Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

  February 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - February 1st, 2009: "Sun [12 Aquarius], Moon [21 Aries], Mercury [21 Capricorn], Venus [28 Pisces], Mars [27 Capricorn], Jupiter [6 Aquarius], Saturn [20 Virgo R.], Uranus [20 Pisces], Neptune [23 Aquarius], Pluto [2 Capricorn], Chiron [20 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200902.html]

2009 - Palestinian Rocket / Israel - February 1st, 2009: "JERUSALEM / Rocket is fired from Gaza [01/31/09] into Israel ['exploded close to the southern city of Ashkelon without causing any damages or injuries']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

2009 - Economic Protests / Russia - February 1st, 2009: "VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA / Economy brings protests across the nation [02/31/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

2009 - World Social Forum / Brazil - February 1st, 2009: "BELEM, BRAZIL - Leftist politics, youth dominate social forum ['ended Sunday' - 02/01/09] / Five presidents [Latin American presidents] attend the activists' ['about 100,000'] platform ['the forum ... began in 2001'], held in contrast to the World Economic Forum." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - National Guard / Kentucky - February 1st, 2009: "[....] The addition of 3,000 soldiers and airmen makes 4,600 Guardsmen pressed into service ['to get the state back on its feet following a crippling ice storm.']. It's the largest call-up in state history." [Based on: News Services article (MURRAY. KY. / Entire Guard troop called out over weather), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - February 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Feb 2009 at 02:07:44 AM GMT is: $10,633,487,102,792.91. The estimated population of the United States is 305,564,271 so each citizen's share of this debt is $34,799.51. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.31 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 02/01/09]

2009 - Relies on Tunnels / Gaza Population - February 1st, 2009: " 'They want to eat; we want to eat': Gaza relies on tunnels, smuggling" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Michael Slackman, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

2009 - Pittsburgh Steelers / Super Bowl XLIII - February 1st, 2009: "SUPER BOWL XLIII / STEELERS 27, CARDINALS 23 [02/01/09]" [Based on: Article title, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Record Heat Wave / Southern Australia - February 1st, 2009: "Wildfires destroyed more than 20 homes while hundreds of thousands of others lost power as a record-breaking heat wave hit southern Australia." [Based on: News Services article (Australia heat wave), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

*Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=36900

2009 - Vandalized / Jewish Synagogue, Venezuela - February 1st, 2009: "An armed group vandalized Caracas' oldest synagogue, shattering religious objects and spray-painting walls in what Jewish leaders called the worst attack ever on their community in Venezuela. [NP] Leaders of Venezuela's 15,000-member Jewish population said denunciations of Israel by President Hugo Chavez and the government-funded news media encouraged Friday's [01/30/09] attack." [Based on: News Services article (CARACAS, VENEZUELA / Synagogue vandalized by an armed group), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/09]

2009 - World Economic Forum / Davos, Switzerland - February 1st, 2009: "Economic forum [Davos, Switzerland] filled with doom ['wrapped up Sunday' - 02/01/09] / World leaders plan for 'global redesign' but admit solutions to crisis remain elusive." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Bird Flu Case / China - February 2nd, 2009: "A 21-year-old woman in central China has been infected by the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the country's eighth reported case of the disease this year, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Bird flu), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Iraq - February 2nd, 2009: "Low voter turnout in Iraq [01/31/09] blamed on apathy / Interviews suggest disenchantment with violence, foreign occupation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Israeli payment), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Gas Tax Debate / U.S.A. - February 2nd, 2009: "States debate dumping gas tax for mileage tax / ROAD AHEAD? - people are buying less fuel, so states are looking at other options to raise transportation funds. But the idea of a global positioning device in each car raises privacy issues." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Cyclone Ellie / Australia - February 2nd, 2009: "After forming about 175 kilometers (about 110 miles) from the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, over the weekend of February 1, Cyclone Ellie made landfall at just after midnight (Australian EST) Monday, February 2nd, 2009, at Mission Beach between Townsville and Cairns. Despite making landfall as just a Category 1 cyclone (equivalent to a tropical storm on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson scale), the storm caused widespread flooding across the region. Total rainfall from tropical cyclones depends more on their residence time over an area than their intensity, and Ellie was a slow-moving system. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=36910]

2009 - Water Conservation / Mexico City - February 2nd, 2009: "MEXICO CITY / Water is being shut off three days each month ['after reserves dropped to their lowest levels in 16 years.' " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Rocket Attack / Sri Lanka Hospital - February 2nd, 2009: "PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU / Third artillery attack [02/01/09] strikes hospital ['in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Israeli Compensation / British Family - February 2nd, 2009: "Israel has agreed to pay $2.2 million to the family of British cameraman James Miller, killed by Israeli troops  in 2003, an official confirmed." [Based on: News Services article (Israeli payment), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - U.S.-Funded Training / Afghanistan - February 2nd, 2009: "A U.S.-funded program to train and arm community members in Afghanistan's most dangerous regions as a way to defend against the T aliban has begun, the country's interior minister said Saturday [01/31/09]. [NP] The U.S. will provide funds to arm the community force with the same weapons used by Afghan police - Kalashnikov rifles, said Interior Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Defense training starts in Afghani communities), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Sunken Ship Found / English Channel - February 2nd, 2009: "Warship [British man-of-war HMS Victory] that sank in 1744 [Oct, 4, 1744] found, firm [Odyssey Marine Exploration] says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Labor Dispute / Propper International Inc. - February 2nd, 2009: "Workers in Puerto Rico ['employed by Propper International Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of military uniforms'] sue firm here [St. Louis, Mo.] in labor dispute ['alleging violations of labor laws governing sick leave.']" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / North & South Korea - February 2nd, 2009: "SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / North Korea warns [02/01/09] of possibility of war" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Israeli Retaliation / Gaza Rocket Attacks - February 2nd, 2009: "Israel threatened 'harsh and disproportionate' retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets and mortar shells across the border Sunday [02/01/09] and warplanes later bombed the area where Hamas smuggles in weapons from Egypt through tunnels. [....] Israel launched its three-week offensive with the aim of ending years of Hamas rocket fire at southern Israel. It left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to Gaza officials. Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, were killed. " [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli pounces after rocket attacks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/02/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Near the Coast of Central Peru - February 2nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:53:22 (UTC) on Monday, February 2nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 13.565°S, 76.517°W; Depth 25.1 km (15.6 miles)] was located @ NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009cpa1.php] - [T.D. - 02/04/09]

2009 - Fireball Alert - February 3rd, 2009: "During the next 48 hours, two big pieces of space debris are expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere: a 2000 kg Centaur rocket body on Feb. 3rd and a 2500 kg Delta III rocket body on Feb. 4th. People living along the reentry ground tracks should be alert for fireballs. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=03&month=02&year=2009]

2009 - Snowfall / London - February 3rd, 2009: "The biggest snowfall to hit London in 18 years idled the city's trademark red buses and Underground trains Monday [02/02/09] and stranded thousands of airline passengers. [....] Problems extended to France and Ireland, with airports reporting delays and cancellations, and motorists facing icy hazards." [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / Snowfall flummoxes Britons despite notice), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2009: "Stocks fell Monday [02/02/09], capping the first three-day drop since November, as consumer spending slumped for a sixth straight month and companies from Mattel Inc. to Rockwell Automation Inc. posted lower-than-estimated profit. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Drops in profit, consumer spending send stocks down), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Citigroup to boost lending - February 3rd, 2009: "Citigroup, under pressure to increase its lending, says it will spend $36.5 billion to issue mortgages, making credit card loans and buy distressed assets in the tight credit markets in the coming months. [NP] The decision arrives after the bank received $45 billion in capital from the federal government in two installments late last year, and taxpayers' questions mounted about the use of that money. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Citigroup: $36.5 billion to boost lending / Bank reports how it will use Troubled Assets Relief Program funds.), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Consumer Spending / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2009: "Consumer spending fell for a record sixth straight month in December as recession-battered households, worried about surging layoffs, boosted their savings rates to the highest level since May. [....] For the year, consumer spending rose by just 3.6 percent, the smallest annual increase since 1961. Incomes rose by 3.7 percent, the weakest gain since a 3.2 percent advance in 2003. [....] For December, the 1 percent drop in consumer spending represented the sixth straight decline, a stretch not seen since the government began keeping monthly records on incomes and spending a half-century ago." [Based on: A.P. article (Consumer spending is still on the skids / Manufacturing and construction sectors continue to suffer.), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Aflac Inc. - February 3rd, 2009: "Aflac Inc., the largest provider of supplemental insurance, said fourth-quarter profit fell 48 percent on investment losses. [....]" [Based on: Article (INSURANCE / Aflac profit slides), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Abducted / U.N. Official, Pakistan - February 3rd, 2009: "A senior U.N. official was abducted and his driver was killed Monday morning [02/02/09] in the southwestern city of Quetta, according to U.N. and Pakistani officials." [Based on: New York Times article (U.N. official - an American - is abducted in Pakistan), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - U.S. Attorney General / Eric Holder - February 3rd, 2009: "Holder [Eric Holder] confirmed as attorney general [02/ 02/09] / He takes over a Justice Department that has come under widespread criticism." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Shoe Target / Chinese Prime Minister - February 3rd, 2009: "A protestor hurled abuse and then a shoe at Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday [02/02/09] as he delivered a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University. The gray athletic shoe missed its intended target. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND / China's leader is target of protestor's shoe), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - New Investigation / JonBenet Ramsey Case - February 3rd, 2009: "The slaying of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo., will be investigated anew, the police chief says." [Based on: News Services article (JonBenet case), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Anadarko Petroleum Corp. - February 3rd, 2009: "Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said Monday [02/02/09] that its fourth-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago, largely from the sale of a Brazilian oil field and non-cash hedging gains related to derivitives. [....]" [Based on: Article (ANADARKO PETROLEUM / Quarterly profit jumps), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Status / Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. - February 3rd, 2009: "Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., in its fifth month of bankruptcy, has about 200 billion of unsecured liabilities left to pay, down two thirds from when it sought court protection, Chief Executive Bryan Marsal said. [....]" [Based on: Article (LEHMAN BROTHERS / Unsecured liabilities fall), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/03/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2009: "Stocks gained Tuesday [02/03/09, snapping a three-day drop, as earnings topped estimates at Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. and Treasury Secretary Timohy Geithner said the government would set up efforts to fight the recession. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Schering-Plough, Merck aid market), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Satellite Launch / Iran - February 4th, 2009: "Iran launches satellite [Named Omid (Farsi for 'hope' - [02/03/09], raises global concerns / Experts agree it's a symbolic accomplishment; others say technology could carry warheads." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for NewYork Times article by Nazila Fathi & William J. Broad, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

*Trivia: "UPDATE: Enough orbits have passed to make an initial estimate of Omid's decay rate. The satellite and its rocket should reenter Earth's atmosphere in June-July 2009."

