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

June 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - June 1st, 2006: "Sun [10 Gemini], Moon [10 Leo], Mercury [25 Gemini], Venus [3 Taurus], Mars [28 Cancer], Jupiter [10 Scorpio R.], Saturn [7 Leo], Uranus [14 Pisces], Neptune [19 Aquarius R.], Pluto [25 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [9 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200606.html]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Tom Noe - June 1st, 2006: "Republican fundraiser [Tom Noe] enters plea of guilty [05/31/06] in campaign fraud in Ohio" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 1st, 2006: "Stocks advanced Wednesday [05/31/06], ending their worst month in almost two years, after oil prices dropped and takeover offers bolstered energy and telephone shares. [....] The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 3.1 percent in May, the biggest monthly drop since July 2004 and the worst May performance since 1984. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 1.7 percent for the month, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 6.2 percent, giving up its gain for the year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Wall Street ends worst month in nearly 2 years), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Hurricane Season / U.S.A. - June 1st, 2006: "U.S. disaster preparedness officials have declared themselves ready for the onset of hurricane season June 1. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Hurricane season stirs up anxiety), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 05/24/06]

2006 - Trivia / Civilian Deaths, Iraq - June 1st, 2006: "The shooting death of a pregnant Iraqi, apparently by U.S. soldiers, threw a spotlight Wednesday [05/31/06] on the issue of Iraqi civilian deaths. Iraqi police and witnesses said the soldiers had gunned down the woman and her cousin as they rode in their car to a hospital. U.S. military officials said the car had entered a prohibited area but had failed to stop despite repeated signals. Shots were fired to disable the vehicle, the officilas said. More than 4,000 Iraqis - many of them civilians - have been killed in war-related violence this year, according to an Associated Press count. At least 936 of the deaths happened last month, second only to March over the past year. The figures show that the violence is increasingly killing more civilians than Iraqi soldiers or police officers. Eighty-two percent of the war-related Iraqi deaths recorded last month were civilians, compared with 61 percent in May 2005, when 746 Iraqis were killed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi civilians are more often becoming victims), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Military Strike Against Iran? - June 1st, 2006: "Former CIA analyst and Presidential advisor Ray McGovern, fresh from his heated public confrontation with Donald Rumsfeld, fears that staged terror attacks across Europe and the US are probable in order to justify the Bush administration's plan to launch a military strike against Iran, which he thinks will take place in June or July. [....]"

[Based on: Prison Planet article (Former CIA Analyst Says Iran Strike Set For June Or July / McGovern: Staged terror attacks across Europe, US "probable" in order to justify invasion) by Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com, June 1 2006]

*Link: http://www.infowars.com/articles/ww3/iran_mcgovern_war_set_june_july.htm

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - June 1st, 2006: "U.S. offers [05/31/06] to talk to Iran if it scrubs its nuclear efforts" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Core Samples Trivia / Nortn Pole - June 1st, 2006: "Scientists have found something about the North Pole that could send a shiver down Santa's spine: It used to be downright balmy. In fact, 55 million years ago, the Artic was once a lot like Miami, with an average temperature of 74 degrees, alligator ancestors and palm trees, scientists say. The conclusion is based on first-of-their-kind core samples extracted from more than 1,000 feet below the Artic Ocean floor. It is contained in today's issue of the journal Nature. [....] Scientists believe that a simple fern may have been responsible for cooling things back down by sucking up massive amounts of the carbon dioxide responsible for the warming. But this natural solution wasn't exactly quick: It took about a million years. The Earth went through an extended period of natural global warming, capped off by a supercharged spike of carbon dioxide that accelerated the greenhouse effect even more about 55 million years ago. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Artic once had climate like Miami, scientists say / Core samples show that the average temperature was 74.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Cutting Calories Lengthens Life? - June 1st, 2006: "Washington University researchers have found another reason that cutting calories lengthens life. A recent study reported that eating a high-nutrition low-calorie diet could reverse signs of aging in the heart. Now scientists, led by Dr. Luigi Fontana, have discovered that cutting calories also can cut levels of body chemicals associated with aging. [....] The researchers reported that the calorie-cutters, but not the runners or nondieters, had lower levels of a thyroid hormone called T3 in their blood. The hormone is associated with metabolism, body temperature and the production of free-radicals, chemicals linked to cancer and aging. The calorie restriction group also had lower levels of an inflamatory protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha.) Inflamation is thought to cause damage that promotes aging. [....] The results of the new study were reported last week in the on-line edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. [....]" [Based on: Article (Eat less, age less?), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Deteriorating Situation / Basra, Iraq - June 1st, 2006: "Alarmed by crime and violence in the southern city of Basra, the Iraqi prime minister visited local leaders there on Wednesday [05/31/06], declared a state of emergency there and warned that he would respond to security threats 'with an iron hand.' [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Iraqi leader warns of 'iron hand'), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Sinking Faster than Thought? / New Orleans - June 1st, 2006: "Everyone has known New Orleans is a sinking city. Now research suggests parts of the city are sinking even faster than many scientists imagined - about an inch a year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Parts of New Orleans may be sinking faster than thought), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Fired at Hostile Crowd / U.S. Soldiers, Afghanistan - June 1st, 2006: "U.S. military officials acknowledged Wednesday [05/31/06] that American soldiers had fired at a mob that surrounded the scene of a traffic accident here Monday. Officials previously said the soldiers had fired only in the air. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (American soldiers fired on Afghans, U.S. admits / They defended themselves from hostile crowd, spokesman says.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/01/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 2nd, 2006: "Stocks Thursday [06/01/06] closed the first trading day of June with strong gains. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Mortar Attacks / Iraq - June 2nd, 2006: "A mortar barrage Thursday [06/01/06] struck a number of houses in Baghdad's southern Dora district. A first barrage of seven mortar rounds killed nine and wounded 40, and five other rounds killed four and wounded 29. Mortar attacks are usually carried out by insurgent groups. Earlier, a bomb struck a group of construction workers seeking jobs in central Baghdad, killing at least two and wounding 18, police said." [Based on: News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Nuclear Deal Offer? / Iran - June 2nd, 2006: "The United States and five major world powers agreed Thursday [06/01/06] to offer Iran 'far-reaching proposals' that would 'bring significant benefits' if it halts its drive to master nuclear power. But the group also threatened 'further steps in the Security Council' if Iran refused to enter negotiations. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

*Trivia: "Iran insisted Friday [06/02/06] that the West would never deprive it of nuclear technology and said the West must drop conditions on negotiations. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Trivia / Europe's Oldest Book - June 2nd, 2006: "High-tech equipment lets scholars read more of Europe's oldest [340 B.C.] 'book' [Derveni papyrus - found in 1962]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - June 2nd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:31:07 (UTC) on Friday, June 2nd, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in the FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usnlar.php] - [06/02/06]

2006 - Terror Funds Cut / New York City - June 2nd, 2006: "New Yorkers are livid over federal cut in anti-terror funds to city" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Americans Deny Plotting Congo Coup - June 2nd, 2006: "Americans detained in Congo deny that they plotted coup / The two [Joseph Robinson & Kevin Billings], who said they weren't harmed, were held for two weeks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Displaced by Violence / Iraqi Civilians - June 2nd, 2006: "Iraqi officials say more than 100,000 Iraqis, both Shiites and Sunnis, have been displaced nationwide by sectarian violence, taxing government resources and heightening political, religious and ethnic tensions. U.S. officials dispute those numbers. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society, in a report issued in May, said 11,391 families had fled their homes since the Feb. 22 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra that unleashed a wave of violence between the country's Shiites and Sunni Arabs. The Iraqi arm of the International Organization for Migration estimates that at least 68,000 Iraqis have been forcibly uprooted since the shrine bombing." [Based on: News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Thrown Out / 911 Terrorist Conviction, Spain - June 2nd, 2006: "Terrorist's [Imad Yarkas'] conspiracy conviction for Sept. 11 is thrown out in Spain" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Convicted / U.S. Abu Ghraib Dog Handler - June 2nd, 2006: "Dog handler [U.S. Sgt. Santos A. Cardona] is convicted in Abu Ghraib abuse case" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - More Murder Allegations / U.S. Soldiers, Iraq - June 2nd, 2006: "The scope of allegations that members of the U.S. military  have killed civilians in Iraq expanded Thursday [06/01/06] beyond reports of deliberate killings in Haditha in November [2005]. In San Diego, a defense lawyer said military prosecutors were on the verge of filing murder charges against seven Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman. The case involves the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man in April [26th]. The British Broadcasting Corp. said it had found video evidence implicating U.S. forces in the deliberate killing of 11 Iraqi civilians on March 15 in Ishaqi, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. U.S. military officials in Iraq said that all coalition military personnel - 130,000 Americans and 20,000 from other nations - would undergo special training in ethics 'and the values that separate us from our enemies.' The government of Iraq said it would start its own investigation into the killings in Haditha. There, U.S. Marines are alleged to have slain two dozen Iraqis on Nov. 19. The Iraqis said they'd look into other questionable events involving Americans." [Based on: News Services article (Troops face more accusations), pp. A1 & A11, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

2006 - Hunger Strike Grows / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - June 2nd, 2006: "More Guantanamo Bay detainees have joined a hunger strike, rising the total to 89, and six of them were being force-fed, the U.S. military said Thursday [06/01/06]. The strike - which last weekend jumped from three participants to 75 - is now the biggest of the year at the U.S. prison on Cuba, where about 460 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban." [Based on: News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/02/06]

*Trivia: "Dozens of detainees abandon hunger strike" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Kidnappings / Nigeria - June 3rd, 2006: "Kidnappings [of eight foreigners] in Nigeria trigger $2-a-barrel rise on oil futures" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

*Trivia: "Kidnappers release [06/04/06] 8 foreign oil workers" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 3rd, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained for a third day Friday [06/02/06] after the government reported the slowest job growth in seven months, reducing the pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates to keep the economy from overheating. [....]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article (Slow job growth gives hope on rate hike activity), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Ancient Decorated Skeleton / France - June 3rd, 2006: "A 27,000-year-old human skeleton laid out in a room decorated with ancient art and a crude representation of a face are among the rare finds in a cave in western France, officials said Friday [06/02/06]. The state took over ownership of the cave in the Vilhonneur forest on May 12, the French Culture Ministry said in a statement. It was only the second known case of a human body being placed in a decorated cave from the Upper Paleolithic Period, the ministry said. Cavers exploring part of a grotto once used to dispose of animal carcasses discovered the cave in December [2005]." [Based on: News Services article (27,000-year-old skeleton found in cave), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Inside Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - June 3rd, 2006: "A solar wind stream is blowing past Earth, and it could cause a minor geomagnetic storm tonight. Sky watchers in Alaska and Canada should be alert for auroras." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [06/03/06] 

2006 - Videotape Release / Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi - June 3rd, 2006: "The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq rallied against Shiites in a four-hour-long audiotape harangue posted on the Internet on Friday [06/02/06], saying militias are raping women and killing Sunnis and that the community must fight back. The tape by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appeared aimed at undermining efforts to form an effective multiethnic Iraqi government. A written statement said the audiotape was made two months ago. The CIA said Friday that technical analysis of the tape confirmed it was al-Zarqawi's voice. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Al-Qaida in Iraq leader calls for Sunni war on 'Shiite snakes'), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Settlement / U.S. Gov't. & 5 News Organizations - June 3rd, 2006: "A former nuclear weapons scientist [Wen Ho Lee] once suspected of being a spy settled a privacy lawsuit Friday [06/02/06] and will get $1.6 million from the government and five news organizations. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. media to pay scientist), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - U.S. Soldiers Cleared in Civilian Deaths / Ishaqi, Iraq - June 3rd, 2006: "A military investigation has cleared U.S. soldiers of allegations that they intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a raid in March in a village north of Baghdad. The armed forces made the announcement FRiday [06/02/06] despite dramatic video footage of slain children in the village of Ishaqi. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Inquiry clears soldiers in death of civilians / Meanwhile, allegations against Marines in 2 cases remain unresolved.), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 06/03/06]

2006 - Leader in Terrorism? / Iran - June 4th, 2006: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a gathering of defense experts here [U.S.A.] on Saturday [06/03/06] that Iran was 'one of the leading terrorist nations in the world.' [....]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Britain and America not only used DU in this year's [2003] Iraq war, they dramatically increased its use-from a minimum of 320 tons in the previous war [1991] to at minimum of 1500 tons in this one. And this time the use of DU wasn't limited to anti-tank weapons-as it had largely been in the previous Gulf war-but was extended to the guided missiles, large bunker busters and big 2000-pound bombs used in Iraq's cities. This means that Iraq's cities have been blanketed in lethal particles-any one of which can cause cancer or deform a child. In addition, the use of DU in huge bombs which throw the deadly particles higher and wider in huge plumes of smoke means that billions of deadly particles have been carried high into the air-again and again and again as the bombs rained down-ready to be swept worldwide by the winds. [....]" [Based on: http://www.rense.com/general64/du.htm]

*Trivia: "The controlled press ignores the fact that the three European nations seeking to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state have all assisted in the creation of the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal - Israel's. [....] On the one hand, Iran is abiding by its legal obligations under the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Iran, like every other nation in the Middle East with the exception of Israel, has ratified the NPT and forsworn the pursuit of nuclear weapons. [....] The BBC recently reported that in 1958 Britain had secretly sold Israel 20 tons of 'heavy water,' a key ingredient for its nuclear program. The shipment of deuterium oxide was reported as being 'vital to plutonium production' at Israel's top-secret Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert. Construction of the Dimona facility began in the late 1950s as the result of a secret agreement with France, which provided assistance with reactor design and construction. While the story of Britain's shipment of heavy water to Israel was reported by the BBC and elsewhere, The New York Times, whose motto is 'All the news that's fit to print,' did not even mention it. A call to the Times asking about the omission was not returned. Senior ministers in then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's government were reported to have been unaware of the deal, which was supposedly conducted by lower-level civil servants. The shipment was also kept secret from the Americans. [....] Robert McNamara, U.S. secretary of defense from 1961-68, told the BBC he was 'astonished' by the coverup. 'It is very surprising to me we were not told because we shared information about the nuclear bomb very closely with the British,' he said. The heavy water had been bought by Britain from Norway and has been presented in the past as a deal between Israel and Norway. [....] More recently, Germany provided Israel with submarines that had their forward compartments modified, at Israel's request, for the launch of long-range cruise missles. The subs were free. Providing Israel with submarines equipped with the means to deliver nuclear-tipped cruise missles is a clear violation of the NPT by the German government." [Based on: American Free Press (Volume V, # 35, 08/29/05) article by Christopher Bollyn, p. 5] - [Paragraph indents removed to save space - E.M.]

