Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

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

  March 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - March 1st, 2009: "Sun [10 Pisces], Moon [1 Taurus], Mercury [18 Aquarius], Venus [14 Aries], Mars [19 Aquarius], Jupiter [12 Aquarius], Saturn [18 Virgo R.], Uranus [21 Pisces], Neptune [24 Aquarius], Pluto [2 Capricorn], Chiron [22 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200903.html]

2009 - ULF Trivia - March 1st, 2009: "The Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) is the frequency range between 300 hertz and 3 kilohertz. Many types of waves in the ULF frequency band can be observed in the magnetosphere and on the ground. These waves represent important physical processes in the near-Earth plasma environment. The speed of the ULF waves is often associated with the Alfven velocity that depends on the ambient magnetic field and plasma mass density. [NP] This band is used for communications in mines, as it can penetrate the earth. [1] [....] ULF has been used by the military for secure communications through the ground. NATO AGARD publications from the 1960s detailed many such systems, although one suspects the contents of the published papers left a lot unsaid about what actually was developed secretly for defense purposes. [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_low_frequency] - [T.D. 03/01/09] *Further Reading ...

2009 - Died / Paul Harvey - March 1st, 2009: "[....] Paul Harvey died March 1 in Phoenix. He was 90." [Based on: News Services article (CHICAGO / Funeral is held for radio legend Paul Harvey), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/08/09]

2009 - Trivia / Fat & Cancer - March 1st, 2009: "Excessive dietary fat that could be caused by a high-fat diet caused a 300 percent increase in metastasizing tumor cells in laboratory animals, researchers at Purdue University found." [Based on: News Services article (Fat & Cancer), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/01/09]

2009 - Rodents Grow New Teeth - March 1st, 2009: "[....] If scientists knew what triggers a new tooth to grow, it's possible they could switch that process on again during adulthood." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Scientists breed rodents to grow extra teeth), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 March 2009 at 02:20:54 AM GMT is: $10,889,063,891,501.68. The estimated population of the United States is 305,732,533 so each citizen's share of this debt is $35,616.31. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.62 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 02/28/09]

2009 - Trivia / Regeneration Research - March 1st, 2009: "Researchers at Purdue University have developed a technique using spun-sugar filaments to create a scaffold of tiny synthetic tubes that might serve as conduits to regenerate nerves severed in accidents or blood vessels damaged by disease." [Based on: News Services article (Regeneration), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/01/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & North Korea - March 1st, 2009: "SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / North Korea warns U.S. [03/01/09] about moves ['provocative moves'] on border" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/01/09]

2009 - Army Officer Sentenced / Iraqi Detainee Death - March 1st, 2009: "FORT CAMPBELL, KY / Officer [First Lt. Michael Behenna] gets 25 years [02/28/09] for killing Iraqi detainee ['in Beiji, Iraq, in May (2008) during an interrogation.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/09]

2009 - Medical Scans Trivia / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2009: "More than 95 million high-tech scans are done each year, and medical imaging, including CT, MRI and PET scans, has ballooned into a $100-billion-a-year industry in the United States, with Medicare paying for $14 billion of that. But recent studies show that as many as 20 percent to 50 percent of the procedures did not help diagnose ailments to treat patients." [Based on: News Services article (NEW YORK / Medical scans often don't help, studies find), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/02/09]

2009 - Bailout Rejected / Eastern Europe - March 2nd, 2009: "New eastern Europe bailout is rejected [03/01/09] / Hungarian prime minister warns of widening economic gap." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/02/09]

2009 - Another Lifeline / AIG - March 3rd, 2009: "WILL IT BE ENOUGH? / U.S. throws AIG another lifeline / TO THE RESCUE - Government will make $30 billion available to the troubled insurer on an 'as-needed' basis. / $62 BILLION LOSS - Announcement comes after company reports biggest quarterly loss in U.S. corporate history." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "Stocks slid worldwide Monday [03/02/09], sending the Dow Jones industrial average below 7,000 ['to 6,763.29'] for the first time since 1997, and Treasuries rose after Warren Buffett said the economy is in shambles and American International Group Inc. posted the largest corporate loss [$62 billion] in U.S. history. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow falls below 7,000 for first time since '97), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Oil Prices Down / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "[....] Benchmark crude for April delivery fell $4.61 to settle at $40.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Bleak prospects for demand push oil prices down 10 pct. / Situation not likely to improve with the coming jobs report.), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Earmarks Trivia / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "McCain lashes out at Obama [03/02/09] over this year's earmarks / 8,000 of lawmakers' pet projects are funded, despite president's pledge to stamp out pork." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Andrew Taylor, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

*Trivia: "[....] McCain's attempt [03/03/09] to strip out an estimated 8,500 earmarks failed on a vote of 63-32. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (McCain fails in bid to strip earmarks out of budget bill / McCaskill was one of two Democrats voting for his proposal.), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - East Coast Storm / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "NEW YORK / Big storm ['packing freezing rain, heavy snow and ferocious wind gusts'] paralyzes most of East Coast" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Consumer Spending Up / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "Consumer spending rose in January after falling for a record six straight months, pushed higher by purchases of food and other nondurable items. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Consumer spending up after months of decline / But increase is not expected to last in face of economic grab bag of troubles), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Near Miss / Asteroid 2009 DD45 - [Based on http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/03/09]

*Link: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2009%20DD45;orb=1

2009 - Videos of Suspects Destroyed / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "Bush CIA destroyed videos [92] of suspects / Also, memos indicate an attitude that fight against terrorism voided some rights" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Agent Orange Appeals Rejected / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2009: "The U.S. Supreme Court turned away three appeals that sought to revive lawsuits over the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange against Dow Chemical Co., Monsanto Co. and other chemical makers. [NP] The justices, without comment, let stand lower court decisions that dismissed claims by 16 U.S. military veterans and their families and as many as 5 million Vietnamese nationals. [NP] The rebuff marks one of the final chapters in the 35-year legal battle over Agent Orange and its links to birth defects, cancer and other diseases. Dow, Monsanto and others agreed in 1984 to a $180 million settlement to wrap up all claims." [Based on: Article (AGENT ORANGE / Appeals are rejected), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 03/03/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - March 4th, 2009: "Last night, March 4th, a minor solar wind stream buffeted Earth's magnetic field. It was just a gentle gust, but sometimes a gentle gust is all it takes. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=05&month=03&year=2009]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 4th, 2009: "Stocks retreated for a 5th day Tuesday [03/03/09] as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the banking system still hasn't stabilized, offsetting gains in commodity shares on speculation China will boost demand for raw materials. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P 500 ends day at lowest since '92), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - New President / Guinea-Bissau - March 4th, 2009: "BISSAU, GUINEA-BISSAU / New president ['The head of Guinea-Bissau's parliament'] sworn in [03/03/09] day after assassination [of President Joao Bernardo 'Nino' Vieira']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - Near Capacity / Oil Storage Centers - March 4th, 2009: "Suddenly, world is swimming in oil / Storage centers are near capacity, and companies are stashing crude in oil tankers." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Chris Kahn, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - Suspect Charged / Chandra Levy Case - March 4th, 2009: "Early suspect [Ingmar A. Guandique] is charged [03/03/09] in death of Chandra Levy" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - Serious Problem / Cyber Stalking, U.S.A. - March 4th, 2009: "BUFFALO, N.Y. / Cyber-stalking is serious problem, report ['A study of stalking by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Stastics'] finds" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - Cricket Team Attacked / Lahore, Pakistan - March 4th, 2009: "Attack [in Pakistan - 03/03/09] on cricket team [from Sri Lanka] is blow to Pakistani progress" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - "Personalized Genome" Sequencing / U.S.A. - March 4th, 2009: "Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have used 'personalized genome' sequencing on a person with pancreatic cancer to locate a mutation that is responsible for initiating the disease. The discovery marks their first use of a genome scanning system to uncover mutations in genes." [Based on: News Services article (genome testing), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/04/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 5th, 2009: "Stocks rose around the world, oil and metal prices rallied and Treasuries fell Wednesday [03/04/09] on speculation China will broaden efforts to boost growth and U.S. lawmakers will reach agreement on a plan to stem mortgage defaults. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (But mortgage plan, China news boost markets), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 03/05/09]

