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 2007

2007 - Astronomic Configuration - March 1st, 2007: "Sun [10 Pisces], Moon [9 Leo], Mercury [28 Aquarius R.], Venus [9 Aries], Mars [2 Aquarius], Jupiter [17 Sagittarius], Saturn [20 Leo R.], Uranus [14 Pisces], Neptune [20 Aquarius], Pluto [28 Sagittarius], Chiron [12 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200703.html]

2007 - HAARP Station / Gakona, Alaska - March 2007: "[....] Work on the HAARP Station began in 1993. The current working IRI was completed in 2007, and its prime contractor was BAE Advanced Technologies.[1] [....] As of March 2007[update], all the antennas were in place, the final phase was completed and the antenna array was undergoing testing aimed at fine-tuning its performance to comply with safety requirements required by regulatory agencies. The facility officially began full operations in its final 3.6 MW status in the summer of 2007."

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2007: "Stocks rebounded from their biggest plunge in four years after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday [02/28/07] that the economy will continue growing and financial institutions advised investors the bull market isn't over. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (P&G, Sprint and Merck lead market's rebound), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/01/07]

2007 - Sandstorm / Western China - March 1st, 2007: "Storm [A sandstorm packing hurricane-force gusts] knocks train off tracks [western China], killing 3 [injuring 34 - 02/28/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/07]

2007 - Live WWII Grenade / In Sack of Potatoes - March 1st, 2007: "WWII-era grenade [live] found in sack of potatoes [near Naples]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2007: "The global selloff in stocks resumed in the United States Thursday [03/01/07] after a rise in jobless claims and a lower forecast for semiconductor sales reinforced investors' concerns that economic growth may be slowing. [....] Stocks across Europe and Asia dropped for a third day, extending their worst slump in four years and wiping out more than $1.5 trillion in global market value. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Selloff resumes as reports prompt 2nd look at economy), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

2007 - Tornadoes / United States - March 2nd, 2007: "Tornado kills 5 at Alabama high school [Enterprise High School - 03/01/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

2007 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2007: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 March 2007 at 01:08:06 PM GMT is: $8,781,019,599,008.19. The estimated population of the United States is 301,085,301 so each citizen's share of this debt is $29,164.56. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.78 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [03/02/07]

2007 - Arrested / Mullah Obaidullah Akhund - March 2nd, 2007: "Top Taliban figure [former Taliban defense minister, Mullah Obaidullah Akhund] is arrested [this week], official says" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

2007 - "Not Ready"? / U.S. Army National Guard - March 2nd, 2007: "Nearly 90 percent of Army National Guard units in the United States are rated 'not ready' - largely as a result of shortfalls in billions of dollars worth of equipment - jeopardizing their ability to respond to crises at home and abroad, according to a congressional commission. [NP] The panel released a preliminary report Thursday [03/01/07] on the state of the U.S. military reserve forces. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Shortage of gear leaves National Guard in crisis), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

2007 - Misses Every Energy Deadline / U.S. Government - March 2nd, 2007: "The government has missed all 34 deadlines sety by Congress for requiring energy efficiency standards on everything from home applications to power transformers, government auditors said Thursday [03/01/07]. [....] Because of the failures, consumers and corporations stand to pay tens of billions of dollars more for energy than they would have if the deadlines had been met, the Government Accountability Office said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Government misses every energy deadline), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

2007 - Scandalous Conditions? / Walter Reed Army Medical Center - March 2nd, 2007: "Scandalous conditions at Walter Reed prompt firing of commander [Army Maj. Gen George Weightman]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/02/07]

*Trivia: "Privatization led to trouble at Reed hospital, some say" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article by Steve Vogel & Renae Merle, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Total Lunar Eclipse - March 3rd, 2007: "On Saturday night, March 3rd, there's going to be a total lunar eclipse. [....] This Saturday's eclipse will visible from parts of all seven continents: map. Europe and Africa are favored. People there will see Earth's red shadow swallow the Moon for more than an hour around 23:21 GMT: [....] Here in the United States, you have to be in the eastern half of the country to witness totality. At the end of the day on Saturday, go outside and face east. As the sun sets behind your back, a red Moon will rise before your eyes--fantastic! Maximum eclipse is at 6:21 p.m. EST. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [02/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2007: "Stocks dropped to their lowest point in almost four months Friday [03/02/07], completing their worst week since January 2003, after a decline in consumer confidence. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Home Depot, Alcoa, Exxon lead stocks to 4-month low), p. A39, S.L.P.D., 03/03/07]

2007 - Jurors Have Question / Libby Trial - March 3rd, 2007: "[....] 'We would like clarification of the term "reasonable doubt," ' jurors wrote. 'Specifically, is it necessary for the government to present evidence that it is not humanly possible for someone not to recall an event in order to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.' [....] " [Based on: A.P. article (Libby jury has a question / Jurors want clarification of the term 'reasonable doubt' in perjury case.), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/03/07]

2007 - Nuclear Warhead Production? / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2007: "The United States took a major step Friday [03/02/07] toward building a new generation of nuclear warheads, selecting a design that is being touted as safer, more secure and more easily maintained than today's arsenal. " [Based on: A.P. article (New nuclear warhead design OK'd [to replace Trident missles on submarines] / Updated U.S. weapons may be ready by 2012), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/03/07] - [My brackets - D.R.D.]

2007 - Resignation / U.S. Secretary of the Army - March 3rd, 2007: "Outcry over vets claims casualty [Army Secretary Francis Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday [03/02/07] as President George W. Bush's administration struggled to deal with substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at walter Reed Army medical Center.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 03/03/07]

2007 - Greenhouse Gases Trivia / U.S.A. - March 4th, 2007: "By 2020, the United States will emit almost one-fifth more gases that lead to global warming than it did in 2000, increasing the risks of drought and scarce water supplies. [NP] That projection comes from an internal draft report from the Bush administration that is more than a year overdue at the United Nations. The Associated Press obtained a copy Saturday [03/03/07]. [NP] The United States already is responsible for about one-quarter of the world's carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for global warming. [NP] The draft report, which still is being completed, projects that the Bush administration's climate policy would result in the emission of 9.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2020, a 19 percent increase from 7.7 billion tons in 2000. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. projected to spew more greenhouse gases) by John Heilprin, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/04/07]

2007 - Aurora Watch - March 5th, 2007: "Sky watchers from Scandinavia to Alaska should be alert for auroras tonight. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetosphere and causing geomagnetic storms at high latitudes. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/05/07]

2007 - May Pose Danger? / Bisphenol A Plastics - March 5th, 2007: "[....] Bisphenol A was originally developed in the 1930s as an estrogen for birth control, said vom Saal [Fredrick S. vom Saal, of the Univ. of Missouri-Columbia]. It was never used for that purpose because scientists quickly discovered that multiple molecules of bisphenol A could link together to form clear, hard plastics, vom Saal said. More than 6 billion pounds of bisphenol A plastics are made globally each year, vom Saal said. [....]" [Based on: Article (Everyday plastics may pose danger, some say) by Tina Hesman Saey, pp. A1 & A9, S.L.P.D., 03/05/07]