*Link: http://spaceweather.com/ - [T.D. - 02/04/09]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Stimulus Plan - February 4th, 2009: "The Senate refused Tuesday [02/03/09] to pump an additional $25 billion into road, transit and water projects in its economic stimulus package, as lawmakers struggled for ways to craft a bipartisan plan. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Senate rejects boost in road, transit aid), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Bank Failures Trivia / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2009: "FDIC: Bank failures will cost more than $40 billion ['Federal regulators now believe']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Israeli Bombs / Gaza Tunnels - February 4th, 2009: "Israel bombs tunnels used by Hamas [02/03/09] in Gaza ['A Grad rocket exploded Tuesday morning in Ashkelon .... The blast damaged vehicles and buildings, but no one was hurt.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Management Pay Frozen / UPS - February 4th, 2009: "UNITED PARCEL SERVICE / Management pay frozen" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Sex Offenders Removed / MySpace - February 4th, 2009: "MySpace says about 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from its website." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Sex offenders), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Chapter 11 / Spectrum Brands Inc. - February 4th, 2009: "SPECTRUM BRANDS / Debt forces Chapter 11 [02/03/09]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Recall Trivia / KV Pharmaceutical - February 4th, 2009: "KV PHARMACEUTICAL / Recall is expanded" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - February 4th, 2009: "Pakistan key to Afghan war, Pentagon says / Report urges focus on targeting militants' sanctuaries." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article , p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Two Cabinet Picks Withdraw / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2009: "President Barack Obama scrambled to regain control of his political message Tuesday [02/03/09] after a series of tax and vetting scandals forced two of his administration nominees [Sen. Tom Daschle & Nancy Killefer] to withdraw and raised questions about the new president's central campaign pledge to change politics as usual. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Obama is playing patch-up after slips / President expresses frustration with himself and 'our team.'), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Audio Recording / Ayman al-Zawahri - February 4th, 2009: "Al-Qaida's No. 2 criticized President Barack Obama for not mentioning Gaza in his inauguration speech and urged Muslims around the world to target U.S. interests to avenge American backing of Israel's offensive against Hamas. [NP] In a new audio recording posted on the Internet, Ayman al-Zawahri also called on Muslims to continue fighting in the Gaza Strip, where a two-week truce remains fragile." [Based on: News Services article (ADMINISTRATION / Al-Qaida leader criticizes Obama), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - U.S. Detainee Release Program / Iraq - February 4th, 2009: "The U.S. military says it has started releasing 50 detainees a day in Iraq, under a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that requires that those in custody but not wanted by the Iraqis be released." [Based on: News Services article (Release program), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - First-Quarter Loss / Walt Disney Co. - February 4th, 2009: "WALT DISNEY CO. / Lower profit is reported ['first-quarter profit declined 32 percent']" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Dismal Figures / Automakers, U.S.A. - February 4th, 2009: "Automakers report dismal figures / Annualized sales rate is the lowest since December 1981, analyst says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article (Sex offenders), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Fourth Quarter Loss / Dow Chemical Co. - February 4th, 2009: "DOW CHEMICAL / Company posts big loss ['$1.55 billion fourth-quarter loss']" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Clears Bankruptcy / Interstate Bakeries Corp. - February 4th, 2009: "INTERSTATE BAKERIES / Firm clears bankruptcy [after more than four years]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Arrested / "Mother" of Suicide Bombers, Iraq - February 4th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / 'Mother' of suicide bombers ['a woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers'] confesses" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Hydrochloric Acid / Bellaire, Ohio Water Supply - February 4th, 2009: "BELLAIRE, OHIO / Acid [40 pounds of hydrochloric acid] inadvertently added [02/01/09] to tap water [Bellaire, Ohio]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/04/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "Stocks slid Wednesday [02/04/09], erasing early gains, as disappointing earnings at Kraft Foods Inc. and Walt Disney Co. triggered a sell-off in consumer shares and concern over the health of Bank of America Corp. snuffed out a rally in banks. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Disappointing earnings turn rally into a retreat), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Overfishing Trivia - February 5th, 2009: "Thirteen years after the world rallied to curb overfishing, most nations are failing to abide by the U.N.'s code of conduct for managing fisheries, scientists found. [NP] The U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway, Iceland and Namibia were the only nations that scored above a 60 percent compliance rate, the equivallent of a barely passing 'D' grade, according to an article that will appear in the journal Nature today." [Based on: News Services article (UNITED NATIONS / Nations fail to abide by overfishing rules), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Media Deaths 2008 - February 5th, 2009: "At least 109 reporters and media workers were killed last year while on assignment, and Iraq remains the deadliest place for a journalist to work, the International Federation of Journalists said." [Based on: News Services article (Media deaths), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Circuit City Demise - February 5th, 2009: "Circuit City's demise creates a lot of losers / Centers lose tenants and rent, workers lose jobs and suppliers lose outlets, money." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Nuclear Weapons Trivia - February 5th, 2009: "Britain's Foreign Secretary David Milliband says he wants world powers to begin talks aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons." [Based on: News Services article (Nuclear freeze), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Torched Trucks / Pakistan - February 5th, 2009: "PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN / 10 stranded trucks are destroyed ['... stranded in Pakistan by the bombing of a key bridge on the main supply route for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, an official said.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Profit Increase / VISA Inc. - February 5th, 2009: "VISA / Profit skyrockets 35% ['its fiscal first-quarter profit']" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Postal Service Loss / U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "Plummeting mail volume leads to Postal Service loss / Agency reports loss of $384 million in last quarter ['October-December period'], usually a profitable time because of the holidays." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - AIDS Pledge / Phillip Ragon - February 5th, 2009: "Businessman Phillip Ragon pledged $100 million to create an institute that will search for vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases." [Based on: News Services article (AIDS pledge), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Media Director Death / Somalia - February 5th, 2009: "Masked men shot and killed Said Tahlil Ahmed, the director of Somalia's largest media organization, while he was walking through Mogadishu's largest market." [Based on: News Services article (Media killing), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Assets Trivia / Bernard Madoff - February 5th, 2009: "Some Madoff assets recovered / Liquidator tells federal judge [02/04/09] that nearly $950 million in assets have been found." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Earthquake Trivia 2008 / China - February 5th, 2009: "BEIJING / Dam ['pressure from a dam'] said to be factor in last May's earthquake ['some scientists say']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Google to jettison its stake in AOL - February 5th, 2009: "Google to jettison its stake in AOL ['disclosed Wednesday'] / value of relationship with stumbling partner falls as Google extends its advertising reach." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Palestinian Solidarity / South Africa - February 5th, 2009: "South African dock workers won't unload ships carrying goods from Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians, a union leader said. [NP] Last year, South African dock and freight workers were praised for refusing to unload a ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe to protest Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's rule." [Based on: News Services article (JOHANNESBURG / Dock workers refuse to unload Israeli cargo), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Name-Brand Sales Slippage / U.S.A. - February 6th, 2009: "Consumers' name-brand exit hurts Kraft, Sara Lee / RESULTS SHOW SLIPAGE - Private-label goods that are cheaper are chipping away at companies' sales in the last quarter." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Aircraft for Sale / Bank of America - February 5th, 2009: "In these tough times, the Bank of America is selling three of its nine corporate jets and a helicopter." [Based on: News Services article (Plane and simple), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Damaged by Fire / Chicago Cathedral - February 5th, 2009: "CHICAGO / Landmark cathedral [Holy Name Cathedral] damaged by fire [02/04/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Salary Caps / Executive Pay, U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "NEWS ANALYSIS / Executive salary cap [02/04/09]: Will new rules work? ['$500.000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Google Software Release / "Latitude" - February 5th, 2009: "Google released software called 'Latitude' that will enable people who have switched on their telephone to be tracked on the website's maps. [NP] It expands a feature that allows mobile phone users to check their own location on a Google map with the press of a button." [Based on: News Services article (SAN FRANCISCO / Google offers tool to track people), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Earnings / Clorox Co. - February 5th, 2009: "CLOROX / Quarterly earnings fall ['fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 7 percent']" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Man Refused by 14 Hospitals / Japan - February 5th, 2009: "TOKYO / Man ['after getting struck by a motorcycle'] dies ['90 minutes later at the facility that finally relented'] after being refused by 14 hospitals" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Postponed / Analog to Digital TV, U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "Congress gives analog TVs reprieve until June 12 ['The House voted 264-158 on Wednesday']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Loss / Time Warner Inc. - February 5th, 2009: "TIME WARNER / $16 billion quarterly loss ['fourth-quarter loss']" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Seeking Aid / Auto Parts Suppliers, U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "Auto parts suppliers seeking up to $10.5 billion in U.S. aid" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Quarterly Profit Loss / Cisco Systems Inc. - February 5th, 2009: "CISCO SYSTEMS / Profit plummets 27% ['it's most recent quarterly profit']" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Signed / Children's Health Care Bill, U.S.A. - February 5th, 2009: "[....] The bill [signed by the president 02/04/09] went to the White House after passage in the Democratic-controlled House, on a vote of 290-135. Forty Republicans joined in approval. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Obama signs bill on children's health care), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Bird Strike Confirmation / New York Airliner - February 5th, 2009: "The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed there were birds in both engines of the US Airways airliner that had to ditch into New York's Hudson River last month." [Based on: News Services article (Bird Strikes), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Last Medical Facility Abandoned / Sri Lanka War Zone - February 5th, 2009: "COLOMBO, SRI LANKA / Last medical facility ['in the war zone'] abandoned [02/04/09] after attacks ['norther Sri Lanka']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/05/09]

