Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

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

June 2007

2007 - Astronomic Configuration - June1st, 2007: "Sun [10 Gemini], Moon [12 Sagittarius], Mercury [3 Cancer], Venus [25 Cancer], Mars [12 Aries], Jupiter [15 Sagittarius R.], Saturn [19 Leo], Uranus [18 Pisces], Neptune [21 Aquarius], Pluto [28 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [15 Aquarius R]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200706.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 1st, 2007: "Technology shares rallied Thursday [05/31/07] on better-than-forecast earnings, helping the stock market complete its best May since 2003 and sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a second straight record [1,530.62]. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Tech shares rally on surprisingly good earnings reports), p B7, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Trivia / TB Patient, U.S.A. - June 1st, 2007: "TB patient [Andrew Speaker] angry at being held under guard / Traveler who eluded health authorities is a lawyer and son-in-law of a TB specialist [CDC microbiologist Bod Cooksey]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Apology for Slavery / Alabama - June 1st, 2007: "Gov. Bob Riley signed a resolution Thursday [05/31/07] expressing 'profound regret' for Alabama's role in slavery and apologizing for slavery's wrongs and lingering effects. [NP] Alabama is the fourth Southern state to pass a slavery apology, following Maryland, Virginia and Soiuth Carolina" [Based on: News Services article (Governor signs measure apologizing for slavery), p A5, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Civil Unions / New Hampshire - June 1st, 2007: "Governor's signature [New Hampshire - 05/31/07] legalizes civil unions" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Fallujah, Iraq - June 1st, 2007: "Suicide bomber hits police center ['killing at least 20 people and injuring 31' - 05/31/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - June 1st, 2007: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 June 2007 at 07:38:27 PM GMT is: $8,821,721,506,221.32. The estimated population of the United States is 302,041,516 so each citizen's share of this debt is $29,206.98. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.28 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 06/01/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Barry / Gulf of Mexico - June 1st, 2007: "The official start of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1 was marked by the formation of Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico, the second named storm of the season. Instead of being destructive, however, Barry delivered some much needed rain to Florida and parts of the Southeast, which were suffering from severe drought conditions and numerous wild fires. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14290]
- [T.D. 06/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / DISCOVER Magazine, U.S.A. - June 2007: The June 2007 issue of DISCOVER magazine (Science, Technology, and The Future) - SPECIAL ISSUE (cost $4.99 U.S., $6.50 Canada) entitled: 'THE INVISIBLE PLANET, THE SCIENCE WE DON'T SEE' - included the following topics (illustrated front cover in navy blue text on white background): HOW MUCH DOES THE INTERNET WEIGH?, THE SEARCH FOR THE HUMAN SOUL, RADIO, DOES TIME EXIST?, IS THERE A GAY GENE?, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, CHERNOBYL REVISITED, THE HIDDEN OCEAN, ATOMS, THE COMPLEXITY OF NOTHING, YOUR BODY IS A PLANET. [D.R.D. aka Etznab Mathers]

2007 - U.S. "Condolence Payments" / Afghanistan & Iraq - June 1st, 2007: "'Condolence payments' ['to Iraqis or Afghans who suffered as a result of U.S. combat operations.'] approach $31 million" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Blood & Lymph Cancers / Ground Zero Workers - June 1st, 2007: "Rare cancers [blood & lymph] found in ground zero workers" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Call to Reduce Global Warming? / George W. Bush - June 1st, 2007: "President George W. Bush for the first time Thursday [05/31/07] called for a concerted international response to reduce the risks from global warming. [....] But prominent skeptics said the president has yet to commit himself to anything tangible and noted he would receive a report on his proposal just three weeks before leaving office. [....]" [Based on: Boston Globe article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Trivia / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magazine, U.S.A. - June 2007: The June 2007 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine was entitled: THE BIG THAW / Ice on the Run, Seas on the Rise.  Subtitles [Front cover]  included: The Man Who Named Plants; China's Boomtowns; Arlington National cemetary; & Panama Bats. [D.R.D. aka Etznab Mathers]

2007 - Weighs Measures Against Israel / Labor Union, Britain - June 1st, 2007: "Britain's biggest labor union said Thursday [05/31/07] that it would follow the union of university instructors in weighing punitive measures against Israel. [NP] Word of the proposal by Unison, a union of public service employees with 1.3 members, emerged one day after the University and College Union, representing 120,000 instructors, voted to urge its members to consider their relationships and exchanges with Israeli academics. [NP] In a preamble, the motion 'notes that, during 2006, Israel invaded Lebanon and Gaza, witheld tax revenues form [, typo? Should read 'from'] the Palestinian Authority and refused dialogue with the elected Authority following the democratic elections of January 2006, re-sealed the borders of Gaza, expanded illegal settlements in the West Bank, and continued the construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall.' " [Based on: News Services article (Major union weighs measures against Israel), p A10 (last page, beginning bottom left corner, section A), S.L.P.D., 06/01/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 2nd, 2007: "Stocks advanced Friday [06/01/07] on government reports that showed an improving economic outlook, crowning the week with benchmarks at record levels. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Benchmarks hit records on improved outlook), p A35, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Trivia / Canadian Dollar - June 2nd, 2007: "The Canadian dollar breached 94 cents for the first time in 30 years on Friday [06/01/07] and analysts are speculating it will be worth as much as the struggling U.S. greenback by year end. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Soaring Canadian dollar may soon catch greenback), p A34, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Workers Strike / South Africa - June 2nd, 2007: "[....] About 1 million workers are involved in the current strike, described as the biggest since the onset of multiracial democracy in 1994. [....] Protestors are particularly angered that top government officials were awarded raises of more than 50 percent earlier this year. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (S. African workers stage largest strike since apartheid / Tens of thousands in the public sector demand a 12 percent pay raise.), p A24, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Out of Prison / Jack Kevorkian - June 2nd, 2007: "Kevorkian walks out of prison [06/01/07 - after eight years]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - FDA Warning / Chinese Toothpaste - June 2nd, 2007: "FDA says [06/01/07] to avoid Chinese toothpaste ['because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Shares Buyback / Wal-Mart Stores - June 2nd, 2007: "Wal-Mart shares soar on news buyback [as much as $15 billion shares] / Biggest retailer also plans to trim store growth." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A33, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Yunnan, China - June 2nd, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:34:58 (UTC) on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 23.013°N, 101.053°E; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ YUNNAN, CHINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007dcbu.php] - [T.D. - 06/04/07]

*Trivia: "Deadly quake [6.2] in China forces evacuations [and left at least three people dead]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 06/04/07]

2007 - M3-Class Solar Flare / Sunspot 960 - June 2nd, 2007: "Sunspot 960, which emerged over the sun's eastern limb less than 24 hours ago, is big and crackling with solar flares. "This morning there was an M3-class flare and a nice magnetic loop coming out of the sunspot," reports Cai-Uso Wohler of Bispingen, Germany, who took this dramatic sequence of images using his Coronado SolarMax60: [....] A similar flare on June 1st (1450 UT) caused a shortwave radio fadeout over Europe. In the Czech Republic, Mirek Najman captured the event in this plot of a fading 3.5 MHz radio beacon. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com] - [T.D. - 06/04/07]

2007 - Decides to Resign / Key Bush Adviser - June 2nd, 2007: "Key Bush adviser [Dan Bartlett] decided [said Friday - 06/01/07] to resign ['to begin a career outside of government.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Hires Ex-Justice Dept. Exec. / Google Inc. - June 2nd, 2007: "Google hires ex-justice Dept. exec [Makan Delrahim] as lobbyist" [Based on: Title for article, p A33, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Status / Kidnapped Reporter, Alan Johnston - June 2nd, 2007: "A video of journalist Alan Johnston surfaced Friday [06/01/07], the first signs of life of the BBC reporter who was abducted in the Gaza Strip on March 12. [....]." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 06/02/07]

2007 - Cruise Missles / Somalia - June 3rd, 2007: "U.S. warship fires cruise missles [06/01/07] at militants in Somalia" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - June 3rd, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing mild geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 06/04/07]

2007 - Alleged Terror Plot / JFK Airport - June 3rd, 2007: "4 charged [06/02/07] in alleged plot to blow up JFK airport / Suspects called Muslim radicals from Caribbean" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Breach in Earth's Magnetic Field - June 3rd, 2007: "Dec. 16, 2008: NASA's five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a breach in Earth's magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to "load up" the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. But the breach itself is not the biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics. [NP] 'At first I didn't believe it,' says THEMIS project scientist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. 'This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.' [NP] The magnetosphere is a bubble of magnetism that surrounds Earth and protects us from solar wind. Exploring the bubble is a key goal of the THEMIS mission, launched in February 2007. The big discovery came on June 3, 2007, when the five probes serendipitously flew through the breach just as it was opening. Onboard sensors recorded a torrent of solar wind particles streaming into the magnetosphere, signaling an event of unexpected size and importance. [....] 'The opening was huge—four times wider than Earth itself,' says Wenhui Li, a space physicist at the University of New Hampshire who has been analyzing the data. Li's colleague Jimmy Raeder, also of New Hampshire, says '10 27 particles per second were flowing into the magnetosphere—that's a 1 followed by 27 zeros. This kind of influx is an order of magnitude greater than what we thought was possible.' The event began with little warning when a gentle gust of solar wind delivered a bundle of magnetic fields from the Sun to Earth. Like an octopus wrapping its tentacles around a big clam, solar magnetic fields draped themselves around the magnetosphere and cracked it open. The cracking was accomplished by means of a process called 'magnetic reconnection.' High above Earth's poles, solar and terrestrial magnetic fields linked up (reconnected) to form conduits for solar wind. Conduits over the Arctic and Antarctic quickly expanded; within minutes they overlapped over Earth's equator to create the biggest magnetic breach ever recorded by Earth-orbiting spacecraft. [....] The size of the breach took researchers by surprise. 'We've seen things like this before,' says Raeder, 'but never on such a large scale. The entire day-side of the magnetosphere was open to the solar wind.' [....] Northern IMF events don't actually trigger geomagnetic storms, notes Raeder, but they do set the stage for storms by loading the magnetosphere with plasma. A loaded magnetosphere is primed for auroras, power outages, and other disturbances that can result when, say, a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits. [NP] The years ahead could be especially lively. Raeder explains: 'We're entering Solar Cycle 24. For reasons not fully understood, CMEs in even-numbered solar cycles (like 24) tend to hit Earth with a leading edge that is magnetized north. Such a CME should open a breach and load the magnetosphere with plasma just before the storm gets underway. It's the perfect sequence for a really big event.' [NP] Sibeck agrees. 'This could result in stronger geomagnetic storms than we have seen in many years.' " [Based on: Science@ NASA article (A Giant Breach in Earth's Magnetic Field) Author: Dr. Tony Phillips / Credit: Science@NASA, 12/16/08]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/16dec_giantbreach.htm - [T.D. - 12/18/08]