2009 - Launch / Kepler Spacecraft - March 5th, 2009: "NASA's Kepler spacecraft has left Earth on a mission to search for Earth-like planets circling other stars. The spectacular night launch at 10:49 pm EST on March 5th followed a smooth countdown free of technical issues or weather concerns. Check nasa.gov for updates.

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=03&year=2009]

2009 - Sunspot 1014 - March 6th, 2009: "Tiny sunspot 1014 is a member of old Solar Cycle 23. Credit: SOHO/MDI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=03&year=2009]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 6th, 2009: "Investors retreated from Wall Street again [The Dow fell 281.40, or 4.1 percent, to 6,594.44, its lowest since April 1997.], driven by worries about the nation's big banks and General Motors Corp. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Banks, GM take hit in a further retreat), p. D6, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Home Foreclosures Trivia / U.S.A. - March 6th, 2009: "Foreclosures are spreading by epidemic proportions, expanding beyond a handful of problem states and now affecting almost 1 in every 8 American homeowners. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (1 in 8 homes are caught in loan struggle), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Indicted / Former KB Home CEO - March 6th, 2009: "KB HOME / Former CEO [Bruce Karatz] indicted [03/05/09] on fraud charges" [Based on: Title for article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Breakthrough / Stem Cell Research  - March 6th, 2009: "CAMBRIDGE, MASS. / Breakthrough reported in adult stem cell research [reported Thursday (03/05/09) by scientists from the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Britian & Hezbollah - March 6th, 2009: "The British government said Thursday [03/05/09] that it was re-establishing contact with the political wing of the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / Britain re-establishes contact with Hezbollah), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / North of Svalbard - March 6th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:50:29 (UTC) on Friday, March 6th, 2009. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 80.264°N, 1.804°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ NORTH OF SVALBARD."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009dwaw.php] - [T.D. - 02/09/09]

2009 - Fading Fast / Blue Chip Stocks' Values, U.S.A.  - March 6th, 2009: "Blue chip stocks' values are fading fast / Drop of 4 pct. Thursday [03/05/09] brings Dow's plummet since January to 25 pct." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Jack Healy, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 7th, 2009: "Wall Street ended another difficult week with an equally difficult session Friday; Stocks rose, fell, then clawed their way back. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Roller-coaster day ends tough week for stocks), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 03/07/09]

2009 - Cyclone Hamish / Australia Coast - March 7th, 2009: "With winds near 130 knots (150 miles per hour), Tropical Cyclone Hamish was a powerful Category 4 storm (on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) as it paralleled the northeast coast of Australia at the end of the first week of March 2009. Initial predictions were that the storm would weaken and come ashore just north of Brisbane on March 9, but instead, the storm veered more east than south, drawing the eye of the still-powerful storm away from land. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37336]

2009 - Indefinite Detentions Trivia / U.S.A. - March 7th, 2009: "The Supreme Court has bowed out from deciding whether the president has the power to imprison people in the U.S. indefinitely without a trial - avoiding a showdown President Barack Obama's administration did not want. [NP] The court on Friday [03/06/09] granted the administration's request to dismiss the challenge to the president's authority from suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Mari, who was detained by the military for 5 1/2 years without charges. [NP] The court's order also wipes off the books the federal appeals court ruling al-Marri was challenging, which had affirmed the president's power to detain people in the United States without trial. [NP] Al-Marri will be transferred to civilian custody as soon as next week to face criminal charges of providing material support for terrorism. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Court's dismissal of detainee's case lets Obama off hook) by Mark Sherman, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 03/07/09]

2009 - FTC Agreement / Whole Foods Market Inc. - March 7th, 2009: "[....] Federal regulators had challenged Whole Foods' 2007 acquisition of Wild Oats, of Boulder, Colo., worrying the deal would create a natural-food monopoly. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Whole Foods, FTC reach agreement / Grocer will sell 13 stores, as well as leases and assets of 19 closed Wild Oats stores, including the former Ladue [Mo.] store.), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 03/07/09]

2009 - Last Day / Circuit City - March 8th, 2009: "CIRCUIT CITY / Sunday [03/08/09] will be last day for electronics chain" [Based on: Title for article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/06/09]

2009 - Resignation / Palestinian Authority - March 8th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / Palestinian Authority government resigns" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/08/09]

2009 -  Ash Eruptions / Kamchatka Peninsula - March 8th, 2009: "The Shiveluch (sometimes spelled Sheveluch) Volcano is the most active of the arc of volcanoes that dot northeast Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Lava domes build and collapse fairly regularly in the caldera, sending cascades of ash and debris down the slopes. In the first week of March several large ash eruptions occurred at Shiveluch. Between March 8 and March 10, ash eruptions reached altitudes of 6.1–6.4 kilometers (20,000-21,000 feet) above sea level, and the clouds of ash drifted southeast. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37479]

2009 - Ancient Aliens / Chariots, Gods & Beyond - Premiere Date: 03/08/2009

*Link: http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/episodes/season-1#slide-6

*Trivia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Aliens

2009 - Fatal Bombings / Northwestern Pakistan - March 8th, 2009: "ISLAMABAD / Bombings ['Three separate bombings'] leave 15 people dead [northwestern Pakistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/08/09]

2009 - Drug Violence / Mexico - March 9th, 2009: "Bodies stacked in the morgues of Mexico's border cities tell the story of an escalating drug war. Drug violence claimed 6,290 people last year, double the previous year, and more than 1,000 in the first eight weeks of 2009. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (The dead in Mexico's drug war swamp morgues / Sometimes there are so many bodies 'we can't keep up.'), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/09/09]

