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

  May 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - May 1st, 2009: "Sun [11 Taurus], Moon [2 Leo], Mercury [0 Gemini], Venus [2 Aries], Mars [6 Aries], Jupiter [23 Aquarius], Saturn [15 Virgo R.], Uranus [25 Pisces], Neptune [26 Aquarius], Pluto [3 Capricorn], Chiron [25 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200905.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 1st, 2009: "Chrysler's bankruptcy put only a small dent in Wall Street's rally. The Dow industrials gave up early gains after President Obama said Chrysler will be going through a bankruptcy reorganization. The Dow fell 0.2 percent to 8,169.12 It rose 7.4 percent in April." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - Trivia / "Out of Africa"? - May 1st, 2009: "Africans have more genetic variation than anyone else on Earth, according to a new study that helps narrow the location where humans first evolved, probably near the South-Namibia border. [NP] The largest study of African genetics ever undertaken also found that nearly -three-fourths of African-Americans can trace their ancestry to West Africa. The new analysis was published Thursday [04/30/09] in the online edition of the journal Science. [....] 'The human genome describes the complexity of our species,' added Muntaser Ibrahim of the department of molecular biology at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. 'Now we have spectacular insight into the history of the African population ... the oldest history of mankind. [NP] 'Everybody's history is part of African history because everybody came out of Africa,' Ibrahim said. [....] Overall, the researchers were able to study and compare the genetics of 121 African groups, 60 non-African populations and four African-American groups. [NP] The so-called 'Cape-colored' population of South Africa has highest levels of mixed ancestry on the globe, a blend of African, European, East Asian and South Indian, Tishkoff ['lead researcher Sarah Tishkoff, a geneticist at the University of Pennsylvania.'] said. [....] There was 'very little' evidence for American Indian genes among African-Americans, Tishkoff said [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Most genetic variation found among Africans) by Randolph E. Schmid, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - Driver targets Dutch royals - May 1st, 2009: "Driver [who later died from his injuries - 05/01/09] targets Dutch royals [04/30/09] / Five killed, 13 wounded when car slams into holiday [Queen's Day celebrations - Apeidoorn, Netherlands] crowd." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - May 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 May 2009 at 11:37:14 PM GMT is: $11,158,730,330,989.39. The estimated population of the United States is 306,101,305 so each citizen's share of this debt is $36,454.37. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.71 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. - 05/01/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / Exxon Mobil Corp. - May 1st, 2009: "Exxon Mobil Corp. said first-quarter earnings fell 58 percent, its lowest in more than five years, as the world's biggest publicly traded oil company saw prices fall. Earnings came to $4.6 billion, or 92 cents a share, down from $10.9 billion, or $2.02, a year ago. Revenue fell 45 percent to $64 billion." [Based on: Article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - Britain pulls last troops from Iraq - May 1st, 2009: "Britain pulls last troops from Iraq ['prepared to ship out most of its remaining 4,000 troops.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / Marathon Oil Corp. - May 1st, 2009: "Marathon Oil Corp. said first-quarter profit fell 61 percent. Earnings were $282 million, or 40 cents a share, versus $731 million, or $1.02, a year ago. revenue fell 43 percent to $10.4 billion." [Based on: Article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - "Conflicker" Compromises Medical Devices - May 1st, 2009: "[....] 'The manufacturer of the devices [MRI & imaging machines, etc.] told them none of the machines were supposed to be connected to the Internet - and yet they were. And because the machines were running an unpatched version of Microsoft's operating system used in embedded devices, they were vulnerable. [....]" [Based on: San Jose Mercury News article ('Worm' invades hospitals / 'Conflicker' compromises 300 medical devices around the world) by Elise Ackerman, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/01/09]

2009 - UBS Secrecy - May 2nd, 2009: "[....] Swiss banking giant UBS ... argued in court papers that the agency's [IRS's] aggressive pursuit of international tax cheats ignores international law and diplomacy." [Based on: News Services article (Swiss bank fights to preserve secrecy), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 2nd, 2009: "Traders put in more of the 'buy' orders that propelled the market in April to its best one-month performance in nine years. Wall Street has been growing more optimistic about the economy stabilizing. The Dow Jones industrials rose 0.5 percent to 8,212.41." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Indian Protests / Peru - May 2nd, 2009: "Ashaninka and Yines Indians are blocking an airport in the central Peruvian jungle town of Atalaya as well as two stations on a northern oil pipeline to protest laws that they say threaten their ancestral land and resources. Edson Rosales, spokesman for an Indian rights group in the Amazon, says 15,000 Indians have been protesting since April 9 and plan to start taking over oil and gas rigs. He says laws passed in December open the door to privatization of water resources and jungle land used by the Indians." [Based on: News Services article (Indians in Peru stage protests), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / Chevron Corp. - May 2nd, 2009: "Chevron Corp. said quarterly net income plunged 64 percent from a year ago. The second-largest U.S. oil company reported income of $1.84 billion, or 92 cents per share, compared with $5.15 billion, or $2.48 per share, in the quarter a year ago. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Chevron's income falls 64 percent.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Bank Failure Trivia / U.S.A. - May 2nd, 2009: "Banks in Georgia [Silverton Bank of Atlanta], New Jersey [Citizens Community Bank in Ridgewood] and Utah [America West Bank of Layton] were seized by regulators Friday [05/01/09], boosting the tally of failed lenders in the U.S. this year to 32 and tapping more than $1.4 billion of the federal governments deposit-insurance fund. " [Based on: Bloomberg News article (More banks seized), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Supreme Court - May 2nd, 2009: "Departure opens high court / With Justice Souter retiring [June 2009], Obama has chance to diversify the Supreme Court" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / Dow Corning Corp. - May 2nd, 2009: "Dow Corning profit falls [''first-quarter profit plunged 94 percent']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - FDA Warning / Hydroyxcut Products - May 2nd, 2009: "Federal drug regulators warned consumers Friday [05/01/09] to stop using the Hydroxycut line of popular weight-loss products, citing reports of a death due to liver failure and other instances of serious health problems. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (FDA issues warning against Hydroxycut), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 05/02/09]

2009 - Heavy Rain / Brazil - May 3rd, 2009: "Officials say floods and mudslides from heavy rain in northeastern Brazil have killed at least 14 people [39 as of 05/08/09] in the last month and driven tens of thousands ['at least 62,600 people'] from their homes. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Mudslides strike in Brazil), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 05/03/09]

2009 - Mass Assault / Pakistani Outpost - May 3rd, 2009: "Pakistani forces repel mass assault on outpost ['near the Afghan border Saturday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 05/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Guatemala - May 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:21:47 (UTC) on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 14.585°N, 91.149°W; Depth 126.8 km (78.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ GUATEMALA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009geat.php] - [T.D. - 05/04/09]

2009 - Israeli Airstrike / Gaza-Egypt Border - May 3rd, 2009: "Israeli airstrike ['against smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border'] said to kill two" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 05/03/09]

2009 - Died / Dom DeLuise - May 4th, 2009: "Dom DeLuise ['died Monday (May 4, 2009) at age 75.] / Comic actor worked in movies, TV, on Broadway, and was popular chef and cookbook author " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - President Ricardo Martinelli / Panama - May 4th, 2009: "Opposition leader [Ricardo Martinelli] wins in Panama [05/03/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/04/09]

2009 - Black Marks / Nuclear Arms Site, S.C. - May 4th, 2009: "Nuclear arms site [Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina] racks up black marks ['repeatedly used substandard construction materials and components']" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/04/09]

2009 - Severe Storms / Southeast U.S.A. - May 4th, 2009: "Storms take toll in Southeast [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/04/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 5th, 2009: "Another big rally on Wall Street has erased the losses suffered by the Standard & Poor's 500 this year. The S&P 500 is now up 0.4 percent for 2009. Gains in housing, financial and materials stocks pushed the index up 29.72, or 3.4 percent, to 907.24 on Monday [05/04/09]" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Coronal Mass Ejections - May 5th, 2009: "Astronomers are watching the edge of the sun, waiting for the emergence of an active region that produced a bright CME on May 5th: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/07/09]