2007 - M9-Class Solar Flare / Sunspot 960 - June 3rd, 2007: "This morning in Slovakia, Kristian Molnar had just attached a digital camera to his Personal Solar Telescope when a ball of light bloomed over sunspot 960: [....] The eruption he saw was an M9-class solar flare peaking at 0513 UT on June 4th. Even stronger flares are possible from this behemoth sunspot. NOAA forecasters estimate a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. Stay tuned! [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com] - [T.D. - 06/04/07]

2007 - Noise Levels Increase / Pacific Ocean - June 3rd, 2007: "Sea creatures threatened / Noise levels in the Pacific have gone up about 12 decibels in 40 years." [Based on: Title & Subtitle McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Bridge Bombing / Kurdish Region, Iraq - June 3rd, 2007: "Bridge bombing [06/02/07], troop presence heighten tension in Kurdish Iraq / Blast in the south is the latest attempt by insurgents to cripple vital supply arteries; Turkey's army stands by in the north, waiting for orders on a cross-border strike." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Under Wraps / Cheney Home Visitors List - June 3rd, 2007: "Cheney keeps list of home visitors under wraps" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Trivia / Alternative Medicine Tests / U.S.A. - June 3rd, 2007: "Some alternative medicines undergo testing / Ginseng and flaxseed might help some cancer patients, researchers say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - More Iranian Weapons? / Afghanistan & Iraq - June 3rd, 2007: "Iran ships more arms to extremists, U.S. officials say / Recipients of the weapons - which include explosives and rockets with 30-mile range - include Afghanistan's Taliban and militant Shiites in Iraq, officials say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article by Robin Wright, p A13, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Firm Raises Doubts / Supplement Safety, U.S.A. - June 3rd, 2007: "Firm [ConsumerLab.com] raises doubts of supplement safety / Current law doesn't require registration or FDA approval of most dietary supplements." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 06/03/07]

2007 - Tropical Cyclone Gonu / Oman - June 4th, 2007: "[....] On June 4, 2007, when it was observed by the QuikSCAT satellite, Cyclone Gonu was approaching the northeastern shore of Oman, a region better known for hot desert conditions. [....] As of June 4, 2007, the powerful storm had reached a dangerous Category Four status, and it was forecast to graze Oman’s north-eastern shore, following up the coastline on the Gulf of Oman. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14288] - [T.D. - 06/04/07]

*Trivia: "Cyclone weakens to tropical storm ['At least 28 people were dead ... and 26 were missing.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Healing Light / Low Level Lasers? - June 4th, 2007: "[....] Dr Lytle's (Larry Lytle's) Acclaimed 'Healing Light' Seminar Is In St. Louis July 14th - Call 605-342-5669 for Details [....] " [Based on: Paid Advertisement (New Medicine Based On An 88-Year Old Theory By Albert Einstein Can Help Almost Everyone Who Is Sick Or Injured!), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/04/07]

2007 - U.S. Defense Secretary / Kabul, Afghanistan - June 4th, 2007: "Gates [U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates] arrives in Afghan capital [06/03/07 - for his 2nd visit]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 06/04/07]

2007 - On the Rise? / Sexual Assault, U.S. Military - June 4th, 2007: "FEMALE SOLDIERS IN THE WAR ZONE * SEXUAL ASSAULT BY FELLOW SOLDIERS ON THE RISE / They fear ambush, snipers - and an enemy within / TAKING ACTION * Pentagon gets serious about reducing incidents." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for S.L.P.D. Washington Bureau article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 06/04/07]

2007 - Paris Hilton / County Jail - June 5th, 2007: "Paris trades evening gown for county jail jumpsuit [06/03/07]" [Based on: Title for People article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 5th, 2007: "Equity benchmarks climbed to records again Monday [06/04/07] on analyst upgrades of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a rise in oil prices that buoyed energy shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Wal-Mart, oil prices boost stock indexes to record highs), p C3, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Sentenced / Ex-Enron Exec. - June 5th, 2007: "Ex-Enron executive [Kevin P. Hannon] gets two years in prison [sentenced 06/04/07] / Chief operating officer of broadband unit cooperated in case against Jeffery Skilling." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - U.N. Report / Global Warming - June 5th, 2007: "Melting ice could quicken warming / Up to 40 percent of world's population could be affected, a U.N. report [06/04/07] says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5 [major typos], S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

*Trivia: "Melting ice could speed up global warming, U.N. says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 06/06/07]

2007 - Iranian Weapons? / Afghanistan - June 5th, 2007: "Iran's weapons are coming into Afghanistan, Gates says [06/04/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Trivia / Missing U.S. Soldiers, Iraq - June 5th, 2007: "Missing GIs [U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq] are dead, video [06/04/07 - by a Sunni Arab insurgent group] says" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Trivia / Guantanamo Bay Detainees - June 5th, 2007: "Judges fault Pentagon trials of detainees / THE PROBLEM: Trials limited to 'unlawful enemy combatants.' / THE IMPACT: New calls to abandon separate system to try terror suspects." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Indicted / U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson - June 5th, 2007: "Congressman [Rep. William J. Jefferson - Democrat] indicted [06/04/07] in bribery investigation" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Reimposed / U.S. Beef Ban, South Korea - June 5th, 2007: "S. Korea reimposes ban on U.S. beef [06/04/07] / nation wants assurances it won't get meat not intended for export after receiving banned bones." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Planned Cuts? / Climate Monitoring, U.S.A  - June 5th, 2007: "Cuts are planned in monitoring of Earth's climate / Scientists say changes would place satellite program in jeopardy." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Trivia / I-CARES, Washington University, MO. - June 5th, 2007: "Washington University said Monday [06/04/07] that it is spending more than $55 million on a biofuels and sustainable energy research center [International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability] that could heat up the local economy while helping to cool the world. [....]" [Based on: article (WU to build center for $55 million], p C1, S.L.P.D., 06/05/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 6th, 2007: "The stock market posted its first decline in a week on Tuesday [06/05/07] after bond yields surged to a nine-month high amid signs the economy may be gaining momentum. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares decline as bond yields hit nine-month high), p C5, S.L.P.D., 06/06/07]

2007 - Sentenced / I. Lewis Libby - June 6th, 2007: "LIBBY PARDON WOULD BE POLITICAL MINEFIELD / Prison sentence [06/05/07] puts heat on Bush ['Libby was given 30 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.'] / Aides worry about possible damage of involvement in case connected to the Iraq war." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Washington Post article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 06/06/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Bismark Sea - June 6th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:40:40 (UTC) on Thursday, June 6th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 3.377°S, 146.763°E; Depth: 22.6 km (14.0 miles) set by location program] has been located @ BISMARCK SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007dhac.php] - [T.D. - 06/07/07]

2007 - Suicide Car Bomb / Amiriyah, Iraq - June 6th, 2007: "Melting ice could speed up global warming, U.N. says" [Based on: Article, S.L.P.D., 06/06/07]

2007 - Tropical Cyclone Gonu / Persian Gulf - June 6th, 2007: "Thousands of people fled low-lying areas as the strongest cyclone to threaten the Arabian Peninsula in 60 years blasted Oman's eastern coast early Wednesday [06/06/07] with strong wind and waves, Civil Defense officials said. Southern Iran and the oil-rich Persian Gulf were next in its path. [....] Cyclone Gonu was packing wind of up to 106 mph Tuesday [06/05/07] and could churn up ocean waves reaching 36 feet, the officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Thousands flee as cyclone zeroes in on Persian Gulf / Storms could disrupt oil shipping and push up prices.), p A12, S.L.P.D., 06/06/07]

*Trivia: "A cyclonic storm like Tropical Cyclone Gonu might not seem an odd sight until you consider that Gonu is heading northwest into the Gulf of Oman. The most recent storm of this magnitude to hit the Sultanate of Oman was in 1977, according to AlJazerra.net (English language). Given the rarity of these storms in the area, many shore facilities were never constructed to deal with the severe winds, strong rains, and high storm surge. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14292]
[T.D. - 060607]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 7th, 2007: "Inflation concerns sent stocks to their biggest two-day decline since March on Wednesday [06/06/07] after first-quarter labor costs rose more than forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Inflation fears, labor report send stocks into nose dive), p C3, S.L.P.D., 06/07/07]