2007 - Says CIA is Plotting to Kill Him / Hugo Chavez - March 5th, 2007: "President Hugo Chavez said Sunday [03/04/07] that he believed enemies including the CIA were out to kill him, and he called U.S. diplomat John Negroponte a 'professional killer.' [NP] Chavez said Venezuelan officials had intelligence that associates of jailed Cuban anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles also were involved in plotting to assassinate him. [NP] Venezuela has previously accused Negroponte of playing a key role in the Contra war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua when he served as ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985." [Based on: News Services article [last article - bottom of page - section A] (Chavez says CIA is plotting to kill him) , p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/05/07]

2007 - What is Torture? - March 6th, 2007: "What is torture? / Experts suggest definition needs to be broader" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by William J. Kole, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Suicide Attack / Iraq - March 6th, 2007: "Suicide attack near book market [Mutanabi - 03/05/07] kills 30 [60 wounded]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2007: "The stock market's worst slide in four years continued for a third day Monday [03/05/07] on growing concern that bank earnings growth will diminish as defaults increase. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Financial shares take a tumble on mortgage concerns), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 03/03/07]

2007 - Talks Begin / U.S. & Korea - March 6th, 2007: "North Korea, U.S. begin talks [03/05/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Record Opium Harvest? / Afghanistan - March 6th, 2007: "U.N. warns [03/05/07] of record opium poppy harvest [Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Treatment for Blood Clot / Dick Cheney - March 6th, 2007: "Cheney undergoes treatment for blood clot [in his left leg]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Detainees Rights? / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - March 6th, 2007: "Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees held more than five years without charges asked the Supreme Court Monday [03/05/07] to step in a third time to guarantee that they can challenge their confinement in U.S. courts. [....] The court has twice ruled that foreigners imprisoned at the U.S. base in Cuba can pursue their cases in American courts, rejecting White House arguments. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Detainees again seek ruling on rights / The Supreme Court has twice found for those at Guantanamo, but an appeals court ruling limits detainee rights), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/06/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - March 6th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:49:39 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007. The magnitude 6.4 event [Depth: 19 km (11.8 miles) set by location program] has been located @ SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zpah.php] - [03/07/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - March 6th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:49:29 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Depth: 30km (8.6 miles) set by location program] has been located @ SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zpal.php] - [03/07/07]

2007 - ADHD Worldwide? - March 7th, 2007: "[....] Whereas most mainstream scientists are on board with the diagnosis, a very vocal minority has argued that ADHD is a mase-up disorder designed to pump up profits for pharmaceutical companies - $2,4 billion was spent on ADHD drugs worldwide in 2003. [....]" [Based on: Contra Costa Times article (ADHD is found to be worldwide) by Betsy Mason, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Suicide Attacks / Iraq - March 7th, 2007: "Wave of attacks kills 118 Iraqis [more than 125 wounded]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 7th, 2007: "Stocks broke a weeklong slump Tuesday [03/06/07] and posted their biggest gains since July after  Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson eased concern that rising mortgage defaults will undermine the economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks break slump with their biggest gains since July), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / Journalist Fatalities - March 7th, 2007: "Decade has cost lives of 1,000 journalists, report says [with Iraq and Russia topping the list]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Rules for Fannie & Freddie? - March 7th, 2007: "Fed wants rules for Fannie, Freddie / Chairman Ben Bernanke suggests limiting their holdings and linking them to a 'public purpose.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Fined / Ex-Monsanto Director - March 7th, 2007: "Ex-Monsanto director [Charles M. Martin] is fined $30,000 in bribery" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Convicted / I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby - March 7th, 2007: "[....] Jurors on Tuesday [03/06/07] convicted Libby of obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI and perjury for lying under oath to a grand jury. They acquitted him on another charge of lying. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article (Prosecutor says lies shielded Cheney / Goal of Inquiry: Fitzgerald says it revolved around finding truth on vice president.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Inquest Postponed / Princess Diana's Death - March 7th, 2007: "Inquest postponed in Princess Diana's death" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Operation Achilles / Helmand Province, Afghanistan - March 7th, 2007: "NATO teams with Afghans in bid to rout insurgents [Operation Achilles - 03/06/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/07/07]

2007 - Mercury Direct - March 8th, 2007: "The planet Mercury resumes direct motion [25 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200703.html]

2007 - More U.S. MP's / Iraq - March 8th, 2007: "Pentagon will send 2,200 more MPS to Iraq [The request for extra MP's is in addition to the 21,500 combat troops  that President  George W. Bush is sending for the Baghdad security plan." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 8th, 2007: "Stocks fell Wednesday [03/08/07] after the nation's second-largest home builder said a yearlong housing slump will continue in 2007 and the Federal Reserve cited slowing growth in several local economies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Market winces after hearing sour note from house builder), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07]

2007 - School Shootings / U.S.A. - March 8th, 2007: "A teenager shot his former girlfriend four times outside her highschool [H.H. Dow High School, Detroit Michigan], then killed himself in one of two U.S. school shootings Wednesday [03/07/07], authorities said. [....] In Greenville, Texas, a 16-year-old student fatally shot himself inside the band hall at Greenville High School, police said. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Teen shoots girl kills self at school), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07]

2007 - Unmanned Aircraft / Israel - March 8th, 2007: "The Israeli air force unveiled its newest unmanned aircraft Wednesday [03/07/07], saying the plane can fly longer, faster and higher than any other surveillance aircraft. [NP] The drone, called the Heron, has a 54-foot wingspan and can fly up to 30 hours at 140 mph and 30,000 feet high. [NP] The Heron was usd during last summer's war in Lebanon, seeking out Hezbollah arms and directing airstrikes. [NP] Palestinians have said Israel has been using drones to fire missles at targets in Gaza, but the military has refused to confirm that." [Based on: News Services article (New drone plane is shown to public), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07] - [My brackets. NP = "New Paragraph"]

2007 - Cyclone George / Australia - March 8th, 2007: "After crossing Australia’s Northern Territory and triggering floods, Cyclone George skimmed along the Australian coast, steadily gaining power. By the time the storm took a sharp turn towards shore and headed towards Port Hedland in northern Western Australia on March 8, 2007, the cyclone packed sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (127 miles per hour, 110 knots) with gusts to 250 km/hr (155 mph, 135 knots). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14158]

2007 - Sidesteps Issue of Libby Pardon / White House  - March 8th, 2007: "[....] Nobody was charged with the actual leak of Plame's identity, but testimony showed that longtime Bush adviser Karl Rove, former press secretary Ari Fleischer and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage also had discussed her identity with reporters. [NP] Libby resigned last year when he was indicted. Fleischer resigned in May 2003. Armitage left office in February 2005. Rove remains at the White House as a deputy chief of staff and Bush's top political hand. [....]" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article (White House sidesteps issue of Libby pardon), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Izu Islands, Japan Region - March 8th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:03:33 (UTC) on Thursday, March 8th, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Depth: 138.6 km (86.1 miles)] @ IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zraj.php] - [03/08/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / East of South Sandwich Islands - March 8th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:14:32 (UTC) on Thursday, March 8th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)] set by location program @ EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zrau.php] - [03/12/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Military Contractor, DynCorp International - March 8th, 2007: "U.S. hires contractor to aid force in Somalia [The company, DynCorp International, also has U.S. contracts in Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. It will be paid $10 million to help the peacekeeping mission in Somalia.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/08/07]