*Trivia: "NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft is monitoring [05/08/09] a pair of active regions hidden behind the sun's eastern limb. They are the bright 'hot spots' in this photo [see link] taken by STEREO-B's extreme ultraviolet telescope just a few hours ago: [....] On May 5th and 6th, magnetic fields in the vicinity of these regions erupted, hurling at least three coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space. Since then, no explosions have been observed. The sunspots probably located at the base of these active regions might be in decay - or they might be regrouping for a new round of CMEs. We'll find out when the sun's rotation turns the active zone toward Earth for a better view in the days ahead. Readers with solar telescopes should train their optics on the eastern limb." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/08/09]

2009 -  Obama targets tax havens - May 5th, 2009: "President Barack Obama on Monday [05/04/09] called for curbing offshore tax havens and tax breaks to collect billions of dollars more from multinational companies and wealthy individuals. [....]" [Based on: A.P. Article (Obama targets tax havens / Proposal is aimed at raising $210 billion over 10 years.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Mystery Plant / Ulluchu  - May 5th, 2009: "Scientists get dirt on mystery plant [Guarea plant - 'Known as Ulluchu' - which roughly translates (in the Quechua language) to 'penis pepper'] / Once a part of sacrifices, it may have medical uses." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Resignation / Prime Minister, Nepal - May 5th, 2009: "Nepalese prime minister [Pushpa Kamal Dahal] resigns [05/04/09 - 'amid a power struggle over his firing of the army chief']" [Based on: Title for News Services Article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 -  Trivia / Nuclear Arms Security, Pakistan - May 5th, 2009: "Nuclear arms security in Pakistan on agenda / Obama will talk with Pakistani leader as concern rises about attempt by Taliban to seize weapons." [Based on: Title for A.P. Article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 -  First-Quarter Loss /  Chesapeake Energy - May 5th, 2009: "Chesapeake [Chesapeake Energy] posts $6 billion loss ['for the first quarter because of tumbling natural gas prices.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Hamas leader says rocket attacks have ceased, for now - May 5th, 2009: "Khaled Meshal, the leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas, said Monday [05/04/09] that its fighters had stopped firing rockets at Israel, for now. He also said the movement was seeking a state only in the areas Israel won in 1967." [Based on: News Services Article (Hamas leader says rocket attacks have ceased, for now), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Doesn't Endorse Palestinian State / Israeli Foreign Minister - May 5th, 2009: "Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, committed himself on Monday [05/04/09] to Mideast peace but did not endorse the idea of a Palestinian state as sought by the United States and the European Union. Lieberman, who heads the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, said concessions to Palestinians only invite war, and criticized U.S. peace efforts last year." [Based on: News Services Article (Israeli foreign minister doesn't endorse Palestinian state), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/05/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 6th, 2009: "Stocks held steady a day after a rally and ahead of results of the government's stress tests of banks. Wall Street fell slightly following a jump the day before that sent the S&P 500 into positive territory for the year. The index fell 0.4 percent to 903.80." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Nuclear Waste / Utah - May 6th, 2009: "Despite having their own radioactive waste dump, Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina have shipped millions of cubic feet of waste across the country this decade to a private Utah facility that is the only one available to 36 other states, according to U.S. Department of Energy records." [Based on: News Services article (States ship waste to Utah), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Israel - May 6th, 2009: "A viable Palestinian state, existing peacefully with Israel, 'must be achieved,' Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday [05/05/09] in a speech at the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, sending a strong signal that the administration of President Barack Obama will push Israel's new government to move toward peace with Palestinians." [Based on: News Services article (Biden takes stand for Palestinian state), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Civilian Casualties? / Afghanistan - May 6th, 2009: "Bombing runs called in by U.S. forces killed dozens of civilians [Farah province] taking shelter from fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan and international troops, Afghan officials said. A provincial councilman said he saw about 30 bodies, many of them women and children. Villagers estimated from 70 to well over 100 civilians may have died." [Based on: News Services article (Afghans say U.S. raid kills dozens), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

*Trivia: "U.S. says airstrikes killed 50 Afghans" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article by Nancy A. Youssef, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

*Trivia: "An internal military investigation into a U.S. airstrike [by 'B-1B bombers that launched three airstrikes'] in western Afghanistan [05/04/09] acknowledged that U.S. forces may have killed as many as 86 civilians and said the military needs to re-examine its rules to reduce future civilian casualties. [....] The airstrike, in the western Farah province, has drawn the ire of local and national leaders, strained relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan and become an issue in August elections there. Afghan investigations have placed the civilian death toll as high as 140." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. admits airstrike may have killed 86 Afghan civilians / Military report suggests that troops need a refresher on how to best use air power.) by Nancy A. Youssef, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 06/20/09]

2009 - Satellite for Tracking Missles / U.S.A. - May 6th, 2009: "U.S. launches satellite [05/05/09] for tracking of missles" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - SEC chairwoman to target short-selling - May 6th, 2009: "[....] Short-selling involves borrowing a company's shares, selling them, then buying them back when the stock falls and returning them to the lender. The short-seller pockets the difference. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (SEC chairwoman to target short-selling / Foes say new restrictions would further damage investor confidence.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Prepares for Cyber Warfare / U.S. Military - May 6th, 2009: "[....] Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, the Pentagon's leading cyberwarfare commander, said the U.S. is determined to lead the global effort to use computer technology to deter or defeat enemies, while stil protecting the public's constitutional rights." [Based on: News Services article (Military prepares for digital war), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Justice Report Trivia / U.S. Torture Memos - May 6th, 2009: "Justice report ['still in draft form'] stops short of calling for charges ['against Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memos approving harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Pakistanis Flee Fighting / Swat Valley, Pakistan - May 6th, 2009: "Residents flooded out of the Swat valley by the thousands Tuesday [05/05/09] as the government prepared to mount a new military campaign against Taliban militants, and a much-criticized peace accord with the insurgents unraveled. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Pakistanis flee fighting / Army to face Taliban militants in Swat valley campaign.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - May 7th, 2009: "Earth is entering a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole [see link]. Credit: Hinode X-ray Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 7th, 2009: "Investors are feeling more confident about putting their money in banks. Financial stocks led the market higher as reports indicated balance sheets at the nation's biggest banks might not be as frayed as some had feared. The S&P 500 rose 1.7 percent to 919.53." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article (StoryStocks), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Trivia / Arlen Specter - May 7th, 2009: "Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party has cost him his seniority on Senate committees. Specter said it isn't important, but hat Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. promised to restore his seniority if he wins election as a Democrat in 2010. Reid said he promised only that he would put it to a vote." [Based on: News Services article (Specter downplays loss of seniority), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Gay Marriage / Maine - May 7th, 2009: "Maine approves gay marriage" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Telemetry Keyhole / SOHO - May 7th, 2009: "The sun is blank - no sunspots. Credit: SOHO/MDI / NOTE: SOHO is passing through a telemetry keyhole and this is delaying transmission of Daily Sun images. Updates will be posted as soon as they are available."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/07/09]

2009 - Typhoon Trivia / Philippines - May 7th, 2009: "Within a week’s time, the northern Philippines island of Luzon was hit by two tropical cyclones. On May 2 and May 3, 2009, Tropical Storm Kujira inundated parts of southern Luzon in the northeast-central Philippines with torrential rains. On May 7, Typhoon Chan-hom (known locally as 'Emong') made landfall on the northwest coast of Luzon, bringing strong winds, heavy rains and yet more flooding to the beleaguered island. [....] After pulling away from the island, Kujira developed into a powerful typhoon. The fast-moving Typhoon Chan-hom roared ashore over northern Luzon on May 7, where it dropped about 150 mm (6 inches) of rain (green). The large difference in rainfall between the two storms was due to the difference in their forward motion and not their intensity—Kujira was a slow-moving tropical storm at the time, while Chan-hom was a fast-moving typhoon. [NP] The two storms together left at least 63 people dead, reported the AFP wire service on May 10. Most of the fatalities occurred as a result of landslides and floods. Additional images of the two storms are available on the TRMM web site."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=38470]

