing bobbins, but subsequently determined they were fragments of chess pieces.
Matthew Reeves, director of archaeology at the rural, 2,650-acre (1,072-hectare) estate, called the pieces "a treasure from the past reflecting James Madison's intellectual pursuits and social life."
Thomas Jefferson's granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Coolidge, once remarked that the third and fourth presidents often engaged in epic chess matches. She wrote that her grandfather was a very good chess player in his youth....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-1-11)
The suspected terrorists flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks.
They allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters are located.
Ten days later they flew to Los Angeles, where they stationed themselves in a hotel near the airport which the FBI has now established was paid for by a “convicted terrorist”, who also paid for their airline tickets....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-3-11)
The eerie Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo were constructed after the death of Silvestro of Gubbio, a famous 16th century monk. Four long limestone corridors underneath the Capuchin Church hold about 8,000 mummies, lying in repose or hung from hooks by their necks and feet and wearing their best clothes.
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (2-6-11)
The broad-brimmed, high-crowned hat that national park rangers wear with their class A uniform was first specified as National Park Service apparel in the agency's 1920 uniform regulations. Since this was only four years after Congress created the National Park Service, the hat that rangers call the "flat hat" is one of the agency's longest-standing traditions. It is instantly recognized, though many people will tell you that it's a "Smokey Bear hat" and some will say it's a Stetson.
The Montana Peak
The crown of the ranger hat is not just high, it is also pinched into four symmetrical quadrants. The pinch, which is formally known as a Montana Peak (aka Montana Crease), has a shape that prompts some people to call the hat a "lemon squeezer."
Whatever you may call it, the distinctive pinch in the ranger hat's crown was not a National Park Service innovation. This design characteristic actually came into use over a century ago after U.S. Army troopers learned that adding a symmetrical quadrant pinch to the crown of a standard issue campaign hat rendered it more useful....
Name of source: Smithsonian.com
SOURCE: Smithsonian.com (2-1-11)
On March 23, 1942, the historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote to his friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt to offer himself as a “sea-going historiographer” to chronicle the activities of the U.S. Navy in World War II. “In order to do it the right way,” he told Roosevelt, “I must have a living, intimate connection with the Navy flagrante bello. An armchair history job after peace is concluded won’t do.” Before April was out, Morison was meeting with Navy officials to accept a commission as a lieutenant commander and discuss the logistics of his globe-spanning assignment.
That July, he boarded a destroyer and pressed into the cold swells of the Atlantic to witness the war against Germany’s U-boats. In ten other ships, over three years, Morison amassed the eyewitness experience that buoyed his 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. The series, published between 1947 and 1962, was not only a comprehensive report on the Navy’s projection of power over two oceans, but a classic of historical literature that stands as the definitive treatment of its subject. And now that the Naval Institute Press is reissuing the series, with Volumes 7 through 9 due this spring, Morison’s masterwork is worth considering as a lesson in how history can have both blue-ribbon scholarship and popular appeal—and why works of such scale are almost never published anymore....
Name of source: FoxNews
SOURCE: FoxNews (2-7-11)
As part of the celebration of the 100th birthday of Reagan, the museum in Simi Valley, Calif. underwent a $15 million, one-year renovation. Starting Monday, the public can view the 17 new galleries.
"I think what we wanted to do was create a better story, better told," said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
"We had the advantage this time in 2011 in having 20 years of history behind us and it allowed us to take a look back at millions of documents and tens of thousand of artifacts and tell the story using modern museum technology in a very smart way."
The 30,000-square feet exhibit is chronological, beginning with Reagan's early years growing up in Illinois. It follows his days in radio as a Chicago Cubs announcer, then west to Hollywood, where he appeared in more than 50 television and film productions.
This is the part of the museum where visitors can star in "Knute Rockne, All American," and then watch a replay of it....
Name of source: BBC Earth News
SOURCE: BBC Earth News (2-5-11)
The finding comes from a study of 550 birds belonging to 48 different species living in the region, published in the journal PLoS One.
Brain size was significantly smaller in yearlings compared with older birds.
Smaller brain sizes are thought to be linked to reduced cognitive ability.
The discovery was made by a team of researchers from Norway, France and the US led by Professor Timothy Mousseau from the University of South Carolina, US, and Dr Anders Moller from the University of Paris-Sud, France.