2009 - No Religion on Increase / U.S.A. - March 9th, 2009: "[....] The report from The Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., surveyed 54,461 adults in English or Spanish from February through November of last year [2008]. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.5 percentage points. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Those claiming to have no religion on increase / Other study findings include a shifting Catholic population from Northeast to the Southwest), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/09/09]

2009 - Sex Crime Charges / Former Israeli President - March 9th, 2009: "Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav will be charged with raping a woman who once worked for him, and other sex crimes." [Based on: News Services article (Israeli sex case), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - Missle Base / Syria - March 10th, 2009: "DAMASCUS, SYRIA / Site bombed by Israel ['two years ago'] is now a missle base" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2009: "Wall Street's major indexes each fell more than 1 percent Monday [03/09/09] as uneasiness about the economy eclipsed a bounce in troubled financial stocks and news of a big drug company merger.. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Unease trumps boost in financials, merger), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - Job Cuts / McClatchy Co. - March 10th, 2009: "McCLATCHY / Newspaper publisher [McClatchy Co.] cutting 1,600 jobs" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. B2, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - Shooting Rampage / Alabama - March 10th, 2009: " 'He had no look on his face' / Witnesses describe the man [Michael K. McLendon] who killed 10 people [03/10/09], left trail of crime scenes [Full Moon - 03/09/09]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - U.S. Diplomat Expelled / Bolivia - March 10th, 2009: "Bolivia expels [03/09/09] another U.S. diplomat ['the U.S. Embassy's second secretary, Francisco Martinez'] " [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - EPA Review / Coal Ash Facilities, U.S.A. - March 10th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / EPA begins review [03/09/09] of coal ash facilities ['... and said it would draft regulations for coal ash by the end of the year.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/10/09]

2009 - Islam / Somali Law - March 11th, 2009: "The Somali Cabinet voted to make Islam the basis of the country's legal system in a bid to undercut an increasinly fractured Islamic insurgency. [NP] The move was an attempt to isolate more extreme elements of the insurgency by agreeing to a demand supported by more moderate elements and much of the Somali population." [Based on: News Services article (MOGADISHU, SOMALI / Islam will become basis of Somali law), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 11th, 2009: "Financial-services stocks got a lift Tuesday [03/10/09] after Citigroup Inc.'s chief executive, Vikram Pandit, said the bank operated at a profit in January and February. Shares across the entire sector rose sharply. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Citigroup's profit boosts financials and major indexes), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Trivia / Growing Kidneys - March 11th, 2009: "Stem cells were used to create kidneys inside a mouse embryo that did not have them. Tokyo University's Institute of Medical Science said. 'If we become able to create human kidneys inside pigs, we'll be able to solve the problem of a lack of organs for transplant surgery,' professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi said." [Based on: News Services article (Growing kidneys), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Unexploded Bombs / Serbia - March 11th, 2009: "Thousands of civilians in Serbia remain in danger from unexploded cluster bombs left over from the 1999 NATO bombing of the country, according to a report released by a humanitarian aid group." [Based on: News Services article (Serbia cluster bombs), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Baghdad, Iraq - March 11th, 2009: "A suicide bomber struck Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders touring an outdoor market after a reconciliation meeting in a Baghdad suburb Tuesday [03/10/09], killing up to 33 people in the second major attack in the capital area in three days." [Based on: News Services article (Iraqi bomb), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Highly Enriched Uranium? / Iran - March 11th, 2009: "Iran does not yet have highly enriched uranium, the fuel needed to make a nuclear warhead, two top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress, disputing a claim by an Israeli official. [NP] Their comments disputed a claim made last weekend by Israel's top intelligence military official, who said Iran had crossed a technical threshold and was now capable of producing atomic weapons." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Iran lacks uranium, U.S. officials say), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/11/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - "A solar wind stream hit Earth last light [03/12/09], sparking a magnetic storm around the Arctic Circle.  [....]" [

Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=13&month=03&year=2009

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 12th, 2009: "Stocks ended with only modest gains Wednesday [03/11/09] but the Dow Jones industrial average still recorded its first two-day climb [to 6,930.40] since early February. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow records first back-to-back gain since early February), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - School Shooting / Germany - March 12th, 2009: "WINNENDEN, GERMANY / Teen ['a 17-year-old' - Tim Kretschmer] kills 15 ['11 of them women and girls'], himself in high school" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - Jumper Survives / Niagara Falls - March 12th, 2009: "A man survived a 180-foot jump in Niagara Falls and tried to fight off rescue attempts before being pulled from the icy water and taken to a hospital." [Based on: News Services article (Niagara fall), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - $410 Billion Spending Bill / U.S.A. - March 12th, 2009: "ADMINISTRATION / Obama blasts earmarks but signs [03/11/09] spending bill ['$410 billion spending bill']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - Papal Apology / Rogue Bishop Case - March 12th, 2009: "Pope acknowledges mistakes in handling of rogue bishop [Richard Williamson] case" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - $765 Billion Federal Deficit / U.S.A. - March 12th, 2009: "Federal deficit hits $765 billion ['in the first five months of the budget year']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - Remaining Silent / R. Allen Stanford - March 12th, 2009: "R. Allen Stanford said he would 'decline to testify, provide an accounting or produce any documents' related to the SEC's civil case alleging he ran a Ponzi scheme." [Based on: News Services article (Remaining silent), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - Goes to Jail / Bernard L. Madoff - March 12th, 2009: "[....] The 11 counts of fraud, money laundering, perjury and theft to which Madoff, 70, pleaded guilty carry maximum terms totaling 150 years. Sentencing was scheduled for June 16. [....] It remains unclear where the billions of dollars lost by the victims have gone, and whether those victims will ever see any meaningful restitution. A court-appointed trustee liquidating Madoff's business has so far been able to identify only about $1 billion in assets to satisfy claims." [Based on: New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Combat Load Injuries / U.S. Soldiers - March 12th, 2009: "An increasing number of soldiers are being sidelined with muscle and bone injuries caused by carrying combat loads weighing as much as 130 pounds, a senior Army official said Wednesday [09/11/09]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Combat loads are said to injure soldiers), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / South of Panama - March 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:23:34 (UTC) on Thursday, March 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 5.636°N, 82.769°W; Depth 9 km (5.6 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH OF PANAMA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009eccw.php] - [T.D. - 03/14/09]

2009 - Charges Dismissed / CIA Rendition Case, Italy - March 12th, 2009: "Italy's Constitutional Court has thrown out the charges against 26 Americans accused of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003. [NP] The ruling by the country's highest court sides with the government in saying prosecutors used classified information to build the case." [Based on: News Services article (ROME / Court dismisses charges in CIA rendition case), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/12/09]