2009 - Rising Sea levels? - February 6th, 2009: "Melting ice from global warming may raise sea levels even more than had been expected, an analysis suggests." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Sea levels may rise more than expected), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 6th, 2009: "Stocks rose Thursday [02/05/09], pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index up the most in a week, after MasterCard Inc.'s profit topped estimates ['jumped 14 percent' ... Mastercard rose $19.69 to $159.84.'] and an analyst said Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley are healthy enough to repay rescue funds. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Mastercard profits, outlook for 2 banks push stocks higher), p. C6, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Disasters Toll 2008 / China - February 6th, 2009: "China says natural disasters, including the devestating Sichuan earthquake, cost the country almost $200 billion last year, five times more than the year before." [Based on: News Services article (BEIJING / Disastrs cost China $200 billion last year), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Ex-Lobbyist OK'd? / U.S.A. - February 6th, 2009: "The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of William Lynn, a former Raytheon lobbyist whose nomination as deputy defense secretary ran counter to President Barack Obama's promise to close the 'revolving door' between government and big business." [Based on: News Services article (Ex-lobbyist OK'd), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Settlement / Patriot Coal Corp. - February 6th, 2009: "Patriot Coal will pay $6.5 million to settle stream pollution claims ['violated federal rules by dumping metals, sediment and other pollutants into West Virginia rivers and streams in excess of allowed levels.]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Settlement / Wachovia Corp. - February 6th, 2009: "WACHOVIA / Auction rate securities settlement completed ['Wachovia ... didn't admit or deny wrongdoing']" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Freed / Columbian Lawmaker - February 6th, 2009: "Columbian lawmaker [Provincial lawmaker Sigifredo Lopez] is freed ['airlifted to freedom' - 02/05/09] / He says leftist rebels killed the 11 colleagues he has kidnapped with in 2002." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Smoking Scandal / Michael Phelps - February 6th, 2009: "Kellogg cereal company said it will not renew its sponsorship contract with Olympian Michael Phelps following the publication of a photo of him taking a hit from a bong." [Based on: People article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Ransom Received / Somali Pirates - February 6th, 2009: "Somali pirates freed a Ukranian ship carrying tanks and other heavy weapons after receiving a $3.2 million ransom. The U.S. Navy watched the pirates go but didn't act because the pirates still hold almost 150 people from other crews hostage. [NP] The pirates originally asked for more than $20 million." [Based on: News Services article (NAIROBI / Pirates discount price for captured weapons), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Overhaul? / Bank Rescue Plan, U.S.A. - February 6th, 2009: "Bank rescue plan [U.S.A.] to get overhaul / It aims to help banks deal with toxic assets that are weighing down balance sheets." [Based on: Title 7 Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Marijuana Scandal / Sumo Wrestlers - February 6th, 2009: "TOKYO / Sumo wrestlers caught in marijuana scandal ['three ... were from Russia']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Uzbekistan - February 6th, 2009: "The United States is considering resuming military cooperation with hardline Uzbekistan to get an air base to replace the one in Kyrgyzstan." [Based on: News Services article (Air base), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Nuclear Negotiations / U.S.A. & Russia? - February 6th, 2009: "The Obama administration, reversing the Bush administration's limited interest in nuclear disarmament, is gearing up for early negotiations with Russia on a new treaty that would sharply reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads." [Based on: News Services article (Nuclear reversal), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Suicide Deaths Investigation / U.S. Army - February 6th, 2009: "Army investigating big jump in suicides / Number for January may exceed combat deaths in war on terror." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Spending Limit Dismissal / New York Mayor - February 6th, 2009: "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who poured $155 million of his own money into his first two campaigns, refused to agree to a spending limit for his third term bid, dismissing it as a ridiculous idea." [Based on: News Services article (Bloomberg money), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Shoe Target / Israeli Ambassador, Sweden - February 6th, 2009: "Swedish police arrested two protestors after they hurled a shoe and books at Israel's ambassador while he gave a speech at a university." [Based on: News Services article (Shoe hurled), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Shiite Mosque, Pakistan - February 6th, 2009: "A suicide bomber blew himself up among worshippers streaming toward a Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan, killing 24 people and wounding dozens more." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bomb), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Israeli Seizure / The Brotherhood Ship, Gaza - February 6th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / Israeli navy seizes ship [The Brotherhood Ship - 02/05/09] headed for Gaza" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - First Quarter Earnings / Ralcorp Holdings Inc. - February 6th, 2009: "RALCORP HOLDINGS / Sales ['net sales jumped 49 percent'], profits ['net income rose 55 percent'] increase ['The company's sales got a big boost from the acquisition of the Post cereal line.']" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/06/09]

2009 - Jobless Rate / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2009: "Jobless rate [U.S.A.] surges to 7.6 pct. as cuts exceed expectations / Loss of 598,000 jobs in January is worst since 1974; experts predict more of the same." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2009: "Stocks gained Friday [02/06/07], sending the Dow Jones industrial average two its best two-day rally in a month, on speculation that the highest unemployment rate since 1992 will force Congress to pass an economic stimulus package. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stock market rallies in anticipation of stimulus package), p. A36, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Cyclone Gael / Madagascar - February 7th, 2009: "Tropical Cyclone Gael brushed the islands of Mauritius and Réunion on its westward trek through the southern Indian Ocean in early February 2009. On February 7, the storm hit Category 4 cyclone strength, with sustained winds of 120 knots (138 miles per hour), as it approached the east coast of Madagascar. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=36983]

2009 - Peanut Scandal Trivia / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2009: "FDA finds intent by peanut plant ['as far back as 2007']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Indicted / Whole Foods Official - February 7th, 2009: "ST. LOUIS / Whole Foods official [Aaron N. Webb] indicted in bribery case ['one mail fraud count']" [Based on: Article title, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - U.N. Aid Suspened / Gaza Strip - February 7th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / U.N. alleges Hamas theft ['stealing a delivery of humanitarian supplies for the second time this week'], suspends aid [02/06/09] to Gaza" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Freed / Father of Pakistan Bomb - February 7th, 2009: "Father of Pakistan bomb ['man who made Pakistan into a nuclear power' - Abdul Qadeer Khan] is freed [02/06/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Consumer Borrowing Drop / U.S.A. - February 7th, 2009: "Consumer borrowing fell ['at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in December. The $6.6 billion decline was nearly double what analysts expected.'] for a third straight month in December, the longest stretch in 17 years, as households cut spending amid a steep recession and rising job layoffs. [....]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A35 (CONSUMER BORROWING / Drop doubles prediction), S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Fifth "Bare Feet" School / Columbia - February 7th, 2009: "Before she became a singer who can sell out stadiums, Shakira was a teacher in the slum where she grew up in Barranquilla, Columbia. [NP] This week she dedicated a $6 million school designed to serve 1,800 students, the fifth school built by her foundation, Pies Descalzos ('Bare feet' in Spanish), in the area." [Based on: People article (Shakira builds fifth school in Columbia), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Militant Deaths / Northwestern Pakistan - February 7th, 2009: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / Government forces ['Government helicopter gunships'] kill 52 militants [02/06/09], says official" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - FDA Approved / Drug From "Engineered" Goats - February 7th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / New drug [ATryn - approved 02/06/09] uses milk from 'engineered' goats" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 02/07/09]

2009 - Chavez Protest / Venezuela - February 8th, 2009: "Tens of thousands of protestors marched in Caracas, Venezuela, to oppose a constitutional amendment that could allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez protest), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Hostage Execution / Pakistan - February 8th, 2009: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / Taliban militants kill Pole [02/06/09] taken in September" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - February 8th, 2009: "The United States will pursue a missle defense plan that has angered the Kremlin, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday [02/07/09], but he also left open the possibility of compromise on the issue and struck a more conciliatory tone than George W. Bush's administration on relations between the countries. [NP] The highly anticipated speech, seen as the first major outline of the new administration's relations with the world, came just days after Kyrgyzstan announced a decision to close a U.S. base as part of a deal with Russia." [Based on: News Services article (MUNICH / Biden says U.S. will pursue missle plan), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Salvadoran Presence Ends / Iraq - February 8th, 2009: "SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR / Salvadoran presence in Iraq at an end ['ending Latin America's military presence there.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Woman Swims Across Atlantic Ocean - February 8th, 2009: "CHACACHACARE ISLAND, TRINIDAD / American woman [Jennifer Figge] swims across Atlantic ['on a trip that began ... Jan. 12']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Wildfires & Wind / Southeastern Australia - February 8th, 2009: "SYDNEY / Wildfires sweep through southeastern Australia" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

*Trivia: "Australian wildfires kill 128, level towns / Death toll is highest yet from summer fires; some died in their cars while trying to escape." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/09/09]

2009 - Corrosion Coverup? / Nuclear Power Plant, U.S.A. - February 8th, 2009: "A former nuclear power plant engineer in Ohio has been sentenced to three years on probation and fined $4,500 for helping to cover up the worst corrosion ever found at a U.S. reactor. [NP] Andrew Siemaszko was sentenced Friday [02/06/09] in federal court in Toledo." [Based on: News Services article (TOLEDO, OHIO / Nuclear engineer draws 3 years' probation, fine), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/08/09]

2009 - Fatalities / Iraq - February 9th, 2009: "An 8-year-old Iraqi girl was killed Saturday and several others were wounded when gunfire from a U.S. military convoy struck a crowd of Shiite pilgrims, witnesses and Iraqi officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Iraq), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/09/09]

2009 - Oil Spill / Chicago, Illinois - February 9th, 2009: "ROCKDALE, Ill. / Oil spill [02/08/09] contaminates Des Plaines River ['the substance was reported to be hydraulic and cutting oil']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/09/09]

2009 - "Penumbral" Lunar Eclipse - February 9th, 2009: "This morning, the full Moon passed through the outskirts of Earth's shadow producing a subtle 'penumbral' lunar eclipse.  [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/09/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 09th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:09:02 (UTC) on Monday, February 9th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 6.567°S, 81.125°W; Depth 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009cwas.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 10th, 2009: "Most stocks fell Monday [02/09/09], snapping a two-day gain. About eight stocks fell for every seven that gained on the New York Stock Exchange. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Coca-Cola leads drop in Dow as most stocks slip), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomb / Northern Iraq - February 10th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Suicide bomb attack ['northern Iraq'] kills 4 GIs, interpreter [02/09/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Bird Migration Trivia / U.S.A. - February 10th, 2009: "Birds wintering farther north, annual study ['An Audubon Society study to be released today'] says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - FBI Raid / Georgia Peanut Plant - February 10th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / Federal agents raid Georgia peanut plant [02/09/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Filing / Crescent Oil Co. - February 10th, 2009: "CRESCENT OIL CO. / Fuel distributor files for bankruptcy" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - SEC Deal / Bernard Madoff - February 10th, 2009: "SEC reaches a deal with Madoff [02/09/09] that could lead to fine, restitution" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Problems with Weight Loss Capsules? / U.S.A. - February 10th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / FDA finds problems in weight-loss capsules ['sold in health food stores and promoted as natural dietary supplements']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Victim of Hackers / FAA Computer System - February 10th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / FAA computer system is victim ['last week'] of hackers ['accessing the names of 45,000 employees and retirees.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Ousted British Bishop / Argentine Seminary - February 10th, 2009: "BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / Seminary [Argentina] ousts director [British Bishop Richard Williamson] over Holocaust views" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - To be Issued / International Warrants for Taliban - February 10th, 2009: "WARSAW, POLAND / International warrants to be issued for Taliban ['Poland promised Monday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/10/09]

