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

July 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - July 1st, 2006: "Sun [9 Cancer], Moon [12 Virgo], Mercury [0 Leo], Venus [8 Gemini], Mars [16 Leo], Jupiter [9 Scorpio], Saturn [10 Leo], Uranus [14 Pisces R.], Neptune [19 Aquarius R.], Pluto [25 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [8 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200607.html]

2006 - 911 Revisited - July 2006:

Two of the aircraft exceeded their software limits on 9/11.

The Boeing 757 and 767 are equipped with fully autonomous flight capability, they are the only two Boeing commuter aircraft capable of fully autonomous flight. They can be programmed to take off, fly to a destination and land, completely without a pilot at the controls.

They are intelligent planes, and have software limits pre set so that pilot error cannot cause passenger injury. Though they are physically capable of high g maneuvers, the software in their flight control systems prevents high g maneuvers from being performed via the cockpit controls. They are limited to approximately 1.5 g's, I repeat, one and one half g's. This is so that a pilot mistake cannot end up breaking grandma's neck.

No matter what the pilot wants, he cannot override this feature.

The plane that hit the Pentagon approached or reached its actual physical limits, military personnel have calculated that the Pentagon plane pulled between five and seven g's in its final turn.

The same is true for the second aircraft to impact the WTC.

There is only one way this can happen.

As well as fully autonomous flight capability, the 767 and 757 are the ONLY COMMUTER PLANES MADE BY BOEING THAT CAN BE FLOWN VIA REMOTE CONTROL. It is a feature that is standard to all of them, all 757's and 767's can do it. The purpose for this is if there is a problem with the pilots, Norad can fly the planes to safe destinations via remote. Only in this flight mode can those craft exceed their software limits and perform to their actual physical limits because a pre existing emergency situation is assumed if this mode of flight is used.

Terrorists in fact did not fly those planes, it is totally and completely impossible for those planes to have been flown in such a manner from the cockpit. Those are commuter aircraft, not F-16's and their software knows it.

Another piece of critical evidence: the voice recorders came up blank.

The flight recorders that were recovered had tape that was undamaged inside, but it was blank. There is only one way this can happen on a 757 or 767. When the aircraft are commandeered via remote control, the microphones that go to the cockpit voice recorder are re routed to the people doing the remote controlling, so that the recording of what happened in the cockpit gets made in a presumably safer place. But due to a glitch in the system on a 757/767, rather than shutting off when the mic is redirected the voice recorder keeps running. The voice recorders use what is called a continuous loop tape, which automatically re passes itself past the erase and record heads once every half hour, so after a half hour of running with the microphones redirected, the tape will be blank. Just like the recovered tapes were. Yet more proof that no pilot flew those planes in the last half hour.

Eight of the hijackers who were on those planes called up complaining that they were still alive. I'd bet you never heard about our foreign minister flying to Morocco and issuing an official apology to the accused, did you? No, terrorists did not fly those planes, plastic knives and box cutters were in fact too ridiculous to be true. Any of the remaining accused have certainly been sought out and killed by now.

Our information IS controlled

The cell phone calls from the aircraft could not have happened. I am a National Security Agency trained Electronic Warfare specialist, and am qualified to say this. My official title: MOS33Q10, Electronic Warfare Intercept Strategic Signal Processing/Storage Systems Specialist, a highly skilled MOS which requires advanced knowledge of many communications methods and circuits to the most minute level. I am officially qualified to place severe doubt that ordinary cell phone calls were ever made from the aircraft.

It was impossible for that to have happened, especially in a rural area for a number of reasons.

When you make a cell phone call, the first thing that happens is that your cell phone needs to contact a transponder. Your cell phone has a max transmit power of five watts, three watts is actually the norm. If an aircraft is going five hundred miles an hour, your cell phone will not be able to 1. Contact a tower, 2. Tell the tower who you are, and who your provider is, 3. Tell the tower what mode it wants to communicate with, and 4. Establish that it is in a roaming area before it passes out of a five watt range. This procedure, called an electronic handshake, takes approximately 45 seconds for a cell phone to complete upon initial power up in a roaming area because neither the cell phone or cell transponder knows where that phone is and what mode it uses when it is turned on. At 500 miles an hour, the aircraft will travel three times the range of a cell phone's five watt transmitter before this handshaking can occur. Though it is sometimes possible to connect during takeoff and landing, under the situation that was claimed the calls were impossible. The calls from the airplane were faked, no if's or buts.

I hope I made sense, if you have questions I will respond if possible. If I do not respond, please research this out yourself, search the boeing site, search the DARPA site, search were you have not searched before. Some of the information is classified and leaked by individuals, and it is also being scoured from the net. I have all of the original documents on my computer to safeguard against this.

Please do not ignore this, because only Norad has the flight codes for those aircraft, we did 911 to ourselves. Hitler had the Reichstag, we have 911. If 911 proves to not be enough to make the US citizenry set aside its rights for safety, the people who did 911 most certainly have access to nuclear material. 911 must be exposed for what it was before that material is used. "

[Based on: article (Planes of 911 Exceeded Their Software Limits) by Jim Heikkila] - [see link]

*Link: http://www.viewzone.com/911revisited.html

2006 - Public Debt / U.S.A. - July 1st, 2006: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 1 July 2006 at 02:14:24 AM GMT is: $8,409,225,235,236.78. The estimated population of the United States is 299,017,088 so each citizen's share of this debt is $28,122.89. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.74 billion per day since September 30, 2005! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

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

*Trivia: "The federal deficit through July is running well below the rate last year, paced by strong revenue growth, the Treasury Department said Thursday [08/10/06]. Through the first 10 months of this budget year, the deficit totaled $239.7 billion, an improvement of 20.8 percent from the same period a year ago, when it was $302.8 billion. The deficit in July totaled 33.2 billion, down sharply from $53.4 billion in July 2005." [Based on: Article (Revenue makes big dent), p. B2, 08/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 1st, 2006: "Stocks trimmed the biggest weekly advance since January on Friday [06/30/06] as technology companies widened their examination of stock-option grants, hurting their shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets trim back their biggest weekly gain since January), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Status / Israeli Hostage - July 1st, 2006: "Militants holding an Israeli soldier today demanded the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's Gaza offensive, complicating efforts to resolve a crisis before it boils over into major fighting. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Militants holding Israeli soldier demand release of prisoners), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Settlement / Boeing Co. - July 1st, 2006: "The Department of Justice announced a final agreement Friday [06/30/06] with Boeing Co. on a record $615 million settlement that ends its three-year investigation into the aearospace company's questioned defense contracting practices. [....]" [Based on: Article (U.S. Boeing probe for record $615 million), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Resigned / Dutch Government - July 1st, 2006: "The Dutch government resigned Friday [06/30/06] over a failed attempt to strip a prominent Somali-born critic of Islam of her Dutch citenship - setting the stage for elections likely to be dominated by immigration issues. [....]" [Based on: Article (Coalition party's pullout brings down government), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Rape Coverup? / U.S. GI's, Iraq - July 1st, 2006: "A group of American soldiers in an insurgent-riddled town are alleged to have noticed a young Iraqi woman when on patrol [March 2006] and to have returned later to rape her, according to U.S. officials Friday [06/30/06]. In an apparent cover-up attempt, she and three members of her family then were killed and her body was set afire, U.S. officials report. [....] The case is the fifth known inquiry into allegations of slaying of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops." [Based on: A.P. article (GIs suspected of killing Iraqi family to cover up a rape), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Backtracks on Report / USA Today - July 1st, 2006: "USA Today acknowledged in a 'note to our readers' Friday [06/30/06] that it could not establish that BellSouth or Verizon contracted with the National Security Agency to provide it with customer calling records, as the newspaper had previously reported. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (USA Today backtracks on report about calls, NSA), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - In Effect? / Restriction on Hazardous Substances - July 1st, 2006: "Lead paint, lead pipes, leaded gasoline - all banned, and for good reason. But this metal has hardly disappeared from daily life. Cell phones, stereos and even medical equipment still rely on lead. The phone you buy a year from now, however, won't have a trace. [....] The issue is lead solder, the shiny gray splotches that connect components on circuit boards. A new European Union law compels firms ... around the world to find alternatives to it. Known as the Restriction on Hazardous Substances directive, or RoHS, the law is intended to slow the buildup of lead and other hazardous substances in landfills. It doesn't take effect until July 1 next year, but manufactures have prepared for years already. No U.S. firm is legally bound to use lead-free solder. Only California has any restrictions on lead, and no federal laws are pending. But not conforming to European standards means giving up a lucrative market, and potentially that of China and Japan. China is expected to announce a restriction policy soon. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. A1 & A4, S.L.P.D., 08/01/05]

2006 - Emergency Cleanup Ordered / Doe Run Plant, Peru - July 1st, 2006: "Peru's highest court has ordered state health officials to launch an emergency cleanup in the smoke-choked town where a U.S.-owned metallurgical plant recently received a three-year extension to complete environmental upgrades. [....] The ruling, issued Tuesday [06/27/06] knocked down the government's appeal of an April 2005 lower court order. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Cleanup ordered in town with Doe Run plant), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/01/06]

2006 - Car Bomb / Iraq - July 2nd, 2006: "A car bomb exploded Saturday [07/01/06] at an outdoor market in a Shiite distrtict of Baghdad, killing at least 66 people and injuring about 100. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraq car bomb kills scores), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/02/06]

2006 - Israeli Missles / Office of Palestinian Prime Minister - July 2nd, 2006: "Israeli aircraft fired missles at the Palestinian prime minister's office early Sunday, just hours after a Palestinian official said the soldier whose abduction sent Israeli troops into the Gaza Strip is alive and in stable condition." [Based on: A.P. article (Israel attacks Hamas office), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/02/06]

2006 - Train Derailment / Spain - July 3rd, 2006: "Derailment [07/03/06] kills at least 41 in Spain / Authorities said the subway train was speeding and a wheel broke into pieces." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

*Trivia: "A train that derailed and killed 41 people in Spain's worst subway accident was traveling at twice the normal speed, a government official said Tuesday [07/04/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Train was going twice its normal speed), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Bolivia - July 3rd, 2006: "President Evo Morales' party won a majority Sunday [06/02/06] in elections for an assembly that will retool Bolivia's constitution. But it fell short of the two-thirds needed to push through its agenda, according to unofficial preliminary results. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (President's party wins majority in elections), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/03/06]

2006 - Israeli Forces / Gaza Border - July 3rd, 2006: "Israel massed tanks and troops along Gaza's northern border early today, firing artillery and unleashing more airstrikes in a show of force after the prime minister ordered his army to 'do all it can' to free an abducted soldier. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israelis mass forces on Gaza border, strike targets from the air), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/03/06]

2006 - "Sky Train" / China to Tibet - July 3rd, 2006: "The first train from Beijing to Tibet finished an arduous journey along the world's highest railway Monday [07/03/06], opening direct service to the Himalayan region that China has been trying for decades to tame. [....] The Dalai Lama has said that the railway is neither good nor bad, but that it remains to be seen how it will be used, and whether it will bring real benefit to Tibetans." [Based on: A.P. article (First journey to Tibet on Chinese railroad is scenic, sickening / 'Sky Train' negotiates 16,640-foot pass.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

2006 - Typhoon Ewiniar / Western Pacific - July 3rd, 2006: "Typhoon Ewiniar formed in the western Pacific on June 29, 2006 a hundred miles south of the Yap Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.The tropical depression gathered power and size as it traveled in a zig-zagging fashion over the next several days, tracking northwest, then east, northwest again, then northerly to pass almost directly through the Yap Islands before turning northwest yet again on a projected track towards the southern end of Japan. Fortunately for the island residents, Ewiniar was still a tropical storm during its passage through the Yap Islands chain. As of July 3, 2006, Typhoon Ewiniar was 550 kilometers (350 miles) northwest of the Yap Islands. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13686]

*Trivia: "As of July 11, 2006, at least 30 people in China and 5 in Korea had died as a result of flooding and mudslides caused by Typhoon Ewiniar. The storm began as a tropical depression on June 30, 2006, southeast of Palau in the northern West Pacific. Ewiniar tracked generally north-northwestward before turning north to pass east of the Philippines and Taiwan. The storm made landfall in South Korea on July 10. Ewiniar was rated a Category 4 typhoon at its peak, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) while it was east of the Philippines on July 5. Ewiniar then slowly weakened as it passed by the coast of China before striking the Korean Peninsula as a tropical storm. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13704] - [07/12/06]

2006 - Trivia / Alzheimer's Disease, U.S.A. - July 3rd, 2006: "Scientists who study Alzheimer's disease say they are on the brink of finding treatments to slow or stop it. Projections are that by 2050, 16 million Americans will have the disease. Already 4.5 million do. Caring for people with Alzheimer's cost at least $100 billion each year. As the older population doubles over the next 25 years, Alzheimer's could become the country's most costly disease. [....]" [Based on: Article (Funding is key as scientists forecast Alzheimer's path) by Molly McElroy, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/03/06]

2006 - Missle Tests / North Korea - July 4th, 2006: "North Korea has test-fired at least six missles - including an intercontinental ballistic missle that apparently failed or was aborted 42 seconds after it was launched, White House and Pentagon officials said Tuesday [07/04/06]. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (N. Korean missle fails test), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

2006 - U.S. Military Aid / Afghanistan - July 4th, 2006: "The United States said Monday [07/03/06] it was giving $2 billion worth of military weapons and vehicles to modernize Afghanistan's national army as the fledgling force contends with a resurgent Taliban resistance. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. adds $2 billion to fight Taliban), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

2006 - Huge Storms Converge / Jupiter - July 4th, 2006:

The two biggest storms in the solar system are about to go bump in the night, in plain view of backyard telescopes.

Storm #1 is the Great Red Spot, twice as wide as Earth itself, with winds blowing 350 mph. The behemoth has been spinning around Jupiter for hundreds of years.

Storm #2 is Oval BA, also known as "Red Jr.," a youngster of a storm only six years old. Compared to the Great Red Spot, Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin. [....]

The two are converging. Closest approach: the 4th of July, according to Amy Simon-Miller of the Goddard Space Flight Center who has been monitoring the storms using the Hubble Space Telescope. [....]