2009 - U.S.-China Tension - March 13th, 2009: "Beijing has demanded that the U.S. Navy end surveillance missions off China's southern coast following a confrontation [last weekend] between an American vessel and Chinese ships." [Based on: Illustration for News Services article (Obama stresses need to avoid crises / He talks with top Chinese diplomat about incident.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 13th, 2009: "Faint but welcome signs of optimism emerged Thursday [03/12/09] from the most troubled corners of the economy - the banking system, the automakers and cash-desperate stores - and helped push the stock market to its best three-day run in four months [D.J.I.A. @ 7,170.06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Market continues rally into 3rd day), p. D7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - New Government / Latavia - March 13th, 2009: "Riga, Latavia / Third government in 15 years is formed ['The 67-21 vote made prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, 37, and his five-party coalition the third government in 15 months in Latavia, which only won independence from the Soviet Union 18 years ago.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Air Pollution / Global Dimming - March 13th, 2009: "Increases in airborne pollution have dimmed the skies by blocking sunlight over the past 30 years, researchers report in today's edition of the journal Science. [....] Dimming is occurring everywhere except Europe, where declines in pollution have resulted in brighter skies." [Based on: News Services article (AIRBORNE pollution increases global dimming), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Trivia / Future Combat Systems - March 13th, 2009: "[....] The reports by the government watchdog agency [GAO] concluded the Army is moving forward with Boeing Co's $159 billion Future Combat Systems program even though some of its technology is unproven and over budget. Boeing's St. Louis-based defense unit is the lead contractor on the program. [NP] FCS would outfit Army brigades with tools meant to incorporate high speed communications and unmanned sensors with troops on the battlefield. The program includes flying sensors that take video, robots that hunt for bombs, satellites and giant cannons that can hit targets precisely from miles away. [....] Boeing said most of Future Combat Systems' technologies are well proven and that some, such as an early version of the robots that search out roadside bombs, are already in use in Iraq and Afghanistan." [Based on: A.P. article (GAO criticizes Boeing weapons contract), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - 3-Year Term / Iraqi Shoe-Thrower - March 13th, 2009: "Journalist [Muntathar al Zaidi] who threw shoes [at George W. Bush] gets 3-year term ['sentenced Thursday' - 03/12/09]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Record Fall / Household Net Worth, U.S.A. - March 13th, 2009: "The net worth of American households fell by the largest amount in more than a half-century of record keeping during the fourth quarter of last year. [NP] The Federal Reserve said Thursday [03/12/09] that household net worth dropped by 9 percent from the level in the third quarter, the sixth straight quarterly drop. Net worth represents local assets such as homes and checking accounts minus liabilities like mortgages and credit card debt." [Based on: STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS article (FINANCE / Fed reports record fall in household net worth), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Imminent Threat / Catastrophic Climate Change? - March 13th, 2009: "Britain's Prince Charles warned that mankind has 100 months or less to save the planet from a climate-caused disaster. [NP] Charles told some 150 business leaders in Rio de Janeiro that 'the best projections tell us that we have less than 100 months [8.3 years?] to alter our behavior before we risk catastrophic climate change and unimaginable horrors that this would bring." [Based on: News Services article (RIO DE JANEIRO / Prince Charles warns of imminent threat), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Scientific Uncertainty? / Neighborhood Pollution, U.S.A. - March 13th, 2009: "Howard Frumkin, director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, told a congressional hearing that his agency is working to improve protection of neighborhoods from toxic pollution but is hampered by the simple fact of scientific uncertainty." [Based on: News Services article (Toxic agency), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 14th, 2009: "A sharp rebound in bank shares and easing worries about the economy this week pushed stocks to their best performance since last November [D.J.I.A. - 7,223.98; S&P 500 - 765.55; Nasdaq - 1,431.50]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Four-day gain is best streak since November), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 03/14/09]

2009 - Poem - March 15th, 2009: "Composed this date in history [03/15/09]. The poem: Soul Searching [2nd on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Audio Recording / Osama Bin Laden - March 15th, 2009: "Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden called Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip a 'holocaust' and lashed out at Arab governments that he said failed to stop the bloodshed in an audio recording broadcast. [NP] Bin Laden, whose message was released in excerpts on Al-Jazeera TV, called Arab leaders hypocrites and accused them of sacrificing the Palestinians in Gaza and collaborating with Israel." [Based on: News Services article (CAIRO / Osama bin Laden blasts Arab governments), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/15/09]

2009 - Roadside Explosion / Afghanistan - March 16th, 2009: "Four U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside explosion on Sunday [03/15/09], the U.S. military said." [Based on: News Services article (Afghanistan), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/16/09]

2009 - Sea Rise Trivia / Northeast U.S.A.  - March 16th, 2009: "Northeast to suffer most from sea rise, study says ['published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience'] / Boston could be hardest hit as changing currents add to the levels caused by melting ice." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Seth Borenstein, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - March 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:15:56 (UTC) on Monday, March 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 3.820°N, 126.500°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009egay.php] - [T.D. - 03/17/09]

2009 - AIG Bonuses? - March 17th, 2009: "Obama blasts AIG bonuses as greed [03/16/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2009: "A sell-off in the last hour of trading Monday [03/17/09] brought Wall Street's winning streak to an end at four sessions. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Winning streak ends after four sessions), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Deep Solar Minimum - March 17th, 2009: "The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in almost 100 years. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/17/09]

2009 - Launch / GOCE Satellite - March 17th, 2009: "[....] The ‘Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer’ (GOCE) satellite was launched on 17 March from northern Russia. The data now being received will lead to a better understanding of Earth’s gravity, which is important for understanding how our planet works. [....]"

[Based on: ESA article (GOCE delivering data for best gravity map ever), November 30th, 2009]

*Link: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/GOCE/SEMNBNKIWZF_0.html

2009 - Trivia / Iranian Drone, Iraq - March 17th, 2009: "BAGHDAD / U.S. says [03/16/09] it shot down Iranian drone [Ababil 3] over Iraq ['last month']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Near Miss / Asteroid 2009 FH - March 17th, 2009: "Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 FH is flying past Earth tonight only 85,000 km away. That's about twice the altitude of a geosynchronous communications satellite. Advanced amateur astronomers in North America can photograph the 20-meter-wide space rock racing through the constellation Gemini after sunset on March 17th. It should be about as bright as a 14th magnitude star. [....]" [Based on http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/17/09]