*Trivia Links:
http://www.mirrorh.com/Iraqwartrivia.html  
                         http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2003/Leuren-Moret-ICT13dec03.htm

*More Links: http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/Feds3Dead.htm

2006 - Marriage Amendment? / U.S.A. - June 4th, 2006: "President George W. Bush backed on Saturday [06/03/06] a resolution to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The idea is lacking enough votes to pass in the Senate. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Bush uses radio address to promote marriage amendment / Marriage can't be cut off from its 'natural roots,' he says.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

*Trivia: "Marriage amendment fails [06/07/06] Senate test vote [49-48]." [Based on: Title for Knight Ridder Newspapers article , p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - No Letup in Bloodletting / Iraq - June 4th, 2006: "In Iraq, no letup in bloodletting / Suicide bomber kills dozens; Russian diplomat slain, four other Russians kidnapped; police discover eight severed heads." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

2006 - Retake Afghan Town / U.S. Forces - June 4th, 2006: "U.S.-led forces take town [Chori, Afghanistan, 06/02/06] from rebels" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

2006 - Opens Door to Nuclear Talks? / Iran - June 4th, 2006: "A breakthrough in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program is possible, the republic's president told the U.N. chief Saturday [06/03/06]. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also welcomed unconditional talks with all parties, including the United States. [....] State television reported that Ahmadinejad spoke by phone to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and told him the crisis could be settled as long as the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency preserved Tehran's right to use atomic energy. A U.S. offer for negotiations is conditioned on Iran's suspending uranium enrichment and allowing international inspections to prove it. Enrichment can produce both fuel for nuclear reactors that generate electricity - or the material for atomic warheads. 'A breakthrough to overcome world problems, including Iran's nuclear case, would be the equal implementation of the law for all,' state TV quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Annan. Ahmadinejad Alluded to the fact that Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which allows signatories to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful uses while promising not to acquire atomic weapons. [....] 'We are after negotiations, but fair and just negotiations. They must be without any conditions,' Ahmadinejad said in a speech marking the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The incentive package, agreed on by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, carries the threat of U.N. sanctions if Iran remains defiant over continuing uranium enrichment." [Based on: A.P. article (Iranian president opens door to nuclear talks), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

*Trivia:  "Estimated number of nuclear warheads as of 2004: Russia - 16,000 [down from 32,000]; U.S.A - 10,350 [down from 45,000]; China - 400; France - 350; United Kingdom - 200; Israel - 200; Pakistan - 24-48; India - 30-35; North Korea - 6-8? The last four countries on this list [Israel, Pakistan, India & North Korea] are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty." [Information based on: N.G.M., August 2005, pp. 104-105]

*Trivia: "One should not expect, without having been reformed himself, to attempt to reform another." [Ayatollah Khomeini]

2006 - Pays to Settle / U.S. E-Mail Spammer - June 4th, 2006: "E-mail spammer [Ryan Pitylak] pays [at least $1 million] to settle lawsuits" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

2006 - Thwarted Terrorist Attack / Canada - June 4th, 2006: "Canadian police foiled a homegrown terrorist attack by arresting 17 suspects, apparently inspired by al-Qaida, who obtained a large amount of explosives, officials said Saturday [06/03/06]. [....] The group acquired three tons of ammonium nitrate - three times the amount used to blow up the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City, said assistant Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Mike McDonell." [Based on: News Services article (Terrorist attack is thwarted, police say), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The Toronto Star [06/04/06] said investigators delivered the ammonium nitrate to a group of Muslim Canadians, then moved in quickly on what officials call a suspected homegrown terror ring. The newspaper said that investigators learned of the group's alleged plan to bomb targets around Ontario, then controlled the sale and transport of the fertilizer. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mounties delivered chemicals to terrorism suspects in sting), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

*Trivia: "Jailed terrorism suspects accused of plotting attacks in Canada had been making plans to detonate truck bombs against the stock exchange and the country's spy agency, according to a news report citing court documents. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Suspects had targeted key Canadian sites, report says), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

*Links: http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/Feds3Dead.htm
              http://www.infowars.com/articles/terror/canada_terror_plot_begins_unravel.htm

2006 - Border Duty / U.S. National Guard - June 4th, 2006: "National Guard soldiers take up border [Arizona-Mexico] duty [06/03/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/04/06]

2006 - Introduced / Mandatory Draft Bill, U.S.A. - June 4th, 2006:

On February 14, 2006, Congressman Charles Rangel (Democrat - NY) introduced a bill (Universal National Service Act of 2006 - HR 4752 IH) aiming at drafting everyone - men and women alike - from the ages of 18 to 42 into the military for a minimum period of 2 years.

Or to quote the bill: "To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."

The House is to convene on June 6 (06/06/06] to debate and possibly adopt this bill, that is, unless a vast public outcry succeeds in derailing this insanity, which you can do by writing a letter of protest to your congress person through

http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm or
http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

Phone calls are even better. The numbers of all US Representatives are at:

http://clerk.house.gov/members/index.html

If you question the validity of this bill, go to:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h109-4752 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4752

[Based on: rense.com article (Mandatory Draft Bill Snuck In - To Be Debated 6-6-6), 06/04/06]
*Link: http://www.rense.com/general71/dd.htm

2006 - Fatal Ambush / Iraq - June 5th, 2006: "Masked gunmen stopped two minivans carrying students north of Baghdad on Sunday [06/04/06], ordered the passengers off, separated Shiites from Sunni Arabs, and killed the 21 Shiites 'in the name of Islam,' a witness said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (30 Iraqis are killed in ambush, mosque raid), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Fence Jumper / White House - June 5th, 2006: "Man [Roger Witmer] attempts to jump White House fence [06/04/06]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - President Alan Garcia? / Peru - June 5th, 2006: "Ex-president [Alan Garcia] appears to have won Peruvian runoff vote" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Increase / NATO Forces, Afghanistan - June 5th, 2006: "NATO will double the number of soldiers in southern Afghanistan when it takes over security there from U.S. troops next month, the NATO force commander said Sunday [06/04/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (NATO will boost forces in Afghanistan), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - June 5th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:27:08 (UTC) on Monday, June 5th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usnpah.php] - [06/06/06]

2006 - Wants Closer Military Ties with Vietnam / Donald Rumsfeld - June 5th, 2006: "Rumsfeld wants closer military ties with Vietnam / Secretary of defense emphasizes that there is no plan to gain access to bases." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/05/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 6th, 2006: "Stocks had their biggest loss since January after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was interpreted as saying Monday [06/05/06] that interest rates may keep climbing as the economy slows. [....] The Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 22.93, or 1.8 percent, to 1,265.29, the worst performance since Jan. 20. The Nasdaq composite index lost 49.79, or 2.2 percent, to 2,169.62, erasing its 2006 gain. The Dow average retreated 199.15, or 1.8 percent, to 11,048.72. It is at a level not seen since March 9. The S&P 500 has dropped 4.6 percent since reaching a five-year high on May 5. 'You've got the worst of all possible worlds,' said Philip Dow, director of equity strategy at RBC Dain Rauscher Corp. in Minneapolis. There's 'a slowing economy, and just to ensure that it slows down, you're going to have rates hiked.' [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bernanke's remarks knock the legs out from market), p. E4, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / "Recycled" Computers - June 6th, 2006: "[....] Federal law [U.S.A.] bans businesses from disposing of computer parts in landfills for fear toxic material will leach into rivers and streams. But it doesn't ban dumping by private individuals in landfills. Or dumping them on private land in mid-Missouri. Or shipping them overseas to be disassembled by 5-year-olds with no safety equipment. [....] Part of the tragedy is that many computer users try to do the right thing. Former owners of computers dumped in Echo Valley [Mo.] paid a 'recycler' to dispose of their machines. But electronics waste broker Elmer Dillard simply discarded them on land he owned in Echo Valley, then failed to make payments on the property. [....]" [Based on: Opinion page article (There goes the Dell), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Dozens Abducted / Baghdad, Iraq - June 6th, 2006: "Gunmen in police uniforms staged a daylight raid on bus stations in central Baghdad on Monday [06/05/06], kidnapping at least 50 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dozens abducted in Baghdad raid), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Mount Merapi - June 6th, 2006: "Just 10 days after a major earthquake struck the region and left roughly 340,000 people homeless, Mount Merapi erupted, on June 6, 2006. The volcano, which had been active since April, sent lava and hot gas down its slopes and prompted the evacuation of 11,000 villagers, according to the Times Online. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13628]

2006 - Islamic Militia / Mogadishu, Somalia - June 6th, 2006: "An Islamic militia alleged to have links to al-Qaida seized Somalia's capital Monday [06/05/06] after weeks of fighting with U.S.-backed secular warlords. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Islamic militia captures Somalia's capital city), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Resignation / Halldor Asgrimsson, Iceland - June 6th, 2006: "Prime minister [Halldor Asgrimsson, Iceland] resigns after election setback" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Mandatory IDs / Medicaid Patients, U.S.A. - June 6th, 2006: "Medicaid recipients will [soon] have to provide IDs to get health care" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Settlement / Verizon Communications Inc. - June 6th, 2006: "Verizon Communications Inc. will pay $48.9 million to settle charges that its predecessor companies Nynex and Bell Atlantic discriminated against employees who were pregnant or on maternity leave, regulators said Monday [06/05/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Verizon settlement is put at $48.9 million), p. E2, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Traffic Checks Tightened / Canada to U.S.A. - June 6th, 2006: "U.S. authorities tightened their checks for traffic from Canada on Monday [06/05/06] after the weekend arrests of 17 Muslim Canadians in what authorities are calling a terror plot in Ontario. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. tightens checks on traffic from Canada), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - How about remedial ethics for the White House? - June 6th, 2006: "Before the war, America railed against the Iraqi leader for slaughtering innocent Iraqis. Now the Iraqi leader is railing against America for slaughtering innocent Iraqis. Iraq is blustering about sending away American troops to make life better for Iraqis, after American troops were sent in to make life better for Iraqis. [....] The virtuecrats of the right thought they would demonstrate American virtue to the world as they imposed American democracy. But now, with murder charges expected against some Marines and a cover-up investigation under way, the values president is running a war that requires a refresher course on values. A bitter irony." [Based on: Other Views page article (How about remedial ethics for the White House?) by Maureen Dowd (The New York Times), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Referendum to Recognize Israel? / Mahmoud Abbas - June 6th, 2006: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday [06/05/06] that he would call a referendum on a political plan that would implicitly recognize Israel - even though the governing Hamas party opposes such a vote. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Abbas says he'll call referendum, defying Hamas), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/06/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 7th, 2006: "Stocks fell for a second day Tuesday [06/06/06] on growing speculation that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates as the economy slows in the second half. [....] An S&P index of 16 house-building stocks declined 3.9 percent to its lowest level since October 2004 and biggest two-day drop since December 2003. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed fears continue to take a toll on shares), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Roasted / Franklin Raines - June 7th, 2006: "The ousted chief executive of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines, was criticized by lawmakers and a federal regulator on Tuesday [06/06/06] as a House panel aired government allegations of a six-year accounting fraud at the mortgage giant. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Lawmakers roast ousted Fannie mae chief Raines), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Status / Sunspot Group 892 - June 7th, 2006: "Sunspot group 892 is growing and now poses a threat for M-class solar flares. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [06/07/06]

