Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events actually happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they ever reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles on this timeline are naturally preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear. For clarification, the actual date for any event will generally appear [in brackets] next to the event  itself. Furthermore, some of the events on this timeline [for which I have yet to acquire an exact date] may not be listed in perfect chronological order, by day or month." [E.M.]

*Color Code

January 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - January 1st, 2006: "Sun [10 Capricorn], Moon [26 Capricorn], Mercury [26 Sagittarius], Venus [0 Aquarius R], Mars [11 Taurus], Jupiter [13 Scorpio], Saturn [9 Leo R], Uranus [7 Pisces], Neptune [15 Aquarius], Pluto [24 Sagittarius], Chiron [1 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200601.html]

2006 - Trivia / Tom DeLay - January 1st, 2006: "Delay says donations didn't influence agenda / Contributions went to nonprofit group founded by ex-aide." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Polarized Army? / Iraq - January 1st, 2006: "Polarized army may deepen Iraq's ethnic, sectarian divide." [Based on: Headline for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

*Trivia: "Iraq's main Sunni Arab group made an unprecedented trip north to see the Kurds and agreed Monday [01/02/06] for the first time on broad outlines for a coalition government. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, 01/03/06]

2006 - Flash Floods / Indonesia - January 1st, 2006: "Rescuers searching through mud and debris left by flash floods in central Indonesia found 23 more bodies today, bringing to 57 the number of people killed in the disaster, officials said. [....] Heavy weekend rains triggered flash floods that sent mud, water and logs crashing into villages late Sunday [01/01/06] and early Monday [01/02/06], destroying hundreds of buildings. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, 01/03/06]

*Trivia: "Rain caused a landslide on Indonesia's Java island at dawn today [01/04/06], leaving dozens of people missing and feared dead. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, 01/04/06]

*Trivia: "A landslide caused by days of pounding rain buried a small village beneath tons of mud and rock Wednesday [01/04/06], bringing the number of dead or missing from days of wet weather in central Indonesia to more than 190, officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, 01/05/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - January 1st, 2006: "Bombings and other violence across Iraq kill at least 20 / Electoral commission calls for ex-members of Saddam's Baath Party to be removed from candidate lists." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Doe Run CEO / Bruce Neil - January 1st, 2006: "Doe Run Resources Corp. Chief Executive Jeffery I. Zelms, who oversaw the company's expansion into South America, will retire as chief executive and vice chairman on April 1. He'll be replaced by Bruce Neil, now head of Doe Run's Peruvian unit. Neil, who joined the St. Louis-based company in 1998, will shift into the role as chief executive by taking over Zelm's responsibility as president on Jan. 1. Doe Run also said Chief Administrative Officer Marvin Kaiser is retiring effective Feb. 1, and Juan Carlos Huyhua will take over the role of president of Doe Run Peru on April 1." [Based on: Business Page article (Doe Run CEO will retire on April 1), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 12/21/05]

2006 - The Trouble with Physics - "The story I will tell could be read by some as a tragedy. To put it bluntly - and to give away the punch line - we have failed. We inherited a science, physics, that had been progressing so fast for so long that it was often taken as the model for how other kinds of science should be done. For more than two centuries, until the present period, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly, despite our best efforts, what we know for certain about these laws is no more than what we knew back in the 1970s." [Lee Smolin, The Trouble with Physics / The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next, p. viii (3rd paragraph - Introduction), copyright 2006]

2006 - Depression Study / U.S.A. - January 1st, 2006: "A third of people suffering serious depression recover with the first antidepressant they try, according to early results of an eagerly awaited study on the drugs. Well-educated white women are most likely to benefit, the study says. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article by Lauran Neergaard (Depression study: High level of care helps), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Youth Violence / France - January 1st, 2006: "France confronted a new incident of Youth violence Wednesday [01/04/06], a rampage that terrorized passengers as their train rolled east along the Riveria on New Year's Day. [....] Authorities were criticized for leaving about 600 passengers at the mercy of youths who robbed, roughed up and sexually assaulted victims for at least 25 minutes as the 10-car regional train traveled from Nice to Marseilles. The youths were among about a hundred whom police had rounded up earlier after incidents of vandalism in Nice and put on a train to send them home to communities around Marseilles and Avignon." [Based on: News Services article (Youths terrorize passengers on train), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Fatal Avalanche / Colorado - January 1st, 2006: "A New Year's Day avalanche [01/01/06] killed two snowmobilers near Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services, 01/02/06]

2006  - Trivia / U.S. Sulfur Reduction - "A new EPA regulation [12/20/2000] required oil refineries to remove 97% of the sulfur from diesel fuel by 2006."

2006 - Flooding & Mudslides / California - January 1st, 2006: "A powerful storm set off mudslides that blocked major highways and sent rivers and creeks over their banks and into cities across Northern California on Saturday [12/31/05]. At least half a dozen people had to be rescued from the rushing water, and forecasters were warning of another storm Sunday [01/01/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

*Trivia: "The second major storm in two days washed across Northern California on Sunday [01/01/06], prolonging the threat of flooding as residents tried to clean up layers of mud and debris left behind as the first wave of floodwater receded. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, 01/02/06]

2006 - Stem Cell Research / South Korea - January 1st, 2006: "Disgraced scientist Hwang Woosuk insisted he has the technology to produce embryonic stem cells matched to different patients even though a panel of his peers said he lied about creating such cells, a newspaper reported Saturday [12/31/05]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Stem cell scientist defends his work), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The panel [at Seoul National University] found that Hwang's [Hwang Woo-suk] claims last year to have created the world's first cloned dog were genuine. The University made the announcements as it released the final results into its investigation of Hwang's cloning research, which came into doubt late this year after accusations emerged that the research was fabricated." [Based on: News Services article (Cloned dog is real, university panel finds), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

*Trivia: "South Korea's top university issued a public apology today after an investigative panel ruled that professor Hwang Woo-suk faked his human stem cell research. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (University apologizes for stem cell fakery), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Getting a Rational Grip on Religion - January 2006: "[....] In the 21st century, cybernetic metaphors provide a rational grip on what prehistoric people had every reason to think of as ghosts, voices of the dead. And that many have been the beginning of religion. If the deceased was a father or a village elder, it would have been natural to ask for advice - which way to go to find water or the best trails for a hunt. If the answers were not forthcoming, the guiding spirits could be summoned by a shaman. Drop a bundle of sticks onto the ground or heat a clay pot until it cracks: the patterns for a map, a communication from the other side. These random walks the gods described may indeed have formed a sensible strategy. The shamans would gain in stature, the rituals would become liturgies, and centuries later people would fill mosques, cathedrals and synagogues, not really knowing how they got there. [....] In Breaking the spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel Dennett, director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, has embarked on another of his seemingly impossible quests. His provocatively titled book Consciousness Explained made a persuasive effort to do just that. More recently, in Freedom Evolves, he took on free will from a Darwinian perspective. This time he may have assumed the hardest task of all - and not just because of the subject matter. Dennett hopes that his book will be read not just by atheists and agnostics but by the religiously faithful - and that they will come to see the wisdom of analyzing their deepest beliefs scientifically, weeding out the harmful from the good. The spell he hopes to break, he suggests, is not religious belief itself but the conviction that its details are off-limits to scientific inquiry, taboo. 'I appreciate that many readers will be profoundly distrustful of the tack I am taking here,' he writes. 'They will see me as just another liberal professor trying to cajole them out of some of their convictions, and they are dead right about that - that's what I am, and that's exactly what I am trying to do.' [....] At first this winnowing of ghost stories would be unconscious, but as language and self-awareness developed, some ideas would be groomed and domesticated. Folk religion would develop into organized religion, Dennett suggests, somewhat the way folk music bloomed into the music of today. The metaphor is hard to resist. 'Every minister in every faith is like a jazz musician,' he writes, 'keeping traditions alive by playing the beloved standards the way they are supposed to be played, but also incessantly guaging and deciding, slowing the pace or speeding up, deleting or adding another phrase to a prayer, mixing familiarity and novelty in just the right proportions to grab the minds and hearts of the listeners in attendence.' Like biological parasites, memes are not necessarily dependent on the welfare of the hosts. One of the most powerful fixations, and one that may have Dennett flummoxed, is that it is sacreligious to question your own beliefs and an insult for anyone else to try. 'What a fine protective screen this virus provides,' he observes. 'permitting it to shed the antibodies of skepticism effortlessly!' Asides like this seem aimed more at fellow skeptics than at the true believers Dennett hopes to unconvert. A better tack might be for him to start his own religion. Meanwhile his usual readers can deepen their understanding with another of his penetrating books."

[Based on: Reviews article (Getting a Rational Grip on Religion - Is religion a fit subject for scientific scrutiny?) by George Johnson, pp. 94-95, Scientific American, January 2006] / [George Johnson, a 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion, is author of Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order and six other books.] - [Note: Like most of the articles on this timeline, paragraph indents were removed to save space. - E.M.] - [See link for full article transcript]


2006 - Forest Fires / Southeastern Australia - January 1st, 2006: "walls of flames 100 feet high burned parched eucalyptus forests Sunday [01/01/06] as fires plagued southeastern Australia. One man was hurt, and several homes were destroyed. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, 01/02/06]

2006 - Trivia / On-Line News Network, U.S.A. - 2006: "Microsoft Corp. is teaming with The Associated Press to offer an advertising-supported online video-news network in the first quarter of 2006, the companies announced Wednesday [11/09/05]. [....] Television and cable networks now [November 2005] offer video over their Web sites, and some networks such as Viacom Inc.'s MTV have launched online-only offerings of video. [....]" [Based on: A.P.]

2006 - New Labels Reveal Trans Fat / U.S.A. - January 1st, 2006: "On Jan. 1, new rules on food labeling began making it easier for consumers to avoid artery-clogging trans fats, which have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. [....] Trans fats are worse than saturated fats that nutritionists have long warned about. Saturated fats raise the level of bad cholesterol, but they also provide some health benefit by raising the level of good cholesterol. [....] The idea behind the labeling is to give consumers more information they can use to make healthier choices. [....] And the public health benefits could be great - the FDA estimated savings of between $25 billion and $59 billion in health care costs over 20 years." [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (As new labels reveal trans fat, some companies rewrite recipes) by Alan Bjerga, p. H6, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - No More Free Rides / U.S. Astronauts - "Russia plans to stop giving American astronauts free rides on its spacecraft to the international space station beginning in 2006, the head of Russia's space agency said [Dec. 2004] in moscow. [....]" [News Services, 12/30/04]

2006 - Avalanches / Slovakia & Switzerland - January 1st, 2006: "Avalanches killed seven Chech tourists Saturday [12/31/05] in Slovakia's highest mountain range and a German man on a snowshoe tour a day earlier in Switzerland, officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Five-Blade Shaver [Fusion] / Gillette Co. - 2006: "Gillette Co. will begin selling a five-blade shaver called Fusion in the first quarter of 2006, leapfrogging over Schick's Quattro. [....]" [Based on: Business page article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 09/15/05]

2006 - Sustained Decline? / U.S. Housing Market - 2006: "A sustained decline will hit the housing market next year [2006], costing the nation as many as 800,000 jobs, according to a report made public on Wednesday [12/07/05]. The slowdown is likely to last several years, with as many as 500,000 construction jobs and 300,000 financial sector positions lost, the quarterly Anderson Forecast predicted. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article by Alex Viega (Extended downturn expected in housing market), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 12/08/05]

*Trivia: "Defying forecasts of a housing slowdown, construction of new houses and apartments shot up in January [2006] at the fastest pace in more than three decades. Building activity rose 14.6 percent last month when compared to December, pushing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.276 million units, the Commerce Department said Thursday [02/16/06]. [....] " [Based on: A.P. article (Housing construction reaches a 32-year high), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Eavesdropping Information Shared  / U.S.A. - January 1st, 2006: "Information netted by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with other databases, current and former administration officials say. [....] Information from intercepts would be made available by request to such agencies as the FBI, Defense Intellligence Agency, CIA and Department of Homeland Security, one former official said. [....] In the 1960s and 1970s, the military used National Security Agency intercepts to maintain files on U.S. peace activists. When that became public, Congress restricted the agency from intercepting communications of Americans. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Agencies shared intercept information, officials say), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Upcoming Speeches / President George W. Bush - January 1st, 2006: "Bush will try for upbeat tone on war and economy / He is starting off the year with major speeches on the issues beginning Friday [01/06/06]." [Based on: Title and Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Allergenic Ingredients Listed / Food Labels, U.S.A. - "[....] A federal law that takes effect Jan. 1 requires food labels to list ingredients made from proteins derived from any of the eight major allergenic foods: milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, wheat, tree nuts, soybeans and peanuts. The Food and Drug Administration says they account for 90 percent of all food allergies. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Food labels will list allergenic ingredients), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/21/05]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - January 2nd, 2006: "Militants blew up 13 cars in three hours Sunday [01/01/06], injuring at least 20 people, while 13 Iraqis were killed in other violence that fed the turmoil after last month's parliamentary elections. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (13 Iraqis killed; Sunni group meets Kurds), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Bush Defends Spy Program - January 2nd, 2006: "Bush defends domestic spy program" [Based on: Headline (front page) for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Health Woes / Gulf War Vets - January 2nd, 2006: "Gulf war veterans who deployed during the war are more likely to suffer from a constellation of health problems than nondeployed vets even a decade later. Researchers led by Dr. Melvin S. Blanchard of the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Washington University found that more than 28 percent of deployed Gulf War veterans suffered from a complex of unexplained symptoms called Chronic Multisymptom Illness, or CMI. That figure compares to almost 16 percent of nondeployed veterans with similar symptoms. The results of the study appear this month in the American Journal of Epidemiology. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Deployed Gulf War vets more likely to have health woes), p. B1, 01/02/06]

2006 - Freed / American Hostages, Iraq - January 2nd, 2006: "Two kidnapped American journalists were freed over the weekend after friends and family raised more than $40,000 in ransom. [....] Gunmen had kidnapped the two [Alain Maximilien &  Frank Eaton] Wednesday [12/28/05]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Speech Trivia / Pope Benedict XVI - January 2nd, 2006: "Pope spells out growing threats to world peace / Among them are terrorism and 'fanatic fundamentalism,' he says at annual Mass." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Freed / Italian Hostage, Gaza Strip - January 2nd, 2006: "Palestinian security officers stormed a building where an Italian hostage [Alessandro Bernardini] was being held Sunday [01/01/06], freeing the man in a shootout with his kidnappers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Palestinian security forces free Italian hostage in Gaza Strip), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Economic Stagnation? / Zimbabwe - January2nd, 2006: "The lines of vehicles that stretched out of gas stations during the regular fuel crunches and came to symbolize the country's decline have disappeared. There is no gas being sold legally anywhere in Zimbabwe, and has not been any for more than two months. The government has run out of foreign currency needed to import fuel, and of ideas on how to revive the crumbling economy. Unemployment tops 70 percent. Inflation in November reached 502 percent. A U.S. dollar, which fetched $8 per Zim, or Zimbabwe dollar, a decade ago, is now worth $79,042 in Zimbabwe dollars. [....] 'Things have never been this bad before,' said Innocent Maregere, 36, who owns a food and liquor store in the small southern town of Mhandamabwe. 'Obviously, we blame the government. Who else is to blame?' But there has been no political fallout for President Robert Mugabe, whose controversial program to redristribute land forcibly from white farmers to black peasants triggered the economic crisis. Since 2000, more than 4,000 white-owned commercial farms have been seized. With the collapse of the farm sector, the country's gross domestic product has almost halved to $4.3 billion. [....] Even people with jobs are finding life increasingly difficult. The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe said a family of six needs the equivalent of $147 U.S. a month to get by. Police teachers and nurses typically earn monthly salaries of $40. [....] A law passed recently lets authorities confiscate the travel documents of anyone deemed to be anti-government. [....] Given the weak opposition and powerful state security apparatus, analysts say Mugabe should be able to retain power until 2008 - if he can keep his soldiers fed and paid." [Based on: Newsday article (Economic stagnation deepens in Zimbabwe), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Crowd Size Limit / Central Park, N.Y. - January 2nd, 2006: "An era of public happenings on Central Park's grandest open space, the Great Lawn, has come to a quiet end. Starting this year, the parks department will allow no more than 50,000 people at a time on the 13-acre lawn, the site of some of the park's most memorable events. Paul Simon drew a half million people in 1991, and Pope John Paul II said Mass there in 1995. But as memorable as those events were, they did awful things to the park's grass, city officials said, so the crowd limits were enacted." [Based on News Services article (Crowd size limit takes effect for Central Park), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Roof Collapse / German Skating Rink - January 2nd, 2006: "Rescue workers early today [01/05/06] recovered the body of a woman believed to be the last person missing in the ruins of a skating rink in this Bavarian resort town, bringing the number of dead to 15. Three days after the roof collapsed on people enjoying their Christmas break, the body of a 40-year-old woman was pulled from the twisted, snow-covered skeleton of steel and wooden beams, fire official Rudi Zeif said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (15th body found at collapsed rink), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Missing Manhole Covers / Bogota, Columbia - January 2nd, 2006: "[....] Even after a record 10,000 were stolen last year, Bogotanos mainly just laughed about the missing covers. [....] Thieves make $5 to $10 for each cover. That is a lot in Columbia, where 60 percent of the population is poor and the unemployment rate runs in double digits [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Bogota fights theft of manhole covers after boy's death) p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/02/06]

2006 - Major Earthquake / East of South Sandwich Islands - January 2nd, 2006: "A major earthquake occurred at 06:10:49 (UTC) on Monday, January 2, 2006. The magnitude 7.3 event has been located EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushkac.htm]

2006 - Major Earthquake / Fiji Region - January 2nd, 2006: "A major earthquake occurred at 22:13:40 (UTC) on Monday, January 2, 2006. The magnitude 7.1 event has been located in the FIJI REGION. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 579 km (360 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) "

[Based on: preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushkax.htm]

2006 - All hail the king - January 3rd, 2006:

   Vice President Dick Cheney said that the authority of the executive branch was eroded because of Watergate and Vietnam. Well, duh.
   Now, President George W. Bush apparently took congressional approval to attack Iraq to mean that he can do whatever he thinks is OK. That can mean spying on Americans, torturing U.S. citizens or worse. The administration says it is not bound by any laws or even the U.S. Constitution.
   Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney believe that once Congress gave them permission to go to war, it gave Mr. Bush carte blanche to do whatever he wants. Essentially, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney think they are king and queen and that we are their subjects.
   It's time to do what we Americans did to a previous King George: throw the bums out. Impeach "King" George and "Queen" Dick.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (All hail the king), p. C6, S.L.P.D., 01/03/06]

2006 - Trivia / Palestinian Vote - January 3rd, 2006: "Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has raised the possibility for the first time of delaying legeslative elections this month. He said Monday [01/02/06] that the vote will be impossible if Israel did not allow residents of east Jerusalem to take part. [....] Hamas agreed last summer to postpone the elections, originally set for July, but has insisted on the vote going ahead on Jan. 25. [....] Because Hamas is running, Israel at first said it would bar Palestinians in east Jerusalem from voting. Since then, Israel has backpedaled somewhat but has not said that residents in east Jerusalem will be allowed to take part. Abbas is under considerable pressure from within his divided Fatah movement, the main Palestinian faction, to delay the vote because Hamas is expected to win some 40 percent of the seats. He has insisted on keeping to his arrangement with Hamas to have these elections as a way of bringing Hamas into the Palestinian political world and trying to turn the armed faction into a political party. But Fatah leaders, especially of the so-called old guard, have used various tactics to press Abbas to postpone the vote. One is the threat from Israel not to allow Palestinians living in east Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after the 1967 war, to vote in these elections. Some Palestinian analysts also believe that some of the recent gunbattles, kidnappings and shootings in Gaza and the West Bank have been part of an effort to try to convince Abbas and Israel that elections now are either impossible or dangerous. Most of the clashes have been caused by Fatah-related militant groups." [Based on: New York Times article (Abbas says vote could be postponed), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/03/06]

*Trivia: "Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Monday [01/09/06] that he would hold parliamentary elections on Jan. 25 as scheduled after he received assurances from the United States that Arab residents of east Jerusalem will be allowed to vote in the city. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A10, 01/10/06]

2006 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower - January 3rd, 2006: "The first meteor shower of 2006, the Quadrantids, peaks on Jan. 3rd at 18:20 Universal Time. The timing favors Japan and, to a lesser extent, Hawaii where dark-sky observers should see 40+ faint meteors per hour just before dawn (Tuesday morning in Hawaii, Wednesday morning in Japan). North Americans can expect to see perhaps half that many. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mercury in Tuna - January 3rd, 2006: "The federal government advises that young children and pregnant women eat canned light tuna, rather than several other kinds of fish; however some of it contains yellowfin tuna, which can be high in mercury, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Food and Drug Administration said it would investigate. [....] About 1 out of every 12 cans of non-government light canned tuna is yellowfin, which can be higher in mercury; label does not identify it, the Tribune said." [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Hidden mercury in some canned tuna), p. A2, 01/03/06]

2006 - Natural Gas Trivia / Ukraine - January 3rd, 2006: "Russia's state-run gas monopoly said late Monday [01/02/06] that it would restore much of the natural gas it witheld from pipes running across neighboring Ukraine after several European countries complained of shortfalls. [....] Gazprom wants Ukraine to pay $230 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas. Ukraine currently is paying $50 per 1,000 cubic meters." [Based on: Cox News Service article (Russia restores gas supplies after European complaints), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/03/06]