2007 - Died / Brad Delp - March 9th, 2007: "Boston's lead singer [55-yr.-old Brad Delp] found dead in home [03/09/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 9th, 2007: "Stocks posted their second gain this week on Thursday [03/08/07], buoyed by the prospect of increasing sales and earnings at phone companies, raw materials producers and luxury retailers. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Optimism helps stocks post their 2nd gain this week), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - To Testify / Valerie Plame - March 9th, 2007: "Valerie Plame to testify before House committee [Patrick Fitzgerald ... also is invited to testify March 16.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - Hypocrite? / Newt Gingrich - March 9th, 2007: "Gingrich acknowledges own extramarital affair [even as he led the charge against former President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinski affair]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - House Fire / New York City - March 9th, 2007: "Eight children and one woman killed in house fire [03/07/07 - New York City's deadliest fire in 17 years] / In the Bronx, a scene of death and desperation" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - Income Tax Trivia / Marion Barry - March 9th, 2007: "Federal prosecutors said Councilman Marion Barry failed to file his tax returns on time for a seventh year in a row, and they asked the judge to send the former mayor to jail. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Prosecutors want Barry jailed in tax case), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Primorye, Russia - March 9th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:22:43 (UTC) on Friday, March 9th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Depth: 442 km (274.7 miles)] set by location program @ PRIMORYE, RUSSIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zsai.php] - [03/12/07]

2007 - U.N. Cuts / Nuclear Aid Programs, Iran - March 9th, 2007: "[....] The International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna agreed to suspend or reduce 22 of the 55 technical aid projects for improving Iran's civilian use of nuclerar technology. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.N. cuts back nuclear aid programs to Iran), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - Underreported? / National Security letters, U.S.A. - March 9th, 2007: "[....] Overall, the FBI underreported the number of national security letters it issued by about 20 percent from 2003 to 2005, the officials said. In 2005 alone, the FBI delivered a total of 9,254 letters relating to 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Justice Dept. report faults FBI data on Patriot Act), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

*Trivia: "[....] The inspector general also disclosed that the bureau had an unusual contract with three phone companies to provide call records and subscriber information without legal process. [NP] The report did not name the phone companies, but sources said those companies may have been AT&T Corp., MCI Inc., Sprint Corp. or Quest Communications International Inc. [....]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article (FBI errors draw fire), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

*Trivia: "President George W. Bush acknowledged on Saturday [03/10/07] 'FBI shortfallings' in the disclosure that the bureau improperly used the patriot Act to obtain thousands of business, financial and other records in the United States. [....]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article (Bush acknowledges FBI mistakes, defends program), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Sees Long Struggle / New U.S. Commander in Iraq - March 9th, 2007: "General [The new U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus] sees long struggle, may seek more troops" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/09/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2007: "An unexpected drop in unemployment helped stocks post their first back-to-back gains in almost a month Friday [03/09/07] and provided investors with a week's worth of profits. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Optimism helps stocks post their 2nd gain this week), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Settlement / AmerenUE - March 10th, 2007: "AmerenUE settles natural gas rate case for $6 million" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Not Data Mining? / ADVISE - March 10th, 2007: "New Homeland Security program is 'not data mining,' secretary [Michael Chertoff] says [03/09/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Trivia / Chinese Investment Fund? - March 10th, 2007: "China's investment fund will have widespread effects / Country has ammassed $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves, mostly U.S. Treasuries." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Joe McDonald, p. A38, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Cyclone Jacob / Indian Ocean - March 10th, 2007: "Tropical Cyclone Jacob was in the eastern Indian Ocean off the shore of Western Australia on March 10, 2007. This storm had been moving towards the Pilbara coast of northwestern Australia for several days, coming in from the northeast after forming south of Java several days earlier. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14162]

2007 - Ethnic Minority Lawmaker / Europe - March 10th, 2007: "Chinese woman [Anna Lo, who has lived in Northern Ireland for 32 years] is first ethnic minority elected [03/09/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Secret Hearings / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - March 10th, 2007: "The U.S. began a series of secret hearings Friday [03/09/07] to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders at its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be declared 'enemy combatants' who can be held indefinately and prosecuted by military tribunals. [....] The military held 558 combatant status review tribunals between July 2004 and March 2005 and the panels concluded that all but 38 detainees were 'enemy combatants' who should be held. Those 38 were eventually released from Guantanamo." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Terror suspects get hearings [The U.S. began a series of secret hearings Friday - 03/09/07] / U.S. mum on details and even detainees' names), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/10/07]

2007 - Refugees / Sri Lanka - March 11th, 2007: "The number of refugees in eastern Sri Lanka topped 100,000, after heavy fighting in rebel-held parts of the island forced 15,000 civilians to flee their homes in the past two days, the red Cross said Saturday [03/10/07]" [Based on: News Services article (Refugees number more than 100,000), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Tape of Padilla gets lost - March 11th, 2007: "Tape of Padilla gets lost [A videotape showing Pentagon officials' final interrogation (03/02/04) of al-Qaida suspect Jose Padilla]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Dire Warnings / Global Warming - March 11th, 2007: "The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won't have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Global warming stirs dire warnings), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Asteroid Encounters / Planet Earth - March 11th, 2007: "Asteroid: 2007EH, Date [UT] March 11, Miss Distance: 0.5 LD [Lunar Distance - 384.401 km], Magnitude: 16, Size: 10m."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/17/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Industry & Environmental Research - March 11th, 2007: "In a stinging criticism of agencies responsible for protecting Americans from dangerous drugs and chemicals, a senior National Institutes of Health scientist has charged that pervasive industry-funded research is used to delay and block government action. [NP] James Huff, an associate director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said chemical manufacturers, drug companies and others had spent huge sums to compromise government agencies and even universities and scientific journals. [NP] The strategy generates industry-friendly conclusions that are used to influence government decisions, Huff said in an article published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly in Burlington, N.C. [NP] 'Industry's wealth and limitless global reach now extends into all aspects of academia, government and industry-fronted nongovernmental organizations.' he said. [NP] The result, he said, consists of 'wrong-headed industry-posed deceits and fabrications' that distort government regulation of drugs and toxic chemicals in the environment and workplace. [NP] Huff even criticized his own agency, which he said accepted industry money and often bowed to pressure from industry representatives. [NP] Huff, who did not respond to requests for an interview, is not the first to complain about the role industry is allowed to play in the scientific underpinnings of the regulations with which it must comply. [NP] For several years, public interest organizations, academic groups and environmentalists have grown increasingly vocal in criticizing often obscure roles of industries in decisions affecting their own regulatory requirements. [NP] A report issued two years ago by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said that EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences had failed to properly evaluate conflicts of interest in its agreements with the American Chemistry Council, trade group of the chemical manufacturing industry. [NP] The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has for several weeks been locked in a dispute with the White House Council on Environmental Quality over access to records. The committee's chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., says the records could link companies such as ExxonMobil to alleged White House interference in government research on climate change. [NP] Huff's agency announced this week that it would review its ties to an industry-linked company, Sciences International, which is paid to help manage the agency's Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction. [NP] The consulting firm's private clients include manufacturers of bisphenol A, a common ingredient in plastic that has been linked to prostate and breast cancer and reduced fertility, according to a report released by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. [NP] In his article, Huff called on others to 'more forcibly speak out about the wrongs being perpetrated by industry and industry apologists.' " [Based on: Cox News Service article (Agencies, drug firms may blur lines / Scientist charges that the flow of money compromises research.) by Jeff Nesmith, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07] - [Note: my brackets (NP = New paragraph). Paragraph indents untranscriped to save space. - D.R.D.]