2007 - Signed Off / Bob Barker - June 7th, 2007: "Blowing kisses to the camera, Bob Barker signed off [06/06/07] on 35 years on 'The Price Is Right' and 50 years in daytime TV in the same low-key, genial fashion that made him one of daytime TV's biggest Star. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Barker 'comes on down' from 'The Price Is Right'), p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / Stem Cell Research - June 7th, 2007: "Three teams of scientists said Wednesday [06/06/07] they had coaxed ordinary mouse skin cells to become what are effectively embryonic stem cells without creating or destroying embryos in the process. The advance, if it works with human cells, could revolutionize stem cell research and defuse one of the hottest bioethical controversies of the decade. [....] The new experiments reveal the remarkable degree of control that scientists have recently gained over the highly complex inner workings of living cells. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Embryonic stem cells - without the embryo) by Rick Weiss, p A1 & A9, S.L.P.D., 06/07/07]

2007 - Canceled Talks / Abbas & Olmert - June 7th, 2007: "Palestinian [Mahmoud Abbas] cancels talks with Israeli [Ehud Olmert]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 06/07/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 8th, 2007: "The stock market plunged the most in three months on Thursday [06/07/07] after a jump in bond yields fueled speculation the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares fall most in 3 months as bond yields jump), p B9, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Missle Test / North Korea - June 8th, 2007: "N. Korean launchings [06/07/08] are apparently a missle test [short-range missles]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Released? / Paris Hilton - June 8th, 2007: "Paris Hilton released [06/07/07], ordered to hearing [06/08/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Liftoff / Space Shuttle Atlantis - June 8th, 2007: "Space shuttle Atlantis has left the planet. It launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:38 pm EDT and is now en route to the International Space Station, where the shuttle's crew will deliver supplies and help install a new pair of solar wings to power the ISS. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. 06/08/07]

2007 - Suicide Car Bomb Attacks / Iraq - June 8th, 2007: "Suicide car bombers strike [06/07/07] in Iraq ['At least 59 Iraqis were killed or found slain in these and other attacks']" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Arms Deal Revelation / Saudi Prince - June 8th, 2007: "Paper says Saudi prince [Prince Bandar bin Sultan] got $2 billion in arms deal ['... as part of a $85 billion arms deal between Saudia Arabia and Brirain in 1985']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7 [bottom right corner - next to adds filling (from top to bottom) about 4/5 of entire page], S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Unintended Pregnancies / United States - June 8th, 2007: "The lead House sponsor of the Prevention First Act, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., promoted the bill Thursday at the National Press Club - declaring that it would 'give women the tools they need to make the best possible decisions for themselves.' [....] Statistics cited by Slaughter indicate that the United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies among industrialized nations - roughly 3 million a year, or nearly half the total number of pregnancies. While many women give birth to babies they did not plan on, about 1.3 million a year have abortions. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Abstinence only vs. contraceptives / States, Congress, liberals and conservatives battle over measures to reduce unwanted pregnancies.), p A5, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Raised $19 Million in Venture Capital / Singulex Inc. - June 8th, 2007: "Medical research firm lands $19.1 million / SINGULEX INC. - Firm, with research base in St. Louis, is working on ultrasensitive tests. / MOLECULAR LEVEL - Technology lets doctors diagnose diseases earlier than previously possible." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for S.L.P.D. article by Rachel Melcer, p. B1, 06/08/07]

2007 - Agree to "Substantial" Non-Binding Cuts in Greenhouse Gases? / G-8 Nations - June 8th, 2007: "Heiligendamm, Germany - Leaders of the eight largest industrial nations agreed Thursday [06/07/07] to join forces to make 'substantial' cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but at President George W. Bush's insistence did not impose binding targets for the reductions. [...]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

*Trivia: "Greenhouse gas emissions, in gigagrams of carbon dioxide equivalent for 2004: United States - 7.07 million; Russia - 2.15 million; Japan - 1.36 million; Germany 1.02 million; Canada - 0.76 million; Britain - 0.67 million; Italy - 0.58 million; France - 0.56 million]." [Based on: Illustrated graph (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change / AP) for Washington Post article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 06/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 9th, 2007: "The stock market rebounded Friday [06/08/07], ending a three-day slump, after bond yields retreated from the highest in five years and oil prices dropped. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rebound as bond yields and oil prices retreat), p A35, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2008 - Mystery Mars Figure - "NASA - An undated NASA handout photograph of Mars taken by the Mars Explorer Spirit shows what seems to be a figure striding across the surface of the planet. The image was taken from panoramic images taken by Spirit November 6-9, 2007."

[Based on: Mystery Mars figure just a rock / 10:39 AM CST on Friday, January 25, 2008 / KING 5 staff and Associated Press] - [see link]

*Link: http://www.kmov.com/topstories/stories/kmov_012408_marsperson.58be3ca2.html - [T.D. - 12/03/08]

2007 - Back to Jail / Paris Hilton - June 9th, 2007: "Hilton sent back to jail [06/08/07] in tears / Judge says sheriff should not have freed her." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A21, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2007 - Being Replaced / Peter Pace - June 9th, 2007: "Joint Chiefs chairman [Marine Gen. Peter Pace] is being replaced / Defense secretary [Robert M. Gates] wants to avoid confirmation fight over Iraq policies." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A19, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2007 - Agree on African Aid / G-8 Nations - June 9th, 2007: "G-8 leaders agree on aid for Africa ['$60 billion package to fight AIDS, TB and malaria']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2007 - Critical Report / U.S. Rendition Program - June 9th, 2007: "Thre CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania to hold terrorism suspects from 2003 to 2005, including some now notorious al-Qaida operatives, according to a critical report released Friday [06/08/07] by the Council of Europe. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Poland, Romania had CIA prisons, report says / Both countries and agency reject Council of Europe's conclusions as baseless.), p A23, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2007 - Destroyed or Returned / U.S. Raisins, China - June 9th, 2007: "China destroys raisins ['some health supplements and raisins'] from U.S. / FDA seeks answers on whether action is based on Science or merly retaliatory." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 06/09/07]

2007 - Trivia / Alzheimer's Disease - June 10th, 2007: "More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050. [NP] At that rate, one in 85 people will have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years, researchers at Johns Hopkins University say. [NP] A recent U.S. study estimated that this nation's Alzheimer's toll will reach 16 million by 2050, compared with more than 5 million today." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Alzheimer's cases expected to rise sharply), p A3, S.L.P.D., 06/10/07]

2007 - Rejects U.S. Pistachios / China - June 10th, 2007: "China rejects U.S. pistachios as unsafe ['China said Saturday it had rejected a shipment of pistachios ... because it contained ants']." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 06/10/07]

2007 - Dead Zone Persists / Gulf of Mexico - June 10th, 2007: "Dead zone [7,700 square miles in 1999] persists [Gulf of Mexico] as government drags its feet" [Based on: Title for S.L.P.D. Washington Bureau Chief article, by Bill Lambrecht, p. A11, 06/10/07]

2007 - Suicide Bombing / Iskandariyah, Iraq - June 10th, 2007: "Suicide bombing outside Iraqi military base [06/09/07] kills 12 [injures at least 30] / The spate of violence comes as Iraq criticizes Turkey for strikes." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 06/10/07]

2007 - Highway Bridge Blast / Iraq - June 11th, 2007: "Blast ['An apparent suicide vehicle bomb' - 06/10/07] topples key highway link in Iraq" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/11/07]

2007 - President George W. Bush / Albania - June 11th, 2007: "Albanians give Bush enthusiastic welcome [06/10/07]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/11/07]

2007 - High-Speed Train / France & Germany - June 11th, 2007: "High-speed train [TGV] links France, Germany [06/10/07] / New branches of the line will also cut travel time from Paris to other cities." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/11/07]

2007 - Assassination Attempt / Afghan President - June 11th, 2007: "Karzai escapes rocket attack [06/10/07] / Incident in central Afghanistan is the third attempt to kill nation's president." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/11/07]

2007 - Diabetes Healer? / "The Diabetes Prescription" - June 11th, 2007: "The Diabetes Healer Drug Companies Want to Keep Secret" [Based on: Title for Paid Advertisement (Copyright 2007 Leader Health Publishers) article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/11/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 12th, 2007: "Energy and financial shares rallied Monday [06/11/07] on prospects for higher earnings, carrying the stock market mostly higher for a second consecutive day. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks hold rally as energy, financials expect rising profits), p C3, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Digital Rome / A.D. 320 - June 12th, 2007: "Computer experts create a digital Rome, circa A.D. 320 [unveiled Monday, 06/11/07]" [Based on: Title  for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Hostage Release / Nigeria - June 12th, 2007: "Militants release 13 hostages, 3 from U.S. [06/11/07]" [Based on: Title  for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Trivia / Nuclear Risk Grows? - June 12th, 2007: "The world's top military powers are gradually dismantling their stockpiles of nuclear arms, but all are developing new missles and warheads with smaller yields that could increase the risk of atomic warfare, a Swedish research institute [Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)] said Monday [06/11/07]. The U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain, Pakistan and India are known to have nuclear weapons, while Israel is thought by most experts to have them. [NP] The report estimated those nations had 11,530 warheads available for delivery by missle or aircraft at the start of this year, with Russia and the United States accounting for more than 90 percent - 5,614 in Russia and 5,045 in the U.S. [....] India, Pakistan and Israel each have dozens of warheads, but their stockpiles are believed to be only partly deployed, the institute [SIPRI] said. [NP] 'India and Pakistan are both thought to be expanding their nuclear strike capabilities, while Israel seems to be waiting to see how the situatiuon in Iran develops,' it said. [....] International arms sales have grown since 2002, with China and India being the biggest importers and the U.S. and Russia the two major exporters, the report said. [NP] Five Middle Eastern countries were among the top 10 importers of weapons." [Based on: A.P. article (Nuclear risk grows with smaller atomic bombs, group says) by Karl Ritter, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07] - [My brackets (NP = New Paragraph) - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "ARMS SPENDING - The U.S., Russia, France, Britain and China held more than 26,000 nuclear warheads at the start of 2007. More than 11,000 are operational. / share of world arms expenditures United States 46%; Britain, France 5%; China, Japan 4%; Russia, Germany, Italy, Saudia Arabia 3%; India 2%. Number of deployed nuclear warheads as of January 2007 (Top five countries) Russia 5,614; United States 5,045; France 348; Britain 160; China 145 [Total: 11,312]." [Based on: Illustrated Graph - SOURCE: Stockholm International Peace Research  Institute (SIPRI) / AP - for A.P. article (Nuclear risk grows with smaller atomic bombs, group says), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07] - [My brackets - D.R.D.]