2006 - Trivia / Canadian Terror Plot - June 7th, 2006: "Extent of allegation alarms Canadians / The Charges: A summary shows that prosecutors believe the terrorist plot included storming Parliament, beheading the prime minister, taking hostages and attacking power lines. / The Arrests: Twelve Muslim men and five youths were arrested. On Tuesday [06/06/06], ten men and the five youths asked that bail hearings be postponed." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article by Anthony DePalma, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Tornado / Southern Indiana - June 7th, 2006: "Tornado hits in Indiana [06/07/06], destroying several homes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Therapeutic Cloning? / U.S.A. - June 7th, 2006: "Two American research teams, one on each coast [Harvard Stem Cell Institute & University of California at San Francisco], said Tuesday [06/06/06] that they are trying to clone human embryos, then extract stem cells genetically matched to paitents. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Data Theft Trivia / U.S. Veterans - June 7th, 2006: "Data theft [last month] affects over 2 million on active duty / Five veterans groups - including one in St. Louis - sue over the theft." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Concern Over Backdating / SEC, U.S.A. - June 7th, 2006: "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox said the growing number of companies under investigation for possible manipulation of stock-option grants is 'of serious concern' to the agency. [....] At least 34 companies have disclosed criminal, regulatory or internal investigations into whether they manipulated or falsified dates on options awards to benefit top executives. More than a dozen executives, including five chief executives, have lost their jobs at the companies after investigators questioned dates of option grants. [....] The SEC proposed the regulation in January, before the backdating of option grants emerged as a major issue. The rule was designed to make companies reveal more about the benefits and perks given to top executives. The SEC staff is now revising the proposal based on public comments. Two studies say companies' stock-option problems could be much wider than disclosed so far." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (SEC chairman expresses concern over backdating), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Hearing Delayed / Release of Phone Records, U.S.A. - June 7th, 2006: "A Senate committee chairman Tuesday [06/06/06] put off plans to force telephone company executives to face questions about a report that they turned over millions of American phone-call records to the National Security Agency so it can hunt for terrorists. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he would delay issuing subpoenas to the executives because the administration is barring them from discussing national security matters. Specter said he acted after Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, assured him that, in return for deferring the hearing, Vice President Dick Cheney would look at pending legislation aimed at resolving legal and constitutional issues raised by the NSA programs. That brought a sarcastic response from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.: 'Why don't we just recess for the rest of the year, and Vice President Cheney will tell us what laws we'll have' USA Today reported last month that AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth gave the NSA access to customer calling records without a court order." [Based on: News Services article (Hearing delayed over release of phone records), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/07/06]

2006 - Prisoner Release / Iraq - June 8th, 2006: "Iraqi authorities released nearly 600 prisoners Wednesday [06/07/06] out of a total of 2,500 scheduled to be freed this week in an effort to appease Sunni Arabs who say their sect has been unjustly persecuted by Iraq's police force. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iraqis send nearly 600 prisoners home), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 8th, 2006: "Stocks dropped Wednesday [06/07/06], extending investors' losses for the third straight session and pushing the Dow Jones industrial average below 11,000 for the first time since March 9. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow closes below 11,000 for first time since March), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Ash Plumes / Java Volcanoes - June 8th, 2006: "Two volcanoes on the Indonesian island of Java simultaneously released plumes of ash and/or steam on June 8, 2006. [....] The simultaneous eruptions that sometimes occur in Merapi and Semeru, along with their proximity to each other, suggest that they are both affected by the same tectonic processes underground. Volcanoes are just one symptom of seismicity in Java; Indonesian authorities were already warily watching Merapi in late May 2006 when an earthquake struck the region. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13632]

2006 - Ran Secret Jails? / U.S. CIA - June 8th, 2006: "A European investigator concluded Wednesday [06/07/06] that there are 'serious indications' that the CIA operated secret prisons for senior al-Qaida figures in Poland and Romania as part of a clandestine 'spider's web' to catch, transfer and hold terrorism suspects around the world. [....] In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack characterized the report as 'sort of rehash' and lacking in 'solid facts.' He defended the U.S. policy of abducting terrorism suspects and detaining them without oversight from the courts as 'an internationally established legal practice' and said intelligence cooperation between the United States and its allies 'saves lives in the war on terror.' [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (CIA ran secret jails, official suspects), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Sentenced / Dutch Arms Smuggler - June 8th, 2006: "A Dutch businessman was sentenced Wednesday [06/07/06] to eight years in prison for breaking a U.N. arms embargo and smuggling weapons for the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, during the country's civil war. [....] The court said Kouwenhoven [Guus Kouwenhoven] had knowingly broken international law." [Based on: News Services article (Arms smuggler draws eight-year sentence), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Heavy Rains & Landslides / China - June 8th, 2006: "Unusually heavy rains cause landslides [06/08/06] that kill at least 12 in China" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Consumer Borrowing Increase / U.S.A. - June 8th, 2006: "Americans increased their borrowing in April at the fastest pace in 10 months as credit card spending and auto loans both picked up. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday [06/07/06] that consumer borrowing rose at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in April, a significant increase from a tiny 0.8 percent gain in March. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Consumer borrowing increases in April), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Inside Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - June 8th, 2006: "For the second day in a row, a solar wind stream is blowing against Earth. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [06/08/06]

2006 - To Pull Militia from Public Places [in Gaza]? / Hamas - June 8th, 2006: "The Hamas-led government agreed Wednesday [06/07/06] to withdraw a controversial private militia from public areas of Gaza in an agreement with the rival Fatah movement aimed at halting weeks of bloody infighting. [....] Hamas also agreed to withdraw the 3,000-member force from public view last week. But within days, gunmen returned to their positions on the streets." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas to pull militia from public areas), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Linked to Birth Defects? / ACE Inhibitors - June 8th, 2006: "[....] Babies whose mothers took ACE inhibitors in their first trimester were more than twice as likely to be born with serious heart and brain problems than those not exposed to any pressure-lowering medicines, a large study, in Tennessee reports. Other types of blood pressure drugs did not raise the risk to babies. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Blood-pressure medicine is linked to birth defects), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Dominates Quality Rankings / Toyota Motor Corp. - June 8th, 2006: "Toyota Motor Corp. continued to dominate the initial quality rankings, grabbing the top spot in 11 out of 19 segments in the 2006 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released Wednesday [06/07/06]" [Based on: A.P. article (Toyota dominates quality rankings), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Major Concession? / Uranium Enrichment, Iran - June 8th, 2006: "In a major concession, world powers are no longer demanding that Iran commit to a prolonged moratorium on uranium enrichment and are now asking only for a suspension during talks on its nuclear program, diplomats and officials said Wednesday [06/07/06]. [....] Still, a diplomat said that despite the concession, a longterm moratorium remained the preferred goal of the six nations that approved a package of incentives for the Tehran regime last week - the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Nations drop demand for prolonged halt to Iran's nuclear program), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 9th, 2006: "Stocks rebounded Thursday [06/08/06] from the worst international equity-market slump in two years after a shift in investor sentiment favored the dollar and American companies whose earnings are less vulnerable to a slowing economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (P&G, dollar save S&P from falling to loss for year), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - FDA Approval / Gardasil - June 9th, 2006: "FDA approves vaccine [06/08/06] against virus that causes most cervical cancer / Gardasil would be used in girls and women ages 9 to 26." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - House Farewell / Tom DeLay - June 9th, 2006: "Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, bowing to legal and ethical troubles, said goodbye to the House on Thursday with a parting shot at his liberal opponents. Some Democrats walked out during the farewell. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (In farewell to House, DeLay calls partisanship good for us), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - June 9th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:58:27 (UTC) on Friday, June 9th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in the FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usntag.php] - [06/10/06]

2006 - Collapse / Cese-Fire talks, Sri Lanka - June 8th, 2006: "Talks on cease-fire in Sri Lanka collapse" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Trivia / Mount Merapi Volcano, Indonesia - June 9th, 2006: "Mount Merapi spewed a column of gas and sent clouds of hot ash tumbling down its slopes Thursday [06/08/06], causing 15,000 villagers to flee. Some jumped into rivers to escape the searing heat, and others sped off in trucks. [....] Authorities had erlier urged residents to evacuate the danger zone near the volcano's 9,700-foot-high peak, but thousands have stayed, saying they need to tend to livestock and crops on the fertile slopes. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Indonesian volcano spews ash clouds, sending 15,000 fleeing), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Alleged Terrorist Plot / Geneva, Switzerland - June 9th, 2006: "Swill intelligence services foiled a terrorist plot to shoot down an Israeli plane over Geneva, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said Thursday [06/08/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Seven are arrested in alleged terrorist plot), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - World's Longest-Serving Monarch / Thailand - June 9th, 2006: "Millions of Thais wore their king's royal color Friday [06/09/06], turning Bangkok into a sea of yellow to honor the world's longest-serving monarch as he marked 60 years on the throne with a plea for political unity. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 78, stepped onto a palace balcony wearing a gold brocade gown and greeted an adoring crowd of hundreds of thousands in what was only the third such appearance of his reign. Cannons boomed in salute. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Thais don royal color to honor their king of 60 years / In a brief speech, the long-serving monarch pleads for national unity.), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 06/11/06]

2006 - U.S. Assassination / Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Iraq - June 9th, 2006: "A U.S. soldier at a news conference Thursday [06/08/06] in Baghdad, Iraq, takes down an older image of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in order to display an image of his face after he was killed Wednesday [06/07/06] in a U.S. airstrike." [Based on: Caption for A.P. picture article by Khalid Mohammeed, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/09/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 10th, 2006: "Wall Street finished its worst week of the year with a moderate decline Friday [06/09/06] as persistent unease over inflation and interest rates kept investors nervous about buying. [....] The Dow Jones industrial average on Friday slid 46.90 or 0.43 percent, to 10.891.92, after having been up 37 points earlier in the session. Broader stock indicators also declined Friday. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow sheds 355 points in worst week of 2006), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 06/10/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Deficit - June 10th, 2006: "U.S. trade deficit changes course in April / Commerce Dept. says gap rises to $63.4 billion after two months of declines" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 06/10/06]

2006 - SEC Probe / McAfee Inc. - June 10th, 2006: "McAfee cites SEC probe" [Based on: Title for article, p. A32, S.L.P.D., 06/10/06]

2006 - Broken Truce / Israel & Hamas - June 10th, 2006: "Hamas militants called off a truce with Israel on Friday [06/10/06] after a barrage of Israeli artillery shells tore into Palestinians at a beachside picnic in the gaza Strip, killing seven civilians. [....] The Israeli artillery attack was part of a wider ariel and artillery bombardment of suspected Palestinian rocket-launching sites that killed a total of 10 people Friday [06/09/06]. The violence fueled tension already high over an Israeli airstrike that killed a militant commander [Abu Samhadana] in the Hamas-led government Thursday [06/08/06]. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article (Hamas halts its truce with Israel / Israeli artillery shells kill 7 civilians at beachside picnic.), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/10/0]

2006 - Arab Tribes Reject U.N. Forces / Darfur - June 10th, 2006: "Arab tribal leaders on Friday [06/09/06] rejected the possibility of U.N. peacekeepers replacing African Union forces in Darfur, with one chief threatening a 'holy war' if non-African troops come to the Sudanese region. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Arab tribes in Darfur dismiss U.N. plan), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/10/06]

2006 - Revelation / Data Theft, U.S. Energy Department - June 10th, 2006: "A hacker stole a file [September 2005] containing the names and Social Security numbers of 1,500 people working for the Energy Department's nuclear weapons agency. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Energy secretary just learned of data theft months ago), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 06/10/06]

2006 - Polio Outbreak / Namibia - June 11th, 2006: "The fast-moving outbreak has killed seven Namibians and paralyzed 33 more, and panicked citizens have deluged hospitals seeking immunization against polio. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Polio outbreak in Namibia is killing, paralyzing adults / Limited vaccine supply is complicating problem.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/11/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kyushu, Japan - June 11th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:01:29 (UTC) on Saturday, June 11th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @ KYUSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usnvbf.php] - [06/12/06]

2006 - Wiretapping / Web-Based Services, U.S.A. - June 11th, 2006: "Companies that provide Web-based telecommunications services must allow wiretapping by law enforcement officials, a federal appeals court ruled Friday [06/09/06]. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Wiretapping in Web-Based services is upheld), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/11/06]

2006 - Banned / "The Da Vinci Code", China - June 11th, 2006: "Chinese authorities ordered theaters nationwide to stop showing 'The Da Vinci Code' on Friday [06/09/06] after Chinese Catholics warned that the film could threaten social stability. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (China bans 'Da Vinci Code'), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/11/06]

2006 - Trivia / Iraq - June 12th, 2006: "U.S. and Iraqi authorities released more than 200 prisoners Sunday [06/11/06] in a continuing bid to promote national unity. But Sunni Arabs demanded still more releases, and the Shiite-controlled parliament remained locked in stalemate. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (More than 200 prisoners set free as Iraqi parliament hits snag), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Contractors Cleared / Iraq - June 12th, 2006: "U.S. military officials have cleared private security contractors after investigating a video that appeared to show the contractors shooting at civilian vehicles on highways in Iraq. [....] The initial online version of the video appeared to have been taken from a camera mounted in the rear window of a sport utility vehicle. It contained several brief clips of cars being peppered with machine gun fire, set to the music of the Elvis Presley song 'Mystery Train.' A version posted months later contained laughter and the voices of men joking with oneanother. [....] Contractors have been accused by Iraqi authorities, civilians and U.S. ground commanders of indiscriminate killings of civilians. While several contractors have been relieved of their duties for shooting without cause, actions taken against contractors are generally carried out quietly and are rarely, if ever, disclosed." [Based on: Washington Post article (Army clears contractors in shooting incident), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - U.S. Advisers / Camp David - June 12th, 2006: "President George W. Bush and his top advisers will gather today at Camp David to plan their next moves in Iraq. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Bush, advisers huddle to plan Iraq strategy), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Alberto / Florida - June 12th, 2006: "Alberto may bring lots of rain, but no hurricane, to Florida / First named storm of season is forecast to bring up to 8 inches to Keys, Gulf Coast." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

*Trivia: "Alberto began as a tropical depression on the morning of June 10, 2006, having formed from an area of low air pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. [....]

