Historical 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

March 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - March 1st, 2006: "Sun [10 Pisces], Moon [27 Pisces], Mercury [26 Pisces], Venus [26 Capricorn], Mars [5 Gemini], Jupiter [18 Scorpio], Saturn [5 Leo R], Uranus [10 Pisces], Neptune [18 Aquarius], Pluto [26 Sagittarius], Chiron [6 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200603.html]

2006 - Dewi Sant Day - March 1st, 2006: "[....] March 1 is dedicated to St. David, the patron saint of Whales. His symbol is the leek, a variety of onion, traditionally worn in the Welshperson's hat today. [....] In fact, given that today is also Ash Wednesday, St. David - Dewi Sant - in Welsh - has been knocked off the calendar completely. [....] While preaching to a multitude, the saint got grumbles - 'I can't see you!,' 'I can't hear you!' - so he simply raised the ground into a hill, with him at the top. Problem solved. [....] In Wales [Cymru], St. David's Day is traditionally observed with singing festivals. " [Based on: Everyday section article, p. E1 & E5, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Ash Wednesday - March 1st, 2006: "Ash Wednesday observed."

2006 - Google Shares Plunge? - March 1st, 2006: "Google shares plunge [as much as 13 percent] after CFO addresses fears of slowing growth [02/28/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "Stocks suffered their biggest losses in five weeks Tuesday on the last day of February [02/28/06] after Google Inc. lowered expectations for growth and reports on consumer confidence, house sales and manufacturing pointed to a slowing economy. [....]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

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

2006 - Open? / Iranian Oil Bourse - March 2006: "[....] The Iranian government has finally developed the ultimate 'nuclear' weapon that can swiftly destroy the financial system underpinning the American Empire. That weapon is the Iranian Oil Bourse slated to open in March [20th?] 2006. It will be based on a euro-oil-trading mechanism that naturally implies payment for oil in Euro. In economic terms, this represents a much greater threat to the hegemony of the dollar than Saddam's, because it will allow anyone willing either to buy or to sell oil for Euro to transact on the exchange, thus circumventing the U.S. dollar altogether. If so, then it is likely that almost everyone will eagerly adopt this euro oil system: [....] Whatever the strategic choice, from a purely economic point of view, should the Iranian Oil Bourse gain momentum, it will be eagerly embraced by major economic powers and will precipitate the demise of the dollar. The collapsing dollar will dramatically accelerate U.S. inflation and will pressure upward U.S. long-term interest rates. At this point, the Fed will find itself between Scylla and Charybdis - between deflation and hyperinflation - it will be forced fast either to take its 'classical medicine' by deflating, whereby it raises interest rates, thus inducing a major economic depression, a collapse in real estate, and an implosion in bond, stock, and derivative markets, with a total financial collapse, or alternatively, to take the Weimar way out by inflating, whereby it pegs the long-bond yield, raises the Helicopters and drowns the financial system in liquidity, bailing out numerous LTCMs and hyperinflating the economy. [....]" [Brackets text added for clarity, and Paragraph indents untranscribed - D.R.D.]

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

2006 - Land for School Aid? / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "Senators question plan to sell land for school aid" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mexican Miners Strike - March 1st, 2006: "Demanding greater safety, about 4,000 Mexican miners struck copper mines Tuesday [02/28/06] owned by the operator of the coal mine where 65 men died in an explosion last week. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Thousands of miners strike for greater safety), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Plans to Attack Iran? / Israel - March 2006: "Iran opened the door Sunday [12/11/05] for U.S. help in building a nuclear power plant. The offer was issued as Israel said it had not ruled out a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. In Washington, neither the State Department nor the White House issued any comment on the proposal. On Sunday, Israel denied a report in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that it has plans to attack Iran in March, but officials said they would not rule out a military strike if Iran makes advances in building nuclear weapons." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. can bid on nuclear power plant construction), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/12/05]

*Trivia: "The United States has been flying surveillance drones over Iran for nearly a year to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs and detect weaknesses in air defenses, according to three U.S. officials with detailed knowledge of the secret effort. The small, pilotless planes, entering Iranian airspace from U.S. military facilities in Iraq, use radar, video, still photography and air filters designed to pick up traces of nuclear activity to gather information that is not accessible to satellites, the officials said. The aerial espionage is standard in military preparations for an eventual air attack and is also employed as a tool for intimidation. [....] The drones were first spotted by dozens of Iranians and set off a national newspaper frenzy in late December [2004] over whether the country was being visited by UFOs. [....] In mid-January [2005], Iran's national Security Council met in Tehran to discuss them, according to an Iranian official. 'It was clear to our air force that the entire intention here was to get us to turn on our radar,' the official said. [....] But it did not work. 'The United States must have forgotten that they trained half our guys,' the Iranian official said. Iran's national security officials ordered their forces not to turn on the radar or come into contact with the drones in any way." [Based on article by Dafna Linzer, The Washington Post, 02/13/05]

2006 - Civil War Could Spread? / Iraq - March 1st, 2006: "A civil war in Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the region's rival Islamic sects against each another [other?], National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said Tuesday [02/28/06]. [....] Regionally, Saudia Arabia and Jordan could support Iraq's Sunnis, Negroponte said. And Iran, run by a Shiite Islamic theocracy, 'has already got quite close ties with some of the extremist elements' inside Iraq, he added. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi civil war could spread, Negroponte says), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Record Mergers Ahead? / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "Pace of mergers suggests a record year ahead" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

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

2006 - Trivia / Church vs. State, Virginia - March 1st, 2006: "A Virginia school district did not violate a teacher's free-speech rights by removing Christian-themed postings from his classroom walls, a federal judge has ruled. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Judge backs school in dispute on religion), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Skin Patch for Depression / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "FDA approves skin patch for depression medicine [selegiline / Emsam]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Expected to Drop? / Airfairs, U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "Air fares are expected to drop in crowded sky" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - More Racial Fighting / LA County Jail - March 1st, 2006: "More racial fighting erupts in LA county jail" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Spreads to Other Animals / Bird Flu - March 1st, 2006: "The deadly strain of bird flu has been found in a dead cat in Germany, officials said Tuesday [02/28/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bird flu spreads to other animals, officials report), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Senate Advances Patriot Act / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "The USA Patriot Act renewal cleared  a final hurdle in the Senate Tuesday [02/28/06] on its way to President George W. Bush. [....] On Tuesday, the Senate voted 69-30 to limit debate and bring the bill to a final vote that could take place as early as today. [....] After final Senate action, the House would vote on the legislation and send it to the White House. Unless Bush signs the bill by Match [March?] 10,16 major provisions would expire. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Senate advances Patriot Act, but some push for changes), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Plans Layoffs / Interstate Bakeries Corp. - March 1st, 2006: "Interstate Bakeries plans layoffs" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Sunni-Shiite Violence / Baghdad, Iraq - March 1st, 2006: "Sunni-Shiite violence [02/28/06] kills 68 in Baghdad" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Approved Executions? / Saddam Hussein - March 1st, 2006: "Documents show Saddam approved executions, prosecutors charge" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Remains Firm on Ports Deal / George W. Bush - March 1st, 2006: "Bush remains firm on ports deal" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Abramoff Visits, George W. Bush? - March 1st, 2006: "Group [Judicial Watch] sues to check Abramoff visits to Bush" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Seeks Levee Money / Arnold Schwarzenegger  - March 1st, 2006: "Schwarzenegger seeks levee money" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Cuts Prices? / Burger King Holdings Inc., U.S.A. - March 1st, 2006: "Burger King Cuts Prices" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - "Simpsons" Better Known Than American Rights?  - March 1st, 2006: "'Simpsons' better known than rights [U.S. 1st Amendment Rights] , poll finds" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Falling Foam [Shuttle Discovery] 2005 - March 1st, 2006: "16 pieces of foam tore loose in last shuttle launch [July 2005]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Record Revenue / World Wide Technology Inc. - March 1st, 2006: "World Wide Technology Inc. of Maryland Heights [Mo.] said Tuesday [02/28/06] that its revenue reached a record $1.8 billion last year, up 25 percent from 2004. [....]" [Based on: Article (World Wide Technology hits record revenue), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mental Health Help, U.S. War Veterans - March 1st, 2006: "About 35 percent of Iraq War veterans seek mental health help, study finds" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Will Close 25 Locations in UK / McDonald's Corp. - March 1st, 2006: "McDonald's will close 25 locations in the UK" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/01/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2006: "Stocks rallied Wednesday [03/01/06], lifting the Nasdaq composite index to its biggest gain in eight weeks, as reports on consumer spending and manufacturing reassured investors that the economy isn't slowing. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rebound on good spending, manufacturing news), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - SEC Probe / MetLife Unit - March 2nd, 2006: "SEC probes universal life sales by MetLife unit" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Trivia / Saddam Hussein Trial - March 2nd, 2006: "Saddam Hussein said at his trial Wednesday [03/01/06] that only he should be held responsible for the death and destruction under his rule. The one-time president said he had ordered trials for 148 residents of a Shiite town after an assassination attempt in 1982. The people, including children, were later tortured and executed. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Saddam claims sole responsibility in killings), p. A11, 03/02/06]

2006 - Revelation / Pre-Katrina Video - March 2nd, 2006: "Before Hurricane Katrina struck, federal disaster officials warned President George W. Bush and his homeland security chief that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, confidential video footage [08/28/05] shows. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Video shows pre-Katrina warnings), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Housing Price Hike / St. Louis, Mo. - March 2nd, 2006: "Housing prices rose 8 percent in the St. Louis area last year, the biggest gain locally in 22 years, according to a federal report released Wednesday [03/01/06]. [....]" [Based on: Title for S.L.P.D. article (Housing price hike hits 22-year high), p. A1, 03/02/06]

2006 - Recruiting in Jordan? / Al-Qaida - March 2nd, 2006: "Inmates rioted at three Jordanian prisons Wednesday [03/01/06] over the fate of two al-Qaida militants and a would-be suicide bomber. The prisoners took a highranking official hostage and injured several other police officers before the 14-hour standoff ended without major bloodshed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Prison riots indicate that al-Qaida may be recruiting in Jordan), p. A8, 03/02/06]

2006 - Fatality / Khaled Dahdouh, Gaza Strip - March 2nd, 2006: "A fiery explosion in the middle of a busy street killed the top military commander of Islamic Jihad [Khaled Dahdouh] in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday [03/01/06]. The Palestinian militant group immediately blamed Israel, which denied involvement. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Islamic Jihad military chief is killed in blast, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Making Progress / Sago Mine Survivor - March 2nd, 2006: "Randal McCloy Jr. hasn't asked about the fate of the 12 men who entered the Sago Mine with him two months ago. And so far, his wife hasn't told him. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mine Survivor makes progress), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Resume Military Talks / North & South Korea - March 2nd, 2006: "Koreas resume military talks" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Attacks Suspected Al-Qaida Site / Pakistan - March 2nd, 2006: "Pakistan attacks [03/01/06] suspected al-Qaida site" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, 03/02/06]

2006 - Nuclear Talks Deadlocked? / Iran & Russia - March 2nd, 2006: "Iran's nuclear talks with Russia deadlocked" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

*Trivia: "[....] On Thursday [03/02/06], Ali Larijani accused the United States of scuttling talks in Moscow. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Iranian negotiator has angry words for U.S.), p. A6, 03/03/06]

2006 - Unannounced Afghanistan Visit / George W. Bush - March 2nd, 2006: "Paying an unannounced visit Wednesday [03/01/06] to Afghanistan, President George W. Bush vowed that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and former Taliban ruler Mullah Mohammad Omar eventually would be apprehended. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Bin Laden will be caught, Bush pledges), p. A9, 03/02/06]

*Trivia: "Security for Bush visit underscores increased threat in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A9, 03/02/06]

2006 - Warmest January in More Than 100 Years! / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2006: "The warmest January in more than a century sent consumers to malls to spend money at the fastest clip in six months. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Warm weather gets shoppers to the malls), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - No Spring Rise [Due to Drought] / Missouri River - March 2nd, 2006: "Missouri river won't get March pulse" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Declines to Order Port Deal Review / Federal Judge, U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2006: "Federal judge declines to order port deal review" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/02/06]

2006 - Worked Like Servants? / Ex-Aides to Rep. John Conyers - March 2nd, 2006: "Three former aides to U.S. Rep. John Conyers say the Michigan congressman made them act as personal gofers and valets while they were supposed to be working in his Detroit-area offices. [....] Ethics Committee rules prohibit members from using congressional funds to pay staffers for 'nonofficial, personal or campaign activities on behalf of the member, the employee or anyone else.' [....]" [Based on: Detroit Free Press article (Lawmaker's ex-aides say they worked like servants), p. A12, 03/02/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2006: "Stocks fell Thursday [03/02/06] after oil surged, the nation's retailers reported disappointing sales and the risk of Dana Corp.'s bankruptcy increased. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Oil surges, retailers disappoint, stocks slide), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - TV Violence Trivia / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2006: "Television programs aimed at children ages 5 to 10 contain, on average, almost twice as many violent incidents as prime-time shows geared toward adults, according to a study released Thursday [03/02/06] by a media watchdog group. The report - 'Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: A Content Analysis of Children's Television' - was prepared by the Parents Television Council, which analyzes profanity, sexual content and violence in the media and has filed many indecency complaints with the Federal Communications Commission. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (TV violence / Children's shows rank worse than prime time, study finds), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Radioactive Leaks? / Illinois - March 3rd, 2006: "[....] The Illinois state's attorney's office is looking into why Chicago-based Exelon Corp. didn't report leaks of radiation into wastewater for several years. The leaks happened from the mid-1990s until 2003 at the Braidwood Generating Station in Will County. Two other plants, the Dresden station and the Byron nuclear plant, both in northern Illinois, reported leaks recently." [Based on: Wire & Staff Reports article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Domestic Terrorism? / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2006: "A University of North Carolina graduate [Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar] accused of running down nine people on campus [03/03/06] told an emergency dispatcher he wanted to 'punish the government of the United States for their actions around the world,' according to a 911 recording released Monday [03/06/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Student says he was out for revenge, tape shows), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / Civilan Casualties, Iraq - March 3rd, 2006: "Insurgency-related violence last year killed more than twice as many Iraqi civilians as Iraqi soldiers and police officers, according to Iraqi government figures obtained Thursday [03/02/06]. The civilian toll last year was 4,024 people. And in the first two months of this year, the civilian death count already stands at more than one-quarter of last year's total. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (In Iraq, civilians do most of the dying under fire), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Food Lables Warnings? / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2006: "Hundreds of warnings on food labels could vanish under a measure moving toward approval in the House. [....]" [Based on: Wire & Staff Reports article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Nuclear Accord? / U.S.A. & India - March 3rd, 2006: "Reversing decades of U.S. policy, President George W. Bush ushered India into the world's exclusive nuclear club on Thursday [03/02/06]. Bush approved a landmark agreement to share nuclear reactors, fuel and expertise in return for India's acceptance of international safeguards. If approved by Congress, the accord will end India's long isolation as a nuclear maverick that defied world appeals and developed nuclear weapons. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Historic accord for India / Bush gives approval for nuclear program), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Restructuring Expenses / Ford Motor Co. - March 3rd, 2006: "Ford will spend $1 billion on restructuring this year [2006]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Misses Interest Payments / Dana Corp. - March 3rd, 2006: "Dana Corp's inability to make $21 million in interest payments this week prompted investors and analysts on Thursday [03/02/06] to question whether the struggling auto parts maker is moving closer to seeking bankruptcy protection. Shares of the company, based in Toledo, Ohio, fell by almost half. [....]" [Based on: Article (Dana misses payments, raising filing questions), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Vows to Keep Office / Prime Minister of Iraq - March 3rd, 2006: "Iraq's prime minister and his radical Shiite backers promised Thursday [03/02/06] to fight a bid by Sunni Arabs and Kurds to oust him, threatening to plunge the country into political turmoil and delay formation of a new government. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Prime minister of Iraq vows fight to keep office), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Opposition Candidate Arrested / Belarus - March 3rd, 2006: "An opposition candidate running in this month's presidential election in Belarus was beaten and arrested Thursday [03/02/06] when he tried to attend a conference being chaired by President Alexander Lukashenko, the former Soviet republic's longtime authoritarian ruler, according to opposition activists and journalists who witnessed the incident. [....] The country's security service, which is still called the KGB, said this week that the opposition was planning an armed coup in cooperation with foreign powers. At Thursday's conference in Minsk, the capital, Lukashenko railed against 'dark forces,' particularly the United States, that he said were aligned against him and threatening the country's stability." [Based on: News Services article (Opposition candidate is reportedly arrested), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Boycotts Hearing / Guantanamo Detainee - March 3rd, 2006: "The hearing for a Guantanamo detainee charged with conspiring to commit murder was thrown into disarray Thursday [03/02/06] after he boycotted the session and the U.S. military  judge criticized the defense attorney. [....] Ali Hamza Ahmad Sulayman al Bahlul, a Yemeni who allegedly was a bodyguard for al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, has refused since Wednesday night [03/01/06] to attend the hearings, saying the U.S. military officer appointed as his attorney was the enemy and could not represent him." [Based on: News Services article (Chaos at hearing reveals problems with tribunals), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Call for New Katrina Inquiry? / U.S. Democrats - March 3rd, 2006: "Democrats call for new Katrina inquiry" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Behind 1981 Shooting of Pope / Soviet Union? - March 3rd, 2006: "Italian panel ties Soviets to shooting of pope [in 1981]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Demanding Business Deals Disclosure / U.S. Lawmakers - March 3rd, 2006: "Lawmakers complained Thursday [03/02/06] that despite the administration's promises, they were not informed about confidential government investigations into sensitive U.S. investments by two more foreign companies. The criticism arose after disclosures that * The U.S. had started a new investigation Tuesday [02/28/06] into a business deal proposed by a second Dubai-owned company. * A previously unconfirmed investigation has taken place over an unrelated transaction by a leading Israeli software firm [Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Lawmakers demand disclosure on deals), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Suicide Car Bomber / U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan - March 3rd, 2006: "A suicide car bomber drove into a vehicle outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi on Thursday [03/02/06], detonating a blast that killed a consular employee and three others, and wounded at least 50. [....] The attack took place shortly before President George W. Bush was scheduled to travel to Pakistan." [Based on: Washington Post article (American, 3 others die in blast at consulate in Pakistan), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/03/06]