In April 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
After the accident, traces of radioactive deposits were found in nearly every country in the northern hemisphere....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-7-11)
Japan's PM Naoto Kan called a visit by Russia's president to the islands last year an "unforgivable outrage".
Mr Kan was speaking during a rally in Tokyo held to demand the return of the islands, which were occupied by Soviet troops at the end of World War II.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov responded by saying that Mr Kan's remarks were "clearly undiplomatic".
The dispute over the islands, which lie north of Hokkaido and are known as the Northern Territories in Japan, has stopped Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-6-11)
The Bangor Pontifical is a 14th Century bishop's manuscript, containing blessings and text of plainchant.
It has recently been conserved and rebound, but will now be kept for safety in Bangor University's archive.
A service on Sunday will include several plainchant melodies newly transcribed from the document.
The manuscript, which contains music notation and Latin text for services conducted by a bishop throughout the year, can also be seen online.
It includes instructions and the text to be used for bishop to dedicate churches, altars and cemeteries, as well as blessings....
The 65-year-old from Lymington was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit earlier.
He is being held at Lyndhurst Police Station on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation.
Officers also seized calligraphy pens, ink and about 30 books....
Now genealogists from the University of Leicester are using DNA tests to trace Manx ancestry back to the Viking era.
Local men with popular Manx surnames are being asked to give a DNA sample to help researchers explore the links between Y chromosomes, surnames and common ancestry.
The investigation starts on Saturday, 19 February 2011 at the Manx Museum....
The 11.5in (29cm) vase is the largest ever recorded from a rare group of early Ming "moonflasks" from 1403-1424, Duke and Son auction house said.
The Dorchester-based firm said it was believed to be one of the most exciting works of art to come to light in years.
The seller, a retired Cadbury's worker aged 79, does not wish to be named....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-6-11)
Both countries accused each other of instigating the clashes, which continued across the darkened mountainous border for more than three hours Sunday. The extent of the damage to the Preah Vihear temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was not immediately clear.
The crumbling stone temple, which sits several hundred feet from Thailand's eastern border with Cambodia, has fueled nationalist sentiment on both sides of the disputed frontier for decades....
SOURCE: AP (3-5-11)
Bush's spokesman David Sherzer said the two-term president was informed Friday by the United Israel Appeal that his Feb. 12 dinner speech in Geneva had been called off.
Saturday's edition of Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve quoted the Jewish charity's lawyer, Robert Equey, as saying the visit was canceled because of the risk that protests by left-wing groups could result in violence....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (3-6-11)
Upon taking office, Reagan faced a severe recession and double-digit inflation. Gas station lines stretched for miles. Americans simply lost hope in their economic future, historians say.
The former governor of California used his experiences in politics and his career in Hollywood -- first as an actor and later as president of the Screen Actors Guild -- to help change the American way of life.
But for all the praise by current conservatives for the economic turnaround during his presidency, historians also note that many conservatives of his day weren't exactly big fans of all of his policies, including his negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev over nuclear arms. At the time, many within his own party felt reaching out to the Soviets was a sign of willingness to negotiate with an evil dictator....
SOURCE: CNN (3-6-11)
The earthly remains of Maj. Gen. Vang Pao lie in a casket, crossed U.S. and Royal Lao flags nearby.
A spirit guide chants so that the soul of the deceased will go to the spiritual world and be reborn.
This week's funeral in Fresno, California, for the charismatic soldier who fought alongside U.S. troops against Communist forces in the mountains of Laos, is a pilgrimage for people of many cultures, especially Vang Pao's fellow Hmong, an Asian ethnic group....
SOURCE: CNN (3-5-11)
Major General Vang Pao led thousands of Hmong soldiers as they fought alongside the United States against the North Vietnamese Army during the war in Southeast Asia, according to a news release from Congressman Jim Costa of California.
Costa, on behalf of Pao's family, asked the Army to grant an exception to Arlington's rules to allow Pao to be buried in the nation's most hallowed burial ground.
Pao died recently of complications from pneumonia, according to Costa....
SOURCE: CNN (2-3-11)
Rumsfeld writes a key point of disagreement revolved around how quickly to hand power to a new Iraqi government. The Pentagon, he writes, favored a quick transition to power while the more-wary State Department said a slower process would better ensure new and legitimate leaders emerged in the fragile country.