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13641]

2006 - Will Arm Tribesmen? / Afghanistan - June 12th, 2006: "Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday [06/11/06] that his government would give weapons to local tribesmen so they can help fight an upsurge in Taliban violence. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (To counter Taliban, Afghanistan will arm tribesmen), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Inmate Suicides / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - June 12th, 2006: "With autopsies and a Navy investigation underway, the U.S. armed forces brought a Muslim chaplain to this remote Pentagon prison Sunday [06/11/06] to carry out traditional Islamic burial rites for three captives who hanged themselves [06/10/06] in their cells. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Trivia / "Atypical" Mad Cow Strain, U.S.A. - June 12th, 2006: "Two cases of mad cow disease in Texas and Alabama seem to have resulted from a mysterious strain that could appear spontaneously in cattle, researchers say. [....] The Texas and Alabama cases were confirmed last year and this year, respectively. Now they are drawing international attention. [....] These cows appear to have had an 'atypical' strain that scientists are only now starting to identify. Such cases have been described in about a dozen cows in France, Italy and other European countries, as well as in Japan. In the two U.S. cases, reserarchers did not detect the telltale spongy lesions caused by prions, the misfolded proteins that deposit plaque on the brain and kill brain cells. In addition, the prions in brain tissue samples from the Texas and Alabama cows seemed to be distributed differently from what would be expected with the classic form. [....] Mad cow disease has turned up three times in the United States: in native-born animals in Texas and Alabama and in a Canadian import in Washington state. In the Texas and Alabama cows, tests found patterns distinct from what turned up in an infected cow in Washington state and a cluster of Canadian cases, researchers say. The Washington and Canadian cases resemble the classic British cases. No matter what the origins might be of an atypical strain, the government says there is no reason to change federal testing or measures that safeguard animals and people." [Based on: A.P. article (Scientists suggest spontaneous appearance of mad cow strain), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Mahmoud Abbas - June 12th, 2006: "Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday [06/11/06] that although Israel wanted to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, it was 'not realistic' to pursue a final peace deal with him while the Hamas militants who control the Palestinian government refuse to moderate. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli official says Hamas makes talks with Abbas 'not realistic'), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/12/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 13th, 2006: "Stocks closed sharply lower Monday [06/12/06], with the Dow Jones industrial average falling almost 100 points and the Nasdaq composite index declining for a seventh day, as investors remained skittish ahead of key inflation data. 'It's the three topics of energy prices, a possible economic slowdown and what the Fed will do next that has the market rattled,' said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Jefferies & Co. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article (Investors bail ahead of release of inflation data), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Recall / DaimlerChrysler AG - June 13th, 2006: "DaimlerChrysler AG said Monday [06/12/06] that it was recalling about 111,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees after receiving reports of overheating and fires in heated seats. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Salt Reduction? / U.S. Foods - June 13th, 2006: "The American Medical Association is expected to call this week for a 50 percent reduction in salt in processed foods and restaurant meals. The goal: reducing high blood pressure - and ultimately, cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (What we eat is too salty, AMA says), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Processed foods and restaurants account for 75 to 80 percent of the daily intake of sodium, says the AMA. And medical experts note that even if people stopped salting their food in restaurants, that would reduce the salt intake only by about 10 percent. The rest is in the food. [....] The National Restaurant Association says Americans will spend $511 billion in restaurants this year. [....] Health organizations including the AMA and the American Heart Association say eating prepared foods accounts for up to three teaspoons of salt per day, three times the maximum needed by humans. The Heart Association says Americans need no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day - about half of the volume of a teaspoon of salt. The chemical name for salt is NaCl, which means half sodium, half chloride. In other words, half a grain of salt is sodium, the other half is chloride. Too much salt in a diet can lead to hypertension - high blood pressure. [....]." [Based on: Article (Cut the salt, keep the flavor / Restaurants and customers can work together to ensure a meal is healthy.) by Harry Jackson Jr., p. H1, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06] - [Paragraph indents untranscribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Strained Relations / Fatah & Hamas - June 13th, 2006: "Fatah followers trash Hamas offices [06/12/06] in the West Bank / Legislator is abducted and released. Abbas orders security forces to restore order." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Phase Out? / AZM Pesticide, U.S.A. - June 13th, 2006: "The federal government plans to phase out a common pesticide, AZM, that has been used on apples, pears and other crops since the late 1950s. The agency is acting amid complaints from environmental groups that the chemical poisons farmworkers. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday [06/09/06] that it would end the use of azinphosmethyl beginning next year on nuts, nursery stocks and Brussels sprouts. The pesticide would be banned on apples, blueberries, cherries, pears and parsley in 2010. The agency's plan is up for two months. 'This pesticide has put thousands of workers at risk of serious illness every year,' Erik Nicholson of the United Farmworkers of America said in a news release Monday [06/12/06]." [Based on: News Services article (Pesticide use to halt over complaints), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - May Counteract Cirrhosis / Coffee? - June 13th, 2006: "Coffee may counteract alcohol's poisonous effects on the liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say. In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee a day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups a day reduced the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Coffee is linked to reduced risk of cirrhosis of liver), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / Intestinal Microbes vs. Obesity - June 13th, 2006: "How many calories are you getting each day? A new study from researchers at Washington University [Mo.] suggests the answer could depend on which microbes live in your intestines. [....] Microbes that normally live in the colon can work together to help their host get more energy from food, the researchers found. Changing the type of bacteria and archaea - single-celled organisms that resemble bacteria, but are actually from a different branch of life - in the gut could influence how much people weigh. [....] The researchers are reporting the results of the study this week in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." [Based on: Article (Intestinal microbes offer clue to sources of obesity, study finds), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Shows Promise? / Alzheimer's Vaccine - June 13th, 2006: "An experimental vaccine is showing promise against Alzheimer's disease by reducing brain deposits that are blamed for the disorder, according to a report of the study. The deposits have been cut by from 15.5 to 38.5 percent in mice, with no major side effects, researchers said Monday [06/12/06] in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Tests of the DNA-based vaccine are under way in monkeys. If they succeed, testing in people could begin within three years, said lead researcher Yoh Matsumoto of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience in Japan. If all goes well, this type of treatment might be available for people in six or seven years, he said. Scientists estimate that as many as 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. The illness is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who studied  it in 1906. It involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Its cause remains unknown. The brains of people suffering from Alzheimer's are cluttered with a plaque made up of a small protein called amyloid beta, or Ab. In the mouse tests, the Ab deposits were reduced overall - in certain parts of the brain as much as 50 percent, the researchers said." [Based on: A.P. article (Alzheimer's vaccine shows promise, study indicates), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06] - [Article paragraph indents untranscribed to save space. - D.R.D.]

2006 - Media Blackout? / Canadian Terror Case - June 13th, 2006: "Lawyers for some Muslim terrorism suspects held in an alleged plot to blow up buildings complained Monday [06/12/06] after a judge imposed a media blackout on courtroom proceedings. [....] Justice Keith Currie banned the media from reporting details of courtroom proceedings at the request of prosecutors. Currie said the prohibition would remain until the cases were resolved, which could take years. The ban does not apply to information obtained outside the court. Defense attorneys and a lawyer representing The Associated Press and the Toronto Star opposed the ban and were considering a legal challenge." [Based on: News Services article (Lawyers in terror case criticize media blackout), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Personal Data Compromised? / U.S. Energy Department - June 13th, 2006: "The U.S. Department of Energy warned about 4,000 current and former workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation that their personal information may have been compromised after police found a 1996 list with workers' names and other information in a home. The discovery marks the second time in less than a week that the Energy Department has warned employees that their personal information may have been compromised. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Workers' personal data discovered in home), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 14th, 2006: "Stocks tumbled Tuesday [06/13/06], erasing the Dow Jones industrial average's gain in 2006, after shares plunged worldwide and a government report on inflation heightened concern the F vederal Rererve will keep raising interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. B5, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - No Charges / Karl Rove - June 14th, 2006: "No charges against Karl Rove, lawyer says" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Humans Need New Home? - June 14th, 2006: "The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy Earth, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday [06/13/06]. Humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years, the British scientist told a news conference. 'We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system,' added Hawking." [Based on: News Services article (Humans need new home, Hawking says), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - "Fat Food Fight" / U.S.A. - June 14th, 2006: "A consumer watchdog group asked a judge Tuesday [06/13/06] to order KFC restaurants to stop frying foods in high-fat partially hydrogenated oil or post signs warning that trans fats in Colonel Sanders' recipies can cause heart attacks. [....] The suit, filed in Washington by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, claims that chemically altered, trans fat-laden oils kill 50,000 Americans a year. The group says its goal is to make restaurant food less deadly, not to sue KFC or other chains out of business. [....] Although trans fat represents a small percentage of the average eater's calories - perhaps 2 to 3 percent - it can have a big effect on the body. [....] The consumer group lawsuit says a three-piece Extra Crispy combo meal, with drumstick, two thighs, potato wedges and a biscuit contains 15 grams of trans fat - more than the group says an individual should consume in a week. [....]" [Based on: Article (Fat Food Fight / Watchdog group puts Col. Sanders' fat in the fire), p. B1 & B4, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Recall / DaimlerChrysler AG - June 14th, 2006: "DaimlerChrysler AG said Tuesday [06/13/06] that it was recalling 131,500 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles [2000 & 2002 4.0-liter engine models] because the plastic blades in the engine's cooling system could separate and cause an injury. [....]" [Based on: Article (DaimlerChrysler recalls 131,500 Cherokee SUVs), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Israeli Airstrike / Gaza Strip - June 14th, 2006: "An Israeli airstrike on a Palestinian militant [Hamoud Wadiya] and his accomplice in the launching of rockets also killed two children and six other civilians Tuesday [06/13/06]. The deaths inflamed Palestinian anger already aroused over the deaths of Gaza beachgoers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli airstrike kills militants, civilians), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Coalition Offensive / Afghanistan - June 14th, 2006: "The U.S.-led coalition is sending more than 11,000 soldiers to attack militants in the southern mountains of Afghanistan. The push will start Thursday [06/15/06] and will involve U.S., British, Canadian and Afghan soldiers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (11,000-plus troops to attack Taliban), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - DUI Charge / Rep. Patrick Kennedy - June 14th, 2006: "A judge sentenced Rep. Patrick Kennedy to drug treatment and a year's probation after he pleaded guilty Tuesday [06/13/06] of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI charge), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Surprise Visit to Iraq / George W. Bush - June 14th, 2006: "American and Iraqi soldiers plan a large-scale security sweep in Baghdad this morning [06/14/06] after a surprise 5 1/2-hour visit to the Iraqi capital by President George W. Bush on Tuesday [06/13/06]. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (President drops in on Baghdad), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/14/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - June 14th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:18:46 (UTC) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006. The magnitude 6.4 event has been located @ RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usnyaf.php] - [06/15/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - June 14th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:46:42 (UTC) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @ RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usnyai.php] - [06/12/06]

2006 - Arms Sales / Liberia - June 15th, 2006: "Liberia welcomed a United Nations resolution easing an embargo on arms sales to the west African country Wednesday [06/14/06], but it urged the U.N. to go further and lift sanctions barring sales of diamonds and timber. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.N. eases embargo on arms sales to country), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 15th, 2006: "Stocks rebounded from seven-month lows Wednesday after a report that inflation accelerated in May failed to dim prospects for profit growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Boeing leads stocks rebound from 7-month low), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Voter IDs / Missouri - June 15th, 2006: "The state [Mo.] will begin issuing free non-driver identification cards today to help people comply with a new law requiring state-issued photo IDs to vote. [....]" [Based on: Article (State starts issuing voter IDs), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Train Accident / California - June 15th, 2006: "An aerial view shows the wreckage of two freight trains that collided head-on Wednesday [06/14/06] northeast of Madera, Calif. Five workers on the BNSF Railway trains were injured. One was hospitalized in serious condition; the others were treated and released. The cause of the collision was being investigated, said BNSF spokesman Lena Kent." [Based on: A.P. picture article (Train collision injures five), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Islamic Militias, Somalia - June 15th, 2006: "Islamic militias asserted control over southern Somalia on Wednesday [06/14/06] by routing once-powerful secular warlords from one of their last remaining strongholds and moving closer to the headquarters of the country's fragile, U.N.-backed government. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Islamic militias rout warlords from region), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Stalled? / Palestinian Health Care - June 15th, 2006: "A European proposal to provide aid for Palestinian health care has stalled because of concern by the United States that the plan may violate an American ban on paying salaries to a Hamas government. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. concerns block proposal for Palestinian health care aid), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Pushed up Inflation / U.S. Gasoline Prices - June 15th, 2006: "Consumer inflation registered another sizable increase in May, pushed higher by soaring gasoline prices. Core inflation excluding food and energy also was worse than expected but analysts took comfort in the fact that the jump came from special factors. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gasoline prices push up inflation), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Temporary Shutdown / Nuclear Reactor, Japan - June 15th, 2006: "A Japanese nuclear reactor shut down automatically today because of a shaking turbine. But there was no release of radioactivity, the Kyoto News agency reported. The shutdown affected a reactor at the Hermosa nuclear power plant, about 100 miles west of Tokyo, the report said. Kyoto said 'turbulence' in the turbine triggered the shutdown, but the report had no further details." [Based on: News Services article (Shaking turbine causes shutdown of reactor), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Missle Parts to China? / State Metal Industries Inc. - June 15th, 2006: "State Metal Industries Inc., of Camden, N.J., and its vice president, Michael S. Dorfman, have admitted attempting to illegally sell missle parts to China instead of melting the scrap into ingots. [....]" [Based on: Article (Company says it tried to sell missle parts), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 16th, 2006: "Wall Street rallied for a second session Thursday [06/15/06] as strong earnings from Bear Stearns Cos. and mild economic data helped stocks regain their footing after several weeks of hefty losses. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 200 points. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Bus Blast / Sri Lanka - June 16th, 2006: "Bus blast in Sri Lanka [06/15/06] leaves 64 dead" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Abu Ayyub Al-Masri / Iraq - June 16th, 2006: "New face of terror in Iraq / The successor to al-Zarqawi: Egyptian-born bomb expert Abu Ayyub al-Masri is new leader, U.S. military says" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article , p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Ancient Bird Fossils / China - June 16th, 2006: "Well-preserved fossils of early loon-like birds found in China support the idea that modern birds descended from waterfowl. Early Birds: Well-preserved fossils of early loon-like birds found in China support the idea that modern birds descended from waterfowl. / Gansus yumenensis: Oldest known member of the bird group that includes all modern birds and their fossil ancestors / 110 million-year-old fossil: Feathers, foot webbing suggest bird dove for food, similar to today's loons and grebes " [Based on: Title & Picture article for Washington Post article (Fossils of bird ancestor unearthed in China), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Trivia / 5th Annual Shanghai Summit - June 16th, 2006: "Iran courts Asian nations at Shanghai summit" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Prime Minister Geir Haarde / Iceland - June 16th, 2006: "New prime minister [Geir Haarde] moves into office" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Deportation / Illegal Immigrants, France - June 16th, 2006: "Children and teachers march Thursday [06/05/06] in Paris against laws that call for deporting school-age illegal immigrants and their parents at the end of the school year." [Based on: Washington Post picture article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Marine Sanctuary / Hawaiian Archipelago - June 16th, 2006: "Bush makes Hawaii archipelago largest marine sanctuary / President Bush plans to preserve a 1,400-mile long and 100-mile wide archipelago around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that is home to more than 7,000 species." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Reporters Banned [temporarily?] / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - June 16th, 2006: "Pentagon bans reporters [06/14/06] from military base in Cuba" [Based on: A.P. article , p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/16/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 17th, 2006: "Stocks snapped a two-day winning streak Friday [06/16/06] and the Standard & Poor's 500 fell for a second straight week after a Federal Reserve official reignited concern the central bank will keep raising interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Rate hike fears end stocks' winning streak), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 06/17/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Shiite Mosque, Iraq - June 17th, 2006: Suicide bomber targeting Shiite imam [Jalal Eddin al-Sagheer] kills 13 [06/16/06] in Iraq mosque [Buratha mosque] / Imam survives, blames attack on al-Qaida in Iraq." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 06/17/06]

