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

February 2006

2006 - Solar Minimum? - February 2006: "In February, the sun did something remarkable - nothing. Solar activity dipped to a 10-year low while sunspots were nowhere to be found on 21 of February's 28 days. Solar minimum has truly arrived." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/02/03]

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - February 1st, 2006: "Sun [12 Aquarius], Moon [19 Pisces], Mercury [16 Aquarius], Venus [16 Capricorn R.], Mars [22 Taurus], Jupiter [17 Scorpio], Saturn [7 Leo R], Uranus [9 Pisces], Neptune [17 Aquarius], Pluto [25 Sagittarius], Chiron [4 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200602.html]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 1st, 2006: "Stocks stumble as Fed mumbles of future rate hikes" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - No Plane Hit the Pentagon? - [Based on: http://thewebfairy.com/911/pentagon/]

*Commentary: "Congress authorizes [September (14th?) 2001] use of force for war on terrorism." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Rights Group Sues AT&T - February 1st, 2006: "Rights group sues AT&T for cooperating with NSA" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Foreign Relations, Iran - February 1st, 2006: "Iran warns that referal to U.N. will mean 'diplomacy is over' " [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Consumer Confidence? / U.S.A. - February 1st, 2006: "Job market elevates consumers' confidence / But survey finds Americans increasingly worried about future." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Oil Production Trivia / OPEC - February 1st, 2006: "OPEC will keep production of crude oil steady, deciding Tuesday [01/31/06] that its current output was enough to fuel an energy-hungry world as Iran pledged that it won't withold its oil because of a standoff with the West over its nuclear program. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Oil cartel will maintain current production levels), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

*Trivia:

[....] As stated by David Hudson in one of his related lectures: "You literally start the superconductor flowing by applying a magnetic field. It responds to this by flowing light inside and building a bigger Meissner Field around it. You can put your magnet down and walk away. Come back a hundred years later and it is still flowing exactly as when you left it. It will never slow down. There is absolutely no resistance; it is perpetual motion and will run forever."
   Just as the ex-general Electric scientists had deducted, a monoatomic (single atomized) superconductor could enable the perfect environmentally friendly fuel-cell, and Hudson struck his deal to supply their newly established independent company, Giner Inc., with the ready material. It is not difficult to imagine that trouble would ensue once this news became more widely known. Superconducting fuel-cells might be the perfect alternative to pollution from combustion engines on the ground, on sea, and in the air. It is something that we would all welcome, and has to be the solution for the future. But, in the short term, what would become of the mighty oil industry which underpins the world economy? It would, of course, collapse, and there are too many powerful vested interests to allow that to happen in a hurry. In 1989, at a high point of excitement and enthusiasm, David Hudson made plans to build an extensive plant for the ORMEs enterprise. But at the same time, moves were afoot in the corridors of industrial power to thwart his interests, along with the environmental and health interests of us all. [....]

[Based on: Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, by Laurence Gardner, (2003), pp. 166-167]

*Trivia:

[....] ... David [David Hudson] was finally obliged to write, in November 2000, that he had been "regulated out of existence." [....]

[Based on: Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, by Laurence Gardner, (2003), pp. 173] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / West Bank Evictions - February 1st, 2006: "Israelis prepare to block West Bank evictions / Hundreds of protestors swarm settlement." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

*Trivia: "200 hurt as Israelis clear out one of their settlements [02/01/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Trivia / Katrina Relief, New Orleans - February 1st, 2006: "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin opened the city's convention center to Hurricane Katrina evacuees seeking shelter without ensuring that food and water would be available, according to documents released Tuesday [01/31/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New Orleans provided shelter without water), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Bio-Vaccine / Dow AgroSciences LLC - February 1st, 2006: "Using technology discovered at Washington University [Mo.], Dow AgroSciences LLC has developed the first plant-made animal vaccine approved for sale in the United States. The Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday [01/31/06] its vaccine to protect poultry from Newcastle disease was approved by the U.S. Agriculture Department's Center for Veterinary Biologies. Newcastle is a contagious, fatal viral disease. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Dow biovaccine could bring windfall to Washington U.), p. C2, 02/01/06]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Ex Wal-Mart Executive - February 1st, 2006: "A former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. vice chairman who was a protege of founder Sam Walton pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges Tuesday [01/31/06], admitting that he stole money, gift cards and merchandise from the retailer. [....]" [Based on: Article (Ex Wal-Mart exec Coughlin pleads guilty), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Seeking New Funding Sources / Hamas - February 1st, 2006: "Hamas is seeking new funding sources" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

*Trivia: "[....] In the first major challenge to Hamas, Israel froze on Wednesday [02/01/06] the transfer of about $45 million owed to the Palestinians, while Egypt called on the Islamic group to give up violence. The Israeli decision deepened a financial squeeze for the Palestinian Authority. But Palestinian officials said they had arranged emergency funding from Arab allies. [....] Hamas maintains that all of Israel - as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip - belongs to the Palestinians. The United States and the European Union have said millions of dollars in aid could be in jeopardy unless Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Settlement / Former Citigroup Executive - February 1st, 2006: "A former senior executive of Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle insider trading charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Victor Menezes sold about $29 million in Citigroup stock in March 2002, a few weeks before the banking giant reported a substantial charge against its books, according to the SEC. [....]" [Based on: Article (Former Citigroup exec will pay $2.7 million), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Arrested / Cindy Sheehan, U.S. Capitol - February 1st, 2006: "[....] Sheehan was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building [01/31/06], a misdemeanor, said capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. [....] Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech [State of the Union speech] and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Cindy Sheehan arrested in gallery), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

*Links: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/2/1/31944/23746

2006 - Settlement / Roman Catholic Diocese, Kentucky - February 1st, 2006: "A judge approved a settlement of up to $85 million Tuesday [01/31/06] between sexual abuse victims and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, one of the largest deals the church has reached with American parishioners who were molested by the clergy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Kentucky diocese agrees to one of largest settlements in sex abuse cases), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - DRS Buyout / Engineered Support Systems Inc. - February 1st, 2006: "DRS Technologies Inc. said Tuesday [01/31/06] that it has completed the acquisition of Engineered Support Systems Inc. of Cool Valley [Mo.] in a cash-and-stock deal valued at nearly $2 billion. [....]" [Based on: Article (DRS completes buyout of Engineered Support), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06]

2006 - Rate Hike / U.S. Federal Funds Interest Rate - February 1st, 2006: "Greenspan oversees one last interest rate hike [to 4.5 percent]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C6, S.L.P.D., 02/01/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 2nd, 2006: "Google's slide limits Boeing stock boost" [Based on: Title for Bloomber News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Scrapped / Sony Aibo - February 2nd, 2006: "The world's first mass-marketed robot, Sony's Aibo, recognizes its owners' faces and is programmed for sympathy, like a canine companion. Its eyes light up in red to show anger, green to convey happiness. It even learns its own name. [....] Like so many things Sony has made over the years, the Aibo is a niche product. And because Sony is pulling the plug on robot production as part of a major restructuring, so goes the Aibo. [....] An Aibo can understand 100 words and phrases and recognize three people's faces." [Based on: A.P. article (Sony takes its $2,000 Aibo for a walk to the scrap heap) by Yuri Kageyama, p. C6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Security Council Action? / Iran - February 2nd, 2006: "EU Drafts call for Security Council action" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Feeding Tube / Ariel Sharon - February 2nd, 2006: "[....] In Jerusalem, doctors inserted a feeding tube in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stomach on Wednesday [02/01/06]. Sharon, 77, has been in a coma since he suffered a stroke Jan. 4. The stomach procedure was further evidence that he is likely to be incapacitated for a long time. Long-term care specialists and a U.S. authority on comatose patients have examined Sharon in recent days. Experts say his chances of regaining consciousness or a meaningful level of activity are slim." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Telegrams Stop / Western Union - February 2nd, 2006: "Western Union puts STOP to telegrams" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Observed / "Groundhog Day" - February 2nd, 2006: "Among famous hibernators are groundhogs such as Punxsutawney Phil, who came out of his torpor Thursday [02/02/06] in Pennsylvania and saw his shadow. As legend has it, that means six more weeks of winter." [Based on: Getty Images picture caption, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Returning / 30Year Bond, U.S.A. - February 2nd, 2006: "30-year bond makes its return next week" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - February 2nd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:48:43 (UTC) on Thursday, February 2, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located in the FIJI REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usiram.php]

2006 - E-Mails Lost? / U.S. White House - February 2nd, 2006: "Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is raising the possibility that records sought in the CIA leak investigation could be missing at the White House. The prosecutor in the criminal case against Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff said in a letter Jan. 23 that not all e-mail had been archived in 2003 - the year the administration exposed the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame. Attorneys for defendant I. Lewis ... Libby accused prosecutors this week of withholding evidence that Libby's camp says it needs to mount a defense. [....] The Presidential Records Act, passed by Congress in 1978, made it clear that records generated in the conduct of official duties belong not to the president or vice president, but to the government. The national Archives takes custody of the records when the president leaves office. 'Bottom line: Accidents happen, and there could be a benign explanation, but this is highly irregular and invites suspicion,' said Steve Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists government secrecy project. 'A particular subset of records sought in a controversial prosecution have gone missing,' Aftergood said. 'I think what is needed is for the national archivist to ascertain what went wrong and how to ensure it won't happen again.' " [Based on: A.P. article (White House e-mails might have been lost), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Lobby Reform Trivia / U.S.A. - February 2nd, 2006: "House moves to restrict lobbying / Ex-representatives who now work as lobbyists, and their spouses who are lobbyists, are now barreed from the House floor or the members' gym." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - George W. Bush / Grand Ole Opry - February 2nd, 2006: "Bush carries themes to Grand Ole Opry / President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, wave to a crowd Wednesday [02/01/06] at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn." [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article & AFP / Getty Images caption, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Left Bankruptcy / United Airlines - February 2nd, 2006: "United Airlines left bankruptcy Wednesday [02/01/06], a leaner and more cost-efficient carrier in the wake of a painful restructuring that lasted a record 1,150 days. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (United is wheels up after record time in bankruptcy), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Coal Mines Shutdown? / West Virginia - February 2nd, 2006: "W. Virginia governor calls for shutdown of mines" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks & Saddam Trial Trivia / Iraq - February 2nd, 2006: "Bombings in Baghdad kills eight men / Meanwhile, Saddam's defense boycotts his trial and calls for the judge's removal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Attacks Cancel Infrastructure Projects? / Iraq - February 2nd, 2006: "Attacks cancel many infrastructure projects / Kidnappings, killings and sabotage in Iraq have raised security costs for contractors, an audit finds." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Bigger Than Pluto / 10th Planet [2003 UB313] - February 2nd, 2006: "Scientists say they have confirmed that a so-called 10th planet discovered last year is bigger than Pluto. The astronomers who found the icy, rocky body - informally called 2003 UB313 - had reported only a rough estimate of its size. [....] Details were published in today's issue of the journal Nature." [Based on: News Services article ('10th planet is bigger than Pluto, scientists say), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

*Trivia: "An icy ball discovered last year in the outer solar system is only slightly larger than Pluto, casting doubt on previous estimates that the so-called 10th planet was significantly larger, scientists reported Tuesday [04/11/06]. Previous estimates by ground-based telescopes suggested the object known as 2003 UB313 was 30 percent bigger than Pluto. But the latest measurement by the Hubble Space Telescope is probably more accurate, said Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology." [Based on: News Services article (Scientists downsize so-called 10th planet), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/12/06]

2006 - Grabs More of U.S. Market / Asian Automakers - February 2nd, 2006: "Asian automakers grab more of U.S. market" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - U.S. Assurance / No Prisoner Transfers, Switzerland - February 2nd, 2006: "[....] Switzerland asked the United States whether Swiss territory was used for detainee transfers and delayed renewing U.S. authorization to use its air space until it recieved an answer, the Swiss Foreign Minister said. The United States 'confirmed that Swiss air space or Swiss airports where [< typo?] not used for prisoner transfers,' the Swiss Foreign Ministry said in a statement. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. gives assurance on prisoner transfers), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Continued Eruption / Augustine Volcano, Alaska - February 2nd, 2006: "The Augustine Volcano in Alaska continued erupting on February 2, 2006. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported a continuous plume of volcanic ash emitting from the volcano, accompanied by low-level explosions and pyroclastic flows. The observatory warned that sudden eruptions producing ash clouds as high as 7,600 meters (25,000 feet) could occur without warning. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13344]

2006 - Charge Dropped / Unlawful Conduct, Cindy Sheehan - February 2nd, 2006: "Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan on Wednesday [02/01/06]. They apologized for ejecting her and a congressman's wife from President George W. Bush's State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with messages [number of people dead, etc.] about the Iraq war. 'The officers made a good faith, but mistaken effort to enforce an old unwritten intrepetation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol,' Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement Wednesday. [....] A foreign-born American citizen who was the guest of Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., also was taken by police from the gallery." [Based on: News Services article (Police apologize, drop charge against Sheehan), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

*Links: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/2/1/31944/23746

2006 - Proposed Settlement / Roman Catholic Diocese, Spokane, Washington- February 2nd, 2006: "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane has offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who say they were molested by priests. Bishop William Skylstad publicly apologized Wednesday [02/01/06] to the victims 'for the terrible wrongs inflicted on you in the past.' He urged catholics to accept the proposed settlement. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Catholic diocese offers settlement in abuse case), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - Trivia / Enron Trial - February 3rd, 2006: "Skilling misled analysts, ex-Enron exec testifies / Mark Koenig says $726 million loss was disguised as profit." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "Stocks, buffeted by a report of rising inflation  and terrorism threats, tumbled Thursday [02/02/06] after Tyco International Ltd. and Comcast Corp. forecasts failed to meet estimates" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Unseasonably Warm / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "Above-par Winter / January was unseasonably warm across much of the U.S." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - U.S. Espionage? / Venezuela - February 3rd, 2006: "President Hugo Chavez said Thursday [02/02/06] that Venezuela is expelling a U.S. Navy officer for allegedly passing secret information from the Venezualan military to the Pentagon. He warned that he will throw out all U.S. military attaches if further espionage occurs. He also accused Navy Cmdr. John Correa of encouraging Venezuelans to overthrow his government. The U.S. embassy denied any of its military attaches had done anything wrong. The case surfaced last week when Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said a number of active and retired Venezuelan military officers were caught passing information to the Pentagon. Chavez's announcement Thursday marked his government's sharpest accusations yet, and was the first time Correa was mentioned publicly by name." [Based on: News Services article (Navy officer is expelled for alleged espionage), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Trivia / Wars & Storm Aid, U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "The administration said Thursday [02/02/06] that it would ask Congress for $120 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $18 billion more for hurricane relief this year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Billions are sought for wars, storm aid), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - In Tatters? / Palestinian Economy - February 3rd, 2006: "The Palestinian Authority put off paying the January salaries of 137,000 government employees Thursday [02/02/06] for at lest two weeks as it struggles to find new sources of funding. The Palestinian Authority needs $116 million to cover the monthly payroll. It was already in danger of falling short on payday before Israel announced Wednesday [02/01/06] it would hold up $45 million in January taxes it was to transfer to the authority. The Palestinian economy is in tatters after five years of violence with Israel. Unemployment is 23 percent, about 43 percent of the population lives in poverty. Government salaries support many extended families." [Based on: News Services article (Government workers' pay is delayed), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mad Cow Safeguards, U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "Investigators could not determine whether beef slaughterhouses and packing plants obeyed safeguards designed to keep mad cow disease from reaching humans, an Agriculture Department audit found. The audit, released Thursday [02/03/06], turned up a case of mad cow disease last year in a Texas cow. The department's inspector general didn't find that at-risk nerve tissues had entered the food supply. But investigators found it impossible to say whether slaughterhouses were following the rules, according to the report." [Based on: News Services article (Audit questions mad cow safeguards), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Intelligence Officials Say Little / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "The nation's top intelligence officials resisted pressure to provide more details about a controversial domestic eavesdropping program Thursday [02/02/06]. [....] They refused to say in public session how many Americans had been targeted or how many e-mails and phone calls had been intercepted. [....] Bush administration officials have said the program is limited to eavesdropping on U.S. residents who are in contact with people overseas suspected of having links to al-Qaida. 'This was not about domestic surveillance,' Negroponte said. 'It was about dealing with the international terrorist threat in the most agile and effective way possible.' [....] The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning hearings next week on the issue. Officials complained that the exposure of that operation and others by news organizations have hampered the CIA and other intelligence agencies. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Intelligence officials say little), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Critical Caricatures / Prophet Muhammad - February 3rd, 2006: "A clash between Western democratic values and religious sensitivities grew Thursday [02/02/06] as Muslims reacted angrily to wider publication of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. A Danish newspaper first published the drawings in September. Now they have appeared in newspapers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and even Jordan. Muslims hold that any depiction of God and the prophets is blasphemy. They're outraged at the drawings, one of which depicts Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad enrage Muslims), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Reauthorization Deadline / U.S. Patriot Act - February 3rd, 2006: "[....] The deadline for reauthorizing the bill was moved, from Dec. 31 to Feb. 3, timing that could prove a problem for the White House." [Based on: New York Times article p. A1 & A4, S.L.P.D., 12/23/05]

*Trivia: "The House agreed Wednesday [02/01/06] to extend the USA Patriot Act for a month while conservative Republicans and the White House work out changes intended to protect people from government intrusion. The GOP-controlled House used a voice vote to keep the law in effect until March 10, giving negotiators more time to come up with a deal. The Senate was expected to follow before the law expires Friday [02/03/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (House votes one-month Patriot Act renewal), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/02/06]

2006 - U.S. House Majority Leader / John Boehner - February 3rd, 2006: "[....] GOP members picked Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as their No. 2 leader in a topsy-turvy election that Blunt, R-Mo., had been expected to win. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Fresh face isn't Blunt's), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Free Trade Negotiations / South Korea & U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2006: "United States, South Korea start free trade negotiations" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B11, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Want GOP Bank Records / DeLay Prosecutors - February 3rd, 2006: "Prosecutors investigating former House majority Leader Tom DeLay on felony conspiracy and money laundering charges are seeking bank records for the Texas Republican Party. [....] DeLay and two associates are accused of funneling $190,000 in corporate contributions to seven GOP state candidates in the November 2002 general election, a violation of Texas law." [Based on: News Services article (DeLay prosecutors want GOP bank records), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Andaman Islands, India- February 3rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:34:13 (UTC) on Friday, February 3, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in the ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usisa1.php]

2006 - Class-Action Suit / Christine Todd Whitman - February 3rd, 2006: "A federal judge blasted former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman on Thursday [02/02/06] for reassuring New Yorkers soon after the Sept. 11 attacks that it was safe to return while toxic dust was polluting the neighborhood. U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts refused to grant Whitman immunity against a class-action suit brought by residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn who said they were exposed to hazardous materials from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. A call to a spokeswoman for Whitman was not immediately returned." [Based on: News Services article (Federal judge criticizes former EPA chief), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Tapped Phones Trivia / 2004 Olympics, Greece - February 3rd, 2006: "Mobile phones belonging to the prime minister and other top Greek government and military officials, as well as the U.S. embassy, were tapped for nearly a year in the weeks before the 2004 Olympic games, the government said Thursday [02/02/06]. Most of Greece's top military and police officers were also targeted. Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said at a news conference that it had not been possible to identify who was behind the tapping. He said spy software had been installed in the central switching system of Vodafone, the mobile telephone provider that served the targets." [Based on: News Services article (Officilas' phones were tapped, government says), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/03/06]

2006 - Settlement / PG&E - February 4th, 2006: "PG&E Corp. said it has agreed to a $295 million settlement of lawsuits related to the use of chromium at three of the company's gas compressor stations. [....]" [Based on: Article (PG&E settles suits), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 02/04/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2006: "Stocks retreat 2nd day on inflation fears" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 02/04/06]

2006 - Creation / Revelations 13 - February 4th, 2006: "Creation date for Revelations 13, an etymology research journal page by D.R.D., alias Etznab Mathers."

2006 - Sunken Ferry / Red Sea - February 4th, 2006: "Rescue boats hunted for hundreds of people feared dead in the Red Sea a day after the sinking of a ferry. Of the 1,400 aboard - most of them Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia - only 324 had been rescued by early today [02/04/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Egypt says sunken ferry lacked enough lifeboats), p. A27, S.L.P.D., 02/04/06]

*Trivia: "Authorities have found the so-called 'black box' of the Egyption ferry that sank in the red Sea earlier this month, killing more than 1,000 people, the transport minister said Tuesday [02/21/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Ferry's 'black box' is found on sea floor), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Boloetse / Madagascar - February 4th, 2006: "[....] Tropical Cyclone Boloetse initially formed in the western Indian Ocean and traveled west, crossing the island of Madagascar as a tropical storm in late January 2006, with moderately strong rains. The storm intensity declined to tropical-depression strength as it crossed the mountainous ridgeline that runs along the eastern shore of Madagascar. However, once the storm system reached the warm waters of the Mozambique Channel, the tropical depression re-organized and built up enough strength to become a tropical cyclone. Once there, the storm reversed direction and headed southeast, taking it across Madagascar once again. It struck a glancing blow over the island’s southern tip on February 4, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13352]

2006 - Expelled From U.S.A. / Venezuelan Diplomat - February 4th, 2006: "Responding to Venezuela's expulsion of a U.S. naval officer from Caracas, the State Department on Friday [02/03/06] declared a senior Venezuelan diplomat [embassy chief of staff, Jeny Figueredo Frias] persona non grata and gave her 72 hours to leave the United States. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. expels diplomat from Venezuela), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 02/04/06]

2006 - Sunni Warning / Civil War? - February 5th, 2006: "Slayings prompt Sunni warning of civil war" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Superbowl 40 [XL] / U.S.A. - February 5th, 2006: "The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21 to 10 to win Superbowl XL."

