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

  April 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - April 1st, 2009: "Sun [11 Aries], Moon [23 Gemini], Mercury [12 Aries], Venus [4 Aries R.], Mars [13 Pisces], Jupiter [19 Aquarius], Saturn [16 Virgo R.], Uranus [23 Pisces], Neptune [25 Aquarius], Pluto [3 Capricorn], Chiron [24 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200904.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 1st, 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., 04/01/09] - [same text as 03/31/09]

2009 - Pigeons smuggling cell phones into prison - April 1st, 2009: "Police say inmates are using carrier pigeons to smuggle cell phones onto a prison farm in southeastern Brazil." [Based on: News Services article (Pigeons smuggling cell phones into prison), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/01/09]

2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu / Israel - April 1st, 2009: "Israel's parliament has confirmed the appointment of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister and approved his Cabinet. The vote was 69 to 45 in favor of Netanyahu's coalition government, which includes a range of parties from the hard right to dovish center." [Based on: News Services article (Netanyahu coalition is confirmed), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/01/09]

*Trivia: "In a blunt and belligerent speech on his first days as Israel's new foreign minister, the hawkish Avigdor Lieberman declared that 'those who wish for peace should prepare for war' and that Israel was not obliged by understandings on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reached at an American-sponsored peace conference in late 2007." [Based on: News Services article (New Israeli leader takes hard line), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Near North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G. - April 1st, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:55;02 (UTC) on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 3.650°S, 143.939°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009exaq.php] - [T.D. - 04/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 2nd, 2009: "Wall Street began the second quarter on solid footing as better-than-expected economic reports helped extend a four-week rally. New data showed a rebound in pending home sales and improving manufacturing activity. The Dow industrials rose 2 percent to 7,761.60." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Gay Marriage / Sweden - April 2nd, 2009: "Sweden has become the fifth European country to allow gay marriage, joining The Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Spain." [Based on: News Services article (Sweden will allow gay marriages), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Drug-Resistant TB Crisis - April 2nd, 2009: "WHO director warns of drug-resistant TB crisis ['Highest is Azerbaijan - 22%]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - April 2nd, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 April 2009 at 06:53:06 PM GMT is: $11,134,147,868,059.75. The estimated population of the United States is 305,928,909 so each citizen's share of this debt is $36,394.56. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.85 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. - 04/02/09]

2009 - Dow Buyout / Rohm & Haas Co. - April 2nd, 2009: "Dow closes Rohm & Haas deal ['Dow Chemical said Wednesday that it has closed on it [<typo?] $16.5 billion buyout of Rohm & Haas Co.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - April 2nd, 2009: "[....] The $3 billion for Pakistan would complement a plan for $7.5 billion ['over the next five years'] in civil aid." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. military wants $3 billion to train, equip Pakistani army), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / BetOnSports Executive - April 2nd, 2009: "BetOnSports executive pleads guilty [04/01/09] / David Carruthers could get 33 months in prison, or less." [Based on: Title for article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - U.S. Drone Attack / Taliban Hide-Out - April 2nd, 2009: "U.S. strikes Taliban hide-out ['a U.S. drone fired two missles at a suspected hide-out Wednesday in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan ... killing 10 people, intelligence and local officials said.'] / Pakistani warlord [Baitullah Mehsud] who threatened White House escapes unhurt." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 2nd, 2009: "Five heavily armed suicide bombers stormed a government office in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during a seminar hosted by an American democracy promotion organization, killing 13 people, including two provincial government officials, and wounding 14 others." [Based on: News Services article (5 suicide bombers kill 13), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/02/09]

2009 - G20 Summit / Britain - April 3rd, 2009: "G20 [04/02/09] commits $1.1 trillion to bolster IMF / Goal is to revive world trade, but summit concludes with main dispute unresolved." [Based on: New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 3rd, 2009: "Investors dove into stocks as global efforts to end the financial crisis fed the market's newfound optimism that the economy is on the mend. The gains were also fueled by an accounting rule change that could strengthen banks. The Dow rose 2.8 percent to 7,978.08." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Trivia / Solar Minimum - April 3rd, 2009: "How low can it go? According to NASA, the sun is plunging into the deepest solar minimum in a century. A new spotless days counter on spaceweather.com is keeping track of the record-setting quiet. Look for it beneath the Daily Sun."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/03/09]

2009 - Indicted / Rod Blagojevich - April 3rd, 2009: "Blagojevich, 5 others indicted [04/02/09] / Scheme to extract illegal profits was hatched before Illinois ex-governor took office, federal charges allege." [Based on: article title, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Melting Fast / Arctic Sea Ice - April 3rd, 2009: "Arctic sea ice is melting so fast most of it could be gone in 30 years, according to a new analysis of changing conditions in the region that appears in today's edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters." [Based on: News Services article (Arctic sea ice said to be melting fast), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Census Director Pick / U.S.A. - April 3rd, 2009: "Obama picks census director [Robert M. Groves] who favors Democrat position" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Detainee Rights / Bagram, Afghanistan - April 3rd, 2009: "[....] District Judge John Bates said non-Afghan detainees captured outside the country and moved to Bagram should have access to the courts to prevent the United States from being able to 'move detainees physically beyond the reach of the Constitution and detain them indefinitely'. " [Based on: News Services article (Detainees rights are examined), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Arrest / Alleged Drug Cartel Leader - April 3rd, 2009: "Alleged drug cartel [Juarez cartel] leader [Carrillo Leyva] arrested ['officials announced ....']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Resignation / Prime Minister, Malaysia - April 3rd, 2009: "Malaysian leader [Malaysia Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi] steps down ['to make way for his deputy Najib Razak ....']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Cell Replacement Trivia / Human Heart - April 3rd, 2009: "[....] About 1 percent of the heart muscle cells are replaced every year at age 25, and that rate gradually falls to less than half a percent per year by age 75., a team of researchers led by Dr. Jonas Frisen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm concluded." [Based on: News Services article (Swedish scientists find heart rebuilds its cells), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Alternate Routes to Afghanistan / Uzbekistan - April 3rd, 2009: "U.S. finds alternate Afghan route ['three northern routes that weave through Uzbekistan.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Lifetime of Problems? / Returning U.S. Veterans - April 3rd, 2009: "Homelessness, family strains and psychological problems among returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will persist in the U.S. for generations to come, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a lunchtime audience at the Hudson Union Society, a group that promotes nonpartisan debate. 'This is not a 10-year problem. It is a 50- or 60- or 70-year problem,' he said." [Based on: News Services article (Veterans face lifetime of problems), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 4th, 2009: "Not even grisly job losses could get in the stock market's way. The government's March unemployment report was grim [8.5 percent] but not terrible enough to derail growing optimism that the economy may be beginning to right itself. The Dow industrials rose 0.5 percent to 8,017.59." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Missle Launch / North Korea - April 4th, 2009: "According to news reports, North Korea launched a rocket on Sunday, April 5th, at 0230 UT. The nominal purpose of the launch was to propel the Kwangmyongsong-2 communications satellite into low Earth orbit. If the launch did indeed produce a trackable satellite, we will include it in the Simple Satellite Tracker. Stay tuned for updates."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/04/09]