2009 - Taiwan Fraud - February 11th, 2009: "Former first lady Wu Shui-bian admitted to laundering $2.2 million and forging documents, part of a web of charges that has also ensnared her husband, former President Chen Shui-bian, as well as her son, daughter-in-law and brother." [Based on: News Services article (Taiwan fraud), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Vet Settlement / U.S.A. - February 11th, 2009: "A federal judge approved plans to pay a total of $20 million to veterans exposed to identity theft in 2006, calling it a welcome deal to settle lawsuits after a Veterans Affairs employee lost a laptop containing their sensitive personal information." [Based on: News Services article (Vet settlement), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 11th, 2009: "Stocks fell Tuesday [02/10/09], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its biggest drop since Barack Obama's inauguration, while Treasuries rallied on skepticism that the government's bank rescue will work. The dollar and gold rose." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Geithner report fails to stop the bleeding), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Analog Signal Trivia / U.S.A. - February 11th, 2009: "NEW YORK / Major TV stations [U.S.A.] plan to end analog Tuesday" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Man with Rifle / U.S. Capitol - February 11th, 2009: "A man who drove a pickup to the U.S. Capitol and said he had a delivery for President Barack Obama was detained Tuesday [02/10/09] after a rifle was found in the truck, police said." [Based on: News Services article (Man with a rifle), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Patriot Coal Corp. - February 11th, 2009: "PATRIOT COAL / Profit hits $65.2 million" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Subpoenaed Barge Workers / St. Louis, Mo - February 11th, 2009: "ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND / Barge workers subpoenaed ['Regulators are focussing on a facility operated by American River Transportation Co., or Artco']" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/11/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 11th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 17:34:50 (UTC) on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. The magnitude 7.2 event [Location: 3.902°N, 126.400°E; Depth 20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009cybb.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 11th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:25:12 (UTC) on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 4.033°N, 126.782°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009cybj.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1012 - February 12th, 2009: "A sunspot is emerging near the sun's eastern limb. The spot's low latitude and magnetic polarity identify it as a fossil from old Solar Cycle 23. This breaks a string of 23 consecutive spotless days beginning on Jan. 20th. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 12th, 2009: "Stocks gained Wednesday [02/11/09], led by financial companies, as expectations grew that Congress would reach an agreement on a plan to revive the economy and investors snapped up bank shares trading near the lowest valuation on record. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Investors nab bank shares as stocks rise), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Political Standoff / Israel - February 12th, 2009: "[....] With Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and her centrist Kadima Party and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his more hawkish Likud Party both laying claim to lead the next government, the political standoff is likely to drag on for weeks." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Weak government expected to emerge after Israel vote), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Detainee Talks? / Canada - February 12th, 2009: "TOTONTO / Opposition parties call for talks ['next week'] on detainee [Omar Khadr (a Toronto native) the last Western detainee at Guantanamo Bay.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - War Refugees / Sri Lanka - February 12th, 2009: "COLOMBO, SRI LANKA / 200,000 war refugees slated for 5 villages." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Guns in Church / Arkansas - February 12th, 2009: "The Arkansas House approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches, despite hearing arguments that lawmakers should put their faith in God, not guns." [Based on: News Services article (Guns in church), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Oil Prices Plummet / U.S.A. - February 12th, 2009: "Oil prices plummeted below $36 Wednesday [02/11/09] on more evidence that U.S. storage facilities are bulging with unused crude. [NP] Light, sweet crude for March delivery fell $1.61 to settle at $35.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange." [Based on: Article (OIL PRICES), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Taliban Attacks / Afghanistan - February 12th, 2009: "Attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan ['wounding 57'] / Coordinated assault on government buildings [02/11/09] spreads fear in Kabul on the eve of a visit by U.S. envoy." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Car Bombings / Baghdad, Iraq - February 12th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Calm comes to an end as 22 die ['43 wounded'] in violence ['back-to-back car bombings at a bus station in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in southern Baghdad, police said.']." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Judges plead guilty in kickback case - February 12th, 2009: "Pennsylvania judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan have been charged with taking $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers. [NP] The judges are expected to plead guilty to fraud today in federal court. Their plea agreements call for sentences of more than seven years behind bars." [Based on: News Services article (WILKES-BARRE, PA. / Judges plead guilty in kickback case), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Bank CEOs Catching Flack / U.S.A. - February 12th, 2009: "Bank CEOs catch flack for lack of lending / House panel rebukes 8 over bonuses handed out while taking federal bailout money [02/11/09]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Mummy Discovered / Saqqara, Egypt - February 12th, 2009: "SAQQARA, EGYPT / 2,600-year-old mummy discovered, uncovered ['at Saqqara']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Two Satellites Collide / Over Siberia - February 12th, 2009: "CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. / Two satellites [Iridium 33 & Kosmos 2251] collide 500 miles over Siberia [02/10/09]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

*Trivia: "[....] A Russian space expert said NASA was at fault for not warning of the collision. But U.S. space experts said the Russian has the wrong agency, that the U.S. military tracks the 18,000 objects in orbit, but cannot follow every one. [....] The Russian satellite had been deactivated and was out of control. Russian space expert Igor Lislov said that the Iridium satellite [the U.S. satellite] was active, so its orbit could be adjusted." [Based on: Title for News Services article (MOSCOW / Russia blames U.S. for satellite collision), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

*Trivia: "The crash of two satellites earlier this week has generated an estimated tens of thousands of pieces of space junk that could circle Earth and threaten other satellites for the next 10,000 years, space experts said Friday [02/13/09]" [Based on: News Services article (Space debris threat), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - British Prisoner Trivia / Guantanamo Bay - February 12th, 2009: "LONDON / Britain asks U.S. to release former resident ['on a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison.']." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Gap & Trade Deficit - February 12th, 2009: "U.S. trade gap in December hits lowest [$39.9 billion] in nearly 6 years ['For all of 2008, the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $677.1 billion from $700.3 billion in 2007.']." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Fatality / Lt. Gen. Rail Rzayev, Azerbaijan - February 12th, 2009: "A gunman fatally shot Azerbaijan's air force chief, Lt. Gen. Rail Rzayev, the highest-level killing to hit the country's armed forces in peacetime since the Soviet collapse." [Based on: News Services article (Azerbaijan killing), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Rape Convict Leaves U.S. Embassy / Philippines - February 12th, 2009: "Area Marine [St. Louis] convicted in Philippines to leave embassy / He will be transferred to local jail while appealing verdict in 2006 rape case." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai / Zimbabwe - February 12th, 2009: "HARARE, ZIMBABWE / Mugabe swears in rival [Morgan Tsvangirai] as prime minister" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary / William Lynn - February 12th, 2009: "The Senate confirmed William Lynn as deputy defense secretary despite his work as a defense lobbyist." [Based on: Article (Lynn confirmation), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:49:41 (UTC) on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.882°N, 126.475°E; Depth 42 km (26.1 miles)] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009czar.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:30:16 (UTC) on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 4.057°N, 126.940°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009czbd.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:15:07 (UTC) on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 4.061°N, 126.559°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009czbj.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands Region - February 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:54:29 (UTC) on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 31.315°S, 178.184°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009czb9.php] - [T.D. - 02/12/09]

2009 - Lost Computers / Nuclear Weapons Lab, New Mexico - February 12th, 2009: "The Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico is missing 67 computers, including 13 that were lost or stolen in the past year, but officials say no classified information has been lost." [Based on: News Services article (Missing computers), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/12/09]

2009 - Gaza Truce? - February 13th, 2009: "Hamas reportedly agrees to Gaza truce ['an 18-month truce'] / Agreement calls for Israel to reopen six border crossings." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - More Violence / Iraq - February 13th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Second day of violence ['Car bombings and fatal shootings'] in Iraq [02/12/09] kills at least 12" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 13th, 2009: "Most stocks rose Thursday [12/02/09] as speculation that the White House will help struggling mortgage borrowers led a rebound in banks and better-than-estimated results at Coca-Cola Co. spurred gains in consumer shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Mortgage hope, Coke rally stocks), p. D6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Court Backlog / India - February 13th, 2009: "[....] The United Nations Development Program said 20 million legal cases are pending in India." [Based on: News Services article (NEW DELHI / Court backlog could last centuries ["466 years"], report says), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Israel - February 13th, 2009: "The Kadima Party of moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni kept its slight lead over Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish Likud in final election results announced Thursday [02/12/09], but the hard-line bloc in Israel's new parliament will have the power to stymie Mideast peace efforts. [NP] Kadima will get 28 seats in the 120-seat parliament and Likud 27, far fewer than needed for the 61-seat majority to govern alone. Livni and Netanyahu are already trying to line up potential partners for a governing coalition. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Kadima Party keeps lead in final election tally), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

*Trivia: "Benjamin Netanyahu looked poised to become Israel's next prime minister after earning the endorsement Thursday [02/19/09] of Avigdor Lieberman, head of the far-right party Yisrael Beiteinu. [NP] President Shimon Peres has yet to decide who should form Israel's next government. [....] Lieberman's anti-Arab stands, including a demand that all Arab citizens sign a loyalty oath to the Jewish state, have alienated many in Livni's party. It is widely felt that a government with Netanyahu and Lieberman in charge would be narrowly based and unstable and would find little favor in Washington, leading to another election before long. [....] Peres is expected to announce his choice to form the coalition by Sunday or Monday. Since the parties to the left of Livni did not endorse her selection, she is in a weak position to get the nod." [Based on: New York Times article (Netanyahu gets endorsement from far-right-wing Israeli party), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Profit Plunge / Viacom Inc. - February 13th, 2009: "VIACOM / Profit ['fourth-quarter'] plunges 69 pct." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Genetic Code / Neanderthals - February 13th, 2009: "Scientists report that they have reconstructed the genome of Neanderthals. It is expected to shed light on many critical aspects of human evolution." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Neanderthal genomes), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Relaxes Gaza Blocade / Israel - February 13th, 2009: "Israel is relaxing its blockade of the Gaza Strip to let through 25,000 carnations headed to Europe for Valentine's Day. [NP] The flowers will be Gaza's first exports in a year." [Based on: News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - FINRA Fine / Wachovia Securities - February 13th, 2009: "FINRA / Wachovia fined millions ['more than $4.5 million']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Genetic Code / The Common Code - February 13th, 2009: "COMMON COLD / Scientists map genetic code of all ['all 99'] strains ['Their report was published Thursday by the journal Science.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Investigation / The Stanford Group - February 13th, 2009: "U.S. regulators are investigating Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford's investment firm, the Stanford Group, and his Caribbean bank, which have delivered highere-than-average returns to investors and depositors despite the global meltdown." [Based on: News Services article (Investigation), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Chapter 11 / Charter Communications - February 13th, 2009: "Ending months of speculation, Charter Communications on Thursday [02/12/09] announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a restructuring that should be invisible to consumers. [....]" [Based on: Article (Charter to file for bankruptcy), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Fatal Plane Crash / Clarence, New York - February 13th, 2009: "Plane [Continental Airlines Flight 3407] crashes into house near Buffalo [02/12/09], killing 49" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - No Tie to Vaccines? / Children's Autism - February 13th, 2009: "A special federal vaccine court in Chicago ruled Thursday [02/12/09] against thousands of parents claiming their children's autism was caused by vaccines, saying such theories were 'speculative and unpervasive.' [NP] The court used strong language to dismiss the claims, and to admonish some of the parent's experts and physicians." [Based on: News Services article (VACCINES / Court finds no tie to children's autism), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - High Winds / Northeastern United States - February 13th, 2009: "NORTHERN STATES / Winds of 60 mph ['from the Great Lakes to the East Coast'] knock out power [02/12/09], leave 2 dead" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / Jewish Institutions Firebomber - February 13th, 2009: "MONTREAL / Man [Omar Bulphred] admits firebombing of 2 Jewish institutions [in 2006 & 2007]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Cabinet Pull Out / U.S. Commerce Secretary Nominee - February 13th, 2009: "Obama Cabinet / Conflicts prompt nominee [Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire] to pull out [02/12/09] / Policy differences with president were too much for Commerce nominee Sen. Gregg to resolve." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Boston Globe article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Age of Aquarius? - February 14th, 2009: "At 7.25am on 14th February – and for the 18 minutes of the alignment, I invite you, in the universal heart, to add your own intention for love and peace and to co-create the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to that of the Cosmos. In whatever way feels appropriate for you, you may choose to align with7.25am (UT) or 7.25am your own local time energizing a wave of intention that will surge around the Earth. [....] In mid February, we are offered cosmic support to this re-membering of who we really are, by a rare astrological concentration that brings together a number of planets together with the North Node – denoting higher purpose - in Aquarius. And which energizes and inspires the possibility for transcendental breakthrough and healing. [NP] At dawn on 14th February the day dedicated to St Valentine, the patron saint of Love, the Moon in Libra enters the seventh house of relationships. And Jupiter and Mars are aligned in Aquarius in the twelfth house of spiritual transformation. [NP]Forty years ago, the intuitive words of a song called Aquarius, brought the dawning of the new age into our collective awareness:

When the Moon is in the seventh house

And Jupiter aligns with Mars.

Then peace will guide the planets

And love will steer the stars.

"At dawn on 14th February the Cosmos actually embodies this perfect alignment to support our collective manifestation of love and peace and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. [NP] The Aquarian chart of 14th February reveals an incredible concentration of cosmic influences blending with the energies of Aquarius in the twelfth house. Expansive Jupiter and energetic Mars are aligned with the higher purpose of the North Node. The presence of Chiron the wounded healer offers us the opportunity to heal the schisms that have separated us for so long. Neptune emphasizes collective humanitarian movements and the co-creation of social justice. And the presence of the radiant Sun enlightens the entire alignment. [NP] Mercury also in the twelfth house but just beyond the cusp in Capricorn, allies with transformational Pluto to communicate and anchor the Shift throughout our global structures and institutions. [NP] The Moon in Libra in the seventh house emphasizes harmonious real –ationships. [NP] Venus in Aries in the first house energizes and empowers dynamic co-creativity. [NP] And whilst Saturn the great task master in opposition to Uranus the unexpected awakener is suggesting an ongoing confrontation as the dregs of the unsustainable old paradigm reluctantly give way to the untested hope of the new, their placements in Virgo and Pisces brings practical altruism and visionary inspiration to the transition. [....] Having searched for over a thousand years, I can find no other alignments in the past of this incredible significance. But amazingly, at one moment in time nearly fifty years ago, the collective voices of our ancient ancestors seem to have been given such a cosmic voice to energetically seed this coming Age and the birth of the Aquarian human. [NP] In 1962 at the same time on the same day, as 2009, Jupiter and Mars were in Aquarius in the twelfth house and the Moon in the seventh house. But then the awesome concentration of planets that energize the 2009 alignment was missing. [NP] And instead of the North Node (higher purpose) being aligned with Jupiter and Mars as it is in 2009, it was in opposition. [NP] What this means is that back in 1962 it was the so-called south node rather than the north node that was aligned with Jupiter and Mars. [NP] The south node represents what we bring in from the past. So in 1962 the potential for us the birth the Age of Aquarius came through from our collective race memory - but only now are we able to fully manifest its higher purpose. In 1962 we essentially took a collective in-breath of possibility and now with the cosmic support of the Aquarian alignment of 14th February 2009 we are able to take the out-breath and make it happen. [NP] The second verse of the song Aquarius is;

Harmony and understanding

Sympathy and trust abounding

No more falsehoods or derisions

Golden living dreams of visions

Magic crystal revelation

And the minds true liberation

Aquarius!

Aquarius!

"In our sacred journey to Malta we will join our voices to those of our ancestors and all the peacemakers throughout the millennia that hoped for and sought to co-create Heaven on Mother Earth. Their intentions and hard work kept the possibility of this vision alive. And in our time, we have the opportunity to realize their dreams and ours and enable a HoMecoming for us all! [NP] To find out more about the Sacred Journey to Malta: Awakening to the Great Creative Mystery in the Heart of the Mediterranean with Jude Currivan, Ph.D., full details are available at www.greatmystery.org/events/malta09.html."

[Based on Article (The Age Of Aquarius Dawns Feb 14), February 6th, 2009 | Astrology, News (The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: A Rare Astrological Concentration, Jude Currivan, Ph.D.]

*Link: http://www.globalpsychics.com/weblog/2009/02/06/the-age-of-aquarius-dawns-feb-14/#more-453

*Trivia: February 14th, 2009: "Sun [25 Aquarius], Moon [25 Libra], Mercury [29 Capricorn], Venus [8 Aries], Mars [7 Aquarius], Jupiter [9 Aquarius], Saturn [20 Virgo R.], Uranus [21 Pisces], Neptune [24 Aquarius], Pluto [2 Capricorn], Chiron [21 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200902.html]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - February 14th, 2009: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole [see link]. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=02&year=2009]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2009: "Stocks fell Friday [02/13/09], extending the market's weekly retreat, after Wells Fargo & Co. said its fourth-quarter loss was wider than first reported and a British bank increased provisions for bad loans. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bank stocks take a beating as market dips lower), p. A36, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - More Banks Closed / U.S.A. - February 14th, 2009: "Regulators on Friday [02/13/09] closed Riverside Bank of the Gulf Coast in Cape Coral, Fla.; Sherman County Bank in Loup City, Neb; Corn Belt Bank and Trust Co. of Pittsfield, Ill.; and Pinacle Bank of Beaverton, Ore., marking 13 failures this year of federally insured institutions. [NP] The FDIC was appointed receiver of the banks." [Based on: Article (FINANCIAL INDUSTRY / 4 more banks are closed), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - Passed / Economic Stimulus Bill, U.S.A. - February 14th, 2009: "Less than one month after President Obama took office, Congress on Friday night [02/13/09] passed [60-38] his flagship proposal, a massive $787 billion economic Stimulus bill ['Hours earlier, the House vote was 246-183.']." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (Clay calls stimulus bill historic; Roy Blunt fears slow results), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - Chapter 7 / U.S. Peanut Processor - February 14th, 2009: "ATLANTA / Peanut processor [Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America'] files for bankruptcy [02/13/09]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / South of Baghdad, Iraq - February 14th, 2009: "Suicide bomber [female] kills 40 ['injuring 60 others' - 'Shiite pilgrims'] " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2009 - Threatened / American Captive, Pakistan - February 14th, 2009: "QUETTA, PAKISTAN / Kidnappers threaten [02/13/09] to kill American [John Solecki] captive ['within 72 hours']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 02/14/09]

2008 - Multiple Fireballs - February 15th, 2009: "On Friday, Feb. 13th, around 10:00 pm EST, people in central Kentucky heard loud booms, felt their houses shake, and some saw a fireball streaking through the sky: eye-witness reports. On Sunday, Feb. 15th, around 11 am CST, an even brighter fireball appeared over central Texas in broad daylight. News outlets and even the National Weather Service are attributing these events to re-entering debris from the recent satellite collision between Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251. Skepticism is warranted. Evidence reported so far does not rule out a meteoritic origin; these fireballs could be a result of garden-variety space rocks hitting Earth, as they do almost every day. Until, e.g., US Strategic Command issues a statement linking the fireballs to radar-tracked satellite debris, it's best to keep an open mind." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/15/09]

*Trivia: "Strange lights in the sky above Texas on Sunday turned out to be pieces of a meteor that crumbled as it entered Earth's atmosphere, said scientists after they recovered some of the fragments." [Based on: News Services article (Sky lights), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - No Truce / Israel & Hamas - February 15th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / Israel rules out truce without soldier's return" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/15/09]

2009 - Gout Drug Approved / U.S.A. - February 15th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / FDA approves drug [Uloric] that will fight gout" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/15/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Kurds - February 15th, 2009: "IRBIL, IRAQ / Kurds ask where help from U.S. has gone" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/15/09]

2009 - U.S. Drone Attack / Afghan Border - February 15th, 2009: "Drone attack [02/14/09] kills 27 in Pakistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/15/09]

2009 - Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke / Somalia - February 15th, 2009: "Somalia legislators approved the appointment of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, a former leader's son, as prime minister with the task of uniting a fractious government besieged by Islamic insurgents that control most of the country." [Based on: News Services article (Somalia leader), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Near Coast of Northern Peru - February 15th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:04:51 (UTC) on Sunday, February 15th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 5.852°S, 80.898°W; Depth 34.5 km (21.4 miles)] was located @ NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009dca2.php] - [T.D. - 02/19/09]

2009 - Sharia Law? / Pakistan - February 16th, 2009: "Pakistan negotiates deal with militants / Accord could impose Islamic law [sharia] on large parts of Pakistan [Malakand] and may further strain U.S. relations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 02/16/09]

2009 - Satellite Debris? / Texas - February 16th, 2009: "DALLAS / Debris falling in Texas may be from satellites." [Based on: News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/16/09]

2009 - No Term Limits / Venezuela - February 16th, 2009: "Venezuelans vote [02/15/09] to lift term limits / Chavez wins OK to run for re-election in effort to remake nation into a socialist state." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/16/09]

2009 - Economic Trivia / Japan - February 17th, 2009: "[....] Nearly one-third of the Japanese work force is made up of temporary workers, including 3.8 million bottom-tier workers who are sent countrywide to provide labor on demand. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Job cuts swell ranks of homeless in Japan), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - Dawn Spacecraft / Mars - February 17th, 2009: "NASA's Dawn spacecraft had a close encounter with Mars last night, flying just 341 miles above the Red Planet's surface. The gravity-assist maneuver propelled Dawn toward the asteroid belt where it will orbit and explore Vesta and Ceres beginning in 2011. Mission managers say the Mars flyby images will be beamed back to Earth on or about Feb. 24th."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=18&month=02&year=2009]