2006 - Market Report - March 4th, 2006: "Stocks sputtered late in the day Friday [03/03/06], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its first weekly loss in a month, after Intel Corp. cuts its sales forecast and bond yields rose to their highest level in about a year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - March 4th, 2006: "Attack by gunmen in Iraq kills at least 19 / Sunni insurgents are suspected. Also, political leaders try to block a full term for interim prime minister." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Ex-Quest Exec. - March 4th, 2006: "Ex-Quest exec [Marc Weisberg] sentenced [03/03/06 to 60 days home detention & 2 yrs. probation]" [Based on: Article title, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Leaking Oil? / Alaska Pipeline - March 4th, 2006: "Crude oil leaking from a major North Slope pipeline might have oozed over 3 to 5 acres of frozen, snow-clad tundra, prompting a major cleanup effort Thursday [03/02/06], an oil company spokesman said. [....] Neither state officials nor BP spokesman Daren Beaudo could say how much oil was spilled." [Based on: News Services article (Leaking oil spreads over tundra, firm says), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

*Trivia: "[....] 'The estimated spill was 202,000 to 267,000 gallons. 'I can confirm its the largest soill of crude oil on the North Slope that we have record of,' said Linda Giguereh with the state department of Environmental Conservation. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Oil spill is called North Slope's largest), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Altered Corn / European Union - March 4th, 2006: "EU approves altered corn" [Based on: Article title, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Medicare Suit / Five U.S. States - March 4th, 2006: "Texas, Missouri and three other states [Kentucky, Maine & New Jersey] sued the federal government Friday [03/03/06], alleging they are being forced to help fund the new Medicare prescription drug program in violation of the Constitution. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Five states file suit over Medicare), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Files for Bankruptcy / Dana Corp. - March 4th, 2006: "Parts maker Dana files bankruptcy [03/03/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Israeli Terrorists? / Nazareth, Israel - March 4th, 2006: "A distraught Israeli couple, joined by another woman reported to be their daughter, entered one of Christianity's holiest sites Friday [03/03/06] and set off explosions [firecrackers?], police said, sparking a large riot in this biblical town [Nazareth] in northern Israel." [Based on: News Services article (Israelis set off blasts at Christian holy site), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Flies to Pakistan / George W. Bush - March 4th, 2006: "Bush leaves India [03/03/06], flies to restive Pakistan." [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

*Trivia: "Rallies in Pakistani cities protest Bush's visit / One demonstration in India leads to fatal clash between Hindus and Muslims." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

*Trivia: "Bush lauds Pakistan's moves toward democracy / he wants Musharraf to do more to root out Taliban holdovers." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/05/06]

2006 - Settlement / Research In Motion Ltd. - March 4th, 2006: "Blackberry settles for $612.5 million / Patent dispute over e-mail device had threatened a shutdown of the Blackberry system." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Randy "Duke" Cunningham - March 4th, 2006: "Ex-congressman gets 8 years in prison [03/03/06]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Unaware of Dubai Call? / Sen. Hillary Clinton - March 4th, 2006: "Sen. Clinton unaware of Dubai call, she says / Her husband says he wasn't paid for consulting on the port deal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Daily News article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - Pesticide Contamination / U.S. Rivers & Streams - March 4th, 2006: "Most of the nation's rivers and streams - and the fish in them - are contaminated with pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders, but not at levels that can harm humans. Pesticides were found in almost all U.S. rivers and streams between 1992 and 2001, says a study released Friday [03/03/06] by the U.S. Geological Survey, although most drinking water supplies haven't been affected. [....] Most frequently detected in agricultural streams were three herbicides used mainly on farms: atrazine, metolechlor and cyanazine. [....] Three other herbicides used commonly in cities - simazine, prometon and tebuthiuron - showed up more often in urban streams. [....] Jay feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, a national research and advocacy group, said the data surrounding the nation's reliance on about 1 billion pounds of pesticides a year show 'an urgent need to strengthen policies at all levels of government and curtail pesticide use.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pesticides in low levels are found in most rivers and fish, study finds) by John Heilprin, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - I.D. Papers Released / Guantanamo Bay Prisoners - March 4th, 2006: "U.S. releases papers identifying Guantanamo prisoners / Associated Press won suit to obtain the names." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/04/06]

2006 - New Red Spot? / Planet Jupiter - March 5th, 2006:

For centuries, the Great Red Spot has reigned supreme among storms on Jupiter. The anti-cyclone has 250 mph winds and is big enough to swallow two planet Earths. Jupiter has other storms, too, but none like the Great Red Spot.

Until now. A new red spot has appeared on Jupiter, about half the size of the original and nearly the same color. Amateur astronomer Christopher Go of the Philippines took its picture [see link] on February 27th: [....]

"Red Jr." was born 6+ years ago when three smaller storms collided. (Many astronomers believe the Great Red Spot was born the same way--by merger.) At first the new storm was white, the color of its progenitors, but now it is turning red, a sign of intensification. Will Red Jr. eventually grow to rival the Great Red Spot--or remain junior? No one knows. But you can watch, because both red spots are big enough to see through backyard telescopes: sky map. [see link]

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/05/06]

2006 - Criminal Probe / Pat Tillman Death - March 5th, 2006: "Army opens criminal probe in Pat Tillman death" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/05/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga Region - March 5th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:07:56 (UTC) on Sunday, March 5th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in the Tonga REGION."

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

2006 - Cases Kept Sectret? / U.S. Federal Courts - March 5th, 2006: "Despite the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of public trials, the government is holding as secret nearly all records of more than 5,000 defendants who completed their journey through the federal courts over the last three years. Instances of such secrecy more than doubled from 2003 to last year. Most of these defendants are cooperating government witnesses. But the secrecy prevents the public from knowing details of their plea bargains. Although most of these defendants are involved in drug gangs, lately a very small number involve terrorism cases. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (U.S. keeps court cases secret), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/05/06]

2006 - Images of Auschwitz Haunt Photographer - March 5th, 2006: "Images of Auschwitz haunt man [Wilhelm Brasse] who shot the pictures" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Ryan Lucas, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/05/06]

2006 - Compares Bush to Hitler? / Social Studies Teacher, U.S.A. - March 5th, 2006: "A Denver-area high school teacher whose recorded statements about President George W. Bush and U.S. foreign policy [02/01/06] sparked a national debate about classroom speech on Friday [03/03/06] backed away from plans to sue the Cherry Creek (Colo.) School District. The attorney for Overland High School social studies teacher Jay Bennish said his client held off on the lawsuit after district officials made clear that Bennish was free to talk to the news media. 'Today (Friday) he was told he could talk to the media,' said David Lane, the attorney for Bennish, who has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday. However, Lane said, for the time being Bennish will not comment on the case. Lane said Bennish was initially told by an administrator that 'if you talk to the media, we will view this as insubordination.' " [Based on: News Services article (Teacher backs off threat to sue district), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/05/06]

*Trivia: "Nazi-like legislation in the works to stop Bush dissent 'dead in its tracks' before massive revolt begins as the Bush lies are coming to the surface and top officials know it. [....]" [Based on: Title for Artic Beacon article (U.S. Fascists In Washington Want To Put Muzzle On "Bad Dogs" In The Alternative Press), by Greg Szymanski, 02/23/06] - See Link: http://www.arcticbeacon.com/23-Feb-2006.html

*Trivia: "[....] Cherry Creek School Superintendent Monte Moses said Bennish's 'practice and deportment need growth and refinement.' The decision ends a monthlong dispute over Bennish's comments Feb. 1 to a 10th-grade geography class. Social studies teacher Jay Bennish was reinstated Friday [03/10/06] after more than a week on paid leave. [....] Bennish said some of Bush's State of the Union address the night before 'sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say.' " [Based on: News Services article (Teacher who linked Bush, Hitler returns), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Died / Dana Reeve - March 6th, 2006: "Dana Reeve died from lung cancer. She was 44."

2006 - CIA Suit / T.J. Waters - March 6th, 2006: "Ex-CIA analyst [T.J. Waters] sues agency over deletions in his book ["Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class."]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Protestors / Thailand - March 6th, 2006: "Thai protestors alleging corruption urge prime minister to quit, plan to camp out" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Nuclear Program? / Iran - March 6th, 2006: "Iran warned the 35 nations on the International Atomic Energy Agency's board Sunday [03/05/06] that it would press ahead with full-scale uranium enrichment if the board pushes for United Nations action against it. [....] The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that a failure by the Security Council to address Iran would 'do lasting damage to the credibility of the council.' 'The longer we wait to confront the threat Iran poses,' said the ambassador , John Bolton, 'the harder and more intractable it will become.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran says U.N. action would spur nuclear program), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

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

2006 - Prolonged Drought / Kenya - March 6th, 2006: "Drought [in Kenya] may force more to need food aid" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Militant Attacks / Pakistan - March 6th, 2006: "Dozens are killed as militants battle Pakistani troops" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Research Award / Walter Alverez - March 6th, 2006: "A geologist [Walter Alverez] who proposed the theory that a comet or asteroid smashed into earth and killed off the dinosaurs is the winner of a top research award. [....] Alvarez told the story of his discovery in his top-selling nonfiction book in 1997, 'T. rex and the Crater of Doom.' " [Based on: News Services article (Theory on demise of dinosaurs wins award), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Rejects Al-Qaida Support / Hamas - March 6th, 2006: "Hamas officials shrugged off the support offered by al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, saying Sunday [03/05/06] that the Palestinian militant group had a different ideology than the terrorist network and won election through a moderate approach to Islam. In video aired Saturday by the Arab satellite television station Al-Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahri called for jihad, or holy war, to reclaim Palestinian lands and implied al-Qaida's support for Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel despite international pressure since the militant Islamic group swept parliamentary elections in January. A Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: 'Hamas believes that Islam is completely different to the ideology of Mr. al-Zawahri.' 'Our battle is against the Israeli occupation, and our only concern is to restore our rights and serve our people. We have no links with any group or element outside Palestine,' the official said." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas rejects offer from al-Qaida deputy), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Kerry Comments / U.S. Oil Dependency - March 6th, 2006: "Kerry [03/05/06] cites oil dependency in war on terror" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Further Israeli Withdrawals? / West Bank- March 6th, 2006: "Further Israeli withdrawals could follow April elections / Acting prime minister's spokesman pledges limited pullouts from West Bank." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Mid-Indian Ridge - March 5th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:13:08 (UTC) on Monday, March 6th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located in the MID-INDIAN RIDGE."

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

2006 - Increasing Pressure? / Shiite Premier, Iraq - March 6th, 2006: "Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds increase pressure on Shiite premier" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Targets Oil Exports / Nigerian Militants - March 6th, 2006: "Nigerian militants target oil exports / Militants disrupting production claim to be fighting for the interests of residents." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Cartoon Protest Rallies / Pakistan & Turkey - March 6th, 2006: "Tens of thousands of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey on Sunday [03/05/06] to protest cartoons of Islam's prophet, Muhammad, that have fired anger throughout the Muslim world. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (More rallies protest cartoons of Muhammad), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Criminal Investigation / Pat Tillman "Friendly-Fire" Death - March 6th, 2006: "Testimony will be key in fifth inquiry / The chairman of the Joint Chiefs promised the family a full review of the facts in the now criminal investigation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Yemeni Teens Sentenced / 2003 Assassination Plot - March 6th, 2006: "Two Yemeni teenagers convicted of trying to kill the U.S. ambassador in 2003 were sentenced Sunday [03/05/06] to five years in prison. The judge said the two - Hezam Ali Hassan, 17, and Khaled Saleh, 18 - would be held in 'a special prison' because of their ages. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Teens get five years in assassination plot), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/06]

2006 - Declares War on Freedom of the Press? / George W. Bush - March 6th, 2006:

Using many of the questionable surveillance and monitoring techniques that brought both questions and criticism to his administration, President George W. Bush has launched a war against reporters who write stories unfavorable to his actions and is planning to prosecute journalists to make examples of them in his "war on terrorism."

Bush recently directed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use "whatever means at your disposal" to wiretap, follow, harass and investigate journalists who have published stories about the administration's illegal use of warrantless wiretaps, use of faulty intelligence and anything else he deems "detrimental to the war on terror." [....]

[Based on: CHB's Blue Blog article (Bush declares war on freedom of the press) by Doug Thompson, 03/06/06]
*Link: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/blog/2006/03/bush_declares_war_on_freedom_o.html

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 7th, 2006: "Stocks suffered their longest losing cdstreak this year as rising bond yields drove shares to a third day of declines Monday. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - "Blue Sun" Over Egypt - March 7th, 2006: "For the second time this year, a blue sun has appeared over Egypt. "A powerful khamaseen dust storm swept through Alexandria on March 7th," reports astronomer Aymen Ibrahem of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. "The sun shining through the dust turned blue. [....] Blue suns occur when the air fills with particles just a little larger than the wavelength of light. This makes the air behave like a filter, scattering red while allowing blue to pass. For maximum blue, the particles should all be very close to the same size--about a millionth of a meter across. Khamaseen storms are notorious for such fine dust. The spring dusty season is just beginning in Egypt. Sky watchers there should be alert for more blue suns--and blue moons, too."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/10/06]

2006 - Status / Iraqi Parliament - March 7th, 2006: "Iraq's president failed in a bid Monday [03/06/06] to order parliament into session by March 12. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraq's leader faces setback in bid to order parliament into session / Government formation is delayed further.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Mutating Virus? / Bird Flu - March 7th, 2006: "As new versions of bird flu emerge, U.S. health officials say scientists must stir up a different vaccine recipe to protect people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mutating virus forces push for a second vaccine), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Strikes Gas & Oil / Kuwait - March 7th, 2006: "Kuwait announced Monday [03/06/06] it had discovered natural gas for the first time, in commercial quantities, as well as a new light oil. [....]" [Based on: Article (Kuwait strikes gas), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / OPEC Oil Production - March 7th, 2006: "Key OPEC members won't seek production cut / Kuwait minister says prices should start to fall next month." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. Article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Targeted / Aryan Brotherhood - March 7th, 2006: "Prosecutors hope to smash supremicist prison gang / Aryan Brotherhood is targeted in what's believed to be the biggest capital murder case in U.S. history." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Relations / Hamas & Fatah - March 7th, 2006: "Hamas voted Monday [03/06/06] to strip Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of powers he was hastily awarded by his Fatah Party in the last session of the outgoing parliament. And in Gaza City, an Israeli missle strike killed two Islamic Jihad militants and three bystanders, including two boys. [....] A Fatah legislator said Monday's decisions would be appealed to the Palestinian Supreme Court. Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005, and his term has three years to run, regardless of the parliament's makeup. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Hamas votes to revoke powers recently granted to president / Israeli missle strike kills two militants and three bystanders, including children), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Levees Status / New Orleans - March 7th, 2006: "The White House is defending the quality of the material being used to rebuild the levees around New Orleans. And President George W. Bush got assurances Monday [03/06/06] from the Army Corps of Engineers that it was on track to restore the system by the start of hurricane season. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (White House defends work on levees), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - No Foul Play? / "Diana's" Death - March 7th, 2006: "An official British inquiry into the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a high-speed car crash has found no evidence of foul play, a newspaper [The Daily Mail] reported Monday [03/06/06] [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Inquiry finds no foul play in Diana's death), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - March 5th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:28:55 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 7th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located in Vanuatu."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjzal.php] - [03/07/06]