2009 - Car Bombs / Baghdad, Iraq - May 7th, 2009: "Car bombs kill 17 [05/06/09] in Iraq [Baghdad]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Critical of Gays / "Joe the Plumber" - May 7th, 2009: "Samuel Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man hailed as 'Joe the Plumber' by Republican John McCain's presidential campaign last year, said he believes gays are 'queer' and said he won't allow them near his children." [Based on: News Services article (Joe the Plumber critical of gays), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Potentialy Hazardous Asteroids - "On May 7, 2009 there were 1054 potentially hazardous asteroids." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/07/09]

2009 - Traces of Enriched Uranium / Egypt - May 7th, 2009: "Enriched uranium ['traces of'] found in Egypt [the IAEA said]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - President Jacob Zuma / South Africa - May 7th, 2009: "South Africa makes Zuma president [Jacob Zuma will be inagurated Saturday - 05/09/09]] " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Air & Ground Attacks / Swat Valley, Pakistan - May 7th, 2009: "Pakistan launched air and ground attacks against up to 7,000 Taliban militants entrenched in a northwestern valley Wednesday [05/06/09], killing dozens holed up at emerald mines and on forested hillsides following urgent U.S. demands to step up the fight against the insurgents. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistan pounds militants / Dozens of taliban fighters killed; Clinton labels offensive a positive sign.), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 8th, 2009: "Weak demand at a Treasury bond auction touched off worries about the government's ability to raise funds to fight the recession. The government had to pay greater interest than expected in a sale of 30-year Treasurys. The S&P 500 fell 1.3 percent to 907.39." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/08/09]

2009 - War Footing / Pakistan - May 8th, 2009: "The government of Pakistan declared war Thursday [05/07/09] on Taliban extremists and called upon citizens to unite behind the country's armed forces. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Pakistan on war footing / Prime minister asks army to step in, 'eliminate militants and terrorists.'), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/08/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Army officers said they were confronting a force of about 4,000 militants who took advantage of a peace agreement in February to seize control of much of the district and its government buildings. [....] At the military's headquarters in Rawalpindi, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas made few claims of territorial progress. He said that helicopters strafed militants in Swat over the last 24 hours, and that 140 militants and seven Pakistani soldiers had been killed. 'They are on the run and trying to block the exodus of innocent civilians,' Abbas said." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Dexter Filkins, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 05/06/09]

2009 - First-Quarter Loss / AIG - May 8th, 2009: "American International Group says its first-quarter loss narrowed. The New York-based insurance giant says it lost $4.35 billion, or $1.98 per share, compared with a loss of $7.81 billion, or $3.09, a year ago. Revenue rose 46 percent to $20.46 billion." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/08/09]

2009 - Congo volcanoes becoming active - May 8th, 2009: "Scientists found evidence of intense volcanic activity - including tremors, pools of lava and plumes of smoke - at two volcanoes near a majopr city in eastern Congo and said some residents had fled for fear of an eruption." [Based on: News Services article (Congo volcanoes becoming active), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/08/09]

2009 - Russian Cargo Ship / Bound for Space Station - May 8th, 2009: "Russian Mission Control say a cargo ship is on its way to the international space station bearing gifts and supplies. It should dock with the space station Tuesday." [Based on: News Services article (Russian space ship takes off), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/08/09]

2009 - Sunspot Trivia - May 9th, 2009: "MAGNETIC FROTH: The farside sunspot that unleashed a powerful CME on May 5th is finally rotating into view. Except it is not a sunspot. The blast site appears to be in a state of decay with only some patches of bright magnetic froth marking where a sunspot group might have been: [....] According to NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft, which is stationed over the sun's eastern limb, another active region should emerge today. Will it be a genuine sunspot--or another corpse? Stay tuned. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/09/09]

2009 - Trivia / Solar Cycle 24 - May 9th, 2009: "NOAA PREDICTS SOLAR CYCLE 24: Today, an international panel of experts led by NOAA issued a new prediction for Solar Cycle 24: It will peak, they say, in May of 2013 with a below-average sunspot number of 90: full story."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 9th, 2009: "Stocks soared as Wall Street cheered the positive news it had been hoping for: Job losses slowed in April and big banks don't need as much capital as some had feared. Bank shares helped drive the gains. The S&P 500 rose 21.84, or 2.4 percent, to 929.23." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - AT&T buys Verizon assets - May 9th, 2009: "AT&T buys Verizon assets ['agreed to pay $2.35 billion in cash to buy assets put up for auction by Verizon Wireless.']" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - Needs More Aid? / Fannie Mae - May 9th, 2009: "Fannie Mae issued a grave warning about its future on Friday [05/08/09], saying it needs $19 billion in additional government aid as job losses grow and risky loans made during the housing boom go bad at an unnerving pace." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Syria - May 9th, 2009: "Obama renews sanctions ['economic and diplomatic sanctions'] on Syria." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - Thunderstorms / Missouri & Illinois - May 9th, 2009: "3 people are killed as storms rip area ['Missouri and Illinois on Friday' - 05/08/09] / Thunderstorms flood an interstate [Interstate 55 near Bloomsdale, Mo.], damage buildings and knock out power to 150,000." [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

*Trivia: "More than 30,000 electricity customers remained without power in and near Carbondale and Marion, Ill., three days after wild thunderstorms with winds reaching 100 mph caused damage across southern Missouri and Illinois. [....]" [Based on: Title for Article (Thousands still out of power / Outage causes cancellation of some SIUC graduation ceremonies.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Quarterly Loss / Toyota Motor Corp. - May 9th, 2009: "Toyota reports big losses / The Japanese automaker reported a loss of $7.7 billion in the January-March quarter, more than General Motors lost." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - GOP charges Dems knew of CIA methods - May 9th, 2009: "WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Friday [05/08/09] accused Democrats of full complicity in approval of the Bush administration's brutal interrogations, citing a new accounting that shows frequent briefings for some top Democrats on waterboarding and other harsh methods starting in 2002. [NP]  The new chart of briefings, prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the first full listing of briefings, appears to call into question the assertion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she was never told that waterboarding and other methods were used, only that the CIA believed they were legal and could be used. [NP] The chart says that at the first briefing, on Sept. 4, 2002, Pelosi, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Porter Goss, then the committee's Republican chairman, were given a 'description' of the interrogation methods that 'had been employed' against a prisoner, Abu Zubaydah. [NP] On Friday, the speaker issued a statement challenging the possible discrepancy. 'Of the 40 CIA briefings to Congress reported recently in the press, I was only briefed once, on September 4, 2002, as I have previously stated.' She said she was 'briefed on interrogation techniques the administration was considering using in the future' and that the techniques were determined to be legal." [Based on: New York Times (GOP charges Dems knew of CIA methods) article by Scott Shane & Carl Hulse, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - Computer Breach / Univ. of California, Berkeley - May 9th, 2009: "Hackers breach university computer [University of California, Berkeley]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/09/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Off the Coast of Ecuador - May 10th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:16:10 (UTC) on Sunday, May 10th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 1.405°N, 85.228°W; Depth 23.9 km (14.9 miles)] was located @ OFF THE COAST OF ECUADOR."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009glaf.php] - [T.D. - 05/11/09]

2009 - Deadly Attack / Sri Lanka - May 11th, 2009: "An unrelenting hail of artillery in Sri Lanka's war zone killed 378 civilians, according to a government doctor who survived the attack as shells flew near the makeshift hospital. More than 100 of the victims were children, the U.N. said Sunday [05/10/09]" [Based on: A.P. article (A deadly attack in Sri Lanka), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/11/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Indonesia - May 11th, 2009: "The secular party of Indonesia's president tripled its share of the vote in parliamentary elections as support for religious parties nose-dived in the world's largest Muslim-majority country." [Based on: News Services article (Indonesian president's party wins elections), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/11/09]