2006 - Eavesdropping Trivia / U.S.A. - February 5th, 2006: "Most people targeted for eavesdropping are dismissed, experts say" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Guerilla Attacks / Afghanistan - February 5th, 2006: "Guerrillas mount multiple attacks across Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Bible Courses / Public Schools - February 5th, 2006: "Some public schools offer courses on the Bible" [Based on: Title for article by Tim Townsend, p. A1 (Front Page), St Louis Post-Dispatch, 02/05/06]

2006 - Intercepted Plane  / Bush's Ranch - February 5th, 2006: "Two fighter jets forced a small plane to land after the pilot flew too close to President George W. Bush's ranch in central Texas while he was spending the weekend there. [....] The pilot was interviewed and sent on his way, said Tom Mazur, a spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington." [Based on: News Services article (Jets intercept plane over Bush's ranch), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Strong Winds / Western Washington - February 5th, 2006: "Winds cut power to homes and businesses in western Washington on Saturday [02/04/06] .... [....] The wind raced through Seattle at 45 mph, with gusts higher than 50 mph, the national Weather Service said. Gusts of more than 60 mph were recorded on the Olympic Peninsula, west of the city. One woman died when a tree fell on her car, authorities said." [Based on: News Services article (Strong wind batters western Washington), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Vote to Report Iran to U.N. Security Council - February 5th, 2006: "Sending a message of global concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the United Nations' atomic energy watchdog voted Saturday [02/04/06] to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council. The International Atomic Energy Agency's governing board voted 27 to 3 in favor of a European-sponsored resolution to haul Iran before the Security Council. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (U.N. atomic energy agency votes to report Iran to Security Council] by Hannah Allam, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

*Trivia: "Iran drops cooperation with nuclear agency [02/05/06], leaves room for talks" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

*Trivia: "WHILE PRIVATE GUNRUNNERS CONTINUE TO THRIVE, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST ARMS SUPPLIERS ARE THE U.S., U.K., RUSSIA, FRANCE AND CHINA. - THEY ARE ALSO THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL." [Based on: Widescreen Movie [DVD]: Lord of War [2005], starring Nicolas Cage, etc.]

*Trivia: "Estimated number of nuclear warheads as of 2004: Russia - 16,000 [down from 32,000]; U.S.A - 10,350 [down from 45,000]; China - 400; France - 350; United Kingdom - 200; Israel - 200; Pakistan - 24-48; India - 30-35; North Korea - 6-8? The last four countries on this list [Israel, Pakistan, India & North Korea] are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty." [Information based on: N.G.M., August 2005, pp. 104-105]

*Trivia: "Egypt's foreign minister on Saturday [08/27/05] turned down a request from the world's nuclear watchdog to sign a treaty banning the testing of nuclear weapons, saying Israel should first join a separate agreement  calling for a halt to the spread of atomic bombs. The refusal by Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has also made the Middle East more insecure, Ahmed Aboul Gheit was quoted by Egypt's semiofficial Middle East News Agency as saying. Aboul Gheit's comments came in a letter to Tibor Toth, the new executive secretary of the commission that oversees the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty." [Based on: News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/28/05]

*Trivia: "Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was arrested by Israeli police Friday [11/18/05] after visiting the West Bank, authorities said. The former technician at Israel's main nuclear reactor last year completed an 18-year prison sentence for revealing Israel's nuclear capability to a British newspaper in 1986. Based on Vanunu's evidence, including photos, experts said at the time Israel had the world's sixth largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Israel neither acknowledges nor denies having a nuclear weapons' program, following a policy of nuclear ambiguity. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 11/19/05]

*Trivia:

   The dream of freeing the Middle East, in its entirety, of all weapons of mass destruction should not lose its holistic character. Attempts or proposals forwarded by Western and regional powers - or regional parties on behalf of international players - to divide the issue up into separate parts are certain to harm the collective interest of the region in attaining comprehensive security and stability.
   During the past few years, Israel has insisted that its nuclear capacity - which remains subject to a policy of ambiguity, even before the world's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency - should only be dealt with in the context of a comprehensive settlement concerning its disputed occupation of Arab territories. Unfortunately, this disingenuous call has received significant international support, especially that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to which all other Middle Eastern states - Iran included - are party.
   Moreover, this stipulation was received with little Arab opposition - with the exception of Arab states bordering Israel. Further dividing the collective security issue, Arab countries in North Africa and the Gulf have pursued separate security arrangements, with some involving heavy U.S. participation in the Gulf.
   Thus, it was disturbing to hear official statements coming out of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit this week putting clear emphasis on the issue of Iran's nuclear energy aspirations and a less than plain emphasis on Israeli nuclear weapons....
    The language ultimately adopted in the final communique of the GCC summit on the need to free the entire Middle East is the right line to pursue but must be pursued comprehensively....

[Based on: Other Views page article (Really Nuke Free) by Al-Ahram, Cairo, p. C13, S.L.P.D., 12/30/05]

2006 - Plans to Fight "Root" of Terror / U.S. Pentagon - February 5th, 2006:

   The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has completed a new, classified counterterrorism strategy that for the first time orders the armed forces to focus on nine areas identified as necessary for any terrorist network to operate, senior Pentagon officials say.
   Dated Feb. 1, signed by Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and endorsed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the strategy document orders the Defense Department to find and attack or neutralize terrorist leaders, their havens, financial networks, methods of communication and ability to move around the globe.
   It also orders the armed forces to focus on terrorist information-gathering systems, personnel and ideology. The document orders the armed forces to defeat terrorists, specifying that doing so requires "continuous military operations to develop the situation and generate the intelligence that allows us to attack global terrorist organizations."
   An unclassified version was provided to The New York Times by a senior Pentagon official. A military officer said that among the classified parts were the specific terrorist networks and leadership to be targets, and protected timelines for those missions.
   Success will be achieved, the document states, when "violent extremist ideology and terrorist attacks" are "eliminated as a threat to the way of life of free and open societies," and with the establishment of "a global environment that is inhospitable to violent extremism, wherein countries have the capacity to govern their own territories" and "have in place laws, information sharing and other arrangements that allow them to defeat terrorists as they emerge."
   The document establishes a formal system for measuring counterterrorism efforts, with a review of success or failure on nine target areas every six months. The reviews are intended to determine whether more terrorists are being captured, killed or persuaded to give up their violent struggle than are being developed.

[Based on: New York Times article (Pentagon plans fight against terrorist roots), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

*Trivia: "[....] 9/11 Was an 'Inside Job' to Justify Three Wars - America – Caught on Video Red Handed – World Wide 9/11 Truth Movement Grows Daily! [....]" [Based on post by: Phil Jayhan on 03/23/05 02:19 AM]  See link:

[Based on: http://www.911wasalie.com/phpwebsite/]

*Commentary: "Congress authorizes [September (14th?) 2001] use of force for war on terrorism." [D.R.D.]

2006 - 1st Meeting / Mahmoud Abbas & Ismail Haniyeh - February 5th, 2006: "Hamas holds its first meeting with Palestinian president" [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Urges Push for War on Terrorism / Donald Rumsfeld - February 5th, 2006: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pushed Saturday [02/24/06] for unity in the fight against terrorism, telling a meeting of the world's top security officials that 'a war has been declared on all of our nations and on our people.' [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Rumsfeld urges allies to push war on terrorism), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Danish & Norwegian Embassies Burned / Damascus - February 5th, 2006: "Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam's revered prophet burned the Danish and Norweiian embassies in Damascus on Saturday [02/24/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Embassies are burned over caricatures of prophet), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/05/06]

2006 - Trivia / Steve Fossett - February 6th, 2006: "Fossett hopes to set record for longest flight" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Bus Bombing / Pakistan - February 6th, 2006: "Bomb explodes [02/05/06] on bus in Pakistan; at least 13 die" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Church Fires / Alabama - February 6th, 2006: "Alabama churches regroup after fires [last week] ravage buildings" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

*Trivia: "Fires hit 4 more churches in Alabama [02/07/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Oil Spill / Totowa, New Jersey - February 6th, 2006: "A ruptured tank spilled more than 9,000 gallons of refined oil into a river Sunday [02/05/06], causing an eight-mile oil slick, authorities said. At least two water companies stopped taking water from the Passaic River after the 9 a.m. spill, said Passiac County Sheriff's Department spokesman Bill Maer. The leak started at a factory in Totowa, about 20 miles west of New York City. Oil was flowing 'like a spout' into the water, said Sheriff's Department Capt. James Hearney." [Based on: News Services article (Oil tank spill causes eight-mile slick), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Israeli Payment / Palestinian Funds - February 6th, 2006: "Israel agreed Sunday to hand over $54 million in tax and customs revenue to the Palestinians. [....] Israel collects millions of dollars in taxes and customs duties for the Palestinians, transferring the funds to the Palestinian Authority monthly. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel says it will turn over $54 million to Palestinians / But similar payments will be cut off when the Hamas government takes over, officials say.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Escaped / Jamal Ahmed al-Badawi - February 6th, 2006: "Plotter of Cole attack [Jamal Ahmed al-Badawi] is among escapees in Yemen" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / Government Surveillance, U.S.A. - February 6th, 2006:

   President Bush's State of the Union address reiterated his defense of the now-infamous NSA surveillance scheme, assuring us that the initiative targets terrorists and does not intrude on the  lives of law-abiding Americans. According to recent polls, half of the American public trusts the president, agreeing that warrantless spying on some citizens is necessary; a similar percentage fears that the government's behavior threatens their civil liberties.
   Based on what we know so far, Americans have reason to be concerned. [....]
   First, it is not at all clear that the NSA program is, as Bush describes it, a narrowly targeted "terrorist surveillance program." In a press briefing in December, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that it extends beyond "al-Qaida and its affiliates" to any person or organization who is "working in support of al-Qaida." That phrase is extremely broad, not narrow, and omits anything that would qualify as meaningful guidelines limiting the scope of NSA's actions.
   Based on Gonzales' description, the NSA could spy on people or groups that it says are supporting terrorism based on nothing more than public comments. And, in fact, FBI reports released earlier this year revealed that the NSA provided the bureau with tips about Americans that were unrelated to terrorism and proved meaningless.
   This renders suspect the president's claims that surveillance has been, is and will remain limited only to al-Qaida and its affiliates.
   Second, the NSA surveillance scheme is only one of several surveillance operations initiated by the Bush administration in recent years. Under the Patriot Act, for example, the FBI has used what are called national security letters to require American citizens who might be, at best, tangentially related to a terrorism investigation to turn over telephone, financial and other records. Such letters are not subject to court oversight, and people who receive them are not allowed to reveal that they have been contacted.
   Similarly, the Pentagon operates the Talon database, which it kept secret until last year. This program is supposed to gather and store only information regarding potential threats to military facilities, although it turns out that Talon also has been compiling data on peaceful protestors. Viewing the NSA surveillance scheme in this broader context should make us question the Bush administration's desire - even its ability - to limit its surveillance operations to just what is necessary to ensure security. Indeed, history and psychological research suggest that when such surveillance is not subject to independent oversight, it expands over time.
   Government surveillance abuses in the 1960s and 1970s - which eventually gave birth to the 1978 FISA law and the court-warrant requirements at the heart of the current controversy - did not spring forth fully formed. As with many scandals, things started slowly and, to some extent, with good intentions.
   The abusive operations began in the 1940s and '50s and focused on such credible threats such as Soviet Communism. Over time, however, overzealous executive officials kept expanding their definitions of who and what posed a danger to country; eventually, thousands of innocent groups and individuals were targeted, often for doing little more than protesting government policies. [....]
   History also teaches us that information gathered is information that eventually is used. The surveillance scandals of the past destroyed lives of many innocent Americans who were wrongly identified as subversives or tainted by meaningless associations and forced to defend themselves before loyalty boards and in congressional hearings. Legitimate organizations attempting to exercise guaranteed American rights were discredited and destroyed. [....]
   Maintaining the current practice, which places blind faith in executive officials to engage in and police their own behavior, is folly.

[Based on: Other Views page article (Without oversight, abuses are inevitable) by Christina Wells, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06] - Christina Wells is the Enoch N. Crowder Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia.

2006 - Jury Selection Begins / Zacarias Moussaoui Trial - February 6th, 2006: "Jury selection will begin today in trial of 9/11 firgure [Zacarias Moussaoui] / The only issue is whether he is put to death by injection or gets life in prison" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Ancient Cave Art / Vilhonneur Forest, France - February 6th, 2006: "Cave drawings thought to be older than those in the famed caves of Lascaux have been discovered [December 2005] in a grotto in western France, officials from the Charente region said Sunday [02/05/06]. A first analysis by officials from the office of cultural affairs suggests the drawings were made some 25,000 years ago, said Henri de Marcellus, mayor of the town of Vilhonneur where the cave is situated. He said, however, that the date needed further investigation before it could be confirmed. Cavers exploring a part of a grotto in the Vilhonneur forest made the discovery in December [2005], the local newspaper Charente Libre reported Saturday [02/04/06]. The famed Lascaux Cave in Montignac, in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, has long been considered one of the finest examples of cave paintings. The art dates back 13,000 years, as does cave art in Altamira, in northwestern Spain. However, the Chauvet cave, discovered in the mid-1990s in southeastern France, features some 300 examples of Paleolithic animal art dating back in some cases 31,000 years." [Based on: News Services article (Ancient cave art is found in France), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Danish Embassy Torched / Beirut, Lebanon - February 6th, 2006: "Mob torches Danish Embassy [02/05/06] in Beirut / Violence over cartoons reportedly kills one and injures 30. Rioters rampage through Christian neighborhood." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/06/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2006: "Stocks were little changed Monday [02/06/06] in this year's slowest trading day on the New York Stock Exchange as the market failed to recover from last week's losses. [....]" [Based on Bloomberg News article (Stocks stagnate on slowest "06 trading day), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / Moussaoui Trial - February 7th, 2006: "Moussaoui thrown out of courtroom / Terrorist plotter faces sentencing trial that will determine whether he lives or dies." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / LGV Chlamydia - February 7th, 2006: "A particularly bad strain of Chlamydia that's rarely seen in this country [U.S.A.] appears to be slowly spreading among gay and bisexual men, increasing their chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus. This sexually transmitted disease is called LGVchlamydia. In Europe, some countries have confirmed dozens of cases. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Strain of Chlamydia spreads in gay men, raising HIV risk), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Eavesdropping - February 7th, 2006: "Senators challenge Gonzales on eavesdropping / Attorney general won't say whether president has authorized any other actions without court approval." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Egyptians Attack Ferry Firm - February 7th, 2006: "Hundreds of Egyptians attack offices of firm whose ferry sank" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Egypt & Hamas - February 7th, 2006: "[....] A Hamas official said that for now, the group would abide by past agreements that Palestinian leaders had made with the Israelis but would stop short of recognizing Israel. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Egypt presses Hamas to recognize Israel, to no avail), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / $2.77 Trillion Budget, U.S.A. - February 7th, 2006: "President George W. Bush sent Congress on Monday [02/06/06] a $2.77 trillion budget that favors tax cuts and national security and squeezes domestic programs. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Defense, debt continue to grow), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

*Trivia: "The $2.77 TRILLION budget that President George W. Bush presented to Congress Tuesday [02/07/06] represents $9,233 in spending for every man, woman and child in the United States. What are you getting for your nine grand? Based on a breakdown supplied in the 2006 federal budget, the biggest share of your money, about $1,976, is buying Social Security for older Americans. Another $1,071 will pay for their health care; $711 will pay for health care for the poor and disabled. You'll pay about $646 in interest on the national debt and about $1,228 for other mandated programs such as food stamps and pensions. So far, 61 percent of your money is spent, and unless your entitled to a government benefit, you haven't received anything but the warm feeling of having helped your fellow citizens. But now the government's going to spend $1,828 to buy you the protection of the most powerful military force in the history of the world, although the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are being carried off the books. With your last $1,728, you're getting everything else the federal government provides, from air traffic controllers and the FBI to a program for combating whirling disease in Montana trout. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (The president already has it on cruise control), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

*Trivia: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

2006 - Trivia / 1st Human Face Transplant - February 7th, 2006: "The woman [Isabelle Dinoire] who got the world's first face transplant showed off her new features Monday [02/06/06]. She also showed off her scar - a faint, circular line of buckled skin around her nose, lips and chin. But where she once had a gaping hole caused by a dog bite, she now has a face. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Woman with a new face tells her hope: 'I want to have a normal life again'), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Violent Protests / Images of Muhammad - February 7th, 2006: "Hundreds of protestors hurled stones and firebombs at the Danish Embassy in the Iranian capital Monday [02/06/06] to protest publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Thousands worldwide violently protest over images of Muhammad), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Planet-Seeking Missions Delayed / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2006: "NASA has delayed two programs to search for planets capable of supporting life and will instead focus on developing a new manned spacecraft to return to the moon in the next decade. The delayed missions are known as SIM PlanetQuest and Terrestrial Planet Finder. They aim to determine whether there are Earthlike planets beyond our solar system with conditions suitable for life or developing in that direction. [....] The dual Terrestrial Planet Finder telescopes were originally scheduled to lift off in 2016 and 2019. They would use the information by SIM to photograph those planets to look for evidence of life. That program has been indefinately postponed." [Based on: A.P. article (Two planet-seeking missions are delayed), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Forced to Step Down / Head of CIA Center - February 7th, 2006: "The head of the CIA's counterterrorism center [Robert Grenier] was forced to step down Monday [02/06/06] over concerns that he lacked aggression in leading the pursuit of terrorist organizations, intelligence officials said." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Head of CIA center is forced out of post), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Artery-Clogging Greese / U.S. Hospital French Fries? - February 7th, 2006: "After analyzing french fries in the cafeterias of 20 of the nation's top hospitals, including two in St. Louis, a watchdog group on Monday [02/06/06] released the not-so-surprising results: It found fat in every single order of oil-soaked potatoes. And it wasn't just any fat. The group found trans fat, the king of artery-clogging grease. [....] Locally, CSPI looked at french fries at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Both hospitals' Web sites urge people to limit trans fats. The french fries at both hospitals ranked in the middle of the 20 hospitals for trans fats. Both hospitals began phasing out the trans fats in their foods in December, said Natalie Allen, a registered dietician with BJC HealthCare. The process will be completed by next month. [....] Trans fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils to make them more shelf stable. They're considered particularly dangerous because they not only decrease good cholesterol levels, they increase bad cholesterol levels. Trans fats are found naturally in some food like dairy products and meat. [....]" [Based on: Article (Trans fat found in two area hospitals), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Approved for Sale / Mavera High Value Corn with Lysine - February 7th, 2006: "Renessen LLC said Monday [02/06/06] that it has received Agriculture Department approval to begin selling the first crop genetically modified with added benefits for use in animal feed. Bannockburn, Ill.-based Renessen is a joint venture of Monsanto Co. of Creve Coeur and Gargill Inc., of Wayzata, Minn. The product, Mavera High Value Corn with Lysine, initially will be sold through Monsanto's Asgrow brand of seeds. It also will contain the YieldGard Corn Borer genetic trait, developed by Monsanto to ward off destructive pests. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Monsanto venture's altered crop gets approval for sale), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - Demands Removal of Surveillance Cameras, Etc. / Iran - February 7th, 2006: "Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove surveillance cameras and agency seals from sites and nuclear equipment by the end of next week, the U.N. watchdog agency said Monday [02/06/06]. Iran's demands came two days after the agency reported Iran to the Security Council over its disputed atomic program. In a report to the agency's 35-member board, agency head Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran also announced a sharp reduction in the number and kinds of inspections agency experts will be allowed." [Based on: News Services article (Iran demands removal of nuclear seals, cameras), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/07/06]