2007 - No Accountability / Emergency Preparedness, U.S.A. - March 11th, 2007: "No accountability on $5 billion spent on emergency preparedness" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Literature Classes on the Bible? / Georgia Public schools - March 11th, 2007: "Georgia is poised to introduce two literature classes on the Bible [Literature and History of the Old Testament Era & Literature and History of the New Testament Era] in public schools next year, a move some critics say would make the state the first to take an explicit stance endorsing - and funding - biblical teachings." [Based on: A.P. article (Bible classes draw criticism / Georgia's state school board says public schools may offer classes on literature of the Bible.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/11/07]

2007 - Aurora Watch - March 12th, 2007: "People from Scandinavia to Alaska should be alert for auroras tonight and tomorrow. A solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth, possibly causing geomagnetic storms at high latitudes." [http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/12/07]

2007 - Will Move to Dubai / Halliburton Co. - March 12th, 2007: "Halliburton will move its base [from Houston] to Dubai" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/12/07]

2007 - Homes Torched / Muqdadiya, Iraq - March 12th, 2007: "Iraqi city [Muqdadiya] terrorized by torching of homes [03/10-11/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/07]

2007 - British Spin? / Pre-War Intelligence [Iraq 2003] - March 12th, 2007: "Ex-inspector [Hans Blix] says Britain spun prewar intelligence" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/07]

2007 - U.S. Agencies Lagging on Posting Data on Web - March 12th, 2007: "Agencies [U.S.A.] lagging on posting data on Web / Under a 1997 law [Electronic Freedom of Information Act], the public should have easy electronic access to documents." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/12/07]

2007 - Relayed Complaints on Federal Prosecutors? / Karl Rove - March 12th, 2007: "The White House acknowledged Sunday [03/11/07] that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints about federal prosecutors as House investigators declared  their intention to question him about any role he may have played in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Rove relayed complaints on federal prosecutors), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/12/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 13th, 2007: "Stocks extended a week of gains Monday [03/12/07], buoyed by $31.7 billion of acquisitions, falling oil prices and an analyst's prediction that demand for mobile-phone chips will grow. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dollar General, Intel help extend last week's advance), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/13/07]

2007 - Asteroid Encounters / Planet Earth - March 13th, 2007: "Asteroid: 2007EK, Date [UT] March 13, Miss Distance: 0.7 LD [Lunar Distance - 384.401 km], Magnitude: 18, Size: 5m."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/17/07]

2007 - Ousted / U.S. Army Surgeon General - March 13th, 2007: "Top Army doctor [Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, the Army surgeon general] ousted [03/12/07] in hospital scandal" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/13/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of California - March 13th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:59:06 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 13th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Depth: 42 km (26.1 miles) @ GULF OF CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007zwag.php] - [03/17/07]

2007 - Don't Help Vision Loss? / Beta Carotene Pills - March 13th, 2007: "Beta carotene pills don't help vision loss [Age-related macular degeneration], study suggests [The research appears in the March issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/13/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 14th, 2007: "Stocks plunged Tuesday [03/13/07], wiping out three days of gains, after growing mortgage deliquencies and slower retail sales heightened concern the home-loan crisis is spreading across the economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks wipe out gains as home-loan worries mount), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. VA Claims - March 14th, 2007: "Disability claims are likely to swamp VA system, study finds" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/07]

2007 - Evidence of Seas? / Titan - March 14th, 2007: "Scientists see [scientists announced Tuesday 03/13/07] evidence of Saturn moon's [Titan's] seas [probably methane and ethane]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/14/07]

2007 - Loss of Trees / Third World - March 14th, 2007: "[....] The United States reported an annual increase in forest area of 0.12 in the 1990's and 0.05 percent from 2000 to 2005. [NP] That increase, however, was accompanied by deforestation in Mexico. Canada reported no change during those periods. [NP] Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are the regions with the highest losses of wood-covered regions, especially in tropical areas." [Based on: A.P. article (Loss of trees rampant in Third World), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/14/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Mexico - March 14th, 2007: "Mexican President Felipe Calderon chided President George W. Bush on Tuesday [03/13/07] for trying to build a wall between their two countries and lamented that the American leader never made Mexico the priority he once promised it would become during his presidency. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Calderon questions U.S. approach), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/14/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 15th, 2007: "Banks and housebuilders on Wednesday [03/14/07] carried stocks to their second gain this week after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said bad home loans won't curtail earnings, helping erase a 136-point tumble in the Dow Jones industrial average. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Lehman's optimism on mortgagees helps stocks stage a rally), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Women Judges / Egypt - March 15th, 2007: "Despite protests, women are named as judges" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Cleared / Patricia Dunn - March 15th, 2007: "Ex-chairwoman [Patricia Dunn] of Hewlett-Packard is cleared [03/14/07] / Judge dismisses charges linked to an inquiry into boardroom leaks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Insurgency Trivia / Somalia - March 15th, 2007: "Somali insurgency hurts stability" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - 2,000-Year-Old Baby Mummy - March 15th, 2007: "The Science Center mummy [baby mummy] was found in the attic of a Hermann [Mo.] dentist. How it ended up there is just one mystery surrounding the find" [Based on: Article (2,000-year-old mummy at Science Center produces More questiions than answers) by Diane Toroian Keaggy, p. A1, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03/15/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / North Korea - March 15th, 2007: "Release of funds may satify North Korea / Officials have said they will halt nuclear activity when sanctions are lifted" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Cyclone Indlala / Madagascar - March 15th, 2007: "Cyclone Indlala came ashore on the island of Madagascar on March 15, 2007, as a Category 3 storm, according to data provided by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The storm was the country’s sixth hit of the 2006-2007 storm season. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14171]

2007 - Nuclear Subs Approved / Britain - March 15th, 2007: "British nuclear subs approved [03/14/07 - 409 to161] / Members of Blair's party resisted the plan [$40 billion program] to replace the fleet of four submarines." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Agree on Cabinet / Hamas & Fatah - March 15th, 2007: "Hamas, Fatah agree on Cabinet [03/14/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Gaining Intensity / College Drinking, U.S.A. - March 15th, 2007: "College drinking gaining intensity" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Found Liable for Cole Bombing / Sudan - March 15th, 2007: "Sudan is found liable [03/14/07] for Cole [U.S.S. Cole] bombing" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Responsible for 9/11 Operation? /  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - March 15th, 2007: "AL-QAIDA CONFESSION - Leader [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] admits plotting 9/11 horror / IN HIS OWN WORDS Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: 'I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

*Trivia: "Workings of al-Qaida unveiled" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

*Trivia: "Terrorist [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] played various roles" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 15th, 2007: "Stock indexes climbed a second day on fading home loan concerns after Bear Stearns Cos.' earnings report and the acquisition of a mortgage company by General Electric Co. and Blackstone Group LP. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bear Stearns helps allay Wall Street's subprimal fears), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 03/15/07]

2007 - Trivia / Moving Glaciers - March 16th, 2007: "Icy mystery / Glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are moving oddly" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

2007 - Trivia / Israeli-Palestinain Relations - March 16th, 2007: "Israel won't deal with what it calls hard-line Palestinian government / Israeli officials call on the West to keep up its aid boycott unless conditions are met." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