2006 - Announces Anti-Terrorism Measures / Canada - June 17th, 2006: "Canada on Friday [06/16/06] unveiled anti-terrorism measures aimed at bolstering security in the country's airports, railway systems and marine ports in the next few months. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Canada announces anti-terrorism measures), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/17/06]

2006 - Loses Committee Post / Rep. William Jefferson - June 17th, 2006: "The House voted Friday [06/16/06] to take away bessieged Rep. William Jefferson's committee seat, then dispatched its own lawyers to join him in court to seek the return of documents seized in a federal bribery inquiry. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Beleaguered lawmaker loses committee post), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 06/17/06]

2006 - Sentencing Delayed / Kenneth Lay & Jeffrey Skilling - June 17th, 2006: "Sentencing [of former Enron Corp. executives] is delayed [till October 23rd, 2006]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A32, S.L.P.D., 06/17/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - 80th Birthday Celebration / Queen Elizabeth II, England - June 17th, 2006: "[....] Elizabeth was born April 21, but the official, outdoor celebration [06/17/06] comes two months later, when the chance of warm weather is better." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Queen's 80th is marked by new round of parties), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq - June 18th, 2006: "Insurgents foiled heightened security in Baghdad and killed at least 27 people Saturday [06/17/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Baghdad attacks kill more than two dozen), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - Medicare Advantage? / U.S.A. - June 18th, 2006: "Is your doctor paid to keep you healthy? Probably not. / Treating illness ... Typically, physicians get paid only when their patients receive care, and more complex care often means bigger fees. / ... vs. avoiding illness The hope is that a growing program, Medicare Advantage, encourages education and wellness to avoid expensive flare-ups." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for S.L.P.D. article by Jo Feldstein, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - Increased U.S. Airstrikes / Afghanistan - June 18th, 2006: "As fighting in Afghanistan has increased over the past three months, the U.S. military has made 340 airstrikes there, more than twice the 160 carried out in the war in Iraq, according to data from the Central Command, the U.S. military hedquarters for the Middle East. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Taliban aggression draws more U.S. airstrikes), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - More Sacrifice & Patience Required? / Iraq - June 18th, 2006: "Bush says more sacrifice, patience required in Iraq" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - Killed / Chechen Separatist Leader, Chechnya - June 18th, 2006: "Russian special forces killed the leader of Chechnya's separatists on Saturday [06/17/06], officials said, reveling in a new blow to a rebel movement with a long history of terrorist attacks that has recently appeared seriously weakened. The leader, Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, died in a raid in a Chechen village in which two Russian officers were also killed, the director of the Federal Security Service, Nikolai P. Patrushev, said ... [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/18/06]

2006 - 1st Satellite / Kazakhstan - June 19th, 2006: "Kazakhstan launched its first satellite into orbit Sunday [06/18/06], the first step in the ex-Soviet republic's plan to join the club of spacefaring nations. [....] Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the Kazakh leader early Sunday [06/18/06] as they watched a Russian-built Protok-K rocket carry the KazSat 1 satellite into orbit. The satellite is designed to provide television and communication services for Kazakhstan, part of Russia and three other nations - Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan." [Based on: News Services article (Nation launches first satellite into space), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - U.S. Operation / Ramadi, Iraq - June 19th, 2006: "U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers set up new positions over the weekend on the outskirts of Ramadi, a city in Al Anbar province that has become a haven for the Sunni Arab-led insurgency. The aim is to bottle up the insurgents who have largely controlled the city in recent months. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iraqi city is focus of military move), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Long-Range Missle? / Korea - June 19th, 2006: "North Korea appears to have completed fueling a long-range ballistic missle, American officials said Sunday [06/18/06]. The move greatly increases the probability that the North will go ahead with its first important test launching in eight years. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Fueling appears complete for test of N. Korean missle), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Trivia / 2003 NY Terrorist Plot? - June 19th, 2006: "Gas attack on NY [January 2003] was called off, book ['The One Percent Doctrine'] says / Bin Laden's deputy [Ayman al-Zawahri] scrapped subway plot in 2003, author [Ron Suskind] reports." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Potent Antioxidant? / Soy Sauce - June 19th, 2006: "Dark soy sauce  is a potent antioxidant that counters damage to human cells and tissues caused by free radicals, a study by scientists from the National University of Singapore has found. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Soy sauce may have antioxidant effects), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

*Trivia: "The American Medical Association is expected to call this week [June 2006] for a 50 percent reduction in salt in processed foods and restaurant meals. The goal: reducing high blood pressure - and ultimately, cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (What we eat is too salty, AMA says), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/13/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Karymsky Volcano - June 19th, 2006: "The Karymsky Volcano had been erupting several times a day for about a week prior to emitting this ash plume [see link] on June 19, 2006. [....] Karymsky Volcano is the most active volcano in eastern volcanic zone of Kamchatka. The volcano is composed of alternating layers of hardened lava, ash, and rocks. Historical eruptions have involved explosive eruptions of lava fragments and the release of volcanic gases. At the time of the June 19 eruption, Karymsky had an alert status of orange indicating that a small ash eruption was expected or confirmed, but not likely to exceed an altitude greater than 7,620 meters (25,000 feet) above sea level. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13656]

2006 - Woman Episcopal Bishop / Nevada - June 19th, 2006: "Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became on Sunday [06/18/06] the first woman picked to lead an Anglican province. She was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church - a groundbreaking and potentially divisive step that comes three years after the denomination ordained an openly gay bishop. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Presiding Episcopal bishop is a woman), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Oil Spill / Lake Charles, Louisiana - June 19th, 2006: "Ships have been stranded, seafood sources threatened and the nation's oil reserve tapped as the result of 47,000 barrels of oil spilling into a southwestern Louisiana shipping channel, forcing its closure. [....] The spill June 19 at a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery in Lake Charles forced the closure of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, a key passage for transporting petroleum in and out of the region's four refineries. About 11 miles of the channel remained closed Thursday [06/29/06]. The entire 40 miles to the Gulf of Mexico had been closed. [....] Citgo said the spill occurred because oil flowed over the tops of the tanks when torrential rainstorms overwhelmed the tanks' pumps. An earthen berm surrounding those tanks failed to contain 47,400 barrels of waste oil that eventually flowed into the ship channel, McCollum said. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the berm's failure. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Spill crimps U.S. oil production), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Operation Mountain Thrust / Afghanistan - June 19th, 2006: "U.S. soldiers descended on a mountain ridge Sunday [06/18/06], setting up fortified posts and mortar positions overlooking a key Taliban transport route. Their arrival marked the first time in years that soldiers from the U.S.-led military force had ventured into Baghran Valley, in northern Helmand province. The move is part of a major offensive that has killed dozens of militants. [....] More than 10,000 coalition soldiers are spread out over four southern provinces - Helmand, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Zabul - in Operation Mountain Thrust. The offensive is the largest since the ouster of the Taliban rulers in 2001. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Taliban supply route is targeted by U.S. troops in Afghanistan), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Stanley Cup Champions / Carolina Hurricanes - "The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers to win the 2006 Stanley Cup."

2006 - Greater Autonomy / Catalonia Region, Spain - June 19th, 2006: "The Catalonia region gained new powers to run its own affairs Sunday [06/18/06], as voters overwhelmingly approved a new blueprint. [....] The new powers overhaul a nearly 30-year-old charter that granted Catalonia a large degree of self-rule after the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975." [Based on: A.P. article (Vote gives Catalonia region of Spain greater autonomy), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06]

2006 - Mysteriously Stops Working? / Hubble Space Telescope - June 19th, 2006: "Hubble Space telescope's main camera stops working [06/19/06] / The source of the problem is a mystery, but engineers remain hopeful it can be fixed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Cornerstone / Svalbard Artic Seed Depository, North Pole - June 19th, 2006: "In a plan to protect food crops of the future, polar bears will help guard a 'doomsday vault' in the land of the midnight sun. Scientists and Nordic political leaders planned to gather today at a remote setting near the North Pole to lay the cornerstone for what will be known as the Svalbard Artic Seed Depository, which they hope can provide the world with a fail-safe method to protect seeds from disaster. On an island 600 miles north of the Norwegian mainland, architects of the green bank will carve a reinforced concrete vault into permafrost and rock to store some 3 million varities of seeds from the United States and around the world. Botanists say that packed in watertight foil packages, some seeds can remain viable for thousands of years. [....] The $3 million project is the culmination of nearly 30 years of planning amid recognition of the threats to global plant genetic resources. A feasibility study conducted at the Agricultural University of Norway warns of the need to protect food and agriculture against 'worst case scenarios including nuclear war, civil strife, catastrophic failures or major acts of terrorism.' While the United States and most industrialized countries have seeds stashed in secure gene banks, many developing countries - the source of the world's most valuable plant materials - have less elaborate storehouses. Planners worry that gene banks in low-lying countries will be especially vulnerable when oceans rise markedly as a result of climate change. Project planners point to recent plant diseases as another reason why backup plant materials could become critical in the future: [....] Eventually, the Svalbard vault, which will be maintained by the Norwegian government, will house seeds from every nation, according to the plan. [....] The plan calls for countries to retain ownership of their seeds. They will be preserved under what is being called a 'black box' arrangement, meaning that they would not be opened and could be only rarely retrieved, perhaps once a year. [....] He [executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Cary Fowler] predicted that '99.99 percent' of the seeds would be conventional varities, adding, 'We're trying to conserve all the diversity in the world. We're not smart enough to know what human beings are going to need 1,000 years from now.' [....] 'The world can have a place where we're doing something good for future generations, for our children and grandchildren, if something should happen, like a holocaust or nuclear war. It's about as inaccessible as you can get up there,' he said. [....]" [Based on: Title for Article (Artic vault is designed to save world's seeds), p. A1 & A4, S.L.P.D., 06/19/06] - [Note: To save space on this timeline, the article paragraph indents (as with most articles on this timeline) were left transcribed. - D.R.D.]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 20th, 2006: "Stocks erased this year's gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 index Monday [06/19/06], as a drop in confidence among house builders and a Federal Reserve official's comments pointed to slower economic growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Wildfire / Sedona, Arizona - June 20th, 2006: "A wildfire threatening hundreds of homes and businesses early Monday [06/19/06] spread to 3,000 acres near northern Arizona's scenic Oak Creek Canyon. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Fire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Eyes in the Sky? / U.S.A. - June 20th, 2006: "Eyes in the sky / LA sheriff is testing unmanned, remote-controlled surveillance planes" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Trivia / Alternative Jet Fuel? - June 20th, 2006: "[....] Researchers are looking into ways to use alternative fuels to power jet engines, although many caution that widespread use may be years, or even decades, away. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Will alternate jet fuel really fly?), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Taliban Ambush / Afghanistan - June 20th, 2006: "Taliban ambush civilian convoys, leaving 30 dead / At least 11 militants die in U.S.-led offensive." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Flooding / Texas & Louisiana, U.S.A. - June 20th, 2006: "Downpours cause flash flooding in Texas and Louisiana [06/19/06] / Texas Gov. Rick Perry activates 50 Army National Guard trucks, four helicopters and 30 rescue boats." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Japanese Troop Withdrawal? / Iraq - June 20th, 2006: "Japanese prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced his plan today to withdraw Japan's 600 troops from Iraq, an official said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Japan will withdraw 600 troops from Iraq), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Nestle Acquisition? / Jenny Craig Inc. - June 20th, 2006: "Nestle combines indulgence and guilt with acquisition / Chocolate maker pays $600 million for Jenny Craig." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Dietary Guidelines / Trans Fats, U.S.A. - June 20th, 2006: "The American Heart Association has become the first major health group to urge a specific limit on trans fats in the diet - less than 1 percent of total calories - in new guidelines released Monday [06/19/06]. [....] Trans fats, or trans fatty acids such as partially hydrogenated oils, are in many cookies, crackers, breads, cakes, French fries and other fried foods. They contribute to heart disease risk by raising LDL, or the bad cholesterol. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (New dietary guidelines set limit on trans fats), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Conclusive Evidence? / 911 Conspiracy - June 20th, 2006: "Scientific analysis on WTC steel debris undertaken by BYU Professor Steven Jones proves that the twin towers were demolished by means of incendiary devices and the release of the conclusive evidence is imminent. [....] 'The evidence points directly to controlled demolition which means an inside job brought these World Trade Center buildings down," Jones told radio host Alex Jones in a video interview.' [....]"