2006 - FEMA Trivia - February 8th, 2006: "[....] Under the elder george Bush, FEMA was used as a dumping ground for political cronies, with predictable results. Descriptions of FEMA's response to Hurricane Andrew in 1992 sound just like the response to Katrina: For three days, FEMA was nowhere to be found, and when it finally arrived its relief efforts were utterly incompetent. [....] George Bush the younger restored the practice of stuffing FEMA with cronies; the agency reverted to impotence and incompetence. [....] What happened to FEMA starting in 2001 is typical: Politicization and cronyism have become standard operating procedure throughout the federal government, even when the need for professionalism is obvious. Recall how unqualified political loyalists were sent to run Iraq during the crucial first year. That's one main reason Bush has failed at everything he's tried except cutting taxes - and winning elections. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (Are we really content with incompetence?) by Paul Krugman, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Cartoon Controversy - February 8th, 2006: "Three die in NATO clash with Afghans protesting drawings of Muhammad / Iran suspends economic ties with Denmark, where the drawings were first published." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The problems began on Sept. 30 when Jyllands-Posten, one of Denmark's largest newspapers, printed 12 editorial cartoons that included images of characters purporting to be Mohammed. The newspaper's culture editor said he had solicited the drawings after an author of an upcoming book about Mohammed was unable to find anyone willing to illustrate it. [....] More extreme Islamists took the cartoons, added some grossly offensive images that had not been published, and circulated them in the Middle East, whipping up outrage. Muslim countries recalled ambassadors from Denmark. Countries throughout the Middle East launched a widespread and, by most accounts extremely effective economic boycott of Danish companies. In January, the cartoons were reprinted in Austria in a gesture of solidarity with the Danes, in support of press freedom and in defiance of the mounting Muslim protests. Early this month, the images were reprinted again, this time by newspapers in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain. In Jordan, a Muslim country with some degree of press freedom, the weekly journal Shihan published the cartoons last Thursday in an effort to focus debate and ridicule the quality of the drawings. The editor, Jihad Momani, was fired and arrested. [....] Over the weekend, the diplomatic missions of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in Damascus were set ablaze. In Beirut on Sunday, a crowd estimated at 20,000 set fire to the Danish embassy and terrorized neighborhoods. At least one protestor died, and scores of police, firefighters and demonstrators were injured. On Monday, protestors threw rocks and firebombs at the Danish and Austrian embassies in Tehran, and several protestors were reported killed Tuesday [02/07/06] as they attacked the offices of Norwegian NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan. [....] Newspapers, magazines, television programs and Web sites always have more material available to them than they choose to distribute, 'choose' being the operative word. If a government controls what can and cannot be distributed, it's called censorship. If a media outlet decides for itself what to include and exclude from its products - whether for journalistic or economic reasons, out of respect for possible sensitivities of some readers or concern about possible impact on its community - it's called editorial judgement. Here in the United States, at least two major newspapers in the last week - the Austin-American Statesman and the Philadelphia Inquirer - chose to publish one of the original Danish cartoons to illustrate stories about the contoversy and violence. Other papers, including the Post-Dispatch, have decided that the images aren't necessary to communicate the story. It's called judgement. In choosing to solicit and publish cartoons of Mohammed purely to defy Islamic traditions, Jyllands-Posten and the European papers that followed in its footsteps exercised their freedom. They also exercised atrocious judgement." [Based on: Other Views page article (Freedom to publish - and not to publish / The violence over cartoons of Mohammed is as outrageous as the decision to print them in the first place.) by Eric Mink, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06] - [To save space, paragraph indents were not transcribed - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "On Thursday [02/09/06] the independent, student-run newspaper at the University of Illinois reprinted six of the 12 disputed cartoons. [Based on: Los Angles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

*Links: http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Satanic.htm

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 8th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index tumbled Tuesday [02/07/06] to the year's low after Toll Brothers Inc., the largest U.S. builder of luxury houses, said 2006 sales will be less than its most recent forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P's house collapses around Toll Brothers), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - "Lost World" / Indonesia - February 8th, 2006: "Amid 2 million acres of pristine tropical forest in Papua, scientists find dozens of exotic new animal species and large mammals that have been hunted to near-extinction elsewhere. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, pp. A1 & A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / E-Cycle, St. Louis - February 8th, 2006: "[....] 'A tremendous amount of obsolete electronics out there are ending up in our landfills,' said Laura Yates, regional coordinator for e-cycle [St. Louis]. 'We don't need to be burying all that.' [....] Federal law requires businesses and institutions to recycle certain kinds of electronics, but individuals can toss them in the trash. Yates said computers usually contain four to eight pounds of lead and small amounts of cadmium, mercury and arsenic. Yates said federal studies estimate that about two million pounds of computer equipment is junked annually. Much of that ends up in the trash or is sent overseas for disposal to China or other countries that lack strong environmental laws. [....]" [Based on: Article (Now there's an easier way to recycle old computers) by Tim O'Neil, pp. B1 & B10, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 02/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / GM Stock Divedend - February 8th, 2006: "GM chops stock divedend in half" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Adhesive Darts / LA Police - February 8th, 2006: "LA police will test adhesive darts to track fleeing cars" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / GM Foods, Europe - February 8th, 2006: "The World Trade Organization has ruled that the European Union broke international trade rules by stopping imports of genetically modified foods, officials said Tuesday [02/07/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Genetically modified foods get boost), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Dell Tests Google Software - February 8th, 2006: "Dell Inc., the world's largest maker of personal computers, is testing software from Google Inc. and may distribute the programs on its PCs, a move that would be a blow to Microsoft Corp. The test includes a Google-powered Dell home page, Google Toolbar, Dell spokesman Jess Blackburn said Tuesday [02/07/06]." [Based on: Article (Dell tests software from Google for distribution), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Afghanistan - February 8th, 2006: "Suicide bomber kills 13 in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / Windows OneCare Live - February 8th, 2006: "A New security service from Microsoft Corp. will charge users $49.95 a year to better protect its Windows operating system from spyware, viruses and other attacks. Microsoft plans to release the product in early June. Called Windows OneCare Live, the subscription service will compete with security products made by traditional Microsoft partners, including Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc., its aim is not to run those companies out of business. [....] Anyone who signs up for the test by April 30 can buy the paid service for just $19.95 per year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Microsoft will release paid protection), p. C6, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Fatality / Sheik Kamal Nazal, Iraq - February 8th, 2006: "Gunmen kill Sunni leader [Sheik Kamal Nazal] in Iraq" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Fourt-Quarter Profit / Coca-Cola Co. - February 8th, 2006: "Coca-Cola Co., the world's biggest soft-drink maker, said fourth-quarter profit fell 28 percent after it increased marketing to halt a decline in U.S. soda sales. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Coke pours more money into marketing), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / Borrowing Rate, U.S. Consumers - February 8th, 2006: "Consumers, weighed down by high debt loads and low savings rates, increased borrowing last year by the smallest amount in 13 years, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday [02/07/06]. [....] The Fed report showed the increase last year in credit card debt and other types of revolving credit was just 2.6 percent, the smallest in 23 years." [Based on: Article (Borrowing rate rises by smallest figure in years), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Great Bear Rainforest / British Columbia - February 8th, 2006: "Canada unveiled a 16-million acre preserve Tuesday [02/07/06], including parkland covering an area twice the size of Yellowstone, teeming with grizzly bears, wolves and wild salmon. The Great Bear Rainforest is the result of an accord between governments, aboriginal First Nations, the logging industry and environmentalists. It will stretch 250 miles along British Columbia's rugged Pacific coastline. Premier Gordon Campbell said 4.4 million acres would be protected outright and managed as parkland, with another 11.6 million run under a management plan to ensure sustainable forestry. Yellowstone National Park is 2.2 million acres." [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/08/06]

2006 - Bird Flu / Africa - February 9th, 2006: "Bird flu has been discovered on a poultry farm in northern Nigeria, health officials said Wednesday [02/08/06] - the virus's first known appearance in Africa. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bird flu virus spreads to Africa), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Died / Alan Shalleck - February 9th, 2006: "[....] The body of Shalleck [Alan Shalleck], 76, was found Tuesday [02/07/06] covered in garbage bags in the driveway of his mobile home. Police said it was there for at least a day before a maintenance man discovered it. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ('Curious George' collaborator is found dead), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Nepal - February 9th, 2006: "Candidates backed by Nepal's king swept the country's first election in seven years, officials said today [02/09/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (King's candidates sweep election), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 9th, 2006: "Stocks had their biggest gains in more than a month on Wednesday [02/08/06] after a sales forecast from Cisco Systems Inc. suggested the profit outlook for technology companies may be improving." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article (Rosy Cisco outlook, oil price drop lift stocks), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Take Off / Steve Fossett - February 9th, 2006: "Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett soared out over the Atlantic in an experimental airplane Wednesday [02/08/06] on a quest to break the 25,000-mile record for the world's longest aircraft flight. [....]" [Based on: Night Ridder Newspapers article (Fossett takes off in hopes of breaking flight record), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

*Trivia: "Fuel leak [02/09/06] adds to Fossett woes as flight falters" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Trivia / ADHD Deaths? - February 9th, 2006: "Twenty-five people died and 54 suffered serious cardiovascular problems after taking drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder between 1999 and 2003, the government says. [....] The FDA report also includes data on 26 more deaths between 1969 and 2003 in ADHD drug patients. Those include death by suicide, intentional overdose, drowning, heatstroke and from underlying disease. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (25 died after taking attention deficit drugs), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

*Trivia: "[....] A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted in favor of the 'black box' warning after hearing about the deaths of 25 people, including 19 children, who had taken the drugs. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Forceful warning is urged for attention deficit drugs), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Trivia / Budget Cuts, U.S.A. - February 9th, 2006: "Bush signs bill cutting Medicare, Medicaid spending / He calls on Congress to rein in cost of benefit programs." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Complications Trivia / Prozac - February 9th, 2006: "New research has linked the use of Prozac and other similar antidepressants during pregnancy to yet another complication in newborns: an uncommon but life-threatening lung problem. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Prozac use is linked to lung disorder in newborns), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Surveillance Details - February 9th, 2006: "White House gives House panel some surveillance details" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Decline / U.S. Cancer Deaths - February 9th, 2006: "For the first time in more than 70 years, annual cancer deaths in the United States have fallen. [....] The number of cancer deaths dropped to 556,902 in 2003, down from 557,271 the year before, according to a recently completed review of U.S. death certificates by the National Center for Health Statistics. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (cancer deaths in U.S. decline), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Shiite Holiday / Feast of Ashoura - February 9th, 2006: "Observed this date in history: the holiest day in the Shiite calendar, the feast of Ashoura." [E.M.]

2006 - Nerve Agent Scare / U.S. Capitol - February 9th, 2006: "Nine senators were among 200 people who were held in a Capitol parking garage Wednesday night [02/08/06] after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (False alarm traps senators in garage), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Military Health Care, U.S.A. - February 9th, 2006: "[....] The Defense Department's escalating health care costs - estimated at $37 billion this year - threaten to cut into funds used to train and equip U.S. troops, Rumsfeld told the Armed Services Committee. [....] The defense department's health care costs have almost doubled from $19 billion in 2001. Rumsfeld said a big culprit is the escalation of benefits added by Congress, often without hearings. [....] Using what Rumsfeld called a conservative projection, military health care costs likely will reach $64 billion in fiscal 2015, accounting for 12 percent of the Pentagon's budget. Health care costs were 4.5 percent of the Pentagon's budget in 1990. [....] Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff agree that the current military health care system is unsustainable and propose that military retirees pay higher premiums and more for certain out-of-pocket expenses. Any cutbacks face stiff opposition in Congress, where paring benefits for soldiers in a time of war is potential political suicide. Earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., criticized proposed increases for military retiree healthcare. [....]" [Based on: Article (Military health care plan eases pressure), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Trans Fat / McDonald's French Fries - February 9th, 2006: "McDonald's french fries just got fatter - by nutritional measurement. The world's largest restaurant chain said Wednesday [02/08/06] its fries contain a third more trans fats than it previously thought, citing results of a new testing method it began using in December. That means the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of large fries is eight grams, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30 grams from 25. Trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease." [Based on: Article (McDonald's finds more trans fat in french fries), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Asbestos Bill, U.S. Senate - February 9th, 2006: "The White House gave a lukewarm endorsement Wednesday [02/08/06] to an asbestos bill in the Senate, saying it has serious concerns about some parts of the legislation to create a $140 billion fund for paying victims and ending their lawsuits. The bill's sponsor, Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., acknowledged there are problems. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (White House cautious on asbestos fund bill), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - "Sell" Rating? / General Motors Corp. - February 9th, 2006: "GM stock falls after Deutsche issues 'sell' rating" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Lawsuits Trivia / Nortel Networks Corp. - February 9th, 2006: "Nortel may pay $2.4 billion to end suits" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Resignation / George Carlton Deutsch III - February 9th, 2006: "George Carlton Deutsch III resigned his job as a NASA public affairs spokesman this week after it was learned that he did not, as he claimed on his resume, graduate from Texas A&M University. That a 24-year-old government flack lied on a resume would not normally be cause for comment. But Mr. Deutsch, a presidential appointee, had caused a stir by trying to limit NASA's top climate scientist's speaking engagements and interviews on the threats posed by global warming. Mr. Deutsch also insisted that every reference to the 'Big Bang' on a NASA Web site being developed for middle-schoolers include the word 'theory,' so as not to preclude intelligent design in the creation of the universe. After several scientists complained about political interference, NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin ordered a review of agency policies on communicating science to the public. While it is gratifying to see a pipsqueak acolyte for the Flat Earth Society get his comeuppance, a more important issue remains: The Bush Administration still belongs to the Flat Earth Society. 'On Climate, the public has been misinformed and not informed,' said Dr. James E. Hansen, NASA's top climate scientist. 'The foundation of a democracy is an informed public, which obviously means an honestly informed public. That's the big issue here.' Indeed." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Sacking a NASA flack), p. D12, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Ineffective for Prostates? / Saw Palmetto - February 9th, 2006: "Saw palmetto found ineffective for prostates" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Ant-Drug Program / Student Screening, U.S.A. - February 9th, 2006: "President George W. Bush's administration on Wednesday [02/08/06] unveiled its 2006 anti-drug program, a campaign that encourages more high schools to screen students and urges teens to live above the influence of drugs and peer pressure. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Anti-drug program pushes student screening), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Apologizes for Slavery / Church of England - February 9th, 2006: "The Church of England voted Wednesday [02/08/06] to acknowledge its role in the slave trade. The General Synod voted unanimously to commemorate next year's 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of slavery by apologizing to the descendants of slaves for its role in the injustice. [....] Britain abolished slavery on March 25, 1807." [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Church of England apologizes over slavery), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/09/06]

2006 - Volcanic Activity / Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat - February 9th, 2006: "The Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat produced a plume of volcanic ash on February 9, 2006. This event was part of a continuing pattern of intermittent eruptions from the volcano. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13362]

2006 - Scrutinizing the Bible - February 10th, 2006:

   Regarding "Some public schools offer courses on the Bible" (Feb. 5): I see nothing wrong with offering elective courses on the Bible when taught as part of an English literature class. The various groups that have endorsed "The Bible and Its Influence" appear to have the right idea. It is not surprising that some conservative scholars and religious organizations have criticized the class. They are concerned that their views will not hold up to critical scrutiny. Heaven forbid that such a Bible course might make students think for themselves. The fundamentalists are concerned that such a class would cause their children to lose their faith. If that were the case, their faith must not have been very strong to start with.
   These courses are elective, not required. Perhaps fundamentalists such as Phyllis Schlafly and Joyce Meyer can issue an edict insisting that none of their followers take this "blasphemous" Bible course. It is curious that Ms. Schlafly and Ms. Meyer refuse to name the nine public school districts in Missouri that are teaching their brand of Bible study. They also refuse to provide a copy of the curriculum. It makes one wonder what they are trying to hide.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Scrutinizing the Bible) by Mel Myers, p. B10, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 10th, 2006: "Stocks went into a tailspin Thursday [02/09/06] after a Federal Reserve official indicated interest rates will keep climbing." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks spiral downward after official's remark), p. D9, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Agrees to Settle / AIG Inc. - February 10th, 2006: "AIG agrees to settle N.Y. lawsuit for $1.64 billion" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Serious but Stable / Ariel Sharon - February 10th, 2006: "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a CT scan that showed he remained in serious but stable condition Thursday [02/09/06], the hospital said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Sharon remains serious but stable), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Venture Capital Fund / NASA - February 10th, 2006: "NASA, which last month sent a spacecraft on a journey to Pluto, plans to spend as much as $11 million this year to start a venture capital fund to invest in new technologies that can be used for missions and programs. [....] NASA is interested in biomedical technology for exploration missions, and robotic and communications systems that could help humans in space, according to a document on the U.S. agency's Web site." [Based on: Article (NASA starts up fund), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Mistrial Declared / Ex-Cendant Chief's Trial - February 10th, 2006: "Mistrial is declared in ex-Cendant chief's [Walter Forbes] trial" [Based on: Article title, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Denied Entry to U.S. / French Biotech Critic - February 10th, 2006: "French critic [Jose Bove] of Monsanto biotech products is denied entry to U.S." [Based on: Title for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Kidnapped / Egyptian Military Attache - February 10th, 2006: "Palestinians kidnap Egyptian military attache [02/09/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Appears in Hostage Video / Jill Carroll - February 10th, 2006: "Kidnapped journalist [Jill Carroll] appears calm in video [aired Thursday, 02/09/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "The kidnappers of American journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her unless their demands are met by Feb. 26, the owner of a Kuwaiti TV station that has aired a new tape of the hostage said Friday [02/10/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New deadline is reported in journalist's kidnapping), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomb / Shiite Ceremony, Pakistan - February 10th, 2006: "Bomb [02/09/06] bloodies Pakistani town / Attack on Shiite holiday and riot that follows kill more than 20, wound over 50." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Says he Met with Bush / Jack Abramoff? - February 10th, 2006: "Abramoff says he met with Bush, editor [Kim Eisler] says" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Had Blessing of Superiors? / I. Lewis Libby - February 10th, 2006: "Libby had blessing of his superiors, court papers say / Cheney aide said he had approval to provide secret information to press." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Revelation of '02 Terror Plot / Los Angeles - February 10th, 2006: "Bush gives details of terror plot targeting LA in '02 / Timing of revelations sparks suspicion he has political motives" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - New Tomb Discovered / Valley of the Kings, Egypt - February 10th, 2006: "A newly discovered tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings - the first to be found since King Tut's in 1922 - contains five sarcophagi with mummies. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New Tomb is discovered in Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - "Enormous Concern" / Escaped Terrorists, Yemen - February 10th, 2006: "U.S. Navy joins search for escaped prisoners [23 escaped terrorists from Yemeni prison]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06] - [Brackets text added for clarification - D.R.D.]

2006 - Opening Ceremony / 20th Winter Olympics, Turin Italy - February 10th, 2006: "The opening ceremony for the 20th Winter Olympics began  Friday evening [02/10/06] in Turin, Italy."

2006 - Tactics Changed Against Hunger Strike Detainees? / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - February 10th, 2006: "U.S. changed tactics against hunger strikes, detainee [Fawzi al-Odah] says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/10/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 11th, 2006: "Surplus, oil help markets eke out weekly gain" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A38, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Deficit - February 11th, 2006: "Trade deficit closes 2005 at $725.8 billion" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A36, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Car Bomb / Baghdad, Iraq - February 11th, 2006: "Car bomb kills [02/10/06] at least eight outside Baghdad mosque" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Trivia / Hurricane Katrina Relief - February 11th, 2006: "Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown said Friday [02/10/06] that he told the White House on the day that Hurricane Katrina howled ashore about massive flooding in New Orleans, He said that he had warned that 'we were realizing our worst nightmare.' Brown told senators that on the day in question, Aug. 29, he had dealt directly with White House officials, including chief of staff Andrew Card. He also said officials from the Department of Homeland Security had received regular briefings that day. Administration officials have said they were unaware of the severe damage until after the storm had passed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Need to Reduce Dealers / GM & Ford - February 11th, 2006: "GM and Ford say they need to reduce dealers" [Based on: Article title, p. A36, S.L.P.D., 02/11/06]

2006 - Scientific Breakthrough / Solar Power Technology  - February 11th, 2006: "In a scientific breakthrough that has stunned the world, a team of South African scientists has developed a revolutionary new, highly efficient solar power technology that will enable homes to obtain all their electricity from the sun. This means high electricity bills and frequent power failures could soon be a thing of the past. [....]"

[Based on: Article by Willem Steenkamp, 02/11/06] - [See Link]
[Note: This article was originally published on page 1 of Saturday Argus on February 11, 2006 ]

[http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=143&art_id=vn20060211110132138C184427]

2006 - Iraqi Prime Minister? / Iraq - February 12th, 2006: "Shiites are unable yet to agree on new Iraqi prime minister" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Dissolved Parliament / Italy - February 12th, 2006: "Italy dissolved its parliament on Saturday [02/11/06] and scheduled elections for early April, opening what promises to be a bitter campaign pitting Premier Silvio Burlusconi against a strong center-left opponent." [Based on: News Service article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Abramoff Ties / Harry Reid? - February 12th, 2006: "Reid [Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid] had series of ties to Abramoff / Correspondence and billing records show that the lobbyist [Jack Abramoff] billed clients for two dozen meetings with the office of the Democratic leader." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / 'Hostages of Zionism' - February 12th, 2006: "Iran leader says 'hostages of Zionism' should pay heavy price for cartoons" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Nor'easter / U.S. East Coast - February 12th, 2006: "Nor'easter threatens to shut down East Coast" [Based on: News Service article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - "PERSONALITY DISORDER?" - February 12th, 2006:

Article 43: PERSONALITY DISORDER? Kate Mucci 02/12/06 © 2006

The major news organizations are beating the drums of war for another conflagration, this time against Iran because it "may" have nuclear capability some time in the future. As this first started, I thought, “The American people aren’t going to fall for that again. The Neocons have blown it this time!”. I truly thought Americans had learned their lesson, but it seems I am sadly mistaken. Listen to the callers on conservative talk shows. Listen to people on the street. They’re parroting the spin, saying we better watch those Iranians because they could send a nuclear warhead over here any minute.

Didn't anybody learn anything from the debacle with the “intelligence” on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction? All reliable, rational scientific evidence said that there were no WMDs. Yet the drums entrained the populace to chant “war, war, war”. And war we got, in spades. With no end in sight.

Despite all the proof that the administration lied and deliberately twisted evidence to suit their own purposes and that of Halliburton and other war-enriched corporations, the hypnotized sheep are once again chanting “war, war, war”. Once again, the facts are being twisted to suit the agenda of the President and his cronies when all reliable, rational unbiased evidence says there is no way Iran could have nuclear weapons capability for at least ten years. And even if they could, isn’t that a little like the pot calling the kettle black? The U.S. is using illegal nuclear and conventional weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is therefore breaking every law in the book. The whole thing is so hypocritical it defies belief.

But the big question is, how can the American people continue to be suckered by these guys? How can people who are intelligent enough to raise families, hold down jobs, maybe even get to retirement age without major mishaps fall for the lies that Bush and friends spin into webs of deception? How do these people get caught, like so many brainless flies, in the same sticky web again and again?