2007 - Aid Workers Killed / Lebanon - June 12th, 2007: "Two aid workers killed near refugee camp [06/11/07] / Mortar shell fired from besieged Palestinian camp in Lebanon strikes a Red Cross vehicle." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Ousts Speaker / Iraqi Parliament - June 12th, 2007: "Iraqi parliament ousts speaker [06/11/07] / Action points to internal squabbles even amid continuing violence." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Delayed Retirement? / U.S. Baby Boomers - June 12th, 2007: "[....] In 1980, about two-thirds of Americans age 55 to 64 lived in married households. That percentage fell to less than 58 percent in 2005. [....] There are about 78 million baby boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964. The oldest will turn 62 next year, the age at which they become eligible for Socail Security benefits. [....] There are more than 37 million Americans 65 and older, a number that is expected to nearly double by 2030, according to the Census Bureau. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Boomer retirement will come later / Financial obligations, longer expectancy are cited by two reports.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - New Truss / International Space Station - June 12th, 2007: "The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis successfully attached a 35,000-pound truss to the international space station on Monday [06/11/07], preparing the way for Japanese and European science labs that will be added next year. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Spacewalk prepares station for new labs), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Blocked / No-Confidence Vote, Alberto Gonzales - June 12th, 2007: "[....] The 53-38 vote to move the resolution to full debate fell seven short of the 60 required. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Republicans block no-confidence vote on Gonzales), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Harsh Rebuke / "Enemy Combatant" Policy, U.S.A. - June 12th, 2007: "A divided panel from a conservative federal appeals court delivered a harsh rebuke to the Bush administration's antiterrorism strategy Monday [06/11/07], ruling that U.S. residents cannot be locked up indefinately as 'enemy combatants' without being charged. [NP] The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government should charge Ali al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident and the only suspected enemy combatant on American soil, or release him from military custody. [NP] The federal Military Commissions Act doesn't strip al-Marri of his constitutional right to challenge his accusers in court, the judges found in Monday's 2-1 decision. [NP] 'Put simply, the Constitution does not allow the President to order the military to seize civilians residing within the United States and then detain them indefinately without criminal process, and this is so even if he calls them "enemy combatants," ' the court said. [NP] Such detention 'would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution - and the country,' Judge Diana G. Motz wrote in the majority opinion. [NP] The government intends to ask the full 4th Circuit to hear the case, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said. [NP] The court said its ruling doesn't mean al-Marri should be set free. Instead, he can be returned to the civilian court system." [Based on: A.P. article (Court rebukes Bush's 'enemy combatant' policy), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07] - [My brackets ("NP" = New paragraph) - D.R.D.]

2007 - Not Entitled to Overtime Pay / Home Care Workers, U.S.A. - June 12th, 2007: "The nation's more than 1 million home care workers are not entitled to overtime pay under federal law, the Supreme Court ruled ['The unanimous decision came in the case of Evelyn Coke ....'] Monday [06/11/07]. [....] The Clinton administration had drafted a regulation to cover the workers, but the rule was shelved after President Bush took office in 2001. [NP] Home care aides are the key to the independent life senior citizens want, but lack of adequate pay is fueling turnover rates of 40 percent to 60 percent annually, the Service Employees International Union says. [....] Half of home care workers are minorities, and 90 percent are women, according to 2000 census data. Their wages remain among the lowest in the service industry, says the Bureau of labor Statistics. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Supreme Court upholds rule on home care workers) by Pete Yost, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07]

2007 - Bridge Attack / Iraq - June 13th, 2007: "Third bridge ['the 12th in the last three months'] is attacked [06/12/07] in as many days in Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/13/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 13th, 2007: "Stocks fell Tuesday [06/12/07] after the bear market in bonds pushed yields to a five-year high and increased concern that the pace of takeovers may have peaked along with corporate profits. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks tumble as bond yields climb to a five-year high), p B5, S.L.P.D., 06/13/07]

2007 - Spy Act Trivia / U.S.A. - June 13th, 2007: "[....] Spyware itself is not illegal, but it is often used for illegal purposes. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Cloak, dagger - and spyware), pp. A1 & A10, S.L.P.D., 06/13/07]

2007 - Civil War? / Gaza Strip - June 13th, 2007: "Hundreds of Hamas fighters firing rockets and mortar shells captured the headquarters of the Fatah-allied security forces in northern Gaza on Tuesday [06/12/07], scoring a key victory in the bloody battle for control of the seaside strip. [NP] Both sides said Gaza had descended into civil war. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Fighting tips Gaza toward Hamas), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/13/07]

2007 - Accepts U.N.-AU Force? / Sudan - June 13th, 2007: "Sudan accepts [06/12/07] UN-AU peace force ['up to 19,000 troops and police'] for Darfur" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, 06/13/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore, Guatemala - June 13th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:29:41 (UTC) on Wednesday, June 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 13.616°N, 90.816°W; Depth: 23 km (14.3 miles) set by location program] has been located @ OFFSHORE GUATEMALA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007dnbi.php] - [T.D. - 06/16/07]

2007 - Was Toxic for Years? / Camp Lejeune Water - June 13th, 2007: "Thousands of families who lived at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina over three decades drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins as much as 40 times over today's safety standard [the government disclosed Tuesday - 06/12/07]. [....] As many as 1 million people were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, according to a document from a federal health agency disclosed at Tuesday's [06/12/07] congressional hearing. The document estimated the number of residents exposed to such chemicals while living at each of nine U.S. military sites, including Camp Lejeune. [....] Camp Lejeune's water was polluted from 1957 until 1987 by TCE, a degreasing solvent, and PCE, a dry-cleaning agent. The water was believed contaminated by a dry cleaner adjacent to Camp Lejeune and by industrial activities on the base. [NP] A federal health organization ... found levels of PCE as high as 200 parts per billion, compared with 5 parts per billion that federal regulators set in 1992 as the maximum allowable level." [Based on: A.P. article (Camp Lejeune water was toxic for years) by Matthew Lee, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/13/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 14th, 2007: "Stocks surged Wednesday [06/13/07], pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its biggest gain in almost 11 months, after the bond market rallied and a government report on retail sales exceeded economists' estimates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rally big time while worries about inflation ease), p B7, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Botnet Battle / U.S.A. - June 14th, 2007: "FBI battles botnet computer-hacker schemes / personal machines become remote-controlled robots that steal data or crash websites on demand." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. Article by Lara Jakes Jordan, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - TV Advertisement Deal / U.S.A. - June 14th, 2007: "NBC and the marketing company Group M completed the first major television advertisement deal that is based on how many viewers watch commercials, ratheer than the actual programs. [NP] The arangement abandons a system of measure that broadcasters have used for more thn 50 years in favor of a new metric for commercial viewing that Nielsen Media Research is now providing all networks. The new ad rates also take into account viewings of shows within three days, rather than live." [Based on: Article (NBC deal changes count) p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Dinosaur Fossil / Gigantoraptor - June 14th, 2007: "Fossil of huge birdlike dinosaur [Gigantoraptor - Inner Mongolia] is found [announced 06/13/07]" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Linked to Iran? / Taliban Arms - June 14th, 2007: "Gates links Iran to arms for Taliban" [Based on: Title for A.P. article p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Boils Over / South African Strike - June 14th, 2007: "South African strike boils over [06/13/07] / Tens of thousands of public-sector workers take to streets to rally for 10 percent raises." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Nearly Routed / Fatah, Gaza Strip - June 14th, 2007: "Fatah nearly routed in Gaza / HAMAS ON THE ATTACK - Forces loyal to President Abbas flee to Egypt." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Attacked Again / Shiite Mosque - June 14th, 2007: "Shiite mosque [Askariya] is attacked again [06/13/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - To be Israeli President / Shimon Peres - June 14th, 2007: "Shimon Peres to be Israel's president ['He will take office next month'] / Knesset chooses former prime minister to replace current officeholder who faces rape allegations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Assassinated / Anti-Syrian Lawmaker - June 14th, 2007: "Anti-Syrian lawmaker [Walid Eido] is assassinated in Lebanon [by a powerful car bomb - 06/13/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Rejected / Human Rights Claim, Britain - June 14th, 2007: "Human rights claim rejected [06/13/07] in Britain ['The House of Lords rejected Wednesday claims by families of people killed in Iraq that European human rights law applied to the conduct of British troops throughout Iraq.'] / Lawyers argue that rules protect all Iraqis. / Ruling says laws cover only those in custody." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Bush Senior Aide / Edward W. Gillespie - June 14th, 2007: "Political veteran [Edward W. Gillespie] named as Bush senior aide [06/13/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Global Warming Debate / U.S. Evangelicals - June 14th, 2007: "Southern baptists approved a resolution on global warming Wednesday [06/13/07] that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor. [....] The resolution stands in contrast to a statement last year signed by 86 evangelical leaders that said human-induced climate change is real, and that the consequences of warming temperatures will cause millions of people to die, most of them 'our poorest global neighbors.' [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Global warming debate splits evangelicals) p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Subpoenaed / Harriet Myers & Sara Taylor - June 14th, 2007: "2 ex-White House officials [former White House Counsel Harriet Myers & Sara Taylor] subpoenaed [06/13/07] / House and Senate Judiciary panels are investigating the firings of nine U.S. attorneys." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Cox News Service article p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/14/07]