2009 - Flood Damage / W. Virginia - May 11th, 2009: "W. Virginia socked by flood ['weekend flooding'] / Hundreds of buildings destroyed or damaged, but no injuries are reported." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/11/09]

2009 - Liftoff / Space Shuttle Atlantis - May 11th, 2009: "After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are in space, ready to begin their 11-day mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis lifted off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:01 p.m. EDT."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/11/09]

*Trivia: "Russian media report an unmanned cargo ship has docked successfully at the international space station. State-owned news agencies and television quote mission control as saying the Progress M-02M hooked up with the orbital station automatically." [Based on: Article (Russian cargo ship docks with space station), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Wanted: Nuclear fuel for space probes - May 11th, 2009: "[....] The Department of Energy announced on Thursday that it will restart its program to make plutonium-238. Spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said the agency has proposed $30 million in next year's budget for preliminary design and engineering. The National Academy's study shows why it is needed, she said. [....] The National Academy report says it would cost the Energy Department at least $150 million to resume making it for the 11 pounds a year that NASA needs for its space probes." [Based on: A.P. article (Wanted: Nuclear fuel for space probes) by Seth Borenstein, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 05/11/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 12th, 2009: "Financial stocks dragged Wall Street down as traders worried that last week's rally was overdone. Investors who had been focused on what banks would pass the government's 'stress tests' are now turning to the fallout. The S&P 500 fell 2.2 percent to 909.24." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Budget Deficit / California - May 12th, 2009: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning that California faces a $15.4 billion budget deficit in the coming fiscal year, nearly double the previous estimate. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (California deficit to top $15 billion), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Journalist Released / Iran - May 12th, 2009: "Journalist [Roxana Saberi] is released [05/11/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Israel - May 12th, 2009: "The U.N. Security Council sent a strong message to Israel on Monday [05/11/09] that the international community was demanding 'urgent efforts' to establish a separate Palestinian state and achieve an overall Mideast peace settlement. [NP] The statement was approved by all 15 members a week before Israel's new, hawkish prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has refused to endorse the two-state solution, holds his first meeting in Washington with President Barack Obama. [NP] Israel's U.N. ambassador Gabriela Shalev objected to the meeting, saying Israel doesn't believe the involvement of the Security Council contributes to the political process in the Middle East and calling the timing 'inappropriate' because of Netanyahu's upcoming visit and the government's ongoing policy review." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. sends message to Israel), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - U.S. soldier held in killing of 5 comrades - May 12th, 2009: "U.S. soldier [Sgt. John M. Russell] held in killing of 5 comrades / Military mum on details of Baghdad shooting: deaths of American personnel in Iraq are rising along with overall violence." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Losses mount on loans for business space / U.S.A. - May 12th, 2009: "[....] Delinquency rates and defaults on office and retail buildings and hotels have more than doubled in just six months. For apartments and industrial buildings, the rates have increased more than 80 percent, according to Reis Inc. [NP] Although homeowners are defaulting at almost four times the rate of commercial landlords, the sudden spike in late payments has many industry insiders worried about the collateral threat to the economy and financial system. Nearly $73 billion worth of commercial real estate loans are in some level of financial distress, according to real capital Analytics. [....] Overall, some $270.5 billion commercial property loans are expected to come due this year alone, said McLaughlin, a financial analyst for Reis. And it's likely that many borrowers won't be able to refinance. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Losses mount on loans for business space / delinquency rates and defaults more than double in 6 months.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/12/09]

2009 - Active Solar Regions - May 13th, 2009: "Today's image is a magnetic map of the sun. Two active regions are circled. Their polarity identifies them as members of new Solar Cycle 24, but they lack the dark cores required of true sunspots. So, in spite of these lively magnetic imprints, we must still say "the sun is blank--no sunspots." Credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/13/09]

*Trivia: "Scattered sunspot group 1017 materialized on May 13th from a formerly spotless active region. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 13th, 2009: "Investors are finding it hard to extend Wall Street's two-month rally. Some traders worried that the economic recovery will be sluggish. The Dow Jones industrials rose 50.34, or 0.6 percent, to 8,469.11. The S&P 500 slipped 0.89, or 0.1 percent, to 908.35." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - "Not a Drug" / Cheerios - May 13th, 2009: "Cheerios, the world's best-selling cereal, isn't as wholesome as its maker General Mills Inc. claims, U.S. regulators said. Packaging and Internet advertising violate federal law with promises to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a letter posted on the FDA's website. [NP] General Mills, ordered to fix the issues or risk product seizure, said it would try to resolve the issue. 'We certainly don't have any issues with the safety of Cheerios,' Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said. 'We just believe that the labeling on this particular product has gone beyond what the science supports.' [that it is 'not a drug'?]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Cheerios must rework label), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09] - [My brackets text. - D.R.D.]

2009 - Hospital Bombed / Sri Lanka - May 13th, 2009: "A primary school that had been converted into a field hospital in Sri Lanka was reported to have been pounded by artillery strikes on Tuesday [05/12/09], leaving at least 47 people dead and dozens more wounded. [....]" [Based on: Article (Hospital in Sri Lanka bombed), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Taliban Attacks / Afghanistan - May 13th, 2009: "KHOST, AFGHANISTAN - Disguised in Afghan Army uniforms and a burqa, Taliban fighters carried out coordinated attacks in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday [05/12/09], leaving at least nine people dead after a daylong hostage siege and a gunbattle with American forces, government officials said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Taliban's bold attacks test Afghan, U.S. forces / Latest deadly assault includes blast outside governor's office, suicide bombers, hostage siege.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Greece bans Google mapping - May 13th, 2009: "A privacy watchdog has banned Google Inc. from gathering detailed, street-level images in Greece for a planned expansion of its panoramic Street View mapping service until the company provides additional privacy safeguards." [Based on: Article (Greece bans Google mapping), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Needs More Aid? / Freddie Mac - May 13th, 2009: "Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Tuesday [05/12/09] that it needs $6.1 billion in additional government aid ...." [Based on: A.P. article (Freddie wants more), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Tornadoes / Northern Missouri - May 13th, 2009: "Storms kill 3 in Missouri [05/13/09] / Kirksville area bears brunt of tornadoes, with buildings damaged, 10 homes leveled." [Based on: Title for article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Advanta will close cardholder accounts - May 13th, 2009: "Advanta Corp., a credit card lender to nearly 1 million small businesses, will close all its cardholders' accounts next month in a last-ditch effort to stem losses. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Advanta will close cardholder accounts / Concerns grow that the credit card lender to small businesses may not survive.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Social Security & Medicare - May 13th, 2009: "The financial outlook for Medicare and Social Security has significantly worsened, as the bad economy and mounting job losses have pushed both programs yyears closer to insolvency, according to a grim report issued Tuesday [05/12/09] by the Obama administration. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Safety net seen fraying sooner / Down economy speeds up insolvency of Social Security, Medicare, report says.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - Trivia / Pakistani Refugees, Swat Valley - May 13th, 2009: "Pakistani commandos attacked a large group of Taliban fighters on Tuesday [05/12/09] in the contested district of Swat, while the number of civilians fleeing the fighting reached 1.3 million, military officials said. [....]" [Based on: Article (Pakistani commandos attack in Swat valley), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/13/09]

2009 - EU Fine / Intel Corp. - May 14th, 2009: "EU slaps Intel with $1.45 billion fine [05/13/09] / Chip maker offered improper rebates to squelch its smaller rival, officials say." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 14th, 2009: "After the dizzying climb, Wall Street is looking at the economy more skeptically. Stocks retreated after the Commerce Department said retail sales fell in April, while Realty Trac reported a troubling rise in home foreclosures. The Dow fell 2.2 percent to 8,284.89." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/14/09]