The answer came in a flash from a Psychology 101 class taken thirty-something years ago. Maybe these guys doing the manipulating are in fact masterful sociopaths! The sign of a true sociopath is someone who can manipulate with impunity and con people into trusting and believing them even in the face of evidence that they are crooks.

In the face of no other plausible explanation as to how seemingly intelligent people can repeatedly fall for the machinations of the conmen in power, I submit that the American people are the victims of an administration full of manipulative sociopaths. How else could the President, the VP, and the rest of them commit such despicable acts and then blithely ignore every call to stop?

In this day of Political Correctness, it’s called “anti-social personality disorder”. Various psychiatric journals and websites have set out the identifiers of the condition, but one of the easiest to navigate is www.mentalhealth.com. Check it out yourself. The disorder shows a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of the rights of others as indicated by three or more of the following:

1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are ground for arrest. – Well, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzalez each fit those criteria. Not only have they illegally wiretapped American citizens, they have authorized torture and the use of extraordinary extradition to send captives to be tortured in other countries. According to the Geneva Conventions and our domestic laws – those are all crimes. Additionally, their involvement in the incidents of September 11, 2001, is treasonous, and each and every one of them should be tried accordingly.

2. Deceitfulness as indicated by repeated lying, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure. Where do we begin? No one in this administration is capable of telling the truth. Calling the Los Angeles Library Tower the “Liberty Tower”, and saying that illegal wiretapping prevented an attack upon it in 2003 is a lie. There is no “Liberty Tower”. There was no attack planned, because there is no Liberty Tower, so how could it be thwarted? This was all a set up to con the dissenters into going along with the illegal wiretap activities.

Gonzalez said to Congress during hearings last week, “President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt, have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.” Geez, man, if you’re going to lie, at least make it believable!

3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead. Since they had no plan on how to rebuild or get out of Iraq, or to capture Osama bin Laden, then I would say Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are all a “yes” in this category.

4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults. This administration has done nothing but pick fights. Bush and buddies had planned before ever taking office to go into Iraq. Now they’re picking another fight with Iran, and are rattling sabers against Syria. Reports abound from insiders at the White House that King George is very testy these days, throwing tantrums and keeping everyone but his closest advisers (read conspirators) away.

5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others. Since none of them seem to care one whit about the American people, and keep sending young soldiers into battle without proper protection, it seems certain that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have no regard for the safety of anyone, well, except each other. But my guess is that, if push came to shove, and one of them had to rat on the others to save his own skin, he’d leave his compatriots rotting in the quicksand.

6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations. Since this administration took over, this country has gone 8.2 trillion dollars in debt. President Bush has taken more time off than any president in recent memory, and Cheney disappears on a regular basis.

7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another. I don’t really have to even address this one, do I? These guys have never admitted their mistakes, illegal acts, or lies. Not once. Every single person in the Bush administration has shown an incredible lack or remorse for killing innocent women and children, for holding in captivity indefinitely people who have been charged with no crime, or for failing miserably when Americans needed help during a national disaster. They continue to deny that their spying on American citizens without a warrant is illegal, and in fact make every excuse possible. These people have no heart, and no conscience.

The men running this country right now seem to qualify in more than three of the above criteria. That tells me that they are very dangerous. You cannot rationalize with anyone with an anti-social personality disorder, so calling them on illegal or immoral acts means nothing. Threatening them with jail means nothing. They don’t care if they get caught because they feel immune to any repercussions. What’s truly frightening is that they have their fingers on the nuclear button. And they have control of the Judiciary and the media. Mix them up with fundamentalists here and in the Arab world, and we have a recipe for disaster.

The only chance we have is to get them out of there. Impeachment, Indictment, doesn’t matter.

But we cannot allow whoever takes their place to be the same. Maybe the solution is something President Bush wanted for the children of America. Instead of mental health screenings of little kids, how about psychiatric evaluations for everyone in Washington?

Kate Mucci is co-host and producer of Out There Television, a weekly program airing throughout the U.S. and Europe on broadcast television, and worldwide on the web. www.outtheretv.com, You may write to Kate at outtheretv@aol.com

2006 - Cuts Trip Short / Steve Fossett - February 12th, 2006: "Fossett cuts trip short, but sets mark for longest [26,389 miles] nonstop [about 76 hours] flight" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Losing Water? / American West - February 12th, 2006: "American West is losing its supply of water" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Bird Flu / Italy, Greece, Bulgaria - February 12th, 2006: "Bird flu is found in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Moscow & Hamas - February 12th, 2006: "Hamas says delegation will visit Moscow this month" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Top Economic Threat / Oil Prices? - February 12th, 2006: "G-8 officials call oil prices top economic threat" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg article by Simon Kennedy, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Emergency Surgery / Ariel Sharon - February 12th, 2006: "Sharon has emergency intestinal surgery [02/11/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - President-Elect Fatmir Sejdiu / Kosovo - February 12th, 2006: "Kosovo lawmakers elect new president [Fatmir Sejdiu]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Simon Kennedy, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Conclusion / "Cyber Storm" Wargame, U.S.A. - February 12th, 2006: "The government has concluded its 'Cyber Storm' wargame, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devestating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers. [....] There was no impact on the real Internet during the weeklong exercise, which ended Friday [02/10/06]." [Based on: News Service (Wargame finds new enemy: Bloggers) article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/12/06]

2006 - Starved for Energy / Iraq - February 13th, 2006: "Starved for Energy / Billions spent on reconstruction can't keep Iraq's lights on / Chronic power problems have become litmus test on U.S. promises of a better life." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - 10th Church Fire / Alabama - February 13th, 2006: "10th church fire [Alabama] is ruled an arson" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Video / British Beating Iraqis - February 13th, 2006: "Video appears to show British beating Iraqis" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Hunting Accident / Dick Cheney - February 13th, 2006: "Cheney shoots fellow hunter [Harry Whittington] in accident [02/11/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Nedra Pickler, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

*Trivia: "Bush knew of Cheney incident hours after shooting in Texas" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

*Trivia: "Authorized accounts of Cheney acident are full of discrepancies" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

*Links: http://www.infowars.com/articles/us/cheney_shooting_coverup_in_progress_ballistics.htm

2006 - "Detention Camp Jitters" / U.S.A. - February 13, 2006: [Article by Maureen Farrell - see link]

[http://buzzflash.com/farrell/06/02/far06003.html]

2006 - Trivia / "News Consumer" U.S.A.? - February 13th, 2006: "State Dept Tells 'News Consumers' How To Read, Think" [Based on: Title for rense.com article By Ted Twietmeyer, 02/13/06 - see link]

[http://www.rense.com/general69/statedep.htm]

2006 - Record Snow Storm / Northeast, U.S.A. - February 13th, 2006: "A record-breaking storm buried sections of the Northeast under more than 2 feet of snow on Sunday [02/12/06], marooning thousands of air travelers. The National Weather Service said 26.9 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park - the most for a single storm since record-keeping started in 1869. The old record was 26.4 inches, set in December 1947. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Great White Way / Storm pelts NYC, the Northeast) by Nedra Pickler, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari ? / Iraq - February 13th, 2006: "Iraqi Shiites' pick for prime minister [Ibrahim al-Jaafari] roils other groups" [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Prosecution Trivia / Bagram, Afghanistan - February 13th, 2006: "Prosecution effort stumbles in detainee deaths / Stiffest sentence so far is 5 months; several soldiers were acquitted." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Multichambered Tomb Uncovered / Greece - February 13th, 2006: "Archaeologists have unearthed a massive tomb in the northern Greek town of Pella, capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. The eight-chambered tomb dates to the Hellenistic Age between the fourth and second century B.C. and is the largest of its kind ever found in Greece. The biggest multichambered tombs until now contained three chambers." [Based on: News Services article (Tomb is largest uncovered in Greece), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Vaianu  / Tonga Islands - February 13th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Vaianu was threading its way through the Tonga Islands on February 13, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image [see link] at 1:45 UTC (1:45 p.m. local time). At this time, Vaianu was heading south through the chain of islands, knocking out electricity in many areas, as well as flattening crops such as bananas, mangos, and breadfruit trees. Flooding in low-lying areas shut down the capital, Nuku'alofa, for two days as stores barricaded their doors and windows to protect them from battering winds. The cyclone had peak sustained winds of around 140 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour), but the storm center where these peak winds were observed was well away from the Tonga and Fiji Islands. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13369]

2006 - Alleged Torture / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - February 13th, 2006: "U.N. report alleges torture at Guantanamo" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Authenticated Photo / Jack Abramoff  & George W. Bush - February 13th, 2006: "Photo of Bush, lobbyist [Jack Abramoff] is authenticated" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2006: "Stocks fell Monday [02/13/06] on anticipation that Ben Bernanke, in his initial Senate testimony as Federal Reserve chairman, will reaffirm the central bank's policy of raising interest rates as government reports provide new evidence of a robust economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bernanke's testimony weighs on market), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - February 14th, 2006: "Bomber in Iraq [02/13/06] kills 10, injures 40, including women and children" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Trivia / Valentine's Day - February 14th, 2006: "In the mid-third century, Rome was involved in one of its many wars and, as tends to happen in any country at war, the math-as-survival dynamic had kicked in: As more men died, fewer signed up. Military recruiting efforts weren't going very well.  Married men of the day didn't want to leave their families to fight the good fight, and young men in love wanted to stay home with their sweethearts. In a stroke of sub-genius, the Roman emperor Claudius unilaterally forbade marriage, thinking such a move would change things and that men would once again sign up for military service. But a local Roman priest named Valentine defied the emperor's dictate and secretly continued to marry people in his church. As you might expect, word got around about Valentine's actions. The emperor and his minions undoubtedly were performing today's equivalent of tapping Valentine's phone and reading his e-mails to find out what treason he was commiting in the name of love. Then as now, leaders didn't react well to dissidence and minority opinions; Valentine was arrested, shackled and taken to a Roman prison. He languished for a long time in the dungeon of that prison, eventually dying a horrible, lonely death on February 14th in the year 270, possibly having been beheaded. It's fair to assume that the demise of the priest named Valentine was not altogether pleasant. Eventually, he was sainted by the church, and by the middle of the 18th century we were celebrating his day. [....]" [Based on: Title for Other Views Page article (Would that love were simple) by Kurt Ullrich, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Asbestos Trivia / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2006: "[....] Millions of American workers were exposed to asbestos, many by companies that failed to warn them or provide adequate protection. Since the early 1980s, corporate defendants have paid out more than $70 billion, and at least 80 companies have gone bankrupt. Among them is the Manville Corp., which supplied much of the asbestos used in the United States. [....] A Rand Institute study estimates that it will cost more than $200 billion to compensate all those harmed by asbestos. [....] Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., deserves credit for many years' effort to find a solution that protects businesses from bankruptcy and compensates injured workers. But the FAIR bill that's being debated this week still doesn't live up to its name. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (No Fair), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

*Trivia: "Asbestos trust fund bill is pulled - for now" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Falling Oil Prices? / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2006: "Oil futures fell Monday [02/13/06] and analysts said retail gasoline prices soon may dip below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country. However, traders said any relief probably would be short-lived, warning of an upturn in prices come spring. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Falling oil prices won't last long, analysts say), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - President Rene Preval? / Haiti - February 14th, 2006: "Preval's supporters start to claim control in Haiti" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The most recent election results, posted Monday [02/13/06], showed Preval had 48.76 percent of the vote with 90 percent of ballots counted. He would need 50 percent plus one vote from the Feb. 7 election to avoid a runoff election in March." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Haiti will review election; Preval decries tally), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

*Trivia: "U.N. police rushed Wednesday [02/15/06] to recover official voting bags, marked ballots and other election material found in a garbage dump. Supporters of presidential candidate Rene Preval marched through the capital, claiming fraud. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.N. retrieves ballots, other Haitian election material from dump), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Should Resign? / Dick Cheney - February 14th, 2006: "Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday [02/13/06] that Vice President Dick Cheney should resign if he ordered a top aid to leak classified information to the news media to defend the invasion of Iraq. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Dean says Cheney might have to resign), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Gloomy Scenario / Google Inc. - February 14th, 2006: "Google Inc.'s stock price fell by more than 4 percent Monday [02/13/06], accelerating a recent shift in sentiment that has caused once-ebullient investors to become more cautious about the online search engine leader. Barron's cast the largest pall on Google with a report outlining several risks that threaten to squeeze its profit margins and cut its market value in half. [....]" [Based on: Article title (Gloomy scenario kicks Google further downstairs), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Trivia / Cheney Hunting Accident - February 14th, 2006: "Secret Service stalls and delays for Cheney / Cover-up in progress and Shotgun ballistics don’t match-up!" [Based on: Infowars | February 14, 2006, By Kevin Smith - see link]

[http://www.infowars.com/articles/us/cheney_shooting_coverup_in_progress_ballistics.htm]

2006 - Expanded Power / Mahmoud Abbas - February 14th, 2006: "Palestinian lawmakers expand Abbas' power" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Tuning Kids Into the iPod / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2006: "After bemoaning the emergence of the iPod as children's latest must-have toy, toy makers are now looking at the digital music player as their own marketing strategy. After the success last year of Zizzle Inc.'s iZ and Hasbro Inc.'s I-Dog, both of which can be hooked up to Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod, competitors are coming up with their own iPod-friendly products, aimed at preteens. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Toy makers are tuning kids into the iPod / Instead of competing, some manufacturers are offering accessories.), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Trivia / McDonalds French Fries - February 14th, 2006: "And another thing about McDonald's fries: They're not gluten free. Not long after disclosing that its french fries contain more trans fat than thought, McDonald's Corp. said Monday [02/13/06] that wheat and dairy ingredients are used to flavor the popular menu item - an acknowledgement it had not previously made. The presence of those substances can cause allergic or other medical reactions in food-sensitive consumers. McDonald's had said until recently that its fries were free of gluten and milk or wheat allergens and safe to eat for those with dietary issues related to the consumption of dairy items. But the fast-food company quietly added 'Contains wheat and milk ingredients' this month to the french fries listing on its Web site." [Based on: Article (McDonald's adds gluten to its trans fat fries), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - U.N. Questioning? / U.S. Secret Prisons - February 14th, 2006: "EU may question U.S. officials on prisons" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Leave Hotels / Hurricane Katrina Evacuees - February 14th, 2006: "Evacuees leave hotels after FEMA stops paying" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Introduced / Mandatory Draft Bill, U.S.A. - February 14th, 2006:

On February 14, 2006, Congressman Charles Rangel (Democrat - NY) introduced a bill (Universal National Service Act of 2006 - HR 4752 IH) aiming at drafting everyone - men and women alike - from the ages of 18 to 42 into the military for a minimum period of 2 years.

Or to quote the bill: "To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."

The House is to convene on June 6 (06/06/06] to debate and possibly adopt this bill, that is, unless a vast public outcry succeeds in derailing this insanity, which you can do by writing a letter of protest to your congress person through

http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm or
http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

Phone calls are even better. The numbers of all US Representatives are at:

http://clerk.house.gov/members/index.html

If you question the validity of this bill, go to:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h109-4752 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4752

[Based on: rense.com article (Mandatory Draft Bill Snuck In - To Be Debated 6-6-6), 06/04/06]
*Link: http://www.rense.com/general71/dd.htm

2006 - WTO Deadline? / Unfair U.S. Tax Break - February 14th, 2006: "WTO gives U.S. 3 months to end 'unfair' tax break" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Nuclear Talks Postponed / Iran & Russia - February 14th, 2006: "Nuclear talks are postponed with Moscow" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Mariana Islands Region - February 14th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:27:20 (UTC) on Tuesday, February 14, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located in the MARIANA ISLANDS REGION. The hypocentral depth was poorly constrained. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: Preliminary E.R. @ http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjdak.php]

2006 - Urged to End Nuclear Program / North Korea - February 14th, 2006: "U.S. official urges North [Korea] to end nuclear program" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Millions Squandered / Hurricane Katrina Aid - February 14th, 2006: "The government squandered millions of dollars in Katrina disaster aid, auditors said Monday [02/13/06]. [....] The GAO report found that up to 900,000 of the 2.5 million applicants who got emergency cash aid had based their requests on duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers, or false addresses and names. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (U.S. squandered millions in aid, reports charge), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/14/06]

2006 - Scientific Evidence that Official 9/11 Story is a Lie - "Pretty soon after the events of 9/11, there were people who raised serious questions about the official story of 9/11. Now, four and a half years later, the evidence that this story is a lie, is overwhelming. Question is, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to sit and leave it for what it is, allowing the perpetrators to continue their illegal operations? Where do you think that would lead to? What will happen with our democracy if we allow these practices? And maybe the biggest question that we might ask ourselves is: 'Why is it that we still allow criminals to lead our country and more and more determine our lifes?' People of this world, please think about what you allow this world to become if you allow the present course of actions taken by leaders who seek nothing else but power and control over others and eventually total world domination! [....]"

[Based on article by Frank Hoogerbeets, published on February 14 2006] - [See Link]
[http://www.ditrianum.org/Artikelen/artikel33en.htm]

*Commentary: "Congress authorizes [September (14th?) 2001] use of force for war on terrorism." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 15th, 2006: "Stocks had their biggest gains on the year Tuesday [02/14/06] as oil fell below $60 a barrel and January retail sales surpassed forecasts." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Oil's continuing slide revs up markets), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - British Protestors / Iraq - February 15th, 2006: "More than 1,000 protestors burned a British flag Tuesday [02/14/06] and the regional administration in Iraq's main southern province severed all ties with British authorities over video footage showing British soldiers allegedly [allegedly???] beating and kicking Iraqi youths. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi protestors burn British flag), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06] - [Brackets text inserted - D.R.D.]

2006 - Sentenced / Omri Sharon - February 15th, 2006: "The oldest son of incapacitated Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was sentenced Tuesday [02/14/06] to nine months in prison for illegal fundraising during his father's 1999 primary campaign. [....] Prosecutors claimed he received more than $1.3 million from groups in Israel and overseas for his father's campaign, amounts that far exceeded legal fundraising limits. Under a deal with prosecutors, Omri Sharon pleaded guilty in November to falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating party funding laws." [Based on: News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Arson Investigation / Alabama Churches - February 15th, 2006: "200 officers investigate arsons at churches" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Ejected Again / Zacarias Moussaoui - February 15th, 2006: "Moussaoui criticizes counsel and is again ejected from courtroom" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Cartoon Protests Escalate / Pakistan - February 15th, 2006: "Thousands riot in Pakistan as cartoon protests escalate" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Evolution Support / Ohio School Board - February 15th, 2006: "Ohio school board throws its support to evolution" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - On Hunger Strike? / Saddam Hussein - February 15th, 2006: "Saddam announces he's on hunger strike" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Iraqi protestors burn British flag), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Terror Suspects List, U.S.A. - February 15th, 2006: "The National Counterterrorism Center maintains a central repository of 325,000 names of international terrorism suspects or people who aid them, counterterrorism officials say." [Based on: Washington Post article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Vows Crackdown on China Trade / U.S.A. - February 15th, 2006: "U.S. vows crackdown on China trade" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Minor Heart Attack / Harry Whittington - February 15th, 2006: "Cheney's gunshot victim suffers minor heart attack [02/14/06]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