Ultimately, Rumsfeld blames former President Bush for not clearly resolving the disagreement and clearly charting a post-war plan before hostilities commenced, instead deferring to his point man on Iraq reconstruction, L. Paul Bremer....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-5-11)
Without public announcement or debate, the authorities here ordered the reconstruction of one of the most audacious symbols in Baghdad of Mr. Hussein’s long, violent and oppressive rule: the Victory Arch, two enormous sets of crossed swords, clutched in hands modeled after his very own.
“Nuremberg and Las Vegas all rolled in one,” Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi-born author and architect called the monument in “The Monument: Art, Vulgarity and Responsibility in Iraq,” which was published in 1991 under a pseudonym to protect himself then, even in exile.
After years of neglect and a partial dismantling in 2007 that was halted amid protests after the panels of one fist and the pommels of two swords were removed, workers recently began to put back together the detritus of Mr. Hussein’s megalomania....
SOURCE: NYT (2-2-11)
That’s the position the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology now finds itself in, as it prepares to open a major show on Saturday, “Secrets of the Silk Road,” which was organized by the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., last year and traveled from there to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
The Penn Museum, as it is known, had advertised its version of the show as “an extraordinary collection of materials, including spectacularly preserved clothing and textiles, personal items and golden treasures, all recently excavated at desert burial sites in the far western reaches of modern China.” But on Wednesday the museum announced that China had requested that none of the artifacts be shown. In a statement the museum said the exhibition “has been modified,” and will now consist only of photographs, multimedia presentations and a recreation of an excavation site. It added that it would refund money to everyone who had bought tickets for the show ahead of time and that the exhibition would now be free....
SOURCE: NYT (2-2-11)
Along with the requisite speeches and academic panels, the festivities include: a Rose Parade float, a six-foot-high cake, commemorative stamps and jelly beans, a Beach Boys concert, a tribute from the Jonas Brothers and a video homage at the Super Bowl, which is also on Sunday. The memorials, including a 21-gun salute and a graveside wreath-laying by Nancy Reagan, are expected to draw hundreds of former aides and supporters.
Reagan is not the first former president to enjoy the honor of a centennial celebration, but it is hard to remember any that were quite so lavish, speaking to his enduring role in American politics. (This weekend’s festivities at the Reagan Library here, the highlight of a year’s worth of events around the country, will cost roughly $5 million; by contrast, the cost of Lyndon Johnson’s centennial in 2008 was a mere $500,000.)
And a number of the prospective 2012 presidential candidates will be on hand to offer their praise during the revelry, among them Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, who has just written a book about Reagan and, in an interview, called him the “most successful president at actually achieving his specific and articulated goals.”...
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (2-3-11)
Al Jazeera reports suggested the monuments of Saqqara -- a large burial ground of Ancient Egypt referred to as the "City of the Dead" -- had been damaged and that items were stolen, Hawass wrote. "This is not true."
In fact, while the break-in at the Egyptian Museum on Friday (Jan. 28) resulted in 70 broken objects (all of which will be restored), Hawass said all of the Egyptian monuments are safe
And amidst reports of violence on the Cairo streets, Hawass points out the Egyptian people are keeping watch over these ancient treasures....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (2-2-11)
The hill-top church was destroyed by an earthquake some 1,300 years ago and lay partly buried until detectives from Israel's Antiquities Authority, pursuing a gang of antiquity thieves, noticed an elaborate doorpost poking through the earth. The robbers got away -- they were caught a few months later at a site nearby -- but after weeks of digging, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the church. It was about the size of a basketball court and contained fallen marble pillars and a nearly pristine 10-meter-long mosaic floor.
Beneath the church's altar is a burial chamber that the Antiquities Authority said may have been the tomb of the prophet Zechariah, known from the eponymous book in the Bible, written around 520 BC....
Name of source: NBC Washington
SOURCE: NBC Washington (1-31-11)
A report from the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is blaming the cemetery's severely outdated paper record keeping system for the mix-ups, which came to light last summer.
Speaking at a press conference on the findings Monday, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he faced sharp criticism from one of his own family members over the mistakes.