2009 - Retail Sales Drop / U.S.A. - May 14th, 2009: "U.S. retail sales drop for a second month [0.4 percent in April] / Job losses have consumers holding onto their cash, economists say." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/14/09]

2009 - Trivia / Prisoner Abuse Photos, U.S.A. - May 14th, 2009: "Obama now wants photos kept secret / Images of prisoner abuse could put U.S. troops in greater peril, he says." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/14/09]

*Trivia: "President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and Iraqis would demand that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two U.S. military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official said." [Based on: News Services article (Iraqi reaction cited in Obama switch), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/02/09]

2009 - Pentagon official charged in spy case - May 14th, 2009: "Pentagon official [James W. Fonderen] charged in spy case ['conspiring to give U.S. defense secrets to an agent for the Chinese government']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 15th, 2009: "Investors shoved aside jitters about the economy to do a little bargain hunting. Stocks rose Thursday [05/14/09] after mostly falling for three days as traders scooped up beaten-down financial and technology stocks. The S&P 500 index rose 9.15, or 1 percent, to 893.07." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Air Quality Trivia / Spain - May 15th, 2009: "[....] A new study has found the air in Madrid and Barcelona [Spain] is also laced with at least five drugs - most prominently cocaine. [NP] The Superior Council of Scientific Investiugations, a government scientific institute, said on its website Thursday [05/14/09] that in addition to cocaine, they found trace amounts of amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and lysergic acid - a relative of LSD - in two air-quality control stations, one in each city. [NP] The group said the findings would be published in the U.S. journal Analytical Chemistry." [Based on: News Services article (Smog in Spain includes cocaine), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Trivia / Military Tribunals, U.S.A. - May 15th, 2009: "Administration officials say President Barack Obama will restart Bush-era military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees after adding some legal protections for the terror suspects. [....] An administration official said between 10 and 20 of the 241 detainees currently at the detenttion center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be tried in military commissions." [Based on: News Services article (Obama to restart military tribunals), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Stuck in Dirt / Mars "Spirit" Rover - May 15th, 2009: "Mars rover [Spirit] is stuck ['in loose dirt']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Trivia / CMV & High Blood Pressure - May 15th, 2009: "Common virus [cytomegalovirus, or CMV] might lead to high blood pressure" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Bank Robbery Charge / U.S. Economist - May 15th, 2009: "Economist [Jeff Walser] accused of attempted bank robbery [Kansa City - April 11th]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Accuses CIA of Lying? / Nancy Pelosi - May 15th, 2009: "[....] 'The CIA was misleading the Congress' as part of a broader Bush administration pattern of deception about its activities, Pelosi said [05/14/09]. 'The only mention of waterboarding at the briefing was that it was not being employed,' she said, adding, 'We now know that earlier, they were.' [....] Democrats believe that Pelosi's call last month [April 2009] for a 'truth commission' touched off the storm that has engulfed her. Pelosi accused the Bush administration of 'misinforming' Congress not only about torture but about weapons of mass destruction by way of pushing its war agenda with minimal interference from Congress." [Based on: San Francisco Chronicle article (Pelosi accuses the CIA of lying / House speaker inisists agency never told her that it used torture.) - The New York Times, Tribune Washington Bureau and Associated Press contributed to this report, p. A1 & A7, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Immigration Decline / Mexico to U.S.A. - May 15th, 2009: "Mexican immigration [to U.S.A.] declines by 25 percent ['during the year that ended in August 2008']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/15/09]

2009 - Torture Trivia / U.S.A. - May 16th, 2009: "WASHINGTON - CIA Director Leon Panetta fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday [05/15/09], saying agency records showed officials had 'briefed truthfully' about its interrogation program, and urging the CIA work force to ignore the political rancor consuming Capitol Hill. [....] 'Let me be clear: it is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress,' said Panetta, a former member of the House of Representatives from California. 'That is against our laws and our values.' [....] CIA records indicate that Pelosi attended a briefing in September 2002 during which she was told about agency interrogation techniques that had been used. The records do not indicate with certainty that waterboarding was covered. [NP] A month earlier, the CIA had used the simulated drowning method on al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah at least 83 times. [NP] Pelosi has repeatedly claimed that she was not told that waterboarding was being used, only that it was a method under consideration. [NP] 'The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed.' she said Thursday [05/14/09]. She acknowledged that five months later she was informed by a senior aide that waterboarding was being used. [NP] Panetta on Friday did not directly say that Pelosi was wrong in her assertion. [NP] Our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing 'the enhanced techniques that had been employed.' [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (CIA director says Pelosi was briefed truthfully / Panetta tells employees: 'Our task is to tell it like it is - even if that's not what people always want to hear.') by Greg Miller, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/16/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 16th, 2009: "Investors moved more money out of stocks, further chilling the market's spring rally. Stocks extended the week's losses as traders accustomed to economic news being 'less bad' found little incentive to buy. The S&P 500 fell 10.19, or 1.1 percent, to 882.88." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/16/09]

2009 - Chemotherapy Case / Minnesota - May 16th, 2009: "A Minnesota judge ruled that a 13-year-old cancer patient must be evaluated by a doctor to determine if the boy would benefit from restarting chemotherapy over his parents' objections. In a 58-page ruling, Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg found that Daniel Hauser has been 'medically neglected' by his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, and was in need of child protection services." [Based on: News Services article (Judge rules parents must allow Chemo), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/16/09]

2009 - Fund Manager Arrested / U.S.A. - May 16th, 2009: "Fund manager [Beverly Hills hedge fund manager, Bradley L. Ruderman] arrested [05/15/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/16/09]

2009 - Campaign Trivia / N.Y. Mayor, Michael Bloomberg - May 16th, 2009: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blown through a record $18.6 million of his own cash on his campaign for a third time. That's nearly double what he had spent by this point in the race four years ago." [Based on: News Services article (New York mayor spends $18.6 million on campaign), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands Region - May 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:53:46 (UTC) on Saturday, May 16th, 2009. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 31.522°S, 178.887°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009gsad.php] - [T.D. - 05/21/09]

2009 - Economic Protests / Europe - May 17th, 2009: "Tens of thousands of German workers from across the country marched through Berlin to call for increased government measures to protect their jobs and prosperity. Protests in Brussels and Spain took place on Friday [05/15/09]" [Based on: News Services article (Germans march over economy), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 05/17/09]

2009 - Concede Defeat / Tamil Tigers - May 18th, 2009: "Tamil Tigers concede defeat [05/17/09] / Sri Lankan troops surrounded insurgents, but the specter of gerrilla warfare remains." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/18/09]

2009 - Congress Party Victories / India - May 18th, 2009: "India election [Congress Party victories - 05/17/09] paves way for economic reform" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/18/09]

2009 - E. Coli Bacteria / Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - May 18th, 2009: "The state allowed tourists at the Lake of the Ozarks to swim in waters that officials knew were infested with harmful E. coli bacteria for two weeks at the beginning of the summer tourist season, Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday [09/30/09]. [....] The new information shows that Public Beach 1 at Lake of the Ozarks had four times the allowable level of E. coli as early as May 18. [....]" [Based on: Article (Tainted lake was a risk in mid-May / Nixon suspends Department of Resources official for giving him false information.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/01/09]

2009 - President Dalia Grybauskaite  / Lithuania - May 18th, 2009: "EU commissioner [Dalia Grybauskaite] wins Lithuania vote [05/17/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/18/09]