[Based on: Prison Planet article (Scientific Analysis Proves Towers Brought Down By Incendiaries / Steven Jones' analysis on WTC steel about to be released) by Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com, June 20th, 2006]

2006 - Bush Warns Iran of Certain Sanctions - June 20th, 2006: "President George W. Bush told Iran on Monday [06/19/06] that nations worldwide won't back down from their demand that Tehran suspend uranium enrichment. [....] If Iran's leaders reject the offer, they will face action before the U.N. Security Council and progressively stronger political and economic sanctions, Bush said during a commencement speech at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy." [Based on: A.P. article (Bush warns Iran of certain sanctions), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Charged with Premeditated Murder / Three U.S. Soldiers - June 20th, 2006: "Three U.S. soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder in connection with the killing of three Iraqi detainees, as well as with threatening the life of a witness, a fellow soldier, military officials said Monday. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (3 soldiers are changed in killing of detainees), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/20/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 21st, 2006: "Stocks failed to break out of their latest slump Tuesday [06/20/06] on concern that a rebound in housing starts will pave the way for higher interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Rebound in housing starts reignites Fed Fears), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Waves Batter Americas - June 21st, 2006: "A freakishly powerful storm far off in the South Pacific propelled huge swells to the Americas, causing a surge of waves that battered homes and beachfront businesses from Peru to Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. High surf kicked up as far south as north and Southern California, but no deaths or serious injuries were reported as several hundred people were evacuated in at least eight countries. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Waves batter coast of Americas), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / Regrown Nerves! - June 21st, 2006: "Scientists have used stem cells and a soup of nerve-friendly chemicals to not just bridge a damaged spinal cord but actually regrow the circuitry needed to move a muscle, helping partially paralyzed rats walk. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Stem cell experiment helps end paralysis in rats), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / 20th 911 Hijacker? - June 21st, 2006: "Al-Qaida has identified a would-be 20th hijacker for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as a Saudi [Fawaz al-Nashimi] who was killed in a shootout with his country's security forces in 2004. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ('20th hijacker' was killed by Saudis in 2004, al-Qaida says), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Leaving CBS / Dan Rather - June 21st, 2006: "Rather is leaving CBS [this week], cites lack of work" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Convicted / David Safavian - June 21st, 2006: "A federal jury found former White House aide David Safavian guilty Tuesday [06/20/06] of lying and obstructing justice, making him the highest-ranking government official to be convicted in the spreading scandal involving disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Ex-White House aide is convicted in lobbying case / Verdict could spur other indictments in scandal linked to Abramoff, experts say.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - In Prison / Charles Taylor  - June 21st, 2006: "Liberian leader [Charles Taylor] in Dutch prison [06/20/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - European Trip / George W. Bush - June 21st, 2006: "President George W. Bush arrived in Austria on Tuesday [06/20/06] for his 15th visit to Europe since taking office, at a time when the populace remains generally wary of him despite concerted efforts by political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to patch up their differences. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (On Europe trip, Bush faces public mistrust), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Surge in Violence / New Orleans - June 21st, 2006: "Nine months after they rode to the rescue in the desperate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, National Guardsmen carrying M-16s returned to the city Tuesday [06/20/06] to reinforce a depleted Police Department and battle a surge in violence. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (National Guard will patrol again), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / Private Data Brokers, U.S.A. - June 21st, 2006: "Federal and local police across the country - as well as some of the nation's best-known companies - have been gathering Americans' phone records from private data brokers without subpoenas or warrants. These brokers, many of whom market aggressively across the Internet, have broken into customer accounts online, tricked phone companies into revealing information and sometimes acknowedged that their practices violate laws, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. [....] Documents gathered by Whitfield's [Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky] committee show data brokers use trickery, impersonation and even technology to try to gather Americans' phone records. 'They can basically obtain any information about anybody on any subject,' Whitfield said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Government uses data mined by brokers), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Status / Mt. Merapi Volcano, Indonesia - June 21st, 2006: "Indonesia's Mount Merapi sent avalanches of searing hot gas and debris roiling down its slopes Wednesday [06/21/06], and a scientist warned that the peak's lava dome still posed a threat to thousands of villagers. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Hot gas, debris surge down slope of volcano), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Demands AT&T Records / Missouri - June 21st, 2006: "State regulators in Missouri have issued subpoenas to AT&T, demanding to know whether the company is violating consumer privacy laws by sharing customer phone and Internet records with the government. The subpoenas set a deadline of July 12. They seek records and company officials to testify under oath. [....]" [Based on: Article (State demands AT&T records / Supoenas issued - Regulators want to know if the company is illegally sharing customer data with the government. AT&T says it is bound to secrecy.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Israeli missle kills 3 Palestinian children - June 21st, 2006: "[....] Israeli aircraft fired a missle at a car in the crowded Jebaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday [06/20/06] afternoon, missing the militants in the car but killing a 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister. A 16-year-old girl also died of her wounds, hospital officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Israeli missle kills 3 Palestinian children), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Summer Solstice / Northern Hemisphere - June 21st, 2006: "On June 21st, Earth's north pole will be tipped to the max (23.5o) toward the Sun. Astronomers call this "a solstice." It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern hemisphere. The seasons are changing: Happy Solstice!"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [06/21/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - June 21st, 2006: "Stocks rose smartly Wednesday [06/21/06] as stronger-than-expected earnings from FedEx Corp. and Morgan Stanley Inc. put investors' inflation fears on back burner. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 100 points. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Morgan Stanley and FedEx lead strong Dow surge), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 -  $70+ / U.S. Oil Prices - June 21st, 2006: "Crude oil prices rose about $70 a barrel Wednesday [06/21/06] after the U.S. government reported that gasoline inventories grew at a slow clip last week despite high production levels. [....]" [Based on: Title for Article (Prices hit $70 again), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/21/06]

2006 - Sun in Cancer - June 22nd, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Cancer."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200606.html]

2006 - Flood Trivia / Indonesia - June 22nd, 2006: "Days of heavy rains led to devastating landslides on the Central Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) in mid-June 2006. As of June 22, the death toll stood at 200 with 135 still missing, reported the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The hardest hit area was Sinjai in South Sulawesi. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13668]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - June 22st, 2006: "Iran's president said Wednesday [06/21/06] that his country would take until mid-August to respond to incentives to roll back its nuclear program, prompting President George W. Bush to accuse Tehran of dragging its feet." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. unhappy over Iranian time frame), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - June 22st, 2006: "Iran's president said Wednesday [06/21/06] that his country would take until mid-August to respond to incentives to roll back its nuclear program, prompting President George W. Bush to accuse Tehran of dragging its feet." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. unhappy over Iranian time frame), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Lifted / U.S. Beef Ban, Japan - June 22st, 2006: "Japanese lift their ban on U.S. beef / Producers are elated, but some processors are unhappy with required inspections." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Charged in Killing / U.S. Troops - June 22st, 2006: "[....] The charges were the second time in less than a week that U.S. troops have been charged with killing Iraqi civilians or detainees under criminal circumstances. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Eight U.S. troops charged in killing / In a separate case, a fourth soldier is charged in deaths of three Iraqi detainees), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.N. & Sudan - June 22st, 2006: "Sudan's president, vowing to never allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur, blamed 'Jewish organizations' for pushing for their deployment. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Sudanese leader vows to keep U.N. force out), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Hunger Strike? / Saddam Hussein - June 22st, 2006: "Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants went on a hunger strike Wednesday [06/21/06] to protest the shooting death of an attorney on the ousted Iraqi leader's defense team, their chief lawyer said - the third such killing in the eight-month trial. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Saddam, others go on hunger strike to protest defense attorney's killing), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - June 22nd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:53:13 (UTC) on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uspgai.php] - [06/22/06]

2006 - Botched Israeli Airstrike / Gaza Strip - June 22st, 2006: "In the second botched Israeli airstrike in Gaza in two days, two people were killed and 13 were wounded when a missle hit a house Wednesday [06/21/06], just hours after grieving and angry Palestinians buried three children killed in a previous attack. [....] In Wednesday's attack, Israeli aircraft targeted militants in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis but hit a house instead, killing a man and a woman and wounding at least 13 people, including five children, according to hospital officials. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Second botched Israeli strike kills two, wounds 13 as missle hits house), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Wants Direct Talks with U.S. / North Korea - June 22st, 2006: "North Korea wants direct talks with U.S. over missle test / Washington rejects that and seeks a return to six-party negotiations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Blocked / Minimum Wage Increase, U.S.A. - June 22st, 2006: "The Republican-controlled Senate smothered a proposed election-year increase in the minimum wage Wednesday [06/21/06], rejecting Democratic claims that it was past time to boost the $5.15 hourly pay floor that has been in effect for nearly a decade. The 52-46 vote was eight short of the 60 needed for approval under budget rules and came one day after House Republican leaders made clear they do not intend to allow a vote on the issue, fearing it might pass. The Senate vote marked the ninth time since 1997 that democrats there have proposed, and Republicans have blocked, a stand-alone increase in the minimum wage. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said a worker paid $5.15 an hour would earn $10,700 a year, 'almost $6,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.' " [Based on: News Services article (Republicans block minimum-wage increase), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

*Trivia: "[....] A full-time minimum wage worker makes only $10,712 a year. For a single mom with two children, that is nearly $5,000 below the poverty line. [....]." [Based on: Other Views page article (Working poor need a living wage) by William G. Sinkford & Charlie Clemens, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - "Our Own Worst Enemy?" / U.S. Forces, Iraq - June 22st, 2006: "The death of civilians at the hands of U.S. troops has fueled the insurgency in Iraq, according to a top-level U.S. military commander, who said U.S. officials began keeping records of these deaths last summer. [....] 'We have people who were on the fence or supported us who in the last two years or three years have in fact decided to strike out against us. And you have to ask: Why is that? And I would argue in many instances we are our own worst enemy,' Chiarelli [U.S. Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli] said. [....]" [Based on: Knight Ridder Newspapers article (Iraqi deaths fuel backlash, general says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/22/06]

2006 - Missle Test / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "A missle fired by a Navy ship intercepted a medium-range warhead above the earth's atmosphere off Hawaii on Thursday [06/22/06] in the latest test of the U.S. missle defense program. The Missle Defense Agency said the test had been scheduled for months and was not prompted by indications that North Korea was planning to test-fire a long-range missle. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Navy missle succeeds - in test), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "Stocks dropped Thursday [06/22/06] on evidence the Federal Reserve's interest-rate increases are slowing the economy. The fall set the Standard & Poor's 500 index up for its first three-week losing streak this year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks take a hit as fears of slowdown resurface), p. B10, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Banking Data Probe / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "U.S. probes banking data / Secret program tracks terrorist financing." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Mortgage Rates Climb / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "Mortgage rates rose this week with 30-year mortgages climbing to the highest level in more than four years on investor fears about inflation. [....]" [Based on: Article (Mortgage rates climb to a four-year high), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Findings on Global Warming / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "Temperatures have been warmer over the past 25 years than at any time in the last four centuries - and possibly the last 1,000 years, a prestigious federal advisory panel [National Research Council] reported Thursday [06/22/06]. [....]" [Based on: Baltimore Sun article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Claims of Iraq WMD / U.S. Republicans - June 23rd, 2006: "Democrats reacted Thursday [06/22/06] with ridicule about a statement by two congressional Republicans [Sen. Rick Santorum & Rep. Peter Hoekstra] that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. [....] They said Wednesday that unconventional weapons had been found in Iraq. Santorum said, 'Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.' [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Democrats assail two Republicans' claims of WMD), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

2006 - Thwarted / Alleged Terror Plot, U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2006: "Seven people were arrested Thursday [06/22/06] in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower, the Miami FBI office and other buildings in the U.S., a federal law enforcement official said. [....] The official said on condition of anonymity that most of the suspects were Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Alleged plot to attack Sears Tower thwarted), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/23/06]

*Trivia: "An alleged scheme to topple the Sears Tower in Chicago and attack Miami's FBI headquarters was 'more aspirational than operational,' a top FBI official said Friday [06/23/06], the day after seven Florida men were arrested on terrorism charges. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article ('No immediate threat' in alleged plot), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - Heavy Rains / Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S.A. - June 23rd-26th, 2006: "From June 23 to June 26, heavy downpours pounded the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. At one point, the primary interstate highway circling the city, the Capital Beltway, was closed after a mudslide covered the road. Other roads in the region were also closed as a result of widespread flash flooding. The rains fell as a steady stream of very moist tropical air was channeled up the East Coast from the South. The air stalled over the Mid-Atlantic region, where it was continuing to produce heavy rain as of June 26. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13676]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 24th, 2006: "Wall Street finished the week with a listless session Friday [06/23/06] as a decline in big-ticket factory goods did little to asuage investors' economic worries and left the major indexes slighty lower. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Listless Friday ends languid week on Wall Street), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - Updated Privacy Policy / AT&T - June 23rd, 2006:

AT&T has issued an updated privacy policy that takes effect Friday [06/23/06]. The changes are significant because they appear to give the telecom giant more latitude when it comes to sharing customers' personal data with government officials.