*Trivia: "Despite the heart problem of the man wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney, doctors say that removing the shotgun pellet from his chest probably will be unnecessary - indeed, that digging it out could do more harm than good." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Doctors doubt pellet will be removed), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Old Law May Deny? / U.S. Oil, Gas Royalty - February 15th, 2006: "Old law may deny U.S. oil, gas royalty money" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - $345 Billion Unpaid [2001] / IRS, U.S.A. - February 15th, 2006: "The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday [02/14/06] that taxpayers shortchanged the government by $345 billion in 2001, with the biggest problem among people failing to report income from business ventures. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ($345 billion went unpaid, IRS says), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Floods / Sahara - February 15th, 2006: "Aid is sent to victims of floods in the Sahara" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 15th, 2006: "The Dow Jones industrial average rose to the highest level since June 2001 Wednesday [02/15/06] as lower oil prices tempered concern that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke may keep boosting interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Lower oil prices overshadow rate worries), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Harper's Index - February 15th, 2006: "[....] Number of small businesses that applied for U.S. disaster loans after last fall's hurricanes: 244,602; Percentage that had been approved as of mid-November: 3; Tons of hurricane-related waste still waiting to be hauled away in Louisiana: 22,000,000; Tons of waste produced by New York City each year: 8,500,000; Number of plague-infected mice that a New Jersey biomedical research center says cannot be accounted for: 3; [....] Chance that one of the 23,688 human genes has now been patented in the United States: 1 in 5; Total service charges collected by U.S. banks in 2004: $32,000,000,000; [....] Age of the girl who made the first bear kill in Maryland's hunting season last fall: 8." [Based on: Harper's Index article, p. E7, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Sentenced / 2004 Terrorists, Jordan - February 16th, 2006: "A court handed down death sentences Wednesday [02/15/06] for nine terrorists, including the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. They were found guilty of plotting chemical attacks in 2004 against Jordanian sites, including the U.S. Embassy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Nine sentenced to death for plot on Jordan sites / Al-Qaida in Iraq leader al-Zarqawi is condemned in abstentia.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / Patriot Act Filibuster? - February 16th, 2006: "Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., started a lonely filibuster Wednesday [02/15/06] against the USA Patriot Act. [....] Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he had the 60 votes he needs to end Feingold's filibuster, as soon as this week. [....] Indeed, the filibuster seemed doomed. No Democrats were expected to join Feingold, said officials of both parties. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Feingold appears alone in Patriot Act filibuster), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Gay Marriage Amendment? / Idaho - February 16th, 2006: "A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Idaho passed by the state Senate on Wednesday [02/15/06] and will go to voters this November. [....] Last week, the measure passed the House on a 53-17 vote. The Senate vote was 26-9." [Based on: News Services article (Senate OKs amendment banning gay marriage), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Risks for Partner? / Spouses Illness - February 16th, 2006: "A husband or wife with a debilitating illness can hasten your own death, a new study suggests. The researchers blame the stress and the loss of companionship, practical help, income and other support when a spouse gets sick. 'You can die of a broken heart not just when a partner dies, but when your partner falls ill,' said the chief researcher, Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School. The study was done at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and appears in today's issue [02/16/06] of The New England Journal of Medicine. [....] Past research has shown that the spouses of sick people face higher risks of illness and death themselves - a phenomenon sometimes called 'caregiver burden' or the 'bereavement effect.'  [....] If the sick spouse dies, the partner's risk of death - whether from accidents, suicide, infections or pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes - shoots up fivefold, rising by 21 percent for men and 17 percent for women, the researchers said. [....] Hospitalization for dementia and psychiatric problems were particularly bad, raising the risk of death 47 to 58 percent for a male partner and 38 to 77 percent for a female partner." [Based on: A.P. article (Spouse's illness has risk for partner, study finds), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Sentenced / 2004 Terrorists, Jordan - February 16th, 2006: "A court handed down death sentences Wednesday [02/15/06] for nine terrorists, including the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. They were found guilty of plotting chemical attacks in 2004 against Jordanian sites, including the U.S. Embassy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Nine sentenced to death for plot on Jordan sites / Al-Qaida in Iraq leader al-Zarqawi is condemned in abstentia.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Two-Track Approach to Iran? / U.S.A. - February 16th, 2006: "The United  States will 'walk a fine line' in seeking punitive international sanctions against Iran's Islamic government over its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday [02/15/06]. Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rice detailed a two-track approach to Iran: *Concerted international pressure to deter the Iranians from building a bomb. *A newly robust attempt to seed democratic change inside Iran with $75 million for broadcasts and aid to dissidents. [....] Rice gave the most detailed glimpse to date of U.S. options and objectives on Iran, now that the U.N. Security Council is set to consider the case against its nuclear effort. She called Iran the single greatest challenge faced by the United States. [....] Many countries are concerned that broad economic sanctions such as those imposed on Saddam Hussein's Iraq could take a greater toll on ordinary Iranians than on their government, and might backfire by prompting Iran to retaliate by boosting its oil prices." [Based on: A.P. article (Under tough questioning, Rice details two-track approach to Iran), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The Iranian government has finally developed the ultimate "nuclear" weapon that can swiftly destroy the financial system underpinning the American Empire. That weapon is the Iranian Oil Bourse slated to open in March 2006. It will be based on a euro-oil-trading mechanism that naturally implies payment for oil in Euro. In economic terms, this represents a much greater threat to the hegemony of the dollar than Saddam's, because it will allow anyone willing either to buy or to sell oil for Euro to transact on the exchange, thus circumventing the U.S. dollar altogether. If so, then it is likely that almost everyone will eagerly adopt this euro oil system: [....] Whatever the strategic choice, from a purely economic point of view, should the Iranian Oil Bourse gain momentum, it will be eagerly embraced by major economic powers and will precipitate the demise of the dollar. The collapsing dollar will dramatically accelerate U.S. inflation and will pressure upward U.S. long-term interest rates. At this point, the Fed will find itself between Scylla and Charybdis - between deflation and hyperinflation - it will be forced fast either to take its 'classical medicine' by deflating, whereby it raises interest rates, thus inducing a major economic depression, a collapse in real estate, and an implosion in bond, stock, and derivative markets, with a total financial collapse, or alternatively, to take the Weimar way out by inflating, whereby it pegs the long-bond yield, raises the Helicopters and drowns the financial system in liquidity, bailing out numerous LTCMs and hyperinflating the economy. [....]"

[Based on: Article (The Proposed Iranian Oil Bourse) by Krassimir Petrov, Ph. D.]
http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1137510262.php]

2006 - Pension Plans Trivia / United Airlines - February 15th, 2006: "The pension plans for United Airlines employees and retirees received a $135 million boost after the federal agency that controls them sold almost half of its stake in the airline. [....] The PBGC received its stake in UAL in exchange for taking over the pensions. It will contribute $6.6 billion to the plans to make up for part of the underfunding. That leaves United's employees with pensions worth $3.2 billion less than they were promised" [Based on: Article (United's pension plans get $135 million boost), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/15/06]

2006 - Lifted / U.S. Clean-Air Rule on Gasoline - February 16th, 2006: "EPA lifts clean-air rule on gasoline [The rules will take effect nationwide on May 6 ....] / States will no longer be required to add corn-based ethanol or MTBE to gasoline. Such additives add to fuel costs in St. Louis area." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Knight Ridder Newspapers article by Ron Hutchenson, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / Calcium & Vitamin D for Bones? - February 16th, 2006: " Calcium, vitamin D offer limited protection for bones, study says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Accidental Shooting Address / Dick Cheney - February 16th, 2006: " 'One of the worst days of my life' / Fox News Interview - Four days later, Cheney addresses his accidental shooting / 'Nobody Was Under The Influence' - Cheney had a beer at lunch before the mishap" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Knight Ridder Newspapers article by Ron Hutchenson, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - "Many Lapses" / Hurricane Katrina Response - February 16th, 2006: " Both parties chide Chertoff over Katrina response / Homeland Security chief admits to senators there were 'many lapses.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

*Trivia: "The victims of Katrina may not be who you think they were. [....] People age 60 and older accounted for 64 percent of the deaths from the storm and flooding. [....] The hurricane may be the first natural disaster in history to have specifically picked off the elderly. [....] Hurricane Katrina has an official death toll of 1,417 people, Mutter [Columbia Univ. researcher, John Mutter] said. But more than 4,000 people are still missing. That means as many as 2,000 people may have been killed, he said." [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Most people killed by Katrina were elderly, researcher finds) by Tina Hesman, p. A5 , S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Begins to Regain Speech / Randal L. McCloy - February 16th, 2006: "Mine survivor [Randal L. McCloy] begins to regain speech" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Internal Inquiry / Lawyers in U.S. Wiretap Case - February 16th, 2006: "The Justice Department has begun an internal inquiry into the conduct of its lawyers who examined President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, the department disclosed Wednesday [02/15/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Justice Dept. reviewing lawyers in wiretap case), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Rejects Law on Shooting Down Planes / Germany - February 16th, 2006: "Germany's highest court on Wednesday [02/15/06] overturned a law that authorized the government to shoot down hijacked civilian airliners, ruling that it was unconstitutional to sacrifice the lives of passengers to protect potential targets of a terrorist attack. [....] The law was challenged by opponents who argued that the constitution prohibits the military from endangering the lives of German citizens or exercising domestic police powers." [Based on: News Services article (Court rejects law on shooting down planes), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / Vehicle Accident Lawsuits, Ford Motor Co. - February 16th, 2006: "Ford Motor Co.'s strategy of going to trial to fight vehicle-accident lawsuits cost Ford more than $255 million in verdicts it lost last year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Ford's lawsuit policy cost $255 million last year), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - First Public Statements / U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman - February 16th, 2006: "Ben Bernanke, in his first public statements as chairman of the Federal Reserve, told Congress Wednesday [02/15/06] that interest rates may have to move higher to curb inflation and that he expects house prices to level off or dip a bit rather than drop precipitously with the burst of a speculative bubble. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Chief: rates may go higher), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/16/06]

2006 - What he meant - February 17th, 2006:

   A recent letter 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]

2006 - Death Squads? / Iraq - February 17th, 2006: "Iraqis investigate claims of death squads within police" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 17th, 2006: "Stocks rallied for a third day Thursday [02/16/06], their best performance since the start of the year, after Hewlett-Packard Co's earnings forecast exceeded estimates and government data showed a buoyant housing market." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Housing data, H-P forecast extend rally), p. B7, 02/17/06]

2006 - Fear of Avian Flu / Iraq - February 17th, 2006: "Fearing avian flu, Iraqis order hundreds of chickens slaughtered" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Broader Leak Law? / U.S.A. - February 17th, 2006: "The chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Thursday [02/16/06] he may add language to the fiscal 2007 intelligence authorization bill to criminalize the leaking of a wider range of classified information than is now covered by law. The measure would be similar to legislation vetoed by President Bill Clinton more than five years ago. [....] The Justice Department for the first time is prosecuting two former lobbyists who are not government officials in connection with receiving and distributing classified national defense information told to them by a Pentagon employee." [Based on: Washington Post article (Senator may push for broader leak law), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Rejects Torture Report / U.S.A. - February 17th, 2006: "U.S. rejects report alleging torture at Guantanamo Bay" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Gold Medal / Evgeni Plushenko - February 17th, 2006: "Evgeni Plushenko easily beats the field and sets a personal best mark in men's figure skating." [Based on: Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Contains Milk? / Wonder Bread - February 17th, 2006: "The maker of Wonder Bread acknowldged this week that while packages state that the bread now contains a dairy product, it has yet actually to change the recipe." [Based on: A.P. article (Wonder Bread ingredient label lists milk before it's added), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Settlement / McKesson Corp. - February 17th, 2006: "McKesson Corp., the biggest U.S. drug wholesaler, has agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations it defrauded the U.S. Department of Defense by charging more for medicines than allowed under government contracts. The deal resolves claims that McKesson overcharged for pharmaceutical products from October 1997 to December 2001, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday [02/16/06]. McKesson denies any wrongdoing, said spokesman Larry Kurtz. 'We actually believed the government owed us money,' Kurtz said, adding that the San Francisco-based company decided to settle to avoid litigation costs. 'We believe this whole thing was unclear as to who owewd what to whom.' " [Based on: Article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / France & Iran - February 17th, 2006: "France accused Iran on Thursday [02/16/06] of developing a secret military nuclear program. [....] Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, responded on state-run television by saying, 'We want civilian nuclear energy; we don't want to have the bomb.' [....] The International Atomic Energy Agency is scheduled to meet March 6 to discuss a new report on the Iranian nuclear program. The report will include confirmation that engineers resumed the nuclear enrichment program last weekend, according to Western diplomats in Vienna, Austria. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (France assails Iran on nuclear program), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Trivia / Cheney's Shooting Accident - February 17th, 2006: "Bush calls Cheney's handling of shooting accident 'just fine' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Prehistoric Gold Pendant / Greece - February 17th, 2006: "Thessaloniki, Greece - A Greek hiker found a 6,500-year-old gold pendant in a field and handed it over to authorities, an archaeologist said Thursday [02/16/06]. The flat, roughly ring-shaped prehistoric pendant probably had religious meaning. It would have been worn on a necklace by a prominent member of society. Only three such gold artifacts have been discovered in organized digs, said the archaeologist, Georgia Karamitrou-Mendesidi. She heads the Greek archaeological  service in the northern region where the discovery was made. 'It belongs to the Neolithic period, about which we know very little regarding the use of metals, particularly gold,' she said. 'The fact that it is made of gold indicates that these people were highly advanced, producing significant works of art.' The pendant measures roughly 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches. Karamitrou-Mendesidi said the hiker had picked it up last year near the town of Ptolemaida, about 90 miles southwest of the northern city of Thessaloniki. [....] Similar finds have been excavated in modern Turkey and the Balkans, particularly in Bulgaria. Around 4500 B.C., when the pendant was made, Greece's early Neolithic farming settlements were consolidating into trading centers with a knowledge of metalworking. In November [2005], archaeologists announced the discovery in the Ptolemaida region of two prehistoric farming settlements dating back as early as 6000 B.C. The settlement digs uncovered burial sites, clay and stone figurines of humans and animals, pottery and stone tools." [Based on: A.P. article (Striking gold in Greece / Hiker finds prehistoric pendant), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Landslide Buries Village / Philippines - February 17th, 2006: "Landslide buries village of 1,800 in Philippines / The vast majority of its residents are believed killed. Survivors and others blame the disaster on persistant rains and past illegal logging." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Specter denies aiding clients of aide's spouse - February 17th, 2006:

   Sen. Arlen Specter on Thursday [02/16/06] denied any connection between special projects he gained for his state and a Washington lobbyist whose wife works in Specter's office.
   "That would be a blatant conflict of interest, inappropriate, and I don't think that happened," the Pennsylvania Republican said in a telephone interview with reporters.
   But Specter also said he would speak further to the aide, Vicki Siegel, to ascertain whether she was aware that some applicants for projects might have been represented by her husband.
   "I would be shocked if she was involved in any earmarking knowing that her husband was involved, but I'm going to check it out," he said.
   Specter was responding to a USA Today report that said Specter had succeeded 13 times in the past four years in securing $48.7 million worth of defense projects for six clients represented by a lobbying firm co-founded by Michael Herson, Siegel's husband.
   Siegel was Specter's legislative assistant for appropriations until about six months ago, when she started working part time on Israel and Jewish community issues.
   "I can tell you categorically that Ms. Siegel's husband never lobbied me and I was never lobbied by his firm," said Specter, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He said he had spoken to Siegel, who had told him Herson never lobbied the office on any of the projects and she had not lobbied on behalf of any projects.
   Specter, who is also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he didn't permit the relatives of staffers to lobby his office, but he was asking his chief of staff to survey his staff "and make a list of any relatives involved in the lobbying business."
   He said the projects going to his state were important for national defense, including one to Drexel University for Pentagon communications, networking technology and civil-preparedness against bioterrorism.
   Herson told USA Today that neither he nor anyone in his firm, American Defense International, lobbied his wife or anyone else in Specter's office.
   The report came as Congress, in the wake of lobbying scandals, debated legislation dealing with earmarks, which are targeted projects that lawmakers insert in larger pieces of legislation, often at the urging of lobbyists representing special interest groups.

[Based on: Title for A.P. article (Specter denies aiding clients of aide's spouse), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06] - [This particular article is a classic example why [when transcribing text] I usually choose to omit paragraph indents - simply to save space. - D.R.D.]

2006 - Funds to Expand / Cahokia Mounds, Illinois - February 17th, 2006: "Over the last 80 years, Illionois has gradually reclaimed more than half of the 4,000 acres that made up the American Indian civilization of Cahokia, once the largest community in what is now the United States. The area on the western edge of Collinsville is now referred to as Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and efforts are under way to buy more of the land that was the center of Mississippian Indian culture for 300 years before the town mysteriously vanished. Six years ago, the state appropriated $837,800 for Cahokia Mounds to buy more land. On Thursday [02/16/06], the funds were finally released" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Between 1000 A.D. and 1200 A.D., Cahokia was home to more than 20,000 people. The main complex spread over 4,000 acres and was linked by roads to satellite communities in what became East St. Louis and St. Louis. [....] Dozens of mounds, including all but one in what became St. Louis, were leveled or used for fill dirt. Many of the area's irreplaceable prehistoric artifacts were plundered or destroyed. [....] The Illinois General Assembly deserves credit for recognizing the possibilities of the site, and for helping to preserve it. There is nothing like Cahokia anywhere else in North America. It's long past time this special site got the respect, and space, it deserves." [Based on: Opinion Page article (A larger setting for an ancient gem), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - 32-Year High? / U.S. Housing Construction - February 17th, 2006: "Defying forecasts of a housing slowdown, construction of new houses and apartments shot up in January 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]

*Trivia: "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]

2006 - Rejects Bid to Block Patriot Act / U.S. Senate - February 17th, 2006: "The Senate pushed the Patriot Act a step closer to renewal Thursday [02/16/06], overwhelmingly rejecting an effort to block it. [....] Thursday's 96-3 vote was no surprise to Sen. Rissell Feingold, D-Wis. Back in 2001, he was the lone senator to oppose the law. Now, he's the chief obstacle to extending 16 provisions that are otherwise due to expire March 10. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Senate rejects bid to block the Patriot Act), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Set to Name Candidate for Prime Minister / Hamas - February 17th, 2006: "Hamas set to name candidate [Ismail Haniya] for prime minister / Israel works on possible restrictions to impose once Palestinians seat a new parliament." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. - February 17th, 2006: "New stores spur 68 % Build-A-Bear profit rise" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article, p. B3, 02/17/06]

2006 - Seeking Billions for Wars & Storm Aid / George W. Bush - February 17th, 2006: "U.S. military spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would rise to $115 billion for this year under an emergency request the White House submitted Thursday [02/16/06]. That money would take the total to nearly $400 billion since the fighting started. A separate request for almost $20 billion in new hurricane relief would bring total spending in response to Katrina and Rita to more than $100 billion. President George W. Bush's administration readied a $65.3 billion war request. Pentagon officials said the money would be enough for the two wars at least through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush seeks billions for wars, storm aid), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Rejects Calls to Step Aside in Abramoff Inquiry / Alberto Gonzales - February 17th, 2006: "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brushed aside requests on Thursday [02/16/06] that he step aside in the investigation of Jack Abramoff and the lobbyist's ties to administration officials and members of Congress. Gonzales, who was White House counsel for four years before taking over at the Justice Department, said the inquiry is being run by career prosecutors who are not influenced by politics. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gonzales rejects calls to step aside in inquiry), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Ordered by Judge / Release of U.S. Eavesdropping Papers - February 17th, 2006: "A federal judge ordered President George W. Bush's administration on Thursday [02/16/06] to release documents about its warrantless surveillance program or spell out what it is withholding [....] U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy ruled that a private group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, will suffer irreparable harm if the documents it has been seeking since December are not processed promptly under the Freedom of Information Act. He gave the Justice Department 20 days to respond to the group's request." [Based on: A.P. article (Judge orders release of papers on eavesdropping), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 18th, 2006: "Dell forecast, inflation worries end rally" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Oil Prices Jump / U.S.A. - February 18th, 2006: "Oil prices jumped more than $1 Friday [02/17/06] and settled near $60 a barrel on supply concerns sparked by a rebel leader in Nigeria who threatened to wage war on foreign oil interests. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Oil prices jump $1 a barrel, settle near $60), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Leaves Hospital / Harry Whittington - February 18th, 2006: "[....] In Texas, the Kenedy County Sheriff's Department closed its investigation in the shooting Thursday [02/16/06] without filing any charges. The department's report supported the account of the vice president, who told an investigator he did not see his hunting partner while aiming for a bird." [Based on: A.P. article (Man wounded by vice president leaves hospital / Texan Harry Whittington says he's sorry that the incident caused trouble for Cheney.), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

*Trivia: "Reportedly, an initial report diagram illustrated shotgun pellet wounds on the LEFT SIDE of Mr. Harry Whittington. The report was subsequently declared a mistake, because when Mr. Whittington appeared to make his first public statements Friday [02/17/06], his wounds were clearly on the RIGHT SIDE [face, neck, & chest] of his body!" [Based on: D.R.D.] 

2006 - Cleanup Time Trivia / Doe Run, Peru - February 18th, 2006: "[....] St.Louis-based Doe Run wants to extend the original end-2006 deadline until 2010 to give it time to finance the investments." [Based on: Article (Peru orders Doe Run to shorten cleanup time), p. A30, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Trying to Derail Case? / Libby Lawyers - February 18th, 2006: "[....] In arguments filed late Thursday [02/16/06], Fitzgerald said Libby's lawyers were trying to derail the perjury and obstruction case by pressing for nearly a year's worth of presidential daily briefs, summaries of threats to the U.S. that are among the government's most closely guarded secrets. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Prosecutor blasts Libby's demand for documents), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Record Jackpot / Powerball Lottery, U.S.A. - February 18th, 2006: "[....] The $365 million jackpot for the powerball drawing Saturday [02/18/06] edges out the previous record of $363 million set by the Big Game lottery in 2000. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Record jackpot fuels Powerball dreams), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

*Trivia: "Someone, somewhere holds the only winning ticket for the record $365 million Powerball jackpot but seems to be in no rush to come forward. Nebraska lottery officials said Sunday [02/19/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Powerball winner, with ticket in Nebraska, is slow to claim jackpot), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Calls for British Forces to Leave Basra, Iraq / Iran - February 18th, 2006: "Iran's foreign minister demanded the immediate withdrawal of British forces from Basra, Iraq, on Friday [02/17/06], saying their presence had destabalized the city. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Iran calls on British to leave Iraqi city), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - 2 Marine Helicopters Crash / Djibouti, Africa - February 18th, 2006: "Two marine Corps transport helicopters [CH-53E] carrying a dozen troops crashed Friday [02/17/06] off the coast of Djibouti, and two were rescued in the initial search, the Pentagon said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (10 Missing in crash of 2 Marine copters), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

*Trivia: "10 military personnel died in crash of helicopters, U.S. officials confirm" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit Plunge / RadioShack Corp. - February 18th, 2006: "RadioShack Corp. reported fourth-quarter profit plunged 62 percent after a disappointing holiday season and announced a restructuring that will close up to 700 stores. Chief Executive David Edmondson also apologized to investors and employees for lying on his resume. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (RadioShack profit hit hard, may close 700 stores), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Suggests NATO Role in Sudan / George W. Bush - February 18th, 2006: "Bush suggests NATO role in Sudan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 02/18/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - February 18th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:59:17 (UTC) on Saturday, February 18, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located in the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjhax.php] - [02/18/06]

*Trivia: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 15:59:24 (UTC) on Saturday, February 18, 2006. The magnitude 5.9 event has been located in the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 62 km (39 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjhax.php] - [02/19/06]

2006 - Sun in Pisces- February 19th, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Pisces."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200602.html]

2006 - Launch / H-2A Rocket, Japan - February 19th, 2006: "Rocket [H-2A] with satellite [weather & navigation satellite] is launched [02/18/06] successfully" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Suicide Attackers Ready? / Iran - February 19th, 2006: "An Iranian group [Esteshadion, or Martyrdom Seekers] warned the United States and Britain on Saturday [02/18/06] that its members [more than 1,000] will strike coalition military bases in Iraq if Tehran's nuclear sites are attacked. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Group warns it has suicide attackers ready), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Artic Weather / Northeast, U.S.A. - February 19th, 2006: "Artic weather slams the Northeast" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Takes Control of Legislature / Hamas - February 19th, 2006: "Hamas takes control of legislature [02/18/06], looks set for clash with Abbas / Negotiations with Israel 'are not on our agenda,' says a spokesman for the militant Palestinian organization." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Trivia / Dick Cheney & 911 Flight 93 - February 19th, 2006:

... Around 9:35 on the morning of 9/11, Cheney was lifted off his feet by the Secret Service and hustled into the White House bunker. Cheney testified to the 9/11 Commission that he spoke with President Bush before giving an order to shoot down a hijacked civilian airliner that appeared headed toward Washington. (The plane was United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field after a brave revolt by the passengers.) But a source close to the commission, who declined to be identified revealing sensitive information, says that none of the staffers who worked on this aspect of the investigation believed Cheney's version of events.