*Trivia: "Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Wednesday [01/04/06] on restoring natural gas supplies to Ukraine, ending - for now, at least - a dispute: [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, 01/05/06]

2006 - Trivia / Nanotechnology 2006 - January 3rd, 2006: "Apple's diminutive iPod nano is a hit. sales figures confirm that consumers are dazzled by the device's small size, which the company touts as 'astonishing,' 'impossible' and 'unbelievable.' Why did Apple name the product 'nano'? Apple wanted to project the image of a revolutionary piece of technology, and 'nano' is a hip, edgy word from a hip, edgy company. Yet even with techno-tiny iPod nanos plugged into millions of ears, the public knows little about nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of microscopic molecules and structures smaller than 100 nanometers (nm) wide. (A human hair is about 100,000 nm wide.) Far more consumer products using nanotechnology are now on the market than most people realize, everything from tennis rackets and golf balls to stain and wrinkle-resistant shirts and slacks sold by L.L. Bean. Nanotech versions of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are widely used today in sunscreens because they absorb and reflect UV light but look clear in visible light. More than 600 nanotech electronics, components, raw materials, drug delivery technologies and tools used in research, processing and software are currently in use. Many eminent scientists believe that in the not so distant future, nanotechnology could make possible solar cells and portable power systems that might provide the world with inexpensive, clean energy. Other researchers are working on 'self-healing' structures and 'smart materials' that could fix - on their own - everything from automobile tires and airplane wings to blood vessels. According to Lux Research, North American companies invested $1.7 billion on research into nanotechnology in 2004. The U.S. government now spends over $1 billion annually on nanotechnology R&D. The National Science Foundation estimates that by 2015, nanotechnology will have a $1 trillion impact on the global economy and employ 2 million workers. Information technology companies are counting on nanotechnology to allow them to devise tiny, inexpensive computers that can store and process vast amounts of data. Pharmaceutical firms are exploring the use of nanotechnologies for drug delivery systems and diagnostic tools that could help spot and treat diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Despite this field's huge potential, a poll funded by the NSF in 2004 found that 80 percent of Americans knew 'little' or 'nothing' about it. Even more suprising is the dearth of coverage of the technology by the mass media. Indeed, the most notable characteristic of media coverage of nanotechnology in 2004, according to a Cormex Research report of U.S. and Canadian newspapers stories, was the lack of it. This runs contrary not only to the public's needs - given nanotechnology's wide application and economic impact - but also the public's desires. A September, 2005, report by the Project on emerging Nanotechnologies found that American consumers want to learn more about the subject. Participants in the study welcomed the promise of nanotechnology in treating disease but expressed concern about the relative scarcity of research into possible long-term human health and environmental effects. The results of a recent citizen's jury, conducted in the United Kingdom like a mock court trial, suggest these worries may be universal. The British panelists expressed comparable concerns about the potential human health and safety risks of nanotechnology. Many also raised ethical questions, emphasizing that society should ensure that nanotechnology does not simply make the rich richer at the expense of the poor in developing countries. The ingredients for the nanotechnology revolution are in place. Thanks in no small part to Apple's marketing for its iPod nano, Americans are starting to talk about the potential of nanotechnology. Now it's up to all of us - consumers, corporations and governments - to ask where we go from here and what the best ways are to get there."

[Julian A. Moore is deputy director and Daniel Ray is a researcher at the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. The project was created in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts. - Web site: www.nanotechproject.org]

[Based on: Other Views page article (Super-tiny machines are already at work / Nanotechnology? Say what?) by Julia A. Moore and Daniel Ray, p. C7, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 01/03/06] - [In order to save space, paragraph indents were not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Success in Panda Breeding / China - January 3rd, 2006: "A record 21 surviving baby pandas were born in China's zoos and breeding centers last year, state media said Monday [01/02/06]. [....] China has 183 pandas living in captivity, according to the staterun Xinhua News Agency." [Based on: News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/03/06]

2006 - In The Black? / U.S. Postal Service - January 3rd, 2006: "For the first time since 1971, the U.S. Postal Service is in the black, but don't expect the price of stamps to hold steady. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Cost of mailing a letter will jump to 39 cents next week), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 01/03/06]

2006 - Coal Mine Explosion / West Virginia - January 3rd, 2006: "Coal mine explosion [01/02/06] traps 13" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/03/05]

*Trivia: " '12 Alive.' 'MIRACLE IN THE MINE.' ' They're Alive!' Those were just a few of the newspaper headlines that greeted Americans on their doorsteps Wednesday morning [01/04/06]. Joyful, dramatic - and flat-out wrong. As the painful truth emerged that all but one of the West Virginia miners was dead, the Post-Dispatch and other news organizations were forced to ask themselves: Had they gone too far in reporting the original, much happier ending? [....]" [Based on: Staff & Wire reports, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Earth at Perihelion - January 4th, 2006: "Don't look, but the Sun is bigger than usual this week. That's because Earth is at perihelion. Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle, it is an ellipse. Our distance from the Sun therefore varies throughout the year. Perihelion is the least distance: 147 million km on Jan. 4th. [....] For comparison, aphelion is the greatest distance: 152 million km on July 4th. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/04/06]

2006 - Trivia / Statin Drugs - January 4th, 2006: "Statin drugs don't fight cancer, two studies find" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

2006 - Civilian Casualties? / Iraq - January 4th, 2006: "U.S. aircraft bombed a building where insurgency suspects were hiding north of baghdad, killing seven people and wounding four, Iraqi police said Tuesday [01/03/06]. A Washington Post correspondent watched as the bodies were removed and said they included three women and three boys who appeared to be younger than 10. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (F-14s open fire on building; 7 people die), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Jack Abramoff - January 4th, 2006: "[....] Jack Abramoff, 46, invoked God as he apologized and pleaded guilty before a federal judge to one charge each of conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. He is also expected to enter a plea in a Florida indictment related to his purchase of a fleet of casino cruise ships from a man who was murdered a few months later. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Shockwaves sent through Congress), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

*Trivia: "President George W. Bush and many House Republicans hastily jetisoned campaign donations from Jack Abramoff on Wednesday [01/04/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Rush to return money hints at election fears), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Eavesdropping Trivia / U.S.A. - January 4th, 2006: "Even before the White House formally authorized a secret program to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens without obtaining warrants, such activity was taking place, declassified correspondence and interviews with congressional and intelligence officials indicate. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Eavesdropping activity began before approval, reports hint), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

2006 - Kidnappings & Violence / Iraq - January 4th, 2006: "[....] In northeastern Baghdad, the sister of Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr was kidnapped Tuesday [01/03/06] by gunmen who killed one of her bodyguards and seriously wounded another, the Interior Ministry said. Also Tuesday [01/03/06], a nephew of Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Yasiri, commander of the Baghdad rescue police, was kidnapped, Hussein said. In other violence, eight people were killed Tuesday in three attacks in Baghdad. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

2006 - Medical Marijuana / Rhode Island - January 4th, 2006: "Rhode Island on Tuesday [01/03/06] became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law. The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri 59-13. Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana. Maine, Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington allow it to be grown and used for medicinal purposes." [Based on: News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/04/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of California - January 4th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:32:30 (UTC) on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located in the GULF OF CALIFORNIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushmal.htm]

2006 - Textile Exports / China - January 5th, 2006: "China's textile exports to the United States and Europe jumped 62.7 percent in the first 10 months of 2005 after the end of a global quota system, the government said Wednesday [01/04/06]. Total Chinese textile exports rose 20 percent to $116 billion last year, according to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles. [....] Both the U.S. and Europe complained that a flod of low-priced Chinese textiles hurt their own producers after a global quota system ended last Jan. 1. [....] China's textile industry grew about 20 percent overall in 2005, with total sales of 2 trillion yuan ($250 billion) and profits of 66 billion yuan ($8.2 billion), the chamber said. [....] China's yuan rose to its highest since being revalued in July as the central bank allowed comercial lenders to start quoting prices for the currency, a step toward a more market-based exchange rate. The yuan gained to 8.0675 against the dollar at 3:30 p.m. local time, from 8.0702 on Dec. 30, according to the Web site of the central bank-affiliated China Foreign Exchange Trade System in Shanghai. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - January 5th, 2006: "A suicide bomber struck a funeral for a Shiite politician's nephew Wednesday [01/04/06], killing at least 32 mourners. Altogether, 53 people died Wednesday in attacks across Iraq. The violence included two car bombings in Baghdad and the ambush of a convoy of 60 oil tanker trucks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Settlement / McAfee  Inc. - January 5th, 2006: "Federal regualtors set out new guidelines Wednesday [01/04/06] for punishing companies for fraudulent conduct. Their action addresses an issue that has split securities officials along political lines. [....] To illustrate, SEC officials announced settlements of accounting-fraud charges with two software companies, McAfee Inc. and Applix Inc. McAfee, formerly known as Network Associates Inc., is paying a $50 million civil fine under its deal: Applix agreed to tighten its accounting policies, but isn't being fined. [....] The standards were adopted unanimously by Cox and the other four SEC commissioners after 40 hours of discussion in a series of private meetings. The three Republicans and two Democrats make up the SEC. [....] In recent years, SEC commissioners have split over the issue of whether heavy fines are an effective crime deterrent or actually hurt shareholders. [....] In the new settlements, McAfee, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Applix, based in Westborough, Mass., neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing. At the Justice Department, a recently instituted strategy allows companies to avoid criminal prosecution in exchange for information about discussions between employees and company lawyers. The disclosure of communications that normally are confidential gives companies the chance to escape with fines and the promise of internal changes." [Based on: A.P. article (SEC sets out new stance on penalties), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Fined / Kenneth Matzdorff - January 5th, 2006: "A rural Missouri telephone company's former president has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty. [....] Matzdorff [Kenneth Matzdorff] pleaded guilty in January to federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud." [Based on: article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Settlement / Sempra Energy - January 05th, 2006: "Sempra Energy of San Diego, owner of the largest U.S. natural gas utility, has agreed to pay $377 million to settle claims that it gouged California consumers by manipulating natural gas prices during the energy crisis of 2000 and 2001. The settlement was valued at $1.89 billion by the city of Los Angeles and other plantiffs; they accused Sempra of conspiring with El Paso Corp. to inflate natural gas prices. Sempra also agreed to a $300 million price cut for a power-supply contract with a California state agency." [Based on: article (Sempra energy settles), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Stock Market Rally / U.S.A. - January 5th, 2006: "Stocks continued their New Year's rally Wednesday [01/04/06], led by Google Inc. as the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at its highest since June 2001. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks continue rally; S&P hits 4 1/2-year high), p. D4, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Auto Sales Trivia / U.S.A. - January 5th, 2006: "General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG reported lower U.S. auto sales in December for the third straight month as Asian automakers led by Toyota Motor Corp. gained market share and pushed auto sales to a full-year gain. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (GM, Ford sales fall; Toyota gains), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Massive Stroke / Ariel Sharon - January 5th, 2006: "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive, life-threatening stroke Wednesday [01/04/06] and underwent lengthy overnight surgery. Power has transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Sharon suffers massive stroke), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Minimum Wage Trivia / U.S.A. - January 5th, 2006: "The governator of California plans to ask for a $1-an-hour increase in the state's minimum wage. Some fellow Republicans might view this as girly-man behavior, unbecoming of a fellow who is supposed to stand for self-reliance and free enterprize. But the fact is that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a smart guy who can read polls. [....] For those at the bottom, it's a matter of survival - even with the proposed $1-an-hour raise. The national minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour since 1997. It has lost 17 percent of its buying power since then. In the past half century,  there has been only one year, 1989, when the minimum wage brought less than it does today. [....] California's minimum wage is $6.75 an hour. Mr Schwarzenegger's one-buck proposal is, in fact, an effort to head off something more generous. A ballot referendum would raise the state minimum wage to $8.75 an hour and link it to the cost of living. That's a fair and humane proposal. Polls show the referendum passing handily. In fact, 17 states with more than a third of the nation's population now have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum. The Illinois legislature raised its minimum wage to $6.50 per hour in 2003. Since then, the Mississippi River bridges have not been clogged with jobless busboys and floor-moppers seeking work in Missouri, where the minimum remains at $5.15 an hour and is very unlikely to change. It's hard to sort out the net effect of minimum wage hikes from all the other factors pushing employment up or down. But researchers who tried have found the job loss to be too small to notice. This makes sense. The vast majority of low-wage jobs are in service industries, and a burger-flipper's job can't be outsourced to India. In any case, slight job losses are overwhelmed by the positive effect of rising income on the lives of the working poor. About 6 percent of American workers would get a direct raise if the minimum were raised to $7 an hour, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Only a quarter of those workers are teenagers; more are adults trying to support families. About 44 percent work full-time. Another 6 percent would get a raise indirectly. Many employers already pay a bit above the minimum in order to attract better workers. Keeping that premium would mean higher pay for the $8-per-hour worker as well. About 59 percent of those workers are full-time employees. A great wave of prosperity swept over America during the past quarter century. But the working poor largely were left behind. Adjusted for inflation, American families in the bottom fifth saw their incomes rise just 4 percent between 1979 and 2003. By contrast, the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans saw their incomes rise 42 percent during the same period. The poorest 4 percent subsisted on $24,000 a year, while the richest averaged $170,000 a year. That ever-widening gap holds the seeds for much human misery, intractable social and economic problems, entrenched inequalities and political unrest. Fair and humane public policy would be to give the working poor a leg up, and a higher minimum wage is a good place to start." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Time for a raise), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - First-Quarter Results / Monsanto Co. - January 5th, 2006: "Monsanto Co. continued to impress Wall Street on Wednesday [01/04/06], this time with its first-quarter results: Sales grew by 31 percent over the same period a year ago, and earnings per share hit 22 cents, beating analyst's expectations. [....]" [Based on: article, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Criticism / Nuclear Research, Iran - January 5th, 2006: "One day after Iran publicly confirmed it would resume nuclear research, a newspaper reported Wednesday [01/03/06] that Tehran has been seeking components and know-how in Europe for nuclear weapons and missles. Iran responded quickly to the front-page report in the Guardian newspaper based on a leaked European intelligence document. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the story was intended to harm Iran's 'transparent' efforts to obtain civilian nuclear power." [Based on: News Services article (Iran denies seeking nuclear know-how), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Transfer to Civilian Control / Jose Padilla - January 5th, 2006: "The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday [01/04/06] to let the armed forces transfer terrorism suspect Jose Padilla to civilian control so he can face criminal charges. [....] The justices overruled a lower court, which had attempted to block the transfer as part of a rebuke to the White House. The Supreme Court said it would decide later whether to review Padilla's challenge to his military detention. [....] The Supreme Court had been asked to use Padilla's case to define the scope of a president's power over American citizens taken into custody on U.S. soil. The justices had been expected to hear his appeal. But before the Supreme Court could act, the government brought criminal charges against Padilla in Florida. [....] Last month, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., refused to allow the transfer of Padilla from military custody." [Based on: A.P. article (Supreme Court allows transfer of Padilla), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/05/06]

2006 - Died / Lou Rawls - January 6th, 2006: "Singer Lou Rawls [1933 - 2006] died Friday [01/06/06] of lung cancer. He was 72." [E.M.]

2006 - Google Sells Video - January 6th, 2006: "Google Inc. will let consumers buy video over the Internet from CBS, the NBA and other providers, becoming the latest company to explore the new method of distributing TV content, according to a report Thursday [01/05/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Google will sell video on Internet, report says), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Yahoo Goes Mobile - January 6th, 2006: "Yahoo Inc. is expanding its presence beyond the PC, moving onto Web-enabled cell phones and other portable devices so users can access their customized content while untethered. [....]" [Based on: Article (Yahoo goes mobile), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Status / Ariel Sharon - January 6th, 2006: "As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lay unconscious after seven hours of brain surgery [01/05/06], Israel faced a political void. [....]" [Based on: Boston Globe article (Israel faces political void), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/06/05] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "Sharon undergoes more emergency surgery [five hours of emergency brain surgery, 01/06/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "Sharon moves limbs, breathes on his own [01/09/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Iraq Discussion / U.S.A. - January 6th, 2006: "Former officials discuss Iraq with Bush / A bipartisan group of more than a dozen former secretaries of state and defense meet with the president at the White House. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - January 6th, 2006: "Violence in Iraq killed 130 people Thursday [01/05/06] - 125 civilians, most at the hands of suicide bombers, and five American soldiers, victims of a roadside bomb. The day's death toll was the fourth highest since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The toll for Wednesday [01/04/06] was 53. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (130 are killed in violence in Iraq), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Stock Market - January 6th, 2006: "Bubbles go out of New Year's stock rally" [Based on: Headline for Bloomberg News article, p. C7, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Bird Flu Deaths? / Turkey - January 6th, 2006: "A 15-year-old girl died of a suspected virulent strain of bird flu in Turkey on Thursday [01/05/06], four days after her brother succumed. Their doctor said they probably contracted the illness by playing  with dead chickens. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

*Trivia: "Authorities fear bird flu is spreading in Turkey" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

*Trivia: "In a few short days, Turkey's bird flu crisis unfolded / Disease first appeared confined to the east, but human cases popped up across the country." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Suzan Fraser, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomb / Afghanistan - January 6th, 2006: "A suicide bomb killed 10 Afghans and wounded 50 in a crowded market just a few hundred yards from where the U.S. ambassador was meeting with local leaders Thursday [01/05/06]. [....] A man purporting to be a Taliban spokesman said the insurgents had hoped to kill 'high-ranking Americans.' " [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Gospel Church Fire / Chicago - January 6th, 2006: "Fire destroys Chicago church [Pilgrim Baptist Church], gospel birthplace" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/08/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Building Collapse / Saudia Arabia - January 6th, 2006: "Rescuers searched for survivors of the collapse of an eight-story building that killed at least 20 people Thursday [01/05/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Authorities said Friday [01/06/06] that the death toll reached at least 76. [....]" [Based on: News Services, 01/07/06]

2006 - Charges Dropped / Timothy Kramer - January 6th, 2006: "The U.S. government dropped charges and won't retry Timothy Kramer, a former trader for a unit of Duke Energy Corp. whose first fraud trial ended a month ago with acquittals on seven counts and a jury deadlocked on 12 others. Kramer, 41, and a co-defendant who was aquitted of all charges, Todd reid, 43, vice presidents of Houston-based Duke Energy North America LLC, were accused of falsifying trading records to justify 2001 bonuses totaling $9 million." [Based on: Article (U.S. ends prosecution of Duke Energy exec), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Tracy A. Henke / Homeland Security - January 6th, 2006: "When Tracy A. Henke assumes a top homeland security job Monday [01/09/06], she will begin under a swirl of controversy. [....] henke was among 17 recess appointments President george W. Bush made late Wednesday [01/04/06] while the Senate was not in session, bypassing the normal process of Senate confirmation. Administration officials said the jobs needed to be filled and that the Senate was not acting quickly enough. [....] In her new post, she will be executive director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, and is soon slated to become assistant secretary of homeland security, performing the same functions. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Homeland security job filled amid controversy), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S.A. & North Korea - January 6th, 2006: "China urged the United States and North Korea on Thursday [01/05/06] to resolve a dispute over sanctions so that the talks on dismantling the North's nuclear programs can resume. [....] The negotiations, which last convened in November [2005], have stalled over sanctions Washington placed on a Macau-based bank and eight North Korean companies alleged to have taken part in currency counterfeiting or weapons proliferation." [Based on: News Services article (China asks U.S., N. Korea to get along, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - U.S. Warning / Nuclear Research, Iran - January 6th, 2006: "Iran warned [01/05/06] not to restart nuclear work" [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "The controlled press ignores the fact that the three European nations seeking to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state have all assisted in the creation of the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal - Israel's. [....] On the one hand, Iran is abiding by its legal obligations under the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Iran, like every other nation in the Middle East with the exception of Israel, has ratified the NPT and forsworn the pursuit of nuclear weapons. [....] The BBC recently reported that in 1958 Britain had secretly sold Israel 20 tons of 'heavy water,' a key ingredient for its nuclear program. The shipment of deuterium oxide was reported as being 'vital to plutonium production' at Israel's top-secret Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert. Construction of the Dimona facility began in the late 1950s as the result of a secret agreement with France, which provided assistance with reactor design and construction. While the story of Britain's shipment of heavy water to Israel was reported by the BBC and elsewhere, The New York Times, whose motto is 'All the news that's fit to print,' did not even mention it. A call to the Times asking about the omission was not returned. Senior ministers in then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's government were reported to have been unaware of the deal, which was supposedly conducted by lower-level civil servants. The shipment was also kept secret from the Americans. [....] Robert McNamara, U.S. secretary of defense from 1961-68, told the BBC he was 'astonished' by the coverup. 'It is very surprising to me we were not told because we shared information about the nuclear bomb very closely with the British,' he said. The heavy water had been bought by Britain from Norway and has been presented in the past as a deal between Israel and Norway. [....] More recently, Germany provided Israel with submarines that had their forward compartments modified, at Israel's request, for the launch of long-range cruise missles. The subs were free. Providing Israel with submarines equipped with the means to deliver nuclear-tipped cruise missles is a clear violation of the NPT by the German government." [Based on: American Free Press (Volume V, # 35, 08/29/05) article by Christopher Bollyn, p. 5] - [Paragraph indents removed to save space - E.M.]