2009 - Blue Whales / Alaska - May 19th, 2009: "Blue whales making return [Alaska]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 19th, 2009: "Reassuring news about housing and banking convinced investors to return to the stock market. Stocks fell sharply last week on worries that a recovery might be further off than hoped, interrupting a two-month rally. The S&P 500 rose 26.83, or 3 percent, to 909.71." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Torture Trivia / U.S.A. - May 19th, 2009: "[....] 'Briefing on EITs [Enhanced Interrogation Techniques] including use of ETIs on Abu Zubaydah ... and a description of the particular EITs that had been used,' reads the entry for the Sept. 4, 2002, briefing for Pelosi and her House Republican counterpart, Porter Goss. Those techniques included waterboarding, whose use Pelosi has repeatedly claimed she wasn't briefed on. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (Playing politics with the CIA is a way of life on Capitol Hill / Intelligence - Pelosi's apparent rewriting of the record would be shocking, if it weren't so typical of congressional behavior.) by David Ignatius, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Repaired / Hubble Telescope - May 19th, 2009: "Hubble work is finished" [Based on: Title for article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Declared Dead / Top Tamil Rebel - May 19th, 2009: "Top Tamil rebel [Vellupillai Prabhakaran] is declared dead [05/18/09]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Afghanistan - May 19th, 2009: "[....] Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. 'We cannot succeed ... in Afghanistan by killing Afghan civilians.' " [Based on: News Services article (Military chief warns of effect of civilian deaths), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Bible Quotes Trivia / U.S. Intelligence Briefings - May 19th, 2009: "The Pentagon said it no longer includes a Bible quote on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was practice under President George W. Bush. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he did not know how long the Worldwide Intelligence Update cover sheets quoted from the Bible. Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen Shaffer, who was responsible for including them, retired in August 2003, according to his biography." [Based on: News Services article (Pentagon drops Bible quote), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 20th, 2009: "A record low in housing construction has led investors to doubt the economy again. Construction of homes and apartments fell 12.8 percent last month to the lowest pace on records going back a half-century. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 0.2 percent to 908.13." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 05/20/09]

2009 - Skeleton Found / Germany - May 20th, 2009: "The nearly complete skeleton of a small 47 million-year-old creature found in Germany [Researchers have dubbed her Ida] was displayed at New York's Museum of Natural History by scientists who said it would help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans." [Based on: News Services article (47 million-year-old skeleton is found), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/20/09]

2009 - Ousted / House of Commons Speaker - May 20th, 2009: "After days of mounting pressure over Britain's parliamentary expenses scandal, Michael Martin, the speaker of the House of Commons, announced Tuesday [05/19/09] that he would step down - the first holder of the prestigious position to be ousted in more than 300 years. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (British speaker steps down), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/20/09]

2009 - Trivia / Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility - May 20th, 2009: "Senate balks [05/19/09] on closing Guantanamo ['decided to drop plans to give ... money to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility']" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/20/09]

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

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200905.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 21st, 2009: "Stocks gave up a big early advance to finish moderately lower after the Federal Reserve reduced its economic outlook for 2009 and bank stocks fell. The central bank said unemployment could reach nearly 10 percent. The S&P 500 slipped 0.5 percent to 903.47." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / Deere & Co. - May 21st, 2009: "Deere [Deere & Co.] profit drops ['38 percent ... in second-quarter profit']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Afghans support peace talks - May 21st, 2009: "Afghans support peace talks / Taliban and other militants are using intermediaries to potentially broker an agreement that would require withdrawal of U.S. troops." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Conjunction / Pleiades & Sun - May 21st, 2009: "You can't see it, but the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) can. A conjunction is underway between the Pleiades and the sun. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/21/09]

2009 - CO2 Emissions Decline / U.S.A. - May 21st, 2009: "Carbon dioxide emissions decline ['declined by 2.8 percent last year compared with 2007']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Trivia / Ex-Guantanamo Inmates - May 21st, 2009: "An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials. [....] The Pentagon has so far provided no way of authenticating its 45 unnamed recidivists, and only a few of the 29 people who are identified by name can be independently verified as having engaged in terrorism since their release. Many of the 29 are simply described as associating or training with terrorists, with few other details provided. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Ex-Guantanamo inmates went back to terror, Pentagon says / Figure of 1 in 7 could bolster arguments to keep prison open.) by Elisabeth Bumiller, p. A1 & A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Entrepreneurial Activity? / Missouri - May 21st, 2009: "A recent study by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation should raise all kinds of red flags for people concerned about Missouri's business climate.  The Show-Me state ranks next to last in the rate of entrepreneurial activity, with 150 startups per 100,000 adults. Only Pennsylvania ranks lower, at 140 startups per 100,000 adults. Top-ranked Georgia had nearly four times as many entrepreneurs, 590 per 100,000." [Based on: Article (Missouri lagging, study shows) by David Nicklaus, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Recycled Water / International Space Station - May 21st, 2009: "Astronauts aboard the space station celebrated a space station first on Wednesday [05/20/09]: They drank water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water from exhaled air." [Based on: News Services article (A first for astronauts), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Takes the Fifth / Former Pension Agency Director, U.S.A. - May 21st, 2009: "The former director of the government's pension agency took the Fifth Amendment when Senators asked about allegations that he had inappropriate contact with Wall Street firms while running the operation, which insures the pensions of 44 million Americans. Charles E.F. Millard denies that he had improper communications with the firms." [Based on: News Services article (Pension director takes the fifth), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/21/09]

2009 - Sunspot  1018 - May 22nd, 2009: "[....] The magnetic polarity of the sunspot identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24, which forecasters expect to peak in May 2013. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 05/23/09]

2009 - Bombings / Iraq - May 22nd, 2009: "3 latest bombings in Iraq [05/21/09] kill 25" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - More Aid / GMAC - May 22nd, 2009: "GMAC gets more aid ['The Treasury Department is providing ... $7.5 billion']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 22nd, 2009: "Another bad signal from the job market and concern over a possible downgrade of British government debt sent stocks sharply lower. Continuing claims for unemployment benefits set their 16th straight weekly record. The S&P 500 fell 1.7 percent to 888.33." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Bank Seizure / U.S.A. - May 22nd, 2009: "Another bank seized [BankUnited FSB, Florida - 05/21/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Defeated / Pelosi Probe - May 22nd, 2009: "House Democrats defeated a Republican push to investigate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assertion that the CIA misled her in 2002 about whether waterboarding had been used against terrorism suspects." [Based on: News Services article (Democrats block probe of Pelosi), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Terror Plot Trivia / NYC - May 22nd, 2009: "NYC plot suspects ['arrested Wednesday night' - 05/20/09] wanted to kill Jews / But bombs placed at synagogues were useless." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Jim Fitzgerald, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Cyclonic Storm / Argentina - May 22nd, 2009: "A low-pressure weather system over the heart of South America developed into an unusual cyclonic storm in mid-May 2009. According to MetSul meteorologist Luiz Fernando Nachtigall (who tipped The Earth Observatory with this story), the storm 'remained quasi-stationary for 48 hours and was incredibly symmetric, resembling a tropical cyclone in the middle of the continent.' [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=38763]

2009 - Life Sentence / Ex-Soldier, U.S.A. - May 22nd, 2009: "[....] Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green raped a 14-year-old girl in March 2006 and murdered her and her family in their home south of Baghdad." [Based on: News Services article (Soldier convicted of rape gets life), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Dragons Attacking People / Indonesia - May 22nd, 2009: "Dragons [Komodo dragons] are attacking people ['living on islands in Indonesia.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Moderate Earthquake / Puebla, Mexico - May 22nd, 2009: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 19:24:18 (UTC) on Friday, May 22nd, 2009. The magnitude 5.7 event [Location: 18.347°N, 98.267°W; Depth 56 km (34.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ PUEBLA, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009gyba.php] - [T.D. - 05/23/09]