The new policy says that AT&T -- not customers -- owns customers' confidential info and can use it "to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process."

The policy also indicates that AT&T will track the viewing habits of customers of its new video service -- something that cable and satellite providers are prohibited from doing.

Moreover, AT&T (formerly known as SBC) is requiring customers to agree to its updated privacy policy as a condition for service -- a new move that legal experts say will reduce customers' recourse for any future data sharing with government authorities or others.

The company's policy overhaul follows recent reports that AT&T was one of several leading telecom providers that allowed the National Security Agency warrantless access to its voice and data networks as part of the Bush administration's war on terror. [....]

[Based on: San Francisco Chronicle article (AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours) by David Lazarus, Wednesday, June 21, 2006.] - [see link]

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/21/BUG9VJHB9C1.DTL&type=business

2006 - Ash Plume / Ubinas Volcano, Peru - June 24th, 2006: "Ubinas Volcano in Peru emitted a volcanic plume of ash and/or steam on June 24, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13677]

2006 - First Person-To-Person Bird Flu Case? - June 24th, 2006: "The World Health Organization has detailed the first evidence that a person probably caught the bird flu virus from a human, then passed a slightly mutated version to another person. But experts said Friday [06/23/06] the genetic change does not increase the threat of a pandemic. The investigation said the mutation of the H5N1 strain of the virus occured in a 10-year-old Indonesian boy who was part of the largest cluster ever reported. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Person-to-person bird flu cases reported), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Sulawesi, Indonesia - June 24th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:15:04 (UTC) on Saturday, June 24th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: SULAWESI, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uspibc.php] - [06/27/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador - June 24th, 2006: "Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador emitted a volcanic plume of ash and/or steam on June 24, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13674]

2006 - Major Commercial Nuclear Operation / U.S.A. - June 24th, 2006: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its first license for a major commercial nuclear operation in 30 years Friday [06/23/06]. It permitted an international consortium to build what would be the nation's first private fuel source for commercial nuclear power plants. Construction of the $1.5 billion National Enrichment Facility could begin in August, and the plant could be ready to sell enriched uranium by early 2009, said Jim Ferland, president of the consortium of nuclear companies, Louisiana Energy Services. The plant would be near Eunice, N.M., east of Carlsbad." [Based on: News Services article (First nuclear license in 30 years issued), p. A27, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - Bound for Space Station / Russian Cargo Ship - June 24th, 2006: "A Russian cargo spacecraft carrying food and supplies blasted off Saturday [06/24/06] for the international space station, mission control said. The spacecraft, which is scheduled to dock at the orbiting space station on Monday [06/26/06], is transporting almost 3 tons of fuel, food and water, along with equipment." [Based on: News Services article (Cargo spacecraft heads for space station), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Overturned / SEC Hedge Fund Rule, U.S.A. - June 24th, 2006: "In a setback to the Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal appeals court on Friday [06/23/06] overturned a rule bringing hedge funds under new supervision by the agency. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Appeals court rejects SEC rule reining in hedge funds / SEC target Pequot fund denies any activity in inproper trades.), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - Trivia / Largest Independent Oil & Gas Producer, U.S.A. - June 24th, 2006: "Andarko Petroleum Corp. will pay $21 billion in cash for Kerr-McGee Corp. and Western Gas Resources Inc. to more than double its sales and create the nation's largest independent oil and gas producer. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Anadarko pays $21 billion for Kerr-McGee, Western Gas), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 06/24/06]

2006 - American Scholars Symposium: 9/11 & the Neo-Con Agenda / Los Angeles, California - June 24th-25th, 2006: "In June 2006 researchers, scholars, journalists, media personalities, and average folks will come together from all over the USA to gather in Los Angeles to invite the rest of the world to examine the facts of 9/11. [....] This event can be billed as "Two Days Of Truth" and it is a challenge to the establish mouthpiece media that resolutely defends the government fairy tale version of what happened on that fateful day. The conference will witness the premiere of Alex Jones' newest and most powerful film which largely focuses on the 7/7 London bombings and how the British government ran and exploited the attacks to accelerate big brother's control grid and cashless society. [....]" [Based on Article: (Top Experts To Expose 9/11 Fraud At L.A. Conference) by Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | May 24 2006]

*Link: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2006/240506laconference.htm]

2006 - Iraqi Deaths / Iraq - June 25th, 2006:

   At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies - a toll 20,000 higher than acknowledged by the United States.      
   Many more  Iraqis are believed to have been killed but have not been counted because of serious lapses in recording the number of deaths in the chaotic first year after the invasion, when there was no functioning Iraqi government, and continued spotty reporting nationwide."
[....]

[Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iraqi war deaths put at 50,000 / The figure is 20,000 higher than the United States has acknowledged.) by Louise Roug & Doug Smith, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Scores of Taliban Killed - June 25th, 2006: "Scores of Taliban killed [at least 100 in the last three days], U.S. reports" [Based on: Washington Post article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Talk of Troops Cuts / Iraq - June 25th, 2006: "Talk of troop cuts, if things improve" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Loud Protests / East Timor - June 25th, 2006: "Thousands of protestors demanded on Saturday [06/24/06] the ouster of East Timor's prime minister, blaming him for provoking violence and political chaos. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (East Timor protesters loudly make their point), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Kidnapped Israeli Body? / Gaza Strip - June 25th, 2006: "Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip attacked an Israeli military outpost early Sunday [06/25/06] and claimed they took the body of an Israeli killed in the fighting." [Based on: News Services article (Palestinian militants say they have body of Israeli), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Freed Saudis / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - June 25th, 2006: "U.S. frees [06/24/06] 14 Saudis from Guantanamo" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Arrested Terror Suspects / Saudi Arabia - June 25th, 2006: "Saudis arrest 42 suspects [since May 2006]" [Based Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Suspected Al-Qaida Collaborator / Somalia Militia - June 25th, 2006: "A fundamentalist Muslim who is listed by the U.S. State Department as a suspected al-Qaida collaborator was named Saturday [06/24/06] as the new leader of an Islamic militia that has seized control of Somalia's capital. [....] The Bush administration has said Aweys [Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys] was an associate of Osama bin Laden in the early 1990s." [Based on: News Services article (Alleged al-Qaida associate leads militia), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/25/06]

2006 - Flooding / Indonesia - June 26th, 2006: "Heavy rain causes floods [central Indonesia] that kill at least 21" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Insurgent Amnesty? / Iraq - June 26th, 2006: "Iraq eyes amnesty offer to rebels / The plan: *Even Iraqis who killed U.S. forces might be eligible. *Thousands of suspected insurgents could be released. *Some Baath Party followers of Saddam could re-enter politics." [Based Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Missles in Japan? / U.S.A. - June 26th, 2006: "The U.S. plans to deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missles in Japan by the end of the year, a Japanese newspaper reported today, amid concerns that North Korea may be about to test-fire a long-range ballistic missle. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. reportedly will put missles in Japan), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Text to Audio Device - June 26th, 2006: "New handheld device for the blind will convert print to spoken audio / The Kurzweil National Federation of the Blind Reader will sell for about $3,500." [Based Title & Picture Caption for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Anatahan Volcano - June 26th, 2006: "The Anatahan Volcano emitted a plume of volcanic ash and/or steam in late June 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture [see link] on June 26. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13680]

2006 - Believes U.S. will ask His Help? / Saddam Hussein - June 26th, 2006: "Saddam Hussein believes the United States will have to seek his help to quell the bloody insurgency in Iraq and open the way for U.S. forces to withdraw, his chief lawyer said Sunday [06/25/06]. [....]" [Based A.P. article (Saddam believes U.S. will ask for his help, his lawyer says), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Audiotape Broadcast / Mullah Muhammad Omar? - June 26th, 2006: "A Pakistani television station broadcast an audiotape Sunday [06/25/06] that it said was the voice of the fugative Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar. [....] The taped message was broadcast on Geo TV, a commercial Pakistani television station. The station said it was the voice of Omar, whose government sheltered Osama bin Laden and was ousted by U.S.-led forces in late 2001." [Based on: News Services article (Audiotape is attributed to fugative Taliban leader), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - U.S.- Monitored Iranian Commercial Presence in Venezuela - June 26th, 2006: "The VenIran tractor factory in remote eastern Venezuela is one of the signs of Iran's growing presence in Venezuela, which is being monitored by a U.S. government on alert for any evidence that Iran might be exporting terrorism. Such evidence would come in handy to the United States, which is working to keep Venezuela from securing the rotating Latin American seat on the U.N. Security Council. The vote is scheduled for October. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (U.S. is monitoring commercial presence of Iran in Venezuela), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/26/06]

2006 - Bomb Blasts / Iraq - June 27th, 2006: "Bombs killed at least 40 people at markets in two Iraqi cities Monday [06/26/06], hours after key lawmakers said seven Sunni Arab insurgent groups offered the government a conditional truce. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bomb blasts kill dozens in Iraq shortly after reported truce offer / Seven insurgent groups approaching government do not include al-Qaida or other Islamic terrorist organizations.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Business - June 27th, 2006: "Stocks rose Monday [06/26/06] as companies' plans for $88 billion in takeovers outweighed concern that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the 17th straight time this week. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article ($88 billion in takeover plans boost shares), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Financial Spying / U.S.A. - June 27th, 2006: "Bush slams NY Times' report of financial spying / Newspaper's editor [Bill Keller] defends disclosure as 'our Job.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Houston Chronicle article by Julie Mason, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Sri Lanka - June 27th, 2006: "A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into a car carrying Sri Lanka's third-highest ranking military officer and blew himself up, killing Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga and three other people Monday [06/26/06]. Authorities blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but President Mahinda Rajapakse urged calm. The rebels denied any role in the attack." [Based on: News Services article (rebels blamed for blast that killed a top officer), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / Alzheimer's Disease - June 27th, 2006: "The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is probably two to three times more than current estimates, according to a new study. And as the population ages, Alzheimer's could become the most expensive disease in the country. In the new study, brain autopsies of elderly people who had no symptoms of Alzheimer's showed that more than a third had lesions in their brains that met the criteria for the disease. Dr. David A. Bennett, director of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, led the study, which will appear today in the journal Neurology. About 4 million people in the United States are now thought to have Alzheimer's. The cost of caring for people with the brain disease tops $100 billion a year, according to the Lasker Foundation. [....] The risk of developing Alzheimer's doubles  every five years after age 65. Almost 40 percent of people over age 85 have the disease, said Dr. Randall J. Bateman, a neurologist at Washington University. [....] The new study raises the possibility that people who have plaques in their brains but who haven't experienced a drop in their mental capacity, may have some protective factors that keep them from getting dementia. [....] About 99 percent of people who develop Alzheimer's have sporadic cases. That means they do not have specific mutations or  known genetic factors that cause the disease. Bateman and others say that the problem could be that as people age, they make too much amyloid-beta, or that the ability to clear it from the brain slows down. The excess protein - as much as 1,000 times more than normal levels - could then congeal into plaques. [....]" [Based Article by Tina Hesman Saey, pp. A1 & A6, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06] - [Paragraph indents untranscribed to save space. - D.R.D.] 