*Trivia: [....] Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation. [....] The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968, and DU weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S. supervision in the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs. The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS Bigelow out of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons have been sold by the U.S. to 29 countries. Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from 1974-1999 at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and at civilian labs under contract. Today 42 states are contaminated with DU from manufacture, testing and deployment. [....] A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800 tons of DU is the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The U.S. has used more DU since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Four nuclear wars indeed, and 10 times the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from atmospheric testing! No wonder our soldiers, their families and the people of the Middle East, Yugoslavia and Central Asia are sick. But as Henry Kissinger said after Vietnam when our soldiers came home ill from Agent Orange, 'Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used for foreign policy.' [....]"

[Based on: http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/depleteduranium081804.shtml]

*Trivia: "Before being formally sentenced to death, McVeigh [Timothy McVeigh] tells the judge the government 'teaches the people by its example.' " [News 08/14/97]

2006 - "Perversion of Religion?" / Pat Robertson - January 6th, 2006:

   "Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday [01/05/06] that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."
   "God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." "You read the Bible and he says 'This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No, this is mine.' "
   Sharon "was dividing God's land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), the United Nations or the United States of America," Robertson said.
   Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that Robertson's remarks "are un-Christian and a perversion of religion. Unlike Robertson, we don't see God as cruel and vengeful."

[Based on: A.P. article (God struck down Sharon, Robertson suggests), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

*Trivia: "Robertson sends letter of apology for remarks about Sharon" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Health-Coverage Battle? / U.S. Labor Unions - January 6th, 2006: "Labor unions on Thursday [01/05/06] said they will pursue legislation in 31 states this year thast would require large employers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to spend more on health care benefits or contribute to Medicade. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Unions take health-coverage battle to 31 state legislatures), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/06/06]

2006 - Settlement / AOL - January 7th, 2006: "America Online on Friday [01/06/06] announced that it will pay up to $25 million to customers in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit in St. Clair County that alleged unauthorized billing for some computer services. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (AOL pays $25 million to customers in class-action settlement), p. A27, 01/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Stock Market - January 7th, 2006: "Stocks hit highest level since 2001 on jobs news" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

*Trivia: "Unemployment rate falls / 2 million jobs are added for all of 2005." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

2006 - Word to Sum up 2005 / "Truthiness" - January 7th, 2006: "A panel of linguists has decided that the word that best reflects last year is 'truthiness' - the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. The American Dialect Society chose the word Friday [01/06/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Linguists pick 'truthiness' as word to sum up 2005), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

2006 - Abducted / Christian Reporter, Iraq - January 7th, 2006: "Jill Carroll, 28, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, has not been heard from since she was grabbed Jan. 7." [Based on: Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/15/05]

2006 - Election Year Theme? / George W. Bush - January 7th, 2006: "Bush sounds election-year theme / In Chicago, he suggests that Democrats could devestate economy by blocking free trade and raising taxes." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

*Trivia: "President George W. Bush urged Congress on Saturday [01/07/06] to save tax cuts from expiring and adopt the first spending restraints in nearly a decade on such benefit programs as Medicaid, Medicare and student loans. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush says it's again time to cut benefits), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/08/06]

2006 - "On the Brink of Starvation" / Horn of Africa - January 7th, 2006: "Some 11 million people in the Horn of Africa  'are on the brink of starvation' because of severe drought and war, the United Nations said Friday [01/06/05]. People in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia need food aid, water, new livestock and seeds, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement. FAO economist Shukri Ahmed said the region's dry season had begun and the rains forecast for March and April were not expected to be significant." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. calls for aid to Horn of Africa), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

*Trivia: "Hunger crisis intensifies in Kenya; agencies lack funds to feed millions" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Indicted / Pension Fund Officials, San Diego - January 7th, 2006: "A federal grand jury on Friday [01/06/06] indicted five current and former San Diego pension fund officials [Ron Saathoff, Terri Webster, Cathy Lexin, Laurence Grissom, Loraine Chapin] on 20 counts of fraud and conspiracy in an investigation of the city's troubled finances. [....] The five were accused of concealing information from fellow board members about a crucial 2002 vote that allowed San Diego to escape payments of the retirement fund and, at the same time, enhance pension benefits." [Based on: Business Page article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 01/07/06]

2006 - Radioactive Waste Shipments Continue / U.S.A. - January 7th, 2006: "By the end of last year, thousands of containers of radioactive waste were to have completed a 1,300-mile cross-country treck through the St. Louis area to a temporary storage site in West Texas. But the project is behind schedule. Highway drivers in the Metro East area and south St. Louis County can expect to see flatbed trucks carrying the 20,000-pound containers of waste into mid-February, according to Jeff Wagner, a spokesman for Fluor Fernald, the contractor in charge. The daily shipments come from a Cold War-era uranium processing plant in Fernald, Ohio, near Cincinnati. More than half of the waste being shipped originated from the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works on the riverfront just north of downtown St. Louis. During World War II, Mallinckrodt worked to help purify uranium to the grade needed to make the atomic bomb. After the war, 6,000 tons of radioactive byproducts from the uranium processing were moved to the plant in Fernald. The site is being cleaned up, though, and its waste carted to Andrews County, Texas. [....] Wagner said this week that the company has filled about 2,600 canisters. It earlier estimated it would fill a total of 4,000 containers, but Wagner said that number probably will drop to about 3,400. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Radioactive waste shipments continue) by Elizabethe Holland, p. A2, 01/07/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Loses Standing / St. Stanislaus Kostka Chucrh, St. Louis - January 7th, 2006: "St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has stripped St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of its standing as a Roman Catholic parish. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D., p. A6, 01/07/06]

2006 - Stepped Down / TomDelay - January 8th, 2006: "Tom DeLay, the pugnacious Texas Republican dogged by ethics complaints, stepped down permanently as House majority leader Saturday [01/07/06], the first political casualty of a Washington lobbying scandal. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Delay won't try to regain House post), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/08/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Greece - January 8th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:34:53 (UTC) on Sunday, January 8, 2006. The magnitude 6.8 event has been located in SOUTHERN GREECE. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushrak.htm]

2006 - Highest Sales in 27 Years / General Motors Corp's - January 8th, 2006: "Despite General Motors Corp's problems in its home market, the automaker's worldwide sales were at their highest level in 27 years in 2005 thanks to growth in Asia and Latin America, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said. 'Getting outside of the U.S. market we had a good year, on balance, around the world,' Wagoner said in a transcript of remarks released Saturday [01/07/06] by GM. Wagoner said preliminary sales figures show GM sold 9.2 million vehicles worldwide. The only other year GM sold more than 9 million vehicles was 1978, he said." [Based on: News Services article (GM worldwide sales highest in 27 years), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/08/06]

*Trivia: "General Motors Corp., pounded by declining sales and rising health care costs, said Monday [11/21/05] it would cut more than a quarter of its North American manufacturing jobs and close 12 facilities by 2008. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, (S.L.P.D.) 11/22/05]

*Trivia: "GM hopes price cuts give sales a boost / Automaker slashes prices by $1,300 on average." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Muslim Hajj - January 9th, 2006: "As hajj starts today, Saudis aim to prevent stampedes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

*Trivia: "More than 2 million Muslim pilgrims made the climatic ascent Monday [01/09/06] to Mount Arafat, Islam's most sacred site, to pray for salvation, and Saudi Arabia's top cleric urged Islamic unity in the face of what he called the West's war on Islam. After offering prayers on the mount, tens of thousands rushed down the hill to the Muzdalifah, a few miles away, where they collected pebbles to use in one of the hajj's last rituals, the stoning of the devil. Under a religious edict issued two years ago, the stoning now may begin before dawn prayers today [01/10/06]. The decree was an attempt to ease crowding at the stoning site, where hundreds have died in stampedes over the past quarter-century. Speaking at a mosque on the plain of Mount Arafat, Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, the kingdom's grand mufti, said Muslims were facing critical challenges, among them accusations of terrorism and human rights abuses and calls for revisions in school textbooks. 'Oh, Muslim nation, there is a war against our creed, against our culture under the pretext of fighting terrorism. We should stand firm and united in protecting our religion,' he said. 'Islam's enemies want to empty our religion of its contents and its meaning,' al-Sheik said. 'But the soldiers of God will be victrious.' The faithful called out: 'Amen.' " [Based on: A.P. article (As pilgrims pray, cleric warns of war on Islam), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Wildfires - January 9th, 2006: "[....] Drought conditions and gusting wind have spread dozens of wildfires across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico over the past two weeks. At least 475 homes have been destroyed by the winter blazes and five people have been killed." [Based on: news Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Placebo Effect - January 9th, 2006: "[....] Here are some tidbits about the mind-body connection that science refers to as the 'placebo effect': * 'Placebo' is Latin for 'I shall please.' In medieval times it was the name for a prayer chanted over the dead, and became a derogatory name for mourners hired to do the chanting. * By the early 19th century, a medical dictionary defined placebo as 'any medicine adopted more to please than benefit the patient.' * The term 'placebo effect' was coined by Harvard anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Beecher. He studied placebos after witnessing wounded World War II soldiers receive injections of salt solution instead of morphine when supplies had run out. The patients experienced considerable relief, as if they had received a drug. [....] * Researchers have reported that a placebo is better at easing symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain, asthma and moderate hypertension. It's poor at alleviating symptoms od schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorders. * There are a few reports of patients becoming addicted to placebo pills. * Belief can foster ill effects as well as good ones: People who think a treatment will give them side effects can suffer nausea, rashes, headaches and pain from what is actually a placebo. In pain studies, the placebo effect is stronger if a patient has previously been given the real drug - presumably because he or she experienced relief and thus expects it again. Conversly, if a patient is first given a placebo (believing it's a painkiller), the real drug administered later isn't as effective at alleviating pain." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article ('Placebo effect' plays games with the mind), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Release? / Mehmet Ali Agca - January 9th, 2006: "Man [Mehmet Ali Agca] who shot pope in 1981 will be freed [01/12/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "Man who shot pope is returned to prison" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A29, 01/21/06]

2006 - Post 911 Fatality / New York - January 9th, 2006: "NY police detective [James Zadroga] dies [01/05/06]; illness was linked to ground zero duty" [Based on: Title for Newsday article by Lindsay Faber, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Removal? / Nuclear Seals, Iran - January 9th, 2006: "Iran said Sunday [01/08/06] that inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency would remove seals from some nuclear facilities by today, opening the way for Tehran to resume research on fuel production. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran on Saturday [01/07/06] to remove seals they had affixed to the research sites after Iran agreed to stop all enrichment-related activities more than two years ago. The Iranians have said they will never give up their right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. agency expected to remove nuclear seals), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Car & Truck of the Year / U.S.A. - January 9th, 2006: "Hondas are named car [Civic sedan], truck [Ridgeline pickup] of the year" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Fatal U.S. Helicopter Crash / Iraq - January 9th, 2006: "An Army helicopter [UH-60 Black Hawk] crashed in bad weather in northern Iraq shortly before midnight Saturday [01/07/06], killing all 12 Americans on board, military authorities reported Sunday. Five Marines also were killed in action in separate incidents over the past two days. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article, 01/09/06]

2006 - Breaking Out all Over? / World Peace - January 9th, 2006: "[....] The number of U.N. peacekeeping operations and missions to prevent and stop wars has increased by more than 400 percent since the end of the Cold War. As this upsurge of international activism grew in scope and intensity through the 1990s, the number of crises, wars and genocides declined. [....] A major study by the Rand Corp. published this year found that U.N. peace-building operations had a two-thirds success rate and were surpirsingly cost-effective. In fact, the United Nations spends less running 17 peace operations around the world for an entire year than the United States spends in Iraq in a single month. What the United Nations calls 'peacemaking' - using diplomacy to end wars - has been even more successful. About half of all the peace agreements negotiated between 1946 and 2003 have been signed since the end of the Cold War. [....]"

Andrew Mack directs the Human Security Center at the University of British Columbia. He was director of the Strategic Planning Unit in the executive office of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan between 1998 and 2001. Copyright The Washington Post

[Based on: Other Views page article (Surprisingly, world peace is breaking out all over)by Andrew Mack, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Afghanistan & Taliban - January 9th, 2006: "Afghan president offers peace talks with ousted Taliban leader" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Clare / Western Australia - January 9th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Clare is a moderately strong storm system in the Indian Ocean off the Australian coast. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite observed the cyclone at 06:05 UTC (2:05 p.m. local time) on January 9, 2006, it was a well-developed system with peak sustained winds of around 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour). The cyclone (the local term for a hurricane or typhoon) was about 200 kilometers offshore from Port Hedland in Western Australia, the nearest major city. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13306]

2006 - Jordanian Embassies Closed / Britain, Canada & Australia - January 9th, 2006: "The Australian and Canadian embassies in the Jordamian capital closed Sunday [01/08/06] for security reasons, a day after Britain also shut its embassy. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Asked to Testify / U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales - January 9th, 2006: "Gonzales is asked to testify at hearings on spying program" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/09/06]

2006 - Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime - January 9th, 2006:

It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess.

This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet, is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison.

"The use of the word 'annoy' is particularly problematic," says Marv Johnson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "What's annoying to one person may not be annoying to someone else."

Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called "Preventing Cyberstalking." It rewrites existing telephone harassment law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet "without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy."

To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice. The plan: to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure.

The tactic worked. The bill cleared the House of Representatives by voice vote, and the Senate unanimously approved it Dec. 16.

There's an interesting side note. An earlier version that the House approved in September had radically different wording. It was reasonable by comparison, and criminalized only using an "interactive computer service" to cause someone "substantial emotional harm."

That kind of prohibition might make sense. But why should merely annoying someone be illegal?

There are perfectly legitimate reasons to set up a Web site or write something incendiary without telling everyone exactly who you are. [....]

[Based on: Article (Perspective: Create an e-annoyance, go to jail) by By Declan McCullagh, Published: January 9, 2006, 4:00 AM PST]

*Link: http://news.com.com/Create+an+e-annoyance%2C+go+to+jail/2010-1028_3-6022491.html

2006 - Gold Prices / U.S.A. - January 10th, 2006: "Gold rose more than $9 an ounce Monday [01/09/06] in New York to the highest closing price in almost 25 years. Gold futures for February delivery rose $9.30 or 1.7 percent, to $550.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest closing price since Jan. 23, 1981. [....]" [Based on: Article (Gold bugs push price to nearly 25-year high) S.L.P.D., p. B2, 01/10/06]

2006 - Subway Strike / London - January 10th, 2006: "Commuters suffered some delays to subway journeys across London on Monday [01/09/06] in a 24-hour strike by station staff members, but there was no sign of the major disruption that had been feared. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Troop Level Trivia / Iraq - January 10th, 2006: "Pentagon officials acknowledged Monday [01/09/06] that Paul Bremer, the senior U.S. official in Iraq during the first year of the war, told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in May 2004 that a far larger number of U.S. troops were needed to effectively fight the insurgency, but his advice was rejected. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pentagon rebuffed Bremer on troop levels, U.S. says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Satellite Radio / Howard Stern - January 10th, 2006: "[....] Howard Stern debuted on satellite radio Monday [01/09/06], stirring up trouble and talking dirty. But this time, he won't get bleeped. 'I don't compete on terrestrial radio anymore,' said Stern, who on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is finally free of government decency laws. [....] Stern has promised everything from stripper poles to live sex on his new show. But he used only a moderate amount of swearing and said his show was more about ideas, not the f-word. Cursing, he said, would be part of the natural progression of speech. Stern also introduced George Takei as his new on-air personality. Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on 'Star Trek,' will serve as announcer." [Based on: News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Close above 11,000 / D.J.I.A. - January 10th, 2006: "Automakers helped lead the advance Monday [01/09/06] as the Dow Jones industrial average surpassed 11,000 for the first time in more than four years. [....] The Dow industrials added 52.59, or 0.5 percent, to 11,011.90, its first close above 11,000 since June 7, 2001. GM rose $1.61, or 7.7 percent, to $22.41 for its biggest gain in seven months. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Automakers, house builders lead markets), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Consumer Credit Falls / U.S.A. - January 10th, 2006: "Consumer credit falls for second straight month / November numbers reflect first consecutive declines since 1992." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Alcoa Inc. - January 10th, 2006: "Alcoa Inc., the world's biggest aluminum maker, said fourth-quarter profit fell 16 percent as rising costs for raw materials and energy eroded the benefit of higher metal prices. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Develops Fever / Sago Mine Survivor - January 10th, 2006: "Survivor of mining disaster develops a fever" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, 01/10/06]

2006 - Islamic Holiday / "Feast of Sacrifice" - January 10th, 2006: "The Eid al-Adha, a four-day feast capping the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, will begin Jan. 10, Saudi religious authorities announced Sunday [01/01/06]. The Eid al-Adha, or feast of sacrifice, is the most important holiday of the Islamic year. It commemorates God's provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to slay his son." [Based on: News Services article (Religious authorities set date for Islamic feast), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. - January 10th, 2006: "Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. and Albert Lowenthal, chief executive of the Toronto-based brokerage, on Monday [01/09/06] were sued by NASD for allegedly giving the regulator inaccurate data during a review of mutual fund sales practices. Oppenheimer and Lowenthal denied wrongdoing. [....] Oppenheimer also has run afoul of the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. Treasury Department. Last month, it agreed to pay $4.4 million in settlements .... [....] Oppenheimer didn't admit or deny wrongdoing in those cases. [....]" [Based on: Bloomber News article (Agency sues Oppenheimer and CEO on flawed data), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Opening Statements / Supreme Court Nominee - January 10th, 2006: "Supreme Court nominee and members of Senate Judiciary Committee read opening statements." [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Bomb Discovered / San Francisco Starbucks - January 10th, 2006: "Police defused an explosive device found in the bathroom of a Starbucks on Monday. No one was injured. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Bomb is discovered in restroom at store), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Ex-U.N. Commander Wants Blair Impeached - January 10th, 2006: "Britain's former U.N. military commander in Bosnia has said Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached over his decision to go to war in Iraq. Gen. Michael Rose said Blair's claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction had turned out not to be true, adding that he would have resigned rather than take troops to war on such a flawed case. In an interview Monday [01/09/06] with British Broadcasting Corp. radio, Rose said, 'to go to war on what turns out to be false grounds is something that no one should be allowed to walk away from.' " [Based on: News Services article (Ex-U.N. commander wants Blair impeached), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Suicide Bombers / Interior Ministry Compound, Iraq - January 10th, 2006: "Two suicide bombers disguised as police officers infiltrated the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Baghdad and blew themselves up Monday [01/09/06] during celebrations of National Police Day, killing 29 Iraqis. The attackers died before getting near the U.S. ambassador and senior Iraqi officials at the festivities, but the blasts continued a particularly deadly period for U.S. and Iraqi forces. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (29 Iraqis are killed in suicide blasts), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/10/06]

2006 - Merging Galaxy? - January 11th, 2006: "A previously unrecognized galaxy appears to be merging with the Milky Way, bringing hundreds of thousands of stars that no one has noticed until now into our home galaxy, astronomers have announced. A survey of the northern sky has detected a huge, diffuse structure within the Milky Way that does not seem to fit in with other parts of the galaxy that contains our solar system. Robert H. Lupton of Princeton University told a meeting of the American Astronomical Society Monday [01/09/06] that the most likely interpretation of the structure was that it was a dwarf galaxy that has been merging with our galaxy." [Based on: News Services article (Galaxy appears to be merging with Milky Way), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 11th, 2006: "Stocks failed to extend this year's rally as disappointing results from Alcoa Inc. and Phelps Dodge Corp. left share prices little changed Tuesday [01/10/06], and signaled slowing corporate profit growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (no title), p. D4, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Fined / Daniel Calugar - January 11th, 2006: "The majority owner [Daniel Calugar] of Security Brokerage Inc. of Las Vegas agreed to pay $153 million to resolve civil charges that he defrauded investors from 2001 to 2003 through a series of abusive mutual-fund trades, regulators said on Tuesday [01/10/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Brokerage owner fined), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Investigating Itself? / NSA - January 11th, 2006: "NSA is investigating itself over spy program" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Fired Government / Ukraine - January 11th, 2006: "The Ukranian parliament fired the government of prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov on Tuesday [01/10/06], citing a new deal with Russia that nearly doubles the price Ukraine pays for natural gas. [....] The election will formally test the popularity of President Viktor Yushchenko for the first time since he was swept to power in late 2004. His Our Ukraine party is trailing badly in opinion polls." [Based on: News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Release / Microsoft Patches - January 11th, 2006: "Microsoft releases two critical-rated patches" [Based on: Article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Credit-Card Delinquency / U.S.A. - January 11th, 2006: "[....] The American Bankers Associated said Tuesday [01/10/06] that the percentage of credit-card accounts 30 or more days past due eased to 4.74 percent in the July-September quarter after hitting an all-time high of 4.81 percent in the spring. [....] The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates 13 times since June 2004; many economists believe that rates will be boosted by another quarter point when the Fed. meets on Jan. 31. That would push the Fed's target for the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge to make loans to other banks, to 4.5 percent. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Credit-card delinquency remains near record high), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Stem Cell Trivia / South Korea - January 11th, 2006: "South Korea's top university issued a public apology today after an investigative panel ruled that professor Hwang Woo-suk faked his human stem cell research. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (University apologizes for stem cell fakery), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - "Iran ends freeze on nuclear work" - January 11th, 2006: [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Message on Iraq / George W. Bush - January 11th, 2006: "President George W. Bush has warned Democratic critics of his Iraq policy to watch what they say lest they give 'comfort to our adversaries' - and suffer at the ballot box in November. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush delivers sharp message on Iraq), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Augustine Volcano, Alaska - January 11th, 2006: "A volcano on an uninhibited island in southwestern Alaska erupted early Wednesday [01/11/06], spewing ash about five miles into the sky. The ash from Augustine Volcano in the Cook Inlet was not expected to reach Anchorage, nearly 200 miles to the northwest, meteorologists said." [Based on: News Services article (Volcano spews ash on uninhabited island), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

*Trivia: "Volcano on island continues [01/15/06] to erupt" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "Augustine Volcano, in the Cook Inlet of the Gulf of Alaska, erupted on January 13 and 14, 2006. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), these explosive eruptions produced clouds of volcanic ash and flows of mud and rock fragments. Although more eruptions were not certain to occur as of January 17, 2006, the volcano could be expected to erupt again without warning. Based on eruptions observed in 1976 and 1986, observers at the AVO anticipated that eruptions might continue for a period of several days to a few weeks."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13311]

*Trivia: "[....] Considered the most active volcano in the eastern Aleutian arc, Augustine experienced its largest historical eruption in 1883 [July 6th, 1883] when the volcano’s dome collapsed. It erupted again in 1986, producing an avalanche of ash, rock fragments, and gas. Augustine’s oldest dated volcanic rocks are more than 40,000 years old. [....]" [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13337]

*Trivia: "Volcanic eruption date(s): August 26th-28th, 1883. Eruption location: Krakatau, Indonesia. Number of recorded deaths: 36,000." [Based on: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2005, p. 491]

2006 - "Bush adopts Richard Nixon as his role model" - January 11th, 2006: "Whether he knew it or not, President Bush was faced with a crucial philosophical choice in the frightening and chaotic aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. He could have followed the wise counsel of Edward R. Murrow, who memorably told us, 'We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.' But he didn't. He chose instead to follow the disturbing course mapped out by Barry Goldwater, who insisted, 'Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice ... moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.' [....] For a president - any president - to OK warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. citizens on American soil is an abomination. First, it's illegal, and for very good reasons. Spying on the populace is a giant step toward totalitarianism. The worst-case scenario is the nightmare of Soviet-style surveillance. [....] In doing so, Bush essentially declared that checks and balances do not apply to him, that he is above the law, that he knows better than Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton et al. Instead, he aligned himself with Richard Nixon, who had his own notion of the separation of powers, best expressed in Nixon's chilling comment: 'When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.' " [Based on: Other Views page article (Bush adopts Richard Nixon as his role model) by Bob Herbert, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06] - [Paragraph indents not included. - E.M.]