2007 - Warmest Winter on Record / Worldwide! - March 16th, 2007: "This winter was the warmest on record [since record keeping began in 1880] worldwide, the government [The National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] said Thursday [03/15/07] in the latest worrisome report focusing on changing climate. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Winter set record for warmth worldwide), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

2007 - Late-Season Snowstorm / Northeast U.S.A. - March 16th, 2007: "A late-season snowstorm hit the northeast [N.J., Conn., etc.] United States [03/16-17/2007]"

2007 - Direct Involvement in Firings? / Alberto Gonzales & Karl Rove - March 16th, 2007: "E-mails show role of Gonzales, Rove in firings / The memos indicate direct involvement in plans to oust federal prosecutors." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/16/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2007: "An unexpected surge in consumer inflation drove stock indexes on Friday [03/16/07] to their first decline in three days and erased all of last week's rebound on concern the Federal Reserve is unlikely to lower interest rates this year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Heated consumer prices cool off Wall Street), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Pet Food Recall / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2007: "Pet food [manufactured by Menu Foods] recalled [60 million containers] after dogs and cats become ill or die [An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu foods said in announcing the North American recall.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Valerie Plame / House Hearing - March 17th, 2007: "Plame's turn to speak on CIA leak / Former officer tells a House panel [03/16/07] that the administration [U.S.A.] 'recklessly' blew her cover." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Molucca Sea - March 17th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:42:26 (UTC) on Saturday, March 17th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] @ MOLUCCA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007aaam.php] - [03/22/07]

2007 - Minor Eruption / Stromboli Volcano - March 17th, 2007: "Stromboli volcano has minor eruption [small stones & ash - 03/15/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - "Hazy Memories" / The White House? - March 17th, 2007: "The White House dropped its contention Friday [03/16/07] that former Counsel Harriet Myers first raised the idea of firing U.S. attorneys, blaming 'hazy memories.' [NP] The latest e-mails between White House and Justice Department officials show that Karl Rove inquired in early January 2005 about firing U.S. attorneys. [....] Snow [Tony Snow] said it was not immediately clear who first floated the more dramatic idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys shortly after President George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term. [NP] 'This is as far as we can go: We know that Karl recollects Harriet having raised it and his recollection is that he dismissed it as not a good idea,' Snow told reporters. 'That's what we know. We don't know motivations.' Asked if Bush himself might have suggested the firings, Snow said, 'Anything's possible ... but I don't think so.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Memories are 'hazy' on firing attorneys), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / South of Panama - March 17th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:43:09 (UTC) on Saturday, March 17th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Depth: 10 km (6.2  miles) set by location program] @ SOUTH OF PANAMA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007aaa9.php] - [03/22/07]

2007 - Trivia / Known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - March 17th, 2007: "On 17 Mar 2007 there were 853 known Potentially Hazardous [to planet Earth] Asteroids" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/17/07]

2007 - Ends Bid to Open its Own Bank / Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - March 17th, 2007: "Wal-Mart ends bid [announced Friday 03/16/07] to open its own bank" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A37, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Declared Criminal / U.S. Friendly-Fire Death, Iraq [2003] - March 17th, 2007: "Friendly-fire death [of a British lance corporal [Matty Hull] whose armoured vehicle mistakenly was incinerated by a U.S. warplane - (A-10) in Iraq in 2003] is declared to be criminal / A British assistant deputy county coroner [Andrew Walker] rules against the U.S. [03/16/07]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Misdemeanor Stalking? / Repeated Name-Calling, U.S.A. - March 17th, 2007: "A teenager [a boy] who called a schoolmate [a girl] 'fat penguin' and other derogatory names in front of other students repeatedly for months [in 2004 at Omaha's Westside High School] committed misdemeanor stalking, the state [Nebraska] Supreme Court ruled Friday [03/16/07]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (repeated name-calling is ruled to be 'stalking'), p. A27, S.L.P.D., 03/17/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / South of Panama - March 18th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:11:05 (UTC) on Sunday, March 18th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Depth: 8 km (5.0 miles) set by location program] @ SOUTH OF PANAMA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007abaf.php] - [03/22/07]

2007 - Power-Sharing Deal / Palestinian Authority & Hamas - March 18th, 2007: "Palestinians approve power-sharing deal [03/17/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/18/07]

2007 - Partial Solar Eclipse - March 19th, 2007: "On March 19th around 0230 UT, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing a partial solar eclipse visible from Russia, India, China and the northern reaches of Alaska. In those places the normally-round Sun will turn into a crescent and cast strangely-curved shadows on the ground. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/17/07]

2007 - Trivia / North Korean Accord - March 19th, 2007: "Accord is reported on N. Korea frozen funds" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Security Letters - March 19th, 2007: "FBI official [Bassem Youssef] says he warned of abuse involving security letters [in early 2005] / Justice Dept. says letters were sometimes improperly used to get information on citizens." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / Attorney Firings, U.S.A. - March 19th, 2007: "Democrats link firing to investigations of GOP politicians" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Israeli Rejection / Palestinian Government - March 19th, 2007: "[....] In officially rejecting the Palestinian unity government that was sworn in over the weekend, the cabinet also stated that 'Israel expects the international community to maintain the policy it has taken the past year of isolating the Palestinian government.' [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (No peace Talks, Israel declares), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - New Confession / Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - March 19th, 2007: "[....] Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed that he planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said at a U.S. military hearing that he personally beheaded Pearl [Daniel Pearl] for being an Israeli intelligence agent. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (New confession muddles convictions in Pearl case), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / Nonmilitary Anti-Terror Efforts, U.S.A. - March 19th, 2007: "[....] 'Our long-term strategy to keep the peace is to help change the conditions that give rise to extremism and terror by spreading the universal principle of human liberty,' Bush said in March 2005. But a close look at the United States' counterterrorism priorities shows a strategy going in the opposite direction. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Nonmilitary anti-terror efforts languish) by Josh Meyer, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Joint Missle Defense Exercises / U.S. & Israel, Negev Desert - March 19th, 2007: "[....] Israel and the United States are concerned that Iran could be developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missles able to threaten Israel. But both sides said the timing of the operation in southern Israel's Negev Desert was routine and unrelated to those fears. [NP] This is the fourth time the two countries have conducted the joint exercise, code-named 'Juniper Cobra,' which is held every two years [....] The drill began last week and is set to end Tuesday [03/20/07]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S., Israel conduct missle defense exercises), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/19/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "Stocks had their second-biggest gain of the year Monday [03/19/07] on speculation that lower borrowing costs will sustain the record pace of buyouts. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks get hot as buyout fever takes hold on Wall Street), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - "Forever" Stamp / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "'Forever' stamp [41 cents], postal rate hike get board's OK [cost of mailing a letter will go up May 14th]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Student Speech Trivia  / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "High court tackles student speech / Justices consider how far a principal can go in limiting what is said at school. ['Bong Hits 4 Jesus' (?)]" [Based on:  Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Suicide Bombing / Afghanistan - March 20th, 2007: "Suicide bombing [03/19/07] injures several U.S. officials" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Fuel Spill / U.S. Virgin Islands - March 20th, 2007: "Ferry American Pride] that hit coral reef [near the U.S. Virgin Islands] has spilled half its fuel [an estimated 350 gallons of diesal fuel]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / Pet Food Recall, U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "Additive [wheat gluten] is suspected in pet food recall" [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Information Restrictions? / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "A government scientist under questioning by a federal panel for his opinion on global warming stood by his views Monday [03/19/07] that the information policies of President George W. Bush's administration smacked of Nazi Germany. [NP] James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, took issue with the administration's rule that a government information officer listen in on Hansen's interviews with reporters and its refusal to allow him to be interviewed by National Public Radio. [NP] 'This is the United States,' Hansen told the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. 'We do have freedom of speech here.' [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Scientist denounces information restrictions), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Alzheimer's Disease Trivia / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2007: "More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase since the last Alzheimer's Association estimate five years ago - and a count that supports the long-forecast dementia epidemic as the population grays. [NP] Age is the biggest risk factor, and the report to be released today shows the nation is on track for skyrocketing Alzheimer's once the baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011. Already, one in eight people 65 and older have the mind-destroying illness, and nearly one in two people older than 85. [NP] Unless scientists discover a way to delay Alzheimer's brain attack, some 7.7 million people are expected to have the disease by 2030, the report says. By 2050, that toll could reach 16 million. [....] The new report - based on federal population counts, not new disease research - is the first update of the Alzheiner's toll since 2002, when it was estimated to afflict 4.5 million people. It comes as Congress is considering funding for research into Alzheimer's and other diseases. [NP] No one knows what causes Alzheimer's. It gradually robs sufferers of their memories and ability to care for themselves, eventually killing them. There is no known cure, and today's drugs only temporarily alleviate symptoms." [Based on: A.P. article (Alzheimer's U.S. toll is growing), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Created / Malaria-Resistant Mosquito - March 20th, 2007: "Mosquito resistant to malaria is created [according to a report in today's issue (03/20/07) of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - New Obstruction? / N. Korea Nuclear Talks - March 20th, 2007: "N. Korea nuclear talks hit new obstruction / Tensions with Japan replace bank dispute as possible roadblock to negotiations." [Based on:  Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Cole Attack Confession / Waleed Mohammed bin Attash - March 20th, 2007: "[....] Waleed Mohammed bin Attash also said he had played a role in the near-simultaneous bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1989 that killed as many as 224 people. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Detainee says he planned Cole attack), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Coronal Hole - March 21st, 2007: "A hole has opened up in the sun's atmosphere and solar wind is spilling out. [....] High-latitude geomagnetic storms are possible when the solar wind reaches Earth on March 24th or 25th. Sky watchers from Scandinavia to Alaska should be alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/22/07]