2009 - Ice Shelf Trivia / Antarctic - April 4th, 2009: "Ice shelf [the Wilkins Ice Shelf] may break off [Antarctic]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Pollution Case / St. Louis, Mo. - April 4th, 2009: "The owner of a barge company paid a $3 million fine Friday [04/03/09] for spilling oil and grease into the St. Louis sewer system and the Mississippi River, federal prosecutors said. [NP] Officials cited multiple pollution episodes by the company during 2004-07. [NP] American River Transportation Co., or Artco, and two employees pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in St. Louis to criminal charges stemming from a June 19, 2007, spill at the company's south terminal, 4528 South Broadway. [NP] That one left a small cove choked with 1,600 gallons of oil, officials said. [NP] Artco, a subsidiary of agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland, of Decatur, Ill., pleaded guilty to a charge of knowingly discharging oil. It almost immediately paid the $3 million fine. [NP] South Broadway terminal manager Justin Baker, who reported the spill, and maintenance superintendent Steve Keilwitz, each pleaded guilty to one felony count of making false statements. they denied any knowledge of the origin when they 'knew or should have known' that Artco was the source 'based on past events at the facility,' Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Rauch said in court. [....] Baker, 60, of Dexter, and Keilwitz, 51, of Sappington, each faces probation or up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines." [Based on: Article ($3 million fine in St. Louis pollution case / barge company, 2 employees plead guilty to criminal charges.) by Robert Patrick, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - "American" Terrorist / Somalia? - April 4th, 2009: "Video captures 'American' terrorist ['who ... calls himself 'Abu Mansour al-Amriki,' or 'the American']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Legalized Gay Marriage / Iowa - April 4th, 2009: "Iowa Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ['legalized gay marriage Friday' - 04/03/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - New Spy Satellite Program? / U.S.A. - April 4th, 2009: "The national intelligence director and defense secretary are asking the Obama administration to approve a new top-secret spy satellite program that could cost more than $10 billion, according to government, military and industry officials. [NP] The program calls for building two sophisticated satellites equal to or better than the huge, high-resolution secret satellites now in orbit. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Officials said to be pitching $10 billion spy satellite program), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Volcanic Eruption / Mt. Redoubt, Alaska - April 4th, 2009: "Mt. Redoubt erupted again on April 4th (13:58 UTC), spewing a plume of ash, water vapor and sulfurous gases at least 50,000 feet high. While the gaseous emissions are entering the stratosphere and blowing away, much of the ash is falling back to Earth. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/04/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Philippine Islands Region - April 4th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:31:57 (UTC) on Saturday, April 4th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 5.107°N, 127.211°E; Depth 67.9 km (42.2 miles] was located @ PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009faag.php] - [T.D. - 04/04/09]

2009 - Intelligence Director Makes a Change / U.S.A. - April 4th, 2009: "U.S. government officials say National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair is replacing the agency's inspector general with his own pick, an attorney from the Justice Department, Roslyn Mazer. [NP] The outgoing inspector general, Edward Maguire, testified to Congress this week on his critical report of the agency's structure and previous leadership. Blair's spokeswoman, Wendy Morigi, said that the decision to replace Maguire had nothing to do with the report." [Based on: News Services article (Intelligence director makes a change), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Perchlorate / Drinking Water Supplies, U.S.A. - April 4th, 2009: "Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chemical, perchlorate, has turned up in several cities' drinking water supplies." [Based on: News Services article (Chemical found in baby formula), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 04/04/09]

2009 - Man Kills Children & Self / Graham, Washington  - April 4th, 2009: "Marital troubles may have led to rampage [Graham, Washington] / Man [James Harrison] killed his five children and himself [04/04/09] after learning his wife was leaving him, officials say." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/06/09]

2009 - Cyclone Jade / Indian Ocean - April 5th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Jade was coming ashore over Madagascar on April 6, 2009, .... The storm formed over the Indian Ocean on April 4, and briefly intensified into a Category 1 cyclone on April 5. The storm weakened before coming ashore. About the time that MODIS captured this image, Jade’s winds were decreasing from about 102 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour or 55 knots) to 93 km/hr (58 mph or 50 knots). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37785]

2009 - Revised Bailout Figure / U.S.A.   - April 5th, 2009: "Bailing out the financial sector will cost taxpayers $167 billion more than originally anticipated, acccording to a Congressional Budget Office estimate. [NP] The original figure in January was $189 billion, but it is now $346 billion, the budget office said." [Based on: News Services article (Bailout will cost another $167 billion), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/05/09]

2009 - Moderate Earthquake / Kyushu, Japan - April 5th, 2009: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 09:36:29 (UTC) on Sunday, April 5th, 2009. The magnitude 5.8 event [Location: 31.952°N, 131.488°E; Depth 46.5 km (28.9 miles] was located @ KYUSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fbau.php] - [T.D. - 04/06/09]

2009 - Poems  - April 6th, 2009: "Composed this date in history [04/06/09]. The poems: Ocean Mooring & Sculptured Relief [5th & 6th on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Central Italy - April 6th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:32:39 (UTC) on Monday, April 6th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 42.334°N, 13.334°E; Depth 8.8 km (5.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ CENTRAL ITALY."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fcaf.php] - [T.D. - 04/09/09]

*Trivia: "Rescue workers using bare hands and buckets searched frantically for students believed buried in a wrecked dormitory after Italy's deadliest quake in nearly three decades struck the medieval city of L'Aquila before dawn Monday, killing more than 150 people, injuring 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Italian quake survivor: 'It was like it would never end' / Firefighters with dogs and a crane work to reach victims., including students believed trapped in a dormitory.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/07/09]

*Trivia: "[....] The death toll from Italy's worst earthquake in three decades climbed to 235, with 15 still missing, civil protection officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Central Italy struggles to recover from quake), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

*Trivia: "[....] The death toll from Monday's quake ... has reached 287, officials say [290 as of 04/11/09]." [Based on: Caption for AP picture article), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 7th, 2009: "Wall Street pulled back as investors took profits following a four-week rally, fearful of poor earnings reports starting this week. Financial shares sold off after a prominent analyst predicted more bank losses. The Dow industrials fell 0.5 percent to 7,975.85." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/07/09]

2009 - Explosions / Baghdad, Iraq  - April 7th, 2009: "7 blasts kill at least 32 people ['and wounding more than 130'] in Baghdad [04/06/09] / Upswing in violence contrasts with statements Iraq is on path to stability." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/07/09]

2009 - Obama Visit / Baghdad, Iraq  - April 7th, 2009: "Obama meets with troops in Baghdad [04/07/09] / He also discusses building security forces with Iraq's prime minister." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Stolen Plane / Lands in Missouri  - April 7th, 2009: "Stolen plane ['from the Confederation College Flight School at Thunder Bay International Airport' (Canada) - 04/06/09] led jet fighters to Missouri ['landed Monday night on a road in Ellsinore near Poplar Bluff']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/07/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - April 7th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:23:33 (UTC) on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 46.088°N, 151.498°E; Depth 34 km (21.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fdak.php] - [T.D. - 04/09/09]

2009 - Rocket Attack / Southern Afghanistan  - April 7th, 2009: "An insurgent rocket attack hit The Netherlands' main military base in southern Afghanistan late Monday [04/06/09], killing one Dutch soldier and wounding five of his colleagues and two Afghan soldiers, a military official said." [Based on: News Services article (Dutch soldier killed in Afghanistan), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 8th, 2009: "Investors dumped stocks for a second day, prolonging a break from a huge four-week rally as the market girds itself for potentially grim earnings reports. Trading volume was low, which can amplify swings in the market. The Dow industrials fell 2.3 percent to 7,789.56." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Shoe thrown at official in India  - April 8th, 2009: "Shoe thrown [by angry Sikh journalist - Jarnail Singh] at official ['India's top security official'] in India" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Anti-Missle System Test / Israel  - April 8th, 2009: "Israel successfully tested an anti-missle system designed to protect the country against Iranian attack, the Defense Ministry said, perfecting technology developed in response to failures of similar systems during the 1991 Gulf War." [Based on: News Services article (Israel tests anti-missle system), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Trivia / Ex-Senator Case, Alaska  - April 8th, 2009: "Prosecutors in Steven's case may face charges / Judge calls for an investigation into handling of case against ex-senator [former Sen. Ted Stevens - Alaska]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Pricey New Spy Satellites / U.S.A.  - April 8th, 2009: "The Obama administration approved the purchase of pricey new spy satellites and will buy more commercial imagery from the private sector to plug immediate gaps in satellite coverage. The new program will take the place of a satellite program that was being built by Boeing that was canceled in 2005 wen it went $3 billion to $5 billion over budget and fell behind schedule. Sen. Christopher 'Kit' Bond, R-Mo., the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has complained about the price tag, which he put at $10 billion." [Based on: News Services article (Spy satellite system approved), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Sentence Reduction / Iraqi Shoe-Thrower  - April 8th, 2009: "Iraqi shoe-thrower sentence reduced ['from three years to one']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Israeli - Palestinian Clashes / Jerusalem  - April 8th, 2009: "Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to run them over with his car as tractors nearby demolished a militant's home - sparking clashes between angry Arabs and heavily armed riot troops. It was the latest in a string of attacks by Palestinian drivers on Israeli targets in Jerusalem." [Based on: News Services article (Israeli police shoot Palestinian), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/08/09]