[Based on: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/05jun_redperil.htm]

*Trivia: "The long-awaited collision between Jupiter's Great Red Spot and Red Jr is underway. So far, both storms are holding their own: [....] Closest approach 'should happen late next week,' says Philippine astronomer Christopher Go who has been tracking the storms's convergence. Although no one knows what will happen, researchers have offered some possibilities: Storm bands may peel off, forming new turbulent curly-cues. Red Jr might lose its red color, turning white. Or the two storms could pass unscathed and unaltered. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather3.com/index.cgi] - [07/06/06]

2006 - Bird Extinctions Worry Scientists - July 4th, 2006: "Bird extinctions worry scientists / Conservationalists estimate a species disappears every year." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article by Molly McElroy, p. A4, 07/04/06]

2006 - Launch / Space Shuttle Discovery - July 4th, 2006: "Space Shuttle Discovery successfully launched at 12:38 p.m. E.S.T. from Cape Canaveral, Florida."

2006 - Healed Itself? / Injured Human Brain - July 4th, 2006: "Injured brain healed itself, study says / Man [Terry Wallis] awoke [2003?] after 19 years in minimally conscious state" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Karen Kaplan, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

2006 - Heading for Earth / Solar Wind Stream - July 4th, 2006: "A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, and it could spark a geomagnetic storm when it arrives on July 5th or 6th. The source of the stream is this gaping coronal hole: [see link] [....] Coronal holes are openings in the sun's atmosphere where solar wind escapes into space. Magnetic force fields guide the wind into a well-defined stream blowing a million miles per hour. There's no danger when the stream hits; Earth's planetary magnetic field protects us. All you have to worry about is missing the auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather3.com/] - [07/04/06]

2006 - Accused of Murder & Rape / U.S. Soldier, Iraq - July 4th, 2006: "Ex-soldier [Steven D. Green] is accused of rape, murder in Iraq / Family was slain  - Insurgents were initially blamed for the deaths. Now U.S. troops are suspected." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Former Pfc. Steven D. Green was charged Monday [07/03/06] in federal court in North Carolina with murder and rape. At least four other U.S. soldiers still in Iraq are under investigation. [....] The victims were a Sunni Arab family in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

*Trivia: "Iraq's prime minister Wednesday [07/05/06] demanded an independent inquiry of the rape and slaying of a girl and the killing of her family, saying the immunity from Iraqi prosecution enjoyed by the U.S. forces 'encouraged them to commit such crimes.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi premier demands inquiry in rape-slaying), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Ex-soldier Steven D. Green was arrested last week in North Carolina and has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and four counts of murder. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. asks about exhuming body of alleged rape victim) by Ryan Lenz, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/09/06]

2006 - Temporary Restraining Order / U.S. Navy Sonar, Pacific Ocean - July 4th, 2006: "A federal judge on Monday [07/03/06] temporarily barred the Navy from using a high-intensity sonar during war games that began last week in the Pacific Ocean. Environmentalists are concerned that the active sonar could harm marine animals. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Navy ordered to refrain from using strong sonar), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/04/06]

*Trivia: "The navy can use high-intensity sonar for Pacific warfare exercises but must stay away from some sensitive marine habitat and increase monitoring for whales, under an agreement reached Friday [07/07/06] with environmental groups. The settlement bars the navy from using the sonar within 25 miles of the newly established Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine national Monument during its current exercises, and also imposes a variety of methods to watch for and report the presence of Marine mammals. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Fleet will limit exercises with sonar), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]  

2006 - Died / Kenneth Lay - July 5th, 2006: "Kenneth Lay (born, raised and schooled in Missouri) died of a heart attack."

*Trivia: "The death of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay will probably erase his conviction from the record, experts said Thursday [07/06/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Death of Enron chief may erase conviction in scandal / That would effect government's effort to seize assets.), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

*Trivia: "Autopsy finds Lay had clogged arteries" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Oldest Mother / Britain - July 5th, 2006: "At 62, woman [Patti Farrant] is oldest from Britain to give birth [07/05/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Mexico - July 5th, 2006: "The margin between the two leading candidates for president [of Mexico] narrowewed suddenly Tuesday [07/04/06] after election authorities revealed that some 2.5 million votes had been missing from earlier counts. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Gap between candidates narrows in Mexico race / Presidential election remains too close to call.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

2006 - Can Hurt Liver / Tylenol? - July 5th, 2006: "A new study says the highest recommended dose of Extra Strength Tylenol sharply increased liver enzymes in healthy adults - an early sign of potential organ damage. Although overdoses of Tylenol can harm the liver, the study is the first to spot hints of trouble in healthy people taking the pain reliever as directed. The study appears in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Recommended Tylenol dose can hurt liver, study suggests), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

2006 - Russian Troops Attacked / Chechnya - July 5th, 2006: "Gunmen attacked a Russian military convoy in the Chechnya region Tuesday [07/04/06], killing at least five troops and wounding as many as 25 others, officials said. Pro-rebel Web sites claimed that more than 20 Russian soldiers were killed. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Attack in Chechnya kills at least 5 Russian troops), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/05/06]

2006 - Wildfires / Central & Western Canada - July 5th, 2006: "Fires in central and western Canada impacted air quality in late June and early July 2006. Smoke includes carbon monoxide, a gas that is toxic in high concentrations. The Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) sensor on NASA’s Terra satellite measured carbon monoxide between June 29 and July 5, 2006. This image [see link] maps the carbon monoxide that accumulated over the area during that period. MOPITT measures carbon monoxide in parts per billion by volume (ppbv). A measurement of 100 ppbv means that out of every billion air molecules in the air column, 100 of them are carbon monoxide. In this image, the colors indicate the carbon monoxide concentrations, ranging from 0 (blue) to 300 (red). These measurements indicate the carbon monoxide concentration at approximately 3 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. Accumulations of carbon monoxide in excess of 150 ppbv are widespread, with small areas of concentrations near 300 ppbv. Patches of gray indicate areas where MOPITT could not collect data, likely due to clouds. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13698]

2006 - Status / Sunspot 898 - July 6th, 2006: "Giant sunspot 898 is splitting in two, sending shock waves through the sun's atmosphere and radio bursts toward Earth. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather3.com/index.cgi] - [07/06/06]

2006 - Coronal Mass Ejection - July 6th, 2006: "On July 6th, an M2-class explosion near sunspot 898 hurled a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. The cloud is not coming directly toward Earth, but it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field on July 7th or 8th. Sky watchers, be alert for auroras! [....] Coronal mass ejections are billion-ton clouds of gas expelled from the sun by explosions in the solar atmosphere. Next to the blinding sun, CMEs are very difficult to see, but the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is able to do it. Coronagraphs onboard SOHO use opaque disks to block the sun's glare, revealing nearby stars, planets, comets and billion-ton clouds of gas." [Based on: http://spaceweather3.com/] - [07/08/06]

*Trivia: "A coronal mass ejection ... that left the sun on July 6th still hasn't hit Earth. It probably missed. Auroras tonight are unlikely."  [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [07/09/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 6th, 2006: "Stocks closed with heavy losses Wednesday [07/05/06], after global exchanges were unnerved by North Korean missle tests and the domestic market undermined by fears that strong data will force the Federal Reserve to lift interest rates further. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article (North Korea's missles go up, stocks go down), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / World Populations - July 6th, 2006: "Population boom in U.S., bust in Europe / As America nears 300 million, some other nations [Europe & Japan, etc.] see shrinking numbers that will pose huge problems." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - July 6th, 2006: "Sun [14 Cancer], Moon [12 Scorpio], Mercury [1 Leo], Venus [14 Gemini], Mars [19 Leo], Jupiter [8 Scorpio], Saturn [10 Leo], Uranus [14 Pisces R.], Neptune [19 Aquarius R.], Pluto [24 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [8 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200607.html]

*Trivia: "Planet Mercury will take retrograde motion by 07/08/06]

2006 - Israeli Tanks / Gaza Strip - July 6th, 2006: "Israeli tanks enter Gaza [early today] after militants fire rockets" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Soaring Oil Prices / U.S.A. - July 6th, 2006: "Oil prices soared above $75 a barreel on Wednesday [07/05/06], propelled by a rally in gasoline and geopolitical tensions. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Global tensions help send oil above $75), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Bombings / Kabul, Afghanistan - July 6th, 2006: "Three bombs exploded Wednesday [07/05/06] in Kabul for the second day in a row, killing one bystander, wounding 47 and raising fears that violence largely confined to the south and east will increasingly make its way into the capital. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bombs explode in Afghan capital / Most recent violence has been in areas south and east of Kabul.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Torrential Rains / Bombay, India - July 6th, 2006: "Heavy rains kept schools and colleges shut for a third day Wednesday [07/05/06], and meteorologists forecast more for Bombay as the nation-wide death toll rose to more than 250 since the monsoon began in June. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Rains close schools; death toll now tops 250), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Defends Extradition Treaty / Tony Blair - July 6th, 2006: "Prime Minister Tony Blair defended an extradition treaty with the United States on Wednesday [07/05/06] as he faced increasing pressure to halt the deportation of three British bankers to Texas to face Enron-related fraud charges." [Based on: A.P. article (Blair defends extradition treaty with U.S. in Enron-related case), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/06/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 7th, 2006: "Stocks closed higher Thursday [07/06/06], with the Dow Jones industrial average registering the sharpest rise among the major averages. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - July 7th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:26:12 (UTC) on Friday, July 7th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: TONGA."

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

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Kufa, Iraq - July 7th, 2006: "A suicide bomber rammed his car into a group of Iranian pilgrims visiting a Shiite shrine in the city of Kufa on Thursday [07/06/06] and blew it up, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 40, Iraqi officials said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Iraq suicide bomb targets Iranian pilgrims), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - President Felipe Calderon? / Mexico - July 7th, 2006: "The ruling party's Felipe Calderon won the official count in Mexico's disputed presidential race Thursday [07/06/06], a come-from-behind victory for the stiff technocrat. But his leftist rival refused to concede and said he'd fight the results in court. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ruling party ekes out a win - officially / Leftist candidate will appeal, says the election was stolen), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - Damage Award Overturned / U.S. Tobacco - July 7th, 2006: "[....] The court voided the record award even though it agreed the companies had misled smokers about the dangers of lighting up. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Florida court overturns $145 billion damage award against tobacco companies), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - Record Opening / "Dead Man's Chest" - July 7th, 2006: "An opening three-day record: 'Dead Man's Chest' took in $132 million, according to studio estimates. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - Unlikely SEC Appeal / Hedge-Fund Industry Rules - July 7th, 2006: "The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission isn't likely to appeal a federal court ruling last month that struck down the agency's new, stricter rules and random inspections for the $1.1 trillion hedge-fund industry, Commissioner Paul Atkins said. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - Saddam Hussein: Open Letter to the American People - July 7th, 2006: Saddam Hussein’s defense lawyers have released a letter Saddam wrote while in prison to the American people. The following is a direct translation of that letter. (Only  a small sample of segments are transcribed here. See link for full text. - D.R.D.)

[....] 1. The inspection teams – that came to Iraq in the name of the United Nations and carried out searches even of some private houses as well as government departments, presidential palaces and government documents – those teams knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction because most of the leading members in those teams were Americans and British and in addition they had spies and volunteers of other nationalities. Those teams searched Iraq piece by piece from one end to the other and never found any information contrary to what they and others were told by Iraqi government representatives. The inspections lasted for more than seven years. And in addition to the teams that traveled by car and on foot, they used spy planes, helicopters, and satellites in space. The American and English officials thought that this was their historic chance to strike Iraq and destroy its legitimate aspirations and the lofty cultural and scientific achievements made in the course of 35 years, making use of the information gathered by their spies in the inspection teams and making use of the so-called war on terror after the 11 September incident that struck America. They shuffled the cards to bring up the goals that they had already decided upon earlier, and these were not the goals that they publicly announced at the starting line. [....] Furthermore, who has authorized America to make the countries of the world tailor their policies to America’s measurements, and if they don’t oblige, then war should be waged against them? How can one understand America’s call for democracy if it does not permit a difference of opinion even in issues of a regional character, to say nothing of international ones? [....] Do you know, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, that I asked one of the American officials who talked with me perhaps two weeks after my arrest, just what was it that you based those false charges on? He said that as far as the weapons of mass destruction were concerned, “we didn’t have anything to confirm what you were saying.” And as for the links to terrorism, he said, because you, Saddam Hussein, did not send a letter of condolence to President Bush after the incident [of 11 September]. [....] Who, after all, appointed the American government to be the world policeman, to form the world in the mold that it likes, giving national orders to the countries of the world? [....] It was American officials and their polices themselves that have created an atmosphere of anti-American hatred in the world by means of their arrogant behavior, their haughty aggressive attitude, their lack of respect for international law and the security of the world – including the security of my Arab Nation through their support for the Zionist entity in Palestine – and other world and human issues. [....] Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for your government to look at all people as equals before international law regardless of the size of the countries to which they belong. Whoever violates international law in his policies and the behavior of his army, he alone must bear the consequences for that policy. And if his policies are not in accordance with the letter of international law, he has no right to call others to protect his rights in accordance with that law. [....]