"I particularly remember a very heated call I got from my dad, who's a World War II Marine," Warner said. "[He asked,] 'What in the heck are you guys doing in Washington, allowing this screw-up to take place?' [...] Rather than simply pointing fingers, we wanted to see if we could be part of the solution."...
Name of source: MyFoxDetroit
SOURCE: MyFoxDetroit (2-2-11)
The club that's located on Belle Isle in the Detroit River said Tuesday that the designation will take effect on or around March 1, when the Department of Interior gives it the official listing.
The Detroit Yacht Club was formed in 1868 at the site of what now is Owen Park. The current clubhouse was designed by architect George Mason and built in 1922....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (2-2-11)
The Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months, will be visible only for another week before archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection.
The small basilica with an exquisitely decorated floor was active between the fifth and seventh centuries A.D., said the dig's leader, Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He said the floor was "one of the most beautiful mosaics to be uncovered in Israel in recent years."
"It is unique in its craftsmanship and level of preservation," he said....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (2-2-11)
In that 8-1 decision back in 2009, the justices seemed to clear the way for future challenges to the act, while avoiding ruling on the validity of its core provisions. It was originally drafted in 1965 to remedy racial discrimination in voting rules in parts of the South.
Today, Shelby County, Ala., takes center stage as the latest jurisdiction to assert that the noble purposes of the law have been served, and that further enforcement is no longer necessary or legal....
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (1-25-11)
The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study.
The deaths of 40million people meant that large areas of cultivated land grew thick once again with trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
And, although his methods may be difficult for environmentalists to accept, ecologists believe it may be the first ever case of successful manmade global cooling.
‘It's a common misconception that the human impact on climate began with the large-scale burning of coal and oil in the industrial era,’ said Julia Pongratz, who headed the research by the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology....
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (2-3-11)
By Getty Images
The U.S. Senate will pay tribute today to Ronald Reagan, in one of many events tied to the centennial of the 40th president's birth.
Reagan would have turned 100 on Sunday, Feb. 6.
Senators will deliver speeches honoring Reagan from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has often spoken about the impact Reagan had on his political life. The former prisoner of war also speaks frequently of the support Reagan and his wife, Nancy, gave to him and other POWs during their captivity in Vietnam....
Name of source: Brisbane Times
SOURCE: Brisbane Times (2-2-11)
The minister, Bogdan Zdrojewski, told Polish news agency PAP he had written to the directors of three museums in Poland asking them to use other suffixes for their websites, such as the more neutral, pan-European .eu.
The three memorial museums, run and largely financed by the Polish state, are Auschwitz-Birkenau (www.auschwitz.org.pl), Majdanek (www.majdanek.pl) and Stutthof (www.stutthof.pl)....
Name of source: Times of India
SOURCE: Times of India (2-3-11)
John (Ivan) Kalymon of Michigan served as an armed member of the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Ukraine.
The removal orders were issued by US Immigration Judge Elizabeth Hacker in Detroit, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer of the criminal division, the department of justice said on Wednesday.
Kalymon, 89, immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1949 and became a US citizen in 1955....
Name of source: The Canadian Press
SOURCE: The Canadian Press (2-2-11)
Handwriting expert Beate Wuellbeck told the Munich state court that only three letters in Demjanjuk's alleged identity card were clearly recognizable and she could not verify the authenticity of the signature.
Prosecutors say the signature on the identity card from the Nazis' Sobibor death camp is Demjanjuk's.
Demjanjuk, 90, is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at the Sobibor death camp....
Name of source: Time.com
SOURCE: Time.com (2-2-11)
For $3,200, participants will visit key Hitler-related sites including the lakeside villa where the plans for the Holocaust were laid out, Hitler's vacation home in Berchtesgaden, Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the bunker where Hitler committed suicide.
The tour, "The Face of Evil: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is intended only for serious students of the Nazi leaders, say the tour's leaders, Nigel Jones and Roger Moorhouse....
Name of source: Orange News
SOURCE: Orange News (2-2-11)
"We're pretty shocked," said Lee Frame, District 5 Supervisor and board chairman. "[Walmart's decision] was very unexpected and we're not particularly happy about it. The county has been with Walmart all the way."
Frame said that from conversations he's had with Walmart vice president Eric Zorn, the decision was made to avoid an even longer legal battle in the appeals process....