2009 - Trivia / Good Fat  - April 9th, 2009: "There's good fat, too, 3 new studies find" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - April 9th, 2009: "High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight and tomorrow. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and this could spark magnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 9th, 2009: "Wall Street broke a two-day slide as investors cherry-picked insurance, technology and homebuilding stocks on bits of welcome news for those industries. But jitters about weak corporate profit reports held gains in check. The Dow rose 0.6 percent to 7,837.11." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Chemical Erases Memory in Rats   - April 9th, 2009: "Forget about it / Researchers ['At SUNY Downstate Medical Center'] find chemical ['called ZIP' - that interferes with PKMzeta] that can erase memories in rats and could one day be in a drug for people." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Jim Dwyer, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]


2009 - Anti-Communist Rally / Moldova - April 9th, 2009: "Moldova violence: Who's behind it? / After a huge anti-Communist rally turned ugly [04/08/09], fingers were pointing at Romanians, opposition parties, authorities and rebellious youths." [Based on: Article title, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Bag Bomb / Shiite Shrine, Iraq - April 9th, 2009: "Bomb ['left in a plastic bag exploded near Baghdad's most important Shiite shrine'] kills 7 ['wounding 23'] in Baghdad ['police said']" [Based on: Title for News Services article title, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Pirates Seize U.S. Vessel / Somalia  - April 9th, 2009: "Pirates seize U.S. vessel [Maersk Alabama - 04/08/09], flee with captain / As high-seas drama off Somalia unfolds, U.S. Navy rushes to scene." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Woman Kills Son & Herself / Florida  - April 9th, 2009: "Woman [Marie Moore - 'who ... said she was the anti-Christ and that she needed to save her son.'] kills son, herself ['at a shooting range']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - U.S. Citizen Charged / UBS Inquiry - April 9th, 2009: "First U.S. citizen [Steven Michael Rubinstein] charged in UBS inquiry released ['Wednesday on $12 million bail.']" [Based on: Article title, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Reportedly Hacked / U.S. Electric Grid  - April 9th, 2009: "U.S. electric grid is reportedly hacked by cyber spies ['Spies ... left behind mechanisms for them to disrupt service']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - May Get Bailouts / Life Insurers, U.S.A.  - April 9th, 2009: "Life insurers may get bailouts / To receive funds, companies must own a regulated bank or thrift." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Suspectd U.S. Missle / Northwest Pakistan - April 9th, 2009: "Missle ['A suspected U.S. missle' - lands in Pakistan ['killing two insurgents and civilian a day after the country again told visiting U.S. officials it opposes such attacks.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article title, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Government Support / Auto Parts Suppliers, U.S.A.  - April 9th, 2009: "The Treasury Department opened a $5 billion financing support program on Wednesday [04/08/09] to help auto suppliers keep parts flowing to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC." [Based on: News Services article (Auto parts suppliers get government support), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 10th, 2009: "Stocks surged to their highest levels in two months after Wells Fargo & Co. surprised the market with an early profit report that blew past analysts' expectations thanks to a strong pickup in its lending business. The Dow industrials rose 3.1 percent to 8,083.38" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 -   Marine acquitted in Iraq killing - April 10th, 2009: "A military jury acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq. The jury also acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer of dereliction of duty in the November 2004 death." [Based on: News Services article (Marine acquitted in Iraq killing), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 - Nuclear Advancements / Iran - April 10th, 2009: "Iran claims nuclear advancements / Plant ['in the central city of Isfahan'] is nation's first [inaugurated 04/09/09] to make nuclear fuel for research reactor and russian-made power plant." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 - Disrupted Terrorist Plot / Britain - April 10th, 2009: "British hold 12 ['arrested late Wednesday' - 04/08/09] in terrorist plot / Counter-terrorism chief [Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick] resigns [04/09/09] after inadvertently exposing operation." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Southern Afghanistan - April 10th, 2009: "A suicide bomber attacked a police drug eradication unit in southern Afghanistan on Thursday [04/09/09], killing five people and wounding 17 others, an official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bomber hits Afghanistan), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 04/10/09]

2009 - Coronal Mass Ejection - April 11th, 2009: "In addition to the many prominences on display around the sun today (see below), another form of solar activity has appeared. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory is tracking a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) billowing away from the sun's western limb: movie. The slow-moving cloud will not hit Earth."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=11&month=04&year=2009]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Algeria - April 11th, 2009: "Algerian president [Abdelaziz Bouteflika] wins 90 pct. of votes." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/11/09]

2009 - Suicide Attack / Mosul, Iraq - April 11th, 2009: "A suicide truck driver detonated a ton of explosives near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, on Friday [04/10/09], killing five American soldiers in the deadliest attack against U.S. troops in more than a year. The U.S. military said Iraqi police were the bombers target and that the Americans were caught up as bystanders." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bomber kills 5 American soldiers), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/11/09]

2009 - Volcanic Activity / Galapagos Islands - April 11th, 2009: "Galapagos volcano erupts ['La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/12/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - April 12th, 2009: "Suicide bomber [04/11/09] kills 9 militiamen in Iraq [Iskandariyah]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/12/09]

2009 - Poem  - April 13th, 2009: "Composed this date in history [04/13/09]. The poem: Master Key [7th on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - New "First Dog" / U.S.A. - April 13th, 2009: "Campaign promise fulfilled: First Girls [Malia & Sasha Obama] get their puppy / Bo, a Portuguese water dog, is set for public introduction Tuesday [04/14/09]" [Based on: Title for ENTERTAINMENT article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/13/09]

2009 - Rescued / American Ship Captain - April 13th, 2009: "Navy rescues captain held by pirates [04/12/09] / Three Somali pirates are killed in Special Forces operation approved by President Obama." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/13/09]

2009 - Nano-Building Blocks / Biological DNA? - April 13th, 2009: "Researchers in Montreal have succeeded in finding a new way to manufacture nanotubes, one of the important building blocks of the nanotechnology of the future. Their building material? Biological DNA. A team of researchers at McGill University can now tailor different geometries, rigidities and porosities into these nanotubes through the introduction on non-DNA molecules. The work is to be reported in today's edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology." [Based on: News Services article (DNA 'tricked' to act as nano-building blocks), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/13/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 14th, 2009: "Stocks ended mostly higher ahead of a flurry of earnings and economic reports that could determine whether the bets investors made in the past month on a stabilizing economy will pay off. The Dow fell 0.3 percent to 8,057.81. The S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent to 858.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - American Fatality / Iraq - April 14th, 2009: "Seventh American soldier killed [04/13/09] in Iraq ['near Karbala'] since Friday [04/10/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Al Franken? / Minnesota Senate - April 14th, 2009: "Franken [Democrat Al Franken] won Senate race ['confirmed Monday], judges say ['After a statewide recount ... Franken stands 312 votes ahead.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Bankruptcies on the Rise / U.S.A. - April 14th, 2009: "[....] Nearly 1.2 million debtors filed for bankruptcy in the past 12 months, according to federal court records. Last month, 130,831 sought bankruptcy protection - an increase of 46 percent over March 2008 and 81 percent over March 2007. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bankruptcies are on the rise - again / Increase comes despite federal law making it tougher for businesses and individuals to escape their debts.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Murder Conviction / Phil Spector - April 14th, 2009: "Spector [Rock music producer Phil Spector] convicted of murder [04/13/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Islamic Law / Swat Vallet, Pakistan - April 14th, 2009: "Islamic law enacted [04/13/09] in Swat Valley [Pakistan]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Cuba - April 14th, 2009: "Cuba travel, money transfers eased [04/13/09] / U.S. aims to prompt calls for more freedom." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Trivia / Imported Nuclear Waste, U.S.A. - April 14th, 2009: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it doesn't have the authority to prevent foreign radioactive waste from being imported into the United States. The NRC wrote in an April 9 letter to Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., that the Atomic Energy Act doesn't distinguish between domestic and foreign waste. EnergySolutions, based in Salt Lake City, is seeking a license to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy's shuttered nuclear power program. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in the western Utah desert. Matheson and Gordon are sponsoring a bill to block such deals." [Based on: Title for News Services article (NRC says it can't ban importation of nuclear waste), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 15th, 2009: "Wall Street shifted into reverse after a suprisingly weak retail sales report punctured the market's optimism about the economy. The report overshadowed better-than-expected earnings from J&J and Goldman Sachs. The Dow industrials fell 1.7 percent to 7,920.18" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