2006 - May Have Been Released / Harmful Chemicals, Glen Rock, Pa. - January 11th, 2006: "Firefighters battle a blaze at Adhesives Research Inc. near Glen Rock, Pa., late Tuesday [01/10/06]. Residents who live within three miles of the plant were warned to stay inside because harmful chemicals may have been released." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 12th, 2006: "Tech stocks take the lead as rally resumes" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Trade Surplus / China - January 12th, 2006: "China says trade surplus triples to $101.9 billion / It is now world's third-largest trading nation, report says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Anti-Semiticism / Russia - January 12th, 2006: "Man armed with knife attacks 8 [01/11/06] in synagogue [Moscow, Russia]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Trivia / Rep. Roy Blunt - January 12th, 2006: "Blunt's office says it has no record of any meetings with Abramoff" [Based on: Title for article by Deirdre Shesgreen, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Brett Pfeffer - January 12th, 2006: "[....] Brett Pfeffer, 37, a former legislative director to Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., pleaded guilty of aiding and abetting bribery of a public official and conspiracy. He could get 20 years in prison; sentencing is set for March 31. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bribery defendent implicates lawyer), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Health Care Costs / U.S.A. - January 12th, 2006: "Americans spent nearly $1.9 trillion on health care in 2004. That's about 16 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, a new record. It works out to $6,280 for every man, woman and child in the country. The good news is that health spending grew at a slower rate than at any time since 2000. The bad news is that the rate of growth, 7.9 percent, was about two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation. That means health costs are growing faster than revenue for local governments, individuals and some companies. [....] Out-of-pocket spending for health care grew by about 5.5 percent in 2004, to a total of $237.7 billion. Between 2000 and 2005, the amount patients paid out-of-pocket increased by just over 22 percent. [....] But at the same time drug spending was slowing, hospital spending was growing - by 7.5 percent between 2002 and 2003, and by 8.6 percent in 2004. The cost of hospital care has climbed by 56 percent between 2000 and 2004, to $570.8 billion a year. Spending on doctor's services climbed 38.5 percent during the same period, to $399.9 billion a year. As long as we're throwing around mind-numbing numbers, here's another one: $136.7 billion. That's what Americans spent on insurance company overhead in 2004. That's an increase of a whopping 68 percent since 2000. And that number represents just a fraction of what the American health care system spends on overhead. What those numbers don't say is what Americans get, comparatively, for our $6,280-per-person investment. Not as much as Japan, which spends less but has lower infant mortality and higher life expectancy. Not as much as Finland or France or the United Kingdom. Not as much as Spain or Sweden or Switzerland. [....] The World health Organization reports that the average American can look forward to living almost as long as the average Slovenian. We can still boast of a longer average life expectancy than Iraqis. But since 2003, everyone in Iraq has had health coverage. That's something 46 million Americans are still doing without." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Playing the numbers), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Earnings / DuPont - January 12th, 2006: "DuPont says hurricanes will slash earnings in half" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Satellite Contract / Boeing Co. - January 12th, 2006: "Boeing Co.'s long-stagnant commercial satellite business got a boost Wednesday [01/11/06] with the announcement of the unit's largest order in nine years - a contract to build three satellites and associated ground systems for Mobile Satellite Ventures Corp. [....] While continuing to produce satellites regularly for the U.S. government through classified contracts, the company, part of St. Louis-based Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, has built only a handful of commercial satellites in recent years at its facility in Seal Beach, Calif. [....] The satellites are to be launched in 2009 and 2010 for privately held MSV, of Reston, Va. The satellite communications company envisions them as the core of a hybrid wireless network that will incorporate satellites working in unison with ground-based towers. Unlike existing satellite-based communications, MSV said, the system will use small handsets nearly identical to standard cell phones and will enable calls and data to be transmitted smoothly from virtually anywhere in North America as well as parts of South America. [....] Ten-year-old MSV is backed by an investor group that includes Motient Corp., SkyTerra Communications, TMI Communications, Columbia Capital and Spectrum Equity Investors. Its clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard." [Based on: A.P. article (Boeing's satellite unit lands big contract) by Dave Carpenter, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed. - E.M.]

2006 - Convicted / Vladimir Arutyunian - January 12th, 2006: "Man [Vladimir Arutyunian] is convicted [01/11/06] in grenade attack on Bush [05/10/05]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Man is convicted in grenade attack on Bush), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Addresses Audience / George W. Bush - January 12th, 2006: "Critics at home can embolden America's enemies, Bush says [01/11/06 - Louisville, Ky.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Unseasonably Warm Weather / U.S.A. - January 12th, 2006: "The snoeshoes are in the closet. Ice fishermen are lingering at the sides of slushy lakes. At least one snow sculpting event was, quite literally, a washout. Blame it on unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow in parts of the country that usually are deep in winter. [....] 'The general weather conditions have pretty much done a flip-flop,' said Tom Niziol of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, N.Y. 'Typically we'd have a foot and a half to 2 feet of snow in some of our snowbelt areas - and we're essentially seeing no snow cover across the western part of New York state. And that is exceptional this time of year.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Without the usual freezing weather, this winter is all wet), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Airline Accident? / U.S. Navy Jet, Georgia - January 12th, 2006: "The wreckage of a Navy jet [T-39 Sabreliner] with four aviators aboard was found late Wednesday [01/11/06] in northwest Georgia, the Civil Air Patrol said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Jet wreckage is found; crew's fate unknown), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Tyco Split? - January 13th, 2006: "Tyco will split into 3 companies, source says" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / Ashkenazi Jews - January 13th, 2006: "Some 3.5 million of today's Ashkenazi Jews are descended from just four women, a genetic study indicates. Those women apparently lived somewhere in Europe within the last 2,000 years, but not necessarily in the same place or even the same century, said lead author Dr. Doron Behar of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel. Ashkenazi Jews are a group with mainly central and eastern European ancestry. Ultimately, though, they can be traced back to Jews who migrated from Israel to Italy in the first and second centuries, Behar said. [....] They said the total Ashkenazi population is estimated at 8 million people. The estimated Jewish population is 13 million. [....] Behar agreed that the four women to whom he referred inherited their genetic signatures from female ancestors who lived in the Near East. But he said he preferred to focus on these European descendants because they were at the root of the Ashkenazi population explosion. The population of Ashkenazi Jews reached about 10 million just before World War II, he said." [Based on: A.P. article (3.5 million Ashkenazi Jews are descended from 4 women, study finds), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 13th, 2006: "Earnings worries knock stocks for a loop" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Deficit - January 13th, 2006: "The U.S. trade deficit improved slightly in November but still was the third highest on record as imports of foreign cars hit an all-time high and America's bill for foreign oil remained near record levels. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Trade Deficit narrows slightly in November), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Political Unrest / Mongolia - January 13th, 2006: "Hundreds of protestors occupied the headquarters of Mongolia's biggest political party Thursday [01/12/06], opposing its decision to withdraw from the ruling coalition. That move is threatening to topple the government. About 1,500 protestors stormed offices of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party. No party leaders were in the building. The protestors accused the party of trying to seize power by usurping the 15-month-old government. They demanded that it reverse its decision by Monday afternoon [01/16/06]. The party agreed Thursday to discuss the protestors' demands, state-run television reported." [Based on: News Services article (1,500 storm offices of largest political party), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Not Guilty Plea / Jose Padilla - January 13th, 2006: "Padilla pleads not guilty and is denied bail" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/213/06]

2006 - Trivia / MON810 Corn, Greece - January 13th, 2006: "EU orders Greece to lift ban on Monsanto corn" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Solar Panel Rebates / California - January 13th, 2006: "California energy regulators approved Thursday [01/12/06] some $3 billion in customer rebates over the next decade to encourage people to install solar panels on their roofs. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Rebates will promote solar panels on roofs), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Loses Appeal / Michael Skakel - January 13th, 2006: "Kennedy cousin reportedly loses appeal of conviction" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/213/06]

2006 - The "Backward State" / Missouri? - January 13th, 2006:

   In other states, consumers get tax credits and rebates for reducing energy consumption and implementing alternative energy sources. Only in Missouri would the consumer have to pay extra to do the same ("Missouri backs off changing rate rules," Jan. 6). Only in Missouri would the utility companies contemplate implementation of "surcharges to recover any income they lose if customers conserve."
   In Missouri, Jeff Davis, chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission, has to fight for consumers to "keep" 100 percent of what they save.
   Next, If I don't buy an SUV but buy a less-bloated model instead, I'll have to pay Ford or General Motors a fee because they are making less profit. How about a McDonald's tax on my grocery purchases? Once again, Missouri, whose state animal is the mule, is the clear leader in backwardness. Surely, this will hit the national media and everybody will get a good laugh.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (The "Backward state") - Rudy Schwarz, p. C12, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 01/13/06]

2006 - Fined / UBS Financial Services Inc. - January 13th, 2006: "UBS must pay fine of $49.5 million to NYSE" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / Wal-Mart Stores, Maryland - January 13th, 2006: "Maryland lawmakers override veto of bill targeting Wal-Mart" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Settlement / Tenet Healthcare Corp. - January 13th, 2006: "Tenet settles Medicare suits for $215 million" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Hungry Elephants Attack People / Kenya - January 13th, 2006: "Elephants seeking food, water [Kenya] attack people" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Reach Dead End? / Nuclear Talks, Iran - January 13th, 2006: "Three European foreign ministers said Thursday [01/12/06] that nuclear talks with Iran had reached a dead end after more than two years of acrimonious negotiations. The Europeans said the issue should be referred to the U.N. Security Council. But the three stopped short of calling for the 15-nation Security Council to impose sanctions. The ministers - from France, Germany and Britain - said they remained open to more talks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Europe-Iran nuclear talks reach dead end), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Will Retire / U.S. Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller - January 13th, 2006: "General [Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller] won't testify in Abu Ghraib abuse case, will retire" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Catholic Students Picket Bush Visit / New Orleans - January 13th, 2006: "Students from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans picket Thursday [01/12/06] at Jackson Square during President George W. Bush's visit to the Gulf Coast. Residents want more government help to rebuild levees battered by Hurricane Katrina." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Urge "Transition" in Iraq / U.S. Catholic Bishops - January 13th, 2006: "[....] 'Our nation's military forces should remain in Iraq only as long as it takes for a responsible transition, leaving sooner rather than later,' said Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., speaking for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (U.S. Catholic bishops urge 'transition' in Iraq), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/13/06]

2006 - Rain / Seattle, Wa. - January 14th, 2006: "26 days of rain leave Seattle one week short of its record" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 14th, 2006: "Shares stall on discouraging forecasts" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - U.S. Drone Missle / Pakistan - January 14th, 2006: "Acting on a tip pinpointing Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, a CIA-controlled unmanned aircraft fired a missle Friday [01/13/06] into a compound just inside Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence officials said. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (U.S. hopes CIA missle killed bin Laden aide), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

*Trivia: "Pakistani officials angrily condemned on Saturday [01/14/05] a purported CIA airstrike meant to target al-Qaida's No. 2 man, saying he wasn't there and 'innocent civilians' were among at least 17 men, women and children killed in a village near the Afghan border. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistanis denounce airstrike that killed 17) by Riaz Khan, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06]

*Trivia: "[....] 'We apologize, but I can't tell you that we wouldn't do the same thing again,' Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on CBS's 'Face the Nation.' 'We have to do what we think is necessary to take out al-Qaida, particularly the top operatives. This guy has been more visible than Osama bin Laden lately.' [....] Pakistani officials initially said 17 people were killed in the strike, but a senior intelligence official in Islamabad said Sunday [01/15/06] that there was evidence of 13 deaths, including three children and five women. Local officials said the victims were all local residents and no militants were killed. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Pakistanis continue anti-U.S. protest), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

*Trivia: "Missle did kill some top al-Qaida figures, Pakistanis say" [Based on: Title of A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - U.S. Helicopter Crash / Iraq - January 14th, 2006: "Insurgents apparently shot down a U.S. Army reconnaissance helicopter in this northern city [Mosul] Friday [01/13/06], killing its two pilots. One witness said he had heard machine gun fire before the crash of the helicopter, an OH-58 Kiowa. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Trivia / Energy Dependence, Ukraine - January 14th, 2006: "Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Friday [01/13/06] that his country should produce its own nuclear power plant fuel to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Justified? / Outsourcing U.S. Jobs - January 14th, 2006: "Sen. Max Baucus, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, said Friday [01/13/06] that outsourcing of white-collar jobs to low-wage countries such as India has become a global fact of life - and that America must learn to live with it. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Record Bonuses / Wall Street Workers - January 14th, 2006: "New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesi says Wall Street workers will receive $21.5 billion in bonuses for 2005, the largest amount ever. [....]" [Based on: Article (Bonuses hit new high), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Sales Tumble? / Lucent Technologies - January 14th, 2006: "Lucent Technologies Inc., the largest U.S. telephone equipment maker, said first-quarter sales unexpectedly tumbled and revenue this year will miss forecasts. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Lucent Technologies says revenue will miss mark), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Downgrades? / U.S. Phone Companies - January 14th, 2006: "Standard & Poor's lowered its debt rating for Verizon Communications Inc. and put AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. on CreditWatch for possible downgrade, citing an accelerating loss of customers by the three biggest telephone companies to rival services from cable-television providers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Verizon is downgraded, others put on watch list), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Restatement of Earnings / Kellwood Co. - January 14th, 2006: "Kellwood Co. said Friday [01/13/06] that it had overstated its earnings for the last three years by about $12 million because of accounting errors. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Kellwood restates earnings since 2003), p A32, 01/14/06]

2006 - EU Approval / Genetically Modified Corn - January 14th, 2006: "The European Union on Friday [01/13/06] approved imports for two types of Monsanto Co.'s genetically modified corn for human consumption and a third for animal feed, boosting prospects for sales by U.S. farmers. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Monsanto's altered corn wins approval from EU), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 01/14/06]

2006 - Died / Emir of Kuwait - January 15th, 2006: "Emir of Kuwait [Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah], strong U.S. ally, dies [01/15/06] at 79" [Based on: News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "Kuwait's ailing emir has agreed to abdicate under a deal worked out within the ruling family, a lawmaker said Monday [01/23/06] - paving the way for the prime minister and longtime de facto ruler to take the reins of power. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Ailing new emir will abdicate, official says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Still Comatose / Ariel Sharon - January 15th, 2006: "Sharon still comatose, Israeli hospital says" [Based on: News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06]

2006 - Drug-Resistent Flu? / U.S.A. - January 15th, 2006: "The federal government is urging doctors not to prescribe two antiviral drugs commonly used to fight influenza after finding that the predominant strain of the virus has built up high levels of resistance to them at alarming speed. A surprising 91 percent of virus samples tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this flu season proved resistant to the drugs, rimantadine and amantadine. Last year, only 11 percent of the samples were resistant. CDC officials took the unusual step of calling a Saturday [01/14/06] news conference to announce that the predominant strain this season - the type A H3N2 influenza strain - was resistant to the older drugs. 'Clinicians should not use rimantadine and amantadine ... because the drugs will not be effective,' said the CDC director, Dr. Julie Gerberding. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article by Daniel Yee (Flu is resistant to drugs), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Flores Sea - January 15th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:58:27 (UTC) on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located in the FLORES SEA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: Preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushyaf.htm]

2006 - Etznab Mathers / D.R.D. - January 15th, 2006: After this day, the name Etznab Mathers - previously claimed to be the author of Mirrorh.com - will henceforth be used in combination with, or in reference to, the initial name that I was given at birth [this lifetime]; that being: D.R.D. Such has become one result from the recent bill signed into law [January 5th, 2006?] by President George W. Bush; oft referred to as "King George".
   Historical trivia about this particular law can be referenced from the timeline event title [this Web site, this page]: 2006 - Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime - January 9th, 2006. Since I first became aware of the law on 01/15/06, I was prompted [most reluctantly] to redefine the poetic pen name Etznab Mathers used previously on this site. However, the name Etznab Mathers or E.M. [in plain, bold, or italics type] prior to 01/15/06 will stand unchanged. [D.R.D., alias, Etznab Mathers

2006 - Return / NASA's Stardust Capsule - January 15th, 2006: "On Sunday morning, Jan. 15th, between 1:56 and 1:59 a.m. PST, a brilliant fireball will streak over northern California and Nevada. It's NASA's Stardust capsule, returning to Earth with samples of dust from Comet Wild 2. The best observing sites are near Carlin and Elko, Nevada, where the man-made meteor is expected to shine as much as 60 times brighter than Venus. [....] The fireball might be widely visible from parts of Oregon, Idaho and Utah as well as California and Nevada: observing tips. NASA is interested in videos and photos of the re-entry, which could help researchers learn more about, e.g., the physics of heat shields. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/11/06]

*Trivia: "After a seven-year journey, a NASA space capsule returned safely to Earth on Sunday [01/15/06] with the first dust ever fetched from a comet, a cosmic bounty that scientists hope will yield clues to how the solar system formed. [....] About a million comet and interstellar dust particles - most smaller than the width of a human hair - are believed to be inside a sealed canister. [....] Stardust, the mothership, remains in orbit around the sun, and NASA is considering sending it to another comet or asteroid to take photos. There won't be another chance to return dust samples because the craft carried only one capsule. Stardust was launched in 1999 and has traveled nearly 3 billion miles, including three loops around the sun. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Space capsule returns to Earth with dust particles from comet), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Shrugs off Sanctions Threat / President of Iran - January 15th, 2006: "Iranian president shrugs off sanctions threat" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06]

*Trivia: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responds to questions at a press conference Saturday [01/14/06] in Tehran. 'The time of using language of bullying and coercion ... is over,' he said." [Based on: Sarbakhshian, A.P.]