2007 - Sun in Aries- March 21st, 2007: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Aries." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200703.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 21st, 2007: "Consumer and utility shares carried the Standard & Poor's 500 index on Tuesday [03/20/07] to its best two-day gain since August after a housing construction report reassured investors the economy is growing without fueling faster inflation. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares rise after new housing starts assuage worries), p. B5, S.L.P.D., 03/21/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. "Security Letters" - March 21st, 2007: "The Justice Department's inspector general told a committee of House lawmakers Tuesday [03/20/07] that the FBI might have violated the law of government policies as many as 3,000 times since 2003 as agents collected the telephone, bank and credit card records of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals living here. [....]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article (FBI is blasted for use of 'security letters'], p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/21/07]

2007 - Skywalk Debut / Grand Canyon - March 21st, 2007: "Skywalk debuts at Grand Canyon [its public opening is March 28th]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Returns to White House / Dick Cheney - March 21st, 2007: "Cheney returns to White House after leg pain; clot is no worse" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - U.S. Contact / Palestinian Government - March 21st, 2007: "U.S. ends diplomatic boycott of Palestinian government [03/20/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Vernal Equinox / Northern Hemisphere - March 21st, 2007: "Today is the first day of northern spring - a.k.a. the 'vernal equinox.' This is good news for sky watchers because, statistically speaking, equinoxes are the best times of year to spot auroras. A solar wind stream is due to hit Earth on March 24th, so stay tuned for Northern Lights."  [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [03/22/07]

2007 - Trivia / 2005 Texas Refinery Explosion - March 21st, 2007: "Report faults lax OSHA oversight in Texas refinery explosion [03/23/05] that killed 15" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Hanged / Saddam Hussein's Vice President - March 21st, 2007: "Saddam's vice president [Taha Yassin Ramadan] mourned [after being hanged Tuesday [03/20/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Get OK to Ban Muslim Veils / British Schools - March 21st, 2007: "Schools [Britian] get OK to ban wearing of Muslim veils [if teachers think the garments affect safety or pupils' learning]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / Government Climate Reports, U.S.A. - March 21st, 2007: "A House committee released documents Monday [03/19/07] that showed hundreds of instances in which a White House official [Philip Cooney] edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty or play down evidence of a human role in global warming. [....] Before joining the White House, Cooney was the 'climate team leader' for the American Petroleum Institute, the main oil industry lobby in Washington. [NP] He was hired by Exxon Mobil after resigning in 2005 after newspapers reported the editing. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Panel releases documents showing climate reports were edited), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2007: "The stock market on Wednesday [03/21/07] posted its biggest gain in eight months, wiping away most of the losses for the year, after the Federal Reserve indicated it is no longer biased toward higher interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks take biggest leap in eight months / Fed's bias shift away from higher interest rates lets market wipe out most of the year's losses.), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/22/07]

2007 - Constitutional Clash? / U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2007: "House panel's subpoenas defy Bush / Senate committee is expected to take similar action in attorney firings, setting up constitutional clash" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/22/07]

2007 - Guilty Plea / Pfc. Bryan Howard - March 22nd, 2007: "Soldier [Pfc. Bryan Howard] pleads guilty in rape, murder [pleaded guilty 03/21/07 to being an accessory to the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the slaying of her family - also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice by lying to his superiors about the attacks last year in Mahmoudiya.] in Iraq [Howard agreed to five years in prison under a plea deal but will nor serve more than 27 months if he follows conditions of the agreement, military judge Col. Stephen Henley said.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/22/07]

2007 - Bloody Fighting / Somalia Capital - March 22nd, 2007: "20 killed [03/21/07] as violence grips Somalia [The dead included seven government soldiers, some of whose bodies were dragged through the streets and set on fire, witnesses said.]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/22/07]