A draft of the report conveyed their skepticism. But when top White House officials, including chief of staff Andy Card and the then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, reviewed the draft, they became extremely agitated. After a prolonged battle, the report was toned down. The factual narrative, closely read, offers no evidence that Cheney sought initial authorization from the president. The point is not a small one. Legally, Cheney was required to get permission from his commander in chief, who was traveling (but reachable) at the time. If the public ever found out that Cheney gave the order on his own, it would have strongly fed the view that he was the real power behind the throne. [....]

[Based on: http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/003684.html]
*Other Links: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11436302/site/newsweek/page/6/

2006 - Bird Flu Confirmed / India & France - February 19th, 2006: "India and France confirm [02/18/06] bird flu cases" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Car Bombs & Gunfire / Baghdad, Iraq - February 19th, 2006: "Car bombs and gunfire kill 20 people in Baghdad [02/18/06] / An American soldier is among those who perished in the attacks, most of which targeted the U.S. military and Iraqi police." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Trivia / Known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - "On 19 Feb 2006 there were 772 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [02/19/06]

2006 - Muslims Attack Christians over Cartoons / Nigeria - February 19th, 2006: "Nigerian Muslims attack Christians [02/18/06], burn churches to protest cartoons / At least 15 people are killed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Militants Blast Oil Facilities & Take Hostages / Nigeria - February 19th, 2006: "Militants blast oil facilities [02/18/06], take 9 foreigners in Nigeria / Americans are among hostages." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - Goes on Defensive over Photos & U.N. Report / U.S. Pentagon - February 19th, 2006: "Pentagon goes on defensive over photos, U.N. report" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/19/06]

2006 - "Rally for Evolution?" / St. Louis, Mo. - February 20th, 2006: "Scientists aren't just defending evolution anymore. Over the weekend [Feb. 2006] in St. Louis, the nation's leaders in science went on the offensive. With the fervor of preachers and the drive of generals, scientists from across the country rallied against what they describe as religious pressure in public schools. And they enlisted the help of hundreds of teachers. They came here, to the annual gathering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest congregation of scientists in the country. 'We are not rolling over on this,' declared Alan Leshner, chief executive publisher of the journal Science. 'It's too important to the nation and to the nation's children' [....] Presenters at the conference said the battle is far from over. On Sunday morning [02/19/06], they announced the formation of a new organization of scientists, scientific groups and supporters. - the Alliance for Science - to fight what they see as an assault on science from religious conservatives. The new organization aims to create graduate fellowships, increase funding for research, train math and science teachers, and build tax incentives for research and development, said co-chairman Paul Forbes. [....] The debate doesn't effect every school. Private schools, in charge of their own curriculum, are often sheltered from it. But it has hit public schools across the country. [....] One Catholic scientist who has been vocal in his views about intelligent design, the Rev. George V. Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, spoke at Sunday's teacher forum. 'One of the biggest problems teachers face is evangelical Christianity based on the literal interpretation of the scriptures,' he said, calling biblical literalism 'a plague in our midst.' [....]" [Based on: Article (Scientists rally here for evolution) by David Hunn (dhunn@post-dispatch.com) & Tim Townsend (ttownsend@post-dispatch.com), p. A1 & A8, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06] - [Article paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Police Crackdown / Cartoon Protestors - February 20th, 2006: "Pakistani security forces arrested hundreds of Islamic hard-liners and used gunfire and tear gas Sunday [02/19/06] to quell protests against caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Also Sunday, Saudi Arabian newspapers ran full-page apologies by Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first ran the caricatures in September [2005]. The newspaper's Web site said businesses had placed the ad on their own, using an apology issued by the newspaper late last month. The cartoons have been reprinted by other Western publications, outraging Muslims. But over the past three weeks, the protests have grown into a broader anger against the West in general - and Israel and the United States in particular. Demonstrations have turned increasingly violent and have claimed at least 45 lives worldwide." [Based on: News Services article (Police crack down on cartoon protestors), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Trivia / Israeli Funds to Palestinian Authority? - February 20th, 2006: "Israel said Sunday [02/19/06] that the Palestinian government was a 'terrorist authority' and halted the transfer of tens of millions of dollars in tax money. [....] The Cabinet decided to stop the transfer for the roughly $55 million a month that it collects in taxes and tariffs on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The order did not specify when the payments would stop. But the next payment is scheduled for early next month - and government spokesman Asaf Shariv said that it 'won't take place.' Army Radio quoted Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz as saying the cutoff would be reviewed each month. The Palestinian Authority relies on that money to help pay the salaries of roughly 140,000 government employees, including about 57,000 in the security forces. The government is the Palestinians' largest employer. The Cabinet held back from adopting other proposals made by Israeli security officials, including calls to: *Seal off the Gaza Strip from Israel. Bar thousands of Palestinian laborers from entering Israel. *Eliminate all trade with the impoverished area." [Based on: A.P. article (Israel will stop transferring funds to Palestinian Authority), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Wants FEMA Abolished? / Joseph Lieberman - February 20th, 2006: "Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said Sunday [02/19/06] that the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be abolished because it had become 'a joke, a four-letter word' after its slow and disorganized response to last year's Hurricane Katrina. 'It's time for FEMA to go,' Lieberman said on ABC's 'This Week.' However, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., last week introduced legislation that would restore FEMA as an independent agency. He said that would provide a more 'manageable and comprehensible' process for disaster victims." [Based on: News Services article (Lieberman wants FEMA to be abolished), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Warned About Abuse / Former U.S. Navy General Counsel - February 20th, 2006: "The Navy's former general counsel warned Pentagon officials before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that circumventing international agreements on torture and detainees' treatment would invite abuse, a published report says. Legal theories granting the president the right to authorize abuse in spite of the Geneva Conventions were unlawful, dangerous and erroneous, Alberto J. Mora advised officials in a secret memo. The 22-page document was obtained by The New Yorker for a story in its issue dated Feb. 27. When asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman said Sunday [02/19/06] she had yet to read the magazine story." [Based on: News Services article (Navy counsel warned about abuse, report says), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Militants Threaten to Fire Rockets at Tankers / Nigeria - February 20th, 2006: "Militants who kidnapped nine foreign oil workers in a flurry of attacks that forced a 20 percent cut in Nigerian crude exports vowed Sunday [02/20/06] to escalate the violence, threatening for the first time to fire rockets at international oil tankers. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Militants threaten to fire rockets at tankers), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Seeks Retroactive Approval of Wiretaps? / George W. Bush - February 20th, 2006: "Bush seeks retroactive approval of wiretaps" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/20/06]

2006 - Teaching Evolution? / U.S.A. - February 21st, 2006: "[....] Only in America, the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, is the very foundation of modern biology considered controversial. It would be funny if this willful ignorance were less widespread. But that's not the case, as a conference in St. Louis of the nation's largest organization of scientists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, makes all too clear. [....] This year's effort to undercut evolution, the misleadingly christened 'Missouri Science Education Act,' was introduced by a physician/politician, Dr. Robert Wayne Cooper, R-Camdenton. It would force science teachers to label evolution as a theory, or 'unverified emperical data.' But in science, as Dr. Cooper should know, 'theory' isn't synonymous with 'guess.' Nor is it an article of faith. Rather, it refers to a broad concept that gains credence from its ability to explain past evidence and correctly predict future discoveries. In the 150 years since the theory of evolution was first put forth, it has predicted scores of future discoveries, everything from the existence of DNA to the remarkable similarity of genetic material from fruit flies and humans. Science is the international language of the future. In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush made a point of the need for better science and math education. If he really means that, as we hope he does, he needs to get that message to his base on the Christian right who are attacking evolution in classrooms and legislatures across the country. We've come to a sorry pass when American scientists and science teachers have to waste their time on such claptrap. Unless our children are prepared to compete against others, with a solid grounding in scientific principles, they will be left behind." [Based on: Opinion Page article (Teaching evolution: believe it or not), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Tyranny's New Toehold? / Africa - February 21st, 2006: "Tyranny's new toehold in Africa / 3 leaders [Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kenya's Mwai Kibaki] praised by West are showing signs of despotism" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Opposes U.N. Force in Darfur / Sudan - February 21st, 2006: "Sudan says it opposes U.N. force in Darfur" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Women Candidacies / Saudia Arabia - February 21st, 2006: "A minor revolution has spread to this oil town [Damman, Saudia Arabia], where six women are running this week for seats on the local chamber of commerce. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Saudi women's candidacies signal change, however slow), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - U.S. Aid Tied to Unity Government / Iraq - February 21st, 2006: "U.S. envoy tells Iraq: Aid is tied to a unity government" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Proposed Hurricane Relief / Louisiana - February 21st, 2006: "Gov. Kathleen Blanco outlined a $7.5 billion rebuilding, relocation and buyout plan Monday [02/20/06] for thousands of residents whose homes remain damaged or destroyed after last year's hurricanes. [....] Assistance would be capped at a maximum $150,000 per homeowner under the proposal. But direct relief is still months away, and homeowners receiving the aid could be taking on more debt to rebuild." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (State buyout plan aids hurricane victims), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Three-Year Sentence / Holocaust Denier, Austria - February 21st, 2006: "Right-wing British historian David Irving was sentenced Monday [02/20/06] to three years in prison. He admitted to an Austrian court that he had denied the Holocaust - a crime in Austria, where Adolf Hitler was born. Irving pleaded guilty and then insisted in his one-day trial that he now acknowledged the Holocaust - the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews in World War II. He had faced up to 10 years behind bars. [....] Irving arrived at the court carrying one of his most disputed books - 'Hitler's War,' which challenges the extent of the Holocaust. [....] The court convicted Irving after his guilty plea under the 1992 law, which applies to 'whoever denies, grossly plays down, approves or tries to excuse the National Socialist genocide or other National Socialist crimes against humanity in a print publication, in broadcast or other media.' [....] The verdict was welcomed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which also highlighted the issue of freedom of speech. 'While Irving's rants would not have led to legal action in the United States, it is important that we recognize and respect Austria's commitment to fighting Holocaust denial, the most odious form of hatred,' said the center's Rabbi Abraham Cooper. [....] Irving was arrested Nov. 11 in the southern Austrian province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989. He tried to win his provisional release on $24,000 bail. But a Vienna court rejected the motion, saying it considered him a flight risk." [Based on: A.P. article (Holocaust denier gets three-year prison term in Austria) by Veronika Oleksyn, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06] - [Paragraph indents not transcribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Predicts Energy Breakthroughs Soon / George W. Bush - February 21st, 2006: "Bush predicts energy breakthroughs soon / He is on two-day trip to talk about his plans for weaning Americans off foreign oil." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Iranian Urges Muslims to End Violent Reactions to Cartoons - February 21st, 2006: "Iranian [Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki] urges Muslims to end violence in reaction to cartoons" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Sign Defense & Energy Deals / China & Pakistan - February 21st, 2006: "China, Pakistan sign [02/20/06] defense, energy deals" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Iran Assailed by U.S. Diplomat / Over Call for British Pullout- February 21st, 2006: "U.S. diplomat [Zalmay Khalilzad] assails Iran over call for British pullout" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Choice for Palestinian Prime Minister / Ismail Haniyeh - February 21st, 2006: "Hamas presented a pragmatist Monday [02/20/06] as its choice for Palestinian prime minister. The choice for prime minister is Ismail Haniyeh, a former university administrator. Officials said Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would give Haniyeh his formal letter of appointment today. [....] Haniyeh also criticized Israel's decision over the weekend to freeze the transfer of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority. 'The Israelis are trying to starve innocent people by taking money from our taxes, and we are going to fight this by all legal means,' he said. [....] But Israeli official Raanan Gissin rebuffed charges that Israel was breaking an interim peace accord that mandates handing over the funds. He said the Israelis were not obligated to transfer funds that could be used for terrorism." [Based on: A.P. article (Hamas chooses a pragmatist as Palestinian prime minister), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/21/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 22nd, 2006: "Fear of Fed raising rates rattles markets" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Cheney Was Drunk??? - February 22nd, 2006: "

"Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago say Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting. [....]"

[Based on: Capitol Hill Blue article (Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer) By Doug Thompson, 02/22/06] - [Link: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8184.shtml]

2006 - Settlement / Williams Cos. - February 22nd, 2006: "Williams Cos., the largest U.S. natural-gas pipeline owner, has agreed to pay $77 million to resolve civil and criminal claims that it manipulated natural gas prices by submitting false pricing information to trade publications. [....]" [Based on: Article (Williams Cos. will pay $77-million settlement), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Curious Asteriod? / 2006 DQ14 - February 22nd, 2006: "On February 22nd, a small asteroid named 2006 DQ14 flew past Earth at a distance of 1.2 million miles. But was it really an asteroid? 2006 DQ14 follows an orbit around the sun strikingly similar to Earth's. This raises the possibility that the 'asteroid' is actually space junk from our own planet. 2006 DQ14 was last near Earth in 1977-1979. Space missions launched in that time frame would be candidates to explain this curious object. [....] Note to observers: 2006 DQ14 is currently shining at 19th magnitude in the constellation Leo. Advanced amateur astronomers should be able to photograph and track it: ephemeris."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [02/28/06]

2006 - Continued Protests / Arab Cartoons - February 22nd, 2006: "Crowds continue to protest cartoons" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Explosion / Askariya Shrine, Iraq - February 22nd, 2006: "A large explosion shook the city of Samarra early today. Police said one of the country's most famous Shiite shrines [Askariya Shrine] was damaged. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Explosion damages famous Shiite shrine), p. A107, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Home Depot - February 22nd, 2006: "Home depot's quarterly profit hits a two-year high" [Based on: News Services, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Major Earthquake / Mozambique - February 22nd, 2006: "A major earthquake occurred at 22:19:07 (UTC) on Wednesday, February 22, 2006. The magnitude 7.4 event has been located in MOZAMBIQUE. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjlca.php] - [02/23/06]

2006 - Settlement / Tenet Healthcare Corp. - February 22nd, 2006: "Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Tuesday [02/21/06] it will pay Florida $7 million to resolve all matters involving the hospital operator that are being litigated or investigated by the Florida attorney general's office. The $7 million will be recorded as a charge in the fourth quarter. [....]" [Based on: Article (Tenet will pay Florida $7 million for all cases), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Trivia / Arab Company, U.S. Seaports - February 22nd, 2006: "Brushing off public demands from the two top Republicans in Congress, President George W. Bush said Tuesday that a deal allowing an Arab company to run six major U.S. seaports should go forward. He said he would veto any effort by Congress to stop it. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers  article (President confronts critics on port deal), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Sentencing Delayed / Ahmed Omar Abu Ali - February 22nd, 2006: "The government must disclose whether it used any information from the warrantless surveillance program in its case against a man [Ahmed Omar Abu Ali] convicted of joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate the president, a federal judge has ruled. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Sentencing is delayed over eavesdropping), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Bush power plays trample human dignity - February 22nd, 2006:

   "America's idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilized nations."
   So said Sir Andrew Collins, a justice of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice, in London on Thursday [02/16/06]. Moments later, Collins ruled that three British residents imprisoned by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to seek a court order forcing the British goverment to petition for their release.
   Great Britain, it's worth noting, has been the Bush administration's most stalwart supporter and the only other country to contribute significant numbers of combat troops to the misguided war in Iraq.
   [....]
   Indeed, according to copyrighted stories published earlier this month by the National Journal, few of the prisoners at Guantanamo have any connection to terrorism, few have committed any acts against the United States and few were captured on anything remotely resembling a battlefield. The Journal's reporting is based not on the accounts of prisoners or their lawyers but on the government's own declassified files of the so-called evidence against them.
   In this week's issue of The New Yorker, meanwhile, Jane Mayer reports on a damning 2004 Pentagon memo that traces, in depressing detail, the evolution of American policies and practices endorsing the brutal, abusive interrogation of prisoners at Guantanamo (and in Afghanistan and Iraq). The memo was written by Alberto Mora, a lifelong conservative who retired last month as general counsel of the U.S. Navy.
   [....]
   "If cruelty is no longer declared unlawful, but instead is applied as a matter of policy," Mora told the magazine, "it alters the whole notion of individual rights. The Constitution recognizes that man has an inherent right ... If you make this exception, the whole Constitution crumbles."
   It is this essential assault on human dignity and American values that South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed in a BBC radio interview on Friday [02/17/06]. "I never imagined I would live to see the day when the United States ... would use precisely the same arguments that the apartheid government used for detention without trial. It is disgraceful, and I can't find strong enough words to condemn what Britain and the United States and some of their allies have accepted."
   [....]
   "What is even more sad is, especially in the United States," said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, "that there has been so little outcry.... The rule of law has been subverted horrendously.... If you've got evidence, for goodness' sake produce it in a court of law.... You can't say the end justifies the means. That is a perverse ethical position."
   Tutu was honored last month by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, where he was interviewed by NPR's Debbie Elliot. She asked him why history seems to be such an endless litany of violent human conflict. It is just such a perception that feeds the apathy Tutu noticed in the scarcity of American protests against abuses of power.
   [....]
   Drawing on the Gospel of St. Matthew and the writings of colonial governor John Winthrop, Ronald Reagan spent a lifetime inspiring Americans with his vision of our country as "a shining city on a hill," a beacon of freedom to all the peoples of the world. Bit by terrible bit, the president and his administration have been extinguishing that light and turning the United States of America into a pariah among nations.