2007 - Trivia / Stolen Explosives, Weldon Spring, Missouri - June 14th, 2007: "No clue yet on who stole explosives  - and why / No motive is ruled out in the theft of dynamite, C-4 plastic explosive, safety fuse." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article p. A1, 06/14/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 15th, 2007: "Energy shares rallied to a record Thursday [06/14/07] on a surge in oil prices, carrying the U.S. stock market [Dow - 13,553.73], S&P 500  - 1,522.97] to its second consecutive gain. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow, S&P 500 jump as oil prices boost energy shares), p B9, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Trivia / I. Lewis Libby - June 15th, 2007: "Libby is ordered [06/14/07] to report to jail [in about six to eight weeks] while pursuing appeal" [Based on: Title for A.P. article p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Hamas Victory / Gaza Strip - June 15th, 2007: "Hamas claims victory [06/14/07]; Fatah retreats to stronghold" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Reduced Sugar? / Kellogg Co. - June 15th, 2007: "Kellogg Co., the largest U.S. cereal maker, will stop advertising Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks and other sweet cereals to kids unless it can lower the sugar, fat and calories it puts in its products. [NP] The company said Wednesday [06/13/07] that by the end of 2008, it will cut calories in half in the products it promotes to children to avoid a lawsuit from consumer groups. [NP] Kellogg will remove characters such as movie ogre Shrek from its boxes and won't advertise during Saturday morning cartoons if it can't meet the targets." [Based on: Article (Kellogg downplays sugar) p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Back to First Jail / Paris Hilton - June 15th, 2007: "Paris Hilton is back [06/13/07] in her first jail [Century Regional Detention Facility]" [Based on: Title for People article p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Surgery Set / U.S. TB Patient - June 15th, 2007: "Surgery is set for man [Andrew Speaker] with drug-resistant TB ['next month to remove lung tissue infected with extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis']" [Based on: Title for News Services article p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Early Retiree Count / Ford Motor Co. - June 15th, 2007: "Ford early retiree count hits 27,000 ['the automaker said Thursday - 06/14/07]" [Based on: Title for article p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - May Contain Poison? / Counterfeit 'Colgate' - June 15th, 2007: "[....] A Food and Drug Administration official, Doug Arbesfeld, said Wednesday [06/13/07] that testing had found the antifreeze chemical diethylene glycol in a product with the Colgate label, but he said in the initial announcement that the FDA was unsure whether it really was Colgate or a counterfeit." [Based on: Article (Counterfeit 'Colgate' may contain poison) p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Orange Paint? / HWY I-55-70, East St. Louis - June 15th, 2007: "SEEING ORANGE / Substance dumped on I-55-70 [06/14/07] leaves some drivers with cars of a different color." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article p. A1, 06/15/07]

2007 - Computers Crash / International Space Station - June 15th, 2007: "Space station's computers ['two computer systems'] crash ['began to have problems the day after new solar panels were deployed']" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Fed Considers Crackdown / Mortgages Abuses, U.S.A. - June 15th, 2007: "Fed considers crackdown on mortgage abuses / Late payments and new foreclosures by people with spotty credit has reportedly spiked." [Based on: Article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/15/07]

2007 - Call for Union Concessions / Big Three Automakers, U.S.A. - June 15th, 2007: "Big three [GM, Ford, Chrysler] unite in call for union concessions / CUTS: Automakers want to align labor costs with Asian rivals./ THREAT LOOMS: The companies will move jobs abroad if they can't lower costs, says industry executive." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for W.S.J. article by Jeffery McCrackenp. B1, 06/15/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 16th, 2007: "Stocks rallied Friday [06/15/07] and the Standard & Poor's 500 posted its biggest weekly gain since April after consumer prices rose left than forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article ('Only game in town' rallies as consumer price gains slow), p A35, S.L.P.D., 06/16/07]

2007 - All in Place / U.S. "Surge" Troops, Iraq - June 16th, 2007: "All surge troops in place as Gates again [06/15/07] visits Iraq" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article p. A22, S.L.P.D., 06/16/07]

2007 - Trivia / Die-Off of Bees - June 17th, 2007: "Pesticides suspected in die-off of bees / Microorganisms are also being studied as a possible cause of the ailment, scientists say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/17/07]

2007 - Disbarred / Mike Nifong - June 17th, 2007: "Prosecuter [District Attorney Mike Nifong] in Duke case is disbarred [07/16/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/17/07]

2007 - Suicide Blast / Kabul, Afghanistan - June 18th, 2007: "Suicide blast [06/17/07] kills dozens in Kabul ['killing 35 people and wounding 52, officials said.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/18/07]

2007 - End to Power for Hamas? / Gaza Strip - June 18th, 2007: "Abbas declares an end [06/17/07] to power for Hamas" [Based on: Title for A.P. article p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/18/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea - June 18th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:18:47 (UTC) on Monday, June 18th, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 3.573°S, 151.001°E; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007dtag.php] - [T.D. - 06/19/07]

2007 - Flooding / Texas - June 19th, 2007: "FIVE KILLED IN TEXAS FLOODS [06/18/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. picture article p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 19th, 2007: "Most stocks fell for the first time in four days on Monday [06/18/07] after confidence in the house building industry dropped to a 16-year low, renewing concern that the housing slump isn't over. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall as more bad news hits the housing industry), p D5, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / Cluster Bombs - June 19th, 2007: "U.S. [said 06/18/07] willing to negotiate on use of cluster bombs" [Based on: Title for News Services article p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Busted / Pedophile Ring - June 19th, 2007: "International police bust pedophile ring / Network sent live videos as children were raped." [Based on: Title and Subtitle for A.P. article p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Skirted Law / Karl Rove - June 19th, 2007: "Rove skirted law, House committee report says / He sent 140,000 messages using RNC computer system." [Based on: Title and Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Sentenced / Ex-Enron Exec. - June 19th, 2007: "Former Enron exec Rice [Kenneth Rice] receives 27 months in prison / He was a key witness in trial of CEO Skilling." [Based on: Title and Subtitle for A.P. article p. D2, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - 4th Amendment Trivia / U.S.A. - June 19th, 2007: "4th Amendment now [the Supreme Court ruled 06/18/07] covers car passengers [from illegal search and seizures" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Trial Suspended / U.S. CIA Operatives, Italy - June 19th, 2007: "Judge suspends trial [Italy] of U.S. CIA operatives [06/18/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article p. A5, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - U.S. Expresses Regret / Civilian Deaths, Afghanistan - June 19th, 2007: "U.S. says [06/18/07] it regrets accidental deaths [06/17/07] / Coalition forces were unaware of civilians in the compound. U.S. officials say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/19/07]

2007 - Mercury Retrograde - June 20th, 2007: Planet Mercury takes retrograde motion.

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200706.html

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 20th, 2007: "Stocks rose Tuesday [06/19/07] after bond yields retreated for a third day. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (GE, financial shares bring rally as bond yields slip-slide), p C5, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Highway Planned / Mount Everest - June 20th, 2007: "Highway planned on Mount Everest / China says it'll be ready for Olympic torch relay." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Shrinking Glacier / Gangotri, India - June 20th, 2007: "Warming endangers Ganges River, Hindu life / The glacier that feeds the river is shrinking, threatening age-old religious rituals." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article p. A16, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Resignation / U.S. Budget Chief - June 20th, 2007: "Budget chief [Rob Portman] quits [resigned 06/19/07], is replaced / Ex-chairman of House Budget Committee [Jim Nussle] takes the reins." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Operation Arrowhead Ripper / Iraq - June 20th, 2007: "Thousands of U.S. troops [About 10,000 soldiers are involved in the operation ...'] waged a new offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq north of the capital on Tuesday, focusing in particular on the extremist group's bomb-making facilities, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. [NP] Also Tuesday, at least 78 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in a suicide truck blast at a Baghdad mosque, the officials said. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (U.S. turns firepower on al-Qaida) p. A1 & A13, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Abandons GOP / Michael Bloomberg - June 20th, 2007: "Bloomberg abandons GOP [06/19/07], fuels talk of independent bid" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Give Backing to Abbas / Bush & Olmert - June 20th, 2007: "Bush, Olmert give backing to Abbas [06/19/07]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article p. A11, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07]