2006 - Submits Resignation / Chief Judge, Saddam Hussein Trial - January 15th, 2006: "Fed-up chief judge [Rizgar Mohammed Amin] in Saddam's trial submits resignation" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/15/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

*Trivia: "A court official said Tuesday [01/17/06] that a Shiite lawyer [Said al-Hamash] was expected to take charge of Saddam Hussein's trial on charges involving the killing in 1982 of more than 140 shiites. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Tracheotomy / Ariel Sharon - January 16th, 2006: "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a successful tracheotomy Sunday [01/15/06] to help wean him off a respirator that has been helping him breathe. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

*Trivia: "Sharon opens eyes [01/16/06] briefly, relatives say" [Based on: News Services article, p. A6, 01/17/06]

2006 - Give yourself some happy talk - January 16th, 2006: "[....] Researchers at the Mayo Clinic reviewed the records of people who completed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory in the early 1960s. Three decades early, they found that pessimists, as compared to optimists, had an increased risk of death. The more pessimistic the personality, the greater the risk. In a follow-up study, optimistic people had better health in all areas. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Give yourself some happy talk), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Variant Diabetes Gene / U.S.A. - January 16th, 2006: "Scientists have discovered a variant gene that leads to a sizable extra risk of Type 2 diabetes and is carried by more than a third of the American population. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Variant gene carries extra diabetes risk) by Nicholas Wade, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Suicide Car Bomb / Afghanistan - January 16th, 2006: "A suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy Sunday [01/16/06] in southern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and a senior Canadian diplomat, officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Canadian diplomat is killed in Kandahar), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Holocaust Conference? / Iran - January 16th, 2006: "Iran announced plans Sunday [01/15/06] for a conference to examine evidence for the Holocaust, a new step in hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign against Israel. The move is one that was likely to deepen Tehran's international isolation. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran's latest slap at Israel: Holocaust conference), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Gives up Position / Rep. Bob Ney - January 16th, 2006: "Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio said Sunday [01/15/06] that he would relinquish his chairmanship of the House Administration Committee, making him the second Republican tied to the Jack Abramoff scandal to abandon a leadership post. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Lawmaker linked to scandal gives up position), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - President Michelle Bachelet / Chile - January 16th, 2006: "A socialist physician was elected Sunday [01/15/06] as the country's first female president. Her multimillionaire opponent conceded defeat." [Based on: A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / President Tarja Halonen, Finland - January 16th, 2006: "Finland's left-leaning president - the Nordic country's first female head of state - failed to win enough votes to secure re-election Sunday [01/16/06], forcing a runoff against a conservative challenger. President Tarja Halonen won 46 percent, according to final results, well ahead of her main challenger but short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the country that prides itself on egalitarian values and was the first in Europe to give women the vote a century ago. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Finland president, challenger in runoff), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Supports Spying Program? / Laura Bush - January 16th, 2006: "Laura Bush supports spying program" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / Dumping Toxic Chemicals, U.S.A. - January 16th, 2006: "About 51,000 tons of toxic chemicals were dumped or released in Missouri during 2003. More than 66,000 tons were released or disposed of in Illinois. Next year? There's no indication that production or disposal of toxic chemicals will change, but the public's right to know about them may. [....] More information about chemical emissions is available on the toxics release inventory web site at http://www.epa.gov/tri/. Under the administration's proposal companies would report every other year instead of every year and could release 10 times more pollution before being required to report a change in emissions. Companies that work with small amounts of chemicals such as lead and mercury that can accumulate to unhealthy levels in people exposed to them would no longer have to provide as much detail in their reports. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Who's dumping what, where?), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / Israel Allows Palestinians to Vote? - January 16th, 2006: "[....] Israel came under U.S. pressure to ease its opposition to voting in the area, the Arab sector of the city that was annexed by Israel following the 1967 Mideast war. Israel fears that allowing the vote to take place could bolster the Palestinians' claim to the city as capital of their future state. Even while urging that the vote in east Jerusalem be allowed to take place, Olmert said Israeli authorities would take 'strict care to remove all signs and symbols regarding Hamas.' Only about 5,000 of more than 100,000 Palestinian voters will be able to cast ballots at post offices inside the city limits; the rest will have to travel to outlying Arab villages. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Israel will allow Palestinians to vote), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06]

2006 - Kuwaiti Throne / Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah - January 16th, 2006: "[....] The crown prince, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah - in his mid-70s and ailing himself - assumed the throne [of Kuwait]. But he was expected to leave control of day-to-day government affairs to the veteran prime minister. No major policy shifts were expected. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/16/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Brutal Drought / U.S.A. - January 17th, 2006: "Brutal drought / Oklahomans thin herds to stay afloat" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - Tarnished Image? / Ralph Reed - January 17th, 2006: "Abramoff ties tarnish image of ex-Christian Coalition leader / Ralph Reed, a candidate for office in Georgia, has faced questions about his values." [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - Constitution Hall Address / Al Gore - January 17th, 2006: "Former Vice President Al Gore charged Monday [01/16/06] that President George W. Bush had broken the law repeatedly by authorizing domestic eavesdropping without court approval. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Bush broke law with eavesdropping, endangered Constitution, Gore charges), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - President Ellen Johnson / Liberia - January 17th, 2006: "Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in Monday [01/16/06] as war-battered Liberia's new president. She promised a 'fundamental break' with the West African nation's violent past and pledged to rebuild. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New Liberian leader takes office, pledges break with violence), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - Launch? / New Horizons Space Craft - January 17th, 2006: "To Pluto and beyond / Weather permitting, the New Horizons mission will launch today from Florida." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D., p. A1, 01/17/06]

*Trivia: "Pluto is a world of mystery. It has never been visited by any spacecraft. The best pictures of Pluto are blobby and indistinct. Astronomers can't even decide what Pluto is--a planet, a Kuiper Belt Object, an ice-dwarf? NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will reveal all when it reaches Pluto in 2015. [....] The Jan 17th launch of New Horizons was scrubbed due to high winds. Mission controllers will try again on Jan. 18th."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/18/06]

*Trivia: "For the second day in a row, the launch of New Horizons has been scrubbed, this time due to a power outage in Maryland at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, which is managing operations of the spacecraft. Mission controllers will try again on Jan. 19th."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/18/06]

2006 - U.S. Military Helicopter Crash / Iraq - January 17th, 2006: "A U.S. military helicopter [AH-64 Apache] crashed north of the Iraqi capital Monday [01/16/06], killing its two crew members. A resident said he had seen the smoke trail of a missle. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. copter crashes in Iraq; 3rd in 10 days), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney / Egypt - January 17th, 2006: "Cheney lands [01/16/06] in capital [of Egypt] to start Mideast visit" [Based on: News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Mobil Tanker Accident / New York City - January 17th, 2006: "A tanker carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire on a major city highway Monday [01/16/06], blocking traffic and interrupting service on a subway line. A tower of dense smoke could be seen for miles. The driver was able to escape and no one else was hurt when the mobile truck overturned around midday on the six-lane Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, said Jim Tuller, a police chief for the borough of Queens." [Based on: News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06]

2006 - Accounting Rules Overhaul? / U.S. Pensions - January 17th, 2006: "A planned overhaul of how companies keep their books on pensions and retiree health care plans may sound academic, but it but [< typo?] could come at a very real cost to workers counting on those benefits. [....] Critics say while companies made expensive promises to workers, accounting rules let them engage in a shell game and mislead investors about the value of stocks, bonds and other assets held by pension plans. While they can fluctuate widely, the rules let companies smooth the numbers, creating distortions in balance sheets that can make a whopping liability look like a sizable asset. That led the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which sets U.S. accounting rules, to announce late last year that it planned an overhaul. The changes will come in two steps, the group said. By year's end, FASB says, it probably will require companies to report on their balance sheets the funding status of pension plans and other retirement benefits, showing how much those plans contain compared to what is owed to workers. A second phase of changes would reach much further and take several years. They would require companies to more accurately measure and report their retirement benefits, and include those costs in calculating their profits." [Based on: A.P. article by Adam Geller (New accounting rules could retire pensions), p. B1 & B2, S.L.P.D., 01/17/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed. Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 18th, 2006: "Oil spike, discouraging reports extend drop" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. D3, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Hostage Video / Iraq - January 18th, 2006: "Hostage American reporter Jill Carroll appeared in a silent 20-second video aired Tuesday [01/17/06] by Al-Jazeera television. The TV channel said her abductors had given the United States 72 hours to free female prisoners in Iraq, otherwise, Carroll will be killed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Airfares Increasing? / U.S.A. - January 18th, 2006: "Some airline analysts expect a surge in ticket prices this year and next, perhaps shocking customers who are used to depressed ticket prices. The cause: fewer seats. [....]" [Based on: Article (Airfares expected to take off), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Yahoo - January 18th, 2006: "Yahoo! misses mark despite 83 percent profit rise" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Political Unrest / Ivory Coast - January 18th, 2006: "U.N. peacekeeping troops fired warning shots and tear gas grenades at protests trying to breach the security walls of the world body's headquarters in Ivory Coast, as violent demonstrations shut down the country's largest city for a second day. [....] Protests began across the government-controlled south on Monday [01/16/06] after U.N.-backed mediators said over the weekend that the mandate of the West African nation's parliament had expired last month and it should be dissolved." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. troops fire warning shots, tear gas), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

*Trivia: "Requests to end protests [Ivory coast] are ignored" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Eavesdropping Suits Filed / U.S.A. - January 18th, 2006: "Two lawsuits were filed Tuesday [01/17/06] in federal court that seek to end President George W. Bush's electronic eavesdropping program, saying it is illegal and exceeds his constitutional powers. The suits - one filed in New York by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the other in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups - say the program bypasses safeguards in the 1978 law requiring court approval of electronic monitoring. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Suits seek to stop U.S. eavesdropping on Americans), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Due to Leave Prison / Michael Fortier - January 18th, 2006: "Bombing trial witness is due to leave prison [01/20/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Palestinians - January 18th, 2006: "Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday [01/17/06] that he wanted to resume final peace talks with the Palestinians and to take harsh action against Israeli squatters in the West Bank. His statement apparently signifies that he is ready for bold steps to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [....] On Tuesday, Olmert said that after the Palestinians vote Jan. 25 in parliamentary elections, he hoped he could enter negotiations with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The talks would be for 'a permanent peace agreement between us and the Palestinians,' Olmert said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli's acting premier advances peace efforts with Palestinians), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Heavy Winds / Northeast United States - January 18th, 2006: "Winds knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers in the Northeast on Wednesday [01/18/06] and wreaked havoc for commuters, blowing trees across railroad tracks, overturning tractor-trailers and making for wild ferry rides. More than 380,000 homes and businesses across the region lost power, and several airports reported delays. [....] Power failures were reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, the Philadelphia area, New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire." [Based on: News Services article (Wind knocks out power in widespread area), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Law License Suspension Ends / Bill Clinton - January 18th, 2006: "Clinton's suspension of law license ends [this week]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S., Europe, & Iran - January 18th, 2006: "U.S., Europe move to refer Iran to U.N. council" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Reporting Changes / Executives' Compensation, U.S.A. - January 18th, 2006: "The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose the biggest changes in rules governing disclosure of executives' compensation since 1992. Publicly traded companies would be required to furnish tables in annual filings showing the total yearly compensation for their chief executive, chief financial officers, the next three highest-paid executives and the directors." [Based on: Article (SEC votes to propose big reporting changes), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 01/18/06]

2006 - Severe Cold / Russia - January 19th, 2006: "Temperatures so frigid that even winter-hardened Russians complained gripped Moscow and much of the rest of the country for a third day Wednesday [01/18/06]. At least two dozen people reportedly died of exposure nationwide. Temperatures dropped to 22 degrees below zero overnight, Moscow's First Deputy Mayor Pyotr Aksyonov said in televised comments. By early Thursday [01/19/06], the cold was expected to reach minus-31 or even lower. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Temperatures in Moscow plunged overnight [01/19/06] to as low as 24, said Tatyana Pozdnyakova, a Moscow weather forecasting service official. The temperature was the lowest recorded on Jan. 19 since 1927, she said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Cold wave death toll now stands at 31), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

*Trivia: "[....] More than 50 people have been reported killed by the cold wave in Russia, and scores of victims were recorded elsewhere in Europe over the weekend. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, 01/24/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 19th, 2006: "Stocks suffered their first two-day drop of 2006 as disappointing earnings from Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. triggered a slide Wednesday [01/18/06] in technology shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Intel, Yahoo lead first 2-day drop of year), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Automakers Trivia / U.S.A. - January 19th, 2006: "Ford, GM trail Japanese in plant capacity figures" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Exodus? / American Jobs - January 19th, 2006: "John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, on Wednesday [01/18/06] decried the exodus of millions of good-paying American jobs. [....] Labor's top leader blamed a 'corporate-driven strategy to compete in the global marketplace' by pitting American workers against those in the Third World and shipping jobs to emerging economies in India and China, where workers can be paid low wages in a 'merciless race to the bottom.' U.S. tax and trade policies encourage such practices, Sweeney said, and help explain why the labor movement has lost membership. Though the AFL-CIO has organized 500,000 workers a year in the last five years, 3 million good-paying manufacturing jobs have left the United States in that period, he said. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureu article (Leader of AFL-CIO decries loss of well-paid jobs in U.S.), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Accepts Blame / Michael Brown - January 19th, 2006: "Former FEMA chief [Michael Brown] now accepts blame" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Execution-Style Killings / Iraq - January 19th, 2006: "The bodies of 36 Iraqis killed execution-style were found in two villages north of Baghdad on Wednesday [01/18/06], Iraqi officials said. Many of the dead were identified as police recruits from the largely Sunni Arab city of Samarra. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - "The True Cost of War" / Iraq - January 19th, 2006: "Any discussion of the cost of war must begin with its cost in blood. In Iraq, as of midweek, that total was roughly 34,000 dead, counting U.S. and coalition military and civilian personnel and Iraqi military, police and civilians. The estimate does not include deaths among Iraqi insurgents or so-called foreign fighters, who don't report body counts. [....] ... Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist for the World Bank and the 2001 Nobel laureate, said the ultimate cost of the Iraq war could be as high as $2 trillion. Three years ago, as U.S. troops were first deploying to Kuwait, the Bush administration said the war might cost as much as $60 billion. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (The true cost of war), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Europe & Iran - January 19th, 2006: "With the backing of the United States, Europe decided Wednesday [01/18/06] to reject Iran's request for talks on its nuclear program. The rejection increases the international pressure on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, 'There's not much to talk about' until Iran halts nuclear activity. But Iran's president accused the West of acting like the 'lord of the world' in denying his country the peaceful use of the atom. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Europeans reject Iran's call for new talks on nuclear issue), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - New Ceramic Armor / U.S. Army - January 19th, 2006: "Army secretary backs new ceramic armor" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Waking Up? / Sago Mine Survivor - January 19th, 2006: "[....] McCloy [Randal McCloy Jr.] , 26, has been breathing on his own for days and is opening his eyes, said Dr. Julian Bailes of West Virginia University's Ruby Memorial Hospital, adding that he 'has purposeful movement' and 'is responding to his family in slight ways.' " [Based on: News Services article (Sago Mine survivor may be waking up), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Hostage Trivia / Jill Carroll, Iraq - January 19th, 2006: "[....] In a development that could affect kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, an official in Iraq's justice Ministry said a commission had recommended that six of eight women in custody be released. [....] An American military spokesman, Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, declined to comment on the report and said CentCom must still approve any ruling. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

*Trivia: "The deadline for executing kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll passed Friday [01/20/06] with no word on her fate." [Based on: A.P. article (Fate of kidnapped reporter unknown as deadline passes), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Redirected Money / Sen. Conrad Burns - January 19th, 2006: "Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., is redirecting the $111,000 donation he made to the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Tribal council returns Abramoff money to Montana senator), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Couple Sentenced / Chili Finger Case - January 19th, 2006: "A couple who planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast-food chain were sentenced Wednesday [01/18/06] to at least nine years in prison. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Trivia / Electronics Disposal, Maine - January 19th, 2006: "A new law in Maine requires makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and dispose of their products once they are discarded. The law mirrors the approach taken in Europe and Japan and is the first of its kind in the United States. It took effect Wednesday [01/18/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Maine law requires electronics makers to pay for disposal), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Enlistment Bonuses Doubled / U.S. Army - January 19th, 2006: "The Army doubled enlistment bonuses Wednesday [01/18/06], offering as much as $40,000, and said it would take recruits up to age 42 if necessary. [....]" [Based on: New York Daily News article (Army doubles enlistment bonuses), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06]

2006 - Abuse of Terror Suspects / U.S. Policy? - January 19th, 2006: "U.S. abuse of terror suspects was policy, rights group [Human Rights Watch] says / Report calls on Congress to establish independent panel of inquiry. The White House denies the allegation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article by Brian Knowlton, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Intelligent Design Isn't Science? / The Vatican - January 19th, 2006: "The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying 'intelligent design' is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms causes confusion. The article in Tuesday's [01/17/06] editions of L'Osservatore Romano was the latest in a series of intervations by Vatican officials - including Pope Benedict XVI - on the issue. The author, Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, laid out the scientific rationale for Darwin's theory of evolution, saying that in the scientific world, biological evolution 'represents the interpretative key of the history of life on Earth.' He said that certain American 'creationists' had brought the debate back to the 'dogmatic' 1800s, and said their arguments weren't science but ideology. Intelligent design 'doesn't belong to science and the pretext that it be taught as a scientific theory alongside Darwin's explanation is unjustified,' he wrote." [Based on: News Services article ('Intelligent design' isn't science, Vatican says), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/19/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Launch / New Horizons Spacecraft [to Pluto] - January 19th, 2006: "After launch aboard a Lockheed-Martin Atlas V rocket, the New Horizons spacecraft set out on a journey to the edge of the solar system. Liftoff occurred Jan. 19, 2006 at 2:00:00 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. New Horizons is headed for a distant rendezvous with the mysterious planet Pluto almost a decade from now. [....]"

[Based on: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html]

2006 - Cyclone Daryl / Northwest Coast of Western Australia - January 19th, 2006: "This series of images [see link] shows the birth of Cyclone Daryl off the northwest coast of Western Australia on January 19, 2006. In the fifteen hours that elapsed between the time the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured the top image at 10:08 a.m. Australian Western Standard Time and when it captured the bottom image at 1:00 a.m., Daryl went from a weak, newly named storm to a mature storm roughly equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm’s center remained just offshore as it moved southwest along the coast, sparing coastal communities a direct hit. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13327]

2006 - Bombings / Iraq - January 20th, 2006: "Two nearly simultaneous bombings targeted a crowded downtown Baghdad coffee shop and a nearby restaurant Thursday [01/20/06], killing more than a dozen people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Two bombings kill at least 13 in downtown Baghdad), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Sun in Aquarius - January 20th, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Aquarius." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200601.html]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 20th, 2006: "Stocks snapped a two-day slide Thursday [01/19/06] as reports from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and Pfizer Inc. brightened the outlook for corporate profits. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Good corporate profits snap two-day slide), p. C8, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Israel - January 20th, 2006: "A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a Tel Aviv fast-food restaurant Thursday [01/19/06], killing himself and wounding 20 people. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Regime Change? / Iran - January 20th, 2006: "Iranian-Americans rallied in front of the White House Thursday [01/19/06] to urge U.S. support for efforts by opposition forces in Iran to overthrow what they view as an oppressive regime in Tehran intent on acquiring nuclear weapons. The demonstrators, including about 200 from Missouri, said that negotiations with the Iranian government won't succeed, and that U.S. military action should be avoided. The third - and best - solution, they said, is for the United States to remove Iranian opposition forces from the State Department's terrorist list, unfreeze their assets and allow them to rearm and take on the Iranian government. [....] 'We are here to support democratic change in Iran,' Kasra Nejat, president of the Iranian-American Cultural Association of Missouri, said in an interview. 'We are here telling President (George W.) Bush to adopt a new policy - regime change in Iran.' [....] The terrorist designation is 'handcuffing the resistance, said Nejat, a businessman in St. Louis who graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1983, five years after leaving Iran. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Protestors want Iranian group removed from list of terrorists) by Philip Dine, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]


2006 - Audiotape / Osama Bin Laden? - January 20th, 2006: "Osama bin Laden said in an audiotape released Thursday [01/19/06] that al-Qaida was preparing to mount new attacks on the United States. But he also offered a truce to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [....] He had not been heard from since an audiotape in December 2004. [....] One official said on condition of anonymity that bin Laden had offered a truce to European countries in 2004, about a month after the deadly bombings on commuter trains in Madrid. When it met no response, militants staged attacks in London. [....] Al-Jazeera at first said the bin Laden tape had been recorded last month. But later, Al-Jazeera said it had been made this month. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Bin Laden takes aim at U.S.) by Warren P. Strobel & Jonathan S. Landay, p. A1 & A9, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Train Accident Trivia / Alabama - January 20th, 2006: "Wreckage from the fiery crash of a train carrying sodium cyanide continued to burn Thursday [01/19/06], but no hazardous chemicals were detected in the air, and most nearby residents were allowed to return home. [....] The flames broke out Wednesday [01/18/06] after the train rear-ended another train that was carrying automobiles." [Based on: News Services article (No hazardous chemicals in air after train crash), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Net Income Trivia / Lee Enterprises Inc. - January 20th, 2006: "Net income at Lee Enterprises Inc., owner of the Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, fell 16 percent in its fiscal first quarter as the newspaper publisher paid another installment on the early retirement of about 130 employees. [....]" [Based on: Article (Lee's net income falls 16 % in quarter), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Justice Department Suit / Google Inc. - January 20th, 2006: "Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, was sued by the Justice Department after it refused to turn over data that may help the government monitor sexually explicit material on the Web. [....] The Justice Department said last summer it asked for all Google queries for a week and for 1 million Internet addresses in the company's database. According to the lawsuit, other search engines have complied with similar requests, 'and have not reported that they encountered any difficulty or burden in doing so.' [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Justice Department sues Google), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

*Trivia: "Congress' first big effort to restrict pornography in cyberspace was the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional that following year." [Based on: New York Times, article, 06/30/04]

*Trivia: "The Bush administration's top Supreme Court lawyer says he typed the words 'free porn' into an Internet search engine on his home computer and got a list of more than 6 million Web sites. That's proof, Solicitor General Theodore Olson told the Supreme Court on Tuesday [03/02/04], of the need for a law protecting children from a tide of online smut." [A.P. article, 03/03/04] [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Merrill Lynch & Co. - January 20th, 2006: "Bull run on stock market in November helps push Merrill Lynch's quarterly profit up 25 percent" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06]

2006 - Faces Inquiry on Secret CIA Flights / Tony Blair - January 20th, 2006: "Prime Minister Tony Blair faced renewed demands Thursday [01/19/06] for an inquiry into secret CIA flights that allegedly passed through British airports after a leaked memo indicated he was advised to avoid giving detailed answers on the issue. The briefing paper, sent from the Foreign Office to Blair's 10 Downing Street office, advised ministers to 'avoid getting drawn on detail.' The four-page memo, dated Dec. 7 and first reported Thursday by the left-leaning weekly magazine New Statesman, urged the government to 'try to move the debate on' and focus on the importance of cooperating with the United States in the war on terrorism." [Based on: News Services article (Blair faces inquiry on secret CIA flights), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Threatens a Nuclear Response? / Jacques Chirac - January 20th, 2006: "President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday [01/19/06] that France could respond with nuclear weapons to a state-sponsored terrorist attack, broadening the terms of his country's deterrence in the face of emerging threats. The warning came as France worked with other Western nations to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear power. But officials and experts said Chirac's comments were not aimed specifically at Tehran. 'Leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us ... arms of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and fitting response from us,' he said." [Based on: News Services article (Chirac threatens a nuclear response), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - E.M.]