2009 - Report: Iran to launch satellite - April 15th, 2009: "[....] Iran's space program has prompted concern in the West because the same rocket technology used to carry satellites into orbit also can deliver warheads." [Based on: News Services article (Report: Iran to launch satellite), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

2009 -   Jury in Alabama clears Monsanto - April 15th, 2009: "A jury cleared Monsanto Co. on Tuesday [04/14/09] of allegations that its Anniston, Ala., plant exposed five people to toxic levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, leaving them with health problems. [NP The five former resident of Anniston, the first of about 2,900 to take their claims to trial, alleged that Monsanto dumped PCBs onto land and into waterways for decades, boosting the risk of diabetes and arthritis. [NP] The residents, who sought millions, also claimed Monsanto knew of health hazards associated with PCBs since 1937 and covered them up. The Birmingham, Ala., jury rejected the claims. [NP] 'There is no credible scientific evidence that PCBs cause any of the illnesses,' said Monsanto attorney Augusta Dowd. 'The jury understood this.' " [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Jury in Alabama clears Monsanto), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

2009 - Caregiver Sentenced / Florissant, Mo. - April 15th, 2009: "A Florissant man's former caregiver was sentenced Tuesday [04/14/09] in federal court to a year in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from him. Kelly Marie Swagulski pleaded guilty in January to a bank fraud charge, admitting she falsified bank account withdrawal forms and talked her client into getting an ATM card, then used it to get cash at casinos." [Based on: Staff Reports article (Caregiver gets prison), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

2009 - Boots Nuclear Inspectors / North Korea  - April 15th, 2009: "North Korea boots out U.N. nuclear inspectors ['... in an angry reaction to the U.N. Security Council's decision Monday to condemn North Korea's April 5 rocket launching.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

*Trivia: "Nuclear inspectors leave N. Korea [04/16/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Study: Modified crops don't improve yield - April 15th, 2009: "Genetically engineered crops do little to improve yields and instead promote the proliferation of herbicide-resistant weeds that curb production, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. [....] The union is a 'science-based nonprofit' group started in 1969 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Study: Modified crops don't improve yields), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia - April 15th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:01:33 (UTC) on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 3.091°S, 100.496°E; Depth 8.5 km (5.3 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009flbf.php] - [T.D. - 04/18/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 16th, 2009: "Investors snapped up shares of consumer product makers and financial companies Wednesday [04/15/09] as they looked to signs that the recession could be easing its chokehold on the conomy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 109.44, or 1.4 percent, to 8,029.62." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

2009 - "Tea Party" Protests / U.S.A. - April 16th, 2009: " 'Tea parties' protest runaway spending [04/15/09] / Rallies here and across nation tap into anger over course Obama has set." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

2009 - Drug Lord Captured / Columbia - April 16th, 2009: "Drug lord [Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias 'Don Mario'] captured in Columbia [04/15/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

2009 -     Pirate Attack / U.S. Cargo Ship - April 16th, 2009: "French hit pirate ship after attack on U.S. boat [04/15/09]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

2009 - Forclosures Continue to Grow / U.S.A.  - April 16th, 2009: "Foreclosures continued to grow in first quarter ['24 percent in the first three months of this year'] / Obama plan may stave off increase in months ahead." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

2009 - Murder Conviction / U.S. Army Soldier - April 16th, 2009: "Soldier [Master Sgt. John Hatley] convicted [04/15/09] of murder ['execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees. ... in spring 2007']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 04/16/09]

*Trivia: "Soldier [Master Sgt. John Hatley] sentenced to life [04/16/09] for murders in Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services  article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / South Sandwich Islands Region - April 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:57:06 (UTC) on Thursday, April 16th, 2009. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 60.187°S, 26.845°W; Depth 20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fma2.php]- [T.D. - 04/18/09]

2009 - Poem  - April 17th, 2009: "Composed this date in history [04/17/09]. The poem: Rod of Power [8th on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - April 17th, 2009: "High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing geomagnetic activity around the poles. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=17&month=04&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 17th, 2009: "Investors are growing more confident that the bruised economy is starting to heal. They jumped into technology, industrial and consumer product stocks as they look for bets that would pay off in an improving economy. The S&P 500 rose 1.6 percent to 865.30." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Pirate Trivia / Somalia - April 17th, 2009: "[....] Forty-two ships were hijacked by Somali pirates last year, and so far 19 have been taken this year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Somalia knows pirate leaders, says it wants to name names), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Coronal Mass Ejection - April 17th, 2009: "A billion-ton cloud of hot magnetized gas has just left the sun. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recorded the explosion at the end of the day on April 17th: [....] The bright coronal mass ejection (CME) is not heading for Earth, so there will be no geomagnetic effects from the explosion. But it does remind us that sunspots are not required for solar activity. The source of the blast appears to be an erupting prominence high above the sun's northeastern limb. [NP] The sun may be blank, but it is not quiet. Monitoring is encouraged."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [04/18/09]

2009 - Cyclone Bijli / Bangladesh - April 17th, 2009: "A ragged-looking Tropical Storm Bijli draped the east coast of India ... on April 16, 2009. Bijli became a tropical storm in the northwest Bay of Bengal on April 15, and initially headed north, toward the west coast of India. By April 16, it had begun a northeastward turn, however, and the storm was being projected to make landfall in eastern Bangladesh on April 17, according to Unisys."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=38259]

2009 - Trivia / Mideast Peace Talks - April 17th, 2009: "Israel lays out new criteria for talks / Netanyahu rejects U.S. calls for paslestinian state, says he won't rush into negotiations." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Obama absolves CIA officers), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - CIA Officers Absolved / U.S.A.  - April 17th, 2009: "President Barack Obama absolved CIA officers from prosecution for harsh, painful interrogation of terrorism suspects Thursday [04/16/09], even as his administration released George W. Bush-era memos graphically detailing - and authorizing - tactics such as slamming detainees against walls, waterboarding them and keeping them naked and cold for long periods. [NP] In releasing the documents, the most comprehensive accounting yet of interrogation methods that were among the Bush administration's most closely guarded secrets, Obama said he wanted to move beyond 'a dark and painful chapter in our history.' [NP] CIA officials had pressed for more parts of the memos to be kept secret; some critics said the release would jeopardize U.S. security." [Based on: News Services article (Obama absolves CIA officers), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Iraqi Military Base - April 17th, 2009: "[....] It [04/16/09] was the fourth major attack on Iraqi security forces in a week." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bomber attacks Iraqi base), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Spain won't investigate Bush officials  - April 17th, 2009: "Spain's attorney general has rejected opening an investigation into whether six Bush administration officials sanctioned torture against suspects at Guantanamo Bay, saying Thursday [04/16/09] a U.S. courtroom would be the proper forum. Candido Conde-Pumpido's remarks severly dampen the chance of a case moving forward against the Americans, including former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales." [Based on: News Services article (Spain won't investigate Bush officials), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Ratings Trivia / J.C. Penny & Macy's - April 17th, 2009: "J.C. Penny, Macy's credit ratings are cut ['to junk by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' ... 'were cut to junk by Moody's Investors Service earlier this month.']" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News Article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Senators looking into wiretaps / U.S.A.  - April 17th, 2009: "The head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday [04/16/09] that the panel would hold a hearing on reports that the National Security Agency improperly tapped into the domestic communications of American citizens. 'We will make sure we get the facts,' said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees learned of the problem in late February from the Justice Department, a congressional official said Thursday." [Based on: News Services article (Senators looking into wiretaps), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Tarapaca, Chile - April 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:08:08 (UTC) on Friday, April 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 19.572°S, 70.417°W; Depth 25 km (15.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fnaf.php]- [T.D. - 04/18/09]