2009 - Financial Status / Kansas - February 17th, 2009: "The state [Kansas] has suspended income tax refunds and may not be able to pay employees on time, state officials said Monday [02/16/09]" [Based on: A.P. article (Kansas), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - Winter Storm / California - February 17th, 2009: "LOS ANGELES / Storm dumps rain, snow on California [02/16/09], closing 1-5" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - $11 Billion Deficit / U.S. PBGC - February 17th, 2009: "[....] The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. already has an $11 billion deficit that seems sure to grow larger as corporate America suffers through the worst economic slump since the Great Depression. [....] Congress established the PBGC in 1974 to guarantee the retirement security of workers covered by defined benefit pension plans. These traditional plans, which pay a specified monthly benefit at retirement, are being phased out as companies turn to 401(k)-style programs that require workers to make contributions and shoulder investment risks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Government's pension agency braces for trouble), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - Workers Strike / Caribbean Islands - February 17th, 2009: "Strikes that have nearly forzen everyday life on France's Caribbean islands burst into clashes on Monday [02/16/09] as police battled protestors angry at high prices and resentful of a tiny white elite on lands better known for beachside vacations. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (FORT-DE-FRANCE, Clashes exacerbate strike in Caribbean), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - Secrecy Trivia / U.S. Justice Department - February 17th, 2009: "Despite President Barack Obama's vow to open government more than ever, the Justice Department is defending decisions by the administration of President George W. Bush to keep secret many documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Secrecy still order of the day at Justice), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - U.S. Deaths / Preventable Medical Mistakes - February 17th, 2009: "[....] Between 48,000 and 100,000 people die in the United States each year from preventable medical mistakes, according to a landmark study by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academics of Science. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Never-never land), p. C8, S.L.P.D., 02/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands Region - February 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:30:53 (UTC) on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 30.824°S, 178.661°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009deak.php] - [T.D. - 02/19/09]

2009 - Online Coffee / Starbucks Corp. - February 18th, 2009: "Starbucks begins selling its new instant coffee online [02/17/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 02/13/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 18th, 2009: "Doubts that the government's stimulus and bank bailout programs can stop the global economic freefall dragged Wall Street to within a fraction of a point of its lowest close in 5 1/2 years Tuesday [02/17/09]. [....] The Dow Jones industrial average closed just 31-hundredths of a point above its post-meltdown Nov. 20 close of 7,552.29, which was its lowest close since March 12, 2003. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped below 800 for the first time since November. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Stock prices plunge on stimulus worries), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Oil Slick / Irish Coast - February 18th, 2009: "[....] The Irish Marine Department said the oil slick was discovered close to where a Russian aircraft carrier was refueling in the Celtic Sea. The spill is thought to be about 500 tons ['heading toward the Irish coast']. It is about three miles long and three miles wide." [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / Oil spill approaches coast of Ireland), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Protests / Facebook Users - February 18th, 2009: "NEW YORK / Facebook users protest over control of data ['new terms of use, updated Feb. 4']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

*Trivia: "Facebook is reverting to its previous terms of use policies while it resolves the issues raised by a proposed change that roiled its users." [Based on: News Services article (Facebook reversal), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/19/09]

2009 - U.S. Troop Status / Europe - February 18th, 2009: "[....] Along with the original plan to cut the Army presence in Europe to 28,000 from 62,000, the idea also was to reduce the Navy there to 25,000 from 35,000, and the Air Force to 8,000 from 15,000. The Army currently has 42,000 soldiers in Europe." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Army may change troop plans for Europe), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Missing Bombs / Gaza Strip - February 18th, 2009: "Five tons of unexploded Israeli bombs stored in the Gaza Strip under Hamas police guard have been stolen, U.N. officials said. The bombs were dropped on Gaza in Israel's offensive last month." [Based on: News Services article (Missing bombs), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Chapter 11 / Trump Casinos - February 18th, 2009: "TRUMP ENTERTAINMENT / Casinos ['The three Atlantic City casinos'] file for Chapter 11 ['Tuesday - for the third time']" [Based on: Title for article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Stem Cell Injections Hurt Child - February 18th, 2009: "[....] It is the first documented case of human brain tumors appearing after fetal stem cell therapy ['reported Tuesday in the journal PloS Medicine.']. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (STEM CELLS / Experimental injections hurt child, report says), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Foreign Nuclear Waste / Utah? - February 18th, 2009: "A nuclear waste disposal company is offering to help Utah overcome its budget woes by offering the state 50 percent of net revenues from the proposed disposal of foreign nuclear waste at a site west of Salt Lake City. EnergySolutions wants to import low-level radioactive waste from Italy. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in Utah." [Based on: News Services article (SALT LAKE CITY / Utah is offered deal to store nuclear waste), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Reactor Design Trivia / U.S.A. - February 18th, 2009: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission required makers of new nuclear power plants to design the reactors so they can withstand the impact from a commercial jetliner." [Based on: News Services article (Reactor design), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Mexico - February 18th, 2009: "Hundreds of people blocked bridges to the United States in three border cities Tuesday [02/17/09], demanding that the army leave, in another challenge for the Mexican government as it struggles to quell escalating drug violence. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO / Protests are held on 3 bridges to U.S.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Civilian Casualties Up / Afghanistan - February 18th, 2009: "Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 40 percent last year [2008], the highest level since the American-led invasion in late 2001 that dislodged the Taliban government, a U.N. report said Tuesday [02/17/09]." [Based on: New York Times article (Afghan civilian casualties up), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Resignation / Finance Minister, Japan - February 18th, 2009: "TOKYO / Finance minister [Shoichi Nakagawa] resigns over muddled interview ['accused of being intoxicated ... at a news conference Saturday in Rome.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Verge of Rebellion / French Caribbean - February 18th, 2009: "BASSE-TERRE, GUADELOUPE / Leader says people are on verge of rebellion [French Caribbean]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

*Trivia: "The legacy of slavery underlies island unrest" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Germany, France & Iraq - February 18th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Germans follow French in seeking ties with Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Charges & Settlement / Research in Motion Ltd. - February 18th, 2009: "RESEARCH IN MOTION / SEC charges [02/17/09] executives ['with backdating stock options to enrich themselves and other workers.']" [Based on: Title for article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 02/18/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands Region - February 18th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:53:45(UTC) on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 27.415°S, 176.419°W; Depth 25 km (15.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009deak.php] - [T.D. - 02/19/09]

2009 - AIDS Trivia / China - February 18th, 2009: "AIDS was the top killer among infectious diseases in China for the first time last year, with 6,897 people dying, a state news agency said." [Based on: News Services article (AIDS in China), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/19/09]

2009 - Sun in Pisces - February 19th, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Pisces."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200902.html]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 19th, 2009: "Most stocks fell Wednesday [02/18/09] as the Federal Reserve cut its forecast for the economy this year, while government reports showed industrial production shrank more than forecast and housing starts slid to a record low last month. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall as fed sounds gloomy note on the economy), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/19/09]

2009 - No More Secrecy? / Swiss Bank - February 19th, 2009: "U.S. TAX CASE / Swiss bank will reveal its secrets / Authorities alleged UBS conspired to defraud U.S. government." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/19/09]

*Trivia: "The UBS memo was blunt: The 'Swiss solution' could help affluent Americans. [NP] That message, sent to the bank's executives in July 2004, referred to a UBS plan to help rich customers evade taxes by hiding money in offshore havens like the Bahamas. [NP] The memo, along with dozens of e-mail messages like it, were disclosed Thursday [02/19/09] in a blistering court document filed by the Justice Department, which sought to compel UBS, based in Switzerland, to divulge the identities of 52,000 Americans whom the authorities suspect of using secret offshore accounts at the bank to dodge taxes. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (UBS / Memos detail 'Swiss solution') by Lynnley Browning, p. C8 (last [back] page of Business section), S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

*Trivia: "UBS AG, Switzerland's largest bank, must respond by April 30 to a U.S. lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of the names of 52,000 Americans who allegedly used Swiss accounts to hide money from tax authorities, a judge said. [NP] The ruling came in the first hearing since the U.S. sued UBS on Feb. 19. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold in Miami also ruled the Justice Department must respond by June 30 to the bank's April 30 filing." [Based on: Article (UBS AG / April 30 deadline set), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Volcanic Eruption / Chaiten Volcano, Chile - February 19th, 2009: "Some 150 people had returned to the Chilean town of Chaitén by early 2009, months after a catastrophic eruption of the nearby volcano of the same name forced an evacuation. After a fresh eruption on February 19, 2009, however, authorities had to evacuate town residents all over again, according to a report from the BBC. The eruption produced both ash emissions and pyroclastic flows—scalding avalanches of volcanic gas and debris, according to the Volcanism Blog. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37087]