2007 - Al Gore Global Warming Talk / U.S. Capitol - March 22nd, 2007: "Gore's talk on climate at capitol [03/21/07] gets heated" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/22/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2007: "The Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes fell for the first time this week after Motorola Inc. forecast a loss for this quarter and the shakeout in the home lending industry continued. The Dow Jones industrial average gained, led by energy companies after oil rose above $61 a barrel. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P 500 has respite after its 3-day rally / Nasdaq also loses as motorola forecasts loss; energy stocks rally Dow on higher oil prices.), p. F9, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - TB Trivia / Worldwide - March 23rd, 2007: "[....] The percentage of the world's population struck by TB peaked in 2004 and then held steady or even declined in 2005 ... but the actual number of new cases increased to 8.8 million because of the growing world population. [....] The epidemic is centered primarily in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for 7.4 million new cases in 2005, or nearly 85 percent of the total. [....] One of the major concerns is the emergence of 'basically untreatable TB' - strains of the disease known as multi-drug resistant and extensively drug resistant TB. [NP] Experts fear that either or both of those strains could get a stronger foothold." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article (Global rate of TB infection levels off), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / North Korea - March 23rd, 2007: "Refusal of N. Korean cash crashes nuclear talks" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Rocket Blast / Green Zone, Iraq - March 23rd, 2007: "Baghdad blast [an exploding rocket 03/22/07] rattles U.N. chief [Ban Ki-moon]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Needs More Safe Drinking Water / Iraq - March 23rd, 2007: "U.N. says [03/22/07] Iraq needs more safe drinking water" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Blocked / U.S. Child Online Protection Act - March 23rd, 2007: "Judge [Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr.] blocks [03/22/07] Internet pornography law [Child Online Protection Act]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Former Detainee Runs for Office / Australia - March 23rd, 2007: "Former detainee [Guantamano Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib] runs for office in Australia" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Ratified / Gay Marriage Ban, South Carolinia - March 23rd, 2007: "legislators ratify ban on gay marriage [03/22/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Lose Threatened Status / Yellowstone Grizzly Bears - March 23rd, 2007: "Yellowstone grizzlies lose threatened status [The area had an estimated 136 to 312 grizzlies when the species was listed as threatened in 1975, but has more than 500 of the bears today.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/23/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2007: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index on Friday [03/23/07] posted its best weekly gain since 2003 on surging oil prices and speculation DaimlerChrysler AG is close to selling its U.S. unit. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P 500 has biggest weekly gain in 4 years), p. A 43, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Reports Loss / Freddie Mac - March 24th, 2007: "Freddie Mac reports $480 million loss [in fourth quarter]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A40, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Guilty Plea / J. Steven Griles - March 24th, 2007: "Ex-Interior deputy [J. Steven Griles] pleads guilty [03/23/07] in lobbying scandal [involving Jack Abramoff]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Attorney Firings Trivia / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2007: "Gonzales was at meeting on firings [Nov. 27th] / Documents appear to contradict claim that he was not intimately involved." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Rat Poison in Pet Food / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2007: "Rat poison [aminopterin] cited in pet food recall" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Abdominal Surgery / Tony Snow - March 24th, 2007: "White House spokesman [Tony Snow] faces abdominal surgery [to remove a small growth in his lower right pelvic area]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - International Incident / Britain & Iran - March 24th, 2007: "Iran's seizure of Britons [Shatt al-Arab waterway - 03/23/07] prompts standoff" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Ordered Out of Afghanistan / U.S. Marine Unit - March 24th, 2007: "U.S. general orders marine unit out of Afghanistan amid inquiry [involving civilian deaths]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - Assassination Attempt / Deputy Prime Minister, Iraq - March 24th, 2007: "Top Iraqi official [Salam al-Zubaie] survives assassination attempt [03/23/07] in Baghdad / Bombing wounds deputy prime minister and kills nine people" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 03/24/07]

2007 - More U.N. Sanctions / Iran - March 25th, 2007: "U.N. toughens stance on Iran [The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Saturday [03/24/07] to impose additional sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium ....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/25/07]

2007 - Major Earthquake / Vanuatu - March 25th, 2007: "A major earthquake occurred at 00:40:02 (UTC) on Sunday, March 25th, 2007. The magnitude 7.1 event [Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007aiaf.php] - [03/31/07]

2007 - Celebration / Persian New Year - March 25th, 2007: "Dancers participate Sunday [03/25/07] in the New York Persian Parade, celebrating the Persian New Year. Nowruz, the Farsi word for 'new year,' is an ancient Persian festival celebrated by people living on the Iranian plateau for at least 3,000 years." [Based on Getty Images article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/25/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - March 25th, 2007: "A solar wind stream is due to hit Earth on March 25th or 26th, and the impact could spark a geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers from Scandinavia to Alaska should be alert for auroras." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [03/25/07]

2007 - Wave of Suicide Bombings / Iraq - March 25th, 2007: "Wave of suicide bombings kills dozens in Iraq" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near West Coast of Honshu Japan - March 25th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:41:57 (UTC) on Sunday, March 25th, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program] @ NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007aiae.php] - [03/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - March 25th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:08:19 (UTC) on Sunday, March 25th, 2007. The magnitude 6.9 event [Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007aiak.php] - [03/31/07]

2007 - Cloning Trivia / Britain - March 26th, 2007: "Cloning idea revisited / British scientists want to insert human DNA into cows' eggs." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/26/07]

2007 - Middle Class Decimated? / Iraq - March 26th, 2007: "Iraq's middle class decimated as killers, kidnappers take toll / Professionals and entrepreneurs are fleeing the country." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/26/07]

2007 - Trivia / Anna Nicole - March 27th, 2007: "Anna Nicole's death ruled accidental OD of Rx drugs" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/26/07]

2007 - Trivia / Pat Tillman - March 27th, 2007: "9 Army officers are faulted in Tillman case / Reports find no criminal acts in former NFL player's shooting by fellow troops." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/26/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2007: "The Dow Jones industrial average fell for the firsttime in six days Monday [03/26/07] after an unexpected decline in new-house sales heightened concern that economic growth will slow. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (House call makes housing investors feel a bit nauseated), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/27/07]

2007 - Indicted / David Stockman - March 27th, 2007: "Former Reagan official [David Stockman] is charged with fraud [03/26/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/27/07]

2007 - Indictment / Gary Gerhardt - March 27th, 2007: "Ex-CFO [Gary Gerhardt, Engineered Support Systems Inc.] is indicted for fraud [03/26/07]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/27/07]

2007 - Indictment / David Stockman - March 27th, 2007: "Former Reagan official [David Stockman] is charged with fraud [03/26/07]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/27/07]

2007 - Concentration Camps? / Iraqi Refugees - March 27th, 2007: "[....] Already about two million Iraqis are living under difficult conditions in Syria and Jordan, where they are placing a heavy burden on their hosts, the U.N. said. [NP] To avoid the closing of borders, the U.N. would set up camps in Jordan, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, effectively separating the refugees from the local population and economy, U.N. official Radhouane Nouicer said. He did not say how much of an increase in refugees would prompt construction of the camps." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Camps may be needed for Iraqi refugees), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/27/07]