[Based on: Other Views page article (Bush power plays trample human dignity) by Eric Mink (E-mail: emink@post-dispatch.com), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Trivia / Projected Health Care Costs, U.S.A. - February 22nd, 2006: "Within a decade, an aging America will spend one of every five dollars on health care, government analysts say. The nation's total health care bill by 2015 will total more than $4 trillion, they say. Consumers will foot about half the bill, the government the rest. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Health care cost put at $4 trillion by 2015), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

*Trivia: "Overall health care spending in the United States will double over the next ten years to more than $4 trillion in 2015, according to a new snapshot prepared by the federal government. That's $4 trillion, with a T. At that rate, it would account for about $1 of every $5 in the economy. That's untenable. If preliminary government figures are correct, our national heath care bill for 2005 will be $6,700 for every man, woman and child. Even so, about 45 million people were uninsured. Per person spending is projected to rise to $12,300 by 2015. [....] To put those staggering figures in perspective, consider that American health spending didn't reach $1 trillion until 1996. Over the course of 20 years, with aging boomers needing more and more health care, it will be quadruple. [....] American business should be leading the charge for a national health plan. Instead, many companies have joined state and national politicians trying to shift more and more of rising health costs onto the shoulders of workers. Millions of retirees will have no company-paid health care at all. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Future shock: $4,000,000,000,000 in 2015), p. C12, S.L.P.D., 02/24/06]

2006 - 2nd Surgery / New York Governor, George Pataki - February 22nd, 2006: "Gov. George Pataki was transferred Tuesday [02/21/06] to a New York City hospital and underwent an operation, five days after surgeons removed his appendix. Doctors at  New York Presbyterian Hospital operated to alleviate a blockage in Pataki's digestive system, said his spokesman, David Catalfamo." [Based on: News Services article (Pataki has 2nd surgery, for digestive blockage), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Plans to Cut Mercury Emissions / Pennsylvania - February 22nd, 2006: "Pennsylvania plans to cut mercury emissions" [Based on: Article Title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Reactor Crisis, Leaks? / Illinois Nuclear Plants - February 22nd, 2006: "Federal regulators have ordered inspections [02/20/06] of all Illinois nuclear power plants after an emergency at one reactor and a series of leaks of radioactive tritium at plants owned by Exelon Corp. of Chicago. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Reactor crisis, leaks lead U.S. to inspect Illinois nuclear plants), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Moved from Tower of London Courtyard / Historic Ravens - February 22nd, 2006: "Bird flu becomes a royal pain / Historic ravens kept at Tower of London have been moved [02/15/06] out of harm's way." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Supreme Court Upholds Religious Sect's Use of Ritual Drug - February 22nd, 2006: "The Supreme Court on Tuesday [02/21/06] rejected the administration's claim that it can bar a small congregation in New Mexico from using a hallucinogenic tea [hoasca] during rituals. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Court upholds religious sect's use of ritual drug), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Targets Junk E-Mail & 'Illegal' Cell Phone Messages / China - February 22nd, 2006: "China is cracking down on junk e-mail and 'illegal' mobile phone text messages, says the state-run Xinhua News Agency. A new regulation will ban transmission of e-mail for advertising purposes to people without their permission. Xinhua reported Tuesday [02/21/06]. And all advertising e-mail must be titled 'advertisement' or 'AD,' the agency said. It also said that mobile phones must be registered under users' real names and that text messaging would be controlled more tightly because of the spread of 'illegal messages.' But the government was vague on details. For instance, the report fails to define what makes messages illegal. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (China targets junk e-mail, 'illegal' cell phone messages), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Still Paying to Plant Stories in Iraqi News Media? / U.S. Pentagon - February 22nd, 2006: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday [02/21/06] that the Pentagon is reviewing its practice of paying to plant stories in the Iraqi news media, withdrawing his earlier claim that it had been stopped [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Rumsfeld says military may still be paying media), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Sex Abuse Payments / Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Dubuque, Iowa - February 22nd, 2006: "The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque [Iowa] has agreed to pay $5 million to settle 20 cases of sexual abuse involving nine priests over the past five decades, church officials said Tuesday [02/21/06] [....] In a written apology, Hanus [Archbishop Jerome Hanus] said that the crimes were heinous and that the victims deserve praise for having the courage to come forward." [Based on: News Services article (Church agrees to pay $5 million in abuse cases), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/22/06]

2006 - Mob Rage / Iraq - February 23rd, 2006: "Mosque attack ignites mob rage across Iraq" [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - The shadows of Gitmo - February 23rd, 2006:

   In the new reality that is the war on terrorism, the question of what to do with captured enemy combatants is, at the very least, debatable.
   [....]
   The National Journal's Corine Hegland examined the court documents of 132 prisoners, about one-fourth of the detainees who have been held at Gitmo. Most of them were picked up in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. Seventy-five of these have not been accused of acts of war against the United States. Only one in five were members of al-Qaida; most of them were accused merely of associating with al-Qaida members, some on the testimony of tribal enemies who ratted them out for $1,000 bounties.
   A second study, done at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, is not quite so overwhelming. That study found that 55 percent of the detainees in Guantanamo are not suspected of hostilities against the United States. Sixty percent had some affiliation with al-Qaida, though, again, most of them only by "association." Five out of six were swept up by the bounty program, either in Afghanistan by tribal enemies or political enemies in Pakistan.
   The third study, done for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, accused the United States of violating basic human rights by torturing prisoners, holding them without formal charges and denying them trial.
   The administration's response to the U.N. report was to trot out Mr. McClellan to say, "We know that al-Qaida detainees are trained in trying to disseminate false information."
   The current issue of The New Yorker magazine contains an account of the efforts of Alberto J. Mora, the former general counsel of the U.S. Navy, to warn the Pentagon that its treatment of prisoners was "unlawful," "dangerous" and based on "erroneous novel legal theories." Mr. Mora, a Republican appointee, was ignored. He retired last year.
   Even if you accept that known terrorists should be held indefinitely without trial - and we don't - and even if you accept that "enhanced interrogation techniques" - which Congress has outlawed - should be used on them, the question remains of why so many people who may well be innocent are suject to the same treatment.
   Until Guantanamo is closed, charges are brought, trials are held and a full accounting is made of our actions, we cannot claim to be a beacon of freedom and justice. It is hard to see how the inhumane, unjust treatment of our enemies makes us stronger or safer.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (The shadows of Gitmo), p. D10, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]


2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 23rd, 2006: "Renewed confidence that the Federal Reserve is about done raising interest rates sparked a rally in stocks Wednesday [02/22/06]. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68.11, or 0.6 percent, to 11,137.17, its highest close since June 2001. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Status / Ariel Sharon - February 23rd, 2006: "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a minor procedure Wednesday [02/22/06] to remove fluid from his stomach after a scan uncovered the problem. Hadassah Hospital said in a statement. [....] On Feb. 11, Sharon underwent an emergency abdominal surgery to remove dead digestive tissue. Doctors took out 20 inches, or one-third, of his large intestine during that operation." [Based on: News Services article (Sharon has fluid removed from stomach), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Ban Robbery / England - February 23rd, 2006: "Robbers dressed as cops steal [02/21/06] at least $43.5 million in England" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - In the Pink / Express Scripts Inc. - February 23rd, 2006: "Generics put Express Scripts in the pink" [Based on: Title for Staff Reports article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Lottery Winners, U.S.A. - February 23rd, 2006: "8 meatpackers carve up prize / ConAgra ham processing plant workers get $15.5 million each" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Climate Change Models - February 23rd, 2006: "[....] At our current rate of carbon emissions, climate change models consistently predict a significant rise in sea levels, which will increase flooding in coastal regions dramatically. We would see other extreme weather events - droughts and extended heat waves - as well. [....] According to calculations by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.K. Meteorological Office, 2005 was the hottest year on record for the Northern Hemisphere. At roughly 1.3 degrees above the historical average, 2005 was either the hottest or second hottest year in mankind's history, according to the research. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article, p. D11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Christian-Moslem Violence / Nigeria - February 23rd, 2006: "Bodies littered the streets of the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha on Wednesday [02/22/06] as the death toll from days of Christian-Moslem violence in Nigeria rose to at least 93. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Death toll in violence grows to at least 93), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Kate / Torres Strait - February 23rd, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Kate swirls in the Torres Strait between Australia’s Cape York Peninsula and the island of New Guinea in this satellite view [see link] of the storm, obtained by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 23, 2006. Kate was the second tropical cyclone in 2006 to form off the coast of Queensland. It was not a particularly powerful system when MODIS obtained this view, with peak winds around 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour). However, because it was located so far offshore, there was little observed data from ground stations and radar instruments, which was making predictions of the storm’s path and future intensity a challenge, according to the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13379]

2006 - Reported Loss / Interstate Bakeries Corp. - February 23rd, 2006: "Interstate Bakeries Corp., the maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread, on Wednesday [02/22/06] said it lost $5.6 million last month. [....]" [Based on: Article (Interstate reports a loss of $5.6 million), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / "Freedom of Speech?" / U.S.A. - "Nazi-like legislation in the works to stop Bush dissent 'dead in its tracks' before massive revolt begins as the Bush lies are coming to the surface and top officials know it. [....]"

[Based on: Title for Artic Beacon article (U.S. Fascists In Washington Want To Put Muzzle On "Bad Dogs" In The Alternative Press), by Greg Szymanski, 02/23/06] - [See Link]

*Link: http://www.arcticbeacon.com/23-Feb-2006.html

2006 - Protest / St. Louis Post-Dispatch Employees - February 23rd, 2006: "As Lee Enterprises Inc. touted 2005 as a landmark year for revenue and readership growth, some St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees circulated flyers Wednesday [02/22/06] calling the newspaper 'the Lee family's red-headed stepchild.' Chairman, President and Chief Executive Mary Junck said the $1.46 billion acquisition in June of Pulitzer Inc. - including the Post-Dispatch - catapulted Lee to the fourth-largest newspaper company in the nation, based on dailies owned, and seventh-largest in circulation. Post-Dispatch employees met privately afterward with Post-Dispatch Publisher Terrance C.Z. Egger and Lee human resources vice president Vytenis Kuraitis to discuss what employees called 'a complete breakdown of transitioning benefits' after Lee acquired Pulitzer. [....] Four years ago, Lee owned 28 daily newspapers. It now owns 58 dailies and more than 300 weekly papers and specialty publications. Lee increased its revenue to an estimated $1.2 billion in 2006 from $427 million in 2001. Last year, Lee saw a 30 percent increase in advertising revenue to $658 million and a 15 percent increase in operating income to $168 million. [....]" [Based on: Quad-City Times article (P-D employees protest their treatment by Lee) by Kay Luna, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Bouvet Island Region - February 23rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:04:05 (UTC) on Thursday, February 23, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in the BOUVET ISLAND REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjman.php] - [02/23/06]

2006 - Call for Broader Use? / U.S. Flu Vaccinations - February 23rd, 2006: "The committee that sets federal immunization policy recommended Wednesday [02/22/06] that children ages 2 to 5 be vaccinated against influenza every year. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Group calls for broader use of flu vaccinations), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Resignation / Vice Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve - February 23rd, 2006: "Vice chairman [Roger Ferguson] resigns" [Based on: Article (Interstate reports a loss of $5.6 million), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Found Lacking? / Anti-Arthritis Supplements - February 23rd, 2006: "Two hot-selling supplements [glucosamine & chondroitin] used by millions of Americans are of little help to most people with mild arthritis, a large government study concludes. The study is part of an effort to scrutinize unproven health remedies. [....] The arthritis research is published in today's New England Journal of Medicine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Anti-arthritis supplements are found lacking), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Liable for Poisoning / U.S. Lead Paint Makers - February 23rd, 2006: "Three former makers of lead paint created a public nuisance that continues to poison Rhode Island children, a jury ruled Wednesday [02/22/06] in a verdict that could saddle the companies with millions of dollars in cleanup costs and embolden other states to sue, too. Rhode Island - the first state to sue the paint industry over lead - argued that the substance has sickened tens of thousands of children, contaminating homes and burduned landlords. The state asked the jury to force the former manufacturers of lead pigment or paint to deal with the mess, though it did not seek a dollar amount. [....] The jury decided that one of the four companies sued, Atlantic Richfield Co., was not responsible. But it found the three others were: Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc. and Millennium Holdings LLC. [....] The jury began deliberating Feb. 13 after a trial that lasted more than three months. An earlier trial ended in a hung jury." [Based on: A.P. article (Jury finds former lead paint makers liable for poisoning), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Wasn't Told About Ports Deal? / George W. Bush - February 23rd, 2006: "President George W. Bush didn't know about the deal to allow a state-owned United Arab Emirates company to manage terminals at six major U.S. ports until after his administration had approved it, White House officials said Wednesday [02/23/06]. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Bush wasn't told about ports deal / Why not? A positive interagency review led officials to believe the matter did not rise to a presidential level.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Subpoena / Former Engineered Support Employee - February 23rd, 2006: "Feds subpoena former Engineered Support employee / What they're investigating: Prosecutors are looking into suspicions of insider trading and timing of the public disclosure of a troubled contract." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article, p. C1, 02/23/06]

2006 - Convicted for Molestation / California Catholic Priest - February 23rd, 2006: "Former priest [Michael Edwin Wempe] is convicted [Los Angeles] of molestation" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Target of "Political Blackmail" to Recognize Israel? / Hamas - February 23rd, 2006: "Iran offered Wednesday to fund a Hamas-led Palestinian government if the West cuts off aid. But Israel vowed to block any money from Tehran and warned the Palestinians against aligning with what it called 'international pariahs.' [....] The United States and the European Union, which consider Hamas a terrorist organization, have said they will halt hundreds of millions of dollars in aid grants to the Palestinian Authority after a Hamas government takes office unless the group changes its attitude toward Israel and violence. 'The United States proved that it would not support democracy after it cut its aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas won the elections. We will certainly help the Palestinians,' Larijani said, according to an Iran radio report. [....] In Kuwait, the Salafi Movement - a Sunni extremist group - called on Muslims and Arabs to offer financial support to Hamas, the 'legitimate and elected representative' of the Palestinian people. The movement said Hamas was the target of 'political blackmail' to force it to recognize Irsael." [Based on: A.P. article (Iran offers to finance Hamas-led government / Israel pledges to block such a move.), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/23/06]

2006 - Died / Don Knotts - February 24th, 2006: "Don Knotts died of lung cancer. He was 81." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2006: "Stocks fell Thursday [02/23/06] as an unexpected drop in jobless claims rekindled concerns that inflation may accelerate, prompting the Federal Reserve to keep raising interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall as job-report scares trump lower oil prices), p. B7, 02/24/06]

2006 - Bloody Reprisals / Iraq - February 24th, 2006: "Shiites take bloody reprisals / Sectarian violence in Iraq - 47 people are shot in one incident; curfew bans people from streets" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A1, 02/24/06]

*Trivia: "Spiraling violence, chaos leave Iraqis shaken" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, 02/24/06]

2006 - Multipary Elections / Uganda - February 24th, 2006: "Multiparty elections bring out voters" [Based on: Wire Services article, p. A12, 02/24/06]

2006 - Fatality / Atwar Bahjat, Iraq - February 24th, 2006: "TV newswoman [Atwar Bahjat] widely known in Arab world is slain by gunmen in Iraq / Atwar Bahjat and two of her colleagues were killed outside Samarra." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, 02/24/06]

2006 - State of Emergency / Philippines - February 24th, 2006: "TV newswoman [Atwar Bahjat] widely known in Arab world is slain by gunmen in Iraq / Atwar Bahjat and two of her colleagues were killed outside Samarra." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Philippines goes under state of emergency), p. A9, 02/24/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - February 24th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:15:45 (UTC) on Friday, February 24, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in the FIJI REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjnap.php] - [02/24/06]

2006 - Roof Collapse / Russian Market - February 24th, 2006: "Roof collapse kills dozens at Russian market [02/23/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, 02/24/06]

2006 - Israeli Military Sweep / Gaza Strip - February 24th, 2006: "Israeli troops on Thursday [02/23/06] killed five Palestinians in Israel's largest military sweep since pulling out from the Gaza Strip last summer." [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli forces kill 5 Palestinians in sweep of militants' stronghold), p. A8, 02/24/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Average Incomes Drop - February 24th, 2006: "After the booming 1990s, when incomes and stock prices were soaring, this decade has proven less of a thrill ride for most families. Adjusted for inflation, average income fell from 2001 to 2004, and the growth in net worth was the weakest in a decade, the Federal Reserve said Thursday [02/23/06]. [....] The comprehensive look at household balance sheets is issued every three years. [....] Weak incomes and the stock market decline early in the decade, which wiped out $7 trillion of paper wealth, had an adverse impact on family balance sheets. [....] The 2001-2004 performance was the worst since net worth declined by 9.9 percent in the 1989-1992 period. [....] The gap between the very wealthy and other income groups widened during that period. The top 10 percent of households saw their net worth rise by 6.1 percent to an average of $3.11 million while the bottom 25 percent suffered a decline from a net worth in which their assets equaled their liabilities in 2001 to owing $1,400 more than their toatl assets in 2004." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Average incomes adjusted for inflation drop for 2004), p. B3, 02/24/06]

2006 - Definition of "Family" / St. Louis, Mo. - February 24th, 2006: "Black Jack [Mo.] isn't the only city with an ordinance defining what kind of family can live within its limits. Most municipalities in the St. Louis area have similar, if not identical, rules. Black Jack's ordinance applies to unmarried couples with children. Under the law, a home cannot be inhabited by three or more individuals not related by 'blood, marriage or adoption.' The ordinance recently has come under scrutiny because of Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving. The couple purchased a five-bedroom, three-bath house in Black Jack and moved into the home last month with their three children. But the couple was denied an occupancy permit because their household failed to meet the city's definition of family. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Communities vary on housing rules for families), p. A1, 02/24/06]

2006 - Worldwide Sales / Lenovo Computers - February 24th, 2006: "Lenovo introduces its first branded computers for worldwide sales" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, 02/24/06]

2006 - Olympic Gold Medal / Shizuka Arakawa - February 24th, 2006: "Shizuka Arakawa [Japan] won gold in ladies figure skating [02/23/06]. Sasha Cohen [U.S.A.] & Irina Slutskaya [Russia] - who both fell - won silver and bronze, respectively." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Proposed Settlement / HealthSouth Corp. - February 24th, 2006: "HealthSouth investors agree to $445 million / Plantiffs also will get 25 percent of rewards from company lawsuits." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, 02/24/06]

2006 - Manipulated Numbers? / Fannie Mae - February 24th, 2006: "Senior managers at Fannie Mae manipulated accounting in 1998 to trigger millions of dollars in bonuses, part of a pattern that for years misled investors by masking the volatile nature of the mortgage finance company's business, an inquiry led by former Sen. Warren Rudman has concluded. [....] Top management - notably former Chief Executive Franklin Raines and former Chief Financial Officer Timothy Howard - set a tone that focused on achieving profit goals, while keeping a tight rein on the flow of information and at times misleading the company's directors about what was going on, the report says. [....] Howard and Raines left the company in December 2004 following disclosure of its accounting troubles. On Thursday [02/23/06], lawyers for both men denied wrongdoing by their clients. [....] Fannie Mae's board hired Rudman and his law firm in September 2004 to review allegations of accounting failures leveled by the company's chief regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. Rudman's findings, made public on Thursday, were based on more than 240 interviews with current and former Fannie Mae employees, including Raines, and on more than 4 million documents. His report will be sent to federal prosecutors and regulators." [Based on: Washington Post article (Fannie Mae manipulated numbers, study concludes), p. B2, 02/24/06]

2006 - Christian-Muslim Battles Continue / Nigeria - February 24th, 2006: "Christian-Muslim battles continue across Nigeria" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, 02/24/06]

2006 - Discovered / Castorocauda lutrasimilis - castoro - February 24th, 2006: "The discovery of a furry, beaverlike animal that lived at the time of the dinosaurs has overturned more than a century of scientific thinking about Jurassic mammals. The find shows that the role of mammals in the time of dinosaurs was far greater than previously thought, says Zhe-Xi Luo, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. [....] Now, a research team that included Luo has found that 164 million years ago, the newly discovered mammal was swimming in lakes and eating fish. It has a flat scaly tail like a beaver's vertebra like an otter's and teeth like a seal's. [....] Thomas Martin of Germany's Research Institute Senckenberg said the discovery pushed back the mammal conquest of the waters by more than 100 million years. [....] Modern semi-aquatic mammals such as beavers and otters, and aquatic mammals like whales, first appeared between 55 million years ago and 25 million years ago, according to the researchers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Furry mammal from Jurassic era upends scientific thought), p. A14, 02/24/06]

2006 - White House Response / Hurricane Katrina Report - February 24th, 2006: "The White House acknowledged Thursday [02/23/06] that the response to Hurricane Katrina was botched because federal officials were confused, poorly prepared and communicated badly. But instead of an overhaul of the Homeland Security bureaucracy, officials proposed 125 smaller fixes. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (White House responds to report on Katrina with 125 suggestions), p. A3, 02/24/06]

2006 - Offers to Delay Takeover of U.S. Ports / United Arab Emirates - February 24th, 2006: "A United Arab Emirates company offered late Thursday [02/23/06] to delay its $6.8 billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. ports to give the Bush administration more time to convince skeptical lawmakers that the deal poses no security risks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Company offers to delay takeover at U.S. facilities), p. A2, 02/24/06]

*Trivia: "Weeks before one of its companies sought U.S. approval for its ports deal, the United Arab Emirates contributed $100 million to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, officials confirmed Thursday [02/23/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (UAE gave $100 million for Katrina relief), p. A2, 02/24/06]

2006 - Revealed Complaints about U.S. Interrogations / FBI Memos - February 24th, 2006: "Military interrogators posing as FBI agents at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapped suspects in an Israeli flag and forced them to watch homosexual pornography under strobe lights during interrogation sessions that lasted as long as 18 hours, according to an FBI memo released Thursday [02/23/06]. FBI agents working at the prison complained about the techniques in e-mails to their superiors from 2002 to 2004, 54 e-mails released by the American Civil Liberties Union showed. The agents tried to get the military interrogators to change their approach and warned that the harsh methods could hinder future criminal prosecutions of terrorists because information gained illegally is inadmissible in court. Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, then in charge of the prison, overrode the FBI agents' protests, according to the documents. [....] Lt. Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, called the ACLU's release of the documents 'another example of recycling old information.' The Pentagon has conducted 12 major investigations and reviews and has never found a 'policy that ever encouraged or condoned abuse of detainees at Guantanamo,' he said. A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press. U.S. district judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts of detainee hearings, which contain the names of detainees in custody and those who have been held and later released. Previously released documents have had names and details blacked out." [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (FBI memos reveal complaints about interrogations), p. A6, 02/24/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2006: "Gains among energy producers and a rally in Research in Motion Ltd. helped stocks overcome a $2-a-barrel jump in oil prices Friday [02/24/06] and move higher. Indexes ended the week near four-year highs. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets overcome rising oil prices after Saudi incident), p. A34, 02/25/06]

2006 - Oil Prices Spike / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2006: "Crude-oil futures Friday [02/24/06] jumped more than $2 a barrel after Saudi Arabian forces repelled an attack on the Abqaiq oil-processing center, which handles 7 percent of world supply. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Oil prices spike on security concerns), p. A33, 02/25/06]

2006 - Trivia / CIA Leak Case - February 25th, 2006: "Former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby ... cannot be told the identity of another government official who is said to have divulged a CIA operative's identity to reporters, a federal judge [U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton] ruled Friday [02/24/06]. [....] During a hearing Friday afternoon, Walton said Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald can keep secret the other government officials's identity because that person has not been charged and has a right to privacy. The judge put off deciding whether Libby can have access to highly classified presidential daily briefs that Libby and Cheney received six days a week from a CIA official." [Based on: News Services article (Libby loses and wins rulings in leak case), p. A26, 02/25/06]

2006 - Hostage Video / Nigeria - February 25th, 2006: "Bristling with heavy weapons, masked militants responsible for a wave of violence targeting Nigeria's oil industry showed off a 68-year-old American hostage Friday [02/24/06] who appealed to the international community to help secure his release. Macon Hawkins of Kosciusko, Texas, said he turns 69 on Wednesday [03/01/06] and wants freedom for his birthday. The militants, who claim to be fighting for a greater local share of the country's oil wealth for their impoverished region, seized Hawkins and eight other foreign oil workers from a barge in the Niger Delta's mangrove swamps Feb. 18. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. hostage appeals for action), p. A29, 02/25/06]