2009 - E.P.A. Clears Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules - April 17th, 2009: "WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday [04/17/09] formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation of the gases for the first time in the United States. [NP] The E.P.A. said the science supporting the proposed endangerment finding was 'compelling and overwhelming.' The ruling initiates a 60-day comment period before any proposals for regulations governing emissions of heat-trapping gases are published. [NP] Although the finding had been expected, supporters and critics said its issuance was a significant moment in the debate on global warming. Many Republicans in Congress and industry spokesmen warned that regulation of carbon dioxide emissions would raise energy costs and kill jobs; Democrats and environmental advocates said the decision was long overdue and would bring long-term social and economic benefits. [NP] The E.P.A. administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, said: 'This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations. Fortunately, it follows President Obama’s call for a low-carbon economy and strong leadership in Congress on clean energy and climate legislation.' [NP] The United States has come under fierce international criticism for trailing other industrialized nations in regulating emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants tied to global warming. With this move and steps by Congress toward a cap-and-trade system to curb heat-trapping gases, the American government can now point to progress as nations begin to write a new international treaty on climate change. [NP] The European Union already has a system of trading permits for industrial emissions of heat-trapping gases in which polluters can meet limits either by reducing emissions or buying credits from more efficient producers. Europe also has a system for regulating emissions of heat-trapping gases from vehicles. [NP] Japan and several other nations have programs limiting tailpipe pollution that are more stringent than the limits expected to be proposed by the E.P.A. [NP] The E.P.A. announcement did not contain specific targets for reductions of heat-trapping gases or new requirements for energy efficiency in vehicles, power plants or industry. Those will come after a period of comment and rule-making or in any legislation that emerges from Congress. [NP] Senator Christopher S. Bond, Republican of Missouri, said the agency’s regulation of heat-trapping gases would be expensive and cumbersome. [NP] 'The Obama administration’s actions today,' Mr. Bond said, 'will do more to endanger families, farmers and workers with new energy taxes and lost jobs than it does to protect the environment.' [NP] As the E.P.A. begins the process of regulating the climate-altering substances under the Clean Air Act, Congress is writing wide-ranging energy and climate legislation that would alter, combine with or override the actions taken by the agency. Mr. Obama and Ms. Jackson have said they much prefer that Congress address global warming rather than have the E.P.A. tackle it through administrative action that could be subject to lawsuits. [NP] When the agency announced its finding, Mr. Obama was en route from Mexico City to Trinidad and Tobago for a meeting of Western Hemisphere nations. The agency made its decision public in a news release and an 133-page explanation of the scientific and legal basis of its proposed finding. [NP] In 2007, the Supreme Court, in Massachusetts v. E.P.A., ordered the agency to determine whether heat-trapping gases harmed the environment and public health. The case was brought by states and environmental groups to force the E.P.A. to use the Clean Air Act to regulate heat-trapping gases in vehicle emissions. [NP] Agency scientists were virtually unanimous in determining that those gases caused such harm, but top Bush administration officials suppressed their work and took no action. [NP] In his first days in office, Mr. Obama promised to review the case and act quickly if the findings were justified. The announcement Friday was the fruit of that review. [NP] According to the E.P.A. announcement, the finding was based on rigorous scientific analysis of six gases — carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride — that have been widely studied by scientists. The agency said its studies showed that concentrations of the gases were at unprecedented levels as a result of human activity and that it was highly likely that those elevated levels were responsible for an increase in average temperatures and other climate changes. [NP] Among the ill effects of rising atmospheric concentrations of the gases, the agency found, were increased drought, more heavy downpours and flooding, more frequent and intense heat waves and wildfires, a steeper rise in sea levels and harm to water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems. [NP] Environmental advocates applauded the decision, which they had sought for years. [NP] Auto companies, utilities and others tied to polluting emissions had long dreaded this day but generally reacted with caution because the regulatory process had just begun and they hoped to address their concerns in the legislation before Congress. [NP] The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said its members were developing cars and trucks to meet the expected tougher emissions standards. - A version of this article appeared in print on April 18, 2009, on page A15 of the New York edition. " [Based on: Article (E.P.A. Clears Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules), By JOHN M. BRODER, Published: April 17, 2009] - [My brackets (NP = New paragraph) - D.R.D.]

*Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/18/science/earth/18endanger.html?_r=1&ref=earth

2009 - Moderate Earthquakes / Eastern Afghanistan - April 17th, 2009: "Two earthquakes [a 5.5 magnitude quake ... and a 5.1 magnitude aftershock'] hit eastern Afghanistan ['killed at least 15 people' - 04/17/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Filing / Galleria Owner, Clayton, Mo. - April 17th, 2009: "[....] Thursday's massive, history-making bankruptcy filing [04/16/09] by the galleria's owner [Chicago-based General Growth Properties, the nation's second-largest mall operator'] probably will go unnoticed by shoppers, in at least the short term. [....]" [Based on: Article (Galleria won't feel filing fallout / Mall owner's bankruptcy won't affect shoppers here, at least in the short term.), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 04/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 18th, 2009: "Wall Street found enough in the latest earnings reports to keep its six-week rally alive. Stocks ended another winning week as earnings from Citigroup and GE came in ahead of the market's meager expectations. The Dow industrials rose 0.1 percent to 8,131.33." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/18/09]

2009 - Formal Papal Protest / Belgium - April 18th, 2009: "[....] The Belgian resolution, which passed April 2, said Benedict's comments ran against numerous international declarations and actions taken by the U.N. and groups fighting AIDS and other transmittable diseases. It called the remarks 'unacceptable' and said the Belgian government didn't share them. [....] The Roman Catholic Church opposes the use of condoms as part of its overall teaching against contraception. It advocates sexual abstinence and sexual faithfulness between husband and wife as the best ways to combat the spread of HIV. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Vatican blasts pope's critics / Action follows Belgium's formal protest of Benedict's comments about AIDS, condoms.), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 04/18/09]

2009 - Bank Failure / Sugar Creek, Mo. - April 18th, 2009: "Missouri bank [American Sterling Bank of Sugar Creek, Mo., was closed Friday, the 24th U.S. bank to fail this year.'] is seized ['the FDIC was name receiver']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/18/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - April 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:17:59 (UTC) on Friday, April 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 46.118°N, 151.364°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fpb3.php]- [T.D. - 04/18/09]

2009 - Halt to New Drilling off Alaska Coast - April 18th, 2009: "Court ['A federal appeals court'] puts halt to new drilling off Alaska coast / Panel rules [04/17/09] that Interior Department under former President George W. Bush failed to consider impact on the environment and marine life." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/18/09]

2009 - Spring Snowstorm / Colorado, Wyoming - April 18th, 2009: "Spring snowstorm ['more than a foot of wet, heavy snow'] hits Colorado, Wyoming [04/17/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/18/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia - April 19th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:23:28 (UTC) on Sunday, April 19th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 4.111°N, 126.638°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/us2009fqak.php]- [T.D. - 04/21/09]