[Based on: http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/saddam_letter_americans.htm]

2006 - Demands Bank-Spying Info. / European Parliament - July 7th, 2006: "The European Parliament demanded Thursday [07/06/06] that European institutions in Brussels and European governments disclose how much they knew about a secret American program to tap into international banking data. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (European body demands bank-spying information), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

2006 - Video Release/ Suicide Bomber Tape, July 7th (2005) London Bombings - July 7th, 2006: "A video of one of the suicide bombers who struck London's transit system a year ago was broadcast Thursday, warning that the attacks were only the beginning of a campaign of terror. The video was broadcast by Al-Jazeera TV on the eve of the first anniversary of the bombings, which killed 52 people and the four bombers on July 7, 2005. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Video of suicide bomber threatens new mayhem / 'What you have witnessed now is only the beginning of a series of attacks,' his tape says.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/07/06]

*Trivia: "Two of the four suicide bombers who attacked London last July 7 spent time at an al-Qaida camp, the deputy leader of the terror network claimed in a video Friday [07/07/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Al-Qaida official boasts of aiding London bombers), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - Bird Flu / Spain - July 8th, 2006: "Spain discovers first case of bird flu [in a wild fowl]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 8th, 2006: "Stocks fell and the Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest decline in a month on Friday [07/07/06] after 3M Co.'s quarterly earnings failed to match estimates and a government report showed wages rose the most in five years. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow average takes a tumble after 3M disappointments), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - Israeli Forcers / Gaza Strip - July 8th, 2006: "Israeli tanks and soldiers clashed with militants in eastern Gaza early today, Palestinian security officials said. [....] Israeli soldiers killed 32 Palestinians in two days of air and artillery strikes, Palestinian officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli forces and militants clash in Gaza), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - Thwarted / NYC Bomb Plot  - July 8th, 2006: "A terrorist plot to flood lower Manhattan by attacking commuter train tunnels under the Hudson River was thwarted before the conspirators could travel to the United States, authorities said Friday [07/07/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Internat chat revealed NYC bomb plot), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - Trivia / 2001 White House Visits, Jack Abramoff  - July 8th, 2006: "The Secret Service on Friday [07/07/06] revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. The newly released records of Abramoff's access to the White House bring the total number of his known visits to seven. One Abramoff White House visit, according to Secret Service logs, was on April 20, 2001, to see Ceasar Conda, at the time Cheney's assistant for domestic policy. Five days after the meeting, one of Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, Patrick Pizzella, was nominated by the president as assistant secretary of labor. The Secret Service material surfaced as a result of suits by the group Judicial Watch and the Democratic National Committee. An earlier Secret Service search turned up just two Abramoff White House visits, and a further search turned up the additional contacts. Abramoff has pleaded guilty in an influence-peddling scandal." [Based on: News Services article (More Abramoff visits to White House revealed), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06] - [Paragraph indents untranscribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Aleutian Islands, Alaska - July 8th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:40:04 (UTC) on Saturday, July 8th, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located @: ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

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

2006 - U.S.-Iraqi Raid / Shiite Stronghold, Baghdad, Iraq - July 8th, 2006: "Iraqi soldiers backed by U.S. jets raided a Shiite stronghold in the capital on Friday [07/07/06] in a crackdown on sectarian militias. Dozens of people were reported killed or wounded. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi soldiers raid Shiite stronghold / U.S. jets back operation in Baghdad.), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 07/08/06]

2006 - War on Terror? - July 9th, 2006:

To All:

History shows that a majority usually wins. Whether the combined winds of a hurricane, or the vibrations that join to form an earthquake and/or tsunami - to mention just a few. However, Mother Nature is not the only cause of majority influence today. At least, there is another form of nature. That called Human Nature!

The other day I read a quote that read something like this: "Every time you spend a dollar, you're voting for the future." Then I asked myself "If one could measure what the majority of dollars are being spent on today, would that majority amount to the cost of war? and the repercussions of war?

Are there two major majorities affecting planet Earth today? Mother Nature and Human Nature? Both consisting of vibrations dependent on a cause?

I decided to write about this subject on majority influence because I believe that many people forget about what a majority influence can really do. Also, because I am contemplating the possible connections between Human and Mother Nature - to the extent where I am starting to suspect that both share a common energy. That being, the energy of creation! As for which holds the greatest potential influence for planet Earth? I kind of imagine it could go either way - majority influence succeeding the day.

However, here is something to seriously ponder. Considering that planet Earth is a living body (and the amount of radioactive and chemical waste targeted at that body in the form of man-made pollution during the last 100 years), which has caused the greatest act of terror against another living body? Mother, or Human Nature?

One could argue that there is indeed a War on Terror. But one could also argue that Human Nature is not the only "Superpower" fighting a War on Terror. Likewise, neither do I believe that we have yet seen (in our times) the "Mother of all Battles".

[Based on: The Truth Seeker B.B. post (War on Terror) by D.R.D. (typo correction added), 07/09/06 - See link:]
http://www.thetruth-seeker.com/dispBB.asp?st=1930&page=2#m1929

2006 - Israeli Withdrawl / Northern Gaza - July 9th, 2006: "Israeli tanks and bulldozers withdrew from northern Gaza before dawn Saturday [07/08/06] after two days of heavy fighting, leaving behind a strip of churned fields, wrecked roads and a few heavily damaged homes. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Israeli forces pull out of northern Gaza), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/09/06]

2006 - 1st Birthday Celebration / Tai Shan - July 9th, 2006: "Tai Shan, whose name means 'peaceful mountain,' celebrates his first birthday Sunday [07/09/06] at the National Zoo in Washington with a treat of frozen apples, yams, carrots and fruit juices. At birth, the panda weighed about 4 ounces; now he weighs 56 pounds. / More than 1.2 million people have visited the panda exibit since the cub went on display in December." [Based on: Picture article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - Women Bishops / Church of England - July 9th, 2006: "The governing body of the Church of England voted on Saturday [07/08/06] to allow women to be bishops, a huge change in centuries of policy for a church that ordained its first female priest 12 years ago. But officials of the governing body, the General Synod, emphasized that although the theological questions had been in effect resolved, details of the change had yet to be worked out and that it would be years before the first woman bishop is ordained. Conservative and liberal factions within the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion are deeply divided over this and other issues, particularly the blessing of same-sex marriages and the ordination of gay priests and bishops. Anglicans in Canada, New Zealand and the United States accept women as bishops." [Based on: News Services article (Church of England OKs women bishops), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/09/06]

2006 - Died / Shamil Basayev - July 10th, 2006: "Notorious Chechen rebel leader [Shamil Basayev] is killed in explosion [accidental ammunition truck explosion?]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Shiite-Sunni Tension / Iraq - July 10th, 2006: "Deadly attacks, bombings heighten Shiite-Sunni tension" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - World Cup Champions / Italy - July 10th, 2006: "In Berlin on Sunday [07/09/06], Italian players celebrate after winning soccer's premier tournament, the World Cup, by beating France 5-3 on penalty kicks. [....]" [Based on: Getty Images picture article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - Wildfires / South-Central Russia - July 10th, 2006: "North of Lake Baikal in south-central Russia, scores of fires were burning in the region’s forests on July 10, 2006. This image [see link] of the Irkutsk region was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, and places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. A bank of clouds hugs the left margin of the image, and gray smoke hangs over much of the scene. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13700]

2006 - Wildfires / Central & Southern Africa - July 10th, 2006: "On July 10, 2006, thousands of fires were burning across the savannas of central and southern Africa when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead [see link]. Each place where MODIS detected an actively burning fire has been marked in red in this scene, which spans parts of Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. Some of the fires had distinct smoke plumes, which winds were blowing northwest. At upper left, the skies are so smoky that the features of the landscape below are indistinct. Even the clouds in the scene at left and upper right appear dirty. No landscape on Earth experiences such extensive burning as the savannas of Africa. For thousands of years, people in Africa have used fire in their agricultural activities. They burn grassland to clear it for crops, to keep woody plants and trees from invading pasture areas, and to renew pasture grass. People have also used fire to drive game and facilitate hunting. Although fire has been integral to the ecosystems of southern Africa for millennia, increasing populations and demands on the landscape may change the frequency and intensity of burning. Such widespread burning, while not necessarily immediately hazardous, can have a strong impact on climate, human health, and natural resources."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13702]

2006 - More Charged / Iraq Rape & Murder Case  - July 10th, 2006: "4 troops charged in rape, killings / They conspired with a former soldier [Steven D. Green] to commit the offenses against civilians at a home south of Baghdad, according to an affidavit." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, Spc. James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman and Pfc. Bryan L. Howard are accused of rape and murder and several other charges. They could face the death penalty if convicted. [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article (U.S. military identifies soldiers charged with rape, murder of Iraqi civilians), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Rife with Abuse & Corruption? / Iraqi Police Force - July 10th, 2006: "Iraqi police force rife with abuse, corruption, documants show / Papers reveal death at the hands of officers is frighteningly common." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Solomon Moore, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - May Have Violated the Law / White House Secrecy - July 10th, 2006: "A high-ranking Republican suggested Sunday [07/09/06] that the White House might have broken the law by failing to inform Congress of a 'major' intelligence program and other undercover activities. The allegation came from Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He complained that he had received a briefing on several intelligence programs only after learning of them from a whistle-blower. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (GOP congressman says secrecy may have violated law), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/10/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 11th, 2006: "Stocks rose Monday [07/10/06], buoyed by the prospect that corporate earnings grew more than 10 percent for the 12th consecutive quarter and by several mergers. The advance was pared after EMC Corp. said second-quarter sales and profit were below its forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Died / Kathy Augustine - July 11th, 2006: "Nevada's impeached state controller [Kathy Augustine] died Tuesday [07/11/06] after having a heart attack over the weekend, a hospital spokesman said." [Based on: News Services article (Impeached state official dies of heart attack), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Tobacco Deaths? / 21st Century - July 11th, 2006: "[....] If current trends hold, tobacco alone is predicted to kill a billion people this century - 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century. [....]" [Based on: A.P article (1 billion will die from tobacco) by Andrew Bridges, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Meets Recruiting Goal / U.S. Army - July 11th, 2006: "Army [U.S.A.] meets recruiting goal for 13th straight month" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Beginning / Kosovo War Crimes Trial - July 11th, 2006: "Four months after the death of Slobodan Milosevic, the trial of six of his top aides opened Monday [07/10/06], beginning a process that may finally render a verdict on the sweep of Serbia's actions during the 1999 war in Kosovo. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Kosovo war crimes trial begins for 6 in Milosevic's inner circle), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Suggests Drugs-Taliban Link / Donald Rumsfeld - July 11th, 2006: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday [07/10/06] that a flourishing drug trade in Afghanistan might be helping to fuel a Taliban resurgence, potentially undermining the young Afghan democracy. [....] Rumsfeld said intelligence information indicated that the Taliban had taken a share of drug profits in exchange for providing protection. He did not offer specifics or elaborate. The defense secretary also said the bulk of the demand for heroin and other drugs supplied by Afghanistan was largely in Europe and Russia. He called on Europeans to do more to help fight the problem." [Based on: A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

*Trivia: "A UN team confirmed that the Taliban had nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan." [Based on: News Article, 02/15/01]

2006 - Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski / Poland - July 11th, 2006: "The president of Poland appointed his identical twin [Jaroslaw Kaczynski] as prime minister Monday [07/10/06], putting the country's most powerful jobs in the hands of 57-year-olds with virtually the same round faces, silver crops of hair and conservative outlooks. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (President appoints twin as prime minister), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Moved to Election Season? / Guantanamo Issue - July 11th, 2006: "The Senate is unlikely to take up legislation addressing the legal rights of terrorism suspects until after Congress' August recess, Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Monday [07/10/06]" [Based on: News Services article (Guantanamo issue pushed into election season), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Prevents Macular Degeneration? / Eating Fish - July 11th, 2006: "Eating fish prevents a leading cause of blindness, 2 more studies suggest / One finds that older men who ate fish twice a week had a 36 percent lower risk of macular degeneration." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Four 500-Pound Bombs / Southern Afghanistan - July 11th, 2006: "U.S. warplane [B-1B Lancer bomber] attacks hide-out [09/10/06] in Afghanistan [with four 500-pound GBU-38 bombs]  / More than 40 militants are reported killed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 - Legal Search & Seizure? / Office of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson - July 11th, 2006: "Judge [Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan] upholds [07/10/06] search of congressman's [Rep. William Jefferson's] office" [Based on: Title for A.P article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 12th, 2006: "Stocks ended higher Tuesday [07/11/06] as some investors said it still was too early to write off the second-quarter earnings season after a revenue miss from Dow Jones industrials component Alcoa Inc. and a profit warning from Lucent Technologies Inc. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article (Investors look past Alcoa's disappointing earnings), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Reported Loss / Delphi Corp. - July 12th, 2006: "Delphi Corp., General Motors Corp.'s largest parts supplier, reported a $2.4 billion loss for 2005 in a delayed annual report filed Tuesday [07/11/06] with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [....]" [Based on: Article (Delphi reports loss of $2.4 billion for 2005), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Trivia / Canadian Drugs, U.S.A. - July 12th, 2006: "Senate [U.S.A.] crafts loophole for Canadian drugs" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Train Bombing / Bombay, India - July 12th, 2006: "Eight bombs exploded in first-class compartments of packed Bombay commuter trains Tuesday [07/11/06], killing 190 people and wounding hundreds in a well-coordinated attack on the heart of a city that embodies India's global ambitions. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Blasts kill at least 190 on trains in India), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Source of CIA Leak? / Karl Rove - July 12th, 2006:

   Columnist Robert Novak said publicly for the first time Tuesday [07/11/06] that White House political adviser Karl Rove was a source for his story outing CIA officer Valerie Plame.
   In a column to be released today [07/12/06], Novak also says his recollection of his conversation with Rove differs from what the Rove camp has said.
   "I have revealed Rove's name because his attorney has divulged the substance of our conversation, though in a form different from my recollection," Novak wrote. Novak did not elaborate.
   A spokesman for Rove's legal team, Mark Corallo, said that Rove did not even know Plame's name at the time Rove spoke with Novak, that the columnist called Rove, not the other way around, and that Rove simply said he had heard the same information that Novak passed along to him regarding Plame.
   "There was not much of a difference" between the recollection of Rove and Novak, said Corallo.
   Novak said he is talking now because special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald told the columnist's lawyer that after 2 1/2 years, the investigation of the CIA leak case concerning matters directly relating to Novak has been concluded.
   [....]
   The White House denied Rove played any role in the leaking of Plame's CIA identity, and Novak, with his decision to talk to prosecutors, steered clear of potentially being held in contempt of court and jailed. Novak said he had declined to go public at Fitzgerald's request.