2006 - Defends Domestic Eavesdropping / U.S. Attorney General - January 20th, 2006: "Attorney general [Alberto Gonzales] defends domestic eavesdropping" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/20/06] - [Brackets text added - E.M.]

2006 - Palestinian Elections? - January 21st, 2006: "Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Monday [08/15/05] set Jan. 21 [2006] as the date for long-overdue legislative elections. Senior officials said the move was an attempt to give militants a strong incentive not to disrupt Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Abbas' main political rival, the Islamic militant group Hamas, will compete in national elections for the first time and is expected to make a strong showing. [....]" [Based on: A.P., 08/16/05]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 21st, 2006: "Lackluster earnings reports from Dow Jones industrials General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. sent stocks plunging Friday [01/20/06], giving the Dow its biggest single-day percentage decline since April. The major indexes each lost more than 2 percent in the week. Soaring energy prices compounded the market's gloom over earnings, with crude oil returning to a four-month high on concerns about Iran's nuclear arms dispute. Meanwhile, a tempered outlook from Motorola Inc. disappointed investors and weighed on tech stocks. [....] The Dow dropped 213.32, or 1.96 percent, to 10,667.39. The index has given back all of the 325 points it had gained so far this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 23.55, or 1.83 percent, to 1,261.49, and the Nasdaq Stock Market dropped 54.11 or 2.35 percent, to 2,247.70. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Slide wipes out more than 2% for the week), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Halts Beef Imports / Japan - January 21st, 2006: "Japan ordered a halt Friday [01/20/06] to all imports of U.S. beef, citing concern over mad cow disease. [....] Just six weeks ago, Japan lifted a two-year ban on American beef. The problem this time was discovery of bone in a shipment of veal from a plant in New York. Bone is a mad cow disease risk, Asian countries say. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Japan halts U.S. beef imports because of mad cow concerns), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Settlement / FirstEnergy Corp. - January 21st, 2006: "FirstEnergy Corp., the sixth-largest U.S. utility owner, agreed to pay a record $28 million to avoid federal prosecution for falsely telling regulators that a nuclear power plant near Toledo, Ohio, was safe to operate. [....] The FirstEnergy settlement is the largest penalty ever for a U.S. nuclear safety violation, the Justice Department said." [Based on: Article (Nuclear plant owner settles for $28 million), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Died / Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovo - January 21st, 2006: "Ethnic Albanian leader [Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova] of Kosovo dies [01/21/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / Koran 9:11 Hoax E-Mail - January 21st, 2006:

[....] The Koran is broken down into chapters, each called a Surah. Surah 9 is titled, "AL-TAWBA (REPENTANCE, DISPENSATION)". Verse 11 reads as follows in the three most widely-used English translations of the Quran: 009.011

YUSUFALI: But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity,- they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand.

PICKTHAL: But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge.

SHAKIR: But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, they are your brethren in faith; and We make the communications clear for a people who know.

So, you can see that there is no mention of an eagle, son of Arabia or anything else as given in the e-mail.

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2006 - Short of Majority / Iraqi Shiites - January 21st, 2006: "Iraqi Shiites fall short of majority in parliament, must seek coalition" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - "Big Brother Run Amok?" / U.S.A. - January 21st, 2006: "Democratic senators took the administration to task Friday [01/20/06] for four years of domestic spying. President George W. Bush responded by making plans to embrace the intelligence agency that is carrying out the effort. In preparation for Senate hearings, Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., noted that Bush had asserted in 2004 that 'when we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so.' But at the same time, at the president's discretion, the National Security Agency was engaging in warrantless eavesdropping on Americans. 'If President Bush can make his own rules for domestic surveillance, Big Brother has run amok,' Kennedy said. [....] House Democrats said Friday that Bush had committed a crime in authorizing the spying and that House Republicans had abdicated their responsibilities by refusing to hold hearings. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Democrats attack domestic spying), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Solar Activity / Double Sunspot 848 - January 21st, 2006: "Double sunspot 848 continues to grow. Its two components, each larger than Earth, are now connected by a bridge of intensifying magnetic fields. If these force fields become tangled, mixing north and south polarities together, solar flares could result."   [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/21/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Lawrence A. Franklin - January 21st, 2006: "A former Pentagon analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, was sentenced Friday [01/20/06] to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat and members of a pro-Israel lobbying group." [Based on: News Services article (Analyst gets 12 years for passing documents), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Indictments / "Eco-Terrorism", U.S.A. - January 21st, 2006: "After taking nine years to penetrate what they called a 'vast eco-terrorism conspiracy' in Oregon and four other Western states, federal prosecutors announced Friday [01/21/06] that indictments of 11 people in connection with a five-year rampage of arson and sabotage claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front." [Based on: News Services article (11 are indicted in 'eco-terrorism'), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Paid for Scrushy Stories? / Audry Lewis - January 21st, 2006: "Reporter says she got paid for Scrushy stories" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Begins Pulling Money Out of Europe / Iran - January 21st, 2006: "Iran announced Friday [01/20/06] that it had begun pulling its foreign currency accounts out of European banks to protect its assets from any U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program. Analysts estimated the amount of those funds at up to $50 billion. Iran also called for a cut in OPEC oil production - raising the possibility that the country would use its oil as a weapon in its standoff with the West. [....] Even more daunting is the possibility that Iran could try to put a squeeze on the supply of petroleum. Iran has the world's fourth-largest oil reserve. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran begins pulling money out of Europe), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Will Stress War on Terrorism? / Karl Rove - January 21st, 2006: "Embattled White House adviser Karl Rove pledged Friday [01/20/06] to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue in November. Speaking at a meeting of the Republican National Committee, he also said Democratic senators looked 'mean-spirited and small-minded' in questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Rove will stress war on terrorism), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06]

2006 - Seeks to Subpoena Reporters? / Lawyers for I Lewis Libby - January 21st, 2006: "Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal judge Friday [01/20/06] that they want to subpoena journalists and news organizations for documents they may have related to the leaking of a CIA operative's name. Lawyers for I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby did not disclose the names of reporters or news outlets they want to subpoena." [Based on: News Services article (Ex-aide lawyers seek to subpoena reporters), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/21/06

2006 - Wars in Decline? - "Wars in decline globally" [Based on: Title for illustrated graphics charts article, top of p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06]

2006 - President Evo Morales / Bolivia - January 22nd, 2006:

   Thousands of indigenous people from around the world gathered on the barren Bolivian highlands Saturday [01/21/06] to cleanse and bless this Andean country's first indigenous president, leftist Evo Morales. He takes office Sunday [01/22/06].
   The ceremony was held on the site of ancient ruins more than 13,000 feet in elevation. It drew indigenous leaders from as far as the Plilippines and Mexico. Many praised the 46-year-old Aymara Indian as a hero for native people around the world.
   "We have a lot of confidence, but there are also lots of dangers," said Marcos Matias Alonso, a leader of the Nahuas in central Mexico. "There are forces that want to block him, and he needs continued support."

[Based on: News Services article (Traditional ceremony welcomes president), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Resignation / Mark Oaten, Britain - January 22nd, 2006: "Briton [Mark Oaten] quits party post over sex [with a male prostitute] allegation / Incident is second to rock Liberal Democrats this month." [Based on Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Braclets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - "High-Hazard" Dams? / Missouri - January 22nd, 2006: "Missouri leads the nation in unregulated 'high-hazard' dams." [Based on: Title for S.L.P.D. article, p. A1, 01/22/06]

2006 - Fading? / American Vision of Secular Iraq - January 22nd, 2006: "American vision of a secular Iraq fades as religious parties dominate elections" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06]

2006 - Ordered to Leave Ethiopia / A.P. Reporter - January 22nd, 2006: "AP reporter [Anthony Mitchell] ordered to leave country [Ethiopia]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria, Florida - January 22nd, 2006: "Claudia Mejia checked into the hospital April 28 and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. But then things went terribly wrong. While in Orlando Regional South Seminole Hospital, she contracted a 'flesh-eating' bacteria, and 12 days later doctors amputated both her arms and her legs to save her life. [....] More than 200 cases of the aggressive streptococcal infection, which is resistant to antibiotics, are reported annually in Florida, according to the state Health Department. [....]" [Based on: Orlando Sentinel article (Woman who lost limbs to 'flesh-eating' bacteria sues for hospital records) by Rene Stutzman, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06]

2006 - May Not End Terrorism / Targeting Leaders? - January 22nd, 2006: "The Israeli assassins caught Abu Jihad in his study. They left the chief strategist of the Palestinian uprising with 170 bullets in his body [1988]. But over the next two decades, the movement only grew stronger, and Israel bled even more. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Charles J. Hanley, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Convicted / U.S. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. - January 22nd, 2006: "Army officer guilty in Iraqi's death / A panel found the interrogator [Lewis Welshofer Jr.] guilty in the death of a general [Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush] at a detention camp." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [Braclets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Domestic Criticism of George W. Bush & Homeland Security - January 22nd, 2006:

   Entertainer Harry Belafonte compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday [01/21/06] and attacked the president as a liar. "We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended," Belafonte said in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference.
   "You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel," said Belafonte.
   President George W. Bush, he said, rose to power "somewhat dubiously and ... then lies to the people of this nation, misleads them, misinstructs, and then sends off hundreds of thousands of our own boys and girls to a foreign land that has not aggressed against us."
   Belafonte's remarks - part of a 45-minute speech on the role of the arts in a politically changing world - were greeted with a roaring standing ovation.
   Spokesman at the Homeland Security Department and the White House officials could not be reached for comment.

[Based on: News Services article (Belafonte lambastes Bush, Homeland Security actions), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/22/06] - [As is the case with most events on this timeline, this timeline event title is not the original newspaper article title. The timeline event titles are of general composition by E.M., or more specifically  D.R.D.]

2006 - What a life is worth - January 23rd, 2006:

   I was angered while reading about the recent U.S. missle attacks in Pakistan that killed civilians. The extra-judicial strikes and assassination attempts that have occurred in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraqi since the invasion began illustrate our nation's often inconsistent sense of justi [< typo? missing letters?]
   I can't conceive of a believable scenario in which we as Americans would accept a strike on our soil by another nation in order to take out a person another nation deemed a threat, let alone a strike that needlessly kills innocent civilians.
   The only way we can rationalize ending an innocent life to protect another life is that we believe - consciously or subconsciously - these Pakistani lives are worth less than those of Americans.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (What a life is worth), by Jeremy Finney [St. Louis], p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / Sunspot 848 - January 23rd, 2006: "Sprawling sunspot 848 stretches more than 120,000 km from end to end--about the size of the planet Saturn. [....] This sunspot has a tangled "delta-class" magnetic field that harbors energy for M- and X-class solar flares. So far, however, no explosions have been observed and solar activity remains low." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/23/06]

*Trivia: "After growing meteorically into a planet-sized behemoth earlier this week, sunspot 848 has begun to decay. It no longer poses a threat for strong solar flares." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/25/06]

2006 - Ankle Braclet Monitor / U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "Ankle braclet can catch DWI offenders who cheat / Device measures sweat to detect any alcohol consumption by those ordered to remain sober. Wearing one can help them stay out of jail." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article, p. B1, 01/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Lobby Reform?, U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "Sen. John McCain said efforts by both Democrats and Republicans to reduce the influence of lobbyists are not addressing the core of the problem. Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday,' the Arizona Republican renewed his criticism of 'earmarks,' late editions to bills that often provide millions of dollars for lawmakers' pet projects. 'If we don't fix the earmarking, then I can assure you the corruption will go on,' McCain said. he described an 'earmark' as 'a single provision in a line that nobody's ever seen or heard of, and most times we don't find out until days or weeks afterwards. Then you've got a process that breeds corruption,' he said." [Based on: News Services article (Lobby reform misses target, McCain says), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Nearly 30,000 lobbyists are registered to lobby in Washington, where they outnumber senators and representatives 50 to 1. Washington lobbyists spend more than $3 million per member of Congress. With superlobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon already pleading guilty to influence peddling, with Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, R-Calif., having already resigned his seat after pleading guilty to taking bribes, with prosecutors suggesting that at least a dozen other members of Congress are under investigation - and especially with elections coming up in November - major reforms are possible this year. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article ("Liquor and love" woo and win in Congress), p. D12, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - U.S. Criticism? / Soy-Based Foods - January 23rd, 2006: "Cholesterol-lowering claims for soy-based foods are questioned" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / College Endowments, U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "The number of North American colleges with endowments topping $1 billion has jumped to 56, a study shows, with nine schools joining the elite club in what was an average year for university investments overall. Harvard remained the richest, with $25.5 billion, followed by Yale with $15.2 billion. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (56 colleges' endowments now top $1 billion each), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Tainted Water? / U.S. Base, Iraq - January 23rd, 2006: "Halliburton employees reported tainted water at U.S. base in Iraq / But the company denies any problems." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Lead in Humans, U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "[....] Here are some disturbing facts: *About a quarter of the nation's children are exposed to lead at home, and more than 400,000 children are found each year to harbour amounts of lead deemed hazardous to normal mental and physical development. *Environmental exposure to lead in early childhood is a prelude to a host of societal ills. It is associated with an increased risk of reading problems, school failure, delinquency and criminal behavior. *There is no safe threshold for lead levels in the blood. In other words, any amount of lead is a potential hazard to a developing child. *Studies have shown that half the amount of lead deemed acceptable by the U.S. government can inflict notable damage. *Risks associated with lead exposure begin in the womb, and not just from lead acquired by pregnant women. During pregnancy, lead stored in a woman's bones can leach out, get into her blood and injure the fetus. *A child need not be poor to be exposed to lead. Children can be harmed by lead in toys, for example. Lead paint was banned for indoor use in 1978, so those living in homes built before then can be contaminated by lead in dust when windows are opened or when renovations are done. *Children are not the only ones whose health is endangered by lead. In adults, whose bodies may have stored lead from exposures incurred decades earlier, lead is associated with such problems as cardiovascular disease, tooth decay, miscarriage, kidney disease, mental decline and cataracts. [....] The National Safety Council said leaded paint can be found in about two-thirds of homes built before 1940, half of homes built from 1940 to 1960, and a smaller number built from 1960 to 1978. Last year [2005], thousands of homes in the nation's capital were found to have unsafe levels of lead in their water, a result of leaching from lead pipes when ammonia was added to the water supply to strengthen the purification ability of chlorine. Also, last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than 150 million pieces of toy jewelry that were contaminated with lead. The commission cited several cases of high blood levels in children who swallowed or repeatedly sucked on the jewelry items. [....] Lead is not biodegradable. Long after the ban on leaded gasoline, soil near streets and roads can remain contaminated. Also, lead from outdoor house paint and paint on fences and railings can leach into the soil around homes and in parks where children play. While the use of lead in pipes, solder and other components of public water systems was restricted by Congress more than two decades ago, the water supply in many older communities and homes passes through lead pipes and brass fixtures and copper pipes soldered with lead. [....]" [Based on: Personal Heath article (Lead continues to be a health hazard for kids) by Jane Brody, p. H6, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Goes Whole Grain? / Wonder Bread - January 23rd, 2006: "Wonder goes whole grain, but it's still white" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mercury in Humans, U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "[....] Those wondering whether they've been exposed to mercury from seafood or pollution can find out. Scientists at the University of North Carolina-Asheville are collecting hair samples from volunteers across the nation for the largest mercury-exposure study done in the United States. [....] Mercury accumulates in the body most commonly by eating seafood, especially shark, swordfish, king mackerel and golden snapper. Fetuses are especially susceptible to its effects, and the metal has been blamed for birth defects such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation." [Based on: health Notes article (Test on hair can reveal your mercury exposure), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

*Trivia: "How mercury gets into humans: Mercury, mainly from the smoke of coal-burning power plants, is a harmful pollutant that is found in fish-eating humans and wildlife [....]" [Based on: heading for Health Notes illustration p. H2, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06] 

*Trivia: "When King John attempted to sell off the country's [England's] fisheries and to erect navigational tolls on the Thames, the public rose up and confronted him at Runnymede in 1215, forcing him to sign the Magna Carta, which includes provisions guaranteeing the rights of free access to fisheries and waters. In thirteenth-century England it was a capital offense to burn coal in London, and violaters were executed for the crime." [Based on: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Crimes Against Nature, pp. 20-21]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - January 23rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:02:59 (UTC) on Monday, January 23, 2006. The magnitude 6.4 event has been located in VANUATU. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)."

[Based on preliminary earthquake report @ http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usigac.htm]

2006 - Loses Support in Missouri? / George W. Bush - January 23rd, 2006: "Bush loses support in Missouri / Concern over economy, Iraq war, terrorism and direction of nation accompanies decline." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Post-Dispatch article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Gas Pipeline Explosions / Georgia & Armenia - January 23rd, 2006: "Explosions blamed on sabotage hit pipelines running through southern Russia early Sunday [01/22/06], cutting the supply of natural gas to the Caucasus countries of Georgia and Armenia. [....] Also Sunday, an explosion knocked out an electricity transmission tower in Russia, interrupting electricity supplies to Georgia. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the cause of the blast had not been determined. Nikolai Shepel, chief prosecutor for Russia's southern region, said investigators believed sabotage had caused the pipeline blasts." [Based on: News Services article (Gas pipelines explode; sabotage is suspected), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Partisan Approach to Security Issues? / Karl Rove - January 23rd, 2006: "Rove's partisan approach to security issues draws wrath" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Near West Coast of Columbia - January 23rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:50:46 (UTC) on Monday, January 23, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located in NEAR THE WEST COAST OF COLOMBIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on preliminary earthquake report @ http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usigau.htm]

2006 - Can be Harmful to Kids? / Violence on Television, U.S.A. - January 23rd, 2006: "Violence on television can be harmful to your kids [....] A study found a connection between watching violent TV programs from ages 6 to 9 and committing violence later in life. [....]" [Based on: Healthy & Fit page article Title & illustration caption, p. H8, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 24th, 2006: "Stocks recovered Monday [01/23/06] from the biggest slump in almost three years. Falling oil prices and earnings growth at American Express Co. and Ford Motor Co. revived sentiment that the market will continue to advance in the first quarter. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Positive earnings reports help stem slump), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Cutbacks / Ford Motor Co. - January 24th, 2006: "Ford Motor Co. will idle seven facilities by 2008 and a total of 14 by 2012, cutting as many as 30,000 jobs." [Based on: Article (Ford drops St. Louis), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Mine Legislation / West Virginia - January 24th, 2006: "After 14 coal mining deaths in three weeks, West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill Monday [01/24/06] that would require mines to use electronic devices to track trapped miners and stockpile oxygen to keep them alive until help arrives. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, W.Va. quickly passes mine safety legislation), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Warns Against U.N. Action / Iran - January 24th, 2006: "Iran upped the ante Monday [01/23/06] in its nuclear standoff, warning that it will immediately begin developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program if it is referred to the U.N. Security Council. [....] While the Europeans believe they have enough votes to get Iran hauled before the council Feb. 2, they want broad support, including from key developing countries as well as skeptics Russia and China. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran warns against pursuing U.N. action), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Solar Wind Stream/ Planet Earth - January 24th, 2006: "A high-speed solar wind stream is blowing past Earth, but it is doing little to spark geomagnetic storms. The stream is thin and not very gusty - hence its feeble effect. Bright auroras are unlikely." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [01/24/06]

2006 - Mad Cow Case / Alberta, Canada - January 24th, 2006: "A cow from an Alberta farm has tested positive for mad cow disease, officials said Monday [01/23/06] .... [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Mad cow case is reported in Alberta), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]  