2007 - Tropical Cyclone Kara / Western Australia - March 27th, 2007: "Tropical Cyclone Kara was poised just offshore of the Pilbara coast of Western Australia on March 27, 2007. Kara was not a particularly severe storm, but was prepared to hit the same area that powerful Cyclone George and Category 2 Cyclone Jacob hit two weeks earlier. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14186]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2007: "Stocks on Tuesday [03/27/07] posted their steepest drop in two weeks after falling house prices and weaker consumer confidence deepened concern the housing crisis will snuff out economic growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks take big hit as house prices fall, consumers swoon), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Truck Bombs / Tal Afar, Iraq - March 28th, 2007: "Bombs kill dozens [63 people and wounding dozens] in Iraqi city [Tal Afar - 03/27/07] held up as model" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Arms Exports Fine / ITT Corp. - March 28th, 2007: "[....] According to a written plea agreement to be filed today in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Va., ITT will plead guilty to two felony counts: export of defense articles without a license and omission of statements of material facts in arms exports reports. [....] A five-year criminal investigation began in August 2001 when special agents from the Defense Department's Criminal Investigative Service found that ITT had illegally sent a classified U.S. military document about night-vision technology to foreign nationals in the United Kingdom. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (ITT Corp. is fined for its night-vision exports), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Coastal Cities at Risk? / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2007: "Study: Coastal cities at risk / Two-thirds are in areas directly threatened by global warming, it says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Cancer Diagnosis / Tony Snow - March 28th, 2007: "[....] Snow [Tony Snow], who hoped he had overcome colon cancer after surgery and chemotherapy two years ago, learned after surgery this week that a new growth in his abdomen was cancerous and the disease had spread to his liver. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Snow battles cancer again / Bush makes announcement about press secretary.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - British Impatience? / Captive Sailors - March 28th, 2007: "British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday [03/27/07] warned that Britain is prepared to move to 'a different phase' if Iran does not quickly release 15 British sailors being held for an alleged incursion into Iranian waterways. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Blair shows impatience over captive sailors) p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - U.S. Senate Vote / Iraq Pullout Plan - March 28th, 2007: "The Senate voted for the first time Tuesday [50-48, 03/27/07] to require President George W. Bush to begin drawing down troop levels in Iraq in four months, putting both chambers of Congress on record as calling for a reversal in Bush's Iraq policy." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Senate spares pullout plan), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - U.S. Naval Maneuvers / Persian Gulf - March 28th, 2007: "[....] The war games [beginning 03/27/07] involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel mounting simulated attacks on enemy aircraft and ships, while hunting submarines and looking for mines. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article (U.S. naval maneuvers send warning to Iran / At same time, Pentagon insists it wants no confrontation.) p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - False Claims Fine / Rockwell International - March 28th, 2007: "[....] A court eventually ordered Rockwell [former nuclear weapons plant, Rockwell International] to pay the government nearly  $4.2 million for false claims the company submitted. Stone [James Stone] could have received up to a quarter of Rockwell's payment, under the False Claims Act. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (No reward for Rocky Flats fraud informer), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Environmental Emergency? / Gaza Sewage Ponds - March 28th, 2007: "Flooding from Gaza sewage pond kills five [03/27/07] / In 2004, a United Nations report called the sewage ponds an 'environmental emergency.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Outlawed / Non Recyclable Plastic Bags, San Francisco, Calif. - March 28th, 2007: "Large retailers must use biodegradable bags [San Francisco, California]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 29th, 2007: "The stock market extended this week's losses Wednesday [03/28/07] after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said inflation remains his main concern even amid growing evidence the economy is slowing. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bernanke, oil put stocks on the skids), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/29/07]

2007 - Sunni Executions / Iraq - March 29th, 2007: "Mobs execute 70 Sunnis for revenge in Iraqi city [03/28/07] / Curfew Imposed - Iraq military and police forces take control in Tal Afar." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/29/07]

2007 - New Food Shortage / North Korea - March 29th, 2007: "New food shortage is reported in North Korea [with millions of people going hungry]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/29/07]

2007 - Freezes Busines With Iran / Britain - March 29th, 2007: "Britain freezes business [all 'bilateral business'] with Iran [03/28/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/29/07]

2007 - Cage-Free Chickens & Pigs? / Burger King - March 29th, 2007: "Burger King will use cage-free chickens, pigs" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/29/07]

2007 - Volcanic Eruption / Sheveluch Volcano, Kamchatka - March 29th, 2007: "On March 29, 2007, the Sheveluch (Shiveluch) Volcano on the Russian Federation’s Kamchatka Peninsula erupted. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory the volcano underwent an explosive eruption between 01:50 and 2:30 UTC, sending an ash cloud skyward roughly 9,750 meters (32,000 feet), based on visual estimates. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14190]

2007 - New Image / Paris - March 30th, 2007: "Paris brings in bikes, new image [By the end of the year, organizers and city officials say, Paris should have 20,600 bikes at 1,450 stations - or about one station every 250 yards across the entire city.]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - "Knighted" / Bono - March 30th, 2007: "Bono gets the honor [Knight of the British empire - 03/29/07] but not the full title [of Sir]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Space Junk Trivia - March 30th, 2007: "China test flooded space with junk, NASA says / U.S. cites danger from floating scrap after missle [Fengyun-1C] destroyed old weather satellite." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Iraq Policy? / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2007: "Bush appeals to GOP on Iraq / As Senate passes bill calling for troop pullout, Bush reiterates hopes." [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Spring Storm / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2007: "Spring storm kills 4 [Colorado], 65 tornadoes reported [in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado & Nebraska - 03/28/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2007: "Banks carried stocks to their biggest gain in a week Thursday [03/29/07] after jobless claims unexpectedly fell, inflation eased and the economy grew more than forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Economy's growth gives stock market a bump upward), p. D8, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Vanishing? / Big Sharks - March 30th, 2007: "Big sharks are vanishing, study [published today in the journal Science] says" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Insurgent Violence / Iraq - March 30th, 2007: "Bloodshed [bombs that killed at least 122 people - 03/29/07] casts shadow over U.S. envoy's [Ryan Crocker's] arrival [to Iraq]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - NIH Ethics Probe / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2007: "Scientists [103] under scrutiny in NIH [National Institutes of Health] ethics probe" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Trivia / Attorney Firings, U.S.A. - March 30th, 2007: "Ex-aide [Kyle Sampson] contradicts Gonzales / Attorney general attended breifings on plans for firing, he says." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Slavery Memorial Debut / Virginia - March 30th, 2007: "[....] Matching statues have been placed in Liverpool, England, where empty slave ships set sail, and in Africa's Benin, where people were captured. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Memorial to show regret over slavery opens), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 03/31/07]

2007 - U.N. Response / Detained British Sailors, Iran - March 30th, 2007: "[....] Russia balked at wording that the British had been seized in Iraqi waters while serving under a U.N. mandate. China, Qatar, Indonesia, Congo and South Africa also resisted blaming Iran, which contends the British trespassed into its waters. [....] In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Iran's decision to show Turney, 25, on television was a 'disgrace' and 'contrary to all international laws and conventions.' In images that many Britons found offensive, Iran showed footage of several of the detained sailors and marines, including Turney making a statement that they had 'apparently' been in Iranian waters when seized. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (U.N. response on sailors falls short for Brits), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/30/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2007: "Stocks rose, dropped and then recovered FRiday [03/30/07], just as they did over the course of the first quarter, as Wall Street showed nervousness about rising inflation and dollar weakness but took solace in resilient consumer spending and slow economic growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow falls for quarter on worries over inflation, weak dollar), p. A39, S.L.P.D., 03/31/07]

2007 - Insurgent Attacks / Somalia - March 31st, 2007: "Attacks in Somali capital force residents to flee city [03/30/07]" [Based on: Title for A. P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 03/31/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / Britain & Iran - March 31st, 2007: "In Iran video, British captive apologizes / Blair voices indignation, while in Tehran, 60,000 soccer fans chant 'Death to Britain' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A. P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 03/31/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Souther East Pacific Rise - March 31st, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:49:04 (UTC) on Saturday, March 31st, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] @ SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007apa5.php] - [04/02/07]

2007 - Volcanic Eruption / Fournaise Volcano, Reunion Island - March 31st, 2007: "Piton de la Fournaise Volcano on Reunion Island east of Madagascar ranks among the world’s most active volcanoes. In the spring of 2007, it lived up to its reputation by rumbling to life. According to the New Scientist blog, the volcano erupted for the second time in 2007 on March 31. Activity tapered off within several hours, but the volcano erupted again two days later. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14205]

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