2006 - Prison Suicide / Milan Babic - March 7th, 2006: "Serb leader [Milan Babic] kills himself in prison [03/05/06], tribunal says" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - G.M. Alfalfa / Monsanto Co. - March 7th, 2006: "Monsanto Co., the world's largest developer of genetically modified seeds, started selling alfalfa seed modified to resist the compamy's Roundup weed killer, expanding biotech crop offerings to five. [....] St. Louis-based Monsanto's genetically modified soybeans, corn, cotton and canola were sown on 194.6 million acres last year, according to company data." [Based on: Article (And alfalfa makes five), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Military Recruiters / U.S. Universities - March 7th, 2006: "The Supreme Court said Monday [03/06/06] that Congress had acted properly in threatening to withold federal money from universities that bar military recruiters because of the Pentagon's policy on homosexuals. In an 8-0 ruling, the justices said that by insisting that military recruiters get the same access that employers get, Congress was neither stopping the universities from protesting the policy nor asking the schools to endorse it. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (High court rules for recruiters), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Seeking Line-Item Veto / George W. Bush - March 7th, 2006: "Bush is seeking line-item veto different from rejected version" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Risks Regional War? / Withdrawing From Iraq - March 7th, 2006: "Withdrawing too soon from Iraq risks regional war, U.S. envoy [Zalmay Khalilzad] warns" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Threatens to List Names / Abramoff Lawyer - March 7th, 2006: "Lawyer for Abramoff threatens to list names" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Measure to Ban Abortions / Gov. Mike Rounds - March 7th, 2006: "Governor [South Dakota] signs measure to ban most abortions" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / Enron Trial - March 8th, 2006: "The architect of financial schemes that helped fuel the collapse of Enron Corp. on Tuesday [03/07/06] told a federal court jury that he had the blessing of his boss, former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, for moves that let the energy-trading company hide losses and inflate profit. [....]" [Based on: Article (Ex-Enron exec fingers Skilling), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Hostage Video / Iraq - March 8th, 2006: "Two Canadians and a Briton taken hostage last fall during their Christian peace mission to Iraq were shown Tuesday [03/07/06] in a videotape on Al-Jazeera television - without the American colleague who was captured with them. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (U.S. hostage not in video), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 8th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell Tuesday [03/07/06] for a fourth day after Texas Instruments Inc. said first-quarter sales won't meet its highest forecast and a government report signaled inflation may accelerate. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Ports Deal - March 8th, 2006: "House GOP chiefs back blocking ports deal" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Protests / Nairobi, Kenya - March 8th, 2006: "Thousands protest [03/07/06] raids on newspaper, TV station [Kenya]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Sectarian Violence? / India - March 8th, 2006: "Blasts [03/07/06] in holy city in India [Varanasi] kill at least 20 / Attacks trigger fears of sectarian violence." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Wins GOP Primary / Tom DeLay - March 8th, 2006: "Delay wins GOP primary battle [03/07/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / CIA Leak Case, U.S.A. - March 8th, 2006: "CIA calls Libby demand for papers a 'burden' " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - March 8th, 2006: "At the White House, the State Department and before a friendly audience of Jewish activists, the Bush administration had an unsubtle message for the hard-line Islamic government in Iran on Tuesday [03/07/06]. [....] Speaking to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, Cheney did not specify what the U.S. would do but said it 'is keeping all options on the table.' American officials have said the government has no plans for military force but will not rule it out. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Cheney, Rice warn Iran enriching nuclear fuel will have consequences), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Renews Patriot Act / U.S. House - March 8th, 2006: "House renews [03/07/06] USA Patriot Act in cliffhanger vote [280-138]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Increased Scrutiny? / NSA, U.S.A. - March 8th, 2006: "Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee defeated on Tuesday [03/07/06] a Democratic push to investigate a domestic espionage operation authorized by President George W. Bush. But they promised to increase scrutiny of the controversial program through a newly established subcommittee. [....] The deal announced Tuesday would establish a new subcommittee with seven members - four Republicans and three Democrats - that would get regular briefings on the domestic surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. The agency eavesdrops on calls and e-mail traffic around the world. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the panel's chairman, and other Republicans said the White House had agreed to give members of the new subcommittee extensive access, equivalent to that previously restricted to the chairman and vice chairman." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Senate Intelligence Committee mixes message to Bush), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - President-Elect Oscar Arias / Costa Rica - March 8th, 2006: "Oscar Arias was declared the country's president-elect on Tuesday - more than a month after the vote that gave him a razor-thin victory over his closest rival. [....] Arias, 65, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his work as a mediator to help end the civil wars that wracked Central America in the 1980s. He will take office on May 8, replacing President Abel Pacheco." [Based on: News Services article (Arias is declared winner  a month after election), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Changes Pension Plan / General Motors Corp. - March 8th, 2006: "GM changes pension plan for salaried employees / Newer employees will move to a 401(k)-based plan." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - 5% of U.S. Work Force / Illegal Immigrants? - March 8th, 2006: "The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has grown to as many as 12 million - accounting for about one in every 20 workers, an estimate says. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Illegal immigrants make up 5 percent of work force, study says, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Baggage Handlers OK Strike / Northwest Airlines - March 8th, 2006: "Northwest baggage handlers OK strike" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / Enron Trial - March 9th, 2006: "Lay knew of impending implosion, Fastow testifies" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 9th, 2006: "Sliding oil prices lift stocks to first advance in 5 days" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Exxon Mobil Corp. - March 9th, 2006: "Exxon's costs will rise to about $20 billion / Oil giant wants to boost crude output by million barrels a day by 2010." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Bird Flu Testing / U.S.A. - March 9th, 2006: "U.S. will dramatically boost testing for bird flu" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Lung Cancer Trivia / U.S.A. - "[....] In 1988, the National Academy of Sciences presented the findings of its Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VI Report: 'The Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon.' It is the most definitive accumulation of scientific data on indoor radon. The report confirms that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and that it is a serious public health problem. NAS concluded that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Radon gas in houses can cause lung cancer) by Colleen Beckwith, p. D10, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Sues Entercom / Eliot Spitzer - March 9th, 2006: "New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has sued Entercom Communications Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. radio broadcaster, accusing the company of accepting bribes from record lables and promoters as payment for airplay. [....]" [Based on: Article (Spitzer sues Entercom), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S.A. & Iran - March 9th, 2006: "[....] 'The United States may have the power to cause harm and pain, but it is also susceptible to harm and pain,' Javad Vaeidi, head of the Iranian delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the agency's board during an all-day, closed door meeting in Vienna. 'So if the United States wishes to choose that path, let the ball roll.' [....] Responding to the Iranian words, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters in New Orleans that 'provocative statements and actions only further isolate Iran from the rest of the world.' Vice President Dick Cheney said on Tuesday [03/07/06] that Iran would face 'meaningful consequences' if it does not back down. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Iran threatens 'harm and pain' / Official: Iran will fight back if the U.N. imposes sanctions over nuclear program.), p. A1 & A8, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Security Workers Kidnapped / Iraq - March 9th, 2006: "Gunmen wearing what appeared to be the uniforms of Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos stormed a private security company in the capital Wednesday [03/08/06] afternoon and kidnapped as many as 50 employees, a ministry official said. In an atmosphere of spiraling lawlessness, other violence killed at least 47 people across the country between Tuesday and Wednesday nights." [Based on: Washington Post article (Gunmen storm office, kidnap 50 workers as Iraq violence builds), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Human Rights Report, U.S.A. - March 9th, 2006: "The State Department outlined human rights abuses in Iraq on Wednesday [03/08/06], including reports of torture and politically motivated killings that contrast with assessments by President George W. Bush and others of progress since the U.S.-led invasion three years ago. [....] The study, published each year since 1977, offers a comprehensive analysis of all countries in the world except the United States. The introduction calls particular attention to six countries where restrictions on rights were said to be severe: China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea and Zimbabwe." [Based on: A.P. article (Human rights report by U.S. cites torture, political killings in Iraq), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Commercial Real-Estate Loans, U.S.A. - March 9th, 2006: "Fed chair says commercial real-estate loans bear watching" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Students Arrested / Alabama Church Fires - March 9th, 2006: "Three college students were arrested Wednesday [03/08/06] in connection with nine church fires in Alabama. Federal agents said the defendants claimed that the first few blazes were set as 'a joke' and that the others were started to throw investigators off the track. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (3 students are arrested in Alabama church fires), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Special Counterterrorism Troops / U.S. Embassies - March 9th, 2006: "The U.S. military command in charge of counterterrorism campaigns is putting small teams of special operations troops in U.S. embassies to support the global war on terrorism, officials said Wednesday [03/08/06]. The presence of these teams, which began at least two years ago but has not been publicly announced by U.S. Special Operations Command, was first reported in Wednesday's editions of The New York Times. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Special counterterrorism troops being placed in U.S. embassies), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - March 9th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:55:55 (UTC) on Thursday, March 9th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in the CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uskba8.php]

2006 - Authority to Regulate Food Safety / U.S. FDA? - March 9th, 2006: "House approves bill giving FDA authority to regulate food safety / The measure would negate some 200 state laws governing meat, fish, milk and more. / A provision would allow states to appeal to the FDA to preserve their authorities." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

*Trivia:

   The death of Dana Reeve from lung cancer at age 44 brings to mind the one issue never discussed as a cause of cancer and other deadly diseases: the food we eat.
   The book "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell convincingly shows that large amounts of animal protein and refined sugars such as in candy, cakes and sodas, are making us sick with cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and other fatal diseases. The book includes supporting research.
   Unfortunately, the profit-based food and pharmaceutical industries do not want us to have such information and never mention that a plant-based diet is important for good health and to avoid these fatal illnesses. We eat too much animal protein. Our protein needs can be fulfilled with a plant-based diet.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Plant protein for health) by Joan Botwinick, p. D10, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Rebuffs Port Deal / House Appropriations Committee - March 9th, 2006: "House panel rebuffs ports deal [62-2] / GOP-led committee attaches rejection to must-pass relief and war funding measure" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Catholic Priests Suspected of Abuse / Dublin, Ireland - March 9th, 2006: "102 priests suspected of abuse in Dublin, archdiocese says / Since 2003, the archdiocese has been going over the personnel records of more than 2,800 priests who have worked in Dublin since 1940." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/09/06]

2006 - Civil War Trivia / Iraq - March 10th, 2006: "Dealing with civil war would be Iraqis' duty, Rumsfeld says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Flash Floods / Malawi - March 10th, 2006: "Flash floods from the heaviest rains in 20 years have swept the south and central parts of malawi, leaving more than 8,000 people homeless, officials said Thursday [03/09/06] There were no reports of deaths. Ironically, Malawi is now in the middle of a food shortage caused by drought last year." [Based on: News Services article (Flash floods leave more than 8,000 homeless), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2006: "Hints of interest-rate hikes spook markets again" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - "Bush vs. Constitution" - March 10th, 2006:

Repeatedly through our history, the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution have been threatened in war by an overreacting government and then reaffirmed in peace by calmer leadership. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus, the suppression of free speech during and after World War I, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, McCarthyism, and the wiretapping of Vietnam-era dissenters - all of these came to be seen, once fears subsided, as violations of our freedoms and embarrassments to our heritage.

[....]

The president claims an inherent power to imprison American citizens whom he has determined to be this country’s enemies without obtaining a warrant, letting them hear the charges against them, or following other safeguards against wrongful punishment guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Under his administration, the government has engaged in inhumane treatment of prisoners that amounts to torture, and when Congress passed legislation to ban such treatment, he declared he would simply interpret the law his own way. Although the Constitution says treaties are the “supreme law of the land,” the president has abrogated them on his own. And, we now know, he ordered a secret program of electronic surveillance of Americans without court warrants.

But there is something more dangerous than any of these specific abuses and usurpations, and that is the theory of inherent powers that Bush invokes to justify most of these actions and the possibility of its being effectively institutionalized by a meek Congress and, worst of all, by a deferential Supreme Court.

[....]

Not long ago, the Supreme Court could have been counted on to restore the checks that Bush has thrust aside. But the confirmation of the president’s two nominees to the Court may now tilt it in his direction. The common element in the background of the new justices is not merely their political conservatism, but their history of support for a broad construction of executive powers.

The combined effect of a changed court and a putative state of perpetual war could radically distort our whole constitutional framework. An increasing number of congressional Republicans have recently expressed doubts about the legality of Bush’s surveillance program. The real battle, however, is about general principles applied across a wide range of policies. Of course, if the voters elect a Democratic president in 2008, perhaps even the Court’s new justices may discover constitutional reasons to limit the president’s inherent powers. I am not saying this is the only hope. But in a democracy, those who cannot imagine being out of power deserve another experience of being without it.

[Based on: Based on article - © 2006 by The American Prospect, Inc. - (Bush vs. Constitution / President Bush's conception of his own powers is even more dangerous than his specific abuses), By Paul Starr, Issue Date: 03.10.06]

2006 - Uncle Sam: "Charge It!" - March 10th, 2006:

   Uncle Sam, the old coot, ought to buy one of those bumper stickers that says: "I'm spending my kids' inheritance."
   That's just what he's doing.
   In fact, he's gone wild with the national credit card. The United States will borrow about $360 billion to finance the federal budget deficit this year, and it's probably headed higher next year.
   The national debt now stands at $4.8 trillion, not counting Social Security debt. That's up 35 percent since President george W. Bush took office and embarked on a spree of tax-cutting while fighting a war, filling prescriptions for old people and borrowing like mad.
   Back in the old days, we could comfort ourselves with the thought that the national debt had no major economic consequences. Afterall, we owed it to ourselves, as the saying goes.
   Not anymore. Other countries now account for 80 percent of Treasury deby purchases. In 2001, foreigners held nearly one-third of Unckle sam's debt, and the figure surely is higher today.
   Now they're sending us their bill.
   All this is detailed in new figures from the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank of contortionists who lean left on most policy issues while simultaneously standing upright for fiscal realism.
   The U.S. government now pays $83 billion a year in interest to foreigners. At this rate, five years from now we'll be paying $181 billion a year. That's well over double what Uncle Sam spends annually on educating, training and providing social services for Americans.
   Much of that money will go to people we don't consider close, trusted pals. In addition to the oil sheiks, the Chinese government is among our biggest creditors. The Chinese are stockpiling dollars - and investing them in U.S. Treasury bonds - partly to keep their own currency low. That artificially low currency helps keep U.S. consumer prices cheap, but at the cost of American jobs.
   The federal deficit is only part of our national spending binge. Last year, America imported $723 billion more goods and services than it exported, and our trade deficit is worsening rapidly.
   That sort of spending leaves a lot of dollars floating around overseas. Besides lending those dollars back to us - with interest, of course - foreigners are buying up American businesses.
   Thus, no one should be surprised that Citgo, the big oil company, is run by the anti-American government of Venezuela. Or that a conglomerate owned by the government of Dubai would want to run American ports.
   This can go on for a very long time - but not forever. Eventually, foreigners will lose their yen for American assets, the dollar will fall in value and the deficits will shrink. When we reach that tipping point, this process will probably happen gradually, easing the considerable pain of adjustment.
   Let's hope it happens before we saddle our children with monstrous interest payments that will depress their standard of living and before corporate America becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Someplace Else.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Uncle Sam: "Charge It!"), p. C12, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Marion Barry - March 10th, 2006: "Barry [Marion Barry] is sentenced  [03/09/06 - to 3 yrs. probation] in income tax case" [Based on: Title for Staff & News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Drops Port Takeover / Arab Firm - March 10th, 2006: "Arab firm drops port takeover / Critics are cautious / Lawmakers seek details on company's plan to transfer operations to U.S. entity" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - January Trade Deficit / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2006: "The nation's trade deficit widened to another record in January as the strengthening economy attracted a surge of imported cars, household goods and petroleum products. Americans imported $68.5 billion more in goods and services than they exported at the start of the year, up 5.3 percent from December, the Commerce Department said Thursday [03/09/06]. That produced the largest deficit since October, when the trade gap swelled to $67.8 billion. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (January trade deficit widens to another record), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Scotia Sea - March 10th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:12:20 (UTC) on Friday, March 10th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in the SCOTIA SEA."

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

2006 - Practicing Democracy? / Hamas - March 10th, 2006:

   Despite glaring bids to ostracize and demonize Hamas, the Palestinian group, which swept legislative elections in January has achieved political success of late. This week, its leaders made a high-profile visit to Moscow. Russia deserves praise for taking the lead in reaching out to Hamas, despite vociferous Israeli objections. Other countries seem willing to follow suit.
   Now in power, the movement is experiencing political transformation, which should be promoted, not demoted. The fact that Hamas is at the Palestinian helm is the result of democratic voting. This fact should be borne in mind while this hubbub continues over the group's manifesto. The Palestinians voted it to power and their choice must be respected. They should not be punished for practicing democracy.
   Hamas is under mounting pressure to recognize the Jewish state. Logic dictates that this recognition should be mutual. Both sides should be prodded to exchange reconciliatory gestures, which should clear the way for breaking the protracted peace impasse.

[Based on: The Egyptian Gazette - Cairo article (Reward Good Behavior), p. C13 (Other Views page), S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Water Geysers? / Saturn Moon - March 10th, 2006: "NASA's Cassini spacecraft may have discovered water geysers on one of Saturn's moons, raising the possibility that conditions favorable for life in our solar system are much more common than once thought possible. The presence of pockets of liquid water near the surface of tiny Enceladus, a frigid ball of ice where temperatures drop to 330 degrees below zero, could mean the three ingredients for life as we know it  - liquid water, heat energy and organic material - all are located there. [....] Cassini discovered the geysers as it repeatedly flew by Enceladius in 2005. The spacecraft first  photographed plumes of water vapor 14 months ago, but scientists weren't sure whether the pictures were accurate or the result of a camera problem. In July, instruments aboard Cassini again detected water vapor rising from near the moon's south pole. In November, another flyby captured images from the same region that indisputably showed jets of small icy particles streaming more than 300 miles above Enceladus' surface. [....] If the theory holds up, it would make Enceladus one of four known worlds in the solar system to exibit evidence of active volcanism. The others are Earth, Jupiter's moon Io and Neptune's moon Triton." [Based on: Orlando Sentinel article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Growing Lawlessness / Pakistan - March 10th, 2006: "[....] Western diplomats say growing lawlessness in Pakistan's tribal regions could provide more cover for militants launching cross-border attacks into Afghanistan. [....] Musharraf has deployed 80,000 troops and mounted a series of military operations over three years into Pashtun tribal domains that have resisted outside control for centuries." [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistan unrest hurts terrorism fight), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - "Irresponsible Deal" / U.S. & India - March 10th, 2006:

   U.S. President George W. Bush has not handed India "The Bomb" by agreeing to sell that country nuclear technology. That's because India has had atomic weapons for decades. But the new pact between Washington and New Delhi undermines 35 years of nuclear arms control, and that stark reality poses a real risk to global security.
   By treating India as an acceptable nuclear partner, Bush has signaled the U.S. is prepared to do business with "strategic partners" such as India or Israel, even as it continues to treat Pakistan like a nuclear pariah and blasts North Korea and Iran as threats to world peace. Why shouldn't Pakistan or Israel now seek similar bilateral deals outside the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty? And what incentive have North Korea and Iran to comply? This is clearly a slippery slope....
   Rather than cut-off deals that destroy the NPT in stages, the "Big Five" - the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China - plus nuclear-capable countries like Canada ... should sell nuclear technology only to nations agreeing not to develop weapons. That's been the NPT bargain since 1970 and has served as a brake on the spread of nuclear weaponry, dissuading places like South Korea and Saudi Arabia from building a bomb.
   Yet Bush has agreed to sell civilian nuclear technology to India, subject to U.S. Congress approval even though just 14 of its 22 reactors will be under international scrutiny....
   The world has had real success, under the NPT, persuading South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Libya to give up their bomb-making programs. That will be a harder sell in the future, given that the U.S. has now winked at India's bomb, after winking at Israel's bomb. And it comes at a time of genuine concern not only about proliferation, but also about the theft of nuclear materials and terrorism.
   This is bad policy, regardless of how much India matters to the U.S.