[Based on: A.P. article (Novak says Rove was source in CIA leak case) by Pete Yost, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Israeli Airstrike / Northern Gaza - July 12th, 2006: "Israelis destroy home of militant [Hamas activist Dr. Nabil al-Salmiah / 07/12/06], killing 6 [including two children]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Train Derailment / Chicago Subway - July 12th, 2006: "Train derailment [07/11/06] forces evacuation of subway" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Fallen Ceiling Slabs / Boston Tunnel - July 12th, 2006: "Boston tunnel ceiling slabs fall [07/11/06], kill 1" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Hacked Computers / U.S. State Department Computers - July 12th, 2006: "The State Department is recovering from large-scale computer break-ins worldwide over the past several weeks that appeared to target its headquarters and offices dealing with China and North Korea, The Associated Press has learned. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Hackers got into State Dept. computers), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Urges Shutdown of Guantanamo Prison / U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin - July 12th, 2006: "Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday [07/11/06] that the United States should move immediately to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, calling the controversial jail 'bleak, barren and hotter than the hinges of hell.' [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Durbin urges shutdown of Guantanamo prison), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Entitled to Geneva Convention Protections / U.S. Military Detainees - July 12th, 2006: "In a major reversal of a keystone policy in its war on terrorism, the Bush administration announced Tuesday [07/11/06] that all detainees in U.S. military custody, including those at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to Geneva Convention protections that prohibit humiliating treatment and torture. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. extends geneva rights to detainees) by Carol Rosenberg & Margaret Talev, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/12/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 13th, 2006: "Stocks suffered their biggest losses in a month Wednesday [07/12/06] as concern that Dell Inc. will lower prices to revive sales sent technology shares tumbling. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks dive after Dell plans pricing announcement), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Test Spacecraft / U.S.A. - July 13th, 2006: "An experimental inflatable spacecraft bankrolled by real estate magnate Robert Bigelow rocketed into orbit Wednesday [07/12/06] to test technology that could be used to fulfill his dream of building a commercial space station. The Genesis I satellite was carried aloft by a converted ballistic missle from Russia's southern Ural Mountains. The satellite was boosted about 320 miles above Earth minutees after launch, according to the Russian Strategic Missle Forces. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Company launches test spacecraft), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Wildfires Trivia / California - July 13th, 2006: "Several fires were burning in California on July 12, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image [see link]. The places where MODIS detected active fire are marked in red. In the south, the Sawtooth Fire and the Millard Fire are burning close together at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains at the margin of the Mojave Desert. To the north, the Canyon Fire is burning to the east of San Jose in the Diablo Range Mountains. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13706]

2006 - Israeli Airstrikes / Gaza Strip - July 13th, 2006: "[....] At least 23 Palestinians were killed Wednesday [07/12/06] in Gaza. And an Israeli airstrike early Thursday destroyed the building housing the Hamas-contriolled Palestinian Foreign Ministry, injuring 13 people. Nine members of one family were killed in Wednesday's airstrike, when an Israeli F-16 dropped a quarter-ton bomb on a home in a crowdwd Gaza City neighborhood. Israel's air force targeted the two-story house of Nabil Abu Salmiyeh, a Hamas activist and university lecturer, after getting information that the leaders of Hamas' military wing, responsible for the  abduction of an Israeli soldier on June 25, were meeting there. Palestinian security officials said seven or eight top Hamas officials were present. The blast wounded 37 people, three critically, said Health Minister Bassem Naim. [....] Abu Salmiyeh, his wife, and seven of his nine children, ages 4-18, all died. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli airstrike catches top Hamas militants - and family members), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / Space Shuttle Repair - July 13th, 2006: "Two spacewalkers sheepishly lost a spatula in orbit Wednesday [07/12/06]. But the two accomplished their main task of testing a method to apply emergency patches to a shuttle heat shield - and then some." [Based on: A.P. article (To repair shuttles heat shield, flip spatula of goo), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Arrested / Lord Levy, Britain - July 13th, 2006: "Key political ally of Blair [Lord Levy] is arrested [07/12/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Israeli Airstrikes / Beirut, Lebanon - July 13th, 2006: "A new clash between Israel and Islamic militants threatened to grow into a broader and deadlier regional conflict on Wednesday [07/12/06] after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a coordinated assault along the Israel-Lebanon border. Early today, explosions hit the runways at Beirut's international airport. Police and airport officials said the explosions resulted from Israeli airstrikes. Two incoming flights were diverted, the Associated Press said, and the airport was closed to traffic. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the militant Islamic group's action an 'act of war' backed by the Lebanese government. Because Syria and Iran both support Hezbollah, the United States accused those two nations of being behind the attack. 'I think we are at the beginning phase of the next Middle Eastern war, which is Israel against fundamentalist Islam,' said Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at The Shalem Center policy institute in Jerusalem. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (War on two fronts), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

*Trivia: http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/85920-0/

2006 - Hurricane Bud / Coast of Mexico - July 13th, 2006: "Hurricane Bud formed in the eastern Pacific on July 10, 2006 off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The tropical depression gathered power and size rapidly as it traveled northwesterly over the next several days, roughly parallel to, but well away from, the Mexican coast. The tropical depression was upgraded to tropical storm status and given the name Bud around midnight (local time) on July 11, and Bud was upgraded again to hurricane status only a few hours later. After a brief hiccup when it lost power and slipped back to storm status, Bud intensified over the next several days, reaching Caterogory Three status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale by the morning of July 13. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13708]

2006 - Hurricane Carlotta / Coast of Mexico - July 13th, 2006: "Hurricane Carlotta formed in the eastern Pacific on July 11, 2006 off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The tropical depression gradually gathered power and size as it traveled northwesterly over the next several days, roughly parallel to, but well away from, the Mexican coast. The tropical depression was upgraded to tropical storm status and given the name Carlotta on July 12, and the storm was upgraded again to hurricane status the morning of the next day. Forecasts as of July 13 predicted that Carlotta would continue to intensify and track westerly to northwesterly out further from the Pacific coast of Mexico without making landfall or posing any significant storm threats on land. The track of the hurricane roughly mimics that of Hurricane Bud nearby which formed a day earlier and is also tracking westerly out to sea. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13707]

2006 - Trivia / Wheat & Corn Prices, U.S.A. - July 13th, 2006: "Wheat and corn prices [U.S.A.] are highest since '96" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Eruption / Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador - July 13th, 2006: "When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture on July 17 [see link], 2006, Tungurahua Volcano was ejecting gas and ash for the fourth consecutive day. This burst of activity proved to be the volcano’s most powerful since 1999, according to Reuters. Besides volcanic ash and gas, the volcano produced molten rock that set fire to local vegetation. By July 18, the volcano’s activity had blocked roads, ruined bridges, covered nearby villages in ash, killed livestock, and prompted evacuations. Despite fears for their own safety, however, some villagers returned home to salvage some of their property. The BBC provided photos of the event on July 16, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13716]

2006 - Tribal Suit / Jack Abramoff & Ralph Reed - July 13th, 2006: "East Texas tribe [Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas] sues Abramoff, Ralph Reed [07/12/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Sent to Security Council / Iran Nuclear Issue - July 13th, 2006: "Iran nuclear issue sent to U.N. Security Council" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Cheney Criticism Dismissed / Vladimir Putin - July 13th, 2006: "President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday [07/12/06] that Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of Russia was 'an unsuccessful hunting shot.' Putin's caustic comment underlined the tension ahead of the Group of Eight summit meeting this weekend. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Putin dismisses criticism from Cheney with snide remark on hunting accident), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Expected to End? / U.S. Army Halliburton Contract - July 13th, 2006: "The Army plans to overhaul a logistics contract that has paid a single company - Halliburton - more than $15 billion since late 2001. [....] If the plans are carried through, Halliburton's contract will end, and the tasks it does will be divided among as many as four companies. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Halliburton's lucrative contract with Army expected to end), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 07/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2006: "Stocks ended sharply lower Thursday [07/13/06], with the Nasdaq composite index at a nine-month low and the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 100 points for a second straight session, after oil prices hit a record high following a fresh escalation in Middle East tensions." [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

2006 - U.S. Going Bankrupt? - July 14th, 2006:

The United States is heading for bankruptcy, according to an extraordinary paper published by one of the key members of the country's central bank.

A ballooning budget deficit and a pensions and welfare timebomb could send the economic superpower into insolvency, according to research by Professor Laurence Kotlikoff for the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, a leading constituent of the US Federal Reserve.

Prof Kotlikoff said that, by some measures, the US is already bankrupt. "To paraphrase the Oxford English Dictionary, is the United States at the end of its resources, exhausted, stripped bare, destitute, bereft, wanting in property, or wrecked in consequence of failure to pay its creditors," he asked.

According to his central analysis, "the US government is, indeed, bankrupt, insofar as it will be unable to pay its creditors, who, in this context, are current and future generations to whom it has explicitly or implicitly promised future net payments of various kinds''.

The budget deficit in the US is not massive. The Bush administration this week cut its forecasts for the fiscal shortfall this year by almost a third, saying it will come in at 2.3pc of gross domestic product. This is smaller than most European countries - including the UK - which have deficits north of 3pc of GDP.

Prof Kotlikoff, who teaches at Boston University, says: "The proper way to consider a country's solvency is to examine the lifetime fiscal burdens facing current and future generations. If these burdens exceed the resources of those generations, get close to doing so, or simply get so high as to preclude their full collection, the country's policy will be unsustainable and can constitute or lead to national bankruptcy.

"Does the United States fit this bill? No one knows for sure, but there are strong reasons to believe the United States may be going broke."

Experts have calculated that the country's long-term "fiscal gap" between all future government spending and all future receipts will widen immensely as the Baby Boomer generation retires, and as the amount the state will have to spend on healthcare and pensions soars. The total fiscal gap could be an almost incomprehensible $65.9 trillion, according to a study by Professors Gokhale and Smetters.

The figure is massive because President George W Bush has made major tax cuts in recent years, and because the bill for Medicare, which provides health insurance for the elderly, and Medicaid, which does likewise for the poor, will increase greatly due to demographics.

Prof Kotlikoff said: "This figure is more than five times US GDP and almost twice the size of national wealth. One way to wrap one's head around $65.9 trillion is to ask what fiscal adjustments are needed to eliminate this red hole. The answers are terrifying. One solution is an immediate and permanent doubling of personal and corporate income taxes. Another is an immediate and permanent two-thirds cut in Social Security and Medicare benefits. A third alternative, were it feasible, would be to immediately and permanently cut all federal discretionary spending by 143pc."

The scenario has serious implications for the dollar. If investors lose confidence in the US's future, and suspect the country may at some point allow inflation to erode away its debts, they may reduce their holdings of US Treasury bonds.

Prof Kotlikoff said: "The United States has experienced high rates of inflation in the past and appears to be running the same type of fiscal policies that engendered hyperinflations in 20 countries over the past century."

Paul Ashworth, of Capital Economics, was more sanguine about the coming retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. "For a start, the expected deterioration in the Federal budget owes more to rising per capita spending on health care than to changing demographics," he said.

"This can be contained if the political will is there. Similarly, the expected increase in social security spending can be controlled by reducing the growth rate of benefits. Expecting a fix now is probably asking too much of short-sighted politicians who have no incentives to do so. But a fix, or at least a succession of patches, will come when the problem becomes more pressing."

[Based on: Article (US 'could be going bankrupt') By Edmund Conway, Economics Editor (Filed: 14/07/2006) - see link]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2006/07/14/cnusa14.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/
money/2006/07/14/ixcity.html

2006 - Organic Foods / Wal-Mart - July 14th, 2006: "Wal-Mart pushes organics in food fight / Retailer hopes shoppers bite on marketing campaign amid grocery chains' efforts to defend their turf." [Based on: Title for S.L.P.D. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

2006 - 7th Mad Cow Case / Canada - July 14th, 2006: "The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed Thursday [07/13/06] that a dairy cow tested positive for mad cow disease. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Food agency confirms 7th case of mad cow), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

2006 - Oil Pipeline / Caspian Sea to Europe - July 14th, 2006: "The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia formally opened a pipeline Thursday [07/13/06] designed to bypass Russia and bring Caspian oil to Europe, a route that President George W. Bush said would bolster global energy security. The United States staunchly supported the 1,100-mile, $3.9 billion pipeline  as part of a strategy to tap sources of crude outside the Middle East and draw the Caspian states away from Russia and closer to the West." [Based on: News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

2006 - Escalating Attacks / Israel & Hezbollah - July 14th, 2006: "Israeli warplanes targeted Lebanon's main airport, highways, military bases and other sites Thursday [07/13/06] and early today. The bombs and shells retaliated for scores of Hezbollah guerrilla rockests that rained down on Israel. For the first time, the rockets reached as far south as Haifa, Israel's third-largest city. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel, Hezbollah escalate attacks), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

*Trivia: "President George W. Bush said Thursday [07/13/06] that Israel's attacks in Lebanon were justified - but worried they could weaken or topple the fragile Lebanese government. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel's attacks justified, Bush says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - Cheney, Rove & Libby Lawsuit / Valerie Plame - July 14th, 2006: "Ex-CIA operative [Valerie Plame] sues Cheney, Rove and Libby over leak" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/14/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 15th, 2006: "Stocks tumbled Friday [07/14/06] after retail sales and consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped and General Electric Co.'s earnings failed to beat estimates, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst week in 15 months. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks plunge with disappointing economic news, GE results), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - Set Ablaze / Israeli Warship - July 15th, 2006: "Hezbollah rammed and set ablaze an Israeli warship with an unmanned aircraft rigged with explosives Friday [07/14/06]. Four Israeli sailors were reported missing. The ship [an Israeli missle war ship]  was hit after Israeli warplanes destroyed the headquarters of the Islamic guerrilla group's leader. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Unmanned Hezbollah plane hits Israeli ship), p. A27, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

*Trivia: "Bush won't pressure Israel for a cease-fire" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Terence Hunt, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - Red vs. Red Jr. / Planet Jupiter - July 15th, 2006: "Jupiter's Great Red Spot and Red Jr. are bumping into each other this week. So far, 'the great storms are surviving just fine,' reports Don Parker of Coral Gables, Florida, who took this picture on July 15th: [see link]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [07/17/06]

2006 - Sectarian Attacks / Baghdad, Iraq - July 15th, 2006: "Bombs and mortar shells struck Shiite and Sunni mosques in the Baghdad area Friday [07/14/06]" [Based on: A.P. article (Sectarian attacks claim more lives at Baghdad mosques), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - G-8 Summit / St. Petersburg, Russia - July 15th, 2006: "Middle East issue separates Bush from other leaders at G-8 summit [07/15/06] / Prime ministers find fault with Israel's violent actions; Bush offers justification for it." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

*Trivia: "President George W. Bush blocked Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization on Saturday [07/15/06], and President Vladimir Putin mockingly said Moscow doesn't want the kind of violence-plagued democracy the United States has fostered in Iraq. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush, Putin trade barbs, but without malice / The U.S. president blocks Russia's entry to the WTO, and his Russian counterpart chides Bush's comment on democracy.), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / India & Pakistan - July 15th, 2006: "India pushes Pakistan to rein in terrorists / Speaking in Bombay, prime minister warns relations between two countries are at risk." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

*Trivia: "A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the home of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Friday [07/14/06], killing the cleric and a bodyguard and triggering a riot in this southern Pakistani city [Karachi, Pakistan]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - "Thou Shalt Not Criticize The State Of Israel" - July 15th, 2006:

The "PRIME DIRECTIVE" has been slavishly obeyed over many decades by America's Major "News" Media, Congresses (Democrats AND Republicans), White Houses - and "Christian"-Zionist zealots (who outwardly claim to be followers of the "Prince of Peace" - but support ANY warfare and slaughter they naively think might BENEFIT their cherished "State of Israel"). With members of America's major media is the real threat that: "Those who foolishly dare criticize Israel swiftly lose their jobs."