2007 - Temporary Injunction to Block / Whole Foods Buyout [of Wild Oats] - June 20th, 2007: "The chief executive of Whole Foods Market Inc. told his board that if it bought its leading rival, the company would 'eliminate forever' the possibility that anyone else could create a nationwide competitor in the natural and organic grocery business, government lawyers say. [NP] Chief Executive John Mackey also said buying Wild Oats Market Inc. would let Whole Foods 'avoid nasty price wars' in several cities where the two compete, the lawyers wrote in a court document unsealed on Tuesday [06/19/07]. Federal Trade Commission lawyers reported the comments in a request this month for a temporary injunction to block Whole Foods from buying Wild Oats. A federal judge approved the request. [NP] Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Lowery said the FTC took  comments 'absolutely out of context' and quoted 'mere preliminary documents used for discussion.' [....] The FTC lawyers said Whole Foods Chairman and Chief Executive Mackey 'bluntly' told his company directors why he wanted to acquire Wild Oats. [NP] Mackey said buying Wild Oats would avoid profit-draining price wars in Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Nashville, Tenn.; and other cities, according to the FTC. Whole Foods and Wild Oats also compete in the St. Louis area. [NP] It would also block a challenge from bigger chains such as Kroger Co. or Safeway Inc., he reportedly told the board. [NP] Wild Oats 'is the only existing company that has the brand and number of stores to be a meaningful springboard for another player to get into this space,' the FTC quoted Mackey as saying. 'Eliminating them means eliminating this threat forever, or almost forever.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Loose lips may sink Wild Oats buyout / FTC claims Whole Foods CEO said buying rival would 'eliminate forever' competition.) p. C2, S.L.P.D., 06/20/07] - [Note: my brackets (NP = New Paragraph) - D.R.D.]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 21st, 2007: "Financial shares tripped over higher bond yields Wednesday [06/20/07], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its steepest drop in two weeks. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bond yields again trip up financial stocks, burn S&P), p D3, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2007 - Ozone Standard? / U.S.A. - June 21st, 2007: "[....] A panel of outside advisers endorsed the recommendation, noting in a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson that 'overwhelming scientific evidence' supports the opinion of EPA scientists that the current limits should be lowered because of damage ozone does to hearts and lungs. [....] The current standard is 0.08 parts per million, meaning that the average of the fourth-highest ozone levels in each of three years must not exceed that concentration. [NP] In the new proposal, the EPA would reduce the allowable standard to either 0.07 or 0.075 parts per million, the manufacturer's group says in its website posting. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Smog is focus of new EPA push / Proposal is expected to drop limit by 12 percent.) p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2007 - Bombed / 3 Sunni Mosques, Iraq - June 21st, 2007: "3 Sunni mosques bombed [06/20/07] / A major American offensive continues against al-Qaida in Iraq north of capital" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2007 - New Findings? / Estrogen Therapy - June 21st, 2007: "[....] Continuing analysis of the original data indicates that the researchers raised a false alarm for most women and that, if women begin taking the hormones shortly after menopause, the drugs do not raise the risk of heart disease and, in fact, might lower it. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (A new wrinkle for women on hormone therapy / IN SOME, IT HELPS - Researchers find that estrogen pills lessen artery buildup in menopausal women ages 50 to 59.) p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2007 - Allowed to Leave Gaza / Ill Palestinians - June 21st, 2007: "Ill Palestinians allowed ['Israel allowed'] to leave Gaza [06/20/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2006 - Summer Solstice / Northern Hemisphere - June 21st, 2006: "On June 21st at precisely 18:06 UT (2:06 pm EDT), Earth's north pole will be tipped to the max (23.5o) toward the Sun. This 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/] - [06/21/07]

2007 - No. 1 In Carbon Dioxide Emissions? / China - June 21st, 2007: "China No. 1 in emissions of carbon dioxide [by 8 percent (over the U.S.) for 2006], report ['released this week by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency'] says" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/21/07]

2007 - Solar Wind - June 22nd, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing mild geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. "

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2007 - Sun in Cancer - June 22nd, 2007: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Cancer." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200706.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 22nd, 2007: "Stocks rebounded from their worst day in two weeks on Thursday [06/21/07] after Merrill Lynch & Co. assuaged concern of a looming credit crisis and the latest government repoirt on the economy showed growth is accelerating. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rally after rosy report, easing of credit concerns), p B9, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - War Deaths Up / Afghanistan - June 22nd, 2007: "Afghan war deaths up as violence surges" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - Oases of Life / Ocean Icebergs - June 22nd, 2007: "Icebergs are oases of life in ocean, study finds [see this week's online edition of journal Science]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - Summit to Isolate Hamas / Egypt  - June 22nd, 2007: "Egypt organizes summit to isolate Hamas" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - Trivia / Mental Health System, U.S. Military  - June 22nd, 2007: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates promised Thursday [06/21/07] to speed up changes to the military's much-criticized mental health system, declaring 'this is something that we can, must and will get fixed.' [NP] A study released last week said more money and people were needed to care for troops suffering depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms and other mental health problems because of their war experiences." [Based on: News Services article (Gates says he'll speed up fix to mental health system), p. A4 (bottom left corner - bottom of news column - next to large 3/4-page add), S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - Small Plane Forced Down / South of Paris, France - June 22nd, 2007: "Small plane flies over city [Paris, France], is forced down [06/21/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

2007 - Not Part of Executive Branch? / U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney - June 22nd, 2007: "Vice President Dick Cheney is asserting that his office is not actually part of the executive branch. [NP] In a dispute with the national Archives that heated up Thursday [06/21/07], Cheney has long maintained that he does not have to comply with an executive order on safeguarding classified information because, in fact, his office is part of the legislature. [....] The vice president has been refusing to cooperate with the National Archives office assigned to oversee the handling of classified information since 2003. [....] The National Archives appealed its case for oversight of Cheney's classified information practices to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales last January. Gonzales has not responded." [Based on: Cox News Service article (Cheney takes position that vice president does not belong to the executive branch) by Julia Malone, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/22/07]

*Trivia: "[....] At issue is a requirement that executive branch offices provide data on how much material they classify and declassify. That information is to be provided to the Information Security Oversight Office at the National Archives. [NP] The White House contends that Cheney is complying properly. They say the presidental order was not intended to treat the vice president's office as an executive branch 'agency,' and therefore Cheney's office is exempt from the requirement. 'The vice president is saying he's above the law, and the fact of the matter is, legal scholars are going to say this is preposterous,' said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore." [Based on: News Services article (Vice president reproved over presidential order), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - "The Art of Spiritual Dreaming" Workshop / Columbia Interfaith Center, Columbia, Mo. - June 22nd, 2007: "Spiritual, informational uses of dreams focus of workshop / The presenters say the information in dreams can help with decision-making, By PORCSHE MORAN , June 22, 2007 | 12:26 a.m. CST" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for MISSOURIAN article - see link]


2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 23rd, 2007: "Stocks plunged Friday [06/22/07], capping the worst week for the Standard & Poor's 500 index ['lost 19.63 or 1.3 percent, to 1,502.56.'] since early March, as concern intensified that banks will be saddled with losses on mortgage bonds. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Plunging stocks cap S&P 500's worst week since March), p A39, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - U.S. Troops / Baqouba, Iraq - June 23rd, 2007: "Troops fight way into besieged city [Baqouba, Iraq - 06/22/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - Nomination Withdrawn? / Bill Mercer - June 23rd, 2007: "President George W. Bush's pick to be No. 3 official in the Justice Department [Bill Mercer] asked to have his nomination withdrawn Friday, four days before he was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investigation into firings of federal prosecutors figures into decision by Gonzales aide. / Justice Department nominee withdraws), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - Civilian Death Climbing / Afghanistan - June 23rd, 2007: "Afghan civilian deaths climbing / NATO airstrike reportedly kills 25 ['in overnight strikes], the second incident this week with multiple civilian casualties." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - "Brain Machine Interface" / Hitachi, Inc. - June 23rd, 2007: "Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. [NP] The 'brain-machine interface' developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electronic signals. [NP] A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo." [Based on: Article, p. A37, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - Building Third Plutonium Reactor / Pakistan - June 23rd, 2007: "New reactor [Pakistan is building a third plutonium production reactor.] is expected to boost nuclear arsenal" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - Explore Nuclear Compromise with Iran / U.S. Allies - June 23rd, 2007: "U.S. allies explore compromise ['only a partial freeze of Tehran's uranium enrichment program'] with Iran" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 06/23/07]

2007 - Roadside Bombs / Iraq - June 24th, 2007: "Roadside bombs kill 7 U.S. soldiers [06/23/07] / Americans die in three bombings. Another American dies outside of combat." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 06/24/07]

2007 - Big Brother Talks / Britain - June 24th, 2007: "Big Brother shows up in Britain - and he talks / Cameras monitor and record petty violators, and loud-speakers suggest they desist." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Cox News Service article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 06/24/07]

2007 - Rain & Floods / Andhra Pradesh, India - June 24th, 2007: "Rain, floods kill 45 in southern state [Andhra Pradesh, India - an official said 06/23/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 06/24/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge - June 24th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:25:18 (UTC) on Sunday, June 24th, 2007. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 55.574°S, 2.763°W; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007dzab.php] - [T.D. - 06/27/07]