2009 - Dinosaur Fossils / Tiny Raptor - March 17th, 2009: "Pint-sized dinosaur fossils found ['discovered among fossils that had been collected a quarter-century ago and remained in a museum drawer'] / Tiny meat-eating raptor ['cousin of velociraptor'] probably lived in Canada's swamps 75 million years ago." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Randolph E. Schmid, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Afghanistan - March 17th, 2009: "KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN / Suicide bomber kills 11 ['wounding 28, the police said.'] at police convoy station [03/16/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Trucking Program End / Mexico - March 17th, 2009: "Mexico retaliates over U.S. decision / Tariffs will be raised after move ending trucking program ['a pilot program that allowed some Mexican trucks to transport goods in the United States.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Chief Judge Returns / Pakistan - March 17th, 2009: "Pakistani chief judge [Iftikhar Mohammed] returns [03/16/09] / Government gives in after army implies it wouldn't move to halt protests, officials say." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Convicted / Former Lawmaker, Philadelphia, Pa. - March 17th, 2009: "PHILADELPHIA / Former state lawmaker [Vincent J. Fumo] convicted [03/16/09] of 137 counts ['of defrauding the state and two nonprofit groups of $3.5 million and having state employees do political and personal tasks.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/17/09]

2009 - Trivia / AIG Bonuses - March 18th, 2009: "Congress threatens to tax AIG bonuses / But lawmakers, Treasury knew of insurer's plan for months." [Based on: Title for A.P.  article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 18th, 2009: "Stocks advanced Tuesday [03/17/09], erasing more than half the loss in the Standard & Poor's 500 index since President Barack Obama took office, on an unexpected rebound in house building and speculation that the Federal Reserve will outline plans to bolster the economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (House building helps to send stocks higher), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Trivia / Obesity Problems - March 18th, 2009: "Being obese can take years off your life and in some cases may be as dangerous as smoking, according to a study being published today in the medical journal Lancet that was paid for by Britain's Medical Research Council, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and others." [Based on: News Services article (Obesity problems), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Rescue Fund Trivia / U.S.A. - March 18th, 2009: "The government says it has provided $1.46 billion to 19 banks in the latest payments from its $700 billion financial rescue fund. [NP] The new payments bring the total paid out in its program to buy banks' preferred stock to $198.5 billion. [NP] The government is buying preferred shares of stock as a way to bolster banks' capital reserves in the hopes of encouraging more normal lending." [Based on: Article (BANK RESCUE FUND / U.S. cost: $198.5 billion), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Died / Natasha Richardson - March 19th, 2009: Died this date in history [folowing a head injury], Actress Natasha Richardson (1963-2009).

2009 - Antibiotics Trivia / U.S. Livestock - March 18th, 2009: "Antibiotics for livestock are U.S. House bill target / 'Superbug' may develop, critics say: farmers defend use." [Based on: Title for Article by Georgina Gustin, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Volcanic Eruption / Tonga Islands - March 18th, 2009: "A submarine volcanic eruption occurred in the Tonga Islands of the South Pacific in mid-March 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37572]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Hamas - March 18th, 2009: "JERUSALEM / Olmert says Israel rejects Hamas demands ['for releasing prisoners in exchange for a soldier held nearly three years in Gaza.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Steps Down / President of Madagascar - March 18th, 2009: "President [Marc Ravalomanans] steps down in Madagascar [03/17/09] / Military hands over power to his rival [Andry Rajoelina]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Wachovia Fine / Texas State Securities - March 18th, 2009: "WACHOVIA SECURITIES / Texas fine ['for allegedly misleading customers about the safety of auction rate securities.'] is $4 million" [Based on: Title for article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Reinstated / U.S. Chief Information Officer - March 18th, 2009: "U.S. chief information officer [Vivek Kundra] is reinstated ['the White House said Tuesday.']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - Rejects U.S. Food Shipments / North Korea - March 18th, 2009: "WASHINGTON / North Korea rejects U.S. food shipments ['and asked aid groups to leave the country by the end of the month']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - U.S. Stealth Fighters / International Customers - March 18th, 2009: "[....] Boeing delivers about a dozen St. Louis-built F-15s each year to international customers, which now include Singapore and South Korea. Although those are variations of the F-15E Strike Eagle, Boeing officials said Tuesday that there was growing demand for stealth fighters. [NP] Meantime, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are looking to secure more than 180 new fighter jets, Boeing officials said. [....]" [Based on: Title for Article (New F-15 to be 'a silent asset' / Next-generation fighter jet is designed to meet needs of nations for security and stealth.), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 03/18/09]

2009 - U.S. Baby Boom - March 19th, 2009: "U.S. births hit a record high [2007] / About 40 percent of babies are born to single mothers." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 19th, 2009: "Stocks gained Wednesday [03/18/09], pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a one month high [794.35], as the Federal Reserve's plan to buy $1 trillion of bonds spurred speculation that lower borrowing costs will revive economic growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets end up; S&P 500 index is at 1-month high), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Yemen - March 19th, 2009: "SAN'A, YEMEN / Suicide bomber targets S. Koreans" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Trivia / AIG Bonuses Scandal - March 19th, 2009: "[....] Dodd [Sen. Chris Dodd, D- Conn.], the chairman of the Senate Banking Commitee, told CNN that the request came from Obama administration officials whom he did not identify. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dodd admits pulling bonus restriction), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Arrested / Madoff Acountant - March 19th, 2009: "NEW YORK / Madoff's accountant [David Friehling] is arrested, posts bail [$2.5 million]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Parliament Dissolved / Kuwait - March 19th, 2009: "KUWAIT CITY / Parliament is dissolved [Kuwait], for second time in year" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Heart Failure Trivia / U.S. Blacks - March 19th, 2009: "One in 100 blacks develops heart failure before age 50, a rate 20 times higher than in whites, according to research that appears in today's New England Journal of Medicine." [Based on: News Services article (Heart failure), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Tonga Region - March 19th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 18:17:40 (UTC) on Thursday, March 19th, 2009. The magnitude 7.6 event [Location: 23.050°S, 174.668°W; Depth 34 km (21.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ejbr.php] - [T.D. - 03/21/09]

*Trivia: "A strong 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Tonga, generating a tsunami with the potential of striking coastlines in the South Pacific, officials said. There were no immediate reports of damage. [NP] The quake struck about 130 miles (200 kilometers) south-southeast of the Tongan capital of Nuku'Alofa at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said." [Based on: News Services article (NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA / Strong earthquake generates tsunami), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - U.S. Journalist Detained / North Korea - March 19th, 2009: "SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / U.S. journalist detained by North [North Korea], reports say" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Solar Arrays / International Space Station - March 19th, 2009: "The International Space Station's solar arrays are the largest deployable space assemblies ever built. Yesterday, astronauts unfurled a pair on the starboard side of the outpost, adding enough power to double the size of the station's future crew. Amateur astronomers are already noticing a change in the station's profile: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/21/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Former Bush White House Aide - March 19th, 2009: "Former Bush White House aide Felipe Sixto was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a government-funded program that promotes Democracy in Cuba." [Based on: News Services article (Aide sentenced), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Will Reduce Prolonged Enlistments / U.S. Army - March 19th, 2009: "MILITARY / Army [U.S.A.] will reduce prolonged enlistments [' "stop-loss" program will be cut in half within 15 months']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/19/09]