[Based on: Toronto Star article (Irresponsible Deal), p. C13 (Other Views page), S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Strong Storms / Southern Plains, U.S.A. - March 10th, 2006: "Strong storms [03/09/06] strike southern Pains" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Latin America - March 10th, 2006: "Rice [Condoleezza Rice] accepts leftist leaders in Latin America" [Based on: Title for Staff & News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Not Tied to Madrid Blasts / Al-Qaida - March 10th, 2006: "A two-year investigation into the Madrid train bombings concludes that the Islamic terrorists who carried out the blasts were homegrown radicals acting on their own rather than at the behest of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, two senior intelligence officials said. [....] The intelligence chief said there were no telephone calls between the Madrid bombers and al-Qaida and no money transfers. The Western official said the plotters had links to other Islamic radicals in Western Europe, but the plan was hatched and organized in Spain. 'This was not an al-Qaida operation,' he said. 'It was homegrown.' The attack has been frequently described as linked to al-Qaida because a man who identified himself as Abu Dujan al-Afghani and said he was al-Qaida's 'European military spokesman,' claimed responsibility in a video released two days later. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Al-Qaida isn't tied to Madrid blasts, officials say), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Inside Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - March 10th, 2006: "Earth has entered a solar wind stream that could spark mild geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers in Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia should be alert for auroras tonight." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/10/06]

2006 - Signs Revised Patriot Act / George W. Bush - March 10th, 2006: "Bush signs [03/09/06] revised Patriot Act near deadline" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Will Give Abu Ghraib Prison Back to Iraqis? / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2006: "U.S. will give [as soon as possible] infamous prison [Abu Ghraib, Iraq] back to the Iraqis" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Bird Flu Infects Stone Martin [a weasel-like animal] / Germany - March 10th, 2006: "Bird flu virus infects another mammal species [stone martin] in Germany" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/10/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 11th, 2006: "Job growth, decline in oil price give stocks a boost" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Died / Slobodan Milosevic - March 11th, 2006: "Ex-Serb leader dies [03/11/06] in U.N. jail / Justice Cheated? Milosevic's death, apparently from natural causes, ends with no verdict his trial on charges of war crimes." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - Resignation / Interior Secretary, U.S.A. - March 11th, 2006: "Interior secretary [Gale Norton] resigns [03/10/06] from cabinet" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Access to CIA Briefings? / I. Lewis Libby - March 11th, 2006: "Judge says Libby can access CIA briefings" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter / Mars Orbit - March 11th, 2006: "NASA spacecraft [Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter] begins orbit [03/10/06] around Mars" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Found Dead / American Hostage [Tom Fox], Iraq - March 11th, 2006: "American [Tom Fox] kidnapped in Iraq has been killed" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/11/06]

2006 - Mad Cow Case? / U.S.A. - March 12th, 2006: "The Agriculture Department is investigating a possible case of mad cow disease, the agency's chief veterinarian said Saturday [03/11/06]. A routine test indicated the possible presence of the disease, said John Clifford, the USDA official. The agency would not say where the animal was from. The cow did not enter the human or animal food chain, Clifford said. The department is conducting more detailed tests at its laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and should have results in four to seven days. [....] In humans, eating meat products contaminated with mad cow disease has been linked to more than 150 deaths worldwide from variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, a rare and fatal nerve disease. A majority of the deaths were in Britain, where there was an outbreak of mad cow disease that started in the mid-1980's. There was one case confirmed in the U.S., although the federal Centers for Disease Control believes the person got the disease while in the United Kingdom. No one is known to have contracted the disease inside the United States. [....] As of Friday [03/10/06], 644,603 of the nation's estimated 95 million head of cattle has been tested." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. may have a mad cow case), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - Convicted / Scott Jensen - March 12th, 2006: "Lawmaker [Wis. State Rep. Scott Jensen] convicted of using staff in campaign" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - Internet Blows CIA's Cover? - March 12th, 2006: "Internet blows CIA's cover / A newspaper's [Chicago Tribune's] computer search finds virtual directory of 2,600 employees and 2 dozen secret facilities." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - New National Flag / Venezuela - March 12th, 2006: "President [Hugo Chavez] raises [03/12/06] new national flag" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Charged With Theft / Claude Allen - March 12th, 2006: "President George W. Bush said Saturday [03/11/06] that he was shocked and saddened to learn that former domestic policy adviser Claude Allen was charged with theft, accused of receiving phony refunds at department stores. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ex-aides arrest shocks Bush), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - "Course on Happines" / Harvard College - March 12th, 2006: "The most popular course at Harvard this semester teaches happiness. [....] Among the research findings that support the idea that happy people function better: A study of aging nuns found that those with a positive outlook in their 20s lived as much as a decade longer than those with a negative outlook, and people who were asked to keep a diary every night for six months, recording things that had gone well that day, fared better in measures of happiness, optimism, and physical health than those who did not. [....] It certainly does not hurt that Ben-Shaher, 35, raised in Israel and educated at Harvard, tells deeply personal stories to illustrate points. On Tuesday, he described how, in his senior year at Harvard, he won his dream fellowship, only to start worrying the next day about why he hadn't won a better one instead. The moral: How you see things can matter more than what actually happens. [....] He [Tal D. Ben-Shahar, the lecturer who teaches Harvard's course] proposed that perhaps a single glorious, estatic experience could change a person for the better for life - and went on to describe how students might increase the likelihood of such an experience and its aftermath, from cultivating a sense of gratitude for the beautiful things in their lives to taking the time to really listen to music." [Based on: Boston Globe article (Students flock to course on happiness) by Carey Goldbert, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - Caffeine's Effect / Ruled by Genetic Trait? - March 12th, 2006: "Here's a real caffeine jolt - heart attacks might be a risk for coffe drinkers with a common genetic trait that makes caffeine linger in their bodies, a study suggests. Research on more than 4,000 people in Costa Rica found that about half had the trait and were considered 'slow caffeine metabolizers.' The other half had the opposite trait, which caused their bodies to rapidly break down or metabolize caffeine, and the coffee-drinking in this group appeared to reduce heart attack risks. [....] His study [University of Toronto  researcher, Ahmed El-Sohemy] conducted with researchers from Harvard's School of Public Health and the University of Costa Rica, appeared in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Caffeine's effect may be ruled by genetic trait), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/12/06]

2006 - Snowstorm / Minnesota - March 13th, 2006: "[....] Monday [03/13/06] ... a late-season snowstorm canceled schools and turned the Twin Cities and Minnesota into a winter wonderland." [Based on: A.P. picture article caption, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Protests / Taipei, Taiwan - March 13th, 2006: "Marchers [Taiwan] protest [03/12/06] end to unification group" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Rogue Death Squads / Iraq - March 13th, 2006: "Officials in Iraq confirm rogue death squad activity" [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Roadside Bomb / Afghanistan - March 13th, 2006: "Four U.S. soldiers perish in bombing [03/12/06 in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Rejects Russian Proposal / Iran - March 13th, 2006: "Iran rejects Russian proposal to resolve uranium impasse" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Storms & Tornadoes / Midwest, U.S.A. - March 13th, 2006: "Powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes cut destructive paths through towns in Southern Illinois and Missouri during the weekend, marking an early start to this year's tornado season. [....]" [Based on: Article (3 killed as storms, tornadoes rake area), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

*Trivia: ""Wild thunderstorms and unseasonably early tornadoes that roared in waves through Missouri and Illinois left a frightening weekend tally: 33 hours of destruction, and nine people killed. [....]" [Based on: Article (A swirling nightmare / 9 Dead in Missouri / 113 Tornadoes Reported), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Calls for Censure of George W. Bush / Sen. Russ Feingold - March 13th, 2006: "Senator [Sen. Russ Feingold] calls for censure of Bush" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Requests to Subpoena / Stephen J. Hadley & Condoleezza Rice - March 13th, 2006: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley are among the witnesses defense lawyers want to subpoena in the case of two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of receiving classified information. There is no indication whether the judge in the case has considered the subpoena requests." [Based on: News Services article (Lobbyists' attorneys want to subpoena Rice), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/13/06]

2006 - Wildfires / Texas - March 14th, 2006: "Texas wildfires [03/13/06] blamed for at least 7 deaths" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Mad Cow / Alabama - March 14th, 2006: "A cow in Alabama has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Agriculture Department said Monday [03/13/06] in confirming the third U.S. case of the brain-wasting ailment. The cow never entered the food supply for people or animals, officials said. The animal, unable to walk, was killed by a local veterinarian and buried on the farm. [....] The Alabama cow had spent less than a year at the farm where it died, Clifford [John Clifford] said. Investigators are working to determine where the cow was born and raised and to find its herdmates and offspring, Clifford said. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Alabama cow has mad cow disease), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 14th, 2006: "More than $25 billion in takeovers pushed stocks higher Monday [03/13/06] in the face of rising oil prices and bond yields. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Finds Errors / Fannie Mae - March 14th, 2006: "Fannie Mae disclosed Monday [03/13/06] that it has found additional errors in its government-ordered review. The government-sponsored company, which finances one of every five home loans in the United States, said it had made 'substantial progress' toward completing its accounting review but will miss a regulatory  deadline for filing its annual financial report for the second straight year." [Based on: Article (Fannie Mae finds errors), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Trivia / Saddam Hussein Trial - March 14th, 2006: "Saddam-era judge admits sentencing 148 to death / They had fair trials, he insists." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Censured & Fined / Merrill Lynch - March 14th, 2006: "Merrill Lynch & Co. has been fined $2.5 million by federal regulators who say the Wall Street powerhouse failed to promptly provide e-mails they sought over a 16-month period. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with Merrill Lynch, under which it agreed to pay the civil fine and also was censured by the agency." [Based on: Article (Merrill Lynch pays fine), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Growing Demonstrations / Thailand - March 14th, 2006: "Thousands demand that prime minister [of Thailand] quit" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Warmest Winter on Record / Canada - March 14th, 2006: "The winter of 2005-2006 has been Canada's warmest on record, and the federal agency Environment Canada said Monday [03/13/06] it was investigating whether it's a sign of global warming. [....] Whitewood said the last 10 winters have been warmer than normal and along with this winter reflect a trend that could be explained as global warming." [Based on: News Services article (Warm winter spurs look for global warming signs), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - May be Dismissed / Moussaoui Case - March 14th, 2006: "Death penalty case against Moussaoui may be dismissed / A government lawyer violated judge's order on exposing witnesses to trial testimony." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Seram, Indonesia - March 14th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:57:33 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006. The magnitude 6.7 event has been located in the SERAM INDONESIA."

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

2006 - To Boost U.S. Production / Toyota & Kia - March 14th, 2006: "Toyota, Kia to boost U.S. production / Camrys will be built in Indiana; Kia plans a new factory in Georgia." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Multinational NATO Force? / Afghanistan - March 14th, 2006: "The American mission to bring order to Afghanistan is being handed to a multinational force led by the NATO alliance, a move that will subordinate U.S. troops under foreign command in a combat situation for the first time since World War II. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (NATO force will take over military operations), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Free Hospital Care for the Elderly? / Chile - March 14th, 2006: "Newly inaugurated President Michelle Bachelet said Monday [03/13/06] that all Chileans older than 60 will immediately begin receiving free care at public hospitals. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (People over 60 will get free hospital care), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Holocaust Cartoon Contest / Irainian Paper - March 14th, 2006:

   An Iranian newspaper's contest for Holocaust-related cartoons has drawn entries from 200 people, with some drawings mocking the World War II slaughter. One entry shows Jews going into a gas pipeline. [....] Flugennock [American Mike Flugennock], of Washington, insisted his entry is not anti-Semitic but legitimate political criticism - because it criticizes not the Jewish people  or their religion  but Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. "It specifically addresses policies of the Israeli state with regard to its behavior in Palestine, and their similarities to the strategies employed by the Nazi regime in Warsaw and elsewhere," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Flugennock said he saw the contest as a chance to tell the world "that there is 'another America' that sees through the policies of the Israeli state and isn't afraid of reactionaries' trying to tar them with the epithet 'anti-Semite.' " [....]

[Based on: A.P. article (Iranian paper holds cartoon contest about the Holocaust / Hundreds participating include 6 Americans, one of whom pillories Israeli policies.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Iraq Insurgents Want Civil War / Bush Says - March 14th, 2006: "Insurgents want civil war, Bush says" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Likely Woodward Source? / Richard Armitage - March 14th, 2006: "Vanity Fair is reporting that former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee says it is reasonable to assume the former State Department official Richard Armitage is likely the source who revealed the CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward. In an article to be published in the magazine today, Bradlee is quoted as saying: 'That Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption.' Armitage was deputy secretary of state in President George W. Bush's first term. In an interview Monday [03/13/06], Bradlee said he does know the identity of Woodward's source but does not recall making that precise statement to a Vanity Fair reporter. He said he has no interest in unmasking the official who first told Woodward about Plame in June 2003. [....] Bradlee, currently Post vice president at large, said he learned the source's name from someone other than Woodward. Woodward said he did not reveal the source of his friend and former boss. Woodward and Bradlee refused to disclose the source's name. Armitage did not return phone calls requesting comment." [Based on: Washington Post article (Article names 'likely' Woodward source), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Denies Stealing Ideas / "Da Vinci Code" Author - March 14th, 2006: "In a rare and reluctant public appearance, novelist Dan Brown dismissed as 'completely fanciful' on Monday [03/13/06] claims by two authors that he had stolen their ideas for 'The Da Vinci Code.' He said he hadn't even read their book until the structure of his theological thriller was already in place. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ('Da Vinci Code' author denies stealing ideas), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Buying North Fork Bancorp. Inc. / Capital One Financial Corp. - March 14th, 2006: "Capital One to pay about $15 billion for N.Y. bank / North Fork deal follows Hibernia acquisition." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/14/06]

2006 - Wildfires / Texas - March 15th, 2006: "[....] Wind-blown flames have raced across more than 1,000 square miles since Sunday [03/12/06], killing at least 11 people and forcing almost 2,000 others to evacuate. Most have since returned to their homes. [....] Preliminary counts by state officials estimate 10,000 dead horses and cattle. [....]" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article (Texas races to pound out fire), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Google Case - March 15th, 2006: "Judge may order Google to divulge data / The judgement: Search engine operator may have to turn over some records, but most-sensitive info may be shielded." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 15th, 2006: "Stocks rallied Tuesday [03/14/06] to their highest levels since 2001 after bond yields tumbled and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recorded Wall Street's highest earnings ever. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Sectarian Revenge / Iraq - March 15th, 2006: "Sectarian revenge [Iraq] claims scores of lives" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - School Shooting / Nevada - March 15th, 2006: "An eighth-grader opened fire with a .38-caliber pistol Tuesday [03/14/06] outside his middle school cafeteria [Pine Middle School - Reno, Nevada], injuring two classmates, authorities said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Student with gun wounds 2 classmates), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Deficit - March 15th, 2006: "America's deficit in the broadest measure of international trade surged to a record high of $804.9 billion last year as the U.S. went deeper into debt to foreigners. The deficit in the current account was up 20.4 percent from the previous record of $668.1 billion set in 2004, the Commerce Department said Tuesday [03/14/06]. [....] The deficit for just the fourth quarter also was a record at $224.9 billion, up by 21.3 percent from the third quarter, and reflecting a big rise in the country's foreign oil bill." [Based on: A.P. article (Trade deficit grows; retail sales decline), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Dam Break / Kauai, Hawaii - March 15th, 2006: "Earthen dam breaks [Kauai, Hawaii]; 1 dead, 7 missing" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Bird Flu Trivia / Azerbaijan - March 15th, 2006: "Azerbaijan reported three people killed by bird flu, after Myanmar announced its first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain in poultry. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Bird flu claims 3 in Azerbaijan), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - West Bank Prison Raid / Israel - March 15th, 2006: "Israelis raid prison in West Bank, seize 6 inmates [Palestinian]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

*Trivia: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas toured on Wednesday [03/15/06] the devestated prison in Jericho where Israel spirited away six prisoners. He denounced the raid as an 'unforgivable crime.' [....] One of the prisoners is Ahmed Saadat, leader of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the 2001 assassination of Israeli Cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi in Jerusalem, saying it was retaliation for Israel's killing of its leader several weeks earlier." [Based on: A.P. article (Palestinian president denounces Israeli raid), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Denies Price Fix / Big Oil, U.S.A. - March 15th, 2006: "Big oil denies price fix / Senators say there isn't enough competition in the industry." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field. This could spark auroras tonight over Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia. " [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/15/06]

2006 - Profit Rise / Goldman Sachs Group Inc. - March 15th, 2006: "Goldman Sachs sees profit rise 62 percent" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Rural Living Conditions, China - March 15th, 2006: "Improving rural living conditions is vital, China's premier says / He blasts officials who have confiscated land for development." [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Indictments / Jordan Terrorist Bombings - March 15th, 2006: "An al-Qaida leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and seven other people were indicted Tuesday [03/14/06] in Jordan's worst terrorist bombings, the attacks Nov. 9 at three hotels in Amman. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Eight are indicted in terrorist bombings), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Capital Murder Case / Aryan Brotherhood - March 15th, 2006: "The largest capital murder case in U.S. history began Tuesday [03/14/06] as federal prosecutors aim to dismantle the Aryan Brotherhood, a prison gang of white supremacists that has been linked to dozens of killings across the nation. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Prosecutors target Aryan Brotherhood), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Resignation / Prime Minister, South Korea - March 15th, 2006: "President Roh Moo-hyun accepted the resignation of his prime minister [Lee Hae-chan] Tuesday [03/14/06] after the premier set off a scandal by playing golf during a national railway strike. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Premier resigns after golf scandal), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Coached Witnesses Rejected / Moussaoui Trial - March 15th, 2006: "Judge rejects 'coached' witnesses in Moussaoui trial" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Will be Scaled Back? / Mad Cow Testing, U.S.A. - March 15th, 2006:

[....] Consumer groups argue that more, not fewer, animals should be tested. Officials haven't finalized new levels, but the department's budget proposal calls for 40,000 tests a year, or about 110 daily. "This would be a tenth of a percent of all animals slaughtered," Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, said Tuesday [03/14/06]. "This starts to be so small that in our opinion, it approaches a policy of 'Don't look, don't find.' " Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said the confidence of American consumers and foreign customers was at risk. [....] Tests are done on brain tissue from cows, so animals must be killed before they can be tested. There is no test for the disease in a live animal. Since June 2004, the department has tested 652,697 cows for the disease. The nation has about 95 million cattle.