Apparently assured complete immunity from any American government and media criticism, the giant over-armed Jewish "ELEPHANT" (world's fourth largest conventional military with 5,000+ tanks and home-flattening bulldozers, with 40,000 Palestinian homes flattened to date) continues to crush lightly armed or unarmed middle east "mice" using Israel's decades-honed tactic of massive STATE TERRORISM attacks, collectively punishing and terrorizing entire populations. [....]

[Based on: rense.com article ('Thou Shalt Not Criticize The State Of Israel' / The Zionist 'Prime Directive' For Obedient Americans.) Commentary By Dick Fojut, 07/15/06]

*Link: http://www.rense.com/general72/thou.htm

2006 - Syrian-Iranian Role? / Capture of Israeli Soldiers - July 15th, 2006: "Many see Syrian, Iranian role in capture of Israeli soldiers" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - Computer Glitch / Internal Revenue Service, U.S.A. - July 15th, 2006: "The Internal Revenue Service cost the government $200 million to $300 million this year because a computer program that screens tax returns for fraudulent refunds wasn't operating. The IRS has stopped only 34 percent of the fraudulent refund claims that it had caught by this time last year, the IRS said." [Based on: News Services article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 07/15/06]

2006 - Wildfires / California - July 16th, 2006: "California firefighters struggle [07/15/06] to contain blazes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

2006 - U.N. Sanctions? / North Korea - July 16th, 2006: "The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday [07/15/06] to impose limited sanctions on North Korea for its recent missle tests and demanded that the reclusive communist nation suspend its ballistic missle program. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.N. unanimously backs sanctions on North Korea), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

2006 - Heavy Israeli Airstrikes / Beirut, Lebanon - July 16th, 2006: "Warplanes bombed Beirut's southern suburbs for hours early Sunday [07/15/06], a day after Hezbollah missles landed deeper inside Israel and Israel staged the heaviest airstrikes yet in the four-day-old conflict. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli air force pounds Lebanon), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Bilis / Southeast China Coast - July 16th, 2006: "Tropical storm Bilis killed at least 42 people and injured hundreds as it crossed China's southeast, the government's main news agency reported Sunday. [....]" [Based on: News Serrvices article (Tropical storm hits China's southeast), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

*Trivia: "Tropical storm Bilis killed at least 154 people and injured hundreds as it pounded China's southeast, toppling houses and forcing the evacuation of a prison and thousands of villages, reports said Sunday [07/16/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Serrvices article (Storm kills 154; thousands of villages are evacuated), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/16/06]

*Trivia: "Death toll in China from tropical storm rises to at least 523" [Based on: title for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

*Trivia: "[....] ... Tropical storm Billis killed more than 600 people last month [July 2006]." [Based on: A.P. article (Powerful Typhoon [Saomai] lashes China), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/11/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Atacama, Chile - July 16th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:42:45 (UTC) on Sunday, July 16th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: OFFSHORE ATACAMA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqfah.php] - [06/16/06]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Northern Iraq - July 17th, 2006: "Suicide bomber strikes cafe [07/16/06], killing 26 in northern Iraq" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/17/06]

2006 - Presidential Protest March / Mexico - July 17th, 2006: "[....] Police officials from the pro-Lopez Obrador city government said as many as 900,000 people had taken part. On the ground, the crowd appeared to be much smaller, though still vast. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mexicans take recount push to the streets / Hundreds of thousands rally for leftist presidential candidate.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/17/06]

2006 - Anti-Taliban Offensive / Afghanistan - July 17th, 2006: "[....] More than 10,000 soldiers have fanned out across southern mountain ranges, desert plains and opium fields to crush the Taliban in the largest military operation in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Coalition sees no end to anti-Taliban offensive), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/17/06]

2006 - Mysterious Power Outage / New York - July 17th, 2006: "Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were still without power Friday [07/21/06], the fifth day of a mysterious electrical problem that has [< typo?] blamed for subway delays, flight cancellations and dead air conditioners during the hottest week of the year. Power company Con Edison initially said fewer than 2,000 customers were affected, but it increased that number tenfold Friday morning to 25,000 customers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated that would translate to about 100,000 people considering that each 'customer' could be more than one household in an area where homes are often sectioned into multiple units, and could even be an entire apartment building. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown issued a statement Friday saying his staff was conducting a review to determine whether criminal charges are warranted." [Based on: News Services article (Power outage extends its reach), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / Turkey and Kurdistan - July 17th, 2006: "Turkey said Sunday [07/16/06] that it was weighing an escalation of its fight against Kurdish rebels after the guerrillas killed seven Turkish soldiers and a village guard." [Based on: News Services article (Turkey could escalate fight against Kurds), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/17/06]

2006 - Continuing Conflict / Israel & Lebanon - July 17th, 2006: "No sign of letup in Mideast fighting / 8 Israelis killed by Hezbollah rockets; Lebanon is hit with widespread attack." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/17/06]

2006 - Major Earthquake / South of Java, Indonesia - July 17th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:19:25 (UTC) on Monday, July 17th, 2006. The magnitude 7.7 event has been located @: SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqgaf.php] - [06/17/06]

*Trivia: "Tsunami in Indonesia kills at least 262; scores missing / Wave of more than 6 feet is launched by earthquake." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

*Trivia: "Rumors of another tsunami start mass panic at Indonesian resort / Death toll from this week's disaster surpasses 530." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

*Trivia: "Tsunami death toll increasses to 659" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

*Trivia: "More than 40 earthquakes [5.0 or above] were recorded for the Indonesia region between the dates of July 17th and July 23rd, 2006 [see link]."

*Link: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_big.php

2006 - Strong Earthquake / South of Java, Indonesia - July 17th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:13:05 (UTC) on Monday, July 17th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqgal.php] - [06/17/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Java, Indonesia - July 17th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:09:07 (UTC) on Monday, July 17th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqgan.php] - [06/17/06]

2006 - Lebanon Exodus - July 18th, 2006: "Westeners fled by land, sea and air Monday [07/17/06] as Israel sent soldiers into Lebanon briefly and Hezbollah rockets razed a house in northern Israel. Early today, Israeli planes again pounded Hezbollah's stronghold in south Beirut, along with an area near Beirut's airport. Four major blasts shook the city. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Lebanon exodus grows amid war), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 18th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell for a fourth day on Monday [07/17/06], the longest losing streak since March, after Citigroup Inc.'s earnings trailed some estimates and fighting intensified in the Middle East. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article (Standard & Poor's 500 losing streak extends to fourth day), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attack / Iraq - July 18th, 2006: "Assault with gunfire, grenades kills at least 50 at Iraqi market [07/17/06] / Most victims are Shiites. Lawmakers criticize the performance of security forces." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Oil Spill / Savannah, Georgia - July 18th, 2006: "An oil spill shut down a 12-mile stretch of the Savannah River and part of the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday [07/17/06], with oil visible from the Savannah area to the Atlantic beaches of Tybee Island. The Coast Guard estimated that 5,000 gallons had been spilled. Coast Guard crews were using large booms to try to corral and trap the oil, first reported at 6:40 a.m. The river runs along the Georgia-South Carolina line and is used by ships to access the Port of Savannah." [Based on: News Services article (Oil spill shuts down several miles of river), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Militant Attacks / Afghanistan - July 18th, 2006: "Taliban militants seized two towns [Naway-i-Barakzayi & Garmser, both in Helmand province] in tumultous southern Afghanistan, forcing police and government officials to flee, officials said Monday [07/17/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Taliban militants seize two southern towns), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

*Trivia: "The second of two towns seized by the Taliban went back into government hands Wednesday [07/19/06] with relatively little bloodshed after more than 1,000 U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops swept into the area. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Coalition forces take back another town), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Will Invest in Britain / Ford Motor Co. - July 18th, 2006: "Ford will invest $1.84 billion in Britain to develop hybrids / Reports have company shooting for production of 70 mpg Focus." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Beryl / Carolina Coast - July 18th, 2006: "Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, formed off the Carolinas early in the day on July 18. Initially, the developing system was designated “TD #2” as the second tropical depression in 2006 to form in the Atlantic. TD #2 moved northward and slowly strengthened, becoming Tropical Storm Beryl by that evening. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13720]

2006 - Cruise Ship Rolled / The Crown Princess - July 18th, 2006: "Investigators examine cruise ship [The Crown Princess] that rolled [15 degrees to its right - 07/18/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

*Trivia: "Human error caused ship [Crown Princess] to tilt, cruise line says" [Based on: Title for News Services, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Memory Spot Chip / Hewlett-Packard Co. - July 18th, 2006: "Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest printer maker, said it has developed a wireless chip the size of a rice grain that makes it possible to include text, audio, video and digital photographs with any object. The Memory Spot chip can transfer data at a rate of 10 megabits per second using an in-built antenna and can store as much as 4 megabits of data, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard said in a statement Monday [07/17/06]." [Based on: Article (H-P develops new chip), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Hurricane Daniel / Eastern Pacific Ocean - July 18th, 2006: "Hurricane Daniel formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean on July 16, 2006, off the Mexican coast south of Baja California. The tropical depression strengthened to storm status in the next day, and as the fourth storm in the Eastern Pacific, was named Daniel. By early morning on July 18, winds in the storm reached 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour), bringing Daniel to hurricane strength, just as the previous three storms of the Eastern Pacific had already done in 2006. Like most hurricanes that form in this region, Daniel tracked out into the Pacific farther away from land. It headed east-northeast, where there is little in the way of barriers to its gathering strength, but also little prospect for it to strike inhabited areas. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13722]

2006 - Renault-Nissan Alliance? / General Motors Corp. - July 18th, 2006: "Renault-Nissan alliance with GM will take much study / General Motors has already saved greatly from plans in place." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 19th, 2006: "Stocks ended higher Tuesday [07/18/06], helped by a retreat in crude-oil prices and some solid earnings reports from United Technologies and Coca-Cola among others, but the volatile situation in the Middle East combined with unsettling inflation and housing data left investors in an uncertain frame of mind. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Three-Year Birth Control / U.S.A. - July 19th, 2006: "[....] Unlike Norplant and its six tiny rods, Implanon is a single rod, just 1.5 inches long. Once injected under the skin of the upper arm, Implanon provides 99 percent effective contraceptive protection for up to three years. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Implant offers 3-year birth control), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Middle East - July 19th, 2006: "This time, U.S. wants hostilities to play out / Bush plan: Let Israel punish Hezbollah while Washington pressures Syria and Iran." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Floods & Landslides / North Korea - July 19th, 2006: "More than 100 people are dead or missing in North Korea because of floods and landslides, an aid group operating there said. The International Federation of Red Cross and red Crescent Societies said in a statement that heavy rain had caused flash floods that destroyed or damaged 11,524 houses, leaving more than 9,000 families homeless." [Based on: News Services article (Thousands homeless after floods, landslides), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Porn Violations / Ex-NASA Manager - July 19th, 2006: "A former senior NASA manager pleaded guilty of distributing child pornography from his government and home computers, federal prosecutors said Tuesday [07/18/06]. [....] Robinson [James R. Robinson] entered his guilty plea at a court hearing Monday [07/17/06]. Sentencing is set for Oct. 13." [Based on: News Services article (Ex-NASA manager admits porn violations), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Sunda Strait, Indonesia - July 19th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:57:37 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqia3.php] - [06/19/06]

2006 - Postal Service Resumed / Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans - July 19th, 2006: "U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Wayne Treaudo delivers mail Tuesday [07/18/06] to the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Monday [07/17/06] was the first day of mail service there since Hurricane Katrina struck almost 11 months ago." [Based on: Getty Images picture article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Rejects Gay Marriage Ban / U.S. House of Representatives - July 19th, 2006: "U.S. House rejects ban [236-178] on gay marriage [07/18/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Blocked Eavesdropping Probe / President George W. Bush - July 19th, 2006: "President George W. Bush personally blocked the Justice Deaprtment's investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday [07/18/06]. Bush refused to grant security clearances for department investigators who were looking into the role Justice Department lawyers played in crafting the program, the National Security Agency listens in on telephone calls and reads e-mail without court approval, Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Without access to the sensitive programs, the department's Office of Professional Responsibility, or OPR, closed its investigations in April. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush blocked eavesdropping probe, Gonzales says), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/19/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - July 19th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:48:58 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqia8.php] - [06/19/06]