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2009: "Stocks retreated Thursday [03/19/09] as financial shares fell for the first time in three days. Commodities, however, surged the most this year, and the dollar weakened against the euro. ['The dollar slid 1.4 percent to $1.3666 per euro. It touched $1,3738, the weakest level since Jan. 9.'] [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets slump as financials slip, commodities jump), p. D7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Asteroid Flyby / DO111 - March 20th, 2009: "On March 20th, asteroid 2009 DO111 flew past Earth about 288,000 miles away--just beyond the orbit of the Moon. About the size of a football field, the dangerous space rock was visible in backyard telescopes as it raced through the constellation Cassiopeia shining like a 13th magnitude star. March has been a busy month for flybys with at least nine asteroids passing within a million miles of Earth. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/21/09]

2009 - Shrinking World Economy? - March 20th, 2009: "World economy to shrink this year ['for the first time in 60 years'], IMF says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Christopher S. Rugaber, p. D3, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Mortgage Rates Cut / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2009: "[....] The Fed announced Wednesday [03/19/09] that it would buy $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities and $300 billion in Treasury debt. It also will double its purchases of debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to $200 billion. [NP] The Fed made the moves because its benchmark interest rates are already at, or near, zero. So the Fed needed other ways to lower interest rates to boost the economy. [NP] On Thursday, it seemed to have worked. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Mortgage rates cut to 4.9% after Fed action / But the $1.2 trillion move is also stirring fears of inflation.), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Investors Seek Loans / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2009: "FEDERAL RESERVE / Investors ['such as hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual funds'] seek $4.7 billion." [Based on: Title for Article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Bailout / U.S. Car Part Suppliers - March 20th, 2009: "$5 billion bailout for car part suppliers ['The funds, announced Thursday, will be made available from the government's Troubled Assets Relief Program'] / Move aims to head off disruption in supplies as the auto industry works to right itself." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Ken Thomas, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Mounting Atrocities / Sri Lanka - March 20th, 2009: "Trapped Sri Lankans need international intervention - and soon / Mounting atrocities in civil war imperil as many as 180,000 civilians." [Based on: Title for THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE article by Lakhdar Brahimi, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Revelation / 2007 Iranian Defector - March 20th, 2009: "An Iranian defector told the West that Iran was financing North Korean moves to transform Syria into a nuclear weapons power, leading to the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a secret reactor, a report said Thursday [03/19/09]. [NP] Ali Reza Asghari, a retired general in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and a former deputy defense minister, 'changed sides' in February 2007 and provided considerable information to the West on Iran's own nuclear program, Ruehle said in his article in the Swissdaily Neue Zuercher Zeitung." [Based on: News Services article (GENEVA / Defector says Iran financed Syrian program), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Tropical Cyclone Isla / Indian Ocean - March 20th, 2009: "Tropical Cyclone Ilsa was heading west-southwest in the Indian Ocean on March 20, 2009 .... Isla reached Category 3 strength on March 19, but as of March 20, has weakened to Category 2. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37599]

2009 - Trivia / Osama Bin Laden Statement? - March 20th, 2009: "Osama bin Laden urged Somalia to overthrow their new president, issuing a statement that clearly outlines al-Qaida's ambitions in a nation long feared to be a haven for the terrorist network." [Based on: News Services article (Bin Laden plan), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - $132 Million Fraud / Miami Businessman - March 20th, 2009: "RICHMOND, VA. / Businessman [Edward Hugh Okun] is guilty in $132 million fraud ['convicted on 23 counts, including fraud and money laundering.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Bush official decries Guantanamo process - March 20th, 2009: "Many detainees locked up at Gutanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday [03/19/09]. [NP] 'There are still innocent people there,' Lawrence B. Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff to then -Secretary of State Colin Powell, said. 'Some have been there six or seven years.' " [Based on: News Services article (FOREIGN RELATIONS / Bush official decries Guantanamo process), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - U.S. to release Thousands in Iraq / Camp Bucca - March 20th, 2009: "Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants are being freed by this summer because of little or no evidence against them. [NP] Their release comes as the U.S. prepares to turn over its detention system to the fledgling Iraqi government by early 2010." [Based on: News Services article (CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ / U.S. releasing thousands in Iraq), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/09]

2009 - Sun in Aries - March 21st, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Aries."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200903.html]

2009 - Poems - March 21st, 2009: "Composed this date in history [03/21/09]. The poems: Wishing Well & Saving Grace [3rd & 4th on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Market Report / U.S.A. - March 21st, 2009: "Stocks slid the most in two weeks Friday [03/20/09] as analysts cut earnings estimates from General Electric Co. ['GE lost 5.8 percent ....'] and Congress moved toward raising taxes on bank employees bonuses. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (GE, financial shares lead stock market lower), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 03/21/09]

2009 - Wrong-Way Driver / Missouri - March 21st, 2009: "Survivor of crash shielded from news / Driver of car hit by wrong-way driver is awake in hospital after 4 passengers were killed [03/21/09]. Off-duty police officer could face charges later this week." [Based on: Title for article by Todd C. Frankel, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/23/09]

2009 - Trivia / Federally Insured Banks, U.S.A. - March 21st, 2009: "Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Georgia [FirstCity Bank of Stockbridge], Colorado [National Bank of Colorado Springs, Colo.] and Kansas [Paola, Kan.-based Teambank N.A.], marking 20 failures of federally insured banks this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance corp. was appointed receiver of the failed banks. [....]" [Based on: Wire reports article (FINANCE / 3 more banks shuttered), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 03/21/09]

2009 - Appeal to Iranians / Presidents of U.S. & Israel - March 21st, 2009: "Obama ['using a videotaped message released on the Internet' (YouTube) 'and the White House website'] appeals ['on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year] directly to Iranians [The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, issued an audio statement on Friday appealing to 'the noble Iranian people on behalf of the ancient Jewish people.']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 03/21/09]

2009 - Trivia / AIG Bonuses - March 22nd, 2009: "NEW HAVEN, CONN. / AIG said to have paid $218 million in bonuses ['higher than the $165 million previously disclosed.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/22/09]

2009 - Robo-Fish / Spanish Harbor - March 22nd, 2009: "GIJON, SPAIN / Harbor [Spain] gets robo-fish to monitor pollution" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/22/09]

2009 - Plane Crash / Butte, Montana - March 22nd, 2009: "At least 14 die in crash of plane [Pilatus PC-12 - 'into a cemetary 500 feet from its destination' - Butte, Montana airport - 03/22/09] / Several children may be among victims on small plane ['departed from Oroville, Calif.'], FAA says." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/23/09]

2009 - Volcanic Activity / Mount Redoubt, Alaska - March 22nd, 2009: "After keeping volcanologists waiting for weeks, Mount Redoubt erupted five times in one night, beginning on March 22, 2009. The volcano followed up with another eruption on the evening of March 23. Located east of Alaska’s Cook Inlet, Mount Redoubt is not far from Anchorage, but that city emerged from the event unscathed, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Settlements north of the volcano, however, were in the path of the ashfall. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37624] - [T.D. - 03/25/09]