2009 - Sun in Taurus - April 20th, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Taurus."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200904.html]

2009 - Israel protests at racism talks - April 20th, 2009: "Israel has recalled its ambassador to Switzerland 'for consultations' amid ongoing controversy over an anti-racism conference being held in Geneva. [NP] The protest came as the UN conference was due to be addressed by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has described the Holocaust as a 'myth'. [NP] The US, Australia and Germany are among countries boycotting the talks, but France and the UK are attending. [NP] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed dismay at the boycotts. [....] The conference coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, which begins at sundown on Monday. [NP] In comments broadcast on Israeli media, Mr Netanyahu said: 'Six million of our people were slaughtered in the Holocaust. [NP] 'While we commemorate them, a conference purporting to be against racism will convene in Switzerland. The guest of honour is a racist, a Holocaust-denier who makes no secret of his intention of wiping Israel off the face of the earth.' [....] The UN's first conference on racism in the South African city of Durban eight years ago was marred by anti-Semitic comments from some non-governmental organisations. [NP] There was also an unsuccessful attempt by some states to equate Zionism with racism. [NP] Now, many Western countries are uncomfortable with the address by Mr Ahmadinejad, the only major leader to accept an invitation to the forum. [NP] His presence at a conference against racism has caused horror in Israel, and nervousness within the United Nations, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva. [....] The five-day Durban Review Conference in Geneva - or Durban II - is the UN's first global racism conference in eight years. [....] On Monday Poland became the latest country to boycott the forum, joining the US, Israel, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and New Zealand. [NP] French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that although France is attending the conference, its delegates will walk out if the forum is used as a platform to attack Israel." [Based on: BBC News article (Israel protests at racism talks) [T.D. = Page last updated at 12:16 GMT, Monday, 20 April 2009 13:16 UK - see link)

*Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8007440.stm

*Trivia: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused European diplomats and protestors who disrupted his recent attack on Israel at a U.N. conference of trying to muzzle anyone who says 'a word against the racism of the Zionist regime.' " [Based on: News Services article (Iranian president makes accusation), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - May be Dying / New Madrid Quake System - April 20th, 2009: "New Madrid quake system may be dying, study shows ['new research from Northwestern and Purdue universities'] / Measurements of fault motion show that activity is lessening." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/20/09]

2009 - Miss USA / North Carolina - April 20th, 2009: "North Carolina contestant [Kristen Dalton] wins Miss USA title [04/19/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/20/09]

2009 - Still Intact / FBI Database Secrecy - April 20th, 2009: "FBI database secrecy still intact / Obama administration backs Bush-era policy on personal information vault." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/20/09]

2009 - Pharmaceuticals in Waters / U.S.A. - April 20th, 2009: "U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water - contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation. [....] Last year, the AP reported that trace amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in American drinking water supplies. [....] Some scientists say they are increasingly concerned that the consumption of combinations of many drugs, even in small amounts, could harm humans over decades." [Based on: A.P. article (Inquiry: Drugs legally dumped into waters / Contamination is being overlooked.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/20/09]

2009 - Thriving Bacteria / Beneath Antarctic Glacier - April 20th, 2009: "[....] The researchers concluded that the ancestors of the bacteria probably lived in the ocean millions of years ago, and when the Antarctic valleys rose, a pool of seawater was trapped and eventually capped by the glacier ['about 1.5 million years ago when the glacier moved over a lake. It doesn't freeze because it is four times saltier than the ocean.']." [Based on: A.P. article (Bacteria at home under glacier / Scientists say they have survived on sulfur and iron compounds.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 04/20/09]

2009 - Sunspot - April 21st, 2009: "Breaking a string of 25 consecutive spotless days, a new sunspot is forming near the sun's northwestern limb. The magnetic polarity of the spot identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/21/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 21th, 2009: "Investors are back to worrying about banks. Unease about soured loans bubled over after Bank of America said it set aside $13.4 billion to cover lending losses even as it posted profit that beat expectations. The Dow industrials fell 3.6 percent to 7,841.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/21/09]

2009 - Renewed Bank Fears / U.S.A. - April 21st, 2009: "[....] The renewed bank fears drove the stock market down on Monday [04/20/09] in its worst showing in six weeks while Bank of America stock lost nearly a quarter of its value. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Banks not out of the woods / Obama administration seeking ways other than money to boost bailout.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/21/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - April 21st, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:26:11 (UTC) on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 50.793°N, 155.052°E; Depth 152 km (94.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fsam.php]- [T.D. - 04/24/09]

2009 - Apparent Suicide / Freddie Mac CFO. - April 21st, 2009: "The pressure at Freddie Mac / Exec's [David Kellermann] apparent suicide suggests intense stresses at mortgage giant ['Early Tuesday, Kellermann reportedly went to the basement of his brick home and hanged himself.'] ." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Racism Conference / Geneva, Switzerland - April 21st, 2009: "Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protestors threw clown noses at Iran's president Monday [04/20/09] when the hardliner leader called Israel the 'most cruel and repressive racist regime.' [....] Ahmadinejad - the first government official to take the floor at the weeklong event in Geneva ['which began on the eve of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.'] - delivered a rambling, half-hour speech that by turns was conciliatory and inflamatory. At one point he appealed for global unity in the fight against racism and then said the United States and Europe helped establish Israel after World War II at the expense of Palestinians. [NP] 'They resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering,' he said. [....] In Ahmadinejad's speech, he accused Israel of being the 'most cruel and repressive racist regime' and blamed the U.S. invasion of Iraq on a Zionist conspiracy. [NP] At the first mention of Israel, about 40 diplomats from Britain and France and other European Union countries left the room. [....] Most Muslim delegations in Geneva declined to comment, but Pakistan said the protestors were wrong to interrupt Ahmadinejad. [....] Many have criticized Ahmadinejad, who is up for re-election in June, for spending too much time on anti-Israel and anti-Western rhetoric and not enough on the country's economy." [Based on: A.P. article (Iran's leader bashes Israel / At U.N. forum, Ahmadinejad calls it 'repressive racist regime.') by Frank Jordans, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/21/09]

2009 - Still in Iraq / "Blackwater" Security Guards - April 21st, 2009: "[....] Private security guards employed by the company [Blackwater Worldwide], now known as Xe, are slated to continue ground operations in parts of Iraq long into the summer, far longer than had previously been acknowledged, government officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Security firm's role in Iraq exposes problems), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/21/09]

2009 - From Iraq to Afghanistan / U.S. Army Combat Engineers - April 21st, 2009: "From Iraq to Afghanistan / 500 Army combat engineers ['who specilize in clearing roads of explosives'] moving out after just a few weeks." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/21/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 22nd, 2009: "Rising bank stocks pulled the market sharply higher. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said 'the vast majority' of banks have enough capital and said some would be allowed to repay financial bailout funds. The Dow industrials rose 1.6 percent to 7,969.56." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Torture Debate / U.S.A. - April 22nd, 2009: "Widening an explosive debate on torture, President Barack Obama opened the possibility of prosecution for Bush-era lawyers who authorized brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects and suggested Congress might order a full investigation." [Based on: News Services article (Obama reverses stand on interrogations), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / DuPomt Co. - April 22nd, 2009: "DuPont declines by 59 percent ['in first-quarter profit']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / U.S. Bancorp - April 22nd, 2009: "U.S. Bancorp, parent of U.S. Bank, reported that profits dropped 51 percent in the first quarter as more borrowers fell behind on loan payments. [....] The Minneapolis-based bank holds the largest share of the St. Louis banking market, with 18 percent of the region's deposits. It is the sixth-largest bank in the country. [....]" [Based on: Article (Loan woes hurt U.S. Bancorp profit), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Quarterly Loss / Caterpillar Inc. - April 22nd, 2009: "Caterpillar reports first loss [$112 million] in 17 years" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Feinstein says timing a coincidence - April 22nd, 2009: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., offered to help the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. secure $25 billion in federal funds last year, just days before the agency awarded a contract to Feinstein's husband's firm. She and her husband said the timing was coincidental." [Based on: News Services article (Feinstein says timing a coincidence), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - First Quarter Loss / The New York Times Co. - April 22nd, 2009: "New York Times loses $74.5 million ['or 52 cents per share.']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/22/09]