2006 - Heat Wave / Europe - July 20th, 2006: "Lions licked blood-flavored ice blocks in the zoo, judges went wigless in court and guards at Buckingham Pallace ducked into the shade. Britain faced the hottest day ever recorded in July on Wednesday [07/19/06] as a heat wave swept much of Europe. Temperatures hit 96.6 degrees south of London - so hot that some road surfaces melted. Two people died in Spain as temperatures climbed above 104 degrees, while officials in France said as many as nine people who died recently were believed to be victims of the heat. [....] London's underground has no air conditioning and the newspaper the Evening Standard measured temperatures in the train system at 117 degrees. Operator Transport for Loindon takes no measurements but did not dispute the figure. [....] Elsewhere in Europe, temperatures at 4 p.m., when daytime measurements generally peak, registered 95 degrees in Berlin, 93.9 in Brussels, Belgium, and 95.5 in the Dutch city of Utrecht." [Based on: A.P. article (Heat melts streets, knocks the wigs off British judges), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 20th, 2006: "Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Wednesday [07/19/06] touched off the biggest one-day rally in stocks this month by hinting the central bank is almost done raising interest rates." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bernanke hints the Dow to a 212-point rally), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Coronal Mass Ejection - July 20th, 2006: "Two days ago [07/20/06] on the sun, a magnetic filament snapped. The resulting explosion hurled a CME into space and sent beautiful waves of energy surging through the sun's atmosphere. The CME might strike a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on July 23rd, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm. Northern sky watchers should be alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [07/22/06]

*Trivia: "The coronal mass ejection that was supposed to hit Earth this weekend didn't. It missed. There were no geomagnetic storms or auroras." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [07/24/06]

2006 - Executive Bonuses / Delphi Corp. - July 20th, 2006: "Delphi allowed to give $60 million in bonuses" [Based on: Article Title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Family Murder / Southern Iraq - July 20th, 2006: "Assailants slit the throats of a mother and her three children Wednesday [07/19/06] in southern Iraq, where the family had fled to escape threats that they had cooperated with the Americans. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (5 family members slain in Iraq), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Trivia / Alzheimer's Treatments - July 20th, 2006: "[....] The patch, which infuses the drug Exelon through patients' skin, headlines a trio of innovative potential treatments unveiled Wednesday [07/19/06] at an Alzheimer's meeting in Spain. Also under study are a prostate cancer drug that may help dementia, too, and an immune therapy to ward off the sticky gunk that is Alzheimer's brain-clogging hallmark. [....] There is no known cure or prevention; today's drugs only temporarily treat symptoms. Exelon does that by inhibiting the breakdown of a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which is vital for nerve cells to communicate with each other. [....] Two experimental treatments that aim to fight that plaque buildup: *Leuprolide, an anti-hormone drug currently used to treat prostate cancer and uterine disorders. *Antibodies, immune system cells created to soak up beta-amyloid so it can't clog." [Based on: A.P. article (Patch infuses Alzheimer's drug through patients' skin), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Violent Storms / Northeast U.S.A. - July 20th, 2006: Montclair, N.J. * "Thousands remained without power Wednesday [07/19/06] after a night [07/18/06] of violent storms across the Northeast that left two people dead, sparked a massive fire and shut down some rail service. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Violent storms leave two dead in Northeast), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Stem Cell Veto / George W. Bush - July 20th, 2006: "For Bush, stem cell veto [07/19/06] is issue of 'fundamental morals' " [Based on: Title for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Powerful Summer Storm / St. Louis Mo. - July 20th, 2006: "A powerful summer storm slammed into the St. Louis area Wednesday [07/19/06] evening, toppling buildings, street lights, tractor trailers and hundreds of trees. At least 490,000 customers lost power, Metrolink was shut down and just one-third of flights were getting in and out of Lambert Field. A few injuries were reported in the area, but no deaths were apparent. [....] The power outages will present a challenge to utility crews trying to get the power back on in temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees today [07/21/06]. Until Wednesday, the two biggest storms to hit the area in the last few years were in July 2004, when about 225,000 lost power, and in August last year, which affected about 250,000. It took AmerenUE crews four days to restore power to all customers in 2004 and five days last year. [....]" [Based on: Staff Reports article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

*Trivia: "Wednesday's severe storm spawned what officials say might have been a tornado at Jefferson Barracks and telegraph roads in south St. Louis County. The storm first developed over central Illinois late Wednesday afternoon and headed southwest through St. Louis. Mark Britt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, called the storm 'somewhat unique' because strong winds preceded the heavy rain, lightning and thunderstorms by 10 to 15 miles. He said the storm was 50 to 60 miles wide and fueled by scorching temperatures and high humidity. Today's high [07/21/06] might reach 100 degrees, with a 20 percent to 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening." [Based on: Article (Storm may have produced tornado), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Intensified Israeli Offensive / South Lebanon - July 20th, 2006: "Israel intensifies offensive into south Lebanon [07/19/06] / Warplanes flatten building [with 32 tons of explosives?] thought to hold Hezbollah's top leaders." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Lee Keath, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06] - [Brackets text added - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and combatants died in the summer war between Israel's army and Hezbollah guerrillas, according to tallies by government agencies, humanitarian groups and The Associated Press. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Lebanon lost more than 1,000 in war with Israel), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

*Trivia: "Israeli military prosecutors have decided not to take any legal action over Israel's use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, the army said Monday [12/24/07], closing an investigation into a practice that has drawn heavy criticism from the U.N. and international human rights groups. [NP] The investigation determined that Israel's use of the weapons, which open in flight and scatter dozens of bomblets, was a 'concrete military necessity' and did not violate international humanitarian law. [NP] The United nations and human rights groups have accused Israel of dropping about 4 million cluster bomblets during its 34-day war against the Hezbollah guerrilla group. They say as many as 1 million bomblets failed to explode and now endanger civilians." [Based on: Article (No legal action for army's use of cluster bombs), p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/24/07]

*Trivia: "A former Israeli defense official says the Israeli military used cluster bombs for two weeks in the 2006 Lebanon war without telling the Israeli government. [NP] Hagai Alon, an adviser to then-Defense Minister Amir Peretz, says the government learned of the cluster bomb use onlty when European countries raised the issue after the war. Alon spoke on Israel Radio on Saturday [07/19/08]. [NP] The military said in response that it updated the government on all issues throughout the war. [....] An Israeli war inquiry had raised questions about the army's use of the weapons [cluster bombs], noting a lack of 'operational discipline, oversight and control.' " [Based on: News Services article (JERUSALEM / Official adds to cluster bomb dispute), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/20/08]

2006 - Senate Approval / Water Projects Bill, U.S.A. - July 20th, 2006: "Senate OKs water projects bill with bounty for Missouri, Illinois / It includes $3.77 billion for lock-and-dam construction and for environmental restoration on rivers." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Close to Ending Rate Hikes? / U.S. Federal Reserve - July 20th, 2006: "Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled that a two-year campaign of raising interest rates may finally be coming to an end, triggering a huge rally on Wall Street. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Fed seems close to ending rate hikes), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Destined to Return? / Maori Heads, New Zealand - July 20th, 2006: "A Scottish university will return nine tatooed Maori heads to New Zealand, the school said Wednesday [07/19/06]. The preserved heads have been stored at Aberdeen University's Marischal Museum for more than a century. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Maori heads will be returned to New Zealand), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Struck Down / Maryland Health Care Spending Law, U.S.A. - July 20th, 2006: "Judge [U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz] strikes down Maryland health care spending law [07/19/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/20/06]

2006 - Died / Ta Mok - July 21st, 2006: "Former Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok dies [07/21/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 21st, 2006: "Wall Street retreated Thursday [07/20/06] as mixed earnings news and rising oil prices prompted investors to take profits from a sharp rally in the prior session. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investors pull back after Wednesday's big rally), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Ethiopian Troops / Somalia - July 21st, 2006: "U.S. urges restraint as Ethiopia sends in troops [to Somalia - 07/20/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

*Trivia: "Ethiopian soldiers enter another town in Somalia [07/22/06] / Deployment angers Islamic militia; peace talks end." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Energy Prices - July 21st, 2006: "Fed chief: Energy costs deliver one-two punch / Ben Bernanke tells lawmakers prices are cutting growth while sparking inflation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / E-Waste Rules, U.S.A. - July 21st, 2006: "[....] New e-waste rules: Under the new EPA rules, used computer terminals and TVs are not regulated as hazardous waste as long as they are: Clearly labled as to their contents. Safely transported in containers designed to minimize releases. Stored in buildings or in containers designed to minimize releases. [and] Kept at a site less than one year before being recycled. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (EPA relaxes rules to promote recycling of computers, TVs), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Violence Spikes / Baghdad, Iraq - July 21st, 2006: "Violence spikes in Baghdad / Extremists are preparing for major attack on capital, U.S. general says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Volcanic Activity / Mount Etna, Sicily - July 21st, 2006: "On July 21, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image [see link] as Sicily’s Mount Etna Volcano emitted a faint plume of volcanic ash that blew away from the summit, toward the southwest. Days earlier, the volcano sent lava into the air, according to a report from Telegraph.co.uk. While taking this picture, MODIS detected a hotspot, a place where surface temperatures are much higher than in the surrounding area. The hotspot appears as a red outline in this image. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13726]

2006 - Speaks to NAACP / President George W. Bush - July 21st, 2006: "Bush finally speaks to the NAACP [07/20/06]" [Based on: Title for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Charged in Stock Options Probe / Gregory Reyes - July 21st, 2006: "Former Brocade CEO [Gregory Reyes] is first charged [07/20/06] in options probe" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 07/21/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 22nd, 2006: "Stocks dropped Friday [07/21/06] after Dell Inc., the world's largest maker of personal computers, said profit and sales will miss analysts' estimates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A38, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Ongoing Hostilities / Iraq - July 22nd, 2006: "Iraqi forces, Sunni gunmen clash in Baghdad / Firefight kills at least 11. Separetly, U.S. soldiers kill five Iraqis, including civilians." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article ), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - NATO Expansion? / Afghanistan - July 22nd, 2006: "NATO expects to expand mission in Afghanistan [by year's end]" [Based on: Title for News Services article ), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Iraq Contracting Scheme? / U.S.A. - July 22nd, 2006: "Two former Pentagon officials [former acting Navy Secretary Hansford T. Johnson & former acting Navy Undersecretary Douglas Combs] have been accused of scheming with a suspended American contractor to get lucrative rebuilding contracts in Iraq. The contracting firm - Custer Battles LLC - was suspended two years ago by the armed forces for submitting millions of dollars in fake invoices. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Suit alleges 2 ex-Pentagon officials assisted in Iraq contracting scheme), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Settlement / General Electric Co. - July 22nd, 2006: "GE settles turbine parts [defective turbine parts] lawsuit for $11.5 million" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A36, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - No U.S. Probe? / Chinese Labor Practices - July 22nd, 2006: "Bush administration will not order probe into China's labor practices" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Another Damaging Storm! / St. Louis, Mo. - July 22nd, 2006: "The second punch was another ringer. A thunderstorm that pounded the area midday Friday [07/21/06] was a close copy of Wednesday's first roundhouse. The new storm brought the total 'to-do' list for repair crews back up to 570,000. As of 11 p.m. Friday, Ameren reported that 468,000 customers in the area remained without power. [....]" [Based on: Staff Reports article (Another knockout blow pushes number of powerless back up), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

*Trivia: "Mother nature dealt a major setback to Ameren Corp.'s power restoration efforts late Friday [07/21/06] morning when a second, vicious storm zapped the electricity of 200,000 customers in Missouri and Illinois. [....]" [Based on: Article (Second storm leaves Ameren reeling), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

*Trivia: "[....] A 36-inch water main broke about 9 p.m. Friday [07/21/06], causing violently rushing water to flood the basement of the St. Louis Science Center and forcing the closure of eastbound lanes of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) between Hampton Avenue and Kingshighway. 'The basement is flooding, and they're trying to save the exhibits,' said St. Louis police Sgt. William Kusmec. Oakland Avenue was also flooded. Some people who were still in the Science center had to be evacuated. [....]" [Based on: Article (Water main break floods Science Center / Eastbound lanes of Highway 40 shut down.), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

*Trivia: "State Farm reports 3,900 claims as of Monday [07/24/06], Allstate has 1,344" [Based on: Title for Article, by Rebecca Roussell, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Israeli Tanks & Troops / Lebanon Border - July 22nd, 2006: "Israel massed tanks and soldiers on the border Friday [07/21/06] as the army announced plans for a ground operation to destroy Hezbollah's tunnels, hideouts and weapons stashes. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article (Israeli soldiers, tanks gather at border), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - U.S. Soldiers Ordered to Kill All Military Age Males? / Iraq - July 22nd, 2006: "Soldiers tell of order to kill 'military-age males'  ['kill all military-age males,'] / Four are charged with murdering three men during raid in Iraq." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/22/06]

2006 - Sun in Leo - July 23rd, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Leo."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200607.html]

2006 - Israeli Invasion / Lebanon - July 23rd, 2006: "Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored personnel carriers knocked down a fence and barrled over the Lebanese border Saturday [07/22/06], seizing a village [Maroun al-Ras] from Hezbollah guerrillas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli troops seize village from Hezbollah), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

*Trivia: http://www.rense.com/general72/tnree.htm

2006 - Rash of Kidnappings / Haiti - July 23rd, 2006: "A rash of kidnappings has raised concern that well-armed, politically aligned street gangs are seeking to destabalize Haiti's new government. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Recent surge in kidnappings jolts Haiti's fragile security / Some say the gangs who abduct people are politically motivated.), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Power Remains Out / New York City - July 23rd, 2006: "The damage to a utility's underground network in the borough of Queens is greater than imagined, and the restoration of power may be delayed until early in the week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday [07/22/06]. [....] Severe thunderstorms hindered efforts Friday [07/21/06] to repair the series of unexplained electrical failures and knocked out some repaired circuits, Bloomberg said. [....] Power has been out for some residents and businesses since Monday [07/17/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Power remains out in parts of new York City), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Sulawesi, Indonesia - July 23rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:22:11 (UTC) on Sunday, July 23rd, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: SULAWESI, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqmaf.php] - [07/23/06]