2006 - New Chief Judge / Saddam Hussein Trial - January 24th, 2006: "Court officials select Kurd [Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman) as new chief judge in Saddam trial" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Anti-Globalization Forum / Latin America - January 24th, 2006: "President Hugo Chavez is bringing together tens of thousands of activists from across the world today to promote Latin America's fast-growing anti-globalization movement. More than 60,000 has signed up for this week's World Social Forum in Caracas as of Monday [01/23/06], and tens of thousands more were expected, organizers said. They include campaigners against U.S.-style free trade, environmentalists, Indian leaders and human rights activists. About half were expected to come from outside Venezuela." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez is hosting huge anti-globalization forum), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Wants to use Classified Evidence / Libby Lawyers - January 24th, 2006: "Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney have made their first request to use classified evidence at his trial, launching a highly secretive court process that could bog down the case. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Libby wants to use classified evidence), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Class-Action Lawsuit / Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. - January 24th, 2006: "Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said Monday [01/23/06] that has put aside $185 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges its stock was artificially inflated by false misleading claims the drugmaker made as it touted the prospects of an experimental heart drug. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Defends Warrantless Wiretaps / George W. Bush - January 24th, 2006: "President George W. Bush on Monday [01/23/06] strongly defended his administration's practice of eavesdropping in terrorism-related cases without warrants. In a wide-ranging speech at Kansas State University, the president said al-Qaida terrorists and their associates still pose a serious threat more than four years after Sept. 11, 2001. 'We've got to have intelligence, good intelligence, to locate the dark corners of the world where these people hide,' he said. [....] Outside, about 200 people, mostly students, protested the war in Iraq. [....] 'There's an enemy that's relentless and desirous to bring harm to the American people because of what we believe,' he said. 'They have no heart, no conscience. They kill innocent men, women and children to achieve their objectives.' [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (President defends warrantless wiretaps), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Quarterly Earnings Decline / Bank of America Corp. - January 24th, 2006: "Bank of America Corp., the second-largest U.S. bank, reported its first quarterly earnings decline in more than four years as personal bankruptcies surged and profit from trading bonds and currencies dropped. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Spike in bankruptcies nicks Bank of America), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/24/06]

2006 - Cold Wave / Europe - January 25th, 2006: "Vienna's subway tracks cracked, German authorities shut a key canal to ships after it iced up, and a zoo moved its penguins indoors Tuesday [02/24/06] as a deadly deep freeze tightened its artic grip on much of Europe. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 25th, 2006: "United Tech, Mickey D's push rally 2nd day" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Photo ID Voting? / Georgia - January 25th, 2006: "The Georgia Senate approved a bill Tuesday [01/24/06] requiring voters to provide photo identification. The measure is likely to become law. [....]" [Based on: Staff & News Services article (Georgia moves nearer to photo ID voting), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Trivia / Hurricane Katrina Response - January 25th, 2006: "Senators accuse White House of impeding inquiry into Katrina response" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - "Thin Green Line?" / U.S. Army - January 25th, 2006: "'Thin Green Line' / Army can't keep up pace of deployments in Iraq, study for Pentagon reports. Assessment contrasts with pronouncements from Defense Department." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

*Trivia: "Army is 'battle-hardened,' not strained, Rumsfeld says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Middle Age Cemetary / England - January 25th, 2006: "A medieval cemetary containing around 1,300 skeletons has been discovered in the central English city of Leicester, archaeologists said Tuesday [01/24/06]. The bones were found during a dig before the site is developed as part of a shopping mall. University of Leicester archaeologists say the find promises to shed light on the way people lived and died in the Middle Ages." [Based on: News Services article (Cemetary dating from Middle Ages is found), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Drug Tests? Christian Brothers College - January 25th, 2006: "CBC [Christian Brothers College] paves way for student drug tests / [....] Hair samples will be tested, and if results indicate drug use, the student will have 11 days to get clean. If a second test also shows use, he will be asked to withdraw, or he may be expelled." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article, p. A1, 01/25/06]

2006 - No Evidence? / Secret CIA Prisons - January 25th, 2006: "Investigator [Swiss legislator, Dick Marty] criticizes U.S. but finds no evidence of secret CIA prisons)" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Trivia / Domestic Eavesdropping, U.S.A. - January 25th, 2006: "Gonzales says Congress presupposed need for taps" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - World Economic Forum / Switzerland - January 25th, 2006: "Annual economic forum draws an eclectic mix / Leaders of all kinds are gathering in Switzerland to discuss global issues." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Thomas B. Kurzenberger Jr. - January 25th, 2006: "Thomas B. Kurzenberger Jr. spent up to $6,666 a night on strippers while stealing millions in customers' money from the title company his family operated in Clayton [Mo.], court documents revealed Tuesday [01/24/06]. The final visit to a strip club, listed by federal agents based on charge card bills, came two weeks after Title Insurers Igency Inc. collapsed on June 28. The $641.76 bill that night brought the total spent at the Sauget topless club to $162,588. Kurzenberger also spent an unspecified amount of the loot on cocaine, according to prosecutors, who said almost $5.8 million disappeared from the business. 'I would just like to say I'm truly sorry for what I've done, and if it wasn't for the drugs, none of this would have ever happened,' Kurzenberger told a judge Tuesday [01/24/06] in federal court at St. Louis before being sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to repay the $5.8 million. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Executive gets six years), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Postponed Again / Saddam Hussein Trial - January 25th, 2006: "Saddam trial is postponed again amid disagreement on chief judge / Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, one of Saddam's lawyers, says the trial should be abandoned." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Approved on Party-Line Vote / Samuel Alito - January 25th, 2006: "Senate panel approves Alito on party-line vote" [Based on: Title for Newsday article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - World's 2nd-Most Valuable Tech. Company? / Google Inc. - January 25th, 2006: "Google Inc. has passed Intel Corp. and IBM to become the world's second-most valuable technology company after Microsoft Corp. [....]" [Based on: Article (Google is now No. 2), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Web Site Aims to Decloak Spyware Makers / StopBadware.org - January 25th, 2006: "A corporate-backed Web site being launched by researchers from Harvard and Oxford universities seeks to become a clearinghouse for Internet users concerned about spyware and other malicious software. The site, StopBadware.org, is being underwritten by Google Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. It ultimately will identify purveyors of such programs by name and provide information to help users decide whether a program is safe to download. [....] Initially, the site will post its criteria. Software developers will be told, for example, that the site will expose as transgressors any programs that exploit a computer 'for any purpose not understood and affirmatively consented to by the end user.' [....] The new Web site opens for business today [01/25/06] at StopBadware.org" [Based on: A.P. article (Web site aims to decloak spyware makers, purveyors), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/25/06]

2006 - Googlegate - January 26th, 2006:

   Under the guise of using personal information gleaned from Internet search engines to draft legislation on child pornography, the Justice department is trying to get its big toe in your front door. Is there a limit to the amount or type of information the government can collect? Of course not. The potential for abuse of information is proportional to the amount of information that is gathered. Remember Watergate? Think Watergate on a national level.
   President George W. Bush and his buddies have been misleading this nation and the world for years. It has cost us thousands of military lives, billions of tax dollars and our status with the world as a free and honest partner. Now it could cost us our freedom to communicate freely without "Big Brother" watching.
   It's good to see that at least one of the search engines we use has the courage to stand up for us. Go get 'em Google.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Googlegate) by Dennis Eagan, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 26th, 2006: "Stocks ended a two-day rally Wednesday [01/25/06] as a worsening profit outlook for oil companies and house builders sent prices lower. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Murky outlook puts brakes on two-day rally), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Nuclear Plans, Iran - January 26th, 2006: "Iran wants more details on Russian nuclear plan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Disbursed? / Katrina Aid - January 26th, 2006: "$11.5 billion in Katrina aid is disbursed" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Foreign Spies? / Russia - January 26th, 2006: "President Vladimir Putin accused foreign intelligence operatives on Wednesday [01/25/06] of using private groups to interfere in Russia's internal affairs. He said accusations that four British diplomats were spies justified new government curbs on the groups. [....] Earlier this week, Russian officials said a British espionage operation used a device concealed in a fake rock to exchange information with a Russian agent. [....] One of the accused British diplomats, identified as Marc Doe, oversaw British grants to private organizations, including some prominent groups that promote democracy and human rights." [Based on: News Services article (Foreign spies interfere in politics, Putin says), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

*Trivia: "In a rare acknowledgement of espionage reminiscent of the Cold War, a former British official admitted that his country's spies had planted the listening device in a fake rock discovered in a Moscow park six years ago by the Russians. 'The spy rock was embarrassing, they had us bang to rights,' said Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair." [Based on: Digest article (An admission of spying), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/20/12]

2006 - Smaller Chips / Intel Corp. - January 26th, 2006: "Intel Corp., the world's biggest semiconductor maker, said it has working versions of chips that are smaller, faster and use less power than existing ones. The development of a working memory chip proves that Intel will be able to manufacture microprocessors using 45-nanometer technology in the second half of 2007, the Santa Clara, Calif-based company said Wednesday [01/25/06] in a statement." [Based on: Article (Intel goes small, faster), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Fishing for Porn? / U.S.A. - January 26th, 2006: "[....] Last year, the administration sought information about Internet searches from such companies as Yahoo, Microsoft Corp., America Online and Google. It's looking for information to bolster an appeal of a Supreme Court decision that struck down regulations on pornographic Internet sites. The government wants to know the subject of every Internet search conducted over a one-week period, apparently so it can argue that the struck-down law would have protected children better than filtering software. The request was made under an obscure section of the Patriot Act that allows the government to ask for information, without going to court. The section requires companies to provide the information, even if it involves people not suspected of wrongdoing. It also prohibits them from disclosing to the customer whose records are being handed over what was requested and what was provided. [....] The government needs to be able to investigate suspected terrorists and pornographers. But the government hasn't shown - indeed, it hasn't even claimed - that Google users are somehow involved in either activity. The government has simply gone fishing. Internet searchers contain all manner of personal information. Why does the government need that? If it can force companies to provide the content of all Internet searches, it has entree to our most private thoughts. It could also use the information to investigate political enemies or those whose views or lifestyles it dislikes. When government investigations legitimately target criminals, there are warrants involved and companies should and do comply. But in this case, what the government is looking for won't protect a single child from exposure to inappropriate material. It will, however, erode the freedom and privacy that Americans expect and cherish. That trade isn't worth it." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Fishing for porn), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attack / Ramadi, Iraq - January 26th, 2006: "Marines, Iraqis jointly drive off attack [01/24/06] in Ramadi" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Status / U.S. Mine Blast Survivor - January 26th, 2006: "Mine blast survivor emerges from coma / He is still unable to speak, doctor says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Floor Debate Begins / Samuel Alito - January 26th, 2006: "Floor debate on Alito begins" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Main Lobbying Problem / U.S.A. - January 26th, 2006: "Senators admitted Wednesday [01/25/06] that Congress could never clean up lobbying unless lawmakers change their own ways. 'The problem is us,' said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. At a hearing on lobbying, several senators conceded that lobbyists would seek favors - and lawmakers would grant them - as long as special interests paid for their multimillion-dollar reelection campaigns. In turn, members of Congress repay them with 'earmarks' - money for previously unapproved special projects inserted into legislation at the last minute. 'If we don't stop earmarking, we're not going to stop the abuses of power here in Washington,' said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Main lobbying problem 'is us,' senator says), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Environmental Pollution / PFOA - January 26th, 2006: "The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday [01/25/06] that it was asking all U.S. companies to cut way back on public exposure to a toxic chemical used to make Teflon and thousands of other products. Although the effort is voluntary, the federal government has rarely taken such a sweeping, accelerated action against an industrial compound. The eight companies that use it to make an array of nonstick and stain-resistant products are expected to cut releases from their plants and products by 95 percent over the next four years and completely soon after that. DuPont manufacturers Teflon and has used the compound for more than 50 years. The company pledged to meet the deadlines. Although the voluntary action will not end the sale of Teflon and other products, its aim is to curtail the release of the chemical into the atmosphere. That chemical is a perfluorinated acid called PFOA. It has contaminated the bloodstream of most Americans and is polluting the environment throughout much of the world. [....] Last month, the EPA fined DuPont $16.5 million for hiding data on the toxicity and health effects of PFOA for more than 20 years and contaminating the drinking-water supply in the Ohio Valley, next to a DuPont plant in West Virginia. The seven other companies that use PFOA and its related substances are 3M/Dyneon; Arkema Inc.; AGC Chemicals/Asahi Glass; Ciba Specialty Chemicals; Clariant Corp,; Daikin; and Solvay Solexis. They were asked to respond by March 1. [....] The companies are being asked to reduce the amount of PFOA released into the environment and the PFOA content of their products by 95 percent by 2010, measured against amounts found in 2000. They are asked to eliminate all such sources of public exposure no later than 2015 - not just in the United States but at all their global operations. Included are all chemicals that are precursors to PFOA or break down into it in the environment. For decades, the chemical has been considered essential in making nonstick and stain-resistant fluorotelomers and is an unintended byproduct in fluorotelomer products. In addition to Teflon cookware, fluoropolymers are used by the aerospace, transportation, textile and electronics industries in clothing, car fuel systems, computer chips and telecommunications equipment, electronic wiring and other products. Fluorotelomers are used in firefighting foams and in textiles, paper and other surfaces to make them stain-, oil- and water-resistant. DuPont representatives have said their products are safe, and EPA officials have agreed, saying there is no need to stop using Teflon products." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (EPA wants to curb exposure to chemical used to make Teflon) by Marla Cone, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

*Links: http://www.drrapp.com/teflon.htm

2006 - Surge in Violent Crimes / St. Louis - January 26th, 2006: "Reports of violent crimes in St. Louis surged 20 percent last year [2005] to their highest levels in seven years, led by a staggering increase in reported rapes, the Police Department said Wednesday [01/25/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Violent crimes surge in St. Louis), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Palestinian Parliamentary Elections - January 26th, 2006: "The Islamist group Hamas won a powerful new role in parliamentary elections Wednesday [....]" [Based on: Baltimore Sun article (Palestinians boost Hamas' power), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Pre-911 Documents? / Moussaoui Trial - January 26th, 2006: "A federal judge has ordered the government to give terrorist conspirator Zacarias Maossaoui's defense team documents describing what officials knew before Sept. 11, 2001, about al-Qaida threats and some of its hijackers. A trial to determine Moussaoui's sentence is set to begin next month. [....] Prosecutors will try to convince jurors that the FBI would have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks if Moussaoui had told federal agents what he knew about al-Qaida's plot to fly planes into U.S. buildings. The defense will argue that agents had had more information about the plot than Moussaoui but still had been powerless to prevent the attacks." [Based on: A.P. article (Judge OKs request for documents about 9/11), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Linked to Kidney Failure? / Aprotinin - January 26th, 2006: "A drug [aprotinin] commonly used to prevent excessive bleeding in heart surgery patients greatly increases the risk of kidney failure, a new international study says. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Another used in surgery is linked to kidney failure), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - 200 MPH Wind Gusts? / North Carolina - January 26th?, 2006: "Workers at Grandfather Mountain described "an unreal" scene early Wednesday when record wind gusts of at least 200 mph battered the North Carolina tourist attraction in the northwest mountains. [....] The National Weather Service-approved anenometer measures only up to 200 mph. Morton said gusts reached that level several times. He said the staff assumes winds exceeded that mark. [....] The strongest wind in U.S. history was a 231 mph gust measured in 1934 at Mount Washington, N.H. [....]"

[Based on: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/13716989.htm]

2006 - Visits NSA Headquarters / George W. Bush - January 26th, 2006: "President George W. Bush defended his surveillance program again Wednesday [01/25/06] as he visited the ultra-secret facility where the government monitors electronic communications. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush visits NSA headquarters, defends surveillance program), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

*Trivia: "Q: What is the NSA anyway? A: The NSA is the largest of the nation's 15 spy agencies. Its 30,000 workers worldwide are charged with protecting U.S. information systems and eavesdropping on adversaries. They take pride in the nickname, 'Never Say Anything.' Its headquarters is at Fort Meade, Md." [Based on: A.P. article (Despite NSA secrecy, some answers are known), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Found Outside Solar System / Another Planet - January 26th, 2006: "Astronomers find another planet [OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb.] outside solar system" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06]

2006 - Unauthorized Access? / Chemical Arms Depot, Arkansas - January 26th, 2006: "3 enter off-limits area [01/24/06] at chemical arms depot [Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/26/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Road Bomb / Iraq - January 27th, 2006: "Iraq official [Iraqi minister of industry, Usama Abdulaziz Najafi] survives road bomb; U.S. frees female prisoners [five] / U.S. Central Command also reports the deaths of a U.S. soldier and a Marine." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Sun Opposite Saturn - January 27th, 2006: "Sun (7 degrees Aquarius) opposite Saturn (7 degrees Leo R.)." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200601.html]

*Trivia: "Astronomic Configuration for January 27th, 2006: "Sun [7 Aquarius], Moon [4 Capricorn], Mercury [7 Aquarius], Venus [17 Capricorn R], Mars [20 Taurus], Jupiter [16 Scorpio], Saturn [7 Leo R], Uranus [8 Pisces], Neptune [16 Aquarius], Pluto [25 Sagittarius], Chiron [4 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200601.html]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 27th, 2006: "Stocks rose the most in three weeks Thursday [01/26/06] as Caterpillar Inc., Honeywell International Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. increased profit forecasts. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Positive profit forecasts boost markets), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - FDA Approval / Sutent - January 27th, 2006: "A new drug that combats both a rare stomach cancer and advanced kidney cancer won speedy federal approval Thursday [01/26/06]. The drug is sunitinib, to be marketed by Pfizer Inc. as Sutent. It's the first cancer drug to simultaneously win Food and Drug Administration approval for two conditions, the agency said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Cancer drug receives OK), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Budget Deficit - January 27th, 2006: "Budget deficit may hit $400 billion this year" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / CIA Leak Investigation - January 27th, 2006: "Lawyers for a former top White House aide charged in the CIA leak investigation said Thursday [01/26/06] that the prosecutor should surrender information about news organizations and their reporters, including The Washington Post's Bob Woodward. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Ex-Cheney aide wants data from prosecutor), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Energy Shortage / Georgia - January 27th, 2006: "Snow and sub-freezing cold deepened the misery in Georgia on Thursday [01/26/06]. Millions were without power, and a natural gas shortage forced people to chop wood for heat. Residents formed long lines to fill kerosene canisters for portable heaters. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Energy shortage intensifies Georgian cold), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Settlement / ChoicePoint Inc. - January 27th, 2006: "ChoicePoint Inc. on Thursday [01/26/06] agreed to pay $15 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that security and record-handling precedures at the data warehouse violated consumers' privacy rights when thieves infiltrated its massive database. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (ChoicePoint will pay $15 million settlement), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - GM Earnings Plummet? / U.S.A. - January 27th, 2006: "General Motors Corp. on Thursday [01/26/06] posted its largest annual loss in more than a decade, highlighting the problems the automaker faces; rising labor costs, competition from Asia and falling sales at home. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GM earnings plummet, widening auto woes), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

*Trivia: "Despite General Motors Corp's problems in its home market, the automaker's worldwide sales were at their highest level in 27 years in 2005 thanks to growth in Asia and Latin America, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said. 'Getting outside of the U.S. market we had a good year, on balance, around the world,' Wagoner said in a transcript of remarks released Saturday [01/07/06] by GM. Wagoner said preliminary sales figures show GM sold 9.2 million vehicles worldwide. The only other year GM sold more than 9 million vehicles was 1978, he said." [Based on: News Services article (GM worldwide sales highest in 27 years), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/08/06]

2006 - British Troop Increase / Afghanistan - January 27th, 2006: "Britain will send at least another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan in coming months. They will join the NATO mission there, which is expanding into a dangerous region, the government said Thursday [01/26/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Hamas Win / Palestinian Elections - January 27th, 2006: "[....] In preliminary results released Thursday night [01/26/06], Hamas candidates surprised even themselves by winning at least 76 of 132 seats in the new parliament, thus getting a mandate to form the next Cabinet. Fatah had controlled 68 of the 88 seats in the old legislature. But in Wednesday's voting [01/25/06], it won just 43 seats in the expaned Palestinian Legislative Council. The rest went to a small number of independent candidates. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Hamas win brews turmoil), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

*Trivia: "Hamas won on a platform of better public services, honesty" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Hamas was founded in the crowded Gaza Strip in 1987 as an outgrowth of the Egyptian fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. The group's name means 'zeal' and is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06] [Links: 1]

2006 - Record Insurance Payouts / U.S.A. - January 27th, 2006: "U.S. property and casualty insurance are expected to pay out a record $56.8 billion for 2005 catastrophes, with more than 90 percent stemming from the hurricanes that hit Florida and the Gulf states, a company that tracks insurance data said Thursday [01/26/06]. The tally for last year was more than double the previous record $27.3 billion paid out in 2004 to cover the losses homeowners and businesses sustained in hurricanes and other storms, according to the ISO's Property Claim Services unit." [Based on: Article (Insurance payouts in 2005 will hit record), p. B2 S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Democratic Filibuster? / Alito Nomination - January 27th, 2006: "Kerry vows filibuster on Alito; Frist plans to cut off debate" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Prime Minister Steven Harper / Canada - January 27th, 2006: "Canada's next prime minister used his first news conference Thursday [01/26/06] to tell the United States to mind its own business when it comes to territorial rights in the Artic North. [....] On Thursday, Harper said, 'The United States defends its sovereignty; the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty. It is the Canadian people that we get our mandate from, not the ambassador of the United States.' " [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

*Trivia: "New Canadian leader is sworn in [02/06/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Presidential Prerogatives? / George W. Bush - January 27th, 2006: "President George W. Bush set limits Thursday [01/26/06] on White House cooperation in three political disputes, saying he is determined to assert presidential prerogatives on matters from domestic eavesdropping to congressional inquiries into Hurricane Katrina. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Major Earthquake / Banda Sea, Indonesia - January 27th, 2006: "A major earthquake occurred at 16:58:49 (UTC) on Friday, January 27, 2006. The magnitude 7.6 event has been located in the BANDA SEA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 346 km (215 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: Preliminary earthquake report @ http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usika7.htm]