2006 - Suspended Mayor / London - February 25th, 2006: "A disciplinary tribunal on Friday [02/24/06] ordered London's outspoken mayor, Ken Livingstone, suspended for four weeks for causing 'damage to the reputation of his office' by comparing a Jewish newspaper reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard. The panel oversees the conduct of local officials. Livingstone made the comments to Oliver Finegold, a reporter from the Evening Standard. The mayor was leaving a reception. Finegold's paper has been highly critical of the mayor." [Based on: News Services article (Commission suspends mayor over statement), p. A29, 02/25/06]

*Trivia: "London's mayor can keep doing his job while a court decides whether he deserves a four-week suspension for comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard, a judge ruled Tuesday [02/28/06]. Mayor Ken Livingstone, meanwhile, accused Britain's main Jewish group of initiating his legal troubles because it was unhappy with his attitudes about Israel and the Palestinians. Livingstone accused the board of deputies of British Jews, whose complaint to a disciplinary panel helped lead to his suspension, of acting because he had criticized Israeli policies. Later Tuesday, a High Court judge temporarily blocked the Adjudication Panel for England's order suspending Livingstone from office for four weeks starting today. The High Court will weigh Livingstone's appeal of the suspension." [Based on: A.P. article (Mayor's suspension over Nazi remark is on hold), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Mitchell Wade - February 25th, 2006: "Defense contractor [Mitchell Wade] pleads guilty [02/24/06] of paying bribes [More than $1 million] to congressman [Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A23, 02/25/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Trivia / Cancer-Causing Viruses? - February 25th, 2006: "Researchers said Friday [02/24/06] they have found a virus in the prostates of some cancer patients, a remarkable discovery that may suggest disease could play a role alongside genetics and the environment in causing this cancer. [....] Infectious disease-causing viruses are already blamed for some liver cancers and cervical cancer. That has planted nagging suspicions in the minds of scientists that some diseases may play important roles alongside genetics, environment and chance in causing breast, stomach and several other forms of cancer." [Based on: A.P. article (Study finds virus in some prostates), p. A25, 02/25/06]

2006 - Bill Banning Abortions / South Dakota - February 25th, 2006: "South Dakota bill bans nearly all abortions" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A23, 02/25/06]

2006 - Promoted / Joyce Dehli, Lee Enterprises Inc. - February 25th, 2006: "Lee enterprises Inc., owner of the Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journals, has appointed a new vice president for news. Joyce Dehli, who served as Lee's director of editorial development, succeeds David Stoeffler, who earlier took a leave of absence for personal reasons, Lee said Friday [02/24/06]. Dehli, 47, will help Lee's newspapers deliver strong local news and quality journalism in print and online. Lee's chairman, Mary Junck, said Dehli will work with Lee's 58 daily newspapers, its weekly papers and Web sites." [Based on: Article (Lee exec promoted), p. A32, 02/25/06]

2006 - Bird Flu Confirmed / Poultry Farm, France - February 25th, 2006: "The European Union's first outbreak of lethal H5N1 bird flu in commercial poultry was confirmed today [02/25/06] in France, the European Union's largest poultry producer. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Bird flu is confirmed at large poultry farm), p. A29, 02/25/06]

2006 - Crash Land? / U.S. Durable-Goods Orders - February 25th, 2006: "A decline in orders for Boeing Co. commercial jets last month contributed to the biggest drop in durable-goods orders since July 2000, even as factories reported strong sales of business equipment. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (January durable-goods orders crash land on lagging sales of U.S. commercial jets), p. A33, 02/25/06]

2006 - Attempted Suicide Attack / Saudi Oil Facility - February 25th, 2006: "Militants tried to carry out a bold suicide attack on the world's largest oil processing facility Friday [02/24/06] but were stopped from breaking in by guards who fired on their cars, exploding both vehicles and killing the attackers. Al-Qaida reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. [....] 'We have no clue so far about who are the perpetrators or to what group they belong,' al-Turki [Interior Ministry spokesman, Lt. Gen. Mansour al-Turki] said. 'It is still too early. We have already started the investigation.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Saudis stop suicide attack on oil facility), p. A27, 02/25/06]

2006 - Stock Options Cash-In / UnitedHealth Group Inc. Chairman - February 25th, 2006: "UnitedHealth Group Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive William McGuire cashed in stock options worth about $136.7 million, the company disclosed on Friday [02/24/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (UnitedHealth Chief has $136 million cash-in), p. A32, 02/25/06]

2006 - Prohibited Political Activity? / U.S. Churches & Charities - February 25th, 2006: "The IRS said Friday [02/24/06] that it saw a sharp increase in prohibited political activity by charities and churches in the last election cycle. The agency said it would aim to reverse that trend as the country heads into the midterm elections. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A25, 02/25/06]

2006 - Construction Suspended? / Uranium Storehouse, Oak Ridge Tenn. - February 25th, 2006: "Oak Ridge, Tenn. - Reinforcing steel was missing or not installed as designed in some concrete walls and floors in a $350 million storehouse that will hold some of the nation's bomb-grade uranium, according to federal inspectors. The National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the nation's nuclear weapons program, could not immediately say how significant the problems were at the construction site at Oak Ridge [Tennessee]. But the discovery has forced suspension of most work on the new uranium facility since Feb. 3, according to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The independent agency oversees nuclear weapons programs." [Based on: News Services article (Poor construction cited at uranium storehouse), p. A26, 02/25/06]

2006 - Protestant Parade? / Ireland - February 26th, 2006: "[....] The rioters' mayhem forced Protestant hard-liners to abandon their plan to parade through Dublin. It would have been the first parade in Dublin by pro-British Protestants since Ireland's petition into a mostly Protestant north and mostly Roman Catholic south in 1921. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Police, IRA backers clash in protest over Protestant parade), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Ricin Scare, Univ. of Texas - February 26th, 2006: "Tests suggest power found at university [Univ. of Texas] isn't ricin / Results on powder found by a student initially were positive, but officials now believe it's not the potentially deadly poison." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Cox News Serrvice article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/26/06]

*Trivia: "The FBI determined that a powdery substance found in a roll of quarters at a University of Texas dormitory was not ricin after initial state tests had indicated it was the potentially deadly poison, a spokesman said Sunday [02/26/06]. The FBI tests did not identify the substance, but they came back negative for the poison that is extracted from castor beans, said San Antonio FBI spokesman Rene Salinas. 'There were no proteins in there to indicate it was in fact ricin,' Salinas said. He said further testing was unlikely. State health officials did 'just a quick test, and they don't check for the proteins in ricin,' Salinas said. The mystery powder spilled onto Kelly Heinbaugh's hands as she unwrapped a roll of quarters her mother had gotten from the same bank and none had powder in them." [Based on: News Services article (FBI finds that substance in coin roll isn't ricin), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Expanding U.S. Prison? / Afghanistan - February 26th, 2006: "While an international debate rages over the future of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the armed forces have quietly expanded another, less-visible prison [Bagram] in Afghanistan, where it now holds some 500 terrorism suspects in more primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges." [Based on: New York Times article (As world watches Guantanamo, U.S. quietly expands Afgham prison / 500 terrorism suspects are held there in primitive conditions, without charges.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/26/06]

2006 - President Yoweri Museveni / Uganda - February 26th, 2006: "Uganda's president [Yoweri Museveni] easily wins re-election" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/26/06]

2006 - Conviction / War Crimes Trial, Afghanistan - February 26th, 2006: "An Afghan court convicted a former intelligence chief and sentenced him to death Saturday [02/25/06] for killing hundreds of people during communist rule. The verdict came in the country's first war crimes trial after more than two decades of conflict. Asadullah Sarwari, who has been in prison since 1992 for crimes committed in the late 1970s, sat in silence as the verdict was read. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Cox News Serrvice article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/26/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / South of Fiji Islands - February 26th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:08:28 (UTC) on Sunday, February 26, 2006. The magnitude 6.4 event has been located SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjqaf.php] - [02/27/06]

2006 - Closing Ceremonies / 20th Winter Olympics - February 26th, 2006: "A circus atmosphere pervaded Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremonies of the 20th Winter Olympics in Turin. Clowns, ballerinas and acrobats share the stage with athletes who paraded in and enjoyed the festivities. [....]" [Based on: Article (2006 Winter Olympics - Arrivederci), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Curfew / Baghdad, Iraq - February 27th, 2006: " 'We can't go on like this' / Shops and businesses shutter and shelves go bare amid Baghdad curfew" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Status? / Jill Caroll, Iraq - February 27th, 2006: " [....] ... the deadline set by her kidnappers for killing abducted American journalist Jill Carroll passed at midnight Sunday [02/26/06] with no word on her fate. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (3 soldiers, 26 Iraqis are killed despite stringent security), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - States' Rights Issues / U.S.A. - February 27th, 2006: "States' cases at high court could rock political world / At issue are Vermont's limits on campaign spending, Texas' legislative redistricting." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / Project SERPO, Etc. - February 27th, 2006:

[....]

The Project SERPO information, whether accurate or inaccurate, might make us think about the brave and dedicated people in our military, intelligence and scientific communities.

If extraterrestrial craft did crash in New Mexico in 1947, it would have posed a tremendous shock and worry for our national security authorities. If they did establish positive diplomatic relations with these visitors and an exchange program, that was quite an accomplishment.

If any of this is true, many people wonder about what has happened in the decades since. The reports of the U.S. acquiring advanced technology make sense. The secrecy surrounding the situation also makes sense.

[....]

If the stories are true, we could also learn more about the way physics, time and Nature function. We might learn about possibilities for further human development, our place in the Universe, Heaven and the mysteries of a Great Spirit.

[Based on: American Chronicle article (‘Project SERPO’ story gets more credible? Alleged insider accounts revealed) by Steve Hammons, February 27, 2006] - [See links]

*Link: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=6312
*Other Links: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=6501

2006 - Anti-Cartoon Rallies / Pakistan - February 27th, 2006: "About 25,000 people rallied in Karachi against prophet Muhammad cartoons Sunday [02/26/08] while authorities rounded up scores of Islamic hard-liners to stop them from demonstrating in another Pakistani city. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (25,000 rally against Muhammad cartoons), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - March Against Racism / France - February 27th, 2006: "Tens of thousands of demonstrators, joined by politicians of all stripes, marched through Paris on Sunday [02/26/06] to protest racism and anti-Semitism after the torture and killing of a Paris Jew. [...] 'Today, we must march, we must stand up, to say that in France each of us has the right to live in dignity whatever his God, his religion, the color of his skin,' said Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Thousands march against racism, anti-Semitism), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Wants Truce With Israel / Hamas - February 27th, 2006: "The Palestinians' incoming prime minister said Sunday [02/26/06] that Hamas is interested in a long-term truce with Israel but has no intention of seeking a formal peace agreement that would recognize Israel. Also on Sunday, Israel's acting foreign minister said Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is 'not relevant' because of the election victory by the militant group Hamas. Israel and the U.S. consider Hamas, winner of last month's Palestinian elections, a terrorist group. Hamas does not recognize Israel and has sent dozens of suicide bombers into the country, killing hundreds." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas wants truce with Israel, leader says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Revised? / EPA Clean Air Rules - February 27th, 2006: "For 35 years, the Environmental Protection Agency heeded the advice of a special panel of scientists set up by Congress to help shape governmental rules aimed at cutting air pollution. But for the first time, the EPA is rejecting recommendations from its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee as the agency moves forward this year with revised rules governing how much soot and dust can be permitted in the air. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief article (Scientists see clean air decision as latest snub) by Bill Lambrecht, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Request Delay in Trial / Saddam's Lawyers - February 27th, 2006: " Amid turmoil in Baghdad, Saddam's lawyers request a delay in his trial" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Draft Bill / National Security Surveillance Act - February 27th, 2006: "The attorney general would have to get approval from a secretive intelligence court every 45 days to preserve the government's controversial surveillance program, according to a draft bill from the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.]. [....] Called the National Security Surveillance Act, the draft measure is the first Republican legislation to surface publicly since the program was disclosed two months ago." [Based on: News Services article (Bill would put checks on surveillance program), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Carina / Indian Ocean - February 27th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Carina appears as a tightly wound spiral in the Indian Ocean in this satellite view [see link] of the storm, obtained by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 27, 2006. Carina had begun becoming an organized storm system four days earlier, and built rapidly into a powerful cyclone. By the time MODIS obtained this observation of Carina, peak winds were blowing at 175 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour). However, the tropical cyclone was moving into the southern Indian Ocean well away from the nearest land, even the very remote Cocos Islands several hundred kilometers east. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13383]

2006 - Challenge to Arroyo's Leadership / Philippines - February 27th, 2006: "A challenge to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's leadership by disgruntled marine officers ended without violence Sunday [02/26/06] but signaled that efforts to oust the president probably will persist even without widespread popular support. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Restless military elite put Philippines on edge), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Inmate Takeover / Kabul Prison, Afghanistan - February 27th, 2006: "Afghan soldiers encircle jail after inmate takeover / Al-Qaida and Taliban loyalists are blamed for the riot." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

*Trivia: "Rebellious inmates at Kabul's main prison agreed Monday [02/27/06] to halt a two-day uprising that killed four people and injured 38. In return, authorities said they had restored food, water and electricity to the prisoners. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Inmates OK halt to uprisings at Afghan prison / Food, water and power are restored to prisoners. But the deal is only temporary.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Second Security Review / Dubai-Based DP World - February 27th, 2006: "President George W. Bush's administration said Sunday [02/26/06] that it would accept an offer by a United Arab Emirates-based company to submit to a second, broader U.S. review of potential security risks in the company's deal to take over many operations at six leading American ports. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Second security review averts political showdown), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Uranium Enrichment Program? / Iran & Russia - February 27th, 2006: "Iran and Russia agreed in principle Sunday [02/26/06] to establish a joint uranium enrichment venture. The accord represents a breakthrough in talks on a U.S.-backed Russian proposal aimed at easing concerns that Iran wants to build nuclear weapons. But further negotiations on the details lay ahead. Still unclear is whether Iran will entirely give up enrichment at home, a top demand of the West. [....] The agreement could deflect any move by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency at its meeting March 6 to recommend that the U.N. Security Council consider action on Iran. Such a step could lead to economic or political sanctions. Iran's deputy nuclear chief, Mohammad Saeedi, warned that the deal would be off if the International Atomic Energy Agency referred Iran to the Security Council. 'If talk of referral is raised, then all ways will be blocked,' Saeedi said. [....] Iran denies any intention to build weapoons, saying it aims only to produce nuclear energy. [....] Russia is an ally of Iran's and has been pressing the Iranians to have all their uranium enrichment take place on Russian soil. The Russians had made the deal contingent on Iran's formally calling off its domestic enrichment program. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Iran, Russia reach agreement on joint uranium enrichment), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Protestors Demand Resignation / Prime Minister, Thailand - February 27th, 2006: "Tens of thousands of protestors on Sunday [02/26/06] demanded that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resign, and opposition parties called for a meeting with the embattled leader to discuss political reforms. Thaksin dissolved parliament Friday in a move forcing national elections three years early and guaranteeing a showdown with political opponents who have accused him of corruption. The three main opposition parties have spoken of boycotting elections, which Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party would almost certainly win because of its popularity with rural voters." [Based on: News Services article (Protestors demand premier's resignation), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Presidential Candidate / Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico - February 27th, 2006: "Tens of thousands of Mexicans filled an ancient square in this capital [Mexico City] Sunday [02/26/06] to hear leftist presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledge to distance himself from U.S. policies. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / Iraq - February 28th, 2006: "Iraqi security forces announced on Monday [02/27/06] the capture of a senior figure in al-Qaida [Abou al-Farouq] in Iraq. And the U.S. ambassador said the risk of civil war is over. [....] Also Monday [02/27/06], Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said they believed American journalist Jill Carroll remained alive. Monday - the day after  a deadline set by her captors - passed with no word of her fate." [Based on: News Services article (Iraqi forces announce capture of a senior al-Qaida operative / American ambassador declares risk of civil war over as Sunnis offer to return to talks on a new government.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Oil Prices Dip / U.S.A. - February 28th, 2006: "Oil prices take a dip as terror fears ease" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 28th, 2006: "Lowe's profit, oil price decline boost stocks" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Died / Dennis Weaver - February 28th, 2006: "Television actor Dennis Weaver of 'Gunsmoke' and 'McCloud' has died of complications from cancer at age 81. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Actor was known for roles on 'Gunsmoke' and McCloud'), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Teachers Join AFL-CIO - February 28th, 2006: "Teachers join AFL-CIO" [Based on: Article Title (Teachers join AFL-CIO), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Settlement / Monsanto Co. - February 28th, 2006: "Monsanto Co. said Monday [02/27/06] it will pay at least $185 million to settle a patent dispute involving Posilac, a growth hormone it sells to boost production in dairy cows. [....]" [Based on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article (Monsanto will pay $185 million over patent), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Palestinian Aid / European Union - February 28th, 2006: "The European Union agreed Monday [02/27/06] to grant $145 million in urgent aid to the Palestinians before a government led by the Islamic militant group Hamas takes power, a move aimed at preventing a financial collapse that could add to the chaos in the Middle East. But the EU kept silent on what it would do once Hamas assumes control of the Palestinian government. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (EU OK's $145 million in aid for Palestinians), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Lowe's Cos. - February 28th, 2006: "Lowe's reports 37 pct. rise in profit" [Based on: Title for A.P article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - GOP Governors Fear Ripple Effect? - February 28th, 2006: "GOP governors fear Bush's woes will cause ripple effect" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Mardi Gras Celebration / U.S.A.  - February 28th, 2006: "The crowds were small and the costumes satirical as Mardi Gras reached its boozy climax Tuesday [02/28/06] in a city that could use a few laughs. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mardi Gras revelry takes turn to satirical / Costumes reflect struggle after Katrina), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Iran - February 28th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:31:03 (UTC) on Tuesday, February 28, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in Southern Iran." [D.R.D.]

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjsak.php] - [03/01/06]

2006 - Suspects Killed / Saudi Oil Facility Plot - February 28th, 2006: "Saudi security forces killed five suspects Monday [02/27/06] in an early-morning raid in connection with last week's foiled attack on the world's largest oil-processing plant. [....] Al-Turki said the identities of the five men weren't immediately known. 'The five were killed because they refused to surrender,' he said in a phone interview. 'They are believed to be terrorists, but as for how much they are linked to al-Qaida, we'll have to wait and see the results of the investigation.' [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Saudi forces kill 5 suspected in plot against oil facility), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Backlog of Unsold New Houses / U.S.A. - February 28th, 2006: "The backlog of unsold new houses reached a record level last month [January 2006], as sales slipped despite the warmest January in more than a century. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Slow sales lead to glut of new houses), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Planning Share Buyback? Merrill Lynch & Co. - February 28th, 2006: "Merrill Lynch is planning $6 billion share buyback" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Emma / Western Australia - February 28th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Emma formed as a low intensity system and built to cyclone strength only briefly. But Emma’s brief cyclone status belied its size and rainfall. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) instrument on the Aqua observed the storm system as it was losing strength, and hence its tropical cyclone status, on February 28, 2006 at 5:55 UTC (1:55 PM local time). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13385]

2006 - Rejects Call for Wiretap Counsel / White House - February 28th, 2006: "White House rejects call for wiretap counsel" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Denies Passing Iraqi Intelligence [2003] / Germany - February 28th, 2006: "Germany denied a report Monday [02/27/06] that its intelligence service passed information about Saddam Hussein's plans for defending Baghdad to the United States a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The New York Times said German agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of the Iraqi plan and a German intelligence officer supplied it to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in February 2003. 'This account is wrong,' German government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said at a news conference. 'The Federal Intelligence Service and, therefore, also the government, had until now no knowledge of such a plan.' " [Based on: News Services article (Germany denies passing Iraq intelligence to U.S.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Writers' Suit Challenges "The Da Vinci Code" - February 28th, 2006: "It's the latest twist for the mega-selling conspiracy thriller 'The Da Vinci Code': a lawsuit against the book's publisher for breach of copyright that could taint the novel and delay the much-anticipated movie version. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of the 1982 nonfiction book 'The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,' are suing publisher Random House Inc. over the allegation that parts of their work formed the basis of Dan Brown's novel, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and remains high on best-seller lists nearly three years after publication. If the writers succeed in securing an injunction to bar the use of their material, they could hold up the scheduled May 19 release of the movie 'The Da Vinci Code,' starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard." [Based on: News Services article (Writers' suit challenges 'The Da Vinci Code'), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Tries Telenovelas [Spanish-Language Shows] / NBC - February 28th, 2006: "NBC tries telenovelas" [Based on: Article Title (NBC tries Telenovelas, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Terminated / National Unification Council, Taiwan - February 28th, 2006: "Tossing a thunderbolt across the Taiwan Strait, the president of Taiwan on Monday [02/27/06] scrapped a dormant advisory body on unifying the island with China, in defiance of warnings from Beijing and Washington not to stir up trouble. The move, while largely symbolic, is certain to rile China and test the American administration's ability to keep a snug rein on the pro-independence Taiwanese leader. President Chen Shui-bian said he had decided to terminate the National Unification Council, an inactive policymaking body, and scrap 15-year-old guidelines on how to achieve eventual reunification. The actions are to take effect today." [Based on: News Services article (Taiwanese leader scraps council on unification), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

2006 - Water Lacking for Spring Rise? / Missouri River - February 28th, 2006: "Water may be lacking to create spring rise on the Missouri River" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/28/06]

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