[Based on: Title for A.P. article (Despite third case, testing for mad cow disease will be scaled back as planned), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06] - [Article paragraph indents untranscribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Wants to Unmask Corporate Taxes / IRS Chief, U.S.A.  - March 15th, 2006: "Congress should consider requiring companies to make public part or all of their tax returns to reduce cheating, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson said Tuesday [03/14/06]. [....] It was the first time the IRS has suggested forcing disclosure of corporate tax information. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Owe Millions in Back Taxes / Government Contractors, U.S.A. - March 15th, 2006: "Government contractors who owe millions in back taxes nevertheless bought luxury cars, boats and property. Some failed to pay taxes but gambled company money. [....] Three hearings have shown that government contractors owe $7.7 billion in taxes. Studies by the Government Accountability Office show that Pentagon contractors owe $3 billion in taxes and that nondefense contractors owe $3.3 billion. [....] Tax privacy laws bar the investigators from identifying the deliquent contractors by name. Those same protections prevent the Internal Revenue Service from sharing some tax information with agencies that negotiate contracts. The GSA asks applicants whether they have been indicted or convicted of tax evasion, but that fails to catch many companies with poor tax records." [Based on: A.P. article (Firms get government contracts despite deep tax debts), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

2006 - Warns of Budget Deficit Dangers / U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman - March 15th, 2006: "Persistent large budget deficits need to be curbed because they pose risks to the country's long-term economic health, says Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. 'The prospective increase in the budget deficit will place at risk future living standards of our country,' Bernanke said. 'As a result, I think it would be very desirable to take concrete steps to lower the prospective path of the deficit.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bernanke warns of budget deficit dangers), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The National Debt [U.S.A.] has continued to increase an average of $2.14 billion per day since September 30, 2005! [....]" [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] 

2006 - U.S. Soldiers Murder Innocent Iraqi Civilians? / Ishaqi, Iraq - March 15th, 2006: "The scope of allegations that members of the U.S. military  have killed civilians in Iraq expanded Thursday [06/01/06] beyond reports of deliberate killings in Haditha in November [2005]. In San Diego, a defense lawyer said military prosecutors were on the verge of filing murder charges against seven Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman. The case involves the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man in April [26th]. The British Broadcasting Corp. said it had found video evidence implicating U.S. forces in the deliberate killing of 11 Iraqi civilians on March 15 in Ishaqi, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. U.S. military officials in Iraq said that all coalition military personnel - 130,000 Americans and 20,000 from other nations - would undergo special training in ethics 'and the values that separate us from our enemies.' The government of Iraq said it would start its own investigation into the killings in Haditha. There, U.S. Marines are alleged to have slain two dozen Iraqis on Nov. 19. The Iraqis said they'd look into other questionable events involving Americans." [Based on: News Services article (Troops face more accusations), pp. A1 & A11, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

*Trivia: "A military investigation has cleared U.S. soldiers of allegations that they intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a raid in March in a village north of Baghdad. The armed forces made the announcement Friday [06/02/06] despite dramatic video footage of slain children in the village of Ishaqi. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Inquiry clears soldiers in death of civilians / Meanwhile, allegations against Marines in 2 cases remain unresolved.), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 16th, 2006: "Stocks climbed for a fourth day Wednesday [03/15/06] after earnings from Sears Holdings Corp. exceeded estimates and a Federal Reserve survey showed steady economic growth. [....]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article (Sears surprise, beige book boost stocks 4th day), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Failed Military Coup / Chad - March 16th, 2006: "Military coup fails [03/14/06] to topple president [of Chad]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - 27 People Charged / Child Porn - March 16th, 2006: "Participants in an international Internet chat room [Kiddypics & Kiddyvids] transmitted live visuals of child molestation and traded thousands of pictures of child pornography, federal authorities said Wednesday [03/15/06] in announcing charges against 27 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (27 face molestation, porn charges), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Sues H&R Block / N.Y. State - March 16th, 2006: "New York state sues H&R Block over IRA / The $250 million fraud suit charges that the company: *steered 500,000 customers into a faulty IRA plan. *charged these customers 85 percent more in fees than they received in interest." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Goes on Lockdown / Baghdad, Iraq - March 16th, 2006: "Baghdad goes on lockdown for parliament's first session" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - NASD Fine / Merrill Lynch & Co. - March 16th, 2006: "NASD fines Merrill Lynch $5 million over call centers / Agency issues investor alert about sales contests, fund switches." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Dow Jones Newswires article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Targeted for Death? / U.S. Judges - March 16th, 2006: "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor have been the targets of death threats from the 'irrational fringe' of society, people apparently spurred by Republican criticism of the high court. [....] Worry is not limited to the Supreme Court. Three-quarters of the nation's 2,200 federal judges have asked for government-paid home security systems, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said this week. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ginsburg says she, O'Connor have been targeted for death), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Exhorts Iraqis to Unite / Saddam Hussein - March 16th, 2006: "Saddam exhorts Iraqis to unite, fight Americans" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (New U.N. human rights body is approved over U.S. objections), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / Capsaicin vs. Prostate Cancer - March 16th, 2006: "Gentlemen, eat your chili peppers. Habanero, jalapeno, Scotch bonnet - those hot but tasty varieties of the capsicum frutescens have multiple health benefits - including the ability to drive prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, researchers announced yesterday.

According to a team from the University of California at Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the hot stuff in peppers - capsaicin - caused 80 percent of active prostate cancer cells growing in mice to "follow the molecular pathways leading to apoptosis," or cell death. [....]"

[Based on: The Washington Times article (Scorched mouth, but healthy prostate) By Jennifer Harper, 03/16/06]
*Link: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060316-122857-9293r.htm

2006 - Depression Drugs for the Elderly / U.S.A. - March 16th, 2006: "For elderly people who suffer bouts of depression, drugs work better than psychotherapy at keeping these black spells from returning, suggests the longest study ever in patients in that age group. [....] Backed by the National Institutes of Health, the study responds to a rising trend to prescribe medicine not just to treat depression but to keep it from coming back. Results were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Drugs top therapy for treating depression in elderly / Study may lead doctors to prescribe the drugs for longer periods.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Subpoenas Served / New York Times, Etc. - March 16th, 2006: "Lawyers for I. Lewis Libby Jr. ... have served subpoenas on The New York Times Co. and a former reporter for the Times, Judith Miller. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Libby's lawyers subpoena the Times, ex-reporter), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Approved / U.N. Human Rights Council - March 16th, 2006: "The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly [170 in favor, four against and three abstentions] Wednesday [03/15/06] to replace the U.N.'s discredited human rights body with a new Human Rights Council, ignoring U.S. objections that not enough was done to prevent abusive countries from becoming members. [....] The resolution also was opposed by Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau. Venezuela, Belarus and Iran abstained." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (New U.N. human rights body is approved over U.S. objections), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Ignored National Response Plan? / Michael Brown - March 16th, 2006: "Ex-head of FEMA ignored plan [National Response Plan] after Katrina, report says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Won't be Charged over Cartoons / Jyllands-Posten - March 16th, 2006: "Newspaper [Jyllands-Posten] won't be charged over cartoons" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - Gaining Control? / Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Central America - March 16th, 2006: "Wal-Mart's Latin stake helps fuel its growth / Gaining control of central American Retail Holding feeds expansion." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/16/06]

2006 - St. Patrick's Day - March 17th, 2006: "St. Patrick's Day observed."

2006 - Mauritania  Exodus? - March 17th, 2006: "African migrants desperate to escape from war and poverty are streaming through Mauritania to embark on a perilous ocean voyage of several hundred miles to get to Europe. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Europe to aid African effort to slow exodus), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Trivia / Wildfires, U.S.A. - March 17th, 2006: "Spring will spark more wildfires [U.S.A.], agency warns" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index advanced for a fifth day Thursday [03/16/06], its longest winning streak since the start of the year, after a report signaled inflation is in check. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Student Protests / France - March 17th, 2006: "An estimated 250,000 students took to the streets of Paris and major cities across France on Thursday [03/16/06], escalating a political rebellion by the country's younger generation against a government that is foundering in its attempts to restructure a moribund economy. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Protests in France could spell trouble for president's party), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Fined / Bear Stearns Cos. - March 17th, 2006: "$250 million fine upstages record Bear Stearns profit / Company was accused of illegal market timing that bilked mutual fund investors out of millions." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Operation Swarmer / Iraq - March 17th, 2006: "U.S., Iraq launch air assault on insurgency / New parliament meets for first time, lawmakers take oath of office." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Trivia / How the Universe Began - March 17th, 2006: "By the faint cosmic glow of the oldest known light, physicists say they have found evidence that the universe grew to astounding proportions in less than the blink of an eye. In that trillionth of a second after the big bang, the universe expanded from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space, through a process known as inflation. At the same time, seeds were planted for the formation of stars, galaxies, planets and every other object in the universe. [....]  'It amazes me that we can say anything at all about what transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe,' said Charles Bennett, a Johns Hopkins University physicist who presented the research along with Lyman Page and David Spergel, both of Princeton. Earlier studies of WMAP data have concluded that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, give or take a few hundred thousand years. [....] The researchers say the findings also confirm that only 4 percent of the universe is composed of the familiar atoms that make up what we see around us. Another 22 percent is dark matter - a gravitational force made up of cold particles - and 74 percent is dark energy, a force that appears to be causing the universe to expand. The measurements are scheduled to be published in a future issue of the Astrophysical Journal." [Based on: A.P. article (Scientists more sure how universe began), p. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Trash Energy Plant / Philippines - March 17th, 2006: "[....] For the last century, the Philippines simply has dumped trash onto open ground, leaving it uncovered. Over the years, massive trash mounds have sprung up across the country. The largest, the Payatas dump site, is four miles long, three miles wide and 700 feet tall. A trash-slide there in 2000 killed more than 200 people who had been living on and around it. [....] 'There are no words to describe seeing 2- and 3-year-old children waiting for garbage trucks to dump their loads so they can rip open black plastic bags and scrounge to see if there's anything valuable or anything to eat,' he [Harold Rosen] said. 'From then on, making money took a back seat to helping these poor people.' [....] Trash-to-energy plants in the United States grew in popularity in the 1980s, when it appeared that landfill space might run out. But space has turned out to be greater than predicted - and the costs of operating waste-to-energy facilities higher than expected. The latest figures show that the number of trash incinerators has decreased to 85 today from 125 in 1991. The last new plant was built in the mid-1990s. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Clayton businessman will build trash energy plant in Philippines / Harold Rosen says he is motivated as much by sympathy for the country's poor as by profit.) by Paul Hampel, p. B1, & B11, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - U.S. Troop Withdrawal? / Iceland - March 17th, 2006: "The United States has decided to withdraw most of its service members and all of its fighter planes and helicopters from Iceland this year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday [03/16/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. tells Iceland it has decided to pull troops), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S.A. & Iran - March 17th, 2006: "Bush reiterates pre-emptive strategy, names Iran in policy update" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Congress Lifts Debt Ceiling / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2006: "Congress pushed the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion Thursday [03/16/06], and the House promptly voted for major spending on wars and storm aid. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Congress lifts debt ceiling; House OKs money for wars, storm relief), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S.A. & Australia - March 17th, 2006: "Rice responds to critics of Iraq war in Australia" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Released / Seized Saddam Hussein Files - March 17th, 2006: "Government [U.S.A.] releases [03/16/06] seized Saddam files" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Excitoneurotoxic Carcinogenic Drug? / Aspartame - March 17th, 2006: "[....] Of great concern was the finding by Trocho, that formaldehyde tends to accumulate in the DNA and is difficult to remove. This means that drinking even a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame can eventually produce significant DNA damage to raise one's risk of cancer and other diseases. Today [2006], over 5000 products contain aspartame. It is also important to appreciate that we are exposed to a number of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, which can add to aspartame's toxicity. [....]" [Based on: Title for rense.com article (Aspartame Is An Excitoneurotoxic Carcinogenic Drug!) by By Russell L. Blaylock, MD, 03/17/06, @ http://www.rense.com/general70/excito.htm]

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Kermadecs Islands - March 17th, 2006: "A volcano erupted on a remote New Zealand island Friday, tossing rocks and steam high into the air and forcing the evacuation of a dozen workers. One person was missing, officials said. The volcano in the remote Kermadecs Islands group erupted for about 30 minutes shortly after dawn following a series of earthquakes that began last Sunday." [Based on: News Services article (Volcano erupts on remote island), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Will Form Government on its Own / Hamas - March 17th, 2006: "Hamas ended coalition talks Thursday [03/16/06] after failing to secure a single party as a partner in a new Palestinian government. It said it will form a government on its own." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas says it will form government on its own), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Child Molestation Case / Comatose Boys & Girls - March 17th, 2006: "Man [Wayne Albert Bleyle] accused of molesting comatose boys and girls" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - License Stripped / Hwang Woo-suk, South Korea - March 17th, 2006: "South Korea on Thursday [03/16/06] stripped disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk of his license to conduct stem cell research, the latest blow since revelations that his most high-profile work relied on forged evidence. South Korea had sought to become a global hub for stem cell technology, but with Hwang losing his license, no lab in the country is currently allowed to conduct such research." [Based on: News Services article (Stem cell scientist's license is stripped), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Abuse Settlement / Catholic Diocese, Jackson, Mississippi - March 17th, 2006: "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson agreed Thursday [03/16/06] to pay $5.1 million to 19 people who claimed they were molested by priests over the past three decades. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Diocese, abuse victims reach settlement), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/17/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 18th, 2006: "Stocks rose Friday [03/17/06], closing out their best week in two months. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A38, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Clean Air Rules / U.S.A. - March 18th, 2006: "Federal court blocks [03/17/06] EPA from easing clean air rules" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Trivia / Aricept (donepezil) - March 18th, 2006: "Eleven patients have died while taking the Alzheimer's drug Aricept in a clinical trial testing the drug as a treatment for vascular dementia, a company official said. [....] Vascular dementia is a common form of cognitive decline that results from narrowing and blockage of arteries that supply blood to the brain, There is evidence the drug helps with cognitive and memory problems associated with stroke. The drug was approved in 1997 and is the most commonly prescribed drug used to treat Alzheimer's. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (11 died while taking Alzheimer's drug), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Takes a Dive? / GM Stock - March 18th, 2006: "GM stock dives 4.9% after news of accounting errors" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A36, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Issues Warning / Visa USA Inc. - March 18th, 2006: "Visa USA Inc. is warning that two versions of popular software installed at cash registers could be used to steal information from credit and debit cards. [....]" [Based on: Article (Visa issues warning), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Larry / Australia - March 18th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Larry formed off the northeastern coast of Australia on March 18, 2006, but built strength rapidly. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite observed the storm at 11:55 a.m. Eastern Australian Daylight Time (00:55 UTC) on March 19, 2006, only a day later, Larry had already reached considerable size and power, with peak sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour). Within the next eighteen hours, according to the Tropical Storm information service at the University of Hawaii, sustained winds reached 185 km/hr (115 mph), just before the storm came ashore. It lost power over land. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13421]

2006 - Won't Have to Turn Over Info / Google Inc. - March 18th, 2006: "Judge [U.S. District Judge James Ware] says Google won't have to turn over info" [Based on: Title for article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Revived? / Death Penalty Case, Zacarias Moussaoui - March 18th, 2006: "A federal [U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema] judge has revived the government's death penalty case against Zacarias Moussaoui, ruling Friday [03/17/06] that proescutors can present untainted aviation security evidence to the jury that is considering whether Moussaoui should be executed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Prosecution wins ruling in Moussaoui case), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - Signed into Law? / Budget Reconciliation Act, U.S.A. - March 18th, 2006:

In an amazing development that has received almost no media attention, mainstream or alternative, President Bush again placed himself above the law and wilfully violated the Constitution by signing into law a bill that didn't pass both Houses of Congress.

According to representative Henry Waxman, Bush signed into law a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that didn't pass Congress. The discrepancy between the version Bush signed and the actual bill that passed equates to a value of $2 billion.

Bush knew he was directly violating the Constitution and effectively acting as a despot because he received a call from the Speaker of the House before signing the bill, warning him that it had not been passed.

The Presentment Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that before a bill can become law, it must be passed by both Houses of Congress.

Over the past two years Bush staffers and advisors like John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales and Senators like Pat Roberts have declared in their own memos that Bush is above the law and therefore above the very US Constitution that he swore to protect and defend. [....]

[Based on: Article (Bush Signs Bill That Didn't Pass Congress / Wilfully violates Constitution and places himself above the law again) by Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com, March 18th, 2006]

2006 - Plans to Retire / House Science Committee Chairman, U.S.A. - March 18th, 2006: "Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, 69, chairman of the House Science Committee, announced plans to retire Friday after nearly 24 years in congress. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Moderate republican to retire from House), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/18/06]

2006 - SBA Communications Acquisition / AAT Communications Corp. - March 18th, 2006: "Florida company buys telecom tower business here [St. Louis] for $1 billion / SBA Communications will get 1,855 towers in AAT acquisition." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article, p. A33, 03/18/06]

2006 - Rewriting The Science? - March 19th, 2006:

"In my more than three decades in the government I've never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public." - James Hansen

[Based on: CBS News article (Rewriting The Science), 03/19/06]
*Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/17/60minutes/main1415985.shtml

2006 - Upsets Sunnis / Sweep in Iraq - March 19th, 2006: "Sweep in Iraq nets more suspects, upsets Sunnis" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Anatahan Volcano - March 19th, 2006: "The Anatahan Volcano emitted a plume of volcanic ash on March 19, 2006. [....] Anatahan sits near the center of the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands result from a collision between the Pacific Plate and the Philippine Plate. As the Pacific Plate slides under the Philippine Plate, rocks heat up and break up. They eventually force their way to the surface through weak spots in the Philippine Plate and emerge as volcanoes like Anatahan. This volcano began erupting in January 2005 and remained active for much of the year. In August 2005, the volcano quieted, but in early March 2006, the governor of the Northern Mariana Islands extended the state of emergency for the island of Anatahan, citing continued volcanic activity. Except for those conducting scientific research, the island remained off limits for human habitation and travel. Volcanic ash can pose hazards for local air travel as well, as dustings from volcanoes can damage airplane engines."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13426]

2006 - Ash Plume / Karymsky Volcano - March 19th, 2006: "The Karymsky Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula showed considerable activity between March 10 and 17, 2006. The volcano emitted ash several times, and satellite imagery showed debris, most likely ash, draped along the sides of the mountain. When the skies were clear over the volcano, satellites also observed a thermal anomaly at the summit. In late March 2006, the United States Geological Survey placed Karymsky at code orange, the second-highest level of concern, meaning that the volcano was not erupting or posing a major hazard, but was clearly active and merited careful monitoring. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite observed the volcano on March 19, 2006, the thermal sensors did not detect the hotspot that had been observed earlier, but the satellite did detect a plume of light ash blowing eastward over the Bering Sea. Shown here [see link], the plume appears pale gray-beige over the snowy land surface, and pale gray over the ocean water."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13426]

2006 - Moderates Absent / Hamas Cabinet - March 19th, 2006: "Hamas said Saturday [03/18/06] that it had completed the formation of its new government without succeeding to bring in moderate parties. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Moderates absent from Hamas Cabinet), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Leaves Prison / Iranian Dissident - March 19th, 2006: "Iranian dissident [Akbar Ganji] leaves prison [03/18/06], defiant" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Plans to Retire / U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo - March 19th, 2006: "Rep. Martin Sabo broke into tears Saturday [03/18/06] as he announced plans to retire after 46 years in elective office, the last 28 in Congress. [....] Sabo, a Democrat, represents the 5th District, which includes Minneapolis. In the 1990s, he was chairman of the House Budget Committee." [Based on: New Services article (Congressman will retire after 28 years in House), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Focuses on WMD / Libby Defense - March 19th, 2006: "[....] It's the media conflagration, and the resulting fingerpointing among the White House, the CIA and the State Department over who was to blame, that Libby's lawyers want his defense to focus on, their court papers suggest. Libby's lawyers also suggested in a court filing late Friday night [03/17/06] that it's the State Department - not Libby - who's to blame for leaking Valerie Plame's CIA identity to the news media. The court papers underscore the possibility that Libby's trial could turn into a political embarrassment for President George W. Bush's administration by highlighting the debate over whether the White House manipulated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Libby Defense focuses on WMD), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Inside Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - March 19th, 2006: "A solar wind stream hit Earth last night, March 18th, sparking a geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights as far south as Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States: gallery [see link]. Earth is still inside the stream, which means more geomagnetic activity is possible tonight. Sky watchers should remain alert for auroras." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/19/06]

2006 - Many Protests / Iraq Invasion Anniversary - March 19th, 2006: "Many protests [03/18/06] mark Iraq invasion anniversary [03/20/03]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Wati / Coast of Australia - March 19th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Wati formed northeast of New Caledonia on March 19, 2006. The cyclone gained power gradually and had been heading towards the coast of Australia along a track similar to the very destructive Cyclone Larry, which came ashore in Queensland at the same time Wati was building power. However, forecasts as of March 22 projected that while Wati would continue to gain strength, it would turn sharply south and west, staying well away from the Australian mainland and New Calendonia. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13437]

2006 - Assassination / Former Governor, Afghanistan - March 19th, 2006: "Gunmen in Afghanistan kill influential ex-governor [Taj Mohammed Qari Baba]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Hoped Moussaoui Trial Would Detail Plot / 9/11 Victims - March 19th, 2006: "Relatives of 9/11 victims hoped Moussaoui trial would detail plot" [Based on: Title for New York Daily News article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Protest Jobs Proposal / French Students & Activists - March 19th, 2006: "500,000 across France protest jobs proposal [to loosen job protections]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Will Get Polio Vaccine / Nearly 18 Million Children, Bangladesh - March 19th, 2006: "Bangladesh will vaccinate nearly 18 million children against polio beginning next month, health officials said Saturday [03/18/06], after detecting the first case of the crippling disease in nearly six years. [....] Bangladesh carried out extensive vaccination programs from 1995-2004, with the last polio case reported in August 2000, according to the goverment and the WHO. But the country's efforts to be declared polio-free were thwarted with the recently identified case of a 9-year-old girl who became paralyzed by the disease." [Based on: News Services article (Nearly 18 million will get polio vaccine), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Given Artificial Blood Without Their Knowledge / U.S. Trauma Patients - March 19th, 2006: "The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside ethical warnings from officials in another agency [Office of Human Research Protections] over a clinical trial in which trauma patients are being given transfusions of artificial bllod without their knowledge when human blood is available. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (FDA rebuffs objections in artificial blood testing), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Face Forcible Evictions for U.S. Base Expansion / Elderly Farmers, South Korea - March 19th, 2006: "U.S. base forces eviction of farmers [South Korea]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/19/06]

2006 - Vernal Equinox - "Based on: The Old Farmer's Almanac 2006."