2007 - Offers to Help Abbas / Israel - June 25th, 2007: "Israel offers to help out Abbas ['Israel's Cabinet agreed Sunday (06/24/07) to release frozen tax revenues ....' / Move comes before summit today [06/25/07] on how to isolate Hamas." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Car Bomb / South Lebanon - June 25th, 2007: "Car bomb kills 6 peacekeepers in south Lebanon [06/24/07] / It's the first attack on the U.N. force since it was expanded last summer." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Sentenced / "Chemical Ali", Iraq - June 25th, 2007: "[....] Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed 'Chemical Ali' for his role in the gassing of tens of thousands of Kurds in 1987-88, was convicted of genocide and sentenced [06/24/07] to death by hanging. He is the seventh associate of former President Saddam Hussein to face the gallows. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Verdicts in Iraq do little healing) by Tina Susman, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Linked to Liver Health? / Coffee - June 25th, 2007: "[....] The formula is simple: For every 2 cups of coffee per day, researchers found a 43 percent reduced risk of liver cancer. [NP] The findings are in the most recent journal of Gastroenterology." [Based on: Health Notes article (Coffee is linked to liver health), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Infections Trivia / U.S. Hospitals - June 25th, 2007: "A dangerous drug-resistant staph germ may be infecting hospital patients at about 10 times the rate officials had previously estimated, according to a new study. [NP] At least 30,000 U.S. hospital patients may have the superbug at any given time, according to a survey released today [06/25/07] by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [NP] The superbug, known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, cannot be tamed by certain common antibiotics.Past studies have looked at how common it is in specific patient groups, such as emergency-room patients with skin infections in 11 U.S. cities. [NP] The new study was different in that it sampled a larger and more diverse set of health care facilities. The researchers concluded that at least 46 out of every 1,000 patients had the bug." [Based on: News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Tropical Cyclone 03B / Bay of Bengal - June 25th, 2007: "Cyclonic storms in the Arabian Sea are rare, but not unheard of. Two tropical cyclones in the space of a month, on the other hand, is quite rare indeed. Unlike its predecessor, Tropical Cyclone Gonu, Cyclone 03B originated on the opposite side of the Indian Peninsula in the Bay of Bengal. At 11:10 a.m. local time (06:10 UTC) on June 25, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image [see link], Tropical Cyclone 03B was reforming in the Arabian Sea south of the Pakistan coast after having crossed over India. The storm system has a discernable spiraling shape, but does not appear well-formed in this image. The storm has no distinct eye, suggesting that it is not particularly well organized. At the time, sustained winds were measured at 60 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour) according to the University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm Information Center. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14328]

2007 - Trivia / Distress & Absent-Mindedness - June 25th, 2007: "People prone to being distressed have more memory problems that [<typo?] easy-going people. [NP] A study of the journal Neurology has found that people who experience bad emotions, depression and anxiety a lot were 40 percent more likely to develop 'mild cognitive impairment,' fancy words for absent-mindedness. [NP] Mild cognitive impairment can also be the transitional stage between normal aging and dementia. But with the new findings, researchers believe that memory problems may not be as tightly tied to dementia as once thought. Problems also can be tied to being stressed out. [NP] 'People differ in how they tend to experience and deal with negative emotions and psychological distress, and the way people respond tends to stay the same throughout their adult lives,' said Robert S. Wilson of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. 'These findings suggest that, over a lifetime, chronic experience of stress affects the area of the brain that governs stress response. Unfortunately, that part of the brain also regulates memory.' " [Based on: Health Notes article (Distress is linked to absent-mindedness), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

*Commentary: "Gotta love those researchers. How much time and money did it take to figure that one out? New findings? Where do these researchers go to school?" D.R.D.

2007 - Labor Party Leader / Gordon Brown, Britain - June 25th, 2007: "Brown [Gordon Brown] takes reins of Labor Party [06/24/07] / He says more than force is needed to defeat terrorism. [Blair will formerly step down 06/27/07]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/25/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 26th, 2007: "Wall Street gave up a big advance and turned lower Monday [06/25/07] as investors suffered a renewed case of the jitters ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting on interest rates later this week. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks give up a rally after oil prices top $69 a barrel), p C3, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Baghdad - June 26th, 2007: "Suicide bomber kills Sunni sheiks [Baghdad - 06/25/07] / Six members of the Anbar leadership are among the people [a dozen] killed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A7, 06/26/07]

2007 - Heat Wave / Southern Europe - June 26th, 2007: "Four more deaths [Greece & Cyprus - 06/25/07] blamed on heat wave [temperatures ove 100 degrees Fahrenheit - Southern Europe - 'Nearly 30 people were reported killed in Romania, Serbia and Albania last week']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

*Trivia: "Heat wave [Greece, Italy and Romania] cuts power, sparks brush fires" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, 06/27/07]

2007 - Superior Water? / St. Louis, Mo. - June 26th, 2007: "[....] The award - bestowed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors - comes with a $15,000 prize and the title 'Best Tasting City Water in America.' [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. Article (The water in St. Louis? It's clearly superior), p. A1, 06/26/07]

2007 - Feasible / Neanderthal Sequencing - June 26th, 2007: "Sequencing Neanderthal genome seen as feasible / Scientists hope doing so could answer questions about relationship to modern humans." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - Albino Mountain Goat / Italian Alps - June 26th, 2007: "Albino mountain goat [albino capra ibex] spotted for first time [Italian Alps - 06/25/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - FTC Approval / A.G. Edwards Buyout - June 26th, 2007: "FTC approves Wachovia's buyout ['proposed $6.8 billion purchase'] of A.G. Edwards [06/25/07]" [Based on: Article Title, p C2, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - Goodwill Gesture / Prisoner Release, Israel - June 26th, 2007: "Israel to release 250 members of Fatah from prison" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, 06/26/07]

2007 - Pull Out of Northern Ireland / British Troops - June 26th, 2007: "Final British troops pull out [06/25/07] of Northern Ireland ['ending a 37-year mission to keep watch over a stronghold of the Irish Republican Army.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / South of Java, Indonesia - June 26th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:23:03 (UTC) on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 10.490°S, 108.144°E; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ebcd.php] - [T.D. - 06/27/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 27th, 2007: "Most stocks fell for the fourth time in five days Tuesday [06/26/07], dragged down by energy companies and builders. Unless there is a major gain in the coming days, the Standard & Poor's 500 index will record its biggest monthly retreat in more than a year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Housing and energy stocks lead retreat as indexes stumble), p B5, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - Biofuels Research / U.S.A. - June 27th, 2007: "[....] A consortium led by Washington University [Mo.] had hoped to be selected as one of three groups that will split $375 million over the next five years for biofuels research. Instead, the U.S. Energy Department chose teams that each include at least one existing federal energy research lab to run facilities in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Madison, Wis., and the San Francisco Bay area. [....]" [Based on: Article (DOE snubs St. Louis / A consortium led by Washington University hoped to be selected, but the decision won't slow efforts here, advocates say.) by Rachel Meicer, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 06/26/07]

2007 - Prison Release / Paris Hilton - June 27th, 2007: "Paris Hilton puts 3 weeks in jail behind her [released Tuesday morning - 06/26/07] / The celebrity is greeted by her parents - and a pack of photographers" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - Aim to Cut Funding for Cheney? - June 27th, 2007: "House Democrats, responding to Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that his office is exempt from certain national security disclosure requirements, said Tuesday [06/26/07] they will try to strip some of his funding. [NP] A Cheney spokesman said the Democrats were playing politics. [NP] The proposal could come up Thursday as an amendment to an annual spending bill, said House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. [....] Rep Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill, sponsor of the amendment, noted that five years ago Cheney claimed executive privilege in refusing to release details about his meetings with oil industry executives to discuss energy policy. [NP] 'Now when we want to know what he's doing as it relates to America's national security in the lead-up to the war in Iraq and after the fact, the vice president has declared he is a member of the legislative branch.' [NP] Therefore, Emanuel said, 'we will no longer fund the executive branch of his office and he can live off the funding for the Senate presidency.' The vice president presides as president of the Senate." [Based on: A.P. article (House Democrats aiming to cut funding for Cheney), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

*Trivia: "[....] The vote, on an amendment to a 2008 spending bill for the Treasury Department and executive branch agencies, was defeated 217-209 [06/28/07]. [Based on: News Services article (House won't drop budget for vice presidential office), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - 'Family Jewels' Released? / CIA - June 27th, 2007: "[....] The CIA released 693 pages of documents about spying on Americans, opening citizens' mail and plotting to kill foreign leaders, but vast sections were blocked out by agency censors. [NP] As a result, they were less revealing than the reports issued in the mid-1970s by the three investigations that were given unedited versions of these documents at that time - President Gerald Ford's Rockefeller Comission, the Senate's Church committee and the House's Pike Committee. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (CIA releases 'family jewels' / About 700 pages of documents are released - with sections redacted.) by Michael J. Sniffen, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - Decline / New House Sales, U.S.A. - June 27th, 2007: "More bad news in housing industry / Sales of new houses fell 1.6 percent in May, the 4th decline in 5 months." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - Sentence Doubled / J. Steven Griles - June 27th, 2007: "Judge doubles prison term for ex-official [J. Steven Griles] in Abramoff case ['to 10 months Tuesday for lying to senators in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and making excuses about it in court.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - Mummy Identified / Queen Hatshepsut - June 27th, 2007: "Mummy found in 1903 identified as queen [Queen Hatshepsut]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/27/07]

2007 - World Wealth Report - June 28th, 2007: "Suppose all of the world's wealthiest people got together and pooled their assets into one lump sum. How much money would that be? [NP] According to the report released Wednesday [06/27/07], the combined wealth of the globe's richest individuals rose more than 11 percent to a grand total of $37.2 trillion last year. [NP] The increase marks the first double-digit increase in seven years. [NP] Thanks to a strong global economy, 9.5 million people held at least $1 million in financial assets - excluding the value of their primary homes - in 2006, up from 8.7 million in 2005, according to the 11th annual World Wealth Report compiled by Merrill Lynch & Co. and the consulting firm gemini group. [NP] Those accumulated trillions give these individuals who represent only 0.14 percent of the world's current population, control of about a quarter of the world's total wealth, or nearly three times the United States' gross domestic product. [NP] If the rich decided to combine their assets and split the money evenly among all 9.5 million of them, they's each be left with more than $3.9 million." [Based on: A.P. article (World's richest now have $37.2 trillion) by Jackie Farwell, p B1 & B4, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 28th, 2007: "The stock market posted its first advance in four days Wednesday [06/27/07] after a rally in oil prices and better-than-expected profit at Oracle Corp. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Energy and tech companies give market positives), p B3, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Flooding / Texas Towns - June 28th, 2007: "Texas rainstorms flood towns [06/27/07] / Dozens are stranded on rooftops and cars in rain, wind." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, 06/28/07]