2009 - Trivia / Millionaire Audits, U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2009: "IRS audits of millionaires declined in '08 / People with incomes of $1 million and above had a 5.6 percent chance of getting audited." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Jim Abrams, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/23/09]

2009 - Information Technology / Japan - March 23rd, 2009: "Japan to plow 3 trillion yen into IT [information technology] over three years" [Based on: Title for The Yomiuri Shimbun article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/22/09]

2009 - Banks' Toxic Assets to be Bought / U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2009: "Banks' toxic assets to be bought / White House will announce plan today [Public-Private Investment Program] to buy up as much as $1 trillion." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2009: "Wall Street got the news it wanted on the economy's biggest problems. The government introduced a plan to clean up bad assets from banks' books, while an industry group gave better-than-expected data on existing home sales. The S&P 500 rose 7.1 percent to 822.92." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/24/09]

*Trivia: "Bank rescue plan revives Dow / Wall Street surges - Dow's nearly 500-point jump bolsters belief that the economy is starting to heal." [Based on: Titles for A.P. articles, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/24/09]

2009 - Red meat-heavy diet is bad - March 24th, 2009: "A federal study found that eating large amounts of red meat and processed meats increases the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Over 10 years, eating the equivalent of a quarter-pound hamburger daily gave men in the study a 22 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than those who ate just 5 ounces of red meat a week. Women who ate large amounts of red meat had a 20 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease." [Based on: A.P. article (Red meat-heavy diet is bad), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/24/09]

2009 - Light Earthquake / Southern California - March 24th, 2009: "A light earthquake occurred at 11:55:43 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. The magnitude 4.8 event [Location: 33.318°N, 115.728°W; Depth 5.8 km (3.6 miles)] was located @ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ci14433456.php] - [T.D. - 03/25/09]

2009 - News Confrence / President Barack Obama - March 24th, 2009: "Obama will stand firm / President remains committed to agenda on health care, energy, education and budget deficit." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - March 24th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:28:29 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 5.210°S, 151.837°E; Depth 47.8 km (29.7 miles)] was located @ NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009epbx.php] - [T.D. - 03/25/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 25th, 2009: "Stocks gave back some gains from the day before. Investigators looked for fresh signals about Wall Street's direction a day after the biggest advance in five months on the government's plan to help banks dispose of bad loans. The Dow fell 1.5 percent to 7,659.97." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - Trivia / Afghan Society - March 25th, 2009: "[....] Before the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghan towns had three parallel authority structures: the tribal elders, the religious clerics and the government representatives. The Soviets decimated the tribes and the indigenous government. That left only the mullahs, and their sudden unchecked prominence helped explain the rise of the Taliban. [NP] The terror and the fall of the Taliban reduced clerical authority, too. By 2002, when the coalition forces arrived, village society was fractured, social capital decimated. The resulting disorder has been a perfect nesting ground for the insurgents. The insurgents are not popular in Afghanistan, the way they sometimes were in Iraq. But they have money, and young men in the villages talk about 'taking a Taliban day' - that is, accepting a few hundred bucks to plant an IED. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (Reweaving Afghan society is as important as defeating the Taliban / Afghanistan - A new program aims to rebuild local authority structures) by David Brooks, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - WHO Report / TB & HIV - March 25th, 2009: "[....] The World Health Organization's annual report on TB, indicates that there were 1.37 million cases of people with both TB and HIV in 2007, the latest years for which statistics are available. About 700,000 people were infected with both in 2006, according to a report released by WHO last year." [Based on: A.P. article (Tuberculosis, HIV infections worse than previously thought), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - Cyclone Izilda / Mozambique Channel - March 25th, 2009: "Cyclone Izilda was near its peak strength when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image [see link] on March 25, 2009. As far as cyclones go, the comma-shaped storm was weak, with winds estimated at 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour or 35 knots). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the storm would weaken as it moved south through the Mozambique Channel. It was not forecast to go ashore. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37645]

2009 - Confirmed / Double A-Bomb Survivor, Japan - March 25th, 2009: "Double A-bomb victim confirmed ['A 93-year-old Japanese man [Tsutomu Yamaguchi] has become the first person certified as a survivor of both U.S. atomic bombings at the end of World War II.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - French Compensation / Victims of Nuclear Tests - March 25th, 2009: "The French government offered for the first time Tuesday [03/24/09] to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, bowing to decades of pressure by people sickened by radiation." [Based on: Title for Article (France), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/25/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 26th, 2009: "Wall Street has managed a gain after an attack of nerves had investors giving back a big early advance and then barreling back in right before the close. The day shows how fragile Wall Street remains despite a recent rally. The Dow rose 1.17 percent to 7,749.81." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Narcotics Ban / Somalia - March 26th, 2009: "Hundreds of Somalis demonstrated against Islamist fighters after they imposed a ban on a popular narcotic leaf, witnesses said. The protest is the latest setback for the group, whose leaders are said to [< typo - missing word?] members of al-Qaida." [Based on:  News Services article (Al-Qaida narcotics ban stirs protest), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Spring Snow / Colorado - March 26th, 2009: "A spring storm slammed Denver, Colorado with as much as 17 inches of snow and strong winds on March 26, 2009, reported the Associated Press. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37686]