2006 - Suicide Bombers / Kandahar, Afghanistan - July 23rd, 2006: "Suicide bombers killed two coalition soldiers and six Afghan civilians in two nearly simultaneous blasts Saturday [07/22/06] in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Suicide bombers strike in Afghan city), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Refuses to Serve in Iraq / U.S. Army Officer - July 23rd, 2006: "Officer against Iraq war [1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada] faces court-martial." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Harsh Criticism of Iraq War / Iraqi Speaker of Parliament - July 23rd, 2006: "Iraqi parliamentary leader [Mahmoud al-Mashhadani] harshly criticzes [< typo] occupation / Sunni figure likens U.S. invasion and aftermath to the 'work of butchers.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article by Kirk Semple, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/23/06]

2006 - Heat Wave / California - July 24th, 2006: "Heat blamed for 3 deaths in California" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

*Trivia: "Death toll tops 130 in 12-day heat wave [California]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Insurgent Attacks / Iraq  - July 24th, 2006: "Bombs killed more than 60 people and wounded more than 200 Sunday [07/23/06] in Baghdad and the northern oil center of Kirkuk - a dramatic escalation of violence as U.S. and Iraqi forces crack down on Iraq's most feared Shiite militia. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Attacks kill more than 60 in Iraq), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Arab Countries Pressure Syria - July 24th, 2006: "Arab countries pressure Syria" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Kathy Gannon, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Executions Trivia / Somalia - July 24th, 2006: "Gunmen have killed 682 civilians, including a foreign journalist, in executions over the last year in Somalia, a local rights group [Human Rights Center] said Sunday [07/23/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (682 civilians executed in last year, report says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Deteriorating / Ariel Sharon - July 24th, 2006: "The condition of former  Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January, has deteriorated, though there was no immediate danger to his life, hospital officials and former aides said Sunday [07/23/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Sharon deteriorating), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Highway Sniper / Indiana, U.S.A.  - July 24th, 2006: "Highway sniper kills passenger / I-65 attacks in Indiana also wound man in another pickup." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

*Trivia: "Accused sniper [17-year-old Zachariah Blanton] pleads not guilty [07/26/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Fatal Lightning Strike / New Jersey - July 24th, 2006: "Lightning strike kills 2 teens, hurts 2 others [07/23/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Miss Universe / Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza - July 24th, 2006: "Puerto Rican woman [18-year-old Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza] is [07/23/06] new Miss Universe" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Tortures Suspects for United States? / Jordan - July 24th, 2006: "Security agents in Jordan are torturing terrorism suspects on behalf of the United States in hopes of forcing confessions, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International says in a new report today [07/24/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Jordan tortures suspects for U.S., rights group says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Cleared of Charges /  U.S. Guardsman, Spc. Nathan Lynn - July 24th, 2006: "The U.S. military has dismissed all charges against a Pennsylvania National Guardsman [Spc. Nathan Lynn] accused of killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian near Ramadi, finding that the soldier had reason to believe the man had a weapon. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Guardsman cleared), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/24/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 25th, 2006: "Stocks rallied Monday [07/24/06] after HCA Inc. agreed to the biggest buyout ever and drugmakers Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. reported quarterly profits that exceeded analysts' estimates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets charge ahead on acquisitions, earnings), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Quarterly Profit / United Airlines - July 25th, 2006: "UAL sees first quarterly profit in 6 years" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Faces Flack in Beirut / Condoleezza Rice - July 25th, 2006: "In Beirut, Rice faces flack from Lebanese / They push for cease-fire, denounce U.S. role; Israel advances on Hezbollah." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

*Trivia: "Rice departs Middle East [07/25/06] without formula for peace" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Typhoon Kaemi / Southern China Coast - July 25th, 2006: "Typhoon Kaemi came ashore on the southern China coast Tuesday afternoon [07/25/06], prompting the evacuation of more than 643,000 people. The area affected is still recovering from an earlier storm that caused major flooding and left more than 600 people dead. State news media reported that the typhoon struck the coast at 3:50 p.m. in Fujian province before being downgraded to a tropical storm. It was the fifth major storm to hit the Chinese coast during this summer's typhoon season." [Based on: News Services article (Typhoon Kaemi prompts evacuation of 643,000), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Distractions Can Impair Ability to Learn - July 25th, 2006: "Your parents were right, don't study with the TV on. Multitasking may be a necessity in today's fast-paced world, but new research shows that distractions affect the way people learn, making the knowledge they gain harder to use later on. The study, in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also provides a clue as to why it happens. [....] The problem, Poldrack [psychology professor Russell A. Poldrack] said, is that two types of learning seem to be competing with each other, and when someone is distracted, habit learning seems to take over from declarative learning. 'We have to multitask in today's world, but you have to be aware of this,' he said. 'When a kid is trying to learn new concepts, new information, distraction is going to be bad, it's going to impair their ability to learn.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Distractions can impair ability to learn, study says), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Settlement / Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. - July 25th, 2006: "Waddell & Reed pays $50 million to end probe / N.Y.'s Spitzer accuses mutual fund company of improper trading." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Acquisition [of ATI] / Advanced Micro Devices Inc. - July 25th, 2006: "Advanced Micro Devices will buy ATI for $5.4 billion / Move helps No. 2 maker of PC microprocessors wage war on Intel." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/25/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 26th, 2006: "A late-day rebound gave stocks a moderate advance Tuesday [07/25/06] as sharply lower oil prices and an unexpected jump in consumer confidence soothed investor's unease over a batch of mixed earnings. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Wall Street's momentum overcomes ss-so earnings), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Medication Nation / U.S.A. - July 26th, 2006:

   America has become a nation of pill-poppers, a trend that  only will increase as the population ages. In 2004, Americans spent $188.5 billion on prescription drugs and billions more on over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements.
   Most of what we took made us healthier. But some of it had the opposite effect.
   According to a landmark study released last week by the national Institute of Medicine, more than 1.5 million Americans are harmed by medication errors each year. About a third of those mistakes - which added at least $3.5 billion to the nation's already sky-high health care bill - were preventable, according to the study.
   Medication errors have become a major focus of study in recent years, beginning with another of the Institute's studies called "To Err is Human," published in 1999. It looked at medical errors of all sorts, including medication mistakes. That report concluded that nearly 100,000 people a year may be dying from preventable errors in hospitals. [....]

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Medication Nation), p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - High Heat / Paris, France - July 26th, 2006: "The French capital broiled Wednesday [07/26/06]. As temperature climbed toward 100 degrees, Paris baked, fumed and seethed. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (High heat keeps Paris sizzling), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Rubber Sidewalks / U.S. Cities - July 26th, 2006: "Rubber sidewalks go easy on knees, trees / Washington is among dozens of cities installing sidewalks made of ground-up tires." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

*Trivia: "A rubber sidewalk surrounds a tree on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington Friday. The squares last longer than concrete, because freezing weather and tree roots won't crack them.

[Based on: A.P. article caption, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Medieval Psalm Book / Irish Bog - July 26th, 2006: "Irish archaeologists heralded on Tuesday [07/25/06] the discovery of an ancient book of psalms. A construction worker found the book while digging up a bog for potting soil. The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years 800-1000. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries. Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland, stored the book in refrigeration. He would not specify where the book was found because a team of archaeologists is still exploring the site." [Based on: News Services article (Medieval psalm book is found in Irish bog), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Wal-Mart Stores, U.S.A. - July 26th, 2006: "Wal-Mart customers shop in the company's new store in White Plains, N.Y., Friday [07/21/06]. The nation's largest retailer has more than 4,000 stores nationwide" [Based on: A.P. picture article caption by Mark Lennihan, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Plans Occupation of Lebanon? / Israel - July 26th, 2006: "Israel plans occupation in Lebanon / Troops say they will take over strip of land until international force can take their place." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article by Greg Myre & Helene Cooper, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Secondary Pests? / Monsanto Seed, China - July 26th, 2006: "Pest concerns raised in modified-seed study / Chinese cotton farmers using Monsanto product face secondary pests [sap-sucking mirid, etc.]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article by Molly McElroy, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Emilia / Coast of Baja California - July 26th, 2006: "Tropical Storm Emilia skirted the coast of Baja California as it moved northwest into the Pacific Ocean on July 26, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13733]

2006 - U.S. Suits / Missouri Calls Database Probe, & AT&T - July 26th, 2006: "U.S. sues to stop Missouri's probe into calls database / Government also sues AT&T, which has shown no indication it would cooperate with utilities regulators here [Missouri]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article by Michael D. Sorkin, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Condems Stem Cell Research / Vatican Newspaper - July 26th, 2006: "A Vatican newspaper on Tuesday [07/25/06] condemned a decision by the European Union to continue funding embryonic human stem cell research. The 25-nation bloc agreed Monday [07/24/06] in Brussels to keep up the funding through 2013, but only under new rules that prevent human cloning and destroying embryos. Vatican Radio said the EU compromise was 'unacceptable for the Church.' The Roman Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception and forbids research on embryos." [Based on: News Services article (EU funding of work on stem cells is condemned), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

*Trivia:

Genesis 2:7 - vyytsr yhvh alhym at-hadm apr mn-hadmh vypch bapyv nsmt chyym vyhy hadm lnps chyh:

And [v] the LORD [yhvh] God [alhym] formed [ytsr] man [adm] of the dust [apr] of [mn] the [h] ground [admh], and [v] breathed [npch] into [b] his nostrils [ap] the breath [nsmh] of life [chyym]; and [v] man [adm] became [yhy? / hyh?] a living [chy] soul [nps].

*Transliterated Quotation Link: http://mirrorh.com/genesis2.html

2006 - Hewlett Packard Co. Buys Mercury Interactive Corp. - July 26th, 2006: "Hewlett Packard Co. is paying $4.5 billion to buy Mercury Interactive Corp., a maker of business management software. [....]" [Based on: Article (H-P spends $4.5 billion on Mercury Interactive), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Electric Currents & the Wound-Healing Process - July 26th, 2006:

It may sound like something out of Frankenstein, but electric currents applied to the skin could potentially speed up wound healing. Ironically, though the phenomenon was reported 150 years ago by the German physiologist Emil Du Bois-Reymond, it has been ignored ever since.

Now Josef Penninger of the Austrian Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna and Min Zhao of the University of Aberdeen, UK, have demonstrated that natural electric fields and currents in tissue play a vital role in orchestrating the wound-healing process by attracting repair cells to damaged areas. [....]

[Based on: New Scientist article (To heal a wound, turn up the voltage) by Andy Coghlan (from issue 2562, 07/26/06, p. 13) - [see link]

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19125624.400-to-heal-a-wound-turn-up-the-voltage.html]

2006 - Blames Western Nations [for Economic Ills] / President  of Zimbabwe - July 26th, 2006: "President Robert Mugabe opened a new legislative year Tuesday [07/25/06] with a speech to parliament blaming economic problems on the U.S., Britain and other Western critics of his human rights record. Zimbabwe has the world's highest inflation rate - more than 1,000 percent - and shortages of all basic goods. A quarter of its 16 million people has emigrated since 2000 and millions more are dependent on aid. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Mugabe blames Western nations for economic ills), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/26/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 27th, 2006: "Stocks slipped Wednesday [07/26/06] after profit forecasts by Amazon.com Inc. fell short of analysts' projections." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slip after Amazon.com, Boeing, Corning forecasts), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Israeli Strikes / Gaza Strip - July 27th, 2006: "Israeli strikes killed 23 people in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday [07/26/06] in the deadliest day of fighting since Israel withdrew from the coastal strip last year. Palestinians said 76 people were wounded. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli strikes kill 23 in Gaza Strip), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Enters Hospital / Ariel Sharon - July 27th, 2006: "Sharon enters hospital [07/26/06] for kidney dialysis" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower - July 28th, 2006: "The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on July 28th. Go outside before dawn on Friday morning, look south, and you could see a meteor every five minutes or so. [....] No one knows where these meteors come from. They could be remains of a long-dead comet or debris from an asteroid-asteroid collision. Curious fact: There is a debris stream nearly parallel to this one. Earth will pass through it on August 8th, producing the Northern Delta Aquarid meteor shower. It's a mystery, too. "

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [07/26/06]

2006 - Found Not Guilty / Andrea Yates - July 27th, 2006: "Yates [Andrea Yates] found not guilty [07/26/06] by reason of insanity" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - More U.S. Rebuilding Aid? / Iraq - July 27th, 2006: "[....] U.S. taxpayers have spent about $300 billion in Iraq so far, with about $22 billion earmarked for reconstruction and other civilian activities, according to the Congressional Budget Office. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Iraqi leader asks U.S. for more  rebuilding aid), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Nations Agree to Open Nazi Files - July 27th, 2006: "Millions of Nazi files detailing the suffering and deaths of inmates at labor and concentration camps during the Holocaust will be opened to researchers under an agreement signed Wednesday [07/26/06] by Germany and seven other countries. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Nations agree to open Nazi files), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Peace Deal Signed  / Chad & Sudan - July 27th, 2006: "Chad signed a peace deal Wednesday [07/26/06] with neighboring Sudan after months of accusations from both sides about rebel attacks and bloody cross-border raids. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Chad signs agreement with Sudan), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Crashed / Russian Satellite Rocket - July 27th, 2006: "A Russian rocket that was to put 18 satellites in orbit crashed shortly after liftoff early today [07/27/06], the Interfax news agency reported. The Dnepr rocket crashed about 15 miles south of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but caused no injuries or damage on the ground, Interfax quoted Russian space agency deputy chief Yuri Nosenko as saying. The rocket was carrying a Russian satellite and 17 from other countries, including the United States and Italy, Russian news agencies reported. Interfax reported preliminary information indicated a problem occurred when the rocket's third stage detached." [Based on: News Services article (Rocket carrying satellites crashes), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Upheld / Gay Marriage Ban, Washington - July 27th, 2006: "The Washington Supreme Court upheld [5-4] the state's ban on gay marriage Wednesday [07/26/06], dealing the gay rights movement its second major defeat in less than a month in a liberal-leaning state that was regarded as a promising battleground. The ruling leaves Massachusetts as the only state to allow gays to wed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Court upholds gay marriage ban), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Closer to the Fire? / Corporate America - July 27th, 2006: "Companies will have to provide more details of executive pay and perks under the biggest overhaul of benefit-disclosure policy since 1992, adopted by federal regulators on Wednesday [07/26/06]" [Based on: A.P. article (SEC moves Corporate America's feet closer to the fire) by Marcy Gordon, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Nias Region, Indonesia - July 27th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:16:41 (UTC) on Thursday, July 27th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: NIAS REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usqrai.php] - [08/01/06]

2006 - Israel Targets U.N. Observers? / Lebanon - July 27th, 2006: "In fierce house-to-house fighting, at least nine Israeli soldiers were killed and more than two dozen wounded Wednesday [07/26/06] battling Hezbollah guerrillas for control of a strategic Lebanese border town. [....] A day after four U.N. observers in southern Lebanon were killed by Israeli shelling, diplomats meeting in Rome could not agree on a plan for an immediate cease-fire. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Hezbollah and Israelis battle house to house in Lebanon), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Isn't Happy with Defense Operations? / Boeing Chief - July 27th, 2006:

   Boeing Co. Chairman Jim McNerney on Wednesday [07/26/06] expressed dissatisfaction with the company's St. Louis-based defense unit, calling for more accountability after fumbled military contracts triggered Boeing's first quarterly loss in three years.
   Boeing's defense revenue in the second quarter remained about flat at $7.8 billion, but operating profit plunged 62 percent to $309 million. Boeing employs about 16,000 workers in St. Louis, where it makes F-15 Eagles, F/A-18 Super Hornets, missles and satellite-guided bombs. [....]