2006 - Political Protest / Belarus - March 20th, 2006: "Thousands of people protesting the presidential election thronged the main square of the Belarusian capital on Sunday [03/19/06] in defiance of a government ban. The protestors refused to recognize a presidential vote that an elections official said gave a third term to the iron-fisted incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko. The protestors chanted 'Long Live Belarus!' and the name of the main opposition candidate, Alexander Milinkevich. Lukashenko, who has ruled the republic since 1994, got 82.6 percent of the vote. Milinkevich and another opposition candidate, Alexander Kozulin, called on the crowd to return to the square tonight. Their call suggested that they would try to hold a sustained protest of the sort that brought down long-lived regimes in former Soviet republics, including Ukraine and Georgia. [....] Underlying the election is a struggle for regional influence between Russia and the West. Lukashenko's government and its backers in Moscow see the West as a major culprit in the political upheaval in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan." [Based on: A.P. article (Protests mar win by Belarus ruler), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/20/06]

2006 - Fatal Mudslide / Columbia - March 20th, 2006: "9 hikers killed, 2 missing after mudslaide [03/19/06] in canyon [central Columbia]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/20/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Soufriere Hills Volcano - March 20th, 2006: "The Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat began emitting steam and ash on February 9, 2006. Low-level activity continued for several days. The volcano produced another plume on March 20, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite captured this image [see link] the same day. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13429]

2006 - Iran, Oil and Euros: The War Scenario - March 20th, 2006:

Here’s the scenario. On March 20 Iran opens a new “bourse” (exchange) on which countries all over the world can buy and sell oil and gas not only for dollars but also for euros. It also establishes a new oil “marker” (oil pricing standard) based on Iranian crude and denominated in euros, in open rivalry to the existing West Texas Intermediate, Norway Brent and UAE Dubai markers, all of which are calculated in US dollars.

The Iranian bourse is an instant success with countries and companies that are unhappy about having to hold huge amounts of overvalued US dollars to finance their oil transactions, all of which must presently be conducted in that currency. Very large sums start to shift from the dollar to the euro, although exactly how much is unknown because the US Federal Reserve System (by pure coincidence, of course) has chosen late March as the time to stop publishing the data that would make it easy to know how fast the hemorrhage was.

But the US government knows, and is deeply alarmed by the danger that the dollar may be losing its status as the world’s only reserve currency. Given the huge deficits that plague the US economy, the US dollar’s value would collapse if other countries began to see it as just another currency, so the euro must be prevented from emerging as an alternative reserve currency. In practice, that means the Iranian experiment with a euro-denominated oil bourse must be stopped — and the only way to do that is to attack Iran.

[....]

[Based on: Arab News article (Iran, Oil and Euros: The War Scenario) by Gwynne Dyer, 02/21/06 - see link]
[http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=78138&d=21&m=2&y=2006&pix=opinion.jpg&
category=Opinion]

*Other Links: http://www.freemarketnews.com/Analysis/199/4214/2006-03-21.asp?wid=199&nid=4214

2006 - Settlement / Zurich American Insurance Co. - March 20th, 2006: "Zurich American Insurance Co. has agreed to pay nearly $172 million in a deal with nine states to settle allegations of bid-rigging and price-fixing in the commercial insurance market, state officials said Sunday [03/19/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Firm to pay $151.7 million in refunds), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/20/06]

*Trivia: "Thousands of businesses and governments nationwide that bought insurance through a broker expecting the lowest rates will share in $88 million of restitution from the settlement on Monday [03/27/06] of a bid-rigging suit against Zurich American Insurance Co. [....] The scheme eventually provided all participants with steered contracts and prices not determined by a free market." [Based on: Article (Zurich American Insurance settles bid-rigging suit), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Trivia / 1987 Chemical Attack, Northern Iraq - March 20th, 2006: "Saddam Hussein ordered plans drawn up for a chemical weapons attack on Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq in 1987, says a letter signed by his personal secretary and recently declassified by the U.S. Central Command. [....] The attack outlined in the documents appears to have been part of the 1987-88 Anfal campaign, which killed more than 180,000 Kurds and demolished hundreds of Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. In the most notorious attack, Saddam's army bombed the town of Halabja with mustard and nerve gas on March 16, 1988, killing about 5,000 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Letter links Saddam to chemical attack plan in 1987), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/20/06]

*Trivia: "Through the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, as first one side and then the other gained the upper hand, the Reagan administration was officially neutral but behind the scenes tilted from one side to the other. When Iran appeared to be winning in 1982, Reagan and his advisers made a fateful decision to secretly supply Saddam’s military, including permitting shipments of dual-use technology that Iraq then used to build chemical and biological weapons. Tactical military assistance also was provided, including satellite photos of the battlefield. While congressional inquiries and press accounts have sketched out some of these facts over the years, the current Bush administration continues to plead ignorance or question the reliability of the stories. Last September [2002], for example, Newsweek reported that the Reagan administration in the 1980s had allowed sales to Iraq of computer databases that Saddam could use to track political opponents and shipments of 'bacteria/fungi/protozoa' that could help produce anthrax and other biological weapons. [Based on: Newsweek issue dated Sept. 23, 2002]" [Link 1]

2006 - Fourth World Water Forum / Mexico City, Mexico - March 20th, 2006: "The numbers behind the world's water problem are daunting. About 1.1 billion people lack clean drinking water, causing diseases that kill 3.1 million people a year. And 1.7 million deaths could be prevented with better sanitation. [....] There are other small numbers, like 3 - the estimated percentage of Africa's hydropower potential that is used, compared to about 75 percent in Europe. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Nations at water forum in Mexico discuss small, big problems), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/20/06]

2006 - Questions Official 9/11 Story / Charlie Sheen & Others - March 20th, 2006:

Actor Charlie Sheen has joined a growing army of other highly credible public figures in questioning the official story of 9/11 and calling for a new independent investigation of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it.

Over the past two years, scores of highly regarded individuals have gone public to express their serious doubts about 9/11. These include former presidential advisor and CIA analyst Ray McGovern, the father of Reaganomics and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Paul Craig Roberts, BYU physics Professor Steven Jones, former German defense minister Andreas von Buelow, former MI5 officer David Shayler, former Blair cabinet member Michael Meacher, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds and many more.

Speaking to The Alex Jones Show on the GCN Radio Network, the star of current hit comedy show Two and a Half Men and dozens of movies including Platoon and Young Guns, Sheen elaborated on why he had problems believing the government's version of events.

Sheen agreed that the biggest conspiracy theory was put out by the government itself and prefaced his argument by quoting Theodore Roosevelt in stating, "That we are to stand by the President right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

"We're not the conspiracy theorists on this particular issue," said Sheen.

"It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions."

Sheen described the climate of acceptance for serious discussion about 9/11 as being far more fertile than it was a couple of years ago.

"It feels like from the people I talk to in and around my circles, it seems like the worm is turning."

[....]

[Based on: PRISON PLANET.COM article (Actor Charlie Sheen Questions Official 9/11 Story / Calls for truly independent investigation, joins growing ranks of prominent credible whistleblowers) by Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson - Prison Planet.com, March 20th, 2006]

*Links: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2006/200306charliesheen.htm
              http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/april2006/010406_b_lessons.htm

2006 - Sun in Aries - March 21st, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Aries."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200603.html]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 21th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped Monday [03/20/06], ending its longest string of gains since November, as investors waited to be convinced that inflation is in check." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P 500 ends longest winning streak since November), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Continued Protests / Belarus - March 21th, 2006: "Belarus opposition keeps up protest" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Oil Prices Plummet? / U.S.A. - March 21th, 2006: "Crude-oil prices fell by more than $2 a barrel Monday [03/20/06], maintaining downward momentum from last week after OPEC lowered its demand forecasts and U.S. crude inventories grew. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Oil prices plummet on growing U.S. inventories), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Filing Delay / Delphi Corp. - March 21th, 2006: "Restructuring talks delay filing of Delphi financial statement" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Ulawun Volcano - March 21st, 2006: "The Ulawun Volcano in Papua New Guinea’s West New Britain emitted a plume of volcanic ash and steam beginning on March 21, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13441]

2006 - Poppy Production / Afghanistan - March 21th, 2006: "The irony would be funny were it not so tragic: In bringing democracy to Afghanistan, the United States has inadvertently created boom times in the opium industry. [....] Reporter Philip Dine of the Post-Dispatch reported this week from Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province that 87 percent of the world's opium is grown in Afghanistan. Half of it is grown in that one province. [....] Afghan officials worry that more of their people will use drugs now that the Taliban religious police are no longer in power. 'If we don't destroy the poppy it will destroy us,' said President Hamid Karzai. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (An Afghan fields, the poppy grows), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Will Get New Trial / Frank Quattrone - March 21th, 2006: "Tech banker Quattrone will get new trial" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Criminal Negligence? / Pre Sept. 11 - March 21th, 2006: "The FBI agent [Harry Samit] who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 testified Monday [03/20/06] that he had spent almost four weeks trying in vain to warn U.S. officials about the radical Islamic student pilot. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (FBI agent talks of 'criminal negligence' before Sept. 11 / Testifying at penalty trial for Moussaoui, the agent says superiors fought request for warrant.), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Activists Protest King's Rule  / Nepal - March 21th, 2006: "Escalating communist rebel violence claimed 16 lives in Nepal on Monday [03/20/06], as hundreds of pro-democracy activists protested against King Gyanendra's direct rule in the Himalayan kingdom. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Activists protest king's rule; 16 die in violence), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Government Audit / FBI Computer Project - March 21th, 2006: "Two companies that will share in a new FBI computer contract are signaled out in a government audit that questions $17 million in the agency's computer overhaul. The FBI and its contractors share the blame for $10 million in questionable costs and for 1,205 pieces of missing computer equipment valued at $7.6 million, the Government Accountability Office says in its review of the FBI's Trilogy program. The review was made public Monday [03/20/06]. Two of those companies - CACI and Computer Sciences Corp. - are part of the Lockheed Martin Corp. team that last week won a $305 million contract to build and run the FBI's Sentinel computerized case management system. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Audit on FBI computer project questions millions), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Continued Protests / Youth Jobs Plan, France- March 21th, 2006: "French unions and student groups called Monday [03/20/06] for a national day of strikes March 28 to protest a youth jobs plan that has already provoked huge street demonstrations and paralyzed many universities. Labor unions had set a Monday evening deadline for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to withdraw the jobs plan or face a general strike. The law, passed by parliament this month, is designed to reduce youth unemployment by making it easier for companies to hire and fire. But critics fear it will hurt job security." [Based on: News Services article (Students, unions plan protests over jobs plan), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Floyd / Northwest of Australia - March 19th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Floyd formed northwest of Australia in the Timor Sea on March 21, 2006. The cyclone gained power gradually and was heading west into the Indian Ocean. It was not predicted to travel over any large landmasses, though it may pose a threat to Christmas Island well off the Western Australian coast in the Indian Ocean.

When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite observed the storm at 11:55 a.m. Australian Western Daylight Saving time (02:35 UTC) on March 22, 2006, Tropical Cyclone Floyd was continuing to slowly build power and size. When MODIS made this observation [see link], the storm had peak winds of around 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour), and forecasts at the time called for it to continue to gather power for at least several days with predicted peak winds of 170 km/hr (105 mph), according to the University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm Information Center. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13436]

2006 - Milk Hormone Production / Monsanto, U.S.A. - March 21th, 2006: "Monsanto Co. said Monday [03/20/06] it is beginning in-house production of Posilac, which should ease a two-year-old shortage of the hormone used to boost milk production in cows. [....] Posilac has been controversial, with critics saying it poses a threat to human health and is unnecessary in an industry with adequate supplies. Organic milk products are often labled as free of the growth hormone. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Monsanto takes over production of milk hormones / Manufacture at plant in Georgia should ease Posilac shortage.), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Maintenance Costs for Aging Fighter Jets / U.S.A. - March 21th, 2006: "The Pentagon will spend about $57 billion over the next six years to operate and maintain aging fighter jets - including Boeing Co.'s St. Louis-made planes. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Pentagon's plan to maintain older jets may aid Boeing), p. C1, 03/21/06]

2006 - Asks to Void Stock Options / Delta Airlines Inc. - March 21th, 2006: "Delta Air Lines Inc., which is operating under bankruptcy protection, on Monday [03/20/06] asked a judge to let it void about 93 million stock options held by 70,000 current and former employees and directors. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Delta asks judge if it can void 93 million stock options), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Officially Drawn to a Close / Whitewater Investigation, U.S.A. - March 21th, 2006: "Justices refuse to hear last Whitewater appeal [03/20/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/21/06]

2006 - Prison Raid / Iraq - March 22nd, 2006: "Masked gunmen [about 100] raid Iraq prison [03/21/06], freeing prisoners [at least 33], killing police [20 dead]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2006: "Stocks slumped for a second day Tuesday [03/21/06] as a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a government report on producer prices suggested interest rates will keep climbing this year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (fed chairman's remarks, report extend slump), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Vote Fraud? / Belarus - March 22nd, 2006: "Shimkus [U.S. Rep. John Shimkus] says he saw Belarus vote fraud" [Based on: Title for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Settlement / Time Inc. - March 22nd, 2006: "The publisher of Time, People, Sports Illustrated and other popular magazines has agreed [03/21/06] after a five-year investigation to settle allegations that it has been billing customers for subscription renewals they never ordered. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Time settles subscription renewal dispute Publisher agrees to alter practices, pay $4.3 million.) by Michael D. Sorkin, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Investigation / Tony Blair - March 22nd, 2006: "Police opened an investigation into allegations that Prime Minister Tony Blair [Britain] sold seats in the House of Lords in exchange for secret loans to his governing Labor Party, another twist in a political furor that has prompted calls for Blair to step down. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Police check whether Blair sold Lords seats), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - No End in Sight? / War in Iraq - March 22nd, 2006: "President George W. Bush said Tuesday [03/21/06] that U.S. troops will be in Iraq until after his presidency ends almost three years from now. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (No end in sight in Iraq, Bush says) by William Douglas, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Free-Trade Protests / Ecuador - March 22nd, 2006: "The Ecuadorean government declared a state of emergency in four provinces on Tuesday [03/21/06] to curb nine days of Indian protests against a proposed free-trade deal with the United States. [....] The state of emergency lifts constitutional rights of public assembly and gives police and the military broad powers to make arrests." [Based on: News Services article (Trade deal protests spur emergency declaration), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Convicted / Abu Ghraib Dog Handler - March 22nd, 2006: "An Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib [Sgt. Michael J. Smith] was convicted Tuesday [03/21/06] of tormenting prisoners with his snarling animal and competing with a comrade [Sgt. Santos A. Cardona] to make the Iraqis soil themselves." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Dog handler at Abu Ghraib tormented prisoners for fun), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

*Trivia: "Dog handler [Sgt. Michael J. Smith] at Abu Ghraib gets 6 months" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - 25-Year Low / Colleges' Funding, U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2006: "Colleges' funding hits 25-year low" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - U.S. Military Aid & Training / Dominican Republic - March 22nd, 2006: "U.S. military training, aid program is launched [03/21/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Growing Faster / Hispanic-Owned Businesses, U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2006: "Hispanic-owned businesses grow at faster rate than all the others" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Stephen Ohlemacher, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/22/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2006: "The Dow Jones industrial average rose to its highest level in almost five years Wednesday [02/22/06] as the outlook for corporate earnings improved. Automakers and parts suppliers led the advance. [....] The Dow average gained 81.96, or 0.7 percent, to 11,317.43, the highest since May 2001. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Automakers help drive Dow to a five-year high), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Big Storms / Planet Jupiter - March 23rd, 2006:

"Things are getting weird around Jupiter's new red spot - Red Jr.," says astrophotographer Christopher Go. "A ring inside the spot is now more prominent, and there are 2 big white ovals just above it." Red Jr., in short, is looking a bit like Mickey Mouse: [see link]

All of the spots in Go's photo are storms - big ones. The Great Red Spot is about as wide as two planet Earths, and even Red Jr could swallow our planet whole. The "ears" are relatively minor storms brushing by Red Jr.. Before long, their motion should carry them away, breaking up the cartoon. Got a telescope? Point it at Jupiter and you can monitor these events yourself. The giant planet may be found in the southern sky before sunrise: sky map. [see link]