2009 - Roadside Bombs / Afghanistan - March 26th, 2009: "One roadside bomb killed 10 civilians in a van along a route used by foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan while another wounded three Australian troops - highlighting a tactic increasingly favored by Taliban militants." [Based on:  News Services article (Roadside bomb kills 10), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Lowest Levels / Attacks in Iraq - March 26th, 2009: "The number of attacks in Iraq has dropped to its lowest levels since the months following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, a security improvement that comes as the U.S. begins downsizing its operation, a U.S. military spokesman said. 'At the height of the violence, we were averaging 1,250 attacks a week,' Maj. Gen. David Perkins said. 'Now, many times, we have less than 100 a week.' " [Based on:  News Services article (Attacks in Iraq drop, U.S. says), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Pleading Poverty / U.S. Post Office - March 26th, 2009: "Post office pleads poverty to Congress [03/25/09] / Postmaster general tells panel that, without aid, the Postal Service will run out of money this year." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Violent Protests / France & Scotland - March 26th, 2009: "Economic meltdown fuels violence [03/25/09] in France, Scotland" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Pakistan & Taliban - March 26th, 2009: "Pakistan gives Taliban direct help, U.S. says" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/26/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Northwest of the Ryukyu Islands - March 26th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:19:57 (UTC) on Thursday, March 26th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 27.425°N, 126.770°E; Depth 138.1 km (85.8 miles)] was located @ NORTHWEST OF THE RYUKYU ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009erb3.php] - [T.D. - 03/27/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Iraq - March 27th, 2009: "Car bomb in Iraq kills 20 ['the third major attack in the capital this month.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 27th, 2009: "Wall Street built on its big March rally on fresh nuggets of news. Strong earnings reports from Best Buy and ConAgra Foods as well as good demand at a government debt auction pushed traders into the market. The Dow Jones industrials rose 2 percent to 7,907.12." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Dam Burst / Indonesia - March 27th, 2009: "Dam bursts ['at least 34 people died when a dam burst today outside Indonesia's capital']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Airstrikes Trivia / Sudan - March 27th, 2009: "Sudanese officials said foreign warplanes launched two separate airstrikes last month on Sudan near its border with Egypt, targeting convoys packed with light weapons and African migrants trying to sneak across the frontier. Just who was behind the strikes remains a mystery, but the U.S. and Israel immediately came under suspicion." [Based on: News Services article (Sudan condemns foreign airstrikes), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Liftoff / Soyuz TMA-14 - March 27th, 2009: "With the shuttle Discovery safely away from the international space station, a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off Thursday [03/26/09] from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying two fresh crew members and a wealthy space tourist. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Soyuz mission brings station to full strength / Crew includes software developer Charles Simonyi, who is on his second mission as a tourist.), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & North Korea - March 27th, 2009: "[....] White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday [03/26/09] reiterated comments made a day earlier by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that any rocket launch would be 'provocative' and violate U.N. Security Council resolutions." [Based on: News Services article (North Korea continues to provoke with missles), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Proposal / Laws to Protect Religion from Criticism - March 27th, 2009: "The U.N.'s top human rights body approved a proposal by Muslim nations urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism. The proposal put forward by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic countries had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners and liberal democracies." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. approves Muslim protection), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/27/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2009: "Caution re-emerged on Wall Street, sending stocks lower but not enough to prevent a third straight weekly advance. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 148.38, or 1.9 percent, to 7,776.18. The S&P 500 dropped 2 percent, and the Nasdaq fell 2.6 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/28/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan Mosque - March 28th, 2009: "[....] One survivor named Arman said that a cleric had begun to intone 'God is great' just as the blast occurred [03/27/09]. 'There were blood and limbs all around,' he said. 'I had never seen such a horrendous scene in my whole life.' [NP] The mosque was about 12 miles from the city of Peshawar on the main highway between Afghanistan and pakistan. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Suicide bomber strikes in Pakistan / Crowded mosque was the target, and scores were killed when roof collapse), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/28/09]

2009 - Israeli raid up in smoke - March 28th, 2009: "Israeli police raided a factory in northern Israel - and found 15,000 bongs" [Based on: News Services article (Israeli raid up in smoke), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 03/28/09]

2009 - Electronic Spying Operation - March 28th, 2009: "103 countries infiltrated by e-spy [GhostNet]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by John Markoff, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 03/28/09]

2009 - Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - March 29th, 2009: "On March 29, 2009 there were 1048 potentially hazardous asteroids." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Turkey - March 30th, 2009: "Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-orientated party emerged as the leading party in Turkey's local elections Sunday [03/29/09]" [Based on: News Services article (Ruling party in Turkey), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/30/09]

2009 - Tech Research / U.S. & Japan - March 30th, 2009: "The Japanese and U.S. governments will form a comprehensive tie-up to jointly study state-of-the-art technologies in eight fields, including solar power generation and biofuels, according to sources." [Based on: News Services article (Japan, U.S. to tie up in tech research), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/30/09]

2009 - Steady Decline / Red River, N.D. - March 30th, 2009: "RED RIVER VALLEY, N.D. - "The flooding Red River dropped below 40 feet Sunday afternoon [03/29/09], reaching the lowest depth since Thursday, when residents braced for an all-time crest that threatened to submerge Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. [NP] The river has continued its steady decline after peaking at 40.82 feet Saturday. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (River drops; Fargo still in peril / Cold is freezing water that would normally be flowing into bloated Red River.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/30/09]

2009 - Light Earthquake / Northern California - March 30th, 2009: "A light earthquake occurred at 17:40:29 (UTC) on Monday, March 24th, 2009. The magnitude 4.3 event [Location: 37.285°N, 121.616°W; Depth 7.7 km (4.8 miles)] was located @ NORTHERN CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Quakes/nc40234037.php] - [T.D. - 03/30/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & North Korea - March 30th, 2009: "U.S. won't use military [North Korea] to block missle launching ['only if ... headed toward U.S. territoty']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "The big March rally is officially on hold after the U.S. nixed turnaround plans from GM and Chrysler and gave investors a reality check on the economy. The Dow industrials tumbled 3.3 percent. The S&P 500 fell 3.5 percent, while the Nasdaq fell 2.8 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - Trivia / FEMA Loans - March 31st, 2009: "[....] The Federal Emergency Management Agency loaned communities in Louisiana and Mississippi nearly $1.3 billion to help run their governments after the 2005 hurricaines." [Based on: News Services article (FEMA may forgive some loans), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - Wilderness Bill / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "President barack Obama has signed legislation that sets aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness. The law protects land from california's Sierra Nevada to the Jefferson national Forest in Virginia, and represents one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a quarter-century." [Based on: News Services article (Wilderness bill is signed), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - New Spacecraft / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "Visitors gather Monday [03/30/09] around a full-size mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle, displayed on the National Mall in Washington. The spacecraft is designed to carry U.S. astronauts back to the moon and then on to Mars one day. The Navy-built Orion vehicle will replace the space shuttle, which NASA plans to retire next year, and become the cornerstone of the agency's Constellation Program." [Based on: A.P. Picture article (SNEAK PEEK AT NEW SPACECRAFT), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - Powerful Laser / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "After more than a decade of work and $3.5 billion, engineers have completed the world's most powerful laser, capable of simulating the energy force of a hydrogen bomb and the sun itself. The Energy Department will announce today that it has certified the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California." [Based on: News Services article (Engineers complete powerful laser), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - "Superman" Bill / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill named for 'Superman' actor Christopher Reeve that provides for paralysis research and rehabilitation." [Based on: News Services article ('Superman' law is signed), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - FDA Warning / Pistachio Nuts - March 31st, 2009: "Pistachio warning is issued by FDA [03/30/09] / Agency tells consumers to stop eating the nuts because of potential salmonella." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

*Trivia: "[....] The Food and Drug Administration is investigating Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods Inc. as part of the salmonella scare involving its sister company, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. [NP] New York agricultural authorities found live and dead cockroaches and rodent droppings inside the Long Island planet last month. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Cockroaches found in pistachio factory), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Global Terror Trivia / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "U.S. drops use of term 'global war on terror' " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - Snowstorm / Northern Plains, U.S.A. - March 31st, 2009: "Snowstorm ['the second major snowstorm ... in a week'] hits northern Plains" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / Former Bank of America Employee - March 31st, 2009: "BofA [Bank of America] employee [Antoine David Haroutunian] pleads guilty ['to running a $14 million Ponzi scheme']" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/31/09]

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