2007 - Gasoline Rationing / Iran - June 28th, 2007: "Oil-rich Iran imposes gasoline rationing [to begin after midnight - 06/28/07] / Long-expected move; two service stations torched in Tehran." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Israeli Troops/ Gaza Strip - June 28th, 2007: "Israeli troops sweep into Gaza [06/27/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Food plant Closings / China - June 28th, 2007: "China closes 180 food plants [recently] / Crackdown follows series of international food scares; 23,000 food safety violations found by inspectors." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - $200 Billion Investment / China - June 28th, 2007: "China's government announced plans to inject $200 billion into a company responsible for investing part of its foreign reserves abroad, giving the first official sign of the size of what will be one of the world's richest investment funds. [NP] China announced plans for the company in March in an effort to make more profitable use of its $1.2 trillion in reserves, which now are kept mostly in U.S. Treasury securities and other safe securities." [Based on: Article ($200 billion investment)), p B2, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - B-Class Solar Flares / Sunspot 961 - June 28th, 2007: "Suddenly, sunspot 961 is crackling with solar flares. They are minor B-class explosions, amounting to no more than a few million hydrogen bombs, but still exciting to watch through solar telescopes. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=06&day=28&year=2007&view=view] - [T.D. - 07/01/07]

2007 - Subpoenas / Offices of Bush and Cheney - June 28th, 2007: "Senate ups ante over wiretaps [06/27/07] / Offices of Bush, Cheney receive subpoenas over eavesdropping without a warrant" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Partial Blackout / Manhattan & Bronx, N.Y. - June 28th, 2007: "Brief blackout [06/27/07] hits parts of Manhattan, the Bronx ['The cause was under investigation.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - No Link? / Antidepressants & Birth Defects - June 28th, 2007: "Studies find no link in antidepressants and birth defects [two studies - from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Boston University - appear today in The New England Journal of Medicine]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Grows Worldwide / Distrust of United States - June 28th, 2007: "Distrust of United States grows worldwide" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Cost of Living Raise / U.S. House of Representatives - June 28th, 2007: "Members of House OK raise ['On a 244-181 vote'] for themselves ['House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/28/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea - June 28th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:52:09 (UTC) on Thursday, June 28th, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 7.938°S, 154.616°E; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007edaf.php] - [T.D. - 07/01/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 29th, 2007: "Most stocks gained and benchmark indexes were little changed Thursday [06/28/07] after the Federal Reserve said the housing slowdown wouldn't keep the economy from expanding. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Most indexes hit plateau after an upbeat Fed report), p B11, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Trivia / Old Latin Mass - June 29th, 2007: "Pope Benedict XVI is going ahead with his plan to allow more churches to use the old Latin Mass. [....] The Pope explained his plans to a group of prelates from Europe and the United States, the Vatican said Thursday [06/28/07]. [NP] St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke and Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston were the only two American bishops at the meeting, according to Catholic news Service. [NP] Burke is considered one of the most devoted supporters of the old Latin rite among U.S. bishops. [....] With a text of the statement still not public, it remained unclear how wide a use of the old rite will be allowed. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Pope OKs wider use of Latin Mass), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Armed Robots? / U.S.A. - June 29th, 2007: "RoboCops and robot soldiers got a little closer to reality as Taser, the stun-gun manufacturer, teamed up with iRobot Corp., the maker of floor-cleaning automations to arm track-wheeled 'bots for police and the Pentagon. [NP] By adding Tasers to robots it already makes for the military, iRobot says it hopes to give soldiers and law enforcement officers a defensive, non-lethal tool." [Based on: Article (Robots will be armed), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Switch of Bacterium DNA? - June 29th, 2007: "Biologists have converted one species of bacterium into another by replacing all of its DNA, a critical step toward their ultimate goal of designing entire organisms from scratch, according to a study published Thursday [06/28/07 - online edition of the Journal Science]. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Scientists claim switch of bacterium's DNA / Team aims now to bring to life a simple creature that has never existed before, says maverick geneticist, senior study author J. Craig Venter.) by Karen Kaplan, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Car Bomb Attacks / Baghdad, Iraq - June 29th, 2007: "A spate of four car bombs that struck various parts of Baghdad [killing at least 59 people] within a 24-hour period Wednesday [06/27/07] and Thursday [06/28/07] seemed to mark an end to what had been a lull in such attacks. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - U.S. Ban / Some Seafood from China - June 29th, 2007: "U.S. slaps ban on seafood ['shrimp and certain fish'] from China [06/28/07] / Unusual action is taken after tests find contamination from drugs." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Sexual Harrassment / Israeli President - June 29th, 2007: "Israeli president [Moshe Katsav] avoids jail in plea deal [agreed Thursday, 06/28/07, 'to plead guilty of sexual harassment to avoid more serious charges that he raped female staffers.']" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Verdict Trivia / 1988 Pan Am Bombing - June 29th, 2007: "An independent judicial review body [Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission] ruled Thursday [06/28/07] that a former Libyan intelligence official [Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi] jailed [in 2001] for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing may have been wrongly convicted and is entitled to challenge the verdict against him. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A16, S.L.P.D. (last article, last page, section A), 06/29/07]

2007 - Sentenced / Don Siegelman & Richard Scrushy - June 29th, 2007: "Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison, and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday [06/28/07] in a bribery and corruption case. [....]." [Based on: News Services article (Ex-governor sentenced in bribery, conspiracy case), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Plans to Keeep Ex-Aides From Testifying? / President George W. Bush - June 29th, 2007: "White House balks at subpoenas [06/28/07] / In the wake of the firings of federal prosecutors, Bush also plans to cite executive privilege to keep ex-aides Harriet Miers and Sara Taylor from testifying." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 06/29/07]

2007 - Debut / Apple iPhone - June 30th, 2007: Going for around $600.00, the new cell phone [Apple iPhone] made its debut 06/30/07. [Based on: D.R.D.]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - June 30th, 2007: "Stocks fell Friday [06/29/07], erasing a 102-point rally in the Dow Jones industrial average, after a bomb scare swept London and concern grew that banks face more losses from subprime loans. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Lingering subprime worries, bomb scare deflate Dow), p A39, S.L.P.D., 06/30/07]

2007 - Conjunction / Venus & Saturn - June 30th, 2007: "[....] Tonight [06/30/07] the planets [Venus & Saturn] are at their closest - only 2/3o [degree] apart [22 degrees Leo / opposite Neptune 21 Aquarius R], which means you can hide them both behind the tip of your index finger held at arm's length. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=06&day=30&year=2007&view=view] - [T.D. - 07/01/07]

2007 - Will Seek Bids for Fighter Jets / India - June 30th, 2007: "India's government soon will invite bids to supply 126 fighter jets, the biggest contract for combat planes in 15 years. [NP] The government will build the majority of the jets in India through transfer of technology and buy the remainder of the U.S., Russian and European companies competing for the contract, the defense ministry said in an e-mailed statement. [NP] The defense ministry cleared Friday [06/29/07] the procedure for purchasing the fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, the world's fourth-biggest. [NP] India wants to buy the jets as China develops its own fighters and Pakistan buys planes from the U.S. [....] Lockheed Martin estimates the fighter contract will be worth about $9 billion. [....] A purchase of fighters from the U.S. would cement the developing relationship between the two countries. [NP] Last year the U.S. pledged to lift a ban on nuclear exports to India, and the nations conduct joint military exercises. [....] The Indian Air Force has 120,000 personnel and 1,700 aircraft, mostly MiGs, according to its website. As many as 157 pilots have died in MiG crashes since 1971, the defense ministry said in 2004. [NP] India ranked as the 10th-biggest military spender in the world in 2006, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said on its website." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (India will seek bids for building 126 fighter jets) by Santanu Choudhury & Bidhudatta Pradhan, p. A37, S.L.P.D., 06/30/07] - [My brackets. NP = New Paragraph. - D.R.D.]

2007 - Two Unexploded Car Bombs / London - June 30th, 2007: "Two unexploded car bombs ['two Mercedes-Benz cars filled with gasoline, nails and gas canisters parked close together in an area known for crowded nightclubs and late-night bars.'] found in London [06/29/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 06/30/07]

2007 - Nationwide Protest / Canadian Indian Groups - June 30th, 2007: "[....] While most native groups heeded a call from their national leadership to stage nondisruptive protests, members of a Mohawk tribe in Ontario shut down passenger and freight train service along Canada's busiest rail corridor and caused a section of Canada's busiest highway to be closed for about 11 hours. [....] Topping the list of grievances is the decision taken by the Conservatives after they took power last year. It canceled an agreement between the federal government, the provinces and territories that would have provided 5 billion Canadian dollars for education, employment training and health care improvements for native people." [Based on: News Services article (Canadian Indian groups mount nationwide protest), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 06/30/07]

2007 - Will Hear Detainees' Claim / U.S. Supreme Court - June 30th, 2007: "In an end-of-session about-face, the U.S. Supreme Court said without comment Friday [06/29/07] that it will consider Guantanamo detainees' claim that they can challenge their detentions in the federal courts. [....] Under the court's rules, the decision to review the issue means that five justices have now agreed to hear the case. [NP] The court passed on review on April 2, after only three of the justices agreed to hear the case. A reversal required five justices. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 06/30/07]

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