2009 - Punitive Damages Payment? / Philip Morris - February 19th, 2009: "$8 million award in cigarette suit [02/18/09] / Philip Morris must pay chain smoker's widow and son damages, jury in Florida finds." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for MIAMI HERALD article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/19/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 20th, 2009: "Some of the Dow's big dogs have lost their bite. [NP] If prices for the three cheapest stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average - General Motors Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. - fell to zero, the index would shed fewer than 70 points. That's only about 0.9 percent. [NP] With these three companies worth less than $5 a share apiece, some investors are thinking the Dow should replace them. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (BLUE CHIP INDEX / Bottom 3 keep spots on Dow - for now), p. C6, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Trivia / Prostate Cancer - February 20th, 2009: "Men age 75 to 80 are unlikely to benefit from routine prostate specific antigen testing, according to a John Hopkins study published in the The Journal of Urology. The researchers found that men in this age group with PSA levels less than 3 nanograms per milliliter are unlikely to get prostate cancer." [Based on: News Services article (Prostate testing), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - American Visit / Gaza Strip - February 20th, 2009: "U.S. officials make high-profile visit to war-torn Gaza Strip [02/19/09] / Sen. John Kerry and other lawmakers mark first American visit since 2000." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Fraud Case / Texas Financier - February 20th, 2009: "Texas financier R. Allen Stanford was tracked down Thursday [02/19/09] in Virginia, where FBI agents served him with legal papers in a multibillion-dollar fraud case. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (FBI tracks down financier accused in fraud case), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Food Poisoning Trivia / U.S.A. - February 20th, 2009: "Next time you have a case of diarrhea that lasts a day or more, chances are better than 1 in 3 it was food poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [NP] Scientists have counted more than 250 food-related types of illness, according to the CDC. [NP] Using CDC figures, it is estimated that there are 87 million cases, 371,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths a year in America." [Based on: News Services article (Food poisoning in U.S. is widespread, CDC says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Brain Implant? / FDA Approved - February 20th, 2009: "Patients suffering from obsessive, distressing thoughts have a new treatment option: a pacemaker-like device that relieves anxiety with electrical jolts to the brain. [NP] The FDA approved Medtronic's Reclaim Deep Brain Stimulator device as the first implant to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder." [Based on: News Services article (OCD treatment), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Uranium Enrichment Trivia / Iran - February 20th, 2009: "Iran understated enriched uranium / With more purification, supply is sufficient to make weapon, inspectors [IAEA] say [U.N officials said 02/19/09]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Georgian Soldiers / Afghanistan - February 20th, 2009: "Georgia said it will send 100 soldiers to Afghanistan to serve alongside U.S. and NATO forces." [Based on: News Services article (Georgia military), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Migration Trivia / Mexico to U.S.A. - February 20th, 2009: "MEXICO CITY / Migration from Mexico to U.S. falls by half ['in late 2008']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / CVS Caremark Corp. - February 20th, 2009: "CVS CAREMARK / 4th-quarter profit jumps ['17 percent in the fourth-quarter']." [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - SEC Enforcement Chief / Robert Khuzami - February 20th, 2009: "The Securities and Exchange Commission named former federal prosecutor Robert Khuzami as its enforcement chief. [NP] Khuzami, 52, replaces Linda Thomsen, the SEC enforcement director since May 2005. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (SEC chief), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Gas Leak / Callaway Nuclear Plant, Missouri - February 20th, 2009: "Part of AmerenUE's Callaway nuclear plant was evacuated Thursday [02/19/09] after flammable hydrogen gas was detected. No one was injured, and employees were allowed to return within an hour. [NP] The evacuation followed a shutdown of the plant two hours earlier after the loss of power to a safety-related component. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks said. The two events are unrelated, he said. [....] The Callaway plant, 10 miles southeast of Fulton, Mo., began operating in 1984 and generates enough electricity to power 780,000 houses." [Based on: Article (Gas leak at Callaway plant spurs evacuation) by Jeffrey Tomich, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Canadian Visit / U.S. President Barack Obama - February 20th, 2009: "Obama walks softly, drops big trade stick during visit to Canada [02/19/09]" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Gay Clergy Compromise / Lutheran Church, U.S.A. - February 20th, 2009: "MINNEAPOLIS / Lutheran Church offers compromise on gay clergy" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/20/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 21st, 2009: "Wall Street ended another terrible week Friday [02/20/09], leaving the three major indexes down more than 6 percent. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (3 major stock indexes shed more than 6 pct. for week), p. A36, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Trivia / Madoff Scandal - February 21st, 2009: "Investors wiped out by the bernard Madoff scandal got more bad news on FRiday [02/20/09]: Investors have confirmed suspicions that the monthly statements showing the disgraced financier was making stock trades for them were pure fiction." [Based on: A.P. article (MADOFF SCANDAL / Trades were 'made up'), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Northwest Pakistan - February 21st, 2009: "A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral for a slain Shiite leader Friday [02/20/09] in northwest Pakistan, killing 30 people and wounding more than 60, police and witnesses said. Three other people were killed in sectarian rioting sparked by the attack." [Based on: News Services article (Bomber kills 30), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Murder Conviction / U.S. Army Medic - February 21st, 2009: "VILSECK, GERMANY / Army medic [U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr.] convicted in slayings of 4 detainees ['... shot in the back of the head in the spring of 2007.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit Drop / J.C. Penny Co. - February 21st, 2009: "J.C. PENNEY / Retailer reports 51 pct. slide in quarterly profit ['fourth-quarter profit']" [Based on: Title for article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Mail Fraud / Investment Adviser, Town & Country, Mo. - February 21st, 2009: "Ex-investment adviser [Donald C. Weir] admits [02/20/09] to stealing $10 million in coins / He sold coins without their owner's knowledge to fund a lavish lifestyle." [Based on: Article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/21/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - February 22nd, 2009: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=02&year=2009] 

2009 - Civilian Deaths / Afghanistan - February 22nd, 2009: "An operation the American military at first described as a 'precision strike' instead killed 13 Afghan civilians and only three militants, the U.S. said Saturday [02/21/09], three days after sending a general to the site to investigate. [NP] Civilian casualties have been a source of friction between the U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has stepped up demands that U.S. operations kill no civilians and that Afghan soldiers take part to help prevent unwanted deaths." [Based on: News Services article (KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / U.S. says it killed 13 civilians in strike), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/22/09]

2009 - Lebanese Rockets / Norther Israel - February 22nd, 2009: "Two rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward northern Israel on Saturday [02/21/09], triggering an Israeli response and raising fear of renewed hostilities on the tense border. [NP] Lebanese leaders rushed to condem the rocket attack and vowed not to allow southern Lebanon to become a launch pad for attacks against the Jewish state." [Based on: News Services article (BEIRUT, LEBANON / Two rockets are fired toward northern Israel), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/22/09]

2009 - New Name / Abu Ghraib Prison - February 22nd, 2009: "Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison reopened, with a new name and official promises Saturday [02/21/09] of humane treatment in a lockup notorious as a center for abuse." [Based on: News Services article (A new Abu Ghraib), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/22/09]

2009 - Missing White House E-mails? / U.S.A. - February 22nd, 2009: "The administration of President Barack Obama, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Obama sides with Bush on White House e-mails), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/22/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Protection / Journal Register Co. - February 22nd, 2009: "The Journal Register Co., which owns 20 newspapers, filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors, blaming slumping advertising revenue and circulation." [Based on: News Services article (Newspaper bankruptcy), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/22/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - February 22nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:45:22 (UTC) on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.681°N, 126.564°E; Depth 32 km (19.9 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009dja7.php] - [T.D. - 02/23/09]

2009 - Homemade Bomb / Cairo, Egypt - February 23rd, 2009: "Blast at Cairo bazaar [02/22/09] kills French tourist ['and wounding at least 21 people'] / Attack could be linked to Egypt's effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, expert says." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - Tainted Pig Organs / Southern China - February 23rd, 2009: "BEIJING / Tainted pig organs ['tainted by the steroid clenbuterol'] cause 70 to fall ill" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - U.S. Stimulus Oversight / Earl Devaney - February 23rd, 2009: "President Barack Obama plans today to announce Earl Devaney, a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department, as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Stimulus), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - Rifles to Villagers? / Pakistan & Afghanistan - February 23rd, 2009: "Authorities in a Pakistani border province plan to arm villagers with 30,000 rifles and set up an elite police unit to protect a region increasingly besieged by Taliban and al-Qaida militants, an official said Sunday [02/22/09]. [....] Washington is paying for a similar initiative in Afghanistan." [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistani villagers to get 30,000 rifles), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Protection / Philadelphia Newspapers LLC - February 23rd, 2009: "Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, which owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday [02/22/09] in a bid to restructure its $390 million in debt load. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (PHILADELPHIA / Philadelphia Newspapers file for bankruptcy), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/23/09]

2009 - U.S. Pledge / Gaza - February 24th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / White House pledges $900 million for Gaza ['to help rebuild Gaza after the Israeli incursion that ended last month']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Climate Change Trivia - February 24th, 2009: "[....] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had estimated that the risk of increased severe weather would rise with a global average temperature increase of between 1.8 degrees Faranheit and 3.6 degrees above 1990 levels. [....] The National Climatic Data Center currently reports that global temperatures have risen 0.22 degree since 1990. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Even lesser climate change a threat, new report says) by Randolph E. Schmid, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2009: "Stocks fell Monday [02/23/09], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a 12-year low, as concern that the deepening recession will erode earnings offset the government's pledge to give more capital to banks. [....] The S&P 500 declined 3.5 percent to 743.33, its lowest close since April 1997. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 250.89 points, or 3.4 percent, to 7,114.78, its lowest since May 1997. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks plunge despite U.S. pledge to banks), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Health Care Costs / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2009: "Health care costs continue to escalate / By 2018, the costs could be $1 of every $5 spent in U.S., report says ['report due out today by the Department of Health and Human Services']." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Bank Rescue Plan / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2009: "[....] The money comes from the Capital Assistance Program, a bank rescue plan the Obama administration announced Feb. 10, which spooked the markets because it lacked details. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. offers new lifeline to banks / Program that was just created under Obama would cover bigger-than-expected losses), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Bill to Fund Government / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2009: "House Democrats on Monday [02/23/09] unveiled a $410 billion spending bill to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, setting up the second political struggle over federal funds in less than a month with Republicans. [....]." [Based on: News Services article (D.C DIGEST / Bill to fund government introduced in House), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Reopened / National Museum, Iraq - February 24th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / National Museum reopens [02/23/09] with gala" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Fatal Fighting / Diyala Province, Iraq - February 24th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Diyala province fighting [02/23/09] claims 3 U.S. soldiers ['and an interpreter']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Sex Crime Case / U.S. Federal Judge - February 24th, 2009: "HOUSTON / Federal judge ['U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent'] pleads guilty [02/23/09] in sex-crime case." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Release to Britain / Guantanamo Bay Detainee - February 24th, 2009: "Binyan Mohamed [captured in Pakistan in 2002] ... stepped off a chartered jet at a British airbase Monday [02/23/09] after a 10-hour trip from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [where he arrived in 2004], closing a dark chapter in his life he claims included brutal torture. [....] Mohamed's allegations - including repeated beatings and having his genitals sliced by a scalpel - have sparked lawsuits that could ensnare the American and British governments in protracted court battles. [NP] Lawyers for Mohamed are seeking secret U.S. intelligence and legal documents they say will prove George W. Bush's administration sent Mohamed to Morocco, where it knew he would be tortured. They claim the documents also prove Britain was complicit in the abuse. [....] Bush's administration's extraordinary rendition program has been much criticized, in part because some prisoners were handed over to countries with documented histories of human rights abuses. Morocco was one such country, according to an Amnesty International report. [....] It is unlikely any of Mohamed's accused interrogators will be prosecuted because the worst abuse allegedly occurred in Pakistan and Morocco. But any British or American officials found to have known about his rendition or any mistreatment could face civil or criminal charges." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Released detainee blasts U.S., Britain / He says he was tortured in Morocco for 18 months at behest of U.S. before being sent to Guantanamo.) by Julie Sell [The AP contributed to this report.], p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09] - [my brackets - D.R.D.]