2009 - Solar Prominence - April 23rd, 2009: "The sun produced an unexpected burst of activity yesterday, April 23rd, when an enormous prominence rose over the northeastern limb and erupted. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=24&month=04&year=2009]

2009 - Gamma Ray Burst - April 23rd, 2009: "April 28, 2009: NASA's Swift satellite and an international team of astronomers have found a gamma-ray burst from a star that died when the universe was only 630 million years old - less than five percent of its present age. The event, dubbed GRB 090423, is the most distant cosmic explosion ever seen. [NP] 'The incredible distance to this burst exceeded our greatest expectations - it was a true blast from the past,' says Swift lead scientist Neil Gehrels at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. [....] The burst occurred at 3:55 a.m. EDT on April 23rd. Swift quickly pinpointed the explosion, allowing telescopes on Earth to target the burst before its afterglow faded away. Astronomers working in Chile and the Canary Islands independently measured the explosion's redshift. It was 8.2, smashing the previous record of 6.7 set by an explosion in September 2008. A redshift of 8.2 corresponds to a distance of 13.035 billion light years. [NP] 'We're seeing the demise of a star - and probably the birth of a black hole - in one of the universe's earliest stellar generations,' says Derek Fox at Pennsylvania State University. [NP] Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the Universe. Most occur when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. As their cores collapse into a black hole or neutron star, jets of matter punch through the star and blast into space. There, they strike gas previously shed by the star and heat it, which generates short-lived afterglows in many wavelengths. [NP] For years, astronomers have been hunting for gamma-ray bursts from the earliest generations of stars - and mysteriously failing to find them. The detection of GRB 090423 is an important milestone in the quest to locate bursts in the redshift range 10 to 20. More information: 'The Case of the Missing Gamma-ray Bursts.' [....]"

[Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (New Gamma-Ray Burst Smashes Cosmic Distance Record), 04.28.2009 - Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/28apr_grbsmash.htm - [T.D. - 04/29/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - April 23rd, 2009: "Suicide bomber kills 5 in Iraq ['in a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 23rd, 2009: "Nagging worries about banks upended a stock market rally. Financial stocks steered the overall market for the third straight day after Morgan Stanley and Capital One Financial posted lackluster quarterly reports. The Dow industrials fell 1 percent to 7,886.57." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Suicide Attacks / Iraq - April 23rd, 2009: "Suicide attacks ['Two massive suicide attacks'] kill 76 in Iraq ['at least 76 people and possibly dozens more']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 04/24/09]

2009 - Financial Trivia / Boeing Co. - April 23rd, 2009: "Boeing's earnings face headwind / Company is leaning harder on international deals ['Boeing's first-quarter profit dropped by nearly 50 percent compared to 2008.' - SOURCE: Boeing, Bloomberg / Post-Dispatch] by Ken Leiser." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Columbian Drug Lord - April 23rd, 2009: "Columbian drug lord [Diego Murillo] sentenced ['was sentenced in New York to more than 31 years in prison']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Cheney, Rice tied to interrogations - April 23rd, 2009: "A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing controversial interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President  Dick Cheney and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. [NP] At the same time, the narrative suggests that then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell were largely left out of the decision-making process. The narrative was posted Wednesday [04/22/09] on the Senate Intelligence Committee's website and released by its former chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va." [Based on: News Services article (Cheney, Rice tied to interrogations), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Conclusions / Gaza War Conduct, Israel - April 23rd, 2009: "Israeli military [04/22/09] OKs its war conduct ['The Israeli military on Wednesday presented the conclusions of several internal investigations into its conduct during the recent war in Gaza and stated that it operated in accordance with international law throughout the fighting ....']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Hamas leader unable to speak to British leaders - April 23rd, 2009: "An attempt by the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas to make an unprecenented video link address to British lawmakers failed. A technical glitch was blamed." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas leader unable to speak to British leaders), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - First Quarter Profit / Journal Communications Inc. - April 23rd, 2009: "Journal Communications Inc., publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said first-quarter profit was nearly wiped out by a steep decline in ad revenue at its publishing and broadcast operations. The company just broke even for the quarter, posting a profit of $121,000, compared with earnings of $6.7 million a year ago. Revenue fell to $107 million, down 20 percent from $134 million a year ago. Revenue at the company's flagship newspaper fell 23 percent." [Based on: Article (Journal Communications Inc.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 24th, 2009: "About halfway through first-quarter earnings reports, Wall Street still isn't sure where the economy is headed. The market ended higher but only after another shaky, back-and-forth day of trading. The Dow Jones industrials rose 70.49, or 0.9 percent, to 7,957.06." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 04/24/09]

2009 - Scients Map Cow Genome - April 24th, 2009: "Scientists map the cow genome ['announced Thursday - 04/23/09] / Agriculture officials say discovery could help beef up livestock industry." [Based on: Title for Article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 04/24/09]

2009 - Status / West Lake Landfill, Mo. - April 24th, 2009: "BRIDGETON - Opponents of plans to put a cover over two piles containing radioactive waste at the West Lake landfill [Bridgeton, Mo.] are worried that some preparatory work there could release contaminated material. [....]" [Based on: Article (Foes fear accidental release of toxic dust from landfill), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 04/24/09]

2009 - Suicide Attacks / Shia Shrine, Iraq - April 24th, 2009: "Two female suicide bombers have attacked Baghdad's main Shia shrine, killing at least 60 people and injuring 125 others, officials in Iraq say. [NP] The attack happened at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in the Kadhimiya area as people gathered for Friday prayers. [NP] It comes a day after 84 people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in Baghdad and Baquba. [NP] Many victims in Baquba and in Baghdad on Friday were Iranian pilgrims and the violence was condemned in Tehran. [....]"

[Based on: BBC News article (Blast carnage at shrine in Iraq), Page last updated at 16:20 GMT, Friday, 24 April 2009 17:20 UK]

2009 - Philippines overturns Marine's conviction - April 24th, 2009: "Philippines overturns Marine's conviction [04/23/09] / Order releasing Daniel Smith, of O'Fallon, Mo., sets off protests." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/24/09]

2009 - "Potential Pandemic" / Swine Flu, HINI - April 24th, 2009: "A new flu virus suspected of killing up to 60 people in Mexico has the potential to become a pandemic, the World Health Organization's chief says. [....] Eight people have fallen sick in the US - six in California and two in Texas - with a virus the WHO say was the same as the new strain of swine flu, designated H1N1. [....]" [Based on: BBC News article (Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'), Page last updated at 16:10 GMT, Saturday, 25 April 2009 17:10 UK]

*Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8018356.stm - [T.D. - 04/25/09]

2009 - Poem - April 25th, 2009: "Composed this date in history [04/25/09]. The poem: Shaking Hands [9th on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Died / Bea Arthur - April 25th, 2009: Died this date in history: Bea Arthur. She was 86.