2006 - First-Quarter Loss / Federated Department Stores - January 27th, 2006: "Federated Department Stores Inc., the owner of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, forecast 2006 profit below analysts' estimates and will have a loss in the first quarter as it begins integrating May Department Stores Co. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Federated says it will record a 1st-quarter loss), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Peabody Energy Corp. - January 27th, 2006: "Peabody Energy Corp. said Thursday [01/26/06] that fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, aided by increased output and rising prices for coal used to generate electricity and make steel. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Peabody's profit more than doubles in the 4th quarter), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

*Trivia: "How mercury gets into humans: Mercury, mainly from the smoke of coal-burning power plants, is a harmful pollutant that is found in fish-eating humans and wildlife [....]" [Based on: heading for Health Notes illustration p. H2, S.L.P.D., 01/23/06] 

*Trivia: "When King John attempted to sell off the country's [England's] fisheries and to erect navigational tolls on the Thames, the public rose up and confronted him at Runnymede in 1215, forcing him to sign the Magna Carta, which includes provisions guaranteeing the rights of free access to fisheries and waters. In thirteenth-century England it was a capital offense to burn coal in London, and violaters were executed for the crime." [Based on: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Crimes Against Nature, pp. 20-21]

2006 - Named Toxic Air Pollutant / Secondhand Smoke, California - January 27th, 2006: "California names secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06]

2006 - Medical Compensation for Agent Orange? / Monsanto & Dow Chemical Cos - January 27th, 2006: "A court in South Korea on Thursday [01/26/06] ordered two U.S. makers of the defoliant Agent Orange to pay $62 million in medical compensation to local veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. The Seoul High Court ordered Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co. [Mo.] and Dow Chemical Co., of Midland, Mich., to compensate about 6,800 people. It was the first time a South Korean court has ruled in favor of people seeking compensation from the former makers of Agent Orange. In a joint statement, the companies, which plan to appeal the decision, called the ruling 'contrary to the overwhelming weight of independent scientific evidence, which has not found a connection between exposure to Agent Orange and any serious human illness.' [....] U.S. records show that the U.S. military sprayed 19 million gallons of defoliant over southern Vietnam between 1962 and 1971. About 55 percent of that was Agent Orange. About 20,000 South Koreans filed two separate lawsuits in 1999, seeking more than $5 billion in damages. In 2002, they lost a decision in a lower court and appealed." [Based on: A.P. article by Jae-Soon Chang (South Korean court orders Monsanto to pay vets for Agent Orange), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 01/27/06] - [Rachel Melcer of the S.L.P.D. contributed to this report]

2006 - Hostage Video / Iraq - January 28th, 2006: "Abducted Germans appear in video pleading for help" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The video bore the date of Jan. 24, the day the men were seized by gunmen. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 28th, 2006: "Stocks gain again, recouping last week's losses" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - Roof Collapse / Poland - January 28th, 2006: "Roof collapse [01/28/06] kills dozens  [at least 66 people as of 01/29/06] / Hundreds of people were at an international pigeon show at an exhibition hall in Poland when the snow-covered roof caved in." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - FDA Approval / Exubera - January 28th, 2006: "Inhaled form of insulin [Exubera] gains approval [01/27/06]by FDA" [Based on: Title for Newsday article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06] [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Record Profit / Chevron Corp. - January 28th, 2006: "Chevron Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit climbed 20 percent to $4.14 billion, a company record that continued the most prosperous stretch in its 126-year history as the oil company capitalizes on high fuel prices that are squeezing consumers and ruffling politicians. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Chevron rides windfall to record profit), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - Slow Growth Rate / U.S. GDP - January 28th, 2006: "The economy grew at an annual rate of only 1.1 percent in last year's fourth quarter, the slowest pace in three years, amid belt-tightening by consumers facing spiraling energy costs. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GDP growth rate slowest in 3 years), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - Could Lose its Blacks? / New Orleans - January 28th, 2006: "The city of New Orleans could lose up to 80 percent of its black population if people displaced by Hurricane Katrina are not able to return to damaged neighborhoods, according to an analysis by a Brown University sociologist. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New Orleans could lose most blacks, study says), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - 911 Treason Independent Prosecutor Act? - January 28th, 2006: "Guest Speaker Alfred L. Webre, Lawyer, Exopolitician, appeared on a television program episode of Out There TV [http://www.crosswynd.com/]. Mentioned on the show was a petition to implement The SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TREASON INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR ACT, to appoint an Independent Prosecutor under the authority of Article III(3) of the U.S. Constitution to prosecute Treason against these United States of America by U.S. President George W. Bush, U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, etc. See links." [D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "Apparent number of signatures on petition this date [01/28/06]: at least 1,500. Number of signatures as of 01/31/06 [three days later]: 1,533." [D.R.D.]

*Links: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/736718529

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Augustine Volcano, Alaska - January 28th, 2006: "A volcano on an uninhabited Alaskan island was erupting again after 10 days of relative calm. The first eruption in a series that started Friday night [01/27/06] and continued into Saturday shot a cloud of ash almost six miles into the air, said geologist Jim Vallance of the U.S. Geological Survey. The eruptions prompted the National Weather Service to issue an ash advisory for Kodiak Island to the southeast and a warning for pilots in the area. Augustine Volcano had been quiet for 20 years until early January, when an erruption dusted the Kenai Penninsula with ash. The 4,134-foot volcano is about 180 miles from Anchorage." [Based on: News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - "Ground Stations" Contract / Lockheed Martin Corp. - January 28th, 2006: "Lockheed Martin Corp. won a $2 billion, nine-year contract to build ground stations that will manage a new constellation of high-speed military communications satellites, the Air Force announced Friday [01/27/06]. [....] The project is part of a program worth an estimated $18 billion that the Pentagon says will be the backbone of a global communications network." [Based on: Article (Lockheed wins contract), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 01/28/06]

2006 - End of Pork? / U.S.A. - January 29th, 2006: "With the Abramoff and other scandals roiling Congress, will this be the end of pork?" [Based on: Title for Article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Senator Cindy Sheehan? - January 29th, 2006: "Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President George W. Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday [01/28/06] she was considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Peace activist may challenge Sen. Feinstein), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Palestinian Army? / Hamas - January 29th, 2006: "Hamas is considering a Palestinian army" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Hostage Trivia / Nigeria - January 29th, 2006: "$1.5 billion sought for 4 hostages [ubducted Jan. 11th]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - E.M.]

2006 - Trivia / Iran Nuclear Deal - January 29th, 2006: "Iran nuclear deal could calm concerns / Tehran's accord with Russia to enrich uranium will involve other countries, Iranians say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Trivia / Marriage Rate, France - January 29th, 2006: "France's marriage rate slides, but birth rate jumps" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Zoe Mezin, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006 - Last Chance? / Hostages, Iraq - January 29th, 2006: "Kidnappers in Iraq offer 'last chance' to save activists / In video, they demand that all detainees in Iraq be released." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 01/29/06]

2006  - Chinese New Year / Year of the Dog - January 29th, 2006: "Chinese Horoscope Red Dog Year 2006 - 4703rd Chinese Year." [Based on: http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/Default.htm]

2006 - Limits on Testing for Pesticides? / U.S.A. - January 29th, 2006: "The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday [09/07/05] proposed banning pesticide testing on pregnant women and children. The move followed criticism that the government's reliance on human pesticide tests has irresponsibily endangered vulnerable people. [....] The agency aims to implement the ban by Jan 29." [Based on: News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 09/08/05]

2006 - Trivia / Katrina Relief - January 30th, 2006: "Hundreds of available trucks, boats, planes and federal officers were unused in search and rescue efforts immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit because FEMA failed to give them missions, documents show. [....]" [Based on: A.P. (Vehicles to aid Katrina relief went unused, records show) article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - January 30th, 2006: "Car bombs exploded in quick succession Sunday [01/29/06] near four Christian churches and the office of the Vatican envoy, raising new concerns about sectarian tension. One blast killed three people; at least 17 other people were killed in other violence around the country. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Natural Gas Trivia / Georgia - January 30th, 2006: "Russia resumed sending natural gas to Georgia on Sunday [01/29/06] after finishing repairs to a major pipeline damaged by mysterious blasts a week later. But Tbilisi accused Moscow of taking too long to fix the damage to punish the pro-Western policies of Georgia, which relies on Russia for its gas needs. The U.S.-allied Caucasus Mountain state claimed Russia was waging an energy blockade against it after two Jan. 22 explosions tore through the main pipeline that transports Russian gas to Georgia." [Based on: New Services article (Russia repairs line, resumes natural gas flow), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Foreign Aid Trivia / Hamas - January 30th, 2006: "Hamas faces loss of foreign aid before its promised government cleanup" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Jury Selection Begins / Enron Case - January 30th, 2006: "Jury selection begins today in Enron case" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Hamas - January 30th, 2006: "Israel stands firm against dealing with Hamas" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Plans April Protest / Cindy Sheehan - January 30th, 2006: "Chavez says Sheehan plans protest in April" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Seriously Injured / Bob Woodruff, Iraq - January 30th, 2006: "ABC 'World News Tonight' co-anchorman Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured Sunday [01/29/06] when the Iraqi Army vehicle in which they were traveling was attacked with an explosive device. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands / Roland Arnall? - January 30th, 2006: "Presidents have a long tradition of naming friends and political contributors to ambassadorships in pleasant countries where nothing worrisome ever happens. So it's not surprising that President George W. Bush wants to name Roland Arnall to be American ambassador to the Netherlands. Mr. Arnall is the president's single biggest fund raiser. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Arnall family and its companies raised more than $12 million for Mr. Bush and republican activities since 2002. Mr. Arnall helped finance attack ads targeting presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in 2004. [....] Mr. Arnall is founder and principal owner of Ameriquest, one of the largest sub-prime mortgage lenders in America.The company makes high-interest loans to people who can't qualify for market-rate loans because of their low incomes or bad credit history. Ameriquest this month agreed to pay $325 million to settle civil charges that it cheated its customers. It was the second largest consumer protection settlement in U.S. history, and it involved attorneys general in 49 states. Meanwhile, the company also faces a host of private class action cases. [....] Mr. Arnall stepped down as co-chairman of Ameriquest's holding company after his nomination last year, leaving control to his wife. Ameriquest admitted no wrongdoing in settling the case. But no company is going to part with $325 million just to avoid the hassle of a trial. The attorneys general had a strong case against Ameriquest, and the company knew it. [....] At last fall's confirmation hearings, Mr. Arnall faced uncomfortable questions from several Senators, including Barack Obama, D-Ill. The nomination has been stalled since then, but the feeling in Washington is that the new settlement should clear the way for Mr. Arnall's confirmation. It shouldn't." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Raise the bar for Netherlands), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 01/30/06]

2006 - Bird Flu / Iraq - January 31st, 2006: "Kurdish girl died of bird flu in Iraq / First confirmed case in Middle East prompts slaughter of chickens and ducks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - January 31st, 2006: "The standard & Poor's 500 index gained Monday [01/30/06] after Exxon Mobil Corp. reported a record $10.7 billion fourth-quarter profit, suggesting that oil and gas producers may help the market extend this month's advance. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Exxon profit blockbuster moves market), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Trivia / OPEC Oil Output - January 31st, 2006: "The Organization of petroleum Exporting Countries ruled out any change in production at its meeting this week but has a consensus to cut output in March, oil ministers said Monday [01/30/06]. [....] Their remarks came after a meeting of the group's ministerial monitoring committee, led by Iran, which analyzes market data and makes policy recommendations to Opec. Ramirez [Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez] also said he would tell Iran's oil minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh that Venezuela would side with Iran in its standoff with the West over its nuclear program. 'We support Iran in its nuclear dispute,' Ramirez said. [....] In trading Monday, crude oil rose for a third session on concern that OPEC members would be unable to increase supplies enough to cover a possible disruption of shipments from Iran. [....] Crude oil for March delivery rose 59 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $68.35 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil is up 45 percent from a year ago. " [Based on: A.P. article (OPEC will keep output steady until March), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Financial Aid Trivia / Hamas - January 31st, 2006: "Hamas must drop violence, aid donors say" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Departure / Alan Greenspan - January 31st, 2006: "The Federal Reserv's Alan Greenspan bows out Tuesday [01/31/06]. His successor will inherit an economy that Greenspan is credited with keeping stable through wars, recessions and 9/11. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A1, S/L/P/D/, 01/29/06]

2006 - Died / Coretta Scott King - January 31st, 2006: "The widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the matriarch of the civil rights movement, died early Tuesday." [Based on: Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - State of the Union? / U.S.A. - January 31st, 2006: "President George W. Bush defended his commitment to a robust role in global affairs Tuesday night [01/31/06] by evoking memories of 9/11 and warning anew of more terrorism attacks. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

*Trivia: "Sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say." [Based on: Remark about U.S. State of the Union Address [01/31/06] by Colorado Social Studies teacher Jay Bennish [02/01/06] speaking to a 10th grade Geography class.]

*Trivia: [See: Article 43: PERSONALITY DISORDER? Kate Mucci 02/12/06 © 2006]

*Trivia: "[....] Today's international terrorism is a phenomenon that combines the use of terror by state and non-state political structures as a means to attain their political objectives through people's intimidation, psychological and social destabilization, the elimination of resistance from power organizations and the creation of appropriate conditions for the manipulation of the countries' policies and the behavior of people.

Terrorism is the weapon used in a new type of war. At the same time, international terrorism, in complicity with the media, becomes the manager of global processes. It is precisely the symbiosis between media and terror, which allows modifying international politics and the exiting reality. [....]" [Based on: article by Leonid Ivashov. See Link.]

*Links: http://www.periodico26.cu/english/opinion/ivashov011806.htm


While the White House defended domestic surveillance as a safeguard against terrorism, a Florida peace activist and several Democrats in Congress accused the Bush administration on Friday [01/20/06] of spying on Americans who disagree with President Bush's policies.


The Defense Department's Talon program collects data from a wide variety of sources, including military personnel and private citizens, Pentagon spokesman Greg Hicks said.

"They are unfiltered dots of information about perceived threats," Hicks said. "An analyst will look at that information. And what we are trying to do is connect the dots before the next major attack."

To Hersh and some members of Congress, the warrant-less surveillance and Talon are all a part of domestic-spying operations that threaten civil liberties of average Americans and put dissenters under a cloud of suspicion.

"Neither you nor anybody in that (Quaker) church had anything to do with terrorism," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla. "The fact is, the Truth Project may have a philosophy that is adverse to the political philosophy and goals of the president of the United States. And as a result of that different philosophy, the president and the secretary of defense ordered that your group be spied upon.

"There should not be a single American who today remains confident that it couldn't happen to them."

[Based on: South Florida Sun-Sentinel article by William E. Gibson] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]
@ http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/politics/13675006.htm


   A recent letter [2006] commended President George W. Bush for presenting a plan to reduce this nation's dependence on Middle East oil. However, the day after Mr. Bush said that in his State of the Union speech, his embarrassed energy secretary, Samuel Bodman, said, "he didn't mean it literally."
   Asked why the president used the words "Middle East when he didn't mean "Middle East," an administration official said Mr. Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that "every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands."
   Got that? When the president told us he had a plan to "replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025," he didn't mean it.
   We're being asked to trust whatever Mr. Bush says, even though it may not be true. Perhaps Mr. Bush isn't lying. After all, he's simply reading what Karl Rove and Dick Cheney have written.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (What he meant) by Michael Szerzinski [St. Louis], p. C12, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Hostages Released / Nigeria - January 31st, 2006: "An American and three other foreign oil workers held hostage for two weeks were released Monday [01/30/06] after a secessionist leader appealed to their captors. The captors had demanded that southern Nigerians benefit more from their region's energy wealth." [Based on: A.P. article (American, 3 other hostages are released, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Negative Savings Rate / U.S.A. - January 31st, 2006: "Americans' personal savings rate dipped into negative territory last year, something that hasn't happened since the Great Depression. Consumers depleted their savings to buy automobiles and other big-ticket items. [....] The savings rate has been negative for an entire year only twice before - in 1932 and 1933 - years when the country was struggling with the Great Depression, a time of huge business failures and job layoffs. [....] The central bank meets today, when it is expected it will boost interest rates for a 14th time. However, many economists believe those rate increases are drawing to a close with perhaps another quarterpoint hike at the March 28 meeting as the central bank is starting to see the impact of the previous rate increases in a slowing economy. A negative savings rate means that Americans spent all their disposable income, the amount left over after paying taxes, and dipped into previous years' savings to finance their purchases. For the month, the savings rate fell to 0.7 percent, the largest one-month decline since a 3.4 percent drop in August. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Rise in spending turns savings rate negative), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Video Tape / Ayman al-Zawahri? - January 31st, 2006: "Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, threatened new attacks against the United States and said Americans should beware of a government 'shedding your blood and wasting your money' in the war on terrorism, according to a video message aired Monday [01/30/06]. [....] Intelligence analsts have said that the flurry of tapes could signal an impending attack but also could be a new propoganda campaign aimed not only at Muslim audiences, but also at Americans. [....] The tape, broadcast on Al-Jazeera television 11 days after  a similar audio message from al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, provided the first visual evidence that al-Zawahri survived a U.S. airstrike on Jan. 13 that targeted him in eastern Pakistan. The attack killed 13 villagers and touched off several days of angry protests. U.S. intelligence officers believe four al-Qaida leaders also died in the strike. [....] Al-Zawahri called Bush a 'butcher' and a 'failure' and said that the airstrike in Pakistan killed only innocents. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Al-Qaida's No. 2 man threatens U.S. in video, calls Bush a failure), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Asbestos Settlement / USG Corp. - January 31st, 2006: "USG Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of wallboard, said Monday [01/30/06] that it has agreed to settle asbestos-related lawsuits, a move expected to help it emerge this summer from 4 1/2 years in bankruptcy. The agreement calls for Chicago-based USG to pay $900 million in cash into a new trust to handle current and future asbestos personal-injury claims. It also would pay an additional $3.05 billion to the trust through a contingent note. That payment, however, would be canceled if Congress passes legislation creating a national asbestos personal-injury trust fund." [Based on: Article (Bankrupt USG settles asbestos-related suits), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Failed Filibuster / Alito Nomination - January 31st, 2006: "Filibuster fails; Senate ends debate on Alito" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Record Borrowing / U.S. Treasury - January 31st, 2006: "The government expects to borrow a record $188 billion in the January-March quarter, even more than it anticipated three months ago, the treasury Department announced Monday [01/30/06]. The total will surpass the old mark of $146 billion set in the first quarter of 2004, a year in which the federal budget deficit hit an all-time high in dollar terms of $413 billion." [Based on: Article (Treasury borrowing will hit a quarterly record), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Profit Record / Exxon Mobil Corp. - January 31st, 2006: "Exxon Mobile Corp., the world's biggest oil company, said fourth-quarter profit rose 27 percent to a record $10.7 billion on surging energy prices, capping the most profitable year for any company in U.S. history. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Exxon sets profit record for all U.S. companies), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - U.N. Security Council Review? / Iran - January 31st, 2006: "The United States and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agreed Tuesday [01/30/06] that Iran should be brought before the council over Iran's disputed nuclear program. China and Russia, longtime allies and trading partners of Iran, signed on to a statement that calls on the U.N. nuclear watchdog to transfer the Iran dossier to the Security Council, which could impose sanctions or take other harsh action. Foreign ministers from those nations, plus the United States, Britain and France, also said the Security Council should wait until March to take up the Iran case, after a formal report on Tehran's activities from the International Atomic Energy Agency." [Based on: News Services article (Security Council nations agree on Iran review), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]


*Links: http://www.arcticbeacon.com/1-Feb-2006.html

2006 - Strong Earthquake? / Indonesian Coast - January 31st, 2006: "An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck overnight off the Indonesian coast, the Hong Kong Observatory said early today [02/01/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

*Trivia: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 19:15:52 (UTC) on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. The magnitude 5.9 event has been located in SIMEULUE, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: Preliminary earthquake report @: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usipa3.php]

2006 - Hostage Video Release / Jill Carroll, Iraq - January 31st, 2006: "U.S. journalist Jill Carroll appeared on a videotape aired Monday [01/30/06] by Al-Jazeera, and the Arab television station said she appealed for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners. The video was dated Saturday [01/28/06] - two days after the U.S. military released five Iraqi women. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Predicted Expansion / U.S. National Guard - January 31st, 2006: "National Guard predicts expansion" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice / Samuel Alito - January 31st, 2006: "Alito joins Supreme Court / Confirmation vote was one of the most partisan in history." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Bombed / Turkish-American Association, Turkey - January 31st, 2006: "A bomb exploded Monday [01/30/06] at a Turkish-American friendship association in a southern city that hosts a U.S. air base, wounding five Turks, authorities said" [Based on: A.P. article Turkish-American association is bombed), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/31/06]

2006 - Mittal Steel Co. Acquisition Offer / For Arcelor S.A. of Luxembourg - January 2006: "In January, Mittal Steel Co., the world's largest steelmaker, announced an acquisition offer of 2.6 trillion yen for rival Arcelor S.A. of Luxembourg, the second-largest steelmaker in the world. The news shook steel companies around the globe. This is the first hostile takeover attempt between major steelmakers, with previous consolidation within the industry done in a friendly manner. [....] Japan's major steelmakers produce more high-value-added products than any other steelmakers in the world. Some observers predict that Mittal Steel's next target will be a Japanese company. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (Sound Familiar?) by Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo), p. C13, 02/24/06]

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