2009 - Marijuana Legislation / San Francisco, California - February 24th, 2009: "Marijuana would be sold and taxed openly in California to adults 21 and older if legislation proposed Monday [02/23/09] becomes law. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said his bill could generate big bucks for a cash-starved state while freeing police to focus on worse crimes. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (SACRAMENTO, CALIF. / Lawmaker wants to legalize, tax marijuana), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Anti-Jewish Bias? / Kosher Slaughterhouse, U.S.A. - February 24th, 2009: "Attorneys for a kosher slaughterhouse and a former executive charged after the plant was raided by immigration officials asked a federal judge on Monday [02/23/09] to dismiss the case or move the trial out of Iowa, claiming anti-Jewish bias in the grand jury and the state that one lawyer compared to Nazi-era Poland. [NP] Sholom Rubashkin, a former vice president at Agriprocessors Inc., faces 97 charges, including immigration-related counts and bank fraud. Rubashkin, three other defendants and the company were indicted months after 389 people were arrested in a May 12 immigration raid at the Postville plant, at the time the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse." [Based on: News Services article (CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA / Jewish defendant claims bias, wants case moved), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/24/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1013 - February 25th, 2009: "Tiny sunspot 1013 is a member of Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=25&month=02&year=2009]

2009 - Prostate Cancer Drug - February 25th, 2009: "Drug [finasteride / Proscar] may help men as cancer preventive" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Missle facility? / Syria - February 25th, 2009: "VIENNA / Missle facility [Syria] said to be on reactor site ['on the site of an alleged nuclear reactor that Israeli warplanes bombed.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Cancer Risk / Alcohol? - February 25th, 2009: "A study of nearly 1.3 million British women offers yet more evidence that moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of a handful of cancers. [NP] Each extra drink per day increased the risk of breast, rectal and liver cancer, University of Oxford researchers reported Tuesday [0224/09] in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute." [Based on: News Services article (Alcohol and cancer), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - North Korean Missle? - February 25th, 2009: "North Korea's 'satellite' may be missle, experts fear" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Choe Sang-hun, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "Stocks advanced the most in a month Tuesday [02/24/09], halting a six-day decline, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's statement that banks need not be nationalized helped lift equities. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks post big gain, ending a 6-day slide), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Tainted Syringes / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "[....] AM2PAT, which is now the subject of a criminal investigation, sold tainted syringes of heparin and saline that have been linked to five deaths. Hundreds more were sickened, often after receiving the medicines during chemotherapy, kidney dialysis and other intravenous procedures. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Lax oversight is cited in tainted-syringe case), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Coming Recovery? / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "Bernanke hints [02/23/09] at coming recovery / Dow makes 240-point leap as Fed chief says regulators won't nationalize banks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Presidential Speech / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: " 'We will rebuild, we will recover' / Obama is bullish on economy, sketches out a broad agenda [02/24/09]." [Based on: Title for Boston Globe article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - House Prices Plunge / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "House prices tumbled by the worst annual rate on record in the fourth quarter, two indexes showed Tuesday, and the slope of decline steepened in all but a handful of battered cities. [....] The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index plunged more than 18 percent in the quarter from the prior-year period, the largest drop in its 21-year history. [NP] Meanwhile, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday [02/24/09] that house prices dropped more than 8 percent in the quarter from a year earlier, its largest annual decline on record since 1991. [....] Prices in the Case-Shiller 20-city index have plunged 27 percent from their peak in the summer of 2006, and the 10-city index has fallen more than 28 percent. Both indices have recorded year-over-year declines for 24 straight months. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (House prices plunge in record nose-dive) by J.W. Elphinstone, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Trivia / B Vitamins & Vision - February 25th, 2009: "Taking B vitamins can prevent a common type of vision loss in older women, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. [NP] Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people 65 and older. taking a combination of B vitamins reduced the risk by more than one-third after seven years." [Based on: News Services article (B vitamins), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Profit Drops / U.S. Retailers - February 25th, 2009: "What's in store? / Big drops in profit at giant retailers / Macy's, Target, Home Depot say they're doing all they can to lessen economic pain." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Bank Bailouts Trivia / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "BANKS' BAILOUT [U.S.A.] / 23 receive $365 million [02/24/09]" [Based on: Title article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Soot Limits Trivia / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "A federal appeals court is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency for a better explanation of how the George W. Bush administration's limit on the amount of soot and dust allowed in the air protects public health. [NP] The court returned the standard to the EPA, arguing that the agency's explanation was inadequate. The decision in the long-standing controversy found soot limits by the Bush administration unjustified, and leaves it up to the Barack Obama administration to set a new one." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Court presses EPA over soot limits), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Taliban Cease-fire / Pakistan - February 25th, 2009: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / Taliban in Swat agree to long-term cease fire" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Freedom of Information? / Britain - February 25th, 2009: "Britain's justice secretary overturned an order that would have forced the government to make public the formal minutes of two contentious Cabinet discussions held before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. [NP] It was the first time a special ministerial veto has been used to overturn a decision by Britain's Information Tribunal regarding the country's Freedom of Information Act of 2000." [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / Discussions on Iraq will remain private), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Payment / Novartis AG Subsidiary - February 25th, 2009: "MONTGOMERY, ALA. / Drug company [Sandoz Inc.] ordered [02/24/09] to pay $78.4 million [to Alabama Medicaid program]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Arms Dealer, New York - February 25th, 2009: "[....] Monzer al-Kassar was sentenced in New York City after being convicted in November of conspiring to sell millions of dollars of weapons to Colombian militants in 2007." [Based on: News Services article (NEW YORK / Arms dealer draws 30-year sentence), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Cartoon Apology / Rupert Murdoch - February 25th, 2009: "New York Post Chairman Rupert Murdoch apologized for a cartoon that depicted President Barack Obama as the violent chimpanzee shot dead by police. Critics pointed out he waited a week to make the apology." [Based on: News Services article (Murdoch apology), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Land-Trust Status / Indian Tribes, U.S.A. - February 25th, 2009: "The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a crippling setback Tuesday [02/24/09] to Indians across the nation [U.S.A.] that are seeking to build casinos, ruling that the federal government cannot place land into trust for newly recognized tribes, which would exempt the land from many state laws. [NP] The Supreme Court, ruling in a Rhode Island case involving the Narragansett Indians, said that for nearly 75 years, the federal government had been misreading the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that land-trust status should have been granted only to tribes that were federally recognized before 1934. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (SUPREME COURT DIGEST / Court blocks U.S. land trusts for newer tribes), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Southern Afghanistan - February 25th, 2009: "KABUL / Roadside bomb [02/24/09] kills four American soldiers [and an Afghan civilian]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Police Fire on U.S. Troops / Mosul, Iraq - February 25th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / Police open fire on GIs [02/23/09]; American, Iraqi killed" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]

2009 - Overturned / Terrorism Convictions, France - February 25th, 2009: "A Paris appeals court overturned the terrorism convictions of five former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, ruling French police agents were out of line in questioning them at the U.S. prison camp. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (PARIS / Appeals court overturns Guantanamo convictions), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/09]


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2009 - From this point forward, I am making attempt to reduce future timeline data (due to time constraints). - D.R.D. [a.k.a Etznab Mathers]

2009 - "Eye of God" - February 26th, 2009: "European astronomers have taken a spectacular photo of a 'cosmic eye' peering down from space. [NP] The object, nicknamed the 'Eye of God,' is the Helix planetary nebula, a giant shell of gas given off by a dying star, according to The Times of London. The nebula lies 700 light years away in the constellation Aquarius. [....]"

[Based on: http://news.aol.com/article/eye-of-god/360730] - [T.D. - 02/26/09]

2009 - Tiny Periscope - February 26th, 2009: "Vanderbilt scientists have invented the world's smallest version of the periscope and are using it to look at cells from several sides at once. They are the width of a human hair." [Based on: News Services article (Tiny periscope), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/26/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 26th, 2009: "Stocks fell Wednesday [02/25/09] as dividend cuts triggered a sell-off in insurers and an unexpected drop in house sales dragged down industrial shares, overshadowing speculation that banks will pass the government's so-called stress tests. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dividend cuts trigger a sell-off in insurers), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 02/26/09]

2009 - Non-Disclosure Statements / U.S. Military - February 26th, 2009: "The Pentagon says top military officers and civilians had to sign a letter promising to keep budget details secret if they wanted to work on the military's fiscal plan. [NP] Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell says Secretary Robert Gates set the rule - and that this year is the first time he required the non-disclosure statements. [NP] The entire Joint Chiefs of Staff signed." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Military leaders had to guarantee silence), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/26/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - February 27th, 2009: "With little warning, a high-speed solar wind stream hit Earth yesterday [02/27/09], sparking a surprise display of Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=02&year=2009]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 27th, 2009: "Stocks fell for a second day Thursday [02/26/09] as concern that health care profits will be hurt by a White House overhaul of the medical system offset a rally in banks spurred by the administration's request for more financial rescue funds. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Health care concerns trump bank stock rally), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Sentenced / CIA Officer - February 27th, 2009: "ALEXANDRIA, VA. / CIA officer [Kyle 'Dusty' Foggo] is sentenced to three years in jail ['as part of a bribery and fraud investigation']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Quarterly Loss / U.S. Banks - February 27th, 2009: "U.S. RECESSION / Quarterly loss is 1st for banks in 18 years / $26.2 billion deficit is reported for the last quarter of 2008." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Troop Uprising / Bangladesh - February 27th, 2009: "More than 1,000 border guards were charged Sunday [03/01/09] with murder and arson in an uprising [02/27/09] that left at least 148 people dead or missing, most of them army officers ['Firefighters have recovered 77 bodies, but at least 71 officers were still accounted for'] whose bodies were hurriedly discarded by the mutineers." [Based on: A.P. article (More than 1,000 troops charged in mutiny / Bangladesh's prime minister called fighting that killed at least 77 'a planned massacre.'), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/02/09]

2009 - Barred Return / Fairness Doctrine, U.S.A. - February 27th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / Senate bars return of Fairness Doctrine ['abandoned two decades ago that required balanced coverage of issues on public airwaives.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Final Edition / Rocky Mountain News - February 27th, 2009: "COLORADO PAPER [Rocky Mountain News] STOPS THE PRESSES ['the final edition is on the streets today.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. picture article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Lifted / U.S. Ban on War Dead Photographs - February 27th, 2009: "[....] The decision, which lifts a 1991 blanket ban on such photographs put in place by President George W. Bush, chiefly affects coffins arriving from Iraq and Afghanistan that go through Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. [....]." [Based on: New York Times article (Ban on potographs of war dead is lifted / Pentagon was split on new policy, which says families of fallen must agree to the photos), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Greenhouse Gases Target / Silicon Valley, California - February 27th, 2009: "SACRAMENTO, CALIF. / Silicon Valley targeted over greenhouse gases" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 02/27/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - February 28th, 2009: "Stocks slid Friday [02/27/09], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a 12-year low [735.09], as the government cut shareholders' stake in Citigroup Inc. by 74 percent and the economy shrank at a faster pace than previously estimated. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (A&P 500 at 12-year low; Citigroup, Bofa shares slide), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 02/28/09]

2009 - Drop in GDP / U.S.A. - February 28th, 2009: "EXPERTS SEE ROCKY ROAD AHEAD / 6.2% drop in GDP ['at the end of 2008'] is worse than expected" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 02/28/09]

2009 - SEC Charges / Stanford Exec. - February 28th, 2009: "Stanford exec [Laura Pendergest-Holt] must wear ankle monitor" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 02/28/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / South Sandwich Islands Region - February 28th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:33:06 (UTC) on Saturday, February 28th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 60.394°S, 24.863°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009dqa6.php] - [T.D. - 02/28/09]

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