[Based on: Article (RED JR:) @ http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Global Airline Industry - March 23rd, 2006: "Higher fares, lower labor costs could give carriers a lift / Higher fuel prices still are expected to cause a $2.2 billion loss in 2006." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Another Prison Attack / Iraq - March 23rd, 2006: "Insurgents attack [03/22/06] another Iraqi prison [in Madain]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Global Water Supplies - March 23rd, 2006: "Governments, not private companies, should take the lead in improving public access to safe drinking water, representatives of 148 countries said Wednesday [03/22/06] at the end of a forum on improving global water supplies. The seven-day forum focused much of its attention on the developing world's growing reliance on bottled water bought from private companies. Worldwide, the industry is now worth about $100 billion per year. Anti-corporate forces and other critics say governments should instead be improving tap water supplies." [Based on: News Services article (Forum weighs in on providing safe water), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

*Trivia: "[....] According to Loic Fauchon, the head of the France-based World Water Council ... poor-quality water or the lack of any water at all kills ten times as many people as are killed in all world conflicts. [....]" [Based on: - Arab News, Saudi Arabia article (LET IT FLOW), Other Views page, D15, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Tough Year Ahead / U.S. Milk - March 23rd, 2006: "U.S. dairies are selling more milk but at much lower prices, creating a tough economic environment for the coming year, the nation's largest dairy network warned members at its annual meeting in Kansas City. Dairy Farmers of America, with 20,000 farmer-owners, marketed a record 59.7 billion pounds of milk last year and had $8.9 billion in revenue, a 5 percent increase over 2004. But profits dropped 84 percent to $10.2 million, because the increased production forced down prices." [Based on: Article (Tough year is ahead for milk, group says), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Sights Set on Israel? / Al-Qaida - March 23rd, 2006: "Signs are mounting that al-Qaida terrorists are setting their sights on Israel and the Palestinian territories as their next jihad battleground.[....] Al-Qaida's inroads are still preliminary, but officials fear a doomsday scenario. [....] Still, Mideast watchers warned against overstating the al-Qaida presence because the issue is easily manipulated for political ends. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Al-Qaida has sights set on Israel, officials say) by Steven Gutkin, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - First Quarter Profit / Morgan Stanley - March 23rd, 2006: "Morgan Stanley stacks up 17 percent profit" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Will Help Guantanamo Detainee / Britain - March 23rd, 2006: "Britain will help one Guantanamo detainee [Iraqi-born, Bisher al-Rawi]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Refusal to Search Shared Home, U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2006: "High court backs refusal of search of shared home / One resident's permission doesn't trump other's right to privacy, justices rule." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Journey to India? / Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. - March 23rd, 2006: "Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. plans to expand its international franchise operations into India, the world's second-largest retail market, with half of its population under 21 years old. [....]" [Based on: Article (Build-A-Bear will journey into India with new franchise), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - 50 Charged / Cocaine Trafficking, Columbia - March 23rd, 2006: "U.S. charges 50 top rebels in Columbia with cocaine trafficking" [Based on: Title for A.P. article , p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - May Lift Depression? / Change of Medication - March 23rd, 2006: "Change of medication may lift depression / half the people who suffer from serious, long-term depression may be able to get over it - not just improve their symptoms." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article , p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Won't Face Trial? / Muslim [to Christian] Convert - March 23rd, 2006: "Muslim convert to Christianity [Abdul Rahman] probably won't face trial in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - U.S.-Born Terrorist Bomber [& Co.]? / Bolivia - March 23rd, 2006: "An American man [Claudio Lestad] and his Uruguayan girlfriend [Alda Ribeiro] were arrested Wednesday [03/22/06] after bombs severly damaged two low-budget hotels in Bolivia's capital, killing two people and injuring at least seven. [....] 'This American was putting bombs in hotels,' Morales [President Evo Morales] said. 'The U.S. government fights terrorism, and they send us terrorists.' [....] Lestad, who was born in California, registered himself at the hotel as a lawyer of Saudi Arabian nationality but also calls himself a priest, Pemintel [national police chief, Issac Pemintel] said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump, U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2006: "Nevada sued the federal government Wednesday [03/22/06], accusing it of witholding documents that show the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear dump cannot safely hold the nation's radioactive waste. The complaint, filed in Reno, is the fourth federal lawsuit the state has pending against the plan to bury 77,000 tons of nuclear waste in the desert 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. witheld data on dump, Nevada says), p. A3 (lower left hand corner), S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - End to Terror Campaign / Basque Separatists, Spain - March 23rd, 2006: "Basque separatists [ETA] declare end [03/22/06] to terror campaign in Spain" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

*Trivia: "ETA was founded in 1959."

2006 - Waves Big "Carrot" at Workers / General Motors Corp. - March 23rd, 2006: "In one of the largest buyout programs ever, more than 125,000 hourly workers at General Motors Corp. and auto-parts supplier Delphi Corp. are being offered up to $140,000 to leave their jobs to help cut the companies' labor costs. GM did not say how many workers it expected to accept the offer, but it is aiming to slash 30,000 hourly jobs by 2008. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GM waves big carrot at 125,000 workers), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Urges Fluoride Reduction / National Research Council, U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2006: "The high levels of fluoride that occur naturally in some drinking water can cause tooth and bone damage and should be reduced, the National Research Council said Wednesday [03/22/06].  The study did not analyze the benefits or risks of adding fluoride to drinking water. Instead it looked at the current maximum limit of 4 miligrams per liter. About 200,000 people live in communities where that level occurs naturally in water. [....] More than  160 million Americans live in communities with artificially fluoridated water, which contains 0.7 to 1.2 miligrams of fluoride per liter. Fluoride is added to water to help strengthen the teeth." [Based on: A.P. article (Council urges reduction of high fluoride levels), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/23/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2006: "Stocks fell Thursday [03/23/06] after oil prices jumped and an increase in house sales added to concern that the Federal Reserve may keep lifting interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Sued / Gratis Internet - March 24th, 2006: "Internet company caught in Spitzer's data-mining net / Gratis Internet is sued over the sale of e-mail addresses." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B11, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - March 24th, 2006: "Suicide attack on police, other violence kill 58 in Iraq / U.S. military declares most of the country largely peaceful." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

*Trivia: "Life outside the green zone / Landscape exposes the scars of a divided Iraq" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Borzou Daragahi, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Steps Down / Bradley Belt - March 24th, 2006: "Agency [Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.] head [Bradley belt] steps down [end of May]" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Oil Prices Leap $2 a Barrel - March 24th, 2006: "Oil prices  shot up $2 a barrel Thursday [03/23/06] in what some analysts described as a delayed reaction to U.S. government data released the previous day that showed shrinking domestic supplies. [....] Light sweet crude for May delivery gained $2.14 to settle at $63.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange." [Based on: Article (Prices leap $2 a barrel), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Surge in Shares / Google Inc. - March 24th, 2006: "Google Inc., the world's most-used Internet search engine, will be added to the Standard & Poor's 500 index after a fourfold surge in shares. [....]" [Based on: Article (Google joins S&P 500), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Third-Quarter Profit / Gannett Co. - March 24th, 2006: "Gannett's profit will be at bottom end of estimates" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Trivia / Jobs Law Protests, France - March 24th, 2006: "Marches against law erupt in violence [03/23/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Jenny Barchfield, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Peace Activists Rescued / Iraq - March 24th, 2006: "Without firing a shot, U.S. and British soldiers stormed a house Thursday [03/23/06] and rescued three kidnapped peace activists [James Loney, Harmeet Singh Sooden, and Norman Kember]. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Peace activists rescued in Iraq), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Anatahan Volcano - March 24th, 2006: "The Anatahan Volcano emitted another plume of volcanic ash on March 24, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13452]

2006 - Scientists Foresee a Surging Sea - March 24th, 2006: "Accelerated melting of polar ice sheets could eventually raise the sea level as much as 20 feet, researchers reported Thursday [03/23/06]. That would be enough to swamp coastal lowlands throughout the world. Scientists say the best view of the consequences of melting polar ice lies in a distant period of Earth's pre-industrial past. 'The current warming trend is occuring much faster than it did then,' said Jonothan Overpeck of the University of Arizona. 'And if it continues, by 2100 the Artic will be at least as warm as it was nearly 130,000 years ago.' [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Scientists forsee a surging sea / They report an accelerated rate of polar ice melting.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Third-Quarter Loss / ConAgra Foods Inc. - March 24th, 2006: "ConAgra lays third-quarter loss to restructuring costs" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Arbitrator Orders Negotiations / Delta Airlines - March 24th, 2006: "Arbitrator orders Delta and its pilots to begin negotiations" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Police Storm Protest Rally / Minsk, Belarus - March 24th, 2006: "Police stormed a protest rally against the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko early today [03/24/06], arresting about 200 demonstrators. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Demand Execution of Christian Convert? / Afghan Clerics - March 24th, 2006: "Afghan clerics demand that Christian convert [Abdul Raoulf] be executed" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Daniel Cooney, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Questions about Accuracy? / Wikipedia & Encyclopedia Britannica - March 24th, 2006: "Encyclopedia Britannica has completed an exhaustive research article on an unlikely new topic - questions about its accuracy. The publisher's verdict: It was wronged. Firing back at an article in the science journal Nature that likened its accuracy to that of Wikipedia, the Internet site that lets anyone contribute, Britannica said in a 20-page statement this week that 'almost everything about the journal's investigation ... was wrong and misleading.' The flap stems from Nature's online article last Dec. 15 that, based on a side-by-side comparison of articles covering a broad swath of the scientific spectrum, said Wikipedia is about as accurate in covering scientific topics as Encyclopedia Britannica." [Based on: News Services article (Encyclopedia wants retraction from Nature), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / New Guinea- March 24th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:27:05 (UTC) on Friday, March 24th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G."

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

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - March 24th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:46:53 (UTC) on Friday, March 24th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in the FIGI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uskra7.php]

2006 - Forced to Abandon Acquisition Plans / Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. - March 24th, 2006: "A leading Israeli software company [Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.] was forced to abandon plans Thursday [03/23/06] to buy a smaller U.S. rival in a $225 million deal because of national security objections by the Bush administration. [....] The objections by the FBI and Pentagon were partly over specialized intrusion detection software known as 'Snort,' which guards some classified U.S. military and intelligence computers. Snort's author is a senior executive at Sourcefire Inc., based in Columbia, Md." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. security concerns kill Israeli company's acquisition), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/24/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 25th, 2006: "Stocks ended higher Friday [03/24/06], caping a mostly flat week for the market, as investors preferred to tread cautiously ahead of Tuesday's Federal Reserve meeting on interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Marketwatch article (Google, Lucent give stocks an end-of-week lift), p. A37, S.L.P.D., 03/25/06]

2006 - Organic Products? / Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - March 25th, 2006: "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is throwing its weight behind organic products, a move that experts say could have the same lasting effect on environmental practices that Wal-Mart has had on prices by forcing suppliers and competitors to keep up. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Environment could get boost from Wal-Mart's organic move), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 03/25/06]

2006 - Personal Bankruptcies Hit Record / U.S.A. - March 25th, 2006: "Personal bankruptcies soared 30 percent to a record high last year as financially stressed people rushed to file before new restrictions took effect Oct. 17. Bankruptcy petitions filed in federal courts totaled 2.04 million in 2005, up from 1.56 million in 2004, according to data released Friday [03/24/06] by the Administrative office of the U.S. Courts. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Personal bankruptcies hit record high in 2005), p. A37, S.L.P.D., 03/25/06]

2006 - Sales & Prices of New Homes Plummet / U.S.A. - March 25th, 2006: "Sales of new houses plunged by the largest amount in nearly nine years in February while the median price of a new house dropped for the fourth straight month, providing fresh evidence that the nation's once-booming housing market is cooling off. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Sales, prices of new houses plummet), p. A37, S.L.P.D., 03/25/06]

2006 - Iraq War Leaks Reported  / Russia to Saddam - March 25th, 2006: "Russia leaks to Iraq reported / *The Pentagon says: Russia gathered U.S. military intelligence from sources inside the American command, then fed it to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad at the start of the war [2003]. *Some of the information that was passed to Saddam may have aided the U.S. effort to deceive Saddam about military operations, such as the timing of the assault on Baghdad." [Based on: Title for front page headline, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/25/06]

2006 - Sectarian Violence / Iraq - March 26th, 2006: "Assassinations swell Iraq body count / Hundreds have died in the last month in what many see as sectarian violence." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Pro-Immigrant Rallies / U.S.A. - March 26th, 2006: "Tens of thousands march in second day of pro-immigrant rallies / Protestors object to federal legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

*Commentary: "When Europeans drove Indians from the land in the first place? was that illegal immigration? So now the Indians come to have the land back. Maybe it's a karmic thing?" [D.R.D.]

2006 - Denies Leaks / Russian Spy Agency - March 26th, 2006: "Russian spy agency denies leaks to Saddam" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Anti-Government Protests / Belarus - March 26th, 2006: "Police club anti-government protestors in Belarus [03/25/06]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Discovered / Hominid Cranium?, Ethiopia - March 26th, 2006: "Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday [03/25/06] that they had discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man. The hominid cranium - found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old - 'comes from a very significant period and is very close to the appearance of the anatomically modern human,' said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia. Archaeologists found the early human cranium five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region, Sileshi said. Homo erectus, which many believe was an ancestor of modern Homo sapiens, is thought to have died out 100,000 to 200,000 years ago." [Based on: News Services article (Skull of human ancestor is discovered), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Ready to Hand Over Liberian Warlord / Nigeria - March 26th, 2006: "Nigeria won't block Liberian warlord's [Charles Taylor] trial / Country drops its resistance to extradicting Charles Taylor" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Running as Sharon's Heir / Ehud Olmert, Israel - March 26th, 2006: "Deputy premier is running as Sharon's heir" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - First Impressions / Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - March 26th, 2006: "New orbiter gives its first impressions [03/24/06] of Mars" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/26/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Ukraine - March 27th, 2006: "The villian of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution [Viktor Yanukovych] is likely to emerge with the biggest gains in Sunday's [03/26/06] parliamentary election, as voters soured on Wesrern-leaning President Viktor Yushchenko because of unfulfilled promises. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Villian of revolution likely makes big gains in Ukraine election), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/27/06]

2006 - Fatal "Meeting Hall" Raid / Iraq - March 27th, 2006: "Hours after a twilight raid in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood of the capital, virtually the only certainty about the operation was that it left at least 16 Iraqis dead. [....] A total of at least 69 people were reported killed Sunday [03/26/06] in one of the bloodiest days in weeks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Raid on meeting hall in Iraq kills at least 16 Iraqi men), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/27/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Glenda / Australia - March 27th, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Glenda formed off the northwestern coast of Australia on March 27, 2006. The storm quickly built into a powerful and well-defined cyclone during the next day. Powerful winds have whipped up surf along the coastline of Western Australia’s Pilbara region and brought powerful winds and rain to the islands off the Kimberly coast. As of March 28, 2006, the storm had reached Category 4 status and was expected to build power and reach the maximum, Category 5, rating during the next day. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13449]

2006 - Senate Debate / Immigration Laws, U.S.A. - March 27th, 2006: "Founded by immigrants and praised as a haven for the oppressed, the United States now is struggling to decide the fate of as many as 12 million people living in the country illegally. [....] Protests raged across the country over the weekend, led by more than 500,000 people who marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday [03/25/06] in one of the largest demonstrations for any cause in U.S. history. Marchers also took to the streets in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Senate will debate toughening laws against immigrants), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/27/06]

2006 - To be Released / Victims' Sept. 11th 911 Calls - March 27th, 2006: "New York City has sent letters to 24 families of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks advising them that partial transcripts and recordings of 911 calls made by the victims will soon be released to the public because of a court order. [....] In August, the city released 12,000 pages of oral histories and more than 15 hours of department radio transmissions." [Based on: News Services article (Victims' 911 calls from Sept. 11 to be released), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/27/06]

2006 - Statement to London Guardian / Charlie Sheen - March 27th, 2006: "Charlie Sheen's Statement to the London Guardian - Challenges Press to Stop Slinging Mud, Confront The Science"

[Based on: Title for Prison Planet.com article, 03/27/06 - See link]
*Link:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2006/270306sheenstatement.htm

2006 - Case Dismissed / Muslim-Turned-Christian, Abdul Rahman - March 27th, 2006: "Case dismissed for Muslim-turned-Christian [became a Christian in the 1990s]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/27/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2006: "Stocks slide before Fed decision on rates; utilities fall" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - AIDS Blocking Drugs? - March 28th, 2006: "Two drugs [tenofovir (Viread) & emtricitabine, or FTC (Emtriva), sold in combination as Truvada] appear to block AIDS virus [in monkeys]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Died / Caspar Weinberger - March 28th, 2006: "Caspar Weinberger dies; was Reagan's defense secretary" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Trivia / Zacarias Moussaoui - March 28th, 2006: "Taking the stand over his lawyers' protests, al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui declared Monday [03/27/06] that he and Richard Reid, later arrested as the so-called shoe bomber, were slated to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Terrorist: 5th target was the White House), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Released Prisoners / Nigeria - March 28th, 2006: "[....] Americans Cody Oswald and Russell Spell and Briton John Hudspith were released just before dawn [03/27/06] after more than five weeks in captivity, said government spokesman Abel Oshevire. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Prison Release / Abdul Rahman - March 28th, 2006: "Christian convert is freed [03/27/06] from prison in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Growing Rapidly / Sunspot 865 - March 28th, 2006: "New sunspot 865 is growing rapidly. Yesterday, it didn't exist; today it is bigger than Earth. The spot does not yet pose a threat for strong solar flares, but its development merits watching." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/28/06] 

2006 - Posted on Web / Seized Iraq Papers - March 28th, 2006: "[....] 'Let's unleash the power of the Internet on these documents,' said House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich. 'I don't know if there's a smoking gun on WMD or not. But it will give us a better understanding of what was going on in Iraq before the war.' [....] Hoekstra said it took months of arguing with intelligence officials before he and John Negroponte, director of national intelliegence, agreed to make the documents public. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (In revolutionary move, government posts seized Iraq papers on Web), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Linked to Loneliness? / High Blood Pressure - March 28th, 2006: "Loneiness in people over 50 greatly increases their risk of high blood pressure, researchers say in the latest study to underscore the health advantages of friends and family. [....] The study of 229 Chicago-area men and women ages 50 to 68 appears in the March issue of the journal Psychology and Aging. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (High blood pressure linked to loneliness, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Accuses U.S. of Hidden Political Motives / Russia - March 28th, 2006: "Russia's foreign minister accused the United States on Monday [03/17/06] of having 'hidden political motives' for a report that said Moscow turned over information on American military plans to Saddam Hussein during the invasion of Iraq. [....] U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will discuss the matter with Lavrov when the foreign ministers of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany meet in Berlin on Thursday, the State Department said. The ministers will be discussing what to do about Iran's suspect nuclear program." [Based on: News Services article (Foreign minister accuses U.S. of political motives), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Failed Radioactive Substance Security Test / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2006: "U.S. investigators take radioactive substance across borders in test [last year] / Counterfeit documents fooled custom agents, the GAO reports." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/28/06]

2006 - Energetic Signals? / Galeras Volcano, Columbia - March 28th, 2006:

Due to an increase in tremor at Galeras beginning on the morning of 28 March, INGEOMINAS raised the Alert Level from 3 ("changes in the behavior of volcanic activity have been noted") to 2 ("likely eruption in days or weeks"). On the 28th, energetic signals and tremor began that had been absent during previous weeks. In addition, seismic instruments detected very shallow low-energy hybrid signals, similar to ones recorded during 1991-1993 when dome emplacement occurred on the main crater's floor.