2009 - Linked to Plastic Bottles / BPA in the Body - May 22nd, 2009: "Study ['A Harvard study released Thursday' (05/21/09) 'published on the website of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.'] links BPA [bisphenol A] in body to bottles ['Hard plastic drinking bottles'] / Other studies tie controversial chemical  to health problems" [Based on: Title for Boston Globe article by Beth Daley, pp. A1 & A10, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - President Bingu wa Mutharika / Malawi - May 22nd, 2009: "Malawi president [Bingu wa Mutharika, a former World Bank official'] wins reelection" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/22/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 23rd, 2009: "Wall Street reversed course late in the day, finishing lower as early gains faded away. Trading was choppy, and the market's swings were exaggerated by light volume ahead of the long weekend. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 1.33, or 0.2 percent, to 887.00." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/23/09]

2009 - Bank Failure Trivia / U.S.A. - May 23rd, 2009: "Regulators on Friday [05/22/09] shut down two more banks (Strategic Capital Bank and Citizens National Bank, both in Illinois.], boosting the number of federally insured bank failures this year to 36. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Two more banks fail), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/23/09]

2009 - Credit Card Bill Signed / U.S.A. - May 23rd, 2009: "Obama signs credit card law" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 05/23/09]

2009 - Job Cuts / St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 23rd, 2009: "Post [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] cuts 39 jobs [05/22/09]" [Based on: Staff reports article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/23/09]

2009 - Died / Former South Korean President - May 23rd, 2009: "Former South Korean President Roh Moohyun has died, a police official said, presumably after a fall while mountain climbing. A news report said a suicide note was found. Roh served as South Korea's president from 2003 to 2008. Roh had been under investigation over allegations that he took more than $6 million from a businessman while in office." [Based on: News Services article (Former South Korean president dies), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/23/09]

2009 - Voice of GOP / Dick Cheney - May 24th, 2009: "Cheney emerges as voice of GOP / He has been aggressively attacking president where others wouldn't." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands Region - May 24th, 2009: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 00:58:05 (UTC) on Sunday, May 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 31.535°S, 177.694°W; Depth 15.5 km (9.6 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009haag.php] - [T.D. - 05/27/09]

2009 - Afghan Aid / U.S.A. - May 25th, 2009: "Billions in U.S. aid flow into Afghan black hole / Reconstruction contracts have little accountability" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Richard Lardner, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/25/09]

2009 - More Signs of Water / Mars - May 25th, 2009: "More signs of wather on Mars / Pattern of hematite [Victoria crater] suggests an underground source." [Based on: Title for article by Kim McGuire, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 05/25/09]

2009 - Pump Failure / Callaway Nuclear Plant - May 25th, 2009: "Federal inspectors are probing [June 2009] the failure of an auxillary water pump at AmerenUE's Callaway nuclear plant last month [May 2009]. [....] AmerenUE discovered the equipment failure during routine testing on May 25 while the plant was shut down. The pump was subsequently repaired and restarted without affecting plant operations, according to the NRC. [NP] 'We found it, we reported it, but we haven't totally determined the root cause yet,' AmerenUE spokesman Mike Cleary said. [NP] The pumps being looked at are different from those that led to two plant shutdowns during a three-day period in December." [Based on: Article (Pump failure at callaway plant) by Jeffrey Tomich, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/23/09]

2009 - Cyclone Aila / Bangladesh, Eastern India - May 25th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Aila struck southern Bangladesh and eastern India on May 27, 2009. The New York Times reported that floods and mudslides killed at least 191 people and left hundreds of thousands more homeless. As of May 27, the death toll was expected to rise. [NP] The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Aila [see link] on May 25, 2009, the same day that the storm temporarily strengthened to a Category 1 cyclone. Aila almost completely fills this scene, stretching from the Bay of Bengal deep into India, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar). On May 25, Aila’s wind speeds ranged from 74 kilometers per hour (46 miles per hour or 40 knots) to 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour or 65 knots). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=38786]

2009 - Higher Oil Prices - May 26th, 2009: "A jump in oil prices to six-month highs despite enemic world demand is working against hard-line OPEC members advocating even costlier crude ahead of a meeting Thursday [05/21/09] in Vienna of the 12-nation organization - and in favor of those wanting to keep production levels steady." [Based on: News Services article (Higher oil prices undercut OPEC hard-liners), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/26/09]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Dairy Farmers - May 26th, 2009: "A collapse in milk prices has wiped away the profits of dairy farmers, driving many out of business while forcing others to slaughter their herds or dump milk on the ground in protest. But nine months after prices began tumbling on the farm, consumers aren't seeing the full benefits of the crash at the checkout counter. [NP] The average price for a gallon of milk at grocery stores last month is down just 19 percent from its peak of $3.83 in July. Farmers, on the other hand, got $1.04 a gallon in April - 35 percent less than they paid last fall. This winter, wholesale prices were down as much as 45 percent. [....] Today, frustrations are spilling over as the price crash generates widely divergent fortunes within the milk industry, boosting profits for the middlemen such as dairy processors while pushing farmers to the edge of bankruptcy [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Dairy farmers are drowning in global sea of cheap milk / Some dump it on the ground in protest as others slaughter their herds.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 05/26/09]

2009 - Returns Home / Daniel Hauser - May 26th, 2009: "Mom returns [to Minnesota] with cancer-stricken boy ['returned voluntarily Monday' - 05/25/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 05/26/09]

2009 - Nuclear Test / North Korea - May 26th, 2009: "[....] The North's announcement on Monday [05/25/09] that it conducted its second underground test of a nuclear device drew quick condemnation across the globe, including from its big neighbor and traditional ally, China. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Korean blast creates crisis / Obama, U.N. condemn nuclear test as fear grows that North may export to terrorists.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/26/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 27th, 2009: "Consumers are getting more confident about the economy, and Wall Street is tagging along. Stocks surged after the Conference Board said consumer sentiment rose in May to the highest level since September. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 2.6 percent to 910.33." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Iraq - May 27th, 2009: "Former Illinois official [a top reconstruction official, Terrence Barnich] dies [along with two other Americans] in Iraq bombing [authorities said Tuesday]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomb / Afghanistan - May 27th, 2009: "Suicide bomb ['north of Kabul'] kill[s] 3 U.S. troops in Afghanistan [05/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Consumer Confidence / U.S.A. - May 27th, 2009: "Consumer confidence is highest in 8 months [54.9 (May) from a revised 40.8 (April)] / Americans' optimism on economic recovery exceeds expectations of forecasters, sending stock prices higher." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - U.S. Deal / Russian Uranium - May 27th, 2009: "AmerenUE and two other utilities [San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. & Dallas-based Luminant] on Tuesday [05/26/09] signed $1 billion in contracts to purchase enriched fuel for nuclear power plants. Russian atomic industry officials said. [....] Tenex [Tekhsnabexport] will supply fuel to the U.S. utilities from 2014 through 2020 under the contracts, which provide the option for renewal. Novikow [Sergei Novikow] told the AP. He said the deals will help each company supply electricity to 5 million households. [NP] Fuel previously supplied by Russia had been extracted from old nuclear weapons and diluted for commercial use, under a deal aimed at keeping Russian nuclear materials off black markets. That agreement, known as 'Megatons for Megawatts,' expires in 2013." [Based on: News Services article (AmerenUE signs deal to buy uranium from Russians), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Upheld / Gay Marriage Ban, California - May 27th, 2009: "New California gay marriage fight / State ban was upheld [05/26/09], but supporters aim for referendum on November 2010 ballot." [Based on: Title for San Francisco Chronicle article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Parents OK Chemotherapy / Daniel Hauser - May 27th, 2009: "Teen's parents [Minnesota] OK chemotherapy [05/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Supreme Court Nominee / Sonia Sotomayor - May 27th, 2009: "Nominee [Sonia Sotomayor - 05/26/09] is called an inspiration" [Based on: Title for San Antonio Express-News article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/27/09]