[Based on: Article (Boeing chief isn't happy with defense operations) by Tim McLaughlin, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

*Commentary: "Ironic that St. Louis (which manufactures missles and satellite-guided bombs, etc.) should reap consequences from "air-born" mass destruction. Example: 500,000+ people without power (some going on eight days now!); its new Baseball Stadium (the basement) & Science Center flooded; its water purification plant & backup water purification plant disabled (now repaired - I hope), etc. All of this from Mother Nature delivering a one-two punch from violent storms on July 19th & 21st, 2006 (violent storms also struck the region in 2004 & 2005).
   Should people be curious to investigate whether any of the 32 tons of explosives Israel dropped on Lebanon (July 19th, 2006) - whether any of them were manufactured in St. Louis? Regardless, those made-in-St. Louis missles and bombs, etc. must be going someplace (and karmicly speaking, at what cost?)
   St. Louis sowing and reaping "weapons" of mass destruction? Must be coincidence. Coincidence like U.S. National Guardsmen from the War in Iraq coming home to repair Louisiana???
   Although St. Louis is still in a stae of repair, the stae of Louisiana - and other U.S. states having suffered from earth, wind, fire and water damage - may never again be the same! At least, I hope they put that radioactive waste destined for Yucca Mountain in FIRE PROOF containers!!! [D.R.D.]

2006 - Storm Damage Trivia / Trifecta of trouble, St. Louis Missouri - July 27th, 2006: "[....] In 2004, a storm left more than 220,000 customers without power for as long as three days. In 2005, a storm left 217,000 customers without power for up to four days. This year's whirlwind knocked nearly 600,000 homes and businesses off-line, representing many thousands more people. By midday Wednesday [07/26/06], more than 80,000 were still without power. [....] There's no question this was unusual weather, with the roiling thunderstorm generating winds in excess of 80 miles per hour in some places. That's hurricane level, and such force is bound to do significant damage. But ferocious storms hardly are unprecedented. Winds generated by the storm of Aug. 13, 2005, also topped hurricane velocity, and the 2004 storm was notable for its high number of lightning strikes. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Trifecta of trouble), p. D10, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06] - [Paragraph indents untranscribed - D.R.D.]

2006 - Preliminary Settlement / Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch, Etc. - July 27th, 2006: "Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and about 25 other investment banks are paying a combined $99 million to settle shareholders litigation surrounding the bust of former telecom darling Global Crossing Ltd., according to a preliminary settlement in federal court. [....]" [Based on: Article (Goldman, Merrill Lynch sign on for settlement), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Threatens Ban on Junk Food Ads Targeting Children / Britain - July 27th, 2006: "Britain's prime minister sent a strong warning Wednesday [07/26/06] to the food industry to restrict advertising of less healthy products to children - or risk a ban on promotions that target minors. In an address on improving public health, Tony Blair said the government would force the industry to eliminate junk food advertising to children in 2007 if voluntary regulations failed. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Blair threatens to ban food ads targeting young), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 07/27/06]

2006 - Google Settlement - July 28th, 2006: "An Arkansas judge on Thursday [07/27/06] approved a $90 million settlement between Google and its advertisers who claimed the Internet's leading search engine improperly billed them for 'clicks' that didn't lead to genuine customers seeking their products. [....]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Market Rerport / U.S.A. - July 28th, 2006: "Wall Street fell modestly lower Thursday [07/27/06] as investors took profits amid nervousness about the government's second-quarter gross domestic product report. Concerns about another product delay at Microsoft Corp. weighed on the technology sector. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Stocks slip as investors await GDP reading), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Copter Crash / Afghanistan - July 28th, 2006: "Afghanistan copter crash [07/26/06] kills up to 16 / Three Americans are among dead. Military officisal says it's most likely an accident." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - New Chip Line / Intel Corp. - July 28th, 2006: "Intel rolls out chip line [Core 2 Duo microprocessors]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - President Alan Garcia / Peru - July 28th, 2006: "Former president [Alan Garcia, Peru] will be sworn in today" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Bomb Blasts / Baghdad, Iraq - July 28th, 2006: "A multi-pronged attack on one of the city's most well-heeled quarters Thursday [07/27/06] killed at least 32 Iraqi civilians and left behind scores of screaming and bloodied wounded, most of them moderate, middle-class Shiite Muslims shopping in one of the capital's only still-vibrant commercial districts. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Blasts in Baghdad kill dozens in market area), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Renewal / U.S. Voting Rights Act - July 28th, 2006: "Bush signs renewal of Voting Rights Act" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - No More Israeli Troops? / Lebanon - July 28th, 2006: "A day after sustaining its worst battlefield loss in its drive to rout Hezbollah militants from southern Lebanon, the Israeli government on Thursday [07/27/06] shelved plans to send more troops into the dangerous terrain. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Israel scraps plan to send in more troops), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

*Trivia: "Israel poured up to 10,000 armored troops into south Lebanon on Tuesday [08/01/06] and separately sent commandos deep into the eastern Bekaa Valley, where they raided a Hezbollah-run hospital and captured guerrillas during pitched battles, a major escalation of the three-week-old war. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli forces push deeper into Lebanon), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/02/06]

2006 - Court Allows Appeal / Guantanamo Cases - July 28th, 2006: "A federal appeals court granted a request by the administration of President George W. Bush to make more legal arguments over the fate of hundreds of lawsuits filed by detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [....] The order filed Wednesday [07/226/06] means there will be a rare fourth round of legal filings to determine the fate of lawsuits that detaines filed challenging the legality of their detentions. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Court allows appeal on Guantanamo cases), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Second-Quarter Profit / Exxon Mobil Corp. - July 28th, 2006: "Exxon Mobil posts second-biggest quarterly profit [April-June] / Oil giant earns $10.36 billion in the second quarter, behind only its record $10.71 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 07/28/06]

2006 - Shooting Rampage / Jewish Agency, Seattle Wa. - July 28th, 2006: "Lynda Matthias ..., of Temple B'nai Torah, talks on Saturday [07/29/06] with Farida Hakim, who came from a nearby mosque with a friend to leave flowers at the temple for Pam Waechter, the woman who was killed [by Naveed Afzal Haq] in the shooting on Friday [07/28/06]." [Based on: Seattle Times picture caption for A.P. article (Killer was angry at war, Jews, police say), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/06]

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Mount Karangetang, Indonesia - July 28th, 2006: "Volcano eruption [Mount Karangetang - 07/28/06] forces thousands to evacuate" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A28, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Market Rerport / U.S.A. - July 29th, 2006: "Stocks rallied Friday [07/28/06], pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its biggest weekly gain since November 2004. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rally on GDP; S&P 500 has best week since 2004), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Forces in Iraq - July 29th, 2006: "The Pentagon's decision to increase U.S. forces in Iraq will push troop levels there to roughly 135,000, dashing Bush administration hopes of reducing the figure by tens of thousands by the fall congressional campaigns. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - U.S. Arms Sales / Arab Nations & Israel - July 29th, 2006:

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The Pentagon details plans to sell $4.6 billion in arms to friendly Arab countries. Up to $2.9 billion in battle tanks will go to protect critical Saudi infrastructure, while $808 million worth of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter gunships will be sold to the United Arab Emirates.

Black Hawks, valued at $252 million, will also go to Bahrain. The $2.9 billion Saudi deal includes up to $400 million in AH-64 Apache helicopters, and 58 older-generation U.S. M1A1 Abrams tanks that would be updated.

In addition, 315 Abrams tanks owned by the Saudis would be modernized with air-conditioning and infrared sights for commanders and gunners.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Bush administration said it will sell Israel up to $210 million in JP-8 aviation fuel to help "keep peace and security in the region."

The U.S. also rushed delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, as it conducts air strikes against Hezbollah fighters.

The Pentagon has tapped General Dynamics Corp.'s Land Systems business to be the project's prime contractor.

The Pentagon said in a required notice to Congress, "The proposed sale and upgrade will allow Saudi Arabia to operate and exercise a more lethal and survivable M1A2S tank for the protection of critical infrastructure."

[Based on: article (Pentagon Plans To Sell $4.6 Billion In Arms To Arab Nations) by Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter [see link], 07/29/06]

*Link: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004367119

2006 - Temporary Gaza Pullback / Israel - July 29th, 2006: "Gaza pullback [07/28/06] is temporary, Israelis say" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Deep Into Israel / Khaibar-1 Rocket - July 29th, 2006: "Hezbollah's new rocket [Khaibar-1] strikes deep into Israel [07/28/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article , p. A27, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Calls to Close Secret U.S. Prisons / U.N. - July 29th, 2006: "U.N. panel calls on U.S. to close any secret prisons" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Assassination / Cabinet Member, Somalia - July 29th, 2006: "Cabinet member [Abdallah Isaaq Deerow] is assassinated [07/28/06] in Somalia / Hundreds riot in streets after the killing." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A29, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Reject Cease-Fire in Lebanon? / Blair & Bush - July 29th, 2006: "Bush, Blair reject [07/28/06] calls for cease-fire in Lebanon" [Based on: Title for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article , p. A27, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - NORAD to Move? / Peterson Air Force Base - July 29th, 2006: "[....] On Friday [07/28/06] military officials in Colorado announced that NORAD's day-to-day operations would be consolidated, for purposes of efficiency, in an ordinary building at nearby Peterson Air Force Base. The mountain will be kept only as a backup, though fully operational and staffed with support personnel - a place of secure retreat should the need again arise, a military spokesman said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Norad to move out of Cheyenne Mountain home), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/29/06]

2006 - Rejects U.N. Resolution / Iran - July 30th, 2006: "Nation [Iran] says no to U.N. resolution [07/29/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/30/06]

2006 - No U.S. Troop Withdrawal / Iraq - July 30th, 2006: "U.S. extends Iraq duty for 4,000 / Move signals no troop withdrawal is likely this year, analysts say." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/30/06]

2006 - Israeli Forces Pull Back / Lebanon - July 30th, 2006: "Israeli forces in Lebanon pull back [07/29/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/30/06]

2006 - Anti-Semitic Remarks? / Mel Gibson - July 30th, 2006: "The film and star director Mel Gibson apologized Saturday [07/29/06] for belligerent behavior and for saying what he called 'despicable' things that he does 'not believe to be true' when he was arrested in Malibu, Calif., on a drunken driving charge the day before [07/28/07]. But Gibson, in a statement, stopped short of addressing claims that he made virulently anti-Semitic remarks to an arresting officer, as described on a Web site that posted several pages of the sheriff's report. The sheriff's report, carried on TMZ.com, a Web site owned by Time Warner, said Gibson had demanded to know if the officer, James Mee, was a Jew. During an obscenity-laced tirade, according to the report, Gibson also said 'Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.' [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Gibson apologizes for 'despicable' remarks), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/06]

2006 - Israel Airstrike / Qana, Lebanon - July 31st, 2006: "Israel agreed Sunday [07/30/06] to suspend airstrikes over southern Lebanon for 48 hours after a day of protests over its deadliest attack yet [07/30/06] on Lebanese civilians [The Qana attack left 56 Lebanese civilians, at least 34 of them children, dead.] in the war. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Israel suspends strikes), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

*Trivia: "[....] It was here [Qana, Lebanon] that Israeli artillery killed more than 100 civilians during an offensive in 1996, forever linking the words Qana and massacre in the minds of Arabs. And it was here, again, that a community counted its dead and listened to Israeli officials apologize for a mistake. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Airstrike resonates in village struck before / In Qana, Israeli artillery killed more than 100 civilians in 1996 offensive.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

2006 - Female Catholic Priests? / U.S.A. - July 31st, 2006: "Catholic women will proclaim themselves as priests / Ordinations won't be valid, church warns" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

2006 - Democratic Government / Congo - July 31st, 2006: "Voters eager for peace but fearing new violence trekked to nearly 50,000 polling stations across this sprawling country Sunday [07/30/06] to cast ballots for Congo's first democratically elected government since its independence from Belgium 46 years ago. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Many in Congo cast their first ballots / Not since 1960 had nation held a multiparty election.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

2006 - Displaced Civilians / Israel & Lebanon - July 31st, 2006: "[....] Israeli officials have estimated the number of displaced northern Israelis at 300,000 since the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah began more than two weeks ago. Rockets have been falling over Israel's northern towns and cities, sometimes more than 100 a day, many hitting places that had never before been within Hezbollah's range. [....] On the Lebanese side of the border, about 700,000 people, about a fifth of Lebanon's population, have been displaced because of the fighting, the United Nations said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Rockets force 300,000 Israelis to flee), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

2006 - Assume Command / NATO Troops, Afghanistan - July 31st, 2006: "NATO troops assumed command today of military operations in southern Afghanistan from the U.S.-led coalition, the coalition said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (NATO takes over command from U.S.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/31/06]

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