Background. Galeras, a stratovolcano with a large breached caldera located immediately W of the city of Pasto, is one of Colombia's most frequently active volcanoes. The dominantly andesitic Galeras volcanic complex has been active for more than 1 million years, and two major caldera collapse eruptions took place during the late Pleistocene. Long-term extensive hydrothermal alteration has affected the volcano. This has contributed to large-scale edifice collapse that has occurred on at least three occasions, producing debris avalanches that swept to the W and left a large horseshoe-shaped caldera inside which the modern cone has been constructed. Major explosive eruptions since the mid Holocene have produced widespread tephra deposits and pyroclastic flows that swept all but the southern flanks. A central cone slightly lower than the caldera rim has been the site of numerous small-to-moderate historical eruptions since the time of the Spanish conquistadors. [....]"

[Based on: http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/] - [04/02/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "Stocks fell the most in three weeks Tuesday [03/28/06] after the federal Reserve raised interest rates for the 15th straight time and signaled that further increases are coming soon. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed hike kicks legs out from under markets), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Iraqis Kidnapped / Iraq - March 29th, 2006: "Uniformed gunmen kidnap 24 Iraqis [03/28/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Total Eclipse of the Sun - March 29th, 2006: "The moon's dark shadow touched Earth today, tracing a path from Brazil to central Asia, cutting across Africa and Turkey, and finally returning to space west of Mongolia. Wherever the shadow fell, people witnessed a spectacular eclipse of the sun. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/29/06] 

2006 - Job Laws Protest / France - March 29th, 2006: "Over 1 million protest jobs law in France [03/28/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - U.S. Chief of Staff / Joshua Bolten - March 29th, 2006: "Ignoring calls for a dramatic White House shakeup, President George W. Bush turned on Tuesday [03/28/06] to Joshua Bolten, a trusted loyalist, to replace Andy Card as White House chief of staff. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Bush's budget director will become chief of staff), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Rise / U.S. Crude-Oil Futures - March 29th, 2006: "Crude-oil futures jumped by almost $2 a barrel Tuesday [03/28/06] amid strong demand and worries about supply from Iran and Nigeria. The reported possibility of a labor strike in Norway, a major oil producer, contributed to the market's jitters. Light sweet crude for may delivery rose $1.91 to settle at $66.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, where oil futures are 22 percent higher than a year ago. [....]" [Based on: Article (Crude futures jump by almost $2 a barrel), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Trivia / Per Capita Income, U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "Per capita income in Missouri rose 4.7 percent in 2005, topping the U.S. average by a tiny margin, according to income figures released Tuesday [02/28/06] by the federal government. [....] Missouri ranked 30th among states in the increase in income. Louisiana, where per capita personal income dropped 9.1 percent, ranked last. Wyoming ranked first with a growth rate of 7.3 percent. Per capita income was $31.899 in Missouri in 2005. That compares to $47.819 in Connecticut, the highest per capita income among states. The lowest was Louisiana with $24,820." [Based on: Article (Missouri per capita income edges national average), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Federal Investigation / Pfizer Inc. - March 29th, 2006: "Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday [03/28/06] said it is cooperating with a federal investigation into whether it is improperly marketing Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug that is the world's top-selling medicine. The investigation was disclosed in Tuesday's editions of The Wall Street Journal. [....] Additionally, a Teamsters union insurance plan has charged that Pfizer is improperly marketing Lipitor, costing drug plans billions of dollars in unwarranted prescriptions since 2001." [Based on: Article (Pfizer cooperates with investigation), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Slips out of Nigeria / Charles Taylor - March 29th, 2006: "Ex-Liberian warlord slips out of Nigeria [03/27/06] / Nigerian leaders had agreed to transfer Charles Taylor to a war crimes tribunal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Parliamentary Approval / Hamas Cabinet - March 29th, 2006: "The Islamic militant group Hamas moved a step closer Tuesday [03/28/06] to taking power in the Palestinian region, winning overwhelming parliamentary approval for its 25-member Cabinet. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Approval of new Cabinet expands Hamas' power), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Layoffs / General Motors Corp., U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "GM begins [03/28/06] layoff of white-collar workers in U.S." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Break in / Water Supply Co., Massachusetts - March 29th, 2006: "Residents of two towns were ordered to stop using water from their taps after someone broke into the area's supply facility and left behind a 5-gallon container that had an odor. [....] Officials said someone cut barbed wire to enter the facility late Monday [03/27/06], cut the lines to an alarm, then vandalized an electrical panel and a vent at the top of a 1.3-million-gallon storage tank. The 5-gallon container was found on top of the tank, said Ed Coletta, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Water use is banned in towns after break-in at supply facility), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - May Go Home Today / Randal McCloy Jr. - March 29th, 2006: "Mine disaster victim may go home Thursday [03/30/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Economic Trivia / Blacks vs. Whites, U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "Economy's growth leaves blacks behind, report says / Unemployment, poverty are more than double that of whites, U.S. data show." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Settlement / London-Based GlaxoSmithKline - March 29th, 2006: "The maker of the antidepressant Paxil agreed to pay $14 million to states to settle allegations that it blocked generic versions of the drug from being made, causing the states to pay higher prices. A spokeswoman for Paxil's maker, London-based GlaxoSmithKline, said the company denied any wrongdoing and was not admitting liability in making the settlement. [....]" [Based on: Article (Paxil maker agrees to pay $14 million), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Judicial Review? / Warrantless Surveillance, U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "Five judges who served on the secret court that approves domestic spying warrants endorsed a proposal Tuesday [03/28/06] that would require judicial review of warrantless surveillance of Americans. [....]" [Based on: The Baltimore Sun article (Judges back review of warrantless surveillance / Congress is considering a bill that would have a secret court decide whether the president has the authority to continue the program.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Rejected by Senate / Office of Public Integrity, U.S.A. - March 29th, 2006: "The Senate on Tuesday [03/28/06] defeated a proposal to create an office to investigate possible ethics violations. Senators rejected the idea of an Office of Public Integrity by a 67-30 vote as they moved toward a vote today on legislation to tighten rules and laws covering congressional contacts with lobbyists. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Senate rejects office on ethics investigations), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Finds No Problem With Benzene in Drinks? / U.S. FDA - March 29th, 2006: "No safety concerns have arisen from tests for the cancer-causing chemical benzene in some soft drinks, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday [03/28/06]. Still, the agency is not ready to release its findings. The FDA started sampling soft drinks after a private study in November [2005] found small amounts of benzene in some beverages. In the vast majority of drinks sampled, benzene either was not found or was present at levels below the federal limit for drinking water. The Environmental Working Group asked the FDA to warn the public about popular soft drinks containing two ingredients that can form benzene. The ingredients are ascorbic acid and benzoate preservatives, also known as Vitamin C and sodium or potassium benzoate. An FDA spokeswoman said the presence of those ingredients does not mean benzene is present. Heat, light and shelf life can effect whether benzene will form, she said." [Based on: News Services article (FDA finds no problems with benzene in drinks), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Push for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy? / Arab World - March 29th, 2006: "The head of the Arab League called on Arab states Tuesday [03/28/06] to work toward 'entering the nuclear club' by developing atomic energy. Amr Moussa spoke to the gathered leaders at the opening of the summit, saying, 'I would like to call on the Arab world to enter into the world of peaceful use of nuclear energy with all speed and momentum.' 'This is a legal right ensured for all states that are party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty,' he said. No Arab country is known to have a significant program for nuclear energy, and few have shown a drive to do so." [Based on: News Services article (Arab League chief pushes atomic energy), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Bothers Justices? / War Crimes Trials, Guantanamo Prisoners - March 29th, 2006: "Supreme Court justices appeared troubled Tuesday [03/28/06] by President George W. Bush's plans to hold war crimes trials for foreigners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush's plans for trying Guantanamo prisoners seem to bother justices / High court hears appeal of man who had been driver for bin Laden.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/29/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2006: "Stocks staged the broadest rally this year Wednesday [03/29/06], sending the Nasdaq composite index to a five-year high, on confidence that profit growth will persist in the face of rising interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Rosy profit outlook powers broadest rally this year), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Trivia / HealthSouth Corp. - March 30th, 2006: "HealthSouth Corp., the largest U.S. chain of rehabilitation hospitals, said its losses more than doubled  in 2005 as the company paid to settle lawsuits stemming from a $2.7 billion accounting fraud." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Settlement payments hit HealthSouth), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Second Day of Riots / Turkey - March 30th, 2006: "[....] Gov. Efkan Ala said 2,500 to 3,000 rioters, including many children, took part in the two days of clashes in Diyarbakir after funerals for Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish troops last week. [....] They belonged to the Kurdistan Workers Party, which has been fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Riots continue for second day), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Lighter Sentence / Jack Abramoff - March 30th, 2006: "Penitent lobbyist Jack Abramoff gets a lighter sentence / Prosecutors say he is cooperating in a continuing corruption investigation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Ahmed Omar Abu Ali - March 30th, 2006: "American Muslim [Ahmed Omar Abu Ali] gets 30 years / He was convicted in November of conspiracy to assassinate the president, conspiracy to hijack aircraft and providing support to al-Qaida." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Adopts Lobbying Rules? / U.S. Senate - March 30th, 2006: "[....] In a 90-8 vote, senators also restricted, but didn't eliminate, their ability to insert the special-interest provisions, or 'earmarks,' that find their way into massive spending bills [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Senate overwhelmingly adopts [03/29/06] new lobbying and ethics rules), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - "Long Way to Go" / Bird Flu Vaccine - March 30th, 2006: "Bird flu vaccine has 'long way to go' / The vaccine triggered a protective immune response in just 54 percent of healthy volunteers who got two mega-doses, 28 days apart." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Officially in Power / Hamas Leaders - March 30th, 2006: "Cabinet installation puts Hamas leaders officially in power [03/29/06] / Canada suspends aid to Palestinian Authority." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - To Seek Voiding Contracts? / Delphi Corp. - March 30th, 2006: "Delphi is expected to seek voiding of contracts / Such a move would push former parent GM closer to brink." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Cleared in Political Scandal / President of Brazil - March 30th, 2006: "A congressional panel cleared Brazil's president [Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva] of involvement in a money-for-votes scandal Wednesday [03/29/06], saying he was not responsible for the wrongdoing of his political allies. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (President is cleared in political scandal), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Militants Strike Coalition Base / Afghanistan - March 30th, 2006: "Taliban militants strike coalition base [03/29/06], killing U.S., Canadian soldiers [one from each country]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Launch / Soyuz TMA 8 [to Int'l Space Station] - March 30th, 2006: "New crew on way [03/30/06] to space station" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.N. Security Council & Iran - March 30th, 2006: "The U.N. Security Council demanded Wednesday [03/29/06] that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first time the body has directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it is seeking nuclear weapons. Iran remained defiant, maintaining its right to nuclear power but insisting that it was committed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and had no intention of seeking weapons of mass destruction. [....] 'Iran insists on its right to have access to nuclear technology for explicitly peaceful purposes. We will not abandon that claim to our legitimate right.' [said Iranian Ambassador Javad Zarif] The 15-nation council unanimously approved a statement that will ask the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to report back in 30 days on Iran's compliance. [....] Enrichment is a process that can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the material for a nuclear warhead. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Security Council tells Iran to halt enrichment), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Will be Planted on 32 Million Acres? / Roundup Ready Corn 2 - March 30th, 2006: "Monsanto Co. of Creve Coeur [Mo.] said Wednesday [03/29/06] it expects its Roundup Ready Corn 2 product to be planted on 40 percent of U.S. corn acres this season. The seeds, which are genetically modified to withstand applications of Monsanto's Roundup-brand glyphosate herbicide, will be planted on more than 32 million acres - an increase of 33 percent from the 24 million acres it covered in 2005, the company said. Monsanto's shares gained $1.20 in trading Wednesday [03/29/06] to close at $84.65." [Based on: Article (Monsanto sees its corn on 40% of U.S. acres), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/30/06]

2006 - Status / Sunspot 865 - March 31st, 2006: "Sunspot 865 has developed a "beta-gamma" magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/31/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2006: "Stocks fell Thursday [03/30/06] as the inflation outlook worsened, renewing concern that the Fed will keep raising interest rates. [....] The Nasdaq composite index set a five-year high for a second day, adding 3.04 to 2,340.82. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks drop on concerns about Fed rate hikes, inflation), p. B8, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Released / Jill Carroll, Iraq - March 31st, 2006: "Iraqi insurgents release [03/30/06?] American journalist Jill Carroll" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A12, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / West Bank - March 31st, 2006: "Palestinian bomber kills four Israelis [03/30/06] / The attack occurred outside a West Bank settlement" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Earthquakes / Western Iran - March 31st, 2006: "Two earethquakes flattened villages in western Iran early today, killing at least 38 and injuring hundreds, state media reported. At least 10 tremors rocked the mountainoius region throughout the night, state television reported, saying the first one had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. [....] The broadcast said more than 700 people were injured." [Based on: News Services article (Quakes kill at least 38; hundreds are injured, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06]

*Trivia: "Three earthquakes kill 70 in western Iran [injure 1,200]" [Based on: Title for A.P., p. A28, S.L.P.D., 04/01/06]

2006 - 30-Year Loan Rates Rise / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2006: "[....] Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported that rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.35 percent this week, up from 6.32 percent last week. The increase pushed rates to the highest level since they hit a 2 1/2-year high of 6.37 percent the week of March 9." [Based on: Article (30-year loan rates rise), p. B2, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Shares 911 Concerns / Ed Asner - March 31st, 2006: "Actor & Director Ed Asner Shares 9/11 Concerns - Highlights story of hijackers still alive and well"

[Based on Title for Prison Planet.com article by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, 03/31/06 - See link]
*Link:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2006/310306asnershares.htm

2006 - 2005 Results??? / Freddie Mac - March 31st, 2006: "Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance company attempting to recover from a $5 billion accounting scandal, said Thursday [12/01/05] that profit was about $600 million in the third quarter after losses related to hurricanes and errors in calculating mortage interest. The government-chartered company, providing preliminary third-quarter figures, also boosted its quarterly common stock dividend by 34 percent to 47 cents a share. [....] The increase indicates Freddie Mac 'has confidence that their business is going well,' Front [Marshall Front] said. Freddie's estimate of its condition is the fourth since a 2003 disclosure that it understated net income by $5 billion. Led by Chief Executive Richard Syron, Freddie Mac plans to complete an accounting overhaul, restore current financial reporting and provide 2005 results by March 31 [2006]. It has not filed a current, complete report since early 2003. Current, or fair market, value of Freddie Mac's assets minus liabilities decreased by $500 million to $26.9 billion from the second quarter, the company, based in McLean, Va., said. Freddie Mac on Nov. 8 said mistakes in calculating interest on mortgage securities compelled it to reduce first-half profit by $220 million." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Freddie Mac expects profit; hikes dividend), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/02/05]

2006 - Trivia / Clergy Sex Abuse, U.S.A. - March 31st, 2006: "New figures released Thursday [03/30/06] by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops show the toll of the clergy sex abuse crisis: 783 new credible claims last year, most of which stem from incidents decades ago, and costs of nearly $467 million. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Abuse-related costs hit nearly $467 million last year, bishops say), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06]

2006 - Returns Home / Randal McCloy - March 31st, 2006: "Mine disaster survivor [Randal McCloy] goes home [03/30/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Western Iran - March 31st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:17:02 (UTC) on Friday, March 31st, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in WESTERN IRAN."

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

*Trivia: "Just before dawn on March 31, 2006, a strong earthquake struck near Silakhor, Iran. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed at least 66 people, injured at least 1,280 and damaged buildings in 330 villages surrounding the epicenter. It is likely the death toll would have been much higher if residents had not been warned by a series of weaker foreshocks. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13480]

2006 - Melting Ice / An Urgent Message - March 31st, 2006: "The polar ice sheets are melting faster than anyone predicted. At their seasonal nadir last September, artic ice flows were 20-percent smaller than the average of the past 25 years. [....] Indeed, between 1994 and 2004, concentrations of CO2, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, grew by about 20 percent. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Melting ice, rising seas send an urgent message), p. C14, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Capsized Cruise Boat / Persian Gulf - March 31st, 2006: "Cruise boat capsizes [03/30/06]; at least 48 dead" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D.,03/31/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands - March 31st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:20:59 (UTC) on Friday, March 31st, 2006. The magnitude 6.5 event has been located in the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

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

2006 - Record Die-Off / Coral  Reefs, Caribbean - March 31st, 2006: "Scientists are finding record die-off of coral reefs in caribbean waters" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06]

2006 - Money May Run Out? / New Orleans Levees - March 31st, 2006: "The administration of President George W. Bush said Thursday [03/30/06] that the cost of rebuil-ding New Orleans' levees to federal standards had nearly tripled, to $9.5 billion, and that there might not be enough money to fully protect the entire region. [....]" [Based on: The Washington Post article (Money may run out for new Gulf Coast levees), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - March 31st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:14:40 (UTC) on Friday, March 31st, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

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

2006 - Planned for June / "Divine Strake" Bomb Test, Nevada Desert - March 31st, 2006: "Pentagon will detonate [June] explosive [700-ton explosive] in desert [Nevada]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/31/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

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