2009 - Tylenol Warning - May 28th, 2009: "A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday [05/27/09] recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury. [....] 'There is extensive evidence that heptatoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury,' the working group report said." [Based on: News Services article (FDA wants stronger warning on Tylenol), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 28th, 2009: "The stock market put its rally back on hold as investors grew worried about rising borrowing costs. A jump in Treasury yields fanned worries that higher interest rates will sap strength from the economy before it recovers. The S&P 500 fell 1.9 percent to 893.06." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Iraq - May 28th, 2009: "A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier Wednesday [05/27/09] in Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military since September [2008] [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Roadside bomb kills soldier in Iraq), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Afghanistan dumps textbooks - May 28th, 2009: "The Afghan government quietly dumped more than 1,000 Shiite texts and other books from Iran into a river after a local governor complained that their content insulted the country's Sunni majority." [Based on: News Services article (Afghanistan dumps textbooks), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - War of Words / North Korea - May 28th, 2009: "[....] North Korea [05/27/09] threatened military strikes on U.S. and South Korean ships and renounced a 1953 truce halting Korean War fighting after South Korea's decision to join more than 90 nations in stopping and inspecting ships suspected of transporting banned weapons. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (War of words over North Korean nuclear test) by Jean H. Lee, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Suicide Attackers / Pakistan - May 28th, 2009: "Suicide attackers kill at least 23 in Pakistan ['Almost 300 people were wounded in the attack' - 05/27/09] / Officials believe attack at police emergency response unit was meant for intelligence agency." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Cuba - May 28th, 2009: "U.S. [U.S. State Department] puts conditions [05/26/09] on Cuba's admission to OAS [Example: 'as long as Havana abides by the organization's Democratic principles.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Israel - May 28th, 2009: "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rebuffing Israel on an important issue, said Wednesday [05/27/09] that the Obama administration wants a complete halt in the growth of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory, with no exceptions." [Based on: News Services article (Clinton tells Israel to halt settlements), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Nomination / U.S. Ambassador to Britain - May 28th, 2009: "Obama nominates Susman [Louis Susman] / Retired banker, former Cardinals executive is picked [05/27/09] by the president to be the U.S. ambassador to Britain." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 05/28/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Offshore Honduras - May 28th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 08:24:45 (UTC) on Thursday, May 28th, 2009. The magnitude 7.3 event [Location: 16.730°N, 86.209°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE HONDURAS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009heak.php] - [T.D. - 05/29/09]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=38792

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 29th, 2009: "Investors are finding fresh reasons to bet on an economic rebound. Stocks jumped as gains in oil and natural gas signaled that traders expect a strengthening economy will demand more energy. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 13.77, or 1.5 percent, to 906.83." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 05/29/09]

2009 - Trivia / Mideast Talks? - May 29th, 2009: "President Obama called on Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday [05/28/09] to move swiftly toward peace talks, as his administration embarked on its first public dispute with Israel. [....] Many U.S. presidents, from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, have called on Israelis to halt settlement activity, to no avail." [Based on: New York Times article (Obama turns up the heat in call for Mideast talks / President meets Palestinian president, repeats call for Israel to halt settlements.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/29/09]

2009 - Mosque Explosion / Iran - May 29th, 2009: "An explosion in a mosque killed 15 people and wounded 80 in southeast Iran near the Pakistani border, the state news agency said. Iranian officials were investigating the cause of the explosion." [Based on: News Services article (15 killed in explosion in Iran), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 05/29/09]

2009 - Taliban Attacks / Pakistan - May 29th, 2009: "Taliban attacks several cities [Peshawar & Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan- 05/28/09 - 'killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens others.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 05/29/09]

2009 - Tactics saved lives, Bush says in speech - May 29th, 2009: "Former President George W. Bush defended his decision to allow harsh interrogation of a terror suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., saying it was cleared by his lawyers to prevent what his advisers believed was another, imminent attack. [....] His remark about interrogation was an apparent reference to the waterboarding of Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed. [....] It was his first major speech since leaving the White House." [Based on: DETROIT FREE PRESS article (Tactics saved lives, Bush says in speech), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 05/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - May 30th, 2009: "A late-day shot of adrenaline sent stock prices soaring and gave the big market indexes their third straight monthly gain. After fluctuating much of the day on mixed economic data, prices shot higher right before the close. The S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent to 919.14." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Bus Station Bomb / Iraq - May 30th, 2009: "Bomb in Iraq ['inside a bus station north of Baghdad'] kills four ['killing at least four people and wounding 10.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Scolded? / Former Spy - May 30th, 2009: "A judge spared an 85-year-old former U.S. Army engineer any prison time for passing secret documents to the Israelis in the 1980s but said it remains a mystery why such a grave assault on national security took 23 years to prosecute. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III on Friday [05/29/09] scolded Ben-ami Kadish for letting the Israelis steal classified documents between 1979 and 1985." [Based on: News Services article (Former spy is spared prison time), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Missle Test / North Korea - May 30th, 2009: "N. Korea threatens revenge if punished for nuclear test / Nation fires sixth short-range missle this week [05/29/09]; more activity at long-range missle site reported." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Shrinking Economy? / U.S.A. - May 30th, 2009: "The economy [U.S.A.] sank at a 5.7 percent pace in the first quarter as the brute force of the recession carried over into this year. However, many analysts believe current economic activity isn't shrinking nearly as much. [....] It was the second straight quarter where the economy took a huge tumble. At the end of last year, the economy shrank at a 6.3 percent pace, the most in a quarter-century. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Economy shrinks 5.7 pct. in 1st quarter), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Subpoenas target congressman - May 30th, 2009: "A federal grand jury has subpoenaed records of an Indiana congressman in a criminal probe involving a top lobbying firm that specialized in funneling federal contracts to defense firms. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., said that the subpoenas demanded documents related to the firm PMC Group, which disbanded after it came under federal investigation." [Based on: News Services article (Subpoenas target congressman), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - "Tonight" Show Finale / Jay Leno - May 30th, 2009: "In finale [05/29/09], Leno salutes targets of jokes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Traces of Cocaine / Red Bull Cola - May 30th, 2009: "Austria's health ministry says traces of cocaine have been found in samples of Red Bull Cola energy drinks. German states told retailers to stop selling it." [Based on: News Services article (Cocaine found in red Bull), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - White House will now oversee cybersecurity - May 30th, 2009: "White House will now oversee cybersecurity / But concerns remain about government monitoring of Internet" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by David E. Sanger & John Markoff, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 05/30/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1019 - May 31st, 2009: "A new sunspot is emerging at the circled location [see link]. Its high latitude suggests it is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [05/31/09]

2009 - Wire Tapping Case / U.S.A. - May 31st, 2009: "The administration of President Barack Obama insists it has no obligation to provide access to a top secret document in a wiretapping case, setting up a showdown next week with the judge who ordered it released, Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco" [Based on: News Services article (Showdown over wiretapping), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 05/31/09]

2009 - Wikipedia bans Scientologists - May 31st, 2009: "Wikipedia has banned people using the Church of Scientology's computers from changing Wikipedia articles about the religion. The site's administrators decided church members have been making a coordinated effort to repeatedly edit Wikipedia entries about the religion." [Based on: News Services article (Wikipedia bans Scientologists), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/31/09]

2009 - Lung cancer tied to menopause treatment - May 31st, 2009: "[....] Hormone users who developed lung cancer were 60 percent more likely to die from the disease as women who weren't taking the hormones, according to results reported Saturday [05/30/09]. [....] It's the latest finding from the Women's Health Initiative, a federal study that gave 16,608 women either Prempro or a placebo. The study was stopped in 2002 when researchers saw more breast cancers in those on Prempro, the estrogen-progestin pill made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. They continue to follow what happens to women in the study." [Based on: News Services article (Lung cancer tied to menopause treatment), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/31/09]

2009 - Heavy Water Leak / Canadian Nuclear Reactor - May ?, 2009: "A Canadian nuclear reactor that produces much of the world's radioactive isotopes will be shut down until late this year, the company that owns the reactor said. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. shut down the reactor in May because of a heavy-water leak and had scheduled to reopen it in three months." [Based on: News Services article (Canadian reactor closes), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

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