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 25th, 2009: "Investors set aside some worries about banks and the economy Friday [04/24/09] after the government unveiled its methods for testing the banks' health. Major indexes rose about 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which jumped 150 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/25/09]

2009 - More Bank Closures / U.S.A. - April 25th, 2009: "Regulators on Friday [04/24/09] shut down three more banks, boosting the number of failures this year to 28 - more bank closures than in all of last year. The latest banks seized were American Southern Bank in Georgia, Michigan Heritage Bank, and First Bank of Beverly Hills in California. The FDIC will continue to insure deposits at both American Southern Bank and Michigan Heritage bank. The FDIC will pay out the insured deposits of First Bank of Beverly Hills." [Based on: A.P. article (Three more banks close), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/25/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Private Financier - April 25th, 2009: "A private financier received a 10-year prison sentence for handling millions stolen from Northern Bank in Belfast, a record-setting robbery that overshadowed Northern Ireland's peace process for years. Police found British bank notes worth 2.3 million British pounds ($4.5 million) at the home of Ted Cunningham, 60." [Based on: News Services article (Financier sentenced over Belfast robbery), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/25/09]

2009 - Global Threat? / New Flu - April 26th, 2009: "New flu is global threat, WHO says / The investigation Health workers in all countries are told to watch closely for signs of illness." [Based on: Title for MarketWatch article by Jonathan Burton, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/26/09]

2009 - Ambushed / Mexican Police Chief - April 26th, 2009: "Mexican police chief ['retired Mexican army Col. Arturo Navarro, of Piedras Negras] killed" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/26/09]

2009 - Protests / IMF Meeting, Washington - April 26th, 2009: "Protestors ['More than 100'] clash with police at IMF meet ['Saturday in Washington outside the International Monetary Fund and World bank meetings.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/26/09]

2009 - Stimulus Money / American Indian Tribes - April 26th, 2009: "$500 million ['in federal stimulus money'] going to Indian tribes ['across the United States']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 04/26/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 26th, 2009: "3 suicide bombers strike in Afghanistan [Kandahar]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 04/26/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands, New Zealand - April 26th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:06:54 (UTC) on Sunday, April 26th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 30.270°S, 178.603°W; Depth 142 km (88.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009fxab.php]- [T.D. - 04/26/09]

2009 - Kent State Riots - April 27th, 2009: "Police fire pellets at Kent State rioters [04/25/09]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - Reactor Shutdown /  New Jersey - April 27th, 2009: "The operator of the nation's [U.S.A.] oldest nuclear power plant, in Lacey Township, N.J., has manually shut down its reactor after equipment failed on one of its two transformers. [NP] Officials say Saturday night's shutdown [04/25/09] occurred without incident." [Based on: News Services article (Reactor at oldest U.S. nuclear plant is shut down), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - Roadside Bombing / Afghanistan - April 27th, 2009: "Bomb ['roadside bombing'] kills 2 from Afghan community force [04/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - President Rafael Correa? / Ecuador - April 27th, 2009: "Ecuador's Correa [Rafael Correa, a leftist champion of the poor'] declares re-election victory [04/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - On Display / New Egyptian Mummies - April 27th, 2009: "Ancient Egyptian tombs on display [''next to the nearly four-millenia-old pyramid of Pharaoh Sesostris II.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - Trivia / Nanotechnology & Food Safety - April 27th, 2009: "Nanotechnology study shows promise at MU [University of Missouri] / Researchers believe it may have role in improving food safety ['They discovered that zinc oxide nanoparticles inhibit the growth of E. coli 0157']." [Based on: Article by Georgina Gustin, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/27/09]

2009 - NYC Flyover - April 28th, 2009: "Call it a photo flop. [NP] The White House apologized late Monday [04/27/09] for a photo-op and military training exercise involving two low-flying aircraft - a presidential plane and an F-16 fighter jet just above downtown Manhattan that sparked fears of another Sept. 11. [....]." [Based on: Newsday article (White House apologizes for NYC flyover, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 04/28/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 28th, 2009: "The swine flu gave Wall Street a reason to turn cautious. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up a midday recovery as the swine flu's death count in Mexico grew to about 150 people from 100. The index dropped 51.29, or 0.6 percent, to end at 8,025.00." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/28/09]

2009 - Travel Alert / Mexico - April 28th, 2009: "U.S. issues travel alert for Mexico [04/27/09]." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/28/09]

2009 - Serb Protest / Kosovoa - April 28th, 2009: "Serbs protesting the building of homes for ethnic Albanians in Kosovo's tense north threw two hand grenades and fired gunshots at European Union police officers, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades to drive the crowd away Monday [04/27/09]." [Based on: News Services article (EU police disperse Serb protest), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/28/09]

2009 - Credit card rates rise / U.S.A. - April 28th, 2009: "The average annual interest rates charged on most variable credit cards rose significantly last week after several weeks of little change, according to Bankrate.com. The biggest jump came for low-interest cards, which have rates below the national average but are often offered only to customers with strong credit histories. The average APR jumped to 11.70 percent, up from 11.62 percent. It is the largest increase bankrate has reported since early February." [Based on: A.P article (Credit card rates rise), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 04/28/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 29th, 2009: "Investors set aside some of their worries about the economy after a closely watched measure of consumer confidence soared in April. Stocks ended with only modest losses and well off their lows. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 0.1 percent to 8,016.95." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - Status / Swine Flu Vaccine - April 29th, 2009: "U.S. scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a swine flu vaccine ready in early May, but are finding that the novel virus grows slowly in eggs - the chief way flu vaccines are made. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New vaccine is months away / Doctor's 'working at 100 miles an hour' but strain poses problems.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - Reversal / U.S. Wildlife Order - April 29th, 2009: "Obama reverses Bush order on wildlife ['revoking a last-minute rule change by the Bush administration.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - Will Become a Democrat? / Arlen Specter - April 29th, 2009: "Specter shakes up U.S. Senate [Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he would become a Democrat'] / Shift in party puts Democrats on path to coveted 60 seats." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Credit card rates rise), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - Common Genetic variations / People with Autism - April 29th, 2009: "Link found ['common genetic variations'] in people with autism ['findings ... published in the journal Nature.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary / Kathleen Sebelius - April 29th, 2009: "Sebelius [Kathleen Sebelius] is confirmed" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 04/29/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1016 - April 30th, 2009: "A ring-shaped sunspot numbered 1016 has emerged near the sun's equator. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of old Solar Cycle 23. Until these old cycle sunspots go away, the next solar cycle will remain in abeyance. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 04/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - April 30th, 2009: "The Fed confirmed what Wall Street has already concluded: The recession is starting to ease. Policymakers said the pace of economic decline 'appears to be somewhat slower' than the last time they met in mid-March. The Dow industrials rose 2.1 percent to 8,185.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Budget Trivia / U.S.A. - April 30th, 2009: "Democrats in Congress capped President Barack Obama's 100th day in office [04/29/09] by advancing a $3.4 trillion federal budget for next year - a third of it borrowed - that prevents Republicans from blocking his proposed trillion-dollar expansion of government-provided health care over the new decade. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Congress compromises on $3.4 trillion budget), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Snowstorm / Montana - April 30th, 2009: "Montana [northwest Montana] gets 4 feet of snow" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Barack Obama / Arnold, Mo. - April 30th, 2009: " 'I was curious. How is your administration planning to be more environmentally friendly?' asks Laurel Bonebrake, 9, of President Barack Obama. The president complimented the Truman Elementary fourth-grader on her poise Wednesday [04/29/09] at Fox High School in Arnold." [Based on: Picture caption for article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Ice Chunks / Antarctic Peninsula - April 30th, 2009: "Massive ice chunks are crumbling away from a shelf in the western Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said, warning that 1,300 square miles of ice was in danger of breaking off in coming weeks." [Based on: News Services article (Ice chunks falling in Antarctica), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Profit / Visa Inc. - April 30th, 2009: "Visa Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose nearly 71 percent, beating expectations. The world's largest electronic payment network reported income of $536 million, or 71 cents per share, up from $314 million, or 39 cents, a year ago. revenue rose 13 percent to $1.64 billion." [Based on: Wire Reports article (Visa Inc.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Terrorist Attacks Increase / Pakistan - April 30th, 2009: "[....] A State Department report due out today [04/30/09] is expected to show that terrorist attacks in Pakistan alone more than quadrupled between 2006 and 2008." [Based on: News Services article (Terrorist attacks are increasing), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

2009 - Additional British Troops / Afghanistan - April 30th, 2009: "Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed that Britain would send an additional 700 troops to Afghanistan to fight alongside American and NATO forces battling the Taliban." [Based on: News Services article (Britain sending 700 to fight Taliban), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 04/30/09]

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