2006 - Threatening Message / U.S. Port - June 27th, 2006: "A Southern California port was closed for several hours Monday afternoon [06/26/06] while authorities investigated a possible terrorist threat on a cargo ship. [....] Federal authorities said the message was written in English and read: 'Nitro + glycerin my gift for G. W. Bush and his Jewish gang.' [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Threatening message on cargo ship closes port), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - New Microchip / Intel Xeon 5100 - June 27th, 2006: "Intel Corp.'s new chip [Xeon 5100] doubles performance" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Approved Sale / Knight Ridder  Inc. - June 27th, 2006: "Knight Ridder shareholders approve sale to McClatchy" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Resignation / Prime Minister, East Timor - June 27th, 2006: "East Timorese Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri resigned Monday [06/26/06], easing tensions that have fueled weeks of violent clashes in the capital, Dili. Alkatiri said he was quitting to prevent the threatened resignation of popular East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao." [Based on: News Services article (East Timorese premier resigns amid violence), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - "Signing Statements" Hearings / U.S.A. - June 27th, 2006: "Senators charge Bush with disregarding laws in name of security / Hearings open today on president's use of signing statements to void legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by Bush." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Growing? / Marijuana Use, Worldwide - June 27th, 2006: "Marijuana use worldwide is out of control because the plant grows everywhere, is in high demand and erroneously is considered by many to be harmless, a U.N. agency said Monday [06/26/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Marijuana use grows worldwide, U.N. reports), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - 31 Billion Gates Foundation Gift / Warren Buffett - June 27th, 2006: "Buffett seals deal; his billions will go back to society / Gates Foundation will expand focus to include biotech and agriculture and 'micro-lending' in the Third World." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/27/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - June 27th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:39:36 (UTC) on Tuesday, June 27th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usplae.php] - [06/27/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - June 27th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:59:07 (UTC) on Tuesday, June 27th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usplah.php] - [06/27/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Nicobar Islands, India Region - June 27th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:07:23 (UTC) on Tuesday, June 27th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usplbp.php] - [06/28/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 28th, 2006: "The Dow Jones industrial average suffered its biggest loss in three weeks on Tuesday [06/27/06], as higher oil prices and concern that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates battered stocks. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow skids on higher oil prices and Fed worries), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Weapons Sales Trivia - June 28th, 2006: "The U.S. gave its backing on Tuesday [06/27/06] to a U.N. conference on curtailing the international flow of illegal arms, but warned delegates against adopting measures that would restrict individual possession of weapons. [....] He also said the United States would object to any steps to establish international regulation of ammunition or to ban governments from selling arms to rebel groups, as distinct from terrorist groups." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. backs curbs on flow of illegal arms), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Vietnam - June 28th, 2006: "Three decades after the communist north reunited the country with its victory in the Vietnam War, reformers from the business-orientated south were named prime minister [Nguyen Tan Dung] and president [Nguyen Minh Triet] Tuesday [06/27/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Reformers are named to top national posts), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Settlement / Morgan Stanley - June 28th, 2006: "Wall Street powerhouse Morgan Stanley on Tuesday [06/27/06] agreed to pay a $10 million civil fine to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to maintain safeguards to prevent the misuse of inside information. The Securities and Exchange Commission also censured Morgan Stanley under the settlement. The investment house neither admitted nor denied the SEC's allegations but did agree to refrain from future violations of the securities laws. Morgan Stanley also agreed to hire an independent consultant to review its policies and practices for preventing misuse of information." [Based on: Article (Morgan Stanley fined), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Trivia / Amazon Observatory? - June 28th, 2006: "A grouping of granite blocks along a grassy Amazon hilltop may be the vestiges of a centuries-old astronomical observatory - a find archaeologists say indicates early rain forest inhabitants were more sophisticated than previously believed. The 127 blocks, some as high as 9 feet tall, are spaced around the hill like a crown 100 feet in diameter. On the shortest day of the year - Dec. 21 - the shadow of one of the blocks disappears when the sun is directly above it. 'It is this block's alignment with the winter solstice that leads us to believe the site was once an astronomical observatory,' said Mariana Petry Cabral, an archaeologist at the Amapa State Scientific and Technical Research Institute 'We may be also looking at the remnants of a sophisticated culture.' [....] The site is near the village of Calcoene, just north of the equator in Amapa state in far northern Brazil. While the blocks have not yet been submitted to carbon dating, Cabral says pottery shards near the site indicate they could be 2,000 years old. Last month, archaeologists working on a hillside north of Lima, Peru, announced the discovery of the oldest astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere - giant stone carvings, apparently 4,200 years old, that align with sunrise and sunset on Dec. 21. Farmers and fishermen in the region around the Amazon site have long known about it, and the local press has dubbed it the 'tropical Stonehenge.' Archaeologists got nvolved last year after geographers and geologists doing a socioeconomic survey by foot and helicopter noticed 'the unique circular structure on top of the hill,' Cabral said." [Based on: A.P. article (Amazon stones hint at lost civilization), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Environmental Threat? / Africa - June 28th, 2006: "More than 70 percent of Africans depend on the continent's natural resources for their livelihoods, a U.N. report said Tuesday [06/27/06]. It warned that if environmental protection is not given a high priority, the toll on land and water could cause economic havoc. Africa's environment is also threatened by global warming, genetically modified organisms, invasive species and increased chemical manufacturing, the U.N. Environment Program's 'Africa Environmental Outlook 2' concluded. Africa is home to more than 800 million people, about 13 percent of the world's population, and is the poorest continent, with most people surviving on less than $1 a day." [Based on: News Services article (Reformers are named to top national posts), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Trivia / "An Inconvenient Truth" - June 28th, 2006: "The nation's top climate scientists are giving 'An Inconvenient Truth,' Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Scientists give film on global warming a thumbs up), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Trivia / Univision Communications Inc. - June 28th, 2006: "A consortium led by Texas Pacific Group agrees to buy Univision Communications for $12.3 billion, beating out a rival group led by a Mexican broadcaster." [Based on: A.P. picture caption, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - No Safe Level? / Secondhand Smoke - June 28th, 2006: "Breathing any amount of someone else's tobacco smoke harms nonsmokers, the surgeon general [U.S.A.] declared Tuesday [06/27/06] - a strong condemnation of secondhand smoke that is sure to fuel nationwide efforts to ban smoking in public. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (There is no safe level of secondhand smoke), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Explosives Detector Lambert Field, Mo. - June 28th, 2006: "The latest tool to make air travel safer stood at a security checkpoint at Lambert Field [airport] on Tuesday [06/27/06] awaiting a trial run. [....]" [Based on: Article (Explosives detector will give airline passengers a sniff test), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Wildfires / Eight Western States, U.S.A. - June 28th, 2006: "Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon [06/27/06] as more than 1,000 firefighters fought lightning-sparked blazes across northern Nevada. The fires were among 32 large ones burning in eight western states, according to the National Fire Information Center in Boise, Idaho. No injuries were reported in any fires Tuesday, and no buildings burned. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (State of emergency called over fires), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Israeli Tanks & Troops / Southern Gaza - June 28th, 2006: "Israel sends tanks and troops back into Gaza / Only release of captured soldier can defuse crisis, Palestinians are told." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Doe Run Contaminated Land? / Reynolds County, Mo. - June 28th, 2006: "Suit says Doe Run tainted area near lead mine / Landowner [Leo Drey] says state testing of soil found high levels of lead and other toxic heavy metals on land and in creeks in Reynolds County." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/28/06]

2006 - Trivia / Sunspot 898 - June 29th, 2006:

Measuring 25,000 miles across, almost as wide as the planet Neptune, sunspot 898 lumbered over the sun's limb yesterday [06/28/06]. Philippe Vercoutter of Ypres, Belgium, was one of the first to photograph it: [see link] [....] "This is a very active sunspot," Vercoutter marveled, and he was right. Hours later, a magnetic filament rose out of the boiling froth and bent menacingly "like a King Cobra ready to strike at the heart of the 'spot" says Gary Palmer who captured the scene in a photograph of his own. What will happen next? [....]"

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

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 29th, 2006: "In a sign of confidence that companies will sustain earnings growth as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, stocks rose Wednesday [06/28/06] as the central bank's policymakers began a two-day meeting. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise on earnings gains despite Fed meeting), p. B5, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Redistricting Plan / U.S.A. - June 29th, 2006: "The Supreme Court gave politicians new legal license Wednesday [06/28/06] to redraw election districts aggressively to benefit the party in power, as it upheld the mid-decade redistricting plan engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Texas Republicans. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Justices uphold Delay's districts / What it means: Redrawing Texas' congressional map just to elect more Republicans was not unconstitutional, Supreme Court rules.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Cybersecurity Chief - June 29th, 2006: "U.S. cybersecurity chief [Donald Purdy Jr.] is earning $577,602 [for two years]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Flood Status / Northeast U.S.A. - June 29th, 2006: "[....] The record deluge has dumped several inches of rain across the region - more than a foot in Washington and Baltimore - and killed at least 12 people from Virginia to New York. The Susquehanna and its tributaries, running from upstate New York through Pennsylvania, accounted for some of the worst damage. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (200,000 in Pennsylvania must evacuate), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

*Trivia: "The National Archives brought in giant dehumidifiers after flooding threatened some of its collection, including telegrams from Abraham Lincoln to his generals and copies of the Watergate tapes. No historic documents have been damaged, but the flooding knocked out the archives' airconditioning system, creating humidity that could jeopardize artifacts, spokeswoman Susan Cooper said Wednesday [06/28/06]. [....] [Based on: A.P. article (Flood effects pose threat at National Archives), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Monsanto Acquisitions / Corn Belt Region, U.S.A. - June 29th, 2006: "Monsanto Co. said Wednesday [06/28/06] its American Seeds Inc. subsidiary is buying five regional Corn Belt companies for a total of $77 million, bringing ASI's share of the U.S. corn seed market to nearly 6 percent. [....] Adding in the more than 250 independent regional seed companies that license Monsanto's seed technology, the Creve Coeur-based company said its products encompass more than half of the corn seed  purchases made by American farmers. Nearly 80 million U.S. acres are planted with corn each year. [....]" [Based on: Article (Monsanto unit buys 5 regional corn seed companies), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Fails in House Panel / "Under God" Bill, U.S.A. - June 29th, 2006: "House Republicans failed Wednesday [06/28/06] to advance a bill protecting the words 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegience. Only a day earlier, the GOP had placed the measure on its 'American Values Agenda' in hopes of bolstering the party's prospects in the fall election. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GOP bill for 'under God' fails in House panel), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Rules Against Foreign Suspects / U.S. Supreme Court - June 29th, 2006: "Stating that American law outweighs an international treaty, the Supreme Court said Wednesday [06/28/06] that foreign criminals held in state prisions did not have a right to reopen their cases if their rights under the Vienna Convention had been violated. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (High court rules against foreign suspects), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/29/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 30th, 2006: "Stocks had the biggest rally Thursday [06/29/06] since 2003 after the Federal Reserve said economic growth is slowing, giving the central bank some leeway to pause after raising interest rates the last two years. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets rally as Fed predicts slower growth), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Delayed Response / Iran - June 30th, 2006: "Expressing growing impatience, the Group of Eight industrialized nations on Thursday [06/29/06] called on Iran to respond next week to a month-old offer of incentives for Iran to freeze its nuclear work. Iran replied that it had questions about the deal and couldn't respond until August. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Iran delays answering G-8 plea to halt nuclear work), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Trivia / Women Voters, Kuwait - June 30th, 2006: "Some came in buses and others stepped out of chauffeur-driven cars at polling stations Thursday [06/29/06], as women in Kuwait voted in parliamentary elections for the first time. Women, who won the right to vote and run for office last year, make up 57 percent of the electorate. many were delighted to cast ballots for the first time. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (In Kuwait, women enthusiastically exercise right to vote), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Audio Tape / Osama Bin Laden? - June 30th, 2006: "A speaker purported to be Osama bin Laden defended attacks by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi against civilians in Iraq, purportedly saying in a taped Web message today that the slain militant was attacking under al-Qaida orders to kill anyone who backs U.S. troops. A voice resembling bin Laden's paid tribute to the former leader of al-Qaida in Iraq leader in a 19-minute audio message posted on an Islamic militant Web site. The authenticity of the video could not be immediately confirmed." [Based on: News Services article (Al-Zarqawi followed orders, 'bin Laden' says), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Trivia / Indigenous People's Rights - June 30th, 2006: "The new U.N. Human Rights Council overrode Canadian and Russian objections Thursday [06/29/06] and passed a declaration to protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. The declaration asserted that indigenous peoples may have a right to restitution of land and resources taken from them. [....] By a 30-2 vote, the body approved the declaration that said indigenous people should be free from discrimination and have a right 'to consider themselves different and to be respected as such.' A dozen countries abstained and three were absent." [Based on: News Services article (Council asserts rights of indigenous peoples), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Settlement / Tenet Healthcare Corp. - June 30th, 2006: "Tenet Healthcare Corp., which owns Des Peres and St. Louis University hospitals, has agreed to a $900 million nationwide settlement that will end several federal investigations into its financial arrangements with physicians and its billing practices. [....] Some critics have compared Tenet's actions to giving kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals. [....]" [Based on: Article (Tenet  settlement will close federal investigations), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Ruled Illegal / U.S. War Crime Trials - June 30th, 2006: "The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday [06/29/06] the military commissions President George W. Bush established to try suspected members of al-Qaida, emphatically rejecting both a signature Bush anti-terrorism measure and the broad assertion of executive power upon which the president has based it. Brushing aside the administration's pleas not to second-guess the commander in chief in wartime, a five-justice majority ruled that the commissions were neither authorized by federal law nor required by military necessity. The court also said the tribunals, first outlined by Bush in a military order on Nov. 13, 2001, ran afoul of the Geneva Conventions. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (War crime trials ruled illegal), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Convicted / Don Siegelman & Richard Scrushy - June 30th, 2006: "Former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief executive Richard Scrushy were convicted Thursday [06/29/06] in federal court in a bribery scheme that derailed Siegelman's campaign to retake his former office. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Former governor found guilty in bribery scheme), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Israeli Airstrike / Palestinian Interior Ministry - June 30th, 2006: "Israeli warplanes struck the Palestinian Interior Ministry early Friday [06/30/06], setting it ablaze as Arab leaders tried to forge a deal that would halt the Israeli offensive and free a 19-year-old soldier held by gunmen allied with the ruling Islamic Hamas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli jets open fire on Palestinian ministry), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

2006 - Raised [for the 17th Consecutive time]  / U.S. Federal Funds Interest Rate - June 30th, 2006: "The Federal Reserve on Thursday [06/29/06] raised a key interest rate for the 17th consecutive time, but signaled that further hikes would depend on economic developments. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (As expected, Fed raises federal funds rate for 17th time), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 06/30/06]

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